12/13/17: Do you smell smoke???

“If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger.” Barbara Moore


((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Like it or lump it, you can’t go home again.

The Tower arrives with an important holiday message; do not put too much pressure on the current holiday to live up to the memories of the past – it simply is not possible. First, you are not the same person (and neither is anyone else); second, chances are pretty good your memory isn’t real, anyway.

Give yourself – and everyone around you – a break by not imposing attachment and expectation to your holidays; simply enjoy them as they are with the people you love.

PRACTICAL MAGIC TIP: It is important to stay well-grounded so be sure to drink coffee, eat chocolate, drink wine, knead dough, and think of all the  things (great and small) for which you are grateful. You live here and now – appreciate every moment.


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12/12/17: Hurry up and wait!

“…patience is not one of my virtues. Well, I don’t have any virtues…but if I did, I’m certain patience would not be one of them.”

Crowley, Supernatural

Hanged Man Steam

((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))


In all honesty, we would need to be patient in any event – it is the holiday season, and it can be difficult to maintain normal schedules and perspectives. To combat this seasonal fatigue, practice patience, mindfulness, and self-care:

  • Be as patient with others as you would like them to be with you.
  • If you wouldn’t like to hear it, don’t say it.
  • If you would not be comfortable explaining it to your grandmother, don’t do it.
  • Take a nap if you are tired.

And finally,


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12/11/17: Walk the walk!

“Your every thought, word, and action expresses the truth o your soul.” Barbara Moore

Hierophant Steam

((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Good intention are not enough – they must be backed up by right actions equal to the intent. You may need some guidance; consider a course of study with someone experienced.

The Hierophant arrives with a simple message; knowledge is power, and it is available to you if you seek it. You are not required to wander in the wilderness – ask for the help you need

Start your week off on the right foot; if you need help, ask for it.


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12/08-10/17 WEEKEND: Plead ‘no contest’!

((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell. Seven of Wands, Queen of Pentacles, Temperance.))

Defensiveness. Hospitality. Discretion.


For those of you new to this game, it goes a little something like this:

Smiling adult daughter holds out beautifully wrapped box, “This one is for you, Mom. Merry Christmas!”

Mother smiles, takes box, “Thank you, dear.” and begins opening the present.

Box is open, revealing well-chosen, thoughtful present (i.e. warm, water-proof, flexible shoe-boots – Ducks, actually – specifically chosen to be slip-resistant on Chicago winter streets) chosen very specifically for a woman who rode the city bus every single day. “They’re ugly. I will never wear them.” 

And we’re off!! Holiday Court is now in session! DEFEND! YOUR! GIFT!

“But Ma, they’re for when you take the bus. Look how flexible they are (holding shoe, bending it back and forth). They’ll be good in the rain, or the snow, if it’s icy……”

“Take them back. I already have boots.”

“Yes, but they are heavy, they are not flexible and you have already fallen twice this winter. With these, you won’t have any of those problems.”

“I wouldn’t be caught dead in those shoes.”

“If you wear them, you won’t be found dead on the sidewalk because you slipped on the ice!”


Now forget all about it because you will NOT be doing that this year!

Resist the urge to defend yourself; do not allow the ingratitude of others to take the warmth out of your hospitality. Do not allow dissatisfied people to suck the joy from your own appreciation. Find the balance withing yourself to discern the genuine battles worth fighting (there will be no hate speech in your home, as an example) from the petty squabbles worth ignoring (if someone doesn’t care for Diet Coke, they can drink water – nothing to argue about). 

And if anyone doesn’t like the present you give them, say “No problem.” and take it back with a smile, knowing you will never need to buy that person a present EVER AGAIN. 

This is your holiday season – enjoy it on your own terms, and do not allow anyone else to hold your happiness hostage. 


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12/07/17: Pass the Bactine, please.

“Well, thank goodness that’s over.” Barbara Moore

10S Steam

((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

There is no going back – it is over.

Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, take a hot shower, get to bed early.

Tomorrow is another day, and you will have a great deal of work to do.

Just move along – there’s nothing left to see here.


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12/06/17: THINK FAST!!

“An opportunity can disappear as quickly as a thought.” Barbara Moore

AS Steam

((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))


Your thoughts and ideas have potential but they cannot actualize themselves. If you have an idea, do not waste valuable time or energy; make a plan, make waves, make it happen.

Good luck, and Goddess bless!!

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12/05/17: Seek your center.

“Being perfect is to be in constant motion, for you must adjust to the ever-changing currents of life in a perpetual balancing act.” Barbara Moore

Justice Steam

(The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Welcome to Tuesday with another timely Mercury Retrograde (MRx) message:

Seek your center!

  • Before you decide.

  • Before you speak.

  • Before you act.  

Temperance (defined here as  balance from within expressed without) is always worth striving to achieve but seldom easily attained, and almost impossible to maintain – we are still only human after all. MRx will not make this task any easier but alas, we must keep trying.

Be kind today (and every day), start with your self and push it forward. The better your own center, the lighter your struggles – although it may not always quite feel like it. 


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12/04/17: Love is all around…but it might not help (exactly).

“There is something about the power of love that lets us believe that anything is possible, if only we were with the right person.” Barbara Moore


((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

REMINDER: Mercury Retrograde (MRx) is in full effect. Patience isn’t just a virtue, it is a lifesaver!

The Lovers open the first week of December with love to spare…but that is not the same as having the answers you need, or knowing how to find them.

Take this energy and use it in all communications; speak and listen with love and kindness (absolutely everyone is dealing with MRx – whether they know it or not). This is your best chance to avoid holiday angst pitfalls otherwise heightened by this MRx turn.


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12/01-03/17 WEEKEND: Don’t overthink it!

((The Steampunk Tarot, Moore and Fell))

Diligence. Preparation. Balance.

…And with that, it is December.

If you have not been working on your holiday preparations, this is the time to make a plan and get to work. The energy is right, and there is no time like RIGHT NOW!

REMINDER: Perfect is a concept not an actuality; do not get caught up in this myth with holiday prep.

And as always, please enjoy the weekend!!


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