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Witches and other bad things

Halloween is this week.  The kids will be dressing up as ghouls and goblins, witches and monsters.  The world will be on a sugar high for the next week or so.  Mainstream America will be watching all the scary movies they can find and treating the paranormal as freakish. 

During a car ride with my mother, I was making conversation with her when she said she didn't like this time of year.  I said why not - thinking Fall is my favorite time of year and I adore the weather, the colors, the season.  She came out with "all the talk about witches and other bad things."  My immediate response in my head was - hey wait a minute.

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  • Eileen Troemel
    Eileen Troemel says #
    Hi Joanna: Oh the negotiations we do in our personal relationships. My husband is Christian per se. He is not a church goer but
  • Joanna
    Joanna says #
    Hi I had a very similar thing today with a work colleague moaning about Halloween being just an 'Americanism.' I didn't have the h
In The World Or Of It - Review of Ghost Tarot

If you have been following my posts you will know that back in July I posted my birthday wish list of new and upcoming decks. This weeks review deck was on that list.

Ghost Tarot by Davide Corsi is published by Lo Scarabeo, which means there is only a little white book with this deck. Normally I am not a fan of the little white books but, to be honest, this time I am grateful that there is little to know comment from the deck creator on how to interpret the stunning images on these cards.

There is an ambiguity about this deck that a back story commentary would ruin. Well in my opinion anyway. You see it is hard to tell which role the ghosts in this deck play. Are they merely residual imprints of someones long forgotten past, as indicated by the court cards. Or are these ghosts engaging in and with their environments as seen in the 3 of swords. Or, are these ghosts merely memories, trapped in a cycle of repetition doomed to play out the same story for as long as there attachments tell it, as illustrated in the 6 of pentacles.

This ambiguity really opens up the question, are we of the earth, part and parcel of its construct or merely in it like actors on a stage?

"Truly the universe is full of ghosts, not sheeted churchyard spectres, but the inextinguishable elements of individual life, which having once been, can never die, though they blend and change, and change again for ever.”
H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines

The multiple interpretations of the ghosts themselves adds such a rich layer to all readings done with this deck. Even if you are only a 'pull a card for the day' type reader. For with each card certain new questions can be asked, such as, is this situation a repeat of past energy? Is this all just an imprint and not a factual experience? Are you truly engaged in this energy or merely a spectator? It really all depends on how you interpret the "showing up" aspect of the ghost on the cards you draw.

Being a deck about ghosts and the possible past lives they have lived you could keep this deck as part of your mediumship toolkit. Or maybe even explore pressing past life energy with yourself or reading clients. This would also make a fabulous deck for halloween parties. Personally i like it for sheer self exploration, its ambiguous depths entice me and elude to more. I like that in a deck of tarot cards.

Although I am sure a beginner could pick up this deck if they were strongly called to it, but i recommend this deck for intermediate to advanced readers. There are just more places you can go with these cards if you already have knowledge and expertise in tarot itself.

All in all this is a stunning deck, it card stock is good, it fits well in ones hands and spreads like butter! This deck deserves its 4.5 star rating.

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Frau Holle by Otto Ubbelohde. Frau Holle (or the young girl who faithfully served her) by Otto Ubbelohde.

In this ritual, you will mirror the actions of the heroine in one of the Grimm's fairy tales, "Mother Holle", (also known as "The Golden Girl and the Pitch Maiden"), offering your cares and worries to the Goddess by dropping them on a spindle into a fresh water "well" and praying for her assistance in resolving them. A traditional Northern European blot, a drink offering, begins the ritual. This simplified rite, suitable to any time of year, is part of a longer Norse Winternights Ceremony I wrote honoring the ancestors and the Wild Hunt during the autumn. An especially ideal time for it would be on Mothers' Night, the evening before Yule. (More information on Holle's symbols and nature can be found within that Ceremony.)

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Pagan savings challenge, week forty-three:  not a dollar short

A day late, yes, but never a dollar short!  That's what I get for making my weekly savings contribution on Sundays; it was a relaxing day when I picked it, but now it's packed full of worship and a nine-hour work shift.  I performed my duties to the money spirits, but did not record that fact here.

Speaking of worship, mine yesterday was occupied by Poseidon Asphaleios, since I'd just written a hymn honoring Poseidon the Securer.  Building a stable foundation is what the Pagan savings challenge is all about, at least it is for me.  It's working, too:  while I save for a fireplace insert, other factors are at work to make my family more secure in its heating.  Thanks to a state loan program, our house will soon have insulation, after spending its first ninety years without any.  Pretty amazing for a home in the northeast.

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PaganNewsBeagle Airy Monday October 27

Happy Monday, Beagle fans! It's Airy Monday, celebrating the Element of Air and the realm of the mind. Today, we are concentrating on looking deeper at the "Halloween" witch, including Witch's hats; nude on a broom; reclaiming Halloween stereotypes; academic studies of witchcraft.

Where does the Witch's Hat come from? According to this essay at Salon, the high-peaked hat may have originally been a medieval attempt to identify Jews (who were then associated with devil-worshippers and witches.)

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    Thanks so much for this! I'll be looking for those books. Comics are delightful, and so is the women's creative tradition vibrant

Twelve Healing Stars is a yearlong project in cooperation with the Temple of Witchcraft that explores social justice through the lessons of the 12 Zodiac Signs.  This is part two. To see previous posts, click here.

You don’t have to be a witch, or even care a whit about astrology, to feel the death and darkness that permeates Scorpio. The dying energy of the sun as it slips toward the winter solstice has become undeniable.  We begin to turn our headlights on as we drive to work, and we have less time to walk the dog in the afternoon.  The land around us, especially the trees, has begun to give up its life force as it prepares slowly but surely for its annual death.

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