••DRY SKIN: Try something exfoliating to get rid of dead skin (like a charcoal scrub, something with NATURAL exfoliators) and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!!! I recommend using a serum and a moisturizer, along with an overnight mask every week or so. This keeps your skin hydrated and keeps the exfoliation from drying it out even more!
RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS: Lush Dark Angels cleanser, any face exfoliating brush, Lush Skin Drink moisturizer, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, pure Rosehip oil, Origins Drink Up Intensive overnight mask, Origins Original Skin retexturizing mask, Dr Jart Water Replenishment cotton sheet mask, Origins Original Skin renewal serum
OILY SKIN: Use a charcoal scrub to absorb excess oil, but avoid harsh cleansers that may cause the skin to overproduce oils!! Remember to still moisturize to balance out your skins natural oil production. A good toner also helps with oil and any resulting acne!
RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS: Lush Herbalism cleanser, Lush Enzymion moisturizer, Origins Clear Improvement active charcoal mask, Lush Tea Tree Toner
COMBINATION SKIN: Try zone masks! Use different masks on different parts of your face, depending on the issues you have there! Use a cleanser that will absorb your excess oil but isnt so abrasive or harsh that in dries out the rest of your face.
RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS: Lush Coalface cleanser, Lush Breath of Fresh Air toner, GlamGlow #Multimasking Mask treatment set, Dr Jart Brightening Infusion mask (for combination skin, many of the products listed here for other skin types may work, depending on where you put them on your face!)
SENSITIVE SKIN: Try a cleanser and moisturizer from Lush or another all natural brand, that doesnt contain chemicals that may irritate your skin! Also, don’t use any harsh or abrasive exfoliants that may do more harm than good!!
RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS: Lush Aqua Marina cleanser, Lush Fresh Farmacy cleanser, Lush Celestial moisturizer, Lush Eau Roma toner water
2) Tip Sheets. If you just look up hands on Pinterest, you can usually find a bunch of tip sheets that helpfully break the hand down into moving parts. Understanding how something works will always give you better results that just knowing the exterior appearance.
(Normand Lemay is just amazing. You can see more of his tips by looking up “Tuesday Tips with Griz and Norm.”)
3) Studying cartooned versions of hands. Drawing from life is wonderful, but when you’re going for a more illustrative or cartoony style, it can be hard to know the best ways to simple things. Doing quick gestures will naturally help with this, as it focuses you to only records the essential information, but! It’s always nice to study from the masters.
Milt Kahl (the great Disney animator) is probably my biggest influence when it comes to hands.
I hope that helped a little bit. Happy drawing! :)
A while back I made a post about how I organize my Grimoire/Book of Shadows and for a long time since then I’ve wanted to a sort of 101 for creating a Grimoire/Book of Shadows. Be warned, this will be a long post! As always, this is merely my opinion, my word is not law.
(UPDATED 4/24/17; All updates are marked)
-The Grimoire Basics-
What is a Grimoire?
As my own personal definition, a Grimoire is simply any book used by a witch in his/her/their own personal practice. There is no limit as to what a Grimoire can or cannot be, as each one is as unique as the witch who wrote it.
How do I use a Grimoire?
A grimoire is used to document, or keep track of, any magickal information that is relevant to the practitioner.It serves to log everything you need to know in your own personal craft.
-Types of Grimoires-
These are my own personal “styles” of grimoires that I have made over the years. These are not the only “kinds” of grimoires, merely suggestions.
- “Textbook” Grimoire: This is a grimoire that is set up to serve as a reference book, a book strictly for spiritual or magickal information.
- “Practical” Grimoire: This is a grimoire that can serve a practical purpose, such as a recipe or spell book. Often more portable than a standard grimoire.
- “Inspirational” Grimoire: These are often called inspiration journals. They are filled with spiritual images, quotes and writings to serve as a sort of “bible.”
- “Memory Keeping” or “Journal” Grimoire: This is a grimoire that serves to be a personal record of thoughts and feelings pertaining to spiritual activity in your life.
-Grimoire Keeping Methods-
- Blank bound or spiral bound Notebooks - I’ve actually seen someone tape composition notebooks together to get a “thick” book. - Recycled or used hard/soft cover books - Binders - OneNote/Tumblr/Internet - Computer Folder/Flash Drive/Memory Card
-How to make a Grimoire-
I recommend that if you are starting a grimoire or are a relatively new witch, don’t even bother buying a nice, expensive, fancy journal. Most of the time (unless you’ve already done one or two grimoires before and you know exactly what you’ll be putting in this grimoire), that book will sit on a shelf and collect dust. Many new witches get excited to have a “fancy” grimoire and then become terrified of “messing up” in it which results in that book never being used. We’ve all been there, done that.
That being said, here are the basic steps I followed when making my “permanent” grimoire.
- Decide on your Grimoire Keeping Method - Gather the information that you would like to put into your grimoire (this can sometimes take a very long time, it took me years), although if the “write as you go” method is more comfortable for you, then go ahead. - Organize your information. If you’re a perfectionist like me, this might take a bit. It’s also completely natural to change up your organization style later on. - Protect/Consecrate your Grimoire. This is completely optional, but it can also be a fun “witchy” way to bond with your grimoire. - Put all your information in your book in anyway that you desire. I found it useful to “plan” out the book before I started writing in all the information. This way I knew exactly what pages were going where. - Decorate your Grimoire. Also, completely optional. Some people like decorating with flowers and ribbons and pictures and stickers. Other people prefer straight to the point text. Either way works perfectly fine.
A quick note for those who suffer from the perfectionist complex: don’t sweat it. We all want our books to be “perfect” but after writing about six grimoires I’ve learned that grimoires really don’t ever become “permanent” because our preferences change as we grow. If you’re worried about it being perfect, starting “planning” pages in a cheap journal. Take note of any mistakes or things you want to change. You can always create another grimoire later. Don’t let that pesky perfectionism hold you back. And if you make mistakes, try to work with them and turn them into something else instead of scrapping your book to start over.
I used to dream of having a huge, Charmed-like Grimoire, and now I prefer the small, sloppy, scrap book, messy-writing kind of grimoire. Don’t sweat it.
Things to put in your Grimoire
- Correspondences - Sabbats, Esbats and any Holidays you celebrate - How to cast spells - Spells and Rituals - Divination - Astrology - Herbs and Recipes - Crystals - Topics you’d like to learn about later.
This post details my own personal Grimoire Index. However the best way to organize your grimoire would be whatever works best for you. I personally like having everything divided into matching sections. However, if you write spells a lot, you may want spell writing notes in the front, while correspondences would be better in the back. It’s all up to personal preference.
- Intention Cheat Sheets.When you want to write a spell, nothing sucks more than having to flip back and forth all over your grimoire to find the information you need. My advice is to make “cheat sheets” for each of your intentions. Pick an intention, such as Money, and write down anything that corresponds to that (colors, herbs, moon phases or zodiac signs, crystals, incense, etc) this way the next time you want to do a spell for Money, you can just flip to your cheat sheet and be done. (UPDATED 4/24/17)
- Incognito Grimoire: Find a generic book that you like at a Goodwill or second hand shop. Write your witchcraft notes/correspondences in the margins and spacing. Use markers or crayons to draw pictures and symbols. You can also glue blank pages into the book so you have more space to write anything you want. This way your Grimoire can sit in plain sight on your bookshelf when you have company over and no one will be the wiser.
when it comes to character development, there is a bunch of things we need keep in mind – and mostly, to ourselves – about our beloved muses. not regular or basic stuff, but interesting stuff that should be there if you want to put verity into your writing or that are simply cool. some of these are very deep / hard, so i recommend you take your time and answer one at a time! feel free to repost and fill up with your particular info, credit is appreciated. stay safe!
PAGE | new project, excitement, inspiration ®* | enthusiasm with lack of planning & direction KNIGHT | man of action, passionate pursuit of a vision ® | anger, impulsiveness, recklessness QUEEN | confident, determined, fiery, joyful, leader ® | jealous, selfish, demanding, angry KING | leader, visionary, driven, passionate, mature ® | unachievable expectations, overbearing, domineering ACE | burning fore of intention, desire & passion, creation ® | lack of energy & passion, boredom II | planning, moving forward, direction ® | disorganization, bad planning III | rapid growth, expansion, establishing strength ® | obstacles, delays, frustration IV | community, homecoming, celebration of hard work ® | tension, discord, & instability in home/family V | competition, battle between rivals, playfighting ® | avoiding a potentially beneficial conflict VI | success, victory, accolades & honors ® | self-doubt, lack of recognition, punishment VII | defensive, maintaining control over victory ® | feeling overwhelmed, yielding, giving up VIII | rapid action, motion, things manifesting quickly ® | delays, waiting, slowing down IX | resilience, pushing forward, home stretch ® | exhaustion, burnout, close to goal but fatigued X | responsibility, burden, accomplishment ® | inability to delegate, lack of priorities
I am a HUGE fan of correspondence charts. Charts are super easy organizational tools that make my life so much easier and I love them. My main grimoire is probably about…45% filled with various charts and tables.
Love them as much as I do, it makes spell writing kind of a bitch.
I can spend more time flipping back and forth between my chart for herbs and crystals and planetary associations than I do actually writing the damn spell. To help me with this little problem, I created Intention Cheat Sheets to go in the back of my grimoire. (In reality, I had less than twenty pages to fill before I could officially say my first grimoire was “full” and I just made this up to take up space…)
The whole idea is that you take a intent, or topic, and you write down all the correspondences for that on one page. And the next time you want to write a love spell for example, you can flip to your Love Intention Cheat Sheet and bam. All your info on love all in one spot. No more flipping back and forth.
Obviously you can add anything to your cheat sheets, but since I’m a hoarder of knowledge, I keep all kinds of correspondences. Here’s some of the basic ones I have on my sheets:
- Weekday best matching the intent - Moon phase - Zodiac Signs - Colors - Herbs - Crystals, Stones and Minerals - Incense and Scents - Symbols - Also Known As (for similar intents such and Love v. Self-Love, or Prosperity v. Wealth)
If you are unsure about what a correspondence should be for an intention, take a moment to write down all the things that you personally associate with that intention. Ignore what you read in a book, or read online. Think to yourself and build your own table. Sometimes it’s hard to build correspondence with things such as herbs or crystals if you’ve never worked with them before, and that’s ok. But if you start to burn some musk scent incense and instead of making you feel romantic or lustful, it reminds you of your dad, well then you can probably scratch that scent off your cheat sheet for love and romance.
As always, witchcraft is a very personal thing. If you don’t agree with someone’s opinion on something, you don’t have to follow it! Do you and own it.
okay but if someone doesn't experience homophobia or transphobia then they're not lgbt it's as simple as that.... the lgbt community doesn't exist for the purpose of being "inclusive" it literally is by nature exclusive to people who experience homophobia and/or transphobia
No, I’m sorry, that’s simply not true. I’ve written an awful lot about this, which you can find under my ‘ace exclusion’ tag. But since there’s a lot under there, let’s hit all the highlights. Frankly, it’ll be nice to have an omnibus post I can just pass to people from now on.
This post is not an argument of your point, it is a reference post, because you are simply wrong.
This post is going to be very, very long, and very, very US-centric. It is important to state right up front that this discussion is extremely Western-centric. I do not have the right personally to speak on gender and sexual orientations from indigenous communities of which I am not a member, but it is absolutely important to acknowledge that the colonization of gender and sexual identity of non-Western peoples is a) wrong as fuck and b) we need to knock it off and c) none of the stuff I’m writing necessarily applies to non-Western peoples/indigenous peoples.
1) This ‘formed to fight homophobia and transphobia’ definition of LGBT is literally and completely an invention of Tumblr. It started on Tumblr, it really only exists on Tumblr, and it only exists for the sole purpose of excluding minority sexualities and orientations (not limited to but currently focused on asexuality). It’s a very recent invention and this specific definition is less than eighteen months old. Probably less than a year old, but I’ll be honest: I don’t have the time or patience to go through the history on Tumblr and read all the hateful stuff that I’d have to in order to find the first use of that particular little piece of nonsense.
I’ve returned from war school and I have a great post for y’all that I have been wanting to make for a long time now.
How to Cheat the Cheat Sheet
As an engineering student, it’s not uncommon for professors to allow their students a cheat sheet or a note sheet during an exam. They do this mainly because it’s a form of studying for the student and it really isn’t supposed to help you during the exam, but here’s how to get the most of your cheat sheet.
pencil fades and it smudges! avoid this
write small like really small
for my cheat sheets, i use the micron 01
yes that is literally size one
highlight topic titles
write examples in blue
answers to questions in red
draw figures in green
formulas in purple, etc.
helps to read your cheat sheet more clearly
If professors provide previous exams or practice exams, write those questions with their answers on your cheat sheet!!!!
professors usually write a variation of the previous/practice exam questions
or they give the exact question
if your professor is the type to not specify what will be on the exam, make sure you cover everything!
don’t get cocky and think something wont be on there
because it’ll show up, promise me.
know your professor!
if cheat sheet really isn’t going to help, don’t waste your time on it