Tarot of the Day: Discussion of the Five of Pentacles and a Bit on Grief

five of pentacles

From my personal diary:

A woman sits with her body curled in on itself and her head rests on her knee. Her face is not visible. She is surrounded by a transparent gray-ish bubble. Directly over her head, and inside the bubble, is a pentacle inside its own bubble.

She sits on the higher of two pedestals. Directly below her grow green and flowering vines which have penetrated her bubble. Directly in front of her, only inches from her outstretched arm, is a colorful butterfly inside its own bubble as well. On the pedestal below her (she sits on the higher one) is a chameleon looking at her as if he/she is expecting something.

The backdrop is a mottled and veiny gray wall. Coming directly from the top of the bubble which surrounds the woman, is a crack in the wall which is basically straight.  There is one wobbly part (almost as if it wasn’t sure of itself), but then it continues on straight to the top of the card. I also find it interesting that the crack in he wall comes directly out of the bubble that surrounds the woman. As if, in creating this bubble for herself, the energies she has created have affected the wall itself and caused it to crack.

To the left of the crack int he wall and in the top left corner we see a brightly colored and intricately designed stained glass window or painting. It is in the form of a circle with four pentacles inside and the pentacles themselves are inside their own circles. The colors inside the window or painting are basically green, purple, lavender, yellow, gold, white and gray. At the bottom of this circle, in the midst of a slash of bright yellow is a red heart, which is interestingly almost the same color as the butterfly

It seems to me that the main themes of this card are pentacles and circles. I know that when I get ready to cast a spell, I cast a circle to protect myself and I know also that the pentacles inside of a circle is a powerful symbol of protection as well. However, this is juxtaposed with the figure of the lone woman curled in on herself and since we cannot see her face, we have to assume that she also can’t see what is around her. However, the vines that are growing up from the Earth have penetrated her bubble and seem to be either touching her or moving into her. I can only think that this is the Goddess (higher power, Oneness…) attempting to ground her as she may be confused about something.

The woman seems very alone within her bubble. Almost as if she has protected herself so much and so well that she has pushed every other thing away. I know that within the Tarot, the sign of the Pentacle represents money or work. So, she has either lost money or lost work. Either way it’s a financial hardship and she has isolated herself within her bubble in her grief and sadness. She also could be experiencing emotional loss of something he has worked for.

The butterfly that hovers within its own bubble just out of her reach seems to symbolize beauty, hope, change, and/or metamorphosis. She would only have to lift her head a fraction of an inch to see it and reach out with the smallest of movements to pop the bubble surrounding the butterfly, thereby accessing its power for metamorphosis. However, at this point, she seems to be immobilized in her sadness.

I can’t help but think that if she would only move that the bubbles around her would pop and she could let in whatever pain or loss she has protected herself from. She seems to be stuck in a position where she feels sadness and/or grief, but is not letting it in wholly. It seems that if she did let it all the way in, she could finally deal with it and look up to see the beauty and hope around her. She could see that her heart is not in fact cracked in two, but whole, as is shown in the circle in the top left corner of the card.

I also think that the abundance of pentacles in the top left corner circle represent future work and financial successes if she could only come out of her bubble and recognize her own potential. This is a woman who has isolated herself with sadness and possibly self-esteem issues regarding her potential for success. She has experienced hardship and rejection and has decided that even though she is miserable that it is safer inside her bubble that outside of it. The problem with this, however, is that there is so much beauty and hope within inches of her reach if she would only move. If she would just move.

If anyone has anything else to add to this discussion, I would be more than happy to read it.

On a personal note, I pulled this card for myself yesterday when I was feeling particularly sad ( I deal with chronic depression.) and I was missing my mother terribly who died this past October suddenly of several heart attacks. It’s weird to contemplate that at my age and now with a child of my own, that I have no parents. I’m an adult orphan. It’s a weird concept to consider. I am feeling very alone at this time since I am in a new town and have yet to make any real friends. This is partly my fault since I tend to isolate myself and I have some health issues that prevent me from doing everything I would like to do socially. I am like the woman in the bubble who can’t see the beauty and hope for change beyond her own immediate surroundings. If I can only just move outside myself. I keep telling myself that. Just move. Just look around you. Let down your walls and experience life. It’s painful sometimes, but sometimes it’s joyful and hopeful. This is the thought I cling to.

I am also discovering that the grief I am experiencing from the death of my mother isn’t something that I can ever “get over” or “move through”. It has changed me irrevocably. I have to wake up each day with my first thought being, “I need to call my mom,” and then thinking to myself, “Shit, I can’t call her. She’s dead.” I found this floating around on the internet and it helped me so I thought I would share it with you all in the hopes that it may help someone else as well.

death is nothing at all

This was written by  Henry Scott Holland (27 January 1847 – 17 March 1918) was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford.

A Spell To Increase Your Money

MONEY SPELL

(Said while making 9 knots in green, 13-inch silk cord or ribbon and burning a green candle) I personally inscribe the candle with the word “Money” written in Theban – MONEY.

By knot of one, my spell’s begun

By knot of two, plenty fruitful work to do

By knot of three, money comes to me

By knot of four, opportunity knocks at my door

By knot of five, my business thrives

By knot of six, this spell is fixed

By knot of seven, success is given

By knot of eight, increase is great

By knot of nine, these things are mine

Broke Ass Witchery

 Part One

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The following information is for magical practitioners on a budget. Please note that this information pertains specifically to witchcraft and not to other magical practices such as Ceremonial Magick wherein the need for supplies may be more involved. As far as my qualifications go to give this series, I was working poor (retail, food service) for some years, and have been on a fixed income (disability) so this series is based in personal experience.

This is the first piece of advice I would give to my fellow broke-ass witches: You do not need a whole lot of stuff to practice magic with.

Technically, you don’t need anything.

You may find this hard to believe especially if you are used to books with spells in them, or seeing people share written spells on Tumblr. To be quite honest, I see most of these spells (though not all of them, there are some decent ones) as being very beginner. I am not a fan of most pre-packaged spells and the biggest reason is that what works for someone else may not work for you. Certain herbs and crystals and colors may carry very different associations for you.

I also see these things – herbs, crystals, etc – as being props. They can be useful for directing energy, but they are less useful if you don’t know WHY you’re using them (which is a big complaint of mine about spells on Tumblr in particular, they have you throw a bunch of things together without explaining to you why you’re including such-and-such), and ultimately you don’t need them.

Let me repeat this: you don’t need herbs, crystals, tools, and other items to cast effective spells. These things can help, but ultimately magic is dependent on one thing: your will. Some of the most potent magic I have ever done has been visualizing a thing happening and willing it so, and pushing out that energy and watching it take hold. Purely mind magic, sans tools, sans supplies.

There are other things you can do which cost little or no money. Rune magic, for example, is free at least in terms of physical cost. (With regards to actual study and practice, it obviously costs more than that.) I can trace runes in the air with my finger and visualize them in glowing light or fire, and visualize the runes energetically imprinting a person, place or thing and beginning to effect change that way. Runes are extremely powerful magically. Candle magic is also something that doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.  You can get a bag of 100 tealights fairly cheaply at most department stores, or find candles in most secondhand shops.  My candle magic as involved as lighting the flame and visualizing my desired outcome, pushing that energy into the flame, to release and affect change as it burns. Easy peasy, and costs pennies per spell.

Elemental magic is also free. You can write something down on a piece of paper and burn it to banish or curse it, doubly potent if you add runes to the paper. You can use rain or flowing water for cleansing or healing. You can use wind to carry your will forth on the breeze. You can use the power of a wicked storm to raise hell. Some of the most potent binding magic I have ever done on people who were being a nuisance was putting their names in the freezer.

You do not need tools for magic like a wand. These can be nice to have, I won’t lie, a wand that is put into regular use starts to pack a pretty powerful charge that can amplify your magic. That being said, you can use your finger, your breath, your voice, and this is all free. You can also find a stick or small branch from a tree that speaks to you and use that as a wand if you must have one and you can’t afford one, which works well.

In the long run, the biggest thing you can do to save yourself money with casting spells is to disavow yourself of the notion that you HAVE to use herbs, crystals, oils, etc, with every spell that you cast. You don’t, and you’ll be a better witch if in fact you can rely on these tools as little as possible and learn to develop your visualization skills and feeling/sending/projecting energy and possibly even tap into the raw power of the elements to carry your will forth.

That said, for those of us who like having things (and like I said, it can help), I will explore the procuring of witchy items on a budget in future posts in this series, stay tuned.

Hoodoo/Vodou Green Money Conjure

 

prosperity tree

Green Rice is an old conjure that is lucky because when one is poor and had Rice one would not starve. Likewise if one grew rice one could make quite a bit of money. In the south  cotton was king, but rice was the fuel of the plantation machine and even the poorest of the poor slaves knew that rice held power. This Green Rice is made and then anointed with Money Draw oil, which you will find as the very next recipe in this post after the rice. The rice is then placed in a Green Flannel Bag and 3 shiny pennies which have been anointed with Money Draw are thrown in as well. Tie this all closed and then pray Psalm 23 over it. This work should then be placed on a table with a Green Novena candle that also has been dressed with Money draw oil and prayed over.

 

green novena candle

The work should begin on a Monday and should be worked a full 7 days to finish charging on the following Monday morning. After the 7 days the Mojo should be carried in your right pocket and anointed with the oil every Monday at the beginning of your day and prayed over using Psalm 23.

 

Green Rice Recipe:
1/2 cup raw rinsed white rice, non-instant
1/4 cup finely shredded Dollar Bill
3 drops Money Drawing Oil
1 sm. drop green food coloring
Pray psalm 23 as mixing this in a bowl, then place on a cookie sheet on the lowest setting of your oven(Warm) for an hour just to dry the mixture.
Place in small ziplock baggies when ready and keep on hand for making all manner of Money Mojo.

Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: He guideth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah for ever.

 

Money Draw Oil
3 sprigs Fresh Penny Royal
3 Bay Leaves
1 Dollar Bill shredded
1 pinch Lemon Grass(dried)
3 Sprigs Fresh Mint
1/2 cup Olive Oil
Bring all items to simmer in a small pan then simmer for 23 minutes on low exactly.
pour into individual bottles and before capping, cut the 23rd psalm from a bible and burn it to ash and add it to the oil then seal. Use to anoint candles, Mojo Hands or anything you are making to draw money and prosperity.
Ce Bon Doktor Grey-Ravyn