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thank you so much for all the love & support u guys have been giving my sos character!!! (⸝⸝⍢⸝⸝) ෆ i know im not the best when it comes to showing my appreciation to all of ya (sorry…) but really thank you! i really love drawing her and nadi so seeing others like them as well it seriously makes my heart swell w/ happiness! (。・//ε//・。)

pagan holiday guide 2017

hello friends!!! some of you may know me as a pagan (originally wiccan but decided that wasn’t the path for me so now just a pantheistic pagan). there’s lots of pagan holidays so any excuse for a party right?? here are the ones this year and what they’re all about and how to celebrate them!

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Spread the news! Harvest Moon 64 arrives on the Wii U Virtual Console tomorrow, February 23rd in North America and February 24th in Europe! This is the first time the game will be available in PAL territories :D

We’re celebrating 20 years of Harvest Moon history with #HarvestMoon20th all through 2017! We’ve got lots of Harvest Moon surprises in store all year long~

deathordesire  asked:

I really like your books, and was wondering if you plan on making anymore, or writing them i mean?

Oh yes, absolutely! I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was twelve, and I don’t plan to stop any time soon.


Here’s what I’ve published so far:

Grovedaughter Witchery - A book of secular magic based on my personal practices, with instructions for building your magical supply kit, writing your own spells, and creating various charms and talismans to augment your magical practices, topped off with a generous helping of practical advice. I wrote this to be the book I wish I’d had when I started out as a witch. Useful for all skill levels, and especially recommended for beginners and newcomers to the craft.

The Sisters Grimmoire - A book of secular spells based on the works of The Brothers Grimm. There’s a deliberate emphasis on simple materials, personal empowerment, and spells that function as tutorials for magical tools and methods from basic to intermediate. Useful for all skill levels. (Collaboration with Anna Zollinger.)

The Witches’ Cupboard - A book of magical powder recipes, with instructions for creating magical powders, suggested uses, and possible sources for raw materials. This functions more as a supplemental work for practitioners looking to beef up the potions-and-powders section of their repertoire. Useful for skill levels from intermediate to advanced. (Collaboration with Anna Zollinger.)


And here’s what I’ve got in the works:

The Sisters Grimmoire, Vol. II - A sequel to the book of the same name listed above. This time, we’ll be taking a trip through the collected works of Andrew Lang, author of the well-known Fairy Books of Many Colors (The Red Fairy Book, The Blue Fairy Book, etc). The emphasis on simple materials and easy-to-learn spells continues, with new methods and new concepts to add to your repertoire.

The Grovedaughter’s Garden - A witch’s guide to simple windowsill and patio gardening, detailing how to grow, harvest, and store your own herbs and flowers for magical purposes. No yard? No experience? No problem! This book will show you how to save time and money on supplies with basic, easy-to-grow plants with a multitude of magical uses.

I’m hoping to get at least one of them published by the end of the year, so stay tuned! :)

Foodie Friday: Healing in the Kitchen

Servings: Varies

Ingredients:

-1 tbsp peppermint leaves (about one tea bag)
-1 tbsp chamomile (about one tea bag)
-½ tsp cinnamon
-½ tsp ginger
-¾ cup boiling water
-¾ cup honey (raw local honey is recommended)
-Optional: Powdered sugar, Powdered vitamin C, or Cornstarch for dusting

1. Steep your herbs in the boiling water for about 10 minutes, then strain and save the tea.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the tea and honey and heat to a gentle boil over medium heat.

3. Continue boiling until the mixture reaches a temperature of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep careful watch, as honey can burn very easily.

4. Take off of heat and allow the syrup to cool for about 5-10 minutes.

5. Transfer syrup onto parchment paper in small spoonfuls (recommended teaspoon) and allow to cool to room temperature.

6. If desired, dust the lozenges with powdered sugar, powdered vitamin C, or cornstarch. This will absorb moisture, keeping the lozenges dry and preventing them from sticking in storage.

Note: The consistency of the lozenges may vary. There are several factors that play into this, including water loss, honey quantity, temperature variation, and weather.

Magical Ingredient!

Here in California, we’ve been blessed with some lovely rains! And while it’s absolutely wonderful to see the green come back after five long years of drought, it does come with a few downsides. The first is that mosquito populations boom. The second is that erosion issues that we hadn’t anticipated are cropping up all over the place. And the third is that with more moisture also comes a new rash of cold and flu.

Kitchen witchcraft is not limited to delectable dinner dishes. Nor is it limited to baking or crafting culinary delights. It is also very practical and encompasses herbal remedies that can be worked in the home. And so, it seemed right to share a recipe for homemade throat lozenges. All of the ingredients are tools of the kitchen witch, from the water to the tea, but of all of the ingredients, one stands out: honey.

Last week, we covered various alcohols and how liquor has been a staple of human consumption for most of human history, but honey mead is one of the primary drinks that come to light in that topic. In addition, honey has been a natural sweetener that humanity has loved since the dawn of time, even reaching a state where its presence represents prosperity and happiness (”land of milk and honey,” anyone?), and even wealth due to its golden color.

This image of wealth is further ingrained when considering the hard work put in by honeybees to produce honey, followed by their ferocity in protecting it when the hive is low on stores. Much like how one would work hard to acquire or earn wealth, and then protect their money when it’s been obtained.

Honey is, by far, one of the most cherished ingredients for its antibacterial properties and its natural sweetness. It is a natural preservative, and is far healthier than sugars due to its chemical makeup. In addition, it is an ingredient that has helped make many much more environmentally aware…

Domesticated honeybees (from which we get most of our honey) will produce close to 80 pounds of surplus honey per year, which is why beekeeping has been such a successful trade for so many centuries. In the late summer, beekeepers will remove wooden frames from the hives on which the surplus honey is stored (contrary to popular belief, the majority of beekeepers harvest honey in non-invasive ways which don’t stress the colony, and never harvest the stores the bees require for survival). This honey and the comb are then separated, processed (in some cases), and made ready for sale. By the time it reaches the plastic bottle as a clear golden syrup, it’s been pasteurized (depending upon the country’s health regulations) and processed.

From the store, one can pick up either processed or “raw” honey, which contains trace amounts of pollen from the nectar the bees had used to make it. This makes raw honey an excellent way of bolstering the immune system against the symptoms of seasonal allergies, in addition to the other traits honey has.

Honey’s composition is roughly 17 percent water, with most (not all) of the rest being natural sugars. As a result, if any bacteria, fungi, or molds try to settle on it, the water contained within them gets pulled out, killing them and preventing honey from spoiling. In addition, depending upon the flowers that the bees had pollinated, the nectar could have additional antibacterial properties (manuka honey, for instance, is particularly good at this and is used as an antibacterial in hospitals). Our ancestors recognized the healing properties of honey, and would add it to poultices and other remedies that would be applied directly to wounds, much as we would with Neosporin today.

From the witchy perspective, there really isn’t anything to dislike about honey. First, there’s its color, which is excellent for wealth and prosperity spells. Second, there is its healing properties, which are excellent for both remedies and for healing spells. Third, is its sweetness, which can serve to enhance the sweetening spells, and makes it an excellent offering to fairies and gods alike! Pairing they variant of honey with your purposes adds a whole new level of magic to your craft, as well! For instance, if you want to encourage prosperity and luck, use clover honey; alternatively, if you want to use honey for cleansing and healing, use rosemary honey instead!

A less common thought when it comes to using honey in magic is to incorporate its creator into the work. Bees are tireless workers, often inspiring bee enthusiasts and beekeepers alike, and it’s their effective communication and work ethic that can be incorporated into spellwork involving honey. If you need a spell to encourage productivity and energy, honey is a great go-to ingredient due to the bees’ tireless efforts. 

Like any ingredient, intent is key: channel your intent and energy into the honey before adding it to food or drink, or before adding it to a sweetening jar. If you’re making an offer of honey, consider what it may represent to the deities or spirits that it is meant for.

Lastly, another reason many witches appreciate honey is as I had mentioned above: it has helped increase environmental awareness. With bee populations struggling, it is important to consider ways to help “save the bees.” More specifically, save the environment. Honeybees are most well known to us, but they aren’t the only kind of bee present in our lives. Many species don’t produce honey but are integral to pollination. What makes them less noticeable is their subterranean nests throughout most of the year. Many witches feel a deep respect for the earth and for all animals, and bees are not alone in this. Consider switching from sugar to honey in most recipes to help bring honey’s properties into your life while helping fund further developments in beekeeping, and be sure to thank  the bees in your life for their hard work and inspiration!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(

From Thought to Table: A Guide (of sorts) to Kitchen Craft

This is meant to be seen a sort of step by step guide to how kitchen witchcraft works in my practice. This is something that I am frequently asked about, so I felt that it was time to write up a little post about it!

Disclaimer: this is how I have broken down kitchen craft in my own practice. Other practitioners may have different process, and that’s fine! I am, by no means, an authority on the topic. Forge your own path and do what’s right for you.

Intention

What is your intention? How do you want your intent magically punctuated, if you will? Decide on these things and choose your approach and ingredients accordingly.

Example: I’m having a family dinner and I want those in attendance to get along peacefully. I will want to choose ingredients associated with peace, calm, happiness, friendship, familial love, etc. I would want to avoid things that may work against my goal, such as stimulants or ingredients with harsh correspondences. Consider your method: perhaps a dessert to sweeten them up? Or a soup to warm their hearts? It’s all up to you!

Gathering/Harvesting

Herbs traditionally have ideal times for harvesting, so that their magic is best preserved. I try to heed this, if I am growing my own.

Growing your own herbs! If you have the time, space, and capability, I really recommend this. Not only can you add intent and power to your plant (giving it charged water, bonding with them, etc), but you can ensure that it’s harvested and stored correctly.

Not into growing your own? Or maybe, like myself (college witch problems, y'all), you are not in the ideal situation to grow and raise a full garden? I totally get it. I just try to shop in season. Shopping is harvesting, of sorts.

Preparation and Cooking

Prep is actually my favorite part of the whole cooking process. I don’t know why, I just find the methodical approach to making sure each and every ingredient has been prepped to be really relaxing.

Anyway, this is the time to focus on why you’ve chosen to add each ingredient. Invoke them, talk about what properties they have that made you choose them, thank them. Feel free to get personal.

As you prep and cook, focus on your intent. For me, this involves a lot of energy work and thinking about tradition.

I think about all of the times I’ve seen my family take these same steps in the kitchen, no matter what they were making, and the thought and care they took every time to make sure it turned out right.

I think about the different generations of my family and how they all found joy and strength in performing these daily rituals, like chopping and cooking and baking.

There’s something to be said for paying tribute to tradition. For this reason, I like to listen to music that I heard in the kitchen when I was growing up (The Temptations, anyone?), but I recommend choosing something that matches your intent.

Presentation

This part is definitely optional, but it can really add a boost to your work! I like to work mostly with color psychology in this part, honestly. But the portion size, plating, all kinds of different variables can add a boost of intent to the meal!


Anyway, I hope this gives people some insight on kitchen craft! It can seem mysterious and secretive (which it certainly can be), but the basic steps are easy. It’s what you choose to do with it that counts! And don’t feel that kitchen witchcraft is only meant for the *best of ingredients*, or whatever. I’ve had just as much success with witchy Ramen noodles as I have a full-blown gourmet dinner.

No matter what you choose, as long as your energy and intent are there, it’ll turn out fine!

HERBAL STARTERS!

HThyHerbal starters! (Please be aware of the fact I’m still very new to herbalism myself!)

Starter herbs; always remember to start with the simpler to grow, easier to use and cost effective herbs. They are just as brilliant as any other herbs!
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Rosemary
- Lavender
- Oregano
- Chives
- Sage
- Thyme
- Basil
- Lemon Balm
- Mint

Starter books; the best way to learn and understand the varsity and intensity that herbalism has to offer you is to hit the books, go to your library and ask them if they have herbalism books the older the better. Read gardening books, and also go to farmers markets if you can they have heaps of cheap books that are packed with information.
-Rosemary Gladstar’s - A Beginners Guide to Herbal Medicine.
-Rosemary Gladstar’s - Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.
-Paul Beyerl’s - The Master Book of Herbalism
(Although this one is very magickal as well)
-Simon Mills - Dictionary of Modern Herbalism
-The Royal Horticultural Society’s Encyclopedia of Herbs.
(This one’s great for herbalists who are gardening as well.)

Handy Hints: When beginning herbalism you may think you’ll have it mastered a lot sooner than you will but don’t stress because really it’s not a topic you can master. Just remember to always aim for further learning, read more books, do more trial and error, make more remedies and always stay positive about it. 

There are so many topics to learn; diagnosis, understanding the human body and how to treat it’s issues, understanding how to grow, harvest and store herbs, dosages, remedies etc. The best way to learn all this stuff is to just do it however you please. Don’t spend hours and days stuck on the one part of something. Just study all different topics and bits and pieces, it’s all about how you organize your informations. Keep a folder/book for each category. (Herbal properties and warnings book/folder, herbal remedy and dosage books, growing, harvesting and storing herb books.) This is an easy way to keep yourself interested and build a solid guideline that you can easily go back to whenever some information slips away! 

REMEMBER THAT HERBAL MEDICINE TAKES A LOT OF LOVE, POSITIVE ENERGY AND GOOD INTENT. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER YOU ARE SPIRITUAL OR NOT RESPECT YOUR PLANTS, BE THANKFUL FOR THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND AID IN OUR HEALTH AND EVERYDAY LIFE AND PUT YOUR WHOLE SELF INTO EVERYTHING YOU LEARN AND MAKE.

Can anyone explain to me how on earth the Black Fairy was able to harvest and store all that black fairy dust magic into the clocktower… after Zelena had given up her magic to neutralize all the black crystals she had accidentally made in the caves? I mean… what was even the point in that? Did Fiona find a way to make them dark regardless?? What did I miss???

Is so confused.

Astrology & The Seasons

The Signs are associated with the Season in which they occur. The entire Tropical (Western) Astrology system is constructed around the seasons. Aries begins when the Sun crosses the Vernal Equinox Line and Spring begins.

The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of Cancer, the Winter Solstice marks the start of Capricorn, and the Autumnal Equinox signifies the beginning of Libra. It is from those Cardinal points that the 30° divisions are drawn.

The Cardinal Signs are the signs of initiation - and they mark the beginning of a Season. The Fixed Signs are the signs of sustainability - and they occur when a Season is at its most stable, 30° after the beginning of the Cardinal Sign that preceded them. The Mutable Signs are the signs of adaptability - and they take up the time period when Seasons are changing, 30° after the beginning of the Fixed Sign that preceded them, and 30° before the Cardinal Sign that succeeds them.

Aries is the beginning of Spring, Taurus is full-fledged Spring, Gemini is the transition from Spring to Summer, Cancer is the beginning of Summer, Leo is Summer at its hottest, Virgo is the transition from Summer to Fall, Libra is the beginning of Fall, Scorpio is full-fledged Fall, Sagittarius is the transition from Fall to Winter, Capricorn is the beginning of Winter, Aquarius is Winter at its coldest, and Pisces is the transition from Winter to Spring.

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somebody at work today insisted that bettas eat flake food in the wild and don’t like pellets after I tried to get them to buy some omega one pellet food 

they were totally right 

I just spaced that 

man it’s been so long since I last did research on betta fish

I forgot that the wild habitat of bettas is surrounded by carnivorous flake trees 

the carnivorous flake tree has roots spreading miles long to the sea where they ensnare and consume many types of common ocean fish and sometimes even krill for nutrients 

the fish is then broken down inside of the tree and the protein that the tree cannot digest grows on the tree’s branches like leaves 

The leaves fall off in small pinches once or twice a day into the water in which the bettas feed and flourish off the nutrients within

there are many mysteries still unsolved about the carnivorous flake trees diet 

like where does the wheat content in the flakes come from? What part of the tree dyes the flakes red? When are preservatives added to the mix? 

These questions may forever be shrouded in mystery 

The carnivorous flake tree has yet to be grown captively due to its extensive root system and particular diet, so the flakes you buy in stores are harvested from wild flake trees 

this is problematic because they are harvested so extensively to keep the shelves full, causing the local fauna that rely on this tree for nourishment to starve 

and that is why I recommend feeding feeding other types of food like pellets instead, harvesting these flakes is devastating to the local ecosystems 

GO GREEN. DON’T BUY FLAKES. 

Sabbats: Mabon |  Autumn Equinox

The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark.  We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops.

The Goddess passes from Mother to Crone, while her consort the God prepares for his death and re-birth.

At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.

Mabon Blessings everyone!🍁 and Blessed Ostara for those in the south
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
—  Matthew 6:25-34 NLT
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I’m not sure what’s wrong with me - I want to build small motels, trailers, gas stations, little markets and dive bars, but I keep making those montrosities.

I wanted Tabs’ family to run a fashion house, but it would require too much cc to build, so they will own a beauty company instead (I finally found some use for those crazy-looking cupcake machines!).

LaSul Labs, part of JDC Group Inc. (no cc)

A flagship cosmetics store, a beauty salon, an office, a lab and a factory - all in one building.

I’m sorry for the weird previews (the disappearing columns, smh) – it’s just not my forte. But look at the first picture with the logo thingy, I totally copied @jenba! :D I’ve changed the planters in the “greenhouse” (third picture) and put some harvestable plants in there (mainly herbs), but I really liked the lighting in my older preview photo. ;D The old planters are also on the floor plan pic, sorry! I didn’t include a plan of the third level, but it’s just an office space.

The lot is set as a spa. To use it as an office with Zerbu’s Turbo Carrers mod you would have to add some kitchen stuff (maybe on the top level – it’s empty).

Lot size: 20x30. I used objects from Get to Work, Spa Day, a plant from Perfect Patio (it’s in the „store”) and harvestable plants from Outdoor Retreat.

It’s in the Gallery (LaSul Labs), tagged with #simmingstuff.

I hope you like it and if you use it, please let me know if there are any problems. Thank you!

PS. Just hammer down that picture on the window (in the conference room). I’m old and blind.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:25-34 NLT