Day 1 - Witchy Plant - The Weird Sisters Reliquary

Day 1 - Witchy Plant - The Weird Sisters Reliquary

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Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
From Shakespeare's Macbeth

There is a theory that all of these arcane and grisly sounding potion ingredients are actually common names or folk names of herbs. This is a theory I wholeheartedly subscribe to as a follower of folk craft, so my first prompt naturally follows suit. After watching someone dear to me perform as a witch in Macbeth at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead recently, it all clicked into place. So this first offering is an ode to the Weird Sisters themselves. This reliquary contains mustard seed (eye of newt), fillet of a fenny snake (yarrow), wool of bat (holly leaves), tongue of dog (....well horehound is close enough), silvers from the moon's eclipse (mugwort), blind-worm's sting (wormwood), poisoned entrails (datura seed), salt-sea shark (salt), toe of frog (ivy), gall of goat (a bit of a stretch, but St. John's Wort), and cooled with a baboon's blood (red sealing wax).

#inktober or #drawlloween for those unfamiliar with the concept, occurs each October. It began with some artists posting prompts and took off and now many different prompts exist: new themes for each day for artists all over the world to offer their interpretation! I loved the concept, but as I am not a visual artist by way of pen, ink, or brush, I decided to make my own version I am calling #inktobershapeshifted: using the prompts to create my own offerings for the month around given themes. The themes chosen are from Manière Noire’s #noirlifestyleprompts and I am very excited to keep posting them throughout the month. These creations I offer to you are one of a kind, created specifically for each day and theme. I sincerely hope you enjoy them and will treasure them as I enjoyed creating them!

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