The Queen of Cups prepares the Sweet September [a Mabon cocktail]

Friday, September 22, 2017|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: , |


I’m so excited to be taking part in my first Tarot blog hop! The topic seemed tailor-made for me, as this is the start of my favorite season and my husband and I enjoy preparing meals as a way to celebrate.

The post guidelines: choose a character from your […]

How pendulums can support your tarot readings

Thursday, September 7, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: |

Pendulums can be a great tool on their own, but since I’m a tarot geek at heart, I’m most drawn to pairing them with cards. Especially to offer clarification during readings. Sometimes we get hung up on whether or not a reversal means something, or whether a court card indicates a person or an aspect […]

Test-driving the Darkness of Light Tarot

Sunday, September 3, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: , |

So – I’ve been using the Darkness of Light Tarot for about a month now and…

I love it.

It’s one of my new favorite decks. This deck GETS ME.

I usually charge my decks out on my screen porch altar for a few days/nights, then sleep with them under my pillow for a few more nights […]

What tarot cards capture where you are right now?

Saturday, July 29, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: , |

Over in the Tarot Readers Academy facebook group, Headmistress Ethony posted a great tarot card reflection prompt. She asked, “What card represents your current spiritual journey?”

It didn’t take me long to sort out my response: I’m a Queen of Cups in a 10 of Wands situation trying to 2 of Swords my way through it […]

Head spinning from Crystals 102

Sunday, July 23, 2017|Categories: Crystals & minerals|Tags: , , , |

I spent yesterday taking a crystal class with the amazing Kimberly Barrett of Light Upon the Lotus. While crystals 101 covers the basics (which I skipped), Crystals 102 gets more into different crystal formations, the reasons you’d work with a particular crystal, and grid work.

One of the things I love about Kimberly is that she […]

The pros & perils of a solitary witchcraft practice

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

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 […]

A new animal guide: crow magic

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

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 […]

Rethinking the art of grounding

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

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 […]

Tying the cards together: how to interpret tarot spreads (part 2)

Monday, May 15, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: , |

In the first post in this series, we talked about looking for common elements in the cards. Repeated numbers or images, a prevalence of one suit, that sort of thing.

If you use decks with people, animals, or some sort of character in each card, another option is to look at the characters in the […]

Astrology of Herbs & Tarot [book review]

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

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 […]