ties to the land

To be a Local Witch

Throughout history and our legends, Witches and Wizards were the crazy men and women that lived on the outskirts of the village. Their craft was wild and strange to those that lived in the village, but, nonetheless, people would seek after their wisdom of the land, the plants, the local spirits, and for wisdom or guidance in their path. These men and women, often bachelors, would know the ins and outs of the region and often went walking alone. 

Today, our villages are less rustic and more like local towns, and suburbs. But one can still be a Local Witch, and develop special connections with the land you call home. 



Become a Local Witch: 

  1. Learn Local Lore
    Folktales, legends, and even tall tales develop the culture of a town or area. Learn these. Retell them over summer campfires, and over drinks with friends. People will start to LOVE your stories. 
  2. Start Frequenting locally owned shops and stores
    Develop connections and relationships with the owners and those that work there every day. Learn their names, and introduce yourself after visiting more often. Supporting locally owned shops helps small business owners and provides nourishment to your community. This is putting down roots, and develops your connection with the people that shape your town.
  3. Find a Local Bookstore
    This is an extension of 1 and 2. Locally owned bookstores always have a Local Writers, Local Plants, and Local History sections. Ask inside where these sections are, and start devouring these books. Not only will you be supporting a local shop, but you have a direct source of helpful information. Oftentimes, employees and owners also know a lot of Lore. Talk to them about what you’re interested in learning. They probably have some hidden gems of information. 
  4. Learn about your Indigenous Plants
    Start researching and learning about the flora that grows locally, learn their lore, their uses, and magical or folklore associations. If Natives from your area used these plants, find out how. Learn where these plants grow and research local foraging. If you’ve never foraged, see if you can find a local group that can serve as helpful guides to stay safe. Never ingest anything unless you are SURE. 
  5. Start a local Plant Grimoire
    Keep dried presses of flowers and plants in it, draw and diagram to help you remember what they look like. 
  6. Learn about the indigenous animals
    Research their folklore and mythology. Start finding out what they eat, and what their habitats are. (Safely) Do your part to help foster their growth and health. This could be making insect houses to help local endangered pollinators, or leaving out special birdseed for endangered bird species in the area. (Safely) Start interacting with the non-aggressive species and leave them treats. This is great for birds, deer, rabbits, moles, chipmunks, hedgehogs, etc 
  7. Join local Conservation Projects 
    Getting directly involved in wildlife conservation strengthens our spiritual and natural ties to the land we call our home. Taking personal responsibility and interest in it’s stewardship is honoring the spirits of the land, and the Gods. 
  8. Use Google Maps while exploring parks, or protected open spaces to drop pins and places where you find animal habitats or useful plants for foraging. 

That’s all for now. More will come later I’m sure. Now go be the best local Witch or Druid you can be! 

100 Scurvy Pirate Prompts

Me amigos, ‘tis be ye cap'n @promptguy. Thank ye fer all th’ submissions. I translated some to be more scurvy pirate. 'tis might be th’ best list so far.

  1. “Which lovely booty ye be eyein’? th’ curvy wench’s or th’ shit-barnacles ye can’t spy wit’ ye eye in yon chest?”
  2. “oh me god! th’ boat be leakin’!” “No, that’s just bilge rum”
  3. Scribe 'bout a scurvy pirate that be scared 'o th’ ocean
  4. Ye discover that Prompt Guy be actually th’ Flyin’ Dutchman
  5. A pirate ship encounters sirens who use their song to lure them. th’ band 'o pirates give a go’ to escape but 'tis later revealed that th’ sirens don’t want sink them but join them
  6. 'tis ye first day on ship, 'n ye’re in learnin’. All th’ other members on board be experienced 'n professionals at their ship except 1. That one be ye “trainin’ laddie”… a child Jack Sparrow.
  7. “walk thee fuckin plank ye scallywag”
  8. Ye be th’ cap'n 'o a crew 'o Githyanki band 'o pirates, 'n ye be huntin’ ye quarry in th’ astral plane. th’ problem be, ye quarry consists 'o a ship full 'o illithids, or mind-flayers, who had previously enslaved ye kind wit’ their mental powers
  9. Ye got captured by band 'o pirates. be tellin’ a story on how ye end up becomin’ cap'n fer that scurvy pirate ship. Bonus points if ye scribe a way ye do it that dont murder anyone nor end up wit’ physical harm.
  10. Bin got a pair words fer ye scurvy dogs: “Shark Bait.”
  11. Poseidon, th’ God 'o th’ Sea, has chosen ye as his vessel. He whispers in ye mind, “by sea be th’ only way to travel.” ye embark on a journey, killin’ anybody who dares take an airplane or car.
  12. Ye’ve always thought that havin’ a peg leg’d be cool, but arh, the maintenaince yeh have to do to keep up yer cool appearance!
  13. “ye’re seriously makin’ me swim th’ plank again?!”
  14. A pirate cap'n goes on a mission to reclaim th’ pirate ship that was stolen from him 'n free his crew members from imprisonment
  15. Ye have traveled long 'n far in search 'o an infamous treasure that ye 'n ye crew have be searchin’ fer fer 16 years. Upon discoverin’ it, ye open th’ chest only to find a map leadin’ to another treasure. th’ value 'o friendship.
  16. They shout that treasures best be hidden on land. Yer cap'n be sayin’ they’re all lyin’. Yer cap'n be sayin’ th’ best place to be hidin’ treasure be in th’ heart 'o a storm.
  17. Ye ship be sunk, ye maties abandoned ye, but ye still have th’ gold… 'n spiced rum.
  18. Ye be kidnapped from ye home in th’ dead 'o nightfall 'n brought onto a ship wit’ a crew 'o 100 band 'o pirates. As ye look on in fear, they all bow below before ye. One 'o them introduces themselves as ye First Matey. ye be now their cap'n.
  19. Ye muster onboard a scurvy pirate ship, hopin’ to get some doubloons 'n th’ comradery ye sorely missed in th’ navy. But turns out th’ ship ye ended up on has a secret ye would never have guessed…
  20. A forbidden lust story between a sea cap'n 'n a siren he meets at sea.
  21. Ye’ve always wanted to be a scurvy pirate. ye even got ye chance when a fleet 'o them attacked ye town. th’ problem? ye’re a 'land-lubber’ 'n 'tis isn’t a nice world. ye’ll have to prove ye can handle bein’ a scurvy pirate just to make it out 'o th’ brig
  22. Ye’ve just taken control 'o a merchant ship only to find that th’ entire crew be more scared 'o th’ 4 year barnacle-covered girly offsprin’ 'o th’ wealthy tradesman ye’ve locked away. When she smiles, ye spy wit’ ye eye storms in her eyes - 'n then she laughs…
  23. Ye find a cursed treasure. When a piece 'o gold be spent it disappears. How do ye spend ye loot.
  24. “No women allowed on board!” says th’ cap'n. He finds out, one by one, that every member 'o his crew be a woman wit’ a fake beard.
  25. That scurvy scalawag Blackhearted Benton just stole yer ship wit’ all yer lovely booty! GET IT BACK!
  26. “Stop playin’ yer dratted cello, matey, 'n help me sword fight off Blackbeard!”
  27. Ye be th’ first astronaut to be sent to explore th’ galaxy. Suddenly, ye re stopped by space band 'o pirates, 'n be forced to choose between roamin’ aimlessly forever or joinin’ their crew.
  28. Ye got into th’ piratin’ business fer one reason - so ye can afford a ship in Malibu.
  29. “Remind me; if women be bad luck, why do we have a female cap'n?”
  30. Mermaid band 'o pirates. They find new islands 'n take down their enemies wit’ th’ help 'o sea creatures. Their ship be called “Poseidon”
  31. Band 'o pirates that set out to be villains accidentally return as jolly guys by screwin’ plans up
  32. Ye be a feared scurvy pirate who can control all th’ monsters roamin’ th’ seven seas, however ye worst enemy can control th’ oceans themselves.
  33. tell an entire tale in pirate talk, me hearty…
  34. Ye character just got accepted into MIT 'n be sailin’ towards th’ “scurvy pirate Certificate” (pistols, riflery, rowin’, fencin’.) wee do they be knowin’ that these courses be taught by actual band 'o pirates.
  35. An underground illegal racin’ rig has be started that involves scurvy pirate ships battlin’ though a rum track in a Need fer Speed style wit’ steampower-ups included
  36. Ye awaken on a scurvy pirate ship, last thin’ ye remember before 'tis was shoutin’ to a guy in th’ tavern at port. th’ cap'n had bought ye 'n ye be now sailin’ on th’ ship, what happens while ye be at sea?
  37. “HAND ME THAT MAP OR SO HELP ME I’LL CUT IT OFF YA HANDS!”
  38. You turn on the Pirate Speak in Minecraft under language options as a joke, but then ye start findin’ that yer land lubber mates in reality arrrre beginnin’ ta talk like ol’ sea dogs, and even tha signs ‘round yer town turn inta Pirate Speak. Soon a squaky bird takes to perchin’ on yer shoulder. Tha townsfolk begin ta ask fer yer okay on things o’ trivial matter. Yer first mate, who lost 'is leg years ago ta scurvy, suddenly had a peg 'stead of a prosthetic. Congrats, matey– yer tha cap'n of tha town
  39. “Arrrr! the hour to loot EA 'o their precious Sims lovely booty!!”
  40. 'tis not uncommon fer a scurvy pirate to loose a hand or a foot on his travels. ye 'n ye crew dig up a chest full 'o hands 'n feet.
  41. Ye swore on a loved one’s grave that ye would someday sail to th’ legendary Grand Arcada, an ocean which none have ever found. this day, ye awoke to find ye ship stolen from ye - 'n th’ strange people seem to be changin’ ye course…
  42. A pirate loses his scurvy pirate accent 'n has to go find a different ship because they don’t fit in anymore.
  43. Ye find an ancient treasure map, 'n indeed, under th’ “X” thar’s buried treasure. But what’s under th’ “Y” 'n “Z”?
  44. Ye cap'n has caught a deadly disease, 'n be on th’ verge 'o Davy Jones’ treasure chest. ye 'n ye crew decide to pull one last raid wit’ them. th’ big one.
  45. Th’ band 'o pirates 'n th’ vampires have come to together to stop th’ ultimate evil. How do ye defend yourself?
  46. Cap'n Gus has a secret, his magic beard grows more wild 'n tangled wit’ every wind it ensnares. Cuttin’ a hair causes a mild breeze, a lock 'o his beard unleashes a strong wind. Now, captured 'n condemned to execution, he asks if he could shave
  47. Ye be th’ cap'n 'o th’ most infamous scurvy pirate ship on th’ seven seven seas, ye 'n ye crew have be through pretty much everythin’ together. Currently ye be on th’ hunt fer mer-people, they fetch high prices on th’ black market fer their beauty. What ye crew dont be knowin’ however be that ye be a mer-person 'n ye 'n ye kind only have tails when ye peglegs get wet.ye’re in th’ middle 'o a bath in ye quarters when ye first matey bustles in to speak to ye 'bout th’ ship’s course.
  48. Ye be a notorious scurvy pirate. ye’ve always be able to outrun th’ navy, but 'tis the hour they’re gainin’ on ye. ye agree to make a deal wit’ one 'o th’ lesser captains. What do they shout to ye?
  49. Arr, ye main character be kidnapped by a scurvy pirate at sea! It turns out th’ sea isn’t what it seems to be when he throws ye overboard to die….
  50. Ye cap'n has be noticeably feelin’ down, how does one scurvy pirate cheer up their cap'n back to their jolly self?
  51. What do ye do wit’ a drunken sailer?
  52. Ye’re a pirate who’s totally new to th’ business 'o stealin’ treasure from authoritative figures 'n don’t really be knowin’ what ye’re doin’. Suddenly, a dragon shows up 'n offers to tutor ye in piracy. What next?
  53. “What be land? I have forgotten.”
  54. Ye’re an undercover employee 'o th’ british government onboard a pirate ship on 'tis way to an uncharted island. ye mission be to find out what th’ band 'o pirates be goin’ thar fer.
  55. A pirate wit’ a rubber duck hand instead 'o a rusted hook
  56. Lesbian pirate flirtin’ wit’ sirens
  57. Ye were sent by th’ British government to spy on a notorious cap'n. ye join his crew 'n climb up th’ ranks 'til ye become his first matey. A few days before ye be to betray him, he tells ye a secret that changes everythin’. What be it?
  58. Th’ cap'n has gone missin’ overnight. ye, a mere chef, be th’ only one who can manage to control th’ crew. ye need to find whar ye cap'n has gone to.
  59. She was they best cap'n to sail th’ sea’s. She was Black Beard.
  60. Band 'o pirates be pillagin’ ye village, lookin’ fer somethin’. What they’re lookin’ fer be a wee unorthodox
  61. Th’ year be th’ far future, 'n space travel has be achieved. th’ human race has be denied entry into th’ galactic federations set up hundreds 'o years before their time. So, instead, we become space band 'o pirates. All 'o us.
  62. All ye pirates be sufferin from th’ evil scurvy, no matter how much citrus or undercooked meat they brin’ on th’ poop deck. they shout yer crews favoured wi th’ devil, but wee do they be knowin’ ye’ve just found th’ third cure to th’ scurvy
  63. “fer th’ last the time, don’t be puttin’ me tattered eyepatch in th’ dryer!”
  64. Ye look almost exactly like th’ female version 'o ye twin brother. Unfortunately, ye twin brother just so happens to be th’ notorious cap'n 'o a pirate crew. One day, he be killed, 'n th’ crew asks ye to pretend to be him so as to continue
  65. Th’ mermaid they pulled from th’ ocean turns out to be a jolly fighter. Maybe too jolly. Sh just killed th’ cap'n.
  66. Ye got scurvy. How ya gonna hide it from th’ cap'n?
  67. Ye pirate ship be stuck in 5 O'clock traffic. Somehow.
  68. Ye’re a stowaway on th’ dreaded cap'n LongBeard’s ship, tryin’ to find out whar he hides his treasure. Only problem be, ye’ve gotten caught sneakin’ around below deck.
  69. Ye’re th’ only jolly scurvy pirate in ye crew. ye’ve be tryin’ to keep it a secret, but then ye ship happens to sail past a group 'o sirens…
  70. Ye command one 'o th’ fiercest scurvy pirate ships in th’ seven seas. Just th’ mention 'o ye crew sends fear into th’ hearts 'o men 'n women. th’ only thin’ be, ye’ve never stepped foot on a boat.
  71. Ye’ve be travelin’ th’ seven seas fer a while now. Nothin’ can stand in ye way; ye 'n ye crew be unstoppable. 'til one thin’ crossed ye paths. What be that one thin’ 'n how do ye overcome it?
  72. Ye be th’ toughest scurvy pirate around. ye won many fights, pillaged many towns, 'n plundered dozens 'o ships. nothin’ could stand in ye way to riches, not even- oh god be that a baby on ye ship? who brought a baby?
  73. Ye be sailin’ th’ seven seven seas when yer lovely booty grows peglegs 'n starts swimmin’ off. How do ya catch a swimmin’ treasure hoard?
  74. Ye be a sea cap'n. Suddenly, ye ship lifts into th’ air. ye’re bein’ raided by sky band 'o pirates!
  75. Due to men believin’ eatin’ fruit was too feminine, th’ seven seas be now ruled by female band 'o pirates who beat their weakened males counterparts. Now, ye’re at a parrrty drinkin’ ornge spiced juice wit’ th’ victors.
  76. All ye pirates knows only women be sailors. Can ye think 'o anythin’ more unlucky than to have a scurvy dog onboard a ship? Still, rumour has it that th’ fiercest scurvy pirate ship 'o them all has a only-male crew.
  77. Ye meet Sodomy McScurvyLegs 'n buy a fitness regime. It opens up a whole new seven seas fer ye, an endless sea 'o knowledge… 'bout lovely booty.
  78. Turns out 'tis eyepatch be cursed to ne'er come off! Too bad ye put it on t’ wrong eye!
  79. Yrr secret island has been made into a parking lot and is overrun by scurvy lawyers while you were pirating. How do you fight lawyers? Your treasure is under that asphalt.
  80. Th’ cap'n 'o a magical sailin’ pirate ship takes several orphans under her proverbial win’s as new crew members
  81. “I lost m'hand to a shark, but I lost me eye to…”
  82. A rollickin’ scurvy pirate adventure from th’ point 'o view 'o th’ ship’s sea monster: th’ cat
  83. A classic pirate adventure wit’ a cursed object. Part 'o th’ curse be that th’ scurvy pirate cap'n 'n crew can never leave th’ ship 'n must come up wit’ creative ways to plunder, pillage, 'n eventually break th’ curse.
  84. Cuddle band 'o pirates- th’ fluffiest, snuggliest scurvy pirate crew ye can imagine, inexplicably survivin’ through skill 'n pluck in a grimdark hyper-edgy universe, rebellin’ against th’ grim 'n gritty status quo wit’ unflinchin’ optimism 'n hugs.
  85. “How th’ muck did ye get onto me ship 'n why be ye naked”
  86. “So ye meanin’ to be tellin’ me th’ map, which ye bought off a street vendor at Ivery Island, be an authentic map that leads to a literal buried treasure. scurvy dog, speak 'bout cliche.”
  87. Ye be highly disappointed when ye discover that th’ famous deadly 'Kraken’ be actually just a nutcracker.
  88. Two pirates travel th’ seven seas lookin’ fer lovely booty, but it turns out all they really want be each others lovely booty
  89. Ye finally come home from a year at sea 'n have to explain to ye main wench how ye got syphillis
  90. A scurvy pirate find th’ greatest treasure to be had: an island covered in lovely booty.
  91. Ye’re a pirate explorin’ uncharted waters when suddenly a giant hand made out 'o rum rises out 'o th’ ocean holdin’ a small baby wrapped in seaweed. th’ hand places th’ younglin’ on th’ deck 'o ye ship 'n disappears back into th’ depths. ye now have a child 'n a lot 'o questions.
  92. captains, greedy 'n tough 'n mean. But th’ strange thin’ 'bout him be that he wears a metal mask, 'n no one in th’ crew has ever seen him without it. One nightfall, ye resolve to spy wit’ ye eye th’ cap'n’s real face, so ye sneak into his cabin 'n sneak a peek 'o him sans mask. 'n what ye spy wit’ ye eye makes it clear to ye why ye cap'n would hide his face.
  93. Perhaps givin’ band 'o pirates Google Maps wasn’t th’..best idea
  94. Ye somehow became a pirate cap'n. One problem - ye be knowin’ nothin’ 'bout navigation…or ships…or fightin’ in general. But ye look well in a pirate coat 'n a hat, so thar be that.
  95. Ye’ve be captured by pirates, 'n thrown in th’ brig. th’ cap'n’s trusty parrot flies in, 'n says he can help ye escape.
  96. “Matey, yer lovely booty be th’ only one I be diggin’ fer t'night.”
  97. Ye’ve found pirate treasure by sheer dumb luck, but now th’ ghost 'o th’ lady pirate it belonged to be hauntin’ ye. 'n if that wasn’t that be all you can take, she’s got a crush on ye.
  98. Yer on a boat when suddenely yer First Mate throws 'imself over with no apparent reason. You dive in after him and find a grotto. What’s beyond it?
  99. Ye be that one guy on th’ ship that can swim. Somethin’ has jammed th’ rudder, stoppin’ th’ ship from makin’ it to port.
  100. Pretend ye’re a pirate 'n ye’ve just buried ye treasure. Draw a map 'n scribe below detailed instructions on how to find it again.

What prompt do ye like th’ most? Reblog if ye be a true scurvy pirate.

The Sun in the Houses

Introduction

The House the Sun resides in represents the area of an individual’s life most affected by the expression of individuality and our unique powers. This is where we seek to make our mark, and how we feel our uniqueness.

Unless there is a House Stellium elsewhere in the individual’s chart, this House will be the most defining in the natal chart as the powerful influence of the Sun is directed there.

The Sun directs us to take action in the areas of life ruled by the House it resides in. We cannot lead happy, fulfilled lives without exploring our potential in these areas. This is an extremely vital contribution to our identity.

These areas of life are also where our egos are allowed to flourish, which means there is a necessity to be cautious of growing too self-confident or self-assured. There must be balance.

Sun in the 1st House

The House of Self

This position bestows great will and passion. The native possesses vitality, an air of confidence, and self-awareness. Their concept and understanding of their own identity is of great importance in their life, and to their overall success as an individual.

Natives of this position take great pride in their physical appearance and what they do and create. They seek to be recognized for what they are and what they are capable of in a way that other natives do not. They need recognition to feel secure in themselves.

They possess a presence that cannot be denied. Leadership comes naturally, along with comfort in one’s own skin. It is hard to manipulate this individual or sway their opinions. The determination this position bestows is far too great to be overcome by any force. Highly ambitious, these natives will work long and hard to achieve what they want in life.

Adversely, natives are egotistical, their individualism often taken to extremes. Despite their air of confidence, these natives are actually quite self-conscious. It can be difficult not to become consumed with the worries of others’ impressions and thoughts. This is especially true when the Sun is afflicted. Such a position leads to compulsiveness and a hunger for power.

Sun in the 2nd House

The House of Possessions

Unlike the Sun in the 1st House which leads to natives taking great pride in their appearance and abilities, the native of the Sun in the 2nd House leads to pride in possessions. Natives are driven to pursue material goods and financial security above all else.

They are determined, faithful, and have strong values. With this determination and drive, they pursue financial wealth. How they obtain their wealth depends on the Sun sign - ie. Sun in Gemini may indicate the wealth will be obtained through intellectual or communicative pursuits; Sun in Virgo may indicate caring for others as a doctor, nurse, or something similar.

Though they seek material possessions, they are typically not unreasonable with their money. Financial security trumps all else. Still, they may not understand that this wealth should be used to actually benefit them rather than satisfy temporary desires above true needs. Despite this focus on money, natives are not greedy but instead quite magnanimous.

There is a tendency to be far too materialistic and superficial. Natives must realize that they cannot believe their worth comes from themselves, not from the objects they surround themselves with. They must shift their pride from the manifestation of their hard work to the hard work itself.

When afflicted, this position may lead to squandering money or the feeling that the native is not worthy of love.

Sun in the 3rd House

House of the Mind

This position drives the native to achieve greatness through intellectualism, academia, and the like. Mental accomplishments define the native’s identity.

The precise nature of this knowledge may shift depending on the sign the Sun is in - ie. Aquarius would suggest scientific endeavors, while Scorpio may lead the native into the occult or psychology, or Capricorn into business. Overall, however, there is a scientific bent to whatever it is the native pursues. This also applies to their curiosity: Natives are highly investigative and driven to learn new, unique things.

Often, they are driven to travel, exploring the world and the many cultures it holds. Restlessness often plagues them, and they are left feeling as if they must be doing something at all times.

Friendship and communication are highly important to this native. Unlike the Houses before it, the 3rd House inspires the native to take pride in relationships. The native often has a unique knack for relating to others, and makes friends with ease. Their open minded nature also contributes to this ease.

Affliction leads to intellectual superiority complexes and the desire to force their beliefs on others. They can be extremely impatient with others, as well.

Sun in the 4th House

The House of Family

Pride in heritage and family is key to natives of this position. The home becomes a symbol of their pride and worth. They seek to showcase their ties and history.

This can also manifest in an interest in the land itself. Gardening, natural resources, and the like are of great importance to them.

The desire to be the head of the family is common. Much of the native’s energy is devoted to the home and family, and if their personal life is not in order they cannot focus on anything else until it is. The foundation of the family and home is one that supports them in all areas of life.

Within the first part of their life, there will be difficulties, and in the second part, prosperity. This is typically because natives understand they must plan ahead, and focus on the future instead of immediate pleasure.

Defensiveness and secrecy are common in these natives. When afflicted, this position leads to a struggle with parents and partners. They can be dictatorial in the home.

Sun in the 5th House

The House of Pleasure

When the Sun’s energy is directed into the 5th House, the native’s pride and power is their creativity. They desire - and truly need - to be recognized for this creativity.

Not only drawn to the arts, natives are often physical. They are interested in sports, and arts that combine the two such as dance. Their nature is competitive, as well, which manifests in these areas.

Romance, drama, and popularity seem to surround these natives. They have an air of regality more often than not, and their brightness draws in others. Their great sense of loyalty contributes to this, as well.

Children often play important roles in their life in one way or another.

Love is intense for these natives, and sometimes all consuming. When the Sun is in Taurus or Scorpio, possessiveness may overwhelm their relationships.

Egocentric and at times far too individualistic, natives often are taken down by their risky behavior and lack of sense. Natives seek adventure and action in life, which can sometimes be dangerous. There is a naivety that characterizes this position and can be hard to grow out of.

Sun in the 6th House

The House of Health

For these natives, pride stems from service. The identity is shaped by how the individual can contribute to society and directly to those around them. They must assist others in order to feel fulfilled and confident in themselves.

Because they take such pride in their work, these natives are hard working but somewhat difficult to work with. They need to feel appreciated, and to receive appreciation for this hard work. When this does not occur, there are often feelings of resentment that form.

They often need to keep busy in one way or another because they feel useless when not doing something.

This position often negatively affects health, ironically. The native may find it necessary to stick to strict diets in order to stay healthy. When well aspected, this position does lead to an innate understanding of their own health and the health of others. When afflicted, the position instead leads to a struggle to understand this part of their identity at all.

Natives must learn that their work should not be their identity in whole. They need a life outside of constant work, and a way to define themselves when not working. Their perfectionism can be difficult to manage, and actively hurt them. Anxiety can be so great it is detrimental to their health.

Sun in the 7th House

The House of Partnership

Pride and identity is found through close relationships. Marriage is their focus, and takes up a great deal of their energy. They take great care to ensure their partners are happy and healthy, making a great partner themselves.

Natives possess negotiation skills, the ability to harmonize with others, and motivation to form positive relationships with everyone they meet. They do their bests when working with others in all areas of life. Sharing experiences is highly enjoyable to them.

When the Sun is well aspected, they easily attract good friends. Their charm is great, and they are typically highly considerate of others.

Rejection can be extremely intense for these natives. Often, these natives put the needs of others above their own, causing themselves great pain and suffering at times. They can even lose themselves in relationships as they identify so strongly with their associations with others.

Sun in the 8th House

The House of Depth

When the Sun is in the 8th House, the native is drawn to the mysteries of the universe. Religion, spirituality, occultism, and the like are all areas of interest. This interest typically develops over the native’s lifetime, and may not be present right away.

Their energy is so powerfully directed to these areas that the natives are grounded in these areas of life, stabilized by these beliefs. They not only take pride in these beliefs, they are empowered by them.

As the 8th House also rules transformation, natives typically seek to evolve and grow in all areas of life, and take great pride in this ability to change. Not only this, but this position is quite severe, forcing the native to grow through quite difficult life lessons. This often involves the relinquishing, or death, of a part of the being.

Often, these individuals will begin as selfish or egotistical and be forced to transform into a more open, understanding, and beautiful being.

There is a certain magnetism about this native that draws others to them. This can be used to benefit the native throughout life.

Emotions are carefully controlled as they are so powerful. The native understands the great influence of emotion, and thus they understand that emotion can be a weapon.

When ill aspected, natives can seek money through unscrupulous means and be quite dangerous.

Sun in the 9th House

House of Philosophy

The native of this position is greatly interested in philosophy: Higher education, religion, law, etc. Overall, there is an interest in society, and influencing it.

There is a draw to other cultures, travel, and exploration unless the Sun sign is Fixed. Even if they never travel, these natives often have a knack for learning languages.

Even if the native is not religious, they often have strong morals and values from which they refuse to sway - even if these morals are misguided. Their ideals are quite grand, and they are impatient to reach them. This can lead to naivete and self-righteousness. Despite this, the native can grow into an open-minded, adventurous, and curious individual.

When afflicted, this position inspired dictatorial behavior, eccentric religious beliefs, or struggles in higher education. They can also be highly condescending and attempt to force their morals on others, even if they are hypocritical.

Sun in the 10th House

House of Status

Responsibility and authority are at the center of this individual’s identity. Natives defines themselves by their success and recognition. Ambition, power, and authority are highly important in their lives.

These natives will work remarkably hard to reach their goals. There is nothing that can stop them when they set their sights on something they desire.

Natives are so wrapped up in concepts of honor and dignity that they refuse to lower themselves even slightly, however.

This is actually a position many politicians possess as it bestows dignity and strong will. On the other hand, this also applies to their morals. They believe they are meant to serve as an example, and act as if they are always being watched in a sense; in many ways this is true, as others will look up to them.

Being lower than others is a struggle for them, and for this reason they must seek jobs in which they are in control. Their leadership abilities are strong, and when they nurture this aspect of themselves they can do great things.

There is a tendency to become wrapped up in material goods. The native’s arrogance is often their downfall, so they must take great steps to control this part of themselves. This is especially true when the Sun is afflicted, and the native may even resort to unscrupulous methods in order to achieve power.

Sun in the 11th House

House of Friendship

Humanitarianism is the most distinct aspect of this position. The native is intensely devoted to equality, and highly empathetic to the plight of others. The concept of human dignity is one that truly shapes the native and inspires them to help others in whatever ways they can manage. Natives take great pride in this part of their lives, too, seeing their devotion to humanity as honorable.

Society in general is the focus of this native. Friendship, group activities, and similar affairs define them. It is not social status that they seek, but connections with others, and many connections will be made.

The openness and tolerance granted by this position draws people in. Not only this, but the native adapts to social situations with grace and ease. It is all too easy for this native to form friendships, but the only issue is that they can be shallow, not truly deep. While these natives can make quick friends, they can also quickly leave.

The native desires to work in groups, and thus gain recognition through groups. This position also inspires scientific and, sometimes, occult interests.

In cases of affliction, the native either uses friends for their own gain or is used.

Sun in the 12th House

The House of the Subconscious

This is a highly introspective position. Natives are focused on their own mental state and identity, and occasionally that of others through psychology or psychic interests. This is where they may serve others, and experience personal fulfillment.

Comfort truly comes from assisting others, the compassion and care bestowed by this placement is so great. Despite this, the individual can find it hard to interact with others directly as they are so shy, particularly if the Sun is afflicted in this House.

The Sun’s energy, when directed in such a naturally dark place, can prove far too much. There is a conflict when the outgoing Sun meets the internal, hidden 12th House. The native can feel torn between these two natures. Individuals with this placement are often unnecessarily hard on themselves, as well.

There is a tendency to avoid the spotlight, instead moving behind the scenes. Alone time is needed to regroup quite often.

Self-pity can plague the native, as can lack of confidence.

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I’ve joked about this before eons ago, but Tintin being Extra™ and dramatic while fainting from heat exhaustion has always been kind of hilarious to me

also, that art progression tho!! 💯👌✨

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In southern France, in what is today called Provence, are the remains of culture which was surprisingly young. The no-mortar, single-floor and often single-room bories date to a culture that lived here in the 1600s or 1700s. Every inch of the fertile land below was needed to support the growing population. So the houses were built in clusters in hilltop villages. The small dry-stone bories are clear evidence that though Paris may have been the cultural capital of Europe in the 1700s, much of France remained tied to the land and what they themselves could produce. 

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asoiaf meme - [6] locations: Yi Ti

A fabled land even in the Seven Kingdoms, Yi Ti is a large and diverse country, a realm of windswept plains and rolling hills, jungles and rain forests, deep lakes and rushing rivers and shrinking inland seas. Its legendary wealth is such as to allow its princes to live in houses of solid gold and dine on sweetmeats powdered with pearls and jade. Lomas Longstrider, awestruck by its marvels, called Yi Ti “the land of a thousand gods and a hundred princes, ruled by one god-emperor." 

“Actually, Miss Tina [Knowles] contacted me about their initial concept of ‘Sorry’ from Lemonade,” Cox reveals. “They wanted to have all these powerful, empowered black women in the video and they wanted to have me and Viola [Davis] and Kerry [Washington].” 

 Unfortunately, the project came during a time when Cox was tied up filming her television film, but the celebrity athlete who landed the role was indeed “perfect.” 

 “I was shooting Rocky Horror Picture Show at the time and they were like, ‘Can you get the EP to shoot something and send it to us?’ and there was just no time to do it,” she says. “The concept changed. And could you imagine anyone else? I mean, there was Serena Williams like giving us full life.“ 

 -Laverne Cox on the original video treatment for "Sorry”

beastcallisto  asked:

My question is a bit related to the ethnicity based magic question. The setting is zombie post apocalypse northern USA, the protags are mostly poc with mixed heritage (afroamerican/Ethiopian, korean\white, afroamerican/Irish + one white character). They all experience a disconnect to their root's, but when low level magic returns to the world, I want gods close to their personality, NOT their roots, to teach them. I. E. a Norse god teaches a black char & vice versa. Would that be OK?

Cultural Disconnect, Taught by Gods from Other Cultures

>>  They all experience a disconnect to their root’s, but when low level magic returns to the world, I want gods close to their personality, NOT their roots, to teach them. 

That’s not a “but.” That continues the pattern of them all being disconnected from their roots.

A non-Scandinavian-diaspora girl in the zombie apocalypse being helped by a supernatural figure significant to her own traditions and the same girl being helped by Freya or some other Norse god are two entirely different stories. (Or a Swedish-American being helped by Freya vs. by Venus.) The not-their-culture god just continues the disconnect from their heritage plus serves as a kind of invalidator of some cultures, whose religions hold that the other ones don’t count.

Plus, why is the spirit from their own culture not good enough to help them? I understand what you mean about personalities, but most cultures with polytheism have a variety of different personalities to pick from. For example, if I am kind of a clever trickster outsider I get paired with Loki and if I’m bold and brave I get paired with Thor, but other cultures with lots of gods to pick from would ALSO have a trickster and a brave character.

In other words, there are probably supernatural figures close to their personality AND their roots lurking within world mythology, and readers within the culture may think “Why didn’t they just use Freya?” if your character is of Nordic heritage and you used Venus instead. (Sorry that my examples are so Eurocentric.)

–Shira

Continuing on the topic of cultural sensitivity, I’m noticing a glaring omission: Natives.

You have to remember that all of the people you’re putting on this backdrop do not actually come from the area they’re living in. So if you start omitting Natives, then you’re basically saying “magic can now colonize, too”. 

I get that you’re not going to change around the whole population of an area, considering the Northern USA is a mix of a whole bunch of ethnicities. But it rings really false to me that magic is returning to the land and there not even being a hint of Native people getting their ownership back.

Like, I get that I’ve talked about how exhausting it is to have Natives= land magic, and I still stand by that. But when you consider how intimately Natives and land magic are tied in the real world, it gets a little eyebrow-raising to see “magic returns to the land” and there being absolutely nothing about Natives.
I’m not saying there needs to be an all-Native cast here. I’m saying that it would be continuing colonial legacy to ignore original ownership of who first settled on the land under their feet. It doesn’t have to be much, but I would much prefer something.

And please do not “fix” this by having Native religions/deities pick members of your pre-existing cast. Native religions are closed to only those who are within the tribe. If you do want a Native person in your cast, pick somebody who is actively aware of their identity and the responsibility that comes with their identity. Non-Natives should never, ever, ever be the authority over Natives, especially when it comes to their own religion. As Shira said, having gods from other cultures come in to teach people their ways continues disenfranchisement.

Just something to consider.

~Mod Lesya

Please consider the historical and current relationships between the source culture of the character being taught and the source culture of the being doing the teaching.  It’s unfortunate but nonetheless true that there have existed and still exist power and cultural dynamics between nations and societies that could make such mentor/mentee relationships awkward, to say the least, due to colonialism, religious conversion, or economic exploitation.  For instance, if it were me in this position and the “god” or being teaching me were, say, the English image of St. George or something, I can tell you may reaction would almost definitely be “oh boy, an Indian being lectured to by a Brit… again." 

There are a billion Indians in this world; we survived and thrived; so imagine how much more pronounced that feeling would be when the mentee character is from a culture who was almost wiped out by people from another nation who worshipped or invoked the mentor character.  There are so many ways that it can go wrong.

So there are certain mentor/mentee pairs for which this would be all kinds of nope and others for which it’s less off-putting.  In those latter cases, think about the ways that exploring the teachings delivered by that god or being might prompt the mentee character to rediscover and connect with their own heritage.  I realize it’s postapocalyptic and good research material might be hard to come by in-universe, but if a character knows that they are of a certain heritage, they may become curious about the philosophy and worldviews that come from those people.  Maybe this sounds a little bit tribalistic but different peoples throughout history have often explored similar ideas, either by way of shared history or cultural contact, or even independent innovation, and learning about ideas in a different culture can be an avenue to exploring similar ideas in one’s own, in way that comes off as seeming less contrived and allows the character to reconnect with that culture.  

For example, if a Celtic god starts talking about transmigration of souls, it might prompt a Korean character to explore Korean Buddhist notions of reincarnation—it’s a similar germ of an idea from a divergent source, but it can be explored from a perspective that is more intrinsic to the character rather that being foisted on them by an outside force.  This makes it more of a honest exchange than a "schooling,” and gives agency to your characters of color when the “god’ in question may be of European origin.

–Mod Nikhil

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and that one shall come to you garbed in raiment of blue, descending upon a field of gold…
             to forge anew our ties with the lost land.

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►Character: Vixx’s Leo || You

►Summary: Working at a secluded, confidential, military base,Of course, you would see different weird things,But you didn’t expect to see a hot alien,Demanding for you to follow him back home.

►Genre: Smut; Alien!au

►Word Count: 7 434

► Here is the long awaited alien!vixx for Leo. For new readers, I used his stage name to suit the storyline. Also read the other member version too if you’re intrested. 

► Btw, if you guys have any suggestion on how what kind of plot you want to see for other member, feel free to drop it in my inbox. I have some ideas but I’m not sure about it though lol.

You watched. Stared. Or glared. Through the thick layers of glasses, you watched him. A tall, built figure was strapped on a chair, different wires attached to his body, connected to different monitors around you. His torso was flawless. On his temple there’s a black pattern, decorating them. Hidden from your vision, you knew that there’s the same pattern that ran down his spine. You catch a glimpse of them when the assistants strap him on that chair, stripping off his top to stick the wires on his chest. You were glad that his eyes were closed. But he wouldn’t see you even if they were open since you’re in the observation room protected by thick layers of one-way glass. The man you were glaring holes into, who called himself as Leo, is an alien. The reason you were glaring at him is because he had attempted to kidnap you earlier. You didn’t know how he managed to get in your lab. The first second you heard the blaring siren rang through the base, lights went out leaving you in the soft hue of the emergency lights and the next thing that you know he was standing in front of you, dressed in a black bodysuit and soft blue light glowing from his body. 

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Our Land: The First 100 (or so) Days

When we started the “Our Land” journey in January, I mentioned that I drew inspiration from the words of John Steinbeck: his notion, in the travelogue Travels with Charley, to “rediscover this monster land.”

Four months later, as we wrap up the first phase of our project, I’m turning for inspiration to another John: the naturalist, explorer and author John Muir. 

In the late 1800s, Muir took three trips to southeast Alaska, where producer Elissa Nadworny and I just spent a revelatory two weeks gathering stories. Muir traveled along the Inside Passage by steamer ship and canoe, marveling at the glaciers he watched calving into fjords, the huge girth of Sitka spruce trees, the endless, quivering light display of the aurora borealis. The scenery of coastal Alaska, Muir wrote, was “hopelessly beyond description.” But he managed, beautifully:

In these coast landscapes there is such indefinite, on-leading expansiveness,     such a multitude of features without apparent redundance, their lines           graduating delicately into one another in endless succession, while the whole is so fine, so tender, so ethereal, that all pen-work seems hopelessly unavailing. Tracing shining ways through fiord and sound, past forests and waterfalls, islands and mountains and far azure headlands, it seems as if surely we must at length reach the very paradise of the poets, the abode of the blessed. 

The guiding principle behind the “Our Land” series has been to explore how place shapes identity: how where we live shapes who we are, and how ties to the land determine our sense of self. These ideas are front and center in our most recent Alaska reporting. Among our stories, we’ll hear a father-daughter commercial fishing duo talk about making a living, and a life, on the water. We’ll hear from Alaska Natives about celebrating and revitalizing their ancient cultures, rooted in the land. And we’ll visit a tiny village – with just a post office to its name – where living independently, off the grid, defines the people who make it their home.


Throughout our travels, I’ve been reminded time and again of people’s intense pride in where they’re from. We heard this expressed clearly by the sons of Yemeni immigrants in Hamtramck, Michigan. By a cattle broker along the Arizona-Mexico border. By Chinese-American families in the Mississippi Delta.

And it’s no small thing that on every step of our road trip, we’ve been welcomed into people’s homes and invited to share the bounty at their dinner table. We’ve gratefully shared in a community potlatch in Klukwan, Alaska, a Chinese feast in Clarksdale, Mississippi, an Uzbek dinner in Kansas City, Missouri, and many more.

(Sheila Spores holding a platter of grilled wild Alaska king and coho salmon at the home of our dinner host, Peter Rice, in Ketchikan)

Outside my office at NPR, I’ve hung a laminated map of the U.S., and I’ve marked our travel routes to date with a black Sharpie. It’s satisfying to look at the ground we’ve covered, but it’s also a constant reminder that there’s so much more territory to explore. The road beckons.

–Melissa Block

(Photos: Melissa Block/NPR)

Map: published in Alaska Days with John Muir (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1915)

anonymous asked:

The chocobros s/o, after the return of the dawn (Noctis is alive) became an ambassador for Lucis. Now, nine months pregnant they stubbornly want to lead the negotiation for an alliance with Tenebrae directly there. Which it happen. The boys, remained in Insomnia, recive an embarassed phone call by Talcott: " uhm, the negotiation has gone well. And, ehm, congrats, they got on labour and give birth in the main hall" reactions?

I had trouble typing this one despite loving the request entirely- this is simply because I am exhausted and I kind of want to just go to bed! But I also wanted to post something for you all before I hit the hay. If I can manage another short headcanon/short scenario request, I’ll probably do it after this :) Ignis’ is long because… it just didn’t want to stop writing itself LOL

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Noctis: “Noct, it’s Talcott on the line. He wants to speak with you.” Ignis’ voice startled Noctis out of his reverie. Shaking his head, Noctis gazed up at his advisor and nodded, before realising that Ignis probably couldn’t see his actions. So Noctis grunted in acknowledgment.

“Thanks Specs,” Noctis picked up the receiver and held it to his ear with a sigh, “how’s it going Talcott? Good news?” Noctis asked, sounding tired. Talcott laughed nervously over the phone, and that was when Noctis knew something had happened. The young King sat up straighter in his seat, his eyes wide with worry. “Talcott…?”

“Your Majesty, the negotiations went fine- we’ve won the Tenebrae Alliance. And… well, congratulations. Lucis now has a baby princess to its Crown.” Talcott said, a little hesitantly. Noctis gaped, not even aware that his mouth was wide open.

“What? Y/n gave birth?! When?” Noctis exclaimed. His face fell at a sudden as a sudden thought intruded into his mind. “Talcott… where?”

Noctis could hear Talcott gulp over the phone. “Um, the main hall-”

“THE MAIN HALL?! Y/N GAVE BIRTH IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE OF TENEBRAE’S COURT?! SHE’S OUR QUEEN. SHE’S MY WIFE!” Noctis practically roared out of incredulity. Talcott laughed nervously through the line.

“Uh, yeah… it kinda just happened- congratulations?” the young man offered hesitantly. Noctis sighed and slumped down in his seat with a small smile on his face despite his horror.

“Thanks Talcott.”


Prompto: Prompto frowned at the flurry of incoming calls that were coming through while he was on a mechanical excavation job down in the Keycatrich Ruins. Cindy had tipped him off about some goodies that could be useful for the rebuilding of Insomnia, so Prompto and his hunter team headed out on the job around the same time you were due out to go meet with the leaders of Tenebrae about the Lucis-Tenebrae Alliance Noctis was pushing for.

Prompto didn’t want to let you go, but he also didn’t want to make you think that he thought you were weak in your state of very late pregnancy. You were an independent woman and you liked to do things on your own terms- baby or no baby. So Prompto merely kissed you goodbye, told you to be careful, and then let you go off on your merry way.

“Talcott?” Prompto said, calling the familiar number back. “What’s up? How did the alliance shindig go?” the blond mechanist asked, wiping his dirty hands on his already messed up pants.

“Um, yeah- it all went well sir!” Prompto frowned at the formal address.

“Just Prompto’s fine man… so what are you calling about? Is y/n okay?” Prompto suddenly asked, worry clear in his tone. Talcott laughed nervously at Prompto’s question and the blond man could feel his heart absolutely drop.

“She kind of gave birth in front of the Tenebrae officials. Congratulations though- you’re a happy father to a healthy baby boy!” Talcott exclaimed.

Prompto remained standing for a few more moments, in radio silence. Talcott tried to call his name out, but by then, Prompto was already long gone. He’d fainted.

Poor guy- he wasn’t even there when you were giving birth. Imagine if he was- you’d have to welcome chaos all around!


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anonymous asked:

Could you give us your thoughts on Clarke and compartmetalization? I find it to be one of the most interesting trait of hers and also something that, even though it has negative effects on her, it has also "saved" her in a way, because how the fuck someone with so much burden on her shoulders is even able to walk at this point?

So we know Bellamy is in love with Clarke but is Clark in love with him? I have been Shipping Bellarke since season one and tbh Bellamy reveals way more than she does. Especially the way he looks at her when she isn’t looking

I’m combining these two anon asks, because they actually cover the same topic: how Bellamy and Clarke show their emotions.  I also think how they handle emotions is very closely tied to how they function as leaders and their relative strengths.

As you point out, nonny #1, Clarke’s ability to compartmentalize has saved her because she’s able to put things aside that really would crush someone else.  Since early season one, Clarke handles emotions one of two ways: she either handles it directly and straightforwardly, or she locks that shit up tight and doesn’t look at it until absolutely necessary.  We see the latter with her anger towards her mother and Wells and L.exa, and it’s no coincidence that all three of those grudges were deeply tied to personal traumas as well.  We also see it when Raven lands and Clarke figures out that she’s the other woman– she tells Finn it’s done and doesn’t allow anyone to see how hurt she is.  When she’s hurt, she channels it into anger and coldness because anger is always easier than pain.  It’s maybe not the healthiest way to handle things, but it’s certainly an effective one.  

Clarke is very good at processing positive (non-romantic) emotions, though, she’s not just terribly demonstrative.  A lot of that comes from her parents because as Emori pointed out, Clarke has always been loved.  So when it comes to giving and receiving (non-romantic) love, Clarke is very comfortable.  In fact, she’s so comfortable that she doesn’t always realize that her love isn’t apparent, because in her mind, it’s  not something she really needs to explain.  If she loves you, she loves you, and because Clarke has never really felt the absence of love she struggles with understanding why someone would need that concretely demonstrated.  She’s always known that she’s loved and cherished and so the constant doubt that plagues someone like Bellamy is utterly foreign to her.  As a result she’s not always good at reassuring him of her love, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t love him deeply– it just means she shows it differently.  

(I’d also like to note that this season (and in 3B), Clarke’s been much more cognizant of recognizing when Bellamy needs to hear that he’s valued.  In season two she took him a little for granted, but after 305 (well, after 310) Clarke has been very careful about showing him that she cares about him, either verbally (I trust you, she’ll see how special you are) or physically (the beach hug and the hand nuzzle).  She’s recognizing that how he processes love and how she shows it are different and she’s adjusting to make sure he knows she loves him.  And you don’t do that for just anyone, btw– you do that for people who are precious to you.)

But Clarke’s ability to lock shit up makes her an effective leader because she can make terrible, heartbreaking choices and then keep going. It’s not that the choices don’t cost her or hurt her– they do, and so deeply it threatens to break her– but for people who don’t want to make those choices it’s a relief because it seems like not only is she willing to make them, she’s able to bear the weight of them.  That’s a bit of an illusion (and one that Bellamy sees straight through, hence why he was there while she wrote the list) but she sees not letting people see you’re breaking as a part of leading, especially when the stakes are this high.  Letting Bellamy in when she’s vulnerable is part of how she shows she loves and trusts him.

Bellamy, on the other hand, can’t lock anything up.  He tries so fucking hard, but it’s just not in his nature.  Every damn thing he feels is written on his face the second he feels it, and the one time he did suppress everything was when Clarke left and that was mostly because he didn’t feel like he was allowed to feel angry about it.  It all came exploding out of him after he suffered yet another trauma in losing Gina, but even before that he was doing a terrible fucking job of hiding his feelings.  While Clarke either ignores her hurt or channels it into rage, Bellamy usually just…sits with it.  He broods, and I want to emphasize that there’s no value judgment here on either Bellamy or Clarke’s methods for handling pain– they’re neither good nor bad, they just are.  Bellamy’s emotional reactions, however, tend to make him a good front-line leader, because people trust him to feel their pain too.  Clarke can take the long view because she can compartmentalize the pain later until it’s more convenient to feel it, but Bellamy can convince people to follow them in the moment because they can see everything he’s feeling.

Bellamy had a childhood that may have been full of love but it was love that felt like it came with conditions (protect your sister, keep your family safe), so he’s far less emotionally secure than Clarke when it comes to positive emotions.  He’s actually quite comfortable being sad and hurt and scared, but something like “someone else loves me outside of my utility to the group” is utterly terrifying for him. He’s not sure he deserves that sort of love and he’s constantly worried it will be taken away from him, just like how his family was taken away from him on the Ark.  Because she had a fairly emotionally healthy upbringing, Clarke is comfortable with positive emotions– except for romance.  With romantic feelings, Clarke locks that shit up tight just like she does with her hurt.  It’s scary for her to feel so vulnerable (for all of us, really), so she just…doesn’t deal with it until she’s absolutely forced to.  

Bellamy, however, because he’s so used to feeling vulnerable and exposed, just fucking goes with it.  Unrequited love is right in his wheelhouse, so we see how much he loves Clarke in every single look.  He doesn’t bother to hide it because he honestly can’t, and I actually think it will be harder for him once she reciprocates because love being returned to him openly and honestly will be far more difficult than loving someone without any hope of reciprocity.

So to tackle nonny #2′s question head on: I think right now we see more of Bellamy being in love with Clarke because right now, Bellamy is in love with Clarke.  She’s not quite there yet and there’s nothing wrong with that because she loves him fiercely and she has for months now and love doesn’t come in a hierarchy.  Platonic love is not below romantic love– it’s just a different type of love.  And while I do think Clarke is making baby steps towards falling in romantic love with Bellamy, I also think it will take her some time because she does not like to look at those feelings head on.  I also think that Clarke will always be less demonstrative when it comes to romantic love simply because that’s who she is, and that doesn’t make her love for him any less powerful or profound.

Hyrule Holiday Headcanon: Ribbon Day

(Valentine’s Day is coming up which means tons of RP blogs are getting ready to rev up the fluff engines. I was talking to @luciombre and we wanted to put up something just a little bit different People are free to steal this idea and post it on their blog if they feel it’s interesting enough, and I might make an ask meme out of it eventually.)

What’s Ribbon Day? 

People have often associated thread and ribbon with human relations and history. In Japanese culture you have the red string of fate. In Greek mythology three asshole sisters basically dictate your life on their massive tapestry art project and determine the length of your life by thread. The list goes on. Hyrule isn’t much different, and while the history behind the holiday is unclear due to many different versions of the story, the theme usually relates to love on a romantic level. Over time it’s become a holiday to celebrate your ties between those who you’re close to in life.

Well can you tell us the story?

The most popular version is that a brave knight fell in love with a priestess that was about to be sacrificed to a demon that threatened to destroy the land. The demon lived in the deepest parts of the forests, where unlucky travelers are forever lost. When he asked for the Great Fairy’s blessing to rescue her, she offered him nothing more than a spool of thread with a beginning but no end. He was then instructed to tie one end of the thread to the temple doors and continue on his quest, leaving a thread path on his way. After defeating the demon and rescuing the priestess, he followed the makeshift path back home and they lived happily ever after. Sappy, ain’t it?

I guess but what do people do?

While there is a heavy emphasis on romantic love, it’s not exclusive to couples. Usually you start by giving someone close to you a ribbon, and each color has different meanings. There’s usually a big feast, featuring a large animal hunted by the local men. The most common one is boar, but octorocks, tektites, like likes, and helmasaurs have been used in the past. Hunting a lynell is the highest honor and is believed to bring great strength to anyone who hunts it and eats the flesh. There’s a big carnival where people participate in archery tournaments, contests, raffles, and all sorts of games. The event ends with a large bonfire and dance. There’s plenty of fast paced and fun music along with drinking. It’s really one big party.

What’s so important about these ribbons anyways?

The ribbons you use along with their color says a lot about the relationship and who they are receiving this from. They not only symbolize the tie you have with someone, but also the hope that the bond will never break and will follow you home. As for style, it can varry greatly. For poorer families, yarn is the most common material and is usually weaved by hand. Wealthier families use silk and high quality dyes that are more vibrant. Depending on the occasion, good luck or protection charms are sewn onto the ribbons. Silver bells can be attached to scare away evil spirits and dried flowers are added to attract prosperity.

Red - For lovers and the color associated with the holiday, typically symbolizing young love
Orange - For nature. Popular among farmers, it’s tied on trees to thank the land for a good harvest and to continue the mutual relationship. 
Yellow - For friendship. It is what it is and is a very popular color all around.
Green - For close business relationships. Many shops usually give out a free ribbon to anyone who shops on this day along with employees who work for them, but more ornate ones are given to close vendors, 
Blue - For family. Usually associated with loyalty and faithfulness, these are given to husbands and wives, siblings, and other close blood relatives. It’s usually a high honor to receive a blue ribbon from someone not related to you.
Violet - For the unseen. A typical color for those who are superstitious or are associated with the magical arts. These are tied to paper boats and are sailed down the river to be picked up by Hyrule’s fabled creatures that walk by in order to acknowledge their presence and as a peace offering. It’s believed that finding one tied to your bedpost means that a goddess, fairy, deity, or any other non-human being power returns the blessing and blesses their year with joy and success. Also one of the most expensive ribbons since the dye is pricey.
Pink - For unrequited love, a color popular among teenagers or those who don’t wish to be upfront about their emotions. While the meaning is ambiguous, a common belief and popular love charm is that tying the ribbon on the front door of your beloved’s house will lead them to you. 
White - For engaged couples. These are usually saved as mementos after celebration and are adorned with intricate embroidery.  
Black - For those that are no longer with us. Black ribbons are tied to a flower and placed on a grave of someone who has passed away. It’s not uncommon for family to tie these ribbons around a child’s favorite toy at night when they are asleep. Another common belief is that children will believe their loved ones will visit them in their dreams that night and they leave behind a black ribbon behind before returning to the afterlife. Think of it like Santa clause but slightly more depressing.
Grey - For a truce. Usually given to people who don’t get along very well but will take a day off of fighting to celebrate in peace. Common among soldiers, warriors, and opinionated neighbors.

Who can celebrate?

While originating in Hyrule, anyone is able to participate. If anything, people are often invited from overseas to participate. Ribbons are also mailed out to people who are further away. They are tied around the envelope and are full of good wishes. Ribbon day is an open invitation to essentially celebrate the people you’ve gotten to know and enjoy a day of peace, food, and good luck in the future.


So that’s what we have. Feel free to keep this if anyone likes the idea. If there’s anything I can add please let me know and I’ll try to figure it out.