Astrology, ahoy! My Favourite Astrology Influencers

#atsrologyahoy! Let me instroduce you to some of my favourite Astrology influencers

*There are no affiliate links etc in this post, this is  just me being a pure stan*

Well hello there, my Daring Coven,

I do hope that you had a wonderful Halloween? I certainly did, as I got to work on a fabulous Halloween outreach project (Halloween Hub anyone?) and was able to celebrate Halloween as best as one can during a pandemic as I hosted a lovely Tarot event over at the fabulous Soho works in Shoreditch, Nice. Anyone who is reading this who came, thank you so bloody much for being fabulous and do make sure to keep me posted on how things went after the readings…oooh the best part of being a Tarot reader is getting to know peoples stories, it really is….

In this internet age, we all have certain people that we follow who we want to scream about and sometimes even in a positive sense 😉 

This is especially true of me as my job is literally based around the internet…which has just as many downsides as it does perks if I am honest, but that’s a whole other blog post! I often get asked who to follow if you wish to learn more about Astrology so below is a list of my favourite people who I regularly check-in on for their Astrological knowledge and insight or have helped me on my own personal journey and education. 

You ready BBz? Let’s go…

Image From Aliza Kelly Instagram

Aliza Kelly 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alizakelly/

Full disclosure, this Queen is like my Astrology Mama as she has been reading my chart every few months for the past year*. She’s as kind and funny as she is Astrologically smart…we’re talking level 11 astro geek level, Coven! So she’s always the first person that I recommend to anyone wishing to learn more about Magick to check out.

I am also part of her lovely digital coven, The Constellation Club. Check us out if you’re looking for an established community of various level of Witches as we are very Baby Witch and Newbie friendly ❤ 

I’m also including links to her ‘must-listen-to’ podcast below and I recommend anyone just getting into astrology to listen to ‘The Story of the Zodiac’ as the first port of call as it really covers how all the signs work together. 

Shameless plugs: 

Podcast 

Website 

Constellation Club

Published Works 

Image From Jessica Lanyadoo Instagram

Jessica Lanyadoo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessica_lanyadoo/

Oh, Jessica Lanyadoo, not only the owner of Iconic glasses style and hair she also carries this vibe which is just welcoming, woke, warm and just, eurgh…give me another W word…wonderful? Yeah, let’s stick with that..she’s just wonderful. I highly recommend checking out her podcast and written works for some great insights into the world of Astrology and the occult. 

Shameless plugs: 

Website 

Podcast

Published Works 

Image From Annabel Gat Instagram

Annabel Gat

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annabelgat/

Annabel Gat was the first astrologer that I followed on Instagram when I joined and it has been an epic love affair ever since. She is the main Astrologer for Vice and Cosmo as well as written an amazing book (Which all of my friends have taken turns in stealing) called ‘Love, Sex and Astrology’.  I highly recommend checking it out, link below. 

If you are curious about how sex and kink can be used in your magick then she is certainly someone to check out and takes part in events such as ‘Kinkstrology’ where she has talks around this….wait, didn’t know you could use sex and orgasms in your magick work? Well, stick with me kid, we’re gonna cover that eventually, mwahahaha! 

Shameless Plugs: 

Website 

Published Works 

Image from Patrick Arundell.com

Patrick Arundell

Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/patrick.arundell.astrology/

Full disclosure, we used to be drinking buddies at the old salop in Shrewsbury. A little cracking pub in Shropshire and part of CAMRA, if you’re into real ale – which as a wino, I am then you should check it out. . Anyway, I digress….it was lovely to meet a fellow Witchy type in the days before we were as open as we are now about these things and Patrick kindly ‘gifted’ me a personalised birth chart…given this nearly 10 years ago now I’d doubt I’d get done by the ASA but always good to be transparent. I remember being so inspired to see my chart in all it’s glory and I still treasure its little purple bound pages. He now writes for the Metro, which if you live in the UK in a City and commute to work, you’ll know very well indeed. Lovely guy. 

Shameless Plugs: 

Youtube 

Website 

Now, I certainly consider this one post of many as there are so many people that I follow, but I always have room for more, so please make sure to let me know in the comments below or on the digital-coven social channels anyone you think I should check out! I love hearing from you ❤ 

Love, Love, 

Ems x 

*And yes, Aliza has been bang on the money with her forecasts, every. Single. Time. 

Witch Craft on a budget

Don’t let poverty prevent your work! Witchcraft on a budget doesn’t mean budget results…

Hello Coven,

One can be easily swayed when trawling through the cesspit of shame – or ‘Instagram’ as it likes to refer to itself, that to be a Witch one needs to have a shit load of money for crystals, candles and for a Monthly manicure. You know the ones, the Black Taloned witchy hands that make one question ‘just how do they wipe their arse?’* The truth is dear reader, that you need jack shit to be a Witch and to do Witchcraft. The magic is in you. It’s really that simple. All these tools that you talk about are just that, tools to help you connect with your magic better. 

You’d never say just because someone can’t afford a paint set doesn’t mean they are not an artist or creative and of course, that old saying ‘A workman never blames their tools’ is a very apt one here. 

Now as someone who properly got practising from the age of about 12, I had very little money to work with and worse, I had very little access to the internet in those days… so anything remotely witchy was expensive! 

So here are some of my little witchy hacks to do Witchcraft without whacking the wallet too much 

White Candles

White candles can substitute for any other colour candle. Setting your intentions, and dressing them in a highly focused way (Oils, Sigils, carving, GLITTER etc) can be just as effective as getting the recommended colour. We often use colours in magic to help us tune into the energy. 

So if you are short on pounds or dollars just get a pack of white candles as they can be universally used. 

Quartz is Queen 

Like with white candles, clear quartz can be used in replacement for other types of crystals. If you can only invest in one crystal, I’d recommend this. The key point here is that crystals do vibrate and have different makeups, which is why they are so useful to work with, so if you can get the right crystal for that vibe you need to do so but if you can’t, clear quartz will help as much as they can. Thanks, Quartz! ❤ 

That being said my first was rose quartz but my heart demanded I get it so you know, so do go with your intuition as well.

Kitchen herbs are fine. 

Look, we’d all love to be able to forage for fresh herbs and spend several days gathering our spell ingredients in the meadow barefoot whilst we hum along to the sound sounds of the bees but life gets in the way for most of us. Also, in the UK a sprig of fresh basil is about 80p when I was stateside it was insanely expensive….Basically, what I am trying to say is if your parents, housemate or you have some herbs dried at home, they are A-ok to use and you shouldn’t be Witch shamed for using them. 

Useful all Kitchen spell ingredients 

  • Sea salt (Cleansing and purification) 
  • Onion chopped (Protection) 
  • Basil (Love)
  • Garlic (Protection)
  • Thyme (Money Drawing/Health) 
  • Cinnamon (Love/Protection) 
  • Allspice (Health)
  • Bay leaf (Protection) 
  • Rosemary (Love/Healing) 

Jar spells? 

Oh a pasta sauce jar will do. In fact, any jar will do.  For real, if you can seal it then you can make a spell with it. Trust me, some of my best spells have come from inside an empty jar of Ragu original or a glass soda bottle. 

Cauldron calling you? 

Before I brought my cast little iron cauldron, I used to burn my bay leaves etc in a saucepan. Works perfectly fine 😉 

Paper and pen are pros! 

My goodness, the things you can do with just a piece of paper and a pen, if you really want to go to town then throw in a white candle and you have the tools to create something really special. From developing sigils, or just writing wishes and burning them at the new moon, these two have unending power. Also, don’t worry about getting a fancy Grimore or book of shadows – most of my written work is done in a bog-standard £1 notebook…I am yet to find the Grimoire which will be lifelong collection of my work so don’t pressure yourself. 

Find your digital coven! 

Facebook is full of witchy communities that are happy to swap surplus items or help other witches out if they need something. I am the Queen of giving old books away, as I’d rather they get a second life elsewhere. DM and I will happily send through some great group links based on your location. 

So what are you witchcraft on a budget hacks? Let me know below, I love to hear about them. 

Love, Love. 

Ems x 

*Oh come, we’ve all asked it. All of us. 

**And if you do have one of those manicures, please DM as I sincerely wish to know the technique as I can hardly type with short nails as it is! No shade, only respect!

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New Tarot Deck? Make it Ceremonial!

Grab you new Tarot deck, bitches, we’re gonna get all ceremonial…

Hello Coven, 

So you have your first deck of Tarot cards, yassss! So, ermm, what next? Well, if you are anything like me you will have ripped the packaging off and started trawling through every single card whilst gulping down whatever drink you’d purchased in the pub in celebration. Now, after I have done that, I like to put them away for later so I can get all excited about my new present to myself and so I can get my ceremony on as it were. 

Yip, you heard me correctly, I get all ceremonial on my deck’s ass, and to be honest, I get ceremonial about everything’s ass if I can. It doesn’t even need to have an ass. If I can add an outfit to the ceremony I’m having upon a metaphorical ass then you can bet, I am already wearing the outfit*.

Now, the below post is full of privilege. It reeks of someone being able to have time alone, in their own safe space. The money to get the extras I mention. It presumes you’re in a craft tolerant household. Many of you I know won’t have this, but this doesn’t mean that your cards are any less special – celebrating your cards any way you can is more than enough. The joy of practising any aspect of spiritual craft is that it is personal and unique to you. I certainly know what it is like to have to hide your celebration of the craft and what it brings to your life and I guess this is why I like to make a song and dance out of everything now I am older and living with a fellow witchy type. It does get better…Huzzah! 

So here are some of the ways I get myself in the ceremonial mood…

Get yourself a snazzy lil’notebook

It doesn’t even need to be snazzy, a random wad of paper will do, but if you haven’t figured it already, I’m all for the drama! If there is one piece of advice I would say to any newbie Tarot reader or Witch is to start taking notes, immediately. Recording the random learnings you’ve made that day or things you have felt or dreamt of after a reading/spell casting will prove really useful.  As you delve further into your practice you will begin to spot patterns in the card meanings and it will allow you to highlight key areas of your intuition. Plus it’s always nice to be able to look back on how far you’ve come! 

A working note book of mine – I transfer all info over to the grimore (Book of Shadows) once full up and I’m ready to merge sections I’ve edited up.

If you’re just starting your Tarot journey and this is your first deck then it’s always good to write down how you feel about each card as you first see them. Noting down anything that calls out to you when you’ve first seen the card. The fish coming out of the cup? The bunny jumping out of the corner? Did a certain card make you immediately feel happy or sad?…

If you’re established but this you’ve decided to try a new Tarot deck, the same practice is always really useful as each deck has a different feeling and illustrations so again, responds to each reader differently. It’s like meeting a new friend, each deck has it’s quirks and I love them for that!

Shuffle, shuffle! 

Once you have gone through each card and taken your notes the next step is to suffle them and I mean shuffle them. I really go to town with my shuffles. I recommend when starting a new deck to make sure to do get a flat surface and place them all on the table and basically mix them all together for a minute or two. Then I make sure to keep splitting them into groups and them remixing them into different groups again, and again. Once together in a neat pile they are ready to be cleansed. 

Mix….

Tarot Deck: Tarot Mucha

And split… 

Then I bring them back together into one pile to then repeat this process several more times.

Candles and Incense 

Like most Witchy types I am partial to a bit of incense and love me a fine candle. I use them a lot to cleanse my surroundings. They are also great tools to create ‘The Magic Mood’…you know what I am talking about. That cosy lighting and warm snuggly feeling. There is just something powerful about a candle isn’t there? If you’re able to, you can smoke cleanse your new Tarot deck over a burning candle. I like to do this regularly with all my decks as I find my cards tend to get a bit niggly after a few readings. 

Some people even like to leave their cards in the moonlight overnight but I can never wait that long and want to play. 

I have no idea why my hand looks so big here..also thats Catrick Swayze in the background 🙂

Music

Now, when it comes to any form of magic I am a huge fan of making it to music. This may be my Pisces placements screaming out as I have musical manifestation lists of all varieties on my Spotify. Eg. If I want to manifest money, I‘ve been known stick some Cardi B on. New Moon Ceremony? A bit of Bowie and Kate Bush if you please.  There are no rules if something makes you feel empowered in a particular energy that you want to tap into, go for it, my friend. Remember,  you are the magic, any tools we Witches use is just help us connect with that magic.

Tarot Card Storage: 

This varies from person to person – for me, I like to keep mine in their original boxes and my main deck is a playing card sized deck in a tin, so easy to transport around. Some people really love to store there in special boxes and drawers and I am here for this, in fact, my first alter was hidden in a drawer. You can make your own tarot bags and there great tarot box and bag makers over on Etsy and ebay which you can check out as well. 

Hopefully, I’ve inspired you have a little magic moment between and your Tarot deck. If so make sure to let me know below or on my social channels and I love to hear from you! 

Love, Love 

Ems x

*I sincerely didn’t expect to be saying the word ass so much in this post. Huh. 

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So you want to learn Tarot? Start here!

Want to learn Tarot? Start here for the best beginners tips.

Well, hello Coven, 

We all love Tarot (well, unless you think it’s the work of the devil, in which case, hell yeah!) but I am often asked by those curious to learn – where should I start? My answer is very simple my darlings, like with all magic, the true power is in the action. So shorthand, the best way to learn tarot is to simply DO Tarot. By that I mean, get yourself a sweet deck of cards and begin to play…that’s how you begin to bond with your cards (more on that later) and get to learn each individual cards meaning.

Below are my top tips for helping you dip your toe into the World of Divination. 

What is the best Tarot Deck for beginners? 

The Tarot deck most non-witchy types will recognise is the Raider Waite Tarot deck. Now, this isn’t the oldest deck or even the original card designs…in fact, the actual illustrator Pamela Colman Smith doesn’t even feature in the title…but that’s a whole other blog post, my friends and her input into Tarot needs to be amplified to the max! If I was to recommend a starter deck, this would be it as it’s got the most resources related to it…plus, I think it looks cool. It’s also considered the Tarot standard deck.

My honest answer though? Whichever one you are drawn too. If you like the designs and feel connected to the deck, trust that gut instinct. The cards are representative of energies and life situations so whilst Raider Waite may be the most famous and widely used, any tarot deck can do the trick. Plus, as I have already alluded to, you will realise that each deck of cards has a personality. My favourite deck likes to troll me for example, even when reading for friends. 

Do Tarot Cards have to be gifted to you? 

This is a myth. 

Tarot started out as a game and then developed this air of mystery…as all witches do, it’s kinda our thing, you know? So whilst you may have heard this myth, most professional Tarot readers will agree with me that no, if you are drawn to the cards don’t wait around to be gifted. Heed that call and learn more about that calling! 

My first deck was brought by myself at 11 years old from the Mall. Ah, Madam Legna. I am to this day trying to find that deck again so we can be reunited. I’ve found it a few times but it’s super expensive so alas, I’ll patiently wait until the universe decides its the right time. Also, these were ‘fortune reading’ cards rather than official Tarot but, they led me to Tarot. We find our paths in different ways and that’s part of the fun! 

Image courtesy of the lovely Judy from http://judyreadscards.blogspot.com/

What is the quickest way to learn Tarot? 

Simple, learn about the tarot cards first! The easiest way to do this is when you get your first deck, put some time aside…. I’m talking candles, incense, music whatever makes you feel all cosy and connected so you can go through and look at each card and really get a feel for them. I’d also recommend that you keep a notebook and take notes from this very first engagement. Then do your smoke cleanse and various shuffles before you begin the next step which is to ‘pull’ a card a day. 

Basically, every morning ask the deck to provide you with a card with a message for that day. This is a great way to learn the card meanings and also build an understanding of what those cards mean to you personally – as well as learn your own style of shuffling. Once you have been doing this for a few weeks or even sooner depending on how you feel, the fun can really start and you can attempt your first readings. 

What is the best Tarot spread for beginners? 

I, personally always recommend a four-card spread. So simple, so to the point and great for helping you hone your skills in seeing the patterns and how the cards can feed into each other. 

My personal fave spread is:  

The reason I like it is that it can answer most questions, if you want to delve a little deeper you can add other cards to the mix etc which I very rarely have to do. It’s certainly a very nice foundation to start practising readings. 

Hopefully, I’ve managed to give you the confidence to get started and inspired you to start reading. Make sure to get in touch and let me know as I love hearing from you and you’re learnings. 

Until Next Time, 

Ems 

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