Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Art Witch E-Primer

There are green witches, ceremonial witches, sea witches, hedge witches, kitchen witches, tech witches, dream witches, urban witches, chaos witches, swamp witches, word witches, desert witches, lunar witches, solar witches, pop witches, weather witches...just to name a few...

I, am an art witch.

Living as both a trained artist and magical thinker has offered me the adventure of existing betwixt the technical know-how of creating fine art and the mystery school of magick to experience a world between worlds that I am deeply passionate about and excited to share with you...

Super sigils, artistic alchemy, 
uncovering hidden messages, and making tons of enchanted stuff

Art Witch: Practical Tactics for Art Magick hopped straight out of my grimoire and presents a step-by-step art magick process in a witchpacked 30 page pdf.   

In this e-primer we shall dabble in...

  • What magick might be
  • How art is like magick
  • How magick acts like art
  • Possibilities for Art Magick
  • Engaging with magical media & sacred studio spaces
  • Weaving layers of Meaning and infusing magick in each step of the process
  • Form, Function, Color, Destinations, Experiments... 

            And doodles. Lots of doodles.

Sound like fun?

Witch On, Witch Boldly & I'll meet you in the book...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

4 Powerful Gratitude Rituals (That Aren't Journals)

I am a strong advocate of keeping journals, but it's not for everyone.

Sometimes the peer pressure to juggle a dozen different logs in an impossible quest for Hyper Organized Zen-dom is just that: Impossible. 

While writing is important because our words carry power, sometimes (most times) carving out regular uninterrupted alone time to detail all of our thoughts in gorgeous bound volumes whilst enjoying a latte at our favorite sun filled tea house just feels...worlds away.

What happens when we feel discouraged and fall off the Perfection Wagon? 

We just stop doing it all together. 

It could also be that journaling just isn't your jam--and that's fine!

This month we've been focusing on Gratitude and cultivating Thankfulness. While keeping a gratitude journal is perhaps the most popular way of meditating on our blessings, it's not the only way. 

Here are a few ideas for integrating doable gratitude practices into your Real Life that don't involve keeping a journal...

Keep It in Your Pocket. 
You can foster feelings of gratitude by assigning meaning to small objects you use daily: A smooth stone in your pocket, a ring that you wear regularly or a simple talisman you keep on your key chain. The quiet reminder will encourage gratitude to well up within you with each use!

Growing Pot of Gold. 
The image you see below is an accidental gratitude working in my home. What started as a simple catch-all for loose change has inadvertently become a full blown prosperity altar. Don't you love when that happens?

You can create a powerful on-going gratitude visual by simply tossing your loose change or found treasures from your walks into a dish, bowl or plate with the intention of counting your blessings. This is an activity/spell/practice that the whole family can participate in. <-- This is illegally fun. You've been warned.

Cut and Paste Tribute. 
Create a collage (or make your own images if you desire) of what and who matters to you.

It is easy to slip into complacency and take the constant nourishing parts of our lives for granted because they don't offer the exciting high of newness

Much like a dreamboard, display your artwork in a prominent place you visit regularly such as your phone wallpaper, work desk, bedroom vanity, computer desktop or above the bathroom mirror as a reminder of what feeds your soul.

Bless Your Grub.
Saying "Grace" isn't just for dinner at Grandma's house! Giving thanks for a meal needn't be a formal, long winded or even audible performance.

Taking a brief moment to consider the animal or plant on your plate, the perfect combination of water and sun required to create the food, the people who nurtured and transported it--
Perhaps the people who prepared the meal-- 
to say 'Thank You'  can transform a thoughtless snack into a full blown blessing experience. 

A few tips for creating your own successful and sustainable gratitude rituals:

* Keep it Simple. REALLY Simple.

* You're busy, don't add superfluous stuff for the sake of adding stuff. Assign meaning to things you already do.

* Make sure the ritual reoccurs often enough to stay potent and present in your routine.

How do you cultivate Gratitude Magick in your busy lives, Moon Babies?

Witch On, Witch Boldly XOXO

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Gratitude Coloring Page for You

To celebrate the little-more-than-halfway-point of our 30 Days of Gratitude, I made a coloring page for us to share!

I hope you have been enjoying this month of meditation, Moon Babies. Your gratitude contributions on the facebook page and instagram have been nothing short of inspiring-- let's finish strong!

Witch On,

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Using Pinterest on the Astral

I receive lots of questions about ways to improve the quality of our meditations, journeying and in some cases, surf around and build stuff on the astral. The first way is to, well...meditate. But there is supplementary work we can do to enhance our meditative experiences.

 Pinterest-- It's not just a time suck!  Here are a few ways you can use the Pinterest rabbit hole to go down your own rabbit hole...

Discovering Portals. 

You're asking, "What is a portal and how do I make one?!"  

The definition of a portal is a doorway, gate or other entrance.  It's an entry, a place that takes you to another place. That's it! (There's no star gate scenario or goat blood necessary.) Holes in the wall like doors and windows, good books, and the entire Internet are examples of portals.

You can collect images for use in meditation to enter worlds of your choice and design.
Think wells, garden gates, hollow trees, caves, key holes...

Find an image + use it in meditation = portal creation. Pathworking isn't just for tarot cards!

Speaking of Tarot...

To deepen our understanding and get to the gooey center of an archetype illustrated in the tarot, it may be useful and fun to pathwork the same card from different decks

There are thousands of artistic interpretations of the seventy eight cards and no two are alike. Devote a board to the grouping of images of the same card (i.e. only images of the Moon), print them out or use your phone in meditation to explore each artists interpretation of the symbols. 

You'll find the worlds are vastly different with their own unique offerings.

Design the Whole Dang World

If collecting images to enter a meditative landscape works well for you, you can devote a board to fleshing out a room, temple, or a whole world that you've designed on the astral.

What is the weather like? Are there seasons here? Does anyone or anything else live there? Is there vegetation? Is there a history?What does the air sound like?What books live on the shelves?

Put on your Author Hat and start filling in details to give your creations life.

 Expensive Set Ups

One of the MANY delectable benefits of astral workings is that your resources are limitless. Your magick is as intense as your imagination allows. 

You want 9,000 candelabras dressed in sweet dripping beeswax? You got it. You need a quartz generator the size of a watermelon? Done. Spell requires herbs that are on endangered species lists and you want to be able to sleep at night? Presto. 

Want to lay a hundred perfect crystal points in the perfect grid for your perfect spell, but you have cats and THEY CAN'T KEEP THEIR FEET TO THEMSELVES AND MOVE ALL OF IT WHILE YOU'RE SLEEPING? 

Don't worry, it's on the Astral. The cats there have manners.

Curating images of elaborate spell and altar set ups doesn't just have to be a favorite time waster, feed a materialistic magpie desire for stuff (let's get real, you guys know I love stuff...) or get you down about your budget for insane ritual items--

They can become an inspiration bank for sacred spaces on the dreamscape and aid you in creating some effing cool magick.

So let's ask ourselves, what is our ritual like in our dreams? 

Let's do that...

Happy Surfing, Moon Babies. 
Witch On, Witch Boldly. XOXO 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude

November is a highly underrated month. 

I know, I know,  it doesn't have the sexiness of October--dripping with Samhain magick and Halloween insanity, it's true. However, while we're encouraged to go inward, go inward, go inward, and reflect reflect reflect during the dark half of the year, it seems impossible to achieve when one is manically planning rituals, taking witchlings trick-or-treating, and flitting from event to event...

Now that the charcoal ash and silly string 
of the celebrations and gatherings have settled 
there is an e x h a l e and p a u s e.

I find that November offers us an austere beauty that brings a peace and clarity unlike any other time of the year. To celebrate this open space, I'll be using the next thirty days to meditate upon and cultivate gratitude:

To dig deep, reflect and enjoy the fullness of the year,
of this Life. 

Would you like to play along, Moon Baby? I invite you to join me for daily prompts on my facebook page. 

Feel free to jump in on the comments, share the posts with your peers, play on instagram, keep a journal, start a gratitude jar, pen your own blog posts, start practicing that gratitude ritual-- participate in any way (as much or as little) as you wish!

I'm tickled to spend the month of November with you.

Deep Thanks + Moon Dust XOXO