Learn Tarot: III Empress

General- Upright

She is the mother. She is all things soft, feminine and delicate. This is a positive card to draw in the upright position. When she pops up in a reading, she’s showing your maternal instincts and feminine love.

Love reading

If you’re single, this is showing you’re going to meet someone who will show you true love and romance and if you’re in a serious or casual relationship, it’s going to grow deeper.

Career or money reading

This is showing a creative idea you’re nurturing will be showing signs of growth. It’s showing that you will do best following your instincts but that you should start to see a career or business blooming.

This card can also show a very strong omen if you’re actively trying to get pregnant or are wanting a baby, it’s notorious

General- Reversed

This is showing a need to embrace your feminine side but feelings of repression of who you are and what you truly want.

Love Reading- reversed

This is showing that you may find yourself surrounded by wo/men who are interested in perusing you but you’re not interested or not being honest with the type of partner you’re wanting, so you’re attracting wo/men who are not right for you. This card is showing you that you need to start being honest with yourself and the universe so that you will meet the right wo/man and to not just settle just because you’re tired of being single

If you’re in a relationship, it’s seeming like you’re holding back your true feelings. You’re feeling like you’re lost in the relationship because you’re not being honest.

Career/money- reversed

You’re not feeling happy or satisfied with your job. You feel stifled and like you’re not in the right mindset but it may or may not be real, it may be insecurity related and it’s not a time to make any major changes, it’s a time to focus on battling the negative mindset and insecurities- then evaluate what YOU want and need.

 

When the card is drawn in reverse, it’s showing that you’re holding something back. You’re trapping yourself in situations that you’re not wanting because you’re hiding your true wants, desires and needs. You need to stop repressing and quit trying to hide behind your insecurities. If you want to truly be happy, you need to let your needs known.

Learn Tarot: II: High Priestess

When this card is upright, it’s showing a higher calling. The feminine side of spirituality and if you trust your intuition, you will find wisdom.

It can also warn that you’re not being taken seriously by people you need to listen to you- and you need to fight and make sure they do listen.

You know your body and your self better than others, and you know when your intuition is typically right or when it’s thrown off- but you need to listen to yourself on a deeper level.

General Upright

This is showing your naturally strong intuition. You’re naturally a strong judge of situations and people, so it’s best for you to listen to your gut

In a Love reading

If you feel someone is toxic, listen. If you’re feeling like the person you’re with is the “one,” listen. Make sure you’re trusting your intuition- it will be coming in strong if this card comes up in a romance drawing upright.

In a Career or financial reading

If a deal is feeling “too good to be true,” it likely is or if you’re feeling like someone is trying to sabotage your successes, there is a good chance you’re right.

This card is about your wisdom and intuition- your intuition will give you the guidance you need and the wisdom to determine if you’re in a good or toxic situation.

General inverted

Generally, it’s the opposite of right side up.

If you get this it means you’re not in touch with your innate intuition and you are at risk of misjudging situations. This card is a warning- that judgement can’t be trusted- good or bad. You need to start thinking deeper into what you’re feeling and make sure it’s intuition or your intuition is cloudy.

In a Love reading

You’re not reading enough into your situation. You’re possibly being mislead. Take a step back and try to listen to that voice because it is likely screaming at you.

In a career reading

You’re at risk of being conned. Your intuition is screaming at you about someone at work or a deal someone is trying to make with you. It seems to be too good to be true, it is.

In both love and career, it’s telling you to not jump to immediate conclusions about the people and situations. You may also be feeling like you’re being unfairly judged or you may actually be being judged- either way, judgement isn’t your friend and you need to remember that at this time.

Tarot Explained: I- The Magician

Card 1 in the major arcana.

General- Upright

This card also shows new beginnings when upright in a reading. It’s the creative solution to a problem you’re facing that will show itself to you soon. It’s wanting to remind you that YOU have the ability to change your life, you can change yourself. This card shows a bit of a transformation will be heading your way- it’s a very good card to see in the upright position in any context.

It shows creativity and originality, intelligence and an outside-the-box mindset.

Love Reading

If drawn in a love readng, it’s showing that you will find a partner or work through a problem, as long as you try and actually use the will power you will discover. You will be seeing an improvement in your current relationship or your situation- you may not see it at this exact moment, but it will be coming.

Career or Money Reading

If drawn during a career or money reading it’s showing a solution to a problem in your job or a new career that you will be seeing come to fruition if you’re wanting to work on something new. There will be better outcomes to your work life, but you are the one who will need to put the work in- you DO have what it takes to make those changes in your own career.

This card is showing that you DO have the will power and ambition to work through your problems towards a solution or the determination to find a new career path, relationship or whatever else it is that you’re wanting. The time will be coming that it will all show itself to you.

 

General- Reversed

When this card shows reversed in a reading, it’s pretty much opposite of upright. It’s showing that you lack the will power to achieve what you’re trying to achieve and that you’re feeling insecure in your love or work life.

It’s showing that you cannot come up with a creative solution and that your imagination is lacking at the time. When the card shows up, it’s warning you of what you’re lacking- drawing attention to it so you can work on trying to fix the problems.

Love Reading

When the card shows reversed in a love reading, there is something in your relationship or status that is making you feel insecure. If you’re having a problem in a current relationship, it’s showing that you can’t come up with a solution to fix the issue and if you’re single, giving you something personal you need to work on before getting into your next.

Career Reading

This is showing a stagnant or problematic work situation that is making you feel trapped. You’re feeling stuck and can’t come up with a solution. Now is not when you’re going to have a huge breakthrough in your career path, it’s a time to turn inward and focus on what it is about your path that is making you feel lost, confused and insecure.

Setting Up Your First Alter (part 1)

This is going to be one of the most important and personal choice you make when practicing. You’ll need to decide what type of alter, how you store everything and how to display it if you want to display. You may choose to hide it in a room in your home that visitors don’t visit or you may keep it out in the open. I personally store everything in an old antique table a family friend gave me. I can hide it, keep my kids from accessing it and I know where everything is.

You will want to find storage– it could be a plastic tub or it could be an old wood antique box, that doesn’t matter outside of aesthetics.

You will also need to decide what types of tools you’ll want to use. Candle magick is one of the simplest and more common. All you need is a supply of candles of different shapes, types and colors. Common colors

  1. Purple is used for wisdom
  2. Blue- healing, fighting sadness/depression or bringing peace
  3. Green is used in healing, health, money and success spells.
  4. Pink- love, relationships in general (friendships), it’s used to invoke feminine energies
  5. Red- passion, love, vitality, fertility and can be used to banish negativity
  6. White- protection, cleansing, divining and communicating with the deceased
  7. Black- lifting curses, banishing negative entities or energy, purification and some health (banishing a cold or symptoms of chronic illness)

After determining the types of spells you’ll practice (you may want to stock up for any and all types), you will need to determine the sizes. There isn’t any significance with sizes and shapes, so that would be a personal preference, although sometimes you find specially molded candles in shapes of gods, goddesses or symbols. Even then, all you would really need are tapered, pillar, jar, votive or tea lights.

The last thing to consider- do you want primarily unscented or scented candles? I would suggest a mixture of both, but with earthy scents. Some scents promote psychic energies, relaxation and sage is good for cleansing. Burning a sage scented candle can work just as well as smudging, if you don’t have a smudge stick available.

Dragons blood is good to work with in any form. You can use scented candles, incense or dragon’s blood ink. Dragon’s blood incense smells amazing and is added to increase the energy you put into your spell work. It makes the energies more intense.

 

Incense is another item on your list. It’s normally a good idea to stock up on different earthy scents to help enhance your spells. Different scents help with different emotions or energies- dragon’s blood is considered to help

Some common scents that are used to enhance spells

  1. Dragon’s blood
  2. Sandal wood
  3. Lavender
  4. Sage
  5. Peppermint
  6. Other earthy scents work well as well

An alter cloth is next on the list. You can make one or buy one. It’s typically used as decoration and to protect the surface of the alter. You could also get one that serves both to protect the alter and provide divination

The divination tools are next. Decide what form(s) of divination you’re wanting to practice and make sure to get the tools you will need for those. If you’re wanting to read tarot, get at least one set of tarot cards. Most people say the first deck needs to be gifted and not bought, but to be honest, not everyone is going to have a friend or family member who will give them their first deck.

If you’re wanting to learn the iChing, they do sell iChing coins but all you really need are five coins of one type and one different. (I use 5 pennies and 1 dime).

If you’re wanting to learn runes, one or two good sets of runes

For dowsing, you need a pendulum (you can make one fairly easy but there are plenty to choose from) and you need a mat (either make or buy- it can be paper but they also make cloth) with words like “yes,” “no,” “maybe” etc.

With any method, it’s best to buy at least one guide book to start you out. Some people prefer ebooks but I like normal, paperback books myself. It makes it easier to do readings and the batteries never die. Of course, when you’re studying Tarot, it comes with a book and you will find out quickly that the meanings in the book mean nothing, but it gives a basic understanding while you’re learning.

If you decide you’re not interested in practicing divination, that’s ok. It’s not required but it is useful to know at least one method.

There may be another post like this later, if I find I missed anything. My alter box is mainly set up for candle magick and divination and I covered those. I don’t do herbal or crystal magick too much, I do have a collection of dried herbs, crystals for specific energies and salt (sea and black). I’m in the process of grinding coal to make black sand.

As much as you can gather, dry out and make yourself- the better. The more work you manually put in, the more the alter’s energies will be alligned with yours but if you buy, you can use the 3 day “rule”

For 3 days, carry the tools with you in your pocket. Three nights, sleep with them under your pillow and it should sync your energies up to the tools.

A few miscellaneous items you may also want to add:

1. Athame- double sided knife used in rituals to direct energies

2. wand- once again, used to direct energies and very easy to make (I found a sturdy stick, stripped it down and have been using it for years)

 

When you go to buy your supplies, it’s best to find the supplies that are calling you. Find the ones that keep you coming back around- even if it’s not the best looking, those are the tools most aligned with you and we hardly choose our tools. Most of the time our tools choose us.

If I missed any tools you have found you need, feel free to comment. We all practice different so what I use may not be what everyone else uses and vice versa.

 

 

Decided to participate in Blogtober this year

I believe I have failed Blogtober in past years (other blogs, I have 5 or 6 currently) but to build content up as I am letting the plan I’m using on my main blog expire this month,

This is going along with Nanowrimo prep month as well as my first major social media campaign for my shop.
I love a good challenge- always have and these 30 day challenges are always the most fun to me.

To do Blogtober, you simply have to blog daily- the “rules” say you can blog about anything at all- every day of October.

Anyone else doing Blogtober? My other website, I believe, failed last year but this year I should have enough drafts to help push me along.. but I’m doing it with 4 different niche sites.

Tarot Explained: 0 The Fool

When the fool appears in a reading, it usually shows some kind of wishful thinking. It also shows the very early, beginning stages, new start or jumping in too fast- immaturity.

General

The fool means innocence and naivety. It will show up if you’re trusting too much or not trusting the right people. (reversed)

On the flip side, it can show that you’re getting ready to start a new chapter in your life- a new beginning still in the immaturity stages. (right side up)

Love

If you’re reading the fool in a love reading, it’s showing that a brand new, immature relationship is going to begin. It can symbolize puppy love, the infatuation phase. (general, right side up)

It could also be warning you that you’re not seeing the full picture. You’re naive and foolish for going into a relationship like the one you’re entering. (general reversed)

Career

If you see it in a career draw while considering leaving a job or starting a business, it could mean that you’re plans are not thought out well enough and that leaving will be premature or the business isn’t thought out enough yet. (reverse)

It could also show that you’re getting ready to enter an exciting new phase- so it could be telling you that now is the time. It will all depend on what the rest of the cards are telling you in that reading.

 

 

 

Introduction to Tarot

The tarot is by far the most popular and well known method of Divination. You draw cards and interpret the cards. All tarot decks come with books and there are hundreds of tarot books and websites that teach tarot.

There is even an organization- The American Tarot Association for tarot readers. It costs 25 a year and you get special courses, access to joining their free tarot network and they have a newsletter that comes out every few months.

Even with all this information available, there are some main rules that the books and sites don’t teach. Even though the cards do have meanings, they aren’t always set in stone. When you do a reading, the cards tell a story- and it’s up to you to determine what they’re saying. The cards have generic meanings, but when you really start reading, your intuition will tell you what the real meaning of the card is for your specific reading.

Since you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you’re new to tarot, or interested in learning. Here are the basics

How to pick your deck

Now, they say the first deck needs to be gifted, but not everyone has a friend or family member who will gift them their deck. If you’re interested in learning, don’t let the gift rule keep you from going and getting a deck.

It’s best to go to a shop that sells a lot of decks and handle each deck that stands out. Find the one that gives you the energy that connects best with yours.

If you keep shopping in a store, and one deck is always jumping out at you, there is a good chance that deck has chosen you personally.

How to Prepare Your Deck for Use

Now that you found the deck that wanted to go home with you, it’s still not the right time exactly to start using it.

You will hear lots of opinions about timing, but even if the moon isn’t full or new, it will work.

You can place the cards at first in a circle of salt or run a smudge stick around the cards in order to cleanse them first but the three day “rule” is what I follow with new decks.

Carry the deck with you for three days and sleep with the deck under your pillow for three nights. Keeping the cards on you for so long helps link your energy to their energy and purifying can help cleanse any negative energy they may hold.

When you finish binding your energy to the deck, take the cards out and study them on your own without the book.

When you’re ready to use them, you’ll notice all the different cards- they have knave/knight, queen, king, ace (or 1), numbers 2-10, then 0-XXI. They also have cups (or chalices), wands, pentacles and swords. What do they all mean?

Minor Arcana

The minor arcana cards are the ones numbered like playing cards. They have 4 categories, for lack of a better term. The minor arcana show the day to day life. They are the mundane things that happen to us daily.

Chalices or cups- these are intuition, thoughts and feelings

Swords- action or conflict

Wands- your passions and what motivates you to do what you do

Pentacles- finances, successes, material possessions

The people cards (knave/knight, queen, king) tend to sometimes even represent actual people in your life. They don’t always, but when they don’t they do show masculine and feminine energies.

 

Major Arcana

These are the special cards labelled 0 (the fool)-XXI

They show major life changes and also give special insight that should be considered slightly more important than the minor arcana.

 

Major Arcana meanings

0- The fool

I The Magician

II The Priestess

III The Empress

IV The Emperor

V The Hierophant

VI The lovers

VII The Chariot

VIII Justice

IX The Hermit

X Wheel of Fortune

XI Strength

XII The Hanged man

XIII Death

XIV Temperance

XV The Devil

XVI The Tower

XVII The Star

XVIII The Moon

XIX The Sun

XX Judgement

XXI The World

 

Since the cards can hold such importance, I will have separate posts going into detail with each of the major arcana.

 

These are the basics for people wanting to learn to read. The best way to practice is to get the book out to familiarize yourself with your deck and read for your friends, family and self. Once you have done some readings, you’ll find that meanings are general but specific “meanings” are useless- the whole story is what matters in a tarot reading.

Good luck.