Saturday, January 14, 2017

DWQ Wealth and the Lucky Witch release day

Today is the release date for the latest issue of the Denver Wealth Quarterly--Wealth and the Lucky Witch (Imbolc/Ostara 2017).

Get it now at pre-release price. (99 cents USD--regularly $2.99 an issue)

Denver Witch Quarterly is a magazine devoted to paganism, Wicca, witchcraft, magick, and the occult.

In this issue, we explore money, wealth, luck and prosperity, and the magic necessary to obtain such. Also articles on Imbolc and Ostara, as well as editorials about current events in the magical community.

Editorials:
Don't tell me how to vote: Cause I never vote (BHC)
Not a big enough safety pin—MDE

Humor
Totally not a racist (Big Name Occultist)
Seen on the internet: Trump-Pence hair joke

Fiction
[Flash fiction] What do we want—Morgan Drake Eckstein
All Sales Are Final—A. J. Hallows

Poetry
"A Kiss of Bliss, or Misery?"—The Broom Hill Crow
Body of a Goddess—Erin Lale
Blame It on the Wine. Or Kali. Or Both.—Shea Herlihy-Abba
My Parents Don’t Like Kali ‘Cause She Drives a Mustang—Shea Herlihy-Abba

Instructional
Luck--Moon Gazer
Some wealth magic tips--MDE

Rituals
Shining the light on this year’s plantings at Imbolc—Moon Gazer
Ostara’s Plantings—Moon Gazer

Wealth and the Lucky Witch (DWQ Imbolc/Ostara 2017)
 Now available for purchase at the various online ebook retailers. 

Amazon

Apple

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Smashwords

And coming soon to Scribd!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Going to Taco Bell for yummy fried chicken tacos

Breaking News! Taco Bell is going nationwide with a taco with a fried chicken taco shell and avocado ranch sauce....and why is this Breaking News for Fox News?!?

I mean, yeah, I am sure to try it at my local Taco Bell (which doubles as a KFC)--well, provided that they have it (often they don't have stuff)--just like the rest of America is going to try it...because we are all heart attacks waiting to happen...and because it is a FRIED CHICKEN SHELL!!!

But that is hardly Breaking News that Taco Bell has mastered the art of poisoning America with "food." So Fox News, what are you not reporting on while you cover this? Has Trump already started locking up journalists? Are could it be that Fox News is just another entertainment channel? Or is Fox News getting paid big bucks to secretly advertise this delicious taco? Inquiring minds want to know.

Inquiring minds would also like some free tacos...because TACOS!!!

Doesn't that look delicious?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

February birthday installment delayed (Mostly true Astrology)

Decided to kick the Mostly True Astrology February Birthday installment to Feb. 15th (two weeks later) because I am having a cold start on the project. (File under "things writers sometimes have to do to preserve their sanity.")

Born in February--Mostly True February Birthday Horoscopes

Sunday, January 1, 2017

What day is it again?

Planning a Fourth of July BBQ really early in the year?!?
Today's (January 1st) email from some astrology service mentions Fourth of July BBQs....I am guessing that these are randomly selected by a computer and are never looked at by a real life human being before being sent out--so Happy 4th of July unless my calendar is right and it is actually January 1st--in which case, Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Car charms (new item on Khari's Wiccan Treasures)

Khari now has car charms (amulets/talismans) available on her Khari's Wiccan Treasures Etsy page.

The latest car charms that have been completed, including a few moon charms.
Blue pentagram car charm.
Lunar hexagram car charm.
Sunburst hexagram car charm.
Originally, they started out as Christmas and Yule ornaments, then became Wiccan and pagan holiday ornaments. and then I decided that I wanted to hang one in the car--hence the car charm label.

Some of them are priced at $15 USD, and others at $20 USD, plus shipping and handling.

Each charm consists of a ceramic piece, with a design on one side (they are hand-stamped, so it is impossible to do the pattern on both sides), glazed and fired, combined with beads and/or small crystals on a copper wire link, and hang from a ribbon.

Khari also labelled them "prayer charms"--and they have their own little section in her Etsy shop. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Twelve days of Trump Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, President Trump gave to me a bill for a really great wall!

On the second day of Christmas, President Trump gave me two journalists jailed, and a bill for a really great wall!

On the third day of Christmas, President Trump gave me three terrorists tortured, two journalists jailed, and a bill for a really great wall!

On the fourth day of Christmas, President Trump gave me four swamp gators, three terrorists tortured, two journalists jailed, and a bill for a really great wall!

On the fifth day of Christmas, President Trump gave me five golden signs, four swamp gators, three terrorists tortured, two journalists jailed, and a bill for a really great wall!

On the sixth day of Christmas, President Trump gave to me six friends defriending, five golden signs, four swamp gators, three terrorists tortured, two journalists jailed, and a bill for a real great wall!

On the seventh day of Christmas, President Trump gave to me seven Chinese hats, six friends defriending, five golden signs, four swamp gators, three terrorists tortured, two journalists jailed, and a bill for a really great wall!

On the eighth day of Christmas, President Trump gave to me eight millionaire tax breaks, seven Chinese hats, six friends defriending, five golden signs, four swamp gators, three terrorists tortured, two journalists jailed, and a bill for a really great wall!

On the ninth day of Christmas, President Trump gave to me nine bags of Cheeto dust, eight millionaire tax breaks, seven Chinese hats, six friends defriending, five golden signs, four swamp gators, three terrorists tortured, two journalists jailed, and a bill for a really great wall!

On the ten day of Christmas, President Trump gave to me ten atomic bombs, nine bags of Cheeto dust, eight millionaire tax breaks, seven Chinese hats, six friends defriending, five golden signs, four swamp gators, three terrorists tortured, two journalists jailed, and a bill for a really great wall!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, President Trump gave me eleven midnight rage tweets, ten atomic bombs, nine bags of Cheeto dust, eight millionaire tax breaks, seven Chinese hats, six friends defriending, five golden signs, four swamp gators, three terrorists tortured, two journalists jailed, and a bill for a really great wall!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, President Trump gave to me twelve bankers totally in charge, eleven midnight rage tweets, ten atomic bombs, nine bags of Cheeto dust, eight millionaire tax breaks, seven Chinese hats, six friends defriending, five golden signs, four swamp gators, three terrorists tortured, two journalists jailed, and a bill for a really great wall!

Ain't Donald Trump the most winnest Santa Claus ever?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Come to the dark side

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Welcome to the winter solstice (Yule) edition of the Tarot Blog Hop (unless you live in the southern hemisphere or equator zones, in which case--could you please send the sun back this way?).

This time the theme is recieving messages from the Dark Side, looking for hidden messages from the universe, for hidden abundance buried beneath leaf, snow, soil, and the general rubble that we call everyday life. Or as one philosopher put it, "Come to the Dark Side--we have cookies." 

Tree of Life Tarot Spread
One of the Tarot spreads that I use a lot for reading is the Tree of Life spread. It is based on the ten sephiroth (the circles) of the Tree of Life used by some kabbalists. To these ten spheres, there is occasionally added an eleventh sphere to represent the division between the mortal mind and the immortal soul.

In the halls of the Western Mystery Tradition, those schools that descend from the Hermetic schools and the Christian version of the kabbalah, each sephirah has a virtue and a vice. It is said that you cannot summon the positive aspects of the sephiroth without also having the negative aspects also manifest.

As such, I find that one can use the Tree of Life arrangement not only to read the positive influences in a situation or the makeup of a person, but one can also use it to examine the negative influences.

One can either just read the negative by itself, or one can use two cards per sephirah to offset the negative with a positive. I recommend the two card per sephirah, much like the rule of always balancing out a devil with an angel in practical workings.

One: Kether, the crown--the first moment (big bang/creation of the universe); Virtue: Attainment, accomplishment of the Great Work, union with the divine. Traditionally, there is no vice, but I personally read the negative here as things and forces that are preventing perfect union with the divine aspect of the universe.

Two: Chokmah, wisdom--the wheel of the zodiac and the sphere of fixed stars; Virtue: Devotion, piety, respect for the universe and nature. Vice: disregard for nature, and hubris, those moments when your ego tells you that you are bigger and more powerful than the universe, typically this leads the universe to crush you like a bug.

Three: Binah, understanding--Saturn; Virtue: Silence, knowing when not to interfere. Vice: Avarice, hoarding resources--a card here will tell you what you are amassing too much of, the stuff that you should be allowing to circulate instead.

Eleven (note that my count here is based on how correspondence charts of the Tree of Life are numbered): Daath, knowledge. Traditionally, not considered a sephirah, but rather the interaction between Chokmah and Binah, and between the upper three sephiroth and the lower seven. As such, it is not traditionally given a virtue, and is often viewed completely from a negative viewpoint. I use it to determine what a person knows, and what they don't know (but think that they do); it also gives me a strong hint of the concerns of a person when I am doing a reading without knowing the subject of the inquiry.

Four: Chesed, mercy--Jupiter; Virtue: Obedience to the divine will (or as I like to think about it, being willing to be an agent of the universe). Vices: Bigotry, hypocrisy, gluttony, and tyranny--the kingly vices, so to speak--the lies we tell ourselves about how noble and understanding we are when in reality, we are acting like petty children.

Five: Geburah, strength (severity)--Mars; Virtue: Courage and eagerness, pruning away of the dead wood. Vice: Destruction and warlike tendencies, taking of unnecessary revenges, loss of temper. If someone feels insulted by someone, or is reacting to other people unwisely, here is where you can read it.

Six: Tiphareth, beauty--Sun; Virtue: Devotion towards the task of understanding and living in harmony with the universe, being Christ-like. Vice: Pride and ego issues, those situations where one thinks that one is a saint, but is really just a road hazard waiting to happen.

Seven: Netzach, victory--Venus; Virtue: Unselfiness and generosity. Vice: Lust and playing the field, also hungers and addictions.

Eight: Hod, glory--Mercury; Virtue: Honesty. Vice: Dishonesty, including areas where one is lying to oneself. This is an interesting position--often I can tell how a person handles a Mercury retrograde by looking at the card that occupies this position.

Nine: Yesod, foundation--Moon; Virtue: Independence, the ability to self-start. Vice: Laziness, idliness, and what a person keeps putting off and kicking down the road (which sooner or later must be dealt with, but just grows larger the longer one puts off dealing with it).

Ten: Malkuth, kingdom (the material world)--Earth; Virtue: Discrimination, being able to separate the fools from the wise. Vice: Inertia and gulliability, what lies a person will swallow hook, line and sinker, and those issues that nothing short of a disaster a person is willing to deal with.

For those who work the zodiac or the elements, one can expand the idea of this type of reading to take advantage of those ideas using the traditionally agreed-upon positive and negative traits. And if you are accustomed to doing readings using the Opening of the Key (a Golden Dawn Tarot spread), you can even extend it to the thirty-six decans.

Thanks for reading this edition of the Tarot Blog Hop, and consider leaping to another blog in this Hop for other reader's insights into the Dark Side.

And may we all have a better year this 2017. Or at least, more cookies.

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