Thursday, April 23, 2015

Who Ya Gonna Call? -- 4 Goddesses to Invoke for Clutter Clearing

Yesterday, I received an excellent question via twitter: which goddesses might one call on for clutter clearing? My answer: Kali for serious energy un-sticking, otherwise Brighid, Hestia, or St. Martha. But it was such an excellent question, I though I'd take this more expansive format to provide a bit more detail.

File Kali under "big guns." Do not, I repeat, do not call on her unless you are in dire need of exceptionally powerful energy un-sticking. It would be like using a blowtorch to light a cigarette: don't do it. On the other hand, Kali - the Hindu goddess of endings, transitions, cataclysmic changes, and feminine empowerment (think Thelma and Louise blowing up that truck) - is an excellent ally when you have a huge metaphorical bonfire of stuck-ness to set ablaze. To invoke her for this purpose, you might find an image of her. Place it on your altar and light her a black or red candle and a stick of incense. Ask her assistance in getting your energy moving and clearing old stuff out of your house and consciousness, then put on a loud and empowering song and dance wildly. After the song is over, commence clearing.


A beloved Celtic fire goddess of poetry, empowerment, harmony, and aesthetic beauty (later enlisted as a Catholic saint), Brighid is an excellent goddess to call on to establish harmony and balance in your body, mind, spirit, home, and life. She can be an ideal divine ally and support system when it comes to raising vibrations and fine-tuning the energy field of your space. Create a Brighid's cross and/or light a red candle and say a simple invocation to enlish Brighid's clutter clearing support.
The classical Greek Goddess of hearth and home, Hestia is like the heart-light or hearth-fire that brings a feeling of warmth and aliveness to the home. Invoke her for all things home-related, including clutter clearing, beautification, and establishing family and household harmony. Find a central location (a fireplace or stovetop often feels right), and light her 1-3 red and/or orange candles. A stick of orange or cinnamon incense would also be a nice touch.

Saint Martha
Finally, for those of you who often connect with Catholic saints as divinities (as I do, even though I'm not Catholic), you might consider calling on Saint Martha for clutter clearing support. As you can see and feel from the image, she has a powerful presence. In folk (i.e. unofficial) traditions, she's called "Martha the Dominator" and has a fierce presence. Aligned with the deity Chango in Santeria and Yoruba traditions, she's known for taming a dragon (pictured) and is invoked for protection from and victory over all forms of negativity and challenging energy (including clutter). Light her a green candle and request her support in releasing and triumphing over your clutter.

Do you have a divine helper you like to call on for clutter clearing? Please share!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

11 More Magical Life Hacks -- Everyday Actions that Double as Magical Acts

I had such a great time with the magical life hack concept, I thought I'd write a sequel. So here are 11 more everyday activities that can be quite magical when performed with a specific intention.

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1. Making and eating popcorn to get stuck energy moving. I love making popcorn in a large pot on the stove. In addition to being fun and easy, it tastes about a million times better than microwave popcorn, and, since the lid to my big pot is clear, I get to observe the miraculous transformation of tiny, dense little kernels exploding into light, fluffy little radial balls of goodness. What better metaphor and actual representation of transmuting stuck energy into effervescent action and joy? Just heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil on medium heat, add about 1/3 cup kernels, cover, and gently move the pot. Align your energy with the kernels, and when they pop, feel yourself lightening up, and feel your energy moving in a positive way. When the popping slows, add salt, garlic powder, and a little bit of cayenne (if desired). Then eat to internalize the magic.

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2. Paying bills to activate finances. Paying bills is a drag, right? Sure, but only if that's what you choose to believe. If, instead, you believe that the more you send out, the more you receive, it can be a prosperity spell. As you write the check or type in your credit card info, feel thankful for whatever service it is for which you're paying. Then, when you drop it in the mail or press send, envision your payment as a light-filled gift of gratitude for this and all the many blessings in your life. Feel positively rich. This way, exponential wealth will be irresistibly magnetized back to you like a tenfold boomerang.

3. Sprinkling cinnamon on your coffee (or tea) to magnetize wealth. Empower your cinnamon with the bright, golden light of wealth. Then, daily, sprinkle this wealth-drawing powder on your morning beverage. Like water dripping on a stone, this will have intense and lasting effects on your financial well-being.

4. Picking and deadheading flowers to clear the way for blessings. Now that I live in a home with plenty of spring flowers, I'm experiencing firsthand the power of picking flowers and deadheading old ones. For many flowers, the more you pick and pinch, the more abundantly they
bloom. It's a classic case of the rich get richer: the more you enjoy what you have and let if flow, the more positive conditions rush into your life experience. So pick and deadhead your flowers with this awareness, and watch all blessings increase.

5. Laughing to open doors of possibility. Those of us who are constantly tuned into energy know that a deep, authentic laugh opens a doorway of light in one's energy field, connecting the mirthful one with a realm of light and resonance where positive opportunities abound.

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6. Listening to loud music and driving to get out of a mental rut. When I notice my thoughts spiraling into less-than-joyful patterns, I like to listen to super loud music while driving. I can feel this actually moving the energy in my body and rebooting my thought process so that new patterns can more easily establish themselves.

7. Baking cookies (or pie, or brownies, etc.) to solve a problem. If you don't know what to do or feel that you're at an impasse, cook something up. The act of combining various ingredients to create something totally new and delicious will act
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on your consciousness in such a way that positive new perspectives, ideas, and instincts will naturally come to the fore.

8. Re-potting plants to expand your sense of belonging. I recently noticed that a lot of the houseplants I brought in when we moved last fall were ready for bigger pots. And I noticed that the act of re-potting them - giving their roots more room in which to spread - unmistakably helped me feel more grounded and at home in my new space and town.

9. Walking barefoot on grass to heal and balance your energy field. This one is super powerful and scientifically proven. Even a brief barefoot walk across the grass re-alignes and re-calibrates your energy field in such a way that you feel as if you've just had a powerful energy healing session or massage. It's truly amazing for your health.

10. Shredding (or burning) old journals and notebooks to make room for beautiful new experiences. As you may know from this blog post, I am a big fan of releasing old journals to make room for the new! As Pam Grout writes in E-Cubed, "You've heard it a million times. George Santayana's famous line, 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.' I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that it is only our remembrance of the past that condemns us to repeat it. If we got up every morning with a completely clean Etch-a-Sketch, with not an iota of an idea of how so-and-so reacts or which dangerous road we think our world is heading on or even what the status of our financial situation, we would be free to write a brand-new story."

11. Fixing plumbing leaks to fix energy leaks. Water literally equals health, wealth, and all forms of prosperity. While most of us don't have to worry about where and how to get clean water anymore, the fact remains that it's a precious resource. When it's squandered through a leak in the plumbing, it always always mirrors an energy leak of some sort in our personal energy field. It could be an indication of a financial, health or energy drain, for example, or any combination of the three. So fix your leaks, and fix your energy! The importance and power of this cannot be over stated.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

11 Magical Life Hacks -- Everyday Activities that Double as Magical Acts

While reading Real Simple magazine yesterday, I was struck by how much we all love a good "life hack" these days. You know, like using olive oil to remove tree sap stains, or a salad spinner to help dry your sweaters faster. With that in mind, I thought I'd present 10 magical life hacks. These are essentially everyday activities that can help you create positive change in your life...that double as things you'd probably do anyway.

1. Brushing your teeth to call in blessings. In Chinese face reading, the mouth symbolizes the place where we draw in blessings and abundance of all varieties. If you think about it, this is very apt, as it's quite literally the place where we draw in just about everything we need to sustain us, namely air, water, and food. As such, when you brush and care for your teeth, you can do so with the intention to clear the way for minty-fresh blessings to enter your life experience. And the repetition - as most of us brush our teeth at least twice per day - makes this one especially powerful.
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2. Cleaning out your purse (or wallet) to establish clarity and calm. Remember that part in Amelie when the narrator says, "She likes to empty out her purse, clean it thoroughly, and finally, put everything away carefully"? It truly is a likable pursuit! With such a limited area, it can't possibly take more than 20 minutes, and it leaves you feeling so clear, calm, and ready for everything.

3. Vacuuming the floor to improve your mood. Have you ever really / really really ever loved / a vacuum? I have. Regardless of how stressed, frazzled, or down you may be, it only takes five minutes to vacuum a room, and then boom: you feel pretty darn great.

4. Choosing an outfit to choose the tone of your day. When choosing what to wear, you can ask yourself "How do I want to feel today? How do I really want to feel?" You can tune into the colors and touch the fabrics and notice whether your mood goes up or down, or whether your sense of joy expands or contracts. This will enhance your personal essence, and nourish your soul, and align you with your most authentic desires.

5. Rolling up loose change to activate your finances. Whenever it's time to roll up the loose change, I get excited. I play music, burn incense, and get into the fun of it. After all, a bowl of old change feels sort of stagnant and useless, but rolled up it becomes currency and prepares to enter back into the universal flow. When performed with this awareness, rolling up your nickles and dimes can't help but activate your finances in the process.

6. Replacing your welcome mat to draw in beautiful new life conditions. When your old welcome mat has seen better days, what could be a more potent symbolic act than literally laying out a brand new one? Particularly when you choose exactly what it is that you're welcoming in: abundance? Nourishing friendships? Laughter? Romance? Success? Joy? Or why play small? Go with all of the above.

7. Arranging your bedroom to create the space for romance. If you want to experience romance, simply setting the scene for it can work as a powerful catalyst. Never underestimate its power to call in exactly the romance you crave. Take your time and choose the colors, textures, and images that feel romantic to you, and fine tune them until they feel just right.

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8. Watering your plants to activate and enlist their magical properties. Plants always have their own magical signature. For example, ivy is highly protective, African violets have peaceful and loving vibrations, and jade plants emanate the energy of wealth. When you water your plants, be aware that you're contributing to their well-being. In addition to water, send them love and appreciation and silently request that they help you by sharing their healing vibration with you and your space.

9. Drinking water to fine tune your energy field and emotions. Water powerfully holds vibrations and can easily be transformed into a potion for any kind of energetic or emotional shift you desire. Working with flower essences or gem elixirs can help with this, or you can simply take a moment to bless your water and infuse it with a specific energetic and/or emotional quality of your choice.

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10. Petting or brushing your companion animal to magnetize good luck. Dogs and cats are both considered to be luck bringers, and lovingly caring for a dog or cat always blesses you with luck. When you next groom your furry friend, know that every ounce of happiness and comfort that you bestow upon him or her will swiftly return to you, multiplied.

11. Making earth-friendly decisions so that all your needs are met and provided for. Our lives are inextricably interwoven with that of our beautiful Mother Earth. And it is her intention to provide plenty of food, water, shelter, and resources to every single one of her beloved children. When we honor and revere her generosity by recycling, reducing, reusing, and generally not being wasteful, we are far less likely to want for anything. This principle has been made famous by the precept waste not, want not. It's famous because it's true.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

GIVEAWAY! -- Enter to win one of THREE signed copies of Holistic Energy Magic

I'm giving away three signed copies of my new book! To enter, just follow the directions in the widget below. 

Here's the back cover description of the book. (And you can view it on Amazon here.)

Magic Anytime, Anywhere

You are a magical being! Access your natural abilities to create positive change and manifest success in every area of your life. Interweaving both ancient and modern spiritual techniques in a uniquely accessible way, this book will help you transform your personal challenges into beautiful opportunities for growth, expansion, and new understanding.

Holistic Energy Magic provides instructions for tool-free magic and important insights into the foundations of personal power: intention, visualization, symbolic action, grateful expectation, and alignment with All That Is. In this exceptionally empowering book, you'll learn how to:

  • Cultivate and deepen your relationship with the five elements
  • Develop your invisible magical toolbox
  • Create an energetic palette of color, light, crystals, flowers, and sounds
  • Develop working relationships with angels, ancestors, animals, and other allies
  • Interpret symbols and dreams for deeper alignment with All That Is

Complete with a spellbook of charms and invocations for protection, serenity, love, and prosperity, this book shares the precious secrets of attuning your life to the frequency of your truest and most authentic desires. 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Are you from outer space? -- 5 signs you're an incarnated star person

OK, I know it may sound crazy to some. But lately in my intuitive counseling practice, I've been encountering people with galactic identities - i.e. past or parallel, non-human lives on other planets or in space. Apparently, at this moment it seems to be of particular importance that these star people remember their galactic identities. In fact, it appears that there's something these star people have come here to do, namely to help heal the earth and shift human consciousness.                      

Do you feel like this might describe you? If so, here are some clues I've gleaned from my sessions and intuitive insights to help you be more certain of your galactic identity and your connection with the stars.

1. You have suspected this before. The title of this blog post in no way seems crazy to you. Looking to the starry skies, you have sensed that they were your home. You've looked around in human settings and thought, "I don't fit in here. This isn't where I'm from." You may even have some sort of recollection of journeying to earth from outer space, or of communing with beings from another planet.

2. You often find it difficult to accept or understand the behavior of other humans. While many earthlings who aren't star people also feel this way, you feel it particularly strongly. The cruelty and violence you perceive in human behavior makes it difficult for you to identify with the human race as a whole, and you in some way refuse to accept that this is truly who you are.

3. You feel that there is a beat to which almost everyone marches, and it is completely out of sync with your personal rhythm. When you dance, you may even literally dance to a rhythm that isn't the one heard by the others on the dance floor. Other behaviors that require falling into a human rhythm - such as driving or maneuvering through a crowded area on foot - don't seem to come totally naturally to you.

4. When you watch a sci-fi movie set in space, you experience a powerful reaction. Depending on your prior life experience as a star being, the movie may feel cozy or terrifying, or perhaps fill you with an aching longing. Regardless of the reaction, it somehow seems out of proportion to the film itself.

5. You are being drawn to step more fully into your power at this precise moment, because you sense on some level that there is something important you came here to do. Instead of continuing to believe the old story that you are different because there is something wrong with you, you are currently feeling the call to recall your true identity as a leader, healer, activist, and/or consciousness-shifter.

If this sounds like you, and your suspicion about your galactic identity has been validated, it is of extreme importance that you remember that you chose to be incarnated at this particular moment: you came here for a reason. And if you relax and trust yourself, you'll find that you know exactly what that reason is. Remembering and embracing this will make being on earth easier for you, and will help you channel your unique and considerable spiritual gifts. In addition to bringing you a sense of relief, this will also (through you and your actions) bring great blessings and benefits to the world.

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Mirrored Sphere--an easy, effective protection visualization you can use in a pinch

The "mirrored sphere" visualization is part protective bubble, part ninja invisibility cloak. When I was still a resident of a big city, I found it invaluable for times when I needed an extra dose of protection, as well as times when I simply preferred not to be looked at (i.e. creepy stare moments).

Plus, it's really simple! All you do is visualize a huge, mirrored sphere around yourself, instantly reflecting any and all energies pointed your way right back to where they came from. This way, if a person is directing envy, unwelcome lust, or any other undesired thought form your way, it will bounce right off you and go back to its source. And, if someone is leering at you or simply making you uncomfortable or self-conscious, they will no longer see you, but will rather see some form of his or her own reflection. On really sunny days, they might also be sort of energetically blinded, causing them to avert their eyes.

(This is an adapted excerpt from the Your Invisible Magical Toolbox chapter of my forthcoming book, Holistic Energy Magic.)

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