by Amy Marienblaume | Instagram
If you’ve been following along with this series, I’m sure it will be no surprise for me to tell you that I’ve never been someone who likes surprises. Despite my parents best efforts, growing up with a terminally ill mother, life was often somewhat unpredictable and I always felt like we were living with one theoretical shoe still in the air. As an adult I thrive on stability, predictability, and routine. When my husband and I go out for dinner, I have a few entrée choices through which I regularly rotate. When we travel, I plan a detailed itinerary. And, well…you get the picture.
Divination – Yes please!
Divination has always played a major role in my craft. Even as a child, my mother taught me how to scry with fire… a tool I still use to this day, and one of the ways I connect with her when I need her guidance. I still have my mother’s original oracle cards, but I knew from my early days as a witch that I wanted to work with other divination techniques.
Part Three of The New Witch’s Guide is all about finding your path, one of those paths being divination. To quote the guide, “divination is the practice of using tools to gain insight or seek answers. The tools act as an amplifier for messages or guidance sent from the higher-self or spirit.” Insight and answers? Sign me up.
Discovering the Tarot
One of the first few books I bought after claiming my identity as a witch was The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot by Skye Alexander, which I have read and re-read several times at this point. The longer I work with tarot, the less I rely on my book, or on the guidebooks that come with each deck. I tend to work more intuitively and have started to build up an understanding of what each card means in my own life. Thus far, I read for myself or my son when he draws his daily card, but I have yet to read for strangers outside of the (online) classroom setting.
A few months ago, I took an Intuitive Tarot Class taught by Emma Smallbone, a seer witch local to me that I’ve mentioned in some of my previous posts. Emma’s class is wildly popular and usually sells out quickly. In class we went through the traditional meanings of suits, number cards, and court cards, but quickly delved into intuitively reading each card individually, and in a spread, and pulling meaning from them that connects with each student. We also took on the somewhat terrifying task of reading for each other. Reading for a fellow student was simultaneously much harder but also somewhat easier than reading for myself. On one hand, you don’t have intimate knowledge of this person’s life and the bias that comes with such a relationship, so it can be a bit easier to trust the information that’s being presented to you. But on the other hand, it’s hard to put yourself out there when you’re still so new to something to which people are potentially attaching a lot of emotional weight. Thankfully it went just fine, and the woman with whom I was paired was able to find connection with my reading – phew!
Connecting with my Decks
Just as my collection of witchy books seems to expand while I’m sleeping, my collection of tarot and oracle decks has done the same (funny how that happens). Through my ever-growing collection of decks, what I’ve realized is that just like different paths of witchcraft, certain decks are simply a better fit for me than others. Case in point: One of the first decks I got my hands on was The Crow Tarot and I connected very strongly with it… but lately it just hasn’t been calling to me. Currently, my go-to decks have been The Muse Tarot and The Light Seer’s Tarot, both by Chris-Anne.
Then there’s my copy of The Good Tarot by Collette Baron-Reid. The art is absolutely beautiful, and I want so much to connect with this deck, but every time I try to shuffle it my inner witch says “ugh…no” and it goes back in the box until I try again.
While I haven’t been able to connect with The Good Tarot, it also has not connected with me. As of late, I have felt strongly that this deck simply does not belong to me. Does it call to you? If it does, comment below or DM me on Instagram and I’ll see that it makes its way to you. Please note that this offer is in no way affiliated with the Witch With Me team, or Instagram, and is purely motivated by my desire for this beautiful deck to make its way to the person it is meant to support. If there is more than one person interested, I will assign each of you a card from the major arcana and let the deck choose for itself.
A Small Update
You may have noticed, dear witch, that I’ve taken a few weeks off of writing a new chapter, and have pulled back on Instagram. I’m still around, but busier than ever at work, and have recently been assigned a new mentee through a program with which I volunteer to help new Canadians in the HR field adjust to professional life in Ontario. All while I’m still exhausted and sick with this little witchling growing inside me. When it rains it pours, right?
As such, I’ve made the decision to drop down to releasing new chapters on a bi-weekly basis for the foreseeable future. By making a few small modifications to my professional and personal workloads I’m hoping to be able to better manage my commitments and to have a bit more time for family and myself.
About the Author: Amy is a newly re-awakened witch living in South-Western Ontario. As a Scorpio sun, Pisces moon, and Scorpio rising, she can be found reading and recharging in the bath when she’s not chasing after her almost-five-year-old Leo son she is raising with her Sagittarius husband. Professionally, as a Human Resources Business Partner, Amy brings her magic into the office by guiding the rest of the team to build self-awareness, compassion, and empathy with the goal of creating a more harmonious and enchanted workplace. You can find her on Instagram at @thewakenedwitch, where she shares her journey into owning the identity of Witch.