Practical Magic

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 […]

March 14th, 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 […]

February 13th, 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 […]

December 21st, 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 […]

November 9th, 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 […]

September 30th, 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 […]

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

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Make your own magic: Heal back pain

I like to give credit where credit is due: even to myself. I’m good at a lot of things.

Following step by step instructions is not one of them.

That’s part of why I’m an eclectic witch: I make things up as I go, based on what seems logical to me, bounced up against the Hermetic […]

July 14th, 2016|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: , , |

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Spiritual Practice Snapshot: July 2016

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been noticing how my daily spiritual practice shifts over time. I know I’m not the only one–a close friend who used to meditate every morning (and I mean EVERY morning) recently revealed that she hasn’t done that in months.

I thought it would be an interesting exercise to document my […]

July 9th, 2016|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: , |

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Simple spring solstice magic

In addition to the big rituals and rites associated with the spring solstice, there are a number of small things we can do to infuse the magic of this time into our surroundings. It’s a time for renewal, resurrection, growth, and birth: think about the things you want to nurture and grow.
1. Repot all […]

March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Practical Magic|Tags: , , , |

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