HELLO WITCHES Nº102



Whew, what a weekend! I went clubbing with my friends two days in a row. We were celebrating ADZ's birthday at Shadow, and then at Disko Nekro. Oh man, when I woke up on Sunday morning I was so sore and burnt out. I had a lot of trouble pulling myself out of bed after the night I had. I met many new people and ended up dancing the night away with my friends. It was exciting to socialize so intensely after a rough and isolated week.

Last week, the bad news I was expecting over the weekend came on Monday with the death of my Mom's long time friend and co-worker, Lupe. I met her many times and found myself mesmerized by her light. She was such a positive lady even though her life was unfairly rough. I have a very hard time accepting death ever since I was a little girl. I couldn't be left alone with my thoughts. Perhaps that was too impulsive to do, because the visit set off evens that I am sitting here now and trying to think about how to solve. Sometimes, things just happen. We don't always have control over the circumstances, and that is something that I have slowly come to learn. At one point I did what the old Leelah does: I sat to listen to the Marshall Mathers LP with earphones. The emotional reminiscing allowed me to vent a lot of my stress and my pent up negative feelings. After that therapeutic event, I still laugh when I think about the music I like now versus this phase I had in which I was an Eminem fan. That's a skeleton I hide in the closet from all my fabulous goth friends now. If only they knew!

This week has one Ace and two Major Arcana cards. Lo and behold, Death is in the position for what to avoid. Avoid changes and feelings of loss. But how? Change is natural. Out of all cards, I can't tell which one I like the least: Death, Three of Swords, The Tower, or Four of Swords. Each time these cards show up, I am in for a not so pleasant treat. Let's keep our chins up and look forward to a positive change.

Also, I have a Nusantara Tarot 1st Edition copy up for sale or trade, should anybody be interested in it. It will most likely be sold, and I don't expect to have it for very long. They sell like hot cakes even at the craziest, most inflated prices.



Monday. Six of Wands. A celebratory note or feeling kicks the week off with very positive energy. Whatever it is, you’ve earned it! Move forward in confidence and be happy for your accomplishments. You’ve done it!

Tuesday. The Hermit. Keep to yourself. Look towards the inside for answers. Seek the guiding light that will help you out of the darkness and out of the doubt you might have. Time will tell.

Wednesday. King of Wands. Look for the one that inspires passion in your life and helps you lead it. This is a show of responsibility over your passions and most exciting moments. Share freely and responsibly. Look for adventures as you invest time in the things that make you feel happy or fulfilled.



Thursday. Three of Coins. Work hard and learn from your mistakes as you go. In this world, you can’t go it alone so you will have to put effort into doing the best you can alongside others as well.

Friday. Page of Swords. Time to talk. Say what you have to say and don’t be afraid to be honest even if it hurts someone else’s feelings. Be honest with yourself and others. If you have to stand up for yourself, then so be it. Do it. Who else is going to stand up for you if you don’t?

Saturday. Seven of Wands. You have the upper hand on conflict. Don’t let it try your patience, just deal with things as they come. Sometimes you just have to protect yourself and hope that it will be enough for you to sustain yourself afterwards, too.



Sunday. Ace of Swords. Time to talk, and really talk. Have you got something to say? Don’t be defensive. Just say what you have to say, accept that sometimes that’s the alternative you are given.

What to avoid. Death. This card unnerves me. As a situation to avoid, it is not to propose changes. To resist change is to suffer, which is a quote worthy experience I have had for years. Maybe it will mean there is a near slip with death, but let’s hope not.

What to strive for. Seven of Cups. Look at your options. Go over them and review them. Seek out the differences and the effects of what your actions will bring to consequence. Be aware that your actions will have reactions, and if you are not ready for what comes next, you shouldn’t go there.You will have to deal with what comes next no matter what you do.

Blessings, love and light.
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WYLDECHILDE CREATIONS




I found out about this service through a client that was posting on the AT.NET forums. They were glowing about a custom made bag for their Shadowscapes Tarot, so I got curious and I clicked on the link. I found the shop delightful and rather versatile, so I got in touch with Ona.

The story of the shop is on the profile of the account. It is meant to make customized bags that resonate with you and that are tailored to the specific dimensions of your deck. The colors match the personality of the deck, and the materials are very high quality. I love the colors of the products, and from what I can see they will last very long if used with care. I think that more than protecting your cards or sacred reading space, these products bring your tarot reading experience to life. They’re so beautiful!



Ona is very easy to work with and gives you many color and print options. I already had an idea of what I wanted, so I explained the concepts to her in my very first e-mail and I made sure to send her the dimensions of my deck. We engaged in conversation, and three days later my product was finished and being shipped out to me. Three days after that, I had my bags and spread cloth. The whole process took less than a week! Granted, schedules can fluctuate, but I think that it was very fast for a custom product.




All of the Wyldechilde bags feature:
♡ 2 layers of fabric
♡ The fabric that touches the cards is always a natural fabric
♡ (cotton, silk, wool, hemp, or rayon from bamboo)
♡ No unfinished edges
♡ Belted for secure closure
♡ Most are hand-wash cool water, line dry
♡ Snug bag so your card corners don’t get bent
♡ Colors and patterns to express your individual taste
♡ Custom sizes available

I had a bag made in the same print as the spread cloth. One is backed with copper dupioni silk, the other with indigo dupioni silk. Simply gorgeous! They make for a set. While the bag was intended for the Golden Tarot especially, I realized it would fit just about any standard deck. If I am ever on the go for readings in public events, it would be great to dress up any other standard deck I need. Practical!




I also got one made with a concept based around the Moon card from Vertigo Tarot. It is purple, has swirls and stars and is lined with the same color of magenta as is present in the pyschic rays beneath the moon. So right! Magic!

I am very happy with the end result, and can’t recommend this shop enough if you feel like you have a deck of cards that needs shelter. Often times, cards come in boxes that are flimsy or too big to keep them. Sometimes they come with a thin organza bag, but those break easily and offer very little protection. I also think they’re cheap, and too cheap to house a sacred working tool.

Every time I sit down to work with my cards, I feel like there is magic happening on my work table. The cards really come alive, and I really love the print that I got. This celestials print sets a mood for me, and helps me get into the mindset of reading. I love it!




The shop has a lot of variety. You can get a good idea of what is available to you through browsing. It is also updated with some regularity, so you can stay tuned for pre-made bags.
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HELLO WITCHES Nº101




Last weekend, my friend Crystal came over and I hosted a séance at my apartment. We were under the influence of the full moon for sure, trading secrets and sipping on wine. Nearing midnight, we turned off the lights, turned on three candles and turned a shot glass over on a plank of wood. The incense was burning and the room was quiet. We repeated the chant many times until finally, the glass budged. Slowly at first, then with more strength until the session was in order. We were graced by the visit of my Grandmother, Hugo, Jeanine, and a wandering ghost. In that order. It was such a memorable night. Later on, we used the Ouija board and talked to a spirit that identified as Cxuthulu and spoke to us in old English. The spirit was talking about underwater themed things such as algae and Rlyeh. We didn't understand him, so we had to let him go... but we closed the session when it switched to Zozo. He spooks me out.

I’m impressed, this is the first time my diary entry shows four consecutive cards from the same suit. This reading is dominated by the suit of Coins, but surprisingly also has one suit of each element and two Major Arcana cards. It isn’t missing anything, but rather, heavily influenced by matters of work and finance. And that’s true! In preparation for a month long trip to Puerto Rico, that is really all that I do. I am thoroughly impressed with this turnaround for sure.



♡ Monday. Four of Coins.
The week starts with the mentality that you have to hold onto what you’ve got as if it will leave you as soon as you let go. I have a bit of a problem with that because acting this way will further attract for things to go differently than planned. When your resources are just barely enough for you, you don’t really need to worry about even distribution. Just say no.

♡ Tuesday. Nine of Coins.
This card feels like the opposite: Wealth, contentment and freedom. Having more than enough of what you need, and feeling gratitude for everything that you’ve got. Life is good when things go as you hope they will!

♡ Wednesday. Page of Coins. A little extra comes your way when you pay attention. See it as a seed, as a possibility of growth for the future. An idea can have so much potential, but if you keep it in the seed stage, you won’t be able to see its full potential. Look to find out, because until then you might not really know what you have in your hands. It is untapped potential.



♡ Thursday. Knight of Coins. Stability. When things are going steady, that will bring you great satisfaction. If you need to be active about something, you might be taking it a little too easy. This feels like a card of financial stability, and some growth from its previous manifestation.

♡ Friday. The Devil. These lovers are chained to the Devil’s pedestal. They couldn’t make their choices, and instead they fall victims to circumstance and their own desires. They could release themselves if they really wanted to, but since they stay there, it seems they don’t.

♡ Saturday. Six of Cups. Here we see things go back to a simpler time, which can also be seen as a happier time. It could be the time of reminiscing and of finding worth and value in the past. Sometimes the past is a gift when we see all the treasures that it holds.



♡ Sunday. Eight of Swords. It’s not a day to do anything, in fact it might feel like a very limiting day. It might not be the day the day you get things done that you have wanted to. It might just be a day when circumstances have one up over you. Try not to resist, just let the day go by. Rest a little.

♡ What to avoid. Queen of Wands. Don’t get too caught up in being the center of attention all the time. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay to step back and blend a little. When you have character and charisma, though, that doesn’t happen very often… especially when the Queen of Wands is around.

♡ What to strive for. The Moon.
Listen to your intuition, let it run wild and without harness. Don’t box yourself into the mundane confines of the world. Rather, give yourself the chance to roam free. Follow the fluid path of life wherever it takes you, and be prepared for many unexpected surprises along the way. Follow your intuition.

HELLO WITCHES Nº100




Hello Witches, happy Monday! You will not believe, but we have finally done a hundred of these weekly readings since the start of the practice in 2012. I am very happy to have made it this far! It is really amazing to me when readers

I don’t usually use titles that are not traditional. However, it makes sense to use them in this deck. This deck strongly feels like it works as what it is, not what it can be forced to be by people who read solely based off RWS meanings. Honestly, if you want a RWS deck, you will buy a RWS deck. This deck can be read in RWS form but will offer you more messages if you listen to the manner in which the cards speak and if you understand the cultural backdrop of the cards. The Chrysalis Tarot is a world of its own, and I see it and understand it perfectly.



Monday. Nine of Spirals. All this wild energy! I feel like after huffing and puffing, either the walls come down or you get tired of the unnatural effort you are putting into breathing life into a world that seems to feel dry and barren. The birds flying overhead seem like gossip, and the wind blowing can be casting dust over what the birds leave behind. Stay away from talk and gossip today.

Tuesday. Eight of Stones. I don’t see much movement here. It looks like a day stationed at the work station and making magic happens for others. I view my work very to be very much a manifestation of magic in the lives of other people. It feels as if in the skills I have that make me different, I help others view their lives differently and work on their shortcomings.

Wednesday. Wheel of Fortune. Change can come when you least expect it, and it can bring with it much news and progress that you have been expecting. I see this as a time of natural cycles to adapt to, and the need to remember that if today didn’t work out, tomorrow may bring opportunities and things to look forward to doing.



Thursday. Eight of Scrolls. Look into your mind, let the messages come to you. Don’t force them, and don’t let yourself blank out. Be an open channel, there is no need to act until the circumstances are right. Be patient and listen to what the signs are telling you. They’re there for a reason!

Friday. Ace of Spirals. Look at how it spins. This looks like the raw suit of fire, creativity and emotion. The teardrop on the ram really speaks to me, as do the chains on its neck that are no longer there. Powerful and personally relevant sign! Go run wild.

Saturday. Two of Spirals. Juggling two worlds isn’t easy at a time when there is much talk and chatter. I feel as if this little bird is having a hard time deciding which little nest it is going to rest in. Sometimes even the simplest decisions can be pretty tough and it’s not our fault. That’s just how life is.



Sunday. Nine of Scrolls. Some things get tiresome or hard to handle. This angel looks as if she weeps over a tomb, which is pretty powerful imagery.

What to avoid. The Hermit. Don’t get too expressive in sharing your stories with people who will not understand or appreciate them fully.

What to strive for. The Tower. Boom! Look for action, shake things up and don’t get too attached to things as they are, because time will change everything. You should know by now that all that is guaranteed in this life is change.

This will be an interesting week. Let's see how it goes!
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CHRYSALIS TAROT REVIEW




I have just stepped into a multicultural universe of color and feelings. The main language is love, or rather, coexisting in harmony with nature and learning how to love again. It doesn’t necessarily need to be lovers’ love, it can just be that compassionate love that we are born with and forget. I get such a compassionate, healer’s perspective from this deck. It really resonates with an area of my brain — or is it my heart? — that taps into my subconscious to bring forth messages of an oracular nature. Damn! I’m inspired.

Growing up can really disconnect us from our heart. I have trouble with this notion all the time because I can see it manifesting in others, and reflecting back at me. I struggle with the hardships of life and having to find it in myself to build invisible walls to keep others out. It sucks! I like to see the best in people, the qualities that make them shine. Adulthood is trying to toughen me up and to dry out my compassion, and if I let it, one day I may come to be just as bad. But luckily, I’ve got this deck now. The Chrysalis Tarot by Holly Sierra and Toney Brooks is a sacred amulet of luck and protection that will not allow any of that negativity to come through. It dispels the evil of the world and creates a safe haven for all of us that struggle with those hardships, so we can feel protected. It sounds so hocus pocus, I know, but I honestly feel like this deck is a working tool to open your eyes to the real world, to connect with nature and to find compassionate love again. The kind of love I am talking about is mutual respect between living beings, no matter their accepted level of intelligence. If it has life, it is sacred and meant to be without question. That’s how I feel about it.



I feel like this deck is a working tool to empower yourself and to bring out potential meditation so that you can achieve a higher form of consciousness. While it does not seem purely Celtic, Shamanic, Pagan or Wiccan — which I THOROUGHLY appreciate, as I don’t identify or resonate with any of the a fore mentioned, — there are influences present in this deck. It is multicultural. You can find an archetype of each person in the deck, with different forms of beauty… and not one is ugly, because they are all pure on the inside. It makes the deck accessible and easily relatable to people from diverse cultural backgrounds, which I appreciate. I’ve always had a problem with people being of the same skin tone in tarot decks. Lack of diversity renders a deck useless to certain cultures out there, and I think that truly successful tarot decks can be related to universally. As in, will include a bit of everything, thus making it more versatile and understandable.

I have never written a review like this before. All of my other reviews are of course of decks I enjoy, but the writing I have channeled after looking through the entire deck is very different and I hope you can see that too. If you want your own copy, Holly Sierra is actually sending some decks out with custom butterflies painted on the inside flap. Each creation is original! No duplicates! A must! Get your copy now.




INTERVIEW WITH THE CHRYSALIS TAROT:

Most important characteristic:
King of Stones. Hello, Toney Brooks! It seems you were a key component in the development of the deck. It seems you clung to the harmonious song of the world of Chrysalis, and you went like a bard painting the town with the colors of Chrysalis. I feel like music and lightheartedness in an approach to a serious venture such as this will greatly improve the experience with the deck. With the dog we see a loyal companion and friend following wherever we go. How uplifting.

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
Knight of Spirals. Here we have an adventurer who isn’t bound by rules. Oh, no… we have the need for adventure seeking and even for trouble, so long as the rewards are great. I feel like the parrot can be all talk as well as messages. Action and quick thinking come to mind here, also being bold and daring… and not knowing how to be any other way.

What are your limits?
Two of Stones. This bear doesn’t look like he is meant to be there. in fact, he looks as if he’s lost or looking for something in the wrong place. One wrong step or slip, and he could fall and end up really hurting himself. I guess this serves as a warning and a reminder that words only go so far, after that our own actions are what define our outcome. This stands true for tarot, and is explicit in the card.



What are you here to teach me?
Four of Scrolls. If you’re not sure, sleep on it and give it time. Don’t try to act or force things to happen the way that you want them to, because then it won’t be natural. Sometimes stepping back from the situation will bring an answer. The image makes me think about dreams, and finding answers in dreams. Perhaps it is through meditation that the meanings of the cards will really come to life for us.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Strength. Go it alone if you want, it’s a jungle out there. Embrace the journey for what it is and be ready to face challenges as well as getting your hards dirty. It is through experience that you will learn to conquer your demons and face your fear, and it’ll take a lot of courage. I also feel this is an implication to read over the booklet once, absorb what you can and then put it away. Let the cards really speak to you as you relate them to your life, then they will really start to sing.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Ace of Stones. Grounding. This is a — rather personal — gift of grounding. I feel like it is offering to be the rock in times of need, a beacon of hope and positivity with the way the sun is shining behind it. It is a source of energy and possibly a seed of renewal if you approach it with the right attitude.



Which card do you want to show off?
The Devil. Funny! This card jumped out earlier when I was shuffling this deck for the first time to conduct this interview. That mask really speaks to me as the mystery that it represents. We have a rose, a mirror and an infinity sign. Will we go by our intuition as suggested by the mirror, or by the passion and the pain as suggested by the thorny rose? We’re only going to be kept on the surface until we start digging deeper and unmasking the secrets.

How do you see me?
Death. One of my birth cards, and a concept that I have a lot of trouble with. Going from the booklet, this suggests that you are coming out of a dark time in your life. Intuitively, she seems wise to me and with that coin I feel she has conquered a destructive force. Reading off the card itself, I feel like life is a maze and once you get out, that means your life is spent. Here she is just outside it, with what seems to be a ball of yarn. I have seen strings in death cards before and believe it is an allusion to fate as well as a continuous line that can illustrate our progress in life. It makes me think about my life and how I am shaping it.

How do you see yourself?
The Magician. Tricky trickster! These birds look so mischievous as they toil with what I take to be a sacred source of divine energy, wisdom and strength in the form of a swirling tree. I can almost hear their nagging “cawww cawww cawww” as it seems to drag on. They’re shape shifters, teachers, and creatures of the hunt. This card has strong divine influence to it, and brings us to the concept of “as above, so below” from the point of view of nature.



I have not yet written a review this charged with words, but the deck really speaks to me. I’m going to be honest, while I feel that many would benefit from my use to it, I plan to use it alone. I want to really learn what I can benefit from with this deck before I start using it to empower others. It has a lot to say to me, and I intend to listen carefully. I can see many nights of candlelight and music while I go over the teachings of this deck as they pertain to my personal life. I feel strong vibes of ayahuasca, DMT present in the cards even though they don't look as if they are meant to be that way directly. Some artwork such as Spectral Eyes comes to mind when I look through the cards, reminding me of my brief experiences in a trance. There have only been two in my life, but they have lasted me with their rich knowledge and experience.

I really like the Chrysalis Tarot, and wish I had not been hesitant to get it at an earlier time. I want a beautiful bag to house it in as well as a reading cloth. Looks like I have a job for Wyldechilde at Etsy.

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