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.

It’s my birthday! A year in review.

So. It’s my birthday today. I’m 42.

I kind of thought hitting the answer to life, the universe and everything would make me feel more enlightened. (Ok, not really, but – I am a nerd and needed to get that out there).

A lot has happened in the last year. A LOT. Much of it…. challenging.

For […]

Monday, November 14, 2016|Categories: Announcements|Tags: |

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Spread the light: Even small acts matter

It’s the day after the presidential election in the United States, and there’s a lot of emotion.

Women, people of color, my queer friends and family, those with disabilities, and all sorts of other folks are deeply shocked, saddened, and sickened that Trump has been elected.

It’s easy to feel powerless and hopeless.

I get it. It’s […]

Wednesday, November 9, 2016|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: |

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Test-driving the Wild Unknown Spirit Cloth

I like to have personal experience with all the items for sale in my shop. So, even though I typically read cross-legged on the floor in my office, looking at a piece of paper with a printout or sketch of whatever spread I’m using (unless it’s one of my old faithfuls) I knew it was only […]

Thursday, November 3, 2016|Categories: Product previews, Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: , |

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Mineral Monday: Lapis

When I started working with crystals back in high school, lapis lazuli was one of the first stones that caught my eye. The intense blue with flecks of gold seemed so exotic, so magical.

Now I have an even greater appreciation for this stone and its powerful healing properties. It’s one of the best crystals for balancing the […]

Monday, October 17, 2016|Categories: Crystals & minerals|Tags: , , |

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The difference between tarot and oracle cards

Every time I work an event with the Traveling Tarot Trunk, I have the same conversation with several people:

Curious shopper: Are those all tarot cards?

Me: They’re a combination of tarot and oracle decks.

Curious shopper: What’s the difference?

Some people seem embarrassed or uncomfortable asking–I remember feeling that way about magical stuff when I was starting to explore and discover […]

Friday, October 14, 2016|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: , , |

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Mineral Monday: Moss agate

Think about moss. More specifically, think about where it grows: in the dark of the forest, on rocks and trees, on frigid mountaintops in the cracks where nothing else thrives. Moss is resourceful. It creates a rich life for itself out of seemingly nothing. This little plant holds big earth magic. And that magic is […]

Monday, October 3, 2016|Categories: Crystals & minerals|Tags: , , |

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How time on the yoga mat prepares me for magick

This morning, I resumed a dedicated home yoga practice after a long hiatus. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve done yoga every day for years, but for the last few, it’s come in fits and starts throughout the day. A quick plank while I wait for the tea kettle; tree pose as I wait […]

Friday, September 30, 2016|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: , , , |

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Mineral Monday: Amazonite

I first encountered amazonite two years ago… I wandered into a local witch shop and was captivated by the robin’s egg color. Even though I had no clue what the stone did, when I held it, my hand tingled and it knew it was coming home with me.

When I got home and started researching […]

Monday, September 26, 2016|Categories: Crystals & minerals|Tags: , , |

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Wanderer’s Tarot unboxing and deck interview

I just got this deck and wasn’t sure how I’d connect with it.

The deck interview cleared up any doubts. While I’m still adjusting to the court cards: Philosopher, Goddess, Wanderer, Prophet–I connect with it more than I thought I would. It’s a kind of raw, sharp deck… the word “feral” comes to mind. Perhaps […]

The whats, whys and hows of crystal elixirs

For this week’s Mineral Monday, we’re going to do something a little different. We’re going to talk about crystal elixirs, in large part because whenever I have them at events, people want to know what they are and how they work.

What is a crystal elixir? 

It’s a liquid that captures the essence of a particular […]

Monday, September 12, 2016|Categories: Crystals & minerals|Tags: , |

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