candle glass

anonymous asked:

I saw someone wrote a meta about Jon x Dany being involved in a second Dance of the Dragons. I personally thought that would be Dany v. fAegon. They said that there's surmountable evidence in the books that to resolve the North's rebellion against Jon bc he's a Targaryen, he would have to marry Sansa. I'm trying to wrap my head around it so can you comment on this theory?

Well, while I do think there’s evidence leading towards a second Dance, you’re right in that it’s leading towards Aegon, not Jon.

A cloth dragon swayed on poles amidst a cheering crowd… . mother of dragons, slayer of lies … (Daenerys IV, ACOK)

“No. Hear me, Daenerys Targaryen. The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.” (Daenerys II, ADWD)

Aegon is the mummer’s dragon, and Varys (the perfumed seneschal) is the mummer. While Jon and Daenerys both worked to get where they are, earning their roles in the story, Aegon just sort of jumped in out of nowhere. He’s GRRM’s critique of the copy-and-paste chosen one that shows up so often in fantasy. He’s the perfect prince, destined to rule, and he swoops in to take over the storyline that he thinks is the most important: the war for the Iron Throne.

Jon, in many ways, is his stark opposite (I think I’m hilarious shut up). He’s one of the few characters whose story isn’t involved in the game of thrones, instead focusing on the Others and the threat they present to humanity; he doesn’t actively pursue leadership, nor was he ever specifically prepared for it, but when the situation calls for it he proves himself capable; and, most importantly, Jon knows that he isn’t entitled to anything. Aegon may have been raised around smallfolk, but unlike Jon and Daenerys, he grew up steadfastly believing that he was born to rule.

“She’ll be willing.” Prince Aegon sounded shocked. It was plain that he had never before considered the possibility that his bride-to-be might refuse him. “You don’t know her.” He picked up his heavy horse and put it down with a thump. (Tyrion VI, ADWD)

It’s not Aegon’s fault that he’s been told lies as far back as he can remember, just like it isn’t his fault that he doesn’t have the same experience Jon got in the Watch or Dany got traveling over Essos. He is completely under the impression that he is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, the Last Dragon, and the rightful heir to the Seven Kingdoms. It just so happens that he’s wrong.

With this in mind, it just wouldn’t make sense for Jon to be the target in the second Dance when Aegon exists. While Jon’s arc parallels Dany’s, Aegon has deliberately been set up to hijack her entire story.

In regards to the Northern lords rebelling against Jon, that would first require that his parentage be made common knowledge, and that seems rather unlikely. Those who know the truth already (meaning Benjen and Howland) have been keeping it secret for years, and I highly doubt Jon will be in a hurry to discuss it with… well, anyone. I know a lot of people think the mystery surrounding his birth is supposed to be a huge game-changer, but that’s not actually the point. The relevance of R + L = J isn’t that it makes Jon royalty, it’s the effect it will have on him. Rhaegar and Lyanna’s history is tragic no matter how you look at it, and its significance will probably be kept between Jon and his family.

Witch tip: I’m not sure if anyone has said this before or not, but window sills make the best discrete altars!
Have candles on your window sill? Totally normal
Got a couple of plants and some rocks from the beach? Cool
You can have all sorts of things that have magical connotations on a window sill and to everyone else they just look like normal decorations
Plus you can use the window to charge things by the sun and the moon.

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I’ll put you in a small container to keep you from getting too much bigger, I said. “Fuck you,” replied the fenestraria, growing three new flowerbuds, a dozen fat baby leaves, and about a foot of hairy, hairy roots.

I repotted this one less than a week ago after it had slowed down, and now theres this sudden explosion of growth. I didn’t even change the dirt, just the container.
It’s actually kind of cool, on the new root growth you can see the thin, tiny root hairs up against the glass. 

Using Glitter In Spells

Glitter makes everything better, including your spells. 

Using glitter when dressing your candles can add an extra kick to all of your spells. It is also a cheap alternative when all you have are white candles and still want to use corresponding colors in your work.

If you’re dressing a taper or coach candle you can simply put the oil on first and roll in the desired glitter. If you’re dressing a novena candle (glass encased) you can sprinkle a bit on top just be careful not to use too much since the top can catch on fire. Glitter and glitter glue can also be used to decorate engraved sigils/words carved onto your candles. Some ideas include:

Gold/Silver: Money work, luck, gambling, job searching

Green: Money, luck, growth in any aspect

Orange: Attraction, opening roads, success

Pink: Happiness, Love (best for new love and spells not focused on sex), friendship

Red: Lust, Passionate love, Courage, Strength 

Yellow: Communication, mental energy, Happiness

Blue: Healing, Water spells

Purple: Power, domination work, crown of success

Black: Substitute for any color, binding, hexing

If these correspondences don’t resonate with you that’s 100% okay and feel free to use what calls to you for your own practice. Happy Glittering!

Tips for the Secret Witch

For all the witches who need to keep their Craft under wraps. Whether it is because of a lack of space, sharing your space with religious roommates (or simply people who don’t “get” witchcraft), or if you just would like your privacy, this list can help you out.

Originally posted by shayspieterse

Altars

- Keep all your ritual tools in a plain box (like a shoe box) that can be easily tucked under your bed or in your closet and away from prying eyes.

- You can draw out an altar in a sketchbook. You can also add pictures printed from online or from magazines.

- Using glass jar candles can help make any magical space look mundane, and they come in a large variety of scents too (and people will always know what to get you when holidays roll around!).

- If you want to make an altar for a deity, but can’t make it too obvious, put a jar candle next to a trinket or picture associated with that deity. For example, a rose candle next to a sea shell for Aphrodite.

Magick

- Use colors matching your intent. This can mean you wear a red shirt, or carry a blue pen, or carry a green handbag. 

- Enchant your jewelry. You can make a bracelet for protection, earrings for love, a necklace for luck, etc.

- Enchant your makeup, lotion or hair products. You can also use your face cleanser as a magical cleanser as well.

- Sigils. Sigils are simple symbols with intent put into them. They can be easily mistaken for simple doodles or intricate designs.

Crystals, Herbs and Incense

- If you are planning on having herbs in your room/space, you may wish to keep them in mason jars rather than plastic baggies. Many ignorant people assume that any herb in a baggy is marijuana. I’ve had someone mistake chamomile for marijuana before…

- Drinking tea is an innocent way to incorporate herbs into any practice. Teas come in all sorts of blends and flavors (they also usually come in fancy tins that you can save!). If you have a well known fondness for tea, if you start to buy herbs to mix your own blends, most wouldn’t blink an eye.

- Gardening or house plants. This is an easy way to incorporate herbs and plants without drawing attention.

- Crystals are very pretty. Crystal and rock collecting is also a very common hobby. 

- If you don’t have access to incense, use jar candles, wax melts (with the warmers) or any type of open-and-leave-it air fresheners.

Witchy Tools 

- To make an easy pendulum, loop a piece of cord or string through a ring. The weight of the ring will act just like a pendulum. You can also use an old necklace or bracelet depending on the length of the chain.

- Playing cards instead of Tarot cards. If you have trouble remembering the cards, doodle little symbols on each card that help you remember. You can also use trading game cards (like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh!) if the pictures help you more.

Grimoires and Witchy Books

- Depending on your living situation, a plain notebook may not deter nosey people from snooping. If you need an alternative, pick up an old book from a thrift shop to write notes in. You can add notes in the margins, write over the print with markers, or glue in your own pages. This way your grimoire can sit on your bookshelf and look completely innocent.

- Note taking apps. I recommend Tumblr for a secret witch, mainly because you can have a witchy side blog to hold all your notes and no one will know. However, there are also a lot of note-taking apps (like OneNote) that let you create various “notebooks” and sections.

- Planner notebooks or binders. Most planners have some sort of personal inserts that can be made that you can write witchy notes. It’s also a super easy way to keep track of moon cycles and sabbats. This also allows you to get super creative.