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

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


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

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

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

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

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

As we get ready for the “new year”…

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

Herbs for the season:

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


Poseidon’s Realm

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

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


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Feed the Inner Child

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


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


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

Kanye West, Power

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

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

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

Feed your inner child.

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

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

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“Take Care of Your Needs”

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

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

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

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

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

“Winter: Take Care of Your Needs”

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

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

It was a friendly reminder.

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Acknowledging the Darkness That Comes with Wellness

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

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

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

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Are You Positively Influencing Your Community?

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Herbs and spices for the season: 

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

The Collective’s Contribution

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It Can’t Always Be About Winning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthline

Listen to relaxing frequencies.

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

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

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Confession: I Hug and Hold Trees.

What are you doing to feel good these days? Since I’ve been spending more time indoors this winter, I’ve been cultivating my inner space. I’m trying to stay on top of watering my plants, I’m meditating in the morning/listening to my Divine Goddess Affirmations, and lighting incense and burning lovely candles (Diptyque’s Narguile being my favorite thus far). I’m also making sure that I take some time to GO OUTSIDE!

Me, touching a tree at the park.

Being home is nice and comfortable and all, but our bodies need to interact with a diversity of microorganisms. We need to introduce these bacterias and microbes into our own microbiomes; this is what helps our immunity develop. It’s why children should play in sandboxes with one another; it’s why you should feel the soil on your hands, and why you should hug your friends and family.

Since some of this connective activity has been limited for many folks lately, which I’m sure is contributing to increased sadness, I suggest you get yourself outside and connect with trees. Yes! touch a tree, hug a tree, lean against one!

Increase Your Serotonin Levels Through Nature

I love to touch trees or hug them; I envision that I’m meshing with its life force. I like to visualize roots growing from the bottom of my feet into the ground to meet that of the trees. I conjure up images of connection so that I can start to actually FEEL it.

“Hugging a tree increases levels of hormone oxytocin. This hormone is responsible for feeling calm and emotional bonding. When hugging a tree, the hormones serotonin and dopamine make you feel happier.”

– Wild Tree Adventures

I always feel super pleasant after physically connecting with nature. We are not separate from nature; it is of us, and we, of it. If you can, start developing a relationship with mother nature who can supply you with so many resources to help increase mental clarity, induce relaxation, and stimulate happiness.

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Let’s Be Real: How “Motivated” Are You Feeling Right Now?

I’ve noticed a shift on social media. I think we’re so traumatized by the year we just had that people have left the “new year, new me” memes in the past. I haven’t seen as many, “Let’s leave X,Y,Z in 20XX” as I’ve seen before. I think many of us have resigned to the idea that we have no idea what’s to come and it just “is what it is.” As I mentioned in my last post, focus on what you can control.

Call me cynical, but you can’t simply shift your whole energy and plan for a set amount of time because a new month showed up. Especially here in NYC where we’re used to seasonal shifts, it’s hard to feel ready to start up anew and force yourself to get back into the swing of things just because the date on our calendar year changed. Something about that feels quite unnatural to me. Which is interesting because when I look back at my journals, I notice changes tend to appear around February/March. January still carries a lot of old energy.

Stillness.

BUT – you can still work towards the changes you DO want to see. Just be patient with yourself. We’re still in winter. We’re in the season of rest. Honestly, this is a reminder for myself as well, as I feel I have a lot of lofty goals but I have to pace myself. I often feel guilty for not getting as much done as I think I should. Like I’m continuously racing against the clock.

Nature is one of our greatest teachers. Slow down with her and prepare yourself to usher in greatness this Spring!

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Focus on What You Can Control

Honestly, I don’t want to get into a whole, “new year,” type of post. But I will say that with 2021, I’m ushering in new traditions and less expectations. Or even, maybe not even really holding steadfast to any tradition in general but what feels right for me in the moment. I’m learning how to best honor my needs.

So much has changed in the past year, we can’t possibly continue to try to do the same things while the whole energy of the world and behaviors of mankind have shifted. All I can do is surrender and co-create with the universe.

Some things are in my control, and some things are completely out of it. I will just focus on what I CAN control. And with that — it’s a continued focus on health and wellness.

SO here are some simple reminders for continuous improved health:

  • Drink lots of water everyday
  • PLEASE get some sun; even if it’s freezing outside and you’re sitting at your window, soaking it in
  • Exercise, daily!
  • Engage in relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, breath work
  • Find a hobby or interest to stimulate your mind (I’d suggest something beyond television)
  • Find ways to connect with nature
  • Drink herbal teas
  • Eat more fruits and veggies. Even if you think you’re eating a lot, eat more! Because you probably aren’t 🙂

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Winter: A Time for Quiet Reflection

Now that I’m older, I’ve really grown to appreciate winter. To be honest, it also probably helps that I don’t have to commute to work everyday and wear a bunch of layers 🙂

As an empath who needs a lot of solitary time, I also appreciate winter because it’s quieter and fewer people are out. After NYC’s raucous summer with everyone being outside due to the pandemic, I appreciate not having to encounter all of those energies. Restaurants have managed to set up heat lamps and bubbles for outdoor dining, but I’d prefer to stay in and make my own dinners or order delivery. Everything about this year has been about learning how to adapt.

Every season, nature transforms and displays a different stage of beauty.

In the winter, we see the bare bones of trees, but they still look beautiful and cast magnificent shadows. Fresh snow can truly brighten the day; it can also be an invitation to just get outside and be present. Watch the snowflakes fall, enjoy it.
Spring brings pleasant smells, birds, blossoms, flowers, and rain for the soil. Summer, we glow with the rays of the sun, the trees are big and green. We enjoy the water and throw our cares to the side. In the fall, we savor the last bit of life as the leaves change beautiful colors at the end of their cycle.

Winter is a time where we reflect on all that came before this moment. Hopefully, we find times of triumph, of growth, and of wisdom.

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2020 Enhanced My Vision; I Can See in Ways I’ve Never Seen Before

Resilience.
2020 is almost over and I look forward to my vacation time so I can do a shit-ton of journaling and reflecting. What’s coming to me right now though is the idea of resilience. How 2020 has shown many of us how strong we can be.

We went from a 2-week lockdown, to an unknown quarantine. I’ve wondered about job security, when local non-essential stores would open, and also about the mental and physical health of loved ones. At some point, I finally figured out what selfcare truly looks like to me. It’s almost been a bit radical.

For me, self care became a new lifestyle. It meant making better eating decisions. It meant that taking care of my appearance doesn’t simply mean manicures and massages, but also yoga, stretching, and holding myself accountable to go to the gym (once that opened – but goes for runs during the times when it was closed).

The lifestyle allowed me to get more intimate with myself. To further pursue my hobbies, to practice more meditation, to know when I’m “spent,” to recognize when I truly need to be in touch with nature, to understand how to listen to my body.

Selfcare meant turning off the news because everyday was the same thing but told in a different way. It meant reviewing the accounts I follow on social media to ensure that it fed my soul, provided inspiration, and knowledge. It meant getting more in touch with my intuition and being more open to thinking critically about EVERYTHING.

Honestly, 2020 showed me that I have so much power, that I am blessed, and for that, I am truly grateful. I have honestly been able to see life in ways I’ve never seen before and there’s no going back.

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Delighting in the Simple Pleasures of This Dark Season

As a person who is quite sensitive to the energies around me, December is feeling a bit heavy already. With the lunar full moon eclipse on November 30th, the December 14th new moon + solar eclipse, and the planetary alignments on the 21st, which will usher us into the Age of Aquarius, I’m doing my best to not over work my mind and emotions. I’m meditating more, drinking my herbal teas, and letting myself enjoy the holiday spirit.

I’m making the conscious effort to revel in the positive energy that Sagittarius season brings. Though I don’t consider myself a Christian, the festiveness of the season brings a smile to my soul. It’s cold, the days are darker, and our spirits are truly being tested. At a time where anxieties and stressors tend to be a bit higher, I’ve decided to be more receptive to the holiday joy.

Make Time for the Things YOU Like

I’m taking in all of the lights, I’m enjoying holiday jazz music, I don’t drink hot chocolate but I’m delighted by images of the warm foamy drink with fluffy marshmallows on top (especially if it’s in a holiday-themed mug). The happy snowman images call out to my inner child, and the twinkling wreaths and snowflake decor seem to light up something inside of me. And this is all because I’m making the conscious effort to enjoy these simple pleasures. I’m working on detaching from expectations and just doing what feels right for me.

The lights won’t be around for long, the decor will come down at some point in January, so I encourage you to also take this time to enjoy the season (if it’s your thing). Just go for it! Of course, you can always enjoy these times with friends and family, but this is such a great opportunity to be spontaneous. Want to try that new holiday latte? Go to the coffee shop and just do it! Want to wander around and admire the decor — go for it! See how you feel just seizing the moment and enjoying the little things, even if it means you’re going at it alone. You may just love it.

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Fight the Power with Your High Vibration

We all know that 2020 has shaken the world up. And I don’t foresee things going back to what they were “pre-pandemic.” Too much has changed already.

An unfortunate circumstance from the pandemic is the decline in accommodations and resources. At least here in NYC, it seems that there are more lines and subpar customer service. There’s obviously less space that can be utilized as we’ve transitioned to indoor dining, which has limited capacity. Things seem to be breaking down more often with the wear and tear of people being at home or in their neighborhoods more often than before, and sometimes — you can pretty much feel the low vibrations in the air.

You Hold the Power

It takes a lot of energy to fight these low frequencies. Honestly! Sometimes being outside feels like a chore. Like I walk among the living dead, but I understand that the power lies within me. The power lies within me to carry a good attitude. To know that things are different; to adjust my expectations.

EYE have to decide to be the one to change my approach. EYE have control over how I choose to view my day. And as someone who would huff and puff with every slow-moving line or person on the sidewalk, I’ve learned so much about just being in the flow. About patience. And that when I’m super aware of my energy, I can have a beautiful day where everything happens the way I’d like it to. Sometimes it doesn’t. And that’s okay because I trust that some things are out of my control, and perhaps things happened the way they did for a reason.

So this holiday season, I ask you to be patient with yourself and others. Be cognizant of the energy you bring to the outside world. Keep your frequencies high and don’t bring stress and illness upon yourself!

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Sagittarius Season: Shine the Light on Your Inner Compass

As the sun illuminates the Sagittarius zodiac,
we’re called to shine the light on our inner hunter.
To be bold, to search for our truths.
Find our own direction.

We’re asked to be lively, to be independent, curious, and pursue that thing
that sets us on fire.
The Sagittarius centaur is a beast that’s hard to tame and ever so passionate!

Birth your ideas, and feel your way into your creativity. Don’t overthink it.
Find balance with your sacral chakra. Loosen it up so you can feed Jupiter’s desire to expand, to grab onto luck and opportunity.

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How to be Present in Nature Part VI: Listen

I find the simplest thing to do while being in nature is to listen. Typically, we’re walking the streets with our headphones on, exercising in the park while listening to music, or talking to someone on the phone — we’re preoccupied with keeping a sound barrier between us and the world. These days, I spend more time walking the streets without anything in my ears or my headphones are in with no sound playing.

By freeing my ears to listen to what’s around me, I’ve been able to hear the buzzing of an insect nearby, hear the call of a specific bird, or hear the rustling in a bush to indicate a small animal was nearby. And these are from day-to-day moments around my neighborhood. So when I’m in a park or at the beach, I truly value the opportunity to just listen to what’s around me.

Listening Can Reveal Pleasant Surprises

When I listen to nature, I’m present. I notice the trees swaying, the birds singing and the bugs humming. It helps me take in my environment; I’m aware of what surrounds me and I’m overwhelmed by the abundance of it all. Tapping in to nature always feels so ancient; it feels like I’m connecting to an all-knowing force around me. I feel so peaceful afterwards.

The image to the left is a photo I was able to grab of a raccoon that I only noticed because I was being present and listening. I was leaning against a bridge railing and I heard a chitterring sound. At first, I wasn’t sure where it came from but I immediately knew a racoon was near. I listened again, looked behind the railing and lo and behold, I saw a raccoon on the railing trying to make its way onto the bridge. It was naturegirl moment that made me truly gleeful inside and I got to appreciate it because I was present. Because I was listening.

Some ways to be present and listen to nature:

  • Find a spot where there’s a diverse source of nature and get comfortable!
  • Look around you, be still and quiet. What are the sounds coming from the sights you see?
  • Close your eyes and simply listen. What do you hear? Is it familiar?
  • Close your eyes, listen to a distinct sound. then open your eyes to see if you can pinpoint what you heard.
  • Do you hear water? Is it a trickling sound like a creek? Or the crashing of waves? What does it sound like the water is doing? Can you envision it without looking at it?
  • As you continue listening and hear scurrying in a bush or a tree – can you tell if it’s a bird or a squirrel?

If you do this enough, you might train your ears to help you be more aware of your surroundings no matter where you go!

“When you walk in nature and speak to the spirit of the elements and to other nature beings, the true wisdom comes through a transmission that is beyond rational understanding. This energetic transmission touches a knowing you were born with, of oneness with the Earth, which acts as fertilizer for your growth.”

– Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts, Speaking with Nature

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Checking the Ego During Scorpio Season

Wow, what a Scorpio season this has been in 2020! Have you felt it?

Between the full moon in Taurus on Halloween, the veil thinning, the Mercury Retrograde (with its the pull to do shadow work), Mars being in Retrograde (9/9 – 11/13), and then the 11/11 portal, I’ve been going deep within myself. I’ve been assessing things from my past that still affect my current thoughts, things I need to let go of, ways I need to open my heart more, and ways in which I limit myself. And you know what? Much of this has been triggered by conversations with others. Questioning why I react so strongly to certain things, why I revert to a childlike state in some situations, and why do I place certain limitations on myself. It’s been a lot.

8th House Ruler: Pluto is Here to Destroy and Rebuild

These themes in my life have come up during this season because Scorpio is ruled by the 8th house, home to Pluto. Scorpio is about plunging into the depths and finding out what’s behind the mask, but also about indulging in passions and serving one’s needs. By nature, a Scorpio faces an ongoing battle with itself. Because it is ruled by both Mars and Pluto, it struggles between its lower desires (Mars energy) and its higher self (Pluto).

Pluto, the planet* of destruction is a powerful force that holds more introspective energy than Mars. It pushes for transformation and ascension; it wants to break down the ego. Pluto knows what’s best while Mars just wants to take charge and get things done. Pluto is the furthest planet in the solar system, the one on the fringes, hidden in the shadows (*Pluto’s classification as a planet tends to waiver).

Pluto energy can make things uncomfortable because it wants to find the highest version of self. It wants you to shed what no longer serves you, like the snake. As much work as I do on ascending and being a better person, I often don’t even realize how much of my behavior is still ego-driven. And with this behavior, I realize there must be a fear of something deep down inside. But why? What is the root of that fear? What is the root of that feeling of lack? It can be tough to really face these parts of ourselves that we don’t want to acknowledge, but like with everything – with the good comes the bad. My aim is to continuously get better at transmuting the negative energies that don’t serve me.

The Scorpio is after all, the alchemist.

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Activate Your Light During the 11:11 Portal

This mystical Scorpio season of 2020 has brought us a Mercury Retrograde (in Scorpio), a Taurus full moon on Halloween, and it will also herald the 11:11 portal on November 11th. Not only does the number 11 look aesthetically pleasing, but it’s actually quite steeped in divinity. 11 represents the balance of divine feminine and divine masculine energies; it represents a portal, one which brings forth creation. When you double this with 11:11, the energy is magnified.

See 11:11 on the clock? Time to make a wish!
Have you heard of this popular phrase?

In a sense, the sequence 1111 does indicate for you to be mindful of what you think, because as humans, we have the ability to manifest our thoughts and desires. It’s just that we often operate out of our subconscious, and when living in such a way, you could be missing out on manifesting the positive, abundant life that you consciously believe you want. People have claimed they start seeing 11:11 (or 1111) when they feel like they’re starting to spiritually awaken. The sight of repetitive number sequences start to tip people off to the fact that they may be able to get closer to the divine source.

Activate Love

I think this will be an interesting 11:11 portal before heading into the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on December 21st (both planets will be in the constellation of Aquarius). I’ve seen some Astrology reports indicate that this conjunction between planets on the Winter Solstice could usher in a new energy for us on the planet – the energy that brings in the age of Aquarius, of supporting humanity. This time is supposed to start rebuilding a new paradigm as the old ways of Capricorn fall.

So, why do I bring up this 12/21 conjunction with the 11:11 portal? Well, if you’d like to interpret it this way, you can use the 11:11 portal to focus on love, which is the highest vibration. Harness the energy of love! Love heals. Love heals ourselves and others. Since 11:11 is so powerful, and is typically known to be a number that assists in personal transformation, focus on operating from your highest, divine self. I know that personally, 2020 has shown me how much God is within me and that it’s beneficial to get closer to myself. To know how to love more deeply, to truly hold faith in my heart, and trust in divine order.

During this portal, we’re also encouraged to clear out any stagnant and negative energies as we step into a new level of alignment. Think about the ways you can free your mind and liberate yourself from any ways you may be holding yourself back.

Be intentional.
Be the love.
Expand.
Illuminate.

Captured at Green-wood cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, this is my artistic representation of a portal, which I thought was perfect for 11:11. The center image is a set of doors to a mausoleum in a cemetery. The side photos showcase details of the lovely ivy that frame the entrance of this gateway.

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