Bri Saussy

Magical Miscellany: 12.23.2014

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I found this beauty outside the meeting room at Theresa Reed's Soulful Proprietor retreat. Isn't she lovely?

In the spirit of the holidays, I've prepared an extra helping of link love goodness for your vacation reading pleasure. Eat up!

Want to improve your tarot practice in the new year? This book of 365 tarot spreads will do the trick! (Besides, who can resist a chapter called Lord Shiva's Find a Mate Spread?)

Sas Petherick's mini-memoir about her spiritual journey from skeptic to mystic is intimate and heartfelt. Read it here, here, and here.

Theresa Reed has been dealing some much-needed tough love this week. Tarot readers, take note: her 10 signs your biz is not sustainable and tips to help a client in crisis are wise and supremely useful.

Briana Saussy shares unique perspective on last Sunday's winter solstice and new moon by looking at the contradictory symbolism behind the goat. Is he the wild god, or the Christian devil? You decide.

From Braid Creative: it's okay to start small.

Hey Shenee's behind-the-scenes look at her rebrand is full of good reminders for creative entrepreneurs.  Also, if you haven't tried her Brand Chemistry quiz yet, I highly recommend it!

Can you sum up your focus for the new year in one word?

What's the difference between detachment and non-attachment, and why does it matter?

These two sentences can make just about anything better.

Stop waiting for something to happen before going after what you want.

I love this deep cut from Alexandra Franzen: 10 ways your website is breaking my heart. (Confession: I'm guilty of a few of these! Lesson learned.)

Jacquelyn Tierney is a beautiful soul, and her e-book, Possessed: A How-to Guide on Collecting, Editing, and Manifesting, is equally as lovely. It's a breakdown of reading the energy of your home and other private spaces. If you're looking to feather your nest, this is a must read!

Magical Miscellany: 5.11.14

AT HOME:

This week I've become a bit obsessed with locational astrology, and Astro*Carto*Graphy in particular. In short, it's an astrological system created by the late Jim Lewis that overlays a line for each of your planets on a world map. The cities close to each line take on the qualities of that planet. So, for example, along the Jupiter line you'd encounter lucky situations & people and be quite happy, and close by your Venus line you'd find a life of luxury & romance. Of course it would be foolish to just up and move to a place because it looked fortunate on your Astro*Carto*Graphy map, but vacationing there could be a fun experiment.

According to my map, I'd fare especially well in Memphis, home of the blues and eternal resting place of Elvis. It's still close enough to the South for me to feel at home, and there's a Gibson guitar factory there... what more could a girl want? Other top locations were Chicago for happiness, Acapulco & Madeira for holiday, Venice & Rome for a romantic getaway (yes please!), Paris for comfort (which explains a lot), New Orleans for spiritual work, and San Francisco for deep transformation. Sounds like I need to start planning some trips pronto!

Want to plan your next holiday by the stars? Check out your Astro*Carto*Graphy map at AstroClick Travel on Astro.com. Try the scalable Google Map option, and fantasize to your heart's content.

ON THE WEB:

Having anxiety dreams or nightmares? Bri Saussy's guide on  how to (magically) sleep safe is full of simple at-home remedies to help you get some rest.

If you're working in a creative profession, chances are (sadly) high that you're going to encounter biters at some point. So, arm yourself with Theresa Reed's straightforward advice on how to deal with plagiarists in a legally sound & karmically clean way!

Want to be famous, successful, & booked till forver? Take a page out of Alexandra Franzen's book and operate like the world is already listening.

Does your energy match your words? This post from Rebecca Campbell on how to bring them into alignment is a wake-up call for all of us.

According to Susannah Conway, creating a journalling habit is the doorway to accessing your inner wisdom. Looks like it's time to break out the Moleskines!

Are you having a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day? Sarah from Yes & Yes shares how to restart your day when things go south in this useful (and adorable) post.

Cosmic love! XX

Magical Miscellany: 4.6.14

Hello cosmic lovers , and welcome to my new feature!

Magical Miscellany is a best of the web for modern mystics, showcasing my favorite links from the past seven days. Expect an eclectic mix of  astrology & tarot, creativity & business, and an inside look at what I've been up to over the last week. C'est bon!

 

AT HOME:

Holy wisteria! These flowers bloomed this week, and their beautiful aroma is not to be missed.  Now that the days are longer I've been spending the twilight hours out on the porch (like a true Southern belle), enjoying the intoxicating scent. I wish I could bottle it and keep it around all year long!

 

ON THE WEB:

Want to spice up your workout routine? Mystic Medusa's got you covered! The thirty magical fitness tips from "Multiple Sagittarius World Champ Trail-bike Rider" Willow Rockwell are genius. If the rising sign rules our physical body, then why not tailor our wellness routine to suit it? It only makes sense!

Don't know your rising sign? Input your birth details into this chart calculator from Astrotheme to find out. Don't know what a rising sign is? It's also called the ascendant, and it's the constellation that was on the horizion at the time of your birth. It shows how we present ourselves to the world, so it's no surprise that we tend to look like our rising sign and that you may identify more with this than your sun sign.

In the spirit of spring and new beginnings, Bri Saussy added The Fool to her fabulous Shuffling the Deck feature, an in-depth look at the history and meaning of the Major Arcana tarot cards. Find out of how this card is a call to take a leap of faith and embrace the absurd.

The Tarot Lady's take on critics and how to deal with them is a must-read for metaphysical professionals, small business owners, or anyone who wants to know how to deal with criticism gracefully.

I only stumbled upon Braid Creative in the last two weeks, but I can't help but wondering where they've been all my life! Their recent post on putting your website to work is a great how-to on maximizing your site's ability to do... well... just about everything.

Finally, Flavorwire is my favorite guilty pleasure. Their conversations about why Kurt Cobain is the last rock star and modern television's startlingly contemporary moral compass (hello, Game of Thrones!) are brilliant and will make your day, I promise.

Cosmic love! XO

Cosmic Chat with Bri Saussy

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Cosmic Chat is a conversation with metaphysical practitioners about the role astrology plays in their world. I’m featuring one sacred artist every month. We’ll talk current astro, planning by the stars, astrology as a spiritual practice, and even their own birth charts!

This month's guest is the beautiful Bri Saussy. She's a skilled root worker, astrologer, Tarot reader, writer, and teacher... is there anything this lady can't do? Most recently she's created a Star Magic intensive to explore the intersection of astrology and ritual magic, and having worked with her before I can tell you it is not to be missed! The depth she brings to all her work is what makes it truly special. 

You can find Bri on Facebook and Instagram.

 

In her own words:

Bri Saussy is a Woman of Spirit, teacher of magic, and writer of words. She uses logical analysis and deep intuitive gifts to help high-achieving, creative, and curious people live joyfully, find their purpose, and share their gifts.

 

1. What's your favorite part of your birth chart (if you had to choose)?

Ooh that is hard! My ascendent is Pisces and this is deeply important to me because my work in the world is intuitive and very much about seeing the ideal and carrying it to what is real and also because both my husband and son are Pisces too.

But I also love my Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. I was once told by an astrologer that because of this conjunction I would never experience economic security which has proved to be deeply wrong. But this conjunction has been actually a great blessing to me because it opened up the pathway to my work in many ways once I recognized that one of the many aspects of the conjunction deals with working with those who are in a time of crisis (Saturn) which is literally crossroads in the Ancient Greek and finding abundance in that work (Jupiter) which I do.

 

2. Is there a part of your chart that you find especially challenging? If so, how do you “make it work” to your advantage?

My mercury is in Scorpio and I was born with cleft pallet--a really bad cleft pallet that required two major surgeries before I was three years old and then seven years of speech therapy. For me Scorpio is, among other things, about recognizing our scars, different scars--some physical and some not--that we all carry and come into this lifetime with. I carry a physical scar in the roof of my mouth that reminds me of this, the first scar I received, from the surgeries I underwent. I have found this to be a great boon to me and my work--undergoing speech therapy at such a young age was really influential because it taught me to work and that real work will yield wonderful results. Secondly, I went on to sing, and debate, and do lots of drama and impromptu speech making in grade school and then high school and college--I have learned so much from these experienced about voice and standing in one's true voice and how voice (and tongue, and word) can be used to hurt but also to heal, deeply, deeply, heal.

 

3. Mars is transiting Libra, your sun sign, until July 2014. How is this transit showing up in your life so far?

So far the Mars transit has been working really well for me. My days feel very bright and light at the moment, I have a lot of passion and drive for new projects as well as perfecting old projects. It's also making me eat really well and of course take on more healthful physical activity. I come out of a family full of Aries energy so I have been dancing with Mars for a long time!

 

4. In the intro to your Star Magic course, you said that “astrology has a long relationship with the super-practical”. What practical applications of astrology do you love to use in everyday life?

I really like to pay attention to where the sun is and what part of my chart it is shining it's light on. I pay attention to big planetary transits--like the Mars transiting Libra--that you mentioned earlier, and I also really pay close attention to the moon and lunar phases because I time much of my magic and ritual as well as the magic and ritual I'm honored to do on behalf of others to lunar phases and signs.

 

5. You've got mystical Pisces rising, and psychic planets Neptune and Pluto contacting your Sun. Your connection to spirit is off the charts! What part does astrology play in your spiritual practice?

Pluto is conjunct my sun and I really find that to be a reflection of the truth that my work in the world and the gifts I bring always, always find their roots in the underworld, realm of death, ancestors, and also prophetic abilities. When I was born I was not expected to survive the week but of course I did, and I joke that that initial brush with death has made me really comfortable with death. I'm not at all what some would call "goth"--I tried for awhile in early high school but I like to smile too much!--but death is something I am very aware of as are our ancestors and the way that our lineages effect our work and our being in the world. All this is to say that one of the core practices I try to honor every single day is the recognition of the never ceasing dance between life and death that is always around us. Pluto and Neptune as well as Mercury and Uranus conjunct in Scorpio also, I think, have made me really sensitive to external information. I'm one of those people that "knew" things and though I have a very rational side, I was not aways able to give a rational account so I had to learn how to hold that kind of knowing that so often causes veiled sideways glances and the way I hold it is in prayer, often prayers I receive and that I write or I speak. Prayer is the cornerstone of my practice. Finally Neptune has reflected so many aspects of my life but one of the most is that I do pay close attention to ancient ways, ancient knowing, and ancient principles, not in a sentimental way, but in a way that, hopefully, encourages me to learn from what those beyond us knew and can carry a little piece of that wisdom forward into the here and now.

 

Want to explore how astrology works together with ritual magic, or vice versa?

Registration for Bri Saussy's Star Magic course ends TOMORROW, so hop to it!

On top of  a gorgeous workbook and ten hours of expert instruction, you'll receive a copy of your natal chart and guest presentations from yours truly and notorious Tarot boss, Theresa Reed a.k.a. The Tarot Lady.

At only $113, this class is a steal! Sign up here