Sage has been used throughout history and the world and regarded for its many magical and medicinal properties. The most notable of its uses dates back a few thousand years to Indigenous Americans who used sage smoke to clear and cleanse places and people of negative energies. While smoke, incense, and burned herbs have been used by cultures around the world, “smudging” is specific to Native American cultures and the term should only be used by those who practice Indigenous American Shamanism, magic, and rituals. For the rest of us, “herb cleansing/clearing”, “smoke cleansing/clearing”, and similar phrases are free to use without appropriating other sacred cultures.

Magical properties: most ancient cultures who used sage believed it to be the strongest herb for clearing negative, heavy, and evil energies of all sorts.

Medicinal uses: sage has been used for thousands of years to treat minor pain, aches, and muscle spasms.

Sage spell: when moving into a new home, office space, etc, use a lit bundle of dried sage throughout the area to clear leftover energies from the last people who used the space. This can be done alone, but most magical practitioners suggest burning positive herbs (such as sweetgrass) after burning sage.

Medicinal use: for a sore throat, make a hot cup of sage tea with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, a pinch of sea salt, and natural honey. Gargling the hot tea several times throughout the day is recommended.

WARNING: Please do not use herbs or magic in place of proper medical care.

Happy Birthday Marc Chagall 

Our museum is lucky enough to have ON VIEW AT THE FENIMORE ART MUSEUM  a set of costumes and masks designed by Marc Chagall for the 1967 production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  All the friends I have viewed the costumes with mention that they are “so 1960s.”  The costumes and masks are exactly what you would expect something from a 1960s opera production to look like. What I mean by that is, the costumes are completely unexpected and like nothing you have ever seen before. Which I imagine is exactly what the 60s were like. Hope some of you can make it out to see them! On view until December 2015. 

Marc Chagall’s: The Queen of the Night Costume 

(Above) Die Zauberflöte: Queen of the Night Costume, 1967. Designed by Marc Chagall. Worn by Lucia Popp. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera Archives.

anonymous asked:

I'm planning a trip to Salem and was wondering if there was anything I should be sure to make time for?

Oooh! My favorite place! There are tons of museums to check out. They’re really informative and cool to experience if you have the chance. I’ve checked out a few. All of them are wonderful, and if you do any research on the town you should be able to find more info on the different locations. If you’re not the history type, there are TONS of magic shops to check out. Also, my favorite restaurant is there too. I’m not sure when you’re planning to go, but my advice is to go in October when the Bizarre is open; it’s an extensive line of booths and artisans on the main street. It’s really fun!

In the beginning was the word - surely one of the most magically resonant place-names in all history.  Even had its Empire never existed, Byzantium would surely have impressed itself upon our minds and memories by the music of its name alone, conjuring up those same visions that it evokes today:  visions of gold and malachite and porphyry, of stately and solemn ceremonial, of brocades heavy with rubies and emeralds, of sumptuous mosaics dimly glowing through halls cloudy with incense.
—  John Julius Norwich ‘A Short History of Byzantium’. I do like an author who wears his enthusiasm lightly…

February’s Witch Weekly:

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We’re featuring the controversial actress Leanne Zhou to talk with her about why she straddles the magical/muggle divide and chooses to live in both worlds.

In something never been done in a magazine before: we interview The Fat Lady of Gryffindor Common Room to ask about all she’s seen on the walls of Hogwarts Castle.

In honoring her latest released album at age 78, Dame Shirley Bassey [Warbeck’s inspiration] is February’s Muggle of the Month.

We’ve got Valentine’s Day Date ideas to spice up your night and our creative team will be introducing a serialized story in this month’s issue!

Molly Weasley gives advice on career choices and office romance.

And this month’s witch of the war that we honour is the esteemed Bathilda Bagshot.

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Okay, so I have all these weird little ideas in my head about Lily Evans, and I just want to put them somewhere.

  • Imagine Lily Evans who writes a letter every day, regardless of whether she’ll send it or not, and tucks a sprig of rosemary into each envelope, because it’s her mother’s favorite, and Lily doesn’t want her to think she’s forgotten these things.
  • Lily Evans who wears a bright yellow sundress in the middle of winter just to remind herself that the sun is going to come out eventually, who ignores the fact that her Chucks are too thin for the rain, who would rather cast a drying spell than give up that little touch of light.
  • Imagine Lily who catalogs things about her new friends, like Mary MacDonald’s favorite food (key-lime pie), or the way Remus Lupin spreads jam first, then butter when he eats toast. Lily Evans who learns how to sing Peter’s favorite song for when he’s so homesick he can’t even speak.
  • Imagine Lily going home for the summer, and Tuney sticks up her nose at the Scottish twang Lily’s picked up from Mary. Lily does her best to make it disappear, even though it makes her sad to let go of it.
  • Lily who sits on the swings with Severus when his parents are fighting and reminds him that soon they’ll be back at school. Lily who rubs muggle antiseptic into the cut on his cheek and doesn’t comment when he says he fell, even though he’s lying and they both know it.
  • Second year Lily Evans who gets her first detention for slapping a boy who tried to look up her skirt. She didn’t do it because he was Slytherin, she explains when Dumbledore asks, but because clearly his parents never taught him any manners, and she can’t let him go into the world like that. She serves the three hours without complaint, dutifully cleaning cauldrons until her fingers are numb.
  • Second year Lily is much more confident in her magic than First year Lily. Her favorite subject is History of Magic, because “it’s fascinating! There’s so much I never knew!” and she sticks to it, even when the others laugh.
  • James asks her out in Third year, and she turns him down on principle first, and then because Mary’s date ditched her last minute and friends stick together no matter what.
  • Later, when he asks her, she’ll tell him it was because the stars told her he wasn’t ready. It’s all bullshit, but it’s worth it to see him smile.
  • Imagine Fourth year Lily who begs Severus to sit next to her in potions. She sees him looking over his shoulder when they talk in the halls, and every time her stomach knots up, because he’s ashamed of her.
  • Fourth year Lily Evans doesn’t go to Hogsmeade anymore, because her best friend in the entire world is ashamed to be seen with her, and she’d rather not go if she can’t share it with the people she cares about. She uses the time instead to tutor one of the first years in Charms, because he can’t get used to holding a wand, and she knows how hard it can be to wrap your mind around it at first.
  • Fifth year Lily Evans confronts Severus in the second floor girls lavatory between classes. “What’s wrong?” she asks, and then, “are we still friends?” He tells her yes, but there’s a cold glint in his eye, and a shiver runs down her spine as she realizes that Severus Snape, the boy from Spinners End, is gone.
  • She doesn’t leave him, because she knows he’s struggling already, and he doesn’t need another person to abandon him, but then he calls her mudblood and she sees red. Years later, she still remembers everything she said to him that day. She doesn’t regret it until she sees the Dark Mark on his arm and realizes that it’s probably her fault.
  • Imagine Lily Evans who marries James Potter right after school, because there’s a war coming, and she wants to live a little before it’s too late.
  • Lily Evans fights with a baby inside of her and doesn’t stop fighting until she goes into hiding.
  • She sends Tuney a wedding present through Sirius, who drops it on the Dursleys’ doorstep. It’s a hair-clip shaped like a Petunia, sparkling and warm and beautiful, like the sister she remembers.
  • When Lily dies, her only fear is that it won’t be enough, that no matter what she does, Harry is going to die with her. She dies looking into the cold, hard eyes of Lord Voldemort, and she doesn’t show him her fear, and with her last bit of life, she sends all of her love to Harry and hopes that it will be enough.
  • She forgives Peter, too, with that last breath, because it’s never easy to live in someone’s shadow, and he was her friend once, too.

Roman Magic Intaglio of a Hecataion, 1st-3rd Century AD

The carving is of an apotropaic, magical subject (as is common on stone amulets from this period): the Hecataion, a statue of Hecate, composed of three figures: the first, facing forward, is the only one that is completely visible. Each pair of arms holds different attributes, all of which are associated with Hecate: she holds two torches in the bottom set of hands, whips in the set of hands, and knives in the top set of hands.

Hecate is a mythological figure related to Artemis, who does not have myths of her own, but is characterized essentially by her functions. Present in Hesiod’s texts, she is independent from the Olympians because she is a direct descendant of the Titans: in the beginning, she was a generally positive figure who spread her kindness to mortals, granting them favors and prosperity. But bit by bit, she acquired another specialty: the world of magic, enchantments (according to a later tradition, Hecate was the mother of the two best known witches in Greek mythology, Circe and Medea), and, above all, the shades: her most frequent attribute is the torch.

During the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and in her role as a magician, Hecate presided over crossroads: she is, therefore, venerated and represented as a female statue with three bodies arranged around a column, at whose feet travelers and the faithful could give offerings.

i need more blogs to follow!

If you post any of these things and want me to check out your blog then just like or reblog this!

-Books(like The Song of Achilles, Aristotle and Dante, The Secret History, A Darker Shade of Magic, Station Eleven, The Night Circus)

-Throne of Glass

-The Raven Cycle

-Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus

-Harry Potter(especially the marauders. Bonus points if you ship wolfstar)

-The Mara Dyer trilogy



-Welcome to Night Vale



-Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Carter, or really anything MCU

The witch or wizard would perform a basic Flame Freezing Charm and then pretend to shriek with pain while enjoying a gentle, tickling sensation. Indeed, Wendelin the Weird enjoyed being burned so much that she allowed herself to be caught no less then forty-seven times in various disguises.
—  A History of Magic, Bathild Bagshot, Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling, 1999.