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my journey

Since I left the nest at age 17, I have been on a spiritual quest--stretching with yogis, traveling through the desert on a horse with no name, cliff diving with monks, meditating with Zen Buddhists, drinking too much (then getting sober), going on Vision Quest, climbing volcanoes, meeting my soul mate and raising my beautiful children. 

I received my Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia. I majored in Comparative Religion with my focuses on Ancient Greek religion, early Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. I took the, ahem,  natural route from a Religion degree to temping for corporations in Philadelphia. I landed in Marketing, and worked as a corporate marketing coordinator for a transportation engineering firm. Though it may sound disparate from my interests, I absolutely found the strength and confidence in my writing and graphic design eye working in corporate America. I found writing about urban design, land use planning, traffic and highway engineering fascinating. Plus, I met some of the best people life had to offer me. Spirit brings us to the place we need to be.

Archangel Azrael, the archangel of grief, a painting session for bereaved mothers.

Archangel Azrael, the archangel of grief, a painting session for bereaved mothers.

My intuitive gifts opened more fully in the last few years, bringing together all the seemingly divergent interests throughout my life into one path toward healing.  As I opened, I was drawn to circles of women, and began finding my spiritual center. I learned to read tarot  over twenty years ago, though I stepped away and back again a number of times. I began teaching Tarot in 2013, and am a member of the American Tarot Association. I  adhere to the ATA's code of ethics, which you can access here.  I have been collecting fossils, arrowheads, and crystals for as long as I could dig in the dirt. I am an Advanced Crystal Master and Certified Crystal Healer  through Hibiscus Moon Academy. I also serve as a Crystal Coach for Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy, mentoring and helping students going through the program. I was attuned to Usui Reiki Master Teacher with a distinguished lineage. I am also a member of the International Association of Reiki Professional (IARP) and the World Metaphysical Association (WMA). In 2015, I was attuned to Transformational Reiki by Bonnie Hassan, which attunes the Reiki practitioner to a drum to facilitate healing. In 2015, I received my certification as an Earth Medicine Keeper through Pixie Lighthorse's Earth Medicine School. I have been working with Pixie's teaching in SouLodge since 2012 as well as taken her art workshop called Visual Quest. I am continuing my mentorship with Pixie through her second level of training in 2016. I am also an ordained Interfaith Minister through the Esoteric Interfaith Church. In my healing work, I also use 13th Octave LaHoChi healing techniques as well as Shamanic breath work and vibrational medicine.  Through the gift of Spirit, I have been intiated into the Rite of the Womb, the 13th Rite of the Munay Ki. I am able to pass this amazing rite onto others, and would be honored to pass it on to you if you live close, or would like me to travel to you. I have participated in Magical Sabbatical with the Sage Goddess Athena Perrakis, which have taught me amazing, beautiful things about myself and the healing magic that lies within each of us. I see my work in circle as a creative act, as Pixie says, bringing women together to share, learn, honor, heal, listen, grieve, mirror, witness, abide and strengthen.

From my creative journal,January 2014.

From my creative journal,January 2014.

I am also a writer and artist. After my second daughter was stillborn in 2008, I began writing at still life with circles as well as created mounds of artwork. In 2010, still life with circles was chosen as one of the top 50 Must-Read Mom Blogs by Parenting Magazine and Blogher. Art became my breath, my language, my meditation, my only solace. My art revolved around the hole in my heart created after her death. I painted, rhymed and wrote about grief. I truly believe that grief is the touchstone for all compassion. It was for me at least. We all lose. We are all lost. We are all found again. Through the years of my grief writing and artwork, I created an on-line arts project called still life 365, which  published a piece of art, music, sculpture, painting, poetry or craft from a grieving parent. My goal was to take the judgment of good or bad out of artwork, and just allow. My writing and art are about the Divine journey of life and death, birth and rebirth, the sacred and the profane.  All my artwork is created in meditation--either tonglen or simple Zen painting meditations. 

I am the now-retired editor of Glow in the Woods, an on-line hub for literary writing about surviving the death of a baby.  In November 2010, an essay I wrote entitled, "Mothering Grief", was published in the book They Were Still Born, which is published by Rowman and Littlefield. The book is available to order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A chapbook of my poetry called Of This, We Will Not Speak is available on Amazon or via this website.  My poetry and writing is featured in two books released in 2014 including To Linger On Hot Coals, edited by Stephanie Paige Cole and Catherine Bayly and Three Minus One, published by SheWrites Press and edited by Brooke Warner and Sean Hamish.

I hold monthly crystal workshops at Alta View Wellness Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I mentor a circle of amazing intuitive peoples. I also regularly teach classes on Tarot, Crystal Healing, as well as Art and Creative Visioning work. You can find all my events listed on my EVENTS page. You can email me at themoonandstone(at)gmail(dot)com. 

Much love, Angie