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Self-care: it’s all the rage these days, as it should be, but especially now as the world is fighting the coronavirus. Turns out, combining a healthy lifestyle with woo-woo stuff like tarot, astrology, and meditation can really make a huge difference in stress reduction. Along the same lines, I’ve been into the idea of manifesting goals through positive thinking since I read Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization in the 1980s, and am stoked ideas like this have gained wider attention. Recently, I’ve fallen down a rabbit...

We're bringing each sign some messages and truisms for Aries season, courtesy of BUST's resident astrologer, Emmalea Russo. Catch her seasonal 'scopes in BUST's print magazine. ARIES The joystick of your life is aglow, just how you like it, with pure solar power. This time around, the Sun heats up a memo that heals your relationship with your most badass companion: yourself. TAURUS “To be young was to be more closely rooted to the thing that forms you,” wrote Rachel Kushner. Call it earth, call it nature, call it...
When it comes to tidying up like a witch, there’s a lot more to it than just wiggling your nose at something messy. Here, BUST’s resident occultist shares how to add a touch of magical intent to your cleaning routine. Everyone knows spring cleaning is a thing, but for witches, it’s a whole-ass ritual. Typically it’s done on Ostara, the celebration of the spring equinox, which generally falls between March 19th and 21st. But you can adopt some of these pagan-inspired procedures any time you feel...
When spring hits, my garden goes bananas. The herbs, the flowers, the colors! As a private chef and caterer, I’ve always loved incorporating the edible flowers I grow into my dishes, but one day I realized I could combine the age-old romance of flower pressing with my signature shortbread cookies and the result is *chef’s kiss*! With just a handful of ingredients (and an easy extra step in the cookie-making process to ensure the petals keep their hues), these cookies are a total win in...
COVID-19 is everywhere. It has infiltrated conversations, thoughts, social media, memes, the news and is currently bombarding medical services. The virus itself is also everywhere, from Wuhan, where it is reported to have started, to NYC, to my home of Tenerife to Italy and almost every country in the world. And, as mentioned previously, healthcare is becoming more than overwhelmed. Hospitals are running out of beds, staff are running out, or have run out of, sanitation products and are being overworked to the point of...
Last week as the staff was breaking down computers at BUST HQ, we were all unsure as to how this whole “Working From Home” thing would turn out. Our staff and interns are now scattered between New York, Connecticut, Massachuetts, New Jersey, and California. We were initially anticipating that #WFH2020 would only be a few weeks, but as announced by Trump, this might stretch to the summer. So, we asked BUST readers for tips on how to effectively work from home and here’s what they...
Periods—they’re an inconvenience to most. But this monthly flow is much more serious for those who struggle to purchase sanitary supplies. “When people think of period poverty, they think about it as a global issue,” says Samantha Bell, program director for the Alliance For Period Supplies (APS). “But in fact, period poverty is also prevalent here in the U.S. and it’s an issue that’s seriously under addressed.” Founded in 2018 as a division of the larger National Diaper Bank Network, the APS (allianceforperiodsupplies.org) strives to ensure...
Smile While You File AS AN INTUITIVE financial coach and experienced tax preparer (aka the Money Witch, moneywitch.com), I regularly see accomplished boss babes whose taxes are secretly out of control. Maybe they haven’t filed in a couple of years. Maybe they started a small business and don’t understand how to put it on their tax return. Maybe they owe money and don’t have it. What they, and most of us tbh, do have, is a feeling of shame, underlying anxiety, and low self-esteem in the...
On Saturday, while campaigning in Detroit, Michigan, Bernie Sanders announced his plan to fight the suppression of reproductive rights and the Black maternal mortality crisis. The maternal mortality crisis also includes Native American and Alaskan Native Women. Black, Native American and Alaskan Native women are three times more likely to die during childbirth than white women. Famous Black women like Beyoncé and Serena Williams have detailed their experiences about how dangerous it can be giving birth as a black woman. Similarly, NBC reported that an Alaskan...

There is a natural tendency of the mind to focus on the negative. Every day, we receive hundreds of positive reinforcements that suggest the universe will continue to support us. But we also receive negative information when we read inflammatory news about the election or the coronavirus. On my frequent subway rides in Manhattan these days, I am aware when my mind vacillates between panic and rational thinking. Making my own hand sanitizer calmed my fears of catastrophe and disease for several hours. It's hygienic and therapeutic! Makes a...