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Doing Your Own Research

Originally posted by teded

Or, more appropriately titled: Doing Your Own Research, Without Just Looking Up Someone Else’s Correspondence Lists. Because while those lists are very handy to get started or have a shorthand reference, it gives us memorization, stopping just short of real understanding. What’s more, most correspondence lists won’t have your local (overlooked) plant life, or whatever niche plant, rock, animal you need. Sometimes, you have to get your hands dirty and figure it out from scratch.

Anyway so here’s some stuff you can do to aid in that.

 The Science
Look into what it physically is. What family does it belong to? If that weird plant growing in your backyard is closely related to say, basil, it will likely have similar properties. Was that crystal formed under heat and pressure, or is it a sedimentary rock? What does this animal do? How does it live and survive? A lot of correspondences come from this level, and it’s the easiest level to research. Physical traits and fun science facts are all welcome here and fair game to use in magic.

The Folklore
Okay, so we know what the Thing is made of, but let’s look into its relationship with humans. There’s nothing demanding that roses be the Official Love Flower, but rather it’s a collective cultural thing. That has worked itself into magic as well. Are there any stories involving your object of choice? Local superstitions? Home remedies? What does this item get used for in wider culture? For some things, there may not be much here. But for those that do have lore, it’s a valuable resource.

The Vibes
The actual, spiritual sensations you get from holding or touching the Thing. (This is going to apply more to rocks and plants… please don’t go out and touch wild animals.) This will give you some better understanding beyond just what it does, but how it does it. Does the energy seem aggressive? Is it fast or slow moving? Does it give you the impression of being related to a certain element? Which brings us into the next…

The Voice
If you communicate with stuff or spirits at all, this is for you. Just ask the Thing for yourself! “Hello. I am ____. Tell me, what sort of things would you be able to help me with?” Prepare an interview, maybe. This will likely be more specific than “love” or “cleansing,” because they’re giving you a pitch and will know themselves very well. It may be “I help someone realize romantic feelings they already have but don’t know about,” or “I help other cleansing items so that cleansed spaces stay cleaner for longer, but I don’t work by myself.” If you get an answer, record it!

Use the Thing! If you have a general idea of what it does, throw it into the mix for your next relevant spell and see how it changes the result. You can read a lot about something, but the research doesn’t stop when you start using it! As you discover things through repeated use, make note of that as well!

Happy researching!

anonymous asked:

How would the venomous lamias of your choice react if they accidentally bit their s/o

I had actually been wondering myself how this would go down. Did you know snakes can control how much venom they pump into their victim? Juvenile snakes are deadlier than adults because of this. They haven’t learned proper control of their bodies yet. 

I feel like the venomous lamia, with practice, could learn to not inject any venom at all because they have higher intelligence than a regular snake.

I explored the idea of some of the lamia being able to possibly make antivenom themselves but after watching This Video it seems pretty impossible unless they somehow found another way. Pretty interesting video either way.

I wanted to add Edge or Blackberry to this but I just don’t see this happening with them. They’re too careful and attentive to let something like this happen.


He was dozing off, not paying attention to what he was doing. His mouth was probably hung open and he was leaning against you. But he’s quick to react if there’s a disturbance. He probably felt his teeth sink in to something or you yelped and got his attention. He jerks away from you so fast they only a little bit of the venom gets into your veins. The rest is dripping off his teeth as he panics, even though it wasn’t a lethal amount. If there are other humans in the area he’ll take you to them to see what they can do, dropping you off and hiding. He’ll watch from afar, waiting for you to heal. He won’t approach you and if you approach him he might back away. He feels bad for biting you and doesn’t think he deserves you forgiveness. He is really glad you’re okay though and with some coaxing he’ll let you near him again. He’s a lot more careful now. If there hadn’t been any nearby humans you would’ve just had to ride out the pain while Red tended to you the best he could, bringing you food and local remedies that could help with the pain and swelling. He would also be extra protective until you got better, keeping you confined to his nest.


He had been curled up sleeping next to you when he woke up. He was still groggy and accidentally grazed you with his fangs. He realizes what he’s done immediately and is instantly wide awake, whether you yelp or not. It wasn’t a lethal dose but he’s still mildly panicked. He doesn’t let the panic distract him though. He’s wasting no time. He picks you up and takes you straight to a place where he knows humans would be. He hides but doesn’t go far away. When you’re finally better he waits anxiously for you to come back to him. He’s so scared that you might hate him. When you approach him he’s excited like a puppy. He tries to contain himself but as soon as you’re close enough he’s coiled around you, hugging and nuzzling you. He’ll be a lot more careful from now on. If there hadn’t been other humans nearby you would’ve had to ride out the pain but he would be 2 or 3 times more pampering than Red. It’s not that Red wasn’t trying. It’s just that this is just how Rus is. 


Saw a post that got me thinking about honoring Eir… Thought I’d share some ideas here.  Some of these are little ideas, and some are BIG ones….  I’m super curious what other folk do!

Some offerings might include:

  • Water (healing, key to life, purifying, cleansing)
  • Healing herbs (like chamomile or chamomile tea.  Choose something specific to what sort of healing you are seeking if you can)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup, Saltines, Ritz, Gatorade or some other food you associate with taking care of someone who’s sick (my list is based purely in the local remedies for minor colds)

Devotional acts might include:

  • Practicing self-care
  • Taking care of people who are ill (physically, mentally, spiritually)
  • Tending a medical herb garden
  • Volunteering at a hospital, nursing home, or other service that heals or provides care
  • Doing research about medicine or healing arts
  • Studying/Practicing a healing art like massage, acupuncture, reiki, mainstream medicine, counseling…
  • Becoming and staying informed about systems that oppress and disadvantage people with disabilities
  • Joining disability activist work
  • Engaging in activism that supports low SES people and families in accessing medical care.
  • Preventative health care - keeping yourself healthy; helping others stay healthy; helping others have the opportunity to stay healthy; helping keep your community/land healthy…

Who the fuck do you think we are?
We’re not a rural reality anymore, there is no such thing as the “town witch”, there has never been.
There is no such thing as italian witchcraft RELIGION, heck Italy was united in 1861, and only in 1877 the first three year of school were made mandatory for kids.
Analphabetism was HUGE, italian’s a peculiar language: every region (heck every city!) has its own dialect and that’s what was spoken by the majority of people.
Do you really think that without a language (let alone cultural) unity we could have a unity of practices?
Don’t forget we have the Vatican here.
There is no such thing as Stregheria, that’s something that some FOREIGN author made up because they fancied the idea of a rural, inferior, nice place like Italy to back up their “Power” claims.

Yes, there were benandanti, there were people who “went to the Gioco of Dama Oriente”, this was in the north east, before and during inquisition.
There is the Noce of Benevento, in the south, were witches were said to gather for the Tregenda.
Yes, there were women in small towns who were considered healers, there still are “healers” in isolated towns, and they are fewer and fewer, they’re dying out because no one believes in that anymore.
They go to church, they “cure” you (only certain ailments) by praying and doing signs on you. THere is no written book, no coven, they go to church and they believe in God, the christian God, if you ask them, they tell you they are Catholic, not witches, GOd forbid they’re witches!!!
My grandma-in-law (does that exist? XD My father in law’s mother, ok) is from the south, she knew how to remove malocchio, that’s passed along women in the family on new year’s eve, she passed it to a granddaughter (who will never do such thing, she doesn’t believe in it), and it’s nothing like what it’s written there. Because every single family has a different saying.
And guess what again? They pray some saint.
In my family we have a prayer to a Saint to find lost objects. Ask my relatives, they will all tell you they are catholic.

“Paganism” was so eradicated we don’t even have local folklore tales anymore in big cities. It was considered at first blasphemous, then just quirky, then ignorant and silly. You won’t find a “stregheria witch” in Milan or Rome (unless they bought into that crap that comes from abroad…), people wanted to feel educated, erudite also.
Those who seek tarot readers or to have the malocchio taken from them are considered to be ignorant peasants. And everyone knows that oil in water, if sprinkled with salt, creates a reaction, that’s CHEMISTRY not magic.

We had Cagliostro, Giordano Bruno, Pico della Mirandola, and many more “philosopher-artists-mages” during Italian renaissance (which, by the way, was the historical period that brought up again paganism, witches and so on, for all Europe to see and practice at a “higher level”, instead of just local and folk remedies and prayers and superstitions) but no, it’s 2016 and in Italy “most town and villages stil have wise men and women to whom people turn to”.

Yeah, and we also have internet connection, how mindblowing is that???

deathpop  asked:

I can sort of remember someone recalling that Ned and Howland Reed occasionally communicated by raven. Does this mean that Howland had some Maester's training, or is it just that his first men people are more practiced at ravenry?

This is regarding my last meta about maesters, right? Something I didn’t say there is the reason why House Reed doesn’t have a maester. It’s not because they’re poor or anything like that, but because ravens can’t find Lord Howland’s moving castle:

“I never knew anyone who fought with a net before,” he told Meera while he scratched the direwolf between the ears. “Did your master-at-arms teach you net-fighting?”
“My father taught me. We have no knights at Greywater. No master-at-arms, and no maester.”
“Who keeps your ravens?”
She smiled. “Ravens can’t find Greywater Watch, no more than our enemies can.”
“Why not?”
“Because it moves,” she told him.
Bran had never heard of a moving castle before.

–ACOK, Bran IV

So Howland Reed wouldn’t need ravenry skills to receive messages, because nobody at Greywater Watch can get raven-carried messages, maester or otherwise. And I’m afraid your recollection is in error. I’ve searched the books (sample search) and there is no mention of Ned and Howland ever communicating by raven. Just this:

He was curious about these mudmen. He could not recall ever seeing one before. His father had sent letters to the Lord of Greywater over the years, but none of the crannogmen had ever called at Winterfell.


But “[Ned] had sent letters” does not necessarily imply the use of ravens; furthermore, since ravens usually only carry small message slips, “letters” suggests messengers actually physically carrying them. I suppose it’s possible that a raven could be sent to the closest non-moving castle, but a crannogman would have to carry the message the rest of the way to Greywater, wherever it might be.

In fact, when Robb needs to get info to Howland Reed, he does send physical messengers:

“My lord, I need two of your longships to sail around the Cape of Eagles and up the Neck to Greywater Watch.”
Lord Jason hesitated. “A dozen streams drain the wetwood, all shallow, silty, and uncharted. I would not even call them rivers. The channels are ever drifting and changing. There are endless sandbars, deadfalls, and tangles of rotting trees. And Greywater Watch moves. How are my ships to find it?”
“Go upriver flying my banner. The crannogmen will find you. I want two ships to double the chances of my message reaching Howland Reed. Lady Maege shall go on one, Galbart on the second.”

–ASOS, Catelyn V

and the way Robb speaks of how the crannogmen will find the messengers suggests he knows this is the standard way to get in touch with Howland Reed.

I’m not sure why House Reed wouldn’t have a maester for outgoing messages, though. (As very few ravens are two-way, the birds wouldn’t need to come back anyway.) But you’re possibly on the right track there – it’s probable that crannogmen do know more ravenry than most other Westerosi. Crannogmen learned many skills from the Children of the Forest, and we know the CotF were the first to train ravens to send messages. (Though they didn’t use paper messages, they skinchanged into them to have the ravens speak the words on arrival.) So if the crannogmen at least retain the skills of caring for ravens and understanding their needs, and training them to fly to specific locations, then a maester probably wouldn’t be all that necessary for whenever House Reed needs to send an urgent long-distance message. Probably just one raven trained to fly to Winterfell would be enough.

And as for a maester’s other highly useful skill, healing… well, we do know crannogmen have their own healing skills, and a maester’s Citadel medicinal dogma and distrust of local wisepeople / folk remedies could be quite irritating and counterproductive. So perhaps in the past House Reed did employ the services of a maester – at least the ones he could provide – but found him more trouble than he was worth and far less useful than lords usually find maesters, and so never kept on with the practice. 

Anyway, I hope in future books we get to visit Greywater Watch and find out more details about House Reed and the crannogmen, it should be fascinating. :)


Why am I doing this?

Because all of you precious gems deserve nice things.

Some of you have made me laugh. Some of you have helped me through hard times. Some of you have had no interaction with me what so ever.

You all are precious, so you are getting some nice things.

Anyway, here’s the Loot

The Village Witch Starter Kit:

Whats in it?

Candles, bottles, tea, sparkly grey nail polish,feathers with bells, a card deck, crochet hook, floral stationary and green tapers.

Scarf is jingly and included.

Whats that? A box?

naw ducky,


What’s in it you ask?

Hair clips, make up, hella cute nail polish, a polk-a-dot scarf, glitter tubes, pretty tights, scented candles, and jewelry.

Look at that cute

Matte purple lipstick because you are a royal

It was too perfect to pass up

A Divination Kit:

All that you can see.

The beeswax candles are from a local  company and they burn long, lean, and clean. they smell really great.

Why Uno? Because I want some one to help my figure out how to use it as a divination system, because why not?

Med Mage

An informative book on herbal remedies, two LOCAL beeswax candles, Lavender essential oil, and 4 green glass bottles.

and finally:


Nice stuff for your bath, face masks, 2 hand creams, a calming scented candle, a pumice stone, a cupcake cup, and some purple lipstick.

because I DO REALIZE that not all of my followers are witches, though kudos for sticking with me for so long.

So that’s some great stuff yeah?

So what are the rules?

1)you have to be following me, duh.

2)you can like OR re-blog this post, but only one will count, please don’t spam

3)no giveaway blogs

How will it work?

on 2/14/2015

I will pick 5 winners at random. In the order that they are chosen, they will get to choose their kit.

So yeah follw, like or reblog, and possiably win.

Just a reminder, you are precious gems who deserve nice things! BTW I am not doing international shipping. I am not made of money sorry!

The Edible Plant That Might Kill You May Cure Herpes

During a particularly hot Tennessee summer, I found my childhood self covered in itchy white bumps. My father did what a lot of folks in South Knoxville did back then and took me over to Mugford’s, the pharmacy/general store where we bought everything from BC Powder to Nehi grape sodas, and had the proprietor give me the once over. “Mug” proclaimed that I had poke poisoning—an allergic reaction to the leaves of the poke sallet plants that grew wild around our house—and gave me a mustard-colored ointment. How he knew by looking, I’ll never know, but my family didn’t question his wisdom.

Several summers later, my youngest sister was rushed to the emergency room (we’d become more sophisticated by then) after eating gobs of poke berries. The plant’s brightly-colored purple berries are mighty attractive to children (Dolly Parton’s autobiography talks about using the juice to paint “Jesus sandals” on her feet), but are also highly toxic if eaten. The doctors on duty must have been city folk, because they had no idea about the poke plant or its antidotes, and while they were dicking around about whether or not to induce vomiting, my sister threw up anyway. (The local remedy, which I’m now acquainted with via the Foxfire books, is to drink vinegar and eat a pound of lard.)


Oh! Another thing about Kilgrave: It’s OKAY and NORMAL to feel sorry about the prick for his fucked up childhood and the abuse he suffer. What is not okay is trying to justify his OWN DECISIONS based on it. The man has his past, but he is still evil by choice.