ritual dagger

Yuri on Ice/Avatar TLA AU

I don’t know if this has been done yet, but I’ve been thinking in a Yuri on Ice/Avatar The Last Airbender AU and so far these are my ideas:

-Yuuri Katsuki: Just like in the anime, he’s very shy and unsure of himself. He’s an airbender, the first bender born in his family in over a century. He doesn’t feel comfortable being an airbender because everyone tells him that he should become a monk and only live a spiritual life. Because in his hometown there aren’t any airbenders, he doesn’t learn to bend properly; instead he just trains basic defense moves with Minako (nonbender, chi blocker). Later he meets Celestino (a nonbender rebel nomad monk) and Phichit (another air-bender) and even when he tried to train with them, he felt like he was just trying to please everyone  instead of just bending for the pleasure of it or for the connection with his element. He meets Viktor by accident and is very impressed by the perfection of Viktor’s bending. When Viktor tells him that he’s going to train him, at first Yuuri doesn’t believe him and thinks that Viktor is just making fun of him because how could a prodigy waterbender teach him to airbend? But what he learns is to be confident and to love his element as well as the people around him. That alone gives him the control of the air and even a little glimpse of the Spirit World. He meets Yuri when the younger bender goes to his house in search of Viktor. He likes Yuri, but he’s afraid of him… until he gets to know his softer side.

-Viktor Nikiforov: A waterbender prodigy, but not a fighter. He has the potential but he prefers to perform ice skating mixed with some form of mist-bending and ice sculpting to create dream-like scenarios. When he meets Yuuri he’s so excited because he never met an airbender before and wants to know everything about his bending type… until he discovers that Yuuri has very little knowledge of his own bending… And Viktor takes as his personal quest to train Yuuri. How? He doesn’t know. Maybe he can use some of the lessons his old master Yakov taught him. He’s very patient with Yuuri, trying to show him that his bending is a gift rather than a mistake. He wants to give Yuuri an engagement necklace, but he knows airbenders aren’t supposed to be attached to mundane items. So instead he gives him a coral mala (or prayer beads necklace).

-Makkachin: Viktor’s cute sea-otter-dog… or a goat dog… or something like that.

-Yuri Plisetsky: Another waterbender prodigy, but unlike Viktor, he’s very enthusiastic about fighting (pro-bending or something like that). He relies almost only in a very aggressive type of icebending, and he uses some moves and kicks from firebending (he learned from Lilia, who’s a firebender master. She also taught him the basic moves to deflect a lightening, but of course he’s never tried). He has problems trying to control water in liquid form because that needs him to be in total control of his emotions… and of course he is not. Viktor promised him to teach him waterbending but then Yuuri happened. At first he was jealous but while training with him and Viktor he learns to deal better with his emotions and feelings. He hasn’t told anybody but one time he accidentally bloodbent. His grandfather was having a heart attack and he tried to use waterbending to heal him, instead he stopped his heart for several seconds before making it beat again. His grandfather healed after that and hasn’t had another attack since then, but Yuri was so scared he has never tried to bloodbend again.

Otabek Altin: Born in a little town that used to be a colony under siege by the Fire Nation. He discovered he was an earthbender just after his 17th birthday, that’s why he’s still learning. He trains hard and even when he’s not really naturally talented, it’s his hard work that makes him an excellent bender in just a couple of years. He’s physically stronger than average and that helps him controlling large amounts of rocks, also he’s an adept in listening and waiting before making a move. Even with his strength and ability, he doesn’t like to fight, he prefers using his newfound bending working with blacksmiths and fixing satomobiles (?). He’s trying to learn metalbending but as this day he hasn’t been able to do it. Has a pet Komodo rhino that rides often. Yuri is an inspiration for him, because even when he has been a talented bender since he was a child, he still trains hard every day to improve his skills and does not rely only in his innate ability. Otabek carved a jade stone and gave it to him in a “friendship” necklace. He has the vague idea that Water Tribe people make and give necklaces as tokens of friendship or as good luck charms. Yuri won’t tell him its real meaning even when he likes the idea of being engaged to Otabek. Viktor is the one to tell the truth to Otabek… And he doesn’t mind. He makes another necklace for Yuri, this time a real engagement necklace. Yuri uses both.

Phichit Chulanont: He’s a carefree airbender who travels the world with Celestino as his trainer and teacher. His goal is to form a group of players and performers and that’s why he admires Viktor’s theatrical and dramatic dances on ice. Has several southern Water Tribe white hamsters as pets.  After training for some time with Yuuri and Celestino, they part ways and while visiting the Earth Kingdom he gets lost near the Si Wong Desert. Then he meets this handsome and mysterious sandbender who helps him to get to the nearest town. He doesn’t leave his side after that even when at first the sandbender doesn’t look very comfortable around him. He tries to convince the sandbender to join his group (What group?) and the sandbender hasn’t accepted yet. But hasn’t refused either.

Seung-Gil Lee: A sandbender of the Si Wong desert. Serious and quiet; he loves the desert because it’s a lonely place. One day, while hunting buzzard wasps he finds a lost airbender and walks him to the town. It’s weird because this boy is the complete opposite of him, not only in his element but in his personality. However, he doesn’t find the boy’s constant talk annoying and actually considers the idea of joining his future group of players.

Guang Hong Ji: He’s a nonbender, the only son of a famous weapon seller and swordsman in the Earth Kingdom. He had to learn to use swords and daggers, and actually he’s very skilled with a jian. He only trains because is a family tradition, but his dream is to become a player and perform in Ember Island theatre. Otabek has worked with his father and Guang Hong admires him because seems like he really enjoys what he does.

Leo de la Iglesia: He’s the eldest son of a Fire sage, and a firebender who doesn’t like fire. That’s because when he was practicing some time ago he accidentally burned his little sister in the leg. She isn’t afraid of him or the fire, but he still blames himself and tries to avoid bending at all. He’s expected to become a Fire sage, but all he wants is to be a musician. He meets Guang Ho when he went to his father’s armory to get a ritual dagger. Since then they spend a lot of time talking about joining the Ember Island players.

Those are the main ones. The other headcanons I have are:

Mila Babicheva: Firebender who trained with Yuri under Lilia’s guidance.  

Michele Crispino and Sara Crispino: From the Earth Kingdom. He’s an earthbender, she’s a nonbender.

Emil Nekola: Artistic (?) metalbender

Georgi Popovich: Nonbender. He’s the only one who actually works at the Ember Island theatre. Very dramatic actor. Has lots of fans.

JJ LeRoy: Waterbender. Comes from a family of well known Pro-Bending fighers. That’s why he’s so arrogant and he’s always challenging Yuri to fight with him.

Christophe Giacometti: Firebender HOT DAMN. Too hot to handle. He turns every single pool and bath into a sauna. Poledance with fireworks and sparks. Yeah.

Kenjiro Minami. Firebender chicken nugget. He’s from the same town as Yuuri and also finds him interesting just because he’s an airbender.


I was kinda hard for some character, since is easy to imagine them all as water/ice benders… duh…

The Phurpa, a Tibetan ritual dagger

Three black men of mahakala sit, patiently upon their hilt, to charge the forces that should try to wilt, tethered deep into earth, as I have willed. Three black men sit patiently, to defend this monk so prudently. Foes know not the mercy here, that harm goes awry by Shiva’s spear.

The mighty Phurpa, or Tibetan magic dart, or any ritual dagger for that matter, is one tool that no psychic should be without. Not many use a ritual dagger/magical dart, or even know of them, but they’re out there and they’re one of the most beneficial protection/purifying tools out there, next to my favorite tourmaline wand dressed in pine/coconut oil.

The Phurpa or Tibetan ritual dagger is a trinity-blade which is often meant to be a stake, as if to tether or for example hold down a tent. It is a powerful instrument used in the slaying of negative forces, attacks, entities, and energies. It is a powerful ritual object which has a high vibration, so high that it literally drives out all bad from its path and transmutes it into the polar positive range of ethos.

The blade is often portrayed as having three snakes weaving up the blade with the pommel as being the three heads of Vajrakīla, or Mahkala, the male consort(s) of Goddess Kali. Each head is a different aspect of Mahakala, joyful, contented, and wrathful. The phurpa is seen esoterically as the axis mundi of all realms, the world axis, the axis of the tree of life itself. So it is through this symbolism, that many goals are accomplished.

It is a spiritual weapon, and an implement of great destruction and freedom. It is through the phurpa, or any ritual dagger, that we are divinely protected through spiritual means, and that the trinity of the realms and all life is in our hands to be directed by will.

There are many stories behind the phuprpa, and you can independently research them on your own, but the aim of this post is to enlighten briefly on its past but provide examples for usage and proper conduct.

Today in the west, it is used in Western Feng Shui, house cleansing, smudging, psychic attacks, chakra imbalances, circle formations, boundary establishments, healing, exorcism, negative entity/spirit banishment, in conjunction with orgone device cleansing, the purification of ritual items, as well as the tethering of energy, demons, negative emotions and thought-forms, and even assertively collecting energy and immediately grounding it away. This is almost always done through strong visualization and immediately piercing it directly through soil, as seen above, imagining it spiraling deep into the earth to be cleansed and recycled by the mantle.

With so much of it doing all of the cleansing, it can be cleansed itself in running water and even dressed in soothing, calming oils like rose and lavender, to being dressed in masculine, strong oils such as pine, cedar, and ginger. I like to cleanse my phurpa in my custom-made fountain, which has tons of shells and purifying crystals and a jade Buddha in it. The ideas to cleanse it are really up to the person and what they feel is right.

If you’re someone who doesn’t much get into other forms of Hindu/Tibetan culture, the phurpa is honestly only the beginning to the extent of ritual daggers, and is a superb foundation for the construction of your own magic dart. The concept and esoteric know-how is ultimately born of your intentions.

It wasn’t until this past year when I discovered the phurpa and coincidentally discovered that I had originally created my own phurpa two-three years prior unaware this entire time. I had carved a wooden stake from a branch a while ago out of boredom and creative exploration, and I had kept it around a while before I had the idea to burn a pentacle and other designs into it. Instinctively, I developed this habit of using it to dispel energy from old spell materials and small herbal offerings that I’d lay out on my altar for luck or protection and such, and using it almost similarly to the phurpa.

Now that I have my own Tibetan ritual dagger, I use it often along with my old dagger for its own purposes. Metal/wood have their own symbolism, after all. :)


So what about that photo?


In a glass candle holder, I made a layered nest using soil, salt, herbs, and oils. This is where the phurpa will be used to tether down as well as exorcise and/or ground energy which it has directed. Not always will you immediately transmute negative into positive. Sometimes, you must merely tether down any energy in order to properly dispose of it your way.

For example, if you wanted to really tackle some bad thought-forms you’ve been cooking up over a person that you felt you couldn’t help, and you really want it to stop, acknowledge it all on a piece of ritual parchment, bless it with the blade, fold the note and tie a white string around it, and then tying it to the pommel. Tether it down into your soil/rice/salt, and visualize strongly all of these thought-forms going through your mind as a black/gray light, through the phurpa as visualized as the tree of life, and into the void s a white light to be recycled and freed of you.

After the rite, pull up the phurpa, cut the bond with the paper, and burn it. Keep the ashes and dispose of them in their own burial with sea salt and a prayer of thanks and forgiveness for your thought-forms. With a magic dart, the ideas are endless, like anything in this occult world, huh? but enough of that, let’s get into the layer blend recipe that I used for my phurpa nest– and take note, the phurpa or ritual dart isn’t meant to reside in this soil beyond activity. I place mine in the open on my altar on an agate disk.

Necessities:

  1. Tall/medium candle holder or dish
  2. Lavender flower buds
  3. Cactus soil, or potting soil, anything roots touched
  4. Dried basil leaves
  5. Rosemary and pine essential oil
  6. Tiny crystals, malachite, red jasper, calcite, amethyst, rose quartz, smoke quartz, labradorite, citrine, rhodinite, tiger’s eye, turquoise
  7. Ground or powdered sage
  8. Sea salt & crushed sea shells
  9. Parchment paper and writing utensil
  10. Cauldron & matches

Layer construction:

  1. 2 drops each of essential oils
  2. Cactus soil
  3. Ground sage
  4. Lavender buds
  5. Sea salt
  6. Small crystals
  7. Sea salt
  8. Lavender buds
  9. Cactus soil
  10. Basil leaves
  11. 2 drops each of essential oils
  12. Crushed sea shells
  13. Sea salt
  14. Sprinkle of ground sage on top

And at this point, you can choose to dump your intention ashes on top and symbolically stab them into the soil so they can no longer be seen, or you can add them after the first soil layer.

Intention parchment example:

I declare this nest to be the grounding for all workings that come and go by the ritual dagger. Shall all energy bound by my willed intentions through the ritual blade be sent to the mantle of earth to be recycled.

Tabletop Void War: A love letter to Battlefleet Gothic

If you stopped a random pedestrian in the street and asked them what BFG means, assuming they didn’t just tell you to fuck off, they’d either say its that book with the tall, big eared fella by Roald Dahl, or its that room-clearing superweapon from DOOM with a rude word in the middle.

Or, maybe, if they’re anything like me, they’d say, ‘Battlefleet Gothic’.

Battlefleet Gothic is, without question, the tabletop game I have the most fondness for. I’ve played quite a few, not just GW published ones, and BFG’s system of huge space battles sticks in my head like no other. I remember getting it for my 13th birthday, the apex of my love of Star Trek and Warhammer 40,000, opening the box and digging out these cool plastic spaceships and gawking at the incredible artwork in the rulebook, published in landscape to specifically showcase these grandiose, kilometres-long warships. I liked the focus of it, how it didn’t cover the entire galaxy like 40k but instead focussed on this one conflict, on one of Abaddon’s black crusades. I miss that rulebook. It’s the only one I’ve not kept, the cover came off and it started to fall apart.

Most of all, I liked the context it game me. BFG was the game that really sold me on the premise of 40k, that everything was huge and insane and archaic, that the Imperium, crewing their ships with generations of indentured labour that lived their whole lives to crew a building sized plasma cannon, were not the good guys. It showed me not just how people got around the galaxy, but what that looked like. I loved the scale of it all, trying to get my head around how even a minuscule Cobra destroyer was a kilometre long, how fighters and bombers were the size of jumbo jets and the massive Retribution class battleship was longer than the distance between Leeds city centre and the far edge of Headingly. And even then, the model ships were just for show. The rules said that the actual game presence of the ship was represented by the 2-3mm plastic flight stand. Amidst the vastness of space, these colossal starships were too small to even represent accurately.

Everything was so well characterised: Imperial ships were grand cathedrals and ornamental rapiers, Chaos ships were sacrificial temples and ritual daggers. The Eldar sailed in beautiful, lethal porcelain arrowheads while the Orks took to space in single minded brutality given form. This character was reflected in the rules too, Chaos ship harkened back to an older time, massive long-range broadsides designed to cross the enemy’s T and blow them apart like galleons of antiquity, whereas Imperial fleets were a counter to this, armoured for a frontal assault against a gunline, launching spreads of torpedoes to disrupt before delivering the killing blow at short range. The Eldar danced in and out, just out of reach, every attack run either triumph or oblivion. Orks were random, haphazard, unpredictable. They’d fall apart or destroy everything and it’d be fun either way. I liked the verbose, needlessly poetic quotes in the book.

As much as it helped me to contextualise the 40k universe it also helped me to realise that wargaming wasn’t just this small thing I did with my friends, but this much larger hobby with a community, all message boards and zines and home-brew. Rules for ships and fleets, hobby articles on kit bashing and terrain making, community campaigns. I remember rules for doing crazy things like firing a torpedo spread into a moon’s gravity well so it’d slingshot around and pursuers. I loved reading the articles on building your gaming table, spattering a black sheet with white flecks of paint, airbrushing nebulae and using gravel and stones as dust clouds and asteroid fields. There was an abstract quality to a good BFG table that I found strangely beautiful. It wasn’t a war torn hellhole, it was space. And if there’s one truism that’s stayed constant in my life, its that I bloody love space.

Sadly, Battlefleet Gothic went the way of most of GWs ‘specialist games’. Support for it became less and less official, miniature quality dropped and eventually it quietly disappeared with Mordheim, Epic Armageddon, Necromunda and the like. However, its legacy is still felt in the game today. Fictional descriptions of 40k void war are based around the lance-battery-torpedo trifecta that were established in the rules. Lunar class cruisers, ancient chaos Grand cruisers, Space Marine battle barges are the way they are because of how they played in the game. The climactic events of the first Gathering Storm book could have only come about from the fiction established by BFG, with Abaddon crashing a Blackstone Fortress into Cadia to kill the planet forever.

I’m breaking my own rule on nostalgia here, wanting BFG to return. I want it back as I remember it, but with better models. I never had the money to play it properly, my fleet was the kind of scrappy mess limited pocket money could make, and I want another go with a bit more disposable income and a wiser(ish) head on my shoulders. There’s the Battlefleet Gothic Armada video game, which is cool, and Spartan Game’s Firestorm Armada means theres a similar kind of fleet combat war-game in the tabletop space.

But neither of those are quite there for me. I like my FA Sorylians, even though I haven’t played in ages and my fleet is still mostly unpainted, but it’s not what I grew up with, it’s not what I know (although if someone I know plays I’ll happily dig my fleet out). 40k is my Star Wars, it’s my shit. I’m hoping that GW release some kind of one off box game, like what Dreadfleet was to Man O’ War, but I’m not holding my breath. Sometimes you’ve just got to wait though. After all, as the saying goes, ‘You may as well try to catch starlight as bring Eldar to battle’.

Brain: hey, you really want to write that fic in which Bucky and Seb get magically swapped into each other’s universes for a day and inadvertently solve each other’s romantic problems, right?

Brain: here, let’s start right now, instead of grading these papers!

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No time, no time, and Steve wouldn’t hear him—communicator damage—

Bucky threw himself off the parking structure. Let himself fall. Sunlight skittered off his arm as he dove. Like wings.

He caught the flying blue orb just before it would’ve collided with Steve’s ridiculous rippling back. Landed squarely in the palm of his human hand; he himself landed in a breathless bruised-rib heap at Steve’s feet, and then took out a supervillain goon with one low deflected shot from the metal hand. Not a kill. Incapacitating.

Steve spun around. “Buck—where’d you even—oh shit, Bucky, you’re hurt, your leg—”

Hadn’t noticed. Pain not so much registering. Not a Hydra remnant, just the simple plain truth that Bucky Barnes would run on a broken femur to make himself into a human shield for Steve Rogers, who never watched his own damn back.

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The Four Elements

Air

Tool: Wand

Direction: East

Astrological Signs: Aquarius, Gemini

Archangel: Raphael

Elemental: Sylphs (their ruler is Niksa)

Tarot suit: sword

Energy: projective (“masculine”)

Air is the Element of the intellect, mental processes, and communication. It is considered an activating Element. The direction that corresponds to Air is the East, where the day begins. Air is the springtime, new beginnings, and, in the foundations of Magickal thought, Faith. Faith (confidence) in Magickal energies comes from knowledge (intellect) and from understanding the processes of ritual and focused thought, then applying them with sure result.  The tool of Air is the Wand, which is used to direct and channel energy in Magick. When it is used in healing to absorb the energy of the Universe and channel it into the patient, the Wand corresponds to the caduceus of Mercury/Hermes, a God of Air—you will notice that this same symbol is used by physicians today.  The Astrological Signs associated with Air are Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra. Aquarius is the innovator, the Sign of original thought and ideals. Gemini is the communicator, the comedian, the experimenter. Libra is the balancer and harmonizer, interested in partnerships and relationships.

The Archangel of Air is Raphael, the Archangel of healing, teaching, and travel. He is visualized on a mountaintop, in robes of yellow and lavender (the colors associated with the Element Air), which blow gently in the wind.

Sylphs are the Elementals attributed to Air and are similar in form to humans, although they are transparent and have lovely, delicate wings. They travel on the wind, and you can hear them talking and laughing as they drift in and out of the trees. Paralda is the name of their ruler. Sylphs are very articulate and logical and prefer the mountaintops where the air is the thinnest. They are related to the nervous system in the human body. Their favorite scents are the mints and light flowery essences such as tulip, and they love the sound of bells and wind chimes.


Fire

Tool: Athame

Direction: South

Astrological sign: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius

Archangel:  Michael (pronounced Mee-kee-al)

Elemental: salamander (their ruler is a Djinn [pronounced Jeen])

Energy: projective (“masculine”)

Fire is the Element of Will and Passion and is considered an activate Element in relation to energy. The direction that corresponds to Fire is the South, which we associate with heat. The season is, of course, summer the time of growth and culmination of that growth.

Fire is the drive and motivation used by an individual as he strives toward his goals. In the foundations of Magick, Fire is the Magickal Will.  The force of the Magickal Will enables the Magickian to carry through with goals, plans, and dreams. The focused Magickal Will serves as the force or stimulus for the Magickal energy that is sent forth to act on the physical plane to manifest the goal of any ritual.  The tool of Fire is the Athame, the ritual dagger, which is used to inscribe the Magickal sigils in the ether during ritual, describe the circumference of the Magickal Circle, banish phantasms and defend against them, and heal via the act of removing holes in the aura through cauterization on the astral plane.

The Astrological Signs that correspond to Fire are the Fire Signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, all Signs of action and vitality. Aries initiates new projects, Leo is the Fire Sign of flamboyance and flair, and Sagittarius is the Sign of freedom and physical activity.

The Archangel of Fire is Michael, the Archangel of authority, victory, initiative, and splendor. Michael is visualized in robes of scarlet and green, bearing before him a flaming sword.

Fire is the activating force giving vitality and energy to the ideas of Air, bringing them into physical reality as we perceive it.  Salamanders are attributed to the Element of Fire. They are not considered a part of the physical flame as such but the essence that enables the flame to burn. Naturally, they are most active in the summer months and geographically prefer the hotter regions. When they live in cold places, Salamanders reside in the hearth. They are full of passion and enthusiasm and for this reason are sometimes considered dangerous, as their unpredictability can be disconcerting. However, they are actually very generous and warmhearted, if treated with the respect due them. Salamanders relate to the heart in the human body as well as to the circulatory system. Their King is called Djinn.  Salamanders love the smell of burning wood and spicy odors such as cinnamon and nutmeg.  Candles, lanterns, and mirrors are attractive to them.  


Water

Tool: Chalice and cauldron

Direction: West

Astrological sign: Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio

Archangel: Gabriel

Elemental: Undines (their ruler is Necksa)

Energy: receptive (“feminine”)

Water is the Element of love, intuition, emotion, fertility, understanding, and imagination. It is considered a receptive Element. Water receives the ideas of Air, the force of Fire, and begins the alchemical process of transmuting them into a form that can be made tangible. The direction that corresponds to Water is the West. Human emotions and feelings belong to the Element Water. The season is autumn, and in the foundations of Magick, Water is imagination. Imagination begins in our dreams and in the language of our subconscious minds. Without it, our rituals would be dry and emotionless. Imagination allows us to see what might be and is therefore creativity, fertility, and inner vision.

The tool of Water is the Chalice, which is used to contain the water of purification when we cleanse a space or an object for ritual. The Chalice holds the ritual wine and the liquid for the practice of scrying. The Chalice represents wisdom, transformation, and receptivity. In the legends of ancient times, the Grail of Immortality was sought by the valiant for its life-giving and regenerative powers as well as for the knowledge it brings. The Ritual Cauldron is also of the Element of Water, and the stories that surround it—the regenerative Cauldron of Dagda, the Cauldron of wisdom belonging to Ceridwen, and the Cauldron of Baba Yaga—reaffirm the theme of wisdom, life, transformation, and regeneration.

The Astrological Water Signs of Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio correspond to the Magickal Element of Water. Pisces is the Sign of emotional connection and inner vision; Cancer is associated with family connection and nurturing; and Scorpio is known for occult ability, psychic power, death, and regeneration.

The Archangel of Water is Gabriel, known as the Prince of Change and Alteration. He can be seen on the Judgment card of the Tarot, blowing his horn, which represents fertility and authority.  Gabriel is visualized in robes of clear blue and orange, holding a Chalice from which torrents of water spill.

Undines are the Elementals of Water. They are extremely graceful and seductive. Undines are similar to humans in form and the majority of them are female. They will impart psychic knowledge and ability. If you work with them in this area, be sure to give them extravagant and appealing gifts in return, for they have feelings that can be easily bruised. They correspond to the human digestive system, and Necksa is their King. Undines live in oceans, rivers, springs, creeks, and raindrops.  Their most beloved scents are cool ones—camphor, cucumber, and citrus fruits such as lime. They delight in beautiful shells, silver jewelry, boxes for their treasures, and flutes.  


Earth

Tool: Disk/shield/pentacle

Direction: North

Astrological sign: Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo

Archangel:Uriel (pronounced Ah-ree-el or Yuh-ree-el)

Elemental: dwarfs (Their King is Gheb)

Energy: Receptive (“feminine”)

Earth is the Element of secrecy, deep wisdom, possessions, creation, perseverance, birth, and death.  It is considered to be a receptive Element. Earth receives the idea of Air, the force of Fire, and the transmuted substance of Water and manifests the form into the physical world. The direction that is associated with Earth is the North, the place of endings. Earth corresponds to the bone structure of the human body. The season is winter, and in the foundation of Magick, Earth is Secrecy. Hidden beneath the Earth are many treasures—jewels, minerals, oil—which must be sought out. They cannot be obtained without perseverance and labor. So it is with the Magickal secrets that the Element Earth hides; only through dedication and patience can these secrets be brought to light, yet they must always be protected and guarded.  The tool of the Earth is the Pentacle, which is used both for drawing in and projecting energy.  The Pentacle can also used as a shield for psychic self-defense. The Magickal Cords are also of Earth and are used to bind energy.

Capricorn is the Sign of pragmatism and wealth; Taurus is the Sign associated with sensuality, acquisition, resources, and practicality; and Virgo is the Sign of the healer and the organizer.

The Archangel of Earth is Uriel (pronounced Ah-ree-el or Yuh-ree-el), also called the Lord of Awe, who presides over protection and strength. He is visualized in robes of olive and russet, bearing a Pentacle.  Gnomes and elves are attributed to Earth and are seen in very small human form. Their King is Gheb (also known as Geb or Gob, as in goblin). Earth Elementals are the most mischievous of the Elementals and love a good practical joke. They prefer to live in the forest, crags, heaths, and caverns, although with the human population cutting down on gnomes’ habitats, the more sociable ones actually enjoy being around sensitive and sympathetic human beings and will share living quarters. Gnomes and elves love jewels, gold, interesting rocks, moss, and living plants of all kinds.  Their favorite scents are resins and woodland smells such as patchouli and vetivert.  

The gnomes are ruled over by a king, whom they greatly love and revere. His name is Gob; hence his subjects are often called goblins


As Always

-Robin

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Background: Witch

You have spent much of your life as a member of a coven that likely (but not necessarily) serves or worships a powerful arcane being. During your tenure amidst this coven you have come to develop a great understanding of the arcane and natural worlds, and how it is that they can be taken together to great affect.

Skill Proficiencies: Arcana, Nature
Languages: 1 Exotic Language (for example; if the witches in your coven get their power from a demon you will probably speak abyssal, if they get their power from a Hag then you will probably speak Fey, and so forth).
Tools: Herbalism kit
Equipment: A ritual dagger, black robes, a pouch of various mundane herbs and incense, and a Herbalists kit, and 50 Silver.

Feature: Ritual Witchcraft
You know a single first level ritual spell from any class (it can only be cast as a ritual).

Wiccan Altar Set-up: Part Two- Each Tool

(Photo off of Google)Altar ToolsIn the previous post by Earthseer he talked about Altar set up and named to tools. So here I am to go in depth about the tools!

The Athame

The Athame is by far my favorite tool. Not everyone uses an Athame and some prefer a wand over an Athame, but there are some benefits of using one! Athames are daggers for ritual, there is an old saying that if you hurt someone/something with your Athame you will be cursed. (If thats real or not who knows? Still don’t go around stabbing people it is illegal like… Everywhere.) Athames are great especially if your doing rituals outdoors, it makes drawing out a circle much easier in that tough dirt. When choosing an Athame ask yourself what you will use it for, if it suits you, and most of all if it feels right. If your drawn to it that is perfect! Oh- a side note- do not believe the whole “black handle” thing. Athames do not have to have a black handle that is a myth you do not have to have a black handled athame to go with your altar.

The Wand

Wands are beautiful, and hey they make you feel like a badass too! Wands come in all different shapes and sizes and types, just like Athames. I personally do not know too much about wands, I have yet to find the time to get one sadly, but here is a bit about them that is really helpful-

“A wand is used to concentrate, focus and direct energy. This energy can be drawn up the wand and directed out, or drawn into the top of the wand and directed down. You will direct the energy out when you are working to effect the world around you sending the power of your will forth. The energy will be drawn into the wand and directed down when you are working to bring a particular energy or effect to yourself to ground and bind it. The Wand is particularly useful in healings. You can draw the negative energy of the sickness into the bottom of the wand by placing it directly over the effected part of the body and concentrating on drawing up the unbalanced energy into the wand (think of a drinking straw), then releasing the illness into a bowl of salt or water through the top of your wand to be disposed of later. You can then draw energy down into the top of the wand from the healing power of the Sun, and, placing the top of the wand over the effected body part, directing and releasing this healing energy into the aura of your patient.” -Isis Books and Gifts

The Candles

Candles, candles, candles. I just made Earthseer a bunch actually! Candles are amazing and always useful for an altar. What kind though? Want a money spell? A romantic spell? There’s a candle for that! But the basics are Red, Blue, Yellow, Purple and Green candles that symbolize the points of the pentacle- fire, water, air, spirit, and earth. These candles are often used for casting circles, working with deities, doing certain kinds of magick, rituals, spells, ect. If you do not have a particular deity you follow I would recommend these but your will is your own! 

There are also God and Goddess candles- that represent the deity of your choice. Have a deity you follow? There’s a candle for that, too! Just look on Etsy or Ebay! These are particularly good if you are trying to get in contact with a deity of your choosing.

The Chalice (or otherwise known as the fancy wine-glass)

Yes, my girlfriend has this running joke calling it the “fancy wine glass”, which I guess it is true! She would call to me from the other room- “hey!! Get me the fancy wine glass!” and I can’t help but giggle. Anyways. As you may or may not know drinking wine is tradition in the holidays and during intricate rituals and leaving offerings to the Gods. Now, now don’t get excited, if your under 21, no matter what your doing, don’t get caught getting tipsy off wine, it’s illegal in the USA! Anyways, the chalice is very good for offerings to your favorite Gods and Goddesses, and I’m sure they appreciate it too.

The Cauldron

No, not the ones that the creepy old witches on Supernatural stir and grin about saying they’re going to cook little children. (About a Boy?) Anyways, cauldrons are not always what they are displayed as on the television.

“In modern Wicca, however, the cauldron is still regularly used. It can be placed in a sacred or ritual circle and used to burn items during a ritual, to hold the ingredients necessary for a spell or incantation, for scrying in water, as a container for making brews and potions, or to provide a vessel in which transmutation, germination and transformations may occur.” -Witchcraft and Witches

The Pentacle

The Pentacle… the symbol of Paganism, Wicca and all those involved as well. The pentacle is a symbol of the five elements- earth, fire, air, water, and spirit. This is a symbol of protection and what ever is inside it is protected, which is why when we cast spells we draw out a circle!

Other Supplies

Incense- (another favorite!) sticks that are burned and used for various rituals and spells. Also used in air spells!

Crystals- are used for various practices and intentions depending on the stone. Example: amethyst is used mainly for healing!

Mortar and Pestle- For grinding up herbs or mixing.

Statues- Always look lovely on an altar! Raise the spirits and depending on what it is you can use it to honor what ever it may be.

Sage- Perfect for cleansing and smudging. Usually used with a shell called Abalone.

Now as mentioned in the previous post you do not need all of these! And your altar doesn’t have to look exactly like ones you see on the internet. Your craft is your own, I can’t stress that enough. So you don’t have to have a fancy wine glass or an athame. You can have what ever you want and more!

Blessings!

~~*Wolfess*~~

anonymous asked:

i was in a sorority once n i quit bc in a ritual they held a dagger 2 my throat and i am weak

ANAHHSGSHJSJSJSH I was wrong sororitys are real cults