1) I don’t think your question is too “Practical Magic” at all because that isn’t possible. One cannot be “too ‘Practical Magic’” because Hedge loves that movie.
2) In a vein attempt to channel Sanda I did, in fact, create a spell in my teen years similar to the spell Sandra Bolluck casts in the movie. Essentially I wrote down all of the things I could think of that would come after the phrase, “Bring me a man who…”. You can obviously change this to “woman/person/partner/friend”. I tried to make my list as specific as possible no matter how silly it sounded. I included things like, “Know to detassel corn in the store before he buys it”. Silly, but those were the kinds of things I thought off.
3) After I wrote it all out on a sheet of paper I folded a pressed flower into each fold of the petition: lily of the valley, violet, tulip, iris, day lily, and crocus (these were flowers that bloomed in the season and area I lived at the time). With each fold I imagined a blossom enfolding me and this mystery man.
4) I put the folded petition into a small beaded medicine bag and carried it around my neck. You can use a small pouch or purse, anything you can keep close on your person.
5) When I met BB I read the list one more time and then burned it.
So to recap, yes, I think like all magic, it is possible. No, I don’t think this person needs to exist yet, because maybe they don’t. I mean, they might be alive, but out of any number of people that could be potential soulmates to you the one you met at the right place at the right time is the one you get, you know? Like it’s possible that they will change from the time you write your magic to the time you meet them and that is the catalyst that makes them a soulmate.
Aptitude for magic? -browraise- This isn’t Harry Potter. If my kids have an odd hobby or two it’s their business unless they start claiming they don’t need to see a doctor because they have magic rocks.
I will keep tabs on what sort of shit they’re getting into, though. If it’s all “SHE CALLED ME A NAME I’M GONNA CURSE HER” I’m stepping in. Not because I think my kid’s “magic spell” would do jack shit, but it’s a sign of a completely mundane incredibly unhealthy behavior, and we’d have a long talk about how to not give a shit about other people.
I ain’t paying for it, though. Here and there? Sure maybe whatever, I’ll already have a budget set aside for religious expenses and if they want to deduct their woo shit from their allotment that’s on them. But they want a $60 hunk of amethyst or some shit like that, they’re on their own.
oh right you asked me about religion too
I won’t be raising my kids as religious. My oath to Ares allows me the exclusive freedom to determine my children’s raising, it was a condition of me agreeing to the oath. I will be openly HP, my spouse, if applicable, will be whatever the fuck they are and they will keep that shit sane and reasonable and inoffensive or they will not be my spouse. The kids will be raised with an awareness of their Jewish heritage but unfortunately likely not enough to be a member of the culture. Certainly not the religion. They will similarly be raised with as extensive a knowledge of our ancestry as I have (and mind you, without exaggeration I have a known family tree dating back at least to the time of Alexander the Great, and can prove that) and an understanding that the stories of our ancestors, personal and cultural, only survive if we protect the sanctity of that history and pass it on to later generations, which I fully expect to lead my children to an extreme familiarity and comfort with history and the humanities.
That may very well lead to a historically-based polytheism. Especially since I will openly explain my practice at every step and we will celebrate my religious holidays and my spouse’s as a household. And chances are my spouse will likely be pagan anyway, because frankly it’s a stretch to expect the average atheist or Christian to tolerate being second place to a God in my loyalties.
But no, they won’t be automatically raised as Hellenic polytheists. They will never be told that the Greek Gods are long dead the way I was, and they will understand that this is Mommy’s religion and that is Daddy’s/Other Mommy’s religion and they can believe whatever they want regardless of whether it’s Mommy’s/Daddy’s/Other Mommy’s religions, as long as it isn’t actively harmful, and we’ll add group holidays into the family’s schedule along with Hellenic Polytheist ones and Insert Spousal Religion Here, and they can be whatever religion they want.
I really like your response to this, especially since you are able to speak more to your parenting than your involvement in their religion. Usually people just say, yes, but they can choose whatever. Thinking about how your role in the mundane as a parent will effect your kids’ religious choices is a pretty cool deal. I think it’s good to teach a child about budgeting and responsibility. I think most Tumblr users don’t think about the fact that while the idea of having a child of the same faith as themselves is really cool, blowing thousands of dollars on them just because of it is teaching them that being manipulative about their religion is a good way to get what they want. Of course, all the mundane stuff still applies, work hard, set goals, budget well, make smart choices. I like this.
I’m not sure what shipping charges would be like from online merchants such as Amazon (or even if you have access to that where you are), but I do know that Amazon carries a pretty wide variety of ale, wine, and mead yeasts. Alternatively, you CAN make home brews out of baker’s yeast, but it will always taste kind of off compared to stuff made with booze strains. Your third option is to have someone ship you some yeast. I would imagine you should look into customs before doing this, but if you need someone to pick you up some yeast from a local home brew store and ship it to you, I wouldn’t mind doing that as long as you cover the cost and shipping (a packet of yeast which makes 5 gallons of booze costs about $1 USD so it’s not expensive at all).
As for banana booze, the easiest option would be to infuse bourbon or white rum with bananas. I personally like it and it’s very easy to do. Just add a few very ripe, sliced bananas to a handle of either spirit and let sit for a few weeks. Strain and run through a muslin cloth and enjoy. If you want to ferment bananas into some kind of edible, I’ve heard of banana beer from a Kenyan housemate I used to have in college. It is made with smashed and then strained banana juice and other ingredients. I’ve never made it, but apparently it is popular where he is from in Kenya. I would go online and do some research and see if you find anything worthwhile under “banana beer”.
I will be bow hunting deer :)
Additions to my Yule plans:
- Yule celebration with Sigewif Kindred
- Mother’s Night Blot with the Horns of Midgard Kindred to kick off my Yule celebration. Ritual, feast and plenty of drinking.
- Making the Yule log and Yule decorations with BB
- Family feast on the 22nd
- Ritual hunt on the 23rd or 24th
- Spirit work
- Renovate my work room for the new year
- Burning of the Yule Log and fire ritual
that all sounds really awesome :D
There’s some time off for mead making and tasting and Christmas celebrations in there as well. XD
Additions to my Yule plans:
Thank you so much for kind words. I love hearing that other people share my experiences. That’s what Tumblr should be all about :)
False. Even if you used zest, juice or no pith and your mead it totally clear after two months, the flavor profile isn’t going to be balance until at least the 6 month mark. That doesn’t mean you CAN’T drink it now. Actually, you might want to drink part now and bottle a bottle or two for later.
I speak from experience here. The first time I made a spiced orange mead it was clear within 4 weeks. I forgot about it for another month or two and assumed it was done. I was smart and bottled 3 of the 5 gallons I made. eight months later it was a totally different mead. Very light with a honey flavor first and just a touch of spiced citrus.
If this is your first time making mead know that patience is the only virtue really required to make mead XD. Anything less than six months old is going to be “meh” compared to how it will taste aged.
This is one way to pronounce (I use this one) my URL:
This is another:
I can’t even pronounce your pronunciation guide!
That’s not including the way you have to change your lilt and accent to match a brogue, either.
And really, it’s weirder since it’s three words.
I dated a welsh guy once. I might have dated him for a few extra months because of his accent. True fact.