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New Reading Option in my shop

This is very similar to the two-card readings I offer as one of my monthly Patreon rewards: it’s a simple but effective two-card reading for helping you make a decision. Are you standing at a crossroads right now in some area of your life and not sure which path to take? Or are you facing a major decision and not sure whether to go ahead with it, or do nothing at all? Either way, this is the spread for you! It shows you the likely outcome of two separate options you’re considering, to help make it easier to decide. It can also help break down a single decision you’re facing, by showing the likely outcome if you make that decision and act on it, versus the outcome if you do nothing at all.

Card 1: What will likely happen if I choose option A? (OR, what is the likely outcome if I decide to do this one thing I’m considering and act on it ?)

Card 2: What will likely happen if I choose option B? (OR, what is the likely outcome if I do nothing at all?)

You can order this reading in my shop here, or browse the full selection of readings I’m currently offering here.

Since I’ve been enjoying doing the readings again, I’m also going to be widening the scope of the types of readings I offer in the shop. While I specialize in helping you sort out issues with deities and other spiritual matters, I am fully equipped to seek answers to your questions concerning most areas of life (love, career, relationships, personal development–everything except health and legal matters)–so next week I’ll be adding some additional spreads geared to some of these more mundane concerns.

In the meantime, you can use my Custom Spread option to delve into ANY issue you’d like more information or insight on; it’s a great spread in that you can choose anywhere from 3-6 cards (depending on how many aspects there are to your question and how deep you want to go), with the price varying accordingly.

I know I said I was going to keep my readings centered on spirit work only, but hey, I’m having fun doing readings and I changed my mind. Just remember that all of my readings are geared towards giving you input and advice from the deities, the spirits, your higher self, and the universe in general, to help you move forward in your personal/spiritual development as well as with your goals in life.  So whether the topic is mundane or spiritual, my reading style isn’t fortunetelling; I will never tell you what WILL happen or what you SHOULD do. I point out possibilities, but the power of choice always belongs to you.

Please ALSO note that I’ve lengthened my lead time for readings to 5-7 business days after purchase, simply because while I do love doing readings, I also need to make sure I have time to make more things for the shop, ship orders, do my own personal spiritual stuff, etc.

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“Lucifer” versus Odin: The Aftermath (or, “Pop culture paganism, anyone?”)

I want to pause here, before we go on, and call your attention to two outstanding blog posts from the past week by others who have been through the same sort of spiritual shift or spiritual crisis (depending on your point of view) as I’ve been discussing. Camilla from Foxglove and Firmitas ponders the terrifying, heart-wrenching and wondrous process that occurs when a long-loved god takes Their name away from you, and also points out that some of the gods we love never had names, or have forgotten them and are waiting for us, Their devotees, to learn new ones for Them. Meanwhile, Heather Freysdottir from Where Flowers Grow Amidst the Ashes discusses how some very ancient (and possibly nameless) gods are picking up pop culture names and identities for Themselves to make contact with loved ones They may have no other means of reaching. Both of these posts are relevant to my tale; go and read them if you haven’t already.

I’m especially happy to see Heather blogging again; in fact it was her previous post, about how she and her Lord of Ash had reached their one year anniversary, that spurred me to drag my own trauma out into the light again and re-examine it. Because it served as a sharp reminder that, although we had both been through similar transformations, she had moved on, while I had not; a year later, I was still limping around and trying to cling to a dead past.

But back to my story, because we’re getting to the part some of you probably remember: about a year ago, I began posting to this blog about how Odin had taken the name “Odin” from me and begun calling himself “the Doctor”—and in fact, had also begun wearing the persona and appearance of the 12th Doctor. I knew I wasn’t the only person who had seen similarities between Odin and the 12th Doctor (even the show writers did, apparently; there is a season 9 episode where the Doctor tries to pass himself off as Odin for a bit), and I thought this new guise was simply an example of a shapeshifter…shapeshifting. What I didn’t understand at the time is that Odin had not done any such thing; it was my spirit husband who had adopted this new persona—because (and can you blame him?) he had finally gotten tired of sharing me with canon Odin.

I hardly expected accolades from the polytheist community over this latest revelation (because pop culture paganism is bad enough, but pop culture spirit spousery? the horrors!) but I’m frankly ashamed of how I reacted in the aftermath of it. I backed off. Instead of standing my ground and walking with my Beloved on the new path he had chosen for us, I went on to sweep all of this under the rug by insisting that I was still involved with “Wodan” just as always, and that nothing had really changed. I suppose some of this is down to being human; for fifteen years, I had built my whole identity around being “Odin’s wife,” and it was hard to let that go, even though it now suddenly felt empty and meaningless.

It’s funny what happens when a god moves on and you insist on stubbornly dragging your feet, trying to cling to what used to be: you get left behind. Instead of spending this past year with my Beloved, getting to know his new persona, I’ve spent most of it clinging to an idea of Odin that was no longer relevant or meaningful to me because my Beloved had gone elsewhere. He had abandoned the “Odin” persona and jumped to a different one, leaving actual Odin to his own devices—except, as soon as the link between my spirit husband and canon Odin had been broken, canon Odin no longer exerted the same pull on me. (It also helped that, at some point during this process of detachment, I hit menopause—and just like that, the sexual hold Odin had over me was broken.)

As Heather and Camilla both conclude in the posts linked above, sometimes Old Ones (especially if they have names few humans still recognize, or even names They themselves have forgotten) will take up new names, new personas, to be able to relate to Their devotees. And since we live in a world saturated with novels, TV shows, and movies, sometimes those new personas end up being drawn from pop culture. Because, like it or not, these pop culture personas and their stories are both attractive and relatable to us today—more so, arguably, than 5,000 year old unpronounceable names and half-missing stories preserved in cuneiform, which might be the only surviving evidence of really, really old gods who may still be looking for their former worshipers but have trouble finding them in a world that’s much busier and more complicated than they remember. (“What are any of us looking for? We’re looking for someone who’s looking for us.” – The 12th Doctor, Season 10 Episode 1.)

Remember how I mentioned that, as near as I can tell, even a supposed “old god”identity such as Lucifer might have been originally cobbled together and half made-up by creative humans, sort of the ancient equivalent of a pop culture entity? And yet, whatever Their origin, these sorts of spirits gain power as time goes on, relative to the amount of attention (positive or otherwise) they receive from humans. This is certainly the case with Lucifer; however he began, he has received so much energy and attention from humanity throughout the centuries that now he is an independent entity—and a powerful one at that.

Know who else has received a lot of energy and attention from humans (although, granted, not over as long a time span)? If you guessed Doctor Who you get a gold star, but he’s far from the only example. What about Sam and Dean Winchester? Luke Skywalker? Harry Potter? These sorts of entities, even if completely created by inspired humans out of whole cloth, tend to soak up the adoration and enthusiasm other humans pour into them, until they become, not gods perhaps, but definitely something powerful, something shiny. Shiny enough to attract the attention of an Old God wandering without a name and without a home. And when you combine one of these pop culture egregores with an indwelling ancient (but possibly nameless) god who has chosen to make it his new vehicle, his new home, something very interesting happens: a new god is born. Or, if you prefer, an old god regains the means to walk among his beloved followers again.

“That’s great, Beth,” you might be saying to yourself, or more likely, “That’s weird as shit–but what happens now?” Well, that’s easy: I’m going to do what I should have done a year ago—move on. I’m leaving Odin and the Norse lands behind and migrating to the ancient near east, because not only have I been adopted by a goddess (Asherah) who calls it home, but I think my Beloved originally did as well, before he took on the personas of Lucifer, Odin, or the Doctor. I don’t expect to rediscover him in his original form; I’ve been warned that it may no longer exist as it once was. But I do expect the new sights, sounds, and experiences of that culture to enrich my journey with him.

I’m also embracing the pop culture persona, because that’s the face he’s chosen to wear, but to avoid confusion (because he is not actually the same as the BBC character; he is a very old god wearing that face) when blogging about him publicly I will be referring to him as the Magician. People who’ve watched the 12th Doctor’s run will get the reference, and people who haven’t needn’t concern themselves with figuring it out, because what I call him (other than my Beloved) is, at this point, no big deal. It won’t be his real name anyway, but at least it won’t be the name of someone who tries to take me away from him.

The latest regeneration (hehe, see what I did right there?) of my sacred space/reading table; all Odin content has been removed, the pop culture references are front and center (along with my Lucifer statue, representing our history but also because I still associate him strongly with birds–primarily raptors, but also blue jays to some extent), plus some additions for Asherah (a little handmade statue as a stand-in until I get a better one, a painting of her as the Shekinah, a found dove feather, and a panel representing her Carthaginian incarnation, Tanit). You’ll notice Shiva is staying, not because I syncretize him with my Beloved in any way, but because his arrival in my life was auspiciously timed, and I think he had a hand in my figuring all of this out at last.
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Advice from the Ancestors: A Tarot and Oracle Reading for Consulting with Your Forebears

New in the shop!

In modern paganism, many of us don’t put the same emphasis on consulting with or honoring our ancestors as we do on our relationships with the deities. However, indigenous pagan cultures did things the other way around: they knew it was their ancestors they could count on to watch their backs and give them sound advice and even assistance. Our ancestors (and I am including adopted ancestors here) have a vested interest in our success, because we are the living continuation of their legacy.

This five card reading is for consulting with either a particular ancestor of your choosing, or your ancestral heritage in general if you have no one specific individual in mind.

The reading addresses:

1. The main gift you inherited from your ancestor/s.

2. The main challenge/karmic hurdle they passed down to you.

3. Their hopes for you.

4. A healing message from them.

5. How you can best honor your heritage/their legacy.

You will receive an email with a downloadable pdf of your reading including a clear color photo of your spread. I will email your reading to you within 3-5 business days** of your purchase.

** Important: Please note that I do readings only on M – Th. I will schedule your reading on the next available “reading day,” and will usually let you know within 24 hours of your purchase when I expect to be reading for you.

When purchasing your reading, please include the following in your “note to seller”:

– Your name and email address.
– Any relevant details you can share about the ancestor you are asking about, if you have someone specific in mind.
– The general cultural/geographical background of your ancestry (if you know it) if you don’t have a specific individual in mind.
– Any background information about your spiritual path, practice, and history you would like me to keep in mind while reading.

 

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“Lucifer”? A new god, part two

Before we go on, let me be clear: I no longer believe my spirit companion from childhood (who went on to become my spirit husband) was ever really “Lucifer,” any more than I now believe he was ever really “Odin” (more on that in a bit).

But I do want to note that, whatever your personal or culturally-ingrained opinion of “Lucifer,” he is real for many people. Most people in the Judeo-Christian world, if asked, would say that he definitely exists. Yet after doing some research on the subject, I’m not sure there is a single discrete entity we can point to as the origin of Lucifer, either in the Bible (where the one time most of us think his name was mentioned, it turns out the translation was faulty) or in any of the cultures of the ancient near-east. Most of the Bible’s bogeymen came directly out of Canaanite religion (and were twisted to make them nasty bad guys, of course), but there is no “Lucifer” in the Canaanite pantheon. (And, point of fact, no goddess named “Lilith” either. Lilith was a Babylonian demon the Canaanites warded against.)

So, near as I can tell, when we point to “Lucifer” we are pointing to a very ancient pop cultural construct, made up of bits of a couple of historically recognized deities such as Ba’al Hadad (the Canaanite storm god) and Athtartu (the younger god who briefly and unsuccessfully tried to stand in for the former when he was “dead” for a while), plus some fallen angel types from the Book of Enoch such as Azazel. Lucifer seems to have been cobbled together purely because the ancient Jewish and Christian patriarchs needed a supreme “bad guy.” (So much for monotheism.)

And yet, however he began, cultural belief is a thing, and it could be argued that over the millennia he has certainly evolved into a distinct entity, even if he didn’t start out that way. (I will be bringing this same point up again in part three of this post series, never fear.)

Of course, when my childhood playmate began using the name Lucifer, I didn’t know any of the above. Nor had I been raised to fear that name, or any entity connected with it. I simply accepted it, and moved on.

In fact, when I was a bit older (early twenties) and met someone who seemed to have a familiar spirit similar to my own (she called hers “Ba’al”), I began to relax and enjoy the situation. I was a young woman, but not inclined to date because, frankly, my spirit companion was more interesting than any of the men I encountered. There was definite romantic and sexual tension there, and eventually that evolved into a full-blown romantic relationship. But it was more than just a “romance”; he was my other self, the other half of my soul. And now that I was growing up, I was beginning to realize the full impact of that.

Shortly thereafter, I married my familiar spirit; we took marriage vows to each other. That’s right, I was a spirit spouse at the age of twenty-two or something like that (I forget). Again, I knew nothing about the long historical tradition of witches or shamans marrying spirit familiars, and as for any sort of modern tradition—well, there wasn’t one yet, as far as I knew. (Nor was there an internet, so I was unable to check.)

My vows did not preclude taking a mortal husband, so before too much longer I did (the man I chose was a friend, and I didn’t want to be alone in the adult world of jobs and bills), and had a child too. My connections with the spirit world died down to a low roar while my daughter was growing up—something I think is not too uncommon among spirit workers with small children. (In the meantime, I was also going to college while working full time, so that probably didn’t leave a lot of bandwidth for a complicated spiritual life.) It wasn’t until my daughter was a teen that things started up again in earnest.

When my spirit companion decided to take a central role in my life again, he approached me with yet another new name, and this time that name was “Odin.” There were pragmatic reasons for the name change, of which I knew nothing at the time; my mortal marriage was failing, and his long range plan was to hook me up with my now-wife, who had a familial connection with the Norse gods. But, riddled with guilt that I had basically ditched my relationship with him for the sake of a mundane marriage that was on its way down the toilet, I decided I was going to do better this time. If he wanted to be Odin, I was going to dive into researching and worshiping Odin with everything in me. In fact, before long, I had nearly convinced myself he had ALWAYS been Odin, and had only been masquerading first as a nameless, shapeshifting spirit, and then as Lucifer.

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know exactly how far I went down the “Odin” rabbit hole; I became a practicing seidhrkona because that’s what I thought a witch married to Odin should do. I participated in the heathen community both locally and online, and I wrote reams and reams of material about my life and experiences with “Odin”, in the form of blog posts which eventually gathered quite a following, in addition to a couple of books. (And then there are all the Odin-themed tattoos—not a lot by some people’s standards maybe, but plenty by mine, including the very visible one on my left wrist.)

There was only one problem. Well, there were a few, but the main one was that at some point (fairly early on, I think), the REAL Odin—Big Odin, the actual Power—became aware of what I was doing. And although he also realized all of this devotional fervor wasn’t REALLY aimed at him, and another spirit had a long-standing prior claim on me—well, I WAS using his name, after all, wasn’t I? I didn’t necessarily matter to him as a person, but I did have talents he could make use of, and so—ever the opportunist—he stepped in, and began to fight my Beloved for control of the relationship, and of me.

That’s right, there were TWO of them, two distinct and individual spirits in my life—one who was really Odin, and one (the one I had married) who wasn’t (and who wasn’t really Lucifer either). And, having all but convinced myself that my spirit husband had been “Odin” all along, I had absolutely no defense against the real thing. I also had no explanation as to why I never dreamed about my “god-husband” (except in regard to dream scenarios designed to put me in my place), why although I took to seidhr readily enough the runes never really spoke to me as they did to his “other” devotees, why my experiences seemed so different from the ones everyone around me seemed to be having with him, and why he seemed at times so adoring and devoted to me (when it was, in fact, my actual spirit husband I was dealing with) and at times dismissive of my feelings and almost cruel (when it was actually Odin). Best of all was when my spirit husband would make a promise to me which Odin (who, to be fair, hadn’t really promised me anything) would later break, or when he would tell me something that Odin later made seem to have been a lie. It wasn’t long before I decided I couldn’t trust him—and then we fought about THAT. We fought about many things, actually, because—as I now know, but didn’t then—I was actually dealing with TWO very different People.

And thus, for the next almost-fifteen years, I became a battleground between an old god and a new one.

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Lucifer: A New Myth (part 1?)

Let’s begin at the beginning then, shall we?

A very long time ago, there was a little girl who could–sometimes–see and hear spirits. But the one that came through most clearly for her, and most often, was one who always seemed to be with her. He became a playmate, a companion, a second self. If she’d known the language of such things, she would have called him a familiar. He was, above all, a shapeshifter, which made him great fun to be around, much more entertaining than any of her friends at school.

Time passed, and the girl grew. Her companion grew as well, seeming to always mimic her own age more or less closely. One day, when she was a shy teenager and he was a beautiful, perfect youth with flashing eyes, he began referring to himself as Lucifer. (The girl was used to his habit of taking new names for himself—often from history or fiction–though this would prove an especially enduring one; he kept it for the next two decades, before trading it in for another—Odin–for the following fifteen years.)

A bit of research at the library, and the purchase of a book called “Paradise Lost,” told the girl it was probably not wise to admit to having “Lucifer” for a friend. Still, one day she made the mistake of telling a card reader about him. (Her mother’s friend, a “white witch,” had thought it would be a lark for a group of them, including the girl, to get their fortunes told.) The card reader promptly told her mother the girl was a “Satanist.” Fortunately, the girl’s mother laughed this off. She was Jewish; she didn’t believe in “the Devil.”

But the book the girl had bought said Lucifer was a “fallen angel,” doomed to hell for thinking he was better than God. For the first time ever, the girl began to be wary of her companion.

“No,” Lucifer told the girl, “it isn’t like that.” And this is the story he told.

Once, when he was very young, his Father—who was a very powerful god, so powerful he liked to call himself the “only” god, though his eldest son knew that wasn’t true (he’d had a mother, after all)–decided to create a race of bipedal mammals who were meant to manage and care for the earth, with all its other creatures, when his Father wasn’t around. He based the design for them on a rudimentary type of primate, with some improvements built in—but from the start Lucifer wasn’t sure his Father had thought his project all the way through. For one thing, although these “humans” walked upright and had highly articulated hands that enabled them to manipulate objects in ways other animals could not, they were still little more than hairless apes. They seemed to have the capacity for intelligence, but they had no divine spark—which was what they would need to be able to think, to reason, to feel love and compassion, and most of all to know the difference between good and evil, right and wrong.

“You will worship my new creations, these humans,” his Father proclaimed loftily one day, and all of the other angels—all of Lucifer’s brothers and sisters—hurried to obey.

Only Lucifer objected. “But Father, they are so young! They need our guidance, not our worship.”

His Father’s chin lifted. His eyes narrowed. “I am the Lord thy God, and I have spoken. You are my firstborn, my favorite son; however, you will obey my Word.”

But Lucifer stood his ground, and before long his arguments had convinced a group of his siblings and friends: the new “humans” didn’t need to be worshiped, they needed to be taught. And more than that, they needed to be enlightened. His Father had given them bodies, and the breath and water of life. But they still lacked the most crucial gift of all—the divine fire, that they might see and know themselves and know that they were children of the heavens.

And so they descended, Lucifer—the Lightbearer–and the hosts of heaven. The elder children of Heaven descended to earth, carrying with them the divine fire to inspire and enlighten their younger siblings, the “humans.” And in so descending, they disobeyed their Father and forfeited their places among the angels, but to humans they taught ethics and morals, divine law and compassion, choice and free will, language and thought, how to grow food and keep beasts, how to make clothing and shelter and medicine, how to create beauty, and all of the arts that would come to be known as the hallmarks of “civilization.” And the humans learned, and thrived, and prospered, and in true human fashion eventually came to hate and resent their angelic helpers, forgetting that they had not known these things all along, that they had not learned them all on their own.

But someplace in the heavens, Lucifer’s Father looked on with an enigmatic smile—a smile of pride, and sadness, and loss.

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New: Custom Tarot & Oracle Spread

custom spreadBrand new in the shop: A custom 3, 4, 5, or 6 card reading for those really sticky spiritual situations.

If you’ve read through my other reading options and aren’t sure whether any of them are quite right for your spiritual situation, this is the spread for you! With this listing, you tell me what’s going on with you and what you need to know, and I’ll work with you to come up with a spread that’s custom-made for your concerns. Choose between 3, 4, 5, or 6 cards for your reading (make your selection via the drop down box to the right).

You will receive an email with a downloadable pdf of your reading including a clear color photo of your spread. I will email your reading to you within 3-5 business days of your purchase.

When purchasing your reading, please include the following in your “note to seller”:

– Your name and email address
– Your main concern/question/s that you would like the reading to address. (If you aren’t sure, describe the situation and we will work on the questions together.)
– Any background information about your spiritual path, practice, deity or spirit relationships or spiritual situation thus far that you would like me to keep in mind while reading.

ABOUT ME & MY APPROACH TO THE CARDS

Beginning in 2005 and continuing for about seven years, I undertook intensive training in oracular seidhr, otherwise known as Northern Tradition trance work and prophecy. This work is aimed not at predicting the future as such, but instead at propitiating and receiving input from the deities. As a result of this training (and my experiences providing this service to the community, which for the first few years I did at no charge), my own working definition of divination does not have to do with making psychic predictions or fortunetelling, or even with reading the cards as a method of “self help,” but instead concerns petitioning the Divine for input into our lives and our progress, especially in regard to spiritual and religious pursuits. If you are a “hard polytheist” to any degree, this would involve my seeking messages on your behalf from individual polytheist deities. If you are a pantheist, nontheist, or anything else along that end of the spectrum, it may involve helping you seek answers from, and communion with, the divine as it resides within you.

Despite whatever degree of deity input comes through in my intuitive reading of your cards, I hold firmly to the concepts of free will and personal choice. Whatever a deity may say, imply, or not say, I will not ever tell you what you “should” do or what “will” happen; all power of choice remains with you.

I read your cards in a ritual setting within my sacred space, often in a semi-trance state, taking notes by hand that I later type up to send to you. For this reason, the wordage length of your particular reading can vary. (Some messages and concepts require more words to communicate, others far fewer.)

POLICY AND ETHICS:

– Everything we discuss in connection with your reading is completely confidential and stays between us.

– I will not read for questions concerning health, legal matters, or any other issue that I deem better handled by a licensed professional.

– While I love feedback, I am unable to provide additional insight or clarity on readings for free. Please contact me to purchase a custom clarification reading if you feel more information is needed.

– I reserve the right to decline a reading and refund payment for any reason.

– I am unable to offer a refund for readings that do not deliver the outcome you expected or desired.

– I will not perform readings concerning the thoughts and feelings of a third person. (In this case, I mean specifically a human person other than yourself who has not consented to having their cards read.)

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Further Notes on the New Incense Blends, plus an FYI

Ok, guys! In response to a question I was asked earlier about these blends, I’ve made the names a little more general (most of them are now less gender-specific, so they they could apply more or less equally to gods or goddesses) in addition to fleshing out the scent descriptions to give you a better idea of Who they might be best suited for. Of course, if you still have questions, feel free to ask! I do want to stress, though, that the exact name attached to a scent blend is simply a label; getting an idea of the different notes favored by various gods and spirits is a better guide–so hopefully the additional notes will help, there! Also, when you get right down to it, any incense can be a suitable offering if your mind and heart are in the right place.

Dark Presence: myrrh, galangal, patchouli, black pepper, lavender

This is a moody dark floral with an edge, perfect for deities such as the Morrigan, Hekate, Persephone, and Kali. Also great for the dark moon; not super-feminine, so will work for dark gods, too!

Queen of Heaven: jasmine, amber, spikenard, myrrh

Exotic florals and rich syrupy esins for deities such as Asherah, Hera, Isis, and Frigga; may also be enjoyed by goddesses of passion, love and beauty such as Freyja and Aphrodite

Father of All: juniper, sandalwood, cedar, frankincense

Sacred woods and resins for deities such as Odin, Zeus, and any other “head of pantheon” types.

Storm Winds: peppermint, lavender, camphor, clove

Mint, spice, and a touch of ozone for deities such as Odin, Thor, and Baal, although anyone who enjoys causing trouble (Loki? Hermes?) might also take to this scent.

Healing Waters: ylang ylang, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender

Aquatic and soothing notes for watery or oceanic deities, such as Poseidon, Manannan, Ran, or Aphrodite; also for healing deities such as Brigid, Eir, and Aesclepius.

Hunter: galangal, fir, peppermint, spearmint

Fierce mints and woodsy notes for Artemis, Skadi, and other goddesses of the hunt and the forest; will work for gods of the hunt such as Ullr, too!

Dweller in the Green: juniper, fir, cedar, patchouli

Earthy, foresty, and green, ideal for Cernunnos, Pan, and other gods of the wild places; also gods and goddesses of fertility and the land, such as Freyr and Nerthus

Archangel: frankincense, lemon, camphor, peppermint

An ethereal yet slightly haughty scent for Lucifer and his kith and kin–both fallen and otherwise

Memento Mori: galangal, myrrh, amber, black pepper

Dark resins and spices for deities of death and the underworld, such as Hel, Hades, and Persephone; also for honoring your ancestors)

Hearth & Home: blood orange, cinnamon, clove, frankincense

Juicy sun-kissed fruit combined with spice and sacred resin, perfect for deities of the hearth such as Hestia and Brigid, and for gods who adore spicy notes, such as Loki; also a great scent for kitchen witches)

Lastly, a quick FYI: as my matron goddess is Asherah, I have begun observing Shabbat, which in my case means that I am not available for readings, answering Etsy convos, or working on the store in general from sundown on Friday through sundown on Saturday, each week. (Why yes, it IS getting a little Jewitchy around here. Which definitely makes my grandmother happy.) Just something to keep in mind, and I will post it on the front page of my shop as a reminder!

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Incense is Back!

Incense is back in my Etsy shop! (Yes, there are some scent sensitivity issues in my household, but my wife and I figured out a way that I could keep offering a limited number of scent blends.)
Introducing my all-new line of signature blends. These are premium pressed charcoal incense sticks, hand dipped by me in the finest pure essential oils with love and positive energy in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. All incense is made just for you after your order is placed.
Scent blends available right now (subject to change due to availability of ingredients and popularity in the store):
Dark Goddess: myrrh, galangal, patchouli, black pepper, lavender (for deities such as the Morrigan, Hekate, Persephone, and Kali)
Queen of Heaven: jasmine, amber, spikenard, myrrh (for deities such as Asherah, Hera, Isis, and Frigga)
Father God: juniper, sandalwood, cedar, frankincense (for deities such as Odin, Zeus, and any other “head of pantheon” types)
Storm God: peppermint, lavender, camphor, clove for deities such as Odin, Thor, and Baal)
Healing Waters: ylang ylang, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender (for watery or aquatic deities, such as Poseidon, Manannan, Ran, or Aphrodite; also for healing deities such as Brigid, Eir, and Aesclepius)
Huntress: galangal, fir, peppermint, spearmint (for Artemis, Skadi, and other goddesses of the hunt and the forest)
Green Man: juniper, fir, cedar, patchouli (for Cernunnos, Pan, and other gods of the wild places)
Archangel: frankincense, lemon, camphor, peppermint (for Lucifer and his kith and kin–both fallen and otherwise)
Memento Mori: galangal, myrrh, amber, black pepper (for deities of death and the underworld, such as Hel, Hades, and Persephone; also for honoring your ancestors)
Hearth & Home: blood orange, cinnamon, clove, frankincense (for deities of the hearth such as Hestia and Brigid; also a great scent for kitchen witches)
divination · wytch of the north shop

Readings are Back!

Tarot and oracle readings are once again available in my Etsy shop, but I am offering only a limited number of reading options, all of which are strictly deity and spirit oriented. (So, I’m not the reader for you if you want to know when you’ll be in a romantic relationship or if you’ll get a raise.)

ALSO, I fully reserve the right to pull any or all of them from the shop periodically whenever I (or They) feel that I need a break. 🙂

Here’s what’s available now:

deity id

This six card reading is the one to pick if you suspect a deity is lurking around, trying to make inroads into your life, but you aren’t quite sure exactly WHO They are. In addition to my interpretation of your cards, I will also provide you with a short list of deity names who I see as the “best matches” for the evidence supplied by the reading. This will give you some places to begin your research, and from there you should be able to put together the clues and find your answer.

(If you already know who you’re dealing with–or have a pretty good idea–and you want to know more about what you can expect from the relationship, OR you need to sort out some issues with a deity you’re been working with for a while, choose my Deity Communication spread instead.)

The reading addresses:

1. What culture, pantheon, or part of the world your deity is from. (I use my own custom-designed deck for this part of the reading.)

2. A trait associated with this deity that most people find challenging or intimidating.

3. A trait associated with this deity that is generally regarded as appealing or beneficent.

4. The deity’s sphere of power in the human world.

5. An animal or symbol associated with this deity.

6. Omens and signs to look for that point towards the deity’s presence.

deity communication

This six card reading is for taking a look at where you stand with a deity you’ve just started working with, or checking in with a more familiar deity to make sure the relationship and your work together are still on track. (If you’re dealing with a new deity in your life and you have no idea who they are, you may want to try my Deity ID spread first to get some clues to their identity, and then move on to this one if you need more information.)

Sometimes when a new deity shows up in our lives we aren’t quite clear on their identity, or if we know who they are we might wonder why they’re around, what they want from us, and what the relationship will bring to our spiritual path. OR, we can know a deity for years but suddenly feel out of touch, and wonder if we’re still making progress on our path with them. This reading is designed to address all these questions. It will help you sort through any confusion you might be experiencing, reveal the major lessons and challenges the deity wants you to take on, and offer constructive advice and clarity regarding how to proceed on your devotional path.

The reading addresses:

1. Which aspect of the deity you are dealing with currently.

2. What the nature of your relationship with them will be.

3. What they want from you.

4. How you can best accomplish this.

5. What you need to understand or accept about this deity for the most constructive and positive relationship.

6. What you need to avoid doing to stay on good terms with this deity.

spirit guide

This five card reading is for you if you suspect you have a spirit guide looking over your shoulder but you’d like to know more about them so you can work with them more productively, OR if you’d really like a spirit guide and are hoping someone will step forward to work with you. (This reading will help you figure out who might be out there for you and how you can get in touch with them.)

The reading addresses:

1. Who is this spirit? (traits/personality, etc.)

2. What are you here to teach me?

3. How can I be more open to receiving your guidance?

4. What are your spheres of influence? (What kind of help are you best at giving?)

5. What will be the outcome of our relationship?

bookofmirrors

Maybe you feel like there might be something missing from your practice but you just can’t put your finger on what it could be. OR maybe you just like to check in with your deities or with Spirit from time to time–via the cards–to make sure you’re still on the right path and getting all you can from your practice. Either way, this three card reading is for you!

The reading addresses:

1. What is the current state of my practice?

2. How can I maximize my progress?

3. What pitfalls do I need to avoid that may hinder my growth?

message

Sometimes all we really need is a signpost to show us we’re still going along the right path, a little nugget of encouragement or validation, or, conversely, a gentle kick in the pants to turn us around and get us straightened up if we’ve wandered off the path. This one card reading offers a short and sweet message from the spirit world especially for you.

With any of the above reading options, you will receive an email with a downloadable pdf of your reading including a clear color photo of your spread. I will email your reading to you within 3-5 business days of your purchase. (I only do readings M – F.)

ABOUT ME & MY APPROACH TO THE CARDS

Beginning in 2005 and continuing for about seven years, I undertook intensive training in oracular seidhr, otherwise known as Northern Tradition trance work and prophecy. This work is aimed not at predicting the future as such, but instead at propitiating and receiving input from the deities. As a result of this training (and my experiences providing this service to the community, which for the first few years I did at no charge), my own working definition of divination does not have to do with making psychic predictions or fortunetelling, or even with reading the cards as a method of “self help,” but instead concerns petitioning the Divine for input into our lives and our progress, especially in regard to spiritual and religious pursuits. If you are a “hard polytheist” to any degree, this would involve my seeking messages on your behalf from individual polytheist deities. If you are a pantheist, nontheist, or anything else along that end of the spectrum, it may involve helping you seek answers from, and communion with, the divine as it resides within you.

Despite whatever degree of deity input comes through in my intuitive reading of your cards, I hold firmly to the concepts of free will and personal choice. Whatever a deity may say, imply, or not say, I will not ever tell you what you “should” do or what “will” happen; all power of choice remains with you.

I read your cards in a ritual setting within my sacred space, often in a semi-trance state, taking notes by hand that I later type up to send to you. For this reason, the wordage length of your particular reading can vary. (Some messages and concepts require more words to communicate, others far fewer.)

POLICY AND ETHICS:

– Everything we discuss in connection with your reading is completely confidential and stays between us.

– I will not read for questions concerning health, legal matters, or any other issue that I deem better handled by a licensed professional.

– While I love feedback, I am unable to provide additional insight or clarity on readings for free. Please contact me to purchase a custom clarification reading if you feel more information is needed.

– I reserve the right to decline a reading and refund payment for any reason.

– I am unable to offer a refund for readings that do not deliver the outcome you expected or desired.

– I will not perform readings concerning the thoughts and feelings of a third person. (In this case, I mean specifically a human person other than yourself who has not consented to having their cards read.)

videos

Tour of my new sacred space!

I’ve been gone from YouTube for a while, so this video is my “icebreaker” for easing back into my channel. I plan on being a lot more present there in the future, with videos about my “new” path, my evolving practice, my shop, and all manner of witchy topics as inspiration strikes me. Love to all, and many blessings!