such things are cyclical

The Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of seasonal festivals, observed by many modern Pagans. It consists of either four or eight festivals: either the solstices and equinoxes, known as the “quarter days”, or the four midpoints between, known as the “cross quarter days”.

The festivals celebrated by differing sects of modern Paganism can vary considerably in name and date. Observing the cycle of the seasons has been important to many people, both ancient and modern, and many contemporary Pagan festivals are based to varying degrees on folk traditions.

In many traditions of modern Pagan cosmology, all things are considered to be cyclical, with time as a perpetual cycle of growth and retreat tied to the Sun’s annual death and rebirth.

Yule/Winter Solstice: a festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later undergoing Christian reformulation resulting in the now better-known Christmastide. A celebration the beginning of longer days, as this is the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight. 

Imbolc: the first cross-quarter day following Midwinter this day falls on the first of February and traditionally marks the first stirrings of spring. It is time for purification and spring cleaning in anticipation of the year’s new life. 

For Celtic pagans, the festival is dedicated to the goddess Brigid, daughter of The Dagda and one of the Tuatha Dé Danann.

Among witches reclaiming tradition, this is the  time for pledges and dedications for the coming year.

Ostara/Spring Equinox: from this point on, days are longer than the nights. Many mythologies, regard this as the time of rebirth or return for vegetation gods and celebrate the spring equinox as a time of great fertility.

Germanic pagans dedicate the holiday to their fertility goddess, Ostara. She is notably associated with the symbols of the hare and egg. Her Teutonic name may be etymological ancestor of the words east and Easter.

Beltrane: traditionally the first day of summer in Ireland, in Rome the earliest celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. 

Since the Christianization of Europe, a more secular version of the festival has continued in Europe and America. In this form, it is well known for maypole dancing and the crowning of the Queen of the May.

Litha/Summer Solstice: one of the four solar holidays, and is considered the turning point at which summer reaches its height and the sun shines longest.

Luchnassad/Lammas: It is marked the holiday by baking a figure of the god in bread and eating it, to symbolize the sanctity and importance of the harvest. Celebrations vary, as not all Pagans are Wiccans.  

The name Lammas (contraction of loaf mass) implies it is an agrarian-based festival and feast of thanksgiving for grain and bread, which symbolizes the first fruits of the harvest. Christian festivals may incorporate elements from the Pagan Ritual.

Mabon/Autumn Equinox: a Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas / Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain.

Samhain: considered by some as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets, and other loved ones who have died. In some rituals the spirits of the departed are invited to attend the festivities. It is seen as a festival of darkness, which is balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by the festival of Beltane, which is celebrated as a festival of light and fertility.

insomniac!yuuri hcs

this is pretty random for this blog, but i’m bored so here:

  • i definitely hc yuuri as an insomniac
    • his anxiety is too much like mine for him not to be tbh
  • i know from experience that insomnia can be “contagious” to certain people
    • people like phichit, who are very sensitive to the emotional states of those around them and are very empathetic
    • especially when they live with an insomniac
    • so now phichit has insomnia, too, though not as bad as yuuri’s, and it doesn’t really phase him, probably because he likes taking naps during the day (a note for non-insomniacs: some insomniacs are really good at taking naps; others aren’t; for others, it varies from day to day)
    • he likes that it allows him to be there for his friend when yuuri is anxious and there’s nobody else awake for him to talk to
  • insomnia is not contagious for all people
    • so it never rubs off on viktor, who seems to be a pro at sleeping and doesn’t intuitively understand yuuri
  • when they first start sleeping together, viktor tries to ignore yuuri’s struggle and just sleep because he hopes it will help yuuri if he sets a good example
  • but he soon learns that just makes yuuri more anxious
    • because then yuuri’s afraid to move since he doesn’t want to wake his bf
  • so now viktor forces himself to stay up late with yuuri when he knows yuuri is anxious
    • he can tell because he knows there’s something going on that yuuri is worrying about, but also because he learns to read the patterns of yuuri’s body language even when viktor doesn’t understand what’s causing the anxiety
  • viktor happily stays up late even when he’s super exhausted for yuuri because he loves him that much
  • he never let’s on that he’s tired or losing sleep because of yuuri, because he knows that would just make him feel bad and stress more
  • at first he comes up with excuses for why he isn’t going to sleep as early as he used to (caffeine, eating too late at night, didn’t get enough exercise during the day and has too much energy, slept too much the night before or took a nap during the day, etc.), but eventually yuuri stops questioning it
  • then something unexpected happens
  • yuuri starts sleeping earlier— not early or at a normal time, but now he’s getting a solid 5.5 hours of sleep a night instead of 4
  • because he’s no longer scared of not being able to sleep (if you’re not an insomniac, you may not understand this, but trust me, it’s a thing.  insomnia is a very cyclical anxiety, which is part of what makes it so hard to get rid of.  it’s basically the fear of your anxiety attacking you as soon as you try to speak, which causes more anxiety)
  • so over time the two of them get more and more sleep
    • viktor is secretly very proud of himself for having helped yuuri
    • yuuri doesn’t realize how much thought viktor put into this, but he knows it’s thanks to viktor that he sleeps better, and it makes him love and trust him that much more, which leads to him reaching out and snuggling/cuddling with viktor more at night
    • which of course thrills viktor and is basically the best thank you he could ever receive

like I know it’s a longshot and probably not going to happen because I think there are too many variables that maybe contradict it (?) but Griffin’s repeatedly described Phandalin as a “perfect circle of black glass” which, on a larger scale, is similar to what the planar mirrors in Lucas’ lab were, and now all I can think about is how fucking insanely badass it would be if they used Phandalin - arguably their biggest failure/regret - as a way to banish/ultimately defeat the Hunger LIKE THAT WOULD BE SO AMAZING AND A TOTAL ‘COME FULL CIRCLE’ MOMENT (GET IT see it’s even a pun it’s perfect) dude I want it so bad I don’t care how many hoops he’d have to jump through to make it work I want it so bad

Summer Winds spell for Patience

The Summer Solstice is coming up, and that means that it’s time to kick back and enjoy a day in the sun. For some, the solstice is about community, or love, and all the warmth that summer can bring. For me, it’s about relaxation and waiting. You’ve sown the seeds, and soon the time will come to reap them. In the meantime, it’s time to relax. 

Life is hectic, but summer is a time for freedom and patience combined; for people like me, though, waiting is one of the hardest things you can do. Here’s a spell to help. This doesn’t need to be a solstice/midsummer spell, but I’m certainly using it as one! 

What You’ll Need: 

  • The sun (through a window, by going outside, w/e)
  • Gold yarn/string
  • Dandelion (fluffy)

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Good evening, folks! Songwriting is all about balance - when crafting lyrics, you want to give your audience something that, through repetition, is memorable and easy to sing along with. Overdo the repeated lyrics, however, and you find yourself with a song that is memorable for the wrong reasons, from having annoyed the listener. 

Terms like “lyrically dense” and “repetitive” are thrown around a lot by reviewers, but there is an objective way to measure lyrical repetitiveness, by dividing the number of unique words by the total number of words in a song: the lower the percentage of unique words, the more words (and often whole phrases) have been repeated. When it comes to English, at least, even very wordy and unrepetitive songs seldom get over 50-55% unique words - not just because of repeated choruses and bridges, but because of the common words, especially articles, basic verbs, conjunctions and prepositions which are difficult to avoid. Songs with 30% original words or less, on the other hand, are notably repetitive. 

Just like the overall number of words in a song, how repetitive or not a years’ songs are is a strangely cyclical thing. In 2015, the average song had a quite considerable average of 39.41% unique words, with about half the field sending songs that had 40% or more unique words. However, the winner and five of the top 10 sent songs well under the average number of unique words - and in 2016, consequently, the average dropped to 34% unique words, with the number of songs that had 40% unique words or more falling by almost half

Whilst in 2015, 6 of the 10 most repetitive songs did not qualify - and out of those that did, only Australia really made a mark at the top of the table - in 2016, 7 of the 10 most repetitive songs qualified, and nearly all of them got in the top 15. So, one would expect an even more repetitive year this year - but instead, the average song’s original word count has increased a little to 35.7%, perhaps because last year’s winner, as well as big hitters like Russia and Sweden, were all less repetitive than the average.

The 5 least repetitive songs this year all have a specific reason for this status. Malta’s song has few words and is delivered slowly with little repetition; Portugal makes use of long instrumental breaks and keeps the lyrics poetically sparse; Croatia boosts its unique word tally by singing in two languages, whilst Belarus and Hungary owe their status, to some degree, to their languages. Belarusian lacks articles (like a and the) and in most instances a copula (I am a teacher is  Я настаўнік, I teacher) - two things commonly repeated in English language songs. Hungarian has both copulæ and a definite article, but can use cases and other inflections where most European languages would use prepositions and possessive pronouns (house is ház, but my house is a házam and in my house is a házamban - you can see how this agglutinative structure makes for a high number of unique words.)

The 5 most repetitive songs are mostly ones that you may well have predicted thanks to how often a phrase is repeated in them: Latvia (where we baby, where we draw the line), Moldova (hey mamma, hey mamma, hey mamma), Cyprus (let me be your gravity) and the most notorious of all, Spain, where “do it for your lover” is repeated 26 times and “just do it” 17 times, meaning that we hear one of these implorations every four seconds on average. Making up the five is Belgium, whose multiple lyrical repetitions owe themselves to the fact that musically the song is built like a hymn, repeating two phases and without a prechorus or bridge.

Most winners of Eurovision have a percentage of unique words that sits firmly in the sweet spot of 35-45%, which is where we find the bookmakers’ top tipped songs, Italy and Bulgaria. Other hotly backed songs, like Belgium and Sweden, fall well below this average. Will we see a more or less repetitive song take the trophy this year? We’re inching ever closer to finding out. Check out the full data table below!

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anonymous asked:

Hey! Not sure if you spoke about this already... After watching 712, do you think the Ferris wheel on the wall in 610 was supposed to foreshadow (if that's the correct word) a shift in their relationship? Almost like going from BF/GF to husband and wife. I ask because you're so good at putting things into words.

Oh wow, thank you. ☺ So I think the ferris wheel is definitely a constant on this show, in the Grimes home, and certainly for Michonne. I think we first see it featured in final scene of season 5, where she attempts to put her sword back up, but she decides to keep it instead, and it’s prominent in the background. (I’m sure we get a glimpse of it before this, but it seems quite deliberate here.)

So I like to think the purpose of them showing it all the way back then was to speak to her upcoming arc in season 6. The wheel representing the circle of life, and the completeness that she’s looking for in the next season. Her journey has been a slow but continuous road to recovering what she lost. She essentially died when her family did, emotionally at least, and every season she’s come a little bit more back to life. So I think showing this as a prelude to season 6 represents that evolution for her. We see her become open to the prospect of love again, where she takes on Carl and Judith as her children, and starts this new relationship with Rick. So I’d say the Ferris wheel in their home represents the wholeness of their lives, and specifically Michonne’s, finally.

And as it relates to 7x12, I think the Ferris wheel (and the carnival in general) became a great way to denote the lightness of this episode and the happiness in these two characters at that moment. It reinforced the idea that they were having fun, that this getaway was a respite from all the heavier things they were dealing with. But what comes with that is a reminder that this can’t last forever. Because the nature of a Ferris wheel is that you’re on top of the world one minute, and back on the ground the next. And that’s precisely what happens to them when Michonne thinks that Rick has died. Real life comes and knocks them down, as it so often does. So in that vein, I think the wheel also represents the inevitable cyclical nature of life.

Wheels represent tons of things, of course (even in the way that wheels = circles = rings = marriage), but I’ve noticed that they seem closely tied to Michonne, especially, so that’s where my head went. Thank you for the awesome question!


Philanthropist. Bibliophile. True friend to the Library of Metropolis… 

Mr. Lex Luthor.

also i’m annoyed that the makers of la la land spent the entire awards season setting up this rhetoric of being the underdog, of being a hard movie to make, of being a risk. it’s so easy to fall back on that excuse now when in reality moonlight was the obvious risk and pulled off an intergalactic upset. 

it’s just this weird cyclic thing that wealthy white americans always do. they want to feel like they’re put upon, and they want to feel like david, so whenever the tiniest inconvenience crosses their path, it’s suddenly, oh, goliath wins again!

it’s exhausting, and it’s impossible to argue with them because they’re so convinced that the system is working against them; as soon as you argue with them, they make you out to be part of the system. 

anyway i’m glad moonlight won.

anonymous asked:

Can you explain more the thing about cyclical narratives and why fanfiction is like medieval literature? it sounds cool

okay, it’s been quite awhile since i studied medieval lit, but i studied a fuckton of it a decade ago. @lesetoilesfous, my precious medievalist, let me know if i get something wrong. 

so basically before the advent of widespread literacy, available books, AFFORDABLE books, and methods of reliable preservation (and even for awhile afterwards), the idea wasn’t so much to tell a new story. new stories were about some guy nobody had heard of, and who the fuck cared about him? nobody that’s who. 

but what people did want to hear were the old stories. the ones based on heroic events. legendary people from the past. people that maybe really did exist, and certainly everyone had opinions about.

a lot of people have played that game where you whisper something down the line of players and at the end the phrase is a jumbled mess of what it used to be. and of course, that’s what happened with stories, but instead of a line of giggling eight year olds, you have people who are really good storytellers. who sure, love the source material, but who also have their own interests and biases. who maybe tell the story a little different than they heard it told to them, who give a heroine the red hair of their lover, or who maybe even change the setting a little to make comparisons to contemporary political struggles. 

of course you’ve also got those guys memorizing the illiad so they can sing it with a harpist, but that’s another side of this whole thing. 

it’s like the branches of a tree. wild stories branch out, highly cultivated ones maybe don’t so much. but they still do a little.

fast forward to the middle ages where we start to have recorded english writing (i’m talking english as a language, not translations of things in other languages that had existed for ages). new authors are writing the way they told stories. the goal isn’t to tell the newest one, but to tell an old story in a good, interesting way. people know what’s going to happen, but they’re thrilled, excited, delighted when it happens anyway. shakespeare did it too. milton did it with the bible. and a host of other writers.

they were writing fanfiction. or, rather, what we now call fanfiction is the original form written literature seems to have taken in most cultures that i know of. almost any story you find from middle english writing was based on another story. there are constant references which the readers would have excitedly noticed and been pleased about, or annoyed at the heavy handedness of. because stories in many ways follow the same pattern that humor does, as in, we have a cultural set of expectations and what’s funny or delightful or terrifying is how those expectations are played with, how they’re turned on their head, or just skewed a little. our expectations are cyclical. we want romance, then we want restraint. we want heroes then we want tragic antiheroes. and so on, and so forth. 

there is nothing wrong with original fiction. not at all. but fanfiction has an ancient history. i for one kind of prefer it. but also i like getting paid so there’s the struggle i guess. 

The Theory


Alright well the theory is based upon two principle things: 1) the flood was either a prophecy for now or a cyclical occurrence 2) the angel war might as well be a prophecy or a cyclical occurrence and some of our memories as omens of the future, although I believe this less

The sea levels are rising. Humans in their destructive lives are destroying the Earth THEMSELVES without Adonai’s need to even punish them! They’re doing it to themselves, and the flood could literally be the vast flood that we will create with climate change. I’ve read up a lot on this, analyzing the Bible and other biblically inspired texts, like “the Second Coming” by Yeats, in order to support my theory. The concept of the gyre implies that every 2000 years the cycle repeats– 2000 years ago Christ was born, and (depending on your spiritual beliefs) was a benevolent being upon the earth…. however, 2000 years later, this being (in Yeats’ poem at least) is depicted as evil and dark, and that humans have MADE it that way. The end of the world is coming, both literally and spiritually, because of climate change, in the future, bringing about the destruction of life as we know it and (possibly) because of all the signs that the apocalypse is coming soon (Persian mythology, Abrahamic faiths, etc).

I believe we were called all here to DO something, to try and stop it somehow, and that another war will happen. The “dark hearts” of mankind, with mass destruction and consumerism, are spurring on this event. That’s why we’ve all been awakened… we are needed in for some greater purpose. I’ve been meditating long and hard about this… AGAIN, this is only a THEORY, DO NOT CALL ME HERETIC OR FALSE BC THIS IS ONLY A THEORY

Anyway that’s just what I’ve compiled thus far

anonymous asked:

Why do INFPs and INFJs not get on in theory? Two of my three best friends are an INFP and an INFJ and they get on really well together (sometimes too well, and then they team up to annoy me over things)

It really depends on the INFJ, really. See, there are several subtypes of INFJs that are VERY different from each other and it takes a certain kind to get along with an INFP. My INFJ mother hates INFPs because she thinks their idealism is completely illogical (her Ti is really well developed but she’s still a bit emotionally unhealthy so she’s pretty hypercritical)
Another INFJ I know gets along just fine with INFPs, and in fact dated one. They didn’t last long, though, because, here’s the key–
When INFPs have a different worldview than an INFJ (which is probable), INFJ may find it hard to deal with INFP’s version of their own view. Ni-Fe is very “confident” and INFJs hardly ever change their opinions once they’ve experienced that Ni …thing that they do. INFPs, on the other hand, are stubborn in that they feel like they’re being manipulated or “changed” if someone tells them they’re wrong or is sure of a contrary opinion to their own.
It’s a weird cyclical thing, but in deep relationships this duo can sometimes run into trouble because of that. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t.

ya know i’ve been thinking about making a proper literary analysis blog. like just me picking apart the narrative and whatnots of pop culture things. and podcasts. of course podcasts. would anyone be interested in that?

like, one of the things i’ve been itching to write is the ring structure (a cyclical instead of linear structure) of undertale

and also the 3 act structure in wolf 359

also writing emotion and dialogue in the bright sessions

or like maybe make it a weekly thing on *this* blog? would ya’ll be annoyed with that or

Full Body Multiple Orgasms....from Anal Sex

Reblog from a dead profile. Useful for all genders, but especially useful for sissy gurls & trans women.

Perhaps I’m an unlikely “expert” on this subject, but it seems that women who can achieve this bliss are supremely unable to explain HOW. They just CAN. I had to learn how, so I think I can help others cut through the BS out there and make some progress. I’ve only gotten there a couple times, and I’m probably not an expert yet. But I gotta share the things I DO have sorted out! Get a cup of tea, gurls…you might have to read this more than once!

First let’s look at the types of orgasms available to us:

Here the involuntary muscle contractions mostly localized to base of penis and prostate, with some radiating into surrounding pelvis. Adding an ass toy can increase the involvement of the rest of the pelvis. Once you cum, you’re done, and generally you shoot a load of cum. The most common route to getting there is stroking or fucking, but there are important variations:

• It is possible to get to a penile orgasm by flexing the muscles at the base of the cock. This is in itself a worthwhile exercise because it makes you more sensitive to new stimuli. But still, once you cum, you’re done.

• Obviously we can have this kind of orgasm radically intensified by adding anal stimulation. I think this just makes the arousal radiate further out from the typical cum-spurting muscles and nerves. But still, once you cum, you’re done.

• Finally, this might be important – it’s entirely possible to have a penile orgasm with a limp cock. I’ve done it (on lots of poppers!) and it works fine. But still, once you cum, you’re done.

Note the common theme – once you cum, you’re done. This is because ejaculation releases hormones that basically force you to be done. Another point worth noting is that when the arousal is localized, interrupting the stimulation SUCKS! It’s like you have high pressure forced into one little container and it needs to be released. Full body arousal is very different, lacking that single focal point.

Here the involuntary muscle contractions mostly localized to prostate alone. This expels some semen, but not of the same composition as the typical penile orgasm. It also doesn’t make it shoot out forcefully because fewer muscles are pushing it. Note the word “fewer”! Because of the localized nature, the total level of arousal is less than for a penile orgasm. (If it’s more, it probably wasn’t just a prostate orgasm) Prostate stimulation can be a PART of leading to a full body orgasm. But you can also overdo it on the prostate and derail the full body orgasm - you need to keep the arousal sort of balanced over the whole body.

The whole body is involved in the involuntary contractions. Yes, head to toe. This is the holy grail, NOT the prostate orgasm. It takes much longer to get there, and it’s harder to find the way, but it’s worth it. You need to involve stimulation all over your body to bring those areas into participation. Let’s look at some thoughts on HOW!

The comparison with a nuclear reaction is intentional. Once you hit critical mass, things happen FAST! And you won’t necessarily know you’re there until you’re there, at least for the first time or three. Here are some steps to add mass to the reaction:

1. No jacking off! Let the arousal build up. It took me five days of building up to get to where I could have my first brush with a full-body orgasm, and on day six I was having multiples. As I get better at it I might not need so much of a waiting period, but the baseline arousal has to be there.

2. Don’t expect to get hard. It’s not relevant and it might be easier if you don’t.

3. Accept that you won’t ejaculate

4. Deliberately seek stimulation OTHER than via your cock. Remember you have nipples, ears, lips, tongue, sides, thighs, scrotum, perineum, back, and most importantly your mind. Use them ALL.

5. Expect that you won’t orgasm! Prepare for dry runs, detours and dead ends. Sometimes the arousal will lead nowhere. Don’t jack off. Just decide that it was pleasant, and retain that arousal for next time. This isn’t as terrible as it sounds, since all the arousal isn’t concentrated in such a small area.

6. I gotta say poppers helped me. They seemed to sensitize pathways that aren’t normally so sensitive.

7. Did I mention….don’t touch your cock? Cock stimulation seems to short-circuit all the energy to there.

8. Be aware of your whole body. Any shudder might be a micro-orgasm!

9. Let it fade…then build to another. Letting it fade is critical!! It has to come in waves. This is not a single ramp up like the penile orgasm.

10. Then let it fade…and build again. It’s a cyclic thing. Multiple orgasms are like pushing yourself on a swing…push at the right time to make the next peak higher

11. Make sure you’re comfortable making some noise. When you hit critical mass, you will!

12. Don’t freak out when it happens! Just relax and let it take you over!

13. When you stop, you stop. Let arousal slowly fade down to normal.

I had my first brush with it after 5 days of not cumming, using a Perfect Fit tunnel plug, medium size (which is huge!!), lots of nipple and perineum stimulation and balls tugging. I screwed it up when I freaked out that it was actually happening! The following day I had multiple orgasms with a $10 hard plastic vibrator! The good news is once you discover how to get there, it’s just a matter of building on that experience to develop new ways of getting there.
Some might wonder if this works better for someone like me, who isn’t exactly a “real man”. I have no idea, but I suspect it is mostly about being totally open to it, taking your time, and saving up your hormones for a while so your baseline arousal is higher.

Happy humping!

anonymous asked:

are you not really interested in SU anymore? not intending to be pressuring or anything!! just wondering if you still have interest in it or if this is pretty much a voltron blog now ^^;

Thank you, anon, because I’ve been meaning to talk about this.

I still adore SU, absolutely. The thing is, sometimes I go through kind of… cyclic waves of enthusiasm? And right now I’m at high ebb with Voltron and low ebb with SU. Everything about the show that I adored is still there and I’m completely sure I’ll come back to it but at this point I’m not totally sure when that happens because my interest level in things I adore is proportionate to the orbits of the moons of Jupiter.

So consider it me kind of taking a hiatus from SU for now? It is not a farewell. :)

The Elements

A lot of the time, astrology writers talk about the elements so much that they just presume we all understand what they are, what they actually mean concerning the signs. I’m guilty of this too, so I wanted to make a post explaining what energy the elements actually represent.

Fire- Fire is the rumble in the belly, that impulsive need to satisfy whatever it is you desire. Often, fiery folk can be combative, yet passionate, someone that has trouble fitting into a box but rather wishes to break the box completely, to live by whatever their heart tells them to do. Fire is desire, will and action. In other words, they get things done.

Earth- Earth is the ability of sensation, to tap into the cyclic rhythms of the world, to live in a grounded and practical reality. Earth folk can find themselves wondering about what is “appropriate,” what a tangible reality is, yet there is also a creativity here, an appreciation of anything that excites the five senses. Earth is often associated with physical goods also.

Air- Air is the whirring energy of thought, of conception, of ideas that whizz and fizz in the mind. There is an eccentricity of air, a mindful genius. Air is also the talent of words, communication and expression, even though airy folk tend to have a kind of detached aura to them, a cerebral quality, but often friendly none the less. Air can think up wondrous ideas, even if they aren’t always the most practical.

Water-  Water is receptive intuition, creating personalities that could often be described as empaths. Water is sensitivity, creativity and where the lines all merge into one, nothing ever black and white. Water is subjective, taking in the instinct of pure “feeling” over anything cerebral, creating a rainbow stream of conflicting emotions and ideas. 

While Socrates focused his teaching on the moral qualities, his disciple Plato recognized that not just ephemeral qualities but all general terms, from “table” to “cloud,” could now be pondered as eternal, unchanging forms. In retrospect, we can see that the alphabet had indeed granted a new autonomy and permanence to all such terms. Besides the various meandering rivers, for instance, that one could view, or wade through, in the sensible world, there was also the singular notion “river,” which now had its own visibility. “River” itself could now be pondered apart from all those material rivers that were liable to change their course, or to dry up from one season to the next.

For Plato, as for his teacher, genuine knowledge must be of what is unchanging and eternal - there can be no “true” knowledge of a particular river, but only of the pure Idea (or eidos) “river.” That Plato often used the Greek term eidos (which meant “visible shape or form”) to refer to such unchanging essences is itself, I believe, an indication of the affinity between these eternal essences and the unchanging, visible shapes of the alphabet.

For the letters of the alphabet, like the Platonic Ideas, do not exist in the world of ordinary vision. The letters, and the written words that they present, are not subject to the flux of growth and decay, to the perturbations and cyclical changes common to other visible things; they seem to hover, as it were, in another, strangely timeless dimension. Further, the letters defer and dissimulate their common visibility, each one dissolving into sound even as we look at it, trading our eyes for our ears, so that we seem not to be “seeing” so much as “hearing” something. Alphabetic writing deflects our attention from its visible aspect, effectively vanishing behind the current of human speech that it provokes.

—  from the Animism and the Alphabet chapter of David Abram’s The Spell of the Sensuous

tagged by @ackermanlevis; thank you so much jenna! <3

Five Things You’ll Find In My Bag:

  • ipod w/ earbuds
  • coding laptop
  • graphing calculator
  • writing utensils
  • notebooks

Five Things In My Bedroom:

  • home laptop (different from coding laptop)
  • headphones
  • periodic table poster
  • textbooks
  • dazai

Five Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do In My Life:

  • travel the world
  • start a business
  • learn more programming languages
  • learn another foreign language
  • dazai

Five Things That Make Me Happy:

  • programs compiling w/o error
  • well-formatted code
  • when terms of polynomials cancel out
  • cyclic quadrilaterals
  • dazai

Five Things On My To-Do List:

  • survive high school
  • get thru college apps
  • continue developing an android app
  • continue preparations for a programming workshop i started
  • dazai

Five Things People May Not Know About Me:

tagging: @takasukis, @toshiiros, @shisiou, @kaori, @akutagawaas, @orekis, @todorokih, @atsushisnakajima, @ranpohedogawa, @nahcoko, @larimii, @v-ermouth, @yukkie-s, @d-a-z-a-i@dazaisosmu, @tachihaara@bandaged-chessmaster, @chuuyahz, @aizawashoutah, everyone else in the bungostraydogz discord (just say that i tagged u); as usual, feel free to not do this!

I am very tired of people my age (late 20′s/early 30′s) saying that as slightly older LGBT people they don’t have a problem with “queer” and THEREFOR only whiny entitled teenagers have a problem with it and the concept of queer as a slur is “a very new one, kids”.

like I’m sorry but I came out surrounded by older LGBT people, many of whom are my mother’s age or older, and when I self-identified as queer, because I found power in that, around them, I could SEE their pain. They would literally wince. I was having lunch with an older man at one point and referred to myself as queer and he snapped, “I don’t call people that.” Eventually I learned that I could still self-identify as queer - and I do - but I mostly did/do that privately or among people who know me well and know where I’m coming from with it, or in my own spaces like in my home or or my own blog etc. Because look, people my age: WE ARE NOT THE ELDERS OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY. We are the older side of the tumblr demographic very specifically but 29-35 is not “old” and we do NOT speak for actual elders, “elder” is a term that is EARNED, it conveys a significant historical and community position, it conveys respect. Assigning yourself the position of “elder” to a bunch of teenagers when you’re fucking 30 and presuming to act like you’re SUUUUUUUUUPER oppressed or whatever by teenagers not wanting to be called queer because they’re apparently more aware of its history as a slur than you are - because, SURPRISE, the use of queer as a slur today is not just a generational thing! It’s also a regional thing, a cultural thing, etc, AND IT’S CYCLICAL - saying that because you a 30something who lives in like Montreal or New York or wherever and whose friends are all socialists etc are comfortable with “queer” as a personal identifier means that teenagers living with their Baptist parents in a rural community are being whiny brats when they say they don’t want to be called “queer” is PROFOUNDLY tone-deaf at the very least.