carry nails

  • Ghaul: I am a GOD!
  • The Guardian: I've got a lot of experience killing gods so maybe you might wanna consider a different profession

Okay but imagine Steve being traumatized after season two. He has nightmares about the Demogorgon, and the Demodogs. The worst ones are when they attack the kids and he can’t save them. He wakes up in a cold sweat, and grabs the nail bat that he keeps next to his bed every night, just in case. He can’t go back to sleep, so he lays there, clutching the bat with pale, clammy fingers. Every time he hears a rustling noise outside, he jumps out of bed and races to the window, only to find an innocent deer, or raccoon as the culprit. Whenever a dog barks or howls in the night, Steve shuts his eyes, trying to keep the memories from coming back.

When the dreams are too much, he gives up on sleep. He gets up, grabs the bat, and hops into his car. He drives around to each of the kids’ houses, then peers into their bedroom windows, just to make sure they’re alright. He feels silly afterward, but he keeps doing it. Just in case.

The worst thing is, he has no one to talk to. Nancy’s with Jonathon. His parents wouldn’t understand, and neither would any of his clueless friends at school. The kids have enough to worry about with their own trauma, and he doesn’t want to burden them with his own problems.

So he suffers alone, crying himself to sleep at night, and carrying that nail bat everywhere he goes. Just in case.

The Importance of Iron in Witchcraft

So, I got a lot of really positive feedback about my post about salt in witchcraft, so here’s another one just for you about iron!

Iron, like salt, has been used for many thousands of years as a potent tool in the practices of witchcraft. Iron is one of the most abundant metals in our planet, and is also a really great metal for making into tools. It’s tough, hard, ductile and with a high melting point that makes it ideal for situations in which you might need a tool to work under extremely hot conditions. It’s also one of only three ferromagnetic metals (along with nickel and cobalt), making it an essential part of most magnets and compasses.

In astrophysics, iron is extremely important in the life cycle of stars. Iron is one of the most atomically stable substances in the universe, and it’s also unique because it’s the first element in the periodic table to require more energy to MAKE it than it gives out from atomic fusion. This is important, because when a star gets older and fuses hydrogen to make helium, helium to make beryllium and all the rest, once it starts fusing atoms to make iron, the star begins to die. So, iron is an element that signals the death of stars, and any element that weighs MORE than iron (atomically speaking) can only be made in supernovas - that is, the explosion that takes place when a really BIG star dies.

In biology, iron is one of the most important elements in mammalian, reptilian and avian blood, because it’s the element that we use in the chemical haemoglobin. This is the chemical in our blood cells that binds to oxygen and keeps us alive. Crustaceans like lobsters don’t use iron - they use copper, and instead make haemocyanin, which makes their blood blue! However, just like in stars, iron can mean death for humans as well. If we overdose on iron, we suffer from iron heavy metal poisoning; when we get crushed by a heavy object we can suffer a disease called traumatic rhabdomyolysis or Crush Syndrome, caused by vast amounts of myoglobin (another iron-based compound, found in muscles, which gives them extra oxygen to use) entering our kidneys and killing them, and as a result killing us.

Iron in science is an element of life, death, and of many points in between. But what about its uses in witchcraft?

Witchy Facts about Iron!

  1. Iron is stable. Iron’s stability, both atomically and magickally, makes it a fantastic magickal conductor, and also means that magick doesn’t seem to affect iron very much. Enchantments on iron are never as strong as on other metals, and even the best witches will have difficulty making an enchantment or other spell anchor properly. However, this has the advantage that iron doesn’t pick up negative magick from background sources, and it’s extremely unlikely that there will be issues with ritual or altar tools made from iron. Keeping your magickal supplies inside an iron or steel box, or a box that’s been nailed together with iron nails, will prevent them from leaking out and attracting spirits that might cause harm.

  2. Iron is protective. Along with silver and a few other little bits and bobs, negative spirits and fae folk cannot touch iron lest it burn them and cause them pain. Additionally, negative magicks targetted at someone wearing an iron pendant will be attracted into the pendant and then dispelled. This makes it an ideal protective charm for everyday carry or everyday wear.

    This is why horseshoes are considered lucky
    - back in Medieval times, when protection against negative spirits and magick was much more widely practiced, poor families would often be unable to afford much iron. However, a horseshoe is made of iron, and comes with holes already cast into it, which allow you to nail one over your door easily, which keeps out harmful spirits, magick, and fae, who might seek to hurt you or your family.

  3. Iron is inconspicuous. Anyone can carry an iron nail after all, and a little piece of iron wrought and twisted into a small pendant is far from a traditional witch’s item. Those secret witches who perhaps do not live with accepting families or within an accepting community or country can find great solace in the use of iron as a protective charm.

  4. Iron is cheap. Iron nails, iron rods and iron knifes are pretty easy to get hold of and relatively quite cheap. They’re versatile and not especially likely to draw attention to you - after all, nobody’s likely to question why someone has a couple of iron nails twisted into a pendant, and if they do question it, why it’s just an artistic display! And of course, easy to replace with $5 worth of string, iron and a hammer.

  5. Iron is ancient. Iron is one of the oldest protective charms out there, right up with salt and sage. It’s been used for literally thousands of years to protect people against everything from wolves to armies to poltergeists. That’s a pretty impressive history!

  6. Iron is practical! The best cookware I’ve ever used has always been my cast iron cookware set, which makes better food than I’ve ever tasted, and it’s very easy to clean. It’s also extremely hardwearing - I wholly expect to one day be able to pass on my cast iron frying pan and wok to my grandchildren, and it was already been owned by my mother and father before me. Iron knifes are sharper and cut cleaner than almost anything except obsidian, and high-carbon steel (an alloy of iron and carbon) is the best cutting edge known in bushcrafting circles, where all the best knives are made from it

I hope this helps all you lovely witches and magick users out there!

– Juniper
Not gonna name names or link posts, but I want to discuss a particularly disturbing phrase I’ve noticed in fandom wank, lately.
Specifically, some toxic BNFs have been claiming that certain users “have no feelings”. And that’s actually something that needs some unpacking - because it’s an admission. The best way to hide the...

So, the above post is about me and specifically the reaction I had to @scerek.  Scerek reached out to me and asked me to reply privately but unfortunately forgot to unblock me.  I sent them an ask telling them as much, but I haven’t heard back.  I’m going to use parts of that exchange in this

Cause and Effect

One of the (many, valid) problems I have with this crew, and specifically with Nyxelestia, is that they tend to live in a world of effect with no cause.  She wants to build an argument that my saying she has no feelings is dehumanizing, but she won’t acknowledge that the reason I say she has no feelings is because of the way she dehumanizes and belittles swaths of fandom based on her narrowed views. 

To quote a friend: 

And maybe if the speculation over her not having feelings bothers her that damn much she should try using empathy when she talks to her fandom peers, but she doesn’t, because it’s all in her image to be the unaffected untouchable voice of reason and knowledge above everyone else. She’s dehumanizing herself.

When I talk about her distinct lack of empathy, I’m speaking more of her dismissal of other thoughts and views.  There’s a super ego to her methodology.  She sees other points of views, but she feels confident in dismissing them because she’s right. It’s willful ignorance, but also self righteous.  

Now, to clarify, I NEVER even inferred that it was ok to “hurt” people because they have no feelings. The point was that because she has no feelings, she doesn’t internalize the emotions of the argument. She doesn’t get hurt, she gets offended that I’ve failed to see the majesty of her intellect. That’s not the same thing. 

I’ve found that as a collective the Scott stans seek to get their point across by being emotionally manipulative and the post above is a direct example.  Become the victim and ignore the multitude of times she has dismissed and dehumanized our fandom. 

But again, they justify these actions by saying since they are right it’s okay. 

I said this to Jon:

When you guys had your scerek event not one person bothered you, but the second the steters put something on, you attack and it only just barely had anything to do with Scott.  I’ve seen your fics before and I let you have your space, even with this latest one I didn’t comment or anything on it.  You came into my fic and made an assumption based on the summary?  To what?  Try and prevent the possibility that I might shade Scott?  I love Scott, and much like other Stereks, if we take him to task, you best believe we’re pulling him out the other end. 

I don’t get the inclination to act like a) the writing for this show is gold, b) they do any kind of justice to Scott’s character, and c) those who don’t turn a blind eye to those flaws are the ones displaying willful ignorance.

What bugs me is the insistence that if I don’t participate and in the very specific ways outlined in the many long winded meta posts, that I’m contributing to the ruin of fandom.  But if your lot breaks their own rules it’s okay because you’re fighting for the great good.  

That poor girl who was giving her reactions to the first season and even said she liked Scott, suddenly had her post overwhelmed with how crappy Stiles really is and Scott’s the best ever and just all of these things.  And SEVERAL of these posts exist where people are watching for the first time and suddenly Scott stans are there telling them they’re not watching in the right way and how bizarre, weird and twisted they are.  It’s just… asinine, and pointless. 

It’s fine to hijack their event, because they were contributing to male toxicity and they needed to be taught. 

It’s fine to attack and then block them because anything they could possibly say back wouldn’t refute their argument they’re “just toxic haters”

They don’t converse, they lecture.  The don’t debate, they debase. They create situations wherein they become the victims and then only present half of the equation as fact. 

And they get called out for it.  Cause and effect.  

It is not your god given right to police fandom

It is not your destiny to cure fandom toxicity (while also engaging in it)

It is not your purpose to defend a fictional character at the detriment of a fandom of real people. 

You’re not entitled to do any of those things.  However, you can do whatever you want.  Just know that you’re going to get pushback and you’re the reason why. 

Give me Grantaire and Musichetta who have a brother-sister relationship. They’ll go out for coffee and talk about whatever shenanigans “our boys” have been getting up to. At least once a month, Joly or Bossuet will propose a date night, but, “Sorry, no, I’m sleeping over at R’s. We’re gonna order pizza and watch High School Musical and paint each other’s nails.” He carries her on his shoulders during Pride so she can see everyone in the parade who goes by. When Bossuet wants to marry her, it’s R whom he asks for his blessing. And when Joly shows up, beaming, at ten in the morning and announces that Chetta is pregnant, it’s R who actually cries tears of joy. Practically-siblings R and Chetta just brings me such happiness.

stranger things 2 - character analysis

SPOILERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

episodes 1-9 , also some from the first season but you’ve probably seen that

feel free to add your own opinions in the comments !!

1 ; steve harrington —

if i may start with !! steve harrington is a sweetheart deep down. he makes sure nancy gets home safe with jonathan, even after a FIGHT with her. when will your boyfriend ever ?? anyways, here are a list of things i love about him this season :

- this man and his hair

- he helps dustin get the ladies

- he. carries. around. his. nail. bat.

- babysitter!steve. need i say more?

- actually cares about school now

- stands up for max !!!!!!!!

- understanding of nancy and jonathan’s friendship ( even tho he doesn’t know that they frick fracked )

2 ; nancy wheeler —

this woman needs to get her priorites straight. but i actually love her, she is just so cuTE and her smile is amazing wow. now the list. and i actually, first, have some dislikes :

- she continued to talk to steve like a boyfriend even after she did the do with jonathan. ( don’t get me wrong though, i’m literally jancy all the way - i just think it’s wrong )

- uhm, you like jonathan, admIT IT !

- she gets pissed real easy

and now. some likes :


- actually cares ?? a bit for her brother this season

- when she dances with dustin !!!! and gives him advice !!!!

- her smile to jonathan at the snowball, cute.

- a baby

- she waited for jonathan

3 ; jonathan byers —

MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER !!!! no dislikes ( except that he left nancy waiting ). he’s the best. moving on :

- his cAMERA

- his jealousness for nancy

- when he showed up to the party for nancy !!

- “ i’m a guy who hates parties ” mood

- “ you are a freak, i’m a freak too ”

- a beautiful boy

- showed his brother real music

4 ; eleven / jane hopper —

a bitchin’ character :

- she wanted to go out on halloween as a sheet ghost

- sheet ghosts are my aesthetic

- “ 353 days, i heard ” im crying

- her hAIR !!

- she’s so lost. give her a hug

- eggo quEEN

- even hopper GROUNDED her from eggos. thats how much she loves them

- it’s the little things, kids



- she loves mike with her whole heart

5 ; michael wheeler —

it broke my heart to see him so broken all season. i literally heard it tear. omg :

- “ i talked to you everyday ”


- he cares so much about will

- like he never leaves his side

- when he tears up everytime he sees eleven

- when he tears up everytime eleven leaves because he’s afraid of losing her again

- when he smiles

- when he literally hit puberty 80 times since last season

- just pROTECT HIM

6 ; william byers —

LEAVE MY BOY WILL ALONE. i literally yelled the first time we saw him in the upside down again. he was so afraid, my baby :

- he tried to stand up to his fears

- he tried so hard

- he fought against the monster

- he loves his friends

- he didn’t want to worry his mom ever

- he never got to do things alone and i feLT SO BAD OMG

- protect

- hair

- zombie boy

7 ; maxine mayfield —

madmax, i have to say, i didn’t think i would like her character, but i really did in the end :

- when she flips off her brother everytime he leaves

- her hAIR is so pretty

- she’s stubborn

- like me

- lmao

- scaring the party on halloween



Beverly has long nails (almost two centimeters worth of keratin.) Bev has Almond shape nails. She paints them a lot: to the point where they’re kinda yellow from the paint. Sometimes when she’s not feeling the colour, she scrapes the still-wet polish off instead of using acetone. She avoids using remover because acetone dries out your cuticles/skin. They are really thick and strong, they never break. She helped Mike around on the farm over previous summer breaks and they never broke once.

Ben has baby hands and they are soft af. His nails are really short because Ben bites his nails a lot, mostly out of nervousness. Sometimes when he’s still nawing on his nails after he bit them off, his nail bed starts bleeding. One time it got so out of hand, Eddie had to bandage his all his fingers. Eddie found this challenging because Ben hands are small and kind of sweaty. Eddie makes sure the bandages are on firmly so they don’t come off from Ben’s hand sweat. Bev and Stan are still in the process of helping Ben get over biting his off.

Eddie’s nails are round and don’t leave scratch marks. Once Stan showed him how to file his nails correctly, Eddie doesn’t leave his house without a one. Whenever Eddie isn’t doing anything, he takes that bitch out and files his nails. He offers to shape the Loser’s nails. Richie is really the only one who likes getting his nails shaped. Eddie often uses nail care stuff: like strengthening his nails and coconut oil to oil his cuticles after wiping off previous nail polish Beverly offered to put on.

Stan has the best nails out of all the boys. They are a bit long and really clean. He files them every weekend. When they break (which is like, never, because he’s very cautious) he just clips them off and grows them out again. When he feels like they’re long enough, he puts on clear or nude nail polish. Stan carries a nail file everywhere. He even gave eddie one to keep in his fanny pack(s).

Richie’s nails are long and pointy, adding onto his long fingers. They grow and break fairly quick. Richie used to have a nail biting problem but Beverly and Stan quickly came to the rescue and put stuff on his fingers that tasted bad. They are basically temporary knives. I say knives because they’re sharp. No matter how much Eddie files Richie’s nails, they always sharpen.

Mike clips his nails all the time. Mike thinks nails annoying, especially when Stan cries a bit because his folded while he was doing something. Once Mike let his grow and he couldn’t write because his nails were digging into his palm. Mike cleans the dirt out from under his nails out every night. Mike also doesn’t want to feel the pain from a broken nail. Richie and Stan both say it hurts when they break and that makes Mike uncomfortable.

Bill keeps his nails fairly short, along with Mike. Bill doesn’t want to risk breaking a nail since he has baseball practice and is in honored English. Same thing like Mike: Bill let them grow out a few times but couldn’t write because his hand hurt like the pits of hell. Bill bites the skin off the side of his nails. It’s a habit of his. Bill loves Stan’s nails. Bill likes it when Stan rubs Bill’s head, scratching his scalp a bit.

Okay so while I was writing out a request, it got deleted or something so I’m rewriting it here we go.

Originally posted by auxias

Summary: You lose your arm and while you’re super calm about the situation like “fuck ow” and here are the paladin’s individual reactions

In order from calm to freaking tf out


-Shiro is just like “that sucks”

   -He honestly knows what it feels like to get his arm cut off and replaced, so he drives you back in the black lion (we’re going by preseason 2 finale here) and back to the castle

      -Allura and Coran don’t understand that when a human lose an arm they can’t grow back a new robotic one like Shiro

      -The two Alteans stitch you up with this weird thread and place you in the pods for a few days until you’re able to walk again

-When you’re healed up, you look at your arm and remember that it got chopped off, so now you just have a stub

   -The stub doesn’t affect working all the time but it does sometimes because you go to reach for something and you get mad because you could’ve sworn it was there and now you’re looking down and realizing how stupid you are

-Feeling bad, the team all decide they need to replace your arm and they start building. By they, I mean Pidge (it was an unintentional “they/them pronouns” joke last time but this time I mean it)

   -When Pidge gives you your new arm, you’re happy and show it to Shiro and you tell him you’re arm buddies!

   -Pidge also replicated Shiro’s arm after a week of studying it and understanding the technology, and made one almost identical

      -She couldn’t put in the galra parts but she did add a nice flashlight feature for when the power goes out, or its late and you cant see that well


-Pidge watches your arm get chopped off and is like “ow” as it is 

   -You weren’t tied down but if you were her reaction would be 100x more serious and she’d be screaming and crying

-Pidge takes you back to the castle in the Green lion, and it was a little faster so Coran and Allura are able to stitch you up and put you in the pod for a shorter time

   -Once you come out, Pidge already has a new arm for you

      -You test it out and she still works on some bugs and stuff while you work

         -If you engineer around the castle, Pidge will follow in case your arm gets damaged. 

            -It does once and Pidge guides you on how to fix it while she continues from where you left off. You both are exchanging directions on how to fix things for thirty minutes and successfully finish the job

-Pidge does miss your normal arm as much as she likes to admit it. If you’re both dating (and 15 or 16), she’ll admit that she misses the arm holding her hand and stroking her hair. 

-Pidge also will sometimes take off the arm and examine your stub. She makes notes on it and if its getting infected from the arm or is healthy


-Lance freaks out a little bit, and after fifteen minutes of flying to the castle and standing outside your pod, he calms himself down. 

   -A few days pass and he’s sleeping next to your pod one day when you walk out, not waking him up and saying good morning

      -He tackles you with hugs and kisses and you feel so lucky

-Lance still is getting used to the new arm because he misses the way your fingers would run through his hair and hold him and his hand. Luckily, you have to take off the arm every night because Pidge says she thinks it could get infected

   -Although your arm isn’t there, he’s happy he doesn’t feel a cold hand on his back

-Lance does sometimes play around with your robotic fingers, testing them out to see how far they stretch back, if he can crack the knuckle, and painting them even (cause we all know Lance carries nail polish where ever he goes)

   -Pidge catches you both painting nails one day when she’s supposed to check on diagnostics and is confronted with a painted robotic hand

      -Because its so messy, she takes the arm one night and adds some nails (like fake metal ones) so you and Lance can paint them correctly


-Okay, Hunk doesn’t just freak out. He FAINTS

   -Once he does, Shiro has to drive you two back to the ship. 

   -When he comes to, he immediately asks if you’re okay to Coran and Allura. A simple nod and he’s back asleep

-When you’re in the pod, Hunk leaves a plate of cookies out for you in case you walk out one day. 

   -By the time you do, the milk is warm and the cookies are gross, so Hunk is willing to make you more

-Hunk doesn’t like the new arm for the most part, but it helps in baking.

   -Oh by the way he cooked a whole bunch of shit while you were out because he stress cooks

   -When you whisk stuff, your arm doesn’t get tired after an hour so whisking egg whites (or a similar thing to earth eggs) into a whip thing helps

-When falling asleep together, Hunk cuddles you and pushes away your robot arm if its on while you’re working on a late night project

-Hunk doesn’t mean to make it look like the arm is a menace and hE WANTS PHOTOS OF HIM ON HIS DESK PARKER, and then tries to get more into it

   -Once he does, he only holds your hand and but doesn’t kiss it. It would take three more years for him to finally get used to it and do everything with it like it was a regular hand


-Accurate representation of Keith: 

   -Instead of getting you to the pods, space dad™ does instead while he single-handedly takes down the entire mcfucking galra army.

-He is very anxious about you leaving the pod and IF you will. 

   -When you do, Keith catches you and holds you bridal style all while crying

      -”I missed you and thought you wouldn’t get out and oh fuck I love you”

-Keith doesn’t mind the new arm, and gets advice from his older brother Shiro on how to act around it

   -The main things are: Don’t stare at it, don’t touch to examine unless you got a yes to, and don’t bring up the old arm

      -Keith stares at it for a while, but finally learns to deal with it

-When in the fighting range, Keith watches as you tear apart fifteen different robots which is two more than he can do

   -Dates are no longer going out into space together, but rather “who can beat the most robots this week”

      -When you win, Keith complains and says how you cheated and when Keith wins you do the same jokingly

-When you sleep together, you’ll be facing each other while Keith holds your hand and stares at the stub for a bit

   -It takes him a while to get used to not holding your other hand at night (you would hold both hands and fall asleep like that)

anonymous asked:

evie headcanons?

I gotchu.

 - I’ve seen so many head canons and fics where EQ encourages Evie to having an eating disorder, like anorexia or bulimia, but I don’t see that happening. I think EQ would be more of a “no boy wants a girl made of skin and bones and vomit makes your breath smell!” so she pushes Evie to have a ‘perfect’ body with curves and glowing skin

 - because of that, Evie is into eating really healthy and working out with like running or yoga

 - super protective big sis to Carlos. Evie is really protective over any of her friends, but Carlos was the first person she befriended, so they’re like siblings

 - first person Carlos told about his crush on Jay and he’s super shaky and nervous like this is some huge secret. Evie’s like “hun, I’ve known that since the day we met, I always thought you just didn’t wanna talk about it”

 - really admires Lonnie and how she’s breaking down the stereotypes of women and is inspired by how Lonnie never lets her gender be a limit

 - always carries a nail file. Not just for manicures on the go but because they are a wonder, inconspicuous weapon that can take someone’s eyes out

 - hey, she’s pretty and feminine, but Evie is an Isle girl. On top of the nail file, she always hides a knife in her boot

 - oh yeah, science lab has access to all kind of acids and chemicals that she knows very well how to use

 - makes an attempt to stay in contact with EQ, who never hides her disappointment in Evie’s lack of a prince, but is proud in her daughter’s fabulous clothing line

 - Queen of Science Club

 - invests in smudge free lipstick because Mal always likes to jump and smooch her when Evie isn’t expecting it

 - flirty and gorgeous meant a lot of boys thought she was easy, but anyone who grabbed her ended up with broken toes and a bloody nose

 - just really loves high-waisted shorts

 - she and her friends don’t know how to swim, but Evie and Jay are the only ones who want to learn (and not just because tankinis are adorable)

 - it takes some time and awkward after-class talks, but eventually grows to respect Mr. Deley. They never have a good relationship, but he does apologize for threatening to have her expelled

 - goes out of her way to avoid Snow White for as long as humanly possible and when they do finally meet, the step-sisters are awkward and bumbling before just kind of bonding over how crazy EQ is

 - since she was the last to join the group (according to the books, Evie never left her castle until she was 16), she always feels like she doesn’t really belong with her friends and that makes her compensate in weird ways. She steals Jay’s t-shirts to use as pajamas and holds Carlos’ hand in between classes and plays with Mal’s hair whenever she can


listen, I would fucking die for Steve Harrington for a multitude of reasons. They’re included below. (spoilers)

1. Character development, season one started out as Steve being very much of a douchebag, at the end of the season he started to change more and SEASON 2 DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED YALL.

2. A dad. HE STEPPED the fuCk up in season two ALSO A mOm? I can’t believe it, I’d trust that man with my ENTIRE liFe. He basically ADOPTS these children, AND SASSY STANDS LIKE A SUBURBAN MOM. he like never stops tryna protect these kids who he has no relation to at all.

3. A gentlemen. Hear me out, he’s dating this girl who decides she doesn’t love him and loves another guy. Steve doesn’t act out, or act with rage or aggression toward Jonathan or Nancy, instead he lets her be happy.

4. Older Brother?? Listen, Dustin grew up without a male role model (or so its perceived), and Steve just STEPS THE FUCK UP!!! tips on hair, girls and being respectful?? an older brother/ dad af.

5. BADASSERY to the SUPremE. Steve fucking carries a bat with nails around in it. HES so fuckin metal and literally just CHARGES at the Demadogs in the junk yard. Gryffindor much???

6. Good looking. Try to convince me otherwise and I’ll slice you. He invented everything.

7. Loyal. sticks with the kids. sticks with the byers. sticks with nancy and jonathan. literally owes these people nothing and could leave. but guess what. HE DOESNT.

In conclusion, I would die for Steve Harrington and love him with all my heart.