The Fated Forecast Method shown on two journal pages with crystals (quartz, serpentine and a mixed bead mala necklace on top)

The Fated Forecast Method

The Fated Forecast Method: the only prediction tool you need, step by step

We all experience extremely difficult circumstances, events piling on like nihilist teens in a mosh-pit. Leaving us jostled and bruised. In these times we wish for the gift of knowing: how, when, and by what means the tangled mesh that traps us might ever possibly resolve. The Fated Forecast Method puts it firmly within the magician's hands to decide upon and create our exceptionally and unexpectedly agreeable upshot to this tragic story.

And in far less dire circumstances the method is extremely potent in opening the road ahead and making outcomes unrestrainedly positive.

Personally I make a point of creating a Fated Forecast during phase where my nerve is tested, and before any event that is important to me - for example:

  • I wrote a sales page including a couple of sentences about how wonderful I feel when I receive messages from strangers, saying “I don’t know if I need a copywriter, but I know I definitely want to work with you.” The next morning she was there in my inbox, exactly as described.
  • Before leading a magical workshop I write a Forecast predicting the incredible magic incoming - to people taking the workshop but also to me - as a result. It has never failed.

The Fated Forecast: background

The method is derived from the ‘hypersigil’ developed and popularised by Chaos Magician Grant Morrison in the early years of this century. Here is what he says:

“The ‘hypersigil’ incorporates elements such as characterisation, drama and plot. The hypersigil is a sigil* extended through the fourth dimension… an immensely powerful and sometimes dangerous method for actually altering reality in accordance with intent. Results can be remarkable and shocking."

Morrison’s own hypersigil was a comic book series written over six years. I offer my truncated method as the only tool of prediction you will never need.

Gather your materials - a quiet place to write, paper and pen.

  1. Take a few mindful breaths, bring your energy back to your body. Become grounded.
  2. Project your energy (this means, ‘imagine yourself’) a few years hence, in a time when all the things you desire today, one hundred per cent of them, have manifested. You live in your perfect home, in your ideal relationship situation, doing work that lights you up with passion while maintaining plenty of time for self-care. Allow yourself a few minutes to bring that scene to vivid life through all your senses.
  3. Now pick up your pen and start to write the story of the intervening years: between the objectively here and now (the Very Difficult Stuckness you find yourself in), and the fulfilled and happy You from three years hence. You might begin, “Early 2021 was so tough, I wondered how I would survive: but looking back, I can see they really marked a turning point for me. I couldn’t have predicted the opportunities at arose…”
  4. Continue writing about the journey that began today, itemising some of the extremely precious things you learned, relationships you made or healed, opportunities that were presented, and how they all pointed you towards the ultimate success you now enjoy.
  5. Over the coming weeks, repeat daily or as often as you can, creating many new, interesting, circuitous, poetic, magical, mundane, entertaining variations, all of which illustrate the ways your current path is the one that leads to inevitable triumph.

* if you're interested in learning more about this kind of magic, save a space at my April workshop


Calling forth magic: a fox talisman, a Christian cross, some orange flowers and a couple of flat, polished crystals rest on a turquoise surface

Your Business Doesn't Need Your Authenticity

Why Your Business Doesn't Need Your Authenticity: Eight Ways to Inject Magic Instead

Marketing experts love to speak about 'authenticity’, as do folks in the networks and structures set up to support women starting out in business. But your business doesn't need your authenticity.

Unfortunately, the advice is handed down from mentors who have already done a great deal of personal transformation work. An essential ingredient is held back.

With the result that people attempt to implement the advice to 'be authentic' from a baseline of fear and shame.

Not that there is anything wrong with those emotions - I am well acquainted with them. But it leads to a misunderstanding. The communication is not as clear as it needs to be. An Olympic swimmer can tell you about the nuance of a stroke, but unless you have the foundations you won't be able to implement their advice.

Your business does not need you to be authentic about your shame or fear.

Instead, your business needs you to shed your shame, fear and not-enough-ness, and be audaciously authentic about the you beneath.

Eight magical ways to excavate the unique power and beauty of you:

1. Adopt the mantle of witch, magician, sorcerer, enchantress, minister, initiate or other such magical moniker, even if it feels awkward at first: this gives tacit approval from the universe to behave exactly as you wish.

Your answer to anyone, real or imagined, who questions you about ‘who gave permission,’ or ‘what are you doing?,’ or ‘who do you think you are?’ is a shrug and the phrase: I am a witch.

2. Perform a ritual (the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is remarkably effective) to dismiss the energies holding you back.

3. Create a semi-fictional alter ego, one who embodies the wildest dreams of what you might dare to think, do and say. If you’re stuck, become someone who isn't. Step into an alternate personality, just like when you performed in the High School production of Guys & Dolls.

Everything you dread being negatively judged for, your alter ego embraces and wears unashamedly. In fact, it is the very secret to their success. Give them a name, a backstory, a personality, an appearance. Invite them to take the reins when it is time to be visible in service to your business (also see below).

4. Write and perform a ritual and invite your alter ego to possess you (highly recommended).

5. Initiate a relationship with a celestial deity, engage their support with your enterprise, dedicate your business to them and see (4) above.

6. Many mentors refer to 'birthing' a business or a service. My personal experience of childbirth was not ecstatic, and I found the early years of parenthood a peculiarly potent mixture of stressful and boring.

Stop imagining your business as a needy, helpless being that you have ‘birthed’, perhaps misguidedly. You are not eternally saddled with monitoring its health and fretting over its very survival.

Instead, practice sovereignty of thought and view your business as a wise and ancient spirit. Remind yourself that you are the Chosen One with whom they have contracted to manifest in the earthly realm.

7. Decide that everyone loves and approves of you and furthermore, the more ‘you' you can be, the more love and approval come your way. The things that make you odd are the exact things that make you adorable.

The more shameless you can be in loving what you love, thinking what you think, and looking how you look, the more magnetic you become. Because everyone understands what an exceptional feat of acceptance it is.

8. Grow exceptionally comfortable with feeling sad, frightened, afraid and vulnerable. Also frustrated and helpless.

The extent of what we are able to receive is governed by our capacity to tolerate sensation - both the exquisitely painful and the unbearably blissful. Like a pendulum, it's impossible to swing further to one side and not the other.

If you can’t tolerate failing, you won’t tolerate success. If you can’t risk ridicule, you won’t receive adulation.

When you become the director of a masterful, creative performer (also you), you make the stuck, painful loop of hiding, optional.

And the dramatic friction you create by avoiding the thing you say you want, is re-directed into electricity in your business.

I hope these practices will help you as much they've helped me.

With love,

Anna
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Be the Witch altar to Jupiter with purple candles, magic sigils, crystal offerings on a metal try

Be the witch

My tarot card drawn this morning is the Ace of Cups: become conscious of Spirit, the guiding force, and allow it to speak. Be the witch.

It’s been a tiresome few weeks, including childhood trauma retriggered, oceans of mud, and a spiral fracture to the 5th metatarsal - nothing earth-shattering but enough to remind me of my mortality, my weakness, my vulnerability to despair at the smallest setback.

What pulls me back out is gently but consistently reminding myself: I am a witch.

And I invite you to try the name on for yourself, too. See how it fits.

Anyone can become a witch… it is simply a matter of declaring and deciding ourselves to be so. And then something incredible happens.

You see, the word ‘witch’ carries with it centuries of stories, of understanding, of meaning. We all add different nuance to the definition, but we agree that a witch is powerful, magical, disinterested in fitting in or being approved of. That she can use her powers for good or evil, that she indulges in beliefs and behaviours that are outside the norm.

She’s probably a bit frightening. She definitely doesn’t give a shit.

When we decide we are a witch any remaining vestige of a sense of seeking permission, are shed. If we have an urge to create an altar on the tree stump near the playground in the park, we do so - because if anyone were even to ask, we’re witches.

Offer with a shrug and a glare. “I’m a witch.” It’s worth saying aloud just for the barely perceptible double-take and the split second flash of apprehension in your tormentor. Are you sure you want to mess with me?

Don’t believe you are powerful enough to be a witch? My dear I assure you, you are exactly as powerful as you believe yourself to be. Everything you think, is not true - in fact, we do well to assume it is not. Adopt an air of gentle curiosity. Perhaps you are and always have been a witch, unbeknownst to your ego who has been in the driving seat all these years.

Part of the art of magic is unveiling the full expression of yourself. Or rather, the magic doesn't work unless you do so. We have to absolutely drop every negative judgement of ourselves, and be immensely ok with what is already here, rather than comparing, and judging negatively, what is here against the past or the future.

If we shrink away from the things that are (as we judge) ugly, weak, frightening, shameful… we dishonour our mortality, in human incarnation. Existence is NOT pristine and unsullied, in fact it is a stinky mess. Most of us spend a lot of time in physical discomfort, dealing with shit of one kind or another. We are here to experience all emotions, including the desperately uncomfortable ones.

If we adopt an idealistic point of view, it comes with endless negative judgement of what is ‘less than’ ideal.

And it feels like a very helpless place to be, because the resistance to all that we deem ugly is exactly what holds it in place and makes it bigger and more dramatic.

It’s just our beloved shadow, manifesting exactly what she demands in order to feel both, all, every part of the emotional spectrum.

The answer is not to deny the ugliness of the world, as so many uninspiring personal development gurus would have it (along with the gaslighting tactic of saying that your magic doesn’t work because you’re not thinking enough happy thoughts).

Instead, the answer is to try on the idea that actually you are the dreamer of the dream, and surrender to, honour and celebrate those intensely challenging aversions.* Because as long as you take it upon yourself to identify as put-upon, over-worked, under-appreciated, frustrated, anxious, you remain solidly connected to those aversions.

(* Note: if the thing you ‘do not like’ is violence like racism, misogyny, homophobia or any other system of hate and oppression, this is not a suggestion to celebrate those systems. This is applicable to aversions that are your own patterns, like an inability to earn above a certain threshold, or find a loyal and loving partner, etc.)

And to come neatly full circle, that’s why I strongly recommend identifying as a witch. To take on the name is to don a magical robe, whereby we are encouraged and expected to deeply approve of every aspect of ourselves. The lazy part, the part that just loves refined carbs, the jealous part, the vengeful part. We don’t have to act out every impulse, we are not barbarians! But we can stop rejecting them with immediate effect, and stop ‘working on ourselves’ as if it were possible to be broken.

I invite you to immediately stop working on yourself, and start loving yourself exactly as you are, and celebrating and honouring all of the darkness and frustration you have so masterfully manifested. Yes. Be the witch.

With love,

Anna
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The torso of a model wearing a handknit sweater designed by Anna. The sweater is gold and black stripes like a bumble bee, and the model is leaning on a table covered with a floral tablecloth

The Big Fail

Fifteen years ago, or so, I started a blog with the simple intention to write about whatever interested me.

Soon that came to include knitting. I took nice photos of my knitwear and wrote about my projects. I came across independent designers, and the idea sparked that perhaps I could design, too.

As it turned out, my rudimentary maths knowledge, good taste in knitwear, and sense of style for photography, were more than adequate to start designing, publishing pattern instructions for the knitting crowd, and growing my readership.

The blog went from strength to strength and I was able to reduce the hours I worked at a marketing agency.

I was offered a book deal! With an advance! A well-regarded publisher and a hero-of-the-industry editor! There was even a little bidding war!

Within a few weeks of signing contracts, I discovered I was pregnant with our son! I was on top of the world!

My intention was to complete the book before the baby arrived. But it didn’t happen, and the baby was early.

I thought I could finish the book while the baby napped. The baby never napped. He had reflux and colic and an aversion to sleep. While pregnant, wiser women had tried to explain how caring for a newborn will fuck a person up completely. But, until I experienced it myself, it was impossible to imagine the deep truth of that statement.

The book was never completed. I returned the advance.

What a come down. I’ve only recently been able to recognise the beauty in the tender intensity of those feelings of disappointment. Of failure. Of shame.

It’s exquisite. It wraps around my heart and chest and holds me so tight. My stomach rumbles gently. There’s electricity sparking through my crown, head, neck, shoulders and down my arms.

It’s magical to witness the depth of my feeling. And now that I do, it starts to heal.

Because now it is passing through. I still have brilliance. It’s time to heal.