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Alchemy

How To Make Things Better

I talked last time about applying the seven operations of alchemy to the process of transforming anything – selves, businesses, relationships, whatever.  And while it sounds really cool to put it in alchemical terms, I think putting it in mundane terms is probably more useful. So what’s the roadmap to transformation? Be willing to let […]

Tarot Reading

Sample Spread: Six of Cups, Four of Pentacles, The World

Past – Six of Cups – Comfortable nostalgia, fond memories, especially those we share with others Present – Four of Pentacles – Saving or holding onto accumulated wealth, not spending but not investing either Future – The World – Ending one cycle which begins the next, achieving a goal which puts you at the beginning […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure

Stories are powerful things.  When we tell stories about ourselves, the process of crafting the tale (even if it’s true) is actually a process of making small adjustments to the person we aspire to be.  We get to paint our own portrait, and we get to smooth over some parts and embellish others to suit […]

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Poison

It occurred to me the other day that what we sometimes refer to as religious extremism or fundamentalism is really more accurately described as… Toxic spirituality. Much like toxic masculinity, it’s the weaponizing of an idea, used to elevate one group and oppress another.  And it can happen in essentially any path, any religion, any […]

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We Can’t All Be Deities

While I think it’s important to have imagery of powerful women to balance the overwhelming number of powerful men in the world and in our mythologies, there has to be a place for women which isn’t defined by superlatives.  This is especially important in spirituality.  We cannot be always looking at perfect or idealized women. […]

Pathfinding

When I Grow Up…

I find it troubling that we give spirituality such a large chunk of influence in our lives, but we often give it the least amount of scrutiny and examination, even when we’re actively searching for a new spiritual environment. We obsess over our academic paths, our career paths, our family plans, our future ambitions, but […]

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Balance, Part Three

The other way I think many people tend to think of balance is in the sense of bookkeeping.  We seek to balance our karma or our energy the same way we balance our checkbook.  For what we put out, we must deposit more in, whatever spiritual resource we’re dealing with, and we want to be […]

Alchemy

Alchemical Entrepreneurship

I’ve recently been spending a lot of time and energy on creating and building up what used to be hobbies into business ventures.  It’s a process that’s absolutely transformative, not just on the level of trying to change the end goal of a pursuit but on a personal level as well.  I’ve been in business […]

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Global Emotional Overload

No matter what your stance is on the state of the world these days, no matter who or what you think is right and wrong, we are in a global state of high emotional response.  And what I know as absolute truth is that the vast majority of us are not equipped to handle it. […]

Tarot Reading

Sample Spread: Ten of Cups, Strength, Ten of Pentacles

This spread looks all rainbows and puppies right from the start, right? Let’s dig in. Past – Ten of Cups – Abundance of emotional fulfillment, enough joy to share with others Present – Strength – Patience required to tame wild forces, success through persistence and persuasion rather than force Future – Ten of Pentacles – […]