Remember a few days ago with my random Dark Lady musing?
I got the urge to make a spread based off of the song, and my roommate praxidike-of-pomegranates is an enabler so she encouraged me to do it.
I left the text off the spread because I want people to have to see the following block of text:
Cher has a love affair with the word “g*psy” which is more than a bit aggravating since it’s a slur used against Roma, an indigenous group in Europe. I’m not going to use the word here or any other slurs and if I ever do, please message me and call me out. You shouldn’t say or use “g*psy” either, even if you are the Dark Lady dancing to your music. This looks like a good resource for those looking for more information about why “g*psy” is no bueno.
(As for this song in particular, I replace “g*psy” in the chorus with “witchy” when I sing it. It makes more sense to me anyway.)
Now that we’re all on the same page about slurs and why they are bad, let’s get on to the spread description.
This spread is for seeing the aspects of a problem. Is my husband cheating, am I going to be fired, and so on.
- The Fortune Queen of New Orleans The context of the situation. What was life like before this problem came to be or what “caused” the problem.
- Laughed and danced and lit the candles one by one The actions taken by the Querent up to this point, especially those that might seem unrelated to the problem.
- She dealt two cards, a Queen… Obstacles in the path to a solution
- …and a Three Probable outcome, or outcome fated to happen, or outcome based on current behavior. However you normally choose to interpret “outcome” cards works fine here.
- Then she turned up a two-eyed Jack External influences on the situation, particularly those beyond the Querent’s control
- My eyes saw red but the card still stayed black This card depends on the problem. It can be seen as either “what can change” or as “what will stay the same”. Read it in conjunction with card 5, because what is likely to change/not change is independent of the Querent’s actions
- My advice is that you leave this place/Couldn’t sleep because of all the things she said… so I sneaked back How the Querent should proceed. Should they walk away from the problem or should they take some definite action?
Now for a testimony about this spread: I tested it and found out that you don’t need to have a problem in mind. I didn’t think I had any problems in my life, but tested it anyway “just in case”. Card 1 was the Ten of Cups, which is my favorite card (if you couldn’t tell by my icon) and not really a slap-in-your-face-you’ve-got-issues card. However, the rest of the spread slowly clued me in on the fact that I really am upset that all of my friends are graduating college and leaving, no matter how much I’ve been trying to bury that.
So basically, this is less of a “what to do” than a “this is actually a problem and you need to realize it” spread and I recommend it 110%, even if it did make me cry.
1 part calendula
1 part red clover
1 part each lavender and chamomile flowers
1 part lemon balm
1 part catnip
1 part spearmint
1 part each skullcap and thyme leaves
1 part oatstraw
1 part lemon peel
a pinch stevia
A delicious bedtime tea for children and adults. Full of flowers and fairy magic; a tea to delight and inspire
H E R B A L R E M E D I E S // menstrual cramps
- Valerian Root - relieves anxiety, relaxes muscles, improves quality of sleep. contains antispasmodic properties that can ease tension and cramps.
- Cinnamon - potent anti-inflammatory properties.
- Star Anise - reduces bloating and nausea, promotes regulated flow, disinfects and soothes the stomach, improves digestion.
- Ginger - reduces nausea/fatigue associated with menstruation, promotes pain relief in the stomach and digestive system, anti-inflammatory.
- Dandelion Root - cleanses stomach and digestive system, reduces headaches associated with menstruation, relieves water retention, reduces bloating and cramping.
- Chicory Root - decreases swelling and bloating, regulates appetite, contains mild laxative effect.
DIY Tea Blends
- Relaxation: steep valerian root, peppermint leaves, and licorice root in boiling water for 10-15 minutes.
- Happy Tummy: steep fresh ginger root (or ginger tea) with cinnamon, star anise, and a pinch of cayenne pepper in boiling water for 15-20 minutes.
- Cramp Relief: steep dandelion flowers and roots with hibiscus flower in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Steep with chicory root for an additional 5 minutes.
Another brilliant mix from Scott Cunningham’s book Incense Oils and Brews, page 149.
2 parts Rosemary
1 part Lavender
1 part Lemongrass
1 part Lemon Verbena
1 part Sage
After placing the satchel in the bath, let it color the water. Sit into the water and lean back. Relax…
You will need:
* a blue candle
* a purple candle
* white candle
Put the candles in a triangle. The blue candle should be at the right point. The purple candle should be at the left point. The white candle should be at the top point. Light the candles in the order of…