Gift giving for your holiday of choice, or, as I like to call it, Christmakwanzakah!

Don't buy from the big stores this holiday season

We seem to be moving into that time of year where people feel the need to go shopping on behalf of others. I thought I would offer you some gift recommendations, or at least places to shop. I tend towards small designers and unique items, so if that’s going to make someone on your list happy, here you go!

Nui Cobalt Designs is my go-to supplier of magickal candles. They also have exquisite talismanic jewelry, scents, and a subscription box for the witchy folk. You really can’t go wrong. Also on the magickal end of things, Francesca De Grandis tends to have some fanciful things in her Etsy store, and Lupa Greenwolf does cool shamanic items from recycled animal products (and has great books!).

I have no idea if there’s enough lead time to get anything from here, but even a promise of a future item from MayFaire Moon would make me swoon. [This is where we pause as our author wonders if she should take out the unintentional rhyme] I have a number of things from Blue Moon Designs, including my pocket belt that gets so many compliments. Lulievision made all my winter coats except one, and she used to have a pants style that bore my name… I have several tiny hats and a few hat pins from Wrongathon, and she makes a wide range of interesting items.

Miriam Dema makes jewelry and fabric arts and a lot of leather things. I’ve always really enjoyed her designs, and have a smattering of them around. My favorite scarf was made by her. Everything tends to be fairly short run, so if you see something you like, get it! She recently started doing super fun earrings in glittery acrylic, which is something of a departure from most of her other stuff. I love them. Zoa Chimerum is one of my favorite jewelry designers. They do cool, alien-y things using recycled materials. I ran across them in a small boutique in Massachusetts a number of years ago, and I’m still obsessed. If you or your giftees are of the Goth ethos, check out Contrary Dame.

If crystals are your thing, or the thing you’re shopping for, the only place is will ever recommend is The Crystal Matrix. You can go by the store, if you’re in Los Angeles, too.

I would totally decorate my holiday mantle with these World Goddesses if I could…

If you have someone crafty AND quirky on your list, the needlepoint patterns from Quote Stitching are beyond awesome. When was the last time you saw Archer-themed needlepoint?!

I suppose there might be a few people left on the planet who don’t know about my love for Outlaw Soaps. Their scents are fun and pleasant and don’t activate my sensitivities, and the write ups are awesome. Go, read some, I’ll wait.

Me? Oh, I make one-of-a-kind, custom crystal clearing bowls, I have some books and CDs for sale, and I have Personality Reports and Forecasts available (always good for a New Year overview). If you’re going to be in the same place I am anytime soon, I’ll even cut you a deal on physical CDs or Books. I can also do gift certificates for readings (not currently listed on the website, because I’m not offering them to the general public, but they can be bought as a gift during the holidays) and healing services.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I will also have some offerings at the 15th Annual Handmade For All Holiday Boutique in Van Nuys Friday 11/30-Sunday 12/2. All handmade items in a low-pressure shopping atmosphere. It’s where I first came across The Mincing Mockingbird, which brings me so much joy, and you’ll also be able to find things there from some of the other artisans in this post, too!

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Posted in Faery, Goddess, magic, Shamanism, Winter

What’s Kabbalah all about?

Tree of LifeI teach a lot of classes about Kabbalah, but I don’t think I’ve ever done a real post about it; at least, I haven’t in a while… Part of it, I suppose, is that I do believe there’s more information transmitted energetically when a teaching is given mouth-to-ear, as it were. Part of it is that I have always assumed that people who are interested in Kabbalah will come take a class. I am feeling called to write a post about it, though, so I’m going to honor that.

Kabbalah is a mystical philosophy, like Buddhism. I don’t feel like it contradicts belief systems; rather it works in concert with them. There are threads of Kabbalah throughout the Abrahaamic religions, and I see parallels with eastern philosophies as well. As a mystical philosophy, the teachings are designed to help the seeker to have an experience of the Divine. That experience cannot be handed to you, it’s personal for each person (which is the definition of mysticism). I (or any skilled teacher) can give you the tools to get there, though.

A lot of Kabbalah practice and teachings are centered around the Tree of Life, which is the graphic that accompanies this post. It’s a glyph that I consider to be a shorthand for everything – aspects of self, aspects of the Divine, how the world works, connecting with the Divine, manifestation… Everything. The teachings just help you unpack all of that information. There are different ways of dividing it up so the information gets ordered differently, which give you new pieces of information. It’s pretty fascinating, really, especially for someone as data-driven as I am. Every time I teach it, I get a new insight, a new piece of information, a new experience. Teaching Kabbalah has become as much a part of my practice as any other tool, possibly more so. Many of my students will take my Level 1 year-long class more than once, before moving on to level 2 and level 3. One of my students did level 1 and 2 in succession, then did a year of independent study before moving on to level 3, which is Pathworking. Some people only attend my talks and meditations, because that’s all they feel ready to commit to.

As an example of one way to look at the Tree: The two outer pillars, first and foremost, address the energy that makes up all matter. Energy has a push and a pull; that’s what defines it. No motion means no energy, and no matter. That same push and pull, on a personal level, are ways of looking at the qualities of action, of thought, of perception, of being. The left side of the Tree is about limitations and boundaries and receptivity, about the pull mechanism of the energy. The right side of the Tree is about energy and creativity and action, about the push aspect of the energy. As humans, it’s unlikely we’re every going to be all the way to one end or the other of the spectrum, so we’re always moving between the outer pillars. People who aspire to balance aspire to the middle pillar; but there’s always going to be motion, we’re never static in that space. Even the push and the pull aspects are always in motion – sometimes the left side of the tree gathers energy or information in, sometimes it cuts away that which is no longer needed; sometimes the right side of the tree creates, and sometimes it explosively destroys.

And that is just a tiny nibble of the teachings of Kabbalah.

There are books you can read about Kabbalah, although I have found that they’re frequently dense and hard to get into if you haven’t studied any of it yet (and sometimes even if you have). Some of the ones that aren’t overly esoteric are too simplistic to help you have a mystical experience. And, as I said at the beginning of this article, having an in-person teacher gives you an experience the written word cannot. Finding a teacher with whom you resonate is equally as important. There are an infinite ways of imparting the information – you want to find the technique and the teacher that make the lightbulb in your head light up. Put the energy out there, if you are interested in pursuing Kabbalah teachings more, and the Universe will likely put the right tools and teacher in front of you.

Posted in Classes, Kabbalah, Mysticism, Personal growth, Practice

Numerology and today’s date

Numerology is a fascinating practice. I find it more useful than astrology, in terms of being a personal descriptor, and it works extremely well in conjunction with astrology for forecasting over the long term. In fact, my forecast reports combine the two.

Today’s date is a fascinating one. 2018 reduces (I’ll explain that term in a moment) to 11. So today would be 11-11-11 (or 33). That’s a lot of master numbers.

Some explanations:

  • In numerology, we reduce numbers down to a single digits, unless it becomes a master number, in which case we have a choice. Reduction happens by adding the digits together. 2+0+1+8=11 (or 2).
  • A master number is a number divisible by 11 (two digits repeated). In its master form, it is a higher vibration, in other words, more powerful, number. You can reduce it down to a single digit, and then it becomes the lower vibration aspect. You see, we live in a Free Will Universe, and we have a choice to take the high (spiritual) road or the mundane road.
  • So this year has been an 11/2 year. We have had the potential of creating new spiritual beginnings (11), or getting stuck in polarity. Polarity can be binary (us vs them, this or that) thinking – a lack of compromise, combative.

So today can be seen in four ways, actually. It can be taken as 2-2-2, a highly polarized number. It can be seen as a simple 6, which is about community and change. It can be seen as 11-11-11, or spiritual beginnings. Or we can reduce it to the master number 33, which is the Master Teacher. In other words, we can each choose to get mired in a combative space and see everything as a binary choice; we can choose to focus on, foster, and create community; we can seek out new spiritual beginnings; or we can focus on the Master Teacher aspect and ask ourselves where the high level spiritual messages are, or even view everything as a spiritual teaching, asking “what does this experience tell me, spiritually?” In that moment, all of your life is sacred, and everything is discovery.

Which will you choose?

Posted in Musings, Mysticism, Numerology, Personal growth

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