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Reading For Oneself

Hey there everyone. Hope you are doing okay.

I see a lot of content on the web about different types of reading, different styles of reading, and the like. How you obtain your deck, how you use your deck, how to maintain your tarot cards. I want to talk about How to Read Tarot Cards for Yourself. It’s important to learn about how to read your tarot cards. Reading tarot cards is a skill that I have used a vast portion of my life.

This was a reading for myself many years ago…

Today, I kind of want to talk about the use of the deck, since we have gone over the whole thing about shuffling a while back. You see, there are some people who say that you can not read the tarot for yourself. I like to believe that you can read for whomever you wish, just make sure you keep your practices ethical. Ethical practices are a key to any good thing.

Now, when you read for yourself you will need to know what deck you are using. Do not repeat the same questions over and over during the same sitting. I believe in the ideal that each deck has a spirit, and therefore I treat them kindly. You wouldn’t ask someone a question over and over until you got blue in the face, would you? That is part of the idea that the reading should be ethical. Treat your deck as you would any other living being.

Treating your deck as another living being, ask questions that it might see of you from the outside looking in, but know that the cards are also a sort of vehicle for your intuition. How you use your intuition is important here. You can flex your intuition by using your cards often; make friends with your cards.

It is good practice to read with your decks often. Many people say that you should read with your tarot deck daily, and I find this to be quite true. You have to be able to know what you are reading with confidence. When you are just starting out, you can use various books. Even when you have been reading the cards for a lengthy period of time, some people still use books and things as references. Other people sometimes have ideas about the tarot that you may not yourself have.

This doesn’t mean that you should talk about your readings to just anyone. Personally, I believe the ethical thing to do is to never divulge what you are reading and such to other people in a way that does not maintain the confidentiality of whomever you are reading or, yourself included. Obviously if it is yourself, you can read for yourself and tell other people your findings because you have your own consent. If you are reading for another person, do NOT go around telling everyone else that person’s business. The only way you can get away with something like that without consent is to not use any names and be super vague about it. Even then, it is still not considered a practice that is smiled upon.

Everyone has the ability to read the cards. I believe this to the very fiber of my being, and I want to pass that ability around to others before I pass away myself.

-Vyvyan Wormwood

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Today’s Haul 1.13.22

Hi there Tots!

Today I went foraging in the woods. I was mostly looking for mushrooms and such to see what I could find that were in my local area. I live in the woods, so I tend to stick to this particular area when I’m going outside.

Here are some mushrooms I found
…and here are some more I found.
The complete haul

So in the bottom picture you can see a jar that I found that was kind of neat, the middle row on the left has a cool spider nest that I found sitting next to the BIGGEST GALL EVER. I have NEVER seen a gall that big before. I can’t wait to make ink out of it. Then on the bottom row, the left and middle are some lichen (I think), and the stuff on the right are mushrooms that I am going to identify.

Please note that when you go out into the woods, don’t touch things you do not know what they are (like I did. Because I’m an idiot or something). You can end up touching the wrong thing. The reason I DID touch all the things in the pictures is because I have lived here for a very long time and I know all these things from prior experience that they do not have any side effects on the body via touch. I just don’t know exactyl what they are.

Anyway, that was the haul for today. I hope you enjoy the pictures.


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Witch Gardening 2022: Get Planty

A small collection of some of my seeds for this year…

Hi there all! It’s your Entie Vyvy.

It’s good to see you. This year I am planning on starting a vertical garden hopefully this year. I haven’t done a lot of research into it, but I have a book on it (I have a book on most topics honestly…) so when I remember where I left the book I’m going to a deep dive into the topic.

Vertical gardening is basically the same as regular gardening, except you work upwards instead of outwards. It is important to wrap the plants tendrils with padded gardening/florist wire so that the plant will grow upwards or downwards instead of outwards. Squash is one of those plants that grows very well like this, as it’s vines tend to go every which way and are guided easily.

I’m unsure what kind of ideas I’m going to have with these plants. So far I’m putting them into peat pots to start with. I really like peat pots and it’s one of those things I can do indoors during the winter.

I’ve done a little bit of research into something called Winter Sowing. There’s a website on that if you want, and you can find it by clicking here. (Hopefully that link still works when this is read) You basically use milk jugs to sow the seeds in the winter. You can really use just about any container, but old plastic milk jugs are a great thing to use, and it helps recycle. I saved about ten milk jugs this year just for this purpose alone. Entie loves projects where they can Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. 🙂

I definitely want to grow some pickling cucumbers this year to make my own pickles. I like the idea of growing and canning/jarring (?) my own pickles to enjoy. I really love a good dill pickle. I could even put something else in them to give them a little zing. It’s going to be really nice.

I do plan on planting some herbs of various varieties, mostly rosemary and mint and chamomile, in separate pots out to the side of the vertical garden that I will be growing in. I think what I want to do is to make a small patch of fence out of chicken wire where I can attach the vines to the fence should I so choose. I’m just not sure how big I’m going to need to make it.

Anyway. Gardening is one of my favorite things so expect my updates every now and again about my getting planty….I hope you get planty with me!

Get Planty!

Vyvyan Wormwood
The Wormwood Oracle and the Mind Behind the Darkest Designs

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The One Thing You Need to Change About Shuffling

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Hey there everyone! It’s your Entie, Vyvyan Wormwood, the Wormwood Oracle.

Today we are going to talk about shuffling cards. This is one of those things that is very important when you are choosing your tarot deck. There are many different reasons that you should have to think about when you are purchasing your tarot deck. Obviously, the art and the vibe should match up with your ideal at first but there is more!

For example, when you pick out a deck you should take into consideration the SIZE of the deck. This is one of those times when size DOES matter (lol). Make sure the cards are not too small for your hands or too large for your hands. Often times you can find ways to shuffle that make up for the fact that the deck is too small or too large. Small decks often don’t have that much affect on shuffling but the larger decks do. To make up for the sizes, riffling is fine for the smaller decks, but when it comes to the larger decks, you will have to shuffle by picking cards and flipping through them. If you want to make sure you have reversals, make sure when you are flipping through the cards that you flip your hand over or the deck over each time so that you get reversals and upright cards in a varying manner.

Something else that is important to remember is that you need a deck of cards that has the right TEXTURE for you. Texture is important because a more matte set of cardboard is going to make it a little bit more difficult to shuffle whereas a deck that has a slick sheen to it is going to make it so the deck can get away from you. When you shuffle a deck that is too slick, create a cage with your hands when you riffle or shuffle. This will help the cards from escaping and looking sloppy.

FOIL is often a bit of an issue as well. Foil around the edges of cards can make it so that you have a hard time because the foil tends to make the cards very thick.

WEIGHT (or thicccness lol) is another issue that tends to be a problem. Between foil and thickness (or weight) tends to affect the ability to bend and riffle your cards. Because of this you may need to shuffle by flipping and not by riffling. This will be more of a problem if the cards are thick and foiled as well as too slick or too matte.

Adjusting your shuffling style is very important. Most of the time it is best to read your cards by riffling as one does poker cards. This is the most traditional manner for you to read and you will have very few jumper cards (which is the goal; too many jumper cards can cloud the reading).

If you have questions about shuffling the cards I will leave a youtube video link that will help you out.

Important and short

She considers what her first method I call “flipping” to be her “traditional” method.
I use her second traditional “poker” method as riffling.
The third technique is all jumpers, but I consider that to be very sloppy. Your mileage may vary.
The fourth way is simple but effective.
The last and fifth way is how most kids will start.

Please enjoy and practice your shuffling techniques often!

Lots of Love,

-Entie Vyvyan Wormwood
The Wormwood Oracle