• Curve balls, surprise snakes, and enormous power to HELP us to shed illusions

    You might have heard me give out a little scream a few minutes ago.

    Did you hear me? It was a total shriek of surprise and fear as I was neatening up my “Nearly Secret Garden” out front while on the phone with a treasured Reputation client. I don’t do much of that anymore, except in very special circumstances, for very special people. Basically, unless the Universe is telling me it’s a go, I refuse to engage in Online Reputation Management matters.

    It’s got to be Divine guidance or I’m staying out of it.

    So that’s where our slithering friend comes into play.

    I was on the phone with Ralph. We’ll call him Ralph. He’s created a LOAD of money on green energy. That’s all I’ll say. And there are powerful individuals who would prefer to take that company worth millions and millions of dollars for themselves by breaking it apart into little pieces. Have you ever seen Pretty Woman? Remember the guys in suits who so cheerfully bought vulnerable companies and sold them off for parts? Well… this isn’t exactly the same, but it rhymes.

    As I chatted with Ralph while gardening, (We always talk while cleaning, clearing, fixing things, instead of in front of a computer,) I’m inwardly asking for Divine guidance in this matter. What’s in Ralph’s (and my) highest good here?What’s true here? Is it demonstrably, unquestionably TRUE? What’s really going on with these involved parties?

    And out popped a baby snake hiding under a rock right by my front door.

    He flicked his little tongue out toward me. And I might have screamed.

    As Snake sheds its skin so we can shed our illusions and limitations. 

    Ina Woolcott

    Talk about a sign!

    I’ll be continuing to seek wisdom and to proceed with caution, but one thing’s for sure: there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye.

    During this 2 week Eclipse window

    When we understand and accept that there will be curve balls, surprise snakes, friends passing away (yes, a friend passed away this morning,) there’s an enormous amount of power at hand to HELP us to shed old, worn out patterns and to fully embrace new, healthy, happy, sexy patterns on June 10th, the Solar Eclipse.

    More on that next week before I leave for lovely, mysterious, fabulous Santa Fe for a week to paint the energies of the Eclipse. And meet up with wonderful friends. And eat good food. And sample margaritas. But I digress. 🙂

    Meanwhile, how are you doing? Are you drinking enough water and getting enough sleep every night? Do you know how much the people in your life really do love you?

    Please let me know how you’re doing and remember that separation is an illusion, plain and simple.

    And wear gardening gloves… 🙂

    XO, Lori

    P.S. For you snake lovers, this was a Midland Brown Snake, a tiny little fellow who enjoys eating slugs, worms, and taking long walks on the beach. Um, maybe not that last little part. Interestingly, it’s also called the “DeKay” snake. Decay? Wow!

    Midland Brown Snake


  • May Lunar Eclipse Style Guide & Practical Magic

    Greetings Superstar! You are made up of Stardust, after all.

    Tomorrow morning at 7:11am Eastern time, the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. We call this a Lunar Eclipse at 5 Sagittarius. Literally and symbolically, we can expect some pretty potent shifts, so here’s my loosely written Style Guide and Practical Magic Tips for making the most of this powerful event. 

    Super Moon Lunar Eclipse

    A ‘super blue blood moon’ in San Francisco, in 2018. PHOTO: JOSH EDELSON/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGE

    What if we could play with this Lunar Eclipse like we’d do a closet Style Refresh and a little Practical Magic?

    Literally and symbolically it’s a POTENT time to go through our:

    • Seasonal look
    • Autobiographies (“I’m so __________” or “I never ____________”) These can be juicy little journaling prompts that expose some deep, hidden process we’ve been acting and attracting from the shadows. As a well-seasoned traveler in these realms, I’m always amazed at the lightness and power I feel as I review these hidden scripts for accuracy and adapt more strategically. Am sure you can say the same!
    • Friendships
    • Romantic Connections

    Some, like a threadbare, faded T-shirt of years gone by, might have been perfect in the moment, comfortingly familiar for a time, and now… it’s got grease stains from that tofu frying experiment that left you ordering take-out instead. 

    Some of these might simply require alterations. Maybe you’ve gotten more fit and what used to look and feel great has become a bit… draggy. Definitely time to tailor these relationships and dynamics so that they fit you better where you are right now. The people closest to us are the greatest predictors of where we are going. We get to set the tone for how we choose to relate and others can either joyously adapt, glad for the change, or they can choose to step back a bit. Either way, fit is achieved!

    Some either require a bonfire, or at least a trip to the donation place. *cue “Let It Go.”

    In case you’re feeling it, please enjoy the video below! Otherwise, you can skip down to our Practical Magic Tips to make the most of this potent occasion that opens up the Eclipse Portal that culminates in the Solar Eclipse at 19 Gemini on June 10th. 

    Practical Magic Tips:

    Take a bath with Dead Sea salts, if possible, but Epsom salts will do in a pinch! 

    Why? For those of us who pick up on other people’s feelings, it’s a potent way to restore our energy field to “default settings.”

    Pro Tip: It helps me a lot to visualize those energies picked up from the News, from others (whether in person or online,) to release them into the bath water and watch it go down the drain. 

    Salty Bath practical magic tips lunar eclipse may 2021
    Salty bath let your mind roam practical magic tips lunar eclipse may 2021

    Relax Into It

    Allowing free time, not hyper-scheduling every minute for these next several hours, gives us the opportunity to slow down and notice what’s going on around us. 

    Who’s coming around after a time away? Who’s gone silent? What’s coming into focus? Pay attention because during this Supermoon Lunar Eclipse, things will come to light that have been hiding in the shadows. 

    Candle Gazing Relaxes & Opens

    Candle Gazing helps us to zone out a bit and reflect more deeply. How to do it: 

    Set a clear intention. I visualize Divine protection from all 6 directions, only allowing through pure Love and Wisdom.

    Stare and pleasantly zone out in a receptive way.

    Note what comes and take action, where indicated. 

    SuperMoon Lunar Eclipse practical magic tips candle gazing

    Thanks so much for opening this and reading my Lunar Eclipse Style Guide and Practical Magic Tips! I really appreciate you. Please share freely with your friends in the know.

    Coming Soon:

    Weekly horoscopes, starting with the Solar Eclipse on June 10th at 19 Gemini. 

    P.S. I’m heading to Santa Fe, NM to paint the energies of the Solar Eclipse on June 10th!! Will you be anywhere close? Would love to see you!

    Lori Randall Stradtman a few years ago Niagara Falls Barrel
    Me, a few years ago. 🙂


  • Witnessing Tracy: Painting The Field

    Lori Randall Stradtman Art of Astrology For Tracy

    Tracy didn’t say much about what’s going on in her life right now as I embarked on this “House Warming” commission

    It felt fantastic when she related all the different things this evokes about lifetime repeated dream themes, and other meaningful details that only she knew about.

    It’s getting the most visible placement in her entire house!

    It just feels so good to connect with somebody’s wondrous energetic field, often with the aid of Astrology, and to let that come out in a healing, colorful way.


  • Announcing The Art of Astrology

    Abstract Art of Astrology for Teresa
    For Teresa

    You could have knocked me over with a feather the day I started doing this… It was so instinctive!

    Hi Lori, I received my Astro-painting and it’s spectacular. My husband said about it: “Wow, that’s gorgeous!” He’s dabbled in painting but his passion is photography.

    Lori, do you have a website? Have you been painting for a long time? I’m in love with what you were working on today.

    I look forward to buying another one of your art pieces in the future. As I mentioned before, but I must highlight it again: you are wildly talented.

    The Divine Flow is so evident and abundant in your creative expression.

    Thanks again for creating on my behalf!


    If you’d told me I’d be channeling the power of a moment via Abstract Art meets Intuition meets Astrology… 

    I don’t know what I would have done. Do you ever follow your passions hard and then look up and realize where they’ve taken you? And that it’s a wonderful place? That’s my life for sure.

    On 2020’s Winter Solstice, Jupiter and Saturn met for a lingering kiss on the most sensitive part of my chart.

    I knew I needed to learn a new skill this year, to make the most of this incredibly powerful moment. Plus, I was scared sh*tless by the intensity of the days leading up to it. It’s like one of those times in life where life taps you on the shoulder and offers you a cosmic invitation.

    “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”

    Sir Winston Churchill

    This feels like Destiny right now.

    I love giving Astrological readings and I love process painting pivotal moments – those cosmic beginnings like birth, a budding romance, starting a new career path, starting a new business in these wildly evolutionary times!

    Am offering a select group of cosmic moments in time, mainly those potent energies of astrological transits of the past or to those come, such as the Solar Eclipse coming this Summer. I’m traveling for the express purpose of painting the energies of it from The City Different. Please click here to see what I’m sharing. So many paintings have been for people going through a healing time who want something powerful that reminds them of all the strengths and beauty they’re rocking. If you’re interested collecting these, please check out my Portfolio Page. 

    If you’re interested in commissioning one of these one-of-a-kind works, please contact me.


  • Warm Weekly Horoscopes Coming Soon!

    You’re also welcome to subscribe so you don’t miss it. No funny stuff, just fresh Astrology, sometimes with exclusive Art!

    It feels GOOD to receive a warm, practical, and compassionate word about the coming week

    I’m beginning these on Thursday, June 10th. It’ll begin with a weekend preview and be over in a heart-warming moment.