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Dear Friends,

There is an important issue that I want to address is today’s message. This is a result of being asked, by countless newbies to the faith and more experienced practitioners alike, about the deities. Most commonly when I am asked about the Gods and Goddesses the question takes something similar to the following:

Which God should I call upon for my job spell?

Is there a Goddess I should use to make this love spell work better?

Which Deity do I contact when I want to read tarot cards?

The list of questions like this goes on and on. I don’t mean to be harsh or rude. But I find it interesting and a little sad that the great Deities have been reduced to supplies for a spell that are just picked up like one would choose a candle or herb. The presence of correspondence charts for Deities online does make the situation any better. It allows newcomers and misinformed Pagans to use the Deities as a magickal automat for power.

Let me get something clear to begin with. The Deities are not spell supplies. They have incredible power and should be treated with the respect that that garners. Think about it this way, if someone you didn’t know at all came up to you and asked you for help, how would you respond? How would you feel if they are just talking to you because they heard you were good at helping out with certain problems? You’d probably be less that enthusiastic about granting their request.

The same goes for the Gods and Goddesses. You need to develop a relationship with the Deities that you will work with. Honor them with special rituals. Get to understand their complete natures, not just the specific aspects that you want to work with.

For example, Artemis is a powerful goddess associated with female power and wisdom. However, like all Deities, she has a bit of dark side. She can be quite cold and cruel to those who disrespect her. Calling upon the power of Artemis, without knowing her completely, can result in calling upon either one of her sides without knowing it.

There are a lot of Gods and Goddesses that can help you on your path. If you subscribe to a certain branch of Paganism, you will most likely have a patron God and Goddess. However, if you are taking an eclectic approach you have a few options.

First, before you make any choices for your Deities, you’ll need to get to know the mythologies of different Ancient cultures. There are many to choose from. The Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Celts, the Nordics, the Sumerians the Native Americans’the list goes on and on. If you are attracted to one mythology from the get go, start studying more about it and get to know what the stories and legends are. You may find yourself attaching your walk on this path to one specific pantheon of Deities. This means you will worship only the Deities from one culture.

Pick a pantheon that you fill comfortable with. If you can’t make a choice on an entire pantheon yet, then choose a God or Goddess to work with for an extended period of time, not just for the duration of one spell. Think about your life and what you want to achieve in the next six months to a year. If you are concerned with matters of the heart, you might choose to develop a relationship with Venus over this period of time. If you want to focus on making your mind stronger, choose Mercury or another “mental” God.

Start by getting to know the Deity. Read all that you can, and then perform a special ceremony introducing yourself to the God or Goddess. Invite them into your life and let them know you are ready to learn. Decorate your altar with their images and items that please your chosen Deity. Make him or her welcome.

From that point on, you can begin to perform rituals that specifically ask for that God or Goddesses help. Learn from the Deity and pay attention to messages that you receive. As you develop a relationship with one Deity, you can start to expand your worship to others. This pleases the Gods and Goddesses and will help you in your magickal workings.

Love And Light,

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


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Dear Friends,

Tarot cards are a powerful divinatory tool, but they are often misunderstood. In my experience with teaching tarot, working with decks and reading for others, I’ve encountered many common questions. In the following message, I will dispel these rumors and misunderstandings.

The question of fate versus free will comes up more often than any other question. Often times my students and people I read for wonder if a card in the future position is absolute gospel. I believe it is not. If you have the Tower card, a sign of impending doom, in a future position this does not mean that your house will burn down tomorrow. The cards in the future positions simply indicate future influences. The influence can be altered. Even with knowledge of the future we can alter it. The knowledge of the coming Tower card influence can allow you to adapt to it and be bettered prepared for the coming trouble.

The Death and Devil cards are also points of worry for those new to the tarot. This has caused the tarot and tarot reading to be associated with Satan worship for those who don’t understand the purpose of the cards. First off, getting the Death card in a reading does not mean you will die and the Devil card doesn’t lead to any type of dealings with Satan. These cards, just like the rest, are symbols for influences in your life. The Death card points to immediate ending of a relationship, trend or habit in your life. It actually can be a time of change and a great opportunity for growth. The Devil card indicates immediate negatives in life that the querent is unwilling to face. It can point to getting obsessed with something in your life, or ill health.
Reversed cards are also misunderstood. When a tarot reader lays out the cards for a reading, there may be some cards that appear backwards in relationship to the others. It is a personal matter for the tarot reader to choose whether or not they read meaning in reversed cards. Personally, I don’t give a lot of credence to reversed cards. Each of the tarot cards has a message, and if I were delivering a message to you, my words would still be the same if I were standing on my head!

I also get questions about the quantity of cards used in a tarot reading. I normally use three to five, and some people think if three is good, then ten or twenty is better. Actually, I have not found that to be the case, especially for new readers. If you are using too many cards in a spread when you first begin, it will confuse you and you will lose the message of the reading. Once you get more experienced, using a small number of cards will also help the reading be much more focused and tight on one to two subjects.

The layout of the tarot spread is sometimes a point of contention between readers and students alike. There is no right way to read the tarot cards. They don’t become more powerful or easy to interpret depending on how they are laid out. The layout is completely up to the reader. If you are studying the tarot, you will find a layout that speaks to you the most. There are plenty to choose from and I recommend that you experiment until you find one that eases your readings and interpretation. If you are receiving a reading don’t be concerned with the layout that your reader uses. I hope this has dismissed some of the common misconceptions regarding the tarot. It is one of the most powerful tools in magickal arsenal, and I hope you’ll consider using it as part of your walk on this path.

Brightest Blessing,

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


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