New Year Planner

New Year Planner Tarot Spread

A 90-minute, season-by-season roadmap for your 2022 - I call it the New Year Planner. We'll discuss how to work with your card-of-the-year, the archetype through which all of the other cards can be interpreted. We'll pull specific cards that point to unconscious or shadow patterns to look out for as well as beacon cards [...]

Fire Ritual

La Morte tarot card

Tonight, on this longest night of Winter Solstice, think about everything from this year that you’d like to say goodbye to. Write each bit down on scraps of paper: how you’ve maybe played it too safe; how you’ve kept yourself small; how you’ve ignored your needs, deferred your joy, suppressed your passion; how you’ve lashed [...]

Thanksgiving

Right now it’s hot coffee and cloudy skies and palm trees that wave in the wind like skinny junior high school me doing the snake to Nasty Boys Don’t Mean a Thing when nasty boys meant everything and it’s this warm knit hat over these thin silvering hairs over jumbled memories of home and holidays and 5 [...]

The Sting

Christ in the Wilderness, painting by Stanley Spencer

The Scorpio of ancient Greek myth was a giant scorpion summoned by Gaia (Earth) after hearing the hunter Orion boast that he could kill every beast on the planet. One sting by the giant arachnid and Orion perished. Even today when Scorpio rises in the east, Orion flees below the western horizon so that the [...]

The Stories We Serve

Narcissus by Caracaggio

If I’ve learned anything from my work as a writer, healer and human, it’s that we are all storytellers. Think of the countless stories wafting through your head throughout the day - the mystery of that crazy thing he did to you, the tragedy of how she’ll never understand you, the twisted comedy of all [...]

Strong Back, Soft Front

Crabs Near the Water's Edge - a woodblock print by Yashima Gakutei, 1830

All too often our so-called strength comes from fear not love; instead of having a strong back, many of us have a defended front shielding a weak spine. In other words, we walk around brittle and defensive, trying to conceal our lack of confidence. If we strengthen our backs, metaphorically speaking, and develop a spine that’s flexible but [...]

Shadows and Light

Edvard Munch woodcut Toward the Forest

When we remember that the world around us is a reflection of the world within us, every cloud becomes a message, every person becomes a teacher, every experience we have becomes vitalized with power and purpose. There’s been a cosmic dance-battle between light and shadow in the skies of late (two eclipses in the past [...]

We Can’t Have it All: A Gemini Primer

Diane Arbus Identical Twins

The Gemini of Greek myth were the horsemen-healer-brothers Castor and Pollux. Pollux, who was immortal, was so brokenhearted when his mortal twin was killed in battle that he begged Zeus for his own death, to be stripped of his divinity, so that he could be with Castor. Zeus granted his wish but with a caveat: [...]

Making Meaning from the Mess

Wade Gasque walking on path in the mountains

Years ago I studied with screenwriting guru Meg LeFauve who said all stories have a big beautiful idea at the center - the raison d'ĂŞtre - which guides every facet of the storytelling. Lately, as I've scrambled to launch a new website showcasing all the moon gatherings and tarot readings and personal essays and everything that I've been [...]

The Hermit

Heading up to a cabin in Big Bear for a solo retreat tomorrow and I can’t wait. I know we’re supposed to be excited about the world opening up and all, but I’m pretty ambivalent about it. I miss hugs, don’t get me wrong, I miss hugs real bad, but I don’t miss traffic or [...]