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endless list of favorite characters: Briar Moss - Circle of Magic

A picture flashed into his mind: a green, velvet corner - but that wouldn’t do. He needed a tough name, one that would tell folk he was not to be trifled with. He studied his hands, trying to think - and noticed scarred welts across his right palm, a souvenir of a vine that grew on a merchant’s garden wall. 

Imbolc Playlist

Admit it.

Sometimes pagan jams are a bit too folksy or ambient for a gathering. I feel you. I love my ambient folk as much as the next witch but as your prepping the food, gathering the herbs, or post rit as the circle opens and it’s time to just hang skyclad with your coven in the hot tub after your group bathing ritual. You want something that hits a wider variety of musical tastes. 

I made this list with the idea that I could listen to it on the lead up to a Sabbat to get pumped and then as the party track list for while we’re doing the stuff before and after circle. Each track is themed for the Sabbat and I tried to hit as many genres as I could. 

That said, I can’t know all music. what else belongs on this playlist?

The Quickening by Spiral Dance 
Florence + The Machine - What the Water Gave Me
Adele - Set Fire to the Rain Lyrics
Princess Chelsea - The Cigarette Duet
Witchy Woman - Eagles
Anaconda - The Educational Version (Nicki Minaj Parody)
Blackmore’s Night - The Circle
Sesame Street Rubber Ducky Song
Medusaby MissNightMare
Rise Up by Spiral Dance
Kerli - Blossom
Inkubus sukkubus - Witches
Cauldron - Into The Cauldron
Cauldron - Empress
Melt The Ice Away
Brighids Kiss, Trinitiy
Deityby KeepMusicPagan
O.Children - Swimby Dan Amariei
Lisa Thiel - Imbolc 
The Gits - A Change Is Gonna Come
Brighid by Kellianna
Cracker - Another Song About the Rain
Bridget’s Song by Celia
Voltaire - Ravens Land 
Incubus & D.J. Greyboy - Familiar
Woman of the Earthby Nika Prusova
Avicii - Feeling Good (feat. Audra Mae)
Witch’s Rune by SJ Tucker 
Puscifer - The Humbling River 
Ibeyi - River
Daughter of the Elements ~ Music by Lisa Thiel
Portishead - Glory Box
Rock the Goddess by Serpentine Arborvitae
The Sword - Maiden, Mother & Crone
Мельница - Река (Ангелофрения. Аудио)
Mystic - Neptune’s Jewels
Cernunnos Rising - Imbolc 
Behold by  Spinner McBride
Goddess by Various Artists
The Gits - Second Skin
Bridget’s Song by RavynStar
Laura Mvula - Sing To The Moonby Hiago de Carvalho
Ibeyi - Oyaby
Mordred’s Lullaby- Lyrics by joanne zeehond
Madonna - Frozen
Ocean Gipsy by Neboola
Phaeleh - Whistling in the Dark feat. Augustus Ghost 
Brighid’s Flame~The Story Of Imbolc by Summer Rose
Tribute to our Goddess Lilith by Worland’s & Wills
O. Children - Oceanside - Apnea 
The Kinks - Better Things (1981)

You know what, Vaughn? Fine. Delete the breakfast scene. Hide Hartwin all you like. But we know. We know how Harry and Eggsy are totally, madly, undeniably in love for each other. We know that they spoon in bed, and make each other breakfast. We know that they have fucked in every surface in the Kingsman HQ. SO GIVE US THE BREAKFAST SCENE YOU GODDAMN SON OF A BITCH

hey guys i know stim toys can be very expensive so here’s something to do if you’re extra low on money and you stim with your hands

you know how sometimes drink bottles have caps that say “do not buy if cap pops” and they have the little circle thing in the middle? like…snapple bottles, for example. well, when you open them, the little circle thing can click when you push on it.

like that!! the safety button things!!!
basically you can just keep pressing them forever and ever and they make little clicking noises!

and look how small they are! they can fit in your pocket and if you keep them clenched in your hand the sound is very quiet!!!

safety button caps!!!

But like
Emelan?
We’ve got:
POC
WOC
Lesbians
Bisexuals
Polyamory
Family by choice
Domestic skills that are respected
Feminine women who are badass
Unfeminine women who are also badass
Abuse of power
PTSD
Respect of mentally ill people
Mental illness regarded as an actual illness
Respect of different religions
Love
Just generally “you can do whoever/whatever idgaf”
Respecting boundaries
Fat character who stays fat
NO fat shaming whatsoever from the author
Platonic friendship between the sexes
Protags who aren’t conventionally attractive
War as a terrible thing
Murder
Abuse
Torture
Child neglect
Death
Illness
Sexual harassment ABSOLUTELY NOT GLORIFIED
Everyone’s reactions and thoughts are appropriate for their age
There are actually adults and old people, the young people don’t exist in a strange vacuum
Respect towards younger/older people
Just generally everyone gets respect
Compassion
Becoming a positive person and using power for good
Why haven’t you read the books yet

New Years Resolution // New Years Wishing Jar Spell

Hello my dears. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I have been working on creating a simple jar spell to help gather intent and help you reach the goal of your New Years Resolution. Now, I know New Years is not a Wiccan Holiday (Wiccans and other witches choose to celebrate New Years at varying times depending on tradition), but for those of you who choose to celebrate according to the calendar year, please enjoy this little spell!

**I find it easier to have the jar already completed before opening the circle. Just as when you make a wreathe or something that is time consuming, doing it all squatting in the dark by candlelight may be difficult. This, again, is up to you.

What You Will Need:

★ A Jar

★ Whole Bay Leaf (to write your wish/goal. Paper is a fine alternative)

★ A fireproof container to burn your leaf

★ Red Ink (red is to symbolize motivation)

★ An orange or red candle to burn to seal the jar (orange for attraction, or red for motivation)

★ Varying herbs or crystals to fill your jar. I have compiled a short list, which you can find here.

★ A Realistic New Years Resolution (read below).

** When you write your resolution, please keep in mind a few things. First being, always write it as a positive, just as you do when writing a sigil. For example, I will quit smoking as opposed to I won’t smoke. Also, please make your goal realistic. Your goal must be obtainable, something you know in your heart of hearts you will be able to make happen. If you are in need of money your goal may be I will get a job I love…not I will have 1 million dollars in the bank. Maybe someday, but not by the time 2018 rolls around. Many times, people give up on their goals because they set the bar too high.

What You Will Do:

★ 1 – Prepare your jar. Find a nice clean jar that you connect with. I like using mason jars, because I have about 5 billion from all the preserved goods we make. Keep in mind that the bigger it is the more you will need to fill it, though! Once you find your jar, fill it with all of the herbs and stones and other witchy things. You can use flowers, throw in honey to sweeten it up, or even glitter (I know you all love glitter). Make it speak to you.

★ 2 - When your jar is prepared, write your resolution on the bay leaf with your red ink. Remember to make it positive and realistic! When you have it written out, hold it in your hand and meditate. Your resolution is your mantra. Feel it filling you, visualize yourself reaching your goal. You know you can do it! When you feel that time is right, light your bay leaf on fire. Watch it burn, the smoke carrying your wishes to the cosmos, it will become a reality.

★ 3 – When your leaf is finished burning, collect the ashes and sprinkle them in your jar. Tighten your lid and pick your candle. Again, this can be red to motivate, or orange to attract. You could also use a candle that corresponds with your goal. Example: Green for money goals. Pink for love goals. Place your candle on the jar, and light it up. Meditate on your goal some more, try to think about the steps you will take to make it all possible.

★ 4 – When your candle is burned out, you have two options. Burry your jar somewhere on your property, so that you will attract those positive energies into your home. Or, if you are like me and need visual motivation, leave it on your altar or somewhere safe. You can look at it to remind your of your goal and keep you motivated. You can light a new candle on top of it every month to refresh your motivation and commitment.  You can give it a shake whenever you feel defeated. Whatever you choose, make sure it works for you.

❤ Happy New Year’s, my loves! I hope yours is happy, healthy, and magickal! ❤

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Final Bows in ‘Hamilton’ on Broadway (NYT):

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s final bows for his farewell performance in “Hamilton” on Saturday night seemed routine, if overly humble for the departure of the show’s star and mastermind. He even shared his bows with the other cast members also exiting the show, including Phillipa Soo and the Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr.

But then the theme song to “The West Wing” kicked in from the orchestra pit.

Mr. Miranda giggled and took a couple of shy bows, only to turn around and be embraced then pushed back to the front of the stage by Christopher Jackson, who plays George Washington, for a proper bow.

Still, the curtain call lasted no more than two and a half minutes, despite fervent applause, which had been consistent throughout the night. The opening number received multiple standing ovations, as did many others. But Mr. Miranda and other performers would pause for only a minute each time before moving the show forward.

Afterward, in the pouring rain, hundreds and hundreds of fans filled West 46th Street, waiting for Mr. Miranda to emerge from the stage door at the Richard Rodgers Theater.

Instead, Mr. Miranda appeared, “Evita”-like, on a balcony atop the theater’s marquee. Holding an umbrella and waving to fans, he paced from one side of the marquee to the other, occasionally stopping to hold his left hand over his heart to show gratitude.

Then he was gone.

“It’s over, folks,” a police officer yelled as he tried to keep the crowd out of the street. “There’s no more.”

The things we do for love like this are ugly, mad, full of sweat and regret. This love burns you and maims you and twists you inside out. It is a monstrous love and it makes monsters of us all.