the call of nature

It’s funny when people try to claim referring to nature as “she” is because “man is trying to control nature.”

You don’t understand. There was a time, through most of human history, when it was thought nature couldn’t possibly be controlled. The idea of climate change and the anthroposcene (sp?) were completely absurd to them. Read up on naturalist literature some time if you don’t believe me.

So if anything, calling nature “she” was a testament to seeing nature as a strong, powerful, unstoppable woman who could both heal and harm mankind.

Another Tag Game

ONCE UPON A TIME I was tagged by the beautiful @camilleschreave & @illeaslockedbluebox …but because I suck at tags (THO I LOVE THEM) I am barely answering rn. Without further ado, let’s begin.

  • Birthday: January 6th!
  • Gender: Female
  • Relationship status: I love singleness rn (but I got a crush, what??? gASP. I AdMit noOtHING)
  • Zodiac sign: no clue fam
  • Siblings: siblingless :(  ayeeee got my alpacacacacacaca daughter @camilleschreave & my lost twin @not-your-dear tho
  • Favourite colour: Bleu
  • Pets: POODLE
  • Wake up and sleep time: what is sleep on break?
  • Love or lust
  • Coke or pepsi: Iced Tea (I am fancy like that)
  • Day or night
  • Text or call: Depends? Usually text though
  • Make up or natural: I use basic foundation (how does one contour??) + powder + lipstick = natural make up I guess??
  • Met a celebrity: STORY TIME. I could have met the Sprouse brothers when I was 7 if I had gone to a studio to be an extra in a supermarket scene back in “the suite life” days. That was all thanks to a producer noticing seven year old me pretending to be a train in the supermarket behind my Grandmother.  I was a very convincing train of course, but  I didn’t go. Missed my chance to shine I guess. Oh well. Would have made a great sky train however *WINKS AGGRESSIVELY AT ROSE*
  • Smile or eyes: Both  
  • Light or dark hair: Not picky… but I usually prefer dark hair
  • Shorter or taller
  • Intelligence or attraction: Intelligence usually leads to attraction with me
  • Chapstick or lipstick: lipstick more often than not
  • City or country: I’m used to the city, ngl
  • Last song I listened to: “Heaven Knows” by Hillsong
  • Bonus question: if you are transported to the world of the book you are reading now, where would you be? Well….you see… I am kind of in a reading slump(?) I have been tumblring and writing a lot, so I’m still stuck on “Pride and Prejudice.” My answer then has to be Longbourn around the 1800.

Everyone and their cat have probably done this by now, but I shall try to tag new people: @selection-trash (idk if you already did this) @thedandelioninperspective (you probably need this again on your beautiful blog!) @paper-flowers-and-paper-words @aquietkerfuffle @ladyanj (you wanted tags so I deliver anj) @aceofstars16 @minidoodles97 (maybe you want to do it?) @eadlynschreaveofillea

We had a bit of a scare today. When I came home for lunch Lula was not moving. She didn’t move when I called her name. Naturally I panicked, I felt her body she was nice and warm. I couldn’t feel or hear her breathing. I called her name and rubbed her a few times and she let out this loud SNOOORK!!!! Opened up her eyes and gave me this face.
So. She’s fine. She’s having extra popcorn today.

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Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Reaching out into space yields benefits on Earth. Many of these have practical applications — but there’s something more than that. Call it inspiration, perhaps, what photographer Ansel Adams referred to as nature’s “endless prospect of magic and wonder." 

Our ongoing exploration of the solar system has yielded more than a few magical images. Why not keep some of them close by to inspire your own explorations? This week, we offer 10 planetary photos suitable for wallpapers on your desktop or phone. Find many more in our galleries. These images were the result of audacious expeditions into deep space; as author Edward Abbey said, "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.”

1. Martian Selfie

This self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the robotic geologist in the “Murray Buttes” area on lower Mount Sharp. Key features on the skyline of this panorama are the dark mesa called “M12” to the left of the rover’s mast and pale, upper Mount Sharp to the right of the mast. The top of M12 stands about 23 feet (7 meters) above the base of the sloping piles of rocks just behind Curiosity. The scene combines approximately 60 images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager, or MAHLI, camera at the end of the rover’s robotic arm. Most of the component images were taken on September 17, 2016.

2. The Colors of Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution, enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC). Pluto’s surface sports a remarkable range of subtle colors, enhanced in this view to a rainbow of pale blues, yellows, oranges, and deep reds. Many landforms have their own distinct colors, telling a complex geological and climatological story that scientists have only just begun to decode.

3. The Day the Earth Smiled

On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, our Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn’s shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings — and, in the background, our home planet, Earth. This mosaic is special as it marks the third time our home planet was imaged from the outer solar system; the second time it was imaged by Cassini from Saturn’s orbit, the first time ever that inhabitants of Earth were made aware in advance that their photo would be taken from such a great distance.

4. Looking Back

Before leaving the Pluto system forever, New Horizons turned back to see Pluto backlit by the sun. The small world’s haze layer shows its blue color in this picture. The high-altitude haze is thought to be similar in nature to that seen at Saturn’s moon Titan. The source of both hazes likely involves sunlight-initiated chemical reactions of nitrogen and methane, leading to relatively small, soot-like particles called tholins. This image was generated by combining information from blue, red and near-infrared images to closely replicate the color a human eye would perceive.

5. Catching Its Own Tail

A huge storm churning through the atmosphere in Saturn’s northern hemisphere overtakes itself as it encircles the planet in this true-color view from Cassini. This picture, captured on February 25, 2011, was taken about 12 weeks after the storm began, and the clouds by this time had formed a tail that wrapped around the planet. The storm is a prodigious source of radio noise, which comes from lightning deep within the planet’s atmosphere.

6. The Great Red Spot

Another massive storm, this time on Jupiter, as seen in this dramatic close-up by Voyager 1 in 1979. The Great Red Spot is much larger than the entire Earth.

7. More Stormy Weather

Jupiter is still just as stormy today, as seen in this recent view from NASA’s Juno spacecraft, when it soared directly over Jupiter’s south pole on February 2, 2017, from an altitude of about 62,800 miles (101,000 kilometers) above the cloud tops. From this unique vantage point we see the terminator (where day meets night) cutting across the Jovian south polar region’s restless, marbled atmosphere with the south pole itself approximately in the center of that border. This image was processed by citizen scientist John Landino. This enhanced color version highlights the bright high clouds and numerous meandering oval storms.

8. X-Ray Vision

X-rays stream off the sun in this image showing observations from by our Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, overlaid on a picture taken by our Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The NuSTAR data, seen in green and blue, reveal solar high-energy emission. The high-energy X-rays come from gas heated to above 3 million degrees. The red channel represents ultraviolet light captured by SDO, and shows the presence of lower-temperature material in the solar atmosphere at 1 million degrees.

9. One Space Robot Photographs Another

This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Victoria crater, near the equator of Mars. The crater is approximately half a mile (800 meters) in diameter. It has a distinctive scalloped shape to its rim, caused by erosion and downhill movement of crater wall material. Since January 2004, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been operating in the region where Victoria crater is found. Five days before this image was taken in October 2006, Opportunity arrived at the rim of the crater after a drive of more than over 5 miles (9 kilometers). The rover can be seen in this image, as a dot at roughly the “ten o'clock” position along the rim of the crater. (You can zoom in on the full-resolution version here.)

10. Night Lights

Last, but far from least, is this remarkable new view of our home planet. Last week, we released new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. This composite image, one of three new full-hemisphere views, provides a view of the Americas at night from the NASA-NOAA Suomi-NPP satellite. The clouds and sun glint — added here for aesthetic effect — are derived from MODIS instrument land surface and cloud cover products.

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Another 15 Things that you could put in your BOS/Grimoire/whatever you call it.

I decided to write another of these lists…. I really do hope they help someone.

1.       The chakras – do you use them? Write about it? Research them

2.       Your magical ethics – what do you believe you should and shouldn’t do? It’s all well and good following others rules, why not come up with your own?

3.       Myths/legends – are there any myths or legends revolving around deities you work with or even just like? If so how about popping them in your book.

4.       Folk tales – do you live in an area with a rich folk tale history? Do you believe in the folk lore? Are you a traditional witch who works with the lore of the land?

5.       Cord/knot magic.

6.       Names of each full moon.

7.       Photos of your altar.

8.       Family traditions – do you have any traditions with your family? Do you on the first day of spring go for a walk with your parents every year? Or do you visit a loved one who has passed in the cemetery on their birthday?

9.       Views on the afterlife – do you have an opinion on what happens after we die?

10.   Deities to call upon – if you work with deities, but do not have matron/patron why not write a list of the deities that you can call upon for different situations.

11.   A table of smudges – I cleanse my home every month or so (I have spiritual activity here) I have a table that says when I have/need to cleanse my home again, and notes on what happened.

12.   Herbal growing – if you grow your own fresh? write about it.

13.   Making your own cleanse/smudge sticks – a how to.

14.   Colour correspondences.

15.   Nature correspondences – especially things that are local to your area, that you could potentially use in spell/ritual work.

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MY PRECIOUS🍄 SON

So happy this cutie got his spotlight for this episode. He may be plain and simple, but that’s part of his charm.

And as if he wasn’t already cute enough…

It’s likely that he went to the temple to pray for his team to do well during their training camp. I love him so much. (つ≧▽≦)つ