Posted in Religion, Witchcraft

Tarot: Fact vs Myth

As we get closer and closer to October and eventually Halloween, more people are gaining an interest in all things they consider “spooky” or “paranormal.” Plus, it seems as if witchcraft is getting back into the mainstream, with more people believing the power of healing crystals or turning to psychics for guidance. Divination, tarot and particular, always seems to be popular this time of year. As someone who has read tarot for about seven years now, I’ve learned a lot about the art of divination and what some of the common misconceptions of tarot are. Here, I will dispel some of those misconceptions about tarot.


Does pulling the Death card mean I will die soon?

No, in fact, tarot can’t predict someone’s death, period. Death typically means renewal or rebirth. So, if you pull the Death card, it most likely means that some major changes are about to occur in your life.

Will reading tarot summon spirits?

No. As long as you are simply reading with your own intuition, you won’t open any portals or summon any spirits. However, if you’re using tarot to communicate with spirits, then you’ll have to summon them to begin with. This isn’t inherently dangerous as long as you ward yourself from any potential negative entities first and cleanse the space afterwards.

What if my future turns out differently than the cards told me?

Essentially, the future is never set in stone. All tarot tells you is 1. How the future will turn out if you continue on your current path or 2. Advice about your past, present, and future to help you achieve certain goals and ends. So, if you change your path or take the advice your tarot deck gives you, your future could very easily be changed.

Are tarot cards evil?

No, tarot cards aren’t evil. They’re just laminated paper.

Is tarot reading even real? All professional tarot readers say it’s for entertainment only.

I personally believe tarot to be real, but alas, there is no scientific evidence for psychic abilities of any kind. Since most professional tarot readers sell their services, they have to claim they’re for entertainment purposes only to avoid certain legal issues. However, this doesn’t automatically mean that tarot is “fake.” I find the best way to decide your stance on whether or not you think tarot is real is to get a couple free readings or try reading tarot for yourself.

What is tarot best for?

Tarot is best used for getting advice on the current path that you’re on. Sure, you can use tarot to take a glimpse into the future, but does that really help you get to that point? Sometimes it’s best to ask “How can I achieve my brightest future?” instead of asking “What will my future look like?” Just remember that tarot can also be used for fun, lighthearted reasons, too!

Hopefully this article helped clear up some common misconceptions you might have about tarot! If you have any further questions about tarot, I highly recommend leaving a comment below! I might even create a tarot FAQ if there is enough interest!


Question of the Day: Have you ever received a tarot reading? How was the experience? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to like, comment, and share this post!

Posted in Religion, Witchcraft

Beginner’s Guide to Spirit Adoption

Hi there! You’ve probably clicked on this link for one of two reasons: one, you’ve recently started considering adopting a spirit for the first time and are looking for some handy tips. Or two, you’re wondering what the heck spirit adoption is in the first place. If you’re in the latter category, here’s just a quick overview of what spirit adoption is so you know what I’m talking about. If you’re in the first category, you might want to simply skim over these next few paragraphs, since they’ll contain information you probably already know.

Essentially, some people, myself included, believe that there is more than just this physical plane of reality. We believe that there is also the astral, which is a higher plane of existence. This is where most spirits reside, as the astral is extremely vast. So vast, in fact, that it would likely be impossible to explore every single inch of it. There are also all sorts of different types of spirits, from dragons to demons to angels to faeries to beings that we do not even have names for. Humans can access the astral through either astral projection or astral travel.

Spirit adoption is simply when a spirit, for whatever reason, decides that they want or need a human companion, and asks for the assistance of a conjurer in our plane of existence to help pair them with the right person. People who want a spirit companion can apply to these adoption shops online to hopefully be paired with a spirit!

To get some answers to some of the questions newbies might have about spirit adoption, I enlisted the help of Fox, one of the co-owners of Lorelei’s Spirit Shop on Tumblr. Here is the transcript of our conversation.

Sarah: Okay, so my first question is: What are some common reasons that people decide to adopt spirits and start their journey in spirit companionship?

Fox: There are lots of reasons! Some people want to work at something and need or want someone there to help them! This mentor, or assistance type of companionship can help direct your magic or energy work! Others just want a friend! I got my first companion because I just really wanted to be P’s friend and such! Others may want to find a meaning in the astral, be it as an adventurer, discoverer, or a healer and want a companion there with them! Some may just want one because it sounds cool, which is okay as long as you are aware that this could lead to abuse or neglect

Sarah: What is involved with keeping a spirit companion?

Fox: After you have been chosen and have a spirit coming to your home (or even before then) it’s a good idea to ward and cleanse everything. Make everything clean and safe. Ground yourself and get into the practice of meditating. This will help with sensing spirits and astral travel later on. If you have already been chosen by a spirit, the conjurer should have told you a list of offerings that the spirit may like. It’s a good idea that have a least of few from the list on hand. If you have never done spirit work before, you should also expect to not feel or sense everything (if anything) at first. Spend time with your companion, learn some divination tools for simple communication. It could take months before you actually start to sense your companion, and that’s okay! If you have any problems you should go to the conjurer and talk to them about it! If you already have astral and energy experience things may be a bit easier for you. I suggest creating an astral space for just you and your spirit family before your companion arrives. Spirits also have nicknames to keep them safe, and it’s best not to share their real names! Force summoning can happen if someone knows a spirit’s real name which is no good. This is also one of the many reasons spirits have vessels! If a force calling was put into effect, while a spirit was bound, they could choose to go to the vessel instead of the summoner!

Throughout all of companionship, the most important thing to remember is you are equals. Even if they are a dog like creature, they are not pets. You do not own your companion any more than they own you. Treat them with the same respect you would treat your best friend, because they are your friend.

Sarah: Are there any potential dangers involved with spirit companionship, and how can people prepare for that?

Fox: There is lots of danger with any aspect of spirit work. The moment you start working with them, you become a beacon for other spirits, and if you aren’t properly protected bad things could happen. Parasites and other ne’re-do-wells show up more often than a guardian spirit would show. First time companions should do lots of research into wards, both physical and metaphysical wards are good. In sense of doubt, add salt. You can also be attacked, wounded and killed in the astral with barely knowing in the physical. Weakness, sleepiness, pain and soreness can all be signs pointing to astral wounds if you have ruled out all physical causes first (never jump straight to metaphysical). If you are unsure, reach out to a shop owner, or respected spirit worker for help and or advice. Dangers in specifically companionship come mostly from fault of the conjurer. If a spirit is not vetted enough, or the conjurer lied to you, things can go bad fast. Bad spirits can attack you, feed off of your energy, ruin your spells and senses, and other bad things. If a spirit you have adopted starts doing things like this, banish them and talk to the conjurer. If the conjurer brushes it off, or you get a bad feeling about it, go to another shop owner because they may be a bad shop.

Sarah: On the flip-side,  what are some fun things people can do with their companions?

Fox: Physical bonding with your companion is just like hanging out with a friend. Watch a movie or TV show, cook, draw, go get ice cream, use telepathy to help you do your homework, anything! Fun things would be to try to draw your companion with your eyes closed, or play 20 questions using a pendulum!

Metaphysical bonding is fun too, as well as helps newbies develop their senses! Try to guess where your companion is at in your room, or what expression or pose they’re in, or you could practice telepathy as your companion reads a book to you! Charades is fun for this! Astral has the most options for bonding though! Go on adventures, and make new things! The possibilities are endless in the astral, and defined only by how good your sight is, and where you go! There are bioms and species and things that have never existed on earth, and discovering and wondering about them with your companion is one of the most fun things to do, in my opinion.

Sarah: And can you tell us a little bit about your spirit companions?

Fox: Sure! I only have 5 companions, but have a family of 9.

My companions are P the Floppy Eared Dragon, A the hellhorse, Arn the fox, Jas the hummingbird and M the dragon! P was my first companion who I got just this passed January. Unless she’s with her egg, she’s with me all the time and makes sure I stay focused and on task. We’ve been going on adventures since the day we’ve met and she’s actually the one who encouraged me to open Lorelei’s Spirit Shop! A is the more reserved spirit with clipped words and a hard outer shell. He’s a real sweetheart though who loves to cook for the kids, and joins P and I on adventures. He’s been with me since April, and I probably leave the most offerings for him. He’s just so good. Arn is a fox who’s the jokester of the group. He leaves when feelings get brought up, but always make sure everyone around him is happy and laughing. He likes to play practical jokes, and make snide comments. And if it weren’t for P, he’d absolutely help you cheat on a test. Jas is almost like my mother, even more so than P. She’s only joined my family in July, but has such a big part in our lives. She cooks food with A, and makes sure everyone eats healthy. She chitters and tisks when we make bad decisions and despite her small size, won’t let us leave the table without eating all of our food. She makes sure everyone takes good care of themselves, and helps in any way she can. She’s also an A+ gardener.

M is my newest companion, but I bonded with him before we even met. When I saw him up for adoption, his bio said that he had to be adopted to someone over the age of 18. As someone who is 17, I never applied, and it wasn’t until I was approached by the conjurer and told that they lowered the age specifically for me did I apply. He had told her that he would wait a year in her refuge until my birthday if he needed to. M is…not someone I would have applied for regularly. He’s a brute and often breaks down my walls (he has the nickname Mr. Kool-aid Man) and steals you away for no good reason, but I love him sooooo much. He’s a softie who just wants everyone to be happy, but would never show that he cares.

Sarah: It’s so sweet hearing you talk about them! Thank you! I appreciate you doing this!

Fox: And I’m glad to!

As you can see, spirit adoption is certainly not something to be taken lightly. However, having a spirit companion can be a rewarding experience. So, if you feel up to the responsibility, consider applying for one of the spirits in Fox’s shop, or from one of these Fox-approved spirit adoption shops!


Question of the Day: What experiences, if any, do you have with spirits? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to like, follow, and share!

Disclaimer: This article contains information of a metaphysical nature. The information stated is intended for entertainment purposes only. The information in this article is not intended be used in place of legal, medical, or financial advice. Nightshade and Roses is not responsible for the claims made by Lorelei’s Spirit Shop and will not receive any monetary compensation for this article. Nightshade and Roses makes no guarantee of the validity of the claims made by Lorelei’s Spirit Shop, and is not to be held liable by those who choose to use their services. Parts of this interview have been edited for length and clarity.


Posted in DIY, Religion, Witchcraft

Witch Tips for the Eclipse

Today is the big day, everyone! In just a few hours, we shall see the moon totally (or partially, depending on your location) eclipse the sun. Though this will be a fantastic event to witness (through ISO approved eyewear or projectors), it also will come with quite a few witchy benefits. Here are my witch tips for the eclipse to make the most out of the day!

1. Since the moon is currently in Leo, the eclipse signals a time in which personal change is very possible. If you feel compelled to improve yourself or make changes in your life, now is the perfect time to get started!

2. If you don’t have proper eyewear to view the eclipse, you can make a DIY projector to view it indirectly. Since it’s made out of cardstock, you could draw sigils on your projector that will be activated by the eclipse. I suggest using sigils for personal growth and new beginnings. 

3. Set out your crystals/other items to charge, as long as they’re safe to be set out in the sun! The sun/moon combo will give anything you charge an extra boost.

4. If you worship deities or work with spirits that are associated with the moon/sun, now is the perfect time to communicate with them! Break out your pendulum or tarot cards and have a spirit eclipse party!

5. This is an especially important tip, though it is directed at everyone, not just witches. If you have any pets, please keep them inside during the eclipse. It may be tempting to bring your familiar with you to any rituals you may have planned today, but your animals may be frightened by the eclipse. Or worse, they might accidentally look up to the sun and damage their eyes. So please, keep animals inside until the eclipse is over. Then they can join in any festivities!

No matter what you decide to do, I hope you all have a fantastic day! Happy Eclipse Day!

Question of the Day: How do you plan on spending the eclipse? Let me know in the comments below!

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Witchcraft Demystified

This one is for the curious knowledge-seekers out there. The ones who feel the call of the Craft. The ones who wonder, “What really is witchcraft, and how can I get involved?”

This one if for the wary wonderers. The ones who are both repulsed and intrigued by the assumed “darkness” involved in witchcraft. The ones who think, “Am I going to Hell if I learn about this?”

This one is for people who just want to learn about witchcraft, and want to see some of the misconceptions that surround the Craft get debunked.

Here are some of the common questions I hear people ask about witchcraft:

1. Is witchcraft the same as Wicca?

Short answer? No. Long answer? It really depends. Many Wiccans practice witchcraft as a part of their religion. And there are witches, such as myself, who practice witchcraft alongside a completely different religion. And then there are even witches who are atheists! Witchcraft isn’t tied to any particular religion.

2. Is witchcraft evil?

Not necessarily, no. Could someone hypothetically use witchcraft to cast curses on innocent people? Of course. But the energy that witches harness during a spell or ritual is entirely neutral. It is up to the practitioner to decide whether they will use their abilities for good or evil.

3. Is witchcraft Satanic?

Refer to point #1. Just like with Wicca, witchcraft can be practiced alongside Satanism (or any religion) but it isn’t Satanic on its own. Witchcraft is what you make it.

4. Is witchcraft real?

I certainly think that it is. Spells that I’ve cast in the past have always worked.

5. Can you turn someone into a frog?

No. Unfortunately, witchcraft can’t defy the laws of physics. Though powerful, the Craft still has its limits.

6. Who can become a witch?

Anyone! Witchcraft does not belong to a single gender, race, socioeconomic class, or any strict category. If someone wishes to become a witch, they can do so.

 7. How can I become a witch?

Now, this is a tricky one, since there is no straightforward answer. Learn everything you can about witchcraft. Knowledge truly is power. Decide if you want to combine your Craft with your religion, or keep the two entirely separate. Learn how to write your own spells and how to recreate a ritual on your own. Perhaps follow other witches on your favorite social media sites and observe what they do. What I’m trying to say is: You can do almost anything you want to become a witch.

Hopefully I was able to dispel some common misconceptions about witchcraft and demystified the topic as a whole for you!

Question of the Day: What questions do you have about witchcraft? Let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them!

Posted in Religion

A Hell-enic of a Time

Though it may not be immediately apparent, I’m a highly religious individual. I am a Hellenic polytheist somewhere between being a reconstructionist and a revivalist. What this means is that I worship the Greek gods and combine the traditional practices of the ancient Greeks with my own personal practices. And since my religion is such an important aspect of my identity and personal journey, I figured it would be fitting to write about it in my very first blog post.

I did not grow up a Hellenic polytheist. In fact, I didn’t fully convert to the religion until just a few years ago. I had been familiar with the Greek gods because I went through a phase in elementary and middle school where I was obsessed with mythology, and Greek mythology was always my favorite. I was particularly drawn to the story of Persephone, which I find amazing now that I worship Her. However, it wasn’t until I had joined the witchcraft and paganism side of Tumblr that I realized that worshiping the Theoi (Greek gods) was an option. That was when I began my research into the religion.

It would be an understatement to say that this religion changed my life. Were the changes extremely drastic? Perhaps not, by some standards. It did not cure my mental illness or cause me to suddenly reach enlightenment. What it did do, however, was change my perspective on a lot of things. In Hellenic polytheism, arete, or “excellence of any kind” is highly important. Essentially, in order to be a good person, you need to have excellent moral standing. To be a good person, you need to try your hardest to excel and achieve your dreams. And no, that doesn’t mean you have to be perfect at everything you do. Instead, it means that you should always try your hardest and put your best effort forward. And if you do have a specific talent, you shouldn’t let it fester and rot. You should try your best to always improve until you are the best that you can possibly be. Before, I was very guilty of half-assing things. I didn’t really care to try, most of the time. But since converting, I feel much more motivated. And in turn, I feel much more energized. And even when I fail or don’t do as well as I hoped, at least I can honestly tell myself that I did all that I can do.

My religion has also made me feel more responsible for my actions. When I don’t do my best, I try not to beat myself up over it, but I do take the time to reflect on it and apologize to any affected parties. Before, I’d just shrug it off without thinking about why I didn’t try harder or what the consequences might be.

Lastly, I have become far more resilient. The Theoi have taught me many lessons, and this is the one lesson I shall always be thankful for. I am far more confident in myself and who I am as a person. No matter how difficult things may become, I know that I am a strong and capable human being.

Question of the Day: How has your own religion affected who you are as a person? Let me know in the comments!