So I've been very lazy with my studying toward witch craft and therefore I'm going back to the beginning~ lol. Any advice for a little witch?
Some Advice for Getting Started:
*Start with things that interest you!*
I know i get terribly bored very quickly (gemini curse lmao) so i find that if i dive into stuff i’m interested in learning about, that it will tend to hold my attention longer and help me get back into the swing of things! So in my example one of my first things i researched when i was starting out was about Crystals and their properties/uses in magic! From there i was able to use that as a sort of base jumping off point for my magical practice! And if you find something you were learning about doesn’t seem like it fits you/your style/ your practice then drop it and move on to the next thing!
No Questions Are Stupid Questions
No Questions Are Stupid Questions
No Questions Are Stupid Questions!!!! Questions mean you care enough to try and learn more about something! I’m pretty much always here and will try my best to answer as best as i am able And if I can’t i will do my best to help direct you to someone more knowledgeable!
*TAKE YOUR TIME!*
This one is important because most of the time i feel like i see baby/beginner witches try really REALLY hard to “reach the same level” as other witches as quickly as possible when in reality that just hurts THEIR path in the long run. Your path is your own, take it at your own pace. Enjoy the little bumps along the way and find the “Roses of your Path” (the things that make you want to stop and appreciate them: the satisfaction of calling your first Storm, the chill of the night air when you set out your first Full Moon Water, the spark when you find that one crystal.) Enjoy it. Enjoy your path, Enjoy your Craft.
*Use the Things you Already Own!*
Another thing i see beginners getting hung up on (myself included, i was/am extremely guilty of this lol) is wanting to go out and buy a ton of supplies. try looking around your house for things that can be re purposed. Old Spaghetti Sauce Jars can be cleaned and used as spell jars, deity altars/shrines, or ingredient storage! Take pictures from old magazines and make a collage Altar on paper! Use a composition notebook as your Book Of Shadows! Your old broken glasses case can be used as a case for your portable altar! Dig around and see if there are extra candles you haven’t used in a while! Wash out and save those eggshells from your cooking to use as spell ingredients! It takes some creative thinking but you can reclaim pretty much anything for your craft!
*Look for Bargains!* For one thing prices can be outrageous for actual craft materials: like Crystals and Gems? Truly truly truly outrageous. So keep your eyes peeled for bargains and deals! Some of the best places to look for things on the cheap would be Dollar Stores, Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Garage/Estate Sales! Most of the time in those places you can try haggling to get things at a cheaper price (or get more for less.) It really just depends on the place but you can find the most interesting assortments of things! Keep your eyes peeled in your general day to day life as well see if there are sales at your local grocery store for seed packets, seasonal items/holiday items (look for the sales afterwords to really save haha) The internet is a great place to look, i know Ebay has sellers who sell raw crystals/ crystal chunks by the pound. There’s also places to buy spices in bulk too .
*Don’t Compare Your Path to Others!* Your Path is Your Path, Their Path is Their Path. Being online and part of the witchy community in tumblr means that there are a lot of ideas being shared from people’s paths and their views on how they think magic should be practiced. What works for them might not work for you and vice versa. Only YOU can decide what is best for you and your path. and on that note:
*Figure Out What YOU Want Out of Your Path!* When you get some time, sit down and write out all the things you want to get from your path and think critically about how you want magic to work in your daily life. Do you want it to be Super Formal or more casual? perhaps a mix of the two? Test the waters! Try things once and if you don’t like it then you know and can move on to the things that work better for your lifestyle/craft/path! Some examples from my list that i can think of right now would be: -Better knowledge of Crystals/ Crystal remedies and their healing properties -Daily research -aka tumblr- -Appreciating Nature more (Whenever i go on walks with my dog i try to pick up some litter if/when i see it) -Daily Deity appreciation -aka deity aesthetic reblogs to @theemeraldgod & Pintrest-
I saw a few people in my recent tags asking HOW and one kind sweet user asking what bears the most money so I’m going to share my success story. I’m tagging
@alice-elizabethscott , @xxkalleexx , @drunkenwhaleer , and @seismitoadsbutt, cause I saw y’all in the notes There were a lot more but they were anons
SO Y’ALL WANNA KNOW HOW TO DO THE THING? LEMME SHOW YOU
You will need a game year, roughly 928 Starfruit seeds, the greenhouse, 6 iridium sprinkers, as many kegs as you can possibly craft, 157 casks, your favorite music, and a LOT of patience.
I’m putting it under a readmore because hot dang it’s a long post. It woudln’t be as long but I wanted to put pictures in
help the smirk that made its way to his face. He was pulling off the sheets to
the bed he shared with you, currently stained with a mixture of black, red and even a little bit of light green paint. Although the dominant color was black.
you guys would take the time to change out your sheet, at least the top layer. Or at the very least lay one on the floor. But last night wasn’t one of those nights you were willing to wait for it. He met
with his body painter at Full Sail and worked on a new look for the Demon King.
You were still in NXT so he enjoyed having you as an excuse to still come to
Full Sail even though he was on Raw now. All that he remembered was you
complimenting the paint but also very clearly appreciating it.
In the frozen tundra of the Svalbard archipelago, near an abandoned coal mine, the Norwegian government has assembled one of the most comprehensive “seed vaults” in the world. Jutting out against the forbidding Arctic landscape, the vault serves as a reference library of last resort, that should we need it, could save humanity one day.
“Y/N, I want you and Daryl to go on a run. I think Maggie wants to start planting soon, you need to look for seed, farming supply store, greenhouses, places like that.” Rick told you, poking his head into your room. He’d never asked you to go on a run before, you’d just always taught the children and looked after livestock. You jumped at the opportunity to help out the community, especially going with Daryl. The two of you were great friends, even though he always called you a hippie because of your laid back demeanor.
“Hey, sunshine.” Daryl smirked at you as he followed you down your front step. He’d been leaned against your house by the front door, waiting on you to walk out.
“Good morning, Daryl.” you smiled as you took a deep breath, breathing in the dew filled air and taking up the rays of the sun, Daryl smiling at you. He laughed at you and your ability to smile like none other in the apocalypse.
“You ready to go?” he asked, patting your back as he passed you.
“As I’ll ever be.” you chirped and followed him, jogging on the sidewalk. You found an old jeep in the parking lot and climbed in with Daryl, who volunteered to drive. You stood up as Daryl drove down the road, holding on to the top of the windshield, letting the wind blow through your unruly hair and Daryl laughed at you again. “What?” you asked, glancing down at him.
“You and your hippie-dippie bull shit. You’re up there, reaching for the sun like a little field flower while there are more dead people walking around then live ones.”
“I can’t change any of that.” you shrugged. “Why shit myself over it if I there’s no way I can change it?”
“I guess you got a point…” he shook his head, laughing some more and the two of you continued on in a perfectly comfortable silence until you spotted Farmer’s Feeder store and told Daryl to pull over a couple hundred yards away. The store had about a dozen walkers around it but you were certain the two of you could handle it.
“You can take those out with your bow if we move a little closer then I can advance and take out the rest with my knife” you planned out loud.
“By yourself?” he asked. “Nah, you’ll get killed, I can only take out six from here you can’t handle six walkers on your own.”
“Watch me.” you smirked and jumped out of the Jeep.
“Y/N, get back here.”
“Have some faith.” you shrugged and slinked into the tall grass, your body disappearing from his sight, the tall weeds moving where you did being the only way he could tell where you were. He started shooting walkers, the dead falling one by one, you came out of the grass just as he fire the last shot, giving him a thumbs up before you took off sprinting and jumped on the biggest ones back, leaping like a tiger. Daryl had never seen anything like it and he shook his head as he drove the jeep to where you were. Your drive your knife into the brain of the walked you were on and pounced from that one to the next as the first one fell. The one you’d jumped onto wasn’t happy with the new weight and turned in circles trying to get to you, allowing you to take another two walkers out before you killed the one whose back you were on. You drove your knife through the skull of the last walker just as Daryl reached you, a smile playing at his lips.
“Hell, sunshine…” his deep voice rumbled. “I didn’t know you could do all that.”
“There’s a lot you don’t know about me, Daryl.” you shot back and the two of you walked into the store, Daryl wondering what that meant.
Hello! Emergency! My friend's cat just brought in a pigeon(we THINK its a pige) and he got it away but its wing is hurt! He has it in a cat cage in a separate room from the cats, and we made sure not to have it near any sort of smoke, is there anything else we should do for it until its wing gets better?? We unfortunately can't keep it since he has so many cats, but I want it to get better as soon as we can, so what's your advice? (We have no idea how bad the injury is either)
oh shit. okay, okay please call your local wildlife rehab center (i know pigeons are not wildlife, but they’ll know what to do more so than you, babies are tricky.) i tried to save hatchlings and it never goes well, and this one isn’t one right? for now, keep them in a box with lots of padding, like a blanket, provide some water and some bird seed - like pet store seed and keep them somewhere dark and quiet so it won’t be stressed and can’t further hurt themself.
Okay, so I’ve seen mention a few times of seed libraries in a solarpunk context, and I want to talk about that for a minute because HELL YES.
Two facts before we begin: one, I am a librarian by trade, so I freely admit to being super biased toward anything and everything that smacks of libraries; two, my home state happens to have a kickass seed library that was shut down not too long ago.
First of all: seed libraries are an absolutely fantastic idea. Not only are they a great way to preserve a wide diversity of plant life, especially heirlooms and varietals that would be difficult to find and grow otherwise, but they are a cost effective, community based way to encourage sharing and gardening (with all that entails, like reduced carbon footprint, small-scale and sustainable agriculture, and food independence).
The community aspect is especially important here, I think: rather than expecting each person to obtain their own seeds, you have the option to purchase a small number of seeds collectively and share them among the community. Participating members can switch crops regularly, to prevent the soil from getting tired, without giving up on certain crops completely.
Plus, as a community you can use seed libraries as an affirmation that sustainability is important, while offering ways to actual support sustainable practices (gardening) within the group.
I’d be hard pressed to think of anything more solarpunk than that, unless you turned them from formal institutions into super local community-based efforts, a la the Little Free Library program.
Secondly: holy accessibility, batman! I mentioned above the cost-effectiveness, but I wanted to mention it again because it is important. Seeds are expensive, especially if you have an interest in uncommon varietals, like purple potatoes or heirloom tomatoes.
Add to that the fact that some seeds are patent-protected (I’m looking at you, Monsanto), with farmers expressly forbidden from replanting any extra/leftover seeds from one season to the next, and you have HUGE monetary barriers to entry in gardening and farming. Small scale agriculture is virtually impossible, and definitely not economically sustainable, when you are required to pay through the nose at the beginning of each growing season for seeds.
Purchasing seeds collectively, saving and replanting them from year to year cuts out one of the major barriers to local sustainability efforts: the cost. Fight capitalism through sharing!
There are two big problems with seed libraries, though.
One: they run counter to capitalistic ideals, and specifically threaten large companies that have made major profit off of seed patents (yes, I’m talking about Monsanto again).
While this does seem like a good thing at first glance, these companies are also responsible for major advances in agriculture and food science. Remember the time they created a new rice strain that included beta-carotene to reduce childhood blindness and malnutrition?
If seed libraries go large-scale (or just get really popular), we run the risk of reducing funding going toward scientific food-based research, so we’ll need to find an alternate way to make sure that necessary research gets funded. Although we are privileged enough here in the U.S. to get away with disliking GMOs, other countries depend on them for basic nutrition, so we need to make sure that appropriate progress is still made when it’s needed.
Two: there are concerns that seed libraries may increase the spread of agricultural diseases. Literally the very last thing that a solarpunk society needs is another Great Potato Famine, which is a risk when seeds are stored and distributed by untrained people who don’t know what to look for.
I don’t have a good solution to this one (dammit, Jim, I’m a librarian, not an agricultural engineer!) but maybe someone else does? Is there any easy way to decontaminate or identify spoiled seeds in the collection, or are we all going to start seeing witches everywhere because of spoiled wheat if we give seed libraries a try?
Does anyone else have any thought on seed libraries? What are some good ways to overcome the issues inherent with them?
Last day of the calendar year. It is dark and stormy weather here, and I’ve just seen that rodents have eaten my stored onion seeds and grains of millet and rye. An exceptionally crap year. Thanks to all the decent folks who have always been friendly. Roll on 2017
ok u know how tae’s grandmother’s best friend has a strawberry farm or something like that, right???
au where you’re his grandmother’s best friend’s granddaughter and he sees you again for the first time in years and is totally crushing on you when you both go strawberry picking at your grandmother’s farm