I often find myself stressed out by the end of the night, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that, so I conjured up an enchantment to help calm my nerves with my favorite plushie. Hopefully it will help you rest easily on nights when you just need something to hold onto to soothe your soul.
Your Comfort Item (something meaningful to you, preferably something you can safely sleep with)
2 blue candles (preferably tapered)
A mild, soothing scent of incense (passion flower, lavender or jasmine are good choices)
Calming music (specifically the kind that you listen to while going to sleep)
(These are just suggestions, follow your intuition on the necessity of them)
On the night of a Full Moon, find a window that is bathed in the light of the Moon (preferably a window in your bedroom, but within the home at least). Turn off all the lights in that room. Set the candles on the windowsill, roughly as far apart as the length of your forearm (wrist to elbow). Light the candles and incense and start the music.
Hold your Comfort Item in the Moonlight, taking time to feel its warmth and soothing aura. When you feel the time is right, recite the following in a soft whisper:
Little one, who calms my mind and lies with me in sleeping peace
Keep my secrets, muttered softly, and reassurance, you shall release
Be the little guardian, combating that which plauges me so
Enchanted to be my friend forever, here beneath the moonlight’s glow
Repeat as many times as you feel is needed to cement the feeling into your Comfort Item.
Make sure the candles and incense are out and carry the music and your Comfort Item to bed. Lie with it for a moment, telling it all about your troubles, and drift off to sleep as your new little friend pushes your stresses away and reminds you that you’re going to be okay. 🌙
Speaking with our spirit guides is something very personal! It helps us stay in contact and allows us guidance through our awakening life.
It’s not easy though, since so many of us don’t know how to, or don’t know what to say to their guides.
Which is completely okay! That’s why i’m writing this, to help you contact your Spirit Guides!
I have many easy methods for getting a straight answer from them. But sometimes, the guides want you to work for the answer.
Remember that you can manifest a reality, but sometimes , the universe needs you to put in the effort.
Meditation is great for grounding the mind and body, and easing all tension. But did you know that it can also help you speak to your guides?
In order to contact your guides you need to be in a quiet place. Where you can allow your mind to drift off so there won’t be any distractions. Call out to your guides, tell them that you would like to speak with them.
They will show up to you, be patient. They will be in a form that is most comforting to you, talk to them. But listen closely, they speak in a ‘whisper.’
Recommended; Guided meditations, or HZ music in the back. Crystals like selenite or clear quartz are also recommended.
Calling out to them
As i’ve said in my first post. This one is the most effective to me. Since I receive an answer.
When calling out to them, make sure you have a clear mindset on what you want to tell them. Spirit guides aren’t always looking over you, they’re always doing other things. So it’s your job to call out to them and seek an answer.
I will repeat what i’ve said in my previous post;
Repeat as many times as you need to receive an answer. I normally say it 2-3 times.
“I call to my guides of the highest power, and only the highest power. I call to you to help guide me through and send a message about [what you need guidance on]. Again, I only call my guides of the highest power.”
From there, be honest about what you would like to see.
Would you like to receive a sign that they heard you, and are working on an answer? Would you like a synchronicity (or many) to give you a ‘straightforward’ answer? It’s all up to you, and how you would like to receive a response.
Remember, the universe is always working, and it’s doing it’s job to help your manifestations a reality.
Recommended; Raising your hand in the air to receive the highest powers. Using crystals like Selenite or clear quartz.
These are the most effective methods i know personally.
But I will link some sites that can help go in depth about the different types of spirit guides, and other ways to contact!
Spirit Work is a term that was coined very recently, mostly having an upsurge with the new age witchcraft in social medias - that is not to say that the practice of communicating with spirits is new, rather, that such a term can be used in an overgeneralized manner. That in turn leads to misinformation about the topic.
•• So, what is Spirit Work?
Broadly, it is seen as a witchcraft practice where a person uses their abilities to communicate with spirits - people who have passed, guides, ancestors and such. What the term doesn’t clarify is that there are a multitude of ways in doing that, from religious practices to self developed methods as well as the target audience of that spirit work.
Taking a look at the word spirit we find the first divergence of intent: those stated before all fall in the category of deceased human spirits; then we have those who through their animistic or similar beliefs include the spirits of animals and all beings (and “things”) who once lived. Then, we have another category, those that communicate with the otherworldly and nature centred beings that have passed (though most commonly those are still alive), such as the Fae. Others include communication with deities in this practice, and lastly, we have another modality of those that work with the essence of spirits, be they dead or alive - they are included for they too have soul. • This is the first break, and as such themes and different styles of practitioners can already be found, most commonly used are Mediums, Healers, Channelers, Communicators.
Outside of that, we have believers and followers of certain religions that also have this designated space for that type of communication, though I won’t go into detail for this, Norse Paganism, Spiritism and African Traditional and Descending Religions, are some of them.
••• So, no, it is not a bad thing that this practice has been disseminated and made accessible to all practitioners, witches, pagans and heathens out there - but one must always take a step back and analyze the information they have as well as the intent they will follow in this path.
Spirit Work is no game, it can have serious consequences and that should not discourage you to try - rather, encourage you to be attentive and take it seriously.
• What not to do
This here, at least for me (but feel free to add on or disagree, the beauty of the community are the different methods after all) - are some of the absolute don’ts when practicing Spirit Work, divided in two topics as there is a theoretical and a practical side to it.
Don’t immediately go following any instructions, no matter if they explicitly are for summoning, inviting or channeling or just imply that it’ll make your communication with spirits easier.
Because: You need to be 100% aware of what exactly you are doing, though there are some good sources, it is always good to double and even triple check ingredients, intents and procedures before starting anything.
Don’t begin anything if you don’t have contingency plans and a way to clear a possible mess up.
Because: When doing this type of work, you are the only thing you have control of - spirits can be volatile, especially if you’re starting communication with ones you never had contact with before. Plan ahead and certify yourself that even if something goes out of what was expected you’ll be able to deal with it.
Don’t call forth anything that you have no idea what and who exactly it is.
Because: There are opportunistic spirits that excel in impersonating. If your intentions are unclear when channeling or inviting someone or something they can and will take the chance. Be clear about who you are working with.
Don’t be rude or insistent towards spirits.
Because: Spirits deserve respect, and as such, you won’t want to anger an immaterial being just because of impatience. Treat them as you would like to be treated. Being firm doesn’t mean being rude.
Don’t keep your sensitivity channel open, if you can.
Because: The Spirit World is everywhere, and it exists alongside our material World. When working with spirits you’ll see that there are moments you need to distance yourself otherwise the input will be constant. Learn how to control and lock your sensitivity as it is being developed to minimize bothersome encounters or overload of inputs.
Don’t do your Spirit Work in any place - reserve a specific place for it.
Because: Not only is this a sign of respect towards the spirits you’ll be communicating with, but it also makes it easier for you to control, cleanse and protect that environment.
•• How to
Preparation and Protection
After that many Dont´s, we finally go towards the Do´s. Let me get this right, I by nature am extremely paranoid, and due to that I find preparation and protection essential to control variables, be confident and to keep calm - like this, I don’t fear the unknown nor the uncontrollable because one way or another I’m ready for it.
Now, once again, these preparatory and protective steps will depend a lot on what method of Spirit Work you’re practicing, but some of them are pretty universal and these are the one’s I’ll be passing on to you.
• To Prepare
A spirit worker’s body and spirit must always be clear, attentive and sensible. To prepare you must do whatever rituals pertain to your practice, that prepare you emotionally, psychologically and spiritually to deal and work with spirits.
This might include meditation, trance work, cleansing rituals and so on - this takes off the layer of mundane impressions that could marr your interpretation and leave you like a clean slate through which the Spirit’s voice can be clearly understood.
Your working space should also be clean on any influencing energies, organized and quiet enough (or loud enough depending on your vertent) for you to focus solely on the presence you’ll be working with.
I particularly find that asking for permission and guidance from my guides always makes this preparation process easier, as that is their realm and their ponctuations, advice and warnings are always welcome.
• Being Protected
There are three points of protection: Your Body (which is the conductor of your energy), Your Mind (which contains your Spirit - though not all beliefs follow this) and Your House (or de place you do your Spirit work).
These three should be duly protected and warded as you see fit before you start your spirit work. Methods for those vary as they can be easily found around the internet, in books and such. I wouldn’t be able to tell you which method of protection and warding you’ll prefer, which you’ll absolutely trust to work and which will be ideal to your specific target audience with spirit work but, one advice: Never share all ingredients nor steps of your protection and warding spells.
You may realize that I rarely, if ever, post spells. The answer is simple: any spell can be counteracted, especially if people know everything you used.
And trust me when I say that these protection and warding spells of your for Spirit Working are ones you wouldn’t like to be tampered with.
•••• 👁 ••••
For now that’s it, this post was very broad as I talked about general warnings and things of importance that precede the practice of Spirit Working. It’ll be a short series of posts, with only two.
The second one will be more action centered, most likely bigger with explanations of what to do in each case of spirit working. Till then, yeah?
A spirit guide is a being assigned to you before birth, to help guide you along your journey on Earth. They are someone you have a soul contract with. Everyone has at least one solid guide throughout each life, assigned to you from birth until death. Some guides have been with you through various lifetimes and others come for specific purposes, like to help you in your career or find romance.
Spirit Guides are always watching over and awaiting for contact to be made. They always send help; through hunches, dreams, synchronicities, making you late so you run into someone you need to talk to, etc.
Who are your Spirit Guides?
Spirit guides have lived many lifetimes on Earth, and/or developed/have deep knowledge of the Universal Laws. Your spirit guides are your ancestors, beings from past life connections, past loved ones and pets, extraterrestrials. Also
ascended masters, angels and archangels, but they are of higher frequency than your ancestors or beings from past/current life connections, as those beings are still in the cycle of death and rebirth and angels and
Can you have the same Spirit Guide as someone else?
Yes. A famous guide who is also an Archangel is
Michael. He is known as the protector, and can be called on in times when strength or courage is needed. I always call to him when I need help opening a jar of spaghetti sauce. The thing is, you have to invite these beings in or they can only do so much to help. They can’t interfere with our free will.
What is their job?
Guides are there to give you information, help you work through blockages and emotions, and make sure you’re staying on track to fulfil things in your soul contract, they are not there to tell you what to do. They can’t make the choice for you, they can only advise you. Similarly, when a student needs assistant from a teacher, the teacher gives them the tools and knowledge to come up with the answer themselves, they don’t give the result away.
You should pose questions to Guides like this:
Is it in my best interest to attend the event tonight?
Not this:Should I go to this party tonight?
How to get an answer from your Guides:
Internal: gut feelings, images/words flashing in your minds eye, inner knowing
External: Tarot reading/other forms of divination, song/show/movie that has a synchronicity within, scrolling on Instagram and seeing a post with your answer
⭐ Either technique involves one to be grounded to receive clear messages. Messages may take some time to come in, they can be immediate or trickle in throughout the day. The most important point of focus for your energy is your intention. This is like lighting the bat signal in the air, your guides will see you are in need and contact you.
Do Spirit Guides get mad at us for making the “wrong” decisions?
No. These beings are unconditionally loving and know that we are here to work through lessons, they do not judge us for repeating patterns or partaking in vices. They also exist outside of time, so they view things differently than we do. Even if we dismiss their help, they will
Hermes is a god of many domains and epithets that span across multiple cultures and history. Some of these associations have even held over into the modern century. For this series, I’ll be writing about specific epithets for him, along with the associated cult worship, history, and connected associations.
It would be remiss of me to not discuss one his most well known and widespread associations ; a messenger of the gods. We can see this association repeated over and over again in multiple myths, whether that be him assisting the gods, heroes, or mortals. First I’ll be discussing his connecting epithets and surnames, followed by cult worship, and lastly his connecting mythos. All three of these play an intertwining and intrinsic part to his worship as a messenger god.
E p i t h e t s ༄
Epithets are one the key ways we’re able to fully understand how the gods were viewed and what their associations were. Epithets were often tied into local worship and mythos, along with personal rituals for said epithet of the god. Something not necessarily unique, but not that common either, was that Hermes did not have a state wide cult worshipped across Greece. He didn’t really even have temples outside a few select ones, such as his temple at Mount Kyllene in Arkadia, the origins of his birth place, as his worship was done out in the everyday lives of the common man. He was worshipped on roads, at gymnasiums, and was a patron of heralds and farmers.
Below you’ll find a list of his epithets relating directly to his aspect as a messenger and guide. First in Greek, followed by the Latin translation, and lastly the English meaning.
C u l t W o r s h i p ༄
As for his cult worship, one of the biggest indicators of his worship as a guide are the hermae, or boundary stones. These stones would be placed on roads as mile markers, and were also associated with ensuring fertility to the local stock and providing luck for the passerby.
“Socrates…proceeded, with the design of educating those of the countryside, to set up figures of Hermes (Hermai) for them along the roads in the midst of the city and every district town .”
One of the most interesting things about these stones was their physical depiction. The stones stood tall on long rectangular blocks with a sculpture of Hermes’ head at the top and then towards the middle part was a depiction of a phallus that would be protruding from the stone. As of right now there isn’t any clear indication as to why this is a feature on the stone, other than the possible connection to his aspect as a god of fertility.
The origins of these stones can be found with the Pelesigians, who instructed the Athenians in how to go about creating these markers. This is shown in the quote below from Herodutus, Histories:
“The ithyphallic images of Hermes [i.e. the Hermai]; the production of these came from the Pelasgians [of Arkadia and Thessalia], from whom the Athenians were the first Greeks to take it, and then handed it on to others. For the Athenians were then already counted as Greeks when the Pelasgians came to live in the land with them and thereby began to be considered as Greeks. Whoever has been initiated into the rites of the Kabeiroi, which the Samothrakians learned from the Pelasgians and now practice, understands what my meaning is [the Kabeiroi gods were the keepers of a sacred phallus]. Samothrake was formerly inhabited by those Pelasgians who came to live among the Athenians, and it is from them that the Samothrakians take their rites. The Athenians, then, were the first Greeks to make ithyphallic images of Hermes, and they did this because the Pelasgians taught them. The Pelasgians told a certain sacred tale about this, which is set forth in the Samothrakian mysteries.”
There’s also evidence in there possibly being various styles as per the quote below from Pausanias:
“At the Arkadian gate [of Ithome, Messenia] leading to Megalopolis is a Herma of Attic style; for the square form of Herma is Athenian, and the rest adopted it thence.”
These statues were the most popular among the Athenians, who had them placed all over the city of Athens and were venerated in honor of Hermes. They would be anointed with olive oil and decorated with laurel leaves, a symbol of great importance amongst the Greeks.
One epithet for him that relates directly to these stones is Hermes Trikephalos, or Hermes the Three Headed. This was a specific hermai that had three heads of hermes pointing to each direction at the crossroads with an inscription of said roads. We also have evidence showing that the nose of the statues were typically rubbed down and polished, most likely due to people rubbing it for good luck and because of Hermes’ connection to fertility.
From this we have a clear indication of how Hermes was viewed in everyday life in ancient Greece. He was a part of their walk to work, to the neighbors, and to neighboring towns, directly contradicting the idea that the gods were separate and held only in lofty temples. Hermes was out on the dirt roads with every class of man, woman, and child - he truly was the common man’s god.
Outside of the hermai, Hermes statues were traditionally depicted with shoes with wings, a herald’s wand, and travelers hat also depicted with wings on each side of it. The wings are a key component to his attributes as they are the main way he’s able to travel and deliver messages for the gods. Lets not forget another one of his most iconic symbols that is used widely throughout the modern world today - the caudecus, or herald’s staff. This staff was not only used by Hermes, but by all heralds throughout Greece, who Hermes was a patron of. This staff was derived from the old cattle-herders crock and could possibly be tied back to Hermes’ myth about stealing Apollo’s sacred cows.
“Herald : And the gods gathered here, I greet them all; him, too, my own patron, Hermes, beloved herald, of heralds all revered.”
Aeschylus, Agamemnon 513 ff
Outside of the heralds, Hermes is a god of birds of omen and the god of dreams, both of which were used to send messages. In relation to his connection with birds of omen, it was said that the birds themselves were dispatched by Apollo and only those who were under his patronage and a seer would be able to distinguish the prophetic messages from those of the regular “idle chatter” of birds.
“Whosoever shall come guided by the call and flight of birds of sure omen, that man shall have advantage through my voice, and I will not deceive him. But whoso shall trust to idly-chattering birds and shall seek to invoke my prophetic art contrary to my will, and to understand more than the eternal gods, I declare that he shall come on an idle journey; yet his gifts I would take …’
And from heaven father Zeus himself gave confirmation to his words, and commanded that glorious Hermes should be lord over all birds of omen.“
Pseudo-Hyginus, Astronomica 2. 7
We now look to another one of his more popular ways of reaching out and connections - prophecy via dream. While Hypnos was the god of dreams, it was Hermes who delivered these dreams to mortals. Dreams of omen were seen as messages from the gods and ghosts of the dead. It was also heavily debated amongst ancient scholars what counted as a dream of omen, and where in prophetic hierarchy these dreams fell. It was eventually decided that outside of speaking to Oracles themselves, who were known to have a direct connection to the god they served under, dreams where a “natural” form of divination that required no tools compares to other forms of divination, such as pulling lots or using dice, to divine messages.
M y t h o l o g y ༄
Now we’ll focus on looking into various myths that were written by the Greeks depicting Hermes as a messenger. Well start off with one of the most well known writings of Greek mythology ; the Odyssey.
In the Odyssey we first come across Hermes assisting Odysseus on Circe’s island after his men have been turned into pigs. He disguises himself as a tenant of the island and directs Odysseus in how to turn himself immune to Circe’s potion used to turn men into animals. We also see Hermes again later after Odysseus is left abandoned on an island with Calypso for seven years until Hermes appears to him and advises him to sail to Ithaca to start his next journey. From both these instances we see Hermes fit his role as a guide in advising Odysseus during his journey when he was in peril and distraught.
"Zeus who masses the clouds made answer … turned to his dear son Hermes : ‘Hermes, you are always our messenger.’”
Homer, Odyssey 5. 4 ff
Another classic resource is his role in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. While Ovid was a Roman writer, his writings’ on the Greek gods have played a major impact on Greek mythology and how the gods are even viewed today. In this piece he’s often described as a messenger of Zeus, or Jupiter, and sent on various errands for the god. In other myths we have him fetching gods to attend weddings, delivering messages to heroes, and escorting the dead. However his role as a psychopomp will be explored in a separate blog that will go into much more detail with his role as a god of boundaries and the afterlife.
Outside of his myths specifically depicting him as a messenger and guide, we can also look to his offspring and their roles as gods. Often more times than not, offspring of the gods, specifically the Olympians, were connected to direct roles that said gods ruled over. A few of his divine children included: Palaistra the goddess of wrestling and Angelia the goddess of messages.
C o n c l u s i o n ༄
In conclusion, Hermes’ role as a messenger god spread from the heights of Olympus to the common man on the roads of ancient Greece. We can see his worship in the local hermai that were decorated in laurel leaves and anointed with olive oil, their noses rubbed down till the shined from people hoping to obtain just a little bit of luck for their journey.This is further built up in his various myths where he is sent by Zeus to direct and assist various heroes, and make sure everyone has RSVP accordingly for any important gathering or event. I would argue that his connection as a messenger and guide are exactly why he’s still so apparent within modern culture - he’s a symbol that every person can connect with.
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, this is the first in a series of blogs dedicated to Hermes and his worship. In the following blogs I’ll be discussing roles such as him being a psychopomp, his connection to divination, and his role as trickster god.
Messenger of the gods, Guider of Souls to to the Underworld, Olympian God of Herds & Flocks, Travelers & Hospitality, Roads & Trade, Thievery & Cunning, Heralds & Diplomacy, language & writing, athletic contests & gymnasiums, astronomy & astrology
Keen minded Hermes, light-fingered one, light footed one, quick & cunning, bright & merry, ever watchful, ever agile, ever sharp of wit. The wings at your feet carry you to any landing-place, in any realm; wearing cap of Aidoneus,you tarry, unseen by mortal men, Wielder of the golden sword, player on the shepherds pipe, god of herdsmen, god of thieves, god of cities and pastures, rustic and urbane, you walk the line between contradictions. Hermes of the borderland, Hermes of the threshold, god of the uncertain, consistent and contrary, you stand in the doorway, you stand at the edge; knife-sharp boundary between two worlds is yours. Hermes, child of rich-tressed Maia and Thundering Zeus, I thank you for your many gifts, I praise your might.
⚕️ About Hermes:
Sacred animals: tortoise, ram, hare, & hawk
Sacred Plants: Crocus Flower, & Strawberry Tree
Other Names: Argeiphontes
Cult terms: term relating to his religious praxis
Hermaion: Temple of Hermes
Hermaia: Games & festivals of hermes
Hermai: Pillar statues of Hermes
⚕️ Titles & Epithets:
Epimêlios: Keeper of the flocks
Kriophoros: Ram Bearer
Agoraios: Of the Market Place
Dolios: Of Crafts, Of Wiles
Enagônios: Of the games
Hermêneutês: Interpreter, Translator
These are just main cult epithets theres much more location based ones & poetic ones
You can make different shrines to specific epithets if desired to connect to different aspects
Libations: Milk, Chamomile tea, olive oil, Virgo or Gemini moon water
Honor his other children: Angelia (goddess of messages), Palaistra(goddess of wrestling), Eleusis(goddess of the Eleusinian Mysteries) & Pan(god of shepherds & the wilderness)
Invoke him on your travels or when looking for a job and always thank him when you arrive safely or have some luck in your life
If youre an athlete, small business owner, or travel for work a lot or in general you can invoke him & devote it to him
Support small businesses
Support local ranchers
Support small astrological businesses
Support local athletes & sports teams
Give money to the homeless
Donate to homeless shelters in his name
Decorate his sacred space with souvenirs from your travels, money/coins(domestic or foreign), turtle statues/art, astronomy art, astrology art, dice, crocus flowers, Statues/Art of Him, gold & silver objects, Amethyst, Orange Crystals
An interesting conclusion I personally draw on is that Lady Aphrodite is beauty. For me personally the gods are simultaneously personifications and individuals, such is the complexity of their divinity. That being said, It lends an interesting paradigm on Ugliness and Beauty in the world. If Lady Aphrodite is Beauty, and is a Goddess, then “Ugliness” is her absence.
What right do we mortals have to be constantly in the presence of a Goddess? Not even all the Gods have the pleasure of always being with Aphrodite. Even Zeus has turned his nose in disgust. Therefore, rather, I would say that Ugliness is not something to be dreaded, but instead another reminder of the grace of Aphrodite. That she decides when and where she may be seen, and if it is that she wishes to be hidden, she will not be found.
But those moments where we see beauty, are they not the moments we stand in the presence of Her? The moments a flower blossoms, a person smiles, rain falls from the sky, the sun crosses the horizon, the scar of wound, a fresh tattoo, or wherever you see beauty, those are the moments where Aphrodite peeks out from her cloak to take a glance at you, to be in your presence because the gods do so delight in being around things of wonder and awe.
And those moments where the beauty of an event completely enraptures you? Is that not Aphrodite throwing her cloak off to embrace you in her arms?
But perhaps counter to that, what if Aphrodite does not hide from us at all, but is constantly out and about, constantly waiting to be seen. Is it then rather that Ugliness does not exist at all, but rather we have simply not found a way to appreciate the light that Aphrodite radiates through all things.
If we have two people, and the first sees beauty in only one half, whereas the other sees beauty in the other half, do they not both see Aphrodite? Is it then that we have simply not expanded ourselves to notice the gods?
I wonder particularly if this argument is more true, because the more I follow Aphrodite and honour her, the more I see her light shimmering in the world around me. The sun sets, but the universe I see is still so dazzlingly bright.
☤ ·Many faces of Hermes: Hermes Chrysorrhapis, or Hermes of the Golden Wand· ☤
Hermes ( Mercury ) wields Caduceus, a golden staff with two snakes wrapped around it. Traditionally, it is associated with a number of things including the planet Mercury, trades, commerce, negotiation, the duty of heralds and other messengers.
Hermes is a Deity traversing across two realms, and a snake is an ancient symbol indicating the crossing of worlds, thus, every area in which reciprocal exchange of gifts, services, and communicative acts is done, is his sphere of influence.
The Greek Anthology (ca. 100 BCE), translation by W. R. Paton
A Hymn to Dionysus
Let us chant the king who loves the call of Euhoe,
The King Eiraphiotes,
Tender-haired, rustic, much besung, fair of form, Boeotian, Bromius, reveller, with vine-leaves in his hair, Merry, productive, slayer of giants, the laugher, Son of Zeus, twice-born, son of the Dithyramb,
Dionysus, Euius, with lovely locks, rich in vines, awaker of revels.
Jealous, very wrathful, envious, bestower of envy, Gentle, sweet drinker, sweet-voiced, cozener, Thracian, thyrsus-bearing, boon-companion, lion-hearted,
Slayer of Indians, desirable, twiner of violets, hierophant,
Reveller, horned, ivy-crowned, noisy,
Lydian, lord of the wine-press, dispeller of care,
Healer of sorrow, mystic, frenzied, giver of wine, thousand-shaped,
God of the night, shepherd-god, fawn-like, clothed in fawn-skin,
Spear-thrower, common to all, giver of guests, yellow-haired,
Prone to anger, stout of heart, lover of the mountain shade, wanderer on the mountains,
Deep drinker, wanderer, wearer of many garlands, constant reveller,
Mind-breaker, slender, wrinkled, clad in sheep-skin,
Leaper, satyr, son of Semele,
Jovial, bull-faced, slayer of Tyrrhenians, swift to wrath,
Chaser of sleep, liquid, hymeneal, dweller in the woods,
Mad for wild beasts, terrible, laughter-loving, wanderer,
Golden-horned, graceful, relaxer of the mind, golden-filleted,
Disturber of the soul, liar, bent on noise, tearer of the soul,
Seasonable, eater of raw flesh, nurtured on the mountains, making clamour on the mountains.
Let us chant the King who loves the call of Euhoe, the King Eiraphiotes.
Eiraphiôtês [Ειραφιωτης] - an epithet of Dionysus which could be translated as “Insewn” (from the fact that he was sewn up [erraphthai] in the thigh of Zeus)
Boeotian - an epithet which could be related to the strong cult of Dionysus within the region of Boeotia or the origins of his mother.
Bromius [Βρόμιον] - an epithet of Dionysus meaning “noisy”, “roaring”, or “boisterous” [from βρέμειν, to roar]. It could also derived from the noise of the Bacchantic processions, whence the verb bromeazesthai [βρομεάζεσθαι], to rage like a Bacchant.
Lydian - from the region of Lydia; Dionysus was rescued and brought by Hermes to the Lydian mountains where he spent some time there during his infancy.
“Slayer of Indians” - reference to a mythical war Dionysus and the maenads were said to have fought against various regions of India.
“Euhoe!” [from εὐοῖ] - an ecstatic cry associated with the worship of Dionysus; the shout of joy which could be heard at the festivals of Bacchus. (The epithet Euius [Έιύϊον] could also be related to this)
Aphrodite has several holy days throughout the year and was worshipped at many of the festivals, and with Aphrodisia coming up I figured I’d share how I celebrate each of the days that I personally worship her!
Klidonas is a festival of midsummer that Aphrodite is worshipped at. It is the only festival not dedicated to Aphrodite that I worship on. I celebrate on the 20th of June (I’m wiccan and celebrate Litha on the 21st). I usually do my evening ritual that I do on the 4th of each month to Aphrodite. I cleanse my body, space, and spirit by taking a bath with a bath bomb or salts, lighting homemade loose incense, anointing with homemade perfume, and drinking water with a small amount of salt in it. I then leave a physical offering to Aphrodite, and then perform candle scrying divination with her. When I put out the candle I place my hands in the smoke to purify myself. I then do love divination at midnight by drinking a small amount of salt water, carrying it outside to be cleansed by starlight, and placing a luck charm in the water. This was done by ancient greek maidens as they believed it would make them dream about their love lives.
I celebrate Adonia on the 24th of June, after Klidonas and Litha. This is the one day of the year I wear my hair unbound and unveiled, except when I leave the house (normally I leave my hair at least bound even when relaxing at home). I plant lettuce in a pot, sometimes with fennel if I can get my hands on it. I place my pot by my altar and leave an offering for Aphrodite and Adonis. I then take my pot and offering outside and bury the offerings. I usually read the Orphic Hymn aloud to the buried offerings and have a moment of silence. I usually then go inside and play some music and dance with my partner, as the ancients would have danced and sung on their rooftops to celebrate Adonis’s life.
I celebrate Aphrodisia on the 4th day of the 3rd week of July. I celebrate by performing my cleansing ritual, but I leave the incense for last. As I burn the incense I “sacrifice” a dove (I burn a picture of a dove or shape clay like a dove and break it). I then clean all of the objects I have for my altar and clean the altar space, then I rearrange. I drink some more salt water and make offerings of flowers. I usually spend the day baking bread with my mum and sister-in-law, and spending time with my partner.
Here are some cheat sheets with general information about Ares which you might find useful in worship!
Of course, there are plenty of other epithets, myths, possible offerings or devotional acts. I could not fit everything in there but this might come in handy if you’re just starting out or want to get to know Ares.
For more information about him, I highly recommend you check out the websites and books I listed in sources!
Κυπρογενής - cyprus-born (lots of spellings for this one)
Πειθὼ Μητηρ - mother of persuasion *
Ποθων Μητηρ - mother of desire *
Ποικιλόθρονος - ornate-throned, richly-throned
Ευστεφανος - well-girdled, well-crowned
Φιλομμειδης - laughter-loving
φιλοπάννυχος - night-loving, friend of all-night festivities
ποθεινοτάτη - most-desired, most longed-for
γλῠκύπῑκρος - bittersweet, sweetly bitter
λυσιμελής - limb-relaxing, limb-softener
χλαμύς - short-mantled
μυθόπλοκος - myth-weaving
ἡδύς - pleasant, delightful
* i found the phrase “Ἀφροδἰτης θυγάτηρ” on “earlywomenmasters” that looks like it means more like (blank) is a daughter of Aphrodite than Aphrodite is the mother of (blank) and i found both of these epithets expressed both ways. i decided to use the version theoidotcom gives just because i feel like its better accredited
there are a lot of different versions/spellings of these so i tried my best to correct them using the perseusedu databank but they still may not all be right, so please feel free to correct my spellings or definitions! most of these are taken from sappho, homeric hymn, and the orphic hymns to Aphrodite and Eros as presented on theoidotcom. i also used oraltradition.org (sappho and oral tradition), and perseus and theoi to investigate a few translations of sappho epithets.
These are just my routines for how I worship Aphrodite daily, weekly on Fridays, and monthly every 4th. I’ll make another post including how I worship each of Aphrodite’s holy days (Aphrodisia, Adonia, etc).
This one’s pretty simple; I wake up, bind my hair immediately (I always keep a hair tie by my bed), pray, and spritz rose water on myself and her shrine. Then I pray to the rest of my deities and get ready for the day, sometimes veiling.
Rather than getting dressed after praying, on Fridays I switch things around. I quickly rinse off in the shower to cleanse myself spiritually(I usually take proper showers in the evening, I like curling up in bed all warm and clean), then I get dressed and veil my hair. I pray and spray my rose water as usual, but then I’ll leave an offering usually of incense or a candle. Then I’ll do a divination tarot spread. I do various forms of divination throughout the week with all of my deities but this is my weekly check in with Aphrodite - I do a spread to check on our relationship and a spread to check on messages and lessons from her. Then I thank her and go about my day.
Fourth Day of the Month Routine
I do my usual morning routine, but in the evening I have a separate routine for Aphrodite’s holy day. I’ll take a bath with a bath bomb or salts, then I’ll light incense at my shrine (I’ve made homemade loose incense specifically for this purpose), then I anoint myself with homemade perfume for Aphrodite, and lastly I add a small pinch of salt to water and drink half of it before putting out my incense. This is all to cleanse my body, space, and spirit (as the Oracles would do before rituals). Then I leave an offering, always something physical and invoke Aphrodite to spend some time with her, doing some divination or just telling her about my month. I then do any love witchcraft I wish to invoke Aphrodite for. When I’m done I drink the rest of my water and go to sleep (some nights I quickly rinse off in the shower - the bath bomb, incense, and perfume can be pretty overpowering scents for my partner).
Surprising, I know. The first question in your mind may be, “how can the goddess of love be a Kthonic deity?” I asked the same question. But some SPGs, UPGs and some historical backing has shed light on Aphrodite’s Kthonic aspects.
The cult of Aphrodite is one of the most ancient cults in the Black Sea. Following the Asia Minor tradition and largely maintaining her aristocratic nature, the Goddess was worshiped in the Black Sea mainly as Aphrodite Ourania (Celestial). In some regions, Aphrodite was worshiped not only as the goddess of love but also as a chthonic deity. According to A. S Rousyaeva it was this goddess that was the patroness of ancient Greek colonization in Northern Black Sea region, including the shores of Cimmerian Bosporus. (Charouli, 2015)
The goddess was apparently worshipped in her Ourania epithet in the Black Sea region. But this Aphrodite Ourania was more of a Kthonic goddess than a Heavenly one. Sources also say she was associated with the cult of Demeter and Persephone.
In Pisidia (now the Turkish province of Antalya), a bust was uncovered of a woman resembling Aphrodite adorned with tightly braided necklaces and round-shaped earrings apparently also associated with the cult of Demeter-Persephone, and Aphrodite was one of many deities in the region who were venerated as chthonic deities. (Skoteinos, 2018)
Two of Aphrodite’s epithets, both of which are listed in a previous post of mine, hint at Aphrodite’s Kthonic associations. Tumborukhos, the Grave-digger, and Epitumbidia, She on the Graves. Epitumbidia may hint to more of mourning on the Graves. Mourning those who have died for love. Tumborukhos, however, is an entirely different story.
Another of her epithets, also listed in a previous post, Androphonos, Killer of Men, says that she even inflicts death. Now that doesn’t necessarily connect her to the Underworld, but the thing about the epithet which does do so is the fact that she shares it with Hecate. She even shares Tumborukhos with Hecate.
According to researchers, a cult of a Kthonic Aphrodite and/or Artemis by the name of Pasikrata was found in Demetrius, Thessaly.
Based on the numerous objects of votive character in the pits, Arvanitopoulos ascribed the finds to a sanctuary of Pasikrata, named in the inscriptions, whom he identfied with Aphrodite because of a few statuettes depicting the goddess, and Artemis En(n)odia and proposed that it was in use from the 3rd century BC to the late 2nd–3rd century AD. 4 N. Papachatzis was the rst to discuss the sanctuary in depth, in an influential article published in the journal Thessalika of 1958, which established Pasikrata as a funerary deity. He identified Pasikrata with “Aphrodite of the Dead” because he considered the location of the sanctuary, in the vicinity of graves, as indicative of the nature of the venerated deity. (Stamatopolou, 2014)
For those who don’t know, SPGs (Shared Personal Gnosis) and UPGs (Unverified Personal Gnosis) are personal experiences with the gods. SPGs being divine experiences which one shares with others, and UPGs being said divine experiences but limited to oneself. Me and a lot of people associate Aphrodite with death because people can die from love, people mourn their loved ones, etc. An old man mourning his wife? That’s still lingering love. A man killed for loving another man? He died for love. Aphrodite is present upon the last breath of lovers and is present long after they are gone.
This is my own spin on the Ultimate Deity Communication spread. I combined two spreads when originally trying to identify my deities, and it resonated really strongly for me. This and this are the originals I combined. I did NOT write the bulk of the descriptors, that goes to The Tarot Guru who has some AWESOME material! The numbers on the cards are NOT a strict order to lay them in, they are simply for identification with the meanings. I lay them in different orders depending on where my intuition is calling me. Make sure to consider the interplay of different cards in this one! I always wait to flip the middle card until the very end because I want a good picture of the deity before I prejudice myself. I prefer to do this spread with my most neutral deck, specifically a Rider-Waite, because I have found that my deities have very different preferred methods to communicate with my but all of them can make this work. I only use this for identifying spirits, I use other spreads once I have identified them.
It’s been a while since i last used my tarot deck, so i started off my giving it a cleanse with incense, then a good shuffle until i felt it was ready. I planned out what i wanted to ask and had them displayed on my phone so i wouldn’t forget. I shuffled a bit more while overlooking my questions to make sure the intention was there to pull for the spread i created.
Two cards actually jumped out separately as i was shuffling, so i used those for 1 and 2. Again, another two cards jumped out but they were sticking together, so i used both of them for 3. Whether this is because my deck was really pushing for me to pick those cards, or my bad shuffling skills, im not too sure, but they did end up fitting with the theme of the reading.
1. Theme of the new year: THREE OF SWORDS
You’ll be grieving over the loss of friendships this year. It’ll probably be a gradual thing, and you’ll be quite lonely and hurt. With time you’ll feel better as long as you accept the pain and release your emotions, rather than keep it in.
2. Challenges I will face in the new year: FIVE OF SWORDS
Being in danger of losing your friendships and reputation because of self interest. You favouring winning and being right, no matter the costs, which will cause people to push away from you. People may start resenting your success rather than acknowledge it.
3. How to overcome these challenges: KING OF SWORDS (rev) + QUEEN OF WANDS
Be cunning. You know what people like to hear, and you’re smart enough to use that in your favour to keep your friendships going.
Be independent and passionate. This is what people will like about you. Naturally you are a leader, so step up to move off the path you’re going down. It’ll attract them to you, as long as you radiate positivity and confidence without holding back.
(Together, I’m getting a “i know you’re an introvert, but you’re smart and understand people, so confidence? fake it till you make it” vibe)
4. What is my goal for the new year: QUEEN OF CUPS
Reaching a state of emotional stability. Be empathetic to troubles your friends are going through, but with healthy boundaries. Your intuition will be right, so let it guide you in decision making. Don’t overthink it, just let it flow and you’ll be okay.
5. How to achieve this goal: EIGHT OF CUPS (rev)
Reach your goal by reevaluating your life, where you are and where you’re going. Try looking for a deeper connection with your life purpose rather than being material. Question what makes you happy. Don’t neglect your own needs.
6. What I will gain: THREE OF WANDS
Occupational opportunities will become available to you in your chosen work field. Consider every option. You have a lot of unique skills and information, so take those into consideration while looking for work too.
7. What I will lose: THE TOWER (rev)
You’ll lose a lot (refer to 2). Not a devastating amount, still more than you’re comfortable with though. Be prepared to take preventative measures to soften the blow (refer to 3), but remember that resisting change and prolonging a negative situation doesn’t help. Take risks to change things fast, and if it doesn’t work then it doesn’t work.
I found these meanings through interpretation of the images, then following up with the guidebook. As you can probably tell by now… 2022 doesnt look great for me which is just awesome. I did see this coming though, as my relationships with my friends have been dwindling.
Here’s the explanation for fellow baby witches
Incense has cleansing properties as an air element, and is a spiritual form of cleansing to remove negativity. Meanwhile, shuffling the deck is a physical cleansing form, and removes traces of the last reading.
When a card ‘jumps’ out of your deck while you’re shuffling, it’s generally considered a sign that your deck really wants you to pick that card. When cards stick together, the idea is that both cards will explain the meaning of whatever question asked. That’s why i used two cards for question 3 instead of splitting it.
When interpreting tarot, you should try 'guessing’ what the card means before looking up the actual meaning. This will help you learn the cards by the names and designs, and will improve your intuition. Reversed cards tend to have the opposite meaning, but in some cases (like the tower), it can mean a diminished form of the upright meaning.
This reading was done during a Capricorn moon, a good time for creating structure and plans, which happened to correlate with the start of the new year when i actually did this reading (2nd of Jan, 2022). Things that commence on a Capricorn moon also generally go to plan, so i believe my reading will be accurate for this year (sadly). On the other hand, it was during a dark moon where spiritual energy is lacking, so maybe it’s an inaccurate reading.
I chose a 7 card format opposed to a monthly format, simply because i want to do a Year Ahead Birthday spread later on using the 12 months, and i’m born in January so having both would be counterproductive for me.
Here are some cheat sheets with general information about the Greek Gods which you might find useful in worship but not only!
There is plenty of information I did not include. These are just simple cheat sheets. I could not fit everything in there but this might come in handy if you’re just starting out or want to get to know the Hellenic Gods.
For more information about them, I highly recommend you check out the websites or books I listed in sources!
PSA: Some of the things listed in offerings and associations section are more modern, thus could be regarded as UPGs/SPGs
The major arcana cards are the most significant & spiritual out of all the tarot cards. They are connected to major life lessons, experiences, situations, relationships, challenges, progress, achievements, cycles, truths, & more. Whenever you get major arcana cards in a reading you can expect there to be a significant lesson behind whatever your scenario is. Spirit guides, loved ones, higher selves, ancestors, & more can communicate with you through the major arcana cards. When you get these cards you can expect whatever zodiac signs or energies tied to that specific card, to affect the situation, person, place, or thing the most out of all the cards in the reading spread. The minor arcana will describe situations, what’s happening in that situation, advice, the energy, the person involved, or any other important details or facts you need to be aware of.
The suit of cups is ruled by water signs Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. It is connected to love, emotions, relationships, feelings, emotional investments, soul contracts, friendships, third-parties, illusions, happiness, & more. It is ruled by the spiritual & emotional realm & anything related to this suit would be something that affects the situation, person, experience, etc. emotionally & spiritually. People connected to this suit would be very nurturing, empathetic, intuitive, emotionally intelligent, & understanding.
𝓐𝓬𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- 🍷
Upright: new beginning in love, overflowing emotions, pregnancy, opportunities in love, something new that emotionally fulfills you, self-love, healing, balance, emotional reunion.
Upright: commitment, trust, union, duality, happiness, mutual emotional understanding between soulmates/twinflames, friendship, partnership, deep bonds, relationships.
Reversed: lack of commitment, lack of understanding, lack of communication, trust issues, blockages, severed or broken contracts.
3 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- 🍷🍷🍷
Upright: celebrations, happiness, reunion, gatherings, parties, weddings, friends, relationships, third parties, good times, karmic’s, inferences, gossip.
Reversed: releasing the karmic, separation from social gatherings, friends, other people. staying away from weddings, marriages, or anything love or emotionally related.
4 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- 🍷🍷🍷🍷
Upright: feeling heart broken, sad, lost, numb, apathetic, grief, emotionally withdrawn, not ready to open up, sensitive, missed opportunities, focusing on the negative, pessimistic, bored.
Reversed: coming out of sadness, coming out of a depressive episode, period, or phase. releasing unhealthy emotions, letting go of resentment, & discontentment.
5 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
Upright: emotional losses, separations, deaths, unhappiness, missed opportunities, grievances, focusing on the “spilled cups”.
Reversed: healing from an emotional loss, expanding your horizons on love & happiness, getting better, walking away, hope, searching for happiness.
6 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
Upright: offering of love, nostalgia, childhood friends, family, relationships, etc. soulmates, twin flames, connections, emotional happiness, reciprocity in love.
7 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
Upright: confusion in love, options, choices, exploring the options, indecision, abstinence from love, illusions, delusions, attachments, addictions, finding the one.
Reversed: getting caught in illusions, making bad choices in love, bad investments, confusion, addictions, fear of love, stringing people along.
8 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
Upright: walking away from an emotional investment, attachment, or addiction. finding more happiness, expanding horizons on love, releasing a situation or person that no longer serves you.
Reversed: holding onto unfulfilling emotional investments, clinging to the past, clinging to what no longer serves you, refusing to see the truth, ignoring your emotions.
9 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
Upright: wish fulfillment, emotional stability or something that brings it, focusing on your own happiness, emotional maturity.
Reversed: a wish fulfillment that was taken for granted or lost, emotional instability, unhappiness, lack of growth or progress with emotional needs.
10 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
Upright: emotional abundance, long term happiness, wishes, fulfillment’s, long term relationships, commitments, emotional investments, family, manifestations, emotional blessings, potential.
Reversed: lack of emotional stability, potential is there but not seen or acknowledged, unhappy family life, unhappy childhood, sadness, blockages, delays, instability.
𝓚𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- ♥️
Upright: father figure, divine masculine, emotionally intelligent, stable, nurturing, intuitive, a provider, sensitive, secretive or careful about expressing emotions or talking about sensitive matters, understanding, empathetic, & compassionate. They value their family, love, happiness, affection, devotion, loyalty, honesty, & more.
Reversed: emotionally unavailable, non-communicative or expressive with emotion, cold, emotionally distant, sad, selfish, emotionally manipulative, out of balance, up in their head space, & fearful.
𝓠𝓾𝓮𝓮𝓷 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- ♥️
Upright: mother figure, divine feminine, nurturing, empathetic, supportive, caring, intuitive, compassionate, understanding, loving, affectionate, & stable. She values her family, her children, love, loyalty, appreciation, & respect.
Reversed: insecure, emotionally unavailable, secretive with emotions, distant, desperate, co-dependent, attached, sad, depressed, & emotionally manipulative.
𝓚𝓷𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- ♥️
Upright: a son, young masculine, evolving masculine, prince, masculine partner, offering or appreciation of love, communication or conversation about love. light hearted, charismatic, & hopeless romantic. a masculine person who’s still learning about love or their emotional happiness in general.
Reversed: emotionally immature, unstable, heartbreaker, a flirt, someone who’s scared to express their emotions, fear of intimacy, childhood wounds, emotionally manipulative, & secretive.
𝓟𝓪𝓰𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓾𝓹𝓼- ♥️
Upright: young feminine, young girl, evolving feminine, a childhood girlfriend, childhood version of self, a light hearted conversation about love, a message about love, someone who is learning about love but not ready, young love.
Reversed: breakup, childhood relationship with emotional separation, no communication in love, hiding feelings, self centered with happiness, someone who is emotionally draining, immature, emotionally unstable.
The suit of swords is ruled by air signs Gemini, Libra, & Aquarius. Is it connected to the mental/ spiritual realm. This suit rules communication, intellect, thoughts, intelligence, pain, betrayal, hardships, clarity, harsh & chaotic situations, anxiety, fears, lessons, education, & more. People who are ruled by the suit of swords are very straightforward, direct, sympathetic, impulsive, fast, & know what they want. They can come off as very cold & nonchalant at times too. I sometimes associate this suit to emotional, physical, or communicative distance. The timing of this suit would be fast, unexpectedly, & sometimes “feel” painful depending on the scenario.
𝓐𝓬𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼- 🗡
Upright: clarity, truth, revelation, communication, harsh truth, spiritual awakening, painful experiences leading to new beginnings, wisdom, knowledge, spirituality, judgment, making a decision or choice, new beginning, painful conversations, harsh thinking coming to an end, new perspective.
Reversed: healing, forgiveness, getting better, understanding, evolving, moving on, reconciliation, repressing emotions, rebuilding security, saving, starting over
4 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼- 🗡🗡🗡🗡
Upright: rest, healing, taking a break, disconnecting from everyone, sleep, meditate, connect with yourself, connect with your spirit guides, tap into your knowledge, connect with your intuition, cleanse your energy, rejuvenate, find peace within.
Reversed: coming out of a period of healing, getting better, ready to start moving again, awakening, coming out of isolation, putting yourself out into the world again, burnout, reusing to rest, exhaustion.
5 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼- 🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡
Upright: conflict, arguments, disputes, aggression, bullying, intimidation, hostility, stress, selfishness, wanting to just win instead of make progress.
Reversed: reconciliation, resolution, compromise, revenge, regret, guilt, remorse, cutting losses, letting go of the need to win or just be right.
6 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼- 🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡
Upright: moving on, travel, relocation, leaving the past behind, mentally or physically leaving something behind, moving into calmer waters, moving forward, reconciliation, healing, distance, accepting lessons.
Reversed: stuck in past, returning to trouble, running away from problems, trapped, self entrapment, self sabotage, haunted by the past or ghosts of people, avoidance, not facing the truth.
7 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼- 🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡
Upright: deceit, sneakiness, manipulation, bad intentions, skepticism, suspenseful feelings or thoughts, secrets, thief, stealing, avoidance, hiding feelings, keeping things revealed or discreet, playing games, trickery, strategy, mind games.
Reversed: releasing this avoidance, coming clean, confession, conscience, regret, guilt, maliciousness, truth revealed, clarity, needing to come clean before it was revealed, feeling pressured to do reveal something deceitful.
8 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼- 🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡
Upright: fears, self limiting beliefs, self sabotage, self entrapment, illusions, scared to step out of comfort zone, feeling out of control, mentally trapped, analysis paralysis, restricted, victimized, paralysed, helpless, powerless, imprisonment, mental captivity.
Reversed: releasing fears, change in perception/ perspective, freedom, release, taking control, survivor, facing fears, empowered, surrender, freeing your mind, clearing your thoughts.
9 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼- 🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡
Upright: worry, sadness, nightmares, anxiety, losing sleep, apathy, depression, overthinking, fear of losing something or someone, feeling haunted by thoughts of a painful experience.
Reversed: releasing fears, clearing your mind, feeling better, letting go of negative thinking habits, releasing the ghosts of your past, healing, hope, recovery, learning to cope, facing life, finding help, shame, guilt, mental health issues
10 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼- 🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡
Upright: betrayal, deception, stabbed in the back, lies, attacked, sabotage, third party interference, being kicked down while you’re down, terrible pain, traumatic experience, mentally unstable, mental manipulation, karmic cycles, dark night of the soul.
Reversed: healing from a painful experience, healing from a tower moment, letting go of trauma, moving on from betrayal, forcing yourself forward, survival, improvement, lessons learned, despair, relapse.
𝓚𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼- ⚔️
Upright: father figure, divine masculine, intelligent masculine, adult, matured masculine, quick with decision making, stable, determined, cold, emotionally discreet, good at communicating & with words, analytical, harsh, understanding, sympathetic, & values learning from pain & traumatic experiences that come from life’s experiences.
Reversed: mentally manipulative, harsh, cold, unsympathetic, selfish, self centered, narcissistic, intelligently offensive, strategic in all the negative ways, verbally abusive, distant, gives you the cold shoulder, deceptive, & sneaky. Trust me this side of them does not give three F**k’s (excuse the profanity).
𝓠𝓾𝓮𝓮𝓷 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼- ⚔️
Upright: mother figure, divine feminine, matured feminine, stable, intelligent feminine, quick with making decisions, good with words, communicative, understanding, values learning & evolving, very blunt, values honesty, determined, analytical, knows what she wants, & can come off as very distant at times.
Upright: young male, evolving masculine, seeks wisdom from experiences, fast, quick, impulsive, chaotic, intelligent, not super emotional, good at communicating, analytical, fearful, fast at communicating or giving messages, taking actions, or making choices, this card also speaks of experiences coming your way to teach you a painful lesson & give you clarity on life.
Reversed: chaotic, manipulative, flaky, selfish, verbally and mentally abusive, comes in and out, very distant, emotionally unstable, lack of communication or honesty, someone who is not reliable, deceptive, & sneaky.
𝓟𝓪𝓰𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓭𝓼- ⚔️
Upright: young female, evolving feminine, someone who is learning, not the best at communicating, but tries to. fearful, blunt, cold, & may come off as very nervous. this card can also speak about messages, conversations, or clarity coming your way.
Reversed: someone very deceptive, sneaky, immature, doesn’t know what they want, doesn’t know how to put their feelings into words, mentally unstable, & pessimistic. the energy of this card can also bring mean or deceptive messages your way, or someone who is a bully. (the energy can also be a something instead of someone)
The suit of wands is ruled by fire signs Aries, Leo, & Sagittarius. It talks about passion, action, visions, plans, desires, goals, achievements, obstacles, conflicts, opportunities, inspirations, frustrations, foundation, stability, & more. It is connected to the physical realm & can also talk about mental conflicts, arguments, chaos, competition, heavy burdens, energy, & the timing of situations connected to this suit would be things that happen fast or quickly. Wands would also be goals or desires that you want to create for yourself for the near future. Situations connected to the wands may not always be long lasting & can be temporary situations. Marriage, family, twin flame & platonic connections can also be connected to this suit. People ruled by this suit can be very passionate, fiery, rigid, structured, traditional, & very playful.
𝓐𝓬𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓦𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓼- 🪄
Upright: new passionate beginning, creative ideas, physical reunion, sexual union, intimacy, passion, creativity, manifestations, hard work, triumph, success, winning, abundance, goals, plans, desires, action, effort, progress, achievements.
Reversed: delayed beginning, burnout, physically drained, lack of creativity, imbalance, addictions, attachments, burdens, obstacles, lack of progress, lack of results.
2 𝓸𝓯 𝓦𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓼- 🪄🪄
Upright: planning, first steps, preparation, making decisions, leaving comfort zone, taking risks, moving forward, setting visions/intentions.
Reversed: bad planning, overanalyzing, not taking action, playing it safe, avoiding risk, burnout, obstacles.
3 𝓸𝓯 𝓦𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓼- 🪄🪄🪄
Upright: gaining momentum, confidence, optimism, expansion, growth, foresight, looking ahead, putting plans into action, seeing the bigger picture, expanding horizons, creating ￼the foundation or beginning of what you want.
Reversed: restriction, limitations, lack of progress, obstacles, delays, frustration, blockages, burnout, lack of creativity, burdens.
Reversed: failure, lack of recognition, no rewards, lack of achievement, obstacles.
7 𝓸𝓯 𝓦𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓼- 🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄
Upright: fighting for what’s right, for what you desire, for your dreams, ambitions, & fighting off your competition.￼ protectiveness, standing up for yourself, defending yourself, protecting territory.
Reversed: waiting, slowness, chaos, delays, obstacles, losing momentum, hastiness, being unprepared, lack of planning, burnout.
9 𝓸𝓯 𝓦𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓼- 🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄
Upright: resilience, grit, last standing, persistence, resilience, perseverance, close to success, fatigue, boundaries.
Reversed: stubbornness, rigidity, defensiveness, refusing compromise, giving up, building up unstable walls.
10 𝓸𝓯 𝓦𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓼- 🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄🪄
Upright: burdens, trauma, heavy energy, responsibilities, stress, burnout, energy draining situations, working very hard, duty, obligation, struggles.
Reversed: ￼failure to delegate, taking on too much, collapse, breakdown, physically drained, restlessness.
𝓚𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓸𝓯 𝓦𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓼- ✨
Upright: father figure, divine masculine, evolved masculine, action oriented, leadership, vision, big picture, taking control, daring decisions, boldness, optimism. the king of wands is a natural born leader & takes on many responsibilities since he is extremely capable. he is charming, physically attractive, & playful. you can expect him to be very tempting, inspirational, & authoritative. the influence he has on others is very alluring.
Reversed: forceful, resentful, domineering, lashes out, angry, tyrant, vicious, powerless, ineffective, weak leader, controlling, sexually manipulative, uses power over others, big ego.
Reversed: demanding, resentful, lashes out, vengeful, low confidence, jealous, selfish, temperamental, bully, “not the one” as well. she can be very sexually tempting & alluring. she also uses her sexual influence and power over others too. in some cases, she can represent evil magic or candle magic that is not of positive nature.
𝓚𝓷𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽 𝓸𝓯 𝓦𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓼- ✨
Upright: young male, evolving masculine, courageous, energetic, charming, passionate, hero, rebellious, hot tempered, free spirit, quick, action oriented, & attractive. this is the energy of someone who focuses on one thing then jumps to the next, their energy can be seen as very chaotic or jumpy.
Reversed: egotistical, prideful, selfish, sexually tempting, physically abusive, draining, rude, lashes out, & you can expect this energy to be flaky, as a person they would come in and out of your life as they please.
𝓟𝓪𝓰𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓦𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓼- ✨
Upright: young girl, evolving feminine, passion, spark of inspiration, new ideas, adventure, excitement, cheerfulness, energy, fearless, extroverted, playful, free spirited.
The suit of pentacles is ruled by earth signs Taurus, Virgo, & Capricorn. It talks about career, success, long term goals, investments, opportunities, commitments, partnerships, relationships, family, stability, rewards, abundance, creativity, & more. It is connected to the physical realm & things connected to this suit may take time, effort, dedication, hard work, & commitment. This suit can also talk about family inheritance, education, jobs, & financial circumstances. It also can be about manifestations, working towards success, & progress.
𝓐𝓬𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓟𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓪𝓬𝓵𝓮𝓼- 🏅
Upright: new opportunities, new beginnings, resources, abundance, prosperity, security, stability, manifestation, commitments, long term stable investments.
Reversed: missed chances, scarcity, deficiency, instability, stinginess, bad investments, delayed opportunities, lack of commitment or effort.
2 𝓸𝓯 𝓟𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓪𝓬𝓵𝓮𝓼- 🏅🏅
Upright: focusing on priorities, choosing between two opportunities,balancing resources, adaptation, resourcefulness, flexibility, stretching resources.
Let’s talk about Aphrodite as a political goddess. When I say political I don’t mean the beat to death war epithets, I mean her and sex work. Most people have accepted her as a patron of sex work because she is the goddess of sex. However she has three main epithets that talk about sex work and its cultural significance. Aphrodite Pandemos (of the people), Aphrodite Heteria (courtesan), and Porne (fleshy/prostitute).
Aphrodite Pandemos is a goddess that is known for representing romantic and erotic love, however in some major cities this was a political epithet because what is a greater unifier than love or sex. “The second sense is that of Aphrodite uniting all the inhabitants of a country into one social or political body. In this respect she was worshipped at Athens along with Peitho (Persuasion), and her worship was said to have been instituted by Theseus at the time when he united the scattered townships into one great body of citizens.”
Then there is Heteria, which was an actual title for a specific courtesan. These women are most known for their popularity in Athens and Corinth (one of Aphrodite’s cities). These women held political status as they were educated prostitutes that entertained men with political power. By entertain I’m referring to things such as music, dance, or sex. These women/prostitutes frequently went to Aphrodite’s temple for worship. As she is a part of the deities that preside over feasts, banquets, and the arts.
Then of course you have Porne, which I won’t speak much on as I have only one source for this epithet. I will say that this epithet does go hand in hand with her epithets for the harbor and ports. This is because sexually pent up sailors (who prayed to Aph for protection at sea) were more likely to pay money for sex, then married or younger counterparts would. As well as with a time before condoms and plan b, accidental pregnancies were bound to happen in that line of work. So with an influx of sailors, sex workers, and children on top of the locals already living there, a new influential city has just been birthed and a high percentage of that population worships Aphrodite. Aphrodite has held political sway and say with her title Heteria, she has birthed cities with Porne and her marine epithets, and she unifies with Pandemos. Aphrodite is a political goddess and not because she’s a war goddess but because she is the patron of sex workers.