suitable for a vegan

Black bean, avocado & sweet potato salad with lime dressing
Author: Sara @ Don’t Feed After Midnight
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 small sweet potatoes (approximately 700g), peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 400g cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 240g can of sweetcorn, drained
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, cubed
  • 2 handfuls of chopped fresh coriander

For the dressing:

  • The juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instruction

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C.
  2. Place the sweet potato in a large mixing bowl and add a tablespoon of olive oil, the paprika and the cayenne pepper. Mix well to ensure that the potatoes are evenly coated then transfer onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and roast for approximately 30 minutes until soft.
  3. Place the black beans, the sweetcorn, the avocado and the chopped coriander in a large salad bowl and tip in the roasted sweet potato chunks.
  4. Prepare the dressing by mixing the lime juice with the olive oil, the agave nectar and seasoning to taste with sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to mix. Serve with warm wholemeal pitta bread.

  Notes Suitable for vegans

Uni snacks for today 🍐🍊 #raw fruit = Nature’s fast food 🌿
Anyone want me to film a whole video on #vegan snacks & lunches suitable for school/uni? Let me know and I’ll get onto it next week!
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Samhain Cinnamon Apple Crisps

Hi everyone, hope you’re all well. I’ve just finished cooking up a batch of my own homemade Apple Crisps and thought I would share this wonderful and super quick recipe with you. Not only is this speedy snack great for Samhain/Halloween,  it contains ingredients used for protection etc, can be used as an offering for your God or Goddess, is a healthy variation to supermarket bought crisps AND is suitable for vegans/vegetarians, did I already mention they are super quick to make? Without further ado, let’s get started!

You will need:

  • 1 whole apple.
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • A dash of brown sugar. ( You can use white sugar but I prefer brown as it produces a lovely thick syrup texture and has a gorgeous coffee flavouring to it ).

How to make:

  • Cut your apple into thin slices. Not too thin or they will burn and not to thick or they won’t turn into crisps!
  • Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  • Place your apple slices onto your tray and start to add your toppings. Use as much as you wish.
  • Cook your apple slices in the oven on gas mark 4/ 180°C / 350°F for fifteen minutes. ( A few of my crisps did burn, so depending on how thin you cut your apple and how powerful your oven is, feel free to change the time and settings ).

Ingredients used in Witchcraft:

  • Cinnamon: Associated with the elements of fire and the sun. Magikal uses are - good luck, love, money, passion, peace, prosperity, protection, psychic development, success and wisdom.
  • Apples: Scared to many Goddessses including Aphrodite. Magikal uses are - fidelity, fertility, marriage, beauty, vanity,wisdom, the soul, the afterlife and immortality.
  • Brown Sugar: Healing, love and sweetness.

That’s all there is to it! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and your finished product. Please do not remove the source and have a safe, happy and blessed Samhain. Let me know how your Apple Crisps turn out!

Cyrena xx

Image is not mine and was found on Our Kitchen Stories.

Fitness Witchery: Essential Supplements

What’s up, my witches!? A lot of people have been asking for some fitness magick. I figured I could start with an easy to incorporate supplement guide for fitness witchery. I’m not a medical professional and do not claim that these suggested supplements are the end-all-be-all. Before you take any herbs or supplements, always check with your doctor about possible drug interactions and indications. All supplements should be taken in the dosage indicated for maximum benefit and to prevent overdose. (please note that minerals and fat soluble vitamins aren’t utilized by the body quickly and it’s likely you can overdose.)

In this post I wanted to go over the supplements I take to enhance my practice. I believe in getting the most out of your food but sometimes supplementation is necessary. These supplements aren’t synthesized by your body (except for vitD but we’ll get into that after) and you may be deficient.

The first supplement is probiotics. Probiotics are live neutral or beneficial bacteria and yeasts that maintain balance in the gut microbiome. Probiotics living in the gut boost immunity and strengthens the guts mucosal barrier while assisting digestive health. The amount of living probiotics in a supplement affect it’s strength. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and yogurt (when indicated). Probiotics are more beneficial when taken with a prebiotic food such as one with soluble fiber. Magickally benefits: probiotics enhance physical and spiritual energy through symbiotic energy exchange. Think of it as billions of tiny beings offering up their energy to aid you because it’s also beneficial for them.

The next supplement up, Omega-3s. Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that come in the form of DHAs, EPAs, and ALAs. In a nutshell, DHA and EPA are found mostly in animal sources. ALA is plant sourced. There are plenty of vegetarian/vegan suitable sources such as flaxseeds, walnuts, algae, and sacha inchi (inca nuts). Omega 3s are essential in balancing out inflammatory Omega 6s (which are also essential but the typical diet consumes too much Omega 6). Omega 3s have also been linked to boosting mental acuity and energy. Magickal benefits: Omega 3s aid in boosting psychic ability and intuition. They also help boost your mind and energy for spell work. Take omega 3s with a meal for maximum absorption.

The next supplement is Magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral. It is utilized by the body and is an electrolyte used to regulate muscle and nerve functions. Magnesium helps muscles relax and if you experience ‘twitching’ while falling asleep, this supplement will help. Magnesium also helps with better quality of sleep and calms the mind. Magickal benefits: boosts healing magick during fitness and helps you to connect to a higher energy.

Vitamin D is the next supplement. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. Vitamin D is synthesized when the sun converts a precursor in our skin into vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) which is then converted into calcitriol in our livers. Vitamin D is tauted to boost our immune system, our energy and enhance our mood (in the deficient). It has been recognized that many people (especially those in northern countries) are deficient in this vitamin due to lack of sun exposure. Magickal properties: Boosts healing magick and spells utilizing the sun. Also boosts emotional energies for spells that require it (such as love spells and banishings).

Next is Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin. It is utilized by the body to aid in the metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates for energy. Being water soluble, it is expelled from the body frequently and if excess amounts are taken. Vitamin b12 is essential to me because I am vegetarian and its hard to find a food source. Most ‘vegetarian’ sources have been fortified with the vitamin. Vitamin b12 is said to boost energy, especially in those who are deficient. Magickal properties: ENERGY! Take vitamin B12 is you need a serious energy boost to spells or daily life.

Finally, my favorite supplement: Protein! Protein is macronutrient made up of chained amino acids. Proteins can catalyse biochemical reactions in our bodies. It is essential to building muscles in our body. Some people believe the calories consumed by our bodies trying to digest proteins speed weightloss. Proteins also keep us full and energized throughout the day. As a vegetarian, I get most of my protein through whey protein shakes, yogurt and eggs. Magickal properties: add strength to a fitness spell. Protein can also help us hold more energy for casting.

Thank you for taking the time to read the first part of magickal supplementation! If you’d like more posts about fitness witchery or have any questions/concerns, feel free to message me! Stay blessed everyone!

10

Healthy Banana, Oaty Chocolate Chip cookies 🍪

REALLY SIMPLE RECIPE
(Makes 6)
Only 70 calories per cookie, all natural sugar, suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Ingredients:
½ cup of oats (50g)
¼ cup of chocolate chips (25g)
½ of a banana
1tbsp honey (optional)

Method:
1) Mash banana into oats (+add honey, if you wish)
2) Add chocolate chips
3) Scoop mixture into 6 even servings and flatten onto baking tray using spoon
4) Bake at gas mark 6 for 20 minutes
5) Allow cookies to cool slightly before serving :)

Quick and Easy! (I’ll be using this one at Uni)

For those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today, please keep in mind that while Guinness is working to remove Isinglass from its production process, at the moment it still isn’t vegan. You can find some really similar dark stouts which are suitable for vegans at Barnivore.com.

My favorite healthy vegan pancakes - hclf suitable!
In a blender, place ¾ cup oatmeal and blend. Add ½ banana, ½ cup non-dairy milk (I love to use vanilla soy milk) and brown sugar until the batter is sweet enough for your taste and blend again. Use a non-stick pan with low-medium heat and cook them until golden brown on both sides.
Follow my other IG @sabrinafruitbat for more food pictures and weight loss/fitness updates :)

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Best lunch today thanks to my friend Katie! I love introducing friends to The Flame Tree Cafe in Dundee. 😁 Not only is Flame Tree vegan-friendly, it’s also suitable for dogs since they have two tables outside. 🐾 It was perfect for us today! I ordered my favourite falafel wrap with carrot lentil soup and she ordered the vegan BLT. Delicious as usual! So glad I was able to watch Smash for the week. I hope I can see y'all again before I move to Spain! 🐶💕

Bean Salad

Serves 1

Ingredients:

¼ red onion (white are way too powerful and not as sweet)

1 and a half vine ripened tomatoes, you can use about 6 cherry tomatoes or baby plum, but ive found vine taste the best

½ of a 400g tin of mixed beans, drained

½ of a bell pepper

A glug of cider vinegar (any fruit based vinegar will do, I’ve used red wine vinegar before, just not malt)

A little olive oil

a pinch of salt and pepper.

Method:

Simply cut up all the ingredients to your liking and mix in a bowl with the vinegar, olive oil and seasoning.

This is a very quick and easy recipe but it is definitely filling. and also suitable for vegans. I eat it regularly.

maroononthemoon  asked:

Hi, I can't remember the names of the dietetic associations that concluded vegetarian and vegan diets are suitable for all stages of life. I was hoping you could help me out?

It was the American dietetic association!
✌️https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/19562864/

Oh yeah, if anyone cares;

I emailed Anastasia Beverly Hills asking if any of their products are suitable for vegans- I was having trouble finding anything online, so yeah. Their packaging shows they are cruelty free, but unfortunately that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s free of animal byproducts (which I find dumb but anyway~)

They said everything is cool except for the following three products (which contain beeswax):

  • Brow Duality
  • Beauty Empress
  • Brow Fix/Brow Fix Primer (product name seems to vary depending where you are - it’s the colourless waxy pencil)

So yay for pretty eyebrows (and other stuff- their contour palette looks interesting).

EDITED TO ADD (I reblogged it with this, but the original post is what’s being reblogged so yeah): As tumblr user croakboard mentioned, “Many of their strictly eyeshadow palettes like the Maya Mia and Tamanna ones have carmine, though, but usually you can look on someplace like sephora’s website if they come out with other palettes and you want to know if they are vegan.”

Always remember to ask about insect ingredients as well when messaging companies!!! “Vegan-friendly/suitable for vegans” can sometimes be understood as “animal-derived”, so companies will sometimes fail to mention if there is carmine/honey/etc in their products.

Vegan Substitutes for Meat

Here is a list with some alternatives/substitutes suitable for vegans. They are divided by type. If you have any product to add feel free to message me and I’ll update the list. Each one has a direct link to the corresponding websites so you can check the ingredients and where those are available. 

  • GF: Gluten Free
  • SF: Soy Free


General Alternatives

  • Vegetable Spring Rolls | Health is Wealth
  • Thai Spring Rolls | Health is Wealth
  • Vegetable Egg Rolls | Health is Wealth
  • Potsticker | Health is Wealth
  • Veggie Munchees | Health is Wealth 
  • Ground Crumbles | Boca
  • Vegan Prepared Foods | Amy’s
  • Asian Ground Round Lettuce Wraps| Yves 
  • Organic Soy Tempeh | Tofurky (GF)

Vegan Alternatives to Chicken

  • Chik’n Veggie Patties | Morningstar Farms®
  • Garden Veggie Nuggets | Morningstar Farms®
  • Chicken-Free Buffalo Wings | Health is Wealth
  • Vegan Chicken-Free Patties | Health is Wealth
  • Vegan Chicken-Free Nuggets | Health is Wealth
  • Spicy Chik'n Patties| Boca
  • Original Chik'n Nuggets| Boca
  • Original Chik'n Patties {Non-GMO} | Boca
  • Spicy Chik'n Patties{Non-GMO} | Boca
  • Original Chik'n Nuggets{Non-GMO} | Boca
  • Smart Strips Chick'n | Lightlife  
  • Meatless Smoked Chicken Slices | Yves
  • Heart’s Desire Meatless Chicken Strips | Yves
  • Lemon Herb Chicken Skewers | Yves
  • Tofurky® Chick'N Pot Pie | Yves
  • Mandarin Crispy Chick’n | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Seven Grain Crispy Tenders | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Chick’n Scallopini | Gardein (Non GMO) (GF)
  • Teriyaki Chick’n Strips | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Marinara Chick’n Filets | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Crispy Chick’n Patty | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Chipotle Lime Fingers | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Chick’n Sliders | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Barbecue Wings | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Grilled Strips | Beyond Meat (Non GMO)
  • Southwest Style Strips | Beyond Meat (Non GMO)
  • Lightly Seasoned Strips | Beyond Meat (Non GMO)
  • Ground Chicken | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Chicken Drumsticks | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Chicken Tikka Masala | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Ginger Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Half Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Kung Pao Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Orange Chicken | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Teriyaki Chicken Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Thai Curry Chicken Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Meat/Beef

  • Nate’s Classic Flavor | Nate’s
  • Nate’s Savory Mushroom | Nate’s
  • Nate’s Zesty Italian | Nate’s
  • Hickory BBQ Riblets | Morningstar Farms®
  • Veggie Loaf Whole Meal | Amy's 
  • Gimme Lean Beef | Lightlife
  • Smart Ground Original | Lightlife
  • Smart Ground Mexican | Lightlife
  • Vegan Grain Strips With BBQ Sauce | Yves
  • Vegan Grain Meat with Sweet Chili Thai Sauce | Yves
  • Meatless Ground Round Original | Yves
  • Meatless Ground Taco Stuffers | Yves
  • Meatless Breakfast Patties | Yves 
  • Meatless Roast without the Beef Slices | Yves
  • Heart’s Desire Meatless Beef Strips | Yves
  • Roast Beef Style Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Ground Beef Style | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Chorizo Style | Tofurky
  • Meatless Veggie Meatballs | Amy’s
  • Beefless Ground | Gardein (Non GMO) (GF)
  • Beefless Slider | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Meatless Meatballs | Gardein (Non GMO) 
  • Breakfast Patties | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Beefless Tips | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Szechuan Beefless Strips | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Meatless Meatloaf | Gardein (Non GMO) 
  • Beefy Crumbles | Beyond Meat (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Feisty Crumbles | Beyond Meat (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Celebration Roast | Field Roast
  • Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute | Field Roast
  • Quarter Loaves | Field Roast
  • Classic Meatloaf | Field Roast
  • Ground Beef | MATCH® (Non GMO) (GF) 
  • Vegan Black Pepper Steaks | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Korean Sesame Beef Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Kung Pao Beef Bowl | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to SeaFood

  • Golden Fishless Filet | Gardein (Non GMO) 
  • Crab | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • New England Style Crab Cakes | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Fish Fillets | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Shrimp | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Thai Lemongrass Fish Fillets | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Tuna Rolls | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Pork

  • Smart Bacon | Lightlife
  • Meatless Canadian Bacon | Yves
  • Ground Pork | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Stuffed Pork Chops | MATCH® (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Citrus Sparerib Cutlets | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Ham Roll | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Turkey

  • Smart Deli Turkey | Lightlife
  • Meatless Ground Turkey | Yves
  • Meatless Deli Turkey Slices | Yves
  • Tofurky® Feast | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Roast & Gravy | Tofurky
  • Savory Gravy | Tofurky
  • Savory Stuffed Turk’y | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Holiday Roast | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Turk’y Cutlet | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Turkey Roll | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)
  • Vegan Whole Turkey | Vegetarian-Plus (Non GMO)

Vegan Alternatives to Slices

  • Smart Deli Bologna | Lightlife
  • Smart Deli Ham | Lightlife
  • Smart Deli Pepperoni | Lightlife
  • Smart Dogs | Lightlife
  • Smart Dogs Jumbo | Lightlife
  • Tofu Pups | Lightlife 
  • Veggie Brats Classic | Yves
  • Veggie Brats Zesty Italian | Yves
  • Meatless Pepperoni | Yves
  • Meatless Deli Salami Slices | Yves
  • Meatless Ham Slices | Yves
  • Smoked Ham Style Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky  
  • Pepperoni Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Italian Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Bologna Style Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Hickory Smoked Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Peppered Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Oven Roasted Tofurky Deli Slices | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Hot Dogs | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Jumbo Hot Dogs | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Breakfast Links | Tofurky
  • Deli Slices | Field Roast

Pre Made Vegan Pizzas

  • Tofurky GF Pesto Supreme Pizza | Tofurky (GF)
  • Tofurky Pepperoni Pizza | Tofurky
  • Tofurky Italian Sausage Pizza | Tofurky
  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza | Amy’s  
  • Rice Crust Spinach Pizza | Amy’s
  • Single Serve Non-Dairy Rice Crust Cheeze Pizza | Amy’s
  • Single Serve Rice Crust Roasted Vegetable Pizza | Amy’s
  • Cheeze Lover’s Pizza | Daiya  (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Margherita Pizza | Daiya (Non GMO) (GF) (Soy Free)
  • Fire-Roasted Vegetable Pizza | Daiya (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Mushroom & Roasted Garlic Pizza | Daiya (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Pizza Pizzaz | Tofutti (Non GMO

Vegan Burger Alternatives

  • Spicy Indian Veggie Burger | Morningstar Farms®
  • Black Bean Chipotle Veggie Burger | Gardenburger®
  • Veggie Medley Veggie Burger | Gardenburger®
  • Original Vegan | Boca
  • Vegan Burger {Non-GMO} | Boca
  • California Veggie Burger| Amy’s
  • Smart Patties Black Bean Burger| Lightlife 
  • Smart Patties Original Burger with Quinoa| Lightlife 
  • Meatless Chicken Burger | Yves
  • Quarter Pound Veggie Burger | Amy's 
  • Meatless Beef Burger | Yves 
  • Roasted Garlic and Quinoa Burger | Morningstar Farms®
  • Organic Five Grain Tempeh | Tofurky  (GF)
  • Black Bean Sliders | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • Garden Veggie Burger | Gardein (Non GMO) (GF)
  • Chipotle Black Bean Burger | Gardein (Non GMO) (GF)
  • Ultimate Beefless Burger | Gardein (Non GMO)
  • The Beast Burger™ | Beyond Meat (Non GMO) (GF) (SF)
  • Hand-Formed Burger | Field Roast 
  • Stuffed Mushroom Burgers | MATCH® (Non GMO) (GF)

Vegan Sausages & Hot Dogs

  • Meatless Hot Dog | Yves
  • The Good Dog | Yves
  • Tofu Dog | Yves
  • Original Meatless Jumbo Hot Dogs | Yves
  • Tofurky® Sausage & Veggie Quiche | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Kielbasa - Gourmet Sausages | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Italian Sausage - Gourmet Sausages | Tofurky
  • Tofurky® Beer Brats - Gourmet Sausages | Tofurky
  • Artisan Tofurky® Chick'N and Apple Sausages | Tofurky
  • Artisan Tofurky® Spinach Pesto Sausages | Tofurky
  • Artisan Tofurky® Andouille Sausages | Tofurky 
  • Veggie Sausages | Amy’s
  • Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage | Field Roast
  • Sausage Links | Field Roast
  • Frankfurters | Field Roast
  • Italian Sausage | MATCH® (Non GMO) (GF)
  • SoyBoy

anonymous asked:

What skincare/makeup brands do you use? I'm a student and have a HARD time affording vegan/cruelty free products :(((

Skincare:

I love Sukin. I always keep an eye out for sales and buy them then. Australian Pure from Coles is really cheap. They also have a super affordable brand from Kmart and on the back it says it’s suitable for vegans.

Makeup:
I love ELF mascara and highlighter (from Kmart). Their stuff is super cheap! and I use NudeByNature foundation because it’s super natural and I also scored their eyeshadow pallet for $8 because they had a sale and I had a $10 credit and a discount voucher.

Always just keep your eyes peeled for sales! x

Vegan hair care from Lush. 😍 Not all their products are vegan (some have honey) but they don’t test on animals. 🙌 Some bottles have the vegan symbol on the front, others have “suitable for vegans” on the back. Just ask the lovely Lush people to help you find what you need. These aren’t overpowering either. I can’t stand strong fragrances! 😅 (at LUSH Dundee)

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“What is candle magick?”

The Short Answer:

Candle magick is any form of magickal spell or working in which lit candles are employed to provide strength, energy, and focus to a spell or magick working. These spells don’t always use candles as the sole tool of the spell (for instance, many candle spells also involve crystals and deity invocations), but the candles are always one of the central focuses of the spell’s workings.


The Long Answer:

Beginner or “novice” Witches and apprentices often struggle with the most basic aspects of Witchcraft and magick; what do these terms mean, and how do I understand them and use them in my own Craft? In such an arcane (literally “little known”) field as Witchcraft this is especially intense, because knowledge of our practices and methods have been hidden, crushed, suppressed or persecuted for many centuries by those around us who fear that which they do not understand. 

Thus, the ways of Witches are constantly being relearned and reinvented, uncovered and reinterpreted, so that the practice of our ancestors is different to that which we perform today, and the practice of our descendants shall be similarly different from our own. This does not mean that our new practices, or our reworked older practices, are lesser though! If anything it makes them more potent, seeing as they are more suitable for the world in which we live today than perhaps an older spell that relied on a time when the fastest means of transport was a galloping horse.


“How does candle magick play into this?”

One of the oldest elements of magick that has been reinvented in the modern day is that of the magick of candles. Candle magick is an ancient art that has been present since the development of tallow candles (see below), in which we use the presence of the tamed flames within our Circles to provide fuel and power to the spells we weave. 

Everyone has a different means of doing so, but the main features of modern candle magick are as follows:

  • Colour: Modern Witches utilise different colours for different effects. Red is usually associated with powerful emotions, especially love and lust, whilst blue may be associated with sleep, calm or oceans. Research what colours you’ll need, but if colours don’t matter to you it’s entirely acceptable to simply use a generic white candle for everything.

  • Size: The size of a candle doesn’t just affect it’s burn time, but also its flame size. Fatter candles possess fatter wicks, that will burn with a larger flame but will consume the candle faster. Balancing time with power is an important skill, and should consider what you’re using your candle for - if it’s just to burn overnight until it goes out, use a tealight. If you want it to last all day as you perform a sabbat or ritual around it, use a large votive candle that’s rated for at least 48 hours (so that no more than half is used on a single day).

  • Shape: Candles come in a variety of shapes, but choosing between tapers (free standing, thin towers), votives (free-standing squat candles that thin out towards the bottom), pillars (traditional free-standing candles), jar candles (literally in a jar) and others can impact your spell. Research what shapes work best for you - I mostly use pillars or tealights!

  • Fragrance: Some Witches choose specific fragrances for specific effects, such as jasmine for money or ylang-ylang for healing. Others don’t use smells at all, and find that they simply distract from the focus upon the spell. Whilst I admit I am the latter in this situation, preferring to burn incense if I desire pleasant aromas in my workings, scent is a common feature for Witches to focus on and I’d suggest you research what scent you need for what effect if that’s something you desire. 

  • Sustainability: An issue that has been plaguing more and more Witches and other practitioners of candle magick in recent years has been that of how to source candles in a manner that’s sustainable for the environment. Common candles used and their positives and negatives will be discussed below. This aspect doesn’t necessarily affect the spells themselves, but is of significance rather to the Witch who casts them.

Choosing the appropriate combination of the above is important, not least to the magick but also to yourself! Find a combination that works for you!


“What candles are sustainable to use?”

  • Paraffin is cheap, readily available, and produces little to no smoke. It’s also easily obtained in a variety of colours and fragrances. However, paraffin wax is made of petrochemicals, substances produced from crude oil, and as a result is unsustainable in the long run. 

  • Palm oil is the most widely used non-petrochemical wax. Whilst it’s also almost as cheap as paraffin, and relatively smokefree, it’s also produced by cutting down vast numbers of palm trees. Whilst these trees are usually farmed, and so are relatively renewable, the land cleared for palm tree logging is extensive and often linked to habitat destruction. All jelly candles are made with palm oil.

  • Soy is one of the vegetable waxes, and whilst it’s cheaper than some other substances it’s more expensive than paraffin or palm oil candles. It also requires far less habitat destruction to grow than palm oil, but is also grown on cleared land, and it encourages the production of extensive monocultures of soy plants that can cause difficulties for many species of insect, other arthropods, and the animals that feed on them. It produces more smoke than paraffin wax, but is not massively smoky. It can be easily dyed and perfumed, and is widely available for purchase in good candle shops and speciality stores.

  • Bee’s wax is probably the most expensive kind of widely produced commercial candle, and it’s also the most smoke-producing (though it still produces little smoke). However, it’s also one of the most sustainable kinds of wax because so long as the bees are kept healthy, it doesn’t harm them to take some of their wax (and good beekeepers know how much is too much to take and will limit their harvest). It’s an animal wax, which means it’s not suitable for those vegans who don’t use insect products, of course, and it can be between three and five times the price of a similarly sized paraffin candle. It’s also difficult to colour, and has a lovely fragrance of its own but this can make it difficult for people to find scented bee’s wax candles. It can be produced without requiring large factories or clearing a huge amount of land, and placing bee hives in an area is actually very beneficial for the local land (provided the bees are an appropriate species for the region of course).
     
  • Tallow is an animal product made from the fat of mammals like cows and pigs. This makes it very smoky, and unsuitable for vegans or vegetarians. It also has a rather unpleasant smell. However, it is the most traditional form of candle, so those who are highly focused on traditional practices may wish to use it, and tallow is really very cheap because few people in the modern day buy it. It’s not particularly sustainable, since animals take a lot of land and energy to produce, but since the animals are killed anyway it’s better to use the product than simply throw it away. 


In conclusion, candle magick is a simple, cheap means of providing focus power to your spells. It’s a highly useful form of Witchcraft, and one I hope you find useful. And that’s a basic introduction to candle magick! I hope it helps you!

– Juniper

anonymous asked:

plan suitable for vegans? sorry if you get this question tons

there are vegetarian options available in the plan BUT many vegans have finished my plan successfully and said they had to make a few changes to the plan using vegan products but that it worked great for them nonetheless! 😊👍

anonymous asked:

I’m having a moral crisis. I want nothing more than to become a vegan but I have Hemolytic Anemia so I always have to consult professional when it comes to my diet. Some vegans that I have spoken to say that the doctor I go to is probably wrong about a vegan diet being risky, and that she probably has the wrong information. (Since medical schools buy into non-vegan myths about nutrition etc..). Where do I begin gathering info on my condition and a suitable vegan diet? I hope you can help <3

my suggestion would be try to find a vegan doctor (they exist!) or at least a vegan friendly one, (i’m sure you could ask online), or try to find someone who has hemolytic anemia as well and who’s a vegan (i’m sure you’re not the only one!) so search for groups on fb, maybe instagram hashtags … :)

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who says you can’t eat healthy in college? here’s what I made for dinner last night: a huge rainbow salad and homemade dressing! it was super filling and way better for me than anything a dining hall could serve!

dressing ingredients:
a cup of tangerine juice
a cup of cherry tomatoes
a small handful of fresh basil
a teaspoon of hemp seeds
a sprig of rosemary

blend it all up and pour it over salad and BAM you’ve got a quick, healthy meal suitable for even the tiniest college dorm room!

I’ve recently discovered this stuff (you can get it in most UK supermarkets and health food shops, I’m not sure about other countries) and it’s fantastic for making a vegan hot chocolate.

All you need is-

-Three (or more depending on the size of your mug) teaspoons of choc shot.

-Almond milk (you could you other types but I think almond milk, Alpro in particular, makes a really creamy hot chocolate).

Then you just mix them together and microwave for about a minute and a half. It makes such a nice creamy (and vegan!) hot chocolate. 

The packaging says that its also GM and gluten free and suitable for diabetics.