February, 2018

Welcome

February, 2018

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Cover Art: Pakkanen/Winter Magic by Ulla Thynell. Mixed traditional media: watercolor, pastels, colored pencil, ink.

Ulla Thynell is a Finnish illustrator and designer, who works with a variety of styles, art techniques and media. A close and passionate relationship with nature shows through Ulla’s art. Creativity for her also means processing emotions: it is a way to escape, to heal, to tell stories. She enjoys seeing the whimsical side of things, and often finds fairytales, myths and folklore inspiring. Her favorite subjects to draw typically contain a bit of light, a bit of dark, as well as a bit of humour.

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Good February!  We have a Big Surprise for our Readers this month!  We are Proud to share with you all An Interview with the one and only Fiona Horne!

 

Fiona has a new autobiography out “The Naked Witch” and as Deanna Lambert tells us in her review, “It is a beautifully written book that reads like an old friend telling you a story of their life.

 

Our Resident Tarot Master & Teacher Reviews The Tarot of the Bones Deck & Companion Book by Lupa. “The Tarot of the Bones is a ‘natural history-themed’ divination set.”  

 

We have a Book Review on The Modern Witchcraft Guide to the Wheel of the Year: From Samhain to Yule, Your Guide to the Wiccan Holidays by Judy Ann Nock where,”Each chapter focuses on a season that corresponds to a pagan holiday.”

 

And this month in Worth the Witch we review the recurring monthly subscription box by Inked Goddess Creations called Magick Mail.  It is a whimsical box of treats and magick!

 

 

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Crystal Connections

February, 2018

Amazonite

A member of the Feldspar family, it’s said that Amazonite is the stone of truth. By stimulating the throat chakra, this stone assists in clear communication by aligning your speech to higher ideals. Amazonite inspires confidence, hope and enhances creative “true to self” expression. With its soothing green colors, calmness is what this crystalline structure is all about. This stone also works powerfully through the heart chakra by healing past emotional traumas.

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When I worked in the financial industry I would often wear Amazonite jewelry not only because of its abilities described above but also because it’s known to relieve stress and dispel negative energy, and where there’s money, negative energy seems to follow. Thinking back, I remember wearing an Amazonite bead bracelet that I would mindlessly fiddle with when I was dealing with large amounts of money, and calm is exactly what I remember feeling when I did that. Another wonderful aspect that this Feldspar offers is its ability to assist in manifesting. Meditating with Amazonite can help clarify your intentions and affirmations, bringing your souls purpose into alignment.

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To be honest, when I first started collecting crystals, Amazonite wasn’t even on my radar. I was so obsessed with the more common crystals, especially the Quartz family, that this subtle but sweet little gem was passed over many times. It may have taken a bit longer than I’d like to admit, but I can say without a doubt that I’m grateful to have this stone included in my crystal healing arsenal.

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About the Author:

Shiron (Shi) Eddy hails from the Pacific Northwest and shares a home with her husband, a Great Dane and a cat. Her love for crystals and minerals came from her dad who was an avid rock hound in his younger years. Shi happily shares her knowledge of crystals with anyone who is drawn to them, but especially loves to help people connect with minerals that involves their metaphysical properties. When she’s not networking with other crystal and mineral lovers, Shi can be found making jewelry, painting, crocheting Goddess dolls, selling her wares at shows or spending time with family and friends. You can find her jewelry in her shop ShiJewels or follow her on Instagram.

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GoodGod!

February, 2018

Meet the Gods: Pan

(art by Samantha Sullivan)

 

Merry meet.

A man with the legs and horns of a goat, Pan was the Greek god of the wild and of hunting. He looks after shepherds, their flocks and the woods. He stirs up panic – a word derived from his name –because, one story goes, if his secluded afternoon naps were disturbed, his angry shout inspired panic.

Pan is also associated with sexuality. He chases nymphs, dancing with them in an effort to seduce them, but is always turned down.

One legend tells that he tried to seduce a beautiful wood nymph named Syrinx, daughter of the river god. To avoid him, she ran away, seeking refuge among her sisters. Pan followed, so her sisters turned her into a reed. When the wind blew, there was an enchanting melody. Not knowing which reed was Syrinx, he took seven (or nine) and placed them side by side in decreasing length to make the instrument named Syrinx for his beloved. Pan is typically seen playing them. The flute-like instrument is also known as panpipes.

Stories were told about other nymphs he pursued: Pitys, who was turned into a pine tree to escape him, and Echo who scorned the love of any man. There are different stories about her, one being that Pan had his followers kill her and scatter pieces of her on the earth. Gaia, the goddess of the earth, is said to have absorbed those pieces and now, Echo’s voice remains, repeating the last words of others. In another versions, Echo and Pan had two children.

Pan’s father is thought to be Zeus, Dionysus, Hermes, or Apollo while his mother may have been Aphrodite, Dryope, Hybris or a nymph named Dryope. Whomever his parents were, there is agreement that he was born in Arcadia, a rustic mountain district that was culturally different from the rest of Greece. It was because he was from that area that he became recognized as the god of fields, pastures, groves and wooded glens, and it is because of this that Pan is associated with spring and fertility.

He is notorious for his sexual powers and is often depicted with a phallus.

The Greeks also considered him to be the god of theatrical criticism and impromptus. His greatest conquest was Selene, the goddess of the moon. He hid his goat features by wrapping himself in a sheepskin so he was able to lure her down from the sky and into the forest where he seduced her.

Pan was worshiped in the woods, caves, grottoes and the wild. With two exceptions, no temples were built to honor him.

Pan could be a god you call for help with matters of fertility or to connect to the wild. It would be best to call him from a wooded area, or somewhere outdoors. Call to him with a wind instrument – be it a flute or a whistle – or by singing a series of notes known as the Lydian mode. Offer him milk and honey.

I would advise you only summon him for a genuine need and never for the fun of it.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

 

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Review of Tarot of the Bones Deck & Companion Book by Lupa

February, 2018

Review of Tarot of the Bones Deck & Companion Book by Lupa

The Tarot of the Bones is a “natural history-themed” divination set created and published by Lupa. I was looking forward to receiving this deck because of its author and creator, who I first discovered years ago when researching therianthropy. Because of her long history of working in an honorable way with the hides and bones and fur of animals, I could not think of a better person than Lupa to create a bone-themed Tarot deck. I’m pleased to say that Lupa did not disappoint me. The Tarot of Bones deck has 79 cards with beautiful images of bones and other natural items assembled by Lupa and photographed by Sandra Swan of Wild Hunt Photography.

The theme of the deck is nature and history. The images in most Tarot decks are connected to humans and their belongings and desires, but the Tarot of Bones focuses on other parts of nature, parts that don’t need humans to exist. To make things more interesting, we are not dealing with photographs or drawing of animals, but rather photographs of their bones. The idea for the deck is sourced to both Lupa’s focus on hides, fur, bones and leather and other natural and reclaimed objects founds in her artwork, and on the ancient divination art of cleromancy, also known as bone divination. Bone divination, the ritual tossing of bones on a surface and the interpreting of the patterns to be found, is an ancient divinatory practice that is part of the culture of many areas in the world, including Asia, Africa and North America. Tarot of the Bones brings this ancient divinatory art into the modern age.

The cards are 2¾ inches by 4¾ inches, easy to shuffle even if you have small hands, the card stock is sturdy enough to encourage regular use of the deck, and the finish is smooth but not too shiny. The card images, pictures of bones and other assembled articles, are sized to allow a colored border. The image on the back of the cards, in keeping with the natural history theme of the entire deck, shows an assemblage of shells, bones, a horned skull, fur, stones, and mosses and grasses.

The soft cover companion book, sold separately from the deck, is 6 inches by 9 inches, and is sturdy and easy to use. The cover is in color, and shows the image from The Magician of the Majors; the back cover has a brief description of the deck and a short bio of the author and creator; the interior is black print on white paper. The book has 155 pages, and besides a brief introduction describing Lupa’s process for creating the deck, an explanation of why she chose to work with the Tarot and with bones, and a quick description of how to use the book in the beginning, and some suggested spreads in the back, it’s all about the cards.

The card descriptions are broken down to several parts: an image of the card, a description of the items in the assemblage pictured on the card, a description of Lupa’s inspiration for the items used in the photograph, and an offering of potential meanings for the card. These are all presented in story fashion rather than just as lists of keywords or phrases, which helps us to peek into Lupa’s mind and understand why she chose the assemblage to represent the card. Indeed, to me it is the “My Inspiration” section and its descriptions of the creator’s process for choosing the items for each card that has offered new and very unique ways to see and perceive the messages of the cards of the Tarot!

As stated above, this deck has 79 cards. The Tarot of Bones includes a bonus card, named “The Happy Squirrel.” Those of you who are loyal watchers of The Simpsons might remember this card; if you don’t, I will leave it up to you to do the research. The Tarot of Bones is not the only Tarot deck that includes this 79th card; I was able to find a list of 9 other decks that include The Happy Squirrel in the Major Arcana. Lupa included The Happy Squirrel in the Tarot of the Bones as an homage to all those who helped her through her IndieGoGo campaigns to fund the creation and publication of the deck and companion book.

This might not be an ideal deck for those just beginning the process of learning about the Tarot. There are no traditional images that would help the novice to tell the story of the cards. Each card is identified with its number (or rank, for Court Cards) at the top of the image, and the card name (for Major Arcana cards) or suit (for Minor Arcana cards) at the bottom. There are no Major Arcana card images associated with The Fool and his journey, and the Minor Arcana cards show bones and other natural items, without the images that can help the novice. The color palate of the deck is very earthy, with greens, blues, reds, yellows, tans and browns; some cards have solid backgrounds while others have textured or patterned backgrounds, but those colors and textures are not separated into suits or elemental correspondences, but rather are mixed throughout the entire deck. To a novice reader, this also could be a challenge. But if you already have a handle on the traditional symbolism of the Tarot, this deck will be a pleasure to work with.

There is also lots of useful information about the cards to be found on the Tarot of the Bones website, thetarotofbones.com. Lupa has graciously posted images and brief descriptions of the meanings of the cards there, so you don’t need to buy the companion book. However, I highly recommend that you DO purchase the companion book, because it is worth whatever you spend for it. If you go to the website, take a moment to read the Production Schedule. Lupa not only created the deck and the book, designed the images on each of the cards and wrote the descriptions of the images and their symbolism as well as the meanings of the cards, she also self-published! No small task, that.

I love this deck and companion book. It combines spirituality, nature, and the powerful archetypes of the Tarot in a creative way that asks readers to see the cards anew. The deck itself is beautiful, and the companion book is well researched and well written. If you are interested in nature, animals, bones, shamanism, or nature-based witchcraft, or if you love art decks or Tarot decks that are a bit unusual and bring to a reading a non-R/W feel, this deck is for you!

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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 Journey 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.

 

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The Fiery Blade of Brighid

February, 2018

Metal flashes plunged deep

into Fires from a forge

Of great darkness.

 

Red flame and

Wisps of cauterized

Flesh that are carried

Upwards towards

Focused release.

 

Emerald green eyes

Open and healing

Tears drain from

A fire filled gaze that

Cuts clean through.

 

The Goddess has

Awakened and

Her sword deftly

And swiftly plunges

Through its mark.

 

All pain and suffering

Drain from wounds

That have festered

And sapped life

From blood’s purpose.

 

The mark of HER cross etched

Into every cell, deepening

Into its very core.

 

Four points of light

Gathered together

As renewal begins.

 

Goddess’ arms

Open in flaming embrace

And the mind touch of

Inspiration heals and soothes

My transmuted form.

 

All Hail to the precision of

Brighid’s Healing sword.

 

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author. She is the author of:

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. One

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the spheres

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon

Luminous Devotions

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The Magickal Pen, Volume One

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

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

 

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Learning Lenormand

February, 2018

The Lenormand Oracle Cards and Booklet


A few months ago, I received my first set of Lenormand cards. I wrote about them here: http://paganpages.org/emagazine/tag/lenormand-cards/ . If you remember, at the end of that article, I posted pics of the set of cards that I wanted to get and for Yule, I bought them for myself. They arrived in the mail on the third day of Christmas, if I remember correctly. I was so happy to get them!

They are exactly what I wanted. They have the “antique” looking pictures of the original cards but also the playing card inserts that to me, are the essence of the Lenormand. I was quite amazed at their large size but I considered that a plus – it makes the imagery of the cards easy to see. And since I usually lay out any divinatory method on the rug on my living room floor, then the issue of needing an “enormous table when it come to laying out all 36 of them in a Grand Tableau” (Matthews, 8) as Caitlín Matthews cautions in the Introduction of her superb The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook – the oriental rug in my living is more than large enough to handle all thirty-six cards.

These new cards are, in fact, quite bigger than the Lenormand Fortune Telling Cards.

As you can see, the little verse that is in the insert in the upper middle of the Lenormand Fortune-Telling Cards has been replaced with a playing card. Other than this, the cards are virtually the same, except for size and the pattern on the back of the card. In my limited study of the Lenormand, I have come to understand that the card on the right is the German version of the Lenormand and the card on the right is the French version. However, I do fear that this is a very simplistic way of looking at the cards and I am probably quite wrong in my assessment. While the Lenormand was most popular in Germany and France, there were also decks in Belgium, Dutch, Russian, Brazilian and even American – all similar and different at the same time. (Matthews, 7). So while I would like to make a definitive statement about these cards – like, it was the French who added the pips – I just can’t. I don’t have the proof to back up my statement.

The little booklet that came with The Lenormand Oracle cards was written by Laura Tuan, an European author who writes in Italian and French for a variety of publishers, including LoScarabeo, the publishers of these cards. This booklet was written in Italian and translated by Julie Bradshaw. After having read through over half of Caitlín Matthew’s book, I found Laura Tuan’s booklet mystifying! For openers, she uses reversed cards! On page 9 of The Complete Lenormand Oracle, it states plainly, “Cards always read upright” (Matthews, 9). But this is not so in Tuan’s book. Upright cards are marked with a “C” and reversed cards are marked with a “D”. I have no idea why this is so. I called a friend of mine who is fluent in Italian and he could not give me a clue as to the meaning of “C” and “D”. We both wondered if the letters were arbitrarily assigned by either the author or the translator. But it doesn’t really matter – I am going by what Matthews says and reading the cards upright only.

The other thing I found curious is that, unlike the booklet that came with The Lenormand Fortune-Telling Cards, there was no “dictionary” of meaning for the cards. Instead, there are two “guided” spreads – the Horoscope spread and the Gypsy spread – and the meanings of the cards are given in relation to those spreads. In the back of the books, she has several “unguided” spreads, with “positions” for each card to set upon and what they mean at that position. Again – I have to refer back to Matthews – “In Tarot, cards are laid out in redecided or named positions…Each position is an essential part of the reading and helps define or frame how the card laid upon the place is to be read…Conversely, Lenormand cards work by proximity to each other, creating meaning through juxtaposition. This is a more linguistic method…Lenormand cards work together to create different meanings…” (Matthews, 10).

This is not the first booklet for a deck of Tarot or Oracle cards that I read through and decided that it was better off left in the box it came in. I have quite a collection of them. The way I see it, if you have a really good text on the subject, that’s what you use. Right now, The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook is my basic text for learning the Lenormand – it’s my Norton Shakespeare, so to speak. Of course you can’t read too much on any subject or have too many books – heaven forbid! – but it’s always good to have a good basic text on any subject – something you can refer back to again and again.

I did consecrate the deck as Tuan suggests on page 8 of the booklet. I had to tweak the ritual a little bit, as I didn’t have a red table cloth or any incense, but I made do. A red napkin worked just fine for a cloth and some crushed basil burning in a small censor was a fine insence. This, of course, is par for the course in my little witchy world! If you can’t improvise, then you can’t make magic!

In the upcoming months, I will be working with Caitlín Matthew’s excellent book and whatever other books on the Lenormand I may find. But as I said previously, The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook is going to be my basic text for this subject. I do hope you find it as fascinating as I do!

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References

Matthews, Caitlín. The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook: Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards. Rochester: Destiny Books, 2014.

Tuan, Laura. Lenormand Oracle. Torino: LoScarabeo, 2013. Translated by Julie Bradshaw.

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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.

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Review: Calm, the App

February, 2018

As a witch, I have found that sometimes the safest place to chill out is the recess of my own mind. This means that for me, as for many pagans, indeed people of all paths, being able to meditate is a real key skill; one that I have worked at for many years. By no means am I a meditation master; in fact, even though I need this skill, I’ve often struggled to get to grips with it and sometimes struggle to switch off at all. With that in mind, I’m on a mission to find the best meditation apps on your smart phone or tablet and I’m sacrificing myself to science, or magic, for you all, by downloading and testing some of the supposedly best apps on the market.

The first that I’m going to be looking at is Calm. I’ve downloaded it on my iPhone, but I believe it’s available for android as well. Billed as the number one app for mindfulness and meditation, and Apple’s number one app of 2017, the app is basically a series of guided meditations, with themes from calming anxiety to gratitude to forgiveness and loads more. From the get go it’s a very attractive user interface; as soon as you open it you are greeted with a lovely lake and mountains, and the sound of birdsong; the epitome of what we think of when people say the word ‘tranquillity’. Straight away the app is moving you into a different mindset; removing you from whatever situation you are in right now. Unless, of course, you happen to be at a lake view with birdsong! But you can choose other backgrounds.

Meditation is a way that we take a break from whatever we are doing with our day, whether that’s our job or even a hobby or a passion. Sometimes we even need to take a break from things we enjoy; if you do the same thing for too long it becomes stale, and you might stop enjoying it even if it’s something you have a real love for. If you’re stuck in an office for eight hours a day staring at a computer and bashing on computer keyboard, then meditation is even more important.

I read once that someone said you should meditate for five minutes every day. If you don’t have time to meditate for five minutes every day you should meditate for half an hour every day! Well, that’s not always possible for everyone. If your life has become so full of hassle and stress that you can’t spare five minutes for yourself to give your brain a rest, then some might say you need to seriously look at what is stopping you giving yourself that time. But believe me, I am not one to judge at all. I am exactly one of those people who sometimes tells themselves ‘I really don’t have five minutes’. I have a 12-week-old baby, I have a seven-year-old son, I have a full-time writing and journalism career on top of an office day job which pays some of the rest of the bills; sometimes it feels like I genuinely can’t take five minutes for myself. Then I remember telling other people how important it is and remember that I need to take my own advice! That’s basically why I wanted to have a look at some of these apps; maybe they can help give me that previous time away from the hustle and bustle.

Our phones are easy to keep with us all the time, in fact most of us do just that, so we can keep in contact with loved ones and update our social media accounts. Being able to use the device to take a break from everything seems a big bonus. Interestingly, one of the guided meditations on Calm this week was about the dangers of social media; how being constantly connected to the internet can actually end up with us feeling more disconnected from real life and the people who matter to us, and how to focus on re-establishing those connections.

This was certainly more in-depth thought than I was expecting from a pocket meditation. The quality of the guided talk down was very good too. The woman who speaks has a soothing voice, and leaves good spacing in between speaking, to allow you time to focus on your breathing. I had no problem relaxing into the meditations and fully enjoying the process.

The meditations I indulged in daily were the Daily Calms; daily meditations each on a different theme. As far as I could tell, these are only available if you pay for the premium version; $59.99 or £35.99. There are also subscription options, and a free option, with less features. I wanted to get the fullest experience for the review, so took out the free trial which gave me seven days of full features. I’m not sure seven days is really long enough to give you the full sense of whether a meditation regime is right for you or not. Some other apps, such as Headspace, give you a thirty-day trial which is much more useful. Still, seven days of free premium features is not to be sniffed at!

The ‘Daily Calms’ are a great way to take a break, and with each of them having a different theme, it’s like your mind relaxes and is given something meaningful to ponder upon, then gently brought back to the here and now. As well as the daily calms, there are many different meditation paths to follow: 7 days of focus, 7 days of happiness, 7 days of sleep and so forth. There’s even a separate option to choose to help you sleep, called Sleep Stories. These are soothing spoken word recordings, read by a diverse range of people such as Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry. How lovely to be a grown up, and feel totally justified in having your own bedtime story.

If I had the money, I think I would happily sign up for the premium version, even if just for the daily calms. Over the past week I have felt less stressed, less overwhelmed with my tasks and have looked forward to the little moments I can put aside for myself. Highly recommended.

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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 and Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft.

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Book Review – The Awakened Psychic: What You Need to Know to Develop Your Psychic Abilities by Kala Ambrose

February, 2018

The Awakened Psychic: What You Need to Know to Develop Your Psychic Abilities

Author Kala Ambrose

Publisher Llewellyn Publications

Copyright:2016

Length 216 Pages

I really enjoyed this book, it is a great teaching book for novices and even a great refresher for seasoned psychics.

This is the 7th book Kala Ambrose has written. She also has 3 Guided Meditation recordings available as of January 16, 2018. I love the candid way in which Kala Ambrose writes, it is a style that makes you feel that you are listening to her talk in person. She is straightforward and doesn’t really play around in the way she describes events that she has personally experienced in her life with her own abilities. Kala Ambrose has been working with and teaching students from around the world for the past 18 years. She has been working with clients, entrepreneurs, VP’s and CEOs for the past 25 years.

She has written 11 chapters in this book. All the chapters except for the last two contain exercises. The first chapter is about all the differences and nuances between the 7 different psychic abilities. I guess because I am so familiar with some of them, I didn’t even really see them as part of my own abilities that had an individual name. But, Ms. Ambrose goes through all 7 of them with a full description of each one. She gives examples of experiences she has had in her life with each one, too.

In her chapter on Empath Abilities, Kala Ambrose also goes into detail on how to work with empathic abilities, and gives some great advice on how to process the empathic feelings, so that empaths are better able to function in the world today. I liked the heading, “Benefits of Being an Empath”, within the chapter on Empathic abilities. I think so many people struggle with their abilities, they may lose sight of the blessings that it can give to them. I do think that people who have been able to work though some of the difficulties that they have, can benefit from reading this chapter.

Chapter 3 in her book covers all the other abilities that are Psychic by nature, but don’t fall under the clair title. Everything from Readings Auras, Reading Akashic Records, Mediumship and Telepathy and a few others. This was a great chapter for me as I liked her views on a Mother’s Intuition, as she states that, “Science is now discovering that what wise woman philosophy says is true.” All moms know science will catch up to what we already know about our connections with our children.

Ms. Ambrose also covers different types of divination tools and techniques, she covers dreams, astral projection. She has a chapter devoted to connecting the creative mind with the logical mind. She explains how using a vision or dream board can help to open more of the psychic abilities that you have. And how manifestation is part of our abilities that we all need to be tapping into.

Kala Ambrose wrote two chapters on defense, and working with spirits. She gives some sage advice about working with spirits. Both chapters are, in my humble opinion something that every novice or developing psychic should read and pay close attention to the advice given. It is some great advice that I was so happy to see a teacher give in a book. Too many books out there don’t give enough guidance on protection and defense of the psychic.

The last two chapters are very important for new readers and even some seasoned readers to take into consideration. It is about the Ethics of being a reader and the Responsibilities that we all need to pay attention to. I also like that she covered Standards that all readers need to have in place, so that they can remain clear of any karmic debts.

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About the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become an E-Book 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: https://www.facebook.com/Readings-by-Dawn-1608860142735781/

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Tarot Talk

February, 2018

The Queen of Wands

(The Queen of Wands Card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**

Welcome to the year 2018! We have one more Queen to talk about, the Queen of Wands, so let’s get started. First, let’s review some information about the royal family of the Tarot.

A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards, 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. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards that are customarily grouped into four categories or suits that represent the four elements, with numbers from Ace to 10; the Minors usually deal with day-to-day issues.

The Court Cards are actually a part of the Minor Arcana, acting as a representation of the family unit. Individually, the members of the Tarot Court represent particular personality traits, 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. Generally speaking, there are three different ways that Court Cards can speak to us in a spread: they can indicate personality traits of our Seeker or someone affecting the Seeker; they can refer to actual individuals in the Seeker’s life, including the Seeker; and they can refer to the general aura or atmosphere of a place or situation.

Court cards offer us these descriptions of personality traits and of different ways of being or acting, so we can make use of these styles or avoid them, whichever is appropriate. One way to become more confident in determining this is to learn about the Court Cards themselves, and how the personality of each Court Card interacts with its particular suit. Many times if you break a particular Court Card down to its rank and correspondences, you will understand its message. Let’s get started.

Instead of numbers, Court Cards have rank. The lowest ranking Court Card is 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. Since we are talking about the Queen of Wands today, we already know that our Queen will manifest her suit in an inner yet mature manner. Our Queen is not so much concerned with results as with the enjoyment of just being in the world and surrounded by her element. She expresses her suit from the inside, setting the tone without imposing it; she embodies the qualities of her suit, rather than acting them out. She is attractive, easy-going, physically fit, and enthusiastic, and because she has a deep faith in her own abilities, she can accomplish just about anything.

Our Queen’s suit is Wands, and for this discussion we will accept that the suit of Wands corresponds to the element of Fire. This is not always the case, depending on the deck being used; some see Wands as being connected to Air. Besides the element of Fire, the suit of Wands corresponds with the playing card suit of Clubs, and the cardinal direction of South. In its natural state, the element of Fire is hot and dry. It tends to bring spontaneous change or impulsive, energetic effects. Fire is passionate in nature and it transforms everything it touches, 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.

All of the cards of the suit of Wands (including our lovely Queen of Wands) teach us about Fiery attributes, such as creativity, ambition, growth, passion and actions, and how their presence or absence can affect our lives. The suit of Wands represents our ability to experience joy and passion (including sexual passion), and the Wands cards can represent our creativity, our ability to be artistic or to be drawn to beautiful things. Fire often represents Spirit or the Divine Will, and Wands cards also can present the possibility of some interaction with Spirit or the Divine, or actions or passions manifesting in line with Divine Will.

The element of Fire can be seen as kinetic, or even electric. It has the power to create greatness (when we are inspired to be better than we think we can be), or destruction (when we believe we are greater than we actually are). Fire fuels innovation, but an imbalance or lack of Fire can bring austerity. Action and energy are enhanced by this element, but so are destruction and oppression.

In the Tarot Court, the suit of the card has an elemental correspondence, 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). All Queens represent the element of Water, as well as the element corresponding to their suit. This means that our Queen of Wands represents Fire of Water. This can be seen as a steady force, where emotions transform the will. However, Fire and Water do not share attributes or dignities, Fire is hot and dry and separates and shapes, and Water is cold and wet and binds and adapts. This can result in a sense that we are getting in our own way, but if our Queen of Wands is able to balance and reconcile these opposites, nothing will stop her.

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

The astrological sign of Aries, a cardinal Fire sign that is a catalyst, represents 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, and those born under this sign prefer to initiate; 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, 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.

The image for Pisces is fish, and we all know where fish live, in the Water. Pisces is a sign of feelings of all kinds, of the suffering that brings soul growth, and of duality (the reflective surface of a lake can hide the depths below). Pisces is the twelfth sign of the zodiac, and it is also the final sign in the zodiacal cycle and thus, brings together many characteristics of the other eleven signs. Pisces people are selfless, spiritual and very focused on their inner journey and their feelings. Many people associate Pisces with dreams and secrets, which makes sense because their intuition is highly evolved. Pisces are fluid and easy-going, in keeping with the Mutable Quality assigned to this sign. The fact that two fish (as opposed to one) represent the members of this sign also speaks to the duality of Pisces, their yin and yang sensibility. 

The Pisces/Aries cusp (which joins the 12th and last sign with the 1st sign) is known as the cusp of rebirth; it joins the intuitive and compassionate with the independent and courageous. Those born in this cusp seem to have a natural ability to push limits, and to encourage others to follow them toward success. However, they do need to remember to include their empathic side along with that assertive side, and they will balance the ability to manifest dreams and prevent impulsive behavior.

Because they are Minor Arcana cards, Court Cards also correspond with a sephira on the Tree of Life. The Queens correspond with the sephira of Binah, along with the Threes of the Minor Arcana and the element of Water. The Queens sit at the top of the Pillar of Form; Binah, representing the Sacred Feminine and the Womb of Life, offers shadow and contrast, which in turn gives us shape and form. Binah restricts in order to provide a springboard, and that restriction can also be its downfall if it becomes greed. The energies of this sephira are the purest of receptive energies.

Our Queen represents people who are capable and generous and self-disciplined, people who never do things halfway and who want to do things on their own terms. Unlike the King of Wands, who tends to dominate his environment and focus on the individual, the Queen of Wands focuses on relationships, on encouraging those around her, and on bringing everyone forward along with her; she is all about her people skills and her knack for steering matters and opinions in her favor. She could be a capable businessperson, someone in a management position, or in a research, engineering or technical position, or any position involving independent research or planning. She could be a journalist, a marketer, or a performance artist or TV show host. She is resourceful and works well on her own, but she is also very good at networking, personal development, and inspiring others to reach for the stars.

The Queen of Wands is a hotly burning flame as well as a slow and persistent course of action. Her totem animal is the leopard, and she is often shown with a cat of some kind beside her. The leopard is a totem of rebirth after a period of suffering and challenge; this cat heals deep wounds by reclaiming the power that was lost when the wound was inflicted. The leopard also reminds us to accept our spots and use them as our strength. We have what we need to succeed, we just need to be persistent and believe.

In the Witches Tarot, the suit of Wands represents the element of Air, and the Queen of Wands tells of the evolution of an urge into a thought and then a concept, on its way to formation. When reversed, this Queen tells of the creation of a concept that is not practical or even possible to manifest.

The Llewellyn Welsh Queen of Wands is an intelligent woman with a warm heart who is admired because she earned her standing in the world through her own hard work and carefully honed talents. Because she had to make her own way up the ladder of success, she is sensitive to the struggles of others. She can be sharp-tongued, judgmental and suspicious, or she can be courageous, intelligent and influential, or she can be both.

The Shadowscapes Tarot Queen of Wands is dedicated, cheerful, attractive and upbeat. She knows the role of Queen and is used to being the center of attention. Her presence exudes confidence and capability; she is not arrogant but rather is able to objectively assess her own skills and abilities.

The Thoth Tarot Queen of Wands could very well be what the world needs: a strong, intelligent and caring woman. But we need to remember that while she is just, she is also ruthless, and she takes offense easily. In his book, “Understanding Crowley’s Thoth Tarot,” DuQuette describes the Queen of Wands as personifying Queen Ayesha of H. Rider Haggard’s science fiction story “She.” Queen Ayesha is known by her people as “She Who Must Be Obeyed,” which pretty much sums up Crowley’s thoughts about this Queen.

The Legacy of the Divine Queen of Wands nurtures independence and self-expression. Her advice is to not hold back, but rather to allow creativity and passion to flower. She has a commanding presence and not only has she found a way to feel empowered herself, but she has also found a way to empower others. The image on this card shows a confident Queen whose face is painted with elaborate red flames, with hair elaborately braided and adorned with gold, dangling golden earrings, a red dress ornamented with gold, and wearing a golden crown, who looks at us straight in the eyes, with nothing to fear and nothing to hide, proud of who she is.

The Queen of Wands is an inspiring person, passionate, intelligent and creative, who is a natural leader with a warm and compassionate heart. In a reading, she is usually a positive omen that tells of getting lots accomplished, of creativity of all kinds (including the conception of a child), of good health, vitality and energy, and of success that comes from hard work – the most satisfactory kind of success.

** This year we will be featuring the art of Ciro Marchetti as part of Tarot Talk.  You can view his work and Decks at http://www.ciromarchetti.com/ .

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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 Journey 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.

 

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Book Review: A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book by Ceisiwr Serith

February, 2018

 

This is a lovely little book, one that can easily fit inside a woman’s bag, or a man’s briefcase.

It is broken down into two parts – The Foundations of Worship and Building Rituals.

Part One is broken down in “Prayer” and “Rituals”. It describes how, yes, pagans so pray, a description of prayer and how to write your own.

Part Two is all about Rituals

— How to Begin

— Home

— Callings

— Praise

— Thanksgiving

— Consecrations & Blessings

— Separate sections for Time of Day/Month/Year/Lore

— Endings

The last section is “Petitioning the Gods” and includes, requests, offerings, healing and society and land.

The book is chock-full of prayers for all occasions. For those who prefer to use the words of others in their rituals and daily offerings, there is much here to choose from. For others, many of these can be the base from which you craft your own prayers.

For myself, I tend to just speak from my heart in my daily prayers. However, I can definitely see myself referring to this book again and again in composing more formal rituals.

This little book would make a nice addition to your occult library.

 

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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, the Egyptian Goddess”, 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]

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