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About hilaryb130

I am a chef, farmer, artist, radical political philosopher, musician, poet, researcher, writer, scientist, explorer, and healer. In all of her theoretical and practical work, she seeks to bridge healing and liberation between the minds, bodies, and spirits of individuals, communities, and the planet. Her life is dedicated to bringing about a more peaceful and just world by exploring the intersections of healing modalities, consciousness/spirituality, liberation theories, and creative/aesthetic practice. Environmental Studies PhD.

Let Healing Wash Over You: A Guide to the New Moon in Cancer

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At 10:31pm EST, the Moon will go completely dark in order to rebirth herself, as she does every 28 days. I don’t imagine too many people announce that at a specific time, the life of a fetus will go completely dark in order for it to pass through the vaginal canal. And yet, that is exactly what happens. A baby’s entire body contracts in ways that seem kind of unimaginable and impossible in order for them to commence breath on this Earthly plane. Birth, typically, is one of the most traumatic experiences of a person’s life. One theory of consciousness developed by Stanislov Grof and others even suggests that the primary essence of all psycho-spiritual work of a human life is connected to one’s birth story. While fellow water sign Scorpio is probably more apt to bring up the darkness associated with birth, Cancer knows your birth story better than anyone. Cancer knows your birth story best, because she is the womb that pushed you back out into the world. One. More. Time.

When the Sun returns to Cancer, she returns us to the womb—not necessarily the physical womb of this life’s origin, but the primordial womb from which we come and to which we return no matter how many physical wombs our spirits pass through. She is the Great Mother. She is the Ocean in constant motion, the Moon that empowers and enrages the ocean, and the wind that reflects and affects its currents. Cancer is flow. As the Sun moves through Cancer (as it is doing right now), we connect with the Cancerian energy we hold and the Cancerian energy we need to receive. It illuminates the area of your chart inhabited by Cancer, the area of your life and your psyche in which Cancer manifests itself. Yet, there are Cancerian themes that will arise for many people, regardless of where Cancer lives in your chart.

Cancer is the nurturer, the healer of the zodiac. She is the most intuitive and perceptive sign. She is the one who knows—knows when you’re in pain, knows the exact place on your back where it hurts and exactly how to massage that particular knot out. Whether the knot is physical or emotional, Cancer can sooth it. She knows what to say to reach your heart. She can bring you through the storm because she is the storm. She knows cycles. She knows your cycles. She can read them like a book.

Cancer is the 4th sign of the zodiac, representing the 4th House associated with house, home, family, ancestry, roots and foundations. This house is associated with comfort and security and what you need in order to feel comfortable and safe. In your chart, the sign in your 4th house represents both what you experienced in your family of origin and how it affects what you need in your family and home of choice. No matter which sign inhabits your 4th House and no matter which House is inhabited by Cancer in your chart, there is a good chance that these themes of family, ancestry, home and roots will emerge over the next month and over the next few days during the New Moon in relationship with those other factors.

The Moon is receptive feminine energy and she loves to be in Cancer, the sign she rules. The New Moon in Cancer, perhaps more than any other moon can receive what you need to release and offer you what you need to heal. No matter the depth of your pain, she can take it from you if you’re willing to give it up to her. Given that she rules family and ancestry, she is the one who knows the deepest wounds. She is the one who has felt the deepest wounds. Given that she is primordial water, she is the one that understands the wounds and traumas passed from generation to generation through physical genetics and she knows the wounds you carry from lifetime to lifetime through spiritual genetics until you’re willing to give it back to her. Give it all back to her. Fully.

Cancer is the Ocean. She is the one who can transform any experience, any pain, any trauma, any moment into something else, something better, something more beautiful than you can ever begin to imagine. She is the ultimate alchemist. Turning lead into gold is child’s play compared to turning pain into beauty everyday. The Ocean has the capacity to reorganize the ionic makeup of each cell in your body. That is the power of Cancer. If you’re ready to give your wounds to her, she is the one who can heal and transform your life so intensely that you will slowly re-write your story into a narrative unrecognizable to an earlier version of yourself, unrecognizable to those who knew you before your healing journey, to those who haven’t been available or able to bear witness to your internal transformation and your external transformation over and over and over again.

Cancer receives pain and transforms it. She can take it. She can hear whatever you have to say because she does not live in, does not understand a dualism of rational/irrational, sanity/insanity. There are no lines to be drawn or crossed. There are only spaces of feeling, spaces of being, rivers and oceans of healing. The river runs. The tides come in. The tides go out. We are multidimensional beings. When we are lucky, we move in and out of many dimensions, even as the capacity to do so is sometimes pathologized by modern western psychiatry. Cancer won’t pathologize you. She will listen. She will receive. She will protect you. She will allow your being to flow. It is not through an effort, but through a presence, a way of being, that you can then receive the power to heal your mind, heal your heart, heal your body, heal your life. If this is what you seek, ask her specifically for the healing you need to receive and then watch as she washes over you like a clear gentle wave on a really hot day. She isn’t predictable, so there’s no need to waste time trying to control, manage or understand what you need to do ahead of time. Just ask, listen, receive and follow the signs she’s posting to guide you on your path.

New Moon Blessings

 

If you would like to receive more information about how this New Moon is affecting your chart personally or if you have other specific or general questions about your chart and would like to receive a reading, please contact me at HilaryB130@gmail.com for further information.

 

Follow the Light of Your Path: A Guide to the Summer Solstice

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Today, in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice marks the Sun’s fullest expression, the beginning of a new season, and the Sun’s movement into the 4th sign of the Zodiac – Cancer. The 4th House is the House of House, Home, Family, Ancestry and Roots. Cancer nurtures. Cancer feels. Cancer feels to the end, feels to the bottom. And then, she feels a little bit more. Cancer is primordial water, the womb. She hold us in her tides—at once, reliable and variable. She is the only sign ruled by the Moon herself. Given that she’s ruled by the Moon, she values security, she needs security, she gives security. As a water sign, she finds security in Earthly containers (after all, she exists on the same axis as Capricorn).

 

Today, as Summer arrived, Mercury caught up with the Sun just before the 1st degree of Cancer delivering messages about the season and about security in various aspects of life. Most likely, the messages you received and will continue to receive throughout the week correspond with the house of your own chart where Cancer resides. But there are certain themes that will probably emerge for many people. Cancer rules the 4th House. The 4th House is the House of House, Home, Family, Roots, and Ancestry. This season and the New Moon born at the end of the week have overtones of roots, family, and home.

Family doesn’t necessarily mean the people with whom you share genetics. Ancestry is not necessarily blood. Ancestry can be intellectual. Ancestry can be spiritual. Family is a network of support. Family is a network or group of people with common beliefs who are committed to supporting one another in maintaining those beliefs. Family is a group or network of people around whom you feel safe. Family is security. If the people with whom you share genetics do not fall in this category, there is a good chance that this season will shift the perceptions and people that shape and comprise your family.

Your family is home. Home is a place where you go to feel safe. If you don’t feel safe in the place where you live–physically, spiritually or emotionally–then, you aren’t living at home. If you don’t feel at home around the people with whom you live and associate daily, you aren’t surrounded by your family. Find your family. Share your story. Don’t choose a family that can’t handle hearing your story, that can’t respect your story and don’t choose a family that burdens you with or blames you for theirs. Right now, many people are shifting their paths–moving to new places, changing relationships and relationship structures, leaving familiar jobs and careers, branching out into the unknown and connecting with their tribes, their soul families. This Summer will solidify many of those moves.

 

At its best, the axis of Cancer/Capricorn presents, at one end, the flow of emotion, the flow of energy … just, the flow. At the other end, it presents the opportunity to block and/or open that flow—not to control it, but to contain it and direct it, to build channels and open pathways, to go further, to go deeper. The difference between a glass of water and a puddle has nothing to do with substance and everything to do with container. This Summer Solstice and the corresponding Moon ask us to be clear about the containers that facilitate our sense of flow. Perhaps paradoxically, Cancer wants to remind us that facilitating flow, that being open, that compassion, nurturing and love also require the security of containers.

Cancer the Crab needs boundaries between which to walk because it is a creature that walks sideways. These walls protect the crab from moving into unsafe spaces while allowing it to move in its own natural ways. It might have to change direction. It doesn’t change the way it walks. In the same way, in order to walk in our own natural ways, sometimes we are asked to shift directions and build boundaries that allow us to know when it’s time to do so. This Summer, we are all being called to move in our own natural ways so that we can learn how to love, so that we can come into our own understandings of what love is, of how we want to give it, and how we want to receive it—with friends, families, romantic partners, even complete strangers. Love requires the support of containers that we must build for ourselves based around our own natural movements.

 

This Summer marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, the revolution that initiated the massive counterculture of the 1960s and “The Movement.” Peace, love, revolution. Sex, drugs and Rock N Roll. This is it. “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” Flower Power. The Commune Movement. The Diggers. The events and effects of the Summer of 1967 have influenced my life and my work profoundly (despite the fact that it took place long before I was born) and I will write more about those influences and effects throughout the Summer. But for now, let it suffice to say that I sense that this Summer will have undertones of that Summer. Can you dig it?

 

Summer is a time of work, but it’s also a time of fun. It’s a time of reaching beyond oneself. It is a time to enjoy life. Enjoy your life. Know and own what that means for you personally. The right work is still work but it isn’t hard. The right love is still work but it doesn’t have to be hard and it definitely isn’t meant to hurt if you’ve done your own work. Enjoy the Summer. Don’t think too much. Settle into it. Cancer feels into things. Cancer trusts her gut. Trust your gut. On paper, something might make sense. If it doesn’t make sense in your gut, it doesn’t make sense. Period.

Put one foot in front of the other (or next to the other if you’re walking sideways). Just walk your path. Focus on walking. Focus on the path. Go with your gut. Have fun–not at the expense of your responsibilities, but make sure that having fun and finding joy are included on your list of responsibilities. Respond to the calls that excite your soul. Breathe. Keep walking. Keep breathing. Breathe in. Breathe out. Let your love determine your definition of rationality. Love who you love. Do what you love. Remember why you do what you do. Let your love light the path. Let your love keep you walking it. No matter what.

 

Solstice Blessings

Falling into the Abyss: A Guide to Neptune Retrograde

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On Friday, Neptune went retrograde. Neptune spends about 6 months of each year retrograde. The large planets’ retrograde cycles don’t necessarily affect us as acutely as smaller planets’. We feel these retrograde periods most around the periods during which the planets station in one direction or another. It can be similar to the movement of the Sun in and out of different houses. The messages and experiences that correspond with a certain house or sign appear most intensely during the couple of days at the beginning and end of the Sun’s transit through a sign and house. As is always true, different people experience retrograde periods in different ways, depending on where the planet and the signs it rules fall in your chart.

Neptune is a god of the sea. He is considered the higher octave of Venus–meaning that he is associated with many of the same themes as Venus, but in their spiritual/divine manifestations. Venus rules love and lovers. Neptune rules unconditional love, soul mates and twin souls. Venus is associated with abundance and creativity. Neptune is associated with calling and the creative work that connects people with the divine. He rules Pisces, the most spiritual sign, the infinite waters. He opens portals, bringing us into connection with all spirits and voices inside and outside of us. He rules dreams, delusions, illusions. He is connected with all things mind-altering–including meditation, contemplation, substances, kundalini yoga, etc. He rules intuition, psychic capacity, and psychosis. He knows no boundaries. Where Uranus breaks, Neptune blurs. He is fluid. He runs all over everything unless he is contained. Venus rules the heart. Neptune reaches for the soul. 

What can you expect during this time? Confusion. Chaos. Blurred boundaries. Deep connection to people’s energies and the spiritual world. Softening. Forgiveness. Healing. Smoothing over. Soothing. He is the Coco Butter for your soul that India Arie sings about. He is also the inability to discern. Or maybe, it’s not an inability to discern as much as it is the Universe offering a few extra moments for the truth to be revealed so that the best choice can be made at the right time–who knows? (That sentence is very Neptunian). 

A retrograde is the appearance that a planet is moving backwards through the sky. When a planet goes retrograde, astrologically, it represents a review, a reflection, an examination of the part of one’s life associated with the themes and characteristics associated with a planet. A Neptune Retrograde will bring reviews of one’s spirituality, spiritual, and creative practices. It will bring up a review of one’s relationship with the divine. It might be a time when one assesses one’s relationship with mind-altering substances. Perhaps it’s a time to reduce one’s use of these substances or consider how to use them safely and moderately for one’s psycho-spiritual development and/or healing. It’s a great time to meditate and listen to what the universe is trying to tell you. It’s a time to assess your relationship with water, bodies of water, salt water. It’s a time to engage in healing activities associated with the ocean and Neptune is also very sensitive, so people with strong Neptunes and/or Pisces in their chart will tend to be more sensitive physically and spiritually. This time might be a good time for taking a more ascetic approach. It might be a time for a more lush approach … who knows? Only you. You must listen to the messages being offered you. Oh … hey Neptune …

During Neptune’s Retrograde, connect to the depths of the ocean and emotion. You might feel everything just a little bit more over the next couple of days. Offer yourself some of that unconditional love and forgiveness. Most importantly, make sure to give a little extra love to the mermaids in your life. 💛

If you want to learn more about the effects of Neptune or other celestial bodies on your chart or if you would like a general reading, please contact me for further information at HilaryB130@gmail.com.

Walnut Asparagus Pesto

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Asparagus. It’s always been one of my favorite foods. I wait anxiously for Spring to bring Asparagus each year. This year, it seems like I’ve concocted endless variations of Asparagus Pesto. It’s a great way to pack a lot of necessary nutrients into a meal. I’ve totally been digging it with Brazil Nuts (another one of my favorite foods) but tonight, I had Walnuts readily available so I decided to give them a try. I did something very normal for me and put the Pesto on some roasted Sweet Potatoes. I put pretty much everything on Sweet Potatoes (yet another one of my favorite foods). But then, I did something totally weird and added some local Blueberries … and it was actually delicious. In addition, I added some of my super mild Beet juice-infused Kraut and some fresh Mint from the garden. All surprisingly delicious. My favorite part of cooking with local seasonal ingredients is that I get to try out and enjoy combinations that aren’t conventional to me or to what I observe to be much of the culinary world. I hope you enjoy these combinations too! 

This Asparagus Pesto could be used in any application in which you’d use Pesto. It’s generally mild, however, so using it with some sort of bread, cracker, pasta, or mild slightly Sweet vehicle would showcase it the best. 

Ingredients 

2 C Roasted Asparagus

1/2 C Walnuts

1/4 C + 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

2 Cloves Garlic 

2 TBSP Nutritional Yeast

1 TBSP Lemon Juice 

1 TBSP Preserved Lemon or Lemon Rind

Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Take 2 bunches (ab 3/4 lb) and cut them into pieces about 1-2in. Toss in 2 TBSP Olive Oil and roast in an oven at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until the Asparagus is starting to get soft but is still al dente. Allow Asparagus to cool.
  2. Place Walnuts into food processor alone and process for an 30 seconds, but not too fine. Chopping the nuts first allows for a nice texture overall, as the nuts tend to take more time than the Asparagus and if the Asparagus processes for too long, it become creamy (which, by the way is also delicious if that’s the sort of thing you’re into). 
  3. Add remaining ingredients and process until Asparagus starts to break down but still maintains some texture (for lack of a better term–is still kind of stringy … which tastes way better than it sounds!) 
  4. ENJOY however you choose! 

Thank you for checking out my blog. I hope you’ll also enjoy this recipe. Please feel free to let me know how it is if you give it a try as well as if the instructions are clear or could be clearer. 

🌿 Have a beautiful day 🌿

Cucumber Wraps & Kohlrabi Fritters: A Perfect Summer Meal!

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I won’t lie … this was the most delicious dinner I’ve had this week. It’s Radish Kohlrabi Fritters dressed with Fresh Tahini and Chopped Cilantro. They’re paired with Cucumber Carrot Wraps. That might sound boring, but this is one of the least boring raw Carrot or Cucumber foods I’ve ever had. They’re truly delicious. Both the Cucumbers and the Carrots can be made ahead of time and stored for several days. They would also be good in many applications besides this one. And if I had an Avocado, I would DEFINITELY put a nice big slice on the inside. As for the Tahini … I LOVE Fresh Tahini and if you know me, you know I like to make the plate pretty and then douse everything in way more sauce once the photo session is over … so feel free to do the same. The components for this meal are as follows …

Radish Kohlrabi Fritters

1 C Black Radish, Shredded

3 C Kohlrabi Root, Shredded

1 C Shredded Purple Onion

½ C Garbanzo Flour

2 Flax Eggs*

3 Lg Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 TBSP Cumin Seeds, Toasted & Ground

1.5 TBSP Coriander Seeds, Toasted & Ground

1 TBSP Fennel Seeds, Toasted & Ground

½ tsp Ground Cloves

½ tsp Sea Salt

1 tsp Chipotle or Smoked Paprika

Place all ingredients except Chipotle into a medium size mixing bowl and mix well. If you haven’t toasted your own spices before, it is very easy. Place the spices in a hot saute pan (preferably cast iron). Once you hear them start to pop (usually after about 20 seconds), toss them in the pan or simply move the pan in a circular motion so that they move around. Form into balls or patties with 1 oz scoop. Sprinkle with Chipotle or Smoked Paprika (depending on whether or not you like heat … which I do). Bake at 375°F for 30 min. Makes about 25 Fritters.

*I make my Flax Eggs with 1 TBSP Flax Seeds and 2 TBSP Water and blend them in the blender.

 

Fresh Tahini

1 C Unhulled Sesame Seeds

1 ¼ C Water

1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

½ tsp Salt

Place Sesame seeds in Water and allow to soak for at least 30 min. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add additional ingredients to flavor, if desired (i.e. Herbs, Spices, Preserved Lemon).

 

Pickled Cucumbers for Wrapping

1 Cucumber

1 Scallion

¼ C Rice Vinegar

¼ tsp Sea Salt

Slice Cucumber lengthwise thin on a mandolin and place in small mixing bowl. Slice Scallions thin and add to bowl. Add Vinegar and Salt and let sit for at least 20 min, tossing periodically. Fill with desired ingredients and sprinkle with toasted Unhulled Sesame Seeds.

 

Moroccan Shredded Carrots

2 C Carrots, Shredded Small

1.5 TBSP Ginger, Minced

2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

2 TBSP White Wine Vinegar

1 tsp Honey

1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Place Carrots, Ginger, Garlic and Salt in small mixing bowl. Wisk Vinegar and Honey together. Pour over remaining ingredients and allow mix together. Let sit for at least 20 min. Enjoy by themselves, in a salad or in a wrap.

ENJOY! And let m know what you think … Cheers!

 

 

Go the Distance: Reflections on the Full Moon in Sagittarius

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The Moon comes into her fullness once every 28 days. This is the last Full Moon of Spring – we are now transitioning into Summer. I will be honest … this Full Moon in Sagittarius has, well, brought a few more emotions than I expected over the past few days. And I think that’s what she is wanting to do right now.

The Moon is in Sagittarius and the Sun is in Gemini. The Moon, herself, is the seat of emotion. In your chart, she represents your emotional nature. Full moons mark culminations and completions in our lives, while offering opportunities to release those things that no longer serve us. Sagittarius represents seeking the truth. It is quite possible that this lunation will bring you inklings of truth or straight-up slaps across the face. Either way, you will receive the information you most need to live into the fullness of yourself and live into your own Sagittarian nature. Everyone has every sign in their chart. Everyone has Sagittarius somewhere in them, in their lives, in their souls. Listen to what that nature is trying to tell you.

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter—known as the great beneficent. Sag and Jupiter facilitate expansion, faith and exploration. Sagittarius represents exploration of all types—intellectual/philosophical, spiritual/emotional, physical (distant travel), higher education, and publishing. So these are the sorts of themes that might emerge around this Moon, or that you might be considering around this Moon. They might be things you are completing and letting go of (such as a dissertation, for example. Or a long trip abroad. Or a spiritual quest). They also might be things that are bringing to you an awareness of what you will need to let go of in order to move more fully into your destiny, the truth of who you are (such as aspects of your schedule, people or thought patterns that don’t support your personal form of exploration).

As this is a Moon of expansion, you may notice various parts of your life are simply more emphasized or more intense than usual. Or maybe, you have more faith. Jupiter represents luck and faith. Jupiter expands everything he touches and today, on the same day as the Full Moon, he is also stationing direct in Libra after being retrograde for four months. This means he is forging ahead with things in the area of your chart inhabited by Libra. This means he has completed his review and, hopefully, bringing some luck to your life. At the very least, he is encouraging you to have faith—faith in yourself and faith in that which is greater than you–and giving you reasons to keep it.

Sitting with this Moon, however, is Saturn, who is nearing the end of his transit of Sagittarius. Jupiter/Sagittarius and Saturn are opposing energies. Jupiter expands, while Saturn contracts, sets boundaries, creates borders and roadblocks. He isn’t trying to be difficult, necessarily. He just wants to make sure that you want what you want, that you’re prepared for the path you’ve chosen. Saturn and Jupiter can have a strange relationship. Each one of us, in our lives, is responsible for navigating the relationship between Saturn and Jupiter as it manifests in our lives and in our charts. The goal of navigating this relationship is to reach a consensus, to find balance, to settle into a dynamic homeostasis, to reach a place where both your internal Saturn and your internal Jupiter actually assist each other in helping you to achieve your dreams. Oppositional relationships such as this one can reach consensus when we maintain an open mind and are able to imagine seemingly weird possibilities. And there are many seemingly weird possibilities to be imagined.

Be open to the weird thoughts, feelings and opportunities that might arise over the next couple of days. They might not be as weird as you think they are. The Moon is wild. And so are you. I have a sense that conjoining with her, Saturn wants us to listen to our emotions. He wants us to master them. But I also believe that he wants us to understand how our emotions can serve as building blocks to structure our lives. He wants us to tap into the intelligence of our emotions—what do our emotions and our responses to them have to tell us about the sorts of boundaries we need to set? About the structures we need to create to support our lives, our happiness and our wellbeing?

Opposing the Moon and Saturn are the Sun and Ceres, conjunct during this Full Moon. Ceres is the Goddess of the Harvest. She represents everything having to do with food and nourishment. She represents the particular brand of feminine energy that is nurturing and nourishing. She is the Mother’s Milk and the Mother from whom the Milk flows. Her conjunction with the Sun marks her illumination. This gives me the sense that many people will be connecting with their own nurturing nature as well as what they need in order to feel nurtured and nourished. Being fed doesn’t necessarily mean being nourished—and that’s true of our emotional and spiritual bodies just as much as our physical bodies. That this Moon is in Sagittarius gives me the sense that this Moon will bring up questions and issues connected with nourishing the soul and the spirit. What do you need to do to nourish your spirit? What do you need to do to feed your soul? Even though the Sun and Ceres are opposed to the Moon and Saturn, they are in a trine to Jupiter. A trine is a positive aspect, a beneficial relationship between energies. Jupiter wants to expand the amount of nurturing available to us in our lives.

Venus is also sextile Mars. A sextile is Venus’ signature move. It’s her favorite type of relationship. And there’s no one with whom she’d rather be in harmony than Mars—especially right now, since she’s at home in her own luxurious sign of Taurus, with Jupiter house-sitting and renovating her other home of Libra. Since Mars is trudging through the wild waters of Cancer right now, Venus definitely has the upper hand (in a good way). That’s a lot of beautiful energy – and some balance, I’d say. I expect Venus and Jupiter to be up to all kinds of good during this lunation if we’re willing to make the commitment to go the distance … which I think, ultimately, is the primary theme of this Moon and this time. What are your priorities? To what are you willing to commit? For what are you willing to work? What do you want and what are the prices of admission you’re willing to pay to get it? It is time to step into your destiny, into your work in the world, into the relationships and partnerships that fed you. It’s time to stop being small. It’s time to own the path that is being laid out ahead of you, and to commit to staying on that path. It’s time to have faith that what you want, what you feel, what you know—it’s all been brought to you for a purpose. So have faith. Real faith.

Real faith doesn’t always come running through in the form of a shiny unicorn. A lot of times it arrives in the form of a doubting friend, family member, or mentor. A lot of times, it arrives in the form of a habit or pattern of thought that emerges suddenly after being hidden for a long time, after you thought it was gone. Sometimes, usually, often, faith arrives at the point when all logic would have us believe we ought to lose it. It is in that moment, willing to hold on, that faith arrives, that help arrives. That moment is now. Full Moon Blessings.

If you’d like to learn more about how this lunation is affecting your chart, specifically, please contact me at HilaryB130@gmail.com.

Divination: A Gateway to Psycho-Spiritual Healing

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This practice is a conversation. 

Everyday, I ask, “what is the energy I need today in order to manifest my destiny today?” Every day, the universe responds. I am responsible for reading the energy in the ways that will allow me to work with it–even when it’s hard. 

This practice is a meditation. 

Meditation is an ancient practice prominent in spiritual and religious traditions throughout the world. It brings the practitioner into the presence of their own divine, into conversation with the voice of god. Whether you believe that voice is only within or only without doesn’t really matter. Whether you think that’s one voice or many voices, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you are conversing with the divine through your own being. 

This practice is divination. 

Throughout human history, we humans have been divining–engaging in practices that connect us to that which is greater inside of ourselves and outside of ourselves. We have used bones, shells, sticks, nuts, seeds, leaves, cards, rocks, and many other objects to facilitate readings of the world, readings of the energy that we inhabit and the energy that inhabits each of us. Divination is a tool. Divination is not a religion–though many religions have and use divination practices that are specific to their own spiritual values and orientations. 

Having gone through Catholic school for 12 years, I was taught that divination is evil, a work of the Devil (which, of course, presumes that the devil is always bad, which is a belief antithetical to my spiritual foundation now). Like all powerful spiritual gifts, divination practices must be respected as tools through which to encounter the divine. Given the broad array of energies present in holistic divination systems, there is plenty of space for those with beliefs of all kinds. There is plenty of space to interpret the energies that present themselves in ways that align with and make sense in one’s own life. 

As above, so below. As without, so within. I don’t engage with the Tarot and astrology as ways of trying to predict the future. Rather, I work with them to find my own understanding of myself and the world and to help you find yours. I work with them to come into my own truth, and to help you come into yours. I use them to understand the energies that are present in my life and in yours and how best to interact with them. I wish the people I trusted when I first felt drawn to these ideas had been able to explain to me the beauty of these gifts–both the tools themselves and gifts they develop within the practitioner. I wish I hadn’t been left in fear by people who denounced these practices as evil. 

Look–there is evil in this world and there is dark energy. And that energy can and does come into any religion, any church, any spiritual practice. We are all dealt demons and I have experienced exorcisms in many manifestations. Those questionable figures that remain (both internally and externally) might be demons. But they are also my angels. They bring out the best in me–whether they are trying or not–by challenging me to be my absolute best and most confident self. For better or for worse, these people, energies and spirits continue to work this jagged soul into a refined river rock. And I am grateful for their presence in my life.

If you are interested in receiving a Tarot reading or a reading of your astrological chart, please contact me via email at HilaryB130@gmail.com or via Social Media @HilaryB130.