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 on: July 07, 2014, 12:02:21 PM 
Started by C_A - Last post by Draconis Rex
So I picked up this herbal tea the other day and it says I need "boiling water" to make it.  I am new to making herbal tea so I didn't know what to do.  I tried it with bottled water and I tried it with water from my sink.  It didn't work out so good.  Maybe one of you could mentor me as to what is "boiling" water and where do I get some?  Can I just use regular water and use a spell?  I'm not comfortable using spells yet.  I haven't tried the search bar here or even goggle...I was going to try and look through the posts, are the ones at the top, like, important or something?  They're shaded and have what looks like a push pin or something.  Does that mean I need a push pin for the spells?  Anywhos...I thought maybe you'd rather just spoon feed me the information....after all, I said I'm a newbie at this.  I can't find it in either of the books.  I've heard a friend say that there are other books out there but I think she's pulling a fast one on me!  Another friend, (we're thinking of starting a coven!  She's been wicca for two semesters, now!), told me that she makes "boiling water" all the time and that her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother have done it all their lives.  Could this be true?  Oh...the tea box says that my pot must be clean.  How do I cleanse a tea pot?  Again, I'm a total n00b!  Do I have to use a wand on it?  I don't have a wand yet.  I saw one at the shop in DizzyWorlds but they want, like, a bazillion dollars for it!  It might be worth it, it says on the box that it is Ronald Weasley's wand!  THAT would be SO sweet! Anywhos...can any of you call me or meet with me to help me with this?  I'd appreciate it for reelz...


Well C_A, you say you're new to Herbal Tea Making. I suggest you would have to research deeper, there are those who have been doing it for years and I'm sure there have been plenty interweb postings describing technique, preferred ingredients and volumes and so on. There will be those who like to make their own versions of Herbal Tea, so obviously you should be very careful. You must research and take information from many sources, in order to verify what you may think you know. We don't really like to pander to McHerbals here, fluffy tea drinkers tend to not take the Herbal Tea path seriously. You will find that most of us here will recommend you Taste, Taste, Taste, then when you've tasted all you can, Taste some more.

I will offer you this much to get you started; Traditionally, there was NO bottled water to use, perhaps spring water was favoured and if you can obtain that then so much the better. I suggest if your tap water is pure enough, that might be best.

 92 
 on: July 07, 2014, 11:49:02 AM 
Started by C_A - Last post by Alchymist
My stepson used to have real problems with this. I kid you not.

 "I'll make you a cup of tea if you like," he said one day, apropos of nothing. "Well, sure," I said, thinking; what a kind thought. He wandered into the kitchen, plugged the kettle in, found a clean cup, dropped a teabag into it; so far, so good.

Then came the discombobulator. He came back to where I was sitting reading. "How do you tell when it's boiling?" he asked, in all seriousness (he was 13). That brought me up short, I can tell you. "Erm.... look for steam. Lots of steam." I replied, thinking: what do they teach kids in science class these days. He nodded and went back to the kitchen, leaving me with strange forebodings. After a few minutes he returned, triumphant, and presented me with the cup. The forebodings coalesced into certainty.

"Thank you," I said, automatically. It was barely lukewarm, and tasted terrible. But it was a kind thought, you must agree.

He did get the hang of it eventually, which gave rise to a family joke. "Your attempt to boil water has met with resounding success," I would tell him, deadpan.

C_A, this is the way of it; Put water in the kettle, and point your wand at it (Or Ron Weasley's wand, if you have it), concentrating hard, while mentally reciting the mantra; "Boil, damn you; Boil!!". Your efforts will meet with resounding success, I guarantee; but these things take time. You may have to wait a while, but by the laws of quantum indeterminacy, the water will eventually boil. Um..... it might take until the Universe collapses into the Big Crunch, in about 100 billion years, but quantum indeterminacy never fails. Trust me.

Or you could just plug the kettle in, but many would regard that as cheating. Your choice.

Alchymist.

 93 
 on: July 07, 2014, 11:18:16 AM 
Started by C_A - Last post by MoonlitWings
LOL! omg C_A ;D

 94 
 on: July 07, 2014, 09:27:48 AM 
Started by C_A - Last post by dorrie
LOL!  That was great!

 95 
 on: July 07, 2014, 07:53:09 AM 
Started by kittenjitters - Last post by kittenjitters
I've gotten a few books from the library. But from reading and listening, I've wanted to mentally highlight a lot of stuff. So I'm going to get some for my personal library. Also, there is this craft store nearby that sells things made by local artists that's been calling my name. Maybe they'll have something good.
 
Awesome website! I'll have to look more into it after work.

Something fun and interesting I noticed: So I guess facebook bases it's ads and "suggestions" for groups and people on your browsing history. When I logged in yesterday, it suggested some Wiccan/Pagan group I join and it showed a few friends whom I didn't even were Wiccan were members.

While it was interesting, it made me think. What if they didn't want that as public knowledge?  :-\

 96 
 on: July 07, 2014, 06:47:45 AM 
Started by C_A - Last post by C_A
So I picked up this herbal tea the other day and it says I need "boiling water" to make it.  I am new to making herbal tea so I didn't know what to do.  I tried it with bottled water and I tried it with water from my sink.  It didn't work out so good.  Maybe one of you could mentor me as to what is "boiling" water and where do I get some?  Can I just use regular water and use a spell?  I'm not comfortable using spells yet.  I haven't tried the search bar here or even goggle...I was going to try and look through the posts, are the ones at the top, like, important or something?  They're shaded and have what looks like a push pin or something.  Does that mean I need a push pin for the spells?  Anywhos...I thought maybe you'd rather just spoon feed me the information....after all, I said I'm a newbie at this.  I can't find it in either of the books.  I've heard a friend say that there are other books out there but I think she's pulling a fast one on me!  Another friend, (we're thinking of starting a coven!  She's been wicca for two semesters, now!), told me that she makes "boiling water" all the time and that her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother have done it all their lives.  Could this be true?  Oh...the tea box says that my pot must be clean.  How do I cleanse a tea pot?  Again, I'm a total n00b!  Do I have to use a wand on it?  I don't have a wand yet.  I saw one at the shop in DizzyWorlds but they want, like, a bazillion dollars for it!  It might be worth it, it says on the box that it is Ronald Weasley's wand!  THAT would be SO sweet! Anywhos...can any of you call me or meet with me to help me with this?  I'd appreciate it for reelz...

 97 
 on: July 06, 2014, 02:14:51 PM 
Started by kittenjitters - Last post by Firesong
Depending on where you live, a lot of very good books are available in the local library system... I live in Colorado Springs, which tends towards conservatism and fundamentalism, but there's a very active Pagan community as well.

Check the library... I was amazed to find things like "A Witches Bible" by Stewart and Janet Farrar, as well as some books by Yasmine Galenorn (her non-fiction, now her novels)  She's a cool lady... used to talk to her on her forums, when she had time for such things... lol

This is a good link for general reading: http://www.sacred-texts.com/

Here's a link to Yasmine's site and her books on magic.  I read "Embracing the Moon" a long time ago, but while it's not Wiccan, it is very good for general Pagan concepts..


 98 
 on: July 06, 2014, 01:53:30 PM 
Started by Arnemetia - Last post by MoonlitWings
Welcome Zar Kin!

 99 
 on: July 06, 2014, 12:58:34 PM 
Started by Arnemetia - Last post by Canis
Welcome to TCC Zar Kin.

 100 
 on: July 06, 2014, 10:29:51 AM 
Started by kittenjitters - Last post by Ashe Isadora
Thrift shops, dollar stores and garage sales are all great sources for Craft supplies. An odd observation of mine is that when people are new to the Craft, their needed items will just "appear" in the oddest places at affordable prices.  Books, too. The only stipulation is that you should not haggle with the sellers over Craft purchases. And some would say the chalice ,if you use one, should be the best you can afford.

If you're good at making things or adding to things you buy with carving, etc. it's all to the good.  The more energy (will and intent) you pour into your tools and just stuff, the more meaningful they will become in your practice.

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