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Tarot cards and the ability to divine is an amazing skill to have. Tarot cards allow us to peer into past, present and future and find answers which sometimes can be hard or next to impossible to find.

* Tarot Card Basics
Tarot cards are cards that allow you to divine. That is to look into something and learn more about it. So, you can find out about topics or questions on your mind, or what others have as questions and are in need of answers.

Tarot cards are a set of cards which when shuffled bring the enquirer an answer. This is usually through intuition. The cards have different meanings, and the symbols are designed to stir up something in the unconscious mind that brings the answers or intuition. Though some people also believe that answers are from God, higher spirit, angels, etc.

The cards are accurate in the information they provide. However, you may not be! This brings us to the 2 type of Tarot card readers, in what I term the Tarot card reader and the diviner.

The Tarot card reader is someone who has just began in the journey of Tarot. At first, when you begin, you will need to look at the book and find the meaning of the cards. However, I believe this does not give the most accurate information for our questions, as these meanings are only a loose guide.

The diviner is someone who has excelled in there ability to pierce the veil and find the answers they seek through the use of intuition. It can take many years to get to this stage. However, every time that you divine, you will get better and better. This all depends on your spiritual evolution at this time. Some people have great intuition when they begin reading the cards, while others have to spend years, and yet others may not quite be able to connect in a whole lifetime.

* First Steps To Buying A Set Of Tarot Cards
My first set of Tarot cards were not expensive, in fact they cost the equivalent of a few dollars! When beginning your journey of divining with Tarot cards, realize that you do not have to invest in an expensive set of Tarot cards, you can easily start with a low priced beginners Tarot card set, and then once you feel you want to continue on this amazing path, then you can invest in a more expensive set.

* Tarot Card Tips And Care
It is best to find a tarot card set that meets your needs. That is, as a beginner you will need a book that tells you about Tarot, and also the spreads. The spreads are how you lay the cards to find the answers you need. Different spreads are used for different purposes.

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Witchcraft is a religion that is based on reverence for Nature. It is a belief system that is focused on the merging of the energies of everything that is visible and invisible in this world and in other worlds.

Beginners to this way of life will need to understand what it takes to believe in a religion that is not organized in a traditional sense. If they are used to following the words of priests or other leaders, then they will have to start thinking for themselves.

Practitioners of witchcraft usually do not have to worry about following any rules that are prevalent in other religions. So they need to first find out why they are interested in this religion and if they really understand the freedom that this way of life entails.

Many Wiccans use tools such as The Broom, The wand, Athame, Cauldron, Chalice etc. These tools are not absolutely necessary for regular practice, but they do increase the energies surrounding your space by allowing you to focus and visualize more strongly.

First you need to decide whether you want to be part of a coven or group of witches. You may also go solo. If you plan to do the latter, make sure you get the book "Wicca - A guide for the solitary practitioner" by Scott Cunningham which details everything you need to know as s solitary witch.

If you are practicing Wicca, it is good to know the names of the Gods and Goddesses and what they stand for. Also, while doing spells, it is good to be aware of the powers of your zodiac sign, your symbol, your colors and your herbs. These are specific to your birthday and will assure more success in your rituals.

Everything in nature is sacred. So we witches need to respect all plants, trees, stones, rocks, mountains, rivers, etc. It's good to join an organization such as Greenpeace that really does a lot for the environment. Even if you do not join any organization, take a vow to conserve energy (water, electricity, food, consumer goods etc) and use every chance you get to save the earth. Be meaningful in your actions and deeds as well as your thoughts and words.

Instead of buying a broom, make one with an ash staff, birch twigs and willow binding. This can be used to cleanse the area, our sacred circle, etc. For the wand, use the branch of a willow, oak, cherry or whatever is available in your neck of the woods.

Remember, everything natural is sacred. The more you use these tools, the more consecrated they will be. Your energy is that powerful!

When it comes to clothes, house decorations, gifts, etc, try to make them by hand. Our hands are powerful tools by themselves. Making crafts with natural gemstones, twigs, leaves, pine cones, acorns, pine needles, etc encourage wonderful magick in us that we may not even be aware of.

Plant a garden with all the herbs that you can get your hands on. In fall, dry them and store them or make sachets and protection bundles that will keep your house safe all winter. Make candles, soap, perfumes, incense, etc using these treasures from our garden.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about witchcraft 101 here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/witchcraft-101.html

There is a preconceived notion that Voodoo is a left-hand path magickal practice. Perhaps the media has fuelled this misconception just a little bit too often and with a touch of too much bias. There are video clips showing practitioners in trance being squirted with the blood from some sacrificial animal and tales of woe abound on how So-and-So turned at Death's door after a Voodoo practitioner stuck pins in a Voodoo doll made to his or her likeness, expressly with the intent to do harm. As a result, many people live in fear of Voodoo, and hold the opinion that Voodoo can only be used for vengeful and harmful purposes.

That is a rather warped and unbalanced way to look at this unique and interesting magickal craft.

Voodoo is the legacy of African shamanism in the Americas. As is the case with African shamanism, magick is considered a neutral, natural force. It can be used for both positive and negative purposes. The decision rests with the individual practitioner. For those who are worried, but still manage to find the courage to ask a spell doctor what his or her philosophy towards practicing negative magick is, the answer will in all likelihood be reassuring: Most voodoo spell doctors are quick to tell you that negative magick has the nasty habit of returning to you, three times more powerful than the magick you originally sent. For this very reason, the majority of voodoo practitioners today refrain from performing black magick spells and placing curses.

If you want to practice beginner spells, stick to those intended for positive ends. Fortunately voodoo spells are quite simple and focused on things of daily living. So, as a beginner you should not have too much difficulty getting the hang of it. We specially selected 2 spells for you to try out:


Attracting Money

Place a small bowl in a place you will see every day. Decide how much you need. While holding three coins in your dominant hand say:

Trinka five, Trinka five

Ancient Spirits come alive,

Money grow and money thrive,

Spirits of the trinka five.

Toss the coins in the bowl. Repeat daily for nine consecutive days until you have the money you need.

For Prosperity


Orange rinds

Dried orange leaves

Brown sugar

Place all of the ingredients in the iron pot and burn them. Smother the fire and leave the smoldering mixture smoking heavily. Offer the incense to Oshun and respectfully pray to her for the money and economic prosperity you need. Or, you may use the following prayer:

"Oshun ogoao mi inle oshun igua iya mio igua iko bo si iya mi guasi iya mi omo y alorde oguo mi inle ashe Oshun."
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about voodoo beginner spells here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/voodoo-beginners-spells.html

Witchcraft/Pagan Books for Beginners
A viewer asked: " Which book do you recommend to start me off with all of the basic information?" I was given "To Ride A Silver Broomstick" by Silver Ravenwolf, by a dear friend who saw that my interests aligned with the Pagan spirituality. So I obviously recommend that, but I also recommend "The Everything Wicca & Witchcraft Book" by Skye Alexander.

Wicca beginners have a long, exciting and eventful journey ahead of them, - a path brimming with greater knowledge and a new way of life. With so much ahead it is no wonder that people can find themselves a little lost and overwhelmed. If you are lucky enough to live near a group or coven that you can join and be tutored by then you will already be well on your way to your new lifestyle. However, for many Wicca beginners it is not as simple as that. Geography to loved ones' own religious beliefs may prevent you from joining with others and openly declaring your new course.

Yet you should never feel precluded from this wonderful religion nor hindered in your ability to follow it. There is a wealth of information out there to learn from and nothing should hold you back from learning to honour and become at one with the world around you. But seeing as this is what often confuses the Wicca beginner in the first place, here are some ideas and basic explanations to get you started and whet your appetite for more!

What Does Wicca Represent?

This is very personal thing and every Wiccan will give you a different account of why they believe and what it has brought into their lives. Every Wiccan will have a love of the earth and its universal elements. Water, air, fire and earth will come to represent beauty, synergy and power to every Wicca beginner. It is about recognizing, channeling and connecting with the earth and  its rich offerings - the gifts of Mother Nature. You will move and change along with the seasons and all of the associated festivals. Above all, Wicca is about peace and joy.

Why is it a religion?

While it is not a religion in the form than many people perceive a religion should take, Wicca is a religion due to it having been derived from Paganism. It takes on similar symbolism, belief systems and of course Gods and Goddesses. It is not prescriptive like many religions are and Wicca will not tell you how to live your life but it does help you to understand the world around you and make sense of the purpose of life.

What is the difference between Wicca and witchcraft?

Occasionally you will find differing answers to this question but as a Wicca beginner, the details of this shouldn't concern you too much. To most, Wicca is the religious part of the lifestyle and those who practice it refer to themselves as Wicca or Wiccan rather than witch. They are more likely to be part of a coven, or group, and follow more rules. However, the name Wicca was introduced to distinguish it from the stigma associated with witchcraft and many aspects of the Wiccan and witch's lives are very similar. The terms can be interchangeable.

The Wiccan Rede 

Wicca is a peaceful and gentle way of life that encourages respect. For this reason selfish, manipulative or sinister intentions are very much frowned upon. A small minority of Wicca beginners take an interest because they seek power over others but will soon come across one of the very few rules, The Wiccan Rede  - "An it harm none, do as ye will". This means you are largely free to practice as you please but remember to embrace the earth's power for good rather than cause harm or hurt to others. This leads us to the 3 fold law which states that all that you do will come back to you 3 times as powerful. In other words, be careful what you wish for!

Will I need to worship any Gods or Goddesses?

No but it is quite a significant part of the ideology and history. They also need to be understood as part of the worship of male and female. Many Wiccans will dedicate themselves to a single deity as they feel a strong affinity and can identify with particular characteristics. But any of the Gods and Goddesses can be called upon to assist you in your work. As a Wicca beginner it may be useful to try including as many as possible into your rituals to see of you feel a particular partiality.

Will I have to perform spells?

No. Not all Wiccans believe in spell casting so you should not feel under pressure to do this. But if you do find that you do have an ability in this area however, you will find plenty of information on spells for Wicca beginners until you get to the stage where you are writing your own!

Is there scripture for me to abide by?

The only book that Wiccans work from is a Book of Shadows and this is generally a very personal thing. A coven may have a joint one to work from, but very commonly you will have your own. It is a place for you to write your spells, keep notes and make observations. Whether or not there has even been a 'real' or ancient Book of Shadows, a central text to work from, is a hotly debated topic. However, none has been proven to exist.

Whatever your reasons for being a Wicca beginner, I'm sure you will find your life as enriched and informed as any one of us who has chosen this path for any number of reasons! You will find that there are as many ways to live a Wiccan lifestyle as there are Wiccans so enjoy every day of your personal and spiritual journey.

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