Plot Twist!

Everyday Witch Tarot
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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
Juggling
Adaptability and flexibility
Weighing options
Multi-tasking

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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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.”

Witchipedia:
“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 beliefnet.com
“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
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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)
Aggressive
Dangerous
Vengeful
Tempestuous
Devious

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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*

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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
Artistry
Passion
Purpose in life
Energy
Ability
Independence

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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Let Your Freak Flag Fly

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The Devil
Lord of the Gates of Matter
Child of the Forces of Time

Saturn in Capricorn:  As The Teacher, the hard work and training suggested by Saturn’s restrictive influence is the only way one can learn their Life’s Lesson. Capricorn is ambitious and goal-oriented.
Number 15 = 6:  Integration of masculine and feminine energies, adaptability.
Herb:  Lobelia (Symbolically, Lobelia is used for breaking old habits and letting go of cares and worries.)

Sacral Chakra:  Associated with the emotional body, sensuality, creativity, and the principle of pleasure. Carnelian, amber, tiger’s eye, bronzite, orange calcite, and yellow citrine are all good stones to use in healing the Sacral chakra.
Lord Kuthumi is the ruling Master of this card.

Key Principles
Sex magic
Ritual
Instinctive passion
Manifesting and manifestation
Rebellion
Freedom

The Devil represents our Shadow – the dark side we hide from ourselves and others. The more we try to cage our Other, the more aggressive it becomes until it finally breaks free – leaving widespread destruction in it’s wake. Guilt, shame, fear, illusion, obsession, and self-deception are all Shadowy aspects that prevent you from growing and reaching your full potential.

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The best way to quiet your dark side is to embrace it. Recognize what’s illusionary and what’s real. Believing that you are the only person without faults feeds your Shadow. Accept responsibility for your actions while also acknowledging that you are human. Imperfect. Focus your energies on positive thoughts and actions, and let go of the negative emotional baggage.

The Devil is symbolic of Pan, Greek God of lust and magic; The Horned God, Wiccan male deity; and Baphomet, The Goat of Mendes. He encourages you to rejoice in whatever pleasures appeal to you – always within moderation. Ask the Universe for help on a daily basis.

freak flag
n. an idiom that refers to the moment when a person with unconventional
manners or mode of life feels comfortable enough to be themselves
in front of others
n. a moment when we allow ourselves not to be ashamed of our own
wicked personality

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Bloodline*

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
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3 of Wands
Lord of Established Strength
Virtue

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

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

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

Tarot of Vampyres
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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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