The Badge

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Remember That Not All of Us Can be Upfront (otherwise known as tips for people new to the practice)

This list or guide is by no means complete, nor final. The following are MY  suggestions based on my personal experience, and from the advice of others that has worked for me. This will probably have quite a few addendum's.

1. Don't keep a physical copy of your Book of Shadows, or any book that you use for the practice. This can be difficult for you (as it was for me) if you feel that you need somewhere sacred to compile all of your information in one place.

  • Addendum: Or if you do, make it as inconspicuous as possible. Perhaps use an undercoated sketchbook. Or a plain spiral bound notebook.

2. Try and hold off on buying things. I don't mean this to be rude, or to stifle your practice, but people don't react well when they see things don't understand.

3. Remember that subtle witchcraft is still witchcraft. You don't need a $50 athame sitting out (or to have one at all) if you aren't going to use it, or if its going to endanger you.

4. There is no set "aesthetic", and you most certainly don't have to adhere to what you may see.

A good video on the subject would be by Pyperh (love her channel)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Lets Talk About Tarot


Good morning. So, in the process of deciding to stay up until 3 am even though I had to be awake at 8 am the next moring; I finished reading Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and loved it. I have always been an avid fan of the steampunk genre, so much that it made its way into my tarot deck.

The Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore may just be one of the most beautiful decks (at least by my standards) that I have ever seen. There are some other decks that I would have considered purchosing at the time, but after reading many posts and watching very many videos on buying a first tarot deck, I went with one I truly loved and connected with.

I personally think it is an easy deck to read and connect with, and it does follow (generally) Rider-Waite-Smith tradition. The obvious question would be "Why don't you own a traditional Rider-Waite?". I don't own one simply because I feel no personal connection with the deck, and if I needed to use it for any reason, I could borrow one from one of my friends. The imagery really never spoke to me, nor did the deck feel right when I held and shuffled it.

I believe its because I never really liked the pip cards, nor the color scheme used. That is not to say that it isn't a wonderfully practical deck for beginners and old hands alike, I just personally don't like to use it.

Q:Are there any decks you may like, or any you just haven't felt a connection to?

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Beginning I Suppose


I have decided to catalog my personal journey as a reference for myself, and to hopefully start a community in which information and personal experience can be shared efficiently and with dignity. I cannot describe my personal journey without perhaps a map and a few diagrams, I can say without a doubt that my study is eclectic. There probably isn't something I wouldn't mind looking into. 

At the moment I am working to study Tarot, Cartomancy and Palmistry, as well as the history and culture of the Sabbats and esbats. Feel free to leave any questions below.