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  1. Like a few others, I grew up before the internet and most of today's popular authors weren't even born, yet. No one in my family knew a damned thing about magic and if I spoke aloud about what I knew, I'd have probably been taken to therapy. But I listened to spirit guides...and plants, and the earth around me. They were my teachers. Would I know to call myself a witch? Probably not. But would I be doing what I'm doing now? Absolutely. So call me what you will.
  2. There is no "historical" precedent for a blank stone. As far as I can tell, that was made up by Ralph Blum in the ...70s? The few other authors I've read on them do not include one. I've been reading runes for years and haven't missed not having an "Odin" stone.
  3. Please preface a statement like this with, "in my opinion," not as a matter of fact. There are many, me included, who do not add the 'k'.
  4. I use the Elder Futhark. Mine are stones (blue lace agate, to be exact). I tried wood but they didn't feel right in my hands. If I'm doing a full cast, I'll toss them on a cloth but if it's just a one- or three-pull, I'm usually sitting in my recliner so I put them on the arm of the chair. I'm not real formal about it.
  5. And it was disallowed because arguments ensued - there are people of the entire political spectrum on here. Whether it "affects our quality of life" or not, it is not witchcraft-oriented, which is the purpose of this site.
  6. "They" say to add a little original Dawn dishwashing liquid to the vinegar - the kind that breaks down grease. That will break down the plant's natural oils to allow the vinegar to work. That said, I tried that on all the 'weeds' in my gravel driveway. Didn't work worth a damn. I end up manually pulling everything. A chore but at least it's natural!
  7. You can still buy balls of 100% cotton string. I not only use it to tie up workings but to tie tall plants to stakes when it's needed. No, it's not as strong as binder twine (damn, people bury that???!!!) but doubling or tripling it works fine if you need more strength. I'm working on a ball I bought probably 10+ years ago. It doesn't take much!
  8. Gads, you'd be surprised. Glittery things are all the rage, it seems. Even holiday wrapping paper comes with the crap on it. A client gave me a Christmas present with glitter wrap - it took me 2 years to get the living room to stop sparkling. :mad: If you must have sparkling shit, color some sugar (or buy the pre-colored stuff). That's what I put in the "reindeer food" I make for the young grandchildren. It's not exactly healthy for wildlife but at least dissolves.
  9. Glass I don't mind for really long-term workings and since those are generally few & far between, it doesn't get used much. For those of you who live outside city limits (or not in a snotty subdivision with rules) & have a fireplace: rather than just dispose of your ashes in the bin, create an ash pile somewhere it's not very visible. Anything you need to bury to get rid of, bury in the ash pile. Water/rain soaking through wood ashes makes lye, meaning anything you bury there is going to decompose more quickly. Except plastic, of course. (I use mostly herbs & cotton in my work.) If I need it to decompose a little more slowly, I'll put it in a wax "box", a chunk of wax I've carved a hole in, put my stuff in & then re-seal the top with wax. Slows the process down by about a third.
  10. You may have daughters-in-law at some point. And my gay BFFs adore their fancy china and crystal. My fine china was my husband's 2nd wife's grandmother's. He kept it after her death & I fell in love with it. Things like that tend to find their way to loving hands.
  11. Catnip starts easily from seed and will tolerate virtually any soil or sun, but like all members of the mint family, it grows best in partial sun. Harvesting it before it flowers ensures all the "good stuff" is still in the leaves, but I always let a few plants flower & go to seed - it'll self-propagate. Catnip is a perennial and although the stalks die back during our winter, there's usually a volunteer or two down by the soil that will grow, too. Eventually, though, the plant will die, which is why I always let a few go to seed. I have an entire bed of it but our cats are indoor-only (and the neighbor's outside cat hasn't seemed to have found the bed). When I tried growing it in the city, the neighborhood cats loved the plants to death. Literally. The hanging basket is a good idea.
  12. I'd totally get this...if my phone would wirelessly charge. Which it doesn't.
  13. Far as I can tell, there's no basis for it historically. Runes were originally an alphabet used for writing. Why would there be a blank one?
  14. To elaborate: it's based on the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Those in the UK are the lucky ones: we here in the US & Canada have to wait until 2019 (probably January) to see it streaming on Sundance or something else (can't remember). From everything I've read, the series is pretty true to the books, which makes sense. Deb is one of the executive producers & has been very active in the production. I can't wait until January!
  15. No, sorry. It's not an herb I use. Do some searching & if you find someone selling it, just ask them what the Latin binomial is. If they don't know or won't tell you, avoid them! (And to tell the difference between Oregano & Dittany of Crete: DC's leaves are fuzzy. Oregano's aren't.)
  16. It is, but be certain you're getting true Dittany of Crete. It is a rare plant and sellers are known to substitute other plants for it, most notably plain ol' Oregano. Also, be certain you're getting Origanum dictamnus not Dictamnus albus, which is also known as Dittany. That one is a skin irritant and the sap it exudes will literally catch fire!
  17. What Zombee said is her own experience, knowing her own body and what meds she is/was taking. As a Master Herbalist, I will tell you that there is no way I would recommend anything herbal without knowing you and having a complete workup. Despite current perceptions, herbs are drugs and can have unexpected, even adverse reactions on individuals, especially those taking synthetic drugs. If you choose to take herbs to help your condition(s), please do your own, extensive research!
  18. Mugwort is a pretty tolerant plant, once it's established. If you plant it in late fall, it's likely you'll freeze/kill the seeds. I'd start them indoors, then move them outdoors after the threat of frost has passed. That would give them an entire growing season to get established wherever you decide their permanent home is going to be before winter hits again. Or wait until the threat of frost has passed & plant them outdoors. We're not as cold as you but we do get below freezing with snow staying for 4-5 days when it hits hard. Mine looks soooo sad in the winter months but perks right back up in spring. I planted them in the garden in the spring about 6 years ago.
  19. Our cats are immune to just about anything. I've tried the tin foil, cayenne, black pepper, orange peels, the works. The only plant they stay away from so the only plant I have in pots on the deck is rue. (Which should please you, M.) Just don't plant that near anything else you want to grow 'cuz it'll stunt the growth of other plants. One thing I've heard of but not tried is putting chicken wire on top of the soil & putting your plants in the 'holes'. The wire doesn't give the cats any room to dig. In theory. Tagetes species, aka marigold to most gardeners, will keep away deer but it doesn't seem to bother rabbits. (PG, the deer eat my calendula!) Sprinkling a combination of cayenne & black pepper or cayenne & ginger around the holes will force voles & moles away from where they're homing.
  20. Just my 2p, but ACV with the mother is much more healthful than not. A lot of the vinegars (apple cider and others) have been pasteurized and thus takes out a lot of the beneficial elements.
  21. I'm the same, IB. I use rosemary for smudging because sage smells horrid to me. (And it's so much more convenient - I grow rosemary but white sage won't grow in my climate!) And, F everyone's I, rosemary was used to smudge hospital wards as late as World War I.
  22. Cold sores/fever blisters are generally Herpes simplex eruptions. Not the cheapest solution in the world but try diluting some Lemon Balm (aka Melissa) essential oil in a bit of a carrier oil & dabbing that on. Melissa is specific for the herpes virus & I've had good luck with that in clients.
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