Appreciating Skulls and Embracing Mortality

I’ve always found skulls to be alluring and beautiful. Yes, they represent death, but death is a part of life. To me, death is another transformation. Nothing stays the same; everything has its cycles.

Though the global pandemic has brought more awareness to matters of illness and death, it seems that the end of life is not something that our Western society has put much emphasis on. So much of messaging here in the United States is about youthfulness, minimizing the effects of aging, and a lack of acceptance towards anything deemed “old.” How often are we encouraged to embrace the wisdom that comes with age, perhaps even grace and clarity?

Ritualize Honoring the Dead

As we inch closer towards Halloween, skulls, skeletons, and old witches are abound, and I love it! But what I also really love is the vibrant celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, the Mexican/Catholic tradition of the Day of the Dead. Santa Muerte and la Catrina Calavera statues can be found in abundance during this time, symbols that remind us of our own mortality. Dia de Los Muertos is a time where folks honor and celebrate passed loved ones and ancestors. Decorating sugar skulls and placing them on cemeteries and altars is just one of the popular rituals that are part of this celebration.

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Aside from birthdays and funerals, how many of us truly spend thoughtful moments honoring those who are no longer with us? During Halloween and All Souls Day, it is believed that the veil between the physical and the spiritual is extremely thin, making it easier to communicate with those on the other side. I see it as a powerful time to connect with the benevolent energies that we can’t see but can feel, and connect with our own ancestors and spirit guides!

Use the thinning of the veil as a time to thoughtfully connect with your passed on loved ones, create altars for them, leave offerings of special items you know they like.

Ya know, the thought of sugar skulls and Halloween just reminds me how much I enjoy skeletons. They’re our framework! I love the healing aspect that skulls bring in the form of crystals, the uniqueness of each one in their various materials, and the fact that they just seems to carry an air of hidden mysteries!

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How Well Are You Balancing Life Right Now?

Ok y’all, it’s SPOOKY SZN, my most favorite time of year!

But, let’s talk about how October has come in with a bang…

Mercury in Retrograde has definitely been showing out this month. Look at what happened with the outage in social media and the internet. Our communications were greatly interrupted, and we saw just how transient a lot of this is.

With the outage of FB/IG on 10/4 in the midst of Libra season, the zodiac sign concerned with fairness, and justice, I started thinking about the precarious game we play with balance. Even when it comes to social media… How much time do I spend on it? Why do we give these networks so much of our attention?

Things are certainly out of balance in the world, but since so much of that is out of our control, you have to figure out what can you do to maintain the balance in YOUR world. I feel like this Rx. in Libra is really telling us to find it within ourselves to CHILL

I’ve been battling my own thoughts on what rest vs. taking action looks like for me. Sometimes, I feel guilty for the times where I simply don’t want to do shit. BUT, I’m also getting better at listening to my body because I need to find more harmony between my mind, body, and soul. 

I want you to ask yourself:

– What does balance look like in my life?
– How do I know when things are NOT in balance?
– Once I know that trigger, what are my next steps?
– Do you create time to “just be?”

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🌿 Herbs and Healing of the Season

Ashwagandha: This is an adaptogenic herb, which helps brings your body back into balance; it’s perfect for Libra season. Ashwagandha is restorative and helps with building strength and stamina. 

Goldenrod: For the most part, this wild herb is flowering in abundance across the United States right now. It’s great to work with herbs that are in season. Goldenrod can be used to support the kidneys, which Libra supports (if you consider the scales + kidney on each side and the importance of those organs, you can see the connection).

Damiana: Supposedly, Ancient Greeks named the plant Damiana, aka “aphrodisiakos,” after the Goddess of love. It can be used as an aphrodisiac, and since Libra is also linked to Venus, love, and beauty, damiana is a great supportive herb for sexual function in men and women.


Observing the Cycles

As I write this newsletter in the middle of October, I notice there’s still a lot of green on the trees. The air is cooler in the risings, but it gets a bit warm during the day (and humid).

The Northeast fall foliage that so many of us love won’t be in the city until another week or so, and these photos seem to best capture the current environmental vibe of NYC at the moment. Enjoy!

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Detox and Reduce Inflammation with Dandelion Root

Now that we’re in Fall and the weather has begun to shift, I’m spending more time maintaining my health with herbal infusions. Something about the cool morning breeze makes having an herbal tea after my morning coffee way more enjoyable!

Lately, I have found myself constantly reaching for one of my favorite herbs, dandelion root. And yes, this is the literal root from dandelions, those “pesky weeds” that you’re encouraged to remove or kill with RoundUp (ugh). Dandelion is actually a highly nutritious plant. From root to flower, dandelion is jam packed with the minerals, fiber, and vitamins that our bodies need for optimal function and detoxification. 

As we head into cold & flu season, I want to prep my body to develop a strong immunity by clearing out unnecessary gunk and filtering out my blood. Dandelion root is a wonderful go-to for the job, and it’s also great for gut health support. All parts of the dandelion have been used in traditional medicines for centuries. But the root itself has long been used to treat inflammation of organs, joints, and swelling.

Improve Your Gut Health

Dandelion root is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which is a type of soluble fiber found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in the intestinal tract. Many of our diseases actually start in the gut, so we need to support it accordingly with our food and nutririon. Keeping your gut microbiome in check is important to keeping a range of diseases at bay.

Reduce Inflammation

This super root also has anti-inflammatory properties to support the reduction of illness in the body. Inflammation is one of your body’s natural responses to injury or illness. Over time, excessive inflammation can lead to permanent damage to your body’s tissues and DNA. Dandelion may be effective in reducing inflammation caused by disease due to the presence of various bioactive compounds like polyphenols within the plant.

ANNDDD I love that it’s a great detox herb because its bitter compound, taraxacerin, increases the level of bile flow released by the gallbladder; this process helps improve elimination. And who doesn’t want to get the gunk out of their bodies! Value your vessel, treat it well so it can be good to you in return <3.

PS: Dandelion root also makes a nice caffeine-free substitute for coffee.

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Take Things One Day at a Time

This Virgo season, I feel like I’m still getting my footing on the ground after a bit of a shake-up from Leo season. Something about the energy this summer felt unusually draining. I had high-intensity moments of euphoria, and days where I felt like I was literally walking through fog and had no concept of time.

It was odd.

Through it all, I maintained my connection to my altar and my divination practices, spent time working on my shop, journaled, and even got better with meditation. Now that Virgo season/September is here, I once again feel a slight buzzing of pressure. Do you?

I feel like folks are still programmed to operate within the “new year” portals. We have just been enjoying summer and now that September is here, we’re all expected to snap back into something. I understand the energy we’re in, and I’m also in no rush to act like I’ve all of a sudden got my shit together because Ms. Virgo has stepped on the scene.

I have definitely gotten the hints from Virgo season to really be back on my Ps and Qs about my health though, because there are some things that I’ve let slide. And in case you didn’t know, aside from simply being analytical and organized, Virgo wants us to pay attention to our health. Take it a day at a time and drink your water, take your supplements, and really — do what you can to get your nutrients!

For now, I’m enjoying the smell and the feel of the late summer breeze. I continue to take note of the weeds that grow through the concrete, because life persists. Notice it, connect to it. Find the stillness inside.

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My 3 Favorite Herbs for Heart Health Infusions

Let’s talk about HEART HEALTH!

Since it’s Leo season, and I’m a Leo sun, moon, and mars, I’ve been thinking of matters related to the heart; Leos are ruled by the heart (and sun) after all. I was reflecting upon the ways I’ve changed my own habits and lifestyle to improve my heart health over the years and how the little changes I’ve made along the way have made a world of a difference. 

Dietary Changes

I don’t know if it was because of genetics, my diet, or because I have quite a bit of Leo + fire placements in my chart, but I found out I had high cholesterol and LDL levels (the bad cholesterol) in my twenties. I’ve had to change my diet and lifestyle in order to reduce these numbers — and it wasn’t immediate. It was a slow process of eliminating and finding what works for me. 

Though I sometimes eat more shrimp than I should (which contributes to high cholesterol), I’ve joined the gym and incorporated cardio-focused workouts. Also, I live in Brooklyn and don’t have a car so I walk a lot. 

When it comes to food, I rarely eat bacon and only seldomly eat red meat. I tend to eat chicken on occasion (which for me means maybe once every 1-2 weeks), and avoid dairy for the most part. I’ll often cook meals without any kind of meat, which has led me to explore more options with vegetables, mushrooms, legumes, and grains. 

Herbal Infusions

I think these lifestyle changes along with my inclusion of herbal infusions have helped me combat my heart health issues. My most recent annual blood test results indicated that I no longer had high cholesterol and LDL levels. YAASSSS.

SO, with the heart on my mind, I’m sharing herbal infusions for heart healing. I have experience with the herbs below and absolutely love them. *Consult with you doctor if you have concerns about taking recommended herbs below.*

Rose petals
Off the bat –– rose is an extremely high vibrational plant. When you “stop to smell the roses,” you are calming your nerves and connecting to your heart center. You’re being present. This alone is a simple method for reducing stress (and reducing cortisol/stress hormone). Even when you smell the dried rose to prepare it for your infusion, it’s just soo good.

Rose petals are high in polyphenols [plant compound w/benefits]. It’s said that an increase in polyphenols in the diet are thought to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Rose has anti-inflammatory properties and in general, it’s a helpful aid in transmuting negative vibrations into compassion. 

Hawthorn berries
To fight oxidative stress, hawthorn can reduce atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and strengthen the heart muscle. It has powerful capabilities to prevent, treat, and potentially reverse congestive heart failure. This powerful berry has also helped some folks heal their heart after cardiac arrest. Consider drinking hawthorn in an infusion when encountering grief, a broken heart, or anxiety. Hawthorn is an uplifting herb and can help improve your mood over time.

Hibiscus
You can see by the red nature of this plant that it’s high in antioxidants which includes important polyphenols [plant compound w/benefits] and anthocyanins [flavonoid that fights off oxidative stress). Hibiscus has been shown to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol; it also has a positive effect on triglycerides and even liver health. It has a sour, tangy taste and in my opinion, tastes even better when iced. This is a great drink for someone who’s prone to overheating during a hot, summer’s day.

Do you have any specific recommendations for holistic heart healing remedies? Share with me in the comments!


In the Etsy Shop

Since we’re discussing matters of the heart, I’m featuring my handmade Rhodonite bead healing bracelet. Rhodonite is known for its abilities to aid while working through emotional wounds and traumas. As a stone of compassion, it’s great to use while healing heart issues from the past but also bringing in nurturing love (I see it like Palo Santo — it helps to remove while also bringing in lovely energy). 

I strongly encourage wearing this bracelet while working on heart chakra matters, or ancestor altar work.


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Show the World Your Light This Leo Season!

Hi, it’s me, B!

It’s August and the sun is shining down on us in the regal zodiac sign of Leo! Hopefully, you’re getting a tan and some vitamin D; this is the time of the year where we GLOW and show out.

Ruled by the almighty sun and the regal lion, Leo is a masculine fire energy with characteristics that support ambition, creativity, leadership, endurance, and even fame. When the sun is stationed in Leo, you’re encouraged to show the world your individual light… your uniqueness, your “je ne sais quoi.”

As we enjoy summer festivities and longer hours of sunlight, this is the perfect time to nurture your inner child. Leos are known for having a playful spirit and engaging in hobbies and pursuits that make their heart happy.

What can you do that will engage your inner child and provide an outlet for creativity?

Sunset Park, Brooklyn [captured by me – all rights reserved.]

Health Check for Leo Season

With all this heat, it’s easy to do too much and burn out. The sun has incredible powers to bring and sustain life; it can also use that same power to burn and dry things out to a crisp. Find the balance. Stay hydrated.

Be creative! Activate your mind and heart. Draw, paint, write, do something with your hands. Wherever there’s a Leo placement in your chart, there’s an indication to understand what lights you up. 

Additionally, since Leo’s energy is related to heart matters, don’t forget to go for walks, do cardio at the gym, and stay active to keep the blood pumping through those veins. Make your heart happy.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn [captured by me – all rights reserved.]

Leo season is all about creativity, and as a Leo-sun/Leo-moon, myself, I can’t help but to keep myself busy with a myriad of creative activities. With that said, I hope you also take a look at my Etsy shop, where I sell my photography prints, my handmade healing bracelets, and my intentionally curated Bless & Protect kits to help you cultivate a safe and protective vibe at home! Thank you!


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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.


In the Etsy Shop

🧿 Bless & Protect Home Kit 🌿

Bless and protect your home! Intentionally created to bring peace and protection to your special space in the world, this kit has all the elements needed to help you vibe high. 

Included:
– 4 oz Florida water
– Handmade Hamsa Talisman (made by me)
– Lavender and Rosemary sachet for protection, peace, and blessings (made by me)
– White sage smudge stick
– Tiger’s Eye crystal

Makes a great housewarming gift! Or even a gift for yourself and your altar. This kit includes items you can keep on your ancestor or working altar.

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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!


In the Etsy Shop

Bless and protect your home! Intentionally created to bring peace and protection to your special space in the world, this kit has all the elements needed to help you vibe high. 

Great housewarming gift.

*Features a Feather Talisman and lavender & rosemary sachet created by yours truly!*

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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 learning more about food as medicine. As human beings, we are connected to the earth and the cosmos, 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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