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Sacred Tools FAQ

A number of you have asked me to create a Sage Goddess FAQ for how to work with gemstones and magical tools. Here it is! I’ll add to the post every so often so check back occasionally to see what new Qs and As have been offered. You can find all the items you see
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Labor of Love

Today in the United States we celebrate Labor Day and the many men and women who worked hard, sacrificed, and fought to create manageable and fair work weeks and raise wages for working people in our country. It’s a day when we honor the balance of work and ‘life’. I have always been fascinated by
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How to work with Full Moon energy

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is HOW to work with full moon energy. We all now that the full moon is special. We try to see it, we take photos of it, but what’s the full moon doing to and with us? How are we interacting with it subconsciously and how we
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Five Energetic Principles of Sex

I’m going out on a limb here, my friends, to offer what I believe are the five main principles of sex and intimate physical connection, based on my many years of working with individuals and couples on intimacy issues and sexual relationship. I think these principles apply to straight and gay or transgendered relationships and
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A new way to view the Solstice

I feel the Solstice in my bones and my skin before it comes. A shifting, a renewal. A turning of the Great Wheel that propels us all forward into a future that holds infinite possibility. It’s a time of great anticipation, marked and honored by our ancestors since time began. Solstice comes from the Latin
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The art of seduction

I want to seduce you. No really, I do. In the strictest, sexiest Latin root sense of the word, I want to se-duce you (away-take) you. I consider myself a mistress of the art of seduction, of taking people away from current state, toward a more enlightened, well, blessed and prosperous place. Maybe you’re a
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Time to get fired up!

Summer is a heartbeat away here in the northern hemisphere and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready. Summer is the season of the Direction of South on the Lakota Medicine Wheel in Native American tradition, associated with the color red and the element of fire. The Earth warms to the touch and all
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The real secret

As I sit pondering The Book I’m writing about ritual and magic, I’ve been thinking deeply about the questions I’m most often asked by those who follow my work. And perhaps the number 1 question I’m asked is: What can I do if I don’t have many resources but really want to see a shift
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Magic is real

I’ve been writing more lately, the beginnings of a book that has lived in me and wanted to come through me for many years. I turn 41 this August, and was introduced to ‘magic’ when I was 13, so I’ve practiced magic in some form for almost 30 years. And yet much is just now
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Simple Ritual: May Money Magic

Well how is May treating you? This is a whole different month than April – different astrological climate, different energy, different element. April’s wind energy blew through and created havoc for many of us that earthy Taurus and the grounding energies of May can tidy up. May is the 5th month of the calendar year,
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What is up with this month? April’s winds of change

I’m often asked what is UP with a particular month. Crazy energy, stress, anxiety. Some months bring more of these intense sensations than others. April 2014 is rocking people’s worlds more than usual, it seems. I have a theory. April is a wind month of change and turbulence, a time of movement and intensification of
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Simple Ritual: Chakra Altar creation & meditation

I believe in the creation of sacred space as a core part of magical practice. But I also believe in not over-thinking it, going with your intuition, and making mini altars around your home for specific purposes (abundance, for example, health, intimacy and connection, and like this one for chakra alignment). Chakras are the energy
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How to use your magical tools

The number one question I’m asked is this: “Sage Goddess, I’ve bought gems/candles/perfumes and now what do I do with them?” We have this innate sense that our magical tools are meant to be used, displayed, enjoyed, blessed, presented, shared. But how? I am so touched by the reverence with which my clients approach spiritual
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Imbolc: The Great Return

Imbolc Blessings to all of you who live in the Northern Hemisphere! One of my favorite holidays, Imbolc is the unofficial return of Spring, that halfway point between Yule and the Vernal Equinox when we see signs of life return under winter blankets of snow and ice. We honor the Celtic goddess Brigid at this
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Euphoria Ritual Set Giveaway

I have been craving, seeking, chasing joy. I’m talking beyond happiness to peace, surrender, trust, knowing that all is well. Throwing my arms wide open to the sky and just drinking.it.in. Yes, that kind of joy. Euphoria, in fact. I crafted this ritual set because many of you also come to me wanting to manifest
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The Summoning Toolkit Giveaway

Happy New Year to you! I hope you have been easing gently into new routines as these first weeks of 2014 unfold. I always urge people to set intentions rather than resolutions because of the subtle connotation of judgment that resolutions carry. When you resolve to do something, you create a boundary or container that
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Sacred adornment for intention setting in the New Year

I love these days between Christmas and New Years, don’t you? It’s a nether-space of not-quite-new-but-not-quite-finished time that summons me to rest and relaxation. Much of the world is dormant now, even nature, above the equator. As we go within, we become reflective about the year almost behind us. What worked, what didn’t, what do
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Simple and magical holiday rituals

Merry Yule to all of you in the Northern Hemisphere! I hope the end of 2013 finds you well despite the rush of travel, the many demands on your time, and the frenzy of activity around you. Now is the time to find your Center, that space of peace within you that cannot be rocked
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And the winner of the Chakra Dream gemstone set is …

Cassandra May! I meditated before reviewing all the entries and Spirit was clear: There are many deserving beloveds out there, so many of you who have struggled, persevered, set your intentions, wished on stars. I want to honor each of you tonight and always. Cassandra, I’m told, is to share this set with some people
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Gratitude Giveaway: The Chakra Dream gemstone set

I am in deep gratitude for this work – for the guidance from Spirit that has led to what Sage Goddess is today. I am in gratitude to YOU for your support of my work. Thank you for every note you’ve sent, every purchase you’ve made, every moment you’ve sent good energy my way. I
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Go beyond gratitude

As a magical practitioner, I work with the concepts of manifestation and attraction on a daily basis. Our lives – your life – as we live them right now are a mirror of what we’ve sent out in the world, both in literal and figurative ways. You are a divine co-creator of your destiny, one
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Connecting and listening to the Earth

This weekend I had a the opportunity to travel to the mountains of Sonoma County and be photographed in a day-long shoot with Goddess Photographer Stacy de la Rosa. I drove for two hours, crossing the magnificent Golden Gate bridge on a rare crystal-clear day, reaching the mountain just in time for the sun to
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The magic of allowing yourself to be seen

I do a lot of coaching in my work, and one of the most common questions I’m asked is about my transition from a very private career as a professor and teacher to my public career as a very ‘out’ magical practitioner and sacred space creator. “What’s it like to be so out there? So
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Guest post by Drucilla Pettibone: Connecting with the Fae at Samhain

Samhain blessings, dear ones. I am so excited to begin a series of guest blog posts today by drawing upon the wisdom of the deeply magical mistress of faerie wisdom, Drucilla Pettibone from Faeriecology. I asked Drucilla to offer us simple ways to connect with the Fae at this time of year. She works mainly
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Sharing my journey North with you

I’m a southern California girl, born in Orange County and raised just outside of Los Angeles for most of my life. In 2011, my husband’s job in tech security prompted a relocation to the North, where we now reside, just outside of San Francisco. I’ve studied magic since I was a teenager, and always had
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Color magic 101

In the magical arts, we study the sacred correspondences or connections between colors, numbers, days of the week, signs of the zodiac, phases of the moon and many other mundane facets of life that to others seem unrelated. To us, magic is the intentional use and layering of these correspondences in order to harness energy
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Demystifying Samhain: Everything you need to know about the Celtic New Year

Samhain. It predates modern Halloween, and yet the word itself carries some negative connotations. When I tell people that I celebrate Samhain, they often ask me whether it’s an evil or satanic holiday. The purpose of this post is to demystify Samhain, teach you its sacred and ancient significance, and encourage you to create your
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Simple Ritual 6: Ceremonial Tips for Beginners

Fall Greetings everyone! I hope the turn of season finds you enjoying the shift in temperature and energy that accompanies our journey into autumn here in the northern hemisphere (to my SoHem brothers and sisters, may springtime bring its regenerative blessings your way!). This little video offers easy ceremonial tips and tools since one of
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Making Mabon magic: Ideas for Fall decoration and ritual

Welcome (almost!) to Fall! We’re turning the Great Wheel once again, toward autumn here in the northern hemisphere. Autumn in magical traditions is a potent time of deep spiritual contact. It’s no coincidence that Halloween comes this season and we do our best to scare the ghouls and ghosts away; the spirits are in fact
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Fall magic is brewing in my online programs – enroll now!

Fall is my favorite magical season and I’m pulling out all the stops in my online courses to bring the magic, beauty, and mystery of fall to life for everyone enrolled in my programs. Are you interested in metaphysics, gemstones, ancient wisdom, astrology, tarot, and shamanism? There’s no better time to join me because the
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A new way to use your gemstones

You know I love gemstones – in fact almost all I do, in both my professional role as owner of Sage Goddess and in my personal life as a magical practitioner, is work with gems. I have more than a thousand kinds of gems in my personal collection and sell several hundred different kinds to
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Simple Ritual 5: The Garnet Cord grounding

Oh, the root chakra – the red spinning disk at the base of your spine that is the center of place and space, your connection to Earth, the house of your child-self. Our roots are what connects us to our ancestors, to the many who came before us and cleared our path. Unresolved grief, loss,
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The basics of attraction magic

People ask me all the time how to get what they want in life. A new car, a new job, a new lover. Did you know, I tell them, that you’re already attracting what you want? Right now? While you sleep? In our busy lives where we’re so distracted we often forget that all matter
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Simple ritual ideas for Lammas or First Harvest

August 1 in the northern hemisphere marks the great First Harvest, known as Lammas or Lughnasadh in Celtic traditions (down in the southern hem, you lovelies are celebrating Imbolc, or first hint of spring). You know that I love ritual and ceremony and as a working mother, I also need my rituals to be simple.
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Preparing sacred space for love magic

Let me tell you a story – the story of Isis and Osiris, Queen and King of Egpyt. If you’d like to hear the entire story, you can listen to my audio version here. Theirs is a tale of true immortal love that survives lifetimes, defies space and death. You know that kind of love
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Solitude as sacred practice

I’ve been thinking deeply about what it means to be alone. As a concept, as state of being, as a perception, as a choice. In Western culture ‘alone time’ is undervalued. When we see someone dining alone, we assume they’d rather have company. In other cultures, time spent in solitude is part of a disciplined
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Invoking your muse

The Muse is your inspiration; in Greek mythology, the muses were the goddesses of the fine and performing arts. The word derives from the Latin word musa, which translates to ‘thinking in silence.’ The Greeks saw their muse as embodied spirit goddesses, and that’s how my Muse is for me too. She comes to me
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Why I love Mercury Retrograde (yes, you read that right!)

Mercury is the planet that rules communication, so when it goes ‘retrograde’ or reverses its forward movement around the Sun, we feel it in the form of delays, hassles, misunderstandings. So many of my magical friends are sighing deeply this week: “UGH Mercury Retrograde! Now I won’t get anything done!” While there will no doubt
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The magic of summer solstice

This Friday, June 21, is Litha or Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, a time when those of us who practice magic speak of drawing down the sun. Litha is the longest day of the year, when we have more daylight and solar energy to work with than any other day of the year. It’s
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Simple Ritual 4: Summer Solstice Bridging

The word Solstice comes from Latin and means “sun standing still” because at the winter and summer solstices (June 21 and December 21, respectively) the sun stands still in the sky before reversing direction (as seen from Earth). The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, while at the other end of the
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The Magic of Scent

Why is scent so powerful? Why are men and women so drawn to perfume, cologne, essential oils, and especially to certain scents that evoke and invoke some ancient feeling within us, make us feel safe and loved, and unite us with the past as well as some unforeseen future we have yet to meet? Our
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Simple Ritual 3: Home Blessing

One of the most common questions I am asked is how to bless a home or new living space. We spend so much time in our homes – they need to be filled with high vibrational energy, love, happiness, and warmth. When I moved into the house we live in now, I burned a white
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The blessing of virtual community

For a long time, I worked my magic in private. I was a “solitary practitioner” of my many traditions and practices, partly by choice and partly because I didn’t realize I had the option of seeking virtual community. I wish I’d known then what I know clearly now: When you learn, grow, and trust in
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How to celebrate Beltane like a goddess!

May 1 is Beltane in the Northern Hemisphere and on that day we honor nature’s oldest love story; Beltane means bright fire, and in earth-based traditions, it represents the handfasting or marriage of the god and goddess and their eternal embrace. The two are separated all winter long in ancient lore and their reunion on
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Working Aphrodite’s magic at the April pink moon

April is her month – and by her, I mean Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Many believe February is Aphrodite’s month because of all the love energies that swirl around Valentine’s Day, but February is Brigid’s month, the goddess of the sacred flame who burns her way out of winter into the first awakenings of
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Simple ritual 2: Abundance and prosperity

Are you ready to attract MORE money, MORE love, MORE health into your life? This vlog is a great place to begin. The second in my series called Simple Ritual, this video offers guidance for ways to use this month’s Simple Ritual set, which you can find here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/128596047/simple-ritual-abundance-and-prosperity Using these three simple but critical
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Spirit, rising

Easter Blessings, everyone on this day of such significance and ceremonial value to many around the world. I always find deep peace on Easter day, raised in a Christian home to see Easter as the return to Spirit of Jesus Christ, his resurrection to meet Spirit and transcend the material world following his crucifixion. While
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Simple Ritual 1: Purification

Have you been feeling the urge to clean and clear your home, your closet, your car, your yard? Spring cleaning is a actually a magical phenomenon. In fact the magical correspondences for March align with clearing and cleaning. Aquamarine, the March birthstone, is the gem of purging and organization and rosemary, the herb of purification,
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Celebrating the arrival of spring: Ostara & Vernal Equinox

On March 20, the length of day and night grows equal as the sun crosses the equator and in the northern hemisphere, this marks the coming of Spring. Magically, the vernal equinox is a time of celebration; we who practice the Old Ways honor the turn of season with ceremony, ritual, tool creation, and meditation.
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Smudging 101: How to clear your space with sacred herbs & resins

Clearing your sacred space before ritual, ceremony, or meditation is very important for magical work, and perhaps the most time-tested method is to burn sacred herbs and resins. Since the earliest times in recorded history – and I’m sure even before that – our ancestors have burned herbs, resins, and other materials. This was partly
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Be the love you seek

Love magic is real – you can draw love, reveal love, manifest love. All the work must be done with an open heart and without attachment. You have to open your heart chakra wide – the Anahata – and release expectations that love abides in a specific person. You have to open yourself to the
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The life inside

Wherever I have lived has been a tree I’ve watched in wintertime, waiting for signs of spring. In Palos Verdes, it was a citrus tree. In San Diego, it was a peach tree. In San Francisco, it’s a cherry blossom tree. I watch the branches shed their life in the fall and then I inhale,
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Imbolc: How to magically prepare for Spring

If you follow the Wheel of the Year, then you know right around the corner (this coming Friday, to be exact – February 1) is a magical holiday called Imbolc. It’s a lesser sabbat or lower holiday, but nonetheless we celebrate the significance of this midway point between winter and spring. Now, the days begin
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Five magical ways to celebrate the New Moon

New moons symbolize rebirth, creation, and beginnings. I LOVE the new moon because with it comes a surge of muse energy. I vow at each new moon to create one new item either for myself, as a gift, or for the Sage Goddess boutique. I’ve kept this sacred commitment for years. Enjoy this post, which
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The magical classroom is open!

It’s my divine pleasure to introduce the Sage Goddess monthly programs, designed to offer you privileged and affordable access to magical tools, knowledge, and practice. Whether you’re a lifelong magical practitioner or someone brand new to the world of ritual and spirituality, you’ll find a wealth of information, guidance, and inspiration designed to help you
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A Christmas wish for you and yours

I hope the Christmas and Yule season has been a blessing to you this year. For many, it’s a time of extreme emotions – stress, joy, loneliness. The medicine of winter is a constant reminder to pull inward and take good care of yourself. All around us are mirrors in nature of self-care; animals retreating,
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Winter solstice ritual 2012 – From darkness to light

Yule, or Winter Solstice, is the longest night of the year. Every year on 12.21 we celebrate the arrival of winter and in the northern hemisphere, begin our turn toward the sun. Days grow longer beginning December 22, and in Earth-based traditions this is a time of hope and preparation. The magic of Yule is
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Five simple truths this holiday season

Are you feeling rushed and overwhelmed with things to do, be, and buy this holiday season? Here are my 5 Simple Truths to ground you and bring you peace amidst the December frenzy. 1. Traditions matter, and the most memorable ones are simple and inexpensive. More than material goods, practices are what we remember when
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Working prosperity magic at the November full moon

At the fall and winter holidays, we naturally engage in abundant thinking; the energy of gifting, of offering to others, creates space for us to receive as well. Right now, times are tight for many of us and in the holiday spirit, I’d like to offer a gift to you: Ritual for abundance. What is
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Let’s talk (energetically) about sex

“Only the Soul knows what Love is.” ~Rumi Why is it so hard to move on from romantic relationships that end, for whatever reason – even when we know it’s for our highest good? I’m going to venture a guess, a three-letter guess, a taboo guess: SEX. Yes, sex. The bigger answer is energetic connection,
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The one key to success – and it may surprise you!

I study greatness for a living. No really, I do. In my day job I look at corporate best practices in leadership and innovation. I am paid to study what the best companies do in these two critical areas. And perhaps what is most interesting isn’t what they do – it’s what they don’t do.
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Summoning your ancient wisdom

The Magical Sabbatical is an online gathering place for women to connect and cultivate their sacred wisdom. Women used to be the Keepers of Knowledge in almost all societies around the world; that ancient legacy resides in our DNA. It speaks to us in quiet whispers we now know as “women’s intuition.” My role as
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Spiritual self-care tips for energy workers

Those who do magic, energy healing, reiki, massage and aromatherapy all share one thing in common – we interact on a deep subconscious and vibrational level with the energy of others on a regular basis. What does that mean? We’re connecting on a whole other level, becoming exposed to many emotions, experiences, and expectations of
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The witching season

On this eve of October, I want to take your hand and invite you to step with me into the portal between worlds. October begins the witching season, when magic is afoot and mystery reigns. In this post I want to pull back the curtain and show you why October has always been a month
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Surrendering to autumn with fire ceremony

Fire. I’m fascinated by it. Maybe it’s because I’m a double fire sign by astrological definition (Leo sun, Sagittarius moon); maybe it’s because I was born and raised until the age of 6 in San Bernardino, California where wildfires raged annually and burned the land clean in ritual form; maybe it’s because my parents’ business
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Mabon: Your harvest-time invitation to reconnect and align with what matters

The Wheel of the Year is turning – season to season, summer to fall and here in San Francisco you can feel it in the air. The days are hot and dry, but there’s a crispness to the heat, an edge that tells you colder climate is around the corner. I’m fascinated by the history
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Love medicine

I don’t personally know most of the people who come to me seeking medicine. And while some come seeking specific medicine, many just order a medicine bundle and offer no specific request or need for me to address. So I go with my gut. The process intrigues me because it’s a complete exercise in trusting
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Clearing gems and crystals

Greetings, dear ones! I’m offering a different kind of post this week with a video to show you how to clear your gems and crystals. This is the number one question I’m asked by almost every person I meet! I clear my gems at the full moon, and since we have a full moon tomorrow
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Cultivating your intuition

One of the first things people ask me is how to develop their intuition. To me, intuition is that little voice you hear sometimes when you’re quiet enough and when your ‘rational’ brain doesn’t override it. It’s also embedded in those synchronistic signs you see that feel like deja-vu. I believe we all have intuitive
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Intention-setting 101: Preparing for the Blue Moon Ceremony

The book The Secret brought a very old – some would even argue ancient – principle to life for a modern generation: That all matter consists of energy, that energy operates in a field, and that within energetic fields, like attracts like. We call this set of realities the Law of Attraction. Every thing, every
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Blue moon, new beginnings & exciting offerings

Greetings from Goddessland! I am so, so, so excited to unveil two new offerings that will allow us to interact more directly! And it all begins at the Blue Moon this August 31, 2012. Blue moons are sacred events; they only happen 1-2 times per year and in fact, this is the last blue moon
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Lammas – An invitation to take stock

Lammas is Wednesday, August 1 this year. It is a holiday in Earth-based traditions, as old as time itself. Lammas honors the first harvest of the season and the beginning – just the very start – of lengthening nights that signal the coming of fall. I always see Lammas as a sad holiday because as
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Dream Goddess giveaway

More than 400 people entered the Sage Goddess launch “Dream Goddess” giveaway, some as many as 4 times! I am so grateful for all the interest and support my launch has generated. You fill my soul! So I wrote each name by hand. Because handwriting someone’s name brings their energy into your space. And I
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Gratia

Since Sage Goddess launched, many people have asked me, “What is Sage Goddess? What’s your purpose?” And it’s simple: To infuse life with magic and ritual, and to inspire us – all of us, men and women – to access the divine power, sacred beauty, and innate grace that are our birthrights. A goddess behaves,
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Musing your inner artist

I grew up envying the “artists.” I was too much of a perfectionist, I thought – I couldn’t actually enjoy the process of painting unless it was paint-by-numbers and then if I made a mistake, I wanted to toss my work. I associated art with painting and am almost embarrassed to say that until my
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Welcome to Sage Goddess

Welcome, welcome, welcome and thank you so much for your presence! Oh my goddess. What an incredible process it has been to build this new site. It has taken me a year to crystallize my vision for Sage Goddess and to see it all come together here is a wish fulfilled. In this first post,
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