November Full Moon Reading

For today’s reading, I used the “This Might Hurt” tarot deck that I love.

Two of Swords ~ Three of Cups ~ Six of Swords
This Might Hurt Tarot Deck

This continues from the last reading to remind us that we should not let ourselves get mired in the ick that is the pandemic.

My reading on these cards:
This situation sucks, but putting a blindfold on doesn’t help to avoid the situation. It’s still there. Take the blindfold off and find your support structure. Celebrate with your friends and family in whatever way you can.
Make the choice to figure out what you need to keep going in this time and move towards that goal.

The Witches’ Sabbat

Over the last few months, I have had the pleasure to attend a series of online classes and events. It’s generally been great, but some events are better than others.

A conference that I attended in early November – The Witches Sabbat (http://witchessabbat.com/) – was one of the better ones. The content was excellent and diverse, the community is fabulous, and the pacing and inclusion was terrific.

The conference started on Friday evening with a guided trance journey by Storm Faerywolf to the Witches Sabbat meeting place – a liminal space on the astral where we gathered and set the stage for the conference. Over the next two days, we experienced a fabulous collection of live workshops with a decent amount of time for Q&A. The live presenters included Judika Illes, Temperance Alden, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Najah Lightfoot, Misha Magdalene, Devin Hunter, Mat Auryn, and Storm Faerywolf. In addition to the live presenters, we also got a TON of additional material from the guest presenters.  

In addition to all the excellent workshops and fantastic community, we also participated in the announcement of the winners of The Witchies! A new series of awards that are targeted at the modern Witchy creators!

There were a few technical issues as the hosts and presenters, and attendees, learned to use the new-to-them technology, but the hosts took it in stride and ensured that we still got a great experience! 

Since the conference, we have continued to see the involvement, updates, and additional information for the folks who attended the conference!

I highly recommend this conference for folks interested in expanding their knowledge and finding a great community. Sign up for their newsletter to hear more at http://witchessabbat.com

Rune Card Reading – Nov 11, 2020

Today, I got a new set of Rune cards from MailoniKat and they are so awesome that I was inspired to do a reading

The deck includes a bag and a sheet that includes the meanings of the runs in context of the images.

The way I interpret this rune is that we can still maintain our individuality and sense of self while sharing our energy and time with other people. Doing so will spark inspiration and creativity in us.

Deck: The Witch’s Pets Rune Deck by @MailoniKat Ilustradora

What’s Mine is Mine

As we get closer to Samhain and US Thanksgiving (sorry Canadian residents, this is late for us) it’s good practice to remember and re-enforce the boundaries that we set around ourselves.

It’s very easy for us to make attachments to people and places and things and then forget that they are there. These attachments will often ping on our attention occasionally – sometimes more than occasionally.

Think of that Uncle who you love but who is just a bit annoying, or that book that you keep meaning to read, or that project that lays there half-done, or even your partner. Each of these things take a bit of our attention – consciously or subconsciously – and they are a drain on us.

Sometimes, like in the case of your partner (assuming a healthy relationship) it can be totally worth the attention and energy. But sometimes it’s just a drain.

Productivity gurus tell us to write out to-do lists to get it off our brains, or even just journaling can help. But sometimes, we just need to reset.

This little spell is that reset for our attention, for our energy. It doesn’t firmly cut the stubborn cords – there are other workings for that – but it does help us reset.

It’s kind of like when you get a new credit card number (due to loss or theft) and suddenly you see all the things that you are subscribed to or have allowed to charge you. For the stuff you want to keep, you just give them your new number. For the other stuff, you just leave them alone.

Here we are cutting, or at least recognizing, all our connections and choosing which ones we wish to re-establish.

The working is simple.

Find some time when you can be alone. Depending on how often you do this practice, you may need 15 minutes, or you may need an hour. Turn your phone off and make sure you won’t be disturbed.

This is really effective if you can do it in the shower! The water running off of your body helps. Combine it with a sugar scrub and you have a powerful reset.

Light a candle or some incense, or put on some music as you wish. Whatever helps you to relax and focus is great.

Now take three deep breaths and center yourself wherever your center is – that may be in your heart, or your belly, or lower.

With your mind’s eye, scan the edges of your body. See and feel the cords that connect you to all the things that have your attention. Maybe they are connected to the TV, or your phone, or your partner, or your noisy neighbours. They could be connected to anything. They may have different colors, they may feel different with textures and temperatures. There is no right or wrong.

Some of those cords start with you, and some of those cords start with someone, or something, else.

The cords just are. It doesn’t matter how many there are, or where they are attached to. That’s just you. No judgement.

Take another breath and chant the following words. As you chant, the energy returns to where it came from. Experience each cord separating from it’s target as energy goes back to where it came from. The cords from other people wither and drop off of you. The cords from you pull back into you.

What’s mine is mine

What’s thine is thing

To me return what is mine

To thee return what is thine

Keep repeating the chant until you feel (or see) that the energy returning to it’s owner. I find that I feel lighter and more energized when this work is done.

Take a deep breath again, and FEEL your body. Feel the seat under you, or the floor beneath your feet. Feel your breath as it enters your body, and as it leaves you.

BE. HERE. NOW.

Once you are done with the ritual take some time to ground and center yourself. Eat and drink something.

Over the next few days, reach out to those folks to whom you want to make sure that you keep your connection. Pay attention to the things you want to to re-establish those connections.

Remember that your attention and your energy is yours. It’s up to you where it’s spent.

Harvest Moon Reading

Question: What do I need to know for the next month?

From “This Might Hurt Tarot” by Isabella Rotman

It’s time to move from indecision to action. Pick something from all the things you want to do or create and charge forward – but first form a plan. Be willing to lighten your hold on material outcomes and let the creative and spiritual projects happen.

Feed your soul.

What will you create?

Sometimes a Little Sugar is the Cure

This topic came up on a discord server I’m on, so I thought that I’d share it more widely.

There are times when you feel icky. When you’re just down, not clinically depressed – that requires professional help – or you are just not feeling your usual self. Or maybe you’ve been through some life changes and need to re-focus and clean some of that emotional and spiritual guck off yourself.

Many folks will suggest a salt bath/scrub or smoke cleansing, but I believe that sometimes a little sugar is actually the answer. You can think of it as a bit of a honey jar on yourself.

When you want to bring in joy and fun and not just get rid of the negative ick, or maybe you want to sweeten your attitude towards something, sugar scrubs are the answer!

If you need a big cleaning – try a salt scrub followed by a sugar scrub. Bonus – sugar scrubs are good for your skin.

A bowl of my home made sugar scrub

Here’s how you make a sugar scrub:

Ingredients

  • Sugar – anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup is enough. Brown sugar is preferred, but regular white sugar works as well. The brown sugar is more “scrubby.”
  • A base oil – olive, avocado, safflower, whatever works as long as it’s liquid (you’ll need the liquid coconut oil if you want to use it)
  • A small amount of shampoo or liquid soap or shower gel
  • Magical additions if you’d like. This is entirely optional, but if you want to include a few drops of essential oil or a small (1/4 tsp or less) of dried herbs, gather them up. You could also add a small amount of coffee grounds. Remember that this is going on your skin, so don’t add anything that is dangerous or could harm you. A good protection combination is to use dried sage, dried peppermint, and coffee grounds.

Making the scrub:

  • Mix the base oil into the sugar a little at a time. Start with about a teaspoon of oil and mix it into the sugar.
  • Continue adding oil until the sugar sticks together. It’ll be very thick.
  • Add a small amount of the liquid soap, gel, or shampoo – about 1/2 a teaspoon of soapy stuff to a 1/2 cup of sugar. This helps to make sure that not too much of the oil stays on your skin.
  • Now mix in your magical additions. As you add each one (I recommend no more than 3), think about why you’re adding it and what it’s supposed to bring. If you don’t have any additions or want to make a general-purpose scrub, don’t worry about it, they are entirely optional, and I don’t add any most of the time.

You can also make up a batch of the base and add additions as you need them.

If you’re going to use it relatively quickly, you can leave it in the bowl, but if you need to store it (even overnight), put it in an airtight container. Store on the counter or in a drawer.

To use the scrub

Put about 1/4 cup of the scrub in a bowl or cup that is not likely to break if you knock it over and place it in a convenient location for when you’re taking your shower.

Pause for a moment and think about what the scrub is intended to accomplish – scrubbing all the gunk off and bringing in joy and happiness (for example). If you work with spirits, you can ask them to bless the scrub – nor not. Please do whatever you feel you need to do with it.

Now start your shower. If you’re planning on using soap, do that before the scrub. Take a little of the scrub at a time (it will dissolve in the water) and scrub yourself. You can use it anywhere as long as you didn’t add in any dangerous oils or herbs, but remember that it IS a scrub – so be gentle with your delicate bits.

Rinse off and dry off. The scrub will leave a little oil on your skin; it’ll be absorbed quickly.

And that’s it. Simple to make and use, but it can be pretty powerful stuff.