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

 

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Tarot Lesson for the Day: Princess of Swords

The deck I used for this lesson: 
Druid Craft Tarot

I’ve been reading tarot for quite some time, and I began reading just for myself and my family.  Needless to say, over the years, every court card in the deck became a family member to me, filled with both positive and negative traits.  (And I have to say here, just so we’re clear, that not every family member or individual will mirror *all* the negative personality traits associated with the card, or *all* the positive traits– most people are a healthy mixture of each.  It’s those few who go to extremes that make it really interesting, but not always pleasant.)  The court cards are interesting in that they are a psychological profile for a variety of personalities, and once you become familiar with these characters, you will notice that when you meet someone, you will automatically associate them with one of the tarot court cards, at least this is my experience.

The Princess of Swords**…first, the following is an excerpt from my book, “Tarot for Grownups”, and in this book I very clearly state the positive and negative aspects of this character from both extremes:

First, the negative side (ouch):

This Page is a bitch in the making.  He/she is a younger version of the King or Queen of swords.  It’s already difficult carrying on a conversation with this Page, because everything is all about them; it’s the only topic they care to discuss.  They’re conversation is blunt, verging on rude.  Vanity is already at work here, and because of their youth and immaturity, it can actually get to the point of ridiculous.  They have a skewered view of how attractive they really are, or how accomplished, how smart, etc.  Even now, and very sadly, they are setting a solitary path for themselves by alienating people who may actually love them.  They treat people like shit, and then act all puzzled when friends and acquaintances disappear.

Now, the softer side:

Like all the personalities of this suit, this Page is the most intelligent and usually has a very high IQ.  They tend to have a sort of tunnel vision when they are engrossed in the study of something in particular or are involved in a hobby.  This Page shares all the swords outwardly cool mannerisms, which so often masks a sensitivity they try to hide.  This individual will often latch onto relationships with pets in order to protect themselves from the possibility of being hurt in human relationships.  It’s a survival mechanism.

As you can see above, I’ve listed the extremes.  Individuals that I know, who are connected to this card, have in reality run a happy medium.  They’re smart, so smart it’s scary sometimes, and they love academics.  The person this card stands for in my world will be a life-time student…learning, writing, reading, teaching; this will be part of their existence for as long as they live.  The softer side also shows up for them, in that they love animals and have, over the years, acquired their own little menagerie.  And I do believe that the reason they have this deep connection with animals is that it’s easier for them to relate– animals (pets) love you for who you are just the way you are, it’s a kind of unconditional love that most human beings are not capable of.

Now the fun part, this is where you get to add your two cents, as it were.  It might be a good idea to grab a notebook and pen so you can jot down answers and impressions as they come to you:

1)  What color on this card catches your eye first?

For me, it’s ‘blue’.  My interpretation of this color…the element of Water, pointing to dreams, visions, psychism, intuition, and emotions.  I feel this card is awash in human emotions, some smooth and tranquil and others roiling and churning.  Blue is also the color connected to the throat chakra, and this tells me that issues of communication are being raised, perhaps new lines of communication need to be opened.  I also connect the color ‘blue’ to the goddess (and the Virgin Mary)– perhaps this is from my years in a Catholic Parochial school, passing the life-size statue of Mary in the hallway, wearing beautiful sky blue robes.

2)  What element is the court card connected with?

The suit of swords is connected to the element of Air…also emphasizing once more communication– now I’m really paying attention.  Whenever an issue like this surfaces more than once, or keeps resurfacing, a red flag should be going up.  Along with communication, creativity and mental endeavors are highlighted, but it’s this communication issue that I’m focused on.  So what’s the deal?  Who’s not talking to whom?  What relationship in this individual’s life is breaking down; how can we get the lines of communication cleared and running again?  Your mind should already be spinning with the reading of this card.

3)  What image, or images, on this card jump out at you?

I’m just going to let my mind roam here, and you should do the same thing… Yellow halos around the characters head and the sword:  Catholic saints come to mind, the idea of sainthood, medieval artwork,  purity of mind and intentions; but also illusions and delusions. (Has communication broken down because of a misinterpretation somewhere along the line?)  Also, Excalibur, and with this image comes all the pomp and integrity of ancient knights.  Her bare feet planted solidly on the stones:  stubbornness; digging in for the long haul; not wanting to be the first to back down.  But also, someone who tends to be very level headed, maybe even conventional, someone who’s solidly grounded, not easily swayed; someone who has a game plan and generally sticks to it.  The bird in flight behind the Princess:   an idea taking flight, an expression of freedom or a desire for freedom, something that this individual maybe hasn’t thought of yet, but something that will come to them in time; also, with this bird, comes a stronger connection to the element of Air and all that it entails– this is telling me to pay attention, it’s reinforcing the idea of communication as a central theme to the reading of this card.  The flowers:  to me they are indicative of spring.  I’m so often asked for a specific time-line when it comes to readings, but very rarely does this come to me; and when it does, it generally comes to me through the idea of seasons or moon phases.  When I looked at  the flowers on this card, that little voice in the back of my head, the one that’s only a light whisper, barely audible…it said “Spring”.  This would indicate to me that this season is important to this individual for some reason, or it means that the events surrounding this reading are going to culminate around springtime.

We’ve answered three questions in connection with this card, and look at all the information that was revealed in these three questions.  Look beyond what you have written down as your own answers.  If necessary, pick apart each interpretation to take it to a deeper level– for instance, I mentioned my association with the color blue to the Virgin Mary.  I could take this one step deeper and list all the associations that I have for this deity.  Do you see what I mean?  You can keep going ever deeper, from one impression to the next, bringing out unexpected results.  Mind you, this type of individual card analyses doesn’t have to be done as part of a reading for someone; this can be done as a private meditation, in which you will uncover layers of your own psyche.  Then there’s that little voice I was talking about, it’s your sub-conscious mind actually, and it’s so easy to dismiss it, or not notice it at all; it really can be this subtle, and it takes some practice to hear it.

At any rate, just because I choose to stop now, you don’t have to– keep going; if you have other questions for this card, new things to uncover about it or you, keep writing…feel free to leave your impressions in the comment box below.

Bright Blessings,
Amythyst

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**NOTE:  The deck used for the writing of my book, “Tarot for Grownups”, was the Rider/Waite Deck, and in this deck the “Princess” will be referred to as a “Page”.

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Tarot: Lesson 1

The following is the an introductory lesson in a series of online tarot lessons that can be purchased at my website:
The Witch’s Corner… click  Here

Lesson 1: A Card A Day

This exercise is going to go a bit deeper than merely choosing one card and jotting down your interpretations. We’re not going to leave it at that. We’re going to take this card apart, looking at it from levels unthought-of and through aspects not usually brought out in most tarot classes.

To begin, pick your card. You can shuffle your deck and cut the deck, choosing a card any way you want to. You can spread them out in a big messy pool, back sides up, and choose a card this way if you wish. Just find one card, one card that you select out of the entire deck.

1. In your notebook, write down the name of this card.

2. Is this card a major arcana or one of the suits?

If this is one of the suits, write down which element and season it is associated with. (Refer to page 35 in my tarot book.)

If this is one of the major arcana, write down which astrological sign and element this card is associated with. (Refer to page 171 in my book.)

Write down the number associated with this card. If the card has a two digit number, add the numbers together, and keep doing so, until you get a one digit number. Write down the numerological meaning for the number you arrived at.

(Page 189)

3. Read the traditional meaning for the card that you drew.

If it’s a major arcana card, see page 12. For a more detailed version, turn to page 13.

If it’s a card from one of the suits, Ace-10, see page 38; for court cards, turn to page 64.

4. Now put my book down and pick up your card.

Relax, take a deep breath, ground and center yourself if you know how to do this and if you feel the need. Look at this card, not in a rushed or expectant way, but in a contemplative mood. Allow your mind to be open, and allow your mind to wander. Pay attention to what you mentally ‘see’ and feel, pay attention to impressions that are coming to you. Take your time, all the time you need.

When you are ready, write down…

a) The first thought that came to you when you looked at the card. Include details, as much detail as you can. Did this thought involve a scenario or a stagnant scene? Were there characters or animals? Objects or locations?

b) The first person you thought of when you looked at this card. Is it someone you are close to, or at odds with? Is it a living person, or someone who is deceased?

c) What color came to mind? What do you associate with this color?…including people, places, objects, memories, feelings.

d) Did a memory come to mind when you viewed this card? If so, is it pleasant, or unpleasant? Does it include people you are still in contact with now, or people who have passed? Does it include particular animals, objects, a specific time period?

If so, write it down– in detail.

e) Write down any and all random impressions. This includes impressions and details that you might feel make no sense, at least not at the moment. Write down how you feel about the card, and what emotions surfaced.

5. If you have any dreams on the first night after viewing this card. Write this dream down in your tarot journal– in as much detail as you can recall.

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Tarot Readings with Amythyst Raine
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Note:

The textbook used for these tarot classes is:
“Tarot: A Witch’s Journey”

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