Ways to bond with your new Tarot Deck

So you have got your first Tarot Deck, hooray! What a journey you are going to have.

One of the main questions we have received over the years is ‘how do I connect with my cards’ and, in all honesty, that’s entirely up to the reader. You can go as big or as small as you want and it really doesn’t HAVE to be complicated. 

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Cleanse your deck

You don’t HAVE to do this one straight away but I like to so i can set a vibe with my cards. I (AJ) pass my cards through rose incense smoke as I love my cards and I’m sure they’ll love me too. If you want to go ‘all out’, Emma has a whole New Tarot Ceremony too!

If you don’t use smoke to cleanse you can use crystals. I have a piece of clear quartz in my tarot box and I give them a shake in the morning / when I’m ready to read.

No crystals? That’s OK too. Just knock three times on the cards and say hello. 

Witchcraft and Tarot don’t need to be expensive, use the tools you already have.

Intro yourself

Introduce yourself to your cards. While you’re having an initial shuffle, tell them your name, how you want to work with them, what your favourite colour is, does pineapple really belong on pizza?

Tarot cards are more than just a tool, they can become a life-long friend and they need to know you as you, not just as a tarot reader.

Card of the day

If you’re new to the cards in general, a card of the day is a simple way to learn and become familiar with not only your deck, but all the little nuances of each card.

Draw one card of the day, and before you even look up the meaning in a book or online, really look at the scene presented to you, what do you see? Are there any plants, are they alive or dying? Any animals, are they standing alert or lying peacefully by the subject’s feet? 

This can help you work out what you see before you read, so make notes of all of these in your book of shadows / grimoire / random notebook with the nice pages and then write down the meaning descriptions from books / online. Highlight the areas that match between the two and learn those parts first. Then you can start looking into beginner tarot spreads and build your skill, knowledge and intuition from there.

Carry your cards with you

All of my friends, family and colleagues know I always have a Tarot deck on me. This isn’t just so they’re always available if someone needs a reading at the office Christmas Party but it’s also so my cards *know* what has happened throughout my day, they come with me on every journey so they know each feeling I have. 

This method is particularly useful if you want to do readings on self growth because the cards will have experienced everything you have. 

Sleep with your cards under your pillow

When we sleep and when we dream, we are our most intimate and vulnerable selves. Sharing this part of you really helps your connection with the cards, in my experience, and is also recommended by many other readers. If you’re unable to carry cards around with you everyday like I do, maybe this is a better solution, especially for a ‘still in the broom cupboard’ witch.

And there you go, a handful of ways I like to bond with a new deck, do you have any more recommendations? Let us know in the comments or on my social channels:



The Witchy Type Book Club Launch

Well hello there, Coven!

How art thou? I know we’ve been quiet for a ‘wee’ bit as our beloved North London Witch would say but we assure you it’s because we’ve been manifesting some fabulous projects to share with you.

Our first project, Witchy Type, is very close to our hearts as we are both avid readers and learned the majority of our knowledge about the craft via books. Both of us have curated extensive libraries of Witch related material throughout the years and these are available for loan to Digital Coven Followers over on the Witchy Type Book Depository along with our Witchy Type Book Club List.

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Witchy Type Book Reviews

We will be performing regular book reviews on titles that we simply love and recommend that you read alongside newer releases. We will make sure to highlight when these books are gifted or if there are any affiliation links featured.

Will we be reviewing anything else? Of course, Tarot and Oracles decks will be featured alongside other fabulous printed witch products. If you have any recommendations, let us know!

Find out more about our Witchy Book Reviews here

Witchy Type Book Club

Well, this is a Coven after all and we don’t want to be doing this on our own as that would be rather boring! So we will be holding regular book clubs on zoom for selected titles where we can all discuss the book and share ideas. Want to take part? Just fill in this form and we will email you details we will of course be sharing all dates via our digital coven social channels.

Find out more about our WitchyType Book Club  here

Want to submit a book for review? Simply email us the details to digitalcovenuk@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

We’re super excited to share this with you and make sure to let us know your thoughts and ideas below in the comments or you can always reach out via our social channels:



Babies in Halloween Costumes? Haunted Manors? Oh, we’re in.


Bluebell, the award-winning smart baby monitor brand, has been in touch to let us know that they are launching a Halloween Competition but with an adorable twist this Spooky Season. The entrants won’t make you go ‘Agrh!’ and are more likely to make you go ‘Awwww’’ as the theme is ‘Babies First Halloween Costume’.  OMG. What can we say…at Digital Coven, if it crawls or has paws we 100% agree with dressing them in adorable Halloween costumes. Especially, when the lil ‘uns and I have such a beautiful rapport with each other…

Babies, they love me.

Entrants can win several prizes with the top prize being a stay in a haunted manor, The Manor Country House Hotel but don’t worry the ghosts are very family-friendly! To find out more about the Manor check out (My) Emma’s AKA Bunnypuddings Tiktok to see videos and tours of the grounds.

The applicants will be Judged by the Tiktok Mum and Witch Influencer Deborah Munroe AKA lunar.witch_deborah and the Bluebell team. 

Parents can also get in on the action as well with a prize also being on offer for  ‘Best Group Costume’ for those wanting to elevate their babies Halloween costume concept. Nice. 


Enriched in history and drenched in style, top first prize winners will receive a stay for a family of 4 at the Manor on the Green which comes complete with it’s very own haunted history. Step into a bygone era with the opulence that you would expect from one of the finest country houses in Oxfordshire. Miles apart from other hotels, the Manor House is a unique experience like no other. Their staff will attend to the winners as their guests and leave them with a lasting memory of having stayed at a very special location. 

Please note that we cannot promise that any ghosts will make an appearance upon the prize winners stay but the staff are more than happy to reveal all of the spooky stories surrounding the manor upon request. What we can promise is that there are peacocks on site living in the grounds. 

Runners Up will win an award-winning Bluebell Smart Baby Monitor 

 Romi Mathew of Bluebell comments “Halloween has become an increasingly popular festival for families to celebrate. A perfect opportunity to dress up and have some fun. Retailers have jumped on the trend offering fancy dress costumes, Halloween themed treats and plenty of pumpkins! After the last 18 months, everyone is looking for a reason to have fun and treat the kids and why not? Especially when you stand to win a fabulous weekend away at The Manor, country house hotel”.

How to enter: 

All you need to do to enter the competition is to share your favourite photo of your little ones/group Halloween costumes using the hashtag #bluebellbabyboos on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and making sure to tag in Bluebell Baby Monitor when you do so using their social handle  @Bluebellfamily


  • Best Baby Halloween Costume – Wins Manor Prize 
  • Best Group Halloween Costume (As we know all the family can like to join in!)  – £50 Amazon Voucher

Entries and Winner announcement: 

Entries must be received by 9 pm Monday 1st November 2021 

Winners will be announced  on the 5th November 2021 

Full information can be found over on the Bluebell Website: 


Eiii, are you going to enter? If so make sure to use the hashtag ##bluebellbabyboos and of course, share your thoughts about the manor if you do win! We want all of the tea…

Until next time,

#Witchywednesdays Meet The Digital Coven Witches!

Come and meet us in person and get a free tarot reading at one of our #Witchywednesday events this Spooky season

Free Tarot Readings and Witch Workshops at the Old White Lion This October!

The Old White Lion (OWL), East Finchley is celebrating Halloween in style by offering free Tarot readings and witch workshops every Wednesday throughout October.

The pub has invited the ‘Witches of East Finchley’ AKA Digital-coven’s Emma Carney (Bunnypudding) and AJ O’Connell (North London Witch) to host the free events for their customers. 

#WitchyWednesdays will be hosted from 6pm every Wednesday and all events will involve the opportunity for Old White Lion clientele to have their questions answered via free tarot card and pendulum readings. Nice. 

On October 6th 2021 the OWL will be celebrating the New Moon as the Witches will host a New Moon Ritual workshop where you will be taught how to set your intentions and to work with candles, teas and herbs. 

13th October will involve free divination readings and visitors will also be able to enter a spooky Halloween pub quiz with just £2 per person entry. All entry money will be going straight into the OWL Tip jar in support of the hard-working bar staff who have brought the public houses spirit back in spades post-lockdown. There will be plenty of prizes to give away so do make sure to revise everything Halloween related in order to win!

For the 20th of October, the witches will be continuing their Moon workshops by teaching everyone how to release their intentions and work with the all-powerful full Moon. They sure do like that Silvery Orb and so will you after these magickal workshops! 

It’s preparation time on the 27th of October where pumpkin carving will be the main event with the winning pumpkin on the night getting a spooktacular prize. The Digital Coven gals will also be teaching those taking part about traditional Halloween decorations and their history including the opportunity for people to make their very own ‘Witch Trees’….

The finale of the Spooky season is on Saturday the 30th of October where there will be a Halloween party and costume competition along with live music from Luke Carey and others. So make sure to get your spookiest outfit on in order to win big. 

Venue Manager, Mike King states  “What better way to enjoy the aesthetic of Autumn than to invite people into our old majestic pub and garden, to enjoy great food, drink and company under the moonlit garden & candlelit interiors. Now that we can celebrate Halloween again, let’s do so in proper style”.

Not into the spiritual stuff? No worries, the Old White Lion has plenty to offer on top of the #WitchyWednesday workshops with its fantastic selection of beverages including extensive real ale and spirit selections as well as its delicious food menu. Get in. 

Digital-coven.com’s Emma Carney states We adore our local The Old White Lion and can often be found in our favourite spot in one of the huts in their beer garden, now christened ‘Witchy Corner’ pulling Tarot cards. So when we were invited to share our knowledge and educate on modern witchcraft with the Old White Lion customers we jumped at the chance. Come down, with an open mind and a few questions for the tarot cards and we promise you’re going to have a very magickal time!”

All events start at 6pm, with the quiz starting at 8pm 

Event Dates: 

  • 6th October:  New Moon Workshop and Tarot readings 
  • 13th October: £2 Entry Halloween Pub Quiz and Tarot readings – Quiz Starts at 8pm 
  • 20th October: Full Moon Ritual Workshop and Tarot readings 
  • 27th October: Pumpkin Carving, Halloween decoration making and Tarot readings 
  • 30th October: Live Music and costume competition 


The Old White Lion 

121 Great N Rd, 


N2 0NW

Press for more information please email Emma on : hello@emfluence.co.uk 


Witchcraft Apps for the Digital Witch

The best Witch craft apps for the modern Digital Witch

Hello Digital Coven!

So sorry for the lack of updates over the past few weeks, I am in the middle of some of the most creative professional work I have ever been able to do so I am sure you’ll understand! More on that in another post but top level – I am producing a documentary. In-between the production and on top of my day job (Digital marketing and PR) I wrote this, I’d love to hear your recommendations and feedback on on the apps: 

One of the greatest aspects of the digital age for me is the impact that it has had on the Witchcraft community. Social media has been a fantastic way for Witches and baby Witches to find like minded people and build communities *Ahem* Such as this blog and my social channels *Ahem* 

What it’s also created is the availability of information that is just a Google search away – though I would always recommend researching everything as deeply as possible.There is a lot of bullshit online, especially on Facebook groups and Tiktok – such as that Tarot is a closed practice  *Groans in tired and eyerolls in ‘a quick google search would show this to be false’* Spoiler alert – it isn’t. The best part of Witchcraft is the personal connection that you develop as you learn and manifest through trial and error. Below are some free apps that you can use to help you learn more about specific areas of the craft from the palm of your hand and which I have used myself. 

Apps For Moon Work 

If there is one thing that we can agree on as Witches it’s that we bloody adore that silvery ever changing orb that is the Moon. Sigh. She’s just so beautiful. Now, I am not going to lie to you, I do not have a photographic memory of every phase of the Moon so I like to have an app that helps me keep track of where we are at each phase so I can really super charge my spells and manifestations. Check out NorthLondon Witches article for more info on the phases of the moon and when is best to manifest.

Moonly App logo - Blonde woman

Moonly app 

The Moonly app is great at keeping track of the Moon via its calendar and it also has extra features which educates you on runes and has a fabulous knowledge base on various areas of the craft and spirituality for those starting out. The app is free and most of the features are free as well but you can upgrade for a paid version to block further features if you’d like. 

App Location: 

IOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/moonly-moon-calendar-runes/id1489889871

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moonly.android

Website: https://moonly.app/

Apps For Tarot 

Tarot is a craft where you are always learning and gaining insight into how you relate to the cards. Having an app in your phone to help you log your feelings towards a card and allow you reference their meaning is always useful. I swear by the below two tarot apps below. Check out this article for a beginners guide to Tarot. 

Trusted Tarot Logo Banner

Trusted Tarot is a great app, and their free account allows for a daily tarot card to be pulled, a weekly spread and a celtic cross reading is available every 72 hours – which I think is fabulous. Their insights into the cards is really useful and they also have a library of the card meanings. Nice. My favourite Tarot app for sure!

App Location: 

IOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/trusted-tarot/id1441553118

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trustedtarot.app&hl=en

Website: https://www.trustedtarot.com/app/

Golden Thread Tarot logo Banner

Gold Thread Tarot is fantastic for those just starting out and wanting to learn about reading Tarot and the card meanings. You can pull a card a day and they have a great feature where you can record your feeling towards a card when it appears in a reading so that you can go back and see how you have engaged with that card historically. Amazing if you find keeping a paper Tarot diary hard.  

App store location: 

IOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/golden-thread-tarot-learn-tarot-for-self-insight/id1063058990

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ionicframework.tarot371308&hl=en_GB&gl=US

Website: https://goldenthreadtarot.com/

Apps For Astrology 

The Pattern Astrology app logo

The Pattern was recommended to me by a Friend as ‘Astrology without the Astrology’ and to be honest, I am finding the insights on myself very useful indeed. It has a great compatibility feature and offers top-level overviews on upcoming ‘patterns’ that may be coming your way as well as allowing you to explore them more in depth. Certainly, an app to recommend to your friend who ‘aren’t into Astrology’ but curious about sites such as 16personalites etc (Which whilst we are here…is based on Astrology..but that is another post…) 

App store location: 




Sanctuary app logo banner

Sanctuary World Is a new astrology app on my phone but my what a great addition it is. I love how interactive it is and it’s great for beginners to learn about astrology with their 101 guides on all areas of Astrology. It certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously in the chat either, which is always appreciated by myself and I am partial to a good gif. 

It also offers human to human readings for those who wish to delve a little deeper into your birth chart or have questions, but please note that these need to be paid for. 

App store location: 




Of course, there are plenty more apps out there so make sure to let me know below or on my social channels about some of the best witch apps that you have been using as I always like to discover new ways to practice what I love. I can be found over at: 



So make sure to come say hi and listen to my random videos and appreciate witchy memes with me. 

Until next time, darlings! 

Why Bayleaf is Bae – The Magickal properties of Bayleaf 

Bayleaf is one of the ultimate Magickal herbs, find out why!

My mother was obsessed with Bay leaf – it was put into everything she made when and it was quite common for me as a child to accidentally eat it whenever I ate her cooking. This didn’t put me off, although I certainly don’t recommend eating it! This early introduction created a strong bond between me and bay leaf and it’s one of the most common herbs that I use when it comes to magick and Kitchen Witchery. Below are some really useful insights into how you can use Bay leaf in your Witchcraft and spell work.

Wet aand Dry Bay leaf
Wet and dry Bay leaf

Bayleaf magickal properties: 

Bayleaf is one of those core magickal herbs that has so many uses and works well when used with other ingredients but it can also be extremely powerful when just used on it own. It would certainly be top of the list in my Baby Witch beginner stock cupboard recommendations. Some of it’s key attributes are: 

  • Victory and success – Bayleaf laurel was used in victory crowns and also by deities such as Apollo 
  • Love 
  • Wealth and Abundance 
  • Protection 
  • Creativity 
  • Psychic abilities  
  • Wishing and manifestation 
  • Good health and healing 

When doing deeper spell work here is some key info on Bay leafs other associations: 

Zodiac: Bay laurel is governed by the planet Sun and under the dominion of the sign Leo

Deities: Apollo, Daphne, Gaia and Peneus (Greek) 

Planet: Sun 

M/F: Whilst I don’t really follow this in my craft (Queer Witch right here, honey!) traditionally it’s associated with the divine Male.

Bayleaf in Kitchen Witchery 

As previously mentioned on this blog, Kitchen Witchcraft is one of the simplest ways to bring the craft into your everyday life. I mean, we all have to eat right? So making sure that you add your herbs with intent when you are making your daily meals can be incredibly powerful, as you are literally taking the magic within you. Nice!

Bay leaf in a stock
Bay leaf in a stock

Quick Kitchen Witch Spells: 

Want to Cleanse yourself-  Boiling anything such as veg or pasta? Add salt and Bay leaf to the water with intent and stir anti-clockwise to banish negative energies and stir clockwise to bring positive energies towards yourself. It’s that simple!

Sauces, stocks and gravies – I don’t know about you but I add a lot of herbs to my cooking so when I am making anything sauce-based I like to make sure that I include some herbs with magickal intent to help me with whatever spell or thing I am manifesting. I always make sure to add an intent for each Bayleaf that I add. Making sure to stir and visualise what I am working towards. 

Bay leaf in Mulled wine
Bay leaf in Mulled wine

Mulled Wine and Cider – A lovely way to get some extra magick into your life with an added boozy kick. I like to add Bay leaf to any mulled wine or hot toddies that I make and the smell is devine! 

Quick Spells to use Bayleaf: 

Cleansing your space: Add Bay leaf to your mix of cleansing herbs depending on your practice. Personally, like to use Bay leaf, Lavender and Rosemary to cleanse my space as it smells lovely. Just roll them into a bunch that you can burn safely, or in a fireproof bowl and burn as a magickal Potpourri. Never leave unattended, ever. Trust me on this one 😉

Burning herbs for cleansing
Burning herbs for cleansing

Manifesting Money: 

  • Get a Bay leaf and hold it close, envision the money that you wish to attract and how soon you need it by. 
  • You have to visualise this as if it has already happened making sure to really envision how you will feel when you receive this money and all the things that you will do with it.  
  • Then write your intent and the financial amount onto the Bay leaf and burn. You can use any colour pen but if you have Silver or Gold marker I would recommend using this to further highlight your goals. 

Success: The ancient Greeks used to use Laurels and ay leaves on crowns for sports winners as they were associated with success. Bay leaves can also be great for protection, so I like to carry one around with me in my purse wherever I go.

Victors Crown
Victors Crown

Protection: Ground up alongside eggshells, Bay leaf can be used as protection dust to be sprinkled by your windows and door frames or when casting a circle. I’ve also been working on a project with Thatdressupmood where we add this dust to jewellery to give it extra protection properties. You can add salt to it for extra protection properties but make sure not to use it on the ground if you do as Salt can damage the soil. 

Simple connection cutting spell: If you wish to cut the cord with someone a great spells which you can do daily if required is to take a Bay leaf, visualise the person you wish to cut the cord with, set the intent into the leaf and then break up the leaf to signify the breaking up of the connection with this person and then burn the Bayleaf to release the energy. I personally love doing this when I am anxious as well, envisioning having that power over the negative feelings really helps me feel empowered. 

 Magickal Herbs
Magickal Herbs

Sleep time Psychic enhancement: I like to use a Bayleaf under my pillow to help with my dreams and with astral projection. I mix it with lavender and put it in a little pouch that is stored in my pillowcase. Sweet dreams, indeed! 

In conclusion:

So, have I inspired you in the powers of Bayleaf – or have you always been using it in your spellwork? Let me know below or on the digital coven social channels as we’d love to keep the conversation going! 




Next time, 


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What is Shadow Work?

Shadow Work. Some of the media creators may have made you believe that this is a scary thing. It doesn’t have to be though.

Shadow Work. Some of the media creators may have made you believe that this is a scary thing. It doesn’t have to be though.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it can be deep. It’s a way of unlocking even the deepest parts of you. Obviously, if you have past experience of trauma, it may be tricky and i wouldn’t recommend diving straight in, but it can be one of the most useful parts of beginner witchcraft as it can help you truly know yourself, your energies and your triggers. 

I use Shadow work sporadically, mostly because I have a silly grown-up job and I don’t always have the time, but every time I do it, even if I’m not 100% happy, I feel a weight lift off myself. Sometimes, you really just need to write things down to get them off your mind and understand what is truly going on with you. 

The TLDR definition of Shadow Work is basically journaling. Which doesn’t sound nearly as scary, does it? Also, you don’t need to be an excellent writer reeling off paragraph after paragraph, bullet points will do! Never base yourself on what another can do, only do what works for you

Some basic Shadow Work prompts

Witchcraft / Your path

  • Why does this matter to me?
  • How will this change me? (what will i think of myself if i pursue this)
  • What beliefs would I like to centre on?
  • What practices would I like to learn and harness?
  • What guidance do I need?
  • Where can I find this?

Things that make you happy

  • What qualities do i have that i am most proud of?
  • What part of my day brought me the most joy?
  • What made me smile today?
  • What am I grateful for? 
  • When was the last time I felt energised?
  • In what parts of my life do I find strength?

Your fears

  • Am I more scared of trying and failing, or not trying at all?
  • In what ways do I alarm myself?
  • What am I scared of?
  • Which parts of my journey frighten me?

Personal Growth

  • How would I like the next chapter to go?
  • What progress would I like to see?
  • Why am I trying this?
  • What would I like to discover about myself? 
  • How am I strong? 
  • How can I slow down? 
  • What do I need to let go of?

Now, these are all just starters for 10 and you can adapt them as you wish. The most important thing is that you focus on you. You are the most important thing in this world so you need to discover all of the above and more. If you ever feel like it’s getting a bit much, just put the pen down, pop the kettle on and come back to it later. It’s not something you’re being graded on and you can do it all in your own time. 

If you’d like more tips on how to get started with witchcraft or would like more Shadow Work prompts, you can follow me at @NorthLondonWitch on TikTok and Instagram. 

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Witchcraft – Cleansing 101

North London Witch discusses all things cleansing in todays post!

Cleansing, probably the first thing you should start practicing on your journey to witchcraft. In fact, the most common question I get on TikTok is ‘how do I cleanse’ (even though I have already shown the process half the time…)

If you’re the kind of person who dreads cleaning the house, it isn’t necessarily just that. I HATE the build up to the Big Clean because, as much as I potter around to sort my flat out, sometimes you have *a day* and that day means all the shit just builds up. All those used mugs with tea stains getting worse because you’d rather use the same mug over and over again than even contemplate washing up, the floordrobe (admit it, you have one too) or the fact you can’t remember the last time you got off your arse to run the hoover round can all impact your energy. You’ll feel it as well as see it. It will drain you, make you sad and even make the very air around you feel heavy. 

Cleansing however, I look forward to and do it in little ways most days. Even if I don’t have the spoons to do the pile of dishes my boyfriend hasn’t touched, I can still make the energy around me feel better. Plus, cleansing feels witchy AF. 

And there is more than one way to do it, whether you’re in the Broom Closet or out in the open. You can make it ceremonial, or you can just make it part of your normal routine. Adding an extra step while you put your face on as the time is always there. Eventually you’ll find a way that works for you and you will never be more satisfied. 

Cleansing with Incense 

We will all reach the point in our journey where our incense collection is out of control. I’m actually on an incense ban until I use what I have because, to quote my boyfriend, ‘there is no space left in my hippy drawer’. Cleansing is the best way to get through the horde. 

Each kind of incense has a different purpose when you put your intention into it. Sandalwood and Dragon’s Blood are my favourites for cleansing my space and tools. If you need a bit more like, adding a soothing energy as you are under so much stress you might explode, use lavender. If you can feel you need a bit of self-care or self-love, crack out the rose.

Incense also gets bonus points for being a way to cleanse your spell jars, cauldrons and even your tarot deck

Cleansing sprays 

This is one of my more ceremonial ones… around the New Moon (fresh chapter time), I like to make a simmer pot. Mate, does it feel fucking witchy. 

I have a dedicated saucepan specifically for this. It’s a charity shop Le Creuset. It’s cast iron, well worn, a bit dented. My little kitchen cauldron, that’s also a little bit middle class… even though it cost me £5 instead of £150 (for a fucking pan). 

Light up a candle for your ancestors, grab your kitchen cauldron and a small heat proof dish, and follow the below: 


  1. Moon water (as much as you like)
  2. 400ml of tap water
  3. 2 sliced lemons
  4. Dried lavender (or essential oil if easier)
  5. Cloves 
  6. Cinnamon sticks 
  7. Sage
  8. Rosemary 
  9. Salt 
  10. Ice

First, place your heatproof dish in the middle of the saucepan. Layer your ingredients around said pot (I usually do so anti-clockwise to banish negative energy), add both waters and pop your saucepan lid on UPSIDE DOWN.

Add the ice to the centre of the upside down saucepan and keep it topped up while you simmer your little potion for around 15 minutes. This will help create condensation and the distilled liquid will drop into the heatproof dish. This will be your cleansing spray!

Once the 15 minutes are up, leave to cool and then pour your distilled liquid from the heatproof dish into a spray bottle. I spray mine in each of the 4 corners of a room clockwise each day. So I don’t waste all that sexy cleansing energy, I’ll use the remaining ingredients and liquid in a ritual bath that evening. *chefs kiss*

Sound Cleansing

Imagine a hadouken… or a Force punch… or even Bombarda. (Yes, I have all of the nerdy references). Sound can act like a physical shield to push negative energies away and protect you from them. Probably the best method for a Closet Witch. You can use whatever you want. Whether you walk through every room with a singing bowl, blast music that makes you happy at full volume or even just clapping a lot and telling whatever you don’t want there to piss off. Whatever works for you. Sometimes, I play musical soundtracks… 

Smoke cleansing

Probably the most well known and you can use anything you like. I like to dry my own little bundles (you can just lay your ingredients on a radiator for 24 hours then wrap with twine) but you can also buy bundles easily off Etsy. 

There are also lots of different kinds you can use, my favourites are Garden Sage, Rosemary and Heather. Just like with incense, you just spark it up and walk around your space with your intention clear in your mind. Bam, cleansed space in 5 minutes. 

So, the TLDR is not only is cleansing easy and fun, there are lots of different ways to do it. Find what works for you and even if you only do it once a month, you’ll be amazed by the difference. 

How do you cleanse your space? Let us know in the comments below or via our social channels as we love to share knowledge. Also, make sure to follow AJ AKA North London Witch over on her social channels for more Witchcraft advice. 

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Is Tarot a closed practice? A Concise History of Tarot and Cartomancy

Come on an adventure with us into the history of Tarot and Cartomancy

Well hello there, Coven!

Today we are going to discuss the actual history of Tarot. The reason I am doing this is because I am seeing a lot of arguments on social media about the origins of Tarot and if it is a closed practice or not. So worry not, I deep dived and am sharing the knowledge below…

Top Level Overview: 

  • Tarot reading is not a closed practice and open to everyone who has a calling to learn divination 
  • “Dukkering” or ‘Bocht’ which is the Romany style of ‘future telling’ Cartomancy is closed. As this is only taught Romany to Romany via word of mouth and actually living the Romany life. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that you will ever come across the knowledge or life experience to appropriate this. (See below quote)
Rider Waite Colmen Smith Tarot deck

The Origins of Tarot 

The Tarot actually started in Europe and was considered a parlor game for the first few hundred years. The 78 card deck that we now and love today originated in Renaissance Italy around the 1430’s when they added a 5th deck to the standard 4 deck playing cards. This new 5th deck was called ‘Triumphs’ but we know it as the ‘Higher Arcana’ in modern day. The 4 other decks are commonly known as the ‘Lower Arcana’. Translated into the modern standard playing card decks (also known as the French Deck) these are:  

TarotStandard Playing CardsElement
WandsClubsFire (or Air)
SwordsSpadesAir (Or Fire)

These Italian “carte da trionfi” or “cards of triumph” were played like you would play bridge and wealthy families would commission artists to create their own decks so the illustrations differed widely. 

Oracle cards were also gaining in popularity over the 18th century onwards for divination and these were commonly known as Lenormand cards until recently due to celebrity card-reader Mademoiselle Marie Anne Lenormand, making them so popular in the 19th Century – although her 36 card deck wasn’t published in her name until after her death. 

I recently acquired some Lenormand cards and they are simply beautiful to look at and I will do a full post on them as well….but for now, let’s focus on the history of Tarot! 

Lenormand Oracle Deck

The move from Tarot as a game, to Tarot as Divination

As the game moved on from it’s Italian origins into the courts of France, Teacher and publisher Jean-Baptiste Alliette wrote his first book on the tarot in 1791, called “Etteilla, ou L’art de lire dans les cartes,” meaning “Etteilla, or the Art of Reading Cards.”. This book implied incorrectly that the art had come from ancient Egypt but he introduced to the masses the concept that the cards can be used for divination. 

The modern standard Tarot deck that we widely use today is called the Rider Waite Colman Smith deck – but is often abbreviated as just the ‘Rider Waite’. William Rider was the publisher, and popular mystic A.E. Waite, who commissioned Pamela Colman Smith to illustrate the deck wrote a book to accompany the cards. This was released in 1909 and hasn’t been out of print since. 

What Pamela Colman Smith did to revolutionise the deck was to create scenes for every card in the lower Arcana, so that a narrative could be easily picked up from each card. Now, rest assured I am working on her blog post as I type this. As a Female and person of Colour, she certainly deserves her name to be known widely within the Tarot Community as the history of most occult topics tends to be a bit of a pale sausage fest and doesn’t reflect the women who also helped develop the craft. 

Tarot really took off in the late 1970’s when Stuart Kaplan obtained the publishing rights and released his 1977 book, Tarot Cards for Fun and Fortune Telling. He has since written several more books on the subject of Tarot and that audience has grown and shared their love for Tarot with others…and I guess the rest is history? But there is one last thing that we need to clear up on the history of Tarot…

Art Oracle Cards

The Romany Traveller Tarot Connection  

The Romany are a beautiful community of travellers who have become deeply connected with Tarot. This is because in the 18th Century onwards the Roma people people took Tarot into their hearts and offered readings as they travelled around Europe and beyond. The Roma are fans of Cartomancy in general and in fact, often used the traditional French standard deck that we use for playing cards for their readings rather than the 78 card Tarot deck that is most commonly used today. 

The Roma have two words when referring to their style of Cartomancy and they are: 

  • “Dukkering” – modification of a Wallaco-Sclavonian word meaning something spiritual, other worldly or ghostly
  •  ‘Bocht’ – a Persian word meaning or connected to the Sanskrit bhagya, which means fate

Regarding the closed practice question, the fabulous Lisa Boswell, a Romany Tarot reader explains this very well on her blog Divinerisim (Do check her out!) 

‘Only someone who was raised in a traditional manner will be able to read your fortune in ‘Gypsy’ style. Anyone advertising as a Gypsy and advertising chakra cleansing, aura sprays, yoga, or anything similar (I can confidently say) does not read in the traditional Gypsy manner. I know this because their reading style is clearly influenced by Gorger (Non Romany) culture and only a tiny percentage of Gypsies know what these things are….Like I said before, it is not sufficient to be 100% Romany; you have to be raised like us, to be one of us.

It is possible for Gorgers to, hypothetically, learn how to read like a Romany person through an understanding of our symbolism. However, our spirituality is tied mostly to the way which we live which, in turn, is tied to our upbringing. This worldview is not something you can learn from a book; we live this way from when we wake in the morning to when we go to sleep at night, and our laws and rules affect every area of our life.’

Lisa Boswell

Fabulous resources here for more on the history of Tarot, the Romany Tarot spread and Romany Cartomancy history: 

Ah, that was a lovely lesson wasn’t it? Just knowing the history of Tarot makes me love it even more. Hopefully, you enjoyed it too and maybe learned something you didn’t know before? I’d love to hear your thoughts below and on my social channels. 

Until next time, Darlings! 

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Simple rituals for beginner witches

North London Witch shares some of her favourite rituals for beginner Witches.

I know what it’s like when you’re first starting out. It feels like a minefield on what to do and what not to do when you’re starting your journey into witchcraft, there is so much gatekeeping and horror stories that some of you may be anxious to take the next step in your craft. Many people advise not to do any kind of spell work in your first year, sure, some spell work is not recommended, but there are some simple ways to start once you have your energies in control, and even some before. 

I mean, how else are you going to learn? 

Now, please, for the love of all that is divine (however you lean in your practice), do not jump straight into filling lemons and hexing just because other people are doing it and ‘it looks easy’. You don’t want anything coming back to you or rebounding, and so many more seasoned witches seem to spend an awful lot of time trying to help clean up messes… tbh, it’s a bit exhausting. 

So, let’s go through some simple, easy to manage rituals that you can practice for yourself as you’re learning. 

Image by karin.krn 

Ritual baths

One of the best things, especially around a full or new moon. And the most relaxing thing you can do. 

Pick and incense or candle that matches your intention. Sandalwood for cleansing, lavender for soothing, rose for self love. 

Pick your ingredients and water safe crystals. 

For example, when I take a full moon bath, I use dried garden sage, lavender essential oils or fresh lavender, pink Himalayan salt and burn a cinnamon candle and sandalwood incense. All of these things have cleansing and protective properties. Bonus points if you add moon water too! 

If you can’t be arsed with the mess afterwards, you can put everything in a little bag and hang it under the bath as you run it. 

Create a protection candle 

I’m going to tell you two ways you can do this! One way with a taper / spell candle, and one way with a tea light. 


Basically any herb with protective properties but here are a few that you’ll probably find in your kitchen

  • Cloves (also used for banishment)
  • Sage
  • Rosemary 
  • Cinnamon
  • Sigil or phrase (e.g. ‘this place is protected’)
  • Any kind of oil if you’re using a taper/spell candle 
  • Black candle (or white as it can be used for any colour)

Step 1:

First you need to cleanse your space, you can use incense for this. Next, put your intentions into your herbs, otherwise, they are just herbs. You need to tell them what to do, if you want to literally say it, that totally works. Grind or mix your herbs as you do this. 

Step 2:

Carve your sigil or phrase into your candle, I use a sewing needle but if that’s effort, a sharpie will do! 

Step 3:

For a taper candle, take your oil and EITHER rub the oil towards you to invite the protection to you, or rub away from you to repel the negative energies. Whichever you think is right on this occasion. My preference is to dress towards me when making a protection candle. 

Step 4:

Pour out your herbs and spices onto a sheet / easy to clean surface. Lay your oiled candle in the herbs and, as above, either roll towards you to invite the protective energies or roll away from you if you want to repel the negative energies. Again, my preference is towards me. 

Step 5:

Light and think your intention clearly. You can even repeat it to yourself out loud. 

If you’re using a tea light, I like to melt the wax first so do steps 1 and 2 above, then take your tea light and pop it in a saucepan with the heat low. When the surface of the wax has melted you can sprinkle your ingredients on top then go straight to step 5! 

Cut-away spell 

This kind of spell that has a lot of different uses but for this example we’re just going to use it as a way to let go of barriers or anything you need to let go of. I have even used it during periods of high stress when I need to push away those negative energies that are holding me back. 


  • 2 tall black candles (again, can be subbed for white) 
  • Piece of string

Step 1:

Cleanse yo’ space!

Step 2:

I like to carve my sigil or phrase into both candles with my intention

Step 3:

Tie the string around the middle of each candle so you have a tightrope situation between the two of them

Step 4:

Light both candles with your intention clear in your mind, or say it out loud. I like to ask the universe to give me the strength to let go. 

Keep the candles burning until the string has separated 

There are obviously many more you can try, but I will leave extras to Emma as you should always learn from more than one source! Remember, you can always reach out to us both for questions and that research is your best friend on this journey. Find my social links here.

Blessed be!

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