Oracle Deck Review – Vintage Wisdom Oracle by Victoria Moseley

May, 2019

Vintage Wisdom Oracle
by Victoria Moseley

If you are drawn to the Victorian Era, or to the energy of similar past eras, The Vintage Wisdom Oracle, will call to you. It is a 52 card deck inspired by feminine energies and guidance. This deck is not strictly Pagan based, it leaves its classification very open, in my opinion, so that people from many different faiths feel comfortable using it. For example, it uses words like “maiden, Higher Power, Goddess,” and also refers to the elements, intuition, and messages from Spirit. However, the author also references “Adam and Eve, the Kingdom of God”, and does have a card “The Guardian Angel.” If the different religious references bother you, than this is not the deck for you. If they do not, and you are able to take those references and turn them into a guide for your own beliefs, then you will be satisfied with the deck at the very least.

The portraits on the cards are beautiful goddesses, maidens, and strong women. Physically they are beautiful and the artistic quality gives you the feel of holding a recently painted portrait. They are not bright and flashy, they have a calm, quiet focus on their individual detail. They have a vintage look about them in the artwork itself, as well as the font the cards are written in.

For me, the cards are a bit awkward to hold due to the size of them. I have average size hands and it can be a struggle for me to shuffle them without dropping any, as they are too big for my hands. The cardstock that is used however, has a very nice, soft, smooth almost comforting feel to them- I enjoy holding them, and I like the feel of them. This is one of the main reasons I continue to work with this deck, even though I struggle with the size physically. I am drawn to their energy.

The The Vintage Wisdom Oracle deck is accompanied by a 79-page instruction or guide book. It is much smaller than the cards, and easy to carry with you, if you so chose to continue your education on the basic meanings of the cards. The book also holds the vintage, artistic quality of the cards, with the way it is written and the fonts used.

I really like the way the author explains each card and offers different interpretations and doesn’t hold the reader to a black and white definition. For example, when pulling the Strength card, the author does reiterate the meaning of physical strength in a reading, “Great emphasis is often placed on physical strength because it is tangible and easy to measure, whether in the form of prowess, status, or worldly power.” However, further into it, she also opens up the possibility that this card could represent internal strength, or lack there of it. She also incorporates the possibility of where you are on your spiritual path in this card, “The quality of strength you have directly depends on whether you are aligned to the ego or the Higher Power.”

As a reader myself, it is very important to me that I do not feel locked into a definition or an interpretation of a card. Some decks feel more black and white, or cut and dry and in my opinion, that cripples a reader who truly uses their intuition to provide messages for the person they are reading for. I feel that this deck does give you the freedom to concentrate on the situation, the person, and your intuition and provides you with the guidance to give an appropriate answer.

If you are open on your spiritual path and enjoy the Vintage, Victorian Era, and have an appreciation for classic art, in my opinion, this is a great deck for you to work with. If you are looking for a Pagan based deck then this is not the deck for you.

Vintage Wisdom Oracle on Amazon


About the Author:

Jade Perri, the owner and founder of Embrace Your Path. Jade is an eclectic Witch, who has been practicing for more than 10 years and offers guidance on an array of topics. She specializes in divination from Tarot Cards, Oracle cards, Runes, and Pendulums, as well as Scrying and automatic writing. Jade also practices Animal Magick, Dragon Magick, and Poppet Magick. She is an enthusiastic teacher and offers classes and certification in many different areas. She also holds a special interest in animal communication and handmade custom poppets. She is also the mother of two children, manages an animal shelter, and likes to spend time with her husband. Embrace Your Path Facebook Page. Embrace Your Path Instagram.

Tarot Talk

March, 2019

The King of Pentacles

(The King of Pentacles card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti**

We have one more King to talk about, the King of Pentacles. Let’s get busy!

As a reminder, the 78 cards of a Tarot deck consist of 22 Major Arcana cards (dealing with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, and archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives) and 56 Minor Arcana cards (customarily grouped into four categories or suits that represent the four elements and dealing with day-to-day issues).

The Court Cards are a part of the Minor Arcana, acting as a representation of the family unit (“families” of all kinds) and individually representing particular personality traits of people, places and events in our lives. These cards can also tell us about our own personality and how it is perceived by others. Thinking of Tarot cards as people, with each card having an individual personality, is particularly appropriate for the Court Cards, as they are the most human of all the cards in a Tarot deck. Even the illustrations for the Court Cards show humans in the majority of Tarot decks.

Instead of numbers, Court Cards have rank. The lowest ranking Court Card is usually called the Page, the messenger or intern or apprentice who is still learning of life and living, but who is also good at dealing with the unexpected. Next comes the Knight, the representation of strong, focused and even excessive manifestations of his suit.

Both the Queen and the King represent mature adults. The Queen manifests her suit in a feminine or yin or inner way, and the King manifests his suit in a masculine or yang or outer way. This manifestation does not necessarily correspond to gender; a man can be represented by a Tarot Queen if he has a strong inner focus, and a woman can be represented by a Tarot King if she projects a strong sense of authority. Some decks change the names around, but the meanings in the hierarchy of the Tarot Court are pretty standard. Since we are talking about the King of Pentacles today, we already know that our King will manifest his suit in an outer yet mature manner. Our King is concerned with results; he exhibits outer, public expertise in his field, and he is an authority figure. In many ways, the Kings of the Tarot Court can be seen as four facets of The Emperor of the Major Arcana.

Our King’s suit this month is Pentacles. The suit of Pentacles (or Coins, Stones or Disks) corresponds with the element of Earth, and of the physical body, physical manifestation, and wealth. Many Tarot decks use images of pentagrams or coins or disks on their Minor Arcana Pentacles cards as well as trees, flowers and green, verdant growth, all of which will make it easy to connect with the symbolism of this suit. A nice place to begin is with the element of Earth itself.

In its natural state, Earth is cool and dry, and it binds or shapes the other elements. Earth is of the physical or physically formed or manifested world, and of nurturing, health, finances and security, and the wisdom associated with living simply and being well-grounded. Earth is the element of form and substance; it is connected to material world security (and even wealth), and to our physical bodies and physical senses, and the pleasures and pains they bring. Earth represents the nurturing and serene side of Nature, and it represents the tangible end result of our labors. Earth is about security and stillness, and knowing what to expect; it is about strength, discipline, and physical manifestation of all kinds, and about enjoying the fruits of our labors. Earthy energies are fertile, practical, and slow to change.

You can see how easy it is to connect the element of Earth to our daily lives, our physical bodies, our careers and our finances, our families, and the natural world around us. These things are all the main correspondences of the element of Earth, the suit of Pentacles, and of course, are connected to the realm of our King of Pentacles.

In the Tarot Court, the suit of the card has an elemental correspondence (in this case, the element of Earth), and the rank of the card has an elemental correspondence. Pages correspond with Earth, Knights correspond with either Air or Fire (depending on the deck), Queens correspond with Water, and Kings correspond with either Air or Fire (depending on the deck). Since we are talking about a King today, we are also talking about the element of Air, or the element of Fire, depending on the deck. For our purposes today, we will see the King of Pentacles as Air of Earth.

The element of Air corresponds with truth, clarity, and our capacity to analyze or apply logic. It is hot and wet, and separates and adapts. Air also represents the intelligence that clears away the fog of ignorance so we can clearly see and understand, and it supports communications and sounds of all kinds. Air allows both expression (out from within us) and hearing (in from outside of us) to happen. If you see the rank of King as representing the element of Air, this information applies to the Kings of your deck, including the King of Pentacles. Elementally, the King of Pentacles would represent resolute force, where intellect overrides the senses, and since Air and Earth are unfriendly (they share no qualities), they weaken each other.

Like the other cards of the Tarot, Court Cards have astrological correspondences. Our King of Wands corresponds with the cusp or joining point of the signs of Aries and Taurus.

Aries is a cardinal Fire sign that acts as a catalyst, a person that inspires others by being totally committed to his or her own vision. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the leader of the pack, first in line to get things going. Those born under this sign prefer to initiate, and they won’t shy away from anything new. Aries people are action oriented, assertive, and competitive. Aries is ruled by Mars, the god of war and passion, bold and aggressive, and able to tap into the focus needed to take on any challenge. The symbol of Aries is the Ram, blunt and to the point, and a sheer force of nature. The great strength of those born under this sign is found in their initiative, courage and determination.

Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac, is all about reward. Physical pleasures, material goods, and soothing surroundings are all important to a Taurus. The good life in all its guises is heaven on Earth to those born under this sign. Taurus is a fixed sign, and it represents steady persistence sometimes seen as stubbornness. Taurus is symbolized by the Bull, and Bulls are among the most practical and reliable members of the zodiac, happy to plod along slowly but surely toward a goal. Taurus is ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love, Beauty and Pleasure, which is why harmony and beauty are a huge part of this sign’s personality. Taurus is a true-blue, loyal sign as well, and slow to anger; like the element of Earth, Taurus is about strength of body as well as strength of heart.

The energies of Aries and Taurus together tend to mesh nicely because what one sign is lacking, the other sign supplies. Aries keeps our King from being boring, and Taurus keeps him from being too independent. Aries is ruled by Mars and passion, and Taurus is ruled by Venus and sensuality and love. Aries will push for growth, progress and new developments, and Taurus will keep to the budget, make sure the resources are in place, and keep everyone safe. While there is always the danger of conflict within this King, he also has the ability to lead and inspire all of his subjects, no matter who they are.

Because they are Minor Arcana cards, Court Cards also correspond with a sephira on the Tree of Life. The Kings correspond with the sephira of Chokmah, along with all of the Twos of the Minor Arcana and the element of Fire. The Kings sit at the top of the Pillar of Force in the sephira of Chokmah, representing the Sacred Masculine and the Catalyst of Life. Chokmah is seen as dynamic thrust, the Ultimate Positive, the Great Stimulator and the Great Fertilizer (one of the symbols of Chokmah is the penis), and thus is connected to the Wheel of the Year. The energies of this sephira represent dynamic male energy and are the origin of vital force and polarity.

The Shadowscapes Tarot King of Pentacles is shown as a strong tree laden with ripe and juicy fruit. His roots grasp the earth with strength as they reach and absorb the resources of the soil, allowing a powerful trunk and wide-spreading branches to reach for the stars. He holds a seed in the palm of one hand, and around the base of the trunk a beautiful dragon is coiled, guarding all. This King is an enterprising individual who has the Midas touch; he turns everything he touches into brilliant success. His branches shield those around him, his trunk offers sturdy support to lean upon, and his fruits are shared with everyone. From the seed, new sprouts will grow, spreading the wealth.

The Tarot of Bones King of Pentacles is represented by a bison skull. The bison was the ultimate provider for the natives living on the American plains; from the bison they received meat for food, hides for clothes, and bones and horns for art and tools. Non-humans benefited from the bison as well, from wolves and other predators to vultures and other scavengers, to insects and bacteria. The grazing of the bison helped to keep the grasses in check, lessening the impacts of wildfires, and their hooves churned and aerated the soil and buried seeds, ensuring the continuation of the grasses in the next season. This card reminds us to examine our resources and prosperity, and to remember those upon whom we rely for sustenance and well-being. It also reminds us that at times we must be the backbone, and offer our own skills and resources to assist others.

The Thoth Tarot Knight (King) of Disks stands next to his grazing horse, gazing at the surrounding hills and fertile fields lit by the afternoon sun. He seems to be contemplating a harvest rather than a battle; he tends to keep his nose to the grindstone without indulging in intellectual musings. He tells of being materially focused, clever and patient regarding those material matters but can also be a bit dull.

The image on the Wild Unknown Tarot Father of Pentacles shows a Stag’s head, regal and in his prime. The feeling evoked while looking at the image on the Father of Pentacles is one of respect, honor, the ability to protect, and prime masculine creativity. The Stag gets to reach this stage of life because he is able to defeat all that challenge him; he is in a sense the fittest of his species that has survived to breed. This card is about having a mighty presence in the physical world; it is about not only the thrill of competition, but it is also about turning a win into both honor and status, and the continuance of a fertile lineage, to the benefit of all.

The Legacy of the Divine King of Coins stands on a richly appointed balcony decorated with golden leafy vines, clothed in green and gold robes and holding a large golden coin. He does not wear a crown, showing his connection to the common man and indicating his purpose: regulating the energies of heaven and earth and balancing the forces of nature. He oversees growth, wealth and resources, and manages them for the benefit of all.

The King of Pentacles is the embodiment of his element. He is realistic, dependable, values possessions and tangible things, and is a good provider. He prefers steady progress and is loyal and honorable. This King attracts opportunities and knows how to take advantage of them. He is good at managing others because he inspires them to succeed. He is a philanthropist who gives generously of his time and attention because he knows that the more he gives, the more he receives in return. Others rely on the King of Pentacles because he is always there for them and he never fails to support them.

When the King of Pentacles shows up, you can be confident that you have the ability to recognize opportunities and the skill to take advantage of them. He tells you that now is the time to manifest your vision of success and translate your ideas into reality!

** We Feature the art of Ciro Marchetti as part of Tarot Talk. You can view his work and Decks at

The Gilded Tarot (Book and Tarot Deck Set) on Amazon


About the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog,, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

A Shop Review – Beads N Botanicals

March, 2019

Beads N Botanicals is a shop on the corner of N. Broadway Ave and W. Water St. in Urbana, Illinois. The first question most new visitors, to the shop, notice is a wonderful aroma and they ask: “What is that smell?” This question always elicits a big smile from either the owner, Catherine, or her longtime helper, Ethel, and a giggle from me if I am standing in the sales space. And the answer is: “The shop!”

Catherine is a Certified Medicinal herbalist, Hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master. She teaches on a variety of Health, Creative and Spiritual subjects. Catherine has been using her ist knowledge to create some beautiful incense. (I have asthma and so does my husband, but the incense she creates I can burn in my home with no issues.) She is also a wonderful Tarot Reader and has been doing energy healing for 25 plus years. Catherine is also knowledgeable when it comes to all the crystals she carries in the shop.

Ethel is a wonderful and knowledgeable woman. She can be a hoot to have around. Ethel can tell you where to find just about anything in the store. And she is excellent for advice for what book to read on subjects of the Craft or Pagan Spirituality.

On weekends you may find a wonderful woman named Deb working in the shop, too. She is a kind and patient soul if you have questions on just about anything.

The shop is full of beautiful hand dipped incense, shop made candles, soaps and oils (that can be worn on the skin), as well as, straight essential oils. There are several books shelves full of books, Tarot and Oracle cards. If you are looking for Gem/Crystals beads, and jewelry making supplies, they are in the shop, too.

The shop hours are Sunday and Monday closed. (this may change in the future)

Tuesdays by appointment only (with Catherine)

Wednesday thru Friday 11 AM to 6 PM

Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM

Catherine has throughout the year on different subjects, all listed on Beads N Botanicals Facebook Page.

There are also Psychic & Health Fairs at different times of the year, again these are listed on the Beads N Botanicals Facebook page or this link:

I am there doing readings on most Wednesdays. So if you are in the Urbana, Illinois area, be sure to go by the shop. You are sure to find something that spirit leads you to purchase.


About the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page.  If you are interested in a reading you can reach her at: Readings by Dawn on Facebook at

Review of The Queen of the Moon Oracle Deck Created by Stacey Demarco

December, 2018

Review of The Queen of the Moon Oracle Deck

Created by Stacey Demarco



The Queen of the Moon Oracle is an Oracle deck created by Stacey Demarco, an author and animal activist known as The Modern Witch and the creator of Natureluster, a group which educates people about and connects people to the powers of nature. The Oracle comes in a nice sturdy 4” x 5½” cardboard box with color images on the front and a bit of information about the Oracle on the back. Inside the box are the 44 6” x 9” cards of the deck and the companion guidebook. This hauntingly beautiful Oracle and guidebook were published by Rockpool Publishing, PO Box 252, Summer Hill NSW 2130.

The companion guidebook is the same size as the cards (so everything fits neatly into the beautiful box) and contains 108 pages printed on white paper with an easy-to-read black font, bound in a sturdy glossy softcover with a beautiful card image of the Queen of the Moon on the front cover and a continuation of the starry skies behind the Queen on the back. The companion book begins with a preface written by Demarco, an introduction that offers brief information about the Moon and its phases and a description of some of the correspondences we associate with lunar energy. Next are instructions for using the Oracle including spreads and a simple dedication, and a description of the setup of the deck itself.

There are three categories of cards in the Queen of the Moon Oracle: 28 cards representing a full cycle from the Dark Moon and back to it; 12 cards, called Seasonal Lunar cards, based on the Lakota terms passed down through Native American generations; and 4 other lunar-related cards including 2 astronomical cards. The cards begin with Dark Moon (card 1) and New Moon (card 2), then move on through 6 Waxing Crescent cards, a First Quarter card, 6 Waxing Gibbous cards, a Full Moon card, 6 Waning Gibbous cards, a Last Quarter card, and 6 Waning Crescent cards. The Seasonal Lunar cards follow, offering descriptions of the energies of the Wolf Moon, the Snow Moon, the Flower Moon, and the Harvest Moon to name a few, followed by the Queen of the Moon, the Lunar God, the Blue Moon and the Super Moon. Each card section offers a color image of the card, a keyword, a description of the keyword meaning, an affirmation, a discussion of the individual card meaning and/or the theme of the Moon phase that encourages and supports a useful interpretation, and a suggested companion crystal or metal.

The images on the cards and in the guidebook are created by Kinga Britschgi, a Hungarian-born artist, digital artist, published author, and language teacher who lives in the US with her family. The cards themselves are 3½” x 5”; each card is printed on sturdy cardstock in vibrant glossy color on both the front and the back. The face of each card contains a number at the top, the name of the moon phase, and the keyword also found in the guidebook, along with the sumptuous images. The card art is gorgeous, with jewel-toned colors and images filled with powerful symbolism that instantly attracts me into each card and draws me to learn more about its energies. The art on the back of the cards shows the phases of the moon in a circle on a beautiful blue background. Because of the combination of the glossy finish that allows the cards to slide easily and the sturdy cardstock, even though they are a tiny bit wide for my hands these cards absolutely invite interaction. Shuffling the deck was easy and once the deck was spread before me, the images resonated deeply and powerfully.

The Queen of the Moon Oracle is a useful tool for tapping into the energies of the moon and the lunar cycle and determining how to integrate them into our lives and our goals. Shuffling the cards and drawing a card or a few cards each day, or throwing one of the spreads suggested in the guidebook, would create a spread that offers emotional, spiritual, and energetic messages that would be useful to any seeker. But there is another purpose for this beautiful Oracle: learning about the cycles of the moon and how they affect us. The deck contains a full lunar cycle of 28 days with suggested energies available on each day. Going through the first 28 cards of the Oracle in order and meditating daily on the corresponding card would bring a hugely useful understanding of our planet’s satellite, and would offer suggested focuses for the day, week, and lunar month going forward.

If you are drawn to the Moon, its meanings, its changing appearance in the sky, and the symbolism and effects on our lives that have been passed down through the generations from our ancestors, you will enjoy the Queen of the Moon Oracle.

Queen of the Moon Oracle: Guidance through Lunar and Seasonal Energies (Rockpool Oracle Cards) on Amazon


About the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog,, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

Review: Greek Mythology Reading Cards by Allison Chester-Lambert & Illustrations by Richard Crookes

October, 2018

Greek Mythology Reading Cards

by Allison Chester-Lambert

Illustrations by Richard Crookes

112 Cards

I have many, many decks of Tarot and Oracle cards and am always on the look-out for those that will enable the reader to connect in their own style using imagery that resonates with their spiritual practice and philosophies. The Greek Mythology Reading Cards fill those criteria very nicely; offering a visual that most people know a bit about, regardless of religious or spiritual practice.

To clarify, these cards fit in the category of oracle cards, rather than Tarot. I’ve been asked when teaching what the difference is and by way of brief explanation, oracle cards fit nicely into whatever package or presentation that is offered and do not follow a prescribed 78-Keys of Wisdom format. Any deck of Tarot captures multiple layers of hermetic and esoteric inroads and so the traditional 78-card deck is prominent. Now, this is not to say that one is better than the other for divination or receiving guidance and answers. My thought is that any system or format you choose that will open you or the person you are reading for to a receptive state and enable the information to flow is valid.

Greek Mythology is a topic that everyone encounters during the course of their childhood education. The media is filled with movies, music, books and more that make use of the Greek Pantheon and principles to tell their stories and to stimulate the imagination. So, with this oracle deck, you already have a baseline of information about the imagery and the possible meanings of selection. The cards are beautifully illustrated by Richard Crookes and are printed in natural earth tones, the edges strewn with vines and offer the notion that you are looking in on a columned Temple and witnessing a very personal and intimate depiction of whatever theme the card is offering.

The Key Words of interpretation are printed at the bottom of the card, so it is not necessary to refer to the accompanying small booklet unless you wish a more in depth understanding. The Trojan Horse relates to Trickery, Aphrodite to Attraction, Perseus to Gifts and Ares to War Mongering, to name a few. And, if you follow a Hellenic tradition or use this Pantheon for your personal work, the layers of meaning will deepen to reflect the mysteries you’ve already revealed on your path.

All in all, I think this is a beautiful addition for use in readings, meditation and deepening your understanding of a civilization and its work that has laid the foundations for much of modern society.


Greek Mythology Reading Cards


About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):


The Inner Chamber Volume One

It’s Written in the Stars



The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2)



The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths



A Year With Gaia

The Eternal Cord


Temple of the Sun and Moon

Luminous Devotions


The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1)

A Collection of Esoteric Writings


The Elemental Year

Aligning the Parts of SELF


The Enchanted Gate

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World


Sleeping with the Goddess

Nights of Devotion


A Weekly Reflection

Musings for the Year


Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 


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Faerie Whisperings Oracle Reading

July, 2018


I use two faery decks to draw readings. The art of both is drawn by Brian Froud.


The Heart of Faerie Oracle- The Green Man

The Green Man is a deep and potent image of virile, masculine, wildish man, which is fitting for this time of year. He is a complicated, intriguing and unashamedly powerful. The Green Man of faery is the spirit of the forest, the wild wood, the untamed green. The life blood of all living things. The flower that break the concrete. There is a powerful healing force of just being near green, be it garden, park or wilderness.

His words are the whisper of leaves, the call of nature. His wisdom speaks of growth, community and connection. Every plant has around it a community reaching for connection. Every tree is a “town” of life, housing many. A forest is a “mega-city” teaming with interconnected life.

He says

Grow. Connect with others and The Green. You are part of nature, always.”


The Faeries Oracle- The Guardian of the Gate

When faery are too big or too small to comprehend sometimes we recognise them as a feeling. A sense of coloured light. This Guardian marks the place between. Watching, supporting.

To me (how you find The Guardian may be entirely different) she has a definite female voice. Sing-song as though there were tiny bells or wind chimes within it.

I hear it or become aware of it when a new door opens, or one closes.

She is new opportunities, new beginnings. Bright brilliant change, should we accept it. After all she can only hold open the door, it is you whom must walk through it. I see her often in reading shaking her head at those whom never seem to take what is offered.

She helps the transition between one state and another. A new job, or title, or way of being. Maiden to mother, mother to crone, crone to light. Watchful as she respectfully ushers you between this and that. She helps give clear beginnings and good endings.

She says

Make strong choices. No dilly-dallying. What are you waiting for?”


Interview with Barbara Meiklejohn-Free: The Highland Seer

January, 2017

Barbara Meiklejohn-Free: The Highland Seer




Author and shamanic practitioner Barbara Meiklejohn-Free has a variety of hats, including flautist, singer and seer. She was recently in the limelight with her magical partner Flavia Kate Peters, on the TV show Celebrity Haunted Hotel. Barbara took some time out to answer a few questions about her projects past, present and future.

Mabh Savage: You describe yourself as a Highland Seer. Can you tell us a bit about what this means?

Barbara Meiklejohn-Free: It’s part of a long lineage line, dating back to 15th century, that’s been handed down to me by the previous Highland Seer, Swein Macdonald. He spotted my gifts and abilities and trained me for the age of 12.


MS: What inspired the collaborative works, divination of the Ancients and the very recent Witches’ Wisdom Oracle Cards?

BMF: We spotted a gap in the market, as well as being inspired by the ancient path of the old ways; that is our mission to re-introduce and re-awaken this way of being, to the modern world.


MS: What’s different about working with others on a project like divination of the Ancients to writing a book on your own? Which do you prefer and why?




BMF: I love working with Flavia. We both have the same passions for this work. Her channelled writing paints my spirit visions and so we are a winning team who complement each other perfectly.  

MS: What drew you to working with Flavia Kate Peters?

BMF: Spirit brought us together as part of our life purpose. Flavia was already well established in this area when met in Glastonbury 5 years ago, and have had great fun working together as a team ever since. We share the same dreams and goals as well as finishing off each other’s sentences! We both complete each other in the work we came here to do, and we often joke how we are Heaven and Earth – as we cover just about everything together from faeries to angels, to earth based traditions, fire-walking and ancient initiation ceremonies. Not only that, we both sing and perform at events across the world as part of the popular Pagan goddess band ‘Daughters of Gaia’.


MS: Your 2013 book, The Shaman Within, has rave reviews and some glowing endorsements from the likes of Dr Jude Currivan and Emma Restall Orr. What moved you to put your own experiences on to paper, to help others find their own shamanic path?

BMF: I have gained so much personal experience and felt led to write from the heart in order to help others, through what I had learnt myself. It’s a very down to earth, easy to read book that assists others in walking the shamanic path for themselves. I wanted to take away the seeming complications of shamanism and present it in an easy for all to discover, way.

MS: Your previous book was The Heart of All Knowing- Awakening Your Inner Seer. For those not in the know, what’s the difference between a Seer and a Shaman, and how do you employ both skills in your life?

BMF: A Seer has the ability to see past, present and future and has natural clairvoyant abilities. A shaman walks an earth based traditional path and draws assistance for healing others, from the spirit world. They have the ability to shapeshift into many diverse roles to help and assist for various modalities such as soul loss, past lives, healing, connecting with the ancestors and the spirit world. It’s natural for me to weave whatever is needed at the time. It’s a knowing.

MS: As mentioned earlier, you receive so many fantastic endorsements from people very visible within the Pagan community at large, such as Prof. Ronald Hutton and Anaiya Sophia. Why do you think your work appeals to such a wide range of people, from differing paths?

BMF: We cover many different paths, and have personal experience too. Neither of us are ‘book learnt’, we write and teach from first-hand experience. We are both down to earth people who have empathy and understanding for others. We are out there, every weekend meeting and reaching out. So, our reputation goes before us, and with it respect. We both feel so blessed.

MS: In The Shaman Within you describe Shamanism as ‘the way of being in harmony with all living things’. Do you think therefore that this book is relevant to anyone, regardless of whether they are on a Shamanic or Pagan path?

BMF: Absolutely yes! Both Shamanism and Paganism go hand in hand with regards to following the seasons, the wheel of the year and honouring nature. We are in the middle of writing a book called Shamanic Witchcraft

MS: Do you feel you have achieved this harmony yourself, or is there a way to go on your path? 

BMF: Yes, definitely living in harmony, which comes with age and wisdom. Anyone who says that they are fully evolved has the furthest to go. There is always something to learn. Everything changes. All we can do is be the best we can be. Do what you will and harm none. 

MS: You’re often in the public eye; do you ever have negative experiences with the general public either due to ignorance or discrimination?

BMF: Because we are very positive and focused in our work and beliefs what we give out is then projected back. What you give out definitely comes back to you, and we are very blessed to be respected and honoured in the work we do. Occasionally we might get some negativity but only from those who are scared of our personal power and have no self-worth or respect for themselves. 

MS: How was it appearing on Celebrity Haunted Hotel? Did you feel under pressure to portray the image of the witch in a positive light?

BMF: There was no pressure to do so, it is just a natural way for us to be. The production team, and presenters, were very respectful as well as fascinated in what we do. They made the decision to ask professional wise women, rather that actors playing at being witches, which came across in an integral and very powerful way.  We hoped to inspire others to follow their true path and to show the world that it’s OK to be a witch!

MS: Shamanism or shamanic workings seem to be increasing in popularity recently. Do you think this shows the natural urge to regain inner balance or is something else driving this? 

BMF: The world needs the shamans, witches and wise men and women to bring it back to balance and I feel that many people recognise this now. Not only this, but people aren’t so fearful of standing up for their beliefs and are embracing their inner calling. 

MS: Tell us a bit about the workshops you run.

BMF: My workshops are all based on self-empowerment. My work is to stamp out fear and embrace one’s soul and purpose whether it’s through shamanism, witchcraft, Mediumship, past lives etc. 


MS: Should we be expecting more books in the near future?

BMF: The Shamanic Medicine Oracle Deck and the Faery Godmother Oracle Deck are with the publishers as we speak, and are being launched in 2017. to come, between the two of us, include Walking with the Ancestors, Shamanic Witchcraft, Past Lives, The Dark Goddess and The Hidden Truth.


MS: Between your teaching, workshops, writing and other projects, where do you find time for yourself?

BMF: There isn’t much time out to be had, but then our work is our passion, our life, so it doesn’t feel too much like work! Taking time out involves going into nature, visiting sacred sites, travelling to distant lands and exploring different cultures.


MS: And what’s next on the horizon for you?

BMF: We have just started our own publishing house – Solarus Publishing. Although we are very blessed to have contracts with various well known publishers, we do want free licence. So, our publishing house is a rather bespoke one, focusing on truths that some daren’t put into print!

For more information on Barbara, visit, and her books and oracle cards are available at Amazon and all other good retailers.


Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, journalist and mother of one small boy and two small cats. Find out more at

Tarot Talk

February, 2016

I love comparing cards! This month we will look at the Major Arcana Strength card and then come to understand it even further by comparing it to The Chariot, the card we examined last month. If you haven’t yet read last month’s column, please do so now.

Next, a quick review.

There are 22 Major Arcana cards in a Tarot deck, with numbers from 0 to 21; the Majors usually deal with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. An archetype (pronounced “ark eh type”) is a generic, idealized model of a person, an object, or a concept which can be copied, patterned, or imitated. The term archetype often refers to one of two concepts: a “stereotype,” a personality type observed multiple times, especially an oversimplification of a personality type; stereotypes can be positive or negative, or an “epitome,” which is the embodiment of a particular personality type, especially as the “greatest” or “best” example of the particular personality type; epitomes can also be positive or negative.

So archetypes present personality traits that are common enough to be known by us all, through images (rather than words) that contain symbolism that connects with our subconscious in a universal manner. Each of us can understand the symbolism of archetypes and connect with that symbolism because each of us has (or will) personally experienced these archetypes.

Each Major Arcana card corresponds to an archetype, an image, a number, an element, an astrological sign or planet, a Hebrew letter, and a Path on the Tree of Life joining two Sephiroth. Let’s start breaking this one down; we’ve got a lot of work to do!

Many Major Arcana cards represent archetypes of people in our lives. The Empress is The Mother, The Emperor is The Father, The Hierophant is The Teacher; we easily understand these archetypes because most of us have them in our lives. Other Tarot Majors represent ideas or feelings or concepts or stories, rather than people. The Strength card is one of these, as Strength is the archetype of goodness and endurance. Like The Chariot of last month, Strength is about courage and self-discipline; however, Strength has an inner focus that allows us to tame and live with our instincts or animal nature.

The traditional image associated with Strength is a woman and a lion under a blue or golden sky, with the woman appearing calm, gentle and cultured, gazing peacefully at the lion; not a figure typically associated with the ability to dominate a wild beast. Often the woman is clasping the jaws of the lion or petting or combing his mane; on a few versions she is prying open the lion’s mouth. Some cards show the lion sleeping at the woman’s feet, others show the woman riding the lion. Many Strength cards contain a lemniscate, a geometric shape also found on The Magician. There are often flowers, green grass, and mountains in the distance. The lion is a symbol of our passions and instincts and desires, and it is interesting that while The Chariot offers us the Warrior, Strength presents a woman to tame the lion. Here is the first hint that Strength is not about physical strength at all. The woman tames the lion with gentleness and patience; in many images the woman’s left arm (representing mental effort) is exhibiting effort while her right arm (representing physical effort) is merely resting on the lion.

Strength is the number 8 card, which tells us that we have skill to move forward, and the time has come to move, and to follow our instincts. This number represents the concept of a Remedy or a Reaction to the degeneration of the number 7; 8 is the number of building and of destruction that asks us to present a conscious and deliberate response to what has been presented to us to date. In some decks, Strength is switched with Justice and thus is numbered 11. The number 11 reduces to 2, the number of balance, polarity, diplomacy and the energy of “distance between.” This number offers the concept of comparison.

Strength corresponds with the element of Fire. Fire corresponds with the Minor Arcana suit of Wands, playing cards suit of Clubs, the cardinal direction of South and the color Red. It represents creativity, ideas, ambition, and growth. This element represents seeds being planted and things being born; Fiery energy encourages us to move forward and to take action based on Divine Will rather than our ego-based Self. In its natural state, the element of Fire is hot and dry. It tends to bring spontaneous change or impulsive, energetic effects. Fire transforms everything in our world. Fire can sanitize or cleanse, and it can destroy everything in its path; Fire can warm us and keep us safe, or it can kill us. Fire is associated with our ability to experience joy and passion (including sexuality), and can represent enthusiasm and a pull towards being physical or artistic; it can also represent recklessness and apathy, a lack of energy and potential health issues.

In astrology, Strength corresponds with Leo (“I am,” passionate, dramatic, egotistical). The Sun sign of Leo is connected with the Lion, the king of the jungle, and the Lion plays a huge part in the Strength card. Leo also corresponds with our Sun, the center of our solar system; it is a fixed Fire sign. In Astrology, Fixed Signs are associated with stabilization, determination, depth and persistence. This means that Leos are powerful and willful in all they do, often achieving more than expected. Of course, they can also be inflexible, rigid, stubborn, opinionated and single-minded. Leos are passionate and courageous; they can combine dignity and strength in order to be effective leaders who have a talent for inspiring others to also go above and beyond what is expected. They tend to plunge into a situation without a second glance, but since they thrive on risk and competitive situations, the end result is often good.

In the Hebrew alphabet, each letter is connected to the creative forces in the universe, and they express themselves on three levels: one level is archetypical and runs from the first to the ninth letter; the second level is one of manifestation and runs from the tenth to the eighteenth letter, and the third is a cosmic level and runs from the nineteenth to the twenty-second letter. Strength corresponds with the Hebrew letter Teth, the tail or the coiled serpent, the 9th letter in the alphabet which falls into the archetypical level. A coiled serpent has built up its power and is ready to strike; this is seen as a hidden spiritual awareness the release of which creates a reminder of our divine origin.

On the Tree of Life, Strength represents Path 19, running between Geburah (the place where forms and structures are challenged or affirmed) and Chesed (the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured), representing Spiritual Intelligence. The 19th Path tells of the balance between strength and severity, and affection and gentleness. It encourages us to endure the tests and challenges that give us the strength and skill to wield Perfect Love and Trust. The 19th Path is one of the Paths that crosses the Tree of Life horizontally, moving in both directions between the sephiroth and spanning the Pillar of Form/Restriction and the Pillar of Force/Expansion. If you remember, The Chariot is a vertical Path, also originating in Geburah, the center of the Pillar of Form/Restriction, but moving upward into Binah and remaining on this Pillar.

The Chariot tells of having the control necessary to focus on our goals, and to avoid distractions, and it represents the ability to get to where we need to go, perhaps even the ability to get there quickly, rather than walking. Sometimes The Chariot can represent our mind and intellect and the way our feelings can affect them; both our mind and our feelings need to be controlled with a firm hand.

Strength does not tell of physical strength or the use of strong muscles. This is energy without brutality, a feminine strength, irresistible in its gentleness. The Strength card is seen as being connected to The Magician (they both contain that sideways 8, the symbol of eternity), however, The Magician must learn his skills, while the Strength card represents the ideal to be attained and strived for. The lesson The Magician must learn is that gentleness tames violence.

Like The Chariot, the Strength card also represents determination focus and power, however there are differences. The Chariot represents the Will, Strength represents Endurance. Two powerful forces, one with an outer manifestation and one with an inner manifestation. Originally, Strength was called Fortitude, one of the cardinal virtues (the other two are Temperance and Justice). Fortitude tells us that we need to moderate our expectations regarding pain and danger, for while we don’t usually want either of them, they can’t be avoided but rather endured. The Chariot has strength and focus, and is able to direct the forces around him in order to arrive at his chosen destination. Strength adds patience and composure to the mix, taming the unpredictable energies so they no longer present obstacles.

Strength has a powerful yet subtle message for those who seek to understand the energies of this card: it is not holding on that makes us strong, but it is the act of letting go.

January Amulet of the Goddess Message

January, 2016

January Amulet of the Goddess Message

Sprouting Seed – New beginnings


A new, tender situation is at hand. It needs to be protected and nourished. The seeds you have planted have begun to sprout. IT is time to tend this new development carefully. Be sure to not let it become crowded out by the weeds and other growths. Tend your new life carefully. Speak over those who would silence you.


Frog – Speaking out


Listen. Can you hear the frogs croaking in the moonlight? They give their song to all who can hear it.

Speak up, speak out, let your message be heard. Speak up for yourself.

Raise your voice and drown out those who say that it cannot be done. Speak over those who would silence you.


Whirlwinds – Trust the unknown


The winds of change are blowing through. Right now you may not be able to see what these changes may be or where they may lead.

We are asking that you trust in not knowing. Find peace and calm at the center of change where all is still.


Dolphin – Play


In the midst of change, in the midst of growing, this is your reminder of the importance of laugher, of play, of finding joy in life. Take a moment to find the good in life and to focus on the joyful events that are happening around you.

Take a moment each day to find 3 things that make you happy, that make you laugh, that bring you joy.


Inanna – Queen of transformation


Changes are coming. You are being asked to make a willing sacrifice, to give up something of yourself in order to gain much more in return.

Hear the calling. Listen to the words. Always you have a choice. Discard the trappings, for they are not you. They are adornments only.


Final Words

Find you underneath the layers. Pull away the weeds that choke the tender sprout, which is you, growing at the centre.

Listen to the words you are speaking. Are they the words you want to speak? Does endless chatter choke your words? What truths are you hiding amongst the words you are speaking?

Shed those words that hide your truth. Speak the words you are meant to speak.

Then you will find peace. You will find the calm in the eye of the storm.

Then you will find joy, mirth, and merriment.

Then you will find you.

For the past 23 years I have been using amulets for divinatory work and for insight into what is happening in my life. I’ve been doing readings for others for almost as long and can now offer Amulet Readings to anyone around the world. For more information on receiving an Amulet of the Goddess Oracle Reading, contact me through Sacred Visions.

Seeing the Signs

September, 2015

Using a Pendulum with Tarot Cards or Oracle Cards

When I was researching last month’s column on using a Pendulum, I found a blog called “New Age Blog” written by Travor Mayes. The page I was on was from 2009, but it had an entry about using your Pendulum in conjunction with Tarot Cards. He said to lay out nine cards and then: “Let the pendulum select which cards apply to you with a yes answer, the pendulum will also decide how many cards to turn over.”

This is of course rather confusing but I got out my Rider-Waite deck and after shuffling and cutting them the proper amount of times, I laid out nine cards. I didn’t have a particular question in my mind – I just wanted to see what would happen.

The pendulum barely moved or didn’t move at all as I held it over each card. Then – the fifth card – it started moving – very definitely – in an up and down movement. I turned the card over. It was the Queen of Cups, reversed. The pendulum was still until the last card and then it moved in the same definite way. I turned the card over and found The Magician. Given that I have been in my usual summertime depression, I saw the reversed Queen of Cups as my current weepy self and the Magician as the power within me to change my mood for the better.

So then I reshuffled the cards and laid out another nine cards. Since time, I asked why I was depressed.


As you can see, my cat Radar was helping me!

I tried the method other ways. I used three cards, five cards, seven cards. It works best with nine cards. I’m not sure why that is, except that the fewer cards you have laid out, the fewer cards the pendulum picks. With only three cards laid out, it is possible that the pendulum might not pick any one of the three. Honestly, that gave me pause. Maybe the pendulum knows more than I do and it’s just not a good time for a Tarot reading.

Another thing I tried was laying out the entire deck, all seventy-two cards. I had to lay them out on my living room floor and it took me quite a while to hold the pendulum over each card as I meditated about my question.


But again – it was just amazing how the pendulum started swinging when it wanted a particular card. There was absolutely no mistaking it. Out of seventy-two cards, the pendulum picked fifteen cards. I shuffled these cards and laid ten of them out as a Celtic Cross:


I also did a trumps-only spread using the Lovers Tarot and I had a fun time with the Secret Dakini Oracle, and this method works wonderfully with the Motherpeace Tarot too. In fact, I am going to try and develop more ways of using the pendulum with Tarot Cards, Oracle Cards, even regular playing cards – I think this is a great way of blending divinatory mediums and I haven’t had this much fun with my cards in years!

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