Magic: the Gathering, the oracle

Magic: the Gathering is known for it’s amazing artworks. Did you know that they now have art cards? Did you know these are amazing for making your own oracle deck? Did you know these are cheap????

I mean look at this? Discover the Impossible by Ryan Pancoast. When I saw this card I immediately had several meanings: dreams, imagination, other world, and yeah; discover the impossible.

Introduction to Prophesy by Micah Epstein. Time, divination, visions, discovery of your power.

Crackle with Power by Micah Epstein again! Know your own power, stand your ground, let them see what they are dealing with

I could go on and on but I won’t. So the good: many different styles of art, including watercolour, digital, stained glass, traditional japanese, manga, and black and white lineart. Cheap: I paid €0,50 per card. Fully customizable. With new sets coming out there will be new cards, so you can keep adding things as you like. Beautiful and evocative art. You have signed and unsigned versions, so you can choose. (the website shows the signed versions with the signature in yellow, on the unsigned version there is no signature at all.)

So the… not bad per se, but things to keep in mind: they have no backs. The backs are white and include the M:tG logo, the title of the artwork and the artist. You can always back the cards yourself if you wish to. The cardstock of earlier cards seems lesser. A bit more thin and flimsy, I don’t care, but some might. So far it’s the Zendikar and Kaldheim. The cards come in horizontal and vertical, making readings look a bit more messy. I found that I do not care, the cards are amazing

Stardew Shrines

A thing I’ve been looking into lately is pop culture paganism/witchcraft. There are so many interesting ideas and ways of working to be found, and it’s really been a huge source of inspiration for my own path. One of the things I’ve done is made some shrines in a game! Stardew Valley was my game of choice, and I made some sheds to serve as shrines/temples. Take a look!

Shrine for Cernunnos
Shrine for Nehalennia
Shrine for Baduhenna
Shrine for Liyesa, pop-culture goddess of beauty
Shrine for the Gilded Three, pop-culture triple deity of fate, creativity, and stories

Prayer Beads

A set of prayer beads laying in a spiral. A crystal drop is the first bead, laying on the outside of the spiral. Following are all round beads of the same size. First the colours of the Gilbert Baker pride flag, a pentagram charm, white an grey beads, a triple moon charm with a pentagram in the centre, a string of different coloured beads representing the wheel of the year. Those are shimmery white, soft pink, red, yellow and white striped, green with copper glitter, brown with copper glitter, dark red and black, and crackled transparent. The beads end with a silver key charm.

I’ve been getting back into prayer beads lately, so I thought I would share my latest set! This set is meant to symbolize the Gilbert Baker pride flag and the meaning of each colour, the phases of the moon, and the wheel of the year. A more generalized witchy set, instead of one specific to a deity.

Baduhenna Moodboard

I’ve been taking the time to delve deeper into Baduhenna , and what she stands for beyond the battle aspect. It’s been pretty illuminating for me, although I’m still searching and researching if the UPG that comes up has some bases in history or not. For now, a moodboard on Baduhenna in her aspects of Goddess of the Wetland Forest and Witchcraft (UPG)

A moodboard of nine pictures, all in even squares. The pictures are: a fern, a misty forest edge, a forest from above, bundles of herbs drying on a string, a woman hiding in green ferns with only her eye and part of her face visible, a hand holding a large crystal point, dew on lady's-mantle plant, three tarot cards on a table with a candle and crystals, a river surrounded by trees.

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SDV Harvest Festival Card

During the last lockdown my partner and I spent a lot of time playing Stardew Valley together. At some point he challenged me into making a Stardew Valley themed card. I, of course, could not say no to this challenge

A card that looks like a tiered Harvest Grange display from the game Stardew Valley. The front has a sign with "Brightheart Farm", accompanied by rainbows and a rainbow heart. In the display are several items, in rows of three. A strawberry, a pink cake, a pomegranate, corn, garlic, pineapple, a purple bottle of starfruit wine, a yellow jar of fairy rose honey, and a white jar of mayonnaise with a blue lid. The items have coloured stars of gold or purple to designate quality. The top of the display has green swirling vines and pink flowers

I decided on making a harvest display as used in the Harvest Festival in the game. You get a grid of nine products to display, and display your best – and most expensive – wares. There is also a quality system in the game running from copper to iridium (purple). The stars on the items designate the quality. I filled the display with items we farmed and crafted, some specific to the game, and added the name of our farm to the front.

Top view of a card that looks like a tiered Harvest Grange display from the game Stardew Valley. The front has a sign with "Brightheart Farm", accompanied by rainbows and a rainbow heart. In the display are several items, in rows of three. A strawberry, a pink cake, a pomegranate, corn, garlic, pineapple, a purple bottle of starfruit wine, a yellow jar of fairy rose honey, and a white jar of mayonnaise with a blue lid. The items have coloured stars of gold or purple to designate quality. The top of the display has green swirling vines and pink flowers
Side view of a card that looks like a tiered Harvest Grange display from the game Stardew Valley. The front has a sign with "Brightheart Farm", accompanied by rainbows and a rainbow heart. In the display are several items, in rows of three. A strawberry, a pink cake, a pomegranate, corn, garlic, pineapple, a purple bottle of starfruit wine, a yellow jar of fairy rose honey, and a white jar of mayonnaise with a blue lid. The items have coloured stars of gold or purple to designate quality. The top of the display has green swirling vines and pink flowers

I used an exploding box card from Lawn Fawn as the base, and cut off the side flaps. The items were stamped using several sets from Clearly Besotted.

My partner loved the surprise card and I had a lot of fun making this fun display!

I also added a Card Gallery to the top of the page, where I display all cards that I’ve made over the years, including ones that didn’t get their own post. Please check it out!

Story: a mother’s choice

A macro photo of a piece of dragonfly wing against a green background. The wing is transparent with black veins.
Photo by Timothy Dykes on Unsplash

Prompt: Two identical infants lay in the cradle. “One you bore, the other is a Changeling. Choose wisely,” the Fae’s voice echoed from the shadows. “I’m taking both my children,” the mother said defiantly.

I watched the children for a moment. One was looking up, not seeing much, but content with the colours and light that swirled around them. The other was looking around, fascinated by the world. Eyes too bright, too knowing, too wise. And yet. They were John’s eyes. John who would sometimes give a look that was wise beyond his years. Eyes the warm brown of fresh baked bread on a misty autumn morning. Sparkling with mirth and mischief and joy.

What was the right choice? The human world was a cruel and heartless place sometimes, I knew. I stayed my hand from where it wished to reach to the necklace I now wore. The wedding ring on it bent and twisted. No use giving the fairy watching me more to work with. Perhaps for a child being raised in the wondrous world of the fey would be kinder. I looked towards the creature that had taken my child. The grin it wore at seeing my apparent indecision was not kind. No, no-one deserved to abandoned here.

It would be difficult, raising a fairy child, but I could learn. Besides, Mother would know what to do. I’m pretty sure my brother used to be a hellspawn and she raised him right. A fairy would be easy in comparison.

I could love them both. And, if I was honest with myself, I did love them both. After all, they were all I had left of my John.

Just seeing John’s bright smile not once, but twice a day would be worth it. To see his brown eyes take in the world anew, filled with wonder. Yes, the choice was not the difficult part, that would no doubt come later. But with love we would get through anything, could endure anything.

So with a mother’s love wrapped around me like a cloak I walked towards the cribs and picked up the little bundles wrapped in soft leaves. I looked towards the creature still grinning at me with malice on contempt. I pulled on my mother’s defiance, on my aunt’s way to command room, on my sister’s strength, and lastly on John’s love and wisdom. I drew that all in and raised up myself and my voice. “I will take both my children.”

Full Moon powder

A small row of four glass vials with a cork stopper. Inside the vials is a white and cream powder. The vials are standing on a blue and yellow background: Starry night on the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh.

Grind the ingredients up as fine as you’re able. (The shells took me three days! 😭)

  • One part ground sea shell
  • One part elder flower
  • Two parts jasmine flower
  • Two parts sea salt

Use to sprinkle onto your workspace during spellwork, on or around the items you want to charge with the moon’s energy, onto your deck for a full moon reading, or wherever else you wish to!

Home filled with love

Sometimes I think that my house is boring and bland. But then I look around, and on top of the closet we have the wooden cat that my mother in law gave us, my mom’s old typewriter, my partner’s grandfather’s antique radio, the rainbow ampersand that we used in our wedding, and an entire row of jars with dice in them because they’re colourful and they make me happy when I look at them.

We don’t have a lot on our walls, but two were a gift from me to my partner, one was a gift from him to me. We have a wedding gift given by my grandparents which is an artpiece we both love, a poster of our favourite poem which was a birthday gift, and an amazing papyrus print that my mother in law got us in Egypt.

In front of the TV part of my seashell collection that I’ve been collecting since I was a young kid is displayed together with a beautiful ceramic tealight holder that my dad and second mom got us. In the bookcase is a crocheted dinomonster that a friend designed made based of my drawings.

Our house might not be decorated in any way that would pass muster, but it is filled with love.

Poetry: my hope for you

When they ask you what you’ve learned during these unprecedented times,
What skills you have developed,
My hope for you is that you can say,

I learned to put myself first.

I learned that my health is important,
more important than the grind.

I learned that “I love you” can be said
in a thousand small and new ways.

I learned to find love in the smallest things,
and to find wonders right outside my front door.

I learned to rest.

I learned that the cruelty of the few
doesn’t outshine the kindness of the many.

I learned many new things about my inner world,
away from the eyes of society.

I learned that I have the strength
to survive even the darkest of days.

I learned that I am enough.