Hey everyone! So what I am sharing with you today is a card exercise that can be used to improve a variety of different skills. Telepathy for spirit communication, intuition, & more! I will explain how with a few different ones later, but feel free to get creative! Best thing about this, is it really only requires a deck of cards, and something to record your answers. The great thing about this exercise is that you can scale the difficulty of it as well!
Deck of Playing Cards
Notebook or paper and a pen (to record your answers)
What You Need To Do - Basic Steps
First off, shuffle your deck. Now with your deck shuffled, pull one card from the top, place it face down (no peeking!). Now this is where you can include a spirit companion if you are working on telepathy with them! Keep in mind you can also use this practice to strengthen your other clair-senses as well! Have your companion sit with you and tell you if the card you chose is red or black. Don’t worry about any other thing on the card, just red or black.
If you are trying to strengthen a intuition or anything else, try to feel if the card is red or black instead of telling a companion to tell you.
Tips: Trust your first instinct. You may just feel stronger one way or the other, get a flash of color in your head, or however you may sense it or your companion may hint it to you. Go with your gut!
Make sure to record your answers! With just doing just red & black, you have a 50% chance per card of getting it right, so when you are getting 70-80% right consistently, progress so its a little harder!
Ways To Progress The Exercise
Alright so time to make it a bit harder: progress as follows:
Colors Only (Black/Red)
Suits Only (Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades)
Colors & Suits
Face/Pip Cards Only (Ace, 2, 3, 4, King, etc)
Face/Pip & Colors
Face/Pip & Suits
Safe time to progress is when you are hitting 60-80% accuracy for the first few. Progress as you feel comfortable on the last few! Good luck!
I was taught this exercise several years ago, so credit goes to whoever really thought of it (I can’t remember who taught it to me!). But I really hope you enjoy this and it helps you!
I know they’re just fictional characters, it’s been
78 years and this is not good for my blood pressure, but it
physically pains me when people take the best scenes of Sasuke caring
as proof of how much he doesn’t care.
Sasuke can’t word. Like,
at all. He’s absolutely terrible at stuff like giving verbal reassurance or even at explaining himself clearly. He’s
your go-to guy if you have a meteorite problem or an alien problem
or… some other highly unlikely problem like that, but to assume
that he possesses the basic skills necessary to send an obligatory
‘get well soon’ card to someone without accidentally insulting the
person’s intelligence and ancestors in the process would be a
To make things even more hilarious (or sad depending
on the context) it’s not even a tsundere thing. He doesn’t say the
opposite of what he means, he says exactly what he means but in such
a succinct and blunt fashion it leaves people feeling like he’s being
purposefully vague or just straight up rude. This is because Sasuke
can not only not word but he also can’t people, so he’s the
type who will assume that his partner in conversation will just get
what he means if he gives them a nudge – or a hn, I suppose –
in the right direction. A prime example of this would be every time he called Sakura “annoying” when what he really meant was, “I already decided to leave you and everyone else I care about behind so could you maybe stop actively reminding me of how incredibly difficult that was,” as well as this glorious mess right here:
What Sakura thinks Sasuke just said: My life is none of your business.
What Sasuke thinks Sasuke just said: It’s my road to
redemption. You have nothing to do with my sins. [It doesn’t matter
whether or not I want you with me because this isn’t your cross to
bear. I can’t expect you to leave your family and friends behind and put your career on hold
in favor of wandering around the continent with me while I sort out
the mess that is my life. You have a life of your own and while I’m
grateful for your offer, I care about you too much to take you up on
this is for @ilgaksu because she had a bad day and we’ve been chatting spy au and she gave me an idea and i want to cheer her up. all those reasons
Running the surveillance van is generally considered the boring job, but Matt doesn’t mind it. He can people watch to some extent, and he has Neil here to keep him company in watching the screens. It’s quiet and requires no acting, which makes it preferable to being in Andrew’s position right now.
On Matt’s screen, Andrew is leaning back in his seat, cards held in one hand and a low glass next to the other. He’s pretending to be a Russian magnate with a taste for the dirtier side of capitalism and also for killing people he doesn’t like. He looks relaxed, swimming with sharks. Probably because he’s the deadliest predator swimming in these waters.
They’re well into the game in there when Neil says something low in a language that definitely isn’t English, and then, “Fuck, fuck, fuck.”
“What?” Matt asks. He’s instantly alarmed, because it takes a lot to make Neil lose his cool – the last time he said something similar, he was bleeding out from a hole in his gut.
Neil is already on his feet. “I’ve got to go in there.”
Neil is definitely not supposed to go in there. He’s only here in the van because of a concession on Wymack’s part, mostly because they’d all believed he’d find a way to get involved in the worst way possible if he weren’t included in an official role. Things have gotten a lot more complicated since he and Andrew started working together, including the frequency with which Neil gets bullet wounds.
“You can’t,” Matt says. “You’ve got your orders.”
“Do you really think I care?” Neil replies. “Andrew’s about to get his cover blown, and I can’t warn him from here.”
They couldn’t send Andrew in wearing an earpiece because everyone inside was searched for tech, so the only support they could provide was watching like this. “How do you know you won’t get him killed storming in there right now?”
“What would you do if it were Dan? Sit in your ass here in the van, or go?” Neil asks. Matt looks away from the screen to his face, taking in the brutal determination with which he looks back.
Matt and Dan are married, but he suspects mentioning that might not be worth the air he’d waste in the process. Whatever bond it is that Andrew and Neil have, it’s probably just as significant, as close and as unbreakable. He says instead, “Who did you see?”
To celebrate me graduating, I’m pleased to announce my current (time consuming) project: a tarot deck redesign with a Hotline Miami theme! Here is a set of four completed major arcana; more are on the way! In no particular order, as you can see. Read below the cut for some explanations for each card!
- Severus didn’t have a familiar as a student, but
when Severus found one of the post owls on the ground by the lake with a broken wing, his
instant reaction was to scoop him into his robes, and run full pelt to Hagrid’s
hut. - Isocrates, the owl, then adopted Severus as his
owner. - Severus nicknamed the owl Socks, and visited him
every day during his recuperation. - Socks was in mourning when Severus left Hogwarts
– but was overjoyed when Severus returned as a teacher. When the new Potions Master was miserable in
the run up to Christmas during his first year of teaching, Socks took to
sitting in his classroom instead of roosting in the tower.
- After realising that Severus didn’t receive any
birthday or Christmas presents in his first year, Lucius Malfoy ensured that he
was sent an array of gifts every year for both events. - Similarly, Severus’ 17th birthday
watch came from Lucius Malfoy. - Severus used to joke that it was more expensive
than the rest of his belongings put together. - He wasn’t actually joking.
- Severus can sing. He doesn’t – not often – but he can. - He made an exception for Narcissa’s thirtieth
birthday, and ever since, it’s become a tradition that he’ll serenade her and
Lucius whilst they dance. - …he’s spent the past 9 years trying to wriggle
out of the arrangement.
- He has six tattoos. Two are Muggle, four are magical. - He does not count the Dark Mark as amongst their number.
- He’s been published in 3 different journals,
with thirty seven articles to his name. - He wants to make it forty publications before
he turns the big four oh. -
He’s got sixty three patents at the Ministry. - All of his work is posted under the same pseudonym.
- When he goes to Potions conferences, others comment on how he has never published or patented any work. - Severus takes great pride in knowing that when he dies, the pseudonym will dissolve and reveal his true name. - It took nine months to create that spell, which delayed his first publication by half a year. - It was worth it. - And the spell became his second patent.
- He holds the record for the highest ever exam
results at both OWL and NEWT level for Potions. - Each year he holds his breath when the results
are out. He’s not sure if he’ll be
pleased or miserable when his record is finally broken by one of his students.
- He has a Potions Mastery. - It’s one of his proudest achievements. - His certificate is framed, and hangs in his office, opposite his desk. - Having it means that he can brew under licence, which enables him to brew for the Hospital Wing. - Before Voldemort returned, he would brew for St Mungo’s in his spare time.
- His greatest ambition was to fly unaided. - He
- On Halloween, Minerva transforms into her animagus form and sits in his
lap all evening, purring, and fussing, and forcing him to pet her. - He pretends he doesn’t know it’s her. - The next day, she pretends that it never
- Flitwick took him to Ollivander’s to buy a new
wand when he was 24. The Charms teacher
had been right; he’d fundamentally changed, and he needed a new wand. - He asked Ollivander to charm the new wand’s
appearance so nobody would realise.
- The first time Slytherin won the House Cup under
his watch, the dungeons partied for a full 24 hours, with Severus celebrating
as if he was one of the students. - After his victory in 91, he made the mistake
of going ‘double or quits’ in 92. - 92
was the year Gryffindor finally won the House Cup. - He sulked for the entire summer. - Severus and Minerva constantly gamble against
each other. - On one memorable occasion, Severus
had to wear tartan briefs for a full month, and Minerva delighted in asking him
to prove he was adhering to the bet.
- After that, he refused to gamble anything other than money. - He’s not a big fan of wizarding chess, mostly
because both Minerva and Dumbledore wipe the floor with him. - He is, however, a card shark. With his Legilimency and Occlumency skills, nobody
at Hogwarts can defeat him.
- He can hold his drink, but always gets caught
out by the potency of the punch at Christmas parties. - He’s slept with four members of staff. - There is a direct correlation between the last two points.
Remember that today’s day in age is different from how it was back then. So don’t stress about school too much.High school students today have the anxiety of what a mental patient in the insane asylum had in the 50s. Here’s also a thing to show how times have changed.
Prioritize. List what needs to get done first and when. Sometimes getting the bigger/harder tasks is easier than conquering the smaller/easier tasks.
Set times when certain projects need to be done and stick to that deadline.
Turn your phone off or give it to your parents while doing work/studying. I know that we live in the age of technology and literally everything is at the touch of our fingertips. Honestly though you can wait on what your favorite celebrity has to say or if your crush liked your instagram photo. You’ll be more involved in that than you are into your work.
If you have trouble in a certain subject and there is no assigned seating, take advantage of the front. I guarantee you’ll learn more.
Ask your teacher what exactly you’ll need to know. If you’re taking notes during the year, write in the margins whether or not it will be tested. It will be easier to know what you will be tested on.
Save your exams. Half the time your teachers use the same questions (or questions similar) from your exams on your midterms or finals.
Don’t try to do homework straight afterschool if you can’t, despite what everyone says. Give yourself an hour, and try to get some exercise in. I find it stops me getting bored of sitting down. Not to mention helps me concentrate better.
Don’t just read the material, write it, draw it, recite it, quiz yourself on it! Until you have the material down.
Join clubs, sports, or organizations! You’re guaranteed to find friends in there. You’ll already have common interests. Start with that and go with the flow.
College kids: If you don’t have assigned seating, and you have been sitting in the same seat for 2 weeks. That is you assigned seat now. Don’t move or you’ll screw everyone up and they will hate you.
Color code things, such as your notes. If you want to see how I color code my notes message me and I’ll be happy to show you.
i really like thinking about teachable perks. like the survivors actually taking time to teach one another skills they have. like claudette showing the others how to perform first aid on themselves? meg waking everyone up to go running with her to build up stamina? jake teaching them how the hooks work? and then there’s grandpa ace whose like ALRIGHT KIDS, WHO WANTS TO LEARN HOW TO C H E A T