not that it's my property but

anonymous asked:

Mix honey and coffee and leave it on your face for 15 mins, after wash it off (face is so smooothhhh) do it 2x a week and apparently its suppose to get rid of ur eyebags and achne scars (is that how u spell achne??)

Well coffee has some great properties for eye bags to make you look more alert and less puffy and honey has always been good for skin- so yeah why not!? 
Acne scars are a pain in the ass so if there’s anything that can help with that go for it! Thanks for the tip- I’ll look into it more and do more research to see if this is something that can help with my skin (I have generally good skin with little to no issues) and see if it’s a mask that I can put into my regular routine :) *also need to check out measurements etc cos I’m a loser like that hahah*

Thanks lovely!

🔔 BELLS IN WITCHCRAFT 🔔

Originally posted by marklsmovingcastle

Bells might just be the earliest form of superstitious practise that I remember. My baba attached three sakura-patterned suzu bells on my schoolbag as a kid, purportedly for good luck and protection from evil spirits – and Japan is far from the only place to have associated bells and bellringing with mystic practise. They’ve been used worldwide to ward off evil and carry messages – and in a more metaphysical sense, sound is the movement of energy through substance. Sounds have the potential to work powerful magic.

Here are some of the ways I’ve found utilising bells to be helpful to my craft. While I’m more likely to use traditional suzu type bells, your own background, path and culture will likely have its own types of bells – and as ever, bells can be ornate antiques or they can be a bottle cap in a tin can, as long as they’re used with intent.

GETTING STARTED

🔔 As with so much of the craft, if you’re new to the witching bell, it’s a matter of exploration and experimentation. Get a “feel” for what works for you and the specific bell you’re using.

🔔 It’s good practise to ensure that the bell itself is cleansed, warded and protected – you don’t want anything nasty tapping into that power. All witching tools can do as much harm as good, intentional or accidental.

🔔 A good way to begin incorporating bells into your craft is infuse them into any typical ritual that you’re comfortable with, or even just a prayer or moment of contemplation at your altar if you have one.

🔔 Give the bell a soft ring while focusing on the energy it’ll ripple and move, try to track the movements it creates and what it touches. The tone it’s sending out.  The most primal and versatile use of the bell – and what many of the below come down to – is simply another manner of physically channelling energy, giving it shape and direction.

PROTECTION

🔔 “Passive” bells such as windchimes or small bells attached to belongings you don’t want disturbed are a starting point. They will scare off some forms of spirit all by themselves, especially if appropriately blessed, charmed or enchanted. Or cursed.

🔔 Gently tolling can draw energy into a ward or circle you are forming and enforce its protective properties, or for a simple cleanse, letting the sound travel to every corner of the area you are protecting. It’s a little more “cutting” than a smoke or incense cleansing, which I view as more “gentle” forms of cleansing. Both have their uses.

🔔 Harder tolling is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful ways in which to enforce a banishing – however, it’s best to you know what you’re doing with the bell before you go bashing it about.

DISCERNMENT

🔔 Bells can have quite the effect on your perception and awareness. Ringing and then stopping, listening to the silence left in its wake, can bring you new perceptions or make things you’d previously missed obvious. Let it attune your mind and senses to something new, whether that’s in your thoughts or something with a little more presence. Visualise travelling with the sound, taking heed of the energies it touches and disturbs. Take note of the echoes – you’ll learn what they mean with experience.

🔔 A set of windchimes can let you know if something is passing through or if there’s some unusual energy afoot – and, yes, it may also just be letting you know that it’s a particularly breezy day, but that’s witchcraft for you.

CONJURING

🔔 This can be as simple as calling good energies to witching tools, spell jars, tarot decks, crystals, altars and shrines, your favourite teddy bar, anything at all.

🔔 With spirit work, it can truly help to magnify your “calling”. This can range from gently bringing your latest offering to the attention of your friendly neighbourhood house spirit – all the way to trying to catch the attention of something more. Be mindful, however. As I said, I consider bells pretty powerful tools and a call that’s too loud is not good spirit work practise for the spirit worker’s own sake. It can really help coax something out of hiding if you’re gentle with it, though.

COMMUNING

🔔 Some use bells to mark the beginning and end of a ritual, and I’ve read that in Wiccan practise an altar bell can be used to invoke the Goddess, although as a non-Wiccan, I’ll welcome corrections on that if I’m wrong.

🔔 In my experience, very simple forms of communication via bell work a lot better than anything too complex – “come here” and “stay away” have already been covered, and other than that they can serve as greetings or signals of a start or end of some practise or ritual, the opening or closing of a door, etc.

🔔 They can also serve as a warning or a litmus test regarding spirits, a signalling of your presence and awareness, lack of fear, or willingness to defend – but be prepared to deal with whatever responses these garner.

BINDING

🔔 Bindings are where you most often see that famous (clockwise) circular motion of the bell, embodying the meaning of the spell. This can be a simple binding to seal a spell or charm or enchantment, or a spirit-binding.

🔔 Personally, spirit-binding is something I do as little as possible simply due to my beliefs holding the autonomy of spirits in very high regard. However, sometimes situations arise that call for it, and I’m aware that not all bindings are unwilling. Far from it – and some spirits are dangerous when unbound.

🔔 As an animist (believing that all things, including inanimate objects, contain a spirit of their own), I consider gently nudging a spirit back into its physical form a sort of semi-binding, and that can be useful.

I’ll leave you all with a note that I am an urban apartment-dwelling witch through and through, so I understand that we can’t all be jangling away at all hours. I myself have a glass windchime in my front window that makes a distinct but muted sound when disturbed by passers-through, and highly recommend wooden ones also. I also only use my small and relatively quiet suzu bell for my crafting – one given to me by my baba herself.

Feel free to add any of your own findings, and happy tolling.

Sooooo… Guess what comic I finally found and read this last week?

This comic is all the things I love and none of the things I don’t! 

It’s like- OH DEAR! Old-timey, irresponsible non-human men accidently becoming dad to precious child they really shouldn’t be let near! MY GREATEST WEAKNESS! And here I thought that weakness was too specific. I am so excited, I love this comic so much! 

‘Bob’s Burgers’ Movie in the Works at Fox

Creator Loren Bouchard is on board for the big-screen take from Fox Animation.

A big-screen take on hit animated show Bob’s Burgers is being served up by 20th Centruy Fox.

Bob’s Burgers, which premiered in 2011, follows the Belcher family and their friends and rivals. Bob Belcher runs a hamburger restaurant in a seaside town, with his ever-optimistic wife, Linda, and their three children: the self-conscious Tina, goofball Gene and precocious Louise.

Loren Bouchard created the Fox TV show, which recently won the Emmy for best animated program at the 2017 awards show.

Said Bouchard: “We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show. We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever-so-slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob’s — but most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!”

Stacey Snider, head of Fox film, added: “A Bob’s Burger film fits perfectly with our initiative to redouble our family and animation efforts; we’re grateful to Dana and Gary for trusting us with this beloved property and we’re so excited to be working with Loren and his team.”

Fox Animation will produce the feature, which will hit theaters July 17, 2020.

The animation studio is gearing up for the release of its next feature, Ferdinand, which is due out Dec. 15. Fox Animation most recently released Ice Age: Collision Course, which grossed $408 million at the global box office.

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The Property of Hate + Onion Headlines

Hello, I’m new here and I offer these

update: (troubled birds)

  • me: hey square it'd b cool to see like? more luna backstory? recruitable iris/cor/aranea(sans the glitch)? more development of the empire and other antagonists? literally any of the stuff y'all said u wanted to develop before?
  • square: ok listen, i hear u, but how about this - unexpected crossover, new outfits where everyone's right tiddy is now OUT, you can kill people but from VERY high up this time, subplot that may or may not develop the empire as antagonists but will DEFINITELY allow you to throat punch that loqi guy
  • me, sobbing: STop TELLING mE ALL THESE VERY COOL THINGS I STILL WANT ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS I MENTIONED BUT UR DISTrACTING ME WITh ALL THESE VERY COoL THINGS
A Really Cool Sword

I’m playing a kenku rogue named Grackle. My friend is playing a firbolg ranger named Maulie. Our party is currently fighting a huge, misshapen, undead Frankenstein-like creature.

Dm: as the monster turns to face Maulie, Grackle, you notice something shiny sticking out of its back.

Me: I call it! I want to jump from the tree I’m in to get onto its back and grab the shiny thing. (I roll very high for dexterity)

Dm: you effortlessly leap from your perch in the tree and land squarely on its back. Up close, you can see that there’s what looks like a silver sword handle protruding from a wound in its back.

Me: now I’ll use my action to pull it out I guess (rolls high enough on strength)

Dm: before the beast can realize what’s happening, you grab hold of the handle and pull as hard as you can, and you see in your hands you have a smoothly carved, silver colored shortsword with etchings along the blade of something written in Giant language, you can’t make it out but you can tell it has magical properties.

Maulie: (ooc) wait, I’m a firbolg, I can read giant, right?

Dm: oh, yeah you’re right, do you want to try reading it?

Me: (as Grackle) Yo Maulie, can you read this?

Maulie: yeah ok what’s it say?

Dm: uh, heh, ok Maulie, you can see that carved into the blade of this shortsword, written in Giant language, is the word “butterknife”

(We all start laughing)

Me: (as grackle) Maulie why’re you laughing? What does it say? Is it something cool?

Maulie: (in character, between bouts of laughter) it says Really Cool Sword

Passive Magick [Part 2]

Passive magick generally relies on using the innate properties of an item without having to charge it first, although you can still charge and program them if you wish.

Household items that can be used for magick:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Wax melts & wax warmers
  • Essential oils
  • Food items
    • herbs
    • spices
    • tea bags
    • coffee
  • Bath items
    • Soap
    • Body wash
    • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Cosmetics

Acts of passive magick:

  • Cleaning supplies
    • If your cleaning agent is scented, use the properties of that scent to match your intent
    • Visualize yourself dispelling negative energy while physically cleaning your space
      • i.e. mopping, vacuuming, washing dishes, etc.
  • Candles, Incense, and Wax Melts
    • Light a different colored/scented candle in various rooms to invite a particular energy into that space (i.e. a purple lavender scented candle in the living room for relaxation, a green basil scented candle in the kitchen for prosperity, etc.)
      • Place a crystal of corresponding intent in the candle for an added boost
    • The same applies for incense and wax melts - use different scents that correspond to your intent at the moment
  • Essential oils
    • Mix 1 or 2 cups of tap water and 50 drops of the essential oil of your choice and boil on the stove to fill your home with the scent
    • Add a few drops of essential oil to a wax warmer for a more subtle scent
    • Combine distilled water and white vinegar (equal parts; 1:1) with 30 drops of essential oil to make a scented cleaning agent 
  • Food items
    • When cooking, figure out the correspondences for the ingredients you are using and add them to the mix with intent
    • Draw sigils in the bottom of a pan with whatever cooking oil you prefer
    • Stir your tea or coffee in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion, depending on your intent for the day
    • Use the contents of a tea bag for spell jars and sachets
    • Use spice and herb mixes meant for cooking as multipurpose spell ingredients
  • Bath items
    • Find out the correspondences for the ingredients in things like soap, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner and use those for some quick bath magick
    • If you shower in the morning, use a scent or mix of ingredients that correspond to energy and vitality
    • If you shower in the evening, visualize yourself dispelling the negative and stressful energy of the day while cleaning yourself
    • Make bath salts using epsom salt, essential oils, and dried herbs - store these in a sealed container for later use
    • Use facial scrubs for glamours that involve changing the perception of yourself to those around you
  • Cosmetics
    • Enchant your favorite perfume with intent
      • Place a crystal on top of the cap or near the bottle to keep it charged
    • Make your own roll-on perfume using a carrier oil, 30-40 drops of an essential oil that matches your intent, and gem chips to keep it charged
    • Enchant hair products for healthy hair
    • Anoint the outside of your makeup containers or compact mirrors with moon water for on the go glamour magick
  • Other
    • Add a few drops of moon water or lavender essential oil to the washer for relaxation and peace
      • If you happen to be washing bedsheets, use this method for peaceful sleep
    • Wear crystal jewelry for its innate properties (i.e. rose quartz for love, amethyst for peace, hematite for grounding, etc.)

I will be adding to this as I think of more, feel free to drop suggestions in my ask box here!


Passive Magick [Part 1]

Voltron Characters as things my friend and I have said
  • Shiro: Achievement unlocked: An Actual fucking happy ending for once
  • Coran: Hella ding dong hoping
  • Lance, wearing bunny ears: hippity hoppity get off my property
  • Hunk: IT'S ONE AM I'M GOING TO GET THE SLEEPS
  • Keith: That was a disappointingly short nap
  • Pidge: I just had 3 bowls of cereal and it's 1am help
  • Allura, regarding a creepy shack in the middle of the forest: fuck it I'm checking it out. If there's ever a time to find a dead body then it's right now
American cartoons animated by Japanese studios and the hybrid art style that results is EXTREMELY my aesthetic and the basis for my art style - a post

I’ve been nerding out about this on twitter all day but I wanted to make a post here about it too - people often cite my work as reminding them of things like Lupin the 3rd and Cybersix, and honestly, I”m not surprised. 

But do you know why?

Its because both shows were animated by a little (and by little I mean one of the oldest animation studios in Japan) animation studio by the name of Tokyo Movie Shinsha (as they were known up until the 2000s, and are now known as TMS Entertainment).

TMS is responsible for a really large chunk of my favorite animated media growing up. They are my biggest inspiration both animation and art style wise. I’m honestly completely infatuated with the hybrid style that was created in the 80s and 90s as a result of Japanese animation studios being outsourced to do American cartoons in general, but TMS really stands out as being the masters of this.

Examples

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)

This movie went through distributor hell, falling through the hands of WB, Disney and various others. But it had an American director and was animated by TMS studio under the instruction of using a western style. Its initial release was in Japan. To this day no one really knows who owns the film property. But its one of the most shining examples of Japanese > American hybrid animation to this day and is the most prolific in making kids SWEAR this movie was anime, only to watch it again as adults and be totally confused. lmao.
It’s my favorite animated film of all time.


Galaxy High School (1986)

 This cartoon aired on the American CBS network in 1986, and was created and mostly written by Chris Columbus. It was also animated by TMS. This show sports some of the cutest animation I’ve ever seen out of TMS studio - they seemed to be given slightly more leeway on how “Japanese” it was allowed to look, despite being provided model sheets by the American character designers. This show has BIG BIG hints of Lupin throughout - mostly showcased in how the expressions, movement and especially the various running/chase scenes are animated. This show has the absolute /perfect/ blend of Japanese > American hybrid cartoon animation style, in my personal opinion. One of my absolute favorites.

Cybersix (1999)

Cybersix was a Canadian production, originally airing on the Teletoon Network in 1999. And what do you know, yet again animated by TMS studio! This show was an absolute staple of my teenhood. Not just for its gorgeous style and characters that would very clearly influence my work for years to come, but also its themes - its probably the only show I’ve ever seen to feature a truly genderfluid character, and handles gender identity with such care I’ve NEVER seen in a TV show since. This is a classy show. The animation is always breathtaking, and never skips a beat. Sadly though, due to some conflicts between production studios, the second 13 episode season never went into production, so the series is left on a bit of a cliffhanger. Still, I can not stress enough how this is a show NOT to be looked over. Its more than worth a watch.


The Real Ghostbusters (1986)

The production of this show is kind of a huge roller coaster ride that seasoned Ghostbusters fans have WAY more knowledge of and have covered it in way more detail already than I ever could ( @phelous has some great videos on his youtube channel that are worth a watch) - but it is worth noting that I had to do some slight sleuthing to discover that TMS is YET AGAIN responsible for the animation for the first 5 seasons of this show (with a Korean animation studio doing the last two) - as only DiC is credited with the production almost everywhere you look. But it’s not all that hard to see the CLEAR signs of this show being animated by a Japanese studio. The hybrid style is very prevalent here. Again, this is a show I REALLY enjoyed thoroughly as a kid due to its style and characters. I swear, I think I was just really hard wired to be drawn to TMS’ art style. lol.


These are my favorite examples. TMS is also responsible for some of my other favorite shows growing up such as Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Inspector Gadget (under the DiC label), Ducktales, Rescue Rangers, and Gargoyles (under the Disney label), and Animaniacs (under the WB label). Most of my absolute FAVORITE western TMS productions were done under the Telecom Animation Film label.

Some of my favorite anime productions of all time were done by TMS too, such as Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (yes, the animated film with the most frames per second of all time and some of the most gorgeous animation ever put on screen), MOST installments of Lupin the 3rd, Tetsujin 28-go, Ashita no Joe, Detective Conan, Space Adventure Cobra, Magic Knight Rayearth, and tons more.

(And trust me, I do understand the underlying negative implications of what it means to outsource animation in asian countries. I of course don’t EVER support the abysmal treatment and underpaying of animators in Japan.)

But I do want to pay my respects to these animators, because whether they know it or not, they created something really wonderful in this process that I admire and am extremely inspired by.

In my opinion, TMS deserves the same amount of respect and notoriety as the likes of studio Ghibli. 

So yes, whenever someone sends me an ask “hey, your style reminds me of (insert TMS show here) - and its always these shows they point out, lol - I’m just going to direct them to this post.

I can’t stress enough just how clearly this style has influenced my own. I hope you all can see it now. lol. 

Thanks for reading and taking this time to geek out about animation aesthetics with me. ;;; I’d also love to hear about any shows you love/loved as a kid that feature this Japanese > American animation style in the replies to this post! 

Domestic Garden Witch: Shrines in the Garden

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

A Practice As Old As Time

In previous Domestic Garden Witch articles, I’ve covered setting up altars and arranging gardens so as to be living altars. As witches, we are often looking for ways in which we can reconnect with nature and find harmony with its ebb and flow. For as long as mankind has been around trees, it seems as though these impressive and beautiful plants have inspired and drawn us closer to the divine.

Nearly every culture has something to say when it comes to trees - their growth patterns, their spiritual significance, and even the varying properties of their constituent parts. Roots, leaves, branches, seeds or fruit, and wood… all have a part to play in many religions. This is particularly true for modern druidic practice, which draws from Celtic lore and centers around the magic in certain woods. And as can be seen from my current Runic Friday series on the Ogham, certain woods were prominent enough in Celtic lore to inspire a form of divination symbolized by Irish Celtic writing.

There are many ways in which we can bring the magic of trees into our lives, but when it comes to garden magic, I have yet to see a method so endearing as building shrines on or near them.

Simple or Complex, Religious or Spiritual

Shrines are most often associated with religion - especially religions such as Hindu, Shinto, and Buddhism. In short, a shrine is a type of altar which is usually dedicated to a specific god, spirit, or ancestor as opposed to being devoted to whole pantheons. Depending on the practice, these shrines can be ornate or very simple.

But shrines aren’t limited to religion or ancestor worship. Like altars, they can be places of meditation or magical working, and therefore can have a place in spirituality regardless of the faith practiced.

Tree shrines are a great way of integrating your practice with your garden, providing a place to meditate or work magic, or to honor deities. As an added benefit, they can be used to honor the spirit within the tree if desired. For those on a budget, the shrine need not be overly fancy - a small altar made of stone or wood at the base of the tree is sufficient. But if fancier shrines are more your style, inspiration can be drawn from real world shrines, which are often built into the hollows of trees or carved into them. Here, offerings can be made or deities worshipped as you see fit.

Consider the role the tree plays in your garden, and build your shrine with that in mind. Is your oak tree a silent protector? Or perhaps you feel that your maple tree brings luck and money to your home? If this is a tree in your orchard, the shrine may be a way by which you can ask for healthy and bountiful harvests!

A few examples:

-Oak: Oak trees are common, and are often symbolic of protection, knowledge, wisdom, and strength. Building a shrine decorated with acorns and fallen oak branches may be a way of encouraging the oak to protect your home, or inspire the drive to learn in your heart. Or even, perhaps, it can be a way of honoring the Oak King if you follow the Wiccan Wheel of the Year!

-Maple: Often associated with the moon, maple trees are linked to both magic and healing. Shrines dedicated to bringing about good health and happiness are ideal with maple trees, allowing them to extend their healing energies to you!

-Pine: Pine trees, a mainstay in the northern hemisphere, are trees of strength and raw power. They are ancient and invoke a sense of mystery. Shrines built at the base of a pine tree can be dedicated to finding that primal strength that lives within all of us, and for helping us connect with the past. These are excellent trees for ancestor shrines, depending upon your practice.

-Apple: Speaking of ancestor worship, apple is associated with otherworld. Its link to the dead is on a mythical scope, lending its energies quite well to ancestor shrines. However, it is also a tree of fertility and choice. As such, shrines meant to encourage fertility in the garden or one’s own fertility are great when built at the base of an apple tree. Furthermore, it helps encourage decisive action, inspiring quick decision making and wise undertakings.

In Conclusion…

While this week’s article is quite different from most, it calls us back to a time when the gardens we tended were the ones planted by nature itself. Whether your shrine is dedicated to the tree or some other spirit, or if it is built to honor an altogether different plant, it is a useful tool for the garden witch who thrives when working magic outdoors.

Consider how your garden can benefit from the added spiritual energy of shrines. Perhaps the trees have more to offer than we may realize!

May all your harvests be bountiful! )O(

Bottle / Jar Spells 🍾

🍾what is a jar spell, and how is it different?

a jar spell is when the ingredients of a spell are combined or layered together in a jar, as opposed to a spell which would have varied and specific actions for each herb or stone. it is simpler and tends to cast a general effect or status, rather than bring about a direct action. 

🍾how to use

often after sealing the ingredients together, you can keep in in the house or on your person as a charm to benefit from its magical effects. as with a witch’s bottle, a popular jar spell, is sometimes buried or hidden on a property to grant the entire area its effects. if you feel a jar spell is wearing down, you can unseal it and recharge it with energy, from moonlight for example, and then reseal it. 

🍾there’s mold in my jar!

that’s because you sealed in moisture. to clean it, you way want to let some water/bleach combination soak inside it, or depending on the size of the bottle, wash it as with any dish or clean the inside with a q-tip and disinfectant. 

🍾how to dispose?

you can dispel its magical effects however you like, but often enough simply the act of pouring out the contents is enough to be rid of the spell.