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Gift ideas for mystics and weirdos

Gift ideas for mystics and weirdos

You know what I don’t like? Our culture’s focus on selling cheap, poorly made, pointless junk in order to make more and more and more $$$. I also don’t like the implied assumption of corporations that we need certain external objects in order to reach an internal state of happiness. Pooey on all that noise!

That said, I am somewhat of a hypocrite because I do like purchasing lovely things, and I like giving things to the people I care about. Sometimes I find material possessions that actually DO bring real joy into my life! Maybe it’s my Virgo moon, but part of me loves useful and gorgeous objects. Right now the holiday season is upon us, so I’m thinking about gifts for my fellow mystics and weirdos!

Gathered here are a few things you may want to consider giving as presents to those you cherish. Or, if you’re like me, you may want to give YOURSELF a present or two from this list. Full disclosure, a few of these are Amazon affiliate links, which means if you purchase them I will get a very minuscule sliver of Amazon’s unfathomable wealth. Without further ado, lets put aside the ambivalence about consumerism and get into the gift ideas!

Everyone Essential Oil, Relax

This oil blend was an impulse purchase I made a few weeks ago and I am IN LOVE WITH IT. It comes with a dropper so I’m constantly rubbing a few drops between my palms and then inhaling the glorious aroma. It’s a 100% pure essential oil blend of frankincense, orange, lavender, lavandin, vetiver and ylang ylang. The smell is dreamy, it makes me imagine I am floating on a beautiful orange and pink cloud as the sun sets. It’s not a bad price either, currently about $9.

The Naked Heart Tarot

If you hang around in the tarot community on Instagram, or if you saw my review a few months ago, you’re probably familiar with this deck. It’s gorgeous and it feels like a luxury item. The box is beautiful, the card stock is beautiful, the images are beautiful. The imagery centers around animals and the natural world, so it would be a nice gift for someone who doesn’t like the human-focused imagery of more traditional decks.

The 2019 Metaphysician’s Day Planner by Benebell Wen

When I think about Benebell Wen a few words come to mind: thoughtful, thorough, knowledgeable. This is one of the few items on this gift guide I haven’t personally used but I have been intrigued by it since she debuted it in 2017. This is a planner that focuses on structuring your mundane life and to-do lists, but it is ALSO focused on fitting in your metaphysical pursuits. Benebell offers the digital files for only $25 which is a remarkable price for what you get, and she also describes options for getting your planner printed. You know anything Benebell creates is going to be legit, so check this out for the serious metaphysicians in your life.

Make Blackout Poetry: Turn These Pages Into Poems

Starting to make blackout poetry is one of the most life-affirming things I’ve done in a long time. There’s something really healing, soothing and quieting about this process. John Carroll runs the Instagram account @makeblackoutpoetry and he was the original inspiration for me, and many others, to try out this art form. His new book is a collection of written material, all bound together for you to get started out on your own blackout poetry creations. This would be a great gift for anyone curious about blackout poetry!

Healing Herbal Teas by Sarah Farr

My rad sister-in-law gave me this book as a present last Christmas and it is AWESOME. If you know someone who is interested in making their own teas, this book is a great resource. Sarah Farr has a grounded, welcoming approach. A lot of ground is covered here: information on different types of herbs, how to start your own herb garden, information on purchasing quality herbs, and ways to forage with respect to cultures and the land. I mentioned this book to the guy who owns our local apothecary here in Salt Lake City, and he likes it too so you know it’s legit. I’ve blended two teas from the recipes here and both have been delightful.

Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

It seems like every time I turn around, someone else is either going full on vegan or just trying to eat with a more plant-focused approach. I’m no fan of food dogma – eat meat if you want to eat meat – but it’s undeniable that at least trying to eat a LITTLE more plants is a good thing. I love cooking, and Isa’s recipes are HANDS DOWN my favorite. I have all of her books and sing her praises to anyone who will listen. This one is probably my favorite because the recipes here are both delicious and fairly simple. A few of my favorites: Arabian Lentil Soup, Irish Seitan Stew, Trattoria Pasta Salad, Mac and Trees… gah now I’m hungry! Buy this book for everyone you know, it is da bomb.

Hugger Mugger Yoga Blanket

I started attending a meditation class a few months ago and the teacher always has a bunch of these blankets on hand. Cozying up on this magical blanket is basically my idea of heaven. I don’t know what it is about these blankets, they are just extraordinary. They’re made from recycled fibers! They are so soft! They are so warm! This is another item I sadly do not yet own, but I love using them at meditation class and I oh so want one of my own. They are listed as yoga blankets so they’d be a thoughtful gift for anyone who practices yoga, but honestly they don’t HAVE to be used for yoga, they’d be a great gift for anyone who enjoys being wrapped in a magical blanket hug.

Skull Planter

I have one of these in my office. There’s a reason the motif of skulls and plants comes up again and again in various cultures, it’s powerful. Life and death, together. So poetic! And let’s be honest, it also just looks cool. Get these planters and then stick a plant in ‘em and you have a unique and inexpensive gift.

The Tarot Coloring Book by Theresa Reed

I got this book when it first came out and have been sloooowly working my way through it. There are so many things to love about this: coloring is relaxing! You can learn about the Waite-Smith deck symbolism while you color! I’ve found myself noticing small details in the cards as I’m coloring, so not only is this a fun gift, it’s also a way to progress as a tarot student.

Burt’s Bees Birch Bark Soy Candle

I know they are a huge company owned by Clorox, but I can’t help it… I still love Burt’s Bees. I use many of their products and bought this candle for the first time earlier this year. I liked it so much I stocked up on a bunch of them. The soy burns like a dream and the smell is woodsy and musky. If I’m not diffusing the essential oil blend mentioned above, I often have one of these candles going in my office. The scent is a nice accompaniment to reading tarot, journaling, or doing other spiritual shiz.

Dreams & Themes for 2019: Tarot Readings and Activities (ebook) by Carrie Mallon

I may be slightly biased, but this creation of mine would make an A+ gift if I do say so myself. The first section is a workbook with tarot-inspired activities to round out 2018 and set the tone for 2019. The second section is a gathering of collective energy tarot readings for each month of the new year. It’s only $18 for the digital download. Purchase one for yourself, purchase another one for a friend! To make it an extra nice gift, you can do what I did last year and have a copy printed and bound at the UPS store or somewhere like that.

And there you have it! Just a few ideas of things you might want to give (or get) this year. Sending you many warm blessings,

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Dreams & Themes For 2019 eBook

Dreams & Themes For 2019 eBook

 

 

Dreams & Themes For 2019 connects you with your truest self
as you venture into this new year.

Welcome to the second annual Dreams & Themes ebook! Maybe you worked with this tool during 2018, or maybe this is your introduction. Either way, these pages are here to help you consciously connect with all that 2019 has to offer! The PDF ebook is currently available as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD for $18.

Dreams & Themes For 2019 ebook :: Download yours now for $18 USD!




There is a collective energy that happens around the new year. It’s an energy of assessing where you’ve been, reaffirming your commitment to the present, and envisioning the highest good of the future. With tarot as your ally, this ebook offers you a gentle but powerful invitation into this sparkling new year energy.

There are three sections to Dreams & Themes. The first section is all about clarifying your personal dreams and themes for the new year. Here you’ll use your own tarot cards to reflect on 2018 as well as cast your vision forward to 2019. A few examples of the tarot activities you’ll find here:

– Integrating both blessings and challenges from 2018

– A tarot ritual to tie up energetic loose ends from 2018

– Setting intentions in all areas of your life for the new year

– Discovering opportunities for spiritual growth during 2019

– Discerning how you can best be of service throughout the year

– Setting your theme word for 2019

– A tarot ritual to open the new year

The second section of this book focuses on our collective dreams and themes for 2019. This is a gathering of tarot readings – written by me – for each month of the year. These readings highlight overarching energetic themes that apply to us all. The guidance in these readings is both universally applicable as well as deeply personal. Many of the readings also include suggested activities or affirmations to work with each month.

Finally, the third section guides you in reflection. This is an open-ended space to sit with your personal tarot draws, as well as the collective tarot readings. You can return to this section at the end of every month to process and integrate!

If you worked with the 2018 edition, you’ll notice some familiar concepts but a lot of new content as well. The tarot activities will vary from year to year, and the collective readings are more detailed than they were last year! I hope to continue creating this ebook for many years to come and each edition will have its own unique aspects.

If you adore using tarot in creative ways… and if you are devoted to showing up FULLY for this glorious journey called LIFE in 2019… I think you’ll love this book!

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Introducing The Spacious Tarot

Introducing The Spacious Tarot

So here it is: Annie Ruygt and I are creating a tarot deck together. It’s called the Spacious Tarot and it will (hopefully) make its way into the world sometime in 2019. Do I sound calm? I’m definitely not calm! I’m freaking out, in a (mostly) good way!

Annie and I have already been working on this project for over two years. I’ve dropped some hints here and there, but last week I made the official announcement on Instagram. I’m super excited (but also really nervous!) to finally be sharing some images from our deck with you guys.

One of our concepts with this deck is to create imagery that immerses you. There are no humans (although a few animals show up, and a few human artifacts as well). Many of the major arcana cards attempt to depict a scene that represents the energy of that card, so that you can envision yourself stepping into that energy. You can get a feel for this with our Fool card, pictured above. 

We’ve been working on this deck for over two years already! It’s been interesting seeing how things emerge. We’ve tinkered with various art styles and toyed with various themes. We’ve tried out different titles. We’ve also taken breaks whenever this project starts to feel too overwhelming or frustrating. We both agreed from the outset that we wanted creating a deck to be a pleasureable, organic experience. And it has been! 

I keep having this feeling that the deck is coming forward how it is meant to come forward. It’s like the visual, energetic world of these cards was already out there somewhere in the ether, and Annie and I have been providing a way for it to take shape and form. The title of the deck came to me one lovely spring day while I was out for a walk: The Spacious Tarot. It felt right. Spacious describes the energy of the deck itself, and I would say it also describes the energy going into the creation process.

Right now we’ve got about thirteen cards that are done-ish. I must tell you that most of the pictures here are not really doing the deck justice – most of these are just screenshots printed on cardstock, so the resolution and quality is not amazing. However, I was really itching to see a few cards printed and I want to start giving you a feel for how it’s going. They will look a lot better when they are DONE done. 

Our process has generally looked like this: I come up with a concept and a chicken scratch sketch of how I think a card might look. Annie makes changes or additions, giving input on how to refine our visual storytelling. Then she does a much better sketch version of the card. And then, once we’re both happy with it, Annie does the final artwork and it ends up looking something like what you see here.

We still have a long way to go, but I am over the moon that we are doing this. When I look at how things are taking shape, I feel plugged into something mysterious and magical. It’s a real good feeling. When we are done, if nothing else, I’ll know I have a deck that speaks to MY soul. Hopefully a few other people like it, as well!

Because this is a project with SO much involved, right now we’ve just been taking one step at a time. I’m honestly not sure when the deck will be ready, but we hope to have it out some time in 2019. That might be an ambitious goal though, so we’ll see. The deck is spacious, after all. We want to keep up the momentum but we don’t want to rush it.

I feel really lucky to be working with Annie. Not only is she obviously an incredible artist who puts palpable love into her work, she is also hands down one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. We’ve done a lot of Skyping since we started this project and we also got to meet in person when I visited New York City last year. I will fully admit that I have at times been incredibly obnoxious, requesting ten thousand changes to the cards (even as I’m writing this I’m thinking of a few tweaks we might make to the Hermit) and Annie always lets me know if I’m on to something or if I’m overthinking. I honestly cannot imagine creating this deck with anyone but her. 

In due time Annie and I will be launching a Kickstarter. I’m not sure when, but it will be happening eventually. So if you like the look of this deck and would be interested in supporting the creation, stay tuned! I’ll be sharing updates on my blog and in my newsletter. I’ll also keep you posted via my main instagram account, @carriemallon, and this deck has its very own Instagram account as well, @thespacioustarot.

And there you have it! Something I’ve been waiting over two years to show you guys and at last you have a peek. I can’t wait to talk more about the Spacious Tarot as it continues to come to life. If you have thoughts or questions on the deck so far, feel free to share – I’d love to hear from you!

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How to Integrate Life Lessons

How to Integrate Life Lessons

In this video, you’ll get a few tips on going from “I know this on an intellectual level” to “I FREAKING GET THIS AND I AM TRANSFORMED.”

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Finding a Sense of Belonging w/Tarot

Finding a Sense of Belonging w/Tarot

Last month I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Inaugural Light & Love Tarot Conference in Montreal. Because I’ve had a few people message me requesting this, and also just because I really am passionate about this topic, I’ve recorded myself giving the full presentation to share with all of you who couldn’t be there in person! 

The title of my talk is Finding a Sense of Belonging With Tarot. In our time together, you’ll learn about what belonging is, why it is so vital, and how we as tarot readers can cultivate a sense of belonging for ourselves and those we read for. You’ll walk away with three specific activities you can try with your own tarot cards.

I hope you find something useful here! If you have any thoughts or questions about what I’ve shared, you’re welcome to get in touch.

Watch the video below:

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Choosing substance

Choosing substance

One of the first things I do every morning is make a to-do list for myself. Sometimes this is really straightforward, especially if I already have appointments booked. But other days, like today, I have a whole bunch of random stuff that needs to get prioritized. This is a struggle for me because I am much more Empress than Emperor: I like being creative and coming up with ideas and letting things grow organically. I resist creating plans and holding myself accountable. 

I typically prioritize my tasks intuitively. I trust that if I focus on what feels like the right thing to do each day, I’ll keep heading in the right direction. This is all well and good when I’m spiritually solid, but sometimes anxiety creeps in and fogs my ability to make clear choices. That’s what happened this morning.

This morning the simple task of making a to-do list felt like trying to climb a mental mountain. My brain was like “I should do this, but I also need to do that, oh and there’s this other thing I really WANT to do, oh yeah and that thing I’ve been putting off for weeks now, oh and here’s a totally new idea to take into account, but is today really the day to do any of these things, or should I be doing something ELSE today?”

After grappling with this line of thinking – wait, line of thinking? Naw, more like chaotic dance of thinking. Anyway, after dealing with this for a while, I moved on to my card of the day practice. I drew the Two of Crystals (akin to the suit of pentacles) from the Nomad Tarot. I felt a sense of calm settling in when I looked at this card. As usual, tarot offered exactly what I needed. Here’s the message that came through for me today with this card:

Prioritize substance. What has the most (metaphoric) weight? As in, what is really meaningful? What is really necessary? What is really useful?

I always find these earthy, practical types of questions very soothing when my anxiety riddled brain is struggling to make sense of things. The imagery in this deck is both striking and sparse, simple yet substantial. My attention was drawn to that bottom crystal. It looks like it has more weight, and it has a more intricate pattern.

As it relates to my to-do list quandry, this card asked me to ground down into what matters most. Instead of dwelling in my head on all the many different directions I should go, this card asked me to remember what significance those directions might hold for me. Sure, there are many things I could do today…but which of those things have real, meaningful, solid weight?

This reminds me of a classic piece of advice on setting priorities. Imagine that you have a glass jar. The jar represents the time and space that exists in your life. Next to the jar, you have many rocks of varying shapes and sizes. These represent all of the things you need to do and want to do. Now, the best way to fit the rocks into the jar is to start with the biggest rocks. Of course, the biggest rocks represent the things that are the most important to you, the most essential to your well-being. The smaller rocks, representing the things that are less meaningful, can then fit in around the big rocks.

This was the reminder I needed today. My life is not about getting as much done as possible. It’s not about occupying myself with busy work or dumb tasks that I “should” do. No, no. My life is about fitting in as much meaning as possible. It’s about prioritizing the things that have weight. It’s about holding space first and foremost for what has substance. It’s not about trying to do everything – it’s about being devoted to doing what matters most.

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One of the best feelings in the world is reflecting on a tarot card and finding it unlocks doors within you. If you could use some reflection and guidance, consider booking a one hour Skype reading with me. A few slots are still available for October. All the information here.

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Autumn dreaming: where I’ve been + what’s coming next

Autumn dreaming: where I’ve been + what’s coming next

Hello friends,

I’m back from a couple weeks of traveling. I’m currently sitting in one of my favorite corners of the universe, my little home office. My chunky calico cat Lulu is curled up in a patch of sunshine, the smell of wet leaves is drifting in from outside. My trusty Waite-Smith tarot deck is sprawled out on one side of my desk, a cup of coffee and a selenite sphere on the other side. It’s a nice atmosphere. I am lucky. I am grateful.

If you follow my Instagram stories, you’ve already heard plenty about my travels. But if you’re not an avid Instagrammer, here’s what’s been going on: I went to Montreal to attend, and speak at, a tarot conference. I have wanted to give a talk about tarot for many years, and I am so happy that the opportunity arose!

The keynote speakers were my top two tarot icons: Mary K Greer and Rachel Pollack. I loved listening to them, and I also loved giving my own speech – even though I was nervous, it was late and the audience was waning and half asleep. I very much hope I’ll be talking about tarot at another in-person event in the not too distant future.

My talk was titled ‘Finding a sense of belonging with tarot.’ I talked about what belonging is, why it is important, and discussed three concrete ways we can use tarot to foster a sense of belonging for ourselves and the people we read for. It’s a topic I’m very passionate about and quite personally invested in. Within the next few weeks, I’m hoping to record myself giving the speech and put it up online for anyone who may be interested.

What else is happening next? Client readings were on hold while I was away, but they are now re-opened and I’m currently booking one hour Skype readings for October. As usual, I have a limited amount of slots available (nine as I’m writing this). If you are interested in getting together to pull some cards, I would love to connect with you!  

I’m (already!) looking forward to starting work on a Dreams and Themes for 2019 ebook. You may recall I put one out for 2018 – maybe you’ve even used it this year? If you did purchase the 2018 edition, I’d love to hear any thoughts or feedback you have. I’m considering ways to make the 2019 edition even more meaningful and useful, so please shoot me an email or leave a comment if you’d like to help me shape this process.

It’s only October, but I know the rest of the year will start flying by quickly, as time sometimes does. For the rest of October, I’ll be focusing on the ebook, as I already mentioned, as well as client sessions and a few other miscellaneous business projects. In my personal life, I’m preparing to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) during November. A few years ago I wrote a blog series called From Nonexistent to Novel: Winning NaNoWriMo Using Tarot. It’s worth a read if you, also, are daring enough to attempt to write a novel in one month!

Aside from all of this, I’m trying – as always – to reconnect with myself. To stay centered, present and powerful even when the world around me feels chaotic. I’m trying – as always – to stay informed without losing my shit. I’m doing what I can to take care of myself mentally, spiritually and physically. Lately this means walks in the rain, cooking vegan jambalaya, and of course, pulling tarot cards for myself.

October is one of my favorite months (tied with May). There are some autum hikes to look forward to in the near future, as well as baking pumpkin oatmeal. I’ve busted out the Deck of the Bastard to use for my daily draws as it is one of my favorite decks for fall. Soon I will be harvesting herbs from my garden – I have an abundance of nettle, lemon balm, and mint! They will be dried and blended into tea for the upcoming cold winter months.

So yeah! That’s a small slice of where I’ve been and where I’m going. I hope that wherever you are, you are connecting with meaning and magic. 

Until we meet again,

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Naked Heart Tarot: a review

Naked Heart Tarot: a review

If you are like me, you are always looking to fuel your tarot deck lust. Luckily for you, I am here to do just that with this video review of the Naked Heart Tarot! Watch to learn all about this deck and hear all my riveting opinions.

You can purchase your own deck on the creator’s site, jilliancwilde.com or on Amazon.

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The Unofficial Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings: Download, Print, Love!

The Unofficial Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings: Download, Print, Love!

Back in 2015, I purchased the Wild Unknown tarot deck and was immediately hooked. I began a blog series to share my thoughts and unofficial interpretations of the cards. It took over a year to write the initial posts. In late 2017 I set out to update all of the original posts with better photos and additional information on each card. Those updates took another year! It is now 2018 and I’ve just finished putting the final touches on the series.

When I started this project, I was doing it to satisfy my own curiosity. But over the years I have received many emails and comments thanking me for creating these posts. I am so glad to know this project has been useful for you! I’ve received a lot of requests for a downloadable and printable version of my unofficial Wild Unknown tarot card meanings series. At long last, that is exactly what I have for you here!

I am offering this PDF download for free. However, if you are able to offer a contribution (suggestion: $10 USD) to support the energy I put into this project, I will be very grateful.

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PLEASE NOTE BEFORE DOWNLOADING: writing these posts has been a labor of love. I am not affiliated with the Wild Unknown, Harper Elixir or Kim Krans. The deck is owned and copyrighted by Kim Krans and Harper Elixir. For official views on these cards, visit thewildunknown.com and purchase the official guidebook that accompanies the deck.

This PDF file contains all of the text from my original blog series, but does not contain images. This file is intended only for your personal use and studies. The text of the blog posts and the PDF file is the intellectual property of Carrie Mallon LLC.

Enjoy your tarot studies!

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This is not a boring post about morning routines

This is not a boring post about morning routines

Alright, people. This is not a boring post about morning routines… it’s an exciting one! Or at least an informative one! I know the internet is already brimming with posts about people’s picture-perfect morning routines, so I hesitated to write this. But the truth is that implementing a morning routine literally changed my life for the better. So here we are.

Why though?

Before I had my own morning routine, I was pretty cynical about the entire concept. Pssh, morning routines? That’s for people who roll out of bed happy and have all the time in the world to navel-gaze, not for people like me who hit the snooze button five times and then wake up grumpy and have to get to work.

At that time I was struggling with life. I kind of hated my job, I had low energy basically all of the time, and I was pretty inconsistent with doing the things that matter most to me like writing and exercising. I had a lot of brain fog and a lack of focus.

And look, I’m not going to act like starting a morning routine was some magic bullet, but it really did create some big shifts. Starting the day consciously – doing something meaningful, spiritual and intentional – lets you connect with yourself and get centered before you start your day. And at least for me, this led to experiencing greater clarity and focus throughout the entire day.

In case this needs to be said, giving yourself the gift of a morning routine is NOT selfish. Consistency in your morning routine leads you to your center, and this allows you to show up more lovingly for yourself AND for the people in your life. It is a win win all around.

How to create your own morning routine

When I suggest that my clients try out their own morning routine, one of the most common resistant points is time. I get this – I’m self-employed now, but when I first started my own morning routine I had a regular job. And as I’m not a “morning person” to begin with, I had to move through my own resistance about time. So if you decide to create your own routine, the first thing to do is think about how much time you want to devote to each morning.

What worked for me is simply getting up half an hour earlier, and setting a timer before I started my morning routine. What works for each of us is different – maybe you’ll only want a ten minute routine, or maybe you’ll want an hour. But for me, half an hour is that ‘sweet spot’ where it feels effective yet also allows me to get on with whatever’s on my schedule for the day.

Once you know how much time you’ve set aside, you get to the fun part: deciding what to do with that time. Remember that your routine does not have to look like anyone else’s! The whole point is to do something that makes YOU feel centered, grounded and connected to yourself. So start by asking yourself: what activities make me feel that way? For example, you might choose to implement any of the following (or something else entirely):

  • Journaling.
  • Meditation.
  • Drinking tea or coffee.
  • Tarot draws.
  • Yoga.
  • Ecstatic dance.
  • Prayer.
  • Reading poetry or a spiritual text.
  • Chanting.
  • Doodling.
  • Sitting at your altar.
  • Writing.
  • Using affirmations or mantras.
  • Walking.
  • Lighting candles or incense or diffusing oils.
  • Working with crystals.
  • Rituals or spellcrafting.
  • Listening to music.
  • Creating art.
  • Spiritual study.

The key is picking the things that actually speak to you, not the things you think you “should” do or that you saw someone else on the internet doing. Your routine will be the most nourishing when it is custom created to fit your weird little heart. It’s also okay to switch up your routine. The point isn’t to do the exact same thing every morning, the point is to give yourself some soul nourishment each morning, and your soul’s needs may vary from day to day.

My morning routine

I want to start by saying I am not perfect! Even though I’ve had some form of a morning routine for five or six years now, I definitely fall off the bandwagon from time to time (and always feel crappier when this happens). Some days I’m grumpy and feel like I’m just going through the motions, but I still do it. And I usually skip the weekends. So yeah – I’m not perfect, but it’s not about perfection.

That said, here’s what my morning routine looks like currently, on an ideal day. When my alarm goes off, I try really hard to resist the urge to check my phone. I’ve found that for me, getting on the news or social media straight away fucks with my energy. I do usually glance at my emails in case I have something important from a client, but other than that I TRY not to get sucked into smart phone land.

From there, I have a glass of water with lemon (I slice up a lemon each week and keep it in the fridge). I make breakfast (oatmeal and coffee most days) and say good morning to my partner and my fur babies. From here, the heart of my morning routine commences.

I head into my office – or, if the weather permits, I sit outside on the porch. With me I have my brekkie and coffee, two journals, my planner and a tarot deck. I eat my breakfast first thing because I’m always really hungry when I wake up. I take a look at my planner while I’m eating and make a to-do list for the day. I like doing the planning stuff first thing, because then my brain isn’t dwelling on logistics when I move on to the next portion of my routine.

Once my tummy is full and my planner is updated, I pull a tarot card of the day for myself. I use my Sacred Journey journal to record my card. This is pretty no-frills, I just notate the card and a sentence or two about how it might be applicable to my day. If I remember any dreams from the night, I also record them in this same journal.

From here, I either do some journaling, or do some meditation for however much time I have left. Several years ago, journaling WAS my morning routine. Back then I was doing daily ‘morning pages’ – a tool from the Artist’s Way, morning pages are three pages, written long hand, done daily to get all the gunk out of your brain. If you are feeling reaaallly stuck, I highly recommend morning pages. But at this point, for me, three pages is overkill. I just write a page or two on days when the mood strikes.

As for meditation, I mentioned that back in June I was doing an hour a day. I’ve adjusted this slightly, and found that about twenty minutes is my ‘sweet spot’ for meditation. I’ve been taking a course in iRest meditation, which is based off Yoga Nidra, and I’ve found this modality works better for me than more traditional seated meditations.

And that’s it! This current incarnation of my morning routine usually takes around 45 minutes. Of course, as I already said, I don’t tell you this so that you can make your routine look just like mine. This is just to give you an idea of what a morning routine might look like.

Do it!

All those years ago, before I had my own morning routine, I remember wanting to roll my eyes when I heard people talk about them. I thought they were for people with all the time in the world for navel-gazing and I thought I could never be one of “those people.” But I have to say this again…

Having a morning routine DID change my life. And it continues to change my life.

If you are able to get in a bit of self-care in the morning, you know you’ve filled your tank that much. If you wait until later in the day to do the things that evoke your soul, it’s a lot easier for them to end up being forsaken. I am a firm believer in doing the things that matter first, and what matters the most in your life is taking care of yourself. My meditation teacher always brings up a quote that goes something like this: “self-care is not selfish. In fact, it is selfless. When you take care of yourself, you are then able to give to others without resentment.”

You matter. Your spiritual connection matters. Carve out the space in your life to connect with yourself each morning, and I guarantee your heart will feel lighter and brighter, and the world needs you at your lightest and brightest!

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