New Moon in Aries — set off on your journey, expect a miracle

First things first, I’m out of the hospital

No I didn’t know I was going in either!

Seems like ruptured, walled-off appendicitis can recur. Mine just did. I’m out of danger, taking the same really horrible drugs as 11 months ago, working lovingly and compassionately on my attitude, and doing everything I can to support my body, my tender heart, my emotions, and my balance, as I go through this. Thanks for all the love and patience.
Uzume — dancing lightly on the path of your highest good.

New Moon in Aries

Saturday, April 18th
28º25′ Aries
11:57 am Pacific
2:57 pm Eastern

Here’s my New Moon love note for you!

Many call the Spring Equinox, when the Sun rises above the Equator, as the beginning of the astrological year.

The Aries New Moon that follows the Equinox is when you may feel that you have fully landed in all this season’s newness, coinciding with the ground being softened enough and warmed enough for you to be planting the first seeds of the year. Seeds in your garden, seeds in your body, seeds in your relationships, and seeds in your business.

I always consider this Aries New Moon as the last reset point of our goals and intentions for the year, the last “New Year” point. You’ve now spent a full six months looking at and experiencing different phases of “New Year” energy. (Seasonal aspects of the list that follows describe the shifts and changes in the Northern hemisphere; I always love hearing from my Australian and New Zealand readers with your take on these.)

  • At the Fall Equinox in September (when Jewish people mark their New Year) you looked at what you reaped and harvested. You gave thanks for the harvest, and planned what to put aside for the following year’s seeding and growing seasons.
  • At the end of October you are at Samhain and Day of the Dead, when the veils between the worlds thin, when you can have access to the threads that bind you to those who have gone before, your ancestors and foremothers. This is the last harvest of the year, the end of the growing season and the start of the darkness that holds the seeds for what is to grow next, keeping the seeds safe, and warm, and fertile through the dark, internal, quiet and building time.
  • Newgrange — where the Winter Solstice Sun lights up an underground passageThe Solstice in December marks the return of the light. As the days begin to lengthen, you can mark the year new again. Even though the returning light can’t yet be seen, our ancestors built observatories and temples where the Solstice Sun lines up just so and illuminates hidden recesses — the signs that reminded us, year after year, that the light will return, the ground will warm, lambs would be born, and food would grow. Have you been to Newgrange? It’s such a powerful place! And of course, our western culture has planted its New Year flag on January 1st.
  • Then there’s the Lunar New Year just between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. There are Asian Lunar New Year festivals, The Irish celebrate the Goddess Brigit at the beginning of February — She represents the light half of the year. It’s also Groundhog Day, a trickled-down interpretation of this ancient New Year celebration, which symbolized the softening of the earth, the lambing and eweing, and the coming time to plant.
  • Which brings you to this first New Moon after the Spring Equinox. Are you ready to act on the energies that have been building up in you in the cold and dark months? Are you ready to plant your first seeds? Are you ready to leap, like The Fool, into your next adventure? To dance lightly on the path of your highest good? Eyes up, heart out, hands lightly grasping your bag of tools and tricks, your vision, your dedication, your commitment, and your passion?

Expect a miracle sister, a miracle and a half!

Let me know how you feel this week’s go-go New Moon. Where are you in your journey? Are you turning a corner? Are your steps lightening?

Feel free to send a little extra love and a virtual hug. I’m on Flagyl again, yo, can already taste that lovely metallic taste. Glad I’m not alone. Drop in to the comments, let’s connect.

Conscious CollaborationBefore I go….

Are you a woman with heart and soul — a healer, a change maker, a business owner?

Join the brand-new Conscious Collaboration Facebook group! You’ll get support to grow your reach, connect with your ideal clients, and thrive in your business. It’s right here, and it’s free.

The Uzume card comes from the Mythical Goddess Tarot deck, which I own and use, by Katherine Skaggs.
Posted on April 15th, 2015. Posted in these categories: journey, New Moon. 29 Comments

Facebook tips that will help you #ShareYourMagic

The first in a series of resource-filled posts guaranteed to make your social networking easier and more productive….

There's no "why-ing" in Facebook!First things first. Facebook changes the rules, the algorithms, and the way things work. All.The.Time.

You’re asking why, right? Well…There’s no why-ing in Facebook! (See what I did there? :D )

There’s still plenty of ways to empower yourself to grow your reach, connect with your ideal clients, and thrive in your business using Facebook.

And I promise you, when things change on Facebook — and they will! — I will come back and edit this post to keep it current for you. 

Today let’s talk about just two things: Identities and pinning posts

1) Choosing your identity: How and why to change from posting as yourself to posting as your business page

When you are on your business page, and you are about to post something, look for the little thumbnail and down arrow at the top right of the post box. There you can switch identities as you like.

Why switch identities?

  • When you Like another business page as your business, posts from that page will show up on your business page home feed (where you land up when you click on Home from your business page), allowing you to interact with business you resonate with. However! If you Like a biz page from your biz identity, it’s a very nice thing to then switch identities to your personal one and Like it again. Because Likes from your business page do not count in the number of Likes. So Like it twice!

Choosing your posting identity from your business page

  • When you are on your personal page, look for the little arrow in the blue bar. Click on that and you will find all your biz identities (if you have more than one business) and your personal ID. Switch there.Choosing your identity from your personal page

Why switch at all?

Here’s what I’m hearing and I’m distilling it for you to keep it simple, and keep in mind, this could change at any time.

  • If you’re on a personal page you may only comment as yourself, not as your business.
  • If you’re on a business page, and you comment as your business, it will also show your personal name. This is new, and very cool, and who knows how long it will last?
  • Vary it up. Comment and share as your business; comment and share as yourself.
  • Like business pages as yourself so the business gets the Like added to their total. If it’s a business you want to engage with more, Like the page also as your biz.

2) How to pin a post to the top of your page

Go to your business page and create a post

You want to post as your business so the post shows up on your wall, not in the Posts to page section on the left, where they will end up if you post as yourself.
Pinning posts step 1

  • Submit the post. Then click on the red down arrow at the top right of the post. If your system is like mine, you won’t see Pin to Top. There is a solution: Refresh the page!

Pinning posts step 2

  • Click on that little arrow again and Pin to Top should appear. Do this so your post is the first thing visitors see. Very good if you’re participating in a Facebook share event of some kind.

Pinning posts step 3

That’s it! If I’ve done my job correctly, you will have new mastery — switching identities in Facebook and pinning posts. Try these out…. #ShareYourMagic!

Have I left anything out? Please tell me. I did this today running a fever, but I wanted to get this to you!

A little bit of business:

  • Have you downloaded your copy of Sharing Your Magic in Social Media yet? It’s free, it’s filled with juicy, and useful, and powerful tools and practices to help you grow, connect, and thrive. Help yourself!
  • Are you a woman with heart and soul who wants support in your social media marketing? Join our free Facebook group.
  • Huge thanks to Michelle Amethyst Mahoney, whose Facebook Badass program has been invaluable! Many of the tools I’m sharing come directly from her.


Please talk to me in the comments. Do you have questions? Is anything unclear? I am here; bring it!

Posted on April 8th, 2015. Posted in these categories: facebook, Share Your Magic. 28 Comments

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse: Connection in balance

Each Full Moon is a culmination moment

A pivot point — connection in balance

A time to look behind at the last few weeks, or months, and acknowledge what has come to pass, and then pivot and look ahead and declare what you are called to create, nurture, grow, and manifest now.
Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse: Connection in balance

Before we talk a little more about this beautiful Blood Moon, I have some exciting news to softly share with you!

Conscious CollaborationThe Conscious Collaboration Facebook group is now open!

Softly open, that is. We will be fully operational by Monday. But you may join any time you like! It’s free, and it’s going to be inspiring and nurturing. Click here or on the image to find us. And then just click the Join Group button.

The Conscious Collaboration Facebook group is a place where women with heart and soul intentionally help each other to expand our reach, connect with our ideal clients, and thrive in our businesses. We are a diverse group of women changemakers, healers, and business owners who are gathering to intentionally help each other…

  • …grow our reach
  • …connect with our ideal clients
  • …thrive in our businesses

Now, what about this Blood Moon? Start here….

“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.” ― Anthon St. Maarten

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra

Saturday, April 4th
14º24′ Libra
5:05 am Pacific
8:05 am Eastern

“The awakening moon”

When you take some time in ritual contemplation during this Full Moon window, welcome the energy of the Sun in Aries and the Moon in Libra. Inner. Outer. Balance. Connection.

Set some intentions about your connections in and for your business. The Libra Moon reminds you that your partnerships and relationships are always up for evaluation and re-evaluation. Are you getting fed? Are you able to stay in balance? What needs to be changed? What might need to be released? [Edited to fix the date typo; the Full Moon is Saturday, not Friday. This kind of thing happens to me when Mercury is direct! Guess I’m human.]

Plant your flag. Claim your sovereignty. Stand tall as a deity in jeans. Or in my case today, in yoga pants. Jeans just don’t cut it when I’m lifting at the gym.

Blessed be!

Let me know how this Moon is whispering to you. I’d love to hear what you are thinking and feeling in the comments.

Posted on April 1st, 2015. Posted in these categories: balance, connection, Conscious Collaboration. 18 Comments

Conscious Collaboration Facebook group guidelines

Conscious CollaborationWelcome to the Conscious Collaboration Facebook group.

Click here or on the image to find us on Facebook.

Welcome Conscious Collaborator! We are a diverse group of women changemakers, healers, and business owners who are gathering to intentionally help each other to…

  • grow our reach
  • connect with our ideal clients
  • thrive in our businesses

I’m so glad you’re joining us!

You may post directly to the wall at any time. Ask questions, share wisdom, make us laugh, request support.

Three times a week we will have dedicated threads for specific sharing and exploration, as follows:

Share Your Magic on Social MediaMonday’s topic is Gratitude: Start your week off right by sharing what you are grateful for, and how are you intending to #shareyourmagic

On Wednesdays we will support each other using one of the engaging and fun-to-use tools from the #shareyourmagic toolbag. The growing list of tools include:

  • sharing questions, images, and Likes on our Facebook pages
  • sharing each others’ pins on Pinterest
  • promoting each other on Twitter with the #shareyourmagic hashtag
  • and more…

Friday’s thread will be an invitation to let us help you #shareyourmagic with your blog or freebie.

Please make sure to download your free eBook — Share Your Magic on Social Media.

Please share your Twitter handle in the comments below so I can add you to our Twitter list. And for Pinterest, please follow me there (Sue Kearney). I will follow you back and add you to our group board.

Posted on March 31st, 2015. Posted in these categories: Conscious Collaboration, Share Your Magic. No Comments

Freedom from perfectionism — shift to ready-go-reset

Here’s one powerful way to free yourself from perfectionist paralysis

And actually get your stuff out there so the people who need it can receive it, see it, and use it!

Ready-go-reset. Then go and reset again!
If you find yourself getting trapped in writing, re-writing, planning, replanning, delaying launch dates, and then delaying them again — your inner perfectionist may be holding you back. So far back that you wonder if you’ll ever get what you know you are meant to offer out of your head and into the hands, head, and heart of the people you are here to help.

Shift from ready-set-go to ready-go-reset.

And then reset and go again, as many times as you need to.

I’m getting ready to launch a new part of the #ShareYourMagic movement called Conscious Collaboration. (The “Let’s-do this!” announcement with live links is coming, as soon as everything is ready, hopefully in a week — I have let go of perfectionism, just need to get the many pieces in place!). 

I’ve written an eBook, and I’m offering a Facebook group as well where we can learn from each other and support each other in our social networking. This is very exciting! And yet, I find myself a full month behind my original launch date. Here’s what I’ve noticed:

  • Perfectionism paralysis: Until last week I didn’t even realize that my fiddling and fiddling and fiddling some more with the words and the design was keeping me from moving down the launch list.
  • What do I do first? I let my confusion about what to do first stop me from doing anything much at all! Yes it’s true that if I change my opt-in I must also change settings on my email provider, and language on my Thank You pages, and more. But not knowing what to do first is a really bad reason to delay moving ahead!
  • What if it’s not perfect? It won’t be. No matter how many times I proofread, and my editors proofread…. No matter how many times I tweak the design and the examples…. something will certainly be wrong, and more than one thing will certainly benefit from being revised.

That’s where the shift comes in.

The ready-set-go model can keep you stuck in perfectionism paralysis. You prepare (ready), and tweak and tweak and edit and proofread and tweak some more (set, set, set, set, set….), until you finally Go! And then you think it should be done and done, and nevermore revisited, or reset. Takes forever, and leaves you stuck.

Instead, try this: Shift to ready-go-reset!

  • Ready: prepare and execute. Do your outlines. Do your research. Gather your thoughts. Plan a timeline. Write it. Check it. Do your best with your launch list.
  • Go: send it out into the world. Celebrate. Gather the feedback. When the time feels right, take another look. And…
  • Reset. Make the changes that need to be made. Revise with the understanding and wisdom you’ve gleaned from the way the material was received and understood. And go again.

Lather-rinse-repeat. This keeps your work living, breathing, dynamic, and responsive. Over time your resets will get spaced farther apart. And you will get better, quicker, and more nimble at creation and launching.

What about you? What have you learned? Please share your wisdom and questions in the comments. Blessed be!

Posted on March 25th, 2015. Posted in these categories: business, business development, launch. 21 Comments

Release and renewal — New Moon Solar Eclipse

So much goodness going on this week!

The last of seven Pluto-Uranus squares since 2012, the New Moon Solar Eclipse, and the Equinox are bringing lots of energy of release and renewal — endings and beginnings.
Release and renew — New Moon Solar Eclipse

New Moon
Solar Eclipse

Friday, March 20th
29º27′ Pisces
2:36 am Pacific
5:36 am Eastern

Equinox:
Sun enters Aries

Friday, March 20th
3:45 pm Pacific
6:45 pm Eastern

Pluto-Uranus square

March 11–28

There’s a strong theme of releasing and renewing

This Pluto-Uranus square invites you to choose how we are going to live now, and for the rest of your life. This invitation can manifest in a number of ways.

  • You are invited to stop taking things so personally. Start here: “When I feel rejected, or slighted, or fearful in my business I connect to my heart, and remember that there is always room for love, even here.”
  • You are invited to forgive, forgive all of it, step into your sovereignty, and create a positive reality. Start here: “The past is history. The future is a mystery. The present is a gift; I live and do my sacred work in the present.”
  • You are invited to do your sacred work in the world: manifest the love, the service, and the justice you want to see and watch these awesome qualities ripple out from your heart — to your family, your friends, your loved ones, your clients, your community, your world. Start here: “I invite my dreams to shine and reveal themselves to me so I can manifest them.”

Pisces is all about transcendence and intention. It’s an inside job.

  • The Equinox ushers Spring here in the northern hemisphere, and the impulse and desire to clear out  what no longer serves you and make room for the new may be stronger at this time. Go with it! Lovingly release what has outgrown its usefulness. Gift what you can to others. There’s a deep shift and opening that happens when you declutter your office, your storage spaces, and make room for the new. Release everything that has outworn its usefulness.
  • Try yoga, meditation, or any spiritual discipline that calls to you. Or recommit if you’re out of practice. Connect to Spirit, to the Divine. Enjoy the exploration. What calls to you? Are you inspired by something you read? I love my daily walks. Thirty minutes or more basking in the fresh air, gazing afar (instead of at a computer screen) — heals my body and lightens my spirit.
  • The Eclipse invites you to step into sacred ritual. Any personal ritual will serve you here — journaling how you experience this balance point between the Solstices, making a list of what you are called to birth during this next season, painting one or all of the affirmations above — allow, express, listen to, and acknowledge your intuitive, passionate, Divine Feminine heart.

This is really interesting

According to one of the articles I read while preparing to write this for you, it seems to be a fact that this is the only time in 5,000 years that there has a been a Solar Eclipse at 29º Pisces. If this is true, we may be moving from a long cycle into a new one. Do you feel urgency to get it done? Even if what will come of your beautiful actions is shrouded in mystery?

What if the new cycle is all about women’s equality with men? What if the bold, audacious expression of your Divine Feminine helps every man’s feminine side bloom? Take ownership of your own mission and methods, be who you truly are, and let your light shine. Listen to the whispers of your heart, let it guide and empower you, express yourself, and be of beautiful service!

How is this week’s New Moon energy landing for you?

I’d love to know. Please talk to me in the comments. Blessed be!

Goddess holding eclipsed Moon image courtesy Curezone
Posted on March 18th, 2015. Posted in these categories: New Moon, release, renew. 20 Comments

Manifest and sustain your sacred business

Three ways to get unstuck, stay connected, and rock being of service

Manifest and sustain your sacred business

Yes, you can manifest and sustain a business that reflects your most sacred mission and purpose.

Maybe you know what it’s like to feel like you’re losing the connection to your passionate sense of mission and purpose that inspired you to take that crazy leap and start your business in the first place.

  • Have you lost sight of what being of service truly means to you?
  • Are you wondering how to communicate with your ideal clients in a nourishing way that shows them your most tender heart?
  • Has self-care, balance, and fun dropped off your schedule?

Don’t worry, darling! I have three gifts for you right here…

…three ways that will help you get the magic back and dance lightly and joyfully in the business of your dreams.

  • Get really clear about your heart’s mission and soul’s purpose (this is where your amazing magic comes from!). When you are crystal clear about your vision, and about what being of service truly looks like in your heart, it becomes so easy to clear the obstacles from your path. This helps you know in a deep and effective way exactly who your ideal client is, and takes any ickiness out of your marketing. Because, bubbeleh, when you know who your ideal client is, it’s like you’re talking to a cherished friend, and that’s easy, right?
  • Work with your ideal clients in a way that lights you up every day. When your tribe — your subscribers, your social media followers — contains the people you are meant to serve, your prospects become passionate dedicated clients, and your clients stick around and come back for more. When you have this in place, you will feel freer and unconstrained as you move through all the activities you do to sustain your business. And when you’re lit up, when your heart is shining through, your clients light up too!
  • Implement your sacred self-care so your business nourishes you rather than depletes you. As a passionate, dedicated business owner, it’s so easy to let self-care drop off your schedule. I’m a big believer in taking care of you. Hanging out in work-work-work, without supportive self-care practices (exercise, meditation, naps, playtime) can end up wearing you down, affecting your health and making it harder to manifest the magic in your business—for yourself and for your clients.

The good news, and a little bit of promotion

When you have these three things in place, you can connect more deeply with your right clients and share the magic of your sacred, spiritual, meaningful business. These are the three strands that weave together to make the beautiful tapestry that is your life and business. In Share Your Magic coaching, we can deal with them all at the right time, in the right and perfect order. You can release the myth of “I’m a powerful woman, I should be able to do this on my own!” and you can get the support you need.

I have room for two clients in my one-to-one coaching practice. Maybe one of them is you! You can fill out the form at the bottom of the Share Your Magic page, or you can reach me at 510-698-6245 or by email at sue@magnoliaswest.com .

The three tips — What did I leave out?

What do you do to reground, to restore balance, to rock your beautiful business? Let’s talk in the comments.

Posted on March 11th, 2015. Posted in these categories: sacred business. 12 Comments