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Learning Lenormand

July, 2019

Dreaming Lenormand

I
remember when I started learning reading Tarot cards over thirty
years ago. I had a deck of Rider-Waite cards and I would lay out one
of several spreads on a daily basis – usually a Celtic Cross –
but sometimes a Horoscope Spread or a Tree of Life Spread or some
other spread I had just read about in a book I had just gotten out
from the library. My diary is filled with these readings – some
are ridiculously lame – since I obviously had no idea what the
cards truly “meant” and I was simply quoting what the “little
book” said, trying to fit the “meaning” of the card into the
position it landed in the spread and what I wanted to know. This
often required some agile mental gymnastics on my part and often,
when I am reading these works of psychological analysis today, I
don’t know whether to laugh or to cry! But even though I was more
confused than not, some of the readings are quite astute. Right from
the beginning, I can see that I had a knack for reading the cards. I
gave the cards nicknames and saw personalities in the cards – a
lover of mine was the King of Cups and my best girlfriend was the
Queen of Wands, for instance – the cards became profoundly close to
my life quite quickly.

I started dreaming “in terms of the tarot” after I had been reading the Tarot for about six months or so. It’s hard to say how I knew I was dreaming about the tarot but I always knew that I was dreaming about this card or that – my diary is filled with descriptions of these dreams. Many of these dreams became poems. I can confidently say that this is where my current Tarot poetry project was generated. Anyone who follows my silverapplequeen or no commas blogs on Wordpress knows these poems.

I
got my first Lenormand deck around a year ago and now own four
Lenormand decks. Although the language of the Lenormand doesn’t
come as easily to me as the language of the Tarot, I am beginning to
speak it with more fluency. I’ll be honest – I don’t practice
with the cards as often as I should – certainly not as often as I
did when I first started learning the Tarot. There are reasons for
this – my life isn’t as dramatic as it was thirty years ago – I
am not trying to figure out the motives and movements of husbands and
lovers – I am not constantly changing jobs or homes or trying to
become pregnant. I am now retired and my son is a grown man. I
don’t have any lovers anymore nor do I desire any. Life is boring!
And I like it that way!

But
I love the cards and I love collecting them. Lenormand, Tarot,
playing cards – I am a card person. I love the feel of them in my
hands. I have certain sets I actively look for. I think the Chelsea
Lenormand is beautiful and if I ever see it, I am jumping on it like
a duck on a June bug. I would also love to own the Blue Bird
Lenormand. Right now, I am working with the Fairy Tale Lenormand and
the Gaelic Lenormand. I also like the Lenormand Fortune Telling
Cards, with the little verse instead of the playing card insert. But
I love all of them. My main question with the Lenormand is
this: why is there no cat? There’s a dog and a fox – that’s
two canines. But no feline energy. That’s a big omission IMHO.

I
had my first Lenormand dream a few weeks ago. I didn’t know it was
a Lenormand dream until I was awake and thinking about the dream. I
was dreaming that I was in a giant mansion by the sea – if you have
ever seen the HBO drama “Boardwalk Empire”, it was just like the
Commodore’s mansion – only darker and more gothic. There was a
coffin in the entrance – a green coffin – I remember the color
vividly. I walked around the coffin and then out to the beach.
There was a maple tree on the beach.

When I woke up, I thought I had just been dreaming about “Boardwalk Empire” – my son and I had been watching it for several days – I had even been dressed in 1920’s formal wear in the dream. But after thinking about the dream more closely, I realized that it was a Lenormand dream. There were definite Lenormand images in the dream – the coffin, the house, the tree, and the woman. Although it can be argued that I didn’t see the house – I was inside the house – it was still present in the dream.

At
the time I had this dream, I was suffering from a terrible eye
infection. I looked like a deformed monster. I was in horrible
pain and I was horrendously depressed.

(The
Fairy Tale Lenormand)

The
images of the dream – read in Lenormand cards – Lady, House,
Coffin – say no more than “The Lady of the house is ill” –
which made me laugh. No shit, sherlock! The tree told me that
healing would be coming – after all, in the dream, I am walking to
the tree – three weeks after this dream, my eye is healing,
although very slowly.

(The
Gaelic Lenormand)

A
few nights ago, I had a very restless night with dreams that were
unclear but very emotional. I know I dreamed of a man I loved
passionately but who is now dead and gone. I also dreamed of a close
friend who betrayed me. Maybe they were the same person. It was the
night of the last full moon but it was a stormy night and with the
cloud cover, the moon was hidden. Even so, her power was felt.

I
woke up and thought about the dreams I had that night – even though
I could barely see them – I could feel them. The
Gaelic Lenormand seemed to be the best deck for the dreams I had that
night. I used a “Line of Five” spread with the 29 Woman card to
signify myself in the middle. The 10 Scythe card paired with the 28
Man card was the lover who was dead and gone. The 18 Dog card paired
with the 6 Clouds card was the faithless friend.

(Lenormand
Fortune Telling Cards)

Last
night, I went to bed thinking about my novel. I have not written a
word on this novel in two years but in the last few weeks, I have
been thinking about starting work on it again. I woke up this
morning knowing that I had been dreaming about writing the novel –
that I had found the perfect form for the story – that I was
writing easily and happily – that I had found the key. I
woke up thinking those words exactly – the key. But I also
felt really happy.

So
writing is 26 Book and finding the key is 33 Key and feeling
happy is 24 The Heart and I’m not even sure why I picked out 4
House except that to me – writing a book means a certain amount of
success and that means obtaining the home of my dreams. It all ties
together – with me, 29 Woman, in the middle of it all.

Anyway – these dreams have pushed my Lenormand practice into another level – which is really a good thing, because I needed something – my own life was too boring! Now, every morning, I wake up and think – where was I last night? Where did my dreams take me? What did I do in them? Who did I meet? And how does that correspond to the Lenormand? Then I get the cards out and try to make a story out of the dream using the cards. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. But it’s sure fun trying!

Until
next month, Brightest Blessings!

Decks Featured

Fairy Tale Lenormand on Amazon by Lisa Hunt. US Games Systems, Inc. 2016.

The Gaelic Lenormand on Amazon by Diana Clark. http://amzn.to/212x2ij

The Lenormand Fortune-telling Cards on Amazon Sterling Ethos. 2006.

All photographs by Polly MacDavid.

***

About
the Author:

Polly
MacDavid
 lives
in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change,
since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the
divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has
three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her
philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly
based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan and she is solitary.

She
blogs at silverapplequeen.wordpress.com.
She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a
novel about sex, drugs and recovery.

Tarot Talk

July, 2019

The Nine of Pentacles

(The Nine of Pentacles card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**

This
month we will go back to the 9’s of the Minor Arcana and talk about
the Nine of Pentacles. This is a Minor Arcana card so we know right
away that the message offered by this card will most likely be more
immediate in nature, or will most likely be connected to more
day-to-day issues. The easiest way to get a decent understanding of a
Minor Arcana card is to examine its number, or in the case of Court
Cards, its rank, and to examine its suit. We can also find useful
information within the image on the card.

The
traditional image of the Nine of Pentacles shows a well-dressed woman
wearing a beautiful yellow robe decorated with sunflowers, a ring on
her finger and earrings in her ears. She is standing in a garden
that is overflowing with vines heavily laden with grapes, and is
surrounded by nine golden Pentacles. Her left hand is gloved, and on
her hand sits a bird of prey wearing a hood, a wild thing that is
calm and completely tamed. In the background are green trees, hills,
and a glimpse of a large mansion or castle. They sky is clear and
golden, as if it is a mid-summer day. The woman’s head is tilted
to the side, as if she is looking at her bird. Most versions of the
Nine of Pentacles are similar: a well-dressed woman surrounded by the
bounty of nature and a rich harvest holding either a bird of prey or
a brightly-colored bird.

Let’s
look at the number 9. I see the number 9 as representing the fullness
or completeness of effect or manifestation. We are talking about
completeNESS here, not compleTION or the winding up of a cycle. The
number 9 represents our perceptions as we reach the limit of our
understanding of or experience of a situation, just before we wind up
the process and take another step up the ladder in order to begin the
whole process again. In our spoken language, we say that we are going
to “go the whole nine yards” when we intend to experience
something to the fullest, and that is what the number 9 can tell us
in the Tarot.

So
just by looking at the number of our card, we already know that the
Nine of Pentacles is going to present an intense experience. This
will not necessarily indicate that we are done with the experience,
but rather that we are at the “peak of the wave” just before the
wave tips over and disseminates its energy onto the shore. Now, we
narrow down our interpretation by looking at the suit of the card:
the suit of Pentacles.

The
suit of Pentacles (or Coins, Stones or Disks) corresponds with the
element of Earth, and of the physical body, physical manifestation,
career, health 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, care of the body, 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 to our physical bodies and
physical senses, and the pleasures and pains they bring. Earth
represents the fertile, nurturing and serene side of Nature, and it
represents the tangible end result of our labors. Earth is about
stillness and about knowing what to expect; it is about strength,
discipline, and physical manifestation of all kinds, and about
enjoying what we’ve achieved. 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 Nine of Pentacles,
as shown within its image.

The
astrological correspondence for the Nine of Pentacles is Venus in the
astrological sign of Sagittarius.

Venus
is the second-closest planet to the Sun, and is the brightest natural
object in the night sky besides the Moon. Venus reaches its maximum
brightness shortly before sunrise or shortly after sunset, for which
reason it is often called the Morning Star or the Evening Star. Venus
is similar in size, gravity, and bulk composition to our Earth,
however, the surface of the planet is very different from our planet.
Venus, or the Greek Aphrodite, is the Goddess of love, beauty, and
relationships. Venus is a feminine planet and thus is in-taking,
rather than out-going. Venus is the bringer of pleasure, happiness,
wealth, good fortune, and love. Venus is also associated with the
principles of attraction, persuasion, and getting along. Venus
represents sociability, friendliness, harmony, balance, values, art,
beauty, and romantic love (as opposed to sexual love which is Mars’
domain).

Sagittarius,
the 9th sign of the zodiac, is often seen as the wanderer, but
remember, not all those who wander are lost. Sagittarius is the
truth-seeker, the enthusiastic consumer of information who loves
knowledge achieved by traveling the world and talking to everyone.
The life quest of a Sagittarian is to understand the meaning of life,
using both spiritual and philosophical disciplines to digest what
they learn. This is a mutable Fire sign, and thus while exploration
and adventure are a necessary part of life, procrastination is also a
danger. Sagittarius corresponds with Jupiter, and is expansive in all
things, is an effective healer, and can be a bridge between humans
and animals.

Venus
in Sagittarius can bring adventure, because they combine Venus, the
lover, under the rule of Jupiter, the planet of freedom, luck, and
breathless risks. There’s a defiant edge to Venus Sagittarius, as
you move freely and seek variety in love and among friends. Freedom
is valued and limitations are uncomfortable; experiencing everything
firsthand, preferably with like-minded people, brings joy and
fulfillment.
Both Venus and Sagittarius love to make connections to others, love
to have fun, love to meet people from diverse cultures and explore
new places.

Each
of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck also has a home on the Tree of Life
of the Qabalah; all of the Nines correspond to the sephira (or
sphere) of Yesod. Yesod is the first sphere out of (and the last
sphere into) the sephira that represents the physical world, Malkuth.
Yesod is about things such as emotions and feelings, which are
directly connected to our physical existence, but not actually
physical themselves. Yesod is also the home of our life force, our
personality, and the Self. It is only above Yesod that the Tree
begins to branch out. This reminds us that emotions and feelings and
an awareness of our life force and our personality are natural
processes, and that exploring them and understanding them is an
important part of our own evolutionary process.

The
Llewellyn Welsh Tarot Nine of Pentacles shows the traditional
well-dressed woman holding a falcon and standing in a ripe field.
Behind her is a figure who appears to be tallying or taking notes
regarding the harvest The keywords for this card are prudence,
assessment, planning and diplomacy; choosing friends and confidants
carefully; successful handling of a multi-faceted venture;
compassion, patience and effort to understand others.

The
Nine of Disks of the Thoth Tarot is named “Gain,” and Crowley
sees this card as representing good luck and good management. Here we
have a big payoff on the material plane, free from concerns, worries
and anxieties. This card represents material gains, an inheritance,
riches, and treasures.

The
Shadowscapes Tarot Nine of Pentacles tells of the balance of the
material world with the spiritual world. The image on the card shows
a woman playing a piano that is entwined with trees, a part of the
moss and leaves and bark of the trees. She sits on a snail shell,
its spirals echoing the spirals of the tree branches, hinting at the
golden mean ratio. She smiles as she plays, not looking at her
fingers but rather, gazing up at the sun shining through the leaves.
This card tells of material well-being and refinement, and the
discipline needed in order to obtain them. We are told to rely on
our self and trust our abilities, and understand and appreciate the
wealth that we already possess.

The
Legacy of the Divine Tarot Nine of Coins shows a beautiful woman in a
flowing gown with a bird of paradise perched on her arm. She stands
on a balcony filled with healthy flowering potted plants, and above
her is a brilliant arch of nine golden Coins. In the distance we see
a storm, but the storm has passed and now all is calm and brilliantly
lit. The image is lush and opulent, almost surreal in its loveliness,
telling of accomplishments that look easy on the surface but are
actually attained through long and hard work. This card encourages
us to retreat from the real world into an environment that is
harmonious and comfortable so we can focus on intellectual and
spiritual pursuits.

The
Nine of Pentacles is seen by many as one of the most fortunate cards
in the entire deck. Yes, this card often tells of good luck, but it
also tells us that hard work over time can bring wealth, pleasure and
an easy life. The Nine of Pentacles tells us that we have strength
of character; we are self-sufficient and efficient. Best of all, we
can enjoy the company of others and yet still enjoy alone time. As
long as we don’t expect too much from others or allow others to
demand too much from us, we will succeed.

We
do need to remember that success can mean worldly achievement, but
the best end result is to succeed in creating ourselves, the best we
can be, out of the material given to us by the circumstances and
conditions of our life. The Nine of Pentacles represents quality and
an awareness of the value of the gifts we have been given, and is the
emblem of a truly evolved person.

**
We Feature the art of Ciro
Marchetti 
as part of Tarot Talk. You can view his work and
Decks at http://www.ciromarchetti.com/.

Legacy of the Divine Tarot 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, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com, 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

Gael Song

June, 2019

House Cleansing, Connecting with the Spirits of a Place

I
recently moved into a new home, so the issues of cleansing and
connecting with the land are particularly important to me right now.
People can get quite fanatical sometimes about walking sunwise
several times around a home before they barely set foot inside. But
anyone moving in is standing on the shoulders of the person who
recently vacated. So, I think it’s good to take a short space of
time to feel what that person left behind, for it’s imprinted in
the walls and soil, along with all the owners and the native peoples
before them in layers below the earth. I very much want to know what
those are before I cleanse them away, past life memories always built
into these renewals. For instance, the previous owner here was a bit
irresponsible, leaving debris down by the lake shore, a submerged
canoe, a rotten trellis thrown over the stones. There is a certain
discourtesy both to the earth and the coming owner in this imprint,
but nothing severe. There are numerous weeds in the lawn, thankfully,
so chemicals have not been used here. This would have bothered me far
more than bailing out an old canoe. That canoe speaks of past lives
as a Native near this place, too, something I needed to be reminded
of by the spirit world, something I need to heal. Plus, I personally
think it’s far more important to take time to bring enough order
out of the moving chaos to have most of the comforts of a home back
in place before doing a thorough cleansing (unless there’s a really
nasty energy hanging around that needs immediate attention, of
course). I’ve been here a week now, so this would be the perfect
morning to anchor my spirit in here.

The
first thing I always do at a new home I’ve been called on to
cleanse is walk the land to sense the energies in depth. If any areas
are particularly dark, I do an immediate healing on those. Then I
walk sunwise around the home, calling on the Creators, Goddess and
God, to anchor in, to protect and lead the owners as long as they are
living in that place. Entering the home itself, I like to sprinkle
flower essences in all the rooms, moving sunwise again. There are
many essences or herbs that can be used. Most people sage a home, but
since I’m allergic to smoke, I find flower essences work best. Sage
is the wise woman essence, a good one to use. But I adore sprinkling
Herkimer diamond flower essence across the floors (made by steeping a
Herkimer diamond crystal, a clear quartz stone with points at both
ends, in water in the sun for 4-6 hours and asking the spirit of the
crystal to be implanted into the water, then stored in 1/3rd
brandy in a dark quiet place.). This stone brings a new and sparkling
energy out of the deep heart into the forefront of the heart to be
brought into life and action when used medicinally. In a new home, it
brings a heart brilliance into the rooms, a shift into a fresh way of
life that is both heart centered and carries a new focus for the
owners, a new direction in life. Other essences I like to use are:
White Eden Rose, the Goddess flower, or Red Eden rose, the God
flower, scattered everywhere to anchor the Creators’ strong love
and holding power into each room. I use Love in a Mist very often,
too, or Forget-Me-Not, both essences of the divine children
(Love-in-a-Mist for the girl, Forget-Me Not, the boy), asking for
comfort and gentle growth for the inner divine children of the new
owners. Then I sing a chant or short song, which sends the signal out
to the spirit world to complete the shifts put into place during the
ritual. That’s it, quite simple, but effective in bringing in the
thrust of change.

Outside
any new home of my own, though, I connect more deeply, slowly, over a
moon or more. I like to put my hand on every tree, feeling each one’s
nature, for these will be my new friends in very real way. I like to
sit on the earth in a power spot, a private nook or corner that’s
especially lovely, and feel the connection with the Goddess rise up
to hold me within. Before I leave any old home, too, I walk it
counter clockwise, releasing the old connections to make room for the
new. Here in my new home, I have many old oaks along the lake, some
black, some white. I haven’t taken time to sit beneath them all and
meditate, but I will soon. I feel their ancient strength, though, in
everything I do, far different from my last home with only a young
Rose of Sharon beside the back door. Oak leaves have a spinal imprint
in their veining, so I know I will likely be building backbone in
this place. There are maples here as well, so I’ll be taking some
kind of action, too, for they resonate with hands, as you can see in
the shape of the leaves. There are many lessons and strengths to be
drawn from the trees of a place, always very carefully prepared by
the spirit world for every owner, trees bringing exactly what’s
needed by each person during their moons or years of living in each
place. If there are other special features of the land, such as the
small lake behind my home here, it’s good to meditate with these as
well. I like to feel what each may have to say about beginnings in
any new place.

And
lastly, I like to take some kind of real action to make the new house
my own. The first thing I did outside, on my second day here, was
plant a small Goddess garden down by the water. It will be my
meditation place. Then, in another week or so, I’ll be planting 12
small English oak trees, creating a nemeton here, a sacred grove.
I’ll take my place as a Celtic priestess in a real way that day,
the perfect ending of my transition here. I’ve already put in
wildflowers I brought with me to put between the oaks, such as the
foam flower in the illustration.

May
all who are going through the utter chaos of packing and traveling,
be blessed in your transitions and find peace, great joy, and spirit
growth in your new abodes.

***

About
the Author:

Jill Rose Frew, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, energy healer, workshop leader, and author. She will be opening a school teaching light healing and the Celtic path of enlightenment in 2019. For information, please see www.CelticHeaven.com

Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to Arthurian Fulfillment on Amazon

The Road to Runes

June, 2019

The Road to Runes: Back to Basics

The
Elder Futhark runes are a Germanic alphabet, a writing system and a
divination tool. For the past few months, I’ve focused on a
different rune or reading every month. I thought it might be useful
to list each of the runes and their meaning as a point of reference.
This month, I’m focusing on the first ætt, or set of eight of the
24 runes. This ætt is known as Freyr’s, Frey’s or Freyja’s
ætt. Each ætt is dedicated to a deity or deities, or overseen by
them, to match that ætt to the aspects of those deities.

Frey
and Freyja are Vanir twins. They feature heavily in the mythology
surrounding the war between Aesir and Vanir. They represent various,
complex aspects of humanity and divinity, but at their simplest are
associated with fertility, re-birth, wealth and expansion or
increase. They are also often linked to emotional and physical
happiness and compassion.

Each
of the runes I’ve gone into in a bit more detail in past posts has
a link to the relevant article.

Fehu:

The
sound “F” as in “Fulsome.” The rune meaning is most often
given as “cattle.” Fehu is associated with the colours green and
brown. The ownership of cattle has frequently indicated wealth, so
the rune Fehu is often associated with material possessions and
financial success. It can also be a warning against greed or becoming
a “slave to the wage”. Just as cattle can either be passive and
calm, or a chargin, raging herd, Fehu can represent either abundance
or destruction. With this in mind, Fehu is also associated with
fertility and the creation of life, as well as the natural cycles of
death and rebirth.

Uruz:

The
sound “oo” as in “loose.” The rune means Aurochs, a wild ox.
This rune can be associated with both the colours orange and dark
green. Like Fehu, there is a link to cattle, and therefore it’s
easy to think this rune also means wealth and power. However, the
Aurochs is wild and untameable, so this is power we cannot control; a
primal force. Uruz may mean that success is just around the corner,
waiting to manifest. Uruz is also linked to physical and mental
wellbeing, and a deeper understanding of one’s self.

Thurisaz:

The sound “th” as in “Thorn,” which is this rune’s meaning, although it also means “Giant.” Thurisaz may be associated with the colour white. Thurisaz is a rune of defense and protection. It is about directing a destructive force at one’s enemies- or dealing with conflict in the most direct way possible. This may mean remaining completely passive and avoiding a conflict, or it may mean taking immediate action. Thurisaz warns of a storm on the horizon and allows time to prepare. It is the protective hedge of hawthorn, a boundary between the reader and harm. Thurisaz is also linked to regeneration and the replenishment of things. Expect new beginnings and a fresh start or renewed motivation.

Ansuz:

The sound “aah” as in “heart”. This rune means breath or mouth, and is often associated with the divine breath or sound of creation. It may be associated with the colour purple, often used to represent spirit in Wiccan practices. This is Woden’s or Odin’s rune, and represents the links between thought, word, and creativity. Ansuz can indicate that even in times of chaos, order can prevail to find a way through. It encourages the reader to find patterns within the madness and trust in the natural flow of things. Take a leap of faith.

Raidho:

The sound “R” as in “Riding.” This rune means wheel, and is associated with traveling and journeys. It can be associated with the colours blue and black. Raidho reminds the reader of the dangers of remaining stationary and lapsing into stagnation. In order to be in the right place at the right time, it’s important to keep moving. This may mean physically, metaphorically, or metaphysically. Is there a need to move house, travel, attend a reunion? Or is there another job that calls? Or perhaps a spiritual journey has reached an obstacle and needs to change path- or does the reader need to power on through? Raidho is encouragement to trust the inner compass, and to avoid becoming trapped. This may mean breaking free of the imprisonment of existing beliefs, ideals, or self-image.

Kenaz:

The
sound “k” as in “Ken”. Kenaz means torch, and is associated
with the colour yellow. Like the torch, Kenaz shines a light into the
darkest corners. This rune brings illumination to puzzling
situations, lending knowledge, understanding and learning to one’s
life. Kenaz is a fire rune and represents creation, sacrifice, and
the use of fire as a hearth or forge in order to make the will and
intellect manifest. Kenaz is often seen as the rune of the
craftsperson or artist, particularly when looking for inspiration or
the training and increasing of creative skills. Kenaz may also be
associated with love and lust, and the combining of opposites to
create something positive.

Gebo:

The
sound “g” as in “giving.” Gebo literally means gift and its
meaning is closely linked to the honour and respect shown between
people when they willingly exchange gifts. Gebo may be associated
with the colours gold, silver or red. As well as being the rune of
giving and generosity, Gebo represents the connection between humans
and the gods, and the forces and honour which are exchanged through
this connection. A human is bound to their deity through respect,
sacrifice, offerings and love. The God or Goddess is bound to the
human through the exchange of divine favour or knowledge. Because of
this, Gebo is often linked to positive partnerships, contracts, and
even love. Love between siblings is sometimes indicated, or Gebo may
refer to the partnership and attraction/connection between two (or
more!) lovers.

Wunjo:

The
sound “w” or “v” as in “well-being” or “vitality.”
This rune’s literal meaning is joy or delight, and it can either be
associated with the colours pink or blue. The importance of happiness
is recognised in Norse mythology, as an intrinsic part of courage and
hope- crucial for the potential hero or warrior. Wunjo indicates that
good things are coming. This could be the end of a long-running
argument or conflict. It could be an increase in self-confidence.
Wunjo is a reminder that if people are pleasant and good to be
around, other people will be more likely to be nice to them! A simple
message, but one that is easy to forget when times, or hearts, are
hard. Wunjo is also associated with physical healing, and the healing
of the heart and mind after emotional difficulties.

Which of these runes would you like me to focus on next? Let me know on Twitter via @Mabherick or by emailing us. Until next time!

***

About
the Author:

Mabh
Savage
 is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors & Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

By the Sea

June, 2019

(Photo by Ivana Cajina on Unsplash)

Under
windswept trees 

I close my eyes 

I am surrounded by the seas.
Oceanic,

Sweeping
over

Through 

Beyond me.
Beeches,

No
beaches

But the waves are the same.
White horses gallop

Through
my tired mind.
I am surrounded by the seas.
Rushing towards

Blinkered eyes

Illusion
of sound

All
around me.
I am surrounded by the seas.
Green and lush

Ever moving

Never
still

Nor
calm

Nor
gentle…
Leaves for seaweed;

Cones for shells;

Birds
for flying fish

Humans
for sharks:

Avoided.
Like
a rock

I
wash up beneath my tree

Surrounded
by the sea,

The sighing, crying sea.

Copyright 12th August 2016

***

About
the Author:

Mabh
Savage
 is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She
is the author of A
Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors
& Pagan
Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways
.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

Book Review – The Practice of Nada Yoga: Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound by Baird Hersey

June, 2019

Book Review
The Practice of Nada Yoga
Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound
by Baird Hersey

Mr.
Hersey has written a clear, concise explanation of the yoga of
*listening*. The basics are all here. He begins at the beginning –
what is Nada Yoga?

There
is a section on each of the four levels of sound: how to find inner
sounds, how to quiet surrounding sounds, quieting the mind and adding
visual focus, i.e. sights and colors.

Each
section includes guidelines and simple meditations to get started.

Moving on to the *basic* nada meditation, he includes both simple, and more complex instructions.

The author then goes to a section on *additives*, other practices that can be combined with the nada meditation, such as the “bhandas” (physical locking of the body), mantra (chanting), pranayama (breath), visual focus and grounding.

The
book comes to an end with chapters introducing the reader to asana
(posture), complete with illustrations, pranayama, the 8 limbs of
yoga and the chakras.

Each
chapter is prefaced by beautiful and insightful quotes from various
sources.

If
anyone is looking for a beautiful meditative daily practice, this
book could be your companion on that journey.

The Practice of Nada Yoga: Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is [email protected]

My Name is Isis: The Egyptian Goddess on Amazon

Celebrating The Old Ways in New Times

June, 2019

June
2019 for Celebrating The Old Ways in New Times

Bright
Blessings!

I
write this on the 18 of May, and it is above 80 degrees, and feels
and smells like Summertime already! I can hardly believe how fast the
Wheel of the Year is turning!

I
could write a lot about which plants are doing what, but I thought it
would be better to show you. I decided I would focus on planting as
much on the patio as possible this year, and you can see that is
going very well. Raised beds are a great favorite of mine! I proudly
share my photos.

In
the front, you can see things are JUST beginning. I put in seeds,
some of which have sprouted, and I am excited to see them come along!
I bought more seeds also. I am not done planting yet! By this time
next month, it will be Summer Solstice, and the plants will be even
bigger, the days even longer, and the weather, even warmer.

Summer Solstice

For
many, Summer Solstice is about festivals, cookouts, and road trips.

Not
for those who practice the Old Ways, though. It falls when day is
longest, and night is shortest, and it celebrates the sun at the
height of its power. To emulate that, traditionally, in the British
Isles, bonfires burn day and night in some places to give more power
and strength to the sun. Torchlight processions, to further give the
sun power can be seen to this day, although most celebrants are
Xtianized and just do the rituals as matter of tradition.

Golowan

One
thing I will focus on is the festival of Golowan, which is well done,
and well attended.

Here is a link to one of the event listings: GolowanFestival.org

Here
is a video where you can see how much fun everybody is having! Here
you hear the marching band, and see the street dancing. I partook of
similar observances for a different celebration in Mexico. Let me
tell you, nothing is quite as much fun as a street procession and
dance!

These
are their versions of St. John’s Eve celebrations. Catholic
tradition has it that St John was born 6 months before Jesus, so his
feast day is right at 6 months before Christmas. So from June 21-June
30, various towns have a Golowan at Midsummer.

Historically,
Golowan had been outlawed due to so many fires being used, and the
increasing price of insurance being a strain on townships. But that
all changed in 1991 when Penzance in the UK resurrected it. Other
towns followed suit, and it’s now a major cultural celebration
again.

Things
you will see besides the street dancing and music include amazing
food, costumes, and a form of costumed beast called the Penglaz, or
‘Obby Oss’. Winter celebrations see a similar costumed performer
toting along a horse’s skull on a pole, and the name “Obby Oss”
supposedly means hobby horse.

This
is done because there is much revivalism currently. People have
decided to reclaim old folk traditions for themselves. Our culture
makes us who we are, and many never forget that. Here is a video of
the Obby Oss! This is a night procession complete with band and
torches. It’s so beautiful! Note the reveler joining in on his or
her scooter!

Many
Neo Pagan celebrations in the States include outdoor ritual, and
potlucking someplace nice like a yard or park. As few of us rely on
our own gardens or farms for our food, the significance of giving the
sun power so it can make things grow is not on the forefront of our
minds for the most part. Like the Golowan celebrations, it’s about
joy, frolicking, and gathering in good weather.

But,
if you are like me, and you are a plant lover, Summer is what you
dream of and look forward to on cold days. While doing your garden,
you plan next year’s, and you are always gathering supplies from
soil to seeds, and learning all you can to improve.

Another
thing we, as Pagans work to cultivate, is our knowledge base. I would
like to share with you a very good book , a bit of info about the
author, and a free link to read the whole publication online as my
Summer Solstice gift to you!

Magick
Without Tears

When
my Priest assigned this book, I rolled my eyes. I have a lot of
respect for Aleister Crowley, aka The Wickedest Man Alive aka The
Beast! But I am not Ceremonial Magician, and I have no plans to be. I
prefer to focus more on ancient history than modern things, and I’d
rather read about something the Vikings did than something a man
wrote close to a century ago.

I
always do what Lord Shadow says, and I always learn why he wants me
to do what he does.

In
this particular case, I read a great book which not only defined a
lot of things in Crowley’s words, but this revealed an intimate
portrait of Crowley, himself.

The
book was not a book perse when it was first written, but a collection
of letters he wrote to his student. In the Forward to the Hermetic
Library’s free online link to the book, Karl J Germer tells us
Crowley met a gal in 1943 who wanted to learn from him, and he sent a
series of letters to her. He saved many letters, and they were
published together as Magick Without Tears after his death.

The
free link where you can read the whole thing is here:

Free Copy

If
you prefer an actual book you can hold in your hands to read, I
recommend buying it here:

Magick Without Tears on Amazon

The
book was first published in 1954, and the beloved publishers
Llewellyn did another edition in 1973. Two other editions, one in
1982, and finally one edited by the illustrious Israel Regardie was
published in 1991.

Who
Crowley was specifically, in the simplest of terms was a highly
influential occultist who believed it was his responsibility to bring
us all into what he called the Aeon of Horus.

Born
in 1875 to Plymouth Brethren Xtians, Crowley was blessed with their
wealth, and used it to promote his religion, Thelema, and travel
around the World.

Thelema
specifically taught magic, mysticism, and magick, which is anything
you do to conform with your Higher Will. The Higher Will is much more
than the mundane will. It makes you YOU, and that which is your basic
purpose to being. From what I have been told, anything can be magick,
even taking a shower, if it goes towards your goal. The spelling
“magick” , however, is used by a lot of mainstream authors and
groups to denote anything besides parlor tricks, and is not the
proper use of the spelling at all.

“Do
what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” Crowley wrote.
Meaning that everything you do in life ought to go towards your
Higher Will. Or as Lord Shadow says “It doesn’t mean do whatever
the hell you want to!” It is also where Wicca gets “the “Do
what thou wilt” from “An it harm none, do what thou wilt.”

Crowley
is actually responsible to some extent for Wicca in general. We all
know Uncle Gerald Gardner was highly influenced by the writings of
Margaret Alice Murray, taking her word for it that the witch trials
were persecution of the Pre Xtian Pagan religions in Europe. What
many don’t know is Gardner claimed he got a charter from Crowley to
start a Ceremonial Magic temple, and we will never know whether that
was one of Uncle Gerald’s tall tales or not.

What
we DO know is he founded Wicca, promoted it, and became the first
face of it.

He
borrowed more than the “Do what thou wilt” from Crowley.

For
example- Magical tools used in Thelema include a circle drawn on the
ground to operate within, a dagger, grimoires, wands, and pentacles.
Gardner stated his practice was old pre Xtian, but nothing like any
of this has been found in archaeological digs within temples or
sacred sites. It’s all found in Thelema, and Gardner was highly
influenced by Crowley.

It
is entirely fair to say without Crowley, there would have been no
Wicca, even though he was not an active participant in hand crafting
it.

Earlier,
I stated much of who Crowley was is revealed in these personal
letters. For example, one can tell he fussed over his students, but
expected them to do further reading. For example, in chapter XXXIV,
The Tao, he refers to The Book of the Law, which he expected her to
have a copy of, and full knowledge of, He writes, “ The
Book of the Law

states the doctrine of Tao very succinctly: “…thou hast no right
but to do thy will.  Do that, and no other shall say nay. 
For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of
result, is every way perfect.” (AL I, 42-44)” Further evidence he
expected her to know much, as well as grab her books he fully
expected her to have on hand is farther down in this chapter, when
he writes of other topics to use as an example. He writes, “ You
are familiar with the Four Powers of the Sphinx, attributed by the
Adepts of old time to their Four Elements.  Air is to Know,
Scire; Fire is to Will, Velle; Water is to Dare, Audere; and Earth is
to Keep Silence, Tacere.  But now that a fifth Element, spirit,
is generally recognized in the Qabalah, I have deemed it proper to
add a Fifth Power corresponding: to Go, Ire.  (Book
of Thoth
,
p. 275)

In
other sections, you can see Crowley’s beliefs, which influenced
what he did. For example, in chapter number XIX, titled “The Act of
Truth”, here is what Crowley says to do:

“Analysed,
it is to make the assumption that something which seems very wrong is
actually all right, that an eager wish is an accomplished fact. a
reasonable anxiety, entirely unfounded—and to act accordingly.

For
instance, I’m in some desolate place, dependent for my food supply on
a weekly messenger. If he is a day late, it is awkward; if two, it
means hardship; if three, serious risk. One is naturally anxious as
the day approaches; perhaps the weather, or some similar snag, makes
it likely that he will be late. From one cause or another, I have
rather exceeded my ration. There is nothing I can do about it,
materially.

The
sensible course of action is to draw in my horns, live on the
minimun, necessary to life, which
involves cutting the day’s work down to almost nothing
,
and hope for the best, expecting the worst.

But
there is a Magical mode of procedure. You say to yourself: I am here
to do this Work in accordance with my true Will. The Gods have got to
see to it that I’m not baulked by any blinking messenger. (But take
care They don’t overhear you; They might mistake it for Hybris, or
presumption.  Do it all in the Sign of Silence, under the aegis
of Harpocrates, the “Lord of Defence and Protection”; be careful
to assume his God-form, as standing on two crocodiles. Then you
increase your consumption, and at the same time put in a whole lot of
extra Work. If you perform this “Act of Truth” properly, with
genuine
conviction that nothing can go wrong, your messenger will arrive a
day early, and bring an extra large supply. “

I
have been told there were times Crowley had spent all of his money,
and could not afford to buy pen , ink, and paper, so it is obvious
this, like any spellwork or magical or magickal operation has to be
done properly and with much forethought. All I am saying is when I
was at my lowest anxiety, I not only had friends nearby to help
comfort me, but I KEPT on telling myself “Everything is fine. It is
all okay. “ I was a basketcase, but I made it through. I used this
magical operation to get through.

Sometimes,
we literally tell ourselves the absolute worst, and just have to tell
ourselves the best to get through whatever we are dealing with. This
worked for me.

Crowley’s
eccentricity also comes through in a chapter that has been written
off as complete baloney by experts. He was said to have thought very
highly of himself, and been quite flamboyant. It showed in chapter
number V- The Universe 0=2 Equation.

He
writes:

“Q.
Ah, but what we started to do was discover the meaning of Nothing
It is not correct to write it simply as 0; for that 0 implies an
index 01,
or 0{2},
or 0n.
And if our Nothing is to be absolute Nothing, then there is not only
no figure, but no index either. So we must write it as 00.

What
is the value of this expression? We proceed as before; divide.

00
= 0n-n
= 0n
÷ 0n
= (0n
÷ 1) × (1 ÷ 0n).
Of course 0n
÷ 1 remains 0; but 1 ÷ 0{n} = ?.

That
is, we have a clash of the “infinitely great” with the
“infinitely small;” that knocks out the “infinity” (and
Advaitism with it!) and leaves us with an indeterminate but finite
number of utter variety. That is: 00
can only be interpreted as “The Universe that we know.”

R.
So much for one demonstration. Some people have found fault with the
algebra; but the logical Equivalent is precisely parallel.”

I
am sorry, but Crowley does not provide good mathematics here, as was
even stated in footnotes, where it was called “bogus math”.

I
joked to my Priest that Crowley must have been tripping on one of the
drugs he was not ashamed to say he used, and indeed, his COPD and
asthma was treated with heroin, which he was likely using at the time
he wrote this letter.

As
Neo Pagans, we are blessed today with a plethora of publications
available in libraries, bookstores, and for free online. Back in
Crowley’s day, the knowledge truly was more “hidden”, and you
really had to look hard to find it, spend a lot more money than we do
today, and keep it quiet what you were participating in.

Today,
enjoy this amazing book free on the Internet at the link I provided.

Saoirse’s Summer Solstice Celebration

I
always include a working in my articles.

This
month, in the spirit of Crowley, who was VERY true to himself, and
the revelry at Golowan, I want you to hit a festival or other
gathering when the weather is nice and eat, drink, dance, sing, and
be merry. That’s what it is all about. The sacredness of BEING
amidst the others who are happy to be alive and groove with the
beautiful weather is celebration enough. I can’t think of any
better way to connect to the old gods, the old ways, and the earth,
than to just be out in it having a good time doing what makes you
happiest.

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoicest, 
for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. 
Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, 
power and compassion, honor and humility, 
mirth and reverence within you. “

Blessed
Solstice.

Blessed
Be!

***

About
the Author:

Saoirse is a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11, but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse, pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be reached through my Facebook page Tarot with Saoirse. You can, also, join me on my Youtube Channel.

A Prayer to the Celtic God Lugh for Justice

June, 2019

Lugh,
see through my eyes

Hear
with my ears

Feel
the pulse in my neck

Judge
for thine own self

If
I have been wronged.

Let
these criminals

Trip
upon their own swords

Fall
upon their own cleverness

Fail
in their endeavours

And
know no peace until

Shame
forces them to cease

Their
unjust actions.

Lamhfada,
weapons reaching far

Cast
your spear through time

Cause
those who wronged me to fall

To
wrong no more

Lest
strange sunrise in the west

Blind
them to all that is good.

Copyright
Mabh Savage 2019 All Rights Reserved

***

About
the Author:

Mabh
Savage
 is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors & Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

Book Review – Yoga: 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week by Gertrud Hirschi

June, 2019

Book Review
Yoga 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week
A Gentle Daily Practice for Strength, Clarity
and Calm

by Gertrud Hirschi

As
a long-time kundalini yoga instructor, I really enjoyed this book.
It describes a gentle, wonderful path to a daily yoga practice,
something everyone can benefit from.

One
of the things I found most enjoyable is the fact that Ms. Hirschi
used certain exercises/postures for each day of the week, using the
qualities and the energies of each specific day.

Keeping in mind that different practices/traditions have alternate names for each day, the author uses the following:

Sunday is the Day of the Sun
Monday is the Day of the Moon
Tuesday is the Day of Mars
Wednesday is the Day of Jupiter
Friday is the Day of Venus
Saturday is the day of Saturn

Each
chapter describes the particular day, what it’s energies are, what it
represents, followed by a kriya (exercise set) and meditation,
including a daily mantra, or affirmation. While each day has it’s
own unique set of exercises separate from the others, they build upon
each other for a complete sense of balance within the week.

Ms.
Hirschi ends with a chapter on taking this step-by-step approach to
your every day life, focusing on planning our days in a very mindful
manner, for organization, focus, creativity, analysis, generosity,
celebration and spirituality.

All
in all, it is a very easy guide to a better you, using yoga as your
pathway to more energy, clarity and peace.

Yoga 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week: A Gentle Daily Practice for Strength, Clarity, and Calm on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is [email protected]

My Name is Isis: The Egyptian Goddess on Amazon

Review of Woodland Wand Creation Shop on Etsy

June, 2019

Bright Blessings!

My beautiful editor Jennifer sent me a gorgeous wand from Woodland Wand Creation to review.

First
let me say, I am a rare witch. I do not use wands to cast! I
occasionally use my athame, but other than that, I use my hands.

I
have often admired pretty wands in shops and online, but I have never
bought one. I am a minimalist sort of witch! I use few tools for
magical working, and I save a lot of money on candles, as I just buy
white tealights and consecrate them as needed.

But
in reviewing this item, and taking it for a “test run”, I can see
why so many people love wands!

This
wand has a nice size piece of quartz at the tip, and I believe lace
agate around it, with a beautiful piece of lace, too! They picked the
perfect wand for me, as I am crazy about lace, and quartz! The handle
is smooth and a beautiful, unpainted, natural piece of wood, which I
love. They went farther and affixed a pretty leather cord with leaf
charms hanging at the end.

I
honestly thought the strands would get tangled, but they sure didn’t,
and the leather has a nice curl to it, as well.

It
has a nice weight. Not to light, not too heavy, and it’s just the
right length, also.

They
included a bag of their Trinity Salt to bless the wand. I followed
their written instructions, and stepped onto my garden patio to do
some banishing pentagrams after blessing the wand. The energy flowed
seamlessly from hand to wand, and I was going to just review having
done that, but then my little dog ran out and started barking at a
neighbor who was just over the patio fence. I aimed the wand at the
dog, and sent some “Be Quiet!” energy to her. It worked! For
about a minute! But it worked!

I
can now say I have used a wand, and I liked it.

I
recommend this shop and their handmade wands. You will be pleasantly
surprised at how reasonable their merchandise
is, and you will also be happy with the variety they have to offer.

About
the shop- it is run by Burt, who is “the engine” and Reanna, who
is the artist. She uses natural and reclaimed items to make her
wands, and blesses them herself. And works with the light of the
moon. These are extra special because no two wands are the same! Just
like us witches, each wand is special and unique! You will be sure to
find a wand that is suited just for you!

Buy
your Woodland Wand Creation today!

Blessed
Be!

Woodland
Wand Creation’s Links:

Etsy Shop

Facebook Page

***

About
the Author:

Saoirse is
a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11,
but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was
called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not
explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing
Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age
studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse,
pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I
serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor
as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and
Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I
received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my
Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently
focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and
Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein
University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s
Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be
reached through my Facebook page Tarot
with Saoirse
. You can, also, join me on my Youtube
Channel
.

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