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Manifest your best life!

I’M BACK after having a very intense emotional experience during our last full moon. Did you feel it too? Apparently there are a lot of funky cosmic shifts going on (but then again, when is that not true?) and although I felt like I should have harnessed some of that energy to generate some fun full moon content, I ended up getting so swept up in the intensity of my feelings that all I could do was just be. But I did a lot of thinking about what it is I’m trying to do on this giant rock in space, and what I want to manifest. And how do you manifest stuff anyway?

Witchy friends, I might be all about good vibes and rainbows, but it would be dishonest not to acknowledge the clouds too. I’m not a perfectly enlightened guru chilling on top of a mountain giving lofty advice to weary travelers. I’m a weary traveler too, searching as much for inner peace and wisdom as anyone else. We are on this path together, so let us discover together. Today I’m suggesting we share a spiritual experiment: let’s try our hands at manifesting the lives we want to create for ourselves.

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Ritualize your life! (AKA the art of transforming everyday tasks into meaningful meditations)

I’ve been a busy witch lately, and like most of us, I have no shortage of responsibilities to keep up with! I’ve noticed that my day-to-day routine keeps me constantly occupied and although I am glad to never feel bored, I have been left with precious little free time for my magical endeavors. I’m sure many can relate — although it would be nice to always be able to set aside a scheduled moment for spiritual reflection, it doesn’t always seem possible. Sometimes we ache to delve into our inner work but can’t set aside more than a moment. So how can we squeeze in a little magic without any wiggle room? You don’t need any extra time or materials — a bit of creativity is all you need to create a magical meditation space anytime, anywhere!

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Develop your intuition with passive divination!

Have you ever heard a snippet of a random conversation from passers-by and caught a few words that seem relevant to your life? Have you ever come across something while lost in thought and said to yourself, that’s a sign? You are onto something when this happens — in fact, you are practicing what I like to call “passive divination.” You are tapping into your intuition using your senses, and the more you stay aware of it, the better you’ll get. So let’s talk about it!

Ok, let’s start at the beginning. What is divination? The Merriam-Webster definition defines it two ways:

  1. “The art or practice that seeks to forsee or foretell future events of discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers”
  2. “Unusual insight / intuitive perception”

While the practices we’ll talk about are in the first definition, our purposes are defined by the second. Although many people think divination exclusively refers to telling the future, the type of practical everyday magic we are discussing here is intended to help you reflect on the present. Some of the insights you gain might be relevant to your future, and may help you make informed future decisions, but ultimately our goal here is to gain insight on your current situation. So don’t be afraid of what you might perceive! It is just a reflection of your internal state presented back to you in a symbolic way.

So how does passive divination work? This divination method does not require tarot cards, runes, pendulums, or any other materials besides yourself and your senses. Passive divination is a form of everyday magic that anyone can practice throughout any day. I call it passive because you are not setting aside time for it as a stand-alone ritual; you are just going about your life with a mind open to intuitive moments. It is best done while walking, as this will allow you to be fully immersed in a moving slideshow of experiences. You can start off your walk by asking a question, or by simply leaving your mind open to whatever unfolds before you. Look around you and become aware of what you feel, hear, and see. What symbols do your observations bring to mind, and what do these symbols mean? If possible, write down what you notice as you go. A few things to look out for:

  1. Overheard conversations. The keywords you come across can be especially meaningful here because they lack context, allowing you to create your own. For example, all I heard of a recent passing-by chat was, “The tower!” I had been going through the collapse of a crumbling relationship for quite some time when I heard this, and it immediately brought to mind the Tower tarot card, which represents the destruction of something that never had a strong foundation in the first place. It gave me reassurance that what was ending was meant to end to make way for new beginnings.
  2.  Symbols. What do you see that is a symbol? For example, I was walking around feeling all slouchy and hopeless one day and I all but bumped into a giant statue of the sun — a big goofy brass one with a huge smiling face. It shocked me out of my stupor so I took it as a “sign” that there were still rays of light to be found in my life. Sure enough, my circumstances improved shortly after I saw this and I decided to focus on a more positive approach. If you feel like something is a symbol but don’t know what it stands for, it’s okay to look it up, but remember that the most important meaning is what it means to you. Your first instinct is likely correct — after all, this is about tapping into your intuition!
  3. Nature. Taking a hike or a walk in nature is a great way to open up your mind to new thoughts and associations. For example, I recently took a walk by the ocean and looked up to see a super majestic hawk? Or falcon? Anyway it was a huge awesome bird and it was hovering in the sky beneath the moon. Or at least it appeared to be hovering as it was really flying against the strong wind currents. It seemed to be balancing with grace between the sea and sky despite the chaos in the air. There was a calmness surrounding that sight that I was able to internalize and carry with me through the chaos in my own life. So pay attention to animal behavior, cloud shapes, land formations, plants, etc. and keep your mind open to the first thing that comes to mind from what you see. You might surprise yourself with what you learn!
  4. Random words and numbers. The license plate in front of you, the newspaper you walk over on the ground, a phrase you walk by on a storefront… perhaps you were meant to see these things. Mull them over and see if they answer any questions you’ve been stuck on, or if they offer any insight into your life. You might look at a clock and see the same time frequently, so pay attention to what you are doing at that time — it could be a sign that you are on the right path.
  5. Feelings. Do you ever cycle through emotions while on a walk? The act of walking, moving, stimulating blood flow through your body also helps activate the thoughts in your minds. Pay attention to what comes up — even if your emotions seem random or out of place, they might reflect something you need to give more attention to.

Remember to jot your observations down and reflect back on them to get the most out of this passive divination exercise! You’ll be surprised at how mundane everyday moments are transformed into impactful, insightful realizations about your life. The more you practice this, the more your intuition will grow! Always remember that while cards and crystal balls are lots of fun, all you truly need to live a magical life is an open mind. Listen to yourself and you will be in awe of what you learn.

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What the blue moon means, and how it can help you glow too

It’s the last day of March, but what else makes this time special? It’s the night of the second blue moon this year! I keep blurting this out excitedly, and the reaction I get is mostly, “Cool… so what does it mean?”

A “blue moon” isn’t actually a moon that is blue — it is the second full moon in one month. This doesn’t happen very often, hence the saying “once in a blue moon.” We saw the first blue moon this year on January 31st, but that wasn’t all — it was also the night of a supermoon and a lunar eclipse. After tonight, there won’t be another blue moon until Halloween of 2020!

So what is this beautiful blessed blue moon saying to our souls tonight? A full moon is already a time of heightened energy, ready to be channeled into whatever it is we need to bring to fruition. A blue moon is rare, and two in one year is even rarer. So tonight is a super special night that doesn’t come around very often. It’s so lucky and powerful to be in the presence of such a magnificent moment. Look outside if you can – it is bursting with a lustrous astral soup of glowing moonlight for us all to bask in!

So tonight I’m sharing with you some simple actions that will help you channel this energy in a beautiful way. These are mini rituals anyone can do, just about anytime and anywhere, to share in the blue moon magic and let it flow through your life.

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1. Crystal charging: If you have a crystal handy – perhaps you are wearing one, holding one, or keeping one in your pocket – hold it in your fingers or in the palm of your hand while the moonlight shines down on you. Visualize the glow of the moonlight becoming brighter and brighter as it flows down into your crystal, and through your crystal into your whole being. Feel a soft, loving, flowing energy wash down your shoulders like a warm, wild, peaceful embrace. This glow that you feel will stay with you always.

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2. Listen to the moon: this is a mini meditation that can be done even if you are outside under the moon for even just a minute or two. It can be done while walking if you like, standing, or sitting outside in contemplation. Gaze up at the moon and greet her silently (or not so silently if you would like). I start off by thinking, “Hey mama moon, you look beautiful tonight.” Gently ask for any wisdom she may have to give to you, and let your mind be open and receptive to whatever flows through. You may come across silly thoughts, but do not doubt yourself. Listen intently enough and your focused calm will lead you to lovely revelations. The moon is a sweet silent friend who is always smiling down at us. If you trust your intuition, she can show you a reflection of yourself you never knew you’d see.

A few moon thoughts I have received include:

“Keep doing what you are doing, you are on the right path.”
“Take care of yourself.”
“Listen to yourself and you will be imbued with wild wisdom.”

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3. Brew full moon tea: This is perfect if you cannot see the moon where you are, or if you must be inside. Brew a cup of relaxing herbal tea, and throughout the process, picture moonlight streaming through tiny unseen cracks in your building and charging your tea with the glow of peaceful power. Pour, steep, and sip the tea thoughtfully, as if you are drinking in moonlight. You are full of love.

The full moon is always a magical time, and the blue moon is extra special. Take time to celebrate in your own way, no matter how small, to carry this rare and sacred energy with you always.

Magical must-reads: my top 10 witchy guidebooks

Welcome to a new week on Bewitch Your Life! We have tons of super intense energy buzzing in the air right now even more so than usual because we are heading towards the SECOND BLUE MOON of this year on Saturday!!!!! It’s a rare and enchanting occurrence and the perfect time to do some inner work. We still have the whole week to prepare, so what better way to hype yourself up than to brush up on some mystical knowledge?

There are SO many beautifully written, uniquely insightful books on woo-woo-ery out there now that it can be hard to choose where to start! That’s why I have compiled for you my ten absolute favorite reads about all things spiritual. Please keep in mind that this is absolutely, by NO means an exhaustive list (and in no particular order either)! These are just my favorite few that I have been lucky to get my hands on, and would highly recommend! (I love them so much  that I sleep with them in a pile right beside my bed. The bookshelf feels too far away! I’m weird, I know.) So, without further ado:

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1. Healing Magic, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living: This is such a comprehensive, well-rounded guide on everything you need to know to be a witch, and just generally a magical loving being of the earth! It’s also a great source of information on how to really live your witchy best life. It covers everything — how to create a soul-nourishing relationship with the earth and yourself, herbal magic, wholesome rituals that would delight absolutely anyone, and all sorts of little lovingly selected tidbits to help you live life as a witchy woman! If you are new to witchery, this is a perfect first choice, but those with more experience will find their practice incredibly enriched by this read as well.

2. Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and stories of the wild woman archetype: I JUST finished reading this today and I cannot even put into words how much it has impacted my life and sense of self in a positive way. While not specifically witchcraft related, it is a book to help you discover yourself through truths passed down through folklore. It’s also jam-packed with the kind of wise woman wisdom you know you need in your life. Reading this book anchored me throughout an incredibly tumultuous time and helped me see depth and meaning where I had formerly only seen stress. I will forever recommend it to every woman. It will help you be at home with your soul.

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3. The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book: Your Complete Guide to Crafting and Casting Spells: This is a perfect “my first spell book.” It’s a complete how-to on creating your own spells, which is awesome, because there’s nothing like fresh home cooking! Although I definitely have performed rituals straight off a page, there is something extra powerful about ones you make on your own. They’re unique and they’re always true to you. Once you know how, you can also customize other spells to add a personal touch (and more personal power). It covers everything – ingredients, colors, special days, omens, you name it, it’s probably in there… and they also threw a few of their own spells in to get you started. A lot of information is packed into a cute, easy read!

4. The Goodly Spellbook: Olde Spells for Modern Problems: This is like a beefed up version of #3. All the spells, all the details, and all the reasons why. It definitely does delve into several more categories and also discusses the ethics behind magical workings. It’s a perfect choice to add to your collection if you are looking to get serious about manifesting some seriously gorgeous energy!

5. 1001 Spells: The Complete Book of Spells for Every Purpose: Okay, it’s totally a coffee table spell book. But how awesome is that? Yes, it’s a beautiful book, it’s hefty, and it’s organized into super specific little sections (I guess it’s the perfect bathroom book too). But its greatness is because they literally have a spell in here for EVERYTHING. You’re missing your pet from far away? You’re worn out? You need an upswing in financial luck? You’re covered, and better yet, the concise and easy to follow nature of these spells means that they are delightfully simple and fun to customize and make your own. Total ritual inspiration!

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6. A Little Bit of Crystals: An Introduction to Crystal Healing: Another super cute book you’ll just want to own! It really does offer “a little bit” of everything related to crystals, their properties, and how to use them. It’s all laid out in a super adorable and user friendly way, so if you’re curious about crystals and want to know the highlights, this is it.

7. The Little Pocket Book of Crystal Healing: Crystal prescriptions that will change your life forever: Don’t let its size fool you! This teeny tiny guide is jam-packed with information on pretty much every crystal ever, and spills the details on everything about all of them! It goes into detail on how and why to work with them, too. It’s the perfect field guide to crystal discovery and a great companion when shopping for your collection.

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8. Living the Tarot: This book explains not just what the tarot means, but what it means to you. It takes you through the story that the cards tell and ties it into your own personal journey of self discovery. It is as if all the wisdom of the tarot bled out of the cards into the pages for you to read clearly and apply to your life. It honestly is one of those life-changing, awareness-shifting books that will take you through your own narrative in ways you never even knew were possible.

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9. Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey: Okay so we all know that Carl Jung had a bunch of interesting philosophies on dreams, but did you know his writings tie in closely with tarot cards? The story told by the tarot’s major arcana describes the soul coming home, true self discovery and acceptance, and the process of what Jung described as individuation (to quote Wikipedia, “transformation whereby the personal and collective unconscious are brought into consciousness.. to be assimilated into the whole personality”). Jung also wrote extensively on archetypes (recurring symbols / motifs in mythology that reside in some form in everyone’s minds). The tarot is full of archetypes that trigger epiphanies and realizations within ourselves, so learning how our minds interact with them gives a whole new meaning to your readings. This makes for an interesting crossover between psychology and mysticism.

(Please note that both of these tarot books mentioned only describe the major arcana of the tarot, so while they are perfect for deepening your understanding, you might want to warm up with some more general guides if you are new to tarot. While there are many all-inclusive books out there, I think a perfect first step is reading the guide that came with your deck, and referencing my favorite online guide, Biddy Tarot.)

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10. The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell): You decide whether this is a bonus round or cheating, because this is the next book I’m about to read! But I honestly feel like I’m the only person on the planet who hasn’t read it. I hear it referenced everywhere, from witchcraft books and motivational speakers. There is said to be a narrative that runs through all stories and our lives, and I am looking forward to reading more about it to gain a greater perspective on all happenings, magical or otherwise.

To me, being a witch and practicing magic means a dedication to discovering oneself. I read for self discovery, to learn and grow and take the knowledge I have found and use it to bring more love into the world. I take a long time to read books because I am always pausing, re-reading sentences, and letting my mind trail off on how they apply to my life. Sometimes a book is like a really good friend or a therapist or a teacher, and it will make you realize things you never even knew about yourself. I hope wherever your spiritual interests lie, you have found a title or two to add to your reading list! (Magical book club, anyone?)

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Magical mantras for motivation

Welcome back, my magical friends! This week’s first topic is a bit less lighthearted than the last, but still super fun, I promise! We’re covering one of my favorite ways to get and stay motivated: personal mantras. There are so many different ways that life can get tough. You might be doing your best, but not every issue is instantly fixable. Sometimes you need a super accessible reminder that will keep you focused on your goals and prevent you from losing that inner fire you need to stay passionate. That’s where a personal mantra comes in! Read on for what a personal mantra is, why it will help you, and how to use it to get the most out of your life!

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Solve your problems with this tarot trick

Whether you’re a seasoned tarot reader or someone who is brand new to your tarot deck, this “tarot battle” exercise is designed to help you discover more about yourself and your cards while also potentially helping you remove mental blocks that prevent you from solving seemingly insurmountable obstacles. This can be performed with any tarot deck — today I am using the Rider-Waite deck because it is super clear and easily interpreted, but I have found many others that I love. Feel free to use whatever inspires you most.

While it is great to draw a card at random from your deck, it is super beneficial to take a good look through your cards and get to know them by seeing them all as they are. You can work with them by choosing certain cards that resonate with your current state of mind; it doesn’t take away the magic to pick intentionally, I promise! It will actually deepen your understanding of the super relatable parts of life that they represent.

So if you’re going through something —  perhaps a problem that is hard to solve or even difficult to begin to think of a solution to — pick out a card that most symbolizes what you are going through. The cards are dramatic as hell, so please don’t be afraid to pick what resonates with you at this time, even if it’s a bit of a stretch. Tarot is all about symbolic associations so universal that they work on a subliminal level, helping you find answers within yourself that you may not have been able to reach on your own.

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How to actually use crystals

You might have heard crystals can bring you an unlimited source of good vibes. You might be hearing all about how crystals can help you reduce stress, cope with depression, or just improve your overall quality of life. But you might also be wondering, how the heck do you actually use these things? How do we tap into the infinite benefits supposedly enclosed in these shiny little guys?

Well wonder no more, because I’m totally here to help you through this. I’ve made a list of my top five favorite ways to use crystals. These tips will work with literally any kind of crystal, so feel free to experiment! If you’re new to crystals, go and pick one out! Seriously, just try listening to your first instinct and take home the one that first grabs your attention. (Unless that’s the $3,500 geode in the window that you’ll need to open a new credit card for, in which case, maybe work up to that eventually.)

Now that you have a sparkly new friend, keep one really important thing in mind! Ultimately, a crystal’s true meaning is what it means to you. This can be as life-altering or as lighthearted as you care to think of it. Aside from all the folklore and fabled magical properties, the true power of a crystal is that it triggers an association in your mind with the characteristics it represents. It is a tangible reminder of what you’re choosing to invite more of into your life. You can hold it and behold it, you can see it and believe in it. But ultimately the qualities being brought to the surface are qualities already in you. Sometimes you just need to make things feel a little more magical to see it.

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A quick & simple morning ritual to supercharge your day

Since we are about to roll into a brand new week I figured I’d share my favorite witchy morning practice to start the day off right! Think of this as a super efficient mini mindfulness meditation designed to set your intentions for the day. Whether you have five minutes or no minutes, this easy yet effective routine can be snuck into even the most hectic of mornings and will help hone your focus on whatever it is you need to accomplish!

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