Chibi Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" Time Lapse Drawing

I had a wonderful time seeing the latest rendition of "Beauty and the Beast" at the theater with my husband.  It was a surprise treat and I definitely enjoyed our date at the movies. 

Out of all the Disney princesses, Belle was my absolute favorite.  I've related to her through her voracious appetite for books and being headstrong.  Somehow, I think she was a Taurus. I decided to do a quick sketch of Belle as a chibi via Autodesk Sketchbook Pro on my iPad Pro tablet. 

It was my first time filming a full length time lapse video, so please excuse the orientation. Next time, it'll be filmed on landscape mode. 

Here is the video:

If you would like to buy the art print, you can click here: https://society6.com/product/chibi-belle_print#s6-6766550p4a1v45

Blessings,
Diana

Change Is Good - Moving Away From Modern Witchy Woman And Coming Back Home

Change is good. And then change brings you back home. 

For the past two years, I've been fortunate to have tested out the waters with Modern Witchy Woman (previously Diamond Moonflower). Suffice to say, I'm glad that I took the risk. And I'm forever thankful to those whom I've provided the readings. Thank you for giving me a chance. 

However, it's time to hang up my services as a tarot reader and instead focus on the design and blogging end. I will be in the process of porting over the articles from MWW to my Red Lotus Designz. It'll still be called MWW, just on the writing end. You'll still see my articles on tarot spells, spreads and witchy things. Just on my design site. I want to focus on content, not selling my tarot services. 

You'll notice that there are some articles that I copied over with the same date. That's because Weebly didn't allow an export feature, so I had to do it manually >_<

As far as my daily card prompts, I'll post them on my personal social media profiles. I love to provide encouragement and my hope is to provide inspiration when times are tough. 

Most likely, I will be keeping the domain. However, the social media accounts related to it will be disabled. 

To me, Red Lotus Designz equates growth. It holds a sentimental value for me as this is what Ron and I founded back in 2011. It went through many evolutions. And this one will be bigger than that.  

I will expand on my shop to offer not just selling the art prints and apparel, but also my decks and offer design & promotional services to those who need help with their branding and websites. 

Thank you to everyone who believed in this witch. You're the real MVP 

Korean Drama Inspired Major Arcana Cards

I guess I love Korean Dramas too much.  When I'm not working on my projects, I usually like to relax and watch some shows on DramaFever.  I've lost track on how many shows I've watched.  At least I don't feel bad since Ron also watches them with me as well :D

I wanted to do a fun design project where I incorporate some of the popular Korean dramas on tarot cards.  I remember stumbling onto a post where a blogger created a nice set of Doctor Who Tarot Cards based on the 22 Major Arcana Tarot cards.  

The tarot card design template was taken from Arianod via DeviantArt.  I simply made some color modifications through Photoshop. From there, I was able to scour some of the images of the Korean Dramas and placed them inside the template.  The images have a wee bit of a surface blur to give it an artistic feel.  I wanted to keep the format a bit traditional (with the numeral numbers on top) since I'm basing it off from the Rider Waite Smith structure.  Except that these are more "modern looking". And with plenty of eye candy ;)

I had a fun time creating these tarot cards. Let me know what you think in the comments! Also, if you recognize any of these dramas, feel free to comment as well. 

Blessings,
Diana

DIY Healing Candles and Salves using Beeswax

Hello loves! This article is jammed packed with not one tutorial, but two! If you're looking for a way to up your DIY game and use it towards your practice, check out the sections below.

Making a Healing Candle

I love candles.  As someone who often buys smaller candles for spellwork, I was always curious as to how they were made. To my surprise, most of them are usually made with paraffin. If you're not aware of paraffin, they're derived from petroloum.  While they're cheaper to use with body care applications, using them as candles does emit a strong odor.  I remember using a candle that contained paraffin and didn't like the aftersmell behind it. Moreover, it releases toxic chemicals in the air, which is not safe especially when you're around children and pets.  

I did some research and found a better alternative - beeswax.  Unlike paraffin, beeswax is made naturally by worker bees. It has been around for thousand of years and has been used in various applications.  Beeswax is incredibly versitile.  The nice thing about creating beeswax candles is that it has a slower burning time, which is perfect for those who want to make their spells last longer.  While beeswax doesn't hold scents too well, I found out that adding coconut oil along with my essential oils does help hold the scent a lot longer.  Still, even without the scents, the warm glow from the candle is just as inviting as the sun.  If you're curious about how I created my own beeswax candle, then keep on reading!

You Will Need:

  • Beeswax pellets 
  • Candle tins
  • Essential oils of your choice
  • Coconut Oil
  • Hemp Wicks 
  • Wick stickers
  • Two pots (we'll be using the double boil method as this is a lot easier)

Directions:

  • Depending on what type of tins you're using, it's best to measure them one at a time. For the candle tins that I'm using, I would scoop the pellets onto the tin just to get an idea on how much I'll need to fill. The ratio for the beeswax and coconut oil is usually 1:1 since you want to make sure that whatever scents you use, it'll hold up nicely upon the burning process.
  • Once you figure out how much you'll need, pour the beeswax and coconut oil into the pot. Place it on the side for now. From there, take a wick and glue it onto the bottom of the tin can. Because of the thick consistency with beeswax, I chose hemp wick as it's sturdier and will allow a stable flame, rather than using a cotton wick. I use the wick stickers to help make it easy. However, if you don't have them at hand, you can just use a bit of glue on the bottom to seal. Wait for it to dry. 
  • Gather your essential oils. The trickiest part (in my opinion) is to choose which scents to put on the candle. For the most part, I've used citrus based oils. When creating your blend, be sure to keep it separately. You'll want to add those as the last step once the wax is melted. Otherwise, if you add it early, it'll evaporate by the time it's done. 
  • Find a pot and add a bit of water. Place the pot with the beeswax and coconut oil inside the water pot. Set it to medium heat. Let the contents in the pot melt and stir them slowly. 
  • Once the contents are fully melted, add at least 10 to 20 drops of your desired essential oil into the pot. Give it a quick stir. Immediately, remove from heat and pour the mixture into the tin can.
  • While the candle is curing, be sure to keep your wick straight and steady. I've used two chopsticks or two markers to keep them propped in the middle to prevent them from tipping.
  • Allow the candle to cure for about 30 minutes. Once it's fully solidified, trim the wick to your desired length.

You can see the amount of candles I've produced so far. I created the labels via Photoshop, printed them on vinyl paper and used a 2.5" circle punch for a more professional look. 

Making a healing salve 

 

As someone who keeps her makeup minimal (eyebrows, mascara and eye liner only), I wanted to find a way where I can create an all purpose salve for every part of my body. I never liked using multiple skin care products as they aggravate my skin due to the chemicals. Moreover, being a mother and having an active child on my hands, I do anticipate the cuts and bruises whenever my son runs around.

Making an all purpose healing salve is life changing, in my opinion. The thought of creating your own salve for whatever you need is truly astounding. You can can create a salve for protection, for connecting with your partner, for unlocking your third eye, etc. The list goes on!

For the salve that I created in the picture below, I used a combination of Lavender and Cannabis (and no, these won't make me hallucinate. The Cannabis oil was purchased at EdensGarden.com). I wanted a salve that not only calms my skin, but also help reduce the stress on my feet.
 

You will need:

  • Beeswax pellets
  • Tin can
  • Coconut oil
  • Shea butter
  • Jojoba oil
  • Essential oils of your choice
  • Dried herbs (optional)
  • Two pots as we will use the double boil method

Directions:

  • With one pot, fill it with water. For the second pot - fill in the desired amount of beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba oil. Generally, I do a 1:1 ratio on all of the contents. However, if you want your salve to be more creamier, then you can use more coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba oil. There is a bit of trial and error when making the salves since it's based on preference. 
  • Using the double boiler method, set your stove on medium heat. Cook the contents until it's fully melted.
  • Once they are melted, add in the desired amount of essential oils and dried herbs into the mix. Give it a quick stir.
  • Pour the mixture into your tin. Let the salve cool down until it's fully cured. It should do so within 10 - 20 minutes.

I hope you enjoyed the two tutorials! Let me know what you think in the comments. 

Blessings,
iana

Sh!t My Tarot Cards Say: Major Arcana Edition

What if the cards *really* want to talk back to you?

I sometimes have deep and meaningful conversations with my tarot deck that I carry with me every where. A lot of times, I've often received weird looks from strangers.  Then I turn around and say "Wanna join in the conversation?"  I know...I'm a horrible witch. 

The purpose of this article is to help others understand the general meanings of the cards in a humorous manner.  Actually, more like sharing my own thoughts when my cards speak to me. But you get the picture...no pun intended.

For this edition, I'll be starting off the Major Arcana which is comprised from the Fool to the World. Believe me, there are no major secrets when it came to the big shots.  

THE FOOL: It's such a lovely day to take in the scenery! Perhaps I should go bungee jumping? Or should I wait for my dog to finish peeing?

THE MAGICIAN: For $9.99, you'll get all of this in the table plus a chance to see me perform my greatest trick - making your wallet disappear! 

THE HIGH PRIESTESS: Oh, you think I'm hiding something? Nah bruh, it's all in your head...or is there?

THE EMPRESS: *singing* I'm every woman, It's all in meeeeeee, anything you want done baby, I can do it naturally.

THE EMPEROR: My wife needs to stop singing. Also, why do I feel constipated? Ugh, why can't you behave!

THE HIEROPHANT:   Now child, remember I told you - the peanut butter always gets mixed with the jelly. Please don't tell me otherwise, or that your friend says that it tastes better without jelly. That's preposterous!

THE LOVERS: *unfortunately, Adam and Eve are having an argument because they can't figure out why they're naked in the first place*

THE CHARIOT: Good grief, should I go for a chicken sandwich or a hamburger? WHY IS IT SO DAMN HARD?

STRENGTH: That's a good kitty. Mama needs to make sure that you don't do anything rash! Here, feed from my hand. And people say that you're such a mean kitty...nonsense! You just needed some love, dear. 

THE HERMIT: I better stay away from society for a bit.  Also, my back hurts and I wonder if this lamp will help burn the population below me. 

WHEEL OF FORTUNE: You spin me right round, baby.

JUSTICE: THOU SHALL NOT PASS! Also, you need to pay your parking ticket.  

THE HANGED MAN: If everything below is above, then what if the above is below? Also, why does my head hurt?

DEATH: Nothing to see here. Just doing my job. Don't mind the trail of bodies behind my horse. Don't fear the reaper, folks.

TEMPERANCE: I just need to keep fixing the ratio between wine and water. How the hell did Jesus do this?

THE DEVIL: There's a reason why I invented YOLO in the first place....hehe

THE TOWER: *someone decided to place a cherry bomb in the toilet and everyone ended up going to a different floor to use the bathroom*

THE STAR: If I stare at the water long enough, I'll morph into Mulan.  *10 seconds later, starts to sing* WHEN WILL MY REFLECTION SHOW WHO I AM INSIDE??

THE MOON: You can keep barking at me boys, but you ain't getting my attention. This sista is gonna need her beauty sleep. Also FYI, I'm taken. Oh, and I'm on my period.

THE SUN: *in a high pitched voice* EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! EVERYTHING IS COOL WHEN YOU'RE PART OF A TEAM!!!!

JUDGEMENT: When I repent, you repent, just like this. Now don't make me smack you with my horn! 

THE WORLD: Hooray! I FINALLY beat that long ass game and that stupid boss. Now I can go....oh wait, you're asking me to replay the game again for another million dollars? Sure, why the hell not?

Hope you guys enjoy this fun piece! Let me know in the comments on what you think the Major Arcana cards are saying to you. And if you wanna connect with the cards in a deeper level with me, let's make some magic

Blessings,
Diana

Tarot Astrology Scopes for March 2017

Want to know what's in store for you for this month? Grab your favourite beverage and let's have a closer look. All of the info written below are not limited only to the Sun signs. It can also be applied to the Moon and Rising signs as well 😊

Deck that was used in this reading is from The Crystal Visions Tarot Deck (published by U.S. Games Systems).

Aries: Knight of Pentacles

Though the energy is fiery, you're remaining as cautious as ever when making decisions.  Don't feel alarmed if you're experiencing more heat than usual. It's right up your alley. 

Taurus: Strength (Reversed)

You're normally easy going, but this month you may be feeling some anxiety over some confidence issues. Rest assured - you'll get back to your grounded nature.

Gemini: The World 

A sense of completion is in the air. Whether if you made an advancement or starting from square one, you can bet that you'll be up for the challenge. 

Cancer: Four of Pentacles (Reversed)

You may be feeling that you have no reason to trust anyone at the moment. A sense of paranoia may creep up. Try to spend a few moments in meditation and recite affirmations. 

Leo: The Lovers (Reversed)

Jealousy and possessiveness may come up if you're feeling that someone is taking away your spotlight. Rather than seething, try to open up a line of communication without biting someone's head off. 

Virgo: Ten of Wands

Your attention to detail might be overworking you. Rather than fighting uphill, think on what needs to be delegated. Plenty of self care and learning to say "no" will help ease the stress. 

Libra: Eight of Cups (Reversed)

You may be feeling less inclined to release a past grudge. However hard things may be, it is a good moment to reflect on what's holding you back in moving forward.

Scorpio: Six of Cups (Reversed)

There are some unresolved issues that may be harbouring your current relationships with others. It could be from a traumatic event that may have shaped your viewpoint. Allow yourself to look within and take note. 

Sagittarius: Ace of Pentacles (Reversed)

You're quick to pull the trigger, but you find that your impatience on manifesting your goals takes a lot more work than just thinking it out loud. Write your list and cultivate the seeds without feeling pressured.

Capricorn: Ten of Swords (Reversed)

Feelings of apathy may reside as your work starts to increase. Remember - health is wealth. Try to set some time for yourself before burning yourself even further.

Aquarius: Ace of Swords (Reversed)

You may be feeling like you're trying too hard in a situation. Focus on the overall picture, instead of jumping into conclusions. You'll be surprised how much hidden messages it can bring to the table.

Pisces: Eight of Wands

You're going places! The rate of manifesting your dreams is at an all time high. Focus on your intuition and take charge on where you want to go from here. 

Monthly Tarot & Oracle Reading for March 2017

Hola everyone! With the recent changes happening in my personal life, I decided to switch the format from weekly to monthly forecasts. In doing so, I decided to expand the reading a little further using three tarot cards and three oracle cards. The oracle cards will provide a lesson behind the portion of the month.
I'm using the Golden Universal Tarot and Gypsy Oracle Cards (both by Lo Scarabeo).

Ready? Let us dive right into the reading. 

The beginning portion of the month, we will see a sense of maturity of our emotions thanks to the Queen of Cups.  Our instincts will allow us to nurture and provide self care to those around us. Since we're under the season of Pisces, Venus will be retrograding on 3/4 so pay special attention on how you're handling your relationships.  One of the biggest takes from the retrograde is that it'll expose the cheaters in your life.   If you're suspecting that someone may not be faithful, don't be afraid to expose them for what they're worth. Even if you made a mistake on being too trusting with their words in the beginning, this retrograde season will provide an opportunity to showcase their sins (in a classy way of course).   If you're looking for love, now would be a good time to have an honest conversation with yourself as to what you're looking for in a potential relationship. If you're currently involved in a relationship, you may see a rise in affection from either you or your partner.

esta will go direct on 3/7, so do expect a sense of independence and appreciation of your identity.  Even if people may see you as an overly sensitive soul, at least you're able to work your magick without compromise.  Because honey, no one can be you. Look good for yourself. And if that ex of yours try to come back in the picture, let them know what they're missing out. 

Mars will move into Taurus on 3/9, which may offer a straightforward approach to your relationships. It can also provide a sense of grounded passion, especially when finalizing your thoughts about how you feel towards something or someone.  The oracle card "Friend" advises that you may need to help out someone during a rough patch. It can also indicate that you may need someone to lend you a supportive hand.  

Towards the middle portion of the month, the Sun card offers a sense of celebratory and carefree stance in your current life.  You may be feeling inclined to adopt a "happy go lucky"  attitude during this time.  The Full Moon in Virgo on 3/12 would probably bring forth a stressful time in terms of how much a workaholic we can be on achieving our goals. 

As much as we have our good intentions on bettering ourselves, sometimes less is more.  Take a moment to feel the regenerative properties of the Sun card - spend plenty of moments by yourself, pamper your well being and not give two shits on what others think. This is especially true for parents who have been overworked and haven't received a break.

*waits for a million dollars to drop from the sky and relocate to an island far away*

Mercury in Aries on 3/13 offers up a time for some witty and spit fire conversations. It might also provide a great time to get in touch with your writing if you're looking to go on a comical spree. Laughter is the best medicine after all. With the Sun card, you may find yourself starting up projects that'll allow you to verbally communicate with ease under this planetary aspect.  Sun will move into Aries on 3/20, the first of the zodiac. The oracle card "Thief" indicates that while you may feel inclined to let your guard down, be wary of those who want to take advantage of your kindness. Seal off any loose ends, and demand for receipts if needed. After all, your best judgement call can save yourself and your sanity.

At the end of the month, we have the Nine of Cups. This is a moment where you may want to reflect on your personal and spiritual growth. Numerology speaking, the number nine can indicate an almost sense of completion. There may be a sense of regression when looking into past moments that led up to your current state.  Speaking of which, the New Moon in Aries on 3/27 is a time where we need to get our asses in full gear.  Sure, we may be feeling lazy and not wanting to do anything. But this is not the time to be procrastinating. If you screwed up before, the New Moon in Aries may offer a second chance to take upon the initiative. Pallas in Aries moves in on 3/30, where we will definitely see plenty of competition and fierceness.   Do expect some claws to come out, but focus on healing yourself before going into battle.  No one wants a weak bitch. Stand up for yourself by any means necessary. 

Mercury will be moving into Taurus on 3/31, which may allow you to take the time in preparing your ventures. Coinciding with the fiery energy in Aries, you may find yourself being pushed over to the edge. Remember this - no one can't coerce you to do something unless if that was your intention all along. If you're okay being in the confinements of your own home instead of participating in noisy discussions, then by all means please do so. However, keep in mind that your sense of wisdom would not be parallel to others. You may feel that your opinions are right and therefore, may think it's not necessary to listen on what others have to say.  The oracle card "Money" is an indication that you may find beauty and value in certain things, so don't feel ashamed if you're making an investment that will help you out in the long run. 

I hope you enjoyed this monthly forecast! Let me know what you think in the comments. 

Blessings,
Diana