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Midsummer marks the beginning of a new season. It occurs from June 19-25 (Midsummer’s Eve occurs this weekend), at the beginning of the summer solstice. This occurs when the sun is at its most vibrant and highest potency, making it a celebration of life and love. Being that these days are the longest and fullest of the year, it’s a wonderful time to soak up the sun and breathe in life. You can charge your crystals and tarot cards under the sun to give them a...
Today, June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned their decision on Roe v Wade, which  means that Americans have lost their Constitutional right to safe abortions, and 26 states are either definitely or likely to ban on abortion.  But even before this decision came down, states that oppose abortion had made the process of going to a clinic as miserable and tedious as possible. Six states require an ultrasound before receiving an abortion, a glaringly obvious attempt to guilt patients into changing their minds about the...
If you’ve been baffled by the holes in the shelves your favorite tampons once inhabited, rest assured, you’re not losing it. Time Magazine reported earlier this month that due to supply chain issues caused by COVID-19, the United States is facing a national shortage of tampons. The prices of materials like cotton, which tampons are made of, have skyrocketed, making the tampon production process far more strenuous. There are some tampon makers, such as U by Kotex, who claim that they’ve not been affected by...
Update: On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned their decision on Roe v Wade, which  means that Americans have lost their Constitutonal right to safe abortions, and 26 states are either definitely or likely to ban on abortion.  On May 2nd in a leaked memo, it was reported that the Supreme Court intends to overturn Roe v. Wade, the historic 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Since then, we’ve mobilized, we’ve protested, and we’ve disseminated resources through every media outlet...
My neighbors probably hate me. This morning I opened my front door, lit some incense, and grabbed some pots and pans. One would naturally assume I would start frying an egg for breakfast, but my intentions were quite different (much to my neighbor’s demise). Once I felt ready, I began to clang the metal pots together, creating a powerful noise that vibrated in my hands. It could have been my imagination, but the air felt cleaner. Maybe my ancestors were onto something; maybe this really does...
 What is a hot girl walk? Walking is the fitness trend that is hardly a trend, but thanks to a 22-year-old Tiktok-er by the name of Mia Lind, the oldest exercise in the world is getting a rebrand. The Los Angeles native started going on what she called "hot girl walks" in 2021 as a way to put focus back on herself, instead of things outside of her control. “The way that I was living was focused on other people, full of anxiety, a bad relationship with food...
The sphere of mental health has witnessed monumental advancements over the past many years. What spearheaded this change was the replacement of asylums with community-based mental health services in the 1960s, that helped foster the holistic well-being of people battling mental illnesses. Moreover, in 1949, May was established as the Mental Health Awareness Month to acknowledge the existence of mental health struggles and spread awareness about how one can emerge from them. And ever since then, we have come a long way in destigmatizing...
  Several times a year, messenger planet Mercury starts to slow down in the sky, creating annoyances amongst us earthlings, as communication and travel starts to go haywire. Yes, it’s that time of year again! Drama, arguments, and chaos abound: welcome to Mercury Retrograde. Hours before Mercury starts its journey backwards, Venus — the planet of love and money who had been retrograde since the beginning of May to June shifts out of its rearward rotation, moving forward. This may cause complications in matters of the heart...
On May 14th, various reproductive justice, health, and rights organizations want us to mobilize across the country. Planned Parenthood, MoveOn, Women’s March, and other organizations are promoting the “‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ day of action” and calling for mass mobilization. 80% of Americans support access to abortion, and yet, the supreme court seems not to be on our side. We are the majority. We can pressure unjust lawmakers to respect the will of the people, just like the Green Wave movement in Latin America. The...
For much of human history, women have been the main keepers and distributors of mycological knowledge. Here, we meet just a few of the female scientists, naturalists, farmers, and healers who have been, and continue to be, inspired and empowered by the magic of mushrooms The mushrooms glisten in the early autumn light like freshly glazed confections in a pastry case. Deep in the forest, each form shines under a fine dew, amplifying the ethereal blues, maroons, and yellows. I move slowly, as leaves softly crackle...