part in the graveyard

Lesson 16: Graveyards in Witchcraft - Part 2

By: Mama Bones

Live class date and time: 1/31/2017 at 4pm CST

A.) Legalities: I am ever the paralegal, so I’m going to include this section again. It will be similar to my last class, but I don’t want it to be overlooked or forgotten. Again, the graveyard I mainly work with borders my 3 acre property directly and is not regularly maintained. This allows to me to fudge some rules. HOWEVER- let me lay some groundwork legality clauses for the general witch:
         1.) Do not enter after dark. It is illegal in most states.
         2.) Do not bring glass into the cemetery
         3.) Do not light more than a tea/small votive/prayer candle and always hold the tea candle yourself (do not set on ground)
         4.) It’s best to not disclosure your craft to anyone asking what you’re doing. Just say you’re visiting (and wanted to honor your relative’s memory if a candle is lit)

         5.) ALWAYS do as an employee/pastor/policeman asks. Even if it may be technically legal and they’re just uncomfortable, it’s better to de-escalate the situation and leave. You can either come back at a different time or find a different graveyard.

          6.) Bring flowers to appear more normal! They also make great offerings!
          7.) Do not remove ANYTHING from a gravestone site. Ever. However, do feel free to dispose of obvious trash about the graveyard as a whole (soda cans, food wrappers, cigarette butts, etc.). It’s polite and the spirits will respect you for it.

 I begin by making sure I’m dressed appropriately for the weather. I like to spend at least an hour there, assuming I’m not interrupted and it’s important I don’t get too hot or too cold. 

I frequently bring a light jacket/hoodie in summer regardless though, because spirit work can bring down your temperature sensation in general regardless of the normal ambient degrees outside (i.e. communing with spirits makes you chilly).

I make sure I have all the supplies I’ll need.

I have a small messenger bag/purse I bring. I don’t recommend anything larger. Don’t bring a huge backpack- it’s suspicious. This items include:

           1.) My ritual/communing jewelry (including protective jewelry so I don’t get overwhelmed- protection is still important even when actively seeking out spirits)
           2.) My offerings (I like honey packets, pomegranate seeds, flowers, or a particular incense/oil blend I use for spirit work.)

           3.) A book (I love to read to spirits, especially the children)
           4.) My graveyard pad/blanket (I’ll be doing a tutorial on this soon, but basically it’s a small thicker blanket with discreet sigils and herbs sewn in to protect me and boost spirit communication. Protects my tush from the ground and my body from the spirits).

           5.) Water bottle (talking and reading makes me thirsty)

           6.) Comfy shoes that are easy to slip on and off (you don’t have to take your shoes off at all for spirit work, but I like to as a sign of respect- like taking your shoes off when you go into a friends house. I only do it on my graveyard pad though- not at the entrance or anything)

           7.) My phone- not only for basic communicating in case of emergency, but also because I like to play music for the spirits sometimes. I make sure the songs I want to play are easily accessible.

I also make sure Zoe is ready, as I almost always bring her with me. She is leashed, although I tend not to hold it since she’s well-trained in recall.

           Note: Though I don’t recommend bringing pets unless you’re experienced with both spirits and your pet, I will say if you do bring a dog always have your dog on a leash in a graveyard and don’t let go unless you are alone and you are 100% confident in their recall/non-running away. Keep in mind Zoe is my familiar of 5 years and is comfortable with my graveyard work. She is not skittish in the interactions and is not rude to the spirits.

 When I first enter the graveyard, my first check is if anyone is there. 

Without Privacy: If someone is already in the graveyard, I will do a basic walk around the paths and graves (with Zoe leashed beside me) and do mental check-ins and communication. I may drop pomegranate seeds subtly, but I usually do not do any other offerings while other people are present. In my experience, the spirits understand and know I will bring something next time or wait for the person to leave and give my offerings then.

I will then find a spot to put down my graveyard pad (which just look like a smaller picnic blanket to the average eye). I have a favorite/regular spot in the graveyard by me. I am comfortable doing this even if other visitors are still there, as the spot I sit down isn’t directly atop a grave or anything. It’s a clearing under a tree. I’ll take my book out so I look like I’m just having a nice private read in the graveyard and not offending anyone. At this point, I’ll just read silently/mentally to the spirits (I let them look over my shoulder too if there’s pictures) if visitors do not leave. That’ll be the extent of what I do without privacy.

With Privacy: If the graveyard is empty, my visit is a bit different. I still walk around the path/graves first. This time however, I will verbally greet those I know, leave more substantial offerings and check for new spirits who would like to introduce themselves. I ignore ones that are being rude (they don’t try for long with me with my combo of already friendly spirits and Zoe backing me up). Zoe is loose during this and she does her own initial sweep of the gravestones, having different favorites than me.

After I greet and give the “presents” (offerings) I have, then I settle on my graveyard pad. I still have it under the tree. For a couple reasons. It’s polite, doesn’t show favoritism, and is easier to play off if a visitor does show up in the midst of my communing. Zoe usually settles down near me eventually, but frequently she does more checking around while I start the “activities” (she likes to check the graveyard border for energy and critter issues).

If there’s particular ritual work I have planned for this trip, I do that first. This includes, but is not limited to:
           1.) Ritually appointing new spirits for workings/property protection

           2.) Doing an Underworld astral travel with some of the spirits

           3.) Doing a devotional for Hades, Persephone, or Styx.

After that, it’s time for the bonding/fun activities! I break out the book and phone. I usually start with the book while the spirits are still more “focused” (their attention span is not great in my experience). I will do either a picture/children’s book or a chapter of a more all-ages book that we’ve been working through. I don’t bring anything too complex or “dry” (i.e. boring) as they lose interest quickly. Some titles I’ve found they enjoy:
           1.) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman- yup, spirits love irony

           2.) Anything by Roald Dahl
           3.) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (or other silly yet ghost-y stories)- yup, they find them hilarious. I avoid darker scary/ghost stories since I work with a lot of young and child spirits. They don’t like things that are too dark.
           4.) The Velveteen Rabbit (this is a favorite of mine too)

 Then the music is broken out. I have no specific suggestions on this- it’s entirely personal to what you think will please your particular ghosties. I do a wide variety. Usually during this, the spirits will tell me things they think I need to hear or talk about something that bothers them. Zoe frequently romps around with the younger spirits at this point too. Sometimes I bring a ball or frisbee to amuse her and the children.

 Then I just clean everything up, making sure I’m not leaving anything behind I don’t intend to. I’ll sort of meander my way out of the graveyard slowly and give the shyer spirits a chance to ask me something quietly/alone that they were unsure of during the more group communing.

 Once I get home, I run a hot shower or bath with cleansing herbs/oil and give myself a thorough cleaning, asking for Styx’s blessing in making sure no shade residue/miasma remains on me or in my house.

 Then I eat. It’s important to consume something of nutritional value after doing spirit work.

Any questions?

anonymous asked:

"We're going to be making new rules/policies!" don't "It's going to make it harder to properly serve customers!" please don't "And look! This one could potentially be a safety concern for you, isn't that great!" oh ffs NO I'm not going to lock myself outside of my kiosk behind 3 locks (that take a solid minute to do and undo) while I put the squeegees away alone at midnight in the middle of a shady part of town VIVA LA TINY GRAVEYARD SHIFT CASHIER

phyrexianoracle  asked:

cryptrat said I would love to see Corpse Dance printed in red. Maro:Me too, except without the graveyard order mattering part. Before we start giving red instant speed cheap playable reanimation spells, can we please let black have them back? Rise from the grave isn't competitive standard playable.

I was talking about the effect not the power level/cost.


“Rey’s pride and joy is her custom speeder, an ungainly but powerful vehicle created using parts unearthed in the junkpiles of Niima Outpost, reclaimed from the Starship Graveyard, or acquired from Teedo traders. Armed with welding torches, hydrospanners, and bonding tape, Rey built a vehicle combining aspects of a speeder and a swoop, making use of sophisticated military hardware and civilian machinery. Rey’s speeder is fast and can carry heavy loads, making it ideal for scavenging trips. The top-heavy craft would be difficult for any other pilot to control, but Rey’s skills as a pilot match her genius as a mechanic.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections

My Insect Funeral (Part 9)

When I was a child
I had a graveyard
where I buried insects
and dead birds under
a rose tree.
I would bury the insects
in tin foil and match boxes.
I would bury the birds
in pieces of red cloth.
It was all very sad
and I would cry
as I scooped the dirt
into their small graves
with a spoon.
Baudelaire would come
and join in
my insect funerals,
saying little prayers
the size of
dead birds.

-Richard Brautigan

The Galilee Hitch-Hiker, 1958


My children, who don’t know they play on a graveyard. Peeta says it will be okay. We have each other. And the book. We can make them understand in a way that will make them braver. But one day I’ll have to explain about my nightmares. Why they came. Why they won’t ever really go away. I’l tell them how I survive it. I’ll tell them that on bad mornings, it feels impossible to take pleasure in anything because I’m afraid it could be taken away. That’s when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I’ve seen someone do. It’s like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years. But there are much worse games to play.

Jessica Lahey Headcanons Pt: 1

  1. Jess loves videogames, especially RPG’s, because they feature love-stories. Her and Isaac played through both Kingdom Hearts games together and they also play Final Fantasy games together.
  2. Jess is a hopeless romantic. Love’s to watch rom-coms and reads trashy novels. Get’s almost instant crushes on people.
  3. Can passably play lacrosse from helping Isaac practice, but isn’t on the team as sweat low-key grosses her out.
  4. Has been best friends with Erica since they were 10. After witnessing other kids teasing Erica about her epilepsy Jess practically glued herself to the other girl, bringing Isaac along for the ride too.
  5. Has had a crush on Jackson “the boy next door” since Freshman year.
  6. Erica and Jess have makeover sleepovers on the regular where they watch The Duff and Miss Congeniality.
  7. Jess and Erica went to the Winter Formal together. Jess did Erica’s makeup and Erica picked their dresses.
  8. Jess worked at the graveyard part-time with Isaac.
  9. While their father has never physically abused Jess, he manipulated her through intimidation tactics to illicit correct responses. Would often threaten to hurt Isaac more if she didn’t cooperate.
  10. Trusts too easily, wanting to believe the best in people and looking for good in the world.
  11. Is initially quite shy, but when comfortable Jess has a cheeky and relatively positive personality. She has a silly sense of humor and likes making people laugh.
  12. Loves dancing, especially “literal dance”, something that low-key embarrassed Erica at the Formal. 
  13. Jess initially doesn’t like Lydia due to the fact that she embarrassed her brother when he asked her out and because she gets to lock lips with Jackson whenever she wants. But later on it’s mostly because Lydia makes her feel stupid, often bringing notice to some of Jess’ “dumb blonde” moments.
  14. Jess is a self-taught Photoshop expert as well as a pretty talented artist with pencils and paint. Loves watercolor, pastel, and glitter.
  15. Jess runs a blog that is mainly ‘pastel grunge’ with self-deprecating text-posts that often go viral.

The Braying Drunkard

Al-’Awâm b. Hawshab (148H) – Allâh have mercy on him – said:

I once came to an area in one part of which was a graveyard. After ‘asr, one of the graves split open and a man with the head of a donkey and the body of a human came up from it and brayed three times, after which the grave closed back up on him. I then saw an old woman weaving fleece or wool, and a woman said, “Do you see that old woman?” I said, “What about her?” She replied, “That is the mother of this [dead] man.” I asked, “What was his story?” She replied, “He used to drink wine, and whenever he would go out his mother would say, ‘O my son, fear Allâh; until when will you keep drinking wine?’ He would reply, ‘You bray like a donkey.’” The woman said, “He then died after ‘asr, so every day after ‘asr the grave opens up and he brays a few times, then the grave closes up on him again.”

Al-Hâfidh Abul-Qâsim Al-Asbahânî, Al-Targhîb wa Al-Tarhîb article 471.
Shaykh Nâsir Al-Dîn Al-Albânî graded this narration hasan in his edition of Al-Mundhirî’s Al-Targhîb wa Al-Tarhîb. See Sahîh Al-Targhîb wa Al-Tarhîb hadîth 2517.

Jumada Al-Awwal 15, 1438/February 12, 2017

anonymous asked:

I just want you to know how much more difficult my life is now that I've fallen madly in love with a younger version of Sirius Black. I have read The Debt of Time around 6 times now. It is probably my favorite story I have ever read. The comedy has me laughing and the hard parts (especially the graveyard scene) make me cry every time. I absolutely love Sirius and will probably never get over the fact that he's a fictional character. Thank you so much for writing such beautiful work. -Kat

It only gets worse. I’m in love with too many characters. What is life? Did I exist before fanfic? ♥

Rey’s Speeder: Info. Graph + Transparency 

Rey’s speeder is categorised as a repulsorlift vehicle. A repulsorlift vehicle creates thrust by pushing against the planets gravity (fancy name for a hovercraft). Rey built her speeder through parts acquired from the Niima Outpost junkpiles, Starship Graveyard and the Teedo traders. Her eclectic array of parts (from military hardware to civilian machinery) classifies her vehicle as a hybrid: speeder and swoop. Rey’s speeder is comprised of duel turbojet engines salvaged from a cargo-hauler. In addition, Rey recovered air amplification intake ducts from an Imperial gunship and an array of repulsors from X-wing fighters.

Some speculations: Due to her mechanical knowledge, it would be conceivable that Unkar Plutt recruited Rey to work on the Millennium Falcon. This might give explanation to her rather unrealistic and detailed knowledge of the Falcon portrayed in the movie. Rey was easily able to ‘bypass the compressor’ because of her expertise in mechanics - not from sheer luck.

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Budget Combo of the Day: Glissa, the Traitor & Executioner’s Capsule
Breaking the Bank at: $2.45 (as of 2/16/16)

Having Glissa out on the field is pretty good, having a reusable murder button is even better. Use the Capsule to destroy an opponent’s creature, then immediately get it back with Glissa(since part of the activation cost is sacrificing the Capsule, it’s in the graveyard when Glissa triggers).