Tarot Tuesday's Big Reveal for November 19, 2019

/ Tuesday, November 19, 2019

It's time for our Big Reveal! If you haven't done so, please go to the Wildly, Witch Facebook Page, and choose your card. For those who have, let's do this!


This week's deck is Tarot of the Hidden Realm by Julia Jeffery and Barbara Moore. It's one of my personal favorite decks.


Description:
"Evoke the powerful wisdom of the fae with the Tarot of the Hidden Realm. Instead of relying on esoteric symbols, this powerful deck uses the raw elements―water, air, fire, and earth―to speak directly to your emotions. The beautifully drawn figures follow the Rider Waite style, but express more energy and movement, drawing you in even as you draw their truths out. The companion guidebook reveals techniques and card meanings for beginners and more experienced readers alike."

Please note: I have no affiliation with the creators or producers of any of these tarot decks. I make no money from promoting them. 


Card 1: The Nine of Wands




Typically, the Nine of Wands is about hanging in there through a rough time, or hanging on to something that no longer serves us. However, in this deck, the nine of wands goes deeper. Note the excerpt from the book:

"He felt is first in his core. A spark in his solar-plexus began to glow and then burn. The energy radiated through his body. With every movement, his aura crackled and popped. The desire, the need, to create, to do, engulfed him. He welcomed the heat and reveled in the inner burning. Acknowledging his passion, he danced with the energy until he became the energy, until he lost control, and the energy became him and he was lost to it. With a burst of flame, a red heat that glowed white-hot at the center, he was gone."
There is a fiery energy to the 9 of wands. The problem lies in its direction. Once we've tasted the passionate drive of creativity, it can be intoxicating-even addicting.  We want to do more, we do more, we succeed. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat until we begin to break down from exhaustion. We tend to take on more than we can handle, and then burn out. This forces us to ask ourselves, "what do I really want?" 

A change of priorities is in order. With Mercury's Rx  lessons so fresh, this could be reflection of clarifying just that. What do you really want? Have you written it down? What steps are you taking to focus your energies in the direction of your best interests?

Taking the time to do this will prove fruitful. What did you take away from this reading?


Card 2: The Page of Pentacles



This card usually portends the laying of a solid foundation or welcome news in the realms of business, career, health, or money. Because this particular deck uses elemental energies, rather than the typical Rider-Waite concepts, let's go deeper. An excerpt:

"Strolling through the field on a sunny afternoon, lost in your own thoughts and not paying attention to the scenery, you happen upon her... Her eyes are clouded, as if softly unfocused. Her feet and hands burrow into the earth as if she is trying to take root... You watch as she moves a hand, finding just the right spot. She freezes, and her breathing changes rhythm ever so slightly. One of the spiraling tattoos on her arm deepens and grows almost imperceptibly... Her body is becoming the alphabet of the earth... a human would never live long enough to learn the deep, slow voice of the earth."

As you can see, this is so much more about connection on a deeper level. This is about someone who wants to be a part of something larger than him/herself. Patient and smart, she realizes that her chosen task will require sacrifices, and may take a very long time, but she sees the big picture. He knows that this is well worth his time. This is something that means everything to them, and they intend to give it their heart, mind, and body.

We close out on Mercury's Rx tomorrow. What lessons have you learned about going deeper, choosing your path, and focusing on what you want/need? Have you written it down? Writing helps us to remember who we are, and to commit to our improvement. What did you take away from this reading?

As always, we discuss our discoveries on the Wildly WitchFacebook page. 

If you'd like to book a reading with me, or learn more, please don't hesitate to reach out. I'd love to help you.


Wildly,
Witch

It's time for our Big Reveal! If you haven't done so, please go to the Wildly, Witch Facebook Page, and choose your card. For those who have, let's do this!


This week's deck is Tarot of the Hidden Realm by Julia Jeffery and Barbara Moore. It's one of my personal favorite decks.


Description:
"Evoke the powerful wisdom of the fae with the Tarot of the Hidden Realm. Instead of relying on esoteric symbols, this powerful deck uses the raw elements―water, air, fire, and earth―to speak directly to your emotions. The beautifully drawn figures follow the Rider Waite style, but express more energy and movement, drawing you in even as you draw their truths out. The companion guidebook reveals techniques and card meanings for beginners and more experienced readers alike."

Please note: I have no affiliation with the creators or producers of any of these tarot decks. I make no money from promoting them. 


Card 1: The Nine of Wands




Typically, the Nine of Wands is about hanging in there through a rough time, or hanging on to something that no longer serves us. However, in this deck, the nine of wands goes deeper. Note the excerpt from the book:

"He felt is first in his core. A spark in his solar-plexus began to glow and then burn. The energy radiated through his body. With every movement, his aura crackled and popped. The desire, the need, to create, to do, engulfed him. He welcomed the heat and reveled in the inner burning. Acknowledging his passion, he danced with the energy until he became the energy, until he lost control, and the energy became him and he was lost to it. With a burst of flame, a red heat that glowed white-hot at the center, he was gone."
There is a fiery energy to the 9 of wands. The problem lies in its direction. Once we've tasted the passionate drive of creativity, it can be intoxicating-even addicting.  We want to do more, we do more, we succeed. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat until we begin to break down from exhaustion. We tend to take on more than we can handle, and then burn out. This forces us to ask ourselves, "what do I really want?" 

A change of priorities is in order. With Mercury's Rx  lessons so fresh, this could be reflection of clarifying just that. What do you really want? Have you written it down? What steps are you taking to focus your energies in the direction of your best interests?

Taking the time to do this will prove fruitful. What did you take away from this reading?


Card 2: The Page of Pentacles



This card usually portends the laying of a solid foundation or welcome news in the realms of business, career, health, or money. Because this particular deck uses elemental energies, rather than the typical Rider-Waite concepts, let's go deeper. An excerpt:

"Strolling through the field on a sunny afternoon, lost in your own thoughts and not paying attention to the scenery, you happen upon her... Her eyes are clouded, as if softly unfocused. Her feet and hands burrow into the earth as if she is trying to take root... You watch as she moves a hand, finding just the right spot. She freezes, and her breathing changes rhythm ever so slightly. One of the spiraling tattoos on her arm deepens and grows almost imperceptibly... Her body is becoming the alphabet of the earth... a human would never live long enough to learn the deep, slow voice of the earth."

As you can see, this is so much more about connection on a deeper level. This is about someone who wants to be a part of something larger than him/herself. Patient and smart, she realizes that her chosen task will require sacrifices, and may take a very long time, but she sees the big picture. He knows that this is well worth his time. This is something that means everything to them, and they intend to give it their heart, mind, and body.

We close out on Mercury's Rx tomorrow. What lessons have you learned about going deeper, choosing your path, and focusing on what you want/need? Have you written it down? Writing helps us to remember who we are, and to commit to our improvement. What did you take away from this reading?

As always, we discuss our discoveries on the Wildly WitchFacebook page. 

If you'd like to book a reading with me, or learn more, please don't hesitate to reach out. I'd love to help you.


Wildly,
Witch
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It's time for our Big Reveal! If you haven't done so, please go to the Wildly, Witch Facebook Page, and choose your card. For those who have, let's do this!


This week's decks are The Deviant Moon Tarot and The Steampunk Tarot Please note: 
I have no affiliation with the creators or producers of any of these tarot decks. I make no money from promoting them.


Card 1: Judgment


Are your days of sitting on the fence done? Have you found a reason to keep living? Are you feeling refreshed and looking forward to moving on? Has a casual interest turned into a dominating philosophy of life that you are pursuing as your true calling? Are you able to brush aside the ambiguities and obfuscations of the past and clarify exactly what it is you have been through? Welcome to the Judgement tarot card.

This card is referred to as a time of resurrection and awakening, a time when a period of our life comes to an absolute end making way for dynamic new beginnings. 

In the present position, Judgment is reflecting your internal conflict about making a big decision. The finality of this choice is quite apparent to you, even if it seems small to others and is perhaps even dismissed by those close to you. The presence of this card can give you little guidance over your choice. While many Tarot cards have a sense of inevitability about them, the Judgment card in the present position is powerful in that your free will is on the line here. All this card represents is that the decision you are about to make is, in fact, an epic one. Choose wisely!

Card 2: The Ten of Pentacles 



So many of life’s little problems are dependent on finances that it might shock some to learn that the Tarot deck’s card indicating wealth is also the card of conventional thinking. The Ten of Pentacles is a conservative card in thought and deed, but overflowing with material success. 

If this card appears in the present, it describes either your finances or your current values. Abundance in money at the present may be leaving you wondering just who your friends are. Your values may be becoming quite conservative. Are you settling down or hiding out? Are you becoming stingier as you acquire more and more money? Are you so bored by an easy life that you are not challenging yourself to be all that you can be?

 As inoffensive as the Ten of Pentacles is, its appearance in the present position in a Tarot card reading might be more of an indicator of you being a couch potato instead of developing yourself into a more dynamic, happy person. The Tarot will remind you that playing it safe is often detrimental to your overall well-being.


How did you do? Are you finding these exercises helpful? What is the biggest obstacle you are encountering when performing this exercise? How can I assist you further? Come, let's chat on the Wildly, Witch Facebook page. I look forward to seeing you there.


It's time for our Big Reveal! If you haven't done so, please go to the Wildly, Witch Facebook Page, and choose your card. For those who have, let's do this!


This week's decks are The Sun and Moon Tarot and The Luna Sol Tarot.  Please note: 
I have no affiliation with the creators or producers of any of these tarot decks. I make no money from promoting them.



Card 1: Death


Death is indicative of change in your future. This change can be in almost any aspect of your life, but it will almost certainly be permanent, significant, and absolute. Death suggests a complete severance between the past and the future, and it will likely be painful. 

Despite the sense of loss that may accompany it, Death fills an important and natural role in life, and leads eventually to acceptance. It is a necessary part of moving forward, and you will find the changes easiest if you embrace them, rather than fight them. 

Expect the end of a close friendship, a job, a marriage, or even a life, but focus on the rebirth side of this. These changes are for the better, and you will come to appreciate what has transpired.

Everything in life is cyclical, and death is simply a part of that cycle.





Card 2: The Moon


Traditionally, the moon tarot card is about deception, illusion, and all is not as it appears. In order to take you a little deeper into the Tarot, I want you to start looking at the cards themselves, and not just the generalized meaning. The artists who create these decks, do so for a reason.

Let’s look at the symbolism in the Luna Sol Tarot. Both the card’s layout and its order, falling between The Star and The Sun, provide guidance here. The strong, watery (subconscious) motif of the Star is here at the front of The Moon. And there, at the back of The Moon card, behind the mountains, is a doorway leading to The Sun, the conscious mind.

This is therefore very much an inner journey. There is often a sense of fear, symbolized by the two crumbling towers, but the moon can also provide guidance – see the two torches of Hecate, Greek Goddess of magic and crossroads. 

The crawdad in the foreground is a symbol of consciousness, awakening, and ego. The two animals on the route to the mountains are a wolf, representing nature; and a dog, representing the domesticated and more human adapted quality of art. 

The cycles of the moon around it’s main body showing the moons association including biorhythms, tides, and perhaps even the transition from life to death. It reminds us of the mutable, ever-changing nature of existence. 
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Aside from the existential, it could literally mean that Mercury Rx is affecting your ability to see things as they are, or in obtaining clarity about a situation. Take a step back, look to a trusted adviser for assistance, and go deeper for meaning.


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Samhain (pronounced SOW-en or SAHV-en) means, "Summer's end," and is the third/final harvest of the season. This was a time for bonfires, celebrating the harvest, and preparing for the winter to come, in the areas where Celts lived. Nowadays, we use this time to commune with our ancestors, tell ghost stories, and prepare ourselves for winter by cleaning our homes. We also prepare ourselves for the days of introspection, to come.

While many folks call this the "Witches' New Year," I do not. I call this the beginning of the "Time Between the Times." Yule is the new year for me, and this is simply the ending of the year, and the time of the dead. I honor my ancestors, do a lot of inner work/introspection, and take this time to reflect on what I've accomplished and learned over the past year, then look to the future- what do I want to do in the next year?

Some of you are new to Samhain celebrating, and would like some tips. I'm happy to help you. These are suggestions, not declarations. Feel free to use your own creativity.


  • Build a bonfire. Lighting a bonfire is one of the most honored Samhain traditions. The fire symbolizes the welcoming of a new season--winter. Choose a place that is far away from buildings and trees to light your fire. Make sure the area is free from debris and sheltered from gusts of wind. Alternative- light a fire in your fireplace, or simply light candles (be sure to practice candle safety if using wicked candles. Flameless candles will work)


  • Make resolutions, write them on a small piece of parchment, and burn in a candle flame (set the candle inside your cauldron to catch the ashes). Scatter the ashes in running water.
  • Wear costumes that reflect your wishes for the coming year.
  • Carve a jack-o-lantern. Place a candle in it to guide the loving dead through this world while they visit.
  • Drink apple cider spiced with cinnamon to honor the dead. Bury an apple or pomegranate in the garden as food for spirits passing by on their way to being reborn.
  • Perform divination for the next year using tarot, a crystal ball, a flame, a pendulum, a mirror, a black bowl, runes, Ouija board, ogham sticks, or a black cauldron filled with black ink or water.

  • Perform a “dumb” (mute) supper ritual. Create place-cards for your loved ones that you'd like to attend.

  • Make a mask of your shadow self, and hang it on the wall above your altar.
  • Make a besom, or witches broom.
  • Make a witch’s ladder for protection or as an expression of what you hope to manifest in the year ahead.
  • Find a magic wand of oak, holly, ash, rowan, birch, hazel, elm, hawthorn, or willow.
  • Let this be the traditional time that you make candles for the coming year, infusing them with color, power, herbs, and scent depending on the magical purpose.




How to make a Witch's Ladder:


Also known as "Knot Magic," the Witches’ Ladder is a technique for working a spell, and is quite simple to do. This one comes from my personal Book of Shadows. Feel free to copy it and modify it as you like.

What you will need: 

1 length of cord Silk cord is nice, but anything will do ie. a piece of string, a shoelace, scarf  or tie, etc...  see variations as well.

Before you make your Witches’ Ladder you must first be clear on what it is you wish to accomplish. The Witches’ Ladder can be used for any purpose, but it is best used to bring about something which is accomplished through an on-going process -such as increasing prosperity, learning a particular skill, losing weight, etc- rather than something which is accomplished in a single event. Start out with reasonable goals -skill is built through practice.

Here is an example. Feel free to modify and make it your own. First, consecrate your items. If you've never done this, here's a simple rite to follow. You should do this in a quiet place by yourself.

Begin by placing yourself in a comfortable position, then take three deep breaths and release each one very slowly.     

Ground yourself (use the technique at the top of the page, if you need help).

Now, take your cord (and any other items you may be using, if you are doing either of the variations given for this spell) and place it before you.

Say something to the effect of “ I cleanse and purify you, sending out for you any impurities which may lie within.”

Once consecrated, take the cord in your two hands, or hold your hands to either side of it (palms facing it).

Imagine a ball of white light between your hands, surrounding the cord. Concentrate on the goal you wish to bring about through this spell -focus as hard as you can on the goal for several minutes.

Imagine the goal inside the ball of light, or some image that represents the goal.  See the goal as you want it to be when it is already accomplished and complete -if your goal is to gain a skill for example, imagine yourself already proficient in it. 

As you imagine this, know that this goal is already accomplished and only needs to be drawn into physical manifestation. Now let the image of the goal and the ball of light fade, and take up your cord.  Continue to focus on your goal, seeing it already accomplished. Still concentrating on the goal, take the cord and tie a knot near one end of it. 

Say: “By Knot of One, the spell’s begun.”
Imagine yourself one step closer to having your goal. 

Now, tie a second knot a short distance from the first, and say:
“By knot of Two, no power undo.”
Focus even more strongly on the goal, knowing that each knot draws it closer.

Tie a third knot, and say:
“By knot of Three, so mote it be.”
With each knot know that your goal comes closer to you, imagine it more strongly and know that it is truly yours.       

Tie the fourth knot, saying:
 “By knot of four, open the door.”

Then, the fifth:     
“By knot of Five, it comes alive.”

The sixth:
“By knot of Six, the spell is fixed.”       

The seventh: 
“By knot of Seven, the boon is given.”

The eighth:
 “By knot of Eight, decreed by Fate.” 

And lastly, tie the ninth knot:
“By knot of Nine, now it is mine!”       

Once again, imagine white light all around the knotted cord, and place your hands above or beside the cord with palms facing it.  Keep the image of your goal very firmly ensconced in your mind. 

Then, release all of your focused energy and concentration directly into the cord - imagine the energy flowing out of you in the form of light or water.

When all of the energy has flowed from you into the knotted cord, take it and seal it in a safe place. It is best to bury it in the Earth, and especially good if you can bury it at the foot of a tree.  This symbolizes the physical manifestation of the goal. 

In some cases you may wish to keep the Witches’ Ladder in your house, rather than burying it outdoors.  You can do this by placing it in a pot filled with soil and kept on the altar or a special place. Or you could make a special box or bottle for it. 

VARIATIONS ON THE WITCHES’ LADDER

The simple technique used to make the Witches’ Ladder has many variations.  These can add to the efficacy of the spell by deepening your connection to it.   

1. Make your Witches’ Ladder using not one but several cords of differing color.  For example, to do a prosperity spell you might combine a green cord, for fertility and abundance, with a yellow cord, for success.  Or for psychic development you might select a dark blue cord, for psychic ability, a pale blue cord, for communication and learning, and a violet cord, for spiritual guidance.

2.  Tie something into the knot.  You might use beads, or twigs, or feathers -to give just a few examples.  Then tie one into each knot as you work the spell. You can grab some skeleton keys off of Amazon, and tie one into each knot. This will help with unlocking "doors" to your goal. The use of feathers is a particularly ancient version of this spell, and examples have been found dating back hundreds of years.

Samhain Apple Divinations


These were said to only be done on Samhain (remember, days begin at night in Celtic tradition):

1. Peel an apple, keeping the peel in one long piece. When the peel comes off, drop it on the floor. The letter it forms is the first initial of your true love's name.

2. Wait until midnight and cut an apple into nine pieces. Take the pieces into a dark room with a mirror (either hanging on the wall or a hand-held one will do). At midnight, begin eating the pieces of apple while looking into the mirror. When you get to the ninth piece, throw it over your shoulder. The face of your lover should appear in the mirror.


Sweet Treats for Clairvoyant Dreams



In ancient Scotland,  a Halloween tradition  said that if a woman ate a dessert of sugary walnuts, hazelnuts, and nutmeg before going to sleep on Halloween, she'd dream of—what else?—her future husband.


What traditions do you follow? Any ideas for others? Post a comment here or on the Facebook page. Let's do this together!
It's time for our Big Reveal! If you haven't done so, please go to the Wildly, Witch Facebook Page, and choose your card. For those who have, let's do this!


This week's decks are The Mary-El Tarot and Tarot De St. Croix Please note: I have no affiliation with the creators or producers of any of these tarot decks. I make no money from promoting them.



Card 1: Temperance


Do you see both sides of an argument? Can you lead adversarial parties toward a middle ground? Have you recently discovered the value in sharing control? Is your recovery something that has brought you to a happy medium in life? Are the days of excess behind you? 

The Temperance card is the Tarot’s way of indicating that peace will not be arriving, because you already have it within you. When you are in that even place away from the harsh side of things, you will find that peace, and in unleashing it, exert the greatest amount of control over your world with the least amount of effort you could ever imagine.


Temperance insists that should you stay on this grounded path, you will actually be happier, will not miss the past at all, and may find a greater degree of acceptance for who you are and what you believe. The stubborn side of your character will be replaced with tolerance when Temperance appears in the present position.

This is most excellent news. We are already seeing the shadow Mercury Rx effects, and we know it's going to be a doozy of a retrograde (Oct 31-Nov 20). You staying grounded and balanced is that key to your Mercury Rx survival. You may also find that you'll be able to help others do the same. We're all in this together, and those who are gifted with the Temperance energy are most needed right now.


Card 2: The Four of Wands


Normally, the four of wands means a time of celebration, happy surprises, etc. In this particular deck, it is about finding power in the sacred. Notice the woman on horseback (horse represents power), and she's coming to a crossroads (known as a place of power for witches- Hecate rules the crossroads). In the distance, you can see a circle of dolmens (another place of power in Ireland) as the destination. This is a time for you to take on the power of your ancestral heritage. Being that Samhain is just two days away, it makes sense that this card would visit you. You may have been (still are, just a little?) afraid to take on this power. We're much more likely to be concerned about being too powerful than too weak. 
As a starter, here's a poem from Marianne Williamson that has been inspirational to me. I hope it will help you, too. Just substitute the Universe, Gods, Goddesses, or self for God:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.As we're liberated from our own fear,our presence automatically liberates others.

How did you do? Are you finding these helpful? What else can I do to support you?



















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