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Stop being INSENSITIVE to SNAKE OWNERS

Making comments like ‘Kill the snake” “Stomp on it” are very rude and insensitive. Snakes are a pet/companion like any other. Saying snakes are gross to a snake owner or to kill them is like saying a dog is gross and you should kill it. Either comment makes you a horrible person. Snakes are not gross, stop judging our pets like they are your own. If you do not like snakes then simply do not own one. BUT do not go around tell other people their animal is gross and should be killed.


The Domestic Garden Witch: Crystal Balls!

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

Garden’s Got Balls

Last week, I addressed a trend in parts of America which centered around placing glass bottles on trees as a form of charm and as a bit of aesthetic. In that same article, I mentioned gazing balls. It only seems right that I should talk about these lovely garden features next! After all, there’s more to gardening in witchcraft than just the plants or the containers. It’s also the additional features that can add or affect the magic that you’re using as a whole!

First, for those new to gardening, or witchy gardening, gazing balls are glass or metallic spheres placed in gardens for various reasons, whether magical or simply for aesthetics. Their popularity can be traced back to their height in Victorian society, where gazing balls were not only aesthetically pleasing, but also incredibly functional. The polished reflective surfaces allowed chaperones to unobtrusively watch over young lovers in courtship, while the servant class could place the spheres in strategic locations in which they can more easily see a room and provide needed service without having to interrupt their employers.

Like many aspects of the Victorian era, there were some more mystical qualities to this practice, as well. First, gazing balls were also referred to as witch balls, because like the blue bottle trees, they were said to capture malevolent spirits and witches who caught their reflections in the surface. When hit by the light of the sun, the spirits would burn away. It was important to keep the sphere clean, because if the glass broke or got dirty, the spirits could find a way out.

Though witches won’t be caught inside of them as a result of the reflection (I should know… I love gazing balls, and I’m still here instead of in some shiny ball somewhere), witches have used reflective spheres for other reasons! And this is where we turn to how a garden can be made witchy with these lovely decorations!

Gazing Into the Crystal Ball

Gazing into crystal balls and other reflective surfaces is a practice referred to as scrying. It’s a form of divination that allows for intuitive and subconscious interactions that can help the diviner consider various outcomes to a situation for the sake of finding a wiser course. For many witches, it helps to be in a comfortable place to do so. As such, placing a gazing ball in a garden is a wonderfully discreet way to practice divination.

Like the blue bottle trees, it’s possible to use blue spheres as well, for both protection from malevolent spirits and the Evil Eye and for good luck.

Consider the different materials available and the different colors available for gazing balls, and pair them with your intent and the purpose of your garden. If it’s a garden for prosperity and health, for instance, placing a white gazing ball may enhance that energy for that garden by providing that association for you each time you look at it or gaze into it during garden meditations. If you are maintaining a faerie garden, having multiple gazing balls of various sizes and colors can be a great way to attract friendly fae to your garden.

If you’re of the crafty sort, you need not have to buy fancy gazing balls. Instead, it’s fairly easy to make your own by taking an old lamp globe and painting it, as well as using strong glues to add stones, glitter, and other decorations! I’ve seen homemade gazing balls with faerie silhouettes, flat-bottomed marbles, and even glowing lights on the inside! The possibilities are fairly endless with such a project!

May all your harvests be bountiful! )O(

imaspoonnotafork  asked:

What sport(s) would each person from Hamilton play? I think Herc would play football...

Alex

  1. “Is debate team a sport?”
    1. “No, Alex, you have to do a real sport.”
  2. really wanted to play basketball but he was too short and didn’t make the team :(
  3. ends up on the track team because he loves running and he’s really good at it
    1. runs super fast
    2. runs after jefferson

Burr

  1. Soccer!
  2. Was really unsure about joining the team 
    1. SUPER scared at the try-outs 
    2. went home really sad thinking that he didn’t get on the team
  3. Made it onto the team!
    1. super excited when he found out
  4. goes to every single practice and just loves it!! so much!!!

Lafayette 

  1. FENCING 
    1. Epee 
    2. HATES sabre
  2. SUPER GOOD AT IT
    1. this boy is jumping around doing flips and spins and his opponent is just like ??? help
  3. yells at opponent in french which makes him even more intimidating

Mulligan

  1. Football!!
    1. super good at it
    2. always catches the ball
    3. LOVES being on a team
  2. Instead of calling the ball or communicating with his words 
    1. he just yells “BRAH”
    2. constantly
    3. confuses the heck out of the other team
  3. Designed new uniforms for the team because the old ones looked bad and were constricting movements
  4. Spies on the other team to figure out their strategy 

Jefferson

  1. also, “Is debate team a sport?”
    1. “No, Thomas, you have to do a real sport.”
  2. Tries out for the basketball team with Alex
    1. makes it because he’s really tall
    2. and is really good at basketball
    3. alex is really sad about it but always goes to games to cheer on his boyfriend watch Jefferson fail
  3. LOVES pre-tournement pasta parties
    1. always makes mac and cheese

John Laurens

  1. Baseball
    1. looks super good in his uniform 
  2. Also started a badminton club sport??
    1. and so many people LOVE it
    2. but it falls apart after he has to leave it because of his heavy class load :(
    3. but then he comes back and it’s better than ever!
  3. Kinda a mom-friend, wants to make sure that everyone has equal playing opportunity and feels great with his friends succeed!
    1. extra happy when alex succeeds
    2. also wants jefferson to fail

George Washington

  1. Captain of the Football team
    1. super inspiring
    2. doesn’t always know what he’s going
    3. really good at motivating his teammates
  2. has lots of school spirt too!
    1. makes sure his friends all come to the game 
    2. completely decked out in school spirtwear 
      1. face paint and all
  3. Really good at football!
    1. him and Herc work really well together
  4. Cheerleaders all love him
    1. alex wanted to be a cheerleader 
The Domestic Garden Witch: Drink and Charm

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

Finals-ly!

It’s that time of the year now, where all across America, students are cramming for their week-long hell: finals. Before, sometimes during, and after finals, many students turn to various stress-reduction practices which may include consuming in some form or another alcohol, cannabis, nicotine, and caffeine. And hopefully safely (do as you may, in moderation… please always be safe regardless of what you take).

Especially after finals, the San Luis bar scene definitely becomes lively, and gives way to a week full of brightly lit and vibrant downtown nights. But when it comes to the waste, it can sometimes be a bit disheartening. Luckily, this city tends to be rather good about its waste, but there’s always that home party which produces a significant amount of beer bottles.

In the past, I’ve covered how to use bottles to create container gardens and miniature gardens. But there’s more to the garden than just the plants and their containers. Decor has a significant role to play in the design of a garden, whether it’s indoors or out. In the spirit of recycling, I’ve decided that this week, I’ll turn to a practice that has become a staple in the United States, but has its roots in Africa: bottle trees.

A Charm, A Statement, A Warning

Blue bottle trees are something of a regional thing in the US. They’re more common in the south and in some areas of Arizona and California, but have a history that predates the US. When African slaves were brought over to the United States when slavery was legal, some were allowed to continue certain aspects of their cultural practice. One of which was the use of placing drinking vessels on the ends of tree or bush branches. The reasons for this vary across both history and region, but often are linked to a particular use: protection.

According to some stories, the bottles will capture malevolent spirits who are attracted to the colors, trapping them through the night until the sun rises in the morning and burns them away with its light. Other stories link the trees to prosperity and good luck, or otherwise with bringing beneficial weather for crops and gardens. Regardless of what purpose used, they have stuck around and become a sort of tradition.

The subtitle for this section includes “A Warning” for a reason. There is an issue around taking on this practice, called cultural appropriation. It is a practice linked strongly to both African and African American culture. As such, I feel that it is important for me to mention that this tradition may not always be acceptable, especially without proper research. I present it here as an idea starter and as an aspect of garden witchcraft, from a neutral point of view.

All of that said, let’s take a look at what bottle trees have to offer to garden witchcraft!

From Wood to Glass and Color

If taking on this project, it’s important to consider the tree and the glass being used. First, ensure that the tree is dead first - no sense killing a healthy tree for the sake of a garden. The wood can be part of the charm, and examples of woods can be seen in my Domestic Garden Witch article from last week. If you don’t have a dead bush or tree available, it has become common practice to build your own, using either metal or wood frames made of a central post, with “branches” inserted. Traditionally, the bottles are placed on the branches of the myrtle tree - a connection to the tree’s presence in the Hebrew Exodus and diaspora of the Old Testament, and a link between the Exodus and the fight against slavery.

Next is the glass bottle itself. The most common of these trees makes use of blue bottles. Like “witch balls” or “gazing balls” often found in gardens, the choice of the blue color has significance in Hoodoo, as it is linked to the threshold of water and air - and also to life and death. This is a great way of incorporating symbolic thresholds into a practice through the use of color and intent. Consider what other colors may signify and incorporate them into such a project!

This kind of project is not only inexpensive, but can also lend a particular charm and aesthetic to a garden, as well as providing a lovely nod to American culture and heritage.

If you favor the idea of a witch bottle tree, but want to avoid appropriation, a common substitute is available in any craft, hobby, or garden store: the gazing ball! The gazing ball fulfills the same purpose as the bottle tree, and has links to European witchcraft and practices, as well!

May your harvests be bountiful, and best of luck with finals!
Blessed Be! )O(

Dragon Ball Z’s Brilliant Use of Anti-Heroes.

Dragon Ball Z stood out for many reasons when it first aired on Toonami. It’s art style, music, continuous story, and violence all set it apart form typical action cartoons. Although, I think what really made Dragon Ball Z feel like so much more than a superhero cartoon was its anti-heroes. The nuanced reasons why they fight and change makes the show feel much more mature and complex than its contemporaries. 

Piccolo feels dangerous when he and Goku team up to fight Raditz, and the situation feels more and more dangerous when you realize that Raditz is a threat to everyone on Earth.

When he starts training Gohan you see Piccolo develop, but there is still an unpredictable nature to him. Again the stakes feel raised simply by the fact that Piccolo is choosing to help Gohan, and the characters both feel more nuanced as they grow closer together.

Vegeta during the Frieza saga feels even more unpredictable. Will he kill Krillin and Gohan? Will he kill Frieza? Will Goku have to kill Vegeta? The insertion of an anti-hero makes everything feel much more dangerous and unpredictable.


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