Tarot and my Grammy

Here in the states it was Mother’s Day yesterday, May 12. My Grandmother’s birthday is May 11, and had she lived another 12 months and 3 weeks, she would have been 95 years old this past weekend. Grammy was the matriarch of our family, my mother and her two sisters each had three children of their own, upon Grammy’s passing she had 9 great grandchildren to boot including my sister’s baby in her belly. She was a truly special woman and her loss affected me greatly, I have looked up to her since I was a small girl.

My grandmother inspired me by living alone for many decades in New York City, dancing and taking painting classes well into her retirement. She had a strong relationship with Tarot, before I was born she taught yoga at Integral Institute (her mother was a yoga teacher and student of Transcendental Meditation also). Most of all, Grammy took each of us aside at our tenth birthday parties and showed us how to use iChing for divination and guidance. She had many decks of Tarot cards tucked in baskets and onto the shelves amongst her dozens of books. She was mystical and quiet about it, while simultaneously generous and lavished me with teachings whenever I asked. Which was more and more often as we both aged.

I owe much of who I am today to my Grammy, and I’m beyond grateful for everything she has given me. The practices I’ve learned from her inspired me to continue on this path and shape my own spiritual practice. My practice involves a lot of privacy and it’s always a balancing act for me to discern what I’d like to share with the public and what remains for me and those in relationship to my practice. Reading Tarot is such a wonderful place to share one of my dearest practices with others. I have read Tarot for people in many different walks of life, who are on their own spiritual journeys. Sometimes the only overlap we both share is an interest in the Tarot, other times there are many layers of overlap and there are further practices we might share like yoga or ritual.

Sharing Tarot had been slowly growing as more of my public practice as well as some ritual work, and suddenly in 2018 Grammy became ill, and within six weeks was gone. I had the chance to say goodbye to her, and it was incredibly hard for me. The following months I took space away from sharing publicly because of how much Tarot was tied to my relationship to Grammy. Even as recently as 2 months before she died I was in her apartment comparing dozens of decks with her and learning from her long time relationship with the cards.

This year I decided I was ready to return to sharing Tarot, it brings me so much joy and it delighted my grandmother to know I was sharing this work with the world. I started a monthly article for Wanderlust Journal, I’ve loved writing for them for a long time and it’s been wonderful to collaborate with the amazing team on these posts.

You can see them here :: January, February, March, April, May.

I offer readings via phone call or FaceTime video (your preference) and I’ve got some great workshops coming up for you soon on Tarot. Contact me to discuss one on one readings, group workshops or mentoring sessions.

why I still collected eclipse water

On this past Saturday evening as I tidied my apartment and put my work away, I looked out my window to see a slow rain. I leave a pot on my fire escape (I’m the top floor) to collect rain water for my beloved plants. This evening I realized the Full Blood Moon Eclipse would be the next day. (pictured above and captured by my talented cousin Jesse Martinez)

Without any hesitation, I dumped the rainwater that had been collecting into a mason jar for my plant babies and set the container out anew to harvest this gift of rain water charged with the energy of the coming moon. It rained through Sunday afternoon and I collected a large jar of this water. Quite pleased.

Later this day I saw a lot of warnings floating around the Instagram witch community I follow. Essentially, “I wouldn’t want to drink or bathe in eclipse water! This is not good water for setting an intention or purifying!”

While still respecting these witches and their practices, I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself. Especially after seeing it shared by a few people who I recognize as quite new to the practice. At the same time I was amused, I also feel a little bit badly for these practitioners who seem to blindly follow social media for their spiritual practice.

Let me explain further, and explain a couple of things ::

  • Full Moon water/New Moon water/Eclipse water actually refer specifically to water placed in a cauldron or other container and left out under the night sky to be charged with the energy of the moon. The distinction being that this was rainwater, which I consider a gift as it falls pure and I believe carrying the charge of the Moon when within the day before or after a Full or New Moon.
  • You may find varying information about the uses of this water, I would say that Full Moon Water is purifying while New Moon Water would be better to set and seal an intention although I would also substitute one for the other in a ritual.

This brings me to remind you that it’s truly the symbolic meaning that you assign to any object which gives it that meaning. Magick is an energetic practice and the stronger your relationship to your own subtle body the greater ability you will have to work in conjunction with the Moon’s energy towards your purpose.

Finally, I do understand the online opinions I saw regarding eclipse water. An eclipse does have a very different energy than a traditional Full Moon. Eclipses reveal things, they have darker energy, the energy of secrecy and also with this particular moon the energy of a closing cycle. Personally I can think of many reasons to use this water in ritual. Rather than share my own reasons with you, I’d like to honor the energy of secrecy and instead invite you to consider your own purposes for this water.

My practice follows the opinion that there is great power in secrecy. My practice is personal to me, I am so lucky to have a matriarchal lineage of practitioners that I can speak with for guidance and I do share my practice within my family. As keeping my spirituality personal is so important to me, I do not share much of it in yoga although to me they are linked. I have had a few students who seek this kind of guidance and I will offer it although I have not had a serious student of witchcraft. I’m open to this in the future but any student interested in this would have to be quite dedicated and motivated independently as well as I firmly believe the only way in to this kind of practice is through intense self-study and reflection with guidance from trusted sources.

I am happy to be sharing Tarot monthly via Wanderlust Journal and plan these posts to be both a reading as well as some useful information for those wishing to learn to read Tarot.

I’d love to hear from you on this topic in the comments below. Are you interested in this material? Do you have a relationship to magickal practice? Comment below or shoot me an email!

Greening – New Packaging!

I’m so grateful for returning clients here at Love HeadquartersThank you!

If you’ve purchased from me before, you may notice something different with your next order. Namely, I’ve eliminated boxes from my packaging and upgraded to a less disposable pouch.

There are two main reasons for this; this makes shipping multiple mala in one box much easier (and I promise just as safe for your precious new mala), and more important to me – it’s just a lot less wasteful.

I love receiving packages, whether they contain sparkling jewels, precious oils, or even once a fern! At the same time, my heart breaks when I throw away packaging, plastic or paper, it’s just so wasteful. I’m committed to reducing my impact as much as possible.

Right now this means that I don’t want to provide bulky boxes to people, I’ve heard from too many that they throw the box away. Instead, I’d rather provide a pouch that your piece can live in or can be repurposed or used as gift wrap. I hope you do find use for these pouches!

To begin I am experimenting with fabric and color and will be landing on a signature style soon enough. I always welcome your thoughts and feedback! Leave me a comment or email elizabeth [at] love-by-e.com!

recently, i’m obsessed with ferns

My boyfriend woke up and turned to me, "What's wrong?"

"Nothing baby?" I always wake up before him.

"You're just staring at the walls."

"Ohhhhhh, I'm sorry. I'm staring at my plants."

Ferns, actually. I was blissfully and loving staring off into the fronds of my fern collection. I do that a lot these days. It happened slowly, and then all at once. Thrilled to be living alone again after a decade of roommates, I picked out a couple of geraniums at my Mother's suggestion and she gifted them to me.

It took about a year for them to bloom again, and in that time they taught me so much that I didn't even realize I had wanted to learn. I fell in love with green leaves in my apartment. I caught the plant lady bug.

I happened to see a post one day on Catland's instagram page about a witching herb sale. This baby Lemon Button Fern (or fishbone fern) was my one non-herb purchase. It just charmed me.

And as I sank into loving plants, I really jumped into loving ferns.

Ferns have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, I think that's incredible. They grow in lovely curves and arches and they remind me of how joyful it can be just to follow the path and allow it to take me up and down without worry.

I find myself spontaneously meditating with my plants. I sit in front of them breathing and think of the exchange happening.

Caregiver and air cleaner, teacher and student, carbon dioxide and oxygen, them and me. It feels soothing. I'm so pleased to have welcomed my new house plants, and I continue to do my best to care for them.

So far I have learned that I will always tend to overwater. Just as I tend to be overly attentive (sometimes to a point of detriment) in any other area. I mist daily and water every 3-4 days, although I'm trying to cut that back to 5 to see if they are happier this way. Every plant and situation is unique, I do as much reading as I can but I also find I must sit and observe each plant each day and see if they are happy with their environment.

I may lose one or two along the way, but so far we are all growing together in good health. It's wonderful to be able to learn and observe earth right in my apartment and I look forward to growth as an apartment gardener.

How do you bring nature into your living space? What benefits have you noticed? I'd love to hear from you!


Happy Birthday Love by E!

Today is a special day to me every year, it feels personal but it also reminds me of so many special people besides myself who make my business possible and who support me in all of my endeavors.

I’ve been quiet lately on this site, but it’s not for any lack of love for this business. The past year has been one of the most important in my life so far and there have been so many transitions and transformations in my life and in my work, it has required deep introspection and some quiet. I’ve had to conserve my energy and my words and even now I’m in the midst of some of this very personal work.

When I moved back to Brooklyn in February of 2017 I had a very careful plan that allowed me to feel safe making this move. In essence, I would change some things about my life that I knew would make me much happier, and I would still play it safe by keeping my life as a yoga teacher the same. The hard truth is that I wasn’t happy with my work life when I made this choice but  I felt safe and I thought that was more important.

As I said, Love by E’s birthday is an important day for me that represents my own independence, my strengths as a craftswoman, this day reminds me of my ability to sustain myself. Last year on this day, after feeling pushed, I made a sudden change to my teaching schedule and sacrificed the safety that I had in the hopes of something better.

This year was one of the hardest. Love by E, my beautiful growing business did carry me through some dark moments. So did an incredible support network of family and friends, my very special man, and several new communities that I’ve been privileged to join since returning home.

I feel stronger than ever before, and also finally stable again, as much as any yoga teacher and jewelry maker ever does. I’m so so grateful for the students that engage with me in private yoga and are making amazing transformations in front of my eyes. I’m thankful for Stamford Yoga, Tangerine Hot Power Yoga and WOOM Center for welcoming me into your spaces so warmly this year. I remain in awe of Love by E, and every single order that comes in. Especially to repeat Lovers who come back and purchase again and again. Thank you all so much.

Love by E will face some changes in its fourth year. I will not be releasing another Inspired Collection, unfortunately these collections are expensive to release and as so much of my work is custom or one of a kind pieces, the Inspired Collection often comes at a  cost to Love and I’ve decided to let it go. I adore working with inspiring women and donating to worthy causes. I will certainly be exploring new ways to do both and can’t wait to show you what I come up with!

In the coming months I’ll be releasing many one of a kind mala and gemstone jewelry. I’m also in the midst of designing the next Spiritual Threads collection of hand dyed jewelry. As usual I’ll be available for custom work and love collaborating with you to make your perfect mala.

Finally, as a thank you and as my annual tradition, save 25% on all orders placed through May 3rd with coupon code happybirthday (coupon expires at midnight on May 4th).

Thank you Lovers, I am a lucky woman and I owe it to you!

new moon january 2018

Tuesday offers another New Moon, a cycle beginning. This one is in Capricorn, which is the energy of a boss bitch who will get in your face if you try to resist her way. So, be steady, and be the boss this month. Set your goals and see your future, then go after it. Be gentle on yourself and the people you love, you might feel unsettled right now, just chill out and do something that makes you feel accomplished and happy while you settle down again.

Do yoga that makes you feel steady, standing poses and twists, it can be a good time for binds that will give you structure to work with. Practice Pranayama and Restorative Yoga to stay fully charged so you can accomplish great things during this achievement driven Capricorn time. Prioritize yourself and you will feel important and strong.

Keep Citrine or Pyrite close this month for motivation and cultivating your inner power. Use Hematite or Agate for extra strength and grounding if you need it. Perform an intention setting ritual on Tuesday, take a nice bath, be quiet and receptive even if only for 30 minutes, set a little time apart for yourself.

I get much of my astrological information from my incredible Aunt, Lauren Coleman, who is so wise and has a wonderful way of writing. Check out her post on this New Moon in Capricorn here for more on what this New Moon means.

Keep loving yourself and sending love to the world. We all need it.

xoxo

E

Endings and Beginnings

I may be a couple of days late, but it still feels like New Year’s over here (plus I’ve got the snow blowing outside of my apartment, telling me to get this out to all of you). New Year’s is a beginning, it offers us a chance to reflect, and of course to think of what we’d like to achieve and manifest in the year to come. I am a pretty driven person, like a lot of people I know in New York City and its surrounding areas. Often, I’m focused on where I’m going, what I want, how to get there; when I spend my time focusing so much on what’s ahead it can feel like a lot of pressure. When we are always looking so far forward there’s no sense of satisfaction, our work is never done, like a hamster on a wheel.

This year’s New Year’s Day started us off with a Full Moon. A chance to see what’s behind us as well as what’s ahead. One of the things I’ve been practicing this last month is appreciation. Appreciating myself as much as I appreciate the incredible people in my life. Appreciating my efforts and the energy I put forth. It’s been changing my neurology in the best way. Helping me slow down and giving me some new perspective. I highly recommend doing this for yourself. Be proud of your hard work. It doesn’t matter if you see now that you could have done something better or differently, or even if the whole thing turned out to be a mess. Appreciate the fact that you tried and that you worked at something and learn from it all. This is how we level up and become our best selves. A lack of mistakes is also a lack of growth.

When I look back at the year behind me, I see a lot of incredible things. In 2017 I moved back to Brooklyn, a place that had felt like home for a long time and that I missed dearly. I moved back here to be closer to my teachers and to meet new ones, and I have. My community is amazing, both in New York City and Connecticut and I’m so grateful to have found a way to stay close to the people I really love in CT while feeding my own soul in NY. To everyone that has made this transition possible for me, I am so grateful, thank you.

The year to come looks incredible. I’m offering workshops in several new places, returning to one big and exciting event, booking some awesome vendor engagements, and starting relationships with some very special new studios as well as continuing onward at the amazing Stamford Yoga Center and Tangerine Hot Power Yoga, both of these spaces have treated me incredibly well this year. I feel very lucky, and very proud at everything I’ve worked so hard to build. I am really looking forward to seeing the seeds of the last year blossom in 2018.

I hope each of you feels the same. Full of pride for yourself, it really is time for a fresh start and to stop beating yourself up for the same things all the time. (By the way, that loop of beating yourself up is probably what’s got you repeating that pattern anyway!) Know that I am grateful for you, your presence here, your eyes and your hearts and every order and every time you’ve taken a class or a workshop or anything at all. Thank you all.

Happy New Year!

E

Black Friday Weekend is Almost Here!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (less than a week, are you kidding 2017?)! That means Black Friday is almost here, too. I love Black Friday because it means I get to say “thank you!” to the amazing community who supports Love by E. (Psst….that means you!)

This Black Friday Weekend Save 20% on All Order PLUS FREE SHIPPING

AND

Any Order of $250 or more receives a FREE Mini Mala (21 Beads, Adjustable Closure)

Use Code :: thanks2017 at checkout to receive your discount! Mini Malas are added automatically to qualifying orders.

What I didn’t know three years ago.

Three years ago I didn’t know what it felt like to sell something I created with my hands.

I didn’t know that I was lost when I wasn’t making something beautiful.

I didn’t know that I was scared, sad, alone. I didn’t.

I didn’t know that people admired me.

I didn’t know that I could create something for someone I didn’t know and that it would be incredibly meaningful to them.

I didn’t know the incredible feeling of building a business from scratch. The feeling of clawing and scraping without any clue of what to do.

I didn’t know what it would feel like to figure it out one piece at a time and to find the right people who could guide me.

I didn’t know the fucking amazing feeling of watching it grow. Knowing it’s growing on my back and my blood, sweat and tears – And not only that, but feeling it must also have its own life and heart.

I didn’t know, and couldn’t have imagined, the path and the opportunities that would arise.

I didn’t know how much I loved working with yoga and meditation studios to create a piece specifically for their communities. (Seriously, that is one of my favorite things!)

I certainly didn’t know that strangers would start recognizing me because of my mala and tell me that they owned one of my pieces. (WOW!)

I didn’t know that I was as powerful and creative and intuitive as I am. I went to art school and I somehow forgot I am an artist.

Love by E gave me all of these things and so much more.

This beautiful business of mine, which I am so proud of, has taught me so much about myself and about this world; how lovely it is and how special it is to connect with each other through creative expression.

Three years ago, on May 1, 2014, when I launched my website and Stranded, a collection of 9 malas, I thought I was giving something a try. I thought I was going to sell a couple of mala a month for students or friends. I thought I would try, but I thought I might fail.

I didn’t know.

Three years later and Love by E is still a baby business. And I can’t wait to see where it grows, and where I grow in the years to come. I am grateful every single day for the privilege of this work. My work both as a yoga teacher for the last 11 years and this new layer of my being. I am so grateful for the space that allows me to be me.

I am especially grateful to every one of you who supports Love by E, and thus supports me! Whether you’ve bought from me many times before or you are just wandering onto this site for the first time, your presence and your energy contribute and I could not do this without you.

With a deep bow and my utmost respect, Thank you.

Love,
E

I’m still Inspired!

The Inspired Collection was one of the greatest ideas I’ve brought to Love by E. It’s a way for me to honor strong women, the women who keep me going in one way or another when I need to be uplifted; sometimes when I need to be straight carried through.

In 2015 I launched Inspired with malas codesigned with 9 teachers who were mentors and role models to me as a Yogi. Many of you reading this may have discovered me through one of these wonderful women who mean so much to me. The first Inspired Collection was a huge success!

Next month I am relaunching Inspired with some of these mentors as well as many new amazing women that I just can’t WAIT to introduce you to. Each has come up with a sweet and thoughtful mala with me, and in a few weeks I’ll be showing you what I’m up to! Make sure you’re on my email list if you want to be the first to know!

In the meantime… There are only three designs still in stock from the first Inspired Collection! These are actually some of the best selling pieces, the Purpose Mala, the Connection Mala, and the Earth Three Quarter Mala. I simply happen to have a few supplies left for these! There are only one or two of each design, and they are deeply discounted while they last. See these beauties and purchase here.

And take a moment to comment below and tell me who or what you are inspired by!!

So much love,

E