Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ritual to Honor the Ancestors

 This was asked for by listeners of the Psychic Switch! I gave this ritual out tonight on the Honoring Your Ancestors Episode! Enjoy it!

  • Color: Black and grey
  • Element: Earth
  • Altar: Spread a black cloth, and lay it with photographs, paintings, and other depictions of our ancestors. Add also symbols of their old tools, and statues of ancestral deities, a bowl of seeds for the future garden, pots of soil, a pitcher of water, and many candles of black and white and grey.
  • Offerings: Things they would have liked to eat, drink, smoke, or smell. Tend a cemetery and clean up the graves.
  • Daily Meal: Food from an earlier era, using authentic recipes.

Invocation to the Ancestors:

Our ancestors got up at dawn, 
Slaved in the dirt, 
Sweated in the sun, 
Chilled in the cold, 
Numbed in the snow, 
Scattering each seed with a prayer: 
Pray that there be enough, 
That no one starve this winter. 
Pray that no bird nor beast 
Steal the food I have struggled for. 
And most of all, 
Pray that each seed I save 
Of this harvest 
Shall next year 
Bring forth a hundred more. 
We live today 
Because they worked 
Because they sowed 
Because they harvested 
Because they prayed. 


Those who came before 
We are your children 
Those who came before 
We honor your names

(Each person takes seeds from the bowl and plants them in the pots of soil, speaking the name of one of their ancestors as they do so, as in: "In honor of _______." The pots are watered, and the candles put out one by one.)

Found in The Pagan Book of Hours - Breviary

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Today's Journey Tarot Review by Christopher Willey

Review By: Sue G. 

The very first thing you notice when using this deck is that the traditional imagery has been replaced by a modern update.  The colors are bold but not overpowering.  The Tower has been replaced by Intervention, The Hermit is now the Guidance and so on.  The images your clients see are ones that they can relate to more easily.  By using imagery that everyone can relate to, the deck easily lends itself to both new and advanced readers.  One of my favorite cards is the 12th Card of the Major Arcana, in Today's Journey is is entitled Choice and depicts a person's hand holding onto the steering wheel of their car while driving down a highway about to choice which off ramp to use.  This shows someone feeling a bit stuck, not knowing which way to go, but seeing the possibilities spread out before them.  Who can't relate to this much more easily then the image of a Hanged Man?  It's that type of ease that has made this deck quickly become my go-to one.

*images used with the permission of Schiffer Publishing LTD.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tarotscopes October 2011

Hello Lovelies!
It's that time of the month! Yes, the Tarotscopes!!! This month I worked with the Silver Era Tarot authored by Russell J. Moon and artistry by Aunia Kahn.  I absolutely enjoyed working with this deck, if there was one critique I could give it would be to the models more than the artist. They were at times simply to stiff or in an obvious ‘pose’. The actually quality of the graphics is amazing. I must say that I would recommend this deck to someone who enjoys more gothic style art, the images are black and white with pops of color in various pictures throughout the deck. My favorite card? The Hierophant, those blood red lips on a younger female face (very unique as most often the card is depicted as an old man) in the black and white shot with a very intense gaze. If I could get it framed and hang it on my wall I absolutely would. The mix of photographed and illustrative art is fabulous and has a definite ethereal feel to it. This deck is great for the intermediate intuitive reader.

Libra - Happy Birthday Libra!! The King of Cups greets you at the beginning of the month bringing with him a sense of being driven, busting through obstacles and having to make many decisions. The middle of the month brings Judgement reversed beckoning you to  take another look, your drive has become possibly obsessive in nature. This card also warns of a lack of momentum and a feeling of progress stopped. The Ace of Swords brings along a rise from a feeling of defeat and again picking up momentum and a feeling of accomplishment.

Aries - The Devil knocks on your door at the beginning of the month Aries! Excess and overindulgence may bite you in the bum later. Keep aware of your apetites and your wallet! Mid-month brings the Star, ushering new hopes and dreams. Keep the faith things are moving forward even if it isn’t obvious right now. At the end of the month is the Six of Swords indicating time for a change you may be feeling disconnection with the people around you or your environment. This will spur you on to big changes next month.

Taurus - The Moon comes to see you at the beginning of the month telling you to trust your gut with all decisions and allow creativity to be your outlet. Nex comes the Four of Wands indicating completion or a feeling of accomplishment. At the end of the month Justice stops by giving you a sense of balance and rightness.

Gemini - You start the month in the Ten of Cups indicating a harmonious partnership or relationship. The Nine of Wands comes in at the middle of October  indicating a small setback in plans. But don’t be disheartened you will overcome and everything will be back on track in no time. At the end of the month you meet up with the Hanged Man in the reverse position indicating now is a time to look inward for resolution rather than opinions and ideas from everyone else.

Cancer - Now is the time for action! So says the Eight of Wands at the beginning of the month. Choices have been made and there is nothing left but to follow through with the plan. The middle of the month brings with it the Seven of Pentacles reversed indicating a big risk, all can be won or lost based on your decision (no pressure!) time to get some advice! At the end of the month you meet the Queen of Cups telling you to pay attention to the people around you, particularly the successful and wise. You will learn some new things which will make life much easier

Leo - You begin October in the phase of the Knight of Wands influencing you to continue in your current direction with a surety of much success. Midmonth brings the Ten of Pentacles into your sphere indicating a good financial status, with the ability to money aside. It may also come up if there is an inheritence or a lot of debt is cleared. At the end of the month you land in the Two of Cups bestowing a new or renwed friendship or relationship with a feeling of a true partnership!

Virgo - The Queen of Wands greets you at the beginning of the month with the message to forge ahead with bringing your dreams to fruition success lies around the corner. Mid month you embody the Page of Swords causing you to take an opportunity to advance your knowledge. At the end of the month you come in contact with the Six of Wands giving you a feeling of success and satisfaction.

Scorpio - You begin in the phase of the Three of Cups reversed indicating that now is the time to bring people together for a common goal.  The Page of Cups reversed comes to you at midmonth bringing with it a sense of a need to embrace the inner child.  Spend time with a friend, reminisce and relax. The endo fo the month brings the Five of Cups reversed inducing a sense of hardship and grief. Be sure to take your time with any decision making.

Sagittarius - Watch out Sagittarius! Now is the time to recover from last month the Four of Swords indicates a possible burnout on the horizon. The Tower reversed warns you to be cautious of change. Really take your time and weigh the pros and cons. The Knight of Pentacles warns you not to give into the pressure around you. Don’t let other people make the choices for you!

Capricorn - You start the month as the Queen of Wands reversed indicating a feeling of depression. But this does not last long as you move into the Magician midmonth bringing you to a crossroads. You cannot go forward, nor backward without making a decision. Take a minute and mull it over.  At the end of the month you reach the Five of Wands telling you to get involved in some healthy competition. It will be good for your spirit.

Aquarius - You start out in the Two of Swords telling you to accept fate. Release control and let things happen. Midmonth you meet the Hanged Man who tells you that right now you aren’t going anywhere, so just relax. But at the end of the month you have the Seven of Swords coming in giving you the ability to confront current issues with people and situations.

Pisces - The Devil is knocking at your door at the beginning of the month reminding you that things are only as bad as you percieve it. Sometimes we can cripple ourselves with our negative attitudes. The Fool tells you to take a second and look before you leap but it is definitely time for change at the end of the month comes the Ten of Swords indicating now is the times to pick yourself up by your bootstraps and move on!