To open your life to your spirit guide and invite them to spend time with them and connect with a late night cup of tea.
What you need
- A space for both of you to drink in.
- 2 white candles
- A Bell
- 2 cups of tea (any kind)
- Pen and notebook
- (optional) A white/grey cloth
- (optional) Stones symbolic of divination, clarity, meditation, or friendship
- (optional) Feathers symbolic of spirits (can be real or fake)
Pick the space you want to use. The day of the session you should let in some fresh air, clean and cleanse the space of any excess energies.
At night. Place the cloth down on the table and decorate the table with the feathers and stones.
Light your 2 candles, 1 on the table between where you and your spirit guide will sit, and the other infront of the window. Make your cups of tea and set them on the table.
Take the bell to the window and ring it and say:
“spirit guide, I invite you tonight to join me for a drink”
Ring the bell again and make your way to the table.
Get comfortable, grab your drink and close your eyes while you sip it. Allow any thoughts and images to cross your mind (even the weird ones).
When you finish your drink set down the cup and open your eyes.
To end the session say thank you and blow out the candle.
Before you go to bed, write down what you saw, and how you felt during the session and read it back in the morning.
Just Indian things
I loved this
I am in love with both the elaborate welcome this little fellow received as well as the look of complete bafflement on the puppies’ face that clearly says “I am eight weeks old and what is this.”
gender of the day: pirate
[image description: four photos of op, a white person with long brown hair worn in a braid, wearing an ivory colored linen button down shirt tucked into brown linen pants, and a wide leather belt. they wield a swept hilt rapier. end image description.]
Dark Academia self-care tips for the wintertime.
- Embrace the beauty of the natural world as we enter into the depths of winter. There’s something wonderfully haunting about the barrenness, the muted saturation, the quiet. This season is like the stillness between the exhale and the inhale. Dwell in that space.
- Try and get in the habit of waking up early, even if you only manage it on odd occasions. This time of year, the sun might rise later than you. Bask in the morning twilight.
- Dress well and fully, even if you do not intend to leave the house.
- After you wake up, go for a walk, be it brief of meandering. Do not listen to music, but rather hone in on the silence, the sound of your footfalls, the winter birds.
- If you live near a park or otherwise pleasant natural area with benches, take with you a novel or poetry collection, and linger for a time to read. Remember to wear gloves so that you may turn pages without discomfort.
- Open a window periodically throughout the day, even if it is cold. That brief blast of air will anchor you to the natural world.
- Try to complete at least one chapter of reading per day. You must tend to your mind just as you tend to your body.
- If you wish, you may compose handwritten letters to those you care for, or fear with whom you may be losing touch. A physical letter holds so much more weight than a text or email. Practice your cursive, make the letter truly lovely.
- Eat dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate, tea rather than soda, whole bread rather than white.
- Keep a handwritten journal of your upcoming tasks, daily aspirations and idle musings. Maintaining a written record of one’s obligations helps to remind oneself of the obligations’ true scales so that they do not try to expand and sprout teeth in the mind.
- Work hard. This season is stark and unyielding, as are you. You were built for this. Face the storm head on.
- As night draws in, play some classical music in the candlelight. Close your eyes, tip your head back, and lean into it. Let the song flow through you in haptic ecstasy.
- Before retreating to bed, record some of the positive experiences brought to you throughout the day: from tasks you completed successfully, to poetic thoughts that stuck you, to birds you spotted on your windowsill. Kindle your childlike sense of wonder, for there is so much in this world to wonder at.
- Breathe. Always. Feel it.
Had a friend reach out and say I should watch the lyrical video for “Player of Games” by Grimes, because it reminded them of a collaboration I did back in 2016 called Winters Embrace, which was later published in Gilded Magazine.
Inspired me to post the original shoot here again with a side-by-side from the video. Would love to hear what you all think.
A huge thank you to Rachel of Yasemin Art, Ryan Pankratz, and our amazing on-set assistant Jonathan Brinlee for making these images possible. :) It’s been a few years but I still remember shoving water bottles up my dress to keep warm. lol Good times. ^^