The 3 of Wands is my “Bloodline” card.
From Phantasmagoria (companion book to the Tarot of Vampyres deck):
“…our Bloodline card depicts the challenges and quest of our life. Studying this card will unlock messages about your personal journey.”

Everyday Witch Tarot
Images © Deborah Blake & Elisabeth Alba

3 of Wands
Lord of Established Strength

Sun in Aries:  The Sun symbolizes the Ego and our sense of identity. In Aries (ruled by Mars, the God of War) it gives strength, confidence, and initiative.
Number 3:  Self-expression, communication, development, the act of creation.
Herb:  Saffron

Creativity and skill, vision, growth, competence, manifestation.

Note the lizard (actually a salamander), which symbolizes the element of Fire.

Tarot of Vampyres
Images © Ian Daniels

The 3 of Wands contains the spirit of the true pioneer and points to initial success. There is still much to do, but the efforts you’ve sustained regarding a project are well-spent. Patience is not one of Aries’ viritues, but now is the time when it must be cultivated.

The God of War’s innate passionate nature means that as long as you remain focused and keep that creative fire fanned, you’ll see gains.

In this card, Aries is represented by the ram’s skull atop her scepter – while the symbol for the Sun (a circle with a dot in the center) can be seen on one of the ship’s sails.

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“You have to be burning with ‘an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.’ If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
– Steve Jobs (an Aries)

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Metaphysical Index::Dragon’s Blood

At first glance, the chunks look like pieces of hardened red clay. But magic happens once you burn it. The resin dissolves into a blood-red liquid, then starts bubbling! No wonder it’s called Dragon’s Blood, as it conjures up fanciful images of what those mythical beasts must’ve bled.

Wikipedia:  Dragon’s blood is a bright red resin that is obtained from different species of a number of distinct plant genera…the resin obtained from Daemonorops has become the most commonly sold type…

Like the creature itself, Dragon’s Blood is associated with the element of Fire and can be used in any rituals linked to that element. It’s energy is masculine, and linked to the astrological sign of Aries and the planet Mars. As the God of War, Mars’ influence is an active energy full of raw power. Hence, Dragon’s Blood may be useful in any magical efforts involving protection, aggression, motivation, strength, courage, sex, and passion. It is also tied to the Archangel of Fire (Michael), and The Lovers Tarot card.

Burning incense during rituals, spell-casting, or other workings can help you focus your attention on what you’re trying to accomplish. To this end, Dragon’s Blood possesses these metaphysical properties:

  • Protection (sprinkle powdered Dragon’s Blood around your home/property to create a protection barrier)
  • Cleansing
  • Courage
  • Attract love
  • Restore male potency
  • Psychically, magically, and spiritually energizing
  • Dispel negative energy
  • Exorcise evil entities
  • Increases the potency of any spell
  • Enhances the properties of whatever other incense it’s added to
  • When burned with Rosemary, keeps nightmares at bay
  • For psychic protection, burn with Myrrh and Frankincense


Dragon’s Blood Oil
Grind the resin to a powder and steep in a neutral organic oil (such as jojoba). Strain through a fine cheesecloth. The oil will be colored red and will not have any aroma.
Note: Dragon’s Blood can stain fabric and wood.
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Dragon’s Blood Ink
1 part powdered Dragon’s Blood resin
1 part Arabic Gum
12-15 parts alcohol
Combine the first two ingredients together and add slowly to the alcohol, mixing well. Strain through a fine cheesecloth. Store in a glass bottle.
Use to create talismans, magical seals, runes, and for any ritual work that requires you to write something down.
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Purification & Cleansing Incense
2 parts white copal
2 parts gum mastic
1 part dragon’s blood resin

Energy, Power & Sensuality Incense
1 part ground cloves
1 part dragon’s blood
3 parts sandalwood powder
1 part fragrant amber (the perfume resin, not the stone-like resinite)
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Creating Peace & Quiet
Mix powdered Dragon’s Blood with salt & sugar and pour into a glass container – hide somewhere where it won’t be found and enjoy some peace and quiet.
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You can purchase high-quality Dragon’s Blood resin online from Psychic Eye Books.

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I Hear the Train A-Comin’*

Tarot of Vampyres

Images © Ian Daniels

The Tower
“As an Aries, you believe in Karma, but only because you are the Karma.”

Mars in Aries: Mars is a planet of force and Will, and is known as the God of War. Aries is ruled by Mars and represents individuality, rebelliousness, fearlessness, and high-octane energy. 
Number 16: A second day of pulling a card assigned a “Karmic Debt” number (yesterday’s was the King of Swords). 16 symbolizes destruction of the old to rebuild the new.

Have to chosen to stay in your comfort zone? Do you instinctively know a change is necessary, but are refusing to take the next step? Well, change is a-comin’ – whether you like it or not!*

The Tower is number 16 of the Major Arcana. As opposed to the rest of the Tarot cards (Minor Arcana) which provide you with more options and different ways to do things, with the Major Arcana you have no choice but to deal with whatever the card is throwing at you.

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Being an Aries, I stumbled across some humorous (and some sobering) quotes about us Rams of the Zodiac:
“My worst quality is impatience.” – Emma Thompson
“She was a wild, wicked slip of a girl. She burned too bright for this world” – Emily Bronte
“People accuse me of being arrogant all the time. I’m not arrogant, I’m focused.” – Russell Crowe
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou
The dumbest thing you can possibly do is piss off an Aries woman. She will open the gates of Hell and escort your ass right on in, and she will do it with a smile on her face.
Never betray a loyal Aries, you will never what hit you. You may THINK you have fooled an Aries, but they’re just feeding you a little more rope to hang yourself.
Aries gets irritated by people who judge them on matter they have no clue about.
I am the first of the signs. The Queen of the Zodiac. Don’t you ever forget it.
I may not be the nicest person in the world, but at least with me you know where you stand.
They’re not crying because you hurt their feelings, but because you made them angry enough that they could kill you.
You don’t know how many times an Aries has put other people’s needs before their own – and it didn’t get them anywhere.
When an Aries is silent for a long period of time, they’re likely irritate and prefer to keep calm before they explode on you.
True Aries are really stubborn and will ram their horns into a wall multiples – before realizing there’s a wall there.
Aries can be changed by what happens to them, but they refuse to be reduced by it.
If you make an Aries wait for long and expect them to be there when you finally arrive…think again!
I’m an Aries. We’re fucking crazy. Get over it.
It’s funny how Aries females have more balls than men (do).
Something you may not know: They are usually very shy.
Aries after an argument: Regrets their temper but glad they got their point across; may be distant for a little while.
An Aries thinks you should either improve a bad situation or just stop complaining about it.
An Aries does not care what the world thinks of them. They will always do what they think is right.
One of Aries’ biggest struggles is being able to stay calm when they get even slightly frustrated. They may even just be excited, but others will take their excitement as being angry. They have so much energy that it can come out as an explosion.
Within minutes they can go from loving you to hating your existence.

– and my personal favorite:
Aside from their meticulously color-coded calendar, indistinguishable from a meth addict.


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Daily Tarot::Queen of Wands

Imagine my unbridled JOY when I turned the card over this morning to reveal the Queen of Wands! In the Tarot, she’s the one I was instantly drawn to and use to represent myself as Querent. In fact,  I’ve devoted a Section to this Queen  which you can access at any time by clicking on Queen of Wands Tarot Cards which are scattered throughout my site – like this one on my homepage:

Cosmic Tarot Deck

The Queen of Wands is one of the most fertile (metaphorically and literally) and feminine/womanly energies in the Tarot deck. In a reading, like all court cards, she can often signify a literal person in our lives, most often female. The Queen brings good energy, and is a positive sign to receive. The Queen of Wands can also refer to a woman who has a lot of FIRE energy about her (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius). When not referring to a literal person, she stands for getting a lot accomplished, and often, a focus on work/career. The Queen is positive, uplifting energy. When she stands in for a woman in your life, she’s a good friend, who is solidly on your side, even though she may seem a bit self-absorbed. If you are looking for work, this Queen can mean that a woman (usually with light-colored hair) will be instrumental in helping you find employment. All in all, things will be looking up professionally. Again, this Queen is a very positive omen in the context of love relationships. If you are looking for love, this can mean that you’ll meet someone suitable through a light-haired friend or acquaintance. You aren’t in the mood to be on your own now. Get out, mingle, trust yourself and the universe to bring you the love and support you want and need. You may be tempted to get carried away buying things when this Queen appears – exercise moderation or you may come to regret your expenditures. This doesn’t mean money will be bad, it just means that you are not in the mood to think before spending. Your home surroundings are a good place to put your efforts now. But home improvement doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Be creative. You are suddenly likely to be spiritually hungry when the Queen of Wands appears. Take your time, read and reflect, talk to lots of people, before making huge life changes. Your exploration is admirable. Crossing over into huge life-changing decisions without full consideration might not be as healthy.

(The Queen of Wands is also the Queen of the Thrones of Flame, and is aligned with the fiery signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. She represents self-knowledge, warmth, pleasure, compassion and loyalty. This Queen is born of Fire and is depicted in antiquity as the fiery goddesses of old, whose chariots were drawn by lions.)

Image © Norbert Lösche

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