Sunday, July 23, 2017

Nova Luna Box Review: July

Nova Luna Box Review: July

Well, it is time for another pagan subscription box review! After Gaia Collective's Moon Box, I decided to try Nova Luna by Bella deLuna Designs, a box dedicated to celebrating the New Moon each month. I am excited to be able to celebrate the M oon cycle all month long with the help of these boxes. When I arrived home from my unexpected trip to Michigan, this little baby was waiting for me. I'm not going to lie, after some of the things that have happened this month, it was nice to have something come just for me. I love these little gifts each month.

Upon opening the box I was greeted by a Nova Luna card and a letter explaining the contents of the box. The card contained a list of the items included in the box and the value of each item. That's something new. Reading the prices let me know that I was getting more than I paid for which is a really great feeling. I didn't have to go searching for the prices myself as I have had to do for past boxes. The letter explained the New Moon in Leo, what to expect during this phase, a break down again of the price of each item, and a little bit about how to use each item during your New Moon ritual. The letter was informative and let the reader know where they could find more information. Unfortunately, there was no mention of where all the items came from, except for the tea. I'd like to know which businesses I am supporting.

Nova Luna Box Review: July 

Nova Luna Box Review: July

The next item I noticed was the celestial wooden tea nest from Moon Spoon. What a lovely surprise! I ADORE tea and this tea strainer is one I can use over and over and over again and easily clean. The strainer pops right out of the wooden base for easy cleaning. Furthermore, it contained directions on how to use it, so if you are unfamiliar with loose leaf tea, you'll have no problem using the strainer. The directions also listed the company, hence why I know it came from Moon Spoon.

Nova Luna Box Review: July

Next to the strainer were two packages wrapped in starry tissue paper and bubble wrap. The longer of the 2 contained a tea from Luna Tea Co. The tea is called Citrus Dream and contains rooibos, orange peel, coconut, vanilla, and stevia leaf. According to the label the tea is an organic blend. Once brewed, the tea takes on a wonderful orange hue, perfect for the New Moon in Leo. The vanilla is strong and the subtle sweet of the stevia and coconut make for a delightful blend. Furthermore, I love that the tea came in a glass vial with a cork stopper. Once the tea is gone, this will make a great witchy bottle to store other herbs, feathers, and the like.

Nova Luna Box Review: July 

Nova Luna Box Review: July

Nova Luna Box Review: July

In the next package was an orange sachet containing a gemstone cage necklace and a cracked quartz crystal that was dyed purple. According to the information card that accompanied it, the tumbled quartz stones were heated at high temperatures to cause the cracking then dyed a bright color. It gives a very brief description of quartz amplifying the energy around it, but nothing more on the magical properties of the crystal. Honestly, I hate that it was dyed. While it looks neat, I would have preferred natural quartz. The necklace, however, it pretty great. The metal cage stretches well and will fit most medium to large crystals, making wearing any stone you have charged easily wearable. On top of it, you can change the crystal out easily without breaking it. The only downside is the string attached to it. It is silky and the knot will not hold up long term. I would put this on a metal chain, and plan to purchase one just for the cage.

Nova Luna Box Review: July

The last item I pulled out was the July 2017 New Moon candle. It contains lily, rose, fern, honeysuckle, marigold, sage, and carnelian. Not going to lie, it smells so amazing. The rose is strong, with subtle hints of marigold, lily, and honeysuckle. There are little chips of carnelian in the candle that can be saved for later use after the candle has been used up.

Nova Luna Box Review: July

Nova Luna Box Review: July

This New Moon in Leo is about moving forward, getting rid of things that are not a resounding yes, regaining confidence, and being creative. I look forward to releasing the negativity in my life and starting a new.

Overall I enjoyed this box and felt I got my money's worth. I look forward to seeing what the next two boxes have in store for me.

Looking for a subscription box, but don't know where to start? Read my other pagan subscription box reviews and check out Cratejoy to see what boxes catch your eye!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway Winner

The winner of the 3 Year Anniversary Giveaway is...

Dana from Wisconsin!


Congratulations and thank you again to all my readers who make this blog possible!

A Guide to Amazon Prime Day for Witches and Pagans 2017

I'm sure at this point most of you are aware today is Amazon Prime Day, but did you know there are lots of pagan items on the list of Prime deals?! Now, this isn't a complete list, but it's a pretty good start. Unfortunately some of the deals are done, so I didn't bother posting them. The essential oil diffusers sold out before I realized Prime Day had begun! So sad, but hopefully they will have more available later. As of right now, here is a list of upcoming and current Prime deals for witches and pagans.

Sound Healing for Beginners: Using Vibration to Harmonize Your Health and Wellness ended

Intuition for Beginners: Easy Ways to Awaken Your Natural Abilities ended

Glass teapot with infuser for blooming and lotus leaf tea ended

Hiware Good Glass teapot with stainless steel diffuser and lid 100% claimed

Majestic Pure Lavender Essential Oil 100% claimed

Radha Beauty Aromatherapy 6 Essential Oils 100% claimed

Radha Beauty Essential Oil Diffuser 100% claimed

Natural Himalayan Hand Carved Salt Lamp 100% claimed

Tree of Life Necklace  100% claimed

Hardcover Dotted Notebook in Black ended

Majestic Pure Lemon Essential Oil ended

Angels for Beginners: Understand and Connect with Divine Guides and Gaurdians ended

Crystals for Beginners: A Guide to Collecting and Using Stones and Crystals ended

Bringing the Tarot to Life: Embody the Cards Through Creative Exploration ended

Court Cards for Beginners: Bring Clairty to Your Readings ended

Mythology: The Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Ancient Greece 100% claimed

Beltane: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for May Day (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials) ended

Table Tipping for Beginners: A Time-Honored Way to Talk to Spirits ended

PureSpa Essential Oil Diffuser  ended

Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook  ended

InnoGear Real Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser 100% claimed

Best Blends Set of 6 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil ended

Viva Naturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser ended

VicTsing 300ml Essential Oil Diffuser 100% claimed

Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser 100% claimed

Eucalyptus Essential Oil from Majestic Pure ended

Pentalic Sketch Book, Hardbound ended

PureSpa Deluxe Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser ended

Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser ended

Organic ​Darjeeling​ Black Tea Leaves​ from Himalayas ended

SMAGREHO Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp 100% claimed

PureSpa Natural Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser ended

NexGadget 400ml BPA Free Ultrasonic Wood Grain Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser ended

Pendulum Magic for Beginners: Tap Into Your Inner Wisdom ended

Astral Projection  for Beginners: Six Techniques for Traveling to Other Realms ended

Silpada Sterling Silver, Brass, Copper and Howlite Stretch Bracelets ended

Natural Citrine & White Topaz Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver  ended

Eternal Tree of Life Simulated Turquoise Brass Beads Long Necklace ended

Rhodium-Plated Sterling Silver Celtic Tree of Life Pendant Necklace 100% claimed

Sterling Silver Tree of Life Earrings 100% claimed

Aura Cacia Essential Oil Discovery Kit ended

SMAGREHO Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp Night Light  ended

Oak Leaf Essential Oils Diffuser ended



Please note some these items are upcoming Prime deals while others are no longer avialable. I will update as I see more deals become available.

Monday, July 3, 2017

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Yay! Today the blog is officially 3 years old! I have been planning this giveaway since before I even started Flying the Hedge, sort of as a way to simply keep me blogging for more than a couple years. Haha! I have had a number of blogs through the years, but this one is especially important to me and holds a very special place in my heart. I see this as something I will continue to do throughout the years. I hope I never run out of stuff to talk about.

So, to say thank you to all my readers out there, I put together some of my favorite witchy items just for you! No, this giveaway is not sponsored by anyone. I went out and purchased these items out of my own pocket to say thank you. That's how much you guys mean to me. So what am I giving away?

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Start and End Dates

July 3rd through July 5th at 12pm (noon) EST

The Prize

This giveaway box includes:
1 sage bundle
1 pentacle crystal pouch
4 crystals- amethyst, black tourmaline, rose quartz, and malachite
1 pentacle necklace
1 Cleansing candle by
1 Lavender Moon soap by
1 Attracts Money incense

The total value of this package is over $50.

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Who Can Enter

You must live in the United States to enter. I'm sorry everyone outside the US, but shipping costs outside the US are expensive.
You must be 18 years or older to enter.

How To Enter

All you have to do is fill out a quick form on Google. I went with Google Forms over Rafflecopter because, well, Google Forms is free and really easy to use.


One entry per person. If you enter more than once, you are disqualified.
Winner will be chosen using a random number generator.

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

When + How the Winner Will be Notified

I will contact the winner via email on July 5th.
Once I have heard back from the winner, I will also post on the blog announcing the winner (first name only of course).

Delivery

Package will be shipped by me via UPS, USPS, or FedEx with a tracking number to ensure arrival. I will send package out as soon as I receive the winner's shipping address. Please note I have to leave to help care for my grandmother on July 6th. This is an unexpected trip, but I will be bringing the package with me to ensure it is sent out ASAP.

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Thank you again for reading and helping me build this blog over the past three years. I appreciate each and everyone of you!

 


Remember, the giveaway closes July 5th at noon (12:00 pm) EST
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Book Review: Practical Shamanism: A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds by Katie Weatherup

Book Review: Practical Shamanism: A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds by Katie Weatherup

Prior to going to Washington DC last week (yes, I took another trip!) I finished Practical Shamanism: A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds by Katie Weatherup. This book discusses shamanic journeying, including how to access the Otherworld, the foundations of journeying, and briefly introduces soul retrieval and shadow work. It takes a very "love and light" perspective on shamanic journeying, combining traditions from around the world into one modern, practical form.

The book is broken up into four parts: background and instruction, shamanic worldview, advanced practices, and personal stories and experiences. The first part of the book is by far the most helpful in my opinion. It discusses, step-by-step, how to access the Otherworld, what you will find in each realm, how to enter an altered state of consciousness using drumming, and how to meet your animal, spirit, and ancestral guides. If you are looking at how to shamanic journey or even hedge ride (please note these are two different things), the first part is where you should focus. I found her instructions helpful and easy to follow, whether you are just learning or have been journeying or hedge riding for years. I always like to read about how others enter the Otherworld, and her version of accessing the different realms actually made it easier for me to hedge ride. Part IV, Weatherup's personal experiences, was also a beneficial read. As I mentioned, I enjoy reading about other people's experiences in the Otherworld, and I found her stories to be inspiring. It also provides the reader with a better guide on how some things may occur when you travel. Unfortunately, this is all I can really say in favor of the book. I ended up being disappointed after it started out so strong.

Book Review: Practical Shamanism: A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds by Katie Weatherup


Parts II and III were love and light fluff. Part II, shamanic worldview, reminded me a lot of Wicca. Weatherup comes off as a wee bit preachy in regards to being in "right" with the universe, meaning you basically embrace the love and light philosophy. However, the section on shadow work in part III was somewhat redeeming in that Weatherup encourages the reader to embrace ALL aspects of themselves, including the pieces we think are "bad." However, she spends the rest of the book basically reciting the harm none mantra found in Wicca. I am doubting ancient shamanic rituals involved such a custom. Furthermore, after her wonderful step-by-step instructions in Part I, Weatherup gives up trying to walk you through how to do things like soul retrieval and shadow work and instead tells the reader to ask their guides for directions. She uses a quick little story to explain how she does soul retrieval for other people, but not how one would go about doing it for themselves. I understand that everyone has different experiences while journeying or hedge riding, and that you should ask your guides for assistance when doing such work, but this is supposed to be an introductory guide to shamanic journeying, and soul retrieval and shadow work are foundations in that practice. She also mentions helping souls move on, but doesn't explain how the process works. There is very little explanation of how and why things occur, and the constant love and light attitude followed by "ask your guides" really turned me off to the majority of the book.

Overall I give the book 3 stars. If you are looking into shamanic journeying or even hedge riding, the first part is worth the couple of bucks you'll pay for a used copy on Amazon. If you are looking for a book on shadow work and soul retrieval, go else where. If you are into the love and light movement, then you will also benefit from this book. In fact, you'll likely love it.

So what have you guys been reading lately? I am open to suggestions! Please leave them in the comments below!


Under Construction

Apparently Photobucket changed their policies, and I did not realize it so all of my images no longer work. I have been using their site since, oh, I donno, the early mid 2000s, so this sucks. They want $400 a year to host my images. Yeah...no. So I am going to be spending the next couple of days uploading the photos onto Blogger itself. The reason I stopped doing that is because this account is linked to my phone and all of the pictures were showing up on my phone, which is the last thing I want. This is going to take an excessive amount of time to correct, so please hang in there while I attempt to fix this!


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Herbarium: Belladonna

Magical and Medicinal Uses of Belladonna. Includes FREE BOX page.

Gender: Feminine
Planet: Saturn
Element: Water
Powers: Astral Projection, Divination
Magical Uses and History: Belladonna is probably one of the most famous herbs among witches. Sometimes referred to as Deadly Nightshade or Dwale (coming from the Scandinavian dool meaning "sleep"), the name Belladonna originates from the Latin bella-donna, meaning "beautiful lady" as the Romans prized this plant for its unique cosmetic properties. Belladonna synthesizes atropine, an alkaloid which is absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream. Upon entering the bloodstream, it produces a number of symptoms. According to an old saying, Belladonna causes anyone exposed to feel "hot as a hare, blind as a bat, dry as a bone, red as a beet, and mad as a hen." Among these symptoms is dilation of the pupils, which the ladies of the Roman aristocracy appreciated. Belladonna juices were distilled and dropped into the eyes to enlarge the pupils, causing the eyes to appear large, dark, and appealing. It is well documented that enlarged pupils are a sign of sexual arousal and attract the opposite sex, thus Belladonna was used by Roman women to attract men. However, unless the dosage was just right, using Belladonna would often produce a glassy, staring appearance as the pupils would be mostly immobile.

Due to its narcotic nature, Belladonna was ritually used to encourage astral projection and to aid in producing visions. Priests of Bellona, the Roman goddess of war, would often drink an infusion of Belladonna prior to worshiping and invoking the goddess. However, Belladonna not only stimulates the nervous system, it paralyzes it, making it extremely dangerous.

According to ancient myths, Belladonna belongs to the devil who tends to it all year except on Walpurgis when he prepares for the witches' sabbath. Another derivation comes from the plants generic name, Atropa, which is derived from the Greek Atropos, the Fate that cuts the thread of human life. Both of these myths reference the plants deadly, poisonous nature.

Today, Belladonna is very rarely used. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous, especially the roots. Even today there are reports of accidental deaths associated with ingestion of this nightshade. There are much safer alternatives on the market today to induce visions and aid in astral projection, so Belladonna is best avoided.

Belladonna can be used in a number of spells including (but I do no suggest its use):
     Astral Projection
     Divination

Medicinal Uses: Despite its toxic nature, modern medicine has derived atropine and scopolamine from the plant to treat aliments such as irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, stomach ulcers, Parkinson's Disease, motion sickness, and even pink eye. It can be used as a sedative and to stop bronchial spasms due to asthma and whooping cough. Furthermore, ointments containing Belladonna can be applied to joints or skin to reduce rheumatism and to fight nerve pain. It does so by blocking functions of the body's nervous system, thus aiding in reducing nervous system related issues. However, Belladonna is EXTREMELY TOXIC and unless prescribed by a licensed physician, should NOT be used under any circumstances. Side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, fever, rapid heartbeat, hallucinations, spasms, convulsions, coma, and death. No part of the plant should be handled without gloves, especially if there is a cut or abrasion.

Preparation and Dosage: Do NOT attempt to prepare Belladonna on your own. Please contact your local, licensed physician for details on using Belladonna safely to treat the aforementioned aliments. If you wish to use Belladonna for astral projection or divination, I suggest using another herb such as Calea Zacatechichi (Mexican Dream Herb), Mugwort, or Blue Lotus.


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Friday, June 23, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Midsummer Litha Altar 2017

Happy Litha, Witches! I hope your day is filled with light and happiness. I set up my altar a couple of days ago and finally got to pull out the sun plaque I bought back in March from the Dollar Tree. I have a Sun and Moon one as well that I plan to use on an altar later in the year, probably on an equinox.

Litha or Midsummer Solstice celebrates the Sun's peak in strength when it appears to hang still in the heavens. For colors I focused on yellows, oranges, reds, and golds, masculine colors and the color of fire and light.

Midsummer Litha Altar 2017

Lets start on the left side which is the Eastern side of my altar (my altar faces South). I have some cinnamon incense which combines an herb of the Sun with fire, making it the perfect representation of the Sun rising in the East. Next to the incense is my statue of Mother Earth, who represents the feminine. She is next to the incense because the Sun rises over the Earth, or appears to due to the Earth's planetary movements.

Midsummer Litha Altar 2017

Next I have an array of candles and lanterns. The lights and flame represent fire, light, and thus the Sun. Litha is the longest day of the year and the Sun is at its peak, making a number of candles very fitting on any Midsummer altar.

Next to the candles is a solstice incense I picked up from a local herb shop at the Renaissance Festival this year. It doesn't say what it contains, but based on the smell I am certain cinnamon is included. Like the candles, incense use fire, making it useful for representing the Sun.

Midsummer Litha Altar 2017

In the middle is a mix of flowers including sunflowers and white and yellow daisies. The sunflowers with their yellow color represent the Sun and happiness while the daisies represent joy and lust.

The horn, which first appeared on my Beltane altar, represents the masculine. You can't have a Midsummer altar without honoring the masculinity of the Sun. Behind the horn is ivy, a symbol of health and abundance, represents the lush greenery characteristic of this time of year. Trees, shrubs, and plants are full and green by the end of June.

Finally on the far right, which is the western side of the altar, I have a glass terrarium. Glass combines the elements fire and earth, thus representing the Sun setting in the west. I kept the terrarium empty at this time because I did not have any small plants on hand that I felt would work with this particular altar. Maybe next year.

Midsummer Litha Altar 2017

In front of everything are four crystals: amber, malachite, red calcite, and blood stone. Amber, according to ancient myths, are tears of the Sun. Its golden yellow color represent not only the Sun, but strength and courage as well. The malachite represents abundance and protection. The red calcite represents strength, while the blood stone represents health. The reds and yellows of these stones go with the summer theme.

Midsummer Litha Altar 2017

Finally my beautiful Sun plaque. Sitting in the center of the altar, it pulls the entire set up together, showing that everything revolves around the Sun.

Midsummer Litha Altar 2017

I hope everyone enjoys the Sunlight today. Get outside, eat good food, and spend time enjoying the Sun's day of power with family.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Moon Box Review: June

Moon Box Review: June

Yay! Another Moon Box review! I cannot express how much I am loving this monthly box! Thus far, it has been my favorite subscription box, so much so I think I am going to continue my subscription, but stop reviewing it each month....unless you guys just want to read them. If so, please let me know in the comments.

Moon Box Review: June

This little box was waiting for me when I returned from my trip to Florida. Ah yes...I went to the beach with a friend from college for several days. It was AH-mazing! Wish I was still there! Anyway, back to the Moon Box. As always, I was greeted with an envelope asking me to find somewhere quiet to open the box and explore the contents. Inside the envelope was the information card, June's Strawberry Moon Oracle card, and the informational card on the crystals contained in the box. I really enjoy the Oracle cards each month, which explain the energies of the full moon for the month and contain some beautiful artwork.

Moon Box Review: June




Moon Box Review: June


Underneath, the first item to catch my eye was the bottle of aromatherapy spray "Son Rain" by Gypsy Soul Organics. It contains cedar leaf, violet, citronella, patchouli, eucalyptus, and galbanum. According to the information card, this aromatherapy spray is designed to remove doubt and fill you with positivity and good vibes. I can honestly say it works. I received some bad news at the doctor this week and this little spray has made me feel better when I notice I am starting to feel depressed. I have used it on myself, in rooms, and even on my bedding and pillows. The violet aroma induces self love, while the cedar leaf, eucalyptus, and citronella bring healing energy. The galbanum, a very subtle earthy scent, works to help ground and purify. With each spray, I feel more confident that things will be okay and that, despite what is going on in my body, I will get through this.

Moon Box Review: June

The next item to catch my eye was the lucid dreaming elixir by Anima Mundi Apothecary. According to the bottle, it is an handcrafted, organic, and vegan lucid dreaming elixir, sleep aid, and third eye tonic. Due to my illness I have not tried this product yet, but I am very excited to. At this time I am concerned it may interfere with my medication, and because I am ill, it is not wise to try any lucid dreaming or astral projection at this time. This elixir, however, contains Ashwagandha, Kava Kava, and Passionflower, which are all stress relievers and relaxers, Skullcap, which increases dreaming, and Blue Lotus, which has psychoactive properties that aid in inducing lucid dreaming, astral projection, and hedge riding. When I am able to test this product, I will be sure to write a separate, detailed post on my experience. I would like to test this for a full week to give everyone a good idea of how well the product works.

Moon Box Review: June 

Next was the tea and essential oil. Fruits of the Roots put together a stunning tea blend of strawberry, hibiscus, white tea, vanilla, rose hips, and nettle leaf. This tea is very sweet and fruity, making it a wonderful addition to this month's Strawberry Moon. The Moon Essential Oil, blended by Cottage Traditions, contains Clary sage, violet lead, white sage, lime, blood orange, and lavender. It goes well with the aromatherapy spray.

Moon Box Review: June

And finally the crystals! This is one of my favorite things each month. This month's contained a quartz point from Pakistan, Peacock Ore from Mexico, and a large Sodalite crystal from Brazil. Quartz is an amplifier of energy and can be used for just about everything. It works well with other crystals to amplify their energy, making it a great crystal for the Strawberry Moon when you set new goals and intentions. The Peacock Ore is truly stunning. It is brilliant blue and gold with hues of deep plum purple. This crystal ignites creative expression. I will be using it from now on while I work on my grimoire. Sodalite is used to bring things together and in unity spells. This crystal will be great for marriage work.

Moon Box Review: June

The day before the full moon, Gaia Collective sent out an email with the full moon meditation. This month's guided meditation focused on embracing your heart, setting new intentions, and filling your life with joy and beauty. These guided meditations are wonderful and excellent for anyone unsure of what to do during the full moon.

Moon Box Review: June


***

Since it has been three months, I would like to give you a complete break down of my overall thoughts on this box.

Pros:

  • The box is consistent. It always comes with and information card, moon oracle card, crystals, tea, essential oils, full moon guided meditation, and other monthly self care items centered around the full moon.
  • The item quality is great. Every item is worth more than I paid.
  • The information card is fantastic. It explains where the items came from and how to use them in your monthly full moon ritual. The crystal information card is great. In fact, I cut them put and place the cards in with the crystals so I always have them for reference.
  • Gaia Collective supports local businesses and for every box sold, a portion goes to Trees for the Future, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing degraded lands through educational programs for farmers and planting trees to create new forests around the world.
  • The box and packing supplies are environmentally friendly, so when you are done, it can be reused, recycled, or returned to the earth.
  • This box is available! There is no waiting list!

Cons:

  • While I loved the consistency, I do not need essential oil every month. I would have liked to see the essential oil replaced with another item occasionally.
OVERALL: 5 out of 5 stars 

Interested in purchasing this box? Check out Cratejoy. They have a large selection of subscription boxes that cover just about everything.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tarot: Finding Your Personality and Soul Cards

Tarot: Finding Your Personality and Soul Cards

Witch or not, you are likely aware of your astrological sign. I mean, it's kind of the hip thing to know. Hell, basic witches get their sign tattooed on them! I tease, I tease. Calm down! Your astrological sign probably says a lot about you, even if you don't believe in astrology. I am, without a doubt, a Libra. I strongly believe in justice and fairness, that people get what they deserve; I'm a people pleaser, a lover, and indecisive as all get out. However, there is more than just your astrological sign that describes you and your path in this world and the next. You have a personality and soul card in tarot that describes your journey in this life and your soul's overall purpose. Figuring out each of these cards is actually quite simple and can provide valuable insight into your life.

So what exactly is your personality and soul card?

Personality Card- This indicates the lesson you are supposed to learn in THIS life. This is a task that will keep you busy your entire life, and I am not talking about your job. I'm talking about things like learning forgiveness and acceptance, becoming self-aware, or simply growing into your own skin. These are big concepts, not small goals. You have a lesson to learn in this life and your personality card allows you to realize what that goal is. The path you take to get there is entirely up to you.

Soul Card- This indicates your soul's purpose. Many people believe in reincarnation, the idea that one's soul lives multiple life-times, returning after death to learn yet another lesson. Whether or not you actually put any stock into this idea is completely up to you, but that doesn't mean your soul card can't provide you with some more information. Your soul card is your deep trait, something that no matter what, it does not change. It doesn't change with age, sex, location (Hey there, big boy! asl? Throw back to chat rooms!), or time. Your soul card is your core, the very foundation you are built upon. It's the reason you respond the way you do to different situations, but don't use that as an excuse. Every tarot card has both "good" and "bad" traits. Using the cards as an excuse to behave poorly is a reflection of you, not the soul or personality card itself. It is also a reflection of your lack of progress to learn the lesson you are supposed to be learning. Keep that in mind.

Now your personality and soul cards can be the same. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and it doesn't mean you are on your last reincarnation or whatever you believe. It could be your soul's very first trip here, or you could be in the middle. Some believe our souls reincarnate infinitely, learning and relearning lessons as we progress. Whatever you believe, don't be alarmed or snobbish if your personality and soul cards are the same. It is very common. However, it does mean that you are working on your soul's purpose in this lifetime and it makes you more focused.

So how exactly do you figure out your personality and soul cards? 22 Card Pick-Up is the name of the game! Throw them in the air and pick up 2 cards with your eyes closed. First is personality and second is soul. Done! Now reflect, witches! I'm kidding! Please don't throw your tarot cards. We are actually going to use your birthday and some numerology to figure out your cards.

STEP 1: How To Calculate Your Personality and Soul Cards


How to Calculate your Personality Card
To calculate your personality card, take the month, day, and full year of your birthday and add them together. Then add those numbers together until you get a number between 1 and 22.

For example I will use my birthday: October, 20, 1988 so

10 + 20 +1988 = 2018
Obviously 2018 is not between 1 and 22 so I need to add the numbers together.
2 + 0 + 1 + 8 = 11
11 is my personality card which corresponds to Justice. How fitting... Since 11 is not a single digit, my soul card is a different card.

How to Calculate Your Soul Card
To calculate your soul card, take your personality card and add of each of the numbers. If your personality card is a single number already, then your personality and soul cards are the same. I'll use my birthday as an example once again.

My personality card is card 11, Justice. Because 11 is a double digit, I need to add the numbers together to get my soul card.
1 + 1 = 2
2 is my soul card which corresponds to the High Priestess, again, how fitting.

Very simple don't you think?

Again, your personality and soul card can be the same thing. If your personality card is a single digit, then it is also your soul card. No more calculating needed.

Need more examples? I'll use some family and friends!

September 18, 1990
9 + 18 + 1990 = 2017
2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 so personality card is the Wheel of Fortune
1 + 0 = 1 so soul card is The Magician

March 1, 1962
3 + 1 + 1962 = 1966
1 + 9 + 6 + 6 = 22 so personality card is The Fool
2 + 2 = 4 so soul card is The Emperor

July 30, 1958
7 + 30 + 1958 = 1999
1 + 9 + 9 + 9 = 28 This is not between 1 and 22 so we need to add the digits together for the personality card.
2 + 8 = 10 so personality card is The Wheel of Fortune
1 + 0 = 1 so soul card is The Magician
On another note, this is really interesting that 2 family members have the same cards...

May 27, 1987
5 + 27 + 1987 = 2019
2 + 0 + 1 + 9 = 12 so personality card is The Hanged Man
1 + 2 = 3 so soul card is The Empress

January 21, 2012
1 + 21 + 2012 = 2034
2 + 0 + 3 + 4 = 9 this is a single digit so both personality and soul cards are The Hermit

I told you it was easy and hopefully with the plethora of examples you will easily be able to figure out your personality and soul cards.

STEP 2: Find Your Personality and Soul Cards

Once you calculate your numbers, use the list below to figure out what numbers are associated with which card. For personality and soul cards we only use the Major Arcana.

0 or 22 : The Fool
1: The Magician
2: The High Priestess
3: The Empress
4: The Emperor
5: The Hierophant
6: The Lovers
7: The Chariot
8: Strength
9: The Hermit
10: Wheel of Fortune
11: Justice
12: The Hanged Man
13: Death
14: Temperance
15: The Devil
16: The Tower
17: The Star
18: The Moon
19: The Sun
20: Judgement
21: The World

STEP 3: Write Down Your Impressions and Research

Once you have figured out your cards, it is time to begin working with them. If you have a deck already, go ahead and pull your personality and soul cards. Spend some time with each card looking over the pictures displayed on each. Write down any impressions the card gives you. If you want to, meditate on it or hedge ride to speak with your animal guide or teachers about the meaning of each card. After you have written down your impressions, it is time to do a little research. You may already know the meaning behind each card, and that is wonderful, but sometimes digging a little deeper can unveil some new information or reawaken aspects of each card you may have forgotten. Research the meaning and personality of each card, as well as what they mean when they are upright and reversed. The reverse meaning is just as important as the upright. It can help you determine some of your weaknesses and things holding you back from fulfilling your purpose. Make sure to jot everything down in a notebook or your book of shadows. You'll want to be able to refer back to this information.

And there you have it! Finding your personality and soul cards is very easy and fun all at the same time.

I would love for you to share your cards in the comments below.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

New Moon Depression Banishment Spell

New Moon Depression Banishment Spell 
Thursday was the New Moon and while many witches believe you shouldn't perform magic on the New Moon, I disagree. The New Moon is a wonderful time to cast potent magic, especially banishment and wish spells. The New Moon symbolizes new beginnings so this is a great time to get rid of the old and bring in the new. This spell is focuses on banishing depression. As many of you may be aware, I suffer from severe depression, which is usually why I will post often one week, and not at all the next. I am taking active steps to get better, including setting up an appointment with a counselor, and this spell is just one of those active steps. I am tried of feeling this way. Enough is enough.

New Moon Depression Banishment Spell

What You Will Need
     Black Candle with holder
     Charcoal
     Lavender Flowers
     Matches/Lighter
     Black Tourmaline


Directions
New Moon Depression Banishment Spell
  1. Begin by lighting the charcoal. Allow the charcoal to burn until grey. Add lavender flowers to charcoal. My charcoal looks like a vulva...Ha!
  2. Once lavender is lit, light the black candle.
  3. Close your eyes and repeat as many times as needed (I said this about 10 times):

    "Mother Moon on this night,
    While candle burns flame of white;
    Help me banish this pain I feel,
    As it holds no appeal.

    This Feeling of despair
    Leaves me feeling less than fair.
    Help me emerge from this hole,
    And release the black upon my soul.

    With this candle I cast the darkness out,
    And with lavender light is sought.
    I no longer need this to hold me back,
    And continue to push me off track.

    Mother Moon of this night,
    Please help me to be alright.
    Please stand with me,
    And by my will, so mote it be."

  4. After you feel you have repeated the mantra enough, hold the black tourmaline and envision yourself letting go of the darkness surrounding your heart and soul and visualize it being replaced by the light of peace and joy. Imagine yourself bathing in a pool of cool water and the past washing away.
  5. After you are finished your visualization, take a bath. Again envision your depression washing down the drain, leaving you renewed. Feel free to add bath salts or lavender to enhance the experience.
  6. Allow the candle to burn out on its own and dispose of the wax away from your home.

New Moon Depression Banishment Spell

While this spell alone will not cure depression, it can definitely change your mindset and release many of the negative feelings that are weighting you down. It is important to recognize that magic cannot fix all problems. Seeking medical help is extremely important. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please reach out to someone now. Call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255 for those in the United States. Don't feel like calling? They have an instant messenger option available as well. You are NOT alone in this. 

Blessed be,