The Domestic Garden Witch: I Sea What Ye Did There!
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!
Where The Garden Meets The Sea
This is a little garden idea that might not be accessible for everyone. However, I live very close to the ocean, and as the days begin to get longer and the weather warmer, the beach becomes more and more of a destination (yes, even when you live right there, you still wind up wanting to go down and sunbathe, swim, explore tide pools, and spend the rest of the day cleaning sand out of places you didn’t know you had). It makes sense, then, to look at sea shells as an option for incorporating into garden witchery.
Most often, I’ve seen seashells used as no more than decorative additions to gardens, carefully placed among flower beds and succulent gardens as accents, or incorporated into the container either by having been cemented or glued in. But very rarely do I ever see shells be used as the container for a plant.
Ideally, you may have to use small succulents for this project, as their shallow root systems and limited size allow them to grow with very little trouble, depending upon what shell you’re using. Take a reasonably sized seashell (conches like the one pictured above work, but here on California’s Central Coast, I feel abalone is much more appropriate) and check to see if it has any breathing holes (some species have holes in the shells to facilitate the movement of water into and out of the creature’s gills without having to be exposed to predators - this is particularly noticeable in abalone). If it does not, carefully drill small holes into the bottom of the shell to promote drainage.
Using a fine gravel (aquarium gravel works well), place a drainage layer into the shell before adding your potting mix and plants. Water them and make sure they get plenty of sunlight!
This is an excellent way of bringing a bit of both the sea and the garden into a dorm room, windowsill, or even into a well-lit bathroom!
How Can I Witch This?
Continuing with last week’s theme of focusing on the material of the container rather than the decorations that can be added to it, seashells are an exceptional addition to a practice if you have a bit of a connection with the element of water.
Seashells have long been used for various reasons ranging from divination tools to eating utensils to decorative and fashionable trinkets, and even as currency (as is the case with cowry and abalone).
When working with shells, consider the creature they come from, and how they may play a role in your practice. For instance, abalone (I know I mention it quite a bit, but it’s one of my favorites and is strongly linked to local history) is a form of sea snail that was often caught for food. Not only is it therefore linked with prosperity and health in addition to water, it is also linked to well-being and financial stability - both the meat and the shells were often traded between Native American tribes in the area. The inside of an abalone shell is lined with Mother of Pearl, a beautiful substance that can be linked with money, protection, and feminine beauty. All of these aspects come to play in the way that I use abalone shells in my practice, and this is a great example of how to approach using seashells in your work.
Try to use shells that correspond with the plants that you’re using to enhance those properties, and you could even treat the shells much like you would stones if you make multiple gardens, creating garden grids that further enhance the energies you’re trying to bring into your life!
Using a seashell as a gardening container is a potent symbol for life-giving energies. Though the earth is most often associated with motherhood, so too is water linked with life, and the sea nearly always connected with feminine qualities in some way or another. As such, a shell garden like this could make for a beautiful and potent charm for expectant mothers or couples who are trying to have a child. If you’re a male witch trying to get in touch with your femininity, this is a great form of spellwork for such a purpose, as well.
So next time you walk along the beach and find an abandoned shell, consider whether such a gift is meant for such a beautiful union with the earth!
May all your harvests be bountiful! Blessed Be! )O(
common for the manga/anime to sometimes put some fan service in. And
in episode 32, we could clearly see what kind of fan service Wit Studio
likes to use for SnK:
that scene with Annie, you can see that the focus is on her ass. The
scene literally moves around her ass, it’s almost impossible not to look in her ass. And during Mikasa’s 3dmg
flying, the point of view we got was…from behind her ass:
After a few spells, astral visits, and offerings, your body begins feeling drained. Energy needs replenished, your mind needs time to recollect its lost processes. Magick can be a tiring thing to do, and it can really damage you physically and mentally. Without the right protection, the right amount of rest, the right amount of food, your intent could go spiraling from a clear mind to a foggy future.
Self care is important, for before and after anything that deals with a large amoutn of energy and magick.
~Spells and Rituals~
Even the tiniest of rituals and spells could lead to a huge depletion of energy or serious harm.
-Cast necesarry protection spells
-Make sure you are hydrated and well fed
-Do not be mixed up in intentions
-Make sure you are focused and not dozing off
-PLEASE. DONT. BE. TIRED.
-Have a plan
-Do not have anxiety or be in a huge depressed state (unless the spell is to relieve these states, in which that case, do not feel at your worse)
-Thanks any Dieties
-Make sure you are hydrated and well fed
-Take a nap
-Go for a walk
-Lie down in the grass
-Do something you love dearly (listen to music, play an instrument, video games, paint, draw, etc.)
Ah yes, the most used type of magick. This includes Ouija boards, scrying, tarots, runes, etc..
-Have the necessary protections up
-Do not go in blindly (research)
-Be prepared for what could possibly happen
-MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT HAVE A SERIOUS MENTAL PROBLEM GOING ON. I REPEAT. NO ANXIETY ATTACKS, NO CLOUDED MINDS, NO BEING SUPER SAD, ETC. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS. PLEASE.
-Once again, be hydrated and well fed
-Have all tools with you and know how to use them properly
-If you have others with you, make sure they are aware of the possibilities, and they know what they are going to do
-Have something to record results
-Take a well needed nap
-Cleanse your tools
-Look over results
-Connect with mother nature again
Let me emphasize a few things. Always know your limits. If you feel too weak, stop. If you feel too powerful, take a breather. Remember that you do not have to do anything, and there is always tomorrow, or the next day. If you are not comfortable with anything, stop. If you feel scared, or fearful of an outcome, stop.
Be prepared. Be in good health, body and mind. Don’t treat yourself with less than you deserve.
I’m quickly approaching my last few days of dorm living, so I thought I would go through some of the most vital tools that I use to cook in my dorm room. I rarely buy food at the dining hall because the food is typically disgusting and unhealthy. By cooking food myself, I am able to have a more customized diet and I also save a lot of money on my dining account!
You can find plenty of lists online that will tell you that a microwave or a tea kettle are important for college, and I agree! These appliances have really helped me out. But I also think that I have some unique tools that have really impacted my ability to easily cook meals in my room.
1. Electric Skillet
By far what I use most to cook dinner each night is my electric skillet. These babies are so versatile. You can bake casseroles, “grill” steaks, and scramble eggs! Pretty much anything you can make in a pan (and more) is possible in an electric skillet. They’re pretty easy to clean in the sink, and can easily be stored in your closet or a cabinet.
This skillet costs less that $20 on amazon, and there are plenty on the market between $20 and $40.
College cooking tends to be pretty bland at times. The best way to liven up your meals is by having a few important spices on hand. I recommend checking out the bulk section of your local grocery store, you may even have one on campus. The spices I used most often are paprika, oregano, cumin and garlic salt. It really depends on what flavor profiles you prefer, but having just a few can go a long way.
If you’re looking for a simple way to grab a few spices that won’t take up a ton of space, this multi-spice pack is a great option. It is around $8 on amazon, but you can also find them at several stores such as target or Walmart.
3. Mason Jars
Mason jars aren’t just trendy, they’re SUPER versatile. Mason jars can be used to store ingredients, make mason jar salads, mix ingredients together (shake it up!) and so much more. If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, check out pinterest.
You can obviously pick these up at any grocery store, but you can also get these colored ones on Amazon for about $11.
4. Measuring Cup
Sometimes easier to just throw in a little and hope for the best than measure out everything exactly. This has actually been a lifesaver. Its really simple to measure a bunch of things, takes up minimal space, and is super easy to clean. It is also microwave safe! If you’re on any sort of diet, measuring your food is important! In addition, it’ll help you stay closer to the taste of the original recipe.
You can buy Pyrex in tons of different stores, but you can also find this measuring cup for a pretty great price on Amazon for about $8. If you’re buying a non-pyrex cup, make sure to check if it is microwave safe or not!
5. Large Microwave safe Bowls
Last, but definitely not least are these bowls that are super essential for cooking. Being able to cook things in the microwave is very important. I throw some cauliflower and water in, and it steams in 5 minutes. You can also heat up soups, and even scramble eggs.
These bowls are especially college-friendly. They are collapsable! When you’re not using them to microwave your delicious meals, you can store them in your small dorm room drawers. You can find this set of 3 for under $15 on amazon.
I hope that this list was helpful! Cooking in a dorm room is not impossible, and can be healthy, quick, and delicious. Do you cook in your dorm room? What do you use to make the process simpler?
A/N: Oh boy, I’ve been waiting for this chapter since I started the story. I originally had some of this in Part One and jeez, am I glad I decided against that. Not really into the ending but hopefully y’all will forgive me. I’m so glad you guys are enjoying this! I appreciate any feedback you’re willing to give, love you guys.
After my debut, I couldn’t afford to waste my time sleeping or doing anything that inhibited my habit of doing about eight things at once. My mind was constantly working overtime anyways; with dance moves flooding my vision, song lyrics rolling off my tongue, and Korean words tumbling through my body, I didn’t allow myself to waste time resting. I took care of my body, of course. I took relaxing baths (while I tapped emails away on my laptop), I made warm cups of tea (while prancing around my kitchen trying to tweak my moves), and if I was feeling really fancy I would pop on a sheet mask (while scribbling out my elementary-level hangul characters).
So, you can imagine my surprise when I was awoken by Baekhyun lightly shifting my shoulders around in order to wake me up from what was my first nap in probably a year and a half.
could you write something about having an eating disorder? anorexia specifically or just ed's in general too
i’ve already written a few pieces on eating disorders, actually! some of which stemmed from my personal experience, which is why i don’t always fill requests on EDs because it can be triggering for me. but here is some of what i’ve written before, they could be triggery so proceed with caution:
Weird headcanon that Sans sometimes forgets that he has hands and can actually use them to do stuff. like. he just keep them in his pockets all the time and just forgets to take them out when he needs them.