Witch, Empath, Sensitive.
22, Male, Gay.
Metalsmith, artist, and wine-lover
Some people think it’s a pagan holiday. They think that it celebrates the devil.
*I am not answering any negative questions about this.
Its not hard to find out about it.
The pagans talked about October 31st-Nov 1st being the time of year where the veil between worlds was thinnest. The Fae and Spirits would roam about. The Christian Church took this to mean demons and what not because all spirits = bad mmk. SO… to keep themselves safe on that fateful night.. They would put up gourds and squashes and pumpkins all carved and what not. Light them up so as to protect themselves from the evil spirits and pranksters.( pumpkin carving) Then they would set out soul cakes to appease any spirits that came to their home. ( giving out candy) Then when ever they needed to leave the house..they would dress like the evil ghoulies so that the ghoulies would think they were one of them and leave them alone ( costumes)
Alot of our traditions came from the pagan Holiday…and the Christian Fear of what goes bump in the night.
it stems from the festival Samahin. Which became known later at the Witches New Year by some.
The sad thing is there are a lot of cool aspects of Halloween/Samhain that have been lost to time.
Like, there were a lot of little things a girl could do to predict who her future husband would be, of all nights, one being where they would look in a mirror in a dark room and hope to glimpse him in it.
Apple bobbing is possibly Roman since they would do it to honor Pomona (a goddess/wood nymph).
And the Celtics knew how to fucking party—we’re talking bonfires, and the tale of the Jack O’ Lantern is one of my favorite things.
Christians did change it because they didn’t understand it, not really, but a lot would use those soul cakes mentioned above and pass them around so people will remember the loved ones they lost.
aND COSTUMES OF A COUPLE DECADES PAST WERE LEGIT CREEPY/DISORIENTING
BECAUSE THE WHOLE POINT WAS TO DISGUISE YOURSELF FROM SPIRITS THAT SOUGHT TO HARM YOU. MEN, CHILDREN, WOMEN LOOKED FORWARD TO APPEARING AS NIGHTMARES.
WHERE’S YOUR SEXY-LUIGI-COSTUME NOW BIASED MEDIA?
In any case, Halloween is such an eclectic holiday—there were a lot of cultures that influenced this, which is why I adore it, but it’s largely regarded as evil by many, to which I say poo, this holiday is awesome.
Could you imagine the sexy costume of old. A woman dons her pointed black hat and hems her dress just above the ankle. SCANDALOUS.
”The Christian Church took this to mean demons and what not because all spirits = bad mmk. SO… to keep themselves safe on that fateful night.. They would put up gourds and squashes and pumpkins all carved and what not. ”
For a start, no pumpkins or gourds, that started in America. It was turnips, they carved turnips.
Second off it had nothing to do with the Christian church. The Ancient Irish always had a lot of legends about nasty things coming from the Otherworld, like Púca and the Dualahan, they didn’t want tings like that nosing about long before Christians showed up.
There were other reasons two, dead ancestors and family members would be drawn to the light, the faces wouldn’t bother them because they remembered that was a thing people did.
Third it became a reference to the tale of Jack Of the Lantern who couldn’t get into heaven and was kicked out of hell and was given an ember from hell to light his way which he carried in a turnip he carved out.
”it stems from the festival Samahin. Which became known later at the Witches New Year by some.”
Samhain literally was the Irish new year, that was one of the biggest points of the festival. That’s why the barrier between here and the Otherworld is weaker, because it’s a transitory time. The ancient Irish liked putting the most difficult time of year at the start.
”Apple bobbing is possibly Roman since they would do it to honor Pomona (a goddess/wood nymph).”
Roman influence is way less likely than coincidence.
Apples and apple trees are associated with the Otherworld and Otherworld apples were the shit, they were the most delicious thing ever, and could give you magic powers. Everyone wanted Otherworld apples.
Going under water is one of the main methods of reaching the Otherworld.
The barrier between here and the Otherworld is weakest on Samhain.
”but a lot would use those soul cakes mentioned above and pass them around so people will remember the loved ones they lost.”
Soul Cakes were a Christian adjustment to a much older tradition of setting a place at the table and making a meal for departed family members.
”In any case, Halloween is such an eclectic holiday—there were a lot of cultures that influenced this, which is why I adore it, but it’s largely regarded as evil by many, to which I say poo, this holiday is awesome. “
No, it’s not.
It was literally just an Irish thing until the diaspora started.
The Christian Church added soul cakes which are barely a thing and America switched out turnips for pumpkins. And keep trying to shoehorn in Dia de los meurtes stuff, and while that’s a similar festival, it’s not the same and has different origins and people really shouldn’t equate the two.
But other than that the only thing that’s really changed is that nearly everyone misses the point of the holiday.
It wasn’t so much about honouring the dead as reconnecting with them.
But more importantly it was about purging all of the year’s emotional crap so you could start the new year fresh.
Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. Truthfully, I’ve been taking some serious hits on the professional front and I’m under a lot of stress right now.
BUT! I did schedule a phone interview for this coming Tuesday for a silversmith position at a well-known and highly respected company. Thoughts/prayers/ritual sacrifices greatly appreciated!
On September 21, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson stood up at the UN Headquarters in New York City and delivered a powerful speech condemning the harm that gender discrimination causes to both men and women, and inviting men to become active participants in the global struggle for equality. The next day, anonymous individuals set up a website targeting Watson with sexual threats, counting down the five days until, presumably, her private nude images will be made public. Users on the 4chan message board took credit for creating the site, which featured the 4chan logo.
In her famous 1996 commencement address, writer Nora Ephron warned the new graduates of Wellesley college that they were entering a world that was hostile to women’s achievements and begged them to “take it personally.”
"Understand," she said, "every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you." We must all take such attacks personally, she argued: "Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: Get back, get back to where you once belonged."
The threats against Watson are an attack on me — and I take them personally. We all need to.
The site threatening Watson was greeted with glee on 4chan and Reddit, where commenters explicitly stated their hope that the threats would force her to abandon her feminist campaigning. “If only her nudes got leaked and she had the load on her face. Her feminism kick would be over,” a commenter wrote. “If this is true her recent feminism rally is going to be shutdown hard,” wrote another. “Feminism,” one 4chan user opined, “is a growing cancer.”
This makes me violently angry.
THIS. THIS RIGHT FUCKING HERE.
Gentlemen, the next time you wonder why women are standoffish, why we don’t trust you, why we don’t appreciate random touching, why we won’t date you, why we go to the bathroom in groups, why we don’t want you to buy us a drink, why we get so pissed off over “compliments” shouted from passing cars, why we carry our keys like weapons, and walk around at night like we expect to be shot at….
…THIS IS FUCKING WHY.
Because some of your jerkwad brethren think it is proper and acceptable to respond to a woman’s demand for respect and equal treatment BY THREATENING HER WITH PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ASSAULT.
And don’t even give me that “not all men” crap. When we walk down the street, there aren’t signs over men’s heads that proclaim the likelihood of whether or not they’d beat or rape us if given a chance. So we are forced to assume the worst AT ALL TIMES. Men that we see in public are generally sorted into two categories: Known Safe Party and Potential Rapist. And what’s really sad is that a fair number of those we assume are safe to be around are the ones who wouldn’t hesitate if we were passed out on the couch.
It’s even worse if we decide to be vocal and visible. The second we open our mouths, dress the way we want to, or say “no,” we become targets for ignorant, entitled shitheads who don’t think we have the right to own our words, our jobs, our accomplishments, our bodies, our lives.
So when we say, “Men are assholes,” THIS IS WHY.
You don’t like it? Then fucking change your behavior.
We personally I use candles, empowering them with my will. I use sigils, and have specific ones that block ill will and the like. I also set up wards, which is a specific type of craft that is personal to each person far as I know.
Followers? Anyone want to add to this?
*crashes through the wall….casually dusts self off*
If you just want to ward off curses or ill-intentioned magic in general, you can create a blank poppet called a scapegoat. This is a little cloth or clay poppet without a face or name that you keep in a hidden place as an In-Case-of-Emergency-Break-Glass measure. It helps to hold the poppet in your hands and give it a purpose first. Something like:
If ever harm is sent for me
This poppet then my shield will be
If someone slings a curse at you, the idea is that it will strike the poppet first and not harm you. Scapegoats tend to break or randomly disappear if they’ve absorbed a curse. I keep a poppet stuffed with a bit of basil and angelica root around in case of bad luck.
If you’re not into poppets, you might try simple sachets or herb bundles. I have a couple of dried sage, basil, and rosemary bundles hanging in my home for this purpose. Growing these same herbs in pots is also useful. There’s an old saying that claims, “Where basil grows, no evil goes” and another that claims, “What hyssop touches, none may harm.”
You can also use any protective, purifying, or cleansing herb, or even plain old salt, in a sachet bag (muslin works best for keeping in small particles). Hang the little bag in your home or tuck it away somewhere it won’t be disturbed. It acts much the same way as a scapegoat, except it’s a little more non-specific and doesn’t work on a basis of sympathetic magic.
If you think you might have something on you already, get yourself some basil, bay, and rosemary. Simmer 1 tsp of each dried herb (or 1 bay leaf) per 1 cup of water for about 15-20min. Do not boil. Strain the liquid, let it cool. Use half to wash your doorstep and your windowsills, and use the other half to rinse yourself off the next time you take a shower. This will help to loosen and slough off any nastiness clinging to you or your home.
If you know for certain someone is trying to curse you and you really want to mess up their day, put their name on a piece of paper and bind it up in a bag or jar with vetiver and willow bark and a small mirror or something reflective. Not only does this ward off magical harm to you and yours, it can turn that curse right around on the person who cast it, where it will either fizzle in the rebound or come back to bite them when they least expect it.
*waves hands above* There ya go anon.
I use a Black Stone. It’s best if you find a black rock in nature, small enough to carry in your pocket, tuck in a pouch, etc. If you have to paint a rock black that works, too. Empower that rock to absorb any curse, ill will, bad luck, etc. that comes your way. Carry it for one moon. On the night of the New Moon take it to a crossroads. Throw it over your left shoulder and walk away without looking back. You can also toss it over your left shoulder into running water. The important thing is that you don’t look back. Another stone should be found and dedicated ASAP.
Witch Bottles, anyone? Traditionally, a witch bottle was made of translucent or opaque glass and stuffed with pins, needles, broken glass, urine, hair and the like to ‘trap’ malicious intent from a witch.
Personally I have two nails that I’ve made (if you can’t make nails, find nails maybe that you’ve used to put something together or take apart?) and bound together with threads I’ve pulled from my clothes (nothing special, just every time I find a loose thread, I cut it and save it. I’m weird like that) and have it hanging over my door as a snare. It kinda looks like a god’s eye, but creepier.
Ethan was a skinny lad who I knew when I was a sophomore and junior in college. He was funny, sarcastic, a bit smarmy, and had a passion for showtunes. Admittedly, I had a bit of a crush on Ethan, but he identified as straight at the time (and to the best of my knowledge, still does).
I’ll never punish my daughter for saying no.
The first time it comes out of her mouth, I’ll smile gleefully. As she repeats “No! No! No!” I’ll laugh, overjoyed. At a young age, she’ll have mastered a wonderful skill. A skill I’m still trying to learn. I know I’ll have to teach her that she has to eat her vegetables, and she has to take a nap. But “No” is not wrong. It is not disobedience.
1. She will know her feelings are valid.
2. She will know that when I no longer guide her, she still has a right to refuse.
The first time a boy pulls her hair after she says no, and the teacher tells her “boys will be boys,” we will go to her together, and explain that my daughter’s body is not a public amenity. That boy isn’t teasing her because he likes her, he is harassing her because it is allowed. I will not reinforce that opinion. If my son can understand that “no means no” so can everyone else’s.
3. She owes no one her silence, her time, or her cooperation.
The first time she tells a teacher, “No, that is wrong,” and proceeds to correct his public school, biased rhetoric, I’ll revel in the fact that she knows her history; that she knows our history. The first time she tells me “No” with the purpose and authority that each adult is entitled, I will stop. I will apologize. I will listen.
4. She is entitled to her feelings and her space. I, even a a parent, have no right to violate them.
5. No one has a right to violate them.
The first time my mother questions why I won’t make her kiss my great aunt at Christmas, I’ll explain that her space isn’t mine to control. That she gains nothing but self doubt when she is forced into unwanted affection. I’ll explain that “no” is a complete sentence. When the rest of my family questions why she is not made to wear a dress to our reunion dinner. I will explain that her expression is her own. It provides no growth to force her into unnecessary and unwanted situation.
6. She is entitled to her expression.
When my daughter leaves my home, and learns that the world is not as open, caring, and supportive as her mother, she will be prepared. She will know that she can return if she wishes, that the real world can wait. She will not want to. She will not need to. I will have prepared her, as much as I can, for a world that will try to push her down at every turn.
7. She is her own person. She is complete as she is.
I will never punish my daughter for saying no. I want “No” to be a familiar friend. I never want her to feel that she cannot say it. She will know how to call on “No” whenever it is needed, or wanted.
Lessons I Will Teach, Because the World Will Not — Y.S. (via poetryinspiredbyyou)
I should open by saying that in modernity, the lines between the disciplines of metalsmithing are quite blurred, and even antiquated. In learning centers and universities, most of the techniques taught come from a range of the below disciplines, particularly goldsmithing and silversmithing, which come together to create the curricula of most modern ‘jewelry & metalsmithing’ university programs.
Often, these practices are taught by having students work primarily in non-precious metals (such as copper, brass, bronze, and nickel silver) because of the relatively recent skyrocketing of precious metal costs. In truth, few silversmiths have the financial security or luxury of practicing their trade with its namesake, save for those whom are either traditional silversmiths, or those who are quite well-paid and well-respected in their field.
In truth, most of the techniques in question are taught traditionally and through the lens of the arts, which has left an extremely interesting mark on what is, essentially, a craft discipline.
Below are very brief, and rather incomplete, descriptions of the traditional ‘disciplines.’ In fact, there is quite a lot that can be said about all of the disciplines, and I hope that as I talk about the processes and techniques of smithing in relation to smithing witchcraft I can make that clearer. If you have more specific questions, as always, my ask box is open.
Blacksmithing relates to the forming and shaping of steel, and is often what people first picture when they hear the term “metalsmith.” A blacksmith’s shop is often called a ‘forge,’ or more commonly a ‘smithy.’ Blacksmithing is most commonly used for the crafting of tools (hammers, tongs, etc), hardwares (hooks, knobs, nails, etc), architectural structures (such as railings and gates), and sometimes cooking wares (like iron frying pans, for example).
Silversmithing relates to the working of silver and is historically linked to hollowware, tablewares, silverware, and other household items. In recent years, silversmithing has become a more generalized practice (especially in relation to the rising prices of precious and semi-precious metals), but is still usually linked to the historical techniques of the silversmith such as angle-raising, forming, and forging.
Goldsmithing is historically linked to jewelry-making practices and stone-setting. Like silversmithing, the techniques of goldsmithing are still taught, but typically fall under the more open terms “metalsmith” and “jeweler.”
*Goldsmithing and Silversmithing have both become linked academically, and are often taught side-by side as complementary (or the same) discipline.
Tinsmithing is the working of tin for common household and utilitarian items.
Pewtersmithing is the working of pewter to create utilitarian items, most typically drinking and service vessels. Pewter has a long history as ‘the poor man’s silver,’ and its softness and other working qualities have often been scoffed at. Additionally, pewter is considered a contaminant as it eutectically bonds with silver, reducing the melting temperature of the silver it comes in contact with, ruining it.
Whitesmithing is a bit of a confusing term. It has been in use to refer to grinding, filing, sanding, and polishing metal (particularly blades on knives and weapons), and also has a history of use for those working in ‘lesser’ white metals such as tin, pewter, and aluminum.
Redsmithing is the use of copper and copper alloys to make artifacts and items ranging from jewelry to functional housewares to architectural forms.
I was going to jump right into working with metals in witchcraft, but I thought it might be helpful to first describe some basic terms, properties, and working capacities of metal(s).
Despite its reputation as being extremely hard, one of the things that makes metal so wonderful is its incredible malleability, ductility, and plasticity. Nearly all metals exhibit these qualities, among others, in varying degrees under varying conditions.
Malleability is the property of a metal which allows it to be formed under compressive force (i.e. hammer blows). Malleability is expressed in the ability for a metal to be formed into a sheet.
Ductility is the property that allows metal to be altered through tensile force (i.e. stretching) and is expressed in the ability of a metal to be stretched into a wire.
Plasticity is the property which allows metals to be altered irreversibly through various forces. This differs from elasticity in that elasticity is reversible (like an elastic waste band being stretched and returning to its original shape).