Bear Claw Talisman

BearClwTlsmn1What story do you not share out of fear?

This bear claw was given to me by a Cherokee shaman who adopted me into his family after I helped his uncle pass over.

… Hm, my life reads like a fairytale. … That makes my stories almost unbelievable. I’ve told fortunes with Gypsies and was initiated in the dungeon of a Irish castle. My mother was a Sicilian witch—before the neopagan movement—and an Indian shaman adopted me. And that’s just for starters!

I did not set out to do unusual things simply because they were unusual. I’m not boasting or trying to appear superior when I tell my stories. They’re the only stories I have. If I hide them, they lurk ashamed.

And, if I try to hold silent out of fear of judgement, my breath stifles, choking back stories that are simply my life. So I tell my tales.

I suspect every individual needs to be able to speak the accounts of their life. And if their day to day is odd, so will be those accounts.

Sometimes, a person must speak a truth of their life not so someone else can hear it, but because the recitation allows the reciter to hear it themselves. They are, possibly unintentionally but nonetheless effectively, singing a sacred song of selfhood, spinning the melody as a powerful and unadorned ceremony of beingness, like a wolf howls at the moon.

BearClwTlsmn3Sure, I keep some stories private because they’re so personal. But discretion and hiding are not the same.

2015Nwsltr2I did not ever try to be “the weird one.” As a child, I desperately wanted to be “normal.” There was a certain style of blouse. “Mom, all the other kids have one, please?! Please?!”

Thank Gods my mom refused me the shirt, in all her eccentric wisdom.

I feel blessed that I grew up to be a shamanic mentor for free spirits like myself. Their company helps me stay sane and continue to celebrate the wild life I’ve led and still lead.

And, as I help them fulfill their wild dreams, I become more and more able to share more of my stories.

What story do you not share out of fear? Fear can be guidance or a hindrance. Do you need to start telling that story or continue to hold silent? Do you need to share it with just one person, or a few, or many? If the latter, how many is “many”? If, on the other hand, you need to share it with one person or a few, who?

If you’re a craftsperson or anyone else who would like to know a bit of my crafting process making the talisman:

For at least a decade, I’ve worn the bear claw in a setting I’d beaded for it, but I started not liking the beading anymore, so I took it apart.

Making the new bear talisman: I spun green yarn from—if memory serves—fibers of silk, bamboo, and maybe wool. It was not my best spinning, and somehow that seemed right to weave into a wee rectangle for this pendant.

The fabric scrap to which my weaving is attached has rosebuds in one of its lower corners. That’s part of why I choose that scrap.

The hanging beads at the bottom are probably obsidian.

I called the amulet “Great Mother of All Things.” When we tell our own stories, we sing all of life into existence, as the Great Mother did and does. So mote it be.


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Magical Activism Class


My fey-touched friend,

Does your spirit insist our wild hearts and all Gaia’s children must be free?

It can be challenging to act on that belief.

Longterm action for change can result in burn out, depression, impotence, and feelings of hopelessness.

ClassSwirlOr we might even refrain from taking any action at all because it feels overwhelming.

Do you feel deep down that it can be another way?

I’m going to facilitate an ongoing circle that will also provide lessons. I created rites so you have a way to 1) keep your spirits up and 2) make a positive difference for All Our Relations by combining your magical efforts with that of the other class participants.

You’ll have the chance for:
* ongoing support tailored to what you need as a unique individual, including self-empowering rites channeled specifically for you
* magical ceremonies with a group of wonderful people to create a better world.

SunnyDotRituals will range from protection of people at risk, to self-nurturance so we can keep fighting the good fight, to evoking Divine guidance that shows what actions on the mundane plane each of us as individuals can take to make a positive difference. During meetings, I welcome suggestions for additional issues the rites can address.

Every session, I’ll give direct spiritual transmissions that tailor themselves to what you need that week, e.g., having your hope restored or gaining confidence. (If you don’t know what a direct spiritual transmission is, you could think of it as a blessing.)

The circle will be mixed level: no prerequisites needed, but adepts will find real power here. I’m a big believer in advanced practitioners and beginners working together. I facilitate such a group in a manner that respects and empowers everyone involved, creates effective magic, and provides substantive lessons for everyone.

Right now, real change requires the collective power of different types of people who want to create a better world.

Enrollment limited to sixteen people. This way, everyone can receive individualized attention, so you get whatever you need. And we’ll be a small enough group that we can cooperate as unique individuals to make powerful magic.

Classes are group meetings by phone: just dial the phone to participate.

WeeSqr3For six months, we meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 6:00 to 7:00 pm EST, starting Wednesday August 2. Reserve Wednesday Jan 24, same time, for a makeup session, in case I’m unavailable for one of the planned meetings.

Six months allows real work for your well-being and the well-being of All Our Relations, instead of just temporary Band-Aids, and also facilitates powerful lessons about whatever magical, ethical, and personal issues arise. I’m committing to making a difference.

WeeSqr3Total cost for the six months is $450. As always, scholarships, partial scholarships, payment plans tailored specifically to you, and trades are available. Your particular phone carrier may charge you for the call. Charges appear on your phone bill. The event’s area code is a U.S. #.

Pay securely with PayPal. Which of the following options work for you?

1) Use the Pay Now button below to send me $450, and you’re taken care of! You don’t need a PayPal account.

2) Or use the Subscribe button to make two equal payments of $225, one now and a second one automatically three months later. Easy! Payments appear on the credit card associated with your PayPal account. This option is available if you have a PayPal account.

Upon receipt of payment, your place is reserved. You receive event phone number, etc., by email. No refunds. For more info, or to discuss scholarship, trade, or payment plan, call me: 814-337-2490.

The world needs your magic. Enroll now.

Thank you! Goddess, stay with us in the union of all things.


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A Two-Week Shamanic Treatment to Heal Your Body

Two-Week Healing Ceremony

Starts July 17

Do you want a powerful, effective healing for your body? I perform a shamanic ceremony for you five days each week, for two weeks!

Sigil to Bless and Empowers Physical Healing Rite #3, Francesca De Grandis.

This shamanic treatment is a distance healing. No meeting required, not even by phone. Just go about your daily life as usual, and I’ll do the work for you.

You don’t even have to tell me your health problem(s). My style shamanic treatment addresses whatever your body most needs for health.

If you’re already healthy, this ceremony builds maximum health, so you avoid illness.

Clients use words like “amazing” in their feedback:

MiniTree2“My blood pressure readings were suddenly amazing, like an athlete’s.”

“Francesca, my 2 week experience was awesome. … the first time in many years the pain from my herniated discs in my neck didn’t bother me.”

“Amazingly, I awoke yesterday totally pain free in my knees and shoulders.”

MiniTree“Helped heal a gallbladder issue I’d had for years! I was told I’d need surgery, and was in pain, but not anymore!”

“After 40+ hours labor, the contraction were not coming steadily. Then I heard a very clear voice say, ‘Call Francesca.’ … Soon after the call the contractions were coming strong, and we could all feel the magic in the air.”

MiniTree2“Francesca healed my warts. What more can I say? :-)”

“I suffer from seasonal affective disorder and Jan is the worst month for me. [Francesca] helped me to feel more energetic and enthusiastic and to be much more productive.”

Total cost for your two-week ceremony is $125.

Starts July 17.

Want this healing done for you? Scroll down, give your phone number, then click Pay Now. Easy!

Please give your phone #.

SigilMini3If you have questions, or want to discuss scholarship, semi-scholarship, payment plan, or trade, call me: 814-337-2490.

My treatments may not work for some individuals. No refunds. A shamanic treatment is not a substitute for medical care by a trained physician, psychiatric counseling, or other therapeutic treatments. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation.

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Otherworldly Adornment

Otherworldly Adornment

Fey Camaraderie, a Luscious Word, and Flowers Sprouting from My Head


I made a teeny tiny hat for myself. (Later, I made a somewhat similar one you may have seen here: Wyrd Witch at

In 2016 ( 2015?), I started letting my bangs grow out and wanted a fun way to clip them back out of my eyes. I thought a trio of spikes on a tiny barrette might look cute, original, and … hm … phantasmagorical. Yes, that’s the word.

I sculpted wool into spikes, decided one spike needed a flower sculpted at its tip, attached the spikes to a base I also shaped from wool, then sewed the whole thing to a barrette.

I wanted to look like flowers and organic spiky things were sprouting out of my head … as if I were a Faerie … because I am a Faerie. On the magical plane, flowers, as well as organic spiky things of an indiscriminate nature, are growing from my brain!

When I clipped the construction onto my head, I realized my barrette is a fascinator. (“Fascinator” sometimes refers to a Lilliputian-sized hat.) That made me happy! I had a tiny wee Faerie chapeau!

Having never seen a fascinator that looked like this, I was grateful to be able to design and construct an unusual fascinator that “expresses me.”

So I just had to adapt my design to make two more. One is in the aforementioned Wyrd Witch post. I’ll post the third one soon because I just have to show it to you. I love wearing them.

I savor the word fascinator. It’s luscious. Plus, fascination is a term for magical spell, so fascinator kind of suggests I’m wearing a bit of magic on my head, LOL.

Do you find your own ways to adorn yourself with magic? Do you wear items that reflect the magic in you? Do you do it subtly so no one knows but you (having that secret is so much fun)?

I’m grateful my particular approach to Faerie shamanism draws students who are not put off by my eccentric dress since they too march to their own drum. We celebrate eccentricities.

Some people in my classes dress conservatively—I’ve been known to do it myself (it’s a magic of its own kind). We each have our own ways of expressing our individuality and our shamanism.

Goddess, thank you for the wonderful fellowship of such independent thinkers. During classes, we foster our individual magical paths, enjoy good company, and support each other’s journeys. … And dress however we want!


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Divine Art

An Interview with Kathy Crabbe

Kathy Crabbe is a soul reader, artist, writer, and teacher. She has been in business since 1993, which I think is a real accomplishment.

Kathy lives with her husband and two dogs in Temecula, Southern California surrounded by ancient oaks, native prickly pear cactus, and an elfin forest. Her equally magical home online is

I love the big grin in Kathy’s picture below. As her shamanic mentor, I’ve experienced her passion for her work, and I wanted to interview her today so you can feel how her inner beauty and her power to help others really shines through when she shares.

Kathy Crabbe

Francesca: Tell us something not commonly known about you.

Kathy: I was adopted as a tiny baby into the Crabbe Family. Determined to find my roots, I found my birth family when I was 27, and they became my family too. I was lucky.

Also, I know what it’s like to be an outsider. Along with being an adoptee and a geeky kid, I was a U.S. green card holder for many years after moving here from Canada.

Being an outsider has allowed me to view life in a myriad of ways.

Being an outsider is a good position from which to delve into creative and spiritual work. I have always looked for answers outside of the norm. I dig deep for secret knowledge, and I do not accept the status quo.

If you too feel like an outsider, it’s okay; you are not alone.

Francesca: Your newest project is a real example of going your own special, wonderful route and helping others do the same. Talk about it.

Lefty Oracle Card 87kbKathy: My Lefty Oracle Deck launched on the Spring Equinox, 2017. The deck is a 16 year labour of love that I began in 2000, when I first started painting with my non-dominant left hand.

The Leftys have led me into so many adventures. I’ve seen them change lives. In 2008 I began a writing group and had folks pose as a Lefty card while I snapped a Polaroid that they signed with their non-dominant hand. I encouraged folks to take a chance, be silly, and be in the moment.

I’ve experienced very heartfelt exchanges between lovers and friends as they partake in Lefty Games and Performances, eager to share their hearts with each other while on stage.

I’ve also given over 1000 Soul Readings with the Lefty Oracle Deck.

I ask clients to self-interpret the Lefty cards they pull, to prove to themselves that they are intuitive too.

In Moon Circles and classes, I’ve had many students discover new sides of themselves. Once a group of us ‘became’ our favorite animal and made sounds to go with it.

Francesca: Animal noises, yay! It’s so awesome that you’re able to evoke that, not to mention help people become comfortable enough to really share openly onstage.

One reason your work is effective is that you put your whole self into it, all the different parts of you. I really want you to talk about how your art, spirituality, and intuition inform each other. You know from studying with me that I feel it is important to honor all of one’s aspects and bring them together. Your journey combining your mysticism and creativity might interest my site visitors a lot.

Kathy: I recently realized that my soul readings and artwork are one. They are both creative processes.

I often felt like I had to distance myself from the psychic side of my work because so many folks disapproved. But my clients LOVE their readings, so I need to LISTEN to my clients! Thank you, Francesca for always encouraging us, your students, to listen to our clients first.

Francesca: Thank you, I feel honored by that comment. What’s your next big project, Kathy?

Kathy: My dream has always been to certify others in leading Moon Circles. I’ve been teaching my eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” along with the Lefty Oracle material at the Wise Woman University since 2010 as well as in Moon Circles, college classes, art classes, museum exhibits, and art shows, and I’m ready to share this with others.

So many of you out there want to start facilitating creative, Goddess, moon circles so that you can build community and make some extra income. I’ve got all the material, and I love teaching the teachers so stay tuned for my Moon Circle Leadership Certification program.

Thanks for this interview, Francesca.

Francesca: Kathy, thank you. For more about Kathy and her projects, check out


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Upcoming Class

Sacred Professions in 45th America:
Earn your living doing good
despite a whacked-out societal system!

ClassBarAfter the 45th president was elected, did you experience less income as a spiritual healer, psychic, shaman, or other agent of positive change in the spiritual community?

Earning your living as a spiritual helper suddenly requires a different approach.

If you want to serve your community’s current needs and pay your bills, take this class.

PinkDotYou receive practical information:

* I’ll delineate the recent shift in many spiritually-oriented buyers’ spending patterns, so you know what they’re buying and what they’re not.

SunnyDot* You’ll learn ways to address those needs of your potential clients/buyers when communicating with them.

* You’ll be shown how your particular professional skills as an ethical, loving, and unique practitioner can be tailored to what folks need—and therefore buy!—now.

LuckSqrYou are in a field in which it can be difficult to earn. Right now, all the more so. Therefore, lessons also include shamanic tools to work through your particular personal obstacles, whether they’re internal or external, and whether specific to the current climate or not.

Enrollment limited to ten people for everyone to receive individualized attention, so you get what you need regarding the curriculum topics.

Every session includes direct spiritual transmissions that empower you to apply the lessons successfully. (If you don’t know what a direct spiritual transmission is, you could think of it as a blessing.)

LuckSqrStarts June 6, Tuesday noon, EST.

Classes are group meetings by phone: just dial the phone to participate.

SunnyDotWe meet seven Tuesdays, noon to 1:00 EST, starting Tues June 6. These meetings are consecutive weeks except we skip Tues July 4, then resume the next week. Reserve Tuesday August 1, same time, for a makeup session, in case I’m unavailable for one of the planned meetings.

Tuition is $250. Long-distance charges may apply. If so, charges appear on your phone bill. The event’s area code is a U.S. #.

LuckSmSqClick here to pay securely with PayPal:

Upon receipt of payment, your place is reserved, and you receive event phone number, etc., by email. No refunds. For more info, or to discuss scholarship, trade, or payment plan, call me: 814-337-2490.

I’ve paid my bills and kept serving community as a professional shaman for three decades. I’m well qualified to teach this class.

I passionately hope you take this opportunity because the lessons will be awesome, and the spiritual community needs your work. Weather the storm to keep serving. Enroll now.


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Susan Cooper Is Amazing

Heart2I’m almost done reading what has proved to be one of my favorite fantasy novels of all time: The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper, published 1973.

The woman is a genius. I’ve devoured fantasy books since I was a child, but I’d never heard of her work until recently. Her writing is not mentioned anywhere near as often as it merits.

The two books of hers I’ve read so far have a quiet elegance that many fantasy writers could learn from.

I also experienced an understated, humble tone that eases the soul (but still has potency at conveying the story), in contrast to current brash fantasy. Don’t get me wrong, I love—for example—the wild exuberance of the revisioned Doctor Who show, with its charisma and dash and … brashness, I love its brashness! Am a huge Dr. Who fan. (Oops, Doctor Who is science-fiction, not fantasy, but I experience comparable endearing and thrilling qualities in much of the current fantasy I love.)

Nevertheless, I hadn’t known I also need the gentleness of Cooper’s writing. Until reading Over Sea, Under Stone, I had not noticed that most current fantasy, stuff I absolutely love, has a razor edge scraping my skin and nerves.

That edge is part of its power, and I do not mean only the aforementioned thrill and dash and passionate emotion. There is also the sharp edge created by portraying the raw states of both brutality and devastation. We need this rawness acknowledged. Goddess knows, it has meant the world to me to find books that reveal it. I eat them up. Still, they had become too strict a diet for me personally. I needed Cooper added to it, both for her gentle language and the quiet, powerful love subtly underlying the tone of her prose.

The two books I’ve read are part of a five-part series. The first in the series, Over Sea, Under Stone, brought me back to my childhood, when I spent hours curled up reading magical tales; the book’s grace, simplicity, and trust in humans touched my heart, like a healing balm perfect for me in our crazy times.

If Over Sea, Under Stone soothed a heart scraped raw by our current society, The Dark Is Rising stole that heart and made it more whole: It has some authentic messages, and I’m one of those people who wants her light reading to bear an important message or two.

(Psst. If you’re a witch, there are a few subtle bits well worth your time. Well worth it.)

Reading The Dark Is Rising, I was aware Cooper’s soft style is by no means tantamount to a milquetoast story. She confronts darkness. I feel kin to her as a writer, because I believe a voice that understates its message can be a powerful force against evil.

I should mention, though I enjoyed the first of the series, I far prefer the second. As I said, it’s one of my favorites. But I’m glad I read them in order.

I definitely liked the first one enough to want to check out the next in line, which is saying a lot, because I’m super fussy about what I read right now.

I look forward to the rest of the series.

Addendum: this was written about February 2016, then was lost in my stack of articles I had no time to post. It feels vital to finally post the article, both for the sake of Susan’s work and in honor of all the women whose remarkable work is not fully acknowledged.


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A Pinch of Faerie Dust

Elder Flower Witchery


I’m an empty-my-cupboard-into-a-bowl-and-see-how-it-comes-out sort of cook.

OK, I don’t cook that randomly. But I do often look through my cupboard to see what’s there and experiment with it.

So today I’m making a custard of milk, eggs, bananas, raisins, lemon zest, grated nutmeg, and … a sprinkling of elderflower. What the heck!

I love elder flowers and hoped their sweet delicacy might perfectly complement the light flavor of custard and the richness of banana.

Also, adding them felt like adding a pinch of Faerie dust. Kitchen witchery!

(If I added anything else to the mixing bowl, I’ve already forgotten it, LOL.)

Above is a pic of the custard ready to go into the oven. Here’s hoping the custard tastes good. If not, it is fun to experiment. And it almost always creates a wonderful dish … or at least a good one … or at least a palatable one.

… Later: the custard was Fey ambrosia. I’m so glad I feel the freedom to experiment.

I might not ever be able to duplicate this dish, because I wasn’t writing down what I put in it, but to have tasted it just once is one of those things that makes life worth living. So glad I experiment!

… Oh, wait, I made a big bowl of this stuff. I’m going to get to taste it a couple of times. Thank you, Goddess!


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Green Bowl



Inside my head, I screamed,
“Somebody pay attention to me!”
I looked down and saw
the barbecue sauce I was making
was beautiful in its green bowl.
Someone was listening.
But it was not me,
not until I demanded my due.

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I Suggest



Deep inside me, a voice screams, terrified.
I suggest she screams, “The Goddess loves me!”
We both feel better. The Goddess does too.

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