you know I know it’s not fucking profitable for people to study certain degrees over others, but that doesn’t mean you should shit on people for studying what they love.
Furthermore you shouldn’t talk down to little kids saying they want to be a graphic designer, or a film maker, or an actor, or a musician, or whatever else you deem useless to society, because it’s not profitable in our sociopolitical systems. They have interests, and it doesn’t matter whether or not they’ll succeed on a global scale, that’s irrelevant, they don’t have to be groundbreaking to do what they want to do.
Money is not the fucking point, the point is the kid wants to do something the kid enjoys and is proud and excited about. Encourage children in most anything they’re interested in, as a matter of fact encourage most everyone to do shit they love within basic moral reasoning.
If a person isn’t immediately good at mathematics, physics, or even graphic designing, that doesn’t fucking mean you should shit on them and tell them to give up.
Encourage passions, passions and joy keep people alive. Interests go beyond money, because you can’t really use money if you’re fucking dead due to you feeling like a failure and never did what you truly loved.
You have no idea how successful a child or an adult is going to be in what they’re trying to learn about and do, stop fucking betting against them and maybe they’ll be more confident to improve their lives and the lives of others around them.
And again, people don’t have to be groundbreaking savants to do shit they like.
[and im literally actually a fucking poor person so don’t even act like I’m spouting some bourgeois propaganda tellin people to stay poor, i aint. i’m saying people should be allowed to enjoy things]
Imagine: Archie sitting on the couch, with his guitar, practicing his music. By his feet is Jughead, wearing Archie’s letterman jacket, his computer on his lap and writing his story. Archie attempts to serenade him but Jug’s way too in-the-zone writing to even notice, much to Archie’s chagrin.
Every time Archie’s trying to serenade Jug, it doesn’t work, Jughead’s too concentrated on something else. Archie’s got his guitar ready, goes to Jughead but… “I’m busy writing an article Archie”. They’re sitting on the bleachers and Archie tries again, “Hey Arch, this burger’s FANTASTIC, the consistency of the sauce and meat is heavenly!”. Archie’s even prepared to serenade him at the lockers in front of everyone, except “hey I’m trying to finish my maths homework, do you have the answer for question 2B?”
Finally Archie has enough and drags Jughead to the music room during break to make him listen to his music and DOES IT, he sings the song for him. Finally, at the end, Jughead goes “Yeah, I heard you sing it the first time, Arch. I loved it, didn’t I say that?”
Im tired of skinny white boys being the only gay couples in anything, like give me some black boys in love, give me trans boys of colour holding hands, give me dark skinned asian boys in love, give me some chubby boys holding hands, give me gay relationships where the boys have something other than a chiseled face and clear skin, give me gay relationships with boys who have acne and freckles and stretch marks, give me something else than skinny white boys making out shirtless p l e a s e
So I’m a spirit worker, and though I’ve only been practicing a little bit over a year, I’ve worked with many different spirits with most of them being plants. This just comes from my own personal experience, so you don’t have to take this as law.
Different kinds of plants have different personalities (obviously). And as each plant has their own unique personality, generally they tend to be similar to other plants of the same type: cacti, succulents, vines, herbs, flowers, even going down to specific types such as lavender, pine trees, orchids, etc. And then, how they react to communication depends on what stage they are in: seedling, middle, adult, etc.
In general, plants tend to be fairly slow with communication. And they generally don’t use words. The plants i have worked with preferred sending general feelings and images of what they were trying to communicate. So be patient with yourself while working towards that communication. Whenever you try communication, start by giving a small offering. It can be elaborate, it can be watering it, spreading fertilizer (eggshells are good, a bit of sugar, stuff like that) around it, weeding around the roots, and small stuff like that. Introduce yourself, and just start talking. Explain what your day was like and what you did. You can sing to the plant, they tend to love that. Seedlings are more likely to talk very quickly to you, while old plants tend to take longer. The time frame can be from a couple of hours to a couple weeks depending on the spirit. If you want to create a relationship with the spirit, you’re going to have to communicate with the spirit regularly. This process will take a while as it would trying to improve any friendship.
After you’ve introduced yourself to the spirit, it’s time to create a friendship! Giving them small gifts/offerings is a great step. Spending time with them will also help with that. It doesn’t all have to be communication, you can read books aloud to them, watch movies with them, or anything else of that sort. Find out their name! Each spirit will have their own name, much like we do. Some of them are really hard to spell and/or pronounce so I won’t be giving any examples here. After building that friendship, you can do most anything you want! You can have them assist you with spells, amplify your energy, and other such things. Keep in mind that the amount of energy that the spirit will have depends on their vessel, the plant. The larger the life force, the larger the amount of energy that you can borrow is.
Dealing with death:
Now, most of the plants I have worked with have been seedlings, and because I’m not perfect in the slightest many of them have died. For me, dealing with the dead plant is a ritual to honor the spirit as it passes into a place where I haven’t been able to communicate with it yet. I give it back to the earth (bury it if I can, or just leave it in a place where it can give back to the earth. It gets a small funeral service, stating what they did for me, what I loved about them, that they will be missed, etc. Before you leave them there give them a small offering to help it’s passage, water, fertilizer, eggshell, etc. This isn’t necessary, but it is respectful and a good way for the spirit not to be mad.