Professor of Spellcraft
Centuries ago, when most people were illiterate, the
people who could read and write were powerful, indeed. They had the power to
cast spells — literally. With a few strokes of the pen, they could charm
passing thoughts out of the air and shepherd them into physical existence.
Today, writing is a gift that most of us take for
granted — but the professor of spellcraft will help you reclaim the magic
power of the written word.
The professor of spellcraft is pictured in her
classroom, watching over two students as they practice the art of casting
spells in longhand. The simple act of putting pen to paper will help them
clarify their thoughts, focus their intention, and direct their energy
toward a specific goal.
The professor embodies the lyric charm and beauty of
the written word. She’s beautiful and ageless, like Aphrodite, the goddess
The Lovers card can symbolize love, romance, and
marriage. A large percentage of spells, after all, are designed to attract
new love, renew old love, or reunite lost love.
While an appearance by this couple could encourage any
hopeless romantic, the Lovers card also signifies a choice to be made
between competing drives and desires. The young lovers in the image
illustrate the twin principles of action and reaction, yin and yang, and
give and take.
Because opposites attract, the two students also offer
a study in contrast: the girl is female, and the boy is male. The girl is
left-handed, while the boy uses his right. The girl is dark, which signifies
girls’ tendency to mature more quickly in love and think more deeply about
relationships. The boy, on the other hand, is pale and lovesick.
The students are writing with old-fashioned feather
pens. The Lovers card is associated with air, and feathers are a symbol of
This professor’s classroom is filled with books.
Twenty-two books stacked on the floor — one for each card in the major
The writing desk has four panels — one for each suit of
the minor arcana.
The professor is holding an apple, the forbidden fruit
that symbolizes wisdom.
She plucked the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of
Good and Evil on the right side of the card.
A serpent winds his way up through its branches; you
can see his head near the professor’s left arm. He might symbolize the
whisper of temptation. He might also represent the flow of kundalini energy.
The kabalistic Tree of Life stands on the left, still
bearing its full complement of ten apples — one for each mystic stage of
Two symbols are painted on the wall behind the
professor. One is the glyph for the astrological sign Gemini. People who are
born when the sun is in Gemini are the great communicators of the Zodiac.
The other symbol is the Hebrew letter Zain, which means
sword. In tarot, swords symbolize communication and intellect, but it’s
often said that the pen is mightier than the sword.
A few basic spelling guidelines will help you get the
most from any spells you cast.
Clarify your intention before you begin, by putting
your goals and objectives in writing.
You can add extra power to your spells by writing them
in rhyming verse.
If you want to augment your spells with candles,
crystals, and symbolic tokens, gather all the supplies you’ll need ahead of
Create a circle of sacred space to contain and
concentrate your magical efforts.
As you work your magic, visualize the successful
completion of your goals, and imagine yourself enjoying the results.
Be specific in the results you hope to achieve, but
open-minded about the means to your end. Don’t try to micromanage your own
fate. Instead, allow for any possibility. Make your goals and objectives
clear, but let the universe take care of the details.
When you’ve finished casting each spell, your job is
done. Be patient. Don’t destroy the energy you put into motion by talking
about it; you’ll pull it back
toward yourself. Release your spell to do its work.
The Lover's Relationship Spread
Read this spread clockwise. The cards on either end — 1
and 2 — represent two people in a relationship. The cards in the rows
between illustrate the connection and communication between the two. Cards
3, 4, and 5 will reveal the past, present, and future of the relationship,
while cards 8, 7, and 6 will depict foundational issues that affect that
past, present, and future.
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