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!

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!


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

ritual for the new moon

Ritual has been a part of my life for a long time. As curious middle schoolers, my friends and I blessed wood with milk and honey. In high school I began meditation as ritual. The practice felt special and secret to me for a long time. The repetition of mantra, and focus, became a soothing source of familiarity.

I find my life now includes many rituals and practices that keep me feeling close to my own intentions, dreams, and commitments. I believe that anything we do can become a sacred ritual, when we do it with our full attention. I also experience the power of spending a few minutes (or perhaps more than a few) creating a special atmosphere, consciously setting intention, and sitting for contemplative meditation. When I plan a ritual, I draw from the many influences in my own education; paganism, astrology, crystal healing, aromatherapy, yoga, buddhism and intuitive reading. When I create a ritual for another, I seek to blend my own experience and education with theirs. Through conversation and collaboration we create something that feels authentic and meaningful to that person.

If you are new to the idea of performing rituals, a great way to start (in the comfort of your own home) is with the Lunar Cycles. In simple terms, the Full Moon is a time to release and let go. A good time to practice anything that feels clearing to you. The New Moon is a time for building, manifesting, creating. The perfect time to set an intention for the cycle to come.

Ritual for Intention Setting on a New Moon

Here I’m including a simple ritual you can do for the New Moon (the next is March 27, 2017) ::

  1. Gather items :: white candle, crystal quartz, inspiration cards, mala beads, blank paper and pen, sage, dish for burning paper, lighter or matches, lavender oil*
  2. Set the Tone :: Tidy the room that you plan to be in, you can also choose to be outside in a safe and quiet space, indoors is fine too! When possible, choose a place with a good view of the night sky.
  3. Build your Altar :: Arrange your objects in front of you in a pleasing way. The crystal quartz should be at the center of your arrangement, you don’t want to have to leave your ritual once you begin to grab anything, you also don’t want anything extra in your space while practicing.
  4. Begin :: Light your sage and use it to draw a circle around yourself and the area of your altar, you can walk three times around the perimeter or use your arm to circle it depending on the size of your space.
  5. Anoint :: Use the lavender oil on your pulse points (neck and wrists). Hold your hands in front of your face and take 5 deep breaths
  6. Manifest :: Write your intention for this lunar cycle on your piece of paper, it could be one word or many, write from your heart and you will know what to say.
  7. Initiate :: Light the white candle. Use the white candle to light your paper (with intention) on fire and burn it in your fire-safe dish.
  8. Meditate :: Sit comfortably with a soft gaze on the flame of the candle. Breathe deeply, stay connected to your breath while repeating your intention to yourself in your mind. You might contemplate all of the ways you can manifest this intention in all of the areas of your life. Visualize yourself living this way and what it feels like. Stay with your deep breath. Sit for at least 7 minutes, feel free to sit longer.
  9. Closure :: Use your sage stick to circle your space three times once again. Blow out the candle. Clean up your ritual with attention and kindness while drinking a glass of water.

*Essential Oils and Crystals can be substituted based on specific intentions. All of these steps and supplies are also optional. Anything that doesn’t feel authentic to you can be removed or replaced. Anything that feels meaningful to you can be added.

Have you performed this or another New Moon Ritual? Would you like help personalizing this ritual for yourself?

Comment below or reach out at elizabeth@love-by-e.com

Much love!

E

Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution with a Custom Mala and Oil Blend

Another year has passed, and we find ourselves facing our goals and intentions for the new year once again. This can be a really inspiring time when the seeds for your dreams are planted. Here ate Love Headquarters, I believe in the power of setting intention, and the practice of pursuing it.

Crystals, Essential Oils and Meditation are incredible tools to help you achieve your dreams. It’s all about focus and reminding yourself of your goal, as well as your own incredible power to reach it. I’ve been dreaming of even better ways to help you stay focused on your own intentions, and I’m pleased to present you with an opportunity to merge these powerful tools!

This month (January 2017), each and every custom mala order will include an essential oil blend in organic jojoba oil ready to roll on. I will personally use my knowledge and love of essential oils to craft a unique blend just for you, one that supports the intention we set for your mala beads. When you are meditating with your mala, you can roll on your oil to bring you even deeper into a luxurious and sensual meditation experience. When you are not on your cushion, use your oil to remind you of your practice and your intentions. Each oil is blessed in a New or Full Moon to increase the energy and magick.

I would love to talk to you more about your own custom mala beads for 2017, reach me right here for more info.

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get clear first

I will admit, I’ve been finding it hard to get to my daily practice lately. Between all of the traveling I’ve been doing as a teacher and the holiday season, days slip by here and there when my meditation or my yoga (or even both!) don’t happen. It isn’t the end of the world, but I certainly start to feel some panic and a sense of urgency towards getting to my mat and my cushion.

At the same time, during these busy times of year clutter and dust tend to build up in our homes. Especially with winter rain and snow, meaning winter mud tracked indoors. My small apartment is home to three adults and two little dogs, and it’s been feeling the neglect of my traveling as well.

I’ve been planning time for my practice today. Thinking of it sweetly, one of my private students is out of town and I would have had so much extra time to get my jewelry design done early and then hit my mat. Alas, when I walked in the door and looked around, I knew it was time to get clear in a different way.

In many traditions, cleaning is actually a part of your meditation training. And there is no better way to make a positive change in your energy and the energy of your work. Life coaches and teachers of all sorts recommend deep cleaning as a practice for abundance.

As an artist, I know that my personal practice is super important, I also know how important it is to have sweet clear space around me while I’m designing and working. So, I chose to spend roughly 3 hours this afternoon deep cleaning my home. It means my practice will be shorter now, and I may not finish the design projects I’ve been working on, but they will be so much more beautiful as a result.

Take the time to make your space great, so that you can be great.

What are some of your best practices to clear out your energy? Leave a comment!