Vibrate Higher in Nature

Did you know that the frequency of a city is lower than that of nature? It’s why people head out of town to their weekend home; there’s a pull to escape the city rush and be someplace more peaceful. It’s why we hike, swim in oceans or lakes, and enjoy nature parks. We gravitate towards these things without even realizing it.

Our souls are called to seek peace in the wilderness. Nature has a high frequency and can help increase our own vibrations. The ocean itself releases negative ions which can strengthen our immune systems, improve our mood, and even provide some relief from asthma and migraines.

Nature just is. It flows, it’s still; it sways with the wind. As humans, we like to pride ourselves on how much work we get done and how busy we are, but sometimes an escape into nature to reconnect with our ancient mother is necessary.

Image captured by me at Fishkill Creek, Beacon NY

 

How Do You Find Your Life Path?

I keep wondering if I’m going down the right path in life. Often, I feel like I’m wandering. Sometimes I feel like I’ve got an idea of what my purpose is, then I question it when faced with some other plausible path to take. (It’s 2:22 as I type this).

I know that my confusion is my own fault. That it’s because of my own thought patterns, lack of consistency, and subconscious programming.

Some questions I’ve been grappling with lately: 

  • How do I heal my subconscious patterns?
  • What does success truly look like to me?
  • What do I want my life to look like now and in the future?
  • Am I working towards my perceived ‘destiny’?

We’ve all got our ways of coping with our uncertainty, but here’s something I keep pondering on. Can we really leverage our life path number to live our “best lives?”

Do you know your life path number?

According to numerology, which has been around for thousands of years, we all have a life path number. Calculated from your birthdate, the life path number can indicate some of your natural talents and abilities, providing you with a sense of guidance for your life’s direction.  

My life path number is 3.  The number 3 involves creativity, communication, and change. Creativity comes easy to me, yet there’s a lot that I hold back. Battling my own self-censorship has been such an ongoing issue for me. But my goal is to stay consistent in bringing my creativity to the forefront. Procrastination is also a big problem of mine, so by understanding some of the negative aspects that come with this number, I hope to slowly evolve and be a better version of myself.

But it’s not enough to just *hope* it’s important to DO!

Do you know your life path number? Do you feel that it resonates with you? Share in the comments! You can use this site to get the calculation.

Image captured by me in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Mercury in Retrograde in Pisces

On February 16, 2020, Mercury went retrograde in the sign of Pisces. Everyone tends to freak out during Mercury in retrograde, but thanks to the influence of empathic Pisces, this should be a smoother retrograde.

Key Themes:
Go with the flow, slow down and reflect. It’s okay to be still and not as productive as usual. Don’t think of life as such a linear process. Sit with yourself for a bit and be more present. Be mindful and intentional. Go deep, go within. Forgive yourself from past traumas, work through heavy emotions.

Mercury the Planet and Greek Mythology

Let’s look at Mercury. Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system and is the closest to the sun. Mercury is the Roman god of merchants, travelers, and tricksters. In Greek mythology, Mercury represents Hermes, who is the quick-footed messenger of the gods (Mercury takes appx 88 days to complete its orbit around the sun, therefore is considered a fast-moving planet).

Like the Roman Mercury, Hermes ruled over wealth, shopkeeping, fertility, and trickery. Mercury also rules communication and our communication styles (check your natal chart to see what sign is in this planet to better understand your communication style).

When Mercury is in retrograde, you’re often told to be careful when signing contracts, traveling, communicating, etc. Think of the words mercantile, mercurial; these are derivatives from mercury and its influence. Since these are some of the aspects of life that this planet rules, it’s believed that things can get a little hairy around this time.

Mercury in Pisces, the Ethereal

Pisces. The “softies” of the zodiac. They’re the 12th sign, the last, before the zodiac starts all over again with the baby of the group, Aries. The sign of the two fish, Pisces is a watery intuitive sign ruled by Neptune – which also rules over illusions, creativity, and all that’s dreamy and ethereal. So when Mercury is in Pisces, it’s not in a strong placement. Mercury is “like a fish out of water” here, which makes this retrograde a little easier.

Pisces is about fantasy and imagination, Mercury is logical and analytical. It’s concerned with intellect, while Pisces is about connecting to the spiritual world.

What also helps ease this retrograde, which lasts through March 9th – is the influence of Venus. Venus is a beneficial planet, which brings together friends and family, rules over love and beauty, Mercury will be sitting in a degree in Pisces that’s ruled by Venus, which brings some positive influences. So this should help ease some of the tensions.

** Just be careful when Mercury moves into Aquarius, a logical sign, in early March, which may have us unsure about our emotions after such a watery time.**

Image captured by me in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

How to be Present in Nature: Part II (Observe the Trees)

Appreciate trees! They’re everywhere, especially in New York City. According to NYC Parks & Recreation, over 5 million trees are growing on public and private property. These trees help remove air pollution, capture stormwater, provide shade for homes, streets, and parks — and so much more.

Have you ever noticed how different a neighborhood with tree-lined streets feels in comparison to one without? You feel more exposed to the elements without trees; it’s just you, and the open space.

Studies “suggest that people who live in neighborhoods with a higher density of trees on their streets report significantly higher health perception and significantly less cardio-metabolic conditions.” (source)

Let’s connect back to these stoic life forces. Pay attention to the trees. Here are some things to think about while walking around or in a park:

  • Do the trees look healthy or are they starting to rot in some places?
  • Are there leaves, buds, pines? Maybe even berries on the trees?
  • If the tree is naked, what do the bare branches look like to you? Do you notice patterns?
  • If you’re surrounded by trees, look up. Do you notice the canopy?
  • Is light beaming through the various leaves and branches?
  • What shadows do the trees form?

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world”  — John Muir

 

Full Moon in Leo 2020: Be Creative, Live from Your Heart

The moon went full in the sign of Leo on February 8th 2020 at 11:33 PM PT. As a Leo sun (with a fire-heavy natal chart), I understand the energies that come with this moon and I’m excited by it. Now is a good time to get in touch with our playful nature, to lead with your heart and be creative. Let’s get out of our heads for a bit (current Aquarius energy). 

Though Leo is a masculine sign/energy, Leo rules the heart (and spine/upper back); there’s a nice duality of feminine and masculine. This is a time for us to also connect with that divine within us. To love, accept love, and take action to be creative (receiving = feminine, action = masculine). Since this full moon is happening in Leo’s polar opposite, Aquarius, we can reflect on how we’ve managed to integrate parts of our self (Leo) with the whole (Aquarius), and how we can not only think about ourselves, but the collective.

The effects of the full moon can still be felt after the moon is completely full, so take the time to let loose a little bit and live boldly. Maybe you want to dance, draw, or write. Whatever strikes your fancy, get into it! Get in touch with yourself and share your gifts with the world. 

Also, don’t forget to reflect. Think about where you’ve been in the past month, what are your goals, and how you plan to move forward with them.

Leo ruling planet = the sun (star)

Ruling house = 5th house: Sports, children, creativity, romance, arts, love affairs

Birthstone = ruby

Tarot card = The Sun, Strength

The Sun in the Rider-Waite traditional tarot deck.
Strength in the Rider-Waite traditional tarot deck.

 

Featured image captured by me at the New York Public Library.

February 2020 Affirmations

I recently ordered this lovely Affirmations deck from an indie designer based in Australia, Dreamy Moons. I’ve followed her on Instagram for a while now and her art always speaks to me. I love the simple designs, the mysticism, and the gold and black combination. I’ve been pulling weekly affirmations for myself, and I decided to pull affirmations for February.

February will be interesting. We had the 02.02.2020 palindrome day this Sunday, we’re harnessing Aquarian energy, and there will be a full moon in Leo on February 9th (post to come about that shortly). I think many of us are experiencing deep shifts in our lives – so I’ve pulled two affirmations that I wanted to share.

Bottom of the deck card.

I did a closeup shot of the “I follow my bliss card” but I had a little scratch on the card and didn’t want to show it haha. But I think it’s pretty legible here. SO – I thought “I follow my bliss” was a great affirmation, pretty straightforward, but then I wanted to take it further.

Similar to the tarot readings I do for myself, I checked the bottom of the deck for the energy that supports the card I pulled. Here, in Biddy Tarot, the author sums up the bottom of the deck energy pretty nicely, “The bottom card alludes to the hidden aspects that are influencing the situation at hand and gives deep insight into the subconscious mind of the client.

I refuse to give up because I haven’t tried all possible ways” was the affirmation at the bottom and I’d say it’s a pretty good supportive energy. To hear “I follow my bliss” is one thing — but why? Because there’s something currently that isn’t really the ideal, so to follow your bliss means to put yourself on the path of “reaching for the stars,” of “refusing to give up.”

This is what I’ll be keeping in mind for February to follow my bliss and not give up. Along with my own mantra to be consistent.

How to Be Present in Nature: Part I (Bird Watch)

Bird watching!

When you’re walking in your neighborhood or in your local park, pay attention to the different sounds of the birds around you. Do you hear one bird? If so, can you locate it? Are there many birds? Are they in a tree?

What type of birds are flying ahead and where do they seem to be resting? I’ve noticed birds in telephone and street sign poles. I’ve seen them perched on tombstones in cemeteries; I’ve watched them flutter in and out of holes in people’s roofs.

I’ve been in Prospect Park and noticed grey catbirds, red winged blackbirds, mockingbirds, cardinals, blue jays, warblers, red tailed hawks and more! It’s so fun – it’s even cooler when you can recognize their calls. Blue jays I’ve noticed are particularly loud and easily noticeable. I’m working on being able to distinguish their sounds, but, all in due time.

Image captured by me in Prospect Park.

2020 Ascension – Are You Elevating?

as·cen·sion/əˈsen(t)SH(ə)n: the act of rising to an important position or a higher level.

Ascension. Where does one even begin? How do you move into a higher level of consciousness? There’s so much work that has to be done in terms of gaining knowledge of oneself, then using this knowledge to understand how you stand in relation to others. I’ve never been a religious person, but I think leaning into spirituality can be extremely helpful in feeding your soul. (It’s 2:22 as I type this).

Honestly, I believe ascension can be as simple as looking at your behaviors and thought processes in the previous year, maybe even the previous month, and seeing how you’ve outgrown things that no longer serve you. How does one rid themselves of limiting beliefs? How do you recognize your shadow and integrate it in your day to day life. Do you realize your own biases and how they impact your attitude towards yourself and others?

It’s 2020, and we’re entering the age of Aquarius – the light bringer – the Star tarot card. Many of us may be shedding some karmic patterns, relationships that no longer serve us, and even realizing how we contribute to our own toxic patterns. You might be called to serve a higher purpose somehow. We’re leaving behind the old paradigms to make way for this new light.

Many of you are already sharing gifts by expressing your thoughts and feelings through poetry, photography, journaling, and more. I believe we all have a great capacity to learn from one another and help each other along the way through mindfulness. If you’re reading this, I want you to challenge yourself. Reflect … go inside … think about how you’ve grown in the past decade and how much more you can expand today and tomorrow. But start today; tomorrow isn’t promised.

Make Time for Nature

How much time do you spend in nature? Nature heals, inspires, relaxes.

Do you realize how much of our lives are spent looking at a screen? According to Forbes, we spend as much as 12 hours a day looking at a screen. We work on computers, we process advertisements, subliminal messages, trends, and “news,” through a screen. We communicate through a screen.

It’s an influx, an information overload. Not only are we clogging our brains with so much “stuff,” but we’re overloading our eyes. Don’t you ever just want to close your eyes sometimes to give them a rest from the constant artificial light? I know I’m writing this on a screen myself — but since you’re consuming content anyway, I hope this helps you consider something.

Here’s what I want you to consider: spend time in nature. No headphones, no digital book. Just you, the birds, green space, blue space, which ever.

Listen to the trees, listen to the ocean and just be. Connect with yourself.

Image captured by me: Battery Park City Esplanade

Don’t Forget How Big Your Spirit Is

That’s me. Little B in a big world.

This picture reminds me of how “small” I am in this vast space. A space occupied by buildings, some big, some small, some that soar up into the sky.

A space occupied by trees, fields, water, birds, and a lot more people. There’s an interconnectedness that we forget about in our day to day. We’re like ants, doing our jobs and making our way.

Though we may be “insignificant” in the grand scheme of the universe, we mustn’t ever forget how BIG our spirits are. That our energy attracts things to us, that there’s a cosmic force around us if we tap into it. That we have the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. Even if it’s just one other person.

We never know the little impacts we may have on the trajectory of things; the bigger picture.

Be Intentional About Your Goals – The Chariot: Tarot Inspiration

Brooklyn received its first snowfall of the year yesterday. I came across this old photo I took and thought it was fitting — also because it spoke to me.

When looking at the train pulling into the station, I think of The Chariot (Major Arcana) tarot card. The original chariot description features a brave warrior, standing tall, being carried and brought forth on his chariot. When the chariot card appears, it’s about taking action, moving forward; it’s a positive sign to get. I also like that it means moving forward while also being in flow. It’s a little different than the King of Swords (Minor Arcana), a fixed, stern, take charge kind of energy. The King of Swords is a bit about control.

But I appreciate The Chariot. It reminds us to be intentional about our goals and to realize that you can make decisions that are in alignment with your true values. Are you seeing your intentions come to fruition? Every time I post a blog, it’s a little note to myself that I’m staying on track with being more consistent; that I’m holding myself accountable for the things I said I would do.

The Poison and The Remedy

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Three drinks by my side.
Because my emotions are running deep.
How do I maintain a semblance of balance?
Whiskey on the rocks, a band-aid for my pain.
Green smoothie; I’m being healthy about “detoxing.”
Water, to stay properly hydrated.
Seems I will never be vice-free.

Image captured by me.

Still Trying to Figure it Out

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Sometimes I just feel emotionally all over the place.
More of a, “still trying to figure it out” kind of feeling.
Like, “what the hell am I doing? What’s happening in my life?” kinda thing. 

But something is happening at the moment, some sort of shift.
I can only hope that maybe one day I’ll look back at this and it will make sense. 

Image captured by me in Beacon, NY.

Two of Cups – The Flow of Love

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This image that I captured at Prospect Park reminds me of the 2 of cups tarot card. Something about the gliding of the swans in the water evokes a sense of femininity. The waters remind me of emotions and the flow of life – which is also representative of the 2 of cups card. Ultimately, the 2 of cups is about the flow of love between two people.

Though it’s a Minor Arcana card, the 2 of cups is one of my favorites. I love that it represents creating harmony and deep connections within partnerships. It’s with this card that we see potential to grow into something deeper, and there’s a lovely synergy.

The joining together of two forces.

 

 

I See the Light But…

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I finally see the sun through the forest.
Slivers of light make their way through the dense
packing of the trees.
A clearing is in the distance.
But—there seems to be a magnetic force around me.
That’s what it is right?
That’s why can’t I step towards the clearing.
… what else could be preventing me from freedom?

 

Photo captured by me in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

Into the Darkness

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I saw the light with you;
but also saw the underworld.
We plunged into the darkness,
ventured into the unknown.
Something about it was so beautifully scary;
intoxicating.
But it was time to take a break,
to embrace the light again.
You made your home in the darkness,
established your throne.