Your Tarot Starter Guide Part 2. The hidden story of the major arcana.

Photos by Magenta

Learning something new requires committing things to memory, right? Just like learning your times tables because “what if you need to multiply two numbers together without using any of the existing technology you have in your bag”. Tarot isn’t like that, and not because your phone also has access to the Internet for tarot meanings. 

Last week we kicked things off with the suit and court cards. Welcome to part two, where we’ll get into it with the major arcana cards.

We mentioned last week that most of the information you’ll find in books and on the Internet come from the Waite-Smith interpretations. We’re going to stick to broadly those interpretations, but with the same caveat as last week that we’re only covering the basic basics. Not all the religious iconography!

We also mentioned last week that the major arcana has similarities to Star Wars. No, the cheese has not slid off our cracker. In fact the major arcana has a lot in common with all adventure stories, including the adventure of your personal story.

The story arc of the major arcana

The major arcana cards are slightly different to the suit and court cards in that, actually all 22 cards can be read together as a kind of story, with a beginning, a middle and an end. Every single person is always engaged in some story or another. The major arcana cards therefore reference these ‘bigger’ issues found in our human journey.

Whether our story spans a whole lifetime, with its beginning, middle and end. Or whether it’s just one day. Our human experiences can have peril, can pull on our resources and on other characters, they can offer us something to learn, some battles we win, some we lose. Sometimes we need to overcome the temptation to give up on our dreams after we lose. Our human experiences just want us to triumph in the end, so knowing where each card fits into the human story can be incredibly insightful. 

The beginning of the major arcana story 

This starts with the Fool card. This card is card zero, and represents a call for adventure, perhaps a fresh start or a new beginning. In any event, this card is all about a leap into the unknown. If we layer the story of Star Wars over the top of this, the Fool card is when Obi Wan invites Luke Skywalker to Alderaan. With the Fool card, you may be about to embark on something unexpected. 

The Magician card is card number 1. It is the realisation that you actually have all the skills you need to create what you want to. So just as Luke realises (after he first declines the adventure) he doesn’t need to be held back on Tatooine anymore. This card shows up to nudge you out the door.

The magickal helpers and guides

With any good story, you need some helpers and guides, or someone to fight alongside with. Luke has Obi-Wan, the Force, some Droids, Han and Chewie, Leia and the whole Rebel Alliance. In our story of the major arcana, our magickal helpers and guides show up as The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor and The Hierophant cards. These are cards 2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively.

The High Priestess is your intuition, The Empress is your capacity to empathise and care for others. The Emperor is the masculine energy, thinking and strategising, and The Hierophant is your capacity to follow society’s rules, or the rules of engagement, and play along with others. 

When these cards show up, these are your supporting characters. Ask yourself, are these abilities that you have or are these abilities you’ll need from someone who can help? These cards act as an invitation to use these abilities to better help you in your story. 

The point of no return in the story

The Lovers card, at card number 6, is a card all about choice. In the story of the major arcana, this card represents the point of no return for the hero, the point in the journey where the hero actually chooses the adventure for themselves. The Chariot card, numbered 7, is the willpower to keep going, and is a card for taking the action after the choice is made. When these cards appear for you, they are asking you to take that leap for yourself now and own the journey you are on. We see this in Star Wars when Luke chooses to rescue Leia and has the willpower and resources to keep going.

Losing the first minor battle in the story

The story of our lives then kicks up a notch, often with a first real test of our character. If we layer the Star Wars story over the top of this, this is often the point in the adventure where a beloved character makes a sacrifice. Like when Obi Wan dies in A New Hope

Losing the minor battle in the adventure of your life story is required so you can learn a lesson. When these cards show up, you are likely dealing with minor setbacks and you’re being presented with options and a chance to learn something.

In the story of the major arcana, the Strength card shows up as a reminder to overcome fear in order to regain control. However, retreat is also an option, as shown by the The Hermit card. These are cards 8 and 9.

Regroup and rethink to regain ground in the story

After these initial challenges, in any story comes a moment to regroup. While in the story of our lives, we don’t have access to an ice planet to rest and regroup, The Wheel of Fortune is card number 10. It is the first indicator that events are about to turn. It’s a card inviting us to pause because what goes down also goes up and vice versa. 

This means where things haven’t been going your way in your story, or even if they have been going too well for you, things are about to be rebalanced. The Justice card works side by side with change in order to dole out that rebalancing. This eleventh card of rebalance might even bring about a short lived victory moment. So if we layer Star Wars over this, these ‘change of circumstances leading to victory’ moments are seen in the blowing up of the Death Star. 

In the story of the major arcana The Hanged Man at card 12, follows the Justice card as a reminder to pause to look at the situation again. In an adventure epic like Star Wars, this could be the point when the characters split up for the greater good. Such as when Luke goes off to Dagobah. He needs to learn how to beat Vader for the greater good. When the Hanged Man shows up, this card is asking you to look at the events in your own story and to ask yourself if changing your approach will achieve your greater goal.  

Separation, doubt or defeat

At a pivotal point in any good story, there will be a moment when the hero doubts themselves, wants to give up or accepts defeat. In the story of the major arcana, The Death card is the thirteenth card. It’s not a bad omen, but it is a card that represents the closing of the door on a situation. It doesn’t mean all is lost, it just means something has ended to make way for something new to start. In Star Wars, we see this throughout the events of Empire Strikes Back, and even as the credits roll our heroes are separated, feeling betrayed and lost.

But as one door closes, another opens. You just need patience and Temperance is a request to wait to see what comes next, without walking away or giving up. The end of the events of Empire are the Temperance moments. In our space epic, temperance eventually saves Han from carbonite and reunites the group. So in the story of your life, this card, card 14, shows up to whisper ‘it’ll be ok, just trust and see’.

But in real life, that is always very hard to do in moments of great stress or temptation. Life mirrors art, and oftentimes in an adventure story, our hero is tempted to give up their quest. In the story of the major arcana, The Devil card, card 15, is a card of temptation and a siren call away from your true calling. Just as Vader asks Luke to embrace the dark side in order to beat the Emperor, if you pull the Devil card it is urging you to be mindful of the path you’re on and not to stray despite the lure to give up. 

Transformation and atonement 

The Tower card in the story of the major arcana is a huge transformation event. Pulling card 16 indicates a moment is coming when you will rise like a phoenix from the ashes. If we draw a parallel with Star Wars, the tower moment shows up here as Leia is captured, followed by Luke and all three of our heroes are about to be fed to the Sarlacc. On the face of it, things might look terrible but these tower moments often mean better things are coming. 

After such a huge turn of events, The Star card is a moment in your own story to pause, heal your wounds and renew your sense of purpose after the chaos of The Tower. Card 17 in Star Wars is the moment when our heroes reunite with the Alliance and Luke flies off to finish his training with Yoda. 

In the story of the major arcana, The Moon is card 18. It shows up when you’re being asked to look deeper at everything that has gone on before, to reveal anything that is holding you back and resolve all of the issues once and for all. With Star Wars, the moon moment reveals Luke’s sister to him and it shows up when Leia recognises who she is, and her role in the events. Moon moments are opportunities to take new information with us as our own story unfolds. 

The hero wins in the end

We are now in the final act of the story of the major arcana. Of course, our heroes always triumph in the end and so it is true for the tarot. When The Sun card, card 19, shows up in a reading this is your clue that you’re winning. You should have the confidence to grab that success and own it. We see this in Star Wars as our band of heroes plan to destroy the second Death Star, and are joined in battle by the inhabitants of Endor. They know now they can win.

In the story of the major arcana, the Judgement card shows up as an invitation to answer the final call. Card 20 is a vital lesson to help you grow and become a better version of yourself. We see this in Star Wars as Luke faces Vader one last time, which leads to Vader’s own judgement moment.

At the end of every epic adventure, The World card seeks to give a sense of closure and accomplishment. The final battle has been won, you have grown as a person and learned so much along the way. This card is card 21. It is the end of a cycle, but it’s also an invitation to start something new. As our space epic ends with the destruction of another Death Star, and the atonement of Vader. We see a new cycle beginning. So in the adventure of our lives, The World card may be the beginning of something, just as much as a signal of the end. 

So now you see why we believe the major arcana has similarities to Star Wars. The force will be with you, always and so will tarot. They both work in mysterious ways.

Thank you for subscribing. By subscribing you now have premiere access to exclusive content. Do you know someone who would like to enjoy all our free content? Please share this with them and invite them to subscribe too!

Spells under a minute: Communication issues

Photo by Jemma

Wanna learn simple spell casting? Here’s a quick spell to improve (or remove depending on what the moon is up to!) communication issues.

All our correspondences, the days of the week that work best for certain kinds of magick and how we use the moon and planets are all included on our Casting Spells page.

This one uses fire so obviously when setting fire stuff, please don’t wander off….and also have a think about whether the fire alarm system might be triggered or whether its best to burn stuff outside.

Thank you for subscribing. By subscribing you now have premiere access to exclusive content. Do you know someone who would like to enjoy all our free content? Please share this with them and invite them to subscribe too!

The Beauty of Life

Photos by Magenta

Beltane

For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, this is the second fire festival of the year and is a celebration of summer, and the fullness of life.

The flowers have returned as have the leaves on the trees. It is a good time of the year to see the bright colours of nature and feel the growing warmth of the sun. 

Samhain

For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, this is Samhain and the final fire festival. It is a time to celebrate the ending of life both in the natural environment, as trees and flowers lose their colour, and the lives of those who have passed on.

It is a good time of year to pay respects to ancestors or friends and family members who have died. It is seen as a celebration of the darkness, which is eventually broken by Yule as the light returns.

Choose how to celebrate

These festivals are traditionally ‘fire festivals’ so we can mark the time of year through lighting a candle or fire in the hearth or enjoying a barbeque or firepit outdoors. This fire festival could be an opportunity to celebrate life. If the beginning of life is celebrated with Beltane, a festival of light and fertility, then Samhain celebrates those who have left this world, and welcomes darkness and endings with a patient respect.

It is worth noticing that at this point in the year, the Sun moves through Taurus. As Beltane starts we are reminded that we have waited patiently through the spring for the first buds, the first blossom and the first fruits to appear.

If we are celebrating Samhain, we are reminded of the preciousness of life. As a result, Taurus symbolises patience and provides a stablising influence through difficult change. Taurus has Venus as its ruling planet, the planet of beauty, so all the while we are invited to admire the beauty of life.

Samhain can often mark the ending of the Wheel of the Year, as winter comes. Take this as an opportunity to do a New Year tarot spread for yourself. We have one you can recreate using 13 cards, to give a really detailed look at your year in summary and what areas of your life should form the focus for the next year.

Whatever you choose to do, and how you choose to celebrate, pause to admire the gift that is life.

Thank you for subscribing. By subscribing you now have premiere access to exclusive content. Do you know someone who would like to enjoy all our free content? Please share this with them and invite them to subscribe too!

Your Tarot Starter Guide Part 1. It’s all in the suit, numbers and artwork.

Photos by Magenta

Learning something new requires committing things to memory, right? Just like learning your times tables because “what if you need to multiply two numbers together without using any of the existing technology you have in your bag” 

Well, thankfully tarot isn’t like that, and not because your phone also has access to the Internet for tarot meanings. Tarot works best when you let your logic brain take a back seat and let intuition drive for a while. You don’t need to rote learn every meaning in every card, just a few basics is enough. 

We’ll break this guide down into two parts, cause otherwise we’ll be here all day. Part one now, and part two next week.

In part one we will cover how to learn the suit and court cards. Or the minor arcana cards as they’re also called. We’ll describe the basics common to the minor arcana cards, plus a technique to help you with interpreting the suit cards.

In part two we will talk about the trump cards. Or the major arcana cards. We will talk about the story of the major arcana and how very similar tarot is to Star Wars. Eh? Yeah, you’ll see.

So, first of all the basics. Most of the information you’ll find in books and on the Internet come from the Waite-Smith interpretations when the Waite-Smith deck surpassed the other commonly used decks as the hottest deck in town.

There is so much to say about the whole deck, the religious iconography and the lovely art work but today it’s just the basic basics!

Suit Meanings

In most tarot decks you’ll find four suits, so in the Waite-Smith deck you’ll see Wands, Swords, Pentacles and Cups. Other decks might have suits called different things, but there will generally be four. Each suit will have an association with an aspect of life.

Wands are associated with ideas, creativity, taking action and self expression through enterprise. These may be called Staffs, Clubs, Sticks, Rods etc etc in other decks.

Swords are associated with the intellect, logic and seeing things as they really are. These may be called Knives, Blades, Spades, Thorns, Needles etc etc in other decks. 

Pentacles are associated with material things, surroundings, wellbeing and what can be gained. These may be called Coins, Diamonds, Discs, Plates, Tiles etc etc in other decks.

Cups are associated with emotions, love, other people and the interplay between relationships. These may be called Chalices, Hearts, Goblets, Vessels, Vases etc etc in other decks.

Numbers meanings

Each of the four suits begins with an ace, and ends with a ten. Then come the Court Cards. The meanings for the numbers can then be overlaid with the basic meanings for the suit.

Every ace card represents the start of a cycle or a new beginning or potential. 

Two cards are often about duality, so this might be a partnership or having two versions of something, something to balance. 

The threes are usually indicative of something brewing, bubbling under or maybe growing or getting stronger. 

Then along come the fours to test what is afoot, maybe adding stability or perhaps a pause to take stock. 

Fives can seem a bit mean, as they’re usually about a setback of some sort to test your resolve or strength. 

The sixes are about picking yourself back up again and renewing efforts. 

Seven cards are about learning a lesson, or taking time to see something new in the situation. 

The eights are generally about getting going again and putting something into action. 

Nines are about the strong chance, this ends one way or the other because the wheel always turns.

Tens are for conclusions, endings or even consequences. 

So if we are going to do a very basic interpretation of, say, the 6 of Swords in a tarot deck, we know the Swords are about intellect, logic thinking and seeing things as they really are. Now we know the sixes are about picking yourself back up again and renewing efforts. So the basic interpretation for the 6 of Swords (and it is very basic!) could be about changing or renewing how you think to keep going forward. Let’s put a pin in that cause we’ll come back to it.

Court Cards

The Court Cards used to be focused on the fact they represented people, so previously lots of the meanings oftentimes reflected that. They were named after people in a royal court, so it kinda makes sense to have meanings along those lines.

These days, there is less emphasis on this aspect and more about the holistic meaning of the cards. For us, when we look at the court cards, we think of them as drawing attention to an aspect of our personality that is showing up. Sometimes we look at the role of the person depicted in the card, and the meaning lives there. Let’s explain….

Back in the day Pages in the Royal court were like a human WhatsApp for all the posh folks, they were sent round and about carrying messages for various people. So one way to read the Page card is about communication and messages. So thinking about how communicative you are, or how messages are landing, as an aspect of the personality. Pages were also students at court, one day they were going to more than a human WhatsApp. So the Page cards can also be about learning or beginning something (a little bit like the Ace cards). 

Knights were sent off in all directions across the land, doing exciting stuff on behalf of the court. So one way to read the Knight card is about action. Looking at what the Knight is doing in the card gives a huge clue here as to how much action. How open you’re being to taking action as an aspect of the personality. For example, if you look at the Waite-Smith Knights, they are all engaged in what they’re doing at different speeds. 

The Queens were the shadow leaders, if they weren’t leading themselves. So the Queen (and King) cards are about leadership. It just depends on what kind of leadership. When a Queen shows up, what is it you’re being asked to take a lead role on? But the Queens represent the feminine side, so this is all about soft skill leadership, and it may also mean solo leading and leading quietly in the background, acting as the solid foundation.  

Kings were all about leading their people, so this leadership role may involve other personalities or being part of a team or perhaps this is an aspect of your personality, so asking how you work with others. 

So those are the very basic basics. Very basic. Did we mention it was basic? It’s basic. This is because the art is the next thing to overlay over the number and the suit. It is the whole main point of having tarot cards, after all. The lovely art. 

The Art

Ok. So we have approximately eleventy-zillion tarot decks out there, all with their own art (even the Waite-Smith looky-likeys have their own representations). So we’re just totally gonna phone it in, and give you some pointers. A bunch of questions to ask yourself as you look through your deck but with one main theme. 

We mentioned earlier that tarot works best when you let your logic brain take a back seat and let intuition drive for a while. And we said you don’t need to rote learn every meaning in every card. And you don’t. 

So getting the basics down, the suit and the numbers is really all you need to “learn”. Then all you need to do is describe the picture

The best bit about tarot is this bit. While most card meanings you’ll find on google are connected to the Waite-Smith deck, and this is true of our basic number and suit meanings, it’s important to remember that the art is a huge part of what the cards mean. Every deck will have their own art. So remember to look at the pictures. Not just the suit and the number and this could nuance the meanings in any given card.

What to look for in the art to find the meaning for that card

In that first second you turned the card over, where did your eyes land? 

What did you notice first?

What does that first picture, or part of the picture mean to you? Is it symbolic? Does it hold a deeper meaning?

Are there people/ anthropomorphic figures in the card? Why do you think they are there? Is what they are doing symbolic of something? Does that activity resonate with you?

What other objects are in the card? Why do you think those objects are there? Do they mean anything significant to you?

What’s in the background of the card?

By looking at the art work, you will notice a slightly different thing every time you look at the cards. This means the card’s meaning might change a little bit every time. That’s good. Go with it, because that’s how you allow your intuitive side to interpret the card. 

If we go back to our example of the 6 of Swords. We said the basic meaning was about changing or renewing how you think to keep going forward. So looking at the Waite-Smith deck, we might first see that there’s three people in a boat moving from the foreground, heading away.

Then we might notice the water is different on the two sides of the boat. We also then notice the 6 swords that are in the boat. So we can overlay this with our basic interpretation to become something richer. Something like “Potentially there are three things to do to change or renew the troubled nature of how we think about a situation in order to keep going forward. This could lead us towards a more steady frame of mind, but of course, we’ll be taking these experiences with us as things we can use in the future”.

Next time we look at the 6 of Swords, we might notice something else or see things in a different order. That’s the bit to pay attention to. This means the cards won’t mean exactly the same thing every time. Don’t worry. That’s fine. That’s how it’s supposed to be!

Try this approach with any deck and hopefully you can leave the book in the box.

So that wraps up part one of our very easy tarot starter guide. Next wednesday we’ll conclude our guide so don’t forget to subscribe to us, then you won’t miss why we think tarot and Star Wars have a lot in common.

Thank you for subscribing. By subscribing you now have premiere access to exclusive content. Do you know someone who would like to enjoy all our free content? Please share this with them and invite them to subscribe too!

What is astral magick?

The 12 houses wheel is useful to use in astral magick by Magenta School of Magick

Photo by Magenta

To answer what is astral magick, first off we have to understand what Astrology is. Which is kinda hard. So, let’s just accept that astrology is a study of the movements and relative positions of the planets. Also that these movements and positions are thought to have an influence on human affairs and events. So together, that’s Astrology.

Astral magick is all about using the movements and relative positions of the planets to time magick. This means it’s often based on astrology, and uses the same characteristics of the planets and such, but it’s not the same system used by astrologers. This is because there are lots of correspondences in astrology that if we tried to use all of them it would mean there would never be the perfect time to do anything magickal. So we kinda have to be a bit picky about what we use.

Astral magick is very much a specialism for us. It has it’s foundation in a grimoire called The Picatrix. As a practice, it lives somewhere in the intersection between astrology and magick. So it can be a source of frustration to most spellcasters, cause of all the waiting….and to be fair, all spellcasters want to do is cast the damn spell.

Annnnnnd it’s a source of frustration to astrologers, cause of all the picking and choosing over which planets are lining up with which other planets and when, cause to astrologers they all matter…not so much in astral magick.

Our Magick Discovered course has a whole module dedicated to astral magick, the why it works and how to use it. It’s quite a detailed subject so to avoid annoying (and confusing) any more people we’ll just cover off the basics of what this is today!

Astral magick is about using star signs in magick

Lots of magickal practitioners use the phases of the moon and we do this too, but we do go a little further. In astral magick, the moon’s characteristics when it is travelling in front of various star signs can be blended to make a big difference to the success of magickal practice.

The signs of the Zodiac

The moon in Aries can be a great time to cast spells for self reflection, leadership confidence, protection and decisiveness.

If you want to make sure you are well rewarded for hard work, cast a spell when the moon is in Taurus

The moon in Gemini can be a good time to cast communication spells, such as improving communication and collaboration with others.

Cast a spell to open up or bless your home and family, or to reconnect with your emotions when the moon is in Cancer.

If you want to be noticed, casting an attraction spell when the moon is in Leo can put creative achievements in the spotlight.

Casting a spell when the moon is in Virgo can strengthen routines and remove the clutter and chaos.

If you want to improve partnerships, cast a rebalancing spell or a binding spell when the moon is in Libra to secure improvement in these relationships and bind any issues.

Cast a revelation spell when the moon is in Scorpio to bring your awareness to any aspect of the shadow side.

Start a new adventure such as a new job, a new hobby or maybe travelling somewhere, and bless this with an expansion spell when the moon is in Sagittarius.

If you need to take a bit more responsibility, cast a binding spell when the moon is in Capricorn to bind any bad habits.

Cast an inspiration spell when the moon is in Aquarius to flex your independence or where an injection of new thinking is needed.

The moon in Pisces a good time to cast spells that improve empathy and strengthen intuition.

We have some free spells, based on the above timings, that you can download and use on our Casting spells page. This means on these spells you’ll see some suggestions for the timings of when to cast the right spell using the moon in the star signs.

Astral magick is about using planets in magick

Astral magick is also about blending what the moon is doing with other powerful archetypes like the planets.

The 9 planets of the Solar System. Yes there are still 9 for us.

Mercury can be used for magickal work all about communication and learning skills quickly.

Venus can be used to bring small gains, balance and pleasant experiences.

Mars can be used for magickal work involving conflict, increasing vitality or taking decisive action. 

Jupiter can be used to increase luck and magnify and enhance all good things.

Saturn can be used to restrict any undesirable behaviour. 

Uranus can be used for work connected with major changes. 

Neptune can be used for spiritual, psychic and intuition work.

Pluto can be used magickally for work connected with transformations or final endings.

The Sun is useful for magickal work all about “the self”, such as confidence and charisma. Yes, we know the Sun isn’t a planet but in magick we just call it one.

Some of these planets, and the moon, also rule over certain days of the week and hours of the day. Astral magick is all about working with these planetary correspondences as well as the characteristics of the planets themselves. 

On some of our downloadable spells you’ll see some suggestions for the days to cast certain spells, again this is because it aligns with the timing for when to cast the right spell using the planetary ruler of the days of the week.

Planetary correspondences also show up in various plants and herbs, all of which can be used as part of an astral based magickal practice. We have a table of these correspondances on our Casting spells page.

It’s about using houses in magick

Long ago, astrologers divided up the sky into different zones – or houses – to represent different parts of life. Astral magick is also about understanding how the characteristics of the stars and planets moving through these different parts of the sky can be blended together for magickal results.

We have some tables explaining the characteristics of the houses on our Casting spells page, if you want to get into the detail of that a little more.

Timing it all

We said at the start that astral magick is about using the movements and relative positions of the planets to time the magick. We also mentioned that all this waiting for the right day, the right moment a planet is on the horizon, or for when the moon is in a certain star sign etc etc can be a source of frustration to most spellcasters.

But it is incredibly powerful and rewarding to own the decision making behind the magick. That’s what we find so appealing. It’s why we believe, for us anyway, this works so well. The power these ancient archetypes represent is what gives astral magick its success. Well, that’s what we think anyway!

Thank you for subscribing. By subscribing you now have premiere access to exclusive content. Do you know someone who would like to enjoy all our free content? Please share this with them and invite them to subscribe too!

Guided Meditation: Forgive Yourself

Photo by Jemma

Self-criticism and self-blame, self-neglect or self-destructive/sabotaging behaviours can all take their toll. Self-forgiveness allows us to release all ways we may have harmed ourselves, intentionally or unintentionally, either emotionally, physically, spiritually or mentally. This meditation is an invitation to ask yourself for forgiveness, and ultimately to move forward by forgiving yourself.

This video will guide you through a meditation practice for you to practice every day, to ask yourself for forgiveness and ultimately to move forward by forgiving yourself.

Meditation practice can produce unwanted effects in people who might be more sensitive. We encourage anyone who is unsure about practising meditative techniques to seek appropriate professional support before experimenting with meditation.

Thank you for subscribing. By subscribing you now have premiere access to exclusive content. Do you know someone who would like to enjoy all our free content? Please share this with them and invite them to subscribe too!

These 4 items are essential for spell work, but they’re not what you think.

Photo by Jemma

This seems like an unashamed attempt to lure you, my dear reader, to some pointless article that has nothing to do with the title. But we promise you our feature today is genuinely about the surprising items that we feel are essential for spell work. So if you’re finding your magick is getting stuck or having unexpected results. Check out these four essential things. 

They’re not what you think because these essential items live within easy reach inside you (in a brain sciencey way, not a gross gooey way). They’re not what you think because they cost absolutely nothing. They’re not what you think because perhaps our take on these things may give you food for thought. 

For us, magick (and of course spell work is a part of that) is all about tapping into the possibility of events happening so that we can manifest the outcomes we want. 

Right, nothing weird so far….

Let’s push on that door a little <sound of a creepy door opening>

Essential item number one. Positive thinking. 

Pfft, what is this? Some obvious bait and switch article? You’re not falling for that. Fair enough, however our dear friend Science (oh hey there Science, don’t be shy…c’mon in cause you’re in this one a lot) does suggest that long-term positive thinking can create constructive outcomes for people who walk about with that mindset. Whereas long-term negative thinking leading to stress, creates non-constructive outcomes. Doesn’t that sound interesting? We think so.

Whilst we’re not suggesting Science here with it’s stating the obvious has provided proof magick works, no…we’ll spare Science’s blushes for today, but it does suggest that keeping that front brain switched on to “positive thought” during the spell will aid in results.

But sure, you’re already doing that, during the spell right? How about the day after that and the day after that? Oh and all the days leading up to it? Thinking consciously and positively in the days leading up to it, and beyond helps. This sounds like hard work, but if positive thinking leads to attracting positive outcomes, we have to play our part and show up everyday. Magick can’t do all of it by itself. So practicing that positive mindset away from the altar is essential.

Essential item number two. Own your OWN rituals.

Ah ritual. A cornerstone of spell work, right? You’re pretty sure you’ve been sucked into some right old clickbait. But hang on a second. Just who’s ritual is that you’ve learned? Again, our friend Science loves a good ritual, (although Science hates that cause it can’t say why they work).

Rituals work best of all when they connect deeply to the practitioner. A copied ritual is fine, but an owned ritual that you create will hammer home those magick results.

What if there is no ritual? That’s fine too cause if you own that decision (and we mean that the decision to not do one connects deeply to how you believe magick works) you’re creating magick your way.

Honestly, consider whether you’re getting in your own way by practicing a ritual you don’t really believe in, just because everyone else does it that way. It could be holding you back. 

Essential item number three. See results when you believe it and not believing it when you see it.

How many of us saw this one coming on the list? Sure, everyone. But let’s just pause for a second….cause how many of us have ever had that sneaky thought of ‘I’ll believe in this little bit if I can just see it first’ 

Our friend Science over here says that the brain, and what it believes is happening, is central to achieving results.Tsk, nerd. 

Well, ok, It might seem like miles away from a spiritual practice, but if we indulge our nerdy friend Science and suggest the practice of magick can be a psychological as well as a spiritual process for a hot minute.

Let’s think of magick and spell casting like we’re trying to prepare the unconscious to get it to work towards some kind of goal. And to do that we (as magickal awesome people) build in a ritual, and we say some words, we include a deity or the moon or whoever cause that’s our jam. We do all that in order to condition our unconscious mind to get to work on bringing in all those constructive changes we’ve asked for through something awesome called magick. Believing in it all up front, and not after, is kinda part of the deal. 

Sure, that’s hard. Like the positive thinking one, but you gotta believe it to see it. It doesn’t work the other way round. 

Essential item number four. You make the rules.

Last one. Hopefully you can see how we’re trying to open up the dialogue and flip the script a bit on magick and spell casting. That it might not be about what chants you say, or what plants you use. You control your magick and sure, maybe you’ve heard that you get to make the rules and you decide what your magick is. 

But how far have you seriously taken this? For example, we’re always banging on about correspondences here at Magenta. We have this article on the colours of magick and this one mostly ranting about the Liber 777, but thinking consciously about the tools you use is important. Even if this means ripping up the rule book. You can have your own magick, use your own colours (or no colours) your own herbs (or no herbs). 

You can totally create your own system, we have. There’s a link below and you can see how we do things (we get Science involved a lot. Much to Science’s annoyance), but we tried it other people’s way and it wasn’t working out the way we wanted it to. Mostly because we couldn’t get on board with someone else’s ideas that we felt weren’t right for us to use.

If you’re finding your magick is getting stuck or having unexpected results. Check back over these four essential things. This is all you need to make anything happen. 

Thank you for subscribing. By subscribing you now have premiere access to exclusive content. Do you know someone who would like to enjoy all our free content? Please share this with them and invite them to subscribe too!

Spells under a minute: Flame of Prosperity

Photo by Magenta

Wanna learn simple spell casting? Here’s a quick spell to open yourself to all the prosperous opportunities available to you.

All our correspondences, the days of the week that work best for certain kinds of magick and how we use the moon and planets are all included on our Casting Spells page.

This one uses fire so obviously when setting fire stuff, please don’t wander off….and also have a think about whether the fire alarm system might be triggered or whether its best to burn stuff outside.

Thank you for subscribing. By subscribing you now have premiere access to exclusive content. Do you know someone who would like to enjoy all our free content? Please share this with them and invite them to subscribe too!

Guided Meditation: Body Scan

Photo by Jemma

Starting or ending your day with a body scan is a wonderful way to just sit (or lay down) and spend some time paying attention to your body. Giving gentle, non judgemental attention to any bodily sensations in various parts of the body from your feet through to your head. By mentally scanning yourself, you bring awareness to every single part of your body.

Our body scan invites you to bring this gentle awareness to where you store your emotions, tension and how the breath feels in the body. The goal is not to change anything, and not to have perfect stillness in the mind but just to get to know yourself and your amazing body!

This video will guide you through a meditation practice for you to practice every day, so that you can spend some quality time just with you. You deserve to have all this attention!

Thank you for subscribing. By subscribing you now have premiere access to exclusive content. Do you know someone who would like to enjoy all our free content? Please share this with them and invite them to subscribe too!

New to magick? Here’s how to get started

Photo by Jemma

So you’re a witch?  Well, when you know you know. You don’t have to have been born magickal or have cast a single spell. Sometimes you just have a feeling you’re magickal. Sometimes spotting something ‘witchy’ in a shop or online wakes it in you. Maybe watching something or reading about something magickal lights that first spark. So you googled it a bunch, and you’re pretty sure you’re a witch. Now what?

How do you ‘start’ being magickal? 

Learning anything new takes dedication. Learning about magick is no different. So yes, you’re gonna have to do a lot of reading m’fraid. Or sign up to a Magick School (waves hello). Back in our day the only access to information was in the one book that existed in the library (yes we are that old). Imagine the internet printed out on bits of paper and stored in a warehouse. That’s what libraries used to be like. So finding information was super difficult. Thankfully Google Is King these days and can fetch answers right to you, you just have to know what questions to ask. Happily we’ve got some suggestions for further research below.

Which witch is which? 

Some people like to figure out what kind of magick they’re into and labels can help here. However, this comes with a big steaming pot of CAREFUL because labelling your magick might seem helpful, but it can also be problematic. Let’s take a look at some of the common magickal labels.

A green or blue witch incorporates the natural world into their practice. Green witches will have a deep affinity for herbal magick, plants and will often find ‘green space’ restorative. A blue witch will have a preference for the ocean, rivers and lakes and will find water restorative. 

A hedge witch is like a green witch in that their practice involves a deep study of plants and herbs and the natural world. Using, and often growing their own, herbs is part of their daily practice. A hedge witch will find being outside restorative. 

A kitchen witch is a term for a witch who emphasises cooking, food preparation and meal times in magickal practice. Like a green witch and a hedge witch, kitchen witches often grow their own herbs for magickal use. Kitchen witches find the home restorative. 

A ceremonial witch incorporates ritual and ceremony into their practice. Often using the voice and chanting as part of their practice. Ceremonial witches often, though not always, practice together, they find group work, outward expressions or togetherness restorative. 

A cosmic or star witch is a witch who uses astrology and practises astral magick, preferring to time magick in accordance with the planets and the phases of the moon. Star witches find the night sky restorative. 

A chaos witch is a witch who uses psychology and belief as their practice, avoiding dogma. Chaos witches focus on results and less on worshipful daily practice. Chaos witches find personal power and meditation restorative. 

An eclectic witch could be a mix of any of the above, or a mix from something else. Eclectic witches mix lots of practices together into a personal blend. Eclectic witches may find they go through cycles of what they find restorative, sometimes using nature for a while then swapping for meditation and so on.

We are all of the above and none of the above. We are just witches. We practise astral magick, but this includes using herbs collected in accordance with the planets. Does this mean we are hedge or green witches? Our astral magick will include making potions in the kitchen at the most opportune time. Does this make us kitchen witches? Our astral magick is results based, and makes belief the central tenant. Does this make us chaos witches?  If we have to label ourselves as anything, we would probably suggest we are humanistic witches…witches who focus on the potential to change and grow as people. But who knows if this is a thing? Who cares!? 

So this is why it might be problematic. Putting yourself in a box might mean you don’t learn about the rest of it! So, we don’t feel the need to subcategorise. But big up to those out there who plan to research all the different ‘kinds’ of possible magick, with the idea of becoming an expert in one area. If this sounds like you, these labels are the place to start your googling.  

Does being a witch mean you can’t be religious?

Not at all. A witch could choose to follow a magick based religious practice, such as Wicca. For example, you could be both Wiccan and a green witch. You could choose to follow a different religion. You could follow Thelema and be a ceremonial witch. You could be Christian and be a kitchen witch (Gasp. Can it be possible? Yes!). Or you could choose not to follow a religion at all.

We’re not religious witches. We don’t worship deities as part of our practice, but equally we are not secular either. Being human (and humanistic witches) means we do have some spirituality! Everyone will have their own approach. What do you want to do? Do you feel aligned with a particular deity, religion or practice? And is that practice open to you? If this sounds like you, this is another place to start with your research. Remember some practices are only open to members of a certain community so it’s really important to know where your ideas come from, and do your research. 

Do I have to tell anyone?

Nope. If you’re not looking to practise with a group and be initiated into a certain belief system (see religions point above) then there’s no register, no leader, no One Ring….and despite what the Internet will tell you (pesky Internet, thinks it’s so good and knows everything) there’s no certificate of authenticity for your witchiness either. You can learn about where your magick comes from and keep it entirely to yourself or you can tell everyone you meet.

How do I know I’m ‘doing magick’ correctly? 

Well, that is the million dollar question. The final answer for one million dollars is that there is no right way.

So if there’s no right way, how do you know if you’re doing any of it right? This will all come down to the reading you’ve done. For what it’s worth, we’re still reading. We’ve been doing it for over 30 years…so it might take you a while. But honestly? Start small. For example, you might see a particular herb and its correspondences in a book or on a website. You might see a particular date mentioned as being ‘special’ or a particular deity as being important. Understanding why that is, is a place to start small. Even understanding why one herb is used for something and not a different herb can take hours of research!

Don’t take everything you see on the Internet as the truth. Because, spoiler alert, some people on the Internet don’t always fact check, and they don’t always back up their statements. This is something that bugged the hell out of us if we’re honest when we got started. This whole copy and pass it on, and nobody really questions it (and it’s why we include everything in our course materials, every study, every book, it’s all in the footnotes of our course materials). 

Googling every small detail is an important place to start because whilst you’re reading about these small details, you might find that actually it stops holding meaning for you (eg you decide it’s not something you can get on board with). Then stop. You don’t have to be magickal in the same way other people are, this does not mean you’re doing it wrong. It means you’ve researched and decided that it doesn’t work for you. If anything, you’re doing it right!

Is being a witch expensive?

Absolutely not. Being a witch is a state of mind, that bit is free. Meditation, visualisation, believing in magick, believing in making change possible, enjoying nature, appreciating the moon and stars, walking barefoot outside…all of these things are possible without spending any money at all. Access to training or access to information to teach yourself can be free, if you don’t count needing access to the Internet. Books in the library are free, if you don’t count any expenses involved in getting there. 

Collecting materials for use in magick can be free, if you know where to go. For example, we collect plants locally. Finding what there is at any given point in the year takes a bit of effort (and research) but it’s more sustainable. We’re not using plants that don’t grow in our location, so we’re not adding airmiles or expense to our practice. Other ingredients for spells can be made cheaply, or found, as anything can be used in spell work if it has meaning to you. Incense, oils, candles…they don’t need to be used but if you want to use them, they don’t need to be expensive. Candles can even be virtual! Check out our article on Broom Closet magick for how, plus other ideas to run your practice on the down low and keeping expenses to a minimum. 

So where should I start to be a witch?

You can start right here, we have a lot of free resources you can use and now you’ve found us you know you can come back whenever you need to. You’re welcome to read our articles, listen to our podcast, or have a look at our Casting Spells page. For those of you who would like to try Magick School, there is a link below. There are of course other Magick or Wicca Schools available. Give yourself time to learn. Learning how to do anything takes practice.

When can I call myself a witch?

Whenever you want to. Maybe that’s right now? Maybe it’s after you’ve cast a spell? Maybe it’s after you’ve done some reading or watched a tutorial? Only you will know when it’s time. You get to decide your own labels and when to use them!

Thank you for subscribing. By subscribing you now have premiere access to exclusive content. Do you know someone who would like to enjoy all our free content? Please share this with them and invite them to subscribe too!

%d bloggers like this: