Shadowscapes : The Empress

It is no secret how enamored I am with the Shadowscapes deck. For the past few days I’ve been reading, re-reading, taking notes, and highlighting the guidebook. When I’m not doing that I’m handling and shuffling the cards, taking my time with each one; examining, pondering, trying to commit each lovely image to memory.

Additionally, and this may sound silly to some, I’ve tucked the cards under my pillow at night as a way to further attune and bond with the deck. I did the same with my R-W deck, and feel I was able to work more intuitively with it. I’ve also taken the time to re-order the deck as yet another way to cleanse and charge it.

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The Shadowscapes Tarot

The first of December brought not only overcast and rainy weather (my favorite!), but my new brand tarot cards! I’ve been stalking this package online since I ordered it so it was a nice surprise as the expected delivery, per the USPS website, was Monday (tomorrow).
The Shadowscapes tarot deck by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law is a deck I’ve coveted for almost a year! Now that I’m more comfortable with using/reading tarot cards, I wanted to treat myself, and learn a new deck. Actually, this is an early Yule/Christmas gift from the husband. 😉

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Divinely Dreaming

A lucid dream is when one is aware that one is dreaming. I’ve had a few of these dreams in my lifetime. I don’t actively try to lucid dream even though there are techniques online, so all of my experiences have been random. Last night I had a lucid dream.

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A Guide to Hecate/Hekate

Areas of Influence:
In Greece she was a pre- Olympian Goddess who aided Zeus in the battle against the Titans. He shared some of his power to with her in return.

Originally she was Goddess of the wild places, childbirth and the crossroads. These are all in between spaces that are associated with the spirit world; for the wilderness is not yet tame, birth is the moment of life where death stands in waiting and the three ways cross roads intersect at a point that is between all the directions. She was called upon by the ancients to provide protection and wisdom at these critical points.

As the in between spaces are the places where the veils between the worlds traditionally believed to be at their thinnest they are also associated with witches, magic and ghosts. From these links she gained the titles of Queen of witches and Queen of Ghosts.

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Hekate : Goddess of Earth, Moon & Underworld

Alternate spellings: Hecate
Epithets: Trioditis, Trivia, Prytania (“Judge” or “Mistress”), Invincible Queen

Hekate is a powerful goddess of the Moon, Earth, and Underworld. Perhaps originally a moon goddess, Her name means “far-darter”, which is a title also given to Apollo the sun-god whose rays are like arrows, and indeed she was often equated with his archer sister Artemis. Hekate is said to have come from Thrace, a land the Greeks considered barbaric, and most accounts name Her daughter of the Titans Perses (by some accounts brother to Kirke) and Asteria (“Starry”, also an epithet of Aphrodite), both deities of light. As the Moon, Hekate (with Helios, the Sun) served as witness when Demeter’s daughter Kore was abducted, since the Moon and Sun see all.

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Arianrhod : Goddess of the Wheel

Alternate spellings: Aranrhod, Arianrod.
Pronunciation: ahr-ee-AHN-hrod

Arianrhod (“Silver Wheel”, or “Queen of the Wheel”), is the Welsh Goddess of the Wheeling Stars, and one of the Children of Dôn, the Welsh mother goddess and counterpart to Danu. Arianrhod is the virgin mother of Lleu Llaw Gyffes, hero of light, and Dylan, child of the sea.

She is a celestial goddess, and Her realm is called Caer Sidi, which likely means “Revolving Castle”; Caer Sidi is depicted as a great turning island surrounded by Sea and located in the North. It is also one of the names for the realm of Annwn, the Otherworld or land of the dead, and is described as a wonderful place, with no sickness or old age and sweet music always playing. Both the spinning of the castle and its location in the North connect it with the Pole Star, around which the heavens swirl. Her castle, Caer Arianrhod, is said to be the constellation of Corona Borealis, also called Ariadne’s Crown. Ariadne appears to be a distant relative; she shares with Arianrhod the imagery of spiral movement and a central star, in the turnings of the labyrinth and in its inhabitant–on Crete, the Minotaur was sometimes called Asterios, “Star”.

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