dead dirt

anonymous asked:

what kind of offerings are good for gathering graveyard dirt? Should you leave an offering even if it isn't from an actual grave (just a cemetery)? Should you leave an offering at a crossroads if you take dirt from there? I'm genuinely curious

Let’s start from the end and work backwards here. X3

Firstly, crossroads are different from graveyards and cemeteries in that they might not have spirits that need to be appeased. However, if you choose to leave or take something from a crossroads (such as dirt), leaving a little something is probably a good idea. Hedging one’s bets is usually wise when it comes to such things (translation: always cover your ass).

Secondly, if you take dirt from anywhere inside the gate of a graveyard or cemetery, whether from a grave or not, it is likely considered consecrated or “hallowed” ground and thus, it’s a good idea to leave something as a thank-you. There are some unconsecrated burial grounds, such as potter’s fields and possibly some family burial plots (not a good idea to take earth from there unless it’s your own family, since these are usually private property), but most of the public ones you see have been consecrated. If you see a chapel or a church anywhere on the property, it is DEFINITELY consecrated ground. And as graveyards go, the older the grave, the more oomph in the dirt.

Before you go about collecting your graveyard dirt, you may want to make a quick obeisance at the gate. Let the dead know what you’re there to do, that you intend to make payment, and that you mean no harm or disrespect.

If you take dirt from a grave, it’s a good idea to know something about the person who’s buried there. You don’t have to look up their life’s story, but it’s good to know who you’re dealing with. Generally, saving the name and dates from the stone will give you something to go on. Some stones will also list professions.

Whatever grave you pick, make sure you ASK PERMISSION FIRST. Call the person by name, ask politely if you may take some earth from their grave, state what you want it for and what you’ve brought them in return, and then WAIT. If you don’t get a prickly go-away feeling after a minute or so, you should be all right. Manners count for so much when you’re dealing with the dead or with spirits of any kind, especially since taking dirt from a grave is asking for the assistance of the person buried there. As in life, a good first impression can make a big difference.

Thirdly, there are lots of offerings you can leave in exchange for graveyard dirt. Here are some of the most common:

  • Coins (preferably silver-colored and reasonably shiny)
  • Bread (any kind will do)
  • Fruit (apples are preferable, but most any kind will do)
  • Milk (any kind, and local is nice if you can get it)
  • Liquor (some spirits may like wine or beer, some may like hard liquor like whiskey; use your best judgement)
  • Incense (a cone or stick burned graveside; practice fire safety)
  • Tobacco (especially in the American South)
  • Flowers or Potted Plant (any kind will do; you can dig a hole and plant the potted item and use the pot to carry the earth away if you’re concerned about strolling off with a baggy of dirt)

If you can’t afford anything listed above, you can leave your own saliva. However, if you choose to do this, spit into your palm and lay it gently down on the earth. Spitting directly onto a grave is incredibly disrespectful and will more than likely garner a bad reaction if the occupant takes offense. Also, any bargain where your own bodily fluids get involved is a much more binding one, so be sure that you’re up for that beforehand.

For addition information, raven-conspiracy has an excellent post here detailing how best to approach the gathering of graveyard dirt.

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Nick and Troy in Fear the Walking Dead 3x06 “Red Dirt”.

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The Witch’s Broom

In witchcraft, the broom has unfortunately been swept aside as nothing but a bit of superstition; good thing that traditional witches pull their practice from superstition.
The broom is an extraordinarily useful tool to the witch. Not only does it serve to sweep away things, it’s also used to throw curses, to raise and lay storms, to summon people, and of course to fly. 

It wasn’t until I made my first broom that I understood its potential. 
The making of a broom begins with finding a proper broom-stick. Many people insist on ash and oak, but I’m telling you to pick a branch that feels right to you, no matter the wood. If you’re a witch who works in the forest a lot, then find a branch from the most common tree there. If you live in a city, store-bought dowels work too. If you live near the sea, a longer piece of driftwood could serve as one. Old handles for tools like pitchforks and shovel work wonderfully. Find something personal. 
Then it’s time to gather the broom. You can do this several different ways, but this is the way I learned to do it. 
Gather two handfuls of fresh cut twigs and shoots. Many people, myself included, recommend birch. I have also found cherry twigs to work just as well. Cut them longer than you expect the broom to be, as you can trim afterwards. When you cut one handful, bind it with either twine or cable ties. For a fuller broom, use three handfuls. 
When it’s time to put the broom and the handle together, you’ll combine the two (or three) handfuls of twigs together, all sitting evenly at where they were cut. Tie these together firmly, but not too tight, and cut their individual ties. 
If the brush is too long, it can be cut at the same end it was cut before. Evaluate how tall you’d like it to stand, the brush to handle ratio, and the general size of the broom itself. 
Before you put the handle into the broom, you’ll whittle one end down into a sharp point or a narrowing. Take the whittled end, place it in the center of the brush, and firmly push it up inside. When it is placed inside the broom, you’ll tighten the tie and knot it to make sure the two don’t come undone. From that point on, you can decorate your broom any way you wish, by hanging shells, bones, stones, jewelry, or whatever else on it. The handle can also be carved or written on with a pyrography tool. 
After its creation, you would make it sacred through any way that your tradition suggests. Though a broom blessing, I imagine, would be a bit different and would include the summoning of air-like virtues through the use of the broom itself. 

Once the broom is fully created, it must be used immediately after. Luckily, finding a use for it isn’t difficult. A witch’s broom serves a variety of purposes in folklore.
If your house is filled with enmity, evil powers, or ill wishing spirits, the broom can drive them out. Sweeping the floors, knocking down the cobwebs, and generally cleaning around the house, then pushing it all out of the door and off the porch is one such method. 
If the witch has an enemy who they wish to bewitch, they will make a pile of dirt, dead leaves, dead insects, and rubbish, then with the broom fling it in the direction and the name of the person they wish to curse. They will then shake off the broom in their direction. 
If a storm is desired, the broom will call it. Swinging it in circles, starting slowly and in small rounds, slowly building faster and farther out, will call winds and rain. Stirring water with the brush will also call rain. 
If one wishes to call company to the house, the broom is stood on the handle, leaning against the door. If company overstays their welcome, the broom is turned and will stand on the brush. 

One of the most useful, and least well known, purposes for the witch’s broom is for flying. When the witch wishes to leave their body, but they require a vehicle to do it with, the broom can serve as a ‘horse’. Several methods can be used. One is to sit upright, holding the broom like a staff with with the brush up. 
Another is to lie down the with broom resting against the chest and hands. 
Some also lay on their side, straddling the broom. It all depends on the comfort of it and the preference of the one attempting to travel. 

The nice thing about the broom is that once it’s made, it can be used for mundane work and witching. I still use my broom to sweep the porch of leaves. It’s important to remember that these tools were used out of necessity. Witches and Cunning folk didn’t pick them because of some significant symbolism. To our current knowledge, they picked them because they were what they had and their tools would always be hidden in plain sight. Don’t be afraid to use that broom as you would any other. In fact, I’d encourage it. It will bond the witch to their tool. 

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My albums selection for the next week …listen !

- Dead Can Dance ‎ : Spleen And Ideal

- Einstürzende Neubauten ‎:  Halber Mensch

- Le Syndicat Faction Vivante :  Morceaux De Choix

- Boy Dirt Car / Fi : Split Lp

- Ash Ra Tempel, Manuel Göttsching ‎ :  Inventions For Electric Guitar

- Ghédalia Tazartès ‎ :  Voyage À L'Ombre

- PVT :  New Spirit

- CTI ‎– Core - A Conspiracy International Project

- Blackhouse ‎:  Holy War

- Ich Bin N!ntendo ‎ :  Lykke 

Three or four months ago, I bought the top half of an unprocessed, damaged, mostly toothless animal skull at an antique bazaar for twenty dollars. Recently, I fixed it up, sculpted it some new teeth, processed it to get the dead skin and dirt off it, and realized what to do with it. Bought some lovely fake flowers, a black canvas, and decided to work with them. 

I may add a wire halo. Not sure. I don’t usually do artwork like this. 

Also, the tag on the skull did not list what animal it was from. I did some research, and judging from the ruptured areas and the size, I’m guessing it was either from a young wolf or dog. If anyone can give me an idea what it’s from, I’ll be happy, but it’s hard to tell from the skull itself, let alone glued to a canvas xD 

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Is it Safe to Wash Your Makeup Brushes With Baby Shampoo?

When it comes to makeup application, brushes and tools are sometimes just as, if not more important than the makeup you are using itself. Better yet, the care and cleaning of them is more important than both combined together. Makeup and brushes are two things you’ve probably invested in, so taking care of them is essential. Many people are under the impression that because baby shampoo is safe for babies, it’s safe and gentle enough for makeup brushes, but this couldn’t be further from the truth… Just like how you wouldn’t wash your dishes with hand soap because it is anti-bacterial, or just like how you wouldn’t rub chili powder over your skin just because it’s an edible food item, you shouldn’t wash your makeup brushes with baby shampoo.

Makeup brushes are usually made out of bristles that are either natural or synthetic, natural bristles are usually made from animal hair. As you can guess the genetic make up and compound of both synthetic and animal hair is much different than the hair on a humans head.

The top three reasons you shouldn’t use baby shampoo to clean your makeup brushes:

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