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  1. "Sleep with them, meditate with them, lay with them and put down your roots." I like that! Need to meditate with them more. I realize I needed to be more specific – I meant working with live plants. I feel like I come across a lot notes about how to use their parts for ingredients and materials, and wanted to see what other kinds of ways people have to engage with them.
  2. I really like that idea! And the pranking element is delicious too! "You think you put me out? I'll show you!" :D
  3. How do people here like to work with live plants? For me, I gather my small potted plants to stand watch as witnesses or sentinels when I do workings. I'm don't know what inspired me to do so, but it makes me feel less lonely and so it's what I do now. Sometimes I forget to water my plants, but I'm trying to motivate myself by using the watering time as a moment to connect and reflect upon my grandpa, who I remember always took the time to water and cultivate his plants on the balcony when I was a child. I was curious how others here find ways to connect with living plants and how it has influenced your craft. Edited to clarify I mean live plants
  4. Hah, very creative! Another thing that goes to show you don't always have to buy new stuff :)
  5. The Wild Unknown has a very special place in my heart. It's very beginner-friendly (no reversals) and the artist herself came out with a guide that's made it really easy and straightforward to work with. The nature imagery in the deck is lovely and reflects the spirit/characteristics of nature well (It's really beautiful and respectful, but isn't romanticized). I think it can be good for beginners who feel a lot of trepidation/anxiety with starting their divination work. It's got a very grounding and matter-of-fact energy to it. Next would have to be The Paulina Tarot. It's a really good deck and fairly gentle deck, chock-full of symbolism (bc RWD), and has much to say. Super interesting, but requires more patience, more thought, and more maturity. I just received The Angelarium by Peter Mohrbacher. The paintings are beyond. I love the art. I don't have a strong idea of how I'm to use it yet (it draws heavily on concepts in Kabbalah? And I'm not a follower nor am I familiar with it), but the paintings and the spirit of the imagery speaks so strongly to me. I'm just waiting for the right strike of inspiration/epiphany now...haha.
  6. I've taken to working basically with small candles exclusively! I haven't done workings that extend for several days, so I prefer smaller candles that can be used easily for one-shots and are easy to store. Tea lights are great! Sometimes I get my candles from either Big Dipper Wax Works (for beeswax) or off of Etsy (I've got my eyes on some of Elizaville Beeswax's shiny rose-gold 6-inch candles. That'll be for a splurge). I haven't made a candle yet, but I've considered it. It'd be such a potent tool to add to a working, but alas, I haven't made time for it. I'm considering putting birthday candles into my travel altar. The size is so convenient.
  7. Firenze

    Sister Spinster

    If anyone enjoys working with flower essences or gemstone essences, I recommend taking a look at Sister Spinster's potions! I've tried "Graces" during a time when I was highly anxious, stressed out, very unwell due to my external environment and those around me (I was working in a very dysfunctional workplace) and it helped quite a bit. I'm also a fan of "Spellwork" and "Ghosts." Just thought I'd throw the her little store up here! :)
  8. Maybe a course on children's literature??? Just to stay on topic: Still on tarot books, lol! Reading Mary K. Greer's Tarot for Your Self now; so far not bad, but I don't know if I buy into the whole bunch of stuff like determining your "soul" and "personality" cards right now, but I do appreciate her exercises in getting to know the tarot meanings better. And starting to read Christopher Penczak's The Outer Temple of Witchcraft." I got a really good impression of his writings when I previewed his "Inner Temple" book through Google and since my library only had the "Outer Temple," I just got that to tide me over for now.
  9. I have to get my hands on that book too! I'm currently reading a few tarot books because I recently bought a tarot deck (the Paulina Tarot!). It's working surprisingly well. Reading Paul Quinn's "Tarot for Life" (such a cheesy title, but the content is pretty good!) and starting Mary K. Greer's "The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals." Good books for any tarot beginner, I'd say.
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