hazel-heart:

MODELED AFTER asheathes's WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD

THE SCHOOL OF ONE THOUSAND NAMES:
In addition to the five static schools of witchcraft and wizardry on the North American continent, there is another school which has catered to students for thousands of years. It has no name and no location: some years the patchwork band of longhouses, teepees, and kivas appears in the Pacific Northwest; other years it sits on the tear-stained earth of Oklahoma; some years it resides in Canada or the upper reaches of  Alaska (a bit of a challenge for students from arid desert regions). The teachers come from the Salish, the Cherokee, the Navajo, the Iroquois, the Chippewa, and hundreds of other indigenous tribes. Rather than separate into houses, the students maintain their tribal ties: there’s no small amount of friction between different nations with historic feuds. The school has a legendary reputation for record-keeping and cultural preservation; students are also at the forefront of magical innovation, constantly searching for new answers to age-old questions (such as magic use in major urban areas). Wandless magic is common, but even more common is the process of creating one’s own wand: an elaborate ceremony that varies depending on tribal origin. It is considered a great privilege to collect a wand core from a mythical beast.Every summer there are huge celebrations combining dance and magic: families travel from all over the world to join their children at the school.
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wildlingoreiad:

malformalady:

Deer colorations showing melanistic, albino and a natural Fallow deer. 
Photo credit: mszafran

This looks like something from a dream

wildlingoreiad:

malformalady:

Deer colorations showing melanistic, albino and a natural Fallow deer.

Photo credit: mszafran

This looks like something from a dream

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rosanitida:

Wearing gothic lolita after such a long break from lolita fashion! <3 I prefer it simple as always. What are your thoughts on this?This photo was taken by the most talented artists of Atelieri O. Haapala @ Helsinki, Finland 2014. Please check out their amazing work on their Facebook page: CLICK HERE.About the outfit:-Longer dress underneath: hand-made-Dress on top: Atelier Pierrot-Umbrella: Metamorphose-Socks: Moi-meme-Moitie-Accessory (headdress and choker): hand-made

rosanitida:

Wearing gothic lolita after such a long break from lolita fashion! <3 I prefer it simple as always. What are your thoughts on this?

This photo was taken by the most talented artists of Atelieri O. Haapala @ Helsinki, Finland 2014. Please check out their amazing work on their Facebook page: CLICK HERE.

About the outfit:
-Longer dress underneath: hand-made
-Dress on top: Atelier Pierrot
-Umbrella: Metamorphose
-Socks: Moi-meme-Moitie
-Accessory (headdress and choker): hand-made

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Hey everyone!

As most of my longtime followers know, I’m in the Navy and have recently moved to Japan for my first ship. I flew Friday, arrived close to midnight Saturday, checked into my ship on Sunday, and went to my first day of work on Monday (yesterday).

Since then, I’ve run up and down — and I wish I was exaggerating — 50 flights of stairs (which I’m pretty sure is an understatement). In steel-toed boots. And a full, long sleeved, multiple layer uniform. In 80-plus-degree, muggy/rainy weather. Trying to find people who never stay in one place, on a 600-ft ship I am unfamiliar with (half of which is closed-off due to repairs), to sign a long checklist of items, half of which I’m… Not quite sure what they mean or how they are relevant to me.

In addition I’ve been trying to arrange rides with multiple people so I can get to and from work (as I don’t have a car yet), a place to sleep for the night (as that depends on who is driving me that day), and house hunting appointments (for a really nice apartment close by so the previous two things are no longer a problem).

And this is only day 3.

On the up-side: I found my dream apartment! It’s a 3-bedroom apartment on the 6th floor of a beautiful building right next to the Ginza (shopping district). It is a 20-minute leisurely walk/10-minute bike ride to the front gate of the Navy base. It has two beautiful tatami rooms, an even bigger main bedroom, new hardwood floors, all new kitchen furnishings, all new bathroom furnishings, giant room-dividing sliding doors, a relatively spacious living/dining/kitchen area, and a balcony that overlooks the Ginza! Its monthly payment falls well under what the Navy is providing to me in terms of housing allowance, and the best part — the initial down payment is under $4000!!! Which is completely unheard-of for an apartment of this caliber!

The photos above are of the following:

1. From the entrance hall. You can see the LDK-area up ahead. Towards the right, you can see some of the hallway storage space. I didn’t take any photos of the main bedroom, but it’s to the right of the photo and has a closet as well. It’s a hardwood floor. You also can’t see the bathroom and toilet, but they are on either side of that hallway.

2. The kitchen area, which is literally as brand new as you can get. There is no refrigerator or washer/dryer, but both of those are provided by the government once I move in. The oven is kind of a joke, but almost no one in Japan has a proper oven anyway. It’s actually a tiny fish broiler. I say that as long as I can continue to pan sear steak, it’s good enough for me.

3. The furthest tatami room. Probably going to be my altar and kamidana room. It has dual access to the balcony (actually every room has at least one entrance to the balcony, which is AWESOME). There’s one more tatami room, which is actually connected to this one and can be separated by sliding doors.

4. The view from my balcony! It kind of sucks that there’s netting on it, but I think it’s to keep birds out and people in, which I’m cool with. The tunnel with the blue sign that’s in the center there marks the entrance to the Ginza!

Of course, it’s not as big as if I had decided on a house, but it is brand new (2007) as opposed to the houses which are mostly pre-1990s. Anything newer is double the price of this apartment, and that doesn’t even include garden/outside upkeep costs, internet/media fees (the apartment building comes with wifi and satellite TV), and restoration fees (the apartments usually include that in the initial payment and continue to repair the inside upon request when floors get scuffed or paper doors get ripped). And there are almost zero bugs and spiders, which is always a serious problem in houses. In either case, I start the initial paper-signing tomorrow!!!

But, that is my update for now. I will probably only be available for questions and such on the weekends from now on, unfortunately, but I will try to post as much as I can! Thanks for being patient!

~ Wands ~

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studyophile:

kingofwands:

fuckingorganization:

writingnotebooks:

kingofwands:

I’ve been bullet journaling for a couple of days and —

IT IS AWESOME!

It fits in with my habits perfectly: I can be creative, meticulous, orderly, AND put everything I usually scribble on random pieces of paper together in one place. Not to mention I had fun buying stickers and pens and washi tape to use, and I can draw cute little icons for everything. And I love graph paper.

So up top is the planning I did before I purchased everything, so that I wouldn’t make too many mistakes while working on the actual bullet journal. The next 4 photos are the first 8 pages. (:

If you are interested in the bullet journal system, click HERE!

Love this!

I love how this looks! It seems like it would take a lot of time to draw up each page though. How far in advance do you prepare them?

Hey!

So the first couple of pages took some time, but they have since gotten easier. I can now draft up a date page in less than 2 min, and I don’t have to do it just then, either. As long as I jot something down, I know what date it was supposed to be. I actually don’t prepare anything ahead of time.

HOWEVER, all this detail is not required for a bullet journal at all. It is purely for my purposes. For me, that is part if why I like this so much; I am very particular and meticulous, and like using rulers and stencils and such. So it had a relaxing aspect for me.

I love that header you put on each page. I tried it on mine and I love it. Would you mind if I adopt that some of your methods and art/designs in my journaling and other school work? I think it’s gorgeous.

Yeah! Of course. Go right ahead. Use this for inspiration, or reference, or what-have-you. (:

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fuckingorganization:

writingnotebooks:

kingofwands:

I’ve been bullet journaling for a couple of days and —

IT IS AWESOME!

It fits in with my habits perfectly: I can be creative, meticulous, orderly, AND put everything I usually scribble on random pieces of paper together in one place. Not to mention I had fun buying stickers and pens and washi tape to use, and I can draw cute little icons for everything. And I love graph paper.

So up top is the planning I did before I purchased everything, so that I wouldn’t make too many mistakes while working on the actual bullet journal. The next 4 photos are the first 8 pages. (:

If you are interested in the bullet journal system, click HERE!

Love this!

I love how this looks! It seems like it would take a lot of time to draw up each page though. How far in advance do you prepare them?

Hey!

So the first couple of pages took some time, but they have since gotten easier. I can now draft up a date page in less than 2 min, and I don’t have to do it just then, either. As long as I jot something down, I know what date it was supposed to be. I actually don’t prepare anything ahead of time.

HOWEVER, all this detail is not required for a bullet journal at all. It is purely for my purposes. For me, that is part if why I like this so much; I am very particular and meticulous, and like using rulers and stencils and such. So it had a relaxing aspect for me.

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le-parcel;
I saw in your about you're studying Japanese. I have rescources to share... Hiragana42 by tofugu helped me the most for visually learning the hiragana. Jisho(org) is a good dictionary for kanji/words. Tae Kim on youtube has good grammar lessons. Also, you'd be surprised how many random words will start to pop out as being use frequently in jpop/jrock. I suggest when you get songs stuck in your head to look up phrases

Awesome! Thank you so much! Seriously!!! I will look them up tonight before bed. (:

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Anonymous;
What are some of your astrological placements?

Hi! So my Sun Sign is Saggitarius, my Moon Sign is Pisces, and my Ascendant is Taurus. (: Fun Fact: Watcher’s Sun Sign is Pisces, and her Moon Sign is Saggitarius!

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le-parcel:

kingofwands:

torakodragon:

Defense mechanism.

half the time this is actual!me

the other half the time is me just apologizing for everything

you’re drawing ANOTHER dragon? “I’m sorry”
how did you not know that “I’m sorry”
you’re so cute! “I’M SORRY”

Is this Sagittarius thing, cuz I’m the same XD

Unsure, I call upon duskenpath to clarify
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torakodragon:

Defense mechanism.

half the time this is actual!me

the other half the time is me just apologizing for everything

you’re drawing ANOTHER dragon? “I’m sorry”
how did you not know that “I’m sorry”
you’re so cute! “I’M SORRY”

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