This is a list of some of the most confusing plants to identify, with dangerous evil twins (although they may be good for curses). Remember not to eat ANYTHING in the wild unless you’re 100% certain what it is. It’s especially important for us hedge witches who tend to forage vs grow and all kinds of nature witches to know what we’re picking.
Sweet almonds vs. Bitter almonds
The sweet almonds that are bought, sold, and enjoyed in the U.S. and in most countries have only a negligible amount of cyanide in them, but bitter almonds—which are shorter and wider than their sweet cousins—can contain 42 times as much. This high cyanide content means that children can be fatally poisoned by eating just five to ten bitter almonds, and adults by eating around 50. Even a handful of bitter almonds can lead to dizziness or vertigo, weakness, difficulty breathing, and numerous other symptoms in adults
Wild grapes VS. Moonseed
Menispermum canadense, or “Canadian moonseed,” produces fruit so similar in appearance to grapes and other pleasant edibles that it can blend in with the Vitis bunch if you’re not careful. The plant is toxic for humans from root to leaf-tip, and its moonseed berries—which have a single, crescent-shaped seed each, unlike grapes’ round ones—can easily prove fatal when eaten due to their toxic lode of dauricine. Moonseeds also reportedly taste just awful (generally speaking, this is a good sign you should spit something out).
Carrot, parsnips vs hemlock
The above-ground plants of wild carrots (Daucus carota, widely known as Queen Anne’s Lace) and parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) can look a lot like hemlock’s, and the roots below can appear similar, too (especially when they’ve just been pulled out of the ground).
For the record, wild parsnip poses its own threat, too. Especially during flowering season, its sap can cause skin reactions which can range from a simple rash to something very much like a lasting, second-degree burn. So if you do go root-hunting (staying well clear of hemlock, of course), you’ll do well to use gloves and skin-covering clothing whenever possible.
Wild blueberry vs Tutsan
blueberries have a potentially deadly lookalike that’s spread from its native Eurasian zones to New Zealand, Australia, and North America. The black berries of Hypericum androsaemum, a.k.a. tutsan or “sweet amber” bushes, can do a decent blueberry impression but can cause gastrointestinal distress, weakness, raised heart-rate, and other symptoms in both people and animals, and especially in children. In general, eager berry-pickers should do some careful research before foraging in the wild, as a wide variety of berries are moderately to highly toxic, including strychnine tree berries, and holly berries
Hi Cassie! Does James Herondale have an obsession that doesn't involve someone he loves? Like, something that's not books too or guns.
Obsession is pretty strong. Most people don’t have fifty or sixty obsessions! James has interests, even passionate one: his friends, especially his best friends Thomas, Christopher and Matthew; the fact that he can see a shadowy world no one else can see, and what that power means; the fact that the rest of the Clave often treats him and his sister as if they’re damaged goods or tainted because of their powers and their warlock blood; travel, clothes, weapons, history, London, demon traps, reading and walking at the same time; preventing Lucie from climbing out windows; Wales and Welsh; his family, his Uncle Jem, spells, curses, gardens, forests, cake, handstands and poetry.
I mean it featured a cute af protagonist rescuing Excalibur and saving Camelot, her name is Kayley and her father was once a Knight of the Round Table, before he was killed.
Her disabled hermit boyfriend Garrett who has survived in this enchanted/cursed forest for years bc he was sick of being treated like an invalid in Camelot (like, it’s 100% Ableism as to why he left, it’s overt as fuck)
Their comic relief side characters, Cornwall and Devon, who happen to be a two headed dragon (the Dudebro and the Thespian respectively), and they have this wonderful character arc about how they’re such shit dragons because they never get along.
And not to mention the most enjoyable Chaotic Evil villain ever, Ruber.
(Kayley’s Mother): You’re mad!
Ruber: So glad you noticed! *image below* I’ve been working on it for years!
And it’s like, half spoof, half serious too, so there’s a lot of pop culture references (mainly from Devon and Cornwall) it’s also self aware af, most of the characters comment at least once about bursting into song.
Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about Quest For Camelot
these lists of books to read before you die that are full of classics are all well and good but what if you don’t like classics? and what about the ya ones that are just full of popular series? so this is an alternative list of ya books you should read before you die. thanks to everyone who contributed books; i’ve had to miss some off because i’ve got more than 100, so i’ll probably include them on a second list. (also, i’ve not actually read all these books. it’s a group effort)
Witches creating a sigil for their non-binary friends to use
to bring about positive neutral pronouns
Witches taking non-binary people to the forest and splashing their faces with lake
water and smudging dirt on their cheeks like war paint to charge them with all
the femininity and masculinity of the elements
Witches charging non-binary friend’s clothes with all sorts of wonderful
crystals to give confidence in wearing whatever they want
Witches turning non-binary people’s names into sigils to bring good vibes to
everyone who uses their correct names
Witches joking around and asking their non-binary friends to help them out with
spells to help channel masculine, feminine and nonbinary energy
Witches placing flowers in hair, beards, pockets, almost everywhere they can to
enchant non-binary people as guardians of the forest
Witches cursing anyone who disrespects their non-binary siblings
Witches falling in love with non-binary people and knowing they
are a Demi-Deity with a heart the size of Jupiter
I know Forest’s Curse just makes a pokemon a grass type - but i really imagine just roots holding the pokemon down or the trees holding it down - and just roots start growing on it and take over the body of the pokemon. The last panel is a bit uh pushing it but hey.
There’s a stunning lack of curses around here that make use of houseplants so I’m gonna do you all a favour and fix that shit up right now.
Forest Fire Curse
No, we’re not starting an actual forest fire. That is dangerous and illegal and also what the fuck. This curse is an emotional curse designed to inflict long-term suffering on someone who wronged you. This is at least the second pettiest curse that you’ve seen in a long while, probably.
You will need:
A houseplant that you can take leaves or clippings from. Something like aloe vera, a spider plant, a Christmas cactus, etc.
Clay (or something similar) that can dissolve with water. Most clay can if you don’t fire it, but if you’re not sure, do a little bit of research.
A black marker
A pencil or sharp object
A candle or open source of flame. It doesn’t have to be a specific candle, but go ahead and use a black one if you like, since every other curse does. (The leaves are the important part here, not the fire source.)
First, you’ll want to make sure your plant is watered, well-taken care of, and healthy, otherwise this isn’t going to work and you’ll just make a mess.
Get out your clay and make a little disc or idol; this will represent the person you’re cursing. Draw a sigil or symbol, or even a picture of their face, in the clay with your sharp thing, and leave it to dry. This will take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days depending on what kind of clay you’re using, but as long as you keep it small, it shouldn’t take too long.
Then, when it’s dry, take a leaf or clipping off of your plant, and with the marker, draw a symbol on it that matches the one on your clay idol. Next, take your clay piece and put it in the soil of the plant. (If you like talking to plants, now is a good time to let it know you’re going to be using it to curse someone.) Get your flame ready, and light your leaf on fire. If it’s a waxy plant, it’ll be more of a slow melt, whereas if it’s a more dry/papery specimen, it’ll probably go up immediately, so be careful. While that fucker burns, say anything along the lines of “I cast a lingering burn upon he who has hurt me”, but like, the phrasing doesn’t matter that much. If you want to get deep and specify what kind of pain you’re inflicting, go for it, otherwise it’s basically up to nature. When you’re done, sprinkle some water on the clay in the soil, and put the plant up into a window.
Now, here’s the fun part: that little clay idol will slowly degrade as long as you keep it in the pot, because every time you pour water on it, it softens a bit. Your curse is going to last as long as that piece stays there, slowly integrating itself into the soil. I’ve personally never kept track of people I’ve done this to - they tend to disappear out of my life after a little while - so the curse may or may not slowly degrade over time too. Even if it does, though, it’s pretty strong anyway, and since it lasts so long, you probably won’t need to throw another curse on top of it by the time you’re down to the end.
There, now the rest of you angry gardeners out there have something too! Hope this helps someone out there. (: