Various links and posts made for Astral Travel
- Astral Travel: how I do it (old way)
- Traveling: How do you know?
- Plane of Existence, The Realms, and Traveling pt 1
- Astral Travel: A rambling post (includes how-to)
Other People’s Posts
Listen to Hogwarts sounds. Recreate the Gryffindor common room and dinner at the Great Hall at Hogwarts. Create your own sounds with our online audio mixer.
It’s like I’m at Hogwarts instead of boring old Muggle work.
Ten Things To Never Say to Your Tarot Reader
In this line of work, you hear it all. Including a whole lotta ignorant statements.
If you want to avoid opening your mouth and saying something that might be construed as super offensive and rude, check out this list of the ten things to never say to your tarot reader:
“I really don’t believe in any of this shit but thought I’d give it a try.” Um…go away.
“Can you tell me my middle name and what color shirt I was wearing yesterday? I want you to prove how psychic you are.” You’ve just proven to me how rude you are. Let me show you my palm. (AKA talk to the hand.) Let’s see if you can read that.
“What am I thinking right now?” Duhhhh……..
“Did you Google me before I came?” You have got to be kidding me. I don’t even have time shave my legs. (PS thanks for questioning my integrity!)
“Can you tell me the day I’m going to die?” Hang on and let me get my shotgun. I want to be accurate.
“I don’t want to tell you too much.” Oh goody goody – I just love hostile guessing games! Now you sit there nice and mute with your arms crossed over your chest (preferably with a scowl) and I’ll do my best to “wow” you. (Yes, I’m rolling my eyes.)
“But the other reader said…..” Why are you coming here if you liked their reading so much? Seriously.
“I need to know how to get away with something.” Um…wrong service, my friend. We’re not here to help you become better criminals. Consult an attorney, pronto.
“Is this all you do? What’s your day job?” No, this is not all I do. I also clean my house, do my accounting, tweak my website, feed my family, take care of two demanding cats, write, read business manuals, talk to my attorney, attend meetings, exercise, market my business, do readings via email in person and over the phone, scrub toilets, shop, counsel my children, check in on the neighbor, reach out to friends, attend conferences, teach, answer every email that lands in my inbox, watch Game of Thrones, and take out the garbage. Is your “day job” all that you do? (PS yes, people can make a decent living doing this work if that is what you really wanted to ask.)
“I’m going to get me a tarot deck and a tip jar so I can begin making some easy money like you are!” Tarot work is not “easy” money. It takes time, skill, and a deep desire to help people. If you are assuming it’s simple to learn tarot, good luck with that. And if you are only taking up tarot because you think it’s a way for “quick money”, your motives are all wrong, friend-o.
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2014
PS in case you are curious, YES – these are real statements/questions. You can’t make this stuff up.
Image from stock photography
I see nothing but ACCURACY here.
Books and Resources (Paganism, Witchcraft and More)
This list has been updated over the years and will continued to be updated over time. If you re-post this elsewhere, kindly credit me because it’s taken a long time to compile what I feel are useful resources on the following topics. The very basics are covered in my FAQ.
Last updated: 8/19/2014
- A Pagan Primer — For Those New to Paganism
- Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions by River and Joyce Higginbotham
- Pagan Spirituality: A Guide to Personal Transformation by River and Joyce Higginbotham
- Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America by Margot Adler
- Connecting to the Power of Nature by Joe H. Slate
- Exploring the Pagan Path: Wisdom from the Elders (a collection of articles, essays and general commentary from various pagan authors)
- ChristoPaganism: An Inclusive Path by River Higginbotham and Joyce Higginbotham
- Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson
- Wicca for the Rest of Us
- Wicca Resources
- Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin
- Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner
- The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner
- The Spiral Dance by Starhawk (most recent edition only, old editions have inaccurate info that has since been updated)
- Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle by Deborah Lipp
- Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner and Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Scott Cunningham)
- The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft by Judika Illes
- Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes
- Crone’s Book of Charms & Spells by Valerie Worth
- Witchcraft: a History by P.G. Maxwell-Stuart
- Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery by Kris Bradley
- Candle Magic for Beginners by Richard Webster
- Master Book of Candle Burning by Henry Gamache
- A Grimoire for Modern Cunningfolk by Peter Paddon
- Traditional Witchcraft: A Cornish Book of Ways by Gemma Gary and Jane Cox
- Non-Wiccan Witchcraft Reading List
- Witch of Forest Grove: Sarah Anne Lawless
- Welcome to Witchcraft - A Post for Beginners
Witchcraft by Type:
- Hedge Witchery Resources
- Traditional Witchcraft Resources
- Historical Witchcraft Books
- Sea Witchcraft Resources / Sea Witchcraft Tag
- Cottage Witchcraft Resources
- Kitchen and Green Witchcraft Resources
- Green Witchcraft: Walking the Green Path
- Kitchen in the Cottage
- Urban Witchcraft Resources
- College Witchcraft/Tips
- www.sacred-texts.com (free archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore, and the esoteric)
- Mythology: Myths, Legends and Fantasies by Alice Mills
- Illustrated Dictionary of Mythology: Heroes, Heroines, Gods, and Goddesses from Around the World by Philip Wilkinson
- The Oxford Companion to World Mythology by David Leeming
- World Mythology: The Illustrated Guide by Roy Willis
Hellenic Polytheism and Greek Mythology:
- Reconstruction of Hellenic Polytheistic Practices
- Hellenic Calendar
- An Outline for a Presentation on Hellenismos
- Hellenic Resources by Bayoread
- Hellenic Resource Download Bundle 1 by Elaphos
- Hellenic Resource Download Bundle 2 by Elaphos
- Orphic Incenses
- Hellenic Terminology
- Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters by Donna Jo Napoli
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire
- Old Stones, New Temples by Drew Campbell
- Greek Mythology and Prehistory by W. Harris
- The Gods of Reason by Timothy Jay Alexander
- A Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos by Timothy Jay Alexander
- Hellenismos Today by Timothy Jay Alexander
- The Complete World of Greek Mythology by Richard Buxton
- Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? by Paul Veyne
- Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored by Sarah Kate Istra Winter
- Homer’s Iliad, The Odyssey and Homeric Hymns
- The Homeric Hymns (PDF) and The Orphic Hymns (PDF)
- Homer’s Odyssey (PDF)
- Homer’s Iliad (Theoi.com)
- Hesiod: Works and Days (PDF version here)
- The Theogony of Hesiod (PDF version here)
Magic in Ancient Greece:
- Magic in the Ancient Greek World by Derek Collins
- Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds by Daniel Ogden
- Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds by Georg Luck
- The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation (PDF)
- Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion
- Greek Folk Religion by Martin P Nilsson
- Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World by John G. Gager
- Magic in the Ancient World by Fritz Graf
- Magic and Magicians in the Greco-Roman World by Matthew W. Dickie
Kemeticism and Ancient Egyptian Mythology:
- Kemeticism by The Twisted Rope
- The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Richard H. Wilkinson
- Symbol & Magic in Egyptian Art by Richard H. Wilkinson
- Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch
Celtic Recon and Myth:
- Celtic Folklore on Sacred Texts
- The Celtic Recon FAQ
- The Religion of the Ancient Celts (Sacred Texts)
- What is Celtic? 101
- Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael
- The Celts: A Very Short Introduction by Barry Cunliffe
- The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales by Patrick Form
- Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend by Miranda Green
- Gods and Heroes of the Celts by Marie-Louise Sjoestedt
- The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles by Ronald Hutton
- Early Irish Myths and Sagas by Jeffrey Gantz
Asatru, Heathenism and Norse Mythology:
- “Alright, I’m interested in this Norse stuff. Where do I even start?”
- The Eddas: The Keys to the Msteries of the North by James Allen Chisholm (PDF)
- The Poetic Edda (PDF)
- The Prose Edda (PDF)
- Exploring the Northern Tradition by Galina Krasskova
- Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs by John Lindow
- Dictionary of Northern Mythology by Rudolf Simek
- Teutonic Myth and Legend by Donald A. Mackenzie
- The Nature of Asatru: An Overview of the Ideals and Philosophy of the Indigenous Religion of Northern Europe by Mark Puryear
Crystals and Stones:
- The Encyclopedia of Crystals by Judy Hall
- The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall
- Crystal Healing by Judy Hall
- Rocks & Minerals by Chris Pellant (identification handbook)
- Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham
- Crystal Grids: How and Why They Work by Hibiscus Moon
- The Book of Crystal Spells by Ember Grant
Herbal (Magical, Medicinal):
- The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl
- Compendium of Herbal Magic by Paul Beyerl
- The Green Mantle: An Investigation Into Our Lost Knowledge of Plants by Michael Jordan
- The Book of Magical Herbs: Herbal History, Mystery, & Folklore by Margaret Picton
- A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides)
- Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham (good for quick reference, but not in depth information)
- The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham
- A List of Threatened Magical Herbs
- Resources to Start Learning Local Plants
Notes: please take care before using herbs for medicinal and/or supplemental purposes. Many herbs are toxic (some authors fail to mention this!) and/or have harmful side-effects. Always do research and consult a professional before use.
Fae and Faerie Faith:
- Resources for the Fair Folk
- Fairy Faith 101
- Working with Faery (Info and Resources)
- The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans
- Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic by Edred Thorsson
- Runelore: A Handbook of Esoteric Runology by Edred Thorsson
- The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Runes by Nigel Pennick
Authors to avoid (due to misinformation, historical inaccuracies, poor research, and/or failure to cite sources):
- Silver Ravenwolf
- DJ Conway
- Edain McCoy
- Ann Moura
- Ralph Blum (runes)
- approach Llewellyn-published books with caution — there are some great ones, but many aren’t well researched and may contain misinformation.
- if all else fails, Google the author and ask around to see what people have to say about them - many bad authors have entire pages or discussions dedicated on why to avoid them!
- always fact check information (especially if it involves ingesting anything or putting anything on the skin — just because an ingredient is natural does not mean it isn’t harmful/toxic)
- How do I know what to believe? Critical Thinking and Pagan Books
Open Opportunity Doorway Tarot Spread.
Forget Me Rain Water Spell
A Light in the Storm
Magic for a Snow Storm
These are some tips I wish I had when I was starting out in witchcraft. :)
1. Do your own research
2. Don’t be afraid to read about ‘taboo’ topics
3. Libraries are great places (if you can’t find a book your looking for, you can get one shipped from another library for free)
4. There are many magical subjects
5. You don’t need any tools
6. You can work magic in the kitchen with everyday ingredients
7. You can write your own spells
8. Don’t do anything you’re not comfortable doing
10. Don’t forget to Take notes (book of shadows)
[I edited the above for typographical errors only]
This is a fantastic list from the-darkest-of-lights! I’m still early enough in my journey where this has great relevance to me. I hope others find it as useful.
To tack on to #1 above, I would like to reiterate what I posted about Research:
When researching correspondences, or various other magick-related topics, try to collect three to five corroborating, non self-referencing, sources for what you find, before adding it to your Grimoire, or using it in practice.
This way, you can be reasonably sure that what you’ve found is true, for at least some sizable subset of magick users.
How to Tarot in 5 Easy Steps.
1. SELECT A DECK
When I first started, I had no fucking idea how many superstitions there were about this. My mom had done the divination (specifically Tarot) when she was a teenager - she was a product of the time - and she always purchased her own deck. When the Internet exploded and I found websites about this stuff, I found out that there were people who were like, “never buy your own deck. It’s just a bad idea.” And I was like, but I’ve always bought my own deck and they always worked for me? So, you can either hope someone buys you a deck or purchase your own.
How you select a deck is really up to you. I never buy decks based on card meanings, since each deck type will have its own little flavor for meanings. I always buy based on the artwork.
When I first started, though, I went with the miniature Rider-Waite Deck for the simple expedient that it was (A) cheap and (B) easily transported in my pocket. I carried that son of a bitch with me everywhere.
2. GET TO KNOW YOUR DECK
My mother’s patented advice on getting to know a deck is to sleep with it for seven days straight. I always place a new deck in my pillow case for seven days after purchasing it. Other people rub the cards all over their faces or just go through them, card by card, while looking at the artwork.
I will also use this spread/question to get to know the deck, as well. It’s always nice to try and learn the spirit and flavor of your deck.
To me, it’s very much like introducing yourself. By sleeping with the deck, they’re feeling me. And by using that spread, I’m feeling them.
3. CREEPILY PAW THROUGH ALL OF THE CARDS
The creepy part isn’t mandatory, but you should see the maniacal grin on my face when a new deck comes in. There’s no other way to describe it, it’s all pretty much creepy.
When a new deck comes in, I go through each card numerous times. I study both the back of the card (since they’re not always the same) and I study every possible nuance of the images of the cards. You’ll find that no matter how much studying you do of the images, though, you’ll end up finding something new down the road. I’ve own my Radiant Rider-Waite deck for years now and there are still little artistic aspects within the images themselves that I hadn’t noticed before.
4. READ THE BOOK [IF IT COMES WITH ONE]
Not all decks have a guide that comes with it, but many of mine do. This is beneficial because it will help you to learn the meanings for each deck. How I interpret the Radiant Rider-Waite deck and how I interpret my Zombie Tarot deck and how I interpret the Wild Unknown Tarot are all entirely different based, usually, on the book[let] that comes with. (I didn’t buy the Wild Unknown Tarot guide book and I’ve kicked myself in the ass ever since.)
It will also give you a basic rundown of the type of imagery utilized within each card. So, for example, I have the Ancient Egyptian Tarot by Clive Barrett. It has the same types of suits as my Radiant Rider-Waite deck, but the interpretations are intended based on the imagery within each card. I’ve found that I don’t really like how the book for the AE Tarot interprets each card.
This is why reading the books or booklets, I think, is important: you’ll find after a while that how you interpret whatever card appears may not necessarily coincide with what the author has in mind. And that’s okay! As you use the deck more frequently, you’ll start getting impressions that feel more in tune with whatever it is that you’re looking for.
5. DO READINGS ALL THE FUCKING TIME
No matter how often you look at the cards, read the book, or stare creepily at everything, you still need to try and attempt to read with them. This will cement your relationship with the cards. When I get a new deck, I use the deck almost exclusively for a full week to two weeks while we get to know each other. I’ll find that I don’t necessarily understand the interpretations I’m pulling down because the deck is new, so I’ll periodically do the same type of reading with an established deck just to see if my interpretations are in tune.
This also helps me verify that I’m not making shit up as I go.
THIS IS HOW I TAROT
I’m sure other people do it a little differently, though.
Now I’m sitting here picturing you and hellboundwitch with new decks just rubbing them all over your faces like cats…I think I’m dying