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June 12, 2019

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."  

                                                                                 -George Orwell...

June 3, 2019

Pragmatic Shamanism Podcast is Here!


I know I've been MIA lately- taking some much needed time off for self-care- and I owe a lot of you return emails, texts, and phone messages. TOTEM will be returning, offering readings and sessions, and we're looking at potentially...

March 26, 2019


Anyone who knows me knows how reluctant I've been to embrace Reiki as a practitioner. In spite of regularly receiving energy healing through this and other modalities myself, it's a big responsibility that I wanted be absolutely trained and ready to undertake, especia...

March 18, 2019

Waves of change

 
Things have been a little bumpy. This Mercury Retrograde (which ends on March 28th) is an intensely emotional retrospective for just about everyone I know: disruptive waves of deep emotions forcing intense reflection on how best to release the past and...

February 23, 2019

Happy Year of the Pig! 

 
On February 5th, we entered the Lunar Year of the Pig, saying goodbye to the territorial and hierarchical Dog and Rooster years of 2017 and 2018. The ladies at Astrostyle have a great summary of what to expect HERE, and at TOTEM we've alre...

November 20, 2018

Trust me, I get it. After a long day of work, cold weather, and picking up your dog's feces- all against the backdrop of fewer and fewer hours of sunlight- the last thing you want to do is pull it together to head back out and be social. For me, this is compounded by t...

November 15, 2018

Tarot gets a bad rap, especially in a city like Chicago where fortune tellers set up storefronts and grift unsuspecting customers with warnings of "blocked energy" or a "curse". But tarot is a lot older and in many ways more sophisticated than the stereotype. In preppi...

November 7, 2018

I'm all about totem animals, which is why I named my spiritual practice TOTEM. And, while I get asked about them all the time, it can be a hard thing to articulate in words. Totem animals are, like most things in shamanism, are best understood through personal experien...

August 27, 2018

The build up to yesterday's full moon felt a lot like an alternate reality, and not the good kind. More like the horror movie kind. Like the last scene of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", when you realize the last person you thought was a human being is actually a ter...

August 20, 2018


Yes, I realize that's inappropriate and yes, I realize a Real Housewives of New York City meme is not a traditionally inspiring image for a shamanic newsletter, but here we are. Mercury has gone direct, we're heading into a transformative full moon this coming Sunday,...

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