KICKASS WITCH : Putting The "K" In Magick
Do you ever feel like there's a gigantic gap between the way you're living now and the life of your dreams? Do you sometimes wish you could wave a magick wand and all of your problems would just disappear so that you could finally step into the kickass life you know you were meant to lead? I can't promise you that transformation is as easy as waving a magick wand, but I do have quite a few tricks up my sleeve and am more than happy to share them with you here. So, chin up, Gorgeous, stick around and, most importantly... BELIEVE!

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOOK NERD : Kickass Quotes from Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston

I have a confession to make: I love clutter. 

Clutter makes me feel safe. I wear my clutter; books and paper and crystals and art and pens and books & books & books like armor. They are how I keep out the rest of the world. They ARE my world. My refuge.

Therefore- my relationship with Space Clearing is complicated at best.

I do aspire to getting good at clearing clutter one day... as long as that day does not get too close to this day.

Har... Har... Har...

I kid, but not really.
As a card-carrying "artsy person", I doubt I could ever live an entirely clutter-free existence, but there is a point where too much becomes too much, and I have to engage in some Space Clearing lest I tip the balance into qualifying as a bonafide hoarder.

What helps is to make the decluttering process creative. 

Feng Shui really appeals to me this way, and that is why I created a section for the SPRiNG TRANSiTiON module called "Space Clearing And The Art Of Internal Feng Shui".

Feng Shui is fun.

And- as Karen Kingston so beautifully points out in Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui, it can also go much deeper than that, especially when you add Space Clearing to the mix.   

It is fitting that this book is so slim and tidy. There is no unnecessary clutter here!

It is a book that you can read in one afternoon and then immediately put to good use.

Clean, clear, and simple. I like that. At least in theory...

"Every aspect of your life is anchored energetically in your living space, so clearing your clutter can completely transform your entire existence." -Karen Kingston

"The reason why clutter clearing is effective is that while you are putting your external world in order there are corresponding changes going on internally too." -Karen Kingston

"Life is constant change. So when something comes into your life enjoy it, use it well, and when it is time, let it go. It is that simple." -Karen Kingston

"Feng Shui is the art of balancing and harmonizing the flow of natural energies in our surroundings to create beneficial effects in our lives." -Karen Kingston

"For your life to work well, it is vital to have a good flow of life force energy in your home and workplace. Feng Shui teaches many ways to improve this energy flow, and Space Clearing is one of the most effective." -Karen Kingston

"Everything around you, especially your home environment, mirrors your inner self." -Karen Kingston

"You are connected to everything you own by fine strands of energy... When you get rid of everything that has no real meaning or significance to you, you literally feel lighter in body, mind, and spirit" -Karen Kingston

"Everything that happens in a building is recorded in the walls, floors, furniture, and objects in the space. This builds up in layers, in much the same way grime does, except that we cannot see it, and it affects us in profound ways." -Karen Kingston

"Just because you own something, it doesn't mean that you have to keep it forever. You are just a temporary custodian of many things as they pass through your life... Everything material is merely energy in transition." -Karen Kingston

"Clutter accumulates when energy stagnates and, likewise, energy stagnates when clutter accumulates. So the clutter begins as a symptom of what is happening with you in your life and then becomes part of the problem itself because the more you have, the more stagnant energy it attracts to itself." -Karen Kingston

"Love and fear cannot exist in the same space, so everything you are holding on to through fear is blocking you having more love in your life." -Karen Kingston

"Keeping things 'just in case' indicates a lack of trust in the future." -Karen Kingston

"The more you can learn to trust that life will take care of you, the more life will take care of you." -Karen Kingston

"Clearing clutter in all forms allows our original purpose in coming here to resurface and shine through... The higher purpose of clearing clutter is therefore to clear the debris that prevents us from connecting with our higher self..." -Karen Kingston

"As you release the things you no longer love or use, you call back to yourself the parts of your spirit that have been attached to them, and attached to the emotional needs and memories associated with those objects. In so doing, you bring yourself powerfully into present time. Your energy, instead of being dispersed in a thousand different, unproductive directions, becomes more centered and focused. You feel more spiritually complete and more at peace with yourself." -Karen Kingston

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Friday, January 23, 2015

The Weekly Witch Review #38 : Self Love & Money Stuff, A Bohemian Houseboat, The Witch Of Positano & More!

TGiF Witches...

Welcome to the latest edition of "The Weekly Witch Review", a kickass guide to all things new & exciting (or at least new & exciting to me) on the wonderfully wacky world wide web...

How to turn your "Money Stuff" into a Self Love Ritual.

Gwyneth Paltrow used one word in the subject line of the latest issue of GOOP, and that was Magic. Now- when I see that, part of me goes, "Yay! Magic! I LOVE Magic!" And- another part of me thinks that witches & magick are reaching some kind of pop cultural tipping point in which they will eventually be uncool... again. Which is fine- it's hip to be square(!), but I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't enjoying this steady stream of entertainment devoted to my favorite subject.

Vali Myers, The Witch Of Positano...

Could panpsychism be the answer to why the world's greatest minds can't solve the mystery of consciousness?

LOVE THiS : A Rolling Crone interprets her Scandinavian ancestor's early photos...

Have you seen the NEW New Moon Magic series Gala Darling is doing with Mystic Medusa? It's pretty nifty!

The Sky is Purple, by Zaeema J. Hussain :

When they (the men, the scavengers) come for you, 
do not give yourself to them so easily. 

Wear your strength like armour, fight like a beast. 
Do not let them tell you that you belong to them. 

Be fearless. Be a lion. Be like lava. 
Rip them apart, and burn their bones. 

And when you are done, tell the world that 
you belong to no man. That you are a lady, 
a warrior, a tsunami, and you belong only to yourself.

I have never wanted to live on a houseboat, until now...

3 Signs That Your Witchy Power Is Turned ON.

My husband once recorded a LOUD, Rock & Roll band ironically named, Telomere Repair, and the idea behind that name has always fascinated me. Can we repair the length of our telomeres? Science says YES. Yippee!

8 Things About Life After Death That You Should Know.

Hope & Lily Stockman's textile company, Block Shop, is bringing back the rich tradition of hand block printing & doing some good in the world while they're at it!

Embrace the Night Queen within.

How To Make Medicinal Syrups.

★ WiTCHY VLOG OF THE WEEK : Angelica of Angel Star Creations asks... What is Self-Love exactly?

Tuesday's Episode Of HiPPiE WiTCH : Magick For A New Age...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Magick Of Scripting + Surrender To What Is... And Then Make The Most Of It.

Someone made a comment on the last video I published (the one about easing your way into a big transition in the same way you might slowly descend into a cold swimming pool), contradicting my entire point by saying that sometimes you've got to just take the plunge...

And you know what? She's right! Sometimes you do just have to take the plunge. 

And- sometimes you have to ease your way into it...

There is no right or wrong way to do such things. There is only what works for YOU and the situation at hand.

MAGiCK is a lot like that, too.

You can argue all day long about whether or not you should wave your right or left hand when calling in the winds of the wild wild west, but in the end... you've just got to get on with it. 

It is my belief that we learn best by doing, and the wonderful thing about magick is it's an experiential practice...

It's about play & exploration, and there are myriad ways to go about achieving a desired result or creating change in conformity with will.

Therefore, I thought it would be FUN to kind of contradict myself here today- to present two totally different ways of approaching the idea of creating the kickass life of your dreams...

The first has to do with harnessing the power of visualization in a tangible, hands on way, and the second is all about letting Spirit be your guide.

I personally like to do both and see no reason why I can't have my witchy cake & eat it too!

But- you tell me... Which of these two appeals most to you?

And- if you'd like to further explore the ideas presented in this video, please JOiN US for the SPRiNG TRANSiTiON module of the Psycho-Spiritual Wheel Of The Year...

It's a fabulous good time & you can read all about it HERE.

As for the second part of this post, the part in which I kinda sorta contradict everything I said in the above video...

I want to talk about SURRENDER. 

"Surrender" is the word that I chose on my 41st birthday to explore in great depth for the year ahead.

In truth, I felt like it chose me. I don't know that Surrender is a word I would have chosen otherwise.

I mean- it's not all that appealing at first glance. In fact, it sounds a lot like quitting or giving up, and I am NOT a quitter, damn it! I'm not.

Or am I?

Maybe being a quitter can sometimes be a good thing?

Quitting a nasty habit is good, right? Quitting an abusive relationship, a destructive pattern, the need to control everything all the time no matter what... control, control, control...

Quitting that kind of nonsense is AWESOME.

So- while having the power to create change in conformity with your will is an incredible gift from The Universe, it may not be all it's cracked up to be.

As my friend Julia likes to point out- with great power comes great responsibility, and, if you're in control freak mode or caught up in playing the victim, YOUR will may not be the hottest thing going.

That's when I think the "co" in co-creating your reality can be a real life-saver...

Let Go & Let God/dess...

Sometimes Spirit knows better than you.

Sometimes there's a bigger picture in play beyond your narrow focus.   

And sometimes- Surrender can be an amazing guide.

If you're already living a somewhat stressful existence, trying to balance a hectic work schedule with a busy family and a bunch of side projects and some semblance of a sex life, not to mention sleep(!), do you even have the head space for another magickal practice?

Affirmations, candle spells, vision boards, crystal grids and, YES, scripting- they're all so much fun. They're also powerful psycho-spiritual tools. I wouldn't mess around with them if they weren't.

However- in certain situations- they can become counterproductive, contributing to the clutter of your everyday life.

At the very least, they can create a kind of chaotic mind clutter that makes it hard to get clear on what it is you really need... and, in that case, it's GOOD to clear that shit out!

That's why we're working with the concept of Space Clearing & The Art Of Internal Feng Shui in this module, and one of the quickest ways I know for doing this is to simply surrender.

Give up. Let go, and let Spirit take over. Amazing things can happen when you do.

As you may already know, I am an enthusiastic tarot enthusiast and LOVE to use the cards to further explore ideas like this, and the first card that springs to mind when I hear the word Surrender is the Hanged Man :

The Hanged Man is a card that often represents feeling stuck in limbo, but it can also mean looking at a situation from a fresh perspective (upside down) or surrendering to what is so that you can then make the most of it.

I once read a comparison between the Hanged Man & a new born baby that has stuck with me ever since.

Back in the day, before women were made to give birth lying flat on their backs in a hospital bed, they had their babies at home or out in the wild in a squatting position. That way the babies emerged head first & upside down, much like the Hanged Man...

This allowed gravity to ease the child's passage and the mother's pain. There was a sense of surrendering to the forces of Nature- which is in sharp contrast to the way we do things now.

Today- women are required to push-push-PUSH their babies out into the world using great will, but- if a mother pushes too soon, before her body is ready, she may tear and the baby could suffer unnecessary stress.

This all seems so absurd when you consider how much easier it is to give birth using Nature as a guide while surrendering to the force of gravity...

Perhaps giving birth to a new project or desired change is the same way?

Maybe we don't need to push-push-PUSH that change out in conformity with our will?

Maybe we can just relax, surrender to what is, and then make the most of it?

That's what Surrender means to me now. It's about letting Spirit be your guide, getting clear on what is (not what you would like to be- but what actually is...) and then going with the flow of that rather than struggling against it.

And- I have to say- ever since hitting on this particular bit of wisdom, my life has been all the sweeter for it... -xo

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the SPRiNG TRANSiTiON module, and I will be more than happy to get right back to you. -xo