The devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape & pointy horns. He comes as everything you’ve ever asked for.
The Seven of Cups suggests that those pretty images in your mind must be dealt with. You can no longer leave them in the clouds of your dreams; they must be dealt with in the world of reality. She warns you to be careful of wishful thinking & pleasing illusions in the choices you’re facing. This Gypsy is a dreamer who can see beauty & excitement as well as fearful trials to come. She urges you to stop being so caught up in your fantasies; you might never be able to move forward or decide if those dreams are worth making into a reality.
Therefore, The Seven of Cups knows dreaming is a beautiful thing & can provide inspiration for action. She also knows you must abandon your ‘castle in the sky,’ fall from the soft comfort of the sky & either lay bricks to build those castles in the real world, or if you must set those pretty floating castles on fire. Even if you are paralyzed by the choice or fearful of the road to come after you pick your path, a decision must be made. Remember, not all things are as they appear to be; move with caution.
The risk of illusion runs high with the Seven of Cups. Make sure you are taking steps to protect yourself against hazy fantasy like thinking or everlasting daydreams. She screams at you to avoid intoxication & escapism. Once you try to enact your tempting fantasies, you leave yourself open to inevitable disappointment. You’ll soon realize that vision does not work as it did in Wonderland.
The Seven of Cups may also be a wishful card. After a long stroll in the desert, you suddenly stumble upon this incredible vision. Laying at your feet are seven beautiful cups filled with sparkling crystals representing wealth, beauty, success & options to choose from. Is it an illusion? Which cup should you take? Can you walk away carrying them all? Will the weight of all seven keep you from returning from your journey? Not every cup may be filled with a positive result; a hidden snake may be curled up inside the prettiest of cups. These cups can be a mixed blessing. So, dear one, be careful what you wish for.
Temptations linger inside, making you vulnerable to being seduced by the one cup containing the poisonous snake of jealousy & cunning. Being a card from the Suit of Cups, the temptation is likely to be sexual or emotional in nature- things that seem innocent & pleasurable at the time. More times than not the vast majority of cases, the pleasure gained temporarily is far outweighed by the lasting consequences.
Incense is used for several reasons. Burn it to promote magical workings, mask an unpleasant smell you can’t find in the house, or use it simply because you enjoy the lavish smell it gives off. Certain incense help daily tasks move smoother. I find myself reaching for vanilla during the day as I work on new creations or when deep in writing. It gives me a calm & focused mind to stay on task. Incense will enhance certain feelings. When the sun sets, the smell of Dragon’s Blood or Black Crystal soaks my skin. These two incense give me a feeling of mystery & witchy vibes. The blanket of stars sets the mood while the enchanting smoke from Dragon’s Blood or Black Crystal seal in the unknown magical surprises night offers.
I hope this gives a little insight into incense’s magical world, as it has a 70’s hippie reputation. There is so much more to it than that, & not just a means to hide that weed stench you’re dying to hide. 😉
Use this list to help guide you to the right incense for the purpose you seek.
Coconut. Use this incense when you need a little mental balance, a dash of courage, or when feel your intuition might need a boost.
You might want to grab the Patchouli incense when you want to attract something or someone to you. It is wonderful when inducing a bit of creativity, grounding, & prosperity. Patchouli is known for sexual energy. Use it when you intend to attract some love, passion, or sensuality. Bring the vixen or fox out in yourself with this sexy scent.
Sandalwood is a very popular incense! But, did you know you can use it to bring awareness, balance & concentration to your environment? Sandalwood calms your environment. Use when banishing unwanted energies & the area or tool needs purifications. It helps to remove negativity & protects the area giving a sense of well-being.
White Sage is another well-known incense in the witchy world. Burning the herb in a bundle style is the most well-known use. I love the scent the burnt herb gives off. If you ask my mother, she will disagree, finding it unappealing. White Sage incense is definitely different. It gives off a sweeter smell & for the vast population, more pleasant than that of the herb. Use either form when you need grounding. It is ideal for any magical workings. Bring protection, purification & comfort into your environment. Clear the mind while insight will creep in as the smoke swirls around the room.
Lavender is well-known. Using it as an incense promotes the known stress & anxiety properties, many people seek. This lavender smoke brings clarity, general healing, & a kind sensitivity. Light a stick as you are getting ready for bed to promote restful sleep. All the wonderful things you’ve heard about the essential oil or herb will translate into the use of an incense stick.
Rose. Ah, the romantic rose. All things love surround this beautiful flower, & for a good reason. Rose is known to attract affection. It holds secrets of love, gives off huge amounts of sexual energy. Burn this romantic incense on date night. Light a stick before you get dressed for the night out, then light another while entertaining & having drinks after dinner.
Vanilla will balance the emotions. It will bring in a calm, focused mind & help promote concentration. Burning this incense can spark some inspiration in just the way you need it. Let the smoke wrap around you & feel its powerful passion.
Last but not least is Jasmine. Jasmine flower is closely associated with the moon. Burn this floral aroma when playing with Luna. <3 Let imagination swirl around while harmony dances with romance. A very mystic smell bringing in all things light.
The list goes on, my friend. Now, grab your favorite box of incense, play with the feelings it gives you. Use your intuition & focus on the power of the smoke floating around.
“A sign of growth is being okay with not being okay.”
Let that quote sit with you for a moment.
For most humans, being out of their element or comfort space is simply unacceptable. A day to day routine is set & never ventured from. A sudden rustle of those feathers & the chickens fly the coupe. I understand that feeling, my friend. Boy, do I get it.
Throw me out of my quiet, calm bubble & the madness inside me becomes overwhelming. After some fight, a bit of pouting & the ever famous ‘resting bitch face,’ I settle into unknown territory & make myself comfortable in the craziness surrounding me.
Over the last 3-4 years, my life has been ever moving, setting down a finished task to reach for the next kind of pace. I don’t think I’ve had time to blink more than 10 times! I firmly hated the lifestyle I now live to the fullest. 5 years ago, this was not me in any form. I was much more of the “eh, it will get done when it gets done” or “I just don’t feel like it” kinda girl. I laugh at that at this very moment; my life would certainly not wait for me to get off my lazy ass & do it when I actually felt like it. Let me tell you, the first day of the last 4 years was ungodly uncomfortable for me. I was NOT okay with not being okay. Overwhelmed was an understatement & I wore it like a leather jacket. I didn’t know how to manage one stress freak out to the next emotional meltdown. I had no idea how to live in such an unfamiliar state that I sunk before I even thought of swimming. I couldn’t tell you when it actually clicked, and I remembered those long-forgotten swimming lessons, but I did. I spit out the inhaled water, wash the taste of salt from my mouth & dried my hair.
When I look back on everything I’ve come face to face with over the years, 9 times out of 10, I wasn’t okay. I’ve been knocked down more times than I care to admit. But, I certainly grew in those painful times. To my distaste, I thrive in uncomfortable, not okay situations of life. When everything is, in my definition, not oh fucking kay, those are the moments I grow deep & strong.
When faced with uneasy situations in life, you have two options, throw your hands up & let life roll you over, OR you push back & show not being okay is okay! Take your time; throw a toddler level fit for a minute. Then darling, dust yourself off, throw your head back & laugh at the mess you let yourself become & grow your roots deep in the lessons you’ve learned. <3
In all honesty, I have not been immune to the high tension brought on by the waxing crescent in Aries. The universe has been heavy, responsibilities are mounting. I’ve done a few readings within this particular time frame and have had similar outcomes; even my cards can feel the extra weight. And yes, we do harbor a great deal of discretion in reading our cards intuitively, but when both you and your cards are in a funk, readings can be a little perplexing for the already scattered brain. The aforementioned inherently concludes a lack of “spare” time in which to sit down and ground yourself, focus your thoughts, and free your spirit. This means that youhave to find the time and the place – the atmosphere will not simply hand it to you. So I am no exception. My brain map has been a tangled web and my thoughts have been twirling recklessly. I have been overworked and under the weather creatively. The moon and universal vibrations are clearly not alone at fault for these factors being as they are. There are a few much less organic contributions to my stoic nature being tested – the things I can control – I think we’ve talked about this before – and I am still learning to take the reins despite myself.
The really good news is, tonight we transition into Taurus and the Spring Equinox is upon us (Ostara, if you will)! This time is so incredibly welcomed right now. This phase provides a beautiful time to grow, to restart. Make plans in which to follow through with. Start a project you’ve been putting off. Make decisions that will make a difference in your pursuits. Now is the time. Be fertile, adventurous, curious, and dominant. Embrace discomfort and struggle and accept these feelings as a challenge to get through to clear skies. If you need to cry it out, write it out, shout it out, work it out, create it out, whatever it is you might need to do, do it. Rid yourself of it…
And then wake up tomorrow to a brand new day. Accept and embrace the changes you’ve promised to make within yourself and in your environment. Keep yourself safe and protected, of course, but let your hair down for the ride. You were created for more than the stress and the mundane – you are beautiful and unique and as powerful as you believe you are. Let the beginning of Spring be the beginning of more than just a season for you.
“Don’t dismiss the elements. Water soothes and heals. Air refreshes and revives. Earth grounds and holds. Fire is a burning reminder of our own will and creative power. Swallow their spells. There’s a certain sweet comfort in knowing that you belong to them all.”
So when I woke up this morning, my own energy had me befuddled. It began when I hit my snooze button FOUR times; an unheard-of series of actions perpetrated by the swipe of my own finger. I am one of those people who firmly believe that the first moments of your morning can affect the continuation of your day, and this was quite a destructive start. Running 30 minutes late, my coffee maker had already done its job by freshly brewing my morning coffee at 6:00 a.m., precisely the moment my feet typically hit the floor. My coffee is now barely room temperature & I avoid a microwave like a plague. I drink it begrudgingly. I go upstairs to wake my son up. He is immediately aware, via the light shining in through his window, that we are running at least 24 minutes late, and he is no happy camper. “Seriously, mom? I hardly have time to make waffles now”. Okay. I need a shower, but I’m running low on time. It was 60 & sunny yesterday, but this morning it’s 30 & snowing. I’m feeling groggy and flighty at once; I am befuddled all about myself.
Upon returning home from the snowy drive to school, I’m tempted to continue on with an attitude. Indeed, I was being lured into the dark side of a single bad morning. My natural inclination when feeling this way is to take myself outside and plant my feet into the grass. I am an Earth sign; unapologetically & intimately pulled toward my element. On this particular morning, however, the grass is blanketed in freezing absurdity. I needed to find elemental happiness while my earth was snowed-in & my air was painfully bitter.
That’s just fine. Totally fine, until I’m reminded that I have less than 1 hour before I have to be at work, leaving my desire for a milk & tea bath utterly unfulfilled. I’ve exhausted all options but one; the one I have historically been least likely to experiment with… Fire.
It’s not that fire doesn’t appeal to me. It is without question the most exciting, the warmest & most vibrant of all elements. Perhaps all those years of being told “don’t play with fire” had taken its toll on my now-adult subconscious. I have 35 minutes to spare – “Why not?” I asked myself.
See, candles & fire are a very common tool in my witch’s cupboard. I make oils, meditate, read cards & bathe by candlelight. I hadn’t, though, forged a genuine relationship with that candlelight, until this morning that is.
I reach the third floor, where my sanctuary awaits me. I begin grabbing candles of all shapes, sizes & colors, pooling them together on the floor (where candle wax is already abundant) & follow up by grabbing some of the more grounding stones to keep nearby. I had formulated no method of which colors to use; I was not doing spell work & I had no intentions aside from “un-befuddling.” I light a chime candle & use it to light the others, one by one. Purple, green, orange, black, tealight, red, white, black, another purple, this weird mustard colored one that seldom gets any action, and so on. I then commenced to playing with fire in ways I never had before. Keeping mind of where every strand of my hair is while knelt down before this infantry line of natural light, I watch the flames keenly. The one on the far East end dances mambo, the purple one in the middle is the strongest & warmest. I stroke my fingers through the flames & grow accustomed to my soft human skin being tested. Within a matter of moments, this element that I previously had no relationship with started to feel like a dear, old flickering friend. I was so enamored by my discovery that I spent a little too much time (I probably had time for that bath..) but only ended up being about 3 minutes late to work. Three very worth it minutes.
The important fact is that by the time I arrived at work I was no longer befuddled. There was a calm over me. I felt neither groggy nor flighty; I felt good. Taking that moment to slow down and connect with an unfamiliar element was unknowingly needed. It wasn’t quite as good as sitting in a lavender field or taking a nap in a tree, but Fire was there when Earth was unavailable to me, and it was an endeavor well worth experimentation.
Is there a particular element that you feel drawn to? As I mentioned earlier, I am naturally drawn to Earth but am also exuberantly joyful about water and have always maintained a level of comfort in and around water. I usually think of fire as this force of loud and vivacious energy; capable of tearing down that which it comes into contact with. We have learned to use fire in spell work where an energetic spirit is needed or passions are sought after.. when you need strength, power, and aggressiveness. I’m delighted to know, however, that it doesn’t have to be loud and vivacious all of the time. The lonely flame of one candle burns so slowly and graciously. I feel that we could all learn something from getting to better know the elements which constantly surround us while we wander along unaware. It’s quite likely that it sounds ridiculous to say that I played with candles for 30 minutes and completely turned my day around – but have you tried it? Sometimes you just need to take a moment to yourself to reconnect with yourself, however, it may work for you. That might mean a date in the dirt, a long, deep breath of fresh air, a relaxing bath (or swim), or putting your hands in fire. It’s your call but find elemental happiness. Find connectedness. Play with the elements & get to know them better. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship.