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  • Mars in Aries: With Mars in Aries you have a very strong and dominant character and a great amount of energy and enthusiasm. You are a self-starter; independent, ambitious, impulsive and very assertive, acting very directly and often without consideration of others. If your Mars is afflicted you probably have a bad temper, and tend to be impatient, overly aggressive, and may not consider your sexual partner's needs. You are seldom reflective when it comes to doing something, but act first and ask questions later. Your more fiery emotions are always an insult away. You have blind courage and sheer guts. Usually souls born with Mars in Aries have a significant relationship to the military or some armed forces, or at least to the government.
  • Mars in Taurus: With Mars in Taurus you are very earthy and place great value in sex, possessions, and/or money. Both your pride and desire to possess things are strong. Like the bull, you're stable, patient, persistent and slow to anger, but also jealous and very stubborn. You have a tendency to hold on to people and things too much, and may need to develop your capacity to share. You have a hard time getting started, and frustrate your strong ambition through inertia and by not acting when it's necessary. Your sexuality is also passive, and highly sensual. You're dependable, and can withstand almost anything. If your Mars is afflicted, you need to be aware of being resentful.
  • Mars in Gemini: With Mars in Gemini you're witty, versatile, mechanically inclined and have talents for many different things and simultaneous projects. This last, however, is also a failing; you need to focus and concentrate your energy and not scatter it over too many enterprises and directions. Watch a tendency towards sarcasm and gossip. You have a lot of mental energy and enjoy communication. If your Mars is afflicted, you may say things you don't mean or make promises you don't keep, and there can be trouble with friends or relatives.
  • Mars in Cancer: Mars is said to be in its "fall" in Cancer, its weakest sign placement. With Mars in Cancer you're domestic, ambitious and a hard worker, but approach your goals indirectly and covertly. You tend to be somewhat timid and not outwardly aggressive. If threatened, you can be very defensive, and you dislike competition. You may have stomach or digestive problems, and since your moods affect your digestion, you shouldn't eat when upset or fatigued. Mars in Cancer is often indicative of discord at home, as well as a great deal of emotionality and an equal difficulty in its outward expression. Your sexuality is often associated with sentiment or possessiveness.
  • Mars in Leo: With Mars in the fire sign Leo, you're vital, courageous, passionate, enthusiastic, proud, and have energy to burn (which you do). You need to be appreciated for what you personally do, as your lover(s) should know full well. If Mars is afflicted you may be jealous and get into arguments where loved ones are concerned. You have a powerful ego (unless there's also a strong Neptune in your chart), and hate to be wrong. A lover of sports, games, and entertaining others, you can be very expressive, dramatic, and sometimes forceful. You have strong likes and dislikes, and are good with kids and animals.
  • Mars in Virgo: With Mars in Virgo you're practical, ingenious, a hard worker and very willing to serve others, but you really need to stop fussing over nonessentials and questioning your own purpose or motivation. You're a master of detail, but get into trouble with coworkers because of your penchant to fuss over trivia. This also narrows the scope of your work, since it keeps you from seeing the larger picture. You get angry when others don't work as hard as you do. You have an innate urge to save, salvage and conserve, and can make a silk purse from a sow's ear.
  • Mars in Libra: It is difficult to be self-assertive, aggressive and sexual with the planet symbolizing those qualities in the sign of balance and harmony, although Billy the Kid, Genghis Khan and William the Conqueror seemed to have done alright with that placement. You need to find the proper balance between aggression and submission, between having to have your own way and letting the other guy have his or hers, for you alternate from one to the other. You vigorously put your energy into your relationships, but that's also where you tend to be argumentative and to stir up trouble. This is due to having to have your own way, and because you use your partner's reactions to you to make your own energy and self-assertion more visible to yourself. This can be especially problematic for women in this culture. This placement generally softens and sweetens your energy, indicates a good arbitrator or lawyer, and can provide motivation towards art. Libra is known as "the iron fist in the velvet glove," so you have a forceful but concealed agenda.
  • Mars in Scorpio: With Mars in Scorpio your energy is so powerful that self-discipline and self-mastery are a must. It is important to commit yourself to an ideal, for you have a lot of healing power. You are intense, proud, strong-willed, and your presence is so strongly felt by others that you can be commanding in silence as well as in speech. Your drive for power and your sexuality are very strong and often concealed, and you can easily manipulate others to get what you want.
  • Mars in Sagittarius: With Mars in Sagittarius you're independent, friendly, optimistic, a lover of freedom and the outdoors, but—since Sagittarius is a mutable sign—can scatter your energy and may at times be impulsive and unreliable. There are two types of personality with Mars in Sagittarius; one is drawn to sports and gambling, the other more to philosophy and religion. You may blend the two. In this regard your sexuality can either be lusty and free, or very moralistic. You enjoy travel and need physical outlets for your energy. You're frank and candid, and if Jupiter is afflicted can be blunt and tactless. You'd rather travel far than be stuck in routine.
  • Mars in Capricorn: Mars is said to be "exalted" in Capricorn, its strongest placement by sign. Mars is sexual energy, aggressiveness, passion, courage, force, vigor, stamina and mechanical ability. In Capricorn it is like a plough biting into the resistance of the Earth, dedicating personal energy to constructive work. This position indicates strong pride, responsibility, strength of purpose, persistence and self-reliance. With this placement however, you need to be careful of manipulating people in your climb to the top. Your strong ambition may stimulate antagonism from others, which, coupled with your tendency not to explain yourself, can cause problems on the job. Your sexual energy often has a lot more to do with power or conquest than with sentiment or feeling. A hard worker, you are driven to manage and to be in control. An important lesson for you is to let go of personal ambition and to work for the sake of the work itself.
  • Mars in Aquarius: With Mars in Aquarius your energy and drive to achieve tend to be independent, unconventional, aggressive, enterprising, erratic, and alternating between extremes of activity and sloth. Your sexuality is also this way, with an interest in experimenting as well. If your Mars is afflicted, you can be argumentative, stubbornly contrary, belligerent, and impatient. You are thorough in planning ahead and covering all the angles when it comes to your ambitions. You tend to be a reformer, and enjoy working with organizations or in community projects.
  • Mars in Pisces: Mars in Pisces is a good placement for musicians, dancers, renunciates, sailors, or people whose lives deal with the sea or maritime affairs; but otherwise you tend to lack direction and perseverance in attaining your personal goals. You have the capacity, however, to synthesize many aspects of a complex situation; and, since your intentions are naturally covert or hidden, this makes you an excellent strategist. You may not be physically strong and can be very restless. There’s a tendency to instability with Mars in Pisces, so alcohol and drugs are ill advised. Intuitive, sensitive and idealistic, you’re driven to go beyond the material world to spiritual or mystical realms where all are one; but in the process you may get lost in the clouds.
Sun in Sagittarius

Sagittarius natives tend to be idealistic, optimistic, dependable, open-minded, friendly, honest and versatile. But, they can also be tactless, irresponsible, showy, boastful, self-righteous, arrogant, quarrelsome, fanatical, dogmatic and dictatorial. Sagittarius natives like any work where foresight and a willingness to take a chance is offered, while at the same time, they try to avoid detailed work.

Sagittarius natives are usually outspoken, sometimes to the point of bluntness. Simply blurting out their ideas and opinions is due to their never-ending search for truth and wisdom. Others think Sagittarius natives are pretty tactless and the statement that “truth hurts” fits their way of thinking. Regardless of their undiplomatic remarks, others instinctively feel as if the Sagittarian means them no real harm and is only interested in raising their consciousness.

Sagittarius natives love the outdoors, large animals, nature and sports. Some have reckless gambling tendencies and will bet it all on the drop of a hat. Travel and even long walks appeal to them because they make the Sagittarian feel free – and he needs to feel free.

Sagittarius natives are philosophical and they want to understand the deeper issues and abstractions of life. They have a certain faith in higher things that generally always keeps them of an optimistic bent, no matter what difficulties are currently besetting them. They want to understand the meaning of life. This helps to keep them growing and expanding, which is something they need to do. This desire for expansion can cause them to overextend themselves with too many activities and to use up their energy too rapidly. They need to take intervals of rest to recuperate between projects.

Sagittarius natives need to learn how to concentrate on their current projects and stick with them to the end. Always full of enthusiasm, they tend to show it more at the start of new endeavors, then it tends to lessen as the project goes along and gets stuck in details, or the going gets a little rough, or it simply gets a little boring.

Although Sagittarius natives are ordinarily healthy, they can run into trouble due to overindulgence in food and drink.

Sagittarius natives are known for their friendliness, helpfulness and subtle humor. They are good conversationalists and enjoy debating merely for the sake of debating. They have a real gift for making friends and the typical Sagittarian can go anywhere in the world without ever feeling lonely, for they acquire friends along the route. They have humanitarian instincts and are practical in expressing them. They will tend to help anyone who is in need. You can usually depend on their loyalty and honesty, for there is nothing devious or manipulative in their nature.

Sagittarius natives are extremely independent and restless, with a real need for personal freedom. They can experience claustrophobia, either physical or emotional. This is why they are reluctant to get into total commitment situations and often shy away from marriage. In love, Sagittarius natives are highly romantic, but they need their partner to be intelligent and communicative. They hate jealousy and possessiveness on the part of their partner, especially since they are fond of flirting. They enjoy the chase more than the capture.

Career wise, Sagittarius natives are reluctant to become tied down to a set schedule, so will experiment with a variety of jobs. They do best in careers that permit them to travel about, either locally or widely. They also like dealing directly with people, either selling or promoting ideas, products, etc.

The Sagittarian may overlook small details, but their overall sense of planning is excellent. They have good memories. The challenge of a problem is what interests them, for it caters to their enjoyment in exploring the unknown. Playing games comes easily to a Sagittarian and it is the journey they enjoy rather than the destination.

Magic Oils Master Post

Ritual Oils

  • the general name for oils used to anoint candles, ritual tools, material, furniture, money, and other such items
  • also called Anointing Oils

Condition Oils

  •  is a term found only in Hoodoo and Conjure practice
  • it refers to all anointing and dressing oils that are utilized in rites, rituals, or spell-craft to address or remediate an unwanted condition or to bring about a desired condition
  • Because these oils were developed by practitioners of the African American folk magic path, which is called Conjure or Hoodoo
  • also called Conjure OilsHoodoo Oils, and Lucky oils

Aromatherapy Oils

  • oils used in a healing art whose roots lay in antiquity
  • This practice traces back more than 6,000 years to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, and probably Chinese
  • they used to burn scented flowers and herbs and enjoy aromatic bath, massage and skin care for curative and cosmetic purposes

Essential Oils 

  • are volatile, concentrated oils
  • usually having the characteristic odor or flavor of the plant from which they are obtained
  • are primarily used to make perfumes, flavorings, and accentuate ritual and spiritual oil blends

Synthetic Fragrance Oils

  • compounds created in a laboratory that smell a lot – or a little– like the natural flowers or herbs after which they have been named
  • A lot of companies today offer Synthetic Oils rather than Essential Oils because Synthetic Oils can be obtained at a fraction of the cost of Essential Oils
  • for magickal purposes it’s always best to use real Essential Oils whenever possible, as these contain the magickal properties of the plant from which they are distilled, which the synthetic oils do not.

Handcrafted Oils and Herbal Oils

  • are blends made up for specific ritual or magickal purposes
  • They are not made in a factory, but are indivisually prepared with the addition of magical herbs, roots, flowers and other natural ingredients to a simple oil base and then ritually charged with intent
  • Ritual Oils and Condition Oils may be considered to be “handcrafted herbal oils” only if they contain actual herbal ingredients

Carrier Oils

  •  are various oils, both vegetable and mineral
  • are used to help dilute Essential Oils that might cause severe irritation or reaction to some people if applied to the skin undiluted
  • Carrier Oils help dilute and thus stretch out the volume of Essential oils used in Ritual Oils and Condition Oils
  • A number of different oils have been, and are, used as Carrier Oils.

Olive Oil has an ancient history of being used as a Carrier Oil and is often seen used in oils meant to help in blessing and anointing.

Almond Oil became a popular Carrier oil due to its lighter scent and texture over the heavier Olive Oil. Almond Oil, unlike Olive Oil, does not dominate the natural fragrance of the herbs and Essential Oils that are blended in the handcrafting process.

The following is a list of Ritual Oils used by Pagans and Witches, Their properties that can be used in assistance of your magickal work.

  • ABRAMELIN OIL This oil and its accompanying ritual powder are both highly esteemed by those who follow more ceremonial magickal traditions, and it is of great benefit to those who follow the course of ritual activities.
  • BLESSING OIL This magickal oil can be used to bless new babies, new ventures, new homes, and for healing. Amplified with sincere prayer, will and intent it can also be used to help purify you or your home, to relieve suffering, or bring about spiritual healing
  • PLANETARY OILS The seven sacred planets relate to the days of the week and also planetary hours within days and seven sacred planets were associated with ancient Gods and Goddesses.  These oils help invoke the powers and characteristics of the individual planetary power. You can use these oils to anoint candles, or wear them as personal scent to help convey the power of the deities represented by the Planets.

Sun Oil - Sun, Sol, Apollo; Sunday; ruler of Leo
Mercury Oil - Mercury, Hermes, Wotan; Wednesday; ruler of Gemini and Virgo
Venus Oil - Venus, Freya; Friday; ruler of Taurus and Libra
Terra Oil - Terra, Gaia, Earth; our mother
Moon Oil - Moon, Luna, Artemis; Monday; ruler of Cancer
Mars Oil - Mars, Twi; ruler of Aries; co-ruler of Scorpio
Jupiter Oil - Jupiter, Zeus, Thor; Thursday; ruler of Sagittarius; co-ruler of Pisces
Saturn Oil - Saturn, Kronos; Saturday; ruler of Capricorn; co-ruler of Aquarius
Uranus Oil - Urania; co-ruler of Aquarius
Neptune Oil - Neptune, Poseidon; co-ruler of Pisces
Pluto Oil - Pluto, Hades; co-ruler of Scorpio

ZODIACAL OILS 

  • relate to the various signs of the zodiac and help symbolize and invoke the kind of activities and characteristics with which the various signs of the zodiac are associated. You can use these oils to anoint candles, or wear them with Planetary Oils as a personal scent to help strengthen weak astrological characteristics or to help heighten strong astrological characteristics.

Aries Oil- The Ram; March 21 - April 21; ruled by Mars; Element Fire.
Taurus Oil- The Bull; April 21 - May 21; ruled by Venus; Element Earth.
Gemini Oil - The Twins; May 21 - June 21; ruled by Mercury; Element Air.
Cancer Oil - The Crab; June 21 - July 21; ruled by the Moon; Element Water.
Leo Oil - The Lion; July 21 - August 21; ruled by the Sun; Element Fire.
Virgo Oil - The Virgin; August 21 - September 21; ruled by Mercury; Element Earth.
Libra Oil - The Balance; September 21 - October 21; ruled by Venus; Element Air.
Scorpio Oil - The Scorpion; October 21 - November 21; ruled by Pluto and Mars; Element Water.
Sagittarius Oil - The Archer; November 21 - December 21; ruled by Jupiter; Element Fire.
Capricorn Oil - The Seagoat; December 21 - January 21; ruled by Saturn; Element Earth.
Aquarius Oil - The Water Bearer; January 21 - February 21; ruled by Uranus and Saturn; Element Air.
Pisces Oil- The Fishes; February 21 - March 21; ruled by Neptune and Jupiter; Element Water.

Next we present some of the traditional herb-based blends that are used in the preparation of Hoodoo and Rootwork spells.

  • CAST OFF EVIL OIL This oil helps you rid yourself, your loved ones, and your home and spaces from the negative influences of false friends.
  • CROWN OF SUCCESS OIL This traditional Oil is tried and true and helps crown you and uplift you in all endeavors that you might undertake.
  • HEALING OIL This is really a very fine oil to help aid in the relief of sickness, sorrow, and to help mend ongoing physical and emotional problems.
  • MASTER KEY OIL For ritual work intended to help grant or empower aptitude in a skill, personal discipline, will, or authority. 
  • MONEY DRAWING OIL This is a very old, traditional Hoodoo Oil that has been used for ages. It is renowned amongst financiers, gamblers, shop owners, and common working folk for its ability to draw money to you.
  • BLACK CAT OIL In Hoodoo the black cat is a symbol of luck and strength helping in the sporting and gambling world. It is used to reverse bad luck and its vibrations work well for Witches and our general works.
  • FAST LUCK OIL This is one of the more famous Hoodoo formulas; it is used to draw luck in gambling, love, and commerce. This is an oil to use when you need a magickal response in these areas in a hurry.
  • SPECIAL OIL NO. 20 A famous and very strong old Hoodoo formula, this is an all purpose Condition Oil used for dressing candles. It is also known as Wick Oil, Candle Oil, and Brown Oil. .
  • VAN VAN OIL Perhaps the quintessential Hoodoo Oil. Van Van is most favored of oils for dressing amulets, charms and mojo bags. It helps clear away negativity, changes bad luck to good and acts as a road opener to new opportunities and circumstances.

Finally, here are some Essential Oils and Fragrance oils that can be used “straight” by diluting in Carrier Oil, but not blending with other scents.

  • JASMINE FRAGRANCE OIL This oil is best used for magickal workings relating to Psychicism, Astral Travel, and related Clairvoyant works.
  • LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL This oil is best used for magickal workings relating to love and health work.
  • LOTUS FRAGRANCE OIL This oil is best used for magickal workings relating to workings involving spirits and love; it is used to invoke the Moon and the Element of Water.
  • PATCHOULI ESSENTIAL OIL This oil is best used for magickal workings relating to money, and protection work, but it can also be used with great effectiveness for love and passion works.
  • CALAMUS ESSENTIAL OIL This oil is best used for magickal workings relating to gaining mastery and control through natural talent and charisma

Fun

World Building June #21

Hunter-gatherers in the Fifth World typically have to work as much as six hours a week. Those who garden have to work even more, perhaps as much as twenty hours a week on average.  The rest of the time, they have fun.

Favorite hobbies vary widely, but perennial favorites include gambling, storytelling, storytelling games that involve gambling, gossiping, gambling on topics of gossip, sports, gambling on sports, strategy games, games of chance, singing, dancing, athletic contests, gambling on athletic contests, naps, sex, long philosophical discussions, art, and gambling.

A society where everyone has everything they need, how do you make things a little more interesting? They often gamble for things like arrows or knives, and sometimes for more intangible rewards, like the promise of the first cut of meat from the next animal a hunter takes. Continental trade networks flourish on the barter of small, rare, valuable things from far away in no small part because they become good items to gamble away. So long as it stays within the family, losing it just means that you need to play again to get the chance to win it back, as the precious knick-knack circulates around and around. When someone loses it to another family, though, tensions can rise, and a good-natured rivalry can develop.

anonymous asked:

Is it possible for a character to get so addicted to the adrenaline rush of fighting that it negatively impacts their everyday life?

Adrenaline junkies are a real thing. Though the actual term is a bit of a misnomer, as far as I know, there’s no actual chemical or psychological addiction to adrenaline itself. Adrenaline junkies are a variety of sensation seekers.

Quick caveat, it’s been a long time since I took a psych class, so I’m a little rusty, and piecing things back together from memory and the internet, mostly the internet.

Sensation seekers are individuals who are unusually drawn towards constant, intense, sensory stimulation. This can lead to a pathological attraction towards dangerous and (subjectively) exciting experiences. Which in turn leads to the individual engaging in risky behavior. That may be gambling, extreme sports, violence, or any number of other behaviors.

It’s probably worth adding, sensation seeking is an entirely normal component of human psychology. We’re all driven to experience new things to one degree or another, and the sensation seeking impulse appears to be affected by hereditary factors. Put more simply, your brain is wired to poke you in the ass occasionally, and get you to try something new. What differentiates most people from a sensation seeker is how pronounced that impulse is.

In severe cases, sensation seeking behaviors absolutely affect daily life. The impulse to push boundaries or engage in “unsafe” behavior is more pronounced, meaning they’re more likely to blow through stop signs or speed while driving. It can (and probably will) affect the kind of media they consume. More aggressive content will, usually, win out over other alternatives. Be that TV, music, movies, whatever.

This is reinforced by a euphoric high that the individual experiences when engaging in risky behaviors. It’s not exactly like drug addiction, because it’s their own brain chemistry on a rampage, but the resulting behavior is similar.

The problem with engaging in risky behavior for extended periods of time is, eventually, your luck will run out. Rather obviously, the consequences will depend on what stupid thing the sensation seeker was doing this time. As it turns out, illegal street racers tend to have different outcomes from bungee jumpers. Though, being turned into human tomato paste is a legitimate option for both.

The problem with frequent hand to hand combat is the significant strain it puts on the body. I know we’ve gone over this, but fighting is painful. Even if you win, you’ll still walk away with injuries. Injuries which need to heal before you go back in for more. For someone with a pathological sensation seeking drive, they’re not going to wait, and (given time, and enough violence) the consequences will accumulate.

This is ignoring the legal issues involved. Someone who is pathologically drawn to fighting will run afoul of the law, quickly. This may simply be from the fights themselves, or the individual may escalate to increase the high experienced.

Before someone suggests a character who restricts themselves to professional or semi-professional bouts, remember a major element of this is the desire to engage in risky behavior. This includes not taking enough time between bouts to recover, because the impulse is to get back in.

Remember, this is a fundamental personality trait. While the behavioral loop, and some elements of this are superficially similar to an addiction, this isn’t one. Someone does not go from normal to being a combat adrenaline junkie. They may go from extreme sports to drunken brawls, but the underlying elements that lead to this kind of behavior are already there. That doesn’t mean people in their life were aware of the risk, however. Self-delusion can be a powerful drug.

While it can be a little difficult to fully unpack, I’d recommend taking a look at Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. It’s not an easy read, and is a book that’s remarkably easy to misread. Palahniuk has a very vulgar approach to violence, which suits the subject matter, but might not be something you feel like parsing.

-Starke

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jupiter

Jupiter in Aries

If you have Jupiter in Aries, you are enthusiastic, assertive, energetic, and filled with many ideas on how to grow, start, promote, or expand the ideas which fill your head. You are opinionated and can be very persuasive in getting people to go along with your plans and ideas. You like dealing with the big picture and have leadership qualities. A need to learn patience and to think before you act is probable. Your tendency to promise more than you can deliver should be watched. Tolerance of others people’s ideas and viewpoints should also be developed. You have the ability to sell things, ideas, material goods, philosophies. Over-optimism, conceit, self-centeredness, false pride, and fanaticism over some cause may be your biggest shortfalls with this position.

Jupiter in Taurus

If you have Jupiter in Taurus, you desire to expand the world around you with practical, tangible, material things. The rewards you expect from your efforts must be material in nature. As a gesture of appreciation, a simple “thank- you” is not as good as some little something in the form of something concrete that you can hold and see. You are generous with your possessions and share freely what you have, but only if the cause merits such action. Your nature tends to be a bit extravagant or self-indulgent and it is up to you to control your desire nature. You may be stubborn in your philosophical or religious beliefs, needing proof of anything before believing. There is a fear of sickness and pain. Money and material possessions can come to you but you must use your resources wisely, else they will get you into trouble. A great love of rich or sweet food may lead you to become overweight. Control of the palate and of the lower nature should be observed.

Jupiter in Gemini

If you have Jupiter in Gemini, you are clever, witty, and cheerful. You love traveling because of the knowledge you gain from your experiences and the people you meet. There may be a natural talent for learning and speaking foreign languages. Excessive nervous energy may lead to agitated speech or in the tendency to talk too much or promise more than you can deliver. There can be literary ability of a marked degree. Your mind is inventive, with a love of mathematics or other abstract subjects, along with the ability to understand them. You are constantly looking for those things in life which will expand your horizons and your own mental outlook or philosophy of life. Various religions or aspects of law may interest you mentally.

Jupiter in Cancer

If you have Jupiter in Cancer, you are loving, peaceful, friendly, sociable, sympathetic and probably very patriotic. You have a most vivid imagination and have many Utopian dreams. There is probably interest in mystical things. You have good financial judgment, especially in real estate, with the ability to accumulate money and possessions, especially after mid- life. Much help is received from the parents. You may have weight problems, especially later in life because you do enjoy the delicacies of the dinner table. Your full potential may not be reached until middle or later life. There may be a tendency towards stinginess, holding on too long to memories and possessions. You may be a pack- rat. Maudlin sentimentality and over-emotionalism may also be problems for you.

Jupiter in Leo

If you have Jupiter in Leo, you are generous, kind, compassionate and altruistic. You have organizing and executive abilities and crave positions of trust and responsibility, never being content to simply follow. You have an abundance of energy and a strong constitution. You love anything that tends to uplift society. On the negative side, though, you can become cruel, sensual, egotistical, ostentatious, abnormally fond of pleasure and subject to loss through speculation and gambling. You need to be admired for your generosity and warm-heartedness to all.

Jupiter in Virgo

If you have Jupiter in Virgo, you have a cautious, intellectual, analytical, and practical nature with an uncanny ability to sift the wheat from the chaff and determine the essential from the non-essential and the truth from the fiction. Your judgment is usually excellent and this helps bring success in business or work in general. You have a strong desire to expand your field of knowledge and to develop technical skill. On the negative side, you can at times be cynical, carping, critical, and mistrusting of others. There can be times when you get lost in the details and lose the bigger picture. There may be a dislike for exercise.

Jupiter in Libra

If you have Jupiter in Libra, you are philosophical, sympathetic and friendly. You expand your horizons and grow through using your ability to be outgoing with and well-liked by others. You have the ability to encourage others towards greater efforts. There is a love for beautiful things and perhaps an interest in art or law. On the negative side, there is danger of self-indulgence or extravagance, and a desire to improve social status through marriage rather than establishing a partnership based on true love. There may be more concern to demonstrate to the world that the marriage has been successful rather than happy. Much expense may be incurred through partnership, perhaps on account of the marriage partner’s extravagant tastes.

Jupiter in Scorpio

If you have Jupiter in Scorpio, you tend to be efficient and hard-working, with a flair for business and finance. You are resourceful and willing to do all the work necessary in the fulfillment of a task. You are secretive, but there is, also, great inner strength and courage. You have a magnetism that draws people to you. You have an ardent, aggressive, self-reliant nature and an enthusiastic, constructive mind. On the negative side, there may be trouble and loss through the indulgence of the lower nature and love of rich and expensive food and sickness on that account. Any tendencies for wild speculation and risk-taking should be controlled. There is interest in the occult. Strong healing abilities may be present. These energies are meant to be used to gain a higher consciousness and greater universal wisdom.

Jupiter in Sagittarius

If you have Jupiter in Sagittarius, you are big-hearted, idealistic, loyal, generous, humane, broad- minded, philosophical and tolerant. There may be interest in religion, law, higher education or anything abstract. You may be prophetic and inspirational and you can inspire trust in other people. They are attracted to your sense of honor and integrity. You have a strong desire to help others and you have an ability to inspire them to help themselves. You may be in a position of power and prestige or work in the professions. You tend to be conservative because of a desire for people to like you. You must watch a tendency to justify yourself by rationalization. On the negative side, you may be too fond of sport or gambling, fond of cheap or extravagant display, self- righteous, narrow-minded, intolerant, dogmatic and atheistic.

Juptier in Capricorn

If you have Jupiter in Capricorn, your positive qualities are honesty, sincerity, faithfulness, ingenuity, resourcefulness and some degree of mechanical ability. Your attempts at growth, expansion, meeting new opportunities and getting ahead in the world are met with reserve, discipline, caution, system, practicality and organization. You have a desire for material success, yet this may not bring satisfaction or happiness if gained. There may be a tendency toward miserliness and withholding yourself from the rest of the world, financially and emotionally. You hate waste, are self-reliant and self-controlled, and possess a desire to have authority over others. You can rise to great heights if you stay honest, truthful, respectful, and keep your nose clean doing everything above-board.

Jupiter in Aquarius

If you have Jupiter in Aquarius, you are a humanitarian and are concerned with the welfare of all people. You believe in the universality of life and the brotherhood of man. Reform and large group projects appeal to you as they give you wide scope for your own personal growth and expansion. You work well with others because of your inventive mind, your keen judgment, your fine intellect and your friendliness. You are intuitive, tolerant and sociable. You make an ideal diplomat, labor relation specialist or personnel manager because of your knack for handling various groups of people.

Jupiter in Pisces

If you have Jupiter in Pisces, your needs for growth and expansion are perhaps best satisfied when you are working to help raise mankind to a higher spiritual level. You recognize that we are all in this together and what is bad for one is bad for all. You are sympathetic, charitable, genial, unassuming, quiet, visionary, intuitive, with a subtle sense of humor. You have an interest in spiritual or metaphysical ideas and issues, but you need to find your own path and experience Truth for yourself. Periodically retreating from society and the people closest to you is good for your nerves and your own mental health. The strong desire you have to help others comes out in your willingness to help the unfortunate. Perhaps you volunteer in hospitals, jails, or other places of confinement. You give hope to those who need it most. You probably love nature and large animals, especially horses. There may be an interest in healing. On the negative side you may be hypersensitive, over- emotional, too sentimental, have a tendency to exaggerate, or to be too extravagant or self-indulgent.
I know people normally order the cookies first, and then get them delivered weeks later, but sometimes a mother goes out of town, and the stepfather isn’t on top of his stepdaughter’s extracurricular activities, and then the child doesn’t know how to sell cookies on her own, so the kindly uncle, with a busy radio job, has to step in and buy up a bunch of boxes, so she can go camping with her friends while you continue to disappoint everyone with your inattention to detail, and sports gambling, and idiotic taste in shoes, Steve Carlsberg! Yes, Steve, this is how things sometimes happen.
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Welcome to Night Vale

Episode 44 - Cookies

Mafia! AU

(comments: there are mentions of illegal things as we are talking about the mafia here, so if you’re uncomfortable with it, please do not continue reading. Inspired by this)

Mark: Kidnapping. Mark was so pretty, so charming that he could talk anyone into getting into his car or his vehicle of choice. Mark was so good that sometimes he could even get people to walk into the building where they were to be held. No one suspects a thing, until the ammonia enters their system and knocks them out. The moment they wake up, their hands are bound behind them and Mark would be sitting cross legged in front of them, the same charming smile that lured them in on his lips, and you would regret ever trusting him.

Jaebum: Boss. He’s in charge of the most notorious mafia family in the underworld and he rules the underworld with an iron fist. No one crossed Jaebum. No one. Jaebum is good at what he does and he always gets what he wants. If you negotiate with him, you have to agree with his terms or the deal is off. Jaebum protects his family fiercely, if anyone hurts his family, rest assured that they’ll be hunted down and killed. Jaebum is brutally efficient at what he does and that was what made his family rise to the top of the mafia world. 

Jinyoung: Underboss. Jinyoung was Jaebum’s second in command. Whatever Jaebum couldn’t oversee, Jinyoung was there to oversee it. Jinyoung makes sure that no one steps out of line, and if they do, there’ll be hell to pay. Jinyoung is also in charge of illegal gambling. Sports bribery, underground casinos, illegal biddings, you name it, Jinyoung is associated with it. Jinyoung keeps a close eye on all the the transactions, no money ever leaves the flow without his permission. Jinyoung may seem disarming but there was a glint in his eyes that screamed that he knew more than you thought he did.

Jackson: Hitman. Jackson is probably just as dangerous or even more dangerous than Jaebum. If Jaebum used words to get his way, Jackson used violence. Jackson is in charge of killing anyone that posed a threat to the family, and he also got rid of potential threats. His favourite weapon is of course his gun, but it’s rumoured that he can use anything to kill someone be it a steak knife or a sniper gun. Jackson is as good as his reputation says he is, and he has never failed a mission that has been given to him, no matter how difficult it was to find the person or how well the person was protected. So long as the person is on Jackson’s list, he would be crossed out.

Youngjae: Spy/informant. Youngjae was crucial to the family, he is the family’s eyes and ears, he sees and hears everything. He had the ability to blend into the background, no one really knows that he’s there and that was what made him dangerous. If there’s a development in the mafia world, any sort of fights between two families, a rising family or any kind of alliance between families to bring his family down, he’ll know. Jaebum  assigned him missions to gather information about other families, to find their secrets and their dirty laundry, so that Jaebum had the upper hand in negotiations and Youngjae always delivers.

BamBam: Romance fraud. Bam Bam was so sweet, so innocent that every woman fell for that smile of his. On the contrary, that was his best weapon, his ‘innocence’. BamBam sneaked his way into women’s hearts and he has them wrapped around his finger in no time. No one would ever think that BamBam could possibly be part of something so dark, but he was. A phone call was all it took for women to lose their life savings, because they wanted to help poor BamBam with his problems. The next day, BamBam would disappear from their lives and all that was left for the women were broken hearts and empty pockets.

Yugyeom: Hacker. Yugyeom was the youngest in the family and the most protected. Yugyeom often protested that he should be out in the streets as well, “BamBam is just only a few months older!” Jaebum refused to let him out because number one he was the youngest and he was the most useful in the home base. Yugyeom was their hacker, their tech expert. Yugyeom made sure that no one could break in to their database, and he organised all kinds of online espionages. He’s responsible for the illegal transfer of numerous bonds from banks, identity theft and anything that you could do through a computer. Yugyeom left no trace or any kind of paper trial behind, he was in and out of the system before you knew it.

Play vs. play

In English, we use the same verb for playing a game and playing an instrument. You play football (American or otherwise) and you also play the guitar. Not so in other languages, and I’ve been thinking about where the distinction lies.

In Spanish, you jugar (al) fútbol but you tocar la guitarra. Jugar is a pretty game-specific verb outside of idiomatic expressions. I’ve only ever seen it used with sports and gambling, though others may have counterexamples. Tocar also carries a generic meaning “to touch,” which makes some sense, because with the exception of the theremin and the like, you play instruments by touching them.

In Hindi, you get an interesting distinction. क्रिकेट खेलना (krikēṭ khēlnā [= “play cricket”]) but सितार बजाना (sitār bajānā [= “play the sitar”]).  Khēlnā, like jugar, is specific to games and sports.  The word for “game,” khēl, is directly related to the verb, as in cais kā khēl, “chess game.”  Bajānā, like tocar, has other generic meanings, including “strike” or “ring,” or most generally, “to cause to make a sound.”  So you game a game but you ring (or strike) an instrument.

Do any other languages make this play/play distinction (I’m sure many do), and what are they?

Some legal experts were surprised that the National Football League played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in securing the bill’s passage — despite the league’s long-held opposition to sports betting. “It’s universally recognized that their advocates were the main strategists,” said J. Daniel Walsh, then a lobbyist for the Interactive Gaming Council, which opposed the bill.

N.F.L. officials did not respond to requests for an interview.

No one envisioned then that seasonal bets on fantasy teams would open the door to daily wagering and million-dollar prizes.

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Cash Drops and Keystrokes: The Dark Reality of Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Games - The New York Times

I’m pretty sure that someone envisioned what would happen, and quite possibly helped work behind the scenes to pass that bill.

anonymous asked:

Not to sound rude, but aren't you a little old to be running a fandom blog? Sorry, but I hope that by your age, I would be doing other things with my time.

i’m presuming you’re the same anon? well, you probably could’ve worded it differently. but let me explain. 

i admit, i spend a LOT of time on here. but my former roommates were older than me and also had tumblrs– they just ran more social justice/feminist blogs, rather than fandom blogs. i did too for a long time, but it was burning me out because how much horrible news do i have to see about the world? after 27 years, i know the world is awful, and i’m doing what i can do to make a change. but blogging about harry potter makes me happy, so i decided to do that instead. 

my current job gives me a lot of free time. when i don’t see clients, there’s little supervision, and they don’t give us the ability to have more responsibilities, which basically translates to me sitting at my computer for half my shift doing nothing. hence, why i spend a lot of time here. but trust me, most of my posts are queued. on weekends especially, i’ll go a few days without checking. 

and now to my main point: i think the idea that adults have to grow out of fandom is a bit patriarchal? so, grown men can pay sometimes up to THOUSANDS of dollars on fantasy sports gambling rings, and tickets, and merchandise, and TV packages that allow them to watch every game, every day, and they can spend their saturdays and sundays doing nothing but watching football, but it’s completely acceptable? (and yes, women do this too, but let’s be honest, it’s a male-dominant space.) but spending time (and money on merch/conferences/etc if we want to) on fandom-related interests is considered unacceptable for adults to do? i call bullshit. i call misogyny, because men in fandoms are called nerds, and women who are in fandoms are called “obsessed” and i think it comes down to gender roles. things that teenage girls like (and i’m going to say that i think teenage girls are the ones who push fandoms forward– you go, girls!) are always looked down upon as trivial, but if a grown man wants to spend thousands of dollars every year on season tickets to a game to support his team, it’s understood as just “part of being a man”? and if a man wants to show interest in comic books, or anime, or books, or music, or anything BUT sports, he’s labeled as less of a man. a “geek.” we’re forced to pretend that we don’t run these blogs, that we don’t write/read fic, that we don’t make graphics, that we don’t exist. yes, we have comic-con and movies but we’re still considered a “subculture” while sports are just “culture.” a woman my age that gets emotional over fandom stuff is called “immature” while a man who gets angry because his team lost is just called “passionate.”

while i’m significantly older than a lot of you, i try to set clear boundaries and just be kind to everyone. i would have LOVED if someone was kind and encouraging to me when i was the age that a lot of the people on here are. the first people i encountered in the HP fandom were older fic writers, many of whom are in their 30s and 40s with children, so it was honestly a shock when i found out that a lot of people weren’t 18 yet. and here i’ll say- if you’d rather i didn’t follow or message you, because you feel weird about my age, then please let me know. i understand! 

in short, yes, i run a fandom blog. yes, i’m 27. yes, i interact with a lot of people on here, many of whom are underage. and i’m not ashamed, even though i’m made to feel ashamed about it a lot (only a handful of my RL friends know i have this blog because when i start to talk about harry potter, they call me a “geek.”) and because i feel like the stigma stems from sexist perceptions of what are acceptable interests, i’m going to keep being active in the fandom as long as i can, because fuck societal expectations of “adulthood.” i’m over trying to fit that mold, and now i’m just trying to do what makes me happy.