Hearth and Home Vol. 18: Know When to Hold ‘Em, Know When to Fold ‘Em

Ceremony and Ritual

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iracles, fold ’em

Blessed New Moon in Scorpio! This October has been a magical month for the family, mostly because, for the first time since having one child in school full-time, I went into October KNOWING and EXPECTING that it would be busy, busy, busy.

For those of you who don’t have children in school, let me take a moment to explain. October, which happens to be the month when I celebrate my birthday and my anniversary, and the month when many of us witch-kind celebrate Samhain and (in my neck of the woods) the Days of the Dead, ALSO happens to be the month when every school and music function takes place as well. If you are not attending an event for your kids, then chances are you are attending one for someone else’s kids. This just IS an incontrovertible fact – you can’t fight it.

So this year, instead of resisting, I went in with the expectation that yes, every weekend would be busy and spoken for and that yes, with a little planning and a dose of magic, we would get our pumpkins carved and our Halloween tables set up before the mad rush on Thursday night. I knew too that Mercury was going into retrograde on the 31st, so I’ve made sure that we have all of our ducks in a row BEFORE the tricking and treating begins.

Underneath all of the day-to-day busy-ness of costume selection and school festival attending, I have been paying attention to the theme of a lineage that is always present for me, but especially so this time of year.

On my birthday this month, I had a big realization about a piece of the lineage puzzle for me that I had been consistently enchanting around for many years. The message came loud and clear from my Ancestors.

“You have done the work on this, now let GO.”
Well, I said to them, “I mean, I’ve done it this way but maybe if I tweak it this way…”
“NO. LET IT GO.”
“So I hear what you are saying, I really do but I also think that if…”
“Are we not making ourselves clear to you? LET IT GO.”

So I did. I dropped it, I stopped enchanting around it actively, and I re-set some of the long term work to address other things. The very next day I received a very clear sign that this had been the right move. All of which is to say that, as the country song says, you need to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.

The releasing work is also part of what it means to honor our ancestors and untangle our lineage. Interestingly, a few days after this occurred, I received another powerful message about a totally unrelated part of my lineage. My Beloved Dead are certainly active right now, as I know many of yours have been.

Since the last time I sent an update, I have received so many notes from people who are loving the two ongoing threads I have on FB: Find the Helpers and Magic Happens. If you need to follow something positive and inspiring, with the occasional interruption of silly or downright nerdy, then you will want to follow or friend me there. If you want to hear what is happening in book and business land, please like my page and join the newly re-vamped Sacred Artists group.

And…speaking of the book, if you have read it and enjoyed it won’t you please leave a review on Amazon? They really help other people find the book.

Oh! And more book news! I am very happy to announce that a work I contributed to, The Karma of Cats, is now out and available from Sounds True. Get it at your local bookstore or from Amazon. You can see a picture of our kittens and read about how they came into our lives and what they have taught us.

Our family wishes you a truly delightful Halloween, a blessed New Year for those who celebrate Samhain, and joy-filled Days of the Dead!

xo,
Bri

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

Hearth and Home Vol. 6: Where We Shine

Foundations

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iracles,

I am wishing you all a blessed and beautiful New Moon in Leo and Happy Eclipse! This New Moon marks the final leg of the Eclipse Magic rituals I have performed for a handful of gorgeous souls. I am always so honored when people ask me to create a ceremony on their behalf, especially when they themselves are seasoned sacred arts practitioners.

If you would like a New Moon blessing for Leo, you can snag one here; and if you want an eclipse blessing, I have one here. As I have written elsewhere, I see eclipses as the best time to break patterns. For me, that is also what get-aways and vacations are also really useful. For the last month and change, my family has been in our home away from home in Northern New Mexico. We have had the privilege of taking this time out (and getting away from the INSANE south-central Texas heat) for a couple of years now.

For the boys, this time away from and outside of our usual routine means that there is a lot of unscheduled outdoor playtime – something that I think is deeply endangered in the lives of far too many children. Heath had the one-month-old version of outside playtime – hanging on the porch in his bassinet and allowing all of our friends and family who visited to love on him! For my husband and myself, I see this time as a needed break from our routine – not because we want to “get away from it all” – when you love your work and love your people as we do there is nothing to get away from – but because it allows us to learn from the interruption to our usual flow. Here are some of the things I remembered this time around:

  • Traveling with a newborn baby is actually easier than you might think.
  • Carrying ritual goods on the road can be trickier than you might think.
  • Outdoor time is precious and one of the greatest privileges. The corresponding responsibility is to make sure that our children and their children and their children can also have an opportunity to be outside and active and to safeguard the various wild plant, animal, and mineral people who we commune with when we are outdoors.
  • When your best friend comes to visit you to see your new baby, even though she has been in the wilds of Canada for a month, you will be SO. HAPPY. to see her.
  • Meeting up with friends you have made online in real life is THE BEST. Especially when they are incredibly gifted and generous artists.
  • Discomfort can be a great teacher.
  • I love waking up to cool weather that requires a sweater.
  • Cooking for a big group of people is something that I actually really love to do – especially when I do it with my mom.
  • Seeing old friends, beloved teachers, and soul kin is deep medicine.
  • Patronizing independently and locally owned stores and boutiques is a good thing. This last was really driven home to me during this visit. I re-acquainted myself with a number of artisans and store owners in Northern N.M. who make beautiful things – many of which are magical. In the age of ordering everything online, I have re-committed to calling up my friends who own businesses, letting them know what I am looking for, and getting it from them.

That is a shortlist, there is so much more. Jasper, our seven-year-old, loves Northern New Mexico. He takes art galleries by storm and always engages with artists. People don’t believe he is seven. When they ask him if he is an artist, he tells them loudly and proudly that of course, he is, that his favorite medium is drawing and clay and that art is foundational to life. He is opinionated, and has priced his recent spate of drawings between 200k and 500k – so you know, no issues around art, pride, and money for this kiddo! Now he is getting ready for the beginning of school (well, we all are). I cannot believe my little boy is going to be a first grader!

Heath is growing incredibly fast as those of you who have little ones know they do. On August 13th he will be two months old and he is wearing clothes meant for a 3- 6-month-old – of course, he is. My boys are giants! He is smiling and giggling and trying his best to join the conversation (Gemini!!!). He is a snuggle bug, loves his big brother, and is so fun to watch because, as a little baby, you can see how clearly they are in between worlds and at the same time firmly planted in themselves.

While we have been tucked into the mountains, I also completed the first round of micro-edits on Making Magic. I think it is a good sign when you are down in the dirt and the details of your writing and you are still really excited about the work you have created. My beloved husband has been so essential in the writing of this book in every way, and when it comes to the fine editing process his high school English teacher mojo came to the rescue once again.

A few days ago we opened up registration for Spinning Gold. I am so excited about the course this year – we have created an amazing resource library for the students and I will be sharing goodies from the book with the Spinning Gold group that is exclusive to them. We already have had a bundle of beautiful people signed up for this year of gold spinning and I look forward to welcoming more!

I’ll leave you with this Ancient Greek quote that my husband shared with me in the wee hours of this morning:

“As long as you live, shine! Life is short. Be not overly distressed – time demands fulfillment.” – epitaph by Seiklos.

Shine on, sweet things.

xo,
Bri

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

August New Moon Notes: Back to School Essentials, Storytelling and Tarot

Learning and Community

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iracles~

Happy New Moon in Leo!

I think we are all feeling the desire to step out, step up, shine out and roar! The desire to celebrate is also strong right now, Leo is the original party animal. One of the big things that we are celebrating at casa de saussy is the fact that my beloved husband and business partner would normally be back in the classroom at this time of the year but instead we are enjoying a working vacation in Santa Fe — so awesome and such a blessing.

But there is much more to celebrate too, and I have rounded up some of my favorites to share with each of you.

For those already enrolled or getting ready to enroll in Spinning Gold (registration closes on 8/31), here is the school supply list to end all school supply lists. You’re welcome.

Speaking of school, for many of us the end of August and beginning of September kick off the back to school season of hustle and bustle, as we roll with this it is a good idea to remember to honor our need for rest.

One of the topics that I see seekers of all stripes get very confused about, very quickly, is money. Wealth. Prosperity. Cash. A few weeks ago I chatted about all of these themes with Bari Tessler Linden as part of the Spinning Gold curriculum, listen and learn.

For those of you who love tarot reading and want to share your insights with your people, I highly, highly, recommend Theresa Reed’s article on how to do a card a day post, Theresa put a lot of work into this one and it shows.

On the other hand, for those of you who feel like being asked to do one more thing is going to make you pull your hair out, then you need to go and listen to the latest Talking Shop episode where Theresa and I spoke to Racheal Cook about how to rock the business and life balance.

More in the mood for visual stimulation? I love @kastaleen’s daily reads on instagram (you can find me hanging out there too)! And of course, don’t miss the collection of Daily Blessings – because we need less advice and more blessing, yes?

I love storytelling. When I decided to create Spinning Gold I knew I wanted the art of storytelling to be front and center, because really, that is how we learn. Meghan Genge is doing some fabulous storytelling too, reading a chapter a week from her novel Unfurl.

Franci Claudon creates beautiful, vibrant art. Feast your eyes!

Jupiter, planet of wealth and abundance, has moved into the sign of Virgo and will be there for about a year. As a result many are feeling the need to examine money ideas that no longer serve, clean and clear financial funks, and generally bring a new level of organization and structure to their financial lives. Limitless Megan can help.

J.D. Rose is taking people on an intuitive journey, sounds enriching and enlivening.

Looking for a new intuitive reader or cartomancer? Check out Sydney Rebecca’s work, she is lovely, kind, and absolutely present.

And finally, if you are experiencing relationship angst do yourself the favor of checking out Jacqueline Freeman’s work on relationships.

As always with the New Moon notes I am not affiliated with any of the products, services, or individuals I promote. I receive no kickbacks or financial incentives and I know each and every single person and have worked with them, often over a long period of time. That’s why I can recommend them so sincerely! Blessed New Moon and Happy Friday!

How are you celebrating New Moon in Leo?

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

Spinning Gold Back to School Essentials

Learning and Community

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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.

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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.