Hi I just wanted to bring up a topic that, from the looks of it, came up one before but had a very different focus.
So being that some herbs, or crystals that I’d like to use or just like to have around (as well as some insences) can be a bit hard to track down (aside from the magic of the internet of course) I googled some stuff I was looking for and went to the “shopping” tab and while other places had them I noticed about 85-90% could be found on Etsy. Now I can’t pass up some good ol one stop shopping. Even though I know it’s something of a treasure hunt to find what you need (because of the way the tags work) but dammit my mama ain’t raise no quitter!
So I’m poking around, found some herbs and crystals I wanted, with a fair amount of options and decent prices (for the most part), I even found some quality insences Which I’ll be testing one when it arrives in a couple of weeks. But then came the part I wanted to bring up, forgetting about the offers to have casts or readings done for you, I noticed a lot of oils, ingredients, dusts, powders, candles, special “waters” (war, tar, ghost, moon, etc) and more. These struck me as things used in ingredients and rituals, from the old ideas of witchcraft and voodoo, some even having the labels as being for that.
Among the options were things like goofer dust, coffin nails, D.U.M.E. powder, various skulls (though real ones of anything still are far and few in between) and well honestly too many things to list. And this on it’s own raises some questions I’d like to ask. I’m almost 100% certain in my belief that making your own blends, spells and supplies is better, same for gathering things like graveyard dirt. Id like a bit of a discussion that weighs the pros and cons of using pre made, or DIY. So I can get a better understanding and maybe help those looking for things to make an informed decision.
Second thing, as I was looking into some crystals I did some browsing (I window shop alot, it’s fun okay? ) And I want to point out that alot of the sellers appeared to feel genuinely about what they sell and seem to do their best to provide goods with honesty and integrity. (Disclaimer is done time for the tea ) there were a few specific vendors that, if you don’t cross check prices and claims (told you I’m a natural thrifter) or have the knowledge yourself, appear to be selling VERY high quality, and rare items that would be a tremendous asset to any aspiring practicioner. Here’s the issues though, not only were the claims just a little too over the top, and the descriptions written just vaguely enough to apply to a lot of people while still feeling very personalized to them (in some cases preying on the feeling of being alone, abandoned, shunned, or not good enough. And in others capitalizing on the mindset of an addict or person with mental or behavioral problems who are so desperately trying to fight their issues) which is bad enough. But instead of marketing to them (which I think is bad enough already) the items they had listed were listed at insanely high mark-ups in some cases what would be a 40$ item was going for close to 300$! Which earns them a big ol “Go F**K Yourself” from me. As I don’t think I’m supposed to link to sellers of any kind, I won’t be calling them out by name but i wanted to put that here, in the hopes that it helps people not get scammed or cheated.
Unless I’m sorely mistaken and that a single crystal with almost no work on the users side will make them ascend to the highest plane of consciousness and Grant them an almost supreme clarity, including psychic abilities, access to the akashic records, and divination abilities. And in more obvious cases promising to give them strength and other powers. If I’m wrong about them bullshitting, I’ll take it back and apologise to the seller’s directly, even though this is the only place I’ve mentioned it, hell I’ll even buy a crystal from them.
Disclaimer: yes Im aware that crystals do help with a lot of things and by working with them major improvements can be made in areas. I also understand the power of the mind and manifesting has on things. My issue is with the sellers exaggerating these effects to intentionally mislead. Most of the effects they mentioned are in fact part of the crystals properties, just with a much much smaller scale.
I also want to make sure that it’s known that not every crystal from the vendors i discussed is over hyped, misleading or egregiously over priced, I had noticed a trend in their marketing and pricing that the vendor appeared to have no qualms about using repeatedly. And while I find the practice abhorrent I’m not calling for any bane, harassing, or anything that might have a negative effect on their ability to sustain a living or their health
What would be the pros and cons to using ingredients, tools, and supplies that are premade versus doing it myself?
Please be diligent about the sources you do buy from online and double check all claims of use, materials, sources, and pricing to protect yourselves (and your wallet). Above all trust your judgement and intuition, feeling too good be true may be just that.
Look forward to hearing from you guys, much love and stay safe