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Basics of Kitchen and Cottage Witchcraft

Kitchen witches believe that the kitchen is a sacred place where all of the magick happens. They focus on the use of edible ingredients and kitchen tools.  A cottage witch is a witch that brings magick into the house and are protectors of the hearth and home. They bring cheer and warmth to every room they enter. Their focuses are on the family, home, and daily needs. Both the cottage and Kitchen witch believe that by honoring the home it honors the Gods and Goddesses. They bring magick into everyday life and daily chores.

Ways a Kitchen and Cottage witch can bring magick into a home:

  • Create a kitchen altar
  • Stock your shelves with herbs and spices
  • Bring maximum feng-shui to your home
  • Keep the home physically and spiritually clean
  • Paint the house walls in colours that bring happiness, warmth, and coziness
  • When making a sandwich put mustard or mayo sigils on it
  • When making meals add herbs that correspond to your magickal needs
  • Decorate the home according to the sabbats
  • Brew some special teas
  • Make your own candles, salves, and tinctures.
  • Make offerings to Gods and Goddesses of hearth and home.  
  • Ask your deities to keep your house safe and healthy.
  • Create your own recipes and add your own touch of magick to them
  • Put intent into everything you cook and clean
  • Make an incantation or short song to sing while you stir.
  • Inscribe your wooden spoons with sigils  
  • Carve your wooden shelves with sigils - carve them at the bottom of the cupboard to remain discreet
  • Craft oils, incense, soaps, potions, and salves.
  • Make herbal remedies
  • Chant while cleaning or preparing a meal
  • Use numerology in their practices by the number of times they stir or the number of times they knead dough.
  • During the mead moon, brew mead with magickal intent.
  • Decorate the home with your own art or art done by your children, poems, knits, woodcraft’s, paintings, quilts, diy’s, or tapestries.
  • Enchant your crafts.
  • Use weather magick, candle magick, ribbon charms, and anything else used to add magick to your home.
  • Honour the ancestors.
  • Bless the home.
  • Start a garden and will it with organic and in season fruits and vegetables.
  • Charge herbal oils by moonlight or candlelight to heal, bless the home or to clean and protect the woodwork she polishes with it.
  • Scatter charm bags, witches ladders, chimes, and bells around the home.
  • Grow an indoor jungle
  • Learn herbal remedies to treat MINOR injuries
  • If you work with meat make sure to thank and honour the animal it came from.
  • Sing or play music to raise good vibrations
  • Bake and cut cookies in shapes to match your intentions
  • Provide someone in need with a free meal
  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen to bring magick into it

What their altar may display:

  • Candles
  • Tools used for sacred use
  • Four elements
  • Statues of the honoured deities
  • A doll weaved of corn
  • A kitchen witch’s altar is often displayed in the corner of the kitchen and is not permanent
  • Food made by the witch left as an offering

Some beliefs followed:

  • Magick is not used to inflict pain on others or block anyone’s free will
  • Believe in living simple lives
  • Believe in using organic items, products that aren’t animal tested, recycling, and composting.
  • Creativity is a form of devotion
  • Keep peace in the household
  • May the home always contain good food, good talk, and good company
  • Welcome guests into the home with open arms

Cottage and Kitchen witch superstitions/wives tales:

  • Stir clockwise to bring good luck
  • Never stir with a knife as it is considered bad luck
  • Place a piece of amethyst near the stove top to make the food cooked there tastes better
  • If an apple bursts in the oven while baking it means good luck is on its way for the cook
  • Eggs that are cracked while they boil is a sign that visitors are on their way
  • Dropping silverware means that company is coming
  • Spilling water on the table cloth means that rain is on its way
  • Seeing a spider in the house is good luck, killing it is bad luck
  • Wild animal tracks in the snow encircling your house is a sign of good luck and protection
  • When your cupboard doors are left opens it means that people are gossiping about you
  • If a broom drops across the doorway it means that you will soon head off on a journey
  • If you spill salt throw it over your left shoulder to undo any bad luck
  • To keep evil spirits away chop an onion in half and place it on the window sill

Chosen tools:

  • Wooden spoons
  • Knife
  • Bowls
  • Cooking pot or cauldron
  • A ritual knife used to only cut spiritual ties
  • A Fire place
  • Broom
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Kettle
  • Jars and bottles
  • Sewing kit
  • Cook books

Spells are cast to bring:

  • Healing
  • Prosperity
  • Protection
  • Abundance
  • Happiness
  • Fertility
  • Harmony
  • Peace

Deities worked with:

  • Hestia
  • Frigga
  • Brighid
  • Demeter

May your house stay warm and full of magick!

==Moonlight Academy==

Stealth Fail

Context: This was my group’s first time playing any sort of tabletop game. We had an array of characters including a rogue human named Nari, Orc Barbarian Mord, and my NPC character who was an Anti-Paladin. NPC was captured by a village of Orcs so Mord and other players decided to distract them so our rouge could use her Spider Boots to scale the wall to retrieve the NPC.

Nari: I put on my boots so I can sneak over the wall.

Me, DM: Roll stealth

Nari: *Rolls a critical fail (nat. 1)* … I begin singing “Living in the Sunlight” loudly as I walk up the wall.

Me, DM: The entire orc village turns to watch this rogue appear at the top of their wall singing loudly. You spy Ratams (NPC) tied to a pole in the center of the village


Me, DM: The orc leader proceeds to stab Ratams several times in the abdomen with the ritual knife he wields.

The group proceeded to make a mad scramble to grab the dying NPC and flee the the village, everyone nearly drowning in the swamp due to running of of the trail into the water. After several hours of chaos they make it to a clearing to rest.

Nari: Guys, I don’t want to say that went flawlessly but I think that went really well!

Ever since then this single rogue character has gotten about 10 critical fails during important stealth moments.

Trash witch tips GO

Presented in no particular order with very few rules. These are suggestions and ideas! There is no “school” of trash witchcraft and you can combine it with all sorts of other workings and traditions. Trash witchcraft is all about having a good time and changing the very nature of reality with something you picked up on the way to the bus stop.

What is “trash?” Well, it’s all relative, isn’t it? I think of trash as “stuff someone is no longer using that’s been left somewhere I can get to it.” My trash witchcraft focuses on getting use out of items people thought were useless, and making beautiful things out of what’s been written off as refuse. I’ve also found trash contains things that are unique to it - energies and thoughts from previous possessors, energies of being reused and recycled, energies of BEING trash, entropy, death, life, perseverance, marginalization, chaos, and a strange kind of peaceful order. Just depends on what you find!

Getting Trash

  • Recycle! Save your drink cups and straws and even straw papers.
  • Some low-income hipster/artist areas have “free” boxes on the corner that you can pick amazing stuff out of
  • Thrift stores are great places to buy trash for cheap! It’s usually some pretty good trash, too.
  • Library free book piles, they get a lot of useless donations. Books are sacred on some levels but do not be afraid to rip apart a book on how to use 2005 Microsoft Encarta and turn it into a Sharpie Grimoire. You’re giving it more life than it ever had.
  • You’re gonna look at the ground a lot. You’re gonna look at soda can tabs in new ways.
  • Loose/broken cassette tape used to be common on roadsides but not anymore; you can usually get tapes for something like $1 apiece at a thrift store if you don’t want to wait. The tape inside is useful for all sorts of things, same with VHS tapes!
  • Discarded roadside CDs tho.
  • Rocks aren’t trash but you’ll start finding them if you look at the ground long enough! Even some stuff that’s kinda valuable. Get a rockhounding book and start finding even more treasure!
  • Asphalt and other manmade rock chunks are abundant because roads and sidewalks are constantly being repaired.
  • Near construction you may even find rebar, screws, etc.
  • Dirt is useful. Different kinds of dirt is useful different ways.
  • All sorts of interesting weird bits of metal and glass and plastic!
  • Discarded lighters, some of which still work!
  • Free matchbooks in bars, plus lemons and nuts and cocktail picks.
  • B O T T L E S
  • You will likely find some money even if it’s a bit of change. Spend it or save it for spell stuff (or just because you’re wise).
  • Animal bits are everywhere really.
  • U-Pick/Pick-n-Save/U-Pull-It type car lots will let you go into their broken down/wreckt car lot and pull anything off of vehicles for flat fees and it’s quite cheap.
  • Craigslist: for people who want to take other people’s junk away for them.
  • Freecycle-type trade groups and dumpster diver groups are good places to start on both practices, give em a google.
  • Watch the animals around and see if they lead you to something interesting.

What it’s useful for

  • Anything that has been run over or left on a road long enough has been charged with the energies of the roads. The energy might change depending on the type of road, a slow rural dirt lane will have a different feel than busy urban blacktop.
  • Even empty cups are useful for a jar replacement, especially temporary spells.
  • Straws can be used to build lattices, mock-structures (build a house out of straws and blow it down!), can even be used as temp wands.
  • Straw papers can be braided or written on and then wrapped around things for a binding spell or wish spell. For instance write a wish, wrap the straw paper around the straw, blow through it to charge.
  • Write a spell on the paper of a wrapped straw, then tear open one end and blow through the straw to launch the paper and spell!
  • A cocktail sword is now your tiny ritual knife. Rejoice.
  • Logo/corporate magic: you can use discarded items with a company’s logo with it to draw upon that company for help or even attack it. Use the money attached to the Starbucks brand to make a Starbucks cup the focus of a money jar spell, etc. Or just curse Blockbuster. Oh wait, too late.
  • Glass that changes the light (curved, warped etc) can be used for magnification or focus spells. Colors of glass can add certain aspects depending on how you associate colors. Green is commonly associated with money; there’s lots of green glass out there since it’s a common drink bottle color!
  • All your tiny metal/glass/concrete bits are great jingles for a spell jar that should be shaken, or even a jar bell just for making noise.
  • Flatter lighter shiny clinky bits can be tied up on a frame as a wind chime, gathering wind energy or just being decorative. Add string/knotwork if you want! Great to do with found silverware.
  • A chunk of a place helps call up the presence of that place or draw on the energy of that place or influence that place. This applies to dirt, rocks, roads, concrete, bricks, asphalt, etc. Get macro (a whole city) or micro (this corner of the street) but either way, tap that!
  • Pendant materials abound if you look in the right places, especially if you know how to wire-wrap a weird chunk of chrome.
  • Broken window glass to shatter illusions, break defenses, and expose lies.
  • Broken mirror for scrying mirrors or defensive traps.
  • The right rocks can be used to draw on concrete in lieu of chalk, do a scratch test.
  • Mark the corners of your neighborhood or yard with innocuous, tiny bits of rocks and other things that aren’t likely to be picked up. Even just arbitrarily moving bits of stuff around helps increase your sovereignty over a location. Be aware of who else might control the area though!
  • Trash is useful for shadow work. Find a trash object that you can meditate on or use for an energy focus. A lot of feelings can resonate with trash - the feeling of BEING trash, being discarded or used, being broken. These can be focused on for catharsis or for calm. Walk through the life of this trash item, empathize with its journey, see where its journey parallels yours. Give it a new home if you’ve found some part of yourself you’re reclaiming (a lot of “trash” is actually worth keeping and was mistakenly devalued!); if you’ve found parts of yourself to let go and move on from then throw them away with the object.
  • This can also be a focus for luck or serendipity workings - do a working to find something precious, then do a trash hunt and see what comes up!

Collect safely!

  • Broken glass and sharp metal bits ABOUND in the places where the best trash is. So you’ll want good gloves and I suggest keeping your tetanus shot up to date.
  • Depending on what you’re doing, eyewear may be good too, and I’d wear tough jeans and a shirt you won’t mind getting snagged.
  • Watch where you hunt trash. Some other people may be trying to get returnable bottles or metal for money; I suggest just giving them right of way.
  • People and animals are unpredictable so only work with those you trust and know the rules for if you’re out of your element.
  • Sometimes places with interesting trash are already occupied by belligerent spirit entities who are keeping that as their hoard. Only approach if you’re willing to bargain fairly or otherwise if you’re willing to fight the entity. (I suggest bargaining or leaving. Remember, it’s just trash.)
  • Look, if you pick anything up that’s squishy keep some hand sanitizer on you and some resealable bags.
  • Actually resealable bags are a good idea anyway, stay organized! Label with date/place if you like to draw on specific associations.
  • Add sigils or cleaning/sealing spells to your bags to keep newly-collected materials from causing spiritual/magical problems before you have a chance to take them home and deal with them. If you have an on-the-go cleanse spell then that’s important to use, but sometimes an extra layer helps for really gunky stuff, and trash tends to have a history attached to it.
  • Animal parts - please do some research before you collect so you know how to safely do it and preserve things without violating the Migratory Bird Act and other local laws. There are a lot of “vulture culture” people on tumblr alone, see if you can talk to someone who works with animal spirits so you’ll know how to respectfully harvest materials.
  • If it looks too nasty to touch or reach for or get to, let it go. It’s just trash.
  • Remember that rooting through other people’s trash that’s part of their property is technically crime and a theft. Be aware of when you are trespassing.

Add some stuff! Be trashy with me!


Updated the Merchandise page!

Here’s all the new addition’s covers to the now updated merchandise page!

All of these are available to be bought and the page even comes with a guide on how to order off of Amazon Japan

All other information on items are also available on the page itself!

Go buy some RPG Horror merchandise!

ok more camp camp stuff because i want to be accepted into a fandom with people i actually get along with

Every show needs an apocalypse au, right????

-kind of a bad person to have on your team
-very unstable, because “oh shit the gods must be displeASED FUCK”
-can use basically anything to start fires
-ritual knife or spears as weapons
-sorry boy but that white is gonna get destroyed

-hes so positive!! thats gonna be so good for moral!!
-also v v v good at surviving
-knows how to make fern coffee
-best pine chef
-all round good kid to have on the team
-refuses to kill stuff and is waaay too trusting

-kinda shellshocked
-like his whole world is just gone
-really good at knot tying
-kills stuff but feels super guilty afterwards
-poor kid needs constant reassurance that everything’s gonna be ok
-he’s just,, poor kid.

uh i might do more i don’t know how well this is going to be received

Witchcraft 101: Tools and supplies

So, when you first start out as a witch, most people have a few questions. One of those is usually: which tools should I get? This post aims to answer that question - I’ll give descriptions of the names and purposes of different tools to help you figure out which ones will be helpful for you, followed by advice on finding and buying different tools and supplies. Includes some of the more common tools, some tools used in different traditions, and more practical/unconventional ones.

Tools and supplies are used for different things, like in energy work, offerings, cleansing and symbolism as well as mundane uses. I want to stress that many of these are helpful, but they aren’t necessary and might be more trouble than they’re worth, depending on your practice. Some of these won’t work for you, and that’s okay. You might want to use some of these, but not make your own - and that’s okay, too. 


Altars are pretty handy as a place to do spells and rituals. They can be any size, shape, colour, or material and they’re often used as a storage area for various tools and supplies, as well. They can vary from large tables to mini tins and drawers, depending on your needs. I have one, but since most of my magic is done in the kitchen, it’s mostly a place to store supplies like candles and matches.

Useful for: witches who mostly practice in one place, (portable altars) witches who travel.

Less useful for: witches who practice in different places, witches who primarily work with the everyday (such as those who practice beauty witchcraft, unless they keep their whole makeup/skincare collection on their altar). 

Altar cloth

A piece of cloth to cover the altar. Often has a design like a pentagram on it. 

Useful for: protecting a permanent altar.

Less useful for: witches who don’t use altars, witches who don’t want to put an altar cloth through the washing once in a while.


Traditionally, a black-handled knife used in rituals and spells. Typically not used for actual cutting, but may be used to carve symbols and words into candles. Often used for directing energy, often used in Wicca and some other traditions. 

Useful for: Wiccans, particular traditions.

Less useful for: witches who don’t follow those traditions. 


Some witches like to use a bell when cleansing - the idea is that it cleanses the area of unwanted energies. Often used in Wicca.

Useful for: witches who like this form of cleansing, witches who use them as part of their tradition.

Less useful for: witches who prefer other forms of cleansing. 


A knife, usually with a curved blade, that’s used in some traditions like Wicca, and is generally more practical than the athame, depending on the tradition. Can be used for harvesting herbs.

Useful for: particular traditions, witches who like pretty knives. 

Less useful for: witches who don’t follow those traditions. 

Bowl/plate for offerings; cup/chalice

If you do offerings, these can be quite handy. Some people use regular dishes, others have specific ones just for offerings.

Useful for: offerings, work with deities, spirits or fey. 

Less useful for: witches who don’t work with deities, spirits or fey. 

Candles/tea lights

Candles are often considered a staple. They can be used in candle magic (naturally) and are part of standard altar set-up in some traditions, like Wicca. Alternatives are led-candles or wax melters, if you live somewhere that doesn’t allow candles. 

Useful for: candle magic, rituals in certain traditions.

Less useful for: witches prone to knocking things over. (I’ve done it, candle wax can be a bitch to remove.)

Candle holders/tea light holders

This is pretty self-explanatory. 

Cheesecloth/muslin cloth

Used as a filter or container in cooking and for making essential oils. 

Useful for: witches who like making essential oils and certain (pretty niche) types of cooking. 

Less useful for: other forms of magic.


Used in cord/thread magic, where braiding multiple pieces of rope forms a spell. Alternatively used in knot magic, where tying knots in a piece of rope forms a spell. (These overlap and may be used simultaneously). Often involves colour associations.

Useful for: knot magic, cord/thread magic.

Less useful for: other forms of magic.


Crystals are often used in spells and can be charged with certain energies. It’s pretty common to charge them with things like sunlight. 

Useful for: witches who like crystals.

Less useful for: witches who don’t.

Grimoire/book of shadows

A grimoire is a book that includes information on your practice. It might include theory, correspondences, and spell logs, along with a whole host of other info. They can be any type of book, notepad, ringbinder, folder, as well as being online. Lots of people use their blogs as online books of shadows. 

Useful for: logging your practice, working out your thoughts on theory, referencing information that’s difficult to come by.

Less useful for: witches who don’t find them helpful.


Often used in spells, green witchcraft and kitchen witchcraft. Many plants have medicinal properties, so they’re often used as remedies. Other plants can be dangerous, though, so it’s strongly advised to avoid picking plants in the wild unless you’re 110% sure you know what you’re doing. It’s really, really important to check reputable souces for this kind of thing, as herbs can interfere with medications and might be dangerous for pregnant or breastfeeding people. Some herbs are dangerous to touch.

Useful for: green witches and kitchen witches, many other spells, herbal remedies, making essential oils, making incense, making tea (and tasseomancy).

Less useful for: witches who don’t practice kitchen magic, witches who can’t use certain remedies for whatever reason, urban witches. 

Herb bundles

Often used for smoke cleansing, dried herb bundles are lit and the smoke cleanses the area of unwanted energies. 

Useful for: cleansing.

Less useful for: witches who prefer other forms of cleansing, witches with health conditions, witches who aren’t allowed to light anything where they live.

Incense & holder (censer), charcoal.

Incense is often used for cleansing in spells and rituals. Made from various plants, you can find types of incense with one primary plant (such as rosemary), and you can find incense blends. Some incense is gum/resin based and needs to be burnt on charcoal - if you make your own, you’ll need gum/resin and charcoal as well. 

Useful for: cleansing.

Less useful for: witches with asthma/other health conditions, witches who live with people with health conditions or aren’t allowed incense where they live.

Ink & quill

Useful for: writing in grimoires, writings in spells (such as writing a person’s name or writing your intent).

Less useful for: witches who don’t use grimoires, witches who don’t do many spells involving paper (such as kitchen witches). 

Jars & lids/stoppers

Jars are often used in spell jars, where you add various ingredients and charge with your intent. Some people pour wax over the lid to seal it, and they may be buried or kept close to the home or person, as well as a myriad of other options. 

Jars might also be used to hold potions, oils or dried herbs/spices.

Useful for: witches who like having a physical spell, storage.

Less useful for: witches who don’t like having something physical left at the end of a spell, that they generally can’t use in other spells.

Material (for spell bags)

Very similar to spell jars, you add various ingredients and charge with intent. 

Useful for: witches who like sewing, witches who like having a physical spell.

Less useful for: witches who don’t like having something physical left at the end of a spell.

Mirrors/crystal balls

Used for scrying, a type of divination involving focusing on a mirror, crystal ball, bowl of water etc. to view and interpret images.

Useful for: witches who enjoy scrying.

Less useful for: witches who don’t practice divination, or who don’t enjoy scrying.

Needle (& thread)

For sewing spell bags, carving symbols or words on candles.

Useful for: spell bags, candle magic.

Less useful for: witches who don’t use spell bags or candle magic.


Oils are pretty versatile - they can be used in bath spells, burned during spells or rituals, beauty magic, spell jars, potions and to anoint candles, plus a variety of uses in herbalism. They could also be used in kitchen witchcraft, depending on the oil. 

Useful for: green witches, kitchen witches, a variety of spells.

Less useful for: witches who don’t practice any of those types of magic.

Oil burners

Used for, surprise, surprise, heating oil.

Useful for: witches who use oils.

Less useful for: witches who don’t.


Pendulum work is a type of divination involving suspending a smal weight from a string or chain. The direction of its swing can be interpreted.

Useful for: witches who practice divination

Less useful for: witches who don’t practice divination or don’t use pendulums.


Runes are both a form of divination and letters in historical scripts. In divination, they are often written on pieces of stone or wood, thrown and meanings are interpreted from the way they fall. 

Useful for: witches who practice divination, heathen witches (witches who follow Asatru)

Less useful for: witches who don’t practice divination or don’t use runes.


Can be included in spell jars, used to tie spell bags, used to tie and hang herb bundles, used in certain types of cooking and used in gardening, among other uses.

Useful for: kitchen witches, green witches, spell jars and bags.

Less useful for: honestly, string’s handy to keep around for mundane purposes, and ribbon’s good for gift giving. That said, not so handy if you don’t do kitchen witchcraft or spell jars/bags.


A type of divination that involves interpreting cards and their relationships for meaning.

Useful for: divination

Less useful for: witches who don’t practice divination


Tea is often used in herbalism, and can be used in tasseomancy, a type of divination that involves reading the symbols in a cup of tea once it’s finished. 

Useful for: kitchen witches, herbalism, tasseomancy

Less useful for: witches who don’t practice divination or tasseomancy, witches who don’t do kitchen magic.


Used for directing energy.

Useful for: witches who like to use wands.

Less useful for: witches who prefer other forms of directing energy. 


Can be used to make candles. Beeswax can be used along with certain fats and herbs to make ointments. 

Useful for: making ointments, candle making, could be used in spell jars.

Less useful for: anything else. 


Useful for: candle making, spell jars/bags.

Less useful for: anything else.


It’s pretty common to include a variety of other supplies in your spells, such as things you find outside, 

General tips and advice:

  • Athames and wands can help you direct energy. Get the basics of energy work down before you buy/make one, and know that they aren’t essential in energy work. Use something you already own or can easily find in the meantime, so you know if you find them helpful or not. I own neither, for the record.
  • Figure out if you’d use an altar by starting one. Clear out a shelf or a drawer or a corner of your chest of drawers, and set up whatever you like. See if you use it before getting extra furniture and tools just for your altar.
  • Charity shops often have bowls and cups. I picked up a couple of gorgeous glass mugs for £2, as opposed to the £15 you’d spend online for just one. You can also just use the dishes you already own.
  • You can make your own candles, herb bundles, tea, incense, ink and essential oils. Many of these do take time and some special equipment or ingredients, but they can end up saving you money in the long run if you use them regularly.
    • That said, try using store-bought regularly before you log onto Amazon and buy a bunch of special equipment to make your own. There’s no point in having equipment sitting in your cupboards if you won’t use it. 
  • You can also make your own altar cloth, spell bags, runes and tarot pretty easily. Athames, bolines, wands and grimoires can also be handmade, but typically require more time and skill. 
  • For material for altar cloths and spell bags, check charity shops for tablecloths and old curtains or bedsheets. Supermarkets sometimes stock tablecloths, too. 
  • For needles and thread, most supermarkets and cheap shops sell mini kits.
  • Save jam and pasta sauce jars instead of buying new ones for spell jars.
  • Cheap shops like Poundland often sell candles and tea lights. Recently I saw oil burners in my local Poundland, and I don’t live in a big city. 

My No. 1 piece of advice: no matter what the tool, try using a substitute that you already own or can find easily before you buy or make one. If you don’t see the point in using a butter knife for an athame, you probably don’t need an athame. 

I hope this helps! Please keep in mind that this is a list of a whole bunch of different tools that different people use. Most people don’t use every item on this list - I certainly don’t! I maybe use half of this list regularly, after 7 years practising. Pick and choose what works for you, and just go for what you’re interested in and like doing. 

Check out my other Witchcraft 101 posts:

You don’t need a closet of dedicated supplies

There will always be a differing opinion on this, but this is just my two cents. 

Never freak out that you don’t have a closet full of dedicated supplies. A special knife. Altar cloths in multiple colours. You don’t need them. 

Don’t feel bad that you can’t afford the pretty things you find on etsy. That you have to make your own. Tools made with your own two hands can often be more powerful. 

I have been practicing for a long time and while I do have certain items dedicate to a specific purpose, this is more for safety reasons than anything else. These include:

  •  I have a mortar and pestle dedicated for work with incense ingredients or non edibles. I’m not too excited about the idea of poisoning myself by using the same one for everything.
  • My wooden knife. That’s right, the entire thing, including the blade, is made from wood. It is made this way because when working with particular plants or beings, I don’t want to go waving iron around. The reason why I keep this just for Craft use is because I don’t want to damage it on my cheese sandwiches. 
  • Animal skulls. Yeah. I’m not an artist and don’t have any other reason to use these for anything other than Craft. 

Things that I use for multiple purposes include:

  • My drop spindle. I don’t just use this for spinning wool to use on mundane projects. I also use it for my fate or spell weaving, or to make wool to spin intent into the item I’m knitting or crocheting. 
  • A distaff. Alright, so this one is on my wish/to make list. I’m still looking for that *perfect* piece of wood to use for my distaff. This will be used both for spinning, as well as in ritual. 
  • Candles. This might seem common sense to some people, but to others, their candles are only to be used for ritual. I’m part of the Tiny House crowd and having a whole box of candles just for ritual use just isn’t going to work for me. It’s a different story if they have been dedicated for a particular use. 
  • Cauldron. I cook with cast iron. Not only are those bad boys heavy, they’re also expensive. If I need to use one, it’s going right back into the kitchen when I’m done. It’s also part of the beauty of being a hearth witch. 

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t show your tools some love and respect. Just don’t feel like you’re failing as a witch when you’re carving up a chicken with the same knife you use in ritual. 

NOTHING NATURAL by Diana Hurlburt

They call him Prosper, a measure of mockery for each measure of awe.


You know the road to the laboratory blind, could walk it in your sleep—have, because sleepwalking is telltale of the godborn, so your mother says and touches your ankle in rare affection where it rests on the porch rail, one foot on the earth and one in the realm of spirits.

“Spirits,” she repeats, gesturing to the road below, the spindly pine woods and the yellow haze of heat and pollution that makes up your horizon. “He controls the spirits.”

There are no spirits, only neighbors: Men and women and half-made machines given to rust, the detritus of civilization. A plot of bloodless jackdaws, midway between flophouse and refugee camp. You know that part of her statement, at least, is true. The weak and weak-willed, the dying, the once-dead, the discarded and useless, the flagrant all require direction. Seek strength. Are used by those stronger.

Sicaria laughs and makes her crooked cross, murmurs her oblique prayer.

“Get out,” she tells you in sudden rage, “go to your master. Get out of my sight, you unworthy and unclean thing, you who have forsaken the ways of God, you who cleave to the machines. Your eyes see only falsehood.”


It is fifteen years since your mother was cast out. It is your lifetime that has been spent in wasteland, the between-place, the unplace beyond the pale. It is a pine island that shelters you, a fanatic who raises you, a scientist who uses your hands and your back and his daughter who considers your mind.

Your mind. You know you have one. All creatures do, born or made. It is the First Law of Being.

Your name. If Sicaria gave you one it has been lost. It was only after Prosper’s carelessness that anyone else tried—his accident in the lab, though he would never call it that, surely you were at fault, your clumsy hands too broad for fine work and your elbows always in the way. Acid scattered from a flask, droplets caught in sun. You did not scream; it wasn’t the worst pain you had felt. In the washroom Miranda’s hands were gentle, washing, salving. They slowed after the initial motions and your pulse followed. You examine your two faces in the mirror. If you had ever displayed beauty it was gone now, Miranda’s heightened by your face now scarred. Her luminosity beyond the human and your coarseness, a sun and its shadow.

Her hand stayed on your cheek after its necessity had lapsed. She traced the remnants of acid, specks and splotches, long fingers black and velvet like the touch of night. You believe her grasp could shift moons from their orbit.

“Calvaluna,” she said, a cantrip reshaping your vision of yourself. “I read it somewhere—where? I have never read a book. I don’t need to, Father put his knowledge into my head before he activated me. But I hear it.” She tapped her forehead, then yours. “I hear it. It means you. It suits you. Calvaluna.”

It was prettier than you, you knew that, a beautiful name. Prettier than most things. Not prettier than her.


When Prosper leaves the laboratory it is less a retirement for the evening and more retreat. He would never call it that but you believe him fearful, after all. The powerful always are. He swings himself like a cudgel upon exit, he shouts for Miranda to attend him and cuffs you, a passing blow, thoughtless. Brutality is his lever, rarely compassion.

You know his laboratory better than he does, you think, wiping down counters. You know his daughter, made in his own image but ultimately fathomless. There’s a phrase in Sicaria’s Bible that makes you quiver when you apply it to Miranda.

It is full dark when Miranda comes for you. Your laboratory is Prosper’s in miniature, piecemeal and theft-built, squirreled away in a shed in the woods south of the pine island on which the best of the unplace’s hovels are built.

“It was a citrus packing house,” Miranda says as she always does. Touches the frame of the door right and then left, stretches to her full height to brush its top. It’s a ritual the way your mother’s prayers are, her prostrations, her rages. “Before the Laws took effect there was an industry here. Fruit. Citrus fruit.” She looks at you, a delight on her face that would fire the darkness. “Can you imagine it, Calvaluna? Whole stands of trees with fruit on them. Wild fruit, just growing. Imagine taking fruit off a tree and eating it.”

Your imagination is not that good.

She goes to the single table in the laboratory and stands before it in a manner you’ve thought must be like that of the Israelites in the Holy of Holies. You are not supposed to know what that means. You are not supposed to have holiness in your life. She looks at you briefly, with mischief, and draws down the shroud you have used to protect the R.E.L.’s shell from rain.

“I think we’re close,” she says. Her eyes are fascinated, distracted; her hand reaches for you. “Come here, Calvaluna, tell me if this is calibrated properly.”

“You have your father’s knowledge,” you say. But you go and look at the R.E.L. with her. You’re proud of the effort, the work of your joined hands. You are not supposed to have pride, either. There is no pride in being raised beyond the pale. In being the offspring of a hanged woman, a witch they would have called her in days past, a lawbreaker too iconoclastic to be allowed in the city and too ineffectual to be executed, spared for her belly to the tune of mockery. Certainly there is no pride in your form or your face.

“I think he’s almost ready to revive,” Miranda says. Her joy is the only light in these woods. The sun exists, you know, in theory. Miranda’s face is your only evidence thus far, fifteen years alive and far from those spaces left which thrive in natural sunlight. She links her fingers in yours, her thumb rubs the calluses on your palm; she points with your hands to the R.E.L.’s blank and staring eyes, his half-human head, his chest with its missing heart and its new core of wires. “Oh, Calvaluna! I’m nervous. Are you nervous?”

Nervous is not the right word for what you are.


“Calvaluna,” Sicaria repeated the day you told her of Miranda’s gift. She scraped the tip of her ritual knife between her teeth, grinning. “An appropriate name for you, my aborted dream. I should have exposed you as a sacrifice to God.”

There is no god but human will. This is the Second Law of Being.


Your fellow-spirits are all will-bound to Prosper’s caprice. He makes the cogs of the community turn, greases the paths of food and potable water and herbs plucked at the witching hour that make life slightly less… life-like. Thus he is obeyed.

“Daughter,” Sicaria echoes. She spits at the trash heap beside the back gate. “Blasphemy. Blasphemy. Such words I hear from your lips, my burden. Who was it gave you speech, that you fling curses in my face? I think maybe you’re the worse for your time spent in that man’s house. I see you confuse craft for birth.” She broods, her fingers twitching at the strand of beads beneath her wrapper. “But there’s no more to be done. How else are we to live?”

Once, and only once, you suggested that perhaps her god might see to living arrangements, if she did not like how you were turning out under Prosper’s tutelage.

“Go.” She waves to the wood path. “I heard tell there was meat today.”

If there was meat to be had, you suspect it’s long gone now. Your fellow-spirits are avaricious. What have they but base pleasures?

“He’s in a gloom,” Miranda says, her face round and open as a poinciana pod. “He’s made me clean the laboratory twice over, and asked me to cook… something. I didn’t recognize it, Calvaluna. Lentil soup? What is a lentil, do you know?”

You know of lentils.

“You can’t make lentil soup,” you tell her. “He shouldn’t ask you to do things he knows are impossible.”

“He believes anything is possible,” she says. You love and hate to see her countenance. You remember a time when she would have spoken the same words in hope and affection. You know it is your fault, the way she is changing, her will a canker on the face of beauty. You wonder what Prosper will do when he realizes it. You ponder in the night, sometimes, this scholar whose eyes perceive all but the truth.

Perhaps you will be gone before he awakens.

“Race me,” Miranda says, but she takes your hand.

“How am I to race if you keep me beside you?”

“A race doesn’t have to have a winner,” she says, and begins to run.

She times these things impeccably. She runs so that you can almost believe the light follows her footsteps, that she leaves no mark on the earth. Dusk springs up behind you. You prefer night, its honesty; you prefer the real dark that would cover most of your world if not for artificial day. The unplace is a hive of night creatures. Your fellow-spirits are easiest perceived in dimness, their proclivities hidden and their countenances smoothed.

Miranda keeps your hand in hers and runs, runs, fearless and laughing. She runs like a dart flung toward the center of the south woods, the pine cloven by lightning looming over your laboratory. The pine grows despite the wound at its heart. It is where you found the R.E.L.—one of Prosper’s cast-offs, what he termed a failed experiment—half-dead and crumbling piecemeal to rust in dank rainfall.

She drops to the base of the pine and pulls you down and points up.

“I know of stars,” she says, her eyes searching as though Heaven might reveal itself. “The Southern Cross, the Swan. The Pleiades. Many more names my father gave me.” She touches her forehead, as she does when she speaks of Prosper’s knowledge, planted in her like seed corn. She is godborn more surely than you can ever be, gleaming divinity. She touches your forehead, your cheeks, the tip of your nose. “I think they must look like you. The stars beyond our sky.”

She traces the scars and specks and splotches. She draws new constellations and names them, her fingers a warm trail on your skin, her breath a promise.


Just once you asked your mother if you would ever leave the unplace. You did not then understand that no one came to the salt-strewn plots of land on the city’s outskirts by choice—no one laid eyes on the pine island and thought, I am home. It is far more difficult to leave a place you have not happened upon by choice.

“He’ll be a protector,” you say, pliers in one hand and cording in the other. “His new code will require defense. Otherwise…”

You look at Miranda and think of what might happen to her if the R.E.L.’s defensive code does not run as planned. You picture yourself and remember Sicaria’s dark jibes, her reminiscences of city life. You rub your upper arm where the contraceptive block had been implanted. It only prevents some things, can halt neither the heady mix of desire and aspiration nor flat violence.

“Defense,” Miranda says, her face solemn in its thinking pose, unaware of your thoughts. “Defense, financials, new birth records and identification…”

Her voice skips along, almost merry, a fertile stream in which to seed possibility.


The Third Law of Being is the inviolability of life. No one has ever explained to you whether the Law covers all life.


Light explodes behind your eyes when Prosper’s hand meets your skull. Or, you realize a little belatedly, it is the fault of the lab table, the edge of it kissing your temple. Air rushes from your lungs. You stare at the vault above the shed in the woods, its ceiling gaping in sections to reveal leaves, the white sky of noon.

Miranda flies at him, her face dressed in horror. You have never kissed her, you think. You would prefer not to die unkissed; you’d prefer not to die at all.

“Ungrateful wretch,” Prosper says. “Twisted ape-child, spawn of—how thought you?” He smashes his hand across the table. “How thought you to betray my kindness? To turn my own blood against me?” He lifts one of the R.E.L.’s arms, almost delicately. “Whore and daughter of whores. Thief.”

Small comfort to think his rage stems from fear, but it’s enough. Prosper would not be angry if he didn’t believe the R.E.L. was sound.

“You.” He points to Sicaria in the doorway. One of your fellow-spirits has fetched her at his command and she is in a state, white-eyed and gagging on anger. “Take your mooncalf in hand, I never want to see her again. Corruptor.”

He catches Miranda and snares her arms, wrenches her close, covers her head with his hands as though she is innocent. As though healing and reviving the R.E.L. were not her idea. As though a child can be born of only one parent. The R.E.L. is your inheritance, legacy of unnatural issue, a being greater than the sum of its creators.

“This abomination will be destroyed,” Prosper says. Sicaria prays in the doorway, her eyes not on you nor on the R.E.L. but searching, seeking. She hates the sight of machines. Had the city not cast her out for improper worship she would have repudiated them anyway.

“He is an R.E.L.,” Miranda says. You stare despite the throb in your head, the blood in your eyes. Her voice remains soft, wondering, a caress on the cyborg’s clinical name. Aerial, a creature of movement and possibility. “Robotically Enhanced Lifeform. Give him his name, Father, lend some pity, even if you thought nothing of flinging him into the trash when he failed to serve you.”

“Abomination,” he repeats. “Homunculus, deformity—daughter. Listen. Calvaluna has done wrong in her ignorance but you… you are not ignorant, Miranda.”

You marvel at the blindness of the learned man, the man cast out for his learned ways, the man who has made the wilderness blossom in decay. Lord of chaos, king of the misruled.

“God be with me in this hour,” Sicaria prays, her hands on either side of the doorframe. “God be with me in my pain, God give me strength for the task before me, God grant me…”

Me, you mouth. God be with Sicaria, and science with Prosper, and neither passionate belief nor dispassionate prowess sustain them. Miranda looks at you from beneath her father’s hands. Her smile is your signpost, her trust your life raft. Your fellow-spirits are like unto you only in substance: Crude matter, blunt usefulness. Miranda is your true equal, beloved of your soul. Her eyes remain open.

Your eyes must remain open. You must get up. There are but two steps between you and the table, one step in the scientific process, a bare nudge of your fingers at the master switch. Miranda’s being is in your hands.

On the table, the R.E.L. casts off slumber and rattles to life.

🔮Setting up a Pagan Altar🔮

Your Pagan altar is your sacred place, where you can store your magickal supplies, cast spells and perform rituals. While it is not required or necessary that you have a dedicated altar space in order to cast spells or do any kind of witchcraft, it is very customary and will help you focus your mind if you have a place to work.

Where to Have It
This is up to you. Any flat surface will do, whether it’s a table, desk or shelf. Many people like to have it in a quiet area of the house, but some do prefer to have their altars right out where all the daily action is. If you are a bit of a kitchen witch, you could have an altar right on the counter, for example. It’s your call.

Wherever you put it, make sure everyone in your home respects it. If it’s out in the living room, you don’t want it to become the spot where the TV remotes go or your children’s homework piles up. Your altar needs to be treated as sacred space, no matter where it is.

If you aren’t comfortable having your altar out in the open, you may need one of my discreet altar kits in my etsy shop.😉Not everyone is comfortable with witchcraft, so be discrete if you have to be.

What Goes on It
Again, that is pretty much up to you. A typical Pagan altar display usually consists of a few traditional tools, but you can interpret this however you like. Basic altar tools include: ☆A ritual knife, or athame
☆Chalice or goblet
☆Besom, or broom
☆Statuary representing Deity
☆Bowl of earth or salt
☆Decorative items like feathers, plants, crystals

The tools you choose to keep on your witchcraft altar should reflect your own personality and style of witchcraft. If you like to cast candle spells then have an altar filled with candles. Don’t fret about spending a fortune trying to track down any unusual pieces either. I personally don’t use a knife or wand, if the spell calls for one I use my finger or an interesting stick that find on the ground. There are lots of options for supplies that can take the pressure off. 🌠Blessings!🌠


I’ve been making bone knives for the first time in well over a year; I prepared ten of them over the weekend, and I’ll be spending the next several days completing and listing them all. This one is Forest Guardian; it’s made from red stag antler with a curve that lends itself especially well to a left-handed carry, and a beautiful, sustainably harvested myrtle wood blade. You can find out more about Forest Guardian here on Etsy.

PS - reblogs are greatly appreciated; they’re how we artists get more exposure for our hard work! Thank you :)

✨Uses for yucca in witchcraft✨
🌵 as fiber rolled into thread for knot magic, witches ladders, and binding
🌵 a single spear/leaf as athame, wand or ritual knife
🌵 spines or sawtoothed spears in witch jars, protection magic, and curses
🌵 soap yuccas in cleansing magic. Yucca soap as spell ingredient akin to Rosemary or salt.
🌵 flowers in spells involving protection, luck, dreams and the astral
🌵 Joshua tree yuccas in strength/survival magic. Also for spells fueling change
🌵 yucca gathered from graveyards (common urban use, for some reason) in death magic or spirit work