Thursday Craft Throwdown – No-Sew Tarot Cloth

Personally, I resonate heavily with the Tree of Life, and believe that it is the key to understanding the Universe, in more than just a metaphysical manner. I try and surround myself with lessons and teachings of it every day. This is a fantastic spread to incorporate into my daily readings. Thank you, Experiential Pagan, for sharing this

BURNING SERPENT

I got my first Lenormand deck last month and am completely in love with it. The last thirteen years I have been very strictly about the tarot, but The Lenormand system is so easy to pick up.
The words of wisdom on “inspiration” are nothing short of thought provoking, and should be considered.

TAROFLEXIONS

In a recent discussion with Rachel Pollack about inspiration, I suggested that we look at the etymology of the word. From Latin, inspirare, to be inspirited or to inspire, inspiration means not only ‘to breathe,’ but also to receive divine guidance when breathing in a certain way. What is thus suggested in this word is the idea that there is a breath that is transcendent. For me, then, any inspired kind of breathing is akin to a heroic act that reminds me of my first kiss.

IMG_4226I am fortunate enough to not only have such private conversations with Rachel, a brave woman of great wisdom and incisive reflective capacity, but also to receive her breathing my way manifested as words and through her own works. It excites me as well to see how she thinks of me, always inspiring me to do more, and be more. Here’s her dedication to…

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Osiris 2012

This is an article I wrote in 2012, about the Egyptian prophecy regarding December 21, 2012. At that time, I was working for a video production and had my plane ticket bought and ready to cover it. I give this introduction purely so that when you read it, you understand the focus of the article (which was part of a series of other articles documenting the journey).

Osiris Rising not only outlines the prophecy of 2012, but Osiris’s position in Egyptian lore, and what it meant when they said that Osiris would rise in 2012.

Do you think he did?

**Jane is a student in Bellingham, Washington of Academics and a self-study pupil of magickal arts. She has spent time over a span of 15 years practicing meditation and attuning to the Universe, though her Will leads her along the path of the Written Word. You can read her other blog, Scribing English or her other articles on her Hubpages account, ThompsonPen 

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Personally, I’m generally not a fan of Llewellyn. Not to say anything against the company, I just find that what they publish, sell and distribute is a little fluffy for me. However, they do a lot of good, and are great for most people with any interest in divination, paganism, astrology – anything occult.

However, in an effort to expand my mind, I began looking through the articles on the website and found this one: The Lost Secrets of Western Magick Revealed. This article talks about the difference between “Western practitioners” and …well, the rest. By Western Practitioners, they mean people that might not put the daily dedication into the craft but just pull it from their sleeve (look up something on the internet, or in a Spell-a-Day book) when they need something.

“Thanks to the great melting-pot that is social media, I have encountered more than a few non-Western conjurors and shamans who describe our magick as more fantasy than reality. They suggest we don’t know how to perform real magick, that we simply don’t get results. If they are being especially nice about it, they’ll say that our magick is primarily mental—meaning our systems are designed to create change within our brains rather than in the physical world. Wiccan ceremonies, I have been told, come across more like self-help or group therapy than ancient magickal rites. And most Golden Dawn or Thelemic practitioners are written off as arm-chair wizards at best.”

For some one such as myself that puts great store in the Thelelmic order and/or the Golden Dawn – anything to be considered high ceremonial magick – this is quite an interesting statement. Those that are of the “non-Western conjurors” are shamans and otehr witches that are not of the Western hemisphere.

The article goes on to tell how older-to-ancient traditions were lost during the Inquisitions, when witchcraft was declared illegal, and then more so with the development of sciences.

“Those occultists who insisted on continuing the practice of magick under the nose of unrelenting Science found themselves re-interpreting many of the old ways into new pseudo-scientific forms. This was aided in no small way by the advent of psychology, which allowed them to interpret all things magickal or fantastical as mere aspects of the human psyche—convenient fictions created by primitive men who simply had no scientific language to describe their world. In time the Industrial Revolution came, and Western society (including its magick) was re-cast in a mold entirely removed from the agrarian life that had given birth to the old ways.

Thus was a schism formed between ancient forms of magick and the Western form. This is why, today, we have to make a distinction between the “Old Magick” (pre-Enlightenment) and modern magick. This is why practitioners of indigenous folk magicks and ancient Pagan religions around the world see themselves as set apart from us—and why many of us seem to agree with them.”

After going into a little bit more of a history, the article proceeds to explain just exactly what was lost during this time, and what we have been left to reinterpret:

  • Ancestors
  • Intermediary Spirits (Gatekeepers)
  • Familiars and Patrons
  • Offerings and Spirit Feeding
  • Physical Bases

The author is well researched, and writes a good article, which I strongly encourage reading in full, especially to gain more detail of the bullets above.

**Jane is a student in Bellingham, Washington of Academics and a self-study pupil of magickal arts. She has spent time over a span of 15 years practicing meditation and attuning to the Universe, though her Will leads her along the path of the Written Word. You can read her other blog, Scribing English or her other articles on her Hubpages account, ThompsonPen 

Strengthening the Aura and the Self

Everyone can relate to this – you’re sluggish, have been extending yourself well beyond your capacity and now you’re just drained. In finding myself in this situation, I began looking up things online. I have dozens of books that probably have more direct information, but I am literally so drained that I can barely remember how to use an index.

So, I found this article called 12 Great Ways to Strengthen Your Aura by Carole Fogarty

It goes over why you need to strengthen your aura as well as what an aura is. The bullet points are as follow (but please, check out the article for the recipes and more details!)

  1. Yogic Cleansing Bath
  2. Sage Smudge Stick
  3. Let the Sun Feed Your Aura
  4. Sea Salt
  5. Cold Shower
  6. Sound Medicine
  7. Labradorite
  8. Reduce Your Exposure to Electrical Stuff
  9. Vetiver
  10. Black Tourmaline
  11. Flower essences: Fringed violet and Angelsword
  12. Be Mindful of the People and Places that are Zapping Your Energy

Your aura is simply an extension of you.   When strong it acts as a protective shield.  When fragile or damaged it can leave you drained, unwell and feeling disconnected from yourself.

Think of your aura as your own personal body guard (in the form of a giant bubble) that simply “flicks off” anything stressful, disturbing or potentially draining that you may be sensitive too.

THE FOUR POWERS OF THE MAGUS

This is a blog I’ve recently discovered and found to be full of good information. I’m happy to find others in the community of magickal studies. This particular entry has some very good information to keep in mind as one pursues their spiritual path.