samhain magic: seeking the knowledge of our bones, the skeleton key tarot spread

If you are particularly sensitive to the turn of the wheel, these past few days might have met you with heightened day dreams, clearer visions and dreams, and lightness of thought that feels like living memory.

(#catparentsidebar – also if you have cats, they’ve been extra cat-weird, stalking the corners and shadows- seen and unseen- of your space even more than usual).

The veil is thin. In many practices and cultures this is the time of ghosts- particularly those whose bones we carry in the physical and mystical, our ancestors. Almost giving us no choice but to tune in is the new moon. New moons are the time of the Crone- who I’ve always associated with my ancestral foremothers who keep wisdom whispering around my ear and root space. This is the time to whisper spells blessed with rosemary, calendula, and elder in divine loving remembrance.

img_20161024_182907Skeleton Key, a meditative tarot tea blend
meeting The Hierophant as ancestral knowledge

That it’s a new moon in Scorpio in the time of Samhain only emphasizes our call to the depths of our ocean floors- down and deep where the treasure and bones of those before though never beyond us are waiting to be unburied. This is the time to unlock the path of The Hierophant- keeper of your bloodline’s knowledge waiting with the skeleton key to your mysteries.


9 was chosen for ancestral connection and Oya who guides our ancestors to their next journey. It is also 3-thrice which makes it a compact spell of pathway and communication with worlds beyond our plane acknowledging that knowledge is a journey through gates of wisdom. The ocean depths image is for Olokun, keeper of mysteries and shadow and guardian of my ancestors bones who found their freedom at the bottom of the ocean.

As you ask these questions, refer them directly to your trusted ancestral guides. All the questions move together, and the ancestors hardly ever move so linearly- so as much as possible, look at the full scope, not just the individual answers to your queries.

1. What do I need to know/remember as I step into my shadow?

2. What should I leave buried in the ocean depths of my shadow?

3. What should I uncover/recover and bring up to the surface?

4. What else should I bring with me to the surface?

5. What obstacle or guidance meets me at the door?

6. How do I best meet it?

7. What ancestral legacy should I be aware of this season?

8. What should I be aware of as I access it?

9. What is potentially unlocked from this work?

Keep in mind that ancestral work is not just meant for Samhain’s season of remembrance. Ancestral knowledge is always accessible to you should you take the time to seek it out and listen. Making it a part of your regular practice will only deepen your connection to your own innate magic- a forecall to your future ancestral self who always guides you– which was theirs and is yours.

SKELETON KEY {Meditative Tarot Tea}

img_20161024_182907Card is The Hierophant from The Wooden Tarot ©Andy Swartz.

Blended to guide you as seek ancestral wisdom buried in your bones and beneath the vast ocean floors of memory. Deepen your journey as you work the Skeleton Key tarot spread inspired by this work.

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#taroteveryday: for the relationships that shape us for good and for ill, thanks. 

​As I lay me down to sleep after a comfortable and rambling phone conversation with my mother, I reflect on all the folks along my journey who have shaped me and helped me and moved me along, for better or worse, contributed to my growth. I am thankful for the space to be able to look back and see and look forward and know. 

Who were those people for you? How has that shaped your new path? What do you leave and what do you receive from them?

I’m really enjoying how the process of moving is sending me to the tarot- and to the same deck!  It is definitely about the fact that all my other decks are buried deep somewhere but I’m enjoying the time spent with The Stretch Tarot. This deck continues to keep my attention and intuition captured even as I think of the many reasons it shouldn’t- prime among them the overwhelming whiteness of the deck despite the token racial diversity. It’s also just plain aesthetically pleasing and is no hardship to look into and feel out. 

#taroteveryday: sunday prep day

​Today is a great day to lay groundwork for your week’s plans. Whip out that bullet journal. Meal plan and grocery shop. Put gas in your car. Clean your space. Knock out that homework. Get some exercise in. Exfoliate your skin. Wash your hair. It’s a prep day. Don’t forget to rest up after. 

Sweep-Out Ritual for your new spaces

Eve of the full moon in Aries last night; I got to sweep out my new apt with herbs and salt to clear it of whatever may have been left over there. 

Ideally, perform this small but intention filled ritual before you bring your stuff in to the new place. 
This mix is a simple blend of #hyssop #rosemary #lemompeel #hawthorn and  #seasalt for a gentle but thorough moving of latent energy. Mix whatever herbs and salts you’d like. It’s a dry mix so your magic work is conveniently also your clean up work. If you use a working besom, even better.

Sprinkle your herb blend all over your space- yes, even carpet. You can always deep vacuum later. Afterwards speak your intentions firmly as you sweep from the back of your place to the front and out the door. Keep the door ajar, and windows if you can as you sweep.

Don’t forget those corners!

post debate magic because we need all the help. all of it. #politicalwitchesunite

Did you catch the debate tonight? Yeah. I know. Here’s some quick help with that all around gross feeling.

first, breaking baths & rituals. some of your herbal allies are sage, hyssop, cleaver, mugwort, & rosemary. smoke, wash, sprinkle, do whatever you need to clear yourself before you sleep. you absolutely do not need to take it with you.

afterward bring the sweetness back in. sip, breathe in or apply something sweet and calming like lavender, jasmine, calendula, or rose before bed tonight.

and listen to any instinct that tells you to ring sea salt around your bed.

#taroteveryday: taking a chance on hope

A reminder from my god sister, “you deserve good things.”

Take a chance on hope. 

Yeah you could go with self-defense or self-interest (and those are valid and necessary forms of self_care) but you could also reach for your heart’s wish, reach for yourself, and know in your heart that hope too is a form of compassion for your spirit.