Thursday, 29 November 2012

Free Tarot/Oracle Reading for My Followers

I’ve decided, since I’m vastly out of practice, to offer free tarot and/or oracle readings to my blog followers. I used to read quite regularly when I was a part of Firefly but now not so much since I left. Although I offer paid readings in my store, I decided for those who are kind enough to follow, read and comment on my blog I would do free ones for one month – 30th November to the 30th of December. I’ve been complimented on my accuracy so hopefully I can help you with any situations or issues you face.

Please note: I am fairly blunt, if a message is clear I generally won’t sugar coat or fancy it up. I will tell you what the cards say without hesitation or pomp because I’m not a fan of getting a reading and having it vague, without meaning and meandering. So if you don’t like straight up, please don’t ask for a reading.

THE RULES:
  1. You have to be a current follower/subscriber of my blog - this is my way of saying thankyou to those who read and follow me so no exceptions.
  2. One question per reading, too many questions per reading can confuse the cards.
  3. I will do one reading per person per week. Please do not send me a different reading request every day – it won’t happen.
  4. You will receive your reading within 48 – 72hrs.
  5. No health or death questions. No exceptions.
  6. Please put your name that would appear in my subscriber list on your request as well as your real name and question.

THE CARDS I HAVE: (in case you have a preference)

Tarot Cards

Celtic Dragon Tarot
Mystic Faerie Tarot
Wildwood Tarot

Oracle Cards

Oracle of Shadows and Light


Note: The Faeries & Heart of Faerie oracles I’ve not had much practice with yet, so if you choose those ones – could be interesting.

So if you would like a reading please send me an email at staklee84 (a)gmail.com with your question and I will do my utmost best to give you a clear and concise reading. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated as I can only improve if I know where I’m going wrong or where I am getting it right.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

12 Grant Three Wishes Witch - Day 3, 4, 5 & 6


Day 3: Completed my final Herbalism assignment, now waiting for it to be returned so I can send off for my final exam. How is this relevant you ask? One of my dreams is to be a Herbalist, have a little herb nursery and sell herbal products as well as practice as a Herbalist. This was a definite step in that direction.

Day 4 & 5: Personal steps taken to try and get things in line that would mundanely line up to help the magical get a boost.

Day 6: Wasn’t a day I did anything as I was winding up Tafe work and getting things done.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

New Blog

Some of you may know, my interests are wide and varied, generally twisting and turning as I go along this path and to that end, lately I've been feeling called to working with the Banes and exploring the darker aspects of Herbalism alongside my natural interest. I'm not sure where this path with take me or what I will learn along the way but I've created a new blog specifically for these interests. I will of course keep writing in this one because this is my 'overall view' blog and likely - as with the post on Belladonna - some things will cross over from there to here and visa versa. My new blog will explore my journey into working with Bone and Bane and what I learn from it. I'm kind of terrified of walking this new path because it is unknown, it is not clear but I'm sure that in all in our own way we experience this - a pull toward something unknown, unexplored. So, please head over and check it out, I hope I can offer up some interesting information or just a look at something different. Sooo my new blog is:

Friday, 23 November 2012

Growing Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade)


I’m taking my first steps into growing poisons and adding to my small collection of entheogenic plants. I have a very established Wormwood,  two Black/Common Nightshades that pop up seasonally out the front of my house (it’s considered a weed in Australia) and I have begun to grow Mandrakes. My next choice was to try Belladonna, otherwise known as Deadly Nightshade. Belladonna – like Mandrake – is from the Solanaceae family of plants. It is a witch plant of legend and considered one of the ‘Gothic’ herbs. It is deadly, of that have no doubt, so it will be a plant that will be handled carefully. I think its latin name gives the message clearly – Atropa Belladonna. The Atropa is named for the Greek Goddess of Fate Atropos – the Fate who cut the threads of life. Quite telling isn’t it? It certainly gives one pause.


Belladonna has to be germinated the same way as Mandrake, by soaking in cold water for two weeks (to mimic the thaw of snow I believe) in the fridge with the water changed daily. A small pill bottle or something equivalent is good to use, I’m using an old pill bottle, and can be kept in the fridge without taking up much room. I’m keeping mine in the door of the fridge. I’ve made sure to put a note on the fridge so I don’t forget to change the water. Sometimes life gets in the way and I don’t necessarily remember everything I’m supposed to do. My seeds will sit for two weeks at which point I will plant them out in little seedling containers and hopefully before long, little nightshades will appear.


I will likely use the Belladonna for ointments, incenses and such when I have a little more experience of the poisons under my belt. I will also sell the seeds (when I am able to harvest them), dried berries and dried plant materials in the By Bone and Bane Apothecary – but that’s a little ways off for now.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

12 Grant Three Wishes Witch - Day 2



Day 2: For this day I took a step in creating the business I want. Although I have my website, I’m thinking of more eyes on my items through Uncle Fester’s open marketplace. There are a few bits and pieces I have left over from my eBay days as well as some handcrafted pieces that I want to sell. Hopefully this will get them sold quickly as well as put more eyes toward my business site.

200th Post and My New Plants

Lemon Balm, White Sage, Yarrow (Red)

So my new plants come in the mail yesterday - so loving them. I wish I could get white sage to grow like that. Well I got some white sage seeds in the mail today so I'll give it another go if the jiffy pellets don't work out.

This is my 200th post - Wow. I think this is the longest I've ever stuck at blogging but I'm really enjoying it, I think it's helped me quite a bit in my path. So here's hoping for another 200 posts!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Card #12 The Grant Three Wishes Witch


The Grant Three Wishes Witch demonstrates that wishes really do come true. Being naturally intelligent, you understand mysterious secrets that give wisdom to the wise, but entangle the minds of fools. Your heart’s desire will be granted. As your wishes echo in your soul, you will be transformed by love and self faith.

Sounds nice, I hope it really does come true, I could do with some happy wishes coming to fruition right about now. Each day I am going to do something involved with the card and the three wishes – however I won’t share what those wishes are because I think some things need to be held sacred and like spells, if all and sundry know about them, they might not happen.

Day 1: Today I really thought about what it is that I want and what wishes I would like to see come true. I’ve thought about it and I know what they are, they are dreams I’ve held on to for so long but never had hope for them coming true. Now I will change my attitude and move forward knowing this is what I want and that it is possible. I might even take some ‘mundane’ action to help these wishes along.

Witch Card Reboot

So I posted a little while back that I was going to get back into using my witch cards as a spiritual growth tool. I had let it fall by the wayside with everything that was going on this year and when I was doing it, I wasn’t really giving it my all. I wanted to try again, just to see if I could connect with the part of myself I have been so disconnected from.

I am going to select them the same way, using my pendulum and a process of elimination but this time I am going to seriously try and utilise the cards every day for one week per card selected. I’m not sure if I will be able to do so but I need to try.

So here’s hoping for the best and we shall see how it all unfolds.

Four Thieves Vinegar

Four Thieves Vinegar has a long and illustrious history. It is said that is can cure the plague – exciting right? I can’t say for sure if this is true however the mythology surrounding this particular tincture certainly suggests it.

Legend has it that during the bubonic plague (1600’s) that ravaged Europe, killing millions of people, there were four looters in France who would rob the homes of the dead and dying. When they were apprehended the Judge found them in perfect health (relatively speaking I would imagine) and wanted to know the secret of their success. He agreed that they could go free if they shared it. It turned out; these looters were internally and externally taking a vinegar mix that seemingly kept them healthy and plague-free.

Four Thieves Vinegar by virtue of its ingredients is incredibly antiseptic and antibacterial. It was used for hundreds of years across Europe as a protection agent against the plague and other infections.

These days, it can still be used internally and topically for its healthful properties. Magically speaking FTV is used in workings for protection, driving away negative influences, to strengthen yourself and to protect yourself from magical attacks. It can be put on the doorknobs of your home, in your bath, you can take it as a daily supplement – the list is endless. It is really versatile in both the mundane and magical world.

My recipe is put together from a few different ones, to each their own for this particular recipe. You can use either dry or fresh herbs depending on what you have available. It really is quite simple to make.

There are different measurements across the board for the herbs; I typically use a decent handful of each. You want the vinegar to be really infused with the scent and flavour of the herbs. The great thing is, these herbs are all from garden!


Ingredients:

Rosemary
Sage
Thyme
Lavender
Wormwood
Mint
Apple Cider Vingear
Jar


Put the herbs in the jar.


Cover to near the top with vinegar.


Keep jar in a warm, dark place for the length of time you wish. Some recipes say six weeks others say 7 – 10 days. I would personally go for about 3 weeks just to make sure. If you’re going to use it for food, taste it, easiest way to see if you think it is how you want it to be.

Put in a proper bottle or container for vinegar. Glass is always the best option.

So there you have it, quick simple tincture for use in the home, in and on the body and in magic.

Note: I would suggest however, if you are intending to use this for culinary as well as magical reasons, perhaps forgo the Wormwood.

When this is finished infusing, I will be selling small bottles in the By Bone and Bane Apothecary section of my website.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Day 33: Faerie of your choice


The Faerie of my choice is the Crone from the Heart of Faerie Oracle by Brian and Wendy Froud. I adore this card, on some visceral level it speaks to me. The Faeries by the Frouds are interesting and incredible beings, I read reviews on places like Amazon that said the faeries in their decks were hideous and “not at all like the ones of my childhood” which cracked me up because faeries aren’t always nice and tinkerbell-ish.

Growing White Sage

I'm getting a little fed up with White Sage. I can't for the life of me get any to grow. I did get one little plant up but it died. I'm having the same problem with Mugwort but that is a whole other rant. I was beginning to take it personally but I wrote to All Rare Herbs where I got my seeds from and apparently white sage is difficult to grow - usually a 10 - 14% germination rate. So after trying to grow in a large greenhouse, outdoors in pots and in a sand/loam mix and failing miserably I have decided to try and grow some seedlings in jiffy pellets inside a little greenhouse on the kitchen windowsill. The container they are in is a choc chip cookie container from Coles - how cool huh?


Hedging my bets I also bought a white sage plant from Mudbrick Cottage Herb Farm - you can get 1 - 3 plants for $8.80 postage which I think is kind of awesome (I also bought a red yarrow and lemon balm). It has given me ideas - oh how mad I could go shopping there.

So anyway, if you are having trouble getting white sage to grow - don't take it personal. Apparently it likes to be difficult for everyone.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Payment for Spiritual Services

I’ve been coming across a recurring theme lately, on blogs (see The Deepest Well and Wise Whispers as they too addressed this issue) as well as on YouTube and other forums about charging for spiritual services. It seems there are those who like to holler and scream on other people’s blogs, in private emails, on YT videos and other places that it is wrong to charge for spiritual services and the people who offer them should do so for free. It seems that our society has become one of entitlement, of expectation and disrespect toward others. I fail to see why people think some one who puts time and effort into their Craft should give it for free to whomever wants it. I’m not even sure where the idea of spiritual services having to be free comes from because that seems to be the popular argument these people (or trolls really) make – that spiritual services should be free and people are wrong for charging money for them.

The thing is there has always been a charge for services rendered by those who work within the spiritual realms. Now it may not have been monetary, it may well have been goods or services but there was always a price because it was a Craft, a livelihood. Wise people and Cunningfolk of old charged for their services – they had to in order to survive. Those in service in ancient times were taken care of, it hardly helped to have starved, half dead representatives of the Gods. In order to be close to the Gods, their representatives had to be taken care of; fed well and venerated otherwise the Gods would retaliate in a most fearsome way.

I choose not have a paid blog because I made the decision to share my experiences and knowledge in an open forum without the expectation of anything. I’m happy to do that, for whatever it may be worth to some one else along the way. I volunteer at an online school, I choose to do this to help others learn and grow on their spiritual path. This is one facet of my path, my journey I keep free for the public. On that same note, I do run an online store. I sell select Pagan items and I am currently building it up to include other things – it is slow going.

I also offer tarot and oracle readings in my store and I charge for them. Why? Because readings are draining, they take energy and focus to do. I commend those who wish to offer readings for free, but I don’t envy them the position they may get in when a large amount of people request readings and get rude when they don’t receive them in a timely fashion. I can and have done tarot readings for free. When I was at Firefly, I had a tarot stall and I did readings free, however it was more manageable there and it was a great training ground. But now I feel as though I am ready to do readings on a wider scale and for the effort I put in, I do want to be paid. It’s not wrong of me to want that. It’s not wrong for anyone to want to be paid for their skills.

Spiritual supplies cost money. Workings require supplies – candles, herbs, runes, woods, roots, bags, jars etc – whatever the medium the worker chooses to use, no doubt somewhere along the way things had to be purchased. Some of us grow a lot of our own herbs; this still requires time and energy. Some of us make our own candles – we still have to buy the wax. For some, working with the spiritual realm is their livelihood, their way of making money, of earning a living. Are we to tell them in order to be a spiritual person and offer their services they must take a vow of poverty? I would love for my spiritual works to be my livelihood, my way of earning a living but I’m not even close to there yet. It would be nice; it’s definitely a dream of mine. I mean for example, I’ve just about finished my Foundation Certification in Herbalism. When I become a practicing Herbalist, I will be charging for my services. It is a skill I have and I like anyone who has a skill, I would like to be paid for it should I wish to make it my life’s work. It won’t be cheap to buy the things I will need to help people so why on earth would I do it for free?

And that is what these trolls need to learn. When you have a marketable skill, you should get paid for using that skill if you choose to. I imagine they wouldn’t say to their doctors, solicitors, electricians etc that they should do it for free. Just because you think it should be free for whatever reason, doesn’t make it so. Instead of whinging like children to those who prefer to be paid for their services, go find some one else who doesn’t charge, because believe me; those who do charge are not going to make an exception for you. Especially if you spend your time denigrating them for earning a living using their skills. If you want to benefit from these skills - here's a novel concept - go out and learn how to do it yourself, then it will be as free as you want it to be.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Spring Flowers

Red Rose

Pink and White Rose

Pelagonium

Port Wine Magnolia

Foxglove

Larkspur

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Absense

Sorry for my absense from blogging. I am currently at the tail end of a rather nasty flu. It could not have come at a worse time. I was having fun doing my Tarot blog, getting to the end of my Herbalism Foundation course and was keeping on top of my Tafe coursework, that is now behind by 2 assignments and I am just totally wiped physically and mentally.

My Tafe work needs to be completed by Nov 23rd and I am hell and determined that I will have my Herbalism certification by the end of the year. So time to get back into it, even though I am so tired and worn. Perhaps I'll leave the blog for when I'm better and do my course stuff. Ugh, I hate being sick, I really really do.