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The Lunar New Year approaches — at least for those of us on the Pagan
calendar. But no matter your path, Fall is a great time to get some
insight on life, to set some goals, and to tap into what you need to
support transformation.

In honor of this time, I’m offering my October Full Moon Special:

Three cards for just $5! Comment below or drop a private comment to
dakotawitchdivines@gmail.com You may ask a question, or just ask for a
general reading.

Click the Tip Jar below to pay, or ask me to send you an invoice.

Be prepared for the turn of the Wheel of the Year with a little October insight!

Blessed Imbolc!

I've been on hiatus for a bit, between school and work and moving house. The end of the solar year is often a time for going in and reflecting for me, anyway, and this year the Universe made sure that I was going to focus on myself and my life for the time between the Fall Equinox and Imbolc. But today's Imbolc, and it's time to start turning outward again.
Imbolc, variously known as Brighid, Oilmec, Imbolg, or Candlemas, marks the beginning of the return of spring. (Hard to believe when so much of the US is covered in snow right now.) Sacred to the Goddess Brighid, patron of poetry, healing, and smithcraft, it is also a time to set goals and decide what we are going to birth and nurture in the coming year. I often set creative or scholarly goals, but the sky is the limit. Setting of goals in the February cold is lighting the proverbial candle in the darkness, as we move toward spring.
As you might guess, Imbolc is also an ideal time to do divination and get a read on what your coming year might hold. In that spirit, I offer the Open Readings Thread for Imbolc. If you'd like to know what is birthing into your life, or what you should focus your efforts on this coming year, comment below and I'll pull a card for you.

As always, the tip jar is out, and tips are appreciated but never required.

 






One Card Draw!

This is your open one-card draw thread! I will be reading off the   Fenestra Tarot. If you'd like a reading, please comment   below. I can respond in comments or via private email -- if you'd  prefer  a private reading, just leave me your email. You can ask a  specific  question, or simply ask for an overview.

As always, the  tip jar  is out. Donate if you feel so moved. If you're not able to, or  you feel  funny about it, I just ask that you pay it forward in some  way.







One Card Draw!

This is your open one-card draw thread! I will be reading off the   Fenestra Tarot. If you'd like a reading, please comment   below. I can respond in comments or via private email -- if you'd  prefer  a private reading, just leave me your email. You can ask a  specific  question, or simply ask for an overview.

As always, the  tip jar  is out. Donate if you feel so moved. If you're not able to, or  you feel  funny about it, I just ask that you pay it forward in some  way.







Previously Owned Divination Tools?

Last weekend, I visited a good friend who lives a few hours away. This woman and I have done a great deal of ritual and magick together, and we in fact met through a Pagan organization over a decade ago. In that time, her spirituality has taken a different path, and she no longer practices in the same way as she once did. So, during my visit, we went through her Pagan supplies and tools so that I could take the things I would love and use.

I came away with two divination tools — The Goddess Oracle by Hrana Janto and Amy Sophia Marashinsky, and the the Robin Wood Tarot. I’d owned and loved a copy of the The Goddess Oracle for many years before losing it in a move, so I was excited to get a replacement copy. And the Robin Wood Tarot is one I’ve always wanted to try reading off of. I was also excited to get tools from someone I love and had made magick with, tools that had both her energy and the energy of the work we’d done together permeating them.

Some Tarot readers hold that one should never use a deck that belonged to someone else. Others contend that a deck must be a gift from someone else — that buying your own deck is bad luck. I fall in the middle. I’ve bought decks, been given new decks, been given previously owned (but never used) decks, and now been given previously used and loved decks. I’ve also given away decks that came to me but were clearly not “mine.” The concept of “used” divination tools doesn’t really bother me, but that may be because I’ve known the previous owner of any used decks that have come my way. I’m not sure how I would feel about a deck that, say, I found in a used bookstore — though my thrifty heart would probably buy it.

I won’t be smudging with sage or otherwise ritually purifying the decks I got from my friend — I want her energy to interact with mine when I use those decks. If I picked up a deck at a garage sale or thrift store, I probably would do some sort of clearing on it before using it — if only to get rid of any “ick” from it being handled by however many people walked past the shelf or table and handled it before I got there. Of course, before purchasing a used deck, I would have handled it myself, and if I got a seriously bad feeling off it, back on the shelf it would go. But if I felt truly drawn to a tool, I wouldn’t let the fact that someone else had owned and used it stop me from bringing it into my life.

How do you feel about previously owned divination tools? Do you cleanse or purify tools that belonged to someone else? Does it make a difference if you knew the previous owner?

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Goddess Tarot Draw

This is your open one-card draw thread! I will be reading off the   Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr. If you'd like a reading, please comment   below. I can respond in comments or via private email -- if you'd  prefer  a private reading, just leave me your email. You can ask a  specific  question, or simply ask for an overview.

As always, the  tip jar  is out. Donate if you feel so moved. If you're not able to, or  you feel  funny about it, I just ask that you pay it forward in some  way.







Goddess Tarot Draw

This is your open one-card draw thread! I will be reading off the   Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr. If you'd like a reading, please comment   below. I can respond in comments or via private email -- if you'd  prefer  a private reading, just leave me your email. You can ask a  specific  question, or simply ask for an overview.

As always, the  tip jar  is out. Donate if you feel so moved. If you're not able to, or  you feel  funny about it, I just ask that you pay it forward in some  way.







Wordpress!

I've mirrored this community over at Wordpress, in an effort to up my readership and also provide a more user-friendly platform for people who want to participate in the reading threads but don't like the way LJ functions. This community is not going away, but all the content here will be mirrored there.

If you want to follow the new blog on RSS (or just check it out), you can find it here.

I'll be updating every Monday before noon, and I will be putting up one open reading thread per week.

I also have a new divination toy I'll be writing about this week.

I'm always looking for new ideas, so feel free to comment.

Also, if you want to follow my writing on spirituality in another forum, check out my page at Examiner.

Goddess Inspiration Draw!

My Goddess Inspiration Oracle deck is talking to me today, so I'll be doing draws. This deck isn't Tarot. Rather, it is a deck of different Goddess from around the world. Each card gives you a phrase or affirmation upon which to focus or meditate.

I'll pull your Goddess card and, in addition to giving you the phrase or affirmation, give you my impressions. You can ask a specific question, or just use the reading as a focus for your efforts, projects, or personal work.

As always, the tip jar is out. Donate if you can. If you can't, or you feel funny about it, simply pay it forward.

Comment below for your reading. If you'd like it over private email, leave me an email address.






One Card Draws!

This is your open one-card draw thread! I will be reading off the Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr. If you'd like a reading, please comment below. I can respond in comments or via private email -- if you'd prefer a private reading, just leave me your email. You can ask a specific question, or simply ask for an overview.

As always, the tip jar is out. Donate if you feel so moved. If you're not able to, or you feel funny about it, I just ask that you pay it forward in some way.