Posts by Stephanie Ryan

Illuminations Open by Appointment or Curbside Delivery Only

Illuminations open by appointment or curbside delivery only. As of Monday, March 23rd, Illuminations will no longer be open for walk-in traffic. This decision did not come easily as we already have practitioners unable to conduct in-person services, and yoga instructors who cannot teach in-person classes. Like everyone else out there, we worry about paying…

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In-Person Classes and Services suspended until at least March 31st

Effective immediately, classes and in-person services are suspended until at least March 31st. At that time, we will re-evaluate the situation. HOWEVER, many services are available remotely. Please view the service category “REMOTE SERVICES” when scheduling an appointment for the complete listing at https://illuminationscenter.com/schedule-an-appointment/​. Thank you for continuing to support us during this time. If you were…

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Impact of COVID-19

We are facing uncertain times in the weeks ahead due to COVID-19. It wasn’t easy to put this newsletter together. What do you do when you run a center, a place of community, at a time when social distancing is better for the good of all? As we move into April, and even the rest…

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To Witch or Not to Witch

To Witch or Not to Witch? That is the question. I’m going to be perfectly honest here. I’ve been part of the metaphysical community for a while now. I’ve been co-chair of a metaphysical expo for 8 years, and the owner of a metaphysical center for 3 years. I’ve seen a lot and been through…

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Paganicon and Artwork by Shauna Aura Knight

This weekend, Wild Indigo Coyote, Gretchen Little, and I all traveled to Minneapolis to attend Paganicon. Gretchen and I realized that this is already our 5th year that we have attended! It’s a time for some self-care for me, a time to go within in meditation, but also indulge my favorite pastime-learning. Paganicon is a…

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The 11 Days of Halloween

Time to Celebrate Halloween! Since October 31st is the first year anniversary of Stephanie Ryan as owner of Illuminations, we decided to do it up right by celebrating the 11 Days of Halloween.  It so happens that this year that is exactly how many days it is from the Iowa City Metaphysical Expo (which Stephanie…

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Leo New Moon

Some of our customers haven’t been feeling great in the last few days. I believe that it’s probably due to the Leo new moon, and the energies yet to come in August. At the time of the new moon, our energy is at its lowest. This is a time for rest and reflection. Meditation, alone…

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More Books

As the new owner of Illuminations, I’ve tried to be purposeful about the products we sell. I believe in the importance of education and self-empowerment. With that purpose in mind, I’ve greatly expanded upon the books and oracle cards we sell. We currently have five shelves of books, and an entire bookshelf of Oracle/Tarot/Lenormand cards!…

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Happy Valentine’s Day

I woke up this morning reflecting about what I wanted to say about this day. I thought that perhaps the history of Valentine’s Day would be fascinating. Well…yes. The history is fascinating, but not exactly romantic. The day was originally celebrated as Lupercalia, a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture. The…

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