New Moon in Taurus Reflections

Blessed New Moon in Taurus everyone!

Which for many folks feels especially wonderful, I’m sure, because Venus is finally direct and letting our feels breathe.

This new moon is a bit harder for me. It’s the first one where I’ve felt nearly altogether depleted- usually new moons give me an extra boost of energy. Not that its magic isn’t as potent, just my life is facing a bit more challenge than usual and my self-care isn’t as on point as I’d like it to be.

I’m adjusting to a family health challenge and to the subsequent role of caregiver. I traveled, so the sanctuary of home is unavailable. Most of my day is spent inside a hospital, which I’ve always been energy-sensitive to and the usual care habits aren’t as accessible in my new day to day.

I’m trying to form a plan for the long-term while I’m in the adjustment period. I’ve got the larger plans in the works but also taking advantages of the little pockets of air that allow for a bit of grounding and comfort- like a tea, blended with hawthorn and holy basil and flower petals to soothe and bolster my heart, that I mixed on impulse five minutes before the five hour drive to the hospital.

A taste of sanctuary.

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The usual lunar readings have been harder for me. It’s not as easy to take in broader themed messages appropriate for this moon like love, home, abundance, security, and manifestation when I’m dealing with what feels like such an insurmountable set of circumstances.

Not that it looks like avoiding those themes is possible- case in point my new moon reading. The FOUR OF WANDS, STAR, and MAGICIAN are all about love, home, abundance, security, and manifestation.

So how to bring that energy down here where I am at?

20170426_214740New Moon in Taurus reflection reading from the Ostara Tarot

I don’t have a clear answer yet, or rather it’s slowly forming and I can’t quite articulate it yet. It’s my New Moon soul homework for tonight as I spend the night hospital bedside once again.

With all this of course, a few things have been placed on a necessary hold. While I’m away from home, my meditative tarot teas, baths, and talismans will be unavailable as I’m not near my herbs at the moment.

What I am wide open and available for is tarot readings! I’m never far from a deck of cards. I’ve got some time on my hands and I’d like to continue being of service. So go ahead and book a reading for yourself and let’s explore Taurus’ lessons of love, home, abundance, security, and manifestation together. As always, sliding scale is available.


Refined Tarot Reading Offerings in the Shop

I’m always in permanent tinker mode when it comes to my practice. Always trying to figure out how better to serve, present, and create. In my tweak-and-tinker crosshairs over the last week was the readings section of my shop.

It hasn’t changed much- in fact there have really only ever been two major changes. At the outset, I offered readings virtually and the different options were based on timespan. Then I modified the page to specify what kind of reading my client would like with even more options based on particular themes and added email readings and sliding scale. Which was all well and good but it wasn’t really connecting with me anymore.

I worked on the page yesterday, adding options then taking them away, and all it really led me to was what I wanted in the first place anyway. Two easy to understand options that leave space for me to make every reading I do as unique for each client as possible. I also switched to email only for now, with virtual or in-person readings available by request only. I’m also keeping the sliding scale on all my work in the shop. That part’s fundamental to the ethics of my healing practice.

Working it this way takes away any scheduling difficulties and allows me space not just for my other work, but also to take care of other clients in the shop ordering bath, tea, and oil blends. It also reduces confusion and overwhelm for clients visiting the shop (or maybe even trying tarot for the first time) and easily lets everyone know what they’re getting.

So here’s what we got:

Asali Earthwork Tarot & Oracle Readings

energysnapshotThe ENERGY SNAPSHOT is the one for you if you need it served to you straight up no chaser. With this reading we incisively evaluate your query and vision where you are. We look at the elemental concerns of your query, giving light to the mental, emotional, material, and spiritual energy surrounding you in this moment. It’s effective and right to the point.


soul searcherThe SOUL SEARCHER is the one for those moments when you want to go deeper. Your reading is purposefully intricate and designed to be as in-depth as possible, crafted to your particular query and circumstance. Oh, and there will be homework. I always suggest this when receiving your reading, but you will absolutely need tea (or your favored beverage), note-taking tools, and time to reflect.

So come on over y’all. I got all my cards out and ready for you, loves.


#taroteveryday: loving is an act of courage

Venus has gone direct and it has some pretty explicit instructions for me. As told by the results of this check-in spread.


1. What is the state of my heart space at this time? KNIGHT OF WANDS. I laughed out loud at the sight of this Knight. Proud, irreverent, eyes closed to their surroundings and really anything anyone might say in assist- if it doesn’t vibe with what they think is best. That’s me about this topic. Oh, I’m very open-hearted… but only when I want to be, how I want to be, and where I want to be. Which isn’t a bad thing- it’s served me well and let me take care of myself, but it isn’t always the best move. Especially when literally every single major reading, and now minor everyday readings like this one, are asking me to put the couer in courage and meet love in a new way.

2. What energy needs releasing? EIGHT OF SWORDS.  Around Ostara I received cards with essentially this message– that any perceived restrictions, obstacles, or incapability are an illusion. I’m not powerless in this space, in fact moving from a place of openness, love, and joy is my power.

3. What energy should be invited? ACE OF PENTACLES. Usually the cups suit is all about emotion, but I see my heart in that coin being offered. Pentacles are also about treasure, and my heart full of light and crystals and magic is my greatest treasure. It’s not the end of the world to offer it up and know that what makes it precious is also what protects it, so I’ll be fine.

4. Additional guidance to invite balance and flow? LOVE. Well, yes.

Love is lifeforce.
-Alexis Pauline Gumbs



#taroteveryday: Queen of Wands in affirmation


A comforting reminder from ancestors that I’m still here, still growing, and I’m coming along nicely even as the wind blows all around. I’d also received this card in reverse from a larger reading given to me today, so this is a lovely affirmation as I end the day.

I’m into this new space I’m creating.


Tea Time Reading #3

How are you making time to come back to yourself?

It’s the little things, yes?

Here’s what I did today: made some hawthorn-hibiscus tea, received a beautiful tarot heartwise reading from a dear cronesoulfemme at Blacker Berry Tarot+Botanicals, cuddled with my cat, cooked a colorful but simple stew, listened to an herbalism podcast, read healing books, and cuddled with my cat some more.

I did what loved me back- a wonderful definition of self-care from Kyana Brindle who is included in this reading list.

I hope you find time for that space to do what loves you back.

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Mercury Rx Guidance Spread â˜¿

So you wanna survive Mercury in retrograde?

Okay, start laughing.

Seriously, you’re gonna have to start laughing- at yourself, at the world, at the general ridiculousness of how messy everything is. The secret to Mercury Rx is laughter- the ability to bend with the wind rather than break from how unpredictable things seem to be getting (seriously though, I mostly watch comedies during ☿ Rx periods).

Of course, laughter and depth are not exclusive. Mercury in retrograde asks you to go deeper- it’s like walking in moonlight day and night. You cannot rely on what you see, you can’t even be sure the path before you is true; you’ve just got to trust the knowledge you already have inside- as one would use the stars to navigate towards true north. And yes, that can be as beautiful as it sounds.

I did my best to combine these two ideas, laughter and depth, in the layout of this spread. Try this spread out with the intention of both being told what you already knew and hold space to be surprised as well. Remember to laugh, even when you feel a twinge when those cards show up- it helps release the tension that could too easily build up. The card positions are phrased both as names for card positions and general guidelines for thriving (yes, thriving) through Mercury in retrograde.


Alright, let’s lay it out:

  1. Message from Mercury the Magician. This is the foundation of this spread- and an intentionally shaky one at that because after all, it’s Mercury Rx. Decide for yourself whether you’ll be pulling this one face up or drawn from the deck as usual.
  2. Connect with this inner truth. Mercury Rx is all about going inward and paying attention to how your intuition manifests externally. You’re assuming that everything in the external world is liable to shift at any time but what won’t shift lies within you. Your truth is the one immutable object in this time. Keep it in sight at all times.
  3. Divert energy from this space. Might not be the time to put 100% of your time and energy here.
  4. Invest energy into this space. This might bear taking a second look at while we work through Mercury’s retrograde.
  5. And here comes the twist! Whether or not you see it coming, you will experience a surprise or two. This, and the next two cards, prepare you for the unexpected, unfamiliar, and uncomfortable.
  6. Deviate from the beaten path. It’s easier to manage chaos if you’re not so comfortable with things as they are. This isn’t all doom and gloom, by the way. This is also the space to have fun. Do something spontaneous and just because!
  7. You’ll need a backup plan. Basic Mercury Rx strategy. In practical terms- are you backing up your files, planning on extra time to get to appointments, feasibly up on all your updates (up to and including car, home, and self-maintenance)?
  8. Just one more thing. There’s always more to learn. This can come up as a warning, blessing, or affirmation.
  9. Your rebirth as The Magician. And here is the real lesson of Mercury in Retrograde. All this season is here for is to move you toward intimate knowledge of the resources around you, and how to harness them as you conjure your magic in this world.

And look out for Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto working their own retrograde magic as well.

Alright off you go. Let’s rock this retrograde season.

Or at least survive it best we can. I won’t lie to you. These first few days have been tough. Venus has been doing me in as my beloved ruling planet. And even with all this, we still have our magic, our truth, and each other.

I trust that absolutely.

Breaking My Heart Open, on purpose

I should have known what this spread had in store for me when I named it after a Mary J. Blige album (you should totally get your life and listen to The Breakthrough by the way). The best parts of the album tell a story of love- yes, born out of trauma and pain (and I’ve got all kinds of thoughts swirling about why Black woman music genius all too often comes from deep shadow)- but it’s not about that, it’s about breaking through enough to learn how to revel in hope, joy, happiness, love, pleasure… for yourself. And then from nourishing and filling up that well so that you give from the overflow.


What would it mean to break my heart open?
Breaking my heart open for myself, letting all the contents pour out, and feeling safe and secure enough to hold that in my hands (and how deep is that, having so long held others hearts for them I’d forgotten how to hold my own safely?) to share with those I can now recognize as worthy of that gift.

The Student of Vessels holds the jar in the Ace and adds their own magic into it- literally pours their heart out.


Learning to love, and share that love with others deeply, intimately. I’ll admit that for a long time mine has been guarded (and with good reason) and now that my medicine requires it, I need to release it and be open and know that the pain and lessons of the past do not need to actively stop me before.

It’s not asking for an ignorance of past painful experience- a rose remains so- even with thorns, but those who know and are careful get to the sweet scent and enjoy and all the better for it. So for the sake of them I can hold my heart in my hands and know that it’s safe. It’s a challenge while Venus is in retrograde but all signs point to the road being open.