This is only a test…!

Some weeks ago, I designed my own version of the Miskatonic University diploma, and I wanted to go an extra step!

First, I bought a luxury type of paper called the St. James Antique Bond Paper, Natural, 24lb (90 g/m2), 8 1/2″ x 11″. When lighted, it has a nice shine effect under the light! Then, I bought some golden Legal Seals labels, sized 1 15/16” diameter. Lastly, I ordered a custom made Embossing Seal, using the Miskatonic University seal made by Propnomicon!

I received the Embossing Seal today, and while it is amazing, my legal seals labels are too small. However, this is an easy fix. My girlfriend has a Cricut machine, and I decided to design my own Legal Seals that will perfectly fit the size of the embossed seal. To be continued!

Sorcery in Quebec from the XVIIth to the XIXth Century

The three editions (1961, 1971, 1978) of one of the most important books in my collection, finally together! In 1993, I was 13 years old when I first read this book at my local library, and since that moment I always wanted to have, at least, a copy. Now I have all three! 🙂

Miskatonic University Diploma

Miskatonic University Diploma

I just made a Miskatonic University Diploma! It’s fully customizable and you can download it right here!

Facsimile – “Tarot de Court de Gebelin”

Like the Tarot of Papus, this tarot was never made into a physical tarot deck. Antoine Court de GĂ©belin initiated the interpretation of the tarot as an Egyptian esoteric arcane in another chapter of Le Monde primitif , published in 1781. The “cards” were only images in this book, and people could cut them and glue the image on cardboard to make their own tarot deck (constituted of the 22 Major Arcana of the divinatory tarot).

I don’t own that book, and clearly, I would not cut a book made in 1781! So, I saved the scanned pages from the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and made my own deck. I also made a box!

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Since of the pandemic crisis, I’ll have time to make even more facsimile versions of historical tarot and oracles, so stay tuned if you are interested!

Facsimile “Tarot des BohĂ©miens” (Papus)

Another addition to my facsimile tarot series, that I made with images from museums!

This one is the Tarot des BohĂ©miens, or Tarot of Papus. This tarot was never created as a deck of cards, but was made available in GĂ©rard Anaclet Vincent Encausse’s (aka Papus) books titled Le Tarot des BohĂ©miens: Le plus ancien livre du monde (1889) and Le tarot divinatoire: Clef du tirage des cartes et des sorts (1909).

I simply made a deck of cards with the illustrated, and made a box, and voilĂ !

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Making my own Petit Etteilla

I loved so much making my own Etteilla I tarot deck (Part I and Part II) that I decided to make another one. This one is not a tarot, but a deck of cards designed for divination. In 1770, Jean Baptiste Alliette (“Etteilla”) published a book titled Etteilla, ou manière de se rĂ©crĂ©er avec un jeu du cartes par M*** with a system of divination based upon the common 32 card or piquet deck that was used in France and Italy at the time, but with Etteilla’s unique spin. A piquet deck is one in which the 2-6 cards have been removed, as was used in the playing card game, piquet. When we are fortune telling with playing cards for a man, this man is symbolized by the king of hearts. The woman is similarly represented by the queen of hearts.

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Like most decks during this time, slight variations exists for this deck, with different backings. I choose the one I prefer, and used the cleanest scans of the deck that I could find on the Bibliothèque nationale de France website.

The set of 33 cards are excactly 8,9 x 5,7 cm, based on the notice:

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After editing the images in Photoshop, I organised them in Microsoft Word, with 6 cards on a page, with a full pattern of the backing on the reverse side. As you can see below, with a deck of 33 cards divided by 4 pages, I had three extra spots. So, I decided to make two extra cover cards (one is Grimaud’s box cover, the other is the book cover from Etteilla’s booklet) and one variant card #26 (One as the RĂ©publique Française stamp, and another is stamp-free).

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Then, the cutting process, which is not too long with only 36 cards!

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And voilĂ ! Another gorgeous deck for my collection!

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Making my own Etteilla I – Part 2

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This is the follow-up from this post, where I explain how I edited my Etteilla I tarot in Photoshop and prepared them for printing. So, I procrastinated long enough, and finally decided to print my Etteilla I tarot deck!

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The printing company who has done the print only charged me 16.50$ CAD (11.50$ USD) and it looks fabulous! The deck is printed on white 100 lbs cardstock. The finished printing is only another step of the whole process, and one of the longest is to cut the individual cards. I did it with a ruler and an X-Acto-type knife. I don’t trust trimmers or guillotines – sometime the don’t cut straight. After 78 cards, my hand was feeling painful (you have to put pressure when cutting with an X-Acto to make sure everything stay straight), but the result is great and without hiccups.

Each cards measures exactly 11,9 x 6,5 cm, based on the Bibliothèque nationale de France’s notice:

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I need to mention that there is variations of patterns in the backs of the Etteilla I (and also different coloration of the front images themselves) – I have 5 scanned versions in my computer – and I went for the one with swirls on the back (or the Version “D” as seen below). This is simply the one I prefer!

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The version released by Lo Scarabeo in 2017 was, in fact, a reproduction of the deck released by Grimaud in 1890, with a red and blue grid in the back. Mine is based on an original deck released in 1788. Also, mine has straight corners, exactly like the original!

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I really enjoyed making my own facsimile version of a tarot deck. It’s time and effort consuming, but it is cheap! So, I will definitely make more of them. My next post will be about my reproduction of the Petit Etteilla divination card deck!

Using Crystals in Elixir

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Crystal elixirs and essences go by many names: Gem Waters, Gem Elixirs, Gem Tonics, Gem Essences, Crystal Waters, Crystal Essences, Crystal Tonics, and more. However, do not be confused. They all mean the same thing. An Elixir is obtained when crystal are used to create healing tinctures that are taken internally, applied to affected body areas, or sprayed around a space, and that’s what we’re going to look at here. A crystal elixir is the unique vibratory energy pattern of a crystal imprinted into the auric and biophysical energy matrix of water. The energy patterns of the crystal are the results of its subtle alteration and focusing of the Universal Life Force. In the production of elixirs, water absorbs the crystal’s energy pattern, potentializes it, and stores it. The patterns are manifested upon the water’s interaction with a life entity. While the science of these transfers is yet to be fully understood until the science of quantum physics is matured, the efficacy of crystal elixirs has been accepted by cultures for thousands of years. The ancient Chinese used elixirs of jade, cinnabar, and hematite for longevity. The famous text “Tan Chin Yao Ch’eh” from about 600 AD discusses the creation of elixirs from mercury, sulfur, and precious stones. The oldest Indian texts speak of elixirs. Vedic texts dating back as far as 3000 BC speak to their use. In ancient Greece and medieval Europe, powdered gemstones were used to treat a host of ailments. Even today, mineral salts, tinctures, and vitamin compounds assure modern man benefits from the Earth’s bounty of healing energy found in the mineral kingdom.

All you need to make a crystal remedy is the appropriate crystal, which has been cleansed and purified, one or two clean glass bowls, spring water and a suitable bottle in which to keep it. Colored glass is preferable to clear as it preserves the vibrations better. Remedies can be made by the direct or indirect method. Spring water should be used rather than tap water that has chlorine, fluoride and aluminium added to it. Water from a spring with healing properties particularly effective. There are two primary methods in use today to make crystal elixirs. Direct immersion is the process of placing the crystal directly into the water. The direct method is to place enough spring water in a glass bowl to cover the crystal. Stand the bowl in sunlight for several hours. If the bowl is left outside, cover with a glass lid or cling wrap to prevent insects falling into it. If appropriate, the bowl can also be left overnight in moonlight. The second method is Indirect Immersion. In this method, the crystal is placed on a barrier medium that is in contact with the water. The barrier medium is used to transfer the subtle energy of the crystal but prevent the transfer of the toxic material from which the stone is formed to the water. if in doubt about the toxicity of a crystal, use the indirect method. Place the crystal in a small glass bowl and stand the bowl within a large bowl that has sufficient spring water to raise the level above the crystal in the inner bowl. Stand the bowl in sunlight for several hours. If the bowl is left outside, cover with a glass lid or cling wrap. If appropriate, the bowl can also be left overnight in moonlight.

If the remedy is not to be used within a day, top up with two-thirds brandy, vodka or cider vinegar to one-third remedy, otherwise the remedy will become musty. This makes a ‘mother remedy’ that can be further diluted. To make a small dosage bottle, add seven drops of the mother remedy to pure water if using immediately. For prolonged use, vodka makes a useful preservative as it has no smell. For short-term use, a remedy can be sipped every few minutes or rubbed on the affected part. Hold the water in your mouth for a few moments. If a dropper bottle has been made, drop seven drops under your tongue at regular intervals until the symptoms or condition ceases. Remedies can also be applied to the skin, either at the wrist or over the site of a problem, or added to bath water. If a spray bottle is made, spray all around the aura or around the room. this is particularly effective for clearing negative energies, especially from a sickroom or an electromagnetically or emotionally stressed place.

Further Reading:

  • Crystal Prescriptions by Judy Hall (2005)
  • Gem Water by Joachim Goebel and Michael Gienger (2008)

Using Crystals in Lithotherapy

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Lithotherapy consists of the use of stones, gems, quartz, and crystals to obtain a therapeutic effect. This alternative discipline proposes that stones contain healing properties, and can help balance the body and mind to achieve optimum health. Lithotherapy is an energy healing technique like many others and actually employs the fundamentals of many different techniques enhanced and incorporated into one. Massage, meditation, past life regression, auric cleansing, restructuring and healing of the energy bodies and even pet and plant care are all part of what Lithotherapy has to offer. There are quite a few examples of crystals and minerals being used in healing therapies by many different cultures around the world and even the Bible is packed with crystal references. So far, we have found records noting crystal therapy from ancient Egypt, in India’s Ayurvedic records and also in traditional Chinese medicine from around five thousand years ago, all describing the healing properties of crystals and minerals. I have also found references to the use of crystals and minerals in American Shamanic work and they are also used by Sangomas in Africa.

Crystals and minerals enhance our already inherent potential, helping us to again tap into and explore our highest abilities. Different types of minerals and crystals all have different frequencies and shed light on different areas of our being. It is therefore good to know the properties of the crystal you are using so as to aid and not hinder your progress. When drawn to a specific mineral or when one spontaneously comes to you, looking up the properties of that mineral will help you see what you need to be working on and what you are currently being assisted with. Semiprecious stones or gems are a type of rock usually used as ornaments. We commonly see them in necklaces, bracelets, and various accessories. However, they are believed to possess energetic properties that can benefit the body. According to lithotherapy, stones have the ability to “absorb” energy from the Earth and its core, and that by entering in contact with our bodies, this energy brings healing properties. There are a number of ways in which crystals can be used during a treatment:

• Elixirs
• Jewelry
• Healing sets or individual crystals carried on your person during a time of need
• Laying on of stones during an energetic reconstruction of the aura and chakras
• Crystals placed in your environment to enhance your living and working space
• Transmission and amplification of long distance healing

The important thing to remember here is that crystals are tools or utensils. However you choose to use your crystals, it is important to remember that the stone itself is not going to magickally fix you simply because you bought the prettiest, clearest, most expensive etc. one in the bunch. No, the intent and skill with which it is used is crucial and variations of intentions have various effects on crystals and their ability to transmit beneficial energy. Although some crystals do work automatically, many need cleansing and healing from their handling and mining process before they can be used to their full potential. There is also a huge difference between a mineral or crystal simply placed somewhere and one who’s energy/vibration is being directed consciously. It is crucial to learn to trust and recognize your intuition when working with crystals and minerals. Simply following book knowledge will help to some extent, but not listening to your ‘gut’ will see you missing out on tremendous healing and development opportunities.

Further Reading:

  • Crystal Prescriptions (Volumes 1-4) by Judy Hall (2005-2015)
  • The Crystal Healer by Philip Permutt (2007)
  • Crystal Healing by Judy Hall (2010)

Using Crystals to Balance Chakras

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Make sure the recipient of this chakra balancing session is reclining comfortably. To lay the stones, begin at the feet with a smoky quartz, if you choose to use this stone in this position. This is a good practice to facilitate grounding. Otherwise begin at the root chakra, placing the Hematite stone, or having the client place the stone, on the pubic bone. Place the Carnelian stone over the sacral chakra, the lower abdomen. In women, this would be where the womb and ovaries are located. Next, is the solar plexus, located approximately three inches above the naval. Here, place the Citrine crystal. At the heart chakra, between the breasts, you’ll lay a stone of Rose Quartz. To lay a stone for the throat chakra, place the Blue Lace Agate at the base of the throat, in the hollow that you will generally find here. The third eye chakra can be found between the eyebrows and just slightly above them. Gently lay the Sodalite stone in this spot. For the crown chakra, you will want to take your Amethyst crystal and lay it gently on the pillow just above the client’s head. Tuck it up close so that it’s in contact with the body. There, you have your crystals and stones in place.

Allow the client to remain laying in this position for 15-20 minutes. It helps to set the tone if you have some soft ambient music in the background, perhaps a subtle incense, and low lighting or candlelight. Make sure your client knows that if any of the stones happen to slip from their position during this process, they should leave them lay and not try to replace them. This often means that the stone’s work is done. After 15 or 20 minutes, we’ll now check the chakras for inconsistencies in their energy. I personally prefer a pendulum for this process, and you may find that this works well for you too. Beginning at the root chakra and working your way up hold the pendulum a few inches above the body and give it a few moments to work. If it swings back and forth, side-to-side to the body, it means that this chakra is blocked. If the pendulum swings back and forth head-to-toe, in line with the body, it means that the chakra needs to be re-energized but is not blocking the passage of energies from the other chakras. A positive movement of the pendulum, which for me is a circle, means that this chakra is just fine. You can proceed two ways– either by automatically re-energizing all the chakras, regardless of your pendulum findings; or simply by re-energizing and unblocking the problem chakras. When you work on any of the problem chakras, remember to check them again with your pendulum once you’ve cleared and re-energized them. If you’re really thorough, and your client hasn’t been laying flat for an uncomfortable length of time, you can recheck all of the chakras at the end of this process. To clear and re-energize the chakras, I use a three inch clear quartz crystal point. First, remove the negative energy and etheric trash from the chakra: Lay the quartz crystal in your receiving hand with the point away from you; place your projective hand, facing downward, at your side, aimed towards the ground to harmlessly disperse this negative energy back to the earth. Hold your receiving hand just above the chakra you’re working on and slowly begin to move this hand with the crystal in it in small counter-clockwise rotations, lifting it higher and higher from the body as you do.

You may or may not notice strange physical sensations with the actual movement of energy. Some people do and some don’t. Just because you may not feel any physical sensation, it does not mean that what you’re doing isn’t working—it just may be very subtle, or you are not picking it up for some reason. Once you’ve ‘pulled’ the negative energy out of the chakra, and you feel that it’s as cleared as you can get it, you are going to re-charge it with positive energy: Take the clear quartz crystal and place it in your projective hand with the point facing towards you. Hold your receiving hand out to your side, palm up to draw positive energy inward. Holding your projective hand containing the crystal a ways above the chakra that you’re working on, begin to move this hand in small ever-widening clockwise circles, moving closer and closer to your client’s body and the chakra. Stop just above it. Circle the area as often as you feel you need to, and at slower or faster speeds, until you feel that enough positive energy has moved through your receiving hand, along your arms, and exited through your projective hand and the crystal into the client’s body. Now you can use your pendulum to check the energy of this chakra. Hopefully all is well and you’ll be able to move on to the next chakra.