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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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'être - 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 [...]

Spring Cleaning

Hilma af Klint Altarpieces No.1

One quarter of the country has been vaccinated, quarantines are being lifted, and I feel like one of those fumbling newborn antelope plopped down in the wide-open Serengeti with ten minutes to learn running before the lions arrive. I, and countless others with whom I’ve been in conversation over this past year, have changed. Our [...]

White History

Robert E Lee statue with protestors

I grew up in South Carolina in the 80’s and I distinctly remember a sense of pride in the room of my junior high American History class when we got to the bit about the rebel soldiers from our beloved port city of Charleston firing the first shots of the Civil War. We Southerners were [...]

Good Omens

Nina Simone lyrics Birds flying high you know how I feel

Inauguration comes from the Latin augur: “one who sees favorable omens for success". (The word auspicious comes from this as well.) In Ancient Rome the augur was the official diviner who was called in before important undertakings of the state to determine whether or not the gods approved. He did this by reading the flight [...]