anonymous asked:

I live in Germany (but Im arab) and in German "Kimme" means "ass crack" and in Bavarian/Austrian dialect putting an "l" or "el" at the end of words makes the word "smaller" (like book -> booklet), so "Jimmy Kimmel" to me sounds like "Jimmy little ass crack" and if I would have this name I would not make fun about other names


The German Creation Story
  • Day 1: On the first day, God created "warum".
  • Day 2: On the second day, God created "wieso".
  • Day 3: On the third day, God created "wozu".
  • Day 4: On the fourth day, God created "wofür".
  • Day 5: On the fifth day, God created "weshalb".
  • Day 6: On the sixth day, God created "weswegen".
  • Day 7: On the seventh day, after being satisfied with his creation of SIX different ways of saying WHY, with pretty much the same meaning, God rested.
SALTWATER SCHOOL:  Casting a Circle for Beginners

Originally posted by thewitchystuff

Witchlings and Baby Witches, gather ‘round to learn how to cast a simple Circle.  You may be wondering, “Why do we cast Circles?” and that can be easily answered!  Most of the time, we cast Circles to create a sacred space where our spellwork and rituals can be conducted.  There are other various reasons, but you can discover that with time, research, and practice.  For this lesson, we are going to focus on creating that sacred space for you.


**Circles can be cast alone or with others.  If you are participating with other witches, you may want to print them off a “script” of what will be said and done that way everyone can participate.  Change “I” in the script to “we”, “me” to “us”, and so on and so forth.

**Circles can be cast indoors and outdoors.  However, I do caution you not to cast Circles without getting the permission of the person who owns said space, home, property, etc.  

**You can decorate and dress up for your Circle casting.  Using the appropriate colors, plants, stones, and meaningful objects can aid in powering your Circle.  This, however, is not necessary.

**Decide in advance what will be done in the Circle.  Make a plan of what you want to do inside your circle, whether it worship, prayer, spellwork, or meditation.  Don’t feel rushed and take your time.  

**Music may be used to accompany the Circle casting and rituals.  I typically choose songs that don’t have words.  (I get distracted easily by music.)

**Feel free to customize these words and tailor them to fit your own practices.  You can substitute “walls and floors” with “foliage, stones, and ground” if you are casting outside.  Names for Gods and Goddesses may be used in place of “Lord and Lady.”

**There is no right way to cast a Circle.  There are many traditions that different witches use.  Find what you like, experiment and customize your circle casting ritual.

**NOTE**  This is just one example of how to cast a Circle (one I used when I was just starting out.)


Candles, incense, matches (or a lighter), representations of the four corners, decorations, an athame (ceremonial knife) or wand. 


1.  Ground and center, and then lay out where your Circle will be cast.  This doesn’t have to be physically marked, but I have seen people use cord, chalk, and candles.  (Note: using lit candles can be dangerous.  Please take precautions when doing this.  We don’t want anyone or anything getting hurt.)  I used to create a small altar at the direction North with representations of the four elements.

2.  Light incense and candles, and make your announcement:  The Circle is about to be cast and I freely stand within to greet my Lady and my Lord.

3.  Take one candle in hand and begin walking the Circle.  Here, we are acknowledging the Four Quarters (North, South, East, and West.)  We will stop at each direction and call out the corresponding greeting found below.  For this, we will walk deosil around our Circle.  To move deosil is to move in a clockwise (or sunwise) direction.  Once you have finished acknowledging the directions, return to North.

–North:  I call upon Light and Earth at the North to illuminate and strengthen the Circle.
–East:  I call upon Light and Air at the East to illuminate and enliven the Circle.
–South:  I call upon Light and Fire at the South to illuminate and warm the Circle.
–West:  I call upon Light and Water at the South to illuminate and cleanse the Circle.

4.  Return the candle to its rightful place and raise the athame or wand into your hand facing North.  Call out:  I draw this Circle in the Presence of the Lady and the Lord that They may aid and bless me in my work.

5.  Lower the athame or wand and walk deosil once more around the Circle, envisioning a blue light shoot out from the Circle’s boundary.  Call out:  This is the boundary of the Circle, around me, through walls and floors, above me and below me as a sphere is the Circle cast and consecrated to the Lady and the Lord that They may work with and through Their child, (your name/Craft Name).  This Circle is charged by the power of the Ancient Ones!  Only love shall enter and leave.

Begin your ritual, spellcasting, meditation, or any other word you wish inside the Circle.  Within it, you will be protected.  However, a word of caution: if you are a witchling, make sure you do not over exert yourself inside the Circle.  Casting any magic can make anyone grow weary or tired, so be aware of how much energy you are expending.  Like any magic, it takes time and practice.  When you have finished your work, you will open your Circle.


6.  Take the athame or wand in hand both hands facing North.  Call out:  Lord and Lady, I have been blessed by Your sharing this time with me; watching and guarding me; guiding me here and in all things.  I came in love and I depart in love.

7.  Raise the athame or wand high in the air in salute.  Call out:  Love is the Law and Love is the Bond.  Merry did I meet, merry do I part, and merry will I meet again.  The Circle is cleansed.

8.  Kiss the flat of the blade or the tip of the wand.  Here, we will bid farewell to the Quarters and move widdershins.  Widdershins, which can be spelled withershins, widershins, widderschynnes, appears to come from German and Lowland Scottish. In German, widersinning means “against the senses”, that is “not the usual”, or “against the grain.”  For our purposes, it means to move counter-clockwise.  So, we will go from North to West, South, and East.  As you move, this would be the time to blow out candles if they are how you laid out your Circle.  Once you have finished saying goodbye to the Quarters, return North.

–Depart in peace, Elemental Earth.  My blessings take with you!
–Depart in peace, Elemental Water.  My blessings take with you!
–Depart in peace, Elemental Fire.  My blessings take with you!
–Depart in peace, Elemental Air.  My blessings take with you!

9.  Raise your arms into the air with athame or wand in hand.  Call out:  Beings and powers of the visible and invisible, depart in peace!  You aid in my work, whisper in my mind, and bless me from the Otherworld.  Let there ever be harmony between us.  My blessings take with you.  The Circle is cleared!

10.  Take the athame or wand in hand, and move widdershins once more around the Circle, calling out:  The Circle is open yet the Circle remains as its magical power is drawn back into me.  The Circle has been cleared.  My ritual has ended.

11.  Place athame or wand aside, and take a seat on the floor (you may also lie on your back.)  Close your eyes and focus on grounding excess energy by touching your palms to the floor.  Let the magic in the room (or outdoors) disperse and settle.  Take a few deep breaths, open your eyes, and begin cleaning up your space.

I hope all of you find this helpful.  Again, Circle casting can be completely tailored and customized for your needs, and you don’t have to cast one this way.  It is meant to be a resource for those just starting out.  If you have any questions, you can reach me via ASK or by messaging me.

Blessings, little ones!

Other lessons in the Saltwater School series:  Making Your Own Tarot Workbook


Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein:  

“Porpentina is derived from the archaic word “Porpentine”. Porpentine is a form of the term “porcupine”, used by William Shakespeare in the play Hamlet. Tina originates from the Old English “Tyne” meaning river. Goldstein is an occupational German name, meaning “gold” with Stein being translated to “stone”.

German Is Weird

In German we have two words for owner: “Besitzer”, which is used for inanimate objects and “Halter” (which literally translates to “holder”), which is used for livestock and pets.

But sometimes we also call car owners “Fahrzeughalter” (literally translated: vehicle holder) and this means that, to Germans, cars are alive, similar to pets and livestock and I think that’s beautiful.

your daily reminder that “klein” means “small” in german. so “jared kleinman” means “jared smallman” and i think that’s beautiful.

Dr. Flug Headcanons:

  • He has vitiligo, and is hereditary in Flug’s case.
  • Scars are littered across his body. After all the things I can assume that have happened during his employment at Black Hat Inc, he is bound to have them. 
  • FTM Flug.
  • I remember reading in a post somewhere that Flug’s name means flight in German and Slys (crash) in Icelandic (correct me if I’m wrong, please). Connect this with Flug being multilingual in Spanish, English, and German, I present you biracial Flug (German and Mexican!).
  • His favourite colour is yellow.
  • Flug absolutely adores all models of planes and aircraft’s. He can name many models from different eras, including their history. Black Hat finds this information useless, but Flug could care less.
  • This one is more of a fact (and canon by Alan Turiel): Flug has received his driver’s and pilot’s license.
  • Black Hat takes advantage of this and has promoted Flug to his chauffeur and personal pilot.
  • Flug probably has a pet he keeps in the lab. (I headcanon a ferret named Flossie.)

More headcanons to come!

Element Names: Earth

Word Names

  • Abelia
  • Acacia
  • Agate
  • Alder
  • Aloe
  • Amaryllis
  • Amber
  • Amethyst
  • Anethum (“Dill”)
  • Arabis
  • Aralia
  • Artemisia
  • Ash
  • Atlas
  • Azalea
  • Bassia
  • Birch
  • Blossom
  • Bluebell
  • Borax
  • Bud
  • Buttercup
  • Cactus
  • Calla
  • Calopyxis
  • Carnelian
  • Cedar
  • Cedrela
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrine
  • Citrus
  • Clay
  • Copper
  • Crocus
  • Cypress
  • Daffodil
  • Dahlia
  • Delonix
  • Dirt
  • Drynaria
  • Dypsis
  • Elettaria
  • Elm
  • Emerald
  • Ephedra
  • Fig
  • Flint
  • Freesia
  • Garden
  • Garnet
  • Ginger
  • Gloxinia
  • Gold
  • Grass
  • Hazel
  • Holly
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Jasmine
  • Jet
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Lotus
  • Marigold
  • Meadow
  • Mint
  • Moss
  • Nemesia
  • Oak
  • Obsidian
  • Olivine
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Orchid
  • Oregano
  • Oxlip
  • Palm
  • Peridot (pronounced like “Pear-e-doe”)
  • Pine
  • Pollen
  • Poppy
  • Primrose
  • Quartz
  • Ravenna [Grass]
  • Rose
  • Sand
  • Sage
  • Sepal
  • Silver
  • Soil
  • Stalk
  • Styx
  • Terrain
  • Thistle
  • Thyme
  • Topaz
  • Trillium
  • Verbena
  • Vine
  • Wren
  • Yarrow
  • Zephyr
  • Zeolite
  • Zinnia
  • Zircon

Words with “Earth” related meanings

  • Abilene: Hebrew; meaning “land of meadows”
  • Ajax: Greek; meaning “of the earth”
  • Artemis: Greek mythology; goddess of the hunt, wild animals, etc.
  • Artois: French, place name
  • Avalon: Welsh; place name related to the myth of King Arthur
  • Avani: Hindi; meaning “man from the red earth”
  • Caius: Latin; meaning “person of earth”
  • Candana: Hindi; meaning “sandalwood”
  • Chloris: Greek mythology: goddess of flower
  • Cyllene: Greek mythology; a “oread” i.e. a mountain nymph
  • Dacia: Latin; place name
  • Demeter: Greek mythology; meaning “earth mother”
    • Variations: Demetria/Demetri/Demetrius
  • Echo: Greek mythology; a “oread” i.e. a mountain nymph
  • Eurydice: Greek mythology; a “dryad” i.e. tree nymph
  • Fan: Chinese; meaning “earth”
  • Flora: Roman mythology: goddess of flowers and the spring
  • Gaia: Greek mythology; meaning: “earth”
  • Holden: English; meaning “hollow valley”
  • Inika: Sanskrit; meaning “small earth”
  • Ivo: German; meaning “yew wood”
  • Kiah: Welsh; meaning “person of earth”
  • Leilani: Hawaiian; meaning “heavenly flower”
  • Rikuto: Japanese; meaning “land + person”
  • Silas: English; meaning “wood, forest”
  • Silvanus: Roman mythology; deity of the woods
  • Terra: English; meaning “land, earth”
  • Veles: Slavic mythology; god of earth/waters/underworld
  • Viridios: Celtic mythology; god of vegetation…
  • Zola: Latin; meaning “earth”

Last Names

  • Ebner: German; meaning “dweller on a flat piece of land”
  • Edgeworth: plant
  • Garland: English; meaning “triangle land”
  • Goldenrod: flower
  • Harlan: English; meaning “hare land”
  • Hawthorn: tree
  • Knotweed: plant
  • Larkspur: flower
  • Sandwort: flower
  • Silverberry: plant/bush
  • Whitlow: grass
  • Yarley: English: meaning “fenced meadow”
  • Zeman: Czech; meaning “landowner”

Not a complete list, but hopefully good for inspiration.

I didn’t add every single flower or plant or animal, etc.—the list would be ridiculous—just my favorites. Feel free to look up any others you may like (example: food, minerals, flowers, animals except birds), and add them on here!

Happy writing!


This sample is remarkable. Original caption:

fms.fossils This is a shot of the abdomen of a near-perfect ichthyosaur I found at Lyme Regis last year. This one is so well preserved that much of the skin pigment and stomach contents are still preserved across the animal. This exceptional level of preservation is rare in the fossil record, and Lyme Regis is one of the few places where it can be found. Exceptional fossil locations where soft tissues can be found are known as Lagerstätten (singular Lagerstätte), or technically Konservat-Lagerstätten. This is from the German meaning ‘storage place’ and there are not many of them known in the world. While Lyme Regis is often forgotten as a fossil site of exceptional preservation, I would argue that it is one of the best, right up there with the more famous Chinese Lagerstätte deposits. With the advent of modern preparation techniques and expert preparators, the fossils from Lyme Regis are showing how well preserved they can be and the soft tissues have the potential to tell us a great deal about how the animals of the Early Jurassic seas lived. 

Element Names: Darkness/Night

Word Names

  • Abyss
  • Charcoal
  • Chasm
  • Cimmerian
  • Coal
  • Crow
  • Ebony
  • Eerie
  • Erebus
  • Gloom
  • Ink
  • Jet
  • Night
  • Noir
  • Obsidian
  • Onyx
  • Panther
  • Raven
  • Shade
  • Shadow
  • Smoke
  • Somber
  • Soot
  • Stygian
  • Void

Names with meanings related to “darkness”

  • Braith: Welsh; meaning “black and white”
  • Catahecassa: Native America Shawnee; meaning “dark hoof”
  • Cronan: Irish; meaning “dark one”
  • Darcy: Irish; meaning “dark”
  • Delaney: Irish; meaning “dark challenger”
  • Donovan: Irish; meaning “dark”
  • Hadrian: Latin; meaning “dark-haired”
  • Inali: Native America; meaning “black fox”
  • Isra: Arabic; meaning “journey of the night”
  • Itzal: Basque; meaning “shadow”
  • Kali: Indian/ Hindu goddess; meaning “the dark one”
  • Keir: Irish; meaning “dark/black”
  • Kieran: Irish; meaning “dark”
  • Layla: Arabic; meaning “night/black”
  • Lilith: Arabic; meaning “of the night”; Jewish mythology (female demon)
  • Melanie: Greek; meaning “black/dark skinned”
  • Melantha: Greek; meaning “dark flower”
  • Mercel: Dutch; meaning “black bird”
  • Nox: Latin; meaning “night”; also Roman mythology (equivalent to Greek goddess Nyx)
  • Nyx: Greek mythology (goddess of the night); meaning “night”
  • Orpheus: Greek; meaning “the darkness of night”
  • Perran: Cornish; meaning “little dark one”
  • Rajani: Sanskrit; meaning “dark; of the night”
  • Ravenna: English; meaning “raven”
  • Senka: Serbian/Croatian; meaning “shadow”
  • Shyam: Indian (Sanskrit); meaning “dark”
  • Sullivan: English; meaning “dark eyes”
  • Tamal/Tamala: Indian (Sanskrit); meaning “dark tree”
  • Tzila: Hebrew; meaning “shadow”
  • Umbrielle: Latin; meaning “one in the shadow”
  • Zilla: Hebrew; meaning “shadow”

 Last Names

  • Duff: Scottish; meaning “dark”
  • Dunkle: German; meaning “dark”
  • Rapp: German/Jewish; meaning “dark haired or raven-like”