Tarot Forecast – 06.11-06.18.2018

This week has been full of shifts, awakenings, and affirmations from the universe for me. Sometimes, you need to hear your own advice repeated back to you in order for you to register that you aren’t actually following your own advice. I both love and hate those moments. But, those moments are where we step outside ourselves and open up to new perspectives. I can expand on that later though if you’re interested.
It’s time for our weekly tarot forecast. I hope you’ve been enjoying these as much as I have. I love having it in my bullet journal each week. It helps keep me grounded and prepared for whats to come.
As always:
1. What energy do we need to channel
2. What do we need to keep an eye out for?
3. How can we overcome challenges?
SSBC *clarity card
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1. Channel – the Queen of Pentacles
Caring for others and Self – maintain a mindset of prosperity and security. Stay compassionate, practical, and down to earth. Get grounded and take stock of your resources and how they can best serve you.
2. Look out for – Reversed Queen of Wands

  • If indicating a person – someone is being narrow minded, petty and controlling
  • Internally – could indicate a loss of passion. Your spark may feel a little diminished, your passions aren’t giving you that boost that they usually do.

3. Overcome Challenges – Seven of Pentacles
Patience and acceptance. Invest your time and energy into that which will give you the long-term benefit. Don’t waste time on frivolous people, tasks, spur of the moment/no pay off type of things. Be intentional with where you put your time and energy. And if you HAVE been doing this and have begun to feel frustrated, hold tight. It will happen, just trust that it will come to you.
SSBC Reversed King of Cups
Take control and responsibility for your emotional state. Where are your emotions controlling you? Where do you find yourself flip-flopping around. OR Is there someone in your life pulling you along due to their own emotional instability? Who is truly being the toxic one? What do you need to address and rid yourself of in order to move forward?
I hope that gives you some clarity this week! I’ve been receiving this message loud and clear for the last 3 days and for it to pop up again in a general reading means that the universe is literally banging on my spiritual door.
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Why I Left My First Coven

I did not ever think that a coven would appeal to me. I shied away from Wicca because of the rules of the faith and practice. I wanted to build and create my own way. Yet, when I was invited to join a small online coven, I was excited. The leader was knowledgeable and had brought over members she trusted deeply from a prior group she had created.

I went in with little expectation. I had barely begun my own practice and was eager to learn. But practicing online, with strangers, proves to be a difficult thing over time. As one of the older members, my day to day life made it difficult to connect with them. We had wonderful conversations regarding craftwork and how witchcraft is coming further into the public eye, but we didn’t really practice together.
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Now, while I didn’t learn much in the way of developing craftwork, they did help me realize the path I did want to create for myself. I realized that I no longer found myself reaching to the group to share and grow with. Which sparked me to try to overcompensate with them. I did not want to just leave the space without trying. I truly thought that if I tried to drive conversation or pose questions, challenge them more, we would grow closer. But I eventually found myself at odds with the coven leader. Not in any kind of dramatic way, we just didn’t see eye to eye any longer.

I realized that while I enjoyed the intense conversations that a few engaged in with me, it left others feeling like I was overbearing. I was too opinionated. Which now, I could see how they would get that impression. When I get excited and truly engage, I tend to prattle on and on. It’s rare that I feel safe enough to discuss things like that, so when it happens I dive on in.

There came a moment where I realized that we just weren’t a fit for one another any longer.
Leaving people while on your path does not have to be some big dramatic to-do. Sometimes, you just outgrow your friendship or no longer hold the same perspective. There is no need to burn bridges or curse them to the heavens simple because the relationship no longer suits your needs.

I swore I would never work with a coven unless it was with people I deeply connected with.

Lo and behold, within the last few months I have found some of my greatest friends that practice. We are all so different on our paths, but that diversity sparks some amazing growth. No one’s path is better or worse, accepting those differences and learning from and with them can inspire a whole new direction for you.

Be open to the relationships and opportunities that present themselves to you. You’ll find your people in time.

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Discovering Path & Practice

Humans like to categorize things. We like to check off boxes, fit things together in our attempt to make sense of the world. We break things down in an attempt to provide context in every aspect of our lives.  Ambiguity is not our friend. Ambiguity causes chaos.
Even our craft and spirituality have been broken down to help ease this ‘box-checking’ obsession of ours.
Discovering Path & Practice
Why can’t we just be?  Younger generations are tired of ticking boxes that no longer serve a clear purpose. We may be data-driven, but we’ve grown tired of those data points being this or that. One or Two. Male or Female. Blue or Red
A lot of assumptions are made because of this habit.
So, this month I’m going to try to tackle some spiritual and religious paths and craftwork types. You can find literally a million and one books on Wicca. So, I won’t waste my time, haha. If you want to know more about Wicca, I highly suggest you pick up Raymond Buckland’s big blue book.  It has everything you need to begin pursuing a Wiccan practice.
There a few very important things I want to say before you dive in.

  1. I am not part of any of the following cultures that I researched, nor do I practice any of the religious paths mentioned.  I have tried my hardest to represent them in a respectful, supportive way but there is always the chance the my own bias or misunderstanding of these cultures has snuck in.  If you do see something and feel it needs my attention, please do not hesitate to let me know.
  2. Closed cultures & closed practices. There is a lot of discussion happening concerning racism and cultural appropriation – spiritual practices are not exempt from these conversations. It is imperative that as practitioners seeking information and education that we recognize our privilege in studying these practices. Many paths reflect the suffering and pain of the people that they developed from.  Being expressly invited to practice a closed faith is one thing, taking it on simply because it calls to you is another.

So what are we going to be breaking down?  Let’s start with some of the most common we see within the United States – Hoodoo, Voodoo and Santeria.  I am on the hunt to expand this, but this seemed a fitting place to begin.
Spiritual and Religious Paths
Hoodoo and Voodoo
Santeria
Defining Practice and Craftwork
 
There is only one type of craftwork I’ve come across that seems to throw all caution to the wind and focus more on just “doing”, rather than fitting into a specific box. Chaos magick is intriguing.
Chaos Magick

Recommended Reading
 
 

Witches of Modern History

To many, witchcraft is a silly fantasy passed down through old wives’ tales and something that should be put to rest thanks to our technological society. But even as our technology has grown, the ritual and practice of craft has followed along. It may have changed as our knowledge and technology grew, but it has still found its place among us.
Witches of Modern History
While we can trace back stories and superstitions to old folk magic, it is because of the work of the following individuals that it has persistent and become prevalent in the modern world. This list is not all encompassing, but it is at least a starting point.
Also, this list does not include high-profile witches that have arose due to social media.  THAT is a post for another day.
A majority of the pagan community credit Gerald Gardner with the revival of modern witchcraft. Which I have always found interesting considering there is a perception that only women can practice. However, while he may have been the face for a time – he had a circle of highly influential individuals at his side guiding their own followers and developing their paths.
You can access a visual I’ve created of these connections here. *Please note this link may not work on tablet or smartphones.
Hermeticism

Aleister Crowley
Carl Kellner
Theodor Reuss
Leopold Engel
William Robert Woodman
William Wynn Wescott
Samuel Liddel MacGregor Mathers

Wicca

New Forest Coven

Dorothy Clutterbuck
Edith Woodford-Grimes
Ernie & Edith Mason
Rosetta Fudge
Gerald Gardner – later left the New Forest Coven to create the Bricketts Wood Coven with Doreen
Doreen Valiente

Bricketts Wood Coven

Eleanor Bone
Patricia Crowther
Monique Wilson
*Aleister Crowley joined them for a short period of time
Raymond Buckland

Other Prominent Witches

Alex & Maxine Sanders – connected to the Bricketts Wood Coven via Patricia Crowther. Many BWC members did not approve of Alex Sander’s choices and came together to publicly denounce him later as they began to part ways.

Sybil Leek – a prominent witch in the UK who eventually relocated the U.S.

Charles Leland – a U.S. journalist whose later experiences traveling Europe inspired a fascination in folklore and traditions.

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History of Witchcraft

The following is a very brief summation of the transition from our dependence on healers in our communities to the forced removal of these individuals through religious and legal means. Often seen as the beginning of the war on women and clear rise of patriarchal society, the history of healers and witches has been studied deeply. I am not a research expert and am learning along with you in what I discover.  I hope you are inspired to dive into the past!
History of Witchcraft
Anyone that has ever picked up a history book will know that our technology and understanding of the world around us has been evolving since the dawn of man.  Anthropologists have documented countless cultures and communities that navigate the world around them with varying levels of technology and medicines. Our society is shaped by the technology and medicines available to them.  Before the means to pursue modern medicines were available, the only thing we could turn to for health concerns were the herbs and plants that grew around us.
Those that possessed knowledge of natural medicine were honored and influential. Some cultures considered the abilities of folk healers to be a gift from the gods.  Which is unsurprising considering, at this time, many attributed knowledge and abilities, natural cycles and disasters, etc. as gifts or caused by the wishes of deities or spirits.  These beliefs and practices eventually became known as folk religion as Christianity began to spread across Europe.
Converting mass populations is not an easy feat.  Especially when these communities have such rich history and tradition from their older religious practices. Larger town centers where most of the population do not necessarily work on the land that supports them were much easier to transition.  The populous had already begun to experience a disconnection from older practices.

Interestingly, the names “pagan” or “heathen” were appropriately applied to non-Christians at the time.  Raymond Buckland, a highly influential professor on Wicca and pagan practice, claims that Pagan is a derivative of “pagani”, which means people who live in the country and heathen literally translates to one who dwells on the heath. A heath is open, undeveloped land. For the sake of due-diligence, I consulted that magickal book no one seems to remember – the dictionary. While they claim the original Latin is paganus,  they support the claim that the religious association with the words developed during the time of mass Christian conversion.

Recognizing the influence of healers in these communities, the Church’s conversion campaign began to focus on the skills offered by these individuals. By tying these healers to Satanic or evil, people began to fear association with them.  Anyone that began to fall outside Christian norms found themselves under scrutiny for witchcraft or Satanic worship.
This only grew worse as Pope Innocent VII produced the Papal Bull of 1484.  In it, he vocalizes his support of witch hunting. Two years later, Europe would begin a reign of persecution and hysteria for three centuries with the production of the Malleus Maleficarum. Those that had previously cared for and been considered leaders of their communities feared their neighbors and even their own family.
The Witchcraft Act of 1542 was the first legal document that made witchcraft a crime punishable by death. Conversion was no longer strictly a spiritual practice. To be non-christian effectively ensured your death if you were reported. This act even removed the prior protection afforded to convicted clergy members.
This act was amended over time to delineate the potential impact of witchcraft.  Practices that could be proven to have done harm faced the death penalty.  However, lesser practices were met with a term of imprisonment.  It wasn’t until the act of 1604 that this was broadened even further. While the Malleus Maleficarum indicated that the only proper way to kill a witch was through burning, the Act of 1604 indicated that burning would only be used in cases in which petty treason was also charged. Most witches faced hanging, which is a common misconception that those accused of witchcraft were always burned.
It would not be until the Witchcraft Act of 1735 that the death penalty for practicing witchcraft would be removed. The maximum penalty for an offense was a year’s imprisonment.  I found the transition of this act interesting.  Clearly, as knowledge and cultural expectations changed, the belief in witchcraft began to shift.  It became less of a fear and with the majority of the population having been converted to Christianity – either directly or through generational conversion. The last person executed in Great Britain was Janet Horn, in 1727.
There is a huge jump in the history to the mid 1900s from the 1700s. The last people, unsurprisingly women, jailed for practicing witchcraft in Great Britain were Helen Duncan and Jane Rebecca Yorke in 1944. In 1951, the last laws against practicing witchcraft were finally repealed.
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Witch Fact: The Witchcraft Act of 1735 is still in effect in Israel. Israeli Penal Code par 417 indicates that anyone that “pretends to perform witchcraft with the intent to obtain anything”  shall face two years imprisonment.
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More info on Janet Horn
More info on Helen Duncan
More info on Jane Rebecca Yorke
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