I’m going to respond to something I’m seeing in these *shudder* Easter vs Ostara debates all over my dash. I’m seeing a number of Nonnies and other folks assuming that because someone is defending the religious and cultural separation of the two holidays, then OMG THEY MUST BE CHRISTIAN.
People. People, stop it.
This actually relates back to something that irritates the crap out of me in my offline life. I am sick to death of people assuming that everyone is a Christian until proven otherwise. I have nothing against Christians; what I despise is the assumption.
Assuming everyone you meet is by default a Christian is like assuming everyone you meet is be default a cis-gendered heterosexual.
There IS no default setting and it’s lazy thinking to to group people into those categories because you can’t be arsed to find out more about them and prefer to make assumptions.
If people are bothered by seeing someone else’s religion getting shit on, they are allowed to speak out in support, particularly when heinous amounts of misinformation and New-Age nonsense is involved.
Ostara is not Easter. Easter is not Ostara. They share nothing except approximate dates and some symbols, which are evidence of cultural blending way back in antiquity. The same thing goes for Yule and Christmas.
Or are you going to tell every other religion with spring and winter solstice holidays that they’re “stealing from the pagans”? Let me know how that works out for you.
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° thread or yarn
° white or light purple fabric
Assemble the herbs into the sachet with visions of restful sleep dancing in your brain. Keep the charm under your pillow, or under the mattress for best results.
I have a very similar sachet under my pillow right now :). It just has some stones instead of vanilla, and the fabric is beige. Very good charm.
cherryy--coke asked: I want to find a deity to worship and guide me but Idk how
What is important to you? What calls to you? Are you a musician or a writer? Maybe look into gods that have domain over the arts. Do you feel a deep connection with the sun? Look up sun deities.
Go through a list of deities (Wikipedia has one of a titload of gods from everywhere) and notice the ones that stick out to you.
Don’t rush into anything. Take your time and decide what feels right.
Anonymous asked: Where do you recommend getting essential oils, and herbs from?
If at all possible, when finances and availability allow, try to buy local. It supports small business and allows you to buy smaller quantities if needed, and you can have a better idea of the quality of your purchased product before you buy it.
If this is not an option where you live, here are some good websites and witch-owned shops you can go to:
- Starwest Botanicals - Very good selection of bulk herbs, teas, and oils. Also sells herbal medicine and tea-making accoutrements.
- Ruth Roy’s Wellcat Herbs - High-quality herbs in easy-to-afford packets. Some are available in powder form. Good for witchery or cooking. Tea and incense also available. Visit her booth at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire!
- Bulk Apothecary - Good source for herbs, botanicals, and oils. Also sells supplies for candle- and soap-making.
- Baba’s Cupboard - Tons of witchy supplies, books, and tools. Includes herbs, oils, and potions. Witch-owned and operated.
- The Magickal Cat - General witch supplies, good selection of herbs and oils, as well as novelties and online reference guides. Witch-owned and operated.
- White Magick Alchemy - Hand-crafted tools, supplies, and ingredients for all manner of witchery. Good selection of herbs, some of them hard-to-find. Etsy shop, witch-owned and operated.
Hope this helps!
For those of you who can’t or prefer not to cleanse an area with smoke, this is perfect for dorms and for those practicing behind closed doors.
- Air tight bottle (anything with a lid)
- Couple sprigs of Rosemary & Lavender, fresh preferred.
- Vodka (if you can access this water will do)
- (optional) spray bottle (can be found in dollar stores)
- Take the sprigs of lavender and rosemary, (not to much you have to fit them in your bottle/container) and tie them together, at the stem.
- fill your bottle half way with vodka, and the rest with water, and stick your herbs heads down.
- Let sit for at least a week, shaking lightly.
- (optional) if you purchased a spray bottle, after a week transfer your liquid to that, you can place the herbs into the bottle as long as there isn’t any free floating debris.
When it comes time to use it, simply pull the herbs from the bottle/container, using them to flick the mixture around the space. Long swiping motions for large areas and short flicks for small spaces. If your mixture is in a spray bottle, simply spray it in the area needed.
Keep enclosed and watch to see if the herbs need to be replaced.