vibrant spirit

How Black Panther's Sister Will Play Into The Movie

Even though T'Challa is the one who inherited the Black Panther mantle, he’s not the only talented member of his family. When the Black Panther movie is released early next year, we’ll meet many of the hero’s allies in Wakanda, including his sister, Shuri. Played by Humans star Letitia Wright, Shuri won’t just be supporting T'Challa as he attends to his royal and superhero duties. She’ll also be developing important technology for Wakanda. According to Wright:

“She’s princess of Wakanda, but also she designs all of the new technology there. She has an innovative spirit and an innovative mind, and she wants to take Wakanda to a new place. Also, she has a great fashion sense, better than mine. She’s so vibrant; a beautiful spirit, but also so focused on what she does. And that’s good for other people to see, especially for young people to see, because it’s like, ‘Look, there’s a young black girl who loves technology and she’s from Africa.’ It’s something refreshing.”

Letitia Wright provided this description of what Black Panther’s Shuri will be like while talking with Interview Magazine, describing the character as one of the brightest minds Wakanda has to offer. Just like in the Marvel Comics universe, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation on Earth, and it sounds like in recent years, we have Shuri to thank for some of those achievements.

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“She’s princess of Wakanda, but also she designs all of the new technology there. She has an innovative spirit and an innovative mind, and she wants to take Wakanda to a new place. Also, she has a great fashion sense, better than mine. She’s so vibrant; a beautiful spirit, but also so focused on what she does. And that’s good for other people to see, especially for young people to see, because it’s like, ‘Look, there’s a young black girl who loves technology and she’s from Africa.’ It’s something refreshing.” - Letitia Wright

Mercury in the Houses

Mercury in the 1st house : You are talkative, you know your business, and always happy to share your views. You can be a story teller, the type of sociable person who becomes the heart and soul of any dinner. But even if you’re less open, you’re up to the challenge when you make a speech. Your ability to communicate is one of your strengths, it attracts people.

 Mercury in the 2nd house : You adopt a systematic approach, especially when it comes to money. You appreciate the results and like to think that you are gifted on a practical level, capable of turning an idea into a concrete advantage. Whether you are or not, it depends on other factors, but in both cases you usually think in practical terms.

 Mercury in the 3rd house : You have the chance to possess this highly admired position because it gives you a very alert and vibrant spirit, a great intellectual curiosity. You know how to handle words. Effective speaker, brilliant talker, you are also a good writer. ( 5/5 ; best position )

 Mercury in the 4th house : Strongly influenced by your parents, you transform your home into a center of activity and intellectual stimulation. You may be working from home. Family inheritance is probably somewhat complicated, and you will ultimately have to tackle it head on. In the worst cases, you may have a narrow mind. In the best cases, you are listening and very precisely aware.

 Mercury in the 5th house : You are a person who has a variety of interests, a creative thinker with a weakness for speculation, and a sentimental life that would be worth dedicating a book. In love, you are looking for someone to advance you intellectually. As a parent, you are loving, you talk about your children constantly, and you build strong and loving ties with them.

 Mercury in the 6th house : Dexterous and efficient, you tend to plunge into the work, either by easily processing the details, or because they obsess you. In the absence of something important to do, you are master in the art of inventing work, so it is essential that you find a satisfying and satisfying job. Worried, you worry about nothing, and you can become hypochondriac. To prevent this, take positive steps to maintain your health.

 Mercury in the 7th house : You are a sociable person who ardently desires animated conversations and intellectually stimulating relationships. But you may find it difficult to find the love - and the intellectual challenge - that you seek. While you’re open and easy to make contacts, you get bored just as quickly, and without realizing it, you avoid getting involved. Yet, when you have found the couple relationship you are looking for, the conversation never stops.

 Mercury in the 8th house : This position gives you a naturally intuitive mind, the ability to break through the secrets, great gifts for research and a deep intellectual commitment to the mysteries of life, including death, money (you find it Unjust to have to worry about) and the metaphysical arts.

Mercury in the 9th house : You are fortified by ideas, motivated by philosophy, stimulated by the forces of the intellect and happy to explore the world. You like to debate ideas and meet people, and teaching is therefore a natural area for you. (Other good choices: editorial law, religion) You handle great ideas with ease, but you may also be impatient for the trifles of everyday life.

 Mercury in the 10th house : With this very influential position, you are likely to develop a challenging career, usually in the writing world. Your ideal job must include a lot of variety. If this is not the case, you may change jobs frequently. You need a perpetual mental stimulation. You prefer to be in control, and you get the most success when you can pursue your own ideas.

 Mercury in the 11th house : An active social life is essential for your well-being. You make friends easily. You reflect very carefully on your ideals and aspirations, and you love the company of people who actively support them. Likewise, you find it exciting to work in a group, preferably within a project based on a belief or principle, whatever it may be.

 Mercury in the 12th house : You are mysterious, intuitive, comtemplative and secret. You can interpret dreams, use the powers of imagination, decipher secret codes and perform all kinds of mental tasks that require thinking outside the usual framework. But you need loneliness for that.

“She’s princess of Wakanda, but also she designs all of the new technology there. She has an innovative spirit and an innovative mind, and she wants to take Wakanda to a new place. Also, she has a great fashion sense, better than mine. She’s so vibrant; a beautiful spirit, but also so focused on what she does. And that’s good for other people to see, especially for young people to see, because it’s like, ‘Look, there’s a young black girl who loves technology and she’s from Africa.’ It’s something refreshing.”

READER HOROSCOPES FOR AUGUST 2017

Placing bookmarks within the pages of destiny


LEO

Give us a birthday roar, Leo! Don’t be afraid of attracting a little attention – this is YOUR month, and you’re already turning heads! Your vibe, aura, energy, whatever you want to call it – it’s off the charts and you’re finding that people are increasingly attracted to your outgoing, vibrant spirit. Put that energy to good use to dive headfirst into those passion projects you’ve been toying with for the past few months! If birthdays are good for anything, they’re for reminding us of how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go. Reflect on what you’ve accomplished, and celebrate it! But don’t stop there. You’ve been granted another year, so isn’t it time to make the most of it? That said, the time has come to give yourself a little bit more care and attention. I know this doesn’t come easily to you; you tend to prefer to give rather than take, and feel more comfortable putting others before yourself. Admirable, to be sure, but there are times you need to listen to your intuition, make yourself a priority. You may find yourself in situations where a choice must be made: your happiness, or someone else’s? Draw your inspiration from your lucky book this month, an incredible tale of family ties, and the complications that arise when love is pitted against loyalty. When are our sacrifices worth it? Are some things more important than family, than love? When your allegiances are tested, what holds true? Ultimately, Leo, the choice is always up to you – and you have another year of wisdom and experience under your belt. Draw from that, and then do your best not to look back.

LUCKY BOOK: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie


VIRGO

It’s August, Virgo! Your birthday looms ever closer in the horizon, and you know what that means: time for some deep cleaning. What have you attracted in the past year that you know (perhaps only very deep down) it’s time to let go of? What has been dragging you down and stopping you from living your best life? Whatever those things are, this is your time to attack them with a bottle of your most high-powered cleaning spray and the coarsest washrag you own. You know better than anyone, Virgo, the freedom and joy in scrubbing at some hard-packed grit, and clearing it away to reveal the gleaming surface underneath. Half-hearted commitments, projects that have long soured, fake friendships – these are all areas you can tackle! It can be very difficult, sometimes almost unbearably so, to let go of the old way of seeing or doing things, especially if you’ve become accustomed to certain negative ideas or people to the point that they feel like home, like normal. But that’s no reason to continue clinging to them once you’ve seen the light. The 14-year-old heroine of your lucky book this month learns this lesson in some of most harrowing ways, but her journey to freedom is one you won’t soon forget. Take heart, Virgo, and remember that you are ultimately the master of your own fate. You hold the power – and the Windex!

LUCKY BOOK: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent


LIBRA

It’s August, Libra, and rather than succumb to the Sunday blues (it is the Sunday of the calendar year, after all), you’re continuing the summer fun at full throttle. Your current happy place is within a large crowd lately, and lucky for you, we’re still in the heart of music festival season. But there may be more to it than just posing for the street fashion photographers at Lollapalooza and AfroPunk: you genuinely enjoy the sheer excitement and co-mingling of ideas that bubbles from being among a group of creative individuals. Not only are your friends your lifeline this month, offering you constant emotional support and accompanying you on hilarious adventures you can only share on your private blog, but even the strangers you meet may spark some new avenues of creativity you’ve never explored. Follow this impulse to profit from the collective; keep seeking new activities and areas where you can expand. You’re drawing from the most ancient instinct of living things: the compulsion to not only grow, but to change. Each new experience and memory is helping you develop into the person you’re supposed to become, a person markedly different from who you were ten years ago, twenty minutes ago, six months ago. So is it any wonder that your lucky book this month is a fascinating study of the way we think about evolutionary biology? The most minute quirks of DNA mutation can influence an entire species for generations – pathways that emerge from seemingly nowhere that take life to the completely unexpected places. Every action, every decision you make has an undeniable reverb effect that you may or may not ever discover, so come on, Libra. Let’s see what you’ve got up your sleeve next – and don’t skimp on the silly group photos, either.

LUCKY BOOK: Improbable Destinies by Jonathan B. Losos


SCORPIO

“I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind.” Wise words from the late great Notorious B.I.G., and your mantra for this month, Scorpio! You’re all about that paper in August: you’ve been working hard, building your network, taking professional risks, and now, getting ready to reap the rewards. What form it will take remains to be seen, so don’t count any unhatched chickens. But one thing is clear: your ambition is going to take you far. Perhaps even history books far. Who knows? But while your career continues to soar to meteoric heights, don’t forget about the people who helped you get there: your friends. Female friendships in particular are going to be crucial this month. After all, you can only work but so much, and an unfortunate side effect of putting in major hours at the office is missing out on some quality time with your chosen family. So whenever you can, be sure to make time for some much-needed gossip fests or movie marathons. You need a counterbalance to the stress of the job, and reveling in the love and appreciation of your besties is a surefire way to not lose your mind during this exciting, but admittedly draining time. And who better to draw comfort from, than your fiercest supporters? Of course, if you’re looking for another source of encouragement, maybe the more literary kind, your lucky book this month is a testament to what the human mind can achieve. Not only that, but the myriad effects that innovation that have on society as a whole. From artificial intelligence, to the barcode, to IKEA’s Billy bookcase, there is a backstory to every object you take for granted, and many of them will surprise you. So, Scorpio, now we have to know…what will your backstory be? How will you make your mark on history?

LUCKY BOOK: Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy by Tim Harford


SAGITTARIUS

The road goes ever on and on, Sagittarius, and this is your month to experience it firsthand! That stirring you’ve been feeling to get out and explore? Now is when you give in. And let’s be clear: this doesn’t mean you should max out your credit card and fly to the opposite end of the globe, swathing yourself in scratchy fabrics and embarking on a life-threatening quest. It is completely up to you (and your budget) where to go, how to get there, what do to there, and how long to stay. Want to spend a weekend in Nantucket? Wonderful! Want to spend a month in your childhood home? Fantastic! Wherever you go, there you are, so use this time of separation from your usual to become even more in tune with yourself and any spiritual, mental, psychological scores you need to settle. Don’t underestimate the benefits of retreating from the typical trappings of your usual life; even if you don’t venture as far as you’d like to this time, take the time to sit still. Look around. Breathe. Say hello to a stranger. If your journey has taken you abroad, try to learn a few sentences in the local language. And most importantly, find a quiet place and comfy chair to disappear into your lucky book this month: the story of a young boy who has also left his home, but (hopefully) for very different reasons. Chased by dark forces, he is forced to travel across a hot, empty desert plain – completely alone, until he encounters an old goatherd. Their paths thus intertwined, they must learn the rules of this harsh new country together. A thrilling vacation read, cautionary tale, humbling parable – let this searing story be whatever you need it to be, while you bask in the unknown of your own brand new corner of the world.

LUCKY BOOK: Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco


CAPRICORN

Is it warm in here, or is it just me? Oh, wait – no, it’s just YOU. Cap, there’s really no other way to put it: you’re hot this month, and if no one has begun shooting you some furtive glances, they’re coming. This is your month for smooth seduction, and there’s absolutely no shame in that! Whether it’s an old flame or a new spark, the romantic interludes will be robust and who knows, may lead to something more. Keep your options open, and do yourself a favor? Save the spicy details for your journal. Active as your group text might be, you don’t need to share every encounter with four of your closest friends, not unless you enjoy the nonstop interrogation that is sure to follow! Sometimes keeping some secrets to yourself can make the most benign affair even more exciting, and after all, don’t you deserve some excitement? That said, Cap, don’t completely lose your head in the whirlwind of these new flings – keep one eye on your finances, too! Finding a much lower bank balance than expected is a surefire way to bring an ecstatic high to a crashing low, so be proactive and maybe decline some of the more extravagant date invitations…unless the other party is treating, of course! Your lucky book this month is a mesmerizing account of a young girl’s mission to learn her mother and grandmother’s history – a winding journey through truths and half-truths, memories of love, abandonment, betrayal, and new beginnings – to, in turn, better understand herself. It’s a beautiful, moving testament to the fleeting nature of life, and the lessons we learn in youth that become invaluable to the generations to come. So go ahead, have some fun this month. Hit it while it’s hot.

LUCKY BOOK: I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman


AQUARIUS

Aquarius, Aquarius, Aquarius. You’ve been living large and in charge all summer, and it looks incredibly good on you. It seems like you’ve got it all figured out: job, home, friendships, fitness – you name it, you’ve conquered it. Well, okay, there’s one area that can use some development. You’ve been so focused on getting yourself in order over the past few weeks (or perhaps months!) that you’ve allowed your independence to push away a potential special someone. Maybe someone came to mind just now, maybe not. But this is the month to open up that part of your heart once more: even if you don’t feel ready to enter into anything serious, consider putting some time and effort towards building or re-building something a person who gets you. Sometimes you just need a person to keep you in check, to support your more wacky ideas, to hold your hands before you take major risk. Knowing that someone you care about always has your back can be incredibly freeing – not necessarily limiting or confining, as you may have been led to believe. As long as the lines of communication are open, the cards are on the table, and you’re both open to each others’ needs, there is no reason that a healthy, successful life cannot include someone you can call a partner – with as many or as few stipulations or boundaries as you both desire. Your lucky book this month is a spellbinding and unforgettable collection of short stories that will shed a brand new and sometimes discomfiting light on the nature of our relationships, whether romantic, familial, or otherwise. Sometimes entering a world gone slightly topsy-turvy can help us better appreciate our own – and avoid the mistakes of the characters we come to know and love, even in the space of a few pages.

LUCKY BOOK: What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah


PISCES

Rise and shine, Pisces! This month, you’re feeling and looking fantastic – muscles tightening, blood flowing, skin glowing! No more late nights squinting at your phone; you’re tucking in early to avoid being sluggish the next morning. Midday bag of chips? Not for you – a brisk walk to get a fresh smoothie has become your new habit. Between your improved diet and consistent gym attendance, you’re right on track to achieve the sort of health goals you once found nearly impossible. And it’s a good thing too, considering how things have picked up at work! You need all your wits about you as you go through these hectic days and late nights, so keep up the good work. We do only get one body, after all, and it’s always in your best interests to keep it healthy and happy. And while we know work is pretty intense right now, you know what they saw about all work and no play, right? Even though it may seem wrong to inject some fun into such a go-go-go month, you need to let your hair down once in awhile and give yourself some time to relax and let loose. So that date you’ve been putting off? Just say yes! Enjoy the attention, show off all that exercise you’ve been doing! If you’re looking for some romantic ideas, might we suggest a homemade dinner date for two? You may be committed to new fit lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean all of your meals should be bland and oat-filled all the time. Your lucky book this month is sure to give you some delicious inspiration for some flavorful meals, as well as general tips and tricks for adding a special touch to your cooking, whether the recipe comes out of a book or not. Bon appetit!

LUCKY BOOK: The Art of Flavor by Daniel Patterson and Mandy Aftel


ARIES

Beautiful Aries! This month is YOUR TIME. Your confidence is through the roof right now – or if it isn’t it should be! You’re turning heads left and right, friends and acquaintances alike are clamoring for your attention, and the dating prospects aren’t looking too shabby either! Basically, you’re totally owning it this month, and we couldn’t be more happy for you. As summer winds to a close, take full advantage of these final few weeks: enjoy a vacation day or two, bask in the sunshine, sip some frozé with a group of friends at noon. In other words, live!!! Enjoy it; life is fleeting anyway! Of course, a word of caution: no matter how amazing you look and feel, using the world as your red carpet can have its drawbacks. Keep a tight grip on your wallet, and be careful of what you post on social media. Money is not everlasting, but that regrettable photo from 4 AM absolutely is! Leave the tabloid-worthy blunders to the celebrities, and recognize when it’s time to leave the party. Speaking of, your lucky book this month will be right up your alley: a whip-smart, hilarious deep dive into the world of celebrity culture, what feeds our obsession, and what effect internet fame has on our culture at large. Walk like the street is your red carpet – and then enjoy cozying up in bed with this book, comforted by the fact that there isn’t paparazzi just outside your door.

LUCKY BOOK: The Stars in Our Eyes by Julie Klam


TAURUS

Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for being a homebody, Taurus. This month, you’re really into the warmth and comfort (or should we say air conditioning and comfort?) that comes from being safely ensconced at home, surrounded by your books, blankets, and favorite snacks. Maybe you’re finally get around to that deep cleaning you’ve been saying you’d undertake since the beginning of May, or there’s a room that’s just dying for a fresh coat of bright new paint. Or maybe the time has come to say farewell to your current place entirely, and try to find some digs. However you slice it, your priority this month is taking care of your sacred space, and reevaluating what the significance of that space means for you. It is a place of solitude and meditation, where you can escape the endless grind of the outside world? Is it a fortress for you and your closest loved one, where you can all be your unapologetic selves? Is it simply a place of refuge, where you can rest assured that in this tiny corner of the universe, you are safe, independent, and in control? You may find that you have much in common with the protagonist of your lucky book this month, a fiercely opinionated young woman who is on a quest to find a place she can rely on as home. Trapped in that infuriating liminal space between cultures, between countries, and does her best to carve for herself, everywhere she goes, a place that rests entirely under her control, a place where she can feel, even in miniature, that she is in a safe, familiar place. It’s a stunning tale that will put into sharp perspective one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time – pick it up whenever you feel yourself getting a little bit too serious about paint swatches.

LUCKY BOOK: Refuge by Dina Nayeri


GEMINI

Gemini, what’s good? You haven’t had the best few weeks, but it’s a month, a new day, and life is going to have to come a little harder than that to keep you down. Luckily, this month you’re all about that extra support: partnerships and close friendships are where you’ll thrive, and it won’t feel too crowded, or like a betrayal of your own independence – we promise. The key is to make sure the people you choose to surround yourself with add a special something that you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. Who makes you feel like your best self? Your most capable self? Your most ambitious self? Who lights that creative fire? Understand that while self-sufficiency is important, and your reliance on your own wisdom and wits is one of your best attributes, it can never hurt to solicit input and guidance from someone who can push you to aim even higher, and vice versa! So put yourself out there, be proactive. You can’t expect everything to come to you. Your lucky book this month is a short, trippy examination of race and class that follows a most unusual character in her quest for authenticity. Like you, she wonders who she really is, who she wants to be, and how – or who – can help her become that person? While you will undoubtedly avoid some of the more absurd situation she finds herself in, there is much to learn from her internal dialogue as she fumbles for ‘realness.’ Find your person (or people!), Gemini, but don’t lose sight of yourself in the process. You’re smarter and more resourceful than you know. Remember that!

LUCKY BOOK: New People by Danzy Senna


CANCER

Up and at'em, Cancer! You’ve had a leisurely summer, laying back and enjoying the ocean breeze, marathoning your summer shows and sampling mimosas at every brunch spot in town. We don’t begrudge you living the unbothered life to the fullest, but alas, it truly isn’t a party if it happens every night. And unfortunately, it’s time for the party to end – for the time being. But you were sort of ready to kick it back into high gear anyway, weren’t you? You have a bit too much active energy to spend the rest of the summer whiling away the hours fruitlessly. This doesn’t mean you should throw all of your effort into the first opportunity that presents itself: be forward-thinking, but strategic. Know what you want, and then go after it. Get your feet wet at a few mixers and networking events so you can get some inside scoop on what’s for grabs, who to know, where to show up and show out. So go on, have at it! Dust off that resume, iron that button down. It’s time to start getting yourself back into the game. We understand that the transition back to the real world may be jarring, but you’re not a delicate flower; you can take a bit of unease and horror in your downtime literature. Your lucky book this month is a haunting short story collection that will raise the hair on your arms in the very best way. Both love story and cautionary way, it’s the absolute best selection for this month, when you need to be kept on your toes – although we highly recommend not saving this one to read right before bed.

LUCKY BOOK: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

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author’s note: i’ve been trying to play around w/ more abstract writing lately, and i’m not gonna lie, this is probably the most abstract thing i’ve ever written, to the point i don’t even know what to make of this anymore. i can’t write lolol what is writing 

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It's A Gemini Thing.

You’ll never stop learning about me.
I’m such a spirit animal with those
I connect with!
I’ve grown up into a young lady
but I still admire having my childlike ways!
Like jumping on the bed, pranks, creating, cracking jokes, being random & doing things you never thought you’d do in that moment of time because it’s unbelievably crazy but in the end you feel good!
It’s true, I hate boring!
You only have one life to live & being perfect is not ever on MY list ! Actually perfection to me is a myth! I never seek to aim perfection, I seek to be great!
I’m trying to be young forever in my mind, body & soul! I am a Gemini to the bone! I don’t believe in being a certain way to appease anyone, but I do believe in class & grace. Which is a standard & if that is how you carry yourself people will get that from you wether you’re a wild spirit, vibrant soul & overly jittery about life!
I don’t flirt much anymore because it can easily mislead someone so I choose to stay in place! I am very loyal & always 100% committed cause that’s just what real women DO!
I have an answer for everythinggggg because I don’t think like most people at all ! 9x out of 10 I disagree with most people because I am not the norm & don’t think like the norm :) Wether wrong or right ! I stick with my perspectives, opinions, beliefs & morals until I say otherwise! And oh yeah we change our minds quickly !
Geminis follow every beat of their heart! Mind over matter/ mind over heart works but should only be used in the most complex of complex situations!
When you follow your heart & speak from your heart you feel everything more severely & I live for passion, affection, euphorias, chills & butterflies through the body!
I’m usually mistaken for a fighter but if you’re a sapiosexual or extrovert you’ll understand that Geminis are headstrong, passionate & semi-aggressive in the most gentle way! But in the words of Badu “This tea and incense can turn into a Colt 45, if need be OK ?!” #BrokeDownToTheTea #Gemini2TheBone

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victims of darkness - cedric diggory; an obituary

Cedric Diggory has been confirmed dead at the site of the last Triwizard Tournament task during the late evening of June 24th, 1995. Though his lifeless form could be compared to another tragic victim of the Killing Curse, he is memorialised by his effortlessly kind nature, admirable intelligence and heroic actions in the final moments of his life. Despite dying a fast, untimely death, his spirit remains vibrant in the friends, family and accomplishments he will be succeeded by.

His brightness and popularity shone through the unnecessary overshadowing he experienced through the final chapter of his life; what should have been a celebratory and proud occasion for him, being chosen as one of the Hogwarts champions, unfortunately became dampened after the complex twist of The Boy Who Lived also being selected as a champion. An attitude expressed by many at the school, this alteration allowed a justified window for Cedric to be selfish; this was a space of time where he could let the negativity take over and allow himself to be disappointed the moment was taken from him. Honorable as always, however, Diggory retained the effortless elegance and maturity that he radiated from the moment he was sorted to the moment his future was torn from his soul.

There was never a moment where Diggory stopped spreading the joy and happiness he held so deeply in his soul. Rather than basking in the popularity that had been placed upon him from his fortunate good looks and natural excellence in his studies, Diggory spent his time helping and immersing himself in all the opportunities he had at his feet. From being chosen as a Prefect and Quidditch captain for Hufflepuff, Diggory lapped up every drop of experience he could fill into his unknowingly short life. Through a mere 17 years existing, Diggory blossomed into a competent and skilful wizard, a true embodiment of all the traits a Hufflepuff would dream to hold.

In one unpredictable, simple school year Diggory successful competed in terrifyingly difficult tasks and explored such high levels of magic that many older, advanced wizards and witches cannot fathom completing. He fought and was wounded by a dragon, swam underwater for an hour and sprinted bravely through a strikingly complex maze. For his age, Diggory was as good as his craft as possible. His skills and ability to show how hard work and dedication can help you succeed until the end has already proven to be deeply inspirational for his friends, classmates and acquaintances he never had the chance to meet.

Upon the arrival back to the Hogwarts grounds there was a feeling of emptiness; the soul that had been so cruelly removed from this world took with it a part of everyone else. The realisation that even the good and brave can be so suddenly broken lit a spark in everyone in attendance. Cedric Diggory’s absence, his emotionless eyes that still somehow mirrored the beautifully pleasant life he experienced into the sky above, has encouraged everyone to enjoy life. The unforgivable and unforgettable loss of this promising, genuine boy will be suffered for years to come.

Because that is, ultimately, all Cedric Diggory was. A boy. A young, 17-year-old boy with his whole life ahead of him. The innocence that lived in the blood which ran through his veins was often overlooked because of his maturity and chiselled good looks. The purity that shone on the balls of his cheeks as he smiled to everyone who passed him in the corridors became twisted into a Witch Weekly advice article. And it was only as the reality of the matter sank in, a boy has been taken from the world for no reason, that the community realised his youth.

His innocent glow is replaced by a ghastly pale highlight, the cheeky glee he beamed as he laughed sonorously into the air masked by silent, chapped lips. Evil may have claimed the soul and future of an adored, optimistic boy, but there is one thing that these forces can’t remove: his legacy.

Cedric Diggory will be remembered not by his death, but by the joy he brought so many. From his skills on the Quidditch pitch to his talents at using his wand, Cedric Diggory will always be an inspiration to students, present and future. They will read about his confidence, learn about his loveable nature and commitment to all he endeavoured in, and will seek to follow such a path of contentedness. His life may have been cut short, but his memory will live on for a future so extensive that not even the best of Seers can imagine using their Inner-Eye.

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The Benefits of Attending an All Women’s College

by Zipporah Osei

It’s no secret that attending an all women’s college does wonders for a girl. Research shows that girls who attend all women’s colleges participate more in and out of class, have more courage to step into the STEM fields, are shown to have higher self esteem, and are more likely to graduate. And it’s no wonder considering attending an all women’s college puts you in an environment of female support and gives you women in your field to serve as mentors. But knowing these facts and living them are two different things. Is what they say about women’s colleges really true? Second year Barnard College student and an incoming freshman told me what it means to attend one of the best all women’s colleges in the country.

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Charmed Ones at Hogwarts...?!

Which Hogwarts house would you sort each of our four beloved Halliwell sisters into?! I After way too much deliberation, I’d go with…

 Prue as Slytherin (one of the many fundamentally kindhearted Slytherins, of course! She’s cunning, resourceful, clever, determined, ambitious as both a professional and a witch, willing to do whatever it takes to protect those she loves) 

Piper as a Hufflepuff (hard working, intensely loyal, generous and selfless despite her often prickly and snarky exterior, strong sense of fairness, shuns individual attention, doesn’t like to shake things up (or when life shakes things up for her!), eager to nurture and care for others, calmly deliberates before acting, someone who plans and likes things to be organized, ultimately considers the good of many over her individual desires) 

Phoebe as Gryffindor (brave, adventurous, open, impulsive, vibrant, spirited, often acts on instinct rather than taking the time to ponder options) 

Paige as a Ravenclaw (individualistic, creative, questions things rather than just going along with them, likes to think about how things work and often devises her own solutions, extremely curious, annoyed when people are very illogical, loves to learn everything about the topics she finds interesting)

@austennerdita2533 @rainy-day-witch @wearethecharmedones @thecharmedwerewolf @supercharmedd @seethem-dancing @dragonlover44 @pruehalliwel and anyone else who wants to chime in! 

Mars in Aries -  The Eye of the Storm

Imagination and intuitive idealism, reckless defiance and rose petals of daggers await the Mars in Aries person as she sets foot on the battlefield. Mars is ruled by Aries and creates a ferocious storm with a smouldering expression, a deep fire inside filled with passion, desire, sexual power, and lava whipped warrior expression. She is brave, filled with infinite energies at her disposal, and susceptible to a volatile emotional nature. There are incredible sparks of enthusiasm for new projects, change, and injecting spontaneity into events. The individual is likely urged to elicit chaos in her environment when it becomes too boring or everything is going right. She loves watching the friction of drama and the excitement of the unpredictable. The Mars in Aries person experiences intense personal rapture and bursts of energy that seem to release abruptly and sporadically. Confrontation and conflict seems to just ‘find her’.

With Mars in Aries there is a great need to overturn injustice and ensure retribution for those who have done wrong. The inner child is loud and commanding and the individual’s sword will be incessantly raised to protect it. Defenses are high and hyper vigilant with Mars in Aries and the individual can be quite reactive and respond uncontrollably to events that are internally triggering. She is energized by new surroundings, and the prospective of change and fresh backdrops. There is little tolerance for restriction and the individual tends to stand against any authority that presents itself. This includes relationships, where possessive behavior is beyond endurance. The individual requires complete freedom, and yet expresses somewhat territorial and dominating relationship behaviors herself. There will be a great delight in partners that challenge her and provide competition. She feels a kind of electricity and heart flare when chaos ensues and make up sex follows. The feeling of aggression brings forth her powerful sexual nature. She can be unconsciously suggestive and flirtatious. The erotic elements steaming from her can be impossible for people to resist. There is something burning, longing in a powerful firestorm, calling to be completely ravished. Temper is easily aroused with Mars in Aries. There is a youthful emanation in the individual that resembles a tired toddler, frustrated, and in deep need of valuing.

During times of stress or over exertion, the individual may suffer headaches or migraines. The head is where much of the energy is directed, so the individual may feel rather overheated most of the time. There are tremendous surges of impulse when she intends to undertake unknown voyages and step into territory angels fear tread. It may be hard for the individual to calm her energies or remain still for long periods. There may be troubles with sleep or inappropriate social behaviors due to her overabundance of nerves and energy. She is easily excitable, insatiably curious, captivating in her fearless spirit, flowingly vibrant. She is a lively person who brings a tremendous joy and bliss to the people in her life, although at times they must endure her streaks of rage and hostility which are swiftly attenuated. She feels rage swirling within, a wound up knot that must be untethered, like a volcano erupting at the seams, the lava flows throgh, the burn in their stomach eroding into her chest and igniting the heart with jet fuel. And the Mars in Aries must release the flames so they breathe fire, lose control, and stand over anybody in arm’s length. She is every feature of the storm - the rain, the clouds, the wind, the lightning show. It’s exquisite, but also dangerous. You can feel her crackle in the air. She is the storm, but she will protect you from all the elements.

-Cherry

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Bring The Night On

For my precious kekerocks154pink, who requested: Bellamy x reader imagine where the reader is jealous of Clarke and his friendship, and hates Clarke cuz she killed her brother Finn, and it ends all cute and fluffy? Please and thank you.


Everything was gravely quiet for around ten seconds. Even the sounds of Raven’s horrified wails went unnoticed beneath the sound of your heart pumping rushing waves of blood into your ears. Then it went off like a nuclear bomb, hitting you with a blinding white light and a static ringing pierced your eardrums. Your legs felt like gelatin and your knees gave way sending you crashing down to the muddy earth.

Bellamy was holding your limp body in his arms. You fell against him like dead weight and his muffled words fell on deaf ears.

You prayed that your eyes were deceiving you when you saw Clarke back away from Finn with crimson colored hands and a bloody blade. You thought your heart would burst from your chest as you watched his head hang lifelessly in the distance and you yelled for him to get up. He didn’t.

Finn wasn’t your brother by blood but he was in spirit. You knew that the two of you would be close from the moment you first laid eyes on that spirited six-year-old boy doing cartwheels down the hall in mecha station. Your parents had practically adopted him as one of their own. Whether it was defending you from that large boy that used to bully you for your rations or letting you copy his earth skills homework; Finn was always there to look out for you. He had taken care of you aboard the ark and made it his responsibility, as honorary big brother, to protect you on the ground.

The one you had accepted as your brother was now gone from this planet. His vibrant spirit had returned to the heavenly night sky, taking its rightful place among the stars.

You understood that Finn’s brazen attack against an innocent grounder village was wrong, but you still held Clarke solely responsible for his death. Clarke had cut his precious life short and taken him away from you. The moment she carved that knife into Finn’s chest was the same moment that you lost your only surviving family member and every time you looked upon Clarke’s pallid face you were reminded of the misdeed that she had committed.

The only person who was keeping you mildly sane during the wake of your tremendous loss was Bellamy. Even he had his moments where he drove you up the proverbial wall with his constant clinging to Clarke. They were always together, mostly for business but sometimes for pleasure. You kept telling yourself their persistent interaction was all for the greater good, but the devil on your shoulder spoke to your possessive nature and convinced you to question their intentions.

Bellamy was a good looking guy full of raw potential and charisma, a lady killer if you will. You would’ve been foolish to think that the other young ladies around camp weren’t swooning over him. You were fully aware of the lustful eyeballs that ogled your boyfriend’s muscular physique any time he made an appearance and it would’ve been a lie to say it didn’t bother you.

Sure, there was the fact that Bellamy had verbally declared his love for you on several occasions, but the premise of his former persona, Mr. Steal-your-girl, always stuck uncomfortably in the back of your mind. He wasn’t exactly the committed type upon your first meeting and the idea of losing him, to the very woman that mercy killed your adopted brother, was very real.

Your trust for Bellamy became like the grains of sand in an hourglass. For every second he spent with Clarke, a bit of your trust for him slipped away like the sands of time and time was almost up.

You had been arguing with Bellamy over this issue for days now. He had spent countless nights trying to subdue your fears of infidelity, always assuring you that he had committed himself exclusively to you. Tonight was no different from the previous few, right on schedule for a train wreck.

“Do you know how many days you’ve spent away from Clarke this week?” You asked snappily. It was a rhetorical question, meaning that you already knew the answer. It wasn’t meant to be answered but to prove a point. Bellamy scarcely had time to form his lips around an audible word before you were interrupting him, “Zero, that’s how many.”

“Are you going to let me speak?” Bellamy asked raising his thick black eyebrows. 

You shut your mouth and crossed your arms in a sassy gesture meant for him to speak up and take the floor.

“We’re trying to save lives.”

“What about Finn’s life?” You countered. “She didn’t save him.”

“Clarke did what she had to.”

Bellamy was always ridiculously cool and calm when you two quarreled, a trait that was equally frustrating and endearing. You could yell and scream until you were red in the face but not him. He would just stand there, watching like a parent that was patiently waiting for their child to stop throwing a tantrum.

“Are you taking her side?” You accused.

“We need the grounders if we’re going to free our friends from Mount Weather,” Bellamy said trying to placate your rage with reason.

“Answer the question, Bellamy.”

“I know your upset-”

“Upset?” You cut in furiously. Upset was an understatement. Perhaps, two nights ago you had been upset, but tonight you were livid. “I’m in mourning!”

“What do you want me to say?” Bellamy said snatching his jacket from the shabby chair near your room door. “Because everything I say is just going to piss you off.”

He reached for the door.

“Where are you going?” You sighed.

“I’ll be back.”

This was the fight routine: you would scream and he would put up with it until his ears were bloody, then he would leave.

In the event of a disagreement, there were only two places that Bellamy would retreat to. The first would be to the canteen to grab a shot of Monty and Jasper’s homemade moonshine and the other was running off on another mission with Clarke. 

It was late night when Bellamy came traipsing back into your room. Upon his entry, the pungent and lingering aroma of alcohol hadn’t flooded your nostrils and that only meant one thing.

“You were with her again,” You spat.

“You know what?” Bellamy said holding his arms out. “If you want to knock my head off then go right ahead.”

You reared your fist as far back as you possibly could and followed through clumsily with the strength of about ten cotton balls. You spun out of control, losing your footing and missing your target by a mile.

Bellamy caught you around the waist in an attempt to stop you from falling but your blundering force pulled him into your descent. You both came crashing down to the floor below with a loud thud, knocking over several pieces of furniture in the process.

“I think I broke something,” You groaned.

“More like a few things,” Bellamy said prying a piece of a broken chair leg out from under him.

You looked around at the mess you created and then back at Bellamy who was still awkwardly holding that bit of broken chair. You both burst into side-splitting laughter; the kind of laughter that made tears stream and stomachs ache.

“You were actually going to punch me,” Bellamy chortled.

“It was your idea, genius.”

“It’s a wonder you’ve survived this long with that killer right hook,” Bellamy teased, wiping away your tears of laughter.

You were always Bellamy’s responsibility and first priority. You had just gotten so accustomed to Finn being there to share that responsibility and now that he was gone, the obligation to protect you rested entirely on Bellamy.  

You realized that you were too hard on him. You had survived for this long on account of Bellamy’s tireless work. The time spent on missions with Clarke was never about her but it was always about you and your safety.

“I’m an idiot,” you said nuzzling your feverish face into Bellamy’s chest. “Do you forgive me?”

“Always,” he replied, lifting your chin and meeting your lips with a soft kiss. “Now how about we work on that right hook.”