The Wiccan’s Back to School Shopping List and Other Helpful Tips

It’s that time of the year again where everyone is back to school. Whether you’re in junior high, highschool, or post secondary this list will help you do your best this year. The things in this list are things that will be helpful on their own but some could also be used together to make spells/rituals for school too. Without further ado lets get into it.

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Crystal and Herb Shopping list

  • clear quartz
    • Gives you mental clarity, focus, and helps retain information.
    • Bring the same clear quartz that you use to study with to your tests for a little extra help!
  • Tigers eye
    • Great for studying and research.
    • It keeps you focused and helps filter out mental distractions.
    • It can help you make sense of the information you’re processing.
  • Turquoise
    • It keeps your mind and thoughts clear.
    • Also great as it helps with stress and worry.
    • It is great to have with you while doing a test.
  • Fluorite
    • A great support for all types of research.
    • Any colour of fluorite can be used; pick what you are most drawn to.
  • Earl Grey Tea
    • Helps stimulate the mind, and helps give you confidence.
    • The caffeine can also help you stay awake on hard mornings or late study nights.
  • Grapefruit Peal/essential oil
    • Helps activate your mind as well.
    • When in essential oil form it is also known to promote joy and happiness.
    • If you have a few classes that you aren’t enjoying this might be great to have handy for those periods.
  • St. John’s wort
    • This herb is used as an antidepressant. (do not ingest if already on antidepressants)
    • It can bring light to troublesome problems.
    • Can be great to use when you have an educator that you don’t mesh well with but you need to confront/work with.
  • Lavender
    • This is great for calming and relaxing you when school becomes too much.
    • It can also help you get to sleep for those living in dorms or on those nights when your mind won’t shut up about all the school work you need to do.
  • Lemon Balm
    • This is great for healing your mind and bringing success.
    • This can be great to use after a hard day at school or before tackling a difficult assignment.

Tips

If you believe that consecrating your magickal tools makes them more powerful then why not do the same with your school tools. Consecrate your pens, pencils, ruler, calculator, scribblers, etc to make them more powerful!

If you live in dorms and have a roommate then having a permanent altar may not to realistic for you. So having a temporary altar may be more up your speed. You can keep all your altar tools in a shoe box and no one would be the wiser.

If you worship deities then you can also pray to get the support you need with school. I would find the deity in your pantheon that deals with the more logical aspects of life and pray to them. Some examples of deities you may want to pray to are Athena, Lugh, Seshat, Saraswati, Odin, etc.

I also recommend that you meditate. Meditating when you’re overwhelmed, having a hard time focusing, or right before a big test can be super helpful. It clears your mind of all the useless crap and lets you tune in to what is really important.

I’d love to do more school related posts/videos if anyone has anything they’d like to request (spells, how to be a closeted wiccan in secondary and post secondary school, etc). However that is all for today. I hope this helps you a bit this school year. Make sure you follow me here and on instagram so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

Tarot Series~Minor Arcana: Eight of Swords

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When pulled upright this card is about feeling trapped and like a victim. You feel like that the situation you are in needs to change but you are not able to make that change on your own, as it is not in your control. This makes you feel powerless. Feeling like you have no control over what is happening to you has been a big reason the situation keeps getting worse. Giving up your autonomy to a higher power, be it religious; government; or any other kind of authority, means you are giving up your personal responsibility to create that change for yourself. Giving up this control in your life, while it might work for some, is not working for you. You should avoid making big decisions right now as you aren’t thinking as clearly as you should be. The good part of all this is the trapped feeling you have and the lack of control you feel are all self-made and you can fix it all on your own. You need to open your eyes and look beyond the small box you’ve put yourself in. Look at all the possibilities you have and recognize the power you possess within you. 

When pulled in reverse this card is about maturity and self-acceptance. It also is about knowing your own power and responsibilities. This is especially relevant as it usually appears after a long time of self doubt. You can now confidently make decisions because you are now confident in yourself and confident in your power to change your personal world and also the world around you. Now is the time to move on from the past and get excited for all the new changes and experiences to come. 

Here is a tarot spread to help you gain confidence so you can find your inner power. First I would take out the eight of swords and meditate on it while focusing on feeling confident. Then shuffle and pull using your preferred method.

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1. The root of insecurity
Where is your anxiety actually coming from?

2. How to tackle this right from the root
A response to this insecurity; an approach you can take to learn from and overcome it.

 

 

3 and 4. Your main sources of power
Here you go! Here are two reasons you are awesome; sources of personal strength from which to draw confidence.

5. How to tap into this
It’s all very well knowing your strengths, but how do you use these and boost your confidence? This card offers an approach you can take.

6. One thing you can do right now
Because confidence-building is a slow process and you want to crack on now. Whilst you can adopt the approach suggested by card five slowly and surely, here is one thing to do today to get you on your way.

That is all for today! I hope you enjoyed. What is the eight of swords been telling you lately? Let me down below 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. Until next time, Blessed Be!

Tarot Series~Minor Arcana: Two of Wands

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When pulled upright this card is about planning and moving forward. It is about progressing. You’ve already made a plan and now it is time to start achieving what you’ve planned for. Another meaning of the two of wands is discovery. You are stepping out of your bubble and experiencing new things. This card can also mean you are starting to realize your long-term goals. This card can also revolve around making decisions. You are either happy with the knowledge you have or you’re moving forward and taking risks. This is about leaving your comfort zone and exploring new things.

When pulled in reverse this card is about you need to make some long term goals. Identify what is important to you and then make plans around it to achieve your goals. This card can also means you have missing important parts in your plans for the future. Not planning properly could be the cause of your downfall. This card can also be overconfidence and lack of patience.

Here is a tarot spread that should help you reach your goals. Take out the two of wands and focus on it as your meditate. While you meditate think about what goals you want to complete. After this you can shuffle and pull the cards as you see fit.

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Thank you for reading! Make sure you check on Wednesday’s post about empaths to be able to enter my giveaway! If you have any thoughts or questions please leave them in the comments. I love hearing from you guys. Lastly, make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications on when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet, and Blessed Be.

Tarot Series~Major Arcana Card 20: Judgment

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When pulled upright this card is about reflecting and evaluating ourselves and our actions. Self reflection allows us to have a clearer and objective understanding about who we are now and what we need to do in order to grow. When you see this card it is telling you that you are getting close to a point in your life where you need to start reflecting and evaluating yourself. This card can also show that you are in a period of awakening due to self reflection. You have a clearer idea of what things need to change in order for you to continue growing. These changes could be small things in your daily routine to huge changes, like removing people from your life. This card tells us we have decisions to make that will hugely affect the rest of your life.

When pulled in reverse this card is about doubting and judging yourself too harshly. This doubt and judgement can be causing you to miss out on opportunities. All of this is causing you to fall behind on your plans which is making it difficult to move forward. You need to stop with caution but rather do things with pride and confidence. This card can also mean you need to take time out of your schedule to sit and reflect on your life so far and figure out what you’ve learned. You’re so busy you probably haven’t given yourself the time needed to fully learn lessons that are essential for you to progress as a person. You may also be holding on to mistakes you’ve made in the past, rather than forgiving yourself making it hard to move forward. 

Here is a tarot spread that focuses on the judgement card. It is great for starting new beginnings. First I would take the judgement card out and meditate while focusing on what the next stage of your life might be. Then shuffle and pull the cards using your preferred method.

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Card 1: This represents the earth, from which the new sprout of you emerges; it is the nourishment you need to grow and change. It can represent spiritual riches, or past experience, or the life you leave behind.

Card 2: This is the call, the trumpet that summons, the sun you are growing towards. This represents your inner voice, the demands of the soul, or the parts of you that seek change.

Card 3: This is the little sprout of you, how you will grow and adapt, the new you. It is also what renews you.

Thanks for reading! We only have one more Major Arcana card to talk about! Please leave any thoughts or questions in the comments; I love hearing from you. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

Weekly Tarot Spread: Get to Know Yourself Better

Hi everyone! I hope you’re excited for Tarot readings to start again because I sure am! So as some of you may know I went through a temporary breakup last week and it made me realize that outside of my relationship I really don’t know who I am. So this week I thought it would be fun to do a tarot spread helping me figure out who I am. Next week we will recommence the chakra tarot spreads we were doing earlier this summer/spring. Also sorry for posting this so late. I did this reading this evening and it ended up hitting home so hard I just needed a long break from it before I could go over it again and type it up.  Lastly, this reading doesn’t have a picture to go with spread so I will try my best to show you the set up. Bear with me (the 5th card is supposed to be directly under the 4)

Card set up

Card 1   Card 9

Card 2  Card 8

Card 3  Card 7

Card 4  Card 6

Card 5

So I am not entirely sure what I expected to learn from this reading but it seems to be very much about the break up and the reading itself has come out a bit bleak in relation to us trying to make it work. So I am really hoping if I altar my path we can change the prediction of the cards.

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The cards I pulled

As you can see I pulled mostly reversed cards and mostly major arcana cards.

Card 1: How people perceive you

I pulled the lovers in reverse. This firstly is important because the lovers is my signifier card. And second it seems very relevant to the break up and most of my family and a lot of my friends knew about it. This card pretty much says that they perceive me as having a lot of inner conflict and disharmony. They see my break in communication and they see the foundation of my relationship being cut off. Overall the affects of the break up are very obvious and all people see when looking at me is the effects of the break up.

Card 2: What you think you are

I pulled the empress in reverse. This card talks about losing willpower and strength. It really shows how I overwhelm others with my caring for them but at the same time I still depend on others (my boyfriend) to care for me. It also talks about neglecting my own needs. I think this whole break up has really shown me how much I depend on my partner and now they we are back together I may be neglecting my own needs as I am worried he will leave me again.

Card 3: What you think you aren’t

For this card I pulled the queen of swords reversed. The queen of swords when reversed is thought to be bitter, coldhearted, and resentful. And I full heartedly agree that I don’t think I am those things. I think I am the exact opposite actually.

Card 4: What you don’t know about yourself

This was the card that shook me up the most. I got the tower in reverse. This card is about a looming crisis that I am avoiding. This crisis has to happen though and what I have been relying on will no longer be there for me. To me it just really sounds like that even though we are back together now, it won’t last and I am just prolonging the pain. I really hope I can change this though.

Card 5: Your true self

This was the card that confused me the most. I pulled the Ace of pentacles in reverse. This card talks about missing your chance. So I don’t know if this really says who my true self is but it feels to me to be saying the break up was my chance and I missed it.

Card 6: What you can do now to be a better person

This card was the emperor. The emperor is about control, organization, having a plan, acting rationally, growing my goals, and being both methodical and strategic. I think this card is saying is if I have any chance of growing from this blip in our relationship rather than just everything falling apart I have to come up with a solid plan and follow it through like the emperor would.

Card 7: What you should stop doing right now

I pulled the six of cups. This card says that I need to stop wanting to return to a happier time and to stop looking to the past to try and solve the crisis.  It seems to be saying it is time to move on from the relationship and to go on to better things.

Card 8: What can you do to realize hidden aspects about yourself

I pulled the Judgement card in reverse for this one. It says that I need to stop judging myself so harshly, to move forward with pride and confidence, and to reflect on my life up until this point. In general I have always been my worst critic and I have been feeling guilty for the reasons behind the break up. So I think this is just saying that what has happened is done and there is no sense in beating myself up. All I can do is look back and what is in the past and better myself from here on out.

Card 9: summary

For this I pulled the Justice card. This card pretty much says my decisions effect myself and others long term, that the truth will come to pass, and that it is time to come to a solution once and for all. So pretty much despite all this horrible stuff everything will turn out how it is meant to and for all this to be over we need to come to a solution sooner than later.

Well that’s it for my reading today. Sorry it is so grim. If anyone got something more positive out of this reading than me please let me know in the comments, along with any other thoughts or question, because I’m obviously not thrilled about my interpretation about it. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter to get notification on when I post and to keep up to date on an upcoming giveaway. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

Tarot Series~Major Arcana Card 19: The Sun

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When upright this card is about success, radiance, and abundance. The sun gives strength and vitality. It says that much joy and happiness is coming to you. Due to being personally fulfilled you give others inspiration and joy too. Your warm energy draws people to you. You are also in a position where you are able to share your qualities and achievements with others. You radiate love and affection towards those you love. This card can show that you have a strong sense of confidence right now.

In reverse this card is about having a hard time finding the silver-linings in hard situations right now. This could be preventing you from what you need to progress. It could also be preventing you from being confident and powerful. This card could also mean you are being unrealistic. An example of this is that you may be overly optimistic about certain situations. Take these things into account to make sure you’re on the right track and your successes continue as they do.

Here is a tarot spread all about the sun card. It is great when you’re in need of some self-care and need to be reminded of your inner light. First I would take the sun card out of the deck and meditate on it while focusing on your confidence and joy. Then shuffle and pull the cards using your preferred method.

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Card 1: This card represents your inner light, the form in which your light will manifest and show itself.

Card 2: This represents where to apply yourself; where you can be most successful, issues and situations where you are your strongest.

Card 3: This card represents that which needs to be cleaned, the windowpane through which the light shines. These are obstacles that need to be removed, that eclipse the light. This is how you can shine.

Cards 4 and 5: These represent renewed innocence, the playfulness and freedom that come when your inner light shines brightly. Harmonize these two cards, find how they fit together, and what they have in common.

Thank you for reading! If you have any thoughts or questions please leave them in the comments. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post. Until next time Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

Tarot Series~Major Arcana Card 18: The Moon

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When pulled upright this card can mean that your imagination is taking the best of you. You are going down a path that you aren’t entirely sure of and it very well could be dangerous. The light of the moon in this card can bring you clarity and understanding. You should let your intuition guide you down this path. Be aware of the situations that are causing you fear and anxiety. Being aware of these things lets you not be deceived by yourself and keeps inner disturbances to a minimum. You need to take these memories and fear and let them go. All negative energy has to be released so it can be turned into something constructive and positive. This card could also mean that there is a hidden illusion in your life. There is a hidden truth that you have yet to discover.

When pulled in reverse this card can mean that there are some dark negative aspects in your life right now. That darkness could be confusion and unhappiness. Maybe you want to make progress but you aren’t quite sure how. The key to figuring this out is by letting go of your fears and anxieties. It is time to believe in yourself and move forward. This card in reverse also means you are in an intuitive period or you have recently just experienced a lot of confusion, anxiety, or self-deception. This card can also suggest that the things that were causing you confusion are slowly starting to go away and things are becoming clearer. You are started to get a hold of your fears and anxieties. All the negativity is slowly fading away.

Here is a great tarot spread that focuses on the moon card. It is great for bringing clarity to a confusing situation. First I would take out the moon card and meditate on it while thinking about a situation in your life that is causing you a lot of confusion. Next shuffle and pull your cards (only pull the first 3 cards in the beginning) using your preferred method.

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Card 1: This card is the Moon, the numinous dream image, representing magic, mystery and original beauty, the dark and the light, the beauty of the still night and the deep shadows. This card represents ideals and desires, intentions and clarity.

Card 2: This is the reflection in the water, the clouded sight, the mirror reflecting your biases and prejudices, the skewed perspective, the imperfect translation.

Card 3: This is that which the moonlight illumines, though dimly. These are the snatches of dreams you remember, the bits and pieces of clarity, what you can see from here.

Card 4: Take this card from the bottom of the deck and lay it next to card 3. This card represents that which is still in deep shadow, that which you can’t quite make out, hints and glimpses of things you don’t recognize. This is the darkness and confusion, or what is confusing you.

Both cards 3 and 4 are seen through the unclear glass, the biases shown in the reflection card. By comparing the three you can help determine and further define your perspective.

Thanks for reading! Please leave any thoughts or questions in the comments section, I love to hear from you all. Also, make sure to follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications on when I post! Until next time Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

 

Green Obsidian

Green obsidian is used a lot during reiki to help balance the heart chakra specifically but also the throat chakra too. This stone removes hooks and ties caused from other people. It is great for treating the gallbladder and the heart. Not only is it great for relaxation and stress but it helps ease insomnia, protects you from nightmares, promotes the ability to flow with change, it promotes confidence, and helps you with the idea that everything is alright.

This stone is great for people who want personal counselling but don’t seem to be getting anywhere as it will help them really tackle their problems and help them become more self reliant. It is also great at keeping people away that will only drag you down with their own personal crises. Keep this crystal on you if you work with people (especially troubled ones) to keep your energies light and positive.

Lastly, if you worship Gaia, like myself, and you want to have some sort of tribute to her on your altar or make a little gaia jar this is a great crystal to put in it!