The Magician, Practical Divination

The Magician, The Magus, The Wise One. The Magician is the creator. Manifestation. What is initiated into existence.What we put out into the world. The magician advises us to stand in our power. Sometimes, we have the right idea, but don’t always have a way to manifest it. When we get the magician, we are being urged to utilize our skills. Just as the magician has his tools on the table, we too, must find a way to manifest our dreams into reality.

In practical divination, the Magician will indicate the will and effort of the client. The magician can represent the Self. Usually will point to the position in which we find ourselves. When representing an aspect of the client, it’s one of intelligence, wit, and cunning. Being a step ahead is key. Many will attribute the Magician to the planet Mercury, however, I see it more fitting with the sign Aries.

A negatively aspected Magician, will bring out the most deceptive and manipulative qualities of an individual. When we see a reversed Magician, this is trickery at it’s finest. Lies, deceit, and illusions characterize the magician reversed.  When representing the self, will indicate weakness, loss of will, and self-deception. Spiritually, there is a blockage. No progress. It would be advisable to do an uncrossing ritual or a road opener when we receive the Magician reversed.

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The Fool, Practical Divination

Sometimes we are just not in full possession of all the facts. Whenever we see the Fool make an appearance, we need to take heed to certain signs around us. A change in perception. Using caution before we leap is the main key here. Mistakes, errors in judgement, lack of experience usually characterize this card.

Some readers see this as a new beginning or maybe as daring to take a risk. In the Rider-Waite deck I could see where the positive connotations to this card could be seen. However, upon close inspection we are fooled by the appearance of this card. Which makes an interesting point. Appearances can be misleading. Are we the Fools or are the ones being fooled?

We sometimes just have to call a spade a spade.The Fool is indeed a fool. As we know, depending on where this fellow lands, determines where he fits into the situation. Next to Strength–are we lacking courage? Next to the High Priestess–maybe we are ignoring our intuition?

A reversed fool is just as bad, if not worse. Now, here we have committed the error, and know we are paying for it. Worse, we are probably trying to evade that responsibility. Avoidance and a refusal to listen or change is key in the interpretation of the Fool reversed. If the Fool reversed represent a person, this person possesses a snake tongue. Says one thing, but does another. Now is definitely not the time to proceed with any major projects at this time. Failure due to lack of foresight.

CT Psychic Fair!

If your in the Connecticut or New York area, stop by this weekend at the Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism and attend their Psychic Fair! I will be providing Tarot readings along with other wonderful readers and healers!

Psychic Fair- Saturday, Oct.03 2015-(12pm-5pm) Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism, Old Greenwich, CT for more information visit 

Diopside

Diopside is the environmentalist stone of our great mother Earth.This lovely green stone brings through the green ray, and will connect you energetically with the heartbeat of the planet, and to Mother Gaia herself.¹ If you wish to aid in any environmental issues, carry or wear a green Diopside. This stone is believed to connect one to the faerie kingdom.

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Green Diopside is a great stone to stimulate the intellect. A very useful stone to eliminate “writers block” and helps in academic pursuits.  It is traditionally said to be helpful for healing trauma, partly by bringing cleansing tears. Sometimes it’s even called the “crying stone” because of this.² Black Diopside is used to establish a connection and grounding with the earth, while green Diopside is used for balancing and healing. It energizes the third eye, heart and sacral hara chakra.³

This stone corresponds to the astrological sign of Virgo, and vibrates to the number 9.

Pyramid Charger’s

In the past, I’ve been fortunate enough to live where my window had full view of the moon. This was convenient, as I had a way to charge my crystals, amulets, and talismans. Earlier this year, I relocated to a location where I have a very limited view of the Moon and the shinning rays of the Sun. Major bummer! I have always used the rays of the moon as well as the sun to charge certain magical items. I was left with having to find alternatives and a solution to this dilemma.

For years, I have held onto a glass copper pyramid charger, that I barely have had to use. Until recently, I never really had the opportunity to use it, but with having little to no access to the rays of the moon, I thought to myself, why not give it a shot. So I commenced to charge and program a crystal using the pyramid, and the result was honestly mind-blowing.

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Crystal chargers are great for programming as well as magnetizing stones and crystals for energy work. A pyramid charger “charge”s up the item’s placed inside. There is a focal point in which you have access to specifically not only charge a crystal, but also program the crystal with a specific intention. It’s a physical and visual representation, making it easier to direct energy with ease. Pyramid chargers can be used to energize amulets, wands, gemstones, crystals, herbs, tinctures, potions, healing devices, jewelry, food, juice, magic scrolls and so much more.

Pyramids are known to produce negative ions; therefore it is believed that they have balancing effect on the electro-magnetic aura of the body¹. These chargers come in many different sizes, colors, metals, and other materials. You can also use the crystal charger as a manifestation device. Write down your intent, and charge it within the pyramid, and manifest away.

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The Owl

Throughout the history of mankind, the owl has featured significantly in mythology & folklore. In ancient cultures, the symbolic meaning of the owl has revolved around guardianship of the underworlds, and the protection of the dead. Naturally, with these connotations, the owl has been associated as the ruler of the night and seer of souls. A misunderstanding of this necessary relationship gave the owl some negative associations with death.¹

The owl is sacred to the Greek Goddess Athena. Because of such association, the owl — often referred to as the “owl of Athena” or the “owl of Minerva” — has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition.² In ancient Greece, owls were often seen as a symbol of good fortune. In contrast, the Romans saw owls as omens of calamity and disaster. Most ancient cultures viewed the owl as omens harbingers of bad luck, ill-health, or death. The belief is widespread even today.

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According to Wilda B. Tanner in her book “The Mystical Magical Marvelous World of Dream’s”, to dream of an owl, “usually symbolizes wisdom, knowledge, intelligence, and the ability to remain silent”. The owl sees in the dark: As a spirit animal, the owl guides you to see beyond the veil of deception and illusion; it helps see what’s kept hidden.³ If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most.

What are Spirit Guides?

“Your Spirit Guides and Angels will never let you down as you build a rapport with them. In the end, they may be the only ones who don’t let you down.” ― Linda Deir

Spirit Guides have been a popular subject in recent years within spiritual circles. One of the most frequently asked questions are what is a Spirit Guide and how does one connect with them? This is because quite a few of us are aware, in a vague sort of way, that we have spirit guides.

Spirit Guides are like our cosmic besties, the ones who always have our back. They don’t interfere with our lives, but are always there to pick us up when we need them most. They are our inner voice, or that gut feeling. They are essentially connected and speak through our intuition. A Spirit Guide is often confused with Guardian Angels, or loved ones who have passed, but this is not always the case.

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They come from the realm of Spirit, or the “Other Side”. A Spirit Guide, unlike an Angel, was once a human being. They lived their life, performed their tasks, died, and crossed over to the Other Side. A Guardian Angel is with you from birth until death. A Spirit Guide, however, may come into your life when an issue arises that falls under a guide’s field of expertise.¹

They are unique individuals, just like us..They have their own personality and spiritual “make up”. They can come in many different, cultures, races, and genders. Some are sassy and quick witted, some are serene and peaceful, some are even jokesters. Angels work on a higher vibration than guides. Spirit guides are souls who walk among us who are here to help, offer guidance, advice and comfort.

A Psychic Scent

We all have unique psychic experiences that sometimes we just can’t explain. A few weeks ago, I started smelling the scent of Patchouli and Sandalwood. I mean, I would smell it at random times, as well as random places. I could understand if I was in my home, as I’m always burning different incense, but i would even smell it outside while taking a walk or even at the supermarket. I realized that I was “sensing” or “picking up” the scent.

Luckily, I was able to identify the scents. I was curious, and wanted to identify the reason why I was picking up these particular scents. I knew it wasn’t a passed loved one, nor a particular spirit entity, so I researched the spiritual properties the scents. Patchouli is known for its rich earthy scent. Astrologically, it is associated with the planet Saturn and the Element of Earth. Sandalwood relates to the Moon and the Element of Water.

Clairalience or “Clairgustance”, is the psychic faculty of “clear smelling”. Clairalience occurs when a person psychically smells a particular scent. Often, the scent can be the smell of flowers, perfumes, or even foul odors. Some psychics believe that the fragrances are of those who have passed. It is a common occurrence in some seances for sitters to pick up a strong and particular scent that is associated with the spirit being contacted.

Certain scents and fragrances have particular meanings. Here are a few significance of psychic scents.

  • Perfume- Can signify a female spirit, relative, or spirit guide.
  • Colognes- Can signify a male spirit, relative, or spirit guide.
  • Tobacco- Can represent older male spirits, ancestor spirits, or Indian Spirit guides.
  • Flowers-  The scent of Roses and Lavender are common fragrances in relation to our feminine spirit guides. Can also suggest that we remember our ancestors.
  • Foul Odors- Are associated with negative entities and omens. Odors such as rotting meat, or even death, can portend sickness, conflict, or death.

Nature Spirits & Elementals

Nature spirits or elementals, are beings who exist in the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. They are respected and honored guest in many Wiccan and Neo-Pagan rites and ceremonies. An effort is always made to honor and call forth these nature beings for guidance as well as protection of the circle, members and land.

Nature spirits are believed to exist and inhabit all things in nature, such as animals, plants, sacred sites, and the mineral kingdom. They are known as Devas, Archangels, or “Lords of the Watchtowers”. Each governing a specific function in nature.

Earth elementals are known as Gnomes, earth dwelling beings that inhabit the mineral as well as the plant kingdoms. Fire elementals, traditionally, are the Salamanders, rulers of Fire and energy. They can be seen as the simple flame of a candle, to the molten lava of Volcanoes. Air elementals are the Sylphs, they are the wind rustling through the leaves of trees, and bringer of inspiration and new thought. The Undines rule the element of Water. Rivers, lakes, and oceans are their dominions.

In “The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft“, Rosemary Ellen Guiley states “some elementals are said to be malicious and unpredictable, tricking human beings into accidents, setting traps for them and killing them” pg. 112 (Elementals)

“If you trespass upon them, they will trespass upon you”, is a quote from the trailer and movie “The Hallow” that really stuck out and resonated with me. Nature as we know, has it’s light and dark side, as with all things in life. Nature is our biggest teacher, and yet we blindly ignore it.

There is a dualistic side to all things. Respect and reverence to nature and it’s gifts are of the utmost importance to every Witch. At least it should be. We can not ignore nor be naive enough, to think that there aren’t things that go bump in the night. Bad things happen everyday. There are negative influences around us at every moment.

Some Wiccan and Neo-pagan groups preach about Dualism, the Lord and the Lady, the balance between Light and Darkness. But so many times I have noticed such an unbalanced viewpoint within so many wiccan/pagan groups its daunting. We are taught in a way that there is no “evil”, and that we should be responsible for our own actions. The latter I agree with. But there certainly is evil/negative influences at work. Its common sense and logic, which is not that common these days. People want to believe that they are working with spirits of the lights, but the truth is, if you’re not sensitive or a medium, you really don’t know what you’re tapping into. This is serious stuff. Being aware can save you a heap of trouble down the road.

Never invoke what you can’t banish. A lot of rituals call forth the elementals in their circles. These are real spiritual entities that are being called forth, and yet most don’t know anything about them let alone their nature. Truth is, we don’t know what we are tapping into. We have managed to desecrate most forests, land, and sacred sites around the globe. We have intruded on most of their land. We have polluted their air and waters. Do you really think it’s a good idea to invite guests into your circle that you have repeatedly disrespected. How do you think they will serve and protect you?

Now, I’m not saying that this is the case with all elemental entities, but we must use caution when invoking such entities to come work for us. This goes for anything that is much bigger and powerful than us. We are to work WITH and accordance with nature, we do not command nor have the right to impose ourselves on these entities. Respect and reverence. There are mysteries and secret in this world for a reason. We must accept what we do not understand. Being a Witch is to understand that there are things in this world that are beyond our comprehension. We are half in and half out into the world of the unknown.

Carnelian

Carnelian is a form of Chalcedony and usually forms in hues of red, orange, or a reddish-brown. When Carnelian grades into brown it is known as Sard. Carnelian heralds from the Latin word “carnis” and translates to “flesh”. The Egyptians called Carnelian “the setting sun”,and was used as an amulet for the protection of both the living and the dead.¹ 

Carnelian is one of those stones that screams “Action”. With its fiery energy, Carnelian is a projective stone. This stone stimulates whatever it touches. Carnelian is great in clearing away any negativity from other stones. It is said that Carnelian protects against envy, fear and anger. Conversely, this stone can also entice these depending on the programming of the crystal.

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This stone is great for all love and sex rites, especially to stimulate or increase passion. In combination with Red Jasper and Rose Quartz, it is said that Love and Passion will find its way to you. Interestingly enough, the employment of Carnelian with Chlorite and Ruby is said to eliminate psychic attack and assists earth-bound spirits to leave an area.²

Carnelian is associated with the Zodiac sign of Virgo, but has also been associated with Taurus, Cancer and Leo. This stone vibrates to the numbers 5 and 6.