Hey everyone, it’s been a while. I’m in a better place now, and though my mini-sabbatical was necessary, I hated not updating you all! I can’t wait any longer, so I’m back!
Most people know that certain crystals or stones have associations in Witchcraft, but people seem to forget that this is a relatively new area of Craft. Prior to that, for thousands and thousands of years, Witches and smiths used metals to work their magick and skill, and this shouldn’t be forgotten today!
Alloys have different associations to pure metals, so I’ll do them separately.
Iron - Probably the most common metal in Witchcraft, it’s associated with repelling of spirits, demons, Fae, and magick generally. It’s a dousing metal, one that channels magick exceptionally well, and as such will “pull” magick out of the user. Enchantments don’t stick to iron objects, and any spells placed on them will fade almost immediately or simply not stick in the first place.
Copper - An ancient and useful technology, copper is said to be the second metal ever worked by human hands, and the first to be made into tools. It’s primary associations are with craft and manufacture, especially workings done with one’s own hands or skill. Amulets made from copper are said to enhance skill at creative or inventive endeavours, and altar tools made from copper will work very well for constructive magick or rituals. It’s also strongly associated with harmony and balancing, making it an excellent metal to include in altars focused around balance.
Steel - Whilst technically an alloy, it’s an alloy of iron and a non-metal (carbon) so I’m going to put it in this section. Steel is strongly associated with weapons and armour, and for this reason it works well for defensive magick, destructive magick, and for athames. It retains iron’s strong resistance to magickal enchantment, which for an athame is a good thing - you don’t want the magick “sticking” to your tools, so something like iron or steel is kind of like using a non-stick pan to cook your eggs.
Tin - The working of iron is called “blacksmithing”, and conversely the working of tin is called “whitesmithing”, because whilst iron oxidises black under heat, tin remains quite pale. In the ancient world, this metal was highly sought-after, as it is the crucial ingredient in the manufacture of bronze, an alloy of tin, copper, and occasionally some other metals. As a result, it was highly priced and much haggled-over, and so it’s primary associations are with money, trading, prosperity and success. It’s also very strongly associated with British Witchcraft, because Britain had so much tin that the Romans and Greeks called Britain “the Tin Isles”.
Gold - The first metal worked by humans, the purity, rarity and unparalleled lustre of gold have made it one of the most sought-after metals of all time. Regarded as one of the “noble metals” by alchemists, and one of the precious metals by almost everyone else, gold is of course strongly associated with money, fortune and trading. However, it’s also associated with intelligence, because of the alchemical pursuits followed to try to transmute things into it; and with purity, because it is biologically so inert that Victorian doctors used to coat pills for rich people in 24k gold leaf to mask the taste without harming the patients. It’s an excellent channelling substance, though I doubt anyone will have enough of it for a whole wand! Perhaps just a tip, then!
Silver - Although less prized than gold, this highly lustrous and workable material is also regarded as a precious metal. Due to its unique atomic structure, silver is the most conductive element in the universe - this makes it an unparalleled channelling metal, and it’s much lower cost than gold makes this a theoretically possible metal to make wands for energy-workers and for ceremonial wands for covens. It’s also a very pure metal, and is strongly associated with healing, growth, and cleansing of disease and impurity from the body. Amulets suspended on a silver chain will be imbued with healing energies, strengthening any enchantments upon them, and assisting in the boosting of the wearer’s natural immune system.
Lead - Contrary to popular belief, lead is not toxic to hold in your hands any more than nickel, antimony, or other metals that are often toxic by ingestion. Whilst it’s not advised to wear it as an amulet (because prolonged rubbing against the acidic oils in the skin will cause them to react with the metal over time and be absorbed into your body), holding a charm in your hands or wearing one for only a day or so is not dangerous to your health. This metal is associated strongly with travel, adventure, and safe voyages across both space and emotion. It’s also a metal associated with intelligence and academia, and with magick of all kinds. Pendulums made using lead weights or pendants will be unparalleled for divination. In fact, my own original divinatory pendant is made using a lead fishing weight and an old key, and whilst I now have a fancy new one made with rose quartz and pure silver, my old lead pendulum is still my absolute favourite!
Bronze - An alloy made from the combining of approximately 85% copper and 15% tin. This alloy has many superior qualities compared to both individual metals, and this has made it a first choice metal for a great many people from artists to cooks to metallurgists throughout the ages. Stronger than both tin and copper, and with a higher melting temperature and toughness rating than either, this metal is associated strongly with grand endeavours, imaginative or ambitious projects, and with collaborative enterprises. Bronze would be an excellent component of any spell intended to enhance your performance at your job, in seeking employment, or in advancing your own social or career goals.
Pewter - This alloy has become rarer in these more modern times, but in the Medieval and Renaissance periods pewter was one of the most commonly used metals available. It’s main component is tin, and whilst most pewter is about 92% tin you can get pewter with as little as 80% tin and as much as 99%! The remaining ~8% is usually copper, antimony, and in old alloys lead is often a component (lead is almost always absent in modern pewter for safety reasons). This alloy is the metal that’s most strongly connected to kitchen witchery, followed by cast iron and copper, because it has been used for over a thousand years to make everything from cutlery to plates to flagons. It’s also associated with “common” magick, the magick of everyday people (as opposed to what were traditionally called the “higher” magicks like alchemy and energy-working). So long as your pewter is free of lead, it’s safe to keep it near your skin, or to eat or drink from it. Potions are more powerful when brewed in cauldrons made of pewter, and your kitchen spells will work more effectively when you use pewter in the working somewhere.
Electrum - One of my favourite metals of all time, electrum is a naturally-occurring alloy of gold and silver, often with trace quantities of copper, platinum and palladium in the alloy too. Natural electrum comes in two common varieties; 10-30% silver, which is found mostly in the regions of Western Anatolia; and 50%-60% silver, which is found in the regions around Ancient Lydia (a large empire stretching across much of Asia Minor). However, most modern electrum is alloyed artificially, allowing finer control over the quality of the alloy and making it easier to work with artistically. Electrum is very much a metal associated with commerce - many regions such as the Lydian empire used electrum as a basis for their coins, as opposed to pure gold or pure silver, and it has always been a highly valued commodity. It’s also a very strongly artistic metal, as electrum has been used to make everything from the capstone of the Great Pyramid of Giza (sadly, this has long since been stolen by looters over the centuries), to wedding bands for pagan marriages. Electrum is a metal of love and emotion, and in its alloying of two precious and beautiful metals to make a product greater than the sum of its parts, it represents the joining of two lives together into a single whole to produce a love that will last across all time. Personally, I’d like my wedding band to be made of electrum!
Metals are a much overlooked, but incredibly useful addition to any Witch’s arsenal of magick tools, and I hope most sincerely that this has been useful for all of you wonderful Witches out there looking to expand your collection of Witchery supplies beyond common items like crystals and tarot cards. Remember that Witchcraft isn’t about doing what everyone else does, but rather it’s about doing what only you’ve ever done! As always everyone, Witchcraft is not a thing you do, it’s a thing you ARE - Witchcraft is in the mind, and so be sure to practice your Craft exactly how YOU know it should be practiced.
my friends and i are doing a quick mini dnd adventure while we wait on our dm and this is my half orc fighter i made, Bula. shes a chaotic neutral pirate whos motives are purely coin to rebuild her pirate ship and become queen of the seas.
“It’s all a bit of a gamble, mate. That’s all I can promise you. And we never get to see what that other life would have looked like if we don’t take chances. You know what I did on the day before I started at this job? A practice run on the Tube from Convent Garden to Arsenal. I was miserable Joe sitting on the Tube, homesick for you all, honestly thinking of packing my shit up and flying back to Georgie’s place and meditating in her attic for the rest of my life. I’d been here for almost six months and nothing had happened. And I was praying, Tom. I was praying for a sign. I was so close to being a no-show the next day. But thank God I went through with it because every day, now, I sit on the Tube and think I almost missed out. Just say I didn’t know I was twelve minutes away from the rest of my life. Twelve minutes away from meeting a bunch of the most decent kids I’ll ever teach. Twelve minutes away from meeting my girl.”
It’s been so long since the last update and I feel terrible that I make you guys wait
This is probably going to end up WAY longer than I planned and it might just work out better split up
It’s my birthday this Saturday and I wanted to post something before the weekend, since I plan to be a lazy bum for the rest of the day and just rest
I tweaked some of the facts a little bit to fit more into the canon of both TV shows instead of the books. ‘Coming of age’ is reaching eighteenth birthday, not sixteenth. There are also some ideas from the TTG video game thrown in.
Also, have I spent WAY too much time browsing through my “A Feast of Ice and Fire” cookbook? Yes. Yes, I have.
“In the depth of winter, I finally
learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
― Albert Camus
Alec stands next to his father in the
great hall, discussing the possible terms of the trade they are going to settle
when a messenger interrupts their meeting. The delegation from Dorne has been
spotted at the bottom of the winding path that leads up to Idris castle. It
won’t be long before they make it to the top, so Robert orders his family out
to the courtyard to wait for their guests and greet them properly.
The castle is a buzz of activity, people running back and forth. The staff is in a
mild state of panic - they have been for couple of days now - not only because
of the arriving guests, but also due to Alec’s eighteenth name day celebration
that is a little over two weeks away. Alec really, really
doesn’t think that any kind of festivity is warranted just for his coming of
age, but it’s tradition and Lightwoods are - if nothing else - traditionalists.
stands at his father’s right side, Isabelle on his left, then Max. His mother
would have also stood by their father’s side, but giving birth to Max proved to
be too much for her body and she passed away shortly after bringing him into
this world. At the end of the line is Jace, whose father was assassinated years
ago and Robert took in his friend’s son as his ward.
The Dornish party is over forty people strong, but only a dozen or so come up to
the castle and the rest set up camp in the village below. Alec stands up a
little taller as the visitors enter the courtyard, the sound of horses
announcing their arrival even before they’ve entered the gates. Alec has seen
Dornishmen before, so their dark skin and sharp features aren’t that much of a
surprise. They arrive on sand steeds, an easily recognizable and breathtakingly
beautiful breed. There are a handful of guards mixed in the party and at the
head of it is the ruling Prince of Dorne, Ragnor Fell. Alec has never met him,
but with hair as white as snow - so atypical for Dornish people - he can’t be
mistaken for anyone else. He is a tall man, with a strong, chiseled jaw and
bushy eyebrows. There is a sword strapped to his side that swings slightly as
he descends from his horse and he’s wearing a black and gold travelling cloak -
they all are, actually. It’s still the middle of summer and it’s actually
pretty warm, but Alec supposes that when you’ve lived in the desert for your
entire life, even summer weather in the North must seem freezing cold.
I was reminded tonight that in 2007 Canada made a 100 Kilo pure gold coin (it weighs 220 lbs!!, it’s heavier than *I* am) with a face value of $1,000,000 (the melt value on the gold content alone is currently $4,333,410.90).
Why? Just to show off that they could. For literally no other reason. They wrote press releases and uploaded videos and everything just saying “look how awesome we are at minting coins”.
His father had only taught Kuroo three things before he vanished into the night to get cigarettes and never returned.
“Don’t trust women who are too beautiful. Don’t go out during thunderstorms. And whatever you do, never - never - fall in love with a witch.”
Kuroo’s mother had laughed when he’d told her that. She had kissed Kuroo’s hair and traced his neck until sparks flew and dark letters appeared on his skin, and Kuroo smiled because even though they always vanished after a few days, he loved the tingling they left on his skin, and how they protected him from the sadness.
And then, Kuroo’s world shatters in a night years later, where the sky is white from lightning and his bones echo from the roar of thunder. The lithe figure that pulls him off the street just before the car hits him is soaked in rain, their hand tiny and pale inside Kuroo’s. He stares at the now-empty street for a moment, heart storming behind his ribs. When he turns around, the thin shadow that tore him out of death’s grip is gone.
The shadow finds him again one week later. He keeps appearing on the balcony of Kuroo’s flat over and over again, every night, dark clothes wet from the rain and lightning reflecting in his eyes. When Kuroo comes closer, he vanishes, but only after Kuroo’s been near enough to stare into his eyes.
The irises are golden, light-spun and sunshine-bright. Kuroo finds stars around the darkness of that young man’s pupils, and maybe it’s not only beautiful women who are dangerous. The man has soft-golden hair, fading into black halfway, and his lips are always thin, pale, tinted with blue on the edges. Kuroo starts to wait for him, begins to sit on his bed and soak up the darkness with his glare until the soft thud tells him that the young man is back.
“Can I come inside?” The golden shadow says one night. It’s the first time he speaks. Kuroo doesn’t know why he nods, why he opens the door or why he offers him a blanket, some tea, warm clothes. He has so many questions, but none are answered. As soon as he puts the blanket around the man’s shoulders, as soon as a gentle finger traces his jaw and pale lips whisper “Tetsurou”, his mind fades to black.
The next morning, the figure is gone and the flowers on Kuroo’s windowsill bloom purple and crimson red, and a coin of pure gold hides under each of their petals.
Kuroo reaches out to touch one of the flowers, and stops. The back of his left hand is decorated with black ink, elegant swirls forming a name - “Kenma”. Kuroo traces his fingers along the outlines, and jolts as it vanishes.
Don’t fall in love with a witch, his father had told him.
“Thank you for letting me in,” the golden shadow says when Kuroo opens the door for him the next night. “Hello, Tetsurou.”
The reason anti-Scott fandom will never ever let the Season 2 finale Discourse die is because Scott’s actions there expose the two biggest lies fandom likes to perpetuate about his character.
1) Scott is dumb and only succeeds because he surrounds himself with people smarter than him and then takes credit for their plans/insights.
2) Scott is too moral, too perfect, and this is bland and boring and that’s why people don’t like him.
Let’s take a look at Lie #1. It’s no surprise to anyone that anti-Scott fandom likes to paint Scott as stupid, despite tons of evidence to the contrary, but no single episode embodies how false this is more than the season finale of episode 2. The episode is literally called ‘Master Plan.’ Scott looks at everyone’s surprised faces and says flat out ‘Everyone always says Gerard always has a plan. Well, I had a plan too.’
Its literally the only time Scott has ever directly claimed credit for a plan or a victory over a villain. Its also literally the only time Scott has expressed pride in his own intelligence or strategic thinking. And this, to fandom, is unforgivable. Lydia’s allowed to do it all the time. Stiles too. So was Allison. But Scott does it once, and once only and it incensed anti-Scott fandom.
Mostly because there’s no way to refute it.
Every other time, there’s wiggle room to make assumptions about what other people might have contributed to Scott’s plans. But not this time, and if you look closely at most arguments about the actual planning part of all that, you’ll notice two recurring themes. The first is a lot of talk about how Scott ‘went behind everyone’s back and didn’t even tell Stiles’, and how this was a Bad Thing. The second is a lot of supposition that Deaton heavily influenced Scott in forming this plan. The latter is pure conjecture….we know for a fact that it was the confrontation outside of the hospital that alerted Scott to Gerard’s condition, and literally the only other thing we have to work off is a flashback of him and Deaton filling the fake pills with mountain ash….its pretty clear that Scott came to him with the information about Gerard and probably asked for advice or input, but he’s also very clear about expressing that HE had a plan, not Deaton.
And as for Scott going behind everyone’s back, especially Stiles….ask yourself this. If anti-Scott fandom is truly so firmly convinced that what Scott did to Derek in the S2 finale was terrible and crossed the line and he shouldn’t be forgiven for it….why would they portray it as a Bad Thing that Scott didn’t confide in Stiles? Why would they WANT Stiles to have been party to it as well? There’s never any talk of how Stiles would have definitely talked Scott out of it and that’s why Scott should have confided in him. No, its just….Scott should have told/consulted Stiles. That’s it. The end. Because the issue I think a LOT of people truly have with the finale is not even the plan itself…but rather that it was Scott’s plan. That nobody else can be credited with it. Scott not telling Stiles means there’s no way to say ‘oh well, Stiles came up with the gist of the plan, Scott could never have come up with it on his own.’ And ask yourself honestly….if Stiles HAD been party to coming up with the plan….do you truly believe his fanbase wouldn’t have found justification to forgive him for it? That he wouldn’t have been applauded for his cunning instead? The plan, instead of being used to vilify him, instead being used as the angsty obstacle standing between Derek and Stiles that they needed to work past, that Derek needed to forgive Stiles for, before they could have their Epic Romance?
All of which brings me to Lie #2: Scott is too moral, too bland, too perfect. We hear all this talk of how Scott did a terrible thing by stripping Derek of his agency….but that’s hardly the only time something like that has happened on the show. And yet none of the people who raise this objection ever seem to have any complaints about Peter’s assault of Scott in the pilot, or Derek manipulating Scott into helping him kill Peter….there’s no acknowledgment of Peter violating Scott’s mind in the locker room in S1 while Derek stands complacently by….no objection to Derek having his betas drag Jackson into the bus depot and hold him down, struggling, as Derek paralyzes him with kanima venom….no endless discourse about how Jackson spent literally all of S2 stripped of every bit of his agency, nobody’s in a rush to bring up over and over again how Peter violated and used Lydia, no talk about Stiles getting his borderline alcoholic father drunk to ply him for sensitive case details, and so on and so on.
No. The one time a character was stripped of agency and fandom just can’t seem to get past it just so happens to be Scott making Derek bite Gerard. And this wasn’t even something Scott was just gunning for to happen. He wasn’t going through the motions trying to stop the kanima and Gerard until all the pieces were properly in place. He was running around frantically, same as always, trying to keep everyone safe and alive and trying to stop Jackson and save him LONG before everyone wound up in that warehouse. His big plan was actually just a big failsafe. It was a desperate, hail mary, In Case Of Emergency - Break Glass kind of a plan.
And yes. Being all of that, it was also ruthless. It was a ‘get the job done no matter the price’ kind of plan. It wasn’t ideal, it wasn’t a Good Thing, and yet it was exactly the kind of thing anti-Scott fans claim to hate Scott for not being capable of doing…he’s too naive, too soft, too incapable of doing whatever it takes to protect his pack. It was the kind of plan people WOULD expect of Stiles, or of Peter or Derek or Lydia or even Allison….and the kind of plan all of those characters would be forgiven for because ‘look we don’t always have to agree with what characters do to like them, they make mistakes, they make compromises, perfect characters are boring, we like characters who are REAL, who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.’ Any of that sound familiar?
But if Scott IS actually capable of being ruthless if the right circumstances conspire to make him feel he has no other choice, then a whole lot of fanon dominoes start to fall and fandom can’t have that. How can Stiles be the necessary flip side of the coin to Scott’s pure morality if Scott doesn’t actually need Stiles to make the ruthless choice, to do the thing Scott isn’t willing to do himself? How does his constant suspicion work as a balance to Scott’s too trusting nature if Scott isn’t actually naive and more than capable of recognizing Gerard plans to double cross him and he needs to plan accordingly?
And while I’m sure there are exceptions, that’s why as a whole, fandom will never ever ever let the S2 finale discourse die, because they literally can’t afford to. The entire mythology fandom has constructed to justify their contempt for his character is discredited by that one single episode, and by constantly forcing Scott fandom to remain on the defensive about it any and every time its brought up, for over four years his detractors have very neatly circumvented ever having to acknowledge what that episode displays about Scott’s intellect and his willingness to cross the lines if the right pressure is applied.
I'm grasping to understand something and I was hoping you might know the answer: What affect did Katniss have as a soldier in the Capitol? I understand the personal reasons she had to go, but had she stayed behind, or even returned to the base after the pod blew, would the Capitol have fallen the exact same way? Was there anything she did there that was vital to the occupation of the city and the downfall of Snow?
Good morning, Anon! Thanks for the ask. I’m grading essays so this is a welcome respite from my work :).
This is a question that I asked myself during my first read of Mockingjay. The short and probably unpopular answer is “not much.” I think when readers first read Mockingjay, the expectation is we are going to get a genre piece in which Katniss rises up as the Mockingjay, defeats the Capitol and ensures a peaceful and just Panem for all of posterity. Ironically, her march into the Capitol with the Star Squad accomplishes none of these goals. She is on a personal mission to kill Snow and her Squad accompanies her in the belief that she is in the best position to do so.
In essence, her decision to try to take out Snow is borne out of a need for agency and vengeance. Katniss has lost her agency in Mockingjay (another unpopular opinion but one I think the books supports). She is being used on all fronts and her own ability to make informed decisions is crippled by the trauma of the Games, Peeta’s hijacking and the war itself. The Star Squad’s move into the Capitol is truly a massive waste of effort and human life and I think in her deep depression, Katniss comes to realize that. I think in terms of the narrative, SC demonstrates the utter futility of even a “just” war and the wastefulness of revenge as a motivator for any kind of military action.
I will take this one step further and say that Katniss finally gains her agency and true efficacy as an individual when she decides to kill Coin. It is a purely individual act that she performs, not out of revenge for Prim’s death (her acquiescing to another Hunger Games would accomplish that) but to end what she has rightfully perceived as another dictatorship. She ends the cycle of retribution as represented by a “last” Hunger Games and does so not as part of a nationalistic military apparatus but as an individual acting out of conscience. It is also one of the greatest acts of selflessness in the series because we know what the consequences of cold-blooded murder are on Katniss and yet she hands over her soul to ensure a Panem safe for future children.
I think her march into the Capitol illustrates that it is individual action, not collective war-mongering and vengeance, that eventually leads to peace. SC is ruthless in delivering this contrast, and Finnick’s death, I think, is the emotional punch that she uses to do so because he dies a useless death in what is eventually a futile endeavor. Sadly, her efforts on the ground that day do not have any effect on the outcome of the war.