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  1. Does anyone know what deck this is? It's so pretty :rolleyes:
  2. Winnie hahahah I've no idea who she is but she looks funny.
  3. This, very much. I saw a couple of images from the John Bauer tarot and I thought it was so pretty, but then I understood it was pre-existing artwork and got somewhat disappointed. I like the choices of symbolism to be well thought-out to represent the meaning of the card. Aestetics are important too of course, that's why I'm picky as hell. :P
  4. The Fool, the Hierophant, the Devil, the Star, the Moon. I think I'm more picky when it comes to those 5 cards. Also the way the court cards are depicted, in general.
  5. Keep reading tarot of course, and add one more thing to the list of reasons why I protest. :biggrin:
  6. River

    Ostara plans?

    Honestly, I have no idea yet. It will be my first ostara, since I got more into paganism and witchcraft. I used to celebrate other things though. Around there, on the 25th, there's a christian holiday and we light candles in the church, gather to eat etc, sometimes swim in the sea for the first time in the year... So I think I'll just combine the usual celebrations with some craft or cooking with good intentions for the spring and summer to come, and get happy splashing around on the beach. ^-^ Actually maybe I'll try some new meditation or spell or tarot reading or something as well, just haven't decided yet, it's too early.
  7. Glad you found it interesting. ^-^ I'm sorry for that, really, no apologies. I've lost family members in a bad way too. You should go, definitely! :D It will be interesting to see your reaction to the place, when you actually visit it, instead of dreaming about it. How will it compare to your idea or expectations of it etc. I often dream of traveling to other countries too but I rarely manage to do it. I love traveling though. For me it doesn't really matter if it's far away or nearby, what I enjoy is the feeling of freedom I get from being "on the road". Well, as I said before, it's starting to get proven by mainstream science that some hurts or even skills get passed on from generation to generation. I don't know how far or how specific that can get, but well, if it happens in mice, I find it likely it happens in humans too. That being said, I don't think I've ever beein contacted by a dead relative or ancestor of mine. I'm partially disappointed for that, and partially happy because if they did contact me I think I would completely freak out. Theoretically, I think it may be possible. Practically, I'd call a psychiatrist.
  8. Thanks for the input too. I hadn't thought about a connection between this sort of "folk memory" as you say, and landscape. I was seeing it as purely a matter of customs and traditions. To be honest, what you describe sounds more like you're familiar and bonded with the place you grew up in or you're currently living, I'm not sure what it has to do with past lives. But feeling like home in a foreign land sounds to me like it could be an indicator. I'm not sure if I've felt like that before because I haven't travelled a lot out of my country. So I don't really measure the difference. I do remember the feeling of being "foreign" when I travelled for the first time in France and Germany. It wasn't just the language, I didn't know how to explain it. I wasn't expecting to feel like that, I was expecting to feel like home everywhere. :biggrin: But when I went to neighboring countries, even if I didn't understand a single word, I was feeling like home. I guess it's a mixture of familiar landscape and similar ways of behaviour.
  9. This sounds interesting indeed. I've seen many "past life tarot spreads" online but even if I try them, I'm not confident enough to take what comes up seriously. I'm curious about how a tarot reading can be so eye-opening about past lives. This sounds a bit like my experience, because sometimes people find my roots fascinating and keep telling me about Zeus etc and honestly none of my gradnparents' practices had anything to do with the ancient mythology. They were hardcore Christians. Praying a lot, burning incence on Saturdays, fasting, chanting Byzantine religious songs, going to church on Sunday. They were spiritual in their own way, but totally distanced from anything ancient. The very few customs they followed that weren't Christian, were generic Balkan things. And, to be honest, most people here are like that. As you say about Norse mythology, I have some negative connotations about Greek mythology and religion too. I mean no offense to followers of Hellenic traditions abroad or in Greece, but most I've met were let's say overly patriotic. I mean, even the nazi party Golden Dawn was following that faith before publicly converting to Chirstianity for votes. Some aspects of it are appealing, but overall I don't find it particularly calling me, it doesn't feel like "roots".
  10. Yeah, I was wondering though, why is that. Like, what difference does it make for people to know, since it doesn't add anything to their self-awareness, practically. Bore? Not at all! This is a very interesting perspective. I don't know if I believe in past lives - I think I want to believe but I don't have any personal evidence or experience. No recurring dreams or strange deja-vus etc. But it's definitely something I want to explore. No clue where to start though... Actually I recently read that this has been observed in lab rats, and it's considered a fact in mainstream science: in animals, certain fears or even knowledge can be passed down through genes. For example, if you teach a rat how to navigate a maze, its offspring will have an easier time doing it too, than other rats. Or they have connected certain things to fear, and the rats of the next generation carried the fear as well. So, why shouldn't this happen to humans too, and perhaps with more complex things, like the thought about living in a farm that you describe. :)
  11. Good afternoon everyone, There's a topic that has been on my mind for a long time now, and I don't know why I hadn't made a post here about it. So, I've been thinking about the role our ancestry and cultural roots play in our spirituality and, in general, why do we feel the need to explore and to know where we're from. I see many people taking DNA tests or making family trees etc and I wonder where that need comes from. I myself have been experiencing that need too, especially as I am beginning to be interested in witchcraft. My roots are pretty vague: I am Greek, and I grew up in Athens. However, as some people know, modern Greek traditions are more of a mixture of the traditions of people who have lived here over the centuries. I feel little connection with the Hellenic path, because it seems so far away and different from the present and recent past. My grandfather was into genealogy and he was saying that most likely I also have some Turkish and Slavic roots. But still, that's hard to pinpoint. To be honest, growing up in a city, with the only connection to tradition being some things that my gradnparents - who died when I was still a child - were teaching me, I feel pretty much disconnected with any sort of tradition. I read Lisa Lister's book "Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic." (I didn't really like the book but it gave me some insights on the topic). It says you should start your path in witchcraft from "home", from your own roots and magical customs. Well, if that's that, my roots are boring city life, sprinkled with Eastern Orthodoxy and stories about the civil war. The only thing that reminds of anything occult, was a belief in the "evil eye" and occasional coffee divination. ??? On top of that, all my twenty-something-year-old life I was rejecting the idea of tradition. I was thinking about looking for your roots as a sign of weakness, of desperately wanting to belong somewhere like a sheep in a herd. In the worst case scenario, as a petty habit of nationalists. And my own tendency to wonder "where do I really come from" almost makes me feel guilty. I'm asking myself: f I took a DNA test, and I turned out to be, let's say 70% Norse, would this suddenly justify me worshipping Odin and casting runes? Would it change anything in me? If I was feeling drawn to this kind of path, why not pursue it anyway? Why would it make a difference? Lister justifies the need to look for one's roots, especially for witches as a means to "find your most authentic self, under any social conditioning". But, isn't the "most authentic self" based on your own personal experiences and memories, and not in things you learn later in life that were practiced by some ancient ancestors? And hasn't that "social conditioning" you were exposed to, become part of your cultural identity, whether you adopted it or reconsidered it? In a more unusual but certainly not rare case, what if someone is adopted and has no idea about their biological parents? Do they need to look for where their DNA comes from in order to start on a certain spiritual path? These are my two cents on the topic. It will be extremely interesting to see what you have to say on it, looking forward to hearing your experiences and insights. :farao:
  12. I used to be like that with tarot decks, in the very beginning, even though in general I'm by no means a perfectionist. I like repaired clothes, messy notebooks, worn-out shoes, even scars from various adventures on my own body. I was like that with tarot though, because I was obsessing over the idea that I shouldn't be able to recognise the cards from their backs. So if one of them had a tiny mark or something, I was thinking of it as a very serious flaw. I gave up this idea for practical reasons: 1) I'm terrible at keeping anything in pristine condition, I'm clumsy, I break everything I use for a little time. And I like using things, taking them with me, practicing, throwing them in the bag. 2) Many decks, from what I've seen, have minor diffenerces between cards or some tiny marks here and there. Even in a new deck, sometimes it's unavoidable. Kinda makes it unique too. My Morgan-Greer has a tiny white blotch on the back of the 10 of cups, and the backs have all slightly different shades of blue, but I don't care. 3) I don't think that being able to tell apart a couple of cards because of a mark or something is so serious. Usually I don't even pay attention. 4) I'm not a collector and I don't own expensive decks. If, in the worst case scenario, I bent a card, it wouldn't take me long to save money and buy a backup deck.
  13. I'm a snob about Doreen Virtues decks as well, but strangely I do think that people may get good readings with them if they trully like them. Also I'm kind of a snob about symbols. I don't mind abstract decks but I get disappointed when I suspect that details I notice on the cards were just random or purely aesthetic and not thought out. I was kind of a snob about the Wild Unknown deck too and the whole "hipster aesthetic" but I connected with it really well, so this taught me something. :P
  14. Maybe a 4 of swords - I got the flu and I'm just laying down for now. :P
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