Witch, Empath, Sensitive.
22, Male, Gay.
Metalsmith, artist, and wine-lover
ask meme: put three things in my askbox that look like they could be part of an ask meme, but in truth are just a string of barely-related words/letters. i will answer them somehow.
- apple juice, marigold, J
- 37, mint chip, periwinkle
- tesseract, tin can, bulb
If a dead ancestor doesn’t appear in the sky to stop me, it can’t be that bad of a decision
Oh Gosh! This is a hardish one. My knee-jerk is to say Linkin Park because they are one of the only bands that’s stuck with me since I was a preteen and I enjoy all of their music like A LOT. Also Nightwish though…
But the band I’m listening to the most right now is Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons… so yeah.
I’ve been using large, spiral-bound notebooks (8.5x11) for journaling/diarying/whatever all my spiritual stuff. They work well enough for day-by-day note-keeping, but in terms of actually organizing information, going back and referencing previous things, updating old info, they really suck. Been using a separate one for all my rune studies, and it’s … okay, because each rune has its own section. But in time, my understanding of the runes will expand, and there’s a lot of unnecessary working-out-stuff in my current notes that I do not want in a reference book.
I want a smaller-format journal-or-something, but one where I can easily insert new pages as I have new information to add. What I want is something like a 3-ring binder, but not as large as they usually are. :|
(I know that there are electronic systems that would do what I need - just keeping one large “word” document would be something of an improvement over hand-writing everything, ‘cause I can edit, update, search, etc. - but I don’t like using electronic things as references the way I like having a book to flip through. And this is what I want: my own reference book/series of books.)
I know this feeling! I have been on the prowl for the last few months looking for something quite similar to what you’re describing. Only difference is that I would prefer a 5-ring bound format to reduce stress on the holes in the pages, but still sticking with the 5.5” x 8.5” (ish) size with a soft-cover leather (or pleather, honestly) binding. If I find anything promising, I shall let you know.
Everything I find is a day planner with dated pages (and all 3-ring systems instead of 5-ring, grrr), and I can’t find refill sheets that are narrow-ruled and 24lb to make up for the potential for pen bleed-throughs and my heavy handedness… But that’s my own obsessiveness coming out I suppose…
Okay, here we go!
So, I often see out there a lot of spells and other witcheries that call for “cut iron nails” in their spells. I’m sure a fair number of people are looking at that and going “the fuck? why so specific? I mean, I get why I need coffin nails for that curse, but why cut iron nails for this one?”
Here’s the scoop on nails: They are almost all commercially made of steel (brass and copper ‘nails’ are more properly called tacks or brads), but what type of steel is dependent on the job. Most nails you buy in a hardware store are either stainless steel or plated with zinc, aluminum, or occasionally chrome to prevent them from rusting. Coated steels should not be heated for health reasons, but can be stripped of their coatings by soaking in a vinegar bath for up to 48 hours, effectively etching the coating away.
Nails: I tend to use nails of various types for spells and magics needing sealing, to fasten the other elements of the spell together, or to add an edge.
Used Nails: I keep all nails that I find, noting where I gathered them from. This is because they retain a certain amount of energy from their previous uses, and that energy can be put to good use. As an example, I get a lot of nails used to hold shipping pallets together, and so I reserve those for use in spells needing efficacy affecting travel and communication.
Roofing/Flooring Nails: These I use for anything that needs to be sturdy and hold its own ground.
Brads/Tacks and Finishing Nails (the ones that basically don’t have a head): I use brads and tacks for spells and magics that need tact and subtlety. Depending on how subtle I need the spell to be, I may use copper or brass brads.
Screws: Aesthetically, I don’t like screws, but I do keep them around anyway. I use screws for magic that needs strength, but that may also need to be potentially dismantled later (Because screws are much more effective at fastening certain things together, but are also convenient because they can be removed relatively easily).
Did I forget anything? Do you want to know anything more specific? Let me know! :)
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I’ve gotten a TON of asks about this lately, so I’ll go ahead and do this post tonight. This is NOT an inclusive list of ways to charge sigils, it’s what I know of/can think of at the moment.
Firstly, there’s two different schools. Destroying the sigil to charge and release it, and keeping the sigil intact. I’m going to note which school each method falls into.
- Destruction: Fire Writing a sigil on anything that’s safe to burn, and throwing it into fire to charge it, as it’s destroyed. This charges the sigil with the energy from the flame, and is a good method for adding passionate, strong, intense energy. (or any other things you associate with fire)
- Preservation: Fire Writing a sigil, carving, or engraving it somewhere, and placing it close to a flame where it can absorb the heat and energy from the fire without burning up. Has the same benefits as the above method.
- Destruction: Water Writing a sigil in something soluble, and then soaking it in a body of water. This charges the sigil, and more specifically the body of water that the sigil is charged and released into. It’s a good way to incorporate traits from the element of water, such as creativity, strengthened psychic abilities, and the like.
- Preservation: Water Writing or carving a sigil in/on something that doesn’t dissolve in water, such as carving a sigil into a chunk of wood. The sigil absorbs energy from the water while it is soaking. Again, has the same added properties as mentioned for the destructive method with water.
- Destruction: Earth Writing your sigil on something natural and biodegradable, then burying it. Such as writing a sigil on an acorn or leaf. It then absorbs energy from the earth as it slowly decomposes. A sigil charged this way may take on the additional energy and properties associated with the earth, such as strength, patience, and nurturing.
- Preservation: Earth Charge a sigil with a crystal grid, or similar set up, and keep the sigil intact afterwards. It has the same added properties as the above mentioned method for earth.
- Preservation: Light Charge your sigil in light, be it daylight or moonlight. The sigil is charged by the light.
- Destruction: Light I refer to this as destruction and light, because it deals with visibility and invisibility. Basically, write your sigil in something that will become invisible afterwards. Such as the fog on a bathroom mirror, lemon juice on paper, ect… This is my favorite way for creating/charging sigils dealing with spirits, communication, or “unseen” traits. In this method the sigil charges every time the surface it was written on is exposed to light.
- Preservation: Energy Work/Meditation You focus on your sigil, and charge it with energy. You are relying on your own energy for this, not energy from another source to charge the sigil.
- Destruction: Energy Work/Meditation Same charging method as mentioned above, but you destroy the sigil in your preferred manner when you’re done, in order to release the spell to work.
More “touchy” methods below the break. TW for a lot of different reasons. Each of these methods can be preservative or destructive, just depending on if you keep the sigil in tact afterwards.