This week I filmed my first impressions of the Fin de Siècle Kipper cards you Ciro Marchetti. I am contemplating doing an October Kipper Challrnge called Octkipper. I'm new to Lipper cards and thought it might be a good way we could all learn the cards together.
I also got caught up with weekly YouTube Pagan challenge. Below are my thoughts on Ley lines, chakras and the symbolism of light.
I hope you join me in October learning Kipper cards!
Last weekend I attended a mini workshop about fairies at a metaphysical centre called Divine Clarity. I already work with and honour the fairy folk in my spiritual practice, but was interested to see what someone else's take was. While I didn't learn anything particularly new, it was nice to talk about the subject with others of like mind and take in another perspective. Below is a quick overview of a little bit my take on the wee folk.
Fairies is a both a broad term and a specific term. Broadly it refers to naturee spirits who watch over plants, the earth, water bodies, mountains and wild places. Much like spirit guides and angels watch over animals and humans, fairies watch over the plant and earth realm. These nature spirits are called different things by various cultures. Countries with a Celtic background refer to them as fairies, while those with a Germanic background use terms like elves or dwarves and gnomes, in Japan they are yokai and in Spain duende. Every culture has stories of these nature spirits, just with different names and tales specific to their area.
Specifically fairies are a term for what is often seen as small winged spirits connected to plants. Everything from flowers, herbs and bushes - they watch over plants of all kinds. They prefer wild places, but will hang around gardens too. They especially love gardens that have a bit of a wildness to them and are not overly manicured.
My mother grew up in England where she was often told to watch for the fairies at the bottom of the garden. Fairies are not necessarily the benign creatures of Victorian lore. Just like people some are nicer than others. Some are helpful, and some have less good intentions. Many are mischievous and like to misplace things on people. It is important to remember that they are plant spirits, so their agendas are different from ours.
Specifically fairies can be divided into the Seelie and Unseelie court. The Seekie court is connected more to flowers, herbs and gardens and they are mischievous but generally benign to people. The Unseelie court is connected to forests, bogs and swamps and can be malevolent towards people. It is understandable that they would not want people disturbing their homes. We have had a history of disturbing and destroying those places, so it can be understood why they are unhappy with us.
There are also trooping and solitary fairies. Trooping fairies are groups of fairies who wander about the countryside and sometimes form settlements. People sometimes have sighted them dancing or walking in groups.There are also solitary fairies who live on their own and are not connected to a group.
Pixies are small childlike fairies, usually without wings, often wearing green and with pointy ears. Pixies are known for being mischievous troublemakers. They are particularly associated with the areas of Cornwall and Devon. They watch over the moorlands, barroes and stone circles. They apparently do not get on well with other fairies.
Sprites are elemental spirits associated with air, fire and water. They are often seen as small wispy beings of light. They have a wispy translucent nature to them. They are associated with open meadows and small bodies of water.
This week's main astrological event is the lunar eclipse in Pisces on Friday Sept.16. This is the end of eclipse season which started back in March. Any changes you have started to make this spring, will start to manifest their results as we move towards the end of this season.
We also have a couple of aspects with Uranus this weekend which can lead to unusual and unexpected events in our love life.
And of course we are still in a Mercury retrograde. Make for extra time when traveling, expect delays and double check any fine print.
Lunar Eclipse in Pisces - Sept.16, 2016
A lunar eclipse is a time of change and for reassessing relationships and our emotional state. Projects started at the solar eclipse on Sept.1 will start to show results now.
This lunar eclipse, the moon is in the dreamy sign of Pisces. We will be affected by others emotions and willing to compromise. We may be too sensitive though and take on others feelings and concerns as our own. Be careful not to abuse alcohol or drugs in an attempt to shut off the sensitivity as this will only make things worse. There is also the danger that mental illnesses may become more active at this time.
It is a good time for those in the public eye, as they can better tap into the public mindset and emotions now. It can be used though to manipulate people.
Those with their sun or moon sign in Pisces or Cancer will be most affected by the lunar eclipse.
Sun in Virgo Conjunct Mercury in Virgo - Sept.12, 2016
Sun and Mercury join forces on Monday to help us get organized. We are more focused and want to get our routine and health regimes in order. Mercury in Virgo makes us more cautious and enables us to think things through. The sun in Virgo puts the emphasis on our health and routines. If you are thinking about starting a new diet or exercise routine. This is a great day to do it.
This is also a great day for business deals and contract negotiations. As we are in a Mercury retrograde, make sure to look at the fine print.
Those whose Sun sign is in Virgo, Gemini or Leo will be most affected by this.
Sun in Virgo square Mars in Sagittarius - Sept.13, 2016
The Sun forms a challenging aspect with Mars on Tuesday. We may get into conflicts with those in authority, particularly males. Don't try to force your will on others as it will only backfire. Others may try to impose their will on you as well. It's better to back down right now and try to compromise another day. This is also a day to be wary of accidents. It is better to counteract this energy by exercising if you feel agitated, rather than getting into arguments with others.
Those with their sun sign in Leo, Virgo, Aries and Sagittarius will be most affected by this.
Mercury in Virgo square Mars in Sagittarius - Sept.12, 2016.
This is not a good day for making sudden decisions. We may feel irritated and be trmpted to take it out on others, but this would be unwise. We are apt to act rashly and say things we don't mean. Avoid debating politics as it is likely to get heated.
Those with their sun sign in Virgo, Gemini, Aries or Sagittarius are most affected by this.
Venus in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries - Sept.18, 2016
Relationships that are on shaky ground may fall apart at this time. If there are serious tensions or conflicts in your relationship, a sudden event may put it to the test. Sudden breakups or separations may occur.
If your relationship is strong, there is no need to worry, just avoid any conflicts over petty things.
If you are looking for a new relationship, any that start at this time will be unusual and short lived.
Those with sun signs in Libra, Taurus, Aries or Aquarius will be most affected by this.
Mars in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries - Sept. 17, 2016
This is a great day to break routine and try something new or take a risk. You'll be surprised what unusual opportunities come up on this day. If you go with the flow synchronicities are more likely to appear now. If there a new exercise you want to try or you are starting an unusual business this is a great day to get things started.
Any romance that starts now will be unusual and passionate but not long lasting.
Below is the weekly card reading. Check out the weekly forecast for your sign.
This week, it felt good to get back into routine again. I was ill over the Labour Day long weekend, which was not fun, but it did force me to lie down and rest. I napped, read books and watched a James Bond marathon. I have to say my favourite are the Roger Moore years. I love ridiculous Bond movies complete with elaborate lairs for villains and epic ski and boat chases.
On Tuesday it was back to routine. The summer is over and the kids started back to school Wednesday. It's my favourite time of year again - autumn (and the Christmas season too). Below is a list of some of my favourite things about fall.
1. Back to school supplies
I'm not just talking about for the kids here. There's something about this time of year that makes me want to get new pens, journals and stationary supplies. Maybe it's years of schooling, but there's still a kid in me that loves a fresh new notebook and the sense of possibility it brings.
2. Pumpkin everything!
Yes it's cliche but I really do love pumpkin. I got my first pumpkin spice latte yesterday and it was a lovely treat. I look forward to pumpkin muffins, cookies, pies and other treats that this time of year brings. And not just the food, I love all the pumpkin scented candles, soaps and lotions too.
3. Fall leaves
There is only a little bit of colour right now, but that will change in the next few weeks. I love all the reds, oranges and yellows. It's nice too the sound of the leaves under foot and the scent of them in the air. It doesn't last long, but it's beautiful for those few weeks of transition before we get into winter.
4. Fall clothing
I love putting on jackets and boots again. This year I got a new pleather jacket and new boots. Finding black knee high boots was a bit of a challenge as short booties are all the rage right now. I did manage to get a decent pair. I'm fussy about my boots. They have to be just right, I like a chunky heel, that's not too high, and the boot should not slouch or be too pointy in the toe. I wear them a lot so they have to be something I love.
Besides boots and jackets I love scarves and sweaters. It's so nice to be able to layer again.
5. Halloween themed items
This is a great time of year for the spooky inclined to pick up some darker themed clothes, and household items. Michaels has some great household things like candle holders, cups and pillows. You can even find things at regular mainstream stores with bats, ghosts, black cats etc on them. And don't forget stores like Spirit Halloween to really get into the spirit of things.
In Canada Thanksgiving is the second Monday of October (in the US it's the last Thursday of November). It's a great way to celebrate fall with a large turkey dinner, pumpkin pie and getting together with family and friends. It's a time to be thankful for the bounty of the earth and all the wonderful things in our lives.
The next celebration of fall is my second favourite holiday (Christmas is my fave). I love the decorations, costumes and candy. It's fun seeing kids and adults get into the spirit of things. I love carving a pumpkin with the kids (well it's really me that does most of it), roasting pumpkin seeds and giving out treats to the trick or treaters. It's also a sacred day for me as a Wiccan. It's a time to remember our loved ones on the other side and is considered a spiritual new year for many witches.
8. Halloween candy
Okay, I had to make this its own category. One of the perks of handing out candy to the kids trick or treating is eating the left overs. You can get large boxes of mini chocolate bars which can be dangerous. It's so deceptive as they are so small it's easy to eat so many. I do love all the seasonal candy that comes out including the marshmallow ghosts pictured above.
9. Great television and movies
With Halloween coming, spooky shows increase on the tele. I'm a hugs fan of paranormal type shows so this is a great time of year for me. I'm not a big horror fan, but if you are, this is a great time of year for you too. There are favourite movies for me at this time of year, like The Craft, Practical Magic, Sleepy Hollow, and a Nightnare Before Christmas.
10. The days are getting darker
As we move into the darker half of the year, I love lighting candles and being cozy. While there are those who feel more down during this time, I am the opposite. I love having more of an evening again. There something cozy and comforting at this time. I love getting out the candles, making comfort food like chili and shepherds pie and curling up in blankets. I also feel more creative and focused during this time of year.
I thought I would do a weekly update of the transits going on the stars. For those of you unfamiliar with astrology, transits refer to whats going on with the planets in the sky right now and the aspects they are making to each other. These aspects are affecting everyone, to a greater or lesser affect. How much it affects you depends on your own personal chart.
Mercury in Virgo
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo Aug.30 - Sept. 22, 2016
This week starts with us in squarely in a Mercury retrograde. This retrograde should not be as hard as most others, due to some positive aspects and qualities. The first is that Mercury is in its home sign of Virgo. Mercury rules transportation and communication, and in Virgo it takes on a more cautious tone. People are more careful to plan and organize things and take care of details. While Mercury retrogrades can be notorious for communication breakdowns, travel delays, and lost items, the Virgo tendencies toward caution can help lessen these effects.
When the retrograde started, Mercury was conjunct with Jupiter in Virgo and Venus in Libra. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and luck. In the sign of Virgo it encourages us to be patient. I think that this holds some of the key to getting through this retrograde, being patient and giving things plenty of time.
Venus in Libra can make us indecisive, but helps us in conjunct with Mercury to communicate our feelings, and to express ourselves artistically. We will be in a more compromising spirit, but may give in too much, if we are not careful.
Those of you with sun signs in Virgo, Libra, Taurus and Sagittarius will feel the effects of this retrograde more than others. Remember to be cautious, patient and comprimising and you should get through okay.
Sun in Virgo Trine Pluto in Capricorn Sept.07, 2016
The sun in Virgo, brings our health, nutrition and daily routines into focus. It forms a positive aspect to Pluto on this day, the planet of transformation. Pluto in Capricorn rules structures and work. This aspect brings us the opportunity to transform out daily routines, and our health and nutrition regimes. Pluto encourages us to research and make these changes slowly, to investigate things fully and not rush into things. As many kids are going back to school at this time, it is a perfect time to start a new healthy and organized routine for the school year.
Those of you with Sun signs in Virgo, Leo, Scorpio and Capricorn will be most affected by this transit.
Venus in Libra Sextile Saturn in Sagittarius Sept.07, 2016
Venus the planet of love and the arts forms a positive aspect with the planet of restrictions and organization. Venus in Libra leads us to be able to compromise with others, but can lead to indecision. It's a great time for weddings, and large social gatherings, and for forming a business partnership in the arts.
Saturn in Sagittarius is a good time for foreign investments and trips overseas. As it is forming a positive aspect with Venus, its a good time for taking a trip to see a loved one overseas, and for starting a romance with a serious long term intent.
Those with Sun signs in Taurus, Libra, Capricorn and Sagittarius will be most affected by this aspect.
Saturn in Sagittarius Square Neptune in Pisces Sept.10, 2016
This aspect has been a prominent one for the year, starting on Nov.26, 2015 and forming its last exact aspect on Sept.10, 2016. This is a very challenging aspect globally as it can lead to more natural disasters like floods and earthquakes. It cam also increase bombings and assassinations. This aspect leads to struggles with radical authoritarianism, religious extremism, and it affects on those most vulnerable. We have certainly seem these themes play out in 2016. Take heart as after this final aspect we should start to move out of these energies.
On a personal level, it can lead us to becoming more depressed and discouraged, and experience hardships at times. Stay away from drugs and over drinking during these times as they will only lead you to feeling worse. Patience and finding ways to express yourself creatively are much more helpful.
Those with Sun signs in Capricorn, Sagittarius, and Pisces will be affected most strongly by this aspect.
Below is the weekly reading for each sign using the Raven's Prophecy Tarot. Let me know if you would like me to continue with the weekly horoscope reading and blog.
The past few weeks I've been working on a re-branding and relaunch of my website, Etsy store, and social media under the name Wild Intuitive. I spent two weeks working on a total redesign of the website alone. The plan was to launch everything on September 01. I thought the timing would be perfect with a new moon and even with Mercury in retrograde, after all it was a re-launch and re-branding. And "re" things are okay during a retrograde right? I was going to make a video announcing it and share my blog etc.
My now logo - the septagram
Life does not always go as planned though. I woke up on Thursday with a bad stomach bug. I lay in bed most that day and Friday and am still not feeling up to making a video. Sitting on the couch blogging is about as much as I can muster right now. Really as someone who studies astrology I should of known better. Retrogrades are notorious for delaying our best laid plans. It was also a solar eclipse. These are times of change, which I was hoping to harness to my advantage, but that change can be unpredictable.
I realized that I had become too attached to a date. While I wanted to launch everything on a particular date, does it really matter if I roll it out as I can? Probably not. I can make a video when I am feeling better, and post the blog later today. I have to practice what I preach - self care. My body, and clearly the Universe is telling me to slow down, so I will listen, and trust in Divine Timing. I don't always know what's best, even if I like to think that I do.
As things happen though, I did get a nice surprise yesterday, in the from of a delivery from UPS. I had pre-order a couple of decks months ago, and recently got a notice that they would be delivered soon. I was not expecting them for a couple of weeks though. So it was very nice to get a box delivered t the door. I thought it was just one deck, but it turned out to be both!
The first deck is the Fin de Siecle Kipper deck by Ciro Marchetti. I became interested in kipper decks after working with lenormand. It is like lenormand, but with more people in the deck. I'm looking forward to getting to know this style of deck and working with it. I was wondering about combining this with lenormand and seeing how that might work. Has anyone done this? I may have to do some research on the best way to do this.
The second deck is the Dreams of Gaia tarot by Ravynne Phelan. I have her Messenger oracle and adore her artwork. I was excited to hear she was coming out with a tarot deck so pre-ordered it as soon as I could. It is not like the traditional tarot system, I have to say. There are extra cards, so I will have to work with this deck to let you know what I think. I only just opened the box anyway, so its hard to form an opinion at this point.
One thing I do really like is the packaging. Other tarot publishers take note - this is how you package a deck! Blue Angel decks are always well packaged in a sturdy box for both the deck and guidebook, and this box is no exception. Its so nice to have both the deck and the guidebook all in one sturdy container. I don;t have to store them seperatly or find a box or pouch to put the deck in.
As soon as I am able to I will do a deck reveal video for each. I was going to do a deck unboxing, but I just couldn't wait to open them.
So while things didn't go as planned, it's not the end of the world and I did get a nice surprise yesterday. How has Mercury retrograde treated you so far?