Ostara Divination: September 2021

Ostara card spread courtesy of Muses of Mystery. Ostara Tarot used. Blue cornflower tea taken to aid divinatory practices on the day of the Spring Equinox. Hail Persephone! Hail Demeter! Hail the Maiden coupled to the Sun God!

1.What do I need to bring back the balance to my life after the cold winter months? 5 of Swords. A green snake twines around 5 swords stabbed into a beach or sea. Conflict that saps energy, reaching for the unattainable – to grab at the nearest sword would be to get bitten. Shift perspective and walk away. In other words, stop yearning for increased energy and dynamism at a time when the world’s energy is at an all-time low. Covid, lockdown, exhaustion, fear – energy sappers. Turn my attention to other things.

1a. What part of me is ready to be reborn? Justice. A very Egyptiancard, a goddess rising from a river, winged, carrying golden scales of justice. A human heart is being weighed on the scales. Maat. I won’t get a gold medal for pushing energy in any direction. I’m ready for the reaction of 3 months of intense creative poetic energy to ease off now, and again, just be for a while. Apparently I need to be hit over the head with this message.

2. What do I need to focus my time and energy on in order to grow? 3 of Wands. Options. A frog sits in a pond watching three ships caught in a whirlpool. Possibilities. No snatching at the moment just contemplation of opportunities and possibilities for future directions. No action needed at the moment, which seems in opposition to burgeoning Spring all around me, but totally suits the frame of body and mind that I’m in.

3. How do I break through the hard shell holding me back? 7 of Cups. A masked woman carries a tray of spilling cups. She is surrounded by masked figures/animals, and is the centre of their attention. Acknowledgement and the centre of attention are illusions. Worldly success means little here, it’s imaginary. Breaking through the hard shell around me means being soft, dropping my masks as best I can, paying attention to the details of what I’m doing, and not worrying about what others think. Easy to say, dear tarot, after 57 years of autism high masking.

3a. How do I open myself to transformation? The World. The world forms from stardust and heat. Pure creation, gravity pulling everything together to make a whole. Allow myself to be pulled along for now, sticking my nose into whatever appeals. The next surge of creativity will come, but not yet. The world inside me is still being formed. To transform, I have to let myself be carried along various paths until something speaks up. Gravity, natural selection, again possibilities.

4. What awakens within and around me to nourish and support? The Empress. How many more times are you going to show up in readings, dear? I get it, you’re my soul and life card for this lifetime. The Empress crouches amongst ferns, allowing life force to flow from her into plants. A small bird nests in her hair. Earth Mother energy. Enjoying my Spring garden, as I am doing, seems to be exactly the right thing to be doing at the moment. Good. I shall carry on.

5. What new journeys will I embark on? Queen of Coins. A mother figure rests with a child, whilst goats surround. A shield to the fore, herbs above. Nurturing and protecting myself are the focus here, not new journeys. Perhaps an journey to my inner child, to protect and nurture her. Capricornian goats. A time of being a stickybeak goat, following my nose quietly, nurturing self. Spring can be busy, but not me.

5a. What new opportunities are on their way? 2 of Swords. A blindfolded blue jay rests on its nest, which is balanced on two crossed swords. Awkward position. One false shift, and everything’s tumbling. No opportunities right now. Being still. No movement for me. Indecision is not forever, it’s a salve right now. I don’t have to decide anything, sign up for anything, action anything. Just Be. Just Be. Just Be.

How I Read Tarot – instructional

A day late, and reading in the early evening instead of the morning. This morning was full of human beings chattering about the Australian eastern earthquake, like we were all lorikeets squawking away.

I’m reading with the Fountain Tarot, and since it’s just me again, I’m asking what the origin of my current slight increase in my depression and anxiety is. (As if I don’t know that it’s lockdown, covid, etc, but one never knows, there could be a hidden reason.)

To receive a more detailed message, I’m going for three cards this time.

3 of Wands, 2 of Wands, 10 of Swords.

3 of Wands: traditionally, the 3 of Wands speaks to the energy of Fire(Wands are fire cards), and to planning, determination, momentum, confidence, and looking ahead. Well, for the duration, I’ve given up on planning, and looking ahead. I won’t start planning trips, or big projects or anything of the sort until there’s a good chance of them happening. I don’t want undue pressure on myself, or disappointment. This card, in this deck, shows a man exerting great effort to achieve his aims. Focussed effort. The muted colours are typical of this deck, and the yellow typical of the wands cards. To me, at first glance, it looks like someone pulling a red, wormy rope out of a cocktail glass. I don’t drink, but it’s a timely warning to not drown myself in any sort of addiction. The gap between what I want to be doing(effort, momentum, planning) and what I’m currently capable of (a more drifting unplanned life) chafes me.

2 of Wands: traditionally, the 2 of Wands is about taking risks, planning, stepping out, first steps in a new direction, leaving comfort. It aligns with the 3 of Swords, which is slightly further along the path. In the Fountain Tarot deck, again we have yellow tones, but more muted than the 3 of Swords, with more blue and green hues. A hand holds two wands in a sort of chopsticks hold, with a crystal ball balanced on the meat of the hand. The little booklet that comes with the deck says this card is about choosing one thing over another. “You only have enough energy to develop one well.” Optimism, boldness, choosing, the world in your hands. Oh, dear tarot, if I had the energy to choose, I’d choose. I’d sally forth to research lyric, hermit crab, and braided essays until the cows came home. But you understand that despite your best intentions for me, I simply don’t have that mental energy right now. That too bugs me. And things that bug me are a drain on my energy levels.

10 of Swords: that old stab in the back, a disaster at hand. Well yes, it’s pandemic, sweetheart. Ruin, failure, exhaustion, betrayal, collapse. I am exhausted, hence the lower scores on my six-weekly surveys from TMS Australia. The child in me feels betrayed by nasty old germs and viruses. How dare it come along to spoil my life. How dare it sneak up on me and stab me in the back. Yes, my plans for 2020-21 have been ruined, just like everyone else. And like everyone else, I’m pouting. The card shows a nude person with swords running through them. They are bent over, defeated, in pain. Yes, I’ve felt all that. A situation that has, in my mind, gone past bearing, and has become very old. Yes, and yes, and yet there’s nothing to do but keep bearing up.

Putting together the Fire and Air of these cards, and having them correlated to energy and thought, it’s the constant background drag of lockdown and pandemic that’s wearing me thin, and dragging my energy down. Humans, including me, are not built to be under this much constant stress. I know I’m not the only one puttering to a standstill, and this reading is pretty much what I thought it would be. The collective energy around me, and the current uselessness of planning means I’m spinning my wheels and my inner self knows it. No amount of gardening, walks, macro photography, tarot play, or housepainting completely blocks out the state of the world. There are daily reminders, and the low level stabbing feeling of ‘another brick in the wall’.

If I came to this reading blind, without the knowledge of my own situation, if it was a reading for a stranger and the world wasn’t pandemicked, then I would say: “Oh, hon, you’re doing it to yourself. You don’t feel able to plan, dream, take steps, venture out from your comfort zone. You’re stabbing yourself repeatedly with destructive thoughts. You might even have reverted to old habits that hurt you. That’s why you feel so low.”

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I hope this small reading has given you some insight into how I read and interpret, how I pull a story together. I wish you luck on looking at, and reading your own cards. Maybe pull these three cards from your deck and see if you can make a story out of them. Depending on your belief system and training and learning, you may or may not incorporate the qualities of the elements represented, or have colour associations. Good luck, tarot-curious, and I’ll see you next week. Who knows – maybe someone will volunteer to ask a question. Otherwise, it will continue to be all about me, me, me.

Guidance For Magical Me – 19/9/21- 26/9/21

I am so exhausted from lockdown and the threat of covid that I’m changing up this week’s Guidance reading to be just for me. Sorry, magical folx, I can’t extend my energy to encompass anyone else this week. You’ll note that the post is already two days late, due to executive disfunction, exhaustion, and brain fritzing.

The Moon is waxing to Full from Sunday to Tuesday, then waning again through to next Saturday.

Full Moon in Pisces this time around, then waning through Aries, Taurus and Gemini.

There is also the Equinox on Wednesday 22nd. Spring for my Southern Hemisphere, Autumn for the Northern Hemisphere.

What magic can I work this week specifically to address this whole body exhaustion, and mind fritz? Never mind the greater good of the world and magical people? This is MY biggest issue, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

I’m using the Animal Wisdom Tarot as part of my Spring Celebrations, another animal-based deck.

Cow – The Empress. Earth Mother. Is this deck being rude to me? Cow? Really? I know I’ve put on some covid kilos, but sheesh!

Anyway, the Empress speaks to true nurturance. Not the ‘take a bubble bath, drink some wine, eat chocolate, watch Netflix’ stuff recommended by magazines having a self-care themed month. True self care, which is a long term plan. It means saying no, having boundaries, changing things up to get the rest you need. If you’ve been putting off seeing a health or mental health professional, this is the sort of care that’s needed.

The advice to myself here is to slow down even more, be gentle and kind, quit Capricornian pushing. Drift for a while. No harm done if I do. I won’t get a medal for coming out the other side of lockdown with a fully painted house, magnificent garden, decluttered everything. I can Slow Down And Take It Easy.

And with that slowing down, some slow candle gazing, I think. Mindfulness, quiet, calm. That’s truly about all the the energy I have for this week, and The Empress comes forward to say ‘that’s okay’.

Maybe this applies to you, too. Slow down even more, take time. Have the bath if that’s what you want, but Cow advises that it’s time, with the watery full moon upon us, to address our deep needs and emotions. Pisces isn’t the best times to consider boundaries, because watery Pisces has none. Pisces is water without a container, endlessly flowing and spreading. Perhaps wait until the moon is in Taurus for looking at what you want to keep out and away from you. By the time the Moon is waning in Taurus, we could all use that waning energy to say ‘be gone’ to unwanted thoughts, people, and energies.

Here’s hoping I’m feeling a wee bit better next week.

How I Read A Tarot Card – instructional

Good morning to my (day late) tarot instructional. I’m using the Children of Litha tarot, which doesn’t get enough of an outing with me. I’ve been very conscious of Ostara coming up, the Quickening of the Melbourne landscape, and the warmer days and nights. I tossed out a handful of native wildflower seeds on the weekend, and they were hammered into the soil by rain over the next two days. I’m hoping the sympathetic magic will spill over into writing success. I’m entering several competitions this week. The Moon’s waxing, so a good time to sow the seeds of what’s to come. Building energy.

So, the question I have this morning….you know, I first was going to ask if doing these weekly instructionals on how I read tarot are of any use to anyone. But I decided the answer might be too disheartening. I’m aware my blog has a small reach, and even though I share the link to FaceBook, very few take the time to read the entry.

Instead, I’m going to ask what dividends my current effort in sending my writing to competitions to journals will have, if any. Yes, I’m feeling all-over disheartened today. I slept in AGAIN, and feel soggy and overslept. Lockdown symptoms, I think.

What is the outcome of my current effort in sending my writing to competitions and journals? It’s a complex question, so I’m going to draw three cards.

Okay, it’s suddenly a five card spread, because I had three cards leap out together for my last shuffle(when doing multi-card spreads, I shuffle for each draw, which is a new habit for me, and one I’ve found to be super-effective. It re-hones my mind on the question.).

King of Cups: Cups suit is that of Water emotions, feelings, intuition. The King here is decked out in gold and black, with a hint of purple echoing the purple, or violet, of the walrus. He is the King of intuition, feeling, someone who is creative but not naive. I know full well that I am a good writer, but one who needs a bit more discipline and reining in on her whimsy. Latent ADHD has come out in the past eight years or so, and makes following a theme through to the end more of a difficulty. Thus, I need to edit my writing more carefully. This card tells me that I know full well that, even though I’m a good writer, I might not be the best, or appeal to certain editors. I know the odds, but won’t give up hope.

The Magician: an elvish creature with multiple arms and legs, wielding all four elements(pentacles, cups, swords, wands). To me, the Magician represents someone who is only just beginning to realise their own power. It’s a card that comes fairly early on in the journey of the Major Arcana and speaks to power and magic, but an immaturity, or lack of confidence also. I know this is not the usual Magician interpretation. The card speaks of gaining experience, and reading the booklet that comes with the deck, I can now see that the man is fused with a spider. Dexterity, skill, doing multiple thing at once. And yes, I do write on many fronts at once. I am currently working with creative non-fiction and poetry. But I feel this poetry phase is on the wane, and soon, another aspect of my writing will come forth. I hope it’s short story. This card tells me that I am possibly spreading myself too thin on too many fronts, but that I have the skill and dexterity needed to succeed. I am re-learning the discipline of concurrently writing, rewriting and editing, offering things to journals and competitions, and keeping track of those offerings, and doing market research. If I am careful with my energy, there is no reason why continuing to do this is not a path for me.

Queen of Cups: a woman of lush curves is accompanied by a seal, again with plenty of intuitional colours violet and purple(crown chakra, our connection to the cosmos). A crescent moon is behind her. The Queen is someone of strong emotional attachments. Am I fully prepared to endure the rough and tumble of the writing marketplace? Not at the level I dream of. I am no Angela Slatter, Stephen King, Marge Piercy. I need to work at the level I feel comfortable with. I know I am not the robust writer I used to be, so this card comes up to say ‘take it at the pace you can cope with’. Also a remark that taking a look at what I want from publication and competition winnings would help refine what it is I’m doing. Right now I’m using the splatter gun approach. Sending stuff out on the off-chance. The Moon hints that perhaps using Her energies, and some magic might not go astray.

Two of Cups: two seahorses face each other, their tails entwined. Two cups are superimposed on them. They are surrounded by pink and purple seaweeds. A card of companionship, love, harmony, union. Yes, I am married to writing for life. It’s a positive card, very much so, so is there perhaps a hint of ‘good will come of this’?

Seven of Swords: Two galahs sit on a branch, looking at each other, while down below, a black snake steals their eggs. This card indicates that I could be ignoring things that should be priorities. Well, yes, I’ve had several months to prepare something to submit to EYE TO THE TELESCOPE, and today’s the last day. I’ve created unnecessary pressure on myself. It’s also an admonition to perhaps curate my offerings a little better, instead of mostly submitting to small markets. I once told off MotorCycleMan for selling his work to the lowest bidders, and now here I am, doing the same. I am being a bit of a galah, to use a very Australian phrase. It means I’m being an idiot. (The booklet says these are love birds. They look like galahs to me.) And the snake has a red-belly. Red-bellied black snakes are venomous, but shy, slithering away from people. They are deadly to the even more venomous brown snakes, and kill and eat them. They are a necessary part of a balanced Australian eco-system. They keep the brown snake populations in check. But yes, they also eat eggs.

Ace of Wands: A fiery fairy creature looks out of the card, wand clutched in her hands. The skull of a carnivore is in her arms. Birds of Paradise flowers surround her. This card talks of a primal surge of creativity, inspiration, power, ambition, motivation. I have my creativity, but it’s feeling muted at the moment. It sounds like some magical energy is needed to kick things up to the next level. I half-laughingly note that, some years ago, I wrote a poem about a writers’ conference, where I likened it to climbing into a cage of cheetahs and other big cats. All the predators prowling around each other, being nicey-nice on the surface, but underneath, all killers. Is this card telling me I need to develop a bit more of that fiery, energetic instinct and start prowling myself, hunting down opportunities?

Have I had my question answered? It’s spoken more to my inner workings than to the actual question of results of current journal and competition offerings, so I’m going to insist on one more card that really speaks to the question. Please Children of Litha card, cough up.

7 of Pentacles: a young yak contemplates a flower rising out of what looks like snow. The season is turning, and the Quickening is in more than just the land around me. It’s in me, too, and my work. The yak knows if he eats the new shoot, the plant will never grow. Best to invest in a longer term future of burgeoning plants. The seeds I’ve sown with my writing will have, in the short term, small results, but given time, I can resurrect my career at a pace I can cope with. Perseverance, vision of the future. Small results for now, but slow and stead endurance is key.

Thankyou, tarot deck, for this clear final message.

I hope this reading helps you on your tarot journey. It’s an example of the tarot addressing issues around the issue, and when pushed, answering the darned question. Yes, it’s absolutely okay to pull qualifier cards if the spread isn’t answering what you asked. Mind you, if the qualifier card doesn’t clear things up, then either you’re not meant to know, or it’s best to pay attention to what the cards are actually saying, and attend to those issues.

Moar patience, discipline, and all those Capricornian things I have in my Sun, Mercury and Mars, but that my Venus in Aquarius, and Scorpio Moon think are a real drag.

Until next week, tarot fans, by which time, I will have sent writing to two competitions, and one journal, and have a piece of creative non-fiction underway for KNOT LITERARY JOURNAL, who are so very kind to request something for each issue.

By the way, people, my piece in KNOT, The Fog Thins, is nominated for a Pushcart Award. Just sayin’.

Guidance For Magical Folx – 12/9/21-18/9/21

Good afternoon all magical people. I’ve had a nourishing morning of attending a webinar on Victorian native pollinating insects, specifically bees. I learned how to tell the difference between a wasp, a bee, and a fly(antennae, eyes, waistline), how to make a bee hotel, and what indigenous flowers to plant to attract native bees. Hint: bees love purples and blues, whites, and pinks.

This week kicks off with a waxing Moon in Scorpio, moving into Sagittarius, and then journeys through Capricorn and Aquarius, before moving into Pisces next Saturday. Water, Fire, Earth, and Air.

Because I’m drawn to animals thanks to this mornings webinar, I’m using my Oriens Tarot Deck for the card pull for this week. It’s not a deck I use often, and is more for the artwork than readings, for me.

The Fool: look at that sweet sea turtle chipping away at its egg shell, entering the world. As yet, it is unaware of the adventure ahead of it. It is buried in sand, yet to fully emerge into the world. Its eyes are still shut, and it is going on instinct.

The first things a baby sea turtle faces is challenge – getting out of its egg, and making overland to the ocean without being eaten by birds. Sea turtles a long-lived, provided they survive, and are thus symbols of good fortune, endurance, and patience. I was fortunate to be swimming off the coast of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii when a sea turtle surfaced beside me and swam alongside me for a while before going off about its business. A few days later, I had a small sea turtle design tattoo’d on my left ankle.

The Fool card represents the beginning of a new adventure, the innocent dreamer who takes a step forward into the unknown. In the Waite-Smith system, the card shows a young person taking a step off a cliff, while a small dog jumps at their back foot, warning them of potential danger. Meanwhile, the youth is looking up at the clouds.

If I’m honest, my initial urge into the Craft was that I was disillusioned with a solar-based male deity, and thought that the world was presenting with another model that was lunar based, and directed towards duality, or cloudiness of gender. And, I wanted to feel loved.

So, this week, I may re-examine spells of the past that were directed towards drawing love to me, and now see if a dual deity can help me feel love more deeply than I currently do. The moon is waxing, so it’s an excellent time for drawing this energy towards myself, and seeing as it’s to do with emotion(water), and lowering shields and boundaries around my heart and mind, the waxing Moon in Pisces next Saturday would be an ideal time for me.

As usual, you have the 4 elements to play with for timing of your spellwork. The moon is waxing, so draw something delicious towards you. Be The Fool – hearken back to the origins of your magical practice and see if you’ve fulfilled what you set out to learn. If you have, perhaps there’s a new way to interpret your wishes.

Have a blessed week, magical ones, and I’ll see you next week for the upcoming Full Moon in Pisces. Ultra-water time.

How I Read Tarot: Finding Your Joy Spread

This week, tarot-curious, you get a whole spread. This spread comes courtesy of Biddy Tarot, and seems perfect for Victoria’s long lockdown. Around 218 days spent in lockdown total since March 2020.

  1. What am I currently prioritizing over my joy? 5 of Thunder. (5 of Swords.) “She was striving to get to the top of the ridge, when she realised that reaching the peak was not something she actually needed. Fox friend helps take her lightning bolt offering to the top,” says the booklet that comes with this deck. Perhaps there is no need to keep striving and just be for a while, let thing unfold as they are meant to. I’m supported by my natural environment, and I can rely on others to do part of the work that I’m doing. As a Capricorn who thinks the next mountain is just another giant push away, this is a timely reminder that I’m not getting much joy from the constant striving and effort, and it’s time to let things be a while. I have been dutifully noting down possible publication places from the Authors Publish newsletter, and I must say, it’s getting to to me. I’m in awe of a certain writer, BoneMurmurer, who is a constant state of writing, rewriting, editing, publishing, publicising, and doing it all over again. She seems to do it all at once. But I’m not her, and I find that grind overwhelming. My joy won’t come from giant pushes all the time.
  2. How might reprioritizing have a positive impact on my wellbeing? The Devil. Whoo-boy! Stay away from tempting courses and webinars and whatever else comes past my face, and complete the ones I have, and then have some space in my life. Don’t add in more pressure to complete things. Let some stuff go. Give up on that photography lady ever getting back to me about her course. Go my own way for now.
  3. Where can I easily create more joy in my life? Seed of Stones. (Page of Pentacles.) Small grounded actions. “Work with what you have to gain what you need.” Another message, accompanying the Devil, that I don’t need more courses, activities, hobbies, interests, or anything else, despite the temptations. “Take a moment to munch on the fireweed, little deer.” Take time, slow down, really chew my food, walk with grace. Follow the tasks in my heart, rather than ‘success’, busyness’, and whatever else I think my masked self might need or want.
  4. What step can I take today to create space for new joy? The Lovers. Harmonising of opposites. The Lovers asks if I’m living my truth. Do I even know what that is? Yes, deep inside, if I follow what my heart says, that will be true action enough. Creating greater harmony within and without. That means, right now, today, when I have my TMS treatment, don’t blow the session away idly chattering about nothing. Use the time to meditate, to visualise, to slow down, and be quiet.
  5. What benefits might I see from a continued practice of joy over the next 2-3 months? 6 of Wands. An honouring of self with the self-esteem I need. If I continue to slow down, listen to my heart, I will begin to soar. Can I let myself slow enough, consistently, to drop into this state of knowing, and be in it, without jumping back out into busyness and doubt? I guess it’s time to see.

I’m using the Gentle Tarot, which has a new kickstarter going for the pocket edition.

Guidance For Magical Folx – 5/9/21-12/9/21

Good morning, magical people. It’s a cool, overcast, early Spring morning here in Melbourne. Strong winds the past few days, as are to be expected in Spring, but the earth is slowly warming, the days are lengthening, the light stronger. There’s some heat to the Sun now, and I’ve broken out my sun-hat, and my sunscreen. I’m a redhead, so I have to be careful. I’m having a small skin mark biopsied next week, and have a yearly skin check. At 57, years of sun damage are starting to show up.

The Moon is waning through Leo, Virgo, with a new Moon in Virgo, then waxing throughLibra, and into Scorpio.

So, a lovely New Moon in Virgo. Virgo has been called the perfectionist, the clockmaker, the one who has to repack to dishwasher to be the most efficient and orderly, the ‘bean counter’ of the zodiac. The one Virgo man I’m familiar with certainly does re-stack the dishwasher.

Virgo is also the mutable Earth sign of the 3 Earth signs(Capricorn, Virgo, Taurus). Which means it’s the most moveable of the fairly unmoveable Earth signs.

Generally, if we take the ‘organisation’ of Virgo, we could look at where we are and are not organised in our lives. Because no one is ever 100% organised and sorted. I’m super here this morning, right on time for writing up today’s Guidance, but holy cow, look at the state of my loungeroom! There’s stuff everywhere. I’m never 100% Virgo organised.

The New Moon is a time of setting intentions, making magic that will grow over the next two weeks towards the Full Moon.

Now, what does the divinatory world have to say to us for this coming week? What advice does it give to direct our magic? The Winged Enchantment oracle deck spoke out today. It seems appropriate, with many local birds nesting. The two peregrine falcons in the city (367 Collins Falcon Watchers) have 3 eggs this year. My local magpies are swooping to protect their nests. The noisy myna birds nest all year round, but have clutches of eggs at the moment. It’s the time of the Quickening of nature.

Lark. A joyful looking card, with a lot going on. The colours range from a dark greyish purple at the top of the card, down through browns and yellows, and into faint greens, and a brighter violet. The lark woman in the centre of the card has her mouth open, her hand on her heart. She is looking upwards. Many roots feature, but this is Lisa Hunt’s style, so I don’t know if to take particular notice of them.

The Little White Book says: “The endearing song of the soul…voice, wandering bard. I am everything that resonates through sound. Use your words. Everything you say resonates through the universe. I am the chant that awakens. I am the mantra that focuses thought. Speak with clarity and intent.”

Well, this sounds to me like a week of sound magic. Mantra, intoning, chanting. Find a mantra that speaks to what you’re intending, and work with it this coming week. I sing mantra quite often, and love the sung mantras of Deva Premal, Sada Sat Kaur, Snatam Kaur, and Donna de Lory. A quick Google will give you a mantra for what you wish to invoke, and then see if there’s a mantra singer who is singing that one. Or, create your own mantra in English and work with it.

I prefer to work in Sanskrit, because it’s how I was first introduced to mantra, and what I’m comfortable with. But you can work with a simple Virgoan appeal to the universe for organisation and clear thought:

Virgo Ma, Virgo Ma,

come to me, Virgo Ma.

Bring clean lines,

Virgo Ma.

Enjoy the New Moon, magical folx, and I’ll see you next week for more Guidance, and a tarot instructional during the week.

How I Read Tarot: instructional

Way of the Panda Tarot.

King of Cups.

Question: what should I focus on this week? My considerations are: writing, editing, tarot play, house painting, reading, art therapy, witchery.

What I notice first about this card is that it’s Cups, so it’s speaking to the more emotional side of life. The lotus says, to me, a spiritual aspect, as I associate the lotus with meditation and yoga, and a feeling of opening through the nourishment of the emotions(water). There are small flowers all around. A beautiful blue and violet butterfly is overhead, a symbol of transformation and beauty.

The King is the ‘king’ card of each suit, the last card of each. It’s energy is ‘ultimate’, the most cup a cup can be. This King in particular is a gentle one, ruling through feeling and intuition. He is altruistic, kind, generous, a King for the people.

It feels to me as though ways of emotional expression are best for me this week. That does not mean a whole-hearted leap into house painting. I’ll do a little, but not push it. It feels like a week of art therapy and writing, more specifically art therapy and arting in general.

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Yes, my post is a little early this week. While I had my Panda tarot out, I thought I’d do both my Guidance For Magical Folx post, and this one, thus leaving some time clear during the week for art.

Guidance For Magical Folx – 29/8 –

Goodness, this morning, magical folx, I’m kinda phoning it in, to be honest. The energy this past week has been like wading through a giant tub of molasses. I’ve never wanted to do nothing more in my life. The energy feels better this morning, but I’ve spent so much of my own energy pushing through the morass that I’m pooped.

Nevertheless, with the waning Moon, here I am for weekly magical guidance. I’m using the Way of the Panda Tarot this week.

It’s already done some work this morning. I joined a neurodiverse witchy chat on zoom, facilitated by my friend neurodivergentwitch.com, who I shall refer to as Fiji. My tarot deck came out for one card readings and was quite pithy. I did not know my Panda tarot could be so pithy and narky. Or maybe it’s me that’s interpreting the cards that way.

The Moon: waning towards dark. It moves through Gemini, Cancer, and Leo this coming week. Bizarrely, the Moonology diary says: “This third quarter moon week is great for anyone who does what could be considered a ‘spooky’ activity such as yoga, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong. A Mars/Neptune opposition will take your practice further.”

Let us do away with the appellation ‘spooky’ to practices that originated in non-white countries, for starters. To me, it sounds like ANY spiritual practice will have the opportunity to deepen this week.

Let’s see what my tarot deck says. What magic can we work this week, Magical Ones?

The Hermit. It certainly suits the waning moon energy, going within. Personally, I am feeling very Hermit-like, with Victoria, Australia still in hard lockown(maybe week 7 of lockdown 6?). The energy of this card is one of letting the natural world inform your meditations. Use the waning moon energy to spend time chatting with your plants, doing a meditation on a tree or plant that you are curious about. Read up on the magical correspondences of your favourite mushrooms and toadstools perhaps. Contact the nature devas of the natural world around you. The work done at Findhorn and Perelandra is a good research starting point for working with nature devas.

Take it quietly this week, Magical Friends, after the intense energy of last week, and spend some time in nature, by yourself if you can). Get to know your indigenous plant friends and allies, and see what they have to say.

I’ll be doing some gardening this week, inbetween rain showers, and getting some sunflower seeds into the garden. It’s good for my mental health to invoke as much sunlight as I can, so sunflowers it is.

Enjoy the quiet Hermit energy this week, and I’ll see you next week, where we’ll be looking at the New Moon in Virgo.

How I Read Tarot: instructional

Today, a few very personal questions preying on my mind that I’m NOT going to address in a public forum. Instead, I’ll go for a fairly innocuous question, one that amuses me, rather than feels like life and death importance.

My question: what am I learning from LOVES MUSIC, LOVES TO DANCE? Queen of Wands.

I’m reading Mary Higgins Clark for the first time ever: LOVES MUSIC, LOVES TO DANCE. It’s a thriller, mystery, suspense, a twinge of romance. It was a $1 purchase from a thrift store.

Today, I’m doing a side-by-side comparison of the same card from two decks. I’m asking my question of the Circle of Life Tarot, and then finding the same card in the Light Seer’s Tarot.

Circle of Life Tarot: A satyr dips her wand into fire. A rainbow streams out of the fire into the sky. The sky is oranges, pale reds, yellows. A grinning salamander sits on the satyr’s back.

Light Seer’s Tarot: A woman sits cross-legged, one arm in the air, holding a wand, the other hand out with brilliant light issuing from it. A black cat sits in front of her. A myriad of tea light candles blaze around her. The background is in pinks, purple, orange, and pale yellow. She looks thrilled at the energy she has created. She is very comfortable on the fluffy cushion or mat, and is confident.

The two cards are very different in energy, shape, and feel. Our Circle Queen is poised, dipping into creativity and energy that is already there, directing it with her magic, her desire and wishes. Our Light Seer’s Queen is summoning energy from within her, it seems.

Both are definitely fiery cards, and speak to a woman, a person who is confident, in control of the energy they are using, for great and creative effect. I see a witch, a priestess, a magician in both these cards.

So, what am I learning from LOVES MUSIC, LOVES TO DANCE? While I’m only partway engaged in the story, I’m seeing how Clark weaves her magic, lets the energy build and work within the book. The stony ground underneath the satyr tells me that ultimately, this book is a time filler, a book that isn’t grabbing me all that much, it’s falling on stony ground. The fluffy cushion tells me it’s a time filling comfort read, something to rest the brain while I process two difficult books I read last week. I can see how Clark works her magic, but it’s not a magic I want for myself. I’m happy to watch the Queen do her thing, while I do my poetic thing elsewhere. However, I must remark that the tarot is very definite that Clark is a Queen of what she does. I’m seeing skill and confidence at work.

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I hope today’s contrasting decks give you some insight, tarot fans, into how, if one deck isn’t speaking to you, a quick look at the same card or cards from another deck might make things clearer. Until next week, when I will hopefully have a question of more import.