Mercury Retrograde Rescue – Honoring Ganesha, Laxmi and Sarasvati – Saturday September 3rd – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Mystic Journey Bookstore – Venice, CA


As Mercury Retrograde launches yet another onslaught of missed appointments, computer glitches and transportation troubles, Angelenos need not brace themselves or hide under the covers for the next 3 weeks. This week’s Magick Lab offering suggests a Vedic solution to a very modern problem that is light, fun filled and highly potent.

Our next class will bring down and center the energies of three powerful Hindu deiities that are all children of Durga (Shakti) and Shiva through beej mantras, candles, offerings and celebration.

ganesh-9The beloved Remover of Obstacles, the Eternal Child, Lord Ganesha or Ganapati is a popular energy at Mystic Journey Bookstore. Ganesha is renowned world wide by people of all faiths and spiritual paths as a friendly energy that removes the obstacles of daily life. During any Mercury Retrograde a good relationship with Ganesha is essential. Ganesha rules the South Node of the Moon and cannot be influenced by any other planets, hence he is impervious to Mercury’s backward orbit at this time.  His longer mantra AUM GUM GANAPATAYE NAMAHA can be shorted to a simple AUM without diminishing the potency of the results.

Lakshmi, Goddess of Fortune is the consort of Vishnu. Together they are classified as lakshmi ashtotra satanaamaavali“Preservers.” During the treacherous twists and turns of the Mercury Retrograde, this Goddess’ energy will “preserve” your sanity at the very least and protect you from incurring any serious losses at its best. Lakshmi is also very popular at Mystic Journey Bookstore as she presides in the front foyer back to back with her brother, Ganesha. The Lotus Flower is sacred to her. Students are encouraged to purchase or bring their own Lotus Oils to class for charging. Likewise, dried Lotus flowers can be purchased at florists for placement on altars. Fresh lotus flowers would be appreciated to lay at her feet. For this session she will be seated on rice and Turmeric which are her traditional offerings in front of an offering of sparkly jewels and accessories because this Goddess loves bling.

sarasvati2Goddess Sarasvati is a crucial energy for Mercury Retrograde protection. This Goddess of Wisdom, Art, Music and Divine Speech clears away the confusion that is typical during this astrological period. As the consort of Brahma, She is a creatrix and patroness of the Arts and Music. As the purveyor of Vak or Divine Speech Sarasvati’s energy is useful in rooting out the truth in otherwise confusing situations. Sarasvati’s mount or vehicle the Swan or Hamsa, will be discussed at length. Legend has it that the Swan has such a sensitive beak that it can discern the difference between water and milk. Proper discernment during the Mercury Retrograde is important when making decisions and purchases because these things cannot be avoided, but surely minimized.


Her readings are accurate, insightful, highly energetic and often transformative. Clients experience a palpable change in their energies that have been reported to raise their vibrations and banish bad vibes. This vivacious double Libra specializes in love, romance, career and all things ruled by the planet Venus. For the past several years, Marie has been working as a psychic reader for two of the nation’s hottest psychic phone lines. She has done research for paranormal shows and has been featured on Entertainment Tonight as a “Vampire Expert” and on Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger’s “Love and Sex Report.”

MarieheadshotFrom 2012 – 2013 her life was optioned by an Emmy Award winning television production company for a reality tv show about real witches. Today, Marie incorporates her knowledge of the occult, spellcraft, yoga and mantra in readings, spells, aura cleansings, hex reversals and curse removals.

At the tender age of 19 Marie survived a near fatal car accident and woke up in the hospital after being in a coma for 3 days. She was left with a scar on her left hand in the shape of a crescent moon and a star which she later found out marked her as someone with a close connection to all the powers and deitiesof the Moon which include: Diana, Hecate, Isis, Kali, Archangel Gabriel and Ganesha to name a few. That brush with death intensified her intuitive abilities and she accidentally discovered that she was clairvoyant.  From then on Marie has studied the tarot, crystals, the kabala, alchemy, witchcraft, the solfeggio frequencies, the mystery schools and metaphysics with some of the most popular authors and teachers of the past few decades including but not limited to:  Z Budapest author of The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries and Edward Fitch author ofMagical Rites from the Crystal Well. More recently she has been studying Kashmir Shaivism with John Hughes, the author of The Secret Supreme and the devotees of Swami Lakshmanjoo from the Universal Shaiva Fellowship in Culver City, CA and the teachings of Swami Kaleshwar with Paul Aryeh at the Shirdi Sai Temple in Tarzana, CA.

For more information please call Mystic Journey Bookstore at 310.399.7070.

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Navigating Mercury Retrograde with the Astrological Houses as Your Compass

Guest Blogger:  Astrologer Dina Lloyd Cavanaugh


Mercury Retrograde. Two little words that are enough to put fear in the most stoic of individuals. Traditionally, it’s an event that occurs three times as year for approximately three weeks. This year, 2016, it will happen four times, with the fourth occurrence happening at the beginning of the holiday season through the New Year (12/22 – 1/8).

In general, Mercury Retrograde is a time when we don’t do any of the following:
• Negotiate or sign contracts
• Start a new job or move
• Avoid going on vacation or traveling, if possible
• Make major purchases
Expect the following:
• Delays
• Miscommunications (missing emails and/or misunderstandings)

There is a misconception that computers come under the rule of Mercury but Uranus is technology-785742_640
actually the ruler of all things technological. However, we communicate via electronics (emails, texting) which makes the matter somewhat confusing. That being said, I wouldn’t buy a computer at this time. Why? Because it’s a computer? No, because it’s a major purchase!
So, how does Mercury retrograde effect you personally? You need to look at your astrological chart to determine the house(s) where Mercury is at the beginning of the transit and where he is at the end of the transit. Oftentimes, Mercury will be at the beginning or end of a house which means it will reverse back to the previous house.

Here’s some guidelines as to what to expect by house:

First House: This is a good time for you to look inward, to reevaluate where you are currently mentally, emotionally and/or psychologically. Expect for this to be a time of introspection and contemplation.
Second House: Watch your finances! Be careful or avoid major purchases during this time and watch your spending.
Third House: This is one of Mercury’s houses, so you can expect all things Mercurial to be effected, especially communications. If you have siblings, there may be some strain, arguments or misunderstandings. It is inevitable that at some point during this period, you are going to feel misunderstood. Try to be very clear in your communications, and it certainly won’t hurt to ensure that other people absolutely understand where you are coming from.
Fourth House: This represents your home, your nurturing parent and what makes you feel safe. When Mercury is transiting this house, you can probably expect some hiccups within the home, perhaps through your relations with your immediate family or mother. This certainly would not be a good time to make an offer or buy a house as it would mean something would have to be readdressed after Mercury goes direct.
Fifth House: If you have children, this could be a time when they are having issues of some sort. The fifth house also represents love affairs or non-legal relationships (i.e., living together) which means you could experience some conflict with your significant other.
Sixth House: This is Mercury’s other house but whereas the third house is concerned with communications and siblings, the sixth house is the house of service. With Mercury retrograde in this house, you are probably looking at conflicts at work or with employers. That being said, if you need to do organizational work of any kind, this is the time for it! And, just like the third house, there is a strong chance you will feel misunderstood at some point during this period.


Seventh House: This the house of relationships, marriage and open enemies. The most likely outcome with Mercury at this time is some strife in relationships. This would certainly not be the time to get married!
Eighth House: Be careful during this period if you work with money, especially other people’s money. Make sure you dot your i’s and cross your t’s. There could also be potential delays in collecting settlements or inheritances, if applicable.
Ninth House: The primary outcome for Mercury transiting this house would only be applicable if traveling, especially long-distance or internationally. Expect delays and probable screw-ups with reservations. On a more esoteric level, this is the house of religion and philosophy, so this could be a time where you turn inwards and reevaluate your belief system and work on spiritual self-improvement.
Tenth House: When retrograde Mercury transits your house of career and public opinion, expect some sort of setback at work such as projects stalling or negotiations be difficult. As stated before, this is not a time to negotiate or sign contracts. If anything, this is the time to draft such documents and address key points. On a more personal level, this could indicate a time of reevaluating your priorities in regards to your career or occupation.
Eleventh House: During this time, you may find yourself pulling away from your usual groups and/or friends, desiring solo time for contemplation. You may also experience misunderstandings with friends.
Twelfth House: Most definitely a time of introspection and contemplation. In rare instances, there could be a hospital confinement but that’s not the usual scenario.
So, all in all, Mercury in retrograde is not a death sentence or the end of the world. It simply means this is time for us all to stop the hurly burly that rules our everyday lives, stand back, contemplate and take a deep breath. This is the time for finishing project, not starting them. If we follow a few key pointers during this time, it doesn’t have be the traumatic period that Mercury in retrograde has unfairly gained.

Date:  August 20th 2016

Time:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Special Guest: Dina Lloyd Cavanaugh – Astrologer

Location:  Mystic Journey Bookstore – Venice CA

Magick Lab: Mercury Retrograde Essentials – Be Prepared for the Chaos

Date:  August 20th 2016

Time:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Special Guest: Dina Lloyd Cavanaugh – Astrologer

Location:  Mystic Journey Bookstore – Venice CA

mercury-822825_1280Popular astrologer Dina Lloyd Cavanaugh will be discussing what to expect when Mercury is going retrograde in relation to spell work and your individual chart. Mercury Retrograde oils from Mysts and Shadows will also be available for sale. Participants will be forewarned and forearmed for the upcoming Retrograde starting on August 31st early enough to cover the “shadow” period so that we can all get on with our lives without panic or missing a beat.

candle-1063429_1280As usual we will be charging candles. The candle for use with the Mercury Retrograde is orange which you can bring yourself or purchase at the store. “Fixed” candles from Mysts and Shadows will be available for purchase as well.

13726576_10209977556304759_2226011414853575356_n By popular demand Magick Lab is shifting gears and focusing on the non-secular mechanics of manifestation with an emphasis on spell work that is fast, easy and brings desired results.  Magick Lab is friendly to all spiritual paths based on the premise that there is no “dark” or “white” magick and that all Gods, faiths and practices lead back to one. The bigger purpose of Magick Lab is to unite the community not separate it based on conflicting ideologies.  Magick Lab teaches that the nature of any magickal work is solely dependent upon the intent, karma and spiritual motivations of the practitioner. The force or the energy itself is neutral.

Likewise, the formula for manifestation is represented in many paths and many cultures. Magick Lab simply distills this formula into basic elements that work universally.   You do not require an extensive background in the occult or witchcraft.  You do not require experience in working with “The Secret.”  Since Magick Lab is non-secular you are not required to convert or believe in anything that you don’t believe in, hence the name “Magick Lab” vs. “Goddess … or Temple of  …” In this class Magick Lab students will combine Candle Magic,  Chaos Magick, traditional Hindu beej mantras, tuning forks and spiritual alchemy that interweaves the works of Anna Riva, Mantak Chia and the Vedas to formulate spells using the 5 Elements.

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