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 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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Natural rulers and who’s really head of the household

Earlier this year, I started taking a Magickal Astrology course, which has been really fun. We started off with the basics: signs, planets, and houses, and now we’re moving into the meatier part where we start exploring how they all work together within a chart.

One of the things that’s tough to wrap your head […]

Friday, September 9, 2016|Categories: Astrology|Tags: , |

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Spirit Cats oracle deck unboxing

This might be the most adorable deck I’ve ever seen.

For real.

When I first saw these on Kickstarter, I was annoyed because there was definitely some pink going on with this deck and I hate pink and then HOLY SHIT LOOKIT THAT SWEET FACE. ALL THE KITTEHS.

Yeah. And then when the actual deck showed up […]

Thursday, September 8, 2016|Categories: Product previews, Tarot | oracle | cartomancy||

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Mineral Monday: Tiger’s Eye

While tiger’s eye comes in yellow/golden, red, and blue, most people initially think of the rich golden tone that gives this crystal its name. This post will focus on the properties and meanings of golden tiger’s eye.

This stone has rich caramel and yellowy gold stripes or bands, as well as deep browns. Polished stones are iridescent, giving them […]

Monday, September 5, 2016|Categories: Crystals & minerals|Tags: , |

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Behold the Traveling Tarot Trunk!

While I launched Phoenix & Lotus online, the vision has always been to have a brick and mortar shop some day.

A brick and mortar shop with a very specific vibe.

Storied, with a distinct air of adventure and possibility. Tinglings of untapped potential and hidden magic. Like the Night Circus on a much smaller scale.

In […]

Thursday, September 1, 2016|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: |

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