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COVID-19 Pandemic Precautions

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and well being of our members and friends, all in person meetings and events for White Oak Grove CUUPS have been canceled through the end of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  See our facebook group for upcoming online events.

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Sigil Magick: What it is, how to use it, how to make your own

 

What is a sigil?

  • Simply put, a sigil is a symbol, marked onto something else, that is believed to have magical properties
  • Sometimes thought of as “high magick” by ceremonialists and occultists cf. the Lesser Key of Solomon, a widely known set of sigils used for controlling demons.
  • Often much more organic and basic. The simple pentagram is one such sigil. Hex signs, often seen on old farms, are sigils.

Continue reading “Sigil Magick: What it is, how to use it, how to make your own”

Life of a Water Witch Pin Board

“Of course you don’t believe in fairies. You’re fifteen. You think I believed in fairies at fifteen? Took me until I was at least a hundred and forty. Hundred and fifty, maybe. Anyway, he wasn’t a fairy. He was a librarian. All right?”

~Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections

Two Minute Tarot: What’s this Signifier Thing?

Q: The same card keep popping up in all of my spreads, and I think it’s throwing my readings off.  What does this mean?

 A:  A signifier card is not necessary for a tarot reading.  Everyone has their own opinion about signifiers, their use, and how to choose them.  A signifier represents the person who the reading is for, either yourself, or to use them as a placeholder for a person that isn’t “there” for their reading.

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Building your Pagan Bookshelf!

For the most part, Pagans are readers. We have no one path and no one text – so we rely on a variety of sources for inspiration. Building your own Pagan bookshelf can be confusing – so here are a few titles to get you started. Many, if not most, are available as Kindle books as well. Continue reading “Building your Pagan Bookshelf!”

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that… there are many kinds of magic, after all.”

~ Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Summer Solstice Pin Board

Two Minute Tarot: Common Spreads

Q: Is there a special way that I should lay out my tarot cards?

A:  There are may ways to lay out your tarot cards to find the answers you seek.  Some common spreads include the following.  The Daily Pull – This is a single card pulled for knowledge about the day.  The Spread of 3 – This can be: Past, Present, Future or First, Second, Third.  The Celtic Cross – an intricate 10 card spread in the shape of a celtic cross.  And my favorite, The WTF – which is a fairly straight forwad 6 carder.

Honestly there are a vast number of varieties of tarot spreads. Take some time to google tarot spreads and look at all of the different images. Likewise you can also pull additional cards and ask for clarification during a spread if needed.  Again with rules smules…

 

This Two Minute Tarot was originally presented by April Kane for White Oak Grove CUUPS August 4, 2019.  ©2019 April Kane

Blue Lace Agate

A translucent, banded quartz, Chalcedony of wavy white and light blue bands. Continue reading “June Crystal of the Month – Blue Lace Agate”

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