City Witch Tips for all of my fellow witches stuck in apartments, dorms or other city areas.
If you can’t burn incense you can make your own sprayable incense by mixing alcohol (usually vodka or rubbing) with essential oils and a bit of oil, spray in the air to act like incense
If you are unable to go outside for whatever reason to get rain water (in my case just no where to collect it safely), fill a jar or glass with regular water and keep it near a cracked window to charge it with the wind, sound and scent of the rain outside. Same goes for storm water
Trapped in city and unable to get ocean water? Sea salt mixed with rain/storm water can be an excellent substitute
To continue on with water substitutes, if you can’t collect snow crushed ice from your fridge will suffice
Low key warding/protection you can use: spray moon water, salt water or sprayable incense about your apartment or dorm, place sigils under doormats, furniture, inside cupboards, etc; place crystals about hidden or out in the open, sweep and dust out the door or towards windows
If you need melted wax to seal a jar or for any other magical purpose, but can’t burn candles, by a wax melter and melt that wax and imagine the light from the burner acting like a flame (plus they are rather cheap, I got mine for 25 bucks)
Need stars in your craft but too much light pollution? Glow in the dark stars on your ceiling or wall can work just as well for visualization. Print out pictures of your favorite constellations or planets and place them up on your walls or on your altar. Live video feed of the night sky can also be easily found on the internet
Bath magic is amazing for low-key ‘in the woods’ witches. Use teas, milk, oils, herbs, bath bombs, bubble baths, salts, etc that relate to your intent. It is also a good place to meditate if you have roommates or family around that would disturb you otherwise
If you do for whatever reason need to burn a candle, birthday candles are small, melt fast, and don’t create a lot of smoke or smokey scent
Sigils are another great low-key form of magic. To boost them up, use color magic related to the color you draw them in, write them using quills made of feathers related to your intent, use colored paper, rub a drop of essential oil on them, charge them with crystals or in your windowsill
You don’t have to burn sigils to activate them, which is hardly an option when you are in a dorm or apartment. Other options are: Shredding them, erasing them, soaking them in a bath or shower, using body heat or your own pulse, etc
Miss having the outdoors and plants around? Windowsill gardens can really help. Small plants you can consider keeping in your windowsill or counter-tops: succulents, cacti, bamboo, lemongrass, basic, rosemary, mint, rosemary, mosses, aloe, snake plant, pothos (and other vines), carrots, beets, shallots, lettuce, spinach, garlic, chives, parsley, oregano, thyme, and marigold
Open your window to let the wind and air from outside to help energize you and clear out negative energies inside
Fun places to put sigils: under furniture, carved into soap, onto shampoo/conditioner bottles, on your make up, inside phone cases, in shoes, under bandages, sewn into pillow cases and blankets, behind pictures in frames, underside of nail polish, carved into wax squares for your wax melter, keys and keychains, behind mirrors or in medicine cabinets, on bookmarks, on or in binders and pencil cases, on medicine bottles, and water bottles/travel mugs
Easy to make and dispose of poppets: carrot sticks (one of my personal favorites), apples or other fruit, clothe, paper, popsicle sticks, paper towels/napkins, toilet paper rolls, eggs, celery stocks, and cotton balls
The internet is an amazing thing. Need some sounds to help you focus or meditate? Easily look up the sounds of rain, storms, wind, ocean waves, jungles, forests, etc
Christmas lights are fun and great way to use discrete witchcraft. Select ones in the colors you wish for them to bring ie green for growth, yellow for inspiration, white for protection, purple for psychic abilities, etc.
Some everyday things you can use for discrete witchcraft that don’t cost much at all or that you most likely already have: water, table salt, black pepper, paper, crayons/pencils/pens/markers, vinegar, milk, tea, highlighters, make up and beauty supplies, shampoo and conditioner, rubber bands, paperclips, thumbtacks, computer/phone/tablet, music/music player, playing cards, dice, air freshener, perfumes, toothpaste, rice, flour, sugar, honey, and all kitchen herbs and seasonings.
Can’t afford gemstones or crystals on college budget? Crackle and dyed quartz you can find super cheap at craftstores and online. I bought a whole bag for 4 bucks. Use them based on their colors and shapes. Can’t afford that but still want to use rocks in your craft? Find some rocks you like outside, again use their colors and shapes to determine their correspondences. Want to use them for a specific purpose? Paint sigils on them in the color that corresponds with what you want! Charge them in your windowsill or with your own energy and intent. There you go!
Pocket mirrors are cheap, easy to carry around and great for glamours and on the go magic.
Seriously though, glamour spells are going to be a good option for you. use your make up, skin products, hair care products, brushes/combs, perfume, mirrors, toothbrush/toothepaste and intent. Good to do while you are getting ready for your day
Dream magic is another friend of the city witch! Use crystals, sigils, herbs, etc near your bed before you go to sleep, drink some chamomile, get yourself a dream journal (mine is literally a notebook with construction paper on it), keep it and a pen near you. In the morning write down your dreams, your thoughts, how you feel (tired, refreshed, groggy, etc), and interpret them.
Can’t afford tarot cards? Print out some, you can usually find them online and they won’t last as long as a real deck but it is a good temporary solution. Want a Ouija board but can’t keep one or need it to be easily hidden? Print one out, draw on one on paper or cardboard, fold it up and store it once you are done. Want a pendulum but can’t afford one? Use your favorite necklace, bracelet or keychain!
Tea and coffee magic is great, make your own tea blends with the herbs you like. Or just buy simple green or black tea and add sugar, milk, etc depending on your intentions
As I said before, crock pot magic. The Modern Cauldron: brew and cook all day with it, fill your apartment with the scent of the herbs and food to fill it with the energies they correspond with and you get a delicious meal to come home to! Most dorms allow them. Rice cookers also work well.
Can’t afford fresh food? Have to survive on ramen, canned soup, and microwaved meals? That is okay! They even correspond with things! Tomato soup for love, beauty and passion. Beef ramen noodles for strength, courage and longevity. Microwave mac n cheese for beauty and feminity. Look at their ingredients and what they correspond with. Sure its not as glamorous as a making a huge made by scratch traditional meal but its kitchen magic none the less. Stir it with your intent while you cook. It isn’t fancy but it works just as well!
Use a notebook or binder for a nice grimoire, decorate it as much as you want on the inside. Print out pictures of nature, animals, planets, stars, places, crystals, etc that you cant’ access/afford and use them in your craft. Spell books and grimoires are powerful tools
Don’t have a wand? Use a wooden spoon. Tie a colored string or ribbon to it to correspond with what energy you want it to have and move and flick it as you would a wand.
Knitting, crocheting, and knot magic is very apartment friendly. As well as sewing and embroidering plus it is super calming.
Glitter, sequins, and beads are great in witchcraft! Use their colors to determine their correspondences. Put them in spell jars, sachets, bottles, etc. Glitter tip: if you spill any don’t fret, get some packing tape, wrap it around your hand with the sticky part outwards and dab at that glitter spill. You will literally pick up all of the glitter in seconds!
Enchant and charge your pots, pans, skillets, and other cookware to make every meal magical
Make moonwater in your windowsills. Use it for cleansing, beauty, divination, clarity, protection and purification
Take walks. Even if it is a city there is still nature about. Pigeons flying about, potted flowers outside of stores, grass growing in front lawns, etc. Enjoy yourself, even if it is not some wild, vast forest you can still connect with your local nature.
Pick up litter or garbage you see outside, being in the city we all see it. The natural world around you will appreciate you helping out. Bring a bag with you when you take your walks or travel and fill it with wrappers you see on the ground.
I hope this was helpful to all of my fellow city and dorm witches!
So I commissioned @yliseryn to draw Allura in my wedding dressbecause personal vanity and LOOK AT THIS PERFECTION. She even threw in an appropriate Shiro reaction shot. xD And Allura’s holding my bouquet and the ribbon color is the same and omg OH MY GOD the lighting and her hair and look how happy she is and it will take me a bit to formulate actual words to describe this RIP my writing ability. #__#
like fuck these trust fund pieces of shit who move into poc neighborhoods for the “aesthetic” and then call the cops on the people who already lived there for being noisy but have the nerve to go back to their $2000/month one bedrooms and listen to vampire weekend and beirut and other white, pitchfork-approved musicians who got famous by appropriating music from a different race and regularly hang out with their other mostly white friends while drinking PBR and gloating about how they went to art school that their parents paid for so they spent the whole time doing drugs and getting drunk with other white hipsters all the while dodging doing any actual learning like those poor kids who actually needed to maintain good grades to avoid getting kicked out like these are the same assholes who contribute to gentrification and then write op-eds on some edgy blog–because it’s really fucking easy to be a writer or call yourself a “journalist” when you’re already rich–about how minorities need to employ respectability politics in order to be on the same level as their oppressors
This is a practice that I’ve adapted from something many Wiccan covens
use during rituals. It’s designed to allow us Wiccans to display our Craft and
our faith in an open way, without it being seen for what it truly is by
non-Wiccans (mundanes). Pentacles and skulls are all very well, but they’re all
too easily seen as being obviously “witchy”. This method avoids that, and also
allows you to display your proficiency in a specific art of witchcraft or
Wicca. This post is tagged under “witch’s ribbons”.
What are Witch’s Ribbons?
A witch’s ribbon (written as “ribbon” here) is, quite simply, a
specially-marked ribbon of a specific colour that is worn on the person of a
Wiccan to display their Craft. Ribbons are made by taking a coloured length of
ribbon about one to two feet long, and wrapping it around the wrist, ankle,
arm, neck etc. It is then tied off, and used as a wristband. I also recommend
drawing a little, relatively innocuous sign on the ribbon, one that would not
be easily spotted. For example, the “ )O( “ triple moon symbol might be a good
choice, or a few runes such as Perthro
and Ansuz (common witches’ runes,
symbolising the occult and sacred feminine, and the wisdom of Odin and
You can wear more than one at a time, and it’s also possible to plait or braid ribbons so that multiple colours are combined into one strand. For example, I specialise in healing magick, divination, and green witchery. So I would plait together blue, yellow and green.
What do the colours mean?
colours are based off of a common coven practice, which is wearing special
robes either dyed a colour or trimmed with that colour. I have carried over
most of those colours, but some have either been added from new, or changed
Purple – The colour of priests and priestesses, representing those who work with
the god and goddess specifically; usually only worn by coven leaders
Navy-blue – The colour of deep oceans, representing sea-witches and those who work
with ocean magick and creatures
Blue – The colour of healers and potion brewers. This is also the colour of
Turquoise – The colour of ice witches and those who work with winter, ice and snow.
Could also be worn by any witch during winter or Yule
Green – The colour of herbalists and green witches, those who work with nature,
especially plants and fungi
Light brown – The colour of those who work with animals, especially those with
psychic connections to animals and animal minds
Dark brown – The colour of hedge witchery and tree magick, heavily associated with
those who specialise in the magick of rocks and the Earth itself.
Gold – The colour of the Sun and the summer, representing summer witches and
those witches who work extensively with deserts and hot places. The colour of
Silver – The colour of stars and of those witches who work extensively with the
night sky and space, such as those who practice roadomancy.
Yellow – The colour of diviners, those who work with divination and foretelling
Orange – The colour of fire witches, and those who work with flames and smoke;
also the colour of energy-workers
Red – The colour of emotions, especially strong passionate ones like love,
lust, hate, joy, depression and envy. Used by those who work with emotions and
White – The colour of purity, representing the Moon and salt. Worn by those who
are undergoing ritual purification, and also by those who are hoping for good
Black – The “default” colour of witchcraft, it is an absence of colour and
represents no strong allegiance towards or away from any specific branch of
witchcraft. It is most commonly worn by initiates and those who are just
learning about witchcraft and Wicca. Also worn on the upper arm by those in
mourning for the dead – the “black armband” tradition.
school is one heck of a time for almost everyone (even grown-ups) so here are some suggestions for the little ones who get easily stressed out between bells.
▹ appearance: dressing small is a large part of little space for some. whether you have an open dress code or uniforms, i’m sure you can find an article to make you feel young throughout the day!
✱ crazy or mismatched socks - a subtle way to let your childish side out.
✱ twirly dresses with pockets
✱ jeans rolled up at the bottom (that might even show off those socks!)
✱ fluffy coats
✱ oversized shirts/sweaters
✱ mittens - can also be paired with earmuffs for the super cold weather.
✱ velcro or slip-on shoes
✱ bright shoe laces or lace charms
✱ bold makeup - for the littles who love extra glam throughout the school day. even just a bright colored eyeliner or pigmented blush will do!
✱ bright nail polish or crazy nail art
✱ braids - french/dutch pigtails remind anyone of their younger days.
✱ colorful hair ties or ribbons
▹ lunches: a filling lunch is always a must in school, especially for the littles who rush out the door to quick for breakfast. pack these items to make lunchtime fun time!
✱ peanut butter & jelly sandwiches - bonus if the crust is cut off beforehand.
✱ macaroni & cheese
✱ fish sticks
✱ dinosaur chicken nuggets w/ sauce of choice
✱ microwaveable soup cups - alphabet soup is a favorite along with tomato because you can add goldfish crackers or dunk grilled cheese.
✱ fruit & cheese kabobs - use a cookie cutter to cut melons into little shapes!
✱ fruit cups or applesauce cups
✱ deconstructed salad w/ ranch
✱ chocolate milk
▹ snacks: we an all agree this time is always the best time. make sure you keep energized through the day with these little foods!
✱ goldfish crackers
✱ teddy grahams w/ peanut butter
✱ honey nut cheerios
✱ mini pretzels w/ peanut butter or cheese dip
✱ baby carrots w/ ranch
✱ broccoli w/ ranch or cheese dip
✱ hard boiled eggs
✱ cheese sticks
✱ apple slices w/ peanut butter or yogurt
✱ tangerines (peeled beforehand)
✱ caprisun pouches
▹ supplies: even though education is important, it isn’t exactly what a little dreams of in little space. use some of these items to make those geometry or reading assignments a little less intimidating!
✱ colorful gel pens
✱ scented markers
✱ pencil toppers or glitter grips
✱ stickers - to decorate stationary or class notes. you can even reward yourself with gold stars on homework you’ve completed the night before.
✱ cartoon bookmarks or sticky notes
✱ colorful book covers/protectors
✱ cute pencil pouches
▹ extras: some more ways to feel small that didn’t fit into any other category.
✱ stuffed animal key chains - to squeeze when you’re missing your favorite stuffie!
✱ stress balls
✱ fidget toys
✱ cartoon band-aids - in case of those pesky paper cuts!
✱ water bottles w/ the sucker straw
✱ playlists - break out those disney soundtracks or cartoon theme songs to brighten up your day!
although similarities exist, school is a different experience for everyone. if you find just walking through the doors in the morning difficult, i am so proud of you for traveling down those halls. i know it’s scary at times, but you will make it. stay focused, stay incredible. you will be okay this year ♡
Color Magic is all about representation in your craft. It’s easy to add a little more power to your spellwork by using colors that represent the theme of what you are trying to accomplish. This is one of the most useful kinds of magic for beginning witches because color is found everywhere, unlike obscure herbs or stones, and can be found easily in most homes without having to buy anything new or expensive. You can write you words out in a colored pen, or on colored paper, use ribbons of specific colors in chord magic, or use colored candles. Color magic is great for beginners, and easy to add into spells, even for experienced practicians. All you need to know is which colors to use for which purpose.
First and foremost, White is used for: all purpose, cleansing, purity, peace, balance, concentration, innocence, healing, truth, and spirituality,
Black is used for: grounding, wisdom, learning, protection and safety, reversing or uncrossing and unhexing, abolishing negative energy, transforming, defense, scrying, and pride
Red is used for: passion, vitality, strength, survival, fertility, courage, sexuality, mercy, action, danger, war, conflict, independence, assertiveness, competition, and as a representation of the element fire
Orange is used for: creativity and self expression, intellectual matters, overcoming addiction, justice, joy, business success and ambition, vitality, fun, action and opportunity, and celebration
Yellow is used for: pleasure, success, happiness, learning, memory and concentration, persuasion, inspiration, imagination, charm, confidence, travel, flexibility, and to represent the element of air
Green is used for: prosperity, abundance, money, physical and emotional healing, growth, luck, marriage, plant magic, acceptance, weather, counteracting, jealousy, and envy
Light Blue is used for: spirituality, tranquility, peace, and protection
Blue is used for: communication, will power, focus, forgiveness, good fortune, truth, fidelity, patience, domestic harmony, organization, removing bad vibrations, sincerity, and representing the element of water
Indigo is used for: spiritual guidance, psychic ability, upholding dignity, divination, meditation, ambitions, and overcoming depression
Violet is used for: spirituality, connection to higher self, insight, clarity, tension, and representing the divine feminine
Purple is used for: wisdom, influence, spiritual power, driving away evil, changing one’s luck, independence, breaking habits, and representing the element of spirit, soul, or life force
Lavender is used for: knowledge and intuition
Pink is used for: love, compassion, nurturing, femininity, friendship, romance, partnership, spiritual and emotional healing, protection of children and innocents, domestic harmony, self improvement, and maturity
Brown is used for: house blessings, animal magic, concentration, material goods, stability, food, financial crisis, and representing the element of earth
Grey is used for: loneliness, glamour, contemplation, and removing negativity
Silver is used for: feminine divinity, stability, psychic awareness, intuition, dreams, victory, medetation, communication, luck, and moon magic
Gold is used for: masculine divinity, great fortune, abundance, prosperity, understanding, divination, fast luck, positive attitude, justice, health, attraction, luxury, and magic involving the sun
Copper: business success, passion, money, fertility, and career growth
Gryffindor red is the color of lips before a kiss. It’s the color of bloody noses and skinned knees, of scabs forming over knuckles. It’s the color of floor length curtains and old rugs with too much fringe. It’s the red that tinges anger, sleeps at the heart of anxiety, and escorts love. It’s the color of a dancer’s dress as she spins in front of a window. The color of melted sealing wax. It’s a robin’s chest, a roaring crowd, and the hearth within an old stone building. It’s the color of home.
Slytherin green is the color of ivy wreathing windows. It’s the color of forest leaves and crushed grass, of pebbles covered in moss. It’s the color of forgotten old paintings and favorite coats with ripped pockets. It’s the green that bathes with jealousy, mixes with fatigue, and gleams next to excitement. It’s the color of a worn quilt. The color of nails tapping in anticipation. It’s the pine tree boughs, a whisper in an ear, and the world right before it rains. It’s the color of life.
Ravenclaw blue is the color of the sky a breath after dusk. It’s the color of the ocean and morning fog, of tears slipping down a cheek. It’s the color of wide eyes and the fresh sheets on a newly made bed. It’s the blue that swirls with sadness, smiles at greed, and dances with wonder. It’s the color of a ribbon marking a page in a book. The color of a fallen feather. It’s the hiss of the wind, the howl of a wolf, and a teacup set perfectly in the center of its dish. It’s the color of hope.
Hufflepuff yellow is the color of pollen stained fingers. It’s the color of dandelions and old parchment, of an unopened locket. It’s the color of fresh pie and old bruises. It’s the yellow that takes guilt’s hand, whirls with loneliness, and links arms with joy. It’s the color of dust drifting through sunbeams. The color of broken paintbrushes. It’s the whine of a teakettle, a pair of loved socks, and a wide open window. It’s the color of light.