Brown Witchcraft Aesthetic

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Witchy Tea Time--Tarot Spread for a peek in the coming month
I've had enough of this year's roller coaster, how about you? This tarot spread may just give us all the forewarning we need about coming days so that we can brace ourselves as best we can for the next plunge.

Freyr and Freya
Both deities are linked with agriculture, and as that is todays theme (and as with all creation it takes the masculine and the feminine) I decided to highlight them.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Tarot of the Day--The Sun
Trustworthy--Vitality--Understanding

It is always a boost when The Sun appears, and it's light shines out to clear up the confusing, warm the spirit, and getting things accomplished that seemed unduly difficult before. As good as such an omen as that is, that does not tell the whole story about The Sun. Because it illuminates everything it touches that means that it is easier to believe what our eyes are telling us (a clear contrast to the moonlight which allows many things to be obscured from our vision).
The energy of this card not only adds to the energy we already possess--but could give us enough of a nudge to get out there and be productive when our reserves are low. Let's be real, and have a show of hands of people who AREN'T feeling below par in one way or another. Even the strongest spirits have been sorely tested as of late.
Lastly, I'd like to highlight how The Sun improves understanding--it's one thing is be in fuller possession of the available facts, and another thing to put it all into context, and in perspective in order to understand what it all means and how that affects the landscape. Information comes in layers, and only seldom does the surface "tell the whole story" about ANYTHING.
How will you make use of The Sun today?

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Correspondences for Agriculture
Color: Brown
Plant: Grains
Animal: Dog
Stone: Jasper

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Day of Divination
Sun: Leo--Fixed Fire--Lively, Colorful, Confidant
Moon: void of course. Enters Gemini at 8:46 am
Jupiter Retrograde: Contemplation, Breaking Habits, Prioritizing
Saturn Retrograde: Take Responsibility, Don't Cut Corners, Limitations
Neptune Retrograde: Phobias Surface, Harsh Truths, Shattered Illusions
Pluto Retrograde: Evolution, Forced Transformation, Demolishing of Power
Chiron Retrograde: Heal Old Wounds, Face Deep Rooted Issues, Insight & Clarity in the Depths
Celtic Tree Month: Hazel--Tree of Divination

Red Witch Aesthetic

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Witchy Tea Time--the Havamal

"Sorrow eats the heart if you cannot tell someone your whole mind."

First impressions about this quote--I think the singular form is significant (those more familiar with the Havamal are free to correct me!) I don't think such openness of expression is intended or counseled to be for the broader world--that interpretation just wouldn't fit with the overall impression I've gotten of the philosophy behind the text. On those grounds, we can dispense with the idea that this speaks for our modern concept of free-speech, or our even more modern penchant for opening our soul on the internet in hopes of finding support and acceptance from at least a few people.

This strikes me as referring to the need to have one, yes one, person to whom one can truly open up--be that a friend, relative or spouse. To have no one who can hear the whole of what you think and know they share the same bond with you is crushing. Perhaps that is one of the more painful expressions of loneliness--not just being alone in a crowd (which can be awkward enough), but to feel alone around one's supposed nearest and dearest.

The idea of sorrow eating the heart is quite interesting because it speaks to the nature of sorrow--it consumes. This is why it's dangerous to allow sadness and depression to linger over long--such things don't just bring us down, they can make us sick and make us incomplete.

The need for closeness may not be the first thing we associate with the Havamal, or with Norse and Germanic ancient cultures--but perhaps we are too bullied by the images created in popular culture of those peoples, and by extension the gods.

In our own time the lack of closeness between people is marveled at with horrified fascination by some, or with an existentialist sense of inevitability, or by the frustration of those who can clearly diagnose the nature of the problem but lack practical solutions. It's fashionable to blame social media for much of the worlds ills, but social media is a reflection and amplification of who we are and already were. Does it make things worse--I would say almost certainly. Is it the cause? I reject that premise whole-heartedly. Consider the Wiccan phrase, "as within, so without". What we are seeing on social media that which was already in our selves--but preserved, scrutinized in detail and put under a magnifying glass. The view is distorted (which is why there is no sense of proportion on social media, and I doubt there ever will be), but it is based on something real, and is partly why it's so difficult to break the chains and reinvest in relationships with people we can see and hear and touch.

What is the solution? Even with the vanity of my Sun in Leo, I will not pretend to have solved the world's problems on this score. What I will say is that it strikes me as being reasonable, as a first step, to set some boundaries between ourselves and social media. Does it need to be the first thing we see in the morning and the last thing we see at night--or can we keep to a different routine? Is it necessary to be constantly plugged in or can we carve out scheduled times to shut it off and focus on the waking world?

Once we get some time away from it (I had some time away yesterday afternoon, thanks to a thunderstorm that knocked out the power for a few hours), where can we refocus out energies? Is there room to nurture the bonds we already have or even make room for someone else? Will we use this as an opportunity to build a relationship in which we *can* speak our minds fully and open our heart completely?

"Sorrow eats the heart is you cannot tell someone your whole mind."

Hail the Morrigan--a breaker of chains if we but listen!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Tarot of the Day--Seven of Cups
Illusion--Too Many Options---Disorganization

Let's have a show of hands for those of us who have experience of how those descriptions work hand in hand! I'm a bit of a dreamer and there's loads of things I want to do and I struggle with the knowledge that I can't do all of it, all at once, all of the time.
When I have attempted to the result was invariably chaos, followed by demoralization (accompanied by a spot of laziness) while I kept myself within the hold of the illusion that I can surely jump right back into the saddle "after I rest from the whirlwind for a day or two."
That process misses the principle lesson of the Seven of Cups--that nothing productive comes of scattering one's energy in a zillion different directions. Choices need to be made, and a focus has to be decided upon if anything is going to be achieved. Then there must be consistent follow-through.
Furthermore, there must be balance within one's life. Know anything who's an uber over-achiever who periodically crashes from utter burnout before beginning the next project with obsessive devotion and starting the cycle all over again? That too is a lesson of the seven of cups. If what we desire is not good for us or truly does not fit in our life then we should re-evaluate why we are pursuing it.