Nosy Witch Questions: Strength

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Strength: Do you cast spells?

Actually not all that often.  I’ve worked in large rituals and I do like to do little energy raising sessions to send energy to people who need it.  But I don’t do much spell casting.  I do intention setting and meditation.  I’ve got a little personal mind block when it comes to spell casting I think.  All of the early things I read about casting spells had these little rhyming spoken parts which rubbed me the wrong way.  If rhyming spells is your thing, rock on.  There’s definitely something to rhythmic speech and poetry that changes it from regular speech and I can see how that would make for a great way to differentiate spell work from just talking.  It’s just not what works for me.

I use meditation and visualization when I’m working.  It’s what works for me and makes sense for me.

But who knows, my path has meanders and curves that I can’t see around yet, maybe I’m just waiting for the perfect spell to smack me upside the head.  Ask me in a year and it might be different!

 

Nosy Witch Questions: The Chariot

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The Chariot: Favorite witchcraft tools to use?

Is it a little too on the nose to say Tarot cards?  *grin*  While, yes, it is a little bit obvious, they’re my favorite tools.  Thanks to a bit of a tarot renaissance and some truly awesome indie artists the world of Tarot cards is getting more and more diverse.  While we still have a long way to go in getting more diverse representation in Tarot, I am delighted at the progress that’s being made.  I can actually find queer witchy decks, years ago if I’d wanted that I would have had to create the deck myself from scratch and even if I had, I wouldn’t have had a way to share it. Now I can find a deck for just about any kind of energy I want to work with and that is amazing.  Now, if I could only stop buying new ones…

Kidding. Mostly, I’m going to keep on collecting them like the tarot magpie that I certainly am.  Even if I don’t get to read with all of them as often as would be great, I want to keep supporting deck creators by giving them my money in exchange for amazing decks.

I also like using herbs and plants, lavender is my absolute favorite plant ally.  This year I’m hoping to harvest some of my own home grown lavender that is growing in my gardens.

I also get a lot of use out of candles in my work.  I find the act of lighting a candle helps me clear and designate a space and time for sacred work.  It gives me something to focus on when I’m getting started.  Clear my thoughts, light the candle, and watch it flicker and dance.  I also like the ritual of choosing the appropriate color for what I’m working on.

What are your favorite tools?  What should I try next?

 

Weekly Readings

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15 tea recipes that will make you feel like a Potions Master

Beth on Autostraddle explores Which Tarot Queen is Your Mentor.  My Queen is our lady of Pentacles 🙂  I find so much happiness in feeding and nurturing my loved ones.  If I care about you, you’ll get food from me and I’ll probably try to teach you how to knit.  From the article:

We hear so much about ‘self-care’ and getting our needs met. The Queen of Pentacles shows us what these things look like in action. Grounded, down-to-earth, this is a person who really knows how to create solid foundations for themself, who puts a high value on the ‘little things’ in life, spending time in nature, eating good food, community, home, making stuff, doing work you love, and so on. And because they know how to practice self care, they’re great at providing community care, too! This queen is the one who’s always got the kettle on, who’ll offer you a bed for the night or bring a big tin of flapjacks to the protest to keep everyone going.

A little something fun: When Dancing The Quadrille, Don’t Be A Boor, And 19 More Etiquette Rules For Single Victorian Men.

 

What I’m reading: Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova (Little Fox Tarot)
What I’m knitting: almost done those red socks, still working on my Fade.
What I’m eating: cheese poofs *sheepish* also my breakfast protein bars.  And yogurt.  Greek yogurt with lots of nuts.

Nosy Witch Questions: The Lovers

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The Lovers: Which sign or signs (zodiac or elements) are you most attracted to?

I like me some earthiness!  You know that quiet place you go to in your mind to unwind and relax?  Mine is a cottage that’s built at the edge of a sun-dappled forest and a huge field of windswept grasses, in the distance there’s a mountain with a water fall.  Inside the cottage there are rustic wooden tables and bundles of herbs drying over head and a hearth fire going.  I sink into a comfy sofa and have tea and scones and I have jar upon jar of dried and fresh herbs all ready for magic making.  Earthy comforting sanctuary.  I also imagine a water wheel outside.  It must power something in my magical cottage, but I haven’t explored that yet.  It could be that it represents my wife (she’s a Scorpio and I’m told that’s water).

I love going into herbalist shops where they have those walls of herb jars, it just makes me feel so RIGHT.

Weekly Readings

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 I participated in Beth’s Little Red Tarot Grounding Roundtable – And it was really awesome to hear from others about how they view grounding and their practices.

From Asali Earthwork – Ritual and Honey: a caregiver’s journey.  This really struck a chord with me because of the caregiving role I took on with my gramma at the end of her life last year.  It was a good read and a timely reminder to care for ourselves while caring for others.

 A nifty little tutorial on sewing fabric baskets, I could use a stack of these in my studio.  They’d be perfect for holding spell candles, crystals, quilt binding clips, and a hundred other loose things.

What I’m knitting:  Eternal Spring socks (on the second sock finally!), Find Your Fade shawl still (on color five!)
What I’m reading: a book of poetry by Rumi and 78 Degrees of Wisdom.
What I’m watching: Ru Paul’s Drag Race season 7, hooray for Amazon Prime!
What I’m looking forward to:  Game night!  Although by the time this is posted, game night will have been last night *grin*

Nosy Witch Questions: The Hierophant

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The Hierophant: Best advice you’ve ever received from a witch?

That I was a witch.  I know it sounds a little bit silly and redundant, but seriously.  I went to a gathering of witches that I was invited to along with my wife.  And I went, sort of thinking, okay, they invited Wife because she’s a “Real Witch” and I get to come along too because I’m a little bit witchy too.  But I didn’t believe in myself as a capital letter “W” witch.  I didn’t really feel like I was in the same league as everyone else.

Hello, Impostor Syndrome, the annoying roommate of my entire life who never washes the dishes, steals my food, and doesn’t pay rent.  Would that I could serve you an eviction notice for good.

But a wise witch friend told me that I was absolutely supposed to be there and that I was just as much a witch as anyone else there.  And it stuck.  And I was a witch then and have continued to be.  It helped me to realize that I didn’t need some kind of authority to wave a wander over my head or give me a certificate to be what I knew I was.  Only I could do that.

And it doesn’t matter that my practice isn’t perfect.  That I don’t manage to do some big ritual for every sabbat and esbat or that I don’t manage to do my Tarot daily draw every day.  No one is perfect and being a witch doesn’t mean that I have to be perfect.  I’m still human and I’m allowed to practice however it works for me.  Now, this doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t strive to keep improving (note to self, daily draw, right after this post!  😉 ).  But it means that I can be a work in progress and still be a witch.

And so can you. ❤

 

 

Nosy Witch Questions: The Emperor

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The Emperor: Favorite place to practice your craft?

At home for the most part.  I like peace and quiet and privacy when I practice.  Whether it’s reading tarot cards, setting intentions, or spinning/knitting/creating magical things I love to be in my studio.  I’ve got all the materials I like to use close at hand and an electric kettle for a cup of tea when I need a boost.

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My second favorite place it around a campfire.  I love campfires in that primal instinctual way that humans have always gathered around a fire.  I love to build campfires and take pride in laying and lighting a good fire.  There’s a special kind of energy around a crackling fire or a cozy hearth that you can’t find anywhere else.  Part of that is the Girl Scout in me and all those years of learning to light one match fires.  You were the Most Awesome if you could start your campfire using only one match.

 

 

Nosy Witch Questions: Empress

Nosy Witch Questions (2)The Empress: Favorite time to practice your craft?

I practice mostly solo, but also love practicing with a group of trusted awesome witches and we can be part of a big communal working.  I don’t get to do that very often because I’m a huge introvert and it takes a lot for me to become close enough to other people to trust them enough to be open hearted around them.  Although I don’t consider myself a Wiccan, I love their phrase “In perfect love and perfect trust”.  I need to feel that in a group before I can be my most authentic witchy self.

To me, in perfect love and perfect trust means a safe space.  It aligns so well with my socially conscious goals as well.  I want my blog, my readings, my practice, and my life to be a safe space for other people, especially those who have been traditionally marginalized.  When I’m in that kind of space anything seems possible.

As far as time of day, I don’t have any particular time or routine for practice, it just ebbs and flows and I work when the spirit moves me.

 

Weekly Readings

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A lovely article by Andi Grace about setting and keeping boundaries: Hawthorne Heart.

This one is a little silly, but you can now buy witch emojis for your iPhone!  And it’s inclusive!  There are POC options 🙂  WitchEmoji.

Frustrating: Feminist isn’t a bad word: Some of the cast of the Handmaid’s Tale are calling the tale “humanist” and not feminist.

and another article that talks about how the Handmaid’s Tale is pretty Queer.  It also has a good section on the casting of a black woman to play Moira. Samira Wiley is awesome in everything so I was excited enough about that.  Still haven’t gotten to see the new series yet, I don’t have Hulu, but I’m going to have to get it at least long enough to watch the show.

From a quilting blog that I follow: a way to organize your scraps of fabric.  This is so relevant to my interests since I’ve started sewing so much more and now I have to wrestle with how to store my bits and pieces and scraps!

From Offbeat Home – 5 ways to be Period Positive and help end period stigma for everyone!

I really really want to make myself one of these mini nine patch pillows.  But I have no idea what I would do with a throw pillow… and I’m going to run out of wall space.  But I’ll figure something out.

Beth from LRT shares Ten People Free Decks you can choose if you don’t want people on your cards.

 

Nosy Witch Questions: The High Priestess

Nosy Witch Questions (2)The High Priestess: How did you first discover your path?

That is an excellent question.  I’m not a hundred percent certain, discovering my path has been an evolving slow path of discovery over time.  And I expect that it will continue to be an evolving thing as I continue to grow and change.  My path is a meandering one and I can’t see around all the corners, and I’m happy with that.  It’s kind of like how my Tarot style isn’t predictive.  I don’t think I can see the future, but I definitely think we can get insight on what’s happening with ourselves in this current moment and how to take control of our destiny and help create our futures.

I was raised sort of generically Protestant, we would go to church on Christmas and Easter with the occasional detour to church on other random Sundays as well.  I went to a few assorted Sunday school programs, nothing too memorable.  And I had a youth group for… I don’t know maybe a few months?  Nothing that ever super impressed me.  When I got to college I started learning about other options, like agnosticism, and atheism, and paganism, and just about every other-ism there is.

I don’t really remember when pagan-y witchy stuff just clicked into place, but I like it.  I like the Wheel of the Year, I like the way we follow the rhythm of the seasons and I love Goddess thing just feels comfortable.

In my day job I’m a librarian and I love to do background reading.  At first it sort of drove me nuts that there wasn’t a central authoritative text that I could read and know everything I wanted.  So I read every book and website I could find, and you’ll recall the librarian thing, that means I found a LOT.  And I’m still finding witchy books that I haven’t read yet.  I haven’t yet read all of the ‘classical’ texts yet even.

It’s like that with Tarot (and with most things I get interested in).  I want to do all the background reading.  I think the best way to learn about something is to get a huge variety of thoughts and teachings on it.  No one person is going to have all the answers, and I’d be seriously wary of anyone who claims to.

These days I consider myself a pagany witch. I feel moved out in Nature or when I’m seeing people support and encourage each other.  I think we can find the divine in each other and in nature when we’re paying attention. I feel honored when people trust me enough to ask me to read for them and allow me to help them in finding their way on their paths.  It’s a responsibility that I take very seriously and I find it amazing to be a part of.

So that’s my path, so to speak, an evolving winding path that I keep discovering new parts of.  I’d be happy to help you take steps to find or move forward on yours.