mud and sand

OTP things at the beach

- Jumping and swearing at the hot sand
- Applying sunscreen on each other
- Person A carries the squealing person B into the water
- Taking underwater kiss pics
- Person A remarking on person Bs underwater mermaid hair
- Mud-sand fight
- Sharing an ice cream cone and getting it on each others faces
- Making out from the ice cream
- Lying on top of each other
- Person A burying person B in the sand
- Finding rocks that look like each others eyes
- Taking obnoxious couple-at-the-beach pics
- Arguing about how much prettier person A or B is than the sunset

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🌞 Summer Witchcraft 🌊

a list of ideas and activities for seasonal and discreet witches, based on what is around to do / use in the summer. based off my personal experiences 

🍦 ice cream

From vanilla to strawberry or pecan, your ice cream cone could be used for magical correspondences as well as a sweet treat. 

 👣 footprints

In the dirt, the mud, or the sand can be used with footprints for spells that happen over time. 

🌞sun magic

With the sun being out so much, it too can be used for spells

🎉 firework spells

Fireworks can be used in spells, by using the colors as correspondences, or the energy and wonder they give off to fuel spells

🐚 sea shells

Sea shells can be collected for spells, each different type of shell has different correspondances


Flowers sprouting up everywhere from common clover to roses and sunflowers, are all around, and easy to access for spells.

🌊 ocean magic

Beach and sand magic have a number of uses, from grounding and charging to everyday work 


Lithomancy – the practise of divination through casting stones and reading how they fall – is one of the most ancient and (in my opinion) effective divining methods out there, as well as costing nothing to set up and being something you can completely teach yourself and make your own. I recently went on a trip to an incredible and magical beach where I collected an array of exceptional rocks, pebbles, shells and fossils for this purpose, so I thought I’d make a long post on creating and preparing a kit.


🔮 First of all – they need not be stones, or all be stones, although the name “lithomancy” refers specifically to stones. Some cast with bones, or sticks, or shells. Some cast with whatever the hell they can find at the time. Use whatever speaks to you.

🔮 It will feel more organic to find your stones out in their natural habitat, preferably in a place that you feel a connection with, but it’s okay to purchase. The most important thing is that the set is personalised to you and that each piece of it has been chosen by you, connected to you, for a reason. Even if that reason isn’t immediately clear – it doesn’t have to be yet. Assignation will happen later.

🔮 You should use a level of instinctive guidance to find your casting stones. Perhaps you’ve even been gathering them already, drawn to them and bringing them home with you – don’t rule out stones and bits and bobs already in your possession.

🔮 Take a moment for every potential casting stone you pick up. Hold it in your hand, roll it around, look at it, think on it, get a feel for it. Start to form a picture of what it may contribute to a divination. Keep what you can’t bear the thought of throwing away. Discard everything else.


🔮 First of all, a physical cleaning. Nothing too harsh – you don’t want to damage the stones or scrub them raw. (For bones and the like though, research and follow good hygiene practises accordingly. Also recommended: the law.) Generally I find a shortish soak in some warm saltwater effective enough. A light sponging to get rid of any mud, sand, etc, if there is any. Apply common sense.

🔮 Then comes the more metaphysical cleansing. Depending on your practise, you could also consecrate or bless them. Some ideas: passing through incense or smoke, cleansing with blessed/spiritually purified or charged water (you could combine this with the physical cleaning), put into a grid with cleansing crystals, using bells/sound, and personally I’ve been using sunlight to cleanse as well as charge mine.


🔮 Set aside some time, fire up the incense, get some mood music on, ground and centre and get yourself in a good headspace. Ideally you’ll also have a nice cleansed and moody space to carry out the assignation process. This will be when you give each of your stones/objects a ‘meaning’, similar to each Tarot card having its own set of meanings and associations, or the runes that some cast. But stones are more free-form and intuitive, and the meanings are discerned and given only by you.

🔮 What you’ll be doing is almost like meditating with each of your stones. Pick up the ones that speak strongly to you first, maybe the ones that you already have some idea of their meaning – these will be the easiest to assign meanings to.

🔮 The physical appearance of the stone is a good starting point. Make sure to have a good inspection of each one. Then, enclose it in your hand and close your eyes. Feel the life inside of the stone and what it says to you. Tell it what its name and meaning is – whisper it aloud into the stone if you must. Make contact. Make sure it’s working in accord with you.

🔮 The easiest way to note down these meanings for you to memorise is to set out a piece of paper or two, and once you know what a stone means, lay it down on the piece of paper and write underneath it the name, meanings and associations. This gives you a sort of physical ‘key.’ Taking a photo of the paper spread/s once it’s done will act as a handy cheat sheet.

🔮 You’ll want a nice, rounded-out set of associations in order to give your divination depth and reach. Some traditions suggest using the different planets (and their associations) for the stones, and other simple suggestions might be elements, deities, past/present/future, etc. There are some out there that suggest a lithomancy set must contain a certain number of stones and they must have certain fixed meanings, but my opinion is that using your own intuition will make it more powerful for you. Plus, most of these traditions I could find were western European in origin, which obviously isn’t where all of our practises are from anyway. Research your traditions or make your own meanings – it’s all down to you.


🔮 There are a ton of resources on charging out there, and you’ll likely learn or already know best what works for you. This is a good, simple post on it for beginners. My favourite method is charging by sunlight, not only because it’s simple but because of how it falls into my belief system too.

🔮 Some suggestions: sunlight, moonlight, starlight, charged crystals and crystal grids, water of various properties (rain, storm, sea), laying out on grass or soil or tree roots or in herb planters, bones (bone grid?) and feathers and such…


🔮 After taking some time to familiarise yourself with your set and its meanings, it’s time to begin practising. Just chuck ‘em! Start off by doing readings for and about yourself. Get a feel for your set and how it speaks. This is also the time to make adjustments to the meanings of some of the stones, or add new associations.

🔮 You’ll also want to start putting together your pre-divination rituals. A cleanse and a charge, a bit of grounding with incense, a hearty meal, a word with your ancestors? What works for you will become clear with practise.

🔮 In terms of the reading itself: make note of the shape that they have fallen in. The stones that are close together, and the ones that are far apart. Any that line up or form a shape. Some like to use a “self” stone or object that they can use to orient the reading around.

🔮 Some don’t cast all of their stones in one reading – I don’t. You can pick relevant stones for readings that are more specific, or just grab a random handful of stones from a bag and use those. That way, which stones are ‘drawn’ will tell you something all by itself. Change up how you cast and read during your practise period, try every method you can think of. Get creative!

🔮 I don’t think casting stones is good for yes/no answers personally, but did find this quick tip: pick a stone to mean yes/positive, and one to mean no/negative. Pick a ‘self’ stone or object. Cast them. Whichever one lands closest to the ‘self,’ there’s your answer.

🔮 I don’t know if I will, but you may also want to look into creating and incorporating a casting grid. These are shape and charts (usually on cloth) that you can cast upon, and act as a ‘map’ so that stones landing in certain quadrants will let you know what that particular stone is relevant to.


🔮 Over time you can add to, take away from and generally change up your lithomancy set – what you pick to start off with isn’t the end all, be all. The best divination sets will change and become more attuned to you over time.

🔮 I tie my stones up in a square of batik fabric when not using them, and also use the fabric to cast upon. Simple, neat, effective.

🔮 Remember to keep on cleansing and charging your set as required.

Ridiculous Quotes (Soulmate AU) - Edmund x Reader

(Here’s a basic explanation of the AU. A soulmate AU where your favorite quote from your soulmate is written on your skin. When your soulmate says the quote the writing changes to a soft pink and it says who the quote was said by.)

You lied flat on the fluffy mattress of your bed at Cair Paravel. You held your arm above your head. You stared at it thoughtfully, specifically your wrist. You stared at the black writing on your wrist.

You’d always remembered it being there. Even before you could read. You remembered seeing blurry black marks on your arm. Of course your early memories were not very clear, causing the marked to look blurry.

The writing said “I wonder if butterflies in Narnia can talk”. It was apparently going to be your favorite quote from your soulmate. Earlier in your life you had no clue what it meant. But now that you’d gone to Narnia, you understood. Your soulmate had to be someone who knew about Narnia.

As you were staring at the writing your best friend, Edmund came in the room. He have you a warm, friendly smile. You couldn’t help but blush. You’d always had a crush on Edmund. But you’d promised yourself you wouldn’t date anyone but your soulmate.

You had no clue if Edmund was your soulmate. You hoped he was. The words on your wrist seemed like something he would say. But you couldn’t be certain. Not yet. You’d just have to wait to see if Edmund ever said those words.

Edmund sat down next to you on your bed. You sat up.

“Hey (Y/n).” Edmund said smiling. You smiled back.

“Heya Ed.” You responded. There was a few moments of silence as you looked into Edmund’s eyes, and Edmund looked onto yours.

“Peter’s trying to find a queen. He’s having a date with a princess tonight. Wanna sabotage it?” Edmund asked casually.

“Hell yes!” You said excitedly. Immediately you and Edmund left the room. Edmund had been able to find out Peter’s plans. A walk along the beach, a riding horses, then a dinner. For the walk on the beach you and Edmund had prepared a large bucket of salt water to throw at them both. For the horse riding you both got a snake to scare the horses. And finally for the dinner you and Edmund had been able to add something… A little extra… to the food.

Now it was just time to put the plan into action. First the salt water bucket. When you and Edmund threw it on them the expression on their faces were priceless. Although Peter’s expression quickly changed from surprise to anger. Peter glanced around the area for you and Edmund. But you’d hidden yourselves. And Peter didn’t have the time to search for the two of you.

Next was the horse ride. At first it was going well for them. Peter and the princess had changed clothes, and the horses were trotting at a steady pace. Until Edmund released a snake into the grass. The snake startled the horses, making them go up on their hind legs. Peter and the princess were thrown off their horses. Then the horses ran off.

Last but most definitely not least, the dinner. The table was candlelit. And it gave off a romantic aura. Then they bit into their food. The food was either mixed with, filled with, or covered in mud and sand. The princess made an expression of pure disgust. That was the last straw.

“That’s it!” She said angrily. “I can’t take this anymore!”

“No! Please! This is all Edmund’s and (Y/n)’s fault! They must’ve planned to sabotage this!” Peter pleaded

“Well if you can’t control your brother, then how are you supported to control all of Narnia!?” She yelled. “Good day!” She snapped before storming off. Peter stood there stunned for a few seconds. Then he balled his hand into a fist and his teeth grinded together.

“Alright you two! Where are you?!” Peter yelled. It was obviously directed towards you and Edmund. Both of you ran as fast as you could in the opposite direction from Peter. After running for a few minutes, you’d lost Peter.

You and Edmund then sat on a stone bench next to a fountain, talking about random things. England. Narnian folklore. Music. And books were a few examples. Then Edmund saw a butterfly land on the ground nearby.

“I wonder if butterflies in Narnia can talk.” Edmund wondered out loud. Your eyes widened. Edmund looked back at you. “Something wrong (Y/n)?” He asked, confused. You pulled down your sleeve, revealing your wrist. You watched the words written there slowly turn a soft pink. Then a dash appeared under the words, followed by Edmund’s name.

“HOLY MOTHER OF ASLAN!!! WHAT THE JADIS!?!?” You screamed in shock. You looked back at Edmund, you were more calm now. You knew that was something Edmund would’ve laughed at. But he didn’t. Edmund just sat there in shock. “Edmund?” You asked, a little confused.

You saw Edmund do the same thing you did. He pulled down his sleeve and stared at the writing on his wrist. And just like you, the writing on his write changed into a soft pink. You saw a dash appear under the words followed by that your name. You looked closer and saw the words on Edmund’s wrist were the words you just said. Edmund looked at you in surprise.

“(Y/n)…” Edmund said softly, almost a whisper. Tears built up in his eyes. Edmund tackled you with a hug. You just barely kept yourself from falling over. You felt tears build up in your own eyes. You hugged Edmund back tightly.

“I… Can’t believe it…” You said quietly.

“Me neither…” Edmund said in an equally quiet voice. You both pulled away from the hug to look at each other. Without thinking about it your arms wrapped around Edmund’s neck. One of Edmund’s hands held you by your waist. The other cupped your face as he gently stroked your cheek with his thumb.

And just as naturally, you and Edmund leaned closer to each other. Your noses brushed against each other. Your lips were barely not touching his. Edmund closed his eyes as he gentle pressed his lips against yours. You smiled against his lips and kissed him back.

Edmund slowly pushed you down on the stone bench deepening the kiss. You leaned upward trying to kiss back more. Edmund pulled away and peppered your face with kisses. You giggled quietly as Edmund did this.

“Y'know…” Edmund began before placing another kiss on your lips. “I’ve always fancied you.” Edmund finished when he’d pulled away.

“Why didn’t you tell me sooner.” You said before Edmund kissed you again, longer this time.

“I didn’t know if you were my soulmate.” Edmund answered. You nodded in agreement. Edmund place yet another kiss on your lips. This time he didn’t pull away quickly. Peter walked by.

“Aha! There you ar….” Peter trailed off as he watched you and Edmund kiss. Edmund ignored Peter’s presence. Peter cleared his throat loudly. Edmund pulled away from you for need of air.

“I’m a little busy Pete.” Edmund said in between pants. Once he’d caught his breath he immediately attacked your lips again. Peter stood there awkwardly. He was silent for a moment.

“Yes… I can see that…” Peter said, his voice not very confident. As Peter looked at Edmund kiss you he knew that he wouldn’t stop anytime soon. “I’ll just speak with you later.” Peter mumbled before walking off.

You pushed Edmund away gently. “Peter wanted to talk with you. You should’ve agreed to.” You said.

“You’re more important.” Edmund said before connecting your lips with his again.

anonymous asked:

Gaara and kiba with their s/o on a mission together? Or else Gaara on his wedding day/honeymoon?

Here you go, Nonny! I’m sorry Gaara is  a stick in the mud (sand?) and cannot be coaxed to live a little. ~Admin Axel

Sabaku no Gaara on a Mission with His S/O Headcanons

Originally posted by itachiandsasuke

  • First off, Gaara would try everything possible to avoid going on a mission with his s/o. He doesn’t take missions often because his position as Kazekage requires him to stay inside the village, so if he is agreeing to take a mission it is a dangerous and important one and he needs to be able to make tough, impartial decisions without being held back by romantic entanglements. Gaara has to make the best option for his village the priority, and he doesn’t know if he can do that if it puts someone he loves at risk. It’s a potential disaster to include his s/o in the mission roster, and he would exhaust every other option with the council before he gives in. He’s not trying to hurt his s/o’s feelings, he’s just wary of the potential repercussions of working with them.

  • Gaara wouldn’t treat his s/o any different than any of the other team members. He is Kazekage, and absolutely cannot show any sort of favoritism to his s/o without making them a target for all sorts of unpleasant, petty behavior from their teammates and undermining their worth as a shinobi. He knows his s/o can handle themself, and if they got into a sticky situation he would step in to assist just like he would with anyone else.

  • The only allowance he is willing to make is he might “accidentally” arrange it so that he and his s/o are on guard detail at night while the others are sleeping and he can steal a few uninterrupted hours with them. While he will gladly sit around the campfire and talk to them to keep them both awake, he will not do anything distracting that might compromise the security of the camp. No long walks through the night with his s/o, no late night swimming in a desert oasis, and absolutely no sex. He’s a bit of a stickler for the rules. Party pooper.

  • In situations where there is no other option but to fight, Gaara intentionally draws his combatants to a place that makes it easier for him to keep an eye on his s/o and watch their back while still being able to pour most of his focus into his attackers. If he felt like his s/o’s life was in danger, he would abandon his own defense without hesitation to shield them with sand from a potentially fatal blow. There is absolutely no way he would allow anything to happen to his s/o while under his command.

Inuzuka Kiba on a Mission With His S/O Headcanons

Originally posted by oceanboywriter

  • On the flipside, Kiba’s priority is his s/o. He has a protective streak a mile wide and has no qualms with disregarding the mission entirely in favor of making sure that his s/o is safe. Hopefully it doesn’t get to that point, but just to be sure, Kiba is definitely going to order Akamaru to dog his s/o’s heels and come get him if anything goes wrong.

  • He will not interfere with his s/o’s fight until they are overwhelmed because he has total confidence in his s/o’s ability as a ninja. It doesn’t hurt that they just look so damn gorgeous when they’re fighting that it’s hard for him to keep his eyes off of them. Even if he only has a second to appreciate it, the fluidity and grace in their movements as they trade blows with an enemy kind of makes his heart pound in a good way.

  •  Kiba wouldn’t be Kiba if he wasn’t brash, loud, and a little cocky, so he makes sure everyone on the team knows that his s/o is his. It can interfere with the dynamic of the team to be honest, because Kiba doesn’t like when other people get too cozy with his s/o, and out in the wilderness when you sometimes have to bathe in a creek under heavy guard and share a tent with five people, his jealousy can get the best of him.

  • He can lay the affection on pretty thick - like sliding his arm around his s/o’s waist while they’re walking and tucking their hair behind their ears when the wind blows it in their face - much to the chagrin of the rest of the team. He doesn’t give a damn what they think, and the more it annoys them, the more he will do it. It’s in his nature to stake a claim and be territorial, so unfortunately behavior like this is par for the course. His S/O will get used to it.
Clean Fingernails

I never had clean fingernails
when i was a kid
just never got the hang of it
forever digging in the mud
guess it’s just something
in the blood
if it wasn’t mud
then it was sand
at least though that cleans
your hands
but there was always that crescent
that the scrubbing brush
didn’t shift
like a stain
or a sin
as i am sure my teachers said
probably without a grin

And now it’s mostly oil and grease
that stains the wrinkles in my skin
still it’s stuff from underground
just deeper and more aged
than the simple soil
from a kids industrious toil

blue scales ; shin hoseok

Originally posted by wonhontology

based off of “I’m a siren and I keep accidentally forgetting that I have roommates now and end up putting them in my thrall when I sing Taylor Swift songs in the shower” AU from this list.

fluff, angst

word count: 4.1k // @btssmutgalore i’m the weakest person on this planet also @6yoon ily ty ty ty

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He is absolutely wasted the first time he sees her. Now that he thinks about it, Hoseok realizes he probably shouldn’t have drank half of the stolen alcohol his brother took from a shipwreck weeks ago and then leave the palace to watch a sunset atop a rock much too close to shore.

The sun’s casting an orange hue to everything around him as the first bursts of air fill his lungs. He closes his eyes when the water, much warmer on the surface, hits his shoulders in a wave, and he swims around aimlessly until his eyes fall on a rock a few meters away from the shore. Deserted is the sand from where the siren is, and he decides to take the risk and lifts himself on top of it. Thoughts and memories of his parents race through his dizzy head, arguments with his father about his position in the kingdom and the light that gradually faded from his mother’s eyes until she became dull – suddenly the little rock being hit by waves and bathing in rays of orange, red and yellow is the happiest place on Earth.

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Preferred weapon of drug cartels, revolutionaries and child soldiers, the brain child of a wounded Soviet tanker and embroidered on the flags of Mozambique, terrorist forces across the world and former Brooklyn Nets player Andrei Kirilinko, the AK-47, Kalashnikov. Kalash or simply the AK is an icon of both Russia and the 3rd World. It’s the most iconic gun in existence and it’s one of simple design and simple construction.

To save on space, I will begin the talk of the AK with the 7.63 AK’s, so the AK series from the original AK to the AKM as well as most Combloc versions. The AK was a blend of different designs, comprising ideas from the German STG, Lend Lease M1 Carbines and many older rifles, like the Federov. This was compiled together by a Russian tanker wounded in battle in 1941.

Mikhail Kalashnikov.

A Russian Tanker hospitalized following the Battle of Bryansk in 1941, during his time, he heard his fellow troops complain about their weapons and began working on more soldier-centric designs. The first was a submachine gun design that went nowhere, but got him attention and had him sent to the absurdly long  Central Scientific-developmental Firing Range for Rifle Firearms of the Chief Artillery Directorate of the Red Army. There he worked on a carbine design that failed against the the Simonov SKS in 1946, but the carbine’s basic design led to the AK-47, which won a Russian weapon trial in 1949.

The AK-47 was very popular with the Communist Bloc, and became standard for most of the 2nd World during the Cold War. Many copies were made by the Communist Countries. The East German MPi series, the Yugoslavian M70, the Romanian AIM, the Hungarian AMD and the very common Chinese Type 56, the AK has a long history of mass production.

75-100 million AK rifles have been made in general, if one was to tally together every rifle in the world, one in 5 would be an AK model. And with a number of variants, Russian and other wise, it’s not hard to see why. The Russians had other models, including the paratrooper/tanker AKS-47 with under folding stock, modern versions like the AK-103 and the 1960′s era AKM, with compensator, palm swell handguard and other modernization features.

With this, the AK series became the USSR’s hottest commodity next to Lada cars. It’s appeared across the globe, in the arsenals of world powers and illegal cartels. It was reliable, reasonably accurate and very powerful, something everyone liked. It became a common weapon in the arsenal of revolutionary armies, as the 2nd World helped bolster them as much as the 1st World. It’s a rifle that appears today as much as any other rifle of it’s type.

Whether worn and grey or plated in gold, the AK series is a common sight in the media, both in the real world and in the consumer media. Ever since Vietnam, the US has always had a fascination with the AK. For almost every conflict we’ve been in since Korea, it’s been in the arsenal of the opposing force. With the rise of movies based on real events or the crazed action of blockbuster action movies, AK’s are forever present.

Almost every variety of AK has been pictured in film, from the 1980′s onward. From the Polytech AK’s and Chinese Type 56 rifles to the oddball varieties, it’s as common in a films armory as it is in real life. It fits any situation, from the jungle combat of Vietnam to the urban crime world. It’s made infamous by the news and music and the movies, and you know how this segways.

With video games taking cues from the media, movies and real life, the AK’s as common as the M16 in games. It’s use has ranged from the arsenal of USSR soldiers in everything from Metal Gear Solid 3 to Wargame:Red Dragon, the standard assault rifle for the nameless terrorist forces of most modern combat games, realistic or not. It’s always a common sight if criminal forces, such as in the Far Cry series as well as the action movie styled Max Payne series.

These extends to a number of AK variants, from the Russian series to other countries’s AK’s, like the AMD and Type 56′s. It’s first appearance dates all the way back to Goldeneye 007 on the N64 and as long as AK’s appear in the media, AK’s will appear in video games.

And that is the stories of the AK-47 rifle, the most common assault rifle in the world. It’s not the best rifle out there, but it has no need to be. It just works. It’s worked for over 70 years and shows no sign of stopping now. From the deserts of the Middle East to the Jungles of Central Africa to the streets of the US, it’s as common as ever. It’s the icon of rebellion, and whether it’s black or gold plated, it’s good enough for any situation. It’s simple, it’s reliable, it’s an AK.

And with a gun as iconic as this, we must end on a quote by a great man.

“Of all the weapons in the vast soviet arsenal, nothing was more profitable than Avtomat Kalashnikova model of 1947. More commonly known as the AK-47, or Kalashnikov. It’s the world’s most popular assault rifle. A weapon all fighters love. An elegantly simple 9 pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood. It doesn’t break, jam, or overheat. It’ll shoot whether it’s covered in mud or filled with sand. It’s so easy, even a child can use it; and they do. The Soviets put the gun on a coin. Mozambique put it on their flag. Since the end of the Cold War, the Kalashnikov has become the Russian people’s greatest export. After that comes vodka, caviar, and suicidal novelists. One thing is for sure, no one was lining up to buy their cars.”


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‘Under the Dome’

Low tide at (Rough Island) Island Hill, Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.
With about an hour to go before sunset, and the forecast for patchy cloud and rain, convinced myself to take the 25 minute drive to Island Hill. Glad I did!
The causeway to the island is exposed for several hours at low tide, and light rain added to the lush colour of the scene.
‘Between the tides, a range of habitats appear from differing grades of mud and sand to boulders and salt marsh. The area is rich in worms, shellfish and other small animals that are a vast food source attracting migratory birds and waders, with some species found in internationally important numbers during the winter. Eelgrass is abundant and is the principle food source of Brent geese, many thousands of which migrate to the Lough during September and October.’