Posted on Leave a comment

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake is an absolute must-see location in the Pacific Northwest and one of my favorites! When I first saw Crater Lake with my own eyes, I could only describe it as heaven on Earth. This could have very well been because of the timing of which I was there, which I recommend to anyone wanting to visit there. I was in Crater Lake in July, early in the morning, with a blue sky and clouds within it. The water was incredibly still and the water was a beautiful reflection of the snow of the crater and the sky above it, so perfectly that it was difficult to tell where the water began and the sky started.

cropped-img_7220

Crater Lake was once a volcano, called Mount Mazama. This volcano’s eruption was so enormous, that it caused the volcano to collapse into itself, leaving a giant crater, almost 2,000 feet deep. This crater filled with water through rainfall and melted snow, making it insanely clean and therefore a gorgeous, bright blue.

IMG_7196

There are many different areas to view the crater and there is one area that you can actually get into the water, this place is called Cleetwood Cove and is about a 20 foot cliff. This jump is a must do! Seeing the snow-covered crater from the crystal clear water is like pure magic and the water isn’t as cold as you would expect. You have to hike about a mile downhill to reach this area, the hike down is wonderful and the hike up can be a little difficult, but well worth it.

The main area of Crater Lake has a lot of information to learn everything about the area, as well as buy souvenirs and some fancy food, which wasn’t as expensive as I expected, with the view that we had.

It is, till this day, the most beautiful place I have ever seen, if you are anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, this is a place that you must see, and I recommend it in the early morning in good weather, and to stay throughout the day.

Posted on 1 Comment

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor – Brookings, OR

Brookings, Oregon is one of my favorite locations in the PNW, for simple reasons such as the beauty and the both Oregon and California coastal feel. Brookings is on the beautiful southern Oregon coast, just thirty minutes from The Redwood Forest in California.

The main attraction here is the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, which is several stops right before you enter into the city off of the famous highway 101. It is a total of 12 miles along the Oregon coast trail and all views can be accessed through simply walking the trail. If you have planned this out beforehand, this would be a gorgeous hike.

These stops are full of incredible views of natural arches and bright blue ocean waters. Some of my favorites are the Natural Bridges, where you can hike on top of the arched rocks themselves, Arch Rock Point, Spruce Island Viewpoints and Cape Forrelo Loop. There is a total of ten hikes and viewpoints. If your doing any of these trails from right off the freeway, the hikes are short, magnificent and not difficult at all.

 

See it on Google Maps here.

 

 

 

Posted on 1 Comment

New Moon Ritual

moon

The next new moon will be in our sky this 18th and the time couldn’t be any more perfect the current situation in my life. Though I am so happy to be back home with my loving family, working and earning more money for a future of adventures, I still long for the open road.

Having so much time to travel had allowed me to explore myself so much and I had never been so happy. So I guess a life of 11 hour work days, six days a week has left me little time to continue exploring my spirit and I am in deep need to reconnect.

This next new moon is the perfect time for me, as well as anyone, to reset their paths in the right direction and remove negativity from that path, this is what I will be doing this next new moon.

First off, because of my lack of time outdoors lately, I would like to do my ritual outside (that is if it’s not raining, which it does a lot on the west coast). I feel this is the best way to perform any ritual, as it connects you best to Mother Earth and the universe above.

Before your ritual, write down on little pieces of paper, a word or two describing emotions, habits, actions or thoughts of any kind that you want to let go of. For me, a few are negativity and disconnect. Bring these with you for your ritual.

First, set your surroundings with lots of candles and burn sage and\or rosemary around your atmosphere, to cleanse your aura of negative energies, I like to leave the smudge stick burning in a bowl next to me.

Your choice of crystals are a good choice to keep around your for rituals as well, for mine I chose amethyst and moldavite to help with spiritual connection, vanadinite to promote accomplishment, black tourmaline to deflect negative energies, citrine, as it is my birthstone and gives energies for good luck, clear quartz and selenite.

Sit yourself down and meditate a few moments under the night sky, recognize it’s meaning for new beginnings and about the things your about to let go of and know that they may not come back into your life.

When you feel ready, open your eyes and burn each piece of paper you had written on earlier, one at a time. As the words burn, give yourself time to really understand the words you wrote down and that by burning them, you are ridding them from your life, as they are only harming your spirit.

After you are through burning the negative intentions of your past, meditate with your future intention in your mind. Close your eyes and envision your future with all the intentions you wish your future to withhold. Remember that there is no time frame for this, envision all that you can, as long as you want, as if it’s already in your present.

Meditate with these intentions for the remainder of your ritual and when you open your eyes, know that you have become closer to your higher being, closer to a more positive, spiritual you.

Namaste

Want a custom ritual? Click here.

Posted on 4 Comments

Let Us Celebrate The Lives Of The Dead

This October has been such a beautiful one, I’m realizing that it’s one of my favorite months. It carries on the sunshine from the end of summer and still, the color of autumn within the trees.

Halloween continues to be one of my favorite holidays, maybe it’s because during a period of time as a child I was unable to celebrate it because it was “the devil’s holiday.”

I always found the traditions fun, but these traditions go a lot further back than modern day. The day/night of Halloween is known to be the day that releases the barrier between the dead and our world as the world begins to be darker, colder and bounty begins to die, only to begin again.

Originally, people dressed up to convince the dead that they were dead as well, so that they would not be bothered. People also decorated their houses as so and baked sweet goods as a peace offering to the dead to draw them away from their homes.

It is so interesting that this tradition remains nearly the same without the knowledge of it’s meaning.

None of this is necessarily the scary holiday it has turned to be. Halloween is known as a day of celebration to the people who have passed on and the lives that they had; many celebrate it as Samhain, as it was celebrated back in the Celtic age. This wiccan holiday is celebrated on the same day, but as a way to honor the dead in a beautiful way and also to recognize the original day marked as the end of summer and begin the darker days to restart nature’s cycle once more.

Many Pagans and Wiccan’s participate in rituals to honor the dead, if you’d like to participate in any, here are some examples.

The recognition of death is a very important stage within nature and our lives. I believe the more we recognize it, the less grief we would have for people who pass, but instead celebrate the lives that they had. That is what I see within Halloween… but it’s still fun to hand out candy and dress up as something, other than ourselves, under the moonlight.

I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!

Posted on 3 Comments

Cape Disappointment, WA

The Washington coast goes a bit unnoticed when put next to the beautiful Oregon and California coast. This coast is unique in so many ways and gives an entirely new moody feel of the ocean. The Washington coast contains lots of rain, wind and fog but it is also what makes it so different and a must-see experience.

Cape Disappointment State Park is located in Ilwaco, WA, very close to Astoria, OR and has many wonders to see within the area full of beautiful temperate rainforests.

When you first enter into the park, each side of the road are covered in greenery, there are a few lookout spots that tell the history of the area, like Beardman’s Hollow. There are many wooden bridges throughout the park as well that work well for photography!

This cape contains two lighthouses, the first you will see is the North Head Lighthouse, which is only a quarter mile, easy hike. Of course it tells you to not go close to edge of the cape, but many people had already crossed the fence so I found no harm in doing the same. The view is gorgeous and you can walk far out onto the grass-covered cape to see the Pacific Ocean.

The next lighthouse is the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, this trail is a half mile and a bit more difficult. There are many hills, but it is a very pretty hike with access to beaches along the way.

Along the way you’ll run into Dead Man’s Cove, one of my favorite views of the coast, especially when the lighting is just right. You have to walk down to the beach if you want the best view, but no matter how you see Dead Man’s Cove, it is a spectacular view.

Once you get to the lighthouse, the view overlooks all of Ilwaco and Astoria, you can see the Astoria bridge and all the boats coming in from the ocean into the bay area. The view is perfect for some photographs.

Within the Cape Disappointment State Park you will also have the chance to see Fort Canby and many of it’s batteries as well as the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

 

Find the Location here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on Leave a comment

Creating An Aura Of Peace

Everyone has different methods to find they’re own peace. But if you are ready to experiment deeper methods, there are many different herbs, meditations and crystals that are spiritually believed to elevate peaceful vibrations. I use these methods regularly to keep myself at a peaceful, spiritual level and I would love to share some with you.

There are many actions that can promote tranquility, for me, setting a peaceful aura and writing is calming. Meditation is always the most effective in my humble opinion, but whether your reading, writing, meditating or anything in between, the entire atmosphere around you can effective the vibrations of the mind, therefore your aura is very important.

I personally love to turn all my lights off and fill my home with candles, scents and crystals that can better promote calm. Here are some that I recommend:

Herbs:

Dried Herbs + Flowers

Frankincense: An ancient scent known to promote peace and calm and relieve stress and anxiety.

Valerian: An herb strongly known for it’s relaxing effects and even counteracts anxiety.

Gardenia: Believed to attract good spirits and induce peaceful vibrations.

St. Johns Wort: A well known, calming herb, also used to treat anxiety.

Bergamot: Fights anxiety, stress and depression.

Chamomile: A calming herb, I would recommend maybe drinking a cup of chamomile while in your peaceful atmosphere.

Jasmine: Another scent, yet also an herb used in teas, both methods are aura cleansing and calming.

Lavendar: Known to promote purification, calm and to clear negative energies. Can be drank as well, or used as a scent.

Crystals:

Sage + Crystal Cleanse Kit

Ocean Jasper: Eases depression, lifts the spirit of blockages. Known to energize the solar plexus as well as ease stress and exhaustion.

Blue Lace Agate: Promotes peace and tranquility.

Fluorite: Serenity, brings strong positive energy.

Celestite: A stress relieving crystal, gives peace and happy vibrations.

Selenite: A crystal used in meditation often, known to ground energy and bring a sense of calm.

Dragon Stone: Calm, nurturing vibrations.

Petrified Wood: An ancient protector of negative energies. Calming, used to ease anxiety.

Danburite: Cleanses your aura of anxiety and stress, known to give feelings of reassurance and optimism.

Aquamarine: Allows you to let go of worries, stress and anxiety. Fills your aura with relaxation, peace.

I hope you try some of these tools to help ease your mind and remember to be open minded to the power of nature.

Join the next round of my moon manifestation course!


The next round begins on the new moon… Say yes to your own growth, say yes to new possibilities and the Universe will say yes right back.

Posted on Leave a comment

New Moon Bay Leaf Ritual

New Moon Bay Leaf Ritual

New Moon, New Intentions

The New Moon is the ideal time to let go of unwanted energy and bad habits in your life and begin again with new intentions, with the energy of the moon in your favor.

There are many rituals you can partake in to help with these intentions, as I will be leaving soon on my travels, there may be some troubling times when it is important to stay positive and trust my intuition. This new moon falls just days before leaving and so I find a ritual of helping my wishes come true to be perfect for the occasion.

Bay leaves are spiritually known to help grant wishes when you burn them, doing so on a new moon can amplify the energy of that wish. As it is also a time to let go intentions that do not serve you and begin again.

If you would like to participate in this ritual, as the new moon phase lasts approximately three days, these are the steps that me and my fellow travelers have participated in on this night.


What you will need :

Bay Leaves

Dried Bay Leaves and Flowers

Something to write with on the leaves

A candle (the color of the candle is optional, but can also depend on the wish, for each color has a different meaning with it comes to rituals. For ours, we chose a green candle, representing luck, nature, success and growth.)

Incense (optional, for this ritual we chose Frankincense for purification, protection and luck.)

Crystals of your choice (also optional, for this ritual we chose citrine for success and good fortune and also clear quartz to deflect negative energy and amplify our intentions.)

Sage or palo santo to cleanse your space.

Crystal + Cleansing Kit

Stay up to date with all things rituals + spirituality

For this ritual, I recommend being in nature under the new moon to be better connected to Mother Earth’s energy. Surround yourself with your incense and crystals and light your candle. After this you can cleanse your aura of negative energy by burning your sage or palo santo.

If you find yourself distracted with city noises, you can put on some nature sounds, this one here is my current favorite.

Sit down and meditate for a little while, cleansing the mind of negative energies and setting your intentions for this ritual and your future endeavors. Visualize yourself as if these goals are already accomplished in your life and feel the feelings that come along with that.

[tp_cheapest_flights_shortcodes origin=”SEA” destination=”DPS” subid=”direction” off_title=”false” currency=”USD” paginate=”false”]

When you feel fulfilled with your meditation, you can then write your wish on your bay leaf, stay thoughtful about your wish as you set it on fire with your candle and watch it burn. It is important that you feel the energy around you and feel positive about this ritual granting your wish.

You can choose to meditate afterwards, to find peace of mind and good vibes for your future and make sure to trust the Universe with your wish.

I hope you enjoyed this ritual and I have actually created a free Manifesting with the Moon 101 Guide so you can take the energy of the new moon beyond just this phase for aligning your manifestations with the lunar phases. You can get this free workbook here.


This ritual sparks the beginning of my Moon Manifestation Course! a self guided, two week course, following from new moon to full moon and manifesting your desires with the lunar phases. Understanding manifestation and the moon’s impact on our energy.

Join the next round of my moon manifestation course!

The next round begins on the new moon… Say yes to your own growth, say yes to new possibilities and the Universe will say yes right back.


Posted on 1 Comment

Cleansing Your Aura

The atmosphere around us is very important when it comes to overall happiness and peace of mind. There are many causes to negative energy that can fill your home or any of your surroundings. It could be energy released from an argument, negative attitudes and thoughts that linger or even the history of the area. But there are also many solutions to draw out that negative energy and even promote positive energy in its place.

Here are some of my favorites and most effective.

Amethyst Crystal

Burning Sage: This herb is more commonly known for its spiritual properties than just the use as a spice. Sage is a natural cleanser for your atmosphere, an herb that is believed to banish negative energy when burned and promote positive energy.

It is commonly used to banish negative spirits from homes, but this is not the only time this herb can be used. Use it if your atmosphere feels a bit heavy, to cleanse your area during meditation or any reason you find more positive energy need be.

Quartz Crystals: Clear Quartz is known as the “Master Healer” of all crystals, found in almost all other forms of crystals as well. Quartz is a powerful healing and cleansing crystal, also known to banish negative energies and promote positive. Quartz has a very high vibration, good for amplifying your intentions and strength as well.

Rose Quartz is most commonly used for negative energies specific to relationships. As all other forms of quartz have an attribute to removing negative energies.

Scents: Scents such as rosemary and lavender are also good for cleansing your aura. These herbs naturally give out scent, but burning them dried or as an incent can make this scent more potent.

Black Tourmaline: Another powerful stone believed to deflect negative energy. This stone is also used for overall positive vibes towards all situations that come near when this stone is in your aura.

I carry this stone on a necklace, I will be completely honest, it has helped! I would wear it for its uses but also because I thought it went well with what I was wearing. I never thought about how it could impact my energy, so I know it was not a placebo effect. I mostly noticed it when I stopped wearing it for a week or so, I didn’t know why I wasn’t in as much of a positive mood as normal, then I put the pieces together and it was having this stone near my heart.

Petrified Wood: Another beauty from Mother Earth, a fossilized tree that symbolizes strong roots into your life, also known to deflect negative energy.

Crystal + Sage Cleansing Kit

 The costs of these products are not even comparable to how they impact the happiness of your everyday life. These are my most highly recommended, not only to use only in times to release negative energy, but keep them around to keep that negativity out at all time!

 

 

Posted on Leave a comment

How The Moon Effects Us (Moon Phases)

There is an energy within us that is difficult to be proven or explained, it has been attempted to be solved by Einstein but he never came to a mathematical conclusion and it is still a concept of study today. So I guess it takes a leap upon faith to acknowledge this energy.

If you look into the description of energy, one thing that it states is that no matter the distance; energy remains connected, it remains one. It is this energy that connects us to this planet and everything in it, and also the universe.

This is a mind-blowing belief if you have never been introduced to it before, but there are many ways to harness this energy and connection. A good way to start is learning how to use the energy of the moon and its phases to your advantage and to better connect with yourself.

Each phase of the moon has a different spiritual meaning, in fact it is believed that they can affect who you are as a person, based on what moon phase you were born under. (I can describe this further in another post.)

Here is a small guide as to how to harness the energy the energy from the moon and use it in your everyday life.

 

New Moon: A new moon is the best time to set new intentions for yourself. It is the best time to release any negativity, bad habits or anything at all that you wish to let go of. It’s a good practice to maybe write it down, but make sure that you think about these things intentionally and set new intentions as well and use the following moon phases to guide you.

Waxing Crescent Moon: This moon phase is showing you that you are well on your journey, in this phase, remember to start consciously thinking about your new intentions and how you will achieve them. As the moon moves forward, so shall you.

First Quarter Moon: A half moon is to remind you to push forward, to start taking action. You may be facing obstacles at this point, but remember to think positively and don’t waver.

Waxing Gibbous Moon: This moon is to have you observe your successes, look upon this with positivity and refine your actions.

Full Moon: A full moon is meant to have your subconscious feelings come forward. On a full moon, you may be better at doing things you love to do, or more tuned to learn new things. Harness the full moon’s energy with a ritual or with simple meditation, I like to look at this phase as allowing me to realize what my next intentions should be, when I am at my highest self.

Waning Gibbous Moon: It is best, during this phase, to look inward and be truly grateful for what you have accomplished and also think about the new intentions the full moon may have inspired you to set.

Third Quarter Moon: This moon representation means forgiveness, to me, I see this as forgiving ourselves for maybe not accomplishing what we had wishes, for a new cycle is beginning soon.

Waning Crescent Moon: This is the cycle of rest and stillness, also another time that should be full of meditation, preparing for the New Moon.

 

We do much more than just exist in this universe, we are connected with it. We all have energy within us, with a purpose. The moon is the closest thing we see that connects us to this incredible, universal energy. It is all this incredible magic that we need to learn the trick to.

 

 

 

Posted on 1 Comment

Herbs That Promote Physical and Spiritual Healing

Holistic healing is something I’ve been highly interested in all my life. I’ve always believed in the power of nature to heal the body, whether it be food, natural elements you surround yourself with, the teas you drink and the aroma you smell.

There are many cultures and religions that use a number of herbs for holistic healing as well as to affect their aura, they are good to add to your teas, to your incents or simply grow in your home or garden.

Here are a few natural healing and aura cleansing herbs that I found most appealing:

 

Lavender: Lavender is a beautiful herb to both smell and drink, lavender has been most appreciated for its calming properties.

Clove: Not only is it nice to grow cloves for your spices, but this herb is also known to repel negative energy, according to Witchcraft, as well as basil leaves.

Cedar: I personally love the smell of cedar, having it around can promote good fortune.

Betony: This herb is known as the protective herb, if you are feeling scared for any reason or simply feel the need for some extra protection, betony is a good herb to have around.

Mugwort: This unique herb is looked to, to promote good luck as well as enhance psychic abilities. A nice herb to have in your incents, as well as to add to your tea before bed to promote lucid dreaming.

Sage: This herb is one of my favorites, having it around is known to cleanse the aura around you and banish the negative energy, which is why it is often used to rid spirits of homes as well as in certain rituals under the full moon to begin a new. Sage also is a natural healer for inflammations in the mouth and soothing for the throat when added to teas.

Chamomile: Another beautiful herb, looking like little daisies, this herb is known spiritually to promote prosperity it is also used in teas often for its properties of aiding in sleep as well as indigestion and anxiety.

Bay Leaves: This herb has become very fascinating to me as well, known for heightening physic abilities as well as granting wishes. Some Witchcraft spells to help wishes come true include writing the wish on a bay leaf and then burning it.

Oregano: Another commonly used herb in foods, adding a bit extra oregano in your life can help boost the immune system, as it is a natural anti-fungal and antibacterial, used in teas to help sore throats often. Spiritually this herb is known to promote overall joy and energy while having this herb around you.

Rosemary: Another beautiful herb used in teas and as a spice often that can calm the mind as well as help circulation of the brain. Spiritually this herb is used as protection of the home as well as to promote physic abilities and purification. This is another herb that can be burned around the house, like sage, in able to promote this aura. Thyme is another herb used similarly.

 

The list goes on and on, these are just some of my current favorites and I will update you as others come along. 🙂