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Magickal Musings From Infinite Flame

January 29, 2015
Define "wicked".....

 

New Year, New Stuff

My next Holistic Show is February 6, 7, 8 at Gibraltar Trade Center in Mt. Clemens.

Incense: 2 new scents. Sage, which we all know is great for cleansing. Also good for meditation, purification, and healing. The other is clove & lavender which I call Clovender. These two scents are good for protection, calming, and enhancing psychic energies. I also have a soap by this name, which I created when my friend Storm made this same incense. I loved the smell so had to steal it. The soap also has instant coffee in it to make it a light brown and changes the scent slightly.

I will start making candles in February. Between the holidays and now inventory plus taxes, it was best to put it off. February is when Infinite Flame was first started. Imbolc, February 2, is a holiday associated with Brigit, whom the candle business is dedicated to. And the February & March shows are spaced farther apart so I have more time in between. The plan right now is to create the element set for the 4 directions first so I can use a set myself to cast circles. Then to create the Prosperity candles as they were the best sellers and most requested.

I hope to have the newsletter on time in 2015 but it is a good idea to follow Infinite Flame on Facebook to keep up with what’s new. With my tablet it is super easy for me to take pictures and post them as I create new things. This is also where I announce days that I’m available for tarot readings.

I am taking the booking app off my tarot website so now you can email me to set up an appointment. Go to TarotTemptress.com for more info on my readings.

Things are going good for me otherwise. Michael is back in town and tried to get a hold of me. HA! He ruined our relationship by keeping in touch with his ex and left to be with her but didn’t last very long. Too bad, so sad, but he isn’t coming back. I can, and will, do better and he can tell his lies to someone else. I love Karma.

History of the Tarot?

Unfortunately, no one really knows exactly where the tarot comes from. It makes me sad and angry when I think of all the killing that went on in the name of religion when it was “convert or die”. All those innocent people died because they wanted to hold on to their beliefs. And so much important information and knowledge died with them. Any religion that chooses to use such force to convert people is not a religion I want any part of.

There are many theories of how the tarot came to be. It is thought that the first decks were created as a way to teach the masses, who could not read or write, about the mythology of the Gods and Goddesses of the times. The images on the suits might tell a story that teaches a lesson. This, to me, makes a lot of sense as we now use the images on the cards to tell us what is going on in our lives. These decks were often held together with a string to keep them in order and were called “books”. They were dubbed Books of Life.

Some say the cards originated in the Orient, where they disseminated religious ideas through cards, dice, and colorful board games like the Tantric Buddhist “Game of Rebirth”. Similar games were found in other cultures. The early card game Faro, “the Game of Kings”, named after Egyptian pharaohs by the gypsies, is another example. Gypsies have always been associated with tarot cards. When they first appeared in Germany, they claimed to be from Little Egypt because they knew that area was associated with magic and mystery. The name came from “Egyptians” changed to ‘Gypties. They really came from India, carrying their Hindu sacred books as card packs.

The gypsies are a main reason why the cards became associated with the occult. They believed in the Great Mother and the Christians were working hard to stamp out that faith. Gypsies used the cards to tell fortunes for money or food. This is most likely when the cards firmly became associated with divination, no matter which deck or where they originated.

There are two references I found on how the deck got the name. One is that it came from various names for the Mother Goddess or Mother Earth. The Celts: Tara or Taranis, the Semites: Terah, the Romans: Terra Mater. The other theory relates to the Italian. In the fifteenth century, the word trionfi was used to designate the 22 major arcana. The word tarocchi (plural of tarocco) was not used until the beginning of the following century, when it then referred to the entire deck. Arcanum which comes from the Latin word arcanus, meaning mystery, is the root of the word arcana.

The oldest deck is the deck belonging to the Visconti-Sforza family, which ruled in Milan from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century. There are three decks, none complete, that were discovered. The tarot of Marseilles is believed to have been designed at the end of the seventeenth century. This deck has symbolism that is very easy to understand, they are more neutral and simple. This deck is often the model for present decks.

There is much more information out there about the history of the tarot, entire books in fact. So I won’t get too much more into it as this is a newsletter, not a book. If I’ve peaked your interest, then please find a good book on the subject and enjoy. Don’t be surprised though if you read several books and they have slightly different theories. I have three books in front of me and they all differ in their historical information.

The thing to remember is that tarot cards themselves are not “of the devil”, that is nonsense invented by early Christians who feared anything that gave the masses power. Tarot decks are beautiful collections of art that tell a story and can be used as a tool to empower us to take charge of our lives.

So What Exactly Are Tarot Cards

A tarot card deck consists of 78 cards. 22 major arcana cards and the four suits; wands, cups, swords, and pentacles. Each suit starts with an ace and has a page, knight, queen, and king. The major arcana cards are more significant in a reading and let you know major forces at work. The minor arcana, the court cards, deal with every day events.

Cups are associated with water and deal with emotions and feelings. These often indicate your love life or things you care deeply about. Pentacles are associated with earth and deal with business, career, money, the necessities of life. Wands are associated with fire and deal with creativity and movement, things that are in the works. Swords are associated with air and deal with ideas, thoughts, learning and lessons. Swords often indicate a struggle of some sort. (Some decks have wands as air and swords as fire, and some readers use these associations also)

The major arcana cards, when laid out in order, show The Fool’s journey through life. The first card, often numbered 0, is The Fool. He meets various people, The Magician, The Empress, The Emperor, The High Priestess, The Heirophant. All who teach him many things. He learns lessons from The Chariot, The Lovers, The Hermit, finds Strength and Temperance, moves along The Wheel of Fortune and has everything come tumbling down like The Tower. Experiences Justice and Death, meets The Hanged Man and The Devil, finds hope among The Moon, The Sun, and the Star. In the end he faces Judgement and receives The World. The cycle is complete, and it starts all over again.

All these things are depicted on the cards with beautiful artwork. There are hundreds of decks available so anyone should be able to find a deck they relate to. I myself have many decks. Some I actually use, like The Mythic Tarot and The Dragon Tarot. Some are just for fun, I have seen a Gummy Bears Tarot. I even posses a deck called Tarot For Your Cat which has advice like “A good day to nap on clean laundry”! Hmmm, maybe I should offer readings for cats…….

I choose my decks by looking at the suits first. If the 4 of swords is just a picture of four swords, I put it back. I want images on all the cards. I love the more creative decks. One is called Tarot of the Cat People and the artist actually created a whole world around this idea. The book is a very interesting read. I also like decks that come with a book, although I have bought some without a book if I really like the artwork. Two examples are the Luis Royo decks, The Dark Tarot and The Labyrinth Tarot (the deck with the image I use on my site).

There are other decks that are not considered tarot decks but are still used for divination. These have less cards and follow a certain theme like angels, goddesses, trees and the like. Many readers offer readings with a traditional tarot deck or an angel deck or even combine both. I think its kinda funny when someone wants a reading but doesn’t want tarot cards because they think they are evil. Card are just cards. Putting traditional tarot images or angel images on them does not make them more or less evil.

The reader puts the cards in certain patterns that are called spreads. The most popular of these is the Celtic Cross. This is a great spread to use when there is a specific question. Some readers simply lay the cards in three rows of cards, with varying number of cards in each row. This is often called The Gypsy Spread and there are a few variations on it. A reader can easily make up their own spread to use if it makes it easier for them to give the questioner their answer. More in depth spreads, like The Tree of Life aka Kabbala spread, can take a long time to read but gives a lot of information. I do a 32 cards spread every Halloween to tell me what the coming year holds. It takes some time but I’m very curious so I want to know everything.

The cards have traditional meanings that readers use as a basis to divine information about the questioner and their life. Some readers are also psychic and use that info to. Tarot reading is a talent and I believe anyone can learn to read them if they have an open mind. Negativity won’t work with the tarot cards and sometimes readings don’t go very well if a reader tries to do a reading for a person who tells themselves its all a bunch of bull.

I have talked with many people who have had readings by a professional and there is a mix of good and bad reviews. I think there are several factors that make a reading “bad”.

  • The customer could be blocking the reader, either consciously or unconsciously.
  • The energy of the reader and the customer could be clashing for some reason.
  • The reader could be having an off day or is somewhat distracted by something occurring in their own life.
  • After the reading the customer changed their actions thus rendering the reading null and void.
  • The customer didn’t hear what they wanted to hear or thought they were going to hear.
  • Or they could have gone to one of the few bad readers out there.

So bad readings could be caused by either the reader or the customer. It happens. Don’t let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch. Get several readings from different readers until you find one you “click” with and you should be happy.

And this should go without saying but……beware the reader who tells you that someone has cursed you or put a spell on you and they will remove it for an additional fee. Just come to me and I’ll remove it for half the price! Just kidding. But I seriously have had a couple people at shows tell me someone told them they were cursed. So there are people out there that do this. If you seriously believe this, or truly feel you are cursed, YOU can stop it with your own energy and actions. But that is a different subject. Don’t fall for this scam.

Blessed be,


~~~~Rhiannon Rose @--^--

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Moon Phases
& Sign

Dark Moon in Aquarius:
January 20 - 8:14 am

Sun enters Aquarius
January 20

Mercury Retrograde
January 21 to February 11

1st Quarter in Taurus:
January 26 - 11:48 pm

Imbolc
February 2

Full Moon in Leo
February 3 - 6:09 pm
Quickening Moon

Imbolc crossquarter day
Sun reaches 15 Aquarius
February 4

Last Quarter in Scorpio:
February 11 - 10:50 pm

Dark Moon in Pisces:
February 16 - 6:47 pm

Sun enters Pisces
February 16

Chinese New Year
February 17
Year of the Sheep


Credit and
Butt-Kissing

Llewellyn's Witches Datebook for all moon phases

Song Quotes:


One of my favorite Queen songs.
Death on Two Legs
Dedicated to....Michael

You suck my blood like a leech
You break the law and you breach
Screw my brain till it hurts
You've taken all my money - you still want more,

Misguided old mule
With your pigheaded rules
With your narrow - minded cronies who are fools of the first division-

Death on two legs -
You're tearing me apart,
Death on two legs
You never had a heart of your own -

Kill joy, Bad guy,
Big talking, Small fry
You're just an old borrow - boy
Have you found a new toy to replace me,
Can you face me -

But now you can kiss my ass goodbye

Feel good, are you satisfied

Do you feel like suicide (I think you should)
Is your conscience all right
Does it plague you at night,

Do you feel good - Feel good!

Talk like a big business tycoon,
But you're just a hot - air balloon,
So no one gives you a damn,
You're just an overgrown school - boy
Let me tan your hide.

A dog with disease,
King of the 'sleaze'
Put your money where your mouth is Mr. Know all,
Was the fin on your back part of the deal...(shark!)

Death on two legs
You're tearing me apart
Death on two legs -
You never had a heart of your own,
(You never did, right from the start)

Insane you should be put inside,
You're a sewer - rat decaying in a cesspool of pride
Should be made unemployed
Then make yourself null - and - void,
Make me feel good
I feel good.

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