symbolic objects

anonymous asked:

Okay so when your building and your story relies on a religion, how do you go about building the basis for that belief system? How to build a belief system?

Hi there!

Building an interesting religion from the ground up can be difficult. It can really help to look at the whole thing from…exactly that. The ground up.

Consider the religion’s cosmology. How did things start? How important is that story to your world and your characters?

Pick out a top three-five stories that really resonate within the world. Which ones is it just a given that someone on the street would know? Outline them or write them out. So, if you’re doing this exercise for Christianity, you might say, “Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, Jonah and the Big Fish.” Having a few popular stories will add depth, but it doesn’t have to explicitly explain everything about the world, or even the religion.

Think about symbols or objects that hold value to the people. What do they represent? How ubiquitous are they?

Give your world variety when it comes to philosophy, application, and opinion. Not all adherents will agree on everything, and sometimes they will so vastly disagree that their religion will look like two, even if it’s rooted in the same place (Catholicism vs. Protestantism). Having everyone believe the same thing is not only boring, it’s unrealistic. 

The basic rules of this religion should appeal to your characters (and likely your reader’s) sense of rightness and goodness. Even if the modern version of this religion has altered, its roots should be founded in good. That can be twisted through unwritten laws, control, misinterpretation, and all that, but letting us see at least a hint of what was meant to be will give the system more nuance and believably than anything strictly evil or weak.

Consider the god(s), their mortality, how they appeal to the people, how their ruling system works, how involved they are, and how revered they are by the people. 

Sometimes, if you have a religion of your own, it can be difficult to think outside of that box. You alter something you see as normal to make something new, when you’re actually just making it more like something else that already exists. So if you need a little extra inspiration, read up on old religions, modern religions, and think about how you can deviate in a way that feels fresh. 

(I might maybe do a brainstorming series posts on religions and beliefs..? Any interest??)

Happy writing!

****Edited to add that the Brainstorming Series post is now live. Check it out HERE.
Different Types of Magic

A note by the poster: this list is not extensive; these are not the only varieties of magic that exist or can be used, but are merely examples of some of the more common or well-known branches of practiced magic.


In this particular  type of magic the Elements of Fire, Earth, Air and Water are given their own directional focus to create added power and give extra energy to your spells. You will no doubt find that you tend to favor one particular direction, but you should be able to use all of them.


Perhaps the simplest form of magic is that which involves color. This method of working is also used in conjunction with various other forms of magic. Color can enhance, alter and completely change moods and emotions and therefore can be used to represent our chosen goal. At its simplest, it can be used alone and in dressing an altar. 


Herbal magic is often used alongside many other forms of magic. Used as talismans and amulets – for example in a pouch or bag – herbs become protective; the oil from herbs can also be used in candle magic. There are many different types of herbs available for use in this way. Each herb has its own specific use, but frequently is used along with many other herbs and oils to produce a desired result.


In candle magic, man discovered the ability to control light and this is one of the oldest forms of magic as well as one of the most simple. Using candles to symbolize ourselves and our beliefs means that we have access to a power beyond ourselves. Candle magic also forms an effective back-up for most other forms of magical working.


Every stone or gem has its own attribute which can be used in magic. Crystals are used extensively in healing because of the vibrational impact they can have. Because of this, they lend themselves to the enhancement of any spell making or magical working. Even ordinary stones have their own power and can be used as repositories for all sorts of energies and powers.


Knot magic works partly with the principle of binding, which is a type of bidding spell, and also with that of weaving. It utilizes ribbon, rope, string, yarn, or anything that can be knotted or plaited to signify our aspiration. It is a type of representational magic, and is used in conjunction with many of the other forms. The techniques of color, form and use of energies are all used in its practice.


Representational magic involves using an object that represents something or someone for whom you are working the spell. It helps in concentrating the energy and visualizing the desire and the end result. Representational objects should never be used for negative purposes. [This is an opinion of the book’s original author, and not one that is shared by the poster.]


In this system different symbols, rather than objects, are used to represent various ideas, people or goals. These symbols can be personal to you, or such things as Tarot cards, runes, sigils, or numerology. You will often use symbolic magic in your magical workings and will soon develop your own preferred symbols.

Talismans, Amulets and Charms

These devices use all the other forms of magic in their formation, but principally representational and symbolic magic. They are ‘charged’ (given power) magically and usually are worn or carried on the person for protection or good luck. Many are worn around the neck, perhaps as jewelry, or carried in a pouch and incorporate crystals, herbs or other magical objects. There are many types of each of these objects and you will gradually learn to differentiate between them.

[“The Ultimate Book of Spells” by Pamela J. Ball]

One-armed Bandit Tarot

*Slot Machine Spread*

The archetypical slot machine typically have three reels of symbols, but there’s nothing wrong with adding more reels (rows of cards) if you are so inclined and if it fits a particular reading you would want to do.

In this example, I will use 3 card reads, which literally could be anything that’s supposed to be read in a linear fashion (past, present, future - mind, body, spirit etc.)

You will need: A deck of cards, a coin or something similar (like a stone)  and at least one six-sided die.

With your, or your clients question in mind, shuffle the cards in your normal fashion. Cut the deck as normal, and deal out three rows of cards, each with six cards in them.

Offer a coin as a symbolic gesture. This could be a magical coin if you have that, or you could make one for this specific purpose, or if you like to do post-apocalyptic witchcraft, you could use a bottle cap, or any kind of stone or an object of symbolic value to you or your client would do. 

Pull an imaginary lever. Roll the die one time for each row. Turn over the card corresponding with the number on the die. There you have your results.

You could variants on this if you would like. Like for instance, use more rows, as mentioned, or put more, or less, cards in each row, if you own polyhedric dice. You know, D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, D20. Or use a random number generator either online or on an app on your phone. 

You could even turn all the cards over before rolling the dice and pretend you are allowed to step up or down a number of times in order to make a more favourable read. 

Have fun! 

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👐🏽 🙌🏽 👏🏽 🙏🏽 👍🏽 👎🏽 👊🏽 ✊🏽 🤛🏽 🤜🏽 🤞🏽 ✌🏽 🤘🏽 👌🏽 👈🏽 👉🏽 👆🏽 👇🏽 ☝🏽 ✋🏽 🤚🏽 🖐🏽 🖖🏽 👋🏽 🤙🏽 💪🏽 🖕🏽 ✍🏽 🤳🏽 💅🏽 👂🏽 👃🏽 👶🏽 👦🏽 👧🏽 👨🏽 👩🏽 👱🏽‍♀️ 👱🏽 👴🏽 👵🏽 👲🏽 👳🏽‍♀️ 👳🏽 👮🏽‍♀️ 👮🏽 👷🏽‍♀️ 👷🏽 💂🏽‍♀️ 💂🏽 🕵🏽‍♀️ 🕵🏽 👩🏽‍⚕️ 👨🏽‍⚕️ 👩🏽‍🌾 👨🏽‍🌾 👩🏽‍🍳 👨🏽‍🍳 👩🏽‍🎓 👨🏽‍🎓 👩🏽‍🎤 👨🏽‍🎤 👩🏽‍🏫 👨🏽‍🏫 👩🏽‍🏭 👨🏽‍🏭 👩🏽‍💻 👨🏽‍💻 👩🏽‍💼 👨🏽‍💼 👩🏽‍🔧 👨🏽‍🔧 👩🏽‍🔬 👨🏽‍🔬 👩🏽‍🎨 👨🏽‍🎨 👩🏽‍🚒 👨🏽‍🚒 👩🏽‍✈️ 👨🏽‍✈️ 👩🏽‍🚀 👨🏽‍🚀 👩🏽‍⚖️ 👨🏽‍⚖️ 🤶🏽 🎅🏽 👸🏽 🤴🏽 👰🏽 🤵🏽 👼🏽 🤰🏽 🙇🏽‍♀️ 🙇🏽 💁🏽 💁🏽‍♂️ 🙅🏽 🙅🏽‍♂️ 🙆🏽 🙆🏽‍♂️ 🙋🏽 🙋🏽‍♂️ 🤦🏽‍♀️ 🤦🏽‍♂️ 🤷🏽‍♀️ 🤷🏽‍♂️ 🙎🏽 🙎🏽‍♂️ 🙍🏽 🙍🏽‍♂️ 💇🏽 💇🏽‍♂️ 💆🏽 💆🏽‍♂️ 🕴🏼 💃🏽 🕺🏽 🚶🏽‍♀️ 🚶🏽 🏃🏽‍♀️ 🏃🏽 🏋🏽‍♀️ 🏋🏽 🤸🏽‍♀️ 🤸🏽‍♂️ ⛹🏽‍♀️ ⛹🏽 🤾🏽‍♀️ 🤾🏽‍♂️ 🏌🏽‍♀️ 🏌🏽 🏄🏽‍♀️ 🏄🏽 🏊🏽‍♀️ 🏊🏽 🤽🏽‍♀️ 🤽🏽‍♂️ 🚣🏽‍♀️ 🚣🏽 🏇🏽 🚴🏽‍♀️ 🚴🏽 🚵🏽‍♀️ 🚵🏽 🤹🏽‍♀️ 🤹🏽‍♂️ 🛀🏽

     Brown Emojis      

👐🏾 🙌🏾 👏🏾 🙏🏾 👍🏾 👎🏾 👊🏾 ✊🏾 🤛🏾 🤜🏾 🤞🏾 ✌🏾 🤘🏾 👌🏾 👈🏾 👉🏾 👆🏾 👇🏾 ☝🏾 ✋🏾 🤚🏾 🖐🏾 🖖🏾 👋🏾 🤙🏾 💪🏾 🖕🏾 ✍🏾 🤳🏾 💅🏾 👂🏾 👃🏾 👶🏾 👦🏾 👧🏾 👨🏾 👩🏾 👱🏾‍♀️ 👱🏾 👴🏾 👵🏾 👲🏾 👳🏾‍♀️ 👳🏾 👮🏾‍♀️ 👮🏾 👷🏾‍♀️ 👷🏾 💂🏾‍♀️ 💂🏾 🕵🏾‍♀️ 🕵🏾 👩🏾‍⚕️ 👨🏾‍⚕️ 👩🏾‍🌾 👨🏾‍🌾 👩🏾‍🍳 👨🏾‍🍳 👩🏾‍🎓 👨🏾‍🎓 👩🏾‍🎤 👨🏾‍🎤 👩🏾‍🏫 👨🏾‍🏫 👩🏾‍🏭 👨🏾‍🏭 👩🏾‍💻 👨🏾‍💻 👩🏾‍💼 👨🏾‍💼 👩🏾‍🔧 👨🏾‍🔧 👩🏾‍🔬 👨🏾‍🔬 👩🏾‍🎨 👨🏾‍🎨 👩🏾‍🚒 👨🏾‍🚒 👩🏾‍✈️ 👨🏾‍✈️ 👩🏾‍🚀 👨🏾‍🚀 👩🏾‍⚖️ 👨🏾‍⚖️ 🤶🏾 🎅🏾 👸🏾 🤴🏾 👰🏾 🤵🏾 👼🏾 🤰🏾 🙇🏾‍♀️ 🙇🏾 💁🏾 💁🏾‍♂️ 🙅🏾 🙅🏾‍♂️ 🙆🏾 🙆🏾‍♂️ 🙋🏾 🙋🏾‍♂️ 🤦🏾‍♀️ 🤦🏾‍♂️ 🤷🏾‍♀️ 🤷🏾‍♂️ 🙎🏾 🙎🏾‍♂️ 🙍🏾 🙍🏾‍♂️ 💇🏾 💇🏾‍♂️ 💆🏾 💆🏾‍♂️ 🕴🏾 💃🏾 🕺🏾 🚶🏾‍♀️ 🚶🏾 🏃🏾‍♀️ 🏃🏾 🏋🏾‍♀️ 🏋🏾 🤸🏾‍♀️ 🤸🏾‍♂️ ⛹🏾‍♀️ ⛹🏾 🤾🏾‍♀️ 🤾🏾‍♂️ 🏌🏾‍♀️ 🏌🏾 🏄🏾‍♀️ 🏄🏾 🏊🏾‍♀️ 🏊🏾 🤽🏾‍♀️ 🤽🏾‍♂️ 🚣🏾‍♀️ 🚣🏾 🏇🏾 🚴🏾‍♀️ 🚴🏾 🚵🏾‍♀️ 🚵🏾 🤹🏾‍♀️ 🤹🏾‍♂️ 🛀🏾

     Black Emojis      

👐🏿 🙌🏿 👏🏿 🙏🏿 👍🏿 👎🏿 👊🏿 ✊🏿 🤛🏿 🤜🏿 🤞🏿 ✌🏿 🤘🏿 👌🏿 👈🏿 👉🏿 👆🏿 👇🏿 ☝🏿 ✋🏿 🤚🏿 🖐🏿 🖖🏿 👋🏿 🤙🏿 💪🏿 🖕🏿 ✍🏿 🤳🏿 💅🏿 👂🏿 👃🏿 👶🏿 👦🏿 👧🏿 👨🏿 👩🏿 👱🏿‍♀️ 👱🏿 👴🏿 👵🏿 👲🏿 👳🏿‍♀️ 👳🏿 👮🏿‍♀️ 👮🏿 👷🏿‍♀️ 👷🏿 💂🏿‍♀️ 💂🏿 🕵🏿‍♀️ 🕵🏿 👩🏿‍⚕️ 👨🏿‍⚕️ 👩🏿‍🌾 👨🏿‍🌾 👩🏿‍🍳 👨🏿‍🍳 👩🏿‍🎓 👨🏿‍🎓 👩🏿‍🎤 👨🏿‍🎤 👩🏿‍🏫 👨🏿‍🏫 👩🏿‍🏭 👨🏿‍🏭 👩🏿‍💻 👨🏿‍💻 👩🏿‍💼 👨🏿‍💼 👩🏿‍🔧 👨🏿‍🔧 👩🏿‍🔬 👨🏿‍🔬 👩🏿‍🎨 👨🏿‍🎨 👩🏿‍🚒 👨🏿‍🚒 👩🏿‍✈️ 👨🏿‍✈️ 👩🏿‍🚀 👨🏿‍🚀 👩🏿‍⚖️ 👨🏿‍⚖️ 🤶🏿 🎅🏿 👸🏿 🤴🏿 👰🏿 🤵🏿 👼🏿 🤰🏿 🙇🏿‍♀️ 🙇🏿 💁🏿 💁🏿‍♂️ 🙅🏿 🙅🏿‍♂️ 🙆🏿 🙆🏿‍♂️ 🙋🏿 🙋🏿‍♂️ 🤦🏿‍♀️ 🤦🏿‍♂️ 🤷🏿‍♀️ 🤷🏿‍♂️ 🙎🏿 🙎🏿‍♂️ 🙍🏿 🙍🏿‍♂️ 💇🏿 💇🏿‍♂️ 💆🏿 💆🏿‍♂️ 🕴🏿 💃🏿 🕺🏿 🚶🏿‍♀️ 🚶🏿 🏃🏿‍♀️ 🏃🏿 🏋🏿‍♀️ 🏋🏿 🤸🏿‍♀️ 🤸🏿‍♂️ ⛹🏿‍♀️ ⛹🏿 🤾🏿‍♀️ 🤾🏿‍♂️ 🏌🏿‍♀️ 🏌🏿 🏄🏿‍♀️ 🏄🏿 🏊🏿‍♀️ 🏊🏿 🤽🏿‍♀️ 🤽🏿‍♂️ 🚣🏿‍♀️ 🚣🏿 🏇🏿 🚴🏿‍♀️ 🚴🏿 🚵🏿‍♀️ 🚵🏿 🤹🏿‍♀️ 🤹🏿‍♂️ 🛀🏿

        Animals & Nature  

     🐶 🐱 🐭 🐹 🐰 🦊 🐻 🐼 🐨 🐯 🦁 🐮 🐷 🐽 🐸 🐵 🙊 🙉 🙊 🐒 🐔 🐧 🐦 🐤 🐣 🐥 🦆 🦅 🦉 🦇 🐺 🐗 🐴 🦄 🐝 🐛 🦋 🐌 🐚 🐞 🐜 🕷 🕸 🐢 🐍 🦎 🦂 🦀 🦑 🐙 🦐 🐠 🐟 🐡 🐬 🦈 🐳 🐋 🐊 🐆 🐅 🐃 🐂 🐄 🦌 🐪 🐫 🐘 🦏 🦍 🐎 🐖 🐐 🐏 🐑 🐕 🐩 🐈 🐓 🦃 🕊 🐇 🐁 🐀 🐿 🐾 🐉 🐲 🌵 🎄 🌲 🌳 🌴 🌱 🌿 ☘️ 🍀 🎍 🎋 🍃 🍂 🍁 🍄 🌾 💐 🌷 🌹 🥀 🌻 🌼 🌸 🌺 🌎 🌍 🌏 🌕 🌖 🌗 🌘 🌑 🌒 🌓 🌔 🌚 🌝 🌞 🌛 🌜 🌙 💫 ⭐️ 🌟 ✨ ⚡️ 🔥 💥 ☄️ ☀️ 🌤 ⛅️ 🌥 🌦 🌈 ☁️ 🌧 ⛈ 🌩 🌨 ☃️ ⛄️ ❄️ 🌬 💨 🌪 🌫 🌊 💧 💦 ☔️

           Food & Drink        

       🍏 🍎 🍐 🍊 🍋 🍌 🍉 🍇 🍓 🍈 🍒 🍑 🍍 🥝 🥑 🍅 🍆 🥒 🥕 🌽 🌶 🥔 🍠 🌰 🥜 🍯 🥐 🍞 🥖 🧀 🥚 🍳 🥓 🥞 🍤 🍗 🍖 🍕 🌭 🍔 🍟 🥙 🌮 🌯 🥗 🥘 🍝 🍜 🍲 🍥 🍣 🍱 🍛 🍚 🍙 🍘 🍢 🍡 🍧 🍨 🍦 🍰 🎂 🍮 🍭 🍬 🍫 🍿 🍩 🍪 🥛 🍼 ☕️ 🍵 🍶 🍺 🍻 🥂 🍷 🥃 🍸 🍹 🍾 🥄 🍴 🍽

                Sports, Music & Arts        

       ⚽️ 🏀 🏈 ⚾️ 🎾 🏐 🏉 🎱 🏓 🏸 🥅 🏒 🏑 🏏 ⛳️ 🏹 🎣 🥊 🥋 ⛸ 🎿 ⛷ 🏂 🏋️‍♀️ 🏋️ 🤺 🤼‍♀️ 🤼‍♂️ 🤸‍♀️ 🤸‍♂️ ⛹️‍♀️ ⛹️ 🤾‍♀️ 🤾‍♂️ 🏌️‍♀️ 🏌️ 🏄‍♀️ 🏄 🏊‍♀️ 🏊 🤽‍♀️ 🤽‍♂️ 🚣‍♀️ 🚣 🏇 🚴‍♀️ 🚴 🚵‍♀️ 🚵 🎽 🏅 🎖 🥇 🥈 🥉 🏆 🏵 🎗 🎫 🎟 🎪 🤹‍♀️ 🤹‍♂️ 🎭 🎨 🎬 🎤 🎧 🎼 🎹 🥁 🎷 🎺 🎸 🎻 🎲 🎯 🎳 🎮 🎰

                Transportation & Places        

       🚗 🚕 🚙 🚌 🚎 🏎 🚓 🚑 🚒 🚐 🚚 🚛 🚜 🛴 🚲 🛵 🏍 🚨 🚔 🚍 🚘 🚖 🚡 🚠 🚟 🚃 🚋 🚞 🚝 🚄 🚅 🚈 🚂 🚆 🚇 🚊 🚉 🚁 🛩 ✈️ 🛫 🛬 🚀 🛰 💺 🛶 ⛵️ 🛥 🚤 🛳 ⛴ 🚢 ⚓️ 🚧 ⛽️ 🚏 🚦 🚥 🗺 🗿 🗽 ⛲️ 🗼 🏰 🏯 🏟 🎡 🎢 🎠 ⛱ 🏖 🏝 ⛰ 🏔 🗻 🌋 🏜 🏕 ⛺️ 🛤 🛣 🏗 🏭 🏠 🏡 🏘 🏚 🏢 🏬 🏣 🏤 🏥 🏦 🏨 🏪 🏫 🏩 💒 🏛 ⛪️ 🕌 🕍 🕋 ⛩ 🗾 🎑 🏞 🌅 🌄 🌠 🎇 🎆 🌇 🌆 🏙 🌃 🌌 🌉 🌁

             Things / Objects        

       ⌚️ 📱 📲 💻 ⌨️ 🖥 🖨 🖱 🖲 🕹 🗜 💽 💾 💿 📀 📼 📷 📸 📹 🎥 📽 🎞 📞 ☎️ 📟 📠 📺 📻 🎙 🎚 🎛 ⏱ ⏲ ⏰ 🕰 ⌛️ ⏳ 📡 🔋 🔌 💡 🔦 🕯 🗑 🛢 💸 💵 💴 💶 💷 💰 💳 💎 ⚖️ 🔧 🔨 ⚒ 🛠 ⛏ 🔩 ⚙️ ⛓ 🔫 💣 🔪 🗡 ⚔️ 🛡 🚬 ⚰️ ⚱️ 🏺 🔮 📿 💈 ⚗️ 🔭 🔬 🕳 💊 💉 🌡 🚽 🚰 🚿 🛁 🛀 🛎 🔑 🗝 🚪 🛋 🛏 🛌 🖼 🛍 🛒 🎁 🎈 🎏 🎀 🎊 🎉 🎎 🏮 🎐 ✉️ 📩 📨 📧 💌 📥 📤 📦 🏷 📪 📫 📬 📭 📮 📯 📜 📃 📄 📑 📊 📈 📉 🗒 🗓 📆 📅 📇 🗃 🗳 🗄 📋 📁 📂 🗂 🗞 📰 📓 📔 📒 📕 📗 📘 📙 📚 📖 🔖 🔗 📎 🖇 📐 📏 📌 📍 📌 🎌 🏳️ 🏴 🏁 🏳️‍🌈 ✂️ 🖊 🖋 ✒️ 🖌 🖍 📝 ✏️ 🔍 🔎 🔏 🔐 🔒 🔓


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Common Literary Devices

Reading through A Tale of Two Cities made me want to revisit some AP English notes, so here you go:

  • Allusion: an indirect reference to an existing work
  • Apostrophe: speaking to an inanimate object (ex. Hamlet to the skull)
  • Hyperbole: exaggeration
  • Irony: in simple terms, something that happens that wasn’t expected (ex. a firetruck catching on fire)
  • Juxtaposition: placing two contrasting things or ideas close to each other
  • Litotes: understatement used for emphasis, usually involving a double negative (ex. “Not unkind”, meaning the positive “kind”, but in a lesser way than simply saying “kind”)
  • Metaphor: an illustrative comparison, usually involving the words “is”, “am”, “are”, “was”, or “were”
  • Onomatopoeia: words that read how they sound (ex. sizzle, slosh, cuckoo)
  • Personification: giving human characteristics to an animal, object, or intangible concept (ex. Mother Nature, Father Time)
  • Simile: a comparison involving “like” or “as”
  • Symbolism: using objects or animals to represent ideas or qualities (ex. dove as purity, innocence, and/or hope)

Rhetorical/Persuasive Strategies

  • Ethos: establishing credibility/authority (ex. “I’m an expert.”)
  • Pathos: establishing emotional connection (ex. “Save the cute animals!”)
  • Logos: logical reasoning (if “p”, then “q”); deductive reasoning (general to specific; think Sherlock Holmes); inductive reasoning (specific to general; think scientific method, start with hypothesis, find info to support it)

Syntactical Devices, deal with sentence structure

  • Alliteration: a sequence of words that begin with the same letter, usually a consonant (ex. “the snake slithered silently”)
  • Anaphora: sentences or clauses that begin with the same word (ex. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”)
  • Asyndeton: a lengthy sentence with successive words/clauses not connected by conjunctions (ex. “she packed shirts, pants, socks, her trusty alarm clock; with these, she was fully prepared for her journey.”)
  • Repetition: self-explanatory
  • Parallelism: sentences with the same structure (ex. “girls danced in yellow dresses; men stood with stoic stares” Structure: noun, verb, prepositional phrase)
  • Polysyndeton: a series of clauses connected in a single sentence by conjunctions (ex. “I am a certified doctor and nurse and psychiatrist and neurologist and a murderer of assholes.”)

with the times we live in now, i think it’s important to note that this: 

is entirely different from this: 

The first one is a religious symbol used in multiple religions such as Hinduism or Buddhism. 

The term “swastika” comes from the Sanskrit word “ स्वस्तिक” which is more accurately translated as “svastika.” It means a particularly lucky object. The symbol is as old as history:

The second picture is a symbol co-opted by the National Socialist German Workers’ Party - the Nazis. Hitler, choosing this symbol, stated, “As National Socialists, we see our program in our flag. In red, we see the social idea of the movement; in white, the nationalistic idea; in the swastika, the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man, and, by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work.“

The main difference? The second one is tilted at a 45 degree angle and used in the common white circle on a red background. 

clarification: most swastikas in western society are probably used for neo-nazi purposes. however, it’d be unwise to dismiss the true origins of the swastika, which is one of peace. 

How The Perceiving Pair Experiences Memories

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In general, first, we experience the ‘direct’ information through the sensory function. Next, the intuitive function builds around it and provides as with larger interpretations/trend that is not directly traced to the information, but is ‘indirectly’ gleaned from it.

Put another way, the sensory function inputs data in an excel file. The intuitive function builds as graph from it that gives you the big picture the raw datum don’t.

The sensors are more aware of the 'data input’ process and the 'graph-building’ happens somewhat subconsciously. The intuitives are more conscious of the graphs but cannot always trace them back to the data.

(Important: hence, intuitives are not magical prophetic beings, their predictions are always grounded in sensory information and are not conjured from thin air, they are just less aware of it themselves.)


Memories are first 'sensed’ through the personalized, impressionistic view that the individual already possess. The memory itself is very personal and subjective (how I perceived what happened). The past is used as a reference point, and there is a consistent 'compare and contrast’ going on with the present.

Next, Ne attaches external, objective, all-encompassing symbolism to it. Si creates a sensory database, a library of memories that is categorized to the librarian’s taste. Ne looks at the database, and uses it as a framework to spin a web around it based on the 'order’. Another way, Si memories are 'enlarged’ through Ne. Thus, by personalized memories expanded and given symbols a personal mythology is born.

Si/Ne, to me, is like a tainted convex glasses: first, your impressions are colored to the tonality of your world and then they are magnified.

For higher Si users, they will be less aware of the objective symbolism and default to the 'database’. The 'graphs’ will get back to them, either to steer them in the direction that they forgot when focusing on the data (best case), or to bite them back in the ass as a forecast they refused to accept because 'the data input never looked like the trend forecast will be this so I will ignore it.’ The lower Ne serves as a 'what could change’ to Si’ stability, and the person can ignore it, use it, or freak out by it.

Example: Eddard Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire. Had a personal myth of Starks and the winter, had a sense of belonging in the order that helped navigating the North through struggles against geography. Clung to the memories of Robert’s Rebellion and Lyanna, not objectively as 'what happened’, but subjectively of 'what happened to me.' But when things go awry from the safe future he had planned for his children in the North and he had to go South, he freaks out. At King’s Landing, outside his 'library’s coziness, he starts being more oblivious to the obvious 'patters’ in the external world (Littlefinger’s behavior, Sansa’s attachment to Cersei, etc.) 

For higher Ne users, they will keep exploring how many charts and graphs can it possibly output and spring from one potential trend to another. But they will forget the data. It will get back to them as memories they don’t always reference but they knew it was somewhere there, shaping everything, as details they have a love-hate relation with and as orders they keep forgetting by should remember.

Example: Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire. Hopping from one potential to another, improvising, making the most of it. But beneath the 'free spirit’ there is someone who cannot get over 'where do the whores go’ and is haunted by his past. Unlike Eddard, the ghosts of his past are not always there for him to see, he can pretend they don’t exist. But after his trauma, there was no escaping from it, and he spirals into depression of 'shit happened, shit happens, shit will happen.’


Memories are objective, factual. However, they are something of raw. Se uptakes data indiscriminately and in volumes. There’s no referencing, just a continual flow of information.

Then Ni boils the data down to  the core. Se’s raw information is refined into 'patterns’. In the process, personal symbolism is attached to it, giving the initially objective memories stamps of personalization.

Thus, by objective memories stripped to  a core, a personalized ideology is born.

Se/Ni is to me something like a high-throughput filter, objectively takes up everything to filter out a few compounds.

Higher Se users will be less invested in the filtered core and more interested in putting as much through the filter as possible. The Ni visualization will hit them sporadically, in form of an insight they should not ignore, or an inevitability they should not forget about by dabbling in the moment.

Example: Harry Potter. His intuitions are mostly correct, but they are not his default. His default is the world around him. But he had to face the inevitable from time to time, though it was never his jam, and it’s always stressful for him. (also, his memories are not impressionistic but factual: Dursleys are like this, this happened in the graveyard, etc.)

Higher Ni users will forget about the sensory data that contributed to their insight from time to time. They will forget that the filtering happened only after the sensory input, without which the projections can be wrong.

Example: Sayuri from the Memoirs of a Geisha. Also remembers objectively, but tends to remember them through her personal symbolic interpretation. (Hatsumomo looks to me like a cat looks at a prey, Pumpkin is no more interesting to her than a leaf strewn in the yard, the water is going upward so may be I can too?) And this symbolism is second nature to her, not just part of her storytelling style, but also part of her worldview.

                                      FILIPINO MYTHOLOGY WEEK

Join mythos-theos in celebrating the Philippines and all of its mythologies from May 31st to June 6th! Filipino mythology is grossly underrated and misunderstood by the general populace, and we aim to change that one edit at a time. Tag #mythos-theos in your edits, artwork or writing and we’ll gladly reblog. The prompts below are general on purpose, as the Philippines are home to many different ethnicities and therefore several different mythologies.

Day 1: Gods
Day 2: Goddesses
Day 3: Mythical Creatures
Day 4: Folk Tales/Myths
Day 5: Mythical Locations/Places
Day 6: Demigods/Heroes
Day 7: Mythical Objects/Symbols

Resources: @diwatahan @pinoy-culture @silahis all have masterposts, links and information on the different cultures and myths of the Philippines.

Turkish Coffee Ground Reading: A Small Intro

My mother’s side of the family has strong psychic powers, each generation showing up in a different way. That being said, my life is steeped in spirits and demons, even down to the most common actions. Often, her and my father would drink Turkish coffee, a strong yet sweet coffee from the Middle East. What they did after they finished their coffee always fascinated me, and it’s something they’ve begun to let me do. 

Essentially, it’s a simple form of divination that is most popular in the Middle East, where my mom learned how to do it. Since it’s fairly easy, and I haven’t seen a lot of it around on Tumblr, I figured I’d give it a little intro of my own !!

If you plan on doing this, be warned: if you’re not used to high caffeine levels, you WILL feel the effects VERY strongly. I myself are still getting used to it, and get jittery whenever I drink it.

What you need:
- Turkish coffee !! This is (obviously) the most important thing in this whole process, and can’t be done without it.

- Small cups with saucers. The saucers can be replaced with small plates if needed.

And that’s it !! Everything else that I talk about material-wise is optional.

Also, it’s to be noted that traditionally it’s not advised to read your own coffee cup. However, if you don’t care for being traditional or you don’t have someone to drink coffee with, or even if you just want to practice, just read your own cup.

Now, how to actually use this form of divination:

1. Get and make the coffee. You can find the coffee online or at specialty markets, and recipes can be found online. When you pour, make sure that you have a substantial amount of grounds in the cup. 

2. Drink all the coffee and set it upside down on the saucer. Think of a question during or after you flip the cup.

3. After letting it sit for a few minutes, turn over the cup. Look at the grounds and the patterns in the grounds. Look for symbols, objects, or anything distinguishable. It could be anything from a simple heart to an image of a growing seed. You can find some of the meanings online, or you can interpret it yourself. This could take awhile, depending on what you see, or what you don’t. More often than not, all of what you see will be impacted by the question you asked before. Also look at what’s on the saucer, as sometimes that can show you something as well.

4. When your satisfied with the information you’ve gathered from the cup, stick the middle finger of your dominate hand into the bottom of the cup. Take out your finger and observe. Do the same as you did in step 3.

5. And you’re done! Wash your cups and clean up whatever mess you made. After that, your free to log anything you find important.

And that’s that! As I mentioned before, this is a really simple form of divination that can be practiced by the most advanced practitioner of magick to the newest witch. 

I hope you enjoyed! Feel free to message me with any questions, corrections, or anything really! Have a nice day, and may the universe bring peace to you.

- miyo ♡

intj-dictator  asked:

Hey Eila! I remember you talking about how you are an UI/UX designer without having learned about anything like that in school. How did you get interested in this? And how did you learn more and get experience? Any good online resources to suggest?

How to Become a UX/UI Designer - A Comprehensive Guide

I’ll just do a comprehensive guide on this :D

Is UX/UI designing right for you?

You’ll love UX designing if

  • You love analyzing & solving problems - UX designing = designing the most efficient and simplistic way to achieve business goals through a product. You must analyze:
    • 1) The client’s business, their goals & vision
    • 2) The target users’ behaviors & preferences
    • 3) All possible flows that users may interact with your product (e.g. website, app) and achieve what you want them to achieve.
    • Then, find the best solution that translates into user flow charts and wireframes.
  • You love psychology (cognition & behaviors) - As a UX designer, you need to understand different groups of users, the differences in their behaviors, and why they do those things.
  • You love researching - It’s a huge advantage to know what competitors (of your clients) are doing and what worked for them, or recent trends among your target users, or what’s new in the design & tech world. These will help make design decisions.
  • You are able to put functionality and efficiency first - Sometimes you must sacrifice beauty, but if it boosts sales by 20%, so be it.
  • You are attentive to details - There are many more components to a website or app than what you’d usually see. You must think of all scenarios that can happen like error messages, forgot password popups, blank states, on-boarding, etc. You don’t want users to get stuck in limbo somewhere, become frustrated, and quit forever. This comes with experience and studying other people’s products.

You’ll love UI designing if

  • You love to communicate (a clear message) visually - As a UI designer, you’re not just creating whatever you want that looks nice. Your job is to design the best way to visually communicate your client’s brand at first glance. Think of how you can translate these points into visuals:
    • What are they trying to tell their customers?
    • What kind of brand are they? Fun & young, sophisticated & classy, or formal & reliable?
    • What is the most important call to action (in line with business goal)? Getting users to sign up, subscribe, buy something, or sign a petition?
    • What distinguish them for their competitors?
  • You love psychology (perception) - As a UI designer, your goal is to influence users to take the actions you want by using colors, typography, and layout. Understand what catches attention, how to direct the eyes to the most important part first, etc.
  • Your workflow is consistent and systematic - A website/app should have a clear colors scheme with 1-3 fonts, not a big mess of 7 different greens in 12 fonts for no purpose. The same colors and styles should link the same things (e.g. everything related to signing up is orange). Planning what elements you will use and why from the beginning will save you a lot of time.
  • You are adaptable - In the end, you are being paid by a client. You can make suggestions that you think is best, but sometimes it is the client’s final say, especially when it comes to visual style which depends on personal preferences.

Always a bonus

  • Communication skills - You must be able to effectively communicate to your clients why you make certain design decisions, and how they would help improve their business.
  • Basic coding skills - Knowing how to code allows to effectively communicate with developers and avoid impossible designs (i.e. designs that are impossible to code, or would take a way to long to do so). You should at least know how responsive design and bootstrap grid work.
  • Networking skills - This is especially important if you’re a freelancer. One easy way to find work is networking at tech and startup events, as well as getting referred through connections.


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A flag is not something you design. A flag is something that’s torn from the soul of the people. It belongs to everyone.
—  Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, in conversation today with curatorial assistant Michelle Millar Fisher

Watch the discussion today via Periscope. 

I made a video explaining the differences between symbols, groups, and drawing objects in Adobe Flash/Animate. Some of this won’t be new to a lot of people who use Flanimate, but I wanted to be thorough. Still, hopefully someone will find this helpful.

Pega belongs to @missbutlerart

On the prima materia of witchcraft

For me, witchcraft is animistic, as well as mystical. There is a reason there is no dichotomy for me. As an animist, I understand the world to be inspirited, animated with the movement of sensuous intelligences at every scale of being.

In the cosmology posited in many traditional witchcrafts (particularly the lore of the major initiatory Houses), the shape of reality is a 3-ness: the Underworld, the Middleworld, and the Supernalworld. Because this shape exists at every scale, it is reflected in the notion of every entity (parts of the Whole) having 3 souls or selves, native to each condition.

The Fetch/Free Soul is native to the Underworld, the Breath Soul/Spirit is native to the Middleworld, and the Daimonic Self to the Supernal. It’s interesting to note that many ancient peoples understood the Celestial realm as a special place within the Underworld, the Stars within the Earth. I myself have seen the Door at the Bottom of the Wyrding Well (the Deepest Depths of the Great Below) that opens into the Great Above, a black sky of Utter Night and the Silvery Stars twinkling therein.

Typically I refer to the Underworld and the Supernal as the Vertical-Axis, the Innerworld from whence everything comes and returns to. All of reality is movement to and fro. I understand this place in the “Middle” as the Horizontal-Perceptual World, where time appears to move in one direction just as the Sun crosses the sky East to West, from horizon to horizon. Here we spring up from the inside of a body, are birthed and grow and perceive, unfolding our lives before sinking back into return/decay at Death. The Whole is the Crossroads, the place where the Vertical-Axis and the Horizontal-Perceptual meet, and center defines circumference.

I believe that the Fetch visits the Vertical-Axis nightly, in dream. That the dream condition and the death condition are the same. When we die our Fetch will go to be with our Ancestors from whence we extend, while our Breath Soul (for most), our waking consciousness and colorful weave of identities, will depersonalize and return to the Wind of the World, the thunder/perfect mind of the Master. Our Daimon shall guide the Fetch home. Only those most favored by the Elphen Queen will escape this Fate.

But let’s return to the topic at hand. In dream we have a body, though it easily shapeshifts, and is also primarily ancestral. I also know with certainty that folks who are called witches can enter a “Twilyte” state, the Witching Trance, and walk the blade-edge bridge between waking and sleeping in a phenomenon called the Witches’ Flight or Transvection.

This state allows the practitioner to unite the worlds and stand at the meeting place of the axes, in lore called “riding the Hedge,” where they can affect phenomena in the Horizontal-Perceptual world while effectively “lucid dreaming.” Truly this is a state beyond waking awareness, sleep, or even ordinary dream as Chumbley posits. But there is certainly a body that engages these things.

For me, there is no such thing as the immaterial, only the living world around us intertwined with the subtlties of the pre-/post-mortem states of consciousness. The cosmos is predatious, eating and birthing itself like Ceridwen eats and births Taliesin. We can experience a body in each of the worlds, and realize there is no spirit without body, there is no substance that is not holy, animate.

It’s why, for instance, witches use the senses and the body to engage in sorcery; why materia magica *is* spiritual substance for us. Things are what they do. Everything is a process happening. Every herb and root, water, salt, mommet, tool or implement–they are alive with magic, with life-force, with sorcerous power.

These are beings we weave our spells with, not merely inanimate objects whose symbolism/aesthetic fascinates the mind. Witches use song, dance, sex, fasting, feasting, transgression and ecstasy, the fluids of the body, the parts of animals (other bodies), movements called “shamanic passes,” symbols drawn or carved–these all form the “body” of spiritual forces and beings as we encourage them to act in the Horizontal-Perceptual World through intention, desire, will, and relationship (including pacts and bonds). They become a part of us, as the truth of who we are is much more than discrete individuals but morphic fields all blending together into the Wholeness.

We are a train of beings, a chain of ancestors reaching back, and spirit allies reaching forward, all forming the Tree of Life with our rooting and branching. The three selves, our ancestors, familiars, fate-followers, allies–this all forms the greater family that we embody in the here-and-now. Try not to escape into idealism or the fantasy of any other existence apart from the hear-and-now, the world of the senses. It is a trap of delusion and will get you lost in folly and inaction, and split your soul into pieces.

The Game Plan

Pairing: Jungkook x reader (female specificed - IM SORRY I FORGOT TO MAKE IT GENDER NEUTRAL)

Genre: flufffff

Prompt: “You’ve betrayed me”

A/N: Helloooooo everyone! I’m back at it again with another scenario!! Sorry if they don’t seem like they’re realistic enough – I’m still new to this haha. BTW this lowkey sucks but maybe you’ll enjoy it?? At least, I hope you do!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE IF YOU HAVE A REQUEST, ASK ME. I desperately need things to write about, so if you like my writing style, please leave me a request. I’ll write basically anything other than smut bc I honestly have no idea how to write that lol

      Your phone screen lit up, and his name appeared in bold letters right above the new text message he’d sent you. You discretely looked around the lecture hall and then hid your phone under the table to reply, stealing glances around the room, trying not to get caught with your phone out during class.

     “Yo, you still coming over tonight for game night with the boys?”

      You smiled, having almost forgotten that today was Friday, the one day where you could get together with your boyfriend and some of your friends to kick back and relax. After such a taxing and stressful week at college, you were definitely excited to go someplace other than your dorm room and do something other than homework. Sure, essays were tremendously fun and exhilarating, but hanging out with some of the people you cared about most had to be even better.

      “Yep, I’ll be there with pizza at 7. See you then, Kookie! Love ya J “, you replied, grinning widely to yourself. You almost didn’t notice the dead silence in the classroom until you suddenly felt very hot. Looking up, you felt everyone’s gaze on you, and you made direct eye contact with your professor, realizing you’d been caught red handed.

      “Ms. Y/L/N, care to rejoin the conversation?” your professor asked sarcastically, gaining a few chuckles from your classmates and causing your cheeks to blossom into a light shade of pink as she then continued on with her lecture. Sliding your phone into your bag, you tried to refocus your attention on the symbolism behind whatever object your professor was ranting on about, but your excitement caused your thoughts to shift to your plans for that night.

      You juggled the pizza boxes in your hand as you reached for the doorbell, struggling to press the button. Before you could, though, the door swung open and the pizza was swiftly taken from your arms as you were ushered inside. Jin had grabbed the boxes and set them down at the kitchen counter, opening one, taking a slice, and putting it on a paper plate. The boys greeted you enthusiastically, and you smiled at their child-like mannerisms.

     “Y/N!! You brought food!!” Tae exclaimed as he engulfed you in a quick hug before heading straight for the kitchen.

     “I’m happy you could make it!! Let’s play Mario Kart!” Hoseok said, greeting you quickly before disappearing to finish setting the game up.

     “Hey, I just got here! Slow down, save some for me Tae, and I swear, if I lose one more video game to you guys, I’m leaving,” you said, chuckling. Yoongi, Namjoon, and Jimin were grabbing snacks before trekking back to the living room to set up camp in front of the TV. Jin was getting drinks from the refrigerator, and Tae was stacking yet ANOTHER piece of pizza onto his plate. Surprisingly, you hadn’t seen your boyfriend yet. Usually, he was the first one to greet you when you walked in the door. Before you could go look for him, though, you felt a pair of arms wrap around your waist and he plled you close to him, lightly breathing into your ear, and sending shivers down your spine.

    “You ready to lose at Mario Kart? This champion can’t be stopped,” Jungkook teased, nudging your head with his own, obviously waiting for a heated reaction.

    “We’ll see. The king just may be dethroned tonight,” You replied, slipping from his grasp and looking back at him with a wicked smile on your face.

     He has no idea what’s coming! You thought to yourself, pleased. You, Jimin, and Hoseok had planned for tonight, and you guys were determined to wipe the smug look off of Jungkook’s face after he beat you all in every round played.

      You glanced over at Jimin, who subtly nodded and handed you a remote, before quickly grabbing Jungkook’s favored one and replacing the batteries. The plan was simple, really – remove the full batteries from the remote and replace them with halfway charged ones, so that the remote would die and FINALLY, someone else besides Jungkook would have the honor of being the victor.

      After grabbing a slice of pizza, you all kicked back on the couch, and the games began. Hoseok signaled at you to overtake him and Jimin on the track, and it wasn’t difficult since they were practically giving you second place. It was about then that Jungkook’s remote started to lose steam, so to speak, and he threw worried glances at the track on the screen upon realizing that you were gaining on him. You sat forward in your seat, licking your lips, anticipation building as you and Jungkook reached the final lap of the final race, neck and neck, heading for what could be a photo-finish.

      It was then that his remote battery died.

      He let out a wail as his remote disconnected, and you zoomed past him to finish in first, elevating your overall rank to second, and dropping him to third. You had finally beat the master competitor, the king among racers, Jeon Jungkook.

      Hoseok and Jimin jumped up, grabbed your hands, and celebrated as Jungkook looked on, suspicious and slightly irritated. Your celebrations slowly died out as you all avoided eye contact, his glare freezing you to your places.

      “What did you do?” He asked coldly, holding up his remote and gesturing at it. Jin and Namjoon excused themselves to the kitchen, knowing how seriously their maknae took competitions, and wanting to avoid any possible fallout over this sudden loss.

      “Well…” Jimin said, eyes darting between you and Hoseok, desperately thinking of a way around it. He knew that Jungkook wouldn’t be satisfied until he had beaten you guys at at least ten more games, and none of you could think of a way out of that situation. If it were up to Jungkook, you’d be up all night continuously losing just so he could prove who the real champion is.

     “C’mon, Kookie! It’s just one loss. You beat everyone else every other time!” You said cheerfully as you poked him in the arm playfully. His gaze turned to you, hurt.

    “My own girlfriend’s in on this? You’ve betrayed me, Y/N!” He said as he grabbed at his chest, his hand resting over his heart, and you rolled your eyes at his dramatics.

     “Jungkook, we know you’re the champion. You’re the best Mario Kart player, like ever. We just wanted to teach you a lesson, because you were getting too cocky,” You said, pinching his cheek as he swatted you away, slowly losing his grip on his act. He couldn’t help but grin at how cute you looked as you cooed over him, babying him to try and ease the effect of his loss on his ego.

     “That’s it! No more kisses for you until I win a game,” Jungkook threatened. He watched as your eyes widened with shock. You quickly turned to Hoseok and Jimin with an outstretched palm, wiggling your fingers expectantly. Jimin grumbled but begrudgingly obliged to your silent request and grabbed the remote you had used, took out the batteries, and placed them in the palm of your hand. You swiftly turned back to Jungkook who was biting his lip in an attempt to suppress his laughter at your sudden urgency as you pressed the batteries into his hand with two words.

      “Win. Now.”

       He grinned at you, then fixed Jimin and Hoseok with a challenge in his eyes. “You heard her. Sorry, hyungs, but I have to cream you now.”

     “You’re on,” Jimin and Hoseok replied in unison, determination in their eyes, and you all gathered around the TV again, rejoined by Jin and Namjoon, in order to begin a new round.

     You made sure to sit next to Jungkook this time, and stared at him expectantly after he won first place, waiting for your rightfully deserved kiss. He leaned in close and gave you a light peck, earning a groan from his friends, and a small smile from you.

     The rest of the night was spent laughing, throwing food, playing games, and enjoying your youth with no worry of the future. And as you listened to your friends’ laughter and gazed at your boyfriend’s bright and smiling face, you realized that you wouldn’t have it any other way.

dreambreaker17  asked:

I was thinking with a friend... When you kill monsters they turn into dust and some of them wear clothes. Where did clothes go suddenly their death?

(undertale spoilers)

As seen in the game, their clothes disappear completely with the monster. While this could be just a game design choice, unused text from the game suggests this makes it difficult to determine if a missing monster is dead or not.

Monster funerals, technically speaking, are super crap.
When monsters die, their bodies turn into dust.
One time this kid at my school went missing for a week and everyone thought he was dead…
But then he came back!!!
Turns out he was visiting his girlfriend in Hotland and didn’t tell anyone!
To be scientific, it sucks that no one ever knows if anyone’s dead or alive.
So yeah, what do we do at funerals, anyway?
Professionally speaking:
We pour the dust on whatever that person liked.
Then they will live on… … in that object… … symbolically…
Uhhh, did I reach the page minimum yet? I’m kinda sick of writing.

If a monster goes missing, it is difficult to know if they are still alive or dead. However, if a monster “falls down” and their dust is collected, a proper funeral can be given.

Perhaps clothes are made out of magic and turn to dust with the killing blow. It’s unclear how this happens, but the clothes turning to dust emphasizes how difficult it is to tell whether a monster has died or is simply missing.

» read more: undyne’s date clothes

» read more: are a monster’s clothes an extension of their soul?

The Clan of the Boltcutter

or, Why Keys Are Not the Tools of Freedom

Science fiction is a genre that loves its stuff. For a genre of ideas, the invention frequently takes center stage as the manifestation of those ideas, as the crucial prop of the plot twists, and as the symbol of whatever deeper meaning we find in stories of the Future-That-Could-Be. In a world of outlandish vehicles, practical prosthetics, and that damn guitar, the humble boltcutter may be the most powerfully symbolic object in Mad Max: Fury Road.

The recurring skull/skull-in-steering-wheel motif certainly dominates the beginning of the movie. What are the women and the audience left with at the end, though? For a story of escape and freedom, in which locks and chains make repeated appearances, we need a symbol similarly oriented around getting out, away, loose. Not a key, I’d argue, nor a vehicle, but the boltcutter: a tool favorable for the physically weak, independent of any of their oppressors, and designed to dismantle that which binds.

(Warning: under the cut, spoilers for everything. Seriously, much spoiler, so details, very warning.)

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Charging Objects with Energy

This list is by no means meant to be a list of every way to charge things and some ways might not be things people commonly use. This list is meant to mention some older ways to charge things, while perhaps giving people a few new ways to charge things they might not have considered before.

Fire: Probably one of the oldest ways to charge an object, this method involves drawing the power of the flame into the object or sigil you’re using.  Light the candle, and hold the object above the flame (be careful not to catch it on fire).  Let the energy of the flame pass into the object to charge it.  If the object you’re using is flat or large, place the candle on top of it instead.

Technology: This is actually my favorite way to charge objects.  With this method, I tend to use my cell phone and sigils, but other pieces of technology/spells work as well.  Place the object, sigil, or spell components on top of your device when it’s low on battery, then put the object you’re planning on charging of top of that.  Plug your device in, and, as it draws energy to charge its battery, it’ll draw the energy through the spell and into the object you’re trying to charge.

Light: This can refer to sunlight, moonlight, starlight, or even a lamp you’re using if it’s raining outside.  Leave the object out in the light after setting your intent.  The light will charge the object with your intent, though how long you leave it out there will depend on the spell.  Be careful with this method however, as some stones bleach when left out in direct sunlight.

Intent: This is the easiest method of charging and perfect on the fly.  Take whatever object you’re charging and hold it in your hands.  Close your eyes and focus on your intent, then pour your energy into the object.  If it helps, imagine your energy as a specific color of light, depending on the spell you’re using, and add magic until the object’s energy glows with that color.

Breath: Similar to the above way of charging, this one uses your life energy to charge the object.  Since air and breathing is extremely important to living, this is a powerful way to add energy to the object.  Focus your intent and energy into your breath, the breathe out onto the object to charge it.

A Kiss: Kissing is a very intimate act and can be used to solidify the charge or finalize a spell.  Similar to using your breath, you focus your energy and intent into the kiss.  This actually works very well with remote spells, kissing a picture or representation of the object or person you’re working the spell for.  This method is not advisable for curses or malicious spells since kissing is generally positive in intent (there’s also the kiss of death, so don’t let me rain on your parade).

Crystals: The most important part of using this type of charging is making sure whatever crystal you’re using has been cleansed beforehand.  The last thing you want is left over energy muddling your spell.  Place your crystal(s) near or on the object you’re charging, then focus your intent through them.

Smoke: Also a way to cleanse an object, this involves using incense or herbs that have the same properties as your spell.  Light them on fire, then pass the object through the smoke.  If the object is too large or unable to be moved, waft the smoke over it.  Be careful when choosing your herbs, as some herbs are toxic when burned.

Higher Power: This method works even if you’re technically atheist, but believe in more powerful beings or energies than yourself. Potentially, you could ask a god, goddess, spirit, the Earth itself, or other being on a higher plane to help charge the object, be it through prayer, ritual, meditation, or some other way of calling for aid.

Water: Water is extremely powerful, whether it is storm water, moon water, or holy water.  Pick the type of water that works best for your spell, then place the object into the water.  If the item you’re using can’t be placed in water, such as paper or some stones that are water soluble, then use a bowl  or jar inside the bowl of water to put them in.  You can either leave the item in the water overnight to charge, or use your own energy to transfer the energy of the water into the object.

Long-Distance or Huge Object Charging: If you have something too big to charge, or something you want to charge but have to do so while you’re away, you can always try transferring energy. Basically, you can do this one of three ways: you can have a piece of that object with you to charge, you can have something similar to charge, or you can make or use something that symbolizes the real object. Essentially, you charge the object you have with you and imagine a tether between the object you have and the real thing. The more alike they are, the easier this should be. For instance, if you want to charge your entire car, you could try charging your keys or something else you associate with your car. This might work for a building, for instance. Or maybe for something you forgot at home when you go on vacation. If you don’t have anything similar to the object with you, you could always try drawing a picture of the object to charge, or try making something similar to the object out of clay, Play-Doh, or another medium.

Using Symbols: Symbols can also be used to charge objects, or even in place of them. For instance, if it’s raining outside but you need to charge something with sunlight, a lamp can work. Throughout human history, symbols have often been used to replace things. For instance, a yellow disc on a wall isn’t the sun, but it looks kind of like it and can represent it. A bit of seawater or a shell can symbolize the ocean and a feather can symbolize air. This very concept exists in language in the form of synecdoche and metonymy. Synecdoche is when you use a part of something or one piece of it to represent a whole thing, like using the word “bread” to stand for food in general. Bread isn’t all food, but it’s used to symbolize food. Metonymy is when you use a word associated with something to represent it. For instance, many people use the term “crown” to represent royalty. Like, “the crown ordered higher taxes”. The crown isn’t the king himself, or even a part of the king, but it is associated with royalty and used to represent them.

Rituals and Incantations:  Possibly the most drawn out way of charging an object, this method draws in the power of many different methods.  Locate a spell that has the same intent you wish to charge your item with.  Prepare your spell and the items need, then use the energy you summon with the spell or incantation to charge the item.

~Victoria and Elyce

How To Do Magic

When I started practicing magic I thought there was a missing link. Something I didn’t understand. Sure, I could look up spells, but surely that wasn’t enough. There must be something else, something I didn’t understand. After all, simply repeating words and tying a red ribbon around an egg couldn’t be enough to affect reality, could it? What was the secret that would turn words in to real effects?

It would take me years before I was able to put together a model of magic that fit what I observed. As a spirit worker and an animist, my model of magic revolves around the spirit world. As I began to understand my model more and more, magic made more and more sense to me and my skills increased. I would like to share with you my model for understanding magic and how it helped me understand the world in a new way.

Everything has a spirit. Well, almost everything. Everything organic and living has a spirit, as do many man-made things like cities, houses, and objects. These spirits do not follow physical laws, because they are nonphysical. They exist in a highly symbolic world, where snipping a string is symbolic of breaking a relationship apart, or tying a string together can represent a binding.

Humans are able to interact with spirits because, well, the veil is thinner than we all like to think. Spirits are not off in some far-away “spirit world” that we have to travel to. Spirits exist alongside us, around us, and in some cases within us. The spirit of your house is not locked away in some ivory tower in a remote spirit world; it is around you always, slumbering, watching, and waiting for human contact.

When you take an egg, or a ribbon, or some string, the physical objects are nothing but representations and symbols. The true magic lies with the spirits, and energies (which are nothing but spirits without a mind; or it could be said that spirits are nothing but energy with a mind), which you are going to manipulate. And we can manipulate it because the veil is so thin, and humans are so excellent, that it is hard not to manipulate it.

So you are going to cast a spell to end a friendship. You take some ribbon, which is black, the color of bindings. Again, this is symbolic – most metaphysical bindings are not black at all. And then, the real magic is about to begin.

When you use your words (and all words are magical, and everything you say and do is a force of magic), and your actions, and focus intently on the metaphysical reality around you, it is just like tapping in to the Matrix. And yes, everything you say and do and think is a force of magic, which is why it’s pretty vital to be in control of yourself if you do magic. This can be an anxiety-inducing thought for some, who want to say and think and do whatever they want, and then still lead the special life they want to live. Well, it doesn’t work that way. If you want to be a good person, it starts with good actions and good thoughts. If you want to be a prosperous person, it means focusing on prosperity and not worries of debt. A spell is just a hyperfocused laser of intent, but intent is always radiating out of you like gentle waves in an ocean. But I digress.

When you focus on the metaphysical reality around you, and truly believe you are interacting with the metaphysical using your physical symbols, then true magic really begins. And when you, with your iron will and laser focus, turn that ribbon in your hands in to the bond of friendship, the magic really starts. And when you snip it with silver scissors, the metaphysical bond is also snipped in half.

This essay is called “how to do magic.” So here is how to do magic:

  1. Come up with a working model of magic that makes sense to you. One that, when followed, improves your power and understanding of the universe.
  2. Use physical objects to represent the metaphysical, and meditate, focus, or enter a trance state or a frenzy until you can truly believe that what you are holding IS the metaphysical energy or spirit.
  3. Carry out acts on your physical objects that symbolically represent what you want to happen in the real world.
  4. Sit back, relax, and reward yourself with a smoothie.

The missing link I never found was linking the metaphysical to the physical, and causing my physical objects to become the metaphysical spirit or energy. Once I discovered that, everything fell in to place and I became a much better sorceress for it.