Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Never Mind That Tragic Martyred Saint! Let’s Celebrate Aphrodite’s Day!

Forget the celibate martyr for whom this day is named. In the name of the Goddess Aphrodite, we reclaim this day for beauty, pleasure, and love. Continue Reading

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Goddess Sunday: Blessed Bastet

In ancient times cats were worshiped as Gods; they have not forgotten this. ~ Terry Pratchett On this first Sunday of Summer, as our brothers and sisters in Egypt today celebrate their dramatic progress towards democracy, we welcome the glad and Summery energy of beautiful Bastet! Bastet (the name now preferred by most Egyptologists), isContinue reading Continue Reading

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An Affirming Environment

For improving your behavior, a supportive environment isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity.— Michael Highstead, CEO of Habit Busters, Ltd. In her recent (free!) newsletter, Elizabeth Genco Purvis, the “Marketing Goddess” wrote, “One of my mentors said something recently that really shook me up. He said, ‘Your environment is stronger than habit.’ When you thinkContinue reading Continue Reading

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Let the Luxuries Flow

All enjoying is your best gift to yourself. — SARK How was your weekend? How have your artist dates been going? You are having one every week, aren’t you? Did you do your homework? What luxuries did you bestow upon yourself? You did treat yourself, right? I hope so. What are the luxuries that youContinue reading Continue Reading

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Magic Touch

Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will sense them. The least we can do is try to be there. — Annie Dillard Have you noticed a continuing thread that runs through all of the exercises I’ve been suggesting since we got back from our reading deprivation week? Yes, they are sensory timeouts,Continue reading Continue Reading

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The Muse and the Daimon

The Muse, nae poet ever fand [found] her,Till by himself he learn’d to wanderAdown some trotting burn’s meanderAn’ no think lang [long]. — Robert Burns, “Epistle to Willam Simpson, Ochiltree” from 19 May, The Celtic Spirit, by Caitlín Matthews Thank you to our friends who are sharing their answers to yesterday’s exercise. We complete itContinue reading Continue Reading

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Blessings of May Eve!

Throughout my whole life, during every moment I have lived, the world has gradually been taking on light and fire for me, until it has come to envelop me in one mass of luminosity, glowing from within… The purple flush of matter fading imperceptibly into the gold of spirit, to be lost finally in theContinue reading Continue Reading

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Step One: Recovering a Sense of Safety (cont.)

Reason is powerless in the expression of Love. — Rumi If I had to pick one of the most consistent themes of the human experience that I see in my Tarot practice, it would be the suffering that people undergo when, for any number of reasons, they are unable to connect to or express theirContinue reading Continue Reading

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Reclaiming the Virtue of Temperance

Temperance: Eat and carouse with Bacchus, or munch dry bread with Jesus,but don’t sit down without one of the Gods. — D.H. Lawrence Any discussion of Temperance, by me at least, would of course have to include a brief mention of the Temperance Tarot card. While the original Greek virtue was called sophrosyne, our wordContinue reading Continue Reading

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Tarot Card of the Week – Oct. 13 – 19

The EmpressAncient Mother, I hear you calling.Ancient Mother, I hear your song.Ancient Mother, I hear your laughter.Ancient Mother, I taste your tears. — Traditional Here is a first since I began pulling the Card of the Week in 2005: The Empress. And she appears, I would dare say, precisely on time. The Empress beckons usContinue reading Continue Reading

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Saturday Poetry: From Blossoms

Peaches Batik I © by M BaldwinFrom Blossomsby Li-Young Lee (1957 – ) From blossoms comesthis brown paper bag of peacheswe bought from the boyat the bend in the road where we turned towardsigns painted Peaches. From laden boughs, from hands,from sweet fellowship in the bins,comes nectar at the roadside, succulentpeaches we devour, dusty skinContinue reading Continue Reading

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Sunday Poetry

from Song of Myself By Walt WhitmanI am he that walks with the tender and growing night,I call to the earth and sea half-held by the night. Press close bare-bosom’d night — press close magnetic nourishing night!Night of south winds — night of the large few stars!Still nodding night — mad naked summer night. SmileContinue reading Continue Reading

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Tarot Card of the Week: May 12 – 18

Page of WandsGrab your coat and get your hatLeave your worries on the doorstepLife can be so sweetOn the sunny side of the street. — Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh, 1929 (Tap. Tap. Tap.) Is this turned on? Can you hear me? Oh, good! Attention, good folk, ladies and gentlemen, and all who visit theseContinue reading Continue Reading

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The Road to Paradise

For the May Day is the great day,Sung along the old straight track.And those who ancient lines did leyWill heed this song that calls them back. Pass the word and pass the lady,Pass the plate to all who hunger.Pass the wit of ancient wisdom,Pass the cup of crimson wonder. — Cup of Wonder, from SongsContinue reading Continue Reading

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Garbage In, Garbage Out

Garbage in, Garbage out.— George Fuechsel, IBM 305 RAMAC technician/instructor To realign ourselves with the Graces of Beauty, Mirth, and Blossoming, we are considering how the weeks between Imbolc and Ostara (and now, during the waning Moon) are an ideal time to clear space for them to thrive. I would suggest that one way toContinue reading Continue Reading

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Buying Happiness

The happiness of any society begins with the well being of the families that live in it.— Kofi Annan To realign ourselves with the Graces of Beauty, Mirth, and Blossoming, we are considering how the weeks between Imbolc and Ostara are an ideal time to create space for them to thrive. I would suggest thatContinue reading Continue Reading

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The American Economy’s Ultimate Purpose

You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won’t have it…You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations; there are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There isContinue reading Continue Reading

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Bliss Homework

The nature of life is bliss. Everyone is born to enjoy, we are not born to suffer. We have been hearing for centuries past that there is great potentiality hidden within everyone. It is hidden in us, not because it is difficult to bring out, but simply because we are not bringing it out, thatContinue reading Continue Reading

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Desire and gratification

Because of you, in gardens of blossoming flowers I ache from thePerfumes of spring…Because of you, the heady perfumes of summer pain me; becauseOf you, I again seek out the signs that precipitate desires: shootingStars, falling objects.— Love by Pablo Neruda Some say that happiness can only be reached by ceasing to desire. In thisContinue reading Continue Reading

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