Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Deborah Blake, author of several books, including her new Everyday Witch Book of Ritual.
One of the aspects of modern Witchcraft I love the most is the concept of the Wheel of the Year. The Wheel of the Year is made up of eight Sabbats, or holidays, spanning the year from its beginning at Samhain to its end at the next Samhain. Of course, the Wheel is more than just those eight days; it encompasses all the days in between as well, carrying us through the entire 365-day cycle.
Within that cycle, there are four main seasons: spring, summer, winter, and fall. If you live in upstate New York, as I do, each of those seasons has a distinct
Are you familiar with Tantra?
If you live in a Western culture, you probably know that Tantra is "that sex stuff." It's about "spiritualized sex," the Kama Sutra, weird sex positions, and sex that lasts for hours. Didn't Sting say so? (Okay, now he admits it was a joke.)
Even in India, the birthplace of Tantra, most people think of Tantra as either "that sex stuff" or "black magick" or both.
Here in the West, the Tantra most people are familiar with is really more accurately called "Neo-Tantra." It has a focus on extended periods of ecstatic sex and, supposedly, leads followers to a more spiritual state. Practitioners will talk about moving energy, breathwork, and visualization—all
Last year, when I got my copy of the Wheel of the Year Tarot, I really liked it.
Over a year later, and guess what? I still do. You can read my original review HERE. It's regular page is HERE.
Court cards are often the neglected cards of tarot...often considered a problem for interpretation. Also, since most decks these days are based on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, they use the same technique of portraits that don't tell much of a story (although they are symbolically rich).
I realize that assigning suits to a season can be problematic because people have various preferences. Luckily, the Wheel of the Year follows my preference, so that makes me love it even more.
For those of you reading this who don't know, for the last decade I've spent a great deal of time studying, being trained in, and practicing hypnosis. I'm certified as a hypnotist by several organizations and have advanced certifications in several specialties. I'm also certified to teach hypnosis. When people ask me to teach them hypnosis, they generally have two questions or interests. The first is about inductions—the ability to lead someone into a trance. They either want to learn numerous inductions or "the best" induction. If you check the internet you will find dozens of people offering special and unique inductions that only they can teach.
The second thing people want to learn