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Dear Friends,

While puttering through the garden this morning, my mind wandered as it usually does, to the wonders of Gaia and the gifts of nature that she brings to us. Think about it, not only does Gaia provide us with the flowing waters that are essential to all living creatures or the growing trees that provide us with the necessary oxygen we need to breathe, but she also provides us with the ever-yielding bounties of her harvests that give us the food we need to survive.

It is often easy to forget while we’re perusing the produce section of the grocery store that the food we are buying is a gift from the Goddess of Nature. Even more so, we can sometimes forget to be thankful to her for that gift. Even we modern witches that are generally attuned to nature and thankful for its bounties can forget to be thankful to Gaia when we’re picking up that package of tomatoes or bag of apples while we’re rushing through the store and trying to get everything done in time to pick the kids up from school.

I can’t help but feel that this must sadden Gaia, that her children have become so wrapped up in the rat race of life that we forget to be thankful for the fruits of her labor. Imagine how you would feel after cooking a special meal for your family, and having it go unnoticed. Admit it! You know it would bother you at least a little. Everything that Gaia provides for us is a special meal. From the smallest leaf of basil to the giant and juicy watermelon, the fruits of her labor have been provided to us with the utmost care.

It is important for us to recognize these gifts, and be thankful they are there for us. One of the easiest ways to do this, at least in my opinion, is to have your own special garden. Even if you simply grow one tiny little pot of herbs to harvest, you will really be surprised at how much of an impact it has on you and how much it makes you remember the bountiful gifts of harvest that we receive.

I can’t begin to tell you how many people have told me this is impossible. That they rent, and can’t plant a garden. That they live in an apartment and don’t have the space. With all of the gifts that Gaia has bestowed on us, one of those is plants that will grow in almost any condition! Some of the most creative edible gardens I have ever seen have come from those with limited growing space. If you get creative, you can grow at least something to harvest, and it is the perfect way to help keep you in touch with nature and appreciate the gift of harvest.

When we stop being thankful for the gifts of food that Gaia has given us, she will stop providing. Being thankful for these gifts means being appreciative for the food we are given and not taking more than we need. If we continue to just take and take from Gaia, eventually there will be nothing more for her to give. Harvesting your gifts from nature is the perfect opportunity to be thankful for these gifts and honor Gaia in all her glory.

When you partake of the harvest, whether you are picking a single tomato or a bushel of fruit, never forget to ask the plant for its offering and take what is given to you with sincere thanks. This ritual of doing so will help you to not only give credit where credit is due and acknowledge the blessings Gaia has given you, but will actually serve as a reminder that we should be thankful for all the fruits we receive, whether they are from our own garden or from the grocery store down the road.

Picking up that head of lettuce from the grocery store in a mad rush may be a necessity, but it generally lacks the spirituality that should be felt when receiving nature’s bounty. On the other hand, when you take the time to nurture and care for these plants and ask for an offering from nature, it is a very spiritual and moving moment that puts you back in touch with Gaia, and allows you to thank her with a truly grateful heart.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”

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Dear Friends,

I have to apologize…things have been so busy
in the month of May, I haven’t had a chance to
do any Friday blog posts…

I’m going to start again FRESH this next Friday.

For now, I wanted to just post my Friday Magick
Email Newsletter here on the blog.

Just in case you haven’t joined the Free Friday
Magick Newsletter list, you can do so here:


I hope you’re as excited about this Memorial Day
weekend as much as I am.

I really need a break, as I’ve been very busy with
all of my Magick work.

I’m helping guide Ash as he makes changes to the
website… I’ve studying new forms of Magick…

…and I’ve been writing, and reading.

I’ve got some amazing things planned for you.
But it’s going to take time.

My mind has been very busy, and I’m going to take
3 days to not “think” about any of the work
I’ve been doing.

I’m going to enjoy my family during our Memorial
Day weekend barbecue.

I’m going to focus on enjoying the people I love.

I hope you get a chance to do the same.

It’s important.

That’s what LIVING is. Simply focusing on enjoying
the moment at hand.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily rat
race. Sometimes we need to be “reminded” to live,
and enjoy.

Anyway, this week I wanted to focus on a ritual
that will help you get even more enjoyment out
of life.

This ritual can actually increase the length of
your life… and it can help you enjoy every
moment of your life on a much deeper level.

Now…on to the Friday ritual.

I do this one about once a week… and I urge
you to try it for the first time this weekend.

Then keep it up, at least once a week.


Rose Ariadne’s “Aaron’s Rod” Longevity Bath

“Aaron’s Rod” is a nickname for the flower
known as “Goldenrod”.

There are over 100 species of Goldenrods,
and you’ll find them in meadows and
pastures, along roads, and ditches.

They have bright golden yellow flower

Here’s what you do…

STEP 1: Gather a few of these goldenrod
flowers. (You can also find them at almost
any florist)

STEP 2: Get 2 bowls. In one bowl, boil
some water.

STEP 3: Place the goldenrods in a strainer
above the other bowl.

STEP 4: Create an infusion by pouring the
boiling water over the goldenrods in the
strainer…so that the boiling water fills
the other bowl after going through the

STEP 5: Draw a nice bath for yourself, and
setup up some candles.

STEP 6: Pour the water into your bathwater.

STEP 7: Take a bath, and relax… you’re
adding time to your life!


I hope you make this simple ritual a part
of your weekly routine.

I give you these weekly spells because I
want to see you achieve everything you

And I want you to live a long, healthy, and
happy life, {!firstname_fix}.

Nothing would make me happier. :)

Have a Magickal Memorial Day Weekend!

I’ll talk to you next week…

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne

Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”

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Dear Friends,

Each of the four suits of the Minor Arcana of Tarot has it’s own “court” similar to what you’ll find in a deck of modern playing cards. This court is normally labeled King, Queen, Knight and Page, although you’ll find some decks that use Prince and Princess in place of the last two, respectively. No matter what they are called, they are often the hardest cards in a deck to read. They represent people, but they can also represent events or trends in your life. Hopefully this post will illuminate you on some of the ways to see the Court of the Tarot.

When you see a Court Card in a spread, try to identify whom it might be in your life.

The first grouping we’ll look at is the pages. When the page is interpreted as a person, it’s most often a young person. They can also stand for children or the querent him or herself if he or she is very child like. It can also refer to someone who is starting over again, in the case of being an apprentice. The pages can also be messages. So a Page of Wands would be a message of leadership or a trip, a page of cups would be a love message, a page of swords would be a message relating to a solution of some sort and a page of pentacles would deal with money or health.

The Page of Wands represents someone who is everywhere all at once. You’ll recognize this person by their desire to be out and about all of the time. The Page of Cups is the child that you find daydreaming out the window in the middle of class. Creative, insightful and a little bit psychic, these children seem to be wise beyond their years. The Page of Swords is mental energy on high alert. This is the child, or childlike adult, who always wants to know how, when, why and what. They are like little reporters. The Page of Pentacles is down in the dirt from birth. They love to be among nature and in the mud. They take everything very literal and are practical from a young age.

Knights are change and movement. They represent teenagers or someone in your life who is going through a major transition. They can also stand for travel. If you find this to the case in your reading, a Knight of Wands is an exciting trip to somewhere far away, a Knight of Cups is a romantic getaway, a Knight of Swords is a stimulating and fast paced journey and a Knight of Pentacles is a luxurious and somewhat pampering retreat.

When he stands for a person, a Knight of Wands is a loud and exuberant teenager, or an adult that acts like one. This is the young adult who likes to party and makes sure everyone is along for the good time. The Knight of Wands is a dreamy and withdrawn teen. Think of the girl sitting in the back of the class and writing poetry. The Knight of Swords knows a lot about everything and wants you to know it too. He’ll talk your ear off if you give him a chance. The Knight of Pentacles is more even keeled and likes to take things slowly. He’s the type that has his life planned out years in advance.

The Queen represents the creative force and a powerful female figure in your life (maybe even you). The Queen cards, when they aren’t actual people, are representative of growth and change. In this case, a Queen of Wands is developing a career move or a trip, a Queen of Cups is growing a family or developing a psychic ability, a Queen of Swords is developing a story or new way of thinking and a Queen of Pentacles is growing something real, be it a garden or a business.

The Queen of Wands as an individual is a magnetic and engaging woman in your circle. She is warm and commanding all at the same time. The Queen of Cups is dreamy and ethereal. She is a nurturer and all those around her feel her loving presence. The Queen of Swords can talk with anyone about anything and relates to information on many different levels. The Queen of Pentacles is an earthy, down to earth woman who can be practical in the extreme.

The Kings are representative of the drive that it takes to achieve anything in this life. The are associated with the sign of fire and can represent the start of something new in your life if they don’t relate to a specific person. The King of Wands is the beginning of a trip or planning a new business venture, the King of Cups is the start of a grand love affair or dramatic creative project, the King of Swords is brainstorming and getting thoughts worked out and the King of Pentacles represents the new ideas on making money or creating something in the real world.

As people, the Kings are as varied as their suits. The King of Wands is a philosopher or preacher. Even if he doesn’t formally have that title, there’s no mistaking his need to spread the news on whatever he is passionate about. The King of Cups is devoted to his family and keeping everyone in it happy and stable. The King of Swords has high ideals and expects those in his life to live up to them. He is somewhat of a judge of others. The King of Pentacles is a salt of the earth type of guy. He is very proud and tends to be somewhat self-reliant. He expects others to do the same.

The next time you see these cards in your tarot layout, don’t be afraid of them! With this guide you’ll know exactly who, or what, to expect.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”

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