As I sit here drinking my pomegranate tea (which is delicious, btw!) while listening to Thievery Corporation (if you don’t know who they are, you’re so missing out!), I wanted to quickly write down a couple things I’ve been noticing lately :
Last night while going about my daily routine, I kept smelling garlic. We don’t have any garlic at the moment, nor did we consume anything with garlic, our windows are closed so it couldn’t have come in from outside. I thought it was really strange, especially since I couldn’t pinpoint where it was coming from. It was subtle, too. One minute I’d smell it, then nothing, then I’d get a whiff of it again. I even asked the husband if he smelled it and of course he said he didn’t. It was only today, when I re-reading through the articles I’ve collected about Hecate, that I was reminded of her association with garlic. Interesting coincidence, no?
The goddess at the crossroads, the queen of ghosts, necromantic maiden, Hekate is perhaps the most widely acknowledge goddess in modern pagan witchcraft, but perhaps also the most misunderstood. She is a mistress of the dark moon, black magic, sorcery, and queen of witches, and these are the guises most often presented. But she also presides over the land, unfruitful sea and sky, is a goddess of liminality and childbirth, a torch-bearing light in the darkness and cosmic World Soul. Hekate wanders through Classical Greece, Rome and Ptolemaic Egypt though her origins are likely Anatolian and far older than Hesiod’s Theogony where Hekate first appears in poetry.
Do you do readings using reversals? Why or why not? [ full list of questions here ]
I did when I used my R-W deck. Currently, I do not and prefer it this way. Per the companion guidebook for my Shadowscapes deck, the author (and artist) did not intend for this deck to have reversals. I feel, based on the descriptions and card meanings in the book, there are both positive and negative characteristics mentioned for each card. Also, depending on the question(s) asked, the message/answer can be interpreted either way.
When did you first commit to your Path? (full list of questions here)
I fully committed myself to studying/researching and practicing my eclectic path on September 23rd, 2011. That date is significant because it was also the Autumnal Equinox. I’m a stickler for starting projects on special dates. 😉
Prior to that I dabbled in witchcraft in my late teens/early 20s. Then I considered myself Agnostic for years even though I’ve always felt a strong inkling there was something more I needed to learn/know. This journey has been a long time coming! It’s a fulfilling one at that, and I know there will be always something new to learn.
Do you ever use the Major Arcana without the Minor Arcana or vise versa? [ full list of questions here ]
No, I don’t. Though I would like to explore that option later on.
How much emphasis do you put on the text-book meanings for cards, and how much stress do you place on the “feeling” you get from cards through their artwork/symbolism/etc. (aka reading intuitively)? Do you do both, or one or the other? [ full list of questions here ]
When I first began working with my Rider-Waite deck, I consulted various websites such as Aeclectic and Learn Tarot to learn the meanings and symbolisms for each card. Over time I’ve come to know what each card represents or symbolizes when by itself and with other cards in a spread. When I draw a card, I take the time to focus on each card and write down what emotions/thoughts I get from it. However, I still find myself looking up meanings when I’m stumped or feel blocked when I try to read them intuitively.