Tasseomancy is a form of divination or fortune-telling where you read the tea leaves left in the bottom of a cup of tea. Tasseomancy originated in the Middle Ages stemming from ceroscopy (scrying using melted wax in cold water) and molybdomancy (scrying using molten metal in water) In the 17th century, the West Dutch Indies merchants introduced tea from the Orient. Tea drinking became a popular custom which gave … Continue reading Divination: Tasseomancy, or Reading Tea Leaves
A Book of Shadows is a spiritual journal in which you record your spiritual journey. In the 1950’s, Gerald Gardner introduced the Book of Shadows (aka BOS) to his coven. It was his personal book of spells, rituals, etc. The people in his coven were allowed to copy his BOS and take it as their own, adding to it and subtracting from it as they … Continue reading What is a Book of Shadows?
This is just a quicky. I’ve actually been sick for the last week and am now a wee bit behind on the blogs so I wanted to get this one out really quick. An Amulet is used for protection from danger, whether physical, emotional, spiritual or mental. If you wear a black tourmaline stone around your neck for protection, that is an amulet. Another example … Continue reading The Difference Between an Amulet and a Talisman
There are many tools that can be used in magical workings. Bells, drums, incense holders, robes, etc. all have their place in the circle, but there are 4 that are used in traditional ceremonies more often than the others. These 4 are the Wand, Athame, Cup/Chalice and Pentacle. Each of these 4 tools comes with its own set of correspondences, but I’m going to be … Continue reading Magical Tools
Mandrake Root Before anything else, I’d like to point out that this plant is poisonous. Atropa mandragora Formerly- Mandragora officinalis Other names European Mandrake, Mandragora, Mandrake, Mandrake Apple, Pome Di Tchin, Satan’s Apple, herb of Circe, witches mannikin, sorceror’s root, main-de-gloire, hand of glory, mangloire Description It has large, broad leaves that emerge directly from the base in a circular cluster. Flowers appear each on a … Continue reading Herb of the Month
Meditating with Earth can be as simple as sitting outside under a tree or as strenuous as spelunking into the deepest caves. My favorite way to meditate with the Earth Element is to go outside and sit with my back against a tree. I close my eyes, place my hands upon the earth and dig my fingers in. I imagine all of the day’s drama, … Continue reading Elemental Earth Meditation
Moonstone This is one of those stones that I love to hold. It’s energy is so gentle and peaceful. The feminine energy just flows right out of it. It’s perfect for Moon work and Goddess work. Stone of New Beginnings As the name suggests, Moonstone is strongly connected to moon and to intuition as well. It is also first and foremost a women’s stone, directly … Continue reading Crystal of the Month