Weekly Readings

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Autostraddle has convinced me that I need to start watching One Day at a Time.  They call it a “a brand new reboot of the classic Norman Lear mother-daughter comedy that eschews the sitcom world’s overwhelmingly white history and focuses on a Latinx family.”

The Resist Hat – Resist racism, resist xenophobia, resist sexism, resist hate of all kinds. Wear this hat to proclaim that we are the resistance!
The diagonal motif is based on the American symbol for a resistor in electronics.

My wife has been having a hard time getting good sleep lately and this little gem came across my feed reader at the perfect time.  A spell for things that go bump in the night.

What I’m knitting: Blue Moon Socks.
What I’m playing: new tabletop games!  And then we held hands and Kodama: the tree Spirits.

Card of the Day: Three of Stones

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Today’s card of the day is the Three of Stones from the Wildwood Tarot

With this deck I both like and don’t like the fact that they have keywords printed on img_2032the minor arcana cards.  I like the intuitive cue that a word can have when working with this as a new deck, but I also don’t like having that word overwrite what comes to me intuitively.

Stones represent the suit of Pentacles in the Wildwood Tarot and I love that choice.  It’s so perfectly earthy and grounded and I like the idea of stones instead of coins which I’ve often seen done instead of pentacles.

 The figure on this card reads two different ways to me.  I see her growing out of the earth in one reading.  Blossoming out of the brown earth and unfurling her leaves.  She’s rising from the earth as we watch her.  And it’s kind of neat to see the seasons reflected in her.  We can see the brown earth that means winter, that light green over her legs that shows the first tendrils of spring, the green leaves over her chest make me think of summer, and then the turning color of leaves read fall to me.

The other way that I see this is I can see her unfurling from the center of her body, putting down roots and just expanding to fill this card.

And I like both of these readings for creativity.  I feel like it embodies all different kinds of creativity.  It’s a creative thing to garden and raise plants and it’s a creative thing to create art with paint and ink on a canvas.  This card is showing that spark that ignites those creative passions inside us that drive us to make and to keep exploring and expanding.

Weekly Readings

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Where the Love Light Gleams: a free digital care package for queers over the holidays.

And while I’m at it, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, Merry Yule, Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, Festivus, and anything else you celebrate.  I wish nothing but love and light for you over the holidays and all through the coming year.  ❤

File this under “to watch over my holiday break”: The Other Love Story a web series about two Indian women falling in love.

Also from Autostraddle: Community Self Care

Asali Earthwork reviews the Slow Holler deck.

Okay, I loved this.  A “What the Fuck?” Tarot spread from Interrobang Tarot.  They call it a spread for “when shit is all fucked up.”

Beth on LRT shares a great post about why she follows the Wheel of the Year.  I echo a lot of those sentiments.  Happy Solstice and other holidays everyone 🙂

She also shared a post on Tarot challenges and resources.  Super helpful stuff!

This made me giggle, so I thought it might amuse all of you.  Snarky Tea!

A Gift Idea: Reproductive Rights Bandanas.

 

 

A Wooly How To: Dye a silk tarot cloth

It’s arts and crafts day at Wooly Witchy!  I’m going to teach you guys how to create your own Tarot cloths.  You don’t need any crafting experience to make this cloth and it’s pretty inexpensive too!  It’s really the perfect beginners project.  There are infinite ways to decorate your cloth.

Make your own DIY Silk Tarot Cloth

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Ready to try it yourself?  Here’s what you’ll need.

Materials:
Silk scarf – I got mine from Dharma Trading Company.  And I recommend the 21×21 size for a Tarot cloth, but you could also use a 35×35 cloth depending on what your reading/working space can hold.   Cost for these depends on what size you get, but it’s $3 – $6 per scarf.
Spectra Art Tissue in colors that you like.  Again, I got mine from Dharma and it cost me $4.35 for a package of tissue which is plenty for lots of cloths.  Again, you need to make sure that the tissue paper you get is specifically made to bleed the dye out of the paper.  A lot of the papers you see in the wrapping paper sections are made so they won’t bleed onto other things when they get wet.  We need to make sure ours does.
Spray bottles – really anything inexpensive will work.  I think I found mine at Target for a dollar or two each.
White vinegar – It doesn’t matter even a little bit what brand you get.  Get it at your local grocery store for as cheap as possible.
Plastic table cloth to protect your work space from getting stained with dye from the tissue paper.  You can absolutely use a garbage bag for this if you prefer.
Optional:
rubber gloves to keep the dye off your hands and fingers
piece of cardboard to make card templates.

Instructions

Step 01: First thing you want to pour about an inch of vinegar into your spray bottle and then fill it the rest of the way with tap water.  The exact ratio isn’t super important, but make sure you don’t leave out the vinegar because it’s what helps the color set into the silk.

Step 02: Prepare your work space by putting down the plastic table cloth to protect the
tabletop.  I’ve got one old cheap dollar store one that I use over and over for messy craft projects.  It’s covered in paint from a set of painted wings we made.

Step 03: I recommend that you iron your silk first.  Make sure that you select the silk
setting on your iron so you don’t burn it.  Once it’s wrinkle free, we’re ready to add color!

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Step 04: Since I was specifically designing this cloth to use with my favorite three card spreads I wanted three rectangles for the cards.  I created a card template from a piece of cardboard by tracing around my Wild Unknown deck box.  I added a little bit of width and height so it would show around the edges of my cards when I laid them out.  I used the cardboard to cut out three rectangles from my Spectra tissue paper.  I picked black for this cloth since I wanted a nice dark background for the cards themselves.

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Step 05: Choose the placement of your “cards”.  For this cloth I wanted a simple three card spread layout, but you can absolutely choose any layout that will fit on your cloth.  You could lay out any spread you like, celtic cross, bridge spreads, your imagination is the limit here.  You can also opt to skip the card spots if you don’t want one with a pre-determined card layout.

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Step 06:  Grab your spray bottle!  Put on your gloves at this point to protect your hands from getting stained with dye.  If it does get on your skin don’t worry, it will wash off.  If you get some on your clothing I recommend treating the stain with a stain treatment and washing in cold water right away.
Spray your tissue paper, be careful with the first few sprays since the water can push your tissue paper out of place.  The amount of water and vinegar mix you spray onto your tissue paper determines how much the colors will bleed out into the fabric.  More water = more color bleeding, less water = less bleeding.  An important thing to keep in mind as you’re choosing your colors is that you can always add a dark color over a light color but you cannot put a light color over a dark one.  For example: the black card squares are as dark as they’re going to be.

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Once your squares are sprayed and held in place you can start building the rest of your cloth.  I decided to line each of my card spaces with a teal color.  Just tear pieces of tissue paper (or cut them if you prefer a little more precision), lay them on your cloth, and spray them.  Repeat ad nauseum until you’ve got everything where you’d like.

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Step 07: Here’s the step I always find hardest.  Just wait.  You need to give the paper time to transfer the dye to the silk.  Exact timing varies depending on the color and how intense you want the color to be on your cloth.  You can check the color by peeling up a corner of the paper and checking your color.  Once you’re happy with the color under your tissue paper you can start peeling up the pieces.  Have a bowl or a trashcan ready at this point because the tissue paper will drip and get dye EVERYWHERE if you’re not careful.

Step 08: Now you need to let your cloth dry.  I laid mine on a laundry drying rack with an old towel underneath it to catch any dye drips.  I don’t usually have trouble with dye dripping off once the paper is removed, but better safe than sorry.  Silk cloths dry much more quickly than other fabrics.

Step 09: The last step for your cloths is to heat set your dye.  Put your cloth into the dryer on high for ten minutes.  You don’t want to leave your cloths in too long because it can make the silk get dull.

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Step 10: Use your new awesome cloth!  Make more cloths!  You can give these as gifts, use them to wrap your own decks, the possibilities are almost endless.

If you make cloths I would love to see them!  Please feel free to share your projects in the comments!

Tarot Talk: Decks I’m hoping to check out

I’ve got a handful of decks on my wishlist this holiday season.  I like to keep decks that I’mtarot-talk interested in on my Amazon wishlist that way come gift giving occasions I make it easy for my family to send me something I’d really like and use.

So here’s a few I’m eyeballing right now.

sacred_rebels_oracleThe Sacred Rebels Oracle.  The description of the deck from Amazon says “Live your own unique, inspired life and share your light with the world as a sacred offering. This oracle deck is filled with striking imagery and beautiful heartfelt guidance to support you in awakening your sacred, rebellious heart. Celebrate and nurture your individuality. Become fully alive and express your authentic truths. Use these cards to gain trust in your own uniqueness and honor your creative power.”

It seems like with all the crap that’s poised to come crashing down in 2017 that this would be a useful and reaffirming deck for activist work and self care.  I feel like we’ll all need some sacred rebel support.

Sun and Moon Tarot.  I’ve had this one on my list for a while, I like the way the people sunandmoonhave varied skin tones and they don’t have faces, it feels like it’d be great for more gender fluid/freed readings.  From the description:  “With fresh, contemporary artwork, Sun and Moon Tarot gives a modern twist to ancient spiritual symbols. By playfully incorporating mythology and astrology, Vanessa Decort brings unique interpretations to traditional tarot, presenting a deck that is both insightful and accessible.”

I think I read somewhere that it leans more on the Thoth tarot and I’m more used to RWS, so we’ll see how that works if I end up with this deck.

hiddenTarot of the Hidden Realm.  I LOVE Faerie energy, the Spoutwood Faerie Festival is the even that I look forward to more than any other event all year.  This deck is all about the Fae and I keep seeing it around.  From the description: “Evoke the powerful wisdom of the fae with the Tarot of the Hidden Realm. Instead of relying on esoteric symbols, this powerful deck uses the raw elements―water, air, fire, and earth―to speak directly to your emotions. The beautifully drawn figures follow the Rider Waite style, but express more energy and movement, drawing you in even as you draw their truths out. The companion guidebook reveals techniques and card meanings for beginners and more experienced readers alike.”

rumi_oracle_sample_6The Rumi Oracle: in my undergrad career I majored in Ancient and Middle Eastern History and I took a class about Mysticism and Islam and it was during that class that I finally learned what mysticism was.  A direct connection the the divine without the need for an intermediary.  We learned a lot about the Sufi mystics and I found it all fascinating and intensely interesting.  Rumi was one of the most famous Sufi mystics and he wrote beautiful poetry in an expression of his faith and also to his lover Shams. So in Rumi I get two of my favorite things, queerness and mysticism.  I definitely want to check out this oracle deck.  And the art looks beautiful.  From the description:  “Rumi speaks a sacred language that we understand with our hearts rather than our minds. He knows the heart is the gateway to divine union and he doesn’t want you to play small this lifetime. He encourages humanity to live and love with absolute surrender, abandon and willingness to accept the mysteries of life.”

Two others that I’ve seen that are very tempting are the Mini Mandala deck and the Spirit de la Lune oracle deck.  I’m also REALLY tempted to get myself the haiku oracle. Also I recently backed two decks on Kickstarter, Dark Days Tarot and Our Tarot so I’m excite about those, but I’ve got a while to wait!

I always love hearing about new decks, which ones are on your lists?  What’s something I absolutely must see?  Let me know in the comments!

Wooly Wednesday

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Today’s Wooly Wednesday is my teeny sock yarn blanket!  This thing is SO crazy.

sock yarn blanket.jpegYou make this blanket one 31 stitch square at a time and join them together as you go.  It’s SUCH an easy project even for a beginner since it only requires you to know how to knit, do one kind of decrease and pick up stitches.

You can see more pictures and pattern details on my Project Page.  I’m also kind of thinking I should make another smaller one to use as a tarot mat because it would fit my aesthetic SO WELL.

Speaking of tarot cloths, stay tuned for a cool tutorial for an easy way to dye your own tarot cloths using tissue paper!  I made a new cloth the other day and remembered to snap pictures so I could share it with all of you!

Card of the Day: Page of Bows

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Today’s card is the Page of Bows (Wands) from the Wildwood Tarot.

img_2030The card depicts a stoat perched on a fallen tree.  In the background we can see a waterfall and wild greenery fills out the image.  It’s such a welcoming a happy image as I sit at my desk with snow falling outside, blanketing my world in white and then later in slush and salty grit.  This window into a the lush greenery of a late summer scene is so inviting.

The stoat stands a little bit warily, watching us to see what we’re going to do as we enter their space.  In this frozen moment in time anything is possible, the stoat could leap out and attack us, it could take flight and vanish into the bushes, or it could stand and watch us a while longer.

It seems to stand, watching and wary but not afraid which embodies the energy of a Page card so well.  Pages represent childlike people or energies or situations in your life.  It hasn’t yet been burned by the fire energy of the wands suit although it’s starting to learn about it.  The stoat has a coat that changes colors with the seasons and that is a great representation of the flexibility the Page is representing/encouraging.  When you have a flexible sense of yourself you can more easily adapt to the rapid fire changes that the fire suit holds.

All those things make it easier to be brave and creative and to try out new things and experiment with fresh ideas.  Let the Page of Bows be you guide through the forest so you can dance with the fire and (mostly) not get burned.

Weekly Readings

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Reclaiming Rainbow Brite: A beautiful essay on Tarot by Hilary on rainbow hair and being yourself.  And Oh My God, I so very much identified with this piece.  Take out the bit about being a teenage witch because I came to my witchy-ness later in life, but so much of her experiences rang true for me too.  Middle school hell, the tentative hair coloring all the while wanting more.  ❤

From Sheep to Shawl – Knitting as a Political Act

A New York Legislator Is Sticking It To Mike Pence With Proposed Law Banning Conversion Therapy.

Holiday Self Care.

Talking through Conflict: Communicating with Loved Ones over the Holidays

From Vellamour: Confessions of a Witch – this is a lovely essay about the illusion of perfection and how it’s absolutely an illusion.  This is another one where I identified.  My altar is almost always a mess and I struggle really hard with doubting my intuition and trusting in the magic that I create.  There’s this huge ‘rational’ voice that tells me constantly that I’m making it all up and it’s a bunch of hogwash.  ❤ this little piece.

Hosted by LRT – a Review of the Linestrider Tarot – I have this deck but haven’t yet worked with it much, but it’s so beautiful!

And older post that I came up again and I feel is very timely:  Asali shares her after work Monday night ritual and it sounds like a perfect and relaxing thing that a lot of us could really use right now.

Why feminists (and women) need intergenerational friendships.

Check out this new indie Tarot deck: Dark Days Tarot – and if it’s your jam, it looks like mine, back the project on Kickstarter!

Joanna Powell Colbert shares a lovely piece on Entering the Dark, Sacred Silence. Very timely for me as we’ve had overcast grey skies for days and it’s making me feel weighted down and tired.

A post on oracle decks from Lavender Moon.  I just added a bunch to my wishlist.

From Autostraddle: Some healing magic and spells

What to do when a Tarot reading confuses the heck out of you.

What I’m Knitting:  Technically this was crochet, but I made chair socks!   Also I’ve picked up my cross stitching again and I’m working on my Frosted Pumpkin Stitch Along from last year.  I’m so behind!

What I’m watching: the New Gilmore Girls Episodes!  I am 80% happy and 20% WTF.

What I’m eating:  ZOMG YOU GUYS, this Okonomiyaki recipe is something insanely delicious that I wasn’t expecting to taste that amazing.  And I’m not even a big fan of cabbage.  But just thinking about it makes me want to eat it again.  And I’ve made two batches of this Thai cucumber salad in the last two days.  And I still want more.