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Six of Swords

Six of Swords

Today’s card is the Six of Swords, also known as Knives or Daggers. The Six of this suit has generally been associated with the objectivity of using  scientific methods to make decisions and determinations. This principle has been employed through the generations to sift fact from superstition, to build facts into theories, and to form theories into laws which we can trust and use to improve our lives. One early title for this card was ‘The Navigator’; it represents one who has learned enough about the relation between the Earth and the Heavens to be able to set a course across trackless oceans and arrive at a chosen spot on distant shores.

At the time of the first Tarot decks, this skill was considered akin to magic, so few were the individuals who understood the principles involved. The person who draws this card is one with special knowledge, an insight into sophisticated techniques that may be powerful enough to effect a rescue in a dangerous time or situation. Other related titles that are common to this card are ‘The Path (out of danger, not into it) and ‘The Way Through’.

The Six of Swords is here to remind you that time is of the essence. You’ve seen the big picture now, and good ideas have occurred to you about what needs to be done. Now it is necessary to take action. There’s no more time for debate. If the game plan has become clear, your next step should be to commit yourself to pursuing the changes that will lead to improvement. Overcome the tendency to get distracted or to spend time on ‘approval seeking’. Once you initiate action, others will be grateful for your clear thinking and quick reflexes. It’s a special gift to be able to navigate in times of rapidly changing and unpredictable circumstances, when a cool head and right timing are most essential. Use this gift to your advantage at this time and others will benefit as well.

May you navigate life’s twists and turns today with speed and acumen.

Magickal Tools

The How’s, Where’s, When’s, and Why’s

The How’s, Where’s, When’s, and Why’s

Many initiates have asked where (and how) to get Magickal tools for spells over the years, so today I am posting general guidelines about magickal tools: the how, where, when, and why of them. Hopefully you find this information helpful in your spiritual practice.

First off, it’s important for you to understand that you do not have to find a “secret Magickal shop” to get tools from in order for them to be effective in your spells. Your tools can come from anywhere…you can even make them… for free. No matter where you get your tools (if you choose to use them), they should “speak to you” loud and clear. When you pick a tool up, it should “feel” right…as if it was meant for you. Listen to your inner self, and choose only the tools that resonate with you. You’ll know when you find them, and you’ll learn to recognize this feeling.

This goes for tools your purchase, and tools you find out in nature…or anywhere else. You can use sticks…shells…stones… cooking pots for a cauldron… a butter knife as an athame… etc. This is one of the amazing facts about Magickal Tools. They really can come from anywhere. In my experience, some of the most effective tools are found outside in nature. Still other ones I make myself. Make sure to open your senses and your tools will find you. Whether you are walking along the beach, through your backyard, or through a store, you will her their energy calling to you.

Never forget that wherever your tools come from, you must give them a thorough cleansing and consecration befure use. Both natural objects, and man made tools can have negative energy that can reduce the effectiveness of your spells…so you must cleanse and consecrate each one. Once you have cleansed and consecrated a tool it is 100% yours..and it is charged with your energy.

So you see…you don’t need to spend lots of money to have a nice selection of powerful Magick tools. In the end, the Magick comes from you… not your tools. But if you are looking for some great items for your altars or spells, or more information about the various magickal tools and their uses, come in to Baba Yaga’s Hut and have a look around. We will be happy to work with you to find what you truly need to enhance your magickal practice.


*this information provided in part by Rose Ariadne’s ‘Simple Mystic Miracles’ online blog.

Teacher/God/Goddess of the Day



I work in ways deep
ever present
always moving
I work in ways dramatic
with thunder and lightning
sweeping and uprooting
I work in ways subtle
pushing and prodding
wearing and tearing
I swirl you and twirl you
I splatter you and scatter you
I shock you and rock you
I clear the way for what is to come
I can be slight or stupendous
brief or long lasting
uproaring or uprising
What I can’t be is ignored

Bringer of Change – Shaper of Storms
Oya is one of the most powerful African Goddesses (Orishas). A Warrior-Queen, She is the sister-wife of the God Shango, to whom She gave the power to create storms. Much of Oya’s power is rooted in the natural world; She is the Goddess of thunder, lightning, tornadoes, winds, rainstorms and hurricanes. A Fire Goddess, it is Oya who brings rapid change and aids us in both inner and outer transformation.

Oya is the guardian of the realm between life and death; as such, She is not only the Goddess of spirit communication, funerals and cemeteries but also the Goddess of clairvoyance, psychic abilities, intuition and rebirth. She can call forth the spirit of death, or hold it back — such is the extent of Her power. Because of Her affiliation to the dead, and Her intense knowledge of the magick arts, Oya is also known as “the Great Mother of the Elders of the Night (Witches)”.

Oya is both loved and feared, and for good reason: unleashed, Oya is the Savage Warrior, the Protective Mother, She whose power sweeps all injustice, deceit and dishonesty from Her path. She will destroy villages if the need is true enough, for while She understands everything, She will only accept, act upon, and speak the truth (even when it is hard to bear).

Oya is the protectress of women and patron of feminine leadership. Fiercely loving, She is wildly unpredictable and can change from benevolent, caring Mother to destructive Warrior in the blink of an eye. Passionate, fearless, sensual and independent, Oya is not a Goddess to be invoked lightly and must be treated with respect and care. While She will toss you in Her storms of change, and shelter you in Her caring embrace, She will also strike you down with Her lightning should the need arise. However, do not let that dissuade you from working with Oya, for She is the Strong Woman, the Bringer of Change and Seeker of Truth, who can be a most powerful ally.

Honoring Oya
Oya loves shea butter, and you should always try to have some of this on your altar whenever working with Her. To honour Oya, you can also use any of the following:

Colours: maroon, purple, deep dark red, oranges, browns, multi-colours, burgundy, copper.

Scents: patchouli, sandalwood, geranium.

Gemstones: red stones, particularly garnet, but also bloodstone, tourmaline, smoky quartz.

Foods: eggplant, grape wine, grapes, gin, rum, kola nuts, rooster, hen, porridge, fruit, fish, anything spicy.

Herbs: comfrey, pleurisy roots, horehound, chickweed, peony, elecampane, royal poinciana, star apple, flamboyan, yucca, caimito, cypress, grains of paradise.

Icons: masks, swords, whips, pennies, brooms, camwood, wind instruments, anything associated with wind (e.g. pictures of hurricanes, tornadoes, etc), bright-coloured cloth, buffalo’s horns, anything copper.

Metal: Copper.

Number: 9.

Oya’s taboos are smoke, palm kernel oil, ram and pork.


*information provided in part by

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My name is Maria ‘Peacock’ Barrett and I am a WITCH! I was raised in an atypical family where I was encouraged by example to stretch my boundaries and embrace nature, as well as other cultures and traditions from around the globe. Although my parents were raised as Protestants, I was exposed as a child to alternative ideas ranging from Taoism and Buddhism to transcendental meditation and tarot card reading. As I got older, we occasionally attended a Unitarian Universalist church. I was also exposed in limited doses to Catholicism, Judaism, and a cult called The Way. None of these seemed to fit.

As an adult, the idea of Paganism was introduced to me by a friend. I was immediately drawn to it and its focus on Nature and the interconnection between mankind and the Divine. I was also moved by its astonishing honesty and atmosphere of non-judgment, of trust and love. Since 1989, I have never looked back or regretted my decision to place my feet on this path.

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