Michael Slusher worked as a vivisectionist for a prolonged number of years. He would perform experiments on a wide variety of animals and quite often struggled with the attachment he felt for them. He often tried to convince himself that the research he was doing would be valuable toward science and beneficial.
Eventually, wracked with guilt, Slusher quit, became a vegan and wrote a memoir titled, “They All Had Eyes: Confessions of a Vivisectionist.” In this book he raises awareness to the moral consequences and brutality of animal testing, something he is now staunchly against. Many people are aware of animal testing but not aware of the amount of pain and terror the animals suffer before finally dying or being killed.
In an interview, Slusher said:
“One of the reasons I wrote the book was so that I could confront my demons and hopefully slay them. It still depresses me greatly that I didn’t see what I was doing at the time.” The book contains data which shows how the practise of animal testing is outdated, cruel, and unnecessary. Part of the book’s proceeds also goes toward Triangle Chance for All, a sanctuary for rescued farm animals.
If companies don't test on animals, what do they test on? 💉
In our modern day society we need to understand that there are over 240 alternative methods of product testing that do not involve animals. The only reason animal testing still exists is mostly because of the large amounts of money exchanged between labs and breeders. There’s amazing software that has been developed, that can almost accurately predict the type of reaction that chemicals will have on a human. Synthetic skin has also been invented which is truly incredible as, even though it has no human or animal product in it, it behaves exactly the same way as human skin would when exposed to chemicals. Most importantly, animal testing is inconclusive, and as a result 90% of all test results are discarded anyway. People defend animal testing, because they do not want humans to be the testers themselves but every single product on the market is actually tested on numerous humans before it can be sold to the public. So quite honestly testing on animals doesn’t have much point. Also, medicines and surgical procedures have been delayed in the past for several years due to animals behaving differently to how humans would have. Interestingly enough, if we completely trusted the results of animal tests, we would say that lemon juice is poisonous for human ingestion, while bromine, iodine and hemlock would be safe.
Now I hope you can see that there is no need for animal testing.
Vegans are very aware that not everyone can avoid all animal products, but we’re also aware that many people don’t even try. Even if you can’t eat vegan, could you be wearing plant based or synthetic fabrics instead of animal skins or wool? Could you reasonably avoid animal tested products? Could you eat vegan more often than you do now? We know that not everyone is in a position to eat 100% plant based and no good vegan will shame you for that. Please, just honestly ask yourself, could you be doing more?
Kitchen witches believe that the kitchen is a sacred place where all of the magick happens. They focus on the use of edible ingredients and kitchen tools. A cottage witch is a witch that brings magick into the house and are protectors of the hearth and home. They bring cheer and warmth to every room they enter. Their focuses are on the family, home, and daily needs. Both the cottage and Kitchen witch believe that by honoring the home it honors the Gods and Goddesses. They bring magick into everyday life and daily chores.
Ways a Kitchen and Cottage witch can bring magick into a home:
Create a kitchen altar
Stock your shelves with herbs and spices
Bring maximum feng-shui to your home
Keep the home physically and spiritually clean
Paint the house walls in colours that bring happiness, warmth, and coziness
When making a sandwich put mustard or mayo sigils on it
When making meals add herbs that correspond to your magickal needs
Decorate the home according to the sabbats
Brew some special teas
Make your own candles, salves, and tinctures.
Make offerings to Gods and Goddesses of hearth and home.
Ask your deities to keep your house safe and healthy.
Create your own recipes and add your own touch of magick to them
Put intent into everything you cook and clean
Make an incantation or short song to sing while you stir.
Inscribe your wooden spoons with sigils
Carve your wooden shelves with sigils - carve them at the bottom of the cupboard to remain discreet
Craft oils, incense, soaps, potions, and salves.
Make herbal remedies
Chant while cleaning or preparing a meal
Use numerology in their practices by the number of times they stir or the number of times they knead dough.
During the mead moon, brew mead with magickal intent.
Decorate the home with your own art or art done by your children, poems, knits, woodcraft’s, paintings, quilts, diy’s, or tapestries.
Enchant your crafts.
Use weather magick, candle magick, ribbon charms, and anything else used to add magick to your home.
Honour the ancestors.
Bless the home.
Start a garden and will it with organic and in season fruits and vegetables.
Charge herbal oils by moonlight or candlelight to heal, bless the home or to clean and protect the woodwork she polishes with it.
Scatter charm bags, witches ladders, chimes, and bells around the home.
Grow an indoor jungle
Learn herbal remedies to treat MINOR injuries
If you work with meat make sure to thank and honour the animal it came from.
Sing or play music to raise good vibrations
Bake and cut cookies in shapes to match your intentions
Provide someone in need with a free meal
Volunteer at a local soup kitchen to bring magick into it
What their altar may display:
Tools used for sacred use
Statues of the honoured deities
A doll weaved of corn
A kitchen witch’s altar is often displayed in the corner of the kitchen and is not permanent
Food made by the witch left as an offering
Some beliefs followed:
Magick is not used to inflict pain on others or block anyone’s free will
Believe in living simple lives
Believe in using organic items, products that aren’t animal tested, recycling, and composting.
Creativity is a form of devotion
Keep peace in the household
May the home always contain good food, good talk, and good company
Welcome guests into the home with open arms
Cottage and Kitchen witch superstitions/wives tales:
Stir clockwise to bring good luck
Never stir with a knife as it is considered bad luck
Place a piece of amethyst near the stove top to make the food cooked there tastes better
If an apple bursts in the oven while baking it means good luck is on its way for the cook
Eggs that are cracked while they boil is a sign that visitors are on their way
Dropping silverware means that company is coming
Spilling water on the table cloth means that rain is on its way
Seeing a spider in the house is good luck, killing it is bad luck
Wild animal tracks in the snow encircling your house is a sign of good luck and protection
When your cupboard doors are left opens it means that people are gossiping about you
If a broom drops across the doorway it means that you will soon head off on a journey
If you spill salt throw it over your left shoulder to undo any bad luck
To keep evil spirits away chop an onion in half and place it on the window sill