Sunday, June 26

Blog Redesign

Over the next few days or so I will be doing a complete revamp of my blog, please excuse the mess while I do it! You will know when I'm done because this post will disappear :)

Friday, June 24

Q: Can you do a Tarot reading for yourself?

A: Yup, you damn well can! At least in my opinion.

I fail to see the logic behind the notion that doing a Tarot reading (or any type of divination) for yourself will be biased or anything along those lines. Whether you do a reading for yourself, or someone does it for you, you will still have to further interpret the reading for you to understand how it applies to your own life. Thus, connecting, for example, the Lovers card to a person you have romantic feelings for. Doing the reading yourself just cuts out the middle man.

To explain further, again using the romantic feelings example, the person doing the reading pulls the Lovers card, explains the meaning behind it, how it related to the other cards in the spread etc then you explain to the reader that you have romantic feelings for Mr.X, you will then both discuss the possible implications of the Lovers card to the situation as well as other possible situations it may apply to. Or, if you are given a reading and are unable, for whatever reason (say its done online), to discuss it with the reader, you are still going to apply it to the most likely situation. Some, hopefully most, will explore other situations it will apply to as well but if your first instinct is that its regarding the person you have feelings for, then who is to say that your instinct is wrong?

If you want a totally objective, unbiased reading then it will have to be done by someone you don't know. That person certainly isn't going to turn around and say, "Oh! The Lovers card, it definitely applies to Fred, not Sam, the person you have a romantic feelings for so just ignore the first person who came to mind (Sam), because I know its about Fred". You still have to relate what they read, no matter how much detail they are able to go into (which wont contain names, or specific places etc etc) to your own life, because they don't know you or how it can relate to your life or situation. You have to do that part yourself which is the part can be said to be biased. In other words, no matter what the reading says, you are still ultimately going to have to interpret it yourself and apply it to yourself.

Well, that's enough ramblings from me. What's you're view on the matter?

Note that this is a modified reply that I gave to someone on The Pagan Meridians social network forum, I was going to be posting about the absurdities of the rule "To Be Silent" but that will now have to wait until the next time I can come online!

See you all next time,

Blessed Be x

Saturday, June 18

Herbal Magic | Home Protection Charm Bag

Simplicity is perfection in my eyes, hence why most of the charm bags, spells etc that I use are exceptionally simple, using bog standard household items, recycled (or "upcycled") items where possible.

This little protection bag uses herbs that most will have in their kitchen or garden. The bag that I made was made from scraps of fabric from a pillow case that I dont use anymore and the ribbon I used to tie it was cut from PJ bottoms (those little bits of ribbon used to hang them up) and all the herbs are ones that I regularly use in cooking, minus the lavender, which I have a jar full of from my mums garden.

Home Protection Charm Bag

2 parts Basil
1 part Bay
1 part Clove
1 part Lavender
Pinch of Salt

Tie in purple cloth using a black ribbon, as you make up the bag visualise a purple bubble surrounding your home. Place the charm bag at the center (or as close to) your home.

The lavender adds an extra hint of protection for any children in your home, it can be left out or substituted for a more appropriate protection herb if you prefer.

Monday, June 6

Hello again!

Although its doubtful that anyone particularly noticed that I wasnt about for a while, the gap between posts needs explaining I reckon. To cut the short story even shorter, my laptop died and I couldnt log my other half out of google on his computer so that I could use Blogger as he doesnt remember any of his passwords. Typical man! He was very kind today though and made an account for me on his computer so all my stuff (Firefox etc) is seperate. I can now get back to blogging and what have you! At least when he's asleep and not hogging his computer hehehe!

I've been up to a few things, mostly crafting and organising my flat. It's going really well - I can now find stuff in the kitchen and everything in the spare bedroom (my craft supplies mostly) has its own place. I'm currently writing a cleaning schedule so that I can keep up with the cleaning. I actually enjoy cleaning but when you have to do the entire house in one afternoon it can be daunting. I had the kick up the butt that I needed to get back on track with cleaning though - my landlord turned up out of the blue and the flat was a state! Luckily he knows that we generally keep it nice and tidy but it was so embarrassing for him to see it when I hadnt hoovered in a few days, dusted in a week and the night before dishes were on the worktop... Oops!

The crafting I've been doing is mostly felt stuff as I have a new found love of felt! I've been making all sorts, from keyrings to pin cushions. Not a fan of the pin cushions though, wanna know why? I had a pin cushion on my leg then by accident I slammed my arm down onto the pin cushion. Guess where the needles and pins went - my leg. Now, I don't do needles, let alone unsterilised sewing needles. My god it hurt! Luckily only three of the needles stayed in my leg when I pulled the pin cushion off. I had a number of holes in my left thigh for a few days. It's safe to say that that pin cushion wont be used for a while, nor will any other kind that doesnt have a metal base of some sorts!

Here's some of the things I've made, please excuse the creased sheet, I just needed something white to put under the bits and pieces and I most likely wouldnt be able to get the creases out by ironing it anyway - I seem to have an inability to iron (any tips ladies and gents?).

Back to the organising thing - my other half bought me a recipe book, the notebook type ones that you add your own recipes too, a while ago and I've started to properly use it. I've got 20 or so recipes in there so far, some are much loved favourites of mine, some are ones that I've yet to try but definately think I would love. I do have a lot of my tried and tested recipes to add yet and I have a massive stack of cookery magazines to go through but at least I've started!

I also have a "Household Organiser" that my mum bought me for Christmas last year. I absolutely love it but I hadnt actually been using it until now. There are two main things I use it for  - to do lists and meal/food shopping planning. I've got an emergancy/important number page in it too plus some useful magazine cut outs (eg a chart explaining all those little pictures you get on clothing labels that tell you how to wash it, the ones that most people either ignore or guess what they mean).

Here's my recipe book and organiser:


And a couple of pages from each (just to prove I do use them :P) - 

On the subject of notebooks and what have you - I have also thrown myself into writing my own Book of Shadows. My other half gave me a beautiful leather bound book with a pentagram on the front and handmade pages inside. This was well over a year ago now and I hadnt actually used it before as I was so nervous of going wrong. Plus my handwriting is awful. But I decided that I would rather fill it with information thats writtin in scruffy handwriting than just have it collecting dust with my books. Granted I've only done a couple of pages but hey, its a big book and the pages are bigger than A4.

Here's  the book, I dont feel comfortable sharing the pages I've writtin but maybe one day I will show you the inside!

Well thats it from me folks, I hope you're all well, I sure am glad to be back! See you either here, on your own blogs or on Twitter!