Magical Miscellany: 3.02.2015

where's the electricity

On Friday I started Esmé Wang’s beautiful new course,Where’s the Electricity. It’s a guide to getting creatively unstuck and refining the obsessions and themes that fuel your work, made for artists of all kinds. Esmé’s vivid writing coupled with the lovely audio are well worth the price of admission (it’s only $30!).

What I wish I’d known before writing a book. (I’d loved to have read this before I started Elemental Astrology!)

Self-help becoming self-hindrance? Let’s fix that.

Jacquelyn Tierney’s 20 Questions feature is genius! It’s a Cosmopolitan-style interview with up-and-coming modern mystics. You’re gonna love it.

As many of you know, I work at a major university as a research administrator when I’m not reading the stars. Do you have a day job too? This post on loving life at the office was insightful and a great reminder that your 9-to-5 is what you make of it.

On gender bending the tarot. 

The 10 easy ways to automate your blog and business from Sarah Morgan are a total lifesaver for me behind the scenes.

How do you create a brand that feels like “you”?

Why am I not doing the one thing I really want to do?

Try these 5 easy ways to make your bedroom a magical hideaway and make your boudoir a sacred space!

I know I already mentioned Esmé Wang once, but her sneak peek into her magical morning ritual is too good not to share.

It might get harder before it gets better (but it won’t be harder, forever).

Annika’s Sacred Podcast always brightens my morning commute. In the most recent episode, she features none other than The Tarot Lady herself: Theresa Reed. Listen up!

The Stars Are Waiting! Elemental Astrology Preorders are NOW OPEN

ElementalAstrology2_largeIt’s been a long time coming, and it’s finally here.

Today, Elemental Astrology is open for preorders!

If you’ve dreamed of learning how to use astrology for yourself, this course is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Hop over to the sales page to get the dirty details.

You can preorder Elemental Astrology now for $199.00. When the course goes live, the price will go up, so make sure to grab your copy early!

Finally, thank you for inspiring me to create this. I really did make it for you. I hope it brings you joy, clarity, and a multitude of aha moments.

Cheers to you. -A

Magical Miscellany: 2.23.2015

holistic tarot

For the last few weeks, I’ve been delving into Benebell Wen’s Holistic Tarot. Her exhaustive (seriously, it’s huge!) look at tarot in theory, practice, and profession has set the intuitive community on fire in the best way possible. I can’t wait to review it here. Until then, I suggest you pick up a copy for yourself. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

I’m enamored with minimalist blog Into Mind. Her social media minimalism detox worksheet and minimalist wardrobe FAQ are fun and useful! The elegant web design is just icing on the cake.

I love that Laura Simms of Create As Folk isn’t afraid to go against conventional wisdom. For example: you don’t need to find your passion to do what you love.

Remember, dream jobs wouldn’t be dream jobs if they were easily attainable.

Veronica Varlow’s posts are always so sexy. These 36 questions to make anyone fall in love with you are delectable.

I’m so excited to add these 9 podcasts for badass business babes to my queue!

There are positive things about being perfectly done up. It’s true, it makes you feel good.

You need your voice to make powerful magic.

Get comfortable in your creative entrepreneur skin.

Molly Crabapple on life and art: the best path is one you build out of your own dysfunction.

Little Fox Tarot interviewed Paige Zaferiou of Tarot and Tea, and the world nearly exploded with goodness.

Xandra of the ever-delightful Heroine Training shared her morning routine, and it sounds pretty reasonable! I’m going to incorporate some of these tips into my AM ritual.

Buying a new tarot deck is an exciting and joyous occasion, right?

Check out these 37 commonly misused words that can make you look bad. It’s a great review! (Confession: I’m guilty of a couple of these.)

Mary Oliver’s beautiful words on how habit gives shape to our inner lives are sublime. Also, if you haven’t read any of her work, start with Wild Geese.

Sincerity Sunday: Energy Drains and How to Stop Them

4 of water

Confession: I’ve been feeling pretty drained lately.

Are you feeling it too?

Astrologically, it makes sense. We’re in a period of major transition. Last week marked the beginning of the Year of the Goat, the Sun moved into Pisces, Venus and Mars danced into feisty Aries, and in a few short weeks we have the final alignment of Uranus and Pluto. The times, they are a changing.

You’re going to need plenty of energy make the most of these cosmic shifts. So, how do you replenish your personal energy supply?

You’ve got to stop your energy drains.

Here are a few of the most common energy drains I’ve seen in my own life:

Talking too much.

I know, I know. Aren’t we supposed to express ourselves? Certainly. Venting can be healthy, but when does it cross the line to become gossip? When you talk, you’re exchanging energy. What kind of energy do you want to put out into the world? Be intentional with your words. What are you saying? What are those around you saying? And most importantly, how does it make you feel?

Also, in my practice I’ve found that talking too much about a project (especially a creative work) before it’s complete can be detrimental to the final product. Scientists have found that talking about something you’re going to do gives your brain the same rush as if you actually did it, which makes you feel less pressure to complete it in real life. Yikes!

Poor boundaries.

In today’s nonstop society, it’s easy to succumb to the constant demands on our time and energy. There’s an unspoken expectation that we should be available around the clock, when that’s not necessarily the case. Of course we all have responsibilities that must be met, but it’s ultimately up to you to determine what’s urgent and what’s important in your life.

How much of your money, time, and resources can you commit without spreading yourself too thin? Or, how much can you do and still feel energized? Remember, you can always say no.

Negative people.

This one may be the straightforward, but it’s probably the most difficult one to deal with.

I’ve heard many people say that you’re the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. If that’s true, then who are you?

Do you have any friends, acquaintances, or colleagues that seem to always need something, but somehow evaporate when it’s time to return the favor? Or, is there anyone you have to interact with that leaves you feeling grimy, like you need to take a shower? In metaphysical speak, we call them psychic vampires. To put it simply, they drain your energy.

Psychic vampires aren’t necessarily doing this maliciously. As a matter of fact, many probably have no clue that they’re making you feel this way! In this case, make sure you put number two from this list into practice and communicate clear boundaries for your interactions with them.

Lack of self-care.

As much as we’d all like to think that our personal energy supply is an unending well, each of us has fluctuating energy levels. The ubiquitous posts on “how to be more productive” can leave you feeling less-than when you fail to measure up. If you’re already feeling drained, another productivity worksheet may well sap your energy even more. In order to bounce back, you’ve got to care for yourself.

The word “self-care” is tossed around a lot in personal improvement conversations, but what is it really? Self-care is any activity you do to help care for your body and well-being. Usually, there’s an implication of sensuality as it relates to these actions. Yoga, taking a bath, lighting a beautiful candle, and going to bed early are all common examples of ways to practice self-care.

My personal self-care secret is this: when times are tough, don’t strip your life of all luxury. Instead, give yourself a few strategic indulgences to replenish your dwindling reserves. You deserve it!

The basics.

When the bottom of your personal Maslow’s hierarchy is off (food, shelter, etc.), everything else will crumble because it lacks a foundation. Tend to the fundamentals of good food, adequate sleep, hygiene and exercise. It seems obvious, when when the going gets really tough, it can be easy to forget.

I absolutely, wholeheartedly hope these suggestions help you replenish your energy and brighten your life.

With intention. -A

PS- Going through a difficult time, but still want to do some magical work? Here’s how to tap into your intuition when shit hits the fan.

PPS- A while back, I had the honor of writing for Esmé Wang’s Off We Go series on entrepreneurship and mental illness. Check out my essay on managing my energy and living well with ADHD.

Photo credit: This card is the 4 of Water, from Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot. It’s all about paying attention to your inner well of energy and making sure you’re living a sustainable lifestyle. Fitting, no?

Magical Miscellany: 2.16.2015

elemental astro

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’re probably wondering why I’ve only posted the Miscellany for the last month. The reason? I’m pouring my entire heart and soul into Elemental Astrology, my first online course. If you’ve ever wanted to learn astrology, this will teach you how to read the stars like a pro.

Want to be notified when it goes live? Hop over to the left and add your name to my VIP list! If you’re already a subscriber, you’ll be notified too.

Mark your calendars for February 25. It’s coming!

10 slow and difficult steps to moderate success. (Hint: they’re not what you think).

Theresa Reed (a.k.a. The Tarot Lady) dished out some serious wisdom on her blog this week with posts on which tarot cards indicate mental burnout and the do’s and don’ts when a tarot client wants to talk about a serious illness.

I love The Laughing Medusa’s roundup of rituals, routines, and real talk for getting inspired!

You’re not lazy. You’re just afraid.

This gripping account of the impact mental illness has on a marriage is a must read: My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward.

On anxiety and making things. These charts are hilarious (and insightful)!

Ever wonder how bloggers always seem to have perfect backgrounds for their Instagram photos? Try these photo background hacks! Confession: I’m totally stealing these.

And in totally weird news, this Belgian chocolatier wants you to snort chocolate like cocaine. (Fun fact: he made this device for Keith Richards, of course!)

Magical Miscellany: 2.09.2015

cotton candy sky

Here’s another Mercury Rx throwback: I snapped this photo outside of Trader Joe’s a few months ago, and it’s been my phone background ever since. I can’t resist a good sunset.

Temporary discomfort. It’s worth it.

Culture is shifting from purchasing material goods to buying experiences… and we’re happier for it.

I’m usually resistant anything using the word “manifest”, but this goregous manifestation how-to from Louise Androlia is practical and deep.

What do spirits want?

Is Jupiter your bliss?

This guest post on identity politics in the tarot by up-and-comer Benebell Wen is beautiful, thoughtful, and a great reminder to all readers!

I love this post from Paige Zaferiou’s How to Practice Moon Magick series: pay attention to yourself.

What should you say (or not say) to someone experiencing chronic illness? Grace Quantock speaks candidly about the do’s and don’ts.

Want the best love spell? Do this.

Want to grow your Twitter audience? Try this challenge from Sarah Morgan at XO Sarah!

Esmé Wang’s post on how to be productive while living with chronic illness (or any sort of unpredictable life situation) is simply excellent. I can’t wait for part two!

Magical Miscellany: 2.02.2015

soulful proprietor tarot

In honor of Mercury Rx, here’s a throwback. I pulled these two cards as my theme for last year’s Soulful Proprietor retreat. Truth in action.

According to this report, “ritual sage burning” set off the fire alarms at 1 WTC. A note to all modern mystics: remember to burn your incense in a well ventilated area!

I love this reminder from Shauna Haider that we all have to start somewhere.

Did anyone else notice that Sam Smith’s hit single sounds eerily similar to “Stay With Me”? Apparently Tom Petty did too.

I’ve always wanted to live abroad. Maybe one day I’ll take the leap!

Huge props to Allison Lehman of Be Up & Doing for her beautiful transparency this week. Her posts on being a self-funded female entrepreneur and weekly food prep are pure gold.

How to sell more in the next 90 days than you did all last year

What courage really looks like

What to say to people who try to share your tarot confidence

Did I hear someone say “Girl Scout cookie scented Yankee candles“? Yes please!

You don’t find your purpose. You make it.

What if style is much more than just our clothes?

How to be memorable in 2015 (Calling all small business owners: this is a killer reality check!)

How playing music benefits your brain more than any other activity

Shit storms often contain very valuable lessons.

5 counterintuitive money lessons from 2014

Your life is a hot date. Show up.

I am so excited to see Beth Maiden’s dream of a queer tarot deck finally springing to life!

Magical Miscellany: 1.26.2015

office corner

When I’m writing for you, this is my view. I love this photo, because it’s like a little snapshot of everything I love. There’s classics and Romantic poetry on the bottom shelf, metaphysical books on top, my creativity candle, rosemary picked on Halloween, a shell that I use as an incense holder, a pendulum, and a sugar jar. All magical must-haves if you ask me!

Some of my dearest friends and soul sisters are other bloggers and metaphysical business owners. Have you made friends online?

5 things I “shouldn’t” have done to grow my business in 2014

10 magical ways to make the most of Mercury retrograde

As if Hey Shenee’s Brand Chemistry framework wasn’t already fantastic enough, she’s posted videos of a few successful businesses in each Brand Chemistry archetype. Seriously, start studying these now!

Didn’t sleep last night? Here’s how to survive the workday.

I loved this collection of quotes from Anaïs Nin, Albert Einstein, David Bowie, and more on the nature of spirituality.

Read this the next time you decide magic doesn’t work. See also: when the answer is NO.

Having trouble sticking to your goals for 2015? The Laughing Medusa (my new blog crush!) shares 5 ways to get back on track.

The always irreverent Ash Ambirge (of The Middle Finger Project) has a few things to say about clarity and cleverness in copywriting.

Magical Miscellany: 1.19.2015

January roseThis brilliant rose jumped out at me during a chilly walk in the park. Even in winter, beautiful things persist.

For when times are hard: today is not over yet. And, “I wonder what kind of battle they’re fighting today?“.

This new moon column by Mystic Medusa and Gala Darling is just too good for words. Don’t miss it.

Remember how to told you that Sas Petherick was telling the story of her spiritual journey on her blog? The final installment is up!

Do you have an everyday uniform? I don’t know what I’d do without mine.

Don’t let your fear of being seen as a bitch turn you into a business wimp.

What the hell are significators, anyways?

Beth Maiden’s post on finding lessons among the Swords is gorgeous.

Is it a sign? Briana Saussy teaches us how to read signs and omens.

Finally, I can’t recommend this book highly enough: It’s Not About the Money. If you’re working through money stuff in 2015, take the quiz and see if your archetype resonates.

Magical Miscellany: 1.12.2015

live oak

As I’m sure you’ve discovered by now, I’m head-over-heels in love with Charleston. I walked in the park with these ancient live oaks a week or so ago, and it felt magical!

If you read one thing this week, let it be Esmé Wang’s much needed essay on artistic jealousy and dealing with other people’s success.

How do you “close up shop” after reading cards? I’m definitely going to start using this tarot reading after-care checklist from Hilary Parry in my practice.

The 5 of Pentacles is a tricky tarot card, and it always made me nervous. That is, until I read Courtney Weber’s excellent interpretation!

Ever wondered how fashion bloggers turn their burned-out luxury candles into gorgeous makeup brush holders or vases? Here’s a handy guide.

Gorgeous words from Paige Zaferiou on transition, tarot, and living your purpose in the New Year: “Choosing to live your purpose isn’t a one-time deal: it’s a choice you must repeat each moment, every day.”

Susannah Conway and I have the same word of the year: NOURISH. I loved her post on how she’s implementing it throughout the year. Laura Simms of Create as Folk has a marvelous take on her word of the year, too! (Hint: it’s a little bit indecorous!)

Are you paying down debt in 2015? Sarah von Bargen of Yes & Yes has got you covered!

From XO Sarah: 10 little things that make a big difference in your blog design.

Sarah Bray’s gorgeous vignette will make you want to dance in the streets. I promise.

Don’t miss Garance Doré’s excellent compilation of pieces regarding Charlie Hebdo. Don’t ever take your creative freedom for granted. And remember, “L’amour plus fort de la haine.”