» Return to Sender / Banish Negativity Spell.

christowitch:

You will need:

  • A black candle
  • A pin or a tiny crochet hook
  • Black Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Fire

Best done on a Waning or New Moon.

Begin by lighting your Altar and calling for which ever Gods or Goddesses to stand guard over you. We arent casting circle because we dont want to trap any of this “stuff” inside. The point is to be rid of it. I called to Lord, Jesus, and the Female Holy Spirit. To the Elements along with Uriel, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, The Archangels.

Now take your LOVELY black candle and your pointy object of choice and get ready to carve. I was honestly surprised at how well the tiny crochet needle worked for carving and will keep using it from now on.

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I decided to carve Return to Sender as well as Banish Negativity on mine. But you can really carve what ever you like on there. As long as it has to do with sending away the bad stuff. 

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Next, take some olive oil and pour it in a dish. Sprinkle the black salt in the middle of it. This is going to make our anointing oil for our candle.

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I tried to stir it with the crochet hook and found that it doesnt like to be stirred…at all. So just swirling it about actually does perfectly and watching it dissolve and turn the oil black was very relaxing.

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Once you have anointed the candle from middle to top and middle to bottom. Set it in a candle holder and light it. 

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Let the candle burn all the way down and feel all the negativity and bad attempts at putting spells on you returned to the person or people that decided you deserved it. 

You can see how tiny my candle is. I actually had to put paper in around the bottom to keep it upright. By the end of the spell I realized I had been done for 15 min but the paper was burning not the candle. 

» Alcohol-Free Offering Suggestions

sent-to-the-sun:

Two months ago I stopped drinking. It wasn’t a big deal and I’m not an alcoholic, so I didn’t suffer any withdrawal or anything like that. However, now that I’m getting back into setting up my altars and performing rituals, I’m stuck with making a choice. I don’t like waste, so whenever I put something out as an offering I usually consume it after I’ve let the gods take what they want. Now that I’m sober I need to make alterations to my offerings so that I don’t waste and they still get what they want. 

This information can be useful if you’re underage, have diabetes or digestive issues, are allergic, if someone in your household struggles with addiction, or if you just don’t care for alcohol.

Links and more info at the bottom. 

ABOUT ALCOHOL

Alcohol is generally split up into 2 categories-

Fermented or Undistilled & Distilled

Fermented alcohols include-
beer, wine, sake, cider, and less common alcohols (in the US, at least,) like chicha, tepache, plum and palm wines, and basi. There are others, this is just a few. 

Distilled alcohols include-
gin, vodka, whisky, rum, tequila, brandy, cognac, and others like guaro, horilka, mezcal, baijiu, and arrack. 

The key to replacing alcohol is to figure out whether the alcohol is fermented or distilled, and what grain/fruit the alcohol is made from. This will make it easy to find appropriate replacements. 

TEA
Tea is a very easy way to get the general energy of the alcohol across, especially since fermented teas, like kambucha, are gaining a lot of popularity in the west. When you expand into herbal and grain teas the possibilities really open up. 

If the deity you want to work with is typically offered up beer, for example, there’s a Japanese style barley tea called mugicha that can easily replace it. There’s also a Korean rice tea called hyeonmi cha, that can replace sake. Of course, you can always buy prepackaged tea bags for both of these, along with other teas with roasted corn and other special grains. With these specialty ones, though, unless you have a multicultural market near by, it might be cheaper to make it at home. 

Herbal teas are also useful, and you can replace things like chartreuse, fernet, sambuca, absinthe, goldschlager, and jagermeister when matched with similar ingredients. 

Kambucha is great because it contains a lot of typical traits of pale ales, cider, and white wine, partially because it goes through a fermentation process as well. It’s also easy to make an infused and flavored kambucha, but home made kambucha can contain around 1% alcohol, so be careful if there are health concerns. 

Most countries also have a “typical” tea that is served, see if you can replicate a tea used in the cuisine your spirit is from. Do your research about the particular alcohol you want to replace and see if there’s a tea with similar properties/ingredients you can use instead. 

JUICE
This one seems obvious, but it’s easy to overlook because it might feel a little silly at times. If you’re replacing something obvious, like wine, choosing a high-quality grape juice is a good idea, and store-bought is better because juicing grapes is a challenge. If possible, try to find a kosher grape juice (it’s less likely to have sugars and unnecessary additives than western grape juice.) Of course, if your budget only allows for your typical juice then go with what you can afford. 

It’s also easy to replace liquors and liqueurs with juices, especially orange juice, which is easy to make at home, and more importantly, cheap. Just use your best judgment, and again, do some research. 

MISC.
Coffee- Now, I couldn’t talk about drink replacement without talking about the glory of coffee. Coffee can be used to replace dark and bitter alcohol, especially dark ales and dark rum. Try infusing coffee with cinnamon, anise, or other pungent flavors to match the coffee to a strong flavored alcohol.
Chocolate- Chocolate based drinks, like cocoa, can also replace alcohol that is meant to be warm and comforting, like brandy. You can also add chocolate to tea/coffee to “thicken”  it very slightly, or to add a bit of bitterness or sweetness to the drink. (Be careful when leaving this out as an offering to make sure your pets don’t drink it, the same goes for coffee.) Chocolate drinks can also be used if the region is famous for chocolate drinks, like in many South American cuisines. 
Milk- While milk shouldn’t be left out and then consumed, it’s always good to figure out if milk makes a good replacement. In a lot of cultures, milk is a major source of vital nutrients. Try and see if the deity/spirit comes from a land where milk is a staple food, like in the Caribbean. It can also be used in reference to a cream alcohol your spirit might enjoy, like creme liqueurs.

You can also use soy, almond, and coconut milk to replace similar alcohols, like almond milk to replace nut-based alcohol like amaretto and frangelico.

Hopefully this helps some of you, and, as always, do your research and don’t make yourself or your family sick from leaving out toxic drinks. 

Here are some links and information.
List of liqueurs
List of alcoholic beverages and their ingredients
Alcohols by origin
National liquors
Make kambucha at home 
Flavoring and bottling kambucha
Herbal teas and their properties
About tea
Infusing milk with natural herbs and flavors
Barley Tea
How to make barley tea
Rice Tea
How to make rice tea

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harrysflaccidcock:

Someone at my school made these in response to my principal announcing a dress code that, as usual, only applied to girls, and I’m kind of proud

Or you could recognize that when you are a teenager, school is your fucking job and you should treat it like one. Sure some of us have jobs for pay, but that’s just one more. School is always your first priority as a teenager. I’m saying this as someone who is still in high school. This isn’t meant to shame anyone for their body or sexualize someone unnecessarily.

Each job you have in your life will have expectations. That includes a dress code. It isn’t a cheap attempt to “oppress” you, but it is an attempt to prepare you for a professional environment in the future. Some jobs will give you a uniform. Others will have a dress code, perhaps even stricter than the one at your school, and you’re going to have to deal with it or face disciplinary consequences with your superiors. You don’t need to argue. Now get your freshman/sophomore self out of this mindset that all adults ever do is creep on you because most of them care about your future or else they wouldn’t have become so involved in the education system.

Please learn to see more than just yourself as a victim. Life is way more fun when you’re not one.

^^^ So much agreeing with you. But I just wanna say that in some areas it gets really warm to the end of the school year so they shouldn’t have a problem with shoulders showing or even bra straps. If it’s warm out girls should be allowed to wear clothing that reflects the weather in order to keep cool

It depends, but it really shouldn’t be that hot. This is coming from me, who lives in central Texas and goes to a 5A public school. Yes it’s more privileged financially so our air systems tend to work, but girls are (according to my school district) allowed to wear tank tops. They just have the three finger rule done when dress coding. Skirts are allowed as well so long as they cover the kneecaps. In my experience dress codes are a lot more liberal than people make them out to be. Shoulders aren’t really the issue from what I’ve seen.

My school’s slogan for the dress code policy is “dress for success.” This is as in, prepare yourself for a career that will actually have requirements for appearance whether you like it or not and if you want to change the rules you’re going to have to work your way up and do it that way. A lot of teachers in the rooms with poorer ventilation also have fans distributed for assistance. Maybe I’m only seeing one side of this, but really dress codes aren’t as restrictive as a lot of people act like they are.

Honestly, this dress code seems pretty chill.  Of course I’m comparing it to my middle school, where you couldn’t wear camis or leggings under your dresses, or zip your jacket up. And if you wore a hoodie you had to tuck into your pants. Yeah.

-Anna

That I can’t compare, so I won’t. If you’d like I can post my school district’s dress code policies through the ages. The reason I have nothing for middle school is due to the fact that I went to a private school that was just so free and such a special snowflake among private schools they had absolutely no dress code. It worked about as well as you’d expect.

Honestly I’m glad to have a dress code now. It’s a huge relief and makes my life easier and it doesn’t reduce my options at all. Middle schools are slightly different solely based on the maturity of students (not that every high school student is much better.) Still I can’t argue mainly because I didn’t experience a middle school dress code so what do I know.

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lecterphiled:

sugarpunkprincess:

harrysflaccidcock:

Someone at my school made these in response to my principal announcing a dress code that, as usual, only applied to girls, and I’m kind of proud

Or you could recognize that when you are a teenager, school is your fucking job and you should treat it like one. Sure some of us have jobs for pay, but that’s just one more. School is always your first priority as a teenager. I’m saying this as someone who is still in high school. This isn’t meant to shame anyone for their body or sexualize someone unnecessarily.

Each job you have in your life will have expectations. That includes a dress code. It isn’t a cheap attempt to “oppress” you, but it is an attempt to prepare you for a professional environment in the future. Some jobs will give you a uniform. Others will have a dress code, perhaps even stricter than the one at your school, and you’re going to have to deal with it or face disciplinary consequences with your superiors. You don’t need to argue. Now get your freshman/sophomore self out of this mindset that all adults ever do is creep on you because most of them care about your future or else they wouldn’t have become so involved in the education system.

Please learn to see more than just yourself as a victim. Life is way more fun when you’re not one.

^^^ So much agreeing with you. But I just wanna say that in some areas it gets really warm to the end of the school year so they shouldn’t have a problem with shoulders showing or even bra straps. If it’s warm out girls should be allowed to wear clothing that reflects the weather in order to keep cool

It depends, but it really shouldn’t be that hot. This is coming from me, who lives in central Texas and goes to a 5A public school. Yes it’s more privileged financially so our air systems tend to work, but girls are (according to my school district) allowed to wear tank tops. They just have the three finger rule done when dress coding. Skirts are allowed as well so long as they cover the kneecaps. In my experience dress codes are a lot more liberal than people make them out to be. Shoulders aren’t really the issue from what I’ve seen.

My school’s slogan for the dress code policy is “dress for success.” This is as in, prepare yourself for a career that will actually have requirements for appearance whether you like it or not and if you want to change the rules you’re going to have to work your way up and do it that way. A lot of teachers in the rooms with poorer ventilation also have fans distributed for assistance. Maybe I’m only seeing one side of this, but really dress codes aren’t as restrictive as a lot of people act like they are.

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