nightmare of the sea

Top 10 Herbs for the Lazy Witch

Maybe you’re maybe you’re a new witch unsure of what herbs are worth your time as a beginner, maybe money is tight, or maybe you’re just lazy (like us). If we could only choose 10 herbs to use in our craft, these would be our top picks. 

1. Basil – its the witch’s herb, need we say more? Not only do its magical uses span from protection to love to wealth to exorcism, but it is also delicious in mundane recipes as well. If you can only have one herb, basil is the way to go.

2. Rosemary – this herb is also blessed with a wide variety of uses. Excellent for purification, lust and love, good health, preventing nightmares, and all kinds of sea witchery. Bonus: its fragrance is to die for.

3. Lavender – so you might not be able to find this at the grocery store, but its magical uses outweigh the small inconvenience of tracking it down. Most often used for healing, love, protection, peace, purification, and sleep, lavender is a go-to for any mental health needs. 

4. Chamomile – lavender’s luckier, jovial cousin. Primarily used in love, healing, and stress reducing spells, but can also be used for luck and gambling. It is associated with the sun, and makes a great tea infusion for stress relief. 

5. Thyme – the best herb for social situations. It attracts loyalty, affection, and a good reputation, but we most often bathe in an infusion of thyme for constant flow of money. Also good for increasing courage. 

6. Cinnamon – while technically a spice, cinnamon has many magical uses and is also delicious in cooking. Ideal for prosperity and success, protection, love, and all spells related to the spiritual self. 

7.  Peppermint – a favorite in herbalism for treatment of digestive issues, this herb ideal for cleansing and protecting. Peppermint is also widely available, makes for lovely tea, and is a great addition to any luck spell.

8. Rose – is any love spell complete without rose petals? This flower is the symbol for beauty, marriage, sexuality, divine love, and all kinds of relationships. A larger list of uses for roses can be found here

9. Cayenne Pepper – every witch needs something with a bit of a bite. This spice does wonders as cursing or banishing agent, or even just as an addition to any spell to speed up results. 

10. Mugwort – if we recommend any specialty herb, this is the one. Mugwort is used in spells for divination, astral travel, working within the spiritual realm, and receiving prophetic dreams. (Note: this herb should not be ingested by people who are pregnant)  

my first spell jar!! i made this to help my sister sleep, because she often has trouble with nightmares and such.

-sea salt
-lavender {i used the leaves, not the flowers}
-rosemary {i used both fresh and dried}
-bay leaves
-small piece of paper + pen

-blue thread {to bind the paper + decorate jar}
-blue wax to seal
-lavender oil

i layered the ingredients, with each layer i focused on my intent to help sophie. i drew a sigil for a peaceful sleep on the paper in blue pen, and then rolled it up and tied it with the blue thread. i also carved the sigil in the wax i sealed the jar with, and then rubbed some lavender oil on it to bless it, and create a soothing scent. hope you like.

this is my very first spell jar and i hope it helps my sister!💙

Georges Méliès
200,000 Leagues Under the Sea or The Nightmare of a Fisherman - 1907

Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, known as Georges Méliès (/meɪˈljɛs/; French: [meljɛs]; 8 December 1861 – 21 January 1938), was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color.


The Hagfish Is the Slimy Sea Creature of Your Nightmares   

The hagfish is a slime-emitting ocean-dweller that’s remained unchanged for 300 million years–and it shows. It has a skull (but no spine), velvet smooth skin, and a terrifying pit of a mouth that’s lined with rows of razor-sharp teeth.

From: CRAZY MONSTERS: Sea Creatures 

(via: Smithsonian Channel)

Neopets Spells/Curses

Originally posted by neoguides

I wanted to make some spells, curses and things based on one of the things that heavily influenced my childhood–which was Neopets!! The world is diverse and there’s so much potential [I like to think, haha].  

I’m planning on collaborating with my sister @bamboo-tea in making more spells with Neopets, not just curses haha. 

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Kallura Week 2017
Day Two

“Why is something always trying to kill us?” Keith grumbled as he took a few steps back to allow for a running start. He sprinted across the small patch of exposed earth and dove after the princess.

His armour’s transparent faceplate sealed itself before he even hit the water. Thankfully, he noted, so had Allura’s. He slapped his hand to his hip to call forth his bayard, activating the blade in one fluid motion before he even looked to see what it was that had dragged the princess under.

It was a thing of nightmares. A cross between a sea urchin and an octopus, or maybe a squid. An octopus AND a squid really, given the number of flailing limbs that were thrashing about. He couldn’t see any eyes. It was dragging the princess towards its sharp, beak-like mouth. Not big enough to swallow her whole which meant it was planning on tearing her to pieces.

Yeah. That wasn’t going to happen.

He brought the blade down on the tentacle wrapped tightly around Allura’s waist, slicing right through it. Thick, brackish blood darkened the water as the creature’s painful, angry shriek reverberated about them.

Returning the bayard to his side, he grabbed the princess by the arm and ignited his jet pack, hoping it would work under water. He hadn’t exactly read an owner’s manual on the thing. But he was sure Lance had told him he’d used his when he’d been on that planet with the mermaids. Hadn’t he?

Regardless, it seemed to work and they quickly broke the surface.

“Are you alright?” He asked, voice edged with concern.

Allura smiled. For all his surly, anti-social demeanour, he really did care about people. At least the precious few he let into his life.

“I’m fine.” She assured him. “But I think we’d best-”

‘Get out of the creature’s reach’ was what she was going to say. But she didn’t get to say it as Keith suddenly just wasn’t there, dragged back down by the afore not actually mentioned creature.

It was clear that he had enraged the thing. Just about all of its many, many tendrils were wrapped tightly about the young paladin. His arms had been pulled out from his sides, denying him access to his weapon. It coiled its injured limb slowly, deliberately around his neck, then began to tighten its grip. Keith grit his teeth. Not even his armour’s life support system could keep him alive if the monster choked the very life out of him.

She had to do something. She couldn’t just float there and watch him die. She couldn’t lose another paladin so soon after the last.

But she had no weapon. No way to cut through those limbs like he had. But there were so many of them brought to bear now. Would his sword be enough? He had his jets firing at what looked like full throttle, and even that couldn’t break him free.

She could hear his breath become a pained rasp. He was losing this battle.

There was only one thing she could do.

Closing her eyes she called upon the power deep within her.

Keith was dimly aware of a glow behind him.

‘And I thought that going into the light thing was a pile of crap.’

He turned his head, as much as he was able, his eyes widening when he saw its source. Allura was glowing! Bright and pure and…had he mentioned bright?

“Let him go!” She demanded as white hot lightening danced from her fingertips.

She took a moment of satisfaction as she hit the creature dead-centre and it shrieked in pain, its many tentacles recoiling as it released its prey to protect itself before it shot away, sparking and screaming, into the depths. But it was short lived as Keith’s agonised howl filled her helmet at the same moment. His body arched as the blast…HER blast…coursed through him as well.

As it dissipated his body relaxed, and just drifted there. Unmoving. Unresponsive.

KEITH!” She screamed, propelling herself through the water faster than she’d thought herself able. She wrapped one arm around his chest, and…she couldn’t feel it moving. Was he even breathing?

She couldn’t recall swimming to the surface. She didn’t know how she’d gotten them both to the shore. She did remember gently removing his helmet with trembling gloved fingers. The same fingers that brushed the hair from his face, that gently stroked his cheek. He was so pale. Had he always been this pale?

“Oh, Ancients.” She whispered. “What have I done?”

She pressed her forehead to his as if the skin-to-skin contact…she must have removed her own helmet at some point though she didn’t remember doing it…could force him to respond. His skin was a little clammy, but it wasn’t cold. That had to be a good thing, right?

She leaned back to study his face, desperately searching for some sign of life. “Please…” She whispered, stroking his face, his hair, fingers seeking even the most minuscule of movement. Anything to indicate that she hadn’t just…no…she couldn’t think that. “Please…we can’t lose you too…”

She tried to stifle a sob. Tried, but failed.

“I don’t think I could survive it…”

The Dreamer’s Lights

Story by @casblackfeathers  |  Art by @anjika-flan  

Dean never dreamed about much. His life was made of concrete ideas, plans his feet could follow – like his job as a bladesmith and the family he could rely on – not staring up at the stars, or falling hard for a black-winged angel whose grace glowed in shades of silver and blue.

After Dean is shipped off against his will to fight in the war between Michael and Lucifer, that changes; when he’s not dreaming of home – of hushed promises and blue eyes as deep as the sea – he’s drenched in nightmares of blood and death.

With Sammy’s help and the angels on their heels, Dean manages to escape the front lines. Now Dean’s returned to the kingdom and is forced to confront the past, as well as the tragic events that took him away from home three years ago – starting with his betrayal by the angel he fell in love with.

Fandom/Genre:  Supernatural AU, Fantasy, Romance
Pairing (s):
Dean/Castiel (with background Sam/Jess and Bobby/Ellen.)
Rating: Explicit
Word Count: 110 k
Warnings: Language, explicit sexual content, angst, pining, hurt/comfort, minor character death, mild violence, canon-typical usage of alcohol as a coping mechanism

Coming to AO3 on November 16, 2016

- DeanCas Big Bang 2016 -

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