Little Witch Info

This Thing Called Tarot

I have been fascinated with tarot for as long as I can remember. My mom had tarot cards and then she bought me my first set of cards when I was about 11. The first deck I ever had was, of course, the Rider-Waite deck and I remember buying it from the mall bookstore. It was, and still remains, the quintessential tarot cards for beginners and pros alike. There are so many decks based off of the Rider-Waite style; it’s iconic. From the symbols on the cards to the faces of the characters, things about the Rider-Waite style deck can be found in thousands of tarot decks on the market.

Has any tarot deck really spoken to you before?

A deck that I find myself currently connected with is the Pam’s Vintage Tarot. It was one of the first decks that really called out to me. From it’s vintage colors and style to it’s classic Rider-Waite looks, it really fit me. It was a limited edition printing and it’s currently hard to find but I knew I had to have it. Has any deck really spoken to you before? If so, you and it are destined to be together. Here’s a look at Pam’s Vintage.

I am also studying the Tarot for Kids deck. This deck is heavily based on the Rider-Waite deck, but is softened just for children ages 8+. As a mother, I appreciate that the images are more gentle for a younger audience. The images feature less intense imagery – for example, the Devil card is now the Bully, Death is now Change, etc. The cards are on the larger side and the cardstock is heavier than standard cards. I think it’s good that the cards are a little on the larger side; it helps to see the fine details and symbols on each card. The booklet that comes with the deck is helpful and makes deciphering the meanings of the cards much easier.

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Spreads

There are many different tarot spreads that you can use – laying down three cards drawn at random for instance. There’s also the Celtic Cross spread which is a bit more complicated but great for really complex, serious or detailed questions. You can also create your own spread that works best for you. Personally, I enjoy the three card spread. I read it as past, present and future.

Storytelling

Tarot is a tool of divination as well as storytelling. Depending on the cards drawn, you can weave a whole story based on the characters on the cards. Each card has its own character(s), meaning, symbols and more which make creating a story easy.

It’s possible to create a story just from one card!

How do you practice tarot? Are you a collector of decks, like myself? Tell us your relationship with the cards in the comments. For more info on tarot, read this.

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T is for Tarot

Tarot cards have been used for divination purposes since the 18th century with existence of cards dating back to the 15th century. There are 78 cards in a tarot deck – including 22 major arcana cards and 56 minors. Just like in a deck of regular playing cards there are 4 suits and face cards. The three most common tarot card styles are the Rider-Waite-Smith, the Marseille, and the Thoth decks.

Today there are thousands of different and modern decks being created including some that revolve entirely around plants, moon cycles and even cats! Many are based on Rider-Waite-Smith, the Marseille, and the Thoth decks.

Examples of major cards include: The Empress, The Lovers, Death and The Sun. Each card has its own meanings. Cards can be interpreted to mean different things based on the reader, the spread of the cards, the orientation of the card, etc.

Tarot can be a large part of your magickal practice. It’s a huge part of mine. What deck are you using?

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Little Witch Info

Being a Little Witch

I started the Little Witch series with a goal in mind to help little witches of all ages find their way. Little Witches are new to the world of witchcraft and the occult and are looking for answers. They are not defined by sex, gender, race, age or religion. Anyone can be a little witch! Witches are kind and respectful to all people, animals, spirits and of course other little witches. They are friends and caretakers to the planet Earth. Little Witches are inclusive and show respect to all spiritual paths.

There’s a little witch in all of us.

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At heart, I’m a little witch. At this time, I’m in my 30s and I have two small children. I have been dabbling in the world of witchcraft and the occult for many years with my focus being on tarot and divination. I recognized that I am still a little witch because there is still so much to learn about the spiritual world and the magickal world around us.

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My children are the reason that I made this book. At this time, they are 7 and 3 years old. Explaining my craft or any spiritual path to them at this time is difficult. Finding a book on the topic that’s fun and engaging is even more difficult. If you follow our Instagram account, you’ll see all of the books we’ve found that feature a witch or magick including classic works like The Wizard of Oz or indie Kickstarter publications like That Witch.

I am a writer. I’ve been writing since I was 10 years old. I have written everything from poetry to prose to plays. I enjoy variety as well as challenging my skills. This is my first time working on a children’s book. I’ve enjoyed it tremendously and I envision working on more books in the future.

There’s so much in the magickal world to look at and view through the little witch lens. We are embarking on a journey to learn all there is to learn so we can better ourselves.

Stay tuned for interviews, future blogs and more about witchcraft.

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S is for Samhain

Samhain is a Gaelic festival that marks the end of harvest season and the beginning of winter. It begins on the evening of October 31 and ends the evening of November 1. It is widely observed in Ireland and Scotland but has now spread an includes neopagans and wiccans. Samhain originated as far back as the 9th century.

Samhain celebrations include lighting of bonfires, feasting and divination. Ancestors are honored more prominently during this holiday as well.

Samhain and Halloween are close in timing but are two very different celebrations. Halloween is always on October 31 whereas Samhain is the middle date between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. The thread which has run continually through both Samhain and Halloween is a connection to the dead and the supernatural. That connection was thought to be made possible by the thinning of the veil between worlds, which was at its thinnest at Samhain.

Samhain is pronounced a few different ways. Let us know how you say it in the comments 😉

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R is for Ritual

A ritual, as defined in the dictionary, is “a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order” but it can be so much more than that. 

Some rituals are extremely important, long and complex. The rituals performed in ceremonial magick are quite intricate.  They can involve speaking, song, dance as well as the order in which actions are performed.

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There are simple rituals one can conduct. Greeting the sun as well as rituals to awaken magickal awareness like the Ritual of the Pentagram are good examples.

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Maybe you have participated in a ritual and didn’t know it. Some rituals are simple – like taking a bath or reciting of traditional vows in a wedding.

Have you participated in a ritual? Tell us more in the comments

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Q is for Quartz

Hey there Little Witches!

Clear Quartz is considered a master healer crystal. The meaning of clear quartz is spiritual growth and healing. There are many different kinds of quartz each with its own meaning and properties such as rose, snow and Smokey quartz. 

“It’s an amazing amplifying stone, meaning that whatever you pour into it, will pour out tenfold. The clarity of its many faces can spark memory, hone concentration, and bring your whole being back to balance.” – Tiny Rituals

Clear quartz can be used in place of many crystals in little witches rituals. It is colorless and/or white. It harmonizes all chakras, works with all zodiac signs and enhances psychic ability. 

Do you use quartz in your practice? What’s your favorite crystal, little witches? 

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P is for Pagan

Paganism has been around for a very long time (think pre-Christian times) and felt a growing resurgence in the magickal community since the 1950s. Most Pagans are polytheistic, believing in multiple gods and goddesses. Nature is sacred to the pagan community and they believe that humans are a part of nature just like animals, trees, rocks and everything else that is part of nature. Some pagans believe in reincarnation as well. 

Pagans have many festivals and ceremonies throughout the year including Imbolc, Beltane and Samhain. They also celebrate equinoxes. 

Pagan beliefs vary wildly depending on the branch or kind of paganism. If you’re a pagan, tell us something about your beliefs in the comments. 

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O is for Occult

The dictionary defines the occult as the mystical, magical and the supernatural. The occult includes topics that fall outside the realms of religion and science. 

“The occult” is a category into which gets placed a range of beliefs from “spirits or fairies to parapsychological experiments, from UFO-abductions to Oriental mysticism, from vampire legends to channelling, and so on”. – Hanegraaff 

The occult, coined in the 16th century, has changed over time. What does the occult mean to you? 

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N is for Necronomicon

Many people still believe the Necronomicon to be real, but it’s actually a work of fiction. Created my H.P. Lovecraft, the Necronomicon is a fictional grimoire often referred to as the Book of the Dead. It is referenced many times in Lovecraft’s books including it’s first appearance in the book “The Hound” in 1924.

The book contains the details regarding The Old Ones, their history and how to summon them. An example of an Old One would be Cthulhu. It is described as being a leather bound book with metal clasps. It is a substantial text boasting over 700 pages. It has been referenced in many movies, books and television shows.

What’s your opinion of this magickal grimoire?

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M is for Magick

That’s magick with a K. Magick was first coined by Aleister Crowley. It was created as a way to differentiate between stage magic and otherworldly magick.

A fairly common explanation of magick is that it is a method of transforming the physical world through metaphysical means by employing ritual action. The practice of magick is to raise and direct energy to fulfill your intentions. One can do this through rituals, prayers, practice, meditation, etc.

There’s many different kinds of magick. There’s candle magick, altar magick, moon magick, green magick, etc.

What is your favorite? What does magick mean to you?