spectators of life

caring for your love's sign
  • aries: let them be in charge, remind them that you won't leave, give them space to release their boundless energy, never forbid them to speak their mind, promise them the world in return for their time, learn to move quick, don't be afraid to be bold and loud
  • taurus: touch them constantly, worship their lips and eyes and skin, give them perfume, carry them over a puddle, hold their umbrella for them as well as the door to the car or their home, massage them and tuck them into bed, listen to what no one else wants to hear them say
  • gemini: speak, listen, run after them if they leave, don't be afraid to shout or sing along, nudge them, tickle them, beat them playing video games over and over and over, playfight, race in the streets, laugh at their jokes, praise their ideas, never say no, always say yes, never stop moving and dancing and spinning, give them a million kisses a second
  • cancer: hold them tightly against your chest, press your lips to their ear, slow dance late into the night, kiss them deeply, make their bed, don't hold back, ever, speak from your whims and impulses, let them see the workings of your heart, let them read your mind, carry out your promises, ride the fights out with diligence, compromise, keep them close
  • leo: call them beautiful and handsome and adorable, compliment their flaws, lift them to the sky, forget yourself in their presence, bite their lower lip, paint them, write them immortal into your poetry, listen to the rhythm of their heart, show them off, tell everyone that they are yours
  • virgo: take care of yourself and your body first, don't ignore their signs and clues and hints and teases, respect their hard work, drown yourself in their stories and sweaters, make their home yours, be flexible and find leeway, forgive, forget, remember every date and every hour, cooperate, talk about your future, hold each other accountable, keep expectations high, don't fall into the slump of routine
  • libra: be polite and speak kindly, find their sweet spots, hold their hand, take them out at night all the way until the morning, dedicate songs to them, learn their hobbies, idealize and romanticize, be a spectator to their life, a witness to all their important moments, be their biggest fan and their closest confidant
  • scorpio: lock away their secrets, look them in the eyes, stare and hold and breathe, breathe into each other, mold yourself into them, spread yourself out, let them have all of you, drop away your walls, taste them and let them taste you, be honest, only honest, be your most instinctual self only for them, protect them with your strength and your love even if they forbid you to, fight for their attention, keep up
  • sagittarius: cherish your time together, make each moment exciting, be spontaneous, adventure together, support them consistently through their journey and obstacles, surprise them, build a tremendous array of inside jokes, play board games and take them to new places, never stop challenging them
  • capricorn: be their source of comfort and acceptance, show them your dedication, validate their emotions, take them seriously, watch movies together, find your routine, bake things for them, gift them self-care products and roses and chocolates, speak without restriction, love gently and carefully
  • aquarius: recognize their uniqueness, call them different, tell them they're nothing like you've ever seen or will see again, treat your love as if it's a once in a lifetime moment, minute, second, a beat, be their hope, give them attention, be patient, tread carefully around their heart, move slowly, then quickly, then all at once, be their best friend, their newfound family, but don't tie them down
  • pisces: change their world, flip it upside down, open their eyes to new ideas and worlds and feelings, make them laugh like no one ever has, tell them stories, be their muse, support their endeavors, remind them to keep going, wait for them patiently while they come back to reality, make everything feel wild and pure and unreal
  • *note: also check moon and venus*

yo but what if Sora is completely bothered by the fact that he’s had another person’s heart inside him for almost his whole life, maybe to a point where it’s just awkward for Sora to even talk to Ventus once they wake him up, where he doesn’t even WANT to talk to Ventus

because in all honesty, Sora would have ever right to be completely bothered and freaked out by this, finding out some random person from 12 years ago had his heart and consciousness stowed inside you and he’s been there, spectating your whole life since

that would be fucking terrifying

~ Relief with Gladiators.
Date: ca. A.D. 2nd century
Culture: Roman
Medium: Marble


From the source: Gladiatorial games originated as funerary rites in which the deceased was celebrated through physical competitions. For this reason, relief depictions of gladiatorial combat were sometimes used as grave markers—probably not for gladiators themselves, but for those whose lives such games may have commemorated. The games were particularly popular during the Roman Empire; in fact, most of the known funerary depictions of gladiators are Imperial in date. As government sponsorship grew in the Empire, the games took on political overtones. By staging massive and elaborate series of combats that often lasted for months and involved the slaughter of scores of men and wild animals in arenas throughout the empire, the Romans culturally unified their territory and affirmed their power, both to create such dramatic spectacles, and over life and death themselves.

Gladiators fought in armor and with weapons specific to different types of warriors. The two figures on this relief, which is probably from a funeral stele, are each armed with a short sword and equipped with a helmet; a long, rectangular shield; a manica (arm guard) on the right arm; and an ocrea (leg guard) on the left leg. The helmet styles differentiate the gladiators: the one with the crested, fish-like helmet is a murmillio (from a Greek word for fish); the other figure, with a large, rounded helmet is a provocator, a type of gladiator also armed with a gladius, but with a shorter shield. On the relief the same pair of figures appears four times in three registers, each time in a different position of combat. Presumably, this represents the progression of a contest, and would have originally ended with one of the figures—most likely the provocator—admitting defeat and submitting to the judgement of the crowd. Roman depictions of gladiators often showed the combatants poised at the instant where combat stopped for the crowd to decide whether or not to spare the loser, emphasizing the spectators’ active control over life and death.

Avenging Angel: Part 21

Summary: You’ve spent the last five years on a dangerous mission to solve the crime that wrongly imprisoned your father. When the Winchesters find you half-frozen on the side of a mountain, they make it their own mission to save your life and make sure you stay alive. But after five years of uncovering horribly dark secrets, you’ve learned not to trust anyone. Especially people who seem like they have good intentions.

Word Count: 1880

Warnings: None

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Braxton Covington was making it so very hard to remember that you were on a mission. Maybe you’d been starved of physical contact like this for too long, but every touch on the dance floor seemed to lower your inhibitions and make you forget why you should be wary of him.

The last time someone had paid attention to you like this was your college boyfriend, junior year. But even his touch hadn’t made you crave for more and feel as wanted as Braxton’s was right now.

It was in the way he gripped your hand to pull you back to him every time you teasingly started dancing away. The way his hand flattened against your stomach, holding your back against his muscular chest. The heavy breaths in your ear as he rolled your body with his.

There was no question. Braxton knew what he was doing on the dance floor.

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anonymous asked:

So I saw a headline for SGT and it mentions it being really raunchy but then I'm reading through some fans interpretations of it and it's almost funny to me how mainstream will take it as a "raunchy party video" while the fans try to see the deeper meaning to it and really try to connect it to Zayn and everything he's been through. Hope I don't sound like I'm nitpicking. What are your thoughts on it?

Anonymous said:

hi sasha, how are you? hope you’re having a good day! 😘 was just wondering what do you think of sgt mv?            


Hi nonnie(s). I’m well, thanks for asking. I do see the video as a meditation on Zayn’s experiences. The biggest hint would be shooting the video at the Zerrie stunt house. Videos are staged and so was everything we saw from that house. Fiction on top of fiction. Clever.

I find it a statement on fame. He’s in the middle of the action, but still feeling disconnected because you’re often surrounded by people who are enamored with your fame and wealth, but not you the person. The booze, sex and weed are for sure the trappings of stardom. I think at times Zayn has felt like a spectator in his own life, rather than an active participant.

Also the monkey and the alligator pinged as a shout out to the 1D days as well as the overall wild party theme. 1D’s done all of that. Except now the gator is real (maybe a metaphor for the perils of their journey) instead of inflatable, the party is a lot more adult and Zayn is a lot more jaded. 

Remember the days when there wasn’t even a hand of color in the “Night Changes” video? And remember how 1DHQ tripped over themselves lying about why (It was an assistant! It was Sophia!)?? Now we’ve got a video full of POC. Progress. I appreciate the little victories.

Aquarius Woman Personality - General Traits and Background

Understanding the Aquarius woman requires adopting a new frame of reference. She is a fascinating maze of traditionalism and futurism, a blend of approval-seeking and nonconformism, logic and intuition, eccentricity and dogmatism. She considers the brain the most important sexual organ, and indeed, she filters every aspect of life through her perspicacious mind.

The Aquarius woman is a harbinger of cultural concepts and of lifestyles yet to come. She could easily step onto the set of Star Trek and feel at home. Mind control is abhorrent to her; she wants mind liberation. She is for peace, harmony, understanding, sympathy, and trust for all of humanity. She is looking for equal and complete unions between enlightened males and females, as Susan B. Anthony, herself an Aquarian, projected. And she wants it all on her own terms.

Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac, and it is Fixed Air. It is called the sign of the waterbearer, and its name leads many to wrongly assume that it is a water sign. But Aquarius is air; therefore, Aquarians rely first and foremost on their minds. They often live in the mind, trusting it far more than the body. Many are intellectually outstanding, emotionally aloof, and predictably unpredictable.

Each astrological sign is associated with or ruled by a particular planet. Aquarius is quirky in more ways than you can count, and its first eccentricity is that it has double planetary rulership. The planet Uranus, discovered in 1781, is associated with Aquarius, but so is the planet Saturn. Aquarians are said to have qualities conferred by both: saturnine conservatism, seriousness, and ambition blended with uranian Mad Hatter inventiveness, originality, and impracticality. The Aquarius woman may be completely nonmaterialistic, yet drive fifty miles to get a bargain on a can of green beans.

Aquarius has something special, a different flavor and a mystery. She is the fifty-second state, the eleventh planet. She is not only complicated, she provides no access. She is a bit like a one-way mirror; she looks out and analyzes, but she rarely removes the shimmering reflective cocoon that encases her. Her very coolness creates a charm. She usually has an offbeat sense of humor, a tense but powerful ability to concentrate fully on the person or task at hand, an intriguing intuition that frequently makes the leap to precognition. She can be absent-minded, impractical, undemonstrative, aloof, irritable, inhibited. She can also be devoted, loyal, friendly, refined, penetrating, idealistic, nonaggressive, nonconformist, enlightening. She appears to be a step ahead, and you suspect she would not want you to know how she does it. There is also a streak of jealousy and envy in her makeup. She really doesn’t like her friends and close associates to have possessions that she covets or that are of higher quality than those she has herself.

The Aquarius woman lives in many different parts of her mind. She can compartmentalize to the point that the various segments may appear unconnected. She is singularly untouched by the stormy emotions that can drive others to blazing outbursts or fits of depression. She tends to be controlled, and she reaps the benefits and pays the price of her control.

To love her is to let her be. To love her is to provide protection so she can spread her wings. To love her is to be available when she feels lonely, without demanding equal time. To love her is to be frustrated, fulfilled, curious, mad, scared, and forced to be more tolerant, inquisitive, flexible, intellectual. To love her means to face forward, forget the past and one’s fears of freedom. To love her means to glimpse the future.

The Aquarius woman challenges her friends and lovers to be on their toes. Revising old concepts is natural for her. Platonic love is comfortable, passion all right as long as it’s not overwhelming; intellectual battles whet her appetite. In the end, she hooks you with her multifaceted, softly aggressive sparkle. She surprises you continuously; her dogmatic moralism and libertarian views go hand in hand. She is neither too shy nor too outgoing, neither too personal nor too detached. She is all of these and none of them.

She is all woman with a male mind, again challenging our definition of both. What she wants is to be turned on and upside down, to fall head over heels in love – with you, with life, with herself. What she seeks is the approval of the community, intellectual leadership and fulfillment, a romantic but measured love affair. What she needs is to let go, let down, and let up. And the inner battle lines are drawn.

The Aquarius woman wishes to collect data so as to understand everything and everyone deeply and thoroughly. She herself resists being understood. Outwardly she demonstrates a coolness, a control that is equaled by few. Inwardly, however, she may be at loose ends. Often she is vulnerable, one of her greatest fears. She lacks self-confidence and may put on quite a facade. She has her own kind of magic, full of paradox and mischief liberally sprinkled with misunderstanding. She is probably the most humane and humanitarian of all the Zodiacal types, and yet she is also one of the most emotionally detached. She tends to be a spectator on her own life, even her lovemaking. Only when she decides to take the risk of true intimacy does she come close to her ideal of universal, loving brotherhood and sisterhood.

Roses & Daises - Part 2

Part 1 Can be read HERE

Warnings: Swearing… Violence, Death, Sexually Suggestive Content.

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Another day, another good set, another good pay check… you started to enjoy work nights, roses became a frequent thing to pop up in your dressing room, so much so you could smell them just walking by the room…

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Beware, my body and my soul, beware above all of crossing your arms and assuming the sterile attitude of the spectator, because life is not a spectacle, because a sea of sorrows is not a proscenium, because a man who cries out is not a dancing bear.
—  Aimé Césaire, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.

Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.

The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass. The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art. Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art. From the point of view of form, the type of all the arts is the art of the musician. From the point of view of feeling, the actor’s craft is the type. All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

All art is quite useless.

— 

Oscar Wilde.

Because I tried to explain this in my words to some people, but he has already written it better.