How to Work With a Planet As It Changes Signs

Learning and Community


iracles, changes 

When a planet changes signs it is *always* an opportunity to create and participate in deep magic. The planets of our solar system each hold world making/ world destroying energy and it is not coincidental that they were named for some of the greatest Gods in our classical lineage.

It is easy to lose sight of this in the day to day grind of things and also in the irreverent trivializing that many of these Gods have experienced throughout time. Nevertheless, that GIANT energy is still there.

In old school Astrology as in old school magic (coming mainly out of a European with some Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Asian influences), the planets, like all Holy Helpers were to be controlled and mastered and made do one’s bidding.

Which hopefully by now we can all agree is beyond ludicrous.

In other, older systems the understanding is different. It is one of relationship, RIGHT relationship, and alignment. And every celestial event is an opportunity to LEARN something about not only ourselves but the greater world and to TRANSFORM an aspect of our lives and also how we show up in the world. (Because THAT is also the best and most direct route to transforming the world itself, yes?)

Now the inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Sun, and Moon – which are considered planets in most star stories world over) are fast-moving and change signs very quickly.

The understanding here is that in many ways we too change quickly and these planets are excellent to become friends with and get to know when we are in need of SWIFT intervention/aid/transformation.

The outer planets do not move so fast. Jupiter stays in a single sign for about a year. Saturn stays in a sign for over 2 years. The outer planets are understood as cosmic forces that do their work SLOWLY and THOROUGHLY. They prefer long-term commitments and relationships where we show up consistently. And as we know, showing upstarts with PAYING ATTENTION.

So…I am telling you now that Saturn is going to change signs this month.

On March 21st it moves from Capricorn – where it has been hanging out for over 2 years, to Aquarius. This first move is akin to dipping our toes into the pool. Saturn will retrograde out of Aquarius in the Summer and then return for good to this sign in the Winter of 2020.

I am telling you because I would very much like you to think about Saturn and think about Aquarius BEFORE you read a bunch of things that tell you what to think.

This is because, as always the best medicine and magic comes from WITHIN and you will have associations and ideas for this event and its meaning for you personally that NO ONE else will.

My recommendation is to take your journal and jot down your associations in a first thought/right thought kind of way. I often do this with my students and clients, I’ll tell them: “I say Saturn, you say:” And then write whatever comes to mind. Even if what comes to mind is: I don’t freaking know anything about Saturn! That too is fine and can be worked with.

You can then use these notes as a jumping off point for writing a petition or voicing specific magical desires BUT, and more importantly, these notes start to outline what a relationship with these Holy Helpers can be and look like. They give you a starting place.

But before that, we will talk more about the Holy Helpers that are Saturn and Aquarius.

Bri   changes changes changes 

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

Creating Ceremony Lesson Three: Say it Loud

Ceremony and Ritual


iracles, creating

Welcome to the third lesson of the Creating Ceremony series! I call this one “Say it Loud” because that is what we are going to do.

At this point you have banished and then done what is probably the trickiest part of creating effective ceremonies – you have waited and communed with the Otherworld.

You are now ready to say your prayer, make your petition, state your intention, and/or declare your goal.

Magical ceremonies follow the same laws of physical matter in many ways. For instance, the law of Mass-Conservation tells us that matter is neither created nor destroyed – it only changes forms. This is true of magic too. When we create ceremonies we should think less about creating something out of nothing or annihilating something else – rather, we should think of our work as arranging and re-arranging things for the best possible result.

Keep this in mind as you create those petitions, prayers, and intentions.

Take some time to come up with the ‘just right’ statement. You will most likely need to journal and reformulate your words a few times until they have the flow you want.

That flow, by the way, is very subjective. For some people their petitions need to be as brief and simple as possible, for others they want long, flowery prose, some folks prefer to weave in words from other languages, while others like to write their petition in verse.

I often chant my petitions over and over again and/or sing them so personally that I prefer shorter petitions with rhythm and rhyme.

If you get stuck in this process, these prompts might help you:

What is the current situation I want to transform?

How do I want to transform it?

Who is going to help me do that? (This prompt is really asking you to consider what Holy Helpers will be allies for you in this endeavor but it might also bring up allies present right here and right now).

What is the final outcome and/or the possibility that I am yearning for?

Once you have created your petition, prayer, or intention I encourage you to say it and say it loud. There is deep magic in working with our voices and letting them be heard. Some schools of magic call this the “power of utterance.” So write it down, carve it on a candle, inscribe it in clay, but say it out loud too – once or many times.


magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

Spinning Gold Back to School Essentials

Learning and Community


elieve it or not, September is closer than we think. Which means that the fall semester of Spinning Gold is about to begin! And you know what that means:

Back to School Supplies!

For those of you already registered and for those of you planning to register later this month, here is a list of school supplies that you might want to begin gathering.

1. Self-care essentials
2. A dedicated space
3. Journal and favorite pens
4. Divination method of choice
5. Three pieces of yarn
6. Pictures of  important people
7. Computer/tablet/mp3 player
8. Smart Phone to share pics


1. Self-care essentials — Let’s face it, y’all. We’re older, and (hopefully) wiser! So we all know the most important items in any back to school supply list must begin with self-care essentials we love.  We’re going to be doing some good soul work, but that means we have got to take care of ourselves and surround ourselves with a lot of love.  My list? Good conversations, plants and flowers,  rocks and minerals, candles, incense, rich coffee, fabulous chocolate, ritual oils, and wonderful aromas, bath salts, creamy lotions, my favorite pens, white sage, morning walks, pilates, and spinning.

Oh, and let’s not forget buttery popcorn and a movie, a margarita at my favorite restaurant, and good times with friends!  Self-care items and activities really ARE essentials because they are some of the many doorways through which the sacred walk into our real-time, real-world lives. Spinning Gold is designed to work with your life, not your ideal life but the life you lead right here and right now. There is really no other place for the sacred to show up, right?

our writing rookery

2. A dedicated space to work in —  That said, it is a good idea to set aside some space where you can begin developing your daily practice. Space isn’t exactly a “thing” to buy at a store, but – like “time” – it should be considered one of the indispensable conditions of learning. Create a lovely space for yourself so you can return to it again and again, diving back into the thoughts, feelings, and inspirations that this course will bring up for you. You want to create a place so you can surround yourself with the things, ideas and images that feed your soul. You can hang up photos, drawings, notes to yourself, things you find on walks, tokens, and reminders to beautify and energize the space!  I like to work in several spaces, but one space in which I return again and again to journal, write, and do other creative work and hard thinking, is a simple little desk next to a window. We call the space the Nook or the Rookery Nook (after egret rookeries which we have in our area).

 3. Journal – A journal is the next most essential item on our list of back to school supplies. Why?  Because a journal is also a kind of dedicated space.  It is a gift of space you give yourself, a space dedicated to your own thinking and feeling. It is an act of forgiveness, and also provides the impetus for discovering new possibilities in your life.  At the end of the day, the connections you make within your own experience and the thinking you do will be the most valuable takeaway from this course.  To help you make those connections more powerfully, along the way, we will discuss three different methods for sacred arts journal keeping at first, and then as the class progresses, I will give you all some more advanced journaling techniques. I recommend that your journal be paper and that you physically write in it.  Many studies indicate that when we hand write, physiologically our brains are more stimulated, and our level of thought is clearer and deeper. Of course, if you are a die-hard tech-lover that is fine and you can keep your sacred journal on your computer or tablet.

4. Divination method of choice – we will begin working with divination throughout the course so you will need a deck of Tarot cards or another divination method at hand.  I will be using Tarot throughout the course because it includes imagery and signs we find in many different traditions of Sacred Arts.  Nevertheless, I welcome most divination techniques. As far as the Tarot is concerned, I recommend either the Rider-Waite-Smith (the classic deck) or the Wild Unknown.  There are many tarot decks out there – you may use whichever one resonates with you most.

5. Three pieces of yarn, silk, or some other fabric that can be braided together in 3 of your favorite colors and cut to your height –  we will put this to use in Module One.

6. Pictures of family, ancestors, historical figures or people who resonate for you. Place them in your dedicated space as we will work with them throughout the year.

7. Computer/tablet/Mp3 player – almost all of our lessons in Spinning Gold are delivered via audio recording as well as in written pdf form. I recommend that you make six files on your computer now, titled: Spinning Gold Module One, Spinning Gold Module Two, and so on. That way you can download the audios and any corresponding pdf’s right into the file, put them on your Mp3 player or smartphone, and listen to the lessons wherever you go.


8. Smartphones to share pics – part of acknowledging the role that the sacred arts play in our everyday lives involves images, so those who want to can begin Instagramming their spinning gold experience.

Ready to rock your back to school supplies? Register for Spinning Gold 2016 and come join us for a year of magic making!

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.