Hello. This will be my first official article in my series on energy work or direct magick. Today, I’ll be discussing visualization and its uses for this purpose. I’ll also be discussing my own theories as to why visualization works so well for this.
Later articles will give practical, how-to information, but this one will be more theoretical. Much of what I’m going to say here qualifies as UPG, or at least just my own personal theories. Does it make sense to you? Read, and formulate your own thoughts!
I want to begin by saying that visualization is far from the only route to effective magick. Many people use other methods, and get great results from that. Also, not everyone can visualize. We all have different talents, and we use our skills differently.
Still, plenty of witches (like myself) do use techniques of visualization in energy work. It works pretty well for me, both for energy work and more traditional spellcraft. Most books on witchcraft include sections on visualizing, too, so it’s undeniably popular. Why is that? What makes this particular technique effective?
Cynics who hear about witches visualizing will often say something like, “Oh, so you’re playing pretend and imagining things. Okay.” While visualization does exercise the imagination, it has effects beyond mere imagining. After all, everyone uses their imagination. With witches who visualize, intent and focus takes the experience beyond imagination to create change in the world around them.
Most of us, when visualizing, reach a point where we cease to be able to control what we’re experiencing. This may sound scary, but for most of us, it is very subtle and not frightening at all. Much of energy work, after all, involves visualizing the flow of energy. This is, in the beginning of the exercise, wholly imaginative.
But, most of us find that, at a certain point, our visualization takes on a life of its own. While we can visualize and control (for example) energy flowing, it often does unexpected things or behaves in ways we did not predict.
So, visualization is more than just imagination. How does it work, then?
I think the explanation rests in the nature of energy itself. I myself believe that the force behind magick, the energy that makes it all possible, is conscious on some level. Not only that, but it reacts and responds to actions of our own consciousness. Thus, where our attention and focus goes, it follows.
This is true whether we’re visualizing, or just exercising our will. Of course, though, there’s inertia as well as other forces that direct this flow, as well. Thus, while we may be able to control it a bit, it will often do unexpected things. Again, this points to visualization indeed being “plugged in” to something beyond mere imagination.
Thus, visualization is a synthesis of sensing and directing energy. At least, that is my theory, and I believe that’s why it’s so effective for magick and spellcraft. The next article in this series will focus on using visualization and making the leap into sensing energy. Later articles will talk about directing it, grounding, centering, and more.
Mark had been blowing up your phone since 1 o’clock, asking you to come over because they just got back from wherever they were in the world a week ago, and he still hadn’t seen you. And yeah, sure you’ve missed him, he’s a great friend. But today was supposed to be a lazy day, you’d been looking forward to it. Chilling at the crib in some sweats and a sports bra, hair up, no make-up, looking busted. And you had told him this several times already, he just wouldn’t leave you alone! Texting you stuff like ‘i’ve already seen you at your worst,’ ‘i missed you,’ and ‘what are bff’s for?’
And that’s what led you to where you are now. Since you had adamantly refused that you would leave your flat at any time today, he he decided to take that as permission to come to you instead. And not only did he bring his uninvited ass over, he also brought the maknaes. Imagine your surprise, when you heard a knock on your door, knowing it could only be Mark wanting to be annoying.
You got up to answer the door not really caring about your state of undress, since it was just Mark, he’d seen less than that. The first person you noticed was Mark, and he was already eyeing you up & down, admiring your cinnamon colored skin, smirking, not even a hello. Then Bambam and Yugyeom, who were trying at least to be respectful and avert their eyes with rosy cheeks. Mark finally noticed your glaring at him and threw his hands up with more enthusiasm than necessary, “Surprise!”
Not even bothering to give a response or cover yourself, you immediately tried to shut the door back, but someone shoved their foot in between the closing object, “Woah! Hey that is no way to treat your friends, that came all this way to come see you, who missed you dearly.” Mark said with the greasiest smile knowing it would piss you off more. But the maknaes were there, they didn’t need to see their hyung get his ass handed to him. So you just let out a deep sigh from your nose, and stepped aside for them to come in. The maknaes stumbled in, in a rush of flailing limbs and loud greetings, even though they were still blushing a little.
You just smirked at them giving them a small ‘Hey.’ Turning back to Mark, who had a smug smile on his face with arms spread open to initiate a hug. You just stared at him a little longer, hoping to make him feel at least a little guilty about barging in, but his smile grew and he just wiggled his fingers as a sign of impatience. You gave into the hug, burrowing yourself in his chest, head tucked under his chin, inhaling his cologne. His arms came to wrap around your curvy frame squeezing you, as he ducked his head down to your ear, “I missed you >>>.”
Not saying anything in return to piss him off, you quickly ducked out of his arms skipping towards Yugyeom and BamBam who were making a commotion in the living room, with a dismissive arm flick, “Who wouldn’t miss me Bro?” Letting out an indignant noise, he just followed you , causing you let out a laugh. You saw the maknaes pulling out the Wii, it was almost tradition at this point to start with that gaming system. Plopping yourself on the couch, and Mark dive bombing next to you. “So what game are we playing first boys?”
They both turned to look at you, one with a pout, and the other a grin, “Mario Kart!” You let out a groan, knowing it was going to be nothing but chaos for the next couple hours
“BAMBAM CAN YOU FUCKING STOP DROPPING BANANAS,”
Mark was very done with with BamBam’s antics. Mark had been on a continuous losing streak, it only served as entertainment for you and the maknaes though. But starting to fear for BamBam’s safety, by the gleam in Mark’s eye, you start to intervene. You paused the game, and tossed the controller, ignoring the shouts of exclamation, “Hey Boys, can you go get a pizza from the place down the street,” they had already started making small noises of protest, “I’ll pay damn!” They agreed after that of course. After giving them the money, they filed out of the door with calls of, “Don’t miss us too much!” and “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!”
As soon as the door slammed shut, Mark’s mouth was on you. “Dude what the fuck?” you spluttered trying push him a back a little for an explanation. Looking at him, his pupils were dilated, and he was already sporting a half chub. “I haven’t had a good orgasm in like 2 months >>>, come on! At the most, we’ve got about 30 minutes before they come back.” he groaned out, already slipping your sweatpants off. You just laughed at his desperateness, “Awe, Markus was your right hand not enough?” teasing him.
“Shut the hell up.” he called as he slipped his tank top over his head, and grabbed your neck with one hand to bring your lips back to his, you let him this time. Slipping your hand down in his joggers and boxers, palming his hardness to a full. He moaned into the kiss, nipping your full bottom lip, and slipped his hand into your panties thumbing your clit to get you wetter. You let out a whimper against his lips, and pulling off to skim your swollen down his jawline to his neck, adding sucks and nips trailing down to his exposed collarbones. He grunted pulling his hand away from your neck, and started pushing the joggers down, you stopped him, “Don’t take them all the way off, they’ll be back soon. Plus i’ve always wanted to have sex with my clothes on.” winking at him. He let out a choked out noise, that was caught between a laugh and a moan.
You got down on your knees pushing his legs apart to get in between them, looking up at him. He already had his erection out, pumping it up and down, you could see the beads of pre-cum and licked your lips, “take your hair out, I want something to pull on.” he grinned down at you, eyes already half-lidded, as your breath caught in your throat thinking about what he was meant. You could feel yourself dripping now, you reached up to your hair to pull it out of it’s messy bun, letting your curls fall.
You moved in towards his erection still looking up at him, palming it in one hand first, then licking the tip. Mark let out harsh breath, head falling back to the edge of the couch, you could see his adam’s apple bob. His hand reaching for your head, not gripping your hair yet, but just running his fingers through it for the time being. And without warning, engulfing him all until he hit the back of your throat and moaned. He let some curses, looking at you choke yourself on his dick, his thighs automatically tightening around you, and pulling on your hair to keep you there a little longer.
You started taking deep breaths through your nose, and waited for his grip on your hair to loosen so you could pull back. When he finally did, you pulled up but not without dragging your tongue up the vein on the underside of his erection. “Fuck my mouth.” you demanded, letting your hand fall down to your core, where you were steadily dripping, and started pumping your fingers in and out, moaning. He wasted no time dragging you back to his erection, one hand gripping your hair, the other hand on your head pushing you down.
Hips set at brutal pace, he loved seeing the tears at the corner of your eyes, and hearing you slurp, and gag for it. All you could do is moan, loving the feeling of being under his power, and hearing all the pretty noises he made in pleasure. Mark finally pulled you off him, your lips slick with a trail of cum and saliva connecting, “I don’t wanna come like this.” he panted out. He let go of your hair, and pulled a condom out of his pocket, bringing it to his mouth to tear it open. You quickly got off your knees, watching as he rolled it on, in disbelief and amusement. “Oh so you knew we’d be fucking today, huh?” you asked with a small laugh. “I really didn’t, but I had high hopes,” he shot back with a smirk of his own.
Making eye contact with him, you could see his adam’s apple bob again, he was flushed, hair all over the place, and the sight of him made your mouth water slightly. “Shit you so look good,” he mumbled. You could imagine how you looked, cheeks red, your breast rising and falling heavily with your chocolate colored nipples peeking out of your sports bra , hair damp and disarray from all the tugging, and lips slick and swollen, glistening core, what a pretty visual indeed.
Snapping out of your trance, you moved in for a quick dirty kiss, “We gotta hurry.” You straddled his lap, licking along his neck, holding your hips up so he could position himself, the other hand on your hip, you were starting to get impatient. Angling your hips down to meet him half ways, and when his tip finally pushes into your entrance, you both moan out in relief. Feeling the slight burn at the stretch, only made it better, the feeling of being full was just too good. When you met his base, you let out a quiet groan, you could literally feel Mark restraining himself from giving it to you. But you were having none of that gentleman bullshit.
You looked him dead in the eye, “fuck me like you mean it, don’t hold back now.” His eyes were black and clouded by lust at this point, but he nodded. With your arms placed on his shoulders and both of his hands gripping your hips tight enough to leave bruises, snapping his hips up. A whimper escaped your lips, you meet him thrust for thrust, grinding back every time you meet again. The only thing that could be heard was the slapping of skin and both your cries of pleasure, and your hands were leaving scratches all along Mark’s back.
You were both so close, he was filling you up so good, your slick walls clenching around him, was almost too much, but he wanted you to come first. So taking one hand off your waist, he brought to your front to pinch your clit. Your breath punched out of you, as you felt the orgasm ripped through you in waves, and your walls rippling around him was the tipping point. He came into the condom with grunt.
You climbed off his lap, falling beside him on the couch, both of you trying to catch your breath. Before you could say anything, you heard a gasp from the doorway. Both your heads whipped around to see BamBam and Yugyeom with pizza in hand. Faces red, flushed and shock written all over them. Yugyeom controlled his expression into something cocky, “So is this what we get if we lose?”
My favourite shot in the entire movie- when the Elvis car swings around but the camera keeps going in its own direction so it ends up framing the War Rig in two-thirds even as it continues to move and arghh it looks so simple but it’s not, and there’s some clever storytelling there, because the camera stays on the road to Gas Town (it was so close, we saw it looming right ahead in the previous shot!), it tells us very clearly that they’re veering off course since they’re not following us anymore, we’re left behind on the road going ‘wait, wait, where’s she off to?’ and we wanna follow!
Not to mention the little bit of showcasing the communication between a lancer and driver there. Bang bang on the roof- and the driver figures it out at once. Change of course!
What are the reasons to like Takuya? I saw your post about seyoung and I really like it^^
Oh my I just saw this, so sorry anon… please don’t go anon I desperate to chat (;-;)
THE REASONS TO ABSOLUTELY LOVE TAKUYA
We all know that he is the physical embodiment of beauty but we often overlook these things:
1. He is one of the first Japanese Idol in Korea that first came as an unknown and barely could speak Korean (hence why he barely get lines on debut) to the Japanese idol icon of Korea who speak fluent Korean. From this: (Series of Predebut Takuya learning Korean & eng sub version )
He achieve that with hardwork and a massive mental fortitude (an interview). He went to casting and joined Abnormal Summit on his own accord. An Idol, a JAPANESE relatively unknown idol from JAPANESE company representing JAPAN in a tricky 1.5 hour show entirely in Korean commenting on Korean society. He gambled a lot and walking on a thin thread.There was even a kimigayo incident when the show use the national anthem of Japan on tv. But he pulled it off and even made himself a nickname “Soft Hand Takuya” because he is to polite to cut off and wave his hand instead to talk in discussion (thank you for all the cast members too, seriously watch that show it’s gold) (Abnormal Summit)
Now after Abnormal Summit name peaked up (and withered after enes scandal and ultimately the reshuffle) he still had his name as the Japanese Takuya that people love, to the point if people search 타쿠야 (takuya) on Korean browser, he will pops out even though classically someone like Kimura Takuya would appear instead. (This statement aired on some variety ^^;)
2. He has a sweet distinct voice and also plays piano well. One of the most refined and multitalented “visual” idol indeed.
3. He is a model and actor (one of it is “Run60″) in Japan before debut and still do amazing work as those (or even better) in addition to being a singer and dancer. He was a runway model and often pose for fashion magazine even before debut.
look at those long legs~ He is official 188cm and even more since he seems to got taller recently.
4. He was appointed leader of Cross Gene before their Japanese Debut on 2013. After our J.G left he put down the title and there was a different arrangement on the team.
Despite that leader seems like it’s a natural position of him since he also was a team captain for his middle school baseball team. (This sounds so out of place after mentioning J.G but well ;-;)
5. Cross Gene members absolutely adored him and dote (tease) on him on daily basis. He even share a queen size bed with Sangmin. (takuya and the others on top of him lol)
(takuya on top of seyoung ^)
6. He sleeps like a log. Seriously by the members confession he is the one who can sleep anywhere anytime. You have work hard gorgeous <3
Thank you @isitandwonder for tagging me on your post, you’re actually the reason why I discovered there was new flower content! <3
It is very likely we will John on screen with the flower; John wears it on his left ear (left side = sentiments, emotions).
This reminds me of course of TPLOSH:
#John Watson #drinking because you’re afraid #repressing your sexuality #international reputation
The red flower in the movie is obviously connected to Watson’s sexuality, a sexuality he visibly represses. The scene is absolutely brilliant, as Holmes has led the Russian man to believe he and Watson are in a very happy relationship, and the man tries to set him up with ballet dancers, one of them bisexual.
When Watson understands the insinuation, he is bewildered, outraged, visibly afraid (I remember he tells Holmes about the Northumberland Fusiliers “You don’t know how they are”, implicating the Army is deeply homophobic and he would be violently rejected), he then confronts Holmes about their respective sexuality - Mark Gatiss’ favourite scene of the movie.
The red flower means deep sexual desire here, as well as danger. Watson lives in a time when acting on homosexual desires is dangerous. Repressing his homosexuality and preserving the facade is vital for him.
I’m not sure if the flower is a red carnation (screaming symbol for “yes!”, plus, the carnation is an important flower for gay history!), it could potentially be a dahlia (a lasting bond and commitment between two people in Victorian times, staying graceful and kind despite challenges, balance between adventure & relaxation)?
In the show, it seems the flower will be associated with Rosie, and generally John’s feelings. A white flower has a more peaceful and pure connotation.
The question is: what is this flower?
As a preamble, I should mention I dislike the idea that Dr John Watson would put a baby in contact with a poisonous plant, and surely not his own daughter? I mean, okay, she apparently doesn’t touch the flower and her mother is associated with toxic flowers anyway, so if I guess it could be possible, but I’ll be more reluctant to consider poisonous flowers.
Most likely a Begonia
I’m almost positive John’s flower is a begonia obliqua (on the right)
The begonia sends a message of watchfulness, caution and vigilance. Its meaning in Victorian floriography is “beware”.
The flower symbolises the refusal to be lulled in a false sense of security, and be cautious/watchful in new situations. It can represent a warning about future challenges, or a sign of dark/unpleasant thoughts that distract you from happiness.
The begonia also has a positive symbolism, of gratitude (more specifically, paying back favours) and harmonious communications between friends and family. The flower can be symbol of individuality and standing out from the crowd. The begonia is edible (and apparently quite tasty) and has medicinal purposes.
It would make sense for John to wear the flower, especially around his family. John has to stay cautious and vigilant around Mary, especially with the baby. John stays on alert, he watches out for Mary’s threat.
He also most likely has to repress his feelings around her (may it be anger towards her, anxiety or longing for Sherlock). John isn’t fully free to be himself. John’s potential happiness is clouded by the threat of Moriarty (=Mary) on Sherlock, Rosie and him.
The message of “paying back a favour” is interesting too, in my opinion => 1) gratitude towards Sherlock, the man who saved his life, who died for him twice. Will John die for Sherlock too? Twice: faking his death and 3-Garridebs moment under his wife’s gun?), 2) pay back… Mary’s shot, Moriarty’s plot against Sherlock?
A rose to play with Rosie?
The white rose is a symbol of balance, love, hope in the future. It is also a flower associated with secrets: a white flower can mean secret love; in Ancient Rome, a wild rose would be placed on the door of a room where secret or confidential matters were discussed; the phrase sub rosa, or “under the rose”, means to keep a secret.
The season is definitively Christmasy… or is it? Beginning of a new series in a new year => new era.
Warning: the flower is poisonous… I’m really not sure about that one. It seems however that the flower had medicinal uses in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, prescribed as a purgative and a cure to madness. The flower belongs to the family of buttercups (potential association to The Princess Bride).
In Victorian times, the Christmas rose conveyed the message “relieve my anxiety”. Interestingly, the hellebore is a symbol of scandal and calumny.
The legend says the flower sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem.
If I can see why John would want to be relieved of his anxiety, the notion of scandal, especially in association with his emotions (left ear) and sexuality (TPoSH) is interesting. We remember how Moriarty used the press against Sherlock spreading lies - what if someone lied about John having an affair with a man (Sherlock)? One lie hidden in a pile of damning material (love story with Sholto, proof John is bisexual, always at Sherlock’s side or in 221B…) is enough to break someone’s image.
A rock rose
Funnily enough, the flower is bisexual and is a great source of nectar for bees (Sherlock = “busy little bee” in the show)
Here I’ll be considering both the cistus and helianthemum (also named the sun rose - John = sun in the show).
One species of cistus (not the one on John’s ear, but also white) symbolised imminent death in Victorian floriography. A sign of impending Three-Garridebs? Or a bad omen for the baby? :(
Besides, the rock rose was a symbol of popular favour in Victorian floriography.
As @loveismyrevolution observed, visually, the flower could indeed be an anemone, either nemorosa, or sylvestris:
I do like the subtext behind anemones and I believe the flower would be quite relevant and compelling in the show. However, since the flower is extremely poisonous, I have much trouble considering it. If it was only on John’s ear, why not, but playing with the baby, almost touching her face? It’s a bit far for me.
Nevertheless, I adore the symbolism behind the anemone, and I believe it is very likely they’ll use the flower on the show (or already have?).
The symbolism behind the anemone is very rich and complex:
Loss of a loved one to death in ancient Greece.
Forsaken love and affection in Victorian floriography.
Anticipation/excitement for what the future holds: The flower petals
Protection against evil and diseases: the flower petals close up as a storm approaches
The anemone is associated to the story of Adonis and Aphrodite. The Goddess of love fell in love with Adonis (Eros’ arrow might play a role here, and we know how important Eros is in the show). She decided to entrust him to Persephone, who later refused to give him back as she had also fallen in love with the beautiful man. The dispute ended with Zeus’ decision that Adonis would spent a third of his time with Aphrodite, another third one-third of every year with each goddess and the last third wherever he chose. He chose to spend two-thirds of the year with Aphrodite. When Adonis died (his death is associated with jealousy: someone kills him to make Aphrodite pay), Aphrodite wept over his grave and her tears for her lost love grew into Anemone flowers.
It’s fascinating to read the story with Adonis as John (a beautiful hunter who’s very skilled with an arrow/gun), Aphrodite as Sherlock, Persephone as Mary (the Goddess of death)! Sherlock entrusted John to Mary’s care as he fakes his death. Yet when he comes back, Mary refuses to give him back. John has to spend his time between Mary and Sherlock by obligation; he is however eager and willing to stay with Sherlock.
The subtext behind the anemone, especially on John’s heart:
Bad foreshadowing for Mary. Possible death?
Anemone means “daughter of the wind”, and thus the genus can also be named “windflower”. This reminds me of the East Wind from HLV. John utters a threatening line at Mary and Moriarty as he sees Sherlock flying back as the East Wind who’s going to end them: “Better wrap up, there’s an East Wind coming”. [could there be a link with John’s daughter, the baby somehow bringing Mary’s end?]
Hope for Johnlock, John is excited about what the future holds for him (something good will come soon, John anticipates this time of happiness).
The imminent end of John’s time being torn between Sherlock and Mary.
Three Garridebs moment (John’s heart wounded by jealous!Mary?).
Once again, I adore the anemone theory, but I’m really not sure, as I don’t see John bringing a poisonous flower to play with his daughter.
As a conclusion, to me, John’s flower is most likely a begonia. John is watching out for Moriarty and Mary’s threat, especially with a baby and Sherlock returning on the plane with drugs. John has to stay cautious in this new beginning. Threats are looming over him and his loved ones. John has to stay in control of his feelings while danger is lurking… but with good communication, he will soon be free. (Who I Want to Be?)
Alternatively, John could bring a white rose to his Rosie (either an hellebore, a rock rose or wild rose). The flower is a symbol of pure love and secrets, quite fitting for John this series.
I am not a specialist in flowers, it has become a passion of mine! :) If anyone has better theories and findings, please feel free to share them!