Gods, Friends, and Frogs. Deity/Guide Worksheet

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.

Frogs visiting us at work, at the hospital, on our travels, and at home.

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.

Spending December with Hekate

Hekate (from The Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky) is my guide for December.

For the last couple of months, I have pulled Goddess cards from whichever oracle deck has responded. My request is for a goddess (or multiple) to connect with, to look to, to learn from in order to meet the month’s challenges and continue on my journey. This particular deck is one that I’ve had for a while, but hadn’t (until tonight) responded to my energy.

When Hekate popped out, I saw her and felt a wave of sadness. Part of me, the old me, has to die. I have to let her go. I know this has been coming and not just because of all the times the Death Card has appeared in my personal tarot readings. But I’ve felt the increasing push towards change, towards a crossroads as well.

As a young Gemini, I discovered how to transform my exterior to change what I felt inside. If my heart got broken or something negative happened in my life I changed my hair, my appearance, New clothes, different swagger. I’d delete all my social media, photos, journal entries. A complete data wipe and new image of a better OS went on my metaphorical hard drive. Looking back, this is quite the example of Glamour Magick. But I was doing this all the way back in high school, maybe middle school before I first explored witchcraft. I wasn’t erasing memories per se, because I’m still sentimental and hold onto certain items from people. But anything written or illustrated that cataloged hurt, confrontation, disappointment, whatever, I’d dump it. Even burn it. This ability to manipulate my appearance is also why I enjoy makeup and costumes/cosplay so much. It’s the reason why I can use a photo of my face on social media and still be in the broom closet. That’s me, but not the version of me my family or colleagues see. They don’t know her. They wouldn’t recognize her — me in that form if we passed on the street.

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