antique objects

The Vegan Witch

Witchcraft must be practiced without undue pain or suffering unto any animal.

Here are a few things to consider:
✨Ditch the leather: I know, witchy ~aesthetic~ doesn’t quite feel complete without antique leather objects, but look for faux alternatives which are easily accessible, such as faux suede cord
✨Ditch the honey: practice spells and teas with alternate sweeteners, agave nectar, date nectar, syrup etc such as maple🍁 🐝
✨Plant based milks make a far more effective alternative to dairy. Almond, oat and coconut milks are particularly useful.
✨Soya wax: great to make your own candles with added essential oils, wax seals or an alternative to beeswax.
✨Fur or any other animal parts: please refrain from the temptation to use bodily parts in your witchcraft. An animal cannot consent to being taken from a resting place and exploited
✨Being a mindful witch will bring greater self growth and power to your craft. Being kind to the Earth and all that inhabits it is deeply rooted in human nature, it is so sad that we have become so detached from this.

By: @androgynousvegan 💚


The Arthur’s Seat Coffins: A Connection To The Burke and Hare Murders?

In June 1836 five young boys, hunting for rabbits on the north-eastern slopes Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, found 17 miniature coffins hidden inside a cave. They were arranged under slates on three tiers, two tiers of eight and one solitary coffin on the top. Each pine wood coffin, only 95mm in length, contained a little wooden figure, expertly carved with painted black boots and custom made clothes.

No-one knows what they were for, why they were buried or who buried them but people have been trying to resolve the mystery ever since.  At the time of their discovery, The Scotsman suggested they were used by witches casting death spells on specific individuals.  Another theory is that they were kept by sailors to protect against death.

They may represent a mock burial, possibly for the 17 known victims of Burke and Hare. Working in Edinburgh, they sold the bodies of people they had murdered for dissection in the city’s anatomy classes. This horrified many Scots, who feared that a dissected body would not rise to life at the last judgement. William Burke was caught and executed for his crimes in 1829.  Ironically his body was legally given to an anatomy class for dissection. We are unlikely to be sure about the meaning of the coffins. It remains hidden, among many other aspects of death and belief in Scotland.

Front view of an Egyptian stone sculpture of a seated man, his arms clasped around his knees with the head of the Goddess Hathor in front of him. watercolor.  Society of Antiquaries of London Catalogue of Drawings and Museum Objects: Eastern Antiquities.

Antique =! Artifact & the Struggle of Sentimental Value vs. Historic Value. See also: Sisyphus.

Anonymous submitted: 

We are a small history museum and we regularly have people contact us asking if we are interested in some random antique or collection that their parent or older relative had.  Many times, the objects are just that: antiques, and objects that carry more sentimental value than anything else. 

It becomes especially frustrating when they accompany their inquiry with “I just don’t want it/them to get thrown away.”  On the one hand, the purpose of our museum is to preserve the past.  I am glad that they appreciate that.

On the other hand, not every old object has historical significance.  A museum has a (very) limited amount of space to store artifacts, so the staff have to prioritize what gets stored.  

Most of the time, your mother’s collection of Mason jars doesn’t make the cut.

In the end, I have to reign in my frustration and remember that it is my job to educate the public, not only about history but also about the purpose of museums…and the distinction between an antique and an artifact. 

Object Title

Sword (khanda)



Object Number



From the Indian disarmament in 1859. Presented by the Indian Government 1861 (Hewitt 1870).

Physical Description

The blade is curved and single edged with two narrow fullers. Towards the tip the blade gets narrow er on the back edge. The langets are long and onion shaped. The quillons are curved and flat. The guard is flat with pierced sections attached to a knuckle bow. The guard has a red velvet cushion on a leather backing. The hilt is bound with fabric. The pommel is disc shaped with a central dome and curved spike. The spike has been broken and repaired.

© Royal Armouries

I know Loki is smart and loves reading but there’s gotta be other ways to show that then have him constantly reading books.

How about:

1. Loki does research, experiments, has a lab, lots of notes. Detailed, quickly scrawled lab notes.

2. Calligraphy, stationary collections, various colored inks.

3. Subscription to scientific or literary magazines, maybe he even writes some articles for them.

4. An interest in education and public education in general.

5. Collections of antiques or magical objects. Vague references and symbolism to texts or poetry that no one else really gets. His own language or secret codes.

6. An interest in equations, geometry, drawing details for inventions for his research, things only he would know he needs. Maybe he has contacts across the realms in the sciences etc. maybe he is well known in those circles.