Practically Manifest Your Goals: It’s Virgo Season

The below blog post is from my most recent newsletter. I typically create content specifically just for the newsletter, but I thought this one would be good to share as a blog post.

Can you believe it? The year is more than halfway over! We’ve come to the end of August, Leo season is done, and now we’re heading into the earthy, grounded, feminine energy of Virgo.

After the gregarious summer vibes, September always seems to be a sobering month. Virgo is ready to get us focused again. September almost feels like the dawn of a new year; those of the Jewish faith, actually celebrate their new year in September—Rosh Hashanah. 

As Virgo pulls us back down to earth after expansive Leo, we can find ways to practically work towards manifesting our intentions. Work on those business plans, organize your files, clear out your digital trash; it’s also never too late to invest in a planner.

It’s time to calm our minds and ground ourselves.

While connecting with the calmer Virgo energies, think about the change you want to see in your life. What will the change require of YOU? It seems there’s something new happening almost every month these days. With elections coming up, there might be more divisive energy in the air. We can’t succumb to the external negative energies; there’s certainly been enough of that this year! 

Of course, there will always be situations that may be out of our control, but the better we can handle unforeseen changes, while moving with our own inner peace and navigation system, the more adaptable we’ll be. Keep your mind and body agile!


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A Midsummer Symphony

Cicadas replace the sounds of birds on a summer morning,
Crickets and grasshoppers sing their nightly symphonies;
Sounds that could simply lull you to sleep.

You walk around,
you sit on the porch or the stoop,
and the liveliness of the critters becomes the background noise
of your environment.

Rattles, whistles, and chirps remind us that
no matter what, life goes on.
Life happens even when we can’t even see it.


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How to be Present in Nature Part IV: Skygazing

Ever since I was a child, I’ve been entranced by sunsets and skygazing. I remember during a trip to South Carolina in my youth, I was in complete awe looking at the night sky. Everywhere I looked, just more and more clusters of stars. The whole sky was be-speckled in them! As a young girl from Queens, NYC, this was a completely different world to me.

I couldn’t believe that there were people who got to see that every night. And It didn’t faze them. Me, on the other hand, I relished the nights where I could see a few potential constellations in the sky on a clear night in a city with ambient light pollution. As I got older and travelled, I realized I didn’t even have to go too far to see a starlit sky. More secluded areas in New York State and along the Hudson river offer amazing views of the sky. Mostly, it seems anywhere you go outside of the immediate 5 boroughs without a bunch of street lights, you’ll have a better view.

A screenshot I took using SkyView App: Saturn and Jupiter visible on a summer night in Brooklyn.

With age and access to a smartphone, I was an early adopter of stargazing apps. It’s something I always have to have on any phone. I stargaze constantly and notice the shifts in the sky based on the season.

I’ve come to realize when I can recognize certain zodiac constellations in the sky depending on the season (for instance, I know in the northeast, I can spot Orion’s belt in the late winter/early spring). By reading the sky, you’ll be able to know what season you’re in without a calendar or watch. The sky is a map! I love engaging in ways that help us reconnect with nature, with our truer selves.

Here’s how you can be present with the night sky: 

*Download a star gazing app. I use SkyView Lite – it’s the free version but works well for my basic needs*

  • Do you see the moon? What position is it in? 
  • Are there any stars or patterns you can immediately identify?
  • Do you think you might be looking at a planet? There are distinct times where we can see Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars, so it’s possible! Mars, I enjoy because it actually does have a red glow in the sky. 
    • Open your skygazing app, verify if there are any planets in the sky.
  • What constellations can you observe and are you familiar with any of the names of their bright stars? (The app will show you what constellation a star is a part of). 
    • *PS, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll notice a lot of the names in the stories come from these bright stars.

Spend more time looking above you and remember that there’s such a great vastness beyond our simple existence.

We’re all apart of some sort of collective conscious, how can we contribute something positive to it?
As above, so below. As within, so without.


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We Shouldn’t Externalize “The Revolution”

The revolution won’t be televised. Why not? Because I honestly believe the revolution starts within.

It starts with how we think about ourselves. Our outlook on our own lives, the intentions behind our actions, the way we prioritize our health and mental states. The little things we can do in our lives to help bring us more internal peace, more calm.

How do we take on the problems of the world when we have yet to solve the problems within our own lives?

When we can all collectively work to address our inner shadows, our strengths, weaknesses, and biases – we can be better people to ourselves and fellow man.

Just a thought.

Image captured by me in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn.


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Does Your Soul Need These Two Things?

“What are soul needs? They lie in two realms: nature and creativity.”
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés,
Women who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

I just want to leave you all with this quote that resonated heavily with my soul. I chose this photo I shot from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens for my feature image because when you think about it, isn’t a garden such a beautiful combination of nature and creativity?

Nature is so abundant! So healing! Sometimes I think we take it for granted. The trees that provide us shade and oxygen (plus homes to so many animals and critters), the bees that pollinate to keep organic life thriving, the water to cool us down, the grass to sit on. I could go on.

And our individual creativity helps us explore new ideas, new thoughts, we can literally give birth to new things because of our beautiful minds. From our minds, hearts, hands, and feet, we create! Check-in with your inner creator from time to time. We all have one. It’s a part of your soul you absolutely must feed. There’s no pressure when it comes to creativity. Use it as a release.

I think we could all benefit from more exposure to nature and creativity in our lives.
Be well, stay healthy!

From top left to right: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 kid’s playground, Prospect Park, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 kid’s playground


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Long Gone Are the Days

Seems like the quiet times these days are the early mornings,
the stormy days,
the rain,
and the night time (when people start to head home).

Social mobility post “quarantine lock-down” has been beneficial, but let’s face it –
we’re all outside!
Some people are still quarantining, but most of us are out trying to enjoy slivers of freedom.
There’s a muddle of energies and low frequencies are abound.

For someone who prefers to walk the streets with a bit of anonymity,
it seems those days are of the past. Maybe until it gets cool again.
For now, there’s people on every block, every corner, savoring every morsel of sunlight.

Long gone are the days where I can find a serene spot in the park.
It’s possible if I search hard enough – but sometimes that takes the enjoyment out of it.
Like ants, we’re everywhere.
And I get it.
Everyone is trying the same escape act.

Image captured by me in Brooklyn.



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Do You Listen with Intention?

“The conversation lingered in my head for hours —”

– Outkast (Big Boi), Rosa Parks

How often do we find ourselves in conversations where we say, “I was thinking about ‘that thing’ you were talking about the other day?” to someone we know? Let me ask you this – is it often enough?

I like to think that by saying this, maybe subconsciously, we’re letting someone know that we listened to them. It’s not even that we agree or disagree with what was said, but we let that thought marinate in our minds. Maybe as the person was speaking, you made a mental note and said “oh, I have to look into that” or perhaps it just popped into your head at a later time and you pondered on it.

Not every relationship with everyone you know has to get super deep—every relationship serves its purpose. But are you at least having some sort of meaningful conversation with one or two people in your life? With someone who challenges your way of thinking? With someone who dares you to step out of your comfort zone? And are you willing to hear them?

Since a conversation is an energy exchange, you should consider what you bring to the table as well. And maybe you don’t always have it in you to be super insightful; that’s fine. Maybe what you bring to the table is your ability to be there for someone. To listen to them as they sort through things. I think sometimes as a society, we under-appreciate good listeners and only realize it when that person isn’t around to listen anymore.

Let’s try to be more intentional about our exchanges. And think about how can we listen without being ready to judge? I feel like that’s such an ongoing personal battle. In times like these, we’re constantly being tested and divided. Let’s unite and be a better listener to the people in our lives.
Digest. Share. Expound. Spread love.

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Sometimes I Float In Between

I only know the light because I’ve lived through the dark.
My body, buried in the heavy, damp soil.
Ready to decompose with the earth.
Destined for more,
My soul wouldn’t rest.

Though suffocated by the soil,
Spirit clawed its way through the dirt that tried to encapsulate it,
simultaneously being kept alive by way of the earth’s minerals and nutrients.

My soul has eyes,
My soul has passion.
It lifted me out from the depths.
It used the very dark that tried to keep me oppressed, and
Transmuted the energy to light.

I know life, I know death, and sometimes I float in between.

Image captured by me at Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY


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Swimming: An Artful Escape

That moment when you glide smoothly into the water;
it’s like you’re transporting yourself to another world.
Swimming; it’s so therapeutic.

Without regular trips to the gym and a daily commute, my mobility has lessened.
I do take walks and go for jogs, but that only makes up for a portion of
what I’ve lost.
I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the beach quite frequently this summer.

Swimming has been a peaceful, intuitive way to connect with earth, the divine,
and even my own body.
I feel my back loosen up as I entrust it to the ocean;
I let my legs and arms move with the currents.
I float and tread the water; I stare off into the abyss of blue water and sky.
I watch clouds in the distance.

Fluid movements in the cocoon of water,
Open natural water can truly act as the body’s medicine.

Image of me in a Mexican swimming hole.


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Have Fun and Honor the Sun’s Energy This Leo Season

“The Sun is the pull to Spirit and Self, a differentiation into individuality and separate awareness. It is the life giver, a source of power and indicator of destiny.”
– Judy Hall, The Hades Moon

It’s about to be Leo season! Leo season lasts from July 23rd through August 22nd. Being a July Leo myself, I always feel particularly energized during this time right after the “nesting” days of Cancer season. Too hot to walk around in a park, the beaches call out to my inner mermaid. Swimming, laying out in the sun, dresses and skirts, and drinking iced coffees. It’s time to put the batteries in our backs and have fun!

I mean, just look at The Sun tarot card, which is representative of Leo. It’s a Major Arcana card (which indicates a major moment, life lesson, or karmic influence), one of optimism, life energy, and childhood innocence (which is also often a Leo trait). Jubilantly riding a horse, this card combines nobility with strength and tenderness. Which all sounds pretty leonine, to be honest. These are the energies within ourselves that we need to tap into during this time.

As the weight of the world has been quite heavy in 2020, now is the perfect time to enjoy the light of the summer, be creative, and have fun.

Did you know, astrologically speaking, the sun is the ruler of self? As a luminary, it represents our spirit, a part of our identity, and encourages creativity. The sun, a masculine, yang energy – represents our conscious minds; the here and now, while the moon (Cancer), a feminine yin energy, represents our subconscious. I worship both the sun and the moon, as the sun shines a light on our consciousness and the moon illuminates the dark, the unknown – reminding us that if we choose to, we can still see our way through it all.

But for now, we honor the sun. Dance, express yourself, watch the sunsets, embrace the masculine energy that calls us to do – to feel alive!

O sun, feed me with your warmth.
Enrich my body with natural vitamin D.
Your golden rays from the heavens nourish our bodies and our plants.
You guide the growth of our sturdy sunflowers up into the sky.

O beautiful sun, you flood our homes with light, reminding us of the
possibilities still left in the day.
You shimmer, you sparkle, you give life; it’s hard to deny your power.
For all the good that you bring, under harsh circumstances,
you can also be a harbinger of death, a great destroyer.
And I love you for that as well.

Through it all, you are revered, you are honored.


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How to be Present in Nature Part III: Connect with Open Water

Apparently, due to coronavirus lockdowns, there were people who have spent more time in nature than usual, as a way to cope with the stress and uncertainty. For those 3-4 months, going to your yard, local park, beach, lake, or pond, was the only escape for a while. In this Vox article, Quarantine Has Changed Us and It’s Not All Bad, spending more time in nature is a hobby that some folks want to keep even post-lockdown; I think it’s great!

In the article, one person mentions developing a morning routine of “quiet listening” with her children on the porch – which reminds me of a post I wrote about spending my mornings in quiet, listening to the birds. There really is power in starting your day off without the chaos of the wold coming at you from the screen. But now, it’s July, and it’s hot! And while I love parks and greenery, and the rustling of the leaves in the wind – I also LOVE hearing the ocean waves. I love smell of the sea, of swimming in it – the expansiveness.

I enjoy walking up to the shore where the water slinks up to the sand, to see what little treasures that sea has left behind. I watch what gets pulled back in with the tide. I watch the seabirds swoop down into the water, eat mussels off jetties, and float in the water. I watch them rest on shore, waiting for crumbs from beachgoers.

Thankfully in New York City, we have beaches, large rivers, creeks, and ponds across the five boroughs. These are all great places to just relax and let your mind water. When you’re at these bodies of water, you can be mindful, you can be still.

Here are some ways to be present by water:

  • Observe any water waves and ripples, just watch and be.
  • If you’re at the beach, how do you feel when watching the waves? Do you have any thoughts? Maybe your mind just frees itself.
  • What birds are around the water?
  • If you look down, can you see any fish or turtles?
  • Do you notice the position of the sun? Or maybe the moon? Would you be able to guesstimate the time based on the position?
  • Sit and write. Write with a pen and paper, type into notes. Journal your thoughts.

Also, it’s Cancer season! Cancer, the motherly, intuitive, sentimental water sign. So, it’s the perfect time to sit by the water and reflect, getting in touch with your feelings. Discover that divine feminine energy – water is healing, water is soothing, water flows.

“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one”
-Jacques Yves Cousteau


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Reconnect with Self This Cancer Season – Where’s Your ‘Home’?

It’s summer time in NYC and it’s also Cancer season. Cancer is a feminine, water sign – represented by the crab (hard exterior, soft interior) and connected to the moon. We’ve had some wonderfully summer weather lately, and with the beaches open, it’s been the perfect time to feel the healing energy of the ocean, to connect with Cancerian energies.

How do you feel when you’re by the ocean? Isn’t it peaceful? The far out distance, the waves crashing on top of one another. Watching them roll up to the shore then pull back away into itself again.

I always have this distinct feeling of “home” when I’m in the ocean. It’s so meditative, so peaceful. I can literally just be in the water, float, tread around and just be. Everything else seems so distant. Both physically and mentally. Being in the water conjures up feelings of being back in the womb. After all, we were living in liquid for the first few months of our lives.

Water is associated with the feminine. Water flows, it’s a yin energy (yang in masculine). The Cancer energy is about nurturing, finding security, and making a home for oneself. It’s all a very motherly and healing energy. Think about how healing water can be.

How are you being called to nurture yourself? To support your own feelings of belonging? To connect with your feminine energies (being creative, connecting to your intuition, etc.)?
Cancer season is from June 20 – July 22nd, so take the time to enjoy these “feeling” energies because Leo season will come in with a roar, ready to get the party started!

“The feminine, whether the feminine principle or women themselves, holds the secret of creation, which is the light hidden in matter. It is very important to understand that if one is to do any real spiritual work at this time of global and ecological crisis, because the feminine holds the unique understanding of the sacredness in matter and how we need to reawaken that aspect of life.”

— Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Image captured by me in Coney Island


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You Are Responsible for Yourself.

I was scrolling on social media and saw this post (left image) which read, “grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.”

At the time, I was reading a digital download of Freedom From the Known by Jiddu Krishnamurti. I did as instructed, and this was the sentence that I found. As I look back on it, it was a really good sentence to land on:

“and nobody else is responsible for the world and for yourself, for what you think, what you feel, how you act, all self-pity goes.”

And I think that’s an important concept to for us to internalize. To really live by this thought-process is such a mindful way of living.

Here is the paragraph that it sat within for further context:

“So you see that you cannot depend upon anybody. There is no guide, no teacher, no authority. There is only you – your relationship with others and with the world – there is nothing else. When you realize this, it either brings great despair, from which comes cynicism and bitterness, or, in facing the fact that you and nobody else is responsible for the world and for yourself, for what you think, what you feel, how you act, all self-pity goes. Normally we thrive on blaming others, which is a form of self-pity.”

So, yes – I’d say humans are social creatures, and being a part of a community can certainly improve your quality of life. But the overall takeaway is that it starts and ends with us at the individual level. We have to always be responsible for ourselves. When you can function better as a person, you bring a lot more to the collective.

Image captured by me at Green-wood Cemetery

We Need Seeds, We Need Growth.

I recently realized that I only see seedless grapes in the grocery store. To be honest, I haven’t been to a farmer’s market in a while, but I do know that seedless grapes seem to be the norm in the stores. Why is seedless so popular anyway? Did people really demand seedless fruit or was it something that the industry kind of imposed on us— selling us on the idea of convenience?

Seeds mean life. Seeds are good for us – internally and externally. I just successfully propagated a cutting from a pothos plant and it’s so cool to see how my one plant was able to help create another version of itself. I have now started propagating basil. While creating another plant for myself from a cutting, I thought about the importance of seeds, of planting. That we should have easy access to a range of seeds so we can grow our own fruits and vegetables.

Seeds help maintain produce diversity. By planting seeds we come to know mother nature better. We become better gardeners by understanding the conditions the seeds need for proper growth – and thus, how to maintain the plant overtime. This knowledge allows us to have better ideas of when and where to plant, so then we’ll know how to harvest. I think gardening, foraging, and caring for plants in general helps connect us to the circle of life. With all of these screens, we become disconnected – we should spend some time getting a little more grounded by working with the fruits of nature.

I hope that in 2020 more people have sought ways to encourage positive growth. Growth through personal evolution, growth through gardening, and spiritual growth.

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A Sunset and A Second Wind

Some folks relish the sunrises.
The dawning of a new day. Glorious rays of sunlight
that beam with possibilities of what’s to come.

But the sunset always feels like home. The grand finale before
act II for the night. As it ushers in the inky deep blue, we can
slink away into the darkness.

This is where I feel energized. The mind starts to calm, the breeze
feels more refreshing. A tinge of excitement surges through me.
The fun has just begun.

Photo shot by me, Brookfield Plaza NYC


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The Shadow Self: Are You Aware of Your Projections?

According to Carl Jung (Jungian psychology), we all have a shadow, and it’s the unconscious aspect of our personality. Our egos choose not to identify with it; the integration of our shadow self and ego can be quite challenging.

Our shadows are our own personal “unknowns.” The parts of ourselves that we don’t want to admit to, the parts that we don’t like. Our inferior selves. It can be hard.

It’s easy to throw around the concept, “nobody is perfect,” but the hard work comes in acknowledging the flaws, or the aspects of yourself that you may attribute to your “lower self” and how you co-exist with it.

Maybe you don’t even know what these sides of you are. I found this TEDx Talk by Dr. Steve Mortenson | TEDx University of Delaware – “Projecting Your Personal Shadow.” I thought this was digestible and helpful in understanding how the shadow may show up in your day to day life. It’s less than 15 minutes and worth a listen/watch.

One of the things that really stuck with me was – “We put our unmet needs in the shadow.”


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Birdwatching in Brooklyn; An Act of Mindfulness

As I’ve mentioned in one of my previous posts, birdwatching is a great way to spend time being present in nature. It’s a great way to be present, period. Bird calls are easily and most notably heard in parks, and we often hear common birds like sparrows, pigeons, starlings, robins, and mourning doves in our neighborhoods.

I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of chirping lately—it’s spring and we’ve spent a lot of time at home or in our neighborhoods. Lately, I’ve been trying to improve my ability to know a bird through its song. I enjoy bird cataloging and learning about why certain birds are found in specific places. You get to learn about which birds are a little bit of a bully, what some mating rituals are like, and where food sources are found.

Birds fly around, doing their own thing, living in their own worlds⁠—all while living among us.
I have been fascinated by that notion for the past few years.

Here are some common birds I’ve captured in Brooklyn:

From top left to top right: American robin, mockingbird, common grackle, cardinal

Did you know all of these are songbirds? I tend to notice the mockingbird and robin quite often. Birdwatching is really peaceful, and if you’re inquisitive, you can learn so much more about the birds you encounter every day.

All images captured by me in Brooklyn, NYC.

Some places you can visit for birdwatching in Brooklyn = Prospect Park, Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Jamaica Bay – Floyd Bennet Field.


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Gemini Season Came to Ask – How Can We Make Sense of it All?

In my last newsletter, I mentioned that the May 22nd new moon was in Gemini, an air sign ruled by Mercury, which is the planet of communication. We’re currently in Gemini season, during a pandemic, and witnessing racial injustice, protests, and (questionable) riots across the country (and the world to a degree). It’s a lot.

My new moon guidance was to think through — How do we receive information and how do we share with others? Is there anything you think you need to re-evaluate? It seems we’ve received a whole lot of information as of late. I’ve been spending time going inwards, sorting through what I receive, and what to make of it.

“Unprecedented times” is what has been the narrative for these communications.

The atmosphere feels like the humming of the refrigerator that just won’t stop. All of these opinions and energies simmering up – a fight of low vibration against those who are trying to stay grounded.

Gemini Season Tarot Pull (2 cards) = Wheel of Fortune and 5 of Swords Reversed

Wheel of Fortune and the cycles we’ve seen leading up to our current state...

I pulled some tarot cards for this specific timeframe, wondering if there were any messages I could receive. I have a very beginner knowledge of tarot. But I pulled the Wheel of Fortune and 5 of swords reversed.

I just knewwww I’d pull a Wheel of Fortune. There’s something very cyclical feeling about all of this. The Wheel of Fortune is a Major Arcana card. This card holds heavier weight in regards to major life situations. In Tarot as a Way of Life, Karen Hammaker-Zondag says that in the Wheel of Fortune, “the repetition, with minor variations, of certain patterns, is the result of projections we have still not seen for what they are. […] It seems as if life is playing a game with us, and we are constantly the victim of what it pulls out of its bag of tricks.”

The Wheel of Fortune wants us to confront life in a step towards maturity, for taking responsibility. I think it’s interesting that this card was pulled, as it’s not the Justice card (which comes after the Wheel of Fortune). The Wheel keeps us in this space of externalization. Which is why I don’t believe this is the revolution people want it to be. This just doesn’t feel like “it” yet. I don’t know. It seems to be reiterating that we’re still on the same collective cycles. We need to move past this continuous struggle.

5 of Swords and our karmic challenges with being human…

I wasn’t surprised by the 5 of Swords reversed either. I also had a feeling a sword card would come out. Swords represent communication in tarot (and air signs); it’s about thinking and logic. As Hammaker-Zondag says, “they make distinctions on their own initiative, and in a negative sense, cause separation.” It’s also a yang card – representative of the masculine energy. The sword’s masculine energy moves with a forceful, sometimes tactless, and distinct energy.

In numerology and tarot, 5 represents a genuine connection to humanity and life. But it’s a paradoxical number which brings karmic challenges. Hammaker Zondag says, “the fives of the Minor Arcana each represent problems that have to do with a lack of eros, and with the trouble we find in being part of life.” Pretty spot-on for the times.

When we have the 5 of swords, we’re facing the ultimate challenge. We’re so disconnected from others, there isn’t a positive revolution. There’s a sense of restlessness that’s accompanied by our actions (seems to make sense given the pandemic’s lockdown has also lead us here), and most importantly, there’s a battle for power and the battles fought during this time come with high stakes. The 5 of swords reversed is one of those cards where it’s just super heavy and filled with a lot of karmic baggage, cyclic baggage – and conflict. Phew. Sounds about right.

The bottom of the deck energy was a two of wands. More yang – masculine energy. Wands is representative of fire. There’s no plan yet. There’s protesting, there’s unrest, but the people need to decide where they want to take this. What’s next? There’s a decision that needs to be made, a plan that needs to come together to advance the good of the people.

This will be a long, hard, fight.
Never forget that the revolution starts within. It will not be televised.

*All images captured by me in NYC*


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Mornings Spent in Quiet

In the mornings, I spend some time alone without any sound. The birds have been so active that I just listen to them for a bit as I get myself ready for the day.

I light a candle.

Or maybe incense.

Stretch.

Drink lime/lemon water, drink coffee.


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The Pandemic Reinforced the Importance of Food Sustainability

Once word got around about the effects of COVID-19, strengthening my immune system became my main concern. I continuously stocked up on fruits and veggies and took my supplements. Thankfully, my local grocery stores always had the items I needed to keep me healthy. Because of this experience, and the thought of being affected by a broken food supply chain, I truly see how important it is to have access to locally grown and sourced goods. I see how fragile our system is, how easy it is for someone to go without the essentials that nature provided to us on this earth.

Buying local always sounds good in theory and we know we should do it, but when you have to think about getting access to your food in times of crisis ⁠—local and organic seems like even more of a privilege. And it shouldn’t be! Have you thought about how great it would be to venture to your backyard or your neighbor’s yard to gather some of your produce?

What if we focused more on using the land that we had to grow food? And imagine if we did this as a collective! Thankfully, that’s the benefit of having access to farmer’s markets, but what if we had the farmer’s markets in addition to what us and our neighbors were growing in our immediate community? All we need are the seeds. Unfortunately, only a few large corporations own most of the world’s supply of seeds. I find that pretty suspicious and discouraging . Ideally, we’d have more heirloom seeds (seeds which have been passed down from generation to generation) so we can continue to grow a great array of foods!

Fun facts about growing your own food:

  • Easy access to fresh food
  • Lack of chemical pesticides! You determine how to fight pests and do damage control.
  • You save money (and potentially plastic) on grocery trips.
  • You’ll start to appreciate the seasonality of foods, as you’ll be gathering your produce at their ideal harvesting times.
  • It’s a great way to introduce variety into your diet. Maybe you and a friend can grow a range of food and share it with one another.
  • Also, it’s a great hobby that could help improve the way you think about food.

Some people find gardening to be a peaceful activity like meditation. You may find that working with the soil and tending to your plants is extremely therapeutic. And it seems like now is probably a good time to get started.

Images captured by me at The Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn


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