A Call to Nurture and Balance Yourself <3

Ok y’all, it’s officially summer!!

And I’ve noticed that the theme of duality from Gemini season continues. We transitioned from light/dark to masculine/feminine. With the sun in the feminine, watery sign of Cancer, I’m called to look at how we balance these tender vibes with the hot, masculine energy of summer. 

How did we get here?

Well, the Summer Solstice arrived on Sunday, June 20th. In ancient times, the first day of the week was dedicated to worshipping the sun deity. And if you didn’t knoww, the sun represents masculine energy, the father, and the sign of Leo. This June, we had both Father’s day AND the Summer Solstice, on a SUNday. That’s a lot of masculine energy!

And what I find interesting about all of this is that it kicked off Cancer season. Cancer represents the mother and the moon in astrology. We also had a full moon in the first week of its season. A lot of feminine energy!

Connect with Your Inner Masculine and Feminine Energies

These dual forces are quite prominent at the moment. I even notice it as the weather has gotten hot. I want to be out and enjoy the sun, but I also just want to chill and be comfy at home. Perhaps we’re called to see how we can further connect with the masculine and feminine energies within us.

Traditionally, as a water sign, Cancers are emotionally driven. Represented as the crab, these folks tend to have a soft interior. Since their insides are so vulnerable, they can often project a tough exterior.

In their healthy state, they like to ensure that matters of family & home are taken care of, but they must remember to take care of themselves! Pour that same energy that you externalize, back into yourself. 

Health Check-in:

Are there ways in which you need to mother yourself? If you’ve been working on those projects/initiatives that got you fired up in the Spring during Aries season … find time to nourish yourself so you can see things through to completion.

Do you know when it’s time to feel into your emotions and when it’s time to be rational?   

I encourage women to pay attention to their reproductive health. Though the reproductive organs are ruled by Scorpio, Cancer is connected to the womb+moon and supports the energy of fertility. Do you track your menstrual cycle? Do you notice the changes of your body — physically and emotionally?

Herbs and Healing of the season:

Mugwort: stomach-soothing/digestion issues, assist with heavy menstrual flow, dream enhancement, named after the ancient moon-goddess, Artemis.

Chickweed: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, demulcent (good for soothing inflamed or irritated mucous membranes), source of vitamin C.


Soothing Sights

Cancer is the first water sign of the Astrological wheel and occurs during the summer when we can actually enjoy the element of water. It’s during this time, where we hit the beach, swim in the lake, and enjoy boat rides.

I’m sharing some photos that capture some of the essences of the soft, nurturing, side of Cancer that ushers us into this season of vacations and relaxation.


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Rest and Nurture Your Home this Cancer Season

It’s time to get comfy because we’re in Cancer season, which is one of my favorites, actually – because now we’re officially in summer mode! Spring just kind of flew by.

After an intense Gemini season with Mercury Retrograde and Eclipse portals, we’re able to calm down a bit. It’s time to go inwards and soothe the soul. Gemini season kind of came barreling through with the potential to throw you off your game if you didn’t know what to anticipate. 

Now that Cancer season is here, we can take things a little slow and get our home in order. I love this energy for lounging around at the beach and swimming in the ocean, connecting with Mother Earth. It’s like an innate feeling of being back in the womb. Simply being present in the ocean water provides comfort on a whole nother level.

Comfort. That’s what the feminine sign of Cancer loves. Ruled by emotions and the moon, Cancer is seen as the nurturing figure, “the mother,” the homebody. It’s time to nurture ourselves, to determine what home looks like for us, to connect with our feelings, and mother ourselves.

When you think about it, Cancer, represented by the crab, carries around its home with it everywhere. The home and protection are very important to this sign, so this is the time to really focus on what your inner peace and inner world looks like for you.

Cancer Season To-Dos:

Spiritually cleanse and bless your home. Check out my Etsy for the Home Bless & Protect kit
Cook yourself your favorite meal.
Take time to clean your home and rid of things that are no longer necessary.
Connect with your favorite people.
Journal and take stock of your emotions but don’t let them rule you.
Connect with the ocean water.
Live and love!

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“You’ll be the Lion and You’ll be the Deer” — Gemini Season and Our Dualistic Nature

I came across a message from a Rumi card pulled I once pulled in my “Rumi Oracle: An Invitation into the Heart of the Divine” deck and it sparked a thought related to Gemini Season.

“When you enter the garden of the heart, you become fragrant like the rose.
When you fly toward Heaven, you become graceful like the angel.
If you get burned like oil, you become brilliant.
When you become thin like hair in yearning, your joy leads the way.

You’ll be the kingdom and the king.
You’ll be paradise and the guardian angel.
You’ll be infidelity, and you’ll be faith.
You’ll be the lion, and you’ll be the deer.”

#22. The Lion and the Deer

This piece reminds me of the duality of ourselves. How we can be capable of such great things, how we can light the way for ourselves and others, how we can be such loving beings. And then there are those moments in life where we are humbled, where we have lessons to learn. We often come to appreciate the highs in our life because we certainly know what the lows can be.

Two Sides of the Same Coin

While pondering on our dualistic nature, I thought about the symbolic reference of Gemini, the twins, and how they represent two halves of a whole. They can often be high energy but prone to laziness, conscious of the future but stuck on the past, social but also a bit distant, friendly and sometimes moody. They represent the duality within us.

Though we often discuss shadow work during Scorpio season, I’ve found that during this particular Gemini season, which granted us an Eclipse portal, I have been faced with things in my shadow that I still haven’t fully worked through; there seems to always be a part of myself that is in conflict. But life is an ongoing journey for self-improvement — the shadow work never stops.

I appreciate this message in the Rumi card because it reminds us to consider that everything is about a matter of perspective. We can also choose to be the greatness.

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Are You Cleansing Your Energy? 3 Different Smoke Cleansing Methods

Do you cleanse by smoke? It’s a ritual I partake in almost daily. Between burning intentional incense and palo santo or sage, I constantly find a way to clear out stagnant energy around me.

Sometimes, I feel particularly heavy after being outside and I’ll smudge myself with sage to completely remove negative energies. I love to burn palo santo when cleansing my altar space; it smells so good.

Incense, sage, and palo santo all have different scents while burning. Incense, available in stick or cone form, is available in the most scents — though Frankincense & myrrh, and nag champa are the more traditional scents that are great for spiritual cleansing and/or work.

Did you know that in addition to emitting different scents, there are also different times to burn incense, sage, and palo santo?

When Should You …

Burn Sage: when you’re looking to completely cleanse a space. This is particularly useful when you’re in a new environment, or after a group of people have been in your home (or even a specific person who had a heavy/negative energy). State your intention for lighting the sage stick and speak it as you cleanse the area. Be sure to address all portal areas of the home: closet, doors, windows, etc.

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Burn Palo Santo: while engaging in more spiritually intentioned work. Meaning, “holy wood,” palo santo is sourced from Ecuador and has the ability to add positive energy to your space, whereas sage knocks out all negative energy. Palo santo removed negative energy but brings in the good as well. Set intention when burning your palo santo as well. This is nice for ritual work, moon work, etc.

Burn Incense: when looking to create a specific vibe. There is a variety of incense to select from, depending on the feeling you want to cultivate. Sandalwood or lavender to relax, lotus or nag champa for meditation … Or choose something that appeals to you for use while taking a bath, reading, etc.! Incense is wonderful and there are sooo many options.

I love working with fire and watching the swirl of the smoke. While smoke cleansing, you’re impacting the environment of your space and creating your own vibe. It can be such a therapeutic process.
Burning incense, sage and palo santo have become rituals to me. And we might as well throw burning candles in there too! Though not a form of cleansing, candles are really just a vibe of their own.

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Put on Your Seatbelts — Gemini Season is Taking us on Quite a Ride!

This post is from my May Newsletter about Gemini Season, some of the cosmic energies and how to work with them. Of course, I also share herbs that would be good for this season. There’s more great content where this came from so I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter so you can receive the next one later in the month.


Wow! Have you felt the change in energies recently?

Warm weather, a full moon lunar eclipse (5/26), solar eclipse (6/10), Mercury Retrograde (5/29 – 6/22), and Memorial Day weekend are just some of the experiences conjured up by this particular Gemini season!

Taurus energy grounded us to focus on ourselves and getting on solid ground. We took the Aries energy of initiation to set plans in motion and maintain it (Taurus = fixed energy). If you didn’t know, there are 3 modalities of a sign’s energy: mutable, cardinal, and fixed.

Gemini is a mutable sign which brings change and the completion of a season. It closes out the spring and ushers us into the summer. With this malleable air energy, Gemini can be a little hard to pin down. Ready to socialize, engage in the next activity, and make plans that they may have to cancel- you can see how this sign is sometimes dubbed as the social butterfly.

Ruled by Mercury, Gemini is all about communication. Long phone chats, random texts, a little bit of gossip, paired with the ability to also think deeply are some of Gemini’s known qualities. We may feel stimulated to be out and about as summer creeps upon us, but do take it easy. With the intensity of the combined energies happening in the cosmos, I encourage you to be careful with your personal matters, don’t overextend yourself, and be mindful (now might be a time to try deep breathing techniques).

And have fun!

Self Check-in: You’ve been working on those plans, on your projects, and making some headway. But take a moment to pause. Is there something that could use some change? A strategy reorientation? Work with the mutable energy to give yourself a break and determine how you feel about your current progress. Dig into Gemini’s inclination for curiosity.

Herbs and Healing of the season:

Mint: helps stimulate mind clarity which is needed for this season of communication. Cognitive enhancement, memory improvements.

Rosemary: memory improvement, improved oxygen + blood flow, stress reduction.

Vervain: a mild sedative for relaxing after all the socializing. Strengthens the nervous system and acts as a stress reliever.

Stay Well,
— B.


Increasing Engagement

I’ve selected images below to represent the vivacious energy that Gemini season brings in. Moving from full spring mode to early summer, people are more prone to visiting parks, enjoying the water, socializing, and enjoying the outdoors. 

Though I tend to focus mostly on nature or city landscapes, I do also find myself capturing the interactions between people and thought this would be the perfect time to share some of them. Enjoy!


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“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

– Walt Disney


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Feeling the Ground Gives me the Feels

At heart, deep holism means a refusal to join the zombie apocalypse— to not be numb, unfeeling, disconnected, on autopilot, unable to feel yourself or others.
— Pip Walker

The other day I intentionally walked barefoot in the grass. I dug my toes into the earth as I walked, I made sure the bottoms of my feet were connecting to the ground. I needed to feel close to nature. I laid out on the grass and felt the sun charge my body. It was important that I just “be.”

No sunglasses to block the shade, no headphones to cancel out the surrounding noise. Just me and my environment.

There was a deep need to FEEL. In this world where so much information and communication becomes distorted, I just wanted to feel something organic. Something that existed for its sake of existing. I wanted to connect to another organism that communicated in a nonverbal way on a soul level. And it was beautiful.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden 2021
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Are You Grateful for the Abundance that Earth Provides?

On this week that we’re celebrating Earth Day, I’ve been thinking about the myriad of ways in which the earth provides for us. Water for drinking, bathing, and simply enjoying. Herbs and plants as medicine; fruits, vegetables, nuts, animals, and more for food. It’s truly amazing how bountiful this planet is. 

In recent months, I’ve been thinking and learning more about food as medicine. As human beings, we are connected to the earth, to the sky and stars, and when you break it down simply, our environment provides us with all the nutrients we need to keep our bodies functioning. As above, so below – as within, so without.

In our busy, modern world, we’ve become a bit disconnected from the true needs of our bodies. We don’t realize how detrimental a lack of certain nutrients are for our overall well-being. Can you tell when you need more iron? More Vitamin C or D? For instance, it’s been proven that Vitamin D deficiencies can lead to low energy and chronic illnesses. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t able to get adequate sun to nourish us with this essential vitamins, so we resort to supplements. I’m thankful for supplements, but I understand how important it is to feel the sun’s rays charge my body, to breathe in the fresh air and strengthen my microbiome, to touch the dirt and trees, and to be mindful of the food and liquids I put in my body.

We are of earth and we need to learn how to better co-exist with our original mother; the mother of all species. I look forward to the day where I can honor Mother Nature with my own greenhouse and herbal garden. I’ve got a few plants at the moment but I’m working on realizing one of my ultimate goals in life! Every spring I’m in awe at the beauty that pops up around us, it’s like I’m in a living, breathing art exhibit and I love it.

From top left to right: spearmint (a wonderful herb for tea, helps with indigestion), rosemary (honestly, the properties and uses in both health + magic are incredible), a Canadian goose eating seeds in the grass, the children’s garden at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

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Do You Rise With the Sun? Making the Most of the Day

I’ve finally hit the point in my life where I realize that waking up early IS truly beneficial.

Getting a head start to the day helps you get things taken care of while many people are still sleeping in or lazing around. Rising with the sun gives me more time in the day, and I’m able to improve my circadian rhythm. I find that I’m more productive and efficient.

In this world where we’re so far removed from the ways of our ancient ancestors, we’ve become all too familiar with glowing lights, tv screens, phones in hand until we fall asleep, and living a life that’s essentially out of balance with nature. We spend too much time in artificial environments.

When I rise with the sun, I get to enjoy more energy from the source of life itself and it’s truly invigorating. The sun powers our life force and it’s essential to plug into it!! Also, I find that it gives me more time to conduct my spiritual practices before getting into the day and I truly appreciate that.

Are you an early riser? Do you find that it’s helped you in life?

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Are You Ready for This Season of Growth

This post is from my March Newsletter about Aries initiating a new energy for the year. Spring is here and we’re really in 2021, take advantage of this time! There’s more great content where this came from so I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter so you can receive the next one later in the month.


Let me ask you something…

We’re always striving towards something right? Maybe it’s improving ourselves, working towards a promotion, a life goal, or becoming the next best version of ourselves. But have you thought about what (or who) you are unbecoming in the process?

What are you letting go of? What burdens are no longer yours to carry? 

Now that we’ve passed the Spring Equinox and we’re in Aries season, we’ve hit the reset button and are at the beginning of a new zodiac cycle. This got me thinking … when we embark on a new journey, there are always parts of us that need to be left behind. That’s what growth is about. When you start a new job, when you become a parent for the first time, when you become a new homeowner — there are old ways of doing things that must get left behind because they don’t serve your new role in life. 

A breath of the new year has entered our souls, and it’s time for initiating. During Aries season, you plant your seeds, physically and metaphorically. It’s when the seedling simmers in the ground to grow its roots. This is only the beginning, you can’t see what’s happening. You have to continue to care for the plant and tend to it as time goes on.

As you plant new seeds, you’re also caring for the growth of the other plants in your life — trimming away yellowed or dried leaves. You want to cultivate lushness, see the green!

2021 is officially here! What are you leaving behind as you become a wiser, more experienced version of yourself? 

Herbs of the season:

Nettles: anti-inflammatory, blood purifier, strengthens bones and tissues

Yarrow: good for those who overheat (a lot of Mars – Aries – Scorpio energy), may reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, helps lower blood pressure

Maca: a stimulant and adaptogen that helps regulate adrenal function, helps against exhaustion (I love Maca powder in my coffee)

Stay well,
–B.

Fertile Grounds

The life that was dormant has now awoken and is ready to shine in its glory. The natural landscape around us is literally beginning to brighten! BUT – all things in their own time, right? Some flowers are blooming now in March and early April, while some flowers don’t peak until May and June.

We all blossom in our time. It’s great to take heed to nature’s cues but there are different stages to this. Maybe you’re feeling like the seed in the darkness that was just planted. Maybe you’re ready to flourish like crocuses that are sprouting right now. It’s okay. Continue to do what you can with the energy that supports you at your current stage!
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Healing: The Choice to Empower Yourself

A brief word on what I’ve learned about healing.

It requires commitment and some level of self-awareness. Or at least that of attaining it.
Healing means having to constantly look at what you’re trying to achieve, and how much responsibility you’re willing to take on. There’s a lot of discomfort that comes with this process. You need to have honest discussions with yourself.

Do you want to heal your heart? Mind? Body? Soul?

Much of my healing has been focused on unearthing more of my shadow self. This process leads to some revelations, confusion, and even shameful feelings. The confrontation of my unaddressed needs can pop up at any time; it takes a lot of work to break down the ego.

The key is to realize when you’re being “triggered” and what behaviors you need to take in order to find a sense of stillness.

Though it sounds cliché, healing definitely isn’t pretty but it can be empowering. Do you realize how much of an active participant you are in your life? You can choose to make better decisions for your diet, for your physical health, for your mental health. When you start to notice that you can make decisions that lead you to a more fulfilling life, there’s no turning back. YOU get to CHOOSE that!

This is what I love about healing. That even during those times when you’re plunged into the darker, denser, depths of the earth, you can catapult and ascend higher into the bright, lightness of the heavens. The path of healing is a continuous one with a multitude of benefits along the way, and the knowledge of that keeps me going.

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Nurture Your Seedlings This Aries Season — and Tend to Them

Spring is finally here y’all! I’m excited, forreal.

Now that the Equinox has passed and the sun is in the sign of Aries, we can ride the wave of a new energy. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is a fiery, masculine sign ruled by Mars. In addition to being impulsive, Aries can be aggressive and stubborn — hence it’s representation of the ram. Being the baby of the zodiac, they have a lot to learn but live life with vigor; they arrived after the doldrums of winter after all!

Aries is a cardinal sign, which means they’re great initiators. Their creative spark allows them to dream up plenty of ideas and things to do, but with all of theses new items on the to-do list, will it get done?

After the vision, work towards the tangible.

When you think about it, Aries is in the beginning of the spring season, when you plant your seeds. It’s when the seedling simmers in the ground to grow its roots. This is only the beginning, you can’t see what’s happening. You have to continue to care for the plant and tend to it as time goes on.

Sometimes in life we get so excited about the thought of the end goal because of course, the beginning of anything is usually exciting and fun. But don’t get too caught up in the new! Consistency in carrying out the plan is important. Fire energy always needs a good dose of grounding to help them solidify goals and get things in motion. That’s why after Aries, comes Taurus – the fixed earth energy that brings a sense of practicality to what Aries initiated.

Enjoy the newness of the season, set realistic goals for yourself, connect to your center.

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Do You Feel That in the Air? A Cycle is Ending

This post is from my February Newsletter about the Pisces season and its impact on closing out the 2020 cycle. Spring is almost here, y’all! There’s more great content where this came from so I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter so you can receive the next one later in the month.


Do you feel that in the air? Spring is on the way and a cycle is ending!

Now that the sun has entered Pisces, we’re in the last sign of the astrological wheel. We’re completing the full Aries to Pisces cycle, which began in March 2020. And you know what? For the first time, I realized that January didn’t really feel like the beginning of a new year. We were still in stagnant energy. Turns out that the shift actually occurs in March with Aries.

I’ve also noticed that the vibe outside has been a bit weird lately! I wonder if the weight of the oppressed collective is being amplified by Pisces.

Represented by Neptune (ruler of the vast ocean) and the two fish swimming in opposite directions, Pisces is a feminine, intuitive sign that often has troubles knowing when to get grounded in reality and when it’s okay to swim in a fantasy.

There’s a strong connection to spirituality, transcendence, and mankind as a whole. As such, Pisces can sometimes struggle with boundaries and get lost in the sauce of all this “togetherness.” They may drown in their feelings. It will be helpful to get in tune with yourself this season. Learn how to discern your own feelings from that of others.

As we get ready for the “new year”…

Think about the seeds you want to plant for the months ahead. In NYC, last year’s coronavirus lockdowns happened as Pisces season was coming to an end. So much has happened since then. How do you feel?Take some quiet time. Connect with your spirit. Feel your feelings but remember to swim back to sea!

Herbs for the season:

Passionflower: support with anxiety, stress, insomnia
Dandelion – blood purifying, gut support (probiotic), antioxidants
Mugwort – digestive support (indigestion, travel sickness), sleep support (lucid, vivid dreaming)


Poseidon’s Realm

In astrology, Neptune is the planet associated with intuition and spiritual enlightenment. It brings a sense of dreaminess to a situation, making it hard to understand the present reality — because of this, Neptune is also associated with deception and confusion. 

Neptune, Poseidon, God of the sea, can easily take you under and transport you to unknown depths, helping you break free from some of your own limits. Below are some of my “dreamy” photographs to capture the Pisces spirit. *Most images can be bought as prints


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Feed the Inner Child

“I just needed time alone, with my own thoughts
Got treasures in my mind but couldn’t open up my own vault.


My childlike creativity, purity and honesty
Is honestly being crowded by these grown thoughts.


Reality is catchin’ up with me
Takin’ my inner child, I’m fighting for custody.”

Kanye West, Power

Remember when we were children and had opportunities to simply explore?
To play in the dirt… pick up bugs… tell stories, play games. 
To just BE!
We were encouraged to enjoy the make believe.

We recreated our own “discovered lands” in open areas before everything was so developed. 
Stayed outside until the street lights came on, and then some.
But then, with each passing day, we learned how to trade in the freedoms of youth for the
responsibilities of adulthood.

Some folks got less creative, some weren’t as inquisitive, some just “gave up.”
The inner child is an aspect of our whole selves that will always need to be addressed.

Feed your inner child.

These thoughts came to me as I spent time in my neighborhood park. I thought that … one day, we’re just not little kids anymore. As children, yes we still consumed and wanted to play with toys, but we found so much joy in being the CREATOR. Of course, we can’t stay children forever, but we can develop a relationship with the child in us that never truly died.

Our inner child wants to be seen. It wants to laugh, to feel light, to have fun and be silly. Honor that.

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“Take Care of Your Needs”

This Pisces season has been wearing on me.
Mentally exhausted.
Longing for the rejuvenation of spring.

Though I understand I can’t let the external affect me, it’s an ongoing practice.
I have been performing mental gymnastics.
I meditate, journal, and do the things “I know” will benefit my mental health.
Sometimes, these are the very things we neglect when a challenge is presented!
Funny how that works …

After I was done letting my feelings be, I had to commit to bringing myself into the light.

Do you have prep talks with yourself?
Do you have an ancestor altar? Try voicing some of your thoughts or concerns aloud. God is within us, and speaking helps put things into motion. Speaking is a part of spellwork. What spells are you casting over your life? Seriously. Think about the things you say to yourself when speaking to others – or yourself – or Spirit.

After meditating, I pulled an oracle card from the [Angels and Ancestors] deck. I found it quite fitting:

“Winter: Take Care of Your Needs”

You have an opportunity to move beyond your fears. Although you may feel in the dark, get comfortable with being in the unknown and trust that the light within you will sustain you through what may seem a challenging process.

Ask yourself what you need to do to feel supported and alive. 

It was a friendly reminder.

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Acknowledging the Darkness That Comes with Wellness

Feel the feels.
Sometimes the emotions rush in quickly like a hot, summer storm.
Thunderous clouds roll through the sky with their downpours and flashes of lighting.
The darkness has arrived.

The path to healing isn’t linear, and it’s during the downward swings where you’re faced with your true coping mechanisms.

This is when connection to spirit, to health and wellness, and self-care is tested.
An overwhelming wave of sadness has made its presence and I feel the collective weight of something I don’t know exists.
Feelings that can’t be verbalized.
That’s what it’s got to be sometimes.
Acknowledge the pain, the clogged gutters, the overflow of water, and be prepared to work once it’s passed.

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Are You Positively Influencing Your Community?

This post is from my January Newsletter about Aquarius season and its impact on 2021’s energy. In honor of the February 11th New Moon in Aquarius, I thought this would be a good post to share. We’re in an Aquarius stellium; the energy is strong! Start working towards those out-of-the world dreams of yours! Also, there’s more great content where this came from so I encourage you to sign up so you can receive my next newsletter later in the month.


If you could do something to benefit mankind, what would you do?

How would you make a difference in the world, in your community, in your immediate circle? 

Aquarius represents change; it influences improvements for humanity and fights for social justice. This unconventional air sign is represented by the water bearer, which pours the water/nourishment out onto the earth. It’s washing away the past to make way for a new start. 

As we navigate through these energies this month (6 planets in Aquarius), and honestly, this year —it’s a good time to think about how you can contribute to positive changes around you. Aquarius is about focusing on the whole, rather than the individual. 

Do you have knowledge that you can share with others? Are there unique ideas you’d like to share on your website or social platform? If so, get to it! This is the time.

With new apps on the scene like Clubhouse, Parler, Twitch, and others, you’ll see how the Aquarian force to spread ideas and take advantage of free speech will certainly continue to dominate as we become even more connected in the digital world.

Herbs and spices for the season: 

  • Lavender: relaxation, tension relief, sleep aid
  • Witch hazel tea: anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, soothes sore throats
  • St John’s wort: anti-depressant, 
    really useful for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Cumin: (can also get cumin from black seed oil) may help lower cholesterol, aid with blood sugar control

The Collective’s Contribution

During this time where there’s such a focus on the collective – world politics, the pandemic, and the effects of globalization, I wanted to share some photos I captured that represent these themes.

Structural tributes to our planet, the place we inhabit and call home… and destinations that were designed for human consumption and enjoyment. When I think about it, I feel that we can be quite a destructive species, but we also create wonderful things in the process of it all.


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I Finally Get the Hype About Roses; They’re Magnificent

I used to think roses were overrated. To be honest, they’re still not my favorite. But also … I LOVE THEM!

Roses are absolutely beautiful.
They grow in an array of colors and shapes, unfurling petals in a multitude of designs. A great addition to practically any bouquet. Fresh roses smell divine.

To me, roses seemed like a cop out. I don’t know why — maybe because it’s so widely available, the thought of a planting a rose bush or buying a bouquet of roses seemed to lack originality for me. But then I got older, became interested in lillies, orchids, daisies, peonies, sunflowers, tulips, and the likes. And I learned to appreciate how classically delightful a rose is.

Roses. Love. Peace. Nurturing. Purity. Joy. Sacrifice.

Apparently, roses have been collected and cultivated for centuries. Humankind has taken a liking to this multipurpose flower. It’s been used as an ingredient for beauty recipes, for its medicinal properties, and to symbolically communicate different messages.

A pollen provider for the bees and food for other creatures, the rose is truly a gift from the universe. Which makes sense, given that it’s the highest vibrational plant. Roses emit the highest frequency of any plant that man has measured thus far. So when you keep roses around or spray rose on you, you’re keeping yourself surrounded by a high, positive vibration.

I like to incorporate roses into my daily life in the following ways:

  • buying fresh roses at the market (and keeping some on an altar)
  • rose petal herbal tea
  • rosehip fruit herbal tea
  • baths with rose petals around the tub
  • baths with rose water
  • dried rose petals in a spiritual bath

Now, whenever I see someone growing roses in their gardens, I admire the bush and am grateful that someone decided to cultivate an earthly piece of heaven. I will no longer take them for granted!

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Aquarius Season May Have You Questioning How You Relate To Yourself and the World

In the spirit of Aquarius season (1/20 – 2/18/21), I’ve been thinking about identities. The way we often cling to a group, or something familiar in order to label ourselves. Since Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of all things unexpected, there’s a bit of a rebellious energy that we may experience around this time, now that the Sun is placed here.

And to turn things up a bit, Uranus has gotten settled into its home in Aquarius in 2020, and will be stationed here for the rest of the year. A lot of us will be feeling an “awakening” energy. We may start to question the things in our lives that we took for granted or that seemed to have previously “worked” for us, but no longer do so.

You might be drawn to shake things up in your life!

Maybe you’ll feel called to take a different approach to your work/life balance. Do you base your identity or success around what you accomplish professionally? Does that really speak to the core of who you are?

Perhaps you’ll feel differently about how you label yourself. Maybe you start to feel more sexually fluid and open — or maybe you realized you wanted to stop being referred to by your sexual identity, no longer letting that be a lead identifier for you.

Do you unconsciously place restrictions on yourself based off of the label you’ve chosen to identify with?

This is something that I think about in my own day-to-day life. When choosing to live more spiritually inclined, I sometimes find myself boxing myself into ways in which I think I “should” act, rather than what actually suits me in the moment. Sometimes I go against the very thing I’m trying to achieve (harmony, a mentally balanced life), when I try to force myself into my own expectations.

I don’t think labels inherently hurt us, as they can help alert others to some of the values in which we align with or to certain lifestyle choices — but we can’t let them become us.
They should be used as tools for empowerment.

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It Can’t Always Be About Winning

It seems that as a society, we’re all in a bubble of continuously chasing some sort of high. We’re hardwired to want to win SOMETHING.

Winning by appearances, winning because of the money in your bank account, because of the amount of followers you have .. and so on and so forth. We spend so much of our living time chasing money, chasing relationships, chasing “the ideal,” hoping that we come out on top of it all.

I realize that many of us end up doing something to reach a specific end goal in mind; not to simply enjoy it for the sake of. It’s too easy to get caught up in the rat race of working more – earning more money – buying things – earning accolades. Always in a never ending pursuit to ACHIEVE.

I’ve recently thought that this hamster wheel to achievement must have been put in place due to a fear of lack. At a point, we experienced a lack of something in our lives, and then perhaps reacted through the need to WIN, to ACHIEVE, to be THE BEST. Enjoyment was out of the question.

Do something you simply enjoy that doesn’t require winning.

Where does all of this chasing lead us? To burn out. To a potentially unhappy life. Everything, indeed must be done in moderation.

I’ve found that developing hobbies can truly help the mind escape and relax for a bit. Honestly, not everything has to be done to achieve a monetary or status-building goal. What do you do that lights you up from the inside? For me, it’s birdwatching. I simply enjoy observing the birds and being in nature. I don’t feel I need to win anything. I also enjoy birdwatching because it makes for a great solo activity. It’s a time I get to spend all by myself, how I see fit — without checking to see if anyone else is hungry or needs to take a break. Isn’t that lovely?

What do you do that allows you to get lost in time? That stimulates you?
Something that you do just for you, and not as a means to make a profit off of (though you could – but that’s not your intention).
Maybe it’s baking… reading … writing … gardening …
Make sure you give yourself the time to do the things you love!

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Is Listening to Music a Part of Your Self-Care Regimen? It Should Be!

When you think about improving your overall health and wellness, do you also take into consideration what you listen to? I noticed that over time, as I started to seek more mental peace and balance in my life, my music selections began to change.

I started listening to more music without words. I found myself really enjoying the relaxing sounds of jazz and chillhop. I gravitated towards music that I could play while working and while being creative. Soon enough, I started listening to binaural beats, which helped me sleep better.

“Binaural beats between 1 and 30 Hz are alleged to create the same brainwave pattern that one would experience during meditation”

Healthline

Listen to relaxing frequencies.

I enjoyed hearing music without other people’s voices … without messages I needed to decipher. Throughout this process, I was introduced to listening to music at different frequencies. For instance, I started letting videos at 432 Hz play on YouTube. Apparently, music tuned to 432 Hz is closer to the pulse of the earth, it’s a sound that relaxes the mind and body.

So, when we think of holistic health-care, we have to remember that we need to attend to our mind, body, and soul — and what we listen to is also food for our souls (and nervous system). What are you feeding your soul? Are you listening to harsh music that may negatively affect your mood? Or are you listening to something to help you be at ease?

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