six pieces

you know what’s probably more fun than playing chess? cheating at chess

ohhh would you look at that, my pawns found jesus and now they’re all bishops”

“so i realize it looks like i’m putting a thimble on the board but actually my rooks have been using their downtime to build another rook, one that’s better, stronger, faster—”

“hey welcome back. while you left to get a snack, those six pieces you’d captured slipped their guards, tunneled to safety and emerged right in the middle of your royal palace.”

“oof, looks like you’ve got my king cornered…maybe this is a good time to mention that shortly before we started playing, my pawns and knights revolted and instituted a representative democracy. feel free to kill the puppet ruler that was the one remaining vestige of our tyranny, you cringing servant of the crown. vive la revolution!

poor akaashi, it must be so hard being loved by so many dogs

“You shouldn’t make friends with crows.”
“Why not?”
He’d looked up from his desk to answer, but whatever he’d been about to say had vanished on his tongue.
The sun was out for once, and Inej had turned her face to it. Her eyes were shut, her oil-black lashes fanned over her cheeks. The harbour wind had lifted her dark hair, and for a moment Kaz was a boy again, sure that there was magic in this world.
“Why not?” she’d repeated, eyes still closed.
He said the first thing that popped into his head. “They don’t have any manners.”
“Neither do you, Kaz.” She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and got drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.

- Six of Crows, @lbardugo

Pet Protection Spell


While it is important to work carefully with your totem animals, it is also important to remember your pets. This spell will help protect your animal friends on the physical plane.

For EACH animal you will need:

1 six-inch square piece of black felt

fabric paints

a clipping of hair or stray feathers from your pet

2 teaspoons dried cedar

1 bay leaf

2 teaspoons catnip (even if you have a dog)

1 teaspoon comfrey

¼ teaspoon dried garlic

1 teaspoon heather

Protection or Guardian oil (shown below)

Cotton

Needle and thread

On what will be the outside of the charm bag paint your pet’s name and these runes: Algiz, Koad; the forest rune; the pentacle and the Goddess rune. Let dry. Fold the felt in half (painted side in) and sew two sides of it, leaving one open. Reverse the bag so the painted side is facing out. Raise energy on the herbs then powder and pour into the pouch. Add the clipping of pet hair, then stuff the rest with cotton to which you have added a few drops of the oil. Finish sewing the pouch.

Cast a circle, invoke the elements and the Lord and Lady.

Say:

O gracious Lord and Lady,
Protector of all creatures who walk upon this earth.
Guard my (pet’s species and name) against harm and illness.
Watch over him/her with every step he/she takes.
Help me protect him/her and strengthen the connection of love between us.
Let this charm be blessed, to hold the energy of protection.
Blessed be.

Keep the charm bags in a safe place, perhaps on your altar, where the animal can’t get to it. Renew this charm every six months.

Remember: the best protection for your animals is to keep them inside, to keep their vaccinations current, and to give them plenty of love, food, and clean water.
 

Protection Oil:

This is a good oil to select for your candle of protection when you are concerned with physical, as opposed to psychic attack. It can also be used to anoint yourself before you leave on a journey or undertake a potentially hazardous situation.

½ ounce olive oil

6 drops rose geranium oil

15 drops lemon oil

4 drops citronella oil

8 drops lavender oilflower lavenderdrops

cajupet oil (as many drops as you see fit)

clear quartz

Guardian Oil:

½ ounce olive oil

5 drops pennyroyal oil

15 drops lemon oil

10 drops rosewood oil

10 drops clove oilflower: rose

15 drops patchouli oilGems: carnelian, citrine