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August 8 Tarot Confusion

Hello!

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 19. The Star.

Healing.

Tarot: The Star XVII

The vision of the goddess in her natural state, naked at the waters balancing nature, inspiration, and emotion. The is Temperance and inspiration, sharing freely with anyone who follows. This is always a good card that brings healing and faith in any situation. Even in the darkness, the brightest star lights the way. There is healing, hope, and renewal available to all.

Stone: Honey Calcite

Honey calcite aids in healing by helping the seeker find their personal power as well as draw divine energy down through to the lower chakras.

Herb: Honey

A critical and versatile resource, honey has been found to be more effective than DM and DPH medicines (like Robistussin) when it comes to reducing cough and discomfort. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20618098

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Day 18. The Tower.

The End of a Bad Cycle.

Tarot: The Tower XVI

A storm rages, shadows of your former self is tossed into the ocean, fire rages and The Tower is lost. This might seem like the worst situation possible, but in reality, The Tower brings together the ideas of the cards that came before. Death and The Wheel of Fortune remind you that the end of something is the beginning of something new. The Tower promises even more. The destruction of things built on false promises burns to the ground and you are able to begin again with open eyes. Do not remain willfully blinded.

Stone: Apache Tear

Used to ground, heal grief, and gain understanding, the Apache Tear is the perfect stone to carry with you during times of great change or upheaval. Especially since Apache Tears can also absorb negative energy. Remember that not all change is bad and that The Tower signifies the end of something built on FALSE beliefs. Seek clarity during this time and you will also find comfort.

Herb: Thyme

Thyme is a powerful decongestant and is a wonderful homeopathic aid for asthma and colds that impact the respiratory system. In ritual, thyme is best used to ward negativity, for purification, and to promote swift action.

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Make a simple tea with 1 teaspoon of dried thyme and serve with honey to alleviate chest tightness associated with asthma and the common cold.

*NOTE: Thyme teas are meant to be used WITH medications to aid in relief. THIS IS IN NO WAY INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL CARE*

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Day 17. The Devil.

Grounding and Warding.

Tarot: XV-The Devil

Another feared and formidable card, The Devil takes on many different meanings. He can represent a mischievous person, a powerful new influence that pulls you off course or someone intentionally manipulating the situation around you. Do not forget that The Devil used to represent Pan, a god symbolizing pure male power; unrestrained, sexual and strong. Sit with The Devil awhile before assuming, but be on the lookout.

Stone: Hematite

Hematite is a powerful grounding stone providing a sense of stability and mental clarity. Hematite works mostly by shifting negative energy out of the aura, so if you are impacted by negative energies around you, Hematite will have a profound effect on your daily life.

Herb: Paprika

Paprika wards against negativity and evil or malicious energy. While The Devil is not always an evil presence in your cards, it can represent an upset in the energies around you so the addition of Paprika in your arsenal can add the protection you need to give yourself space to evaluate the situation at hand.

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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 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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Pagan Devotional

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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