Since rediscovering my path a little more than a year ago, I’ve read various books, websites, articles and whatever else I’m able to get my witchy hands on. (Btw, you can view the list of books I’ve read this year here. I hope to add on to that list for 2013.) Thankfully, the Internet has a wealth of information, websites, and knowledgeable people one can seek and learn from. Of course, you do have to keep an open mind, and more often than not, have to take things with a grain of salt.
I’ve been able to narrow down my research, and I’m focusing more on setting up a guidelines/structure for myself. I’ve followed the Wheel of the Year ever since I was in my 20s, so certain things I came across in my research weren’t all that new to me. This past year was more of a refresher course. Also, I’ve become much more comfortable acknowledging and celebrating the Sabbats/Esbats out in the open. Meaning, around close friends and certain family members.
The turning point for me was last year when we moved closer to the coast. Being near the ocean on a daily basis, feeling/tasting/smelling the salty sea air has changed me in so many ways. I’ve loved the sea all my life, and I’m a beach comber through and through. Seeing the ocean makes my heart and soul ridiculously happy. When I came across Sea Witchery, the proverbial light bulb went off in my head. It was a moment when everything just made complete and utter sense – finally. It’s exciting really, to finally be able to identify with something, to have a way to explain, and even label myself. I’m sure other people have felt this way when they’ve discovered their true path. My focus now is to gather more information, and read books such as Sea Magic, Traditional Witchcraft for the Sea Shore, Mermaid Magic etc. and document (some of it) it here.
After having some trouble getting to know my tarot cards (more like I was a wee bit intimidated by the whole concept of it), I’m much more comfortable with working with them. I’ve always felt drawing cards for myself is a personal/private thing, so it wasn’t something I wanted to discuss out in the open (read: internet). I’m very much an introvert (you’ll never know it from all the socials I’m a part of, heh), and have a tendency to want to keep certain things under wraps. It’s only recently decided to share the images on my blog (as you can see from the previous entries). I usually come up with my own interpretations based on gut feeling/intuition/what have you, as well as what I’ve read in books or online. Those are usually jotted down in a notebook. The plan is to include those notes, thoughts and insights in my (semi) daily tarot spreads in the future.
In the very near future, this upcoming Yule in fact, I plan to – finally – purchase the Shadowscapes tarot deck and book by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. I’ve had my heart set on this deck for ages! I immediately felt drawn to these cards because of the beautiful watercolor images created by the artist. The color scheme, blues and purples with silver, appealed to me because they remind me of the sea. The reason why I’ve put off purchasing this deck for so long is because I wanted to familiarize myself with the traditional Rider-Waite deck. I also didn’t want to go about tarot reading without knowing the basics. Now I feel more than ready (and capable) to move on to the Shadowscapes deck. I cannot wait to get my hands on it, and document my draws and spreads here.