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ParaNormal News of the Week: June 3, 2016

Welcome to another week of paranormal news! Share this on Facebook>>> 1)Doing some redecorating? Here are some home decor tips for the modern witch. 2) A Tarot card reader got a murderer to confess, and he just received a life sentence. Here’s how the reading went down. 3) Tips for tapping into your sixth sense, and an answer to the age-old question: why do ghosts come out at night? 4) An exploration of the Tarot’s major arcana… in carpet. 5) Are mystic poets like William Blake making a resurgence? Probably not, but a few are still out there. About the Author Curator Kirsten Weiss worked overseas for nearly fourteen twenty years, in the fringes of the former USSR and in South-east Asia.  Her experiences abroad sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives. Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes genre-blending steampunk suspense, urban fantasy, and mystery, mixing her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. Kirsten has never met …

Ostara

Technically, the spring equinox began last night around nine PM. But today, March, 20th, pagans around the world are marking the change of seasons in the form of Ostara, one of the eight sabbats in the Wheel of the Year. Light and darkness are in balance today, and the scales are about to tip towards the light. (Yay!!!) Origins The ancient Germanic tribes worshipped a lunar goddess called Ostara. She mated with a fertility god around this period every year, giving birth to a god child at Yule, nine months later. “Eostre” is the Saxon equivalent of this goddess, and her feast day was celebrated on the first full moon after the spring equinox. Eggs and rabbit symbolism are as big a part of this ritual celebration as they are for the Christian celebrations of Easter. (It’s a fertility thing). Rituals From a magical perspective, the vernal equinox is a good time to plant your own seeds. If you’re trying to change something in your life, meditate on the desired outcome. Or meditate on what you can …

ParaNormal This Week! Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year, paranormal fans! Here’s the first weekly roundup for 2016… Which is actually all about the last paranormal news of 2015… Whatever. Share this on Facebook>>> 1)Ghostbusters and women! A nice article on women in the ghostly profession(s), riffing off the new “female” Ghostbusters movie (and including the first picture I’ve seen from it, but maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention). 2) And speaking of ghostbusters, an article on the ghostbusting industry in India. (The paranormal is everywhere). 3) Not sure how to get 2016 off on the right foot? Here are 13 New Year’s superstitions to choose from. 4) If one of your resolutions is more Tarot in your life, an article on making Tarot part of your daily routine. 5) So Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Dr. Strange in… something Marvel. EW’s interviewed the actor, and learned how Tibetan monks inspired him to take on the mystical role. About the Author Curator Kirsten Weiss is the author of The Hermetic Detective, Book Seven in the Riga Hayworth series of urban fantasies. She’s also got …

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September Tarotscope: 2015

We’re drawing one card for each sign from the Tarot’s Major Arcana and the second from its elemental suit. E.g. since Virgo is an earth sign, one card is drawn from the Major Arcana and one from the Tarot’s earth suit, pentacles. (Standard disclaimer: these are for entertainment purposes only). Share this on Facebook>>> Virgo, August 23 – September 22: Temperance and the King of Pentacles. This month is about self-discipline and practical action. Though competing desires may pull you rocketing in different directions, the key to success is making those desires work together in your best interests. You have real potential this month for forward motion. Just try not to do anything too quickly, or take on too much, or you may get overwhelmed. Libra, September 23 – October 22: The Star and the King of Swords. Libras are about balance, and the Star doubles up on that by helping balance your energies. The key, believe it or not, is your mind and not your heart. It’s too easy to feel things that are untrue. Sit back a moment …

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ParaNormal News This Week: Aug. 21

Another senight of paranormal news… Share this on Facebook>>> 1. Let’s get the most important news out of the way. Supernatural is back for season 11 on October 7th, and there will be a sexy, new female villain. Haven is finally coming back for its final season. Sorry to see you go, Haven. But hoorah for paranormal TV! 2. Haitian artists have transformed themselves into living Tarot cards, and the results are fabulous. 3. Also in Tarot news, the new Black Power deck, which riffs off the classic Marseilles deck. It features such luminaries as Tina Turner, Malcolm X, and James Brown. 4. Are ghosts angry drunks? A pub in England caught footage of glasses seemingly smashing on their own. 5. Some day, I will go to Utah’s Black Dragon Canyon and visit the rock art. Until then, pictures will have to do. One of the most intriguing pictographs, of a seeming winged monster, has been analyzed using new technology, and it now appears to be multiple overlaid pictures, rather than a monster with wings. …

Hierophant card Tarot

Stop Hating on the Hierophant

I n one week, I had two people make faces when the Hierophant card came up in conversation. Two. In one week. Steps had to be taken. Share this on Facebook>>> The Hierophant is one of “those” Tarot cards. For many readers, it represents tradition, the patriarchy, the power, the MAN. And if you’re a free-spirit type, those aren’t  exactly attributes to rock your world. And by Buddha, based on the question or layout or alignment of the stars, the Hierophant could mean any or all of those things. We can throw the bones, interpret the symbols, and come up with all sorts of interpretations for this card. But the word “Hierophant” is printed on the base of that card on possibly our most famous deck, the Rider-Waite-(Smith). And it’s there for a reason. It means something. Look the word up, and you’ll find it’s derived from the Greek, and means a person who reveals and/or interprets the sacred. That’s it. A hierophant could be anyone, a friend, a priest, a shaman, even a child who quite …

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Playing the Fool

What does it mean to play the fool? Share this on Facebook>>> The Fool card is numbered zero in the Tarot deck, placing him outside ordinary (or ordinal) conventions, a card apart. And throughout history, fools have stood apart. They’ve been our madmen and mystics, our shamans and court jesters. Are they foolish? Perhaps. But the Fool knows that stepping outside ordinary reality is the first step in the mystic’s path. However, routine is not the enemy of creativity or enlightenment. In a way it’s a blessing, because when we have routine, we have an opportunity to break it, to step outside ourselves, to take the leap and play the Fool. That break from the norm can crack us open, freeing us to see in new ways. So while April Fool’s Day may seem, well, foolish, it can be more than just a silly day of annoying pranks (annoying for me, at least, when I fall for them). Its history stretches back to the ancient Romans, who celebrated holidays where the normal conventions of behavior did not apply, and people were …