Enough Already. Time to Summon a Great President

calm by La Hermosa Bruja 2Enough already.  The United States of America, where most of us live, needs a good President.  We need a President like Lincoln or FDR.  Hell, I’d settle for Eisenhower.  The truth is, we have needed one since Sept. 11, 2001 whatever you may think of the Presidents we had before that moment.  Yes, Obama was great, or at least good if you’re a conservative, but we all know what went wrong there.

We need a Great leader who Republicans will not sabotage for spite.  (Yes, that might mean getting rid of Republicans, but that’s a different spell)  We can be sure that people all over the country are working for this on a material level.  I have great hope for their success.  Nevertheless, I think the effort needs some spiritual help.  Let’s give it a hand.  Below is a simple candle magic spell.  If enough people perform this spell frequently over the next two years, we should build up enough power to get an AWESOME President.  Aren’t we ready for another Lincoln?  Or Franklin Roosevelt?

Disclaimers: This spell is just a suggestion.  Feel free to write your own or adapt this one as long as it harms none.  I do not advocate harming any living being in the practice of magic.  So, don’t.  There is no scientific evidence that magic has any effect whatsoever, so don’t bother suing me if it doesn’t work.  I am using ‘he’ here because when I was taught grammar, an unknown person was ‘he’ and I am old enough to stick with what I know.  Use whatever pronoun you want.  You can call on your own deities and write your own invocations if you want.

Equipment:

A list of qualities desired in a President.  Be detailed. Kitchen witch 2

Pin or stylus

 

A large colored candle.  Pick a color that represents the Presidency to you.  (check a color correlations chart if you want)

Oil – you can use a scent if you want.  Pick one that fits the President, or just a neutral one.  As pure and high-quality as you can afford.

4 candles – one for each direction

Matches or a lighter.

Wand or atheme (optional)

Paper and a pencil (optional)

You can add things like herbs, incense, more candles, crystals, God/dess statues, Tarot cards or whatever you want.  Go as simple or elaborate as you want.

Preparation:

Note – this can be done alone or with others.

Use the pin or stylus to carve as many words from your list onto the candle as you can.  It’s okay if you don’t have room for all of them but begin with the most important.  While you are doing it, visualize your new President.  Imagine what he’ll look like.  How he’ll sound.  What will he wear to his inaugural?  Will he be a great speaker or a quiet guy who gets things done?  Will he be an idea man or a policy wonk?  Imagine as complete a picture as you can.

Next take the oil and coat the candle.  Keep visualizing it.  When you feel the picture is strong and clear enough go to the next step.

Place the candle on the sheet of paper with the list of qualities you want.

Place the other four candles in the directions and light them.  It is traditional to use specific colored candles.  Consult a chart to see which color goes with which direction.  Otherwise try to use all the same color.

Place out any additional items you are planning on using.

Pick up your wand or atheme and call on each direction. Stand facing East.  Point your wand and say, “I call upon the Guardian of the East, Spirit of Plantings and New Beginnings.  Watch over my circle and bless my magic.  This is my will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the South.  Point your wand and say, “I call upon the Guardian of the South, Spirit of Growth and Hard Work.  Watch over my circle and bless my magic.  This is my will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the West.  Point your wand and say, “I call upon the Guardian of the West, Spirit of Abundance and Harvest.  Watch over my circle and bless my magic.  This is my will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the North.  Point your wand and say, “I call upon the Guardian of the North, Spirit of Security and Rest.  Watch over my circle and bless my magic.  This is my will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn towards your big candle.  Place wand upon the altar.

Invoke your deities or guardians.emperorempress

Holy Goddess, Mother Earth, bless my working and bring my will (wish) to be.  Blessed Be.

Others – Blessed Be

Holy God, Father Sky, bless my working and bring my will (wish) to be.  Blessed Be.

Others – Blessed Be.

Light the candle with visualizing your new President being elected &/or inaugurated. Hold the visualization as long as you can (either as a frozen picture or a gif on repeat) at least 5 minutes.  Snuff out the candle either with your fingers or a snuffer.  Don’t use air to quench fire – not cool.

Pause for a moment and feel your power rushing out into the universe to make your will manifest.

Thank your deities.

Holy Mother, thank you for watching over my ritual and making my will manifest.  Please always watch over us.  Go if you must; stay if you will.  Blessed Be.

Others – Blessed Be

Holy Father, thank you for watching over my ritual and making my will manifest.  Please always watch over us.  Go if you must; stay if you will.  Blessed be.

Turn to face the North.  Point your wand and say, “Hail to the Guardian of the North, Spirit of Security and Rest.  Thank you for watching over my circle and blessing my magic.  Go if you must, stay if you will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the West.  Point your wand and say, “Hail to the Guardian of the West, Spirit of Abundance and Harvest.  Thank you for watching over my circle and blessing my magic.  Go if you must, stay if you will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the South.  Point your wand and say, “Hail to the Guardian of the South, Spirit of Growth and Hard Work.  Thank you for watching over my circle and blessing my magic.  Go if you must, stay if you will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the East.  Point your wand and say, “Hail to the Guardian of the East, Spirit of Planting and New Beginnings.  Thank you for watching over my circle and blessing my magic.  Go if you must, stay if you will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Our Circle is Open.  Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.

Simple Feast (aka – eat something)

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Please do this or a similar ritual every new moon (or close to it) until the next Presidential Election.  It will take a lot of magical energy to successfully call a great leader to the Oval Office.  If you miss a month or two, no sweat.  Pick it up again when you can.  If enough of us pour enough energy into this, we can get the kind of President we can tell our grand children about.

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Tarot Trivia Book – #3 Empress

Hello, I’m so glad you could drop by!  Sit down and share my picnic while I look over these questions.  Here, have some of the wine.  Let kids go play, this will take me a few minutes.

* Favorite smell – Fresh fruit just after its been harvested.  Here, smell these grapes.  See what I mean.  Yummy.
* First job – and last job.  Nurturing new life everywhere.
* Dream job – Chef. I love to feed people.
* Astrological sign – Cancer/Rabbit
* Favorite foot attire – Nothing.  I like to feel the earth under my feet.

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Gaian Tarot Empress

* Favorite candy – Chocolate Bunnies.
* Favorite ice cream – Strawberry
* Pet peeves – Wasted potential
* Favorite condiment – Green Goddess salad dressing
* Favorite holiday – Ostara/Easter
* Favorite movie – Chocolate
* Favorite day of the week – Sunday

* Favorite time of day – Dusk
* Favorite animal – Do I have to choose?  Oh, okay.  Ummm… Cows and jaguars

* Tattoos – Just stretch marks.
* Like to cook – Not as much as I like to eat.
* Can you drive a manual transmission? I’m not very good with machinery.
* Favorite color – Green
* Do you like vegetables? Oh my, Yes!
* Favorite season – Spring
* Dream travel destination – The countryside during harvest season.

Well that’s all of them.  I hope you like my answers.  Run up to the Manor house and give them to my husband, would you?  Emperor, dear.  It’s your turn.

Tarot Triva Book #2 High Priestess

Mmmm, these are some interesting questions.  Let me think for a minute.

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From the Connelly Tarot

Okay, I know what I’m going to answers.  This is going to be fun.  Thanks for passing it on, Mage.

* Favorite smell – Old scrolls and books.  They used to use the best smelling herbs to preserve them.  Mmmm… they smelled so nice.  (sigh) I miss the Great Library SO much.
* First job – Safe-guarding wisdom
* Dream job – Stand up comic.  I think it would be a nice change.
* Astrological sign – Pieces/Goat
* Favorite foot attire – soft, calf-skin slippers
* Favorite candy – Dulcis Coccora.  It’s an old Egyptian candy made with honey and figs.  It was really good.
* Favorite ice cream – Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey
* Pet peeves – People who confuse knowledge with wisdom
* Favorite condiment – Dijon mustard
* Favorite holiday – National Library Day
* Favorite movie – Pan’s Labyrinth
* Favorite day of the week – Friday
* Favorite animal – Owls and Salmon
* Tattoos – Crescent Moon
* Like to cook – Not really.
* Can you drive a manual transmission? I don’t drive
* Favorite color – Midnight Blue
* Do you like vegetables? Yes

* Do you wear glasses? Nope
* Favorite season – Winter
* Dream travel destination – Villa Diodati, Lord Byron’s villa where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein.

Okay.  I did it.  Empress.  It’s your turn. Hold down your finger and copy and paste into your own status with your own answers.

 

Tarot Trivia Book, The Magician

When I was in Middle School, everyone so often a shag book would make the rounds.  This was a few pieces of paper stapled together with a bunch of silly questions.  If you got passed one, you had to fill it out and pass it on to the next person.  Things like this float around FaceBook and other places, but I don’t know what they’re called.  Anyway, I have decided to do the Tarot as if they are passing around a shag book.  Since ‘shag’ has a sexy meaning these days, I am going to call them trivia books.  I might just do the majors, but I might do the other cards, too.  Anyway, here is

our first victim.

The Magician
Okay, this got passed to me by some dude with a white dog nipping at his legs and a

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The Witches Tarot By: Ellen Dugan Illustrated by: Mark Evans

dreamy look on his face.  It looks like fun, so here goes…

* Favorite smell – Air right before a lightening storm.
* First job – Manifestation
* Dream job – Sculptor.

* Astrological sign – Aries/Rat
* Favorite foot attire – hand crafted leather boot
* Favorite candy – Never-ending gob stoppers
* Favorite ice cream – Black cow made with Jolt cola
* Pet peeves – people who say “I can’t”
* Favorite condiment – Ghost pepper hot sauce
* Favorite holiday – New Year’s Day
* Favorite movie – A Beautiful Mind
* Favorite day of the week – Wodin’s Day
* Favorite animal – Beavers – They build stuff.
* Tattoos – A Lemniscate on my right shoulder and the Staff of Ra on my ….
* Like to cook – Hell yeah!  I’m a great cook.
* Can you drive a manual transmission? Of course.
* Favorite color – All
* Do you like vegetables? Of course, I made them

* Do you wear glasses? Nope
* Favorite season – All
* Dream travel destination – Well, every so often I go to Bethselamin for a few weeks, just to chill out, but I always forget to get a receipt in the lavatory.

Come on…someone do this with me.  High Priestess, I’m tagging YOU! Hold down your finger and copy and paste into your own status with your own answers.

Removing the last thin veil

It’s been a long time since I’ve written an original blog. I am sorry and all I can say is that the last six month have been riddled with illness and death. Hopefully, I am past the worst and will start blogging again soon. Meanwhile as I find article by other authors that fit our theme, I will share them here.
This one by Mary Greer offers great insight into what a Tarot Reader can truly offer her clients.

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Many people come to Tarot readings in hopes of “fixing” their lives—obtaining information and guidance that will help them make the “right” decisions and no mistakes—guaranteeing perfection.

I subscribe to the BrainPickings blog featuring contemplative posts on creativity, literature and non-fiction. This week’s post has some applicable thoughts by George Saunders and Parker Palmer that show the narrowness of perfection.

George Saunders“Although we’re animated by conflicting impulses and irrepressible moral imperfection, we can still live rich and beautiful lives.”wpid-Photo-Apr-19-2011-710-PM.jpg


 Parker Palmer“Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.” 

I ask you, as a Tarot reader, how can we help the querent “embrace brokenness”?

On the other hand, I sometimes hear from clients that a reading primarily showed them something they knew already. I ask them if they knew that what was shown was the most important thing to take into account in their situation—the…

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Yahweh’s Divorce from the Goddess Asherah in the Garden of Eden

Symbolism is a huge part of the Tarot.  Sadly many of the deepest meanings of common symbols are known by few.  This terrific article on early Biblical mythology, explores the significance of symbols which are as common to the Tarot as they are to the Bible.  I hope all my readers will enjoy it as much as I did.

Source: Yahweh’s Divorce from the Goddess Asherah in the Garden of Eden

Coloring Eggs? Who Came Up With This Idea?

Welcome Ostara

If you ask what do colored eggs have to do with Easter, chances are someone will tell you about how the Catholic Church co-opted/stole pagan traditions and holidays.  They will tell you that eggs are sacred to Ostara, the Goddess of Spring and that coloring eggs and hiding them was originally part of her celebrations.

My own natural dyed eggs. The orange ones came from onion skins - 1.5 hours. The blue ones from red cabbage - 4.5 hours.

My own natural dyed eggs. The orange ones came from onion skins – 1.5 hours. The blue ones from red cabbage – 4.5 hours.

However, no one asks the follow up question.  Why in the world would people start coloring eggs in the first place?  Especially when you realize how difficult and time consuming coloring eggs is when you don’t have Paaz or food coloring.

The answer is fascinating and takes us back to the first few centuries after the Agricultural Revolution.  Imagine yourself in Germany, Northern France, Great Britain or Ireland during this period.  You put aside as much food as you could last fall, but winter is long and this last one was particularly hard.  Your stored food is getting kinda low and nothings been planted yet, much less harvested.  But the days are getting longer and the snow is melting.  The children have been cooped up inside for months.  Yeah, they go outside more often than our children, but still with blizzards and freezing temperatures, they’ve been inside more than outside.

So while you and the other adults are working on extending the food supply by hunting or fishing, you send the kids

Wild bird eggs come in an array of colors.

Wild bird eggs come in an array of colors.

outside with their own job.  “Go find us some eggs.”  This is before wide spread domestication of chickens.  So the children fan out across the fields, moors, forests and glens looking for birds’ nests.  They find the nests of robins, quail, plover, partridge, pheasant, cormorant, heron, egrets, kestrel and owls.  They come home with woven reed baskets filled with a rainbow of colored eggs.  The baskets are lined with fresh grass to prevent the eggs from cracking against each other.  The fuller the basket, the easier it will be for your family to make it to the bounteous late Spring and Summer.

It is easy to imagine how this annual scavenger hunt became connected to the Ostara celebrations which happen in mid-March.  As poultry domestication became wide spread, the need for the egg hunt decreased, but children didn’t want to let it go.  Why would they?  It sounds like a lot of fun.  So easy to acquire chicken eggs were used, but they’re just boring white.  Kids wanted their rainbow of colors in their baskets.

So, like mothers have been doing since we were still chimps, the moms took on extra work to make their children happy.  They began boiling eggs in onion skins, cabbage, blueberries and anything else that would give the eggs color and hid them in the grass.  Presto, the tradition of coloring eggs was born!

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So Ostara/Easter Eggs truly are heralds of Spring.  A full egg basket meant you and your family are going to make it to Summer when days are warm and food is abundant.  Pagan or Christian I hope you had a full basket of rainbow colored eggs to herald a bounteous year for you and your family.  Blessed Be.

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Tarot for Teens: Picking a Deck

Grace over Tarot (2)Tarot for Teens is a book I am working creating.  After more than 30 years studying the Tarot, I have realized that even the best Tarot books are incredibly dry and boring to today’s teens and young adults who are comfortable with a more interactive way of learning.  Tarot for Teens is my answer to this.  Its final form might not even be a book.  It might be a series of Youtube videos or maybe a chip that can be directly uploaded to special receptors that everyone will have installed in their cerebral cortexes in a few years.  Whatever its final form, Tarot for Teens is my way of bring the Tarot to a new generation of occult students.

The first thing that I want to talk about is deck selection.  If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you already have a deck.  Maybe it was given to you or maybe you bought it.  However, if you get into the Tarot on any level, you will probably buy at least one more deck eventually.  So you should know what to look for.

All the Tarot everywhere fall into two umbrella-like groups.  They 4 of pentacles comparisonwere either designed to be divination tools or they were designed to be 78 cool pieces of art.  Both are perfectly valid reasons to design a Tarot deck.  Both are perfectly good reasons to buy decks.  However, while Tarot decks that were designed mainly to be cool works of art, can be used for divination, they really aren’t the best choice.  Beginning readers need a deck that has clear symbols and traditional images.  So while you may just LOVE the Vampire Tarot that you picked up, you might want to think about getting a more ordinary deck until you have some experience under your belt.

 

Within Ace of Swords Morgan Greereach umbrella group, decks can be divided into two more broad categories.  Are they ‘Rider’ based decks or ‘Thoth’ based decks?  Back during one of Western Europe’s many occult revivals, specifically the one during the turn of the 19th century into the 20th century, two very prominent occultists designed Tarot decks.  The Rider pack was designed by A. E. White and illustrated by Pamela Coleman Smith.  The Thoth deck was the brain child of Aleister Crowley and FrAceOfSwordsThothTarotieda Harris was his illustrator.  There are many similarities between the decks and many differences.  Some schools of occult thought adopted the Rider pack and others adopted the Thoth deck.  There are readers who will passionately defend one style as being superior to the other.  I have found it to be purely a matter of personal taste and how a deck ‘feels’ in the
hand.  If you have an allegiance to either style feel free to pick a deck from that tradition.Magician compared

When you are picking up what will be, for all intents and purposes, your training deck, there are some specific things you need to look for besides style.  These are clarity, color, background, symbolism, artistry and empathy.

Art Tarot Card 2It is important for the picture on each card to be clear.  Many ‘artwork’ decks fill the card with a jumble of images.  The card is busy.  There’s a lot going on.  Sometimes the artist adopts an abstract or impressionistic style.  These are often some of the coolest looking Tarot cards ever, but they are difficult to read.  So look at the pictures and see if they’re clear.

“How do I know if the picture is clear when I don’t know what the card is supposed to look like?”  This is reasonable question.  An artist who is creating a picture with the sole purpose of communicating two or three intimately connected ideas better be able to get that idea across in general terms even to a complete novice.  Take, for
example, the five of cups. It does not take an art degree to know that these cards are about regret.  So look for a deck with clear pictures whose meanings come through to
you even without knowing the ‘book cups05bdefinitions’.  Most of the Tarot practitioners I know have three or four cards that they use as measures when picking a new deck.  I use the 2 of
Cups, Death and the 9 of Swords.  You will eventually find your ‘measuring’ cards as you grow as a reader.

Let’s talk about color next.  This part is completely a matter of personal taste.  The pallet an artist chooses says a great deal about the emotions they want to inspire and the themes they are focused on.  How you react to that pallet will affect how you interpret the cards.  I once owned a deck whose colors were circus-poster bright.  The colors nearly gave a headache every time I used the deck.  Needless to say, I didn’t use it that often.  So pick a deck with colors you like and that speaks to you.

Background is related to clarity.  Unlike other forms of divination, the Tarot does not rely on isolated symbols, patterns or runes.  In the Tarot the entire picture tells the story.  It embodies the idiom “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  DB Pentacles 10The ten of Pentacles illustrates this perfectly.  The traditional 10 of Pentacles shows an old man with a young child in the foreground.  Behind them is a castle surrounded by lush fields and an adult couple.  The ten pentacles are often on banners hanging off the castle walls or on pennants flying above it.  The card is about wealth and family and the stability that comes from having both.  Without all three background images, the full meaning might not be clear.

Symbolism.  What can we say about symbolism?  Symbolism is the backbone of the Tarot.  Everything else hangs on the central symbols of a given card.  While different decks sometimes use different symbols, the symbols themselves should be easy to see and their messages clear.  Common Tarot symbols include food, flowers, animals, lightning, pillars, plowed fields/wildlands, tools and the lemniscate (a.k.a dict_lemniscate smallthe infinity symbol {a.k.a. sideways figure 8}).

The second to last thing to consider is artistry.  Do you like the artist’s work?  Period.  If you don’t like the artist’s work, it will be almost impossible to read with the deck regularly.  The Tarot is a divination system completely centered on aesthetics, the psychological responses to beauty and artistic experiences.  If the artistic experience you get whenever you layout a reading is negative, you won’t get much out of the reading.  Pick a deck you enjoy looking at because you’re going to be looking at it a lot.

The last item to consider when picking a deck is closely related to artistry.  It is a nebulous.  One that is completely subjective.  I call it ‘Empathy’.  Do yoaceofcups Robin Woodu feel a connection to the deck?  Does it feel good in your hands?  Do you find the pictures evocative?  Does it speak to you?  Do you get an ‘I-must-have-this!’ feeling when you see it?  You will not have empathy for every deck you buy.  Some you will buy because you like the pictures. Almost every Dali deck ever sold was bought by someone who just wanted 78 Salvador Dali prints.  Some decks you will buy because they’re ‘good enough’ and you just need a deck.  However, if you study the Tarot in depth, you will find a deck that speaks to you and that will be the one you use most frequently.

There is no precise formula to find out which deck is right for you.  The process of picking a deck makes me think of Harry Potter’s first trip to Olivander’s Wand Shop.  For those who have neither read the book nor seen the movie, Olivander announces that “The wand chooses the wizard” after Harry has tried dozens of wands without finding the right one.  Another way to look at it is “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.”  You have to try a lot of different decks before you find the one that works best for you.  After you have worked with your deck for a while, you will know if it is right for you or not.  Meanwhile, shop around.  Look online, at bookstores and specialty stores. You will eventually find ‘your’ deck.Occult bookstore

One last thing about choosing decks. If you work with the Tarot over many years, it is possible that you will change decks.  The deck that fit your hand like a glove will slowly stop feeling so right.  Another deck will feel like a better fit.  When that happens, change.  People change over time.  What was a favorite in your twenties, will be on a shelf gathering dust in your thirties.  It is the way of things. When you feel it is time to move on to a new deck, move on.  It’s all good.