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Zodiac Advent Calendar Day 5

The Signs as Fantastic Beasts mostly classified as harmless

XX -  Harmless / may be domesticated                                                             XXX -  Competent wizards should cope

Aries - Hippogriff XXX                                                                                       front legs, wings and head of an eagle and body, hind legs and tail of a horse; loyal and proud 

Taurus - Niffler XXX                                                                                             have a long snout and a coat of black fur; are attracted to shiny things

Gemini - Streeler XXX                                                                                         snail who changes colour hourly; have sharp spikes on their sheels, which inject poison

Cancer - Billywig XXX                                                                                         sapphire blue colored insect; sting causes giddiness and levitation

Leo - Fwooper XXX                                                                                             brightly-coloured bird; their song will drive listeners insane

Virgo - Augurey XX                                                                                             thin and mournful looking bird; sings when it is about to rain

Libra - Clabbert XX                                                                                             resembles a cross between a monkey and a frog; has a large pustule on the forehead, which flashes red (great christmas light)

Scorpio - Kneazle XXX                                                                                       related to a cat; have a high level of intelligence and independence; aggressive towards people they consider unlikeable

Sagittarius - Cornished Pixie XXX                                                                     small, bright blue mischief-maker; loves tricks and practical jokes

Capricorn - Bowtruckle XX                                                                                 little tree guardians; generally peaceful; will give you wood for wands in exchange for wood lice

Aquarius - Jarvey XXX                                                                                       looks like an overgrown ferret; capable of Human speech, but usually uses rude and short statements

Pisces - Puffskein XX                                                                                       covored in fur and spherical in shape; does not object being cuddled or thrown away

A quick guide to treating shock

This is a simple quick overview. A much detailed will be done later.

Causes & Effects

Shock may be caused by severe or minor trauma to the body, and is usually the result of :

  • Significant loss of blood.
  • Heart failure.
  • Dehydration.
  • Severe and/or painful blows to the body.
  • Severe burns.
  • Severe wound infections.
  • Severe allergic reactions to drugs, foods, insect stings, and snakebites.

What shock does is stun and weaken the body. Shock is critical, as once the normal blood flow in the body becomes upset this can result in the casualty’s death. The early identification and proper treatment of shock may save a life!


  • Sweaty but cool skin (clammy skin).
  • Paleness of skin.
  • Restlessness / nervousness.
  • Thirst.
  • Loss of blood (bleeding).
  • Confusion (or loss of awareness).
  • Breathing rate that is faster than normal.
  • Blotchy or bluish skin (especially around the mouth and lips).
  • Nausea and/or vomiting.


When treating a casualty always assume that shock is present or will occur shortly. By waiting until the actual symptoms of shock become noticeably present may jeopardize the casualty’s life.

*Preventing and treating shock in the field follow about the same procedures!

a. Position the Casualty. DO NOT move the casualty or his/her limbs if suspected fractures have not been splinted.

(1) Move the casualty to cover, if cover is available and the situation permits.

(2) Lay the casualty on his/her back.

A casualty in shock after suffering a heart attack, chest wound, or breathing difficulty, may breathe easier in a sitting position. If this is the case, allow him/her to sit upright, keeping a careful monitoring over them in case their condition worsens.

(3) Elevate the casualty’s feet higher than the level of his/her heart. Use a stable object (field pack, rolled up clothing etc) so that the feet don’t slip off.

Check casualty for leg fracture(s) and splint if necessary before elevating the feet. DO NOT elevate the legs if there is an unsplinted broken leg, head injury, or abdominal injury!

For a casualty with an abdominal wound, place the knees in an upright (flexed) position.

(4) Loosen the clothing at the neck, waist, or wherever it may be binding. DO NOT LOOSEN OR REMOVE protective clothing in a chemical environment.

(5) Prevent chilling or overheating. The key is to maintain the body temperature. In cold weather, place a blanket or other like item over the casualty to keep them warm and prevent chilling. However, if a tourniquet has been applied, leave it exposed if it is possible. In hot weather, place the casualty in the shade and avoid excessive covering.

(6) Calm the casualty. Throughout the entire procedure of treating and caring for a casualty, the rescuer should reassure the casualty and keep them calm. This can be done by being authoritative and by showing self-confidence. Assure the casualty that you are there to help.

(7) Seek medical aid.

b. Food and/or Drink. During the treatment/prevention of shock, DO NOT give the casualty any food or drink.

If you must leave the casualty or if they are unconscious, turn the head to the side to prevent him choking should vomiting occur.

c. Evaluate Casualty. If necessary, continue with the evaluation.


Timelapse view of hornets constructing a nest. At one point during a camping trip when I was young one of my fellow hikers stepped on one of these. It did not go well for the humans.

  • Natsu: ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ”š๐Ÿš‚
  • Lucy: โญ๏ธ๐Ÿ”‘โœ’๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ™’๏ธ
  • Gray: โ„๏ธโ›„๏ธ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ‘•๐Ÿšฌ
  • Erza: โš”๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ“
  • Wendy: โ˜๏ธ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ˜–๐ŸŒ€
  • Gajeel: ๐Ÿ”ฉ๐Ÿ”ง๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‰
  • Jellal: ๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
  • Juvia: ๐Ÿ’งโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒŠโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
  • Happy: ๐Ÿฑ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽฃ
  • Mira: ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Laxus: โšก๏ธ๐ŸŽง๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿฒ
  • Levy: ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‘“
  • Cana: ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿท๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘™
  • Sting: โ˜€๏ธโœจ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ˜‹โœŠ๐Ÿป
  • Rogue: ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐ŸŒ‘๐Ÿธ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ”™
  • Zeref: ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ˜ขโŒ›๏ธ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’”

CINNAMON | Cinnamomum Zeylanicum

  • Body: Strong Antiseptic. Eases Colds. Viral Infections. Calms Diarrhea, Nausea & Vomiting. Eases Menstrual Pains. Takes Sting out of Insect Bites.
  • Skin: Tightens loose tissues.
  • Mind: For Exhausted States. Feelings of weakness.

JASMINE | Jasminium Grandiflorum 

  • Body: Childbirth, Vaginal Infections, Infertility.
  • Skin: Stretch Marks. Scars. 
  • Mind: Relaxing. Recharges Emotions. Severe Depression. Aphrodisiac.

LAVENDER | Lavandula Angustifolia

  • Body: Lowers Blood Pressure and Body Temperature. Pain Relieving. Insomnia. Anti-Viral.
  • Skin: Burns. Sunburn. Acne Eczema.
  • Mind: Anger. Depression. Anxiety. Sleep Disorders.

a memory: 6pm dinners, every night. before that, we would sit on the deck of someone’s bungalow or on the gazebo near the waters and watch the sun slip down past the mountains. there was always music – laughter coming from inside of us, the crumpling and crunching of snacks we had accumulated on the road, something softly playing in the background while we simply existed in this moment. then, the bell echoes down to us and 6pm arrives, gently and without realisation. tonight, at home, too many miles away from this place, i ate dinner alone, and so my heart pulls a cord and these nights come back to me so vividly. barefoot, our knees covered, shoulders too, the smell of insect repellent stinging our noses, the breeze breaking up the humidity. this is where we came together. to eat, to exchange memories with each other, to get to know. sitting around these wooden tables, bowls of rice in front of us, passing around dishes of homegrown vegetables and meat and broth, we found our lives intertwining. this is how we went from strangers, to friends, to family. just like that. as the night went on, sometimes there would be beer and other times we’d just get drunk on new feelings. everything about this place was so open. you couldn’t hide parts of yourself, and even if you could, you didn’t want to. at the very centre of ourselves, we were, are, so similar. the air was filled with each of us exclaiming, me too! at something we once felt so alone in. 

some things that i love about Sera being associated with bees:

  • the thing about bees dying when they sting you doesn’t apply to queen bees. they can sting you as much as they want without dying, just as Sera can shoot you with all of the arrows and not die
  • bees, like red jennies, activate and maintain an effective economy of goods and services wherein those who treat them well get honey, and those who abuse them get swarmed and stung to death
  • bees communicate through dance and innuendo in complex codes only they are privy to in order to lead their companions to fresh nectar sources, in much the same way that Sera’s interesting methods of communication are always worth taking the time to unpack and understand
  • unlike wasps and other stinging insects, bees produce value in the world by creating honey and aiding in pollination
  • just as red jennies are great at using teamwork, if a wasp threatens their territory, a swarm of bees will gang up on it and cover its body, vibrating in tune with one another until the wasp is cooked to death by the friction

tl;dr bees are cute, like Sera, and also can kill you, like Sera

I came across this Wooly Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantina) growing along the edges of a park in Queens, NY. It is native to Turkey, Armenia, and Iran, but has been naturalized in much of the temperate world. It puts out little purple, pink, or white flowers in late spring and summer. The fresh leaves can be used to dress wounds. They help to stop the bleeding, and have antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, making them a great alternative to store-bought bandages. The leaves can also be used to make an eyewash to treat pinkeye and sties. A tea made from young, dried Wooly Lamb’s Ear leaves can help with fevers, diarrhea, sore mouth and throat, internal bleeding, and weaknesses of the liver and heart. Finally, the leaves can be bruised so that the juices are released, and put on bee stings or other insect bites to help reduce the swelling.