How to use Playing cards as Tarot Cards

Monday, May 25, 2009

The first tarot cards were playing cards. I've always wanted to delve into using playing cards for tarot cards because the decks are cheaper, and from my experience just as accurate with information.

I created my first deck probably about a year ago and they're very accurate. I did a reading today because I wanted to know if the decision to move to a new home right after college to help finish summer classes and try to get a nice first job was a good idea. I was told three things, to make a money talisman, burn a candle for prosperity and that lies or gossip may be going on right now.

Here are just a few links that I've found useful to understanding playing cards as tarot cards.

Card Meanings and Combinations
Using regular playing cards @ Sarena's Tarot

A Witch on a Budget

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I've wanted to write a post for a long time about how to save money while actively practicing magick. I've picked up a lot of tips over the years and want to pass them on. Everyone could stand to save a little money, especially during these trying times.

1. Buy Books Used - Who says you have to buy your books brand new? That certainly is not the case. I used to buy many of my books new for several years but I realized that I was just wasting too much money. I've started buying books used from Amazon and have saved myself quite a bit of money over the years.

2. Don't buy expensive, fancy candles - You don't need those candles. I've found some of the best candles at local dollar stores. You don't need to buy fancy, charged candles. You can do it yourself and save yourself quite a bit of money.

3. Make your own tools, or buy them used - Fancy tools are not needed to practice magick. You can buy tools from thrift stores, dollar stores, or better yet, why not make your own tools? Wands can be carved from sticks, flat stones can be used for altar tiles, etc. Get creative! Don't spend money on something you don't have to, if you don't want to.

4. Save old candles, melt them down and make new ones - Unless you feel strongly about reusing candles or if spells call for burying candle remains, do so. However, you can save small pieces of candles and pick a time during the year (a Sabbat) and make it part of your celebration activities to make new candles from old candles.

5. Don't buy fancy altars - You don't need them. Of course, if you wish to have a fancy altar, you are welcome to buy one, but in reality, you do not need it. You can use a dresser, a trunk or even a cardboard box for an altar and you do not need to spend a thing. Not to mention, if you are creative, you can buy some wood and make it yourself.

6. Think outside the box - Find new ways to use what you already have. If you have a statue of a woman that you think resembles the Goddess, use it on your altar. If you have glass jars that are collecting dust, use them as candle holders, herb storage, etc.

7. Don't throw anything away -- unless you know you cannot use it - If I have candles around the house that come in their own candle holders, I never throw the holders away. I place the holder in the freezer for awhile so the wax will fall out. Then, I save the holder so I can reuse it later to hold other candles. I have many candle holders now that are all shapes and sizes and I've found a use for every one of them.

8. Always look for sales - If I'm shopping and see candles on sale, or incense on sale that I know I will use, if I can afford it, then I buy what I can. You'll have great luck buying colored candles during certain holidays such as after Christmas and Halloween when everything goes on sale. Don't be afraid to shop those special isles for what you need!

9. Keep regular stock of what you have - Every month or so, go through what you have and make notes of what you don't have. Or, if you're a really organized person, keep a running of list of your magickal supplies where you store them. Cross off items as you use them so you can easily tell what you have later. This prevents constant running to get new supplies and spending money that you didn't need to spend.

10. Delegate a special time to restock your magickal cabinet - I know some witches pick a season or a sabbat to restock. If you do this once a year, you're helping prevent yourself from splurging and buying unnecessary items. If you keep a regular schedule, eventually you'll get so used to buying items during that time, it will almost be like a holiday itself.

I hope these tips help you save money and enlighten your practice!

Spell for a peaceful home

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

For this spell you will need a piece of rose quartz and a white or blue candle.

To Cast: Relax, take a deep breath and hold the rose quartz in your hand and project loving energy into the rose quartz. Focus on love and the act of sending love into the stone for several minutes. When you feel finished, put down the stone and pick up your white or blue candle. Charge the candle with calming, relaxing energy. Again, keep up the visualization for as long as you feel. When finished, light the candle and place the piece of rose quartz as close to the candle as possible. Visualize the energies mixing together to create a harmonious, loving and calm atmosphere. Then, see the energy progressing through the rest of your home calming, yet energizing your home with the energies you wish to bring into your home. When finished, become busy doing other things not focusing on or worrying about the spell you have just cast. But please stay close so you can check on the candle, never leave it unattended! Let the candle burn out if possible. If you cannot let it burn out completely, light the candle a few minutes each day until consumed.

Repeat this spell as often as necessary.