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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.

 

I’ve been feeling creatively stuck lately and wanted to use the coming new moon in Aries (April 15 & 16) to initiate a plan that would help me get my groove back. So I turned to Facebook and asked people to share some new moon words or quotes that could be added to a casting sheet. The contributions were off the charts and make for what I feel to be a very useful casting sheet. The following is inspired by their collective generosity and wisdom.  Thank you, everyone for your words and magic. Let’s do this again for the full moon!

Here’s how the casting sheet works:

Print the included casting sheet, or draw 11 circles to match what you see on this sheet.

Cast a hand full of charms over the sheet. Another option is to randomly assign one to 3 charms to each position. Watch where they land, how they interact and always look for a possible theme to reveal itself. Trust what you see and try to go with your initial hit. It’s usually right.

This casting sheet isn’t limited to casting items. Cards work too! Pull a card for each position and when all the cards are on the table, look for a new moon theme to emerge.

As always, happy new moon and may your future follow your highest wishes.

 

 

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The sun watches all I do,

but the moon knows all my secrets.

– J.M. Wonderland

 

In North America on the morning of February 26, 1979, day turned into night, birds stopped singing and nocturnal animals anxiously stirred. What caused this strange behavior? A total solar eclipse, which on August 21, 2017 will happen again.

This eclipse is being touted as the Great American Eclipse as it will visibly move across a narrow path of land stretching from the Oregon Coast to South Carolina’s coast with the maximum duration point taking place near Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

 

Location Eclipse Begins Totality Begins Totality Ends Eclipse Ends Time Zone
Madras, OR 09:06 a.m. 10:19 a.m. 10:21 a.m. 11:41 a.m. PDT
Idaho Falls, ID 10:15 a.m. 11:33 a.m. 11:34 a.m. 12:58 p.m. MDT
Casper, WY 10:22 a.m. 11:42 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 01:09 p.m. MDT
Lincoln, NE 11:37 a.m. 01:02 p.m. 01:04 p.m. 02:29 p.m. CDT
Jefferson City, MO 11:46 a.m. 01:13 p.m. 01:15 p.m. 02:41 p.m. CDT
Carbondale, IL 11:52 a.m. 01:20 p.m. 01:22 p.m. 02:47 p.m. CDT
Paducah, KY 11:54 a.m. 01:22 p.m. 01:24 p.m. 02:49 p.m. CDT
Nashville, TN 11:58 a.m. 01:27 p.m. 01:29 p.m. 02:54 p.m. CDT
Clayton, GA 01:06 p.m. 02:35 p.m. 02:38 p.m. 04:01 p.m. EDT
Columbia, SC 01:03 p.m. 02:41 p.m. 02:44 p.m. 04:06 p.m. EDT

 

It’s hard to ignore the excited esoteric chatter surrounding this eclipse and while most of it is useful, a lot of it just feels overwhelming and fatal. Personally I view total eclipses as opportunities to reboot and clear shadow patterns in order to shed new light on what I’m ready to fully engage with and see. For this divination I’m choosing casting as my go-to means though any divination system will do.

A total solar eclipse can be viewed in five phases and existing within each phase is an opportunity to see what might be hiding in the shadowy actions that prevent us from fully showing up. The word totality is key here as it reminds us to expose what we’re ready to totally look at and change. For this divination I recommend randomly selecting one to three charms (cards work too) for each of the five positions. In addition, use the following petition and questions to guide the way. The goal is to make contact with a shadow pattern, expose where it might be hiding or eating away at your life, and then reboot a life that’s no longer aligning with said pattern’s agenda.

While useful, it isn’t necessary to print the provided casting sheet. You can make your own by creating a space with five casting positions. If this is your first time to visit my site, welcome! Please detour here if you wish to learn more about casting sheets and the art of casting with the Magpie Oracle. The majority of my posts present casting opportunities, however they are not limited to my products. With a little creativity, just about any divination system will work. And now, back to casting.

 

Print. Cast. Divine.

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Before getting started, Eclipse2017.org is an excellent resource for safely viewing this, and future eclipses. The site also offers the following descriptions for the five phases of the eclipse which inspired the petition and questions for this divination. As always, feel free to customize the casting sheets to fit your needs. May they serve your reboot well.

 

Partial eclipse begins (1st contact)

The Moon starts becoming visible over the Sun’s disk. The Sun looks as if a bite has been taken from it.

Question & Petition (select 1 to 3 charms)

Greetings Lunar Shadow! In your mystery I watch with the eyes of a fair witness as you make first contact with your celestial opposite. The shadow you cast appears to be taking a bite out of the Sun! Help me to see, understand and name the shadow-pattern that consumes momentum and prevents forward motion.

How can I expose and therefore break free from justifying agendas that eat away at my progress?

 

 

Total eclipse begins (2nd contact)

The entire disk of the Sun is covered by the Moon. Observers in the path of the Moon’s umbra may be able to see Baily’s beads and the diamond ring effect, just before totality.

Question & Petition (select 1 to 3 charms)

Dear New Moon, I call to you as you move between the Sun and Earth and cast the darkest part of your shadow, your umbra, over the Sun. Here I stand in preparation for total darkness and watch as your shadow moves across the face of the Earth and ask:

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 soul’s mission on Earth?

 

 

Totality and maximum eclipse

The Moon completely covers the disk of the Sun. Only the Sun’s corona is visible. Latin for crown, the corona is an aura of plasma that surrounds the Sun. This is the most dramatic stage of a total solar eclipse. At this time, the sky goes dark, temperatures can fall, and birds and animals often go quiet.

Question & Petition (select 1 to 3 charms)

Greetings Darkness! I stand tall and look at you with eyes wide open . Even in total darkness I can sense the shadowy crown I’ve placed upon your head. In return you have ruled a light-less path that has concealed, rather than revealed the light of my full purpose. For this reason I ask two questions in one:

How can I totally remove myself from the rule of the Court of Shadow and fully take the lead when driving my destiny?

 

 

Total eclipse ends (3rd contact)

The Moon starts moving away, and the Sun reappears.

Question & Petition (select 1 to 3 charms)

Farewell Darkness and Shadows! In your absence, the warm, energizing light from the Sun reappears! My eyes and spirit adjust to this new light that exposes a clear path for the taking. Receptive, I stand before you and ask:

What first step will illuminate a path that connects my commitment to my purpose?

 

 

 

Partial eclipse ends (4th contact)

The Moon stops overlapping the Sun’s disk. The eclipse ends at this stage in this location.

Question & Petition (select 1 to 3 charms)

Greetings Light! This divination is receiving your bright blessings with recognition and gratitude. I clearly see how taking the sunless path only serves to restrict movement and inhibit initiative. I now move with the intention of serving my passion over my shadow.

How can I best sustain this fire that fuels vitality, drive and focus?

 

 

Once you’ve finished divining, and if possible, keep your reading out and check in with it as needed. A good way to keep your reading alive is by taking a photo of it and save the image as a screen saver for one or all of your devices.

Depending on where you live, the next eclipse that falls on February 10 or 11 is a good time to revisit your divination to see if you have in fact followed through, or need to give your reading a little more time and attention. Continue nurturing your desired outcome by divining with future moon phases and eclipses until you feel you’ve accomplished a reboot.

Click here for a lunar eclipse spread.

Need a Lenormand deck? I’ve made two free printable decks here and here.

Magpie Oracles can be found here.

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There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.

–The Language of Flowers, London, 1875

Spring is in the air and thanks to a wet winter my yard is blooming with giant snapdragons, California poppies, foxgloves and more. This flourishing show mirrors May’s full moon that’s often called the Flowering Moon. It also gives way to this month’s casting sheet that borrows inspiration from floriography, or the Language of Flowers which is a way of communicating through the use, gifting and arrangement of flowers and plants.

While symbolic meaning has been assigned to flowers for thousands of years, floriography gained popularity with Victorian England as a way for a private Victorian society to voice their feelings without having a word pass their lips. This coded dialogue is still in use and has given rise to many a flower arrangement that profess feelings ranging from passionate love to overwhelming heartbreak.

The following casting sheet incorporates some of the more popular and obscure flower symbols found in a variety of floriographic dictionaries. Each flower covers a topic I hope will bloom an insightful conversation between you and your charms.

Begin by printing out the included casting sheet. For this casting I recommend you randomly select from a charm kit (cards work too!) and assign one to each of the nine position. Magpie Oracle Lenormand charms can be found here, the Keepsake Box here and the latest Seer Charms here. You can also cast your charms directly over the sheet and watch where they land. Do you notice a cluster of charms gathering in one area? This usually indicates an area that’s charged and so requires extra attention. For those “blank” areas where a charm doesn’t land on a position, I usually view as a non issue and so it’s nothing you need to worry about.

Keep your casting simple and use your intuition by going with what you feel most drawn to. Remember, your way is likely to be the best way.

Bloom!

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According to Native American tribes of the Great Lakes, the August moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon, “because they knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon.”

This title inspired the included image, which is one of many I’ve been creating for an oracle deck that features the movement of heavenly bodies.

If you enjoy moon divination (and who doesn’t?), check out this post on casting by the light of the moon. This is also a super moon so cast a big and wide net while setting your intention.

As always, may your future follow your highest wishes.

Calling all poets, writers and diviners!  April is National Poetry Month and diviner-poet, Tabitha Dial and I have joined forces to bring you a casting sheet that gives a kick-start to the creative within.

The following Muse Board works as a platform to help you divine with poetry, creative writing, music, art, and more. Many thanks go to Tabitha for being the muse behind The Muse Board and authoring these fine instructions.  Here’s how it works:

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the muse board

Simply gather your oracle and take a moment to calm your mind and prepare to explore your creativity.

Cast your charms, stones, runes or bones onto The Muse Board and follow the prompt under the first piece that catches your eye. If there are too many, reduce the number to one-three and try again.

For example, if the lion, who represents the Strength tarot card in the Tarot Talismans kit lands in the “Celestial” spot, The Muse Board beckons you to play with the idea of a lion in space. Perhaps you’ll want to write a poem or song of the constellation for the sign Leo, or the concept of a lion in an astronaut’s suit tickles your fancy.

Write a brief list of ideas if one doesn’t excite you immediately. Don’t edit. Don’t over-think. Just jot and scribble, because no one has to see your list or your first draft of anything!

When you’re ready to sink into the project The Muse Board offers, again, work without reservation. Flow. If you write, generate words, words, words. Allow yourself to edit later.

Special poetry-inspired prompts:

If a charm, etc lands on:
First Line — Start your project or poem with an image inspired by what landed in/near that spot.
Last Line — End your project or poem with an image inspired by what landed in/near that spot.
Line Break — Consider taking a rest. Or make extra space in your poem. Or think what it means to “break” what landed in/near that spot.

Try this!

Have dice? Use one or two while consulting The Muse Board. One number can indicate how many sentences, or paragraphs you’ll write. The second one could represent the number of words per line for a poem, or the number of characters in your story. Apply dice expectations for your medium, and get rolling. Any type of die will do ya!

Have fun, diviner and check out Tabitha Dial and all of her wonderful offerings here.

I’ve often wondered what it would be like to turn the reading table on the tarot, to have the cards read me rather than it be the other way around.  Would the outcome be different if I sat at the Magician’s table or considered my situation from the Hermit’s mountaintop? I feel it would and in view of this I wanted to create an interactive spread that puts the tarot in the reader’s chair.

In this post you will find a new Magpie Oracle casting sheet followed by 22 audio recordings from the Major Arcana’s point of view. Each recording provides a message from whatever card you divine. For example, if a charm (cards work too) lands on the casting sheet’s Wheel of Fortune card, click on the Wheel of Fortune image found just below the casting sheet. Doing so will take you to an audio recording that offers insights from the Wheel’s perspective as well as the remaining Major Arcana.  If casting isn’t your thing, you can also use these recordings as writing prompts, single card meditations and more. The idea is to approach each card from a new, rather than familiar, vista. Each recording delivers about two minutes of advice and in many cases the cards pose a question thematic of their environment. These questions can be answered by casting additional charms or pulling cards. Here’s how it works…

  • Click and print your casting sheet.
  • Cast your charms over the sheet.
  • Click on the Major Arcana images below this casting sheet to listen to your divination.

 

1 Tarot Talismans Major Arcana Spread

If this is your first time to my site, welcome!  I recommend you visit here before proceeding. In doing so you will be directed to some useful tips on casting with any of the Magpie Oracle or Lenormand products.

While it isn’t always necessary, I like to start this divination with a question. I recommend you build a question that requires an actionable result on your part. For example:

  • What action can I take that will help me better understand __________?
  • What’s the best action for me to take concerning ____________?
  • What can I expect if I ______________?
  • What can I expect if I don’t (as sometimes not doing is an action in itself) _____________?

 

After casting, you might want to write each charm’s title directly onto the casting sheet. This way you can keep referring to your spread after you’ve put your charms away. Once all of your charms are noted and in place, look for any card-to-charm pairings.  An example of this would be when the Fool charm lands in the position of the Fool card on your sheet. For many this match can indicate a charged position. If you discover identical pairings take a moment to decide how you want to apply the double meaning to your current situation. What is it pointing at or suggesting you pay close attention to?

In the event when card and charm are not a match, experiment with creating a dialogue between the two. The same can be applied to more than one charm landing in one position as well as reading several charms in rows, diagonals, corners, etc.  Take some extra time to see how well the charms are getting along in their new environment.  For example, what kind of advice do you think the Emperor would offer to a visiting Devil or vice versa?

To extend the experience click on any of the following images to receive some added insight from the Major Arcana.  Each card will take you to an audio link on Soundcloud.  Take some time to tune into your interactive oracle and when you feel you’ve considered everything, ask yourself:

  • What is the actionable result that’s being presented to me and how will I fulfill it?
  • How will I become a vehicle for my divination and how can I express it in the world?

 

This divination wants you to be creative and follow your intuition’s lead.  In doing so you are building self-trust while strengthening your oracular muscle. As always, stay divine and may the future follow your highest wishes.

Still looking for a little more meaning to apply to your charms? Click here for a free Magpie Oracle Charm Guidebook.

Click each card to hear your interactive oracle

0. Fool 1. Magician2. HP 3. Empress

4. Emperor 5. Heirophant6. Lovers7. Chariot 8. Strength9. Hermit 10. Fortune11. Justice 12. Hanged One13. Death 14. Temperance15. Devil 16. Tower17. star 18. Moon19. Sun 20. Judgment21. World

If you’ve landed on this page chances are you were redirected here to gather a few tips on casting with the Magpie Oracle. Whether you’re an advanced diviner, or just learning to use the Magpie Oracle I, II or III, the following information first encourages you to follow your intuition. In doing so you will divine from a place of self-trust. With that said, it is important to prepare a few things before casting.

0. FoolAlong with selecting a casting sheet or spread, take some time to form your questions. A good rule to follow is, the clearer the question, the clearer the answer. It also strengthens the divination to have a solid vision of your desired outcome. What is the end result that you want to achieve from your reading? Nourish your divination by keeping an eye on that particular prize.

Once your questions are organized and you have a good view of the outcome you want to create, the future will conspire to work in tandem with your plan by inspiring clear solutions rather than obscure outcomes.

TT Group Photo 3There are several ways to cast charms and I always say that your way is best. Many like to hold their charms a few inches above the center of their casting sheet before releasing them, while others prefer to pepper or shake their charms over their sheet. There is also the neat and tidy route of randomly hand selecting charms and assigning one to each position on your sheet. Be adventurous, curious, inventive and find your casting style.

After casting, take note of where your charms land. Depending on the casting sheet, each charm will likely build an overall focus or theme for you to consider. And while your casting may not always address your opening question, I suggest you reconsider what the divination is presenting to you before disregarding it. There will always be something that is trying to get your attention.

In the event that you feel stuck with decoding or defining your throw follow these four steps:

1. What is it?
Sometimes just naming the charm or symbol breaks the ice and gets the ball rolling.  Start by just describing the literal aspect of the charm.

2. What does it do and what is its purpose?
Describe how the piece can be used in life and in your situation.

3. What does it stand for or remind you of?
In other words, can you see any familiar tie-ins between the symbol and your situation?

4. What is the take away?
How can the symbol offer clarity or insight to your situation and how can you apply it to your life? The aim of divination is not always about forecasting the future, it also puts us in a position to receive a message for which line of action to take.  Chloe McCracken's casting

Your divination isn’t over until your outcome is realized.  To keep it alive I recommend you either take a photo of your spread or keep it out where you can revisit it daily.

Happy casting and may your future follow your highest wishes.

 

Welcome to part II of the Samhain Series. Last week guest blogger, Karen Krebser and I kicked off the series with a casting sheet that encouraged thoughtful inquiry by adopting the intelligence of the wise woman as our guide. Our aim was to help you organize and pinpoint your questions before presenting them to your ancestors on Samhain (October 31st). We also shared that during Samhain the veil between the living and departed is at its thinnest, making it an opportune time to honor and communicate with those who have passed. The following casting sheet approaches the veil and starts a dialogue between you and an ancestor via the family tree.

The main goal of this casting sheet is to set the stage for divining with three future casting sheets that give focus to our ancestors, the Self and family genealogy. Each will detail how you can strengthen communication between self, spirit and ancestral wisdom and will be released on Samhain. Karen and I will also be hosting a live webinar on November 9th to provide space for reviewing your discoveries from this series. This webinar will be limited to 10 attendees with sign-up available on Samhain. Here’s how it works:

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Before casting, Karen and I encourage you to set up an altar that honors your ancestors.  Take some time to sit at your altar and contemplate the generations who have gone before you. Going back as far as you can, think of their names, where they came from, their stories and legacies. Who from the ancestral line do you feel most connected with and why?  How have they influenced your life? Ask your ancestor to join you in your divination and invite them to communicate any messages they might have for you through this casting sheet.

Using your Magpie Oracle I or II, cast all of your charms over the Family Tree. Take note of the charms that land inside the seven frames. These represent seven ancestral messages from the other side. Charms situated between the frames offer key words that connect and build dialogue. You can view each as a branch that reinforce the seven messages. Look for repeat messages, patterns or a theme.  What is the core message that is being presented to you and why?

When you feel you have reached an insight or understanding, place your casting sheet on the altar and thank the ancestor who spoke to you by decorating it with your ancestor’s favorites like food, colors, flowers, music and photos.  Return often to continue and strengthen the dialogue.

Again, this casting sheet is to prepare you for a more detailed divination in this series for communicating with the other side.  Opening a dialogue now will enrich your divination on Samhain. Please return here on October 31st for the Samhain Series booklet and to sign up for our November 9th webinar.  Until then, Karen and I look forward to divining with you soon.

Welcome to the Samhain Series, dear diviner.   I’m excited to introduce you to guest blogger and co-diviner, Karen Krebser of the Muses Darling.  Together, Karen and I have conjured up some supernatural soul treats designed to connect you to this special season. Following is the first of many free casting sheets being offered between now and All Souls’ Day.

Halloween, Samhain, All Souls’ Day and Dia de Los Muertos are annual celebrations that honor the dead. During this time of year the veil between the living and departed is thin making it an opportune time for divining and communicating with the other side.  However before divining, we wanted to prepare you for ancestral communication by first aligning you with the questions you will be bringing into this series.

Socrates tells us that understanding the question is half the answer, so Karen and I are kicking off the Samhain Series with a casting sheet that promotes thoughtful inquiry. We strongly believe that divination is strengthened when we take the time to refine our questions.

The aim of this series is to assist diviners in navigating the veil between worlds and in order to skillfully enter either side we must do so with reverence and well thought out questions. To help us on our journey we’ve adopted an ancient model of oracular authority, the all-knowing wise woman. Here’s how it works:

 

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wise woman

 

Imagine this to be a warm Autumn evening. You can feel the change of season in your soul and instinctively know this to be a strong time to divine. But what type of questions do you wish to pose to this hallowed time of year?  You contemplate this idea while standing in front of a crackling bonfire.  You notice that standing on the other side of the flames is a wise woman. Her eyes tell you that she is experienced and informed. She has been here before and recognizes those who are about to lift the veils of time. Before taking this journey the wise woman gently reminds you to take great care in approaching the divine. Take your time, she says, be thoughtful, direct and clear. Remember, the clearer the question, the clearer the answer.

Take some time to form a question or series of questions you wish to explore during this time of year. Leo Babauta said that at the end of the day, the questions we ask ourselves determine the type of people that we will become.  Before casting, consider the type of person you wish to become by the end of this series. How might your questions bring you closer to that reality?  What is the outcome you wish to manifest and how will reaching that possibility change you?

Once you’ve solidified your question write it on a piece of paper and place it in the center of the casting sheet. Think of this gesture as a way of giving your question to the wise woman to hold in her capable hands while you enter and work your way through each position in the divination.  Position one asks, What is your highest vision?  From there move clockwise for the remaining seven questions.

This particular sheet works best when randomly selecting and assigning one or more charms to each question rather than casting the lot over your sheet.  It is meant to align you with answers through well thought out questions. We suggest you explore the eight positions on this sheet one question at a time.

Once you have all of your charms in position look to see if a theme is building. Is there something that wants your attention? If so, this may very well be a strong message from the other side.  Hold onto that possibility for now and carry it into Monday’s casting sheet, which focuses on communicating with ancestral wisdom.

Again, the aim of this starter sheet is to help you align with building answerable questions– questions that will inform future casting sheets and maintain deep insight. Please take some time to sit with today’s discoveries and return Monday for part two in the Samhain Series. Until then, may your future follow your highest wishes.