What do you need to take care of yourself? ~ tarot spread

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Physically ~ Ace of Swords

For some of you… there are unpleasant physical reactions to other people’s harsh words, criticism, and negative intentions. It’s very easy for someone less sensitive to tell you that you have to get a grip on this, we all know that it’s just not that simple. The problem is that you feel the emotional aspect so intensely it transforms into physical ramifications.

For a few of you… you’re holding on so tightly, trying so hard to remain balanced and unaffected by the onslaught of negativity around you. You may try to ignore an individual’s intrusion into your life, your space, but the very effort to do so is in itself a physical demand that’s become overwhelming.

What do you need physically?… you need to find a way to either remove a specific person or situation from your life altogether, or you need to remove them from your mind and your daily thoughts. Both suggestions are probably equally difficult. Another way around this is to have a diversion ready when you are triggered, such as a key word to repeat mentally to yourself, or a comforting vision to hold in your thoughts, until you feel the tension subside. This might seem like a very temporary fix, but I think you’ll find that it will be enough to relieve some of the physical reactions your body throws at you.

Emotionally ~ 10 of pentacles

For some of you… you’re desperately in need of stability. Whether this instability stems from financial situations, or relationship issues, or something unique to you and your life, without a stable foundation it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to progress and to progress with lasting effect.

For a few of you… you’re trapped inside the box because you’re afraid to break out and instigate change. You may feel constricted and restrained by family and tradition, and you’re not sure what the reaction would be if you did embrace the true you and your life as you’d like it. This suppresses you. The thing is, does it really matter, other people’s reactions? If yes, you might find yourself trapped forever in a life pattern that is not your own.

What do you need emotionally?… you need courage to embrace your true self and the realization that you have the power to manifest it. You also need to make necessary changes to your life that would bring about more mental and emotional stability. For a few of you, this may mean the end of a troublesome relationship; for others it may mean the strength to leave a job or career behind in order to achieve success and a feeling of accomplishment on another path.

Mentally ~ Knight of Wands

For some of you… there is the need to tame your passion and lust for life in order to direct it, to use it, to develop it to your advantage in a deliberate way. You might feel scattered and somewhat puzzled because your mind can’t handle all the information that it’s trying to digest and categorize. This often happens with children and adults who suffer from attention deficit disorders. You’re brilliant, you just have too many voices in your head at one time. There is the need to slow down your racing mind in order to make sense of it all, in order to organize your thoughts and be able to put them into constructive controlled action.

For a few of you… you’re burned out. You’ve been through something that has left you feeling depleted, exhausted, numb, inert. Your mind needs a break from whatever life has thrown at you in order to heal and energize itself. Removing yourself from an individual, or a set of circumstances, if only for a short while, may help you to feel mentally rejuvenated and refreshed, able to look at an old problem from a new perspective.

What do you need mentally?… some of you need a vacation, literally, time away from your everyday life in order to allow your mind the freedom to roam, and imagine, and rest, and follow it’s whims. Others need to tame this wild beast, this racing madness that comes to you most profoundly during solitary moments. Once, long ago, when I was just starting life on a new path, a voice came to me literally, and it said: “Learn to control your mind.”

Spiritually ~ Knight of Cups

For some of you… you’re seeking love, quite simply, and you might be having some difficulty finding it on your spiritual quest. Love comes in so many shapes and forms, it could’ve fit any of the categories in this tarot spread, but it showed up here. The kind of love that encompasses spirituality can embrace all levels of our lives and psyche. An overwhelming ability to love ourselves and to feel this positive energy from those closest to us is fundamental for our own well being, but we also need to tap into the bigger picture and take advantage of universal energy. Don’t give up the quest; don’t surrender to pessimism or skepticism.

For a few of you… you’ve put love on hold, or you’re taking a passive stance when it comes to seeking, or chasing, this elusive treasure. And for a small minority, trudging through daily life, believing that everything in your reality is “okay”, you wonder what is giving the gray pall of a lackluster finish to your world and your spiritual life — It’s the lack of love. Nothing that you aspire to learn, to grow, to create, or to experience will be complete without it.

What do you need spiritually?… you need to learn how to tap into universal energy that is powered by and entrenched in love. It’s like a virus, so to speak, once you’ve made this connection on a spiritual level, it will hit a personal level, and go on and on throughout all aspects of your life.

How you currently feel ~ 4 of swords

For some of you… there’s the definite feeling that you need to recharge your batteries. You’ve drained yourself through a series of life’s circumstances, and you won’t be able to travel much further on your chosen path if you can’t rewind your tapes, erase the negativity, adjust the reality, and renew your purpose. There is the idea of “faunching at the bit”, as my grandmother would say, as in a horse that’s fighting the reins, crazy with the idea of taking off at full speed on an independent run. Grab those reins and go, you’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.

For a few of you… there’s still the weight of responsibility (imaginary, real, or magnified), as well as a group or an individual who doesn’t want you to spread your wings. Someone around you may feel stuck in a rut, and they don’t want to be alone, so they will say and do what they have to in order to hold you back, to break your self-confidence, and to feed your self-doubt. Remember, also, that sometimes we do this to ourselves. Learn to recognize this, and you can beat it. You can learn to let go and soar.

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A Desert Reading ~ One Card for Today

10/swords ~

I’m not feeling the sense of “burdens” that this card is usually connected with.  There’s more of a feeling about everyone being on the same page for some major transition, project, or job.  It’s going to be important for some of you to have co-workers, a spouse, friends, or family all looking in the same direction, all working towards the same goal.  You will at least need their support and positive energy, as negativity or a lack of support will only make your task more difficult.

For those of you who find yourself at the threshold of something new, a decision to make, or a new transition coming up, make sure that you have your ducks in a row, that you have the necessary information you need to accomplish what you’re setting out to do.  Some of you may also want to look around and see where the stumbling blocks lay and get rid of them; whether they are individuals, or circumstances, or personal weakness.

The Blood, Sweat, & Tears of Self-Publishing a Tarot Deck

This is an amazing lady with lots of insight, information, and priceless hindsight.  If you’re thinking of self-publishing a tarot deck, you may want to check out three articles she wrote on the topic.  And yes, they were written in a particular order and are meant to be read in order to be most helpful.

What Does it Cost to Self-Publish a Tarot Deck?

The Actual Cost of Self-Publishing a Tarot Deck

The Intangible Cost of Self-Publishing a Tarot Deck

In the last blog post, a lot of the mental doubt and fatigue and anxiety and exhaustion that she experienced goes with publishing or self-publishing books as well as tarot cards.  I so connected with this lady on so many points!  The idea of any aspect of your creation being flawed (which it probably is somewhere because we’re only human after all) is a nerve-wracking invasive thought that likes to eat away at your brain.

At some point, the creator has to stop tweaking his shit and just publish the damn thing!  You could spend an eternity editing and re-editing, trying to reach some unrealistic plateau of perfection, until you would drive yourself nuts.

Happy reading!  And Happy Creating to the artists and writers out there with works-in-progress!!

 

 

 

Impending Death ~ Recognizing Its Salutation

Sometimes I know when someone is going to die. It happened for the very first time when I was twelve years old, and it’s only happened a handful of times in my 61 years.  It’s only revealed a family member once.  It is an active physical phenomena, and it is a mental clairecognizant event.

The physical phenomena is accompanied by a physical “freezing” in place.  For several seconds I literally cannot move.  It is accompanied by a whisper that I believe is inside my head, though it could be an external whisper and I’m just not interpreting it as such.  The voice says, “Look, look at this person, look again.”  And I have to look, I have to stare, usually for several seconds at the individual, and I’m unable to turn away.  During the handful of these experiences, the voice has always said the exact same thing.

The clairecognizant event is accompanied by a solid definite “knowing” that this person is going to die very soon.

I have never actively tried to make myself knowledgeable about such events, not even with tarot reading.  I have never sought to learn how to know this thing.  I have never wanted to have this knowledge; it is inflicted on me without my knowing in advance that it’s coming, and without my desire to know.  It is something beyond my control.  I have never tried to approach someone with this pre-cognizant knowledge, or to inform anyone in any way of my experience, or the premonition concerning them and their life and imminent death.  I have spent decades of my life trying to deliberately block this information from coming through, but have been unsuccessful.  I sometimes think that my attempts to block it out may be the reason that I’ve experienced it so infrequently, with only a handful of events.

Below are descriptions of three of these “events”.

T H E _ C O L L E C T O R

The first event occurred when I was 12-years-old, and it is the only event that involved a family member, my uncle.  It is also the only event that didn’t follow the “pattern” of all the subsequent premonitions.  I’ve actually written about this very first life-changing event because, as a child, I didn’t understand what happened, and I believed for a very long time that I caused my uncle’s death by seeing the vision.

Easter Sunday 1969, when I was 12…

It had been a horrendous winter. My Aunt & Uncle had been snowed in for months. We were only able to have Easter dinner with them by driving a long route and coming in from the east as opposed to the more direct west route. Even then, we had to park our car on top of a hill and walk part of the way to their farmhouse, down a hill, across a small valley, and up over the next hill.

It was after dinner. The women were still in the kitchen chatting. My uncle and grandfather were sitting in the living room listening to music, along with my sister and me. We were both perched on the edge of a long piano stool.

I looked across the room at my Uncle, who was stretched out on the sofa, one arm behind his head. As I watched, I was startled and fascinated to see the back of the sofa suddenly swing forward and close over him. I realized that I was seeing my uncle in a coffin with the lid being closed. I shook my head and blinked my eyes to rid myself of this vision.  I looked at my grandfather and my sister to see what their reaction was, and I realized that I was the only one to see this thing.

Later in the afternoon, my uncle left the house to go outside and check the water levels in the driveway, where the melting snow was beginning to cause flooding. My sister and I were standing in the dining room window, watching him walk up to the house.

We turned away.

A second later we heard a muffled noise, and my Aunt came hysterically screaming from the kitchen doorway, “Mom! Mom!”…calling my grandmother.

My Uncle had stepped into the entryway off the kitchen and collapsed.

They called for an ambulance—which came in the wrong way, the way that was still blocked with deep snow banks, and they had to turn around to come in the same way we did. They also had to walk a gurney the same path we took, across the valley. It took so long for help to get there.

My uncle died that day.

It wasn’t until years later, in my late teens, while having a conversation with my grandmother, that I revealed to someone for the first time what I saw and how I believed that this vision caused the event.  My grandmother emphatically told me that what I saw was a premonition, and that this vision was a foretelling and had nothing to do with causing my uncle’s death.  It was at this point that I finally understood.

The young man at the Halloween party…

It was a beautiful October evening, and my then-husband and I were guests at a friend’s outdoor Halloween Party.  There was a young couple there, dressed as a bride and bride-groom, but the characters were turned around.  The young woman was dressed as the groom, and the young man was wearing a wedding dress.  During the first part of the party, I felt compelled to take a picture of this couple sitting together in a swing.

A buffet was set up in the garage, and I went by myself to fix a plate of food.  The only other person in the garage was this young man.  He had his back to me, across the room, intent on the table before him.  I was just going to pick up an empty plate, when I froze, and I heard the voice… “Look, look at this person, look again.”  I had to look.  I looked at the dark curls of the woman’s wig he was wearing flowing to his shoulder blades.  I looked at the open back of the dress, a diamond shaped cut-out revealing the  center of his back.  I couldn’t move, and I couldn’t take my eyes off this spot for several seconds.

I knew.

Later that evening, this couple had an argument and she left the party.  He was extremely angry and upset,  and he was ready to go find her.  For several minutes, family members were either trying to physically prevent him from leaving, or they were trying to talk him out of it.  Eventually, he got away from them and left in his vehicle.  One of the ladies at the party, his Aunt I believe, grabbed my wrists and looked desperately and deeply in my eyes.  “He’s going to get hurt tonight!”

I wanted to tell her, “No, he’s going to die tonight.”, but I was physically unable to do this.  I felt that strange kind of “frozen” at this moment, and was unable to speak those words to her.

The next morning we learned that in the pursuit of finding his girlfriend, this young man’s car had been hit by a train.  He did, indeed, die that night.

The man in the little green truck...

For a while, my schedule coincided with his, and magickally at 3:45 pm we would meet at the top of the overpass on northern Broad Street.  I always noticed the truck, one of those very small pickups, a pretty turquoise green-blue, and the driver was a young man.  It became a routine expected sight, and one I didn’t think much of, except to know that when I saw this truck I was precisely on time, as was he.

The man in the small green pickup on the overpass still haunts me. I drive this route everyday, this location where one day when we meet, everything seems to start moving in slow motion, and the voice says,  “Look, look at this person, look again.” , and I do, with that strange fixated frozen intensity.  I can’t stop looking. I really look at the driver for the first time, seeing details, as we’re both moving in opposite directions, but in that strange slow motion.

I see a young man in his late 20s or early 30s. I see the red baseball cap and the soft brown hair around the edges of it. I see the thick-lensed black-framed glasses and the white t-shirt. I see his hands on the steering wheel and a look of concentration on his face. I stare at him until we’ve passed, and then I watch his vehicle in my rear-view mirror until he disappears over the hill.

I knew.

Up until this event in my adult life, I had never spoken about this odd sense of premonition to anyone before, but I did after this experience. I told my daughters. I told them that I wish I knew who this young man was. I told them that if I knew where to find him, I might try to find enough courage to approach him, knowing I would sound like a crazy woman. I would tell him to take a different route, at least for a while. I told them that something awful was going to happen to this young man.

And it did.

One day, on my day off, we were outside in our front yard when the neighbor came home. He got out of his pickup and approached us, looking absolutely stunned. He said he’d just come home on the overpass, and that there had been a terrible accident. He said that a white van had plowed into several vehicles at a great speed. He said there were bodies and mangled vehicles everywhere, and it was the worst thing he’d ever seen.

The over-pass is only a few blocks from our home.

We got in our vehicle and went to the edge of the highway east of our house, where we could see the overpass clearly, we were so close. And to my shock, there was the young man’s small pickup, the driver’s door flung open, sitting cross-ways in the highway. When he was hit, he had been thrown from his pickup, at the top of the overpass, and had landed on the railroad tracks below. He was one of many casualties from this accident.

I think about this young man every time I drive over this hill.

So, being able to recognize impending death, is it a gift or a curse?  What good is seeing the future if you cannot altar it?  Why is this knowledge revealed at all?  Could the young man have been saved from his fate on Halloween night if he would’ve left that party a few minutes before or a few minutes after he did?  Would the man in the pickup have listened to me if I would’ve been able to give him a warning?

 

 

BOOK RELEASE! ~ The Ultimate Tarot Guide for Your Personal Tarot Journey

BOOK RELEASE!…Book #6 is UP and AVAILABLE @ Amazon ~ “The Ultimate Tarot Guide for Your Personal Tarot Journey”

Purchase your copy here:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790491517

“This book takes you on an inspirational magical journey into the realm of tarot. Traditionalism and mediocrity are left behind. The author flings open doors and expands horizons to reveal amazing connections with tarot and it’s intimate influence on our world. As you make your way through this tarot study guide and workbook, you will develop a very unique and personal connection with the tarot and a deeper understanding of yourself.”

EDIT:  Amazon Reviews ~ It would be greatly appreciated if anyone purchasing this book @ Amazon would leave a star rating, a review, or a comment! Thank you!

I have the Proof Copy in my hands!

 

Special Sale ~ The Spiritual Feminist

Just in time for Christmas!  Note:  This book was published by Moon Books, and I have no control over the sale and promotion… I do not know how long this special will last!

Special Price ~ The Spiritual Feminist (was $24.99, now $5.29…paperback!) The Spiritual Feminist empowers today’s woman through the Goddess ~

click  HERE

“So many people throughout my life have told me who I am, what I must do, what I can’t do, what I have to complete, and what I will never be able to accomplish, and then I met the Goddess.” (From The Spiritual Feminist) …The Spiritual Feminist empowers today’s modern woman through the Goddess, connecting her to ancient matriarchal divinity and spiritual practices which invoke this energy.

 

The Writer’s Corner ~ video

Books by Amythyst Raine @ Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Amythyst-Raine/e/B004NMWMX4

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Holiday Merch ~ Promo Code! Sale

I’ve been buying some of my own “merch” at Zazzle. This is my Tarot Parlour Mug, and I have one of my “Follow Your Dreams” totes coming. They’re having a GREAT SALE right now, use the promo code: Holidayzsave

The Magick of Landing Pages

The internet is a very different world than it was eleven years ago when I first created The Witch’s Corner.  Myspace was thriving as a hopping busy social site full of people, their unique pages, and their fast and furious interactions.  Ning had “free” websites to build, and the pagan community jumped on this bandwagon with a vengeance.  I belonged to probably 20-25 pagan sites, most of which no longer exist.  This was a unique way to get yourself out there, bring traffic to your websites, sell your magickal products, and bring in new tarot clients.

The internet felt busy and crowded and active and full of people interacting all over the place in rampant celebration of all the connections that could be made in this new world.

Today, the internet feels isolated, empty, abandoned, niched, controlled, cut off and cut down to size.  The frenzied websites, pagan social sites, and interaction feels like a thing of the past.  It’s as though some huge hand has come down and crushed it all.  I don’t know if anyone else feels this or not, but this is my experience with the internet today.  Take Youtube as an example.  I remember a time before the algorithm, when tarot videos could easily bring in hundreds or thousands of viewers and glean satisfying feedback and interaction.  We took it for granted that our work would be out there, accessible, and easy to find.  It’s very different now, and this is one reason I’ve stopped posting tarot readings on this platform.  I’ve scoured YouTube and discovered that there are a myriad of terrific readers producing wonderful and insightful tarot videos, yet they are almost invisible unless you take the time and considerable effort to hunt them down; while some very mediocre and even poor readers seem to go through the roof with tens of thousands of views and a very prolific place in the YouTube spotlight.  They are popping up in my suggested feed spontaneously, almost like a virus.

I don’t understand how this can be, and I obviously don’t understand how this system works.  Is it just me?

Over the past 3 years or so, I’ve pondered about what to do about all this, and my solutions ranged from deleting everything and withdrawing into the blissful world of anonymity, leaving the internet behind, to the attempted study and understanding of how this new virtual world and it’s connections really work and trying to find a way through the maze.

Fortunately, I took the less drastic path and have hung on to my websites and blogs, and started to look for ways to promote my presence on the web in my own way and on my own time.  I looked for ways to do this that are free, mostly because of my own personal budget; ways that I could work with myself, because I’m not hiring anyone to do this for me, and ways that I could work on in my spare time, because like most professional witches and readers out there, I have a “real-world” job with real world hours and a lengthy commute thrown in.

I took the advice of an internet entrepreneur who recommended Landing Pages.  He enthusiastically encouraged the idea of flooding the internet with lovely one-page websites, created on a variety of platforms, with a variety of web-hosts, filled with promotional blurbs and links to your actual websites and blogs.

I don’t know if this is working for me yet quite in the manner that he envisions, but since creating these landing pages, I have to say that I do notice a slight difference in increased traffic at some places.  Whether this difference can be attributed strictly to the landing pages and all the effort in that area, I can’t say for sure.

Without further ado, I’m posting links to these pages here.  The web-hosts I used to create these pages do allow a certain amount of space free, and I’ve actually enjoyed the creative process that goes along with this endeavor.

If you have a website or online business, I hope that I’ve given you a few ideas to work with, or at least some ideas to ponder on.  Blessings!

You’ll find the name of the hosting companies included in the URLs.

http://amythystraine.simplesite.com/

http://lavendarmoon.simplesite.com/

http://amythyst1957.simplesite.com/

https://the-witchs-corner.my-free.website/

https://ladyamythyst.wixsite.com/thewitchscorner

https://thewitchscorner.weebly.com/

http://bristolwicks.blogspot.com/

http://thegoddessgrove.weebly.com/index.html

http://amythystraine.bravesites.com/

http://amythystraine.tumblr.com/

My Tumblr is not just a landing page, but it’s a popular site for the younger generations coming aboard this virtual world, and you can make an amazing number of connections here.  It took me a while to appreciate it and build upon it.

Also, don’t underestimate the creation of Facebook Pages, but also remember that you are entering the world of algorithms and tight control that conditions what will be seen and what will not.

Good luck to all the entrepreneurs, pagan business people, and other individuals reading this who have something unique to say to the world.  Get yourself out there!

 

Book Teaser! ~ Defining the Elusive Queen of Cups

Book Teaser!!… I’m still plugging away at the chapter on the Court Cards. How well do you really understand the Queen of Cups? Here’s a clip from my book:
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The Dark Side ~

The Queen of cups walks through life in a haze and fog of dreamy unawareness to the physical world, caught up in the ethereal, the unseen, the spirit side of existence. She can often tell you the innermost unspoken true feelings of someone she was conversing with but not remember what they were wearing. When she does plant her feet in the earth, she doesn’t connect with the physical world in the way most people do. She can hear voices within the wind in the trees; she can see the aura of plants; the wisps of magical beings in the garden; the thoughts and emotions of animals. To the mundane world, this Queen may often appear mentally fragile and on the edge. In reality, this is her reality, and sometimes her curse, she can see and hear and feel things that most people can’t.

Not many people will truly understand the Queen of cups, and some may even dislike her, though they may not understand why. There will be those who are disturbed at the nuances and unspoken connections often misunderstood by individuals who lack this sensitivity, and there will be those perhaps frightened by how easily she walks through the spiritual realm, so matter-of-factly, as though it were completely normal, when to most people it is not. She will always be the outsider, viewed with suspicion and sometimes disdain by the community around her, the clubs and cliques of society. At her most extreme, even the people who share her inner knowledge and experiences will find her bewildering, and her place at the outside edge of communal inclusion will be complete.

Her greatest downfall is the ability to lose herself, not being true to herself, in search of love and commitment. Relationships will be difficult for her. She will strive to connect with someone who can connect with her on a myriad of levels and meet her on her turf, as part of her inner world. Her search may prove futile, but it won’t be from lack of trying. She is artistic, creative, and wonderfully fluid, and she will use these abilities to try and transform herself to fit into the mold, to be what her suitor wants her to be, to fit into their life and their mind and their heart perfectly, in fairy tale fashion. In the midst of this hopelessly impossible endeavor, this Queen will often amputate the best parts of herself.

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The Witch’s Corner Newsletter ~ November!

The Witch’s Corner Newsletter is out and live!
Welcome to November’s Newsletter!…   click  HERE

Included in this issue are the following articles~

1. Metal Magick

2. November’s Moon/Crafting Your Magick

3. Thoughts: Magick & Witchcraft; Writing & Literature; and Age

4. Candle Magick How-To

5. When the Dead Come Through

6. Candle Magick Videos from My Youtube Channel

7. Spell-a-Day: Monday-Friday

8. Bad Mojo: Is Someone Messing with You?

9. A Woman’s Life Transitions

10. Getting Ready for Some Ouija Board Fun

11. How Do You Detect the Presence of Spirits in Your House?

 

 

 

A Post Before my Trip

In the wee hours of Sunday night (or early Monday morning), some of my kids and I will be headed for the Omaha airport where we’re flying out to Arizona.  There are connections there now that I feel will grow with the years.  I’m going to take advantage of this trip to immerse myself in Sedona for a few days and then go on to the Grand Canyon.  I’m such an incurable home-body that this is a step away from my usual existence, ensconced in my old house and the busy rooms, enjoying the woodsy wild back yard, and just being surrounded by and appreciating our multitude of pets (mostly cats, 6 of them black), and all of this in perfect contentment.

But destiny calls.

  My Kitchen

I’ve been going through checklists of things to do, things to get, things to address, before leaving.  The house-sitter is set with a loaded pantry and fridge and an abundance of pet supplies.  Financial things are done, and strangely enough most of my monthly household bills have come in and been paid, so that’s one less thing to think about.  I have to pack today (Saturday), and I have one more work-as-usual day coming up (Sunday).  And then, we’re off!

I’ll be posting regular updates, photos, and video clips both at my Instagram and at my main Facebook page:

https://www.instagram.com/amythyst_raine/

https://www.facebook.com/amythystraine

I’ve managed to get a few last minute witchy business things done, which were also on my list, including my Samhain Special at The Witch’s Corner:  follow this link and scroll down, it’s right there http://amythystraine.blogspot.com

I’ve put together a charming little bag to celebrate Samhain and draw in the spirits, spirits of the season and spirits we wish to communicate with.  Samhain is traditionally a time to connect with our ancestors and especially loved ones who have passed.

Honor your ancestors, and honor the spirit of Samhain,
with these magickal items.

The Samhain Special:

a white spirit dollie,
a bottle of Black Cat Oil,
and a black votive candle

$24.99

*Note:  The Black Cat Oil included in this offer 
is safe for your skin, so feel free to wear it!  

It’s my own recipe, and it
smells wonderful!

From The Tarot Parlour ~

Audio Readings

$25.00

With Samhain right around the corner, the end of the year coming, so many of us are questioning so many things about our lives.  There’s relationships and the changes that come with them, the doubts, the questions, the mystery of it all.  Some of us have reached pivotal points where jobs and careers are concerned.

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Is this it?  Is this all there is to my life?  Is this where I’m suppose to be?”… you’re more than ready for a reading to find some answers.

Follow this link and scroll down to order 
an Audio Reading

http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com

 

 

 

Magick, Mysticism, The Tarot Parlour ~ & some changes

If you visit The Tarot Parlour, you’ll notice that a lot of options for readings through several types of mediums are no longer available. I’ll only be offering Audio Readings (in a wide variety of spreads & prices), and Video readings ($85) for a 9 card spread. You’ll also find a video on this page that was taped for a client so that you get an idea of what a personal video reading is like.  (It’s a lot like sitting across the table from me, but you’ll be watching it on Youtube.)

I think this is called “semi-retirement”.  I want to share my gift by doing what I love, and I love taping audio readings for my clients in the privacy of my home, usually ensconced at one of my patio tables in my wild and woodsy back yard.  This is the most profound way that I connect with the cards and the cards connect with me.  It’s magickal.

The video below is a promotional video I created for The Tarot Parlour, and I must admit I had a hoot playing with the special effects.  Have a magickal day, and if Spirit is calling to you, book a reading with me so that we can get a clearer picture.

Blessings,
Amythyst

 

 

“You’re Doing it Wrong” ~ How do you respond?

A gentleman once handed me a citrine stone, telling me that it would ground me, calm me down, make the atmosphere feel more settled.  I stood in open-mouthed disbelief as he plopped a beautiful polished citrine crystal in the palm of my hand.  I wasn’t so surprised at his concern or his kindness, I was more in disbelief over his choice of a stone.  For me, citrine is not something that has any of the properties that it was being praised for.  I mostly use citrine to enhance my psychic abilities.  If I want a stone that’s going to calm me down, I use rose quartz or blue lace agate.  If I wanted a stone to ground me, I’d use smokey quart or hematite.

I opened my mouth automatically, ready to correct him, but in a split second, thankfully before any speech left my mouth, I thought better.  This man was obviously talking from his own experience, and if he found citrine to be calming and relaxing, who the hell was I to tell him otherwise.

How often have we been told that we’re doing something “wrong”?  How often have we told someone else that they’re doing something “wrong”?

Whether we’re talking about stones and crystals, magickal oils, spells and rituals, reading the cards, or any other magickal undertaking or creation, it’s just like telling a cook in their own kitchen that they’re cooking “Wrong”.  Who has a right to do that?  And if we’ve never done something the way another individual does, how do we know that it doesn’t work?  Maybe it wouldn’t work for us, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work for them.

Where does this attitude come from in the pagan world?  Is it a hold-over from mainstream backgrounds that most of us have, the Judeo-Christian world of rules and regulations, do’s and don’ts?

  • Maybe a lot of us are subconsciously still trying to fit our old religion into the new one, especially those of us who might be fairly new to the pagan path.
  • We need to realize that not all pagans are alike, and all the correspondences we read and absorb from the multitude of pagan authors out there are not written in stone.  You have to find what works for YOU, whether it works for someone else or not.
  • Stop ignoring your own instincts and that little voice in your head.  You KNOW when you’re doing something right and you KNOW when you’re not.  Experiment.  Go with your gut feeling.  And then bask in your own unique individual magickal and spiritual successes.
  • Does the cat have your tongue?  When someone is spiritually bullying you into doing something the way they do, whether it’s using particular ingredients for something, or stones, or crystals, or looking at a certain tarot card in their way… Speak Up!  Be firm if you have to.  Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion and stick to your guns!
  • Stop automatically accepting the information you’re reading in all the books and websites out there and start doing some experimenting on your own.  Nothing bad is going to happen.  You’re not really going to turn your neighbor into a frog, or cause the world to stop spinning.  People who warn you against your own individualistic spiritual practices are either insecure themselves and afraid to peer outside the box, or they like the feeling of superiority it’s giving them when they tell you how something should be done.

The next time someone has the ballsy audacity to tell you you’re doing it wrong, how are you going to respond?

 

My September Newsletter! ~ What’s in it?

Where did the summer go??  September is finally around the corner, or already upon us, depending upon when you’re reading this.  Autumn is my favorite time of year, and it never lasts long enough, so I’m delighted to create my newsletter, blog posts, videos, and anything else with images of fall.  This month you’ll find an interesting array of diverse articles, a monthly video, as well as links.  You’ll also find products available at The Witch’s Corner.  Need a mojo bag, a voodoo doll, a magickal oil, but you need it very personalized to you and your unique situation?  Email me at witch_of_endore@yahoo.com and I’ll work with you.  Customer satisfaction is my goal.

My monthly video:

The monthly NEWSLETTER VIDEO was a hoot taping.  It’s a loaded Q&A, and here’s questions that are included (I hope I didn’t leave anything out!)… 

1. Can you break a binding spell?
2. My roommate has a negative reaction to saging, can you explain this?
3. Are there any bad effects to casting spells many times for one intention?
4. How can I tell if I’m a witch?
5. Am I too old to begin a journey into The Craft?
6. Do you have any advice for witches in the closet?
7. Are Sabbat dates different in different parts of the world?
8. Are spells done with the help of spirits; will it backfire; can spells be done without the help of spirits?
9. Are tarot card readings done with the help of spirits?
10. Are there any “anti-magick” materials out there, things that would reverse a spell?
11. Can an old evil eye (object) bring you bad luck?
12. Can a schizophrenic be a witch?

My online Book of Shadows ~
https://wytchymystique.com/spells/

 

Contents of the September Issue:

  1.  September Moon/Wine Moon
  2. Autumn Equinox/Mabon
  3. Pagan Holiday/Mabon/Correspondences
  4. My Celebration
  5. Magikal Katz
  6. September/Crafting Your Magick
  7. This Reading is for YOU!
  8. Court Case Mojo*
  9. I Am Not a Lot of Things
  10. Video:  The Witch’s Sabbat, Mabon by MsJulieCarol

*NOTE:  Regarding Court Case MojoFor anyone reading this who is especially sensitive to the darker energies and may have gotten a case of the heebie-jeebies as they’ve read their way through this article, don’t worry, you’ll be fine, believe me.  You might feel better if you’d 1) light a white candle, 2) choose a nice incense– like sandalwood or nagchampa, and light it up, and 3) sit a few small bowls of salt out about your house, or sprinkle (asperge) your space with salted water.  It’s okay– strong energy usually leaves an impression…that’s the point.

 

What’s in the August Newsletter?

The August newsletter video:

As I was taping this episode the weather was becoming *Darker and Darker and Darker* and soon it began to rain, so during various sections of this video you may hear the rhythmic plunk, plunk plunk of water leaking around the sky-lights on my porch roof, you may hear the steady sound of rain, and occasionally the wind will rise. It’s all good. There’s a nice Q&A section at the beginning where I explain a little bit about my online coven experience and why I won’t do it again; you’ll also hear some court case questions, as well as other questions and answers dealing with Black Cat Oil and the use of Rosemary & Amythyst in the bedroom. The second portion of this video deals with my personal experience with Independent Publishing. I really believe that this is a new wave for the future. There’s also informal chatting about writing, deciding to write a book, and snippets of all kinds of ideas based around this topic. Hope you enjoy our visit though this video and the awesome summer weather!!

Other videos include:

Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way
The Witch’s Corner ~ Florida Water, Lode Stones, Love Magick

Articles:

  1.  August Moon
  2.  August Moon Magick
  3.  Pagan Holiday
  4.  Lammas
  5.  August ~ Crafting Your Magick
  6.  Radio Interview ~ with Spaced Out Radio and host David Scott
  7.  Tarot Lesson Today ~ Princess of Swords
  8.  Binding a Gossip
  9.  Plantain ~ Magickal & Mundane
  10.  Money Magick ~ What else could it be?

Special  Offer for August:

Earth Spell Bag with a 3/Card Audio Tarot Reading ~ $25.00 + 6.99 postage

 

To visit THE WITCH’S CORNER NEWSLETTER ~
click  HERE

 

 

Gotta’ Love Those Landing Pages! ~ A Study in Self-Promotion

Do you have an online business? Are you trying to promote yourself online? This is such a tricky thing to do these days, so much has changed since the early internet days.  Being a witchy pagan person trying to promote The Witch’s Corner, my tarot readings, and later on my books, I use to join every Ning network connected with paganism and tarot.  Those were back in the days when Ning networks could be set up for free, and there was a plethora of sites to join with active people in those sites.  All that has changed.  So many of the pagan/tarot networks that are available out there now are really touchy about self-promotion, and they usually have all kinds of rules to read through before you join.  In all honesty, what do they think a lot of pagans are joining those sites for, if not for a platform to promote themselves, their website, their services, and their merchandise?  And unfortunately, I’ve recently ran into a number of social sites for pagans that were dead in the water with no activity at all.

My plan for shameless internet promotion, without spending any money mind you, is to set up as many pages about me, my websites, my books, and my tarot readings as I can through hosting companies that allow limited sized sites for FREE.  (If you really like a web-host and would like to expand your site, you can always upgrade later).   The following are links to “Landing Pages” that I’ve set up with the following companies, totally free:

Bravenet

http://amythystraine.bravesites.com/

Wix

https://ladyamythyst.wixsite.com/thewitchscorner

Weebly

https://thewitchscorner.weebly.com/

Website Builder

https://the-witchs-corner.my-free.website/

About Me

https://about.me/amythystraine

EDIT:  As I find new web-hosts and create new Landing Pages, I’m going to post them here.

SimpleSite

http://amythyst1957.simplesite.com/

http://amythystraine.simplesite.com/

I have to say, even though I created two landing pages with SimpleSite, it is my least favorite to work with.  The tools are clumsy, and I don’t think I’d want to set up a full-blown website with this company.

 

I’m sure there must be more companies out there, but these are some that I’ve found and used to establish Landing Pages.  If anyone reading this knows of other sites, please let us know and leave a link in the comments below.

Blessings,
Amythyst

Breaking Another Barrier

Good morning, World! I start today off with an email from my publisher ~ “The Gray Witch’s Grimoire” has broken another sales barrier! Whoop! These milestones are happy events that make all those weeks and months of working on a book worth-while and satisfying! Below are links to purchase this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or directly from Moon Books.

You can purchase this book at ~

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Gray-Witchs-Grimoire-Amythyst-Raine/dp/1780992734/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gray-witchs-grimoire-amythyst-raine/1109430180?ean=9781780992730

Moon Books:  http://www.moon-books.net/books/gray-witchs-grimoire-the

 

What’s in TWC Newsletter for July?

The Witch’s Corner Newsletter ~ http://www.thewitchscornernewsletter.yolasite.com/july-2018.php

Below are the articles and essays you’ll find in the July issue of The Witch’s Corner Newsletter ~

  1.  This is Magick
  2.  21 Summer Memories
  3.  The King of Cups
  4.  Elemental Invocation
  5.  July’s Moon and Moon Magick
  6.  July ~ Crafting Your Magick
  7.  Crystals and Stones ~ A Crystal Grid (video)
  8.  Herbs and Planetary Connections
  9.  The Newsletter Video
  10.  Special Tarot Offer for July

and more…

"Earthing" is something we all need to do more often to "ground" us all !!! <<<Agreed. Yet another reason why I rarely wear shoes. Used to get in trouble quite a bit for frequently taking them off(especially at work). XD