Sun in Scorpio Sounds - A Playlist

Awhile back, my friend was sharing her horoscope with me and in that forecast, it asked her this question: If you could be any other sun sign, which would you be? She didn't have a response, but when she flipped the tables on me, I answered swiftly and with certainty; “I would be a Scorpio”. I have a little bit of Scorpio in my chart, granted. Both my Jupiter and Saturn are in Scorpio - so, that's something, I guess. And my rationale isn't completely fleshed out but essentially, I think the sign is bad-ass and I'd like a little more edge in my profile - lol.

With that being said, please enjoy this playlist I’ve put together for Scorpio season. It’s mysterious, dark, sexy and…I hope you enjoy it! Have a listen after the cut or follow along in Spotify!

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Tarot: A Guide For Those Just Starting

I take for granted most days how familiar tarot as a tool has become. Like a riding a bike, or driving a car or using any of my limbs…it’s just something I do and hardly give thought to. I realize this takes time and effort to arrive at such a state and so today, I’m going to try my best to peel back my knowing and step into the landscape of a novice. What do you need to know to get started? Where would one begin? How can someone possibly memorize 78 cards, never mind reversals and then reading more than one at a time - in tandem no less?

It’s no small feat. And if you’ve been able to achieve even some of that, you’re doing very well. Tarot is a dedicated study. It is a life long process of unraveling and revealing and adapting and reconsidering. There is always more to know when it comes to this craft and so yeah, I get how starting out can be extremely overwhelming. But it’s not impossible and also, it’s a lot of fun.

So here we are. Below is a list of carefully curated resources and posts that I’ve developed through the years that I would recommend to anyone just starting out. I’ve placed them in order intentionally, so it is probably best to start at the beginning and work your way through.

At the very end, I’ll list a few additional tips as well as other websites that I think are very helpful in honing this craft. I hope you’ll enjoy it and walk away from this post a little less intimated by the process as well as excited to begin.

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Halloween/October Decks for Darker Days

October carries such a noticeably unique vibe and so I’m often drawn to work with different tools and touch on different subjects than I normally might.

For instance, there are some tarot/oracle decks that I only use during this month. And then there are some which I don’t touch at all, and others where I increase their frequency of use.

Below are a list of all my personal decks that I lean on during this transitional period and following that, I’ll make mention of other Halloween/October-esque decks that were recommended by the community of witches, mystics and seekers on Instagram.

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Tarot Intention Kits

Next to divining with tarot, my second favorite way to use the cards is ritualistically. Call it magick, manifestation, intention setting - whatever. The cards are not just gateways to what will be, or what is - they are portals to possibilities.

I’ve been working with tarot in this way for years, making changes in my life, sometimes even enormous ones. For this reason, I can’t underestimate the power that comes from working with these archetypes and symbols in this way.

I’ve also been feeling super crafty lately, needing to get my hands dirty in tangible magick, and so I began creating intention kits. These kits utilize tarot and crystal energy to help you both formulate and breath life into your desires.

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Sun In Libra Sounds - A Playlist

I used to do playlists for the moon phases, but I’ve switched things up and will now be featuring playlists to usher us into the seasons as they change. While we slide into Autumn, we also welcome the shift of the Sun to Libra. I’ve constructed this playlist honouring themes of love, beauty and balance. Check out the full playlist after the cut and make sure to follow along or check out previous signs!

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An Online Seth Intensive

Well before I launched this website, far before I began speaking freely and openly about my passions and practices, I was a student on endless quests to satisfy my curiosities surrounding things I couldn't see but, but only felt. One of my earliest teachers was a series of books by author Jane Roberts introduced to me by my dad. This collection of channeled texts was my very first foray into some of the biggest question marks around this existence, consciousness and the nature of reality.

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Illuminate Your Intuition - A Free 30 Day Challenge

In September I’ve decided to host a challenge via social media (because it’s been a long while) with the focus on understanding, developing and effectively using our intuition.

Working with tarot, I’ll guide participants through a series of exercises, reflections, and shares to uncover the unique language that your intuition uses to communicate with you. Because the work involved can be complex and certainly very individual, I’ve put together a guidebook to make following along super simple. In that guide, you’ll have direction on how to approach each day, with space to record any insights or observations.

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New Moon in Leo - A Playlist

It's Leo Season and the moon is going dark this Saturday (also in Leo) so to honour the energy, I've created a playlist to suit the vibe.

Also, I've decided next month I'll be revamping all playlists and relabeling them for the season, rather than to match a moon phase. It just makes the most sense for me, but for now, enjoy some Leo-esque tunes after the cut (or follow along in Spotify).

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Delivering A Memorable Email Reading Pt. 3 - Sustaining Your Practice

This is part three of the Delivering A Memorable Email Reading series. You can also go back and read Part One and Part Two if you wish. In the first installment, we focused on tools and techniques to ensure your clients get the most of the reading. In the second installment, we turned the tables to examine practices that will help you get the most of your services as a reader. Today, we'll be talking about ways to sustain your practice and ensure you're maximizing your time and energy. This is critical to examine because if you're not being mindful of your own reserves, your product and ability to deliver will inevitably suffer.

Similar to the advice in Part 2, I learned a lot of this through trial and error. For this reason, I am hopeful I can condense what took me years to sort through in such a way that we can shorten your learning curve and give you some food for thought.

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Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Moon

When I first started this series (too damn long ago) there were some cards that I immediately knew how to associate. The Moon was one of those cards. I picked Running With The Wolves in the first week I conceived of this series and my mind hasn't been swayed away since. 

Have a listen to the track or entire playlist after the cut!

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Freebie - Empowering Prompts Through The Major Arcana

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We often turn to the cards to tell us what we need to know, but through a different lens, the cards can serve as a reflection - a mirror - or a tool for us to deep dipper and ask questions rather than seek answers.

This can be especially helpful if you draw a card that you’re having difficulty deciphering. Consider that you have blind spots. Consider that you come at the cards with bias and unknowing. We only see what we are ready to see and when the cards aren’t “clear” it could be because we aren’t in a place to receive what’s being offered. Then what? Whether I’m reading for myself or others, in these moments I often pause and rephrase the advice I wish I could reach as a question not yet uncovered. This is especially true if a card seems particularly out of place in the reading. Maybe that oddly placed Emperor showing up in a reading about love isn’t saying your relationship is rigid but rather, is asking you in what ways do you build walls or conversely, not create boundaries clearly enough?

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New Moon in Cancer - A Playlist

Okay so, it's been a month since I've made a post. In fact, my last post was a playlist like this to honour the new moon in Gemini. The reason for this is that the last month has been terribly (but also wonderfully) illuminating, and through that...illumination...I've had to uncomfortably examine some things including the type of content I have produced over the last few years and the direction I'd like to go. I hate hate hate making bold claims about where things are headed at the start of a journey - it's a progress killer. Everything will unfold organically and in time, but I'm approaching things slower and more mindfully.

Blah blah blah here is a playlist, after the cut, packed full of jams to honour this new (or dark) moon in Cancer. Please enjoy!

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New Moon in Gemini - A Playlist

The New Moon (or Dark Moon to be more precise) in Gemini occurs on the 13th and so I've compiled a group of songs that I felt captured the essence of that energy. Or more accurately, I put a bunch of songs together that I liked that I thought kind of fit the bill. I was going to try to be clever and do a full playlist of duos or featurings, but...whatever. Check it out after the cut!

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Charting Our Dreams

A few weeks ago I posted a dream-states survey and invited those who wished to partake to share their experiences. I received quite a number back and would like to start this by offering a heart felt thank you. Not only was I in awe of the feedback, but I felt a great sense of comfort knowing that this world I escape to each night is not mine alone.

With all that being said, I spent a great deal of time pouring over the participant's birth charts because I wanted to see if there were a few areas in particular where I could draw commonalities. Astrology is complex, and I am not an expert by a long stretch - but it was fascinating none the less. Unfortunately, based on the sample size I viewed, I couldn't conclude any obvious parallels, but I would like to explain what it was I was looking for. Before I do that, let me share with you some of the fascinating experiences some of our dreamers put forth. I've just included one or two quotes for each topic and I've added my own input as well.

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The Big Bad Buffy Rewatch - Season 1

This past March, Buffy turned 20 - which still kind of blows my mind. As a 15 year old when the show first aired, I was instantly hooked because at the time (and reasonably still to this day) it had everything I looked for in a show: Compelling characters, magick, monsters, teenage drama. It also, as a show airing in the 90's at a pivitol point in my life, had a lot of stuff I didn't know I needed: A strong female lead, underdog empowerment and the lesson that strength and humour can get you through just about anything.

So here I am today, as a 35 year old woman, settling down to rewatch my favourite series of all time from absolute start to finish. I've done rewatchings in the past, though I would usually tune in around Season 4 because, or at least I told myself at the time, I was too far removed from highschool to be able to relate. Well, I can already tell you that I am so glad I didn't skip ahead because season 1 is 100 times better than I  remember. And dare I say, I get even more out of it today than I did even back then.

Was it a perfect series? No. Are there some things that I'm watching now (in 2018) that make me sigh an enormous "wtf!?" - absolutely! Like anything, there are aspects to this show that have aged enormously well and some that have...not. But, rest assured we will get to all of that! Before we do though,  let me purpose the format that I've come up with for these posts (because I'm obviously doing one for each season).

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Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Star

After the rubbly, dusty destruction of The Tower, The Star makes its appearance as a reminder that not all hope is lost. The song I've chosen is really beautiful to me. It has a bit of an air of sadness, or maybe it's just contemplation or this sense that even if something lacks meanings, it's still somehow valuable and real.

Anyway, this is coming at an opportune time for me because if there is one thing I need right now, it's to know that everything is going to be okay. If you stumble across this post, positive thoughts and vibes are much appreciated!

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New Moon in Taurus - A Playlist

The New Moon (or Dark Moon to be more precise) in Taurus is upon us. I've assembled this playlist with the theme of "sensual Earth" in mind. Don't ask me to define that further please. Enjoy after the cut!

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Soundtrack Through The Arcana - The Tower

Wow it's been awhile since I've done one of these! I haven't given up on the series, I've just not put any real pressure on myself to do it at any set pace. This is a "when I feel like it" sorta thing! So here I am, feeling like jumping into the 17th installment of this series; The Tower.

I've picked what I guess might be one of my favourite Sinead O'Connor songs to represent the energy of this card. I've done that because the tower is both strong, but in its fall proves also rather fragile and I suppose that's the feeling that I get when I listen to this track. And, while I think this song is more about the fall out of a love affair rather than the overhaul of institution, the themes remain the same. It's destruction vs. rebirth and overlap and inevitable reckoning of the two.

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