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 [...]

Meandering Life

In last night’s Full Moon Gathering, we wrote breakup letters to our past selves and time traveled one year into the future to visit our new selves. With the Egyptian goddess of Ma’at and the Indigenous American Corn Mother as inspiration, we honored the natural life/death/rebirth cycle within and we used the “meander map” above [...]

Full Moon in Libra

Hi there. I’m Wade and I’ll be leading a Full Moon Gathering tomorrow (Sunday) at 6PM via Zoom. If you’re reading this, you’re invited. This will be our 12th gathering (we started these just after quarantine here in California) as well as the 1st gathering of the astrological new year. It lasts an hour and there are [...]