How I Use My Altar

How I Use My Altar

I have had an altar in my home for most of my adult life. The most recent incarnation of my altar is about 15 years old, it’s an Ikea coffee table that is totally beaten up and has lived in my bedroom, living room, or spare bedroom when I’ve been lucky enough to have one. An altar is to a witch like a desk is to a business person. I am both, and...

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As Within, So Without

As Within, So Without

The lovely Brian Truskowski interviewed me for his podcast “Illuminate”. In introducing myself, I found myself saying that I’m a witch, I work magic, and I have a bunch of spiritual tools that have allowed me to build a really beautiful life, one that I enjoy and I'm fortunate to have. And, I'm also an activist, I spend my days working on social...

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The Time for Magic

The Time for Magic

It’s time for me to teach magic. As in, formally, to aspiring witches that need guidance in bridging Earth and Fire.To those that sense Spirit, that even know it well, but realize that they can’t go much further alone. Because while magic is a solitary practice to a large degree, it is also true that no witch has ever explored the vast realms of...

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What Magic Is and Isn’t

What Magic Is and Isn’t

I live a very magical life and I am so deeply grateful for it. A magical life is a wonderful and wonder-filled existence. It’s a life of delight, of gratitude, of beauty and of power. A magical life is a life of growth and joy, of surprise and rhyme. Of rhythm. What it is not is an easy life. A painless life. A secure life. A smooth life. A...

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50 Reasons Why I Work Magic

50 Reasons Why I Work Magic

Why do I work magic? Well, there are literally countless reasons, but let’s start with 50, off the top of my head, in no particular order: I work magic because the world doesn’t make sense. I work magic because it helps me make sense of the world. I work magic because it is a balm for my soul. I work magic because it makes me happy. I work magic...

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The Liberation in Discomfort

The Liberation in Discomfort

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be uncomfortable and why folks are so terrified of the idea. The illusion of certainty (even if the certainty is not of something appealing) is reassuring, while the reality of how messy we are as humans can make us very uncomfortable. For the last couple of thousand years we’ve done a phenomenal...

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On Transforming Toxic Relationships

On Transforming Toxic Relationships

  Not that long ago, I was in a relationship that was not good for me. It was not good for me before I left it, but I guess I had to stay for as long as I stayed to make sure that it wasn’t gonna get any better, that I...

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Two Magical Powers for Evil Times

Two Magical Powers for Evil Times

Because the times demand it, I’ve been very focused on the sociopolitical situation in the US for the last few weeks. These are atrocious, scary, shifting, evil times. Those are strong words but a string of lynchings in the US are at the very least evil. Today I want to share with you two magical powers that can help us all at the very least get...

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Witchy Tips to Talk About Race with your Racist Loved Ones

Witchy Tips to Talk About Race with your Racist Loved Ones

I believe that change happens from the inside out, and from the outside in, that we need systemic transformations as much as personal evolution, that all we can do is what we can do today but that we can’t not do it. You with me? So this week Imma tell you about how to handle your racist loved one. This is NOT instead of doing your part on the...

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Three Anti-Racism Spells for non-Black Muggles

Three Anti-Racism Spells for non-Black Muggles

Magic is appealing to many people because it sounds like a free pass, like all the gain with none of the pain, like instant gratification. And it can feel that way at times. But magic is work, in fact magical work is a serious endeavor that most people are not willing to commit to. Given the state of white supremacy is in the USA (and much of the...

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The Language of Genocide

The Language of Genocide

George Floyd was assassinated by Minneapolis police for no damn good reason. I personally believe there’s very very very rarely a good reason to murder anyone. I’m not gonna say never because I don’t want to get sidetracked with that discussion. But it’s not a super usual thing, amirite? In Mr Floyd’s case, he was killed by white cops for being a...

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Why Go Back to the US?

Why Go Back to the US?

On May 15, 2020, I posted on social media: THREE years ago today I moved back to SF from Australia. I cannot believe I'm gonna say this but it was absolutely the right thing to do for me in every way, except that now I live in the US. Loving friends on both sides of the ocean expressed their congratulations or condolences - or both.  Because I am...

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Better Than You

Better Than You

Amongst all the violence and bullshit going on in the world, specifically in the US, it’s hard to know where to put my attention. Black people have been systematically killed in this country since its inception, and that has not changed. Most recently, a video that went viral of two white men shooting and killing Ahmaud Aubrey (a Black man) led...

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Productivity: Personal & Political

Productivity: Personal & Political

I’ve been thinking a whole lot about productivity recently. For one, it seems to be in the ether - given the pandemic, people are trying to figure out how to “do it all”. If you are fortunate enough to still have a job that you can work from home, how do you get it done while juggling housekeeping and childcare? Or if you need to still go to...

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A Witch’s Inner Work

A Witch’s Inner Work

  In the time of Covid, there’s been a lot of discussion about what “work” actually is. Many men (mostly men, anyway), who weren’t able to acknowledge care work and domestic work before the plague, are floored at how much work it takes to just “be”: to be clean, fed, clothed, tended to, cared for, schooled, etc. Especially for cishet...

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The Gift in the Economic Crash

The Gift in the Economic Crash

As I have mentioned before, the economy is a collective hallucination. Given the world came to a halt and the majority of people on the planet are engaged in a fraction of the traditionally paid labor than they were a short few months ago, the entire economy seems to be collapsing. As I have also mentioned before, I’m not necessarily horrified by...

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Who has the Power and Authority?

Who has the Power and Authority?

I have two main interests in life: making my life better, and making everyone else’s life better. Yes, I come first, cause if I’m doing like shit I’m no good to anyone else. This took me years to understand and accept, but it’s working relatively OK now - the balance between focusing on me without being a complete egomaniac and on focusing on...

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On Transitions and Transformations

On Transitions and Transformations

For over three weeks now, the only people I’ve seen in person are my partner and folks at the grocery store. The recession in the US is now official news, and the coronavirus pandemic is changing everything, forever. Or is it? People suffering from illness and dying is not news, that is part of life. What is news is that so many people are...

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On Being OK

On Being OK

Over two weeks ago, Bay Area residents were asked to please stay in their homes as much as possible in an effort to curve the global pandemic that is wreaking havoc with people's health, bank accounts, and moods worldwide. I am in the super privileged position of being only minorly inconvenienced by this situation. Yes, I miss my friends, and...

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Akashic Records

Akashic Records

I spent some time last week working with my Akashic Records, just because having a look at everything that ever was, is, and will be, since before the beginning and to no end definitely brings a sense of perspective to this super weird global pandemic time. Now, if you’ve never heard of the Akashic Records, it’s just that: a record of ALL OF IT....

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Lockdown

Lockdown

Yesterday, the Bay Area went into lockdown in an attempt to slow down the coronavirus pandemic. For someone who grew up in a place with actual, real curfews - the kind that would leave you with a bullet in the head if you were found meandering the streets after hours - what’s happening right now is not anywhere near as severe as people here think...

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El miedo al miedo

El miedo al miedo

Ayer tuve la suerte de estar en Chile para el #8M, la marcha celebrando el día internacional de la mujer. Fue increíble participar en el evento. A pesar de que muchos de los temas que se abarcaban como parte de la manifestación son aterrorizantes (violencia de género, desigualdad, falta de seguridad física, económica y emocional, etc.), había un...

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Belonging with My Human

Belonging with My Human

  There is a man in my life. I like everything about him, except for his freezing cold feet that startle the shit out of me when I accidentally brush against them in bed, before they have thawed out. It’s like the anti hot water bottle experience. But at least they eventually warm up and I can live with it. And, I love him, cold feet and...

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Ekeko

Ekeko

I am so super incredibly busy right now. I have to deliver a huge paper to a client this Friday. It’s not actually due til Monday but I want to spend the weekend weekending, so I’m gonna be done by Friday come hell or high water. This is a big piece of work, and it matters to me a lot, and I want it to be amazing, and I feel like I barely have...

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AI Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

AI Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

My business partner and I went to Redwood City last Tuesday and Wednesday to attend Startup Grind, which is a techbro fest from hell, where everybody who’s kinda made it in Silicon Valley is on stage (those who’ve actually made it can’t be fucked coming to this dinky little conference), and those who wanna make it are in the audience. We went...

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A Cup of Concrete

A Cup of Concrete

I spent last week with a group of Australians working on some strategy to help restore the world’s ecosystems. It was a complete privilege to do that work and needless to say, a real challenge as well. But I’ll spare you the details of my day job, I wanted to tell you about the best turn of phrase I picked up from them. “I need to have a cup of...

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On What Might Work

On What Might Work

Tonight I went and saw a dear friend of mine perform in “Butterfly Effect”, a dance show about climate change, activism, and how a diverse community of women (yes, only women) are our only hope to get out of the mess we’re in. It was stunning, moving, and hope-giving.  I often wonder about whether SF is worth it with its cold weather (OK, I know...

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It wasn’t peace, it was silence.

It wasn’t peace, it was silence.

As I wrote about here, Chile is going through a really interesting process of trying to figure out how to reinvent itself in a way that most of its citizens can live with. Quite literally - many of the conditions folks are trying to change make living extremely hard, and poverty will kill you when it gets really bad. As will the loss of hope. I...

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Language, Action, and Human Rights, v1

Language, Action, and Human Rights, v1

I’m no Bible scholar, but I do know that a whole lot of the psyche of the industrialized West is immersed in the Judeo-Christian myth, or mythology, if you’d rather. This is terribly important in politics, sociology, economics, medicine, community building, organizing, media, interpersonal relationships, international relations - you name it,...

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Las Tesis points out the Naked Patriarchy

Las Tesis points out the Naked Patriarchy

I tried to remember how I first came across this and I can’t tell. I looked through my Whatsapp threads but I found nothing that was a direct link to them. It must have been Monday, November 25, 2019, because I told my friend Alex about having woken up dreaming about it and I spoke to him on Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so I needed at least one...

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2020

2020

I love me a new year. As an Aries, the idea of a fresh start is what I’m all about. The blank page. The cleanliness of not having messed up yet. The potential of everything being possible and nothing holding me back. This is just optimism, I guess, and I can plug into it any time of year. But something about this January makes it seem believable....

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Once more for the back: we’re all in it together

Once more for the back: we’re all in it together

Santiago de Chile exploded into the most intense expression of social unrest it’s seen in probably ever. The city is literally up in flames, roads are blocked, protesters are rioting, and the MILITARY took on the streets to restore order. And there is a CURFEW. Over half of the Metro stations (77 out of 135) have been “considerably damaged”, 9 of...

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Botox is the new black: On Vanity and Resistance

Botox is the new black: On Vanity and Resistance

I’m a middle-aged (44 to be exact), Latina, single, straight, cis woman. All these things have mattered when it comes to my relationship with my appearance. As a proud rebel, I spent my first 30 years on Earth not giving a shit about my looks. Actually, not wanting to look like I gave a shit about my looks, so kinda disheveled, kinda tomboyish,...

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The Tech Bubble

The Tech Bubble

  As you know, the economy is a collective hallucination. It is not a natural occurrence that we have no control over, it is agreed-upon consensus reality that we create by implementing policies, laws, tariffs, and all kinds of regulations that are agreements between humans. For historic reasons that are worthy of a book and not a blog post,...

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Fear vs. Intuition

Fear vs. Intuition

“How do we distinguish between fear and intuition?” My friend texted me this question the other day, with no context and no further detail. Rather than try to text her back, I thought I would sit with it and give her a thoughtful response. My first reaction is that I didn’t even understand the question. Fear and intuition are not in the vicinity...

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Tarot 101: you doing you, not “predicting the future”

Tarot 101: you doing you, not “predicting the future”

For those of you not lucky enough to have been immersed in the beauty and magic of the Tarot since you can remember, here is a brief introduction to this powerful tool for spiritual growth and transformation. The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards used for divination. By divination, I mean a way of accessing your inner divine, of revealing to your...

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Trolling the trolls

Trolling the trolls

For the last couple of years, I’ve made it a habit to call out, to varying degrees of “publicly”, all white and/or all male spaces, specifically conferences or other events where people are presented as experts and/ or can make money, because excluding women and people of color from being perceived as experts and having a platform to grow...

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On Magic and Science

On Magic and Science

For the last few weeks, I have noticed that pretty consistently, things that I think of come to pass. I did notice such a phenomenon as a child and it was confusing as fuck, awkward for the adults, and actually kind of painful in that it was a pretty lonely experience and no one could help me understand it or make sense of it. Well, only a very...

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Short-term Memory

Short-term Memory

A month ago, in the middle of July, I was in Aylesford, Kent, in England, teaching a leadership training for social justice leaders. It was a dream gig, really, traveling is one of my most favorite things to do, meeting new people is also one of my most favorite things to do, and a captive audience to run my mouth for 4 days was just awesome. We...

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The Revolution of Insanity

The Revolution of Insanity

One of my besties is certifiably insane. As in, not having “bouts of depression”, or “panic attacks”, though that is certainly a part of it (and bouts of depression and panic attacks are fucking horrible symptoms of mental health issues. Horrible).  No, his insanity is of the “standing outside his elderly mother’s bedroom door at age 43 with a...

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This is what middle-aged looks like

This is what middle-aged looks like

I have felt absolutely middle aged this week. Which should not be surprising considering that I am in fact 44 years old, which is pretty much exactly middle aged. I was traveling around Ireland when our rental car got broken into and my backpack (with my computer, THREE different passports, keys to my house, car, PO box and locker at work, Ekeko,...

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The unbearable uncertainty of being – and of fighting fascism.

The unbearable uncertainty of being – and of fighting fascism.

I talked to my brother the other day who is still looking for a job in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. It’s starting to get to the point where he’s getting less picky about what job he ends up getting cause, well, he’s got a mortgage, and a wife, and a kid, and they all need him to make money, though probably not in that order. Anyway, he...

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Impossible Love

Impossible Love

I am surfing the edge between a psychiatric diagnosis and the next step towards spiritual enlightenment. Everything is going so incredibly well, and so devastatingly wrong, at the exact same time, it is painfully confusing. The paradox of life, the paradox that is life, is stretching my brain into its farther limits tonight, and that feels like I...

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What’s the worst thing that could happen

What’s the worst thing that could happen

For the past two weeks I’ve watched in horror as the new regime implements unconstitutional decrees and is led (and I use that term loosely) by a man who appears to be in desperate need of mental health care. Plenty has been written about what is wrong with having Mr. Trump in the highest office of the land, so I’ll skip that part and jump...

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