Exploring the Tarot: The Fool Card

I had mentioned previously that I would use this blog to discuss the tarot and magik and other “witchy” things including information on the individual cards themselves. So, since I have been away for a while, I thought I would go ahead and start with that. These tarot entries will include “book” meanings, but will also include commonly shared interpretation and my personal interpretation of what they have come to mean to me as well. So, to start this series, I’ll begin with the first card in the deck, The Fool.

The fool card is number 0 in the tarot deck. Though I don’t usually include number meanings in my readings personally, in this case, I feel like this is rather fitting for the fool. To most people, zero represents a lack of anything, it is nothing. But then there are others who believe there is never “nothing”. In ancient Egyptian culture there was no zero in their system because they believed there is always something. They did not believe in non-existence. So, to me, zero is a bit of a wild card. It is lack of physical “things” but there is still potential and energy. This is fitting for the fool card because he, himself, can be a wild card. In some ways he is the fool as in being foolish. But he is also very often that “leap of faith” moment. He is the potential for new things and new beginnings. And in this way, I believe this card fits very well with the number zero and it’s potential.

When it comes to the book definitions of the card, you can see that The Fool still has the possibility of going either way. Some of the meanings given to this card in pamphlets and books include the potentially negative aspects such as “Thoughtlessness”, “Not paying attention”, “Head in the clouds”, “Folly”, “Missteps” and the like. But at the same time, there are also the positive meanings such as “Beginning a new adventure”, “Initiative”, “Unlimited possibilities”, “Carefree”, “Joy and celebration”. So you can see how this card does embody the potential for pretty much anything. That is part of why when I read the cards, The Fool is a “leap of faith”. He is untapped potential. To me, he represents setting off on your own path and making it your own. And though there are dangers to be mindful of, it is still not what I feel to be “negative”. It is that moment of striking out on a new adventure and following your dreams, but with at least some caution so you don’t walk off the cliff. It is being mindful of potential troubles on the path, but still having the faith to go out and do it. This is not to say that there aren’t times when The Fool can be a warning or “negative” in some readings. As I’ve mentioned before, the same card can be pulled in three different readings in a row and could mean something entirely different in each one. But for each reader (whether reading intuitively only or by the book), there are generalized meanings to each card that act as a spring board for receiving the specific message the client is needing. And for me, The Fool is, at his core, potential energy and a leap of faith.

That’s all for this entry. If you would like to learn more about the tarot and intuitive reading in the way that I practice it, feel free to check out my products and services at www.lokeaswonderings.com or email me at NikksReadings@gmail.com

Why pour from cups? – A different look at self-care and relations

*Written for my Lokean/Norse blog but thought it would also be appropriate to share here.

When talking about the need for self-care, the most often heard phrase is “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. It’s generally accepted that this saying means when you give and give and don’t stop to recharge and take care of yourself, you’ll be too “empty” of energy to take care of anyone including yourself. For the most part, on the surface, this is a good example of what happens when a person is completely drained. However, when it comes to care and mending, it is still a bit faulty in its logic. Think about it. What cup have you ever seen refill itself? It doesn’t. Someone has to pour from the pitcher into the cup. And someone has to brew the tea to fill that pitcher. And someone had to pick the tea leaves to brew the tea with. It goes on and on. The cup is not solely responsible for refilling itself and neither should we be. Yes, people should be able to take care of themselves as best they can and not rely solely on others. But that is not the point of the saying. Even in the context of self-care, this saying and message is still focusing on getting yourself better so you can pour out to others more again. That is not what interpersonal relationships are about. It doesn’t matter if it’s romantic relationships, or friendships, or business relationships, or family or any other type of relationship. Relationships are not about one person doing all the pouring. They are a team effort with all involved working together and pouring for each other from what they have. If that’s not happening, you’re draining yourself unnecessarily for no reason and your cup will never be filled no matter how much self-care you give yourself. Stop emptying your cup for people who expect you to refill it yourself or only share a fraction of their cup’s contents with you. In fact, get rid of the cup and find yourself a fountain. 

When you think of a fountain, you can see the waters flowing on and on and never ending. You know that it will keep going and it doesn’t run out and go empty. But what makes that continue that way? It is the pump and the body of water around it working together to keep it flowing. The water goes from the pool into the pump, then out the top and back down into the pool. It cycles. No matter how much water goes into the pump the pool does not empty because the fountain pours it back down into the pool. And no matter how many times the fountain pours out, it doesn’t empty because it’s going back into the pool it came from and is given back into the pump. It is reciprocal. Just as our relationships should be. There is still a chance of gunk getting into it and needing maintenance and cleaning. But that too is normal and healthy. Yes, be careful. In a fountain analogy you should still keep away anything (or anyone) that will add pollutants to the water and clog the pump like toxic or abusive behaviors and actions. And keep away those who take away from the fountain instead of putting back into the collective pool like those who don’t give their fair share into the relationships. But, as a whole, the fountain is still a better suggestion than pouring out your cup and refilling it yourself just so you can pour yourself into others again without others pouring into you. Self-care is important. And sometimes we just need to be left alone and to ourselves for a while to rest. But that should not be for the purpose of being able to serve others over and over. It should be simply because it is the healthy thing to do with or without others. And most importantly, stop telling people to take care of others but only them take care of themselves. If someone is giving of themselves and gets to a point where they need to take a break and “self-care”, before leaving them to care for themselves, offer to give to them for a change by seeing if they need anything. How about instead of your loved one taking self-care by giving themselves a soak in the tub, you go and ask them (before they’re completely worn out) if they want you to draw up a bath for them so they can take a break. Or instead of your co-worker going off on edge needing a break, if you have a moment, go ask if there’s something you can help them get done faster. And make sure the people in your life do those things for you consistently as well. Stop giving more than you get. Don’t empty your cup and refill yourself just to pour out more over and over. Smash the tiny cup that no one wants to help fill, and get yourself a pond full of only those who are willing to put themselves into making the fountain work continually. You deserve for them to do things and pour out for you too. If they choose not do for you as much as you do for them equally and consistently, they are not for you. Don’t blame yourself for being drained and not doing enough self-care when there are people who should be caring for you too. Again, self-care is important. But, receiving care from others is too. So, now I ask you, why pour from cups when you could have a beautiful fountain?

To Hex, or Not to Hex? That is YOUR question.

*This one is rather long compared to usual, but it’s a topic I felt needed addressed yet again, as it continues to pop up frequently.

One topic that inevitably comes up when discussing magik is whether or not hexing and cursing or other forms of harm is allowed, or against the rules. The problem with this discussion is that there is not a definitive universal answer. Answering the question of whether or not cursing is allowed is like asking if a particular god or religion is true. The answer is whatever is true to the individual and their path.  In recent years, it has become commonly taught that harming anyone magikally is wrong and “against the rules”. This is especially so in groups that emphasize the more trendy form of light work that has become highly popularized and even commercialized lately online. Many of those even go as far as to say don’t harm even your enemies and instead maybe try just blessing everyone around them except for them. This can be problematic for a few reasons. For starters, that takes a lot of energy to bless everyone around a person, and very likely their blessings will be in some way shared with the person you think you’re punishing. Secondly, even though it is ultimately their choice how they behave, consider the fact that many people became toxic because of toxic people in their lives. For those cases, you would be inadvertently blessing toxic or even abusive people, and possibly the people who caused your enemy to treat others the way they do. Thus the cycle will only continue. Not only this, but the idea of harming no one at all is difficult, if not impossible. Aside from a very few cases, you can not avoid all forms of harm when working magik for things you need or want. Say, for example, you are doing a working to get the job you applied for. Guess what that means. That means someone else did not get that job regardless of their qualifications and now has to keep looking and go even longer without the pay they are needing or wanting. Sure, that’s the case with all jobs. But at least without magik you know that you didn’t cause it to happen that way. And what about prosperity that isn’t job specific? Well, that usually takes longer because you did not specify. But also, money doesn’t just appear out of thin air created from the gods. Even with magik, it had to come from somewhere. Someone had to part with their money to give it to you. Again, the same is true for all businesses. But it’s also true that there are likely other people who offer the same product or service that might have gotten that money instead of you if you hadn’t done that working. Are these things bad or wrong? No, not at all. But the point is, someone was still harmed or at least inconvenienced. So one has to be really clear on what constitutes harm when stressing these “rules”. 

Now, the matter of actual willful harm is slightly different. But that too, though not encouraged for just any upset, is still allowed in most systems of magik. And that is true going back for as long as we have records of magik being practiced. For example, we know that in ancient Egypt curses and darker forms of magik were used. Even in the mythology of Ancient Egyptians, that form of magik and ritual was mentioned. In the tale of how Auset (Isis) got Ra to reveal his secret name to her in order to get his full power, she had used magik to make a poisonous snake from clay come to life and bite Ra so that he would become so close to death that she could make him give her his name in exchange for being healed. In Norse mythology, Andvari cursed a gold ring to bring death and despair to anyone who possessed it, and it continued to do so through multiple generations. Even the Christian Bible includes passages that were praying to their god to curse those who did wrong to them. Some of these are even used in modern practices today. In non-myth, real world examples, history has many records of people utilizing curses on a nearly regular basis in almost every culture. We’ve all heard the stories of the curses on Egyptian tombs. But there’s also evidence of curses in everyday life. In many societies, that was standard practice. Ancient Greece and Rome had a tradition of making curse tablets against those they thought had wronged them. According to Smithsonian Magazine, one of these tablets was found and translated that “invoked the god Mercury to bring down a curse on Varianus, Peregrina and Sabinianus, whom the curser thought had brought harm on their animal. “I ask that you drive them to the greatest death, and do not allow them health or sleep unless they redeem from you what they have administered to me,” cursed the aggrieved Docilinus”. (Blakemore, Smithsonian.com. 2016). In Ireland, curses were common even into the 1700s and later. In many areas of the Southern United States, both curses and ways to avoid curses were so common, even in later years, that some people still carry traditions now that they don’t even realize originated from those practices. And there are many more examples of these things all around the world. So why do we shun these practices now as if they were always considered wrong? 

Part of why this has become so commonly accepted as “ancient truth” is misconceptions of one or two teachings from a select few paths. One of these is, of course, Christianization. Much of the anti-magik, anti-witchcraft stigma was brought about by the churches in power after christianity had taken over various places and peoples. One of the first things they did in this process, was demonizing any part of the older ways of the people that couldn’t be somehow shown as the Christian god’s power or that was viewed as sin by the church. Not only that, but they made great effort towards erasing any reminders that future generations could come across and realize that they weren’t demonic. So in modern times, when people started going back to older ways, ancient practices were not only misinterpreted by Christian scholars, but many who had been raised by generations of christians now had this mental programing of right and wrong and “sin” that made any form of harm be seen as “wrong”. Then, with the rise of modern Wicca and movies and media showing that as the primary form of “old ways”, the “rule of three” and “harm none” became almost a staple in every expression of “good” witches. Not to mention that, because of discrimination from the Christians, many practitioners still had to claim “witches don’t do harm” as a safety measure. And that’s still needed in some places even now. The problem with this is, it is not as ancient as we were lead to believe. In fact, the old granny witches who were christians is an older practice than the Wicca as we know it today. A lot of modern Wicca is taken from the Gardnerian form which is younger than my grandparents. Even the ones that were older than that who preferred no harm, at one point in time, the rule wasn’t to never cause harm, but that harm could be done in certain circumstances such as self-defense. And again, that is that handful of practices among all the multitudes of practices and cultures throughout the history of humanity. So, back to the question of is it right or wrong.

For me, in my personal belief and path, I feel that sometimes it is justified in those cases of self-defense and terrible wrongs. I have seen too many horrible, abusive, toxic people go unpunished and never change their ways to believe that karma will just on its own take them down. I believe sometimes we are the karma. Yet, only for certain very bad cases would I ever go to that point. However, I also believe that unless they are harming and cursing innocent people for personal petty reasons or just because they can, that’s between them and the gods and spirits they work with. And maybe whatever person or group they aimed it at. Because it is not a universal law, there is not a definitive yes or no, black & white answer. So to Hex or not to Hex? That is determined by the individual, their motives, and their path. And we can’t keep telling people that all must do it the same way; no matter which side of arguement we’re on.

That’s all I have for this entry. As always, feel free to comment and discuss, and I will respond as I’m able. See you soon.

What is Intuitive Tarot Reading?

If you look online, you’ll see that there are multiple listings, websites, facebook pages, shops and a plethora of others offering tarot and oracle card readings and workshops on how to do them. And each one of these has a slightly different way of doing it. So I would like to discuss intuitive tarot reading and the way that I both do and teach this practice. 

When beginning to learn the tarot, one of the things that a lot of people look at is the book definitions and meanings of the cards. Some books and teachers even go into teaching meanings of the different suits, the numbers and their meanings in numerology, history of the cards, and the list goes on. For many beginners, just the book definition part is extremely daunting. Unfortunately, this has led many people to say “I can’t do tarot, its too much to remember”. But with Intuitive tarot reading, the card meanings are more like basic guidelines, and the majority of the reading is done with intuition and spirit, and using the cards as more of a trigger for your psyche. For me, personally, I was “taught” to read tarot by having the book taken from my deck as soon as I opened it and hidden from me for a year until I learned to do it without the book first.  I don’t teach quite that way myself, but I do have minimal focus on prescribed meanings. As I said, I use the cards as triggers for the psyche and what they mean to me in the context of the reading at hand. So, though the cards all have general meanings, the interpretation will vary from one reading to the next. If I were to do a reading for a client and pull, for example, the six of pentacles it could mean that the client is going to be receiving some help or charity, or that they need to reach out to people for that help. But my next client could have that card appear and it mean that they are needing to give more or that they are giving too much. So though they have the same general theme, its not necessarily the same “meaning” in all readings. Another part of intuitive reading and letting the cards speak to you as the reader, is determining what the cards mean to you even if it’s not what is traditionally associated. Let the pictures speak to you. For example, the 7 of swords is, by many readers, considered a card of defeat or accepting losses. For me, however, this card is most often one of winning. The card traditionally shows the image of a man walking away from two swords stuck in (or lying on) the ground behind him and carrying the rest of the swords away. But for me, what I see in this card is he still has 5 swords. So in many cases, when this card comes up in a reading for me, its a sign of potential victory for the client. Or practicing toward the victory. The key here is finding out what the cards and images bring to your mind and let the psyche and “spirit” fill in the rest. The psyche and intuition is where the more detailed message then comes from. There are a ton of “readers” online who charge standard prices or higher, yet the result of the reading is almost direct from the book or a vague overview of card meanings that often fail to give a real individual message. I once paid for a reading where the “reader” literally just sent screenshots of the meaning of the cards from the book and no interpretation or how it applied to me and my question. If that’s all someone wants in a reading, as the phrase goes, “there’s an app for that”. And most of those apps are free. Paying clients need more than that. They deserve more. Why charge someone for something that they can do on google for free? It’s just plain rude. 

But the biggest problem with that way of doing readings, is that when someone has a question that is important enough they want to pay a reader for guidance, they are already emotionally invested and can easily read those book definitions to mean whatever they hope or fear the answer already is. If they’re asking about their future and the reader pulls the 2 of cups and just says that it means “Passion, couple, a toast, union”, they may get excited thinking they’re going to get married when, in actuality, the “union” coming is a company merger at work that will impact their life. So we have to do more than just “by the book”. And that includes using intuition and psychic ability to get a more clear and individual message for the client. This is part of what I do when reading and what I try to help others do when teaching. When I teach tarot reading, I give brief descriptions or generalized meanings to the cards, and have the student keep track of what they mean to them along with a walk through of opening up to receiving the actual messages. That way, though there is still the general idea of what the cards may mean, they are able to determine what it means to them as the reader, and how to get a more specific message for whoever they are reading for. And despite what people try to claim, “psychic ability” is something all of us are capable of. There are many forms and many people who are better at some forms than others, but everyone has the ability. And how “good” or adept one becomes is simply a matter of practice and finding what works for them. Which is what I do and encourage others to try as well. And I love what I do.  So, that’s all I have for now. See you soon. 

*If you would like more information about my intuitive tarot reading course, please feel free to email me at NikkLQ@mail.com or reach me on WhatsApp Business via User Name – Nikk’s Readings. You can also visit my products and services page for information here: https://lokeaswonderings.com/services-products/

Nott (night) and other night time Goddesses

* I posted this on my Lokean/Norse blog & thought it would fit well here too.

Throughout the ancient world, night was often seen as a concept that, though dark, was not only needed for maintaining balance and passage of time, but was also very powerful. Night is not only associated with darkness and danger, but with dreams and prophecy and magik. So it is no wonder that many of the deities associated with (or personifying) night were often those primordial, primal, “pre-gods” or those who came into the picture before the “official” newer gods like the Titans and the Thurs came before Olympus and Asgard. In Egyptian mythology, the Primordial Goddess Nut is most often depicted as being arched over the earth covered in stars, and often with the sun poking out from beneath her womb. This is symbolizing the sun god Ra being born from here each day. It was said that she (the night) would swallow Ra at night to keep him safe from the monster Apep and give birth to him again in the morning as part of the daily cycle. She was also the lover of Geb (the earth) and mother of the 5 deities that later became well known even now Ausar (Osiris), Auset (Isis), Set, Nebt-het (Nephtys) and Heru (Horus)-the elder. She was both a cosmic mother, and night time, and protector. And she was a personification of the Milky way and cosmos itself. This made her associated with astrology and us being connected to and a part of that cosmos. Another night goddess is the Greek Titan Goddess, Asteria. Her name actually means roughly “starry one” or “of the stars”, like the night sky. At one point, Zeus tried his usual pursuit of females on her but she refused and flew into the ocean and became an island. This is the same island that her sister Leto gave birth to Apollo and Artemis on (again, a connection to earth). She is also a goddess of dream divination, night-time magik, and is the mother of Hekate (who we know is also a goddess of deep magik). And then, in Norse myth, we have Nott. 

Nott is the daughter of a giant. In Gylfaginning, we’re told “she was black and dark in accordance with her ancestry”. Snorri goes on to tell us that “Her last husband was Delling, he was of the race of the Aesir. Their son was Day. He was bright and beautiful in accordance with his father’s nature”. Though this does relate to his view of Jotun as dark and Aesir as bright to an extent, this description is not to focus on race, but is to show that she is a personification of night just as her “bright” son personified day. This though, was only one of her children. She also, in a previous marriage, gave birth to Jord who, you may recall, is also earth. In Vafthrudnir we see the passage of time aspect of night saying “night was begotten by Nor; Full moon and old by the gods were fashioned, to tell the time for men”. So we already have the passage of time and the night giving birth to day like in the others mentioned, along with a connection to earth. But though we aren’t told much about Nott beyond this and her travel across the sky, at least in names given to her, there is reference to dreams as well as just being “night”. In Bellows translation of Alvissmal, the dwarf Alvis is asked what Nor’s daughter, the night, is called in all of the worlds. He replies that she is called Nott by men, darkness by the gods, The Hood by the high holy ones, the lightless by the Jotun, sleep’s joy by the elves, and weaver of dreams by the dwarfs. In Thorpe’s translation she is listed with older norse names we don’t have solidly verified english translation of but the dwarf name given for her is Draumniorum. Even though there isn’t an exact translation for this specific name, I can’t help but see the similarity to the word draumr which we do know means dream. Now, this is total UPG here but, I find it interesting that while the human, Jotun, and gods all refer to night in reference to lack of light or darkness, it is the races known for strong magik (elf and dwarf) that make reference to the dream aspect. We also see multiple times in the lore that dreams are associated with prophecy and destiny and foretelling the future. So, for me, I can see Nott being much like the other goddesses mentioned. And so to me she is not only the primordial night itself and the cycles involved in that but she’s the same magik and prophecy as the others too. I feel this because of the way a lot of magik and mastering of practices often involves the inner spirit, shadow, and knowledge or wisdom that is often referred to as “secret”. Not to mention the way spells and rituals were often held at night and the fact most people feel that the best practice is not to broadcast openly what work we’re doing until it’s finished (ie: hidden). In fact, after studying a little more in preparation for writing this blog entry, I think I might try to connect with Nott more personally and maybe even ask her to help in my magikal practice and dreaming while I’m at it. Maybe even a little work with all of these night goddesses for that purpose. 

Let’s discuss:  What are your thoughts on Nott? Or other night goddesses for that matter? Do you have working knowledge of any specifically male deities that represent night time? If so, how are they similar or different from these feminine deities? Have you worked with Nott personally? Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts. See you soon.

Make Magik Your Own (a few witchy life hacks)

One of the things that is often an area of disagreement among practitioners of almost any path, is that of doing things the “right” way. In general, people seem to be pretty okay with the idea of doing what works for you and the “rules” actually being more like guidelines. Yet, there are those who say you HAVE to do it this way for it to work. There are those who believe you are doing it wrong if you don’t do it to the letter with the exact ingredients and components as given in the “original” spell or working. And some of these people will rant and verbally attack anyone who does things differently declaring that “your spell won’t work that way, and you’re insulting the path to even try. You’re a poser”. Well I hate to break it to you but, if that were true, that would also mean that everyone of those people whose work you’re following is also a “poser”. Because unless you believe some deity came down to that person and told them how to do a particular thing and to only do it that way, then you have to admit that they too did what they thought would work for them. Not only that, but all those “correspondences” that people are so particular about, also vary from one culture or practice to another. You can use sugar for sweetening. But there were also times and places in the past where sugar was used for prosperity because it was a rather expensive nicety that not everyone had easy access to. You can use pink or red candles for matters of romance. But love spells have been done since long before candles were household items, and way before they came in a variety of colors. Someone somewhere had to say “I bet this will work” and give it a try. Now, yes, it is true that following the “tried and true” methods as close as you can is helpful and often does make them work better. But, that doesn’t mean that other methods won’t work or that you can’t have just as strong results with the right amount of thought, intent and energy. So, for this entry, I want to share a few of those things I’ve come across or “thought I’d try” over the years. Some are general substitutions, some are just modern versions of older things. So let’s get it to it. 

Herbs: Growing up with no metaphysical shops within 40 miles and being the only witch in both my family and the whole town, I had to make do with what I could. So I found out rather quickly that the joke about “Store bought is fine” is actually true. You can find a lot of herbs commonly used in magik on your local grocery store spice rack. Allspice, cinnamon, basil, rosemary, cayenne, sage, the list goes on. These from the grocer will work if that’s what you have available. Cinnamon is cinnamon no matter where you buy it. Yes, there are benefits to using those herbs from magikal supply shops. They are often packaged lovingly with spiritual work in mind, they are usually grown and distributed in an eco-friendly way, and in many cases you are helping a small business owner and your local economy. However, some people don’t have that option, or don’t have time and money to wait for delivery from ordering online. So there is no shame at all in using what you get at the store. You may even have a lot of these already in your cabinet and just not thinking about it outside of cooking. Go have a look. 

Divination: There are many forms of divination out there and many tools one can make or buy for that purpose. There are Tarot and oracle cards, pendulums, scrying mirrors, scrying bowls, rune sets, i-ching, you name it. These too can be made, tweaked, or you can create your own method. You can draw your own designs for cards and sigils on sticks, stones, or even index cards and put energy into them to charge them for your divination needs. You can flip a coin for yes/no questions. For pendulums you can use almost any dangling object. I have used necklaces I have a special connection to. I’ve used a stick on a string. And of course there is the old-fashioned way of putting a ring on a string or chain.

One quick divination I found is tossing a feather. For this I lay the feather flat in my palm without curving my hand or gripping it. Then I ask a yes or no question (or a two choices question) and ask “if the answer is no (or choice A) flip away from me, if the answer is yes (or choice  B)- flip towards me”.  Then focus on the question and lightly blow above your hand but not actually on the feather and see which way the wind flips it. You can also do the same thing but assign each side (smooth or rough) an answer and instead of blowing over it, simply move your hand and let it drop on its own and see how it lands.

Another thing people often struggle with doing their own way is scrying. One of the most popular versions of this is using a black mirror. Second to this, is a scrying bowl which is also usually a dark color. The most common method for these is to let the light from a candle or from the moon, shine or glow over/in the water or mirror surface and see the images that come to you or appear on the surface. But, as with everything else, most common doesn’t mean it’s the only way. You can use almost any reflective surface. Though dark surfaces are more common and easier to see images in, they don’t have to be dark (most crystal balls are pretty clear, yes?). You can practice scrying in a bowl of water from your kitchen. You can do scrying in a slow still stream or rain puddle. There are two methods I use that I stumbled upon by accident. The first was a cup of coffee. I was drinking a cup of black coffee one night while sitting outside. It happened to be a full moon that night, and I noticed the reflection in my cup. The reflection bent a little when I moved my leg and that gave me an idea. So, I tried it, and it worked. The second one (which I still use quite a bit) is a lot like a black mirror in appearance. Have you ever looked at your phone screen when it’s off and noticed how shiny it is? There you go. It’s reflective and black. Black mirror. 

Food: Food has been charmed with magik for practically as long as humans have been cooking. We know we can add certain ingredients for certain purposes and charge the food with the intent. But you don’t have to have specific ingredients either. Many times the act of charging in itself will do. The next time you want to bring something into your life, try pushing that intent into your food before eating it. Thereby bringing that desire into you.

People have also done this and added the step of cutting, or shaping, breads and the like with runes and symbols that correspond to the intent. But you can also do that with icing, or spreadable toppings. When I was 18 and trying to get my first actual job as an adult, I tried the oddest thing. And it worked. The morning of my interview, I got a toaster pastry for breakfast and drew a dollar sign on it with the icing pack that came with it. Then I ate the pastry while focusing on getting the job. Two hours later, even though I had no experience in that area and very few hours I was available to work, I got the job. I’ve done similar in other cases with “easy-cheese” and crackers. It doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be “just right”. It has to trigger your psyche and focus that intent. That’s the biggest part. The same is true with those ingredients mentioned earlier. If there is an ingredient that you associate with a specific feeling or idea, use that. It’s your food, and your magik, so do it your way. 

These are just a few of the things that can be tweaked or adjusted in spell work and divining. Again, doing what has been tried and practiced as written is absolutely great. But, that’s not always feasible for everyone. And sometimes it just doesn’t vibe right with your style and energy. That’s all great too. So, play with it. See what other ideas you can come up with. Have fun with it. That’s all for now. Feel free to comment or email your thoughts and questions. See you soon.

Welcome to the New Blog!

Hello, and welcome to the newest section of my website, the Tarot & Magik blog. This blog will include a weekly readings post, discussion of individual tarot cards, spells, correspondences, modern witch tips & hacks, information on pagan holidays, and other psychic, witchy, and pagan things. There will also be paid subscription post. These will include more tarot & readings, lessons, advance notice of classes, sales & discounts, and advance notice of any events, new books and products as well. I hope you’ll follow along. And of course, feel free to check out the main page and links to my other blogs and full list of services here: Lokea’s Wonderings Enjoy! See you again soon!

Norse Creation Myth: A poem for young ones

Listen children

To the stories told

Of how the world got started

In the days of old.

Before there ever was

Any worldly thing,

There was Muspelheim, Ginnungagap,

And Niflheim from frozen spring.

In Muspelheim lived Surt

The oldest being of all,

Whose flaming sword waving

Set Niflheim to thaw.

From the melting Niflheim

An Ice giant appeared.

Father of the Jotun,

Whose name was Ymir.

While he slept he had three children

The giants we know now,

And he and the children were all fed

By the milk of a cow.

This very first cow

Who was big and round,

While Ymir drank her milk,

She licked at the ground.

As she licked the brimstone

She found a tuft of hair.

After a few more days of doing this,

She found another person there.

This man’s name was Buri,

And he had children too.

And his children also had children

Who lead to me and you.

He had a grandson named Odin

Who called his brothers near.

And together these three young gods

Went out and killed Ymir.

Then the body of Ymir

Into Ginnungagap was hurled.

And with the pieces of his body,

The three gods made the world.

His blood became the ocean.

The rocks came from teeth and bone.

His hair became the forest and trees.

Every part of him made our home.

Then Odin and his brothers

Went walking by the waters.

When suddenly they found two trees and thought,

“Let’s make human sons and daughters”

So they carved the trees into people,

A woman and a man.

Carving every little detail,

To the fingerprints in their hands.

Then Odin breathed into them

So they could breathe now too.

Then one brother gave them life’s blood,

And the other made them move.

So those two trees they carved,

Became the first couple, husband and wife.

And that is how Ymir’s death,

Gave the rest of this world life.

So when you walk in nature,

Be careful what you do,

Because you are part of that nature,

And it is part of you.