Magical Miscellany: 1.26.2015

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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

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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.”

SAVE THE DATE: Living a Magical Life with Paige Zaferiou & Briana Saussy

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Yes, you read that right. On the New Moon in Aquarius, I’ll be joining forces with two of my most beloved babes for a full delicious hour, and you’re invited! We’ll chat about what it means to live a magical life, what that looks like, and how to get started. And the best part? It’s free!

Briana Saussy and Paige Zaferiou are my go-to ladies when it comes to magical remedies and mystical guidance. If you don’t already know them, you’re going to love them.

Won’t you join us? Check out the details and RSVP here.

(If you can’t make the call, don’t worry! It will be recorded.)

Pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa, grab your favorite notebook, and get ready. If you’re planning to start a spiritual practice in the new year, you don’t want to miss this!

Can’t wait to see you there!

xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sincerity Sunday: On Self Improvement Overwhelm

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In a few days, 2015 will begin. I always look forward to the clean slate feeling that January 1st brings. By that time, I will have printed out as many worksheets as I could get my hands on, and bought a new planner and wall calendar. I’ll set intentions for the upcoming 12 months: intentions that, if I’m honest, may not come to fruition. But I love it. I love the potential, the opportunity, the possibility that lies in the liminal space between two years.

This time of the year, we’re bombarded by e-courses, manifestos, and books promising to make you the “best version of yourself”. Normally I’d eat them up, but this year something’s different. Every time I see another one of these, I feel exhausted. Or frustrated. Does the world really need another self help manual that will start collecting dust by springtime?

I’ll be the first to admit that many of these programs or products are high quality and have helped countless people become more productive, successful, and even joyful. At they’re heart, they’re good. However, I realized the reason I was collecting them so greedily was because I believed I needed them. That I wasn’t good enough without completing them.

Here’s the secret:

You are already more than enough.

You are beautiful just as you are. You are talented, and the world needs your gifts.

The next time self-improvement overwhelm starts to set in, try these mantras instead:

I am talented, and I want to hone my skills so I can bring more joy to others (and to myself).

Or,

I am beautiful, but I want to feel more sensual in the new year.

Get the idea? When you approach self improvement from a place of fullness, you’re able to ditch the anxiety that comes from having a mindset that’s founded in scarcity. That way, you can focus all your energy on what you want to grow.  No amount of goal setting, desire mapping, card reading, or journal writing can take the place of knowing your worth.

Finally, as you start to create your mantras and goals for the new year, ask yourself this: are you using self improvement as a reason to procrastinate doing the real work of life? Remember: there’s never a good time to start, and you’ll never be “ready”. Don’t wait. Start today. The world is waiting for you.

Wishing you a joyful, prosperous, magical new year! xx

Photo credit: Death to Stock Photography

Magical Miscellany: 12.23.2014

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Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I found this beauty outside the meeting room at Theresa Reed’s Soulful Proprietor retreat. Isn’t she lovely?

In the spirit of the holidays, I’ve prepared an extra helping of link love goodness for your vacation reading pleasure. Eat up!

Want to improve your tarot practice in the new year? This book of 365 tarot spreads will do the trick! (Besides, who can resist a chapter called Lord Shiva’s Find a Mate Spread?)

Sas Petherick’s mini-memoir about her spiritual journey from skeptic to mystic is intimate and heartfelt. Read it here, here, and here.

Theresa Reed has been dealing some much-needed tough love this week. Tarot readers, take note: her 10 signs your biz is not sustainable and tips to help a client in crisis are wise and supremely useful.

Briana Saussy shares unique perspective on last Sunday’s winter solstice and new moon by looking at the contradictory symbolism behind the goat. Is he the wild god, or the Christian devil? You decide.

From Braid Creative: it’s okay to start small.

Hey Shenee’s behind-the-scenes look at her rebrand is full of good reminders for creative entrepreneurs.  Also, if you haven’t tried her Brand Chemistry quiz yet, I highly recommend it!

Can you sum up your focus for the new year in one word?

What’s the difference between detachment and non-attachment, and why does it matter?

These two sentences can make just about anything better.

Stop waiting for something to happen before going after what you want.

I love this deep cut from Alexandra Franzen: 10 ways your website is breaking my heart. (Confession: I’m guilty of a few of these! Lesson learned.)

Jacquelyn Tierney is a beautiful soul, and her e-book, Possessed: A How-to Guide on Collecting, Editing, and Manifesting, is equally as lovely. It’s a breakdown of reading the energy of your home and other private spaces. If you’re looking to feather your nest, this is a must read!

Intuitive Tuesday: 5 Bad Tarot Habits & How to Fix Them

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We all have them. Those little habits that creep into your tarot practice seem innocent enough at first, but over time they can keep you from getting the most out of your readings. Even if you only read for yourself it’s crucial that you are getting as clear a signal from the cosmos as you can.

Why? Because intuition is power, and you deserve to feel powerful.

Over the years, I’ve seen a few issues come up again and again in my personal practice. Here are my repeat offenders, and how I fix them:

1. Not writing it down.

Do you write down your tarot readings? If you don’t, start today. Grab a sheet of paper and scrawl out the results of your reading, as well as your thoughts in that moment. Sometimes the meaning of a spread is instantly recognizable, but other times it takes longer to unfurl. I know you’re busy, but it’s worth it to give yourself the opportunity to see how the meaning opens up over time. If nothing else, it’s a wonderful journal of sorts.

Not into pen and paper? Try using your iPhone to snap a picture of the spread to jog your memory, or log the results in Evernote (two of my favorite methods!).

2. Asking the same question over and over again.

If the cards you pulled weren’t what you were expecting, it’s natural to want additional information… or a complete do-over. Still, I’ve found that the first reading you do on a topic is the most accurate. Trust that the cards and your own intuition are giving you the messages you need to hear, even if it’s tough love.

Also, be very conscious when using clarifiers. Do you really need to pull another card, or is the answer already there beneath a few more layers?

An aside: if you’re following #1, you won’t need to ask multiple times. You’ll have a beautifully written answer to refer back to whenever you need it.

3. Assuming the best.

I have a tricky habit of trying to create positive interpretations for cards whose message may be less than positive. Don’t do this. If sadness is there, feel the sadness. Don’t lie to yourself, even if it’s tempting.

Instead, try creating an “action step” for every difficult card you pull. Sometimes, I’ll even pull another card and place it underneath the tough one to represent what I can do to heal the situation.

Make sure you consider all meanings for traditionally celebratory cards too. Yes, 3 of Cups can be a good party, but it can also represent love triangles or escapism. Be open to all possibilities, and let your intuition guide you to the answer.

4. Assuming the worst.

That said, sometimes historically bad cards can have a good spin. 10 of Swords looks scary, but it can also be a sign that the worst is over and better days lie ahead. Don’t let your fear of a card get in the way of a positive message.

5. Not paying attention to how you feel.

The little white book can only get you so far. If you only take one thing away from this post, let it be this: the only way to know if the 3 of Cups is pointing to a night on the town or numbing out is the way you feel when you first see it. Do you feel lit up, excited, and comforted? Or, do you feel sleazy, like you need to take a shower? Your first instinct is nearly always right. Listen close.

Here’s to a fresh, clean tarot practice!

xx

PS- Do you have a bad tarot habit, and if so, how will you break it? Share yours in the comments down below!

Magical Miscellany: 12.15.2014

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The holidays are nearly here! The tree is up, but I’ve still got to wrap the gifts. Are you ready for winter solstice?

This thoughtful post from Laura Simms of Create as Folk is a must-read if you’re choosing a word of the year.

On Brain Pickings, a surgeon talks about the crossroads between our bodies and our inner lives and what really matters in the end.

Important words from Esmé Wang on Ferguson, Eric Garner, and what it means to feel safe.

What if self-reflection is actually hurting you more than it’s helping?

Lena Dunham’s Buzzfeed op-ed on why she chose to speak out about her sexual assault is timely, brave, and much needed. Also, I can’t recommend her book highly enough!

On treating your lover like an altar, and why love is a spiritual practice.

Want to treat yourself this Christmas? Jen Cintron, the beautiful soul + megawatt talent behind Intuitive Insights Tarot, is creating custom malas. She’ll select beads to help with your unique intention, and charge the mala under the full moon. (I met her at the Soulful Proprietor retreat, and she has the most lovely vibe! Trust me, you’re gonna love these.)

xx

Intuitive Tuesday: Divining Your Goals For 2015

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It’s that time again, people! The air is decidedly chilly and dry, spicy scented candles warm up our homes, tree lights twinkle, and every parking lot is packed with ravenous shoppers (much to my chagrin).

It may be easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, or to climb into a blanket cocoon and not emerge until the new year. However, you’d be missing out on one of the most rewarding activities of the season: goal setting.

I recognize that more work may not be what you had in mind for your winter holiday, but remember that Christmas actually corresponds to the ancient pagan festival of Saturnalia. That’s right, the feast of Saturn, ruler of hard work and discipline! And it’s on the same day that the sun moves into ambitious Capricorn, which is also ruled by Saturn. There couldn’t be a better time for planning, setting up new structures, and defining your rituals for the upcoming year.

My winter solstice gift to you is this: I’m sharing the method I use for choosing goals and planning for the year ahead. I’ve used it for three years and counting and it works, I promise!

Don’t worry, you don’t have to know exactly what you want your goals to be in advance! As a matter of fact, it may be helpful to go into this process with an open mind.

Ready? Grab your favorite journal and a laptop, and let’s hit it!

Step 1: Astrology

You’ll need a copy of your birth chart to do this part. I recommend grabbing one from Astro.com. Use Chart Drawing Ascendant option.

Next, go back to the front page. You’ll want to scroll down slightly and look at the Current Planets in the right sidebar. For now, we’re only considering the large, slow moving planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Write down the exact degree of each planet at that moment, and find where those degrees are in your birth chart. Whatever house each of those planets is transiting is an area where you’ll want to focus your mojo in the coming year.

Here are a few key words and phrases for each planet to get your started:

Jupiter- expansion, acceleration, good luck, where you have a chance to grow

Saturn- hard work, ambition, structure, where you can step up your game

Uranus- revolution, big changes, innovation, where you can shake things up

Neptune- dreams, spirituality, magic, where you connect on a soul level

Pluto- karma, transformation, rebirth, where you can rise from the ashes

Once you’ve taken note of where each planet is transiting in relation to your birth chart, take some time to brainstorm how you can make the most of those vibes. For example, if Jupiter is passing through your 2nd house of value, you may want to focus on growing your income and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Or, if Neptune is transiting your 3rd house of communication, you could keep a dream journal throughout the year or focus on writing as a spiritual practice.

Let your mind run wild with this part. Remember, anything is possible!

Still with me? Great!

Step 2: Tarot

Once you’ve gotten a solid list of goal ideas (there’s no amount too large or small, but I usually end up with around 5), grab your favorite tarot deck. For each goal, ask

“What will be the likely outcome of me pursuing this goal?”

Alternately, you could ask, “What will I learn from pursuing this goal?”, or “How will this goal help me grow?”

Pull 3 cards for each goal, and make sure you write down your answers. Sit with them. Let them percolate. Sometimes the answers are clear right away, but other times it takes a while to suss it out.

Once you’ve completed this step, use your tarot reading to choose which goals you think will be most beneficial for you over the coming year.

Step 3: Gut Check

After consulting the stars and cards, its important to ask yourself, “Does this feel right?”. Only you know what’s best for you. If something looks good on paper but feels off, chances are good that it is. Choose goals that make you feel lit up and full of excitement, and you’ll be on your way to a beautiful year.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite blessings from my beloved Briana Saussy:

May you know the right way to go with wisdom and discernment.

Happy almost new year! XX

Image credit: Death to Stock Photography

Magical Miscellany: 12.08.2014

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Another one from my Charleston trip last month. That light was so perfect!

Susannah Conway’s Unravelling Your Year Ahead is my favorite way to wind down the past year and prepare for the new. There’s some serious magic in that PDF. Don’t miss it.

Psst… I’ll be using this hot chocolate recipe to make Christmas gifts for my colleagues and friends. Bonus: it’s dairy free!

I’ve never used a Filofax, but I think it may be time to start. If it’s got Gala Darling and Michelle Nikolaisen of Bombchelle talking, then it’s good enough for me!

Choosing your reading material based on your Mercury sign is absolute genius. It is the planet of communication, after all!

How to make a good first impression online.

25 gift ideas for bloggers and biz ladies.

These four words could revolutionize the way you interact with others: “I’d prefer not to.”

Confession: I’m a huge James Bond fan. I could hardly contain my excitement when they announced the cast and title for the new Bond film last week! And Lea Seydoux as a Bond girl? Yes, please.