Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Witch's Desk: FAQ


I'm more than a little stupefied at the number of questions coming through the inbox-- the form in the right column of the Home page for messaging-- at my website (The Witch's Corner). There's no way I can keep up with them all, so each week I'm going to pick and choose a few that strike me (posted as is, no editing). These questions will be posted anonymously of course, always, your privacy is important to me. I will also always be totally honest in my answers, sometimes maybe brutally so, and this means that the answer isn't necessarily going to be what you want to hear or what you are expecting. And with that said, I'll start with the first question:

1. i need to detox for a drug test iv done a fast befor a witch that use to live here made a spical potion water for a 3 day fast i dont rember what all was in it can you help

This boggles my mind on so many levels I don't know where to begin: First, get off the drugs-- I know, this statement is a total waste of time, because this won't happen until YOU decide to get off the drugs for YOURSELF. I don't know what you are taking, but this 3 day magickal potion fasting crap is a bunch of hooey; I do know that various drugs stay in your system for different lengths of time, and some can still be detected weeks and even months later in your hair follicles. Second-- why complicate your life with illegal drugs? You can't reach your potential while you're plastering your system with a cocktail of chemicals it was never meant to handle. It weakens your mind, your body; it steals from you the capacity for achievement; it has a negative effect on everyone who touches your life in any way. It is a living death, it's a trap...but there is a way out, a way to break the pattern, to break the chains that bind. I hope you find it.

2. Hey, I really need your help, my biggest dream is to be like you and ive been researching a lot on witchcraft but I want your help please im willing to do anything please help me! I want to practice witchcraft just as you do!!!

Your biggest dream should be to be like "You"...You are unique, your place in the universe and in the grand scheme of things is important, it's priceless even. New human beings may be born because of you, people's lives will change and are touched, molded, expanded, enriched-- because of you. If you were not "You", the picture would not be the same. It's wonderful that you wish to practice witchcraft, because it is a joyous empowering spiritual path, but you should embrace this path because of your own connection to it, your own spiritual awakening, your own realization of it's 'rightness' for you and the positive implications it will have on your life. If the path of the Goddess is right for you, all that I can do to help you is to encourage you to read, to keep learning, to explore through media, books, through meditation and reflection. If this path is your path, you will know.

3. Hi , I have been trying to register , the reason is they put a dot after com and their aren`t any please help me subscribe thanks

You can't register at The Witch's Corner because I disabled that function. When I set this website up, I had no idea that there was an option to set it up as a social site. I guess it was that way for years, and I just left it-- pretty much ignoring that feature, but within the past year I found and figured out how to disable this function. It was never my intent to start a social site.

4. How do I get a wand what do I have to do thank u

Ah, the "Magick Wand"...getting a wand can be as simple as finding a beautiful twig from a tree laying in the grass, or it can be as uncomplicated as visiting your local new-age shop and purchasing one-- I have wands that I've gotten both ways. My first wand was a twig I found on the ground in the backyard, cast off in a summer wind by our beautiful Maple tree. I consecrated it and decorated it with ribbons. My other wand was purchased at a new-age shop and is made from a tree found only in Africa (though the name of that tree escapes me for the moment); it's all polished and finished and really quite beautiful. Both wands have worked for me; I love both of them; I use both of them; and the fact that one was a free gift from the Goddess and one was purchased at a store has really made no difference.

5. Hello i am sorry to bother you but i was wondering if i could have some advice please. me and my partner are having trouble with his ex who is constantly interfering and stalking him which is beginning to put a strain on our relationship, she has a boyfriend herself but keeps sending my fiance messages like i love you and miss you like crazy etc even though they broke up over 2 years ago now. we fear if we say anything to either of them it may make the situation worse for us. me and my partner don't get to see each other as much as we would like as he is in the army so is only about 2 weeks every few months but when we do see each other it's sometimes ruined by her interfering. my fiance proposed on new years and she turned up to the place we were at and ruined the rest of our night. I was wondering if there are any spells i could cast to make her leave us be and re-strengthen mine and my partners love without harming anyone or anything coming back on me? witchcraft has run in my family for years my dad has been a witch for over 24 years now and i too practice the craft, but am having a little trouble with this situation. Any help would be much appreciated. Many Thanks

There's so many red flags here that it's hard to see the forest through the trees. First, there's a name for this woman-- it's "Stalker". Second, what's the matter with this fiancé of yours, this big 'ole army dude, why is he afraid to tell this woman to buzz off, it's over, finished, leave me alone? She's been sending him "I love you" messages for two years? If you say anything to "either of them" it would cause trouble?-- how so, don't you think her boyfriend would be interested in the fact that his girlfriend is declaring her love to another man??? The fact that this woman showed up on the night of your proposal and ruined the evening is very telling-- 1) why wouldn't your boyfriend tell her to take a hike; and if she refused, why wouldn't he call the police to have her removed? 2) they are in close proximity of each other, which makes me suspicious. Sorry, my dear, there are just too many holes in this story. If your fiancé really wanted this woman out of his life, it seems he would be making more of an effort. As far as magick spells go-- you need spells for protection, to protect yourself-- and it is only you that I'm concerned with here. You need spells to protect you from the negative energy of this woman; you need spells to protect you from deceit, or to reveal a liar; you need spells to ward negativity in general; and you need spells to guard your living space. You only see this man for 2 weeks every few months? Me thinks you need to think on this one. It sounds like this man is having his cake and eating it too.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tarot: Card of the Day...The High Priestess

The deck:  Celtic Druid Tarot
Druid Craft Tarot-The High Priestess
The Priestess is telling me to get my shit together; get off my duff and use the power I have, embrace the magick, stop whining and complaining and make the necessary changes.  Get things rolling, shake things up, she says.  Feel the power, embrace the magick.  You are who you are; you do what you do.  It will be done.  So Mote It Be.
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*Note: These card a day readings are not necessarily posted to give you an in-depth look at a particular card.  This isn’t meant to be a study or a lesson; you can follow the link provided for that.  This card a day theme is often aimed at just me– how does this card strike me, right now, at this minute.  What is it telling me?  How is it helping me?  The ‘card a day posting’ is often my life amplified, and I’ve realized that we’re all pretty much the same, though the circumstances are different, and how this card affects me can impact you.
 

Herb of the Week: St. John's Wort

St. John’s Wort
Planet: Sun; Element: Fire; Energy: Masculine (projective)
Health, protection, strength, love divination, happiness, exorcism. A Druid sacred herb. Use in protection and exorcism spells and incenses of all kinds. Use as a tea to treat depression. Use the leaves in a necklace to ward off sickness and tension. Carry to strengthen your courage and conviction. Burn to banish negative thoughts and energies.

St. John's Wort

The teas are great, if you’re going to drink lots of tea to combat the doldrums, that is to kill anxiety and mild depression; but a more efficient way to ingest this drug, and to ingest it in the dosage that will actually do you some good, is to get the capsules.  I finally broke down and bought a bottle at our local Wal-Mart, and I do have to say that this works.  It sort of overrides that panic-stricken feeling people get sometimes when life is just moving too fast, too much coming at you, too many negative things to deal with, or too many high pressure things to deal with.  The dosage on this over-the-counter herbal supplement reads “2 capsules three times a day, preferably with meals”.  You have to use it for 2-3 weeks before you begin to feel the effects, but believe me, it’s worth it– and there are none of the negative side effects that you would find in many of the pharmaceuticals that are used as anti-anxiety medication.

As for the sacred herb itself and the magickal uses, this is one of the main herbs on my magickal shelf.

St. John's Wort 2
 
Source:  Some of the info for this post was taken from…
 
*Note:  check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any
herbal supplement,
especially if you are currently prescribed other medications.
 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Interview with a Tarot Reader


The following questions were put to me by an aspiring journalist with an interest in divination, the occult, and the paranormal. They’re good questions, all, and I tried to answer them as clearly as I could:

1. Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies and interests, hidden talents?
I was born in California, raised in South Dakota, and live in Nebraska.  I’ve always been drawn to writing and started journaling when I was 12; I’ve always been drawn to the occult and paranormal, experiencing spirit contact for many years at various levels of intensity in my grandmother’s old house.  At one point, as an adult, I began writing books, books on the topic of divination (the tarot) and books about witchcraft and gray magick.  To my surprise, these books have been quite successful.  I earn a living, so far, through writing and tarot reading.

My hobbies and interests?  I’m an avid reader (most writers are).  I love gardening, collecting (swords & daggers, tea pots, rocks and crystals, old books, feathers, sterling silver jewelry, and cats); I’m a chocoholic, a master procrastinator, a lover of old movies, antique shops, forests, old market areas, and high heels (some of which I buy but never wear).  I love creating magickal oils and potions, eating ice cream cones, and designing websites.  I’m a dreamer and visionary caught in the harsh reality of the modern world and modern life.

2. You are a professional tarot card reader. What sort of services do you provide to clients?
Yes, I am.  I provide readings to my clients through a variety of mediums, including web cam readings though Skype, video readings, telephone readings, and emailed readings that are written out and sent to my clients.  I provide face to face personal readings within my own community, as well as in-house readings done at book stores and shops and readings done for parties and corporate events.  I also provide spell consultations to those individuals who want to cast a spell and do some magick but aren’t exactly sure how you put a spell together.

3. What was your career before you became a tarot reader? What made you decide to become a professional tarot reader?
Before I became a tarot reader I spent the greater share of my life raising a large family, being a stay-at-home mom and a home schooling mother.  My decision to become a professional tarot reader was a very gradual and totally unexpected choice.  It was probably the last thing I ever thought I would be, or the last thing that I ever thought I would do.  For one thing, I always swore that I would never be able to charge anyone anything for a reading.  Once I actually began reading for people outside my circle of family and friends, I realized that this was a job, just as any other occupation is a job, and that I would not be able to spend hours and hours working for free.  I also realized that what I did made a difference in people’s lives; what I did was something very special and unique, and I also realized that what I did– not everyone was capable of doing.

4. How did you learn to read tarot cards? How and when did you discover you had this particular ability?
I bought my first deck of tarot cards (The Goddess Tarot) between fifteen and twenty years ago.  It was the box that caught my eye when I was walking through a local book store.  For weeks and months, this deck called to me every time I visited the store.  At first, I tried to ignore it.  I’d give the pretty box a perfunctory glance as we walked past the shelf.  Eventually, I stopped.  I would pick the box up and look at it.  This went on for weeks.  Eventually, I stopped.  I finally asked for permission to open the box to see the cards.  I gave in to whatever it was that was drawing me to this foreign deck of cards, to this strange thing called ‘tarot’, and I bought the deck.

The first few weeks, I was simply enamored with the artwork.  The deck was totally unfamiliar to me, the meanings a mystery, how to put everything together to actually make sense of it never even entered my mind at this point. Although the ‘little white booklet’ that came with the deck was helpful in helping me learn the meanings of the individual cards, it did not help at all in learning how to look at the cards intuitively; it did not help at all in learning how to put all of this together on different levels to read the story the cards were trying to tell me.  This came later, with a dawning moment, one of those ‘ah-ha’ moments you never forget.

It was only after the key turned and the door opened, that I realized the depth of knowledge, the true mystery, the exciting potential that lay in a deck of tarot cards.  And the stunning revelation was that I actually understood the language.

5. How do tarot cards work exactly? How do they give a person guidance and advice?
The cards work, for me, simply as a trigger to unlock a series of associations– through the image, through my own intuition, through some connection that I really can’t describe and probably don’t completely understand.  I just know that when this connection works, it is truly amazing, as amazing for me as it is for my client.  I know there are people who follow all kinds of rules and ritualistic behaviors with their cards.  But in general, I don’t.  I view the cards simply as a tool.  Two things that I do follow through with: 1)  cleansing the cards of residual energy through the use of a incense and
2) placing clear quartz crystal points on top of the deck when they’re not in use.

How do the  cards give personal guidance and advice?…they reveal possibilities for future events; they give warnings about situations, choices, or individuals in your life; they offer answers and alternative endings to the story; they connect with spirit guides; they connect with the divine; they link the human part of us with the universe in a way that imparts to us universal knowledge; and once in a rare while, they connect with the spirit of someone who has passed.

6. You have many clients all over the world, and they consult you via Skype, or over the phone. How are you able to read their energies, even when you’re thousands of miles apart?
Distance is irrelevant when doing a reading.  Everything in the universe is connected by a thin strand of energy, everything, and the slightest touch anywhere sends vibrations everywhere– this is the basis for practicing magick, and this is also true when it comes to connecting intuitively with another individual.  Just as a mother might instinctively know when a child is in danger from across many miles, through the tarot it’s also possible to connect on a very personal, emotional, and spiritual level with another human being no matter what the physical distance might be between you.

From here in the American mid-west, I’ve connected with and done readings for people in Canada, Great Britain, Greece, New Zealand, and Australia.  It’s been an amazing experience, enriching my life as much as it has touched their lives.  It truly is a miracle, there’s really no other word for it.  It also confirms to me the incredible capacity that human beings have to open themselves up to each other.

7. What has been your biggest challenge with regards to your abilities? How have you overcome this challenge?
One of my biggest challenges is reading for men.  It’s much more difficult for me to reach and maintain an open and fluid connection with male clients.  How have I overcome this challenge?  I’m working on it.  I would imagine, being a woman myself, the connection that I have with female clients is much more empathic.  It’s easier for me to understand a woman, her life, her dilemmas, her choices, and her fears.  Reading for men is a totally different experience, and I can say this almost without exception, there seems to be a wall that I have to get past in order to pick up the energy of the cards.

8. Do you consider your ability a gift? How do you help people with this gift?
Of course, it’s a gift.  Reading tarot cards is something that, for whatever reason, I have the ability to do.  How and why I’m able to look at a deck of cards and pick information out of them are questions that I can’t answer.  I think that everyone is born with a natural intuitive ability, a sixth sense, but not all people are able to put this gift to use.  I think there are some people who are unaware of their psychic abilities, deny them, or are even frightened by them, so they squelch them.  It’s like a muscle– if you don’t use it, you lose it.  By using this gift, you strengthen it, grow with it, and develop an understanding of it.

I help people with this gift by giving them insights into their lives they otherwise would not have.  Being aware of the choices available to them, the possible consequences that will ensue, alternate paths they can take, all broadens their perspective.  It helps people to make better decisions in their lives, to come to terms with their past; it comforts them, and it lights the way for a brighter future.

9. Could you share some memorable experiences you had because of this talent?
Oh, my, there’s so much that comes to mind.  The little girl at the Harry Potter bookstore party (Ace of Cups, reversed), someone she loved has left I told her.  They most certainly had.  A favorite cousin had moved away.  Bless her little heart, it was like a dam burst, and I let her chatter uninterrupted while she told me all about it.  There was the older woman, a doctor’s ex-wife, so marred by control and emotional abuse, it was painful to watch, painful to see all of her raw spots exposed.  There was the man who denied the affair, until he finally admitted that he was living with his mistress, but he didn’t consider this an affair at all.  There was the grandmother who had lost her five-year-old grandson due to a medical condition and problems with the ER equipment.  There was the young Hispanic couple with the sick child.  Highlights have included reading for a world famous architect and a grammy nominated musician.  The world is full of fascinating people.

Humanity opens up before me like some supernatural ethereal akashic record, but it’s all flesh and blood, tears, worries, loves lost, loves found, personal issues to work through; it’s hopelessness, it’s hopefulness, it’s finding clarity, it’s relief, it’s all bigger than life, and it’s all painfully personal…this is what it’s like to read the cards for people.

10. How do your clients find you? Where is your office  located? Where can they reach you online?
My clients generally find me through my websites: The Witch’s Corner & Tarot: Books, Classes, Readings.  I’ve had clients find me by word-of-mouth in the internet world and email me ( witch_of_endore@yahoo.com ); and I’ve had people find me at social sites, like Facebook and Pagan related sites.

I don’t have an office; but I do personal face-to-face readings in my own community (Fremont, NE), usually at one of our local coffee shops.  These readings are scheduled privately and are by appointment only.  Payment has to be made at the time the reading is scheduled– this might sound nit-picky, but after having a couple clients miss their appointments and spending an afternoon sitting there waiting for them, I realized just how valuable my time is– and now, they realize this too.

11. What’s a typical day like for a tarot card reader? What’s your usual schedule?
On days I’m doing in-house readings, I try to keep my schedule and the atmosphere light and stress free.  Other than that, it’s just a matter of getting dressed and trying to estimate what traffic will be like in the cities so I get where I need to be on time. (I’m extremely punctual, so I’m usually early.)  It’s very different reading at a shop where the clients have to pay for their individual readings themselves, as opposed to a shop that pays me a set fee so the readings for their patrons are free.  When people get ‘free’ readings, it’s like a stampede– long lines and continuous readings that go on anywhere from two, four, or six hours.  I quickly learned that I have to pace myself and that it’s okay to take regular breaks– no matter how long the line is.  People generally tend to be realistic, well-mannered, and polite.

The Skype, video, and emailed readings are another story, especially the written readings…that usually means you’ll find me at the kitchen table in the wee hours of the morning with candles lit, a pot of coffee on, and me in my bathrobe, all comfy and busy.  Video & Skype readings are fun, and the Skype readings are really as personal as face-to-face readings.  I’ve had quite a time with international clients when we try to figure out time differences; it can be a juggling act and often results in some rather odd hours for either me or the client.

12. You have a natural talent for tarot reading, but is it possible to learn how to read tarot cards? How would one go about learning this skill?
Yes, it is possible for anyone to learn to read tarot cards. However, just as with any other endeavor, everyone’s skill level will be different, some people more attuned to it than others; but still, anyone can learn to do this.  It’s fun, intriguing, and it is an excellent way to strengthen your intuition, your natural psychic abilities.  Tarot cards can also be used for personal meditation and exploration, a very private thing, a special relationship shared between you and your tarot deck.

You’ll learn to read the tarot by 1) choosing and purchasing a deck…I always recommend for beginners that they choose a very basic standard deck to start with, and I usually suggest the Rider/Waite deck. 2) learning the basic standard meanings for each of the cards in the deck. 3) starting a tarot journal. 4) investing in a tarot course, or purchasing books on the subject, so that they can go beyond the standard definitions for the cards and learn to read intuitively, learn to interpret a spread, learn to apply numerology and a bit of astrology into the picture…there’s so much to the tarot, so many ways of looking at it, so many other esoteric connections to explore.  Studying the tarot can become a life-long passion.
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