Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's in Store for Your Coming Year?

What's in Store for Your Coming Year?
This is a simple little exercise to see what the coming year has in store for you. It begins on your birthday and ends on your birthday.the following year. Using Numerology you add the month and day of your birth and the current year. These you reduce to one number (if it adds up to more than 21) and then find the Major Arcana card that corresponds to it.

I'll do mine as an example.

Month: October = 10
Day: + 2
Year: + 2013
10 + 2 + 2013 = 27 = 9

So, for me 2013 - 2014 will be my "Year of the Hermit". And here's a description of the Hermit Tarot Card:

IX The Hermit:
Keywords: Accepting/offering wise counsel, Actions influenced by environment, Analysis of hopes & wishes, Balance, Being helped/helping, Being introspective, Blinded by outward appearances, Cautious approach, Centering, Concentrating less on the senses, Desiring a new direction, Desiring stillness, Destiny change, Discretion, Experiencing seclusion, Guidance given & received, Focus on your inner self, Foresight, Giving up distractions, Going on a personal quest, Going to/being a mentor, Guidance, Introspection, Inward focus, Knowledge from experiences, Learning from/being a guru, Looking for answers within, Looking for something, Mentors & Mentoring, Needing more, Needing solitude, Needing to be alone, Needing to understand, Period of reflection, Prudence, Quieting yourself, Receiving/giving guidance, Retreating into a private world, Searching, "Seek and ye shall find", Seeking greater understanding, Seeking solitude, Solitary quest, Soul searching, Stability, Teacher & Teaching, Thinking things over, Truth seeking, Turning to/being a trusted teacher, Wanting the truth at all costs, Wisdom, Withdrawal, Withdrawing from the world, You are your own teacher, You have the power to change your own destiny

The traditional hermit is a crusty, bearded character who has withdrawn from the company of men to live a life of seclusion and hardship. Card 9 supports this understanding. The Hermit represents the desire to turn away from the getting and spending of society to focus on the inner world. He seeks answers within and knows that they will come only with quiet and solitude. 

There comes a point in life when we begin to question the obvious. We sense that there is a deeper reality and begin to search for it. This is mainly a solitary quest because answers do not lie in the external world, but in ourselves. The hermit on Card 9 reminds us of Diogenes, the Greek ascetic who is said to have gone out with a lantern in hand to search for an honest man. Diogenes is a symbol of the search for truth that the Hermit hopes to uncover by stripping away all diversions.

In readings, the Hermit often suggests a need for time alone - a period of reflection when distractions are limited. In times of action and high energy, he stands for the still center that must be created for balance. He can also indicate that withdrawal or retreat is advised for the moment. In addition, the Hermit can represent seeking of all kinds, especially for deeper understanding or the truth of a situation. "Seek, and ye shall find," we have been told, and so the Hermit stands for guidance as well. We can receive help from wise teachers, and, in turn, help others as we progress.

New knowledge needs to be assimilated, so take the necessary time to do so. Withdraw and reconsider your options through solitary introspection, finding inner peace and truth. Silence in the face of argument.

Use foresight to know your next move. Discretion in all things. Select associates wisely.

Strength acquired through experimentation. Stability leads to accomplishment. Foresight in humanitarian endeavors.
 

A cautious psychological approach. Know-how supports your endeavors.

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So, it looks like my year will be filled with learning - both inward and outward. Inwardly, I have come to the realization that I have been a bit "lacking" the last few months. I'm assuming it's mainly due to our move and the state of unrest around here because of the amount of renovations we have to do. Lots of projects to complete!

Outward learning could be the fact that I am looking to take a few online classes. Time and funds will be the deciding factor there, of course.

The "teaching" part is interesting as I am working to expand my teaching and pick up more students through my newly set-up blog-school, A Witch's Craft, as well as promote my reference books, A Witch's Craft: Volumes 1 & 2.

If the teaching picks up, then the funds to take the classes will be there. So, maybe it will all work out after all!

Now, NEXT year's card will be X The Wheel of Fortune! THAT should be an awesome year for sure. This year must be setting up for the Wheel turning to bring it all into manifestation next year. I can't wait to see how it all comes about!  :)

Tarot and Corresponding Body Parts & Health Issues

Tarot and Corresponding Body Parts & Health Issues

There was a conversation being held on a Tarot group recently that posed the question regarding the associations of Tarot cards to health issues and parts of the body. The person asking was wanting to know how to interpret anything in a reading that may pertain to the querent's own health issues and if so, which cards would show which parts of the body are affected.

Myself and another person were the only ones with any specific answers to share, while the other answers were more along the lines of "meditate on it". I'm sorry, but when I have a question I would like answered, then I WANT AN ANSWER TO MY QUESTION. And "meditate on it" isn't an answer. If you don't have a definitive, tangible answer, then don't answer the question. Just wait for those who do to do so.

Anyway, off the soap-box now. The following is the information provided to answer the woman's question, and information you may wish to save to your own Tarot Journal for future reference:

In Aleister Crowley's book Liber 777, he lists the following correspondences for the Human body (in col. CLXXXII):
 

Tarot - Body Part Correspondences
 

Fool - Respiratory Organs
Magician - Cerebral and Nervous Systems
High Priestess - Lymphatic System
Empress - Genital System
Emperor - Head and Face
Hierophant - Shoulders and Arms
Lovers - Lungs
Chariot - Stomach
Strength - Heart
Hermit - The Back
Wheel of Fortune - Digestive System
Justice - Liver
Hanged Man - Organs of Nutrition
Death - Intestines
Temperance - Hips and Thighs
Devil - Genital System
Tower - Muscular System
Star - Kidneys, Bladder, etc.
Moon - Legs and Feet
Sun - Circulatory System
Judgment - Organs of Circulation
Universe - Excretory Systems


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Tarot Health Associations

Accidents: The Chariot - reversed, Wheel of Fortune - reversed, The Tower Card
Arthritis: The Devil - reversed, The World- reversed, 10 of Wands
Back Pain: 10 of Swords, 10 of Wands
Depression or Anxiety: The Star - reversed, of Swords, 5 of Pentacles
Eyesight problems: The Emperor,  Sun - reversed
Foot problems: The Hanged Man - reversed; The Moon - reversed, Page of Cups - reversed
Heart Problems: Strength - reversed, The Sun - reversed, 3 of Swords
Intestinal Problems: The Hermit - reversed
Kidney infections: Justice - reversed
Menstrual or Female problems: The High Priestess - reversed, The Moon - reversed, Queen of Cups - reversed
Mental Breakdown: The Tower
Migraines: The Emperor - reversed, Ace of Swords - reversed
Recuperation or Hospitalization: 4 of Swords
Skin Allergies: The Chariot - reversed
Sore throats or thyroid: The Empress - reversed
Ulcer or Stomach problems: The Chariot, reversed

Some Symbols in the pictures that I have found to represent some health problems are as follows:
Red canopy can represent menstrual problems.
Tree roots could represent a person being rooted in a problem.
Lightning bolts could be headaches.
Puffy face could signify a weight gain.
Red throat decoration could signify a sore throat

Tarot Health Problems by Patricia Darrow

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Granny Tackett's Blog-Room Schoolhouse

Granny Tackett's Blog-Room Schoolhouse
I decided to set up a separate blog which will be specifically for teaching the Foundation of the Craft. Regardless of Tradition, whether Pagan or Christian-based (such as Hoodoo or Granny Magic or any other that uses the Bible or Psalms), the basic foundational knowledge is relatively the same.

There are 50 lessons in the Foundation of the Craft. These are very lengthy, very in-depth lessons, not a couple of paragraphs on each subject, but fully presented lessons. Each lesson is $5. When you go to the site, you will see there is a PayPal drop-down menu which will give 2 options: 1 lesson purchase or 5 lesson purchase. I will not permit more than 5 lessons to be purchased at a time, as I require that there be a minimum of 2 weeks between lessons. And each lesson has homework. No, not multiple choice, either. The homework will require complete, written out, paragraphs (most of them, but not all), and absolutely no "copy & paste" from the lesson. The answers must be your own thoughts in your own words.

And yes, this will be a mentored teaching. Do-it-yourself learning is great, but how do you know if you are truly grasping the knowledge presented if you don't have to do any homework? This provides the student the opportunity to express what they've learned, and to ask questions for further explanation of a subject or to present their own views. It's amazing how much I learn from my students as well!

I am also in the process of writing a series of lessons specifically for a class on Granny Magic. I will post a notice of it when I am ready to present them.

So, I hope you'll join me for a very in-depth learning so you'll have a strong Foundation for your Craft!

Please join me at:

A Witch's Craft: Foundation of the Craft

Monday, July 22, 2013

More Lunar Correspondences: Planting, Harvesting or Wildcrafting, & Tidal Correspondences



More Lunar Correspondences: Planting, Harvesting or Wildcrafting, & Tidal Correspondences

Gardening & Lunar Phase Correspondences
Up until a century or so ago, we used the seasons and the phases of the moon as our guides for planting, sowing and reaping of the harvest and the regular maintenance of livestock.  Today we use chemicals to increase productivity of the cow’s milk and the crop’s yield.  Modern science has done wonders but many of us just want a small garden for planting, sowing and reaping by Mother Nature’s own design. Here are a few pointers to get you started!

Planting:

Phase:
Application:
Plants:
New Moon - First Quarter
Sow and tend hardy above ground plants, Best time for pruning & cutting
Broccoli, Cabbages, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Flowers, Grasses, Herbs, Lettuces, Spinach, Sprouts
First Quarter - Full Moon
Plant cane fruits and watery/fleshy fruits,
Sow vine plants
Beans, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Currants, Eggplant, Flowering Sweet Peas, Gooseberries, Grapes, Loganberries, Melons, Peas, Peppers, Raspberries, Runner Beans, Squash, Tomatoes
Full Moon - Last Quarter
Plant root crops, bulb plants,
large rooted plants
Beets, Bulbs, Carrots, Garlic, Irises, Onions, Peonies, Parsnips, Peanuts, Potatoes, Radishes, Root crops, Spring bulbs, Turnips
Last Quarter - New Moon
Weed and turn the flower beds, prune deadwood and burn leaves
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Harvesting or Wildcrafting:

Lunar Phase:
Intent:
Waxing
Pacing yourself, Positive development, Steady growth
Full
Creativity, Fertility, Manifestation, Maturity, Productivity
Waning
Banish negative energies
Blue
Miracles, Wish magick


Tidal Correspondences

The moon’s phase will also impact the spell’s intent in conjunction with the tidal phase, especially if doing any water magicks. So be sure to take both into consideration.

Tide:
Spell Intents:
High - water at highest level
All types
Ebb - receding water level
Banishing
Low - water at lowest level
Introspection
Flow - rising water level
Bringing in, Manifestation

Lunar Phase Spell Workings



Lunar Phase Spell Workings

Property:
Lunar Phase:
Abundance
Waxing to Full Moon
Addictions (to end)
Waning Moon
Acquisitions
New, Waxing and Full Moons
Artistic Creativity
Waxing to Full Moon
Bad Habits (to break)
Waning to Dark Moon
Bad Luck (to send)
New to Waxing Moon
Bad Luck (to reverse)
Waning to Dark Moon
Beauty
Full Moon
Bindings
Waning Moons
Blessings
Full Moon
Career Moves
Waxing Moon
Cleansing
Waxing to Full Moon
Communication
Full Moon
Curses
Dark, New and Waxing Moons
Curses (to break)
Waning to Dark Moon
Destruction
Waning to Dark Moon
Divinations
New, Waxing and Full Moons
Energy Raising
Dark, New and Waxing Moons
Exorcisms
Waning to Dark Moon
Fear (overcoming)
Waning Moon
Fertility Rites
Waxing and Full Moons
Find lost objects
Waxing and Full Moons
Forgiveness
New Moon
Freedom (to be released)
Waning Moon
Friendships
Waxing Moon
Garden Planting Spells
Waxing Moon
Goals (to reach)
Waxing to Full Moon
Good Luck
Waxing Moon
Growth
Waxing Moon
Grounding
New Moon
Harmony
Waxing Moon
Happiness
Waxing to Full Moon
Healings (improve health)
Waxing Moon
Healings (remove illness)
Waning Moon
Hexing
Waxing Moon
Hex breaking
Waning Moon
House Blessings
Full Moon
Initiations
Waxing to Full Moon
Inspiration
Full Mon
Journey
Waxing Moon
Judgments
Waxing to Full Moon
Legal Matters (favorable)
Waxing to Full Moon
Legal Matters (to remove)
Waning to Dark Moon
Love Spells
Waxing to Full Moon
Love Spells (to reverse)
Waning Moon
Lunar Goddess Rites
Full Moon
Money (increase)
Waxing Moon
Money (debt release)
Waning to Dark Moon
Negativity (remove)
Waning to Dark Moon
Nightmares (remove)
Dark Moon
Omens
Full Moon
Peace
Waning Moon
Power
Waxing to Full Moon
Property (to buy)
Waxing Moon
Property (to sell)
Waning Moon
Prophetic Dreaming
Dark, New and Full Moons
Protection
Waxing Moon
Psychic Powers (to strengthen)
Dark and Full Moons
Purifying
Waxing to Full Moon
Relationships (to improve)
Waxing to Full Moon
Relationships (to separate)
Dark to Waning Moons
Removing
Waning to Dark Moon
Quests
New Moon
Sexuality
Waxing to Full Moon
Shapeshifting
Dark and Full Moons
Spirit Communication
Full Moon
Strength
Waxing Moon
Teaching
Waxing to Full Moon
Transformations
Dark and Full Moons
Travel
Waxing Moon
Water
Full Moon
Weather Magick (to bring)
New, Waxing to Full Moons
Weather Magick (to reduce/remove)
Waning Moon
Weight (to gain)
Waxing Moon
Weight (to lose)
Waning Moon
Wisdom
New, Waxing to Full Moons
Wish Magick
Waxing to Full Moons