Magick: 8

Magick is an international Magickal, Occult and Esoteric magazine. 

I have contributed to the latest issue called MAGICK 8 and my article is called “The Purification of Autumn”.  Its about growing up in a Hellenic/Folk Witch environment and the observation of Autumn along with a Fire Ritual to Hestia which has roots in an Ancient Greek Harvest Festival, and which continues to be celebrated to this day in my mother’s rural village in Greece.  

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Magick 8

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FOI: Isian News, Brigantia 2019, Issue No 171

Linda Iles has produced a great issue this season of the Fellowship of Isis zine which is a free magazine with members contributing from all around the world.

This issue marks our tenth anniversary of presenting Isian News, as requested by FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson in December of 2008.

I have contributed a review on The Tarot of Bones and for your FREE copy follow this link:

Isian News Brigantia 2019 Issue No 171

Tarot Deck Review: Tarot of Delphi

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I supported the original Kickstarter funding campaign for the Tarot of Delphi which I discovered through a friend on Facebook and I can honestly say its the best deck to have come out in recent years.  Designed by Janet D. Hildegard Hinkel, this beautiful tarot has become my favorite deck to use and I am so glad I supported this Kickstarter and purchased several copies for my collection.

The images used in the Tarot of Delphi captivated me due to their rich, lush colors and contain many famous images by well known artists from the Victorian and Edwardian eras (which the creator obtained permission to use).  These images highlight the deck’s classical myths blended with ancient mystery traditions from Ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome.

The professional yet sturdy quality of the cards is exceptional and comes packed in a hardy box complete with booklet, which protects the cards and gives clear explanation of the cards meanings respectively. Great for the master of tarot or for the complete novice (with a little education on Greek/Roman mythology) this tarot deck can be used a tool of divination, meditation, pathworking, mythology or art.

When I received this tarot deck, I was overwhelmed at the breathtaking beauty of the cards as the images practically jump out at you with their vibrancy and detail. The cards themselves are printed on high quality board and are artistically striking due to the colors and glossy look.  The main central image on each card is bordered by a gorgeous detailed frame and even the backs of the tarot cards are pleasing to the eye with some lovely patterned designs.

I personally was drawn to the incredibly powerful women represented in these cards like Kore, Medea and Circe (as well as the mythology of said women) and when I shared them with friends, acquaintances and clients, they felt the same way.

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If you would like a new deck or you would like to add it to your collection, this tarot is well worth it at $35US.  Those of you who are ordering outside the USA, keep in mind the cost of international shipping is slightly more and that it will take 2-4 weeks for the deck to arrive.

On Janet’s webpage there are other variations of the deck  to purchase, including a digital pack, several special limited edition silk bags containing the cards as well as a free reading option.

Since May the cards have been available in retail stores in the US and there is a website dedicated to the Tarot of Delphi which I urge you to check out for more information of where you can purchase your copy:  http://www.tarotofdelphi.com/

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(all images (C)  Janet D. Hildegard Hinkel 2015 and used with permission 2015)

Tarot Deck Review: Penny Dreadful Tarot Cards

In recent months I started watching a new show called “Penny Dreadful”, due to my love of the 19th century English horror genre and having read the books the characters are based on: Dracula, Frankenstein & The Picture of Dorian Gray.

One of the main characters – Vanessa Ives (whom I am assuming at this point is a portrayal of a Victorian spiritualist/occultist) uses a deck of tarot cards specifically created for the show.  Here is Vanessa giving a reading in one of the first few episodes (please note she used two decks in this scene):

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On the screen  they are visually catching due to the stark white outline of the images and purple tinged background,  therefore after watching the second episode, I ordered myself a deck from the Showtime website (http://store.sho.com/detail.php?p=523695&ecid=PRF-SHO-S02183&pa=PRF-SHO-S02183).

When I received the tarot deck, I was a tad disappointed.  This was due to the cards themselves being  quite flat and lifeless due to their graphic design which I’m not a fan of (on the most part).  The card quality itself is also inferior as the cardboard is quite thin and the cards mark easily.  This means they will wear out and corner quite quickly if handled frequently and without delicate care.  Unfortunately I have personally found this seems to be a common occurrence with most tarot cards printed in the last decade or so.

Little information has been provided about the art used and the deck comes with a single instructions card on how to use them with basic and to the point meanings.  If you are looking for a booklet with more detailed symbolic descriptions and meanings of the cards dont bother looking here. With that said there are a plethora of tarot books which go into the specific meanings of each major and minor tarot card you can use in conjunction with this deck. You’ll just have to gloss over the fact that you  just wont know the artist’s reasoning for choosing the images used for the Penny Dreadful tarot deck.

The deck itself can be used for simple three card readings like the information card provides but I wouldn’t suggest using them for more in-depth and complicated spreads.  Specific path working like meditation can be used with them but keep in mind the symbolism is quite dark and ghoulish so be prepared for that.

I reminded myself they were made for a tv series and entertainment purposes so all in all – for me personally, its a good addition to my collection…plus I do love the imagery of some of the cards, specifically The Fool, The Empress, The High Priestess and The Magician.

If you like to collect tarot cards this deck at $14.95US from the Showtime store wont break the bank but for those of you who are ordering outside the USA, keep in mind the cost of international shipping is more and that it will take 2-4 weeks for the deck to arrive.

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(image (C) T Georgitsis 2014)

Also as a heads up – there is an app on the Penny Dreadful website you can use for free 3 card tarot readings using the deck in an automated way which you can also get a look at through here:

http://www.penny-dreadful.com/tarot/

World Tarot Day – 25th May

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In honour of World Tarot Day my favourite deck of all time has been and will always be the original printing of the Mythic Tarot Deck by Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman-Burke. It was the deck I learned to read with and its the one I resonate with the most due to its imagery and mythology. My love for the Mythic happened quite by chance.  I had used other forms of divination systems like playing cards and coffee cups from an early age but never came across tarot until I was a young teen.

I found this deck at a bookstore when I was shopping for books in the “new age” section as I used to spend any money I had back then on books or music.  Imagine my surprise when I was perusing the new age section in a now defunct chain book sellers only to have the Mythic Tarot pack fall (complete with hardback booklet) and bump me on the head. I picked it up off the floor and glanced  at the image on the front cover showing Demeter as The Empress Card (which ironically turned out to be my personal tarot card).  The more I looked at this image the more I saw the symbolism within it and something inside me just clicked and I found myself needing to know more.  Since that day the Mythic Tarot has fueled my obsession with the tarot.

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Being a professional reader I’ve gone through several decks as some clients can be quite rough with the cards and corner, warp or bend them.  I’ve probably gone through 4-5 decks in the last few decades and have never thrown them out instead creating artworks with left over cards from old decks.  I have a pack I am currently using for clients and a last “reserve” pack hardly used given to me by a friend which I save for personal readings.

Suffice to say I am not happy and do not like the New Mythic Tarot due to its “coldness” so its quite disappointing that a deck I have loved for so long is now out of print.  Although it can be pricey to obtain an original pack of the Mythic Tarot I would highly recommend it especially if you are into Ancient Greek mythology and dont resonate with the standard Rider Waite Tarot.

 

A little bit about me…..

I was raised with magick and spirituality as part of my everyday life and I continue to walk the path this way, to this day.  

My biggest influence was my mother who comes from Greek Egyptian roots.  She was a magickal practitioner and was the one who taught and infused my life with Hermetic and Greek Folk Magick and was in turn taught by her aunt who studied in Alexandria, Egypt under a Magus.

Having been heavily influenced by my mother’s deeply spiritual nature, who taught me that a connection and devotion to deity as well as nature is a gateway to higher forms of magick, which not only transcends the physical but lives within it, I developed an appreciation and deep love of the occult early on.   As I matured, I sought the connection in other faiths, modalities of healing and divination whilst also working with various expressions of sorcery.

I was free (on the most part) to be a true seeker, unlike my mother and aunt who had  to blend their magickal tradition along with Christianity (Greek Orthodox) due to having to hide it for fear of discrimination.  I practiced my own familial tradition from a very young age with the guidance of my mother.  In my teen years, I branched out as I researched and experimented as a “solitary” magickal practitioner with respects to other systems.  At 18, I entered the public spiritual/magickal community with great enthusiasm to be able to meet with like-minded others.

During the subsequent years with some ascendant highlights and cataclysmic low-lights, I maintained my deep love and appreciation for the Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian paths whist also skirting other traditions I have a familial connection to.

My first full time job out of tertiary education was working for a agricultural manufacturing company for several years.  Seeing how they were manipulating the seeds and grains (GMO)  it really opened my eyes to what companies were doing to our food and I developed a fascination with natural and holistic health. I left that role to go back to school and study a Bac of Health Science (Naturopathy) whilst continuing to work in food manufacturing , which included a well known vitamin supplementation company, before finally moving into the education sector.  This “working” aspect of my life greatly influenced my magickal and spiritual attributes and I personally wouldn’t have taken any other path since I learned so much.

I developed into a highly intuitive psychic reader and medium thanks to my mother’s guidance, however at the age of 21, I joined the American Tarot Association after discovering tarot at the age of 15 and over time became a Tarot Councillor.  My tarot card readings went from reading on my family’s kitchen table for relatives and friends, to a professional reader in various new age stores for clients.

I have also worked as a crystologist for a crystal wholesaler, with various new age and magickal retail stores as a tarot reader (incorporating astrology, palm reading and numerology), an energetic healer as well as workshop facilitator in various occult, spiritual and vibrational medicines and I continue to offer readings, workshops and courses to this day.

At the same age, I joined my first Wiccan coven: Temple of Ka Ibis/Temple of the Wise (Church of Wicca) whom I circled with for 3 years.  I took on the craft name A’set and went from being an initiated cowan (seeker) to being an initiated priestess.  This tradition of wicca was the Elphame current which has its roots in the Celtic path and was brought to Australia by Rhiannon Ryall whom I was fortunate to meet with a few years before her passing. After leaving our mother coven, myself and a few other initiates created our own off-shoot coven Runamaka which we co-ran for 7 years.

Through my Wiccan coven I discovered Reiki and various forms of energetic healing and after much study and practice I became a qualified Tibetan Reiki, Usui Reiki, Isis Seichim and Sekhmet Sekhem Master.   These qualifications took just over 8 years to attain because I wanted to work and master each initiation for a full year so I could treat clients and train students in a encompassing and thorough way.

After Runamaka coven dissolved, I ran my own coven for 5 years called “House of Egyptian Magicians”, which focused on Tamerian and Ceremonial rituals and workings.

I joined the Fellowship of Isis around the same time I joined my first Wiccan coven but it wasn’t until my mid 20’s that I eventually found a Lyceum to join and after several years of  study and practice was initiated to the level of Priestess Hierophant and opened up my own Fellowship of Isis Lyceum of Heka which I continue to run to this day.  In 2015, I became a ArchPriest and was inducted in The ArchPriesthood Union of the FOI Union Triad: ArchPriesthood Union.

It was around this time I felt stagnated by the Celtic tradition of Wicca I was involved with.  This was due to the fact I didn’t feel the blood connection or aligned to the tradition deep down inside of me so I travelled overseas to Greece for a spiritual sojourn.  This is what I needed as I travelled around the sacred sites which inspired and reinvigorated me.  This trip also allowed me to network with local Hellenics and find out more about my ancestral history which fed the connections I was seeking to my blood ties.

The other  temples/magickal groups I have joined and been a contributing member to over the years (other than the above mentioned) are:

Founding Member and Torchbearer of The Covenant of Hekate running the The Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads .  As of February 2016 I resigned from the COH but continue to run my sanctuary autonomously;

Shemsu at a Kemetic Orthodox Temple: House of Netjer;

Member of Haitian Vodou house Sosyete Fos Fe Yo We;

Master Mason in Lodge of The Southern Cross in Co-Masonry (Scottish Rite). As of the end of 2016 my mother lodge has now closed.  I remain an upstanding member and have been invited to join another lodge;

Founding Member of Georgian Wiccan Coven BlueStone Luth. As of the end of 2016 this coven has been closed but I remain in contact with the HPS and other members.

I’ve always had a love of reading and writing and after editing and contributing to the “Witchtower”,  a short lived  in house publication for my first wiccan coven and sharing my poetry at a few of my covens gatherings I realized that my love for writing was being developed on a deeper scale, especially when I often wrote detailed rituals for my coven complete with poetic invocations. I went on to complete several writing courses in order to give me more structure and confidence and after this started my first public foray of writing which was a short event article on the International Tarot Conference in the mid 00’s in the hard copy mag ” Witchcraft Magazine “. Since then I have been published in several books: Hekate: Her Sacred Fires, Memento Mori, Beyond the Pillars: An Anthology of Pagan FantasyThe Queen of the Sky Who Rules Over All the Gods: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Bast, With Lyre and Bow: A Devotional in Honor of Apollo, First and Last: A Devotional for Hestia, She Who Speaks Through Silence: An Anthology for Nephthys and magazines MAGICK, Starlit Path, Isis Seshat, Isian News, Mirror of Isis, Spirit & Spell, Goddess Guru,  Axis Mundi, Avalon, The Sacred Circle, The Australian Pagan Magazine, Askei Kataskei, The Alternative Spirit, Brigantia (FOI) and Wyld Zine.

In 2015 I was fortunate enough to edit my first book which I proposed to Bibliotheca Alexandrina (a small non for profit publishing house which publishes anthologies featuring contemporary Hellenic and Kemetic polytheist authors in honour of the Gods).  I also contributed to this  anthology as the devotional was on the subject of  one of my main patrons – Sekhmet.  The book is called Sekhmet Daughter of the Sun: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet and it can be purchased here:

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I’m sure there are things I have missed but this is just some information about me and where I come from 🙂