Those of you that follow my blog, you know my affinity for dresses and skirts. I love them. There is simply something so feminine about that look that outside of winter you will rarrrrrrrely see me in pants.
For this post, I tried to mix it up a little. I styled this Elvi top with culottes from @asoscurve. I finished the look with light gray, suede sneakers from @kennethcole-blog to give it a more athleisure look.
Sticks, Stones, and Bones; Divination Through Casting Objects
wonderful friend @peacock-witch and I regularly Skype and have fun
divining with found objects. This means, whatever is at hand! One
night I picked up a pack of cigarettes and started tossing them in
the air to see how they fell. Thus was born my love of casting
objects to divine. Casting objects is simple, easy, and super
“witchy” and in my opinion quite fun and accurate as well! All
you need is a selection of two to ten power objects.
are power objects?
this context, a power object is whatever has special significance or
meaning to you. Just as a deck of tarot cards has 78 distinct
meanings to it, your collection of power objects will each have their
own distinct meaning. When you cast them on your cloth, the way these
objects fall in relation to each other will determine what the
are some ideas of what power objects could be and what their meanings
stones: Use traditional magical
meanings (love, strength, wisdom, protection, etc.).
ogham: Include a full set of
runes or ogham sticks, or include certain ones that have special
significance to you.
lighters: Guiding light,
technology, civilization, fire element.
Air element, communication, travel, motion, movement.
and needles: Pain, attack,
aggression, fear, worry, unease.
can really pick up any object around you, assign it a meaning, and
cast it with your power objects. Over time you will gain the
discernment to tell when an object adds meaning and depth to your
readings, or when it becomes clunky and unwieldy. At the start, just
cast 2-5 power objects; as time goes on you should experiment with
adding more and seeing how it affects your reading. Don’t be afraid
to add or especially remove objects that aren’t working for you.
is a good idea to search for object that are equal in size. For
example, casting 5 cigarettes may be a more balanced reading than
casting a dime, a lighter, and a crow’s feather. When objects are
similar in size they fall similarly and may provide with a more
balanced reading to start with, or at least, a reading that is easier
to read! This is in my own experience however, perhaps to you the
size of the items doesn’t matter at all.
where do you find power objects? Anywhere!
and I pick
up whatever is in the room with us and figure out a way to divine
with it. To make that list of objects above I just sat still and
looked around my kitchen. Even carrots and celery sticks will do if
you’re really short on objects to toss around.
that you can mark on or alter your objects! I draw meanings on the
filters of cigarettes. You can draw symbols on coin with permanent
marker, write words on Popsicle sticks, or dab paint on figurines to
give them extra meaning.
meaning to your objects
way your power object collection looks will reflect what type of
questions you want to divine for. If you want to do love divinations
you may have five different objects each representing a subtle form
of love. If money is your concern, you may have extra objects
representing the economy, cash money, debt, savings, wealth, and
one object to represent the person you are reading for. Suppose you
are using Skittles to divine. Red can represent the person you are
reading for; Green stands for love, yellow for wealth, purple for
spirituality, and orange for success.
with different meanings for your objects. See what group of meanings
works well together. You should be quickly able to tell what meanings
work as a group, and what are clunky, redundant, or nonsensical.
as you trust tarot cards to come up correctly, you need to trust your
power objects to come up correctly. What works for me, and for many
other readers, is to have a ritual you follow each time you cast for
a question. One such example ritual is to hold the power objects,
focus on your question, then cast in the same way every time.
you have focused on your question and cast your power objects, the
real fun begins!
go back to our Skittles example. Suppose you want to divine a
person’s love life, so you cast the red candy (the querent), the
green candy (love), and the orange candy (success). Now, you read the
position of the candies to determine whether or not love will soon be
in their life. Suppose the person is closely touching love but is far
away from success. Maybe this means they will get very close to their
goal but never be successful. Or, what if it means they do not need
to be successful to find love? As a reader it is your job to
interpret how the candies fall.
at how your power objects are oriented on the board.
Do they appear to make a shape or picture? Do all the power objects
appear to be pointing towards one side of the board? Do they give you
a feeling of active motion, or a feeling of stillness? Do some seem
to be clustered together as if they are stuck in a gravity well, or
are they spread outwards as if there was an explosion? Take time to
consider the board as a whole and the entire picture made by the
at how your power objects interact with each other.
Are some objects touching or even stacked on top of each other? Do
some objects seem to mirror each other across the board? Are two or
more objects pointing at each other or facing away from each other?
Consider everything!! This is the true fun and excitement of casting
power objects :3 Take time to consider the objects individually and
how they interact with each other.
power objects is an especially useful form of divination to use when
you want to determine the nature of relationships between things. It
is a powerful system because you can select as many objects as you
want and give them their own meanings, as opposed to runes or tarot
where there are a set number of meanings for a set number of objects.
It is also impressive because you can pick up literally anything and
cast it, and you will be able to divine (once you get the technique
down of course!)
advice is to be careful about how you label your objects and pay
special attention as to how the objects interact until you get a good
team of power objects working for you. Also make sure to keep looking
for new levels and depths of meaning. Group readings are a great way
to get new levels of depth in your readings, by having multiple
friends each read the same spread and share their interpretations.
People tend to talk about DC as being just politicians,
monuments, hotels, and restaurants, with not much in between. That’s not
actually the case at all. So when you’re going to write about DC, here are some
things to keep in mind, in no particular order:
DC isn’t a state. While that may seem obvious, it leads to
some odd things, like the fact that DC has no vote in Congress. This is
particularly weird given that Congress approves DC’s budget and given that DC
residents, as opposed to residents of places like Puerto Rico (which also have
one non-voting member in the House), are subject to all federal taxes. (This
was an issue during the government shutdown, because they refused to pass the DC
budget as well.) A lot of DC license plates read “Taxation Without
As of July 2016, there were about 680k residents in DC, with
the number of people in the city reaching 1 million during the workweek. The DC
Metropolitan Area (which is mainly DC, Arlington, and Alexandria) is the sixth
largest metropolitan area in the US, with more than 6.1 million people.
DMV refers to DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Visiting the monuments is referred to as “monumenting”.
There is a large public transportation system in DC,
consisting of buses and the metro. Nobody calls it the subway. The system is
called WMATA. The buses are a flat rate of $1.75 (soon to go up to $2) per
ride. The metro cost depends on starting and ending points and whether you’re
On- or Off-Peak (aka rush hour). The highest cost is $5.90 for a ride. They no
longer (I think) have paper tickets, so everyone uses SmartTrip cards.
The metro is a mess. They’re currently doing repairs, which
mostly makes it more of a mess because they’re running shorter hours and
frequently do single-tracking, which significantly slows down travel. On the
other hand, it catches fire less.
You can’t take the metro to Georgetown University.
DC has neighborhoods and quadrants. Neighborhoods include
Georgetown, Dupont, Potomac Heights, etc. Quadrants are NW, SW, NE, and SE. They’re
not of equal size. Addresses contain the quadrant in them. For example, the
White House is at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
There is a lot of difference culturally and
socio-economically between the quadrants.
Embassy Row is a road containing most of the embassies. On
Halloween some of them give out candy and stamp passports. A lot of them also
have very disparate architecture style, which looks very weird all next to each
Things are referred to by acronyms. Everything has an
The Homeland Security building is diagonally across the
street from American University.
DC is ~48% Black or African American.
There are a lot of gentrification issues in DC.
DC is a very expensive place to live.
Tourists drive DC residents nuts, primarily when they can’t
figure out how to use escalators.
It’s been a while since I did an extended blog shoot and I felt so out of practice. Let me know what y'all think! 💋💋
Caplets were a big trend this past Winter and I was excited to see it carry over into the Spring. I struggled to find a dress where the bodice was a full cape, not just the back. This one from ASOS Curve was exactly what I was looking for. Because the dress was so neutral, I opted to pair it with a boldly colored bag and a chunky block heel.
Dress: Asos Curve
Heels: Gianni Bini, via Dillards. Similar from Steve Madden.
Vegan Spring Potato Waffles with crispy baked Tofu
500 grams potatoes
3 scallions chopped
1 tbsp vegan butter
200 grams extra firm tofu
1 tbsp cayenne
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup soy milk
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp sriracha
¾ cup bread crumbs
1 cup flour
2 tbsp oats
Cook potatoes in cold water for 20-30 minutes until tender.
Pat the tofu dry to remove excess liquid. Slice tofu into equal sizes then into “steaks”. In a shallow dish combine soy milk, salt, sriracha, tomato paste, garlic and onion powder, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper. Mix well then lay the tofu steaks into the mixture and let it marinate for 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200°C and lay a baking pan with parchment paper. Prepare two more shallow dishes and fill one with the breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast and the oats and the other with flour. Take the tofu slices dip each into the flour then back to the batter then coat with the breadcrumbs. Then place the tofu steaks on the baking pan and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Preheat a waffle iron and spray with cooking spray. Drain potatoes and season with butter salt, scallions and some freshly cracked black pepper. Mash the potatoes until they are smooth and creamy. Add 2 tbsp of the mashed potatoes onto the waffle iron and cook for 5 minutes. Continue until mashed potatoes have been used.
Serve the waffles with the tofu and drizzle some hot sauce on top (recommended). Enjoy!
Hey there! Under the cut you’ll find a quick tutorial on how I made my Elle Fanning icons. I’m currently using Photoshop CC for this. If you have any questions or need help with anything at all, please shoot me a message and I’ll gladly assist you! This is what we’re going to be making: