Own Your Power

Tarot of Vampyres
Images © Ian Daniels

9 of Wands
Lord of Great Strength

Moon in Sagittarius:  The Moon represents one’s emotional and instinctual energies; and its influence instills free-thinking & independent Sagittarius with an optimistic, expansive, and positive point of view.
Number 9:  Wisdom through experience, end of a cycle, fulfillment, completion, strength.
Herb:  Bayberry Bark

Sagittarius always urges us to be more, to do more, to realize our full potential, and to stop seeing ourselves as less than what we truly are.

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The 9 of Wands shows you’ve become a powerful force to be reckoned with. The skill, self-discipline, and sound judgement you’ve shown has placed you in a strong position to achieve success. Stay the course. Stand your ground. Own your power.

“Passion is energy.
Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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I Seek Myself Through What I Create

Everyday Witch Tarot
Images © Deborah Blake & Elisabeth Alba

The Sun
Lord of the Fire of the World

Sun in Leo:  Creative self-expression.
Number 19 = 10 = 1:  New beginnings, individuality.
Herb:  Angelica

As the Moon is considered a female energy, while the Sun is masculine, most often celebrations to the Goddess are done at night; however, these three women are unconcerned with such formalities and are celebrating under the benevolent warmth of the Summer Sun – with their feline companions in observance.

These three women represent the “Three Faces of the Goddess”: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. All are surrounded by a field of Sunflowers, whose upturned faces take on the mirror image of their namesake, the Sun. “As Above, So Below.” Blessed Be.

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The Sun is is one of the most positive (if not the most positive) cards to see in a reading; representing optimism, vitality, clarity of vision, and creative inspiration. Like the planet itself, The Sun illuminates all it touches. It is lightbringer and life-giver. It lights your way, filling you with inspirational energy that bursts forth upon the world.

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
– Maya Angelou

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Art is the Highest Form of Self-Expression*

Everyday Witch Tarot
Images © Deborah Blake & Elisabeth Alba

Ace of Wands
Root of the Powers of Fire

Aries – Leo – Sagittarius
Number 1:  Beginnings, individuality, focus.

Ones are solitary. Aces can indicate a time for focus and to concentrate your energy on your goals, with certainty of purpose and intent. They also represent an opportunity – a gift from The Goddess herself. Accept Her gift and run with it! The level of success you gain will be commensurate with the enthusiasm you invest.

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The Ace of Wands suggests profits realized from a creative endeavor you are passionate about. You are putting all your abilities and energy into this project; and so much of yourself is being expressed here, you may even be forging a new identity.

Or at least uncovering a facet of yourself previously hidden away.

* Mateo Sol

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The Mind is a Fertile Garden*

Everyday Witch Tarot
Images © Deborah Blake & Elisabeth Alba

Queen of Pentacles
Queen of the Thrones of Earth

Mercury in Virgo:  Critical-thinking, problem-solving, analytical, orderly, articulate.
Number 13 = 4:  Grounding energy, stability, structure, process of manifestation.

If this card doesn’t symbolize abundance I don’t know what does! The Queen of Pentacles (from the Everyday Witch Tarot) is fertile, but not in the normal sense as she’s clearly a woman past her child-bearing years.

Considered a “harvest card”, she’s invested her “power to produce” well:  a lush, bountiful garden and chest full of money. Even her cat has followed suit – with three black kittens. Pentacles is connected to the material realm, but this Queen’s fertility also extends to her imagination. She has a strong creative streak capable of giving birth to new and original ideas with ease.

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As the Queen of Pentacles is the Earth Mother Archetype, she patiently cultivates the seeds she plants to ensure a bountiful harvest. The life that’s being nurtured here should not be limited to raising a child or growing a garden – anything one’s passionate about should be fostered with loving intent, be it health, hobby, business, or creative endeavor. She urges you to “grow” an undertaking in which you are currently involved.

You also have a deep connection to nature and animals, and an affinity for New Age subjects such as spirituality, mysticism, holism, and environmentalism.

Lastly, this Queen indicates a need for security acquired through self-sufficiency and independence. What you harvest may prove to be financially beneficial.

* Bruce Lee

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n.  a form of modern paganism, especially a tradition founded in England in the
mid 20th century and claiming its origins in pre-Christian religions

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I grew-up Episcopalian, and by that I mean my parents were Episcopalian so I was raised as such. I loved showing-off my burgeoning fashion sense every Sunday by including black patent leather shoes, white gloves, and matching hat to whatever über-cute ensemble I put together.
(I still have a passion for black patent leather shoes, and own several pairs of non-white gloves. Hats…not so much. I detest hat hair…)

But outside of getting a new Easter outfit every year, traditional religion never did much for me.

My spiritual connection leaned toward nature and the supernatural – two things I view as being symbiotic. Compatible. This meant I accepted as fact that there was magic all around us. It also meant I was a little different from other kids.

Nowadays, alternative beliefs are more mainstream than when I was a kid. Sure, we had shows like Bewitched – but the magic was played for laughs. I wish there were Monster High dolls or shows like Charmed and Sabrina the Teenage Witch when I was growing-up. It would’ve made things a lot easier…

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