Saturday, 29 November 2014

November Update

First dear readers I want to thank you all for following me over to the new blog. I know it has taken a slightly different turn towards more spiritual topics, but I still plan to do some gothy fashion and topics, it will just be a mix of the two.
My Etsy Shop

In September I opened up my Etsy shop offering various card readings. See my shop here. I have been reading cards for 20 years and decided I should take my gifts more seriously. I got my first tarot deck when I was 20 and have been reading for others and collecting tarot and oracle decks since. Like most people I started out reading for family and friends for free. Over the years I've been told by others that I should do this for a living, but did not take them seriously at first. I started doing tarot parties last year and reading for people in person at events and enjoyed it immensely. I thought why not do it more seriously? Like everyone else I would love to be able to earn money doing something I actually like doing, and that helps people as well. I feel great when I'm able to help someone and give them guidance.
For now I'm offering readings on my Etsy shop but was thinking of putting my art up as well. I make icons, of saints, pagan gods and Angels. Below is a picture of a painting of Horus that I made, it is half finished here.

Last month I won a spot at a weekend workshop for IET (Integrated Energy Therapy). Without going into a huge explanation, it is about working with Angels for healing and manifesting. I'd never given tons of thought to working with angelic energies but have been getting more interested in it since this workshop. I bought a couple of books and an angel tarot deck and absolutely love them! I think the deck is very positive and gentle and I look forward to learning more about working with angelic energy.
I will review the deck on the blog and show you the deck on my vlog in the next few days.

Facebook Cleanup
Lately it has seemed that my Facebook news feed has been overwhelmed with posts about bad news. Not just news articles that people are re-posting but upsetting and negative/sexist/racist/homophobic comments to these articles as well. I missed people's actual statuses and positive or funny reposts. Then a friend at work told me that there is a handy arrow button where you can hide posts from your feed. I was so happy to find this. Since then I have been cleaning up my feed by hiding negative stories and unfollowing those with consistently negative posts. I'm not talking about the odd rant here and there (we are all guilty of this from time to time), but people that are consistently posting about how horrible/unfair/awful life is.
I have also found positive and spiritual people and pages to follow, which has helped make my news feed a happier place.
In addition, I've been making a point to only post upbeat statuses and repost positive or funny stories. I have been trying to avoid the temptation to click on negative stories I see and get upset about the contents or comments. I don't always succeed, but I have been 90% succesful I think.

What about you? How do you avoid negative energy on the Internet?

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Free November Reading

Every month I give away a free three card reading. If you would like to win a reading of your own, please comment below. You must be a subscriber to win. :)

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Witchy Videos

kast week I forgot to post my Wicca 101 video, so I will do it this week. The subject is the Sabbats, a very brief overview. As always I encourage those starting out to do their own research. I was thinking as each sabbat comes up, that maybe I should focus on each one at a time? What do you think?

This week I just did a fun video - the 7 Witchy Questions Tag. Feel free to do one yourself. Comment below and I will go to your channel/blog and check it out. :)

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Recent Tarot Purchases

Recently I purchased the Angel Tarot and companion book by Doreen Virtue. I felt called to this tarot deck as I recently started working in my spiritual practice with another angel deck by this same author - The Life Purpose angel cards. I then saw the tarot deck and thought I would give it a try. I'll write a full review in the future when I've worked a little longer with it, but so far I am very pleased. I find this deck has a very gentle and welcoming energy to it, and I think it will be great for clients who are afraid of the tarot for religious reasons or those who are easily put off by darker imagery.

The companion book is very informative and it has a wealth of info, not just on Angels, but the numerological and astrological correspondences of the cards.
I think this is a great deck for the Yuletide season. Maybe because of the childhood associations of angels with Christmas? But I also think the lovely jewel like colours and the fantastical creatures make me think of the colour and magic of this season.

I also ordered the Nicoletta Cicconi tarot, which has been on my wish list since I first saw it being touted on the various tarot youtubers and bloggers. It just came out recently and looks amazing. I love her art work and think it has a distinct surreal and Alice in Wonderland vibe to it. This looks like an excellent deck for shadow work and perhaps for the fall? I will write a full review when this baby lands in my hands in a couple of weeks!

Finally I also pre-ordered Jasmine Beckett-Griffiths upcoming release The Beautiful Creatures tarot. The deck is coming out in December sometime, and I'm very excited as I'm a fan of her work. I have two of her oracle decks The Oracle of Shadows and Light and the Shapeshifters Oracle. I thought it was about time she did a tarot deck, so was pretty pleased to see this would be coming out. Again I will do a full review when I get the deck in my hands.

What are your thoughts on these decks?

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Gods and Titans and Goddesses and Sirens Review

Last month, I was excited to finally get my hands on two oracle decks by Stacey DeMarco, and illustrated by JimmyManton - the Gods and Titans deck and the Goddesses and Sirens deck. I was particularly interested in the Gods deck as I have many goddess decks, and wanted something that represented the divine masculine to balance things out. I de used to order the Goddess deck as well, and have been combining the two decks to create a super oracle balancing both aspects of the divine.

If you like superheroes you'll love this deck. That's one word I would use to describe the style of these two decks. The men are buff and muscular as are the women. Everything is very idealized in a heroic sense. Personally some of the gods and goddesses are not at all the way I pictured them, but that comes down to personal taste. I also thought there could of been a variety of ages too as they are almost all pictures as being quite youthful by this artist. That being said, the art is very well done, and I enjoy the overall feel of the deck.

Companion Book
The book that comes with deck is very sturdy and contains a fair amount of info. Each card is covered with information on the deity and meanings. There is also suggestions for invoking and working with each God or Goddess. The only thing I wished they had done was separate the divinatory meaning from the info as you sometimes have to search in the card information for specifics.

Size and Weight
The cards are quite large, being more long than wide, so might be a little difficult for some people to handle. Personally I don't mind the size as I use them not just for divination, but also on my altar for devotion, so the large size is a plus for me.
The weight of the card stock is a bit flimsy for my taste. I would of preferred something slightly thicker.

While the card stock may not be the sturdiest, the box sure is. Typical of Blue Angel decks, the box is excellent for continuing to store the deck in. It is thick cardboard and fits both the book and deck well.

I give these decks 4 out of 5 overall. I love the choices of gods and goddesses, and that it can be both an oracle and devotional tool. I also like that you can combine the two decks together for one awesome super deck! The guide books are great and the packaging is sturdy. While the card stock leaves something to be desired, it's not the worst. I recommend these decks to anyone looking for a pagan oriented oracle deck.

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