Professor of Astral Travel
Mandrake Academy’s professor of astral travel will help
you slip the bonds of gravity, and guide you through the mysteries of space
and time. Don’t lose this card: it’s your ticket to the astral plane.
The professor practices her art at night, when most
astral travelers are asleep or on the verge of sleep.
She looks beautiful, fit, and trim — but her
preternaturally white hair reveals that she’s much older than she
appears. She’s a direct descendent of Hecate, the ancient goddess of the
Long ago, Hecate guided travelers at crossroads into
places of mystery. Today, the professor of astral travel can guide you
through the darkness, too.
She’s flying over the crossroads of time and space, at
the pyramids in Egypt. The ancient monuments symbolize long-distance
travel through this world — and the next.
The Sphinx that guards the pyramids is a blend of four
creatures — bull, lion, eagle, and man — which symbolize the four fixed
signs of the zodiac.
The professor rides a proverbial witch’s broom, and
she wears a pointed hat. She’s not afraid to reclaim the word witch, or
the ancient tools and traditions of the craft.
A witch’s hat is a cone of power, and a broom is a
magic wand that can sweep away the mundane and take riders on wild
flights of fancy and creative imagination.
While witches on broomsticks are sometimes shown with
cats perched behind them, this professor’s familiar creature is a
pharaoh hound. He’s a spirit animal who glides beside her in the night.
Her hat has a garland of stars around the brim, and
her cloak is sheer, spun from the fabric of the night. Her traveling
clothes make her invisible to people on the ground below.
The band of her hat features shimmering glyphs for the
astrological sign Cancer. The stars of the constellation Cancer are
swept up in the bristles of the broom, too. Cancer is the sign of home
and family life — but astral projection makes it possible to see the
world without leaving home.
The new moon in the sky is a silvery crescent, just
emerging from its darkest phase. It symbolizes new beginnings and new
A cluster of stars behind the professor is shaped like
the Hebrew letter Cheth,
which means fence. A fence may mark a boundary, but it can’t contain the
Astral travel is a meditative exercise, a lot like lucid
dreaming. During astral travel
, you can leave your body and travel
through the astral plane, a spiritual level of reality filled with thoughts
and mental imagery.
Astral travel is accomplished mostly through creative
visualization. The technique is simple.
First, prepare a traveling potion of herbal tea to
help you relax before your journey.
Lie down on your bed.
Breathe deeply, and imagine yourself floating two or
three feet above your physical body, as comfortably as if you were
resting on an air mattress in a pool.
Then imagine yourself rising comfortably through the
ceiling, and head for any destination you choose. You might find
yourself traveling through the air, or you might find yourself
transported there instantly.
When you’re ready to go home, imagine yourself back in
your room, still floating a few feet above your bed, and allow yourself
to be pulled back into your body.
The Charioteer’s Time Travel Spread
This spread taps into the magical power of the number
three. When you read it both vertically and horizontally, you’ll be able to
develop a comprehensive overview of your life’s path.
Shuffle and deal three cards in each position. You don’t
need to look at all the cards; the top card is likely to reveal the
information you need. If you’d like clarification, however, you can consult
the cards underneath.
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