James Baldwin on Freedom

Richard Avedon photo of James Baldwin

Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or [...]

Dreams, Hopes & Longings

"Pandora" painting by John William Waterhouse

🌕 Full Moon Gathering via Zoom 🌕Wednesday, February 16, 6PM PST The folklore and mythologies of our western patriarchies are rife with women unwittingly wreaking havoc on the world and themselves. From Pandora and her box to Eve and her apple to Bluebeard's wife and that bloody key - these women were all bestowed with [...]

Your New Year Forecast

The Lovers card Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

2022 reduces to the number 6: a number of compassion in the Kabbalist tradition, a number correlating with our intuition (the sixth spiritual body) in the Tantric tradition, and a perfect number in the Mathematics tradition, a moniker likely rooted in the Judeo-Christian origin myth where God completes his creation of the world by making the first humans on day number [...]

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 [...]