could also be crystal

Cleansing The Cards

It’s natural for tarot cards to accumulate & harbor energy, since that is the primary force they operate through; it can “clog” or “restrain” them, making them rather unproductive, though it doesn’t damage them. They simply need to rest and be refreshed every now & then, just like the reader does.


I suggest trying all of them out & sticking to the ones that work for you.

Simply shuffle the deck with the intention of cleansing it, in whatever way that’s most comfortable for you & for as long as you feel you need to.

Sort the cards – arrange them in order of the 22 Major Arcana and 4 suits of the 56 Minor Arcana. Allow the deck to “rest” in proper sequence for a while. You could also simply sort the cards so that all are upright & none reversed.

Tap the deck against something, or tap it with your hands / another object.

(This method is better for projective/masculine decks.) Place the deck in sunlight and leave it there until you feel that all the unwanted energy has been burned, faded, blinded, or driven out.

(This method is better for receptive/feminine decks.) Place the deck in moonlight and leave it there until you feel that all the unwanted energy has been drained, coaxed, flushed, or guided out.

Place the deck in a sealed, air-tight plastic bag and bury it in organic salt. Let the salt soak up the excess energy for a few days, or until you feel it’s done.

Place a crystal that corresponds to your intention upon the deck, or somewhere near it. You could also form a crystal grid around it.

Pass the deck through the smoke of incense or burning plants that correspond to your intention (most people would use dried sage or rosemary).

Swing a pendulum of your choice clockwise in circular motions above or on the surface around the deck with your intention in mind until you feel that all the unwanted energy has been drawn out & expelled.

Play any instrument with your intention in mind, or place the deck near a speaker and play music that corresponds to your intention.

*You can also cleanse each card individually rather than the whole deck at once, if you prefer. It takes longer but it’s more thorough & “intimate”


After cleansing your deck, store it in a special box/bag/cloth and/or with a quartz crystal to protect and generally upkeep its clean state.

Simple tip: cleanse your deck every time you use it. This is the easiest way to maintain a healthy deck, & the ritual of it can improve your general relationship with the cards as well as your connection with them in the moment.

Other good opportunities to cleanse your deck:
- It’s brand-new / inherited / borrowed / secondhand
- Another person has come into contact with it (especially if it was without your permission – the deck will let you know if it’s been meddled with)
- It has come into direct contact with a surface or object you didn’t want it to (this mainly applies to the tarot readers who take extra precautions to preserve the energetic integrity of their deck – such as only laying the cards on a designated cloth/mat/board, not allowing others to touch them, etc)
- It has come into direct contact with another deck
- It hasn’t been used for a long period of time
- It’s been accidentally scattered/messed up/physically damaged
- Many different readings have been performed with it
- An extensive/intense reading has been performed with it

Symptoms of a deck that needs to be cleansed:
- An irregularly large amount of cards drawn in a reading are reversed
- An irregularly large amount of cards are falling or popping out of the deck while you shuffle & handle it in general / the deck won’t stay together
- The readings are becoming unclear, or you’re having an unnecessarily difficult time interpreting & discerning their meaning; you’re getting mixed messages, the cards aren’t cohesive, and so on. If you feel like you’re not gaining anything out of the readings you do with a deck, you need to cleanse it.
- You get the sense that you need to cleanse the deck. This could manifest in many different ways; perhaps you feel bored of the deck or distant from it, or perhaps its “personality” changes, or perhaps you simply feel off about it. Common “off” feelings are slowness or lethargy, disengagement, bitterness, exhaustion, a sense of a contrary or combative disposition, misplaced irony, dullness or hollowness, strain, stress, aggravation, confusion, or alienation, and may come from either you or the deck itself when you interact with it.
- You can’t bring yourself to focus on the readings you do with it; neither you nor the deck can maintain your concentration / awareness / full presence.
- You consistently lose and misplace the deck or you can’t find it when you want to use it – or other people have moved it, even just once. If you don’t give it a spot and it tends to wander around your house, that may translate into your cards. Cleanse them and pick a permanent/regular place to keep them.
- The deck loses its “magic” and begins to feel like plain paper to you
- Using the deck consistently drains, frustrates, upsets, or annoys you / using it no longer brings you whatever beneficial quality it usually does.

Art Witch Tip #2

leave a crystal of your choice in your cup you use for paint water (be sure to empty and dry your cup first) to charge the container with your intent for your next art piece!

you could also leave crystals of your choice (ex., blue agate for motivation) on top/in the same place you keep your paintbrushes/art tools when not in use to charge your paintbrushes with what crystals you use intent!

Zero Waste Hygiene Update

I have tried a bunch of new zero waste hygiene options and would like to share them with you:

Hair washing:

My #1 recommendation for this is to buy a shampoo bar from Lush. They are a little pricey ($9-$12), but last long, leave no residue, come in various scents and target different hair needs, and leave your hair soft. The only hair product I use is one of these bars. 

I used to use a shampoo & conditioner bar from Whole Foods (only $2), but I found it left a residue in my hair and doesn’t leave it feeling as nice as the Lush bar. 

The other option, for those of you who are brave, is to use baking soda and then an apple cider vinegar rinse. This is the “no poo” option. I haven’t tried this personally, but have heard good things. 

Hair spray: 

I used to make homemade hairspray out of lemon and vodka (the recipe can be found on my blog) but now find I don’t really need it (though I frequently curl my hair). 


The options are almost limitless here. I find rubbing a little bit of coconut oil on your underarms and then following with a 50/50 mix of baking soda and corn starch works very well. The coconut oil keeps the baking soda from causing irritation. 

Another option is to buy an all-natural spray on deodorant in a reusable glass bottle. This is good if you want a scented deodorant. 

Lush has many deodorant options like bar and liquid deodorant. They tend to be pricey, but might be worth a try if these other options don’t appeal to you. 

You could also buy a crystal deodorant rock, which I haven’t tried but have heard works well. 

Make-up removal:

Coconut oil on a cloth or reusable cotton pad works the best. 

Feminine Hygiene: 

Menstrual cups are an option that many women rave about once they try one. 

Cloth pads are another great option. I recently tried Party in my Pants and would definitely recommend them. 


Invest in a safety razor! They are a bit pricey (and seem a tiny bit scary) so I haven’t bought one yet. I’m working on it, though. 

Use a soap that really lathers. 

Hope these suggestions are helpful!

anonymous asked:

Hello, I've never really done any kind of spirit work before, aside from some memories of when I was very young and experimenting, though I didn't know what I was doing. I see there are many different ways of doing spirit work, do you have any recommendations of where to start for a beginner?

Hey there Anon! 

First of all, I’m super honored because this is my first anon (!!!) So thank you for asking! 

When it comes to spirit work, everyone’s path is different. For me, how I really started getting it was through reading tarot cards. I’ve been reading for almost two years now, and when I started to really get into it and trusting my intuition, I noticed that sometime I’d pick up on “presences” around the people I read for. Usually I’d tell them what I was getting, and slowly I started to get better at sensing those around me. 

One thing that really helped was astral traveling and/or journeying to the Underworld. This website is what helped me get into it and its a pretty good source: 

Meditation works really well too. I started off using guided meditations (ones to find your guides and spirits that have been with you for a while). I’d suggest that before you go poking around the Veil or really astral traveling to try and contact your guide. It’s a lot safer and it’s really nice to have them there to help you out of a tough situation. There’s a ton of guided meditations on youtube ( A lot of them are super long, so don’t feel bad if you can’t focus long enough and need to stop. I usually only went for 10-15 minutes in the beginning. 

Energy Manipulation is another technique that I’ve used. Once you start feeling your own energy and getting used to others, you can start tapping into feeling spirit’s energies. I used to make energy balls and shields just for fun or when I was waiting in line at the grocery store. It’s pretty discreet once you get the hang of it and its a good way to pass time. It’ll also help you get used to expending more energy constantly, so you won’t be as exhausted after you astral travel or manipulate the veil. Here’s another source I used a lot:

If you’ve got a green thumb, you can work with plants and try to feel their energy and spirit. I’m personally terrible with plants and all of them die under my care (;.;) so I’m not as familiar with this one. For some, it’s easier to feel and work with plant spirits, so go ahead and try it! It’s possible to do this with crystals as well. You could also get a spirit companion from a spirit shop! (I did this, but after some I had a little bit of experience under my belt. It has helped a lot with communication). 

Finally, Divination is a good way to communicate with spirits. Experiment and find out what works best for you! Pendulums, tarot cards, shufflemancy, and all other forms are nice. Just make sure you know that a spirit is communicating with you, since most of these forms will offer results even if there is no spirit around. Most of the time, you’ll just know or it’ll be a feeling that there’s someone with you. I understand how unhelpful that is, since I was in the same boat a while ago–however, it’s honestly really true. Once you start working with your energy and the spiritual realm, you’ll develop an intuition that’ll help you figure it out. 

Don’t be discouraged if it’s difficult at first! Things will come to you with time. If you can’t feel anything–not even your own energy at first–don’t worry! I was in the same exact boat you were. Though since you said you’ve already had some experiences with it when you were younger, I have a feeling it might come a lot more natural to you than you expect ;)

Sorry this is so long! And thanks for listening to me ramble. I hope this is what you were looking for, anon! Happy spirit working :D


I just realised the reason that steven just rebubbled bismuth is because without bismuth there they can rehash the “i am my mom, i have to fix what she did” over and over again. And if bismuth was present steven would have a new adoptive mother that could resolve this in one episode unlike the other crystal gems.
Also, if they had kept bismuth, the writers would have to hide her somewhere boring to preserve the status quoe because god forbid bismuth makes peace with lapis or bismuth and peridot actually give us hard information on homeworld society.
Im scared for her eventual return, i feel kike theyre gonna just pull her back into play for the eventual final battle where she only has a few lines and outfits all the crystal gems and off colors so beat the shit out of homeworld.

F A U X _ C R Y S T A L S

Originally posted by petestarfish

For those of us witches that are strapped for cash or maybe you’re not really into working with crystals but enjoy the aesthetic or maybe you just want to try something new.

So if you know anything about making faux crystals than you know that you need to use water. Well why not use:

  • Rose Water
  • Storm Water
  • Moon Water
  • Snow Water
  • Holy Water
  • Lavender Water
  • Or Any Herbal Infused Water

You also need to use food coloring (if you want your faux crystals a certain color) why not make sure the color you choose also corresponds with whatever spell, ritual or purpose you’re making your faux crystal(s) for.

If you use clay (as a “base”) instead of just shaping it into a circle doom, why not a moon, or star or heart or any shape you want.You can do the same with pipe cleaners too.

I plan on doing this sometime in the next few weeks. I already have some crystals I’d like to make. Here are some of my ideas.


  • Lavender Infused Water
  • Moon Shaped Base
  • Purple and Blue Food Coloring


  • Storm Water
  • Doom Shaped Base
  • Black Food Coloring


  • Full Moon Water
  • Goddess Shaped Base
  • Purple Food Coloring

You could also make sure the clay color corresponds with whatever you’re making the crystal(s) for or you could paint the clay base (after your crystal is finish growing) in a corresponding color.

Maybe think about creating these crystals during a certain moon phase to add even more powerful energy into them. The possibilities are truly endless. 

Good luck and if you try this please send me some photos or tag me in your post so I can see them. I’ll be sure to post mine when I make them.

Kit Walker Imagine: I'm Sorry

Imagine Kit waiting for you to get out of shock therapy and tearing up when he sees how much you’ve had to suffer

Your head was throbbing and your ears were ringing, god, you felt terribly sick. Your shock therapy was getting out of hand. You had it every day now, and they weren’t taking it easy on you anymore. You were on the verge of giving up fighting honestly. Sister Jude shoved you through the doors of the common room and you stumbled forward, falling to your knees. You blinked and it felt like forever. Your eyes might’ve been closed for a whole minute cause out of nowhere you started to hear a soft voice calling your name. “(Y/n)? Jesus, (y/n), what did they do to you…” you started to regain yourself and your eyes fluttered open. You furrowed your brows and looked up at the voice weakly. Your eyes locked onto Kit Walker’s. You could now feel his warm but shaky hands on your arms and you could also see the crystal tears rolling down his perfectly smooth cheeks. You softly reached up and set a hand against his jaw. “You’re crying…” You were shocked at how gravely and tired you sounded. Kit sniffled. “No, I… I’m fine, (y/n). I’m fine…” his arms slowly slipped all the way around you and pulled you tight to his body. You slumped against him and he rubbed slow, gentle circles into your back. “I’m gonna get you outta here, doll. I promise.”

Originally posted by exist-in-mind

Dana’s Witch Tips #3

Using a Build-A-Bear as a spell carrier!

In my experience, when you go to Build-A-Bear, you have the option to add things like notes etc when you fill up the bear. Then to activate and charge your spell you can just hug your bear!

This would be particularly good for sleep, anti-anxiety/depression and calm spells etc. They could also include sigils as well/instead of spells etc.

Especially good for secret and spoonie witches too! You could also correlate the type and colour of the bears to the type of spell using colour magic etc. You can also choose to put scents into the bear, which you could also choose depending on your intent for the spell.

I think this would work best with the use of jar and bag spells as they’ll keep all the ingredients together in one place. You could also add crystals to them too.

Note: This could also be done with homemade stuffed animals too, if you’re so inclined to make one (or if Build-A-Bear is too expensive, which I totally get), or even one that you already have, by opening a seam and then stitching it back up afterwards.

SU Critical Idea

Hi, I know I’m new to the SU crit thing, but I just had a great idea. I know you know the whole “Bismuth should not have been bubbled” schtick, but hear me out. The entire episode plays out normally, Bismuth fight and all, but when Steven bubbles her, he starts to send her to the Bubble Room… and stops. He unbubbles her and she reforms and looks at him in confusion. “Why didn’t you bubble me?” Steven responds with just: “I’m not her.” They hug, cry forgive each other, Steven and Bismuth tell the Gems why Rose bubbled her, and Bismuth officially rejoins the Crystal Gems. I could also see some debates between the Gems on whether to fully trust Bismuth and stuff like that, but they do eventually make up fully in my version over time. TL;DR: Bismuth avoids bubble, crying, forgiveness and reaffirmation of Steven’s differences from Rose ensue. But that’s just my 2 cents, sorry for rambling.

anonymous asked:

Do you have advice for a witch that's trying to hide it from parents and family and stuff?(aka: in the woods)

I sure do, little love!
❤Friendship bracelets are always a go to for me because no one ever suspects them. If you’re needing a little extra oomf in your day weave and wear a bracelet that coincides with your intent! So, if you want to attract happiness and good energy one that’s white and yellow would be suiting! You could also just wear crystal bead bracelets!
❤Essential oils diffusers are pretty common to see these days. You can always buy lavender or chamomile to say it aids in your sleep but you can use them for protection/cleansing. Be creative! I did this growing up in a very catholic household and was honestly never suspected.
❤ Make(or buy) a travel altar. You can stick herbs, crystals, whatever else, oh and sigils inside! No one ever has to know but you.
❤ Tea! Enjoy a cup of tea with the herbs and flowers that suit your spell/intention. You can also ground yourself when stirring in milk or sugar - you can totally also do this with coffee in the morning if you drink it! Grounding myself when I stir creamer into my coffee is something I do often and love.
❤ Have a couple of white candles, you can use them as fillers for other candles and it’s not that weird for someone to own a couple candles. Or maybe just your favorite scented candle!

I hope some of this helps! Feel free to add on everyone else. ❤

A Critique of a Poisoning in Literature: A Song of Ice and Fire’s Purple Wedding.

An analysis of Joffrey Baratheon’s poisoning in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire: the chemical compound used, its effects, method of application and onset in comparison to a hypothetical real-life counterpart: strychnine, and the author’s justifications for suggesting this equivalent. Posting for those who said they were interested, a piece of coursework I wrote for a pharmacology poisons module / the university’s English literature department. I wrote this in the first year of my degree  ( 2+ years ago now! )  so don’t expect a lot from my writing/analytical skills !!!

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protection muffins!

this is my first try at making my own kitchen spell and performing it. anyway, so this is a recipe and incantation for blueberry muffins (I used blackberries too because I didn’t have enough blueberries). you can change the incantation to suit your purpose, but mine was for the protection of my pets.


- 1.5 cups of sugar
- 2.5 cups of self raising flour
- 150 grams vegan butter
- 2-3 cups of almond milk
- 200 grams blueberries
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 3tbs flax
(optional) 1tsp baking powder. this will just help it rise if you like big muffins!

- cream the butter and slowly add the flour. make sure their are no lumps, you might need to use your hands.
- add brown sugar and flax.
- gradually add the almond milk to the mix, stirring clockwise to emulate the movement of the sun. when adding the milk, you could need anything from 1 cup to 3, so I’d advice doing half a cup at a time.
- finally, add the cinnamon and stir clockwise. while doing this, repeat the incantation.
- continuing to speak the incantation, fold in the blueberries.
- put the mix into the muffin cases and bake at 180c
- (optional) before baking I sprinkled some streusel on top of my muffins

streusel recipe:
- ¼ rolled oats
- 1tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. oil (any oil, I used coconut oil)
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- pinch of salt

“spirits of protection,
please keep my pet(s) (say their name(s)),
safe from harm.
shield them from harm and hurt,
keep them always safe and warm,
give them the contentment they need,
and watch over them.
let my pets have a life,
free of stress and no strife.
charge this spell as it bakes,
cast it while it is consumed.
as above so below,
so mote it be.”

additional information:
- it is good to have some smokey quartz and clear quartz by you as you bake. this will charge the spell and apparently makes it taste better! other crystals for protection could also aid the spells strength.
- blueberries are a very powerful fruit for protection, especially when baked. and of course cinnamon is a powerful spice for protection also.
- feel free to add some moon water or blessed water to the baking! a splash of it should be okay, just make sure the mix doesn’t become too watery!
- burning a white candle for protection could also strengthen the spell.
- feel free to swap “spirits of protection” with the name of your deity/a deity of protection.
- coconut oil is another food associated with protection! if you don’t have any, any other plant oil will be just as good.


anonymous asked:

Do you know how to press flowers and plants so the color stays my mother is wondering

Unfortunately a lot of flowers will lose their color no matter what you do. There are a few ways that could help though!

◾  Avoid high temperatures. Pressing flowers in books or in wooden binders is much safer for colour than the recent microwave technique.

◾  Do not display the flowers in bright light. Both natural and artificial light can fade the colours.

◾  Use only fresh flowers that are at the peak of their bloom. Wilting or damaged ones have much higher chance of losing their colour during pressing.

◾  Keep your drying setup in a dry and well ventilated place. 

I’ve recently been told that silica gel crystals could also be very useful but I have yet to try it out.

anonymous asked:

so im drawing phan!elf and i have some extra spaces and i want to fill it in instead of leaving it blank. so um..i know that phil loves plants but what does dan like? i wanted to put a black crystal but i don't know if dan likes something else. sry if this didn't make sense. poor english grammar


Hmmm - what does Dan like. I hadn’t really thought of that yet tbh lol. Yeah he could like a crystal that looks like a galaxy maybe! He also really likes music - he’s the performer and main story teller of his village (not sure if he has a piano yet). He also likes perfectly rounded pebbles. And obsidian. 

Can Gems poof from emotional trauma?

Hear me out, okay?

When Ruby Doc meets ‘Jasper’ (Amethyst), she says, “When I found out this mission was to look for you, I nearly dissipated my form!” I.E. Poofed

So… if they use ‘dissipate your form’ in the same way that we use ‘wet your pants’ (to keep this PG), then… is it possible? Because if a person gets really scared or shocked, sometimes that happens. Emotional trauma can do that sort of thing–trick your body into doing things that it would normally control autonomously. Amethyst’s body did something similar when she reformed in a body that couldn’t be sustained; it started acting out in improper ways because her projected body was malfunctioning. If the Gem experiences too severe a shock, it might experience a malfunction in the ability to project the body. 

“When our bodies are badly damaged, we release our physical forms and return to our gems to regenerate,” Garnet said in Steven the Sword Fighter. It’s like when a human experiences severe shock–sometimes, people pass out because not enough blood is supplied to the brain, causing it to lose the ability to function. A person collapsing usually allows blood flow to return to the brain and then they start to wake up. If a Gem can no longer regulate the amount of energy needed to sustain their physical forms, they’ll poof and retreat to the gemstone.

Going off this theory, what if hearing about Steven getting taken coupled with her role in his capture is what causes Peridot to poof? We’ve all been expecting her to one of these days; her voice actress did promise us her star, after all. She is very durable and resistant to being poofed by an external force that isn’t Garnet, but is emotionally vulnerable. Take Too Short to Ride for example, when she got extremely defensive and upset about her inability to shape shift, or any/all of her instances with adjusting to Earth (usually accompanied by shouting in joy or fear). She is a very emotionally charged character, not unlike Pearl (who is the other Gem I’d theorize could poof from shock), so it might be possible. 

Peri and/or Pearl poofing would also greatly delay any rescue efforts the Crystal Gems could assemble for Steven and Lars, leaving them to fend for themselves, which would be an extremely interesting plot point since we know they’re capable of building space ships/robots in very tight periods of time. Narrative tension and all that. But this is just a theory.

anonymous asked:

I am a brand new witch, just trying to start practicing witchcraft. I am super interested in crystals, I've been researching tons and I tried meditating tonight. I had such a hard time visualizing and then i couldn't breath and my heart was beating too fast. I am so scared that I will not be able to practice witchcraft, since I am having such a rough start. I don't feel connected yet and I don't know what to start with. Any tips on what I should do to feel more comfortable in witchcraft?

hey anon! first off, welcome to the world of witchcraft. 

i’m glad you’ve done tons of research! that’s the best place to start. what i want you to do is take things one step at a time. don’t get so overwhelmed with witch ideals that you stress yourself out. your craft should never be stressful. if something stresses you out, take a step back and try again later.


rather than trying to combine meditation and visualization, focus on just one or the other for now. when you meditate, you can feel your entire body, from your head to your toes while relaxing all your muscles. you could also place some crystals in front of you and focus on them with your eyes closed, only feeling their energy. let it circulate through you. experiment with things you feel and sense… its all about what you enjoy personally and what you can feel. don’t overthink it, instead just relax and see what happens when you let energy flow with no worries. its hard to not overthink sometimes in a very still room.. if you need to play music or some white noise (like rain sounds for instance), feel free to do so. your meditation does not have to be the same as everyone else’s. sometimes it is hard to get the hang of it, and that is a-okay! personally when i meditate, i close my eyes and focus on my breathing. i do so until my body fades away. it took a lot of practice to learn how to not overthink or jolt myself out of relaxation, but if i can do it, you can do it too.


when it comes to visualization, don’t feel like you have to dive in. start with the small things. take a walk outside and notice the colors of the trees, the wind, the temperature on your skin, the sounds around you, notice all the little things and appreciate these small details. heightening your senses is important to visualization, and i often tie this exercise into grounding. i remind myself, hey! you’re here on this earth, look at the things around you. it is all beautiful and alive and so are you. 

an exercise is to visualize eating something preferably with a strong taste and aroma. a lemon for example. close your eyes and visualize holding a lemon. (you may want to do this exercise when nobody is watching or you may look strange!) feel its weight in your mind. admire its color. take as much time as you need to do so. don’t stress yourself out, if you cannot focus, you may be distracted or simply not in the right state of mind or place to visualize and that okay! simply try again later. now take that lemon and bring it up to your nose and smell it. it smells citrus-y right? taste the lemon. imagine its sour taste on your tongue. now hold your hand out again and look at the lemon. imagine it turning into a source of energy. lemons are bright, strong tasting yellow fruits so imagine a very strong and bright energy floating in your hand. feel its energy as long as you like. change it until it feels right. eventually absorb it and let it flow through you, energizing you. use exercises like this to strengthen your imagination and thus your mental strength. you can do it, i promise you. it just may take a little more practice than you thought and that’s okay. 

on another note

you can absolutely practice witchcraft. as long as you say you are a witch, you are a witch. keep researching, and let witchcraft come to you. i believe that anybody can be a witch, but that certain people are more so called to this lifestyle than others. we have both been called to this wonderful life, and now it is your mission to be a witch. take your time. take it slow. begin collecting crystals and discovering their energies. don’t rush. take this time to learn as much as possible. find happiness in witchcraft and don’t compare yourself to other witches. you are your own witch and this is your story. 

a reminder that if you have any sort of anxiety or other stress related mental illnesses that medicating is a wonderful way to help, and if you are medicated that meditation can be a wonderful addition to helping relieve stress. stay healthy love!