Hm… I imagine Ravus enjoying sweet things mostly. Cakes, pastries, chocolates, fruits, etc. Perhaps nothing super processed like the awful unhealthy candies you get at the dollar store, but probably the fancy gourmet things since they taste sweeter and less like a machine made them?
Can’t help but think he has an awful interest in french toast too, perhaps in the AUs where he joins the Chocobro’s parties. Because it’s super sweet, and he just can drown his toast in syrup and powdered sugar to make it even sweeter. The others sometimes get concerned for Ravus’s health, but he seems fine. They hope. :D
A lot of people have expressed a desire for an update on President Donald J. Trump’s health since his inauguration. I have been the personal physician of President Donald J. Trump since 1980 and I am here to say that Mr. Trump’s health is absolutely better than ever.
Since being sworn in, Donald Trump has lost 50 pounds and gained 17 inches of height. He’s the longest president who has ever lived. His livers are both functioning flawlessly. His blood sets an all-time record for the state of New York for “most” and his blood pressure was rated “excellent” by seven different Fox News Twitter polls. He doesn’t even have one cholesterol.
I can say this unequivocally: Donald Trump has the most bones. Scientists estimate that he now has around 900 bones in his body and more are being discovered every day. Some of those bones have never been seen before. They allow him to be really good at presidential things like signing executive orders and making love nightly to his wife who wants him to.
Mr. Trump’s test results have been astonishingly excellent. He actually has a blood type we’ve never seen before: “All.” It’s both the universal donor and universal recipient, and sprinkling it on your penis makes your penis bigger. Mr. Trump’s blood is gorgeous. It has a rich color that’s hard to describe, but if I had to put it into words, I might call it “red.”
President Donald Trump has no family history of cancer, diabetes, or death. The president’s family members are immortal beings that walk the earth without end, craving the sweet release of death that will never come unless they make a deal with a cool witch. Donald Trump will never die, he will just keep growing vertically forever until he lives in space. It’s really astonishing.
His physical strength is extraordinary. He can lift as much as a mother whose child is trapped under a car, but he’s more attractive than that mother and he hasn’t let himself go like she has. Have you seen the way she dresses lately? The hypothetical mother in this simile is a total chunk. 4 at best. As the famous doctor Hippocrates once said, “Would not hit.”
Since the Inauguration, Mr. Trump has kept an extremely active lifestyle. He starts every morning by walking straight up into the sky and then walking down again. He also visits me regularly for checkups. Mr. Trump doesn’t let me touch him because of gay, so I just eyeball it and give him a once over. I can usually tell just by looking how much blood is in him that day or which liver has taken the lead, so it’s not a super intensive process.
Mr. Trump is not only the healthiest president that has ever served, but also the most handsome. I usually want to kiss President Trump when I see him, but I would never break the doctor-patient trust, so instead I kiss the portrait of him I drew on my little note pad. There have been no presidents that even come close to President Trump in terms of overall health and hotness. Franklin Pierce was pretty hot, but his body wasn’t great. James Garfield was more cute than hot. President Trump is the total package. I know this because of my stethoscope.
Just to give a little more background on me, I’ve been a doctor for years. I got into medicine the same way a lot of doctors do: I once took an unmarked pill that I found under a toilet in a public restroom, and the next thing I knew, I was blacked out doing surgery on a man on a Benihana table with the big knives they got over there. I flipped this guy’s appendix right into my hat. And that’s when I caught the bug, for surgery and for tetanus!
Now, I want to address some of the slanderous things that have been said about me. It’s just like these coastal elites to say I’m not qualified as a physician. They think you need fancy things, like a diploma from Harvard Med School or a diploma from a med school or a GED or a car or medicine or clean hands. You don’t need those to be a doctor! All you need is the right attitude and a good sense of humor and to be Jewish and a blank death certificate just in case!
This is America. We’re not “fancy” here. You’re supposed to be able to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and put a bunch of clamps in a guy and see what tubes you can clamp up without making him sleep forever. My grandfather was a blue-collar worker, and so was my father. I am a red-collar worker because my collar is always covered in spurting blood. I may not know art or science or what a “lung” is, but I do know that I love America and am a lung-doctor!
Because of my love of America and Donald Trump, it is an honor to be his physician. Donald Trump could teach us all a thing or two about health. Not only is he the healthiest human ever, but also the healthiest dog, house and Faberge Egg. I wish him luck as he continues on his endless journey.
“Doctor” Harold N. Bornstein, M.D. (Mostly Doctor)
often ignored, shy, secretly gay, likes to stay in the same place all the time, dreams of being a monk
loves to dance, likes fancy things (but not too fancy), nobody else could pick them out in a crowd but everyone is friendly to them
very particular about everything, draws immensely detailed doodles, gets super side-tracked on pointless tangents, everyone's distracted dad friend
very neat bedroom, makes bad puns constantly, has a 9-5 job, everyone's helpful but slightly exasperated mom friend
can never make up their mind about anything, gets shivers when they go to art museums, cries a lot (and you'll know about it), sad bisexual (TM)
super gay, loves music that isn't in their native language, cries easily, just wants to have a good time
just like Romantic but also does drugs and is afraid of but also super interested in sex
angry at everything, "you don't understand my torment", probably a communist
wants to be just like classical but has never gone to sleep before 1AM, keeps a very neat bedroom except for a single massive pile of clothes in the closet they refuse to acknowledge, occasionally steals Renaissance's hoodies
500% angrier than serialist and proud of it, has never had fun, has probably killed someone
has never done the same thing twice, trusts nobody else, has an on-again-off-again relationship with total serialism
loves technology, still wears Google Glass and the Apple Watch, meditates for fun, trying to learn Hindi (and horribly failing), often incomprehensible to everyone else but is actually super friendly
originator of the term "pastel grunge", wears immensely clashing outfits, steals everyone's looks, memes
You know something I really appreciate about Zevran? His repeated asking and checking that the warden consents to everything in their relationship. Even from the earliest stages, where he’s just admitting he finds the warden attractive:
[pictured: a quote from Dragon Age Origins from Zevran: “I fancy many things. I fancy things that are beautiful and things that are strong. I fancy things that are dangerous and exciting. Would you be offended if I said I fancied you?]
In asking if it offends, he gives the warden the opportunity to say “your flirting/advances make me uncomfortable” and willingly accepts it.
[pictured: several quotes from Dragon Age Origins from Zevran - 1. “But a beautiful woman like yourself? Why not? I am sure you draw many stares from men and even other women. Does this bother you? 2. “But you would prefer I desisted perhaps? It would be difficult […] but I am nothing if not a gentleman” 3. “But a handsome man like yourself? Why not? I am sure you are a man who draws many stares from women and other men alike. Does this bother you?” 4. “But if you would rather I desisted, I shall do so. I’ve no wish to make you uncomfortable”]
When you question him on why he stares/gazes at the warden on a frequent basis, he explains and then gives the warden the opportunity to say “yes, this makes me uncomfortable, please stop”
[pictured: a quote from Dragon Age Origins from Zevran - “A willing victim it is. And if I might ask, if the opportunity to proceed past the massage should present itself…?”]
And even when he’s obviously asking the warden to sleep with him, he still checks the warden is certain of what they’re getting into and what they want (and if the case may be they just want a massage, he accepts it).
Everyone dismisses Zevran as a casual romance, whose only in it for the sex and cares for little else, but its obvious that he has a great respect for everyone, and is willing to understand and accept boundaries, regardless of how he may feel about it and I really really appreciate that there is a character who so frequently checks on the warden’s feelings and consent.
Run away with me. Stay in a cheap, outdated hotel with me because that’s the only place we can afford, and drive down the car-infested highways with me in a beat up old van and park in the middle of an dark, empty field with me and lay a blanket on the hood and let’s gaze at the diamond-encrusted sky for a couple of hours. The world is our movie theater, the fireflies our actors, the clouds our scenery, our eyes the cameras. Dance with me in the rain, and roll the windows down to let the summer breeze dry our clothes as we race down the back roads.
Drive into the city with me. Let’s explore the dirty sidewalks of this concrete jungle and take pictures of our sparkling eyes and unkempt hair that glow in the light of the neon signs. Wear your fanciest clothes with me, and let’s have a night on the town window shopping and and dancing and telling secrets and pretending to own the world. We can’t afford to eat anywhere but the cheap diner with the crappy coffee, but we pretend like we’re in a 5-star restaurant, and with our imaginations, it is one.
Travel up the mountains and across the rivers with me. Let’s climb until our arms are sore and sunburnt, swim until our legs ache, and explore until we know every nook and cranny of the earth like the backs of our hands. No mountain is too high and no valley too low and no plain too wide when we explore together. We might not be able to afford fancy clothes and expensive things, but these kind of mind-broadening experiences are free and worth more than all the lamborghinis and louboutins in the world.
Run away with me. I promise you won’t regret a thing.
“Oh uh. I’m trained to be a biologist, but am currently a poison merchant.” “Ah. You humans do not manufacture any biologically, so that makes sense. Is it for defence?” “Uhm. Not really.” “For… pest control?” “Haha, nah. More for <<excrement and amusement>>” “I think there was a translator issue there. What was that?” “I take it your species doesn’t do the recreational ethanol thing, eh?” “What?!” “Look bys, its a big thing here. Fancy meals are expected to have a poison accompaniment. We brew poisons to try winning world poison competitions. We mix poisons to try and make them taste as much as fruit as possible, or as strong as possible. There’s Expensive Poisons that have smoked ingredients to taste both toxic AND burning. A bit of an acquired taste, that one.” “….humans are weird.”
trying to decide what stim toy you want? i’m here to help !!
(note: this is based off me n a few others’ experiences)
other moving part toys
Pros: -easy to get your hands on -typically not expensive -wide variety
Cons: -not very discreet
a popular, well-liked type of stim toy! good for keeping focused, self regulation, and they’re pretty fun to play with ! there’s quite a variety of them out there, some may not even be marketed as stim toys (ex: plastic toys from stores).
chew jewelry (necklaces/bracelets)
Pros: -meant for chewing! you won’t break em -no more chewing on wires/fingernails/etc -jewelry can be designed nicely to look like regular jewelry
Cons: -actual chew jewelry/toys are harder to get and can be pricey -teether rings aren’t discreet
many autistic people never outgrew the instinct/need to put thing in their mouth or chew on things! and some other nd people chew for other reasons! that’s what these are for! plus, they can also help with anger management! tip: if you don’t want people to see your chew necklace, tuck it under your shirt and chew when you’re alone/no one’s looking!
moni moni animals
stretchy rubber toys
Pros: -fairly easy to get -inexpensive -stress balls are a “normal office toy” (less chance of judgement)
Cons: -monis and rubber toys aren’t as discreet
a calming stim! very soothing, good for relieving stress and anxiety. i like to roll my moni moni animal between my hands a lot!
weighted lap pads
weighted stuffed animals
Pros: -fantastic sensory input -good for insomnia
Cons: -harder to get -pricey -not discreet
i LOVE weighted stuff!!it’s a great feeling. super calming and soothing. really good for helping you sleep!!
stuffed animals/plush toys
Pros: -very easy to get -varying prices
Cons: -not discreet -seen as immature and babyish (unfortunately)
plushies!! super important. super good. soft, huggable, lovable things. many people have them as comfort items!! it’s so good to hug them and pet the fur
Pros: -wide variety -there are good textures in a lot of places! -spike toys are slightly painful and can leave little indents, which is a good alternative to self harm!
Cons: -spike toys are harder to get
textures!! we all know n love our textures. my favorite is fur!! sometimes i stim by petting my pets! (my hamster is especially good, she’s so soft!). textures are everywhere and everyone likes different things! but there’s also specific toys/tools that can help! like bristle brushes and spiked things!
Pros: -wide variety -easy to make -there are a lot of gifs online
Cons: -no tactile stimulation
popular!! easily found online, and easily made irl! fun things to watch. i especially love to watch fish tanks!
Slime, Sand, and Orbeez
Pros: -really fun -unique textures
Cons: -a stay-at-home toy -needs to be kept in a safe dry space -harder to get -messy -fancy slime is expensive
these things are the most popular in stimboards and videos, because they look so cool!! if you make your own, you can do whatever you want with it! they’re all really unique textures and feelings and super fun to play with! tip: be careful when using borax! it’s toxic
i hope this helps!! feel free to add on if you have anything!
Okay, so I’ve been doin this nonsense for about 8 years now and here are my 10 biggest tips for anyone else doing this sadistic hobby (This is a bit geared towards people who make costumes just FYI. I will post another more geared for beginners or those who buy later)
1) Remember Why You Do This.
Maybe you showed up to con and were 1 of 74 Jinx’s. Or maybe your costume wasn’t as accurate as someone else’s. Or maybe it feels like everyone else made theirs and you bought yours. So what? Did you have fun? Did you meet friends, and/or bond with the people you came with? Unless you’re in the contests, remember that it ISN’T a contest. And even the contests are meant to be fun. Alternatively, don’t let any elitist fans ruin your fun.
2) Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously.
Remember that being a cosplayer doesn’t make you ‘more’ of a fan than someone who doesn’t. Remember that you do this for your own enjoyment and that is all that matters. Spend as long or as little as you want on a costume, end a con with 20 silly selfies and some new friends, compliment that other cosplayer in the same outfit because you clearly both have something in common, don’t think of them as competition.
3) Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help.
Parents, siblings, teachers, friends, neighbors, craft store employees, theater teachers, art teachers, people online. There are tons of people who could offer help with even little things like what glue to use on foam that needs heatshaping(non-flammable x-treme elmers glue is nice) , what paint to use on leggings (apparently fabric paint stretches with it just fine), ask your grandma what stitch is best for rounded edges on cotton (idk), ask a JoAnn’s associate what thread to use. In my experience store associates are extremely helpful, even with things like a second opinion on matching colors.
4) Use Coupons.
Seriously. If you can, set up an email just for coupons. Going to Michaels for a 2 dollar little thing of paint? Use that coupon they emailed you and now it’s 75 cents and you have more money for other things like fancy fabric or idk food. Check if any stores have student or teacher or senior discounts if that’s applicable, then you’ll have a discount even without coupons. Especially good for big purchases. If you’re buying everything at once there is almost definitely some sort of 5 off of 30 type of coupon out there. If you are able, this is a good way to set up a savings for con or your next costume maybe, just look at the receipt, see how much you saved and set that much (or a part) aside for food/hotel/gas/merch.
5) Look at your Source.
No matter how well you know your character or your design do not go very long without looking at the source. Working on a wig? Have a picture in front of you the whole time. Maybe sketch out the different angles beforehand. Going fabric shopping? Stare at the original. If you print out a reference pic know that it may be slightly off. If you’re doing a costume where the color seems different in every shot (like Rey from Star Wars) then pick the one you like. If you can, consider coloring or painting a swatch of the color on an index card and bringing it with you to compare. Seriously. Keep checking the source when working. It’s equivalent to “measure twice cut once”.
6) Measure Twice Cut Once.
Even in crunch. I know, it’s stressful and scary and frustrating but you know what is more frustrating and scary and stressful? It being 8pm the night before the con and you just cut that last bit of fabric too small. Or your wig too short. Seriously. Just double check yourself.
7) Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself.
Outdated meme but useful tip. If you’re getting anxious to a difficult level, or exhausted physically or mentally address it. Take a break. Take a nap. Eat a meal. Go for a walk. Watch an episode of that show you’re trying to cosplay. Play that game. Watch cosplay videos if you’re scared of losing motivation. Just don’t push yourself too hard or you risk messing up parts of your costume and more importantly, you risk hurting yourself. Don’t work until you accidentally stab yourself with a hot iron and have a panic attack. Would you rather spend 15 minutes playing with your cat or crying and bandaging yourself?
8) Use It.
Found some fabric you love for that SnK skirt thing, but it’s infused with glitter?Who cares, use it. Every cosplay you have seen of Red Hood has a lot of leather and cargo pants but you want skinny jeans and suede? Use it. The costume is for you. Make it how you want. To quote the great Hilary Duff “Why Not?” Also, go listen to that song if you need encouragement.
9) Enjoy The Whole Process.
Maybe it is redundant at this point but seriously. Have fun. Not just at the con, party, photoshoot, meetup etc. Have a wig styling party. You finished that jacket? Nice, wear it out shopping and be proud. Make a playlist for each character you work on or general motivational music. 8-tracks.com is great for this too. Test those seams/that hairgel/ those shoes/ flexibility by putting on your jam and dancing around. Send snapchats to your friends when you test your make up. Skype your aunt to show off that circle skirt. Put your hat on your dog.
10) Procrastination isn’t Great.
Probably don’t put off making your costume by making a list of tips for other people.
These days the two ‘supposed-to-be’ fancy things you can do are drawing your bff Pokemon team surrounding you or this “meet the artist” thing where you have to explain who you are and what is in your bag… And since I have no bag…
i've enjoyed your prompt fills so much, thank you for sharing them!! if you feel like it: chef!andrew trying (and failing) to woo picky eater neil with fancy food? :)
The thing about growing up on the run is that you never really develop a palate.
You eat what’s there to be eaten, whatever you manage to stuff in your pockets while your mother distracts the cashier trying to haggle for cigarettes, as if it’s anywhere near possible to haggle in a 7/11.
You eat school lunches, bland chicken nuggets and congealed mac and cheese and unseasoned carrots with those little close to expired fruit cups with the peaches and cherries and simple syrup.
You drink gas station coffee—maybe it stunts your growth, but you drink it anyway—and fill old plastic water bottles from drinking fountains or public restroom sinks.
At least, that’s what Neil tries to explain to Matt one day, when Matt invites Neil to his favorite restaurant in his hometown. It just so happens that Matt’s hometown is New York City, and the chef at this place has a Michelin star, but Neil isn’t on the run anymore and his paycheck is hefty enough that he can afford it.
“It’s the gayest story on the history of television.”
“We all certainly saw
it as a love story.”
“They are absolutely made for each other.”
“I think it’s important that kids watching television see
themselves on screen.”
“To hell with deferred pleasure.”
“I don’t know. I’m just in it.”
“If we pull this off, it’ll be television history!”
“Insane wish fulfillment.”
“Culmination of everything we’ve been working for.”
“Love conquers all.”
“The real version airs tonight.”
“What do you think, then, Doctor Watson? There’s another
bedroom upstairs if you’ll be needing
“Might we expect a happy announcement by the end of the
“Anything on the menu, whatever you want, free. On the
house, for you and for your date.”
“Girlfriend? No, not really my area.”
got a boyfriend then?”
“Right. Okay. You’re unattached. Like me. Fine. Good.”
“Actually, I’ve, er, got a date.”
“That’s what I was suggesting.”
“Sherlock’s business seems to be booming since you and he
became … pals.”
“He’s not gay. Why d’you have to spoil …? He’s not.”
level of personal grooming?”
“Because he puts a bit of product in his hair? I put product
in my hair.”
“If you don’t stop prying, I’ll burn you. I’ll burn the
heart out of you.”
“I have been reliably informed that I don’t have one.”
“We both know that’s not quite true.”
“You, ripping my clothes off in a darkened swimming pool.
People might talk.”
“Somebody loves you.”
“I don’t think John knows where to look.”
“No, I think he knows exactly where. I’m not sure about you.”
“Are you jealous?”
“We’re not a couple.”
“Yes you are.”
“I imagine John Watson thinks love’s a mystery to me but the
chemistry is incredibly simple, and very destructive.”
“Listen, what I said before, John. I meant it. I don’t have
friends. I’ve just got one.”
“I know you’re for real.”
“Your friends will die if you don’t.”
“There’s stuff that you wanted to say … but didn’t say it.”
“Say it now.”
“No. Sorry. I can’t.”
“Yeah. We’re getting married … well, I’m gonna ask,
“So soon after Sherlock?”
“What’s his name?”
“It’s a woman.”
“Yes, of course it’s a woman.”
“You really have moved on, haven’t you?”
“One Word, Sherlock. That
is all I would have needed. One word to let me know that you were alive.”
“Why indeed, John?”
“I prefer my doctors clean-shaven.”
“Yeah, well, be careful what you wish for. If I hadn’t come
back, you wouldn’t be standing there and … you’d still have a future … with
“She was probably right, really. I remember she left early.
I mean, who leaves a wedding early? So sad.”
“No, it is! It is, and I want to be up there with the two people that I love and care about
most in the world.”
“Neither of us were the first, you know.”
“So know this: today you sit between the woman you have made
your wife and the man you have saved – in short, the two people who love you
most in all this world.”
“Oscillation on the pavement always means there’s a love
“And of course I have to mention the elephant in the room.”
he be scared that we’re getting married?”
“No! No! Not you! Not you! You. It’s always you. John
Watson, you keep me right.”
“Mr Holmes, you and I are similar, I think.”
“Yes, I think we are.”
“There’s a proper time to die, isn’t there?”
“Of course there is.”
“And one should embrace it when it comes – like a soldier.”
“Of course one should, but not at John’s wedding. We
wouldn’t do that, would we – you and me? We would never do that to John Watson.”
“John Watson is definitely in danger.”
“I know what kind of man you are … but we could have been
“Because you chose her.”
“Th-the clients – that’s all you are now, Mary. You’re a
client. This is where you sit and talk … and this is where we sit and listen,
then we decide if we want you or not.”
“But look how you care about John Watson. Your damsel in
“And Sherlock’s pressure point is his best friend, John
“John, there’s something … I should say; I-I’ve meant to
say always and then never have. Since it’s unlikely we’ll ever meet again, I
might as well say it now.”
“We’re not naming our daughter after you.”
“I think it could work.”
“Mrs Hudson, there is a woman in my sitting room! Is it
“You have an impish sense of humour which currently you’re
deploying to ease a degree of personal anguish. You have recently married a man
of a seemingly kindly disposition who has now abandoned you for an unsavoury
companion of dubious morals.”
“Holmes, against absolutely no opposition whatsoever, I am
your closest friend.”
“Why do you need to be alone?”
“No, those are my words, not yours! That is the version of
you that I present to the public: the brain without a heart; the calculating
machine. I write all of that, Holmes, and the readers lap it up, but I do not
believe it. … You are a living, breathing man. You’ve lived a life; you have a
past. … Damn it, Holmes, you are flesh and blood. You have feelings. You have
… you must have … impulses.”
“There’s always two of us.”
“Urgh. Why don’t you two just elope, for God’s sake?”
“Perhaps I was being a little fanciful … but perhaps such
things could come to pass. In any case, I know I would be very much at home in
such a world. … I beg to differ. But then I’ve always known I was a man out of
“Romantic entanglement would complete you as a human being.”
when de-stress? we all have those moments when we are exhausted with work but at the same
time also overwhelmed and stressed about the rest of the work we got to do. specifically
at this time, it’s does good to take a step back and just let go of your
worries till the time you start on work again - it’s time to de-stress my folks
i bring you a list of things which will help you calm your mind and take
control of yourself; let’s begin!!
to calm down your mind after a stressful day
cuddle with pets (or better, with stuffies!!)
got those 8 hours of sleep? If not, jump in to take a nap!
meditate, at least for 5-10 minutes - take control of your mind
drink lots and lots of water!! (doesn’t help you to de-stress in real sense,
but helps you feel a lot better)
listen to some calming music (rain sounds, ambient music whatever suits your
or blast out pop music and dance around to release tension
workout till you’re sore. don’t stop. (this helps I swear, bc you just feel
really tired to even worry)
talking to fam or friends (or me!!) about what’s stressing you out
live in the moment. stop worrying about things on which you don’t have control
on and about future work. what’s going to come will come; it doesn’t do good to
worry about them.
some calming things to do
try making a beautiful new bullet journal spread; put a lot of effort in it
maybe paint? draw? (personally, drawing flowers help me relax)
eat your comfort food; cook it yourself too
do a bit of reading out of your favourite book (we the #nerds)
close your eyes and think about happy moments and nothing else
practice something which takes patience like calligraphy, sewing or just
planting a sapling
have cake and chocolate or sweet stuff bc sweet things are amazing always
self care!! my personal favourite!! put on that face mask, listen to your favourite
music and take a long long bath using bath bombs!! such royalty haha
drink hot chocolate or green tea :’) no coffee though, pals
become a child. notice the small things - they’ll give you much more joy than
fancy parties and pricey things will do (e.g. sing nursery rhymes, play hide
and seek, go out in the sunshine and get an ice - the list goes on!)
watch nice YouTube videos!! hint: routine videos specially night ones are
wonderful to watch and are always super relaxing!!
call over some friends, have a sleepover and giggle about stupid things (e.g.
my sister and I are the absolute riots, we were giggling about nursery rhymes
the other day; she’s like twiiinkhle twiiinkhle luly staryyy; basically
messing up the lyrics - lowkey cracked me up hahaha)
sometimes though, just starting on the work that you had been procrastinating
on will help you relax bc you are getting work done
lastly, sTOP worrying and stressing!! stressing about stupid things is the main
reason why you feel overwhelmed; so stop fam!!
have a wonderful day, love!! I hope this
list helped you in some way!! :-)
go check out my other masterposts here and you can always sent in a request
is always open!!
(´｡• ᵕ •｡`) ♡
love, Taylor xo
I’ve had this blog for about 2 years now, and I’ve noticed that Tumblr has a large population of beginner and often ‘closeted’ witches. Of course, it’s a seemingly perfect place for a sprouting witch to turn to, with an interactive community and boundless fountains of information. I’ve been asked just about every question in the book, and I do my best to answer them. However, there was one question that persisted in my inbox, that I frequently ignored due to the mere vastness of the topic. So, finally, here is my panacea for the swarm of newbie asks.
*This does not mean you cannot ask me questions about these topics! If you feel something wasn’t covered or might be different to your situation, feel free to ask. However, I will probably link you to this if your question is directly addressed.*
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I’m a witch?
The title of a witch is chosen, not born. While certain signs may push you towards a certain diety or spiritual path, the ultimate choice to begin practicing witchcraft is a choice and often happens over time and consideration rather than an all at once ‘initiation.’
Do I have to be Wiccan to practice witchcraft?
Nope! Wicca, or any other religion for that matter, does not own the practice of witchcraft. It is not a closed practice (though certain aspects can be, and are therefor not witchcraft, such as smudging) meaning anyone can practice.
What is paganism?
Paganism, or pagan religions, are religions that are not majorly practiced. It is sometimes used by Christians to identify non-Christians. Paganism is not one religion, but rather an umbrella term for many;.
What are the basic things I need to do a spell?
While Tumblr likes to glamourize spells and the craft with fancy shots of big geodes and perfectly angled teacups, all you really need is intention and your hands. Some easily obtainable things that might help you start are jars, herbs that double as cooking ingredients, candles, notebooks, twigs that double as wands, and boxes. Moon water is a pretty easy first thing to make, and can spice up spells that call for water. In reality, the most important part of a spell is your intention.
Are curses bad?
With the growth of Wicca has come the growth of the term 'white magic,’ and the idea that karma will send your ass to witch hell if you so much as utter poor fortune upon a wrongdoer, let alone use your craft against them. The reality is, no witch should be shamed for their personal choice is magic. Also, for beginners, the terms 'white/black’ magic are associated with racial stereotypes. Try substituting it for negative/positive energy.
How do you start witchcraft?
Just…start. Just go for it. Collect a rock you like on the street, make a potion, read a book about witches. Little things that turn into action. My biggest tip is to start by dedicating a journal to your craft, which will later turn into your Grimoire of sorts, and can help you keep track of your beliefs and how you’ve grown spiritually.
How do you start being Wiccan?
It is popular to start Wicca with an initiation ritual, though not required. Because Wicca is a religion, it’s usually typical to at least do some sort of spell acknowledging and presenting yourself to the deities.
Is Hekate the Wiccan goddess?
Nope. No no! Very common mistake. Hekate isn’t even technically a tri or multiple layered goddess! Hekate also does not aline with Wicca’s core values.
What religion is witchcraft associated with?
None! Witchcraft is an accessory to religions, and belongs to none impartcular.
Top 10 Tips For Beginners
1) There is no singular right or wrong way. Trying to mimic somebody else’s path will only result in dead ends and frustration. Don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never seen done.
2) Don’t force yourself to align with a religion or patron deity. While it may feel comforting to have a god or goddess there for you, if you aren’t prepared to maintain a relationship with one or you don’t really have any interest in them, remember that it’s okay to go solo.
3) Use what you have available. There is no need to spend tens or twenties of dollars on fancy, decorative things. Jars are available for cheap at the dollarstore, and tealight candles are great for starting out.
4) Don’t feel the need to justify your practice with “I only do the positive kind of magic” or “it’s not like…Satanism or anything…” Be confident in your craft. Come out of the 'broom closet’ when you’re ready.
5) Don’t feel like you have to choose to be a 'kind of witch.’ Hardly anyone I know only practices a single 'type’ of magic.
6) Give yourself space to grow. Tumblr makes everything seem awfully black and white, and tiny mistakes can be blown up into death threats. Educate yourself to the best of your ability, acknowledge when you messup, and learn from everything.
7) Spend time in nature! Go hiking, or if you’re a city witch, just take a stroll down the street. Humans are nature. Get outside, is all that matters. Nature is everywhere.
8) Starting a journal to track your beliefs, progress, interests, and attempted spells will make things so much simpler! Plus, it’s fun to look back on when you become more experienced and see how much you’ve changed. The book doesn’t have to be anything fancy. My first was an old composition book.
9) Ask questions. Ask stupid questions. Ask questions you think might be offensive. Bother witches with questions over and over until you get a clear answer.
10) Find magic in the little things, not just grand spells and big holidays or full moons. Find magic in getting dressed, or cleaning, or even driving.
This is still undergoing some editing and adding to, but I hope it helps someone :)