The radio was on in the car this morning and I wasn't paying any attention, until  "Driving Sideways" from the "Magnolia Soundtrack" by Aimee Mann started to play. Ever since then this song has been stuck in my brain. I can't help but think how well these lyrics apply to a lot of situations in life - especially relationships.

So many times we fall into the trap of  measuring relationship success by how quickly things move, how fast the other person moves towards a commitment, how soon we get to the stage where we can feel secure. But speed is not necessarily an accurate measure of how well things are going, or even where they're going. As Ms Mann says in this song,

"And you will say
 That you're making headway
 And put it in overdrive.
 But you're mistaking speed
 For getting what you need
And never even noticing
You never do arrive.
Cause you're
Driving sideways
If you roll down the window you'll see
You're where you don't belong."

Sometimes, the very best things in life don't arrive as quickly as we wish they would, and the path that leads us there isn't as smooth and easy as we wish it were. But in the end it's the goal that matters, rather than the ease and speed with which we move. So from now on, I'm going try to  remember to sit back, chill out, and sing along with Aimee Mann while I check the sat nav to make sure I'm moving in the right direction.







A few years ago, I discovered the joys of making and using magical soap.  There's basically no difference between the use of candles in magic and the use of soap in magic, except that the soap is even more personal and the magic goes with you when you leave your home. Unlike amulets, mojo bags, incense, etc., soap magic is invisible to other people. Best of all, it couldn't be easier!

I make my magical soap the lazy way, and recommend that you buy a book on soap making if you want to make yours from scratch the old fashioned way.

Basic supplies for a small batch:

  • Several bars of your favorite unscented soap. I like to use either Dove or Ivory. You can also save small leftover pieces of soap until you have enough to make at least  two bars of new soap.
  • Essential oils or powdered herbs with the magical  properties you want to add to your soap  *See the list at the bottom of this blog
  • Cheese grater
  • double boiler, or two sauce pans - one smaller than the other.
  • Molds. You can buy soap molds at a craft store or use a muffin tin if you like round soap.
  • Oil to grease the molds.

Instructions:


  • Oil your molds and set them out on a piece of newspaper.
  • Grate the soap bars into the top of your double boiler, or to the smaller of your two sauce pans.
  • Add water to the bottom pan and stir until the soap chips melt. 
  • Add your essential oils or herbs, keeping in mind the end result you're looking for. Concentrate on what you wish to accomplish while stirring the soap mixture.
  • Pour the soap mixture into your molds and let them sit until they harden.
Here's a few of my favorite soap ideas:

  • Energizing coffee soap.  Add 1/3 cup of fresh coffee beans ground extremely fine to your soap mixture. This makes an invigorating energy soap. Not only does it help to keep your batteries charged all day, but it also smells wonderful. And it exfoliates your skin to keep you glowing. 
  • Love attracting yarrow and rose soap. Add yarrow and rose oil to your soap mix, and stir while meditating on the kind of love you are trying to attract. I sometimes like to grind up dried yarrow and rose petals, instead of using the oils. This adds bits color and texture to your soap. Either way works equally well.
  • Money attracting jasmine soap. Add either ground jasmine petals or jasmine oil to your soap mixture. Use both if you like. This soap is great for attracting prosperity.

Finally, here is a list of herbs and flowers and their magical qualities.

BASIL - Removes negativity from the home or workplace.

BAY LAUREL - Protection against evil influences, stops interference.

CATNIP -Courage, love and happiness, joy.

CHAMOMILE - Luck in gambling, luck in getting proposal of marriage.

CLOVE - Banishes evil, friendship, grants desires.

DANDELION - Helps to improve clairvoyance, purifies.

DRAGON'S BLOOD - Brings good luck, protection, money, love.

FRANKINCENSE - protection, purification, spirituality.

GINGER - Love, money, success, power.

JASMINE - Love, money, strengthens psychic abilities.

JUNIPER - Protection against theft, attracts love, aids in psychic development.

LAVENDER - Love, money, attracts help.

LEMON VERBENA - Guards against evil, repels those you do not love.

MARIGOLD - Gives clairvoyant dreams.

MARJORAM - Protection.

MUGWORT - Protection, strengthens psychic abilities, aides in divination.

MYRRH - Purification, protection, spirituality.

NUTMEG - Luck, love, prosperity, fertility.

ORRIS ROOT - Aids in divination, attracts love.

PATCHOULI - Breaks spells placed on you, attracts money, defeats enemies.

PEPPERMINT - Purification, love, increases psychic ability.

PINE - Purification.

ROSE PETALS - Love, happiness in the home.

ROSEMARY - Healing for headaches, keeps a lover faithful.

RUE - Defense against spells and dark magic, repels negativity.

SAGE - Purification, protection, wisdom.

ST. JOHN'S WORT - Happiness, healing, courage, love, protection, divination.

SANDALWOOD, RED - Healing, protection, spirituality, wishes come true.

SANDALWOOD, YELLOW - Protection, spirituality.

THYME - Cures nightmares.

VERVAIN - Repels psychic attack, purification, gaining love or wealth.

WORMWOOD - Repels negative magic.

YARROW - Divination, love spells, keeps couples happily married.





Incense has long been used to help establish a particular magical atmosphere.  I use it on a daily basis to help myself prepare for readings & meditation, for protection, or to promote certain energies within my home.  The top of my dresser serves as my altar and this has the added benefit of making my clothes smell wonderful. 

 

 

Below is a list of scents long associated with certain magical energies or qualities.

 

BALANCE: Jasmine, orange, rose.

BANISHING: Cedar, clove, patchouli, rose, rue, vervain.

BINDING: Apple, cypress, dragon's blood, pine, wormwood.

BLESSING & CONSECRATION: Carnation, cypress, frankincense, lotus, rosemary.

CHANGES: Dragon's blood, peppermint.

COURAGE: Allspice, dragon's blood, musk, rosemary.

CREATIVITY: Honeysuckle, lilac, lotus, rose, vervain.

DIVINATION: Acacia, cinnamon, honeysuckle, lilac, nutmeg, rose, thyme, yarrow.

ENERGY: Allspice, bay, carnation, cinnamon, dragon's blood, frankincense, ginger, lotus, musk, pine, thyme, rosemary, verbena.

GOOD LUCK:  Bayberry, cedar, cinnamon, honeysuckle, jasmine, lotus, mint, nutmeg, strawberry, vervain, violet.

HAPPINESS: Apple blossom, basil, cedar, clove, cypress, fir, gardenia.

HARMONY: Jasmine, juniper, lavender, lilac, lily of the valley, lotus, myrrh, orange, patchouli, rose, rosemary, vetiver, vervain, ylang-ylang.

HEALING: Carnation, cedar, cinnamon, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, gardenia, lavender, lotus, myrrh, orange, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood.

INSPIRATION: Acacia, clove, cypress, fir, laurel, lily of the valley, rosemary, sage.

LOVE: Amber, apple blossom, frangipani, gardenia, honeysuckle, jasmine, juniper, lavender, vetiver, violet, ylang-ylang.

MEDITATION: Acacia, bay, cinnamon, frankincense, jasmine, myrrh, wisteria.

MONEY: Bayberry, bergamot, cinnamon, honeysuckle, jasmine, musk, vetiver.

PROTECTION: Basil, bay, bayberry, carnation, cinnamon, citronella, cypress, dragon's blood, fir, frankincense, jasmine, juniper, lilac, lily of the valley, marjoram, pine, sandalwood, violet.

PSYCHIC ABILITIES: Ambergris, honeysuckle, lemon, lotus, mimosa, nutmeg, wisteria.

PURIFICATION: Basil, bay laurel, cedar, cinnamon, citronella, dragon's blood, eucalyptus, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sage, thyme, vervain.

REMOVING HEXES: Cedar, myrrh, vetiver.

SPIRITUALITY: Frankincense, lotus, myrrh, sandalwood.

SUCCESS: Ginger.

VISIONS, Acacia, bay laurel, frankincense, lotus.

WILL POWER: Rosemary.

The following spell is taken from the book, "Simple Spells for Success" by Barrie Dolnick. I took the basic spell and adapted it just a bit to fit my own needs, but I'm presenting it to you exactly the way the author wrote it. 



"Spell to Attract Money"

On a Friday during a waxing moon and
 in the second hour after sunset, light a green candle.
Place yellow roses in a vase with water.
Dab one of the following scents on the candle:
poppy
honeysuckle,
almond.

Say Aloud

I draw in the eternal flow of prosperity
to connect with me on this Venus evening.
I call in fire, earth, air, and water
to manifest abundance around me.
I affirm I am open to all forms of prosperity,
and that it comes to me easily and readily.
I ask the I be guided to use this gift
within the greater good.
So be it.
And so it is.

Blow out the candle. Eat at least one grape.
You may repeat this spell on any  day
during a waxing moon hereafter.





I recently wore out my third copy of the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot deck and had to buy another one.  For the first time, I actually read the introduction by it's creator, Graham Cameron. His description of how tarot works is remarkably apt and I want to share it with you today.

"Welcome, imagine yourself as an actor, placed in a theater at birth. You have been invited to join millions of other actors, to take your place on the stage known as Phantasmagoric Theater. Every scene in the script has been carefully crafted, and you've learned your cues. If nothing goes wrong you should be able to sail through your performance until the final curtain call.  But things can and do go wrong - perhaps there is interference in the sound system, your costume is uncomfortable, or you're unhappy with the scenery.  So you begin to make adjustments, and in doing so, cause minor changes to the outcome of the play.

Using tarot, you can connect yourself through a psychic process back to the original script  and recognize the deviations you may have made to the performance.

Envision Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot as a doorway into your life.  The curtains open, revealing the fool, who invites us on a journey of spiritual fulfillment.

--Graham Cameron"

I love this description and think it applies equally well to every other deck, as well.  The tarot is a system designed to help bring us back in tune with the original script of our lives. It provides much needed direction and helps us bring our story back into alignment. 

Bright blessings, and may the performance that is your life be magnificent!
Robyn




 

The Tree of Life is an important symbol in nearly every culture. It is rooted deep within the earth, yet it's branches reach up to the sky. Thus it becomes a link between heaven, the earth, and the underworld, uniting above and below.

In Jewish and Christian mythology, a tree sits at the center of both the Heavenly and Earthly Edens. The Norse Cosmic World Ash, Ygdrassil, has its roots in the underworld while its branches support the abode of the Gods. The Egyptian's Holy Sycamore stood on the threshold of life and death, connecting the worlds. To the Mayas, it is Yaxche, whose branches support the heavens.

The following tarot spread is based upon this ancient symbol. It's a bit like the Celtic Cross, and yet it has significant differences. This is not a spread to be used for yes/no readings, or when answering simple questions. I prefer to use this when looking into a situation at depth, or when looking at a fairly lengthy amount of time. The cards are laid out as explained in the diagram below. The interpretation for each card follows the diagram.

 

 

The Significator.
This card represents you, and should be chosen from any of the people cards in the deck.

1. Aims or Ideals.
This card represents what you would like to achieve.

2. Influences.
What is influencing the situation.

3. General Nature.
This is the general nature of the question; it defines the question more completely.

4. The Key.
This may be something that you aren't seeing; it is the key to the answer to the question or how to resolve the situation, or how to achieve what you are attempting to achieve.

5. Influences of the Present.
Influences on the situation or question from present circumstances that you would be wise take into account for this reading.

6. Influences of the Future.
These will be things you are advised to take into account in the future.

7. Effect of the Significator.
This is the effect that the significator has on the situation.

8. Effect of the Environment.
The effect that the people around you have on the situation, as well as other things surrounding you.

9. Hopes and Fears.
These are things that you fear will happen, or you hope will happen with the situation.

The Final Outcome.
The ultimate answer to the your question.





Here is the simplest recipe for a love potion that I know. I stole it from my sister, Love Angel. :)

Go to a health food or metaphysical store and buy a bottle of ylang-ylang oil. You can also find it online. (ylang-ylang is pronounced "eeelong-eeelong.") Now that you have the oil in hand, all that's needed is to apply a small amount to your clothing and/or skin. That's it. ylang-ylang is a powerful aphrodisiac and attention magnate, and it smells so wonderful that I'd wear it even if it wasn't.

I was skeptical when Love Angel first told me about this wonder oil, but I bought some and put a small amount on each ankle. Then I went downtown to the bakery to test drive the oil. While I was standing in line to pay for my bread, the man who fixes my computer walked past. Then he turned around, got down on his knees in front of everyone there and asked me how the hem of my skirt was constructed. This was a man who'd never before paid the slightest attention to me. Pretty soon, there were two other people also looking at the hem of my skirt - I think they were attracted to the oil on my ankles. I was highly embarrassed, but had to conclude that the oil was indeed working the way my sister had promised it would.

That was several years or more ago and ylang-ylang oil has never once failed to produce interesting results when I wear it. I think if you try it, you'll be pleased, too.


 

Have you ever had it happen that the Universe sends you important messages from more than one source at the same time? That's what happened to me this week. I have the song "Momentum" by Aimee Mann stuck in my head. It seems that every time I get in the car and turn the radio on, there's Aimee's lovely voice singing about seizing the day. 

"Oh, for the sake of momentum
I've allowed my fears to get larger than life
And it's brought me to my current agenda
Whereupon I deny fulfillment has yet to arrive

And I know life is getting shorter
I can't bring myself to set the scene
Even when it's approaching torture
I've got my routine

Oh, for the sake of momentum
Even though I agree with that stuff about seizing the day
But I hate to think of effort expended
All those minutes and days and hours
I have frittered away.

But I can't confront the doubts I have
I can't admit that maybe the past was bad
And so, for the sake of momentum
I'm condemning the future to death
So it can match the past"

Even with the words and music to Momentum flowing through my brain, I failed to recognize it as a specific, and important, message. Luckily, the Universe is on to me and knows I often need to be nudged more than once.

The second nudge came in the form my sister Teri's blog, in which she wrote about "Overcoming Your Inner Wimp." The opening quote in this post was:

"If we don't create our future,
our past will create it for us"


http://www.keen.com/CommunityServer/UserBlogs/Love_Angel_Tarot/Stardust-Cafe/default.aspx

At that point, I almost got it. But not quite. So the Universe lovingly slapped me upside the head yet again.  The third, and hopefully, final message on this topic came to me in the form of a horoscope  from astrologer Rob Brezsny, who also used the word "wimp".

Yay! The light went on!  The Universe was talking to me about courage, forward movement, and abundance. And it wanted me to share this message with you, as well.  So here, in the words of Rob Brezsny is the final part of the message.

 “I predict that in the next few weeks, you will be happiest, and most aligned with the cosmic rhythms if you open your heart to experimental ideas and open your mind to interesting new feelings. Be alert for discoveries that will excite your lust for life. Be romantic, be idealistic, trust your hunches about where to go to have interesting conversations that awaken you to intriguing and even dramatic changes and possibilities that you may have never considered before. Strive to conjure up highly original solutions to your most long-running problems.

I hope that you can stand this much fertile abundance. Some people can't stand it. Some people run and hide when they are offered the opportunity to change everything in their lives for the better. In order to not run away, in order to not be a coward, or a wimp, you will have to be willing to cast aside your old ways of doing things. Maybe you'll even dismantle and destroy some of the old ways. You will have to invite yourself to be surprised and delighted, and even swept away.”

May we all be brave and conquer our inner wimps. May we be open to new conversations, dramatic changes, and fertile abundance. May our hearts be open to ideas and our minds be open to feelings. May we never, for the sake of momentum, settle for less than the we deserve.

Blessings, Robyn



I was listening to Ani Difranco today (partly for pleasure and partly because her music makes an awesome accompaniment to sorting laundry), and one phrase in particular resonated strongly with me. Ani sings:


"I see you and I'm so perplexed.
What was I thinking?
What will I think of next?"


Most of us have had this experience at least once or twice - something that seemed like a wonderful idea at the time leaves us scratching our heads and worrying about what we might think of next. For sure, I've done it time after time. In fact, the fear of what my next "mistake" might be has often wiped out all confidence in my decision making ability.

Time and experience has taught me, however, that there are very few real mistakes in life - almost every experience, every relationship, every friendship, every chance we take, holds a valuable lesson or two. Especially the ones that had surprise endings. Yes, it's wise to think things through carefully, but not to the point that we hold ourselves back from living life to the utmost.

The universe has an infinite number of things to offer, and I hope to (finally) come to a place where both caution and joyful risk-taking find a magical balance. And I wish the same for you. May we all live every moment to the fullest, explore our options wisely and refuse to let past experiences hold us back!

Blessings,
Robyn

 





Moon cakes! I love them. They're so beautiful and delicious that I named my blog after them. But what  are they, you ask? Moon cakes are a Chinese pastry I used to buy when I was a little girl. They're traditionally eaten during the Festival of the Moon, and each baker has their own unique symbol imprinted on their moon cake molds. There are as many varieties as there are bakers.

 

The legend behind the moon cakes begins thousands of years ago. Back then the earth had nine or ten suns circling it (depending on whom you talked to), taking turns shining down on the planet. One day all of the suns shown together and began to bake the earth, so a young archer stepped forward and shot down all of the suns but one. This archer Hou Yi. was, accordingly, made King. For a time he ruled justly and honorably, but that doesn’t make a very good legend, so he grew arrogant and unpleasant and old.

As it turns out, Hou Yi was an immortal who had become mortal, making him deathly afraid of dying. He began searching for the elixir of life, driving his doctors and scientists to do the same. When at last the elixir was discovered, his wife Chang E snatched it and drank it down to prevent him from continuing his evil  rule for all eternity. The outraged King ordered her execution, but suddenly she rose up into the sky, floating up to the moon, where she now lives with her pet Jade Rabbit. Her former subjects were so moved by her sacrifice that today, eating Moon Cakes is a way of commemorating Chang E’s sacrifice.

 

Easy Moon Cakes Recipe

    4 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    2 eggs
    6-7 tablespoons cold water

    1/2 cup chopped dates
    1/2 cup orange marmalade
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
    1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
    1/4 cup coarsely chopped raisins

    1 egg
    1 tablespoon milk

    1. Preheat oven to 180°c.

    2. Combine dates, marmalade, walnuts, coconut and raisins in a medium bowl; set aside.

    3. Sift together flour, baking powder, and sugar.

    4. Slowly beat in corn syrup and oil. Then add eggs, one at a time. Add a little of the cold water, use just enough to hold dough together.

    5. Roll out dough between two pieces of wax paper.

    6. Carefully remove the top sheet of wax paper.

    7. Cut out rounds. Place about 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each round. Gather the edges of dough, pinch together to seal in the filling. Form pastry into a ball shape and place on an un-greased cookie sheet, seam side down. Slightly flatten balls to flatten tops.

    8. Make the glaze by whisking together the egg and milk. Brush tops and sides of the pastry with the glaze.

    9. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden browned, don't over bake.

    10. Let cool on cookie sheet 1 minute then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.


 


COSMIC SPREAD


This spread is awesome because it not only sheds light on the past and present, but it also reveals events which will help to bring about resolution of the the current situation. It provides insight into both helping and distracting influences, acknowledges the old focus, and provides you with a new focus on the issue at hand. I've always found it to be extremely enlightening, and I hope you will, too.

The Cosmic spread uses ten cards, which are laid out in the following order. More cards can be drawn for clarification or for in-depth exploration if desired.

  9 6 10
1 2 3 4 5
    8 7

1. Distant Past

2. Recent Past

3. The Current Issue

4. Possible Future Influences

5. Events to bring Resolution

6. Present Attitude

7. Helping Influences

8. Distracting Influences

9. Old Focus

10. New Focus




Relationships - we all want them, but we all find them puzzling from time to time. (Okay, maybe a lot more often than that.) This is the card I pulled today from the "Soulmate Oracle" by Dr. John Grey Ph.D.  Clues! It's always fun to puzzle things out, to figure out mysteries and find hidden answers, and this card shows us how to apply the art of puzzle solving to our relationships. Here's what Dr Grey has to say about clues:

"A detective uses clues to solve a mystery. In relationships, many of our actions and reactions can be seen as clues. They point to the mystery of what's going on beneath the surface - within us. They are pieces to the puzzle of what is really in our hearts. The card CLUES invites you to take a deeper look at the actions, thoughts, or reactions that affect your relationship. If you look below their surface, you may find deeper feelings, needs, or wants - important things in your heart that you are not really expressing to your partner.

Healthy relating involves knowing - and saying - what you truly feel, need, or want. If you don't do this, you multiply problems and never deal with the real issues. Simply put, you won't get your real needs met in your relationship until you recognize them - and constructively voice what they are.

This card asks you to develop your skills as a detective. Be alert for the clues that can help you solve the puzzle of what's really going on inside of you - and inside your partner. Clues come in a variety of forms: frustrations, irritations, anger, fights, escape fantasies, withdrawal, hurt feelings, judgments, complaints, criticism. All of these reactions are big clues. Each points to something that your heart needs but is not getting at that moment.

Consider the last time you criticized a partner or reacted to them negatively. This card challenges you to uncover the positive message within any negative reaction you are having. Find the positive thing, deep in your heart, that you truly want or need in that situation.

Often the message is that you need something rather basic, like acceptance, appreciation, respect, trust, understanding, caring, or connecting. But this can be very hard to recognize or state to your partner. Even though we all share such basic human needs, we may feel shy about admitting we have them. Nonetheless, directly revealing a true want or need is the healthiest, clearest way to go about getting it met!

The card CLUES encourages you to act with gentleness and courage. Learn to pursue clues in yourself by getting in touch with the deeper desires of your heart. In troubling moments, during difficult times, or whenever you start to react, stop for a while, and breathe deeply. Quietly contact your heart and ask, "What basic human need am I experiencing? What do I really want? What is my deeper, positive intention here?"

Wait for an answer - one that voices a clear and positive message. Then communicate about this with your partner in a respectful, constructive way. Also ask your partner, "What do you truly want or need at this moment?" Allow them to find, and voice, their own answer to that question.

You may be pleasantly surprised if you earnestly - and compassionately - pursue such clues. You may discover pieces to the puzzle of relating that have long eluded you. Instead of losing yourself in fruitless reactions, you can come to know the deeper yearnings of your heart. By respectfully sharing these depths with your partner - in a positive way that they can hear and respond to - you will open new doors. Moving through these doors, you can find the fulfilling, satisfying relationship that you truly want - and deserve - to share!"



Here is Part 2 of the list of keywords I recently posted. Hope you find it helpful. :)

This half of the list is for the cards of the Minor Arcana. It doesn't include every single meaning for every single card, but it does list the three words I consider to be the primary meaning of each card.


Ace of Wands
beginnings
energy
vision

Two of Wands
balance
partnerships
inspiration

Three of Wands
success
plans
opportunity

Four of Wands
happy home
self-esteem
real estate

Five of Wands
competition
arguments
strife

Six of Wands
triumph
victory
welcome news

Seven of Wands
last battle
bravery

Eight of Wands
rapid movement
expansion
journey

Nine of Wands
completion
strength
caution

Ten of Wands
burdens
ambition
obsession

Page of Wands
creativity
activity
stability

Knight of Wands

sociability
communication
conflict

Queen of Wands
loyalty
warmth
happiness
rainbows

King of Wands
trustworthy
passionate
loyalty

Ace of Pentacles
prosperity
monetary beginnings

Two of Pentacles
juggling resources
balance
union

Three of Pentacles
comfort
praise
material gains

Four of Pentacles
improved finances
security
foundation

Five of Pentacles
loneliness
loss
outcast

Six of Pentacles
gifts
generosity
inheritance

Seven of Pentacles
future harvest
possibilities
potential

Eight of Pentacles

caution
education & training
promotion/new job

Nine of Pentacles
material success
pleasures
increase

Ten of Pentacles
prosperity
home and family
comfort

Page of Pentacles
happiness
comfort
messages

Knight of Pentacles
ambitious
trustworthy
enduring

Queen of Pentacles
practical
nurturing
pleasure-loving

King of Pentacles
sensual
loyal
productive

Ace of Swords
karma
justice
new beginnings

Two of Swords
tension
self-protection
temporary truce

Three of Swords
sorrow
catalyst for change
painful truth revealed

Four of Swords
forced retreat
rest
search for divine intervention

Five of Swords
separation
conflict
envy

Six of Swords
progress
restoration
travel
moving house

Seven of Swords
theft
restlessness
agitation
unstoppable change

Eight of Swords
eternal restriction
bondage
internal confusion

Nine of Swords
regret
despair
sleeplessness

Ten of Swords
darkness before the dawn
betrayal
endings and transcendence

Page of Swords
news
gossip
inspiration

Knight of Swords
intelligence
restlessness
honesty

Queen of Swords
graceful
sorrowful
perceptive
honest

King of Swords
intelligence
logic
reason
truth

Ace of Cups
renewal
love
artistic beginnings

Two of Cups
loving union
creativity
chemistry

Three of Cups
celebration
engagement
happiness
socializing

Four of Cups

ambivalence
taking for granted
mild depression

Five of Cups
hidden treasures
loss of hope
exploring possibilities

Six of Cups
return of a friend or lover
nostalgia
joy of childhood

Seven of Cups
options
abundance
day dreams
scattered energy

Eight of Cups
search for fulfillment
disappointment
return

Nine of Cups

satisfaction
wishes granted
happiness

Ten of Cups
full heart
love
peace

Page of Cups
message of love
imagination
tenderness

Knight of Cups
romance
mission of love
gifts

Queen of Cups
loving
feminine
expressive
empathic

King of Cups
kind
faithful
sensual
sensitive



















Here is the first half of a list that was begun years ago when I was preparing to begin reading professionally. Over the years, this list has proven itself to be a wonderful tool! Time is of the essence when people are paying for a reading, and the little list of keywords was invaluable when it came to adjusting to the fast pace of readings here on Keen.

It's important to keep in mind that this is a very basic list because the meaning of each card is affected by it's placement in the spread, as well as by the neighboring cards. The artwork on each deck also adds new layers of meaning, depending on how well it resonates with the person doing the reading.

Here's a list of the Major Arcana and their keywords.


The Fool
adventure
faith
positive change

The Magician
balance
creativity
communication

High Priestess
insight
mystery
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Candle magic (also known as candle meditation) has been a strong interest of mine for quite some time. I've read many books on the subject, scoured the internet for information, talked to other practitioners, and conducted my own experiments. If you search my blog, you will find many spells which incorporate candles of various colors, sizes, and scents; as well as articles on herbs and oils, etc. And I haven't even touched on the subjects of candle shape, quality of wax, homemade vs store bought, etc. etc.

 All of this can seem overwhelming to someone who is new to candle work. However, it's really very simple once you understand the secret.

Are you ready? The secret is that it's the intention of the person lighting the candle that matters most. All of the rest is merely a tool to help you focus your intention.  The shape of the candle doesn't matter - neither does the color or the scent or whatever you might choose to rub on it - just as long as you, yourself, are focused and clear on what it is you wish to achieve! 

Some people will tell you that it's necessary to purchase an expensive candle, but it's not. It's fun to have special shapes, which is why I sometimes buy them. And it's fun to have a lot of different colors, which is why I often buy colored candles. I love growing herbs and buying special oils with which to anoint candles, but, again, that's not necessary. My basic working candle is nothing more than a small white votive that I buy in bags of 50 from the discount store. For a really big project or spell, I might go all out and purchase a 7-day candle from the Mexican foods section of the grocery store at the cost of $2 per candle.

People may offer to light a candle for you for a high price -  up to $500 or more - but this isn't necessary, either. You can take them up on this if you like, but the chances are that you're quite capable of lighting your own candles and performing your own meditation. After all, who understands the desires of your heart better than you do? And who is more capable of accurately visualizing those desires than you are? No one!

Here is how you go about candle magic in the most basic and effective manner:

  • Decide on the candle(s) you wish to use.
  • Take a few moments to spell out in your own mind exactly what it is you are trying to achieve.
  • Write this down on a piece of paper. Fold the paper and place it next to the candle(s).
  • Light your candle(s) and sit or stand where you can clearly see the flame.
  • Meditate on your goal while focusing on the flame.
  • When you feel you have made your wishes and intentions clear, go listen to some music, take a nap, go for a walk, etc.
  • Wait for the candle(s) to burn down.
  • Dispose of your piece of paper and any remaining candle wax.
That's all there is to it. And if for any reason, you still feel you would like someone to help you with a candle meditation please ask when you call me. I would be happy to do it for you for free.

Bright Blessings,
Robyn