Living A Magical Life

Hooray, A Giveaway! DIVINA, A Journal For Magical Babes

When you learn to trust your intuition, by default you learn to trust yourself. To be your own guru. Your own oracle…

— Darla Antoine

Learning to trust yourself is the goal of many a magical babe.

We all want to be in tune with the voice of our little sage, our higher self, our inner knowing.

In fact, “how do I get in touch with — and learn to trust — my intuition?” is one of the questions I get asked most frequently.

My answer always boils down to these three words:

Pay attention daily.

Listen to yourself. Keep a record. Review your notes.

You want to do this because no matter how significant the moment seems, no matter how you’re convinced that you will never, ever forget a single detail of this miracle, it will slip away.

You need that record so you can look back and make sense of the pattern over time.

You can see how your divinations, hunches, and intuitive hits panned out.

Living a magical life is an art and a science, and you better believe that artists and scientists alike keep journals, take notes, and record their observations.

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Recently, I had the extreme good fortune to conduct a Skype reading with sweet creature and mega-magical babe, Darla Antoine.

When Darla told me about DIVINA, her daily journal for magical babes, I practically peed my fucking pants.

PEE PANTS I SAY

A gorgeously simple, aesthetically pleasing design — with space for notes on dreams, daily magic, and menstruation? PLUS info on the daily lunar sign and phase?!

SIGN ME UP, BUTTTERCUP

When Darla asked if I’d be interested in doing a DIVINA giveaway for you, my stalwart readers, you better believe I jumped on that business like a jackrabbit off a hot plate.

CHECK THIS GOODNESS OUTjanuary 1 DIVINA page spread

LOOK AT THIS. It’s fresh, clean, and clear — unlike many magical journals I’ve tried, which look like they crawled out of the bog whence horrifically cheesy New Age-y art must come.

You can see that each day gets a full page spread, with sections to record your dreams from last night, a morning prayer of gratitude, today’s intentions and wishes, divinations, daily magic, moon moods, menstrual flow, and other observations.

(Personally, I have about 5-6 pages of dreams each night, so I keep a separate dream journal to record the full flow. I would use the Last Night I Dreamed About section to highlight dream omens, interpretations, and emotional impressions.)

SUPER HELPFUL

The intention is for you to spend a few minutes with the lefthand side in the morning and the righthand side in the evening.

As a lunar Gemini who is ALL OVER THE PLACE, I am really looking forward to cultivating this simple bookend journaling ritual to my day.

It’s not too complicated, ornate, or trite. There’s a sweet little moon graphic, daily quotation, and astrobabble-free note on the moon phase and zodiac sign.

In fact, there is a super simple section at the beginning of the journal on the signs of the zodiac and the astrological houses, should you be interested in such a reference.

HALLELUJAH

Some of the things this journal can help you do:

  • Remember your dreams and tap into their higher wisdom
  • Create a daily practice to hone your intuitive skills
  • Recognize (and act on!) your intuition when it speaks to you
  • Notice and attract more magic into your life (and by magic I mean synchronicity, coincidences, and happy surprises)
  • Delve into the world of divination and apply it to your daily life
  • Track the phases of the moon as it moves through the zodiac and discover how it influences your mood and behaviors — so you can plan accordingly
  • Chart your menstrual cycle and begin to make connections between your monthly rhythms, the movement of the moon, your dreams and your intuition (are you more intuitive when you’re ovulating or menstruating?)

All, as Darla says, in about 10 minutes a day.

SWEET DEAL MY FRIEND

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And the best part? Darla is graciously giving away TWO copies of DIVINA vol. 1 to you, my magical readers.

HOW EXCITING

By the way — “vol. 1” refers to the fact that the journal covers January 1 to June 30, 2016.

Which is a really good thing, since if it included the whole year it would be A HUGE ASS TOME, my friends.

If you like, you can read more about the journal here on its lovely site.

Want to win your very own copy of DIVINA 2016 vol. 1?

Since it is the Sagittarius New Moon — perfect for setting your sights on goals for the new year — here is how to enter:

Comment on this blog post with one dream you have for 2016.

I’ll get the ball rolling:

One dream I have for 2016 is to complete a very special, personal book project that’s been percolating in the background of my mind for some time — the story of how I was called to work with Holy Death.

How about you, my sweet chickadees? What is one dream you have for yourself in 2016?

It can be a huge scary reach-for-the-stars dream, or it can be a simple, everyday sort of dream. There is no wrong answer.

And if you’re interested in getting a head start on making 2016 the most magical year ever, my annual New Year Readings are up in the shop! Book yours today.

Share your dream with me in the comments below for your chance to win an autographed copy of DIVINA 2016 vol. 1.

Contest will end at 12 midnight EST on Sunday, December 13. Winners will be announced Monday the 14th.

Can’t wait to hear all about your delicious dreams!

HAPPY NEW MOON

xoxo

Paige Zaferiou

a big thank you to Darla Antoine for making this possible. full disclosure: I was gifted my own copy of DIVINA vol. 1 but receive no other compensation for hosting this giveaway.

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51 Comments

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    Dyana Valentine
    December 11, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    ohhhhh, yessss, pleaaaase, oracular instruments a gogo! a dream I hold for myself is to be Oracle In Residence in three different countries this year. I feel the sand whipping around my feet in one, the above-the-clouds mountain air in another and the keep of a forest for the third. And so it is. Thank you, Paige, you wizard of all that is good.

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    Siren
    December 11, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    in 2016 I would like to find a tarot practice that works for me and stick with it!

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    Noëlle
    December 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I e got SO MANY MANY dreams for 2016, but one of them is to kickstart my career as a free-wheelin’, independent lady-boss by focusing my intentions and allowing my art and writing to evolve and expand. No more fear in 2016!

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    Caro
    December 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I have a lot of intuitive hunches but I usually forget to record them and hence to act on them! It would be amazing to have this beautiful journal to track my intuition and make that magic happen!

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    Lis
    December 11, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I am going to finish my second book, and introduce myself as an Author instead of “well, I run a non-GMO bioproduction laboratory and I just push papers and boss nerds around but really I’d rather be writing and my first book is coming out but I don’t know if it’s going to be any good and blah blah blah.

    I’m a mothafuckin author.

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    Dani Man
    December 11, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    My dream for 2016 is to be a part of healing some pretty serious rifts in our family. It’s a small family to begin with… so when folks are not happy with each other… family is practically non-existent. I’m also working on my issues with singing in public… so I’ll tack that secondary dream on for 2016 as well. :)

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      Dani Mann
      December 11, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      And I spelled my own last name wrong… lol. It’s Mann.

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    Amanda bell
    December 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I dream that my new spiritual based school will be the success it’s meant to be.

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    Elisabeth
    December 11, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Just one dream for 2016. Oh that’s a mighty difficult task to machete my list like a explorer combing through the Amazon. Hmm. Cue the Jeopardy music. Ooo. Ahh. OK. Just one…

    To break through the cocoon of my writer self. I have stories in me that need to get out. My readers are pounding on the door. They must have my words or else. Zombie readers? It could happen.

    2016, you are my story midwife. Writing and I have done the mating dance and we need you to help us get those stories out of that comfy womb, down the birth canal and into this magnificent world!

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    Dayna
    December 11, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    This sounds fantastic!! I hope I win the journal, and I hope that next year I land my dream job. I’ll find out by the first week of a year if I get it… *fingers crossed*

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    Claire
    December 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    My 2016 dream is to give more than I take. To listen more than I speak. To be present. To connect more deeply with myself so that I can connect more deeply with others.

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    Willow O'Brien
    December 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    So many dreams! I’d like to get into college, that’s my main goal. But also I want to get back to gardening again because it is by far my favourite past time but I haven’t done a whole lot in the past year! I’d also like to become better at using and understanding the tarot, since I’m just a beginner! But okay, *one* dream for 2016? Become more comfortable with myself, and learn how to be the person I want to be!

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    katie
    December 11, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    My dream for 2016 is to continue on my chosen career path of nursing while finding the magic within the medical, western, big pharma system i find myself in, and also bringing my own magic into the work.

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    Jen
    December 11, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    This is such a great idea!

    My dream for 2016 is to connect deeply with a community of likeminded people. After doing a lot of personal work the last couple years, I’m ready to start flexing my social muscles again! :)

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    Chase
    December 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    A dream I have for 2016 is WELLNESS. Something I’m already working on weaving, through being more proactive working with my docs and my own self. Along with that wellness is patience with my own body, so an all-around wellness, mental/emotional/physical/spiritual. Accepting that even if I can’t be physically well I can be well as HECK in the other departments!!

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    Hilary Parry Haggerty | Tarot by Hilary
    December 11, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you, Paige and Darla!

    One dream I have for 2016 is to be both more consistent with my blog/writing, and from that, get an award or accolades for it. I can see it right now, right under the headline of my blog: “Award-Winning Tarot by Hilary Blog” (can’t visualize it then it won’t happen, amiright?).

    I have another dream that I am playing with: some kind of e-course or book based on my signature class on tarot and spell-work… mmmhrmmmm…. that one is percolating….

    Dream away, magical babes!

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    Michelle
    December 11, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    My dream for 2016 is to get in touch with my inner truth, start moving towards a life that makes me spiritually wealthy and to bring a positive change into the world around me. No really, that counts as one ;-)

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    Heather S.
    December 11, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    An incredible collection of thoughts all in one place! Sounds like the journal of my dreams.

    In 2016, I want to find the confluence of two dreams I have: to travel the world & to have a home of my own. I dream of finding the right heart-lead business venture where I can celebrate my nomadic soul and have a sanctuary where I can rest my head!

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    Kelsie Bedard
    December 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    A dream I have for 2016 is to make some meaningful first steps towards my hopeful future career as a midwife! I am ready to start moving my dreams into reality now.

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    Bianca Prince
    December 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I have so many dreams for the upcoming year, but my main one is to channel my creativity and spirituality into a business. It’s been on my mind a lot lately and I want to make it happen in 2016! )

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    Dina gl
    December 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I want a lot of things but one of my biggest dreams is to go to Finland with my boyfriend and finally attend the college I want!

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    Jen
    December 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    One dream I have for 2016 is to heal and to feel. To keep frolicking through parts of my shadow, figuring out how we got that thorn in those murky depths, and then releasing it – with a giant hug, and hot chocolate, complete with marshmallow blessing of realising that hey, it’s OK to feel things. In so doing so, I hope I gain the wisdom to show others how to do the same. With a big heaping of fun and dorkiness, of course!

    A BIG, pre-emotive Happy New Year, y’all! ✨

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    Emily
    December 11, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Paige,

    My dream is to listen to myself, and actually act upon what I hear. No more putting things off- that’s right, novel dream, I’m a-coming for you! No more taking up less space than I should. No more putting those before me who shouldn’t be there and more time spent with those that should. No more telling myself I can’t when I can :)

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    McKenzie
    December 11, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    My 2016 dream is to achieve the 10 of Coins that keeps popping up in my readings– to keep pushing through the hard work to be ultimately rewarded and fulfilled in my work as a creative person. That means launching a new site, working to sell more art, and completing a big project I’ve been working on since May.

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    Mick
    December 11, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    My dream for 2016 is to fully understand and embrace all my gifts and create a (business) space where people can come share and learn and grow and connect with spiritual practitioners.

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    Denise
    December 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    My dream for 2016 is a career that feels aligned, inspired, and of course magical!

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    Kayla Mae Talkington
    December 11, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    This journal is amazing! So simple and elegant :)

    One of my goals for 2016 is to cultivate joy and expand my capacity to receive. I am going to create a program similar to my 20-week Life Cleanse specifically for joy, compassion and integration. So excited for this process to unfold!

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    Jade
    December 11, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I have many hopes and dreams for 2016 but my big is one is to complete my Reiki training, I’ve been practicing and saving for the final class. If I really focus I’ll be able to complete this! *fingers crossed*

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    Cardine
    December 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I’ll be beginning my journey of Reiki attunement this December, so one of my goals for 2016 is to deepen my sensitivity and compassion for both myself and others. I’ve been coping with leaving an old faith and a long term relationship, so I am striving to empower myself and become more in tune with my sacred feminine. My biggest goal for 2016 is to open a boutique for local artists and crafters to sell their handmade items, but utilize the shop as a community space offering classes and open forums. I just signed up for my small-business classes to begin in January! 2016 is my year.

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    Kathy
    December 11, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I would like to finally, finally, figure out how my magical and creative talents work together to bring magic, passion and plenty to as many lives as possible.

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    Keva Bartnick
    December 11, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    In 2016 my new cycle for year 1 starts back up! Year 9, 2015, my job was eliminated, I had to realize I was not built for a normal 9-5 job, and my husband lovingly agreed that being a stay at home mom to our 3 girls was the best course of action. So 2016, after 10 months of learning my new role as a SaHM I am ready, with a lot of help from the universe, to grow my new business at Acorn Grove into something quite magical, and grow into the person I was meant to become in 2016. So here goes nothing! For 2016 I’d wish for the spirit of the fool, to jump into my 1st year of my 9 year cycle with a lot of hope for growth, a lot of heart to help others while on my journey, and a lot of goodness going out to everyone I meet.

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    Steph
    December 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    In 2016 I dream of learning morning languages than I already know. To shine more light, love and spirit within my realm of the world. Continue to excel, learn, and heal more animals with the field that I am in, veterinary medicine; do reiki on animals and their human companions. Thank you for sharing the love and continue to do what you do!

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    Carly
    December 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    My dream is to FULLY love myself and find another who fully loves me too!

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    nikkiana
    December 11, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    My dream for 2016 is to launch and grow my Tarot business, so I can begin to phase my web consulting work to just being with clients that I’m passionate about working for.

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    Kristi Stringer
    December 11, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Such a perfect question for the new moon! My dream is to find true love in 2016. Not something I can really plan for but you don’t have inhibitions when it comes to dreams.

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    Bonnie Fernandes
    December 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    My dream is to find a way to structure my business in the form of a circular back and forth dialogue with my clients, to be of ongoing support to people who are struggling with anxiety and depression.

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    Carmen
    December 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    My dream for 2016 is to finally finish my book and try and get published.

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    Shelby
    December 11, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Oh goodness! I’m actually using this new moon – Sagittarius, the archer and his arrow to point to what it is I do want of 2016 – so much good has come into my life this past year, that I’m contemplating what more I could take in.

    With Neptune and Saturn squaring off, I want to discover my worldly superpowers, the gifts I possess that will help me fulfill my purposeful work. In treasure-hunting terms, I’ve found where X marks the spot but now I’ve got to start digging!!

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    Kat
    December 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Go home. Find home. Make home. My intuition is pushing me and I’m having trouble figuring it out, but I’ll get there. Reach for the moon. Land among the stars. :)

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    Mishele
    December 11, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    For me 2015 has been about paying my dues and trying to understand the role of death/loss in our lives. Over the last few months I’ve been reconnecting with my witchy roots after a long hiatus. I want 2016 to be about honing in on my practice and finding peace in life’s many cycles. I’m also starting a new career so I’m looking forward to seeing how this new path will riff off my daily practice.

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    zaeli kane
    December 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I love Darla Antoine and am so, so excited for this! For next year, I want to use my monthly relationship column as a jumping off point to step deeper into collaboration with my emerging allies and together create a conference to re-examine customs and taboos around romance, sex, grief, and shame. I want it to be supportive and community-building for those who already grapple with these issues, but most of all I want to it to invite and appeal to folks who DON’T naturally dwell on these questions. My goal is to help people design lives that work for them and help them honor their intuition rather than socially constructed pressures. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Corri
    December 11, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    In my early twenties, I experienced several magical phenomenons. As I’ve become a seasoned adult, those experiences linger in my mind still as distant and deeply satisfying. The other day a new client came in for a massage and reminded me of an elf in Elrond’s kingdom; willowy,
    effervescent, and full of graceful energy. All of those magical times came back to me and made me realize that magic is WITHIN me, not just something I witness every blue moon. I’d love this journal to embolden me to discover magic in my thirties. Thank you for listening, and the opportunity. I admire all the witches out there who are loud and proud!✊✊✊✊

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    Michelle
    December 12, 2015 at 12:08 am

    One of my 2016 goals is to become really in tune with my body and begin to treat it with the respect it deserves – focusing on my health and wellness.

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    Talia
    December 12, 2015 at 12:18 am

    My dream for 2016 is to find a space to home the fledgling Fiber Arts Boston Resource and Innovation Center, and to make room for artistic growth in myself and to facilitate others on their art journeys!

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    Hanneke
    December 12, 2015 at 9:20 am

    My dream is to unlock my creativity and start my own practice as a haptonomy therapist

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    Monica
    December 12, 2015 at 10:39 am

    This. Looks. FABULOUS!!! Okay, a 2016 dream. Eep. I will pull together the show I have been imagining, music, curated dance performances, small, intimate, old school. I WILL! I believe my community needs it, my city needs, it, and I think I can do it in a way that will be hella fun. Yay!

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    Katie Jean Bentley
    December 12, 2015 at 11:38 am

    If 2015 was the year of shedding, releasing, forgiving, grieving, letting go, and losing weight; then my dream for 2016 is a year of building. Building my business, strengthening my marriage and my bonds to my sister-coven and family, filling my life back up with joy and magic, and making a safe space in my body, heart, and home for the bambino I hope will join me in 2017. Thank you, Darla! And, thank you, Paige!

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    Tara
    December 12, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    My fabulicious dream for 2016 is to get my Tarot reading out there like a boss – proper website and blog, delicious readings and brilliant travels and adventures. Things are good now but I want next level awesome.

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    Jaynie
    December 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    My dream this year is to be brave enough to let go of the job that is no longer serving me, and to find work or create work that I do out of kindness to myself and others. My dream is to move away from fear-based have-to type work and to move into a more empowered frame of mind, with the belief that the external circumstances follow what’s going on internally.

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    Celina
    December 15, 2015 at 3:34 am

    2016 will be the year that I open my heart and mind to a tarot practice. I have been told many of times that I have that “witchy side” and am going to finally take the time to bring it out. Looking for a mentor — know of anyone? ;-)

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