Since I’ve been doing so much work with Goddess-focused oracle decks and also exploring pantheons in general, I put together this little worksheet to aid in tracking those experiences. It isn’t just for deities though. I will probably use this for ancestor work and any other entity, animal, plant, et al, that may teach me something, show up for a chat, or pique my interest in general.
Right now, I’ve been doing a monthly draw from whichever of my Goddess decks feels right. For December, Hekate is who I’m researching, meditating on her message, et cetera. Sometimes during tarot or meditations, I will connect with family members and so I will be using this worksheet moving forward just to jot down messages and details from that meeting.
Another example of how I plan to use this is to create an entry for frogs. For a period of time I had frogs appearing in my life. They showed up a lot with my car. The first time I ever saw the car itself it was fresh from the dealer. We opened the trunk and out hopped the tiniest of frogs. There was an occasion when my mother went into the hospital that I noticed a frog just hanging out on the driver’s rear fender as I was getting her wheelchair out of the trunk in front of the hospital. Another time I distinctly remember was after work when I had stopped off at the grocery store to pick up a few things. I was hunting for a parking spot and I noticed something through the windshield. It was a frog just hanging out on the center of my hood people-watching as I stalked exiting shoppers up and down the aisles of the parking lot. There was also the time I scored a little part time job for quick cash and came out to the car to find another tiny little frog sitting on the front my car. Quite often they would thump up onto my bathroom window late at night or chill on the walkway and greet us (along with some toads) as we returned from a doctor’s visit or errands.
I’ve lived my whole life in Florida and spent a majority of it in this area and I have never seen frogs (or toads) like that. They often brought us a lot of joy after a long stressful day or following some less than great news at a check-up. After my mother died, I stopped seeing them altogether.
The PDF is super easy to use and can be printed double sided to a single sheet. There’s a framed corner to draw or attach a photo and a space to put the date at the very bottom. This will be going into my Book of Shadows and so will be printed on rather nice paper and slipped into a sheet protector (my book is a three ring binder). If you need the space along the margins for attaching the sheet into your book, it’s usually rather easy to shrink the document by 5-10% in the print dialogue to free up that space.
Straight out of the gate there is one major difference between this deck’s guidebook and the guidebooks of the others. It’s written for an audience that wants to work with deity or already does. Now, this doesn’t mean this is a requirement to use this deck, but rather that there’s quite a large chunk of content that is ritual-focused. I mentioned this in my condensed IG post about this deck that I think anyone who is Pagan, Wiccan, a Witch, anyone who connects with or wishes to invoke Goddesses is going to really get along well with this set.
There are some ritual basics outlined in the introductory section of the book like casting a circle and getting grounded. I really dig the emphasis on exposing the reader to different elements and styles of ritual and then encouraging them to make their own, to individualize their rituals in general. It’s like Roger Horne said in his Folk Witchcraft book (paraphrasing here), magick and ritual that is not personalized can be rather hollow.
Forgot to post these calavera themed bottles from my trip to Total Wine last night.
On the left is tequila reposado and on the right is tequila blanco, both by Dona Celia.
I collect all things Dia de Muertos, from plates to figurines to stuffed toys and art. It’s a holiday that I care very much about, but also try to incorporate its values and practices all throughout the year when it comes to those who have passed.
Sadly, I’m not a tequila drinker, but these bottles were beautiful. Wish I could’ve picked up at least the black and yellow one. Interestingly enough, my maternal grandmother collected ornate fragrance bottles and glass figurines. I adore extravagant and artistic packaging. Definitely will keep an eye out closer to my birthday.
It’s a 4in D-ring binder. As romantic a notion it is to have a hand bound grimoire or the like, I have to have everything easily organized. Dividers, alphabetical, chronological, expandable – much easier to do with a binder.
Foam padding will go on the outside in order for the glow in the dark skeleton fabric covering it to sit flush around the buckles. For added security, a pair of glow in the dark paracord bands will keep the binder shut and help once it gets packed full of pages.
The little skull beads are made of Howlite as it turns out. I didn’t know Gemini was the zodiac correspondence until earlier today. Rather fitting along with being a stone that provides protection and a sense of calmness and clarity.
Howlite is a potent guardian stone. Use it to protect that which you value – both physical possessions and spiritual values.
They are also useful for travelers and adventures to take with them on their travels as insurance against harm.
Death has proven to be a rather frequent visitor in my life. Maybe that’s why I am drawn to and comforted by images of skulls, calaveras, and skeletons. I know I can always speak to and consult with loved ones who have passed, but the Day of the Dead is the holiday I treasure the most. For obvious reasons.