The Cat’s Eye or Shiva’s Eye?

Reclaiming the Operculum On the last new moon I went to a gem and mineral show that I try to catch every year if I can. I was unwell for most of Labor Day weekend and was very glad to make it to the last day of the show, and appreciated that that fell on…

The Egg Cowrie – Pisces New Moon Oracle Message

This new moon’s oracle message doesn’t come from a Tarot or oracle deck. While I, like many modern pagans and magic practitioners, own several different decks, none of them felt right to use to gain an intuitive message from this Piscean new moon. As much as I appreciate printed decks and cartomancy, I find myself…

The Spring of the Mystic: Pisces New Moon

Though at the end of the zodiac, Pisces, and in particular this new moon in Pisces, is a beautiful, magical sign for new beginnings and for really beginning a new year. I personally put no stock (beyond what I have to in order to interact with the rest of the world that does) in the…

Mermaid Medicine: The Sacred Conch Mudra

In recent months I have revisited my interest in mudras, spiritual hand gestures within the practice of yoga. Of the mudras I was researching, one in particular caught my eye and made me laugh with surprise and delight when I read about its meaning and use. It is called the Shankh Mudra; Shankha meaning “divine…

Welcome, Blessed and Watery Autumn!

Now we have entered autumn, the latter, darker half of the year. The Western Quarter, the Quarter of Water where endings begin. Days grow chillier, nights grow longer, and deep, aqueous contemplation pulls us into reflective silence. Or so it should. Don’t fight it. It is time to slow down, to breathe deep and to…