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Empty Houses (Astrology)

There’s a common misconception in astrology that empty houses have little to no significance in ones life. The astrological houses are areas of one life, while the planets bare the energies and aspects of the personality we invest into areas of life, the signs tell as the manner of which we do that, while aspects shows personality and external interactions within the life areas. 

 Because there are 12 astrological houses and 10 planets, at least 2 houses will always be empty, and having more planets in a single house is extremely common. Chart interpretation can be opened up on a far larger scale when planetary rulers are taken into consideration. 

This is a core technique of mine that has allowed far deeper understanding and interpretation of a person’s life, providing additional information and greater accuracy in reading. This technique is just as valuable when applied to houses that contain planets. Each individual has a different sign per Cusp of their natal houses (interceptions are an exception in this regard). The chart provided below shows the natural planetary rulers of each individual sign if you are unfamiliar

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 How Cusp rulerships work is that the sign on the cusp gives the core mannerisms and traits we project when performing that house activity. 

Example: Cancer 2nd House Cusp will value family tradition, self care, nurturing the self and their body, home cooking, family life ect. They may be clingy to their material passions, making them reluctant to spend resources, or may be more likely to purchase things for the family or the home.

 When a house is empty, it takes its ‘cues’ from its planet ruler as to additional direction of how to act and the ruling planet 'gives’ its energy from the house it’s in to the House Cusp it rules. 

 Example: Cancer 2nd House Cusp, we would look for the moon. The moon may be in the 7th house in Sagittarius. The possible interpretations could be that this person takes on their partners family values more than their own, especially after marriage. They may also value partnership and marriage, especially when it comes to establishing a family. They may increase their sense of self-worth and value when in a relationship. The partner may be the primary financial provider for this person.

 I’ve personally found that empty houses tend to act more strongly towards the sign their planetary ruler is in than the sign on their House Cusp. Reason being that an empty house has no energy invested in it, therefore needing to extract it from its ruler - this includes the house area AND sign. 

 Example: Cancer 2nd House Cusp with Moon 7th house in Sagittarius, the 2nd house may take on the value of freedom, expanding ones mind through overseas travel and spirituality. They may also make money overseas, via travel or spiritual teaching or teaching in general. This may be done with a partner considering the Moon is in the 2nd house.

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 This technique can be applied to all houses and gives FAR more information than if they were disregarded. Reason being that every person is like a finger print, as it their natal chart. If 2 people had an empty 2nd House Cusp in cancer, though 1 person had the Moon in 7th house in Sagittarius, and the other in the 10th house in Pisces, their interpretation will be FAR more INDIVIDUAL AND UNIQUE to them. Try it with your own chart and see what more information and interpretation you can get 🙏🏻💕🌙

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anonymous asked:

hi! i'm looking into becoming a first-time snake owner sometime in the near future, which of course has entailed (lol) researching snake breeds! black rat snakes have reaaally caught my eye, but i've seen a complete mixed bag of answers as to if they're a good starter snake. i know all snakes are different but i was wondering if you had any insight on the breed's eligibility for a beginner regardless. also i'm really sorry if you've gotten this particular question before!

Hello there!

I’m afraid that black rat snakes themselves are indeed a bit of a mixed bag. They can certainly be a lovely and beautiful first snake, provided you’re prepared for them and you get a snake with an established temperament.
It sounds like you’re doing a lot of research already so you’re on the right path!
Here are some of the major distinctions between a corn snake and a black rat snake that I can think of off the top of my head:

-Black rat snakes are larger and heavier-bodied than the average corn snake. Females can hit six feet easily and there are anecdotes of individuals reaching seven or more feet in length.
-Rat snakes will require larger enclosures than corn snakes of the same size. These are active and curious animals and they NEED space to climb, dig, bask, and explore. A minimum enclosure for an adult should be 6′x2′x2′ and larger is better.
-Rat snakes musk and it smells like burnt popcorn stuffed into a flaming plastic doll head. Even if they feel safe and they know you, and sometimes even if you’ve already been holding them for a while, they’ll musk out of nowhere and for no reason at all. Be down with the stinkness.
-Rat snakes have variable and unpredictable temperaments. My wild caught black rats are tame as can be. My captive bred albino black rat is completely wild.
-Rat snakes are smart and they will escape any enclosure that isn’t completely secure. If you can find a weakness in their enclosure, they will also find it and exploit it, and they’ll watch you and learn how to open their enclosure. Keep doors latched and screens locked down. 
-Rat snakes are very strong. Lord Ravensdark has made my hand turn purple from being wrapped around my wrist, and he wasn’t even scared or angry. I’ve seen a rat snake scale a door frame with barely any effort and I’ve seen them push the lids off of latched tubs. Never underestimate them.

There are alternatives to the black rat snake. You could choose an anerythristic corn snake which will be similarly monochrome, or a Russian rat snake which will be mostly black and a bit smaller and more docile than their American cousin.

If you’ve done the reading and no other snake is going to satisfy you and only a black rat snake will do, then I suggest talking to breeders and asking about the temperament of their offered snakes, the parents of the available snakes, and how socialized their snakes are.
You may find it worth a little extra work to choose a snake that is already docile and from docile parents.

Best of luck!

beautiful space daughter

Today we have two major players who both kinda have the same meaning but cannot in anyway be interchanged, of course I’m talking about 이다 and 있다! 

These two verbs are probably your most important verbs,both meaning to be in some way, and I’m sure you hear them all the time. But when do you use them, how and which one? Why don’t we take a look.  

In the red corner, you should be familiar with 이다, who first entered the ring in   the post about self introduction (if not, go there when you’ve read this). 이다, the name of this fighter copula and it’s your plain old is. 이다 describes the noun it is in the ring with.
Conjugated according to the last letter of the block in front of it is a strong verb often seen and heard. Our copula is conjugated in the fashion that meeting a consonant means 이다 becomes 이에요 and a vowel ending means it becomes 예요. 이다 has a strong social connection and you will never find it standing on its own in any form. Fairly simple, so lets just take a quick round in the ring.

고양이는 동물이에요
The cat is an animal. 

저는 고야이예요*.  
I am a cat. 

The other contestant in our “to be” battle is 있다. This fighter has more of a meaning of “existing” or it’s more of an “there is” instead of just “is” as 이다, it even goes as far as to mean “have”. 있다 is in the game to show or confirm that you have the noun or that the noun is there or in existence.
This fighter is a light weight champ and conjugates like a regular 어 verb. 있다 is a lone wolf as well as a social fellow, you’ll meet it both on its own and in company. Lets take on for a round, shall we?  

있어요!
There is (something)/I have (something)!

고양이 있어요.
There is a cat.

저는 고양이 있어요.
I have a cat.

Now that you have met our contestants, why don’t you get into the ring with them and see, if you can become the new champ of being? 

*Notice:고양이 is the full word, the 이 in  고양이예요 is not connected to 이다. 

🌟 Simple / “Beginner” Spells 🌟

though i do not myself believe in the concept of a “beginner” spell, a lot of new witches often ask me what i recommend for them to start with. here’s some of the simpler lot, that should be easier to perform.


🌟 simple glamours:

🌟 simple relationship spells:

🌟 simple self care spells:

🌟 simple curses / hexes:

🌟 simple miscellaneous spells:

Things to Research as a Beginner Witch

• The history of witchcraft
• Famous witches, if you’d like
• Types of witches
• Types of magick (white magick, chaos magick, etc)
• Types of spells (curses, hexes, etc)
• Types of divination (tarot, scrying, etc)
• Talismans vs Sigils (and what each are)
• Seals
• Maybe some alphabets if that’s your thing
• Some witchy symbols
• Deities (For pagan witches)
• Let it spread from there!

Tips and Advice For Aspiring Writers, Authors, and Poets

Inspiration

  • Take inspiration from your surroundings.
  • Don’t ignore the ordinary. The mundane can turn into something amazing if you shift your perspective.

  • Save all of your ideas. Store them on post it notes in a shoe box under your bed if you please, but save them. 

Be Open-Minded

  • Experiment with all aspects of writing. It’s art, after all. 
  • Don’t get stuck in the planning process. That’s the most common spot writers crash and burn on the journey to writing something meaningful.

  • Be open to changing the story you’re writing, or ditching it altogether in search of something better.

Learn

  • Get real experience. Try freelance writing gigs if you’re into that sort of thing.
  • Collaborate with other writers. 

  • Learn from successful writers. Read other people’s work and nitpick it to find the do’s and don’ts.

Be Realistic

  • Don’t write to be famous or to earn money (unless writing is your job, but in that case, I assume, it isn’t your first time doing this).
  • Practice writing, even when you’re not in a write-y mood.

  • Remember that writing is hard work, and that sometimes, it’s going to be difficult as hell to sit down and force yourself to work, but that’s part of the gig.

Chill Out

  • Try to enjoy it. Writing is fun, even if it’s your job
  • Don’t be discouraged by writer’s block. It happens to everyone, and it goes away eventually. You just have to try to work through it.
  • Reach out for help and advice when you need it. There are lots of people out there who want to help you.
Reminder for young witches that...

Simply cleaning your home or room is enough to allow good energy into your home! (it’s also good with witches who deal with mental illness like depression or anxiety! it’s trouble starting but doing it slowly is great!)

Open a window and grab a duster and dust out the negative energy!

maybe light a good smelling candle (yellow is good for this)

play some music to help you through and fill your home with good vibes!

Charge some sigils in sunlight as you clean!

vacuum the carpet! (i saw a cool post where adding baking soda and essential oil to the carpet makes it extra clean and smell nice!)

Charge your phone, and organize apps!
make to-do lists!

organize your grimoire/bos or any note book you keep notes in!

charge your crystals and tools if you wish!

make some coffee or tea (or chocolate milk!!!) and sit on your bed or chair for rest!

clean your clothes and be neat!

reorganize your altar!

refresh your offerings or plants!!

clean your computer screen and keyboard!

refresh batteries in anything!

charge your tarot cards!

chat with your deity or spirit companion or familiar!

clean out anything old!

take dishes out of your room!

take out your trash!

cleanse your room if ya want!

baby witch self-care tips 🕯

- writing a list of encouragements for yourself to keep on going

- meditating while reminding yourself that there’s lots of time to find your path

- scrolling through blogs and websites for ~inspiration~

- keeping a little notebook of ideas, dreams, and tips to further your practice

- holding onto a basic clear quartz and gently reminding yourself that there’s no need to rush

Good Plants For Beginners

Originally posted by flyngdream

These are a few plants that I’ve found to be more difficult to kill than others.

For those who want to start gardening but are afraid that they are going to kill everything. 


Snapdragons: These flowers don’t take up all that much space since they are thin and grow upwards. They are also perennials, so they come back year after year. These have the potential to spread if the area around them is fertile enough.

Pansies: Little, low to the ground flowers that are good fillers and ground cover. They’re pretty versatile and can be put pretty much anywhere that will hold a plant. I like to put them in herb gardens to bring some color because they come in so many different designs and colors.

Mint: Super easy to grow, grow into big bushes. They are a little high maintenance when it comes to pruning because if you let them go too long, they will take over everything and spread.

Chives: I don’t know if it’s just where I live, but I once planted a little chive plant because it was cute and now I have a whole field of chives. These babies can spread everywhere. They are good to use in a lot of dishes. I interchange them with green onion.

Tomatoes: I think everyone should have a tomato plant, it’s almost like a rite of passage lol. Tomato plants are pretty hardy creatures and can continue on into fall and winter if you take really good care of them. They just require a lot of water compared to other things.

Lamium: The bees where I’m at love these little flowers. These are also perennials so they come back through the years. They are cute, little bell-shaped flowers that grow close to the ground and have a lot of blooms. It’s so cute to see the bees shove their heads in the flowers!

Phlox: These flowers smell sooo good!. Like the lamium, they too are also small blooms and grow close to the ground.

Cactus: I find cactus to grow the easiest out of succulents and the like both inside and outside. I recommend putting them in a size appropriate pot so when the frost comes you can bring it inside and keep it growing.


A parting tip: some plants will grow better in different places than others. If you live in a desert climate, some of the more fragile plants may not thrive as much as others, but if you live in a tropical area, some plants may get overwhelmed and can drown. Plant what you can handle and take care, which will help save both time and money.

Witch tip:

If you don’t like speaking during spells, don’t.

If you don’t like doing jar spells, don’t.

If you don’t like using certain tools in rituals, don’t.

If you don’t like contacting spirits, don’t.

Don’t let people pressure you into thinking you have to do these things to produce effective spells.