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Day 13. Justice.

Balance.

Tarot: XI-Justice

Justice sits on a throne, sword in one hand, scale in the other. Her eyes are open and her thoughts are clear. Justice appears when legal matters and situations need balancing. She indicates that the right side will win out. Pay close attention to the cards around her. She serves only justice, but other influences can impact an outcome.

Stone: Moonstone

A powerful tool for balancing hormones in women and aligning menstruation cycle with the moon, this is stone is also used to reveal the part of ourselves hidden–even to ourselves. Balance and revelation make Moonstone a perfect partner for Justice.

Herb: Red Raspberry Leaf

Known for aiding to balance hormones, red raspberry teas are nutritious and especially beneficial to women! Check out the two links below for some great information.

http://homesteadwishing.com/foraging-for-tea/

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http://traditionalcookingschool.com/2016/03/14/5-herbs-every-woman-should-know-about/

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Day 12. The Wheel of Fortune.

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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.

Herb: Elder

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.

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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 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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Day 1. Beginning.

***Note: This devotional is not an attempt to teach you all there is to know. It’s an overview. I will provide links for more information, but the intention is to connect the cards, herbs, and stones together to increase memory and set a daily pattern of study. There are millions of resources out there. Follow what you are drawn to and study more! Have fun and your mind will open and grow.***

 

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There is a reason you chose your deck or that your deck found you, so the first step to learning your deck is to just enjoy it. Today, separate the cards into their suits. Separate the major arcana from the minor arcana and look at the images or research decks online if you don’t have yours yet.

You will find some of the artwork speaks to you, some pictures will seem more beautiful or captivating than others. Make a note of the specific cards you love most. As you learn details about the cards, it will be easy for you to see why you were drawn to those specific cards.

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Herb: Mustard Seed
Warming and powerful as the God himself.
The mustard seed is famous for being a symbol of expansive possibility. As such, when you spend time learning each day, your mind is expanding and growing just like the mustard seed. Anytime you begin something new that requires a lot of energy, include a mustard seed.

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Mustard has many uses in homeopathic remedies and serves as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Get more information here.

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Stone: Crystal Quartz
The crystal quartz is the perfect “beginner” quartz. Its energy is universal, and it carries no innate color for associations. Use crystal quartz to amplify the energy of any workings. Crystal quartz is also a perfect stand-in if a spell or meditation calls for a specific stone that you do not have in your collection.

Use this overview to connect these elements and you will retain the information easier and be able to put it into practice!

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A Time for Change

I have written a little about where my heart is these days, about the call of the forest and my deep desire to simply disappear from this world into a quieter one where my hands are muddy and my soul is free from concrete and the white noise.

Finally, my efforts to make that reality are showing in my physical and metaphysical pursuits.

I apologize for the poor quality photo, but this is my morning reading from yesterday.

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Change is afoot.

I am the Tower, the destruction of things built on false beliefs. My foundation is Death, the end of a cycle of my life. The Devil is behind me along with his deception. A journey forward is the crowning thought of my life and Karma, good luck, and my King are on my side, in my future.

This reading made me so happy and validated all of the turmoil and hard work I have endured so far.

I am really looking forward to where this all will lead.

More Information:
If you’ve never used the Celtic Cross spread before, there are several variations out there. The one I use is as follows:

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  1. You- This is the card that indicates your current state in your journey.
  2. What Surrounds You-These are the influences most directly impacting you right now.
  3. What Blocks You-Any potentially problematic issues you will face.
  4. Your Foundation
  5. Your Immediate Past
  6. Crowning Thoughts
  7. Your Immediate Future
  8. How to Present Yourself to the World.
  9. What to focus on/Inner Aspects of Self.
  10. Hopes/Fears -Which are often the same thing. (Hoping for happiness and stability is the same as fearing discord and instability)
  11. Outcome.

What Tarot spread is your favorite?

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I’m Glad They Don’t Take Us Seriously.

When I first saw this video  https://www.facebook.com/NowThisHer/videos/987325564731652/?autoplay_reason=all_page_organic_allowed&video_container_type=0&video_creator_product_type=2&app_id=2392950137&live_video_guests=0

I was angry. The dopey music put me off. The weird video clips and ending the piece by focusing on Christians…? It was all infuriating.

As I thought more about it, I got angrier. Christians only make up about 7 percent of the population, but they seem to control the dialog. Even major publications like the New York Times present Christian beliefs and prayers as completely normal, completely rational and normative Read More. but somehow, pagan beliefs are ridiculous.

No plunky music plays over clips of church services. No counter-“curses” are thrown their way.

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Then, as I sat down to write this, I realized something else: it’s a good thing. It’s good no one takes us seriously as pagans. It’s good they don’t see us as policy influencers or reputable believers.

It’s good because if they continue to see us all as caricatures, Dungeons and Dragons cosplayers chanting in smoky basements before going back to our video games and science fiction books, then they leave us alone.

Pagans are as multi-faceted as the gods we worship. We believe many things, look a million ways and live a million lives the “mainstream” religions could never understand.

And it’s good for us.

While they focus on countering our prayers, our spells aimed at making the world a better place, we continue forward. We mind our own business and call to the gods that predate their books, their religion, their constraints.

So instead of getting angry, I have this to say: Ignore us. Underestimate us. And, leave us alone.

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Pathways

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.*

MORE INFORMATION ON PATHWAYS:

Pathways
http://www.pathwaysstl.com
11419 Concord Village Ave
St. Louis, Missouri 63123
314-842-0047
Store hours: 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Monday – Saturday,
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sundays