Alexandra Franzen

Magical Miscellany: 3.30.2015

Genius from Mystic Medusa: when good transits feel bad.

True, deep, intense friendship looks like this.

Here's how to get out of bed in sixty seconds. I'm taking notes!

Does your blog need some love? Spring clean your site with this free worksheet from Sarah Morgan of XO Sarah.

Did you know Russell Brand is the world's fourth most influential thinker? After watching his fascinating stand-up special, Messiah Complex, I'm not surprised!

My bathroom is tiny. Good to know I only really need these nine things!

Leave it to Theresa Reed to come up with something completely unique and daring! She's partnered with a local food writer for a delicious new feature, Tarot by the Mouthful. Read the first installment here. (Spoiler alert: her soufflé game is on point!)

Be done with what's done. Let it burn.

What will it take for you to make six or seven figures?

What do you allow into your inner circle?

I treated myself to two new tarot decks this week, and both of them are gold! I'm loving the Golden Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo and The Golden Tarot by Kat Black. Look for deck reviews on the blog soon.

Magical Miscellany: 3.23.2015

Happy equinox! The daffodils and jasmine are blooming, and they smell so good. 

In case you missed it: last week, I had the pleasure of sharing 3 ways astrology can change your life on the ever-charming Heroine Training.

Thinking about going freelance? This post from The Coveteur tells you how to do it right, and what it's really like to be self-employed.

I adore Veronica Varlow's 3 tips on how to flirt (from a burlesque performer)! Her guide to putting your own magic into objects is delightful, too.

Do you work with a team? Here are 3 questions everyone in the group should be able to answer.

Want to create a home office or sacred space on a budget? Theresa Reed tells you how to furnish your tarot office on the cheap. She also has great advice (per usual).

Just pulled an all-nighter? This morning-after makeup tutorial should do the trick!

Mystic Medusa has been on a completely new level of awesome recently. The latest installments in her Mercury sign reading material and Style Your Ascendant features are fabulous. Also, she explains why I haven't gotten a wink of sleep for the last 2 weeks!

Dealing with chronic pain and running a business? You're not alone.

I loved Gala Darling's account of her mid-winter Miami vacation (a.k.a. "escape from snow island")! You can read it here, here, and here.

Ever wondered what Cleopatra's beauty routine was? Now you can find out.

Finally: empty the tank.

Magical Miscellany: 3.02.2015

On Friday I started Esmé Wang's beautiful new course,Where's the Electricity. It's a guide to getting creatively unstuck and refining the obsessions and themes that fuel your work, made for artists of all kinds. Esmé's vivid writing coupled with the lovely audio are well worth the price of admission (it's only $30!).

What I wish I'd known before writing a book. (I'd loved to have read this before I started Elemental Astrology!)

Self-help becoming self-hindrance? Let's fix that.

Jacquelyn Tierney's 20 Questions feature is genius! It's a Cosmopolitan-style interview with up-and-coming modern mystics. You're gonna love it.

As many of you know, I work at a major university as a research administrator when I'm not reading the stars. Do you have a day job too? This post on loving life at the office was insightful and a great reminder that your 9-to-5 is what you make of it.

On gender bending the tarot. 

The 10 easy ways to automate your blog and business from Sarah Morgan are a total lifesaver for me behind the scenes.

How do you create a brand that feels like "you"?

Why am I not doing the one thing I really want to do?

Try these 5 easy ways to make your bedroom a magical hideaway and make your boudoir a sacred space!

I know I already mentioned Esmé Wang once, but her sneak peek into her magical morning ritual is too good not to share.

It might get harder before it gets better (but it won’t be harder, forever).

Annika's Sacred Podcast always brightens my morning commute. In the most recent episode, she features none other than The Tarot Lady herself: Theresa Reed. Listen up!

Magical Miscellany: 2.16.2015

If you've been following my blog for a while, you're probably wondering why I've only posted the Miscellany for the last month. The reason? I'm pouring my entire heart and soul into Elemental Astrology, my first online course. If you've ever wanted to learn astrology, this will teach you how to read the stars like a pro.

Want to be notified when it goes live? Hop over to the left and add your name to my VIP list! If you're already a subscriber, you'll be notified too.

Mark your calendars for February 25. It's coming!

10 slow and difficult steps to moderate success. (Hint: they're not what you think).

Theresa Reed (a.k.a. The Tarot Lady) dished out some serious wisdom on her blog this week with posts on which tarot cards indicate mental burnout and the do's and don'ts when a tarot client wants to talk about a serious illness.

I love The Laughing Medusa's roundup of rituals, routines, and real talk for getting inspired!

You're not lazy. You're just afraid.

This gripping account of the impact mental illness has on a marriage is a must read: My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward.

On anxiety and making things. These charts are hilarious (and insightful)!

Ever wonder how bloggers always seem to have perfect backgrounds for their Instagram photos? Try these photo background hacks! Confession: I'm totally stealing these.

And in totally weird news, this Belgian chocolatier wants you to snort chocolate like cocaine. (Fun fact: he made this device for Keith Richards, of course!)