We celebrate the witches’ New Year on October 31st Samhain, Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve – whatever name your tradition calls for – is time to put all to rest. Samhain acts as the end of the calendar year for many ancient cultures. This is the time of year when all the fields had been tended, the herds were drawn inside and everything else was left outside for Mother Earth. It is the role of death in the life and rebirth cycle. It is the crone in the triple goddess entity. It is a time of tying up loose ends […]
September brings Mabon blessings upon us. This Fall equinox means the lengthening of night, a procession into stillness, and a time to rest and respect all that Mother Gaia has brought to us. As the elements of light and dark being to balance in our external world, so does the aspect of equality begin to come forward on a subtler level. How are you balancing work and play? Are you taking time for stillness, or are you caught in an ever-turning vortex of activity? Traditionally a time of celebrating Celtic harvest queens and feasts of Avalon, Mabon is a time […]
It’s tempting to reach for a bottle of powerful store-bought repellent, but they’re loaded with chemicals that are toxic to the environment and yourself. If you’re trying to keep to pests at bay – but in a natural way – try making this all-natural insect repellent.
If you’re looking for quality chaturangas and down-dogs while you’re staying in the Big Easy you don’t have to go far. Yoga in New Orleans is blossoming. Traveling community groups and neighborhood studios offer fun and fresh classes every day of the week.
If waiting for the coming warmer days seems unbearable, have no fear, the herbalists are here! Fight off a variety of wintertime ailments with these simple essential oil recipes.
My time in London has come to an end, and I’m not sure it’s set in yet. When you look forward to something for so long, you don’t believe it when it finally comes to an end. Life in London was far beyond anything I ever imagined. I remember the first day we got here, anxious and jet-lagged, we stumbled down Hammersmith Road in search of caffeine. The different currencies, the accents, the “you alright?”: it all seemed so foreign. How the hell were we going to survive for 8 weeks in this huge city? It took some getting use to, but […]
I feel like I don’t have words to describe how amazing these past few days have been. That hurts me to admit as a writer, but the sentiments behind it are well worth my wounded pride. I was sitting in class in Russell Square when I got a news notification on my phone from The Guardian. It was relaying the news that thousands of miles away, in my home country, the Supreme Court had just legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Thankfully I was in a class with 20 other journalism nerds, meaning we all got news notifications from our various […]
We’re back from our weekend in Paris! I think I’d be pretty content if I could spend my entire life sitting at cafés eating cheese and bread and drinking wine. Katie and I jetted off to Paris to meet with my publisher on Friday, and then we had the whole weekend to explore. As with my Amsterdam post, I realize people would much rather look at photos than listen to me go on about how amazing my trip was. Luckily for you guys I am a very frequent and obnoxious traveling photographer, a skill I seem to have learned from my Uncle Jeff. I’ll […]
On my first night in Amsterdam, I saw an interesting piece of street art through the window of the tram I was riding. It was written on the side of a building in huge letters: “Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I’ve seen.” Part of me thinks this quote was my main takeaway from our weekend in The Netherlands, because it was the first time I felt like a true traveler. When the bus driver unloaded me and my friends, Bryan and Katie, on the side of a dirt road in the middle of nowhere at 6 in the […]