The Hermit’s Lamp

July 13th, 2024 § Comments Off on The Hermit’s Lamp § permalink

Andrew McGregor at The Hermit's Lamp

Just thought I’d take a moment to plug my friend Andrew McGregor’s metaphysical shop – The Hermit’s Lamp. They’re celebrating their first year at their present location on Bloor Street West, and I was able to get over there for the party last weekend.

The store looks great, as does its proprietor. There’s a lot there at the store – crystals, candles, jewellery, books, oils, artwork, Tarot decks …the longer you browse, the more interesting things you’ll find. (That’s true for the website too … they have Tarot running shoes! – which of course, I want.)

I can get carried away in stores like this (also in stationary and hardware stores) so I tried to set a limit on what I could buy before I got there. I gave myself permission to buy one Tarot deck … and maybe, maybe one other thing.

Tarot Bag by the Unemployed Philosophers Guild

As it turned out I got myself The Orisha Tarot (created by McGregor himself), and an adorable Tarot bag from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild. I also got a little gift for someone else, so I didn’t count that in my ‘no purchase over two items’ rule. Had I stayed any longer though, it’s likely I would have broken my pledge.

Anyway, if you’re in the Toronto area and looking for some magic, you can visit The Hermit’s Lamp in person at 1209 Bloor Street West, just west of Dufferin on the south side.

And for those not in Toronto … you can always visit online —> The Hermit’s Lamp

Tarot Card of the Day – 7/13/24

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Saturday, July 13, 2024
4 of Wands

Gather and celebrate! It’s a day to enjoy what you’ve been working on.  The project might not yet be finished, but at least you’re on your way. Well done!  You have reason to smile.

Follow your passion and create from the heart. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how it will all turn out, just keep at it. The hard work’s been paying off, and you can take a moment to enjoy before heading on to the next step.

But don’t forget, you probably aren’t doing all the work yourself.  Share the glory or you’ll be hearing about it later.

Moon in Libra – High Priestess in Justice’s Clothing

July 12th, 2024 § Comments Off on Moon in Libra – High Priestess in Justice’s Clothing § permalink

The High Priestess in Justice's Clothing

The Moon moves into Libra today, and will stay there until Sunday.

Looking at this transit through the lens of the Tarot, it would be like the High Priestess is wearing Justice’s clothing. She takes on the mantle of the Karmic Decider.

With the High Priestess as Justice, or the Moon in Libra, we might be required to face up to something and decide.

Our emotions will demand respect. If we’ve leaned too far back or forward, we’ll probably find ourselves moving just as dramatically the other way.

It can be a slightly challenging period, perhaps a little manic. But by the time it’s done, something is likely to have been decided upon.

Don’t be alarmed by conflicting emotions. They’re there because you can see both sides. It’s not good enough though to just acknowledge them and walk away.

During this transit you’re being asked to take a stand one way or another. And you’ve got the wisdom and power to do so.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 7/12/24

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Friday, July 12, 2024
#9 – The Hermit

You might find yourself wanting to spend some time alone today. It’s probably a good idea. Take time to look within and see what’s up inside your soul.

Have things been moving pretty fast lately? Don’t worry, it’s finally going to slow down a bit, giving you a moment to clean house and tie up loose ends.

Trust your own experience through this period. It’s through an examination of your own personal journey that you’ll discover your inner wisdom. You probably know a lot more then you give yourself credit for. But you might need some silence to notice.

Give yourself permission to be quiet. You won’t be missing anything by taking a break. It’ll only make things more fun when you finally re-emerge from your cave.

Venus in Leo – Empress Dressed in Strength’s Clothing

July 11th, 2024 § Comments Off on Venus in Leo – Empress Dressed in Strength’s Clothing § permalink

Empress Dressed in Strength's Clothing - Venus in Leo

Venus has moved into Leo and will stay there until August 5th.

From a Tarot perspective, it’s like the Empress is dressed in Strength’s clothing. She’s wearing white and playing with a lion.

Venus in Leo, or the Empress in Strength’s clothing, is a good time to turn your passion towards the nurturance of others.

It feels good right now to share. There’s power in devotion.

Emotions could run high, especially when it comes to questions of art, love and women in general. But that can be good, as long as you don’t force your feelings on others.

Try to avoid righteousness, even if it’s coming from a place of deep concern. Love should be flowing, not a tool of control.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 7/11/2024

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Thursday, July 11, 2024
Page of Wands

New energy and general enthusiasm are your gifts for today.  It’s time to start moving towards your dreams.

It might be just the beginning, but you have to start somewhere and you have the energy and passion to do it right now.  Why wait?

Look into your heart and see what makes it stand up and sing.  That’s the sign that you’re on the right track.

Huntington, West Virginia Repeals ‘Fortune-Telling’ Ban

July 10th, 2024 § Comments Off on Huntington, West Virginia Repeals ‘Fortune-Telling’ Ban § permalink

City of Huntington West Virginia - city seal

Looks like another ‘fortune-telling’ ban has fallen by the wayside. Less than a month after the Norfolk, Virginia City Council repealed their ‘fortune-telling’ ban, Huntington, West Virginia is doing the same.

According to Channel 13 News, on Monday night, Huntington City Council voted 9-2 to repeal Section 529 of the Huntington City Code which had stated, “No clairvoyant, fortune-teller, palmist, phrenologist or person of similar pretensions or profession shall ply or practice his trade or profession in the city for gain.

Assistant Huntington City Attorney Sam Ransbottom had recommended the repeal, arguing that the law had developed on this issue since the ban was first enacted. Ransbottom warned that leaving it on the books would open Huntington City up to potential lawsuits.

Looks like Council agreed.

Since Monday’s vote was the second reading of the ordinance, repeal of the ban took effect immediately.

Tarot Card of the Day – 7/10/24

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
#5 – The Hierophant

Spiritual questions and tradition are highlighted during this period.  It’s probably important to you now to look carefully at the spiritual structures in your life.  Why do you believe what you do?  Who are your spiritual authorities and what gives them their legitimacy?  Who decides issues of morality for you, your family and/or your community?

Many of these questions are answered with cultural traditions. Today, you’ll probably be examining whether or not the answers you’re accustomed to are still satisfactory.  They might be or they might not be.  Don’t be afraid to seek out your truth simply because it rubs against your comfort zone.  Sometimes growth hurts a bit.

You might be asked to judge someone else’s dispute, or find the need to go to an authority for answers yourself.  Keep your mind open, but your skepticism on.  Ultimately, you’re the only one who can decide whether something makes sense for your life or not.

Moon in Virgo – High Priestess in the Hermit’s Clothing

July 9th, 2024 § Comments Off on Moon in Virgo – High Priestess in the Hermit’s Clothing § permalink

The High Priestess wearing the Hermit's clothing

The Moon moved into Virgo and will be there until Friday.

From a Tarot perspective, you might think of this transit as the High Priestess wearing the Hermit’s clothes. She’s putting on her cowl.

The Moon in Virgo, or High Priestess in the Hermit’s clothing, is a time for practical, quiet reflection. Seeking the advice of an expert, and listening carefully to what they have to say could be worthwhile.

Or maybe someone will be asking you for your advice.

Your home is more important now than the outside world. Start thinking how to make it more practical. You might not be ready to do the work just yet, but this is a great time to plan.

Emotionally, it’s a time of calm. Perfect for listening and reflecting rather than acting out in passion. Take your time. There’s no rush.

Study, organization, contemplation, solitude, emotional self-reflection. Don’t be afraid to be alone right now. There’s lot’s to do on your own.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 7/9/24

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024
6 of Cups

It’s a wonderful day to say thank you – to your family, friends, and even your enemies.

Nostalgia and happy memories might fill your head and it’s worth remembering all the love there is around you.  Take pleasure in acknowledging it and grateful to extend it further.

Giving and receiving are two sides of the same joy.  Take pleasure in both and don’t be shy to tell people how much they mean to you.   You’ll probably be surprised by how much they love you back.

With close relationships, this is an especially important time to remember the history and strength of your time together. It’s these ties that have helped you through your most serious moments – both good and bad.

Don’t take them lightly, close friends really are special, and not as common as you might think.