“This connection between me and Voldemort, what if the reason for it is that I am becoming more like him? I- I just feel so angry. All the time. And what if after everything that I’ve been through, something’s gone wrong inside me? What if I’m becoming bad?”
First of all, this official art is absolutely stunning.
But I couldn’t help but notice the white skates. And yes, I can see that tights are covering them, so the real colour of the actual skate can’t really be seen, but this also represents so much.
Figure skating is a pretty homophobic and sexist sport. Particularly in the time when young Viktor would have been skating. Girls were meant to be flouncy and pretty and graceful (which is partially why Surya Bonaly had such a hard time and ended up doing the illegal backflip - it’s a really interesting story), and men athletic and manly.
A huge point of this is that women have to wear white skates, and men have to wear black skates. So, young Viktor, who canonically says he used to play off his androgynous appearance, is wearing ‘white skates’, ladies skates, probably, I think, to make a point. We know from the extra information in one of the BD releases that he doesn’t have a particularly good relationship with the ISU, so maybe this is partly why. It’s pretty damn rebellious against the patriarchy for him to be doing this.
And perhaps this is reaching, but…
Look at the two crowns. In his younger self, the flowers are smaller and are white like his skates, symbolising innocence and purity. But in his older self, with short hair and black skates, the flowers are golden and taller, representing his victory. We can also see a difference in the colouring of his clothing, his younger self with warm colours, and his older self with cold colours, blue, representing sadness. His colour’s been stripped away from his soul, and finds itself in his crown, in his success.
I see a powerful message here, about a boy who tried to beat the system but tragically became a part of it once he started winning.
Or maybe it’s just a really cute art… who knows… But with the amount of symbolism within the anime, some lowkey message put here intentionally like this wouldn’t be too far out of the realms of possibility.
I… have absolutely no idea why I wrote this but uhhh did anyone order some Hux giving extremely unsettling dirty talk?
(Warnings for mentions of genital harm but nothing actually happens. At worst, there’s some very mild CBT)
Kylo trembled under Hux’s skilled hand, those slim fingers curled into a fist and working his cock steadily and intently. There was a glint in Hux’s eyes, locked on his own, that probably should have been unnerving but Kylo just found it arousing. It looked like Hux was going to eat him.
“You know,” Hux said conversationally, his hand slowing to more of a tease, “you’re rather vulnerable right now.”
Kylo resisted the urge to snort. He was, he supposed, though it wasn’t as if he didn’t still have the Force on his side. He wasn’t tied down either; his hands remained by his head bound only by Hux’s command. Still, even if he had been chained to the bed, as much as he enjoyed the illusion of helplessness, he could leave anytime he chose. He didn’t want to, but it was the principle of the thing.
“An interesting fact for you,” Hux continued, looking just a touch feral as his hand moved down to toy with Kylo’s balls. “It only takes a few kilograms of pressure to internally castrate someone.”
Hux’s grip suddenly tightened, pulling on him. It wasn’t too much, but just on the edge of it, a hint of pain to keep him in the moment. Kylo let out a choked noise.
“And yet here you are, giving all of your most sensitive areas to me to do with what I wish.” Hux paused to lick a stripe up the underside of Kylo’s cock, still gently tugging on his balls.
Kylo couldn’t help a whimper, both from the stimulation and then the lack of it as well as Hux’s words. It shouldn’t have turned him on and yet his cock was already throbbing. Still, though, his hands remained where they were, no matter how much the twin urges to push Hux down and push him away screamed at him to move them.
“And all that isn’t even mentioning what I could to with my teeth.” Hux gave him a sharp, unhinged grin before swallowing him whole as if he didn’t have a gag reflex.
Kylo moaned loudly, his hips moving of their own accord as Hux gave a few bobs of his head, but the hand that was clamped around his balls tightened in warning, forcing him to still. Hux pulled off with hollowed cheeks, leaving Kylo panting as the pressure moved over the head of his cock and then off of him entirely. He whined, no longer caring about pride. Hux brought his free hand back up and started stroking again.
“One sharp bite,” Hux snapped his teeth together with an audible clack that made Kylo shiver, “and you’d be dismembered.“
As Hux’s hand sped up, the slick sound of his fist echoing in the room, Kylo tried to formulate some response to the comment (and the admittedly unsettling pun), but all that came out was another loud cry. Hux rolled his testicles with the hand not occupied with stripping his cock and Kylo could feel his orgasm approaching already, his body reacting to both the stimulus and Hux’s words. The Force was there, coiling on the periphery of his senses, reaching out for it an automatic response, but he pushed it away.
“You could pull me off, of course. Shove me away with the Force. Even kill me with it,” Hux said, starting to sound just a touch breathless himself. “But you know you’d never be able to stop me in time. By the time you realized what I was doing, it’d be too late.”
Before Kylo could react, Hux held his cock at the base between a finger and a thumb and moved his own head down to sheath Kylo in his throat again. Hux swallowed around him and Kylo moaned, and then he felt just the hint of teeth right at the bottom of his shaft, just the slightest clenching of Hux’s jaw. Kylo was suddenly coming with a shout, his hips thrusting up without any control and Hux didn’t stop him this time, just worked him through with firm sweeps of his tongue and hard sucks until Kylo was oversensitive and twitching. Kylo stared at the ceiling, overwhelmed and trying to process that such a threat was what had brought him over the edge.
Hux was already moving, though, pulling off and grabbing the lube from the bedside table. Kylo shuddered at the thought of any more stimulation, but he also knew he loved it when Hux fucked him like this. If he was lucky, he’d even come again.
“Good boy. Now roll over,” he said, eyes glittering dangerously as he grabbed Kylo by the hips and pulled to encourage him to do so, “and I’ll tell you about all the things I could do to that lovely little hole of yours.”
In my time running this blog, I haven’t seen a single post about numerology, maybe just because nobody knows it, or maybe because witches have a pathological fear of math. Either way, it’s a shame! The basics of numerology are painfully easy to grasp, and I would mark it down as one of the easiest divinitory systems I’ve tried to date. So let’s hit the basics!
We’ll jump right into it.
Actually, we need to work out the numbers we’re using first. While a person’s birthday is already very handily in a numeric form for you, their name is written up in pesky letters. But every letter has a corresponding numerological number, and by noting the number for each letter in a name, you’re able to calculate what you need.
Here’s a chart of the numbers, nice and easy and not necessary to memorize at all.
The numerological ‘alphabet’ if you will, only goes from the numbers 1-9. The letter ‘A’ marks 1, then J does again, then S. The more you work with numbers, the more you’ll come to just know what letters are associated with what, but even if you don’t, this chart is easy to replicate and even easier to find online.
The next part comes in writing out the numbers for a person’s name. You’ll want to keep this organized rather than messy, as you’ll be using different parts of the numbers to calculate different things. I like to write out the names, then write the numbers for all the vowels above the name, then all the numbers for the consonants below the name. When you’ve done so, it should look something like this:
Some things to note:
Y is treated as a vowel when there are no other vowels in a syllable (Ex: Lynn, Carolyn)
W is treated as a vowel when preceded by a vowel and when it produces a single sound (Ex: Bradshaw, Matthew)
The birthday, again, is already in numeric format, so now all of your numbers just need to be added properly. Which brings us back to the scary part.
The Actual Math
Really, it’s nothing more than basic sums.
If you can add, you can figure out your numbers. Hell, if you can’t add,
you can have a calculator figure it out for you.
It is a little more involved than adding all the numbers you’ve so dutifully marked down and calling it a day, but let’s work through it first.
First, add all the numbers from the vowel section together. Then, add all the numbers from the consonant section together. If we go off the name I provided above, it should look something like this:
Congrats, the hardest bit of math is over!
“But Shay,” you say. “You said the numerological alphabet only consists of the numbers 1-9!”
And so I did. But I also said only the worst of the math was over. Next, we need to break down the numbers we got until they fall into that range. What you do for this is you take each numeral in the number and you add them together.
Let’s break it down. Looking at the vowel section, we’ve been left with the number 22. To get the numerological number, you take each numeral and add them together - here, that looks like 2 + 2 and leaves us with the number 4, perfectly within our range.
Our consonant number at the moment is 54, or 5 + 4, which adds up to 9. Again, in range. Should you get a number that’s still too big, keep breaking it down until it’s only one digit. For example, the number 98 becomes 17 (9 + 8), but then 17 becomes 8 (1 + 7) and is now within the acceptable range.
You’ve just calculated the Inner Dreams number and the Soul Urge number. And by adding those two together (and reducing as necessary) you will have the Destiny Path number. In this case, it’s 4 (The Soul Urge and Inner Dreams numbers 9 and 4 add up to 13, and 13 as 1 + 3 equals 4).
That’s three numbers down, one to go.
We’ve largely neglected the Life Path number, but all it really requires is the reduction method we just covered.
Take my birthday. April 27th, 1993, or in number terms, 04/27/1993. All you have to do is add all these numbers together, then once they’re nice and neat in one giant number, you simplify it as you learned. 04 + 27 + 1993 = 2024, which gives us a number to reduce. Even though it’s more than two digits, you handle it the same way. 2 + 0 + 2 + 4 adds up to 8, making a quick work of the reduction and giving us our Life Path number.
For you visual learners out there, it looks something like this:
Breaking it Down
So now, we have all four of our numbers! And with minimal tears shed. For the sake of having everything in one place, all of my numbers put together look something like this:
A number showing up more than once implies a strength of presence in that number - two or three times indicates that the traits associated with that number are strong, as do numbers that ‘resonate’, such as how 4 fits evenly into 8 or 3 fits evenly into 9. If there are too many repetitions of a number, expect to see more and more of the negative associations of those traits brought to light. Keep your eye out for these, as they will amplify one another.
Okay, but what does it all mean?
There are four major numbers you go for when putting someone’s numbers together. The Life Path number, the Destiny Path number, the Soul Urge number, and the Inner Dreams number.
life path number is the sum of the numbers in one’s birthday (date,
month, and year). It relates to the path in life one will take and the
traits one has at birth.
destiny path number is the sum of all letters in one’s full name. It
relates to the tasks one was meant to achieve in their lifetime.
soul urge number is the sum of all vowels in a person’s name. It
represents a person’s inner cravings, their likes and dislikes, and what
they value most.
inner dreams number is the sum of all consonants in a person’s name. It
represents secret dreams, inner desires, and fantasies.
And lastly, the meaning of the numbers themselves. This post is already long enough to the point where I’m not going to write up a paragraph about each and every number (they are all available and more if you look them up online), but I’ll give you a run-down for each.
So there you have it! Put the numbers you calculated to their associated meanings and work it out in your head, just like with tarot or other divinatory practices.
Just a few parting comments before I end this post.
This is the setup for a slightly above basic numerological reading. The most basic that I ever use involves taking just the Life Path and Destiny path numbers. To take an even more complex spread, you could break down the person’s full name by each individual name, analyzing the vowels, consonants, and overall number for the first, middle, and last name individually, so that you can study what builds a person up into their full name and their path numbers. This gets very extensive very fast, and even with just the four above, you may end up doing three numbers per name plus the Life Path number. For your standard 3-name schema, this would involve ten numbers. Still manageable, but quite a lot.
On the topic of nicknames: generally, the rule in numerology is that you should use the name a person has held the longest. For example, Shay isn’t my birth name, but I’ve been called Shay for just over half of my lifetime. This is a good guideline, but please consider it only as a guideline. If someone has a name they do not wish to be called, respect them, and analyze the name they give you instead. An interesting thing to do - if the subject is comfortable - is to compare the birth name with the chosen name numerologically, and they can comment on advances that you have made through your life.
This is all I can think of at the moment! Go forth and numerolocize!
Lastly, I put together a blank template so you can practice on your own :D
“I was coming home from school […] and I got home and their cars were there and dinner was started and the lights were on but I couldn’t find them.Then the neighbors came in. They were just like ‘I’m sorry but your parents were taken away.’ […] I just broke down. I was just like, what do you do? And then I’m so scared for them, what they’re going through. My parents are going to jail— and for what? […] People don’t realize it is so difficult to get documented, and my parents tried forever. The system didn’t offer relief for them.“ —Diane Guerrero
The Average Intergalactic Cadet’s Field Guide to Understanding Their Human Classmates and Crewmates.
Written in Earth English
Current as of Earth Date 05-09-17
Basic Information About Humans, Their Planet, Their Habits, etc.
Human Measurements of Time:
The average human lifespan is 79 earth years. An earth-year is 365 days long, or the amount of time it takes for Earth to complete a full circuit around their sun. An earth-day is 24 earth-hours long, or how long it takes the Earth to rotate 360 degrees on it’s axis. An earth-hour is 60 minutes, an earth-minute is 60 seconds, and a earth-second is approximately the amount of time it takes to speak the word “mississippi” or “hippopotamus”. Our research hasn’t told us the fascination with neither the number 60 nor the importance of words “mississippi” or “hippopotamus”. It is however widely-accepted among english speakers that when counting seconds, one musn’t rush these seconds [likely for accuracy and fairness] and thus must count:
And so on until the agreed upon ending number. The fascination upon the number 60 is still unclear. It may be a sacred number, a leftover superstition, or simply the way their mathematical system has tried to make sense of the world around them. This is very strictly practiced system however and improper counting has been the catalyst for many arguments over the years-mainly amongst the adolescent humans but this practice is strictly followed into the adult years as well.
“You think so?” Luke asked, looking up at Han sadly as he fiddled with the hem of his robe. “…You think.. You think we could'a had a chance– somewhere, out there?” “Yeah.. Of course.” Han pursed his lips when he saw the younger swallow heavily. “The Galaxy… is a big place.” “What do you think it would have been like..?” “I dunno–” They both flinched when Leia called for Han. “I dont like thinkin’ about it, kid.”
Canada’s education system is for the most part really
similar to the States’. But, since education is a provincial thing, some
provinces *ahem*QUEBEC*ahem* have a very different system. So I’ll try to
explain it briefly:
The school year usually goes from mid- to late-August
and ends towards the end of June. The date varies, but all schools are out
before June 24, which is the Fête
Nationale (kinda like Quebec Day, if you will). It’s mandatory between the ages of 6 and 16.
School isn’t mandatory before Grade 1 but students can
attend prematernelle (Pre-Kindergarten)
if they turn 4 years old before September 30. Sometimes it is offered in an
actually primary school, or in a daycare. If it is offered in an actual school,
the pre-K students have to have their own separate building instead of sharing
with the rest of the elementary students.
(Kindergarten) is also not mandatory, but the majority (98%) of parents send
their kids to Kindergarten anyways. Usually, it’s in the same school the kids
will be attending for elementary. To be able to go to Kindergarten, the kid has
to be 5 years old by September 30.
Also known as primary school, it goes from Grade 1 to
6. Towards the end of primary (in grade 4 and 6), students have to pass
ministry exams for French, English and Math. Grades in primary school are
usually marked in percentages.
High school is commonly known in French as le secondaire (Secondary school). Unlike
in the States and the rest of Canada, high school lasts for five years, from
Sec. 1 to 5 (grades 7 to 11). There are no middle schools in the province, and
students typically attend the same school for five years. Some high schools
offer IB programs and AP classes, but not all. In the last two years of high
school, students present ministry exams for History, Science, and Math (Sec.
4), and English and French (Sec. 5). The result of these tests, along with part
of the grades of those two years are used to determine whether or not they get
accepted into cegep. Grades in high school are usually marked in percentages.
Cegep is Quebec’s own little invention that is a pain
in the ass if you want to study outside the province. The name was originally
an acronym for Collège
d'enseignement général et professionnel (General and professional
teaching schools, is the closest English translation), but it has since then
become a word of its own. Cegeps are all public, although there are some
private schools that serve the same function, and were implemented in the late
It can last two or three years, and it basically
prepares students for university. There are two types of cegep paths:
pre-university, which is two years, or career programs, which are three.
Students can choose what they want to study, with the most common programs
being social science, science, and communications. As the names suggest,
pre-university programs are designed for students wishing to continue their
studies in university, while career programs usually don’t require further
studies. In some cases, however, students in career programs can continue on to
university if they wish to do so. Aside from program-related courses, students
need to take common classes: English, French, Phys Ed., Humanities, and a
complimentary class (basically a class outside your program, for example, a
physics class is you’re studying social science).
Cegep has a grading system similar to a GPA called the
R score (or Cote R in French), but
with a scale going from 0 to 50. However, most students get a score between 15
and 38. Just to give an idea of the value of the numbers, students need at
least at 35 R score to get into medicine and law. The R score can’t be
calculated by any one individual, as it requires information that isn’t
available to everyone: a student’s grades, the class average, standard
deviation, as well as past grades from high school, etc. It is calculated by
the Ministry of Education, and is the subject of many complaints by people who do not find it is a fair way to evaluate students.
Like high school, university in Quebec is shorter than
in other parts of Canada and the States. In fact, most people can complete their bachelor’s
degree in three years. Students from other provinces and countries, however,
have four years of university, as they did not go to cegep. If a Quebec student
wishes to go study in another province, they can choose to do one year of cegep
to make up for their lack of Grade 12, and then do four years of university, or
they can complete their cegep studies and do three years, as their cegep
courses are usually equivalent to introduction courses in other universities.
Admission to university is very often ONLY based on a student’s R score. Unlike in the States, where the application process can be very long, in Quebec, applying to a university can be done in an evening (no joke, I applied to three in about three hours). Few programs, such as law and medicine, require letters of intent and recommendations from teachers. More artistic programs may require a portfolio. Most of the time, all the university requires is a transcript of the student’s grade, which is provided by the cegep. The deadline for applications is almost always March 1, but students that apply earlier can receive their acceptance letter before that date.
McGill University is without a doubt the most famous one in the province, however, Quebec boasts a wide variety of universities. In fact, just this year, Montreal (the biggest city of the province) has been named the best student city in the world. It has six universities, the highest in North America, and two of the three English universities are located there.
Since the 1970s, Quebec has a law regulating the
language of education. It’s officially known as the Charter of the French
Language, but everyone calls it Bill 101 (Loi
101). In fact, Bill 101 regulates the use of the French language in all aspects, not just education, but we’ll focus on the part that concerns education for now. This law only applies to permanent residents and citizens and it
states that everyone must attend French school UNLESS:
Their mother or father has completed the
majority of their studies in Canada in English;
The student has completed the majority of
their studies in English in another Canadian province.
The main reason for this law is that, prior to the
1970s, many immigrants would choose to send their children to English schools
instead of French ones because they thought it was more convenient to learn
English than French. However, the government did not like that, and after
several attempts at restricting people’s ability to choose, they announced that
the only official language of the province was French and instated the Bill 101.
However, it is worth noting that this law only applies
to primary and secondary education. Students can choose to study in either
English or French in cegep and university. In 2013, there were attempts to
extend the law until cegep, but it fortunately never passed.
Aside from Bill 101, learning a second language is
mandatory in elementary and high school. In French schools, the second language
is English, and vice versa. Previously, English was taught starting in Grade 3,
but, if I’m not mistaken, it now starts in Grade 1. Some schools offer
different levels of English classes for students that may have a higher level
than others. For example, some students from Francophone families will not
speak a word of English before attending elementary, and therefore are placed in the lowest level, while other students, such
as Anglophones and some immigrants might already speak it at home and will be placed in a higher level. In English
schools, French is taught much more intensively, and it is common for students
to study several subjects in French. As a results, Anglophone children are
among the most bilingual in the province. The teaching of a second language is
mandatory until the end of cegep.
Curiously, many parents with the possibility to send their children to English schools do not, as they believe that their children will be more proficient in both languages if they study one at school and practice the other at home. This however, has led to some English schools closing their doors due to a lack of students.
Until fairly recently, many schools taught religion as
a class. Usually, this meant that Catholic students would have a class about
religion, while the rest of the students had an ethics class. This was changed
in 2008, when the ministry implemented ERC classes (Ethical and Religious
Cultures) in primary and secondary schools. However, some religious schools
remain, all of the private.
NOTE: I know the proper term for the schools are francophone schools (not French) and anglophone schools (not English). However, it’s easier to read this way, so I left it like that.
I can just imagine eight-year-old Lance proudly
showing off his badges with a gap-toothed smile… It’s too bad he has survival
skills, not self-preservation skills. Here’s your fic, @taylor-tut!
“Shiro! Shiro, can you hear me?”
Keith shouted into his helmet. Nothing but static filled the air, and Lance
sighed from a few feet away.
“Give it up, Keith; Pidge already
tried to reboot the system, and screaming at it is only making my headache
worse,” Lance groaned, massaging his temples. Keith shoved the headgear back on in defeat.
“What else is there to do but try? Sorry to hurt your sensitive ears, but maybe
someone’ll realize something’s wrong and fix it from the castle,” Keith shot
back. Before Lance could respond, Pidge interrupted their argument with a
gesture to the sinking suns.
“Let’s try and find some shelter; once it’s dark, I’m
sure Shiro and Allura will come to get us.” She shut her laptop in resolution,
and the boys, exchanging glares, stood up and followed her into the
Hey y’all, Abby here with another writing post! Today, we’re going to be talking about culture and how to create one for your world. (Lots of questions today.)
Consider the social hierarchy. Is it based on wealth? Race? Political favor? How complex is it, and can a person easily move through its levels? Do people of higher levels within the society get certain privileges? Can people between different classes marry (if so, what happens to their rank?)? How easy is the system to understand? Can anyone understand it, or is it something that must be studied? Are there common jobs among each class? Are these ranks instituted?
What about government? How complex is that? What form is it? Democracy, republic (there is a difference), monarchy, socialist, communist, totalitarian? (Of course there are more forms than the ones listed here.) Or is it one you created yourself? How does it work? How many people are in charge and how did they get there? What role to the common people play in the government and what is it? Are there often government scandals? If so, are they widely known or kept on the down-low? Is political power more associated with wealth or popularity? What are the most common/popular political opinions? How strongly do people feel about them?
hey I just read your shapeshifter!Loki theory and thought I'd share some of my thoughts. I think that he might not be fully aware that he is a shapeshifter, as in, he's definitely done some minor shapeshifting for fun, but I don't think he realises that he can fully shift between races (and have their characteristic abilities not only the looks) and that that's more like natural reaction of his body. (1/2)
(2/2) so his body basically adapts based on the situation. Like when Odin picked him up, his body realised it would be most beneficial to shift into an Aesir form and since he spent thousands of years like that surrounded by other asgardians, it became something like his deafult setting. But then when the Frost Giant touched him he shifted into Jotun form to prevent getting frost bitten. The cascet probably affected him similarly because its deep coldness reminds of Jotun touch maybe (2/3)
(3/3) but it took longer for him to shift by touching the cascet because it’s not as, say intense, as an actual Jotun. I also think that the adaptation thing could mean that when he was about to die in TDW, his body got into (really clos) contact with the Kursed blood and tried to adapt accordingly. That’s the weird molting on his face we see. I think that the moment he “died” he probably just passed out because the Kursed aren’t possible to fully shift into because of how they are (¾)
(4/4) and his body just couldn’t take the strain of the process. but even though the full shifting wasn’t possible, the partial one he managed was enough to get the increased healing. So when he regained consciousness some time after Thor left, he was perfectly fine (and back in his full Aesir for because his body no longer had reasons to try and shift into Kursed one) and was probably like “wtf just happened to me, oh well, let’s see what I can get away with if they think I’m dead”
My original theory about wtf happened to Loki re: that mottling is that Kurse’s blade stabbed him and thus had “Kursed” blood on it that was then used to stab Loki and it seeped into his system and tried to turn him into the same kind of creature that Algrim was turned into, but on a smaller scale because it wasn’t the full stone.
BUT I definitely can also see the idea of Loki being a natural shapeshifter. Because:
- When Odin picks him up, he naturally shifts to that same shape. - When a Frost Giant touches him, he naturally shifts to that same shape to survive it. - When he touches the Casket, he naturally shifts to that same shape to survive it (we see another Asgardian pick up the Casket in the beginning of the first movie, but I believe he’s wearing gloves, while Loki is not). - When he gets Dark Elf blood in his system (especially with that stone mixed in) he starts shifting to that shape to survive or just naturally match it.
We know that Loki is capable of at least some level of shapeshifting, because Thor touches him as Odin and there’s no green shimmer when physical contact is made, so it seems like he truly shifted to that shape, rather than just wore the illusion. (The story about the snake when he was young could go either way, shifting or illusion.)
It does seem like Loki is Jotunn (or at least half-Jotunn) but it’s clear that his Aesir form is not an illusion. There’s no green shimmer when it’s pulled away, either by the Frost Giant or the Casket’s touch, it’s truly a shifting of his shape! And it never dissolves when another As touches him (as we see Thor do multiple times in the movies).
So I absolutely could see that as an explanation for what was going on with him on Svartalfheim!