Bubbler Tarot Deck

Some of you may remember that last year I was submitting art to a tarot show. Well the show did so well they had enough art to create 2 tarot decks!

I forgot about it until a friend was asking about it. Well it appears you can order the decks. So here is the link, if you are interested my art is in Deck 2. I’m going to order one as soon as I can. My card was the 10 of cups.

Bubbler Tarot Deck Order Form

It was hard to figure out what to do to create the feeling of the card, but in my own medium of photography. A lot of fun to do though!



Full Moon 12/2

This is a cross post from my Patreon account

The full moon was this weekend and despite the teething madness my child is going through, I was able to go and have 45 mins to do my ritual. It has been several months since I have had the time and energy to go through a full ritual.

I am still working on tweaking my standard ritual format. As I did my working I made some mental notes of things I wanted to change slightly. As much as I love the idea of some of the things I wrote, I feel like they don’t fit a solitary ritual. I used to always do ritual in large groups so that is what I am used to working with. Being solitary, I still want my structure and ritual format, but I don’t think I need to have some of the complex parts. Growth is part of the path. Sometimes we have to let go of something or change it up. I will keep trying different things until it clicks.

The parts I have memorized are comfortable. They allow me to slip into my ritual state, breathe deeply, and connect. I am slowly learning the new parts and seeing how they feel. Once the circle was up I started with the LBRP. This centered me so I could move onto the rest of my work. You can find my thoughts on the LBRP in another post.

I have had a witches jar sitting on my altar since Samhain. I worked on charging it over the course of a week around Samhain, and then left it on my altar to soak up energy. I lit the tiny bit of candle left on it and let it burn out. Once that was done I declared the bottle ready for action and placed it in the spot that will be its home.

My last bit of work for the night was divination. I pulled some cards to read and then brought out my obsidian mirror. I was lucky enough to be gifted this beautiful piece a few months ago. Photos don’t do it justice, the silver mirror back twinkles in the candle light and the obsidian shines. Scrying is not one of my strengths, but I wanted to give it a try. My problems with scrying are around how I receive messages; they don’t tend to be visual for me. I hope that the tool will let me focus and then maybe I will connect in my own way.

I got comfortable and let my eyes go out of focus. There was the hint of something there, but I didn’t receive anything. I will keep working at it and see how it goes.  If you are interested, you can get your own mirror here.

I left my ritual feeling more grounded. I’ve felt a little flustered lately. The holidays mean I am a busy bee, I hand make most my gifts, I do a good chunk of the household stuff, and then we have the very needy teething baby. My brain has felt very scattered. Having a bit of time to focus and ground was excellent.

I hope you all had a lovely full moon! Happy December!

Fallow Times and the New Moon

Fallow times can be a strange time. Every so often Bast will step back from my life and there will be a stillness in my practice. There is always the initial “Oh crap!” and panic when I feel the disconnect, but then I settle in and know that there is a reason.

Usually she moves back so that I can work with someone else for a bit, to learn a lesson or because I need my butt kicked into gear. Every time there is something that I learn from it, and every time she comes back and our connection is solid again. Eventually, she might vanish forever, but so far we have always been reunited.

It took a few weeks for me to really realize that we were entering a fallow time. I had noticed that Freyja was poking me more often, that signs from her were appearing all over and that distracted me a bit from the fact that I didn’t feel the closeness I usually did with Bast.

When I realized it, there was a sense that this was different.  I know there are several retrogrades occurring and we were heading into the new moon so the energy was strange, but I felt like I needed to really acknowledge this fallow time.

So I followed my intuition. I grieved in my heart for our separation and took many of my statues down to the temple space. I created an altar in the West quarter, covering it with a black cloth and then laid my statues and shrine items down on it. Then I covered it all in a beautiful blue silk cloth and said that when it was time everything would go back to where it belonged.

I sat with this feeling and felt the silence. I busied myself with cleaning my altar and redecorating for the season. I pulled out my pendulum and my tarot cards and began to work with them.


I haven’t sat down to explore this new relationship with Freyja yet. She is definitely around, I found myself reading fiction books about her, and stumbling across memes and articles and all sorts of other things relating to her. 2 years ago I had told her that I wasn’t going to buy anything specific for her shrine until I knew she was sticking it out. She had requested roses and I said no, maybe later. This year my husband decided to plant a rose bush. One with big pink roses. “Well,” I thought to myself, “that is interesting.”

I have found myself putting on my winged scarf that makes me think of her. My amber jewelry has made its way into rotationmore often. Little things to remind me and nudge me. So we’ll see where this goes. I am proceeding slowly.

Leading up to this New Moon I have been really in synch with my intuition. I got to spend some time playing with divination tools and I have found myself slipping into my readings with ease again. My dreams are coming back as well, especially now that the little man sleeps better.

I’ve gotten my butt in gear and started my exercising again and I am trying hard to eat better. I am determined to teach my little man how to eat healthy and exercise so that he can live a full and active life. The only real way to do this is to lead by example. This moon has me thinking of health and living well.


What are you goals this moon? What do you plan to manifest?

I am beginning to look over my Wicca 101 course and I have plans to create some videos so I can teach online. My goal is to teach again this summer: both in person and online.  If you are interested in my 101 keep an eye on my Facebook page for details.

What’s in the cards?

  Fortunes forecast! Lucky charms! -Little John, Robin Hood 1973

Once upon a time I used to do a constant stream of tarot work. When we were “baby witches” in our teen years tarot work was the coolest. Every circle, every sabbat, every question… a deck was pulled out and we read as a group or paired off and did individual readings. My first tarot deck is well loved. I also think it is out of print, because both of us are old.

Witches tarot

Cards from the Witches Tarot

As time went on we moved on from tarot and did all sorts of other things. I still loved tarot and would pull out my cards to play with or on occasion would pop down to see if my friend from Mud & Magic would do a reading for me. She would pull out her basket of cards (because she had a collection) and I could pick which deck I wanted her to use. I remember having a mad love for a cat deck she had, even if it was a bit odd. Sometimes we’d pull out the Inner child cards for a ritual, their oversized shape made shuffling so difficult, especially for those of us with tiny hands. The were fun though, brightly coloured, with fairy tale pictures.

Years went by and my deck started to gather dust. I found a new deck and fell madly in love with it and started to play with it all the time. I was rusty though, lack of use had made me feel awkward when reading. This was really driven home one night when I pulled out my cards and read for Sarah. We were relaxed after a delicious meal, hanging out while the guys played with a drum and I did my best, but man did I feel like I was struggling. That is the moment I realized I had to use my gift more often. Use it or lose it as they say!

Eqyptian tarot

Cards from the Ancient Egyptian Tarot

I pulled myself together and started reading for myself again and occasionally for friends. Then I decided to really focus on tarot and began to pull a card daily. It helped, I felt my readings were smoother again. Every Samhain I bring a deck of some sort to work to read for my coworkers and the past few years have been really great.

This year I have begun journaling about my cards and have started to try new spreads. I still use my first tarot deck, but I go through cycles where I am all about it and then I put it away and pull out my other deck. A few years ago my grandma gifted me one of her old tarot decks that I grew up playing with. I still haven’t tried to read with it yet, but one of these days I will. The cards are pristine.  I think we played with them a few times and grandma read the book that came with it. She may have done some readings, but otherwise I mostly just looked at the pictures on the cards. We spent far more time using playing cards to read with. Maybe one of these days I’ll pick up a book on cartomancy and try that again.

I have been feeling the urge to find a new deck. There are several that are super popular right now and I see them everywhere. Sometimes I think that I should get a regular old Rider-Waite deck, but then I see some of the other ones out there and I want something fancy and pretty. What is your go to deck these days and why?


School is back in session. The last few weeks have been busy at work, busy to the point where the day is nothing but a blur. We’ve also had some wicked heat, and the air keeps not working in the office. There were days that felt like they never ended. Thankfully, the heat seems to have finally let up and we’re going to have normal temps. Which is good, because September feels like fall and fall makes me want to dress in layers and sweaters.

I’ll be doing a workshop and the closing ritual at the Madison Pagan Pride Day. I hope the day goes well for everyone. I still have to tidy up my ritual a bit, but I have a few weeks still. The coven will be meeting next weekend and I hope to bounce some ideas off of them.

I’ve been a busy bee on my weekends. I decided to make 90% of the Christmas/Yule gifts so I have been slaving away. I think I am a good chunk through them now, which is good. I wanted to have most of them completed with only a few left before October. I still have Halloween costumes to work on too, and will have to swap out to those soon.

I’ve been spending a lot of time pondering my tarot cards. I don’t like to live my life by divination, but its been helpful for insight and meditation lately. I’ve also been trying to get back into the habit of stretching and meditating. At work there is a weekly meditation session we can attend,  I’ve been trying hard to make it. I find it helps keep me focused.

CandleI’ve been so focused on my crafts for other people I haven’t spent much time doing photography or anything for me. There hasn’t been much to share or post about so the blog has been a bit neglected as well. I am sure that will change as the seasons change. The heat tends to steal my strength. Soon enough I’ll be freezing all the time and maybe that will motivate me to get things done.

Building traditions

It was a crazy week and so I didn’t get a chance to write as much as I had planned. That is how it goes sometimes. I have next week’s prompts ready to go and hopefully I will be more on the ball with them.

I have learned over the past 3 years that it is incredibly difficult to feel connected to something when you are far away. It is more difficult when you feel your voice is not heard. I was pretty lucky in that my coven did their best to stay connected. We had Skype rituals, we emailed, we had our own FB group to share things. This helped. I felt like part of the circle still, and my initiates got a chance to “meet” the other people in our circle.

In a small group that works. In the larger sense of a tradition though, you often feel lost and out-of-place when you are not there to be visible. How do you feel united when you are not there to be part of something? How do you connect with several other groups who often are very quiet and don’t reach out from their own coven borders? It is difficult. And over time it just becomes the norm not to know those people.

It is sad. I sometimes wonder how larger traditions with groups all over various places do it. Newsletters I suppose help, email lists that are active and full of chatter would help too. Chances to bring everyone together also help. Or do their Tradition Leaders know that once the groups are outside city borders you have to let them go and begin their own thing?

So a choice had to be made. I have been waffling back and forth, back and forth. The cards kept throwing down the Magician. I kept saying “I don’t know what this means” And then suddenly things all became clear.

So now here I am at the other end of it full of conflicting feelings. On one hand I am excited by possibilities. Excited at what I can build. On the other hand I am feeling lost and worried that I will lose friends. Sad to no longer be part of something that I spent years and years being part of. It is complicated.

So here I am preparing to build my own tradition. Preparing to grow my coven and have a spiritual life. Preparing for the moments of “WTF am I doing??” and the moments of “Wow this is awesome”.

I have 18+ years of learning and training. I have 15+ years of being part of a traditional circle. I have 17+ years of being eclectic and trying new things. I have all these years of bonding the 2 and making my personal practice work while leading and being part of a tradition. I know I can do this.

Finding others who want to come along for the ride will be interesting, but I trust in my faith and my abilities. So I guess we will see where it takes me.

Change in the air

My move to the USA caused several changes for me spiritually. I am away from my tradition, alone, trying to slowly build something that builds community and faith. It hasn’t been easy to search out like-minded people. There have been moments of frustration. There have been moments of happiness. It has been a mix of emotions.

I look at the people who have inspired me and I wonder if I am even half as good as they are at this. Then I remind myself that I can be only me, and well, that is who my people have. I try my best to be a good leader, a good community member and I remind myself to get out there to meet others.

This spring is bringing more change. I am pondering my path and what I want out of it. I am looking over the things I am so comfortable in and poking at the things I tend to ignore. I am thinking about legacy and what I will build and leave behind. I am questioning some items, hugging others and doing some praying.

I pulled some cards last night for guidance. I got The Magician, Two of Swords and The Fool. I just sorta sighed as it told me what I already knew, but that is the way it goes sometimes. I went to FB and asked my friends for their insights. They all seemed to align with what I had thought.

I am ignoring a choice I need to make (yep). I have the power and creativity to solve it and build what I want(totally). I need to make the leap of faith and follow my heart.

I am good at leaps of faith. It helps that I have a ton of faith and I trust in my instincts. I am waiting though. This time it isn’t just about me. This time it is about the other people in my group and what their wishes are. This time I have to put the information out there and wait to see.

So I wait and I ponder. And I plan and I write. I pray and I meditate. We will see where the path leads.