It’s time for another magickal link roundup! I’ve been finding so many wonderful resources around the witchy web that I’ve had a couple of requests to break this monthly post into two, more digestible, bi-monthly chunks. I think it’s a great idea, so here is part one of December’s magickal link roundup.
Below you will find the my favorite links from around the magickal interweb from the first half of December 2017. If you have a favorite witchy post/blog/product to share, please feel free to post it in the comments.
~ Early December 2017 Magickal Link Roundup ~
Astrology and Numerology
Astrology Forecast for 2018 on Forever Conscious – This post goes over some of the big astrological shifts anticipated in 2018, but without specific dates. It looks at the vibe of what’s ahead, for example, there are lots of outer planets in Earth signs. There are also more than a few eclipses, but I’ve never put much stock in that, since an eclipse is just a New Moon in the daytime.
December Numerology: Creating Space for What’s to Come on Astrostyle – I think the numerology posts are some of the strongest they write, and I always enjoy seeing if and how the information plays out over the course of the month.
Free Birth Chart on Astrostyle – I was reading an article on Astrostyle that linked to this birth chart, so I decided to run my chart again (it’s been about a year since I last looked at it). The chart was super interesting and helpful, so if you haven’t run your birth chart in a while, I definitely recommend taking a look at it. You can also save the image easily and add it to your Book of Shadows.
Saturn in Capricorn: Tearing Down (and Rebuilding) Structures on Astrostyle – Saturn in going to be in its home-sign of Capricorn for the next few years and, while I’ve seen a few articles about it, this is definitely the best one I’ve read so far.
Arthurian Magic: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Camelot by Caitlin and John Matthews – This book was released in early November 2017 and was spotted on a recent trip to the bookstore. My partner adores the King Arthur legends, so I showed it to him, and this is based on his opinions since Camelot doesn’t resonate with me. Apparently, the Matthews are quite well-known for their King Arthur scholarship, so they are the natural choices for a book like this. Those who known King Arthur quite well won’t find anything new, but the book does cross-reference quote a lot of information (it’s a huge book). The only downsides are that a lot of the information can be found in their other books, and they do plug themselves (like their oracle decks) quite a bit. Still, it’s a useful resource.
Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Divination – This is the 11th book in Llewellyn’s Complete series and was released on December 8th 2017. If you look at my sources (at the bottom of posts) you’ve noticed that I use their Complete Book of Correspondences all the time. While I’m not about to collect the whole set – these books aren’t cheap – I do find them to be a useful resource if you’re interested in the topic.
White Spirit Animals: Prophets of Change by J. Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus D.H.L. – That name is quite a mouthful, eh? This book was published in late October 2017, but I didn’t see it until a recent trip to the bookstore. I was really dismissive at first, but my adoration of albino animals compelled me to pick it up, and I’m so glad I did. The author is academic, yet writes clearly; this book is no joke, and there’s not an ounce of fluff in the whole thing. It discusses “animalcide” (animal murder) in multiple cultures, and was added to our house bookshelf immediately. This is one of the rare books that my partner and I are both planning to read. Even though I’ve only flipped through it, I am recommending it to anyone interested in the subject.
Divination and Tarot
Can You Read Tarot For Yourself? on Biddy Tarot – Obviously, the answer is yes, but what I like about this article is that Brigit (not me Brigitte, different Brigit) goes into four reasons to read for yourself, and lists three common mistakes to avoid. A good post for new tarot readers.
How to Stop Setting Resolutions That Don’t Work on Biddy Tarot – This post uses tarot (of course, it’s a tarot website) as well as a few other systems to help you set New Year’s Resolutions that stick. I’m not sure why, but I always do a pretty good job with mine. I never check them all off, but I do okay. If Resolutions are not for you, there’s no reason you have to set them! I say try monthly goals instead. The article gives you lots of ideas if you want to stick with the tradition, though.
2018 Lunar Planner Infographic on Lunar Abundance – Every year Ezzie Spencer comes out with her lunar planner infographic and it’s always lovely. This year is no exception; this infographic would be great for your Book of Shadows (as a fold out page), converting into a bullet journal page, or even as a desktop image. It’s clean, contemporary, and would look great printed in color.
Full Moon in Aries Infographic on Witchy Words – I’ve really been enjoying this infographic series and think these are really lovely images for your Book of Shadows or Grimoire.
Intuitive Astrology: December New Moon 2017 on Forever Conscious – Focuses on the general theme for the New Moon in Sagittarius (12/18/17) rather than specifics. 2017 is a year of new beginnings, and this is one more chance to release anything that doesn’t belong in 2018.
New Moon in Sagittarius December 17th/18th 2017 on Mystic Mama – Multiple perspectives on the final New Moon of 2017. Definitely an interested one, and a great chance to look back on the year since it’s our last Moon of 2017.
Witchcraft & Paganism
The Desirability of Storytellers by Ed Yong on The Atlantic – This article discusses the cultural importance of storytelling via a study of the Philippine Agta hunter-gatherers. Storytelling is a big part of most pagan traditions, and an oral tradition is one of the reasons that so much of our pagan culture is lost. The article highlights the often-overlooked importance of storytelling in teaching a culture’s shares values, and is worth a read if you do (or even if you don’t) use storytelling as part of your sabbat celebrations.
Sacred Tree Profile: White Pine on Druid’s Garden – This is an information-packed guide to white pine trees, their history, mythology, and magickal uses. I really appreciate this series since I’m not great at tree work (whereas my partner, a Druid, pretty much only does tree work).
Preparation and Healing the Land as Part of American Druidry on Druid’s Garden – This article discusses land healing and the issue of getting the land to speak with you as an American practitioner. US American pagans have specific issues related to the treatment of the land and its peoples that those on other continents do not necessarily face. This article discusses those feelings of guilt and how you can convince the land that you are there to help and protect it.
I hope you find these links helpful for you magickal doings. I very much enjoyed compiling them, and hope you find these resources useful, too. I will be back at the end of December for another link roundup. If you found this smaller, mid-month post to be more helpful than the longer, full-month wrap up, please let me know in the comments.
Blessed be, friends!
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