Hello darlings! Today I really want to talk about magical waters. I’ll start with simple waters, then one ingredient waters, and then composite waters. Waters is pretty much anything like water that is used magically, so it ranges from storm water to tobacco and damiana tincture, and other stuff. Any of these can be collected whenever is convenient, but I added the time to collect them to make them more potent.
Rain water can be used for any spell to make it more potent, but it is a useful tool in peace magic, to quell anger, to relax, and for dream magic. Collect whenever you want.
Storm water can be either protective or offensive. Use it to wash down your doors to protect you from hexes, and wash your tools with it to amplify their power. You can use it in any hexes or curses you want. To amplify it, add rusty nails to it and let turn rusty. Collect on a waxing gibbous moon.
Can be used in works for binding, hexing, or cloaking. Use when wanting to cause illness. Annoint yourself with swamp water to make yourself unnoticeable to others. Colelct on the dark moon (second new moon of the month) or on the new moon.
Marsh water is almost the same as swamp water, but it is more suitable for cloaking than other things. It can also be used for cleansing negative energies. Colelct on waning crescent moon.
Hail water is melted hailstones. Use it for protection or hexing. Similar to storm water, but more aggressive. Use when you want to break sojmeone, or when you wish to cause physical harm. Collect during a full moon for best results.
Salt water can be used for cleansing and protection from negativity. Simply add salt to water.
Use sea water in works involving the psyche, or in hexing. It can also be used for cleansing. I use it to work with demonic forces as well. Collect on a new moon.
Lake water is amazing in works concerning emotions, love, memories, or past life regressions. Boil it and drink it to enhance attempts for past life regressions. Collect on waxing moon.
Use when wanting to bind someone, or to limit their horizons. Keep a flower vase with pond water in it on a table to silence a conversation to those not sitting at it. Collect on a dark moon.
Spring water is super versatile. Use it instead of tap water.
Dew can allow the witch to cast powerful glamours for beauty and youth. It is an important ingredient in love potions. Collect at sunrise during a waxing or full moon.
Fancy word for spit or urine. This one is a little nasty, but it is to be used whenever a spell needs to be tied to the caster.
Bask any sort of water in the sun for a full day. Use it for cleansing, to bring positivity into a space, or for glamours of youth.
Used to power up any spell. Let water sit in the light of a full moon for a full night.
Steep tobacco into water for a week in the fridge. When strained, mix with 100 proof vodka, about 1.5 parts water for 1 part vodka. Use it to cleanse or to offer to spirits when working with them. Can be used to cause addiction in a person.
Steep saffron into water and mix 1 part water with 1 part vodka. Use to raise winds by sprinkling it in the air, or rub on your lips before whistling and raising storms.
Use for love, glamours, and beauty. Steep fresh rose petals in vodka for a period of 4 weeks, and then extract all the liquid from the petals by pressing them until they have lost their color. Cut with 0.5 part water.
Orange Blossom Water:
Use for joy, beauty, cleansing, and sunshine. Prepare in the same way as the rose water.
Use lilac water for sleep, dream magic, spirit work, and cleansing. Prepare in the same way you would prepare the other flower waters.
Apple Blossom Water:
Create this by the same manner as the three flower waters above. Use for protection, love, and beauty.
Holly water is to be used to protect your family. It will prick at intruders, or unwelcomed guests. It will also allow you to always have knoledge of the safety of your family. Simply steep holly leaves in water and mix with vodka. Do not ingest this, as it is poisonous.
All Bite no Bark Water:
A powerful water used for protection of a space. Mix together storm water, hair of a black dog, dirt of a grave, the ashes of psalm 7, rose thorns, teeth of a canidae, and three holly berries. Pour around a room which you wish to protect, or water protective plants to give their produce an aggressive kick. This water will protect a space with the ferocity of a rabid dog, and will not warn before attacking.
Fiery Wall of Protection Water:
Mix together sun water with three hot peppers, red brick dust, pottasium nitrate (saltpeter), sulfur, and blackthorn pricks. Another like the above, but more passive. Attacker might suffer a rash after encountering it.
Use pitch water to stop someone from making any progress. Mix together water from a swamp, gum arabic or acacia, charcoal dust, and chapparal. It can also be used to dissorient. Fair warning, this water is hella sticky.
Fuck Off Water:
Mix together sumac, apple seeds, thorns of a blackberry, cloves and storm water. Use it to repel unwanted people.
Goodbye Lover Water:
Mix together sea water, sumac, cloves, poppy seeds, thorns of a cactus, petals of a hibiscus flower, and saltpeter. Use it to get rid of unwanted courters or lovers, or to make two people break up.
I hope you guys find this useful! Make sure to be careful with any of the potentially dangerous ingredients listed, and put these to good use! Good luck my darlings.
Candles are seen as the most powerful object for witches. If one lights a candle while reciting a chant or prayer for enlightenment, empowerment, and good health is one way to use a candle. One can also ward off negative energy and impart positive energy into one’s life using a candle also.
Birthdays were the first ritual with candles used. Many believe the practice of wishing and blowing out the candle brought this wish to the gods who would grant it via the smoke.
Candles represent earth (wax), air (smoke), water (melted wax), and fire (flaming wick).
Always be in the right frame of mind, or the spell will create an opposite effect intended
Allow candle to burn down on its own for most rituals
When the candle has extinguished itself, the spell will be complete
Some rituals and spells may ask for the candle to be extinguished and then re-lit the next day
Never leave a candle unattended
Give decent amounts of time for the candle to burn
Choosing a Candle
Magickally disinfecting your candles before using them is very important, since the energy from those who shipped it may linger on the wax. It is good to make your own candles from scratch for this reason also.
Avoid dipped candles such as white candles dipped into colored wax. Try to find ones solid color throughout
Cleansing Your Candle
Depending upon your preference, you can do a few things to cleanse your candle, such as leaving it outside for a week in the garden to soak up the moon’s rays at night.
For a less time-consuming cleansing, you may anoint your candle, using water and oils prior to the spell or ritual:
Wipe clean with a paper towel, removing all dirt
Prepare a solution of spring water, one teaspoon of sea salt, and warm until the salt dissolves. Allow to cool, and then pour back into the bottle. Keep this in the refrigerator for about a month for use over time.
Intent. Stand in front of your sink, hold the candle in your left hand (nearer to your heart). Be very careful not to wet the wick, and pour a small amount of the sea salt spring water solution over the candle. If using a tea-light candle for quick burn time, remove the candle from its casing before cleansing with the water. Take a fresh paper towel and dry the candle very well and say the following: “This magickal water cleanses thee, with good intent and purity” (Robbins and Bedell, 2017).
Inscribe the candle with a small, sharp knife or thick needle, and scratch your full name and your wish into the wax. It is not important that it be legible, nor the location where inscribed. The words will clout the spell more as the candle burns down.
To anoint your candle, pour some pure vegetable oil into a bowl. This oil is used for most anointing, but if using a spell for health and well-being, you may mix in a few drops of other oils if you wish. Lavender is common for health and well-being spells and will make the magick more intense. Hold the candle in your left hand again and dip the first finger of your right hand into the oil and run it down the candle from top to bottom in a line. If anointing a tea-light, place it back in its casing, dip your finger into the oil, and smear it in a clockwork motion around the top of the candle wax. Say this invocation: “This magickal oil anoints thee, with all things good, magickally” (Robbins and Bedell, 2017). The candle is now cleansed, charged, and ready to be placed in a suitable holder in preparation for the spell you choose.
Rhyming and repetition can help add punch to a spell. A lot of ancient and prewritten spells will rhyme with a poetic fluidity. Repeating the spell will give power to the message each time. The most magickal numbers that represent completion are 7, 9, and 12.
To end the spell, you will need to close the ritual. Choose one of the phrases such as “and so it is” or “the spell is cast” or “so mote it be” before looking upward and saying “thank you.”
The correct color is the most important thing with candle use
Some spells are exact to the color needed, and others more flexible
When in doubt, always use a white candle for it is neutral
Improving communication with others
Summoning guides and angels
For use in every situation
Promoting restful sleep
Finding the truth
Gaining wisdom and knowledge
Invoking psychic visions
Moving your house
Becoming more patient with others
Curing a fever
Having a better understanding
Promoting strength and vigor
Rejuvenating energy and stamina
Inciting passion and sexual love
Prompting quick results
Warding off enemies
Becoming more attractive to others
Becoming more caring
Inviting peace and tranquility
Banishing selfish emotions
Protecting family and friendships
Invoking spiritual healing
Being more compassionate
Accumulating money and wealth
Promoting prosperity and abundance
Negotiating employment matters and finding new jobs
Hastening conception and solving fertility issues
Casting out greed and resentment
Resolving health matters
Nurturing creativity and imagination
Passing exams and learning
Controlling mood swings
Protecting yourself when traveling
Healing problems associated with the head
Increasing energy and stamina
Improving the mind and memory
Promoting success and luck
Developing business and career
Helping those with new jobs
Clarifying legal matters and justice
Selling goods or houses
Capturing a thief or recovering lost property
Summoning spirit help
Bringing peace, tranquility, and harmony
Improving psychic ability
Aiding astral projection
Improving male energy
Summoning spiritual protection
Attuning with the trees and earth
Helping with decisiveness
Bringing material gain
Gaining mental stability
Connecting with Mother Nature
Studying and learning
Summoning the Mother Goddess
Drawing down the moon
Connecting with lunar animals
Purifying female energy
Improving all psychic abilities
Aiding clairvoyance and the unconscious mind
Interpreting messages in dreams
Banishing bad habits
healing and enhancing well-being
Bringing financial gain and wealth
Attracting love and happiness
Maintaining peace in families
Robbins, Shawn, and Bedell, Charity. The Good Witch’s Guide. New York: Sterling Ethos, 2017. Print.
my entry for a beach themed contest on deviantart! I had so much fun drawing this asdfjkl; surprisingly, I didn’t struggle much with anatomy, shirtless guys and perspectives *A*
as for the context… I’m guessing viktor and yuuri (mainly viktor) was trying to get yurio in the water but he didn’t want to and didn’t want to get tan either so he decided to chill with otabek under the shade. But then viktor (with the help of a reluctant yuuri) dumps a giant bucket of ice water on yurio and he gets super angry and runs after them into the water (*7*) I think that’s where I was going ahaha //and phichit is taking videos while chris is just observing the scene
Aries moon had feelings coming in rushes, like the water that crashed up to the shore. They’re like batteries with loaders that don’t have limits. There’s a kid within every Aries moon, don’t kill it. Don’t you dare.
Taurus moon has feelings like the weather, the soft weather I mean. I’m talking about rain cascading down roof panes and snow melting to water. They always have their timing right, they know when to talk.
Gemini moon is like a little warrior, their words are their biggest weapons. Their feelings are like the wind, it’s hard to escape the wind. Sometimes their caught in whirlwinds, sometimes they’re biking and the wind doesn’t stand in the right direction.
Cancer moon is the ocean, the rush, the flow, the still. Feelings that will empower them, drown them. They’re so protective, with lunar dust in their hair and flowers engraved in their life. But sometimes their flowers wilt, and sometimes the ocean becomes wild.
Leo Moon is gracious, generous, their life is like a dance clip. With graceful hands and dramatic movements, their feelings take them over like a wildfire spreads out over forest trees.
Virgo Moon is the librarian, the quiet before the storm. The one with the secret knowledge, with books stapled onto each other. They know what they do, and can’t take it when they’re ignored. They have a huge eye for detail.
Libra moon is the harp, the piano, the instruments and the harmony. They’re love and they’re peace, with lacy voices and cute smiles. These people can make a great sensation in your home and private life.
Scorpio moon is an over-thinker, the type who doesn’t want to leave their bed. But also the type to hug you from behind, their feelings give rushes like water churns in rivers. And when they explode, trust me, they know, they don’t want to drown you in their problems.
Sagittarius moon is the archer, the one who chases the sun and escapes their own fires. They run from the feelings in their chest, change the subject. They’re adventurous, addicted to the thrills that life has to offer. They’re smart, philosophical.
Capricorn moon is a hard worker, a family person. Feelings of earth run through them, little earthquakes without time tickets may erupt. They push themselves a lot, often without second thought. They’re competitive, but often they’re also competitive to themselves. Because they want to improve.
Aquarius moon is part of a clan, a person with a friendly personality that often gets along with everyone. They’re their own person, and even though they belong to their group of friends- they don’t. They’re original, unique thinkers. They come up with solutions, ideas and thoughts no one ever dares to speak out loud.
Pisces moon is a dreamer, the kind you catch staring out of the window in class. Watching the birds. Or the kind plucking flowers to make something for a dear friend, a mysterious person. Manipulative on the inside, with feelings that can’t be explained, only imagined.
❄ Collect feathers from winter fowl. Do not collect feathers if you live in the US!
❄ Collect snow and melt it. Charge the water under the December full moon to create a powerful snow water to use in your winter spells. Use snow water to protect your house and hearth, to charge your magick tools, and to purify your amulets. Snow water possesses healing powers.
❄ Have a winter bonfire to celebrate winter solstice.
❄ Set yourself goals for the new year.
❄ Take a walk under the full moon when the snow is reflecting its light. This is a time for reflection and visions. Record you experience and any important thoughts or visions you receive.
❄Stand outside in a blizzard and feel your energy restoring.
Brew yourself a cider. Add herbs and fruits with certain correspondences for December such as joy, peace, family happiness, etc.
❄ December is a time for reflection of the passing year.
❄ Do Yule baking and incorporate kitchen witchcraft.
❄ Weave a wreath with holly and plants that correspond with protection and yule.
❄ Burn incense of cinnamon, patchouli, frankincense, orange, and myrrh.
❄ December is a time for hearth and home magick.
❄ Burn candles throughout your home to invite positive energies, coziness, and peace.
❄ Collect evergreen, holly, cedar and pine clippings.
❄ Forage for rose hips.
Tie up any loose ends you have in your life.
❄ Finish this years grimoire and add any last minute touch ups.
❄ Collect dried leaves. Define their properties and put them in your herbal grimoire.
❄ Brew yourself new tea combinations to start off the new year with.
❄ Make witch balls and other magickal decorations to hang on your yule tree and decorate your house with.
❄ Make winter solstice lanterns.
❄ Throw a sprig of holly into a yule fire to burn away your troubles from the past year. A large amount or if thrown into an indoor fireplace may be poisonous, use with caution!
❄ Make a yule log.
❄ Throw a ritual or celebration to welcome back the sun.
❄ Use elements from nature to decorate your home.
❄ At the end of the month do a deep house cleansing to remove all negative energy and to give the new year a fresh start.
The Signs and Memory: My opinion on what I’ve noticed from each sign and my ranking. Check Sun, Moon and Mercury.
Scorpio: This sign has the best memory in the zodiac, it’s also one of the main reasons not to piss them off. Scorpios can use their abilities to recall events from decades back. Water signs are highly visual and Scorpios project this when they give you a very detailed description about any moment in their life. It does not matter how trivial the event may have been, it could have been the first time they encountered a favorite book or the time someone looked at them the wrong way. Trust them to paint you a very clear picture with their words, pulling the listener back to the moment that they felt something, whether it be a painful memory or a happy one.
Taurus: Scorpio’s sister sign is in second place. Very much like the Scorpio, you do not want to get on a Taurus’ bad side because they will not forget. These are natural artists and they will draw you a landscape of their memory. You will be lost in their visual process and expression. It may even come across through song or actions, but there will be a dramatic flare in the way they recant their tale. The bull is not afraid to hold on to what ails them and they will have no problem reminding people how they have been hurt.
Cancer: The loving crab might put on the happy persona for those that do not know them, but this is only to keep themselves guarded from being hurt. The shell protects them and it’s in their nature to be highly vigilant and observant because they know that deep inside they are sensitive and they are willing to do anything to preserve their hearts from aches and pain. They will keep a burn book in mind with the times people have let them down or have betrayed them. These people have strong memories, because they will forever be marked if hurt.
Virgo: The master organizer, critical and diligent. Trust this sign to remember every detailed moment in their lives. Their mind works like a library, they are able to pinpoint the exact book they are searching for on an obscure shelf. These are natural librarians and the memories are collectibles, guarded in the realm of their beautiful minds.
Capricorn: Defined by their admirable work ethic, this sign is also blessed with a strong memory. You have to know to be at your “A” game and Capricorn understands this. There memories are like flashcards, they are able to color coordinate and shuffle them in their mind. It is hard for them to miss any details because they are always on watch. Their successes are measured by how much time, how much energy and who has done what to help them thrive. If you’ve been there when they needed you, they will never forget.
Aquarius: The cool Aquarius will give off a blasé vibe about everything but they are always in the know. This is the sign to absorb the energy in every room they’ve been in, the people they meet and the vibe of the times. They won’t ever inform you that they know or remember but they are always aware. The Aquarius mind will travel back in time with pieces of the past, especially when they want to prove a point. Their mind works like a treasure box, filled with guarded heirlooms waiting to be revealed all in time.
Aries: Hot headed and their memories are like blocks of ice. Depending on the intensity, the ice melts to water and evaporates or it will stay frozen in time. Their memories melt away because the Aries normally never takes things to heart unless they have felt wronged. They react to extremely negative and positive things, never an in between. The Aries can become frigid and cold when they have been hurt; she can transform into the ice queen. Their memories will remain in a cold stasis until someone warms their heart up. They will recall a first kiss but will get lost with mundane memories. Those aren’t worth their time, only then extravagant and dramatic can occupy a space in their mind.
Sagittarius: Represented by freedom and being carefree, Sagittarius folks are always in motion. They can recall memories through their current experience. Traveling and hiking down a path from years before can trigger events. They will remember conflicts, but will easily move on from them if they were able to work things through. Not ones to hold grudges, they will easily float about and build on new meaningful memories with the people they love. As long as they are at peace with themselves, they can always go back and indulge in the past.
Leo: The mighty King of the jungle does not have time to focus on minor events in the past. Eternally consumed more with their own well being, it often becomes hard to become interested in things that do not involve them. Unless they had a key moment where they were sorely affected, you won’t get much out of their memory. A clash with a powerful adversary or a victory will remain in their thoughts. They will gladly tell you their hardships and how they have managed to thrive and survive. Much like Aries, the dramatic Leo will need a grandiose event for it to remain imprinted in their mind.
Libra: Life is a party and Libras are prepared. They will generally manipulate memories to favor theirs. Their memories can be considered shallow, lacking any depth. They will not delve deep into what has transpired into the past, just keep hold of the vague idea of an incident. Libras prefer to be stuck in their own lavish fantasy where they are the stars of the show. Injecting dramatic tidbits to make things more exciting.
Pisces: Dreaming is a full time job for Pisces. These people will give you the artistic visions of the Scorpio but with embellished areas. The memory will transform into a tale where the Pisces reigned victorious in a battle even if the memory was a pleasant one without any hardships. Trust them to be animated in their storytelling because they truly believe what they are sharing. The Pisces does not intend to divert from facts, but it’s just more interesting and entertaining to tell a story everyone might enjoy.
Gemini: Highly intelligent but their mind runs a marathon. It is hard for Gemini to recall events but they can tell you historical facts since they are masters of knowing a little bit of everything. When your mind is racing at 100 miles per hour, clouded with many thoughts, it’s hard for them to stay focused. There is an ongoing parade of powerful thoughts their mind on a daily basis. They will however, remember powerful moments in their lives and they will keep them close to their hearts, but ask them about the day to day and those thoughts are burned away. The Gemini is like the roadrunner, off to create and experience life with great speed.
Aries, Rising: Is a fuchsia pink, they give off the feel of marshmallow roasting and crowd surfing. Sun: Is a neon red, they remind you of the best high school parties ever and black black coffee. Moon: Is a charred black, they feel like melted butterscotch and a burning hand.
Taurus, Rising: Is tree trunk brown, they give off the feel of falling leaves and cherries. Sun: Is a rich dark green, they remind you of roller coasters and pastels. Moon: Is mint green. they feel like silk and wet crumpled paper. Gemini, Rising: Is neon orange, they give of the feel of mystery novels and blow pops. Sun: Is wild purple, they remind you of bubblegum blue and race cars. Moon: Is pitch black, they feel like fulls moons and crystals.
Cancer, Rising: Is pure white, they give the feel coloring books and black sharpies. Sun: Is baby pink, they remind you of German chocolate cake and photo albums. Moon: Is navy blue, they feel like ice water and melted wax.
Leo, Rising: Is blood red, they give the feel of best friends and crazy parties. Sun: Is electric yellow, they remind you of karaoke and freshly baked snickerdoodles. Moon: Is gold, they feel like paper cuts and high speed running.
Virgo, Rising: Is cream, they give the feel of new shoes and fresh perfume. Sun: Is violet, they remind you of slow dancing and really important conversations. Moon: Is rich purple, they feel like zig zag lines and fairy wings. Libra, Rising: Is sunkissed yellow, they give the feel of ocean breeze and heart shaped chocolate. Sun: Is hot pink, they remind you of black and white movies and fashion statement scarfs. Moon: Is ice blue, they feel like rare gemstones and rough wood.
Scorpio, Rising: Is pastel pink, they give the feel of baggy sweaters and hidden secerts. Sun: Is ruby red, they remind you of rule breaking fun and winter storms. Moon: Is midnight blue, they feel like sharp glass and broken hearts. Sagittarius, Rising: Is ocean blue, they give the feel of giggle fits and knuckle cracking. Sun: Is pumpkin orange, they remind you of pebble tossing and competitions. Moon: Is red orange, they feel like angry tears and rageful door slamming.
Capricorn, Rising: Is heather gray, they give the feel of building furniture and hand holding. Sun: Is chocolate brown, they remind you of floral couches and beautiful red velvet cakes. Moon: Is forest green, they feel like slip an slides and Christmas wreaths. Aquarius, Rising: Is velvet purple, they give the feel of rainbow clothes and tv shows. Sun: Is cobalt blue, they remind you of dancing in the rain and out of your comfort zone fun. Moon: Is stone gray, they feel like blades of grass and poetry.
Pisces, Rising: Is opalescent white, they give the feel of sun after rain and creative thinking. Sun: Is dandelion yellow, they remind you of childish giggles and neon paint. Moon: is rose pink, they feel like bubbles and yearning stares.
Often used for beauty spells, glamours are a type of spell used for creating an illusion over a person or object. They can be used for a number of purposes, such as to make someone more attractive, appear more confident, to make an object harder to find, or a person be more or less likely to be noticed.
Hey guys! With the Winter Solstice coming up, I’ve been making candles as gifts for my family and friends. I took pictures of my process in case it might be useful to anyone.
What you will need: -potholders/oven mitts to protect your hands -newspaper -wax -wicks and wick holders -cardboard rolls -dye (optional) -fragrance (optional) -toothpicks/chopsticks/cottonswabs
I’ve made both jar candles (pictured left) and pillar candles (pictured right) but this tutorial is only for pillar candles. The candle I’m making in this tutorial is for someone that has anxiety so the herbs I’m adding are lavender and rose petals for soothing qualities and self love.
FIRST! Make sure that your working area is covered entirely in newspaper. Wax can come off of most hard surfaces but its a lot easier to clean up if you use newspaper because this is can get very MESSY. Next, take cardboard tubes (mine were from toilet paper rolls) and hot glue them to a flat cardboard surface. MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO GAPS in between the cardboard roll and the flat surface when you glue them. Otherwise hot wax runs everywhere. I learned this the hard way. Pictured on the left is the first one I made to give you an idea of what it is going to look like.
Next fill a pot about ¼ full with water and set it to a boil. Inside the pot you will place a separate container, preferably disposable or something you will only use for wax, like a coffee tin or a cookie wafer tin (like I’m using) because the inside will be impossible to clean. Don’t allow the water to boil dry. Place your wax inside the disposable tin and allow the water to melt the wax. Keep an eye on your wax in case it gets too hot and catches fire. Once the wax is in liquid form you can add dye and mix it (dye is available at most crafting stores) to make whatever color you want or you can melt a chunk of colored wax from old candles you have during the melting process to make colors. Just make sure that its from the same type of candle you’re making (jar candle wax for jar candles, pillar candle wax for pillar candles) This is also the point where you would add fragrance if you wanted to.
Let the wax cool for a few minutes and pour a little bit into the bottom of the mold, place your wick in the center of the wax and allow it to COOL before you pour more hot wax in to make sure your wick is set in the center of your candle. If the wick isn’t in the center it will burn funny or might not burn at all.
Once the wick has set I use two toothpicks taped together to make sure the wick is held straight up through the center of the candle while I’m pouring the rest of the wax. The toothpicks hold the the wick in place. Then carefully pour in the rest of your wax and sprinkle the top with whatever herbs you are using. Leave to set overnight….
And in the morning peel off the cardboard around it and bam! You have a beautiful candle!
Sweet as snow spell ─ this low spoon wishing spell consists of collecting freshly fallen snow then sprinkling sugar on top while visioning whatever you’d like to manifest. Allow the ice crystals to melt and leave the water on your altar or in a special place to evaporate. This will release the cheerful energies into your atmosphere, while adding sweetness to your life and melting away any worries ❄️
It’s believed in Celtic and Gaelic tradition that the veil between the living world and spirit world is thinnest at Samhain, which is why divination became so popular at this period of the year. I’ve heard of this particular method used in my family line in the past.
Candles Bowl Cold water
Fill a bowl with water. The bowl should be deep and wide enough to allow candle wax drippings to take shape. Putting the bowl in the freezer for a few minutes will help but don’t let the water solidify into ice.
Take the bowl of water and your candles to your altar or a place in your home where you can work comfortably in peace. Hearth witches or kitchen witches might consider working in the kitchen. Garden witches might consider working in the garden. That sort of thing. In my family tradition, environment mattered to the success of the divination. Working at night is best too.
Candles work best when made of natural materials but should at the very least produce a decent amount of drippiness. I generally use white candles since white is an easy substitute if you don’t have desired colors. You may coordinate the color to the subject of your divination question if you choose–green for money, red for love, etc.–but it’s not totally necessary. Our ancestors doing this particular divination method didn’t have easy access to colored candles like we do. They used beeswax, tallow, etc.
Light the candle and let it warm up pretty good. I have better luck with pillars than tapers but it’s just a matter of personal preference. While you wait for the flame to do its work, concentrate on your question. When the wax gets melted enough, ask your question aloud and then pour the drippings from the candle into the bowl. The cold water will make it harden fast.
Study the shape of the melted wax in the water. This is where you’ll need interpretation skills. I’ve been doing it for a long time and I never had a key for deciphering shapes in the wax but there are some suggestions online if you’re new at it.
Butterfly - freedom, rebirth, soul symbol Cat - mystery Crescent - spirituality Diamond - gift, partnership Egg - birth, starting something new Frog - money Hand - your desires will come to fruition soon Heart - love Hourglass - have patience Leaves - success Lighthouse - guidance Lightening - a sudden occurrence Mask - secrets Star - wishes fulfilled Tree - unity
Whether it’s crops, forests or phytoplankton blooms in the ocean, our scientists are tracking life on Earth. Just as satellites help researchers study the atmosphere, rainfall and other physical characteristics of the planet, the ever-improving view from above allows them to study Earth’s interconnected life.
1. Life on Earth, From Space
While we (NASA) began monitoring life on land in the 1970s with the Landsat satellites, this fall marks 20 years since we’ve continuously observed all the plant life at the surface of both the land and ocean. The above animation captures the entirety of two decades of observations.
2. Watching the World Breathe
With the right tools, we can see Earth breathe. With early weather satellite data in the 1970s and ‘80s, NASA Goddard scientist Compton Tucker was able to see plants’ greening and die-back from space. He developed a way of comparing satellite data in two wavelengths.
When healthy plants are stocked with chlorophyll and ready to photosynthesize to make food (and absorb carbon dioxide), leaves absorb red light but reflect infrared light back into space. By comparing the ratio of red to infrared light, Tucker and his colleagues could quantify vegetation covering the land.
Expanding the study to the rest of the globe, the scientists could track rainy and dry seasons in Africa, see the springtime blooms in North America, and wildfires scorching forests worldwide.
3. Like Breathing? Thank Earth’s Ocean
But land is only part of the story. The ocean is home to 95 percent of Earth’s living space, covering 70 percent of the planet and stretching miles deep. At the base of the ocean’s food web is phytoplankton - tiny plants that also undergo photosynthesis to turn nutrients and carbon dioxide into sugar and oxygen. Phytoplankton not only feed the rest of ocean life, they absorb carbon dioxide - and produce about half the oxygen we breathe.
In the Arctic Ocean, an explosion of phytoplankton indicates change. As seasonal sea ice melts, warming waters and more sunlight will trigger a sudden, massive phytoplankton bloom that feeds birds, sea lions and newly-hatched fish. But with warming atmospheric temperatures, that bloom is now happening several weeks earlier - before the animals are in place to take advantage of it.
4. Keeping an Eye on Crops
The “greenness” measurement that scientists use to measure forests and grasslands can also be used to monitor the health of agricultural fields. By the 1980s, food security analysts were approaching NASA to see how satellite images could help with the Famine Early Warning System to identify regions at risk - a partnership that continues today.
With rainfall estimates, vegetation measurements, as well as the recent addition of soil moisture information, our scientists can help organizations like USAID direct emergency help.
The view from space can also help improve agricultural practices. A winery in California, for example, uses individual pixels of Landsat data to determine when to irrigate and how much water to use.
5. Coming Soon to the International Space Station
A laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth’s forests. The instrument, called GEDI, will be the first to systematically probe the depths of the forests from space.
Another ISS instrument in development, ECOSTRESS, will study how effectively plants use water. That knowledge provided on a global scale from space will tell us “which plants are going to live or die in a future world of greater droughts,” said Josh Fisher, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and science lead for ECOSTRESS.
6. Seeing Life, From the Microscopic to Multicellular
Scientists have used our vantage from space to study changes in animal habitats, track disease outbreaks, monitor forests and even help discover a new species. Bacteria, plants, land animals, sea creatures and birds reveal a changing world.
Our Black Marble image provides a unique view of human activity. Looking at trends in our lights at night, scientists can study how cities develop over time, how lighting and activity changes during certain seasons and holidays, and even aid emergency responders during power outages caused by natural disasters.
7. Earth as Analog and Proving Ground
Just as our Mars rovers were tested in Earth’s deserts, the search for life on ocean moons in our solar system is being refined by experiments here. JPL research scientist Morgan Cable looks for life on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. She cites satellite observations of Arctic and Antarctic ice fields that are informing the planning for a future mission to Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter.
The Earth observations help researchers find ways to date the origin of jumbled, chaotic ice. “When we visit Europa, we want to go to very young places, where material from that ocean is being expressed on the surface,” she explained. “Anywhere like that, the chances of finding biomarkers goes up - if they’re there.”
8. Only One Living Planet
Today, we know of only one living planet: our own. The knowledge and tools NASA developed to study life here are among our greatest assets as we begin the search for life beyond Earth.
There are two main questions: With so many places to look, how can we home in on the places most likely to harbor life? What are the unmistakable signs of life - even if it comes in a form we don’t fully understand? In this early phase of the search, “We have to go with the only kind of life we know,” said Tony del Genio, co-lead of a new NASA interdisciplinary initiative to search for life on other worlds.
So, the focus is on liquid water. Even bacteria around deep-sea vents that don’t need sunlight to live need water. That one necessity rules out many planets that are too close or too far from their stars for water to exist, or too far from us to tell. Our Galileo and Cassini missions revealed that some moons of Jupiter and Saturn are not the dead rocks astronomers had assumed, but appear to have some conditions needed for life beneath icy surfaces.
9. Looking for Life Beyond Our Solar System
In the exoplanet (planets outside our solar system that orbit another star) world, it’s possible to calculate the range of distances for any star where orbiting planets could have liquid water. This is called the star’s habitable zone. Astronomers have already located some habitable-zone planets, and research scientist Andrew Rushby of NASA Ames Research Center is researching ways to refine the search. “An alien would spot three planets in our solar system in the habitable zone [Earth, Mars and Venus],” Rushby said, “but we know that 67 percent of those planets are not inhabited.”
He recently developed a model of Earth’s carbon cycle and combined it with other tools to study which planets in habitable zones would be the best targets to look for life, considering probable tectonic activity and water cycles. He found that larger planets are more likely than smaller ones to have surface temperatures conducive to liquid water. Other exoplanet researchers are looking for rocky worlds, and biosignatures, the chemical signs of life.
10. You Can Learn a Lot from a Dot
When humans start collecting direct images of exoplanets, even the closest ones will appear as only a handful of pixels in the detector - something like the famous “blue dot” image of Earth from Saturn. What can we learn about life on these planets from a single dot?
Stephen Kane of the University of California, Riverside, has come up with a way to answer that question by using our EPIC camera on NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite. “I’m taking these glorious pictures and collapsing them down to a single pixel or handful of pixels,” Kane explained. He runs the light through a noise filter that attempts to simulate the interference expected from an exoplanet mission. By observing how the brightness of Earth changes when mostly land is in view compared with mostly water, Kane reverse-engineers Earth’s rotation rate - something that has yet to be measured directly for exoplanets.
The most universal, most profound question about any unknown world is whether it harbors life. The quest to find life beyond Earth is just beginning, but it will be informed by the study of our own living planet.