Saturday, January 12, 2013

Making a Digital Move

As many of you know, I've got a lot of wonderful projects pop-corning like crazy in my life right now.  This is a really abundant time, and I'm so thankful for all the good things that are happening.

That being said, I think I really need to confine my blogging habits to one regular space.  You can follow my primary blog, for updates on my writing journey, and remember that I've now got a twice-monthly column called The Busy Witch over at

I hope you'll continue to stay in touch with me as I travel down this rambling path!

Brightest blessings and Namaste,


Monday, January 7, 2013

Goddess Tarot: Card of the Week

My tarot deck of choice is still the first deck I ever bought: Kris Waldherr's Goddess Tarot.  I love these familiar cards, but there's always more to learn, even after over a decade spent working with this beautiful deck.

I've decided to post a card of the week, drawing randomly from my deck each Monday and letting the message of the card marinate as I move about my busy life.

Today's card is:

Cards: Movement, Ten of Cups
Deck: The Goddess Tarot
Artist: Kris Waldherr

It's a double pull!  These two came out together this afternoon, and just looking at them brought a smile to my face.

The ten of cups speaks of completion, emotional fulfillment,  abundance, and just overall warm and fuzzy things.  Movement (the goddess Rihannon) speaks of smooth transitions, the joyful movement from one phase to the next, and strength.

I've been feeling creatively stymied lately, so pulling these cards today has lightened my heart; this, too, shall pass, and it looks like I'm on the edge of something beautiful and full of possibilities.  Still, as much as I've hated feeling stuck, movement can be a bit scary to face.  Change isn't always easy, but it is necessary.  And I'm thankful to know it's in my future.

What does the idea of movement from one phase to the next mean to you?  Is this something that generally excites or frightens you?


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Solstice/New Years Ritual: Recapitulation

While traveling over the holidays with my husband, I read this wonderful article by Sally Kempton in Yoga Journal magazine, and I was inspired.  With the aid of a roaring fire, I convinced my husband to help me modify this ritual to celebrate the old, the new, and the unknown.

1. To start, build a fire with your partner.  Include the rest of the family if you wish, but make sure you share this ritual with someone you love deeply.  Let the fire burn for a bit, adding fuel and just enjoying the warmth of the blaze.

2. Take a sheet of paper and something to write with, and make sure everyone who is with you is similarly equipped. 

3. Write a list of all the moments in the past year that brought you joy.  You can be as vague or specific as you want.

4. Share the list with your partner: read your own entries out loud and listen as he reads his.  Don't discuss or judge, simply be a listening ear.

5. Offer this list to the fire.  You might say something as you burn it, like, "Thank you for the joys of this year."

6. Grab another sheet of paper.  This time, write down all the moments you regret or that caused you discomfort  in the past year.

7. Share the list, and remember not to pass judgement on yourself or your partner.

8. Offer this list to the fire.  You might say, "I accept the negative pieces of this year, and I let them go."

9. Now it's time for a third list (and this is my favorite part of this ritual): write down all the things you wish for in the coming year.  Be wild, creative, and ambitious; there's no limit on wishing.

10. Share this list, and offer it to the fire.  You might say, "I can't wait to see what the coming year holds."

Now, linger in front of the fire.  Share some wine or a sweet treat, or simply watch the flames in silence.


A new year is coming, and we all have the chance for new, amazing things.  Let go of the past, and step forward with an open heart and a sense of hope.  There's nothing that's truly impossible!