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40 ideas for connecting with faeries

Originally posted by disneyasastrology

From researching many different sources!

  1. Dried thyme sprinkled on doorsteps and windowsills will invite in faeries
  2. Wearing thyme may enable you to see faeries
  3. Seven grains of wheat laid on a four leaf clover may enable you to see faeries
  4. Where oak, ash and thorn grow, faeries can be easily seen
  5. Lilac flowers will draw sprites, and repel those that are ill-willed
  6. Eating a primrose flower is said to give you faerie sight
  7. Collecting 5 primroses and tapping them on a faerie rock may open a portal to fairyland
  8. Place primroses on your door to receive a faerie blessing
  9. Carrying a sprig of lavender may help you see faeries
  10. Fresh flowers bring faeries. Keep house plants in your living space to invite in the faeries of those flowers.
  11. Faeries are attracted to those with childlike hearts and minds
  12. Carry with you a sprig of any flower or herb who’s faerie you wish to be close to
  13. Place the sprig under your pillow to receive a dream from that faery
  14. Bringing an acorn into your house will strengthen your connection to the faerie realm
  15. Meditating on the appearance of the marigold flower may enhance your faerie sight
  16. Grow a garden with flowers associated with the fae
  17. Add faerie or gnome statutes to your garden; they find this amusing
  18. Have a specific space in your home (a shelf, windowsill, table, etc) for the faeries to “live in”, and a spot to leave gifts for them (mine is in the garden)
  19. Let a portion of your garden grow wild
  20. Wind chimes hung in a window attract sprites
  21. Faeries love music and dancing. Dance in nature with them, or sing / play a song for them
  22. Create art for them, and draw the faeries you meet.
  23. An often used method of seeing faeries is letting your eyes go out of focus and pay attention to the corners of your vision.
  24. Crushed clover rubbed on eyelids may give one faerie sight
  25. Give back to the earth, for what you take. Pick up trash you find in nature, try to use less plastics, don’t waste food, compost your fruits/vegatables/herbs for rich soil.
  26. The best times to see faeries are dawn, dusk and midnight (the in-between times)
  27. Hang glass, crystals, and beads in your window for the sun to shine through; faeries like glittery & sparkly things.
  28. Wearing a crown of elder twigs on may eve will enable you to see faeries
  29. Go out and just sit in nature, simply enjoying it. You can also practice sensing sprites
  30. While it is dangerous to enter a faerie ring, running around it exactly nine times clockwise under a full moon will allow you to see and hear the faeries dancing inside it (note though, the faeries may take offense if this done on Beltane or Samhain)
  31. Heather is said to open portals to fairyland
  32. Looking through a stone with a natural hole, a hagstone, is said to allow one faerie sight
  33. Add a sigil on your door or window meaning “good faeries welcome”
  34. Leave out a small saucer of milk for any household faeries
  35. Try sitting in your garden in the early morning, late afternoon, evening, night
  36. Look up artists who specialise in faeries and observe their different interpretations of the fae (Brian Froud, Amy Brown, Sulamith Wülfing, Cicely Mary Baker, Howard David Johnson, Nadia Strelkina, etc)
  37. Read real life accounts of people’s encounters with faeries
  38. Read traditional fairie lore
  39. Believe. Faeries most likely won’t interact or make themselves known to closed minds
  40. Don’t forget to be polite and respectful!

Now finished: Safety tips for dealing with the fae and protecting against them

Spell to Purify a Second Hand Item

You will need:

  • Dried rosemary needles
  • Dried sage leaves
  • Dried thyme
  • Handful cedar chips
  • Fire safe bowl or cauldron

While many people love to buy things second hand to save money, a drawback to doing so is the energy, sometimes negative, which clings to these things and is still present when they become ours. These energies can be cleared easily, and it is preferable to do this on any item we will be exposing ourselves to regularly such as clothing or a vehicle.

Place the cedar chips in the bowl and light them. When they start to smoke, add the rosemary, sage, and thyme. Once everything has caught on fire a little and there is a good amount of smoke, slowly pass the item you are purifying through the smoke. If your item is too large to do this, such as a car, circle the item and waft the smoke around it with your hands. Say: rosemary, sage, and thyme, remove any evil which may dwell within. Cedar, clear this (item) and make it new. Smoke wash away the past. As I will it, so mote it be.

Allow the herbs and cedar chips to finish burning, and your item is now purified and ready for new ownership.

(Source: Wicca Candle Spells by Milla Walsh)


Happy three months of whatever this is!

Herebelife of June 2016 is correct, this is a sight I would not mind heading towards me


Gardening Resolution: Grow a Year of Herbs!

Happy Official Spring to my gardening kinsmen and any budding green thumbs! Another season is upon us and I do hope to find more time this year to blog. I’ve been…absent these past few months to due work.

Anyhoot, the Hubs and I have been at this micro-homesteading thing for only a few years. We’re still noobs, but every year we translate new learnings to reoptimize our 100ft by 90feet growing space for greater productivity. Inevitably, we revisit the topic of how much food (fruits, veggies, eggs at the moment) we need to produce to sustain 2 adults for a calendar year.  While our personal situation makes this quite improbable at the moment, we discovered that we can easily grow a year’s worth of our favorite herbs (and some spices).

Mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, shiso, savory, cilantro, parsley, scallions, mitsuba, and so many more! Pound for pound, herbs are one of the most expensive items in grocery stores. Growing fresh organic herbs and drying the excess for winter storage is a very attainable goal for many folks, so if you are new to gardening, this is a very practicable place to start.

Here’s to a beautiful and productive growing season~

firsttothedoor  asked:

Hi! I've looked all over your blog and noticed you keep mentioning bay leaf as one of your Big Five, but I can't find a solid defintion on what it does/means. Protection, I've discerned that much, but is there anything more specific?

Bay Leaf is actually a favorite of mine because it’s so versatile. There are several kitchen herbs - in particular Basil, Bay, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme - that have so many uses in magic that they’re practically all-purpose. In fact, in some literature, Rosemary is named as a substitute for any herb that you may not have to hand, the same way white candles can be substituted for any ROYGBIV candle color you lack for a spell.

In my opinion, this is all for the better. That versatility makes it much easier for a witch on a budget to work spells with simple and largely inexpensive ingredients. (Being able to get your witchy herbs in the spice aisle as compared to having to pay by the ounce for rarer substances from a specialty store.)

Protection is definitely one of the primary uses of Bay in magic, but I’ve found it associated with the following as well:

  • Attraction
  • Banishing
  • Blessing (Home and Busines)
  • Clairvoyance
  • Command
  • Dreams
  • Intuition
  • Love
  • Prosperity
  • Purification
  • Sleep
  • Strength
  • Success
  • Warding (against Evil Spirits, Lightning, & Magical Harm)
  • Wishes

For more information on plant-based secular witchery and practical cottage craft, you can pick up my book, Grovedaughter Witchery, or check out my website.

Hope this helps! :)

You know you’re a Capricorn, When...

You can’t pass up a good bargain.

You are very busy on some days but like to spend other days doing absolutely nothing.

You insist on being on your own and doing things your own way.

You often accuse other people of not making sense.

You are good at finding things on the ground.

You like foods with intense and complex flavors, such as a curry with a blend of many spices, or a marinara full of thyme, basil, majoram, and dill.

You like to complicate things and people accuse you of overthinking.

You try to keep everything under control and dislike surprises.

You appear as cold, collected, and tough, but are tender on the inside.

You have a hard time putting ideas into action because you get stuck in the planning phase.

You reach for the zenith, yet you are always looking down.

You are overly cautious, concerned with the what ifs

Other people think you’re controlling, that’s not your intention, it’s just that you understand how to get things done and hate seeing things get done in a foolish way.

You have a strong self-worth, and surround yourself with quality.

You are better at nurturing yourself than others.

You like to take things one step at a time, and think methodically.

You have excellent self-control, but occasionally you overindulge.

joyfullynervouscreator  asked:

in a medieval setting, a wolf takes a bite of someone's upper arm(outside), but it's killed before it manages to take the whole chunk of flesh, so we're left with a roughly palm-sized dangly piece. MC binds it as best he can, but medical assistance beyond water is 4h away. Would medic stitch up the dangly part or would it be left with dressings? I want a local infection that spreads to a systemic incl fever & hallucinations. Realistic? Assume there will be heavy scarring either way, but 1/2

2/2 wondering what it would look like? MC being male, well-trained and reasonably healthy(it’s end of winter, so slight malnutrition probably). Could infection be treated effectively(herbal medicine is confusing) or is medical options purely symptomatic(cooling of fevers, draining the wound, etc.)? I’m not intending to kill the character, though I’d like a reasonable recovery period post-healing(MC being a warrior, I assume stretching of scar-tissue/PT will happen) Thanks for being epic!

Hey there! Thanks for your question! 

So you bundled a lot of questions in, and that means I kind of need to give you the short version of each of these questions. Keep in mind that the mindset of people in medieval / fantasy worlds may not match the modern understanding of medicine; things like germ theory aren’t really A Thing, everything is filthy, everything is treated by bleeding, etc. etc. 

Will they stitch the wound? If they’re a 21st century doc, no, we’ve learned that bite wounds do better without formal closure than with; same with “gouging” type injuries. I don’t know the mindset of the time, but suturing a wound like this is a good way to trap bacteria. 

Can a local infection become sepsis? Yes. This is realistic. Go with my blessing. *anoints your story in blood* This comes with fever as part of the package. Hallucinations are possible and may be tactile (touch), scent, auditory, or visual. They can be quite vivid. 

Also, one thing. In the worst of it, have the character pee very little, and have that pee be dark and very smelly. It will gladden the blackened stone my doctors keep insisting is a “heart.” 

(Side Note: My favorite high, by the way, is actually a rockin’ fever; unlike many, I enjoy them. But then, I don’t do The Drugz, so maybe it’s as close as I get to an altered state?) 

What will scarring look like? First, we’re talking about an uneven and irregular wound, and it will take time to heal. It will scab first, then knit, then scar; the scar could be what I call “textural” (not discolored, not raised, but evident), hypertrophic (red and raised), or keloid (thick, raised, rubbery). 

Can infection be treated effectively with herbs? 

Dammit, Jim, I’m a critical care medic, not an herbalist! 

Seriously though, there are a lot of herbs and materials that have antibacterial properties; silver is one (silver nitrate cream is a very common cream in wound care in the modern day, and oil of thyme, basil, and some other plants are used as preservatives). A great many peoples have come up with herbal antiseptics; I just don’t know enough about them to recommend any. 

James Duke, PhD with crazy medical botany creds, doesn’t cover bacterial infection in The Green Pharmacy, but in the section on fungal infections he mentions licorice*, teatree oil*, garlic*, black walnut, chamomile, henna, lemongrass, or turmeric, all as having antifungal properties (and thus may play a role in local healing herbs). Look up herbal remedies of the day in the part of the world you’re emulating. 

As for treatments for fever, Duke mentions willow (from which aspirin is derived)*, meadowsweet, elder, ginger, peppermint, and red pepper. 

Asterisked* items are reported to be more effective. I’m not qualified to talk about how salves or ointments might be prepared, but I know willow bark tea is a known fever reducer.  

I hope this helped!! 

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


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I’m glad we found our lost kong cause now we got two so both dogs can play at same time 🐶☺️🐶

Tunisian cuisine is rich in seafood (especially tuna), couscous, peppers, tomatoes, and aubergine. It uses meat in the form of lamb, veal, and goat. Spices are heavily used for flavor. Tunisian cuisine differs in one major way from other cooking in the region in that Tunisians like their food more spicy. Harissa is a condiment that’s often added for additional spice. It consists of crushed dried red peppers, garlic, and other spices like coriander, cumin, mint, verbena leaves, rose petals, tomatoes, and/or caraway oil. It’s a staple of Tunisian cooking and is added to dishes like falafel, sausage, stews, couscous or soups or meat rubs. Tabil (”seasoning”) also is a spice mix, using 2 large garlic cloves that have been peeled, chopped, and dried for 2 days with ¼ cup coriander, 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, and 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper. Pound these ingredients together in a mortar and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months (although it will loose its spiciness as time passes). 

Tunisia has a great many other spices used regularly in cooking. Thyme and rosemary grow widely and often naturally flavor meats as the animals graze on the spices in the fields where they are raised. Fish is often spiced with cumin when grilled and one of the national specialties, Mloukhia, is prepared with bay leaves. Stews are thickened with corete and one of the favored ways to spice when preparing lamb is rubbing it with olive oil, salt, fresh mint, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. As in most Arabic/North African cuisine, coriander, cumin, saffron, and sumac are very popular and are used in many dishes. Caraway seeds are often used to get spice into the dish, as are chili peppers.

Winter Wellness and Herbs

There’s one thing I have noticed with store bought, brand name medicines… You buy things like Tylenol Cold if you have a cold, or take certain medicines if you have that ailment… That does not work for herbal medicine, many herbs to many jobs.
The best way to apply and use herbs is to match what they do with your symptoms… Echinacea is advertised as the miracle cure all for colds and the flu, it only works to it’s fullest potential for a specific symptoms however.

Each herb listed below can be applied numerous ways, if you are unsure of how to consume/use it, don’t be afraid to ask or look it up. There is a lot of medical terminology here, don’t be frustrated if you have to look any of the words up. Trust me, I did a lot of that making this.
I will include a detailed write up of some herbs at the bottom of the lists.

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Virtue? A fig! ‘Tis in ourselves that we are thus or
thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our
wills are gardeners. So that if we will plant nettles
or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme,
supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it with
many—either to have it sterile with idleness, or
manured with industry—why, the power and
corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.
—  William Shakespeare, Othello

anonymous asked:

How many cheesy food puns can you make? I’d love to see some here to make this blog turnip.

This ask bakes me so happy! Donut worry, I’ll write out as many as I can mustard in the thyme I have! Beleaf it or knot, food puns and I make a grate pear! We’re a matcha made in heaven!! I could taco about them all day since pie like them so berry much. They’re such a big dill and they take up so mushroom in my heart!! I can’t thing of a single raisin you wouldn’t use them! I find them very appealing. I can rattle them off without missing a beet, too! I guess you could say that when it comes to food puns, I’m their biggest flan!!!

I could probably cook up a cup-le more, but you’d probably grow beet-en down by my currying on, dough! I hope you young chefs still see me as a good roll model after this!

anonymous asked:

Are Thyme And Thistle Gay?

They’re dogs and they support voting yes on the same-sex marriage plebiscite

Give them two mum’s to provide them food and pretty collars, they deserve it

robin-redbreast replied to your post: I need to learn how to use spices. My family is…

my white british mother once got upset with me because i added basil, oregano, thyme and rosemary to a pasta sauce and that was apparently “too many herbs” and it would “ruin the flavour” because it would “taste too strong” my white ass had to learn how to season food from the internet

robin… im so sorry…. are you okay????

anonymous asked:

Hello! I was wondering if you knew any spells that could help quit smoking or addictions in general? My friend's been trying for months so I'd like to give him an extra support. Thanks! ♡

✨ You could make them a charm to wear that makes it so they don’t feel they need one as badly. Something along the lines of “Your craving is eased, rely now on me, strength and perseverance will come from this piece.” 

✨ Place a sigil on their cigarette box that means something along the lines of “I do not crave a cigarette” 

I’ve heard of people binding them selfs against smoking, but that it was kind of miserable and they wouldn’t recommend it. 

As for a spell, I don’t really write spells for others because spells are really personal, but I can recommend you some ingredients associated with healing and strength, and from there you can craft your own spell. c: 

(You don’t need to use all of the ingredients recommended, or any of them if you don’t want to, they’re just recommendations to help out) 

🌊Magical Waters🌊

💧Sea/Ocean Water- Water from the sea is best used for cleansing and healing rituals. It’s great for banishing and protection spells, and spells regarding change. It’s quite powerful (there is little that rivals the strength of the ocean).

💧River Water- Spells and rituals that have to do with moving on, focusing energy, breaking through rough paths, and warding. 

💧*Waining* Moon Water- From three to ten days after the full moon (lasting seven days), these phases give off the energy of banishment or completion as the moon begins to shrink. Use magic and meditation focused on bringing things to an end, completing projects, and ridding your self of negativity. 

🌿Magical Herbs and Plants🌿

🍃 Allspice- Brings business success and relieves mental tension. Is uplifting, and increases energy and determination. Especially useful in healing spells. (Associated with the planet Mars and element fire.)

🍃 Thyme- Brings peace of mind while sleeping, and protection of money. Can help you stay positive when working towards a goal. Considered lucky. (Associated with the planet Venus and the element water.) (Also known as Common Thyme and Garden Thyme)

💎Magical Crystals and Stones💎

🔮 Agate- (Agate comes in many forms and colours, so this is general.) Promotes strength, courage, longevity, healing, protection, love, inducing vivid dreams, and is used for gardening.

🔮 Amethyst- Provides balance in your emotional, physical, and intellectual being. Clears the aura and promotes stability, strength, invigoration, and peace. Good for healing both psychic and physical ailments, meditation, scrying, and breaking addictions. (Associated with Pieces, Ares, and Aquarius, the planet Saturn, and the element water.)

🔮 Smokey Quartz- Is considered soothing, grounding, relaxing, and a good focal point for meditation. Promotes creative problem solving. Good for banishing negativity in the body. (Associated with the element earth, the planet Saturn, and the signs Sagittarius, Scorpio, and Capricorn.) 

⚪️Color Correspondences⚪️

💙 Dark Blue- Used to promote change, and aid in depression. Other associations include deep thought or meditation.

💛 Brown- Used to foster neutrality, overcome uncertainty and hesitation, and for grounding.

Good luck to you and your friend!! <3 I hope this was helpful 

For my suburban trapped lil witchies...

For you poor souls out there that want to make their tea and poultices but can only find gravel and cement for your herbs, and whose wallets can’t exactly make those organic online purchases happen, I have some tips.

~There are lots of powerful herbs in your spice rack, although not fresh cut, they still manifest some beautiful blessings. Common spice rack herbs consist of:
•Bay leaves
And many other herbs and powders.

~Out of the window herbal gardens are very affordable. Seed prices can vary from $1-3 dollars usually and they are fairly easy to maintain.

~Cacti and succulents are wonderful house plants since they are low maintenance. They give a wonderful vibe of nature.

If you would like any other pointers on being a green witch in a cement center just send me a message! 🌵🌿🌱

😊 Happy days my little witchies!
Lunarrainwater 🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑