With the Solstice approaching, I thought I’d share the spread for this day from Sasha Graham’s new book, 365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day.
For each day, Sasha includes interesting tidbits about the day and about tarot, as well as a spread.
The tidbits for June 20 include:
“Russian witchcraft states the most powerful botanicals are ritually harvested on Midsummer’s Eve. Unique plants like the fern seed offer invisibility on this night only. Now is a magical time for divining, finding true love, and flirting.”
“The Sun card corresponds to the high day of summer. On an intellectual level, the sun represents being able to communicate, while
Today (December 7), we are celebrating the season with our Llewellyn Employee Yule Party. But it’s not very fair that you’re not invited, is it? So we want you to join us in celebration!
Did we mention giveaways? In addition to having a great time, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Ellen Dugan’s Seasons of Witchery and Hematite Runes from Lo Scarabeo, a perfect way for us to stuff your stocking this holiday season. (Two  lucky prizewinners will be drawn at random at the end of our Winter Solstice Twitter Party Celebration from the participants of that party. We will contact the winners via direct message after the party.)
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Last night a full lunar eclipse occurred, just hours before today’s Winter Solstice. Many people around the world used this auspicious time for ritual, spell work, divination, meditation, and much more.
I was one of them. I made a list of goals and wishes for the new year and focused my intentions with the powerful eclipse and the rebirth of the Sun in the Northern Hemisphere. I surrendered to my beloved dead a list of questions, asking them for greater insight from the other side. I meditated on peace and compassion for our planet. And I did a once-a-year divination using the I Ching.
True, there aren’t many witches who use the I Ching. Most use tarot or runes. But the first
In Modern Magick I introduced the idea that modern ceremonial magicians should become more in tune with the elements, seasons, and energies of the planets. (Here's a pre-announcement: Denning & Phillips' classic book, Planetary Magick—originally published over 20 years ago, it went out of print and used copies are now selling for up to $75—will be reprinted early next year. It includes my introduction from the first edition.) Pagans have long known this, honoring in their rites both the equinoxes and solstices. On December 21, 2010, we’ll experience the shortest day (and longest night) of the year, the winter solstice. Also known as Yule, it is a time when Pagans perform rituals