XO Sarah

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: 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: 2.09.2015

Here's another Mercury Rx throwback: I snapped this photo outside of Trader Joe's a few months ago, and it's been my phone background ever since. I can't resist a good sunset.

Temporary discomfort. It's worth it.

Culture is shifting from purchasing material goods to buying experiences... and we're happier for it.

I'm usually resistant anything using the word "manifest", but this goregous manifestation how-to from Louise Androlia is practical and deep.

What do spirits want?

Is Jupiter your bliss?

This guest post on identity politics in the tarot by up-and-comer Benebell Wen is beautiful, thoughtful, and a great reminder to all readers!

I love this post from Paige Zaferiou's How to Practice Moon Magick series: pay attention to yourself.

What should you say (or not say) to someone experiencing chronic illness? Grace Quantock speaks candidly about the do's and don'ts.

Want the best love spell? Do this.

Want to grow your Twitter audience? Try this challenge from Sarah Morgan at XO Sarah!

Esmé Wang's post on how to be productive while living with chronic illness (or any sort of unpredictable life situation) is simply excellent. I can't wait for part two!

Magical Miscellany: 11.30.2014

I snapped this photo last week in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. I've been to Paris, Milan, and London, and Charleston still charms me every time! There's something magical about verandas and palm trees in November.

Not sure how to answer your loved ones when they ask what you do for a living? Sarah Morgan of XO Sarah shares 6 ways to explain self-employment to friends and family.

My girl Paige Zaferiou of Tarot and Tea is multitalented. Watch her rock a ukulele in this adorable video!

In soulful businesses like the sacred arts it's important to connect with others on an emotional level, but keep in mind that  too much emotional appeal can hurt your credibility.

Mystic Medusa's take on the astrology of delusional fans is fascinating.

What expenses are involved in being a professional tarot reader? My mentor Hilary Parry gives you the scoop.

I love Beth Maiden, the delightful tarot reader behind Little Red Tarot, and her fresh, vibrant approach to the very traditional divination system. Her post on reinterpreting The Hierophant is genius, and I'll absolutely be using her holiday tarot spread.

I'm completely addicted to fragrance, but sometimes the language of perfumery can be a bit esoteric. This glossary of fragrance terms by Into the Gloss was just what I needed.