Astrology of Herbs & Tarot [book review]

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

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 […]

Mercury retrograde mug shot

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

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 […]

Spring reboot and refocus

April 9th, 2017|Categories: Announcements|Tags: |

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 […]

Animal guides reassigned

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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, […]

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

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

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 […]

Why the ExtraOrdinary Oracle deck rules

February 8th, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: , |

So, you may have noticed that I’m not super-zen. I work full-time in addition to running Phoenix & Lotus, and I have a wide variety of interests that keep me pretty busy.

That’s why I have a special affinity for the magic of the mundane. Because if you think that I have three hours on […]

Tarot & oracle deck wish list, January 2017

January 17th, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: |

Yes, I’m a deck collector. I love the artwork, I love the feel of cards in my hands, I love the different stories each deck has to tell and unlock.

And here are the decks I’m currently lusting after:
Tarot Decks
Serpentfire Tarot: Every time I see this deck, I think, “OOH! What is THAT!?” Bold colors, […]

Stalker cards: why does this tarot card keep coming up?

January 8th, 2017|Categories: Tarot | oracle | cartomancy|Tags: |

In 2014, The Hierophant came up as my card of the day 39 times. Yes, you read that right–I drew more than a month of Hierophants. Talk about a stalker tarot card… In 2015, he was still my most-drawn card, turning up 14 times. Last year, he backed off a bit: he’s no longer […]