Monday, September 9, 2013

Journey Through Time

I just finished the most incredible reading for an intriguing client. Some people you read for have a 'wall' erected-- either they want a reading but they're actually skeptical about the whole thing, or they have something in their past that they might not want you to see, for whatever reason, they keep a protective emotional barrier around themselves that prevents you from getting all the way through to the real them. It can actually be tiring trying to read for these individuals. That was not the case for this lady and her reading. She has the most amazing energy-- it's open and fluid, it's honest and clear, and it's very easy to pick up on it and follow it...through the cards, through the seasons, through time.
 
Tarot Reading
Deck: Haindl Tarot The Horoscope Spread (nontraditional)
 
September
The Emperor ®…Princess/stones…The Chariot

There seems to be issues with male energy this month. A male figure-head (father, husband, boss) seems to be having difficulties of some kind, disruptive issues that they are dealing with. This may be what leads up to a journey, either unexpected or rushed (or both). Connected with this is the idea that the lines of communication are not clear and someone is being misunderstood, or there is a sharp exchange of words.

Also…a hidden figure, someone lurking in the background, a third party, possibly a female; Aries, and the strong in-your-face energy associated with it; kingship, superiority, perhaps pertaining to someone’s mentality or someone’s perspective; vulnerability. The idea of ‘safety-in-numbers’; the idea of ‘the-odd-man-out’, the black sheep, or someone who tends to stand out from the crowd in some distinctive way. I’m also getting the idea of something ‘behind’ you, which may be figuratively speaking (do you often have the feeling of being rushed, or pushed to do things, as though someone were prodding you on from behind…that’s what I see). The waning moon will be an important time for you, you must want to ‘bring something to you’, which is what this moon’s energy is used for (but perhaps you already know that). “This girl is on Fiiirre…” The words to this song, as well as an image popped into my head-- and here’s where psychic readings are so weird-- this could mean to literally watch out for actual physical fire of some sorts somewhere sometime, or it could mean some kick-ass wild energy that you are able to whip up.

If you were looking for some connection to the Mother Goddess, it has come up with this card. In the Haindl deck, the Princess of Stones is depicted as the Lakota “White Buffalo Woman”:( …“The woman's name was PtesanWi which translated White Buffalo Calf Woman. She taught the Lakotas seven sacred rituals and gave them the chanunpa or sacred pipe which is the holiest of all worship symbols. After teaching the people and giving them her gifts, PtesanWi left them promising to return. Later, the story became attributed to the goddess Wohpe, also known as Whope, or Wope…”)

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October
King/swords ®…The Hermit ®…The Wheel of Fortune

The month of October seems to be starting out with some male energy also, but not as pronounced and over-bearingly strong as last month. This King may be an actual person in your life-- very intelligent he is, rather wordy though, loves to hear himself talk, and tends to be very opinionated. Since he’s standing on his head, he’s either not being very effective in trying to convince you of something, or in trying to influence your life in some way, though he tries. The Hermit is also on his head, which means it’s time to reach out and leave the quiet meditative solitary moments for a later date. It will be to your advantage this month to reach out, to touch base, to contact people you may have been out of contact with for some time, or to make new friends and new contacts. The Wheel, this ominously portentous card, is actually telling you that your luck will change-- is this a good thing? Most of the time, yes.

Also…You are feeding into something, and I’m not quite sure if this is a good thing, or if this is a bad thing, but I’m betting you’ll know what it is and be able to figure it out when you ask yourself this question-- good? Or bad?; whatever you’re feeding into, it’s growing-- this could mean such a variety of things, and this is where I wish that psychic readings would work like they do in Hollywood movies and I’d see that little vignette in my head, but it doesn’t, and I don’t….are you enabling someone? Are you patting their ego, which might already be too big? Are you promising something that you might not be able to follow through with?-- these are all just questions for thought.

The totem animal, the owl, comes to mind (wisdom, the goddess Athena, predation); also, the idea of lots of watchful eyes-- and this I’m picking up from The Hermit, so it sort of gives me the feeling that you might have people watching you when you least suspect it, and this could be in some big pompous way (like in the workplace), or it could literally mean a peeping tom, so keep your shades drawn at nighttime. “Jupiter”…expansive energy, something you’re working on or towards may prove fruitful and successful about now (financial issues, financial and business endeavors, legal
issues)…for any of these things, the time is *Now*.

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November
  10/wands ®…The Hanged Man ®…Ace/cups

This appears to be your “Month of Emancipation”. Not only are you giving the finger to whomever it was/is who’s trying to stab you in the back, or at least influence you to their advantage, but you’ve also let go of the martyr syndrome, and you’re finally doing something for yourself for a change. And it looks like a new relationship is on the horizon (the Ace of Cups).

Also…remember last month and ‘all those eyes’ watching you? Well, this month you put distance, or some sort of barrier, between you and ‘them’. I have a feeling that you’re going to learn to set boundaries, or this might also mean that there will be physical distance between you and this group of people-- if it’s work related, be prepared to find yourself relocating for your current job, or starting a new job in another location; if it has to deal with family and friends, it’s that good healthy boundary that I just spoke of. Love them as we do, sometimes family can be stifling, and sometimes they can be just downright manipulative. Rainbows come to mind, and the idea of revelation, salvation, coming-of-age, self-exploration, rejuvenation, rebirth, resurrection.

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December
Three/wands ®…Princess/cups ®…The Star

The month of December will be a time of cleansing and caution, of third party endeavors that might entail an unexpected glitch or two, which just might shed some light where light needs to be shed. It could also be a month in which there is an unusual exchange between you and someone you‘re very close to, an exchange that could uncover some information that you might find disconcerting, surprising, or upsetting, or all three, or none of the above if you‘re really laid back and open-minded. This set of cards is sending off a strange set of vibes that seem to be confusing and contradictory-- and this very well may be the energy that you experience during this month.

Also…if new contracts, or any other legal document, comes up that needs signing this month, be extra cautious. You might want to have an attorney take a look at it if you don’t understand it fully-- 100%. There could be a little underhandedness afoot. Crystals-- clear quartz point crystals come to mind…either you have them and like them, or you need to get some, either way, their energy is calling to you. I see a figure on the other side of the crystal in my mind, a shadowy figure-- I’m not sure if this figure is you, or if it is a female figure that has passed that is somehow trying to connect with you.

When any of the cup cards come up reversed, it signifies some sort of loss to me, that along with the unusual news you will be receiving…this could just be pertaining to a relationship loss of some kind (and it quite literally could mean someone physically moving away, this has come up in readings before), but it could also be referring to the actual passing of someone that you know (and before you get all anxious and everything, because I hate when things like this come up and I often keep mum, but just know that sometimes I get these feelings where animals and pets are concerned).

If anyone in your family is seriously ill, and you have the sudden urge to go and visit them, do so, without hesitation…If you have the sudden urge to visit anyone, follow through on it. I’ve found, from personal experience, that there’s often a reason unknown to us, a reason that we’re suppose to see and connect with his individual.

Cleansing…cleanse your personal space (both physically, just because in clearing out dust and debris, you are unwittingly clearing out lots of nasty energy type thingys, and cleanse your personal space spiritually-- using incense, either sandalwood or sage, white candles, and salted water with which you can asperge (sprinkle) various rooms of the house-- and don’t forget cubbies, closets, any small spaces.

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January (2014)
Strength…8/cups ®…Prince/stones ®

The beginning of the new year might be off to a slightly shaky start, as far as money goes, though this Prince is one of the most stable, even when standing on his head, so this will all get worked out. It will just take a bit of time and a little effort. Who’s leaving?…or who left and changed their mind? Someone who left your circle of friends will return, and this could include family, friend, or partner-- not sure on this one; I just know that someone has a change of heart and decides to return-- uh-oh, could this possibly be job related? (It‘s a possibility-- things like this tend to pop into my head just when I‘m ready to go on to the next set of cards.) Though you may feel a little distressed this month, you can pull it off okay-- you’re a strong gal, and you have the capability of handling a lot on your plate at one time. It’s a busy flurry-scurry hurry up and straighten out time. Smile!

Also…the serpent: wisdom, the goddess (the apple and the snake-- don’t let them fool you…as I suspect you already know, the apple is the fruit of the goddess, and the serpent is representative of her knowledge and wisdom); sexuality, an open honest expression of such and a healthy appetite (I could be less demure and discreet and say, “Hang onto your hat, girl.”…but I would never do that J)

That eight of cups nags at me-- coming and going, going and coming-- leaving and coming back. Hopefully, by the time this month rolls around, you will know exactly what (and who) this is referring to.

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February
7/wands…Ace/wands ®…Death ®

The month of February will be marked by a radical change. Since the Ace of wands showed up for this occasion, it should traditionally point to changes in finance or business, and it very well may; but that’s not necessarily the feeling that I’m getting-- I’m thinking more along the lines of relationships, your feelings, your emotions, even your inner connection with the Divine. Big change. You will find within yourself the courage you need to handle the changes in your life now with calm and courage.

Also…the idea of putting up a barrier, figuratively speaking; contemplation and quiet, meditation, and the sea shore; seashells and the ocean; passion-- physical passion, passion for ideas and plans; the raven-- occult mysteries, magick, paranormal; water, or waterways, a boat; passage or initiation of some kind.

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March
Justice…3/swords…Queen/stones ®

March may be a month of sorrows, personal sorrow, as well as quiet introspection. The three of swords is a stickler, it is; it points to heartache or heartbreak of some sort. Justice or karma of some kind may be met this month, but these issues are seldom what we expect them to be, and we’re often disappointed that the justice wasn’t enough, or the karma didn’t come sooner. And with this Queen, who represents the ‘mother’ aspect, either of someone around us, or within us, I am always leery when she’s standing on her head. It usually means the ‘loss’ of something-- either the actual loss of our mother, empty-nest syndrome, the loss of a pregnancy, or the onset of menopause. It holds the transitory quality that encompasses women’s lives.

Also…the idea of ‘self’, of a healthy ego, the idea of pride in yourself-- in your accomplishments, as well as other aspects of ‘you’-- all good things; the scales of justice-- this almost always pops into my head with the major arcana card that came up, I’m hoping that you don’t have any legal issues in the works at this time, but be prepared for this, because sometimes that’s exactly what “Justice” is pointing to. And then there’s Libra-- it sort of goes with the scales, huh, but also the attributes-- love of beauty and peace, the hopeless romantic, the mediator. A tear, a single tear; the number ’3’-- symbol of the triple god and goddess, the triad, ‘father/son/holy ghost’, in Wiccan spell casting-- by the power of 3 times 3; body, mind, & spirit…three; the sacred spiral-- there’s a lot spiritual energy coming through this set of cards; I do believe that you are going to find March to be a month of spiritual awakening, big time.

In Haindl’s deck, on the card “Queen of Stones” is depicted “Spider Woman”…also known as “Grandmother Spider”…a great wise-woman; creator of the universe, casting her dew-covered web into the sky to create the stars. This entity has significance for you, especially this month, watch for her; watch for her as images of spiders that show up unexpectedly-- on the tv, in a newspaper ad, things of this nature-- pay attention to the actual creature, should you come upon it…what comes into your mind? Where did you see it? What were you doing?

American Native Spider Woman

April
6/swords…Queen/wands…5/stones

Separation, movement, as the six of swords is traditionally the ‘divorce card’, but separation can encompass so many things, and I hate being negative, preferring to look on the bright side of things-- and this card is also traditionally the ‘you’ll be traveling over water’ card, which sounds really tiresome and gypsy’ish when you hear it over and over, but it so often turns out to be prophetically true. (Water, waterways, and the such seem to come up quite often for you in this reading.) This Queen, my goodness…she may be you (genteel, well-organized, neat and tidy, and likes her world this way as well. She also likes being in control…let me rephrase that, she *Needs* to be in control, if she’s not the world will know it-- (you?). If it’s yourself this Queen is showing me, no problems, if it’s another individual in your world, then you might have a few issues to work through, because her sense of control may be affecting you in a negative manner. The last card here, the five of stones (pentacles in more traditional decks) depicts a tight money issue, financial stumbling blocks-- but the up factor here is that this card is reversed, meaning this bump in the road is going to be short lived, just that-- a small glitch. I like when all three cards come together with one message, but that is not the case this time-- I’m not able to see the link here, but I’m betting that you most certainly will.

Also…someone in the background of all these goings on this month, a shadowy figure, I’m thinking male, and as he fades to the background, so does his importance and his influence. The idea of pricking your finger on a needle-- don’t know where this is coming from, unless you sew, or unless you’re getting blood drawn this month for lab work. The idea of a dominant female-- very dominant (you or the Queen?…or you *Are* the Queen J); an aloofness, as though you are deliberately disassociating yourself with someone, but the disconnect is not quite complete.

The Queen of Wands is depicted in this deck as Kali (or Kali Ma), a kick ass goddess. This goddess is loaded with wild-woman devil-may-care energy, and she’s one of the goddess’s that I’m writing about in my next book. She is a vengeful warrior goddess, and it’s this type of energy (and entity) you call upon when you need to stand up on your hind legs and howl, protecting yourself without any qualms of guilt. Keep her in mind.

goddess Kali Ma

May
Princess/wands…4/wands…6/cups

You are reunited (or just plain united) with someone from your past this month in a celebratory way (wedding, family reunion, some sort of group gathering). Messages concerning financial or business issues may be coming through-- or this card, the Princess of Wands-- brings an energy or a particular person you will come in contact with during the month of May…she’s a tough little thing, knows her own mind, but tends to be moody (especially if she’s overly tired, or she’s hungry-- hang onto your hat). A younger female individual comes to mind and her (and her energy) are very robust, industrious, and rather invigorating-- this may actually be the theme for this month, so if you find yourself racing around at 100 mph accomplishing all sorts of things you didn’t think you’d get done, you’ll know where it’s coming from (the Princess of Wands).

Also…a ring, or a favorite ring, or a ring you haven’t yet purchased or received, or a ring that‘s special to you in some way-- oh, I see it on the left hand, but I don’t want to attribute it to that “special” kind of ring, because all of us wear rings on both hands (but that definitely popped into my head). The third eye chakra-- pay attention to your intuition, and also, perhaps this chakra needs some working on, and you’ll find more information on the chakras at my website: http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/chakras.htm. If this chakra is out of balance, you have a tendency, for one thing, to look at everything through a really logical train of thought, and your ability to be in tune with that little voice in your head that works on intuition and gut feeling is pushed to the wayside, and sometimes we just can’t afford to shut that little voice out.

The idea of a sword and a shield-- the warrior, strength, being able to stand up for yourself, courage, nobility, believing that you should take a certain stance or action for ‘the principle of the thing’. Sometimes, even when it’s not to our ultimate benefit, we just have to do something that we know is the right thing to do, just cause we do-- not everyone understands this. “The Perfectionist”…if this is you, let it go, which is so easy for someone to say, because you probably can’t just let it go, it’s ingrained, it’s part of the very basic thing that is ‘you’; if this is an individual in your life, this Perfectionist, realize this about them-- they can’t help it, any more than they can help having brown eyes, or dimples, it’s in their makeup.

A bubble, the kind we used to blow as kids from those little plastic bottles and wands, and with it the idea of something ethereal, transitory, something beautiful but fleeting. The element of water, which is also tied in with intuition, psychism, your dreams (and nightmares), as well as spirit and goddess connection.

The month of May might be magickal.

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June
Ace/stones…9/wands…10/cups

Get the ball rolling. Get a move on with whatever plans you have in mind. Get it done-- now’s the time. June appears to be a power month for you; you’re standing on solid ground, a firm foundation, you have the upper hand in a situation or relationship, run with it, don’t miss this opportunity. In the end…success. You’ll get what you desired, you’ll get what you’ve worked for, all the puzzle pieces will fall into place for you.

Also…rainbows-- I think they came up earlier (symbolizing lots of things besides a pot of gold…happiness, ‘crossing-over’ (on many levels, not the way it’s usually thought of, but crossing over to new understandings within yourself, new understandings with other individuals, finding yourself on a new spiritual level, that sort of thing). A totem animal-- the vulture--symbolizes death/rebirth, new vision…and I’ve heard that this totem is a life-time thing, once it’s entered your life it will be with you always, even into other lifetimes.

Rite of Passage, through fire, no less-- fire is purifying, cleansing, it sweeps the slate clean so that we can begin again, it gives us a second chance. (I also believe that ‘fire’ appeared earlier-- and I don’t want to alarm you, but that practical side of my mind is always intruding, and it wants me to tell you to be cautious about fire-- the regular mundane kind-- in general.) The idea of a sponge-- ‘soak up’ …knowledge, information, anything of this nature which comes your way that you can literally ‘absorb’.

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July
2/wands…2/swords…6/wands

July encompasses partnerships, decisions, stalemates (both sides stubborn?); it’s all about working to get your way in the end, working towards something you want, or the way you want something. It’s a kind of ‘stick to your guns’ energy that will dominate. May the strongest party win-- and hopefully, this will be you.

Also…maple trees, and the idea that the coming autumn will prove to be significant to you in some way, perhaps that’s when the decisions made this month will come into play, when the plans laid this summer will unfold. Entering uncharted waters, trying something new, and along with this that feels figurative, also comes the impression that you will literally be entering a building for the first time-- somewhere new to you, somewhere you’ve never been-- the logical voice in my head is saying (apartment building), the illogical voice is whispering “ancient sites, runes, old castles, time-worn stone steps, artifacts, ancient sculpture or pottery, medieval-- or even older“. It’s this little whispery voice that always gets me into trouble, but perhaps you have some sort of connection to this type of thing which I am unaware of.

As autumn was highlighted, so is the coming winter, perhaps a time of great decision for you, once more. It’s funny how ‘time’ is irrelevant or transitory. Time comes to me with tarot as seasons, and though this set of cards is meant to deal with a particular month, a particular time-frame, it is actually reaching, with ghostly otherworld fingers, into the future, the coming winter. I do believe that you must be very cautious with the decisions that you make this month, in July, because you will be living with the consequences of these decisions for months to come. What you decide this month, right now, will affect your future; and I do believe that the decision will be yours.

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August  
9/swords…The Fool…4/stones

So, July is past, and the decision is made…now begins the consequences, starting with anxiety (we always second-guess ourselves, even when we feel absolutely 100% sure that our decision was the right one, and even if it is), issues sleeping (insomnia, troubled sleep, perhaps nightmares-- brought on by the extra pressure, the anxiety) can sometimes come up. The idea that you are going to be beginning a new journey, perhaps literally-- actually moving, relocating; or figuratively, as taking a different path in some aspect of your life (this also adds to your sense of anxiety). There is a sense of financial pressure this month, having to tighten the purse strings, penny-pinching, but this may also be because finances might be very important to the decision that you made in July, they’re connected, and as right as you feel you are, as excited even as you might be about all of the upcoming events, that does not mean that it’s not a time of anxiety and second-guessing yourself. Learn to be confident in your decisions, in your ability to handle change, be confident in ‘you’.

Also…a bird, a long-necked white bird, in peril of having it’s throat slashed (as is how birds are slaughtered)-- this sounds so macabre, but it’s not really, it’s saying-- ‘don’t burn all your bridges behind you, don’t cut off your nose to spite your face, leave options open, don’t permanently slam doors behind you’. (Something to keep in mind.) The other cards also-- long necked white birds (Geese? Swans?) This is probably manifesting as some sort of totem animal…

Goose: communication, the written word, fertility, marital fidelity, the goose was a totem animal to American Indians, it’s images used during the celebration of the Winter Solstice. Swan: altered states of awareness, beauty (a new realization of your own), development of intuitive abilities, healing, and transformation.

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The New Moon

New Moon:

The night of the dark moon represents a time to cast spells that will reveal secrets, a time to cast spells that will perpetuate beginnings. The time of the dark moon is also excellent for divination. Although some witches view this phase of the moon as a time to refrain from magic, the gray witch knows that now is the time to step into the shadows and grab the powerful energy found there.

September Wine Moon

Herbs: lilac, mugwort, marjoram, rose, thyme

Stones: sapphire, bloodstone, rainbow obsidian

Scents: gardenia, rose, lilac

Colors: brown, yellow-green, amber

Trees: hazel, larch, bay

Deities: Demeter, Ceres, Isis,

Astrological Signs: Virgo, Libra

Elements: Earth/Air

Crafting Your Magic: Feminine energy is highlighted, receptive energy. Cast magic to draw inward, magic to draw those things-- both intangible and material-- to you that you need to fill the void. The Goddess is in the spotlight. Work magic to benefit female issues, such as fertility, independence, and protection.

The Wine Moon works its magic in the area of love and relationships. Cast spells to discover your soul mate, find a lost love, or nurture a secret desire. The energy of Libra will bring balance to all magic cast at this time, and its energy promotes the very essence of love and sex. Cast spells now to promote healthy sexuality and to maintain or regain physical health of the reproductive system.

Concentrate on the third eye chakra, opening the doors to psychic experiences. Prepare to enter the autumnal dark months with the clairvoyant vision to see well beyond, into the light of the future.

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The above material is an excerpt from:

The Gray Witch's Grimoire

by Amythyst Raine

Magickal Accidents: The "Oops" Factor"

Sometimes our magickal endeavors don't always work the way they're suppose to. Sometimes we mess up and get a whole lot of scattered energy running amok with all kinds of consequences, both for us and our targets, and sometimes even innocent bystanders. I've heard over and over again, "Never do magick when you're angry", but at the same time, "Cast your spell while you're all revved up emotionally, in the heat of the moment, because this is when you are the strongest and your magick will be most successful." You hear lots of things, honestly, and sometimes I don't know whether it's good to take all this in, or whether it's best to follow your own instincts. I guess it depends on how serious a situation is that you would want to cast a spell to change it; or how threatened you feel in order to cast; or how out-numbered; or pissed off; or 'revengeful'...I know, 'revengeful' sounds awful, but it can feel so good (oops).

Everyone has cast a spell that they wished they could take back. If they say they haven't, they are probably lying, or they're in denial. Because, in spite of what Hollywood movies & tv shows tell us, witches are not some mysterious drop-dead gorgeous immortal creature who can rise above everything-- or destroy anything that gets in her way. Absolutely not-- we're mortal, just like the rest of humanity, and we make mistakes, just like everybody else; and sometimes we even lack good judgment-- occasionally, once in a rare while (oops).

Romance is a biggy. People fuck up here all the time, especially if jealousy and spite come into play, but sometimes just because we can be mean-spirited. Say you jump on the magickal band-wagon to split up a couple because...because she was a real bitch and you want to teach her a lesson; or because he was dating you first and things were moving along smoothly till she showed up; or because they were crappy to you for a long period of time and by the time fences were mended and you were really getting to know them and possibly to like them, you had already thrown caution to the wind and cast this great big black spell to split them up (oops).

Then there's those god-awful "love me forever" spells that are just a disaster waiting to happen; because if you've went ahead and cast one of these idiotic spells, you could be in for a rude and irritating awakening when you open your eyes some morning and decide you cannot stand anything about the guy in bed next to you. You decide it's time to gracefully move on; you decide that there's 'bigger fish in the ocean' (older relatives always tell you this); or you just plain can't stand the way he whines, eats his food, leaves junk all over your house, or clips the hell out of your trees and flowers when you're not around to stop him-- you also may not like how he belches after a can of pop, or forgets to brush his teeth, or any number of things, but that's beside the point. The bottom line is that you want him to "Go Away"...If you've already cast one of these sappy "love me forever" spells, while you were caught up in the heat of passion so hot your ass was sizzling no less, when your energy (and hormones) were raging, you are in for one nasty surprise. To get rid of this love-lorn target, you may find out it's going to take a lot more than a candle in a cauldron. These are terrifically difficult spells to break. What it may take is an attorney and a restraining order (oops).

Money spells-- I'm not even going there. No amount of money is ever enough; and when it is enough, it never seems to arrive on time, it's always late. I'm just not sure that spiritual things are in tune with financial issues, and I know that this might not apply to everyone, but for me, this is my personal experience. Sometimes I believe it's like 'selling your soul to the devil' (which is a really ironic and weird way for a pagan to put it) but that's the truth-- you give up almost everything, like your dignity and self-respect, to grovel and beg the universe for some currency. It's too human. It's too beneath what we're really here to learn, what we're here to experience; it's the least important thing there is to cast magick for, yet we all do it, we've all done it...we've sold our proverbial 'soul to the devil' for some extra moolah (oops).

How many of us have hired a magickal hit-man? Huh? Who'd be willing to 'fess up to this one. I can only imagine the eventful, unexpected, grandiose, or sublime ways this spell could go awry-- it would be like a loose cannon; it would be like trying to teach an old maid to shoot a handgun...yeha, and get out of the way. She'd be shooting the hell out of everything in front of her, but most likely missing her intended target and leaving a bloody trail of victims who happened to be in the line of fire (oops).

Magick, like everything else in life, needs to be learned and practiced in order for anyone to be really good at it. It needs to have some personal guidelines, and most important of all, it needs to be practiced with a little restraint and a whole lot of common sense. And, like everything else in life, you'll find people who will listen to advice like this and take it into serious consideration; and then there are those people who have to learn everything the hard way (oops).

Magick is a learning experience, and some people never learn...

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Magickal Herbs: Myrrh, Sandalwood, Carnation

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The following herbs share the energy and power to heal.

Although these herbs have healing powers in common, they also contain individual energies, which can be used in a variety of spells.

Myrrh

Energy: Receptive (Feminine)

Planet: Moon

Element: Water

Deities: Isis, Adonis, Ra, Marian

Powers: Protection, Exorcism, healing, Spirituality

Ritual Uses: Myrrh was burned to Ra at noon in ancient Egypt, and was also fumed in the temples of Isis.

Magical Uses:

Burned as an incense myrrh purifies the area, lifts the vibrations and creates peace. However, it is rarely burned alone; usually in conjunction with frankincense or other resins. Myrrh increases the power of any incense to which it is added.

Myrrh is also included in healing incenses and sachets, and its smoke is used to consecrate, purify, and bless objects such as amulets, talismans, charms, and magical tools. Myrrh also aids meditation and contemplation. It is often added to sachets, usually with frankincense.

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Sandalwood

Gender: Receptive (Feminine)

Planet: Moon

Element: Water

Powers: Protection, wishes, healing, exorcism, spirituality

Magical Uses:

Sandalwood powder is burned during protection, healing, and exorcism spells. When mixed with lavender it makes an incense designed to conjure spirits.

This fragrant wood possesses very high spiritual vibrations and is burned at séances and Full Moon rituals when mixed with frankincense. Write your wish on a chip of sandalwood and burn in the censer or cauldron. As it burns it sets the magic flowing, but remember to visualize your wish at the same time.

Sandalwood beads are protective and promote a spiritual awareness when worn.

Powdered sandalwood can be scattered about a place to clear it of negativity, and is also used as an incense base.

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Carnation

Gender: Projective (Masculine)

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Deity: Jupiter

Powers: Protection, strength, healing

Magical Uses:

Worn during Elizabethan times to prevent coming to an untimely death on the scaffold, carnations can be used in all-purpose protective spells.

Carnations are placed in convalescent rooms to give the healing patient strength and energy, and are also used in healing spells. Place fresh carnations (red are best) on the altar during healing rituals and add the dried blossoms to sachets and incense for the same purpose.

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Disclaimer:

Never ingest any herbs, or feed them to someone else, if you are not absolutely sure they are safe!

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This information was originally posted in the July 2010 edition of the newsletter from:

The Witch's Corner

Tarot Card of the Day: The High Priestess

Deck: Celtic Druid TarotThe High Priestess (R)
Someone is draining you of your energy right now. (This priestess is standing on her head.) You might find yourself in some sort of crazy balancing act, trying to juggle various aspects of your life all at the same time. Someone (or “someones”– meaning more than one individual) is sapping you by making constant demands, demands of your time, your energy, your usually laid back personality. You’re going to have to put that dainty foot down and put a grinding stop to this, before you lose all your strength, all your power, and any other advantages you might still have.

Also…if you’ve lost a cat (or dog, etc), you’re going to find this animal very soon– they didn’t go as far as you think they did, wiley little creatures; your best time to perform a ritual or to cast a spell in the near future will be during the waxing moon– apparently you’re trying to bring something into your life, don’t waste this energy; to someone out there– don’t be afraid to touch the book, open it up, read and learn, it’s not going to bite; there is the idea of someone caught between a rock and a hard place– look within, you’re smarter, craftier, and more durable than you think you are, there is a way out, you just might have to get uncharacteristically tough to follow it; to all women everywhere– Embrace the Goddess within, don’t be afraid of the power you find and feel there, it’s your heritage, it’s your birthright, run with it…

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Criminal Case Reading: Madeline McCann

I was watching the news this morning and was jolted to attention when I heard the name ‘Madeline McCann’.  I was excited to see that they have re-opened this missing person case and that they believe Maddy may still be alive.  There were really no other details given.   I hope they’re right– it would be wonderful to see a happy ending to this nightmare.

I did a tarot reading regarding this case in 2007, and I included this reading in my first book (Tarot: A Witch’s Journey), along with several other criminal case readings.  I’m going to re-post this reading (an excerpt from this book) at this time.  This is one of those readings in which I actually received very detailed descriptive information regarding the suspect:

Wednesday, September 7th, 2007

Three inverted crosses…pointing the way?…signposts?

A pattern:

4 X’d spots

2 areas within this perimeter…graves?  Marked with crosses.

2 guardians/sentinels/statues, on either side of this perimeter.

4 corner stones

A sentinel/guardian/statue, post, standing on the outskirts of this perimeter.

I believe this could be indicating a cemetery, or a park with statuary or monuments.

A large tree.

A man of authority, intelligence.  He handles knives, or the knife represents his position, a position of authority, a connection with the legal justice system or the military, a position that requires a strong intellect.  He has thick black wavy hair.

A ring—on the middle finger of his left hand.

The possibility that there was money involved?

A large stone abutment of some kind…possibly square, possibly near water—a waterway, lake, river, pond, etc.

At a crossroads…a physical or spiritual crossroads.

Bound/blindfolded/cut…

The following is a description of a man that came into my mind while doing the tarot reading for Madeline:

Hair:  his hair is thick, wavy, and black.  He keeps it short with a good cut and combs it straight back.  It looks very professional and well-done.
Complexion:  he has a dark, olive complexion—sometimes he’s clean shaven, and sometimes he wears a mustache which is very thick and black.
Eyes:  his eyes are dark and he has very heavy thick eyebrows, round eyes.
Nose:  his nose is rounded at the end, slightly “full”, not delicate at all, but it is not unattractively bulbous.
Lips:  full.
Chin:  square, strong, dimpled.
Body build:  he’s solid and thick, but not overweight, and he’s not necessarily tall, maybe 5’6” to 5’8”.
Clothing…He was wearing a long sleeved, collared, button down shirt, either white or white with very faint narrow pastel pinstripes set wide apart, and a dark tie.

Facts/Information on this case:

Date?

DNA from Madeline was found in the apartment of a man who is friends with Maddie’s parents.

November 20, 2007

Two days after Madeline’s disappearance she was reported being seen carried in the arms of a woman who is the girlfriend of the man who is now a suspect.

November 27, 2007

The police think they may be close to solving Maddie’s case.  They say that her family was being stalked by a pedophile and they may be close to making an arrest. *Note:  As we all know, this case is not solved yet, and the media either stopped giving out data on it, or I missed it.  This is another one of those cases that needs an ending, so that the family and the public who are following these events can find closure.