visualization tools

you ever watch something that you know you’ll never get over? yeah this moment was it.

(art by me, do not repost without credit) :)

theverge.com
The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s.
By Andrew J . Hawkins

Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library’s user-friendly visualization tool. It’s a nostalgist’s dream come true.

This is what inspiration looks like.

Some people see music in color. Grammy-winning producer Alex Da Kid is one of them. So when Alex needed inspiration for a new song, the Cognitive Color Design Tool turned powerful imagery into colors that would show Alex the emotion behind five years of cultural data. That’s why Alex Da Kid’s music has so many feels.

Listen to ‘Not Easy’ by Alex Da Kid on Spotify or iTunes



Heya, setting information incoming! x)
This lady is a singer, and she is incredibly popular in so-called New Shang-La (Latori, Beyleria, Ayelahai and Nouri). She is working in the strange music genre - it’s some kind of a vintage folk-rock, with a touch of cabaret music/dark Goth.
Her name is Antiquity and it’s not a pseudonym. She is very tall for a woman and have a pleasant, soft, deep and low voice. A lot of people think that she is a transvestite because of that, but no, she is actually a lady.
She is often invited by the radio stations all over the Shang-La - it guarantees a maximum success to any event, so they are trying to kill each other just to get a chance to work with Antiquity.

Antiquity was born in Latori, but she has not succeeded in her mother country. So she went to Nouri and has achieved success in a creative career very quickly. She picked up her image there, too, but brought some notes of the Latorian style into it. Let us remember Roui’s clothes… Yes, Antikviti is like an idol to him, and we can’t blame him for it.
Antiq loves her country and gives charity concerts in Latori from time to time, but still prefers to work in other countries of the New Shang-La.
It is possible that she will appear in the “Crown of Leaves” as a character. And of course, you will find this poster in the game, you just need to look closer at some of the locations. x)
P.S. A small Easter egg: June 7 is Grimm’s Birthday :3

The character inspired by the cover of a Marilyn Manson album/his concert clothes and Mad Moxxi from the Borderlands series ~ Yay!

Visualization in Witchcraft: The Basics

I’ve gotten many, many requests for more information for beginning witches or those who are just curious, and I’ve decided it’s time I start writing and posting such things more often. This article will be (one of) the first in a series where I’ll talk about common beginner issues an techniques for those just starting out, skills that I personally found useful early on, and anything else that comes up. My plan is mostly to write based on questions I receive, and address topics as needed. Here we go.

Today, I’ll be writing about visualization, and I’ll just be explaining the basics as I see them. I recently got a message from someone interested in studying witchcraft who was concerned about how to begin practicing without having to buy things. This is a common sentiment, and I get questions about it a lot. There’s not too many authors who address it, except in passing. The books that do talk about practicing witchcraft without tools often suggest learning to astrally project and creating a sort of sacred space in the astral realm containing all the tools you might need. This never seemed practical to me, as many people who are just starting out won’t necessarily be able to fully project, and heck, even many experienced witches never quite pick up the skill. 

A far better approach than trying to astrally project right away would be to study visualization and develop it as a skill. Visualization is the art of manipulating your own imagination in order to create vivid experiences within your own mind. This practice sharpens your intuition and magical acuity. Even many rituals and spells in books (with or without suggesting tools) will call for the witch to visualize, though they may not call it that, and sometimes say “imagine” instead. 

It’s perhaps best explained by way of examples, and can take many forms with varying levels of complexity. Sometimes, you might want to visualize something as existing within your physical space. In other words, you would want to strongly imagine it appearing to you as if it were physically in front of you. In one particular ritual I used to perform regularly (it was for banishing), part of it entailed my strongly imagining a pentagram in a particular color left in the wake of my ritual actions. That’s a form of visualization. This may sound like a simple thing, but it does take practice. 

After a while, though, I got to the point where yes, I could “see” the pentagrams surrounding me in the ritual, though I knew it was actually a visualization sprung from my imagination rather than a physical object hanging in the air. Techniques like that are pretty common, and they aren’t a new thing - books written in the Victorian era and earlier will often recommend doing this, though the word visualization itself wasn’t often used. 

Many witches and magicians incorporate visualization into simple symbol and sigil magick. In the image below, I’ve listed the planetary symbols and associated colors. While many people, when working with symbols, would assume they’d need to carve, draw, or sketch the symbol on a physical talisman or something similar, there are other ways.

One technique using visualization would be to trace the symbol in the air with your finger. You would visualize light in a particular color (of your choice, or relevant in some way) flowing from your fingertips and forming the symbol hanging in the air. The length of time you’ll be able to visualize will likely vary based on how long you’ve practiced, as well as whether there’s anything breaking your concentration. In some settings, I can only “hold” the symbol in my mind for a few seconds before it’s interrupted by something in my environment. Conversely, I can think of a ritual I recently did with a partner that involved visualizing symbols. We did this in a quiet room and with much mental preparation, so I was able to “see” the symbols for much longer than in other situations.

All of that, of course, is going to be done with your eyes open, visualizing objects in your physical space. Things can get pretty interesting if you close your eyes, though! Obviously, you wouldn’t be moving around doing a ritual with closed eyes, but it’s possible to work magick while sitting (or even lying down!) with your eyes closed performing an intense visualization. Some people find this easier than open eye visualization, but for others, it’s the reverse. It just depends on the person.

One mistake I made when learning this type of visualization was trying to make my visuals too complex too quickly, not realizing that these things take time, and complicated, immersive scenes are something that has to develop slowly. One way of beginning is to start with, again, symbols, visualizing them projected on the back of your eyelids. 

Simple shapes, like line drawings, are great to begin with, too. Slowly add color and depth, and eventually you’ll be able to build a proper scene inside your mind. This could consist of imagining the workspace you’ve always dreamed of with everything you would need for any kind of spell, but for many witches, the visualization is the spell itself. I find that method more productive than just imagining tools. Experimentation is key, and you’ll find something that works for you, but one common method of using visualization in spellwork would be to visualize the goal of the spell manifesting in an efficacious manner. For example, if I were visualizing as part of a spell to help a friend’s wedding go smoothly with no mishaps or delays, I would visualize exactly that happening.

There is, naturally, a strong connection between visualization and scrying, and usually improving your skills in one will improve your skills in the other. In the image below, I discuss how scrying can often be much more than just seeing images, and that is true of visualization as well - you can experience any sensation or impression via visualization, be it auditory, visual, olfactory, or really anything else.

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I feel like Rune Magic doesn’t get enough credit or recognition in the modern Pagan world and it really should. Runes are so easy to use, are great for beginners and experts alike. I’ve scanned a few Runes in here with their power and how to apply that power. Keep in mind you can use Runes in any way you feel comfortable. Sometimes, I just draw a Rune on my hand, that way I’m reminded of my spell or wish nearly every moment. Runes are the perfect visualization tool. Put them to good use!

Cosmic Witchcraft 101 🌠

One of the questions I find myself answering a lot is “how do I get into cosmic witchcraft?” Although @phaesphore​ has a really good guide (here), I thought I’d write out a few of my own suggestions. 

Who:

  • Who can be a cosmic witch?
    • Anyone can be a cosmic witch! The main aspects of cosmic witchcraft include working with the various celestial bodies included in the cosmos, and harnessing energy from them depending upon your intent. If you feel drawn to the cosmos and the vastness of outer space, then cosmic witchcraft is definitely for you. 

What & Why:

  • Figure out what aspects of cosmic witchcraft that you are drawn to
    • Is it your fascination with outer space? Is it the desire for a spiritual relationship with the cosmos? There are many reasons someone might be drawn to this practice, so do some digging and figure out yours. 
  • Which celestial bodies do you want to work with and why? 
    • This ranges from planets, to stars, to constellations, and various deep space objects. Each celestial body has its own set of correspondences and associations, some that may resonate more with you than others. 
    • Still at a loss? Complete your birth chart and figure out your dominant planet - birth charts show the alignment of the planets at the time of your birth. Each person has a dominant planet, which can be found in more detailed birth charts that you can complete online. 
    • To find your dominant planet, go to Astro.com > click “extended chart selection” on the right hand side > fill out the necessary information > choose “Pullen/Astrolog” > from the dropdown menu, select “simple chart delineation by Walter Pullen” > scroll about ½ or ¾ of the way down the page until you find a section that lists the percentages of the planets in your chart > the planet with the highest percentage would be considered your dominant planet.
  • What kind of spells do you like to perform? 
  • What kind of tools do you like to use? 

When:

Where:

  • Cosmic witchcraft can be performed literally anywhere, whether it’s inside or outside. You don’t necessarily have to be outside under the night sky to successfully perform a cosmic spell or harness cosmic energy. If you choose to perform cosmic magick indoors, use some visual or auditory tools to help you out; i.e. spacey music, a picture of space on your computer, a space poster on the wall behind your altar, etc.

How:

anonymous asked:

whats the square theory... is it big feelings gang where they all are in happy polyam like (like bc the twins eww and also macs gay) but like not romantic just. affectionate bros and hug pals.... thats what i want tbh...

good guess, but no! square theory is something that i’ve been thinking about within the past few days as a way of like…. visualizing and understanding the relationships between the gang. (it doesn’t include frank, mostly because i don’t think frank’s relationships with the gang are symmetrical)

you caught me off guard, so i don’t have a big post of it yet, but i drew this really quickly to hopefully explain the gist of square theory to you!

basically if you put the gang (minus frank) down on four points like this, they each have symmetrical relationships to one another, thus forming a square.

it’s mostly just a visual/framing tool for me personally to think about relationships and parallels within the gang but maybe you guys will find square theory cool on its own too!

colored energy magic?

I’ve heard of people using colors as a visualization tool to impart certain properties when channeling energy. For example, making energy a sunny yellow to give it happiness-causing properties. However, has anyone had any experiences with their own natural energy working better when it’s a certain color?

I discovered by sheer accident last night that if I visualize my personal energy as a violet purple, it somehow works way, WAY better. Especially if I make it a purple flame… My energy work has always resonated best with firey energy, so that part of it doesn’t surprise me. But the color thing is weird to me. I can move the energy about 3x faster, make it more powerful with less effort on my part, and do way more at once just by visualizing in that color. I was able to energetically cleanse my entire house just from standing in the central hallway and moving a huge wall of purple fire from the front of the house to the back, cleaning out any unpleasant and unwanted energies as I went. I’d just done a smoke cleansing, so there wasn’t that much to clear out, but still! That’s throwing around way more energy than I could before, with a lot less drain on myself. Could this be an aura color thing?? I can’t see auras, and I don’t know much about them… I have no idea if that color matches my aura or something.

A mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps structuring information, helping you to better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas.

Just as in every great idea, its power lies in its simplicity.

In a mind map, as opposed to traditional note taking or a linear text, information is structured in a way that resembles much more closely how your brain actually works. Since it is an activity that is both analytical and artistic, it engages your brain in a much, much richer way, helping in all its cognitive functions. And, best of all, it is fun!

This is a mind map about – conveniently enough – mind mapping itself. It presents, in a visual way, the core elements and techniques on how to draw mind maps. Yes, I know this may look a little too messy initially, but bear with me: once you break the ingrained habit of linear note taking, you won’t look back.

Benefits and Uses

I think I already gave away the benefits of mind mapping and why mind maps work. Basically, mind mapping avoids dull, linear thinking, jogging your creativity and making note taking fun again.

But what can we use mind maps for?

  • Note taking
  • Brainstorming (individually or in groups)
  • Problem solving
  • Studying and memorization
  • Planning
  • Researching and consolidating information from multiple sources
  • Presenting information
  • Gaining insight on complex subjects
  • Jogging your creativity

It is hard to make justice to the number of uses mind maps can have – the truth is that they can help clarify your thinking in pretty much anything, in many different contexts: personal, family, educational or business. Planning you day or planning your life, summarizing a book, launching a project, planning and creating presentations, writing blog posts – well, you get the idea – anything, really.

How to Draw a Mind Map

Drawing a mind map is as simple as 1-2-3:

  • Start in the middle of a blank page, writing or drawing the idea you intend to develop. I would suggest that you use the page in landscape orientation.
  • Develop the related subtopics around this central topic, connecting each of them to the center with a line.
  • Repeat the same process for the subtopics, generating lower-level subtopics as you see fit, connecting each of those to the corresponding subtopic.

Some more recommendations:

  • Use colors, drawings and symbols copiously. Be as visual as you can, and your brain will thank you. I’ve met many people who don’t even try, with the excuse they’re “not artists”. Don’t let that keep you from trying it out!.
  • Keep the topics labels as short as possible, keeping them to a single word – or, better yet, to only a picture. Especially in your first mind maps, the temptation to write a complete phrase is enormous, but always look for opportunities to shorten it to a single word or figure – your mind map will be much more effective that way.
  • Vary text size, color and alignment. Vary the thickness and length of the lines. Provide as many visual cues as you can to emphasize important points. Every little bit helps engaging your brain.

Final Thoughts

Mind mapping is an absolutely fascinating and rich topic – this post only scratches the surface. If you want more reference material now, Wikipedia is always a good starting point.

In the meantime, please give mind mapping a chance – try it out. Follow these handy tips and see the results for yourself. Don’t worry too much about doing it the “right” way – just make it fun.

Kimberly

🛁 🌟"Soap" Protection Spell 🌟🛁

🛁 Purpose: To protect yourself from saying dumb stuff you’ll end up regretting later. Inspired by the song “Soap” by: Melanie Martinez

🛁 Need:

🌟Toothbrush/toothpaste

🌟Amethyst

🌟 Lipgloss

🛁 Steps:

🌟1. Take your toothbrush and toothpaste and hold them in both of your hands. Charge them with a cleansing white light, visualizing them becoming tools with abilities to help cleanse your mouth from any word vomit you’re used to. Say the following:

“Uh-oh there it goes,
I’ve said too much it overflowed.
Why do I always spill?
I feel it coming out my throat
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap.
God I wish I never spoke.
Now I gotta wash
My mouth out with soap.”

🌟2. Brush your teeth and visualize yourself being protected from any future convo mistakes. Then put the lip gloss on to add as a helpful “seal”.

🌟3. Keep an amethyst on you to keep you always calm for times you have to talk with others.

You like castles, don’t you?

WHAT IS ‘MEMORY CASTLE’?

Memory castle is a virtual place for you to build room by room on your PC, Mac or mobile device.
In this place, you can collect your ideas and write notes while navigating freely throughout the tridimensional space you created. 

THE IDEA

While studying for my finals I needed a solitary and calm place where I could focus without any distraction from the outside world: I began to imagine myself in an old medieval castle, in front of my desk, with my notes and books. Immersing myself into this alternate world really helped me not only to stay focused but also to remember what I was studying because I could visualize it mentally in my medieval study.
With this idea in mind, I started very recently this project using the game engine Unreal Engine 4 so that I and other people could create a virtual castle.

WHAT CAN  I USE THIS FOR?

As a visual tool Memory Castle allows its users to:

  • take notes and write down ideas in a new and compelling way that takes advantage of the tridimensional space;
  • create a memory palace to memorize anything through visualization and spatial memory;
  • concentrate while studying;
  • explore other people castles and read their stories;
  • relax and look at every nook and corner of your creation.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

You start by building your castle room by room: choose the style and the shape of each room, there will be a wide range of options and customizable characteristics. 
Once you chose your room, which might be a cozy medieval study, a busy kitchen, a dungeon or a lush courtyard garden, you can furnish and decorate placing any kind of 3D object. 
Every object can store a text or a picture: you write a note and associate it with an item. 
When you need a new room you can place a ‘door’ item, which can be anything from a real door to a mousehole, and use it to create and go to a different space.
You can expand your castle or create multiple ones: in one of them you could keep your ideas; you could use the next one to learn a new language etc.
At this point, you might consider sharing your castle and your stories with others.

WHAT IS A MEMORY PALACE?

As humans, we are not good at remembering complex historical events, series of numbers or the periodic table, but we are good at remembering places. Memory palaces, also known as mind palaces or memory journey are a mnemonic tool that allows practitioners to memorize complex pieces of information taking advantage of spatial memory. You can create one by navigating a familiar place in your mind and choosing several loci (latin for places) you can later use to store what you need to remember through visual association.

More on the subject here

This is relevant to the Memory Castle project because it can actually be a great tool you can use to build palaces. In fact, many people are using video games as memory palaces and find them really helpful given their nature and memorability but this places are not personal or customizable, and can often be problematic to use and this is where the memory Castle project comes in.


That’s all, thank you, everyone, we hope you will find this project interesting and entertaining. 
Please let us know what do you think, we will be glad to hear your thoughts.

–IdeaThing