“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”
~ Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
Q: Is there a special way I should take care of my tarot cards?
A: You can cleanse your deck in whatever method you have used for other divination tools. Some prefer to use stones, one specific element they have an affinity for, or the simple go to of smudging… smudge all the things. It is up to you and what you feel is right for your deck in how to store them. Trust your instinct and care for your tools the way you wish.
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.
“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
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.
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
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”
“Real magic is not about gaining power over others: it is about gaining power over yourself.”
Q: How does the tarot deck know what I want?
A: Having a question is the best way to do tarot. It can be something as simple as: What should I look for today? Should I take the job offer? What do I need to know? You can ask as abstract or as focused of a question as you desire. Just keep in mind that sometimes the question you ask, is not always the one that is answered. You may have a question lingering in your subconscious that needs the answer more than whatever you asked. Sometimes the cards actually know more than you realize.
During the 2020 annual meeting of White Oak Grove CUUPS our Board of Directors saw its first significant change in the executive leadership since the group’s inception as Betsy retired from her service as President. Continue reading “Changes in White Oak Grove Board of Directors”
Emerald is Green Beryl.
The stone of successful love.
Emeralds open the heart chakra to receive love in all aspects of life. Let go of negativity and create positive outcomes. Emeralds help us to find strength. A favorite gem since ancient days in Egypt, it was also sacred to the Aztec and Inca. Emeralds are associated with detoxing the body.
Crystal art journal by Kristen Nereis