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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Law of Attraction Tarot Spread

The Law of Attraction tarot-spread is of my own creation and I have been developing it over the last few weeks.  After practicing it on myself, friends, and offering free readings to potential clients of my rootwork practice I feel that it is a very good spread and would like to share it with you, my readers, today. 

Review: Definition of Terms 

Law of Attraction: A belief that a person will attract and manifest that which they focus their conscious as well as their subconscious thoughts on. 

Tarot Spread: A Spread is a term used to describe the pattern in which Tarot-Cards are laid out after shuffling them and prior to reading them. Usually, but not always, each position in a spread signifies an area of life, a feeling, one's thoughts, or a specific time period such as the past, present, or future. The meaning of a tarot card is read according to its position in the spread.

The Law of Attraction Tarot Spread 

Use this spread to identify your thoughts and feelings in general or about a specific subject and see how your thoughts are manifesting your reality and what you can do to improve your condition or situation. 

The Spread 

  1. This card represents you at the moment. It is not chosen beforehand, it is a part of the reading. 
  2. This card represents your feelings. 
  3. This card represents your thoughts 
  4. This card represents what you are manifesting. 
  5. This represents what you should do to address your condition. If card #4 is of a positive nature, this card indicates how you can continue to manifest that which is positive. 
  6. This represents the outcome.

Sample Reading 

Our question comes from "Jack", he states that he is "unlucky in love", that he cannot meet anyone or that the women he does meet he can't seem to get close to. He would like to know how he can improve his condition.

The Cards 


The five of wands tells me that you are a person who has a great deal of conflict at the moment about your situation. You want love and a relationship, however, you are hesitant to position yourself to be both physically and emotionally present and available so that you can receive love. 

The five of pentacles represents what you are feeling. This is not a happy card. Your loneliness is tangible and manifests as depression and bitterness.  Notice how one figure in the card is looking down and another is looking up and neither is looking ahead of themselves.  You don't really envision a future for yourself in which anything has changed. 

The three of swords represent what you are thinking. Again, this is not a happy card. It represents pain and suffering. I feel like your thoughts are centering on a past break up or a lost love that you are not completely over.  Like the swords stuck in the heart, you are stuck in a certain mindset. When two people break up or end their relationship for whatever reason there is a sense of loss in many cases and one or both parties goes through a grieving process from which they eventually move on. However, it would seem that you have become stuck in the grieving stage and have not yet moved on. 

The Ten of Swords represents what you are manifesting. Based on this card, I would venture to say that your last relationship ended due to infidelity on the part of your partner leaving you feeling dejected, defeated and betrayed. This has resulted in your inability to trust anyone or get close to them for fear of being betrayed again. This is the source of the internal conflict mentioned earlier.  

The Star represents what you can do to improve your ameliorate your condition. Just like the female figure in the card who has removed her clothes, you must remove these negative thoughts and beliefs. While you believe that these thoughts protect you from getting hurt again, they also keep you stuck in the grieving phase unable to move on and heal. The first thing I want you to do is stop thinking of yourself as "unlucky in love", instead I want you to think of yourself as lucky in love. I want you to practice saying affirmations both out loud as well as internally. You may want to say something such as "Every time I turn around there's a new attractive woman who wants to date me" or " I frequently and effortlessly attract single, beautiful women". I am also recommending a series of spiritual bath for healing and road opening to help you move forward. 

The Two of Cups represents the outcome of following the advice of the cards. I would have preferred to see The Lovers here, but this is also a very good omen. Many readers have a tendency to see the images in the Tarot as external influences, and they often are; but sometimes that are also internal influences. In the beginning of this reading the five of wands spoke of your internal conflict, but with the two of cups your internal forces (thoughts and feelings) are working together for you rather than against you. I also feel that this augurs that you will meet someone that with whom you are compatible. Success often comes in degrees so while she may not be "the one", she will help you to heal and move forward so that you know that love is not only possible but inevitable. 


Carolina Dean 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Container Spells

Container spells are similar to bottle spells in that they are spells which are housed in some form of container. Common containers include bottles, jars, boxes, but also blown out egg shells or even potted plants. However, doll babies and mojo-bags may also be considered a type of container spell.

The container may be decorated beforehand to indicate its specific purpose or to identify the person that it is intended to affect. This is especially helpful if you have several container spells and wish to quickly identify them. Otherwise they may also be left plain and un-decorated.

Items placed in a container spell often resonate with the purpose or intended outcome of the spell. In the case of a love spell to draw a lover, certain herbs, roots, seals, curios, personal concerns of your targeted individual, as well as your petition, and any other items deemed necessary will be placed in the container. Each item will be prayed over, and possibly dressed with a specific condition oil, for its specific purpose as it is placed in its container. When all items have been placed in the container, it is ritually sealed and prayed over.

In my personal practices, I typically use tea-lights to ritually seal a container spell. Tea lights are known to burn hotter than regular candles. If the container spell is for a positive purpose I place three tea-lights around the container in the form of an upright triangle. If the purpose of the container is to move something away or for a negative end such as enacting revenge on an enemy the candles form an upside down triangle. A fourth tea-light will be placed on top of the container.

The "triangle" candles are lit one at a time in the name of the Father (light first candle), the Son (light the second candle), and the Holy Spirit (light the third candle). Finally, the tea-light on top of the container is lit and you make your prayer or petition. I also have incense burning on the altar during the ritual to carry my prayer to heaven.

What is done with the container afterward depends on the purpose of the spell. For instance, if it is to hot-foot an individual away it may tossed into running water, buried or left at a crossroads, etc..; if, however, it is for some type attracting or drawing something to you such as money or love it may be given a place on your altar where the container may be "worked" at regular intervals by burning candles on or around it, shaking it while making your petition, or praying over the container. In some instances, it may be buried on your property at the base of a strong tree to continually work for you drawing power from the living tree.

A Cursing Container Spell

This is one of my favorite conjures for enacting revenge on an enemy. I like working with dolls, especially for dealing with strong enemies or for doing enemy work over long periods of time. Once I have a doll made of my enemy, I will gather my container, petition, herbs, roots, personal concerns, etc...

The herbs, roots, petition, etc... will be placed inside the container which I have decorated and prepared before hand. Typically I will stick the doll full of pins all over the body as I announce my curses upon the head of my enemy and praying for their downfall. When I am done, the doll will be placed inside the container upside down (similar to the practice of burying bodies upside down in the belief that the dead in trying to dig their way out of the grave would dig deeper into the earth).

The container is sealed (this may or may not be permanent). In the case of permanently sealing the lid, I usually place glue on the inside of the lid before placing the screw-on lid back on the jar or container. I don't always permanently seal the lids on the container so that I can add items to it or take out the doll and and "work" it occasionally.

The container is placed in the center of three candles which form an upside down triangle as described earlier. The candles are lit and the container shaken violently as I make my prayer or call down curses on my enemy. As the container is shaken, the doll inside is violently thrown against the inside walls of the container and the pins are driven further into the body.

Afterward the container is hidden in a dark place at the back of a closet or cabinet. In some cases it may be placed on the floor behind the toilet. The container is brought out again at regular intervals (such as at the waning moon, when the moon is in the enemy's sun sign, or simply when you are in a bad mood) and shaken violently while calling down your curses again.

Once your container spell has served its purpose it may be disposed of. How you dispose of your container will largely depend on what the it was used for.I strongly suggest that you dispose of your doll in a manner consistent with the work. If the container was for a positive purpose and worked well for you, it should not come to a violent end such as burning or being thrown in water but rather buried with honor. If you are unsure of how to dispose of your doll, perform a divination or petition your spirits for answers.

Happy Hoodoo-ing!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Journaling: Mercury Retrograde and You

Another Mercury Retrograde (MR) has come and gone and many folks are breathing a sigh of relief that it is now behind them. The next MR will not occur until Jan 5th of next year and so I'd like to take this opportunity to discuss how you can better understand how MR affects you and you can be prepared for when it occurs. 

First, however, let's review exactly what MR is. Mercury Retrograde is a term that you have probably heard before but aren't sure exactly what it means. During periods of retrograde, a planet appears to move backwards from its normal trek around the sun. Those areas of life governed by the planet tend to suffer setbacks and breakdowns. There are many retrograde including Mars Retrograde, Venus Retrograde, Jupiter Retrograde, in fact all the planets turn retrograde at some point. However, Mercury Retrograde is arguably the one you hear about most often.

Generally speaking MR is associated with communication breakdowns, misunderstandings, computer and other electronic malfunctions as well as disruptions in traveling and movement. As Mercury, and the other planets, orbit our Sun they pass through 12 Astrological Signs. Each of those signs governs a different aspect of human life and culture. The sign in which mercury transits, or moves through, during MR indicates how MR will generally affect the masses.
However, to discover how MR affects the individual, one must cast their astrological chart to ascertain the house which mercury transits during retrograde.  Just like there are 12 signs, there are also 12 houses and they also govern different aspects of human life. During MR, mercury will transit through the the same Sign for everyone, however, it can pass through one of any 12 houses. For this reason, MC will affect different people differently. I have previously written how to determine which house mercury is transiting during MR in your astrological chart and ascertain how it will affect you. However, this is only the first step. 

Once you get comfortable with this process, the next step would be to keep a journal of the things which occur to you during the retrograde and compare it to your chart for accuracy. If you do this each time MR occurs you will eventually have notes for when MR occurs in each of the 12 houses. When MR occurs in one of these houses again, you will have a better understanding of how MR will affect you. Forewarned is forearmed, after all. 

For example. this past MR transited my 12 house of Karma and is characterized by a time of reviewing the past, evaluating the present and finding closure with old issues. For me personally this MR was about purging and healing. False friends were revealed and removed out of my life, I paid off a large debt freeing me from that financial burden each month, and I came to terms with a long standing issue personal issue and began the process of making decisions that will lead me to a healing. So the next time MR occurs in my 12th house I'll have a greater idea of what to expect. 

Granted this will be a long process as MR only occurs about 3 times a year and houses can and will repeat so it may take several years before MR occurs in each of the 12 houses in your chart. However, if you are interested in astrology, how MR affects you, and have patience this process will prove rewarding.