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Sunday, May 31, 2020

BOOK Launch!! ~ Green Witchcraft Grimoire




This book is up for PRE-ORDER at Amazon.
It will be available July 14th.

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Explore green witchcraft and grow your own connection to natural magic.

The green witch is a healer and practitioner of natural magic, who uses the power of plants, crystals, and the elements to draw on the energy of the earth. With the Green Witchcraft Grimoire in hand, you’ll learn how to harness your inner green witch and develop your own unique magical practice. It’s your how-to grimoire guide to the craft, loaded with spells, rituals, and recipes to help you create everything from meditation oils to sleep tinctures and spells for safe travels.

In this grimoire, you’ll find sections for working with stones, candles, herbs, and sigils, along with personal and reflective writing space. Take notes on the results of your spells and recipes, and the energies and ideas that come to you as you practice and grow. Over time, this practical grimoire will become your own keepsake record of spells cast, organic ingredients used, and recipes to share in the future.

Green Witchcraft Grimoire helps you:

  • Cast your green circle―Begin with simple directions for preparing your own sacred space for rituals, ceremonies, and solitary magical connection.
  • Within your witchy kitchen―Discover the everyday essentials for any green witch’s kitchen and the tools you’ll need to create balms, salves, oils, and elixirs.
  • Seek or be guided―Use this grimoire to look up the herb you need, or flip through it at random to catch information the universe is directing you to find.

The Green Witchcraft Grimoire is loaded with knowledge and will be an invaluable tool in your practice of green witchcraft.



Amythyst Raine,
Author of “Green Witchcraft Grimoire”



Monday, May 25, 2020

Find the Magick ~ Suave Rosemary and Mint Shampoo





I have lots of hair, and I’ve tried lots of products, expensive and not, and I always come back to a tried and true shampoo and brand that’s always worked for me…Suave. The line that they have now, the one we’re going to look at in this post, is relatively new, or at least it is in our area. It’s in a sage green bottle, and it comes in a variety of herbal mixtures. I love them all, but the one I’m using right now is “Rosemary & Mint”.

So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and look at some of the ingredients and the magickal energy connected to the herbs used, not to mention other ways they can be used in your magickal practice:


  • Eucalyptus:

Element: Air; Planet: Moon; Energy: Feminine

Uses include great healing properties, kills germs, infections, eases lung congestion, heart stimulant. Attracts healing vibrations and protection. Use to purify and cleanse any space of unwanted energies. Also useful in dream and sleep pillows.

  • Spearmint:

Element: Water; Planet: Venus; Energy: Feminine

Healing, love and protection while sleeping. Burn for healing magick, especially for respiratory conditions. Carry for healing. Use in ritual baths for strength and vitality. Write a wish on paper and wrap it in spearmint leaves; place in a red cloth and sew with red thread, then keep in a safe and secret place — by the time the scent is gone, your wish should have come true.

  • Aloe:

Element: Water; Planet: Moon; Energy: Feminine

Protection and luck. Place on the grave of a loved one to promote peaceful energy. Thought to relieve loneliness and assist with success. Hang in the home to attract luck and protection for those who live there. Grow in the home to provide protection from household accidents. Burn on the night of a full moon to bring a new lover by the new moon.

  • Lemon Grass

Element: Air; Planet: Mercury; Energy: Masculine

Psychic cleansing and opening, used in lust potions.

  • Rosemary

Element: Fire; Planet: Sun; Energy: Masculine

Protection, love, lust, mental powers, exorcism, purification, healing, sleep, youth. Burn to purify and cleanse. Use in love and lust incenses and potions. Use for healing of all kinds. A tea of rosemary causes the mind to be alert. Circulatory, digestive and nerve stimulant. Heals headache, depression, and halitosis.

  • Lavender

Element: Air; Planet: Mercury; Energy: Masculine

Magickal uses include love, protection, healing, sleep, purification, and peace. Promotes healing from depression. Great in sleep pillows and bath spells. Believed to preserve chastity when mixed with rosemary. Burn the flowers to induce sleep and rest, then scatter the ashes around the home to bring peace and harmony. Use in love spells and sachets, especially those to attract men.






Source:


This article was originally posted at my blog
Magickal Connections June 2014.






Sunday, May 17, 2020

Drunk With the Virgin Mary





This is the PREFACE to my book, The Spiritual Feminist. Do you have your copy? What!? No?…Click on the link in this paragraph and order your copy today. (You’re welcome.)

  • Preface


The only appealing part of Catholicism for me was the Virgin Mary. I know now that this was a natural attraction to the Goddess, the Divine Feminine. It was also a protective mechanism, a flinching away from the hard and fast patriarchal control and power of the male priests around me and their insistence on keeping all things feminine in what they thought of as a proper perspective, i.e. in it’s place according to their doctrine. Looking back, I can see that the nuns were also inexplicably and totally transfixed by this iconic female figure, though I don’t think they totally understood their own fixation. They spent a great deal of time emphasizing and re-emphasizing the fact that the father, son, and holy ghost were “divine”, but Mary was not.

Poor Mary, a humble human, impregnated out of wedlock, married off to Joseph, a gallant man praised for his merciful attitude to take on this mess in order to help out a woman who would be stoned to death for her condition were it to become public knowledge. Poor Mary… “Big wheels keep on turnin’; Proud Mary keep on burnin’…”1

The father of her unborn illegitimate child was revered to the world as the God of all creation, inspired and egged-on by his androgynous sidekick, the holy ghost; and together they conspire to keep Mary right where they want her, at the bottom of the spiritual totem pole, a useful vessel, a walking womb, an attractive and appealing incubator, and a publicist’s dream.

In the end, they underestimated the power and strength of feminine spirituality; they underestimated the ingrained ancestral instinct to embrace matriarchal divinity. 

At the end of the day, the spiritual icon left to walk the red carpet is a little Jewish woman with her own set of prayer beads and a kick ass attitude.

Baby, the Goddess is back.









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1 This quote is words from the song “Proud Mary”, by Tina Turner.



Florida Water Recipe




Does anyone need a recipe to make their own Florida Water? Yes?… Well, here it is:

  • Two cups of vodka or any alcohol of your preference
  • Two tablespoon of orange flower water
  • 6 drops of essential oil of bergamot
  • 6 drops of essential oil of rosemary
  • 6 drops of essential oil of lavender
  • 6 drops of essential oil of rose attar
  • 3 drops of essential oil of sage
  • 2 drops of essential oil of neroli

Mix all of these ingredients together and let it sit for a couple days. Note that you can adjust any of the essential oils, strength-wise, to attain a scent that is to your liking.

If there’s anyone reading this who doesn’t know what Florida Water is used for, it’s mainly for cleansing and protection, but there are other uses I’m going to list below. There is a company who produces a marketable brand of Florida Water, and you can find them online easy. (So I’m going to be lazy and not go searching for it right now.)

Here’s a list of uses for you, but that’s not saying that some of you might not think of a few new ways to use Florida Water:

1. Cleanse your house by adding salt and Florida Water to a bucket of water and mop the floors.

2. Cleanse your magical items and crystals with a cloth and Florida Water.

3. Cleanse your altar and your magical space before casting a circle.

4. Provide it as a thank you gift to the deities or energies you’re working with.

5. Use it in your bath by adding a few drops in the water to cleanse your aura and rejuvenate the senses.

6. Put Florida Water in your palms and clap them to raise vibrations and to give you a quick energy boost.

7. It can be used in your rooms for a Happy Home and to combat melancholy and depression.

8. Florida Water can replace Holy water in magical practices and rituals.

9. Add Florida Water and Van Van oil together in order to attract better clientele.

10. Use it to dress candles for magical spells and rituals for Protection, Communication with Spirits, Cleansing and Breaking Hexes, and to remove malevolent magic.

11. Add a few drops to a bottle of ink and use it to empower your written petitions.




Thursday, May 14, 2020

Today's Daily Cards ~ What's in the cards for you?




  • The High Priestess

Someone might finally have enough self-confidence (and common sense) to listen to their instinct and gut reactions. It gets tiresome when you know what you know, and people around you don't realize this (especially if they're trying to pull the wool over your eyes, makes them look like a fool and they don't even know it). Also... the card is advising us not to become part of a pack, a group, as this can only lead to trouble and conflict down the road. Sometimes a solitary path is the best choice. Someone's got a big head, it may be time for a reality check, give acknowledgement where recognition is due. Sit back and bide your time in silence, the day of reckoning will arrive.

  • The Fool (R)

Oops, someone is off to a false start. But that doesn't mean you should give up. Regroup and begin again. I don't think there's any rules on how many times you can try from the beginning... again. Also... the cards are telling me that some of you have someone in the background who is influencing your decisions and probably a lot more. Is this a good influence, or a bad influence? Remember that with influence may also come manipulation. Be honest in your assessment.

  • The Magician (R) & Six/swords (R)

Someone lost (or gave away) a lot of their personal power in the course of a breakup or divorce. Sometimes the insinuation here is that the party giving up their personal power is experiencing a lot of guilt over the failure of this relationship, or they feel full responsibility for the end of it, usually through their behavior or choices (and actually, our behavior is determined by our choices, whether they are wise or shitty). Both cards are reversed, which implies regret on both sides, or unfinished business between a couple. Neither one has reached the other side, where they can experience life with a clean clear outlook, without being constantly drawn to their past, or haunted by it, whether consciously, or subconsciously. It may take a very long time for this wound to heal, or it may never completely go away. One of life's regrets.



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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Witch's Desk ~ How do you detect the presence of Spirits in your house?





Spirits are always interesting, though they are not always fun, but mostly (from my own experience) they actually are. This is just me, or maybe it’s that I’ve only had pleasant or neutral experiences with them so far. For whatever reason, I just don’t feel frightened by them. I have a friend that I have done spiritual House Cleansings with around the Omaha area, and the one thing that I’ve noticed is that a lot of the time you won’t have to ask yourself if you have a spirit in your house, you will most definitely know; but this is often the more extreme cases, real “hauntings” with something that is unpleasant, or obnoxious, or invasive in a very negative way. Through this experience, visiting other people’s homes and talking to them about their situations, I also realize that some people are just naturally frightened by the idea of the ethereal…ghosts, spirits, anything that goes bump in the night.

The house that we had in Nebraska always had spirit activity, and I’ve only recently learned from some of my daughters, since they’ve grown, is that when they were small there was an unpleasant “something” on the landing (we had a split level home). One of my daughters told me that she felt it so strongly, and it was such a scary menacing presence to her, that she was often afraid to go up and down the stairs. Years afterwards, when I began to regularly cleanse the house, this entity disappeared.

I remember the exact day I decided I had enough.  I was sweeping down the stairs, on a day that I was all alone, which rarely happened with our large home-schooling family, when I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up and a rush of goose bumps come up my legs. This was accompanied by the very unnerving sensation of someone (a presence) behind me. Did this scare me? No, I actually found it interesting, and it also made me angry. I considered this an obnoxious invasion of my personal space. I threw the broom down and, muttering under my breath, I stalked off around the house to gather up white candles, incense, salt and water, cussing the whole time. I guess I felt it was an inconvenience that was unnecessary, and I would have to take the time to straighten this spirit out and set some boundaries.

My kids claimed later, and continue to do so to this day, that I tend to do too good a job of cleansing, and some of the entities we have shared our space with were actually interesting, an integral part of the house and it’s atmosphere.

Anyway, I digress... on to the subject at hand. The individual who asked me this question is obviously not sure what constitutes a spirit’s presence, and what may just be some sort of natural occurrence, or an overactive imagination. Let’s look at all those tell tale signs of spirit activity:

  • 1) Scents: It’s happened to me before, I’ll smell my grandmother’s perfume, or her favorite flower (roses). You might smell cigars or cigarette smoke in a house where no one smokes. You might smell a loved one’s favorite food. Anytime you pick up a scent that is not explainable on a physical level, you might want to consider that it’s coming from another source. I’ve heard about (but never experienced personally) the unpleasant and obnoxious odors of malevolent spirits. This is just something to keep in mind. Most of the time it’s all good, but once in a while you might run into something unusual. 

  • 2) Noises: Several times over the past few decades, since my grandmother’s death, I have heard her call my name. Often this has happened in the dead of night and woken me out of a deep sleep, but there have been occasions where this has happened during the day, when I’m wide awake and usually when I am alone. It’s cool, nothing scary. She’s just touching base, letting me know that she’s still near, that there is still some sort of connection. (Death isn’t the end, it’s just a different plane of existence.) Besides hearing voices, there are other odd sounds you may experience, like knocking, scraping, footsteps, growling (not usually a good thing), hammering, human sounds (like hand clapping , finger snapping, muttering); and always, you will have no logical explanation for these sounds.

  • 3) Temperature Changes/Drafts: We’re talking big in-your-face changes that are unexplainable through normal physics. This means the furnace man won’t be able to explain to you a 40 degree drop in 5 seconds.  I guess there are more subtle temperature changes you can experience, but people are more liable to explain them away, such as a sudden cold breeze that wafts through a room, gently lifting the pages of a newspaper; a momentary “chill” that gives you a shudder. Besides unusual temperature changes, you might experience drafts, the kind of draft that flickers and toys with candle flames, the kind of draft that can’t possibly come from anything of this world because there is no place for the draft to originate from.

  • 4) Electronic/Electrical Malfunctions: We’ve often heard that the spirit world has the ability to collect energy from our electrical gadgets and use this energy to manifest all kinds of paranormal phenomena. I don’t know if any of this can ever really be scientifically proven, but it seems that a lot of these occurrences (odd things happening with your electrical gadgets, lamps, lights, computers, etc.) almost always seem to precipitate a mad rush of paranormal activity. Do you have appliances, lights, a television, computer, or other gadget that turns itself off and on? …that turns itself off and on regularly?  Do you have flickering lights with no mundane explanation of why?  Do you receive blank messages on your cell phones, with no source of origin?

  • 7) Moving Objects: This is pretty extreme and the fodder for many movies and television shows. But it does happen, and the most basic kind of activity that I’ve personally witnessed (with moving objects) involved a series of cupboard doors that would be closed one minute and all open the next; drawers or doors, same thing. I’ve yet to see anything as dramatic or theatrical as portrayed in the movies. Remember, for a spirit to move a physical object, an object of atoms and matter, it would take an incredible amount of energy.

  • 6) The Goosebump Factor: Some people are more sensitive to the paranormal and its energy than others. There are a lot of people who can actually “feel” the presence of spirits, even if they are not sensitive enough to communicate with them (as a medium or psychic).  They still know dang well that there is something there, and they can often pick up on positive or negative energy. Never underestimate The Goosebump Factor.





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My "other blog",
Magickal Connections
February 25th, 2015




Sunday, May 10, 2020

My Personal Journey Through the MotherPeace Tarot, Major Arcana






The Major Arcana of the tarot deck are most often referred to as the cards of ‘Fate’. These cards will force you to face that which you’ve been denying, avoiding, or trying to hide– either from yourself or others– Life’s Lessons 101 , with no opportunity to cram for the exam.

At a deeper level, when used for personal meditation and introspection, these cards will open the deepest recesses of your subconscious, revealing the lush world of color beneath the mundane and ordinary surface– much as Dorothy opened the door of her black and white world to reveal the Technicolor of Oz.




  • 0 Fool: The character on this card is doing handsprings along a running stream, surrounded by a vulture, a cat, and an alligator. At the end of the stream, right in the midst of it, stands a blossoming lotus. This card tells us not to be afraid of the future, to live life with gusto and joy. A satchel is balanced on her foot, along with a peacock’s feather, reminding us to take with us into life all that we need, be prepared; and hold tight to a sense of high self-esteem. You’re not alone, The Fool tells us. Although in essence everyone’s journey through life is solitary, it’s punctuated and altered by all those we meet and those who touch our lives, if even for the briefest moment. Discern who are your friends and who would wish you ill. Keep your eyes open on this journey, but don’t let fear or indecision stand in your way.

  • 1 Magician: Stealth, illusion, power, and mystery are encased within the figure on this card, a female figure wearing the skin of a leopard. “You shall see what I wish you to see.”, says this mistress of magick. The four elements are held in the palm of her hand and directed by her will: the passion of fire, the visions of water, the wisdom of air, and the balance of earth. They rule, and she rules them, teaching us that the power is ours, hidden within ancient ancestral memories, buried beneath centuries of oppression, it has been set free…and so have we.

  • 2 High Priestess: She encompasses woman at her most base level, and you’d think she wouldn’t, but she does. The High Priestess should be all spiritual and above the physical world, but she isn’t; it’s all entwined together for us…for women. Each new physical experience, from first menstruation, to sexual awakening, to childbirth, elevates us to a new spiritual level. It is the way of woman. The squatting primitive figure on this card, sitting with open outstretched hands and spread legs, is drawing into herself wisdom from the past, from her sisters, from her ancestors, from the divine feminine. She is imbued with power and inner strength, she’s open to the energy. That’s what this card is all about– being open to the energy.

  • 3 Empress: This card is wide hips and breasts full of milk, knowledge, history, and strength. It reaches into the past, far beyond the clutches of Christianity, to a deeper time when we were more connected to the earth and nature’s natural cycles. It dances the joyful dance of femininity, the dance of the wise-woman. The Empress luxuriates in all that is hidden and cloistered within our sub-conscious. She is our base raw sexuality, she is the essence of the witch, the female shaman, the matriarch in all her old glory. Through her lineage all women are connected, and one day the world will turn once more to the Divine Matriarch and set destiny upon an old new path.

  • 4 Emperor: This card is all about male energy, so how can we incorporate this card on a spiritually feminist journey? Easy, this card is all about accepting the stronger aspects of your personality; it’s about embracing the masculine side of yourself, learning to grow with it, learning to run with it, learning to configure this energy into your daily life when necessary. So many women shy away from this side of themselves, perhaps because it goes against what they feel is expected from them as females– to be all soft and nurturing, forgiving, loving, and gentle. The Emperor helps us embrace the idea that sometimes we will come to periods, or situations, in life where we will need to draw on the masculine side of ourselves to be gritty, to be strong, and even ruthless.

  • 5 Hierophant: Spirituality, this is the card that wreaks of spirituality. In traditional decks it is stamped with ‘conformity’, but not here, not in the Motherpeace Tarot. From the bare-breasted priestess with arms extended and palms raised sky-ward, to the scrolls and other religious symbols portrayed among a group of women, the energy on this card completely envelops our spiritual side. It acknowledges the varied spiritual paths available to us, it acknowledges the fact that each individual must follow the spiritual path that feels right for them, and it acknowledges the fact that many of us will spend a lifetime (or several lifetimes) experimenting before we find our way. The male figure in the background, a sword in both hands raised in reverence and worship, reminds us that the Goddess is also mother to our fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons. Help the men in your life embrace the feminine divine.

  • 6 Lovers: More than physical love and passion, this card is about ‘balance’ and the spiritual connection between two souls. The yin/yang principle is illustrated with two abstract figures that highlight the center of the card, and this theme of duality is carried throughout with other images. The Lovers card in Motherpeace reminds us that in order to achieve a real connection with someone, which involves focusing on all that encompasses human development– emotional, mental, and physical aspects, we often have to overcome obstacles and build a relationship one stone at a time, from the ground up. It’s this type of foundation that lends itself to magickal connections that last a lifetime.

  • 7 Chariot: With freedom comes movement, with movement comes choices, with choices comes decisions, with decisions comes responsibility. The Chariot is telling us that in the end we are responsible for plotting our own course, for turning the direction of our lives around, for making changes within the arena of daily living that sweeps us to new levels of awareness. And The Chariot of the Motherpeace deck reminds us that as women, the movement we precipitate affects not only us, but all those around us…the bystanders– children, mates, friends, and family. Freedom may ring loudly and boisterously, but in the background responsibility sits quietly and heavily, riding upon our coattails, even as we run barefoot through the meadow, pretending we are completely carefree.

  • 8 Justice: There are three figures on this card, one with her hand on a horned stag (truth and justice through the god), one holding her hand in the running water of a falls (truth and justice through the goddess), and one seated beneath a tree holding a turtle (truth and justice will come with time, you can’t rush the process). And so it is. This card tells us that instant revenge, instant retaliation, are not always wise, in fact are the wrong way to view a situation, or to deal with life’s issues. As the three figures on this card wait and watch, with patience and fortitude, they know that the universe will right a wrong, they know that justice will prevail, just not as we humans might envision it.

  • 9 Crone: The Crone emphasizes that this phase of a woman’s life isn’t a culmination or a climax, it’s a journey; it’s everything in-between that it took to get to this point in your life. On the card in Motherpeace Tarot, the wise old crone in the forefront is looking back, perhaps with a hint of wistfulness and a sense of appreciation to the two figures behind her representing the maiden and the mother. You see, you can’t get to where you’re going without acknowledging where you’ve been. But make no mistake about it, this card highlights the wisdom you gleaned along the way; it highlights the round of applause you deserve for getting through life, and getting through it in spite of adversity, doubt, self-deception, self-sabotage.

  • 10 Wheel of Fortune: This card tells us that energies are aligned; accomplishments will be celebrated. The center of this card shows planets aligned all in a row, and this is how our life will come to be ordered when the Wheel of Fortune shows its face. The characters around the edge of this card are ancient magickal archetypes for the feminine in all its shapes and forms, attitudes and traditions. This card challenges us to view ourselves in sheer undistorted honesty; this card challenges us to accept ourselves in all our shapes and forms, and stages of life. This card says bluntly, “I am, what I am.”

  • 11 Strength: Through woman all living things find comfort, healing, warmth, and sustenance. The touch of the Feminine Divine has created this world and it is Her spirit which sustains all life and assures its continuity. It is the nurturing aspect of woman that is honored and emphasized on this card– the picture, a woman sitting naked in a field of green, as animals of all kinds come to her, to be renewed and strengthened by the touch of her hand, by the power of her magickal energy. And it is this archetype that is embraced within this major arcana card, to be passed on to us, that we may embrace this strength also, that it shall become part of us.

  • 12 Hanged One: The Hanged One is an analogy of woman’s life– most important is self-sacrifice; illumination and revelation through self-analysis; spiritual enlightenment through solitary meditation and magickal practice; and self-discovery. It also represents a suspension of time, a suspension of forward movement, the idea of being forced to come to a standstill and listen…listen to our inner voice; to the Divine that’s trying to connect deep within our psyche; to our ancestors; to our sisters; and most importantly, to listen to ourselves– our real selves, not the image we show to the world. When we learn all we were meant to learn, only then, will we be freed from the tether, to plant our feet firmly once more on Mother Earth.

  • 13 Death: On this card lay skeletal remains at the base of a white birch tree, surrounded by a fluttering of golden autumn leaves and a snake. This card speaks of transitions, of natural stages opening and closing, one into the other. It speaks of wisdom and spirituality following us on our journey through this life and afterward. It speaks of a time to rest and retreat from earthly concerns, a time to go inward– reaching to a deepness we may never have attempted before, or a place inside ourselves where we may have been afraid to go.

  • 14 Temperance: Unlike the traditional image of Temperance on other decks, the figure on this card is a far cry from the staid angel. The female figure on this card is a bare-chested grass-skirted wild woman, shaking her body, shouting her affirmations and proclamations, stomping the ground in bare-footed liberation. She stands, masked and primal, on a beach, facing the daunting ocean wave in flippant disregard. This card tells us that it’s more than okay for women to make noise, stand their ground, make a point, kick butt, and confront their adversaries and the world with courage, self-confidence, and conviction. “You go, Girl!”, says Temperance.

  • 15 Devil: That which we worship, which we feel is most important in life, often binds us. This is the message from this card, stark and clear. As women we are chained to so many of life’s cubbyholes, society demanding that we be successful in all of these areas and in all of our endeavors, maintaining standards that are not realistic or attainable for most of us. The Devil warns us about living life as though we are reciting a poem by rote. This card challenges us to break the mold, to cross the line, to take risks, to dare to be who we really are. And who we really are so often goes against the norms of a patriarchal mostly Christian society. The Devil warns us about going with the grain, digging our own ruts and then complaining about them as we stumble along. This card is a mirror of what our lives will be like if we don’t undo the chains that bind. It encourages us to seek freedom– freedom of thought and expression, desire and will.

  • 16 Tower: Is she going to jump, or is the female figure perched on the edge of the Tower, surrounded by lightening bolts, going to leap…not to crash to the ground but to soar through the stormy sky with a cocky victorious “I-knew-I-could-do-it” attitude? This card reminds us that when adversity strikes, we are not alone, whatever the decisions we make, there below it we will see our sisters gathered together to show their support, offer their encouragement, carry us when need be, and allow us to soar solo when this is to our benefit. The Tower card in Motherpeace tells us that no matter how bad something looks, we can successfully deal with it.

  • 17 Star: The female figure on this card, submerged peacefully in a natural pool, surrounded by stones, morning glories, a hawk, lotus blossoms and a gentle rain, speaks to us of peace and satisfaction, of learning to become comfortable with ourselves in a variety of settings and situations– whether we are part of a couple, or whether we are alone, whether we have the support of a close family, or whether we face the world independently and on our own terms. The hawk encourages us to continue life’s adventure and seek wisdom; the morning glories– beautiful as they are– remind us not to get embroiled and trapped so deeply by life’s problems and responsibilities that we lose the essence of our identity; the lotus blossoms highlights the feminine within us and around us, through divinity…and the gentle rain cleanses us and consoles our soul.

  • 18 Moon: Intuition; mystery; the feminine mysteries; the element of water and all it encompasses– dreams, visions, second sight, the ethereal; the spiral dance; the psyche caught in never ending cycles of highs and lows, discoveries and enlightenment. The Moon in this deck touches on the basic feminine instincts and the Goddess. It is a meditative journey in and of itself, and in the end, it leaves room for self-discovery and growth.

  • 19 Sun: This card is overwhelmed by the color yellow, and with it the impression of a party, a happy gathering of souls, an endless beach in an endless summer. It wreaks of magickal moments frozen in positive energy: The Garden of Eden; your 17th summer; a single moment of successful group cooperation; a magical joining of hands and ideas to push forward practical positive changes. The traditional meaning for this card is ‘happiness’, and that’s exactly what Sun emphasizes in the Motherpeace deck– happiness for the sake of happiness, one moment from a lifetime that is accepted without question and enjoyed for what it is, perhaps stored away for future reference, when the clouds come to cast their shadows.

  • 20 Judgment: The mystery of the Egyptian ankh overwhelms this card. It’s image hovers over that of the Earth, radiating the colors of the rainbow, the colors of the chakras, encompassing the world. Unlike traditional decks, Judgment at Motherpeace feels like a soothing balm, bringing a return to balance, a sense of equilibrium that may have been lost and is found again. It’s like a balancing of the chakras for the entire world population, and for the physical Earth itself. This is a healing card in Motherpeace and the only Judgment card that I’ve ever liked.

  • 21 World: The image on this card is a woman in a loose fitting yellow dress and head scarf, clutching a tambourine in one hand and a flaming torch in the other. Around her is a ring, a circle, the symbol of that which is eternal. This ring is made up of one naked figure after the other, each connecting with the next one. This card speaks to us of our lineage, our heritage, the ancestors. It centers on the idea of completion, but not completion with finality, more a sense of the eternal and unending cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth. And in the center of the circle, the woman is smiling… “This is how it’s suppose to be”, she is telling us.



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Friday, May 8, 2020

The Witch's Desk ~ Q&A





All questions are posted as received, No Editing (except to delete identities), as all questions are posted anonymously. These questions were originally posted at my blog, Magickal Connections.




  • 1. Well I don’t really know how to cast a circle and there are some things about a money bottle I don’t understand and the mojo bag also help thank u

Note: I have to say that I get this type of message quite often, actually A LOT.  This is obviously a person who has not picked up a book to read or learn anything on the subjects in question.  Basically, they want someone to do everything for them, in essence, it's like they want me to "learn" for them, or just tell them everything they need to know.  Learning the old-fashioned way is too much work.

This is re-posted from my blog Magickal Connections, June 2014. I had the time and patience then to sit down and respond to messages like this.  I don't have either now.  If I received this message now, I would give them a link to my books, which contain all the information they would need for these topics.  I would tell them that they need to find the time to read, and study, and learn, and then, if they still have questions, ask them... Here's a link to My Books.  (Available in paperback or kindle)  Okay, I'm done ranting now... on with my reply:

Witch’s Bottles ~


Witches’ bottles are an old form of magick wherein the spell, in the form of personal effects, herbs, and a variety of objects, are deposited in a glass jar or bottle. The container is then sealed up with wax and used in a variety of ways, depending upon it’s purpose. Money bottles can be kept near the front door where they are visible and handy, and you can grab them and give them a shake from time to time to keep the energy moving towards manifestation. Witches’ bottles for protection might be buried on your property, as near the threshold of your front door as possible. A wild and woolly bottle, meant to kick some magickal butt or get rid of a pesky problem, will be buried as far away from your land as is physically possible and reasonable. A bottle meant to conjure love, well, I’d tuck that beneath the bed, where the energy will pool and puddle, perk and boil, till the damn bursts and love and passion bloom.




You can use any kind of bottle that has a mouth large enough to deposit some of the more unusual items you might have for your spell. This creation can be very unique.  Witches’ Bottles are easy spells to cast, fun to put together, and long potent lasting magick.

Circle Casting


You’ll find a circle casting ritual at my website by clicking HERE.

To cast most magick, you will want to create sacred space in which to work; space that is cleansed, consecrated, and reinforced against negative energy and entities. This space will hold and contain magickal energy as it builds, until you are ready to release it into the universe, sometimes with explosive abruptness. This space will give you the reassurance of protection, so that you can concentrate on your spell casting or ritual, knowing that you are safe– physically mentally, and spiritually– knowing that nothing will interfere with you or the energy within your circle. This space will provide a place of beauty and serenity, in which to invoke Deity.




Whether or not the boundaries of your magick circle are marked with physical objects…a ring of stones, a silver cord, bouquets of flowers, or candles; you most likely will feel the invisible energy of this circle as a shift in temperature, the sensation of being closed within a small space, a tingling sensation on the soles of your feet, or a slight change of pressure around your head or inner ear. Some people experience a physical sensation within the circle, and others do not. It may depend on an individual’s physical sensitivity to various energies. Even if you experience no sensations within the magick circle, know that this space, when properly cast, is as solid and real and sacred as the most intimidating cathedral, or the quaintest neighborhood church.

Mojo Bags


The ancient practice of combining spell ingredients for particular intentions in small bags and pouches is an ancient one, and a magick that has proved particularly powerful. Mojo bags can be carried in your purse or pocket, tucked beneath your pillow, worn from a cord or chain around your neck, tucked in an enemy’s personal space, or even dismantled and thrown to the wind…I bet you’ll know what to do.


I have a whole section in my book Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way devoted to mojo bags, including directions on making your own with correspondences for a number of intentions…"These enchanting magickal charms can be carried and integrated into your life in a variety of ways. Mojo bags to enhance your dreams or to prevent nightmares can be tucked beneath your pillow, releasing their magick and fragrance right under your nose each night. Mojo bags for prosperity can be carried in your purse, rubbing elbows with your wallet or checkbook, bringing you success and abundance in the financial world. Mojo bags for love and employment, for protection and hexing, can all be created to move energy along, to invoke spirits, to create change, and to shake up the mundane world in a million different magickal ways.”




  • 2. Hello Amythyst this (Name Deleted) and you once did a reading for me and was about who thought at the time was my soul mate only to find out for my goddess Hecate my true soul mate is Gabriel and that the (Name Deleted) guy was just somebody I was sing to help. It turns out that I am still waiting for my true soul mate and I want him in my life and I feel alone and want somebody do love me too. I feeling confused with my life and want to know why my life. I want to know why I am never lucky with anything I do? I feel like I never get anywhere and I think more about helping other people but am to worried to help myself. I feel that if I try to make my life better that everything will not work out. I just want to be happy. I am not happy with the way my life is. Can you help me?

I see several questions within this question.

First, can I help you?…Basically, no. Up to a point, I can listen to you, I can encourage you, I can comfort you, I can advise you, I can do a reading for you, I can make suggestions; but in the end, ultimately, you are responsible for your own happiness, you are responsible for your own decisions, you are responsible for your own actions or inaction.

“I feel that if I try to make my life better that everything will not work out…"  So you’re saying that you’re so afraid of failure you’re not even going to try? (If you don’t try, you’ll never succeed.) Are you saying that it’s better to live a life of unhappiness and discontent, rather than to make the effort to change it?

One of the first questions to ask yourself is: What do I have to do to improve my life? 

Think about every area of your life, from relationships, to employment, to spirituality, to health (both mental & physical).   Make a list.  What do I need to do to improve my life?  How many things on this list are do-able in the short term, like now; and how many things on this list are long-term issues that you should start working on now in order to make the future better?  Once you’ve made this list, you can’t just sit forever and ponder on it, you actually have to get out there, contact the right people, and start things in motion.  You have to put effort into Action.

One thing about this that irks me is the fact that women in general have a tendency to be thrown completely for a loop when a relationship doesn’t work out.  It’s sad.  Yes, it’s disappointing, but it’s not the end of the world. You need to be a whole and complete, happy and content human being on your own before you’re ready to enter into a relationship with anyone.  I actually think that some women benefit from a period of time on their own, time to find their center, time to learn about who they really are and what they really want out of life.  Some women need a period of time to themselves to gain confidence in their ability to fend for themselves, to make good decisions, to handle business, to delve into their creative sides.  Some women just plain benefit from time to themselves, period.

My advice?…Stop pining for this guy you broke up with. Stop looking for imaginary spiritual mates in the ether world. Concentrate on this world, this life.  Take the idea of potential partners out of the picture all together. What do you want to do with your life? You said that you wanted to help people.  How do you intend to do this?  Does this touch your soul and make you feel good inside, good about yourself, good about the world? 

If you’re meant to find your soul mate, you will, when the universe and Spirit decide it’s time.  Stop wasting so much of your energy fretting over this issue.  In order to draw good things into your life, you have to surround yourself with and project positive energy.  Work on this.

Learn to love yourself.







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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Cold Case ~ Robert William Fisher, Arizona





In 2002, Robert William Fisher took a spot on the FBI's list of the 10 most wanted fugitives. On April 10, 2001, the Scottsdale, AZ, home that Fisher shared with his wife Mary and two children, Brittney and Bobby Jr., exploded. After the flames subsided, officials found the bodies of the woman and two children. An investigation revealed that the deceased had not died from the fire, as it appeared there was a slit across each child's throat and Mary had apparently sustained a gunshot wound. Police quickly zeroed in on Robert William Fisher as the primary suspect.

Fisher's friends and coworkers revealed that Fisher was obsessed about staying married since his parents' divorce had profoundly affected him. His friends claimed that he stayed away from most people, as he was afraid to lose them one day. Some also described Fisher as being a bitter man. Several years before the murder, Fisher became involved in shooting a stray pit bull that he had allegedly called into his yard.

Despite his fear of divorce, Fisher continuously cheated on his wife.  He had an affair with a masseuse and reportedly came down with a serious urinary tract infection. Mary told friends that she was going to divorce Fisher, and neighbors claimed to have heard yelling the morning of the explosion. Fisher disappeared that day, and the police and FBI have attempted to track him down ever since.

In the 19 years since the murder, Fisher sightings have occurred all over the country. A few men have had their fingerprints taken, but Fisher is still at large. There is a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.





Robert W. Fisher


  • Date(s) of Birth: April 13, 1961
  • Place of Birth Brooklyn: New York
  • Hair Brown
  • Eyes Blue
  • Height 6'0"
  • Weight 190 pounds
  • Medium Build
  • Light Complexion
  • Male
  • White
  • Occupation: Surgical Catheter Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Fireman



  • Reward:

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Robert William Fisher.

  • Remarks:

Fisher is physically fit and is an avid outdoors-man, hunter, and fisherman. He has a noticeable gold crown on his upper left first bicuspid tooth. He may walk with an exaggerated erect posture and his chest pushed out due to a lower back injury. Fisher is known to chew tobacco heavily. He has ties to New Mexico and Florida. Fisher is believed to be in possession of several weapons, including a high-powered rifle.

  • Caution:

Robert William Fisher is wanted for allegedly killing his wife and two young children and then blowing up the house in which they all lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, in April of 2001.



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Monday, May 4, 2020

Public Tarot Readings ~ Ground Rules & Advice





From ~ The Witch’s Desk…

I use to have a major tarot reading gig the end of each year at Ameristar Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This lasted for seven years. It was a crazy 6 hour marathon of non-stop readings. People would wait in line for ridiculous amounts of time to receive a reading, and I always thought there had to be a better way of handling the crowd. As the New Year’s evening wore on and the spirits flowed (and I’m talking about the bottled ones), the crowd became louder, more impatient, and overwhelming. It was even worse when midnight rolled around and I was finished. Yes, it ends– I was done at 12:00am. I had been reading from 6pm to 12am, and there were often still people standing in line, people who had been standing in line for very long periods of time when they could have been doing something much more fun. Understandably, these people were angry when I shut down my booth. Considering where we were and the occasion, they could get belligerent and rude, but not always, so I still have some faith left in human nature.

The readings themselves, which were suppose to be mini-readings, so I could read for as many people as possible, often became very touchy moments when an individual thought they could settle down for a long chat, turning a mini-reading into a long tarot/therapy session. They were often miffed when I cut it off, handing them a business card and telling them they could purchase a reading from me any time of the year, it wasn’t just a holiday thing. Ameristar paid me hourly, so the readings it’s clientele received were “free”. (Oh, horrors, that these individuals must actually pay me personally for my time.)

Almost always, without fail, I was sick the next day. I don’t think it was illness of the flu-season/germ variety; I think it was caused by a dramatic depletion of my own energy, and perhaps even a hanging on of the negative energy that came from so many people, so many problems and issues, just so much energy period that wasn’t my energy. Finally, as the 8th year rolled around, Ameristar abruptly informed me that my services would no longer be required. I’m not sure what happened, if the business changed hands and new management wasn’t attuned to tarot reading and that sort of thing, I don’t know. But this was the end of a long run, and my kids were thrilled when I spent a New Years evening at home with them for the first time in seven years.

I learned a lot from my years doing these readings

  • 1. Don’t become personally, emotionally, and energy-wise drawn into a client’s dilemma.


It’s okay to care and to sympathize, but don’t fall into the trap of being sucked into their emotional crisis to the point where it’s going to affect you (physically, emotionally, mentally), as though it were your own crisis. You have enough going on in your own life to deal with. This sounds so cold, but it’s necessary, especially if you’re going to be dealing with a multitude of people and lots and lots of very negative energy and depressing circumstances and situations.

You’re there to read the cards. You’re there to pick up messages from the universe that most people don’t know how to connect with; and you’re there to verbalize all this wonderful magickal information coming through, whether it’s a voice from the past, a glimpse of the future, or affirmation that they are at least headed in the right direction.

  • 2. When reading at a public venue, provide a sign up sheet, so that people don’t have to stand in line, waiting for their turn.


This is only going to work at a venue of reasonably small size, so that you can call out the next name on your list and the individual can hear you. It wouldn’t have worked at Ameristar; the casino was too large, too chaotic, too noisy, and people would have most likely been wandering off where they wouldn’t have been able to hear me anyway. But at shops and bookstores, this is perfect. Your client can wander the store, browsing and shopping, while they wait their turn. This works. Everyone is happy.

  • 3. Post a sign, big and bold, with the time that you STOP giving readings.


This is going to be especially important at a venue with no sign up sheet. I did a holiday party reading for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Omaha one year, with long, long lines of people who became increasingly fidgety and upset as the evening wore on. Between the time allotted me for the evening, and the number of people waiting in line, I knew that I would not be able to read for everyone who wanted a reading. I actually stayed over a half hour to 45 minutes past the time I was paid for in order to read for a few more individuals. When the time came to stop reading, I was confronted by several angry people storming my table, demanding my business card, declaring they were going to “report” me to the individual who set up the party…I have to smile as I type this. How do these people think I would ever be able to read for them after blasting me with so many negative emotions and nasty rude behavior.

First, hotel security should have been present during the event; and secondly, someone from the company should have been nearby to over-see things, or at least to handle their own unruly employees.

  • 4. If you’re reading at a hotel or other large venue, request security be present, or at least close-by, just in case you need them.


(See #3)

  • 5. Wear comfortable clothing, and make sure that you have something to drink with you.


You’re going to do a lot of talking. You might do a week’s worth of talking in just a few hours. Your mouth is going to get dry. There have been times, during the course of these marathon reading sessions, where I have lost my voice.

  • 6. It’s nice to have someone come along with you to the larger events, a “go-for” person, or someone to fill your seat when you take a bathroom break.


  • 7. If you’re reading for several hours at a venue, do not hesitate to take a bathroom break when needed, or even pause to eat a cookie, or stretch your legs.


This is not slave labor. No one in any other line of work would work through hours without a break or food. The first year I read at Ameristar, for some crazy idea, I thought I should go through the whole six hours without a break! It was a big mistake, and I paid for it dearly the next day. And surprisingly, most people seem to be very understanding when you say, “I need five minutes.”

  • 8. Protect yourself, your space, and your energy magically and holistically!


On the evenings that I was doing public readings, I wore lots of moon stone and lapis and citrine. The next day I wore lots of smokey quartz and hematite. You want to ground and center yourself after marathon tarot reading. Be sure to eat something. You want to bathe with intention to cleanse your body, mind, and spirit– I like to add a pinch of sea salt laced with lavender essential oil, as well as a pinch of rosemary to my bathwater. Smudge the tarot decks you used, the bag that you carried all your stuff in, the inside of the vehicle that you drove to and from the event. Check your chakras, check your aura. You get the idea. Anything that is cleansing and grounding for YOU, do it.





I hope I haven’t scared anyone away who has thought about doing public readings. If you follow some of this advice, you should do just fine. It’s a learning experience. It’s also extremely rewarding, and you just might be amazed and delighted at some of the interesting, intelligent, special people that you meet through these events. I had people coming back to Ameristar year after year, and one of the saddest things about ending that era was not being able to reconnect with these individuals each New Year’s Eve.

Happy Tarot Reading, good luck!

Love & Blessings,
Amythyst

The Tarot Parlour
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com




Some of the contents in this blog post found it's way into my book, 







Answers for a Reader





Good morning, World! I received the following comment from a lovely reader at my blog, Magickal Connections. This is her comment (posted anonymously and unedited):

“What can I do to get my boyfriend to leave this girl alone whenever I ask him about her he keeps on liein about her plus why can’t I keep my money whenever I get it it just gone”

And this is my reply:

I don’t cast spells for people, but you may find what you’re looking for at this page of love spells:

https://wytchymystique.com/spells/love-spells/

And about the lying, that’s a terrific character flaw, one you might find a magical solution to on this page:

https://wytchymystique.com/spells/spells-for-the-tongue/

About your money… first look at it mundanely– do you budget? Do you stick to a budget? Do you have someone else influencing how you spend it? Think about mundane everyday things you can do to manage your money more efficiently, and while you’re doing that, you can look for an appropriate money spell on this page:





Sunday, May 3, 2020

What's in the cards for you?





You'll find the following three cards and interpretations at the link provided.  This was a general three-card draw for love, finance, and future possibilities.  This is a free tarot reading, courtesy of The Tarot Parlour.

Today's Free Reading


Card #1/Love... 5/WANDS



Card #2/Finances...
7/CUPS


Card #3/Future Possibilities...
KING/PENTACLES


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Friday, May 1, 2020

Resources ~ A Magical Library





For anyone who's interested, there are pages and pages of resources at my blog, Magickal Connections.  I started this blog over a decade ago, so it's had a long time to build!  A lot of these blog pages were either inspirations for my books, or are excerpts from my books.  The topics, of course, are witchcraft, tarot, the goddess, spells and magick.

Here you be...


Banishing Spells
Beauty Spells
Breaking the Spell
Candle Spells
Command & Compel Spells
Court Case Spells
Health & Healing Spells
Hexing, Cursing, Binding Spells
Love Spells
Mojo Bag Spells
Money Spells
Protection Spells
Spells for the Tongue
Spells To Summon
Tarot Magick: The Queens’ Oil
#1 Goddess Connection ~ Airmed, Aphrodite, Arianrhod, Artemis, Astarte
#2 Goddess Connection ~ Athene, Aurora, Baby Yaga, Bast, Baubo
#3 Goddess Connection ~ Black Tara, Blue Tara, Brighid, Cailleach, Ceres
#4 Goddess Connections ~ Cerridwen, Copia, Cybele, Demeter, Eostre
#5 Goddess Connection ~ Flora, Freya, Green Tara, Hathor, Hecate
#6 Goddess Connection ~ Inanna, Isis, Kalima, Kuan Yin, Lakshmi
#7 Goddess Connection ~ Lilith, Lucina, Mama Cocha, Mami Wata, Morrigan
#8 Goddess Connection ~ Oshun, Lucina, Mama Cocha, Mami Wata, Morrigan
#9 Goddess Connection ~ Shitalia, Snake Woman, Sophia, Thalia, White Buffalo Calf Woman
The Major Arcana
Minor Arcana: Swords
Minor Arcana: Wands
Minor Arcana: Cups
Minor Arcana: Discs
1. Dividing the Deck: Major/Minor
2. The Major Arcana: In a Nutshell
3. The Major Arcana: In Depth
4. The Suits: In a Nutshell
Minor Arcana: The Aces
Minor Arcana: The Eights
Minor Arcana: The Fives
Minor Arcana: The Fours
Minor Arcana: The Nines
Minor Arcana: The Sevens
Minor Arcana: The Sixs
Minor Arcana: The Tens
Minor Arcana: The Threes
Minor Arcana: The Twos