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March 30, 2020

Today, I stumbled across a piece written by a Hopi Shaman. It is perhaps the most eloquent summary of our current state that I've seen to date, and I wanted to share it with all of you:

“This moment humanity is going through can now be seen as a portal and as a hole. T...

March 15, 2020

I'm just going to state this at the outset: I am not a doctor. I'm not even a witch doctor, or a witch for that matter. That said, I am an American armed with the internet and fueled by an inherently distrusting and dystopian view of the current paradigm of human socie...

March 9, 2020

Today is a Full Moon in Virgo, ending a Mercury Retrograde for the ages (yah- it was awesome and it sucked!). If you've been feeling stuck and stagnant or out of breath from all of the chaotic change, today will literally be a breath of fresh air for you.

Expanded Avail...

February 14, 2020

I have huge news. Totem’s isn’t just involved anymore. We’re committed.

After being in business for more than seven years, I’ve finally taken the plunge and procured a dedicated space for TOTEM at:
Medical Arts Building
715 Lake Street (near Oak Park Ave....

February 9, 2020

Happy Lupercalia!

This coming Saturday, February 15th is Lupercalia- the original holiday inspiring the more modern- and more puritanical- Valentine's Day. Pagans believed that Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus, two men that were saved and fed as a baby by a she-w...

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...

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