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HBO announced the making of “Confederacy” today…. a show that would depict modern times if the South won in the Civil War and slavery still existed as a legal institution.  While this show might illustrate the brutalities of slavery and show acts of defiance, it is inappropriate and insensitive during the current political climate where there is a hostile administration towards civil liberties and African Americans are disproportionately unemployed, imprisoned, disenfranchised, and victims of police abuse.  Please tell HBO you will cancel your subscription if it agrees to finance this show. 

You can ship what you want. But you can't automatically expect it to be cannon, and if it isn't made cannon don't fucking harass the creators. Don't start stupid petitions. Don't harass those who like the cannon ship. Just accept it. Even if it's non cannon it's okay. Just go enjoy your ship.
Practical Magic: Petitions and Smoke Scrolls

When you think of a prayer, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps it is the mental image of a child on her knees, hands folded and head bowed. Perhaps it’s not an image at all, but some sort of recitation, such as the Wiccan Rede or the Lord’s Prayer. Or, perhaps you just draw a blank.

At its root, a prayer is a request made to a higher power. Some sort of petition that is spoken aloud or in mind in order to encourage a particular result or goal, or to receive blessings perceived as being deserved. Regardless of tradition, nearly every faith and religion makes use of prayer and petition in some way, shape, or form.

In witchcraft - a practice that at its core is not affiliated with any particular faith - a petition is a statement of intent. It is used in order to give direction to our spells and help enact change in a spiritual way while we enact physical change through our actions. It could be something as small as inspiring a positive self image, and then putting in the physical work by going to the gym or going to a nude beach (don’t knock it… when I was in theater, I did this and gained a lot of body confidence as a result).

Petitions are used to help direct our energy toward a specific cause, and to help us visualize our goals. They may be stated aloud or mentally, or written on a piece of paper or parchment, or even carved into a candle or food item.

So How Do I Make a Petition?

Like anything in witchcraft, working with a petition can be as complex or as simple as you’d like. For many, it can be as simple as writing a goal on a piece of paper.

Though a little more complicated, Hoodoo has a wonderful tradition regarding petitions, which allows for some more specific “targeting” and intent building:

1) On a piece of paper, write the name of an individual who is involved in your spell or working. Depending on your tradition, you may write this anywhere between 3 and 13 times.

2) Rotate your paper 90 degrees, and write your specific goal for the working. (Again, this can be done anywhere between 3 and 13 times depending upon tradition.)

3) Depending upon your tradition, fold or roll up your petition in the appropriate manner. (Such as folding it toward you to bring something into your life, and folding away from you for banishing or protection). Use the petition as needed in the spell.

Things to Keep In Mind

It is important to remember that specific, clear intent is stated when putting together a petition or a spell. The more specific, clear, and simply stated the intent, the more likely it will come to fruition in an expected way.

The way I’ve often described it to friends who are interested in witchcraft is this: If you give the world enough room to fuck with you, then it will. Be specific and don’t allow it to do so.

For instance, say that you want to do a money spell. Compare these two petitions:

“Money will come to me.”
“My savings account continues to grow.”

The first one has a lot of variability. How much money? When will it come to you? How will it come to you? Depending on how the world is feeling, it might just give you a single coin off the sidewalk three months later and say “My work here is done!”

The second option is a lot more specific. It addresses money headed into a savings account, and states that the account is currently growing. It is stated in the present, easily visualized, and is also an ideal petition for “slow burn” spells which can last for days, weeks, or even months.

The easier a petition is to see realized, the better!

How Do I Use Petitions?

Depending upon tradition or the type of spell, petitions can be used in a multitude of ways. One of the simplest is to simply burn the petition while visualizing the goal being fulfilled. However, for longer-lasting spells, the petition may be folded up and placed on an altar, added to a poppet/bag/jar, or carried in a pocket.

If you favor making sigils, you can take your petition and follow your sigil crafting process in order to convert your petition into a usable sigil!

Nearly any method can be used for working with petitions, so allow your creativity to soar! More recently, I was introduced to a hoodoo spell called a smoke scroll from Conjured Cardea on YouTube. I’ve condensed her spell and provided it here, but if you’d like to see her video, feel free to follow the link attached to the spell title! Enjoy!

Hoodoo Smoke Scroll

-Petition on parchment or paper
-String or embroidery floss
-Heat-safe container

Roll up your petition so that it forms a little scroll, with enough space in the middle to allow air flow. Then, use the string or floss to bind it in place. Continue wrapping the string around the petition, focusing on the intent within as you go. The more times you wrap with focus, the better!

Eventually, you should have a little scroll bound up with a wide “handle” of string. Light one end of the scroll and set it in a heat safe container. It should smolder slowly, releasing a lot of smoke. This slow burn helps to further enhance the energy of the spell.

When it has completely burnt, use the ashes in any further spells related to that intention’s goals! This spell is ideal for slow-burn spells that take time to come to fruition, such as helping a savings account grow or providing protection in the home.

Blessed Be! )O(


Please sign and share this petition even if you don’t live in London. It’s disgusting what has happened. People must be held accountable and the truth must come out on this horrendous negligence. Please don’t let them get away with this just because they have money and power. Don’t let them get away with murder. Some of my neighbours went to bed and werent able to make it to the next day. Just because I am poor it doesn’t mean my life is worth less. It happened to them, but it could have easily happened to me or anybody else. Do not let them get away with murder.

Originally posted by aesthetic-of-truecrime

pacifisticsoldier  asked:

1, 3, 4

1.  What would be harder for you, to tell someone you love them or that you do not love them back?

He furrowed his brows and his eyes widened for a second: Hotaru was physically taken aback by this question. “The former. I can’t even imagine a situation in which I would tell someone I love them. Maybe a parent, hypothetically, but … telling someone I don’t love them? That’s not only easy - it’s enjoyable.”

2. If you had to go back in time and change one thing, if you HAD to, even if you had “no regrets” what would it be? 

His mouth opened to say ‘nothing’ instantly, but he hesitated. It wasn’t actually the clarification that such an answer was unacceptable that made him pause - it was that he did have an answer; something he didn’t think about all that often and so always … jolted him a little bit when it would come up. 

“I’d stop Dairou from personally responding to the breaking-and-entering call regarding his own residence.”

4. What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

Hm. Generally, when someone asked about an embarrassing situation as opposed to a humiliating one, they were looking for some sort of humorous answer. 

“I can’t say what is the most embarrassing thing I’ve done, since embarrassment is a feeling, but a situation in which I had to explain myself that comes to mind is when I left my voice recorder on after an interview with a suspect. Generally when such interrogations are analyzed, those doing the analysis are not interested in the interrogator’s personal assessments regarding the veracity of the suspect’s responses. Or the suspect’s overall intelligence. Or their sense of style.”
Councilmember Bob Blumenfield: Approve tiny house on wheels legislation in Los Angeles
(IF YOU'RE A LOS ANGELES RESIDENT DON'T FORGET TO MENTION THAT WHEN YOU SIGN!) Quality affordable housing can be hard to come by in Los Angeles. According to a recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, Angelenos are the least likely urban dwellers in the nation...

Hey you guys, especially those of you living in Los Angeles, it would be amazing if you could take a couple of minutes out of your day to sign this petition to have tiny houses on wheels legalized in L.A.! We all know how amazing tiny houses are, let’s help the world see the same thing!

I have so many headcanons for these two members of Sector Z 

I mean, since they’re two of the Delightful Children from Down the Lane that means that currently right now they’re Adoptive Siblings. 

BUT before they were transformed into the Delightful Children, they weren’t remotely related to each other and they were teammates in the same Sector. So it’s very possible that these two were (and still are technically) Boyfriend & Girlfriend judging by their body language alone. 

I mean come on! just look at these two together, they totally scream couple at us and I just REALLY need to learn more about the history between these two and the History of Sector Z. 

This is one of the reasons why we need Galactic Kids Next Door. We NEED to learn more about this universe and it’s characters! 

Please sign the petition HERE and spread the word like wildfire since we’re calling all operatives to battle stations immediately! 

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There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List, and 16,306 of them are endangered and threatened with extinction. 

If you want to help make a difference, click here and then choose which  endangered specie or species you want to help. Not only will it give you links to where you can donate, but you’ll also find information about petitions, adopting, raising money, and what you might be doing to worsen the situation. 

(More coming soon!)

Attention Spring Awakening Fans!

As we are all aware and sad about, Deaf West’s production of Spring Awakening closed on Broadway recently. For many Broadway shows, the New York Public Archives films a production of the show professionally, and Sandra Mae Frank’s father has officially started a petition to have the video released for purchase and to be shown in deaf schools. Imaging how wonderful it would be to make an already ground-breakingly accessible show even more accessible! Please sign this petition, and help spread the word.
Taco Bell: Bring Daiya Non-Dairy Cheese to Taco Bell

Taco Bell is a great fast food chain. For 42 years Americans have lived and died by their food and many a college student would fight a war to preserve their freedom to find ridiculously delicious food at 2am. But even the best fall short sometimes.

Most vegans recognize Taco Bell as being one of the most delicious and veganizable fast food chains in the game right now. Options like “sub beans for meat”, “minus sour cream”, and “add potatoes” are true proof of a ghost in the the teleprompting drive through machine and a god amongst menus. But let’s talk about another valuable tool in Taco Bell’s food-altering command arsenal - “minus cheese”. We’ve all spoken this phrase more times than we’ll ever know, but what if there was an alternative? What if instead of completely doing away with cheese, Taco Bell offered customers a chance to switch over to try something new?

Daiya Foods’ cheddar and mozzarella style shreds (not to menion all of their other products) have proved themselves time and again in both the retail grocery market and on the wholesale restaurant-supply side. 100% plant-based with a proven ability to melt and blend as well as any dairy counterpart, Daiya is almost every dairy-forgoer’s top cheese choice and an obvious solution to our problem here.

Daiya is 100%

  • Vegan
  • Dairy Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Soy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Gluten Free, and
  • Kosher

meaning that not only would this menu addition impact Taco Bell’s relationship with the vegan consumer market, but would also mesh well with many other consumer needs and help boost them over other fast food heavyweights that we all already know are inferior anyways, like McDonald’s or Panera (honestly why do people eat at either of these two places).

The change would be simple, requiring only an added button on the order keypad. As briefly mentioned earlier, Daiya is already set up for wholesale restaurant distribution and can be phased into franchise’s existing stock orders almost immediately. We, the fourthmealing, crunchwrapping vegans (and other people who enjoy Daiya) of the United States and beyond sign here to encourage you to take this small step for your inventory and a giant leap for mankind’s stokedness on fast food burritos by being the largest fast food chain in the country (if not the world) to include this vegan cheese as a substitution option on your menus. We hope you do the right thing.
Sharen Jester Turney, Victoria's Secret: Make Victoria's Secret More Diverse!
Jourdan Dunn stood out at the Victoria's Secret fashion show every time, with her stunning looks and arguably the best walk currently gracing runways....

So this is my petition I’ve started…. every signature counts and it takes about ten seconds to help make a difference! Please, please help out!


This is Numbuh 1995 again and I’m here to bring in an update from the petition. 

We’re almost up to 11,000 Signatures, and while that number is huge and impressive. We still need A LOT more before we can even get Cartoon Network to listen and pay attention to us. 

So the next course of action is to send in physical letters to Cartoon Network’s home base of operations describing why this series needs to happen and show them that the fans really do care about this. 

Send fan art, send stories about how Codename: Kids Next Door has influenced your life. Let’s overwhelm them with support for this series! 

Let’s make it so they HAVE to acknowledge us! 

If you can, please send physical letters to Cartoon Network’s home base of operations. Here is their address: 

300 N 3rd St, Burbank CA 91502 

Spread this around like crazy! 

Also if you haven’t signed the petition yet, here is a link to where you can help build our numbers!: HERE 

You have your mission orders now operatives, now let’s do this!
Please SIGN this petition to add two students to the SUNY New Paltz CAS Food Board

yo everyone please help us at my school by signing this petition!

the CAS Board at my school basically makes decisions about the food on campus. problem is there’s only 4 students out of 10 voting members.

how is it that students, the ppl who are forced to eat the food on campus, are outnumbered when it comes to voting about the food?

the state allows up to half of the board to be students, yet the CAS Board at my school voted that option down last semester. now we’re tryna get more support thru this petition to add 2 more students.