30 Day Tarot Challenge

[ Source : 78 Keys / Ephemeral Starlight ]

Start Date : December 21, 2012 (Yule/Winter Solstice)
End Date : January 19, 2013

Note : Click on on a question to read the corresponding answer. Answers will open in a new window.

01. What introduced you to/got you involved in Tarot?
02. What was your first deck and why/how did you get it?
03. Do you have more than one deck that you use, and, if so, do you have a favorite? If not, why do you like the deck you have chosen?
04. How long have you been reading the Tarot?
05. When and where did you give your first reading?
06. What was the first spread you learned?
07. What is your favorite card (both in terms of the deck’s artwork and divinatory meaning)?
08. Which card do you dread pulling the most?
09. What card do you pull the most often? Why do you think that is the case?
10. What card best represents you/your personality (or, is most often pulled to represent you in a spread)?
11. What spread to you use most often/prefer and why?
12. Have you ever created your own spread? If so, how effective is it? (Feel free to show the spread.)
13. Is there a card that continuously stumps you when it is drawn? Why do you believe this to be so?
14. For what purposes do you usually use the Tarot (self-reflection, guidance, advice, recreation, communing with spirits/dead, communication with deity, other)?
15. 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?
16. Do you ever use the Major Arcana without the Minor Arcana or vise verse?
17. Do you do readings using reversals? Why or why not?
18. Do you feel a “connection” to your cards?
19. Do you feel/think the cards “think” or have their own consciousness? What do you believe makes the cards “tick?” (Is it magic/outside influences or all in the mind?)
20. Do you read for yourself and/or for others? Why or why not?
21. How do you feel when you do readings?
22. Do you charge money (or other ways of compensation) for your readings/services?
23. What question do you most often ask the deck (or, ask on behalf of another)?
24. How accurate do you believe your readings are (or, do they accurately convey messages from spirits/deity)?
25. What was the most dramatic/meaningful reading you ever did? (Not necessarily the most accurate.)
26. Have you ever regretted a particular reading, either for yourself or another?
27. Do you have a special time and/or place that you use your Tarot? If so, do you reserve the deck specifically for that purpose?
28. Does anyone you know not agree with your Tarot practices?
29. Do you have a Tarot mentor? Who are they (in relation to you) and how do they inspire you?
30. Do you practice any other forms of divination? If so, what is it, and do you use them alongside the Tarot as to gain more information and insight or as something separate entirely?

BONUS : If you can create one card to add to your deck, what would it be called and what would the card’s meaning be?

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Hecate’s Calling Card

I came across this Tumblr post the other day about Deity Calling Cards.  This is what was written under Hekate so far :

Hekate:

I see radiant black hair that has golden stars shining within. Never as a ‘crone’ but more motherly, or a stern but loving aunt. And hounds…don’t forget the hounds. Torch-bearer. And yes, the beat that I hear when she is around makes you want to belly-dance. [BellonaNJ73]

golden blackness (very difficult to explain – like the blackest black that emanates gold light), teeth (which you will get a chance to see up close and personal if you, um, intrude), claws, bones, gold (did I say gold, ‘cos gold), grey hooded cloak, starry chiton (ie. made from stars and night and the vast depths of space), blue goldstone, The Hermit.

NO CHOCOLATE. NO WINE. Almond milk, honey, honeyed almond milk, almonds, feta, figs, shallots, pomegranate green tea.

I’ve seen her dancing, slow and graceful, very stylised. Usually near a tree – or even within the roots – or at the (stormy) ocean’s edge. She can appear slightly taller than average or absolutely giant. Generally neutral-serious, no nonsense; not stern, but not jovial either. [lacartetreizieme]

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The Transformative Nature of Hekate

She is a guardian, a guide, which is something of a far cry from her depictions as a matron of dark magic. She is neither dark nor light, but like most things in nature, she is gray. Like change itself. We are refined by change; made stronger, or weaker, or brighter, or darker. We are made more clearly what we are, shown ourselves and forced to come to terms with the dark parts within us as well as the light ones. The refinement of the soul requires the change that Hekate brings. She is a guide, a caretaker, a nurse; one who welcomes the company of lost spirits, who guides and protects them as they traverse the crossroads.

Night turns to day and Hekate is there, just as she is when day inevitably turns into night again. She is the precise moment that one thing becomes another. Through her the workings of the greater universe, the totality of deity, are enacted upon the world. And it is through her that we may learn to accept change, to accept the cycles of nature that are inherent in our lives.

It is therefore appropriate that she should be ever changing – that the goddess the Greeks first saw as “bright-coiffed” should in time become the “green-skinned hag,” only to cycle back. All the while she is becoming something infinitely more complex and yet just the same as she has always been.

Hekate changes, and she changes us.

— The Transformative Nature of Hekate by Marion Sipe, featured in the 2013 Witches’ Companion

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Orphic Hymn 1 to Hekate

Hekate Enoidia, Triodite, lovely dame,
Of earthly, watery and celestial frame,
Sepulchral in a saffron veil arrayed,
Pleased with dark ghosts that wander through the shade.
Perseia, solitary goddess, hail!
The world’s key-bearer, never doomed to fail.
In stags rejoicing, huntress, nightly seen,
And drawn by bulls, unconquerable queen.
Leader, nymph, nurse, on mountains wandering,
Hear the suppliants who with holy rites thy power revere,
And to the herdsman with a favoring mind draw near.

[ Source : theoi.com ]

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Hecate/Hekate : An Introduction by Sorita d’Este

Hekate is a Goddess of great antiquity. She is primordial, powerful and sometimes animalistic – and yet also sophisticated, modern and capable of adapting to different cultures. She is the Torchbearer, the Cosmic World Soul, the Guide and Companion. She is Mistress of the Restless Dead, who rules over the Heavens, Earth and Sea. She is the Keybearer who stands at the crossroads of life, death and initiation. Her devotees today, as throughout the ages, include philosophers, poets, sorcerers, theurgists, witches, root-cutters, enchantresses and ordinary people.

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