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Seashell Magick

Long before fancy new-age tools became readily available through specialty shops, our magic-using ancestors turned to nature for their power objects. Natural objects are imbued with spiritual energies that we can harness for our own use in spells and charms. Seashells in particular have a long history of magical uses, as they were associated with the powers of various sea gods and goddesses of different cultures.

Properties

  • Being born of the ocean, shells are strongly associated with the element of water. They are also associated with the moon, which drives ocean tides. Both the element of water and the moon have strong feminine energies that are receptive in nature, so shells are primarily used in magic to draw things you desire into your life.

Preparation

  • Shells taken from the ocean need little ritual preparation for magical uses; however, if your shells were bought from a store or have been stashed in a box for a while, they may benefit from cleansing and recharging. To do this, place your shells in a bowl of water mixed with sea salt. Set them aside to soak for a day or overnight. Recharge them by setting the bowl in the sun or under the light of the full moon for several hours.


Love

  • One of the main symbols for Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, is the seashell. Invoke the power of Aphrodite for love spells using shells by wearing seashell jewelry or hair ornaments to attract a mate. Use a hinged seashell with the two parts still attached as a powerful love talisman to keep two lovers together. Write the initials of the lovers on the inside of the shell, one on each side, then seal it shut with glue.


Prosperity

  • Many cultures used shells as a form of currency. Cowrie shells were used in Africa and North America, and Native Americans used wampum—beads made from clam shells—as money. Because of this, shells are suitable for money spells. Fill a small green or gold pouch with seashells, a silver coin and mint, which is a money-drawing herb. Hang the bag where you do business, and rub it when you desire prosperity. Place a small seashell in your wallet or purse to continually keep money coming to it.

Protection

  • Protection is a shell’s primary purpose in nature, as it is made to keep small, defenseless sea creatures safe from harm. Because of this, shells have strong protective energies. Many cultures in coastal areas use shells in folk magic to protect the home by placing strings of shells over windows and doors. Necklaces of strung shells can be worn by children to keep them close to home and safe from harm. Placing a small, round shell on the collars of your pets will keep them safe should they wander from home.

Particular shells also have their own individual meanings:

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captain america is a turkey

There are many people to blame for this, but mostly @woofgender and @sarsaparillaswords (and @sweet-coffee-jelly because they own rights to the powerpoint, and @neuromagpie for knowing many bird facts)

“I don’t want this,” Steve said, but it was too late–Sam already had his laptop hooked up to the TV screen.

WHY AMERICA’S MASCOT SHOULD BE A TURKEY by Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes (a picture accompanied the title of two hand-drawn turkeys, presumably one by Sam and one by Bucky)

Slide 2 was just a white background with size 48 font: “BALD EAGLES SUCK” - Benjamin Franklin

“I feel like this is not going to be very factual,” Steve groaned. He could have easily escaped the blanket and pillow pile that Bucky fashioned around him to “chain” him to the couch, but a massive eye roll would have to do for self defense.

“Wrong!” Sam barked. “We did our research.” He flipped to the next slide, which was about how Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird. “He actually thought bad eagles sucked. And I quote: ‘He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly.’ Dude hated eagles, man. Founding Father right there.”

“Next slide!” said Bucky. “Benny Franklin also said: ‘For in Truth the Turkey is … a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.’ That’s you, Steve.”

“Plus, turkeys are native to North America.”

Steve made a face.

“Turkeys will also imprint on humans during mating season, and have no regard for the human’s gender,” Sam said, showing the next slide.

“Which makes them bisexual. You’re a turkey, Steve,” Bucky concluded.

“But–turkeys can’t fly,” Steve said.

“Neither can you.” Sam exchanged a smirk with Bucky.

“Plus you’re a giant show off,” Bucky said.

“With huge breasts.” Sam busted out laughing and so did Bucky–it was those kinds of self masturbatory laughs where they both doubled over while smacking each other.

“I give up.” Steve threw his head back on the couch cushion.

This prompted Sam to go to the last slide of the power point presentation, which included a video of a herd of gobbling turkeys. “Listen! This is how Steve sounds all the time!” Bucky pretended he was throwing the shield and made gobbling sounds.

Sam ran in place and made his best Intense Captain America Face while gobbling.

So Steve grabbed two pillows and launched them at Sam and Bucky, hitting Bucky with a loud THUMP while Sam dodged it and it broke a lamp behind them.

“Jesus Christ! Barnes, we angered the turkey!”

“Run for it!”

So if you were a hired driver for Amazon and were about to walk up to the house to deliver a box containing the new flatware set, curtain rod, NERF Maverick blaster, and pack of 50 white ankle socks, you would have heard the muffled sounds of laughing, crashing, cursing, and gobbling that then ensued for about twenty minutes intermixed with proclamations of CAPTAIN AMERICA IS A TURKEY!

A typical Tuesday afternoon, really.

The New Captain America And Why It Is Disrespectful In So Many Ways

I have a lot of thoughts and feelings on this new Captain America series and I’m not happy. I’m bitter. Before you start reading, check out this link, where Marvel announced the new Captain America series.

Yes you read it right, they made Captain America part of Hydra, no brainwashing no mind wipe, nothing. Just Captain America being a Nazi. Changing everything our beloved superhero stands for.

So here are a few reasons why this new Captain America is so disrespectful 

  • It’s disrespectful towards the creators, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, who were two Jewish men. They created Captain America in WWII, for support, for hope, for guidance. A super soldier that holds so much meaning to WWII survivors, families of deceased soldier, veterans and many more. Joe and Jack have both worked hard. They took a risk by using Captain America as a statement in a time like that. They got death threats, but they did what was right, what was needed for the people back then. Even for them Captain America must’ve been very important. And it’s disrespectful and disgusting to dismiss what Captain America meant to them like it’s nothing.
  • It’s disrespectful towards the fans. To the fans that have invested their time and money on this character that they love so much. They shed tears because of him and this character might even have changed their lives And for the new writers to wipe away what Captain America stands for, what he means to the fans is again, very disrespectful. I am also 100% sure, they made this decision to sell more comic books. They wrote the new Cap like this for the ‘Wow’ factor and that is disgusting. 
  • It’s disrespectful towards the LGBT+ community, they have been fighting for a bisexual Steve Rogers for so long. Wanting representation, they’ve been vocal, hoping that the writers might listen. But they kept shoving it away saying ‘he’s not canonically bisexual in the comics’ and 'it will change the story’. Who the hell are you kidding? Making Steve bisexual is going to complicate things, but making him a Nazi is okay? It’s gross and not okay!
  • It’s disrespectful towards Chris Evans. He has portrayed Captain America perfectly since his story started in the MCU, he has put his time and effort in it to portray him as accurate as possible, like how we know him from the comics. He has grown to love him as well and erasing what Cap stands for and making him a Nazi is not thoughtful in any way.

These new series are disgusting. Think about that Cap fans that lost family members because of the Nazi’s and now they are making Cap a Nazi. Think about the makers that put their heart and soul in creating this character for support. Think about the LGBT+ community that feels played and think about Chris, who might be thinking that all his hard work was for nothing.

I’m disappointed in Marvel and I don’t want these series to succeed. Together we can keep Cap how he always has been. Be vocal, let them hear you. Don’t buy the comic and spread the word on twitter, tweeting with the hashtag: #SayNoToHydraCap.

Captain America is perfect as he is and don’t give Marvel the opportunity to fuck it up.

I’m bitter, they don’t deserve Cap.

Cauldrons varied around the world.

Most started teaching with pewter - though the metal was lead based and was, as such, poisonous - it cooked slowly and allowed corrections to be made.

Later brass, or bronze or copper would be used, reducing the time it took, leaving less time for corrections, all the better for noting those of skill.

Some places, such as Germany, went straight for iron. Though it was the hardest to enchant, though it nullified fae ingredients, it worked well and lasted long, and the potioneering theory learned from finding replacement ingredients made them some of the best potioneers in the world.

In America native wixes used no copper and those that did were both feared and respected. If they could fight a mishibizhiw for their copper then surely they were either dark or powerful or possibly even both. 

Different cultures gave different metals different meanings.

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Canadian Food!

When most people think of Canadian food, they usually would just think it’s the same as American food. Well, it is not. It is actually completely different! But I’m not going to spend this whole post comparing our food to American food. I am going to tell you my top 3 Canadian dishes that I think best represent Canada.

1. Poutine!
In my opinion, poutine is one of the best signature French Canadian dishes out there. Poutine is probably one of the country’s most defining and famous foods, and is very popular.
Essentially, poutine is French fries in a bowl, with squeaky cheese curds and lots of hot gravy poured on top. Doesn’t sound great? Just wait until you try it, and I guarantee you will think otherwise. Originally, the dish cane from a small town in Quebec, and was said to have been invented in the 1950’s. If you come to Canada, any signature, or true Canadian diner will have poutine on the menu, depending on what part of the country you’re in.
2. Maple syrup! Maple syrup has been made for years and years, and has become a tradition for many families in Canada. Originally, maple syrup was made by the Iroquois people, or native Americans, who lived in northeastern North America long before the Europeans inhabited the land. The Iroquois were the first people to harvest maple syrup, even before the Europeans arrived.
Maple syrup comes from sap from inside maple trees. As spring arrives, and temperatures come just above freezing, the starch stored inside the trees turns into sugar. Sap is made when ground water mixes with the sugar inside the trees. To get the sap out of the trees, you drill a hole into the tree, and put a spout inside that hole. You then place a bucket on the ground, underneath the spout, so when the sap drops out, it falls into the bucket. To make the syrup itself, you boil the sap in a HUGE pot over a fire outdoors, to get rid of the excess water. When the syrup is done boiling, it turns a dark brown colour, and is thick. It’s sweet taste and authentic flavor is the part that makes everyone fall in love with maple syrup.
3. Butter tarts Last but definitely not least on the list is butter tarts! Butter tarts have been a classic Canadian dessert since the early 1600’s, and they have never gotten old amongst the world. Butter tarts are a tart with a crumbly pastry shell, filled to the brim with butter, sugar, eggs, and occasionally maple syrup, raisins, or even pecans. They definitely are a treat that can satisfy every sweet tooth. You could find them at practically any bakery or coffee shop in the country.

Who First Farmed Potatoes? Archaeologists in Andes Find New Evidence

Nobody knows precisely what the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving feast looked like. According to primary sources, there was fowl (likely including wild turkeys), venison and cornmeal for sure. Possible side dishes were cranberries, pumpkin and stuffing made with onions, nuts and herbs.

Many of these flavors are still Thanksgiving staples. There’s one modern favorite, though, that would not have been found at the inaugural Plymouth celebration: mashed potatoes. That’s because potatoes are native to South America and had not yet made their way to North America.

Where in South America potatoes first became domesticated, however, is still unknown. Recent genetic studies point to the Andean highlands in southern Peru and northwestern Bolivia as the crop’s birthplace, but a lack of direct plant evidence has made it difficult to confirm. Read more.

anonymous asked:

i bought a dream catcher a while ago and i know for a fact that it isn't native made, for a while i had it in my car too but then i found your blog and was enlightened. i still have it and i was wondering if it would be okay to use it for it's original purpose (hanging it above my baby sister's crib) or if i should just get rid of it? it was like 2 bucks lol so i won't mind throwing it away

Honestly, I don’t like to tell anyone to throw anything away, because that’s really not my place. But, if you only paid a couple of bucks for it, and you’re comfortable throwing it away, I’d say: do it.

I’ll tell you why I feel that way though. I know I touched on it previously, but for some Native people, the selling of items such as dreamcatchers and other hand made items, are how they support themselves. Many make items all winter long to then sell during the Pow Wow season. This is for some, their only source of income because sometimes for Indigenous people who live on Reservations, they don’t have a lot of other opportunities or ways to make money.

I know often times non-Native people think, “I’ll just buy one made in China because it’s cheaper than a Native-Made one.” But do you really want to hang a fake one which will have no meaning or significance whatsoever, just over a few extra dollars? And not to mention, take away income from people who really need it? (That’s why there’s another big issue of the fake “Native Headress” that are made and sold to Non-Native people, because often times they are made in South America by people who aren’t members of any of the tribes that actually wore them. But that’s another story in & of itself.)

I know the typical tourist driving through “Indian Country” will simply buy the cheaper dreamcatcher at some touristy themed store. Because they don’t care if it was made by Natives or not as long as they think “it looks cool.” Many Native people depend on selling their products to live. Its not a hobby for them (the way it is for those white girls who make the ugly ones out of cloth to sell on etsy) For Native people it often makes the difference between having heat and food, or both, during the winter.

you know what would make agent carter a hundred times better is if they acknowledged hayley atwell’s native american ancestry and made peggy half native, like that makes the whole captain-america-replacement concept so much better.

pixie-pout  asked:

Hiya! I have a question about cultural appropriation if you don't mind. See, I live in the UK, I'm white, and my aunt got me a dream catcher from America when she went on holiday. It's made by native Americans and has the little thing on it to say which tribe and stuff. Would you say it's inappropriate to have this hanging in my room? I really like it as it's lovely and a gift from my aunt (also white) but I don't want to offend anyone either. (Sorry if this is a dumb question)

It’s okay for Non-Native people to own dreamcatchers as long as the dreamcatchers are authentic Native-Made products. If yours has confirmation tags or came with cards confirming it’s authenticity and the tribe &/or artist the product was made by, then it is okay for you to hang it somewhere in your room.