Keep Calm & Heal Your Wrong Tarot Spread

The ability to recognize your own wrongdoing and the desire to make it right takes a profound spiritual maturity that I believe most people strive for in our day-to-day lives.

Not all damage can be undone, but owning up to our own shortcomings always results in growth as a person.

Use the spread below to identify the exact nature of your wrong, your motives, how to heal the damage and how to become a better person on the other side.

keep calm and heal your wrong

For this spread, I chose the wildly colorful deck, Whispers of Healing, which focuses on inner healing as a primary theme.

If you have a choice of decks, select something that feels healing or at least impartial to you.  After all, when you make a mistake, the last thing you need is to feel judged.

tarot spread healing positions

Position 1:  The Fundamental Problem.   This card symbolizes the foundational crack in your spiritual “house.”  For example, drawing The Devil in a standard deck here may indicate you exploited someone to feed an addiction.   Taking a moment to reflect on root cause of your actions goes a long way to healing the damage you did to yourself, which is the first step in healing situation overall.

Position 2:  What Area of Your Life Was Most Effected (Besides the Obvious)?  Any action casts a natural “ripple” effect.  Did this ripple effect touch your job, relationships or health the most?  What area of your own life needs the most healing?

Position 3:  How Did My Choice Effect Someone Else?  Perhaps the hardest part of taking responsibility for our actions is recognizing the impact they had on others.  But understanding and finding empathy for those we hurt, even if they remain angry with us, paves our way directly to the best path forward, no matter the outcome.

Position 4:  The Choice You Face Now.  Whenever we do something that results in undesired consequence, a choice about how to handle the fallout presents itself.  Look to this card for what your options are now, and consider them carefully.

Position 5:  What’s Standing in the Way of Right.  We usually know the right thing to do.  Doing it often proves the most challenging.  What’s standing in the way of the right thing for you right now?  Pride?  Fear?  Self-Doubt?  Search this card for a deeper understanding of why the right choice may not be the easy one.

Position 6:  Where to Go From Here.  This card symbolizes your best next move.  Play it well!   Use your skills in the Craft, your intuition and your basic common sense to turn an “Oops!” into a positive.

Position 7:  What to Watch Out for Next Time.  We all make mistakes.  We are meant to make them.  They teach us the lessons worth learning in this life.  This card represents the warning sign that will signal a repeat of the cycle.  But knowing what it is empowers us to see a trap for what it is next time.

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How to Make Heat Activated Spell Sachets

Get cozy with this unique, creative, winter-friendly take on the traditional spell sachet or “mojo bag.”

This heat-activated spell idea upcycles your scrap fabric, herbs and leftover essential oils for a custom magickal spell charm that’s sure to warm your heart.

So pull up a chair, grab a cup of hot tea and start witch crafting!

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The idea for heated spell sachets came to me during one of my deep dives into the creative abyss of my Pinterest feed.

Stuffing stockings became a favorite Yule tradition of mine from the very first year I took home a real paycheck and finally got to give gifts of my own.

So I took an immediate interest in the trend du jour for DIY stocking stuffers this year—DIY hand warmers.

You essentially make basic sachets, stuff them with microwave-safe natural filler (like rice or flaxseed) and heat them up to warm your hands/pockets when you venture out in the cold.  Cute, right?

Then it occurred to me, what a great basis for a spell sachet!

Today, I’ll show you how to create your own “heat-activated” customized spell sachet step-by-step, including plenty of ideas on how to infuse your sachet with intentional energy and carry it out into the world with you!

You will need:

*scrap fabric (see selection ideas below)
*needle & thread
*filler (rice, buckwheat, flaxseed, ect)
*appropriate essential oils (more on this below) and/or
*appropriate herbs (more on this below)

Step 1:  Decide on your intention.

Of course, the first step to any spell involves the basic presumption that you have something you want to accomplish.  Do you want to carry your spell sachet to calm stage fright, assist with a court case, attract love or help you dream peacefully?

Your intention informs the remaining steps, so have a clear goal in mind before you begin.

Step 2:  Select a fabric.

To begin with, not all fabrics are microwave safe.  Choose a natural fabric, like 100% cotton, hemp or linen to avoid a messy meltdown in your microwave oven.

Beyond that, fabric offers an excellent opportunity to choose something that fits with your intention.  Choose a color (like red for love, or blue for healing) that suites the goal.

Alternatively, use the pattern itself to convey your meaning.  For example,  I chose the foxes below to symbolize a “courageous heart” and give a friend a much-needed confidence boost during a job hunt.

totem animal mojo bag

Cherry prints work for love and attraction.

heat activated mojo bags

Perhaps use a dollar sign print for financial success or maybe pick something printed with images of your spirit animal for an empowerment sachet.

You get the idea.  Use your creative ingenuity to pick something uniquely you.

Step 3:  Choose a Pattern or Shape.

Similarly, make a simple pattern out of sturdy card stock or even an old cereal box and draw/cut out a shape that conveys meaning.  Shapes get less attention in modern witchcraft than colors and numbers, but briefly:

Circles:  Healing, friendship, cycles

Squares:  Emotional stability, protection, financial success, balance

Hearts:  Love, friendship, attraction, family matters

Triangles:  Triple goddess, pyramid magick, moon magick

Pentagon or Star:  All-purpose (symbolizes the pentacle)

heat activated spell sachets

Trace your pattern on the fabric and cut it out.

Step 4:  Pick a stitch.

Don’t worry!  If you’re new to sewing (or if you’ve never sewed) this project is an easy one to begin with.  This article touches on some basic hand stitches for beginners.

Personally, I like the whip stitch because it creates a spiral, which has meaning to me in my practice.

I strongly recommend hand stitching your sachet rather than using a machine.  The concentration lends power to your intentions.  You can even repeat a chant with every stitch or simply allow your mind to fall into the meditative trance of the repeated motion.

Step 5:  Pick a filler.

The Pinterest rumor insists that flaxseed makes the most cost effective and heat-retaining option, but I had good luck with plain old jasmine rice.

One blogger apparently went to great lengths to experiment with various microwave-friendly fillings for hand warmers and goes into pretty deep detail, complete with charts, in this article.

Step 6:  Select Essential Oils & Herbs–BE CAREFUL!

Include a few drops of essential oil or a pinch of herbs to kick your magick into high gear usually poses little risk, however:  some herbs flare in the microwave no matter what, too much of any herb definitely will and essential oils may as well.

Go light with the herbs and oils, and only microwave in 20-30 second intervals, especially in the beginning.  Watch your sachet carefully until you know what works.

Once you fill your sachet and stitch it up, it’s time to use it!

Heating it up before you use it—whether for a big job interview or simply to sooth your mind during meditation—-makes a lovely, heartwarming way to “activate” the energy you used to create it.

Wear your sachet on the inside of a coat close to your heart, in your pockets or gloves, or anywhere it will “warm up” your soul and create positive energy in your life.

Blessed Be!

Winter Solstice with a Kitchen Witch: Spiced Pears Poached in Red Wine

As the hearth heats up for the coming Winter Solstice, kitchen witches everywhere get ready to boil their cauldrons for ritual, gatherings and family meals.

Rich, decadent, sophisticated & colorful, this magickal recipe blends classic Yule spell ingredients, including fresh orange zest, red wine, perfect pears and star anise.

winter solstice with a kitchen witch

Oh, I’m really excited to share this one with you!  I made this for the first time a few days ago, and frankly, it turned out way better than I expected it to.

If you want to serve something magical, delicious and super chic this Yule, this dish adorns the table with a touch of class.

As with all my kitchen witch recipes, I like to share with you the magical properties of each key ingredient, and suggest a few ways to infuse your efforts in the kitchen with the magic and whimsy of cauldron spellcraft.

But feel free to scroll to the end if you just want the recipe.  🙂

We begin with the humble-yet-mighty winter pear.

pear

While you may not regard the pear with any particular passion, this fabled fruit shares a sacredness with the Greek goddesses Aphrodite & Hera, as well as Pomona, the Italian goddess of gardens & harvest.   (Source: Deaf Pagan Crossroads.)

In addition, because the pear tree enjoys a lengthy lifespan, the ancient Chinese regarded the pear as a manifestation of immortality.  (Source:  Myth Encyclopaedia.)

Its association with marital satisfaction, long life, pleasure, family & romance enchant the pear with characteristics that make it an especially appropriate addition to a holiday meal shared with family and friends.

In this recipe, we combine this with the attributes of a few customary yule spices.

orange peel and star anise

We include the orange rind in this spell to warm the hearts of those gathered around the table, as well as to inspire fond memories and lively conversation.  (I encourage you to explore the many ways to use oranges in witchcraft.)

Adding star anise to our brew, we clear the air of any lingering family grudges, inspire forgiveness, and symbolize the unbroken hope of the North Star during the winter months.

Finally, we choose a decadent, beautiful wine for our sauce base.  I recommend never cooking with wine you wouldn’t drink!

In this case, I chose this bottle of Cashmere Black Magic (available here) for its warm, spicy notes of plum and black pepper.

Also, it has the words Black Magic in the name😉

For more information on the role of wine in ritual, check out this link.

Okay, okay!  Now on to the recipe.

You Will Need:
*2 cups red wine
*1/4 cup sugar
*3 pieces star anise
*2 whole cinnamon sticks
*2-3 generous strips of orange peel|
*1/2 cup orange juice
*4 (just barely) ripe pears

1.  In a saucepan large enough to accommodate all your pears, combine the first 6 ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 4-6 minutes.

2.  While your other ingredients are on the stove, peel the pears, leaving the stems intact.  Slice the bottom off each pear to create a flat bottom.

3.  Place the pears in your brew on the stove, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Be sure to turn the pears occasionally throughout to ensure even color and coating.

4.  Remove from heat and set to cool uncovered.

5.  Once cool, place the entire saucepan in the refrigerator for several hours, turning occasional to avoid blotchy color.  For softer pears or pears that were less ripe, allow them to marinate for up to 24 hours.

6.  Gently remove pears and place the remaining liquid back on the stove.  Bring to boil and reduce liquid until it thickens to the consistency of a light syrup.

7.  Drizzle syrup on plate.  If you want to get fancy, put some in a pointy tip squeeze bottle and draw magical symbols on the plates.

8.  Plate pears, drizzle remaining sauce, and serve.  Delicious!

magical poached pears

All Purpose Tarot Spread for Full Moon Readings

Tight on time this full moon, but want to do something?  Got a question about this next moon cycle, or what to expect in the coming month?  Try this fully customizable spread for some quick insight into the next steps on your path.

For all my tarot spreads, check out this link.

full moon tarot spread

For this spread, I chose the Deviant Moon Tarot.  The quirky art and strong lunar themes fit nicely with the celestial context of this spread.

Position 1:  Light of the Moon.  Represents the things in your life which bring clarity, appear obvious to you, or are seemingly under your control.

Position 2:  Shadow of the Moon.  Symbolizes your cycles, blockages and repetitive thinking.   Pay careful attention to the details of this card and see if anything jumps out at you, particularly if they call attention to underlying issues or subconscious thoughts you ordinarily pass over easily.   Habitual tendencies often fly under our radar, even when we engage them every day.

Position 3:  The Fullness of the Moon.  Represents things in your life coming to fruition, including the results of past efforts as well as a lack of past efforts.  Take this card impersonally.  Karma neither rewards, nor punishes, but merely acts through the principle of cause and effect.

Position 4:  The Waning of the Moon.  Signifies those things, people, ideas, situations or feelings phasing out of your life at this time.  Note what feelings their departure stirs in you.  A sense of loss?  Relief?  Indifference?  We often think of transition and change as tumultuous, but not always.  Some things escape you long before you even notice their absence.

Position 5:  The Newness of the Moon.  Indicates recent changes, a new person or the seeds of an emerging talent in your life.  This change may be either positive or negative or neither.  A new love interest brims with the possibility of an exciting life change—-or the wayward road of a dangerous liaison.  The recent addition of a glass of wine in your evening ritual perhaps progresses to a finer palette—–or a bout with alcoholism.  Rather than making assumptions about where this new path leads, simply note its current direction.

Position 6:  The Waxing of the Moon.  Look to this card for those relationships, talents or situations with which you have history or experience, but also that hint of unrealized potential.  Take a moment to check in with yourself and ask what you might do to advance to the next level . . . and whether or not you actually want to.

10 Ways to Use the Supermoon in Witchcraft

With this year’s only supermoon arriving in just two short days, powerful energy swirls in the lunar-charged sky.  Take advantage of this ultra-special Esbat to tap into your personal power.

While all full moons heighten the unseen experience, the supermoon primes the energy around you particularly well for the activities below.

For more creative ways to explore the full moon, check out 25 Ways to Honor the Full Moon.

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1.  Work with the Element of Water.   The supermoon creates an especially strong pull on the ocean tides, making it an ideal time to work with the element of water.  For ideas on how to use water in witchcraft, check out  How to Work with the Element of Water.

2. Burn “supermoon incense” on the altar.  Combine equal parts dried mugwort, lavender and cinnamon to burn on a charcoal disk for the supermoon.  I love this blend!  Burn it during the ritual or even just as a background incense to draw the energy of the supermoon into your ritual space or the home and hearth.

3.  Make a supermoon cookie. For the kitchen witch: if you’ve made moon cookies before, instead of a large batch of small ones, try making one huge cookie to share for the supermoon!  The biggest challenge seems to be getting the temperature/baking times/thickness in the right balance, but if you love working things like this out in the kitchen, this is a great project for you.  Your coven or family will appreciate your efforts!

4.  Literally magnify it.  Looking for something a little different?  Raise power during the supermoon by catching the light in a magnifying glass and charging the altar or spell elements with it.  Clever, huh?

5.  Try a gravity-based meditation.  While the supermoon exerts its curious effect on the earth’s gravitational pull, take the opportunity to try a gravity-based meditation.  Find a local spa that offers sensory deprivation or “zero gravity” tank and schedule a session.  Or, simply begin 7-night meditation wherein you close your eyes and imagine you are so heavy you are sinking into the floor.  Each subsequent night, imagine yourself getting lighter and lighter, until you are floating in the universe.  Intense!

6.  Cast, cast, cast.  If you’ve been waiting around for a good time to do some serious spell work, this is it.  Pick a goal that serves your or others in a big way.

7.  Do a dedication.  Ready to commit to a deity, cause or coven?  Doing it under the light of the supermoon gives it special significance.     As a bonus, you can opt to do a re-dedication every supermoon.

8.  Try drawing down the moonIf you’ve never participated in a drawing down of the moon, many people feel this ceremony carries an especially highly charged power during the supermoon.

9.  Get grounded.  Some people feel an especially heightened sensitivity during the full moon, and this multiplies tenfold during a supermoon.  If you tend to lean this way, take the time to get grounded.  Eat plenty of carbohydrates, tap into your root chakra in meditation or work with the element of earth to balance it out.

10.  Store it.  Perhaps your schedule doesn’t permit you to use the supermoon at the height of its power.  In that case, leave out some crystals or make some moon water to store the supermoon’s energy for later use.

Blessings!

Make Winter A Magical Wonderland with Moody Moons

Moody Moons gears up for Yule & Imbolc with magical herbs, oils and gifts for like-minded friends and family.  From winter rosemary smudges to clever tarot bags to winter Sabbat oils and more, Moody Moons offers unique, handcrafted gifts for every pagan in your life.

Get yours before we sell out!


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Wild crafted Virginia Juniper berries gathered at the source from the famously haunted civil war battlefields of Northern Virginia.

Makes a lovely addition to Winter Solstice & Imbolc casting blends.

All year, include in sachets, incense blends and mojo bags to dispel negative energy, hex breaking, reversals, protection and to bring clarity of thought and drive away nightmares.

The warmth of candle light, the blaze of the fire, blankets piled on every chair and bed: these are the things that make Imbolc one of the coziest holidays on the Wheel of the Year!

Moody Moon’s signature Imbolc oil blend makes an elegant Yule gift for yourself or someone else!

Welcome the return of the light with this spicy, aromatic ritual potion, a rich blend of essential oils chosen for their correspondence to the season and steeped in an olive oil base.

Makes a clever little gift for the tarot lover in your life!

This adorable drawstring bag measures 8″ tall x 7.5″ wide.

Fits standard decks as well as most large decks.

Hand sewn natural canvas material with natural twine drawstring.

Heat transfer print. “Tarot: Play the hand you’re dealt.”

Looking for a gift for the pagan man in your life?

Moody Moon’s “Pampered Pits” natural deodorant is made with fresh ingredients that will leave your most delicate skin lightly scented for an all-day deodorant protection without harsh synthetic chemicals, aluminum or other super scary stuff in commercial brands.

Just simple, natural ingredients like essential oils, coconut oil and baking soda. So pure, you can almost eat it!

Moody Moon’s Rosemary Pampered Pits has the fragrant, masculine, woodsy scent of organic rosemary essential oil. Perfect for the man in your life!

If you’re trying to live a more natural lifestyle, switching to healthy, clean bath products is a great first step.

Speaking of the awesome wintery magical power of the beautiful evergreen, rosemary . . .

Organically grown, freshly bundled rosemary sticks smell amazing!!

Each medium-sized smudge stick is about 6″ in length and sold individually.

To use, light the tip of the smudge stick and blow gently to kindle a nice smolder.

Smudging is a wonderful way to “raise the vibes” of a space anytime you want to clear the air. Here’s a few ways to use it:

*before a yoga practice or meditation
*after a troubling dream
*before you move into a new house or apartment
*after recovering from an illness
*to clear your mind when you are anxious

Traditional Yule incense made with the winter festivals in mind.

Contains classic winter solstice herbs, resins, organic essential oils and spices to bring the magic of the season into your home, including juniper berries, cedar, frankincense and myrrh.

Use it to empower your hearth fire, sprinkle it on the Yule log, or just boil it on the stove to enchant your home with positive energy and the spirit.

100% natural. Contains no artificial fragrances at all.

Check out all this and more at MagicalMoodyMoons.com!

 

Understanding the Death Card in Tarot

Few cards in the tarot stir a sense of primal fear like the Death card.  Many people refuse to touch a deck out of terror they might draw it.

But for the experienced reader, this deceptively morbid card signifies the relief that a less literal ending is near—–and almost certainly, for the better.

Let’s take an in depth look at why the Death Card may very well be the most welcome draw in the deck.

explain death card tarot

First, we need to define clearly what the death card is not. 

Drawing the death card indicates absolutely nothing about your state of health or the health of those around you.  You need not live anxiously in fear of the grim reaper.

The death card in the tarot symbolizes not an actual physical death, but the death of a situation, relationship or state of being.

“Wait!  That still sounds scary,” you say.

Well, yes.  Change, by its very nature, unsettles us.  Human beings like consistency, predictability, and routine.

But paradoxically, monotony makes us miserable.  We get bored.  We lose ourselves in our ruts.

No matter how spontaneously or adventurously we like to think of ourselves, we all set into our ways on some level.

You need not run a 9-to-5 rat race to slip into habit.

For example, I work a variety of jobs as a yoga/belly dance instructor, an online retailer, a freelance photographer, a full time mom and a semi-professional blogger.   On the outside, my life seemingly defies order and routine.

Certainly, my sock drawer does.

Perhaps least predictably, I travel at least 2-3 times a month, sometimes on very short notice.

But I like my suitcase packed a certain way.  If given a choice, I always take the window seat on the plane.  I never fail to ask the hotel front desk for exactly 3 extra pillows.  I still write in a paper travel journal decades after most people switched to laptops.

In short, I have my ways, and I’m set in them just like everyone else.

But just as the numbness of routine, stability and monotony lulls us into a sense of perpetuity, the death card appears to remind us: life speeds by.

And while we grapple inevitably with endings and change, mourning the loss of a marriage, a job or set of circumstances we felt comfortable in, the freshness that follows an ending ironically ushers in a renewed sense of life.

When the Death card appears in a spread, a few introspective questions tend to tease out the meaning.  For example:

What, in my life, appears to be nearing its end?

Is there anything I am struggling to hold onto that might be best let go?  Relationship?   Job?  Sentimental attachments to material things?  Even the way my furniture is arranged?

When I slip into mindless activity, what am I doing?  What habits put me on “autopilot” and should any of them be eliminated?

When was the last time I felt freshly excited about life?  What do I need to change or “let die” in the metaphorical sense that will make room for something new?

Yes, endings and transition try our sense of security.  In the midst of change, we often mourn the loss of what we knew well, even if it lulled us into monotony, boredom or depression.

But in between endings and beginnings, the limbo offers lessons that literally change your life.

So when the Death card appears, take a step back, breathe a sigh of relief, and remember:

It’s not the letting go that hurts.  It’s the holding on.