Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Patti Wigington, author of the new Badass Ancestors.
After three decades of working with my ancestors as part of my spiritual practice, I've found that my long-dead kinfolk are an incredibly valuable resource when I need guidance, wisdom, and insight. I call upon my family members in divination workings regularly, and they've never failed me yet. While I do keep a scrying mirror and a pendulum on my ancestor altar, I've found that the most powerful divination tool I can use with my people is the set of ancestor oracle cards I've made for myself.
Ancestor oracle cards are a uniquely personal divination tool that only you can make
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Welcome to the Hedgewitch Botanical Oracle. This collection of 40 botanical cards draws inspiration from the grimoire of Hedgewitches - wise folks who walk the thin places between one world and another. These Healers, helpers, and shaman find the plants of their practice at the edges of cultivated fields as well as deep in the woods, wilds, and along shorelines. Each lovingly illustrated card includes an oracle property that can provide guidance to a seeker or meditative focus to a querent. Like these walkers between worlds, almost without exception the plants in this book are also living at the edges - the edges of disturbed lands with agricultural or industrial
The Role of Intuition in Divination
From Tarot Beyond the Basics by Anthony Louis:
“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.”
Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Intuition is such an important topic in tarot divination that this entire chapter [chapter 4: The Role of Intuition in Divination] is devoted to it. As Francis Bacon suggests, thoughts that come unbidden during a reading are often the most telling. Author Richard Roberts was so impressed by the significance of intuition that he advised his readers to throw away their interpretation books. Please don’t throw away this book, however.
One has to wonder why
In a recent post, Psyche gives some excellent information on how to give a Tarot reading. Specifically, she advises that the information the reader gives should be presented in a manner that is useful to the person receiving the reading.
This sounds like it should be elementary information—if the information presented in a reading isn't useful, it's basically meaningless data. However, Psyche's idea is actually a rather advanced concept. In fact, it is often one of the most challenging aspects of giving a Tarot reading. The reader has to give up being centered on himself or herself and turn all attention to the client. The reader, in seconds, has to determine how to best convey