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Enter HausWitch in Salem, MA, and it’s clear why 39-year-old Gemini witch and shop owner Erica Feldmann calls it the “sunbeam treasure palace.” The high-ceilinged space is filled with light, a welcoming scent, and music fit for a party. You’ll find a rainbow of crystals, spell kits, the brand’s LightHaus magical cleaning products, independent artists’ “hauswares,” feminist texts, and even a citrine crystal fireplace dedicated to Hestia, the Greek goddess of hearth and home. “I really like to think about how we can open people’s minds...
This fall, let's all give pumpkin spice a break and update our pantries with globally inspired seasonings instead. With thoughtful flavors, pretty packaging, and ethical sourcing, these innovative women-owned brands are putting the zing in seasoning.      SPICE TREE ORGANICS Sisters-in-law Doaa Elkady and Freda Nokaly draw on their Egyptian roots and Queens, NY, upbringing to create intensely flavored, high-quality spice blends like Greek Table, Malaysian Curry, and NYC Halal Cart (each $8.95 for 2 oz.). Spice Tree Organics sources spices from around the world and donates 2.5 percent of profits...
Whether you're new to tarot, or simply want to add to your deck collection, it's always great to tap into that divine feminine energy by using a deck created by women. We gathered together 13 of our favorite tarot and oracle decks designed by women.  1. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck by Pamela Colman Smith Long-hailed as the OG standard for tarot cards, the Rider-Waite Tarot deck was created in 1909, featuring the hand-drawn illustrations of Pamela Colman Smith. Before the Rider-Waite deck, most tarot cards featured minimalist signatures...
One of the easiest ways to make some artful magic is by creating a talisman—an object we can enchant by calling upon natural energies, including our own, to charge it with our desired intention. Combined with the power of symbols that speak to the subconscious mind, this piece becomes a physical representation of the changes we wish to call into our lives. Creating a talisman through embroidery isn’t just about making something that looks nice—the act of making in itself can be calming and meditative....
Turn your kitchen into a living room by growing your own sprouts What you need: Seeds for sprouting (try sproutpeople.org, where a pound can run $6 to $30, depending on the type, or get smaller amounts at a natural foods store or co-op)  Clean and sterilized wide-mouth mason jars and lids or rubber bands A shallow cake pan or Pyrex dish Cheesecloth or dishcloth (cut to size) For alfalfa and smaller sprouts: Pour about a teaspoon of seeds into your mason jar. Fill the jar halfway with water and...
My first “job” ever was, age eight, putting Mary Kay labels on products, reboxing them, and organizing them in the first of the three rooms in my childhood home that Mary Kay would eventually take over. Pictures of Mary Kay Ash, the company founder, were framed like saints around our strictly Jewish house. Any female-presenting restaurant server with good skin inevitably walked away from our family’s table with a Mary Kay business card and a sales pitch. My mother reached the first reward tier, then...

Classic t-day dishes go gluten-free I used to love devouring anything made out of flour (especially a bread basket). I’d feel great for 20 minutes, then start coughing like a cat with a furball. I met a naturopathic doctor who said, “You’re allergic to wheat.” I said, “No pizza, no pasta, no bread? Couldn’t I just be allergic to sex?” When I stopped eating wheat, I felt lighter, younger, healthier, and happier. But Thanksgiving can be particularly hard for us gluten-free folks. I can usually eat the...
  The Food and Drug Administration has given their full approval for Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, marking the first covid vaccine to receive FDA approval.  Previously, vaccines had been distributed and administered to patients via the FDA’s emergency use authorization which allows for the quick availability of medical products needed during public health crises. Vaccines administered under emergency use authorization still go through rigorous safety and efficacy testing of two months of safety monitoring data on tens of thousands of study participants, the time period in...
If you have a pet, chances are, they’ll leave this earth before you. It’s a cruel truth of nature, but it’s also a gift. My almost 17-year-old Italian greyhound Ned recently came to the end of his tenacious little life. The changes first became obvious in how he interacted with the world, then in his frailty and his neediness. Caring for him made me feel like a new mom again; my son learned to hold him delicately and the whole family became very patient—there are...
Nothing levels up a beverage like a colorful piece of fruit, veggie, herb, or flower frozen in a perfectly clear cube. Whether you want to make an extra special cocktail or just fancy up some lemonade, it’s like having a little work of art right there in your glass. But there’s more to making ice than you might think—Leslie Kirchhoff wrote a whole book about it: Disco Cube Cocktails: 100+ Innovative Recipes for Artful Ice and Drinks. Here are her clear cube tips and tricks,...