How do you hold the space to work out your intentions and life problems? I have tried various methods. I’ve prayed, affirmed, spell-casted and altar-ed my way through some of my life’s biggest dilemmas and quandries. Pulling on the power of a spiritual force bigger than I has worked wonders. I’ve discovered that spiritual work that actually *works* takes discipline, focus, imagination, creativity…and a strong container. A good practice is well-designed. It’s design, by nature, cares for and holds the space for transformation.
There are many big huge changes and shifts I’ve wanted to effect in my life, and these are things I’m really excited about so I have the motivation and drive. However, lately when I go to do something, they often sort of flop (technical glitches, or life takes a different course), or I myself flop (I had motivation 5 minutes ago – where did it go?). Even though the personal work I’ve been doing yields huuuuge breakthroughs – I have ‘em – then I float onto something else and it’s hard to grasp that big breakthrough I had a mere few days ago. Huh? In short, it feels like Neptune’s doing. Read more
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Scorpio Sun helps clear out negativity and resentments by transforming the personal shadow, which pops up during these shadow-y times. And this Taurus Full Moon is a powerful, magical time for bewitchery. Here’s a Halloween Spell to help you face your shadow and reclaim your beauty. This spell works best if done alone.
Light a white candle (for cleansing & spirituality).
Burn some incense.
Put on some really hateful song, preferably one that you play when you’ve been dumped, or reminds you of a really negative time in your life.
Okay, here we are at magic. Let’s debunk magic (again). I’ll give you a practical example. I’m not the type of person who has been able to actualize or even truly validate the idea that hard work equals success in my own life. In fact, sometimes the opposite occurs and you’ve seen it, too: you work hard and you’re still passed over for promotion and underpaid. While this specific example didn’t happen to moi exactly, you know the shtick and when it comes to creating the life you want, feelings of fatigue and futility will undermine the best of intentions. A perfectly good, benign, lovely wish for success, love, money, friends morphs into a source of bitterness, consternation. At worst, our wish turns dark and we become a nightmarish version of our former self. Now that’s truly witchy or b***** as it may be. Read more
The Tarot Handbook: Practical Applications of Ancient Visual Symbols by Angeles Arrien
Thoth Tarot Deck by Aleister Crowley
Intermediate to Advanced
Tarot is an ancient form of divination, just like astrology. Well maybe not just like astrology. Tarot uses cards, astrologers use circular maps of the heavens (and the computers do the math). But the similarities are striking, especially when you’re using a deck that uses the imagery and symbolism of Planets and Astrological Signs, like the Aleister Crowley deck on which this book is based.
I don’t use tarot a quarter of as much as I use astrology, but everytime I do, I pull out this book. Why? Because we speak the same language, astrology. Maybe I should use it more. Here’s a personal antecdote: As I was getting ready for a first date with my now husband, my tarot deck fell off the bookshelf and the Lust/Strength card landed at my feet. Angeles writes: “As the principle of strength, passion and lustre, the Strength/Lust card is representative of the universal myth known as “Beauty and the Beast.” Here is the princess, riding the back of a Leo, the Lion, the astrological sign of creative power. It certainly described my relationship with my Leo husband, who was then my boss and whom I jokingly “tamed” (yes, he admits this). The princess was riding the back of the Lion, posessing “an inherent faith within herself”. This card still gives me the insight and confidence to pet, soothe and challenge my strong Lion with grace and conviction.
How To Bewitch a Man by Fiona Horne
When I saw a pic of Fiona Horne in a copy of US magazine at the gym, I was tempted to dismiss her. Yes, she looks like a Playmate (and she is). She’s the whole package, blonde, full chested, in an utterly bewitching L.A. kind of way. She’s the kind of gal that makes an alpha female (or male) want to stare at her secretly in wonder, ‘what’s she about?’. I owned up to my own judgment and read on. She had just appeared on the Tyra Banks Show. Tyra thought all witches were green and rode on brooms till she was impressed upon by Ms. sexy Fiona. Plus one for turning that around. I’m interested. Then she suggested a self-love spell for Britney Spears (included in this book). My heart is tugged. I’m warming up. This is what good witchery is, in a word: help. I check out the book. It is Hollywood but it’s grounded in the craft. This is also modern witchcraft for the modern woman (oft a lonely lady wading through a swamp of near misses). Some witchery books give you spells but you feel like the author is quite possibly a witch hermit living in Ireland, it’s just hard to relate to personally. You can really feel Fiona’s fun and sexy style come through in How to Bewitch and it’s inspiring. I especially love Bewitchers Mantras, like “Obstacles are not there to stop me but to guide me to a better opportunity.” “The universal ruler of love is conspiring in my favor.” (I use this often) “I am a Bewitcher. I have power over men.” Sha-zam.