Tarot: XVIII-The Moon.
Darkness cloaks secrets and mystery. The Moon tells of a time where things remain unknown and encourage you to look deeper. Recognize when your emotions are being swayed. Seek to reveal situations where manipulation and deception are in play. Do not act hastily. Take your time to see things as they really are.
Stone: Black Opal
Feelings of hope are paired with powerful manifestation in the Black Opal making it the perfect stone to carry with you in times of darkness.
Mugwort is the quintessential herb of magic and darkness. This is the mystery, the hidden things and the healing powers of the ancients that came before us. Use this herb in dream magic and to enhance psychic powers.
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.
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
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.
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.
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*
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.
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.
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.
Meditation and Balance.
Temperance reminds you to find balance, especially in emotions. One foot in the river of emotions is a good thing, as long as one foot remains firmly on solid ground. These conditions are often perfect for reconciliation, and Temperance usually brings healing.
Stone: Snow Quartz
Possessing all the qualities of clear quartz but gentler, snow quartz is best for meditation and looking within.
Beautiful and delicate in appearance, Chamomile is a known calming agent used in teas worldwide for ages and has been known in England as a “bandage for the stomach.” Use the recipe below for a Temper-Taming Potion to soothe crabbiness away.
2 teaspoons chamomile flowers
1/2 teaspoon chopped licorice (if desired)
-Pour 1 cup boiling water over flowers in stainless steel pot.
-Put a lid on and steep for 15-20 minutes.
-Strain, sweeten to taste and drink 1/4-1/2 cup doses.
Possibly the most feared and controversial card of all, Death holds the most potential and promise. Death indicates the end of a cycle and therefore, it also indicates the beginning of a new cycle. Death ushers us from one thing to the next just as physical death moves us from this place to the next. To benefit from change, you must let the old cycle die. Celebrate it or grieve it and then look forward to what comes next.
Amethyst offers protection during times of change. As old cycles die, it is natural to experience fear of the unknown ahead. Before the path becomes clear, keep amethyst with you to guard and guide you in those times.
Strong, protective, and cleansing, Clove is a powerful tool in any homeopathic remedy kit. There are many uses for clove from numbing tooth aches to helping ear aches.
RITUAL– Clove’s numbing agent is a powerful deflector of negative energy. In times of upheaval and massive change (even when it’s good change) utilize clove to ward off negativity so you can make the most of whatever cycle is about to begin!
Tarot: X-The Wheel of Fortune
A reflection of the Wheel of the Year, The Wheel of Fortune is a reminder that all things ebb and flow in cycles. Bad times will come to an end, and celebration will return, but also, good times do not last forever. You must be diligent and keep looking forward, moving willingly with the wheel so as not to be thrown off.
Stone: Tiger’s Eye
The symbol of wisdom. Tiger’s Eye is complex and calm in its marbling that is constantly connected to every side.
IMPORTANT: NEVER BURN THE WOOD. SEEDS ARE POISONOUS.
The toxins in elder give this plant a powerful banishing property and are therefore used to banish and deflect. It is associated with Litha (the abundance of Summer), the Crone (wisdom), The Otherworld (Death), and Healing. Through this, we see the power of the cycles of nature and life. Wisdom and death of old ways are crucial to the process and newness and growth with come again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Passion, protection, and prosperity are obvious qualities of the ruby. When adorning the Hierophant, however, they also symbolize clarity, motivation, and self-confidence.
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.
Write your desire/wish on a Bay leaf and burn the leaf. Be sure to scatter the ashes in the wind.