I was in London, UK until recently. I never had issues collecting what I needed because I modified spells when unable to travel, or made specific trips to collect things. I also worked with the urban spirits - plenty of foxes, rats, mice and birds as well as ancient woodland a walk away. I used building parts and water from the Beverley Brook, which runs below the ground. I also used water from the Thames and smaller rivers or streams near me. I found it fascinating to think of the way we as animals build an environment which provides living space for other animals - we don't always do it well, but it helped me feel connected to Nature and my place in it. I also thought about our social interactions on an animalistic level, the groups we form and how we relate to each other. When I needed to, I ordered things I couldn't collect but a lot of it was from my environment. It was quite London flavoured magic really, dust from the tube, leaves and bark from a large tree outside the Natural History Museum, earth from Hampstead Heath, grave dust and Yew from the local churchyard - things like that.
However, I could feel my magic changing tune and moved with my family to a village in the UK countryside, near the sea. I know many of my spells will differ here, as the ingredients will, but the whole place has a very different flavour and rhythm which I am learning (and loving). They'll be similar ingredients, like storm water or some plants, but many will be new or used more because they are around more.
Beautiful words about our legacy being a small piece of ourselves. The pictures made of feathers sound wonderful.
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Edited by BlackbirdSong, 11 August 2019 - 04:08 PM.