12andus and a Freebie!

Do you guys remember Angela Kaufman, author of “Queen Up! Reclaim Your Crown When Life Knocks You Down”? (I interviewed her in March 2018.) She reached out to me about a website that she’s been doing some writing for called 12andus.com. Angela thought you guys might be interested in it.

So, what is 12andus.com? From their website:

Astrology is neither an exact science nor is it deterministic. However, through astrology we can know ourselves deeply. Astrology can uncover aspects of ourselves that might be difficult for us to see through other means. Astrology is the reverberation on the inner plane of the outer planets.

We created 12andus to help people reveal their unique astrological birth qualities and how they match with others. Every relationship, just like every individual person, is a unique constellation of compatibilities and qualities.

We can match another person on many levels: romantic, friendship, business, and spiritual. When we are with a certain person, our connection becomes almost like an independent entity with its own traits. With different people, we may feel practical, affectionate, artistic, sensual, and adventurous, or we may feel lazy, superficial, and argumentative.

12andus will show you the harmonic and conflictual qualities that exist between any two people. In addition to the individual birth reports and relationship reports, we offer forecasts and relationship forecasts.

Another aspect of 12andus’ mission is to collect surveys and big data to statistically demonstrate that astrology works. Research and discovery are our ultimate goals.

Basic membership is free, but I’ve been given a promotional link that will allow people who sign up for the site through it to get the premium membership for free! Premium membership allows access to more personalized reports and chart comparisons with other users as well as access to transit interpretations and tips for the day based on current transits. (This link is specific to The Magical Buffet. I make no money from its use; it is solely for tracking purposes. This promotion ends 10/15/2019.)

If you’re interested in checking out 12andus.com, click here!

Think Before You Pink 2019

Pinkwasher: (pink’-wah-sher) noun. A company or organization that claims to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon product, but at the same time produces, manufactures, and/or sells products that are linked to the disease.

Corporate giant 3M markets pink ribbon Post-its to raise awareness of breast cancer, but 3M also produces and uses PFAS, a toxic class of compounds known as forever chemicals that may contribute to breast cancer risk. Breast Cancer Action calls this pinkwashing.

What are PFAS? Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large and ever-expanding class of highly fluorinated synthetic chemicals used to repel oil and water. Known for their extreme persistence, they are also called forever chemicals. PFOA and PFOS are two of the oldest and most well-studied chemicals in this group. These chemicals do not naturally break down over time.

There is no way to avoid exposure to PFAS and 98% of Americans have at least one PFAS chemical in their body. The drinking water of approximately 110 million Americans contains unsafe levels of PFAS, and the chemicals have been found in both breast and cow’s milk. PFAS are also found in food, consumer products, workplaces, and dust.

The weight of the evidence shows that PFAS may increase the risk of breast cancer. One of 3M’s own consultants warned that the chemical used for years in Scotchgard “is one of the strongest cancer promoters I’ve ever seen” and interferes with the ability of cells to communicate with each other. PFAS are known to cause some cancers and interfere with normal hormone functioning. In addition, PFAS have been shown to suppress the immune system, which can hinder the body’s ability to prevent rogue cells from growing into breast cancer. Even low dose exposure to PFAS changes the structure of the mammary gland and interferes with breastfeeding.

3M pioneered this dangerous class of chemicals and the company’s fortunes were built on the development, manufacture, and sale of PFOS and PFOA. Today, 3M is a $120 billion multinational corporation with profits driven by the development of newer PFAS compounds. For nearly seventy years, 3M has covered up the risks of PFAS from the public and regulators, protecting their profits at the cost of public health. One lawsuit charges 3M “maliciously conspired” with trade groups to conceal the chemicals’ toxicity. Through a range of delay and deny tactics, 3M prevented regulation, all the while pushing PFAS into new consumer products. As a result, current and future generations continue to be exposed to these dangerous chemicals. 3M has developed newer so-called “short chain” PFAS chemicals, to replace PFOA and PFOS. But a new report reveals that 3M submitted reports to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showing health risks for 21 of these newer PFAS chemicals it makes. Despite industry’s claims about the relative safety of newer PFAS, there is evidence that these newer chemicals are not safe for humans or the environment. Instead of cleaning up their business to show us they care about breast cancer, 3M is continuing to contribute to a forever problem.

In one study, dying cancer patients were given extremely high doses of PFOA in 2008–2011 despite scant evidence that it would help their cancer or improve their quality of life. Results from this unethical research were never published, and to date, data about the patients’ cancer has never been presented. But instead of disavowing the study, 3M recently harvested the data and paid for re-analysis, which they’re now using to make unsupportable claims that PFOA may not be as persistent as previous studies have shown.

3M claims to be a good corporate citizen and has run several breast cancer promotions over the years, including pink hard hats and tape. In addition to marketing pink ribbon Post-its, 3M is currently selling pink stethoscopes to “help the fight against breast cancer.” 3M says their pink products are a “reminder for a good cause.” But they’re just trying to distract us from the fact that 3M’s toxic forever chemicals cause cancer, suppress the immune system, disrupt hormones, and change the structure of the mammary gland.

Tell 3M’s executives to stop producing, using, and selling PFAS!

Marketing pink products isn’t enough. If 3M really cares about breast cancer, they will put our health before their PFAS-driven profits.

Learn more, and take action at: https://bcaction.org/NeverForeverChems/

(Information provided by Breast Cancer Action. Emphasis on phrases is my own.)

It’s New! It’s Witchy!

We’re in the home stretch of the year! Halloween, Samhain, Día de Muertos, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Yule are all approaching. To make celebrating all these holidays easier, The Magical Buffet has launched a new line of limited-edition merchandise! Whether you want to give a gift to yourself, a friend, or your favorite hostess, we’ve got you covered.

Flasks for your spirits.


Mugs for your witch’s brew.


Shot glasses for more of your spirits.


Decorative tiles, because they look cool.


All these things, and more, are available for purchase until December 31, 2019 at The Magical Buffet’s CafePress store!

https://www.cafepress.com/themagicalbuffet

Flamsteed’s Atlas Coelestis

As most of you are aware, I started selling merchandise a few months back. Everything I created has different phrases and sentiments that I like and thought you might enjoy. However, in the back of my mind there was something else I wanted to do too.

Hiding in the public domain are many beautiful works just waiting to be rediscovered and shared. I happened across several by John Flamsteed. (By the way, if you support me on Patreon this is all old news to you.) Flamsteed (1646-1719) was an English astronomer and the first Astronomer Royal. He catalogued over 3000 stars and was responsible for several of the earliest recorded sightings of the planet Uranus, which he mistook for a star. After his death his widow helped get his work published as “Atlas Coelestis”. Flamsteed’s work was updated and republished several times, the last being in 1795.

Although the work he did was for science, the images he created are art. And I want to share it! That’s why I used several of his charts to make a line of greeting cards and postcards!



You can see them all in my online store! You’ll want to click in on the images to see what they truly look like, CafePress treats home screen edits more like suggestions than directions. If you like what you see, don’t wait to purchase, these are only going to be available until May 31, 2019!

Behind the Scenes

If you follow The Magical Buffet on Facebook and/or Twitter (and you should), this may be old news to you, but in case you haven’t heard….I have a Patreon!

For those of you unfamiliar with Patreon, it’s a website that allows a different kind of connection with creators and their community. Patrons pay a monthly dollar amount and gain certain benefits and creators use that money towards different things, such as new projects, or just supplemental income.


Currently my Patreon offers two tiers:

Tier One: Casual Buffet People
A monthly amount of $1-$9.99 lets me know that you appreciate the work I do and support me in continuing to do it and expand on it.

Tier Two: Buffet Regulars
A monthly amount of $10 or more shows your appreciation AND gives you a behind the scenes look at my slowly growing empire. I might be working on a book, putting together some classes, and making magic items, and Buffet Regulars will see ALL of that as I work on it. You’ll keep me on the straight and narrow by making sure I work on these things and I’ll be turning to you for insight and feedback.

I also want to note that when you sign up, I request your mailing address. That’s because I haven’t ruled out the idea of mailing out physical rewards at some point. In the future there will probably be different rewards and tiers added, but this is where I’m starting.

So how about showing The Magical Buffet a little love and support me on Patreon! Become a Patron!

Looking for other ways to show The Magical Buffet some love?

You can subscribe to The Magical Buffet website!
Follow The Magical Buffet on Instagram!
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And don’t forget, The Magical Buffet now has merchandise! Visit our store!

Thank you all for the continued support and most of all, thanks for reading!

Favorite Things 2018

It’s that magical time when I share my favorite things of the year. Everything has been featured on my site in one form or another in 2018, so even though an item released in 2017, it can end up on this list, and trust me, there are several things that came out in 2018 that will probably end up on 2019’s list. In a slightly more accurate world this would be the last article of the year, however I hope this list gives you some gift ideas, so I like to publish it when you still have time to purchase items for the holidays. Without further ado, and in no particular order, I give you my favorite things of 2018.

“Queen Up! Reclaim Your Crown When Life Knocks You Down: Unleash the Power of Your Inner Tarot Queen” by Angela Kaufman. Kaufman manages to make complex archetypal concepts simple and memorable using one of my favorite things…. tarot cards! Read my interview with the author here.

“Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive” by Kristen J. Sollee. This belongs in the list just for its badass cover. It inspired me to finally try out black lipstick (spoiler alert, it’s awesome). The book is also awesome. Three labels that society apply to women, their history, and how women are reclaiming them for the better. Check out my review here.

Christian History Magazine. I’ve featured Christian History Magazine on the site twice in 2018, and with good reason, it’s a great resource. And it’s free! No proselytizing, just raw, uncut history. Read my write up of their “Food & Faith” issue here.

“Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump” by Gary Lachman. A rollicking look at the potential influence of Chaos Magick in the ascension of Trump. You can read my interview with the author here.

“The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial” by Elizabeth Fournier. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, if you, or anyone you know, plans on dying, this is a must read. Check out my review here.

“Tarot Made Simple: The Ultimate Guide to Casting Spreads and Reading the Cards” by Liz Dean. There a zillion of guides to tarot out there, but “Tarot Made Simple” has a unique format that sets it apart from its peers. See what I’m talking about here.

“Calling All Earthlings”. One of the best documentaries I’ve seen. The story of George Van Tassel has it all: has it all, aliens, Howard Hughes, free energy, the FBI, Tesla, the military, and a death…or possibly murder. Read my review here.

A little self promotion folks. I came up with some cool statements that you can purchase on assorted t-shirts, mug, pint glass, tote bag, and journal! I’m kind of proud, so consider showing me some love by picking up something for you or a friend! Shop The Magical Buffet here!


“Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural” by Peter Bergal. This was one of the best adventures of 2018! Spirituality influencing technology and technology influencing spirituality. This book has something for everyone! You can check out my review here.

“The Real Witches of New England: History, Lore, and Modern Practice” by Ellen Evert Hopman. Hopman shares research on witch hysteria and persecution, biographies of witches who were accused followed by interviews with their descendants, and also interviews a myriad of modern day witches who influence culture today. Read my review here.

10 Years Baby!

Buckle up folks because I’m about to say something that will blow your mind.

The Magical Buffet turns 10 years old this month. 10 years! Mind. Blown.

There is a lot of cool stuff with this 10 year anniversary. In case you hadn’t noticed, we have a shiny new website! After nearly 10 years our site now plays nice with smartphones and tablets, as well as the good ol’ desktop. And yet, comments still don’t work. The more things change, the more they stay the same, right? So you’ll need to show your love and share your thoughts on our articles by visiting The Magical Buffet’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts.

Along with our shiny new site, you’ll notice there is now a Shop category. That’s right, we’ve got merchandise! And not some lame-o self-promotion stuff, but things that hopefully you will think are cool and be proud to wear or welcome into your home. Here’s a few of those items in my home!

Medusa is my Homegirl Tri-Blend Tee.
When in Doubt, Quartz! Pint Glass holding my stones.
Sage that Shit! mug holding my smudge stick.

Want to see more? Visit our store!

Obviously I wouldn’t be typing this if not for the support of all the readers, publicists, authors, and publishers that think The Magical Buffet has something to offer people. And honestly, I can’t come up with words to thank you all for your support, enthusiasm, and patience. I continue to struggle with my headaches and my health affects every aspect of my life, The Magical Buffet included. Yet everyone is still here, even me! THANK YOU!

As further thanks, say hello to the best giveaway ever! I reached out to two fantastic publishers, New World Library and Inner Traditions, and asked if they would each give me a copy of one of my favorite books that they ever published…..and they did! These two books mean a lot to me, and hope whoever wins them finds them as inspiring and insightful as I do!

From New World Library we’ve got “Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, & Dogen’s Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye” by Brad Warner, and Inner Traditions was kind of enough to send me a copy of “Phantom Armies of The Night: The Wild Hunt and the Ghostly Processions of the Undead” by Claude Lecouteux. What do these books have in common? Absolutely nothing except that I freakin’ love them to pieces!

We’re doing the Rafflecopter thing! Contest ends Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 11:59pm eastern. Good luck!

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