My name is Jennifer Shepherd, and my superhero alias is the Lipstick Mystic®. I’m your user-friendly guide to all things mystical and psychic.
Some of you might know me from my syndicated astrology columns which appear in various newspapers across the US. I write light-hearted mainstream “horoscopes for the masses” in a few places. I wish my editors would give me more room to discuss the energies of the planets in greater depth, but, alas, the average newspaper is already horribly pressed for editorial space. So in papers like the Chicago Tribune’s arts newspaper, Redeye, and their newspaper for students, The Mash, I don’t really get to write about the real stuff. And although the McClatchy Newswire Service also distributes a different column of mine, I’m only allowed to do traditional horoscopes for the publications that pick up my columns. So I’m stuck with providing a Reader’s Digest condensed version of astrology, which is rather like attempting to explain the mysteries of the universe with a hastily drawn doodle.
So if you’re interested in going beyond these light-hearted “sketches” and really looking at some of the cool things happening with the cosmos, this is the place to be.
And if you’re interested in other subjects like understanding how to heal from various problems or energy blockages, discovering how to tap into your own psychic abilities, or reading contrarian views about life, the universe, and everything, please stick around.
I used to have a very cute but clunky content management system which made it very hard for me to regularly update my website. Thankfully, things are more optimized with this new site design. Many of the older articles are being incorporated into my books and other publications, so don’t fret too much if you’re looking for an older article and can’t find it.
I’m very excited to announce the launch of my new monthly magazine, Lipstick Mystic® Stars. This first issue covers all the hottest, weirdest, and generally annoying astrological trends that will be affecting us globally from June 21st through July 21st.
A new issue will come out each month around the 20th of the month. This magazine, available for instant download as a simple PDF file, will only cost you $4.99 for a jam-packed guide to navigating those complicated cosmic trends of the next 30 days.
Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue:
* Get the dirt on how to survive this Mercury retrograde that we have coming up
* Learn my user-friendly tips for getting the most out of the TRULY magical time of the summer solstice (or winter solstice if you live in the Southern Hemisphere)
* Discover the influences everybody will be experiencing during the EXTREMELY weird alignment of five planets in Water sign of Cancer
* Find out the unique energies of the full and new moons during this period
* Learn about the planets in houses and how to find what sign rules which house in your birth chart (If you have your birth chart handy. And if you don’t, I show you where you can get a free one.)
* Should you worry about Venus moving into Leo, Saturn doing direct, or Mars entering Cancer? Maybe – or maybe not. Read the magazine to find out!
Again, it will only cost you $4.99. You’ll need a program that can read PDF files like the free Adobe Reader. Then you can either read it on your computer or print it out if for easy reference throughout the month. I provide lots of dates and times for you, so you’re likely to want a printout. Up ahead I also plan to make the magazine available on the Kindle and other e-reading devices.
Check out my new book! It’s called The Lipstick Mystic’s® Guide to Time Traveling, Healing the Time Body, and Finding the Best Possible Timeline (While Others Do the Apocalypso Dance). Download the first 25 pages for free, and find out how to order, here: Shop.
In the next months and years, more of my books, ebooks, and courses will be flooding into this site, available for sale at places like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I’ll also be updating this site all the time with free stuff, and if you sign up for Lipstick Mystic® News (see the signup box at the right) you’ll also be able to download my exclusive free reports and book excerpts. Plus, you’ll receive my positive mojo. And who couldn’t use a bit more of that these days?
Although I had a full-time spiritual counselling and healing practice for ten years, these days, I live the life of a typical shamaness. I’m kind of a hermit in the country who talks with animals much more than she talks with people these days. For the last eight years or so I’ve pretty much been “in school,” learning from Mother Earth and nature and her creatures. Plus I’ve been doing lots of sneaky healing stuff under the radar and lots of cutting edge metaphysical research. I’ll be pumping out books and ebooks like there’s no tomorrow through my publishing company, so do stick around.
I know I’ll be publishing material that tantalizes, teases, challenges, and might even piss you off — which is always a good thing when we’ve become too “stuck” or invested in looking at life in a certain way! I know that I only really learn new things when somebody challenges me to let go of my addiction to framing reality a certain way, so higher truth and a more accurate view of life can finally penetrate through my big, thick head! Maybe you’re that way, too? If so, I think you’ll find me to be a user-friendly and fun type of teacher, not a stodgy, disaster predicting metaphysical “expert.” I’m more like your older sister who is trying to show you lots of cool things about life so you can live in a happier, healthier, and more abundant way.
I always hate posting pictures of myself because it’s so hard to take a good photo of me. You’ll see that around here, cats keep getting in the way.
This is a constant hazard when you live in the country. You never know, for example, when a huge pile of thirteen wobbly fox pups are going to come pouring out of a hedgerow and practically bump into your camera. I took these pics last spring. These were freshly hatched fox pups:
And this little fuzzy dude (or dudette) was about three feet away from me when I took his picture. I was busy pretending I was a tree at the time. I guess it worked.
Living in a place where nature is BIGGER than me, where trees are more common than humans and I’m very aware of my vulnerability to the elements (hurricanes, anyone?) has forced me to get out of my little monkey mind. Living out in nature helps you learn to get grounded, to get real, and to handle your energy in a different way. I still have a long way to go, but I’m making progress!
In the meantime, I think you’ll find me a friendly but occasionally strict teacher. I will only take out my sharp stick and whack you in the head when you really, really deserve it. And throughout the material I write here and publish in my books and courses, I will be shining a sometimes harsh and relentless light on our collective woundedness, dysfunction, and the terrible evils which humankind sometimes gets caught up in. But I do this from a place of love — because I KNOW you (and we!) can do better.
If you’re not afraid to embrace some new ideas and new perceptions, then I think you’ll enjoy sticking around this place.
Thanks to everybody for stopping by the site!