I did this spread while on holiday in Romania, and recorded it as I thought it’s rather interesting. In Romania, the practice of magic is largely confined to the gypsy (or Romany) people. This does include both white and black magic, as well as both genuine practitioners and charlatans alike. Unfortunately the more mainstream and educated Romanian populace look down at what they perceive primitive and uneducated practices of magic, and there is a lot of biased media attention on this subject. So I did this spread one night after seeing some news item about a black witch and another on a white witch. It’s a highly – highly – controversial topic back home, not least because of deeply ingrained issues of racism and hate.
I asked two questions:
1. What is white magic? The universe
2. What is black magic? 7 of Cups – Illusions of success
Initially I had a very black and white notion of the answer – as in, white magic is good and black magic is an illusion and don’t even think about going there. But now I think the answer is really saying that with black magic, there is the danger of losing oneself if not careful, of going too far in the smoky haze between the worlds if not being well grounded and having a good grip on reality. You may think you are in control, but are you really? Aleister Crowley came to mind here.
I guess I’ve started exploring this topic – magic in general – as I do feel drawn to certain aspects of it, largely natural magic (as opposed to ceremonial magic) and I’m definitely starting to investigate more in-depth the properties of crystals and herbs. So far I’ve just spent a lot of time researching organic gardening principles as there is a decent size raised bed where I’m living, and I’m looking into planting a whole lot of herbs (and vegetables!) for use.
Most of it is bare except for grass clippings, but the soil is very rich and looks perfect. I’ve spent the past week removing the grass weed from it, and last night sowed the green manure seeds for nitrogen-fixing. The whole process feels very Empress-like, but there’s a lot of preparation and patience required since I’ll be doing it all organic style…
Hope you all have a beautiful week ahead,