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

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?

Every body needs an introduction

Welcome to my world.

Here you will find possibly some harsh opinions (depending on who you are,) mostly updates from my Instagram, and my ever happening learnings.
I stumbled upon The Idiots Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft when I was 14, in a small second hand bookstore, and it was a guiding light. Albeit I was disappointed when my Harry Potter obsessed brain found out I couldn’t actually turn people or objects into animals BUT I found it hit home more to my young adolescent brain than my Christian upbringing.
Both my parents, my mothers side and my paternal grandmother and great-grandparents, are all strong in their Christian faith. My memory is foggy about if I was ever “in the broom closet completely,” but I know I asked my mom for the round side table she wasn’t using for an altar, and set it up quite openly in my bedroom. I know that I asked for no one to disturb me when I was trying out spells and over Sabbats and Esbats, and no one did. My mother thought it was just a phase for the longest time, but I was lucky in the way that she never told me I was going to hell or tried to get me to stop. Eventually she came around to the idea and she started asking questions, not in a condescending manor but in genuine curiosity.
I remember watching a TV show, CSI or something, and the cult on TV was sacrificing an animal. She turned to me and asked “you don’t do that do you?” I laughed and said “no of course not” and explained to her that animals and all living things are quite revered in my new belief. She accepted that answer and moved on. From then on, she would ask more questions and little quips, and I would explain.
Except for my maternal grandmother, my entire family including my in-laws knows and accepts my pagan belief and proudly calls me a witch. I know I’m lucky for that, for the fact they all ask me spells if they need something, or when they want me to read tarot.
So for the last 12 years, I have walked a pagan path. I started with Wicca and since then have become aware that there was more and more paths and beliefs out there, that I might be more of a traditional witch instead of one that walks a certain path.
I have researched; crystal magick, herb magick, incense magick, essential oil magick, poppet magick, tarot cards, crystal scrying. I have countless books (you can find the list here) on various paths and beliefs, from multiple authors.
My preferred forms of magick are herbal remedies, small witch bottles and sachets, standing under the moon and reading tarot, which will be typed out in future posts.

In the mean time, stick around and maybe peruse my Instagram account.

Merry part
D

Every body needs an introduction