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Thank you for the links - good stuff

/ is that the spiders SHADOW on the hummus package? Damn it looks like you can claim that one as a dependent.:)

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Thank you for the links - good stuff

/ is that the spiders SHADOW on the hummus package? Damn it looks like you can claim that one as a dependent.:)

No, not it's shadow - that's the underside of the spider itself IN the hummus container I trapped it in. (It's hanging out on the side of the container, inside -you can see where its "feet" make contact with the plastic)

 

I took the picture that way for size reference, and that's not even the biggest one I've seen...

 

They're not dangerous but DAMN do their bites burn, especially when you're woken up suddenly in the middle of the night with a pain on your neck like a freshly ripped-off blister and you go into the bathroom to see what the heck is going on and have a giant spider like that fall out of your hair and into the sink and then run off... good times! ;)

(I must have rolled onto it while I slept because they're not aggressive)

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I'd be aggressive enough for both of us. I prefer to observe from afar...a couple miles at least.

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I just got a dead toad. Poor thing got squashed under my wheelie bin. He is currently drying out in a pot of salt.

I may be thinking of the toad bone ritual... who knows!!

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Hmmm - Dried dung beetles would be one of my more original ideas.

 

They are everywhere on our land (which is a nice direct link) and do love to come inside and die on the windowsills. They are single minded, and industrious creatures so I feel their 'mojo' would not be easily worn out or distracted.

 

I'm going to use them to make protections that 'drag down and compost'  negative energy (my own or others sent my way) much like the little chappies do with shit.

 

This feels more comfortable to me than a standard 'witch bottle' that feels to me more like an 'accumulator' than a shield, though I realize my view of this is not the most common one.

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I always keep certain things that belonged to people that I love. My father died suddenly when I was a teenager. I have a key that he carried in his wallet. I have no idea what the key unlocked but that's not the point. I feel like it connects me to him in a way and I use in my practice to that end.

 

I have kept a few of my children's baby teeth in a little box. I haven't used them for anything yet but thought that they would be valuable for a protection spell or a locating spell if I ever needed it.

 

Photographs, letters, locks of hair, jewelry, pocket ephemera like my dad's key ..certain objects just whisper to me. I keep them when this happens. And eventually their purpose becomes evident!

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I have a really unusual medal belonging to a great relative. It's connected to nature and I would love to think of a way of using it. Maybe for ancestor contact because I am pretty clueless about that stuff.

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I have some lunisolar water that I steeped with silver and gold, and then charged recently during the recent total eclipse of the sun. I'm really sure what I'll use it for yet, but possibly either some sort of visionary work, or some sort of healing work.

 

I have an Eastern Orthodox icon of Our Lady of Bethlehem (I'll attach an image I found online that's pretty close to what it looks like). I that I charged on the Stone of Anointing (a stone traditionally thought to be in the spot where Jesus' body was prepared for burial by Joseph of Arimathea) in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. When you go there, there are all sorts of pilgrims laying various items on the stone and praying over them to bless them. I use mine as a general protective amulet on my altar. 

 

I think I'm going back to Israel and Palestine this fall, and I plan to gather some grave dirt from my great-grandfather's grave on Mount of Olives (thought to be the oldest continuously used cemetery in the world, with the oldest graves dating back 3000 years to the First Temple period). I'll put this on my ancestor altar, and may also use some for necromantic spellwork of some sort.

 

I also have a piece of a meteoroid and an ammonite fossil, both purchased in a shop. They've been hanging out on my altar for some time, but I haven't really felt called to use them for anything yet. They both feel so "out there" that I'm kind of at a loss for how to work with them, and I feel like I should wait until just the circumstances present themselves. 

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So I've got some ingredients on hand that are unusual for me to be using beyond one very specific formula, and I was sort of hoping maybe you fine folk would be able to lend me a bit of inspiration for alternative ways to employ it. The ingredients are the impossibly hot Carolina Reaper and a Chinese cultivar of the Trinidad Scorpion, dried and powdered by myself. A little goes a long way with this stuff, I learned in a painful episode while I was powdering them up. I'm naturally inclined to utilize such potent ingredients in banework, and it was a particularly emotive hotfoot that I had sought them out for....but very recently, the hotfoot work has been rendered unnecessary, and I feel like it's bad luck to make a formula like that merely in anticipation of needing it around later. 

 

I have entrepreneurship endeavors in my near future, and considered using the powder as a quickening agent in any luck work concerning this; maybe as an intensifier of other fire-oriented ingredients. Though, I'm not sure if the dangerous nature of the peppers would do what they do in a hotfoot regardless of my intention, and chase luck right away from me! 

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Well, my first thought is- you said you dried and ground these yourself. Was it your intent to use them in the hot foot prep during this whole preparation process? Or even, was the intent to use it in baneful magic of some sort during that process? This is just my opinion, in fact I’d be curious to see what others think. Maybe it can still be re-purposed. But to me, if intent and emotion is present while preparing a spell ingredient- that grooms that object for its purpose. In fact I have had spells “go off” before I intended due to situations where intention was particularly intense during a stage of prep work.

 

Edited to say: it occurs to me you already stated you sought them out for that purpose. Maybe I’m splitting hairs. But I have purchased ingredients thinking I’d probably use it for one thing, then used them for something else. I suppose in that vein alone it would depend on whether it was like a casual shopping event with no strong intention or a focused venture- if that makes sense. But, for me there is often intention poured in to hands on prep- work steps, so my focus tended to go there.

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Oroboros, thank you for your reply. Since my previous post on here, the need for the hotfoot has risen anew like a zombie with an air horn, so I'll be going full speed ahead with my original plans for these ingredients over the duration of this week. That being said, I definitely have way more pepper on my hands than this one bit of banework calls for! I was thinking I would portion out the lion's share and bless away any residual intent I might have rubbed onto them during processing, and mix up a peppered rum that'l take your head off as an offering for Maman Brigitte. 

 

It's true that I had procured the peppers for the purpose of banework, but the doings of drying and powdering them were not particularly charged acts. Thinking hypothetically, though, I wager I could undo my own charge on a thing by any manner of purification, so long as I match or surpass the oomph I laid on the thing in the first place. In my way of it, purchasing ingredients doesn't play into the work itself. Growing, harvesting, or acquiring with deliberation without monetary exchange or by gift is a different matter, though.

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By far the most unusual ingredient I have in my possession is Saguaro cactus needles. A good friend of mine who lives in that part of the Southwest United states gave them to me when he visited. The process for obtaining them was very weird. Basically he coated a small part of the cactus with woodwork glue and let it sit for an hour before rolling it up from the margins. He had to use tweezers to remove them.


So now I’ve got dried glue-coated cactus spines that I have no clue what to use for. Any ideas?

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Hmm, cactus spines...my first thought is to apply them like I would any needle; to draw blood, to 'pin something down' and keep it there, or to grief someone or something via banework.

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Hmm, cactus spines...my first thought is to apply them like I would any needle; to draw blood, to 'pin something down' and keep it there, or to grief someone or something via banework.

 

Me and my friend were joking about how we could use them as pins for witch dolls for an impotency spell. If you haven't felt a saguaro needle before, its sharp as hell and dangerous. I've heard stories about people getting stabbed by the spines and having to go to the ER from erythema. I've heard you can get an infection from being prickled by the needle but it sounds pretty rare.

 

Banework, hexing, and/or protection are definitely at the top of my list. I scented them with anise oil to get rid of the gross glue smell. Definitely powerful stuff. 

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I collect Cat's Wiskers, which i use in Luck spells,

Driftwood, I make wands out of them, especially if I can see an animal form in the wood. I have one with a Tiger shape and one with Raven shapes.

Feathers, found or bought. I use them as a representation of air. I paint animals or eyes on the feathers.

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I collect Cat's Wiskers, which i use in Luck spells,

Driftwood, I make wands out of them, especially if I can see an animal form in the wood. I have one with a Tiger shape and one with Raven shapes.

Feathers, found or bought. I use them as a representation of air. I paint animals or eyes on the feathers.

 

Cat Whiskers! I love it! Need to collect them next time my cat's not in one of her cranky moods.

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Cat Whiskers! I love it! Need to collect them next time my cat's not in one of her cranky moods.

Alright, I use cat whiskers too, but use the ones that naturally fall. Kitty needs his whiskers! They are not just there for show. Please don't pluck them!

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For some reason the back window well in my car has a bunch of dead bees (& sun dried by now). Not sure what to do with this rare opportunity. No bees wings in my wine, thank you.

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For some reason the back window well in my car has a bunch of dead bees (& sun dried by now). Not sure what to do with this rare opportunity. No bees wings in my wine, thank you.

Bees have gnostic associations with knowledge - perhaps spells to do with uncovering information required, carrying messages, industriousness, co-operation.

- Getting a belligerent co-worker to toe the line and help the team

- discovering a resource you need (see the 'waggle dance' bees do to tell their friends where the best flowers are!)

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I think I do not have anything unusual. I do have some rare plants, like aconitе and mandrake, but I don't think they are unusual. I do have quite a good blood collection of my close ones. Some day may need it. 

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I always try to use things that are local & I do it in a manner which doesn't affect the balance of nature. Items which belong to people are imprinted in their energy for a long time, but from personal experience it's rarely permanent over a century, but not unheard of. Depends how much the individual "treasured" the item & whether they unintentionally imprinted their spirit into it.

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Years ago I was given several boxes of various small items once belonging to my great grandmother from Germany.  Among the goodies were several acorns that apparently came from the Black Forest, a small sachet containing crushed leaves and a red feather, (don't know what the leaves are), a tiny bone that looks suspiciously like a finger bone along with a lock of fine blonde hair braided with red and black thread in a plain brass box, assorted old school keys and a little vial containing a very dark, fine, powdery soil, again unidentified.  I suspect Grammy was a little on the witchy side.  Not knowing what alot of these objects are, I hesitate to use them for anything...

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Oroboros, wasp nests are built with the purpose of housing and nurturing these creatures we consider pests. I’d say such a nest would be good for a hex of infestation. Using the nests properties of housing and nurturing/accumulating critters on a targets home and property. I’m interested to see what you’ll choose to use it for.

 

Edited for grammar

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I have an assortment of found fossils, including a megalodon tooth. I also have some brain coral and a big ammonite. All of those could be used in water magic, I suppose, but with the exception of the brain coral, which I used last night for the first time, I’ve never used any of them in ritual or spellwork. They just feel magical so they rotate in and out of my altars.

 

I also have puppy teeth, a tiny dried lizard and some unhatched lizard eggs, graveyard dirt, a big red penis candle, old skeleton keys, iron nails, deer bones, bits of amber, pieces of oak moss, so many rocks, dried wild berries. I haven’t used most of this stuff but hang onto it because I suspect that the need will make itself known eventually.

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