herb walk

Aim to do something witchy each day!

• cleanse your space
• tend your garden
• collect storm/rain/snow water
• meditate!
• pick herbs/plants
• charge materials
• walk in nature
• top up your supplies
• light a candle
• make a fruit offering to the wild
• practice divination
• read a book on craft
• plant a plant
• clean and collect jars
• go shopping
• read a prayer
• put a wandering bug or a spider friend back outside
• curl up with a cup of tea and scroll through witchy blogs

Three Elements Home Blessing and Protection Ritual

Supplies:

  • Incense, or Sage Bundle - for smoke cleansing, to cleanse and protect with the “Sky”
  • Purified Water in a small bowl (optional ingredients include salt or herbs) - for saining, to cleanse and protect with the “Sea”
  • Protection Salt and Herbs (I’ll be adding lavender for peace and purification, and rosemary for protection and remembrance) - for protection of doorways, windows, and portals - to protect with the “Land”
  • Chant, Spell or Prayer of Intention - This step is best if you make it yourself, with your magical paradigms. Here is mine - “By the power of elements three, by the power of land, sky, and sea, I cleanse and protect this home to keep us safe from all harm.”  I also have one for each element e.i. “By the power of the sea, keep harm away from me”.

Ritual:

In an empty house, or apartment, open all doors and windows, including closets, bathrooms, etc. Start at what is to be the heart or center of the home, (the hearth, the bedroom, the living area, kitchen, etc) walk walk the perimeter of the home clockwise. If you wish to banish all spirits, spirits that mean you harm, all entities, whatever it is- do so at this time. Once you set your protections, you may accidentally banish or piss off ‘people’ you want to be friendly with. Walk the perimeter and focus on all the good memories you want to make here, the creating that will be done here, the hospitality you will offer guests, etc. 

Sky - Come back to start and light your “Sky” representation. Walk clockwise, chanting your spell. Aim the smoke at the ceiling, walking the perimeter of every wall and every room, including in closets, and around the shower, following the line of the ceiling. (not cupboards in the kitchen, because you might not be able to get the smell out later). Think of the smoke as banishing any previous tenants memories, bad emotions, spirits or energies you don’t want in your new home. End at your predesignated heart of the home.

Sea - Take your bowl of water, your “Sea”, and start again. this time dip your fingers into the bowl and flick water all around, aiming at the floorboard. Chant while you walk clockwise, focusing on the protection of the salt and water, creating a white light around your home as you sprinkle the water. Alternatively you can add to a spray bottle and spray the water. If you wish, sprinkle or ‘paint’ the water around any openings - mirrors, drains, windows - to protect from unwanted entrances for spirits or energies.  End at the heart of the home.

Land - Now take your “Land” representation of salt and herbs, and walk counter clockwise. Chant your house blessing or the chant for salt if you wish (if you chant the salt blessing, do one more pass clockwise saying you final home blessing). Sprinkle salt in a line across any doorway or window to outside the home. The salt should stay on the window sills if possible. The salt can be swept up from the front door if you wish, just ‘paint’ some salt water instead, after it is swept up. Sprinkle some around drains as well, and across wall mirrors. This closes up any magical or physical doorways of outside influence. End back at the heart of the home.

If you have a backyard or patio, you may want to extend the protections out there as well. Use cascarilla powder (powdered eggshells) around any dirt or lawn you have, use pure water with no salt, and maybe use wind chimes or a bell to represent the sky instead of the smoke, if you wish to not arouse suspicion. Please don’t use salt on the land. Its bad for plants and snails.

Home Protection Cont. :

I will be setting up my home altar at this “heart of the home” and from there it will be an easy place to renew the protections. I would recommend renewing the protections once a year, or whenever you feel you need a little extra boost of protection or cleansing. Since you originally did this when no furniture was in place, renewing the protections may seem hard. I prefer to smoke cleanse so that is a little easier for me, just say a protection or cleansing spell at our home altar and walk clockwise around the house with your smoke. Its gets into all the tight spots, now that there is furniture in the way, easier.  The spray bottle works well for this as well. I would recommend renewing one element at a time, in place of all three. 

Don’t forget that other protections are still great to uses as well. I will also be hanging my witches’ ladder made of hag stones by the door for protection, having potted plants for cleansing and protection like lavender, and hanging some wind chimes to know when the Good Folk are near.

Originally posted by butteryplanet

The last step is to enjoy your protected and magical home!

The Witch Talks: The Spring Equinox

An Equinox is the moment in which the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun. This occurs twice a year, in March (Vernal) and in September (Autumnal). On an Equinox, the duration of night and day are equal. This post refers to the Vernal (Spring) Equinox.

Originally posted by theworldisworthagif

Most Spring holidays that occur around this time incorporate symbols of fertility and new life into their celebrations. These symbols include, but are not limited to, eggs, seeds and flowers, rabbits and sweets.

Date: March 20th

Themes: Fertility, rebirth and renewal, balance, harmony, creativity, growth, cleansing.

Lunar Phase Association: New Moon

Colors: Pastels, pink, yellow, green, purple

Herbs: Lily, Daffodil, Jasmine, Rose, Iris, Violet, Olive, Ginger, Lavender, Thyme,

Stones: Aquamarine, Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Amethyst, Clear Quartz

Scents: Floral scents, strawberry, jasmine, fresh grass, cool dew

Foods: Eggs, seeds, green vegetables, chocolate, milk and honey, sweet cakes, rabbit, lamb, sunflower seeds, nuts, sprouts, dairy foods, sweet wine or mead.

Offerings: Dyed eggs, milk and honey, bird seed, chocolate coins and eggs, flowers and fresh fruits.

Celebrating:

- Dying Eggs
- Planting flowers or starting gardens
- Gather flowers or herbs
- Press flowers or herbs
- Take a walk and observe the changing season
Ostara Serpent Tarot Spread by @lepuslunamgrimoire

Recipes:

- Ostara Tea by @honeycoyote
- Ostara Buns by @liberumbrarum
- Ostara Honey Cake by @prickingofthumbs

Summer Witch Activities and Aesthetics

🍋Enchanted Lemonade for energy and happiness

🌊Going to the beach, feeling the energy of the ocean, and taking some home with you in the form of sand, ocean water, rocks, and shells

🌸🍃Gathering or growing flowers, plants, and herbs

🌿👣🌾 Taking walks in nature, listening for the voice of the forest, and hearing whispers in the wind

🌻💛 Sunbathing, cleansing, and meditating

🔮🕯 Visiting flea markets to find antiques, treasures, tools, and sometimes divination/readings

✨of course, add on to this! (if you want..) what do you do in the summer as a witch?!✨

💕 🌹 Love & Attraction Spell 🌹 💕

After a handful of tarot readings (each from a different person), I learned that it is very likely that I will meet someone very special soon. But most importantly, I haven’t really been loving myself recently either and it shows. A spirit pointed out that I am trying to make love a priority, but it “is not with a capital L” and that I need to do some work. Since I want to love myself more, show the people in my life more love, and possibly attract a certain someone, I decided to make this cute little jar spell!

What you will need:

-A jar (I used a little one in a 3-pack from a craft store for $3, but you can certainly use a big jar as well to keep in your home)
- A chain or cord
- Rose petals - Love, luck, & protection
- Jasmine - Love
- Lavender - Love & happiness
- Rosemary - Love, lust, protection
-Yarrow - Love & purification
- Rose Quartz (Optional) - Love

One-by-one, fill the jar with each ingredient, focusing on your intent for each one. I layered everything twice (I underestimated the size of this tiny jar). I also listened to some of my favorite music while putting everything together. You are also able to cater this spell to your specific needs if you’d like!

After I was finished, I let the jar charge in a bowl filled with clear quartz chips and rose quartz while it sat near sunlight. After it was done, I put it on a black cord and I have been wearing it everywhere I go since!

I hope you all feel as much love as I do and more!

Jonathan Toews #4

Requested by Anon:  Can you do something fluffy with Jonathan Toews? Maybe with him being on IR or something please? I love your writing btw!

*Thank you sooo much! Not fluffy but really sweet. I hope you like it. :)*

Word count: 947

Originally posted by ryanhartman

As soon as you walked down the stairs, you realized that this injured reserve thing is doing you good. The floors are mopped, breakfast is ready, and the dog is fed before seven in the morning. The Blackhawks should have realized that Jonathan Toews won’t let a bad back from stopping him. It was probably a good call that he wasn’t allowed to go to practices because everyone knew that if he were there, he won’t just sit prettily and not skate.

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Assassin's Aesthetic Feels

(( according to what I think of when I think of them ))

Distant Altaïr: Black coffee, game show network, sudden rain, bitter chocolates, flashlights, late texts, nicknames, matches, petting zoos, apartment, park bench, whispers.

Love Story Ezio: Horizon, shoujo manga, silk sheets, shaggy dogs, art gallery, bath bombs, never sent letters, white shoes, missing hair ties, Netflix, apple cores.

Warm Connor: Slow kisses, beige apparel, bird watching, hand puppets, write apologies, homemade breakfast, gold candy wrappers, coffee creamer, Disney movies.

Hasty Edward: Whiskey, piercings, bear hugs, eye bags, leather jackets, sea-salt taffy, cartoon Saturdays, pearls, maple syrup, ferry rides, light blue, cactus plants, buckled boots.

Urban Arno: Cotton sweaters, city walks, herb charms, chevron, pink lemonade, new books, hellos, night lights, library, pastry shoppes, indie music.

Vague Jacob: Beanies, movie night, Ferris wheel, heavy breathing, tickling, Internet explorer, cold tea, strawberry jam, clocks, fogged mirrors, mementos, faint cologne.

Average Evie: Coffee shop with friends, midnight, melting candles, suitcases, tabby cats, star gazing, alarm clock, pale, blackberry jam, trinkets, orange juice, baggy shirts, keys.

anonymous asked:

Tips on being a closet witch? There are a lot of family members living with me and probably all of them are really against witchcraft and "anti-Christian" things and I'm worried I might not be good enough at hiding my things (which isn't much yet but I would like to be able to have more materials soon) but I really don't want anyone to know. Please give me suggestions on how to protect my privacy

Hey I’m a closeted witch too with an emotionally abusive mother who goes through my room all the time, so I totally understand where you’re coming from.
1. Most witchy things can be passed off as hippy things: Crystals. Plants. Herbs. Teas. Nature walks. Incense. Meditation (disguise for devotion time to deities or uninterrupted time for spells). Cleansing.
2. If it doesn’t seem “hippy” it can just be a casual interest: Scented candles. Journaling. Cooking. Gardening. Collecting seashells and little nature items.
3. You don’t need lots of tools for witchcraft while you’re stuck at home. Forget cauldrons and athames and pentacles and chalices. Just point with your finger to direct energy and use empty tea mugs for bowls if you’re allowed to bring drinks to your room.
4. Shoe boxes. Put whatever you want in there. I literally have a shoe box filled to the top with lots of different things and it’s a total mess but it’s all I need. The key to keeping secret shoe boxes is not to hide them in case someone stumbles upon it accidentally. If something is hidden, people will go through it when they find it. You have to keep it in plain sight so eventually it blends in to the rest of the room and becomes just another thing to glance over. Toss it in your closet but right next to your shoes, y'know?
5. Sigils. Best thing ever for closeted witches.
6. Build up your Grimoire now while your stuck at home with little opportunity to practicing your craft. You don’t have to focus on actually casting spells all the time. When you can live on your own, you’ll be a well-established witch who now just needs to get a few more supplies.
7. Forget jars. Sachets are where it’s at for closeted witches. They don’t break, they smoosh easily to fit in a shoebox, they’re easy to hide, they’re cheaper, and you can say they’re just for carrying your crystals. Organza bags are what you’re looking for
8. Oh and divination doesn’t have to be related to witchcraft. You can be interested in Tarot without being questioned for witchcraft. Pendulums are just cool. Runes are sketchy tbh but just… keep those hidden. Even a fucking Magic 8 Ball is divination my guy

I wish you the best of luck! Hang in there. You’ll earn your freedom soon ^.^

Familiar Magic

Characters: Servamp Kuro, Mahiru Shirota
Ship: KuroMahi
Summary: Their story started with a simple choice that lead to a whirlwind of complications. Mahiru saved a lion without knowing its true identity and the secrets it had.


Ch. 1 // Ch. 2 // Ch. 3 // Ch. 4 // Ch. 5

Mahiru stood in front of an injured lion with the choice to save it or leave it to die. Choosing to save it was simple. On the other hand, following through with the choice was difficult when the lion refused to allow Mahiru close to it. It growled at him every time he approached it.

“Don’t be afraid. I’m a witch and I can heal you if you just let me help you.” Mahiru approached the lion cautiously. It towered over him and its black fur was an indicator that it had a powerful curse placed on it. But it was clearly in pain and Mahiru reached out to help it again.

In response, it roared at him and it almost knocked Mahiru off his feet. The lion tried to stand unsteadily on its feet but couldn’t support its own weight for long. The lion collapsed and Mahiru ran to its side. It didn’t have the energy to resist when he placed a hand on its mane. The moment he touched its fur, smoke erupted around him and Mahiru tried to disperse it by waving his cloak.

When the smoke faded, he found a tiny black cat where the lion once was. Cautiously, Mahiru lifted the cat into his arms. It was weak and he could sense the magic within it faltering. He quickly summoned his broom so he could fly home.

“Don’t worry, I’ll save you.” Mahiru promised as his broom lifted him into the air. As they flew, Mahiru petted the cat and mused, “You’ll probably be staying with me for a while. I should give you a name then. What about the name Kuro?”


“Kuro, I’m home with the herbs!” Mahiru called into the quiet house. He lived alone at the based of the mountain so he didn’t expect anyone to respond to him aside from a cat’s purr. He brought Kuro to his home and tended to its injury but it hadn’t woken yet. Mahiru had to wonder what could’ve injured such a large creature and turned it into a cat.

The only answer that came to mind was the guardians of the mountain. The mountain had seven guardians that were said to protect a powerful sorcerer who lived at the peak of the mountain. There were many legends about the seven guardians and their power. They were rumoured to create everything from earthquakes to floods. Maybe Kuro accidentally crossed one of their paths.

“Did I forget to put out the fire?” Mahiru muttered to himself when he entered his home. It was warm and dimly lit. He was certain that he put out the fire when he left to gather herbs. Cautious, he walked into his room. As silently as he could, he whispered a spell to summon his broom. “Is that you Kuro?”

Mahiru hands tightened around his broom when he saw a stranger in his home instead of Kuro. The man gave him a bored expression before turning back to the fire. “I thought you were going to take longer. This is going to be troublesome, isn’t it?”

“What are you doing in my house!” Mahiru screamed and tried to hit him with his broom. He was shocked when his broom passed through him and he dispersed into smoke. He looked around him frantically but the man had seemingly disappeared. The smoke moved around the room and reformed in another part of the room. “There you are!”

“You’re pretty violent for a witch.” He groaned when he saw that Mahiru was going to attack him again. He simply turned to smoke again and evaded Mahiru’s broom. When he reformed, he was in the form of a cat. The black cat Mahiru saved. “I thought you were one of those nice witches when you saved me. Guess you’re one of those people who likes cats more than people.”

“Kuro?” Mahiru picked him up.

“So, you are a crazy cat lady.” Kuro turned into smoke again and Mahiru felt a chill run through him when the black smoke passed through his hands. He reverted to his human from a few feet from him. “But I’m not a house cat so I can’t stay.”

“Why would I even let you stay? What the hell are you?” Mahiru yelled. He was still trying to wrap his mind around the entire situation. Who was this man?

“I’m just a kindred spirit that lives in the mountain.” Kuro answered sarcastically. He walked to the window and looked up at the mountain. There was something lonely in his eyes and Mahiru wondered who he was even more. “I’ll leave when the sun sets. My magic’s weak in the sunlight and I would rather not bother with fighting during the day. For now, you can just call me Kuro.”

“Kuro? Don’t you have an actual name?” Mahiru asked and Kuro was silent for a moment, as if debating if he should answer. The silence grew between them for awhile and it was clear that he wasn’t going to answer. “Well, my name’s Mahiru. You can stay but don’t cause me any trouble.”

“I’ll try but I don’t really have a choice.” Kuro sighed. He didn’t know how Mahiru would react if he said that bad luck tended to follow him. Mahiru didn’t question his choice of words and picked up the herbs he picked. With nothing better to do, Kuro sat at the table and watched Mahiru. “What are you doing?”

“I’m making a brew that will help you heal faster. This should allow your body to regain some the magic you lost and heal yourself faster. I’ll have to change the recipe because I thought I was feeding a lion and not a man.” Mahiru looked through his spell book as he carefully crushed the herbs into a paste.

“Don’t bother with that. My wounds already healed itself.” Kuro lifted his shirt and there wasn’t a mark on his chest. There wasn’t even a scar despite how weak the lion appeared to be when Mahiru found him. “Anyways, your magic won’t work on me.”

“But the book said that this is the right recipe.” Mahiru re-read the instructions. Honestly, he wasn’t the most skilled witch because he never had someone to teach him how to use magic. Everything he knew was self taught through books his uncle brought him.

“That’s white magic. It doesn’t work on me.” Kuro reached across the table and took the book from him. As he thought, the book was filled with simple spells and potions. His eyes skimmed the book before they landed on a marked spell. “You’re looking for a familiar? You seem old enough to be given one already.”

“My parents died when I was young.” Mahiru told him in a small voice. Traditionally, a witch would be given a familiar spirit from their parents when they were old enough to start their journey. If it wasn’t for his uncle, he would’ve been alone and without someone to depend on. But his uncle traveled often and sometimes he felt lonely in the house.

“It’s better that you don’t have a familiar. It’s troublesome to have someone depend on you to live.” Kuro absentmindedly read the spell. Mahiru took the book back from him and pushed a bowl under his nose. “Didn’t you hear me when I said that white magic doesn’t work on me?”

“It’s food. If I can’t use those herbs for a spell, I might as well use it to make us something to eat. It’s simple, actually.” Mahiru pulled out a chair and sat across from Kuro. “Actually, I want to ask you about what happened to you in that mountain. Who attacked you?”

“I didn’t see.” Kuro tried to remember but the attack was so fast that it was a blur to him. Usually, Kuro would avoid fighting but something felt different about the person that attacked him. He couldn’t sense any killer intent. “Don’t try to involve yourself in it. It’s my problem.”

“Okay.” Mahiru knew from Kuro’s low voice that he wouldn’t accept another answer. They silently ate the meal Mahiru made but Kuro watched him with a curious stare. He was a strange witch to be sure. “But tell me when you’re about to leave.”


Kuro kept his feet light as he walked to the door. Mahiru was sleeping but the house was small so he could wake him up if Kuro wasn’t careful. In front of the door, he saw the protective charms hanging in front of it. They were well made but they didn’t have enough magic within them to be effective. Kuro placed his hand on the charm and poured some of his magic into it.

It was the least he could do for Mahiru. Kuro pulled his hood over his head and walked out the door. He didn’t need to eat but he enjoyed the meal he had with Mahiru. He couldn’t remember the last time he had a peaceful afternoon. While he didn’t remember much about his attacker, the person had been following him for a while now.

When he reached the edge of the forest, Kuro turned himself into shadows. The person that attacked him was surprisingly well at tracking him despite Kuro’s effort to evade him. He had to wonder who the man was and why he was following him. Kuro wondered if his siblings were being attacked by the man as well.

“There you are!” Kuro turned sharply to face the person behind him. He tried to turn to smoke to run but he still felt the attack. Fire seemed to erupt from the wound he made and Kuro clutched his arm. Quicker than his attacker appeared, he disappeared. But Kuro knew that he was only waiting to attack him again. Usually his smoke spell allowed him to pass through attacks but it didn’t work against that man.

Kuro knew that he couldn’t wait for him to attack again and quickly tried to run into the bushes to hide. His ears twitched as he tried to listen for his assailant. Suddenly, fire began to burn beneath his feet and Kuro climbed the tree next to him. A sword appeared in front of Kuro and he knew that he couldn’t dodge it in time. “Got you!”

Suddenly, he felt someone grab his arm and pull him away from the sword. He looked up and saw Mahiru. He used his broom to fly them above the trees and hopefully away from the attacker’s range. With a little difficulty, Mahiru pulled Kuro onto his broom so that he was sitting behind him. “Who was that Kuro?”

“I should be the one asking questions! Why are you here?” Kuro shot back.

“I followed you of course. I told you to tell me if you were about to leave so why didn’t you wake me?” Mahiru pulled out a protection charm from his pocket and dangled it in front of Kuro. “I was going to give you this. I was worried that you’ll be attacked and I’d have to save you again so I made this to protect you.”

The charm did little to protect them when a pillar of fire erupted in front of them. Mahiru tried to steer his broom away but that sent them crashing into the mountain. Kuro took his cape and wrapped it around them to protect Mahiru from the slapping branches. He grunted when they hit the ground but quickly stood. “Are you okay, Mahiru?”

“Yeah, I—” Mahiru could barely answer him before Kuro took his hand and pulled him deeper into the mountain. Kuro knew that they couldn’t win against the person chasing them. “Wait, we need to stop that person from burning down this mountain!”

“How do you expect either of us to do that?” Kuro screamed back at him. “I doubt you’re able to fight!”

“Then what about you?” Mahiru retorted. He could hear someone running after them but he was too scared to turn around. “Can’t you fight?”

Kuro didn’t respond and only ran faster. Mahiru struggled to run with him because he was so much faster than him. If it wasn’t for Kuro’s strong grip on his hand, he was certain he would’ve fallen behind. Thoughts were racing through his head and he doubted he could concentrate enough to use his broom. “Wait, Kuro, watch out!”

Mahiru dug his feet into the ground when he sensed a powerful spell ahead of them. They stumbled to a stop just before fire burst out of the ground in front of him. The fire shifted until it surrounded them and they couldn’t run anymore. “I’ll fly us out of here!”

“That’s what they’re waiting for! This is the same trap they used on me last time.” Kuro chewed his lower lip, trying to think of a way to escape. Through the flames, he could see someone approach them. If he didn’t find a way to save them both soon, they would both be dead. They could fly out of the fire vertex but he doubted Mahiru was fast enough to dodge any of their attack with his current magic.

“… You said you wanted a familiar, didn’t you?” Kuro started slowly.

“Why are you bringing that up now? We’re going to die in this fire!” Mahiru yelled.

“Just listen to me for a minute! When a witch and a familiar spirit makes a contract, their connection allows them share magic. If we have a contract, you can use my magic to fly fast enough to escape. You just need to give me something to bind our souls together.” Kuro explained. Mahiru knew the gravity of the situation but didn’t know if he should.

“But you’re human! I can’t force you into this contract.” Mahiru argued.

“I’m not human. I’m far from human! Just give me an item, anything will do. We’re going to die!” Mahiru ripped a bell from his cloak and pressed it into Kuro’s hand. Kuro took Mahiru’s hand and chanted. “En échange de cet objet, je vous donne mon âme. Je promets à partir de ce jour, je marcherai à vos côtés. Mon coeur sera votre abri et vos bras seront ma maison.”

A light burst from the bell and Kuro felt a warm magic stir within it. “It’s over. Fly us out of here now.”

Mahiru was surprised by Kuro’s sombre voice when he was so insistent on creating a contract. But he pushed those thoughts away and summoned his broom. To his surprise, it was no longer wooden but a dark shadow. Was it because of Kuro’s magic? Kuro didn’t seem to be shock when he climbed onto the broom.

“Be careful when you use your broom. I just gave you this power and you might not be able to control it yet. Just focus on going up and outrunning their attacks.” Kuro instructed and Mahiru nodded. The broom rose faster than either of them expected and Kuro hugged Mahiru’s waist to stop himself from falling.

As they flew out of the vertex, he looked over his shoulder and was glad no one was attacking them or following them. Kuro let out the sigh he was holding and leaned his forehead against Mahiru’s back. They escaped but Kuro had to wonder when he would attack again.

“Hey, Kuro, can I ask you something?” Mahiru asked and Kuro knew that he would have a lot of questions. He also deserved the answers to those questions. “Now that we have a contract, can you tell me your name?”

“This is going to be troublesome.” Kuro sighed. “I’ll tell you it but I want you to promise that you’ll continue to call me Kuro.”

“Alright.” Mahiru agreed.

“I’m Sleepy Ash, the first guardian of the mountain.”


This actually started out as a Little Red Riding Hood fanfic. But like every other one of my fanfic it morphs into something completely different XD Little Red just turned into a witch. But this is unfortunately going into my folder of fanfics I like but won’t ever finish. I usually just write a first chapter and post so I feel like I didn’t waste the idea by not writing it.

Tools of the Trade

Life gets busy, and sometimes there’s just no time for complicated spells. Thus, I introduce to you my pocket altar! These 4 items stay with me in my raincoat all the time, perfect for a quick spell during my lunch break!

Pentacle/cosmetics mirror:

Often used as a tool for scrying, or a way to see clearly. I associate the mirror with the element water, which would have been the first mirror.

Athame/lipstick case:

A lucky find off etsy, this lipstick case actually opens to show a small blade (warning: this is technically a concealed weapon, and as such isn’t exactly legal.) I use this if a small amount of blood is needed for charging a spell, as a way to focus energy (much like a wand,) and also to cut herbs while taking walks. I associate this with the element of earth due to it being made of metal.

Honeybee lighter:

One of the greatest skills humankind learnt was how to make fire, and now we carry around these wonderful things! You never know when you’re gonna need a light. I use this during spellwork, most often to release my energy into the world during sigil work. Also great for making friends! There’s always a smoker somewhere in need of a lighter.

Black twine:

Great for binding magic, or making temporary poppets. As Terry Pratchett taught me “have just enough money, never too much, and some string. Even if it’s not your fault, it’s your responsibility.” I associate my twine with the element of air, and sometimes use it to tie up winds.

Midsummer Celebrations in Lithuania: The Magical Night of Joninės

Nature was worshipped in Lithuania for centuries. Before the country became Christianised, Lithuanians were pagans who praised and venerated nature. They believed in nature deities because they were wholly dependent on nature and its whims.

It’s said that when the Teutonic Knights came to Lithuania in the 13th century, they were frightened to enter forests even in the daytime. They believed that the forests were swarming with devils and demons that could grab passers-by and carry them off, never to be seen again. Many legends were told about Lithuanian customs and the local reverence for nature. Newcomers believed that the health, beauty and bravery of Lithuanian people were gifts from the wondrous and generous nature of Lithuania.

June 23rd is a magical night that all Lithuanians wait impatiently for just as their ancestors did – the shortest night of the year, the sun’s victory against night and darkness. On this night, vegetation seems more lush and luxuriant than ever, with every single tiny plant reaching maturity, ready to create new life. It’s a celebration of rebirth for nature and every living creature.

Rasos, Kupolės & Joninės

In the past, the celebration was called Rasos, a name derived from rasa – the glistening droplets of dew that cover meadows at daybreak. It was believed that washing your face with dew collected from rye could rejuvenate the skin. Dew was also used to moisten the bed linen of the sick in the belief it would return them to health. It was also used to water vegetable gardens as it was thought to make the soil more fertile. It was even given to animals to drink.

At one point this special night was called Kupolės because in the evening people traditionally picked medicinal herbs – an activity called kupoliavimas. It was believed that on this night medicinal herbs acquire their healing properties. They would later be used to brew teas or placed near the roof. St. John’s wort picked on Joninės was said to cure 99 kinds of illness.

After Christianisation, the celebrations were associated with the birth of St. John the Baptist, and named Joninės (from Jonas – the Lithuanian equivalent of John). The century-long traditions and mystical rituals were not forgotten, however.

Mystical healing rituals

As you arrive at the festivities, you must first walk through the special gates of Kupolės, which are decorated with herbs. Walking through the gates is a symbol of rebirth, and as you pass, you might be asked to dance or sing a song, but a smile will do just fine.

Unmarried girls must make a wreath from nine or twelve different herbs before midnight – it’s not only a traditional accessory, but also a mystical charm to draw the attention of your true love. The wreath is later set afloat on a river, and the faster the current carries it, the sooner the girl will get married.

One of the main rituals is the lighting of the fire. The fire is lit on a high hill at dusk and kept burning all through the night until dawn. It’s believed that the lighter the fields are, the greater the harvest will be. Another important custom is jumping over the fire of Joninės, as jumping guarantees good health and cleanses you of your sins. So it’s essential to jump over the fire, but wait until it dies down of course! If you jump holding hands with your loved one, you’ll get married the same year.

The most important and mysterious tradition of Joninės night is the search for the fern flower. The fern is said to bloom at midnight and anyone who finds its flower, which only blooms for a short moment, will gain incredible power – they’ll understand all the mysteries of nature, read minds, see what’s invisible and acquire wealth and lasting happiness. Traditionally, people are supposed to look for the fern flower alone, but for certain reason most people return in pairs. It is also said that the person who finds the fern’s blossom, one must cut it’s hand and put the blossom in it, in that way it won’t be lost.

If it happens that you’re not allowed to jump over fires, make wreaths, or search for fern flowers, don’t worry – simply being part of this ancient Lithuanian celebration will fill you with long-lasting positive emotions and good energy.