Most tarot teachers and authors advise keeping a tarot journal. I don’t know about you, but I love journaling and especially combining journal keeping with tarot. This entry begins a series of articles that explore what various authors and teachers say about journaling and tarot.
This first foray is from one of my favorite authors, Christine Jette. Her book, Tarot for All Seasons, takes us on a journey through the Wheel of the Year, providing rituals and spreads inspired by the Sabbats and moon phases. But for now, let’s see what she says about journaling:
Keeping a journal allow syou to put into words your innermost thoughts without fear of criticism. A journal is your
This week, to help prepare for Ostara festivities on the weekend, we have a guest blogger stepping in! Bronwynn Forrest Torgerson, author of One Witch's Way: A Magical Year of Stories, Spells & Such, writes about the beautiful magic of nature on the spring equinox. Enjoy!
When did our blessed Ostara get to be such a juvenile holiday? I recall being new to the Craft but long attuned to the seasons and cycles of the earth, and smelling the first breath of Spring in the air. There was a subtle shifting of energies, an inward stirring of freshness, possibility and new hope in the air. As a wilderness child, I avidly searched for the first hint that the cold earth had thawed, for
This may be one of my shortest blog posts ever, but bear with me.
I realized today while proofing some copy on "celebrating the sabbats" that I am more used to seeing the word sabbat capitalized - as in, "celebrating the Sabbats."
I asked one of our trusted Llewellyn editors what she thought, and she pointed out that the word holiday is never capitalized, but the names of the holidays are. (Or in this case, Beltane, Samhain, Lughnasadh, and so on.) Also it often happens that the word sabbat and the name of the sabbat appear side-by-side, making it look a little silly to capitalize both - "as we approach the Sabbat Beltane," for example.
What do you think? Do you want to see Sabbat
Today is the winter solstice, marking the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Rather than trying to think of some beautiful, new words all my own, I will let a few of our authors handle it. Here are a couple excerpts to enjoy while sipping something warm and watching the snow fall in the dark afternoon.
December is a month for holiday celebrations, no matter which religion you follow. For Pagans, that holiday is Yule, which falls on or around December 21st. Yule is a celebration of the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.
In the Wiccan symbolism of the turning Wheel of the Year, this is the time when the Holly King (who represents the dark half of the year) is