the witches of the wilds

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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.

Photos by @jesmoth
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Costume made and worn by yours truly

More of my cosplay stuff on my FB page, YumiKoyuki Cosplay.

anonymous asked:

Hey, you may have written about this before, but I'd like to know more about what you think of Morrigan from Dragon Age as a character. I don't dislike her myself, but your affinity for her as a romance option sometimes strikes me as ironic or unexpected, given the obvious circumstances of your outlook. In essence, more thoughts on Everyone's Favorite Witch of the Wilds?

Originally posted by headlesssamurai

I’ve talked about her a little bit in the past, but that won’t stop me from indulging you and talking about her more. If there is a single shared thread among all the women I’ve ever been attracted to for more than just surface impressions, it’s because they’re capable of invoking strong feelings from me and leaving me somehow better off just for the privilege of knowing them.

Before Origins came out, there were a number of things that were hooks to get me interested in playing. It was presented as the spiritual descendant of Baldur’s Gate, its many origins came across as very interesting to me. This picture of the city elf origin alone was enough to make sure I’d give it a shot.

That’s a strong image: Some racist humans have ruined what should have been the best day of your life, and you don’t take it quietly. Oh no.

But I’m getting off topic. One of the other draws for me was that Morrigan was played by Claudia Black, who I’ve been a fan of for years, in Farscape as Aeryn Sun and Stargate SG1 as Vala Mal Doran. It also turns out I have a weakness for witchy brunettes with low voices, if my admiration for Eva Green’s Vanessa Ives is any indication.

But all of that was just the surface draw: Morrigan’s character drew me in because she was very clearly a force to be reckoned with. She had her own motivations, she didn’t agree with me on everything, and wasn’t afraid to take things apart if she thought they were foolish. She was also cruel, petty, and obviously wounded by a youth she didn’t initially realize had been traumatic, but rather than diminish she decided to embrace power rather than wilt. “Survival has meaning. Power has meaning” That mantra probably kept her going for years. Until she meets the Warden, and much to her surprise and horror, she falls in love with her mark.

The Morrigan we meet in Inquisition is the same Morrigan, but older, wiser, softer, the hard edges worn down by having a family that didn’t see her as a pawn in some ancient game or a vessel to be filled.Her younger self would have seen that as weakness, but in truth it grants a greater strength. Her confrontation with Flemeth is one of my favorite in the game, illustrating just how far she’s come. She doesn’t hesitate to offer her life in place of her son’s, and call her mother out. “I am many things, but I will not be the mother you were to me.”

It was a powerful climax and probably my favorite example of character development in the series. Here’s to Morrigan, the Witch of the Wilds.

Morrigan by Aradal

Herbs for Spells : Grocery Store vs. Home Grown vs. Edible Wilds 🌿

though not every witch uses plants or herbs in their craft, it is a common question for beginner witches, “where do i get herbs for spells/potions?” 

the short and simple answer is, wherever is most important in your craft

  • do you feel it is important the herbs you acquire commune with nature? 
  • or is it important that these herbs are close in energy to you from time spent growing them?
  • or are all herbs are good as each other, and you prefer where they are most accessible?

all of these are equally valid choices in one’s craft. 

however, the answer is not as simple as this. 

we are dealing with plants, which have the potential to cause harm. merely being a witch does not give one a degree in botany or make one a master in herbalism. the way you procure your herbs/plants does not so much depend on your skill as a witch, but your knowledge of plants. though there may be a spiritual reason for where you would like to get your herbs from, you may want to work your way up to that first, and do the appropriate amount of research and training before you dive into unknown and dangerous territory. 

🌿 Finding Herbs at the Grocery Store

as this is the safest and easiest way to acquire herbs. for the most part, you are unlikely to be hurt by your average spice cabinet of kitchen herbs, spare for certain medical conditions, like allergy or pregnancy. the herbs bought from stores are already prepared to be consumed in recommended amounts,  and though you may not find anything particularly exciting at the store, you’ll never run out of rosemary and thyme. 

🌿 Using Homegrown Herbs

this is the middle ground. you have control over the herbs you plant, and it’s up to you to research them before buying/using seeds, which includes on how to handle the plant as well as its edibility. 

however, there is still the possibility of mistake. outdoor gardens are susceptible to whatever seeds get carried in by wind and animals, as well as whatever pesticides and general pollution that is in your area. how edible the plants you grow varies from area to area, and requires individual research. 

🌿 Finding Edible Wilds 

this is the most dangerous way to get your herbs, as there is the most room for error. there are many plants that can be easily mistaken for their poisonous counterpart, and others that though they are edible, are harmful to touch/harvest. using edible wilds is something only people high experienced with plants should consider themselves able to do, and even then they still put themselves at some amount of risk. 

tl;dr: unless you’re a professional don’t go looking for random shit in the woods for your spells, there’s poisonous shit out there

this is not to say the odd dandelion found in a field can’t be used for your craft, but if you find a white carrot, and can’t remember which poisonous plant it could be, “was it belladonna, nightshade, or hemlock, i wonder?” or if it’s even safe to touch it, you want to take a pass on picking it, for your own safety. 

Romance Myself Bath Spell

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” -Oscar Wilde

To enhance self-love/self-confidence, and just spoil yourself :)

Originally posted by talesofalushie

What you need:

Pink Himalayan Salt- Self-love

Lavender Buds/Oil- Love, Happiness

Rose Petals/Oil- Self- love

Myrrh Incense- Self-love

Thyme- Confidence

Rosemary- Purification/ Self-Love

Vanilla oil- Love/Self-Love

Pink Spell Bag

4 Rose Quarts pieces/points

4 Pink Candles

(Optional) Pink or Rose Scented Bath Bomb/Bubblebath

What to do:

Add Lavender buds, rose petals, thyme, and rosemary to a pot of boiling water and boil for about 3-4 minutes, until you get a tea. Strain the herbs from the tea, and draw your bath while it cools, adding the pink himalayan salt to desolve. 

Put a rose quarts point in each corner of the tub with a pink candle. If you used oils and not hers, add them to your bath now, along with your bath bomb or bubblebath. If you made the tea, add it to the tub once it’s filled. Light your incense, pick some music that makes you feel relaxed and beautiful, and enjoy your bath. 

Think of the things you do not like about yourself, and find something beautiful about it. For example, if you can’t stand the color of your eyes, list all the things you find beautiful about that color and compare it to your eyes. Do this for at least 6 features/personality traits. 

When you are finished, drain the tub and remain in the water until it is completely drained, visualizing all the negative thoughts, insecurities, and self-doubt being sucked out of you and down the drain with the water. Visualize a light pink light glowing from within, replacing all of the departing negative views/emotions with love, confidence, kindness, and self-appreciation. 

And there you have it. I like to add some coconut oil to my bath for a little extra love boost and it makes my skin feel amazing. 

Hope this helps!

“Mother, look! It’s a frog!”
“Oh, yes, dear. It is.”
“Could you change into a frog?”
“I could, If I wanted to change into one, but you already have one and I suppose that is enough.”

I gave myself a liberty to finally finish this picture I started in July and kind of didn’t feel like colouring it. Till now. Finally finished! So happy! <3 It was a great practice! I so wanted to paint something with Skyhold gardens. And lots of plants. Yeah, I started this picture when I bought some plants to my flat and got kind of obsessed.

THE NEW YOU SPREAD

For use when you are looking for self improvement, or are unsure where you want to be in life. 

Crystals to use: 

Citrine (positivity + Solar Plexus Chakra)

Tiger’s Eye (grounding)

Amethyst (intuition)

Rose Quartz (self love)

I know I worship nature… but please do not mistake me for a “peace, love, and harmony” only pacifist type. Nature is not pacifist in the least. It’s gorgeous and soul-confirming, and will devour you whole if you are not careful. It’s wild and primal and will fill you with a sense of understanding, but it will also trick you to feed you to it’s roots if you step out of line. Remember this.

I am not a pacifist. I am a mother protecting her cub. If you fuck with me or mine I do not sit obediently fearing future retaliation, I will peel the skin from your face and tear out your flesh with my fists and consume it while you watch.

Sometimes the best defense is an overwhelming display of power. Fuck off.