It’s been a while since I’ve posted. The truth is, I have been really busy. That’s busy in a good way, with business, creativity, friends and family.
Tarot is more than a tool of divination; tarot is a book of spiritual wisdom and a set of magickal tools. Explore new ways to use tarot in ritual, magick, meditation, self-discovery and attunement.
The New Year and the Waxing Moon bring a wonderful magickal opportunity. What would you like to manifest in your life?
What would you like your life to look like this year?
Don’t worry about what you want to remove. Think instead about what you want to grow, initiate, invest in, create and attract....
The winter festival time can be stressful, even for Pagans. Some honor their family’s holiday traditions with a bit of discomfort. Others are caught up in the responsibilities of cooking, baking, gifting and visiting like everyone else.
Whatever you celebrate this time of year, tarot can help you make it more joyful, more inspiring and more fun.
All you need are the Four Aces....
This blog, 78 Magickal Tools, is about using tarot in ritual and magick. I believe that the only limits on what tarot can help us do are the limits we impose ourselves.
In my posts I like to give ideas of ways to use the cards with the hope that you, the reader, will be inspired to discover and create even more ways to incorporate the cards into your spiritual practice.
The ritual ideas I am going to share with you will work best if you adapt them to your own traditions and beliefs to create a full ritual. Rather than using my ideas as a script, use them as an example and inspiration to help you create a meaningful and powerful Samhain ritual with tarot....
Your tarot deck is a fabulous tool for magick. Each card carries specific energy. You can use your cards as altar tools to invoke energies and entities. You can use your cards to offer protection, to quickly usher in change and to assist with healing.
You can use tarot as part of formal magick in ritual. You can also use tarot in casual magick by carrying an image with you or pinning an image to your wall.
Here are some ways tarot assists in magick....
I’m back from my summer travels! We drove from Florida to Connecticut, where I was happy to give tarot readings to many friends both old and new.
The long trip in our Ford E250 Cargo Van got me thinking about tarot magick for travel. These days I do it without even really thinking about it. Gas? Check. Oil Change? Check. Magick? Check.
I get my kids to do it too. My daughter has a pewter Chariot card hanging from her rear view mirror....
Of course this post comes with a disclaimer. Before starting any weight loss program please consult your physician.
There’s a magickal disclaimer as well. Remember that when you do magick it is best to support your magick with appropriate mundane activities. As above, so below.
If you are interested in losing some body weight, tarot can help in many ways. Performing divination to help you understand your relationship with food is a helpful way to start. Once you are ready, a magickal ritual with the cards will give you some support to help you to stick to your weight loss plan....
One of the most powerful aspects of ritual work is invocation. To invoke an element, a spirit or a deity is to bring their energy to your circle, and to bring their healing magickal power to yourself.
Many Pagans use statues, images and altar tools to help with the process of invocation. To have the image of a deity on your altar not only honors the deity, it assists in invoking the energy of that deity.
We choose specific deities to invoke for specific reasons. Some of us invoke specific deities on certain holidays. It is also helpful to invoke a deity based on your specific need. A mother Goddess like Quan Yin might be helpful if you are doing fertility magick, for instance. A God associated with animals, like Cernuous, might be helpful in the healing of a pet. A Goddess of prosperity like Lakshmi might help with financial issues....
Here's a way to see how and where your life is going and then rearrange it to your specifications!
When you think about it, that is divination at its best. Divination shows us our possibilities and our options. When we seek information from the Universe we get a sense of our tools, skills and abilities, as well as the energies around us. With that, we can direct our energies toward our most possible positive outcome.
Here's what you need to do. You can do this in sacred space, while journaling, or even as an exercise with your tarot friends....
Here's some tarot magick to relieve anxiety, worry and self-sabotage. All you need is the Eight of Swords from a Waite-Smith or Waite-Smith clone tarot deck.
In the Waite-Smith Eight of Swords we see a woman who is blindfolded and bound. She is in a cage of swords.
The suit of Swords is related to the element of Air. In the language of tarot we can see each sword as a thought, an idea, a word. And so we see the woman's cage is made up of her own thoughts and her own ideas....
We often perform house blessings and garden blessings. A house blessing may protect the home and those in it. A house blessing may bring prosperity and success to those who dwell within.
A garden blessing may increase fertility and the abundance of the harvest. It may offer health and wealth to those who visit the garden.
It is simple to offer blessings to the home and garden with tarot. One way to do this is with disposable tarot images - cards that you do not need to return to a working deck....
At this turn of the Wheel of the Year many people celebrate Imbolc, or Brigid. This holiday is in anticipation of the coming spring.
Brigid, as the Goddess of healing, smithcraft and poetry, challenges us to use creativity to inspire our healing, and to use our need to heal to inspire our creativity.
This is a piece of meditative magick. You will use the tarot images to help you focus your mind and ask Brigid herself for guidance. Your answers will come through your intuition and your connection with Brigid. You will feel your answers in your heart, in your mind, and in your dreams and visions....
Someone recently asked me if some decks carried more magickal power than others. I thought that would be a good topic to address here on 78 Magickal Tools.
The magickal power in a tarot deck comes from a number of sources. The first and most important source is the power of archetypes. This power is inherent in virtually any tarot deck.
What are tarot archetypes? Each tarot card holds a specific energy. One of the ways we can describe that energy is as a theme or character with which we are all familiar. For instance, we can see the Fool as the seeker on an epic adventure - he is Frodo, Percival and Don Quixote. We can see the Hermit as the wise old man. He is Dumbledore, Obi Wan and Gandalf. We can see the Lovers as the syzygy, or divine couple - Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Liz and Dick....
In earlier days of tarot reading a significator was cognitively chosen by the reader to represent the querent. The choice of the significator did not add to the interpretation of the reading in any way. It may have been simply part of tradition. It may have been seen as a way for the reader, the querent, the cards and the Universe to connect.
Significators were chosen from the sixteen Court Cards based on age, gender and hair color.
Only a few modern tarotists continue this tradition today.
Many tarot spreads have a significator position. The card that randomly falls into this position describes who the querent is at the moment of the reading. This can be very helpful information in a reading.
Significators have an important place in tarot magick, too.
There are many tarot spreads and techniques that we use to make predictions for the coming year. We can also use tarot magick to create the coming year.
You can incorporate this tarot magick technique into any kind of ritual, or simply perform it as a magickal working on its own.
While those who follow the Wheel of the Year celebrate October 31st as the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new, many of us also celebrate the calendar New Year as well. This magickal working is appropriate for either New Year celebration, or both.
First, remove the Hermit and the Sun from your deck. These cards have a specific place in the ritual. In this magickal working the Hermit and the Sun represent the old year and the new year, respectively.
The four tarot Aces are potent magickal tools. In some tarot decks, their images are similar to the traditional altar tools used in many Pagan traditions. This is no accident. The four Aces are the Four Tools of Magick, and you can use them as such.
In divination, each tarot Ace can represent a new beginning. The Ace is the essence of its element as well as the beginning of a journey inspired by its element.
Here are three exciting ways to use the Aces to in your magickal life....