October Manifestations

I’ve been starting each month with Gala Darling’s Radical Self Love Almanac. October is all about embracing luxury. Amazingly, after filling out my chapter for the month, I pulled the Empress for my tarot of the month ritual. She’s all about – you guessed it! – luxury! So from the first of the month, I’ve been in a luxe state of mind.

Less than two weeks after I accepted this energy, I’ve had many opulent experiences come my way.

On October 2nd, I was invited to a preview party for the holiday Sugarfina line. It was held at Park Avenue – a swank restaurant that changes with the seasons. They served endless champagne, some of the most delicious and inventive hor d’oeuvres, AND let us sample all the candy we could handle. I discovered their chocolate covered popcorn and developed an addiction to a forthcoming gingerbread cookie bites. At the end of the night, they gifted us a bunch of candy and let us send a free candy bento to a friend.

Last weekend my mom and sister treated me to spa day at the Sea Spa in Cape May. We got our nails done – I picked a gold that literally looks like my fingertips were dipped in gold leaf – and then we got hour-long facials. It felt glorious! But the best part was getting to spend time with my sister.

This week, I was ready to make a hair appointment – and my haircuts cost around $300 because hair like mine requires the curl experts. Just before I was going to make the call, the salon emailed me that they needed hair models. So not only did I get the haircut I desperately needed, but it was FREE! So I treated myself to a bottle of their amazing leave in conditioner to treat my hair to the decadence it deserves.

There’s so much more yet to come, I just know it. I can’t wait to share more results.

What have you manifested lately?

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🍁The Maple🍁 A Fall Tarot Spread

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I’ve been wanting to design some new spreads for some time now. With the weather finally turning from oppressive heat and blazing sun to the cool, grey days I love about the Northeast, I was inspired to create a spread for Fall.

I call it the Maple Spread because it loosely resembles a maple leaf, especially with my brown, woody Binding of Isaac deck. I chose this deck because I’ve been playing the game a lot lately so I’m feeling really connected to the energy.

The grounding card represents the overall energy of the season. What’s the theme of this Fall? The “spire” cards each focus on an individual month, telling you where to direct that overarching energy. I gave this new spread a shot and I’m very pleased with how well it worked. The grounding card feeds into each month incredibly well.

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The Reveal! At first glance, the grounding card is the only major arcana presence. Strong foundation. And the Empress! Then I see half of my pulls are fours, which represent security and stability. I think of those words and heavy wool socks, steaming tea, and mountains of blankets and snuggles all come to mind. But let’s dig into the spread.

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Overall Fall Energy
The Empress
I love this card! She is the feminine energy of creation, and nurturing self and others. This season is all about embracing the sensual – activate all of your senses to create beauty in your life. Make a winter garden in a jar. Indulge in pumpkin spice, ginger and clove. Bake a pie for your neighbors or coworkers. Surround yourself with what inspires you to MAKE what you love.

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September Focus
Six of Hearts (Cups)
Tap into your childhood to inspire new projects and works of passion. Let nostalgia carry you to familiar places. It’s not about living in the past, but rather borrowing aspects from days gone to blend into new fabrics, poems, recipes, spells, songs…

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October Focus
Four of Pennies (Pentacles)
In October, transition from nostalgia to tradition. What can you resurrect from the past to create new traditions, or update sacred ones? Tradition is one of the greatest methods of building a sense of stability. Remember that you can’t control the chaos, but relying on rituals and the Fall traditions you create will alleviate the worry.

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November Focus
Four of Keys (Swords)
This is actually the perfect November card as it places the emphasis on creating calm heading into the often stressful traditional holiday season. Build mental strength through meditation. Revamp your morning ritual. Go to your happy place – mentally and in real life as often as you can. Take a bubble bath every night. Do whatever it takes to move your mind into a calm atmosphere where you feel protected. Rest and replenish your energy.

Give the Maple Spread a try and let me know what YOUR fall focuses are.

💵 Make A Money Manifesting Wallet 💵

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As part of resetting my financial mindset, I created a money manifesting wallet this week. It was time to upgrade my wallet anyway – my new iPhone no longer fit into the wallet/phone charger case I’d bought a couple years ago. The most powerful colors for attracting abundance are green, gold and red. I was drawn toward this red Kate Spade with gold accents. I admired Spade’s feminine power, business acumen, bold yet classic aesthetic and endless creativity. She was a true inspiration, and one of very few designers I ever felt compelled to follow.

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Brand new Kate Spade

It’s the perfect size to fit into even my smallest clutches. Four dual-sided card slots (two on each side) hold the cards I need most often without getting bulky. In fact, it’s thin enough that I can keep my WeWork badge and my IBM ID on opposite sides and scan into work without having to remove either one of them!

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Insert intention here!

I elected to have quotation marks embossed in gold on the back. Symbolic, of course! These quotes hold the intention I set and keep it fresh in my memory, reminding me of my words every time I see them glittering.

The center pocket unzips to reveal black and white vertical stripes inside. The white stripes draw positive energy in while the black stripes expel negativity.

I charged up some altar items to keep in the middle: a Ulysses S. Grant dollar coin (of the $1 coins I have, he is the only one looking toward the future), a Borgata poker chip to bring unexpected luck and good fortune, and a paper bill because like attracts like (this dollar will never be spent). 💵

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Now I’m all set and ready to manifest with my tiny, portable abundance altar by my side! I keep the diamond coin purse from my Vegas Money Spell on my altar and add paper bills – $1’s to $20’s – as they come to me. It’s my stationary cash-attracting beacon that lives on my home altar. No matter where I am, the Universe has my address to send the checks!

What are you manifesting right now?

Pint Predictions – Fortune Telling with Beer Foam

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Ever since I was a kid I believed in signs and saw them often. Have you ever had your tea leaves read? Essentially, the loose tea leaves in the bottom of your teacup look like tiny symbols that have their own meanings. I’ll do a full tasseography post another day, because lately I’ve been finding my fortune in foam! Most Sundays, my boyfriend and I visit different NYC area breweries for #SundaySips. I love exploring new craft beers.

If you let the beer settle a bit after pouring (and stare into your drink contemplating your life like I do), the head will dissipate into interesting patterns and symbols.

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The Thumbprint – A very clear fingerprint appeared in my Coney Island Brewing Fangtooth DIPA. As our fingerprints associate closely with personal identity, I read this as an upcoming opportunity to focus on myself and expand or connect with my own being.

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The Sabretooth Tiger – This was the sweet potato farmhouse ale from Big aLICe Brewing in Long Island City. If you tilt your head to the right, you’ll see the sabretooth in motion -his tail and hind leg at the top and front paws outstretched under two long teeth in an open mouth, ready to attack. I interpret this to mean someone or something from my past will reappear and likely bite me in the ass. I’ll have to battle a demon or face the reappearance of a ghost from my former life.


The Solar System – I’m pretty sure this was What’s Up, Doc – a carrot, ginger farmhouse style collaboration between Big aLICe and Rockaway Brewing Co. Two overlapping moons on top-left and top-right, almost completely symmetrical, pull on the three planets in the middle of the glass. This says there are multiple energy forces at work in my life (possibly 3 specific areas) and I need to go with the ebb and flow to allow the universe control over my greater good.

What do you see in the pint glasses?

Liquid Meditation

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One of my favorite ways to relax into meditation is what I call the Liquid Meditation. Strangely, this was an exercise my computer teacher first led my 6th grade class thought. It’s become a powerful tool for me to refocus and relax any tension so I’d like to share it.

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*Find a comfortable sitting position.

*Bring your attention to your breath and quiet your thoughts.

*Visualize your body as a clear, empty container with an opening at the crown of your head. What’s it made of? Plastic? Glass? Crystal?

*Now imagine there’s an endless vat of liquid floating above you. Think about the color of the liquid. It could align with one of your chakras, or your mood. What’s the consistency of the liquid? Is it smooth and slippery like oil? Is it thick like molasses? Is it fizzy like champagne? Lastly, think about the temperature. Is it a warm bath? Hot like lava? Cool like a river?

If it’s a lot to imagine, try one of these starters:
-Warm, molten milk chocolate
-Cold fresh squeezed orange juice
-Hot liquid gold
-Turquoise tropical sea water

*Visualize the liquid pouring slowly through the crown of your head. It first fills each of your toes, relaxing every nerve. Then your feet and heels. Slowly, the liquid fills each of your legs. Feel it envelope your muscles. As it spreads up and out into your hips, imagine them relaxing and opening to accommodate the liquid. (I like to stay in my hips for a bit since I hold a lot of tension there). Feel the liquid fill your belly, relaxing the muscles, relaxing the breath. Imagine your spine straightening, your ribcage opening up a little as it moved into your chest. As it fills your shoulders, it begins to spill over and down your arms, into your fingertips, hands, wrists, then all the way up your arms to the shoulders again. This is also a great place to spend some time, focusing on the weight and temperature of the liquid. Next, the liquid moves up your neck, to your chin and the base of your cranium. Up to your mouth, nose and cheekbones, eyes, ears, forehead. Finally reaching the top of your head and overflowing.

*Focus on your breathing again. You should feel super relaxed and content.

What’s your favorite meditation practice?

Creating Balance and Navigating Eclipse Season

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It’s eclipse season. That means cosmic shifts are coming TWICE this month and again in early August. Not to mention a big ole Mercury Retrograde in the middle of it all! According to my charts, I can expect monumental realizations over the next several weeks as well as changes to my world AND my perspectives.

As a routine-and-stability-loving Taurus, changes make me immensely uncomfortable. I just want to graze my little bull face in my cozy bull field of familiar bull grass and lovely bull flowers. My anxiety has been spiking over the last week, as evidenced by ab overindulgence in retail therapy.

To combat this, I’ve been really tuning into my body and listening to what I need. Here are some ways I’m creating my own stability:

Decluttering
A cleaning frenzy overtook me last weekend. I minimized clutter and reorganized things to make the space more open. Cleanliness helps me feel prepared for unexpected circumstances. No matter what I have to deal with, it won’t be the Battle of the Dustbunnies!

Meditating
Meditating really helps unblock my brain. Even more so when holding crystals charged with powerful energies! Rose Quartz has been helpful for grounding me. I’m also a fan of Lepidolite because it contains lithium (a component of anti-anxiety meds) naturally. It’s also a great stone to promote calm and balance, helping you to breathe and think before you react. As one who can be quick to react, carrying this crystal really helps scale me back. In fact, I just ordered this bracelet from Pine Shanty.

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Inviting the elements

I subconsciously brought all four elements into my home in the last couple of weeks. Fire is almost always a given between candles and smudging, but I took a rare bath and loaded up my diffuser with water and rose oil. I completely overhauled the air circulation system in the apartment with a giant new BEAST of an AC unit and a new tower fan to push the coolness around. AND I brought in a plant, which I never do as I tend to kill them.

Resting
Aside from the aforementioned bath, I’ve been sleeping a LOT more than normal. Sleeping in until the last possible moment before I’m going to be late for work. Napping after work. Going to bed early on weekends. Sleeping in past 11am on weekends. Sleep is a vacation for your brain. In a sleep state, your mind can truly wander without distraction and process the loose ends of the day. I always love waking up and referencing Dream Moods for any imagery, colors, objects or themes that stood out in my dreams.

How do you create balance in your life?

San Jose Sidequest: The Winchester Mystery House

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“This house will poison you.” The tour guide warned. Between the toxic red wood and the original lead paint, he meant it literally. The Winchester Mystery House was built by Winchester Rifle Company heiress Sarah Winchester who, as legend puts it, was directed to never stop building by the spirits of people killed by the guns that made her family so wealthy.

It’s a solid ghost story made more interesting by the fact that the layout of the home is so strange and unusual. Cabinets open to reveal solid walls. Stairways end abruptly into ceilings. Doors open into 10 foot drops (or more!). And those are only a few of the oddities within the walls of the sprawling Victorian mansion.

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I believed the legend. I believed it because I lived it for years. In high school and into my Freshman year of college, I was plagued by a reoccurring nightmare where I was running from something chasing me through a bizarre mansion. As I ran through decadent rooms, I’d encounter stairways to nowhere, doors that opened into thin air, windows in the floors, walls that sparkled like embers and floors that shifted. I remember several of the rooms, but the dream always ended in the same place – a blood-soaked room full of candles with a pentacle drawn on the floor and a single light fixture in the center of the ceiling with a dim red light.

At least twice a week I’d wake up crying and sweating, but I had no idea this house in my nightmare was real! Then one night Freshman year of college, I had the TV on as background noise while writing a paper and I heard a creepy voice describing the house from my nightmare. The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. That moment triggered two things: 1) I never had the nightmare again and 2) I knew I had to visit the house someday.

So with my trip to E3 taking me to California, I booked a little side trip to San Jose to finally explore the mansion.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I booked my Mansion and Explore More tours. Was I Sarah Winchester in a past life? Would I feel weird? Would I get sick? Would I end up possessed? I tempered my expectations by reading Captive of the Labyrinth on the plane so I could better understand the facts of Sarah Winchester’s life.

The night before my visit, I pulled a card in my hotel room while thinking of Sarah Winchester’s life. It was the Six of Wands.

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This card is all about harnessing your talents and embracing success to make yourself known, which is exactly what Sarah Winchester did in building this house. Really, in building her life after the tragic deaths of her baby and husband.

 

On Sunday, I arrived at the site super early. The grounds are free to explore and they have a little cafe and gift shop. I didn’t get any ominous feelings walking through the gardens. Then again, I’d never seen the house from the outside before…

All around the sun-soaked grounds, fruit trees stretched their limbs, heavy with pears and apricots. There were even almond trees shading a quiet patio on the north side of the house. The aroma of flowers was overwhelming, but seemed to delight the hummingbirds darting above my head. I didn’t feel anything ominous or dark (despite the massive headache I ended up with all day). In fact, the energy was buzzing with creativity and curiosity.

I sat down in one of the stone rotundas by the front door and pulled more cards. Again I got the Six of Wands. Clearly, the card is Sarah herself.

Next I pulled a card to ask the spirits what I should expect once I entered the house. They gave me the Moon. It was an invitation to the truth. They wanted to set the rumors straight and remind me that I shouldn’t believe everything I hear. Things aren’t always what they seem.

Finally, the guide called my tour number and my group was ushered into the carriage port to begin. Inside the house, I felt comfortable, confused, but safe and curious. We wandered up steps and through narrow hallways. The guide pointed out a set of stairs that led into the ceiling, just like I dreamed. There was a window built into a floor in one room, which I also recognized. And, of course, the well-known door to nowhere (which is visible from outside as well).

We were several rooms in (there are 160 total) before my surroundings got SUPER familiar. The guide took us into a tight cube of a room with doors on every wall (one of which led to a steep drop if opened). In the center of the room was the light fixture from the end room of my nightmare – the one I’d seen covered in blood and filled with candles. The fixture and covering were almost exactly as I knew them to be, but in my version, the light was red and here it was blue. The guide described this as the seance room where Sarah communed with the spirits on what to build next.

A few rooms later, we were in the room with shifting floors. In my dream, the floor was covered in somewhat spongy, moveable panels. As it turns out, in the actual Winchester Mansion there’s a conservatory where Sarah Winchester kept her plants inside a sunny room. The floor panels ARE movable so staff could take them up to water the plants. AND they’re slightly soft, unlike a normal floor. Excess water from the plants would be absorbed and redirected to plants outside in an ingenious irrigation system.

On my second tour, a guide took a smaller group of us through closed off, damaged or unfinished rooms of the house. It was here I saw the “burning ember walls” from my dream. In one of Sarah Winchester’s bedrooms – dubbed the Crystal Bedroom – the walls glittered as the light hit them. As I moved around, the walls sparkled spectacularly. Crushed mica, our guide said, embedded in the wallpaper. It was absolutely stunning.

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This photo doesn’t do it justice, but the pattern does look a bit like sparkling flames.

There were other rooms I knew – the ballroom, Sarah’s main bedroom – but those three were the most prominent. It was so bizarre to see the house in real life after seeing it so vividly in my dreams for so long. I still don’t know why I dreamed of this place or if there’s any real connection there, but I’m glad I go to see it and end this crazy story.

Have you ever had a wild case of deja vu?