A quick update

My dear lovelies,

The lack of posts from my part has been shocking, I know. But with the beginning of Autumn, my schedule gets quite full. However, I’m determined to make up for that in October and that’s a promise!

I wanted to let you all know that starting this October I’ve also agreed to contribute to Lunar Wisdom‘s newsletter: I will be writing a series on practical heka for the modern practitioner. There’s a bunch of wonderful people contributing to this newsletter, including Mystical Bewilderment‘s own lovely Satsekhem. To receive this monthly newsletter all you have to do is subscribe to it on Lunar Wisdom’s site linked above.

I will be publishing all articles on the blog as well, about two weeks after  the newsletter is out so if for any reason you chose not to subscribe or can’t subscribe, you can always read the articles here. They will all be filled under ‘Off-site contributions’ in the blog archives.

I’m editing this because while publishing I got a message from WordPress stating that ‘occasionally visitors may see advertisements’ with the explanation that they some times run ads as to make up for their costs. Which in my view is fair enough. I don’t afford at the moment to upgrade to their ‘no ads’ services so they have to make up somehow for maintaining this blog for free.  So keep in mind if you see any ads, they don’t come from me, they come from WordPress!

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Afternoon Tea with Updates

Since I’ve been on a short break for a while (busy with moving house) I thought I should have my tea with you all and tell you what I’ve been up to.

Moving has been a bit of a physical effort, especially since the place we moved in was in a very bad shape. Before opening boxes we’ve had to clean everything properly and it got to the point where we filled five large rubbish bags. And the heat didn’t help, at one point we had to take a few hours break as we were both feeling dizzy. However all has been cleaned, unpacked and organized and I’ve already started on the garden. I have big plans for that little patch of soil and of course, there will be lots of potted plants as well. The great part is that there’s already ivy on the fences and I absolutely love that.

The previous owners also left us their goldfish. I won’t go into the details of how bad that fish was kept, except that the water was brown and smelly and he was gasping at the surface. Now he’s a happy fish in clean water and with proper food! I still have plans for improving his living conditions even more (bigger tank, plants, an air pump) but that will all have to wait until we recover financially.

There’s a new shrine and plenty of working space and I’ve been writing prayers and started a few articles which I hope to publish soon. I know a few of you have worried about the silence around here but fret not, everything is perfectly fine :)

I hope you are all well and happy! Best wishes!

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The Monday Quote

“Throughout their history, the Egyptians themselves attributed the origin of their writing system to the gods. This divine source is seen in the very name which the script was accorded: medu netcher: ‘the words of the gods’ or ‘divine words’. This meaning was preserved in the word hieroglyphs (‘sacred writing’) which the Greeks later gave to the Egyptian inscriptions. But the Egyptians’ characterization of their hieroglyphic script goes deeper than we might casually assume. Not only did the hieroglyphs command a measure of respect as a divinely appointed system of communication, but in many instances„ they were also treated virtually as living things – entities which were themselves endowed with divine power.”

Symbol and Magic in Egyptian Art by Richard H. Wilkinson Chapter ‘Words as Magic, Words as Art’, pg. 149

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Image source.

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Reading the Spanish Baraja – a 46 page e-book, complete with illustrations by Carolina Gonzalez

For those who don’t know who this amazing lady is: Carolina Gonzalez is a veteran Tarot reader, spiritual practitioner and artist from the Canary Islands. Her website is here: http://caminodeyara.indiemade.com/

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I must say I’ve read this e-book twice. Not just for the learning opportunity (being a Tarot reader myself, I’m always interested in various card decks – and not just Tarot decks – and techniques ) but also because I got immersed in the reading – her style is flowing and very easy to read and enjoy and the pictures and illustrations are a beautiful addition which adds to the reading pleasure.

Chapter 1 -  Origin and Particularities of the Spanish Baraja introduces  you to this interesting deck with a load of tasty tidbits of information –origins, meanings, a preview of each suit and even the possibly puzzling Joker card.

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Chapter 2 is a presentation of each card of the four suits (Oros – Pentacles, Copas –Cups/Chalices,  Bastos –Wands/Clubs and Espadas – Swords) complete with meanings and various correspondences attributed to each card/suit. This also includes the Joker card (which doesn’t belong to a particular suit but is sometimes used in readings).

Chapter 3 deals with three suggested readings, explained in details and with tips, advice and pointers.

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Chapter 4 gives a Spirits’ perspective on reading the Spanish Baraja and it’s deals with Spirit Guides, cleansing and consecrating your cards and how to properly prepare for a reading.

Every chapter has information and advice from her vast experience and the book has a free bonus chapter:  Spirit Guides in Maria Lionza’ Spiritism – originally published on her blog earlier in April. This in itself is a treasure as there isn’t much information in English about this particular spiritual path out there.

Reading this book gave me the feeling of a teacher patiently explaining every detail to me and kindly giving me advice and guiding me on the right track. A pleasure to read and many many new things learned. All the photographs and illustrations are crystal clear and makes the reading even easier to follow and understand, they fit with each chapter beautifully. It’s a very well organized and written resource, without being distracted into anything useless or too repetitive. A must for anyone interested in enriching their knowledge.

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Available for purchase here:  http://caminodeyara.indiemade.com/product/reading-spanish-baraja-ebook-learn-read-spanish-deck-cards-special-price at a special introductory price. I hope you enjoy as much as I have!

* All photographs used in this post are Copyright Carolina Gonzalez. Used with permission from the copyright holder.

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For the Beloved Dead

In the memory  of recently passed away relatives. I honour you and remember you.

In the memory of recently passed away relatives*. I honour you and remember you.

Mullein, herbal salts and a special ancestor oil. 

Four candles for the Four Guardians. The Gateway and the Key.

The smoke of the wormwood stick takes prayers, memories and thoughts to the Spirits.

 

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*Relatives as in I found out just after my last post that someone else in my family has died as well.

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Life flows, change comes and goes

Dear lovely readers,

I have been on a sort of online break for a while, to tend to those closest to me. They needed me as much as I needed them. There is something very comforting in the presence of loved ones. There has been so much that has happened I won’t bore you with it. Suffice it to say another loved one has passed into the spirit world, he will be greatly missed and forever loved. And soon after, an amazing lovely dog has saved my life. Hooray for canine friends!

And while I’m still recovering, I’m not complaining. A lot can be said about my life, but at least it’s not boring.

In between I’ve been reading (or rather re-reading) this awesome book:

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It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted a copy of my own and a couple of months ago I got lucky and got a good deal for it. Previously owned, but in top notch condition. I’m almost finished re-reading it, of course with a ton of notes. But I’ve been good this time and kept my notes in order. I do believe I have finally settled on the perfect thing. I’ve had this leather-like A5 size binder for a few years and which hasn’t been in use for some reason. With a few paper refills and other bits and bobs it’s now my trusty note keeper. And while I’ve been eyeing some beautiful books (these ones to be exact) I’ve come to realize that I’m the eternal student and I will always need to change things about and add. So a binder is perfect. Not to mention I always write down on small bits of paper or I will take an A4 size paper, fold it in half and write on it like that, the A5 size suits me fine.

Other than that, devotionals and routine spiritual work as usual. My sacred scents project had to be yet again postponed but it’s not a problem. I wasn’t expecting it to be finished any time soon but I will try to keep you posted,  I know a few of you are very interested in my scent experiments and research.

For now I wish you the best. It’s a beautiful day today and the park is waiting :)

Be well my lovelies!

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The Key and the Gateway

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Finally found the right Key for my ‘Gateway’. And what a team they make!

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