February Last Quarter Moon Tarot Spread

Well, babes, we’ve made it past last week’s super/blue/blood/eclipse/full moon in Leo intensity, and we’ve made it past the heart of winter up here in the Northern Hemisphere. Personally, I had a great ride through the moon (I just let go and dove in, celebrating my own moon in Leo sign) and into Imbolc (one of my favorite markings of the year). It was intense, and a lot of self-doubt popped up, but so did a lot of external affirmations.

And it’s been an introspective week too. I realized as I was sitting down to write this, my week has been filled with long-term relationships…time spent with friends I’ve known for decades, and with Imbolc, thankfulness given to Brigid, the one goddess I’ve consistently honored since I was 14. In short, I spent a lot of time with witches who know me to my core. Just like that new moon in Leo, there is no hiding our shadows when we sit down at a table with those who have known us for so very long. And at the same time, I spent time becoming more connected with new relationships. I see what you did there, universe. How. Very. Fitting.

Which brings us to this time right here, right now. We’re under a last quarter moon in scorpio…which I’ve gleaned has something to do with us all getting to a point where we need to sort out what is working for us, and what isn’t (and TBH I’m not deep into astrology, but lots of other cool folx are…). The days are growing longer. Yeah, it’s still fucking cold out in the northern hemisphere, and, if you’re an a soggy foggy place like the PNW we still gotta get through the incoming and inevitable rain. But the promise of longer sunny days has been given to us.  Now, dear ones, is the perfect time to get those last cobwebs cleaned out of our homes and minds so we can truly give new life room. I mean, the crocuses are already starting to bloom whether we like it or not. So embrace it. Fumigate your house with some dried rosemary and sage. Burn up (or otherwise let go of) those relics from rituals you’ve held on to and no longer need. Tell that nagging little voice in the back of your head that maybe you’re good enough to SFTU and move on. And make a little room for possibilities.

Here’s a tarot spread to help jumpstart that early spring cleaning! I’ve used “The Magician Longs to See” deck, which merges Pixie’s classic with Twin Peaks. I’ve written the card placements as for a self reading, but they can easily be adjusted to be read for someone else. I’ll just call it the “GTFO of my life” spread.



  1. How can I best allow myself to let go of what no longer serves me?
  2. What is holding me back from letting go of this?
  3. What still needs to be resolved in order for me to move on?
  4. How can I best move forward?
  5. What do I need to focus on as I move forward?


Card six in the above spread is a clarifying card based on 5. The 2 of coins, which represents a balance of material duties, can often point to the energy exerted to maintain that balance, and can further point to emotional labor. As that was my ending card, and I certainly can maintain the juggling act, I needed a little extra clarification as to why. Thank goodness for clarifying cards.



Originally posted on the Night Flowers Tarot Collective blog Come see me at a monthly event. I’d love to chat and maybe even go get a damn fine cup o’ coffee and a piece of cherry pie at Twede’s Cafe.

Christmas Eve offerings

This was the conversation in my house this morning between my wife and our almost 3-year-old. I had to have the last word (of course).

Wife: What do we leave out tonight?

Kid: Cookies for Santa!

Wife: YES! What else?

Kid: Carrots! For reindeer!

Wife: YAY!

Me: What else?

Wife + Kid: Silence

Me: Rice pudding for the Nisse!!!

Wife + Kid: Dumbfounded silence

Well, fine then. Keep just putting out cookies and carrots for the jolly ol’ fat man in red and his flying reindeer, but don’t give me weird looks when I insist on leaving out rice pudding for the Norwegian barn gnome. And get used to him, because next year we’re making little Nisses for Christmas crafts.

To be fair, the yuletide season is one of the hardest times in the year for me (as it is for many), for a multitude of reasons. But this year I’ve found a little hope and solace in pivoting into crafts and traditions found in Norse+Germanic folklore that fold seamlessly into our already established secular routine. With a bit of inspiration from The Old Magic of Christmas. And this is why we’ve found ourselves leaving out a bowl of rice pudding (a more modern take of the rice porridge of yesteryear) for the Norwegian Nisse. Since my living room is literally covered in old photographs of my Norwegian ancestors, it’s only fitting to honor the barn gnome our older ancestors may have left a bowl of porridge for as well.


Rice Pudding and Vodka left for the Norwegian Nisse (or barn gnome) on xmas eve, placed on the Mother’s Night Altar, mostly because it’s high out of the way of jumping kitties.

Slow Cooker X-mas Eve Rice Pudding

Because I used to cook a lot from scratch–but these days I’m lucky if I can throw stuff in the slow cooker! 5 minutes to prep, 3 hours to cook.


  • 3/4 cup long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups cashew milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar (white granulated or in the raw)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup melted vegan “butter”

To top:

  • brown sugar (optional)
  • pat of vegan butter
  • a few almonds (traditionally only used on xmas eve)

Combine all ingredients except the melted butter in a lightly greased slow cooker. Pour the melted butter on top and turn on high for 2 1/2-3 hours. When ready to serve, place into dessert bowls and top with brown sugar, vegan butter and a few almonds. Be sure to set aside a serving and leave it out xmas eve night for the Nisse (or, if you want to go old school, leave it outside on the porch or in your barn if you have one).

*Some notes on the ingredients + their magical properties

This rice pudding recipe can also be used to show gratitude for certain properties at xmas eve dinner, or, if you make another batch for new years eve, you can use the rice pudding to attract those properties in the New Year. It’s packed to the brim with goodness!

  • Rice: protection, money + fertility
  • Cinnamon: healing + love
  • Nutmeg: health
  • Ginger: success
  • Cardamon: love
  • Currants: healing
  • Apricot: love
  • Almonds: money + prosperity

Happy Holidays!


Mother's Night alter with family pictures, oracle cards, collages of fierce womxn, cedar boughs and candles

Winter Solstice + Mother’s Night

Happy Mother’s Night + Solstice! Mother’s Night, which comes from Heathen reconstruction (and I’ve seen celebrated generally between Dec 19-21st, but also as late as Dec 25), is all about honoring the womxn who have come before, those who have made us what we are (for better or worse, physically or spiritually) and help us walk our present path. It is about honoring ancestors, the disir, the norns, and even the goddesses, but also, especially for me as a queer person, it is also about honoring those who have walked this earth before and who have fought the same shitty wars. It’s about honoring femmes. It’s about honoring  the folk-craft and arts that are looked at as traditional “women’s work” that are intrinsically imperative in my own craft(s). It’s about honoring the complicated labyrinth we navigate made up of blood ancestors, chosen family and friends who have past, and influential movers + shakers.

It’s also about honoring the liminal, the veil between the dead and the living, and the ability to sit and befriend our own shadows. But it’s also about honoring the time when Sunna’s daily journey on her chariot becomes longer and the nights shorter in the northern hemisphere. It’s about honoring the daily work we do to make the house tick (libations to Frigga!), about the power we have as fierce independent womxn (libations to Freyja!), and all the rest. These days, especially as a multi-trad polytheist, I think any number of goddesses and non-binary deities can be honored along with the Norse goddesses and beings that come with Heathen Mothers Night (libations to Brigid!).

Mother's Night alter with family pictures, oracle cards, collages of fierce womxn, cedar boughs and candles

My own Mother’s Night altar, which I will leave up through December 31, is likely my rotating altar with the most depth that appears all year. I am lucky enough to have a massive mantle over our fire place, which generally houses pictures and nick-knacks, but gets cleared off in mid December for my temporary take-over. I am also extremely fortunate enough to have photo albums that belonged to my grand-mother, my great-grandmother, and my great-great-grandmother. Some of the family photos date back as far as the 1870s. So I drag the photo albums out of their slumber and for a few weeks they are the center of the Mother’s Night altar, allowed to breath and shine. The altar is then decorated with fallen cedar boughs from the trees right outside our door, a few candles (this years selection to honor Yule, femmes, fierce homo love, and Frida Kahlo). Carrying the intention of honoring not just familial ancestors, I also have collages of Martha P. Johnson, Leslie Feinberg, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, and Gertrude Stein + Alice B. Toklas. Also included are a few choice cards from the Awakened Soul Oracle deck, such as “labyrinth,” “gratitude,” and “guidance” to honor and acknowledge the complicated relationships we traverse.

On Mother’s Night libations are offered, stories shared, and thanks given. The altar will stay up for the rest of this liminal season as we enter into the new year. and as the Wild Hunt rages outside, inside we’ll be gathered, perhaps with Patti Smiths “Mother Rose” piped through the speakers, looking inward, to reflect on the year that has passed, and the years and lives of those who have come before, listening for their guidance as we step through the rest of Yule.



Prisma Visions: an Introspective Deck

The PNW is back to being a soggy grey mess after a week of sun. This Mercury in retrograde is still particularly harsh and kicking the ass of every intuitive and empath I know. The end of the year will be here shortly, and with it brings new opportunities and resolution. But before we get there, we’ve gotta hold space for reflection and letting go of what happened (or didn’t) in 2018.

Which has me looking back to the Prisma Visions tarot. Prisma Visions is one of the first decks I deeply connected with in my journey back into Tarot. And it’s a good one for looking at ourselves, our lives, our dreams, and even our shadow selves. It’s a deck with a LOT of visual information though, and the art edges on a psychedelic journey. I like a lot of visual information, especially when I am working on sorting out a lot of inner clutter, but that’s just a personal style thing.


More than anything The Prisma Visions tarot is overtly empowering. The five of cups becomes about actively letting go. The two of swords becomes about actively looking at and discerning our choices. The Magician openly acknowledges the manipulation that comes with the power to manifest. And Justice speaks to action. And there’s a bonus card… the first edition has “strawberry,” the second “the gift,” the third boasts “illumination.” And also, all the suits line up into 4 beautiful panoramic pieces, and truly highlight the journey of each suit.



The decks predecessor, the Light Visions Tarot, which is a more sepia mono-toned deck, is also available in limited quantity. I thought about grabbing one before they sell out, but as much as I love collecting decks, I had to ask myself what purpose it would serve me that the Prisma doesn’t serve, and ultimately decided to pass.

Such a Saturday Stereotype + a Sunny Soup Stock

I’m excited to be back from my blogging break! I turned in my last paper for my last credit of grad school (Babes! This is so stupid… I had 1 single credit left to graduate and have been putting it off for months but finally just barreled through my last paper and now it’s official. #imdone #fuckyougradschool ). And I at least got caught up to a side gig project. And work is still super busy, but things are pretty much on track so for the first time in two months I feel like I can breathe for a few days.

So I spent the morning being SUPER stereotypical. Helped (that’s debatable tho….) my family get out the door, turned on Wardruna, made some coffee, put in laundry (threw a few dried Calendula petals in there to help wash off the funk), cleaned and reset the kitchen altar (aka windowsill because almost anything can be made into an altar), refreshed the daily offerings on the family altar, started the (magical of course, and super simple) veggie stock in the crockpot, lit an offering to Circe and fumigated the house, and did pestle work while I looked at the incense smoke and meditated for half an hour. Such a fucking stereotype. And all that is to say that sometimes the most mundane things we do can bring us closer to a daily magical practice, or that sometimes double (or triple) tasking can still meditative. It’s like the ultimate graceful juggling of the 2 of pentacles. Takes practice, and certainly we can’t do it all the time, but sometimes it’s the best we’ve got. And sometimes it’s all we need.

Anyways, I digress. And here’s a simple spell/ kitchen witchery tip for us hella busy witches who are always multi-tasking.


A Sunny Soup Stock

I cook with a lot of vegetables in our house, and while we compost, we also save a LOT of the leavins and make vegetable stock, which can be the easiest thing in the word if you have access to a freezer and a slow-cooker. When you’re prepping + cleaning vegetables throw anything that would be decent in a vegetable stock in a reusable seal-able bag and throw it on the freezer. Hint: leave out asparagus (it just gets weirdly funky…), delicate leafy greens like lettuce, and other shit that goes in the compost but not soup like coffee grounds. Keep things like onion peels, kale stems, carrot tops and greens, herbs, etc. Throw veggie scraps in the freezer bag until it’s full (I use a gallon bag because it’s the perfect size for my larger crockpot). Once the bag is full, just empty the whole solid frozen veggie scrap block into your slow-cooker, and add water* until the veggies are just covered (or you have an inch of room to the top edge), turn the slow-cooker on low for about 6 hours, strain out liquid and you have fresh veggie broth. Here’s where we get magical: before you get into making stock, make some sun charged water–I do this by filling up a clear bottle (around 750 ml) with water, dropping in a clear quartz point, singing some praise to Sunna, and setting it outside on a sunny afternoon for a few hours. Then take the quartz point out. That’s it. That’s how I make sun water. it’s easy and you can save it for later, make ice cubes, drink it immediately… whatever. *So before you add in tap water to your crockpot, throw in sun water first. For an extra punch make your sun water and broth on a Sunday (but ya know, we do the best we can, and it still works even if it’s made on a Saturday…) This is great to use during the winter when making soups, rice, cornbread dressing, or whatever else might require vegetable broth. Why? Well, I know it’s not the same everywhere, but in the Pacific Northwest it gets real grey for about 9 months and everyone gets SAD and it can be kinda awful. Using vegetable broth made with sun-infused water can bring us the warmth of the sun in our meals. So thank Sunna for her gifts and warmth when you use your broth to cook, digest the warmth when you take a bite, and feel the warmth radiate from within.

Happy witching, cooking, and multi-tasking!



Deck Unveiling: Dark Days Tarot

Favorite month = favorite deck! Dark Days Tarot, a small-run independent deck, came rather recently. The deck is square, and instead of being read in just upright or reversed positions, the cards are meant to be read 4 ways (don’t worry, the guidebook covers each directional reading). It’s a really great concept that lets you dive in much deeper than many other decks.


The deck, inspired by the dark moon, lets us delve into our shadow selves, exploring our dreams, desires, and the unexplored crevices of our subconscious. And it’s is queer as hell, and full of mermaids.


Plus, Wren has one of the most extensive websites I’ve seen devoted to a single deck, and sends out a tarot newsletter with every dark moon. Go get lost in the magic at DarkDaysTarot.com

“Fuck That Noise” blend

I’ve been wearing a raw black tourmaline pendant, pretty much exclusively, since November, and upped protective magic in my overall practice. I think a lot of us have, tbh. And there’s this thing that I’ve noticed, that when my focus is solely on protective work, with fists raised, I harden so quickly. Because I forget to add a little something to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.* What good is protective magic if we’re not protecting ourselves from shutting down emotionally?

So here’s a simple blend for oil or a spell jar that doubles up on protection from all the hateful noise around us (and within us), while keeping our emotional health at the forefront.


In a 1/2 oz. jar (oil) or 1/4 oz. jar (dry)

1/8 tsp. Dragons blood* resin chips and powder (may replace with 6-9 drops of oil if making an oil)
1/16 tsp. ground Palo Santo wood (may replace with 3 drops of oil if you are making an oil)
3 black whole peppercorns
9 straight pins
Pinch of coarse sea salt
Carrier oil if making an oil

A suggested incantation to say while making the blend:

Dragons blood and peppercorn,
keep me safe and keep me strong.
Palo Santo, for head and heart,
sooth me as I go along.
3 pins help self-doubt decay,
3 pins make others words wash away,
and 3 pins keep the worlds shit at bay.

Happy crafting!

Notes: if you use raw materials for oil, let sit for 3 days before draining, and remember to keep the straight pins in the bottle. Also, as this blend contains black peppercorn, be careful if using it as an oil for candle work. As always, be safe, smart, and sensible.

*I use Dragons blood very sparingly given that it’s habitat is shrinking and it’s not always harvested in environmentally friendly ways. Some suggest a substitution of equal parts red sandalwood and frankincense, though I tend to substitute rosemary or a piece of black tourmaline if they balance in the spell.


Welcome, October

Whoooo hooo!! Time for my (and many others) favorite month! Outwardly, it means getting less side-eye when wearing spirit-board leggings and or my resin quail skull necklace. It also, a little weirdly, means I get a little nicer. I find myself saying shit like “Oh, you want a free 3-hour tarot reading? sure, why not!” or “Here’s the perfect combination or crystals and herbs, I think, for you… what’s that, you want me to make you a charm bag? no problem!” Or, in other words, the outward emotional labor of witching in October verges on, well, fun. Also! Halloween parties! Costumes! Old classic witchy movies! Silly B-grade horror movies! Down right terrifying movies! So. Many. Movies!

But October is so much more than the outward display and fun. For me, it’s a time to make a concerted effort to focus inward by refocusing on pursuits like knitting, weaving, writing or drawing left ignored under the summer sun, to get the last of the household duties tied up and put to rest as the earth seems to go to rest, and to (re)connect with and step my game on honoring ancestors (by blood or choice or respect). It’s a chance to make a concerted effort to honor them, in some way, every day (and it’s, of course, also the month where they are most likely to answer back). My dreams get wild in the fall.

Since moving I still haven’t fully gotten all my little altars up everywhere, but I wanted to make sure my house altar was cleaned and pretty close to finished by October 1st. My house altar is literally a house (thanks, Ikea!) and I love it! It includes photos of my blood ancestors, trinkets from dead relatives and friends, and, in one room, trinkets and photos of my living family. There are many schools of thought on mixing altars to the dead with altars to the living, and I sit in the camp that it’s just fine, and more powerful, in some ways, to have the ones we love(d) in close proximity watching over us. Even so, our little family household is in a room to it’s own, connected, yet disconnected.


It still needs a little work, but some photos and trinkets need to be tracked down, and as they pop up they’ll be added. One of the aspects I wanted to honor in my house alter was hard truths–there’s a lot of history of mental illness and substance abuse throughout my blood lines. There’s also extreme resilience (and stubbornness) and grit. The blue of the candle is to bring some peace and harmony, and the raw amethyst and rose quartz (both which I haven’t used on a regular basis in a long time, but am trying to soften myself to and be more open to using) is to bring some healing, balance, and clarity to all of us, living and dead. Whiskey in my great grandmothers teacup is for all us femme spitfires. And fresh water because it’s the least I can do. My core family space also houses lavender from our wedding, a peach pit (love and protection), and tiger iron (protection and clarity).

What does October mean to you, and how are some ways you honor that?

Breakfast Witchery

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, but I did run off into the woods for a few days and ended up spending time with some of my favorite folks at one of my favorite places. And I ended up doing a bunch of tarot readings, and running a (moderately/ kind-of-sort of but not really) successful candle workshop (also reworking how/ when/ for whom/ I do future workshops). Not a bad way to spend the weekend after the equinox.

In the midst of that I saw a little blip go up on one of my social media feeds asking for self-forgiveness witchy spells/ herbs/ stones etc. I drummed up a few things I could think of and relayed them, and then of course ruminated about it for a week.

The thing about self-forgiveness is, I think, it’s a newer concept and likely more supported by the more neo-pagan branches (this is totally just an educated guess + hunch) where self-care + self-forgiveness language is so prevalent. But what about those of us witches that choose to follow more folklorist or reconstructionist paths where, even when our personal or secular community use this language, our witch paths don’t? I can’t speak for others, but I rely (as i suspect many of us do) on the already paved traditions to inform strategies for spells and rituals that are relevant for the present time.

So. Back to self-forgiveness. I started by looking at general forgiveness, reconciliation, and general sweetness. And then with self. And came up with two very simple breakfast recipes for self forgiveness.

Yogurt with Figs + Honey

Whole Day, Taste Test

Honey (or agave or maple syrup) is the sweetener of choice here. There are threads of figs in reconciliation work here and there-not quite as popular as other fruits, but they are in season where I live and delicious, so I’ll give them their dues. Once I mentioned honey and figs in the same sentence, the yogurt (kite hill…yum…) and breakfast idea just seemed so obvious. Taking the time to thoughtfully put together a nice meal for oneself, while focusing on being sweet and forgiving, and then ingesting the spell while you think about why you are forgiving yourself and what you want to let go of, may be a rather nice way to start the morning.

Cinnamon Toast

Cinnamon toast is a comfort food for me, and when I blurted out sugar and cinnamon it’s where my mind naturally gravitated. Sugar is the sweetener of choice here. The cinnamon speaks to prosperity, but also reconciliation and love. I recommend thinking about the reasons why you love yourself while mixing a blend of sugar and cinnamon together to put on your toast, and again, reflecting on forgiving yourself and being sweet to yourself while enjoying your breakfast.

Simple, maybe. But that’s how everyday witchcraft works.




A General All-Purpose spread

I’ve been busy laboring in my (non-witchy) vocation, but I finally have a few days off to catch up on life stuff before running out into the woods to camp for a few days (and leading a candle making workshop! Yippie!). But I did come up with a tarot spread to share.

I generally steer away from general spreads if I can, preferring to engage in a bit of conversation and coming up with a (usually) 3-card spread specifically designed for the person I am reading for. But sometimes that approach isn’t viable. Sometimes folks don’t want to just start chatting away about their personal life. Or sometimes their personal life is all sorts of chaos and trying to pinpoint a specific thing to talk about is damn near impossible. That’s when it’s a good to have a general spread arsenal in your pocket.

General-011: The issue

2: What is behind you

3: What is beside you

4: What is before you

5: What is within you

6: The question behind the question

Card 1 clarifies the overall issue to focus on, but is informed by 2, 3 + 4. The last time I did this spread it i drew swords for 1 + 2 and cups for the rest of the spread. The intellectual issues in the swords were of course influenced by the cups (mostly family centered cards). Cards 2-5 focus on your roles and how you navigate the issue. And card 6… well, that’s the heavy hitter. That’s the question behind the question. It can change the reading all together by changing the heart of the issue. It can enhance the reading up to that point. Give it a try and see what you think!