what a once-in-a-lifetime event

Summer Solstice Full Moon

Today is a special day. Two wonderful astronomical events are occurring. 

The first is that today is the longest day of the year. After today, the hours of daylight will start to get shorter again. This is known as the summer solstice.

The summer solstice, due to its naturally occurring role in nature’s flow of seasons, is part of many spiritual and religious traditions. Pagan spiritualities in particular viscerally tap into the natural energy of the holiday. 

  • Today is the Light’s pinnacle crescendo. 
  • What does the sun and daylight mean to you?
  • What does this time of year mean to you?
  • Take some time to contemplate a bit about your relationship with the circle of time and the yearly seasons. 
    • How would you like to celebrate and to pay tribute to this day?

The second cool astronomical event is that it will be a full moon! The full moon hasn’t fallen on the solstice in nearly 70 years. As such, this is literally a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. 

The full moon adds a live-wire energy to this day. It’s funny how the NYC subway can often be a gauge for the energies in the environment. On full moons, all the weirdos come out in full force. 

Some additional suggestions for celebrating the solstice:

  • Go outside! Play, hike, walk amongst nature. 
  • Do some divination.
    • Tarot, runes, cloud-gazing, whatever you like.
  • Bonfire! If that’s doable. Especially on a hilltop. 
  • Meditation, prayer, contemplation. 
  • Commune with your deity. 
    • If you have a specific deity with whom you have a relationship, enjoin them to take part in the celebration too. 
    • Give offerings, do some art, and play until you feel the deity’s presence too. 
  • Feed some wild animals. 
  • Build an altar if you don’t have one. 
  • Music. Dancing. 
  • Write poetry. 
  • Watch the sun set. 

Whatever you do, enjoy it! Today can be a fun day and you can make use of that. 

Namaste

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Hello friends!
In light of recent events, inspirations, and exoduses** (btw tumblr I left my super homophobic home in NJ to couch surf in nyc because my family is crazy and my life is a queer lifetime movie), I have been doing personal commissions for friends. If you are interested in commissioning me for a piece,

- Send an email to Odera.Igbokwe@gmail.com or personal message on FB or Tumblr Ask to claim a slot in the queue. 

- I will then contact you to begin the process discussing what you would like.

- Once payment is confirmed I will begin the piece.

- Payment is via Paypal in USD (If I know you personally I am open to other/the most convenient option). 

Feel free to message me your ideas for commissions, and if you like include any particular styles or reference images in your head canon
“Yes, I want a character from Jet Set Radio traversing through an early Missy Elliott video with a dash of Gustav Klimt~!" 

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More AUs for your OTP to be in
  • Soulmates AU where dancing is a huge part of life and often incorporated into events because fusion exists and if you fuse with a person that’s your soulmate
  • To play off the first, I’m freaking out because it turns that despite a lifetime of hating each other, my eternal rival and I are soulmates because the two of just fused. Oh my god, what do I do?!
  • Alternatively, I fused once with my childhood friend as a kid, but because of awkwardness we never told anyone and one day they moved away but now they’re back again senior year and holy shit my soulmate is looking good
  • A world where everyone is a gem
  • Wanna binge watch all these cartoons with me? What do you mean ‘Dude, we’re 23′?!
  •  I’m a parent and I was just trying to beat the sales rush at the super market when a cute animal thing gave me the powers to fight against the forces of evil. I need to pick my kids from school (thanks to kickloop‘s post about a magical anime w/ moms)
  • I got pissed off and yelled at this random person and oh god now I feel guilty because holy shit they are such a cinnamon roll
  • We’re just getting married for the sake of the baby that will be born soon, but I can’t help slowly falling in love with this person
  • Oh hell no. I work at an electronics store and I’ve had to deal with one too many broken laptops because of viners and I think I’ve just spotted another one
  • We have no classes together but we always see each other in detention and the entire time we pass notes to each other. How does a cute person like you end up in detention?
  • Great; my health class just gave out the ‘take care of a baby with a partner’ project and I’m stuck with the class asshole
  • I found this random diary and, even though I shouldn’t, I started reading it and this person’s life story is so heartwarming I just can’t
  • Him:What is your stand on true love?
  • Her:I grew up to almost everyone telling me that true love is a once in a lifetime event. That you only get to feel it with that one special person. That if you get to find it, make it work and keep it until the end, you're lucky. But if you didn't, you'll spend the rest of your life pondering about all the what ifs and what-should-bes as you wallow everyday in regret for not having done all that you can to keep it. However, I don't agree with that. For me, true love can exist in every relationship that we commit to, regardless of the ending. As long as you invest real emotions, sincere love and exert efforts to not lose whatever it is that you have, it is true love. I also believe that it is not only meant to be felt with just one person. When we love someone, he/she instantly becomes special. Anyone can make us go crazy and lose ourselves and make us do all the things we haven't tried before as long as we love them. Also, true love doesn't always have to be mutual. One can experience true love with someone who deeply loves another. That one could be very painful, but it's real. I guess people should stop associating true love with the intensity of emotions that one is entitled to feel. You might have gotten over your ex and are feeling head-over-heels in love with your present but that doesn't make what you had with your past lover any less than true. You were once real. You were once overly in love with him/her too. Moreover, people should stop seeing true love as something that is only meant for a few privileged ones. Because every single one of us is entitled to it. Yes, all of us are empowered to feel it -- may it be for a moment or a lifetime.

The first day I ever spent in Cannes, thirty years ago, Godard dominated the front pages. Admittedly, on that one occasion, he was not the author of the stunt that propelled him there. That honor fell to the Belgian anarchist Noel Godin, who has devoted a lifetime to delivering custard pies into the faces of the great and the good at the highest-profile media events. Most recipients of the attentions of the Belgian pie thrower take it badly—none more so than the prima donna of French intellectual life, Bernard-Henri Lévy, who was similarly pied at Cannes in the early nineties. Godard, it must be said, reacted with his characteristic lightening wit—“This is what happens when silent movies meet talking pictures.” Having once again interpreted his life in terms of the history of the cinema—it was Mack Sennett who invented the custard pie gag—Godard then proceeded to lick some of the cream off his huge cigar. He also persuaded the festival authorities not to try to prosecute Godin.

Godard at Cannes 

The Cuenca hunter, Concavenator (2010)

Phylum : Chordata
Class : Reptilia
Order : Saurischia
Suborder : Theropoda
Family : Carcharodontosauridae
Genus : Concavenator
Species : C. corcovatus

  • Early Cretaceous (130 Ma)
  • 6 m long and 2 500 kg (size)
  • Province of Cuenca, Spain (map)

Discovering a new genus of dinosaur is rare enough, but discovering a new genus of dinosaur possessing a never-before-seen anatomical feature is a once-in-a-lifetime event. So imagine the wonderment of the Spanish team of researchers that recently dug up Concavenator, a large theropod of early Cretaceous Europe that sported not one, but two, extremely odd adaptations: first, a triangular structure on its lower back, just above the hips, that may have supported a sail or fatty hump; and second, what appear to be “quill knobs” on its forearms, that is, bony structures that probably supported small arrays of feathers.

So what accounts for these strange features? Well, the 20-foot-long Concavenator was a close relative of Carcharodontosaurus, which was itself related to the huge, sail-backed Spinosaurus–so the hump/sail on this new dinosaur shouldn’t come as a surprise, even though it was situated much further down the spinal column than on other dinosaurs (another surprise: until recently, these types of theropods were thought to be restricted to South America and Africa). As for the quill knobs, those are more of a mystery: to date, only much smaller theropods than Concavenator, mostly “dino-birds” and raptors, have shown evidence of arm feathers. Clearly, the feathers on Concavenator’s forearms (and probably only on its forearms) were meant for display rather than insulation, which may provide clues about the subsequent evolution of feathered flight.

I’ll be a bride someday

I am imagining myself wearing a perfectly simple yet elegant sewn gown and a simple tiara while holding a bouquet of my favorite flower while walking through the aisle. I want it to be simple yet memorable because i know this will happen once in a lifetime and this is one of the most precious event of my life. I’ve waited for this day to happen, to marry the man i love and spend the rest of my life with him.

Back then, i was still young and naive, i don’t know anything about love. Until i grew up into a fine lady who once became desperate finding my prince charming just like what i’ve read in books or my knight in shining armor who can save me. But as i turn into a woman, that’s the time i realize i don’t need those fictional characters to find my better half, all i need is a true man who loves himself more than me, who loves and fears God and who prioritize his family more than anything else.

Today, i am going to marry the love of my life, my best friend, my comforter, the best man i’ve ever met, the one i will live with, the man i want to spend the rest of my life with, my better half. You are the one i want to see the first thing in the morning and the last when i close my eyes. You’re the man my dad would’ve wanted for his baby girl. The man my mom will wholeheartedly give her baby girl cause she know this man is responsible enough just like my dad.

As i look myself in the mirror saying “you’ve grown up. you’re now ready to have your own family and start another chapter of your life, you’re not alone anymore, this time with the one you love. and now, you’re ready to vow your love to the man God has give you.” This is not a once upon a time story, happily ever after, but this will be the start of our journey together as husband and wife.

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The White Queen Modern!AU:

  TWO WORDS: CORONATION DAY. Do you even need us to elaborate? Let us go ahead and be conventional with this special number entirely focused on King Richard’s once-in-a-lifetime day. We got in touch with the man himself (don’t ask us how, we’d need to kill you) for some inside look at the whole event (more like a glimpse of what’s to come after, to be honest, and more like snatched details of it, but we take what we get, don’t we?), so if you are curious (and you are dying to know the answer of answers: what is Queen Anne going to wear? Hint hint: we are releasing a whole other special number just for her, since it’s her coronation’s day too! We heartily suggest you get your hands on both) and we can’t imagine you NOT being curious, turn the page for some solid infos and some serious eye-candy.

Part 18 of the MODERN!AUs series. Requested by annetheseamaiden.

Can we just

My macro teacher announced we have a test on friday and the girl sitting next to me said: 

“Oh I have tickets to see the Pope but now I dont know if I’m gonna go since we have a test.”

Are you serious? What kind of educational system are we dealing with where kids are legitimately considering putting off ONCE IN A LIFETIME opportunities because they’re afraid of missing a day of school. Its easy to make the case for skipping school for something like this, but I hear time and time again of kids missing important family things or events they care about because school is stopping them. School’s important but also damn what an awful environment we’ve created.

The Cat’s Out of the Bag - Soul POV

So it appears that people are stressed about things today (psst l0chn3ss), so I present you a companion to that weird Dragon Age drabble I did about Soul being a cat. Same story, but through Soul’s POV. For those familiar with Dragon Age, Soul is supposed to parallel Morrigan. 

Read the original here: The Cat’s Out of the Bag

Apologies for grammar. Enjoy!


Soul wasn’t a lap cat. Really, he wasn’t. He didn’t do the whole act-cute-earn-free-food act Blair did to pass the time. What happened between him and the Grey Warden–Grey Warden recruit, he should say–was a complete fluke, a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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September 16, 2016

Hello,

There is a ever slimming amount of idioms and phrases I have yet to understand. They apparently “go over my head,” on more than one occasion, but as even that statement does not make logical sense either I often find myself questioning juts what it is that I am missing. What goes over one’s head? A plane? Air? Would it be as simple to think it is simply air that is going over one’s head? Or the most physical sense, a cloud of various gaseous states spiraling at millions of lightyears an hour while counterbalanced by the earth’s gravitational pull––that is what is going over our heads. I suppose it is understandable, but I do not see how that is correlated to an idiom or colloquial phrase. Sam attempted to explain once. As you can see I still do not understand.

There are various idioms, these phrases used to reference certain inexplicable events as if they were actually occurring. In my entire lifetime overseeing earth I have yet to see canines and felines descending from the sky in such a manner. Gabriel had always wished to see the idea to fruition, but logical reasoning disbarred any requests on the matter before Gabriel disappeared. Likewise I am very concerned about why milkshakes bring un-heeded men to the yards of unsuspecting habitants. That is very dangerous if done carelessly. I have never seen it myself, but it sounds feasible, which is even more troubling. I don’t want all the boys to come to the yard.

Other phrases match the intellect of a human to an animal. Foxes can be cunning, yes, but that does not mean humans cannot be or foxes do not abide by human rules and regulations. Each organism is adhered to their lifestyle. Humans communicate and thrive in areas where foxes do not and likewise, but saying one is as smart as the other when placed in an entirely different situation either party would be in otherwise is simply absurd. Dean agreed with the statement, though I suspect he was refrained from letting me elaborate more than I otherwise would have. It was during this exchange that I was told the information “went over my head,” so to speak.

I pray that there will indeed come a day in where I will be able to understand the true meaning behind concealed words, but both human and angel alike are unfortunately notorious for refusing to state their true intensions in simple scripture. We use these phrases to hide true emotions, masking them with better titles to hide our true fears. Or rather, that is what I am to assume. I do not know what fears lie with making a milkshake, but there must be a very grave one for many men to appear.

Yours,
Castiel

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