1. Get the Required Software
2. Invest in Clip Art
3. Seek Out Interesting Perspectives/Products Within Your Niche
4. Show Who You Are - Share Your Outside Interests
5. Cover Different But Related Genres
Software (AKA Essential tools of your Trade)
This is the age of social media and the steam engine of this generation is technology. The distance you travel with your blog will be measured by your adoption and intelligent use of the technology at your disposal. One of the biggest hindrances in any artistic endeavor is not having the proper tools for your craft. If you want to be a Rock Star you’ll need a guitar. I want to be an astrologer so I’ve purchased professional astrology software but in terms of my blogging ventures nothing comes in handy more than my professional version of TimePassages I-Phone software. It’s been a crucial aid in enabling me to gather and organize information on the fly. The software helps generate same information that informs my blog posts and often lands on my Instagram feed.
Share Your Outside Interests
Show who you are. I’m a father, jogger, photographer of nature, Baja Blast drinker. Punk Rock has my heart but music in general has my ear and attention. I’m a human. I’m paradoxical. People yearn not just for the final product but for the process. Jogging IS part of my astrological practice. Life is process everything you’ve ever done informs this current moment in which you’re living. Don’t be one-dimensional show a fuller picture of yourself to your audience.
Cover Different But Related Genres
I love Astrology but at its core it’s simply divination. Generally I look at life as similarities. I enjoy all forms of divination like I-Ching, Tarot, Oracle Cards, Lenormand, Runes and Gong Hee Fot Choy. They involve structured observation to gain insights/information you would not otherwise have access to and they do this in a non-linear/non-rational manner. To me, they're all the same family and they all can inform aspects about the other systems. For example, Lenormand is more predictive and can gain psychological ideas from Tarot. When you’re a unifier you see the world differently. I was talking magic with an expert talisman maker. I was talking about how a solar return ritual could create magical results for the year to come. He said, “How?, You don’t have a solid object to retain the magic for the year!!!” I live in Los Angeles and I can assure you Fountain is not the only way to get to Hollywood.
Go forth and share your inspiration!
It reminds me of the old saying, Keep your ear to the ground. And this is why I love this legend so much. That principle is just so central to who I am and how I interact in this world. Superficiality and talks about the weather may not be going away any time soon but if they don’t lead to a deeper connection and more meaningful understanding of your fellow (hu)man than stop wasting your time.
This world is inspiring…who cares about the weather? Did you see that cloud? Rodriguez hit another home run. Wow! But did you know it takes one cow’s hide to make 4 baseball gloves? Oh and have you heard Chris Rock’s take on why baseball is waning in popularity here in the states?
This is my first installment of my Why Astrology/Tarot Series of which I plan to post little musings about why I engage in such divinatory pursuits.
Why Tarot? I can’t help but keep my ear to the ground. I can’t help but sit in curiosity as the world revolves in baffling directions. Tarot helps make sense of those directions. Life is less about learned answers and more about inspired actions. I have a thirst to connect with people on a visceral level. You simply put a deck of cards in my hand and you’ve just handed me the key to probing the depths of my fellow brothers and sisters. Give me all the pain, pleasure, suffering and joy. Tarot allows us to connect, probe and co-create. It’s primal. It’s sincere. And that’s why I do tarot.
One of the biggest snarls in getting into this spiritual and new age stuff is the snarl of constant self improvement. There's a strange trap of wanting the upward spiral of good vibes to never end and the idea that staying in this state requires an ever growing list of spiritual practices.
Personal practice is magic and it is sacred. But we live in a world saturated with information from the brightest spiritual minds with some of the most innovative tools (not to mention time consuming and expensive) at your fingertips, "One Click to buy Now!". The issue becomes navigating this elastic spiritual consumer friendly world while maintaining your own personal sense of balance/alchemy.
I've struggled with this for years. Picking up everything from morning pages (The Artist's Way), Meditation (David Lynch, Oprah and Deepak), Daily Logs (Austin Kleon), to sending morning blessings to co-workers (Marianne Williamson). And that's just the shortlist! In a day filled with spiritual homework where do we get the time to do the real spiritual work.....living. That's when I realized....It's a matter of Hygiene, Medicine and Vitamins.
Spiritual Hygiene: I don't let a day go by without showering or brushing my teeth much in the same way I don't let a day go by without meditation and journaling. These two practices are non-negotiable tools for MY spiritual journey. To me showering is the perfect metaphor because I do feel that meditation is consciousness cleansing. Also, much in the same way I wouldn't walk around telling people I showered today, there's no need to gain a superiority complex because I'm a meditator. I don't feel superior but much like if you lived in a land where a majority of the people didn't bathe then you would be put in a unique contrasting position of smelling their reek. So in the very least I would encourage everyone to have a prayer/meditation practice.
Spiritual Medicine: Things like: self prescribed mantras, meditation mudras or gemstones that can aid in helping you heal/balance a part of your world that's gone awry. I've used a 40 day meditation to help me out of career hole and tarot advice aided me in getting a pay raise. I've used these modalities and advice for a certain amount of time and when that time was over I dropped them. I took the medicine as needed and they transformed my life in positive ways...After that, I let them go.
Spiritual Vitamins: This is fairly interchangeable with spiritual medicine expect there's a lack of urgency of need here. What I call the vitamins are those things you are free to experiment with and try. Feel free to explore and learn from many teachers. Really this world is a teacher. I bought Danielle LaPort's 2015 day planner because it was self-help mixed with astrology. I may or may not buy it next year but it was good to support anything astrological being quasi-mainstream. I did it to explore and learn but not to get too tied up into it. If you read any self-help/spiritual books or if you hang out with spiritual minded people you will be presented with a dizzying-array of tips, tricks and fads. Of course you can't pursue them all but you should try new things and set the expectation that you're not tied down to any of them. Like vitamins dalliances into the uncharted offers extra fortification to your regimen.
Tools are important but it's also important not to be used by them. I hope this posts gives you useful insights into navigating and using spiritual tools for your highest good.
Do you have any stories or blog posts about your personal spiritual hygiene, medicine or vitamins? I'd love to hear from you.
Astrology, Tarot, Mystic Arts, Divination and Other Musings