Tarot Series~Minor Acrana: Ace of Pentacles

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When pulled upright this card is about new beginnings, just like all ace cards. Due to this card being a pentacles card it could be a new career, a new venture, a start to a health journey. Regardless of the new beginning, pulling this card upright means the outcome of it will bring your abundance and opportunity. This card also represents that a “seed” (an idea, a goal, a thought, etc) has been planted when it comes to the material world. It likely has to do with your feeling of security and stability. You need to nurture it and help it grow. You need to give it your time, your energy, sometimes you need to invest in it financially. Helping this seed manifest will bring you prosperity. Along with all this you need to make sure you are prepared psychologically for the opportunities coming your way. To ensure that you can reap all the benefits from this card you need to have calmness in your life, you need stability. 

When pulled in reverse this card says the possible opportunity that is being presented to you can be a bad investment, it could take up more resources than you currently think it will, or it could be saying you are missing your chance for this opportunity. This card can also be a sign that you are going to be going through some hard financial times. Having said that this card is suggesting not to make an big financial decisions and to carefully think about all your options before deciding upon any sort of deal. Now could also be a good time to get advice from others as to avoid making rushed decisions. Now isn’t a good time to start a new job or business especially if you’re considering it for financial gain. It might be an illusion that could hurt you in the end.

Here is a tarot spread to help you start your new beginning in your career. First I would take the ace of pentacles out of the deck and meditate on it thinking about the opportunity you have, or the goal you want to reach. Then shuffle and pull the cards using your preferred method.

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Thanks for checking out today’s post! What has the ace of pentacles been telling you? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Make sure you check out my instagram for lots of great content and an insight into my personal life. Also, don’t forget to follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I make posts and upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

Mental Illness Ritual Bath

Hi everyone. Today I wanted to talk about something that affects me. I want to talk about mental illness. However I want to make some disclaimers before I start. Firstly I want to talk about what I am referring to when I say I am affected by mental illness. When it comes to physical sickness there are certain things you go to the hospital for and some things your don’t. A regular cold or a little flu are not hospital worthy. Despite that though you are still sick. When I think of how mental illness affects me I think of it as I have the cold (and occasionally flu) equivalent of mental illness. Do I need meds and a therapist for it? No. Do I still feel unwell? Yes. So I just wanted to put that out there before anyone questions me on just how severe my mental illness is or whatever. My second disclaimer is this: Nothing I say in this post is going to cure your mental illness. May it help you cope? sure. Could it potentially alleviate some symptoms or at least make them slightly more bearable? Maybe, but no promises. Everyone’s journey is different. And I just hope that maybe you can get something out of this.

When it comes to me I always (especially in the mornings) have a higher than average anxiety level, for no good reason at all. And every once in a while I’ll experience symptoms of depression. Usually I’ll be very irritable and very low energy. Last week and the week before I was experiencing this. And by the end of last week I decided enough was enough and that I was going to try and do something to get out of this funk. So I made a ritual self love/happiness bath. I would like to share it with you. I feel that this is a mix of both a spell and a ritual so I will leave this in both of those sections in our BoS.

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Ingredients:

  • Epsom salt
  • Lavender
  • Rose quartz
  • Green Kyanite
  • Green Obsidian
  • Amythest
  • Some seashells
  • Yellow Candle
  • Incense (I used one that’s for the heart chakra)

 

Steps to making the ritual bath:

  1. Sage your crystals and yourself
  2. In some sort of container (I used my big cauldron) mix together the lavender, the epsom salt, the crystals, and the shells while thinking about the intention of your bath
  3. With the bathroom lights off start running your bath and add the ingredients to the water
  4. Have your candle and incense on the bathtub ledge or nearby.
  5. Once in the tub light the candle and the incense
  6. Call upon whoever you wish and ask them to help you find the joy you’ve been lacking and to give you the strength to get through the rough time you’re experiencing. I called upon Gaia and Aphrodite.
  7. Enjoy your bath, you could meditate, do a face mask, watch your favourite show, read a book, whatever brings you joy.
  8. Thank whoever you called upon when you are done.

If you desire to have a sacred circle feel free, you can also make the water sacred by adding rosemary. I don’t always feel the need to do sacred circles especially when I am doing impromptu rituals/spells (like I was in this situation). Please feel free to share your journey with us, or any spells/rituals that you do to aid in your mental health 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: Queen of Cups

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When pulled upright this card is about a person who is compassionate, caring, sensitive, and nurturing. It can also be referring to someone who you are, or will be, connecting to on an emotional level. When you get this card it could be a suggestion for you to find and accept help from others. When you get this card it is most often referring to a female who will be entering into your life. This card also refers to a someone who is highly intuitive. The card also asks you to trust your inner voice. You should take the time to really focus on your emotional health before you try and tackle others issues. Self love is crucial to become more compassionate. This card can also be in reference to your relationships. You may be someone else’s rock and are what keeps them going. It could also be here to say you are here to teach others with your intuition rather than your logic. This card describes someone who thinks with their heart rather than their mind. It also describes someone who is not very rational nor has much common sense. They are more intuitive, dreamy, and psychic. If the logical approach isn’t working for you the queen of cups could be your answer.

When pulled in reverse this card is about someone who is not very in-tune with their emotions. You may feel restricted in how you can express the way you feel. You are likely prone to bottling up how you feel however this is not effective. It will be very damaging and you can expect to boil over and lashout. You may also have high levels of stress that you are unsure of how to cope with. On the other hand this card can be suggesting that you are letting your mind wander too far and your imagination is getting away from you. Despite that you mean well you should take a moment and think about whether or not you can trust your emotions as you are likely letting them control you. Really think about whether the dreams you have can be turned into a reality. You should try and stabilize your emotions so you know when your emotions are getting the best of you. 

Here is a tarot spread for those of you not sure what you’re feeling inside and what emotions aren’t worth your energy. First I would take the queen of cups out of the deck and meditate on it while really focusing on your feelings. Then shuffle and pull the cards using your preferred method.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post! What has the queen of cups been saying to you? Let me know in the comments below along with any other thoughts or questions you might have. Don’t forget I am still accepting questions for a Q&A video. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post and when I upload videos. Until next time, 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!

Cilantro/Coriander

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Cilantro and coriander come from the same plant and depending on where you are from are used interchangeably so for the sake of this post I will treat them as the same thing.

Cilantro has many magickal uses, the main one being love. Some of the other uses of it is for clairvoyance, divination, fertility, gain, health, healing, keeping secrets, passion, peace, protection, retention, and weddings.

Cilantro is associated with the planet mars, masculine energy, and the element of fire.

When used in spells it is great for love sachets and spells (remember though love spells have to be worded in a way that manipulates no ones personal will). You can add the powder of the seeds to wine to make a potion of lust (red wine would likely be best for this), you can hang in the home for protection, and you can use it crushed in drinks (like the wine) or in incense if you want to burn it). If you celebrate the great rite this is great to add to an elixir for your celebration. You can also through this instead of rice at a handfasting or add it to the handfasting cake.

If you like to use herbs to help with illness cilantro/coriander is best used for these ailments: digestive complications such as dyspepsia, stomachache, loss of appetite, and flatulence. I personally would brew a tea with cilantro/coriander in it to help relieve these issues.

Thanks for reading! Leave any thoughts or questions in the comments. Also, make sure to follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

Rosemary

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Rosemary is considered to be male and is ruled by the element of fire, leo, and the sun. It is an herb sacred to Aphrodite. You can put rosemary under your pillow to help remember dreams and to keep away nightmares.

It is commonly used in spells for fidelity, memory, and getting rid of jealousy. It is great to use in a spell for school to help you remember what you are learning. It is also good for spells to retain your youth. You can burn it to help with meditation or dreamwork to remember past lives.

In ritual it is great a ritual bath and making sacred water. When bathing in rosemary it will aid your memory and make you more memorable to others. It is also great for a handfasting. It can be worn to symbolize love and loyalty or be given as gifts for the same purpose. If the bride and groom plant rosemary on their day of their handfasting they watch the plant as it grows to divine the family’s fortune.

If you’re single and have a few people you’re dating, plant a rosemary plant for each person and the one that grows the fastest and strongest is the one for you. If you don’t have any choices make a poppet of yourself and stuff it with rosemary to attract your soulmate to you. You can do the same to attract healing energy.

Thanks for reading! Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

Amethyst

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Amethyst is used in many ways but it’s main use is protection. It is linked to the crown chakra so it can help balance that chakra as well by purifying the mind and clearing negative thoughts. These negative thoughts can come from stress and anxiety which makes it great to help with those troubles as well. Where the stone is also associated with abundance it is good specifically for work related stress; it gets rid of stress while attracting prosperity.  Amethyst can be used to increase psychic awareness, to sharpen the ‘sixth sense’. Because of this, many people keep a crystal with their I-Ching, tarot, or Rune tools. It is considered a very spiritual stone.

An amethyst in the family room can assist in familial bonding time, and provide the confidence and calm necessary for open communication. Amethyst in the office will bring intuition for making tough, gut decisions in business, and stress-relief for long work days. Placing an amethyst somewhere in the bathroom is another way to relieve anxiety during a soothing bath.

Sorry for the lack of tarot reading posts! I’ve been moving so it’s hard to have time to do the readings and now I am on the road travelling for 6 weeks. My tarot reading series will restart in September and for now I will work on adding more to the book of shadows on Sunday’s. Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

 

Chakras: The Third Eye and The Crown Chakras

So in the last two weeks we’ve talked about what chakras are as a whole and specifically about the root, sacral, navel, heart, and throat chakras. You can check out those two posts here Chakras: The Root and Sacral Chakras and here Chakras: The Navel, Heart, and Throat Chakras. This week we’ll be talking about the last two chakras: the third eye and the crown chakras.

The Third Eye

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Colour: Purple/indigo

Location: Forehead between the eyes

Element: Light

The Third eye is all about intuition and visualization. 

When open: you will have a well developed sense of intuition.

When under-active: You aren’t very good at thinking for yourself and tend to depend on those of higher authority to make decisions. Your thinking is rigid as you tend to rely on your beliefs too much. You may find you are easily confused.

When over-active: You tend to live in a fantasy world.

Healing and Balancing the third eye chakra:

  1. Reiki
  2. Crystal healing (amethyst, purple fluorite, moonstone, quartz, lapis lazuli, and howlite chakra stone)
  3. Essential oils (juniper, clary sage, rosemary, sandalwood, lemon, thyme)
  4. Chakra mudra ( On your right hand touch the tips of your thumb; index; and middle fingers together, curl in ring finger, and extend your pinky. Touch the tips of the thumb, index, and middle fingers to the space between your brow. You can leave the left hand palm up on your left thigh.)
  5. Chakra sound Therapy (The sound SHAM is the mantra that connects with the third eye. The vibrations of the mantra match perfectly with the vibrations of the third eye)
  6. Meditation (Envision a bright ball of violet light at the space between your brows. Imagine it getting brighter and brighter as it makes it’s way down the throat, heart, navel, pelvis, the base of your spine, and down your legs to your feet. You can also practice the chakra mudra and mantra during your meditation.)
  7. Natural healing methods (basking in the sun, lying quietly with an eye pillow, logic puzzle, brain training exercises)

The Crown Chakra

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Colour: Violet/white

Location: Very top of head

Element: Thought

The crown chakra is all about wisdom and being one of this world. 

When open: You hold no prejudice and are aware of the world around you and yourself.

When under-active: You are not spiritually aware. You are likely very rigid in the way you think.

When over-active: You are addicted to spirituality. You aren’t grounded and are likely ignoring bodily needs. 

Healing and balancing the crown chakra:

  1. Reiki
  2. Crystal healing (citrine, topaz, tiger eye, and yellow jasper)
  3. Essential oils (frankincense, rosewood, jasmine, rose, and neroli)
  4. Chakra mudra (touch your index fingers together, touch your thumbs together, remaining fingers extend, raise 6-7 inches above the crown of your head)
  5. Chakra sound therapy (The sound OM is the mantra who’s frequencies perfectly matches the vibrations of the crown chakra)
  6. Meditation (envision a bright white ball of energy at the crown of your head. See it get brighter as it goes down your forehead, throat, heart, navel, pelvis, to the base of your spine, down your legs, and out your feet. You are encased in the bright white light. You can also do the chakra mantra and/or mudra during this time.)
  7. Natural healing methods (meditation, spiritual practice, singing hymns, and prayer)

I hope you enjoyed learning about the chakras these last 3 weeks. Make sure to leave a comments if you have any thoughts or questions. Also make sure you follow my blog so you get a notification when I post. Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

 

Tourmaline

Tourmaline regardless of colour promotes inspiration and happiness, reduces fear, and building self-esteem. The various colours of tourmaline have different effects on people.

images (1)Red-Violet, deep pink: This kind of tourmaline is a root chakra healer and offers vitality to the physical body.

Orange: enhances creativity, stimulates the sacral chakra, and balances emotions of sexual nature.

Yellow: Aligns with solar plexus chakra and boosts personal power and spiritual growth.

Pink: promotes love and joy

Green: opens the heart chakra, allows it to see what the third eye visualizes, teaches compromise, must have for a herbalist or anyone who works with plants, and attracts success and abundance.

Blue: activates the third eye and throat chakra, assists retrieval of higher knowledge, and enhances inner knowing.

Violet: protects against dark entities.

Brown: cleanses the aura and auric field. It can be used to as a protective stone  to bring peace and hope.

Black: repels negativity, lifts a dark mood to a light mood, and grounds the root chakra to the earth energies.

Watermelon: It promotes unconditional love, bonds the heart chakra energies with the higher self, enlightens energies which allows room for laughter and lightness, and releases moods of being too serious.

Neon: magnifier energy that can be used  as a complementary tool  to enhance healing properties  of other healing stones, and offers power and focus.

Colourless: it activates the crown chakra; assists communications with the ascended masters, extraterrestrial beings, and the angelic realm; and it also aids higher awareness.

Healing:

Tourmaline is a great stone to use for weight loss and cellulite reduction. It works best when the tourmaline is incorporated into clothing.

It is also great for absorbing, aligning, and cleansing. The crystal is great for absorbing energy. Due to this if it builds up too much negative energy it will need to be cleansed or instead of making a room more positive the absorbed negative energy can have negative effects on a room. The crystal is also great for aligning the chakras as said earlier.

Lastly, the crystal also attracts inspiration. So if you’re trying to get a project done try having tourmaline around. If you have a piece with a colour that corresponds to your situation you will have even better results.

Chakras: The Root and Sacral Chakras

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Chakras were the very first “pagan” idea that I ever connected with. Even when I considered myself a Christian, who did not believe in anything metaphysical that wasn’t part of the bible, this was a concept I was continuously drawn to. What got me started with chakras is this test https://www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/chakratest I used to take it every couple months to see if my chakras were more balanced. I think at the end of the day a test can’t be totally accurate but I think it’s a good starting point to see where you need to improve.

What are the chakras? Firstly, there are 7 of them. They are balls of energy in various locations in your body that affect you physically, emotionally/mentally, and spiritually. There are 3 different states of our chakras: over-active, under-active, and balanced. When you have a chakra that is over-active you’ll often find one under-active to compensate. The goal is to have all 7 chakras balanced equally. To balance the chakras one must start from the bottom and make your way to the top. Like anything in order for success you must start with a good foundation. The 7 chakras are the root, sacral, navel, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras. In this post I will break down the different attributes of the chakras and ways we may balance each one.

The Root Chakra

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Colour: Red

Located: Base of the Spine

Element: Earth

This chakra is about being physically and feeling at home in all situations

When opened: You will feel grounded and secure. You will feel a sense of stability. You know who to trust. You’re thinking in the present and are connected to your physical body.

When under-active: You will feel nervous and fearful. You have a hard time feeling welcomed. You lack that feeling of belonging and security.

When over-active: You may find yourself being greedy and materialistic. You may have a fear of change and obsess over having a sense of security. 

Healing and balancing the root chakra:

  1. Reiki
  2. Crystal healing (stones such as mahogany obsidian, red tigers eyes, hematite, tourmaline, red carnelian, and red jasper)
  3. Essential oils (oils such as ylang-ylang, myrrh, patchouli, vetiver, rosewood, thyme, frankincense, ginger)
  4. Chakra mudra (Gayan mudra is used for activating the root chakra. To preform it you need to touch the tip of your thumb and index finger together)
  5. Chakra sound therapy (the sound “LAM” is the mantra that connects with the first chakra. The frequency of “LAM” matches perfectly to heal the chakra)
  6. Meditation (you can imagine a red ball of light at the base of your spine and then imagine this light extending down your legs and to your feet. You can also practice the mudra and mantra during meditation)
  7. Natural healing methods (gardening, mountain hiking, and other activities that connect you with the earth and nature).

The Sacral Chakra

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Colour: Orange

Located: Lower Abdomen/pelvis

Element: Water

This Chakra is about feeling and sexuality. 

When open: You are able to express your emotions freely without being overemotional. You open yourself up to intimacy and passion. You are comfortable with your sexuality and sexuality as a whole.

When under-active: You tend to be more cold and unemotional. You aren’t one to open yourself up to others.

When over-active: You are over-emotional and get attached to others easily. You also may be overtly excessively sexual.

Healing and balancing the sacral chakra:

  1. Reiki
  2. Crystal healing (crystals such as citrine, moonstone, amber, tangerine quartz, sunstone, carnelian, and orange calcite)
  3. Essential oils (oils such as tangerine, neroli, jasmine, rosewood, clary sage, grape, bergamot, and geranium)
  4. Chakra mudra (To activate the sacral mudra put your hands on your lap, palms up, on top of each other with your left hand underneath)
  5. chakra sound therapy (the sound “VAM” is the mantra that connects with the second chakra. The frequency of “VAM” perfectly matches to heal the chakra)
  6. Meditation (imagine a bright orange ball of energy in your pelvis and imagine it making it’s way down the base of your spine and down your legs to your feet. You can also practice the sacral mudra and mantra while meditating)
  7. Natural Healing Methods (spend time by the ocean, lake or river; take walks by the water or sit with it in view; go wading or swimming)

So there is an overview of what chakras are, specifics on the root chakra and the sacral chakra. Next week I’ll continue talking about the navel, heart, and throat chakras.

Thank you so much for reading. Please leave any thoughts or questions in the comments and make sure to subscribe to get notifications when I post! Merry Meet and Blessed Be.