Tarot Series~Major Arcana Card 15: The Devil

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When pulled upright this card can mean you are experiencing feelings of entrapment, emptiness, and a lack of fulfilment in your life. It also means you are obsessed with materialism and despite trying to be less materialistic you can’t seem to get rid of the need/desire to live luxuriously. You may already be able to tell that that kind of lifestyle is leading you down a bad road but you for some reason have this feeling of not being able to control your actions or urges. Another reason for your feeling of entrapment and emptiness may be due to addiction (to substances or material objects).

When pulled in reverse this card can mean you have had your moment of self-realization and you’ve broken the chains of addiction and bad habits. Breaking these chains are not easy though so now is the time to really do a self assessment and list all the things they need to get rid of in their life. Once one does that it is then time to embark on the hard journey of self-improvement. 

Here is a tarot spread that focuses on the devil card. It is great to use when you are feeling stuck so you can help see what is holding you back. First I would take the devil card out of the deck and meditate on it focusing on what areas in your life you feel need improvment. Then shuffle the cards and pull them as you see fit.

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Card 1: This card repesents the rut you are in that you can’t see out of, the old habit that is no longer serving you, your prejudices and biases.

Card 2: This card is the subconscious roots, why you are comfortable in this hole or why you are binding yourself. Can represent deep issues that need to be addressed, or depths not acknowledged, that are held back and need to be let out in some way. Also repression and fear.

Card 3: This card represents conscious manifestations, what this is doing to you on an everyday level, insecurities, anxieties, worry, or the happy face you put on things.

Card 4: This card puts it in perspective; it represents the bird’s eye view from above. This is an outside opinion, the overall picture.

Now pick card 5:

Card 5: This card shows how to free yourself from this, issues you need to get through, or advice you can apply to this situation. This is the way to loosen the chains.

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Lammas Ritual

I guess I’m a little behind on this ritual since Lammas was on the 2nd but it’s never too late to do a ritual to honour the gods if this ritual calls out to you. I found this ritual on the website https://www.thoughtco.com and will make any adjustments, which I will highlight, for those of us with lower budgets/inventory/are solitary, as I see fit.

Materials:

  1. Whatever you like to use to cast a circle (I use sage and my athame)
  2.  A loaf of Lammas bread (lammas bread) or just regular homemade bread
  3. A cup of water or wine
  4. pieces of straw or another plant material (enough for each person in the ritual to make a little doll)
  5. yarn
  6. a bonfire or small table top fire in a pot, cauldron, or brazier

The Ritual:

  1. cast your circle, ground, and meditate
  2. The High Priest or High Priestess (or if your solitary, just yourself) says:

    It is the time of the harvest once again.
    Life, growth, death and rebirth,
    all have come full circle.
    The god of the harvest has died once more,
    That we may eat and consume him,
    Giving us strength in the months to come.

  3. The HPs (or if just yourself say this as you pick up the straw) hands each member of the group a sheaf of straw, saying:
  4. We now create dolls in our image.
    These dolls symbolize our selves, in our many aspects,
    and all the things we give up each year,
    so that we may thrive and flourish later on.
  5. Each member of the group constructs a doll to represent themselves (how to make a doll). As each person creates their doll, they should energize the doll with personal qualities. These are the essences of self that each person is bringing to sacrifice, so that they may be reborn as the harvest god is each year. When everyone has completed their dolls, the High Priestess (or yourself) says:

    The god of grain is dying,
    vegetation returns to the earth.
    We call upon the gods of the harvest,
    asking them for their blessings.
    Tammuz and Lugh,
    Adonis, Dumuzi,
    Cernunnos and Attis,
    Mercury, Osiris. (I would just say the one God that I worship at this time, i.e Pan)
    You are born each year,
    and live in our fields
    and are sacrificed as part of the cycle.

  6. Raise energy by circling your fire or altar three times, building speed each time (move counter clockwise, against the pattern of the sun, because it’s the end of the harvest season).
  7. When the raising of energy is complete, each person in the group approaches the fire, one at a time, and casts their doll into the fire. They can either say out loud what their sacrifice will be this year, or speak it only to themselves and the gods. As each doll is placed in the fire, direct leftover energy into the flames as well.
  8. When everyone has made their sacrifice, the HPs (or yourself) holds up the loaf of Lammas bread. Say:

    Months ago, we planted seeds,
    and through the summer watched them grow.
    We have tended the fields in our lives,
    and now we are blessed with abundance.
    The harvest has arrived!
    Thank you, lord of the harvest,
    For the gifts yet to come.
    We eat this bread, grain transformed by fire, in your name,
    and honor you for your sacrifice.

  9. The HPs (or yourself) breaks off a piece of bread for herself, and passes it around the circle, so that everyone can take a piece. Eat the bread, and then pass around the cup of wine or water. If you wish, you can say something as the cup is passed, like: May you reap the blessings of the harvest.
  10. Once everyone has eaten their bread and sipped from the cup, take a moment to reflect on what you have harvested for yourself this season. End the ritual as you normally would or other rites you wish to perform (spellwork, divination, etc)

Did you try this ritual, if so what did you think? If you have any thoughts or questions please leave them in the comments! If you’d like to stock up for this or any other ritual check out the Mystical Moon Online Store here: Mystical Moon Online Store. Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

Tarot Series~Major Arcana Card 14: Temperance

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When pulled upright this card is about how you are able to remain calm during times of stress and anxiety. You have mastered not letting things get to you. This card talks about moderation, balance, and patience. Extremity in any situation can be avoided when you pull this card. This card says you have a clear vision of know what you want to achieve. You have found peace with what you are doing and everything is unfolding as it should. When in reference to other people this cards says you can work in harmony with your community, coworkers, and loved ones. Your calmness gives others comfort. This card may also suggest it is time to re-evaluate the priorities you have chosen. Doing this will help you create a balance between your inner and outer self. You will find a greater purpose and meaning in your actions.

When pulled in reverse this card is about a reflection on something that is out of balance which may be causing stress and anxiety. This causes you a lack of purpose and leaves you feeling unbalanced as you search for what you should be doing. You need to reflect and think on what needs to be changed. All things are good in moderation and we need to examine our lives to find where we’re imbalanced.

Here is a spread that focuses on the temperance card. This spread is great for creative issues. I would first take this card out of the deck and meditate on it while thinking about what creative issues you are having. Then shuffle and pull the cards as you see fit.

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Card 1: This card represents the inspired you, ideas or a goal, or ways to renew your creativity, a different way of looking at things.

Cards 2 and 3: Card 2 represents the fire, and card 3 the water, the two elements that go into your work, a central tension and theme to explore.

Card 4: This card is the solid base, your knowledge and learning, training and past experience, the technical skills that will go into this.

Card 5: This card represents the deep draughts of water through your roots, the connection to soul, and numinous experiences. This is the part of the process where things go under for a while, mostly unknown to you, to resurface later cleansed and energized and shining. This process cannot be controlled or forced, but it can be nourished.

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.

Tarot Series~Major Arcana Card 13: Death

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When pulled upright this card is about being about to go through a major change, transition, or transformation. The old you needs to die to make room for the new you. This may seem scary because you are likely unsure of what will happen in your future. Despite being scared welcome the change because you are opening new doors. This card can also mean that you need to let go of unhealthy attachments that you have going on in your life. Moving forward is one of the lessons of the death card.

When pulled in reverse this card is about you resisting change. You may be holding onto the past or you may be unsure of what changes are happening for your future. But limiting the change and holding on to the past can limit your future. It is okay to be afraid but you still need to move forward. The death card doesn’t have to be about regret especially if you listen to its warning. 

Here is a tarot spread that focuses on the death card. It is great for dealing with change and recognizing your initial reactions to it. First I would take the death card out of the deck and meditate on it while thinking about changes going on in your life. Then shuffle and deal the cards as you see fit.

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Card 1: This card is the change, the Death. This is the sun setting, the inevitable force that cannot be stopped or slowed.

Cards 2, 3 and 4: These cards represent things that have died, aspects of yourself that are gone or have been cut off. They can represent your innocence, ignorance, blind faith, control, something in its bloom. Name them.

Card 5: This card represents the person you were before, that which you no longer are.

Card 6: This card represents you just after the change, ways to mourn, sorrow to acknowledge before you can go on. Also acceptance or ways toward acceptance.

Tarot Series~Major Arcana card 12: The Hanged Man

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When pulled upright this card is about sacrifices needed to be made in order to move forward. Him being upside down can also signify how those who walk a spiritual path see the world differently. He also reflects a need to suspend certain actions. This can cause a time of indecision. It would be best if you can stall making certain actions so you can be sure you have more time to reflect on important decisions. This card is mostly about waiting and suspension. Taking action is not always the best solution. Sometimes it is best to just wait. 

When pulled in reverse this card is about a specific time, during which you feel you are sacrifices a significant amount without getting anything in return. You may feel you are at a standstill with no resolution or movement. You feel like you are putting your everything into something but not reaping any rewards. 

Here is a tarot spread that focuses on the hanged man. This spread is great for effecting change into your life. First I would take the hanged man out of the deck and meditate on the card thinking about what change you want to happen. Then shuffle the cards and pull them as you see fit.

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Card 1: This card represents your life in suspension.

Card 2: This card represents what needs to be sacrificed, the area to attend to. This represents what must be given up or let go for real change, the hard decisions that must be made to do the real work.

Card 3: This card represents an epiphany, the deep change made as a result if you are willing, the possibilities. Or can be a warning against the easy way out.

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed learning about the hanged man. If you have any thoughts or questions please leave them in the comments below. Also, make sure to follow me here and on Twitter to get notifications on when I post. If you like the Crystal Visions Tarot deck that I use you can find it here on amazon for purchase.  Crystal Vision Tarot Cards Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

 

Tarot Series~Major Arcana Card 11: Justice

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When pulled upright this card is about decisions having long-term effects for both you and others. This card means a judgement will be made fairly and accordingly. If you have been wronged this card can give you a sense of relief but if you have wronged someone else then this card serves as a warning. Her presence allows you to change your actions now for a better future. Another way to interpret this card is it is time to find the truth. Not the truth that comes from word of mouth but of actual facts. Before making judgements know this truth.

When pulled in reverse this card is about possibly living in denial. You are not accepting the consequences on your actions or of others. You have done things in the past and you are trying to run away from the guilt but they are in the past and so there is no use running from it. What you need to do is make sure you are making better decisions and actions today so you can better your future.

Here is a tarot spread that focuses on the Justice card. This spread is great for when you need advice on making a fair judgement. First take the justice card out of the deck and meditate on it while thinking about a decision you have to make that you want advice on. Then shuffle and pull the cards as you see fit.

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Card 1: This card represents one point of view, one side of the matter, one choice or decision.

Card 2: This card represents the other side, the flip side, an opposing but connected view, the other choice or decision.

Card 3: This card represents an aspect of the first side that perhaps you hadn’t considered; it gives depth, a more complete picture, revealing hidden strengths or conflicts.

Card 4: This card is like card 3, but it defines the second choice or side more clearly.

Card 5: This card is the balance, the weight that is adjusted to bring the two into balance, a compromise that is equitable to both. Or, it can represent advice in a decision as to which is the stronger choice

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Wicca and Sex

So in many traditional religions sex is viewed as meant for a husband and wife and anything else is considered a sin/wrongful. In Wicca we view sex a little differently. Most religions never really think about their God as a being that has sex but in Wicca some of our holidays are to celebrate just that, deities having sex. Wicca is a fertility religion. What do I mean by that? Well think about it this way, Wicca is thought of most often as a nature based religion. This is true of course. Nature though doesn’t just happen. Nature happens through reproduction. The plants reproduce, the animals, the insects, everything reproduces. And as we know to reproduce we must be fertile and for most living organisms it takes sex to reproduce.

All through Wicca you will find symbols about fertility. The wheel of the year is symbolic of the earth’s fertility. The wheel of the year also is a cycle about the God’s conception, and the goddess’ pregnancy. During Beltane we have the Maypole is a giant phallic symbol. The athame and wand are symbols for the male. The chalice, cauldron, and pentacle are symbols for the female.

There is also sex magick. During magick one raises energy and then releases it. Sex is a great way to build of the energy and the climax is a great way to release it. Couples who practice magick together and partake in this. Solitary Wiccans can do sex magick through masturbation. 

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So due to the fact that Wiccans see sex as a healthy, natural, and positive act we typically accept our sexuality as human nature. We have nothing against nudity (if anything we are for it considering many of us perform ritual and magick skyclad), and no where in the rede or any other such documents, does it say anything about sex before marriage. This is not to say all Wiccan’s are sexually active. Sex is an individual decision. Some have a lot of sex with numerous partners, some wait for a serious relationship, some wait for marriage, and some are celibate. It all depends on the person.

Also nowadays many wiccan’s are pretty liberal about sexual orientations and those that are homophobic are homophobic on their own accord and not because of religious scripture and belief. 

And of course there is unhealthy sex that is not encouraged in Wicca such as:

  1. Imbalance of power (this does not include consensual BDSM). No wiccan coven should ever demand sex from you. As well as child/adult, teacher/student, boss/employee, etc
  2. When sex isn’t about a personal intimate connection with someone but rather about manipulation, used to fill a void left by someone else, when it becomes an obsession/compulsion, or a cry for help. If you’re using sex like a drug it is not healthy.
  3. Non-consensual sex is obviously unethical as it is about manipulation, violence, and control.
  4. Or when someone is being irresponsible with sex. They could be opening themselves up to disease or risking giving someone else a disease, or not properly protecting oneself from unwanted children. As that is not balanced or responsible.

All and all though Wicca is pretty open minded about sex so it is up to you to decide what is best for yourself. 

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Tarot Series~Major Arcana Card 10: Wheel of Fortune

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When pulled upright this card seems to be a reminder that everything is made up of both bad and good and it is a cycle we can’t control (much like the seasons). This cycle is something everyone must deal with, the rich and the poor. When you are doing good in life enjoy it to the fullest as it will not last forever. When things are bad, stick through it because things will turn around eventually. Greater forces than those of humans are at work here.

When pulled in reverse this card means that luck has not been on your side. When this card shows up you must remember that your misfortune is not your fault but is due to external forces that you cannot control. Hold on to the knowledge that the wheel is always turning so things will work out eventually. Make sure you aren’t clinging to the illusion of control. The whole purpose for your misfortune right now could be to teach you to let go and release. When you don’t let go it can bring more suffering, as you may be blaming yourself for things out of your control. When we learn to let go we learn to accept and forgive ourselves which can set the wheel turning again to better and greater things.

Here is a tarot spread that focuses on the Wheel of Fortune. It is great for finding where you are in a cycle. First take the wheel of fortune card out of the deck and meditate on it while thinking about the changes happening in your life. Then shuffle and pull the cards as you see fit.

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Card 1: This represents you, sitting in the middle of the wheel; whether you are there calmly and centered, or if you’re fighting this.

Card 2: This point in the cycle represents that which is sleeping or fallow or dead, the quiet winter and dark rich earth from which seeds sprout. It may not look like anything’s going on, but this place is necessary and needed; it is the rest from which you will wake, renewed.

Card 3: This card represents what is coming to be; new things that are growing, spring.

Card 4: This is things that are at their height, the summer’s glory; something that you can be most successful with right now, an idea whose time is right.

Card 5: This card represents the things that are passing away, that are no longer needed, or that are dying now, the autumn.

Card 6: This is Dame Fortune Herself, turning the Wheel: the overall theme of Fate in your life right now.

With which card on the rim of the wheel does the card representing you have the most in common? With which card and position do you identify the strongest?

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Tarot Series~Major Arcana Card 9: The Hermit

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When pulled upright this card is about seeking knowledge from within. You are currently contemplating your need to be alone. Don’t be afraid to take the chance to reflect as it can really clear your mind of all the everyday clutter. It may also be saying when you take action make sure it is authentic and in line with your true self. This card can also suggest that someone is going to enter your life and they will take on the role of a mentor. I feel also that when talking about love it can suggest that it may be best for you to be single right now or at least take some time for yourself so you can figure out who you are without the distractions of others.

When pulled in reverse this card is about, despite wanting to be alone you may be in a situation where being alone may be harmful to yourself and others. Although it is important to self reflect, don’t get lost inside your head for it may drive you mad. Don’t forget those around you. When talking about work this card in reverse means you are prepared to get to the bottom of something that has been troubling you for a while. The time for reflection is done and you are now ready to act.

This is a tarot spread that focuses on the hermit. I would recommend taking the hermit card out of your deck and meditate on it while thinking of yourself all alone. Then shuffle and pull the cards as you see fit.

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Card 1: This card represents you in solitude, your true self. This is your quietest and most centered self, undistracted and relaxed. Can also represent things that help you to center, or reasons why you find you are not centered.

Cards 2 and 3: These represent your path, where you have been, and which direction you are heading. Which is which? Do you want to be on this path?

Card 4: This is your inner light, your potential, what you can accomplish when you are centered, or that which obscures it, and keeps it from shining.

Thanks for reading today’s post. If you have any thoughts or questions please leave them in the comments. Also, make sure to follow me here and on Twitter to get notifications on when I post. If you like the Crystal Visions Tarot deck that I use you can find it here on amazon for purchase. Crystal Vision Tarot Cards Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.