collecting rainwater

100 Tips for the Secret Witch! 

  1. Use a shoe box to hide your more obvious items.
  2. Keep herbs stored in ziploc bags to easily conceal them.
  3. Take up “rock collecting”.
  4. Candles and incense because they “smell good!”
  5. Use an Altoids tin as an altar.
  6. Buy crystal jewelry.
  7. Use perfume to cleanse.
  8. Essential oils can be used in place of most herbs and are less obvious.
  9. Get into cooking, buying herbs is justified then. Plus, kitchen magic!
  10. Use old makeup/perfume/mason jars for spell jars.
  11. You can use almost any necklace as a pendulum.
  12. Use spice jars for tiny spell bottles.
  13. Put an altar in a spare drawer.
  14. Playing cards can be used in place of tarot cards and are very common.
  15. There are a lot of virtual apps geared towards witches that are easily hidden.
  16. You can put sigils, tiny crystals, among other things in lockets to hide them but be able to wear them.
  17. Farmer’s almanacs are just as good as the witch geared ones if you add some information to them, and they are more mundane.
  18. Acorn caps make good biodegradable offering cups.
  19. Get into crafts! You can make some really cool witch stuff that can also just be taken as “artsy”.
  20. Taking a few pinches from your parent’s kitchen cabinets is never a bad idea . Unless caught.
  21. Store things in big, boring looking books.
  22. Seashells and rocks with natural holes make great windchime elements.
  23. You can say your bos/grimoire is a dream journal, which are fairly common and not suspicious.
  24. Draw sigils on with lotion or washable marker.
  25. A tea bag in your clothing drawer can help imbue clothing with the attributes of the tea you use.
  26. Draw sigils on the bottom of your shoes.
  27. Make a virtual altar instead of a physical one.
  28. Always remember to clear that browsing history!
  29. Draw small sigils on your nails then cover them with nailpolish.
  30. Pretty much everything at a craft store can be used for witchcraft. Except maybe the older people who shop there.
  31. You can buy really really small jars online and make them traveling spell jars.
  32. You can enchant jewelry to keep spells close to you.
  33. You can make friendship bracelets/lanyards with colors corresponding to your intent.
  34. Enchanting something you wear daily like glasses or shoes with a ward is something that could be done if one doesn’t wear jewelry.
  35. If you’re into sewing/cross-stitching: incorporate secret sigils into the design.
  36. You can grow plant ingredients under the guise of eating healthier.
  37. Buy soap/shampoo etc with scents to match different intents.
  38. Pencil cases are inconspicuous!
  39. You can use birthday candles instead of actual candles.
  40. Obtaining scented candles a covert way of having colored candles… and if you want scentless you can just say you like the aesthetic but not the smell.
  41. Bath salts can have magical intent and be just as effective as a for bath.
  42. Doodling is a great way to cover up sigils in a notebook.
  43. Grow plants. Collect rainwater. Say rainwater is for plants. Cackle to self.
  44. Make a private discord server for taking to deities.
  45. Threads that hang off of clothing or coats are good for thread magic so long as you don’t have to do a ton with them.
  46. Cleaning and cleansing go hand in hand.
  47. Virtual or sketched altar.
  48. Usually the isle that carries Ethnic food carries SUPER cheap herbs.
  49. All astrology is just you getting really into horoscopes.
  50. If you want a more accurate birth chart, ask your parents for your time of birth. Say it’s out of curiosity.
  51. Weird witch stuff lying around? You like the aesthetic from Charmed.
  52. Sigils don’t have to be considered witchcraft. Say they’re like a good luck charm.
  53. Make your own jewelry, beads, gems,threads, color correlation, etc.
  54. Pinterest boards are great for various things. Dedicating things to deities, saving spells, etc.
  55. Stuffed animals as representations of deities.
  56. Thread magic = sewing and crocheting.
  57. Side blogs on Tumblr are similar to pinterest boards!
  58. Sigils on the bottom of hair spray cans for glamours.
  59. Nail Polish = color correlation.
  60. Quote: “My room smells weird so that’s why I’m burning like 100 candles and some incense”. Works every time.
  61. You can make your own tarot cards with inconspicuous symbols and photos on them, say they’re drawings.
  62. Fairy lights in your room because they “look cool”.
  63. Put your bos in something that looks like a school notebook.
  64. Leave offerings outside if safe. Bury them! But don’t bury things that are bad for the enviroment!!!
  65. If you want to use a ouija board, there are quite a few virtual ones.
  66. Any herbs you can get be purely for tea and nothing else.
  67. If someone catches you meditating, tell them it’s for relaxation.
  68. Draw sigils on the top of your ceiling fan. The fan will charge them while on! - Not recommended you do with a permanent marker!
  69. Draw a sigil on the charger base of your electronic devices.
  70. Charge your makeup/hair products/perfume/cologne up with whatever you’d like.
  71. Lemon water makes a great cleansing spray and is usually not suspicious.
  72. Sigils inside your phone case!
  73. Enchant your jewelry or watches.
  74. Draw a sigil with a white crayon on paper.
  75. Put a pouch of herbs in your clothing drawers, if someone finds them, say it’s to decrease bad smells.
  76. Incorporate magic into art.
  77. Write poetry to your deities.
  78. Study herb pouch and gemstones in your backpack.
  79. Oils and herb pillow for your glasses case to encourage clear vision.
  80. Make your own paper and use flowers/seeds/etc to create a design.
  81. Sticky notes for sigils inside a school locker.
  82. Correlate your clothing to your intent that day.
  83. Sigils on a hair ribbon or enchanted ribbon.
  84. Put your intent into your food and drinks.
  85. Learn to make your own tea.
  86. Keep a penny in your pocket for luck.
  87. Google drive vs physical bos if you’re worried about your parents seeing it
  88. Slowly start buying candles and bam you wont be questioned because they are just candles!
  89. Craft store stars painted with black-light paint placed on your ceiling in constellation arrangements.
  90. Drink fruit infused water/tea.
  91. Carry salt in old film bottles or similar cases to help cleanse your purse or bag.
  92. Salt packets are free at fast food places.
  93. Enchant your bank account/wallet/piggy bank/etc so that it charges your money!
  94. Use travel size medicine bottles to hold random mini witch things: twig,  pebbles, sand, salt, etc. 
  95. Draw elemental items to encourage their energies around you.
  96. Leave sticky notes with magical symbols on your desk or in your locker to generate positive energy for the next school day overnight.
  97.  Terrariums and shadowboxes have always been popular, make it your altar or invitation to the fae.
  98. Fairy gardens have been a thing for a long, long time. They’re not suspicious and very good for attracting the fae!
  99. Enchant counter bowls of fruit or breads so that the food decays slower.
  100. Remember that no matter what, whether you can openly practice or not, that you are just as valid of a witch!  
Witchy Things To Do on A Rainy Day

Originally posted by capistrania

  • collect rainwater, of course
  • do some self-reflection and introspection
  • make some magical tea or other warm drinks
  • any spells for washing things away, banishing, forgetting, or moving on
  • thank the sky for its gift
  • let the rain nourish you as it does the plants
  • cleaning and cleansing of the home
⛈️ Spell to Weather a Storm ⛈️

a spell to help  a person or relationship through a particular rough patch

⛈️ gather: a candle, thread, an athame or blessed knife, thyme and an orange

⛈️ perform spell during a rainstorm, when one begins. be prepared ahead of time as the rain may not last long. 

⛈️ when it begins to rain, collect some rainwater and bless the knife with it. 

⛈️ use the knife to peel/cut strips of the orange peel off.

⛈️ carve your, or you and your s.o.’s names into the side of the candle.

⛈️ wrap the peel around the candle and bind it with the thread

⛈️ dress the candle with thyme and light it. 

⛈️ have the candle burn the length of the storm, or as far down as it goes. do not leave the candle unattended while it burns.

Modern Witches

- Nervous witches collecting rainwater in mason jars and purifying it for non visibility spells. Dousing their wrists and necks and behind their ears to prevent unwanted attention.

- Witches brewing tea and coffee and leaving it to sit for days so that the spirits in their homes will be pleased.

- Twenty year old witches squinting at their scrawled runes in a composition notebook in a cramped apartment as they study for exams.

- Witches arming themselves with non-lethal hexes and curses when they have to walk at night in the city because you can never be too careful.

- Witches adopting their black cats from shelters, and maybe several other cats that aren’t black as well.

- Witches creating fairy lights of floating candles that sometimes drip wax on the floor but will refuse to burn the witch’s dwelling.

- Familiars doubling as therapy pets and service dogs.

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The Plain of Jars is an ancient megalithic archaeological site in Laos consisting of thousands of stone jars scattered through the valleys and foothills of the Xiankhoang Plateau. The Plain of Jars has been dated to the Iron Age, sometime between 500 BC and AD 500 and is considered to be one of the most important prehistoric sites in Southeast Asia.

Over 90 ‘jar sites’ have been discovered; each home to somewhere between 1 to 400 jars. Each of the jars vary in height and size, and are anywhere from 1 meter to 3 meters tall. They are hewn directly from rock, mostly sandstone, and are undecorated. While most of the jars have lipped rims, very few lids have ever been discovered.

The purpose of the jars can, of course, really only be theorized.

Lao legends describe a race of giants who, after winning a great battle, brewed huge amounts of rice wine to celebrate their victory, and built the jars to store it all. Another tells that the jars were simply molded from a mixture of clay, sand, and sugar to function as kilns for pottery. But perhaps the most practical of these explanations is that the jars were used to collect monsoon rainwater for caravan travellers. Even stagnant, the rain water in the jars could be boiled until potable, and archaeologists have observed this practice in many Eastern Eurasian countries already. Beads found inside the jars could have been a travellers offering, accompanied by a prayer for more rain.

More scientific study of the jars offers different insights. The initial study of the jars, conducted by Madeleine Colani in 1935, suggests that they were personal crematoriums. Inside many of the jars she studied, Colani found black organic soil, glass beads, and burnt teeth and bones. This conclusion was widely accepted namely because there wasn’t any further study of the site until 1994—almost 60 years later. While the 1994 study would ultimately corroborate Colani’s findings, it’s worth mentioning the nature of the delay: Laos has the unfortunate distinction of being the world’s most bombed country, and of the hundreds of thousands of bombs dropped and planted during the Vietnam War and the Laotian Civil War, 30% did not detonate, leaving 10 of the 18 provinces in Laos “severely contaminated” by both bomb-related refuse and debris, and unexploded ordinance. Of the 90 jar sites, only 7 are open to the public as a result, and further research into the stones still proves incredibly difficult to this day.

A couple Witch Gardening tips
  • Collect rainwater and charge it. Use that to water your plants
  • When you are planting a new herb flower or plant, think of all the possible uses for it. Be excited, fill the seed and soil with your energy, you’ll reap what you sow.
  • Talk to your plants. They are living things.
  • Meditating in your garden can bring calming energy to both you and your plants
  • Thank your plants as you take from them for use.
Post portal 2 headcannons for some of the humans

I may add Subject 18 later

Chell

  • Doesn’t trust technology that talks. Fuck you, Siri.
  • Doesn’t trust anything that talks, actually. Still refuses to speak and give people the satisfaction of hearing her voice most of the time.
  • Secretly addicted to reality show competitions like Wipe-out and Hell’s Kitchen. 
  • Loves fruit.
  • Burns everything from Aperture in a ritual bonfire. unfortunately for her, many of the components are flame retardant.
  • Refuses to go underground. if the laundry room is in the basement, too bad.

Mel

  • Refuses to go to sleep until she just collapses from exhaustion for quite a while.
  • Tries to catch up on all the popular culture and history she missed out on in chronological order. Screamed when she learned mankind landed on the moon.
  • Flips out when she learns what WiFi is. Flips out when she has new types of cuisine for the first time. Flips out a lot.
  • Nobody really remembers her or her Olympic career (for the most part) and that makes her kind of sad.
  • A huge fan of modern sneakers. They’re so comfortable and you can just wear them out to go shopping and everything.
  • Tried to replace Virgil with a dodge ball she drew an eye on. It does not work.

Doug Rattmann

  • Doomsday prepper/hoarder - keeps everything in case it will come in handy some day, like empty juice jugs to collect rainwater in case the plumbing shuts off and crumpled balls of tin foil for reasons only known to him.
  • Always cold. Always.
  • Keeps his old lab coat safe inside Cube and brings it out at night to sleep with.
  • Will eat absolutely anything that’s even technically edible.
  • Stole borrowed a bunch of Aperture technology and is constantly tinkering with it.
  • So many dogs. He basically gets adopted by a pack of strays and just goes along with it.
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Spent all evening making tea with my new herbs, collecting rainwater and making crystalwater, also in the process of making sigils for my plants n charged n activated one for my girlfriend, she’s not feeling well very often so I have two sigils for her wellbeing, activated one while we were on the phone n a few minutes later she said she’s actually gonna try to sleep

I personally love incorporating my craft into my writing, especially when it comes to aesthetics. Nothing describes hopelessness as well as watching your prosperity jar spell fall out of your cabinet and break open. Or victory like watching those who have abused you wither away from your curse. Rainwater collecting in cool glass while you polish your anthame provides a very specific, useful aesthetic that can be used in many settings! Basking in the light of lightning you caused creates power the reader feels, no matter the case. Witchcraft and writing are sisters, and belong together. May the beautiful and just gods smile upon you now, just as I smile upon my dog when she wishes to sniff the contents of my luck jar spell. Or when I gaze upon the magic heavens when they open to allow my dreams through. Blessed be, dearest reader!!!

Celestial Holy Water

Originally posted by glow-lovely

By Secretcatholicwitch

Things you will need:

·      Rain water

·      Holy water

·      Sun

·      Moon

·      Blessed salt

·      Bottle (that is special to you) 

When you made this holy water, everything has to have some significant and value to you.

For example:

  • Is the rainwater collected on you birthday?
  • What is the Moon of the month or what phase is it in?
  • Is the Sun eclipsed?
  • Was the holy water from your baptism?

Things like that, it’s going to be different for everyone so make it special to you. But you will still need some of the ingredients if you want to make my celestial holy water.

Take you bottle and fill it up half way with you rainwater or holy water (whatever you have more of) then fill the rest with the other water, but make sure you don’t fill it up to the very top. Just sprinkle a bit of holy salt and put the cap on then shake it to mix well.  Put the bottle in a place where the Sun or Moon will be hitting it at all times.

Make sure to bring the water in side after you charge it, now you have your on personal holy water! 

Rainy Day Spell

A Rainwater Spell For Spring
Intent: to brighten a gray day
Location: cast indoors, materials from outdoors
~Tools:
Athame (ritual knife/double ended blade)
Chalice
Offering bowl
Wand* (always optional)
~Materials: spoon, small candles, cloth, mirror
~Ingredients:
Water / rain or tap (if you have well water)
Wet Grass / 1 blade
Rosemary
Lavender
Eucalyptus essential oil
Sugar
Saffron / 1 strand
~Crystal: anything water-safe you resonate with. And selenite

Steps:
•spread out your cloth. Lay the mirror in the center. Place the empty dry offering bowl on top. Put a piece of selenite in
•arrange your candles in a pentacle. Leave an empty space at the tip of the star. Light one candle
•collect rainwater in your chalice. If you can’t do so, fill it with filtered water only if you have well-water. If you have to take water from the tap, purify it using your preferred method
•retrieve a blade of wet grass.
•also retrieve a pinch of dirt
•say thanks and return back inside
•remove selenite from the bowl
•light a candle
•replace it with grass and dirt
•light a candle
•clink the bowl with your wand to activate the spell (or flick it with your finger)
•place you nearly full chalice at the tip of your pentacle
•light the last candle
•place a water-safe crystal in the offering bowl
•rotate your wand or finger around the chalice several times to fill the water with your intent
•gradually spoon the water from the chalice into your offering bowl. Making sure to dump directly on top of the crystal
•once the offering bowl is ¾ filled, remove the crystal with your spoon and set aside on the cloth to dry
•add remaining ingredients to the bowl
•stir until the saffron turns the water golden
•once the offering is bright and golden, the spell is complete. To cast it you must cut the water with your athame in an X to release its properties into your space and be absorbed by you
•After you may clean up your materials and enjoy your day! Pour the water from both your bowl and cup back onto the ground outside where you took the grass and soil as an offering to the Earth for being able to use its power for your magic
•if you spilled water, hang the cloth up to dry with your intent and further relish in your brighter day! Enjoy :)
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how do you collect dew?

very, very patiently. since i’ve been getting this question a lot, i’m just going to make a post about it.

it’s not as easy as collecting rainwater, because it requires a lot more work than leaving a bowl out during a storm. first off, start with a jar or something with a wide brim, much wider than the one i used in the picture above. that way you have a lot of room to catch it, and it’ll be less likely to just roll down the outside edges. 

dew is easiest to collect from when it’s about to fall off (like the flower in the first picture) or when it puddles on the leaves (like in the fourth picture). however, those adorable, tiny balled up droplets, like on the leaves in the second picture, are usually nigh-impossible to actually get in the jar. 

Most of it I get from where it pools on leaves (hydrangea are very good for this). Put the tip of the leaf into the jar, and then tilt the leaf down, be careful not to disturb it, dew falls very easily. If you work from the top of the plant, the lower leaves catch a lot of the dew you drop or shake loose.

a little bit of science here: since water is what we call a “sticky” molecule, if you wet the inside of the jar and keep the outside dry, it’s more likely to go inside the jar. 

preservation of dew water:

i have not preserved any of my dew/rainwater, but i have added a few drops of bleach to my puddle and pondwater, because, ameobas, algae, fish pee, etc.

chemically, dew/rain is just water and trace atmospheric elements/pollution (so I’d say do not drink in large amounts regardless, but especially if you live in a pollution-heavy area, make sure to test the acidity of your rain before touching/handling it.) otherwise, they shouldn’t go bad, in theory. if you’re still worried about your dew not keeping/growing bacterial shit, filter it, maybe add a couple drops of diluted bleach (if you add bleach, do not drink your dew, for your safety concerns).

store in a dry, cool place, preferably out of direct sunlight, etc. fridge, freezer are okay too, if you really want to

that seems about it, if you have any more questions, lemme know. have fun collecting!

Moon Water Cleansing and Self Love Spell

Needed:

Moon charged water (I used rainwater, but any kind that speaks to you works.)

Washcloth

Optional:

Rose Quartz (tumbled would be best)

Incense (sage worked great for me, but rose would work well too)

Relaxing mood music (always helps)


Before you get started, make sure that your water is safe for use. Since I collected rainwater I used a filter to get rid of the nasty things I could see, then boiled it at a rolling boil for a couple minutes to get the nasty things I couldn’t see. Oh, and let it cool before use, this is supposed to be relaxing, not painful.

Set the music, light the incense, and sit and meditate as the water cools. The water already has a silvery energy from the moon, so swirl your intent to cleanse negative energy in with it. Set the rose quartz in the water (after it has cooled considerably) and mediate on how pinkish positive, self-loving energy from the rose quartz is infusing in with the silvery energy. When the water is cool enough, take the rose quartz out and fold it in with the washcloth, and dip the washcloth in the water. 

Start with your third eye, scrubbing off the gunk around it so that you can see more clearly. Wash your face, envisioning any negative energy being eaten away by the silvery energy, then being replaced by the loving pink energy. Then start to wash your body, giving extra attention to any areas that you feel negatively towards. Use the loving energy of the rose quartz to replace those negative feelings, and visualize you being happy in your body. 

After you’ve washed yourself, but before patting dry, envision the energy from the water on your still damp skin shining bright around you, as if your whole aura is glowing. Feel it burning off any last traces of negativity, and those voids being filled by the pink and silver loving and healing energies. 

Ground if you feel it necessary, and treat yourself to a cup of relaxing tea, or something else that makes you feel happy. 

-Perri

Another Twenty-Two Days

Another Twenty-Two Days

HP/GW, Rated R for sexual situations and language

A/N: Because I can’t get enough of these two.

Link to Part I: HERE

I. (Everywhere)

It’s a switch being flipped, and suddenly she’s light and she’s everywhere.

Someone’s complaint one morning over burnt toast floats down the table, and Harry’s stomach flutters. He thinks automatically of Ginny, and how much she’s going to enjoy breakfast; she always picks the darkest slices.

There is a decorative vase of amber yellow flowers on Professor Sprout’s muddy desk when he goes up to turn in his essay on the benefits of Snargaluff pods. He breathes them in. They smell just like Ginny, soft and delicate and sweet.

Freesia refracta,” Professor Sprout says, nodding towards the bouquet when she notices him lingering there.

“Er, they’re nice,” he mumbles, and moves on quickly after that.

It’s pouring during Potions, and Professor Slughorn is collecting rainwater in a tin bucket in the high, open windows, and it sounds like the time they were stuck in the broom shed together during a rare summer storm. He remembers Ginny’s tinkling laughter as she rung out her sopping hair.

She’s everywhere, everywhere, and he wishes he’d been ready for her when she’d been ready for him.

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Let the storm flood your heart,
collect rainwater in pails
somewhere out in the woods,
where weeds grow wildly
and trails lead to riversides
rushing rapidly over pebbles.

Let the woods be your home, 
a solitary place to escape from 
the safety of a flooded house,
where circuit boards and lamp
shades collapse and spark 
cataclysmic waves of stress. 

Let your flooded water pails,
in the uncertainty of these
desolate and overgrown forests 
fill up the space where comfort
once existed in your wild heart – 
let the storm flood your soul.

—  @brihadley
Rainwater Conception Spell


You will need the following items for this spell:
 

  • Rain water

First, collect fresh rainwater the next time it rains. Keep the container tightly sealed in the refrigerator until you have a bright moonlit night. Place the water outside, exposed to the moon beams overnight.
On the following night, pour the water through a sieve onto any woman (it could just be yourself who wishes to conceive a baby).
The best way to pour would be by pouring it over her head as she stands naked in the bathtub so that it hits most parts of her body.
As the water falls, the woman should visualize the emotion she’ll feel holding her newborn in her arms.

come rain
a T-rated finnrey kissing ficlet inspired by this post by @jediknightreys and also for @becketted (feel better)

Rey loves the rain; Finn is coming around to her point of view.

They’re both aware of the clouds gathering overhead, of the drop in temperature as the afternoon sun disappears under a blanket of grey.

She loves it — the cooling air, the tingle of ozone, the promise of rain, something that still hasn’t grown familiar. It’s all familiar to him, though. The coming rain is just water, just another element that will ruin your weapons and cause your uniform to chafe your skin.

Sill, he loves her, so he keeps up their sparring — perry, thrust, turn — growing more familiar with a weapon that’s apparently his birthright. (Or at least that’s what Master Luke says.)

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