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In light of what I just saw in the witchy tags, which was wildly aggressive wrt Christianity and the language of which set off my hexwork alarms:

When encountering someone who seems prepared to take arms against you for not paying obeisance to whatever they’ve chosen to serve, I would move accordingly, fearlessly and grounded in your truth. That includes when confronted by battle-oriented, self-identified Christian witches. And since that’s what popped up? Know that as far as Scripture goes, it agrees with what the rest of us already know: many will operate under the banner of the cross but not its supposed spirit.

In the spirit of being an actual comrade to folks out here,

Nine (no seriously fuck that shit)

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TAROT READINGS OPEN!

Please keep in mind that I am a student and have a job, I may not be able to respond to a request right away. Requests will be filled in the order I get them.

I have a unique process, and I try to involve the person I am reading for as much as I can.

The information I will need for a reading include: a name you are comfortable with me calling you by (initials work too), what kind of reading you wanted, any specific questions you have, and whatever else you feel I should know. I supplement my tarot readings with the use of my pendulum if needed.

If you are interested, send me a message and we can work something out at a time that is good for both of us!

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Hello! I hope you're doing well. If you're still open in doing tarot readings, may I have one please? My question is when JT & I meet again, what will he think & feel towards me? We're in 2 different countries & we're just friends. But I may travel to country he lives in for vacation, not necessarily for him. But since I'm visiting, I'm probably going to meet him & my other loved ones there. -SY🌠

I’ll pull three cards for you!!

3 of Pentacles: excellence, success, teamwork! a very positive card.

10 of cups: harmony, abundance, balance, dreams coming true. Also very positive. Emotional Stability ahead. 

4 of Swords: My guide says something about sickness or withdrawal. In your case perhaps either homesickness while you’re there, or you’ll miss each other once you leave. But it also talks about calling a truce. Maybe coming to some sort of agreement? Also a fairly positive card.

I really think he will have positive feelings and thoughts toward you. There may be some sadness, what with distance, but I’m sure you can come to an arrangement that works. Be careful with distance and be sure to communicate (just my own little tidbit about LDRs)

I hope that helped. Feel free to let me know. If you feel so inclined, here is my link to buy me a coffee. No pressure though. <3

https://ko-fi.com/A144317

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How to make a tincture

Making a tincture involves steeping the herb or root in alcohol, extracting
its oils, minerals, alkaloids, and glycosides so that it is in its purest form.
You can use vegetable glycerin or apple cider vinegar instead, particularly
in tinctures intended for children, but they aren’t quite as effective at
pulling out the good stuff.
You’ll need strong alcohol, at least 80 proof. Everclear works well, as
does vodka or brandy. You’ll also need a pint jar to fill with the herb or
plant you want—any of the herbs listed above will work here. Chop the
herb up a bit or bash it around with a mortar and pestle to help it break
down. You’ll want the jar to be full, but not pack your herbs in too tightly.
Then fill the jar completely with the alcohol. (If you’re using dried herbs or
roots, you need only put in enough to reach halfway, and then add the
alcohol up to the top.)
Seal the jar tightly. Label and date it, and let it rest in a cool, dark place.
For the first week, shake it once a day, then let it rest for five more weeks.
At the end of the resting period, use a layer of muslin or cheesecloth
held tightly over the jar to strain out the liquid. Decant the tincture into one
of those small, dark glass bottles, preferably one with a dropper, and keep it
stored away from direct sunlight. It should last for five to ten years.

How to make herbal oil

It’s more trouble than it’s worth to make your own essential oils. A true essential oil is extracted by boiling the herb in question and skimming the oil off the top—that’s a task best left to the professionals. But you can make your own herbal oil. It may not be quite as distilled, but it can still be effective, and it’s a great way to preserve herbs for use long into the winter. The nice thing about creating your own oils is that you can use any combination of herbs that you desire. You might mix calendula, catnip, lemon balm, marshmallow, mullein, plantain leaf, and yarrow for an oil that is particularly effective for skin care, or lavender, vervain, lemon balm, and yarrow for a soothing oil to rub on the temples. Chop or bruise your chosen herbs and place them in a jar. Fill the jar with the carrier oil of your choice (olive or almond oil works well), covering the herbs by one inch, and leaving one inch of space at the top. Close the jar tightly, and allow it to sit in as much sunshine as possible for a month. Strain the oil through a cheesecloth on an as-needed basis, leaving the rest to continue steeping.

How to make a poultice

A poultice is a soft, moist mass of herbs, cloth, and other ingredients, and
it’s an excellent tool for treating topical infirmities. A hot poultice is
excellent for drawing out infection, as with bee stings or draining abscesses,
while a cold poultice will help reduce inflammation.
Gather the herbs you want to use, either fresh or dried. If they’re fresh,
you may want to mash the herbs up in a mortar and pestle (the traditional
way) or blitz them through a food processor (the modern way). Even if
you’re planning on making a cold poultice, add a couple of tablespoons of
hot water to your herbs to awaken them, before letting them cool. You can
add medicinal clay powder, Epsom salts, or baking soda and combine with
water until the mixture becomes a thick paste.
For ailments like congestion or insect bites, you can place the poultice
directly on the skin, making sure, of course, that it isn’t too hot. To treat a
burn or something that could easily become infected, place a clean cotton
cloth between the skin and the poultice.

Common herbs and their uses

Ashwagandha: The name translates to “smell of horse.” This herb is hard to find fresh, but powders, pills, teas, and extracts are available.
Benefits: Increases energy, boosts the immune system, antiinflammatory, reduces anxiety.
Suggested use: Stir ¼-½ tsp. powder into warm milk and honey
before bed.
Concerns: May increase thyroid hormone levels and lower blood
sugar.

Black cohosh: This member of the buttercup family could be grown in a garden. Dried roots, capsules, teas, and extracts are also available.
Benefits: Relieves menstrual cramps and arthritic pain. Eases
symptoms of menopause.
Suggested use: Drink as a tea or mix with honey as a syrup.
Concerns: May cause upset stomach, so consider taking with food.

Calendula: Also known as marigold, this herb could be grown in a garden, but is also available as teas, oils, and creams. Useful for dyeing and food coloring as
well.
Benefits: Helps heal cuts. Good for diaper rash or other skin
irritations. Calms an upset stomach.
Suggested use: Steep petals in just below boiling water for ten
minutes, then drink as a tea. Add dried flowers to coconut,
almond, or olive oil as a salve.
Concerns: None known.

Catnip: It’s not just for cats! Catnip is easily grown and also available as a capsule, tea, extract, and essential oil. It is also handy as an insect repellent.
Benefits: Anti-inflammatory. Good for insomnia, upset stomach,
menstrual cramps, headache, and treating the common cold.
Suggested uses: Steep for tea, sprinkle essential oil into the bath or
rub it on the temples, use in cooking (it’s a member of the mint
family, so its flavor is better than some).
Concerns: None known.

Cranberry: Easily obtained fresh or frozen and also available in pill form, this herb is a great source of vitamin C, fiber, and vitamin E.
Benefits: Most frequently used to treat and prevent urinary tract
infections. Also shown to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease,
slow tumor progression in cancer, and help prevent gum disease.
Suggested uses: Because they’re so tart, cranberries often come
with a lot of sugar. Try to buy reduced-sugar dried cranberries
and stay away from most cranberry juices. If you can manage it,
drink the unsweetened juice to relieve a UTI, and certainly try
making your own cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving.
Concerns: None known.

Dittany: This is one of those herbs with a long history. It is also known as “burning bush.” Easily grown, it is hard to find in dried or tea form.
Benefits: Antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial. Good for the
skin and the intestines, and is thought to be an aphrodisiac.
Suggested uses: Steep in hot water for tea, but use sparingly. Use as
an antibacterial balm or poultice.
Concerns: If you’ve put some on your skin, stay out of the sun, as it
can increase the risk of sunburn.

Elderberry: This herb has been used to battle a flu epidemic in Panama as recently as 1995. It can be grown, but is also available as a pill or an extract. For your personal garden, look specifically for Sambucus nigra, as other elderberry
varieties can be toxic.
Benefits: Boosts the immune system, treats sinus infections, lowers
blood sugar, acts as a diuretic and a laxative, good for skin health
and allergies.
Suggested uses: They’re delicious! Can be made into a syrup, jams,
or jellies—even wine.
Concerns: Don’t pick and use wild elderberry unless you’re
absolutely certain the plant is Sambucus nigra. Always cook the
berries to remove any toxicity.

Feverfew: This is another herb with a long history. Easily grown and available dried, it is most frequently found in capsule form.
Benefits: For centuries, it was used to relieve fever, to assist with
childbirth, and for fertility. Now it is most frequently used to
prevent migraines. It can also help with tinnitus, nausea,
dizziness, asthma, and allergies.
Suggested uses: It doesn’t taste good, so not recommended even as
a tea. Instead, make a tincture or purchase capsules.
Concerns: If you do drink it, feverfew can cause irritation in the
mouth. If taken in large quantities on a regular basis, stopping can
cause withdrawal symptoms, so use only as needed. May cause
the uterus to contract, so don’t take while pregnant.

Horse chestnut: This is not the kind of chestnut you’d want to roast on a fire, but it is still useful. It is not recommended for personal processing, as the seed contains esculin, a poisonous substance. Purchase an extract or pill instead.
Benefits: Shown to be extremely effective against varicose veins.
Also good for hemorrhoids and frostbite.
Suggested uses: 300 milligrams of horse chestnut seed extract twice
daily.
Concerns: Don’t consume raw horse chestnut seeds, bark, or leaves.

Lemon Balm: This member of the mint family has a distinct lemony scent. It is also known as “melissa.” It is easily grown, but also available in tea, extract, and
essential oil forms.
Benefits: Calms anxiety, encourages restful sleep. Good for the
skin, improves mood and mental clarity.
Suggested uses: Steep fresh or dried to make tea, use in cooking,
use to flavor honey or vinegar, use in a hot bath.
Concerns: None known.

Marshmallow: Sadly, these are not the things we put in hot chocolate. The root is available dried, as well as in powder, extract, capsule, and tea form.
Benefits: Aids with dry cough, represses inflammation in the lining
of the stomach, good for chilblains and sunburn.
Suggested uses: Drink as a tea, add to a base oil for a salve.
Concerns: May cause low blood sugar.

Milk thistle: This herb is easily grown, as it’s pretty much a weed. It’s available as an extract, pill, or tea.
Benefits: Milk thistle can protect your liver from toxins—say, for
instance, alcohol. It can even be used to treat cirrhosis and
jaundice and helps with environmental toxin damage.
Suggested uses: Steep in hot water or make a tincture. Not
recommended for use in cooking.
Concerns: May cause diarrhea.

Mullein: This is the clear quartz of herbal healing. It is easily found and grown and available both dried and in capsule form.
Benefits: Known particularly for respiratory relief, including cough,
bronchitis, asthma, and pneumonia, it’s also good for earache,
fever, sore throat, migraine, and to heal the skin.
Suggested uses: Apply a tincture to relieve ear infection, drink as a
tea, use as a salve to heal wounds and bruises.
Concerns: None known.

Plantain leaf: Pretty hip these days, as herbal remedies go, plantain leaf is easily grown and available dried or in capsule form.
Benefits: Great for the skin, particularly in relieving insect bites,
poison ivy, and sunburn. Lowers cholesterol, helps clear up
bladder infections, relieves constipation or diarrhea.
Suggested uses: Make poultice with clay and water or make a salve
with a base oil. Infuse vinegar to spray on the skin to provide pain
relief. Drink as a tea.
Concerns: None known.

Rue: This herb is also known as “herb of grace.” Easily grown, it is also
available dried, in capsule form, or as an essential oil.
Benefits: Used to promote menstruation, it provides a sense of calm
and well-being and is good for relieving gas, mucus, and arthritis.
Suggested uses: As an oil or poultice it can relieve croup or chest
congestion. Drink as a tea to ease anxiety.
Concerns: This one is serious—it can cause a miscarriage. Use in
small amounts, regardless of whether or not you’re pregnant.

Valerian: This is an attractive addition to any garden, with a pleasing scent, but it is the root which holds the good stuff and that does not smell good. Easily
grown, this herb is also available in tea, capsule, and extract forms.
Benefits: Valerian is very effective against insomnia. It also calms
anxiety and depression, and helps with ADHD and headache.
Suggested uses: Drink a tea made from the leaves for a mild
sedative, or steep the roots for something stronger. Add a tincture
to a bath for a gentler, child-friendly alternative.
Concerns: None known, but obviously don’t operate heavy
machinery.

Vervain: Usually blue vervain is used, but other types seem to work just as well.
Easily grown, vervain is also available dried or as an extract.
Benefits: Helps with anxiety and sleeplessness. Also provides pain
relief, eases tense muscles, and promotes an overall sense of wellbeing.
Suggested uses: Steep in hot water as a tea. Not recommended in
cooking, though it smells nice, so add a little to a bath.
Concerns: May cause nausea.

Yarrow: This member of the sunflower family is easily grown—and quite lovely— and available dried or as an essential oil.
Benefits: Relieves fever, as well as cold and flu symptoms. Relieves
cramps, provides a sense of calm and relaxation, and aids in restful sleep. Suppresses the urge to urinate (say, during a UTI). Use topically for a rash or small cuts.
Suggested uses: Drink as a tea in the evening to induce sleepiness
or relieve cold and flu symptoms, or make into a salve for external use.
Concerns: None known.

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February 19, 2020 @ 11:11am

I’ve been struggling lately…

I feel trapped in my relationship… I want to leave him but then we talk things out and I feel hopeful again that we can make it work…

But I know this relationship is Saturn and Pluto trying to teach me something… I met him right as Pluto came into a 1 degree conjunction of my Ascendant. And now as Pluto is departing from my Ascendant, almost 2 years later, I feel myself wanting to leave more and more… Saturn just crossed my Ascendant in late December, so I’m beginning my own karmic journey into my soul… and it has to be alone.

I got my cards out to see what they had to say this morning about the situation…

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I asked, “How does it benefit me in the long run to leave him?”

I drew The Empress.

The Empress is a strong woman, in charge of her own future. She represents harmony and abundance as well as success in business. I feel that she represents who I could be if I can gather the strength to leave…

Then I asked, “How does it benefit me in the long run to stay with him?”

I drew The Chariot (reversed).

I’ve lost control of my life and by staying with him I’m just handing over the reins. I’m moving in the wrong direction… so essentially, it doesn’t benefit me to stay…

We will see how this goes I guess… 😔

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(CW: Suicide, Sexual Assault)

A few years ago, I was hanging out with some friends. There was my boyfriend, a friend of ours who’s super sensitive to ghosts, and a girl who changed boyfriends often. She and her boyfriends always went everywhere together so she always ended up introducing them to us. That night, we were hanging out at my place, and her new boyfriend was quickly warming up to us. He told us about his terrible insomnia, how he sometimes can’t get sleep for several nights in a row, pure torture.

Getting to know each other, we brought up the fact that I’m a witch, and I do cartomancy and talk with spirits and whatnot. This gave place to the spooky time of the night, where we shared our ghost stories, paranormal encounters, urban legends we knew, and more.

The friend who’s super sensitive to ghosts tells the new boyfriend “you’re surrounded by a SHIT TON of spirits. Maybe that’s why you’re not getting any sleep’. New boyfriend asks if something can be done about it. We take him to another room. I do a general banishing spell. Sensitive Friend says some of the spirits went away, because apparently they were there just feeding on New Boyfriend’s energy, taking advantage of the fact that his defenses were so low. But the remaining spirits had reasons to stay there. I offered New Boyfriend to talk to some of them and see what they wanted, maybe we could use diplomacy to get them away. New Boyfriend agreed to it.

I brought a PC keyboard to use as a talking board, and one of my pendulums. I asked for the spirits following this fella to decide who’s the one with the most urgent matters, and come forward. I don’t remember if we asked the spirit to give us a name. But I asked for other info. We obtained a gender, an age, we determined he had been a living human, and how much time had passed -approximately- since he died. The ghost told us about having been sexually assaulted, and going through great suffering because of it when he was alive.

New Boyfriend says he has an idea of who it is. But before revealing his identity, he wanted to ask why the ghost was there. I asked, and told New Boyfriend this spirit says he’s got unfinished business with him. He has a request for New Boyfriend. He wants an offering. Something to drink.

New Boyfriend goes “Uh… Water?”

The pendulum spells out something. I say “Beer.”

New Boyfriend holds his breath and asks to stop for a moment. He’s disturbed, and needs a while to pull himself together. Then he tells us several years ago, his best friend committed suicide. The spirit we were talking to was that of his best friend. New Boyfriend didn’t know his friend was suicidal. One day they just decided to hang out. New Boyfriend had to go buy some beer and then go to his place. His friend committed suicide while New Boyfriend was on the way to his home. They never got to drink that beer together.

We all got emotional for a while. New Boyfriend said he didn’t want to talk to anymore spirits for the moment, and one of those days, when he was alone, he was going to hit his friend up for some beer. Any skepticism he had felt so far banished.

It was a bittersweet memory to me. On one hand, I was super proud of my skill, and being able to show that I’m not some charlatan. On the other hand, damn that story was hard to hear.

I’m no longer in contact with any of those friends, but I hope the poor guy is doing alright.

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Reds; hearts and blood circulation

Dark red: Usually indicates someone who is centered and grounded, with a strong sense of self-preservation.

Muddy red: Indicates anger.

Bright red: Passionate, competitive, sensual, and energetic.

Pink: Artistic and loving. If this is not the person’s usual aural color, it may have turned pink because they have recently fallen in love or are feeling love more profoundly at that moment. It may also indicate that the person possesses psychic abilities.

Muddy pink: Indicates deceit and emotional immaturity—which is frequently the cause of deceit.

Oranges; healthy and full of vitality - reproductive system

Red orange: Indicates confidence.

Yellow orange: This person is creative, intelligent, and a
perfectionist.

Muddy Orange: This person is feeling laziness or a lack of
ambition. They may also be emotionally clogged and unable
move forward.

Yellow; optimistic and full of life. Or liver/spleen malfunction. Either or. 

Pastel yellow: Optimism and spiritual awareness. 

Bright yellow: Struggle for personal power. 

Muddy yellow: Indicative of fatigue, from trying to do too much all at once.

Green; health of the heart/lungs. Someone with a green aura wants to help the world however they can. Think teachers and healers.

Yellow green: Excellent communicator.

Bright green: Natural healer. 

Muddy green: Jealousy, insecurity. This person has trouble taking responsibility for their actions.

Blue; state of the thyroid. Someone who is calm, compassionate, sensitive, and intuitive.

Turquoise: Powerful healer, particularly in the realm of emotional and mental health. 

Light blue: Truthful and peaceful. 

Bright blue: A spiritual intuitive. May be able to read other’s thoughts or futures. 

Muddy blue: Deceitful, though not out of malice, but instead out of fear.

Purple; something may be wrong with the nervous system. Often people who are deeply spiritual and posses extraordinary gifts.

Indigo: A daydreamer, but in the best possible way. This person can
make the world the way they wish it to be.

Violet: Psychically powerful and wise.

Lavender: Imaginative and creative.

Muddy violet: This person’s psychic gifts are being blocked by
some internal force.

Misc Colors

Silver: Abundance, either spiritually or monetarily. 

Grey: Filled with fear to the point of physical suffering.

Gold: Someone in direct communication with the Divine. 

Black: This individual is pulling all energy towards themselves, sort of like a black hole. They are psychically or physically wounded, and attempting to (inefficiently) heal themselves in some way. 

White: Newness and purity. Children, celestial beings, and the enlightened. 

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I feel like I’m joining in this conversation super late, but I feel that if I ever called Persephone or Aphrodite (or any god really) a “bitch” or “asshole,” they would literally physically manifest in front of me and smack me in the mouth.

I’m all for having a friendly, loving relationship with the gods. Even a degree of casualness can be nice. But be wary of gods who allow blatant disrespect. It’s quite possible that you’re not really speaking to that god, but rather a spirit in disguise who is playing along with your games until they get what they want. Sure, there may be exceptions to this, but maybe get a second opinion if a bunch of high-power entities are cool with you calling them bitches and bastards.

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