As the summer winds down...

It’s so easy this time of year to get excited about what’s coming... Samhain. It’s almost in the air, it’s so close. And yet, we still have to get through a whole sabbat first before we get to beloved Samhain. If you’re a parent like me, you probably want August to go by quickly, so the kids can just go back to school already. In my house, by Lughnasadh, September can’t come fast enough. But as pagans and witches, as a people who constantly remind others that we are practicing a nature-based path, shouldn’t we be trying to soak in every day, really revelling in the season we’re in, instead of always looking to the next one? This is an internal struggle I face every year, trying to savour summer, even though it isn’t my favourite season.

Something that helps me slow down and focus on enjoying the time I’m in here and now is to focus on the wildlife, and interacting with it if possible. This past Sunday my husband and I took our kids to Manning Park, a beautiful Provincial Park in BC. W…

A Sale and New Offerings!

Hello my loves, it's been a while! Summer has kept me quite busy between the kids, vacation, and running things at Stellar Tarot! I'm here today to tell you about a couple of exciting things that are happening here, including a sale on my (and other!) books at The Girl God, and a new offering I have!

So first off, The Girl God is having a summer sale on many of its books, and you can pick many titles up for only $10, but only for a limited time! Click here for more information! And, if you're a writer or artist and want to be featured in my anthology Warrior Queen, all about the Morrigan, then check out this post for requirements! I'd love to publish your work, so send those pieces on in!

Finally, I'm excited to announce the launch of my first ever e-course! Discovering Deity is all about how to find the right deity for you to work with, whether it be a god, goddess, or even a pop pantheon figure! For a very limited time it's available at an Early Bird Price of…

Our Weekend Getaway to the Cabins

I hope you enjoy this little video of my vacation and don't forget to subscribe to my secondary channel while you're there! I upload non-spiritual content like cooking and recipes, organization and cleaning videos, makeup videos, Project Pan, and more!

Stay-Cation Spiritual Retreat!

If you're anything like me, then you've looked longingly at all those amazing spiritual retreats that are offered at this time of the year, often for specific deities, studies, sabbats, or purposes, and felt a twinge of sadness or jealousy at not being able to attend (for myself it was the Morrigan's Call retreat offered by Stephanie Woodfield, and it's financially out of my league right now). It's not always possible to do everything we want to do spiritually, and sometimes the retreats we have our eyes on are too far away, too expensive, or don't match up with our vacation time. When a retreat from the world for spiritual purposes is what you're craving, but your time, area, or budget limitations say no, then it's time to get creative and come up with your own retreat, at home, or keeping it local!

Step 1: Choose your time and location: If you can't go far away to an especially lead retreat, then you need to choose a time and location that will wor…

June is Pride Month!

First off, if you've found me through #tarothon2019 welcome! I'm so thrilled by the wonderful feedback I've gotten from you guys since I did my live broadcast for Tarothon last week. I really enjoyed sharing a new spread that I designed specifically for the event with you, and I'm glad to hear it's helped many of you. But I want to take some time to talk about another subject that I'm very passionate about, and that's civil rights for the members of the LGBTQ community, of which I count amongst the members of. Every June I pause to remember how I came out to my mother, and how anti-climatic and disempowering that was, and how much things have changed for me, and between us, since then. I take time to appreciate how open I can be about my sexuality and not feel persecuted at every corner, and I also consider how far we still have to go as a community, and how I can best add my support to that progression.

I fully realized that I was bisexual when I was about…

#tarothon2019 Tarot For Self-Empowerment

Well hello everyone! Last night (June 2, 2019) I was honoured to be a part of Tarothon 2019, a full 24 hours of live streamed tarot talks by 23 different creators. Things didn't go exactly as planned with a set of YouTube server outages that interrupted our ability to livestream for a few hours. We moved things over to the Hermit's Cave Facebook Group for awhile, before bringing Tarothon back from the dead when YouTube came back online!

My own topic aired at 5am BST, or 9pm PST, and I covered the topic Tarot for Self-Empowerment, complete with a tarot spread of my own devising, and I wanted to share that spread with you in written form here today. So, to review, when you're doing a tarot spread for self-empowerment, its usually because you are feeling very dis-empowered to begin with, whether by grief, depression, anxiety, overwhelm, guilt, shame, or a variety of other emotions, and you're doing this spread to motivate and empower yourself to tackle the situation and s…

Beltane is almost here!

In the Northern Hemisphere, Beltane approaches. We are almost at one of the major fire festivals of the Wheel of the Year, and the veil is thinning again as we approach the half-way mark to Samhain, and the coming of summer. Depending on where you live, spring may be in full bloom, or only just starting to emerge. It feels like almost anything is possible as the sun warms the earth and creatures emerge from hibernation or return from migration. It's amazing how much relief you can feel just from glimpsing green shoots poking out from the earth, or leaves budding on trees.

For our ancestors, Beltane was a time to celebrate fertility and the miracle of birth that happens after sex. It was common for couples to jump bonfires for luck in love, or to get married around this time. In modern witchcraft, these practices are still common, as is sacred sex and sensuality, dancing a Maypole, and just about any activity that includes flowers. I wanted to list some family-friendly and solitary…