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Lesson 16: Graveyards in Witchcraft - Part 2

By: Mama Bones

Live class date and time: 1/31/2017 at 4pm CST

A.) Legalities: I am ever the paralegal, so I’m going to include this section again. It will be similar to my last class, but I don’t want it to be overlooked or forgotten. Again, the graveyard I mainly work with borders my 3 acre property directly and is not regularly maintained. This allows to me to fudge some rules. HOWEVER- let me lay some groundwork legality clauses for the general witch:
         1.) Do not enter after dark. It is illegal in most states.
         2.) Do not bring glass into the cemetery
         3.) Do not light more than a tea/small votive/prayer candle and always hold the tea candle yourself (do not set on ground)
         4.) It’s best to not disclosure your craft to anyone asking what you’re doing. Just say you’re visiting (and wanted to honor your relative’s memory if a candle is lit)

         5.) ALWAYS do as an employee/pastor/policeman asks. Even if it may be technically legal and they’re just uncomfortable, it’s better to de-escalate the situation and leave. You can either come back at a different time or find a different graveyard.

          6.) Bring flowers to appear more normal! They also make great offerings!
          7.) Do not remove ANYTHING from a gravestone site. Ever. However, do feel free to dispose of obvious trash about the graveyard as a whole (soda cans, food wrappers, cigarette butts, etc.). It’s polite and the spirits will respect you for it.

 I begin by making sure I’m dressed appropriately for the weather. I like to spend at least an hour there, assuming I’m not interrupted and it’s important I don’t get too hot or too cold. 

I frequently bring a light jacket/hoodie in summer regardless though, because spirit work can bring down your temperature sensation in general regardless of the normal ambient degrees outside (i.e. communing with spirits makes you chilly).

I make sure I have all the supplies I’ll need.

I have a small messenger bag/purse I bring. I don’t recommend anything larger. Don’t bring a huge backpack- it’s suspicious. This items include:

           1.) My ritual/communing jewelry (including protective jewelry so I don’t get overwhelmed- protection is still important even when actively seeking out spirits)
           2.) My offerings (I like honey packets, pomegranate seeds, flowers, or a particular incense/oil blend I use for spirit work.)

           3.) A book (I love to read to spirits, especially the children)
           4.) My graveyard pad/blanket (I’ll be doing a tutorial on this soon, but basically it’s a small thicker blanket with discreet sigils and herbs sewn in to protect me and boost spirit communication. Protects my tush from the ground and my body from the spirits).

           5.) Water bottle (talking and reading makes me thirsty)

           6.) Comfy shoes that are easy to slip on and off (you don’t have to take your shoes off at all for spirit work, but I like to as a sign of respect- like taking your shoes off when you go into a friends house. I only do it on my graveyard pad though- not at the entrance or anything)

           7.) My phone- not only for basic communicating in case of emergency, but also because I like to play music for the spirits sometimes. I make sure the songs I want to play are easily accessible.

I also make sure Zoe is ready, as I almost always bring her with me. She is leashed, although I tend not to hold it since she’s well-trained in recall.

           Note: Though I don’t recommend bringing pets unless you’re experienced with both spirits and your pet, I will say if you do bring a dog always have your dog on a leash in a graveyard and don’t let go unless you are alone and you are 100% confident in their recall/non-running away. Keep in mind Zoe is my familiar of 5 years and is comfortable with my graveyard work. She is not skittish in the interactions and is not rude to the spirits.

 When I first enter the graveyard, my first check is if anyone is there. 

Without Privacy: If someone is already in the graveyard, I will do a basic walk around the paths and graves (with Zoe leashed beside me) and do mental check-ins and communication. I may drop pomegranate seeds subtly, but I usually do not do any other offerings while other people are present. In my experience, the spirits understand and know I will bring something next time or wait for the person to leave and give my offerings then.

I will then find a spot to put down my graveyard pad (which just look like a smaller picnic blanket to the average eye). I have a favorite/regular spot in the graveyard by me. I am comfortable doing this even if other visitors are still there, as the spot I sit down isn’t directly atop a grave or anything. It’s a clearing under a tree. I’ll take my book out so I look like I’m just having a nice private read in the graveyard and not offending anyone. At this point, I’ll just read silently/mentally to the spirits (I let them look over my shoulder too if there’s pictures) if visitors do not leave. That’ll be the extent of what I do without privacy.

With Privacy: If the graveyard is empty, my visit is a bit different. I still walk around the path/graves first. This time however, I will verbally greet those I know, leave more substantial offerings and check for new spirits who would like to introduce themselves. I ignore ones that are being rude (they don’t try for long with me with my combo of already friendly spirits and Zoe backing me up). Zoe is loose during this and she does her own initial sweep of the gravestones, having different favorites than me.

After I greet and give the “presents” (offerings) I have, then I settle on my graveyard pad. I still have it under the tree. For a couple reasons. It’s polite, doesn’t show favoritism, and is easier to play off if a visitor does show up in the midst of my communing. Zoe usually settles down near me eventually, but frequently she does more checking around while I start the “activities” (she likes to check the graveyard border for energy and critter issues).

If there’s particular ritual work I have planned for this trip, I do that first. This includes, but is not limited to:
           1.) Ritually appointing new spirits for workings/property protection

           2.) Doing an Underworld astral travel with some of the spirits

           3.) Doing a devotional for Hades, Persephone, or Styx.

After that, it’s time for the bonding/fun activities! I break out the book and phone. I usually start with the book while the spirits are still more “focused” (their attention span is not great in my experience). I will do either a picture/children’s book or a chapter of a more all-ages book that we’ve been working through. I don’t bring anything too complex or “dry” (i.e. boring) as they lose interest quickly. Some titles I’ve found they enjoy:
           1.) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman- yup, spirits love irony

           2.) Anything by Roald Dahl
           3.) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (or other silly yet ghost-y stories)- yup, they find them hilarious. I avoid darker scary/ghost stories since I work with a lot of young and child spirits. They don’t like things that are too dark.
           4.) The Velveteen Rabbit (this is a favorite of mine too)

 Then the music is broken out. I have no specific suggestions on this- it’s entirely personal to what you think will please your particular ghosties. I do a wide variety. Usually during this, the spirits will tell me things they think I need to hear or talk about something that bothers them. Zoe frequently romps around with the younger spirits at this point too. Sometimes I bring a ball or frisbee to amuse her and the children.

 Then I just clean everything up, making sure I’m not leaving anything behind I don’t intend to. I’ll sort of meander my way out of the graveyard slowly and give the shyer spirits a chance to ask me something quietly/alone that they were unsure of during the more group communing.

 Once I get home, I run a hot shower or bath with cleansing herbs/oil and give myself a thorough cleaning, asking for Styx’s blessing in making sure no shade residue/miasma remains on me or in my house.

 Then I eat. It’s important to consume something of nutritional value after doing spirit work.

Any questions?

Imagine embarrassing Hotch in front of the team

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“So, you actually have baby pictures of our bossman?”

“Well, apparently he didn’t think about the fact that grandparents looooove to show visitors any kind of pictures…”

“Tell us you have some of them with you!”, squeald Garcia, and the team waited in anticipation as you reached into your bag.

“Don’t you dare!”, Hotch growled and made a move to grab a hold of them. Thankfully Rossi had anticipated it, and wrapped an arm around Aarons shoulder.

“Don’t you think we deserve to see them after all those years we’ve had to endure working with you?”

You held up the first picture.

“As you can see, our fearless leader didn’t always have a fabel for black clothing and suits, since he apparently loved to wear this pink tutu.”

The team leaned forwards to take a closer look and burst out laughing.

“Or this one, where he is six, wearing his mothers handbag. And I am sure you notice that it’s the only thing he’s wearing…”

“My ribs are hurting!”, Morgan said, breathless with laughter as the rest of them.

“And let’s not forget this one, where he’s got long green hair, is wearing a bright red dress and apparently discovered his love for goth-makeup!”

anonymous asked:

Mother, have you heard of Orochimaru? If so, would u approve Aina befriending him?

“Orochimaru? Ah, you talkin’ ‘bout that lady-man with the snakes? Yea, I heard of ‘im. He was still a shinobi for Konoha when me an’ my own mama came to settle there. There was a great big hullaballoo when him an’ two other shinobi come back from a battle near Ame. They didn’ even win that battle. Them three got famous jus’ for survivin’ it. But you can’t expect much more than that from an ugly business like war. 

“Anyway, I seen ‘im ‘round sometimes, saw ‘im grow up with the rest o’ the children, but I didn’ know ‘im well…an’ after hearin’ ‘bout what he done, I’m blessed not to have known ‘im well. What few times I saw ‘im, he always ga’me the shivers. An’ I’ll tell ya what, I don’ scare easy. My l’il Kame, she was six years ol’ when children started goin’ missin’ an’ he turned out to be the reason for it. She jus’ started talkin’ to the critters outside. I’s so scared of losin’ ‘er, I wouldn’ let ‘er go nowhere, nowhere-nowhere-nowhere by herself ‘til he got caught. We weren’ gonna let ‘er get caught up in all that war an’ shinobi nonsense, but that was ‘bout the time me-n-Ekta decided we oughta teach ‘er some moves. So she could protect herself in case we couldn’ be there to protect ‘er.

“But gods, do I wish I could be there for ‘er every wakin’ moment…no matter how big she gets, she’ll always be my baby girl.

“Why Hiruzen didn’ kill ‘im when he had the chance’s anybody’s guess. Musta let his attachment to ‘im get the better of ‘im. Saw Orochimaru like a son. But me, I never much liked ol’ Hiruzen, or most anybody in authority, for that matter. That man’s a tomcat walkin’ upright in a man’s robes, to give you one reason. He shoulda sent somebody else to do the job…like me an’ all the mamas in the village. Hohohohoho! 

“What’s eeeeeh? Did I hear you right? Would I approve if Kame made friends with that man? HELL NO! She like ‘er papa. See the beauty in everybody even when it jus’ ain’t there. She ain’t got no biz'ness with a monster like Orochimaru. Nuh-uh! None! None-none-none! If he ever came near Kame an’ I smelled ‘im on the wind, I’d beat his sorry behind like I beat my rugs! I don’ give a damn how strong he thinks he is. I’d give ‘im the good ol’ shakedown he shoulda got a long time ago. 


“A’least I can comfort myself with the fact it’s unlikely they ever gon’ meet each other. He’s off at gods-know-where doin’ gods-know-what, an’ my baby’s here at home…”

.:::first dates:::.

Fandom: Marvel

Character: Hank McCoy / Beast

Reader: Fem!

Summary: Your first date with Hank McCoy. I wonder how that will turn out? Maybe a trip to the Science Museum? Maybe you two would share your first kiss there.

Notes: fluff, one shot

A/N: Just some fluffy moments. Reader wears something like this:

Requested by anon

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Truth or Lie (Part Five)

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A/N: Thanks for reading! Here’s a fun chapter with no intrusive flashbacks ;D like gender bent SPN? Check this fic out!

Pairing: Rob Benedict x Reader

Warnings: Explicit language, drinking 

Word Count: 5729

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Sightseeing with Rob was probably the most fun you’ve ever had. You felt like you could breathe again, and talking about any history other than your own proved to be great. Daylight was beginning to die, but the two of you wanted to make one last stop.

“This way I think,” Rob told you, his face buried in a map as he walked beside you.

You laughed a little, giving your head an amused shake as you pulled the map away from him. “Look!”

Rob lifted his eyes and broke out into a laugh. “Oh, there it is,” he murmured, spotting the Lincoln Memorial just up ahead. He gave you a playful nudge with his arm, blue eyes gleaming happily. He would remember this day for sure.

“Tourists,” you teased, feigning annoyance.

“Pftt! Me, tourist? Have you ever been to this side of the country?” Rob chuckled, cocking an eyebrow out of curiosity.

Your anxiety clicked up a notch, but you kept breathing and acting normal. Truth or Lie? Unfortunately, this trip had brought you closer to home, but you didn’t want to give him any indication that you had ever stepped foot on this side of the country. You had to be careful. Lie. “Okay, you got me. I haven’t,” you lied, immediately wishing you could take back your answer. You hated lying to him.

“Well, that’s why you’ve got me. To show you the ropes,” he teased as the two of you approached the popular attraction. He shot you a playful wink before heading up the white stairs, an excited bounce in his step.

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Largest octopus gallery > Who wants their photo taken by an Octographer? Tag some friends ;) To promote their water-resistant camera, @Sony recently teamed up with the Sea Life Aquarium in New Zealand to teach an octopus named Rambo to take pictures of visitors from inside her tank. The camera was mounted on her tank “When we first tried to get her to take a photo, it only took three attempts for her to understand the process,” said one of the trainers. “That’s faster than a dog. Actually it’s faster than a human in some instances.” (via @PetaPixel) #octopus #sony

anonymous asked:

any ideas for a spare room in an acnl house? i already have a main sitting room, bedroom, library, and a spa. but i just cant think of anything creative to do with my last room :(

  1. Café/Bakery/Restaurant
  2. Kitchen
  3. Indoor garden
  4. Bathroom
  5. Office
  6. Florist
  7. Classroom
  8. Throne room
  9. Photo-op room (a room with a special background for dream visitors to take pictures in front of)
  10. Museum exhibition
  11. Laboratory
  12. Villager photo collection room
  13. Temple
  14. Gym
  15. Sewing Room
  16. Artist’s studio
  17. Nursery
  18. Video game sets (like from the Legend of Zelda) - idea by zanne0523

I hope that helped! If I think of any more or I have any suggested to me I’ll add it to the list.


The photographer George Steinmetz travelled to central England to photograph Stonehenge during the vernal equinox, one of four open-access days during which pilgrims can walk around the site:

In this week’s magazine, Laura Miller joins a group of Druids on a trip to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice, another open-access day (subscription required):

Top: Pagans, druids, and other self-styled mystics gather at the site for this year’s vernal equinox, on March 20th, an occasion that drew thousands of visitors. The woman pictured here is a member of a group called the Loyal Arthurian Warband.
Bottom: The day after the equinox, Salisbury Plain’s often inclement weather gave way to sun.


Yezidi cemetery in Kuchak, Armenia | Walter Callens

Several villages are located on the highway between Ashtarak and Aparan, their graveyards detected by peaked roofs built over the graves.

Yezidis belong to the Kurdish race and are regarded by Kurds as those who keep their original religion. They speak a northern dialect of Kurdish (Kurmanji). Scholars believe that the Yezidis’ religion is one of the last surviving offshoots of a faith even older than Judaism or Zoroastrianism, and which it heavily influenced. Known as the “cult of the angels”, this early Indo-European faith held that there was only one God but that he created seven angels to serve him. Chief among these, for Yezidis, is the fallen angel who disobeyed his maker. As a result, outsiders have labeled Yezidis “devil worshippers." 

In Armenia, Yezidis are predominantly a pastoral community, with villages concentrated in the central highlands and along alpine meadows in the upper elevations of the country. The community is very shy, though children love to gawk at visitors and have their pictures taken. 


We love this video by Nate Powers. Perfect blend of zen and adventure at the Aquarium.