Tarot Series~Minor Arcana: King of Swords

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When pulled upright this card is saying that you should stay objective with whatever you are dealing with right now. You really need to lean on your intelligence to make your point and achieve your goals. Make sure your mind stays sharp and you stay vigilant so you can notice any problems coming your way. It is important to stay stern and to have clarity at all times right now. Before making any decisions you need to think, about all the possible consequences with any choice you could make, to make the best choice. It is key that you get rid of any emotional biases to make the most informed decision. Now is a time to reason with other people and be honest with them on what you’ve observed. This card is saying that you should be able to go into any situation and stay objective while making a decision. This card can also be about high ethical standards.

When pulled in reverse this card is about someone who is abusive and manipulative. This person is likely misusing their authoritative power, or their drive. They are being persuasive through manipulation to get the things they so selfishly want. This card could also be saying that you are showing off how smart you are by using big words that aren’t necessary. And lastly, this card could be saying you have some anger issues which cause you to be explosive. 

Here is a tarot spread if you deal with the last issue; explosive anger. This should help you identify underlying issues and how to go about dealing with it. First I would take the king of swords out of the deck and meditate on it while focusing in on this anger. Then shuffle and pull the cards using your preferred method.

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Thanks for checking out today’s post! What has the king of swords been telling you lately? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Make sure you check out my new instagram. You can find me @willowrosemoondancer. Also make sure you follow me here and on my twitter so you get notifications when I post here and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

Real or Fake Yule tree?

So, today I thought it would be fun if we looked at a question I asked the Wiccan community last year and what answers I was given. Last year was my first yule really. We were in a pretty big place so we decided to get a real tree. Being the weird little witch that I am, I was laying underneath my tree, just hanging out and admiring how beautiful it was. While I was doing this I started thinking to myself, is having a real tree against Wiccan beliefs? Am I supporting the destruction of our forests? So I went to the internet and asked.

So firstly the majority of people said that having a real tree was not against our beliefs and rather could be more in line with our beliefs than fake trees. The reasons people gave for this varied. One person pointed out that the material fake trees are made from is actually detrimental to our earth. The material does not break down and therefore just adds more garbage to our landfills. Another person mentioned that most real trees are farmed so when you think of it that way you aren’t actually contributing to deforestation. Someone else (this is my favourite response) actually said that when you bring the yule tree inside you are actually bringing the sprites of nature inside to keep them warm throughout the cold winter. I personally think that is a beautiful thought process to have.

A few other responses were people actually giving me advice on how to make the most out of my yule tree. So a common comment was people suggesting to buy a tree that has it roots/root ball attached and keep it in your house in a pot. When the holidays are over you can bring it outside and plant it in your yard. This way no trees have to die at all. You can also take the pine needles from your tree and save them for spells, rituals, or anything else you’d use pine needles for. You can also cut up the tree and use it for a bonfire outside.

What I personally did last year with my tree was I cut a good chunk of the log off and this year I am going to take my yule log and make a candle stand out of it. You can also take this log and burn it for a ritual. I also left my tree outside all winter on my back deck as a place for any critters to relax.

At the end of the day though your beliefs are your beliefs and you must to whatever corresponds with them. Not only that but sometimes we aren’t always blessed to have the space for a real tree. This year I am living in a much smaller home and only have room for my little 4.5 foot fake tree. And that’s okay too.

Thanks for reading today’s post. Do you have a real or a fake yule tree this year? Let me know in the comments along with any other thought or questions you have. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter to get notifications on when I post here and upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

The Diet of a Wiccan

In Wicca there are numerous different ideas on what is okay to eat and what isn’t. The answer to what is okay is completely based on your personal belief system.

Some Wiccans are totally vegan. They don’t eat any meat or animal by-product. That means no milk, no eggs, no honey, etc. The idea behind this is people believe anything that comes from an animal is harming that animal. They believe milking the cows is harmful (physically or emotionally), they believe eating eggs is harmful because it kills the chick embryo inside, they don’t eat honey because they believe the process one goes to get the honey safely is harmful to the bees. Essentially they take the line “harm none, do as ye will” and interpret it in a way that makes the only thing they can do is be vegan.

Then there are Wiccans who are vegetarians. So they eat animal by-products but not meat. When they interpret “harm none, do as ye will” they don’t view milking cows, eating eggs, and and taking honey as harmful. Or they believe as long as you are granted permission from these animals to use their by-products that it is okay.

There are numerous different types of vegetarians. Up until recently I have been a pollo vegetarian. This means that the only meat I eat is poultry. The only reason why I did this is because I don’t feel I could have healthily been a complete vegetarian, as I am a bit finicky compared to the average person.

Lastly, we have your typical meat eaters. I think there are 2 main types of meat eaters. You have the ethically sourced meat eaters and then you have just your average joe. I am currently trying to be an ethically sourced meat eater. This means I am looking to purchase my meat from farms that I know have treated their animals well before they were put on my plate. So you can do this by hunting yourself, you can purchase a whole cow at an auction for slaughter. You can also purchase at local farmers markets or buy free range meat.

As for the regular meat eater they just don’t believe “harm none, do as ye will” is referring to food consumption. They typically believe the purpose of an animal is to be eaten and that’s that.

There is no right or wrong answer though (thankfully). What people eat is ultimately up to them and no one (let me repeat: no one) should be shamed for the meat they eat or don’t eat. No one is right and no one is wrong. Everyone has their own path to walk.

Thank you for reading! What are your views on meat/animal by-product consumption? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions. Also, make sure you follow me hear and on twitter so you get notifications on when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be!