little collection inspired by the amazing dresses in the new emma movie! i loved every single one i couldn’t not try to recreate them😭
Creator ID: MA-0680-3435-4149🌷
autumn de wilde’s emma. (2020) borrowing from history.
- pink silk spencer, c. 1815. chertsey museum.
- portrait of henriette rottman, joseph krafft (1820)
- pink silk evening gown, c.1810. victoria and albert museum.
- portrait of lina groger, friedrich carl groger (1815)
- “Comfort.” attributed to charles williams, 1796. the new york public library.
Partners (MLB Fan-comic) :
Time Lapse (MLB Fan-comic):
College Days (MLB Fan-comic):
Chat Blanc Side Stories (MLB Fan-comic)
Miraculous Ladybug Mini-Comics
- I Won’t Stop Fighting (Episode exploration)
- You…BARIUM (Humor, Exploration)
- LUKA DA WINGMAN (Humor)
- Baby Bug and Kitten Noir (Exploration)
- Complete Family (Angst)
- Flirting Responsibly (Humor, Exploration)
- You Have Got to Be… KIDding Me (Humor)
- Jellin’ (Humor)
- The ONLY Possible Explanation (Humor)
- The Wall IN FRONT OF US 🎶 (Humor, Episode Spoof)
- Perfect (Character Exploration)
- Moving On (Humor)
- Rose-Tinted (Humor, Character Exploration)
- Smooches (Humor)
Miraculous Ladybug Fanart
Vasily Borgov & Beth Harmon playlist
- Fleur — Русская Рулетка
- Мария Чайковская — Засыпай
- Мария Чайковская — Мы не встретимся больше
- Kovacs — The Devil You Know
- Lana Del Rey — Carmen
- Emilie Autumn — Gentlemen Ain’t Nice
- Peter Gabriel — My Body Is A Cage
- Florence And The Machine — Seven Devils
- Tommee Profitt feat. Svrcina — My Domain
- Lawless feat. Brit Wagner — Diminuendo
- James Brown — It’s A Man’s World
- James Blake — Retrograde
- Donald Byrd — Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
- Lesley Gore — You don’t own me
- Альфред Шнитке — Танго в сумасшедшем доме
- Микаэл Таривердиев — Русский регтайм
- Edith Piaf — La vie en rose
- Alice Cooper — Welcome to my nightmare
- The Raveonettes — Black/White
- The Zombies — She’s not there
- Roy Orbison — Oh pretty woman
- Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox — Mad World
- Luciano Pavarotti — Nessun Dorma
- Scott D. Davis, Metallica — Enter Sandman
- Maxence Cyrin — Where’s my mind?
- (and more)
Will be updated~
I waited until he put up the entire thing so I could link it all together & share, but some of you may be aware in the meme group on Facebook, screenwriter Tab Murphy found & uploaded his entire first draft script of Atlantis!!
It’s a very interesting read to see how many things stayed the same or changed, I’d say for the better, but that’s not to say there aren’t a LOT of fun gems in here! It’s so cool that he shared it freely for us fans.
This link above is just the prologue, here’s the full script in pieces below
edit: the group is private now so I have no idea if these links will work anymore ugh
2½ cups Flour (abundance, prosperity, grounding)
6 tablespoons Sugar (attraction)
1 tablespoon Baking Powder (protection, growth, purification)
¾ teaspoon Salt (cleansing, protection, banishment)
½ teaspoon Nutmeg (abundance, protection, psychic power)
2 tablespoons Dried Cranberries (healing, protection, love, divination)
4 teaspoons Fresh Rosemary (cleansing, purifying, healing, protection)
6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (calming, strength, glamour, purification)
1 cup Cream (confidence, strength, glamour)
1 teaspoon Vanilla (serenity, love, mental clarity)
1 cup Powdered Sugar (attraction, stability)
2-3 tablespoons Water (new moon water for an extra boost~)
☀️ A Midsummer Bath ☀️
Inspired by this post, I decided to create a Midsummer bath last night after sunset! It was a great way to connect with the energy of the season. I know it’s a bit late to share the recipe, but I figure it’s good for anytime between now and Lughnasadh, and perfect whenever you need a boost of summery energy (though if it’s cold out you might want to skip the last step!). I used a fair number of ingredients, so modify this however you need to to suit your budget and available materials!
☀️ 4-5 ginger tea bags (black tea bags and ginger slices work too!)
☀️ 1 cup of honey**
☀️ Red and yellow food coloring
☀️ a couple oranges and/or lemons, sliced
☀️ Lavender sprigs (please wash them first!)
☀️ Gold bath-safe glitter (not visible in the pictures, but it’s there!)
☀️ Beeswax candles
☀️ Tealights and/or yellow and orange candles
☀️ Midsummer-related crystals (I used citrine, fluorite, rutilated quartz, fuchsite/aventurine, green goldstone, and rock crystal (clear) quartz)
☀️ Sandalwood or lavender incense/candles
☀️ Spa water (if you stay in the bath as long as I do, you’ll want this. Trust me)
▫️ ▫️ ▫️ Midsummer Spa Water: add lemon slices, cucumber slices, celery sticks, and mint sprigs to a pitcher, then fill it to the top with ice water and stir it around. It’s ready to drink right away! You can also freeze it to make super refreshing ice cubes.
Start running your bath - make it a little hotter than you normally would (please be safe, though! Don’t burn yourself). Add the tea bags and honey. You might need to stir the water around with your hands a bit to mix the honey in, and you can check the temperature at the same time. If you choose not to use honey, a drop of orange or lavender essential oil makes a great substitute.
While the bath is filling, set up your candles, incense, and crystals around the edges of the tub. I prefer to keep the incense across the room so it doesn’t overpower the scents of the other ingredients. If you can’t burn incense or candles, try a lavender room spray. Add red and yellow food coloring to the water until you’ve achieved a summery, sunny orange!
When the bath is full, toss in the orange/lemon slices and the lavender sprigs. Sprinkle a bit of gold glitter across the surface, dim the lights, and get in! It’ll be like a lovely-smelling hot tub with much better atmosphere :) This is when that spa water will come in handy - don’t let yourselves get dehydrated, witches!
Once you’ve had enough of the heat, turn on some icy cold water. Try not to splash around too much (otherwise you’ll just end up with a gross room-temperature bath), instead letting the cold water sink to the bottom of the tub. The feeling of hot water on the surface with cold water underneath is super refreshing and perfectly suited to Midsummer - the sun is beginning its decline into winter now. Enjoy it for a bit, then get out before you get chilly!
Don’t forget to put out your candles. Have a fun and safe summer ☀️
**Vagina owners, please be careful with using honey in your bathwater! The sugar can cause yeast infections.
JANE AUSTEN LOVE CONFESSIONS.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Northanger Abbey (2007)
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Mansfield Park (1999)
@orriculum some lovely scenes for you, since I know you LOVE Pride and Prejudice~
Bedridden Witch: Wheel of the Year Edition
These will be a combo of low energy and bedridden activities! Please note that absolutely nothing is required in order to honor the seasons besides witnessing them and trying to admire the things they bring <3
Purification, spring cleaning, home and hearth. Winter to Spring.
- Light a candle or turn on an electric candle.
- Open the curtains to let light in.
- Crack open all your windows to let in some fresh air.
- Visualize a light cleaning each and every room in your home.
- Spray a cleansing spray throughout your bedroom.
- Clean an area in your home, big or small. (It could be as simple as making a pile of trash so it’s easier to move later.)
- Wash your bedding or rotate your blankets and flip over your pillow.
- Change your pajamas.
- Bathe yourself (either in the tub or sponge bath style). Infuse some herbs/flowers into the water!
- Low energy Imbolc + Imbolc masterpost
- Bedridden witch: Cleansing + Bath Magic
New life, growth, celebration of lusciousness. Spring.
- Water your plants and whisper blessings to them.
- Plant something new! It can be as simple as a beansprout in a paper cup.
- Open the curtains to let light in.
- Crack open all your windows to let in some fresh air.
- Spray floral water in the air and on your bedsheets.
- Have someone bring you some spring flowers.
- Draw flower designs or in pastel colors.
- Make some herbal/floral tea or infusions.
- Burn incense or smoke cleanse.
- Drink lots of water.
- Ostara masterpost
- Bedridden witch: Garden + Pastel
Peak of life, renewal, fire. Spring to Summer.
- Wake up earlier than usual to enjoy a full day of light.
- Make flower crowns with real, fake or paper flowers.
- Braid something (your hair, a bracelet, ribbons, etc.)
- Make sure sunlight and fresh air can reach you.
- Enjoy some fresh fruits, nuts and seeds.
- Drink tea or water infused with fruit.
- Decorate with/wear/create things with bright colors
- Light a candle or turn on an electric candle.
- Decorate a new pot for your plants (painting, sharpies, ribbons, etc.)
- Write a list of things you would like to release and burn them (alternatively: tear it up and place in a glass of water).
- Beltane masterpost
- Bedridden witch: Nature + others linked above.
Sunshine, joy, celebration. Summer.
- Make sure sunlight and fresh air can reach you.
- Try to be awake and witness both the sunrise and sunset.
- Pour an offering of water for the plants (indoors, outside or out the window).
- Decorate with flowers and crystals.
- Have a picnic (outside, on the kitchen floor or in bed).
- Enjoy locally grown fruits and veggies.
- Find a way to incorporate honey into your day (scrubs, food, tea, etc.)
- Burn beeswax candles.
- Listen to music that just sounds like summertime.
- Make sun water or sun tea.
- Bedridden witch: Elements + others linked above.
First harvest, gratitude, abundance. Summer to Autumn.
- Eat grains and local veggies.
- Eat bread or your closest alternative.
- Start a new project like crocheting or knitting. This is also a great time to finish that project you’ve been avoiding.
- Read an entire book, start to finish or finish a book you put down and forgot about.
- Infuse berries into water.
- Wear and decorate and create with browns, golds, dark greens, oranges and yellows.
- Drink rich teas.
- Decorate with sunflowers.
- Make a mug cake (x)
- Low Spoon Ways to Celebrate Lammas
Second harvest, balance, abundance. Autumn.
- Drink apple cider or juice.
- Decorate your home to make it look more like Autumn (fake or real leaves, acorns, paper cutouts, etc.)
- Eat things like breads, nuts, grapes, pomegranates, pies, apples and root vegetables.
- Wear/decorate/create with oranges, reds, golds and browns.
- Write down all of the things you can think of that you’re thankful for.
- Apple magic
- Drink warm drinks like coffee or cocoa and add warming spices (cloves, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)
- Create a picnic/feast wherever is reasonable, with a little bit of everything.
- Pull up a video of leaves falling or a fire crackling.
- Mabon masterpost
Final harvest, honoring ancestors, reflection. Autumn to Winter.
- Spiced apple cider
- Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spiced-things, pumpkin seeds.
- Decorate with small pumpkins, paint them or draw on them if carving is too high-energy.
- Create an altar honoring loved ones who have passed on, either a material one or a photo album online.
- Pull up a video of a burning fire or light candles.
- Turn off all of the lights and sit/lay in darkness.
- Visualize your wards and boost your home protection.
- Do spirit work/leave offerings for the spirits.
- Burn incense/make a spray that smells of spices (cloves, basil, etc.)
- Watch spooky/witchy movies.
Creating, sharing gifts and feasts, warmth. Winter.
- Create an apple pomander with cloves or dried orange slices.
- Watch videos of fires burning or snow falling.
- Decorate with evergreen boughs, holly, pine cones, etc.
- Make rosehip, peppermint, vanilla, rooibos or spiced tea.
- Step outside/open a window to feel the cold air (if you live somewhere warm, do this in the early morning/night).
- Handcraft gifts for loved ones or write heartfelt cards/letters to the people you care about.
- Put birdseed outside/a bird feeder by your window.
- Make a simmer pot, or use this idea to create a scented spray.
- Wash your face with snow/cold water.
- Drink hot or spiced drinks.
- Yule masterpost.
- Bedridden witch: Winter + others linked above.
You may also like:
- Bedridden Witch Series
- Spoonie Witch Masterpost
- Chronically ill witchcraft: For your symptoms
- Mentally ill witchcraft: For your symptoms
- My resource masterposts: Imbolc / Ostara / Beltane / Litha / Lammas / Mabon / Samhain / Yule
Links updated June, 2020. Please inform me of broken links via askbox!
Litha Resource Masterpost
A collection of categorized posts for your Litha needs! What is Litha? [X] Litha is celebrated on slightly different days depending on who you ask/the year, but the broad spectrum is: June 20th-25th in the Northern Hemisphere and December 20th-25th in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Simple ways to celebrate Litha
- Litha: ways to celebrate
- Litha: how do I celebrate this sabbat?
- Celebrate Litha! / Let’s talk Litha!
- Litha for lazy witches
- Witches sabbats: Litha
- Celebrating Litha: lore, decor and festivals
- Litha + faerie interactions masterpost
- Litha practices
- Activities for Litha / Ideas for Litha
- Litha correspondences
- Litha: a midsummer night
- Things to do on midsummer
- Summer solstice celebration
- Litha orange honey cake
- Summer solstice honey cakes
- Litha herbal honey cookies
- Litha lavender cookies
- Litha buttermilk bread
- Litha lavender thyme chicken
- Litha recipes and food correspondences
- Litha iced drinks masterpost
- Litha sun tea / How to make sun tea
- Summer tea
- Litha iced chamomile tea
- Sun seeker cocktail
- Litha frozen strawberry lemonade sangria
Litha Spells & Rituals:
- Simple spell for sunshine
- Litha blessings
- Litha sun sweetening happiness spell jar
- Summer solstice ritual
- Midsummer ritual
- A midsummer bath
- Litha emoji spell
Litha Tarot Spreads:
- Litha tarot spread (3 card)
- The light: a tarot spread for Litha (3 card)
- Summer solstice tarot spread (3 card)
- A midsummer spread (5 card)
- Litha tarot spread (5 card)
- The baking sun tarot spread (5-6 card)
Links updated December, 2020. Please inform me of broken links via askbox!
- Dark shawls
- Isolated cottage on the edge of the forest
- Layered long skirts
- Ur probably a witch tbh
- Warm rabbit stew with bread
- Dried herbs
- Foraging for greens and herbs in nature
- Old stone walls
- Mossy wells
- Warm herbal teas
- Spinning wool
- Herbs and vegetables mixed together in the garden
- Hand knitted jumpers and shawls
- Mushroom soup
- Old crockery
- Freshly baked goods
- Handmade quilts
- Wild berries, made into pies or jam
Feel free to add on!
This is just dark mori, children.
Yule Resource Masterpost
A collection of categorized links for your Yule needs! What is Yule? [X] Yule is celebrated on slightly different days depending on who you ask, but the broad spectrum is: December 20th to January 1st in the Northern Hemisphere and around June 20th (give or take a few days) in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Yule correspondences
- Celebrating Yule
- Yule: A very merry sabbat
- Guide to Yuletide plants + herbs
- Yule - ‘tis the season
- Yule practices
- A Yule ritual
- 50 Yuleisms
- Inexpensive Yule decorations
- Yule potpourri recipe
- Witch balls / more witch balls
- A twelve-herb sachet for Yule
- Mini herb wreaths
- Yule log
- Yule craft ideas
- Pine protection balm
- Dried orange slices
- Apple feeders for winter birds
- Herbal shortbread
- Bread dipping oil
- Chocolate Yule log
- Yuletide muesli
- Yule tea
- Yule Punch
- Non-alcoholic mulled wine
- Winter sabbat wine
- Merry Yule spell jar / Season of peace spell jar
- Holiday ornament snow spell
- Yule bath spell
- Blessed Yule - for a positive holiday season
- Winter solstice spell
- Spell for a happy family gathering
- Yule energy sun spell
- Winter stasis spell sachet
- Holiday home blessings
- Safe delivery envelope spell
Yule Tarot Spreads:
- The return (2 card)
- Yule spread (3 card)
- Tarot spread for Yule (3 card)
- Winter inspired spread (5 card)
- Yule reflection + advice spread (5 card)
- A Yuletime tarot spread (6 card)
- Music ideas / Winter witch playlist
- Altar/celebration ideas / Yule altar guide
- Yule plants / Mistletoe Lore
- Yule oils/incense / Yule incense
- Emoji spell for luck during Yule and Solstice
- Spell ideas for the holidays
Updated June, 2020. Please inform me (via askbox) of broken links!
Hey there! I’m so happy you want to learn more about herbalism! I love herbalism books so I’m happy to point you toward some favourites! Most of these are books required by my course (through The Living Centre, in London Ontario) and some are just ones I really value.
One of my favourite ways to work herbalism education into my day to day life is through podcasts. I /love/ listening to fun podcasts that also teach something.
I highly recommend Real Herbalism Radio. They’re based in Eugene, OR and are funny people with deep, practical knowledge of herbalism and they bring on some great guests. To access all of their past podcasts (instead of just what’s currently available on their itunes or stitcher list) you can join their ‘Herbal Nerd Society’ and you get a ton of extras and lots of info.
Another favourite is HerbMentor Radio and while I’m not sure if it’ll be updated again, there’s still a ton of free podcasts to listen to available. These ones are a bit longer, but the guests he has on are /amazing./
And last but not least, Mountain Rose Herbs has made some of their talks available in podcast form through Herbal Radio. Though they aren’t uploaded all that often, it’s amazing to get the change to hear conferences, speakers etc at places that you couldn’t be in person. Rosemary Gladstar has done some on there and I just think she’s the greatest. (Especially because she’s witchy as well as practical.)
I hope this was helpful to you! Feel free to ask me about any of these, or other questions you might have!
Happy Herbalism! 🌱✨
Writing advice from my uni teachers:
- If your dialog feels flat, rewrite the scene pretending the characters cannot at any cost say exactly what they mean. No one says “I’m mad” but they can say it in 100 other ways.
- Wrote a chapter but you dislike it? Rewrite it again from memory. That way you’re only remembering the main parts and can fill in extra details. My teacher who was a playwright literally writes every single script twice because of this.
- Don’t overuse metaphors, or they lose their potency. Limit yourself.
- Before you write your novel, write a page of anything from your characters POV so you can get their voice right. Do this for every main character introduced.
The ancient Greeks had a fair number of myths about Dionysos traveling to other nations, and even myths placing His place of origin in India. His myths about the Indian Wars are some of the most extensive about His time in India. Philostratus writes about Dionysos being known and worshiped in India, and he also makes a good number of references to the mythical mountain of Nysa, birthplace of Dionysos, being located in India. Euripides writes about Dionysos starting His cults in India as well:
Euripides, Bacchae 14 ff (trans. Buckley) (Greek tragedy C5th B.C.) :
“I [Dionysos] have left the wealthy lands of the Lydians and Phrygians, the sun-parched plains of the Persians, and the Bactrian walls, and have passed over the wintry land of the Medes, and blessed Arabia, and all of Asia [Anatolia] which lies along the coast of the salt sea with its beautifully-towered cities full of Hellenes and barbarians mingled together; and I have come to this Hellene city [Thebes] first, having already set those other lands [of the East] to dance and established my mysteries (telete) there, so that I might be a deity manifest among men.”
And there are plenty of other mentions of Dionysos and His time in India by other authors of the time.
Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana 2. 6-10 :
“Now the Hellenes disagree with the Indians, and the Indians among themselves, concerning this Dionysos [the wine-god worshipped in India]. For we declare that the Theban Dionysos made an expedition to India in the role of soldier and reveller, and we base our arguments, among other things, on the offering at Delphoi, which is preserved in the treasuries there. And it is a disc of Indian silver bearing the inscription : ‘Dionysos the son of Semele and of Zeus, from the men of India to the Apollon of Delphoi.’”
Ovid, Metamorphoses 4. 20 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
“You [Dionysos] hold in thrall the Orient, even those remotest lands where Ganges waters dusky India.”
Seneca, Phaedra 753 ff :
“Thou, Bacchus [Dionysos], from thyrsus-bearing India, with unshorn locks, perpetually young, thou who frightenest tigers with thy vine-clad spear, and with a turban bindest thy hornèd head.”
And, because of the importance of His role outside of Greece in myth, you get art work of Dionysos that holds influences from those different places as well. You can find some really lovely Greco-Indian art, which is Hellenistic in nature, rather than strictly Hellenic, and shows some beautiful and clear influence of both cultures.
Drinking scene, with Dionysus and Ariadne on his lap, Greek drinking cups, Greek dress. Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara. Dated 3rd century CE. :
It’s all pretty neat stuff and well worth looking into if that’s your thing
Translation: lustral water
Khernips is an important tool in Hellenism, used classically to cleanse worshipers and spaces both, marking the transition between mundane and divine, while also reinforcing the idea of community, by establishing practices which every worshiper was expected to take part in. Surviving theater and literature, as well as iconography, clearly show public sacrifices involving the sprinkling of khernips before the altar and around the sacrifice. We also find plentiful mention in temple inscriptions of khernips playing a role in purification rituals prior to entering sacred space. Hesiod clearly says that mortals should be purified before giving offerings to the Theoi.
Indeed the need to ritually wash extended even outside of temple spaces, with Hesiod and Homer both cautioning readers to wash their hands before crossing a river, since rivers were considered divine. Hesiod describes how one should look upon the river, wash their hands, and pray in order to be cleansed before crossing. Hesiod also writes on how worshipers should wash themselves before approaching their hearth, which, again, was considered to be a sacred thing and connected to the divine. Hesiod even tells us that failure to wash your hands before giving a libation will result in the Theoi ‘spitting out’ the libations and refusing the offering. He places a clear and heavy importance on ritual purity and ritual washing before any interaction with the divine. The extent to which his opinions were shared by the public are unknown, but additional sources do indicate the religious significance of purity and khernips.
The details of ritual of purification before entering a temple are mostly unknown. Beyond restrictive periods of time where one must let miasma fade before it can be cleansed, and the general statement that a worshiper must be clean in body and mind before entering, little is recorded in the specifics of ritual purification prior to entering a temple space. Wash basins and fountains could be found in front of temples, which provided a way for worshipers to wash themselves prior to entering. It’s also known that before an altar a priest or priestess would perform purification ceremonies during ritual. Information on this is more available, and we have descriptions of clergy washing their hands in khernips, sprinkling khernips about the altar and sacrifice, and throwing barley or other grains onto the altar as well.
What we do know about ritual purification with khernips, comes from literature. The most common means of purification by water seems to have been the use of spring water. Springs often featured as sacred sites in temples, and water from the springs would be used for ritual and purification. The ocean also features as a literary khernips, and there is mention of fire involved in the purification of water for use as khernips in a source.
In the Argonautica, Valerius Flaccus describes a scene where Celaeneus, waiting for the crew of the Argo, purifies himself and sets a sacred space.”Here with the purple brine and fresh-spring water he makes his body fresh and shining, and prepares himself for his dread doings. Then chastely he binds his brow with fillets and leaves of suppliant olive, and drawing a sword marks out the shore; low altars he sets up around to gods with names unknown,and sheds a gloom with covering of dark foliage, and when he has filled the place with awe of unseen powers and holy quiet, the bright beam flashes from the burning deep.“ This description lends the idea that khernips could include not only spring water, but also water blended with salt, and possibly the use of ocean water.
From Aristophanes’ Eirene we receive a description of a torch being extinguished in water in order to make khernips. Aristophanes write of Trygaeus saying “I take this fire-brand first and plunge it into the water. Now quick, quick, you sprinkle the altar.” The rest of the scene features a basket filed with barley and salt, a chaplet, and a sacred knife. A servant is told to circle the altar with the vase of water, and then Trygaeus plunges the torch into it before sprinkling the altar and the crowd with the lustral water. Considering that the rest of Aristophanes’ description of the scene matches up with other descriptions we have of the ritual cleansing of an altar and offering, it’s reasonable to assume that his description of plunging fire into the vase of water to be used as khernips also is accurate.
This look at the variety of water used for cleansing presents an idea of what khernips may be. Water which is considered innately sacred, or which has been blessed, seems to be required for khernips. If the water is gathered from a source that is already considered divine, such as a naturally flowing source, then no further preparation is required. Sacred water is by it’s very nature ritually pure, as all things divine and sacred in Hellenism are considered to be. If the water used is not from a sacred source, then it presumably must be made sacred. Salt, barley, and fire all are considered to be both sacred and purifying. By purifying water it can be made sacred, and thus fit for use as khernips. Drawing on myth and play for inspiration, as well as known methods of purification within Hellenism, we find methods which are available to us.
Corey, Judith L. Light from light: cosmology and the theology of the logos. Fortress Press, 2016.
Flaccus, Valerius. Argonautica, book 3. Translated by J H Mozley, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Mehl, Véronique. “Au plus près de lautel, la circumambulation au cours des sacrifices.” Revue des Études Anciennes, vol. 104, no. 1, 2002, pp. 25–49.
“Peace by Aristophanes.” The Internet Classics Archive, classics.mit.edu/Aristophanes/peace.html.
Pedley, John Griffiths. Sanctuaries and the sacred in the ancient Greek world. Cambridge University Press, 2009
Bedridden Witch: The Setup
A revamp of my very first bedridden witch post, which now pales in comparison to all my themed ones! This post is all about setting up your bedroom/space to aid in witchcraft while bedbound. See my other bedridden posts for ideas on performing witchcraft while bedridden (click here!).
- Pillowcase color correspondences
- Sigils in pillowcase
- Scented (or not) sachet under pillow
- Crystals under pillow or (small ones) in pillowcase
- Tarot cards under pillow
- Sheets/bedding color correspondences
- Sigils under mattress
- Spray with scented mist (I have one from a local lavender farm)
- Wash with scented (or not) detergent that has specific correspondences/components
Under the bed:
- Tie a sachet underneath the bed
- Place/secure a physical tie for your wards under each corner–if you spend a lot of time in bed, reinforcing the wards specifically on your bed can be helpful
- Keep a crate/drawer of frequently used witchy supplies you can easily access; crystals, herbs, divination tools, spell components, etc.
- Keep a stack of witchcraft books you want to read
- Store supplies: crystals, books, sprays, etc.
- A surface for candles; flame or electric, or a Himalayan salt lamp. Wax melters are also fantastic.
- A surface for a EO or reed diffuser
- Keep a charging board there for the crystals you use
- Keep your favorite divination tools nearby
- A nice spot to keep your grimoire/journal
- Create a small altar
- Spell jars
- Herb and/or spell sachets
- Artwork that relates to your craft
- Devotional work/prayers
- Star and moon phase charts
- Witches ladder
- Herb/flower/plant garlands
- Plants to dry
- Fairy/twinkle lights along the top of the walls
- Physical tie for your wards in each corner
- A hanging altar
- Curtain color correspondences
- Hang a rainbow prism to let the sunlight scatter through your space
- Place some houseplants or herbs on the windowsill
- Hang windchimes outside
- Hang bird feeders outside
- Place a rain gauge outside
- Decorate with seasonal things (flowers, leaves, paper snowflakes, etc.)
- Keep jars of the different elements and/or their correspondences (water, earth, air, fire)
- Keep spell bottles nearby.
- Having a bed tray (typically used for food) can make a great working surface
- Technology can also help tie everything together: ambiance tracks, videos of things like a fire crackling, snow falling, a stream, a forest, etc.
- This post remains fairly neutral/vague, but designing your space with a certain theme can influence your craft!
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- Bedridden witch series (all of my bedridden witch posts)
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~A charm to remind someone of your love and strengthen love’s bond~
What you will need
- A smooth river stone that fits in your hand
- Thread, any color (i prefer red, white or pink)
- A fine tip permanent marker (a color that will show up on the stone, silver if the stone is dark, black if the stone is light)
- A few rose petals
- Red candle
- An incense that you associate with love (I used lavender)
What to do
1. Prepare yourself for the spellwork, however is necessary. Meditate, cleanse, ground, center etc.
2. Prepare your work space. Arrange your tools, candles, incense, herbs or other materials you use for your spell working.
3. Light the candle and incense, let the energy from them build for a minute before beginning.
4. Lay out two pieces of the string, as in the image below and say “Though far away, my love may be, Let her/him/them feel its warmth, like the light from the sun, touches the moon” and tie the two strings together at the center.
5. With the marker, write your names, a symbol or a short message on the stone, and say: “And now in ink our love is bound, never lost to one another, we are always found.”
6. Place the stone atop the strings, at the center and say, “From now on, forevermore, may our love, wield the strength of stone”
7. Place the rose petal(s) atop the writing, and say: “Let our love grow, as the does the rose, with thorns to protect it, and petals to bloom.”
8. Tie the strings around the bundle, making a bow with all four ends, and say “Let love continue to blossom between me and you.”
9.Clean up, and give the charm to your partner.
**Carry the charm with you, have your partner do the same, as a reminder of your bond. And if your partner is willing to partake in the creation of the charm with you, make two of them, one for each of you!**
-I added the first crappy hand forged ring I made for my wife when we started dating to the one I gave her. It’s gotten a bit rusty over time, and I’ve replaced the rose petals a few times, but here’s the picture of it-
Good luck and happy casting witches!
The Basil Druid
“Under the general title of Coblynau I class the fairies which haunt the mines, quarries and under- ground regions of Wales, corresponding to the cabalistic Gnomes. The word coblyn has the double meaning of knocker or thumper and sprite or fiend; and may it not be the original of goblin? It is applied by Welsh miners to pigmy fairies which dwell in the mines, and point out, by a peculiar knocking or rapping, rich veins of ore. The faith is extended, in some parts, so as to cover the indication of subterranean treasures generally, in caves and secret places of the mountains. The coblynau are described as being about half a yard in height and very ugly to look upon, but extremely good- natured, and warm friends of the miner. Their dress is a grotesque imitation of the miner’s garb, and they carry tiny hammers, picks and lamps.
They work busily, loading ore in buckets, flitting about the shafts, turning tiny windlasses, and pounding away like madmen, but really accomplishing nothing whatever. throw stones at the miners, when enraged at being lightly spoken of; but the stones are harmless. Nevertheless, all miners of a proper spirit refrain from provoking them, because their presence brings good luck. They have been known to
Miners are possibly no more superstitious than other men of equal intelligence; I have heard some of their number repel indignantly the idea that they are superstitious at all; but this would simply be to raise them above the level of our common humanity. There is testimony enough, besides, to support my own conclusions, which accredit a liberal share of credulity to the mining class. The Oswestry Advertiser, a short time ago, recorded the fact that, at Cefn, ‘a woman is employed as messenger at one of the collieries, and as she commences her duty early each morning she meets great numbers of colliers going to their work. Some of them, we are gravely assured, consider it a bad omen to meet a woman first thing in the morning; and not having succeeded in deterring her from her work by other means, they waited upon the manager and declared that they should remain at home unless the woman was dismissed.’ This was in 1874. In June, 1878, the South Wales Daily News recorded a superstition of the quarrymen at Penrhyn, where some thousands of men refused to work on Ascension Day. This refusal did not arise out of any reverential feeling, but from an old and wide-spread superstition, which has lingered in that district for years, that if work is continued on Ascension Day an accident will certainly follow. A few years ago the agents persuaded the men to break through the superstition, and there were accidents each year-a not unlikely occurrence, seeing the extent of works carried on, and the dangerous nature of the occupation of the men. This year, however, the men, one and all, refused to work.’ dealing with considerable numbers of the mining class, and are quoted in this instance as being more significant than individual cases would be. Of these last I have encountered many. Yet I should be sorry if any reader were to conclude from all this that Welsh miners are not in the main intelligent, church-going, newspaper-reading men. so, I think, even beyond the common. Their superstitions, therefore, like those of the rest of us, must be judged as 'a thing apart,’ not to be reconciled with intelligence and education, but co-existing with them. Absolute freedom from superstition can come only with a degree of scientific culture not yet reached by mortal man.
It can hardly be cause for wonder that the miner should be superstitious. His life is passed in a dark and gloomy region, fathoms below the earth’s green surface, surrounded by walls on which dim lamps shed a fitful light. It is not surprising that imagination (and the Welsh imagination is peculiarly vivid) should conjure up the faces and forms of gnomes and coblynau, of phantoms and fairy men. When they hear the mysterious thumping which they know is not produced by any human being, and when in examining the place where the noise was heard they find there are really valuable indications of ore, the sturdiest incredulity must sometimes be shaken. Science points out that the noise may be produced by the action of water upon the loose stones in fissures and pot-holes of the mountain limestone, and does actually suggest the presence of metals.
In the days before a Priestley had caught and bottled that demon which exists in the shape of carbonic acid gas, when the miner was smitten dead by an invisible foe in the deep bowels of the earth it was natural his awe-struck companions should ascribe the mysterious blow to a supernatural enemy. When the workman was assailed suddenly by what we now call fire-damp, which hurled him and his companions right and left upon the dark rocks, scorching, burning, and killing, those who survived were not likely to question the existence of the mine fiend. Hence arose the superstition—now probably quite extinct—of basilisks in the mines, which destroyed with their terrible gaze. When the explanation came, that the thing which killed the miner was what he breathed, not what he saw; and when chemistry took the fire-damp from the domain of faerie, the basilisk and the fire fiend had not a leg to stand on. The explanation of the Knockers is more recent, and less palpable and convincing.
The Coblynau are always given the form of dwarfs, in the popular fancy; wherever seen or heard, they are believed to have escaped from the mines or the secret regions of the mountains. Their homes are hidden from mortal vision. When encountered, either in the mines or on the mountains, they have strayed from their special abodes, which are as spectral as themselves. There is at least one account extant of their secret territory having been revealed to mortal eyes. I find it in a quaint volume (of which I shall have more to say), printed at Newport, Monmouthshire, in 1813. It relates that one William Evans, of Hafodafel, while crossing the Beacon Mountain very early in the morning, passed a fairy coal mine, where fairies were busily at work. Some were cutting the coal, some carrying it to fill the sacks, some raising the loads upon the horses’ backs, and so on; but all in the completest silence. He thought this 'a wonderful extra natural thing,’ and was considerably impressed by it, for well he knew that there really was no coal mine at that place. He was a person of undoubted veracity,’ and what is more, 'a great man in the world-above telling an untruth.’
That the Coblynau sometimes wandered far from home, the same chronicler testifies; but on these occasions they were taking a holiday. Egbert Williams, 'a pious young gentleman of Denbigh- shire, then at school,’ was one day playing in a field called Cae Caled, in the parish of Bodfari, with three girls, one of whom was his sister. Near the stile beyond Lanelwyd House they saw a company of fifteen or sixteen coblynau engaged in dancing madly. They were in the middle of the field, about seventy yards from the spectators, and they danced something after the manner of Morris-dancers, but with a wildness and swiftness in their motions. They were clothed in red like British soldiers, and wore red handkerchiefs spotted with yellow wound round their heads. And a strange circumstance about them was that although they were almost as big as ordinary men, yet they had unmistakably the appearance of dwarfs, and one could call them nothing but dwarfs. Presently one of them left the company and ran towards the group near the stile, who were direfully scared thereby, and scrambled in great fright to go over the stile. Barbara Jones got over first, then her sister, and as Egbert Williams was helping his sister over they saw the coblyn close upon them, and barely got over when his hairy hand was laid on the stile. He stood leaning on it, gazing after them as they ran, with a grim copper-coloured countenance and a fierce look. The young people ran to Lanelwyd House and called the elders out, but though they hurried quickly to the field the dwarfs had already disappeared.
The counterparts of the Coblynau are found in most mining countries. In Germany, the Wichtlein (little Wights) are little old long-bearded men, about three-quarters of an ell high, which haunt the mines of the southern land. The Bohemians call the Wichtlein by the name of Haus-schmiedlein, little House-smiths, from their sometimes making a noise as if labouring hard at the anvil. They are not so popular as in Wales, however, as they predict misfortune or death. They announce the doom of a miner by knocking three times distinctly, and when any lesser evil is about to befall him they are heard digging, pounding, and imitating other kinds of work. In Germany also the kobolds are rather troublesome than otherwise, to the miners, taking pleasure in frustrating their objects, and rendering their toil unfruitful. Sometimes they are down- right malignant, especially if neglected or insulted, but sometimes also they are indulgent to individuals whom they take under their protection. ‘When a miner therefore hit upon a rich vein of ore, the inference commonly was not that he possessed more skill, industry, or even luck than his fellow-workmen, but that the spirits of the mine had directed him to the treasure.’
The intimate connection between mine fairies and the whole race of dwarfs is constantly met through- out the fairy mythology; and the connection of the dwarfs with the mountains is equally universal. God,’ says the preface to the Heldenbuch, 'gave the dwarfs being, because the land and the mountains were altogether waste and uncultivated, and there was much store of silver and gold and precious stones and pearls still in the mountains.’ From the most ancient times, and in the oldest countries, down to our own time and the new world of America, the traditions are the same. The old Norse belief which made the dwarfs the current machinery of the northern Sagas is echoed in the Catskill Mountains with the rolling of the thunder among the crags where Hendrik Hudson’s dwarfs are playing ninepins.”
Wirt Sikes, 1880
“What message have you from the moon for me?” I ask the raven.
“That I deserve treats. And soft touches along my head and beak.”
I purse my lips in dubious thought as I comply. “What other,” I enunciate thickly, “messages do you have from the moon for me?”
One of my favorite quotes about the magic of homemaking comes from Cory Hutcheson, host of the New World Witchery podcast. He says, “Home is a transformational act. It is the thing you do to turn a space into a space… that is full of ritual and significance and meaning. So there is sort of this ongoing relationship you have with the space that makes it a home.”
The act of creating a home, of making a space your own, is inherently magical. But if you want to make your space feel a little more witchy, here are some ideas to get you started.
Charms and Talismans
Making your own magical objects can be a powerful way to bring magic into your space. The best thing about making your own charms is that you can make them look however you want, so it’s easy to disguise them as ordinary household objects. You can make a charm for any intention by combining objects based on their magical correspondences.
I’ve talked about protective charms in previous posts, so I’m not gonna spend a lot of time on it here. The simplest protective charm is keeping a large piece of iron under your bed to keep away nightmares, evil spirits, and negative energy. You could also make your own protection charm, like a witch bottle.
You can create a “happy home” charm to bring peace, harmony, and happiness into your home. This charm could include herbs like basil, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, and/or bay leaves, as well as other items that you associate with peace and good fortune, like lucky coins, crystals, or black cat fur. Write your desires for a harmonious and happy home on a piece of paper, fold it up, and add it to the charm. You could store these items in a green bag, bury them in your backyard (in this case, make sure you’re only using biodegradable plant matter — leave out the coins and crystals), or place it inside a household object like a lamp or an end table.
If you suffer from insomnia or other sleep issues, try making a dream charm to help you sleep well and have sweet dreams. To make a simple dream charm, fill a blue or purple bag with lavender, chamomile, peppermint, and any other objects that you associate with peace, restfulness, and sleep. If you want to have lucid dreams or receive psychic messages in your dreams, include a bit of mugwort. Place the charm in your pillow or under your mattress. (I personally swear by this one, as it’s helped a lot with my insomnia.)
Charms are great for homemaking magic because you’re actually creating a magical object, which can then become a permanent fixture of the space.
You can use magical items to decorate your home to bring certain qualities into that space.
Hanging or displaying a broom is said to bring good fortune, protection from evil, and good hospitality. Cauldrons are used to represent the Goddess, rebirth, and raw potential. Horseshoes hung above door frames bring safety and luck to all who cross under them, and keep unwanted guests away. If you can get them legally and ethically, animal bones, teeth, claws, and feathers can represent the spirit and energy of that animal. You can also put up images of spiritual and occult symbols — I have an image of the Sun tarot card hanging in my bedroom to promote positivity and growth.
If you need to be a little more subtle with your witchy decorations, working with the magic of color is a great way to do that. Gathering a lot of items of a single color in one room changes the energy of that room. Here’s a quick guide to give you some ideas:
- Yellow is associated with divination, mental clarity, the element of air, success, communication, and inspiration.
- Purple is associated with divine power, spiritual awareness, mystery, astral travel, magic, and authority.
- Blue is associated with healing, psychic abilities, the element of water, peace, truth, and patience.
- Red is associated with protection, the fire element, sex, power, vitality, and love.
- Orange is associated with ambition, creativity, breaking through blockages, and career success.
- Pink is associated with romantic love, friendship, self love, compassion, and emotional well-being.
- Green is associated with nature, herbalism, the earth element, money, wealth, prosperity, and luck.
- Brown is associated with grounding, animal magic, stability, and balance.
- White is associated with purification, cleansing, the full moon, new beginnings, healing, and spiritual growth.
- Black is associated with protection, truth, outer space, banishing, and transition.
Decorating your home with colors that are meaningful to you can create a powerful magical space. You may also have your own color associations (for example, yellow is a very “happy” color for me), so feel free to incorporate those into your decor as well!
Growing Magical Houseplants
Most witches feel a very deep connection to nature and draw power from the natural world, but we can’t all live in a cottage in the heart of the forest. Even if you live in a tiny apartment in the city, you can still bring nature into your space by keeping houseplants. Many popular houseplants have magical uses, and many popular magic herbs can be grown inside. Here are a few to get you started.
- Aloe. This is one of my favorite plants. Aloe brings luck and protection, especially protection on an energetic/spiritual level. I like to keep aloe in my bedroom to protect me while I sleep, as well as to bring luck and inspiration while I’m working at my desk.
- Basil. Basil is very popular in money spells, and will attract prosperity and luck to your home. However, it also has protective properties — both spiritual protection and protection from bugs, since basil is a natural insect repellent! Basil can also be used in love spells, and is just generally a good plant to have around for good vibes.
- African Violet. This flowering plant attracts positive spiritual energy into your space. It has associations with the moon and the water element, and is very good for promoting spirituality and psychic power.
- Rosemary. Rosemary is one of those herbs that every witch should have on hand. It’s so darn versatile, it can be used as a substitute for virtually any other herb, and can be used for almost any intention. Some of the most common magical associations for rosemary include: cleansing, purification, protection, healing, mental activity, and enhancing memory. According to author Deborah J. Martin, there’s an old English saying that, “Where rosemary grows, the woman rules the house.” Like basil, rosemary is a natural insect repellent.
- Lavender. Lavender brings peace, love, and gentleness, which makes it a perfect addition to any home. It can be used in spells for cleansing and purification, enhancing psychic abilities, and stress relief. Lavender is also a powerful addition to love spells. Keeping lavender in the bedroom can aid in restful sleep, while lavender in the kitchen will bring harmony to the home.
- Sage. Sage is the most talked about cleansing herb, and with good reason. Unfortunately, a lot of the sage bundles you can buy at metaphysical stores are made with white sage (Salvia apiana), which is sacred to Native American peoples and is endangered due to overharvesting. Instead of buying those, why not grow your own garden sage (Salvia officinalis), which has a lot of the same magical properties? Growing sage in your home will purify the space and protect those who live there. Sage also has an association with wisdom and mental prowess.
- Hoya. Hoya is a common houseplant that you’ve probably seen even if you don’t know it by name. It has a distinctive appearance with waxy, dark green leaves and clusters of white, star-shaped flowers. Hoya aligns and balances the energy centers within your body, as well as in the surrounding space. It’s associated both with grounding and with spiritual openness, so it can be great for balancing the two.
- Peppermint. Peppermint has a variety of magical uses, but my favorite way to use it is for gently opening up blockages and getting things moving. It’s great for cleansing, but is more gentle than rosemary or sage. Place it in any room where you tend to do a lot of healing work, or where you could use some peace and love. Peppermint is also used in dream magic, so growing it in the bedroom may bring on vivid or lucid dreams.
- Orchid. Orchids are used in magic for love and lust. Historically, orchid has been used in folk medicine to promote male virility and “Jezebel root,” used in American folk magic to attract wealthy male lovers, is a type of orchid root. If you live with a significant other, try growing an orchid in the bedroom to promote passion in your sex life. Otherwise, grow orchids in your home to promote love or to attract romance.
- Catnip. If you have cats, they’ll love this one. Catnip is actually a type of mint, and has strong lunar associations. It’s said to make one more charming and attractive, and is especially useful for attracting women. At the same time, catnip promotes courage and fierceness. It is also, of course, associated with cats and feline deities, so this is definitely a plant you’ll want to keep around if the cat is one of your animal guides.
If you have a yard space that you can turn into an outdoor garden, your magical plant options are limited only by your local ecosystem. Some outdoor plants that have magical uses include roses, sunflowers, rue, lemon balm, and strawberries.
Creating an Altar
Altars are focal points of magical and spiritual energy. Many people, both witches and non-witches, find that having a designated space for their spiritual practice creates a deeper sense of sacredness and purpose.
An altar can serve lots of different purposes. Many witches use their altar as a magical work space to prepare spells, meditate, and do divination. You may choose to dedicate your altar to a deity, your ancestors, or some other spirit(s) you work with. You can also build altars for specific intentions, such as a money altar or a love altar — performing rituals at this altar everyday is a powerful method for manifestation. You altar may be some or all of these things, or it may just be a place to sit and connect with the spiritual.
You can set up an altar on any flat surface, like a shelf or table, or inside a container like a jewelry box. Your setup can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. An altar can be huge and complex, with statues and candles and flowers, or it can be as simple as a tealight and an incense burner. It’s all about what appeals to you.
- New World Witchery pocast, “Episode 143 — The Magical Home”
- Southern Cunning: Folkloric Witchcraft in the American South by Aaron Oberon
- Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
- “Candle colors and their meanings” by Michelle Gruben on the Grove and Grotto blog
- Green Witchcraft by Paige Vanderbeck
- A Green Witch’s Cupboard by Deborah J. Martin
- “The Magic of Orchids in Wiccan Love Spells & Rituals” on the Art of the Root blog