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‘Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.’ -Kahlil Gibran

Today is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. Let’s take advantage of this extra light with a casting map that turns our attention towards what energizes us.

This map works with any divining tool-  Charms, found objects, runes, crystals, tarot and oracle decks, etc. All are welcome and encouraged. Here’s how it works.

Print the following casting map or mark the positions on a piece of paper. You can download a printable version here. Imagine what it is you wish to energize through this divination. Write your wish on a piece of paper and place it in the center of your casting map.

If you’re using cards, assign a single card to each position on the map.

For casting, lightly cast a handful of items over the map. Where they land will hold meaning. For example, if an item lands directly on one of the map’s symbols, go with it by divining it. However if an item misses a symbol, move on. I treat these misses as a non issue.

Want to take advantage of all the symbols on the map? Randomly assign an item to each. This will take more time, but then again, it’s the longest day of the year. You’ve got time!

Merry Solstice!

 

Positions

  • Central Sun: This is your Summer Solstice Message
  • Crown: This is what’s ruling you
  • Snake: Shed this. It doesn’t fit anymore.
  • Sword: Lay down this weapon to end the battle
  • Ouroboros: This will sustain you
  • Jar with Magick Dust: Add of dash of this for magick
  • All Seeing Eye: This is what you’re ready to see
  • Planchette: This is ready to be communicated
  • Caduceus: This is ready to be healed
  • Open Hand: Create boundaries with this
  • Arrow: Aim for this
  • Scales: Create stability and balance with this
  • Crystal: This wants to be crystal clear
  • Shooting Star: Wish on this
  • Crescent Moon: Your intuition want’s you to know this
  • Key: This is ready to be unlocked
  • Hourglass: This wants more of your time

 

Whether you’re new to casting maps or a seasoned pro, all of us will experience getting lost or stuck on a symbol. When this happens, I reach for the following 3-step formula to unlock accurate insights.

Step 1— Describe the Literal Meaning

To break the ice, describe the card or item literally. Avoid going into symbol-speak. That will come later. For example, if the item is a key charm or the Key card found in Lenormand decks, simply describe it as a key; This is a key. Next, describe the color, texture, temperature, or smell. All literal context eventually opens the doors to Step 2.

Step 2— Give the Item Symbolic Meaning

Now that you’ve literally described your item, add some words that give it symbolic value. For example, and staying with the key as our symbol, describe what a key stands for. How is a used and what is its purpose? Does it remind you of anything or anyone? At this point, familiar tie-ins between the symbol and you or your sitter’s situation start to become clear. However let’s take it a step deeper.

Step 3— Look in the Mirror

This final step invites us to look at what is being reflected in our story through the divination. How can the symbol offer a mirror of clarity or insight to our situation and how can we apply that information to our life? The aim of divination isn’t always to predict the future, but to locate a line of action that will improve our future. At this step, encourage your sitter to imagine how their situation might improve when applying this line of action. This type of dialogue empowers you or your sitter to leave the reading with a self-motivated plan.

Merry full moon in the sensitive sign of Cancer. The perfect moon for shining light on emotional patterns rooted in ancestral agendas.

Along with 30 ancestral healing teachers, I was invited by the Shift Network to participate in their outstanding Ancestral Healing Summit hosted by the eminent Lisa Bonnice. The interviews are free to watch between January 18-21 and feature new practices and insights for connecting with the wise and loving among our ancestors. For my part I wanted to share a lunar inspired divination map that uses the phases of the moon as a way to recognize, illuminate and release ancestral inheritances.

Before the invention of timepieces, our ancestors worked with the moon’s phases as a way of living in harmony with the seasons. Today we can adopt a similar type of lunar logic to pinpoint recurring patterns that weave their way through the family line. For this talk Lisa and I discuss how eight moon phases can be viewed as opportunities to release ancestral patterns over 29 ½ day period. Feel free to follow along with our interview using the following moon phase map and descriptions, or make a map of your own. As mentioned in the interview, you can begin with any moon phase. The goal is to create a month-long healing experience that works in tandem with the moon as our guiding light.

 

New Moon: A time when the moon is located between the sun and Earth and the night sky is at its darkest making the stars more visible. Several indigenous cultures, from Celtic to Aboriginal view the stars as representing the ancestors and today we often hear the phrase we are made of stardust. Carl Sagan wrote, the Nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are star stuff. He also reminds us that our ancestors who worshiped the Sun were not that foolish, It makes sense to revere the Sun and the stars, for we are their children. Let’s use this phase to reach out to our ancestral line and ask for their blessings as we inform them of our plan and our intention which is to release an ancestral pattern in order to heal and evolve the generational line.

 

A few days after the New Moon we move into the Waxing Crescent Moon. This is when the moon is traveling east in the sky and we begin to see a sliver being illuminated. The moon’s light is increasing in visibility. This is a claiming time where we give light to our goal by claiming how we will to commit to this work and also by claiming our desired outcome. At this time I recommend designing a lunar schedule, or printing the included lunar map and adding notes that help deliver you to your result.

First Quarter Phase: This is when the moon’s cycle is ¼ of the way complete and half of the moon is illuminated. During this phase select an action that you can repeat daily and visually depicts a successful outcome. This can be movement, music, words or a ritual act that ask, If I take this action, this is what I want the result to look and feel like—these are the changes that will occur. This can be enhanced with items like photos, altars, poetry or anything that stands for the action of your desired end result. This is something you want to make visible so you can give it everyday attention. Keep your eye on the prize!

Waxing Gibbous: Gibbous means growing shape so with this phase the moon’s shape and light appear to be growing as it nears being full. This is a time to grow your focus by giving it more energy and light. This can be candlelight or your own energetic light. Both work. Another option is to literally bathe your focus in moonlight by placing items or intentions outside or near a window that is touched by lunar light. This is the phase to give your items, intention and desired results a strong daily dose of focus and light.

 

Full Moon: Here the face of the moon is illuminated by the sun. Use this time to illuminate what keeps the ancestral pattern hidden or locked away. This can be achieved through magic, divination, ritual, whatever helps you bring light to your situation so you can see where and why the pattern may have originated. The goal here isn’t to blast the pattern with a harsh exposing light but instead to nurture it with the type of light that illuminates healing and lasting possibility—one that will support not only yourself but future generations.

 

Waning Gibbous: For this phase the moon’s shape and light are now decreasing. And so this is a time to harvest and bring in what you’ve discovered from your work so far. This is also a good time to share what you’ve discovered in creative ways and for this I like to write letters to my ancestors that tell them how much I’ve learned or gathered from the family pattern and also this experience of releasing the pattern. This letter serves as both a message of gratitude and release.

 

Last Quarter: This moon is opposite of the first quarter moon and yet half of it is also illuminated. This is an excellent phase to release and clear any remaining energy you might have around the ancestral pattern. A great way to achieve this is by revisiting and amplifying the action and outcome you set in place during the First Quarter phase. This is also a great time to ask yourself: What action can I do or double down on that will support me as I release the family pattern? How can I commit to giving this action a little more energy? Each time you invest in this action try to nurture it by envisioning how your life will change when you reach your desired outcome and then add to this a little more magick to actually sense what that outcome looks and feels like.

Waning Crescent: With this phase we can begin to wind down our work as the moon reaches its final lunar cycle. During this time it’s important to give yourself time to recuperate and retreat with what you’ve accomplished. Try not to do too much and instead simply observe what you set out to do. Explore what did and didn’t work for you and without a lot of effort, simply locate any changes that presented themselves through this work. These changes can be large or small. Whatever the size, try to view them as milestones that mark your progress.

Once you’ve accomplished the 29 ½ day experience, you can build on your accomplishments by giving back. For many, the promise of giving back becomes the greatest healing opportunity and can be achieved by making offerings through the next 29 ½ day moon cycle. For now, give focus to an emotional ancestral pattern you’re ready to change and heal

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The Generations Oracle is here!

Kits Ship on September 13, 2021

 

The Generations Oracle is a set of unique divination tools specifically designed to help you connect and open dialogue with your ancestors so you can get to the bottom of vexing issues. This tool is flexible, user friendly and can be as simple or as complex as you need it to be. You can use the kit’s individual elements as standalone tools, and in whatever order you prefer, if that’s what feels right at the moment. Each kit comes with helpful video links that guide you in successfully divining with your items. In addition to the videos you will have access to a private Generations Oracle Facebook group where Lisa, Carrie and several guests in the field of ancestral communication will offer live sessions on how you can extend the experience with your oracle. What’s inside? Read on!

 

Reading Cloth Featuring

  • The Family Tree, with interpretive symbols within the roots, trunk and branches
  • The Ancestral Cloud and Roots, above, below and beyond the tree
  • Two Pendulum Targets, one which says Yes and No, and another that says Past Life, Present Life and Ancestral Pattern
  • Five Time Stamps across the top of the cloth.

 

Family Tree Featuring

  • The left side of the cloth represents your paternal lineage, and the right side represents your maternal lineage.
  • The branches of the tree include icons that represent your parents, your grandparents, and your great-grandparents.
  • The trunk of the tree includes numbers 10-100. This will be used when querying about ages and/or other numbers. You can use the Generation Oracle Pendulum or toss one or all 3 Communication Charms when asking for information that includes numbers.
  • The roots have two components: Divine Masculine/Feminine and Grandparents’ Folkways.

 

Time Stamps

  • Distant Past
  • Recent Past
  • Current State
  • Immediate Future
  • Distant Future

 

Casting Pieces

  • A Telephone charm
  • A Clock charm
  • A Pendulum Tree/Charm
  • Informational Coins
  • Advice Coins

 

Informational Coins Feature

  • The 38 Informational Coins are based on the 36 Lenormand Oracle symbols, to which we’ve added meanings to support our theme of ancestral work. For example, Clouds for atmosphere, House for origin and Child for successor. Added to the Lenormand symbols are 2 additional Masculine and Feminine coins for gender fluid options.
  • Also included are 14 additional coin-symbols that often appear in ancestral communication; For example Baggage for trappings, Gate for passage and Camera for memories.

 

 Advice Coins Feature

The 11 Advice Coins are generally (but not necessarily) used toward the end of your conversation with your ancestral helper. Once you’ve sussed out the story you’re working with (whether absolutely based in historical fact or symbolic storylines) you can draw an Advice Coin to figure out workable solutions.

Inventory Cards & Generations Oracle PDF

Inside every kit are 2 Inventory Cards to help you keep track of your items. Lisa has also put together an excellent printable book with step-by-step instructions for divining with your Generations Oracle.

 

 

Learn to use the oracle with its creators:

LISA BONNICE is an award-winning author and program host with The Shift Network, where she has hosted three Ancestral Healing Summits, exploring how our ancestors can help us transform our lineage (and life), past present and future. She is also the host of Shift’s Beyond the Veil Summit, exploring near death experiences, mediumship and the afterlife.Her book Shape Shifting: Reclaiming Your Perfect Body (paperback and Kindle) includes a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch. Her True Crime novel, Fear of Our Father, was twice featured on the Investigation Discovery Network. Her newest novel, a metaphysical comedy called The Poppet Master, includes a foreword by Marc Allen (the man who discovered Eckhart Tolle).Her current project is a novel based on true events. While doing genealogy research, Lisa discovered a witch trial and generational curse. This upcoming novel, tentatively titled The Maxwell Curse, demonstrates how ancestral legacies can ripple across time for centuries, leaving havoc in their wake. Lisa feels that it’s her life’s work to heal that curse by working with her ancestors, and sharing with others how they too can break the ties that bind them to their own families’ past histories

 

 

I have been swimming. Not in the literal sense, but more in the way one swims with divergent thoughts. It feels unsettling, especially when I float past my very doable to-do list only to view it as if it’s grown horns. What am I doing? Why am I drifting from responsibility? What’s the point of this unanchored energy? I’ve come to recognize these questions not as being particularly helpful, but more as distractions that keep me swimming in the waters of paralysis analysis. Sound familiar? Then read on.

Much of my stagnation feels lockdown related, eclipse influenced and at times a combo of the two. One thing is for certain, my situation favors avoidance and for this reason I created the following spread that works in tandem with today’s partial solar eclipse.

Eclipses are notorious for amplifying energetic standstills, and for many the desire to suppress eclipse-driven angst far outweigh the gumption to stand in the dark and face the cause of our anxiety. The aim of this divination is to help us show up and locate the intelligence that exists within that tension and to view it as a strong request for change. Here’s how it works:

You will need two decks for this spread. Any tarot, Lenormand or oracle will do. Deck 1 represents the hidden agenda behind any aimless drift you may find yourself in and why you are choosing to remain in unmoving waters. Deck 2 represents the request for change being communicated from your standstill and what may transpire should you choose to take action over nonaction.

Each position is paired with one of five significant phases found in the June 10th eclipse which is being touted as a ring of fire eclipse meaning the moon will pass in front of the sun to create the illusion of a ring of fire.

For this spread I’m using cards created by an artist who means the world to me, Lisa de St Croix. I will be divining with two of Lisa’s Tarot de St. Croix decks; a lovely first edition (2013) featuring warm, terracotta borders, and also her latest 2021 reprint which is a borderless version of the Tarot de St Croix featuring titles on darker cardstock. Both decks share the same imagery, and with this new reprint, I couldn’t help but see how one perfectly lends itself to what I call Shadow divining while the other can be used for Light divining.

For this divination I suggest you select and assign a deck as your Shadow deck to represent the hidden agenda behind any impasse you might be experiencing. Next, select and assign another deck as your Light deck to represent the request for change this divination is pointing to.

Shuffle both decks, keep them separate and place your Shadow deck to the left and your Light deck to the right. You can use the following diagram as your guide or make one of your own. The goal is to have two decks going simultaneously so you can see both sides of your situation.

 

Visit here for a full printable of this spread.

Step 1: Partial Eclipse Begins

If you are fortunate to safely witness today’s eclipse you will notice the moon starting to become visible. Many describe this phase as the sun looking as if a bite has been taken from it.

Question for Shadow deck/1 card: What is at the root of what is eating my time/energy/drive?

Question for Light deck/1 card: How can I expose and therefore break free from justifying agendas that eat away at my progress?

 

Step 2: Partial Phase

The moon begins to block the sun causing your environment to darken and lose the sun’s heat and light.

Question for Shadow deck/1 card: What am I choosing to engage with that blocks my light?

Question for Light deck/1 card:  What action can I take to fearlessly reach into the darkest part of my shadow and pull from it insights that inform rather than obscure my mission on Earth?

 

Step 3: Ring of Fire Phase

Here the moon is positioned in front of the sun. While not covering the entire sun, the moon appears smaller than the sun causing it to create a ring of fire.

Question for Shadow deck/1 card: What small excuses do I passionately surround myself with?

Question for Light deck/1 card:  How can I best sustain a fire that fuels vitality, drive and focus?

 

Step 4: Partial Phase Ends

The moon begins to move across the face of the sun allowing the return of light, heat and orientation.

Question for Shadow deck/1 card: What is the purpose behind engaging with actions that continue to disorient me?

Question for Light deck/1 card:  What steps can I take that will illuminate my commitment to my purpose?

 

Step 5: Final Phase

With the moon’s influence no longer in sight, we return to the light and heat of the sun.

Question for Shadow deck/1 card: What influences encourage me to stay hidden?

Question for Light deck/1 card:  How can I recognize the difference between being in my true light over expressing a false light?

 

Once you’ve finished divining, and if possible, keep your reading out so you can check in with it as needed. I like to take my time with readings and will continue to nurture my divination from this new moon to the full Strawberry moon (June 24, 2021) by revisiting it and perhaps adding more cards or charms. A good way to keep your reading alive is by taking a photo of it and saving the image as the screen saver on one or all of your devices.

Eclipse times can be found here.

Not in a location to watch the eclipse? No problem, you can follow it live here.

“Any Oracle that endures must be of service to at least three consecutive generations.” 

– Margaret Mead 

 

For the past 7 years, I’ve been creating divinatory tools that help open channels to ancestral communication. Some of you may recall the Charming Dead Oracle or Magpie Oracle Seer Charm kits that were part of a series of online courses I co-taught with my gifted friend Andrew Kyle McGregor.

Yet, in the beginning, there was the first edition of the Relative Tarot. At the time of its first release, I’d initially intended that this deck be limited to court and Major Arcana cards to represent the ancestors, sitters, friends, family, key players, personality traits and significant communications; but, The Relative Tarot really wanted to become a 78-card experience. It evolved into a tool that heightened the connection to spirit, the little details, memories, insights, the everyday things encountered in the Land of Form that support the experience of evidential mediumship. While I fell down a personal rabbit hole with this particular project (it’s very dear to my heart and my own calling), little did I realize how big the demographic for divination and ancestral communication would be.

Both versions of the deck sold out almost immediately, (thank you!) and this was a clear sign that there was a great need for magical approaches to both personal healing – and in doing so, healing the family tree. Happily, the Relative Tarot was picked up by the publisher Red Wheel-Weiser and a beautiful new edition will be released in November 2021. Stay tuned.

In addition to ancestral-focused cards and casting kits, I’ve been working behind the scenes with Lisa Bonnice, host of the Shift Network’s popular Ancestral Healing Summits. Together, Lisa and I have co-created a new tool for divining messages from our ancestors with which I’m head over heels in love. It’s my experience that the most meaningful tools arrive at your doorstep very quickly. They knock loudly, ensure you’re aware of all of their needs, and are ready to give them form – like, now!

Artists often describe their creation process as being timeless. I get that now. The Generations Oracle was a relentless, energizing creation and like the notorious duende, it wouldn’t let go of my attention until we were finished, half a year later – which felt like a heartbeat. Please stay tuned for the release date. For now, you can hear more about The Generations Oracle in my Shift Network interview on Lisa’s Ancestral Healing Summit which is free to listeners between February 22-26.

It was also during the creation of The Generations Oracle that I created the following casting map for Diane Wilke’s Southeastern Tarot Conclave. Like many of my tools, the goal of this map is to help us open a dialogue, specifically with our beloved ancestors. It also combines and layers tarot cards with casting charms, a very happy marriage, though any divination tool will do.

Visit here for printable downloads of this spread or simply mirror the positions using a set of cards. Here’s how it works:

Please note this divination is a lighter version of mediumship and for communicating with those on the Other Side. More specifically our ancestors. And by lighter, I mean it doesn’t require you to go into a deep state in order to start a conversation. That can definitely happen, but for this divination, I encourage you to learn the steps before going into deeper dialogues with your ancestors.

  • Step 1: Set up your space and create boundaries. Invite to your divination a helpful, as opposed to drama-charged ancestor and preferably one who has your best interest in heart. If using a tarot deck, remove and set aside the 16 court cards. If casting, I recommend randomly selecting your items and assigning them to the positions on this map rather than casting them.

 

  • Step 2: Start with the 4 Pages positioned inside the circle. Pages are often referred to messengers and go-betweens and for this divination, each Page represents your ancestor’s message regarding 4 life lessons they experienced during their time on Earth in body/Page of Pentacles, mind/Page of Swords, heart/Page of Cups and spirit/Page of Wands. Think of these 4 positions as your ancestor’s opportunity to communicate something important they learned and also hope you will not forget. Here your charms or cards will represent your ancestor’s voice and message.

 

  • Step 3: Now that you’ve opened a dialogue and have an idea of your ancestor’s Earth experience, let’s move to the 4 Aces which can symbolize a new start or influence. For this spread they represent a seed of support your ancestor is offering you during your time on Earth. Assign a random card or charm to each Ace to reveal the possible potential and growth you can experience with your ancestor’s support in body/Ace of Pentacles, mind/Ace of Swords, heart/Ace of Cups and spirit/Ace of Wands.

 

  • Step 4: The 12 remaining court cards help identify the character and physical traits of the ancestor you have been in communication with. And this is where I ask you to put your cards to the side and rely more on charms or other casting items. Randomly select just one item and cast it over this spread. If it lands directly on any of the 12 court cards, or pretty close to one (I’ll leave it to you should you wish to include the Pages in this casting), chances are this is the ancestor who is revealing something to you about their character and physical traits. As a side and in my personal experience, if a charm lands outside of the spread, this indicates an ancient ancestor who exists beyond the family memory.

 

Determining traits via the court cards is an old cartomancy technique for selecting a significator. With this method, the diviner would select a court card to represent their sitter, or someone the sitter is asking about. There are a number of methods for determining a significator and most were originally gleaned from the querent’s gender, race, age, sun sign, or social and marital status. Some of these methods feel outdated as we find the topic of personal identity ever evolving. For this reason, I’ve added a chart that highlights a just few of the traits diviners often experience, but please build your own. This is, after all, your divination.

Once your divination is complete, take a few minutes to observe your findings. Rather than shelf your reading, now is the time to ask more questions, search old family photos, or dig into your ancestral history, all of which can help affirm your divination. Look for themes that might be rooted in your linage and extend the experience by divining ways to heal, or further dialogue with your family line. Don’t worry if nothing reveals itself just yet. It happens. Instead, view this as an opportunity to trust your intuition and learn patience while practicing this art.

Merry divining.

Autumn is here (can you feel it?) and with it ripe opportunities to honor and converse with those on the Otherside. From October 25-30, the Shift Network’s Beyond the Veil Summit, hosted by Lisa Bonnice, delivers 5 days of free discussions that explore the nature of near-death experiences, mediumship and the science of the afterlife. I loved being part of the conversation and look forward to learning new techniques from leading researchers in the field.

To add to the season, I made a new casting map thematic of October’s magick. Some of the best parlour games are carryovers from Samhain and Autumn harvest festivals, many of which were created with the abundance of seasonal resources people had on hand. Apple bobbing, Jack-o`-lantern gazing and pumpkin or apple seed divining are just a few activities that come to mind.

In the spirit of magical conversations and recycling seasonal resources, I repurposed a vintage Halloween game board to create an easy-to-use casting opportunity (cards work too).

The original game featured numbers ranging from 1 to 22 for a roll-and-move, start to finish experience. The number 22 immediately caught my attention because it pairs so beautifully with the 22 cards in the tarot’s major arcana. Keeping this connection in mind, I replaced most of the numbers with starter sentences that borrow from the major arcana’s voice.

This map doesn’t require you be an expert diviner. In fact anyone can receive instant insights simply by casting a handful of charms or tchotchkes onto the image followed by musing over where they land and why. In other words, this divination is for everyone. Come to think of it, I suspect pumpkin seed diviners had to start somewhere. Here is how it works:

  • Print the following casting map or recreate the 22 positions on a piece of paper that you can cast charms onto.
  • Grab a handful of charms or other items and cast them onto your map. Take note of where they land and begin talking about what they might be directing your attention towards.
  • Another option: Assign a random charm or card to each position on the map. This approach will take more time, but also cover a lot of ground.
  • I maintained 3 squares from the original game that suggest you move forward or back. I recommend you take heed if a charm lands in one of these positions which might make for an unexpected outcome.
  • Look for themes like love, work and personal growth, or repeat advice like, take a chance, or don’t take that job, and possible patterns that ask, haven’t you been here before?
  • The word “this” in each starter sentence represents the symbolic nature of your charms or cards. For example if a Key charm lands on the position that reads, Magical thinking creates this, then the Key might presage an unlocked mind that supports magical over Muggle thinking. If a Coin lands in the position that reads, Utilize this to move forward, it might suggest you invest more in yourself or a project you’ve been working on. Always go with your immediate hunch, which is usually right.

The goal is for you to have a little October fun while gaining meaningful insights during this magical month. So have at it, dear diviner and may your future follow your highest wishes.

 

 

Only the dead have seen the end of war. – Plato

On the last Monday in May, the U.S. observes Memorial Day, a day for honoring those who died while serving in the military. One of the symbols associated with this day is the red remembrance poppy, inspired by the 1915 World War I poem, In Flanders Fields by John McCrae who wrote the poem after witnessing his fellow soldier and friend die on the battle filed. Lines in the poem refer to poppies as being the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers’ graves.

In 1918, professor and volunteer YMCA Overseas worker, Moina Michael made tribute to McCrae’s poem with one of her own titled, We shall Keep the Faith. She also adopted and vowed to wear the red poppy everyday as a symbol of remembrance and became the acting leader in the campaign to make it a national symbol. Though widely adopted by international veterans’ groups, the red poppy is mostly seen in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

Over the years other poppies have been introduced using varying colors to symbolize more inclusive ways for commemorating victims of war:

White Poppies stand for peace and symbolize all casualties of those who were in conflict with war.

Purple Poppies, sometimes replaced with a purple paw, symbolizes animal victims of war like horses, dogs and pigeons who, like many humans, were unwillingly drafted into service.

Black Poppies are viewed two-fold. Introduced by the Stop the War Coalition, the black poppy is seen as an anti-war symbol and commemorates the conscientious objectors of World War I. It also stands for the contribution of people of color in the war effort.

Khadi Poppies are also red, but made of khadi, which is the cotton made famous by Mahatma Gandhi spinning it on his Charkha as a symbol of self-sufficiency. This poppy stands for the contribution of Indian soldiers and ethnic minorities in World War I.

Since 2015, I’ve been deeply committed to collecting vintage photographs to be used as card candidates in the Relative Tarot, a deck that honors our ancestors and the beloved dead. Mixed with photos of stage actors, politicians and circus performers are the overlooked victims of war which include, but are not limited to, children, the elderly, women, animals, belief systems and the environment.

For this Memorial Day I wanted to introduce a divination that serves as one of the Relative Tarot’s foundational pillars which is strongly rooted in ancestral remembrance. This spread puts us in contact, honors and remembers those who lost their lives due to war. May it bring peace to our beloved dead and the living while promoting a future of non-violence. Here’s how it works:

For this spread you will need a 78-card tarot deck and two dice. Don’t have a set of dice? No problem, there’s an app for that. And while it’s nice to print out the following handout for keeping a visual record of your reading, it’s also not required. Pulling a card for each position works too as do charms.

Start by energetically preparing and clearing your space with whatever method works best for you. For this spread I like to light 5 white peace candles while reciting a prayer and invitation to the beloved dead who wish to be part of this divination. My home receives daily doses magical attention and so stating the intention behind my divination is enough for me to get started, though you may want to do something else. Please use your intuition to decide what feels best.

Once your space is ready, take your deck and place it in front of you. For this spread, I don’t fan the cards out but instead keep them in a single stack of 78 cards.

The first step gives focus to the red poppy on your printout followed by the opening question:

Red Poppy: On this day of remembrance, what do my ancestors want me to remember lest I forget?

To divine an answer or message, start by rolling your dice. Whatever number you roll, which with a traditional set of two dice will be between the numbers 2 and 12, will determine the amount of cards you are going to select. Draw from the top of your deck until you reach the number rolled. For example, draw 9 cards if your dice total comes to 9. The 9th selected card is the card you will lay over the red poppy and it will stand for what your ancestors want you to remember on this day. Set the remaining 8 cards aside and return to your dice and deck. Repeat this roll-to-card-draw divination for the remaining four questions:

Purple Poppy sent to the animals of war: What would you like me to remember lest I forget?

Black Poppy sent to ancestors who were people of color and conscientious objectors: What do you want me to remember least I forget?

Red Khadi Poppy sent to minorities of war: What do you want me to remember lest I forget ?

White Poppy sent to all casualties of war with emphasis given to the overlooked: What do you want me to remember lest I forget?

Once you’ve selected and placed five cards in their five positions, take some time to reflect on your divination. This is a good opportunity to simply listen in to see if anything else wants to come through. I also like to use this time to look for possible themes, or a collective message. Does your selection reveal five distinct messages, or do the cards share similarities in design like numbers, suits, atmosphere, etc.?  What is being asked to be remembered through these similarities?

To extend the divination you can also ask how you can best be a vehicle for remembrance with the following question:

What action can I take that will inspire peace in myself, my family, ancestry, community, world and beloved dead?

Create your own questions that inspire reconciliation, cooperation and the promotion of peace through action.

Here are a few lines from a prayer I try to recite daily which is an excellent way for understanding that peace starts with me. It comes from A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva, a Buddhist master from the monastic university of Nalanda, India and composed in the eighth century.

May the frightened cease to be afraid and those bound be freed.

May the powerless find power, and may people think of benefiting each other.

For as long as space remains, for as long as sentient beings remain, until then may I too remain to dispel the miseries of the world.

May your day of remembrance bring great peace to you and your ancestors.

 

 

 

What if you approached charm casting as a way to petition favor from supernatural beings and in addition to the charms, you used tarot and standard playing cards as a divine voice that can direct you to a life of miraculous outcomes? It’s a powerful question; yet, one that has inspired diviners from all over the world to contemplate while working with the Milagro Oracle kit and course. Their results have been astounding.

 

Milagros (Spanish for miracles) are small metal charms used for acknowledging blessings and creating petitions to the supernatural world. The 55 charms in each kit mirror traditional milagro charms and highlight key life topics while focusing on creating miraculous outcomes through a connection with divine guidance. The word miracle comes from the Latin Miraculum meaning a marvelous event, or witnessing something with eyes of wonderment. In this class we will use the items from our kit to create blessings, send petitions to supernatural powers and practice the technique of synchronizing miracles.

 

 

Online Course Schedule

Two Saturday classes and one Wednesday class with recordings available 24 hours after each class.

(check your timezone here)

 

 

Saturday, July 20th.

10AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time

1PM to 2:30PM Eastern Time

Class 1: Intentional Divining moves the diviner and sitter from asking traditional questions; When will I get that job, move, retire, find love, etc., to setting intentions that promote miraculous outcomes; This is how I choose to transform my situation and these are the blessings, petitions and steps that will lead me there. By pairing casting with re-framed intentions, we set the stage for noticing the blessings and signs that support our situation.

 

Saturday, August 3rd.

10AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time

1PM to 2:30PM Eastern Time

Class 2: Mapping and Attracting Miracles gives you techniques for turning your charms and reading cloth into a visual map that attracts life-changing results. In addition we will learn to overlay our maps with the potent method of Synchronizing Miracles, a technique for sensing when our supernatural guides are sending symbolic messages that we are off or on the right track. Additional casting maps accompany this class.

 

Wednesday, August 14th.

6PM to 7:30PM Pacific Time

9PM to 10:30PM Eastern Time

Class 3: Adding Tarot & Standard Playing Cards brings both a symbolic voice and perfect timing to the Milagro Oracle. In this class we will pair charms and cards with the featured words on the Milagro Oracle reading cloth to help bring forward the language of our petitions and blessings from our guides. Using the calendar built in a traditional deck of cards, we will learn the art of divining auspicious dates for blessings to take root while the tarot will communicate how we can best navigate a life of new blessings. Please bring a standard 52-card deck with 4 suits as well as a traditional 78 card tarot deck. Tarot and cartomantic experience not required. All levels invited and encouraged.

 

Thank you for your orders, Everyone. Please return next year for the 2020 True North Oracle online event and kit!

 

 

 

The True North Oracle: A New Moon, New Year, True You Plan

A magical kit and one day online workshop for ushering in your best year and more!

 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

The first New Moon of the New Year

11:00am PDT/2:00pm EDT

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Let’s Divine a Magical 2019 into Existence!

 

We wake up every New Year’s Day hardening our resolve to be richer, healthier, more successful and appealing. And yet, this traditional approach to manifest our perceived Best Self has an alarmingly low success rate. Why? It speaks mostly to the Muggle mindset and so lacks inspired direction and magical follow through.  This is why Tina Hardt and I have created the True North Oracle, a kit that delivers a spellbinding plan for lasting results.

Welcome to the True North Oracle, an inner compass kit crafted to help you divine an unswerving course to a True and fully-realized You. This oracle has been designed to take you on a guided journey during which deep, revelatory readings will lead you exactly where your heart is ready to go.

Included with your kit is the True North Oracle workshop held on the first New Moon of the New Year. In this gathering, Tina and I will help you identify and align with your inner compass so you can chart your own course to success.

We understand the challenges and importance of staying on track, and for this reason you are invited to the private True North Oracle FaceBook group. Here we will make ourselves available for supporting you through your magical goals. We will also include added bonus casting sheets and more to be announced. Can’t make the live workshop? No problem. A recording of the class will be available 24 hours after the live class. Inside of your take-it-anywhere, pocket or purse-sized tin are some whopping components.

We hope you can join us on this momentous adventure!

 

What’s inside the kit, you Ask. Oh so much!

 

  • A bridge-sized deck of 54 True North Oracle cards
  • Over 70 casting charms charged with the task of opening channels and activating intentions
  • An eight-sided compass die
  • A set of (very cool) purple dice that determine the number of cards to work with
  • A numinous silk Compass Cloth that serves as your platform for cards and casting charms
  • A downloadable pdf with charm descriptions, spreads and how-to tutorials
  • Access to the class recording
  • A private FaceBook group where we can all share, discuss and celebrate our results
  • Loads of bonus materials

 

 

 

 

The Divination and Magic DIY Oracle Course!

With Andrew McGregor  &  Carrie Paris

 

Oct 13th & Nov. 10th, 2018

3PM to 4:30 PM Eastern

 

This is a live online course with recordings available 24 hours after each class

 

 

Create A One of A Kind Oracle kit!

Nobody knows your personal spirituality better than you. Nobody understands what symbols and images will speak to you clearly. This workshop will help usher your inner wisdom into an exterior tool! By the end of the class you will have designed and created your own personal oracle consisting of 20 casting tiles and a 56 card deck all nested in a black tin. Not an artist? Not to worry! This class is especially geared toward the creatively-phobic, yet oracular-curious. We’ll walk you through each step to insure that by the end of the course you will have one stunning, accurate oracle.

 

Two Classes to Create

One Epic Oracle

In our first meeting we’ll take you through a process of easy to follow steps on how to create your tool. We’ll explore accessing your inner guidance and spirit guides to find the most useful symbols to add to your oracle. We’ll explore how to use a list of provided questions and prompts to help shape your oracle and find great ways to make sure it is clear, accurate and complete. We’ll cover techniques and approaches on how to handle the actual making of your oracle so it will endure all the Loveland question you can send its way.

 

But I’m Not An Artist!

Don’t worry, no artistic skill is required. Anyone can do this (REALLY!) and we make it easy! We’ll provide plenty of easy to follow resources to help you assemble images from a wide selection of really cool art. We’ll also show you how to incorporate your own found images that can be applied to your deck and tiles. All supplied images cover a wide range of topics and are super easy to transfer onto your items. We’ll also give you a lesson on creating and divining with Sigils which will add to the overall strength and magic of your casting tiles.

Between classes we’ll take a one month working break to give you time to build your complete oracle kit. However we want to stay connected during that time! To do this we’ll open a private Facebook page to support your oracle’s completion by making it a space that offers extra resources, tips, and a platform for asking questions and sharing your progress. Plus, we’ll be adding some surprises that we know you’re going to LOVE. We’ve got your back and want you to succeed in making your oracle!

In our second meeting we’ll put our finished oracles to the test and dig into how we can divine and create lasting magic with them. We’ll give you clear and accessible instructions on the variety of ways you can work with your new tools that include divining for lost objects, mediumship, casting for results over casting for answers, spell-weaving through imagery and more. We’ll also explore how to ask solid questions, how to find clear answers, and how to get to the root of things when you feel stuck. In other words, we’re going to cover a lot of ground so that when you finish this course you will be prepared to perform meaningful spells and give solid readings with your customized, one of a kind oracle.

 

           

 

The Course Comes with a Starter Kit Consisting of Items That Build & Shape Your Personal Oracle

 

  • 20 blank wooden tiles
  • 56 sturdy blank cards
  • A satin casting cloth already filled with useful symbols
  • A metal tin to hold your oracle
  • Permanent markers with which to enhance your oracle
  • A printable list of prompts to aid you in the creation of your oracle
  • Printable PDF images and instructions on how to apply them to your tiles
  • Bonus – online access to Andrew’s Sigil Course to help you expand your thinking about the creation of divinatory symbols

 

 

 

 

Cost $250 USD plus shipping

Generous payment plans available below

 

Please join us. We love to create an oracle with you!

 

US FULL PAYMENT

US deadline to allow shipping is September 28th

$250 plus $10 shipping US

 

US PAYMENT/SUBSCRIBE PLANS (monthly)

 

$250 plus $10 shipping US (4 payments of $65)

 

US 3 payments of $87

 

US 2 payments of $130

 

 

INTERNATIONAL FULL PAYMENT

International deadline to allow shipping is September 21st

$250 plus $22 shipping International

 

INTERNATIONAL PAYMENT/SUBSCRIBE PLANS (monthly)

 

$250 plus $22 shipping International (4 payments of $68)

 

International 3 payments of $91

 

International 2 payments of $136