Exploring Tulsa · La Vie Bohéme

Finally…a Brick and Mortar Shop Again!

I’ve been so incredibly busy these past few weeks, now that I’ve found out I’ll be opening an actual storefront in the East Village District of Tulsa. It’s a perfect location in a perfect building…”The 808″ on Third Avenue, downtown.

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I’ve been busy curating clothing, as well making apothecary items and perfumes like mad. Luna Joon will carry both lines: “Luna Joon’s Cosmic Apothecarium” and “Nightshade and Company” (my gothic inspired cornucopia of hauntingly wonderful perfumes, lotions, incenses and other natural body treats).

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Also in The 808, I’ll be collaborating with renown artist, Janet Fadler-Davie…one of Tulsa’s icons in the world of art. The boutique will be located in front of the spacious downstairs of the building, and Janet’s studio and classroom space will be located in the behind Luna’s armoires full of frocks.

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We’re already planning events (Wine and Poetry Nights, Trunk shows, art and fashion themed cocktail parties, fashion shows, live music events and a wide array of art and other classes. We’re also putting our heads together to plan festivals and vendor events sponsored by Luna Joon and The Artist’s Loft of Tulsa.

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(Poetry scrolls in wine glasses).

Stay tuned…especially if you live in the Tulsa area. Lots of magic to come!

Everyday Musings

Laundry Day

I try to stay away from chemical detergents as much as possible, including when washing clothes. I have sensitive skin, and it can get pretty itchy if I use store-bought detergents, pellets or liquid soaps.

SO…I make my own laundry soap. It works really, really well and it makes my clothes smell wonderful (walking into my closet is always a sensory pleasure)…and it keeps my grouchy skin happy.

Several of my friends have asked me how I make my own laundry soap, because I brag about it so much.  It’s so simple and inexpensive to make, and a little goes a long way.

Here’s my recipe: (It’s so easy, you’ll laugh).

Take one bar of soap, one cup of borax (you can find it in the laundry section at the supermarket) and one cup of baking soda.

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Chop or grate the soap and add it to the borax and baking soda.

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Next, stick the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until the soap turns to powder and all the ingredients are well blended.

Since I like to smell a little bit like a clean dirty hippie, I add lavender and patchouli essential oils to my blended powder, and mix it all up in a bowl (I don’t like to use oils with my kitchen Ninja…they tend to gum up the blades).

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Next I put my powder in a vintage jar and store it next to my homemade dryer sheets. You can use your laundry soap in any high efficiency machine, and it’s also great for doing hand-washing (when your prettiest lingerie needs tender loving care). Use about two tablespoons for regular washer loads, and about a teaspoon when hand washing.

And THAT, my dears, is how you make bomb laundry soap.

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Everyday Musings

The Snow Moon

Tonight marks February’s Snow Moon, so named because (although the days are getting longer) we are still in winter’s firm grip…and snow is mother earth’s way of painting the world in soft, sparkling white magic.

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In addition to the banishing ritual many of us are doing tonight (see previous posts) the Snow Moon is also a good time to enter a period of self-reflection and meditation about what you want to “grow” when the spring equinox occurs next month.

It’s time to order your seed catalogs and plan your garden. Take a moment to blend an earthy perfume to wear when the weather warms (my personal favorite is a blend of patchouli, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla). Go through your closet and purge. If you haven’t worn something in the last month, turn the hanger around…and if you haven’t worn it by the equinox, it’s time for a trip to Goodwill. Make a list of Farmer’s Markets that will be cropping up in your area over the next couple of months, and start purchasing the majority of your food there (if possible). Write a poem about how you’ve outgrown your own skin.

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The Snow Moon is also the closest to Valentines Day, so light a candle to the patron saint of love and marriage (pink or white candles work well, especially when anointed with rose absolute oil).

If you’re looking for love, on St Valentine’s Day, fasten a yellow crocus or yellow flower in your buttonhole or in your hair, and say three times:

St Valentine, the lover’s friend,
I ask this flower my love to send.

…then let the universe take her course.

 

Bruja

Cleaning House

The full moon is only two days away, and as promised, here are the instructions for the sister ritual we will be doing. It will send our combined energies and intentions into the universe, which is a very powerful and effective way to get rid of negativity, malevolent entities…as well as corrupt and greedy people who would use our lands and our laws to benefit themselves at the expense of others.

First and foremost: only light can drive out darkness…so NEVER wish harm on another when dealing in spiritual matters. That’s dark attempting to drive out darkness, and that almost always creates chaos and makes matters worse. So here’s how I’m going to go about the banishing ritual.

First I made my black salt, adding charcoal to sea salt (with a few drops of clove oil) and thoroughly blending the ingredients.

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Then I gathered my other things: a black candle (if you don’t have a black candle, use any candle you have on hand, including a tealight), parchment paper, a photo of the person or thing I want banished from doing harm, dried basil, a sage wand, a fireproof container and frankincense oil. I also grabbed one of my favorite quartz crystals (good energy) and put everything on my sacred space created especially for the ritual.

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The first thing I will do Friday is light the sage wand and clear the air around my sacred space. Then I will write my intention (prayer) on the piece of parchment. This is a very personal thing, and each person should use their own words to express what they would like to ask of the divine Source (however you see Him or Her or It…I am a Christian so I will implore the Source of All Creation and the sender of Jesus the Christ and all the saints to hear my prayer). Remember, rituals are highly personal and your own intuition and inner knowledge should guide  your words. Write your prayer or intention on the parchment. Take the photo of the thing you would like banished and mark an “X” across it in black ink (a sharpie works well).

Next, take your frankincense or other essential oil and anoint your candle, thinking about your intention. Sometimes it helps to express this intention out loud while you are oiling your candle.

Light your candle and read the prayer or intention on your parchment. Imagine the person or thing you want banished packing their bags and leaving. Imagine that person, persons or thing moving into the horizon until they/it becomes a small dot, then disappears completely. Send that person or thing on their way (far, far away) with kindness. I know this can be difficult, but it is necessary to always keep rituals positive. Then imagine what you want to see in his, their or its place. I will be imagining a White House filled with light, justice and people who truly want to move our country forward in peace, love, tolerance and opportunity for all Americans.

Next, SAFELY burn the photo and the parchment in your fireproof container, and mix the ashes with the black salt. Add your herb or herbs, and imagine the black salt binding (soaking up) what you are banishing. Also, black salt will provide protection for you from the banished person/thing. That person/thing will no longer be able to cause you so much stress and anxiety.

Pour a few drops of your essential oil into the ashes and salt, and repeat the words “I bind you from causing harm, I bind you in peace”. Then take the ashes and salt and put them into a container (paper bag, plastic ziplock bag, muslin sack…whatever you have on hand).

Then take that container and bury it or throw it in a body of water. You can also simply toss it in the garbage, but remove the garbage from your house immediately. Wipe your hands clean with three swift claps…

And, the ritual is complete.

From the Laboratory

Working on the gothic tales.

I’ve revamped my Nightshade and Company line on Etsy, and will be featuring all the new, good things beginning this April at various locations around Tulsa.

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I’ve formulated seven story lines; The Forest and the Moors, The Sanitarium, The Back Lot, The Cemetery, The Laboratory, The Abandoned House and The Dark Carnival.

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Each story has its own different perfumes and other lovely apothecary items (like dry shampoos, burning papers, bath salts, candles), and I’m having a lot of fun with the themes.

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Bruja

Let’s Get Real, Shall We?

Calling all brujas: I woke up this morning after a flurry of wild dreams and it dawned on me that our greatest weapon against evil, hatred and greed doesn’t lie in a constant squall of posts on Facebook or Twitter. It doesn’t lie in watching the news and being bombarded, daily, by whatever new horror is coming out of our nation’s capital. It’s good to stay informed, but do it in small increments. You can learn all you need to know by spending a half hour a day checking reliable sources. We don’t need to be inundated every second of every day. That shit will drain your energy and leave your adrenals looking like raisins.screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-3-18-01-pm

Our greatest weapon lies in action and intention and the joining together as healers, warriors and activists. Facebook isn’t going to cut it.

In addition to posting Luna Joon things, I’ll be focusing on some ancient rituals wise women have been using for years to heal wounds; our wounds as well as the national wounds of xenophobia, unchecked power-grabbing, misogyny, homophobia, lies and unbridled greed. It is time for a shift in paradigm, and I believe we can help that shift along. We are birthing creatures, from maidens to mothers to crones. As girls we birth creativity and playfulness and knowledge; as mothers we birth children and gardens and ideas, and as crones we birth wisdom, healing and everlasting change.

So let’s get down to business. This week I am gathering items to BANISH all negative energy around me and to spread that banishing intention straight to Washington D.C.

First of all, you’ll need a place to put all your items that you will be gathering this week. This must be a sacred space in your home or outside, where items you place won’t be messed with by others.

These are the items you will want to gather: a sage wand, a piece of paper (parchment is an excellent choice), black salt (grind charcoal and sea salt together…it should look something like this:), screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-3-03-31-pm

…a photo (if there is a specific person or persons who embody the negative things we are banishing), a candle (a black candle works best, but if you can’t find a black candle, any type will do…even a tealight), a fireproof bowl or shell (see below), one of the following essential oils – clary sage, clove, or frankincense, and either rosemary or basil (fresh or dried).

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While you are gathering these things over the next few days, put your intentions into every item as you pick them up, handle them and arrange them on your sacred space. Imagine all evil packing its bags and leaving our nation’s capital in disgrace. Imagine love and light replacing that evil. Think about banishing corruption and replacing it with cooperation, unity, diversity, compassion and love.

On Friday, February 10th, anyone who would like to participate in using these items for their intentions are invited to do so. In the meanwhile, keep working (calling your state representatives, writing letters, practicing self and other care and connecting with the divine power of the source of all creation inside of you). In a few days, I will be posting how to use these items on the full moon (2/10) for those who are not familiar with the process.

I’m coming out of the closet today, and will be using my blog, my voice and my abilities as a bruja to shift the inevitable paradigm. The more who join, the better. You don’t have to be a bruja to do this. Women have gathered for centuries to use the elements of the earth and intentions in order to bring goodness and healing into the world. Have you ever made a wish while blowing out candles on a birthday cake? This is no different; it’s just amplified ritual. I’m a follower of Jesus the Christ and the Divine Source of all creation who sent Him. It doesn’t matter your religion or your beliefs…you are a woman, and you have the gift. This is prayer intensified, pure and simple.

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I’ll also be focusing on the creative energy that is Luna Joon, and the wonderful city that is Tulsa…but right now there are some significantly pressing matters to address.

Please join me.

Exploring Tulsa

Cupcakes and Sparkle

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I often walk across downtown Tulsa to the post office (about 8 city blocks from where I live) to mail orders from Luna Joon. Just a block from the post office, and right on my way is Pinkitzel. After all that walking and package sending, I sometimes sit down for a break and a cupcake.

I love the whole Marie Antoinette vibe in this famous sweet shop…and in addition to every kind of confectionary imaginable, they also sell two of my favorite retail lines: Tokyo Milk and Papaya Art. You can also purchase sparkly seasonal decorations, stationary and candles. Stop in and check them out at 201 S. Denver Avenue West.