book as object

anonymous asked:

Umbridge? Abusive. Carrows? Abusive. Snape? Occasionally an asshole and dick but still did the right thing in the end. Reread the books with a clear and objective mindset, if you're capable of such. Until then? Your Snape hate is based on out of context extremes and sjw catchphrases that don't even apply to his character.

Remember that one time he threatened (and actually tried) to kill a student’s pet?

Remember that one time he made fun of a student’s appearance, prompting her to permanently alter it?

Remember that one time he physically threw a student to the ground because he was embarrassed?

These kids are under his control and he is terrorizing them. He is, quite literally, abusing them.

Enchanting a pendant to show someone's true self

Very straight forward. This is a spell to enchant a pendant so that the person wearing it will reveal their true inner self (thoughts/actions) to others.

Things needed:

•Black candle
•Pendant
•Intentions written on paper (in your own words) 
•Black string
•Box to put pendant in (cleansed)
•Scissors or something that can cut string

Directions:

**Cleanse pendant and box before or during ritual

1.Cast a circle 

2. Cleanse pendant and box if needed

3.Light candle

4. Read intentions from paper while dripping candel wax on paper 

5.Start chant

6.while chanting wrap the black string around paper with wax (not cooled completely) and pendant to bind your intentions to the pendant

7. When you feel like it is bound completely place the pendant in the box

8. blow out candle and close circle

9. Leave pendant in box for a week or longer 

10. When you are ready to give it to someone or wear it cut the sting and take the string and paper off. By now the intentions would be soaked into pendant and the string and paper can be discarded 


Chant:

The wearer of this pendant could be most divine

Or the wearer could be serpentine 

Either way it’s not left to chance

The wearers inner self is out to dance

Others will see your true form bloom

There is no hiding behind your costume 

When the traits are to be admire

Other can show their desire

When the traits are that of detest

Others around will not be impressed

There it is and there it shall be 

Let the true self come out of thee

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I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves - to the point of almost parodic encouragement - we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. - Gillian Flynn

The “A Series of Unfortunate Events” Netflix series is so ridiculous and so objectively bad, but it’s also completely perfect. I am so satisfied, a word which here means “this show is everything I could’ve asked for and everything my childhood deserved.”

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Not So ‘Strange’ After All

Like many people, I saw the new Doctor Strange movie in theaters this weekend. I expected a fun, visually exciting film (which I got); but I wasn’t expecting a lot of library screen time, so needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised! Without spoiling anything, the library is the scene of some important plot developments, and features some very interesting set pieces, including books chained to a honeycomb-like sliding rack alongside the more traditional bookshelves.

While the sliding rack may not have been recognizable to librarians of old, the practice of chaining books certainly was. From the Middle Ages to the late 17th century, books were expensive and precious objects that weren’t allowed to be removed from the library willy-nilly. However, due to both their value as objects and as containers of knowledge, books were under a very real threat of being borrowed for reference and never returned. Initially, books were kept in large locking chests for security, but as libraries began to expand, the chests no longer provided enough room for storage and the books had to be moved onto open shelves. And so, much like dogs kept on a leash to prevent them from running off, the books were chained to the shelves.

It is unclear exactly when and where the first books were chained, but the practice caught on all over Europe.The chains were linked to a metal rod that ran the length of the shelf, which meant that in order to reference the books, readers were literally “chained” to the spot! To remedy this, desk areas were often placed in front of the chained shelves, such as these in the chained library of Hereford Cathedral.

There are some lovely examples of chained libraries that survive today, such as that of Hereford and a smaller one in Chetham’s Library in Manchester. If you get a chance, pay one a visit! It’s amazing to see a snapshot of what a medieval reader would’ve been faced with when entering a library. However, if you can’t make it to Europe, at least you can get a peek of the concept and feeling in Doctor Strange!

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🔮Witch Bottle 🔮
~to protect and bless my home, sacred space and self.~ 🌛🌝🌜
•sharp objects to repel negativity and harm away. (Nails, safety pins, thumbtacks, broken glass, etc.)📌
•unakite stone to aid in protection and balance of spell.💎
•strands of hair or nail clipping to infuse self symbolization and power.〰
•myrrh incense to increase power and bind spell.💨
•herbs: mint (protection), heather (peace and attract friendly spirits), sage (cleansing), rowan (home protection and inspiration), rosemary (purification and health), clove (warding negativity), rose (love), lemon verbena (strength and positive attraction).🌿
•black candle for wax to seal. 🕯
“I conjure the, protective herbs and objects, on this day and in this hour, to be a protection and safeguard against all adversity and evil. Protect this house and all who dwell within. As I will it, so mote it be.” 🗝🔮🌛🌝🌜🔮🗝

Cunning Celt’s Beginner Guide #7 Glossary of Common Terms
  • Altar - an area, typically a desk or table, designated for religious worship. Used by many pagans, witches, and Wiccans, but not all.
  • Amulet - an object, typically worn, which provides magical protection.
  • Asperge - a way to flick water around a place. Often by wetting a bunch of herbs and flicking off the water droplets around a room.
  • Banish - to send away, often a spiritual entity. 
  • Book of Shadows - a journal kept by witches to record their magical and/or spiritual journey. Gardnerian Wiccans refer to the BoS of Gerald Gardner, but many witches keep their own book.
  • Charge/Charging - imbuing an object with your energy and magical intent.
  • Circle - a sacred space, drawn both physically and spiritually, which also offers protection during ritual, spell work, and divination. Not used by all witches.
  • Coven - a group of witches, usually three or more, who join together to work magic, conduct rituals, and/or worship their chosen deities.
  • Curse - a spell designed to bring misfortune, pain, or malice upon or against another person.
  • Divination - a technique or method used to predict the future, find a solution to a problem, or communicate with the divine. Many methods exist, such as Tarot, scrying, tea leaf reading, palm reading, etc.
  • Diviner - a person who practices divination.
  • Elements - the four spiritual Elements of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire, often talked about with the fifth Element of Spirit.
  • Enchant - to give an object a magical property or purpose.
  • Familiar - a spirit, often but not always in animal form, that guides, protects, and helps a witch upon their path.
  • Grimoire - a ‘magical textbook’. Typically refers to classical medieval grimoires which usually contained instructions on the summoning, binding, and banishing of demons, among other things. These days, many witches refer to their own Book’s as grimoires, to distance and differentiate them from the Wiccan faith.
  • Grounding - a method of dispersing excess magical energy and/or calming oneself. 
  • Offering - a gift made to a deity or spirit. 
  • Pagan/Paganism - an umbrella term for pre-Christian, nature based religion. Often but not always Euro-centric. Not all witches are pagan, not all pagans are witches.
  • Pentacle - five pointed star inside a circle.
  • Pentagram - five pointed star.
  • Poppet - a doll made to represent a person. Typically but not always made of cloth, paper, clay, wood, or wax.
  • Potion - any food or drink prepared with magical intent. Often but not always edible.
  • Psychic - a person who has or can have access to information obtained outside the five natural senses. A natural or innate ability, rather than a practiced technique like divination.
  • Rite - an action, which when performed in conjunction with other rites, form a ritual. E.g. a typical Wiccan ritual might consist of the Rite of Opening Sacred Space, the Rite of Self Blessing, the Rite or Closing Sacred Space, and the Rite of Wine and Cakes.
  • Ritual - a series of actions performed ceremoniously, typically for religious or spiritual reasons or celebrations.
  • Sigil - a symbol, drawing, or design created and charged with magical intent.
  • Shielding - protecting yourself, often using no more than your own magical energy, against psychic/magical attack or negative influences.
  • Solitary - a witch who works alone.
  • Spell - a series of actions performed with intent and energy to bring about change. Often but not always involving the uses of herbs, crystals, candles, and chants.
  • Summon - to call up or bring forth, often a spiritual entity.
  • Talisman - an object, typically worn, which provides a benefit to it’s wearer, such as love, luck, power, wisdom, etc. 
  • Wicca - a religion, typically following the worship of a goddess and a god, and celebrating the turning of the seasons and the Wheel of the Year. Created, for all intents and purposes, by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s in England.
  • Witch - someone who practices witchcraft. May be male, female, or any variation thereupon. May be straight, gay, bi, pan, asexual, or any variation thereupon. May be a follower of any religion at all, or of none. May be spiritual, agnostic, or atheist.
  • Witchcraft - the use and manipulation of energy or magic to create a desired change or effect. Typically through the use of spells, rituals, potions, sigils, etc.

Disclaimer: these are the definitions that I have found found are most commonly used, but are certainly not the only definitions. Many other witches could have many other meanings for these terms. Nor are these the only terms used in the witchcraft community; these are merely some of the more common.

I have included links to Wikipedia articles on some of the terms, which give a good overview of the subject and offer further reading.

A Simple Spell for Enchanting Objects
  • Object
  • Sage
  • Incense
  • White candle
  • Bowl of water
  • Salt

Light the candle, sage, and incense. Pass the object through the incense to cleanse it of any previous energies. State your intent of enchanting the object and its purpose aloud. Pass the object through the incense smoke (air) and candle flame (fire), and sprinkle some salt (earth) and water on it.

Charge it by the light of the full moon for an extra oomph, especially if the object is a crystal/has crystals on it.

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I Carry In My Arms by Ben Hur
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Two more books to my bookshelf.

Helping Your D-Partner Manage Stress (Pt. 2)

Part 1 is here


The Haus kitchen seemed as good a place as any to start.

Bitty had sympathy-baked pies for the team; blueberry, peach, and cherry cooled in a line down the counter. The whole room was still pleasantly warm from the oven and the Haus smelled the way heaven might, if heaven had been inspired by a Southern Living magazine.

Dex was more calm than Nursey had seen him in at least a week, curled up on the toxic couch, legs folded underneath him as read the textbook in his lap. His clothes were worn in just the right way to stretch perfectly over his body, like some kind of catalog ad. Dex muttered something to himself, eyebrows squishing together as he underlined something in his book. It was objectively adorable, and Nursey could admit to that. 

It didn’t change the fact that he needed to take time off to relax and, just maybe, pull the stick out of his ass.

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