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Dear Friends,

In this post, I’m going to be rather ambitious and try to spell out exactly why and how divination works. Keep in mind that these are just my personal observations and understandings from the experiences that I have had in my life. You may, as always, form your own opinions. But hopefully this will help guide your experience and your understanding of divination.

Divination is a powerful tool in anyone’s life, whether they choose to be Pagan or not. It’s an ancient practice that takes many forms. It used to have a much more prominent role in society, but was replaced over time by the constructs of religion and science. These days, people are waking up to the subtle forces that guide the world and divination is again becoming something that people can rely on to help them guide their future.

If you at all doubt the power of divination, you need to only look through history for examples of it’s power. Battles have been stopped, cities have been formed and the lives of thousands of people have been changed just because of a divining tool.

Although many people associated tarot cards and crystal balls with divination, there are literally hundreds of methods to divination. You can divine from eggs whites broken in a bowl, a feather blowing in the wind, a glass of water, the smoke from incense….the list goes on and on. I once had a particularly insightful divination session by closing my eyes and point at a successive list of words in the newspaper. Insight can come from everywhere.

Divination works, in my opinion, because we are in tune with the many threads and paths that cross our lives. There is no book of fate written somewhere that says that anything I or anyone else interprets is the way things should be and will be. When you practice divination, you are tapping into the possibilities of what may be. You are looking across a great flat space and seeing all of the paths at once, then choosing the most likely at this point in time. Predicting the future, in my eyes, is predicting a future and not predicting the future….do you see the difference?

Hopefully this will help relieve you of any fear and trepidation related to the art of divination. If you see something in the cards, or the water or the plants that makes you nervous or represents something that you don’t want to happen, you can do something now to prevent it from happening, or at least brace yourself for it.

Think about it this way – you receive a message in the mail that you’re going to be hit with a bill in six weeks for $100. With this fair warning, you can plan to pay off the bill. You could save a little bit of money each week and then be ready to pay the bill. You could also contact the company who is sending you the bill and prove it’s an error, totally removing your need to pay it. Compare that to receiving the bill with no warning at all…just opening your mailbox and it being there.

This is the difference between living with divination and living without divination. When you use divination, in any form, you’re preparing yourself for the future and, in some cases, effecting it so that it will change.

Changing the future is a lot easier that in sounds. When you use a divination tool and discover something coming up that you’d like to avoid, you can take steps to prevent and change it. You can use the divination tool to further discover how to prevent the occurrence. Take this example from one of my recent tarot readings for a client of mine.

She was concerned about the next six months of her life. When I drew the cards, I saw a lot of money problems coming in her future. There were some cards that I associated with shortages in her short term forecast. I told her “It looks like there may be some money troubles coming up. Let’s take a look at what we can do to prevent this.” Notice my wording to her….I said there “may” be this coming up. I never say that this will be this way or it will be that way. It’s always in the realm of possibility.

The next step in our reading was to ask what the solution was to the problem. We asked yes or no questions of the cards with specific courses of action. After a few of these draws, the solution became clear. Last I heard, she was able to avoid most of her financial troubles and those upsets that did come her way were handled rather easily.

Divination is a helpful guide. Whether you’re interested in knowing the intricacies, or are just focused on getting some guidance for the future, it’s a good idea to make some sort of divination a part of your practice. In the next lesson, we’ll go over some of the less common forms of divination and how you can use them to guide your future.

Brightest Blessings,

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


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Dear Friends,

As I’ve said before, your own magickal practice may take a different form than mine. This path is as unique as all of the different people who walk it. While I encourage you to use these posts as a jumping off point for the way that you study the craft, please don’t take these words as gospel, as it were. You should evaluate this advice and see if it works into your scheme of how the universe works. The reason I bring this up is because this post is about choosing a tarot card deck. Not everyone will be into using tarot as part of his or her practice. But if you are drawn to it, I’d like to offer some advice on how you can choose the right deck for you.

There are hundreds of tarot decks available, and that number jumps into the thousands when you consider the artisan decks that are created as one of a kind projects. There is a tarot deck out there for everyone. While this wide variety of deck designs certainly makes shopping for a tarot deck fun, it can also make the task somewhat impossible. Picking a deck out of the myriad of choices can make your head swim!

If you’re lucky enough to have an occult shop or magick shop in your town, I highly suggest that you go there to find a tarot card deck. There’s something to holding a deck in your hand and seeing how you respond to it that makes finding a deck a lot easier. However, if you’re ordering one online don’t worry. This post will give you enough tips so that you can make a wise choice depending on your tastes and preferences.

There are few different basic types of tarot cards. The first is the beginner deck. This type of deck is normally based on the Rider-Waite deck, which is a popular tarot deck that was created in the early part of last century. This deck is probably one of the most popular styles available, and many tarot instruction books use it as the example deck. For this reason, it’s easy to find a lot of information on the Rider-Waite deck and it’s many variations. If you’ve never read tarot cards before, a Rider-Waite may be a good choice. It comes in many different artistic styles, all of which have the same symbology. It has very simple illustrations that have basic interpretations. Once you learn the basic meanings of the Rider-Waite deck, you’ll be prepared to learn to read other decks.

Although the Rider-Waite deck is popular for both beginners and more advanced tarot readers, you may find yourself drawn to another type of deck. Rider-Waite is very simple, when compared to other decks with layered meanings. With other types of decks, you’ll find that your interpretive skills can become heightened and enhanced.

The best way to choose your own deck is to look for the different decks available and go with your gut feeling. Choose something that speaks to you on an almost imperceptible level. Let your intuition guide you as you look through decks. If you’re doing this online, you may want to narrow your choices down by choosing a mythology or symbology that you find yourself drawn to. There are decks for cat lovers, decks for those interested in Greek mythology, decks that are more Judeo-Christian based, Goddess decks, horse decks, astrological decks…the options really are that wide.

You may also want to consider what you are going to be using the tarot deck for. If you want a deck to have around to do a quick daily reading for yourself, you’ll want to choose something that is more personal. If you’re planning on doing readings for friends, choose a deck that has a wide variety of interpretations.

You can also select a deck based on the art work. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time with the cards and studying them, you need to choose something that you find visually appealing. There are Art deco decks, decks inspired by Renaissance paintings and even some abstract art decks made with computers.

Keep in mind that you should avoid any decks that make you feel uncomfortable and frightened in any way. Many decks lean toward gothic or dark images, and so it’s important that you choose something that inspires you. If you find inspiration in the darker side of things, so be it. But don’t feel like you have to choose a deck like that to be authentic.

No matter what type of deck you choose, keep in mind that this doesn’t have to be your only deck purchase. You can easily create a collection of tarot decks based on your interests and your growing spiritual practice. I have decks that I use for certain things, and you can develop a similar collection as your practice grows.

Brightest Blessings,

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


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Dear Friends,

Today I’d like to speak with you about your diet and exercise regimen, with regards to your magickal and spiritual life. It may seem odd that your spiritual life depends on what you put into your physical body, but the two are very closely linked. Since by now you know that magick depends on the energy that you gather in and transform through your body, it makes sense that the care of your body is an important magickal principle.

Let me assure you now, there are no spells that can help you instantly drop five pounds or have a flat stomach. Yo may find some from time to time in different sources, but they were written by hopeful witches who wanted to cut corners. Believe me, if any of them worked in the slightest, I wouldn’t spend my evenings at the gym.

You can, however, do magickal work to get yourself motivated to lose weight or exercise more. You can do health and vitality spells that will assist you in whatever results you are trying to achieve. But you must help the Universe out and follow through.

Magick and dieting have gone hand in hand for centuries. When you eat food, you are essentially taking energy into your body. When you look at it this way, it becomes clear why your food choices are so important. I highly recommend that you make dietary adjustments that will help you spiritually. If you can’t make these adjustments all of the time, please try to adhere to them before you do any spellwork.

Basically speaking, you want to eat foods that are composed of pure, clean energy. These foods include vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy products. Are you surprised that meat isn’t included? Don’t be. The energy that goes into butchering animals isn’t the type of energy that you should be putting into your body. I’ve been a vegetarian for years and while I’m not going to get on a soapbox, I will tell you that I’ve never felt better. If you can’t quit meat cold turkey, at least try to eliminate it and other heavy foods the day before you’ll be doing ritual or spellwork. I started this way and eventually discovered that I didn’t need meat to keep me going.

You can use foods to activate different chakras in your body. The color of the food corresponds to the chakra color. For example, if you want to activate your heart chakra, concentrate on green leafy vegetables and other green foods. Yellow foods activate the throat chakra, and so forth. The deeper the color of the food, the more it will affect your aura.

It goes without saying that you should look for organic foods as much as you can. While I understand that these foods are generally more expensive, but buy organic when you can. You’ll feel the difference in what you’re eating. The more organic and natural you eat, the better you’ll feel and the more you’ll be able to connect with the Universe.

If you’re still not convinced that spirituality and your health have anything to do with one another, think about it this way. When you’re doing magickal work, you are concentrating on taking your energy from within yourself and spreading it out among the universe. In essence, you’re disassociating yourself from your body. If your body is diseased, full of heavy food or otherwise keeping you tied to the physical realm, it’s going to be a lot harder to accomplish this task.

In addition, paying attention to your health by eating right and exercising is a way of honoring the natural world. You didn’t come into this world with high cholesterol, eating fast food and sitting around on the couch all day. You owe it to the Mother Earth to respect what she has given you.

In some cases, you may find it necessary to fast for a while before performing magickal work. Fasting should not be taken lightly and it’s definitely not something that you want to do at the drop of a hat. It is something that you should take steps to prepare for.

Fasting can help you get in touch with the spiritual side since you won’t be tied down to the material realm in any way. Whether you decide to fast for the afternoon or for a few days prior to your spellwork, you should definitely plan it out well. If you’ve never fasted before, you might want to start with a fruit fast for a few days. During a fruit fast, you’ll eat only fruit and fresh fruit juices during the day. Not only will this cleanse your digestive system, but it can clear your mind as well.

It’s not something that I can describe too well in words, but you’ll know what I mean when you try it for yourself. Just think about the way that you feel after a very heavy meal and you’ll realize what a difference food can make on your mental and spiritual outlook. Hopefully some of the things I’ve said in this post will help inspire you to try this way of eating out. You’ll be glad you did.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
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Dear Friends,

In the last message, I spoke of working with familiars and how it is important to use astral familiars when it comes to magickal work. Although you may, like I do, have many dear physical animal familiars in your living space, they aren’t as reliable as astral familiars.

There is a definite method to contacting your astral familiars, but once you complete this preliminary work, you’ll be able to contact them very quickly and easily in the future. If you need to review the first steps of the astral familiar meditation, go back to the previous entry. At this point, you’ve connected with your astral familiar in your meditation visualization. It should be noted that you may see several animals during your meditation. If they present themselves to you, then they have something to teach you.

As a creature approaches you from the wilderness, feel free to communicate to it. Since you’re working within the spiritual realm you can send and receive messages with the animals very easily. Keep in mind that most of this conversation will take place telepathically. Don’t expect to suddenly see a deer moving it’s lips to move, for example.

Ask the creature why it’s presented itself to you. If you ask it directly, it can offer insight into why it’s presenting itself to you. It may be a familiar, or it may not. In some cases, a creature will present itself to you simply because you need to incorporate some of its characteristics into your being. For example, if you need to have more freedom and see things from a higher plane, you may be contacted by a bird. Asking the creatures why they are there will help you pinpoint exactly which are your familiars and which are simply sign posts in your spiritual development.

Can you have more than one astral familiar? Most definitely! When it comes to the spiritual realm, there are not hard and fast rules about how things should be done. If you find yourself transported to three different locations and meeting three different animals who say they are your astral familiar, just go with it. There’s no reason why you can’t have several astral familiars if they present themselves to you in that way.

Once you’re done communicating with your astrals for the time being, make sure to step yourself gradually back out of the meditation. Thank the animals for their time and allow them to go. Dissolve the scenery around you until it is pure white, and then feel your energy coming back into your body. Make sure to ground yourself before you go on with your day.

At this time, it’s appropriate to write down a few notes about the animals that you encountered and what they communicated to you during the session. Writing down their messages immediately after you meditate is important in remembering what they had to say. If you aren’t sure about your astral familiars or feel uneasy about your first meditation, feel free to do more. In the astral plane you can communicate as much as you like with them and deepen your connection. In fact, I recommend that you deepen your connection as much as possible before you start to work with the animal on a magickal level.

You can connect with them by visiting on the astral plane often, and also by bringing them into your physical plane. This doesn’t mean that you should try to transfer your astral familiar into the physical world. You can invoke their presence in your physical world by placing images of them throughout your house. You can use paintings, figurines, drawings or simply pictures printed out from online to bring them into your space.

When it comes to working together, you can tap into the power of your astral familiar in many different ways. Once you’ve grown comfortable in its presence, you should make a representation of it a regular part of your altar. Incorporate it into your ritual work in this way first, and then call upon it during specific rituals. You can tap into the power of the animal depending on what type of magick you are doing. As soon as you discover your astral familiar, research the creature and find out what element it is mythologically connected to. For example, fish are (obviously) associated with water, birds with air, tortises with the earth, etc. Some animals are less obvious. Salamanders are associated with fire, for instance.

Once you know the element that the animal is associated with, you can ask it for help in the area that you are focusing on in your magick. Your bird astral familiar could help with spellwork associated with the power of air, etc. No matter whether you have one astral familiar or several, once you do the work to find them you’ll be happy that you did.

Brightest Blessings,

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


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Dear Friends,

Like much of traditional magick, the subject of familiars is one that has been distorted and virtually destroyed throughout the years due to propaganda. Along with working with the energy of the earth, honoring the wisdom of old women and following the patterns of the seasons, the concepts of familiars was demonized during the Inquisition and subsequent witch trials. Fortunately, for us, we can still retain the power of familiars to aid us in our magickal workings.

If you’ve ever considered yourself a “cat person” or a “dog person,” you’re more comfortable with the concept of familiars than you realize. If you’ve found yourself attracted to a certain type of animal, like a wolf or a frog, and began collecting images of that animal, you’ve started to develop a relationship with an astral familiar.

Familiars come in many different shapes, sizes and forms. Many people think of them merely as an animal helper that contributes to magickal workings. For example, the stereotypical image of a witch includes a black cat. According to legend from the “other” side of Inquisition, cats were demons trapped in feline bodies! This myth has perpetuated to this day in the superstitious fear of black cats.

In truth, physical animals like cats are only one type of familiars. And they are not demons in the slightest. Familiars of all sorts (the differences of which I’ll explain in a moment), are attendants in magick and in life. They are creatures, physical or not, who have a special rapport and sometimes psychic connection with humans.

I’ve always been attracted to animals and cats in particular. In times during my life where I’ve found myself without a feline companion, one has dropped into my lap unexpectedly. For example, my sister had to give up a cat that kept clawing her furniture. In my care, Sheba has done nothing of the sort. Of course before I took her into my home, I looked the cat square in the eyes and sent her a mental picture of what would happen if she did that to my nice couch.

If you desire to work with a familiar, you’ll need to understand that while you can have some influence over its behavior (like I have with Sheba) they are truly their own creatures. This is even more so if you’re working with an astral familiar.

But first, let’s dive into a few definitions. There are two basic types of familiars. There are physical animals that take the form of pets or creatures that show up in your life consistently. Pets aren’t to be owned, contrary to conventional belief. They allow you to care for their physical bodies but their mental and spiritual components are all their own. Keep this in mind when you start to work with them. With these familiars, you’ll find that you are able to communicate with them without using words.

The second type of familiar is an astral familiar. Astral familiars are most commonly animals that cannot possibly be owned as pets. I have a friend who has been drawn to polar bears for nearly her entire life. As a child, she drew them constantly and began collecting polar bear artwork in her teens. Once she discovered this path, she instantly knew that a polar bear is her familiar.

With an astral familiar, you are feeling a connection with the spirit of an animal, rather than it’s physical being. The animal energy attaches itself to a person and shows up in their collections, their dreams and their attractions as a result of their subconscious trying to voice this connection.

When it comes to working with familiars, nothing beats astrals for help in magickal workings. As much as I care for and love my “furry” children, they simply aren’t predictable. They walk out in the middle of a ritual, or decide to take a nap halfway through. I consider myself honored when they choose to enter my circle, but I don’t rely on it. If they feel dawn to add their energy to my magickal working, all the better. But I also call upon astral familiars when I need to add extra power to my spellcraft.

In order to get in touch with your astral familiars, it’s important that you spend some time meditating. Spending time in meditation will help you get a clear picture of your familiar and how best to contact them. As with other meditations, start your astral familiar meditation by grounding and centering yourself. Relax your entire body and feel your body expand and connect with the universe. Once you’ve reached a state of relaxation, clearly state in your mind that you wish to see and connect with your familiar.

Take note of the scenery that you begin to see. Notice what type of terrain you are in. Then take note of the types of noises you hear, what you smell and then what you see. Within a short period of time and attention, your animal familiar will present itself to you.

In the next message, I’ll tell you exactly what to do with your animal familiar once it presents itself to you, and how you can use it in your magickal practice.

Brightest Blessings,

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


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