the cauldron base

Beltane Correspondences

Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting

Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green

Tools: Broom, May Pole, cauldron

Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz

Symbols & Decorations: May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers

Foods: plant-based dairy, bread, cereals

Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff

Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan,
the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.

Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard

Other Names: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),May Day, Fairy Day,Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)

Potions, Old & New

So something I want to explore in my future campaign in the background is the difference between your typical health potions, created through alchemy and magic, and more natural, druidic potions, brewed with only a trusty cauldron. The base ingredients are almost identical, they have similar effects, but I can’t help but imagine they’d have differing upsides and downsides, along with flavour differences, literal and metaphorical.

The potions you think about when you play dnd, almost like cloudy coloured water, would still be the most common around big cities, wizard colleges and so forth, technically labeled as Alchemical Potions, where ingredients are broken down into essences and elixirs through long processes of heating, distilling and infusing, then blended together into little potion bottles for single doses in an alchemical lab. The process is long, careful and precise, taking 16 hours, 8 hours a day, for a single person to make 32 doses from the same quart of total brew, making them more expensive, but the potions are small in size, come in one ounce, single dose packages for simplicity’s sake, and go down smoothly and affect the body quickly, even if the mixture is still bitter and sickly, intended for the higher class adventurers who find themselves without a member with cure wounds.

On the other side of the coin are Druidic Brews, which are found in smaller settlements where druidic or outlander influence is abundant. Similar to Alchemical Potions, 32 doses are brewed all at once from a three quarter gallon of brew, but the direct cauldron technique without distilling and so forth can take 8 hours to fully prepare from grinding, chopping, and brewing the ingredients into a thick broth. Some argue that the original method of preparing potions is healthier and more potent, but some would argue the texture, thickness and flavour is worse than death. The result is a cheaper, stronger potion that druids can prepare without an alchemical lab, but the brew is thick with ingredients, making it seem more like a cold, deathly biter vegetarian stew that comes in  doses thrice the size of alchemical potions for the same effect, and takes longer to come into effect. People have also made unguents with similar effects, for those who struggle with having to consume the brews, but they work even slower

Potions of any variety can be made into Druidic ones, but when converting them, remember to have the effects be delayed, and stronger/longer lasting from the delay. Also bear in mind few will want to use them because of their notoriously disgusting nature. When first consuming a potion, have the player’s roll a constitution check to see if they can stomach it. Not in combat, of course, unless you hate your players.

Healing Potion (Alchemical)

  • 1 ounce dose. (bonus action)
  • 50gp per dose
  • 2d4+2 hp instantly. (3-10 hp)

Healing Brew (Druidic)

  • 3 ounce dose. (bonus action)
  • 30gp per dose.
  • 1d4 hp instantly, 1d4+1 at the end of the creature’s next 2 rounds. (Only stabilizes unconscious creatures. Revives after the end of their second round)

Players with the right materials, a cauldron and a Herbalism kit can make a wisdom (herbalism kit) check based on potion rarity at the start of a long rest, consuming a 1st lvl spellslot all the ingredients regardless of whether you pass or fail. For uncommon potions, you may create a maximum of ten consumable potions, depending on the roll.  As you make rarer potions, bear in mind that the time spent will increase as it rarity increases. Attempting to make an uncommon potion during a long rest will let you be well rested, and attempt to make a roll, but you must spend all of a long rest on a Rare Potion, and not receive any rest.
Alchemists can make an Intelligence (alchemist kit) check instead, and with a -5 reduction to DC if they decide to make a potion, but on top of requiring a spellslot of appropriate level and ingredients that are used, regardless of the check, they must be at an alchemists lab to perform the task, and the time requirement is multiplied by two.

If someone is providing assistance during either Druidic or Alchemical potion rolls and has 13+ Wisdom/Intelligence respectively, the person creating the potion has the time requirement reduced by 2 hours, and advantage on the roll. Unfortunately, both characters will suffer the affects of exhaustion if the potions take over 6 hours to create. No more than 1 person can provide assistance for this roll.

Thank you very much for taking your time to read this, if you have any feedback or ideas to improve or fix this potential feature, feel free to let me know.

Anyone have any good Worm fanfic recommendations?

Because holy shit there’s a lot of it and even the stuff that isn’t bad is 90% really not for me. So yeah, mostly looking for anything based around

-Cauldron- Contessa, Number Man, etc

-Khepri

-Post-Coil ganglord Skitter (or ganglord Skitter in general, really)

Preferably as thematically/tonally similar to the original as possible. 

So, anyone have anything to recommend?

anonymous asked:

Hi! If you don't mind me asking, what/who is your mobile header a picture of? (You're an amazing artist, by the way!!)

Hello! and THANK YOU! <3

I’m assuming you mean this little banner thing, right?

Lemme tell you a story of my twelve-year-old self who loved writing and had a ton of notebooks filled with short stories all of which have no conclusion whatsoever. I don’t actually remember writing any of it but I picked up a story about twin superheroes and I drew them - reinventing them too! It’s an entire concept of having one hero per generation - like an incarnation of sorts and pictured here are the heroes - or legacies as I’d call them of the Medieval Era and the 25th Century. It’s also an excuse for me to merge my two favorite tropes of sci-fi and fantasy. I’m not sure what I’ll do with this idea tho? I tried to launch it back last year but it kinda went silent.

I actually have this thing thought out - like I do many things but I dunno; it’s a really weird story about time travel, genetic templates, clones [?] and alternate realities ??? It’s like a massive sci-fi cliche cauldron. I’ve also based the main Legacy on Cameron Monaghan because I can.

also military-esque uniforms and organizations and bad guy is not the bad guy and everyone’s being played for the real bad guy’s benefit and there’s this twist that I don’t want to say because this still might go somewhere and ???

It’s also lowkey an excuse to get some costume design off the ‘for use later’ pile in my folders. and I can’t find the third one - it’s a red costume because I’m a sucker for color-coded groups and RGB seemed a good idea ??? It can be barely seen here (*rolls eyes at dark aesthetic me*)

I found this sequential piece tho’ It’s a little small but the piece above is here without all the dark filters and all

I also made an icon should I make this a thing (Zed Gunn is the lead’s name - and yes, it is one of those, ‘that can’t be his real name’ things. Maybe it’s not? maybe it is? Who knows?)

I digress. The answer to your question is actually just, ‘they’re my OCs’ I have a habit of talking too much ??? Especially about these kinds of things ??? It may not be what you meant ??? but here it is for the world to see ig ???

Laurie Cabot's Feast of Beltane

MAY WINE

Ingredients: 

12 sprigs sweet woodruff

1 1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar

1 bottle dry white wine

1 block ice

3 bottles dry white wine

1 qt soda water, or champagne

spring flowers

Combine woodruff, sugar, and 1 bottle of dry white wine in a large bowl, and cover. After half an hour remove the woodruff. Stir and pour over a block of ice in a large cauldron. Add three bottles of wine and the soda water or champagne. Decorate around the cauldron base with flowers and ferns.

NETTLE SOUP

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz butter

1 lb potatoes, chopped

2 large onions, chopped

6 leeks, chopped

4 1/2 cups chicken stock

5 oz nettle, washed and chopped (or approx 2 oz dried)

¾ cup cream

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Melt butter in a deep frying pan or saucepan. When butter foams, add potatoes, onions, and leeks. Stir until coated in butter, then sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Add stock and simmer vegetables. Add nettle leaves and continue to simmer until soft. Do not overcook. Add cream a little at a time. If desired, add more seasoning, such as mint or rosemary or herbed butter. Serves 6. 

BROCCOLI AND CAULIFLOWER WITH CHEESE SAUCE

Ingredients:

2 large heads broccoli 

2 large heads cauliflower

1 cup heavy cream

2 tbs American cheese, sliced thin

2-3 tbs water

2 large cloves garlic, chopped fine

3 tbs corn flour or flour and water paste (thickener) 

1 tsp garlic powder 

Steam vegetables and set aside. 

Place cream and water in a saucepan, stirring constantly on low heat. Add butter, garlic, and garlic powder. Then add cheese slice by slice, always stirring. After all the cheese is melted, add corn flower to thicken. Stir until desired consistency and set aside. 

Break up the broccoli and cauliflower into florets. Strain well and cool almost to room temperature. Pour warm sauce over vegetables when ready to serve. 

GREEN GOOSEBERRY AND ELDER FLOWER COMPOTE

Ingredients: 

2-3 elder flower heads

2 cups sugar

2 lbs. green gooseberries (remove tips)

2 1/2 cups cold water

Tie elder flowers in a square of unbleached muslin or cotton and place in an enamel saucepan. Add gooseberries, sugar, and water. Bring to slow boil and boil for 2 minutes or until gooseberries burst. Remove elder flowers. Allow to cool. Serve in a pretty bowl or glass dish and garnish with fresh elder flowers.

(Source: Celebrate the Earth A Year of Holidays in the Pagan Tradition by Laurie Cabot) 

Magickal Theory’s First Giveaway!

Soon I will be living out of my new car and I have some old witchcraft/magickal tools that I don’t really utilize in my practice anymore  that I know could definitely be put to better use by another practitioner, rather than just sitting in storage.  So I’ve decided to grow my blog a bit and host a giveaway! Please note that these tools have been used, but I will cleanse each item before shipping (and, unfortunately, due to the lack of money in my wallet, I will only be shipping within the United States).

*5th Place Winner will receive 2 Abalone Shells & 1 Small Conch Shell

*4th Place Winner will receive 1 Small, Metal Dragon Head Box

*3rd Place Winner will receive 1 Yellow Bottle and 6 randomly chosen Candle Dressing Oils

*2nd Place Winner will receive the Mortar & Pestle and 3 randomly chosen Candle Dressing Oils

*1st Place Winner will receive the Metal Cauldron with Claw Base 

(Candle Dressing Oils: Black Art, Cast Off Evil, Commanding, Controlling, Dragon’s Blood, Irresistible, Jinx Removing, Lady Luck, Prosperity.  These oils are not for consumption and should only be used in candle magick.)

To enter, you must be following magickaltheory and like + reblog this post.  You may reblog this post once a day for more entries until February 1st, 2015, when this giveaway will end at 11:59pm.  On February 2nd, I will use a random number generator to randomly select the winners and will publicly announce them on my blog.  Winners must contact me with their shipping info to claim their prize within 24 hours of the announcement or an new winner will be selected for that prize.