Part 2 (/6) of The Gangsey loitering about town like the hooligans they are inside. Gansey looks more like a Studious Young Gentleman/preppy douchebag than a hooligan but the presence of Ronan probably makes up for it tbh
Substituting with “anything” (a quartz and rosemary-inspired rant)
this is the month of me sticking my foot in places I’ll likely
regret. But I feel like this really damages the learning process for
a lot of witches and needs addressing. So today I’d like to talk
about this thing being told to new witches way too often: that they
can use “anything” as a substitution if they don’t have X ingredient for, say, a spell jar or whatever.
Can I just say, as someone whose practice focuses heavily on herbal
work, how crazy that makes me?
am not saying spells are set in stone and substitutions can’t be
made. They totally can be.
am not saying that this here fancy spell with all these fancy,
expensive ingredients can’t have a more accessible re-working done
with more common ingredients. It probably can.
am all about making spells work for less money, less time, and less privileged people. You tell me what you’ve got in your kitchen and
yard, and I will help you find a way to make that into any-damn-thing
am not all about the elite-extra-special “old way” or some
dead guy’s mandates on how to witch.
when I see, “just use quartz/rosemary instead” as the
generic advice for EVERYTHING, no matter what the missing component
in question is, it makes me crazy.
the purpose of using ingredient-based spells? No, not just for the aesthetic™. It’s to reduce the energy load on you by replacing it
with stuff that ALREADY HAS a given energy, or focus.
if you remove it and just stick a generic energy booster in there,
what’s going to happen?
of two things:
The spell doesn’t work as intended, because you took off a wheel and
put a rocket where it used to be.
The spell does work as intended, but I’m willing to bet you feel the
exact same drain you would have felt if you’d just done energy
work… because that’s probably what you did (and a lot of people don’t realize that isn’t supposed to happen).
while I’m not saying that you’re wrong and your spell didn’t work
regardless of whatever generic substitutions you made, I am going to
say that if that’s true, I wonder if you’re wasting a lot of
materials in your practice.
purpose of spell ingredients is to use the properties of the
ingredient in order to add a specific energy to the spell, which
reduces the burden on you to supply that specific energy, and to have
highly consistent focus while doing so. If your spell calls for
valerian, then there is something about valerian itself that is
aiding the spell. You can’t simply swap it with cayenne and expect to
get the same results. There are definitely things you COULD swap it
with because they have similar properties, but not absolutely
you can swap the valerian with literally anything and get the same
results, that likely means you are not actually using the valerian to
help you cast the spell. You’re simply using your own energy and the
herbs are set dressing.
there’s most certainly nothing wrong with being adept at pure energy
work. That’s a great skill to have as a witch. But it sure is a waste
of herbs if you’re not actually using them, eh? I mean, a lot of
these herbs we use aren’t cheap or readily available.
not just get rid of the set dressing and save yourself time and money
and just do energy work? Or if you like your set dressing, use tools
meant to amplify energy work, like a wand or a staff or something?
I think there’s a certain level of damage being done when we tell
witches who are trying to learn herbal work that anything is just the
same as anything else and none of it matters.
magical uses of herbs are often tied to their mundane uses. Let’s
remember: cunning craft was the mother of medicine. To this very day,
the magical uses of many herbs are tied to their physical affects.
Even when they aren’t, they’re often a sort of hypersigil, and
they’ve gained those associations through dozens or even hundreds of
years of thousands or millions of people all imbuing them with the
same purpose and energy. Most correspondences have a biological
reasoning behind them, or have been basically sigilized by being used
the same way thousands of times.
and personal correspondences are a thing; I have a few myself. But
these tend to be herbs that have been highly significant in my own
life over a long period of time, and have consequently become a sort
of personal sigil, as opposed to the cultural sigil of most broader
correspondences. My personal correspondences tend to be things I have history with (even if it’s mundane), not just
literally anything. Basically, I’ve overridden the cultural
sigilization, by writing over it with my own over time. But that’s
makes it impossible to learn herbal work – which is a totally
different skill from energy work – if you’re proposing that none of
it actually matters and it all works the same anyway. And
furthermore, it’s pretty discouraging if a witch tries that, and then
their spell fails, which I see with some regularity.
read that they can replace “anything” with quartz or
rosemary, and then they come back and say their spell is doing all
kinds of weird stuff it shouldn’t be doing.
I’m not surprised. The original ingredient was there to give the
spell a specific property, and then someone told them to replace it
with a neutral energy booster and not do anything to replace the loss
of that specific property, or control all the unprogrammed energy.
the result is going to be a high-powered bouncy ball of a spell that
just pings around doing random shit and putting holes in the wall.
Because they didn’t give it anything except energy with no focus.
Because you can’t just replace “anything” with quartz or
tripped me up for a while, as someone who relies a lot on tools. I’m
an empath, and like a lot of drain-prone people, I find using
ingredients helps reduce how drained I get by casting spells.
Becoming adept at herbal work was really important for me to be able
to cast at all with any consistency. I can DO energy work, but I
don’t always wanna wind up spending the next day in bed, and that’s
where tools help me.
not very helpful to just say “replace it with anything.”
That’s not how herb magic works.
can be done in most cases. But if you’re gonna remove a wheel, you
need to add a different one that’s compatible with the car, not just
strap a rocket to the axle.
long story short: I really wish people would stop saying you can substitute with “anything.” While I get that the intention is to try to make the craft more accessible, it just impedes people from learning how to do it with stuff that’s ACTUALLY accessible. I mean, what’s inaccessible about the stuff most people have in their kitchen? You can substitute for a lot with that!
While it is completely true that
you don’t need ingredients to do a spell, it is also true that if
you’re going to use ingredients, they matter. If they didn’t matter
there’d be no point to using them.
you find that you can substitute with “anything” and get the
same results no matter what, then I think I can save you some time and money: just
get an energy working tool instead!
super excited to give y'all a sneak peak at target.com’s newest plus size line addition coming september 15, 2015!
vanity room ny is a new york based contemporary clothing company that is expanding it’s line to include plus sizes and will soon be available on target’s website! this perfect-for-fall mustard yellow cold shoulder dress is going to be a staple in my wardrobe this season. it is actually longer than depicted here - i just threw a belt on at my waist and bloused the top!
dress - vanity room ny
boots - urban outfitters
hat - forever21
bag - flea market in spain
Imagine if the BATIM trio were a steampunk band. What are the admins thoughts on a steampunk AU? What kind of music do they play? What do they dress up as? Do they fly in an airship?
I was actually talking to Lei about steampunk two days ago!
Hmmm, A steampunk AU? Thats kinda a tough order. BUT! We’ll give it a try!
Alice is a gunslinger, nicknamed “Singing Death” or “Angel of Death”. Dressed in a vest, leather hat, long skirt, cowboy boots, a brass and copper gauntlet over her left hand, and a two ammo belts (she still buff under those cloths). Four of her 6 Wings have been clipped, and she can no longer fly to heaven, or fly at all (causes to much pain).
Cast out of heaven after a misunderstanding, and wanted in several countries, Alice is probably the kindest outlaw you’ll ever meet. Her beautiful voice is feared by many, even more so than her actual fighting skills. An ace shooter, she almost never misses her target. (armed with four revolvers and a rare semi auto rifle)
Bendy is a snake oil salesmen, Nicknamed “Hell’s Doctor”. Dressed in a top hat, black suit with red vet, pocket watch around his “neck”, a ring with the philosopher stone, and a fake mustache (it falls off often). A
Demon with knowledge on how the world works, he uses this knowledge to create medicine that can cure many sickness and disease. However most people don’t trust demons, or doctors. So, he was branded a snake oil salesman. Those that have been his patient know that he is an excellent doctor (with outrageous prices)(Armed with three small handgun)
Boris is and engineer, Nicknamed “Hand Tool”. Dressed in overalls, a dirty shirt, heavy boots, welding goggles, and has a metal left arm.
Boris is a world famous engineer. After having lost his arm in battle, he fancied himself one made of brass and steel. After that, he took on a job as a blacksmith, a shipbuilder, a mechanic, a train engineer, and later a gunsmith. He now flies in a retired military zeppelin (which he basically stole), discovering many forms of engineering, production, and continues to craft and design weapons for his income. (Armed with an SMG in his hand, and a copper axe)