prompt: anything in the after the raven verse i BEG. (or anything rare pair to be honest.)
me: just write like five hundred words for #inspo me @ me: write jackholtz’ first kiss and make it Long me: ….nice nice nice ncie n i c e
anyway. here’s that. for @alphacrone, who deserves all the rarepairs.
Feb. 13th, 2015.
Adam trudges from the barn towards his house, eyes locked on the back door. It’s literally freezing; ice crunches and snaps beneath the heavy soles of his work boots. Adam loves his farm, loves living in Rhode Island, but seriously, fuck February. He knocks his boots against the door frame with a little more force than necessary to dislodge the dirt and ice that’s collected in the grooves of his boots. When he opens the door he’s flooded with heat and light and a delicious smell, something sweet and spicy that invites him in. He kicks off his boots and walks into the kitchen, one eyebrow raising when he sees who’s there.
“Jack?” He asks mildly, fingers busy unzipping his heavy coat. “What are you still doing here?” Jack just shrugs, looking completely at ease in Adam’s kitchen. Back in December he’d come by the farm once every couple weeks to check on his hives. By January he started coming every weekend. Now, he drops by twice a week, dutifully checking on the hives Adam assumed were hibernating. He’s even been stranded overnight when the roads are too slick or snowy to drive on; Adam’s offered him the other half of his huge mattress, too embarrassed of his terrible pull out couch to force Jack to sleep in the living room.
“Colony F is showing symptoms of Nosema disease. I’d just have to turn around and come back tomorrow morning to check on it so i was hoping…” Jack trails off, glancing over at the hallway that leads to Adam’s bedroom.
“Sure,” Adam says. He walks over to the stove, the old floorboards creaking beneath his feet. There’s a small pot on the range, steaming lightly. “What are you making?” He asks, coming to lean against the counter next to Jack.
As Jack stirs the liquid, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise surface and sink back down into the bottom of the pot. “When you were in the barn Ollie came by with a new spiced cider. He and Wicky were hoping you’d try it and make a cheese to pair with it.” He nods over at the mason jar that’s sitting on the counter, the label for Fist Bump Orchard emblazoned on the side.
Adam hums, already reaching into a cabinet to procure two mugs. Jack ladles out some of the cider into each mug and turns off the stove before picking one up. “To Colony F,” Adam says and they clink the ceramic together gently. Adam takes the first sip and immediately reaches out, free hand settling on Jack’s arm. Jack looks over at him in concern, the steaming mug inches away from his face. “There’s spiced rum in here,” Adam warns. “A lot of it, which is pretty on brand for Ollie and Wicks, but, uh. Just thought I’d warn you. I know you don’t drink much.” He explains, carefully removing his hand.
Jack glances down at the liquid in his cup with a small smile on his lips. “Thanks for the warning.” He says quietly, gaze flickering up to meet Adam’s. He’s stunning like this, open and bright and Adam’s suddenly overwhelmed but he can’t look away.
In case anyone was wondering why Trini only refers to Kimberly by her full name in my fic sweet, salty, spicy, sweet (which is already too long for a one-shot as it is, but I can’t stop adding stupid shit like this, i’m sorry??)
As a chef-in-training I love to use flowers in my cooking so why not witchcraft too! Flowers add a splash of colour, taste, and a little bit of whimsy. People have been using flowers in cooking all the way back to the Romans and ancient Greeks. Many cultures today still use them too; Indians use roses and Italians use artichoke flowers. The tastes also vary! Some add spice and others a sweetness.
Eating Flowers Safely
Eat flowers you know are definitely edible - if you’re uncertain look in a reference book.
Eat flowers you have grown your self or are consumption grade. Nurseries and florists commonly use pesticides on the flowers.
Do not use flowers you have found at a park or near the edge of a road as they may be contaminated by car pollution and pesticides.
Only eat the petals and remove the pistols and stamens before eating.
To keep the flowers fresh place them on a wet paper towel and keep them in the fridge for up to 10 days.
If your flowers wilt put in some ice water.
Flowers and Their Properties
Allium - Depends on which variety but means the same as the herb- All the flowers in the allium family (leeks, chives, garlic, garlic chives) are edible. Flavours go from leek to garlic. All parts of these plants are edible.
Angelica - Inspiration/protection - The colours of the flowers range from lavender all the way to a deep rose and have a licorice flavour.
Bachelor’s button - Love - Grassy flavour. Dont eat calyx as it is very bitter.
Basil - Success/banishing - Very similar in taste to the basil leaf but milder in taste.
Borage - Courage - flowers are a lovely blue colour and they taste like cucumber.
Calendula - Love/joy - They taste spicy and have a vibrant golden colour.
Carnations - depends on colour but usually healing - Petals taste sweet but the base is very bitter.
Chamomile - Peace - They have a sweet flavour much like the tea.
Chervil - Joy - The flowers are very delicate and have a slight anise flavour.
Chicory - Success - Slightly bitter and good for pickling.
Chrysanthemum - Relaxation - Come in a variety of colours and flavours which range from peppery to pungent. Use fresh.
Citrus - Depends which type of citrus but generally joy - Some of the flowers in the citrus family are edible (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat). They have a sweet flavour and have a very strong taste.
Clove - Protection/Manifestation - They are sweet with a touch of licorice.
Dill - Protection - The lovely yellow flowers taste like the leaves.
English daisy - Luck - They are very bitter.
Fennel - Confidence/Protection - Beautiful yellow flowers with a licorice taste much like the herb.
Fuchsia - Love - They have a lovely tangy taste.
Gladiolus - Strength/Beauty - Quite bland actually.
Hibiscus - Beauty - Tastes like the tea with an interesting tart cranberry flavour.
Hollyhock - Ambition - Bland but are very pretty.
Impatiens - Motherly love - Dont have much flavour but are nice for decoration.
Jasmine - Romance - Have a nice sweet taste so they’re nice in sweet dishes.
Lavender - Relaxation - They are sweet and spicy and are great for both sweet and savoury dishes.
Lemon verbena - Beauty - The small white flowers taste like lemon.
Lilac - Beauty - They have a strong citrus flavour.
Mint - Protection - They taste minty.
Nasturtium - Victory - Very popular in cusine. They have a sweet, floral flavour and are also spicy.
Oregano - Protection - Same taste as the leaves but more subtle.
Pansy - Joy - Bland.
Radish - Protection - Very peppery.
Rose - Love - Very floral in taste which gets stronger the darker the flower is.
Rosemary - Memory - Milder rosemary taste.
Sage - Clearing - Taste similar to leaves.
Sunflower - Happiness - Dont really have a taste.
Violets - Happiness/Love - Floral taste.
As I am a baby witch all the correspondences might be wrong so please tell me if you would change anything.
I use flowers in salads, on cakes, in cakes, and I sometimes pickle them too so the options are endless!
A lot of people have asked me for tips on how to incorporate witchcraft into daily life. How you incorporate it depends on your schedule, your habits, and your tools on hand. However, I’ll list my ideal morning routine in order to give you some ideas.
After I wake up, I add some cinnamon to the coffee grounds before brewing*. Cinnamon increases luck and energy, so I like starting off my day with that little boost.
*The reason I add cinnamon to the grounds and not the finished coffee is because powdered cinnamon can’t actually dissolve; it’ll just sink or sit at the top. By adding cinnamon to the grounds, you’re able to infuse the cinnamon into the flavor and charge the spell. .
If you don’t drink coffee, you may want to brew some tea.
Black tea (like most chais, earl grey and breakfast teas) aid alertness and energy, their caffeine helping to dispel negative premonitions of the day.
Green tea (like jasmine, senchas, and matcha) can help detoxify your energy and clear your conscious mind.
White and herbal teas help with clarity, serenity and wisdom (though this largely depends on the ingredients in the tea).
If you don’t want coffee or tea, drink some lemon water. The water will hydrate you, and the lemon will cleanse your energy and invigorate you.
For an easy boost, place a crystal next to your coffee pot, tea pot or cup to charge the drink.
Clear quartz boosts clarity.
Rose quartz increases chance of love and attractiveness.
Obsidian, bloodstone and onyx stabilize and ground you.
Opal and lapis intensify awareness and spiritual powers.
Tiger’s eye increases courage.
I won’t list all crystals here because that would take forever, but those are a couple ideas.
While the drinks are brewing/charging, I take some time to ground. I like to do yoga, but some people will meditate during this time, or practice energy techniques. You only have to do this for as long as the drink is charging (so like literally five minutes, trust me it makes a difference).
If you eat breakfast, give a piece of your breakfast as an offering. If you don’t, give some of the drink you made as an offering. I’m the kind of person who works with multiple deities and spirits at a time, so I like to give an offering to one of them and then rotate. This helps mindset and motivation, because if you have low spoons or a down day, at least you’ve completed something.
While you’re getting dressed/doing makeup, light a candle. I like to start my day off with a little light; it acts as a positive omen and can wake you up more.
Candle color ideas: white (purity and beginnings); red (courage and strength); green (healing, luck and prosperity); blue (calming and spiritual awareness); purple (psychic powers and control); yellow (positivity and attractiveness); pink (beauty, serenity and positivity); orange (stimulation and energy).
Scent ideas for the candle: floral (healing and cheeriness); citrus (purity, energy, and focus); sweet (happiness, kindness and patience); spicy (passion, motivation and magic); subtle (grounding and calm).
Do your makeup in the morning? I recommend placing some sea glass or rose quartz next to your makeup supplies as you use them. It’s a simple tactic that’ll really up your look for the day.
This morning routine takes about twenty minutes, and includes six witchcraft spells. That’s a lot of productivity that’ll help wake you up and motivate you for the day!
Other ideas that I don’t personally do, but others do:
Turn your morning shower into a cleansing ritual not that i don’t take showers, I just don’t take them in the morning.
Color-coordinate your outfit for your day’s intent.
or your makeup/accessories
Make some fruit-infused water to carry with you throughout the day for an energy boost.
Carry an appropriate crystal in your pocket to help calm, stabilize or motivate you.
Add an herb to your eggs (or other breakfast food) that’ll help your intent for the day
Say a prayer while you’re still in bed, before you get up in the morning. That’ll count as a simple offering.
Feel free to add some more ideas, especially for the late-sleepers and spoonie witches out there! Have a beautiful morning (ᗒᗨᗕ) /
The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the
Chinese, Greeks and Romans. Many cultures use flowers in their traditional
cooking, medicine, and magick.
Adding flowers to your food can be a nice way to add color, flavor
and a little magickal whimsy. Some are spicy, and some herbaceous, while others
are floral and fragrant. The range is surprising. Flower petals can be
used in salads and as garnish for desserts, but they also inspire magickal
creative uses as well. Use them to make floral spirit water for rituals, as a
medicinal tea, or add to a healing spell or love potion…. the possibilities are endless.
TIPS FOR SAFE AND TASTY DINING:
Not all flowers are edible (those listed below are safe for consumption) - As lovely
as eating flowers can be, some can also be a little … deadly, so only
you know to be consumable — if you are uncertain, consult a reference book on
edible flowers and plants. (Always refer to the botanical name when verifying whether a flower is
safe to eat.)
because a flower is edible doesn’t mean it will taste good. Some will be more to
your liking than others – it’s all a matter of taste. Keep in mind that the
stamen, pistil and sepal of some blossoms are bitter and can contain pollen
that may detract from the true flavor of the flower. Consuming only the
petals will further heighten the appeal factor.
Eat flowers you have grown yourself, or know to be safe for
consumption. Flowers from the florist or nursery have probably been treated
with pesticides or other chemicals.
not eat roadside flowers or those picked in public parks. Both may have been treated with pesticide or
herbicide, and roadside flowers may be polluted by car exhaust.
only the petals, and remove pistils and
stamens before eating.
you suffer from allergies, introduce edible flowers gradually, as they may exacerbate allergies.
keep flowers fresh, place them on moist paper towels and refrigerate in an airtight
container. Some will last up to 10 days this way. Ice water can revitalize limp
All blossoms from the allium family (leeks,
chives, garlic, garlic chives) are edible and flavorful. Flavors run the gamut from delicate leek to
robust garlic. Every part of these plants is edible. Garlic is masculine in nature and associated with the planet Mars, the element fire and the sign Aries. It is sacred to Hecate and is a suitable offering to her left at a crossroads. Garlic has antibiotic properties, but should
not be used directly on wounds or in poultices or salves because it can be
irritating to the skin and may inhibit blood clotting.
Depending on the variety, flowers range from pale lavender-blue to deep rose
and have a licorice-like flavor. Believed to have
originated in Syria, angelica is now found just about everywhere. In ancient
times it was used to ward off the plague and evil and as a cure for poison and…
well, just about everything else.
Angelica is associated with the angels Michael and Gabriel.
It is aligned with the sun and the element of fire and sacred to Venus. Angelica tea is useful for colic, gas,
indigestion, hepatitis, heartburn, nausea, ulcers and various other digestive
3. Anise Hyssop
Both flowers and leaves have a subtle anise or licorice flavor. Anise
is one of the oldest known plants that were grown for both culinary and
medicinal use. Anise is associated with the element of air, the God Apollo, the planets Mercury and Jupiter, and the astrological sign Gemini. Anise is also considered masculine.
Blossoms come in a variety of colors, from white to pink to lavender; flavor is
similar to the leaves, but milder. The word Basil comes from the Greeks, meaning
“King”. Basil is sacred to Vishnu, Tulasi and Erzulie, masculine in nature, and
associated with the element of fire and the planet Mars.
Basil helps steady the mind, brings happiness, love, peace, and money
and protects against insanity.
5. Calendula / Marigold
A great flower for eating, calendula blossoms are peppery, tangy, and spicy —
and their vibrant golden color adds a dash of magick to any dish. The
ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all loved calendula and used it for
culinary and healing purposes. During the medieval period it was considered a
cure for just about everything. Marigold is associated
with the Sun. Calendula
symbolizes love and constancy. It is great for wedding bouquets and
decorations. It is the traditional “he loves me, he loves me not”
flower and is useful for love potions. Dried
petals can be strewn to consecrate an area or burned in consecration incense.
They are also a good addition to dream pillows.
Petals are sweet, once trimmed away from the base. The blossoms taste like
their sweet, perfumed aroma. In ancient Rome,
carnations were known as “Jove’s Flower” as a tribute to their beloved king of
the gods, Jupiter. Carnations are
masculine, associated with the Sun and Jupiter, and with the element fire. Those things that fall
under the rule of Jupiter are ideal for use in magickal applications related to
luck, money, good fortune, status, legal matters, fertility, friendship,
ambition, career, success and protection. The
flowers can be used to lend strength in healing applications. The practitioner
can also use carnation essential oils to increase health and vigor.
Small and daisy like, the flowers have a sweet flavor and are
often used in tea. Ragweed sufferers may be allergic to chamomile. The Romans used Chamomile for incense. Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt for
fevers and was dedicated to their Sun God Ra. Chamomile is associated with the sun, Leo and the element of water. It helps cleanse and invigorate
the throat chakra (5th). It is associated with
various Sun Gods, including Cernunnos,
Lugh and others. It is used
in spells for money, peace, love, tranquility and purification.
8. Chrysanthemum / Mum
A little bitter, mums come in a rainbow of colors and a range
of flavors range from peppery to pungent. Use only the petals. In Celtic folklore, chrysanthemums in the garden were considered a
meeting place for the faeries. Chrysanthemum
is masculine in nature and resonates with the
energy of the Sun and the element of fire. Chrysanthemum has been used
for burial rituals and is a suitable decoration for Samhain and for ancestral altars. The dried flower heads of
chrysanthemum can be burned during house blessings ceremonies.
The bright yellow
flowers should be gathered as soon as they open. Remove the green bits from the
base of the flower before using. These can be added to wines, vinegar or
jellies. The name dandelion comes from the French, “dent de lion” which
means “tooth of the lion”. The dandelion is
masculine in action and associated with the planet Jupiter, the element of air and both Pisces and Sagittarius.
It is also associated with any solar deity, Hecate, Brigid and Belenos. A tea of the flowers and leaves may be consumed to increase psychic ability, while pouring boiling water over a bowlful of roots
will aid in calling spirits. You can also make a
wish and blow the seeds off a dandelion head.
Sweet, spicy, and perfumed, the flowers are a great addition
to both savory and sweet dishes. Some of the earliest
recorded uses of lavender are by the Roman soldiers who used the wild-growing
plant to perfume their bathwater and wash their clothes. Lavender is
masculine in action and associated with Mercury. It is also associated with the element of air and the astrological sign Virgo. It may be used as an asperging herb (to sprinkle water for purification purposes) and dried lavender sticks or wands can be burnt
like incense. It is also useful in spells to sharpen the mind, to
encourage or strengthen pure love and to encourage fertility. The scent of lavender is
relaxing and uplifting all at once making it a great aromatherapy for stressed
out or depressed individuals. Try adding some lavender oil to your bath or add
it to mild oil for a relaxing massage at the end of a hard day. Stuffing a
pillow with lavender buds may help insomniacs relax and fall asleep and soothes
The flowers are a pretty, subtle version of the leaf. Oregano is ruled by Venus and the element of air and
associated with Aphrodite. It is
used in spells for happiness, tranquility, luck, health, protection and letting
go of a loved one. It can also be used in spells to deepen existing love. When
worn on the head during sleep, it is said to promote psychic dreams. Oregano symbolizes
joy. Use it for rituals celebrating joyful occasions, or in spells to bring joy
into one’s life.
Remove the white, bitter base and the remaining petals have a
strongly perfumed flavor perfect for floating in drinks or scattering across
desserts, and for a variety of jams. All roses are edible, with flavor more pronounced
in darker varieties. From the time of Solomon, the rose has been the
flower most closely linked with love. The rose was sacred to Venus, the Roman
goddess of love, and was connected to her messenger, Cupid. Roses have
been cultivated for over 5,000 years. Roses are associated with Aphrodite, Adonis and Eros.
Rosewater is a protective agent worn on clothes. Rose petals can be added to
charms against the evil eye.
Flowers taste like a milder version of the herb; nice used as
a garnish on dishes that incorporate rosemary. The word Rosmarinus is from the Latin meaning “dew of
the sea”. Rosemary is also associated
with Aphrodite and appears in many ancient images of
Her. Rosemary was used to ward off evil spirits and nightmares. The wood was
used to make musical instruments. Rosemary is male in nature and ruled by Leo, the element fire and
the sun (or Moon,
depending who you ask). It’s sacred to Hebe, Aphrodite and the Virgin Mary. Rosemary can be used in spells
for fidelity and remembrance as well as to dispel jealousy. Rosemary is useful
for ritual baths, and for making
sacred herbal water for ritual cleansing, blessing and purification. Bathing in
rosemary will enhance your memory.
Blossoms have a subtle flavor similar to the leaves. Sage is
a hardy perennial of the mint family. The
Romans regarded sage quite highly and much sacrifice and ceremony was
associated with its harvest. They believed it stimulated the brain and memory
and used it to clean their teeth. Sage is masculine in nature and associated the element of air and
the planet Jupiter. Sage is
sacred to the Greek Zeus and Roman Jupiter. It is also a symbol of the
Virgin Mary. Sage is used in
magical workings for immortality, longevity, wisdom, protection and the
granting of wishes. Sage is also believed to help alleviate sorrow of the death
of a loved one.
Petals can be eaten, and the bud can be steamed like an
artichoke. Sunflower is associated with the sun and
all solar deities. Its essence helps balance the first chakra and also helps
with confidence in leadership roles. Sunflower
oil can be used as carrier oil for healing oils used in massages and ointments.
Another famous edible flower, violets are floral, sweet and
beautiful as garnishes. Use the flowers in salads and to garnish desserts and
drinks. In Roman mythology, violets were said to be
lesser goddesses who once dared to rival the beauty of Aphrodite, goddess of
love and beauty. Violets are affiliated
with the planet Venus or Pluto and are associated with the nymphs of ancient Greek myths. Violets are also
associated with death and rebirth through the story of Attis.
Violets are useful in love spells and may be carried as an amulet to increase one’s luck in love. Try
combining them with lavender for an enhanced effect.
Sources: HerbalRiot, Cheralyndarcey, Witches of the Craft, Inspirationforthespirit,
Congratulations to Yuri!!! on Ice for getting a NEW THEATRICAL MOVIE announced and a BluRay/DVD release of the event on July 28th!
We here at NSFW Victuuri Week are ecstatic to see more of our favorite skaters soon, but never soon enough. Help pass the time until release date with us from July 10th to 16th with sweet and spicy prompts exploring Victor and Yuuri’s mature eros!
As a kitchen witch, flavor is a very important component in my practice. Certain spells aimed towards particular needs dictate what something should taste like; we know what foods we associate with what need, here I just list what tastes are therefore associated with those particular needs.
There are eight kinds of tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, savory, menthol (ingredients that cause a cooling sensation, such as mint), spicy (ingredients that cause a hot sensation, such as pepper) and dry (ingredients that cause a dry sensation in the mouth, such as certain wines).
Written for the first day of Sterek Week ‘17: Alpha and Emissary! I hereby present to you 1.5k of werewolf speed dating :D
It’s that time of year again: no, not Halloween. It’s the weekend of the Great North Atlantic Supernatural Mixer.
Or, as Erica likes to call it: speed dating for overpowered Alphas and snooty Emissaries.
Derek has been going since he became an Alpha, and each and every year he came home alone again, much to the disappointment of his pack. He’s not really feeling much hope for this year either.
The connection between Alpha and Emissary is the most important one in the pack. They have to be able to trust each other implicitly as neither can just order the other into submission for the pack structure to uphold. The Alpha Emissary relationship does not have to be romantic in nature, but it often tends to be, given how close they have to be to work together seamlessly as a team.
And Derek just hasn’t ever met anyone he had been able to even remotely imagine building that kind of relationship with. There have been a few Emissaries who approached him, drawn in by the weight that the Hale name still has in the supernatural world, or by the sweet call of money. Some were obviously just after a sexual relationship, attracted to Derek’s body and not interested at all in his mind or heart. It always takes all of Derek’s control to get through the weekend without starting a feud with an easily affronted Emissary. And never has he ever felt inclined to approach anyone himself.