Tarot Card of the Week: The Five of Wands

The Five of Wands — The Lord of Strife
Numerical Value: 5

Divinatory Meaning
Upright — Problems and possibly upheaval that simply cannot be avoided. Minor irritations may also occur, but whatever the circumstances, i. e. tests, opposition, trouble strife; great mental agility and the use of one’s inner mental resources will be needed to triumph. Success can be achieved but only through relentless hard work.
Ill Dignified or Reversed — Trickery, fraud, defeat, hurt and ruin. Litigation and legal wrangles that could be avoided. Spiteful conversation and unnecessary competitiveness.

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Tarot Card of the Week: The Four of Wands

The Four of Wands — The Lord of Perfected Work
Numerical Value: 4

Divinatory Meaning
Upright — The fruits of one’s labour, hard work resulting in the successful completion of a project. This is the card of the professional man: an innovator or renowned designer. The establishment of culture, refinement, charm, attractiveness and splendour. Depending upon the surrounding cards, there is a possibility of romance.
Ill Dignified or Reversed — Happiness that is unorthodox in nature. A life ruled by superfluous and artificial constraints and rules. Tradition which leads to innate snobbery and superiority and exceptional and profound reliance upon ceremony, decorum and routine. A period of respite before successfully concluding a project.

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The Witch Is Back (Vol. 2) — Where Have I Been & Photos

Like you probably know, I was away on a travel from 27th October–2nd November with my parents. (I am very sorry I’m so late with this article, I just haven’t found enough time to publish it.) Anyway, if you were wondering where have I been, the answer is Serbia and Bulgaria. I’m pretty sure you know were those two countries are, but just to give you an idea if you maybe don’t, look at the map below.

Serbia and Bulgaria are located in the southeastern part of Europe.
Map Credit: Map Pictures

I was on my vacation there for six days, and I had a really good time. But before I’ll share all the details with you, I have to tell you that the Balkan isn’t dangerous like some people may think. The war has ended more than a decade ago, and I can assure you that if you’ll visit that part of the world someday, you won’t be in any danger.

In Bulgaria, my family and I visited the capital city, which is Sofia. Sofia has 1.2 million people, and is one of the oldest cities in Europe, already inhabited in 7th century bc. We stayed in a nice hotel, located in one of the main boulevards. Everyday after we ate our breakfast we went in the city. Bulgaria doesn’t have Euros, and we had to change our money into their local currency — Bulgarian lev (“lev” means “lion” in English). There is also something interesting I have to tell you. We had some trouble with communicating with locals, but not (only) because of the verbal language, but mainly because of the body language. Bulgarians nod for “no” and shake their head for “yes”. When I first saw that I found it funny, because I am not used to see people saying “no” when nodding. The prices in Bulgaria are lower than in my country, due to lower salaries. I could see some homeless people wandering the streets, and I’m not used to that. I even gave an elderly woman an Euro, because I really felt sorry for her. (You will see the photos of the landmarks and places we visited at the end of this article.)

In Serbia, we stayed at the house of my father’s friend who lives in a small town near the border of Serbia and Bulgaria. I am glad we weren’t in a hotel, because I was able to see the lifestyle of the locals. People are very friendly and very welcoming. In Dimitrovgrad (pronounced dee-mee-trow-grad; the town we were staying in) all the people know each other and all say “Hello,” when encountering in the streets. We also visited nearby attractions (that will be seen in the photos below).

This “series” of The Witch Is Back articles will have two more “volumes” (maybe three). I hope to get your feedback, and also some questions if you may have them. Below, there are some of the photos I took during my travel. Enjoy. 🙂

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The 1st Anniversary of Book of Shadows!

Merry meet everyone!

My blog is celebrating its first birthday! Today, on 11th November, 2012 — yes, I created my blog on 11/11/11, a very nice day 🙂 —, it is exactly one year since I’ve created this blog. One whole year! I really can’t believe how fast time goes. At this point I would like to thank every single one of you for commenting, “liking” and most importantly reading my blog; and being a part of my Magical Path of course. You are such a wonderful people and I am happy that Destiny had a plan for us to meet one day. Thank you all again! 🙂

I wish you a great and a Magical day,
Cassandra, the writer of Book of Shadows.

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Tarot Card of the Week: The Three of Wands

The Three of Wands — The Lord of Established Strength
Numerical Value: 3

Divinatory Meaning
Upright — Dreams that turn into reality through circumstance and being in the right place at the right time. Successful ventures launched, inspiration and original ideas. Strength coming from successful enterprise due to the courage of one’s convictions. Plans and ventures that are moving ahead.
Ill Dignified or Reversed — Failure to put plans into action. Striving for unattainable goals. Lack of communication between dreams and reality. Failure of a promising looking enterprise. Great plans that do not come to fruition. A retreat from reality into fantasy.

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The Witch Is Back (Vol. 1) — I’m Back!

Merry meet everyone!

I arrived home safely on Friday night from my trip I had with my family during the autumn school break. I had an amazing time, and I’ll tell you everything soon. I have to study for my History test I have on Monday and for the other tests in the upcoming weeks.

Be well and blessed be,

P. S.: I heard about the hurricane Sandy on the news, and I hope all of you living in the Atlantic coast area are all right. Blessings to all of you.

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Tarot Card of the Week: The Two of Wands

The Two of Wands — The Lord of Dominion
Numerical Value: 2

Divinatory Meaning
Upright — Success that has been achieved through hard work. Strength of character and will ensuring that ideas come to fruition. The responsible use of power and wisdom gained through experience. Wealth obtained legally. Job-related perks.
Ill Dignified or Reversed — Naked ambition that knows no bounds. The attainment of a worthless ambition. Riches and fortune obtained illegally, dishonestly or via deception. Loss of faith in one’s own rationale and oneself.

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The Witchy Blog Award & I Wish You a Blessed Samhain!

Before I reveal to you my Samhain surprise, I wish you all a blessed and a happy Samhain!

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Like I have mentioned in one of my previous articles (21/10/12), Ayslyn and I have prepared a surprise for our readers. And the surprise is:

Ayslyn and I decided, we shall create a blog award for all Wicca-, Witchcraft- and Paganism-orientated blogs out there, “The Witchy Blog Award”. We both received a lot of blog awards, and that prompted us to create our own, Magical blog award. We both hope you will like it. 😉

The Rules:
♦  Post the award logo on your blog post.
♦  Thank the blogger who passed the award on to you.
♦  Answer the seven questions below.
♦  Nominate five Wiccan/Pagan bloggers. (If you don’t know five other Wiccan bloggers, nominate as many as you can.)
♦  Give a short description of the blog/blogger, and why you nominated them.
♦  Stop by Ayslyn’s Corner and the Book of Shadows to add your name on the list of bloggers awarded.
♦  You may change the questions, as long as they are still Wiccan- and Pagan-related.

Seven Questions:
I. How did you “discover” Wicca/Witchcraft? I was first introduced to Witchcraft as a child through a popular TV series, Charmed. I then discovered that there is a true earth-based religion out there — Wicca —, which immediately seemed somehow “fitting” to me, and I decided I shall follow it.
II. Do you grow herbs? Yes, I do. I love gardening, and growing herbs really is my passion. My three favourite herbs are: rosemary, lavender and melissa (lemon balm).
III. Are you “in the broom closet”? If not, share your “going out” experience. I am still “in the broom closet”, and I am not planning to come out soon in the future.
IV. What tradition do you follow? I follow an Eclectic tradition. I am not following any particular Deities at the moment, as I am still waiting to get “a signal” from one.
V. Do you consider yourself a Witch, a Wiccan or a Pagan (or maybe something else)? I consider myself a Witch.
VI. How much of Witchcraft/Wicca are you able to incorporate into your everyday life? Unfortunately, not much. Being “in the broom closet” doesn’t really enable you to be as “Witchy” as you would like to be in your everyday life.
VII. Do you have a Familiar? If you do, tell us how did you meet your Familiar, and how he or she takes a part of your practice (if at all :-)). I sadly don’t have a Familiar. I really want to have a grey cat, and I will have one someday. 🙂

The five blogs I give “The Witchy Blog Award” to, are:
♦  The Life and Times of a Forever Witch — Sammi Witch provides her readers with high-quality content about Wicca, and from time to time shares photos of her latest travel with her readers (which I also love to do). She is the author of the Andromache Jones book series.
♦  KristenCoffin — On her blog, Byrony shares a lot of her experience and everyday events regarding Wicca. She also gives us some advice and details about her practice.
♦  Stay for a Spell — Neferet is a follower of Aset, and a Tameran Wiccan. She has the most amazing connection with her Deity I have ever encountered. Be sure to visit her blog! ♦  The Witch of Howling Creek — Tenaé is an amazing writer, the editor of Pagan Living magazine, and she releases The Witches’ Compendium series for every Sabbat. Do read the Samhain edition; it’s full of ideas for decoration, delicious recipes, and more.
♦  The Gratitude Journal of Ms. Lilypads — Ms. Lilypads is relatively new to the blogosphere, but her blog is one definitely worth to read. She often shares her personal experience and dreams.

And now, back to Samhain. 🙂 Today it is the last day of October, and when my mind goes to the coming November, I always remember the delicious marrons they sell on the streets, the barren trees (although some of them have plenty of leaves still on), the morning frost, and sometimes even the early snow. The November’s ambient is the one I admire. This is the time when autumn slowly, but persistently, changes into winter. The days are shorter, and we sit inside, before a fireplace drinking a hot cup of home herbal tea. 🙂

This is the end of this special Samhain article. Have a blessed Sabbat of Death and remember the ones who have passed before us. I wish you a great Holiday. Below, there is a recipe for you, my dearest readers. I converted the units, so there are both, metrical and imperial, available for you. Happy baking!

Simple Sabbat Cakes

  170 g (¾ cup) of butter
  400 g (2 cups) of brown sugar
  2 eggs
  15 ml (1 tablespoon) of lemon juice
  2 teaspoons of grated lemon rind
  220 g (2¼ cups) of flour
  160 g (5.5 oz) of ground walnuts (optional)

Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl. Gradually, add the brown sugar and mix well. Add eggs, lemon juice and lemon rind. Mix until well-blended. Then, add flour and walnuts. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight. When chilled, shape the dough into 2 cm (¾ in) balls and place them about 7 cm (2¾ in) apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 190 °C (375 °F) for 8 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

This is how Simple Sabbat Cakes look like. They are absolutely scrumptious!

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Today’s Full Moon — 29 Oct. ’12

Today, on 29th October, 2012, there is the eleventh Full Moon, also know as the Blood Moon, in 2012.

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Tarot Card of the Week: The Ace of Wands

The Ace of Wands — The Root of the Powers of Fire
Numerical Value: 5
Season: Spring
Direction: South

Divinatory Meaning
Upright — An exciting new project or career. The essence of fire, creativity, inventiveness, ambition and enthusiasm. The aggressive pursuit of new ventures. Foundations for future success, intuition, conception, fertility, artistic innovation and manhood.
Ill Dignified or Reversed — Bareness, impotence, sterility, avarice, greed. An over-confidence that ends in tears. In a woman’s spread this card may indicate trouble with men.

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