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Strength Shadowscapes Tarot

Strength is pretty self explanatory. It represents strength, fortitude, conviction, courage, defiance, action, fervor, energy, determination, heroism, accomplishment, and conquest. It can be mind over matter or matter over mind (so physical strength or mental/emotional strength). This card can mean that there are hidden forces at work which are challenged by you or the focus of the divination. Whatever you face, you have the strength to overcome it. Liberation is at hand and your efforts will be tireless.

Reversed, the card represents weakness, impotency, lack of faith, sickness, tyranny or abuse of power, falling to temptation, and pettiness.

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The Wheel of Fortune card, or simply the Wheel, represents destiny or fate. There is a culmination about to occur, a conclusion. There is a good or bad omen here, depending on the influence of the other cards drawn with it. There may be unexpected events. There is progress though, for better or worse is unknown; look to the other cards drawn with it.

Reversed, this card stands for bad luck, failure, unexpected bad fate, outside influences not foreseen that adversely affect the spirit.

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Figwort is also known as Scrophularia nodosa and can usually be found in temperate areas growing in waste ground. So, it’s probably considered a weed. Distribution across North America can be seen here.

Figwort is also sometimes known as Throatwort, Carpenter’s Square, and Rosenoble.

It is considered to be feminine and ruled by Venus and Water.

Magic associated with Figwort is generally of the protective or good health kind.

If you hang it from your neck, it is said to protect you from the evil eye and to keep you healthy.

Hang it in the house to protect your home.

 

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The Rules:

  • Post the award logo within your blog post
  • Thank the blogger who passed the award to you
  • Answer the seven questions below
  • Nominate five Wiccan/Pagan bloggers (If you don’t know five other Wiccan bloggers, nominate as many as you can)
  • Notify your nominees of their pending award
  • Give a short description of the blog/blogger and why you nominated them
  • Stop by Ayslyn’s Corner and Book of Shadows to add your name to the list of bloggers awarded
  • You may customize the questions as long as they are still Wiccan- and Pagan-related

Wow! I am so honored to have been thought of for this. This is such a cool idea and a great way to spread the word about Pagan/Wiccan blogs! I was nominated by Morrighan. You should definitely go check her blog out! Thank you so much, Morrighan! Alright, now onto the questions!

Seven Questions:

  • How did you “discover” Wicca/witchcraft?

Well, I always believed in an earth centered spirituality. It was just what I instinctively believed. Eventually, in high school, a friend who was learning about Wicca shared it with me, and the rest, as they say, is history.

  • Do you grow herbs?

I do grow herbs, but I’m such a sucker for how gorgeous the plants look, that I hardly ever actually harvest anything. I enjoy the flowers on the plants until they’re well past harvesting. I also enjoy watching the little pollinators doing their thing too much to harvest any of the flowers. As for other parts of the plant that are used (leaves, roots, etc.) I will occasionally pluck a few here and there. I’m especially fond of treating my cats every now and then to some fresh cat mint!

  • Are you “in the broom closet”? If not, share your coming out experience.

I am not in the broom closet, although, I’m not screaming my beliefs from the roof top, either. I wear a pentacle openly and if anyone asks about it, I explain to them truthfully that I’m Wiccan. I honestly don’t remember ‘coming out.’ I just believe what I believe and always have.

  • What tradition do you follow?

Um, that’s a good question. I guess I follow my own tradition? I rely a lot on Scott Cunningham’s books and find that I don’t really connect much with others. Oh, although I do also very much like Gerina Dunwich, Ellen Dugan, and Ellen Evert Hopman. I have some Hinduism mixed in occasionally from my mom’s side of my family and I also have a connection to the Greek pantheon.

  • Do you consider yourself a witch, Wiccan or Pagan (or maybe something else?)

Yes? lol I consider myself Pagan, Wiccan, and a witch…and I have some slight Druidic and Gaian leanings.

  • How much of witchcraft/Wicca are you able to incorporate into your everyday life?

I feel like my ‘every day life’ and my faith are one and the same. How can one have a life that isn’t connected to what they believe?

  • Do you have a familiar? If you do, tell us how you meet him/her and how s/he takes part in your practice (if at all)

I do not have a familiar, though my dog (passed away 4 years now and oh how I miss him) and one of my cats show great interest in what I do. I think it’s because they can see the energies and also because it’s way too much fun not to watch a flickering candle or the smoke from incense wafting playfully into the air.

 

And onto the nominations! Well, this was a little challenging as everyone I checked with had already been nominated for this one. lol I think I’ve found two in my list of known blogs that have yet to be nominated for this particular award, though they’ve been nominated for others.

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The Life and Times of a Forever Witch

 

Ok, that concludes the fun! Sorry it took me a couple of days to get to this. Life can be a whirlwind sometimes!

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Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the smells of the earth and the colors of the leaves. I love the cooler temperatures that mean I have to wear a jacket to go outside. I love the sound of the wind rustling in the leaves and the naked branches of the trees. I love that is gets dark earlier.

Autumn is a time of a change and reflection. I think that’s why it can trigger depression in those so inclined and ‘down in the dumps’ feelings in those who don’t suffer from depression. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we tend to reflect on the past during this time of year naturally. The decrease in sunlit hours adds to the introspective nature of the season (and the increased struggle against depression).

Change is good, though. As someone who has always lived in an area with four very defined seasons, I can tell you, it’s nice to have that seasonal change. I’ve never understood how people can live somewhere that the climate is basically the same year round. Not only would it get boring, but there’s never a rest from one season as you experience the next. I love warm, beach going weather, but I also enjoy the respite from the hot, bright sun during the cooler, rainy season of Autumn and then the transition to the hibernation of Winter until finally, the awakening of the slightly warmer, rainy Spring.

Anyway, before I wander off on a seasonal tangent, I came across a candle spell for Autumn that I thought was nice and very easy to modify for your own purposes. I’m not sure that I like the exact wording of this, but I’ll give it to you as I came across it and you can change it or use it as you like. This is not my spell, I found it in my pile o’ stuff and do not have the source for it written down. I’m sure at the time I assumed I’d never forget where I got it from…silly past me.

Light a candle (any color or scent, though Autumnal is the theme here, so maybe orange, brown, or deep red, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, or apple)

Say: “I set this candle against the lengthening darkness. Change is everywhere, change comes to everyone, and truly, all life is change. So may I honor the seasons of life. Let me savor the fleeting beauty, and yet let go when time has come and gone. So may change bring new vitality, so may change bring added wisdom.” or something along those lines.

I don’t like the line about ‘fleeting beauty’ because every season has its own beauty. Sure, I love the riot of colors from the Autumn leaves, but the Winter-bare trees covered in snow and ice are breathtaking to behold at times.

I do like the words about change and honoring the seasons of life and there is wisdom in learning to let go when the time comes. I also like this as a candle spell because lighting a candle can be a mood elevating thing. Watching the flame dance and feeling the warmth of the fire can help lift spirits. I think this would be a good meditation lead in, too. As the flame of the candle dances, you can let your mind wander to the aspects of Fall that you love and you can meditate on those, bringing you more in sync with the season around you.

You can also bedazzle the heck out of this. The candle can become the centerpiece of your table with Autumnal decorations all around it. Every time you light it, you are welcoming the spirit of the season. Your nonPagan friends and family never need to know that a bit of magic is going on right in the center of the table.

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This card indicates prudence, discretion, circumspection, sensitivity, and withdrawal. It can mean regression and self denial; a loner, a person who doesn’t interact well with others and tends to withhold emotions. There is a fear of discovery. If this card is drawn about a person, this person has secrets that they may or may not reveal. They are misleading or misguided and protect the knowledge they have without trying to use that knowledge themselves.

 

Reversed, this card stands for imprudence, faulty advice, rashness, and foolish acts.

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