Plot Twist!

Everyday Witch Tarot
Images © Deborah Blake & Elisabeth Alba

2 of Pentacles
Lord of Harmonious Change

Jupiter in Capricorn:  Luck and expansion mixed with security and hard work – an opportunity to change your luck.
Number 2:  Balance, harmony, fluctuation.
Herb:  Yellow Dock.

Key Principles
Adaptability and flexibility
Weighing options

The 2 of Pentacles shows restlessness, an inability to direct your energy toward one thing, and a need to put your resources to work.

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You may be resisting a change that will bring you the very thing you wish for. Going out of your comfort zone to try something new just might bring about the “fresh start” you’re looking for.

Finally, like the Witch from the Everyday Witch Tarot simultaneously balancing on a seesaw while holding two pentacles aloft (so focused, she doesn’t see her cat is about to throw everything off-kilter), don’t let change or disturbances upset your equilibrium. Keep a sense of humor when faced with life’s inevitable unpredictabilities.

“When something goes wrong in your life,
just yell ‘Plot Twist’ and move on.”

– Anonymous

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n. synthetic resin or plastic consisting of polyvinyl chloride or a related polymer,
used especially for wallpapers and other covering materials and for phonograph

Vinyl is commonly used as a shorthand name for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. In its rigid form, it’s used in construction applications (such as piping) and in the manufacturing of bottles and non-food packaging. The more flexible form is used to make cable insulation, flooring, siding, decals, imitation leather, inflatable items – and of course, phonograph records.

Whether vintage or contemporary, vinyl can add a modern and sophisticated touch to interior design.

Sometimes it becomes an object of pure, decadent fetishism.

In fashion, vinyl is used as an alternative to more expensive materials such as leathur, rubber, and latex – which it simulates. (Unlike PVC, latex is a natural material harvested from rubber tree plants.)

And look, vinyl mascara!

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This Fall, Honor Your Talents

Today we’re celebrating Mabon, otherwise known as the Autumn Equinox.

Today’s card was an appropriate one to draw today, as the Suit of Swords corresponds to the Fall Season – with the Autumnal Equinox falling in the Cardinal Air sign of Libra. Astrologically speaking, this is a perfect time to become more practical and organized.

Equinoxes are opposite on either side of the equator, so the autumnal (fall) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is the spring (vernal) equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. Here in California it arrives at 6:54pm tonight – while folks in Great Britain won’t celebrate it until tomorrow (September 23, 2018).

From “A Modern Witch’s Guide to Celebrating the Fall Equinox”
“In ancient Ireland, before the arrival of the Celts, prehistoric worshippers erected stone cairns containing chambers that that only let light in on the equinoxes. In ancient Greece, the Eleusinian mysteries, which marked the transition from summer to fall, were ‘considered essential to the survival of humanity,’ according to historian Mara Lynn Keller. Although the details aren’t known – initiates were forbidden on penalty of death from speaking about the rites – the festivities honored Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, and Persephone, her daughter, whose six-month annual disappearance into the underworld was said to cause the barren winter season. The ancient Celts would conduct a mock sacrifice on this date, burning a wicker-work figure that represented the spirit of the vegetation.
Those who practice Mabon see it as a time of balance between the *opposing forces of light and dark, life and death…
Pagans often take this time to find connection to Gaia, the goddess of the earth and nature incarnate.
Cleansing yourself by burning protective and cleansing herbs like sage, mugwort, and cedar is also a good way to use today’s energy…Spending time outside, immersed in nature and her gifts, is another easy way to celebrate…Mabon is a useful time for practicing protection magic as well as prosperity magic.”

“As a Sabbat, the Autumnal Equinox is sometimes referred to as ‘Pagan Thanksgiving’…This is a great time to craft magickal charms from the garden, such as grapevine wreaths, corncob dolls, apple dolls, magickal ink from nuts and berries, etc.”

Deities associated with the Autumn Equinox:  Persephone, Demeter, Ceres, Inanna, The Green Man, and The Horned God.

Finally, from
“More than any other season, people feel a spiritual connection to fall…Consider, as autumn sets in, the areas of your life that need to be let go of, consider what no longer serves you, gets in your way, and needs to wither…At the same time, consider the dream-seeds that you planted at the beginning of the year, and that have been steadily growing. Allow those dreams – that bountiful harvest – to be reaped. Enjoy them as you replace those parts of yourself which do you no good. Fall is the time to then allow the fearful part of you to fall away and be replaced by confidence.”

A wonderful way to start the season
is by recognizing and honoring your talents!

Tarot of Vampyres
Images © Ian Daniels

Page of Swords (R)
Princess of the Rushing Winds
Lotus of the Palace of Air.

Libra, Gemini, Aquarius
Number 11 = 2:  *Opposing forces merging to create a whole – which may include parts of yourself.
Herb:  Dill

Key Principles (R)

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The Page of Swords Reversed shows you are a little wild, headstrong, very independent, and require a lot of personal freedom in your life. Despite your keen intellect, there is a lack of coherence and/or direction. Be prepared for the unexpected today and concentrate on whatever task is in front of you. You might focus your efforts on anything related to the exchange of information or ideas, as the Page of Swords is a Master Communicator. Do not indulge in negative thoughts or behaviors as these are a distraction and waste of energy.

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Attract What You Are*

Tarot of Vampyres
Images © Ian Daniels

Queen of Wands
Queen of the Thrones of Flame

Mars in Aries:  Aries represents the creative Will. Together with Mars, they embody the determination to succeed.
Number 13 = 4:  Grounding energy, processing ideas into reality, physically dynamic.
Herb:  Raspberry Leaf
Animal: Cats

Key Principles
Purpose in life

The Queen of Wands displays a similarity to Brigid, the Celtic goddess linked to self-expression, smithcraft, healing, creativity, and inspiration.

Most often depicted as a mature, beautiful woman, the Queen of Wands possesses a love of home and hearth, animals, and gardening. She is a vital, fiery, and assertive female – with a creative nature. This Queen has the power to inspire, as well. Her infectious enthusiasm and creativity encourages others to discover and nuture their own gifts.

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Her message:  Allow your brilliance to shine.

“You don’t attract what you want, you attract what you are.”
Brigit Esselmont

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