Cedargrass Oracle
Summer: The mark of the clover signals the arrival of our patron lord, our heliocentric life enriched.

Should you find a patch of clover, offer your time and disturb not the honey bee. Should you find a patch, pick 12 stems and weave them together, using the longest stem to wrap around the base and tie it off, carefully. Take this wand to the river or sea and offer up your wishes for the sun to fertilize by tossing it in.

A wish made on a clover wand is sure to come true. Should you find a bush of lavender, might you do the same to banish obstacles.

Summer: The mark of the clover signals the arrival of our patron lord, our heliocentric life enriched.

Should you find a patch of clover, offer your time and disturb not the honey bee. Should you find a patch, pick 12 stems and weave them together, using the longest stem to wrap around the base and tie it off, carefully. Take this wand to the river or sea and offer up your wishes for the sun to fertilize by tossing it in.

A wish made on a clover wand is sure to come true. Should you find a bush of lavender, might you do the same to banish obstacles.

Rune Binding, A Simple Aid

Sigils, runes, symbols, letters, and engravings have been the magical consummation of Consciousness beyond the Sacred Voice since the first days the human mind thought of ways to communicate itself to others. Since then, we have perhaps in the west forgotten how sacred these letters and symbols are even in the simplest of uses: writing.

In February of 2007, I created this spell from the study I used to do as a Pagan initiate of the Asatru pantheon. It was in runes I learned how powerful the letters of a language had been and what uses they had when drawn on the human body.

This spell was created for one purpose only, to magically bind a rune to your body to allow that rune to work with your psyche awake or non— the binding will lend you the rune’s power until it slowly fades from the skin. I encourage that you should only do this if the rune truly calls to you. Runes are deep, ancient, energetic, powerful, and very curious symbols which are ruled by beings, gods, energies, realms, and so on.

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The Nine Desires Spread was inspired last night by the many quandaries I’ve had regarding how torn I feel with which direction I really want to take (or should take) with the many opportunities which the universe has presented me.
Real example using the Retromix Lenormand:
Gentlemen → I fear my partnership with my significant other after some private matters have added stress onto my life.
Mountains → What I once wanted but lost probably was the success I was obsessed with regarding my novels, mysticism books, and my Tarot career. It’s sad, but I believe I’ve chosen to focus mostly on my other career in Real Estate.
Lady → A dream I constantly wish would come true is that my friend I lost would grow up and make serious changes in her life. She chose a lifestyle which was incongruent with mine and when I tried to better myself, she didn’t make the transition with me.
House → What I naively feel I need but don’t happens to be the trivial things which truly don’t matter at the end of the day. It’s important for me to reduce stress and focus on me at this time. I once thought I didn’t need a menial job for now, but sometimes, you have to crawl before you can walk.
Magician → What I desire most at this time is to manifest the perfect career where all my desires come true, and with this card, I know it is possible and within my grasp if I stick to it without distraction.
World → What I don’t know I need happens to be more interactions with the world around me. It’s time I become a productive member of society in getting myself out there more so people notice what I do in my career.
Moon → How I feel about my life altogether? I feel caught in a dream where I need to be awakened sometimes, like I am confused and under the spell of my own sub-psyche, but even though I feel lost and caught in the swings of the mystical sometimes, I know I can pull through as the moon is ever reflecting the light of the sun.
Bazaar → My power source lies in how much I know and what information I can procure. I have at my fingertips a skill or talent which allows me to communicate with the world to obtain my desires. The world is a market and I am a salesman who knows the game of success.
Ring → What will improve my life? Being steadfast to my relationships as is, even for those who have wronged me or recently hurt my feelings. I can’t throw people away over mishaps.. and you can only forgive and work on problems.

The Nine Desires Spread was inspired last night by the many quandaries I’ve had regarding how torn I feel with which direction I really want to take (or should take) with the many opportunities which the universe has presented me.

Real example using the Retromix Lenormand:

  1. Gentlemen  I fear my partnership with my significant other after some private matters have added stress onto my life.
  2. Mountains  What I once wanted but lost probably was the success I was obsessed with regarding my novels, mysticism books, and my Tarot career. It’s sad, but I believe I’ve chosen to focus mostly on my other career in Real Estate.
  3. Lady  A dream I constantly wish would come true is that my friend I lost would grow up and make serious changes in her life. She chose a lifestyle which was incongruent with mine and when I tried to better myself, she didn’t make the transition with me.
  4. House → What I naively feel I need but don’t happens to be the trivial things which truly don’t matter at the end of the day. It’s important for me to reduce stress and focus on me at this time. I once thought I didn’t need a menial job for now, but sometimes, you have to crawl before you can walk.
  5. Magician → What I desire most at this time is to manifest the perfect career where all my desires come true, and with this card, I know it is possible and within my grasp if I stick to it without distraction.
  6. World → What I don’t know I need happens to be more interactions with the world around me. It’s time I become a productive member of society in getting myself out there more so people notice what I do in my career.
  7. Moon → How I feel about my life altogether? I feel caught in a dream where I need to be awakened sometimes, like I am confused and under the spell of my own sub-psyche, but even though I feel lost and caught in the swings of the mystical sometimes, I know I can pull through as the moon is ever reflecting the light of the sun.
  8. Bazaar → My power source lies in how much I know and what information I can procure. I have at my fingertips a skill or talent which allows me to communicate with the world to obtain my desires. The world is a market and I am a salesman who knows the game of success.
  9. Ring → What will improve my life? Being steadfast to my relationships as is, even for those who have wronged me or recently hurt my feelings. I can’t throw people away over mishaps.. and you can only forgive and work on problems.
Psychic Conciseness

Before you begin reading for other people, whether professionally or personally, first make sure that you’re comfortable in your knowledge base of Tarot and your intuitive abilities. By now, you should have a comprehensive understanding of Tarot and you should be able to make use of any resources which will aid you. As a psychic reader, you should be able to not only understand the language of Tarot and your own language with Tarot, but also you must allow others to understand you. Vernacular is defined as a person’s day-to-day vocabulary and way of speaking. It is the words people use and how they use them, especially how they use them wrongly.

Part of one’s vernacular when communicating with almost anyone is to have the practice of conciseness, which is being able to get straight to the point without missing the point. For example.

Question: Will my mother be alright? She fainted at work and had to be rushed home.

Cards: Ace of Cups and the Nine of Swords

Too Little → Your mom will be alright. She just needs rest.

Too Much → Your mom is just fine. She was probably very stressed out about something close to her and her body had to give her some kind of sign to consciously show her that she had to begin taking more care of herself. She seems to have been working herself to the bone, which had an emotional and mental affect on her, which health is in mind, body, and spirit, so the body gave out due to the imbalance of the mind. Spiritually, she will probably begin having imbalances which will throw her into a nervous breakdown if she keeps continuing her stressful ways, which is why the Nine of Swords appeared. She will be completely fine if she just takes everything simply and tries to let things go.

Conciseness → Tell your mother that she’ll be fine if she learns to let go of the worry she’s had regarding something very emotionally close to her— perhaps a lover, a family member, etc. She needs to take up some stress-relief therapies such as hot baths, exercising, or journaling because she shouldn’t bottle things in anymore, which is why she fainted.

Analysis → With too little, the point was completely missed, which was telling the querent what led up to their mother fainting and giving a proper remedy. With too much, the point was drowned in all sorts of irrelevant tangents, that although were true, they were just unnecessary. In giving too much, there are so many pathways to follow from what was said, leaving the querent wondering about everything that was said, such as how she will let things go, what the mind, body, and spirit stuff was, what the stressful things were that caused her to faint, and how she will recover. With being concise, the point was given, which was that she was stressing over something emotionally close to her and a remedy was given with instructions.

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.
Anonymous

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.