Samhain Spell Bottle

This is something that sits on my altar that I bury before the next sabbat.
This year I actually made this for both Mabon and Samhain as a combined holiday spell.

You will need:

1 corked bottle (or some type of jar you can seal)
ground rose petals (protection, love)
ground sage (wisdom, protection, remembrance)
dried rosemary (purification, remembrance)dried catnip (love, happiness)
dried thyme (courage, strength)
whole allspice berries (money, luck)
dried corn kernels (luck, prosperity, abundance)
dried beans (creativity, communication, offering to the dead)
dried peas (offering to the dead)
dried cranberries (protection)
whole hazelnuts (with the shells) (luck, wisdom)
whole acorns (found on the ground) (prosperity, wealth, creativity)
dried chamomile flowers (money, peace, love, purification)
dried brightly colored leaves

I put the ingredients into the bottle in the order listed.  For the larger ingredients, I put 3, 9, or 13 depending on how it “feels”—these numbers have some kind of magical significance.

The bottle can be charged with whatever method you prefer.  I charged mine with energy-visualization.  A full moon would have been nice but I wasn’t prepared for that at the time.


My bowl looks a tad bit messy today, because I was in a hurry… but breakfast was tasty nevertheless:

Double vanilla chia porridge made with vanilla soy milk and topped with a banana, fresh blueberries, frozen raspberries, apricot kernels, a sprinkle of coconut flakes and a drizzle of maple syrup. ♥

How Popcorn Pops!

Popcorn kernels contain oil and water with starch, surrounded by a hard and strong outer coating. When popcorn is heated, the water inside the kernel tries to expand into steam, but it cannot escape through the seed coat (the popcorn hull). The hot oil and steam gelatinizes the starch inside the popcorn kernel, making it softer and more pliable. When the popcorn reaches a temperature of 180 °C (356 °F), the pressure inside the kernel is around 135 psi (930 kPa). This is sufficient pressure to rupture the popcorn hull, essentially turning the kernel inside-out. The pressure inside the kernel is released very quickly, expanding the proteins and starch inside the popcorn kernel into a foam, which cools and sets into the familiar popcorn puff.

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"Pop it one perfect virginal kernel at a time, please." — some moviegoers

The 5 Unexpected Downsides of Working at a Movie Theater

#5. Popcorn

Movie theater employees work in a state of constant fear over hearing five ugly little words: “Popcorn. No butter, no salt.” Why, you ask? Simple: Because popcorn already has butter and salt on it, that’s why it’s yellow and tastes mostly like salt. As you can probably imagine, whipping up a batch of movie theater corn devoid of these industry standard ingredients is tantamount to reinventing the wheel.

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