So, I thought this was common knowledge but apparently it’s not.
If you work outside do not use salt to make a circle. Doing that in your kitchen where you can sweep it up is fine, doing that on the ground will result in a ring of dead plants where things won’t grow, sometimes for years.
Use something else like stones or a cord to make your circles if you absolutely have to have one.
This so muuuch. And I’m sure that it doesn’t need to be said but if you use salt on something like a patio then sweep it up afterwards so it doesn’t get blown onto grass/plants.
Anonymous asked: What herbs do you think witches should know how to use?
Well, anon, this is a really personal area, and the long and short answers are both the same: “Whatever the given witch wants to use is what he or she should learn how to use.”
Here are a few points to ask yourself and a few tips on the subject:
- What will I use herbs for?
DO you plan on using the herbs for kitchen witchcraft, oils, liquid potions, powders, perfumes, or lotions (to name a few common usages)? Because that will affect what you should learn. I almost never use potions that aren’t in powder form. I prefer easy-to-make, easy-to-apply stuff, and powders are really versatile, which is another big plus in my eyes. You can put them in spell bags, line your barriers, make circles, use them to draw/write sigils and symbols, or even blow them towards your targets or to the winds (legal concerns do arise if you go around tossing powders at people, you probably shouldn’t, just sayin’).
- Do I know what this herb does to humans/animals?
Any time you want to use a plant/herb/metal/stone or any other substance for magic, do yourself and everyone else around a favor and make damn sure you know what the substance can do. Is it dangerous to pregnant women? Can it harm cats and dogs, or any other animal friends your target lives with? Can it harm, poison, or even kill a person? Don’t just check once on this, check several sources until you can safely say whether or not you will hurt someone with your concoction. Also on this note, please test for allergies when you use a new herb, and know how to get help if you need it. If at all possible, contact a licensed herbalist before using anything. Even culinary herbs can be dangerous if you use them in crazy dosages or odd ways.
- Why herbs?
If you are trying to use herbs because they are witchy and you feel like you have to, please stop and reconsider. If you feel drawn to herbs and honestly want to use them, go for it. But don’t feel obligated to use them if you don’t feel a connection. I prefer stones over herbs any day, just find your preference and don’t feel like you are any less of a witch if you don’t use something that most people associate with witches.