Add power, sparkle, individuality, and wonderful smells to your candle magic following the simple steps outlined below. You can used dried herbs, ground spices, or essential oils to add your own special twist to your magical workings, or use them simply for the heavenly smells.

If you are making herbed candles, crush the chosen herbs into small pieces and place the powdery mixture onto a paper towel.  Apply oil to the candle and roll the oiled candle in the herb mixture. The herbs/spices do not have to coat the candle entirely for the magic to be effective.

If you are making spiced candles, simply apply the oil and roll the candle in whatever ground spice you choose. If you decide to go with essential oils, all you need to do is apply the oil to the candle and you're ready to go.

In a previous blog I gave a short list of some of the many possible herbs & spiced,  and their metaphysical qualities.  And here is a list of oils and their properties.


  • AMBER -  Happiness, love.
  • BAYBERRY -  Prosperity, protection, mastering a situation.
  • BERGAMOT -  Money, happiness, optimism.
  • CARNATION -  Healing, Strength, protection.
  • CEDAR - Purification, healing.
  • CINNAMON - Money, purification, energy.
  • CLOVE - Money, creativity.
  • DRAGON'S HEAD - Protection, purification.
  • FRANGIPANI -  Love, attracts the perfect mate.
  • FRANKINCENSE -  Protection, spirituality, protection.
  • FRANKINCENESE AND MYRRH -  Purification, protection, healing, get spirituality.
  • GARDENIA -  Peace, love, harmony, healing, happiness.
  • HELIOTROPE - Attracts wealth, protection.
  • HIGH JOHN the CONQUEROR -  Aids in all endeavors, strengthens the mind, attracts wealth, protection.
  • HONEYSUCKLE -  Money, strengthens psychic abilities.
  • JASMINE -  Love, money, psychic dreams.
  • JUNIPER -  Protection.
  • LAVENDER -  Healing, love.
  • LILAC - Protection, wards off evil.
  • LOTUS - Protection, purification, spirituality.
  • MAGNOLIA - Balance with nature.
  • MUSK - Attracts the opposite sex, prosperity.
  • MYRRH - Protection, spirituality, healing, aids in psychic development.
  • PATCHOULI - Love, protection, purification.
  • PEPPERMINT - Energy, stimulates creativity, money.
  • PINE - Strength, protection, purification.
  • ROSE - Love, Cleansing home atmosphere, fertility.
  • ROSEMARY -Energy, purification.
  • SAGE - Purification, finding wisdom and the truth.
  • SANDALWOOD - Spirituality, cleansing.
  • VANILLA - Sexual love, improves mental powers.
  • VETIVER - money, love.
  • VIOLET - luck, love, protection, wisdom, solutions.
  • YARROW - Courage, strengthens the psychic.
  • YLANG-YLANG - Love, harmony.



A few years ago, I began experimenting with various methods of raising psychic shields or firewalls to keep my home (and everyone in it) safe from physical harm, from negative energies and detrimental outside influences. It took a while to decide exactly which elements worked for me and which didn't, but the end result is a bedtime protection routine that has served me well.

Your psychic firewall won't look anything like mine by the time you're done with it, but here are the basic blueprints to get you started.

Step 1. Get Comfortable

Make yourself physically comfortable. (I lay in bed or lean back in my rocking chair for this step.) Close your eyes and count backward from 25 to 1. As you count backward, feel your body relaxing while your mind becomes more aware of everything around you.

Step 2. Surround Yourself in Light

Imagine a beautiful ball of white light glowing in the East. Now imagine this ball of light spreading out to become a shining wall of pure energy. Anchor this wall firmly and deeply in the ground along the eastern wall of your home. Repeat this step for each of the six directions: East, South, West, North, Up, and Down. You and your home should now be enclosed in a brilliant box of white energy.  (If you don't succeed in visualizing the light at first, keep going. It might take a few tries, but it will eventually come.)

Step 3. Seal in the Light Energy

Imagine you are a superhero and visualize a stream of golden light shining from the tip of your index finger. Use this stream of light to "seal" the edges where the four walls of light outside your house meet. Do the same with the top and bottom of the energy box.

Step 4. Seal in Peace

If you still feel the need for protection, use the stream of light to seal off all windows, doors, vents, etc. in your room. On rare occasions, I will do the same for every room in my home. It takes a while, but the feeling of peace this brings is well worth the effort.

Step 5. Design Your Firewall

Here's where you can really get creative with your "firewall". You can add color, patterns, guardian creatures - whatever your imagination can think of. At one point, I had a giant blue jack-in-the-box on the roof. His job was to pop up and scare away anyone or anything harmful. Someone once told me they visualize a giant game of PacMan all around the outside of their house. PacMan and the ghosts eat up anything unwelcome. It really doesn't matter what you visualize as long as it makes you happy and gives you a feeling of safety and well-being.  

You will most likely need to re-establish your firewalls from time to time. The good news is that it will become easier as you get more practice. Soon enough, it will be second nature and you'll be able to sleep knowing that you and your loved ones are behind your very own psychic firewall.

Wishing you peace and protection, 

Robyn




I've always been a big fan of tea. Tea is soothing, relaxing, warming, and delicious. For a while now, I've been toying with the idea of incorporating tea in my magic, and my daughter provided the perfect catalyst when she gave me an assortment of five teas packaged by the Ten Ren Tea Company. 

Each of the teas comes in a shiny little box, and each variety has a certain quality attached to it. For instance,  The Oolong is supposed to bring blessings, the To Kuan Yin brings good fortune, the Shou Mei Tea promotes health, the Jasmine brings happiness, and the Shui Sin encourages wealth. 

After some reflection, I decided to take this concept one step farther and assign magical qualities to the herbal teas I make from herbs grown in my own garden, as well as those I buy in the store. I'm including my current list below. It's very unfinished, but you're welcome to copy it as a basis for your own experiments with tea magic.

  • Peppermint: Spice of life, invigoration, zest and a sense of fun.
  • Rose hip: Romance and love
  • Chamomile: Dream work, astral traveling, creativity
  • Lavender: Money, success, beauty, youthening.
  • Yarrow: Magic, divination, dream work
  • Rue: Banishes negativity and regret, heals sorrow.
  • Rosemary: Physical energy, psychic energy, purification.
  • Thyme: Banishes nightmares.
  • Clove - Friendship, granting wishes, healing.
  • Dandelion - Helps to improve clairvoyance, purification.
  • Ginger Root - Love, money, success, power. 
  • Lemon Verbena - Protection from harm, attraction of love.
  • Nutmeg - Luck, love, prosperity (and yummy cookies!) 
My tea ritual/spell is a very simple one. The teapot I chose is short and fat and painted with pictures of cats drinking tea. The matching cup that goes with it is also short and very fat. I love it! It's very important to make sure that everything you choose as part of this ritual be pleasing to you. Here's how it goes:

1. Choose a teapot and cup that are visually pleasing to you. It doesn't matter if they match or not.

2. Assign a specific meaning to the tea you are going to brew.

3. Write down on a piece of white paper exactly what you hope to accomplish with this spell.

4. Fold the paper into a pleasing shape, whether it's a geometric shape or an origami flower - anything that looks pretty to you works. Place the paper in your empty tea cup.

5. Concentrate all your energy on what it is you want while you prepare the tea.

6. Remove the folded paper from your cup and discard it with the used tea leaves.

7. Enjoy your tea and relax, secure in the knowledge that what you asked for will be granted to you.

Blessings,
Robyn

   


Meet The Empress from the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot by Graham Cameron. She is the third archetype to greet our hero, The Fool, and one of the strongest characters in any tarot deck. There is nothing passive about this particular Empress. It is abundantly clear from her flowing hair, long red coat, spiked knee-high boots, stage makeup, shield, and whip, that this lady means business. This is the strongest Empress image I've ever seen, and she reminds me of a lion tamer. Maybe she is the Ringmaster.

There is no throne for this Empress; she has chosen to sit solidly on the earth from which she draws her strength and which she has chosen to protect. The pentacle on her left lapel hints that she feels a strong connection with Yin, The High Priestess. The fierce spikes on her chest and feet are there to protect herself and those she loves. She alone holds the chain attached to the collar around her neck, a reminder that each of us is responsible for our own freedom.

The number of The Empress is Three, her element is Earth, her direction is North, and she is ruled by the planet Venus. Her color is the vivid yellow of her shield. She is the archetypal Earth Mother, a powerful creative force and a source of strength and well-being. I am a huge fan of The Empress and was delighted when my daughter suggested I include her in my reading name on Keen. 

Graham Cameron has this to say about her: 

Welcome to the Garden of Creation. Meet the Empress, the most powerful female of the stage. A competitive Woman, the Empress holds the power to dominate. Her power lies in intelligence and a direct awareness. She is a woman of the world. Upon her shield is the eagle symbolizing a domineering person.

Elegance, splendor, and sensuality are her characteristics. The Empress knows how to fertilize the garden of our lives. She gives birth to our heart's desire. She views all creatures of this world as her children. The Empress is a goddess whose sole motivation is love.

In Jane Lyle’s book, “The Secret Tarot,” she writes:

The Empress is the embodiment of life itself. When such a vibrant image materializes in a reading it is especially important to examine the context in which it appears, for in the real world The Empress represents the many faces of creativity and fertility. The impulse to create something life-enhancing is signified by this card and such inner vitality may express itself in numerous ways.

In the upright position, The Empress represents nurture, kisses and hugs, maternal care, compassion, protection, self-worth, confidence, abundance, kindness, stability, feminine dominance, and creativity.

In the reversed position, The Empress denotes financial issues, vanity, domestic problems, stagnation, tyranny over weaker beings, someone who is easily offended, negativity, cruelty, and lack of confidence.




This intriguing woman is Yin, High Priestess of the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot by Graham Cameron.
Yin sits alone upon a strangely flowing, organic throne that reminds me of the earth with its hills, plains, valleys, and cities. Her hair is adorned with stars, her right hand rests upon the moon, and her left hand is hidden by her robes. Perhaps it holds the key to intuition and psychic abilities, perhaps not. Yin is a woman of mystery.  

Above Yin, there is the blue sky of the conscious mind, below her the deep waters of the unconscious. Her green and gold robe is decorated with the symbol of Venus and it is possible that, like Venus, she has risen from the waters upon which she floats. The bottom of her gown appears to be tentacled and her right hand could almost be a flipper. Much like the tides, she is under the influence of the moon.

 When the High Priestess appears, your guides are speaking to you and it is time to pay attention to your sleeping dreams. The messages in your dreams will help you fill in the missing piece of the puzzle. Yin offers you the gift of intuition and encourages you to believe in yourself and trust your instincts. Reflection is important when Yin is drawn in a reading. In relationship readings, she teaches us the allure of mystery.   

The number of the High Priestess is Two, her direction is Inward, her element is Water, and she is ruled by The Moon. Like the moon, her face has both a darker and a lighter side. Unlike the moon, both sides are turned toward us. She is the guardian of the gates to the material and the spiritual realms and she is equally at home in either one.

Numerologically, Two is the most feminine of all numbers. It relates to pursuing your life's purpose and finding your soul's true mission. Although her eyes are wide open, Yin looks inward. Her focus is on personal wisdom and growth. 

Graham Cameron has this to say about her:

Before you, sits Yin, the High Priestess. She is guardian to the entrance of a new dimension, a world she will allow us to enter where she will explain life and its mysteries.

Yin shows you the path to realization; she takes your feelings and removes the padlock that separates the outer maze from the inner, enabling you to enter. The High Priestess holds great cult powers, as symbolized by a pentacle in place of her left eye. She advises us to listen to our feelings and intuitions, and teaches us to trust in ourselves.

In the upright position, The High Priestess symbolizes seeking answers within silence, following intuition, remembrance, receptivity, visions and psychic ability, stillness, serenity, stillness, and an open mind. Inaction may well be the best course of action when you see the High Priestess. At least for now. 

In the reversed position, The High Priestess denotes confusion, noise, distractions, sharing too much information, hidden agendas, fear of the unknown, psychic attack, hasty action, uncontrollable fantasies, and obsession. Caution is always the best course of action when The High Priestess appears in reverse. Think twice before you give your trust or make important decisions.



Hasan, The Magician from the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot by Graham Cameron, stands alone on the stage in front of a painted backdrop. His right eye is open to the world around him, while his left eye contemplates an interior landscape. Poised between two worlds, Hasan is the most balanced character in the Tarot. The Magician is the first of many character cards in this deck to have an actual name. I've never seen or heard of such a thing in any other deck. 

Hasan is surrounded by his very unusual props. He is no ordinary Magician, all light, shadow, and illusion, for he holds the Wand of Materialization in his hand. At his command, ideas, concepts, and dreams of all kinds become solid and tangible as they manifest in the everyday world.

The Magician's number is One, his element is Air, he is ruled by the planet Mercury, and his direction is every direction.  East, South, West, and North...the Magician stands at the crossroads where the four winds collide. He is as capable of creating confusion as he is of establishing an orderly reality.  The Magician helps sell your ideas and solve your problems. Ignoring The Magician leads to frustration, stagnation, or chaos.

 Hasan views the audience as chess pieces and rolls the dice to determine the outcome of the game. The mask is hung to reflect an ever-changing flow of emotions, while the magnet on the floor serves both to attract and repel situations, people, and things. Hasan is fond of puzzles and games of chance and he always wins. See the lucky 7-11 on the table top?

The Magician is the first guide The Fool encounters on his journey through life. Typically, this card appears when you have all the puzzle pieces and need help putting them together. He represents someone who will work a little magic for you by offering inspiration, encouragement, and practical help. Hasan is all about results. As a potential partner or friend, he signifies a witty individual with high levels of energy. Well spoken, intelligent, committed, practical and creative.

In the upright position, Hasan The Magician is professional, organized, focused, logical, self-determined and a master promoter. When reversed, he is sly, argumentative, resentful, pretentious, and a liar.  Graham Cameron, the creator of the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot, offers us this word of caution regarding Hasan, "Be warned, The Magician can sell you anything."





"All the world’s a stage,And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their   entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts,"

- William Shakespeare

I have always been drawn to the energy of The Fool. Bursting with anticipation, the joy of living, fearlessness, and faith, the card symbolizes freedom and new horizons to me. The Fool pictured above is from the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot by Graham Cameron.

The Fool is associated with the element of Air, it's number is Zero, and it is very closely aligned with Judgement, which represents the knowledge and wisdom that will come from experience.  Often this character is androgynous in nature and it is difficult to tell gender at a glance. There is no house of the Zodiac connected to this card, but its ruling planet is Uranus.  The Fool is the wild card, The Joker, The Jester, and is the only member of the Major Arcana to appear in the standard deck of playing cards.

This particular Fool is about to enter the ballet of life and dance into the future head-on. The tall cap covered with question marks symbolizes an innocent, childlike curiosity about the world below. There is much to learn and The  Fool's eyes are wide open. This is a deliberate leap of faith, and the bag on The Fool's stick is adorned with an image of The Star - a symbol of hope for the future. A little dog sits just below and waits eagerly for The Fool to catch up. This is very different from the dog we usually see trying to hold his master back. 

If you look at the night sky above and behind The Fool, you will see a myriad of objects arranged in the shape of a Zero. These represent the pure potential of ideas, dreams, and experiences awaiting our hero on the world stage. In her book, 'The Secret Tarot,” Jane Lyle says, "His number is a Zero, which is not really a number at all. Zero signifies the circular path of the tarot's own journey of learning and experience, and that of every life that is lived to the full."

Each of us is The Fool, and the remaining 77 cards of the tarot deck combine in ever-shifting patterns to portray our journey through life. Graham Cameron says, “Think of yourself as an actor, placed in a theater at the time of your birth. You have been invited to join the millions of other actors around you, to take your place on the stage known as the Phantasmagoric Theater. Every scene has been assembled for your performance. The script has been written and your cues are in order. If nothing goes wrong, you will sail through your performance until the final curtain…”

May your personal journey be filled with light and laughter,

Robyn



 


This spread is named for it’s shape, which resembles a horseshoe, crescent moon, or pyramid. It's one of my very favorites because it not only reveals that which is hidden, but it also suggests a course of action the you may wish to follow.

CARD ONE:  This card represents past influences and conditions.

CARD TWO:  Card two indicates the present conditions . It may be subjective and relate to thoughts or feelings, or it may be objective, and relate to tangible, known circumstances or people.

CARD THREE:  What is hidden. This reveals unforeseen circumstances, secrets and situations that have not been taken into account - and which may influence the outcome of the reading.

CARD FOUR:  This card represents obstacles and challenges. These may be major obstacles or just passing influences. Again, as with card two, it may denote either the inner world of thought and feelings, or the outer world of material events.

CARD FIVE:  What surrounds you. This position describes the current background to your question, the environment, and the presence of others . Help and guidance, or the attitudes of others may be revealed here.

CARD SIX:  Suggested course of action. Suggestions for action, biding your time, enlisting the aid of others, etc. will be signified here.

CARD SEVEN:  Probable result. this card assumes that you will take the action suggested by card six, and overcome any of the challenges revealed by cards three and four. If you decide not to follow the advice of the sixth card, all bets are off and the outcome will be different.

Note: It's often helpful to draw a second card for the seventh position. This card would signify the outcome should you choose not to heed the advice of the sixth card.

Blessings, Robyn

The making and use of ink has been part of human history for at least two thousand years. It's certainly been a basic element of magic for a very long time. I like to make my own ink for use in spells that require writing.   It's very easy to do so, and it adds a personal touch that, I feel, increases the momentum and power invested in each written request.

You can buy a quill for use with your homemade ink at most craft stores, but I have better luck with a fountain pen.  You will probably also want to purchase some quality paper if you're going to go to all this trouble, but the results are well worth the extra effort.

Here are a couple of ink recipes to help get you started:

Walnut shell ink

12 walnut shells, hammered into small pieces
1 cup distilled water
1 tsp vinegar
A glass or ceramic saucepan

Put the water and the shells in the pan and bring them to a boil. Reduce heat and let them simmer for a half hour to 45 minutes. Remove them from the heat and allow the mixture to sit for at least 8 hours. Add the vinegar, strain out the shells, pour the finished ink into a small bottle and store it in the fridge until you need it.  Don't forget to shake it before use. This makes a pretty, dark brown ink.

Blackberry ink

1/2 cup of blackberries (you can also use blueberries)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vinegar

Mash the berries and force them through a fine mesh strainer to juice them. Add the vinegar and salt and the ink is ready to use. It doesn't keep well, but it makes a very pretty ink.






Early in April, the mail brought a long anticipated package, "The Magician Longs to See" twin peaks tarot by Ben Mackey. I couldn't wait to get home and open the box!  And I wasn't disappointed. The photo above is the introductory pamphlet and the one below depicts The Magician, The Empress and the Justice cards.






The cards themselves are colorful, just the right size for my hands, and seem very sturdy. I love the way the artist kept to the spirit of the tarot and still incorporated so many elements from the series. My reading style relies as heavily on the actual images as it does on traditional meanings, so I was especially pleased to see that every single card in the Minor Arcana is as fully illustrated as those of the Major Arcana and tells it's own story.





The four suits are represented by the symbols in the photo above.

Cups = Coffee cups

Swords = Fir Trees

Wands = Logs

Pentacles = Poker Chips

When the individual suits are laid out in order from the Ace to the King, they each tell the story a specific sub plot. For instance, all of the Wands have to do with The Log Lady.

I think this deck is brilliant and love using it here on Keen. Please let me know if you would like a reading with this deck.


This is my all-time favorite tarot spread, and it's also the one I use most for my professional readings. My sister, Teri, aka Love Angel Tarot, deserves the credit for this because she's the one who taught it to me (and to the rest of our family). Over the years, my sisters and nieces and I have given thousands of readings using this simple layout, and have yet to find one that works better.  This spread is awesome because it's quick, to the point, and it provides a wealth of information to the reader.

The layout is very simple. Working from left to right, lay out 3 cards in a row and place the 4th card aside for later. Now lay 3 more cards out next to the first ones. Finally, place the 4th card above and in the middle of the other 6.  Like this:



  4
1       2     3     5     6     7




Each position in this spread is assigned a different meaning and when read together, they're almost like a book.  Here's what each position means:

1. The near past.

2. The present circumstances.

3. The near future.

4. The focus.
This card brings all the others into focus and can reveal more about the situation than all the others combined.

5. The obstacle - factors that could work against you and/or what you should avoid.

6. The  blessing - Factors that could work in your favor and/or your best course of action.

7. The most likely outcome, provided you take the advice suggested by cards #6 and #7.

The cards are also read according to whether they are upright or reversed. This works especially well for yes/no questions. More upright cards gives a "yes" answer, while more reversed cards gives a "no".









A few years ago, I bought a wonderful book called "Carnival of the Spirit" by Luisah Teish.  I love this book because it's a joyous celebration of the seasons, complete with folklore, original stories, poetry, and ritual. Family plays a large part in this book and the rituals are designed so that you can do them on your own, or else with you family.

One of my very favorite passages in Carnival of the Spirit is found in the spring section, and even though it's not spring, I'd like to share it with you.

"The April Showers Face Wash: Sometimes we find ourselves caught between outer beauty and inner sorrow. Little green sprouts are budding, the birds are singing, people are walking hand in hand wearing bright clothes---and you're all alone. What a drag. Maybe you had a hard winter or you're suffering melancholy over someone you didn't get to see last summer. Whatever the cause, you catch yourself crying at a time when the whole world seems to be smiling.

At these times it helps to collect some spring rainwater in a bowl, sit quietly, and let yourself cry into the bowl.  Wash your face in the rain-tear water, them pour the water on your healthiest flowering houseplant.

You see, the Mother of Beauty cries also. In my tradition we say that when Oshun cries, all things are about to be made right. The crying means that she can no longer tolerate things are they are and she is about to change them sweetly, sweetly. By mingling your tears with hers and giving them to a growing thing, you make the statement that you are ready to change and blossom."


Isn't that lovely? It started raining a few minutes ago, and I think I'll go capture some rainwater in my favorite rice bowl - it seems like the perfect way to bring a little springtime into my day.

Thank you, Luisah Teish, for sharing your wisdom and traditions with us!






This lovely card called "Psychic" is from 'The Soulmate Oracle Deck' by John Grey, Ph.D.  It reminds us how very easy it is to fall into the "psychic trap", wherein we believe we can intuit exactly what our partner thinks, feels, or wants, at any given time. Its easy to believe that we can properly interpret their actions, responses, words, and then respond according to that interpretation.

Why is this kind of thinking a trap?
  • Because we can never know for sure what's happening inside the mind and heart of another person - not even the person closest to us.
  • We each come equipped with our own set of expectations, beliefs, fears, and filters, which predispose us to see things in a certain way.
  • No two people are exactly the same, so it's never safe to make assumptions based on our previous experiences with other people.
  • It's much easier and less stressful to ask what someone else is thinking than it is to try to figure it out on our own.
Here's some of what Dr Grey has to say about playing psychic in a relationship:

"Viewing a partner through the distorting lens of our inner "crystal ball" is dangerous, as we seldom realize that we are simply making things up. We've all heard of self-fulfilling prophecies. These occur when someone is so strongly affected by their "psychic knowledge" that they act in a way that makes their worst fears come true.

How do you tend to play the psychic with your partner? All of us at times think we know what our partner is feeling. We become upset by what we think our partner means by an action or by their words. We even limit our own choices and behavior according to how we believe they will respond to us. Do you recognize how you do any of these things?

It's important to realize that whatever you see in your "crystal ball" could be absolutely wrong. You may be limiting your relationship by believing in that crystal ball. This card warns you to beware of being "psychic" in any way about your partner. It's always better to ask than to assume!"

Conversely, it's also unwise to expect our partner to be psychic about us! They have no way of knowing what we feel, need, think, at any moment, especially when we haven't shared that information with them. Then we become hurt or angry because they haven't satisfied our unspoken needs. The reality is that it's simply not true that if our partners "truly care" about us, they'll "know" what we want without our telling them.

To quote Dr Grey again:

"The card PSYCHIC makes a suggestion: To find out what is really going on, talk! Open your mind, your heart, and your eyes. Then open your mouth. To know what's going on with your partner, ask them! If there's something you want or need from your partner, tell them! If you are having problems, speak up and discuss what's going on inside of you.

By talking, you and your partner can distinguish your imagined ideas and beliefs from the realities within each of you - and see each other more clearly. With this clarity, you will more easily see ways that you can move together toward greater joy and fulfillment."

The bottom line is, if you want to know what your partner is thinking, ask them! And if you want them to know what you're thinking, tell them! Communication is the key to a loving, caring, informed relationship.

Blessings,

Robyn
How many times have you said, "Let me sleep on it and I'll get back to you?" Letting things simmer in our subconscious overnight is a wonderful way to approach problem solving.  In fact, this concept can be taken to the next level (sympathetic magic, if you will) and we can literally sleep "on" whatever we have in mind.

There are so many ways to sleep on whatever's bothering you - if you have money concerns, try sleeping on a $10 or $20 bill. If you're faced with a difficult decision, write each choice down on a piece of paper and tuck both of them in your pillow case. I've found that worn out tarot decks are outstanding in this capacity. I choose whichever card seems to match the current situation and write or draw on the front of it.

I like this concept so much that I found a flat silk pouch with a flap that snaps shut and place whatever objects feel right inside. Then I tuck the pouch inside my pillowcase and go to sleep.

There are so many more things you can sleep on than paper and money, however. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

  • Flower petals!  Flowers have meanings of their own. Apple Blossoms = good fortune,  blue flax = domestic happiness, evening primrose = everlasting love.
  • Herbs. herbs also have meanings of their own. Sage = protection and wisdom, horehound = good health, marjoram = happiness, comfrey = healing.
  • Tokens. If your problem is lack of communication, choose an object or a token that reminds you of the person you're missing. 
  • Feathers also aid in communication because they represent the element of air.
  • Soap. If you're wanting to clean up some area of your life, sleep on a few chips of your favorite soap.
  • Fabric paint. If it bothers you to sleep with anything inside your pillowcase, get some fabric paint and write or draw on the case itself.
  • Embroidery. Embroider flowers, feathers, whatever you like, instead of painting it on. 
P.S. This method works best if you approach it with the mindset of attracting, or drawing to yourself, the most positive outcome possible.



"Are you passionate about wanting to see the big picture of your life?" 

"Are you committed to being surprised in the best possible ways?"

These were the questions posed by my favorite astrologer, Rob Brezsny one day when I checked my horoscope  He was talking about the sacred art of the pilgrimage, which he describes as "A journey to some sacred place that excites your imagination and awakens buried fantasies of who you are and what you may become. An extended prayer of a journey, where you slip away from your regular life in order to concentrate your energy on a prolonged conversation with spirit."  He assured me that I would receive cosmic assistance or invisible help to gently shock myself into the living the dreams that have gotten fuzzy.

Who could resist such a message? Not me. I took his advice and began making plans for a short pilgrimage to the coast. My husband and I stayed at an inn next to a bird sanctuary, where we saw huge flocks of wild geese, herons, ducks, seagulls, and many other birds. We strolled along streets that were new to both of us, ate new foods, visited the ocean, and checked out the local art scene, and came home refreshed and invigorated. And someday, I want to go on a very special pilgrimage to Spain to view the works of Antoni Gaudi. I want to visit the park and the cathedral he designed in Barcelona, to see  for myself what it looks like when an astonishing internal vision becomes reality.

I realize the horoscope was intended for Taureans, but I think it applies equally to all of us. How long has it been since you took yourself on a pilgrimage? Where would you go for your pilgrimage and for what purpose?  To purify yourself? To think long and hard about where you're going and what you want to do next? To make atonement, or to shed grief that is weighing you down? To embrace the joy of living? There are a million reasons to go on a pilgrimage and I'm sure you'll recognize yours when you see it. :) 

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