(The following piece is the Week 1 Reflection from Gaian Soul Seasonal Practices for Yuletide / Midwinter.) Finally comes the time of withdrawal, the hidden time. It is as though the world sleeps under a gray cloak. Everything is still and silent. It is as though the world sleeps under a gray veil. . . ...Continue Reading…

I just finished a weekend workshop with Alexandra Franzen, “Write Yourself into Motion,” which was probably one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended. It was about writing, about business, about creativity, about love. I was constantly amazed by how Alex managed to pull clear vision and articulate wording out of each one of us. ...Continue Reading…

Registration opens today for my ecourse “Gaian Tarot for Tarot Beginners” (Gaian Tarot 101 for short) — and to celebrate, I’m giving away THREE FREE SPOTS in the course! They’ll be chosen at random from those of you who leave comments here on this blog post, on the (free) Module 1 page, or on my ...Continue Reading…

Last Saturday, I hosted my second one-day retreat here in Bellingham. The theme for the day was “Sacred Play” — perfect for Spring and honoring the Young One within each of us, I thought! And indeed it was. The Maidens of Spring came out to play — no matter that we ranged in chronological age ...Continue Reading…

It seems to me that the New Year unfolds in increments, beginning at All Hallows and continuing through Candlemas. She comes in quietly, like a ghost on All Hallow’s Eve. She unveils Herself a little more each day through the season of darkness, pausing to mark the birth of the Sun at Solstice, feeling the ...Continue Reading…

I’ve been crazy-busy around here lately, as I help my friend James Wells spread the word about his upcoming eight-week ecourse, “Tarot Counseling for Self and Others,” which starts on September 20th.  There aren’t too many people I would support in this way, but I do it for James because I believe so strongly in ...Continue Reading…

I had the pleasure of being a guest Wednesday night on the internet radio show “Talking Shop with Theresa & Bri” — that’s Theresa Reed, the Tarot Lady, and Bri Saussy of Milagro Roots. Their monthly show is addressed to entrepreneurs in the metaphysical field. Our topic was “Creating A Dynamic Online Community.”  I talked ...Continue Reading…

July 16, 2013 Dearest Joanna, I want to let you know what a life transforming experience it has been to have attended your Gaian Soul Seasonal Practices course for nearly a year now. There are different kinds of transformation. Some come quickly and can be dramatic. Some creep in slowly. In one respect Gaian Soul crept ...Continue Reading…

Yesterday Craig and I went in search of signs of Spring in the nearby woods, and sadly did not find any skunk cabbage yet in bloom (one of my favorite signs of spring!). But the sun deliciously appeared, and we bathed our faces in its warmth. I went to write a blog post about our ...Continue Reading…

January is one of my favorite months, probably because it’s my birthday month. But I also love the sense of potential that permeates the month, and is reflected in the pristine snowfall (if we live in a place where we experience snow). If you’re like me, you’ve completed your year-end review, done a tarot reading ...Continue Reading…

There were over 200 entries to win 3 spots in my Midwinter class, here on the blog and on Facebook, and I wish I could just add all of you! Thank you deeply for all the comments, appreciation and flowing love. It goes both ways! I pulled these 3 names out of the hat this ...Continue Reading…

(Don’t forget! We’re raffling off one spot in the Gaian Soul Practices for Yuletide/Midwinter e-course! Leave a comment below to enter. Winner will be chosen randomly Thursday night.)

When you feel like your doll is done (and at some point, you just have to declare her “done” or you’ll keep fussing with her forever), create sacred space. Offer her up to the Divine, and charge her with the energy of your intention. Then name her.  Perhaps you already know her name: “She Who ...Continue Reading…

Your doll is almost done! She’s all dressed, and has hair and crown. Now it’s time to embellish and decorate her with all kinds of lovely things. You can add things to her arms, add a flower to her hair, give her jewelry and things to hold. Think: feathers, beads, charms, crystals, gemstones, shells, tiny ...Continue Reading…

Now that you’re are well on your way to having your doll finely dressed, it’s time to attach the doll’s face to her “head,” to add hair, and create a crown or headdress of some kind. The terra cotta faces that Lyn Belisle makes have holes in them, so you can easily tie the face ...Continue Reading…

Yesterday we created the doll’s body. Today we dress her! Choose different pieces of fabric and different colorful yarns to wrap an outer garment around the doll. There is no one right way to do this. I like to rip the fabric into strips. Tuck feathers, leaves and other items into it as you wind ...Continue Reading…

We set our intention, gathered our supplies, and painted the doll’s face. Now we’re ready for the body. Bundle together a group of sticks, about 12″ – 18″ long, depending on how big you want your doll to be. Tie them together with twine or sturdy string. Then make another, smaller and shorter bundle for the ...Continue Reading…

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