idk if yall remember
but i asked if yall want me to start this lil series a long time ago but i’ve finally gotten onto it!!
u’d be surprised to find out how many of this can save u lots of $$ too and i
still have a lot of posts to come so look out for them ٩◔‿◔۶
get urself a
i was shocked to find out sm people don’t have bottles of their own??
save $$ by
never buying plastic bottles bc u can just refill it
urself a tumbler
so u can use
ur own at cafes and starbucks
a good investment u buy a $10 cup && save 10₵ everytime
if u drink 4
coffees a week that’s $20 saved a year
public transport / bike / walk
esp if u have
time after school and when ur not in a rush
therapeutic and is a great stress relief
u can rent
bikes now which is rly cool
of energy can be saved on heating when u let sunlight in
too how cool
thermostat down by 1°C
or up if u use air conditioning
apparently u can save up
to $60 a year
or just turn it down by 5
degrees and hibernate in ur hoodie + a thick ass blanket bc it’s rly comfy
and u should try it
shop w reusable shopping
or just bring a huge bag u
can dump stuff into
some places deduct a few
cents if u don’t use plastic bags isn’t that gr10
reuse plastic bags
don’t throw them out bros
u can line ur bins w them
if u need a change of
clothes throw them in a plastic bag before u throw it in ur bag
after u gym or smt throw ur sweaty clothes in a plastic bag so it doesn’t stench up ur bag
and check if the plastic bags are recyclable before u recycle them!!
buy refills instead of new
let’s be real ur gonna
buy the same pen
so just get refills
instead it’s sm cheaper + u get 10 in a box
just google “(pen name)
refill” it’s rly easy
some shops sell refills at
the counter u can go ask
(@ sg and msia fam,, popular
STOP BUYING NEW PENCILS
literally just get ONE
and get urself some pencil
idk why every back to school
haul has like 5 pencils
yo pencil lead refill is a
thing my brothers
and a box costs less than a
pencil and lasts for more than a year
is this not a thing??
eat meatless some days
did u kno giving up beef
will reduce ur carbon footprint more than if u give up ur car
but lol still gotta live
that cheeseburger and kbbq life from time to time
so just cut out the meat
like 1 or 2 days a week
and no mutton and beef and
pork and turkey if u can help it
save and recycle paper pls !!11!1
recycle don’t trash!
paper and notebooks!
that is all kiddos if u have more ways to save the earth pls inbox me here!! and check out my other study tips too:
Slytherin – David Bowie on full blast, either has all the
sugar or none in their coffee, perfectly messy hair, cuts up their clothes on a
whim, pin badges in denim jackets, a cigarette in a trembling hand, a graveyard
at night, the feeling of vodka burning your throat, Halloween, paranormal
youtube videos, does tarot with a normal card deck, jager bombs that are more jager than red bull.
Ravenclaw – animal rights activism, ridiculously thoughtful gifts,
learning new languages for fun, horror movies at 1am, hope, paint smudges, forgotten
tea that’s gone cold, meeting your idols, writing your own songs, political t-shirts, walking next to your bike so you can talk to your friends, pouring skittles into vodka.
Hufflepuff – hot chocolate, drunk tears, feeling festive in
September, Pancake Day, cheesy music, soft colours, scuffed boots, permanently
covered in animal fur, sweets, faded skinny jeans and plaid shirts, flour in their hair, saves empty bottles cause
they look nice.
Gryffindor – leg-ups, arm wrestles, playful teasing, undercuts,
the smell of gingerbread, eating so much takeaway you could burst, Bon Jovi,
pretending not to be a lightweight, electric guitar, “is that a dare?”, heavy
docs, late nights, climbing through windows cause you forgot your key, one
leather jacket for all occasions.
– Stopped the Ruby ship from (ostensibly) capturing Peridot and expressed interest in Peridot’s well-being afterward.
– Participated in the baseball game despite her distrust of and past anger toward the Crystal Gems. Ended up enjoying herself and interacting positively with them.
– Chose to give Peridot a chance and share the barn with her, which meant, at the very least, working through her distrust, anger, and fear of Peridot.
– Pushed herself to spend time out on the ocean, despite all her negative associations with it.
– Made a kind gesture to Greg out of the desire to be helpful. Accepted his rejection gracefully.
– Admitted to her actions and culpability in a toxic relationship.
– Refused to re-enter that relationship, where it’s highly likely she would’ve engaged in those behaviors again.
– Offered Peridot encouragement and help when the One Gem Metal Band fell apart, under her own initiative and with a smile.
– Expressed disappointment that her farming project with Peridot wasn’t going to result in a horde of new vegetable friends. Tried to ease Peridot’s disappointment over Pumpkin’s initial rejection by reminding her of the pumpkins they did grow together.
– Worked alongside the Crystal Gems to win over Andy and host a family get-together.
– Chose to give Navy a chance and share the barn with her, despite her doubts and instinctual suspicions of the gem.
– Made an effort to be sympathetic and understanding of what she imagined would be Navy’s struggles in integrating to life on Earth, and offered advice on what she’d learned from her own experience.
– Expressed real, genuine distress that she wasn’t falling in love with Earth as quickly and easily as Navy seemed to be. (Which meant she’s been sincerely trying to.)
In short, Lapis has spent her time on Earth learning to be more trusting and forgiving; taking emotional risks and confronting uncomfortable feelings and memories; finding enjoyment in Earth-related activities, and making kind gestures.
Has she been a shining ray of sweetness and light and consideration while doing so? God, no. She can be sullen, dramatic, sarcastic, and dismissive. (Much like Peridot…exactly like Peridot. Peridot’s saving grace is that she’s funny.) Lapis deflects, avoids, and bottles up her guilt and insecurities until she pops or finally tackles them. When interacting with new people, she’s awkward at best and at worst, she’s a cactus. She’ll try new stuff and eventually get into it, but oh boy, she is not going to be enthusiastic about it. Lapis is one leather jacket and some gum away from the quintessential Disaffected Youth.
And that’s what makes her so interesting. That she can be a stand-offish grouch who still wants to be involved, friendly, and giving. She’s a hit a roadblock in her development, but she’s been growing and she’ll grow through this too.
Of the divinatory techniques with which I am familiar, bones
are my personal favorite. Yes, they have that very witchy vibe – but it’s more
than that; the bones are honest. They don’t sugar coat, and while they have to
be interpreted, once you know how to read them – there’s little room for interpretation.
They are very direct and are much better suited to answering yes or no questions than tarot. With a
little imaginative methodology, there few questions the bones can’t answer. And
even fewer they won’t answer (as tarot cards can be known to do). A few
examples of things I think the bones are better at answering than tarot:
questions involving time, questions regarding health, sickness and maledictions;
they present a broader grasp to any given situation – incorporating things
outside of the question presented and how these things relate to the question
or the reading, showing the interconnectedness of life – and how these things
all relate back.
Our countless cultures have countless methods for collecting
and reading the Bones – and I can only rightly attest to my own methodology: one
in which the Bones need not necessarily consist solely of bones, but a
collection of gathered trinkets and curios, all with their own meaning, their
own story and their own energy. My collection consists of: bones (bare and
painted), coins, stones, shells, jewelry, twigs, buttons, animal teeth and
other squabbles. The only rule I implement is that the item can be easily
gathered and (safely) tossed without breakage or injury (save your razor-blades
and glass shards for witches’ bottles!).
Collecting the Bones and Bobbles
Most any small bones will do, though its recommended that
you use bones that haven’t been cooked, as cooked bones have a tendency to get
very brittle – especially in the case of chicken, which is quite common. In my
collection I have a number of different animal bones: most are chicken, but I
also have some raccoon and possum bones, as well as teeth and claws. I built a “base”
of bones, but am continuously adding or replacing as I see fit.
A short list of “Bones” I like to include – most of which
serve as my “base” bones:
Self Bone – used for the reader
Other Bone – used to represent another person or the person
you are reading
Magic Bone – represents the need for or use of magic
“Evil” Bone – malicious or hateful acts, disadvantageous
Love Bone – represents romantic love
Male Bone – represents male fertility, masculinity,
sexuality or a man
Female Bone – represents female fertility, femininity,
sexuality or a woman
Health Bone – represents physical or mental health
Wealth Bone – represents financial standing or monetary
Family Bone – represents familial connections or a family
Fate Bone – represents destiny and your lifepath (I use a
shell for this: open side up means an event can be altered, destiny is not set
in stone; open side down, this path must be walked – prepare in lieu of fighting)
“Key” Bone – (I actually use a small key) which represents
the key to any given situation, the remedy or problem at hand and its cause
This list is by no means comprehensive and I have many more
bones in my collection with more menial meanings. This is simply a small list
of options to be added to and adapted by whosoever casts the bones.
Reading the Bones
There is no right or wrong way to read the bones, there is
simply your way and their way. Below I will dictate how it is that I do a
general reading – again, this is just an example of one way, take and adapt to
fit your own unique style or tradition!
Begin by collecting your bones into your hand. I keep mine
in a leather pouch, but don’t like to toss them directly from the bag as it
doesn’t allow for much control – i.e. the bones fall out either in a massive,
unreadable pile or they fly out in such a scattered way nothing is close enough
to read. Throwing them from the hand allows for a rather contained casting, and
one that can be read easily. I do not include the Self or Other bone, instead,
the Self Bone is placed before the caster and the Other Bones is placed either
in front of the person you’re reading for or simply in the middle of the
casting area. When reading for yourself,
place the Self Bone in the center and discard the Other Bone.
Throw the Bones. This can be done on a square of cloth on
which a circle (or any number of complex shapes) has been drawn or simply upon
a flat table. If throwing in a circle, discard all bones that fall outside of
it. These bones are null for the reading, though they can also be read as “far
from the person’s mind/current situation.”
Interpret the Bones. This is done by noting the location and
connection of the bones present. For instance, note the Love Bones proximity to
the Other Bones and the Male Bone. This could be interpreted as being the male
love of the querent – but if the “Evil” bones is introduced, this could symbol
ulterior motives or a hostile or explosive relationship. Read based on both
their proximity to the Other Bone – the closer, the higher priority the matter
is – and their relation to one another. It’s very much like investigating a big
puzzle, putting it together piece by piece to form a comprehensive
understanding of their life or situation. Also not their relation based on the
third dimension: x bone seems to be overlapping y bone – is the x issue
eclipsing an underlying problem or truth represented by y? It depends. Only
through practice will you find clarity.
Convey the message. I always like to spend a few moments
making a variety of “hmm” noises when reading for others – it builds up their
anticipation. Or you can throw in the occasional gasp or snarky smirk. Their
responses are usually hilarious – even more so when yours are genuine! If you
are reading on your own, it may be a good idea to sketch out a general map of
the readings as opposed to taking a picture as often bones overlie others, which
makes for a rather misleading photo representation. You might also find jotting
down notes rewarding, especially in synthesizing a cohesive read.
Once you’ve garnered all the information you can from that
particular toss, feel free to specify: take the bone/situation you wish to
examine and toss the rest again over it/them, reading the others through that
particular lens. I.E. Who is this person
mentioned? What are their qualities? What is the nature of this love? What
magic is being referenced here? Follow that rabbit hole as far as you wish,
building your understanding.
Do not be afraid to adjust your style! Want to narrow down a
time frame? Make a sort of timeline with the bones. Wish to determine the
source of an ailment? Shape the bones into the form of a body. I find the bones
allow for far more creativity and ingenuity than cards. And above all – TRUST
Photos: These are photos of my “base” bones when I first started reading; since then they have probably doubled (if not tripled) in number and do not incorporate my other animal bones, claws or teeth.
i’ve been practicing witchcraft on and off for the past 3 years and i really want to share some of the tips and tricks i’ve learned to help other witches, especially new witches, so here we go:
- i’ve got two words for you.bead. organizers. go to your local craft store and buy one for like 3 bucks and you have a really spacious way to organize any of your witchy materials. sure glass jars and bottles are cool, but save those for spells or particularly special ingredients.
-birthday candles and tea lights are my best friend. I’m still partially in the broom closet, so i have limited time and space to work with when practicing my craft, and these bad boys are absolutely perfect. plus birthday candles come in colors which you can incorporate into your spells
-mortar and pestle. i recently bought a one and it has improved my craft by like 500%. to new witches who are trying to figure out what they should purchase first, i highly recommend getting one. make sure you buy one that’s made for cooking even if you dont wish to consume anything you put in it, most sold in specialty shops aren’t effective at grinding(they’re too smooth). plus it just helps you feel more connected to your craft, which is always a bonus.
-scented candles. like, it’s a completely inconspicuous way to practice witchcraft. burn a rose scented candle for love magic, an “ocean” scented one if you’re a water witch, a sage one for cleansing, the possibilities are endless. (and even for ones that are combinations of several scents, just google the magickal correlations of the individual ingredients and see what they mean to you when they’re combined, color of the candle can also play a role in it if you want it too)
-cotton swabs/Qtips. if you reuse small containers these are a life saver, it saves you the time of having to wait for them to air dry. you can also use them to spread spells or etc, you can even use them as wands if you’re on a super tight budget(both air and cotton have correlations to air, and wands are generally considered instruments of the air)
-fire salt. fire salt is one of the first things i made when i started practicing witchcraft, and honestly it’s one of my favorites. fire salt is just salt combined with spices like pepper, red pepper, cinnamon, or anything else you consider to correlate with fire. you can use fire salt as a substitute for live flames in a spell, or you can fill a dish with it if you want to honor/pray to a deity but you can’t light a candle.
-hemp string/twine. for witches on a budget, hemp string can be found for really cheap at your local craft store, and it makes any project you’re working on feel 100% more witchy. and it’s not just for aesthetic purposes, hemp string tends to be less processed than other types of string, which will make everything you craft with it feel more natural and connected to the earth.
-digital grimoires/book of shadows. this blog is mostly text posts for a reason. it’s not that i dont love all the aesthetic witchy pictures on tumblr, but for me personally it helps to have a ton of information in one place without the distraction of pretty pictures. plus tumblr allows you to easily find posts related to one subject through the tags, and since I’m an extremely lazy witch, i prefer this to handwriting everything.
♥♥♥i didn’t add a lot of stuff since i was trying to keep this post to a reasonable length, but if you have any questions please feel free to ask me! and if you have your own tips please add them on since I’m still learning myself lol. ♥♥♥
Whew, finally back from school! Now that I’m free, it’s time to reassemble one of my best
school essentials for next quarter—tiny, reusable packets of herbs that are
perfect for spells on the go (or spicing up a dull meal…what’s the difference,
While I love the look of tiny bottles for portable ingredients, they’re
not as space-saving as these repurposed straws. So though my best staples get
bottled for easiest refills, I like to keep the odd ingredient (or extra
backups of the classics) rattling around in my pockets like this! Some things to keep in mind:
Only melt the ends as they’re separated from the herbs by
the pliers/tweezers—food safe plastic or not, you still don’t want that melting
on your ingredients!
Most straws work for this, but thin plastic straws may
warp and bubble further up the tube before the ends seal shut; try a few tests,
and heat with care.
While I always carry around a pen knife, if you don’t,
consider keeping these in a little pocket tin with a razor blade for easy
opening. Cutting the small notch in the end is pretty effective for
fingers-only opening, but may cause leaks in fluid-filled packets and should be
avoided in those cases. Small, neat incisions with a knife also make for easier
sealing for reuse!
EDIT: while I didn’t touch on it too much here, I also use these to prepare ready-made spells. If you’re doing this, consider matching the color of the candle and straw to the spell intent!
Things You Can Definitely Buy From the Dollar Store: A Guide to Being Poor
• Band-aids- You can probably get a box of 100 or so for a buck • Light Pads- Not tampons, because you really shouldn’t skimp on tampon quality, and if you have a seriously heavy flow, I would consider a sturdier brand, but for just some just-in-case panty liners or your last couple days, a 20 pack of liners for $1 is pretty sweet • Pain Relievers- it depends on how many are in the bottle and what your local prices are, so check what it costs for a big bottle at Walmart with 100 in it, vs the 25 in the dollar store bottle. It takes a little math, but sometimes it can save a lot of money to by 4 (25ct) bottles for $4 instead of 1 (100 ct) bottle for $7 • Nail Polish & Makeup- If you aren’t picky about brands, Dollar stores have some good ones sometimes. LA Colors is a makeup brand that Dollar Tree sells, among other stores, and most of its makeup is pretty good. ELF is something common at dollar stores, as well, and is pretty darn good for $1-3. I would stay away from Dollar Store foundation and concealers if you haven’t tried it out before or seen good reviews though • Dishes- A dish is a dish is a dish, man. Don’t waste $50 on your first dish set after moving out of your parent’s house. It really isn’t worth it—moving for college, a new apartment every year your lease is up, roommates, parties, exploding in microwaves, soon-to-be-ex throwing them at your head and whatnot: they’re going to get trashed. When you have a steady job, your own house and want to entertain, then go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and buy the nicest set of dishes you can find. Until then, Goodwill and Dollar Store dishes are for you. In my opinion, it’s actually more fun to have miss-matched dishes, but if it’s not for you, you can totally buy matches from Dollar Tree. I’ve actually seen some pretty nice ones. • Books- Find something interesting? Go for it. Book is a Book is a Book. Sometimes they even have pretty good ones, it’s worth checking next time you’re in the store • Pregnancy/Ovulation Tests- It’s been proven that the cheapos are just as accurate as the $10 apiece ones. If you have a late period or are feeling paranoid, don’t waste huge money on name brands. • Food- Dollar stores have really evolved when it comes to food. Some even have frozen sections! Be careful, as sometimes the almost empty boxes are actually MORE MONEY per oz. but all in all, you can get some good deals if you look for them. Keep an eye on expiration dates though—there is a reason it’s in the dollar store. Do NOT buy spices from discount stores! If it’s a name brand, that’s fine, but the cheapo brands make spice “mixes” and “Blends” that are usually full of salt to make them cheaper to produce—this is unhealthy for you because if you are seasoning something and want more flavor, you use more spice mix, but you’re adding more salt. Total high sodium risk • Cleaning Supplies: It all depends on what you can find, of course. But dryer sheets, sponges, toilet bowl cleaner, etc. are all pretty standard and aren’t going to be very different if you spend $1 on it or $10. If you buy one and it doesn’t work for you, or feels ineffective then spring for a more expensive version, but the cheap is always worth a try. • Candles + Incense: some of them actually smell pretty good and you can find a good deal every once in a while. They have pretty nice candle holders sometimes, as well
Things you SHOULDN’T buy from the dollar store • Spices: As noted earlier, Spice “mixes” usually contain a lot of salt and other filler, so when you go to add more seasoning for more flavor, you just end up with more salt. It’s really unhealthy, over all, and being a low-income or likely in college person can already put you at risk for unhealthy eating. Spring for the real stuff, I promise it’s worth it • Office/School Supplies: Okay, this may just be personal experience, but I have to be honest, I have not had any kind of luck with pens, pencils, or even the paper. A lot of the notebooks are actually cheaper at a regular store, especially in the fall, and it’s better to stock up on $.20 each then than pay $1 per notebook later. Your individual stores may have better options, but I’ve never found discounted office things (especially pens, ugh!) to be worth the slightly lower price once you factor in the ease with which they break, how quickly they run out of ink and whatnot. • Razors: No. Just, just don’t do it—your skin will thank me later • Candy: most small snack and candy items are old, from bad batches, or are mostly empty boxes—as well as usually being overpriced. If you need your chocolate to indulge, do it right and spend the same, if not less, amount of money on better candy. • Anything you find questionable: use your gut. It something seems too good to be true, or doesn’t feel right, don’t bother with it. Use your judgement!
6 things i stopped buying: minimalism journey (+ reduce waste)
1. Makeup Remover Wipes: instead, use a washcloth (preferably black) and apply coconut oil or almond oil to the cloth (or face), then use the cloth to wipe your entire makeup off until satisfied. *(continue with face wash routine or face mask)
benefits: reusable // machine washable // save money // gentle on the skin // effectively removes makeup
2. Plastic Toothbrushes: instead, buy a pack of bamboo toothbrushes on amazon or a general store. use these brushes as you would any other brush and thoroughly brush to improve oral health.
3. Multi-Step Facial Cleansers & Name Brand Body Washes: instead, use African Black soap for both your body and face with your preferred method of washing (electronic brush, hands, or wash cloth). for more simple face washes, consider using vegan and/or organic facial washes that work for your skin type.
benefits: multipurpose // improves overall skin health // all skin types (especially acne prone or oily) // single-step process // organic // save money
4. Plastic Water Bottles: instead, use a simple stainless steel bottle that you can refill throughout the day and keep up with.
benefits: reusable // washable // aesthetic // easy to monitor and handle // eco-friendly
5. Face Moisturizers: instead, use carrier oils (such as coconut oil, argan oil, almond oil, castor oil) that work with your skin type/skin needs *(you can try combining them with essential oils such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, etc.)
benefits: organic // improves skin health // no harsh chemicals // save money // longer lasting // multipurpose
6. Animal Cruelty Makeup: instead, buy makeup products that you truly need (wear daily)from companies that are Animal-Cruelty FREE and/or vegan. do your research and spend your money wisely. some may seem expensive, but consider how much some high-end brands benefit from not being animal-cruelty free *(invest in vegan and/or organic products too).
i got a new yellow kanken for this school year and i’ve already put some pins on it and it looks so cute!!!!!! i’m so excited to use it for the upcoming school year hahah at first glance it looks so small but it actually fits a lot:0000 so here’s what’s in my bag!
a folder: i use this folder for reply slips, notices, my temperature record sheet (which my homeroom teacher checks every morning to make sure we’re not sick) i find it easier to store things i need in the homeroom period in one place so i know where things are when i need them!
pencil case: i use a muji pencil box because i wanted to have a pencil case that is easy to carry and could hold a decent amount of pens. this pencil case holds three pens, one mechanical pencil, one eraser, one correction tape, one ruler, a clip, and a stapler. i was actually surprised when i found out that this case could hold so much with its small ass size (side note: the cover for the pencil case is actually the perfect size for my schedule so i sticked the schedule for my classes on there for my easy access!!!)
pencil bag: i know i already have a pencil case but hear me out!!! i found having a colour for each subject/class is really convenient and it makes things so much easier when you need to organise things such as planning a study schedule. so, i chose to buy another pencil bag for all my mildliners and some sticky tape (and correction fluid) now that’s a heavy pencil bag but you never know when you need those special supplies:>
planner: now we all know we absolutely need a planner to know what we’re doing a hundred percent of the time. a planner is essential for me cus i have no memory so if you tell me about an event that’s weeks away there’s no way i’ll be able to remember that. that’s why i dump all of my schedules into this nice little book and i don’t have to freak out about whether i have a test today.
memos: memos are so convenient and useful if you constantly forget things like i do and you need to remind yourself to for example, talk to a teacher during recess or hand in an assignment before lunch, they are also great to doodle on
macbook: i use google docs for most of my typed assignments and some of my notes so a notebook is definitely needed for me to work efficiently (unfortunately only some of my teachers allow us using devices during class:( )
charger: i bring a charger for both my phone and laptop just in case i forgot to charge the night before to save a life
earphones: to me, earphones are an essential whenever i go out because although we’re not allowed to listen to music in class in our school but it’s also nice to wake myself up by listening to music on the way to school and relax a bit with music after school
pouch: this pouch carries one lip tint, some lip balm, some moisturising cream, a mirror, and a comb. taking care of my looks wakes me up and keeps me in a good mood:D (plus, i once had lips so dry they started bleeding non-stop, that left me traumatised so i’m never going anywhere without my lip balm again)
some candy: i once almost fainted because i had low blood sugar so i say it’s for my health but who are we kidding i just like candy
hair tie: i hate sweating,,, i hate hair with sweat even more,,,,,, hair ties saves my ass
water bottle: i used to not understand the importance of water but boiii now i know how much i need water,,, i do choir so i usually just drink water when i’m singing and absolutely needed to drink (like after i run in pe) but now that i realised water keeps me awake and peeing a lot i remind myself to at least drink two big bottles of water before school ends:>
woww this was a long post,, i really enjoyed the process of typing this though because i’m reminding myself of what i need to bring for school and make sure i didn’t miss anything. i hope y’all enjoyed this useless information!!!
Greetings, all! I hope you’re having a good day! Today, I’ll be giving a small, practical tutorial for a neat new altar/workspace setup I’ve recently been using.
I developed the idea out of necessity, because it takes up less space. It is quite safe if you’re burning things, and looks nice and elegant. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and even try it!
I’m sorry I don’t have any pictures of my own, but it looks wonky because it’s small and I’ve been using it a lot. I may post some pictures of it after I do some cleaning!
To begin, you need a large tabletop planter or flowerpot sort of thing! You want the kind that large houseplants go in. In theory, you could use a planter meant to set on the floor/ground.
I prefer a tabletop one so I can set it next to my Tarot space on the table. The concept is the same, either way!
Choose one that looks nice to you! It should fit with your view of your craft, whatever that means to you, personally! Availability is an issue, but if you’re able to order online, there are a lot of nice options.
You can also get a simple, plain and functional one. You could decorate it with paint and such, if you like. Either way, it should not be plastic or flimsy. You want something ceramic and large, with a wide opening.
You also want one that is quite deep, at least a couple inches or more. If it’s too deep and big, you might have trouble moving it around. You don’t want that, but still, choose one that is exactly as large as you can manage.
Place it on a table where you’re planning to do most of your work. You might consider this your altar, or a workspace. I call mine a workspace, but it can function as an altar sometimes, too. Your space is, of course, yours, and only you can decide how you think of it!
I put mine on a table right next to where I’ve laid out a cloth for my Tarot and Lenormand readings. I also keep my working charm bottles on the same table, as well as other tools. If you have less space, a small nightstand table can work fine, provided the planter fits on it and is stable.
Once you’ve got the planter in place, go out and get some sand. I used really grainy sand, but fine sand should work, too.
You don’t want large pebbles (or even small ones). You want sand! You can get some at a home and garden store, especially in the summer. Buy a small amount, but enough to fill the planter.
Then, fill the planter with the sand. You want it full, but not piled up. Make it level, and don’t fill it all the way to the top. Leave some space.
Now that it’s done, what the heck do you do with it? Well, you can…
Place burning incense sticks into the sand, allowing the ashes to fall into the sand.
Place candles deep into the sand, such that it acts as a sturdy candleholder for them.
Lay out gemstones in the sand to form a crystal grid or pattern.
Sketch sigils and symbols into the sand with your fingers or a stick.
Leave offerings to deities and spirits. Be sure to remove them if they’re perishable, once they’ve served their purpose!
There’s a lot more that you can do, limited only by your imagination! You can also simply have a relaxing time playing in your mini-sandbox altar!
I would recommend only using this altar for positive purposes. I’m not one to shame or be a jerk about curses and such, though. The thing is, this altar is unique! The sand collects fragments of your spell ingredients.
This imbues the altar and sand with your collective intentions. Of course, you want to make it a truly welcoming place for you. I’d suggest doing baneful work elsewhere and leave this altar for the positive things! That’s my view, anyways.
After a while, the altar and sand will be deeply tied to you on a magical level. They will have absorbed your intentions and energy. This means that the sand itself is even useful!
Sometimes, you might do a spell away from your altar, too. In that case, you can use bits of the sand to add the strength of your essence to the working. You can use the sand as a sort of magical signature.
Of course, you will need to change the sand eventually. I recommend doing this at major turning points in your magical journey. Save some of the old sand in a bottle, and using it as a symbol (in spells, or just in general) of time in your life!
I hope this article gave you some fun ideas for creating a magical workspace!