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  After a lifetime of strangers scurrying from my path, coworkers asking if I'm angry with them and people looking back at me with a panicked "What?" I accepted my diagnosis. I have what medical professionals call severe chronic resting bitchface. My features naturally relax into a scowl somewhere between judgy stone statue and pre-strike hooded cobra. When concentrating or listening intently, my brows angle down like train cars about to collide. Occasionally the left eyebrow makes a break for my hairline in an arch that...
If you’ve stopped collecting plastic forks and disposable chopsticks, you’re one step closer to greening your kitchen. Some items, however, are harder to let go—like cling wrap. It’s just so easy and convenient! But infusing fabric with beeswax does a similar trick, creating malleable wraps that can cover cut fruit and veggies, hold a snack, or pack your favorite sammie. And the result is way cuter. Beeswax is naturally antibacterial (for a vegan version, you can sub candelilla wax, though the end result is less...

We're excited to announce our dates for this years BUST Craftacular and School for Creative Living, December 8 and 9 at the Brooklyn Expo in Greenpoint Brooklyn. We'll have vendors selling the cutest handmade gifts (just in time for the Holidays) and we'll have over 50 classes to choose from to keep you busy learning new skills. The school will feature dozens of local artists and businesses. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn crafts and trades and will take away tangible items made from scratch....

  Samhain is the midpoint between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice and marks the last harvest of the year. During this day, we are able to bridge the gap between the psychical world and the spiritual plane—allowing all to celebrate our ancestors and spirits. Modern culture makes us all see Samhain (Halloween) as a money machine (mostly from the candy, movie, and costume industries). However, Samhain is much more than dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, or scary movies. It’s a time to celebrate the living...

In the Victorian era, Halloween parties were rife with games designed to help young ladies see into their marital futures. These games were generally played at co-ed Halloween celebrations. There were even some which could be played by gentlemen. The bulk of these games, however, were geared toward marriage-minded females. It is therefore not surprising to find descriptions of Halloween parties—or Halloween Teas—that were strictly for women. The November 5, 1898 edition of the Western Mail describes a Halloween tea held by a young lady by...
Goddess of the night, the moon, and magic—Hecate is the witch who controls all other witches. Known as the Crone Goddess (of the Waning Moon, the most powerful lunar phase), Hecate is a goddess who presides over the earth, sea, and sky. She has the power to create storms, manifest chaos, and guard others, allowing refuge and safety. She also serves as the protector of all women, newborn living creatures, and witchcraft—thus making her one of the most powerful goddesses in Greek mythology and the...

In November, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be presenting a new exhibition titled Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal. It features four gorgeous Victorian dolls and their equally gorgeous Victorian wardrobes. The dolls—known as Miss Fanchon, Miss G. Townsend, Miss French Mary, and Marie Antoinette—were all made in France during the 1860s and 1870s. They have painted bisque heads, leather bodies, and measure between 18 and 22 inches in height. The Philadelphia Museum of Art calls them “the ultimate toy for...
Two years ago, in the midst of a blue period, I decided to attend a meditation retreat. In the space of a month, I had my heart broken, lost my job, and was rejected from every graduate program I applied to for a public policy degree. During that time, I travelled through most days like a ghost, unable (despite how many Wikihow pieces I read) to rid myself of some deep and great loneliness. To make matters worse, I ran into my ex, a smug PhD...
  Oftentimes, celebrities faithlessly tinker with the occult world, not fully committing to their truest beliefs. As an astrologer, I wholeheartedly trust and have faith in the tarot—which is why when I heard the wonderful and brilliant Rachel True has a new tarot deck and book coming out, I jumped at the chance to interview her.  Rachel True is known for her amazing acting chops, positivity, beauty, and spirituality—as well as her iconic role as Rochelle in The Craft. Her upcoming memoir True Heart Intuitive Tarot documents her life and...
Every Halloween fanatic dreams of creating their own haunted house, but the concept can seem a little overwhelming. Don’t stress yourself to death—we have some simple tricks that will have you murdering the fright game. Getting Started 1. Let everyone know when your haunted house will be open. You may want to put a sign out or set up a Facebook event listing the dates and times, so that ghouls and goblins know when to come by. 2. Decide if you want to charge for entry. This...