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Journal Prompts for Shadow Work

Doing some shadow work this Yule season? Here are some journal prompts I hope you'll find helpful for doing it! And, if you need some more explanation of what shadow work is, please click this article link for more info:

1. Where was I when this shadow originated? How old was I? How did this shadow aspect help me to cope with the trauma or situation?

2. How have I wrongfully projected this shadow onto others?

3. How has this shadow aspect helped me over time?

4. How has it held me back?

5. How can I make friends with this shadow aspect and accept it back as part of me?

6. What new and better habits can I form to replace the behaviour associated with this shadow?

7. This Yule, how can I celebrate the enlightenment I've been given about this shadow?

I hope these journal prompts help you, lovelies, and happy Yule!

#newbeginning2020 Video and Resources

These are the links I listed in the description of the video for those of you who are LGBTQ+, or an ally of one. Please feel free to add any resource links to the comments if you have any, make the comment section blow up with love, support, diversity, and compassion!

Canadian support groups for LGBTQ people, sorted by city and province:
USA Support, The Trevor Project: It Gets Better Project:
UK support:

322. Samhain Family Traditions Vlog ~ Cornmaze, Pumpkin Patch, and more!

Tired, but fulfilled.

This is me, after working my first shift in a pharmacy in a year and a half. I hadn't been actively seeking work as I was pretty sure no one would want to hire someone with such an erratic schedule, but the job of working between two pharmacies owned by a local couple literally fell into my lap two weeks ago, and I decided to accept. It was kind of crazy how it all worked out, but work out it has. I have the best bosses I could possibly ask for, who know my employment history and are happy to take me with my mish-mashed knowledge and experience. I know I bring a lot of good things to the table where I am, but I also know that due to how my previous employers worked things that I have weak areas too that I will be working to strengthen for a little while.

I'll be working very part-time, but I'm happy with that, because I can still run things at Stellar Tarot just fine. I love having this blog, the YouTube channel and doing readings for my clients and I don't want to st…

As The Earth Begins to Die

Stones crunch and roll beneath my boots
and the salmon who finished spawning
give up their bodies to the earth
laying like so many offerings on the shore.
The mist that settles in at my collar
collects and makes a sacred trail
down towards my spine.

How can trees that are so wet
look so engulfed in fire
with their leaves change from
alive, to breathtaking, to... dead.

I see the shifty scavenger at my peripherals,
and sense the quiet about the descent
as the earth prepares for sleeping
I prepare for my own descent, of sorts.

Touching the frigid water to my forehead,
I saw a silent prayer of thank you
I fiddle with a stone in my pocket
and remember the richness of colour
in this moment, as the earth begins to die.

© Jess Johnson, 2019, All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce or publish any part of this poem without the author's permission and full credit and link back to this post and website.

Self-Love September; Self-Love When Your Need is Desperate

My husband and I have had a hard time this month with our oldest child who is smack dab in the middle of her challenging teenage years, and just started her first year of high school. If I thought we had gotten a taste of teenage attitude in the previous years, I was wrong. That, my friends, was a warm-up. What we're getting now is full-on disdain, disregard for our rules, thoughts, and opinions, and at times, I'm pretty sure a streak of loathing. I love my kids fiercely, but sometimes, I don't like them very much...

This past week or so has really been a struggle for me in terms of my own mental-health. Things have been said and inferred that are very hard not to take personally. I've been doing my best to protect myself, but I thought that instead of staying quiet about this struggle that some of the coping strategies I have been using can be useful to you too. Some of them are basic, and you've probably heard of them before, but sometimes a reminder isn't a …

Self-Love September; Self-Loving Practices for Empaths

If it is one word that I was called a lot growing up, it was "sensitive." I was accused of being too sensitive, overly-sensitive, a raw nerve, looking too deeply into people's reactions, and anticipating emotions or moods that weren't visible yet (but that almost always became apparent shortly) by my parents and family members. It was often said that I was going to be either an actress or a lawyer when I grew up, and since I grew up to be neither, I like to gloat about this point with my grandma once in a while, just for a shared giggle. But I did realize when I was in my early adulthood that all the things my parents thought I was making too much of a fuss about were because I was empathic, and feeling or sensing things that were often hard for other people to see or feel. I wasn't being dramatic when I reacted quite emotionally to something that was said to me, but usually because I felt the full force of the impact of the statement, on both an emotional as wel…

Self-Love September; Pitfalls and Mistakes to Avoid

If I've learned anything over the years, it's that self-love is a daily practice Some days are easier, and some are damned difficult to survive, let alone doing anything supportive or loving for myself. I think back to days when I was recovering from an emergency appendix removal surgery, a 2-month-old baby in my arms, high as a kite on Tylenol #3's, and feeling utterly exhausted. It was all I had just to finish feeding him the bottle and hand him off to my mom before I collapsed into bed to sleep. Self-love for me that day was having the wisdom to realize I couldn't recover from surgery and care for a newborn all by myself, that I needed to sleep, and that I needed to accept someone else snuggling my baby for a while.

Fast forward nearly 9 years, and now that newborn baby is in grade 4, a busy, energetic and intelligent kid who loves video games and Pokemon. My self-love practise has changed as drastically as he has, and I now take off once a week, leaving all 3 of my…

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…

Stellar Tarot is now on SoundCloud!

That's right, you can now listen to audio tracks of me talking about various witchy and tarot related things while you're on the go! Come follow me on SoundCloud today!

A Tarot Spread to Help With Procrastination

If you're anything like me, there are some jobs or items on your to-do list that you struggle to just get done already. You'll invent new jobs, go down rabbit holes of time-wasting tactics and drive 10 miles out of your way to get through only one mile of difficulty or unpleasantness. It's a normal, human-condition thing to do, and despite us pretty much all knowing this we'll still heap loads of guilt and self-loathing onto ourselves when we catch ourselves doing it. Its something I deal with on a regular basis myself (I'm looking at you, baskets of laundry that need to be folded...) and I've been doing it with a certain set of tasks surrounding my business lately. I decided that I would create a tarot spread for myself to help deal with it, and I figured hey, if I'm currently wading through some negative self-talk about how I put off things that need to be dealt with, then a lot of you probably do too!

Position 1: The history behind why this task is so har…

My Ostara in Pictures

I was pretty worried the week before Ostara, as we experienced a late snowfall that stuck. I woke up 8 days before the sabbat to a blanket of snow that definitely dampened my spirits a fair amount. But thankfully, Jack Frost seemed to be only getting in his last hurrah before giving up and retiring for the time being.

Then, it was as if Mother Earth woke up suddenly from a nightmare about our world turning into Westeros with a decades-long winter and surged back into life. In a matter of 2 days all the snow in my neighborhood except for the really big piles was gone and melted. Crocuses that had been struggling to bloom for awhile burst into life, and miniature leaf buds appeared on the bare branches in my trees.

Temperatures this week have topped out at 23 degrees Celcius, the sky has been clear and blue, and the birds are so plentiful and spirited that it's like walking around in a Disney movie out there. I even managed to get a really mild sunburn, and had to put sunscreen on! …

Getting Back On Track; Using the Tarot For Motivation

This topic has been a long time coming for me, it's one of the key reasons why I use tarot, after all, to help myself on an emotional and spiritual level. Procrastination is an issue for me, just as I'm sure it is for all of you at some point too, and when you're circling around a goal you want to get done but can't seem to bring yourself to actually do it, tarot can be a great tool for finding that willpower deep down inside of you.

Usually when we're procrastinating or putting something off it's because there's an element of the task we don't enjoy or that we fear, and when we've fallen off track of going towards our goals it's so easy to tell ourselves that it's too late, we've screwed up and now we can't possibly achieve our goal because means starting over. But this all-or-nothing approach isn't helping us either! It's much easier to beat procrastination and failure when you view success in shades of gray, rather than bl…