Lisa Olcese

Moon | Mind | Magic Journal

A Practice

Many of us have something we refer back to as a ‘practice,’ a kind of scaffolding or guiding principle regardless of whether or not we stay consciously aware of it. This is the crux of magic. Moment-by-moment awareness of where your brain goes, how your heart feels, what’s happening with your energy…this is a deep […]

Checking In-How’s Your Practice?

I just wanted to check-in and see how you’re doing. This has not been an easy month astrologically, and egos, defenses, and tempers (your own and those of the people you surround yourself with) may continue to flare up. How are you finding your center, your tender heart? What brings you relief in the heat […]

Season of Love

The theme of Cancer season is Love, and it shows up in the Moon and stars as well as our daily mental fitness practice. Love underpins all of the Sage powers and the Sage perspective – the ability to see the gift or opportunity in any challenge we face. The astrology reminds us that this […]


In our mental fitness practice, we learn that our survival brain amplifies the negative by at least 3 times in order to help us remember and avoid danger. To counter this, we need to meet every one negative thought and interaction with three positive ones in order to neutralize the impact – on ourselves and […]

Full Moon in Capricorn

Happy Capricorn Full Moon!  With reliable certainty, the Moon reaches its monthly phase of fullness and we pause to appreciate our ability to manifest. What have you built for yourself? What is now coming to bloom in your life? If you have a dedicated Moon Journaling practice, you might check back and see what you […]

Recover from Negative Emotional/Saboteur Hijacking

Yesterday I have a very visceral (and public) experience of a saboteur hijacking. I wanted to share a few key learnings: 1. A regular PQ/meditation practice does not mean that you’ll never get hijacked by negative emotions and difficult mental states. It means that you’ll recover faster.  2. If you find yourself beating yourself up […]

Social Purpose vs. Soul Purpose

In all my years working with the wilderness as a guide and teacher, I’ve never lost that longing to commune with the secrets of the natural world. Whether observing the ways that a might pine is shaped by the urgings of the wind or reading ancient stories in the stars, the connection and learning here […]

Mind Magic

I have been cautioned about the business-sense of using the word “magic” in my offerings. If you’ve spent any time on my website, you’ll know that I embrace this perspective wholeheartedly, as an authentic aspect of who I am. For over 30 years, I’ve been practicing a functional sort of “magic” as defined by Dion […]

Equinox New Moon 2020: Dancing with Uncertainty

With the full-stop arrival of COVID-19, so much has happened in our collective experience in just one Moon cycle. How are you doing today? For many, the best we can do is to take things day by day, moment by moment, breath by breath.

Build Rapport, Stay Engaged

Getting stuck in some heated conversations, political or otherwise? It seems that we are feeling more divided than ever before, which increases the urgency to build bridges across our differences if we are to create the world we want for ourselves and for future generations.

Observing Nature’s Cycles: Lammas

Today is Lammas, the Northern Hemisphere’s true “mid-summer” and the point between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. It is a time to celebrate the First Harvest, and to enjoy the growing fruits of our labor.

Didn’t Get Much Sleep Last Night? Stop Talking About It!

About 10 years ago, I was at a 3-week training to become a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). This was an important milestone for me because I had studied NLP for about a decade and had finally committed to formally advancing my studies. I have a habit (or maybe it’s an identity) of being […]

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