Cedargrass Oracle
If I wanted to start studying all of this... occultism/mysticism basically what you're studying and writing about... Where would I even start? I tried to look around but it seems as if I'm wading through a huge pool... Thank you for your time!

I honestly started with Wicca before I merged into Paganism and then Mysticism and Spirituality altogether. Llewellyn has a myriad of books out there on Wicca for beginner’s, and I recommend them all. Some authors are fluffy or blah, but in the craft, all we are is knowledge (the soul is an immortal center of gnosis), so absorb as much as you can from all sources and just make your own mind up. You’ll eventually start with a pantheon (as most do), I chose Greek and Norse.. and felt comfortable there (still am!). Some choose Asatru only, some choose Kemeticism only.. some go voodoo or root working.. depends on what you’re interested in.

Many beginners do also start with being eclectic.. and absorbing tidbits from all over to weave their path… so experiment and play around with what your soul is telling you.. with what in your soul feels right to believe in. Many people want to make others think their religion or beliefs are exclusive and no one outside of their race or group cannot participate, but remember that we are divine souls beyond ego, and it is their ego telling them they own spiritual copyrights on certain practices.

Start with the beginners books, then study symbolism, pick up a dream encyclopedia (can be used interchangeably as a symbolism resource book) and use it to decode your dreams, and pick up a divination tool. Runes are easiest.. just work with symbols altogether because that is what the occult runs on, essentially. Working with a diviantion tool will teach your mind how to stitch together symbolism (which is crucial in magic and manifestation). By weaving meanings together, you learn aspects of the occult no other might understand.

The whole point of these paths is to grow, expand the soul, connect with body and nature, study the self, connect with the higher realms, and be better prepared to handle our reality— and of course the main point: become the master of our universe by knowing this esoteric and occult knowledge. By having this knowledge, you’ll see how you are advantaged over those who don’t know it. This is called esoteric.

If you want to get deeper and find the beginners books have been absorbed, pick up Tarot (full of occult) and pick up Tarot books to learn that… much more complex and is a powerful occult tool for being in control of your reality. Other great stuff to look into is simple herbal magic, crystal energies, the 7 primary chakras, the law of attraction, basic metaphysics, sacred geometry, and so on. As you absorb more knowledge and learn to trust yourself, you will begin to open your psychic center (or third eye). Once this opens up, you can begin stimulating it more by practicing meditation, visualization, and will power exercises.

You will suddenly begin having more psychic experiences, such as receiving messages, following your gut instincts, fixing your problems through your dreams, and so on. In this path, Knowledge Is Power, so you will never truly stop learning.. also, I learned best when I started by joining pagan forums and wiccan forums. Mentors are extremely helpful! Don’t be afraid to learn from others, and as you learn, you’ll begin to feel the empowerment that occult knowledge gives, but always try to be humble and don’t be afraid to allow wiser people to guide you. Also, another major thing about this path is that we spiritualists accept that we are both student and teacher in all situations.

Hope that helps… good luck.

For those who have had a rough time with the infamous “thief card,” here is some advice that I use in my readings. Seven represents synthesis and swords of the mind. This then represents a synthesis of the mind where there must be harmony and understanding before you can set out to change your circumstances again. In the mind, the Seven of Swords depicts one who has taken a lonely path of arrogance and sneakiness instead of being transparently bold, even asking the world, “What’s in it for me?” or “The world owes me something.” The mind can be a scary place and as such, this card will usually represent the need to evaluate how you’re behaving and thinking, hopefully morally and positively. From this basic comprehension, you derive cheating, lying, taking the slimy way out, being a chump, or stealing from people. Sly dealings are depicted but it’s not always as negative as people fear the card to be. One time this card represented not seeing the value in something I traded to someone.

For those who have had a rough time with the infamous “thief card,” here is some advice that I use in my readings. Seven represents synthesis and swords of the mind. This then represents a synthesis of the mind where there must be harmony and understanding before you can set out to change your circumstances again. In the mind, the Seven of Swords depicts one who has taken a lonely path of arrogance and sneakiness instead of being transparently bold, even asking the world, “What’s in it for me?” or “The world owes me something.” The mind can be a scary place and as such, this card will usually represent the need to evaluate how you’re behaving and thinking, hopefully morally and positively. From this basic comprehension, you derive cheating, lying, taking the slimy way out, being a chump, or stealing from people. Sly dealings are depicted but it’s not always as negative as people fear the card to be. One time this card represented not seeing the value in something I traded to someone.

cedargrass:

Do unto others what you would accept done unto you.

Be aware of what you are saying and doing.
Ask yourself what it is that you’re doing to define your actions.
Ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing to them what I’d accept being done to me?

If you can honestly disagree with yourself, don’t do the…

Cute blog... love the sparkles! Could I get a one card about my ego? What is HE up to? This card could you focus on what my Ego is doing to work against my Higher Self? Thanks :)

The Hierophant makes sense for my ego actually. In the Minchiate deck, the Emperor is called the Emperor of the West and The Hierophant is called the Emperor of the East, so to me they’re the same energy but a dichotomy. I’ve always seen The Emperor as the ruler of men and The Hierophant as the medium of God. When he appears, I consider that God’s voice is coming through The Hierophant’s wisdom considerations to The Emperor’s guidance of men. One man enforces the laws and the other inspires the laws from Divine. Ruled by Taurus, I see him as the divine romantic that all of us must embody— loving your fellow man (and the self), conformity to tradition, conventional education, and the way things have always been done. So right now, I see that I am being scolded for letting Ego work against me.

My main practice is going to be focusing on receiving mroe messages from the divine. A suitable quote:

healthy-witchling:

The Hierophant tells me he is rigid and intolerant. He tends to expect you to see things his way. He feels it is his obligation to correct your behaviors according to what he feels is acceptable. He can be cold and insensitive. Attention is focused on your convictions. It has tremendous power at this point and wishes to have the final say when it comes to you relationship to the divine. He needs to be held in-check not to abuse this power. You are encouraged to look within and explore your truths.

Prayer is when you speak to God;

Meditation is when you listen to God.

Thanks a bunch, healthy-witchling. ♥

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cedargrass:

Don’t waste that full moon !!! There are many ways to harness the power of the full moon and quite often many people catch it spontaneously, during the actual event itself. It is during these times a person isn’t quite prepared, yet is buzzing with energy that will only be available in totality…

Aquarius Sun, Full Leo Moon, Mercury Rx

So last night I had a Michael in Retrograde moment in front of my significant other. Emotions were high and hypersensitivity came in baskets. There was an overall energy of peace for the day, as the moon was in Leo, but that Aquarius sun changed a couple things up for me, especially since Mercury is currently in retrograde until the 28th of February, and he’s in Aquarius also. Looking back on my episode last night where I was hysterical and sobbing about my path and my personal healing (we all need to vent, right?), it was like a diurnal calm before a nocturnal storm: it hits you very quickly this energy.

Because of that Aquarius energy coming into that Leo moon, there are going to be many themes in our emotional expressions (and of course our reflections as Merc Rx is about introspection) regarding pessimism, self-doubt, anxiety, worry, feelings of not being good enough, wondering how to make ends meet with our goals, harping and dwelling on the past mistakes we’ve made, feeling oppressed and unwanted, and a strong level of regret.

Aquarius is about breaking away from the norm and doing your own thing, so during Merc Rx we find ourselves nitpicking at everything, including how we view ourselves. A lot of our emotions are going to focus on how others view us and how we view ourselves. Now is a reflective time, so through the sun and moon sign we should positively compliment ourselves and our work, pat ourselves on the back when we accomplish something, take a load off and enjoy the life we have created even if we dislike it at times, 

Combining these three energies, we will accept that right now our emotions will feel more fiery and airy than watery. You might yell, scream ,kick, bleed, punch walls, be rebellious, break away form the grind as much as possible, and express unstable and erratic behavior. Sometimes the planets are affected and cannot communicate their energies well during a Merc Rx… so whereas the Leo moon is a playful, cheerful tone of feeling respected, loved, skilled, and cherished… during this time, people may experience those really deep-seeded emotions come to rise (and you may not know what to do with them), especially now that Neptune is in its home Pisces for the next ever— lots of skeletons will be coming up from the closet. Also, the Leo moon will make some of us a little cray if our ego needs have not been met.. and last night I reflected (Mercury in retro) on my life (Leo moon) and turned into an emotional werewolf (full moon).

You may end up fighting people, acting like a spoiled kid, whining and complaining too much, really challenging others’ ideals, offending people with your enigmatic behavior that shocks and wonders, burning your bridges too quickly, not taking advice or criticism well, abandoning social settings and group projects, and imposing your will no matter if it’s in an inappropriate place or time, but no matter what, keep to yourself and practice self-control when the negative skeletons come out. It’s crucial to find an outlet that is cathartic. There are some complicated energies coming in, so around this time, I like to ink the glyph of Mercury () on my left hand or wrist surrounded by a clockwise circle to symbolize the progression of Mercury against its own retrograde.

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Oh, and Happy Valentines Day! ♥

Credits: The Time Passages app by Astrograph, Farmer’s Almanac, and Lllewellyn’s Astrological Calendar.

thedappledsky:

Some safety tips for using herbs in the bath, which I thought was necessary to post since I’m posting a lot of them.

1. Don’t go substituting essential oils unless you know what the fuck you’re doing. Essential oils tend to be like 10x stronger than plain dried herbs and are much more…

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The Magician’s Lay for me today… some points to note: I declared the focus as editing my Tarot book this year. The Hermit is ruled by Mercury so in this he is the mercury in Retrograde card as Mercury is in retro at this time. So now is the appropriate time to go work on old projects rather create new ones. Kw says I must seize my project and get cracking— no procrastination.

7w R tells me to put in my time and conquer my struggles at this moment. Do what must be done to get this book edited because you begin to see in card 4, Pp represents a fertile omen for creative endeavors. So the raw energy for an undertaking is available to me. Temperance R is my motivation and ability to pull this off.

The other trines— the left one gives me sure success (6w) with a prospect for book signing (6w + 2w) with the motivation to develop this book and allow it to be mastered in time (Empress R). In the right trine, you see my negative tendency to take the shortcut (7s) and put off work in favor of rest (4s). The Moon comes in to provide this chaotic, foggy, and deceptive energy for the entire spread just because it landed in the Spiritual Trine. These cards reflect the whole spread, so they’re essentially encouraging me to build a routine and come out of the negative habits and winter depression I’ve had.