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Cleansing The Cards

It’s natural for tarot cards to accumulate & harbor energy, since that is the primary force they operate through; it can “clog” or “restrain” them, making them rather unproductive, though it doesn’t damage them. They simply need to rest and be refreshed every now & then, just like the reader does.


METHODS ||

I suggest trying all of them out & sticking to the ones that work for you.

Shuffling
Simply shuffle the deck with the intention of cleansing it, in whatever way that’s most comfortable for you & for as long as you feel you need to.

Sorting
Sort the cards – arrange them in order of the 22 Major Arcana and 4 suits of the 56 Minor Arcana. Allow the deck to “rest” in proper sequence for a while. You could also simply sort the cards so that all are upright & none reversed.

Knocking
Tap the deck against something, or tap it with your hands / another object.

Sunlight
(This method is better for projective/masculine decks.) Place the deck in sunlight and leave it there until you feel that all the unwanted energy has been burned, faded, blinded, or driven out.

Moonlight
(This method is better for receptive/feminine decks.) Place the deck in moonlight and leave it there until you feel that all the unwanted energy has been drained, coaxed, flushed, or guided out.

Salt
Place the deck in a sealed, air-tight plastic bag and bury it in organic salt. Let the salt soak up the excess energy for a few days, or until you feel it’s done.

Crystals
Place a crystal that corresponds to your intention upon the deck, or somewhere near it. You could also form a crystal grid around it.

Smoke
Pass the deck through the smoke of incense or burning plants that correspond to your intention (most people would use dried sage or rosemary).

Pendulums
Swing a pendulum of your choice clockwise in circular motions above or on the surface around the deck with your intention in mind until you feel that all the unwanted energy has been drawn out & expelled.

Sound
Play any instrument with your intention in mind, or place the deck near a speaker and play music that corresponds to your intention.

*You can also cleanse each card individually rather than the whole deck at once, if you prefer. It takes longer but it’s more thorough & “intimate”


MAINTENANCE ||

After cleansing your deck, store it in a special box/bag/cloth and/or with a quartz crystal to protect and generally upkeep its clean state.


Simple tip: cleanse your deck every time you use it. This is the easiest way to maintain a healthy deck, & the ritual of it can improve your general relationship with the cards as well as your connection with them in the moment.

Other good opportunities to cleanse your deck:
- It’s brand-new / inherited / borrowed / secondhand
- Another person has come into contact with it (especially if it was without your permission – the deck will let you know if it’s been meddled with)
- It has come into direct contact with a surface or object you didn’t want it to (this mainly applies to the tarot readers who take extra precautions to preserve the energetic integrity of their deck – such as only laying the cards on a designated cloth/mat/board, not allowing others to touch them, etc)
- It has come into direct contact with another deck
- It hasn’t been used for a long period of time
- It’s been accidentally scattered/messed up/physically damaged
- Many different readings have been performed with it
- An extensive/intense reading has been performed with it

Symptoms of a deck that needs to be cleansed:
- An irregularly large amount of cards drawn in a reading are reversed
- An irregularly large amount of cards are falling or popping out of the deck while you shuffle & handle it in general / the deck won’t stay together
- The readings are becoming unclear, or you’re having an unnecessarily difficult time interpreting & discerning their meaning; you’re getting mixed messages, the cards aren’t cohesive, and so on. If you feel like you’re not gaining anything out of the readings you do with a deck, you need to cleanse it.
- You get the sense that you need to cleanse the deck. This could manifest in many different ways; perhaps you feel bored of the deck or distant from it, or perhaps its “personality” changes, or perhaps you simply feel off about it. Common “off” feelings are slowness or lethargy, disengagement, bitterness, exhaustion, a sense of a contrary or combative disposition, misplaced irony, dullness or hollowness, strain, stress, aggravation, confusion, or alienation, and may come from either you or the deck itself when you interact with it.
- You can’t bring yourself to focus on the readings you do with it; neither you nor the deck can maintain your concentration / awareness / full presence.
- You consistently lose and misplace the deck or you can’t find it when you want to use it – or other people have moved it, even just once. If you don’t give it a spot and it tends to wander around your house, that may translate into your cards. Cleanse them and pick a permanent/regular place to keep them.
- The deck loses its “magic” and begins to feel like plain paper to you
- Using the deck consistently drains, frustrates, upsets, or annoys you / using it no longer brings you whatever beneficial quality it usually does.

Witches Being Misunderstood is an Understatement

As I research this brilliant topic of Wiccan practices, origins, and history- lm learning of how stereotyped Im raised to believe witches and witchcraft alike are. Here’s some examples and rebuddles of what I mean…


“DEVIL WORSHIPPER” 

Who has ever claimed that was the point… Because I do not follow Christian beliefs to a T doesn’t make me a worshipper of satan. These claims were made by Christians who believed the worship of ANYTHING besides “God” (the big guy in the white robe) is their devil.


“Dont do black magick on me!”

 Anyone who has ever been remotely freaked out thinking we would curse their soul or ruin their lives with magic, has obviously never read the Wiccan Rede… what was it again? “An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”? Huh…


“Eye of *animal*, Wing of *bird*” 

These ingredients aren’t literal, at all… Although my young, shameless self believed it to be, these are just names made up for herbs, plants, and flowers that are ingredients to remedies witches didn’t want abused.


“Why don’t you carry your broom to fly on?” 

This one makes me laugh. Woman used to literally ride broomsticks… maybe it’s a long story but people wanted to use an LSD like ointment and it was most affective on arm pits and … genitals. So they would lather up the broom handle and well… ride the broom into the night causing hallucinations. Weird shit right?


“You’re too colourful to be a witch” 

How? Did I miss the dress code assembly? Because I can wear whatever the fuck I want. Being Wiccan is positive and peaceful and colours have magick their own. If a witch does decide to wear only black, good for them- black means protection, safety, and grounding (amongst other things).


“Where’s your black cat?” 

Cats were once worshipped as symbols of multiple goddesses. In the beginning of the agricultural age, people brought cats with them where they went to ward off mice. Kittens were even wedding presents. Men went to war and women were stuck with the cat and were often widowed… since the woman lived alone- she was also likely to be accused of witchcraft. The Pope also claimed cats were satanic (?) so cats were burned alive - just like witches… but then the mice and rat population went sideways and here comes the Black Plague! Jokes on you - “Whatever you do shall be returns to you three times over”.


So here’s my explanation on stereotypes through research and the ability to look things up and not assume. These are based off of personal experience, first reactions… I also stuck to Wiccan beliefs along with my own personal thrown in the first one (sorry). There are witches out side of Wiccan who do worship Satan and that don’t follow the Rede but this is all biased. Correct me if I’m wrong anywhere here- I apologize already!

Blessed Be! )O(

1. What is draining my energy?
2. What can make me move?
3. What should I do in order to be more energized?
4. What is holding me back?
5. How can I beat that?
6. Mistakes I shouldn’t make (anymore)
7. What is the lesson I should learn out of this “energyless” period?
8. Ultimate goal (What should I go for)

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So I’ve been feelin a drastic loss of energy lately , so i decided to check it with my cards and made a spread asking what I want to know. The spread was successful and answered my questions (the cards were bashing me ofc and giving me a lecture), so i wanted to share with you guys. Now I know that there may be thousands of arrow-like spreads, but I felt this is the best way to line them up cause…arrows pointing up……..why not

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mar 23 2017 // ap chemistry

we finally finished learning all the necessary material for the ap chemistry test… so I can finally present my flashcards system!

this is how I have been studying for all of my second semester chemistry tests, and it’s how I will study for the ap exam.

read more about this flashcards system below the cut!

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Witch Tips - Learning the Tarot

🌱🌱🌱The very first step🌱🌱🌱


Choose your cards carefully!

When looking for the deck you want to start with, unless you want to be limited to only using the major cards, it’s important you do your research to make sure the minor cards (I.e. The cups, swords, wands and pentacles) all have detailed illustrations.

Some decks only have detailed major arcana and their minor arcana are illustrated as normal playing cards. This is all very well if you’re a highly experienced tarot reader and can remember meanings by numbers alone, but as a rookie just starting off, or even an experienced tarot reader who can’t remember by numbers alone, you’re going to struggle to use them.

Imagery as we’ll discuss later is a key tool to learning and remembering your cards.

🌱🌱Finding your meanings 🌱🌱


When you buy your first deck it will no doubt come with a little booklet explaining each card’s meaning. It’s easy to take this as a 100% accurate guide with no room for debate or subjective interpretations of the cards.

If and when you get round to buying a second deck you’ll make an interesting discovery- the booklet you get with that deck with give you some slightly (and in some case very) different interpretations of the cards.

A quick google will show you that different websites will have slightly different takes on each card’s meanings too.

How do you know which source of information is accurate? Well here’s the good news. Your own personal deck will become attuned to you.

When you first get your deck it’s merely a mass produced deck of cards, pretty imagery printed in a big factory onto a giant sheet of card that gets fed through a nifty slice and dice machine that creates the little deck you’ve just took out the box.

When you start using it you start putting your own energy into it. Cards pick up meanings, readings make more sense the more you practice with them.

When searching for your meanings what I suggest is looking for the meanings from a variety of sources- books, google, apps, tumblr - and jotting down the ones that you personally feel fit the imagery on your card. You might find that one of the suggested meanings really makes more sense because you can link it with symbolism on your card.

This takes me to the next important step:


🌱🌱🌱🌱Symbolism🌱🌱🌱🌱


The easiest way to learn the meanings is to use imagery.

Put your cards in numerical order and in 5 piles- the major arcana, the swords, the wands, the cups and the pentacles.

Go through each pile one card at a time and write down the card name, the meaning and look for imagery within the card that you can link with the meaning to help you remember it. The easiest example I can give you is the strength card- pretty self explanatory meaning, but if you look at the card you can see the lion itself is a symbol of strength, courage and loyalty, and the fact that the man (in traditional rider decks) is being able to overpower a lion shows just what sort of strength we’re looking at.

Other examples that can be seen in other decks are the moon, which usually symbolises femininity, tree blossoms that typically symbolise nurturing and caring, butterflies which symbolise transformation, roses which symbolise love and passion…


🌱🌱Practice makes perfect!🌱🌱

Obviously the easiest way to learn is to practice often, perhaps try daily or weekly tarot spreads or maybe make a point of reading the cards every new or full moon.

Don’t be ashamed to have your meanings to hand while you read your cards. There’s no shame in that and it will take time to learn them all- there’s a lot of cards!! Even if you’ve been using your cards for a long time there’s still nothing wrong with using your notes- don’t let anyone tell you it makes you less of a Tarot Reader for needing them.


🌱🌱🌱🌱More tips🌱🌱🌱🌱

🐝 it IS perfectly possible to use only the major cards- it’s easier to learn the Major Arcana and you can still get a good reading with just them. The Minor Arcana goes into more specific details whereas the Major Cards are more generalised.

🐝 Each suit of the Tarot is based on an element

- swords are air (air is associated with intellect)
- wands are fire (fire is associated with passions and ambitions)
- cups are water (water is associated with emotions)
- pentacles are Earth (earth is associated with material things)

Bearing this in mind will help you learn the meanings of the Minor Arcana

🐝 Sometimes your intuition will want to read a card in a slightly different way to what your research has told you the meaning is. Always trust your intuition when it comes to the craft 😌✌️


🐝 Spend time near your deck to help you become accustomed to each other. The better you know each other, the better your readings will become.

🐝 When your deck is new, try not to let others touch it until you feel you’ve become accustomed to your deck and have made it truly your own.

🐝 Cleanse your deck after allowing other people to use or touch it, and regular cleansing never hurts either- perhaps every new moon 😌✨

🐝 The myth that you can only use a Tarot deck gifted to you is just that- a myth. You’ll find you can work better with a deck you’ve picked out yourself because you’ll pick one out that feels right to you and that makes all the difference when it comes to bonding with it, enjoying using it, and learning the meanings.


🌱🌱Ways to cleanse your deck🌱🌱

🦋 place a Quartz crystal on top of the deck

🦋 hold the deck in your hands and feel your energy flowing through and removing any negativity

🦋 leave deck out under the light of a full moon

🦋 draw a ring of salt around the deck

🦋 hold your deck over you heart and feel your heart beat through them, cleaning them and re-aligning them to you

🦋 hold a pendulum above the deck and when it stops spinning it will have cleansed them

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For when you’ve lost contact with a spirit and wish to reach out and set things right. Good for you spirit companions who fall out of touch and worry about the state of your relationship.

1) Signifier - Card to signify the spirit, can be pre-chosen if they already have a card to represent them. If multiple cards are drawn, the first is their original signifier while the rest are more representative of their current personality/energy.

2) Personality Changes - Any changes to the spirit’s personality since you last communicated.

3) Energy Changes

4) Overall State - How the spirit feels they’re doing currently.

5/6) Emotions Regarding Lack of Contact

7) Perspective - Their current perspective on you.

8) Current Health of Bond

9) Next Step - Where they wish to go from here.

Some tips: If you’re using a vessel, I would recommend placing it on the signifier card to help focus on their energy. Multiple cards can be drawn for any spot. Since emotions can run wild when it comes to fearing that they don’t like you anymore, I would highly recommend coming back to the spread after some time with a fresh perspective and calm energy, to reevaluate the results. Especially the last few cards. Your anxiety will easily create a bias here.

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Whether you’re a first time reader, an experienced reader, or simply bought a new deck, it can feel a bit strange to start diving into the world of tarot without knowing your cards. Maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve done a spread. Perhaps you’ve never even done one! Whatever the case, here are a three things for other witches and magick-doers to try!

• Channeling energy. This is a huge aspect of tarot, period. If you feel a strain or disconnect with your deck, close your eyes and just hold your cards as a stack in your hands. Meditate on them. If it helps, light a special candle/ incense, or some sage/palo santo. Channel your unique energies into the cards - visualize these energies flowing down your arms, into your hands, and then into the cards, allowing them to be “filled” with untapped potential for readings. Your deck is special to *you* - make them your own. Let them stand for your personal spirit. For experienced readers, this will help you reconnect with your deck, and for new readers, it’s a whole new journey!

• Get to “know” your deck. I know it sounds kinda silly, but doing this can be really eye-opening. Shuffle your deck and ask it a question - about itself! Examples could be, “what kind of deck are you?” or, “in what specific ways can you help me?” (and draw a card). Record your answers in a journal. (Writing them down will also help you in future readings - take notice of whether you draw these cards again, and under what circumstances you’ve drawn them).


• Sleep with them under your pillow! Wrap your deck in a nice cloth so they are safe, and slip it under your pillow before you go to bed. (Try adding a favorite crystal alongside them, too). Your spirituality is very strong while sleeping. Let your energies travel their way into your deck while you dream. 🌟✨

Hello, New Friend.🔮

I made a basic spread for getting a new deck! There are plenty of wonderful “getting to know your deck” spreads, but this one is how I typically get to know the new additions to the family! I choose not to ask what the decks limitations are, simply because if I were having a conversation with someone for the first time I don’t think I’d be very open to talk if they asked that!

The First Card: The general personality of your deck. This question will reveal if your deck is painfully truthful, a prankster, a pragmatist, a romantic, etc. This could also symbolize the god if you use the cards to communicate with the divine.

The Second and Third Card: How does the deck feel about you? A simple first impression, how they feel about your energy. Just a brief introduction to you. What’s your first impression of me? Of our energy together?

The Fourth Card: We all have teachers in life and Tarot’s higher purpose is to teach us. To show us our areas of growth and help us improve. What can we learn from building a relationship with our deck?

The Fifth Card: Tarot, like all relationships, is a partnership. This card shows how to best utilize that partnership and shows you the best way to approach your deck.

The Sixth Card: The most likely result of working diligently with your deck. 

The Seventh Card: The decks one piece of advice to you.

Aesthetic:

Me, owning an independent pharmacy that doubles as a functional, classic apothecary.

You walk in and the floor boards creak happily from years of constant use. From the ceilings hang varied dried flowers and herbs.

Rustic decorations and shelving accent the interior. One corner houses the library; shelves laden with books on tarot, herbs, crystals and spirituality.

Chamomile and patchouli flavors the air. Bottled, herbal remedies line the shelves opposite the manufactured OTC section. Candles are scattered about haphazardly, ripe for the picking.

Affordable coffee is served and tea can be sipped as you wait for your prescription. If you feel so inclined, you can visit the tarot reader who is set up between the coffee counter and the library.

Come to my apothecary for healings of mind, body, and spirit.

SETTING YOUR INTENTIONS Tarot Spread

Created to work with the new moon’s energy, but you can use this handy spread at any time.

While crafting this, I pictured setting an intention like planting a seed. Each card walks you through planting your idea, seeing it take root, and then learning how to nurture it.

1. The Seed - your intention

2. Hesitation - fears stopping you from planting

3. Push It in the Ground - overcoming fears & then the waiting process

4. Taking Root - how your intention will first show itself becoming a reality

5 & 6. Bring It to the Surface - ways to nurture your intention and make it work for you in the best ways possible!

Feel free to use this spread, post pictures, and tag me in them! Please, do NOT steal this photo, remove the tag, and use it/reblog it as your own.

Thanks and keep on divining, my friends. :)