Jenn

About Jenn

Jenn is the proprietor of Phoenix & Lotus. She's also a storyteller, solitary eclectic witch, tarot reader, tarot and oracle deck collector, cat lady, and aspiring astrologer.

The pros & perils of a solitary witchcraft practice

I took a Facebook quiz the other day and for once, one of those things nailed it. I’m a solitary witch. Always have been. Odds are high that I will continue in that vein for a number of reasons…. and I’ve outlined some of them here for those considering a solitary practice. You’ll also […]

Thursday, July 20, 2017|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: |

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A new animal guide: crow magic

A few weeks ago, I started noticing crows around the building where I work. They’d land on light posts in the parking lot when I arrived in the morning, or fly by the creek at the edge of the property when I went for lunchtime walks.

Then they started showing up at home. I’d hear […]

Friday, July 7, 2017|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: |

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Rethinking the art of grounding

The last few months have been all about big shifts for me. I started a new job. A family member was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. My husband didn’t go back to work full-time as expected after his surgery. There’s been a lot of releasing and resetting expectations, and it’s had me struggling to stay […]

Sunday, June 11, 2017|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: |

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Astrology of Herbs & Tarot [book review]

Overview
Astrology of Herbs & Tarot draws on author Lauren Luquin’s experience coupling astrology reading and birth chart interpretations with other tools frequently used for intuition and healing. She positions it as a handbook, and she’s very clear on what it does and doesn’t include: “…this handbook is intended to give practitioners and those interested […]

Thursday, May 4, 2017|Categories: Astrology, Herbs, spices, and plants|Tags: , |

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Mercury retrograde mug shot

Oh, Mercury retrograde. Even if you’re new to astrology and the world of the woo-woo, you’ve probably heard the phrase before.

An email you KNOW you sent never shows up in your coworker’s inbox. While you two are discussing what exactly could have happened to that email, someone else in the office shakes her head […]

Sunday, April 23, 2017|Categories: Astrology|Tags: |

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Spring reboot and refocus

The last few months (ok, years) have been rough.

Since July 2015 my husband and I have been dealing with a string of unemployment, underemployment and job changes, his herniated disc/chronic pain and subsequent surgery, various family health crises, and tremendous amounts of stress.

And while I knew it was having an impact, I don’t think […]

Sunday, April 9, 2017|Categories: Announcements||

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Animal guides reassigned

Over the last two years, I’ve become increasingly attuned to animal guides. I’ve started noting their presence in ways I hadn’t previously (aside from a certain type of big yellow butterfly that always calls to mind my grandmother). In January 2016, I got one of Jess Carlson’s Power Animal readings. While both of us […]

Tuesday, March 14, 2017|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: , |

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Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be [book review]

I met Kathryn Samuelson at an event last fall… a psychic fair where we were both reading. During a lull in business, I took the opportunity to wander around and connect with other readers and vendors. Kathryn had copies of her book for sale; naturally I was interested in seeing if it could be a […]

Thursday, March 9, 2017|Categories: Product previews|Tags: , |

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Tying the cards together: how to interpret tarot spreads (part 1)

Many beginning tarot readers are comfortable learning the meanings of each card… but when it’s time read multi-card spreads? They freeze. Interpreting tarot spreads rather than individual cards is a huge step. It’s the equivalent of learning to speak in sentences as opposed to single words.

So how do you make the transition? Looking for common elements (suits, numbers, […]

Monday, February 20, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: , |

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When life hands you lemons, use them to mess with your enemies

Recently at my day job, we’ve had some upheaval.

The gist of it is, a few people on the team aren’t playing nice. In fact, they’re downright nasty: mean, disrespectful, unprofessional, and decidedly manipulative.

While I’m more than capable of holding my own, watching these folks antagonize my hardworking, highly capable coworkers has quickly gotten old. You want to […]

Monday, February 13, 2017|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: , |

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