Magic & Witchcraft, Real Life, Writing

2018 Intention: Your Focus Determines Your Reality

When I started ruminating on what my intention should be for the coming year, for the first time since I embarked on this journey, I came up blank.  I tried on a lot of different intentions and goals, but none of them resonated the way it has in the past when I find the right one.  I took that as a good sign, that I didn’t have some blaring need or imbalance to address.  But still…I needed my touchstone going forward.  I need an intention.  It is the idea that I use to filter all my other plans and goals: “Does this fit my intention?” If yes, proceed.  That’s what I did last year with PRODUCTIVITY, and it yielded amazing results.

I considered that–maybe–this meant I should just stick with productivity.  Who says you have to have a different intention every year?  And then, it hit me.  Most years, what I am seeking is right there waiting for me to pluck the word out of the ether.  This year was more difficult because it was about what I DON’T want. Continue reading “2018 Intention: Your Focus Determines Your Reality”

Magic & Witchcraft, Mystic Monday, Real Life

A Simple Home Cleansing & Blessing Ritual

home-blessingI’ve moved almost twenty times. Most recently, I moved into a new house that I will be leasing with my boyfriend for the next two years. Upon getting the keys, my first instinct was to go there and do my usual home blessing. Of course, this was odd to my excruciatingly pragmatic boyfriend, so I found myself explaining it to him. I expected him to laugh at me, or at least give me that “I don’t really understand you but I love you anyway” look. Instead, he listened, and when I was through, he said, “You should do that. I want our home to be blessed.”

Which was a lesson to me – if you take the time to explain the intention behind something, almost everyone will appreciate a blessing, prayer, good wishes, etc. So I thought I would share my simple ritual that I repeat every time I claim a new space as my home. It is a mish-mash of traditions handed down by my mother, Feng Shui, and my own twist relying heavily on the four elements.
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Astrology, Magic & Witchcraft, Mystic Monday

Mystic Monday: The Quickening Moon

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Whether you are tuned in to the lunar energies or not, tonight’s full moon is an auspicious one. The Quickening Moon, in druid tradition, only occurs every four years, when there are 13 full moons in a solar cycle. In other traditions, it always follows directly on the heels of Imbolc, the festival that celebrates the return of the sun. The energies for this moon are those of seeds readying to burst forth into the imminent Spring. This can manifest in many ways, such as bringing forth new ideas, reaching for new goals, forming new relationships, transformations, shedding old layers, or finally seeing the light at the end of a long and dark inward journey.

This (leap)year, the Quickening Moon takes place in the sign of Virgo – an intellectual, practical, and methodical sign. Virgo energy is about order, and most Virgos tend to be planners and make lists. The full moon is always a time for manifestation, but because this is a “bonus” moon, it is often used as a moment to pause and reflect before charging into the rest of the year ahead. Tapping in to the that Virgo energy, some good questions that might come up for reflection are:

Am I on the right path?

Do I really want what I’ve set my sights on?

Have I made all the preparations I can to make the path ahead clear and easy?

Is there anything still holding me back? If so, what can I release?

According to Kate Rose, this full moon will also be a culminating of energies set into motion months, or even years ago. The main point is that our hearts and souls are yearning for something – we have either gone inwards in search of it or have laid out plans to achieve it, and now is the final moment where we decide if we are truly committed to it. Once the seed germinates in the earth, there is no turning back to burrow into the ground again – it’s sun or bust!

Whether you are a practicing witch or just beginning to feel in to how the cosmic tides affect your life, I hope you make the most of this powerful moon. See you on the other side. 🙂

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Announcements, Magic & Witchcraft, Rain of Ash, Shameless Self-Pimping, Zyne Legacy

Skydancer: Rain of Ash – Release Announcement!

I’m moving “Mystic Monday” to later this week so that I can share a special announcement: It’s here!  It’s finally here!  The first book in my new contemporary fantasy series, The Zyne Legacy has finally arrived on the Kindle shelf!

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I’m so excited about these stories and this world.  I’ll be releasing five Zyne books over the course of the next 18 months, so I hope that readers love the universe and characters as much as I do.
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