A minor introduction to Astrology

There are two types of people in the world, those who believe in the science behind astrology, and those who don’t.

Those who don’t, don’t ever see it as a science and think of it more as something someone made up based on how many people they knew and when their birthdays ended up falling. Those who do believe, understand that there is years and years and years of study and calculations when it comes to the science of astrology and that it isn’t just determined by your sun sign.

Your horoscope/personality isn’t just made up of “oh I’m a Taurus and these are the characteristics of a Taurus. Just like your body is made up of many a cell and microorganism, your personality is made up of many heavenly bodies. Every planet and every zodiac is associated with your personality, it just happens to be that some may take precedent over others in how strong those attributes may be.

As there are twelve zodiacs, so too are there twelve what we call “houses” of your personality. Out of these houses there is four that are called the angular houses;

-Sun sign
-Moon sign
-Rising sing
-10th house sign

These houses each have areas of your life that they rule over, and coincide with the zodiac sign that falls into each one of them. The houses of function, as they are called, are as follows;

Sun sign – personal character/personality, house of life
Moon sign – latter part of life, house of endings
Rising sign – fortune of marriage, house of relationships
10th house sign – public recognition, house of substance

*the 8 other houses are called Succedent and Cadent respectively, and also fall into the 4 houses of function mentioned above*

I have found that this is the best website for discovering your 4 major aspects.

Mine would be as follows;

Sun Sign – Taurus
Moon Sign – Capricorn
Rising Sign – Scorpio
10th House Sign – Leo

My personality is Taurus, I am stubborn but reliable. I enjoy beautiful things such as music, clothing and art. (I use music as a therapist, I love great comfy clothing not necessarily good looking clothing, and I love to write and paint.) I can also be lazy and greedy. (Everyone has some negative qualities, *shrug*)

My Moon is in Capricorn which is the fourth house, more of a house of the future and what it might hold or how I might work around it. When the Moon is in Capricorn, these people tend to be ambitious and work towards a material goal. “Everything they do is with self-interest in mind” which I do find myself thinking lately and it greatly discourages me.

My Rising or relationship sign is Scorpio. This can be sometimes be read as a partner with Scorpio qualities or that is a Scorpio, but most likely it is read as what you desire in a relationship. The aspects of a Scorpio is a high emotional and sexual drive, someone who goes all-in and doesn’t usually “half-ass” anything.

My 10th House sign is Leo, this house rules work and how people view you. Leo’s tend to be generous but also over-confident and arrogant which can rub people the wrong way (I’ve done that a lot at work…oops…)

None of my zodiac signs are in their natural houses (as they all have houses that they would naturally rule and therefore the aspects of them would be much stronger. The aspects are still quite strong in my life and that is because they are all apart of my angular, or primary, houses.

There are obviously the either other houses and they each have their own meaning that coincides with whichever zodiac and planet is in each one for you.

I am barely scratching the surface on my own natal chart with the knowledge I have gained from Astrology for Beginners by William W. Hewitt, and I can’t do much else with my natal chart until I receive it, (provided the free offer in the book still stands.) All the information in this post has come from his book, that has been sitting on my shelf for far too long and I can’t believe I just opened it now! Click below to get your own copies.

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This blog post has been written to try and help those conquer their retrograde selves or fears, which will be discussed in another post as we have FIVE plants in retrograde over August and September!!

Love & light my friends
BB

xo D

A minor introduction to Astrology

Wednesday Witchstagram – thewitchbone

This weeks feature is @thewitchbone
I particularly like her account for all the Tarot and I love reading Tarot!
Today’s Wednesday Witchstagram is @thewitchbone!
Do you have a “name” for your craft? Or do you follow a certain path?

I’m a Kitchen Witch, I like to dabble in a little bit of everything.
How did you find your path? What called you to it?

I’ve been into witchcraft ever since I was little. I’ve always been interested in tarot, crystals, and the occult.
Are you open about it with friends/family?

Yes, my family knows I’m a witch and a tarot reader.
Why or why not?

-hey find it interesting for the most part, and thankfully there are no negative feelings about it.
Are there any other crafts, or paths, that you’re interested in exploring?

Astrology is another huge passion of mine.
What is your favorite thing to do? (Eg; Tarot, crystal work, herb work, or whatever)

Crystals and tarot mostly.
Do you practice with others or solitary?

I practice my craft solitary.
Do you have a favorite author that is your go to for inspiration?

Stephen King!
Do you have a favorite Instagram/Tumblr/Website you go to for knowledge or inspiration?

All of the amazing witchy instagramers!
Are you willing to allow others to reach out to you to ask you questions?

Of course, always!
Where do you hail from? *optional*

Winchester, Ohio

Wednesday Witchstagram – thewitchbone

Cottage Weekend: Dragonfly

Ever since I got to the dock, there has been dragonflies hanging around. Is it the same one? I have no idea. I know that dragonflies entrance me and so, here I am googling dragonfly meanings and associations. 
What I have found:

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“The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.”

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The dragonfly totem carries the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. As spirit animal, the dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life. Those who have this animal as totem may be inclined to delve deep into their emotions and shine their true colors.

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What I’m gathering is that, as I seem to be he only one noticing the dragonfly that keeps hanging around, I’ve either achieved a change in my spirituality or mental state or need to make one.

Personally I think I’ve been making great progress in these areas and I feel now that noticing the dragonfly is a statement saying I have been on the right path. Something I’ve never considered before but am suddenly wanting is a dragonfly tattoo. 
You should never stop changing and growing. The dragonfly is a great constant reminder of this. Especially in the summer when there are numerous ones about. It’s hard to be reminded of this in the winter when there are none around, even in the summer one may not ever see them. Today we have seen a lot (or the same one) of dragonfly(ies) and they have been huge, therefore a large symbol of change and inner growth. 
If you’ve seen a lot of them recently I encourage you to look up more meanings and see if they speak to you, as they have spoken to me. 

Cottage Weekend: Dragonfly

What’s With Tarot?

If you’re particularly new to witchcraft or paganism, you’ve probably run across some Instagram accounts/websites/etsy stores and the like with a LOT of tarot cards. 

I was given my first deck when I first started my witchcraft path, and that was 12 years ago. I didn’t read it right away, and even then it went south so I didn’t read for many years. About 5 years ago I came across an occult store in my new town and fell in love with a deck. I’ve been reading in and off since then, with it being more on than off in the last year. It can get addicting…but moving on! 

Let’s talk about the deck. A deck of tarot cards has 78 cards; 22 Major Arcana, and 56 Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana are separated into four suits in a similar way that a regular playing card deck is. Where in a playing card deck you have; Hearts, Spades, Clubs and Diamond, in a tarot deck you have Swords, Pentacles (or coins,) Wands and Cups. Each of the four suits is associated with one element, an area of life and three zodiacs. 

  • Pentacles – Earth; Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. The material suit.
  • Wands – Fire; Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. The action suit.  
  • Cups – Water; Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. The emotion suit. 
  • Swords – Air; Libra, Aquarius, Gemini. The wisdom suit. 

Similar to playing cards, there is Ace – 10, and then face cards. In Tarot there are 4 face cards instead of 3 and are as follows.

  • Page/Daughter
  • Knight/Son
  • Queen/Mother
  • King/Father

The names of the court cards can differ depending on the deck you’ve got, but Page-King is the most common. 

You then have the Major Arcana. These are number from 0-21 (or 1-22) and given specific names and attributes as well as different zodiac signs. The Major Arcana are also widely used in rituals or spells when needed to direct energy for a specific purpose. 

  • 0 – The Fool
  • 1 – The Magician
  • 2 – The High Priest
  • 3 – The Empress
  • 4 – The Emperor; Aries
  • 5 – The Hierophant; Taurus
  • 6 – The Lovers; Gemini
  • 7 – The Chariot; Cancer
  • 8 – Strength; Leo
  • 9 – The Hermit; Virgo
  • 10 – Wheel of Fortune
  • 11 – Justice; Libra
  • 12 – The Hanged Man
  • 13 – Death; Scorpio
  • 14 – Temperance; Sagittarius 
  • 15 – The Devil; Capricorn
  • 16 – The Tower
  • 17 – The Star; Aquarius
  • 18 – The Moon; Pisces
  • 19 – The Sun
  • 20 – Judgement 
  • 21 – The World

The meaning behind each card is very extensive so I won’t be going into detail in this post, but you can easily buy a tarot book or look up the meanings online!

So now that we’ve talked a little bit about their foundation, let’s talk about just them. When I bring my tarot cards to work or to family events, I have some folks itching for me to read (not that I’m good enough to read without my guidebook yet, but I’m always available to read,) and then I have some that immediately say “I don’t want to know.” and back away like the cards I’m holding might spontaneously burst into flames and produce a fiery demon that’s going to tell then the exact date, time, and modality of their death. 

Let me tell you, Tarot cards will not predict your demise, and if the cards do start to get extremely and consistently negative or giving you death messages, it’s time to get rid of them. 

“If they aren’t predicting the future then how do they work? What’s the point?” – everyone, ever.

Reading tarot for yourself or for someone else, is a mode of clarification. Whether you’re pulling one card or performing a Celtic Cross, the cards that are pulled are to help you clarify a situation or question. Giving you all the possible angles, or the “this might happen if you continue doing this thing.” It’s like reading the master plan of the architecture that is your life, but as soon as you’ve seen the plan, you can choose to change the position of a wall or add a window. Your life is in your hands

The tarot, like many other divination techniques, are used to allow messages to flow from the universe, SHE, or the deity of your choice, into your life. It’s like texting the universe using only photos. It’s a conversation. 

I currently have four tarot decks. The first 2 I bought, and the second 2 I was gifted. Cards that are gifted are supposed to be more powerful, but it’s whatever you’re drawn to. The first deck I was given I barely used and when I did end up trying I couldn’t see any symbolism, I got headaches and felt ill after using it and started getting dark messages. So I burned them and buried the ashes. But I love all my current decks, with the Wild Unknown being my personal favorite and the one I use every day. 

There are multiple other forms of divination as well if Tarot doesn’t call to you;

  • Runes
  • Crystal scrying
  • Ogham sticks
  • Reading tea leaves

And many more!

You also don’t HAVE to have a divination technique if that’s not what’s in your repertoire. You aren’t a “bad witch” for not using the tarot or anything else. You also don’t need to practice witchcraft if you are drawn to tarot or any other type of divination. 

Test out lots of mediums, you’ll either connect or you won’t and then you’ll know! 

Merry part

D

What’s With Tarot?