Recently I got a flurry of various tarot cards, oracle cards and electronic cards, several books, also both physical and electronic..(There will eventually be some reviews) so while I am busy reading playing and coveting my new shinnies, I will leave you with some interesting things I have read in my corner of the pagan interwebs.  And a couple of interesting thoughts I have had, in lew of an actual post.. enjoy!

The Gospel of the Princess Bride

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 This from the Quaker Pagan blog, caught my interest this week as it speaks to the way I have been feeling of late about the Pagan community here in Wellington, especially the bit about old and new, as the people change in the group,  new people come through, take leadership rolls, change is inevitable.  So it is nice to know that this is somewhat normal.

Next up this week was the Wild Hunt an excellent blog/pagan news site that you should be visiting regularly anyway, mostly based in teh northern hemisphere but it has some excellent contributers, good articles, and good Pagan Reporters

Adventures in Self Publishing With John Matthews

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This is of interest to me because I have after much deliberation and research gotten an Ipad mini.. which love, and with this I have started reading electronic books, and being that I am a Witch who is also an avid reader, I have spent some time searching the internets for good electronic books on a variety of Pagan subjects, from Ariadia to Voudou, from Traditional Witchcraft to Asatru, from Tarot to Seers there is quite a lot out there.  And now apparently there will be more..

It is also of interest as my yet unfinished masters thesis is about modern pagan books and how they have developed, changed, been published and by whom so a most interesting read.

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Some interesting conversations I had revolved around tarot cards, physical or electronic, and how people found electronic verse physical.. for reading and sacredness.. then I wondered, as I stared at my shine ipad mini, how would you go about cleansing them? Or making your electronic reading device sacred?  So far I have a nice cover, and have filled it with pagan ebooks, and two card apps, as well as a moon app.. that should do it..  what do you reccon?  Maybe I will put that on the list of blog post ideas..

And meanwhile in Canada, where my Canadian pagans resided the first Witches Sabbat Weekend has happened at Ravens Knoll , put together by several wonderful people, you can find out more about them here .  So I will leave you with this wonderful picture of hold Horney.

Taken by the lovely Angela G
Taken by the lovely Angela G

Its like falling in love all over again

I happened to tweet that I had been having thoughts about magic verses community with regards to Paganism which was favourited by Joseph from Candle Smoke Chapel and something that I may post on later as I am still pondering on this.  However I followed Joeph’s link on his twitter and a few clicks later I was on Candle Smokes etsy and experiencing the feeling of seeing old friends that I had sort of lost touch with, over the years, in the form of Medicine Cards

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I was given my deck of Medicine Cards way back in 1994 which is nearly 19 years ago.  They were a gift that my then flatmate Juliette gave me for my birthday.  Not long after I attended classes on how to read them run by another friend of mind, Simone, whose tarot classes I had attended earlier on in the year.  I have to say that I didn’t mesh very well with tarot, and it would be another 15 years or so until I picked up another Tarot deck.

But the Medicine Cards I took to like fish to water.  I remember that by the 3rd or 4th class I was helping the other students to read their cards.

There was something about these animals, these medicine cards that spoke to me like the Tarot didn’t.  Even at first glance it was like meeting old friends.  You see these Medicine cards were not about ‘fortune’ telling instead they were about you, your personality, what and where you were now as opposed to how I was the tarot, which was about predicating someone’s future.  Who they would marry, money, success, etc etc.

The future, I have and do believe is something you created yourself by the choices and decisions you make in the present the here

I have only ever had one tart reader pick up on that.  She said to me, as I handed her the cards after I had shuffled them ‘ the cards say you don’t like your future ot be read’ at that was an excellent reading

What I learnt from my Medicine Cards as I read for myself and others was that there was a lot of misinterpretation and misunderstanding when it came to the purpose and use of divination cards.  Or more to the point I was misunderstanding the purpose of divination cards.  For me cards such as Medicine Cards and tarot cards were for understanding the here and now, and not about ‘telling ones fortune or future’

I don’t use the Medicine Cards so much now, as a several years ago I picked up the Wildwood tarot, which in a similar way to the medicine cards speak to me in ways that other tarot don’t  but perhaps it is time to work with  my Medicine Cards again?

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