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In The Beginning

Hi there nibblings. I hope we’re doing well today.

I wanted to kind of talk about something that has been on my mind a little bit lately. That thing being my beginnings in both the Craft and of Tarot and Divination work. When I was about ten years old, my parents took my brother and myself to an out of doors swap meet. It was summer time and it was very hot. There were tents and tables and things set out in the noon-day sun.

We came up to a table and I could just tell from how I felt that this was a table I wanted to look around a bit more and explore. I remember there being lots of tiny knick-knacks set up all over the table and a few shelves that had been stood up as well along the wall of a van that the stuff had come out of.

I made my way to the back of one of the tables off to the opposite side of where my brother was going. It was fun to shop with my brother, but he never wanted to look at the things that I wanted to do look at. Of course, we had some similarities but that was another story for another time.

I saw the strangest thing. It looked like a pack of cards of some sort. Mind you I didn’t have much information on this particular pack of cards. I thought perhaps that they were cards for magic tricks. Little did I know what this pack of whimsically painted cards held for me. My mother noticed me handling it an offered to buy it for me as a birthday gift. I was ten, why not get me something interesting?

My mother explained to me that these were tarot cards. She told me that they were something not everyone was into. And those who were into them often hid the fact where we lived, in the super fun toothbrush of North America, also known as Oklahoma. She told me that there was what was called a Bible Belt and that we were the shiny belt buckle of the Bible Belt.

I promised her I would be careful and we purchased the cards and that was one of the highlights of the day.

When we got home, I opened the pack of cards up and looked through all the art work on them. This is what I wanted to do. I loved it already. I knew. I knew right away. I swore that this would be the one thing I would do for the rest of my life.

The deck was called the Tarot of the Spirit. You can find more information on it at this link here. The deck was created in 1992 by Joyce Eakins. It was purely magical. I connected with the elements of the cards and the feel.

Many years later, on my senior trip to Six Flags Over Texas, I had my cards with me in my backpack. I hadn’t really thought much about what was happening or going on that day. We went through a water roller coaster and my cards ended up getting soaking wet and ruined. This was a might blow. By this time, I had bought other decks… But I still loved this one. I went to the internet and bought the cards from US Games (I think they were selling on eBay at the time or something, that part was a little bit vague) and replaced my beloved deck.

During that time period, it was told to us that we had to have our first deck given to us. And my mother had given me my first tarot deck. This does not mean that this has aged well. It has come to many people’s attention that you can choose a deck for yourself for your first one. The only reason I would suggest to wait is if you’re truly a sentimental type like I am (Cancer in so many signs!).

But yeah, I have had two incarnations of the deck, my original water-ruined one (which I believe may even still be around here somewhere, I am not one hundred percent sure) and the one that I use now for most every reading I do.

Bless you US Games for what you have given to me. Bless you for changing my life. Who knew that swap meets were something so life-altering?

-Vyvyan Wormwood

Posted in Monday Musings, New Readers, Tarot Reading

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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Posted in Monday Musings

Find Your Western Zodiac Tarot Card!

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Greetings my little Tarot Tots.

Today, I am doing my Monday Musings. I wasn’t sure on the topic of what I was going to pick but I decided that I was going to write about the zodiac or the basics of astrology in the tarot.

To start with, when doing a reading involving the western zodiac, one must find the significator or the client’s zodiac card. This is easy to find. First you have to know what your western zodiac sign is. For some help, I included a happy little chart below.

Zodiac sign– Birth Date
Aries– March 21st-April 19th
Taurus– April 20th-May 20th
Gemini– May 21st- June 21st
Cancer– June 22nd-July 22nd
Leo– July 23rd- August 22nd
Virgo– August 23rd-September 22nd
Libra– September 23rd-October 23rd
Scorpio– October 24th-November 21st
Sagittarius– November 22nd- December 21st
Capricorn–  December 22nd- January 19th
Aquarius– January 20th- February 18th
Pisces– February 19th- March 20th

So now things get broken down into gender. I personally do not believe this to be the most important part of the reading. You can still have a male with a female card or a female with a male card. They’re just generalizations.

Zodiac Signs:                                Female:                                    Male:

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius                Queen of Wands                   King of Wands

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn            Queen of Disks                     King of Disks

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius             Queen of Swords                  King of Swords

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces                Queen of Cups                       King of Cups

 

Once you have found your zodiac sign’s card, you can compare with another card. This is why I say that the genders are general. You may be one female card, but draw another female card. Perhaps you need to draw the same card as you. Perhaps you draw a male card but you are attracted to female cards. That part doesn’t exactly matter, for the most part. It’s just trying to make things easier on you.

 

I’m a on a cusp (which means I was born during a time when the signs were shifting and because of this, I have TWO western zodiac times) and am a Cancer and a Leo. For me, I am both King/Queen of Wands and King/Queen of Cups. Both sets really represent me, but I find I resonate with the Cups court cards more than I do the Wands court cards. I am very much a water sign.

So I’ve told you what I am. What are you? Are you a cusp as well? Find your cards!

 

Lots of love,
Vyvyan Wormwood
The Wormwood Oracle and the Mind Behind the Darkest Deisgns

Posted in Monday Musings

Monday Musings- Adoration

Hello my little Tarot Tots!

So my prompt for the day is “What draws you to paganism?”

Well, there are many things. Mostly the fact that it is a rather peaceful, earth centered religion. As a Hedgewitch, I am very drawn to working with the earth and it’s denizens. I am out there to learn about the world around me. Mostly I work with land spirits and animals spirits. There are many different ways to do these things. I will go over them at some point in this blog.

I like the fact that paganism is very eco friendly and that a lot of pagans are vegetarian or vegan. Not all of them, but some. I can kind of appreciate those views. I consider myself mostly vegetarian, but I occasionally enjoy meat. This is called Flexitarianism (which is what I am, obviously). I can kind of pick and choose, but most of the time I enjoy plant based foods and such.

I am not Wiccan, and I enjoy keeping the Balance that is nature. Sometimes I am called upon to do hexes and such but most of the time I do not. I just like having the option. I try to be the kind of person that excels at being nice and hope that works for the best. I just see that working for me much better.

Something that I really like is the fact that I can uphold a sort of balance in my own little corner of the world with all of the spirits to aid me.

I would say that my most favorite aspect is that you have to study so much. If you want to get anywhere you need to know what you are doing. Life is full of learning and as I always say “If you don’t learn your lesson in life, you’ll have to repeat the class.” There are so many books, websites, blogs, twitters…. Everything. So many views to be shared. Hell, I’m sharing my views right now with you. I’ve read so much and I’ve experienced so much as well. It’s fun and it’s a great thing for you to try. I can’t say it’s for everyone, but I’m pretty sure just dipping your toes into some of it might give you a fresh look on life and such.

I suppose this has become ranty. Anyway.

Be Well, friends.

-Vyvyan Wormwood

Posted in Monday Musings

Monday Musings- My Religion Beforehand

Hello my little Tarot Tots!

Looks like it’s time for another bit of musings this Monday. I have been getting prompts from a blog here on the intarnuts called Pagan Journal Prompts.

So my next prompt is: What was my Religion before I was pagan.

Well, I didn’t spend a lot of time being anything besides pagan, as I was kind of taken in by paganism and whatnot before I could explore other religions too seriously. I have been really interested in and fascinated with paganism and other new age type things ever since I was a kid (ten if you’ve been following me for a bit).

My mother tried to get my brother and I to go to a christian (southern baptist) church for a little while when my little brother was in third grade (I BELIEVE I was in like… fifth grade at the time? I’m not entirely sure….). We did not like it very much. In fact, both my brother and I both thought we were going to hell so severely that we had nightmares for weeks after going to that church. We’re just not the type of people you can preach fire and brimstone. I know there are people who like that sort of thing, but we were very sensitive children (and I’m STILL rather sensitive).

I don’t bash other religions. In fact, I would really like to go back to a church some time just to see what sort of things that go on there. I was actually invited to several things before Easter (even though I was celebrating the pagan way).

So there you go. A little information about myself.

What is your religion, friends?

-Vyvyan Wormwood

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Monday Musings- Entry the First

Hello my little Tarot Tots.

It’s time for something different. I want to do a little Monday musings. I think that it would be good for me to talk about my path and still talk about things that can be relative to my tarot and my spiritual life.

So where do I begin? Obviously at the beginning!

Where did I come to find out about paganism?

Honestly, I came to know about paganism from learning about Tarot cards. If you’ve followed me much, you know that I found a deck of cards at a flea market on my birthday when I was ten and began going all downhill (uphill, really) from there.

I started studying a variety of topics. I came across an idea about the “collective conscious” or “unconscious” or something. It was a very foreign topic to me. Thinking that all people and things in the universe could somehow communicate with each other just didn’t click right away. I remember sitting in my one class where were were practicing for choir trying to meditate and when my friends asked what the hell I was doing I responded with “I’m trying to connect to the universe.” Of course they laughed at me quite a bit for that and everyone around me thought I was totally weird (not that I wasn’t the weird kid anyway…).

So I guess I was always okay with the fact that I was just the weird kid. I was the only goth kid in the school that really spent time alone. None of the other goth kids really wanted to hang out with me because I didn’t want anything to do with drugs or alcohol (because I was planning on going to college and I was very serious about it) or anything like that. That and I was super depressed and angry all the time. I suppose we can talk about that later.

Basically, Tarot was a stepping stone for me. That’s the TL;DR portion of things. It’s not difficult. I didn’t know much when I first started (but who does) and I feel like I don’t know enough now. All I know is that I am a truth-seeking Oracle on the path to finding her own truth.

What’s your truth, friends?

-Vyvyan Wormwood