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PSA for everyone writing term research papers right now


Mendeley is the greatest program ever

I want to weep with joy every time I use it

Just click a button when you pull up an article and it will automatically save it to your library

And cite it for you

And you can use it on your mobile devices

And it’s free

Just download it and you won’t have so many urges to kill everyone in sight while writing a research paper

Coming from a state champion baker:


If y’all use a decent box mix and use melted butter instead of vegetable oil, an extra egg, and milk instead of water, no one can tell the difference. I sure as hell can’t. 

Also, if you add a little almond extract to vanilla cake, or a little coffee to chocolate cake, it sends it through the roof. 

This concludes me attempting to be helpful. 

Top 10 Herbs to Have in a Home Medicine Garden


(At least according to herbologist Darren Huckle, taken from his UCSC OPERS course syllabus 2006-7, and assuming you live in a California coast-like area.  If you don’t, you’ll probably have to swap stuff out.)

Stinging Nettle

  • tea (internal); compress (external)
  • potent source of minerals like calcium, magnesium, silica; caretenoids; vitamins C, B group, K
  • nutritive tonic; allergies, eczema
  • stingers used externally for aches and pains


  • tea (internal); compress (external)
  • calmative, digestive, anti-nauseal agent, and for stress-related headaches
  • external compress for sore muscles relating to overexertion, sprain, or stress


  • tea
  • useful in early stages of a cold as a diaphoretic; soothing and stimulating for tiredness due to stress; indigestion, gas

California Poppy

  • tea or tincture
  • all plant parts are safe and effective for sleeplessness and anxiety

Valerian Root

  • tea or tincture
  • anti-spasmodic; indigestion, menstrual cramps, stress-related muscle tension and sleeplessness
  • sleeplessness due to eating too much at night


  • tea or cooking supplement (internal); antiseptic wash (external)
  • high thymol content makes it antimicrobial and good for respiratory/digestive tract infections


  • tea
  • strengthens, tones disgestive system, thins/eliminates mucus post-eating or -illness
  • mix with honey and lemon as a gargle for sore throats


  • tea (internal); soak/bath (external)
  • delayed menses, poor circulation, colds, indigestion, mild depression;good source of antioxidants
  • external (soak or bath): healing wounds, including ankle sprains and carpal tunnel


  • tea (internal); compress (external)
  • promotes healthy digestive tract, gently cleanses liver, soothes nerves
  • useful internally and externally for injuries associated with trauma (e.g. bruising)


  • tea (internal); compress (external)
  • diaphoretic tea for early stages of cold; promotes menstruation; strengthens digestive system
  • crushed leaves applied to open wound encourages blood coagulation; reduces pain, inflammation of bug bites, bee stings, burns




Candle anointing oil
1 cup rose petals
1 cup violets
1 cup water
1 cup olive oil
1 tbsp clove oil
2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 tbsp powdered myrrh
1/4cup wild fennel seed

Gather the rose petals and violets at sunrise. Place them in a clean ceramic crock. Cover with water
( fresh rain water) and let crock sit in a sunny location for three days until an oily film ( the essential oil of the flowers) is seen floating on top of the water.
Remove the oil from the water by carefully absorbing it into a small Cotten ball. Squeeze out the oil into a clean, long necked glass bottle. Add the oil and clove oils, and gently swirl the bottle in a clock wise direction to slowly agitate the oils. Next , add the cinnamon , myrrh and fennel seeds.
Seal the bottle tightly and store it in a dark , cool place. After four weeks ,strain the oil through a cheese cloth and use for candle anointing rituals.
~ candlelight spells by. Gerina Dunwitch



  • 1 yellow candle
  • 1 green candle
  • 1 piece of yellow ribbon, yarn or thread
  • 1 piece of green ribbon, yarn or thread
  • 1 piece of orange ribbon, yarn or thread
  • oil meant for luck or success (such as cinnamon, clove or bergamot)
  • (optional) mint or rosemary oil, to enhance memory

It’s school time again, so i’m going to share this for all my followers who may be taking classes


A Druid’s Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants, by Jon G. Hughes

In the introduction, author Jon G. Hughes writes that he “began with the intention of comparing the plant-based preparations, rituals, and magic of the Welsh Druidic tradition with those of the broader and infinitely more documented spiritual traditions practiced all over the world.” However, he continues, writing that he “came in contact with the works of ancient and modern alchemists,” and his “fascination was spurred by the alchemical search for immortality and the involvement with sexual ritual, as both have their place in the Druidic tradition.

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Personal Shielding


My mother taught me that it was important to shield myself for many reasons:

  • My personal energy and emotional state can have an effect on those around me.
  • To keep negative influences out
  • To keep positive close to myself
  • To keep other people’s energy and emotional states from overwhelming me
  • And to prevent those who might actively mean me harm the ability to do so psychically.

She resonates most with the element of water and forms her shielding out of it by visualising that she is surrounded by a small bubble of sea water, filled with fish and other sea creatures. It flows around her and absorbs negativity neutralising it. She sees the sea fade, not get weaker but become transparent, so that she can still feel it but is able to see through it and perform magick without having to lower her shield.

I’m a little over cautious due to some less than pleasant experiences. I have five shields one for each element:

  • Earth - A stone wall that protects from taking on board other peoples emotional distress
  • Air - A tornado that disorientates any harmful thoughts or intentions and drags them in
  • Fire - A blaze that transmutes negative energy into positive
  • Water - A sea that absorbs this energy.
  • Spirit - A blue egg of energy that I can easily work magick through and where I store excess energy until I Ground it or give it to someone else.

Before I learned how to make them transparent without weakening them I would strip my first four layers and have only the Spirit shield to work within a circle. 

Each person picks the shields that work best for them. One of my friends uses quartz. Another uses mirrors to bounce off negativity, but I find this inefficient, and prefer to put any energy sent to me to good use. 

Just think about what makes you feel secure, and work with it. If it doesn’t feel right change to something else. At least once a day visualise your shield to keep them strong. When we feel secure we can forget to shield and although it may become second nature for them to be there it is always a good idea to check them from time to time.  

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