A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine asked me if I’d do tarot readings for her Halloween party. This is a friend who has done me so many favors that without hesitation I said yes. But I never had done professional readings in person before! While trying to recruit people to practice with, a friendly mutual asked me if I’d write what it was like to go from being an online tarot reader to doing in-person readings for a Halloween event. “What a great idea!” I thought. And so, here’s how my experience went.
It’s Samhain today for me! I normally don’t update for holidays, but today I felt like making my present thoughts public. For starters, I want to plot out what I’m doing for the rest of the day. Religiously, I plan to:
- Take stock on how the year went
- Make my rosemary pizza
- Order food for my feast
- Give offerings to my ancestors
- Do divination for the upcoming year
- Rewatch Song of the Sea
- Play Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines while my fiance watches
If you have any questions about why I do any of these things, feel free to ask! My celebration is going to start at sunset, but I am going to take stock of how the year went in this blog while I’m feeling nostalgic. So get prepared for a lot of reflections below.
I realized about a month ago that my religious practice felt cumbersome becaue my shrine was cumbersome. While I was excited about its set up a year ago, I slowly lost that enthusiasm.
I always say how the shrine I had set up wasn’t for my Powers, but for me. I wanted something large and gaudy — they never demanded a huge set up, I desired one. And for a time, that was true. But now, I wanted to downsize. I needed to downsize. The large setup was stressing me out. I wanted something I could sit at with ease.
While at Many Gods West, I passed by a vendor table ran by Sky Cybele herself selling beautiful mythical creature inspired jewelry and her art work…and of course, her deck The Mythical Creatures Oracle. Tried as I might, I couldn’t leave without purchasing this wonderful deck for myself! Sky Cybele even signed the deck’s booklet for me. It is a great take-away from the weekend.
Anyway, here are my thoughts on the booklet and deck:
Many Gods West Community Shrine
My thoughts on the overall experience of Many Gods West. To read about how I felt about the presentations and rituals, read “Programming.” To read about how I feel about Many Gods West as it has changed and will change, read “Past, Present, and Future”
Just wanted to post a quick update about how my “About” page has changed. It changed in one major way: I no longer call myself a Bandraoi or a Banfhaidh. And I figured I’d muse why that is.