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Witchy Real Talk: Storebought, Man-Made, and “Not Powerful”

This topic comes up a lot in the witchy community. You’ll be browsing through articles about crystals and you’ll see something to the effect of “this citrine is laboratory grown! It doesn’t have any magickal properties! It has to be naturally grown for it to be worth anything in witchcraft!” And it’s not just citrine. I’ve seen this with amethyst, quartz (and not just clear quartz - the same arguments keep being made in regards to titanium quartz, aura quartz, et cetera), and even resin castings. Resin castings!

So… why am I writing this article? Because I’m a witch who attempts to live frugally who uses crystals and herbs and spices on a regular basis in my magics. And honestly, when it comes to magic, the most important part of what makes your spells tick is the relationship between intuition and intent. To see many witches bashing lab-grown crystals or spices kept in plastic containers honestly irks me just a little, and for a couple of reasons.

First, there’s the fact that there’s just a little bit of hypocrisy involved. Glass is man-made. Sure, it can happen naturally in the wild, but glass jars don’t form where lightning strikes silica rich sand. However, a good point can be made when it comes to the fact that plastic is more harmful to the environment. I can understand and relate to that. But what makes glass such an ideal container is that it is magically neutral, like clear quartz. You can cleanse it and charge it without any worry of it affecting your energy. Plastic, for many witches, has no magical significance. It’s not going to influence your magic, and honestly it can be cleansed just like glass.

So if you’re a new witch browsing through spices and herbs, feeling a bit dejected because the glass jar herbs are two to three times more expensive than the plastic containers, go for the plastic. Remember to recycle the containers, of course, but there is no reason magic should require you to spend an arm and a leg.

Sorry, couldn’t resist the pic after that… FMA fans get what I mean…

Crystals are even more of a source for contention when it comes to man-made objects. But what bothers me here is the fact that some crystals - especially citrine - are lab grown a good majority of the time. This is because the citrine we often find in crystal shops and metaphysical stores are vibrantly colored when naturally occurring citrine crystals are a lot less vibrant most of the time. Many witches also warn against dyed crystals for the same reason that “it has less power.”

Honestly, lab-grown crystals have many of the same properties as their natural counterparts. The only thing they lack (aside from the high prices of natural crystal) is the thousands of years worth of growing time in the earth’s crust. But I personally don’t see this as too much of a problem because this gives you a crystal which is a little more flexible and can be nurtured by the witch to realize its potential.

Where I see the danger in lab-grown and dyed crystals is if the witch is being scammed. Seeing that lovely piece of turquoise and buying it only to realize that it’s a different stone entirely, dyed to look like turquoise. Or when the witch is told that a crystal is naturally vibrant in color when it has been dyed, forcing her to spend her other arm and leg just to buy it.

What I’m getting at in this rant is that if you’re a new witch or a witch who’s trying not to spend all of her money, you should not feel railroaded into buying expensive materials. I have on my altar a citrine crystal that I know is most certainly dyed. I spent less than $5 on him because I felt that was a reasonable price for him. I have a piece of amethyst whose coloration is a bit drab and brown. That natural coloration makes her rather beautiful, but doesn’t make her any more powerful than the other amethyst I have whose color is a deep purple which I know to be enhanced by dyes.

In my pantry and cupboard, I keep a lot of spices in plastic containers and tins. Yes, some of them are in glass, but only when I know I can afford them or if there aren’t any alternatives. I use these spices in spells and cooking both, and feel no difference in energy between the two.

One of my coworkers who has an interest in crystal healing once said it rather perfectly. “It’s just a rock. It’s not going to do anything by itself. You have to give it the energy. You have to program it and direct it. So it doesn’t matter if it’s natural or not.”

Our crystals do have voices. They do interact with us. But it is up to us to direct energy into, through and from them.

Now, am I bashing the more expensive alternatives? Not at all. I have a lot of glass jars that I’ve collected over the years, and I have quite a few crystals that are a bit higher up on the price range than I usually spend. I’d be quite the hypocrite if I were bashing them. My ultimate point is that if you can’t drop that much money, then don’t. Work with what you have, or with alternatives which speak to you. I’d love to work with peridot, but because I don’t have the money to drop on it, I’ll stick to quartz, moonstone, and salt. There are always options. Don’t let yourself be limited!

Blessed Be! )O(

Alternative Altar Ideas!

So, are you perhaps in a predicament where you can’t have a traditional altar? Maybe you’re still in the broom closet and your parents or roomies aren’t exactly understanding. Maybe you don’t have a stable place of living yet. Maybe you just literally don’t have room.

That’s okay! An altar can take many forms! Here are some other ideas:

- Make an altar with scrapbook supplies! Check your craft store’s sales and discount areas for paper, stickers, and other stuff. Start with a pretty piece of paper and layer things from there! Pictures from magazines that resemble your deities, scraps of ribbon or fabric in relevant colors, animal stickers, etc. Make a new page every time you feel like switching up your altar! You can keep the pages in a scrapbook and just flip open to the page you want when you’re doing a spell, or pin a page up on your wall. It’s a lot easier to hide, too! You know, if it comes down to that.

If whole pages are too cumbersome for your situation, maybe make a greeting card sized one! 

The Scrapbook Altar is neat because it’s easy to ask for scrapbook supplies as gifts, too! The family might question why you need a selenite wand or a slab of labradorite for your birthday, but will probably have a lot of fun picking out paper and stickers for you to use! :)

-Use yourself as an altar! Collect and/or make jewelry to represent the things you would have on your altar. A friend of mine was her own traveling altar - her earrings were quartz points, she had neat rings that represented the deities she worshipped, and her necklace was a tiny incense holder!

Jewelry can take time to acquire, though, not to mention it can be expensive. So don’t worry if you don’t have it all right now. You can always paint your nails or draw little symbols on your body. Use certain colors in your makeup. Tie a piece of ribbon around your finger. There are so many possibilities!

-Flower vase altar! Have you seen the stuff you can do with vases today? Man I had no idea. A lot of supplies you can get at a dollar store to start off with, and then replace as time goes on. But it starts with a simple vase (or a complex one, it’s your altar!), and then you can decorate the outside of it with ribbon (tied in neat knots or beaded with cool beads?) and stuff. Then you can add a vase filler (usually marbles or plastic crystals, but as time goes on you can replace those with your favorite stones!) and fake flowers (can be found cheap at dollar store or even walmart, or you can find really gorgeous ones at a craft store), or water and real flowers! You can even tie charms around the flower stems if you want.

Oh and duh! Don’t forget to put it all on top of a pretty altar cloth!


There are tons of things that you can do to make an altar discreet - obviously these ideas are only a few. The main thing is to remember that an altar is completely yours and there is no right or wrong way to do it. As long as it is meaningful to you and helps usher you into your personal magical space. <3

Btw I wasn’t kidding when I said Aquabats concerts got wild. The most intense mosh pit I’ve ever been in was at an Aquabats concert and I’ve been to real, actual punk shows. If you want some proof check out this little trinket I keep on my bedpost–

That there is a piece of chandelier from the Irving Plaza concert hall in NYC, which fell when the MC Bat Commander kicked a beach ball into it, showering the audience with bits of fake plastic crystal LMAO

anonymous asked:

I can't believe she would try to shame another witch for their materials! That's so wrong, like not everyone can afford the same things as you and that's fine! We shouldn't be trying to tear each other down and judging each other based on such trivial things.

that’s what’s funny about the whole thing to begin with, is that her friend messaged me and i mentioned…. i don’t need this blog, it’s a hobby of mine, i am financially stable enough not to need to sell anything online or make money off of this blog, and proceeded to say that everyone deserves that kind of stability, even her. and…of course her friend told her everything i said, and she comes back with “u don’t even make that much money, ur such a liar, u have tiny crystals and plastic jars” like… ??? i live on my own, i have bills to pay, sorry ??

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▲Cataclysmic Curio Grand Opening 

It’s taken a while but I’ve finally managed to get my new shop up and running, and I’m pretty proud of it so far! This shop doesn’t have one special medium to focus on, or a certain theme, but it’s a mash of the things I’ve got a fondness for.

Most things that will be found here will be crystal (amethyst, moonstone, citrine so far) jewelry and plastic pins/brooches–at least for now! 

I’ll be adding new items over the next week or so, so keep your eye out.
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im so glad this is finally up

thekaliensareinvading  asked:

as for the small stones thing, i'm a relatively small person, does that automatically make me less powerful?? lmao i hate to make the small dick excuse but the size of the thing shouldn't matter if there's power and intent behind it

Lmao it’s just such a petty thing to say I’m “classist” and then bully me for having baby crystals and plastic jars

Sometimes your costumes need to sparkle like a disco ball and the cheap plastic crystals just will not cut it. I’ve found some amazing glass crystals that are extremely well priced. LINK. They come in almost 30 colors and 10 different sizes. Shipping time was about 2 weeks for me. I compared the black 3mm crystals I received to the name brand swarvorski crystals and I can’t tell the difference. They are heat set crystals and I also found that the glue they put on  back of the cheap ones holds better then the swarvorskis.

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The Flandre plushie is finished!  I will be posting it to my etsy shop in just a moment. She is available on my shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/236650845/flandre-ooak-soft-sculpture-plushie?ref=shop_home_active_1  If anyone is wondering, the Cirno plushie from a few months ago was sold at ACen.

As usual, the plushie features a separate dress and top made of vintage quilting fabric, cotton bloomers, tulle petticoat, and removable cap.  The red bow on the cap is a pin that can be removed.  The wings have a wire base and the crystals are plastic.