Poems for the Royal Clubs Playing Cards

King of Clubs

Hail the Forest King,
Many-tined Master of Beasts,
Most Ancient of Hobbs!

Vital and Wild One,
all of life knows its rhythms,
guided by your blood!

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Queen of Clubs

Behold the Spring Queen,
The Wild and Verdant Lady—
The Mistress of Deer!

Fairies and witches
run with you in the moonlight,
compelled by your horn!

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Jack of Clubs

O Hobb of the Green,
dweller of deserted glens,
so lusty and wild:

The flash of your eyes
beckons us to adventure
down a route unknown.

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Based on the folk witchcraft themes found in Robin Artisson’s The Hands of Fate, the second installment of my cartomancy poems for the royal court takes us deep into the woods, where we walk among the familiar figures of Herne, Diana, and Puck. I really connected with these figures depicted in the cards.

Poems for the Royal Spades

King of Spades

Hail to the King of Elf-Arrows,
Leader of the Wild Hunt!
Hail to the Great Stormer,
Magnificent and deadly,
Pitiless judge and executioner,
Source of all winds!
Only the bravest souls seek
Your sorceries among the snows!

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Queen of Spades

Hail to the Queen of Elf-Arrows,
Mistress of Shadows and Winter!
Scathing and frosty one,
Bringer of woe and anxiety,
Even the wisest among us
Flee the lash of your bitter tongue!

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Jack of Spades

Hail the Knave of Spades,
The Killer Frost and Ill Wind—
Misfortune’s Archer!
Sharp darts of elf-shot
flying unseen from your bow
strike us from behind!

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I picked up Robin Artisson’s Hands of Fate before Christmas and started delving into playing card-based cartomancy. The author’s folk witchcraft perspective gave my divination and imagination the jump-start they needed. I’m sure to review this book in the future, but for now I’ll simply say I recommend it highly.

Oops! #Domagick #Divination Challenge Days 15 – 30

Oops! I thought I had posted the remainder of March’s Domagick Divination challenge readings, but it seems that I didn’t. I am extremely late in doing so, as you can see. The next one is nearly ready to begin. Anyway, here they are. As with the rest, I chose the type of divination to use based on dice roll. I also changed from reading a single card to triplets on the eighteenth day due to switch things up a little.

15 – Druid Animal Oracle – Goose
16 – Lenormand Triplet
17 – Druid Animal Oracle – Horse and Cat
18 – Druid Animal Oracle Triplet
19 – Ogham Triplet
20 – Lenormand Triplet
21 – Druid Animal Oracle Triplet
22 – Rune Triplet
23 – Rune Triplet
24 – Ogham Triplet
25 – Daemonic Sigils Triplet
26 – Rune Triplet
27 – Rune Triplet
28 – Lenormand Triplet
29 – Druid Animal Oracle Triplet
30 – Daemonic Sigils Triplet

Although I have not been posting recently on Instagram due to sheer business, I continue to read daily – mostly Lenormand. I was gifted with the Vintage Shadow Lenormand Deck, and am greatly enjoying it elegant silhouette and clean lines. It shuffles beautifully too, much like a playing card deck, which is what I prefer. I highly recommend it for these things alone. I’m also getting straight forward, no nonsense readings out of the deck, which I love. The Vintage Shadow Lenormand Deck is a big hit so far, and I greatly recommend it!

#Domagick #Divination Challenge Days 1 – 14

The Domagick Divination challenge is half over, and so is April. For the last two weeks, my daily method has been determined by a roll of the dice. Adding chance to the mix has freshened up my routine a little, at the very least. It’s also helped me determine that, while I may prefer certain divination systems and styles over others, I can read just about anything with which I’m presented. Some systems, like Ogham, were a bit like riding a bike. After a few moments of awkwardness, it felt natural again. Continue reading #Domagick #Divination Challenge Days 1 – 14

Chance Rules the Domagick Divination Challenge

It’s been forever since posted here. I got distracted with the Spring Novelrama. Even though I didn’t hit the 25000-word goal, I managed to finally get my latest Dalliance novella running in the direction I wanted. My thanks go out to my patient friends, family, and editor. Without you all, I would still be writing in circles.

My painting has taken a backseat these last few weeks, with my pace slowing considerably. I am still pushing forward on my oracle deck project, but have only finished two cards this week: Amducious and Unsere. My rendition of Rosier is nearly finished as too but needs accents. Once he is complete, I will have six more to finish to fill out the basic sixteen card set.

Despite this, I have to continue to prioritize writing over art this month and finish my Dalliance novella. I have to complete the rough draft and get it to my editor by May 1st. I’m about halfway there now, but my schedule for the weeks ahead is busy enough to pose a challenge. I know I can do it, but eep!

Whether I like it or not, I won’t get the deck done in time for the April Domagick challenge, starting today. That means I must rely on another form of divination instead. But how to choose which one? To keep things interesting, I have decided to let a roll of the dice decide which system I’ll use each day. Depending on what number the die lands on, that’s what I’ll end up reading.

  1. Tarot
  2. Druid Animal Oracle
  3. Lenormand
  4. Daemonic Sigils
  5. Runes
  6. Ogham

Today I rolled a four, so I pulled a single Daemonic sigil for daily guidance, using my basic sixteen Dukante-based set. The result was Verrine Reversed, indicating imbalance and illness. Indeed, I pulled this card after a shift of work rather than at the beginning of the day and was feeling rundown. It advises me to refresh myself and watch my energy. My guard is down.

As with all my daily divination work, I will be posting these results daily on social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), with a weekly update here on the weekend. The goal of this month’s challenge is to actually change our life based on the divinatory work we do each day, so I will close this off to go take a break and meditate! Have a good one!

Painting an Oracle – AND A GIVEAWAY

At the beginning of this year, I made a promise to myself that I would only participate in magickal challenges if they genuinely aligned with what I wanted to be doing in my practice. I’ve been lucky so far and have found some fantastic ones each month, either through Domagick.com or divination.challenges on Instagram. (Props to folks who run both.) In March and April, I may have a chance to mingle the gifts of these two resources when the Domagick challenge shifts its focus to “applied divination.”

I’ve been painting my own oracle in preparation. It took three attempts and as many styles to get the first card for Belial. Finally, I settled on creating a random wash, turning and tilting the paper to let the paint pool and dribble as it liked. Once it was dry, I meditated on the background to find his face there, then painted the other layers needed to bring that face into the foreground. I completed two more cards using this technique, one each for Lucifer and one for Flereous. Sometimes we sat together in silence, while other times I used atmospheric music or a drumming disk to accompany my work.

I don’t know how many cards there will be in total, but I was originally hoping to finish sixteen of them before the first of April. At my current rate, I can see that was an optimistic estimate on my part. Along with everything else on my plate, I might get that many done by the end of next month—fingers crossed! That means I’ll more than likely have to use another form of divination for the Domagick challenge in April, but I haven’t decided which kind yet. I’m currently focusing on Lenormand, participating in the March Madness challenge hosted by Patricia Weston on Instagram, but I may wish to switch off by the first.

Lenormand is one of my favorite forms of divination. Sadly, it isn’t as well-known as Tarot yet, so my clients don’t ask for it nearly as often. I’d love to make it just as popular! I find it to be a straight-forward, nonsense way of getting to the heart of a question quickly, without any sidestepping around the issue. To help it shine, I’ll be holding a giveaway on FaceBook later this week (March 10 – 16) of one free Lenormand reading. Make sure to follow me there and look for this graphic!

lenormand reading tarot free contest giveaway divination oracle

More giveaways to celebrate my first love, divination, and the upcoming spring Equinox will follow later in the month. Stay tuned to this space for more details.

Have a good one!

January Success, February Goals

January has come to an end, bringing a close to the Inner Demons Challenge, my focus for the last month. I’ve used its divination prompts to successfully generate character ideas for my next romance novella. Here is this week’s recap:

Her – How are you enslaving or limiting yourself?
Him – How are you enslaving or limiting yourself?
Her – How can you inner daemons liberate you?
Him – How can you inner daemons liberate you?
Her – What can you do when your inner daemons surface?
Him – What can you do when you inner daemons surface?
Her and Him – How can you integrate your inner daemons moving forward?

Now that the challenge is over, I must wade through all the disconnected notes and scene fragments to come up with a cohesive set of characters and plot line. It won’t be easy. Some concepts, while good, contradict others. I either have to figure out a way to resolve the contradictions or toss out some of the ideas. That, plus fleshing out the solid skeleton will hopefully be revealed, is my primary goal for February.

I plan to support this work by continuing with my daily morning pages. I am working through the fourth week of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, and I find the morning pages more useful in freeing my muse than any other component of the program. I’ll also be adding artistic meditations on the Daemonic Divine to my morning work. Just as I don’t expect literary greatness from my morning pages, I won’t expect artistic masterpieces from these drawings. I’ll consider it sacred doodling instead. The point is to open up my connection to the Divine and to free up my creativity.

These artistic meditations will be the heart of my February Domagick challenge, starting tomorrow. As per usual, I’ll be posting the results daily on social media with an update here on Fridays. I’ll be skipping tomorrow since its a holiday for me and the very beginning of the challenge. There won’t be much to report!

On that note, happy Imbolc/Brigid/Candlemas to those who celebrate it. I’ll be celebrating with my family. Have a good one!

February – Discounts, Desire, and Divination

February is nearly upon us, with all the possibilities it holds. It can be a busy month for magicians!

Those looking for romance may feel the pressure of Valentine’s Day fast approaching on the 14th and turn to love spells and divination to foretell their prospects. To help alleviate some of those fears, I’m offering all love and romance readings at a 25% discount for the entire month of February. Simply mention this entry when arranging your reading. You can find more information on my available services here.

Those not concerned with romance this month may choose to work on themselves instead through the  DoMagick meditation challenge. Classic forms of meditation are suggested but not 100% required, so I’ll be using artistic meditations to help jumpstart my creativity each day in February. In short, I’ll be meditating on the Daemonic Divine with some sort of art supply in hand, trying to capture a representation of their essence visually. Like trying to force a genie into a bottle, I don’t believe you can actually trap a spirit in a piece of art. If anything, I would describe artistic meditation as freeing. It often helps remove blocks I have, not only warming me up before I begin writing for the day but also working through misconceptions about the Daemon in question and breaking through to new levels of understanding. Overall, this challenge aligns nicely with my current goals in February, so I thought I would participate and share my work on social media as per usual.

Many Pagans plan to celebrate Imbolc this February 1-2. Also known as Candlemas or Brigid, this holiday honors the return of the light after the longest night of the year and marks the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. Although the tradition I practice does not typically observe this cross-border day, I explored Wicca and other pagan paths for many years before choosing Demonolatry, and now my calendar feels empty without a ritual scheduled in early February. Who to venerate instead of the goddess Brigid at this time was never a tough question for me, however. Even if Unsere were not the Daemon who corresponds with February, she is known as the Daemoness of motherhood, growth, and protection. It makes sense to me to worship her during the time of year once strongly connected to childbirth and pregnancy. Originally, the word Imbolc meant “in the belly” and referred to the pregnant and nursing sheep that would be prevalent during this season in the ancient Celtic Isles.

I like to spend this day with my family, playing games and eating some sort of feast – a decadent treat shared together at the very least. My days of having and raising children are now over, so fine food is the only thing getting “in my belly” on this particular holiday. That isn’t to say that those still planning a family couldn’t work fertility magick on Imbolc. After all, not only is Unsere known for nurturing children but February is the month of romantic love – and that can help produce children too!

Personally, I tend to incorporate hearth magick into my Rite to Unsere, preparing as much of the feast as I can with my own hands and making sure to leave her portion in offering. I generally do this right at the dinner table, setting aside the best part of my own plate and saying a prayer either aloud or silently, depending on the acceptance level of those present. In this way, Unsere is included at the table as part of the family, with her blessing and protection requested in that same moment. Afterward, I dispose of the offering with the same reverence I do all others.

Beyond that, I spend some time on divination that night, as I do on all holy days. On the Rite to Unsere, I lean towards using an “in the belly” card spread I developed especially for Imbolc celebrations before I became a Daemonolater. It’s meant to help you check on any personal work you may have been doing thus far in the year and see what you need to do next. The cards are laid out like this:

  1. What’s in The Belly – What You Are Digesting
  2. Potential
  3. Obstacles
  4. What Brings You Joy
  5. What Brings You Dread
  6. What Needs Nurturing
  7. What You Feed Instead
In the Belly card spread.

Hopefully, this reading will make your February a little smoother.

Most of my creative and magickal efforts this week were focused on my next Dalliances with Demons novella. The time I’ve been putting into writing my daily morning pages and generating ideas through the Inner Demons Challenge has really paid off. I have filled a notebook in the last month. Most of it is trash – as it supposed to be – but the bones of the story are starting to line up into a recognizable skeleton. There are definite gaps and the flesh is missing, but I can nearly see the shape of it. I have hope, after spinning in circles for what felt like months. I’m even starting to smile at the synchronicities, at the start of the Daemonic Divine having its way with the piece – precisely as it should. It has a long way to go, but I’m no longer afraid that it will never happen. I’m relaxing into it and realizing it will come as it wishes.

Here are the cards that have helped me generate character ideas this week:

Her – How can she see her shadows more clearly?
Him – How can he see his shadow more clearly?
Her and Him – How are they projecting their shadows on other people?
Her – How can she use her inner demons to heal herself?
Him – How can he use his inner demons to heal himself?

I’m looking forward to wrapping up this challenge and trying to organize my notes / the scenes into something cohesive.

Have a good one. See you next week!

Eclipses, Initiations, and Silence – Oh Boy!

This Sunday, those in my area will be able to see a fabulous full eclipse of the super moon, meaning the moon will appear blood red and larger than average. If you’re in North America and the weather is good, chances are you’ll be able to see it too. Check your local listings for times. Continue reading Eclipses, Initiations, and Silence – Oh Boy!

Broken Resolutions and Pacts

After I briefly mentioned broken resolutions in my last blog entry, I’ve had a couple of questions. What should a person do if they break a New Year’s resolution after requesting as spirit’s help with it? How should they fix the situation?

First off, I didn’t want to be the excuse someone used for giving up on their goal. There can be many reasons for giving up on a resolution, both good and bad. You can make plans that are too lofty, and then understand you should’ve started smaller, or you can pick up a hobby and then figure out it isn’t really for you. You can realize pursuing the resolution is not in your best interest. This is different than derailing your diet with extra dessert, skipping a gym day (or four), or falling off the wagon in Dry January. When this happens, you can apologize to the Divine appropriately and then continue on towards your goal.

On the other hand, there are situations when people give up altogether on a resolution for all the wrong reasons: sheer laziness, lack of willpower, unwillingness to look at your issues, etc. In short, it isn’t the Divine’s problem when this happens. It’s yours for as long as you want to hold onto it, unresolved. Hopefully, you realized that achieving your goal would still take some type of effort or output on your part, and that it wouldn’t merely occur with the wave of the spirit’s hand. Significant changes require preparation and adjustment – and frequently many steps to accomplish. Even winning the lottery would require purchasing a ticket as well as long-term plans what to do with the money and how to manage it successfully. All desired changes must be initiated in the mundane world for the spirits to have anything to aid. What the spirit does is provide opportunities to augment and assist this change. As Above, so Below. The spirit plays a part, but you must be ready to do yours.

In the case of a broken resolution where you have asked assistance, the best course is to make an apology, promise not to continue your poor behavior, and get back on track. If you’ve decided not to pursue that resolution in the long run, an apology is still the best course of action, as well as thanking the Divine for the help they provided so far. Remember – this relationship matters to you. Be polite. Consider, too, how much your commitments mean to you and how you would like to be known to the Divine. You’ve involved another party, and how you appear to them is crucial. I cannot count the number of frustrated practitioners who come to me, lamenting the fact that Spirit has gone quiet for them. They rarely want to contemplate what they might have done to offend them. While it is true that we can never fully comprehend the scruples and morals of spirits, we can perhaps best define patrons, mentors, and guides as those who have chosen to help us better ourselves. It behooves us to maintain good relationships with them, even if that means we must occasionally account for our own poor behavior.

If you have bargained with the spirit, however, promising them something for their efforts, then they are owed more than an apology. In effect, you have entered a contract with another party and failed to uphold your side. That means you still owe the spirit what they are due, even if you do not want to pursue the resolution any further again. Besides fulfilling the terms of the contract, consider how you want to be seen by the spirit. Ponder what they like. While we can draw on lore and peer gnosis for advice, we must ultimately look to our relationship partners themselves for guidance in these situations. What does the spirit in question need to make it right?

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My work in the Inner Demons Challenge continues this week as I use divination to dig deeper into the personal issues plaguing the two main characters of my next paranormal romance novella. I’m slowly building a character profile based on the prompts provided and the cards drawn in response. So far, I’ve learned my female lead is impulsive and charismatic, the type that would leave without looking – but probably have a slew of friends jumping after her. She tends to minutia and fails where tact is key. Her confidence and courage can occasionally come off as bravado or arrogance. My male lead is well off and possibly older than she is. He’s usually generous with both his wealth and his affections but is currently so worried that his world will fall apart that he is blocking his natural creative and nurturing energies. I’m still unsure how these two fit together and, more importantly, how they fit with the Daemon at the center of my next Dalliances with Demons story. She’s teasing me, speaking in whispers and throwing me flashes of the tale, all disconnected…

Here are my individual posts about these characters for the past week, from Instagram:

Her – How have your inner demons affected you?
Him – How have your inner demons affected you?
Her – Where in your life do your demons and shadow sides show up?
Him – Where in your life do your demons and shadow sides show up?

Have a good week!