Witches Tarot Deck by Ellen Dugan – Inside the Box

Witches Tarot Deck by Ellen Dugan – Inside the Box

Back of the Witches Tarot Cards - Triple moon in stars

Witches Tarot Back

Review by Jane R Hansen

How do you make a Tarot Deck for Witches: No, not the pointy-hat halloween kind of witches, but Wiccans and others who practice the Craft of the Wise?  Well, I suppose it’s like stirring a good spell. You bring everything you know to the table and select just the right ingredients to get the job done, and you work with nature, make room for the magick, and create a clear image to manifest. This seems to be what Ellen Dugan has done in her Witches Tarot, as she worked with award-winning illustrator Mark Evans to take the traditional symbols of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck and brought in a supporting cast of plant, animal and otherworld folk. She also renamed four of the major arcana cards with slightly different names. But more on that later in this review.

Her companion guide spells it all out in detail. You can definitely read with the deck right out of the box, if you are adept with the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) type deck. The renamed Major Arcana make sense, and the rest of the art is mostly a variation on the “standard” art of the RWS deck.

Queen of Wands with cat on lap from Witches Tarot Deck

Queen of Wands

Flora and Fauna

For you herbalists and gardeners out there, pay attention to the plants in the cards. Ellen put some serious thought into the meanings… she isn’t known as “The Garden Witch” for nothing, you know. The Monkshood in the Ten of Swords. Not only is the plant poisonous, but in the language of flowers, monkshood says a foe is near.  This gives double weight to heed the warning of the card to pay attention to your instincts and keep your back to the wall! Throughout Witches Tarot, the flowers and plants have meaning and they are explained in the companion book.

Seven of Cups Witches Tarot Deck

Seven of Cups

What is a witch without her familiar? For you cat-lovers, our favorite familiars do show up in expected and unexpected places.  The Queen of wands has a friend on her lap, but the seven of cups also has a the kitty in a cup. Awe, isn’t that cute! But you’ll also find our feline friends on the High Priestess, Page of Wands, Two of Wands and the Three of pentacles. That’s not even counting the Lion in strength or on the World Card.

But wait, there’s more! Yes, as you wander through the world of Witches Tarot you’ll see a rabbit, stags, ravens, an eagle, hawks, lions, horses, an ibis, wolves, a dolphin, butterflies, dragonflies, a white hind and I’m sure there’s more I didn’t spot when compiling this listing. Best of all, with everything that’s in there, it never seems out of place. [Read more…]

Magickal Herbs and Roots

Eye of Horus now carries Herbs for Natural Magick, in addition to our loose incense resins and herbs. If you’re blending your own incense, preparing for a sabbat ritual, compounding a spell or charm, or searching for your personal aromatherapy blend or sachet ingredients, we offer an array of fine botanical curios for your needs.

Herb magick is earth magick. Rooted, growing and best used when long-lasting effects are the desired outcome. If you need a better permanent job or relationship, or want to protect your home or just increase the good vibe, then herb magick is a good choice. If you need a change in your life to occur right away, you may find lighting a candle as part of the initial spell or blessing, gives it a quick push. But to really get acquainted with herbs, it’s good to have an experienced guide. That’s why we are offering this introductory hands-on workshop.

Magic of Herbs classThe Magic of Herbs with Gypsy Nilsen

Oct 2nd (Sunday) 2:00 – 5:00 pm

This class is for those interested in learning how to use herbs for magick in their daily lives or just curious about the uses of herbs. We will explore lore and myths, as well as learn the folk names and botanical names of commonly used herbs. What really is Eye of Newt? What is the best herb for luck? Gambling? Romance? Legal matters? We will talk about the practical and magical uses of herbs, everything from a simple incense to calm your home to brewing a tea to add to your floor wash. You will get a chance to make a Mojo Bag filled with herbs and make a tea mixture. This is a hands on class, so we will touch, smell and taste some herbs. The cost of the workshop includes all the herbs and supplies for your mojo bag and tea. Click here for more info on the Magic of Herbs Class.

But if you are more of the do-it on your own sort, or want to know more about the selection of herbs we have, read on.

It’s in the Bag

Creating a charm bag is a powerful act of intention. You determine your purpose and then bring objects together to support that purpose. Other names for and types of Charm Bags include: Herbal Charms, Sachets, Mojo Bags, Gris Gris, and Medicine Bags. The bag usually includes some herbs, a stone, a charm and anything which seems magically appropriate to the purpose. They are often carried in a pocket or purse, worn around the neck, put in the glove compartment of a car, kept on an altar, by the bed, or other place, depending on it’s use.  Many are very simple.  For example:

High John the conqueror

John the Conqueror Root

High John The Conqueror – Anoint the root with some peppermint oil, or surround with Peppermint herb, and tie up in a green or purple bag to attract needed money.

We’ve started out with 24 of the most useful and recommended herbs. But if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can get it, usually within a day or two. We’ve hooked up with a local supplier who buys direct from farmers/gatherers/wildcrafters worldwide. Each of the herbs has a brief description on our website, but it is by no means a complete history of the use of the herbs.

Compendium of Herbal MagickIf you need help choosing the herbs, oils and stones to use in your own charm bags, check out our list below. Usually just one herb will do, so you can just pick and choose based on what you have on hand, or what can be easily obtained.

We also offer a growing list of  Herbal Magick books, including Ellen Dugan’s Herb Magick for Beginners, Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs, and for the most complete and amazing tome, Paul Beyerl’s Compendium of Herb Magick.  Beyerl’s Compendium is the most comprehensive and all-inclusive book on the magical and religious uses of herbs ever published with 330 herbs covered in detail with over 100 illustrations. Sections include the Magickal Classification of Herbs; A Guide to the Usage of Magickal Herbs, Dieties and Magickal Herbalism and astrological Herbal Correspondences.

Also, please note that some herbs are toxic and so you should store safely and keep them clearly labeled.  The more you use herbs, the more you should learn and it is wise to have some training as well as good references. We do not have an herbalist on staff, and so are offering herbs for magickal purposes only. Full disclaimer: No product herein is intended to diagnose or cure disease.  It is vital that you look to a registered herbalist and your own health care provider before making a tea or applying any herb medicinally.  “Herbal” does not mean “safe.” Also, we do not sell “recreational herbal incense.” These herbs are for the magickally inclined, rather than thrill-seekers.

Some of the Purposes for our Herbs
Yarrow

Yarrow

Each herb below is linked to the deeper description. So click through to get enough information to select the appropriate one for your specific purpose.  For instance, both Dittany of Crete and Yarrow are good for different kinds of divination. Dittany of Crete draws spirits, specifically of the departed . . . it has a history of use in necromancy. Yarrow is a Venus herb used in love and romance related divination. Very different! The descriptions on our site are by no means complete. We have books for that!  So peruse the purposes below, or just browse all the herbs and roots on our site to choose what you need. Some of the uses of the herbs are not included in this list because they are so specific, such as the use of the amazing Jericho Flower. This is just a sampling . . .

Business Success: Juniper Berries, Marshmallow Leaf (Althea), Passionflower, Pennyroyal

Courage: Galangal Root (Low John)Mullein, Rosemary, Wormwood, Yarrow

Divination: Dittany of Crete, Mugwort (Artemisia), Orris Root, Red Clover, Yarrow

Marigold Flowers

Calendula (Marigold)

Dreams:  Anise Star, Calendula (Marigold), Mugwort (Artemisia), Wormwood, Yarrow

Faeries and Elves:  Red Clover, Rosemary

Good Luck: Galangal Root (Low John), Red Clover

Happiness: Calendula (Marigold), Lavender, John the Conqueror Root, Passionflower

Healing: Peppermint, Mugwort (Artemisia), Rosemary

Health: Juniper, Lavender

Legal Matters / Court: Calendula (Marigold), Galangal Root (Low John)

Lavender

Lavender

Love: Basil Leaf, Dittany of Crete, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Marshmallow (Althea), Orris Root, Passionflower, Rosemary, Yarrow

Meditation: Peppermint Leaf, Scullcap

Mental Powers: Calendula (Marigold), Rosemary

Money, Prosperity, Wealth: Basil Leaf, JasmineMandrake Root, Peppermint

Peace:  Lavender, Passionflower, Pennyroyal

Protection: Angelica Root, Anise Star, Basil Leaf, Calendula (Marigold), Mandrake Root, Mugwort (Artemisia), Mullein, Red Clover, Rosemary

Psychic Ability: Calendula (Marigold), Yarrow

Purification / Sanctification: Angelica Root, Juniper, Lavender, Rosemary

Sleep:  Lavender, Peppermint, Passionflower, Rosemary

Strength: Mugwort (Artemisia), Wormwood

Success: Red Clover, High John the Conqueror

Finally, herb magick is a deep and fascinating subject. Study. Learn. Experiment. Keep a Record. But most of all, blessed be and enjoy the journey.