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.

Things I’m looking forward to in 2017

As we draw toward the close of  a challenging year, I’m setting the intention that 2017 will be different. Why? Mostly because I’ll be going into it with an attitude of acceptance- knowing that I can handle whatever the Wheel spins my way. But 2017 will also rock because I’m looking forward to all these […]

Monday, December 26, 2016|Categories: Announcements||

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A simple way to consecrate your wooden magickal tools

If you’re going to use any sort of tool as part of your magick, you want to consecrate it first. Essentially, you’re dedicating that tool to a special purpose–in this case, your sacred work. It doesn’t have to be a major ordeal–quick and easy can be equally effective! Here’s a simple way to consecrate […]

Wednesday, December 21, 2016|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: |

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First impressions of the Starlight Dragon Tarot

When I saw the Starlight Dragon Tarot, I realized that the dragons are different from anything else in my collection. I think the only dragon artwork I have may be one or two cards in the Shadowscapes tarot and then dragon card in The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Oracle. I don’t have very many square […]

A five-card tarot spread to help you reach a goal

So, I don’t always come up with my own spreads, but when I do… they’re at the most random moments. Like when I’m getting into the car and can’t possibly grab a deck to test it out. So I was really pleased when this idea that popped into my head this morning was still […]

Friday, December 9, 2016|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: |

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Getting to know the Moon Deck

My first impressions: This is a gentle deck, soft and reassuring as your grandmother’s hand on your feverish five-year old forehead. This is a deck that will wrap you up in a loving embrace and make you believe that everything is, in fact, OK. You got this. More that that–prolonged work with this deck […]

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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