Author Archives: Literata

About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.

Earth Day – Romancing the Landbase

Make an offering and deepen your relationship… Continue reading

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Ritual for problem-solving using the Seven of Swords

Use the energy of Air and the blessings of Athena to empower steps toward overcoming an obstacle in your life. Continue reading

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Introduction to chakras

The chakra system is a useful tool which one can build upon with several other methodologies. Learn about the seven chakras, their colors, and what each one represents. Continue reading

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How many reversed cards in a Tarot reading?

How many reversed cards should we expect in an average Tarot reading? The binomial probability distribution helps us refine our intuition to understand that six to eight reversals out of ten is normal. Continue reading

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Clearing stones

Clearing or cleansing crystals and minerals for magical purposes is an important part of working with stones. The details of timing and methods depend on the stones being used and your intent. Personally I try to use the more general … Continue reading

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Columbia and Justice for women’s choices

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in cases that have to do with the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for insurance plans to cover contraception. I renew my prayers to Justice and to Columbia: Justice, be not blind, but … Continue reading

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Ostara – Seeds of Love

I want to be a chick making a change. Ostara teaches me that even when the shells of intolerance and cruelty and fear seem too tough for me to crack, deity is within me, and within the world, and that deity’s radical, transformative love is how I work in the world, pecking away at that shell, a little bit at a time. And the more that I celebrate deity in myself, and in everyone as I do at Ostara, the more I grow, the stronger I get, to peck a little bit more. Continue reading

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Ostara Ritual To Find the Sun

Eggs are strongly associated with Ostara and its images of fertility and growth, and dyeing hardboiled eggs is a wonderful tradition to use for this Sabbat. This ritual uses the egg in a slightly different way to symbolize the release … Continue reading

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Ritual for Balance using the Two of Swords

Ritual for balance using the breath and two of Swords In this ritual we continue working with the suit of Swords, associated with Air, and thus with ideas, information, communication, and choices. The two of this suit is often described … Continue reading

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Elemental Dignities: a few examples

Considering the Elemental Dignities among three cards can show which cards are supporting and reinforcing and which cards have friction or conflict, adding new depth to a reading. I wrote about using Elemental relationships between Tarot cards and astrological signs … Continue reading

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