Which Work is Worth It: Using the Elements to Decide Where to Focus Your Energy

I've been in major creatrix-mode lately. I can't tell you exactly when the muse began whispering her generative goodness, but I can tell you that ideas are running free and wild in my mind 24/7. This is electrifying, of course, but it's also frazzling--my thoughts are being pulled in so many directions that I'm finding it difficult to actually do anything. … Continue reading Which Work is Worth It: Using the Elements to Decide Where to Focus Your Energy

Closing the Door on Bad Habits

The pathway of healing is not a wild, untamed path. It is a manicured path, a watered path,  a tended path. The sweet bloom of integration can only unfurl under certain conditions; as Miles of Sideways puts it, "Pinot is very temperamental. Only the most nurturing of growers can bring it into its fullest expression." If the soil … Continue reading Closing the Door on Bad Habits

A Tarot Spread for Healing Psychic Wounds

What does it mean to heal? Physically speaking, healing infers closure, a resealing of skin and a resetting of bone and relief from the pain of injury. But what if healing is not so simple, not so straightforward? For some, pain is chronic, persisting long after a wound has healed; physical therapy, medication, and dietary changes are undertaken in … Continue reading A Tarot Spread for Healing Psychic Wounds

Summer Lovin’

Every year, it's the same--I wake up one morning, step outside, and just know that midsummer has arrived. The heat rises from the earth and the pavement, the mayflies hatch and glint in the sunlight, the tree-branches buckle beneath the weight of fully grown leaves, and the echo of drum circles heightens my focus like meditation … Continue reading Summer Lovin’

The Beautiful Dynamism of the Two-Card Spread

Anyone who travels in the circles of my twitter sphere knows that I'm a fan of the two card spread.  The simplicity of the one-card is almost too simple--done as a daily draw, it tends to reinforce traditional interpretations which, if you're starting out and still getting the hang of meanings, is great.  If you've … Continue reading The Beautiful Dynamism of the Two-Card Spread

Traversing the Wormhole of the “Culinary Underbelly”: An Exploration of the Magician

In his book, Kitchen Confidential, chef/author/travelogue god Anthony Bourdain reveals in shocking detail the twenty-five years he spent as a chef and cook in the "culinary underbelly" of the restaurant industry. As one would expect, there are palatable tales: his incomparable dining experience at The French Laundry, for one. But Kitchen Confidential is not a book about food. … Continue reading Traversing the Wormhole of the “Culinary Underbelly”: An Exploration of the Magician

Releasing the Anchor: An Exploration of the Five of Cups

In 2005, I got on a plane and flew to Scotland. The cabin was cramped and the pressure made me achy; I flooded my senses with artists and playlists, but the songs (dear friends, now) couldn't distract me from the feeling that I'd left a limb in my homeland. I'd worked my ass off to arrive at … Continue reading Releasing the Anchor: An Exploration of the Five of Cups

Dancing With Eris in the Schoolyard: An Exploration of the Seven of Swords

My best friend lived next door. Our parents drank rum and cokes on my back porch while she and I watched TGIF and ate pizza in my living room. We snuck beneath her parents' bed and raided her father's vintage Playboy collection.  We made a music video to "Possum Kingdom" using pillows as drums. And when a … Continue reading Dancing With Eris in the Schoolyard: An Exploration of the Seven of Swords

The Fool, the Devil, and the Power to Transmute our Demons

When I begin a project, I approach it with the energy of the Fool--I'm excited and starry-eyed, idealistic about the journey and almost radically hopeful for what it will bring.  There comes a time, however (usually after a few bumps in the road and facing the enormity of what I'm up against), that I'm forced to … Continue reading The Fool, the Devil, and the Power to Transmute our Demons

Taming the Analytical Beast: How to Surrender to the Power of the Unknown

Before I started on this beautiful, magickal, mysterious path of paganism, my patron goddess was Logic. I came from a tradition of critical theory, which idolizes the strength of the argument rather than the inherent truth and wisdom expressed in its conclusion. Allow me to stress that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. In … Continue reading Taming the Analytical Beast: How to Surrender to the Power of the Unknown