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Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Magic Wands and Wizards Tarot

Magic Wands - Hogwarts Castle - Harry Potter - Hermione Granger - Mother Tarot


This past Christmas, Santa gave my husband and me a trip with one of my daughters and her family  to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. All of us are big Harry Potter fans and it was so much fun to share the magic with my daughter, her husband and their three children. Thank you, Santa!
I have always wanted a magic wand and one of the fun things on offer there are the magic wands sold at Ollivander’s store. You can either choose a wand used by one of the Harry Potter characters or you can define your personality traits and the Ollivander’s clerks will recommend wands of different woods that are known through wand lore to resonate with that type of person. I chose Hermione Granger’s wand.
This beautiful wand, with its vine carving up the wand shaft, was the prettiest and the most feminine of all the wands in the store. Not necessarily wizarding priorities, to be sure, but I was immediately smitten with it and in the days we were at the park, I saw many others who had chosen the same wand. There must be a lot of Hermione Granger fans among us.

Hermione Granger Wand - Mother Tarot - Harry Potter
Once I got back from our trip, I was intrigued by the rich vein of wand lore J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, had put out there. She had chosen her wands for all the characters based on ancient Celtic and Druid traditions, so of course I had to learn about my new wand and why it had called to me so strongly. Hermione’s wand is made from vine wood and has a dragon heartstring core. Dragon heart, eh? I want to know more!
According to Ms. Rowling and Mr. Garrick Ollivander, who “has been selling wands since 382 BC and is widely considered one of the finest wandmakers in the world”;
“The druids considered anything with a woody stem as a tree, and vine makes wands of such a special nature that I have been happy to continue their ancient tradition. Vine wands are among the less common types, and I have been intrigued to notice that their owners are nearly always those who seek a greater purpose, who have a vision beyond the ordinary and who frequently astound those who think they know them best. Vine wands seem strongly attracted by personalities with hidden depths, and I have found them more sensitive than any other when it comes to instantly detecting a prospective match.”
About the dragon heartstring core he says;
“As a rule, dragon heartstrings produce wands with the most power, and which are capable of the most flamboyant spells. Dragon wands tend to learn more quickly than other types. While they can change allegiance if won from their original master, they always bond strongly with the current owner.”
It was the dragon heartstring that got me thinking about how this could all be related to Tarot, especially since the Strength card in my Wizards Tarot deck shows a woman with a dragon instead of the traditional  lion. And with that compelling thought, I began my research into what it was about this wand that had called to me.
The symbolic meanings  given by the ancient Celts to vines had to do with expansion, regeneration, fertility, connection, continuation, bounty and the spiral. Of the spiral symbols, consciousness, renewal, development and growth are the most prominent. Since I was already thinking of the Strength card in my appropriately-named Wizards Tarot deck, I wondered which of the other cards in that deck might best represent the traits inherent in my wand.
This is what I determined… Strength for the dragon heartstring. The Empress for the bounty, fertility and expansion of the vine. And The World for the consciousness, development and renewal of the spiral symbolism.

The Strength card is about taming your passions with gentleness, rather than beating them into submission. It represents an acknowledgement and acceptance of that part of ourselves and it requires us to befriend those passions as we work to incorporate them into our whole sense of Self. This is a powerful part of the Self and it is a protection when we need to call on it. Someone who might be considered to have the heart of a dragon would be fierce and powerful. But that part of us needs to be tempered by kindness and gentleness, too, or it can cause us and those we love to be burned by its fiery excess.

Wizards Tarot - Mother Tarot - Strength
The Empress is about the creativity of life in all its forms. It can be about the birthing of life forms but it can also be about the birthing of ideas and books, art and music, anything new that we bring into the world. The vine on this wand seems especially apt here, as vines grow steadily over, around and through whatever is in their path. They are quietly, powerfully determined and seemingly never-ending, growing from a hidden depth. And they grow in a curly, spiral pattern to better anchor themselves for growth.
The Empress - Wizards Tarot - Mother Tarot

Which brings us to The World. This is a card of overcoming, of stepping out into newer, higher manifestations of our growth. This is the card of understanding and moving onward to the next horizon. In the context of this post, I find it very interesting that the woman in the image is herself wielding a wand, expressing her understanding of her personal power and her place in the world. As we move onward in our growth and evolution, we move on a spiral, circling upward to our highest growth, fulfilling our highest potential.

Mother Tarot - Wizards Tarot - The World
So it seems this is quite a powerful symbol, this wand that has come into my life. It represents very high ideals and the underlying expectations of achieving them. Let us hope I can do this wand as proud as did Ms. Granger.

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Weight Loss Tarot Journal - A Meditation for Me and My Dad - Light Seer’s Tarot

November 23, 2019

What am I likely to find in today’s meditations?
card drawn  -  2 of Cups reversed foundation card  -  Strength deck - Light Seer’s Tarot _________________________________________
I am feeling a fear in my stomach about today’s upcoming meditations to help my and my father’s inner children. Not sure why I feel this way. Fear of the unknown? Fear I might not like something I learn about myself? Not sure.
2 of Cups reversed  -  The energies here flow from the hands into similar golden bowls. But the card is reversed and the energies seem to flow upward. For release? The LWB says this card reversed refers to emotional blocks, not being open to receiving love, and healing past traumas. That sure fits what I will be working on today.  
Foundation card - Strength  -  The card at the bottom of the deck shows the energies surrounding the question asked. I wasn’t going to look at it for this reading but a nudge told me I should. When I turned it over, it was obvious why I had gotte…

Tarot Card of the Day - On the Trump Impeachment

I will preface by saying I am a registered Independent and not a Trump fan. I am alarmed at what I see him and his henchmen doing to our nation through consistent lying and abuses of power.

We tend to draw cards on our worries and today I drew some cards on what might be coming for Trump and, thereby, our nation.  _________________________________________
Will Trump be forced out soon?
5 of Coins reversed + Clarifier Card- 7 of Coins Foundation Card- 9 of Wands
deck used - Tarot Grand Luxe

The cards seem to be saying that Trump will not be forced out soon. He will receive help (5 of Coins reversed) from the Russians (7 of Coins).7 of Coins is my card for the Russians.

Alternatively, the cards could be saying that more information about Trump’s Russian help will come to light but, since my question has to do with Trump’s removal, I will assume the first interpretation is correct in this context.

Foundation Card - 9 of Wands - The Foundation card is …

Happy Thanksgiving! - 10 of Cups - Druidcraft Tarot

πŸ‚πŸ§‘πŸ Happy Thanksgiving! Let us all be thankful for the treasures in our lives. πŸ‚πŸ”ΆπŸ


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Tarot Card of the Day - a Page of Swords as the Trump Impeachment Trial Begins - Tarot Grand Luxe

January 21, 2020

Will justice be served in the Trump impeachment trial?
Page of Swords
Tarot Grand Luxe _________________________________________
This Page, with her prominent dagger, has been showing up in many of my Trump readings. Today, it feels like she is saying that more information is going to come out in the course of this trial and it is going to bring problems for McConnell and Trump. The push right now at the White House and in the Senate leadership seems to be geared to hide the truth and even the trial itself. They don’t want the truth of Trump’s behavior to be known.

But this Page is an analyst. She sees and understands truth, no matter what subterfuge others are trying to maneuver in front of her. And that brooch, with its blue feathers, is over her left eye, the side of connection to the feminine and the inner currents of intuition. The blue feathers connect to Spirit. So this page doesn’t just have a logical mind; she connects to her intuitive side, too. Her inner knowi…

Weight Loss Tarot Journal - Staying on the Path - Gaian Tarot - 7 of Air (Swords)

December 5, 2019
What is a good thing for me to be aware of today?
7 of Air (Swords)
Deck used - Gaian Tarot
When I first drew this card, I was a bit surprised. My understanding of the traditional Rider-Waite version of the 7 of Swords is a thief getting away with stealing. But this image implies something different. In the Gaian Tarot deck, this card is about making a decision to either stay on the trail you are already traveling or looking further to see if there is a revised route that could be even better.

What first jumped out to me was the map, with the mountains drawn in the distance. Sure enough, this hiker stands at a distance from the mountains and is already on the way. But the mountains aren’t the destination - the first lake is. Or so s/he thought when she began this journey. The first lake is where most travelers go. That is the weight loss goal. She’s not there yet but, from her current vantage point, she now has a wider view. She…

Tarot Card of the Day - Ace of Cups on a Wedding Day - Druidcraft Tarot

December 21, 2019
I asked for a message for today and drew the Ace of Cups

DruidCraft Tarot

What a perfect card for today...  I am officiating a wedding this afternoon. 
A wedding is a time of emotional new beginnings for the newlyweds and for all those who love them.  And lucky me, I will get to share in that love and joy today. 
This card is a beautiful reflection of the deeply sincere human emotions we experience at a wedding, as we recognize ourselves in the words of hope and promise that surround the wedding couple. 
Tarot is an amazing mirror of our lives.
... Comments always welcome and appreciated. πŸ’šπŸŒΏ  


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Tarot Card of the Day - 10 of Boons (Pentacles) - Forest of Enchantment Tarot

What is a good message for today?
10 of Boons (Pentacles) reversed 
Deck used - Forest of Enchantment Tarot

Well this message is clear… the Thanksgiving holiday is over. It was wonderful spending days with family, immersed in fun, love and happiness, but all good things have their time. Now it is time to get back to work and normal daily life.

This card is totally right, though. Family is truly a huge boon and blessing in my life... and more family time over the Christmas holidays are right around the corner. 😊❤️


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Trump Impeachment Trial - The Tower - Tarot Grand Luxe

January 23, 2020
Will the Senate vote to remove Trump?
The Tower
Tarot Grand Luxe

As I do Tarot draws about the Trump impeachment trial and post some here, I preface by saying that I am not a fan of our current president. I feel he is a danger to our nation and our ideals and he has corrupted our government. Or perhaps I should say that because his own corruption is so blatant and pervasive, he is bringing the corruption in our government into the light. What I am seeing in Trump and his henchmen is heartbreaking. They are far removed from my own concept of our nation, its principles and what I believe us to be and stand for.

While watching and experiencing this pivotal point in our nation’s history, I am curious to see how the Tarot reflects that. My choice of deck is important. I really like the Tarot Grand Luxe. It is modern, bold, unequivocal and reads very well for me. It is especially powerful for readings on Trump and politics so I bought …

Tarot Card of the Day - Love and Christmas Cookies - The Lovers - Osho Zen Tarot

How I am feeling about this past weekend.
The Lovers
Osho Zen Tarot
This card is right on point. I am still in the glow of spending happy time with my family this past weekend. The over-all meanings of this card are love and connection, with an added element of choice. And all of that showed up this weekend.

The first meaning of The Lovers card is love and connection. We have an annual Family Cookie Day, where we all gather to decorate Christmas cookies. This year it turned into Family Cookie Weekend. The grandkids came over on Saturday to help me roll, cut and bake the cookies and then spend the night. Their parents came over the following morning to decorate the cookies with them. It is always fun having everyone over for this event but having the kids cut and bake the cookies was not a practical idea. Aside from the fact that it was a HUGE mess (oh my goodness!), most of the young hands are not yet skilled enough for rolling the dough. Their m…

Weight Loss Tarot Journal - Wounded Inner Child Meditations - Osho Zen Tarot

November 25, 2019

How am I feeling about my meditations this past weekend?
Participation (4 of Wands)  
Osho Zen Tarot _________________________________________

My meditations to deal with inner child issues for myself and my father were illuminating, moving and deeply effective. I was surprised at the things I found and how I was able to deal with them in powerful ways. It was a giant step forward for me in my personal growth and the reverberations will make a huge difference in my life and my efforts to find the roots of my weight loss issues.

I am so thankful to friends who told me about online guided meditations. I had no idea those free resources are available and was amazed at how many there were. Two sites that were particularly helpful were The Honest Guys and Ellen Sirena. I also used a Biddy Tarot meditation on The High Priestess that helped me see and understand important connections.

My deep appreciation to all those putting such important help out there for all of us to use.