should have used references oh well

Can you imagine Tom helping Ginny write her poem?

“You must begin by mentioning his green eyes. They’re his most attractive feature.”

“Now his hair. It’s dark like-“ “A blackboard?” “…Yes, I suppose that’ll do.”

“You have to fit ‘divine’ in there somewhere, Ginny. It’s of the utmost importance.”

“Don’t use ‘defeated’. Conquered sounds far more palatable for a valentines poem, doesn’t it? You don’t defeat someone’s heart. You conquer it.” “But I’m using it in reference to you-know-who…” “Yes, well. The point is that it sounds better.”

“Oh, and you should use Dark Lord instead of you-know-who. Put it right at the end of the poem. You shouldn’t even sign it. Just leave it like that.”

anonymous asked:

I need help with my grimoire. I made space for a title page, introduction, table of contents, then I numbered the pages and spritzed them with perfume. idk how to fill it tho? any suggestions or guides?

Oh, bro, have I got you.

From [Richtor’s Grimoire Tips, Part 03]

What Should I Write?

Well, it ultimately boils down to… what do you want to write?

I believe you should only write down things that you plan on using, for the matter of saving energy and space. Arguably, however, even if you don’t plan on using something directly, it can be used as a reference for things to stay away from, or provide ideas and formatting for your own spells and ideas in the future. That is up to you completely. There is also no need to write down things you already know, or so I feel; you already have that knowledge in your head, and can reference it there, it will just take up space and energy to write it down in a book.

To me, correspondences are the most important thing in my grimoire, even before the spells. Without the correspondences, I would lack the understanding of why something is used in a spell, what it brings to the spell, and what effect it could have on me. I use these by far the most often, because I tend to make up my own spells on the spot, rather than use any of the hundred or so spells I have already written down… With correspondences, you can write your own spells based off the information contained there, and geared towards the supplies you currently have; creating your own spells to your own particular circumstances and tastes can prove more effective, due to how personal and connected they are specifically to you.

Despite that being said, other people’s spells are also good to write down. If you see a spell you like and wish to use later, your grimoire is the best place to put it. Spells written by other people absolutely can still work for you - writing spells for yourself just provides a more personal connection and ensures success by a degree. (How much? Who really knows, magic is hard to measure.)

What sort of spells you write comes down to the sort of things you want to do with your magic. Protection spells, to me, are always useful to keep - I think protection spells rank the most numerous in my own grimoire. I tend to also write down any spell that I think I would have occasion to use in the future, as a “just in case.” Whatever you think you will use, or might have occasion to use, go for it. Sigils can also fall under this category as well. If you are positive you won’t use something, or couldn’t gain any knowledge from something, or if you just plain don’t like it, you don’t need to write it. (Example, you don’t have to put curses in your grimoire if you’re anti-curse; if you can’t use any spells involving fire, you may not wish to write them down, but if you think you may have chances to use spells like that in the future, then write them down.)

Along with correspondences, anything that is worth noting about a particular herb or crystal is great to have too - what herbs are poisonous, which crystals are not water soluble, etc. This way you can be sure that you don’t include too much of a herb that could make you sick, or damage your crystals, or ingest any gem elixirs after your stone has started dissolving in it. Making sure you are safe while you practice witchcraft is something I think all witches should try to do - we’re playing around with something that isn’t always light and fluffy and happy.

Here is a list of topics that may prove useful to keep in a grimoire; again, it all depends on what you need to know, what you want to do, and how you plan to work with magic. This list is also not extensive or complete - it is just a few ideas I can think of at this point in time.

  • spell timing, such as Sabbats and esbats, moon phases, days of the week, time of the day, etc.
  • correspondences for herbs, crystals, colors, the four elements, planetary associations, etc.
    • substitutions for particular items like herbs, crystals, etc.
    • any safety precautions for working with certain herbs, crystals, etc.
    • information on how to determine personal correspondences and associations
    • magical materials that can be used in spells
  • information on any religions you work within
    • example: for Wicca, you may wish to write out the Wiccan Rede, how to cast a circle, how to call the four corners / elements / guardians of the watchtowers, etc.
    • offering ideas for any deities you work with
    • invocations for any deities you work with
    • rituals / dedications / prayers to any deities you work with
  • information on any spirits you work with / wish to work with
    • offering ideas for any spirits you work with (i.e. the fae, elemental spirits like sylphs and salamanders, etc.)
  • information on the history of witchcraft
  • information on familiars and working with animals in magic
  • information on various types of magic
    • examples: energy work, candle magic, crystal magic / crystal grids, sachet magic, knot magic, kitchen magic / tea magic, bath magic, traditional magic, urban magic, chaos magic, pop culture magic, green magic, hedgework, spirit work, shadow work, blood magic, sex magic, necromancy / death magic, etc.
    • MAGIC NO LONGER LOOKS LIKE A WORD TO ME
    • any safety precautions for working with certain varieties of magic
  • any divination methods you wish to try
    • examples: definitions of the tarot cards, tarot spreads, cartomancy interpretations, definitions of runes, reading tea leaves (tasseomancy) / coffee grounds, tips on pendulum reading, etc.
  • spells that you write yourself, or sigils that you draw yourself
    • any notes and observations you made when testing that spell / using it
  • spells or sigils from external sources that you may want to use and/or reference
  • recipes for potions, powders, oils, tinctures, etc.
  • chants and incantations
  • blessings
  • curses
  • information on any magical groups or covens you participate in
    • coven rules and guidelines, members lists and contact information, etc.

Here are some links for other posts that provide tips on keeping a grimoire and things that you could keep in them.

I hope that helps you! :D

STOP using renaissance and vintage models as a good reference about how beauty should not depend on body weight oh my god almost every representation of the feminine body in art was created to represent the ideals of beauty imposed by the fucking male gaze 

“women in the renaissance didn’t have to starve to be pretty” well yeah they also had to remain virgins until marriage and were pretty much household objects and they had to be strong enough to have the ridiculous ammount of babies their husbands expected them to have

“Marilyn Monroe’s tighs rubbed against each other” yeah probably everyone’s did because back then men liked “curvy” women and beign skinny was very likely a crime against humanity

just fucking shut up already if you want things to change then stop looking back at things that had to be changed because they sucked god fucking damnit