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.

Hey! So I just got a new tarot deck, but the minor arcana don't have pictures (1-10) it's just that Number of cups or wands, ect. Could I just use the court cards and majors? Have you ever done this? Am I crazy? Haha.
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Never be afraid of the numbers— pictures are great for the photographic mind, yes, but the numbers are also great to work with… never mind the pictures, that is a different style of Tarot introduced in RWS and beyond that toward the 2000s when graphic and digital art came out.

My advice is learn Tarot Numerology, memorize the key attributes and keywords, and you’ll be set to use those minors without wasting the potential wisdom they have for you.. and this website is excellent:

As for reading with just court cards and the major arcana, remember, once upon a time, lore has it that there were only 22 majors in the deck. Using just the court cards would definitely work, if not work better for you because you can assign the astrology to them. Look up some basic keywords or borrow the keywords from here. Associations are:

  • Aries → Queen of Wands
  • Taurus → King of Pentacles
  • Gemini → Knight of Swords
  • Cancer → Queen of Cups
  • Leo → King of Wands
  • Virgo → Knight of Pentacles
  • Libra → Queen of Swords
  • Scorpio → King of Cups
  • Sagittarius → Knight of Wands
  • Capricorn → Queen of Pentacles
  • Aquarius → King of Swords
  • Pisces → Knight of Cups

Now, you’ll notice, none of the pages were used, this is because E.A. Waite in collaboration with Pamela Smith (who illustrated the RWS deck) decided to add four more cards to the regular 52-card deck, and called them Pages, also known as Princesses. Waite was more pagan-influenced, so we see the queens as being cardinal. If you feel that Kings should be cardinal, then switch it for your use. Best way to remember this:

  • Queens → Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn.
  • Kings → Fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius.
  • Knights → Mutable: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces.
  • Pages → Neutral: Usually Mutable, also Mixed, you decide.

Also, check out my Major Arcana Explained and my Psychic Shorthand posts for meanings and keywords. Good luck! :)

Menage a Trois

Figurative: Controversy, emotional cheating, blackmail, in love with someone else, passions torn in many directions, regret and doubt, crippling uncertainty, lust, temptation, distractions.

Literal: Infidelity, cheating, trio of people, threesome, spicing up the bedroom, loving two people at once, falling for someone else’s lover, making a sacrifice.

Lotus

Figurative: New perspective, open-minded, higher wisdom, the divine realms of the mind, meditation, deep introspection, brainstorming, setting things right, peace of mind.

Literal: A flower, temperance, a chance at peace, charity, virtue, advice, intimacy, sensuality, spiritual message, nakedness.

Mountains

Figurative: Success, goal setting, battles, success path, exploration, adventure, challenge, struggles, triumphs, personal goals, what one must face to win, tenacity, guts.

Literal: Actual mountains, navigating, excavating, hiking, overcoming a difficulty, doing the impossible, winning.

Menage a Trois

Figurative: Controversy, emotional cheating, blackmail, in love with someone else, passions torn in many directions, regret and doubt, crippling uncertainty, lust, temptation, distractions.

Literal: Infidelity, cheating, trio of people, threesome, spicing up the bedroom, loving two people at once, falling for someone else’s lover, making a sacrifice.

Lotus

Figurative: New perspective, open-minded, higher wisdom, the divine realms of the mind, meditation, deep introspection, brainstorming, setting things right, peace of mind.

Literal: A flower, temperance, a chance at peace, charity, virtue, advice, intimacy, sensuality, spiritual message, nakedness.

Mountains

Figurative: Success, goal setting, battles, success path, exploration, adventure, challenge, struggles, triumphs, personal goals, what one must face to win, tenacity, guts.

Literal: Actual mountains, navigating, excavating, hiking, overcoming a difficulty, doing the impossible, winning.

What are the implications of casting an honesty spell? If you have any information at all about honesty spells I would greatly appreciate it, thank you so much
Anonymous

Honesty spells are interesting. If I want someone to tell me the truth, I just perform divination readings with Tarot cards… no need for a spell from my point of view, but if you really need the truth and you have no cards, I’d suggest meditating and allowing your higher self to guide you to the answers. If you’re looking for a charm to place over someone, just be careful of the repercussions.. magic can backfire when we do it onto others. I’d only do an honesty spell for benevolent purposes only.

For an honesty spell, I’d wear rosemary oil while giving a sprig of rosemary to the person as a gift with the intention of them speaking the truth to you. You can also just place it under their bed so they will dream about having a terrible conscience until they speak the truth, but then again, this could be affecting someone’s free will. Attach a piece of rose or lavender to this sprig.

You can also burn rosemary, think of the person, and say,

I attract the truth to be free,

When in my presence share with me,

Your lips the words, know I must,

In your faith might I trust,

My ears wide to hear your mind,

And yes your heart ever so kind.

To tell me what you have to hide.

Tell me that truth which you’ll confide.

And an optional closure for good measure,

And so this charm be good for you,

Expire on the day you spew,

The secrets I have wished to know,

And by the rede, I do follow.

The Bouquet. This card right here is of high divinatory power. It accurately predicted TWICE that I would be receiving a gift (today). My lover and I pulled 7 cards to see which city we’d go to eat in a couple hours ago and we chose to go to the local place the spread had suggested because The Ruble appeared to show me that I should choose saving money.
Well, for the first card, which represented Armada, MI (my lover’s mom lives there), I got the bouquet. I took that to figuratively mean that we’d enjoy seeing his mom as this card also represents charm, beauty, and joviality.
When I did a another spread, I got the bouquet in the 8th position, which deals with soon-coming things in the near-future. Just now his mom called to give me his old guitar because he doesn’t play and I do. Just magical. So blessed and grateful. <3 

The Bouquet. This card right here is of high divinatory power. It accurately predicted TWICE that I would be receiving a gift (today). My lover and I pulled 7 cards to see which city we’d go to eat in a couple hours ago and we chose to go to the local place the spread had suggested because The Ruble appeared to show me that I should choose saving money.

Well, for the first card, which represented Armada, MI (my lover’s mom lives there), I got the bouquet. I took that to figuratively mean that we’d enjoy seeing his mom as this card also represents charm, beauty, and joviality.

When I did a another spread, I got the bouquet in the 8th position, which deals with soon-coming things in the near-future. Just now his mom called to give me his old guitar because he doesn’t play and I do. Just magical. So blessed and grateful. <3 

Shown: 9-card layout, the backing, both of the introduction cards, and all four of the instruction cards. Lenormand would be proud.

Retromix Lenormand was a project I started last summer after delving into the Lenormand oracle. Typically a 36-card deck, my deck has 48 cards which I have created to enhance the deck. Many of the traditional numbers, names, and symbols have been dropped as well.

There are no assigned meanings, numbers, or names. This oracle is of pure intuition. If you already know Lenormand, those prior meanings are encouraged. For the public edition, I will provide meanings on my website in time.

3/2/2014: Focus must shift back on what you are currently doing and saying. It should uplift people and build them up, not tear them down. At this time, some reflection and pause will be vital in seeing a difficult moment through with maintained respect and you will receive positive karma as a resultant. For project workers or goal achievers, don’t cloud the mind right now; be sober and clear-minded to tackle a problem. Don’t run to bad habits or alcohol to cure a problem. For relationships, I see working out a conflict with a Leo, a fiery woman, or some strong-willed feminine personality.

3/2/2014: Focus must shift back on what you are currently doing and saying. It should uplift people and build them up, not tear them down. At this time, some reflection and pause will be vital in seeing a difficult moment through with maintained respect and you will receive positive karma as a resultant. For project workers or goal achievers, don’t cloud the mind right now; be sober and clear-minded to tackle a problem. Don’t run to bad habits or alcohol to cure a problem. For relationships, I see working out a conflict with a Leo, a fiery woman, or some strong-willed feminine personality.

MY RETROMIX LENORMAND ORACLE CARDS ARE IN! This is a private edition (public edition will be a summer project I hope!) so thrilled and blessed. Omfg.

The Page of Coins speaks of having revisited your old projects and skills and bringing the fertile energy of Spring into them.

The Seven of Wands reminds you to reaffirm your passions. If you have had too many passions keeping you in a state of endurance, friction, and challenge, you are charged to focus your mind and energy on only one of them.

The Nine of Coins speaks of gratification through all your hard work. Nine rules success and finalized work. If you can revisit an old work, and stick with that one passion for the next month and really put in the tenacity and diligence, you will be rewarded handsomely for your efforts. Either it is money or a personal accomplishment.

The Page of Coins speaks of having revisited your old projects and skills and bringing the fertile energy of Spring into them.

The Seven of Wands reminds you to reaffirm your passions. If you have had too many passions keeping you in a state of endurance, friction, and challenge, you are charged to focus your mind and energy on only one of them.

The Nine of Coins speaks of gratification through all your hard work. Nine rules success and finalized work. If you can revisit an old work, and stick with that one passion for the next month and really put in the tenacity and diligence, you will be rewarded handsomely for your efforts. Either it is money or a personal accomplishment.

Crisis Litany

When you are going through a rough time, or things aren’t going the way you wanted, or you’re feeling extremely disappointed, angry, bitter, and/or bewildered, remember this magical litany when in crisis and danger:

I am careful about expectations because they limit me from going with the flow of the cosmos. I am careful about fear because it defeats my inner knowing. All which happens is a part of my cosmic destiny. I inhabit the here and the now.

If I cannot alter my current circumstances with ease, I will endeavor with internal poise and harmony through this storm. I am divine and I am free of all expectations and fear. I detach from pity, pain, worry, doubt, negativity, malice, stress, confusion, and suffering.

I am divine. I am pure. I am protected. I am the master of my universe.

Até no se. Até no se. Até no be.

Know that all your recent fears, worries, problems, and struggles are a reflection of the universe expressing itself at this time into a human form for a divine, grander purpose even if you consciously aren’t aware of that purpose or its long-term lessons to come. The root of all suffering lies in attachments, and these negative energies you are experiencing are attachment to expectations.

When the expectations can be grounded and released, then the mind will be free, unchained, strong, and in control to healthfully deal with the situations at hand.