Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Deck 'Em

As always there are candle and ritual reports to write up and send out, but I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some ideas that have been stirring about in my brain.  It started several weeks ago when I started realizing that my role as a reader and ritualist for people has led me down some pretty awesome roads and that many of my long term clients have also become friends over time.  This in turn led me to reflect on the role of the professional reader and rootwork ritualist.  I was listening to last week's Hoodoo Rootwork Hour Radio Show hosted by miss cat and Dr. K and miss cat mentioned something in passing that really resonated with me.  She was talking about how the internet has changed the face of Hoodoo and of professional magic--and its true--I get to encounter and read for a number of people and I am different than workers of the past because more of my clients live outside of my town and state than those that do live around these parts--that's because of the world wide web.  However, cat also mentioned that with this broadened exposure we lose one of the primary functions of the old fashioned worker--these were people who were spiritual advisors and when they had a client who had no one else to turn to--no family, friends or churches, they knew they could go to their worker.  This is the nurturing part of our job--nowadays we may call it "client relations" but however you slice it, it has to do with how we nurture and nourish our clients.  I have a very personal relationship with each of my clients.  When I cut cards for someone I become invested in how they are going to receive the information I have to give them and what actions they will take after the reading is over.  I want each and everyone of my clients to lead the happy, fulfilled, beautiful life that he or she is meant to lead.  This goes beyond rootwork know-how--that is important--but an intimate connection between a client and her worker is as if not more important.  The intimate connection I have with each of my clients and the way that my long term clients become companions on this thrilling journey that is life is so meaningful and important to me.  I feel blessed to have such wonderful clients and I pray that each and everyone of you is blessed in turn!  

Melissa-lenormand-08044One of the cards from the Melissa Lenormand

These meandering thoughts then led me to consider the differences between my clients--just as you would consider the differences between your friends and this leads to a query that I get a lot--is there a specific type of reading or card deck that I recommend for specific clients?  My answer to this question has changed over time--at first I felt that I could read for anyone with the standard RWS and I can and have.

The Industry gold standard Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

BUT, I have also come to feel that certain decks really do resonate with different people's energies.  I don't know if they necessarily make for a more accurate reading but the right deck can definitely make a different in how an individual hears the information that I have to impart to them.  The images, language, and associations surrounding each deck are unique and specific so it makes sense that different clients are going to have preferences.  I also find that I will have preferences for a client and want to read from a specific deck for their case.  If you have a connection to a reader or if you enjoy reading for yourself but you find that the readings are not as accurate or on point as you would wish them to be, then you may want to experience with different decks and see if you get more clarity.  Ask your reader what decks they use and if they have a deck that they might recommend especially for your case.


The Bohemian Gothic Tarot from Baba Studio

Friday, April 15, 2011

Exciting News, Candle Reports, Spell Reports, and Readings

Hi everyone,

Well crazy times just get crazier over at Milagro Roots!  This weekend our family is moving into a new home and Milagro Roots will have a separate office space--dubbed by Miss cat the "conjure casita."  Phone lines will be up and running by Sunday and I will perform my first readings in the new space on Monday.  I am recovering from a nasty 48 hour virus that hit me last week and has pushed me behind schedule on candle reports, spell reports and a few readings--so for those of you who have been waiting patiently, I'm afraid you will have to wait a little bit longer.  We are thrilled with our new home, but with the chaos of moving, a 1.5 month old little one and all the rest I am juggling a lot of balls right now and I appreciate everyone's patience.  In the meantime my readings have become even more popular and I am now booked pretty much through the end of April.  I am also thrilled to announce that both Momma Hen and myself will be finishing our apprentice week at Lucky Mojo and attending the workshops the first weekend of May.  I will be performing readings in the reading tent so for those of you who are attending--look for me there!

Monday, April 4, 2011

On Candles and Candle Reports

So here is the deal on candles and candle reports.  Right now I burn between 50 and 70 vigil candles a week.  That means that at the end of each week I have between 50 and 70 candle reports to get out to clients.  I love blessing and dressing candles for clients, I love facilitating my candle altar, but what I do not love are the many emails I receive on a weekly basis wanting to know when "my" candle report will be ready.  On my FAQ's page I clearly state that vigil candle reports may not come out for 2-3 weeks after the candle has been burned depending on my schedule and how busy I am.  What I did not state there because I thought it was obvious was that every email inquiry I get asking me about candle reports is going to slow down the typing up of the actual report that much more.  I think that the confusion around candle reports is really my own fault--I have always been very good about getting reports out immediately so all of my clients expect that, but the truth is that candle reports come out when I have a chunk of time at my disposal to type up between 50-70 reports.  Sending me emails every day asking when your candle report is going to be ready does not make it get out to you any faster and in fact slows down the process.  Patience is appreciated.  Naturally if it has been a really long time and you have not received a candle report, shoot me a quick email--I make mistakes like every one and may have overlooked yours, but starting today I am no longer responding to emails asking when my candle report will be ready--instead I will use the time that I would have spent writing responses to actually write the reports.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April 2011 Newsletter is out

I actually sent it out on Friday but I am only getting around to linking to it today, find it here.