This is probably the most important step when consulting a deck.
What the hell do I ask?
First things first, are you asking for yourself, or are you reading for someone?
I think the easiest way to determine what questions you can or cannot (more like shouldn’t) ask is based off of what kind of reading is happening?
If you are the one doing the reading, then I would say, you can ask any question TO YOUR OWN DECK THAT YOU ARE READING FROM IF YOU ARE READING FOR YOURSELF.
If you’re the reader and asking for a client or someone else, then ask only questions you are comfortable asking.
Think of Tarot like a spiritual Google. You can ask Google whatever you want. However, there are some things you won’t get any answers for (like winning lotto numbers or when you’ll die). There are some things you don’t want to know from Google (like cheaters and such). So how do you know what kind of questions to ask then?
Easy. Ask questions about…
where is my career headed
is my life balanced between family and aspirations
what needs to happen from me for a certain result
what am I not seeing about a situation
what aspect am I not seeing in this relationship (can be romantic, familial, or platonic)
what do I need to move on from
yes or no questions (not in depth answers but easy enough to read)
where is my life going
what options should I consider
out of my options which is better
what do I need to focus on in my life
is this option a good option for me
The most important thing about a Tarot reading is that you’re not trying to get all the answers to the universe. You’re working on getting answers about yourself.
Remember that some things are left up to chance and shouldn’t be rushed. If you’re worried about meeting someone or if your wife is going to leave you or if you’re going to lose your job, should you really be getting a Tarot reading instead of fixing the problems you already know about?
The Two of Swords is an interesting card. In Tarot, twos are used to represent choices and decisions. Swords, for me, represent fire and thoughts.
So what can we see in the Two of Swords? A woman sits on a bench, blindfolded. Behind her is a sea or a very large lake, maybe. It is night time. She holds two swords upright. These are very large swords, as they extend past the border. She holds these very large swords easily.
So what does it mean? The blindfold reminds me of Lady Justice, who is blind but finds the truth. So she must being trying to find the truth or find an answer. Both swords like similar in size, color, and heft. If this card represents decisions, then the swords are the decisions or choices themselves, and they are similar choices.
But we have to remember that the setting is still night time. So perhaps these choices are not about the easy things in life, maybe these choices are more difficult.
So what about when this card comes up reversed? The moon looks like it is just rising at this point, so maybe this is still about difficult choices, but it is the start of difficult choices. Both choices are still equally aloft, so both choices, while difficult, are both viable options.
Depending on the reading and the question asked, this card can mean weighing options carefully and determining whether the choices are equal or whether the choices available are difficult choices.
So when this card is pulled, remember the basics.
Twos represent decisions
Swords represent fire (air in conventional interpretation) and thoughts
In reference to time ,Swords refer to days (fire) or weeks (air)
Tarot Reading – 1 Card
A one card Tarot reading. Answers yes/no questions.
I feel like incense is one of those things that every witch loves passionately and lately, it’s been getting a bad wrap from those moms. You know, the ‘Gregory doesn’t need vaccinations, I have essential oils and gluten-free pasta’ moms.
But for witches, incense is like… my jam.
Incense is used to bring fire into a spell or ritual, safely (cause you can’t logistically have a bonfire in your living room). Then, the fact that each scent has it’s own alignments.
Like, every one secretly loves incense and lighting shit on fire. It’s something in our primal caveman brain.
So what do you need to get started with incense?
Nowadays, most stores are carrying incense (for those Karens out there).
So you can trek down to local grocery and pick up some sticks and light up.
Here are some of my go-to flavors I love to have around the house.
Lavender – I mean, duh. Any witch worth their salt keeps some lavender around the house in one form or another. Incense is one of the easiest form to keep around and light up when you need it. Lavender is used for promoting peace and calming, whether through aromatherapy or through potions (i.e. some Celestial Seasonings Lemon Lavender Lane tea, which is also my jam).
Sage – While not a traditional sage bundle, I keep a couple sticks around to help with quick, on-the-go cleanings. Like, when I need to sequester myself away and recharge, I can sit in my office space and light up some sage, and create a space just for me to recharge my energy.
Lemon – I just really love citrus. Citrus, especially lemon and orange, always makes me feel like something is clean and fresh and bright. Lemon incense is good for luck and success.
Now a few things you have to know about incense.
You can’t just light it up like a blunt and start smoking.
Okay, you can, but you need a little something extra.
Just like with candles, you have to watch incense around small children and animals, and you should never leave it unattended for extended periods of time (if you have to leave for a moment to get your cup of coffee, then cool, but don’t light it then go out partying with your friends all night).
If you do have to leave (emergencies happen, no biggie) then make sure to put out your incense. You can put it out by dunking the tip in water, wetting your fingertips and squeezing the tip (like an old-timey candle), or mashing the tip, like a cigarette butt, into an ash tray or the incense holder ash groove.
Lavender and cats don’t mix. If you have cats and want to burn some lavender incense, just be aware they cannot breakdown certain aspects of lavender and it can cause moderate health issues, like nausea and vomiting. When I want to burn lavender incense, I seclude myself in my office away from my cats and my cats’ food with an open window and the fan on. I make sure the room is completely clear of smoke before allowing them back into the room.
There’s no right way to pick incense. Of course, there’s some traditional flavors everybody swears by, but honestly, if a certain scent gives you a headache or brings bad memories to mind (cinnamon is my bane, if you know what I mean), then don’t try to make it work. There are always alternatives you can use, and you can always tweak a spell to work for you. Maybe lemon doesn’t bring to mind wealth, but pine does (you know, pine trees are green, money is green), then focus on the intent instead of the community.
So here’s a quick breakdown of the most common incense flavors.
Uses (rituals, rites, and spells)
Fire and Air
wisdom, truth, love and desire
personal power, protection, inflaming passion, countering love spells
Lemon for confidence, good luck and goal accomplishment Orange for joy, good fortune, prosperity, and marriage happiness
The coffee of incense: because of the rarity and power, it adds a kick to any spell work, esp. useful in love magic, protection, and oath-making
wisdom, cleansing, protection, money magic
The stand -in: because of the commonality works for most spell work, including setting sacred space, offerings, and purification
Ideal for works for drawing prosperity wealth, and luxury
For New moon and Full Moon rituals, encourages prophetic dreams and spiritual magic
cleansing for the home, body and mind useful for healing and meditation
attraction magic, like money spells
cleansing, healing, relaxation, esp. good for ‘clean slates/fresh starts’ and calming anger (Fresh Linen scent can be used in a pinch)
love incense: attracting and keeping love, usher in romance and self-love, can also open the heart
only for benevolent works; cannot be used to curse or compel, used to consecrate, heal, removing negativity, , bringing peace, wishes, bless altars and ritual spaces
calming an area, promoting mental and physical arousal, stimulate good luck happiness, prosperity, and knowledge-seeking
Incense is a great way to jump feet-first into witchcraft. It’s pretty affordable, and even if you spend too much at first, there’s no way you’ll burn through 50 sticks of incense super fast.