An oracle for those who have come to a crossroads.


The Cauldron indicates the importance of combining a variety of techniques or elements to get the best result.  Refuse to choose just a single rigid pathway when a variety of ways are there to be enjoyed and experienced.  You can find your own ways of creating something new.  The cauldron is a deeply transformational tool—things change once they are put under pressure.  Resilience is being cultivated over time and this means that you will be able to withstand any negative pressure much more healthily from the inside out.

The Veil: When Keys Turn in the Locks of Fate

Consulting my oracle deck, The Halloween Oracle, for insight about the cumulative effects of Mercury and Mars Retrograde and the lingering influence of the Super Blood Moon, I drew The Veil.  This is a card about the future, yes, but it is just as much about the future-becoming-present.  That is its true significance.

In the future, anything is possible.  It is when the future becomes manifest in the present that possibility transforms into meaning.  This card emphasizes that transformation.  In other words, look at the things you’ve been anticipating (both positive and negative).  The Veil indicates that they are about to become realities.  So get ready.

Magical people especially have to keep this card in mind because if there are workings and intentions out there, The Veil says they are doing to create effects, for better or worse.  Here, possibility becomes fate.  So mote it be.


Death! The cycle continues . . .

I could definitely feel a change when I woke up this morning.  I couldn’t quite isolate its nature, but it felt energetic.  So I decided to draw a card from my favorite oracle deck, The Halloween Oracle.  I was not surprised that I drew the death card, but it’s still very telling.

Death in this deck can be read the same way XIII – Death in the Rider Waite is usually read: the end of one thing and the beginning of another.  The subtext on the card above tells us the key concept: the eternal cycle begins here.  It also ends here.  The esoteric understanding of Death is that it’s a gateway, a door between one condition and the next in an eternal spiral of meaning and form.

So I think I felt that change last night and it’s causing me to be a bit introspective about the things in my life that are moving forward and also falling away.

Oracle Reading: The Apple

Sometimes, I’m moved to draw a card from my favorite oracle deck, The Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco.  The deck has both a witchy and a hoodoo vibe (at least to me) and I think the cards are beautiful—which matters a lot if you want to do a reading.  I always try to keep aesthetics in mind when considering a deck.

Anyway, I asked for today’s oracular guidance and got The Apple, which is all about taking risks.  It’s about evaluating risk vs. reward in one’s life.  Are you not risking enough to get what you want?  Are you putting too much on the line?  We engage in this sort of gambling all the time in our lives because we never have complete knowledge or comprehensive information.  We usually have to do our best and make an educated guess about the outcome of a particular thing.

So I think the questions to ask are:  (1) have you done your homework (your research, your investigation) in the matter?  (2) are you afraid of “taking a bite”—is the potential for loss / failure too great?  (3) are you unnecessarily afraid for some other reason that you need to disregard (i.e. put on your big boy pants and get busy)?  Or (4) are you in a place where it would be good to shake things up (even if it’s scary)?

The best oracle doesn’t answer your questions for you or tell you, “This is how it will be.”  Rather, it helps you see the existing path—with the possible branches, forks, and sidetracks—that begins in your heart and leads outward into the twists and turns of the world.

I hope you got something from this reading.  I really enjoy The Halloween Oracle and recommend it to people who like that vibe.  I should also mention that I do more complex readings right here at Black Snake Conjure, if you’re so inclined.

A Card from the Halloween Oracle Today

I haven’t shared a card from my favorite oracle deck in some time.  This one doesn’t come up very often, but it’s interesting: The Veil.  Like all the cards in this deck, it has multiple layers of meaning.  On the surface, it indicates a time of year when there are “high spirits,” particularly Samhain or Beltaine.  But it can also signify “another world” in the sense of one’s personal, subjective world changing.  This might mean an initiatory shift in perspective or values.  It might also mean a literal change in surroundings—like, “It’s a different world out here in Tasmania.  I never thought I’d own a farm . . . ”  Ultimately, this card suggests the idea that the separations between things, worlds, selves, places, states are but veils through which we can see, if imperfectly.

Halloween Oracle: “Hearth”

Greetings.  Today, I felt called to draw another card from the Halloween Oracle deck.  It is “Hearth,” which indicates a focus on home, family, and the magic of well-being that those things bring.  If you are lacking in those areas, it may be time to pay a bit more attention to beautifying your life.  If you have a fulfilling home / family, then it may be useful to give thanks for those things and recenter yourself in the security and peace that they provide.

The Skull of Stars

Tonight, I felt called to draw a card from the Halloween Oracle Deck. Sometimes, decks just have something to impart without me asking a question. And I believe this was one of those times.  I drew “Skull of Stars – imagine possibilities.”  
This card talks about needing to dream bigger and consider that limiting beliefs—perhaps unconsciously inherited or acquired at a very early age—have caused one to think rather small.  So, once again, one confronts the question: what do you truly want?