How to Perform a Spell: Supermoon 8/29/15

Supermoon!!! Saturday, August 29, 2015.

IMG_7883-1This is the main reason for today’s post.

The Supermoon (all one word) occurs when the moon is the closest to the earth in its orbit. Last year we had three Supermoons. As the moon is closest to the earth tides react more strongly along with our emotions. Emotions usually start to run high as long as one week prior to the Supermoon so if people around you have been acting a bit, well, crazy-nutso, now you know why. It will all blow over by September 1st as the last of the Supermoon’s energy wears off.

How you can best take advantage of the Supermoon is to light a candle for yourself. The Supermoon is also the full moon so that part of the lunar cycle can be used for any purpose. Just be sure to include only one purpose per candle. You can light multiple candles for yourself, if you wish.

The main things people are interested in manifesting for themselves or improving are:

  • Love and relationships of all kinds
  • career, and finances
  • Health
  • Spiritual growth
  • Banishing

Here are some basic tips on candle magic and then I’ll cover ideas you can use for each of the aforementioned magical desires.

First thing you do with a candle is you have to cleanse it. You don’t know what sort of vibes or energy it picked up in its manufacturing process, shipping, or while on the shelf of the store in which you purchased it.

You simply cleanse a candle by rubbing from the middle out to both ends; and, don’t forget to include the wick. Imagine gray or black smoke leaving the candle. The candle will grow warm due to the heat of your hands, but you may feel the candle grow lighter in weight. This is because you’re removing excess energy.

Once you feel the candle is cleansed (use your intuition!) it’s ready to be charged, but before that, be sure you have gathered all the supplies you intend to use. You never want to be in a position where you’ve calling on Deity and realize you forgot to set aside the herbs you want to use with your candle. Gather all materials, and the you’re ready to charge and use your candle.

Charging a candle is the opposite of cleansing it. Focus on what you wish to manifest. Let’s say you hope for a new and better job. You can focus on the thought, “A new and better job than the one I have now comes to me in the perfect time.” Keep that thought in mind as you rub your candle from either end toward the middle. Again, don’t forget to include the wick and imagine your desire entering the candle and moving down the length of the wick. This way as the candle burns and the wick and wax are consumed that will release your wish out into the universe.

Note: if your intention is to cleanse or banish something out of your life when you charge your candle you do so in the same direction you used to cleanse it. You imagine your intention leaving the candle, beginning at the middle and working out to either end, including the wick.

If your mind wanders at any time during the process, don’t worry. Just bring your thoughts back to the task at hand. If you have never performed candle magic before and you do not practice meditation it’s perfectly normal for your mind to wander. Don’t give up. Just refocus on your wish and keep going.

Once you feel your intention has been set into your candle it’s time to use it.

Items you will want to have on-hand for candle magic are as follows. You can include all or just some of these items. That’s up to you.

  • Paper plate (a MUST if you are using oils and/or herbs)
  • Either olive oil or an oil specific to your magical intention
  • Herbs specific to your magical intention
  • Favorite crystals or stones as an item to focus on (totally optional)
  • Incense for atmosphere (totally optional)

If you are placing herbs onto your candle, but you don’t have any scented oil on hand that matches your magical intention, use olive oil. Olive oil is excellent at absorbing energy. Put a bit in a small dish or bottle and hold it in your hands. Focus on your intention and “see” your intention enter the oil. Your olive oil is now charged for your magical purpose.

In order to place herbs on your candle, first with your fingers rub the oil into the candle the same way you charged the candle. Start from the bottom and rub the oil up to the middle, then go to the top of the candle and rub the oil from the top to the middle. I do NOT recommend you place any oil on the wick. That can cause a huge flaring flame when you first light the candle and those can be dangerous. You don’t want to singe your eyebrows!

If you are using herbs your candle is now ready to be coated in herbs. Simply sprinkle the herbal mixture onto the paper plate. Hold both your hands palms downward over the herbs with your fingers together as though you’re wearing mittens. Focus on your magical intention again and visualize it entering the herbs. The herbs are now charged for magical use for your particular intention.

Lay the oil-coated candle on its side onto the area of the paper plate closest to you and slowly roll it TOWARD you across the paper plate if your intention is to manifest something into your life or bring something to you. If you are focusing on getting rid of something (banishing), then place the candle on the side of the paper plate nearest you and roll it away from you.

Once some of the herbs have adhered to the candle’s surface it’s ready to be focused upon and lit. You do not have to get all the herbs to stick to the candle. Just some is fine. If there are empty patches on your candle, don’t worry. The important thing is that at least a few crumbs of each herb you used are somewhere on your candle.

Always be sure you have a candle holder appropriate for the size of candle you are using and burn it in a safe place away from drafts, small children and animals who might knock it over. Sparks can fly off of candles burned for magical intentions and they can be large sparks so also be sure your candle is far from curtains, books, papers, and other highly flammable objects.

Focus on your intention, repeat it either in your mind or out loud 9 times, also remember to call on whatever aspect of Deity you wish to work with, then light the candle. Thank deitiy and know that your intention is going out to the universe and that when the time is right the universe will manifest your intention into your reality.

The final step is very important. Just LET IT GO. Forget about your spell. Don’t dwell on it. Don’t wonder if and when it’s going to work. Trust in the universal forces you called upon to know when the time is right for you and go about your life. Those who dwell on spell work and wonder if it’s working or if it will work at all are introducing doubt into the equation, and that is the last thing you want because doubt will undermine all your work and your desired result may never manifest. Also, be careful if you tell anyone about what you’ve done. Many are not as open-minded as you are and they will also doubt you, perhaps even ridicule you; and, this can cause your spell to fail. So let it go and trust that your desire will manifest at the time and in a way that is for your highest good.

You may be wondering what herbs or oils you should use. I’m including a brief and simple list of supplies that most of you can easily find in your kitchen for the herbs. I’m also including the most popularly used oils for each type of magical intention. Again, oils are extra and not 100% necessary, but they do add a nice touch.

Note: herbs can be fresh or dried. Personally, I find it easier to work with dried herbs, but the choice is yours.

  • Love and relationships of all kinds
    • Herbs: rose petals, cinnamon, basil, nutmeg
    • Oils: rose, jasmine, patchouli
  • career, and finances
    • Herbs: basil, cloves (whole or crushed), cinnamon
    • Oils: frankincense & myrrh (this comes as a blend & you can also find them individually), Abundance oil (available as a blend from many retailers)
  • Health
    • Herbs: rosemary, bay leaves (whole or crushed, but if placing them on a candle be sure to crush them first), garlic (to drive illness out of the body)
    • Oils: rose, rosemary, bay
  • Spiritual growth
    • Herbs: frankincense (in the form of a resin) & myrrh (raw form is in bits of twig & bark), white rose petals, jasmine
    • Oils: frankincense & myrrh blend, sandalwood
  • Banishing
    • Herbs: garlic, black pepper, salt (though not an herb, it really works), bay leaves (whole or crushed), rosemary, dragon’s blood resin (this can be found in powdered or resin form)
    • Oils: frankincense & myrrh, rose, vetivert, dragon’s blood

Remember, the Supermoon is THIS Saturday, so you don’t have much time. Supermoon energy lasts for 1 week prior and 1 week after the actual date of the Supermoon so if you miss out on Saturday you still have varying degrees of energy to work with over the coming week, but the moon will be waning, so focus on removing obstacles to the things you wish to manifest and perform your spell as if it were a banishing. You will be focused on banishing the obstacles from your life that stand between you and your desires if you perform this spell after the actual date of the Supermoon.

Most of all have fun with this. Shoot me an email or post to my timeline on Facebook or tweet at me as to what you did and how you think it went. I’d love to hear from you!

Wishing you many blessings!

Nefer Khepri, PhD, R. M-T.

Author of The Egyptian Lenormand (Schiffer Books, 2015)

Spells/Enchantments, Readings & Visionary Art

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Limited Time Special Offer

A Metatron candle burning in front of my statue of Sekhmet.
A Metatron candle burning next to my 9 1/2″ statue of Sekhmet.

In appreciation to all of my blog followers, Facebook friends & followers on Twitter I am offering you all a limited-time BIG discount on my Single Votive Enchantment (aka Spell) service I offer through my website.

My votives are all homemade by yours truly and instead of the typical 2 ounce size you find in the stores & at Yankee Candle, my votives are 3 ounces of 100% pure soy wax. They measure 2 1/2″ tall by 1 3/4″ in diameter. I make them in single large batches for general intentions that can later be custom-related to your specific magical intentions with the addition of particular herbs and sometimes additional essential oils.

Intentions run the range from things we wish for to things we really wish we could get out of our lives and everywhere in between. You name it and I can perform an Enchantment for that specific purpose.

My candle categories are as follows:

  • Love
  • Prosperity
  • Relationship Strengthening
  • Relationship Healing/Reunion
  • Job/Career Advancement
  • New Job
  • New Friendships
  • Spiritual Communication with Angels and/or Spirit Guides
  • Improved Communication Between Individuals
  • Dreams
  • Protection
  • Court Cases

My main batch of each type of candle contains a particular blend of essential oils. In order to then fine-tune that candle to your specific needs I then add herbs to the top of the candle as I perform your Enchantment for you. The herbs are what make all of my Enchantments custom-designed with your specific needs and desires in mind.

Every Enchantment is accompanied by a brief report detailing how your candle behaved as it burned and concludes with my own psychic interpretation of your candle remains. That is like receiving a reading on how your candle’s energy worked for you and gives you a very good idea of what you can expect in terms of results.

Regular price is $45.00 USD, but I am extending this offer today to you all as a special thank you for ONLY $33.00. That’s a savings of $12 off the regular retail price.

Discounted Enchantments will also include the same type of Enchantment Report that I put together for clients who pay full price and specific herbs added to your candle to better suit your magical intentions. I am not skimping on this at all just because it’s a special offer.

In order to take advantage of this offer, please use the link HERE. Do not use the payment links at my website. I am not advertising this offer at my site so all those links are for the regular price. Payment is handled via PayPal and even if you do not have a PayPal account you can use your credit card there with payment being secure.

Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are scheduled according to lunar phases and days of the week in order to provide you with the optimal type of lunar and solar energy required for your specific magical intentions. Enchantment Reports are delivered 1 to 2 days after your candle has gone out.

My soy votives tend to burn for approximately 30 hours

3 of my votives with 10" high saints candles.
3 of my votives with 10″ high saints candles.

(that’s double the time of a store-bought paraffin wax 2 ounce candle), so let’s say I perform your enchantment on a Monday at 10:30 AM. Your candle will still be burning 24 hours later, so usually it is a 2-day wait for Enchantment Reports unless your candle burns down faster than average. If I perform your Enchantment on a Friday, please keep in mind I have the weekends off to spend with family and focus on my art, so you can expect Enchantment Reports for Friday Enchantments (this includes all Love enchantments) to go out the following Monday.

Here’s the payment link. This offer EXPIRES on: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th. Any orders that come in after that day will be promptly refunded in full. No exceptions.

Thank you for following me online here, over on Twitter, and on Facebook. I have “met” many lovely people online and I appreciate you all. Without all of you Magickal-Musings.com would not exist and I’d be miserable in a 9-to-5 job. I give thanks every single day for the tremendous blessing of being able to work at home since 1997. This has also allowed me to be a stay-at-home mom for our daughter who has never known a day of daycare. My husband and I are all too aware of how blessed we are and that blessing is due to my clients all around the world and to all the encouragement and support my online friends provide for me on a daily basis.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Wishing You All Many Blessings,

Nefer Khepri, PhD, R. M-T.

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A Simple Arsty Lenormand Project to Get Your Own FREE Lenormand Deck!

Pepi Valderrama, self-publisher of her own Indie Lenormand decks, shared about her FREE Lenormand deck (click here to check it out & download).  You can print out the Vintage Poster Lenormand images & then the necessary pages of card backs required in order to create this as your own free Lenormand deck.  

NOTE:  Pepi is in Spain & is probably using size A4 paper popular in Europe.  If you are using 8 1/2 X 11″ paper, as I am here in the States, the card images and back will print out a bit truncated because you will have to choose the “fit to page” option when you print.  Never fear.  It will still work out, it just takes a bit more itme as I explain below. 

Anyone else thinking of doing this, this is what I did in a few simple steps:

 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

 110 lb paper – this is a very light & flexible card stock, basically feels like it’s 3 sheets of paper glued back to back. — you need enough sheets to print out the card images & several pages of the card backs .

Glue – what I used is K&Company Quick Dry Craft Bond.  This is a white glue that dries clear. What I like is it will stick to ANYTHING, so it’s great for scrapbooking, plus it won’t buckle the paper.

 Cheap paint brush

 Paper plate

 Paper trimmer

 Corner Rounder (optional)

 Silver or Gold Paint Pen or Archival Ink Pad in desired color (optional)

 

Finding the reverse of the card back & creating a border.
Finding the reverse of the card back & creating a border.

OK, print everything out, and if necessary trim the card images first so you have each of them finely trimmed on all 4 sides.  (If using A4 size paper I do not believe you have to trim the card fronts & you can glue the entire page to the page back). 

Take the pages with the card back printed on them to a sunny window. Turn so the printed matter faces outside. With a pencil & ruler carefully mark the edges of the printed matter.  This now serves as your border telling you where you can place the card images.

 On the paper plate squirt out a bit of glue.  Apply glue using the paint brush.  Begin at the CENTER of the card image and work the glue all the way out to each edge, BEING SURE TO REACH THE VERY EDGE.  This is VERY important – this way your cards won’t peel.

 Be sure to leave a THIN layer of glue. You don’t need a lot & a little goes a long way.  Also, work fast because this brand is tacky glue so it starts to get tacky quickly.                        

Gluing card images to the back of the sheet of the card backing.
Gluing card images to the back of the sheet of the card backing.

 Carefully place the card front onto the BACK of the paper that has the card backs printed on it.  Align the first card carefully with the very top left corner of the penciled-in border. 

 When placing subsequent cards:  leave a fine line of white between them. This will make it a lot easier when you use a trimmer to trim the cards.

 After gluing, allow the sheet to dry for 2 hours before attempting to trim the cards or the cards may separate & peel.

 Once trimmed you can then decide if you want square corners, & if so then you’re good to go, or if you desire rounded corners.  If you do, you will need a Corner Rounder punch.  These can be found in any craft supply store. 

 You can also add to your deck by using a gold or silver paint marker to gild the edges.  This works best if the edges have been trimmed by a trimmer rather than scissors.  The marker gets caught up on the paper if you’ve used scissors & this then will lead to errors.  Gild the cards with the BACKS FACING YOU to avoid getting marker ink on the front of the cards.

 Gild the cards ONE AT A TIME!  There is no way to rush this & you CANNOT cheat and mark the entire side of the stacked deck. If you try that ink will seep in between the cards & you will end up with blobs of ink on the front of the cards.

To gild or not to gild, that is the question!
To gild or not to gild, that is the question! The top half is gilded, the bottom half is before adding the gold marker.

 Another idea for the edges: you can carefully drag the edge of each card across an ink pad. I recommend anything that says the ink is ARCHIVAL.  This means it will never come off, plus when you shuffle your cards the ink will not come off on your hands.  Depending on the brand, some require several hours of drying time.

 Mine did not come out totally perfect, but I don’t care.  For me it was a fun project and now I have a new Len deck with whom I can play & have hours of fun! 

 That’s it & most importantly, always remember to have FUN with Lenormand! 

For Lenormand Readings, please visit my site:  http://www.magickal-musings.com/lenormand.html.

 

Until Next Time,  Many Blessings!

~ Nefer

Removal of 2 Services From My Site.

As many of you know, I have been in business at Magickal-Musings.com for the past 15 years.  Over that length of time I have gone from hoping for an order – just ANY order from ANYONE to now having clientele on every continent on the planet except for Antarctica.  My business over the past three years has grown tremendously.  Every year my banker husband runs the numbers.  We discovered that in 2012 my business has grown via new clientele by a whopping 40%!  Plus, I have clients who have been with me for years, some as long as 10 – 12 years who bless me by repeatedly returning to me for readings and candle work.

I credit two things for the massive growth spurt.  Firstly, three years ago at the suggestion of another long-time client, Henri J., I created a business presence on Facebook.  He insisted it would really help me.  Henri was right.  I created groups to share what I know with like-minded people (the links to which can be found at the top of my blog’s page) & I have “met” many very lovely people on Facebook who have blessed me with their friendship.  My business grew more.

The second thing that happened about 2 years ago that has helped tremendously is that somehow, some way totally unknown to me, my page at my site on “How to Contact Spirit Guides” now comes up in a google search for the search terms, “contact spirit guides.”  My page comes up as NUMBER ONE!  I wish I knew how that happened so I could do that with all the pages at my site, but that ONE page has brought in many new clients, especially over this past 1 – 1 1/2 years.  So I am very grateful for the awesome page placement on Google for that article.

ImageMy time is not exclusively devoted to my business, yet it does take up most of my days now, sometimes as long as 12-hour work days.  Many don’t realize that I’m also a mother and a wife.  I’ve been married to Stuart, a wonderful man, for going on 19 years this May.  We have a fantastic daughter, Ariel, who is now 14 going on 30 and knows it all now that she’s a teen!  I have to take care of them, the house, the dog, plus run my business.

I have always been VERY grateful to my clients who allow me to have my business. Without them Magickal-Musings.com would have ceased to exist years ago as I would have been forced through financial necessity to find a regular 9 to 5 job.  Although I have come close a few times in the early years to losing my business due to a total lack of income from it, I have maintained my faith that my feet are on the path that is meant for me and that through my business I am fulfilling my Soul’s Purpose of being a teacher, healer, and of service to others.  Despite the hard times my family has experienced I have always remained here and will be here until I am at some point too old to work.

Progress creates change, or is it the other way around?  At any rate, due to all the growth my business has experienced the demands by clientele for my services has also increased, which has been a great blessing to me and to my business and, therefore, also to my family.  I am now re-working things just a bit in order to make it more feasible for me to fill orders in as timely a manner as possible.  I have never liked to keep anyone waiting.  I am now fully booking up my work schedule one week in advance for readings while the schedule for candle work hasn’t changed much.

In order to have more time to fill orders as they come in I am having to reluctantly eliminate two services due to them being so very time and energy consuming for me.  I am talking about my Past Life Karmic Tarot Readings and my Tarot Annual Forecast reading.  Each of these readings takes me approximately two weeks to do for a client.  This is due to the fact that most of the information is channeled.  I don’t know what any of you know about channeling. In brief, it’s when you open yourself up to Spirit and allow Spirit to either write or speak through you.  Well, at least for me Spirit isn’t always available.  My spirit guides are often busy helping and guiding others so when I try to tune into them in order to channel the necessary information for these two types of readings nobody is home so I have to postpone my work and try again another time.  That’s why I always tell clients it will take me 2 weeks.  Most times it’s less, but in some cases it can be much longer as well.  Again, it all depends on how the channeled information comes through, when, and in what quantity.

So it is with a sad heart I announce that due to growing demands on my time, my Past Life Karmic Tarot readings and my Tarot Annual Forecast readings shall be no more.  I am leaving the pages up for approximately another two weeks for anyone who wishes to order.  After that, those two types of readings will be gone forever.

Now, those of you who order my Tarot Annual Forecast every year, don’t fear.  I will still fill your repeating order should you wish to order another when your Forecast has concluded.  Just email me and I’ll send you payment information and the price will always remain the same.  I just won’t be doing that reading for new clients because it is so time and energy consuming.

I wish to thank everyone who has ever ordered because each has played a vital role in making Magickal-Musings.com what it is today:  a thriving home-grown, home-run successful business.  It has allowed me the blessings of being able to stay home every single day to raise my daughter and the blessing of keeping my feet firmly on the path that was meant for me.  I realize few people enjoy either of these blessings and I am very thankful every single day.

Wishing You All Many Blessings,

~ Nefer

Trial & Error: My Introduction to WordPress & Artsy News

Originally, I obtained this URL back in 2009, but then took one look at the WordPress set up back then & balked.  I couldn’t figure out anything so I left confused, dismayed, and pretty upset until I began to use Blogger.  However, over the past 3 years I have been hearing the same thing – WordPress blogs receive more traffic because they place better in the search engines.  Well, being a businesswoman this got me to thinking, perhaps I should give WordPress another go.

I did and am pleased to say it didn’t take me long to more or less figure things out.  I still can’t figure out how to increase the size of the font for posts. I do apologize for that to those of you who wear bifocals as I do.  You can always go to your tools in your browser and use the zoom function you will find there.  I do that for many blogs and it works out just fine.

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NEWS:  I am in the process of developing a sister site to my main site, Magickal-Musings.com. The most popular page at my site currently is my article on how to contact spirit guides.  If you use “contact spirit guides” as your Google search terms you will see that my article comes up as Number 1.  How that ever happened, I have no idea, but I sure am thankful!  Due to the popularity of that article and all the questions I receive in email about spirit guides (an average of 15 a week), I decided to create a sister site focusing only on the topic of spirit guides.  Currently, my article on spirit guides from Magickal-Musings.com serves as the home page of my new site, but if you scroll to the bottom of the home page you’ll see a link to a second page, which is all about the tremendous importance of asking for some type of spiritual protection before every session – even after you have successfully & repeatedly establish contact.  So please, when you visit, scroll on down & click on the link to go to the second page.  You can find my Contact Spirit Guides site here.  I don’t have any services listed there yet, but have been already dong some Spirit Guide Portraits, that also include channeled information about your spirit guide and any message(s) they may have for you.  The image above is a Spirit Guide Portrait I created for Nilda.  It is done on 11 X 14″ bristol vellum cardstock in a mix of colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and acrylic paint for the nighttime sky background.

OTHER NEWS:  Also of an artsy nature, I am very pleased & proud to announce that I have just completed two Manifestation Mandalas for tarot artist, Lisa Hunt.  Lisa is not only my favorite tarot artist of all time, but her artwork has always been a personal inspiration to me and she is the reason I am now creating my own deck, The Magickal Musings Tarot.  I friended Lisa on Facebook and since then have discovered that not only is she an incredibly talented artist (something I have known since 1999), but she is also a lovely person with a lovely family.  She and I recently made an arrangement for me to create a Manifestation Mandala for her. I can’t tell you how high the intimidation factor ran for me.  I’m not sure any machine could measure that high.  My palms literally sweated as I sat down to create the initial sketches!

Manifestation Mandalas are just like my other spiritual art of Spirit Guide Portraits and Soul Portraits.  Images come to me in distinct waves.  At first, I will see one, maybe two symbols. Once I draw what I see (my guides are nice enough to wait on me as I draw), I will receive one or two additional symbols. I then use my artist’s eye to place the images together in a pleasing composition, then work toward creating the final sketch before adding color.  Also, the symbols I receive, I usually see them in full color.  Therefore, I am sure to keep a box of colored pencils next to me so I can add swatches of color to my initial sketch so I can remember what colors to use in the final composition.

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Lisa Hunt Manifestation Mandala 2
Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2012

Lisa’s Manifestation Mandala proved to be much more intricate than the others I had created up until now.  I use a 12 X 12″ canvas for my Manifestation Mandalas.  I quickly realized that in order to have enough room for all the detail I would need to create two pieces for her.  The first piece is of the central image, which I received first of the hand with various symbols.  The second piece are the secondary symbols. If they were all on the same Manifestation Mandala, Lisa’s would have a secondary outer ring containing the symbols of her second Manifestation Mandala.  This is how it works sometimes. Symbols do their own thing and the hand really wanted a canvas all to itself. Who am I to argue with a symbol, never mind my own spirit guides who were also telling me to create two Manifestation Mandalas for Lisa.  This also once occurred with a client’s Soul Portrait. She received so many symbols, that I couldn’t fit them all onto a single sheet of bristol cardstock, so I created two for her.  When this occurs, I do not charge additional money.  I figure since my guides are telling me to create two & are providing enough symbols for two, then this person was meant to have two pieces of art & that’s all there is to it.  Lizzy’s two Soul Portraits hang framed side by side in her office & I can’t tell you how totally thrilled she was to receive both of them.  I was happy to create them for her.

I love creating art.  I have held some type of artistic tool in my hand since I was 2.  My portrait of “The Potato People” I created when I was 2 1/2 graced my parents dining room wall until they sold the house 37 years later. Never mind that I actually drew it directly onto the wall.  During the ensuing years my dad painted the dining room twice, but he was always careful to paint around my Potato People.  His simple consideration for his daughter’s feelings taught me a valuable lesson:  art has value & art touches the soul.

I am currently working on a Top Secret artistic project.  Not even my family knows.  No one has seen these images except for Sheila, and I.  Oh, Sheila?  Just who is this Sheila person?  She’s the family dog, and a very strict art critic, I might add.  When I unveil these new pieces they will first be viewable to the public at my Facebook Business Page, and then in my two art groups on Facebook:  The Magickal Musings Tarot and Manifestation Mandalas. So, please be sure you have liked my business page on Facebook if you want to be among the very first to see the images when I start to make them public.

Well, I hope this post turns out okay. I don’t see a button I can use to preview it before publishing it.  That makes me nervous, but oh, well.  As I said in the title, Trial and Error.  They happen to be my two middle names.

Until next time (which won’t be long as I have a tarot deck review to write), I wish you all Many Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, Ph. D., R. M-T.

Where Have I Gone???

Greetings Everyone!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything other than a review.  Things have been crazy this summer & I’m very thankful for that.

This time last year I was in a full-scale panic.  My business (Magickal-Musings.com) had not generated more than $150 in income during the month of July, 2010.  My husband had been unemployed earlier in the spring and into early summer for 7 weeks and we were struggling to catch up with necessary bills.

Due to his job loss, my near lack of an income for July (and not much more came in during the month of June), last year my husband gave me an ultimatum.  On a THURSDAY he told me if I didn’t bring in $500 by MONDAY that he would consider my business defunct & have me shut it down & hit the pavement on Monday to look for a new job.

All this occurred last August.  I sent out a plea to all of my contacts asking them if they had been thinking of ordering anything from my site, to please do so ASAP since I was in immediate danger of losing my business.

The response I received was immediate and it was also very touching.  One client, Henri, sent me $11 saying the numerology of his donation would help me to manifest more.  He didn’t order anything.  Another client ordered a $150 Tarot Annual Forecast.  She told me to get it to her “whenever” as she knew I had a lot on my mind.  Many who could not afford to order at the time sent me encouraging emails, most of whom begged me not to close my business and said I was the only one they trusted for enchantments and readings.  Many of those people went on to say how much I had helped them and some people have been clients for a decade.

I received 114 supportive and loving emails, some from clients I hadn’t heard from in years.  Along with those emails orders began to trickle in.  A $45 reading here, a $50 enchantment there.  I was amazed that after sending the mass email out on Thursday evening that by Saturday I had received orders totaling nearly $400.  I was only a mere $100 from my Monday goal of $500.  By that Monday, not only had my clients come through for me, but they did so with flying colors.  My business generated just over $700 in a mere 4 days.

It is due to my clients that Magickal-Musings.com is still here and I am still able to do the work that I love so much, which is helping others and being of service in a spiritual manner.   I sent out another mass email thanking everyone for their support and informing them that my business was safe.  In fact, after removing the names, I allowed my husband to read some of those supportive emails.

You see, I’m like a Catholic priest or a lawyer.  I believe in client/practitioner confidentiality. I do not share ANY details of any case with my husband, daughter, or anyone else.  People come to me with very sensitive issues and I have enough respect for my clients to keep all the information to myself.  So my husband was really clueless as to exactly what I did or how readings or spells could be of any help to anyone.

Once he began to read those emails he got tears in his eyes.  He kept saying, “I had no idea!”  He then told me that I was providing a highly valuable service and that if anything ever got that bad for us again he assured me that I would be able to keep working and to maintain my business.  So I never have to worry again.

Now, flash forward to now, August, 2011, just 1 year after I nearly lost my business.  Summers are notoriously slow for me.  People go on vacation, the kids are home wanting to be taken to the movies and the mall.  Come August it’s time to shop for school clothes and supplies.  During the summer people just don’t have the disposable income they have during other times of the year.  A business like mine, you see, depends upon “disposable” income, which is that part of your income you do not have immediate need for in terms of getting bills paid, keeping a roof over your head, or food in your tummy.  When people have a few extra bucks, that’s when they order from a site like mine.

So, as June approached I figured oh dear, here we go again, but I’ll have plenty of time to have fun with my 12 year old daughter, plus I knew for my June birthday my wonderful husband was taking me to Maui, Hawaii for a second time (we first went in 2009).

While in Maui many wonderful things occurred.  I fulfilled my life-long dream of snorkeling with sea turtles, whom I dearly love.  As an added bonus on that snorkeling trip I got splashed in the face by a dolphin – who did so on purpose and it thought its antics were hilarious while the splash left another lady on the boat and I screaming.  Another dolphin popped its head up at us and also laughed. It was awesome.  Probably one of the best memories I’ll ever have.  I was blessed with the addition of a new spirit guide while on Maui and I received a very strong emotional healing from Nature Herself while there.

However, also while in Maui I had to keep my iPhone handy constantly.  I began receiving a lot of inquiry emails from prospective clients who had found my site somehow.  Then the orders began to come in.  By the time we returned home a week later I was booked solid for the coming week!  I have never in my 12 years of being online have been booked solid a week in advance.

The amazing thing was that the orders – many from new people – just kept coming in.  So by the end of that first very hectic week back at work the end of June I was booked solid for another week. I even had to break my cardinal rule of reserving weekends for family.  I worked the entire 4th of July 3-day weekend just so I could keep up with demand!

The pace has continued and so that is where I have been.  I am “here” as being online, but I’ve been performing enchantments, doing readings, creating a Manifestation Mandala (which is nearly completed, see the photo at left), plus in between all that taking care of our house, our child, making meals, washing dishes, doing laundry, vacuuming, buying the groceries, and doing all the other “mom” things that I do on a regular basis.  I didn’t even have time to focus on my own art work – my Magickal Musings Tarot has languished for most of the summer. I only returned to working on it in earnest this past weekend and a new card, the Ace of Birds, is now nearly complete.

I am incredibly grateful for the huge growth spurt my business has experienced during a time that has been historically very slow.  I don’t know what’s going on.  Many tell me they find my site through a google search.  If you google “how to contact spirit guides” or “contact spirit guides,” my page on how to contact your spirit guides comes up as Number ONE.  I had no idea!!  How it happened, again, I have no idea.

Also, creating a presence for myself on Facebook has been a HUGE help.  I have my regular profile page, a business page, and my groups:  Living in the NOW:  Gratitude & Appreciation Society (the newest group), Magickal Musings (the oldest group), Magickal Musings Tarot, and Manifestation Mandalas.  Through my profile page, business page and groups I have “met” online many interesting and wonderful people.  The Living in the NOW group is very special and dear to my heart.  It’s barely a month old and we already have 76 members. The goal is to find three things about which you can express gratitude every single day.  The idea being that the more we express gratitude to the Universe the more wonderful blessings we shall receive.  Due to all my business-related activity on Facebook this has also brought me new clients, plus it helps to keep me in the eye of regular clients who can keep up with what’s going on with me through my posts and by joining my groups and liking my business page.

This has been a totally insane summer.  I’ve had to work every single weekend in July just to keep up with demand, but it’s been a wonderful feeling.  I’ve helped many people over the years on every continent (except Antartica) and I am so very, very thankful that I am able to continue to fulfill my Soul’s Purpose in this lifetime, which is to act as a spiritual bridge for others and to also empower them to learn more about spirituality so that eventually they shall have enough information that they will be able to do such things on their own.

Despite being so incredibly busy that I often don’t know whether I’m coming or going, I’m incredibly grateful for the faith and trust that total strangers place in me and I endeavor always to do my very best in filling every single order and I also make myself available in email to all my clients.  All these years it’s been a real pleasure to get to know many of you and I look forward to many  years of service to come.

I wish you all a very blessed week.  I’ll post again in a few days as I have a book review almost ready.