New Tarot Bags in the Shop!

My new Tarot bags are 100% cotton and fully lined. They feature a squared-off bottom to keep your deck cozy and cushioned, and the drawstring ties match the lining fabric and close securely to hold your deck safe inside.

Length 7.25″, Width 5″

Sized to fit a standard Tarot deck; the deck shown is 5″ x 3″. But it will probably hold slightly larger decks, too.

You can get them here; more to come (I plan on making a whole bunch of these)!

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Luna Steps Up (please help)

20180717_121904In the wake of the passing of our beloved Corbie J, our 12 year old Persian cat Luna has stepped up as the medically needy member of our fur family: in the past five weeks, we’ve had to spend a total of $500 + on vet expenses for her (first for an anal gland abscess, and then yesterday for a severe skin infection due to flea allergy).

Friends, we are barely treading water here. In June 2019, I need to be able to fly back east (solo, as we can’t afford two round trip air fares, and someone needs to stay here with Molly) for my daughter’s wedding–so not only keeping our heads above water but being able to put money away for that is imperative. I’m in the process of making some new items for the store, but in the meantime if you’d like to help here’s how you can:

    1. Become a Patreon supporter: find out about the details and accompanying rewards here
    2. If you can’t manage a monthly pledge, please consider making a donation (button below and in my sidebar; it’s going to say “Donate to Fiberwytch”–that’s me; some of you will remember that used to be my shop name).

Either way, Luna thanks you for it! (And so do we!)

 

Herbal Spotlight: Butterfly Pea Flowers

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These beautiful blue blooms give my new High Priestess tea its mystical purple color when brewed, but I’m betting many people haven’t heard of them yet! They’re only a recent discovery for me.

Commonly known as Asian pigeonwings (and also by their Latin name Clitoria ternatea—because of the flower’s resemblance to the female genitalia), these gorgeous flowers are actually a member of the pea family (Fabaceae). They are native to tropical Asia, Thailand, and Malaysia, but have been grown successfully in Africa, Australia, and America. In southeast Asia, they are widely used as a natural food coloring, lending a blue or purple (when lemon or other fruit acid is added) color to rice, drinks, and desserts.

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But there’s more to these flowers than just their looks! In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, they are known for their memory enhancing, nootropic (cognitive function-enhancing), antistress, anti-anxiety, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, tranquilizing, and sedative properties.** All of these qualities (in addition to the color) contributed to making them the perfect choice for a tea honoring the High Priestess, the Tarot’s super-chill keeper of secrets, knower of knowledge, and mistress of mysticism.

So, what do they taste like? Brewed on their own, they have an earthy flavor not unlike green tea. But combined with the other ingredients in my High Priestess tea (green rooibos, pear, pomegranate, and) blanched almonds) you get a deliciously sweet-tart fruity brew that’s perfect for relaxing over on a lazy summer day. (It’s delicious iced, too!)

** Legal stuff: statements not evaluated by the FDA, blah blah blah.

Introducing Tarot Tea Blends

My first two Tarot Tea Blends are now available in the shop! This will be a continuing series.

the empress

A delectable strawberry rose rooibos dusted with golden calendula blossoms.

Inspired by the energies of the Tarot Major Arcana card The Empress:

creativity
abundance
fertliity
passion
nurturing
feminine power

Drink when you want to invite abundance into your life, when you want to create art, when you want to love passionately, when you want to stand in your power as the Queen you are.

the high priestess

Almond-scented green rooibos with pomegranate and pear, plus butterfly pea flowers to produce a mystical purple brew!

Inspired by the energies of the Tarot Major Arcana card The High Priestess:

intuition
clairvoyance
wisdom
psychic energy
hidden knowledge
dreams
going within

Drink when you want to develop your intuition or psychic powers, or to aid in the understanding and retention of arcane studies. A wonderful brew to accompany rituals, dream work, and journaling.

Each bag contains enough tea for 20 cups using 1 tsp of tea per 8 oz boiling water.

You can find them here.

 

About my Lunar Letters, plus a couple of changes coming to my Patreon rewards

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First off, the Lunar Letter for July’s new moon in Cancer is up on the Patreon blog for $1 supporters, and the corresponding Tarot spread is up for $5 supporters.

Starting in August, these two rewards will be swapping places: patrons at the $1 level will get the Tarot spread, access to any Patreon-only posts, plus (this is a new perk) access to a one-card energy reading post for each new and full moon). Patrons at the $5 level will get all of the above plus the Lunar Letters. Since everyone’s already been charged for July, these changes will not go into effect until August 1st.

All other rewards are staying the same.

Regarding the lunar letters, writing them has started to feel like I’ve fallen into an astrological pothole, and one thing has become abundantly clear to me: I am not an astrologer. So, beginning with the new one I just posted, you’ll see them becoming less astro-heavy and more witchy, because I finally feel like I’m getting my witchy mojo back. (I may even go back and rewrite the older ones along these lines, eventually, because it occurs to me this series might make a nifty little e-book.)

Altar Update!

As mentioned in a recent post, my altar table has been converted to a desk (and just this week, also to a sewing table), and my altar has been relocated to a bookshelf (where it actually used to reside years ago). The only drawback to this arrangement is that it doesn’t allow for burning candles on my altar (incense, though, is fine) because it might scorch the upper shelf—but that’s a minor issue for me, as I can always light them on my desk or elsewhere.

Here is my current setup, featuring the altar cloth I made for myself today using my new sewing machine:

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As you can see, the space is divided between Odin and Lucifer, with Asherah taking up the central position. And I’m feeling as though Asherah needs to be central because She is acting as a kind of mediatrix between the two. (Her presence implies the presence too of Her husband, El/Ilu/YHVH, by the way—but the latter is traditionally not represented in artwork, so I’ve left this as an implication for now.)

Increasingly, I’ve been seeing parallels between Odin + Frigg and El/YHVH + Asherah (tribal war god married to domesticity goddess who spins and dwells by the sea, god of wisdom married to goddess of marriage and the family—there are many similarities)–so where does this leave Luce? I’ve always seen Him as a son of YHVH and Asherah; in the older Canaanite tradition that preceded monotheistic Judaism, the children of El/Ilu and Asherah/Athiratu are the 72 angels. There is also the obvious temptation to try to fit Him into a Loki-type role, but Loki has never been central to my spiritual life, and I’m trying to resist my Virgo tendency to want to make all of the puzzle pieces fit together neatly. It’s funny; since going back to doing readings for other people, I’ve been feeling more relaxed about my own spirituality. It’s okay if there are gaps. It doesn’t have to all make sense; this is my spiritual experience, not a college essay.

You might also have noticed that there are Tarot decks in front of the images of Odin and Lucifer. These are decks that technically “belong” to each of these deities (although I am allowed to use them in readings for others, too). Due to its name and dark imagery, I had initially thought the Darkness of Light would be Lucifer’s, but it feels more like Odin to me. On the other hand, Luce has claimed the Star Tarot—a frothy, celestial deck heavy with cosmic imagery. Which might seem bizarre but actually makes sense considering the version of Lucifer I seem to have, who I suspect is post-redemptive and who encourages me to work with angels rather than demons.

Of course, all of the above means Asherah still needs a deck. There are a few I’m considering, but I haven’t made up my mind yet.

Current reading: The Book of Fallen Angels, by Michael Howard (review when I’m finished).