When searching for materials, don’t be afraid to go secondhand/OP shopping or simply to your local supermarket
* candles can always be found at secondhand stores and they’re usually priced at around 50 cents each! Though when I have a bought a bunch they bulk price it for even cheaper!
* same with candle holders, they’re so common and barely ever more than $5
* Secondhand stores will always have spare pieces of cloths and fabrics you can use during spells or even as your altar cloth! (Would recommend washing them first)
* They have so many bowls, all the time! You will always find something you can use to burn incense in or a smudge bowl. Again, these sell for like a dollar
* figurines are also really common in secondhand stores, they’re a great place to look for God and goddess figures for your altar as they always have antique and unique pieces for super cheap!
* most herbs and spices can easily be found in your local supermarket! These are just as good as something home grown, it’s all about intent after-all :)
* The Reject Shop (not sure if these exist in any place other than Australia? Hey may be called things like Dollar Stores???) always has candles for reasonable prices
* If you are needing to find a herb or spice that you can’t find in a supermarket, ETSY is an online store with lots of witchy supplies :) chances are it won’t be cheap but what can you do!
* 90% of my book collection has been bought secondhand from either Op shops, fairs or garage sales. I picked up 10 books on mythology, aromatherapy, dreams and such for like $7 at a school fair once! And secondhand stores charge from 0.50 cents to $5 for books so they’re always a great place to look!
*Heaps of towns have monthly/weekly markets and many i have been too have crystal stalls and they’re usually a lot cheaper than stores! I bought a bunch of crystals for about $20 in total! and they were raw, points and clusters :) Very cheap and good quality.
Once I was home, all I did was read. I inhaled books like other people breathe oxygen. I didn’t just read for knowledge or pleasure; I read to live. I had only $30 a month to spend, and after expenses, I would use everything I had left to buy books. Some were new; some came from a secondhand store. Even if I was hungry, books were more important than food. I didn’t know there were public libraries until much later. It seems hard to believe now, but we had so little information about life in South Korea when we first arrived.
I started with Korean translations of children’s books, then moved on to picture books about the countries of the world. I bought books about Roman mythology and world history. I read biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Hillary Clinton. I was interested in America, and I particularly loved biographies because they were about people who had to overcome obstacles or prejudices to get ahead. They made me think I could make it when nobody else believed in me, when even I didn’t believe in myself.
I crammed twelve years of education into the next eighteen months of my life. I attended a few other special schools to help me get my general equivalency diplomas for middle school and high school. But even then, I studied best on my own. I vowed to myself to read one hundred books a year, and I did.
I read to fill my mind and to block out the bad memories. But I found that as I read more, my thoughts were getting deeper, my vision wider, and my emotions less shallow.
so i went through old sketches and ended up testing my ink brush on a bunch of castiels because - for some reason i have lots of nice(?) little sketches of him - it’s probably not because i’m creepily attached to him or anything - i love inking dark hair - also for the kind anon there! i’ve grown to… strongly dislike the dump in question a while ago already, but i’m happy if somebody still gets something good out of it :>
(btw the super cool fem!cas design from the last pic is by Yuri!)
Alexander the Great spits bitter blood from his mouth
and wipes his cracked knuckles against the tattered jeans
he stole from a secondhand store before lighting a cigarette,
its smoke rising in a stormy ascent of corruption.
Long gone have the world he wants to conquer
abandoned him to battle his fury in the dark.
Joan of Arc is a starving girl dreaming of prophecies in the slums,
a girl with armor for skin and iron in her lungs.
She will be the one you follow into battle for the cynical oppressors to witness.
She will don her armor and raise her voice for the fire of rebellion,
a heroine shaped to be lethal by God’s knife.
Elizabeth I follows the sun as men reduces her self-worth
to a pretty plaything masking as Queen in business suits
instead of the scion of blood and fire that sprung as a whisper beneath the moonlight to a hurricane unfolding the universe,
a restless anthem urging women to stride into the arms of glory and sharpen their teeth against the stars.
William Shakespeare is starving from unspoken poetry,
word upon word lay dead in the bottom of a tomb,
or wasted in DVD instruction manuals in a factory line,
war drums and dismantled hearts no longer shape his writing.
No more Hamlets, no more Macbeths, no more Violas and Sebastians,
No more pieces of light filtered in a blaze of wildfire.
Everyone has lightning strikes in their bones,
Moths that are prevented from shimmering flames,
If only the world gives them the chance.
As someone who wishes to learn, but is also nervous to, how did your journey in witchcraft begin?
Oh gosh. Sorry but I don’t really have an interesting story for this one. I’ve always sort of searched for a religion or spirituality I could relate to and when I found witchcraft it just clicked. Tumblr really helped kickstart my witchcraft obsession. That and just buying, borrowing, and trading tons of books about everything to do with witchcraft.
If you’re interested in witchcraft, I highly recommend doing your research by just reading as much about it as possible. This doesn’t have to be expensive. You can find books at the library, secondhand stores, online, through trading, and just articles and blogs on the internet. Information and resources are everywhere. Good luck!