An Observation of the Skies: I Miss the Sun!

Unfortunately, we’ve had a string of cloudy days here in Brooklyn, NY. If the sun does manage to make an appearance, it’s often behind these hazy, mist-like clouds, which is simply becoming tiring.

We need the sun; it is our life force. The sun gives us energy, it brightens our days, and it provides us with vitamin D, an important hormone* that we need to support our brain function, hormonal balances, musculoskeletal system, and more. [*studies show that vitamin D functions more like a hormone].

For many of us who live in colder climates, it can be harder to get adequate access to the sun, and thus, we have less vitamin D, so it’s important to find some good Vitamin D supplements to incorporate into your daily routine. A deficiency in this important hormone can lead to a plethora of illnesses. And in 2022, we need to be very intentional about cultivating health and wellness in our lives!

As I finish this draft about the sun, it must’ve heard my pleas to come out, as we finally have a clear day today! So I’m going to head out and enjoy some of the rays on my face even though it’s 27 degrees F lol.

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A Time to Reflect Before Moving Forward

Happy New Year!

TBH, I don’t really recognize a new year until the Spring Equinox in March. That’s when we enter a completely new season (spring), and we enter the first zodiac sign of the wheel, Aries. But, as a collective, we’re officially in 2022. And it seems like many of us are just taking things day by day because we don’t know what to expect! Though I have seen some folks share what they’re manifesting this year, the energy as a whole still reeks of uncertainty.

THAT’s reality though, right? These past two years have shown us just how little control we have over the larger society and how our lives can be changed by someone else’s orders, mandates, etc., in an instant. Given this realization about the state of our being, I just hope that myself and others around me can continue to:

⭐ strengthen the mind and body
⭐ connect more deeply with the inner world
⭐ connect more deeply with nature
⭐ open the heart chakra
⭐ conduct continuous shadow work

With all of that said, when it comes to spirituality, and inferring energies through numbers and symbolism, I enjoy digging into numerology to get a feel for the year’s energy. Below, I look back at the numerology of 2020 and 2021 while introducing 2022’s numerology insights.

A Review of the Years in Numerology 

2020 was a #4 year [2+0+2+0]. 4 is about foundations, family, and getting on solid ground. In 2020, our foundation was literally shaken up. As we made our way through the pandemic, we saw a lot of things for what they truly were. We saw how corrupt our systems are, and the disparities between class and race were on full display; it was a lot. In 2020, the foundation of what we thought we knew was dismantled. But with destruction comes the opportunity to rebuild, and I think 2021 had us thinking about what that would look like. It had us learning lessons about family, friendship, and community. 

Given that 2021 ushered in the Age of Aquarius, so much of what we thought we knew about the world continued to be shattered. Many illusions were revealed. I know that I witnessed a lot of people struggle with relationships across the board this year.

2021 was a #5 year [2+0+2+1]. 5 indicates the relationship between humanity, life, and control. 4 brings together the totality of father, mother, and child + home. 5 is something new, and inherently presents challenges. It’s a bit of a revolutionary and forces you to confront change and the unknown. 5 asks you to be adaptable.

This is where many people struggled––because so much of an old paradigm was falling, while we were simultaneously expected to go back to “normal.”

You may have found some difficulties integrating new energies into your life during 2021. I don’t know about you, but I learned a lot of lessons about what I want out of life and the various roles I play in my relationships. There were certainly trying times, but many moments for growth as well. If you were able to grow from difficult times in 2021, you may be able to ride a wave into 2022, which encourages you to find balance and harmony. 

2022 is a #6 year [2+0+2+2]. Something has been completed; it’s time to welcome the start of a new cycle. As you cleared out the old, you have to make way for the new. This year is one of realization, and it would behoove you to pay close attention to the positive energies in your life. 6 is about harmony, relationships, moving forward, and leaving the struggles behind. Once you’re able to sort through the challenges that came from 2021, you can move ahead with some clarity.

Continue to work towards creating a better future for yourself and focus on BALANCE and maintaining your health and wellness. 2022 brings encouraging energy to look ahead and work on manifesting your true life’s goals and desires!

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Let’s Be Grateful for Growth and the Journey

So often when we look back at our lives, we think of the BIG moments that we’re grateful for. Perhaps it was when you had your first child, landed a dream job, or finally healed yourself of a malady that was troubling you for a while … now all that you remember is that “MOMENT” happened, and it was impactful.

While these specific moments can certainly have profound effects on us, we can’t forget about all of the moments along the journey that got us to that point. We should be grateful for the fact that we create visions for ourselves and see things through.

Maybe you don’t know where your business is headed but you started that LLC process. You don’t know what the book will look like but you’re editing down your writings. You don’t know how your art show will come together but you know you’ve got a few solid pieces that you can’t wait to show off. These small decisions culminate into the bigger picture that you’re looking to step into. Don’t lose sight of the vision because follow-through is important. But be grateful for the baby steps you’ve taken.

When you go to bed, state aloud how grateful you are for all of the tools that help you attain your dreams: your laptop, internet connection, mentor, pen, notebook, couch, desk… all of the things that help facilitate your growth on this journey.

Can You See Your Evolution?

Here I am at my first-ever vendor pop-up in 2019. All I knew was that I wanted to sell my photography and handmade cards. I even brought along some of my handmade bracelets in case I could move a few.

I didn’t really have a plan and I wasn’t sure how to best merchandise my items but luckily enough, I made more sales than I expected. This experience gave me the boost I needed to do it again. It also helped me think about how to refine the process. What was my end goal? Ultimately, I decided I wanted to share beautiful handcrafted items with people that could help them cultivate memories and good vibes in their homes and lives. Thus, OBSRVNC was born (out of my own passion for observing the world around me and within me).

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Here I am in 2021 with my OBSRVNC pop-up table. After a continued dedication to my craft and allowing time to see my vision, I was able to birth this brand.

OBSRVNC now serves as the focused umbrella for my work of photography, crafting, herbal tea curations, and more. I am opening up the world of items and content that I create and becoming more focused on the direction of my work. I’m still in the beginning stages of this process but I’m so grateful for the journey I’ve taken along the way. I get to look back and say, YES — this is where I wanted to go but didn’t know at the time.

This is the result of my photography hobby, my love of working with my hands, my professional knowledge of marketing, my dedication to becoming a certified holistic nutritionist, my desire to heal myself, my lifelong love of occult knowledge, and so much more.

Thank you to all who have read my content this year, purchased from my Etsy, and sent words of support! I look forward to all that’s to come in the new year 💗

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Immunity-Boosting with Herbs: Ginger Root, Lemongrass & More

Ok, now that we’re heading into winter here in Brooklyn, it’s definitely time to focus on immunity boosting. Since it’s cold & flu season, I’m being more intentional with the herbs I ingest to help fortify my system. Overall, I care for my well-being by staying active, getting enough sleep and fresh air, and through healthy eating, but I believe that consuming herbal teas are just another great way to add nutrients into my body.

Plus, since it’s colder out, the urge to drink something warm is amplified and I find myself drinking more infusions/teas throughout the day.

An herbal remedy that I’m really digging right now is a blend of lemongrass, ginger root, dandelion leaf, and oat straw.

My Love Affair with Dandelion Persists!

Honestly, I can smell the healing in the loose herbs alone. Ginger root and lemongrass are no joke! Since those herbs are so distinct, I added dandelion leaf and oat straw to help balance out the flavor, and this is yummyyy. And if you don’t already know, I’m like, obsessed with the herbal benefits of dandelion and even wrote about in my post: Detox and Reduce Inflammation with Dandelion Root. In this immunity blend, I used dandelion leaf rather than root for a softer approach as the root is bitter and bit stronger to taste. YES, you can work with all parts of the dandelion.

As I mentioned, I added oat straw to bring a calming essence to this blend, but don’t sleep on oat straw’s nutritional benefits! This is a beautiful herb that I find myself adding to numerous blends.

Anti-Inflammatory and Immunity Boost Herbal Blend

I want people to think about reducing inflammation in their bodies because all diseases start with inflammation. As I mentioned, herbal infusions are always a great support, but please consider the other ways you may be contributing to inflammation in your body through: excess sugar, overly-processed foods, simplex carbs, and trans fats, to name a few. This winter, think about how you can eliminate some of the items listed above to help you on your journey to reducing inflammation.

I crafted this herbal blend with intention to help support your overall immune system, but the herbs also come with additional benefits such as reducing cholesterol and improving heart health. So be sure to check with your doctor if you have any concerns AND/OR you’re taking medication (or pregnant).

Ginger root:
Ginger root has incredible anti-inflammatory properties and is known to reduce pain, stimulate circulation, and inhibit rhinovirus, which can cause the common cold. It may help ease digestive discomfort.

Lemongrass:
Lemongrass has antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. It has traditionally been used as a pain reliever and fever reducer. Lemongrass also contains iron, calcium, and vitamin C.

Dandelion Leaf:
Dandelion is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, for detoxing the liver, regulating blood sugar levels and reducing cholesterol.

Oat straw:
Oat straw helps strengthen bones, soothes the nervous system, stabilizes blood sugar, and relieves stress. It’s a great source of calcium, fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidants.

So, what herbs do you find yourself reaching for this winter? I know it’s time for me to dig into some Elderberry as well! Share with me in the comments.

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Transformation & Tears This Scorpio Season

Scorpio season is steeped in all things deep and otherworldly. Has this transformative time stirred anything within your soul?

Frida Kahlo, Dia De Los Muertos Celebration in Rockefeller Center NYC, October 2021

Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, All Souls’ Day, and Diwali fall within this zodiac, when the veil between our physical world and the spiritual world is at its thinnest. We think about our connections to the spirit world, death, and the unknown. In general, it’s also a time where things that were once hidden become more apparent and visible to us.

This Scorpio season feels a bit more intense for me (like everything in 2021, let’s be honest!). Though I’ve certainly embraced the fun and spooky side of things like watching Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus replays (some things I’m super sentimental about…), I’ve been forced to dig deeper into the real spookiness of life, and of myself.

Yes, it’s Time to Confront Yourself.

As you grow and take on more responsibility for your decisions and lifestyle, there’s real accountability that comes with increased awareness (makes you think that sometimes, ignorance really is bliss!).

Traditionally ruled by Mars and now also Pluto, Scorpio can be difficult to pin down because of its drive to accomplish (Mars) while also being comfortable in the shadows, the underbelly (Pluto). This is the sign that wants us to confront ourselves and the things that don’t sit well with us. Our triggers… our fears … our insecurities.

Pluto is where things go to die, to transform. It houses the depths, sorrow, and secrets. Scorpio wants you to look at it! Confront your own shadows and see yourself for who you are behind the mask. It wants you to squirm at your own discomfort and to open the closet to your own monsters. And let me tell you, this shit is uncomfortableee, and it HURTS 😦

Tears will be shed. But they must.

Look Your Fears in the Eyes.

Scorpio reminds you about the monsters in your closet. YOUR monsters, actually. And let’s be real, life isn’t all sunshine and roses. There’s plenty of muck that we keep hidden from the public .. from friends, families, and most likely, even ourselves. Sometimes, a dark thought, a raw moment, a brutal truth, can hit you out of nowhere. Or maybe a loved one tells you some uncomfortable truths about yourself (that you acknowledge being true). What do you do with that? 

Like the artist, Scorpio wants you to turn that pain, darkness, and negativity into art, into your own personal masterpieces.

What discomfort are you sitting with? If you were to just reflect and be real with yourself, what would you put work in, to transform?

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Do You Change Your Diet with the Seasonal Transitions?

Figs, pomegranates, and apples, oh my!
Do you notice the change in market offerings with the shifting of the seasons? 

I remember the curiosity I felt while seeing a range of new fruits (and vegetables) out in the markets in Brooklyn this September. In the Pagan tradition, Mabon (which I previously wrote about) is celebrated during the Autumn Equinox. This is a time where people enjoy the fruits and labor of the harvest season. Though you may not ritualize or celebrate this harvest time, it is truly a time to be treasured!

Around late August through October, I notice the change in supply at the markets, and I also start to see plenty of houses with blossoming pear, apple, and fig trees. It’s always such a pleasure! Since my apartment life reduces me to house plants, I’m always excited to see abundant fruit trees growing on the properties of my neighbors. 

As the summer comes to an end, nature gifts us with beautiful fruits that bloomed thanks to hugs and kisses from the sun, soil, and rain. Of course, once October rolls in, we’ve got an abundance of nutritious gourds to choose from. 

Below, are some of my favorite fruits from the summer/fall harvest and a few of their benefits. I love how they do a great job of prepping our immune system for the season ahead. Also, our guts need diversity in order to best support our overall health, so it’s important to switch things up and eat according to nature’s cycles.

4 Common Fruits in Abundance During the Fall

Apples: they’re high in water and fiber content; to get most of the fiber benefits from apples, eat them with the skin on. Their fiber content aids in reducing cholesterol, so they’re great for heart health. They also contain polyphenols, which have antioxidant effects. We could always use more antioxidant support!

Pomegranates: Filled with little ruby-like seeds, pomegranates are also packed with fiber and antioxidants. They have powerful anti-inflammatory effects which are helpful in reducing heart disease and gut illnesses. This nutritious fruit is also great for those looking to lower blood pressure and fight arthritis and joint pain (due to inflammation).

Persimmons: these particularly seasonal fruits are rich in vitamin C, which is exactly what’s needed as the weather transitions into the fall. Vitamin C aids in boosting immunity and even helps with reproductive health. Given our bodies don’t produce vitamin C, it’s important that we increase our intake of this critical nutrient! ALSO – persimmons offer more than HALF your daily needed intake of vitamin A, so go and get your hands on these bad boys while you can!

Pears: Similar to apples, pears pack a lot of fiber content and include essential nutrients such as folate, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Their lutein and vitamin A components also introduce antioxidant effects into the body and help you fight/eliminate free radicals.

These are just a few of the extremely beneficial fruits you can find in the markets to help prepare your body for rest and retreat during the fall. Nature provides the medicine to help us prepare for upcoming challenges and to also fight them off when they arrive!

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Appreciating Skulls and Embracing Mortality

I’ve always found skulls to be alluring and beautiful. Yes, they represent death, but that’s 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.

Home Bless & Protect Kit Available on my Etsy!

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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