Tarot Series~Minor Arcana: Ten of Swords

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When pulled upright is about a major disaster. Something big that wasn’t anticipated has made it’s way into your life. There is a good chance that this disaster has left you feeling betrayed as it is often about someone stabbing you in the back, figuratively of course. This reminds that that no matter how much we wish we did we do not control everything. This situation was unavoidable. Right now you probably have a self pitying attitude. Remember that when something comes to an end that something new will be coming too. Let go of that past and embrace the change as this is the direction your life was meant to go in. 

When pulled in reverse this card is also about defeat. This tragedy was unavoidable and it has been building up for a long time over numerous past events. When reversed though there comes the understanding that you’ve hit rock bottom and there is nothing left that you can give anymore. Despite how terrible that sounds it means that nothing can get worse than this and things will only get better from here on out. But it is key to note that if you want things to start getting better you have to be the one to initiate this change. This is a chance to correct whatever it was that hurt you.

Here is a tarot spread for when you feel like you’re going through a mess. First I would take out the ten of swords and meditate on it thinking about the bad situation you’re going through. Then shuffle and pull the cards using your preferred method.

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Thanks for checking out today’s post! What has the ten of swords been telling you lately? let me know down below along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

Tarot Series~Minor Arcana: Ace of Swords

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When pulled upright this card is about breakthroughs, just like all ace cards are. However do to this card being a sword it says that this breakthrough has more to with in intellect. So maybe you have been struggling to find the solution to a problem, this could be a breakthrough for that. It could also be a breakthrough in a situation where you were trying to determine the truth of something. It also talks about seeing the world from a new point of view and realizing you have endless opportunities. Now is a really great time to start working towards your goals. Since your conscious is clear and you are at a point of swift thinking now is a good time to seek justice and truth. It is important to remember that swords can be double-edged. So this clarity you are experiencing can be used for good or bad deeds. It is all dependent on you. It also reminds you that too much power can corrupt a person so you need to stick with your principles. 

When pulled in reverse can be saying that instead of having a mental breakthrough you could actually be very confused, unsure, and feel very chaotic. It is good to remember, that due to this, it is not a good time to be making any decisions, since those choices won’t be backed with a clear mind. Now is a better time to prepare yourself for what is to come and take baby steps towards it. Now is the time to take yourself through each and every stage of what you want to accomplish and really create some sort of plan, rather than acting spontaneously. It would also be good to ask for advice because everything may not be as it seems. 

Here is a tarot spread that may help you achieve your mental breakthrough. First I would take the ace of swords out of the deck and mediate on it while really trying to clear your mind of any chaos and confusion. Then shuffle the cards and pull using your preferred method.

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That is all for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed. What has the ace of swords been telling you lately? Let me in the comments below along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Make sure you follow me here on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

Weekly Tarot Series: Grief Tarot Spread

Hi everyone, if you’ve read last weeks post you’ll know that I’ve been having a very hard month or two. If you follow me on twitter you will also know that my Nan passed away Wednesday afternoon. I wanted to find a way to continue my coping but also be delivering you content. Since this is Tarot Friday I thought instead of doing the next tarot card in the series I would do a tarot spread that may help you if you are going through a time of grief.

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Here is the tarot spread I chose to do. I found this super helpful and really brought me some peace.

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The cards I pulled

Card #1: Represents myself internally right now (Queen of Wands)

So this card actually surprised me. This placement is supposed to be about how I am doing internally right now. I assumed it would just tell me I’m miserable but instead it focused on how I am extremely focused, courageous, determined, and still doing my best to be positive, uplifting, and joyful.

Card #2: Represents the deceased (Five of Wands)

At first I didn’t quite understand what this card was telling me but then I realized it was saying that Nan had worked through her troubles and she did not have any more issues to worry about. It really just confirmed for me that she is at peace finally.

Card #3: Represents the relationship between you and the deceased (The Hanged Man)

Once again this is another card I had a hard time interpreting given what it was supposed to represent. Still don’t feel totally confident in my interpretation so if someone understands it a bit more feel free to let me know down below. Essentially what I gathered was that our relationship in the physical world had to be sacrificed in order to move forward. So her death was necessary (and the way it happened specifically) for me to be able to move on.

Card #4: A lesson the deceased has taught you (Justice)

This card says that Nan taught me firstly that decisions have long-term effects. But also that truth is essential in all things — one must learn the truth about others and yourself and one must speak and know the truth before judging others.

Card #5: Something that will help me move on (five of pentacles)

What I did with this card was a little different than how I normally read a card. I used the upright version of it (as I pulled it upright) to determine how I was feeling and then I used the reverse meaning to determine what will help me move on from those feelings. So the card said I was in a time of hardship. It also said I was feeling cursed and as though I had bad luck and I have actually said this out loud to my coworkers, so it really struck home. However how I will move on is that to recognize that brightness is coming into my life, that change is coming soon, and the worst is now over.

Card #6: How can I connect with the deceased going forward (Knight of Cups)

Pulling this card was really cool because the knight of cups actually acts as a messengers. And despite how cliche it sounds this card seems to be saying that I can connect with her by listening to my heart and trusting my intuition.

Card #7: A Message from the deceased (Ace of Wands)

This was a really nice message to receive from her and once again made me feel really at peace. Her message was to be creative and bold. To find and use my own voice. Also to follow my instincts and just go for it.

All in all this is a really great tarot spread that I would thoroughly recommend you use if you are struggling and going through a hard time. It has brought me a significant amount of peace. However that is all for today. Let me know if this spread was as helpful to you as it was for me down below in the comments, along with anything you think I missed, questions, or thoughts. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload to videos to youtube. And until next time, Blessed Be!

 

Grieving as a Wiccan

Lately I’ve been grieving a lot. This last month or two has been pretty hard. So today I want to talk to you about that. I’ve wanted to talk about it for a while but I wasn’t sure how to format it. So I’m just deciding to write. It may be super long or super short but I think writing this will get it off my chest. My writing style may be a bit different than it usually is, it may not be… I dunno. Regardless I hope you don’t mind.

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The Thursday before the Easter weekend I was contacted by my family, while at work, that my great grandmother wasn’t doing very well. She’s hasn’t been super healthy for a couple years now but nothing crazy. However this time was different. My mom usually tells me that it isn’t anything to worry about yet, but this time she said I might want to come home and see her. So there I was in front of my preschoolers that I teach and I just cried. I told them what was wrong and let me tell you, 4 year olds are so compassionate and loving. They loved me and snuggled me all day long. It was so beautiful. I went to see her that weekend. I live about 3 hours away from my family. My partner and little sister went in with me to see her. She had a hard time talking cause her breathing was very laboured but we had a great visit. That’s the last time I will see my great grandmother. She’s still alive though. When I went to see her she was at her home. Now she is in a hospital and has been for a couple weeks now. My mom says she isn’t the same nan we know and love and that she wouldn’t want me to see her this way. She’s in a lot of pain and is just waiting to die. Every morning I wake up and check my phone to see if I have a message telling me she’s passed. I hope she does soon so she can be at peace. She really hates hospitals. So this is when my grieving started.

Back in March one of the little girls at my preschool (we’ll call her Mabel for privacy sake) went to Florida with her family for a trip. The second day in she got very sick and started having seizures. She had to be put in the hospital. She had what they call F.I.R.E.S. I am not super knowledgeable on what it is. All I know is it’s rare, it started as a common cold, and she had seizures, also 30% of those who get it die from it. However I didn’t know that at the time. It never occurred to me that she would die. Maybe that is naive but that’s how I felt. For two months I had very few updates other than a gofundme page and occasionally something would get written on her classroom attendance sheet about it. Then I came in to work last Friday (the 10th) and was told she didn’t make it. Mabel was 4 years old. I know a dead 4 year old. I was nervous for my kids to find out. I didn’t want them to be sad or scared they were going to die. But when you’re 4 years old 2 months is a long time and a lot of them didn’t remember Mabel very well. I was lucky in that sense so instead of being sad they just had a lot of questions which was a lot easier to deal with. This last Thursday (the 16th) I went to Mabel’s funeral. I wore a pink dress (everyone was in bright pinks and purples as requested by Mabel’s family). It was one of the saddest things I have ever experienced.

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I’m telling you all of this for a couple reasons. One reason is that talking about this I hope will be a little therapeutic for me. I also wanted everyone to understand why my posting has been so inconsistent these last few weeks (also why it may continue to be inconsistent when my nan passes). But also I wanted to share how I am coping as a Wiccan (or if I’m not already doing these things they are things I want to start doing to cope).

What is helping me cope with Nan is first and foremost I know that her passing is going to bring her peace. But also I know that her soul will reincarnate and I will meet it again whether in this life or the next. I’m really trying to focus on the fact that she lived such a great and beautiful life and not on the fact that she’ll be gone.

What is helping me the most when it comes to coping about Mabel is also related to reincarnation but it is a bit different. If you’ve read my post about the signs you are an earth angel you will know that many of these people die as a child. When I think about Mabel, and the beautiful energy her soul had, I confidently feel she had the soul of an angel. Without a doubt. So despite the fact that I don’t totally understand how she died, I can understand why she died and that to me brings great peace.

However other than thinking about these things I have not done much to cope but have just not been thinking about it and it’s probably not the most healthy method of healing. Things that I want to start incorporating into my coping process that you can try too is reiki (be it self reiki or receiving reiki from someone else). I also want to pray more. As I’ve mentioned in my post about my relationship with praying , I tend to stray away from it because it reminds me of Christianity. I think grieving may be a great way for me to change that relationship with prayer because at the end of the day you can pray to whoever or whatever you want, not just the Christian god. So I’d like to reach out to Gaia and Pan more for strength and you can do the same with whoever you matron or patron is. I think meditating and grounding myself will also help me stabilize my emotions. And the last thing I want to suggest for myself and for you is divination. Do spreads to help sort through your emotions. Do spreads for how to cope. Do spreads to talk to those that have passed on if you think that will give you closure. Do a spread to see how your future will be after you’ve moved forward from this hard time.

I hope that this post gives you some ideas on how to cope with what you’re struggling with and also lets you know that even if it feels like you’re all alone and no one understands that there are people who get it (yikes that was cheesy but bear with me). Let me know down below how you use your Wiccan/Pagan faith to get you through times of grief along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. And until next time, Blessed Be!

 

Tarot Series~Minor Arcana: Four of Cups

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When upright this card is about feeling unmotivated and discouraged. Life has become stagnant. The things that usually make you feel happy are no longer doing so for you. Whether you have a good or bad day, it doesn’t matter to you. You attitude remains the same. This card is telling to reflect on your attitude. The answer to your problem is typically right in front of you. You need to search within yourself to find passion again. This card is all about finding what really interests you and working towards them. 

When pulled in reverse this card is about wanting a new start. You may finally be experiencing the joys of life that previously you were immune to due to your disconnect from yourself. You are realizing that life is not perfect but there is still beauty in it to be enjoyed. Open yourself to new idea, people, and opportunities. You may find that one of these things bring the start of something amazing that many miss out on due to being too confined in their own beliefs.

Here is a tarot spread to help you rediscover your passion. First I would take the four of cups out of the deck and meditate on it while thinking about how it feels to feel passionate about something. Then shuffle and pull the cards using your preferred method.

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Thank you for reading today’s post! What is the four of cups telling you lately? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post and upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be.

Tarot Series~Minor Arcana: Ace of Cups

So last week we finished off the wand cards and today we are going to move on to the cups. The cup cards are associated with water (whereas wands was with fire). These cards often relate back to emotions, the unconscious, creativity, intuition, and relationships (romantic or platonic).

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When pulled upright this card is about getting rid of your emotional baggage and starting to live your life to the fullest. This card shows a new beginning. You might find that it brings the opportunity to form a new relationship (romantic or platonic). What you need to let go of may be emotional or spiritual. The presence of this card is there to encourage you to turn over a new leaf. It is important to open yourself up to these opportunities. 

When pulled in reverse this card is about how you’ve been going through a lot of emotional turmoil. This card represents a loss and it is possible that something that once brought you joy is no longer bringing you that same joy. This card could also mean you are having a creative block. It is important to think about what has caused this card to be reversed and how you can fix it.

Here is a tarot spread to embrace the new beginnings this card might be bringing you. First I would take out the ace of cups and mediate on it while thinking about possible new beginnings for yourself. Then shuffle and pull using your preferred method.

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Position One:
What must I let go of to make room for the new?
This position provides you with something in your life that no longer serves your highest good or is no longer needed as you proceed forward.

Position Two:
How can I embrace this ending?
This position gives you insight on how you can learn to accept this particular closing chapter of your life, especially if there is some strong resistance.

Position Three:
What obstacles do I need to be aware of as I move forward on this next phase of my life?
This position provides you with insight on any obstacles you may face along the way.

Position Four:
What freedom will this new beginning provide me?
This position provides you with how this new path will liberate you during this new phase of your life.

Position Five:
What is the best potential for this new beginning?
This position gives you insight on how this new beginning will benefit you in the best way.

Thank you so much for reading today’s blog. Let me know what the ace of cups has been telling you lately as well as any other thoughts or questions you have down below in the comments. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I make youtube videos. Until next time, Blessed Be.

30 New Year Resolutions

Hi everyone! Today I thought I would make a bit of a different post. Since it is the first month of the new year I thought I would give a list of resolutions related to Wicca/Paganism/witchcraft etc in case you’ve been struggling to think of one.

  1. Meditate everyday
  2. Start a year and a day long study
  3. Do a tarot reading (or any other divination) every day
  4. Keep a daily journal to follow the progress of your path
  5. Go out and take a walk every day (or weekend if your week is too busy)
  6. Do some mindful yoga every morning and/or night
  7. Connect with deity (or any high power) daily
  8. Start a daily ritual
  9. Sage yourself and/or home everyday/every week/every month
  10. Practice self reiki every morning/night Seven Chakra Vortex Website Banner
  11. Pick a mantra to recite every day (it can change everyday, week, month, year, etc)
  12. Do a daily devotions (There are many books that give you a daily activity/reading to do. I have one for the chakras)
  13. Put a new entry in your BoS every day (could be a new herb, crystal, spell, ritual, poem, etc)
  14. Make some self care products with magick and use them everyday
  15. Every morning have some tea/milk/water/coffee/hot chocolate infused with a little magick to start the day right
  16. Start a blog about Wicca/Paganism/witchcraft
  17. Write a book about Wicca/Paganism/witchcraft
  18. Create a piece of art everyday that has to do with your path
  19. Go out and pick up up a few pieces of litter everyday or do a big litter clean up in your community once a week/month
  20. Volunteer for things that are important to your craft/path _dsc0901
  21. Read a little from a book about Wicca/Paganism/witchcraft everyday
  22. Donate monthly to a charity that supports something important to your craft/path
  23. Everyday get to know your spirit guides a little more
  24. Everyday write something down that you’re grateful for
  25. Save up a little money from every pay check so you can go on a unplugged trip/start stocking your magickal supplies/get altar tools
  26. Start a coven
  27. Write a poem about Wicca/Paganism/witchcraft everyday
  28. Practice positive thinking (if it harm none do as ye will, that includes not harming yourself emotionally)
  29. Start a gardenstart-vegetable-garden-400x267
  30. Follow Willowrose here so you can read all her posts and on youtube so you can watch all her videos 😜

So there you go, 30 resolutions you can pick from for this year! If you can think of some more good resolutions or want to share any resolutions you have (wicca related or not) leave them in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Until next time, Blessed Be.