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August 8 Tarot Confusion


The Pagan Devotional will be up and running again next week when I am on my feet fully.

Today, however, I’d like to share my morning reading. (Recall that I use a version of the Celtic Cross spread most often.)  I trust my cards & my readings but that doesn’t mean things are always crystal clear.

What a mixed bag.

I have made some major changes in the last week. I was so sick that I literally lost days, and it inspired me to do some serious re-evaluation of my life. I was looking to the cards for a general feel of the new course, and this spread is…well, honestly, it’s baffling.

I get The Hierophant. I have resisted the role of High Priestess and religious leader but I understand that it is a huge part of my new role. And, I am thrilled to see the X of Pentacles as my immediate future. It always means good things ahead for my family but the dreaded Illusion Card as my foundation???? (VI of Cups). What’s that about?

Not crazy about the V of Swords either, and I’m very confused by the outcome showing up as a person (which Pages always are for me). I don’t know what that means.

All-in-all, a mixed bag.

Anyway, thanks for staying tuned. I look forward to getting back to the devotional soon. 

Oh, and if you have ANY insight on this reading, please share below!

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Day 3. The Magician.


Tarot: I-The Magician

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.


Herb: Vanilla

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.

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


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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Day 2. The Fool.



Tarot: 0-The Fool 0-fool
The Fool is a child who is hopeful and open to the world. The elements of fire, air, and earth are present in his supplies, but emotional maturity is missing from this picture as are the cups. This is not always a bad thing. Though the fool can indicate damaging naivete, and warn you to be careful on your new journey, it can also encourage you to begin a new cycle in life with the refreshing outlook of a child. Take a leap of faith.


Herb: Lemon Balm

Success, health, love, justice, & good luck

Lemon balm comforts the heart and drives away sadness. It is said to soothe the nervous system and lift spirits. This is the herb of happy energy, just like the ever-optimistic Fool.

Lemon balm has strong, volatile oils and gives off a powerful, clean scent. Use lemon balm when you begin a new journey to ensure success, love, health, & good luck.

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Children’s Happy Potion

Recipe found in A Kid’s Herb Book by Lesley Tierra. Ingredients: 1 teaspoon dried lemon balm 1/2 teaspoon dried chamomile 1 cup of water Directions: Make tea using above ratio. Sweeten with honey to taste. Uses: Pick-me-up for sadness. Also a sweet drink to comfort fussy, teething, or little ones. IMPORTANT: Honey is not to be given to children under 2. Always monitor reactions to herbs. Sensitivity and allergies are always a concern and can develop at any stage in life.

1 teaspoon dried lemon balm
1/2 teaspoon dried chamomile
1 cup of water

Make tea using above ratio.
Sweeten with honey to taste.

Pick-me-up for sadness. Also a sweet drink to comfort fussy, teething, or little ones.
IMPORTANT: Honey is not to be given to children under 2. Always monitor reactions to herbs. Sensitivity and allergies are always a concern and can develop at any stage in life.


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Stone: Citrine

Citrine bursts with color and energy. Perfect for spells & meditations dealing with energy and abundance, the Waxing or Full Moon.

Citrine also attracts abundance, success, and happiness. It is a wonderful stone to have in your collection and especially important for those who struggle with bouts of sadness or are suffering from loss or heartache.

(**NOTE: Depression and ‘sadness’ that lasts for more than two weeks should be treated by a medical professional. Any thoughts of self-harm should lead to immediate medical help. DO NOT think you can cure yourself of a chemical imbalance with teas and stones. DO THINK you can help yourself WHILE a doctor helps you. By taking action, calling a doctor, meditating, and making a potion, you are taking action to help yourself but you are not alone).

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There are not many spiritual shops in the Midwest. Mostly, if you’re not a Christian, you’re relying on Walmart candles, smoke-shop incense, and books purchased online to learn from.


I think learning from nature is great, but it doesn’t work for everyone. I am a cottage witch, a bookworm, and love, love, to learn. I want to consume knowledge and use it to better the lives of my family members and those around me. Unfortunately, most spiritual shops are focused more on selling pretty chachkies than providing access to real knowledge. I hold no ill-will toward anyone brave enough to open a business, but the pure-commerce feeling always leaves me aching for more.

But then there’s Pathways.

Situated in an unassuming brick building in South County St. Louis is the gem of St. Louis’ Pagan community.


Pathways has an abundant variety of spiritual tools for any denomination and practice imaginable, and if they don’t stock what you are seeking, they will gladly guide you to a source that would have it available.

There is no judgment, and so far, there hasn’t been a question they have not been able to help me with.

That isn’t what makes Pathways special, though.

Pathways feels different. It feels like happening upon a sacred circle in a dense forest.

It feels like…church. But in the best way. In the “this is where the gods are” way.

The staff and owners are not playing at paganism to sell pretty crystals. They are pagans. They live it. They source information and gather knowledgeable guides and offer tarot readings and lessons and a million other things. There are shelves full of herbs for sale by the ounce. There are a hundred tarot decks to choose from, candles, stones, books, robes, rings…everything.

But tucked away in the shelves and cases is something else, something I haven’t found in any other “store”: peace.


Peace and enlightenment live in that place, and I encourage you to stop by when you are in the neighborhood. Support them, buy something, and feel the place.

*As a side note, you should know I am not an affiliate for Pathways, and they have not offered compensation for this story in any way. This is simply my opinion on a place you should all go.*


11419 Concord Village Ave
St. Louis, Missouri 63123
Store hours: 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Monday – Saturday,
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sundays

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I had a detailed dream last night that my family and I were running a pagan-centered booth at the local flea market.

I was so happy in the dream, so at peace, and it made me long to have a physical store again.

The thought has blossomed to a full-blown dream.


Now I have this longing that in 10 years the pagan community I have built full of people I love will run a little roadside cottage full of healing sessions, crystals, tarot reading, and pagan supplies for the rural Midwest.


How lovely does that sound?

That dream is sustaining me today when I am super nervous about the big decisions I have made for myself and my family.

I am a cottage witch in my soul. A priestess of the woods. Every decision I make going forward is aimed at manifesting that dream.