Hello! I've followed you here as you seem brilliant and we have a few things in common (atheist witchery, autistic etc). I am one of the mods of autisticaxolotl as well. ^^

I have pet axolotls too. One’s called Puckles, and the other’s called Trekkie, because he lost a leg and when it grew back, it looks like it’s doing the Vulcan sign of greeting.

— Samby

My maths exam was cancelled at short notice. *Stimming*

— Sam

Wow

aspiesaurusrex:

Nice work, guys. *sarcasm*

You harrassed someone to the point that they deleted their blog.

Great, job. Seriously. Pat yourself on the back. *sarcasm*

You know who you are.

To what blog is this referring?

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Anonymous Asked:
How old are you?

I (Sam) am 16, 17 in a couple of months. Lindsay is 19, 20 in a couple of months too. Lucas is 24.

nevyns:

Made some art! The Horned God and the Maiden. If you’re not pagan you won’t get it, but it’s still pretty, right? 

This makes me sad AND happy! Sad that I can’t draw like this, and happy that at least someone was blessed enough by the god and goddess to be able to.
My drawings of the Goddess are always so… neolithic.
— Sam

nevyns:

Made some art! The Horned God and the Maiden. If you’re not pagan you won’t get it, but it’s still pretty, right? 

This makes me sad AND happy! Sad that I can’t draw like this, and happy that at least someone was blessed enough by the god and goddess to be able to.

My drawings of the Goddess are always so… neolithic.

— Sam

I like opera.: My neurologist seems to think that "weird" religions are characteristic of autism

autisticeagle:

Note that this is NOT the specialist I’m seeing on the 12th. This was my first neurologist, who’s otherwise a good guy.

However, as an atheist he seems to think that religions like paganism, Wicca, other minority religions and uncommon branches of main religions are “weird”,…

Note also that he’s a Christian.

"All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair."

Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven  (via cybergirlfriend)

…And of course, some find this fine piece of crystal cut glass, pure and unbroken, and they take it home, care for it, love it and clean it until it outshines all the rest.

…Until the damn dog breaks it.

— Sam

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short-purple-boots:

This energy pentagram was in my Physiology textbook. Probably the coolest thing I have seen all day.

What I particularly love is that each energy form is so clearly linked to one of the elements. Mechanical energy is clearly earth, since it is the interaction of physical things. Thermal is certainly fire, for obvious reasons, but more subtlety chemical energy is water, because water is a key in biochemical reactions. Radiant energy is air, since radiation travels through air and vacuums most readily. Electrical energy is spirit because it is powerful, unstoppable and comes from the God. 

short-purple-boots:

This energy pentagram was in my Physiology textbook. Probably the coolest thing I have seen all day.

What I particularly love is that each energy form is so clearly linked to one of the elements. Mechanical energy is clearly earth, since it is the interaction of physical things. Thermal is certainly fire, for obvious reasons, but more subtlety chemical energy is water, because water is a key in biochemical reactions. Radiant energy is air, since radiation travels through air and vacuums most readily. Electrical energy is spirit because it is powerful, unstoppable and comes from the God. 

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So, new iron charm for my set, a freshly-cleansed pendant and some divination practise!

Some awesome news on the witchcraft front:

It’s been a good week. Got a new iron charm, had the intent of enchanting it, but it turns out that it already seems to give me intensely good luck whenever I wear or have it with me. So that’s pretty awesome. Example, my family all turned out to be on the list for meals on the plane I took from NZ to Aus, but we had never paid for them, and I got a wheelchair when I needed it most, even though when I had tried booking one they were all already taken.

Plus, I just made my first successful divination pendant. It’s made of lead, with a piece of string through the centre of it with knotted lengths down the string to indicate lengths. I cleansed it using an earth- and salt-based cleansing technique, then wanted to take advantage of the full moon to do a moon-cleansing but it’s totally cloudy out. That’s irritating too, as I was going to use a few spells that need a visible full moon, but I guess the God and Goddess were busy on other stuff. I did try a new healing potion though, one for stomach bugs and the like, and it worked like a charm, literally. I’m considering making a batch up and then storing it, since it can only be made on a full moon, and tomorrow is the last night before it starts waning.

My healing spell does have actual science behind it as well as a lot of magic. It’s 1 part salt and 1 part sugar in a half-pint of water, with 4 parts ginger and 1 part cinnamon. I also used a few drops of echinacea and performed a ritual healing bath with salt, eucalyptus oil, candles and a brief healing ritual.

I hope that everyone had a lovely few weeks, and that any fellow Wiccans or witches out there are safe and well and practising their following!

— Sam

Auckland museum = hyperfun for autistics of all ages

My least favourite moment: That awkward bit in between waking up during midwinter and getting out of bed.

In case you guys didn’t know about this

I am, and have been for little while, a practising Wiccan. My grandmother is not, nor does she know I am (actually, no-one does).

So, her saying a Wiccan spell for me has genuine meaning for me. My doubting it will work is more because she’ll probably say it wrong. She’s a Jew, has been all her life, and doesn’t particularly like witchcraft or Wicca, so I’m not entirely confident she’ll get the words right, or cast a circle properly, or whatever.

Oh well, hope the Mother Goddess chooses to assist her in her time of need!

Also me I guess. Being the one the spell is being cast for.

— Sam

Edit: Yes, I said I wasn’t Wiccan in the earlier post (which I actually removed). This was because I wasn’t sure if my family read my posts, and they’re having a hard enough time accepting I’m not a devout Christian, let alone a ‘practitioner of the dark arts’ as they so politely put Wicca and witchcraft.

reptilefacts:

Paving the way for habitat restoration: can artificial rocks restore degraded habitats of endangered reptiles? 

The addition of artificial resources (nest boxes, shelter sites) to degraded habitats may help reverse the decline of species that rely on these structures. In south-eastern Australia, the endangered broad-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bungaroides) and its major prey, the velvet gecko (Oedura lesueurii), use exposed sandstone rocks for diurnal shelter sites. Removal of these sandstone “bush-rocks” for landscaping urban gardens has contributed to the decline of both species, and recent studies suggest that rock removal affects broad-headed snakes indirectly, via a decline in prey numbers. Thus, one way to restore degraded sandstone habitat is to provide artificial rocks for the snakes’ major prey, the velvet gecko. To investigate this possibility, we placed 128 square concrete pavers (19 cm wide, 5 cm thick) at three study sites in Morton National Park, where velvet geckos and broad-headed snakes are relatively common. We manipulated crevice width (4 vs 8 mm) and temperature of concrete pavers (shaded vs exposed) to determine how these factors influence retreat-site selection by velvet geckos. We monitored the usage of these artificial habitats by geckos and invertebrates over a 1-year period. During the cooler months most velvet geckos selected exposed pavers with narrow crevices. Larger geckos used wider crevices than did smaller conspecifics. Our results show that habitat restoration with appropriate-sized concrete pavers may be a feasible conservation technique for degraded rock outcrops. We recommend the use of large pavers (30–45 cm wide, 5–10 cm thick) with a variety of crevice sizes (up to 10 mm) to maximize the diversity of retreat-sites for broad-headed snakes and saxicolous lizards.

Photo 1 [source], photo 2 [source] Info [source]

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