I am feeling sappy about my old costumes, and how I somehow manage to like (some) of them even today, after making the costumes years ago. Sure, I would make some things differently now, but I’m still pretty ok about how my Flemeth (Dragon Age II) turned out. Hope to get to wear it sometime again.
All of the tarot and oracle cards I’ve bought so far this year. I’m making this post now as I think my collection is as complete as it’s going to get for the time being. I finally got all of the decks on my wishlist and the only remaining ones I’m interested in haven’t been released yet.
Aries:The high priestess of a coven pre dating written magic. Draped in gold she enchants the tools used to forge the future. From her mountain top she plans the rise and fall of man. Taurus:A young witch who has just stumbled upon her ability. Living alone in the woods she practices making the flowers grow and turning toads to swans. Gemini:A witch from ancient Greece, who rose to political power as more than man or woman with their knack for magic that plays tricks on the eye and hexes for those who opposed them Cancer:A mom living the average middle class life. Her kids no nothing of her wild days past now tucked away in spell books and photo albums. She has an affinity for love spells and charms. Leo:Riding through the desert, a witch long flowing hair tries with shaking legs to stand on her broom going full speed. She feels alive and free as she changes the color of the dust in her wake. Virgo:A librarian from the inner city, this witch has forgotten more about magic than you or I will ever know. She is never tired, time is in her control. Libra:The business men who visit the geisha house leave with empty pockets and no memories. Inside lives a young geisha who has perfected bending the will of those who find her attractive. Luckily everyone does. Scorpio:A swamp witch, draped in fur and black charcoal symbols marking her skin. Her familiar, a crocodile, brings bodies from the swamp so she can give their souls the passing they long for. Sagittarius: Every kid at Lakeside Elementary loves Ms W’s magic shows on Fridays. Especially when she turns into a cat, but that’s only when the other adults aren’t looking. Capricorn: An outlaw in the wild west, this witch lives in a homestead protected by her crows. She tends to her garden and land minding her own. Twenty Graves stand on the property line of the men who tried to get too close Aquarius:Living in a downtown loft apartment, her laptop types away by itself. Working for the news was never this witch’s goal, but it pays the rent until she can gather the materials to summon her army of undead. Pisces:A seaside witch in 1978 the day before her lover died. She calmed the sea and holding her in her arms, she walked on the water into the sunset. And when she could no longer walk, they sank to the bottom, together, to be reborn, together.
Mother Earth, hear me calling I’m Your daughter, You’re my home Sister Moon, hear me calling In the night, we’re not alone Father Sun, hear me calling Let your strong light shine in me All my ancestors stand by me Teach my spirit to be free……
This is a list of some of the most confusing plants to identify, with dangerous evil twins (although they may be good for curses). Remember not to eat ANYTHING in the wild unless you’re 100% certain what it is. It’s especially important for us hedge witches who tend to forage vs grow and all kinds of nature witches to know what we’re picking.
Sweet almonds vs. Bitter almonds
The sweet almonds that are bought, sold, and enjoyed in the U.S. and in most countries have only a negligible amount of cyanide in them, but bitter almonds—which are shorter and wider than their sweet cousins—can contain 42 times as much. This high cyanide content means that children can be fatally poisoned by eating just five to ten bitter almonds, and adults by eating around 50. Even a handful of bitter almonds can lead to dizziness or vertigo, weakness, difficulty breathing, and numerous other symptoms in adults
Wild grapes VS. Moonseed
Menispermum canadense, or “Canadian moonseed,” produces fruit so similar in appearance to grapes and other pleasant edibles that it can blend in with the Vitis bunch if you’re not careful. The plant is toxic for humans from root to leaf-tip, and its moonseed berries—which have a single, crescent-shaped seed each, unlike grapes’ round ones—can easily prove fatal when eaten due to their toxic lode of dauricine. Moonseeds also reportedly taste just awful (generally speaking, this is a good sign you should spit something out).
Carrot, parsnips vs hemlock
The above-ground plants of wild carrots (Daucus carota, widely known as Queen Anne’s Lace) and parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) can look a lot like hemlock’s, and the roots below can appear similar, too (especially when they’ve just been pulled out of the ground).
For the record, wild parsnip poses its own threat, too. Especially during flowering season, its sap can cause skin reactions which can range from a simple rash to something very much like a lasting, second-degree burn. So if you do go root-hunting (staying well clear of hemlock, of course), you’ll do well to use gloves and skin-covering clothing whenever possible.
Wild blueberry vs Tutsan
blueberries have a potentially deadly lookalike that’s spread from its native Eurasian zones to New Zealand, Australia, and North America. The black berries of Hypericum androsaemum, a.k.a. tutsan or “sweet amber” bushes, can do a decent blueberry impression but can cause gastrointestinal distress, weakness, raised heart-rate, and other symptoms in both people and animals, and especially in children. In general, eager berry-pickers should do some careful research before foraging in the wild, as a wide variety of berries are moderately to highly toxic, including strychnine tree berries, and holly berries