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

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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 […]

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

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The pros & perils of a solitary witchcraft practice

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 […]

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

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A new animal guide: crow magic

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 […]

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

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Rethinking the art of grounding

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 […]

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

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Animal guides reassigned

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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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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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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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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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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