Whatever we feel, think, and believe to be Truth becomes our Truth.*

You author your world.
You… get… what… you… give.
You attract and repel accordingly.
You send out signals in search of accord or discord.
You wind up at watering holes with similar lifeforms.

– visibleorigami.com

A Full (Blood) Moon and total Lunar Eclipse occurred today in the sign of Taurus; and we won’t see another total lunar eclipse until 2025. All Full Moons mark the end of a cycle and are, therefore, about CLOSURE; however, Lunar Eclipses also trigger deep emotions and breakthroughs. Sometimes breakdowns…

Additionally, November 8, 2022 is Election Day for us here in the U.S. – so there’s lotsa “stuff” goin’ on…

“[M]any aspects are about caretaking, tradition, and nutrition. Some people might have to learn simple things like learning to cook and how to live frugally. Think of the war years and rationing. It seems to be going that way. Thus, we’ll learn to live within a budget and be creative with our housekeeping. [I]t will benefit those who are both artistic and empathic. They will know just how to make beautiful objects with just about anything. It doesn’t have to cost money when you have imagination!” [source]

(This Lunar Eclipse sounds right up my alley!)

We had quite a deluge hit us last night. It woke me up! I felt as though the rain was washing away all the “filth” and “gloom”, clearing the way for a clean start. Appropro, n’est-ce pas?

With that thought in mind, I drew today’s card for MANKIND as a whole.

Knives (Swords) symbolize mental activity and thought processes, the intellect, rational thinking, and decision-making. Aces are “Controlling Cards” which indicate new beginnings, control your path, and relate to where you are heading. All Aces represent the essence of their suit, which in this case is the element of Air.

The Ace of Knives (Swords) epitomizes the Essence of Thought, mental clarity and the potential of new ideas, Truth, Justice, and intellectual communication. The mind is the conduit between our Will and our emotion. A seed of thought which has been planted in our unconscious is ready to materialize. When the Ace of Knives appears it signals a powerful mental force has come into play, bringing with it swift change or awareness.

The Shadow side of this card represents: Gullibility, confusion, pessimism, weak Will, negative or destructive thoughts, dullness of mind, mental illness.

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your Destiny

– Frank Outlaw

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* Ian Daniels (Phantasmagoria)

Lady Death

Before I left for the NorCal Renassance Faire yesterday I did a quick reading to start-off the month of October. What a gloriously appropriate card to pull for the month that contains my favorite holiday: Samhain. Notice that many of the roses are a pumpkin color, too:

Although NO Tarot card is or should be considered inherently worrisome or negative, some give me more “pause” than others – such as The Tower or 5 of Knives (Swords). Many people feel it’s particularly ominous when one pulls the Death card, but I always SMILE when I see her for it means a great transformation is coming.

Death is known as “The Child of the Great Transformation”, ruled by Mars and exalted in Pluto. It is the Zodiacal Trump of Scorpio.

Major Arcana (Trump cards) represent life lessons, karmic influences,
and archetypal energies that are affecting you right now.

The ancient Celtics acknowledged October as being the last month of Summer, with winter officially beginning on October 31st. Indeed, the Wheel of the Year shows Samhain as being the Pagan New Year:

This is the time of year in which Mother Earth starts her transformation from Mother to Crone. Nature begins winding things down in preparation for Winter’s slumber. So the month of October can be considered a time of death – or at least in preparation for the “death of winter”; and Samhain (October 31st) itself is a time where the veil between the living and dead is gossamer thin. Death is both necessary and inevitable, for without it there can be no Life. Each moment dies in the present so the future can unfold.

Lady Death symbolizes transformation, metamorphosis, conclusions, change, rebirth/regeneration, sleep/hibernation/resurrection, releasing, growth and decay, spiritual evolution, past lives, sorcery, and The Underworld. As an Archetype it represents the neverending cycle of death and rebirth as the prerequisite for new life and creation.

It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.
– Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)

Fear of death (change) prevents us from fully living our lives. Death embodies ALL transitions both sad and happy. It relies on a leap of faith that, like Earth’s great awakening each Spring, the transformation will be one worth celebrating.


“Life roars at us when it wants or needs us to change. Ultimately, change means transformation, a shifting from one form to another that involves the magick of creation.” – Michael Meade (Why the World Doesn’t End: Tales of Renewal in Times of Loss)

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Queen of the Thrones of Flame

I last drew this card one year ago – almost to the day. I find that significant.

The epitome of the Seductress Archetype, the Queen of Scepters (Wands) is my Significator card, otherwise known in the Tarot of Vampyres as my Vampyre Court. Wands are oriented toward action, growth and the realization of your dreams, and Queens represent taking the first step – planting the seeds. Thus, the Queen of Scepters symbolizes the spark of creativity and the birth of an idea.

The Queen of Wands has her own page here – a personal, in-depth look at the Queen of the Thrones of Flame.

Clan of the Scepter. Fire. Panther. Energetic and creative in nature, with great strength and power. Orders of Warriors, Magicians, and Alchemists. Vampyres of this Clan are adventurous, inspired, generous, and are known as Masters of Magic. They possess great willpower and enthusiasm, with bursts of bright energy. Innovative and direct. They can sometimes seem intense, impractical, or impatient.

Daniels, Ian (2010). Phantasmagoria. Llewellyn Publications. p. 54.

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My Darkness: Strength and the 6 of Wands

My Darkness

I wear my Darkness
Like a warm cape.
A gently slumbering
Shadowy Wraith.

An unbridled, coiled
Spectre of strength.
Inspired by Fire,
Awakened by rage.

By Magick unleashed
My Shadow takes flight.
A ravenous beast
Ready to strike.

Razor-sharp claws:
One of her weapons.
Blood-drenched fangs:
And my Will is done.

I call to my Beast.
She returns into me.
From darkness to light
Then back once again.

I wrap my Darkness
Around like a cape.
A gently slumbering
Shadowy Wraith.

© MK (of House M -) 2022

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My Lord(s) – Intention and Manifestation

What the Lord of Skulls manifests the Lord of Scepters sets into action. Both cards carry a masculine energy; however, it’s useful to think of intent as a tool of conception while manifestation is a tool of creation. Together they produce the desired outcome.

Know your true power and apply it!
– Moon Wolf

The Lord of Skulls (King of Pentacles) is the Vampyre of Harvests. He symbolizes powerful, intentional manifestation. The trophy he carries is representative of this ability.

manifestation
v. to create something or turn something from an idea into a reality; to show something clearly, through signs or actions

This Vampyre Lord is master of the physical world and has a potent connection to Nature. Wear your power like a second skin. Your Magick lies in your ability to manifest something out of thin air. Somewhat of a Magician/Magus, your results are centered in the physical world. Like King Midas, you are generating propsperity and abundance – manifesting everything you touch into “gold”.

The Lord of Scepters (King of Wands) epitomizes force of Will and assertive action. He is the quintessential Hero/Superhero Archetype. This particular Lord will never be happy just sitting on a throne managing his kingdom. Inactivity is his worse enemy. The Lord of Scepters symbolizes follow-through. You have reached a level of maturity where you can see projects through to their conclusion. Your power rests in your strength of Will.

He is the creator who utilizes his personal potential and power by identifying with his own inner image as the creator god[dess].” [1]

There is also a bit of the crusading warrior in this Vampyre King – his flaming scepter is reminiscent of a cross. Divine Spirit? Indeed, the Lord of Scepters may also represent Divine inspiration.

Since transitioning to a practicing Witch I have uncovered some things about myself:

  1. I have an green aura* which means I am typically drawn to animals and nature. A green aura resonates with the vibration of the heart chakra (4th chakra), and bridges the spiritual and physical worlds. Those with green auras are said to be natural self-healers. Synonymous with growth and change, it’s a magnetic color, attracting manifesting energy to help bring new goals and projects to fruition. I’ve been told the green hovers around my torso and extends down both arms, which might correspond with my love of plants and cooking as those are the areas I nurture and which I use to nurture others.
  2. I can be called a Hedge Witch. Hedge witchcraft is usually practiced by solitaries (as opposed to witches who belong to a group or coven), and involves deep study of plants and the natural world. They find magickal intent in day-to-day activities. Additionally, a type of witch who can “hedge jump,” or travel between different worlds. They are mostly self-taught.
  3. I have the blood of Irish Travellers running through my veins. This, I believe, is where my aptitude for fortune-telling (Tarot) comes from. Irish Travellers may be descended from Druids.
  4. Country prophetesses grow from the same tree as druids.
    And a druid will go so far as to wish the gadfly sucking his blood
    to enjoy his meal.

    – Dandelion (The Last Wish)

*Every minute of every hour, your body is emitting energy at a particular frequency, the combined result is known as your aura. Auras can change color throughout our lives. Mine has been shown to change from a light green to a deep forest green and then to an emerald green.

I work Magickal intent every day. It’s a bit like strength training. When you first begin working with a set of muscles you feel like you’re just going through the motions because you haven’t built up their strength. But one day you realize that YOU ARE USING A MUSCLE/MUSCLE GROUP to perform the move(s)! What an AHA moment. I mean, I KNEW I had it in me but when I saw tangible results, it was like another door opened up. And it all happened in my Magickal, sacred space called the Concrete Jungle.

I’ve been invoking health, wealth, happiness, joy, growth, life, and abundance each morning all year. SETTING INTENTIONS. That is spellcrafting. Only I do it everyday, sometimes throughout the day. That’s the Hedge Witchery part. Using my natural skills in aligning with plants has brought about some surprises. That’s the MANIFESTATION part and may tie-in to the green aura thing.

For example, given that she’s been repotted and fed regulary, it’s not surprising that my Datura has 20+ 41 flower buds on her. Likewise, the Aristolochia fimbriata. It’s pretty much the same with every plant I’ve repotted and/or nurtured.

I bought this Bishop’s Cap pepper as an experiment.
I didn’t expect it to produce this much fruit!!!

However, I have a black mondo grass plant that has been in the same grower’s pot it was purchased it in for two years. (I just haven’t found the right POT to show it off.) It also hasn’t been fed all that time. So what does it do? It MANIFESTS some lovely little flowers for the first time…

All right, you say that mondo grass is pretty resilient and I’ll accept that – but FLOWERS? Moving on…after I read that Borage has a deep tap root and should never be repotted I bought some seeds. I am “seed hesitant”. Meaning I lack confidence in growing plants from seed. But what the heck. I sprinkled some in a 1-gallon pot along with a piece of Rose quartz. This was my first time using crystals in the garden and rose quartz is said to promote growth. Did it ever.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Big deal. So I was actually able to grow what, a weed, from seed? OK, answer this: How do you get a cold-weather plant like Cyclamen (which are still in their grower’s pots and have never been fed) to bloom during the peak of Summer?

That, dear readers, is MAGICK. Intent manifesting into reality.

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[1] Daniels, Ian (2010). Phantasmagoria. Llewellyn Publications. p. 183.