The Laughing Medusa

Magical Miscellany: 4.20.2015

There's just a little over a month left of my Tarot Apprentice mentorship with Hilary Parry. Where did the time go? It's been an incredible experience, and you can bet I'll be putting my head down over the next few weeks to make the most of our remaining time together.

Do you have a soulful biz dream? These three questions will help you get clear and go pro.

Need inspiration? Stoic emperor Marcus Aurelius is always relevant.

Susannah Conway shares the lessons she learned from nine years of blogging. Spoiler alert: they're excellent.

What will I be missing if I choose to stay?

You survived tax season! Now, what financial records do you need to keep?

What is your blog's "bounce rate", and why does it matter? Sarah Morgan gives you the lowdown.

Here's how to make the most of that book or course and actually apply it to your life.

I really admire this post from Grace Bonney at Design*Sponge on what scares her. Vulnerability is sexy. (Also, if you haven't downloaded her podcast After the Jump, make it happen! It's supremely useful and insightful, especially for creative professionals.)

Blogging is a genre, and don't you forget it.

I firmly believe that everyone should work in the service industry at least once in their life. Apparently, the writers over at The Kitchn do too!

When you avoid giving negative feedback, you may be hurting more than you're helping.

People don't buy because what you do is awesome. People buy because it makes them feel awesome.

I love Tabby Beasly's post on Little Red Tarot about grouping the astrological houses in your birth chart.

Curious how tarot pro Theresa Reed does it all? She shared her daily routine from wake-up time to wine-o-clock.

This post on the trickster archetype and why it's important to have a sense of humor about spirituality is hilarious. Enjoy.

Magical Miscellany: 4.06.2015

Impromptu tarot ritual for yesterday's lunar eclipse. Pure magic.

Instead of looking for the right person, become the right person.

I love this visual interview with Arianna Huffington over at The Coveteur! If you're looking for boss lady inspiration, look no further. While you're add it, brush up on how to feel more confident in sixty seconds.

Alexis from Worts & Cunning is doing a series on astro-herbology. Check out the introduction (it's refreshingly in-depth!) and follow along with what's sure to be a brilliant feature.

I've never read tea leaves, but this piece on tasseomancy by Sarah Anne Lawless is really lovely. Maybe I'll give it a try.

Go to Japan and take off your clothes. (It's not what you think!)

I've noticed horses showing up in my life lately, in dreams, imagery, and other omens. Imagine my surprise when I saw this post on horse medicine by Sas Petherick!

Peggy Olson is the most accurate depiction of women in the workplace TV has ever seen. (Spoiler alert! Also, if you haven't watched Mad Men yet, then where have you been? Stop reading this and get some Don Draper in your life.)

This censorship app, called Clean Reader, is really scary. Can't we just appreciate art for what it is?

Shauna Haider's aura photographs are beautiful. I wonder what color my aura is.

I need a copy of the Starchild Tarot deck, stat! Read an interview with the creator of the deck, Danielle Noel, by Ashes and Wine Tarot.

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: 2.23.2015

For the last few weeks, I've been delving into Benebell Wen's Holistic Tarot. Her exhaustive (seriously, it's huge!) look at tarot in theory, practice, and profession has set the intuitive community on fire in the best way possible. I can't wait to review it here. Until then, I suggest you pick up a copy for yourself. I can't recommend it highly enough!

I'm enamored with minimalist blog Into Mind. Her social media minimalism detox worksheet and minimalist wardrobe FAQ are fun and useful! The elegant web design is just icing on the cake.

I love that Laura Simms of Create As Folk isn't afraid to go against conventional wisdom. For example: you don't need to find your passion to do what you love.

Remember, dream jobs wouldn't be dream jobs if they were easily attainable.

Veronica Varlow's posts are always so sexy. These 36 questions to make anyone fall in love with you are delectable.

I'm so excited to add these 9 podcasts for badass business babes to my queue!

There are positive things about being perfectly done up. It’s true, it makes you feel good.

You need your voice to make powerful magic.

Get comfortable in your creative entrepreneur skin.

Molly Crabapple on life and art: the best path is one you build out of your own dysfunction.

Little Fox Tarot interviewed Paige Zaferiou of Tarot and Tea, and the world nearly exploded with goodness.

Xandra of the ever-delightful Heroine Training shared her morning routine, and it sounds pretty reasonable! I'm going to incorporate some of these tips into my AM ritual.

Buying a new tarot deck is an exciting and joyous occasion, right?

Check out these 37 commonly misused words that can make you look bad. It's a great review! (Confession: I'm guilty of a couple of these.)

Mary Oliver's beautiful words on how habit gives shape to our inner lives are sublime. Also, if you haven't read any of her work, start with Wild Geese.