• Making a Maven,  Tarot & Divination

    Building Your Own Wheel of the Year

    If you don’t really want to tie your practice to the traditional wheel, make your own! The key is to nail down the seasons or times that feel truly significant to you. If I were to create my own wheel, it would probably look something similar to this: Yule/Christmas Christmas has always been a significant holiday in my life.  My parents loved the holiday and it was always filled with delicious food.  You can read a bit more about it here. Summer Solstice I adore the summer in the Rockies.  My allergies may disagree with me, but being able to go outside and up into the mountains with pretty much…

  • Making a Maven,  Tarot & Divination

    Sacred Space and Altars

    Altars often get this reputation of having to be big beautiful ritual spaces. They are centerpieces, or entire rooms full of magick and intention. It can be so satisfying to put something like that together, but if you do not feel called to do so or even have the energy to upkeep it, that is totally okay. You do not have to have an altar. Unless you are committed to following a very specific path, there are no rules to what your practice must look like. Altars are a common way to assist with creating a sacred space or getting your mind and body into a space for magick making.…

  • Making a Maven

    Holidays and Altars

    The Wheel of the Year that we see today stems from the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. These traditions do come from historical holiday or celebrations that pre-date Wiccans, but were made popular by Gerald Gardner’s teachings. If you follow the Wiccan Wheel of the year, the story remains largely the same. Specific paths may have slight variation but its root is the same – birth, growth, death and rebirth. The Goddess gives birth to a son in midwinter.  Through the spring he grows to be a young man.  The Goddess appears to him as a young maiden.  She falls pregnant and grows older, wiser, and more beautiful throughout the…

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    Discovering – Chaos Magick

    Every time I hear “chaos magick,” I honestly have no idea to what they are referring.  And honestly, it seems to mean something different to everyone! Magick is all about shaping the world around us through our will or by focusing the energy of the universe or divine power [depends on your perspective].  Chaos magick is focused on that same goal – but in a completely unstructured, uncontrolled fashion [hence the chaos!]. No personal practice develops when utilizing chaos magick.  What you did yesterday in ritual, or casting, or whatever likely will never be used in the same fashion.  It’s not written down or established as tradition. Over time, practitioners…

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    Discovering – Santeria

    Santería is oft one of the most misunderstood religious and spiritual practices. It often faces assumptions that its followers are “evil.” When we see Santería mentioned in the media, we are faced with images of animal sacrifice. That is all we are shown of this historically and culturally rich religion. When practices such as these are facing our dominant Christian culture and its media, that is all we will ever see. Context and perspective are lost because it does not align with our own engrained moral code. Santería is a polytheistic Afro-Cuban religion. It has become a mix of many cultures over time, but its foundation is from the Yoruba…