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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
When I was 12 I received an honor from the local branch of the Optimist Club and was named "Boy of the Year." This included a plaque and a dinner in my honor in L.A.'s Chinatown. As is typical of many kids, I had a very limited food tastes, and I couldn't stand the seaweed soup and other foods that were so foreign to me.
After the dinner, my parents, grandparents and I walked around the area. I was immediately drawn to the tourist-oriented sleight-of-hand magic shop that was there and talked my parents into buying me a deck of Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards (they wouldn't go for the rubber chicken).
I eagerly read the little instruction booklet and gave my very first reading to my