Monthly Archives: January 2016

Individualized Classes with Mari Powers

Mimosa psychic Mari Powers now offers individual and semi-individual classes in Tarot, Astrology and Dream Interpretation. These classes are $90 per one-hour session for one or two people; if two attend, they may split this fee. Reading assignments will be provided at the time you sign up. You can schedule a class for any time when Mari is in the store; her schedule is available on our website. If you’d like to set up a time, just inquire at the front desk or phone Mimosa at 608/256-5432.

Tarot Workshop: This one-hour workshop is designed to give you a brief overview of basic structure of Tarot elements, types of cards within a deck, and basic numerology. It can help you become a better reader, or decide if you’re interested in study further to become a master of the Tarot. It will also help you get more out of the readings you get from others and the ones you do for yourself. This class covers the basics in a short amount of time, with the understanding that there is a structure to follow for learning this complex system which does not require memorizing the “meaning” of every single card from every deck.

Please bring a notebook or paper and pen. You may also use a cell phone or camera to take pictures of cards. Mari will bring several decks for use in the class, and you’re welcome to bring one of your own as well.

Astrology Workshops: These three classes are geared toward beginners and will form the pattern for more in depth learning and study. Each focuses on one major aspect of astrology: The Planets, The Signs of the Zodiac, and The Houses. To prepare for your first class, you will have to know your date, time and place of birth. You can then print a chart from which you can bring to each class. It is suggested, though not required, that you take all three classes in the order listed. However, you’re welcome to take just one or two — whatever meets your needs. Bringing in your chart and taking notes is required.

Dream Interpretation Workshop: Different types of dreams may have different relationships with our waking lives. Some dreams serve as mental “dust heaps” of stray ideas, while others may have a deeper meaning, whether emotional or even prophetic. This workshop will help you understand the differences between these types of dreams, curb the anxiety that may come from disturbing dreams, and make the most of the intuitive messages we all receive. This approach is far more relevant to daily life than simplistic lists of correspondences.

For more insight into Mari’s approach, check out this article.

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Interview with Clairvoyant Medium Brenda Hammon

Mimosa is truly blessed to have Brenda Hammon as one of our regular readers. Brenda is a clairvoyant medium, delivering gentle but direct messages from guiding spirits for the benefit of her clients. In addition to working through Mimosa, she’s also been a favorite medium at other storefront locations and at the Wonewoc Spirit Camp, and regularly presents psychic gallery group readings and other events. Even with those impressive credentials, in person she’s down-to-earth, playful, and really fun to be around!

When you were growing up, did you ever feel you had unusual abilities?

When I was growing up I never really felt like anything I saw or heard was anything unusual because it had always been there. I remember believing in UFOs and all things magical, and always just knowing that these things were real. When I was little I could always read the energy of the adults around me, and many times I heard what they were going to say before they said it. I just always thought everybody could hear and see things. As a child I would have very prophetic dreams also, which at times was a bit scary.

You have some mad skill with manifesting, and even won a new car recently. What’s your secret?

Manifesting is fun-Thank you for the compliment! I have been using the power of faith. Not hope, which to me feels ‘graspy’ but FAITH-feeling and knowing that I am being led to my desires and that I can manifest anything and everything that I desire. I believe that our desires are heaven-sent and it is the Universe’s way of moving us forward in our lives. I use creative visualization and “I am” messages to keep myself grounded. It is so important to just let yourself be in the flow of source energy and have faith the Universe is leading you. Trust and have faith. I trust every day that the Universe is sending all those to me that I can be of service to, and I have faith in my ability to give them spirit’s messages.

How is a psychic gallery different from work with an individual client?

In a psychic gallery a reader must sort out all the different energy in the room and be able to identify who the message is for. Sometimes in a group, messages can also be meant for more than one person. Spirit is wonderful that way as they will place people in the gallery together for the benefit and healing of all involved. Gallery readings can be a lot of fun, and spirit loves laughter and community also! I would always advise that you come to a gallery reading with an open heart and mind and be prepared to heal and grow together as a group. Although I would get very private messages for you, if it is something that would embarrass you I would not give specifics. Very private messages are best for individual readings. In an individual reading, you will receive messages the entire time meant specifically for you-from your guides, guardians, Angels and loved ones. You have the chance throughout or at the end to ask questions and get clarification.

Does being sensitive to other people’s energy ever create difficulties?

Being sensitive to other people’s energy is hardest for me in a close relationship-as you can sense when words and spirit do not match. It can be quite difficult to know that person is lying (of course, as a mom of four this has come in handy more than once!). I also have problems in large stores where there is so much energy from other people that is connected to worry or finances. I try to go to the grocery store at off hours, or make my trips brief.

Tell us a little bit about your day job working with developmentally disabled adults.

For the last four years I have run a recreation program for adults with developmental disabilities-it is one of the best jobs in the whole world (besides doing readings of course). I get to take people bowling, to sporting events, to camps and every month we hold a dance where you will find us doing the YMCA, the hokey-pokey, and the chicken dance :). It is a rewarding job and I am grateful to be in a position where I can dedicate my time to helping others have fun and get involved in their community.

Do you ever receive personal messages from loved ones on the other side?

I can channel messages through writing for myself and I can get messages in that manner from my loved ones, Angels, guides and spirit. I can hear messages for myself at times also-when I truly listen. I feel the most connected outside, walking in nature, so I try to get outside for a walk as often as possible. I like to talk out loud to spirit as I walk, and I keep myself grounded, connected and grateful through this practice.

Is it harder to read a stranger, or someone you’ve known for a long time?

I don’t really find that there is a difference giving a reading to a stranger or friend as long as you are stepping out and just letting spirit take over. The hardest people to read are the ones who are determined not to be read, and tell you ‘no’ when the answer is really ‘yes’. I just bless those individuals and give them the messages I am receiving for them, regardless of response, because I truly have learned to trust exactly what messages are coming through for my clients.I know that some part of them is absorbing the message and when the time is right they will actually ‘hear’ it. No judgement at all, we are all at a different point on our paths.

How do you experience automatic writing? 

I cannot really find words to explain automatic writing. It just happens. I journal in the morning and ask for guidance. I have to read it back after I am done, as I don’t always remember exactly what came through. During a reading I write down guidance I receive through hearing or seeing, and then as I write other messages come through-it is a magical experience. I think it is part of what makes my readings so very helpful and beneficial-as it is such pure guidance.

Do you feel you’re basically a visual person? If so, how does this relate to your clairvoyant skills?

As an artist, I am a very visual person, and I can easily see things for my clients. I use this in my readings, as I am shown a lot of information, but I use hearing, feeling and knowing also. They all hold hands together to deliver the best messages. I will be shown things and I ask “why?”, “why is this important? and I am shown or told the answer.

What do you do to keep your inner fairy princess happy?

I love this question-it makes me smile!! I don’t think about having an inner fairy princess but I love the image. I walk, I spend time with my children, family and friends. I head to the water as often as possible, my favorite local trail runs along the river. I take art classes and love all art supplies. I love pink and collect items with hand painted pink roses. Paper, markers and stationary make me very happy. I have been known to binge watch both Project Runway and Deadliest Catch. I love to travel and see new places. I also require alone time to truly be balanced and happy-reading, bubble baths and a hot cup of tea are my go-to’s to relieve stress.

Please come and see me at Mimosa! Readings are my all-time favorite thing to do in this world. I am blessed and honored to have these gifts and enjoy being of service to my clients.

Current Transits for February, 2016

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By Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Aquarius on January 20.
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus and resonates with freedom, authenticity, intuition and seeing past the limits of the status quo. Our inner Saturn agreed to conform to the seeming limits of the world, but our inner Uranus, orbiting just beyond Saturn, intuitively knows what our five senses cannot perceive, and prompts us, like Aquarian Star Trek, “to go where no man has gone before”.

Planet Uranus wasn’t discovered until 1781, though it has always played a subversive role in the unfolding of human culture and evolution. Discovered during the American and French revolutions, it inspired change for democracy and freedom around the planet. This radical, collective expression of freedom was necessary to allow the individuation we needed to eventually grow out of religion and into spirituality.

On a personal level, Uranus urges you to not get trapped in the illusions and limited thinking of the physical world. It’s a guide from your larger soul, maintaining a helpful, though sometimes disruptive influence on ego. Conscious of it or not, it gives you the information you need to stay true to your soul’s lifetime intention. As Uranus comes into play through the cycles of your life, you feel an increased tension around what is out of integrity. On your birth chart, the signs, houses and planets touched by Uranus will reveal the themes and issues emphasized during those times.

Particularly, at age 38-42, Uranus reaches the halfway point of its 84 year orbit and sits exactly opposite its natal position. This profound life passage relates to what has traditionally been called the “midlife crisis”. Whatever choices you’ve made by way of lifestyle, commitments, and values are tested against your feelings of authenticity. What falls short becomes less tolerable. You long for change. Depending on how true you have been to your soul’s path, this can be a radical and disruptive revolution in your life, or an acceleration and liberating deepening of your life path. Changes will happen, voluntarily or not. It’s a natural part of our growth cycle. Resistance creates suffering.

On the collective societal, we are in a similar “crisis” of vision and authenticity regarding our organized systems and institutions. During Aquarius, awareness of this dissonance is demanding our attention more than ever. And just as on the individual level, once we see past the limits of the status quo, there is no going back, even if the necessary changes bring us some chaos, challenges and pain.



Current Transits

As Venus conjoins Pluto (exact Feb 6) in Capricorn, trine Jupiter and sextile Chiron, you may notice your need intensifies for deep, intimate, healing connection with an “other”. Watch for possessiveness and jealously and use these emotions to guide you to the vulnerable intimacy you seek. At another level, you may notice your intolerance for social injustice, indifference of public officials, and choose to commit to making a difference.

The New Moon in Aquarius on Feb 8 is a perfect time to make such a commitment to social change. As Uranus continues to harmonize in trine with Saturn for a few months, there is support to balance progressive vision with pragmatic action, and this new moon sits sweetly, right between the two. On a personal level, it’s an excellent time to commit to taking steps toward aspirations that up to now have seemed beyond possible. At the Full Moon on February 22, Neptune will be conjoining the Sun in Pisces to heighten your idealism, while the Moon, opposite in Virgo, will apply some pragmatic counterforce and perhaps some necessary self-criticism to adjust your strategies and expectations. Collectively, this could be a time for Americans to take a breath after the early primary results and reassess perspectives.

Saturn and Neptune will continue to square throughout 2016, challenging your ability to stay out of fear about what you cannot control, instead choosing faith in your heart to bring the strength of your soul into meaningful action. It’s important to discern which friends, which music, which input (which candidates) nurture your faith in humanity and which influence you to slide into escapism and depression.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit for more information.

Pagan Resource Directory

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for the Madison Area

Prepared by: Mimosa Books & Gifts

260 W. Gilman, Madison, 608/256-5432,

and: Madison Area Pagan Pride Day

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Websites & Online Classes

WitchVox publishes a spectrum of articles and informational essays, and also keeps local listings of pagan individuals and groups who want to get in touch with others.

PaganSquare is a community blog space where Pagans can discuss topics relevant to the life and spiritual practice of all Pagans. 

Reformed Congregation of the Goddess has online course. This is a multi-tradition women’s path fostering “belief in female divinity and a commitment to positive spiritual practice.”

Quareia, a newer school of magic, has a comprehensive online course. If you’d like to know more about this program before signing up, here’s a helpful blog post: How to Work with Quareia International online academy founded by the Correllian tradition, with a huge selection of courses, as well as opportunities for mentoring and group activities.

The Wild Hunt is a website for Modern Pagan news & commentary.  

Related classes & schools:

Madison Psychic Institute, 608-444-8406, Patti Bee. Psychic training courses.

Love and Light Healing School, 260 W. Gilman Street, Madison, 53703, (608) 254-4685, The place to go if you want to learn about crystals.


Madison Area Pagan Pride Day A free one-day gathering open to everyone, with rituals, workshops, vendors, kids’ activities, food and more.

Pagan Spirit Gathering A regional midsummer gathering that features workshops, music and ritual for a week in the woods.

Threshold, 2717 Atwood Ave, Madison, 53704, An events space on Madison’s east side. Their workshops include circle and tarot.

Groups, both In-person and Online

Elemental: a Madison group which offers local gatherings to the Pagan community that are open, affordable, and accessible to everyone. They host sabbats, rituals, workshops, discussions, and potlucks which anyone is welcome to join. Their Facebook group is Elemental in Madison, and their email is

Madison Area Pagan Discussion Group: A group that meets monthly at a restaurant in Madison to chat, organized via Facebook.

Pagan Announcement List shares information, and announcements about events in Wisconsin, Illinois & Indiana (from what I’ve seen, mostly Illinois)

Circle Sanctuary: Wiccan church and nature preserve, with regular rituals, classes, workshops and many other activities. In Barneveld. They present an annual Winter Solstice celebration at the First Unitarian Society.

Sweetwood Temenos is an outdoor space set aside for ritual use by members. They also host events.

Reformed Congregation of the Goddess is a multi-tradition women’s path fostering “belief in female divinity and a commitment to positive spiritual practice,” with both online classes and in-person meetings.

CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) is a group in many Unitarian churches that hosts events and meetings, including the First Unitarian Society in Madison.

Deeply Rooted Pagan Church, 7021 Bungaloo Road, Athens, WI 54411, 715/574-5288 715-613-7727

Ancient Mother Moon Lodge, 6020 Kristi Circle, Monona WI, 53716, 608-279-5225, Dianné Aldrich. This sacred space hosts classes, events, ecological projects, and a monthly moon lodge. It’s mostly a women’s space, but some events also welcome men.

Earth Traditions, Deerfield, IL, 847–456-4833, This group specializes in psychopomp training and services, though they hold other rites of passage as well. They describe themselves as a place where pagans go to connect.

Milwaukee Pagan Unity Council, This organization supports pagans in the Milwaukee area, promoting education and understanding among people of all paths. They support or host various get-togethers in the Milwaukee area, and post related events hosted by others on their Facebook page.

Retail: At Mimosa, we try to stock things most pagans use for their practices, but we don’t have everything. Check out these shops too:

House of Magick, 4726 South Packard Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110-1430, 866-462-4425 , He’s got lots of herbs and ritual items. clothing with pagan themes, handpainted by Kayla Garland.

Poison Apple Printshop: Original designs in art, jewelry, altarpieces, clothing & patches.

Karner Blue Candle & Supply, 1915 Monroe St., Madison 53711, 608-258-2558.. Candle-making supplies & classes.

Recommended Books

There are lots of great books out there. Here we’ll just list a few of the ones that have been especially helpful to us and our customers.

Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions, by Joyce & River Higginbotham. A basic book for those exploring various traditions, whether they believe this is their path or just want to learn about it out of curiosity. Includes exercises.

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham. A classic for those practicing outside a coven.

Wicca for Beginners, Thea Sabin. A clear introduction to the basics of the Wiccan path.

Essential Asatru, Diana Paxson. An introduction to northern traditions.

Green Witchcraft, Ann Moura. This is a series of books focusing on folk magic, fairy lore, and connecting with nature.

A Witch Alone, Marian Green. An experiential guide to self-discovery via the pagan path.

The Spiral Dance, Starhawk. This classic was key to introducing the Goddess tradition to modern America, helping spark the birth of neopaganism.

Drawing Down the Moon, Margot Adler. Another classic, focusing on the history of the neopagan movement.

Spero Publishing, a local publisher, produces “A Child’s Eye View” series on a number of topics that give a great overview for adults, teens and older children. Topics covered include Wicca, Heathenry, Irish Paganism, Fairy Faith, and Druidism. These books are compact and inexpensive.


Witches & Pagans: A national magazine with articles, interviews, reviews, classifieds, and some often rather odd letters. They have additional articles at their website, Pagan Square.

The Spirit: Free pagan e-zine from Spero Publishing. To get on their mailing list, contact

Circle Magazine: A publication of Circle Sanctuary, with articles centered around a quarterly theme.

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How to Make a Room or Aura Spray

It’s easy to create your own room and aura sprays. These sprays are useful for clearing the energy of your space, refreshing your energy body, or simply providing a sensory link to whatever mood you’re trying to create.

Here’s what you’ll need:

A spray bottle. The indigo glass bottles we sell at the store look pretty and will keep bright light away from the contents, but really any spray bottle will do.

Water. Spring water or distilled water is best, though you may use tap water if you prefer. Our tap water in Wisconsin is very hard, which means that over time it will leave residue in the spray bottle — something it’s probably best to avoid. Tap water may also contain unwanted additives such as fluoride.

Disinfectant: We use a small amount of witch hazel for this, but you can also use vodka. (For this purpose, cheap stuff is fine!) This is to keep the mixture fresh over time.

Essential oil or oils: The Aura Cacia oils we sell at Mimosa work great for this, but really any brand is fine. Just make sure it’s a pure essential oil rather than perfume oil, since anything containing lipids will separate from the water instead of mixing. Popular scents include sage for cleansing, lavender for relaxation, citrus for energizing. For more ideas about which oils to use, see this article. It’s fun to experiments with blends of two or three oils, but single-scent sprays are great too.

Optional: A small crystal to boost the energy and/or the intention of the spray. A quartz crystal will boost the energy of any spray, while a small chunk of Tibetan rock salt is excellent for purification and cleansing. If you haven’t used crystals much, this article might help with some other ideas.

How to mix: For every 2 oz (about ¼ cup, or 60 ml if you’re going metric) of finished spray, you’ll use 1 tsp. vodka and 8 drops of essential oil, filling the rest of the bottle with water. Make sure to focus mentally on your intention for the spray as you work. If it’s not too embarrassing, you can even “talk to” the spray! If you choose to add a small crystal, save this step for the end, as a way to “seal” your intention into the spray.

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Essential Oil Correspondences

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Balsam Fir rejuvenate body & mind, respiratory, muscle aches, pain
Basil refreshing, restore mental alertness, fatigue, muscle aches
Bergamot uplifting, confidence, enhance mood, skin problems, balance, stress, depression, mental health, emotional control
Cedarwood relaxing, massage, oily skin
Clary Sage menopause, menstrual issues including PMS, relaxing, stress, depression
Clove stimulation, revitalizing, immune enhancement, pain relief
Copaiba recovering from injury or irritation, digestion, inflammation
Cypress security, stability, comfort during winter, skin problems, transitions
Dill revitalizing, balance
Eucalyptus cooling, refreshing, energizing, respiratory support, exercise, sore muscles, communication, assertiveness, standing up for oneself
Fennel circulation, glands, respiration, digestion, well-being during menstrual cycle, energy, vitality, balance
Frankincense meditation, elevating the mind, spiritual connection, centering, comfort, mental focus, overcoming despair, stress, aging skin
Geranium revitalizing, releasing negativity, nervous system support, balance
Grapefruit energy, uplifting, weight management, detoxification, reducing excess water retention
Jasmine relaxation, self-confidence, romance, balancing female energies, lunar connection, positive experience with the night, relationships, sexuality & sensuality. Jasmine is a potent aphrodisiac.
Juniper detox, cleansing, purification, urinary support
Lavender adaptogen (adapting to stress or imbalance), relaxation, sleep, energy, beauty, cuts & burns, healing, protection, purification, seeing the whole picture
Lemon purification, fasting, vitality, nervous system
Lemongrass stimulating, mental clarity, balance, rejuvenation
Melrose skin health, cuts, burns & rashes
Myrrh meditation, purification, uplifting, regulating emotions
Orange calming, peace, happiness
Oregano immune & respiratory support, electrical alignment of body
Palo Santo spiritual development, purification, cleansing, release of negative energy
Patchouli happy house, releasing negative emotions, general health, digestive system, connection to Mother Earth, trust, protection
Peppermint supports digestion, respiratory system & liver, concentration, mental sharpness, clarity, dieting
Pine energy, muscles & joints, exercise
Rosemary mental alertness, energy, memory
Sage strengthen senses, support metabolism, respiratory, reproductive & nervous systems, coping with despair, mental fatigue, cleanse & purify the home, release negativity
Spearmint open & release mental blockages, balance, well-being
Spruce relaxes mind & body
Tangerine uplift the spirit, security, occasional nervous irritability (moodiness), calming
Tarragon digestive support
Thyme immune system
Valerian calming, grounding, emotional balance, restoring nervous system
Vetiver grounding, recovering from emotional trauma, good behavior in children, calming, stability, stress
Wintergreen soothing, headaches, exercise, enhance children’s moods. (Caution, should never be used with anyone on a blood thinner or daily aspirin therapy.)
Ylang Ylang love & romance, releasing anger, relaxation, beauty, sensuality, balancing male & female (yin & yang), awakening kundalini

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Lemongrass Recipe for Manifestation

By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA

At the beginning of every month in 2016, I will offer an Aroma Reading forecasting the energy for the month along with an aromatherapy recipe. As I was preparing to do the Aroma Reading for this month, my guides interrupted me and told me there was no need to do a reading as the oil for January was Lemongrass (Cymbopogen flexuosus). I heard it loud and clear! The energy of Lemongrass is uplifting, cheerful, and refreshing and I associate it with new beginnings. It helps with mental focus and clarity as well as opens up intuition and your connection to the divine. It is invigorating, motivating, as well as playful. It helps with manifesting and in creating what the heart desires and is full of positive energy. It also purifies energy, beliefs, and patterns that no longer serve you a higher purpose.

My Lemongrass forecast for January 2016: 2015 was a hard year for many people full of lessons, trials, and tribulations. It’s time to leave the past behind and move forward with hope and positivity. The energy of this month is very positive and ripe for change! Now is the time to take a moment in meditation, contemplation, or in journaling to focus and clearly think about, visualize, and then vocalize what you want to manifest, create, and achieve in 2016. Now is the time for action. Call upon your angels, guides, and guardians to assist you and know that your spirit healing team is always there.

Recipe for Manifestation in 2016:

1 drop Sage (for purification)
1 drop Lemongrass (to attract positive energy and new beginnings)
1 drop Lavender (to assist in clarity and in seeing the whole picture)
1 drops Cedarwood (to assist in manifestation)

Write down your goals, dreams, and aspirations for 2016 on a piece of paper.  Then, place one drop each of the above oils on a tea light candle and light the candle with a match. Use the tea light to set your piece of paper on fire and offer the energies up to the divine to be transformed. Please do this ceremony in a safe location like a fire pit or fire place!! Do not blow the candle out…set in a safe location and let it burn out on its own. Many blessings for light and love in 2016!

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Aroma Readings are a divination technique using essential oils developed by Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach, a Holistic Healing Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, and Reiki Master Teacher.  She offers individual Aroma Readings and spreads as well as teaching Aroma Readings in her level 2 ‘Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy’ certification series. Interested in learning more about aromatherapy and essential oils? Join Dr. Christina at the ‘Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy’ Level 1 certification series starting in Madison March 5/6, 2016: Interested in aromatherapy but do not want to pursue certification this time? Then the 2 hour ‘Aroma Basics’ online class on February 6, 2016 is perfect for you: