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Whether you are a veteran pagan looking for correspondences, a newbie looking to learn, or a passer-by just stopping by to peek–Welcome! I am so glad you are here.

I started Every Day Pagan because I believe spirituality is strongest when we live it every day. When it suffuses our lives, our practices, our speech. It’s actually something the Christians do well, and something I missed when I left the Christian church. I missed the devotionals and the structure of it all.

So, when I began my own studies, my year-and-a-day, I set a structure for myself. Each morning, I read from a book on paganism, studied one tarot card and did a simple tarot reading for myself.

As time went on, I added a morning meditation, sabbat rituals, and readings for others, but nothing ever took the place of this daily habit.

However…

The overwhelming thing about being Pagan is that we don’t have a book to follow. Sure, there are various leaders you can follow and traditions you can choose from, but before you know if you are Gardnerian or Alexandrian or Dianic or, or, or… there’s just this seemingly insurmountable book hole of information to get lost in.

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And most of what we learn is based on experience and intuition.

So, to be clear, I am not here to give a definitive “book” to work from.

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Really, I’m here to give a daily intake of information.
Again, I believe that the practice of daily living in our beliefs matters.

Moreover, my goal is to organize this information so that it’s easy to remember and makes some logical sense. This will help you retain the meaning of each card, stone, and herb or other correspondence offered.

Stay tuned. Keep up with the Pagan Devotional with the Category on the left sidebar “Pagan Devotional” and with the Tags Marked Day 1, Day 2, etc.

Day 1 coming tomorrow!

I hope you enjoy what you find here.

I hope you share it with someone who might find this useful, and more than anything, I hope the gods reveal themselves to you in a way that allows you to be your full self. Every day.

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Day 11. The Hermit.

Wisdom that transforms,

Tarot: IX-The Hermit

Standing on top of a mountain alone, but with a lantern in hand, The Hermit shows that solitude is necessary at times, but it is not a state to remain in forever. By lighting his lantern, the Hermit makes himself accessible to any who would seek him. Take care to do the same in times of withdrawal. Look inside to heal, and then re-emerge a stronger person.

Stone: Obsidian

Always a favorite stone of mine, Obsidian appears richly dark and mysterious. It is a very protective stone that brings clarity, clears confusions and helps you know who you really are. In addition, obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas. It is often used to gain clear insight into problems. Beware: it is also truth enhancing, and some truths are hard to acknowledge–especially about yourself.

Herb: Frankincense

Frankincense is used both in protection and transformation spells and has the qualities of power, spirituality, meditation, and sacredness. It is a scent easily associated with mysterious and holy places. Do not mistake protection for hiding. Protecting yourself is an act of power. Taking time to know yourself is an act of wisdom.

***A Note: Do not mistake protection for hiding. Protecting yourself is an act of power. Taking time to know yourself is an act of wisdom.

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Day 10. Strength.

Strength

Tarot: VIII-Strength

A woman peacefully tends a lion in the valley of a volcano indicating inner strength in the face of extreme circumstances. The terrain is wild, but she is calm. This card shows that you have the inner fortitude to face whatever may come your way. Lean on this card if it appears. Remember it in times of trouble.

Stone: Blue Agate

Blue lace agate is the stone of calm and communication. In times of stress, or when you feel overwhelmed, carry blue lace agate to draw out clear communication from deep within yourself. Your ideas and wisdom are unique and valuable. Stand strong and present yourself calmly to be truly heard.

Herb: Rosemary

Rosemary is a hearty, fragrant herb. It grows best in direct sun and provides both purification and courage and can also be useful in protection charms.

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Rosemary is a wonderful unprocessed incense. Hang dry and then light a stem. The smoke will be powerful and fragrant and help you to clear any unwanted energies from a space.

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Day 9. The Chariot.

Success in Career.

Tarot: VII-The Chariot

With much the same energy as The Emperor, The Chariot rides in proud and strong. The Charioteer wears a golden crown of pentacles showing this as a time of positive financial change. Oftentimes The Chariot indicates mobility in business ventures, bringing new success and increased financial opportunities. But this king did not simply inherit his kingdom. He earned it, won it. As such, hard work will be required in the new situation.

Stone: Amber

Amber is the “good luck” stone full of the sun god’s promise of energy and manifestation. Carry amber to manifest spells into reality–especially those dealing with career moves and finances.

Remember the inherent qualities of the stone–turning soft, pliable tree sap into stone. Draw on the energy to turn your opportunities into concrete reality.

Herb: Orange

Use the strong, fresh scent of oranges to awaken and energize your body and your spells. The positive energy carried within the fruit clears negativity and can help you in your pursuit of happiness, success, career goals, attraction, and power.

 

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Day 8. The Lovers.

Bliss.

Tarot: VI-The Lovers

Held in a tight embrace and surrounded by the beauty of nature, The Lovers is almost always a positive card. This can indicate a new relationship or a renewed honeymoon period in a long-term commitment. Balance, bliss, and contentment are all present here.

Stone: Carnelian

Vitality, courage, sexuality, and confidence. Carnelian is said to activate the Root, Sacral, and solar plexus chakra and is the perfect stone to keep on hand when starting new ventures.

Herb: Rose

An obvious symbol of love and commitment, the rose stands as a reminder of the stages of love. Strength and patience are required to gain the beautiful bloom. Love is not hasty, nor is it easy, but there is bliss for the patient. Even those who are drawn to the initial beauty of a rose have to tend to it carefully to gain the flower for themselves. Love works just the same.

Grow roses in your magical garden to serve as a reminder of the truths and cycles of romance.

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Add rose to love spells for a powerful boost of energy.

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Use rose water to help prevent and treat razor burn, take the sting out of bug bites, and use as a setting spray for makeup.

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Use rose water to help heal sunburn. Also useful as a skin toner.

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Day 7. The Hierophant.

Tarot: V-The Hierophant 

Appearing as in pope-like garb, the Hierophant is a religious leader guarding knowledge with coveted keys. This trusted advisor can be relied on to provide guidance and he is not afraid to reveal the knowledge he has gained through study and experience. This is a time of seeking deeper meaning and spirituality. Be open to learning from those around you who have been there before.

(***Note, for me personally, The Hierophant can also indicate a very religious person of the Book Religions causing me some trouble in my daily life. This will not be true for everyone, but as you learn your cards, you will find that the general meanings of the cards don’t apply to you specifically. Go with your interpretation, but be aware of the general meaning so that when you move into a new phase in your life, you will be aware of the possibility of the card returning to its “Original Meaning.” This is also important for when you do readings for others.)

Stone: Ruby

Passion, protection, and prosperity are obvious qualities of the ruby. When adorning the Hierophant, however, they also symbolize clarity, motivation, and self-confidence.

Herb: Bay

Used to increase visions and for wishes, Bay is a powerful herb to have in your arsenal. After opening yourself to advice and listening to trusted advisors, clarify your desires and enlist Bay to help you manifest them.

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Write your desire/wish on a Bay leaf and burn the leaf. Be sure to scatter the ashes in the wind.

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Day 6. The Emperor.

Financial Stability

Tarot: IV-The Emperor 

Co-ruler with the Empress, the Emperor is seated on a throne of gold and represents material wealth where his Empress represents nature’s abundance. The Emperor is often the indicator of success in business and tells of financial success and stability. He reminds us to look at things logically and to use reason to make decisions in the situation at hand.

Stone: Pyrite 

Pyrite is a stone that pulls energy from the earth to create confidence, especially for building wealth. It symbolizes the warmth and power of the sun and carries the energy to create wealth from your own efforts.

Herb: Nutmeg 

Luck, Money, and Health.

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Use nutmeg to bring comfort. The warm, familiar scent will instantly remind the user of pumpkin pie and fall mornings.

1. Use Nutmeg essential oil in a massage oil to bring comfort and a feeling of home and connectedness.
2. Bake a pie or simmer a cup of water with nutmeg and vanilla to fill the home with the scent.

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Nutmeg, along with Cedarwood and Lavender, serves as a bug repellant.

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Mood & the Moon

As the moon fades into the last quarter this month, I notice 3 things.

  1. Social Anxiety is taking over my life & making work a hell of a lot harder than it needs to be.
  2. I am very scattered. My thoughts are all over and my sleep pattern is weird.
  3. I do not want to do ANYTHING. Nothing. I feel so anxious.

I do not like these changes.

I love that the Moon impacts our bodies. I understand that being female, menstruation impacts my hormones.

But this is not helpful. Especially not when it’s two weeks out of every month.

Is there a meditation or spell any of you have on-hand that would help me conquer these challenges?

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Day 5. The Empress.

 

Abundance.

Tarot: III-The Empress
Seated on a throne surrounded by the abundance of nature, the Empress represents growth, prosperity, and fertility. She is the mother who nurtures and cares for all things. New life, new creative ventures, and relationships are brought to life through the Empress.

Stone: Serpentine
Promotes healing, growth, peace, and calm. Attracts love and abundance.

Herb: Ivy 
It’s easy to see why Ivy symbolizes abundance. Anywhere it takes root, it blooms and grows until pruned. Ivy can conquer trees, and stone, and many man-made barriers.

In times of pregnancy, or where abundance is sought, look to Ivy. Plant and tend it. Watch it bloom and take note of its resilience and tenacity.

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Day 4. The High Priestess.

Clarity.

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The High Priestess appears in times of spiritual growth and achievement. She sits on the throne of the moon and delivers knowledge and connection to the cycles of the earth. She is the gatekeeper of secrets and can indicate hidden things that will come to light and encourages you to trust your instincts.

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Sage is the go-to herb for cleansing and purifying. Use to clear a sacred space, bless and consecrate a home, cleanse crystals, and to set intentions in meditation.

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Fill a cloth bag with fresh sage leaves and steep in a hot tub. Soak in tub, deeply breathing in steam to help clear chest congestion.
(More Information on a few Sage Remedies here).

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Making your own smudge stick is very simple. Follow these basic instructions for any smudge stick you wish to make.

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Lapis brings together the mind and the voice to create clear communication and helps to sort out important topics. Use in times of deep reflection or to enhance communication.

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Day 3. The Magician.

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Tarot: I-The Magician
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Look closely at the Magician. He has all of the elements at his disposal, and all possibilities are within his reach. This card is almost always positive. You have all you need to handle the situation at hand. You are on the right path.
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Herb: Vanilla

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Draw calm energies. Revitalize the spirit.

Vanilla holds universal appeal. Comforting and warm, it lulls those within proximity into lowering unconscious defenses, including the seeker. Use Vanilla to reduce anxiety, attract love, and draw positive energies.

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Apply Vanilla to burns to relieve pain. (Do not do if blistered or open).
Soak a cotton swab in Vanilla and apply to aching tooth for relief.

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Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla to water and vinegar cleaner to clean refrigerator of any lingering smells. Soak a cotton ball and leave it in the fridge to maintain fresh smell.
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Stone: Sunstone

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Optimism, good luck, and originality are all obvious qualities of the sunstone. From the name to the not-so-subtle gold highlights, Sunstone screams of untapped energy.

Use Sunstone to strengthen new ventures, lift melancholy, or serve as a simple reminder that greatness lies just below your surface as well. Just like The Magician, the Sunstone has everything needed to be successful.

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