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!

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Weekly Witch Review #115 : Animism Past & Future, Afro-Creole Spiritualism, How To Make A Blessing Tree & 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... 



The worst kind of loss is one you’re not even aware of. The loss of the wild and our allied wildness is one such loss, haunting us in a multitude of inner-howlings and muffled cries; deep, psychic pains and distant, all-engulfing yearnings...

The Fragrant Language Of Trees.

See yourself as a child bathed in the golden light… in the colors so fine... As we open new dimensions, we are gaining new perspectives… in the colors so fine...


The Cercle Harmonique : Have you ever heard the term Afro-Creole Spiritualist? Cuzz I hadn't until this week. And that- to me- is the great beauty of the spiritual community online. We get to learn so much about so many different paths. This read is especially interesting...

"The Cercle Harmonique was a group of Afro-Creoles, primarily men, in 19th-century New Orleans who believed they spoke with the spirits of the dead."

How to use your brain's delete button.

The language that nature speaks is the same language that we invented for mathematics... Legendary physicist Freeman Dyson talks about math, nuclear rockets & astounding things about the universe...

20-Something Flashback (video) : Every single thing about this, the apartment, the clothes, the art taped to the wall, the obsessive writing, the secret journal vault, reminds me of the best of my 20s self. I have much fondness still for that me.

Super annoyed am I that I missed nabbing a copy of the debut issue of Sabat magazine. I actually drove all over Los Angeles looking for it, because I didn't want to pay international shipping. Ha! Can you imagine how much more I ended up paying in gas? And- for what? I didn't even score the magazine! So- I made sure to get in early on the action for their sophomore effort, The Mother issue.

What makes food different from herbs?

Okay- so you know I've been obsessed with Gucci since Alessandro Michele took the helm, right? Cuzz if not... now you do. The obsession is REAL. And the Gucci is GOOD. What I love about it is the super quirky, often witchy way it has ushered in this whole new punkish, playful take on fashion that has really breathed new life into an industry that sometimes takes itself way too seriously. The invitation to Gucci's Spring 2017 show is a perfect example of that...

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Cybele is making a major comeback with the people of the Black Sea. She is an Anatolian mother goddess and the symbol of prosperity, with her pregnant belly seated on her throne. In Anatolian mythology she was the personification of earth. In Greek mythology, in which she was equated to Earth-goddess Gaia, Cybele was mostly associated with fertility, mountains, town and city walls, as well as wild animals such as lions.

This reminds me of the time many years ago that I drew an angry old crone carrying a catch of dismembered penises. I truly did not know why I was drawing it. The image just came to me & I thought it was funny in a sick & twisted kinda way. It really disturbed a friend of mine- whose name, fittingly enough, happened to be Peter! It was the only time in our otherwise friendly friendship that he seemed completely turned off by me. Wonder if we were tapping into something ancient & more sinister than either of us realized at the time?

Research like this fills me warm fuzzies... We are learning now how to not only communicate with horses in symbols, but to respect their wishes and use positive reinforcement instead of punishment in order to encourage their natural love of learning.

What cannot be seen in the dream cannot be seen in it's glory... Dreaming To Discover Worlds Beyond The Body.

(podcast) Talking Animism Past & Future with Dr. John Reid... I especially enjoyed the part about feeding the microbiome.

A Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox For Constructing A Morning Ritual : A daily practice is the difference between a purely theoretical Naturalistic Paganism and a Naturalistic Paganism which is a lived reality.

WiTCHY VLOG OF THE WEEK : The Witchy Mommy On How To Make A Blessing Tree...



★ Tuesday's Episode Of HiPPiE WiTCH : Magick For A New Age...
Earth! Air! Fire! Water! Why You Need Them All.
 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Journal Prompts To Rock The Autumn Years Of Your Life + A Live Chat With The Women Of FOUR On 40

 (clockwise from top left : Angela Bassett, Yasmina Rossi,  Jenna Lyons, Halle Berry, Cindy Joseph, Melissa McCarthy)

There's a famous quote by Albert Camus that has come to mean more to me with every passing year...

Every Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.

I actually shared it in the Autumn Equinox module of PSWOTY, but I wanted to share it with you here, too, in the context of today's FOUR On 40 reunion chat, because it has everything to do with the topic we're exploring here, which is...

How To Rock The Autumn Years Of Your Life...



What is the exact age that kicks off your journey into the so called Autumn Years?

I guess it depends on how many years you get to stick around on the planet, which is a number none of us knows for sure.

So- beyond that, I think it's a feeling.

It's a feeling that has you picking up on the cues of your body, mind & soul until at last...

You just KNOW.

Autumn has arrived.

So- if you feel that knowing creeping up on you now...

These journal prompts might help you ease into this next season of life with a more kickass sense of self...


What did you expect to have achieved or mastered by now but have not... yet?

What meaning will you choose to assign that discrepancy? That you need to work harder? You need to learn more? You need to exercise more patience? Or it's time to let that expectation go?

What have the challenging times of your life so far taught you about your own character?

Which friends, family members or business connections have turned out to be your greatest allies, and what can you do to nurture those relationships or create more like them going forward?

What has changed over the years in terms of the quality of friendships you are looking to now create?  

What is the one physical attribute that makes your beauty truly unique?

What inner attribute has become your energetic signature?

In what ways have you grown more fully into yourself?

In what areas of your life do you still see so much room to grow, and what actions can you take now to foster that growth?

If your 80 year old self could give your current self one juicy piece of advice, what would it be?


Book Recommendations :

The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sarah Gottfried

Women's Bodies, Women's Minds by Christiane Northrup, MD

Healing Wise by Susun Weed

New Menopausal Years by Susun Weed

I'm Too Young For This by Suzanne Somers

Facing East by Jingduan Yang, MD & Norma Kamali

Second Spring by Dr. Maoshing Ni

Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

The Women's Wheel Of Life by Elizabeth Davis

Mama Gena's School Of Womanly Arts by Regina Thomahauer

Succulent Wild Woman by SARK

Prince Charming Isn't Coming by Barbara Stanny

Money : A Love Story by Kate Northrup


Previous FOUR On 40 chats & videos :

FOUR On 40 on MONEY

FOUR On 40 on SEX

FOUR On 40 : our very first episode!

A Kickass Guide To Being A Late Bloomer

A Man Is Not A Financial Plan 

The Sovereign Goddess As A Guide To Financial Empowerment


Links To The Women Of FOUR On 40 :

Lenora Henson, author of The Wicked Garden Series

Dawn Champine of The Goddess Diaries

Suzanne Michelle of Revive With Energy



Friday, September 16, 2016

The Weekly Witch Review #114 : Spell Crafting, Witches Brew, Planting False Memories & 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... 



Neil Gaiman on Big Magic... At the end of the day, the only thing that's perfect is a blank sheet of paper- untouched with nothing on it. And if you're questing for perfection, then you will leave that blank paper blank.

How Witches' Brews Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Market.

"The Empress is to the High Priestess what the Fool is to the Hermit" + other fascinating insights from Courtney Alexander, the kickass creatrix behind the Dust II Onyx Tarot...


Gillian Welch on the unique flavor of Appalachian Folk... Something happened to the music from Scotland and Ireland and England when it got into Appalachia and mixed with the black harmony and the rhythm. The American versions of these songs, the older folk songs, they have a particular twist, and a particular spookiness. 

"Jesus hasn't saved us"... The young black women returning to ancestral religions.

Calling All Slightly Pretentious But Totally Groovy Foodie Hippie Witches… I believe it's time we all get together to throw ourselves a party like this.

Oooh... Aaah... Ancient Crystal Weaponry!

Surrealist artist Wilfredo Lam’s odyssey from Cuba to Europe and back again turned him from a disciple of Picasso into a feverish painter of gods, monsters, mystery and sex.

The paradox of who benefits most from religion.

We've gotten so granular in our dissection of what is racist, ageist, sexist, nerdist nowadays that it can be a challenge to keep up with the new & ever-evolving standards of political correctness.

I myself have had a hard time understanding the nuances of cultural appropriation, especially as it applies to fashion & even religion as we find ourselves now, thanks to the internet & the ease with which we travel, integrating into what can only be described as a global society.

This piece by Leslie Price on The Problem With The Hair in Marc Jacob's latest show definitely made some headway in helping me understand another perspective...


And here is Marc Jacob's response to the controversy those dreadlocks stirred...

"And all who cry “cultural appropriation” or whatever nonsense about any race of skin color wearing their hair in a particular style or manner - funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair. I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see color or race- I see people. I’m sorry to read that so many people are so narrow minded…Love is the answer. Appreciation of all and inspiration from anywhere is a beautiful thing. Think about it."

What's YOUR take on it? Do you think all is fair in love & fashion? Or that a line of so-not-cool has been crossed here?

If you think Summer Moon would make a kickass magickal moniker, I’d happily agree with you on that. I also think it makes a kickass name for Rock & Roll’s Newest Super Band. Their first single really does put the super in super band.

The Components Of A Spell.

DUCK MAGiCK : Lessons In Simplicity & Instinctual Nurture

OMGosh... OMGosh... So excited about this... I just did a podcast for my Patreon friends on Time Travel and how we can revisit old memories to give them new scripts. And now- this piece on how people can plant false memories in your mind only further validates what I was saying. It also might scare the pants off you!

Pluto's moon's got a major case of gas.

2016 is The Year Of The Queen. It is for me, anyway... And so- I get an extra kick outta stories like this : The World's Most Ancient Crown Was Found In The Dead Sea.

WiTCHY VLOG OF THE WEEK : Layla Martin on Why Sexual Energy Isn’t Just For Crystal-Covered Hippies…



★ Tuesday's Episode Of HiPPiE WiTCH : Magick For A New Age... 
Recovering From The Fantasies Of Fear