Great Small Businesses: @sisterpalm !

This week’s great small businesses I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with @sisterpalm!

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

“I am a palm reader and artist from Austin, Texas by the name Sister Palm.

Just coming into my thirties, I’ve already been studying the occult science of hand analysis for over ten years, in which time I’ve been exploring techniques from all cultures around the world & time periods, seeing how palmistry is truly an ancient art closely.

In 2019 I started reading hands professionally as Sister Palm because there is an interest & need for the resurgence of palm reading in my community. I find my career as a palm reader very satisfying because the information one can gain about themselves through hand analysis is not only miraculously accurate, but also incredibly helpful & valuable to everyone in every phase of life!”

2. What interested you in palm reading?

“I’ve always been a little mystical and intuitive, but it was actually my career as a visual artist that led me to learn palm reading. As an artist you have to train your eyes to see every little detail about something; intensely looking for informative detail is something I was already doing and I started learning about face reading and body reading because I was drawing people. After finding surprising success through learning ‘oriental face reading’ I was curious to see if hand reading held any validity as well. In my personal research over the years I’ve come to realize that looking into the hands for information about ourselves and our lives is as old as humanity itself, and hand reading has been talked about in every civilization since the dawning of time. The vast and enigmatic history of hand analysis intrigued me to study more about the ancient art and science of palm reading. As I continue my personal research I become more intrigued with palm reading because it is the visual representation of a person’s astrological chart and genetic make-up.”

3. Can you talk about your most memorable palm reading you had and why?

“The most memorable palm reading I ever had was actually reading my own father’s hands for the first time in the year 2009. I was a sophomore in college visiting my father over lunch at this Korean Restaurant in Copperas Cove, Texas, telling him about my new interest in hand reading– which was just another one of my many hobbies at the time. I know my father to be a good-sport, so I asked if I could take a look at his hands for practice. I didn’t know what I was looking for. I wasn’t even looking for anything, but I wanted to practice and the beginning palmist is encouraged to look at a lot of different hands as a learning method.
What started as a casual conversation on what I had recently learned about in one of my palmistry books actually caused an epiphany! Observing the marriage mount on his dominant hand my jaw dropped: his “children lines” on the percussive side of the hand were clearly marked in accordance with his two marriages and five offspring: two children with his first wife and three children with the second! Amazing accuracy! It was right there; just like my books had described. Even now, I recall how shocking it was to see something I knew to be true so plainly marked on his hands. After seeing the accuracy of his marriage and children lines I knew the hand actually does record information about a person, for such a clear marking could be no coincidence. That affirmation ignited a life-long interest in the divinatory arts for me.”

4. If you had to pick 3 people (dead or alive) to read for. Who would you pick and why?

” I would love to read Dr. William Benham’s hands because he wrote the most comprehensive book on palmistry in the year 1900 called The Laws of Scientific Hand Reading, and his studies on hand reading are referenced in countless publications even to this day. I believe Dr. William Benham was a very interesting person, and I have a lot of respect for someone like him, who went against the cultural norm to pursue his own interests in the occult sciences. He pioneered hand reading for all of us and I am very interested in the character of his hands. While he published hundreds of hand prints over the years, he never included his own, which adds to my personal curiosity of what the hands of this great person might look like. I mean, I’m sure he had Philosopher’s hands and perhaps a Mystic Cross!

For my own research on the genetic effects of the planetary archetypes, I would pick the hands of my grandparents and great grandparents to read, were they not deceased as well. I think it would be fascinating to print the hands of multiple generations to see which archetypal traits are carried from person to person via genetics. Having printed my own hands and the hands of my parents and siblings, I am interested in researching the relationship amongst the hands of blood-relatives further.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I am releasing my first ever PALMISTRY ZINE! This is very exciting for me because I get to combine my love of pleasing visuals with my love of sharing information around the occult science of hand analysis! A lot of times people express an interest in hand reading to me, but, and I know from first-hand experience independently researching palmistry, there’s a frustration around the unreliable resources available for learning this valuable skill. I think hand reading is a wonderful tool and I’m excited to create a resource that serves as a straightforward and simple introduction to seeing what your hand has to say about you! As Aristotle famously said “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” “

If you would like more information about @sisterpalm. Here is her contact information:

Instagram: @sisterpalm

She also offers in person readings in Austin, Texas and virtual readings via zoom.

thank you so much for the interview Miriam!

A “cute, furry, little monster”: Grover

I feel like Grover has the personality of being a ray of sunshine during a down pour of rain. He may be the most random character in Sesame Street but he definitely one of more kind and optimistic of the group.

Grover actually first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show during the holiday season of 1967 under another name: Gleep. He had a skit with Kermit the frog (youtube video above that shows this appearance). He main purpose in the skit was to take away all of the toys that were made in Santa’s workshop.

After that appearance he would randomly pop up other muppet related shows such as The Muppets on Puppets in 1970. Which appeared on a public Television station in Hershey, Pennsylvania as part of that channel’s “Adventure in the Arts series”:

In these earlier appearances Grover was a of forest green color Muppet but went to a dark blue shade and bubblegum pink nose during season 2 of Sesame Street. Also during the first season of Sesame Street he changed his name is Grover and had a voice very close to Cookie Monster’s voice. But seasons after that he had the voice we currently known him for.

Some facts about Grover:

He is best friends with Kermit the frog because the work together alot:

He sang one of my favorite Sesame Street songs Monster in the Mirror:

And ABC Disco with Grover:

He is a muppet of many trades. He likes to take jobs that service the public such as being a waiter or working at a movie theater. Although he made not being the very being at those job he does try his best in trying to make everyone happy.

Frank Oz has made various comments about the Grover’s personality was inspired by one his dogs.

He is one of the few Muppets that is a super hero. He super hero name is Super Grover. His powers are trying to help as much people as possible however sometimes he doesn’t actually end up doing that.

What is your favorite trait about this Muppet? Comment below!

Until next time!

Sources: muppet wiki, and youtube

Movie of the Day: Being There (1979)

This week’s movie of the day is Being There (1979) directed by Hal Ashby. Starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, and Melvyn Douglas. I remember the first time I watched this movie was because I am such an admirer of the director of this film: Hal Ashby.

I just finished watching one of his other films. Harold and Maude and I absolutely love the film! I really enjoyed the dark humor and unique outlook of the film. So I looked for other movies that he directed and came across Being There.

Now I am a huge fan of Peter Sellers movies and I came to realized that I never saw him in a dramatic role. So watching this movie was a nice change of pace from watching being ultra in your face funny to under layer of a more human and even temper character.

Peter Sellers plays a man named Chance who lived a very sheltered life as a gardener in his boss’s home in Washington DC. He has never left the house nor knows the comforts of technology other than television nor can he read or write. When his boss dies Chance suddenly has to leave everything he is used to and have to venture fully on his own in the streets of DC.

During a car accident he becomes injury by a limo who is owned by a wife of a super wealthy and highly regarded businessman. Chance suddenly gets wisk away to their house where he meets the businessmen named Benjamin Rand. He is in extreme ill health from a sickness he knows that he will not get better from. From there a very unlikely bond happens between Chance and Mr. Rand. Chance becomes that hottest and most talked about person in Washington DC. His simple ways of being a gardener reaches and touches the political minds of Washington DC into a frenzy.

I have been re-watching this movie on the Criterion Collection channel, and I still feel like it holds up in many ways for me. The last time I saw it was in 2008 and I still feel like the performances are very strong.

Fun fact about this movie: Burt Lancaster was being considered for the role of Benjamin Rand.

Have you seen this movie or any of Hal Ashby films? If so which one is the most memorable? Comment below!

Until next time!!!

Source: IMDB

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @msfemfatale_!

This week I interview instagram account: @msfemfatale_

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

” Well the name is Heather May and I’m an Artist & Writer.  I have a background in Journalism and Esthetics (Make Up/Skin Care).  I live with a chronic illness which affects my day to day and has altered my once super busy corporate life.   However through my challenges, I am able to work on my true passion, art and writing.   Plus they are pain/therapy coping mechanisms.  I have my really bad days and I’ve used my online platforms as an authentic place of safety and freedom- to just be me.   I have a blog I’m getting back into where I share musings and hopefully soon to be more written stories.  I’ve started a podcast this last year, that has allowed me to connect with some amazing individuals and form many new friendships and experiences.  I also have started doing intuitive oracle readings to help others and have expanded my concepts on reality and my relationships with the spiritual world. Myself being an empath, INFP, life path 5, and a Taurus-Scorpio-Cancer I am not of the norm, but I am follower of Christianity, however more open minded than closed minded. I think God wants us to embrace people more instead of shunning them.  I also have recently been doing influencer work with companies and I’m really enjoying it. I sometimes use my voice to sing, as I did all throughout my youth and competed in competitions.  Sometimes for silly laughs, I have an alias rap name called Hottie Ice, and when I’m in a mood I tend to throw down a ridiculous track.  

I guess it makes me feel like a bad bitch gangster 🤣 (that’s my sarcasm funny) 

Things I’m into:  I love horror, pop culture, photography, helping people, aesthetically pleasing things, music, movies, animals, bohemian concepts, science, magical things, organic/holistic health, nature, science, and soul experiences- list really goes on. Things I like:  cult classics like twin peaks, and so on, retro nostalgia, anime, and flowers, crystals, baths (water is very grounding for me), sound therapies, and butterflies. I’m a dreamer, lover, and dog mom through and through. I do have my cynical moments and carry a very witty sense of humor.

 I’d say aside from my eyes, it’s one of my best traits.  I’ve had some deep trauma in my life and many trauma survivors, kind of develop a bit of a sensitive yet harder side, that allows us to be unapologetically real. “

2. What is Atomic Blonde Podcast?

” I started this podcast about a year ago.  I spent my early adult years touring with and dating several well known musicians.  I thought it would be fun to talk about those experiences, but in reality it developed into so much more than that.  
The name Atomic Blonde came from a mixture of ideas, but my best description would be a mix of Bob Marley’s Redemption song which talks about that Atomic Energy and mixing that with the flamboyant blonde personality I harbor, you get Atomic Blonde.   

My show has grown so much and not only do I share random past stories, the podcast has turned into a platform for me to be really authentic and talk about things I’m dealing with in life and the realness of others experiences.  Each week I have on a guest that I find interesting, or a friend, or a circled connection, and we talk about life, truths, music, zodiac stuff, and the list goes on. There is never a dull moment, and the pop quiz portion is so much fun!  My ultimate goal with my podcast is to help others through the sharing of experiences, and that empowers me, also in my own mental health/physical journey.    I like a variety and my show definitely packs a sizzle but a good one for the heart. Readers can listen on Spotify or Apple – just search Atomic Blonde Podcast and come on over to my party!  Everyone is welcome ❤️Sometimes I take short time breaks due to life or health things, but I always keep the atomic going!  Working on some new guest line ups as we speak. “

3. Can you talk a little about your youtube channel?

“I don’t really have an active YouTube channel I promote, but you can find some of my rap beats over there.  I’d rather promote my blog or my Instagram where I’m most active in the social media sphere @msfemfatale_

4. What is a hidden talent that you have that many people don’t know?

“Oh my goodness, I’m not quite sure… I guess sometimes, I wish I had superpowers and if I did, I’d want to fly or somehow save the world.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

I own a store where you can order merchandise I design, in the form of tees and bags called The Ghoulbie Shop:

I have been putting a collection of my poetry together for sometime, and I hope to have it published in its own book, by the end of the year. 
I am taking custom Art Commissions always and you can contact me through my social channels for that as well as my Instagram art page @hmayartz 

If you like to learn more information about Heather May the following link is below:

thank you so much for the interview!!!

Until Next time!

So I was thinking…….

as the end of summer is nearby I had a couple of random thoughts these last couple of months. I have been thinking about writing a children’s book. I have a couple of ideas bouncing in my head and want to collaborate with an illustrator.

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @littlehalien !

This week I interviewed @littlehalien :

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:
Selfie from René Magritte exhibition at SFMOMA

“My name is Hayley Richardson and I have lived in Denver, CO for 11 years. I grew up in San Francisco and the South Bay area of Los Angeles, and lived in New Mexico for my high school and college years (plus a few extra). I came to Denver to pursue a masters degree in art history and museum studies, and because I fell in love with the amazing art and music scenes here. Art is my big passion in life – I am especially fond of American counterculture art of the 1950s-1970s and Mesoamerican art. I’ve worked in galleries and museums since I was 15 and I have been Director of The Dikeou Collection in Denver for 6 years.

Sorting and organizing collage materials

Aside from my job, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, collage/drawing/painting/photo and video editing, cooking (especially New Mexican cuisine. . . green chile on everything!), going to concerts and clubs when I can though I can’t hang like I used to (veteran raver kid), exploring second-hand shops/antique malls/thrift stores/flea markets, and attempting to re-work research papers for publication (not going well lol). Big nature and animal lover, too.”

2. How did you come up with your Instagram name?

“The name Halien was bestowed upon me by my 4th grade teacher. I had just moved to LA and was the “weirdo from San Francisco” who insisted on reading ridiculous stories I had written about the class getting abducted by aliens, complete with chalkboard illustrations. I resurrected the name as my username for New Mexico rave message boards and it has stuck ever since, both online and IRL.”

3. Can you talk a little about the museum you work for?

Momoyo Torimitsu, “Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable,” 2000; Vik Muniz, “Milan (Last Supper),” 1998

“The Dikeou Collection is a private collection of contemporary art that is free and open to the public. The collection is comprised of about 40 international artists (and growing), and was founded by brother and sister Denver-natives Pany and Devon Dikeou. The collection is located on the 5th floor of a historic building, and is a winding sprawl of office suites that we converted into exhibition spaces. The artwork spans all genres and media, from painting and photography, to video and interactive sculpture. Devon Dikeou is the curator of the collection, and she is also an artist and the founder/editor/publisher of NYC-based art publication zingmagazine. Most of the artists represented in the collection have had their work published in zingmagazine, and Devon’s artwork is exhibited in the collection, so the intersections between collecting, publishing, and art practice is the conceptual foundation of the collection as an exhibition.”

Detail of Devon Dikeou “Not Quite Mrs. De Menil’s Liquor Closet,” 1991 ongoing, taken at “Mid-Career Smear” opening reception. Photo credit: From the Hip Photography

People frequently ask how often we change exhibitions and the answer is never. . . we don’t rotate, we expand. So not only do we have the main location downtown, we also have a pop-up gallery in a former record shop on Colfax Ave by the capitol. However, in March 2019 we closed for one year to de-install the collection for Devon Dikeou’s retrospective exhibition “Mid-Career Smear,” which opened in February 2020. We had to temporarily close again due to Covid, but the exhibition has re-opened and will be on view at The Dikeou Collection until February 2023. The original Dikeou Collection artwork/exhibition (plus new acquisitions), will come back on view sometime in 2024.

Custom sunglasses workshop at Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax with a view of some of the vinyl archive

We have a very active programming/events calendar with a literary series, film screenings, family art workshops, artist talks, tours, an internship program, a jazz concert series, and DJ events. (Currently working to rebuild the events calendar in a Covid-world). In addition to the art collection, I also oversee an extensive vinyl archive of 15,000+ LPs, 45s, and 10”, an in-office library, film, and article archive, and a large collection of vintage fashion.”

9 of the 33 racks from the fashion archive in a custom cedar paneled room (prior to being covered in muslin garment bags)

4. What made you want to become a museum director?

“I actually wanted to be a curator more than a director. In addition to my love of art, I developed a passion for collecting at a young age. My room was always full of treasures on display, but things got serious when I discovered Beanie Babies in 1995 (yes, I was one of those people). I closely followed the market trends, filled binders and notebooks with handwritten checklists and variant spec sheets, subscribed and wrote to all the collectors magazines, made friends with the shop owners I liked, and got a little competitive about it sometimes. “

My best friend gifted me these awesome Teenie Beanie Baby international bears from McDonalds

“These habits transferred to other things I collected like prints, magazines, art books, vinyl toys, and music as I got older. I didn’t even know what a curator was until I was about 14 and my dad suggested combining my art knowledge and collecting skills into a curatorial career. After college someone told me I needed to work for a private collector, and all I could think was, “Yeah right, that could never happen in a million years.” Now I am director of one of the strongest private contemporary art collections in the country. . .wild!”

5. What has been your favorite movie you have watched this summer and why?

“Sadly I am out of touch with movies right now so I don’t really have a favorite for the summer. I’ve watched a lot of documentaries and docu-series, though. I’ve watched all of the “Dark Side” series on Vice, “This is Pop” on Netflix, “Icon: Music Through the Lens” on PBS, and “In Search of Darkness” and “Crystal Lake Memories” on Shudder. “The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story” on Hulu was very well done. “Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage” left me bothered in a lot of ways, but it led me to look up videos of the performances and those have been fun to revisit. I grew up watching documentaries about my parents’ generation, and now that we are 2 decades into the 21st century, the 1980s and 1990s are prime for documentary retrospective analysis. I’m a sucker for nostalgia and since that’s my generation, it’s interesting to look back at the world that shaped me. I haven’t been to a movie theater yet since they’ve reopened, but I would really like to see “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.”

If you would like to learn more about Hayley. The following contact information is below:

Instagram: @littlehalien

Twitter: @littleHalien

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Dikeou Collection Website:

Dikeou Collection Instagram: @dikeoucollection

A Sultry Summer: the movie version!

Hello everyone!!! With the end of summer coming around the corner I decided to talk about three movies that was on my to watch list. Most of them are older movies but I feel represent the feeling of summer.

Body Heat ( 1981) directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner:

Set in Florida during the hottest months of the year. Kathleen Turner plays a married woman name Mary Ann Simpson (aka Matty) who meets a lawyer named Ned Racine. Things become especially sultry between the two when they start an affair and began plotting to kill Matty’s husband. But things start to twist and turn when Ned realizes he signed up for something he wasn’t prepared for with Matty.

I remember I had to watch this movie for a class I took in college and never thought about it again until the Criterion Collection included in it’s neo film collection. I just re-watched it a couple of days ago and I appreciate it a lot more because it reminds me of the older neo classics.

Fun Fact about the movie: Christopher Reeve was offer the role of Ned Racine but turned it down because he believed that he couldn’t do the personality trait of a lawyer justice.

Body Double (1984) directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith and Gregg Henry.

This movie was on my to watch list for a good decade but for some reason I kept putting it off until this June. It stars Craig Wasson who plays Jake. He is a struggling actor who decides to house sit for an other actor’s house for a couple of weeks. He notices his neighbor across the street has a unique nightly ritual that she performs and he starts to have an infatuation that leads into chaos.

I ended up watching this movie twice because I was totally smitten with the Pino Donaggio soundtrack! One personal favorite is the song called “Telescope”

Fun Fact about the movie:

Melanie Griffith said that the role of Holly lead her to get the role of Working Girl (1988) directed by Mike Nichols:

Manhunter (1986) directed by Michael Mann. Starring Ton Noonan, William Peterson, and Joan Allen:

William Grahman is a retired FBI Profiler but comes back for last case. He has to track down a crazy serial killer named “the tooth fairy” while consulting an other serial killer that he locked up.

Fun Fact about this movie: this soundtrack was on heavy rotation on my June music playlist.

What movies are you watching during the end of the summer? Comment below!

Until next time.

Sources, Youtube and

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @hollywoodk_!

Hello and welcome to this week’s Welcome to the Insta-hood! This week I interviewed @hollywoodk_

  1. Tell me a little about yourself: ” I’m a born and raised New Yorker, but I also used to spend a lot of time on the west coast with my Grandmother in Long Beach California.”

2.  What made you get into making movies?

“Well I always loved watching action and horror movies since I was a child, renting from Blockbuster and watching movie marathons on TV. But what got me interested in being a part of creating films was watching my mother. My mom worked in the TV/Film industry in the 90’s and early 00’s and she was my first example of seeing someone actually being a part of the process of creating the things I saw on the big screen. As I grew more and more interested in film I was given a Sony Camcorder on my 12th birthday. I then convinced some of my friends who had realistic airsoft guns to make a black and white mafia movie with me, we all got our church suits and did our best rendition of Reservoir Dogs (we were all like 12). After that I just caught the filmmakers bug, I continued to learn new things and perfect my craft and now I’m here.”

3.  Can you talk a bit about your short that is coming out in August?

“My short that’s being premiered on through the 2021 Hip Hop Film Festival is called “A Bittersweet Picture”. The film is about a young frustrated actor trying to break into Hollywood but is pulled between what he deems necessary for success and the ideals of his militant conspiracy theorist father. I came up with the script idea a few years ago, when it seemed like the curtain was being pulled on what goes on behind the scenes in the film industry, it’s not as glamorous as we all thought growing up and I wanted to create something that mirrored that. The film is very much inspired by David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive with a touch of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. “

4. If you had to make a summer movie list 2021 to watch:  What would be your top four movies on that list and why?

” I can’t lie, I haven’t seen a brand new movie in a while but I can recommend a few older ones I’ve checked out. With the latest one being “The Lighthouse” a great atmospheric psychological horror movie, even a little funny at times too. “Uncut Gems” was another good kind of crime/drama film, it reminded me of “Bad Lieutenant” with Harvey Keitel (Damn the Nicholas Cage remake) which is another one of my favorite movies. Also “Bad Trip” by Eric Andre was hilarious, and I loved the way they made a narrative out of a prank movie.”

Bad Lieutenant

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“Yes I do, I’m also working on my merchandise that’s inspired by the Underground Film scene coming soon. Fashion is just as important in a film then anything, a lot of the classics that we remember we never forget what they were wearing Spike Lee and his jordans in “Do The Right Thing” Bruce Lee with his yellow jumpsuit in “Game of Death” and the classic suits in “Reservoir Dogs”. I wanted to make a clothing line that was a love letter to the underground film scene.”

If you like more information on Kenny Allen. The following contact information is below:

Instagram: @hollywoodk_

youtube channel:

The Fry Kids

When I was little I was always fascinated by the McDonald’s commercials that involved the McDonald’s characters. But some of their characters left me wondering how they would function in real life. Then when I got older I realized that they were only characters in an advertising campaign. However the fry kids were one of those characters I was wondering how they function without hands and arms? I remember back in the mid 90’s there was a bunch of McDonald’s commercials of them dancing or play soccer. Yet I wonder who was goalie and was the soccer ball blocked?

There is not a lot of information about the Fry kids. However they first appeared as early as 1972 and their original name was “French Fry Gobblins”.

The French Fry Gobblins first appeared in the McDonalds commercials and they were kind of creepy. There main goal in life as to steal other people’s fries.

Later as the other McDonald’s characters such as Grimace and the Hamburglar evolved. So did the French Fry Gobblins. Especially after Sid and Marty Krofft sued McDonald’s in 1973 for ripping off their work. It was super compared and had a very similar concept to Sid and Marty Krofft’s show H.R. Pufnstuf.

Here is the more in-depth video of what happen:

The lawsuit was stretched in court and final decisions were not made until 1979. And every McDonald’s character had to go through a massive makeover or disappear completely from the campaign. For the ” French Fry Gobblins” their transformation included getting ride of the creepy eye thing, they got shorten in height, became lesser shaggy, were made into different colors, and some had different facial features such as eye wear or eyelids. They got renamed “The Fry Guys” but later in 1985 they introduced girls into the line and they got renamed to the “The Fry Kids.”

The Fry Kids appeared in the McDonald’s campaign until 2008 and like the other McDonald’s characters where phased out of the McDonald’s promotion. I miss these McDonald’s characters because I feel like they were the most unique in the group. Although other than different colors and distinctions I do not remember if the Fry Kids had names of their own? In any regard I will always remember fondly of these cute but forever creepy characters.

What is your favorite McDonald’s character? Comment below!!

Source: Wikipedia, McDonald’s Wiki, Youtube.

Great Small Businesses: @shadowworkbotanica!

This week great small business interview is on @shadowworkbotanica !

  1. How did your business start?

“As a kid, I grew up around witchcraft or brujeria more so. My father was always consulting with brujas and my grandmother, his mom, was the inspiration behind starting this path and this business. There are actually quite a few women on my fathers side that are on the Bruja path, which I find comforting and use it as confirmation that I was born to be a witch. The idea of the business came to me in waves, having to push past my fear and self limiting beliefs that told me that I couldn’t’ possibly be a business owner. I have worked a 9-5 my whole adult life, so stepping out in this way was challenging. I began my formal studies in 2016, with Germanic white witch, which is so far from the path I am now on. She taught me a lot and I felt myself awaken to plant medicine. I then found Hood Herbalism in early 2017 and continued on the path of studying, building community, and as that grew so did this voice inside me that said I had to do this beyond just making things for friends and family. It still took some time before I would get the business to where it is today. I had a very bad breakup in which my ex, out of spite, wanted to lay claim over the previous incarnation of the business, pushing me into a dark place where I didn’t want to make medicine anymore. And so I didn’t for months. I focused on moving, building a new, safe home for myself, work, and getting through the pandemic. I fell in love, and with that, came a renewed energy for life. Spirit also gave me time and then said, let’s get back to work. I launched my botanica in January 2021, with a new logo, new products, and a renewed sense of power that this is my path, and no one is going to knock me off of it. Life has happened, and as we all work to get back to “normal,” I am trying to evolve and grow this business into something that could sustain me and get me out of the 9-5 grind. Goddexx willing, this will eventually be the case.”

2. How did you come up with your business name?

“Carl Jung. Lol. I am a big fan of his work, and the concept of shadow work is something I use in my formal work as a substance use disorder counselor, which is a fancy way of saying addictions counselor. I have worked in mental health since I was 22, so it’s a play on that and on the fact that the tools I make are just that… tools to help you on your shadow work journeys. I have been on my own personal shadow work journey for many years, and continue to be a student of life in this way. I believe it’s vital for us to confront the darker aspects of ourselves, and learn to integrate the lessons we’re here to learn, so what better name than that?”

3. What are your top 3 selling products and why do you think they are so popular?

“Pain Relief Liniment. I have to say, these are also my personal favorites. Our Daily Protection Oil is a just that. Something to incorporate into your daily life, that offers an extra layer of protection from energetic sludge you might encounter in your day. I always advise my clients to make it a daily habit, creating that bond and trust between them and the plants. I am just a middle man. The plantitas, gemstones, and oils all do all the work. Our Cleansing Spray was first formulated for my office, as there are tons of heavy energies and bad vibes, which can’t be smoke cleansed away. It smells like a delicious herbal tea with hints of grapefruit. I love the smell. It’s potent, grounding, and cleansing as is its name. And lastly, the product that started it all… Grandma Clem’s. This one is named after my Abuelita Clementina, who has now passed. She always kept a jar of this infusion in her closet, and it’s a tried and true remedy for pain relief. I use this when I’ve had a long day of typing at work, and it immediately relieves the pain and stiffness. I think these products are my top selling because they’re my favorite products, not that I don’t love the others. These are just closer to my heart, and therefore that energy is felt.”

4. With the summer season coming up: What products from your store do you recommend for that season?

“My number one recommendation for summer is our Must Be Magick! Multipurpose Salve. It’s great for pain relief, muscle tension, bug bites, sunburns, dry skin, etc.”

5. Can you discuss the process of your grief consultation process?

“I added the brief consultation option because I was getting a lot of questions that required deeper thought and discussion. I like spending time with people, getting to know where they’re at on their shadow work journeys, so I can pin point what they may need. These are intuitive as well as incorporate my formal counseling skills. I am clear on my purpose thus far, and it’s to help people, and this is just another way to do that. I want to eventually offer more formal energy work sessions incorporating other modalities that I am trained in, but for now these sessions can help someone just get a little more clarity as to the next steps on their journey.”

6. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“Nothing so new or exciting, but overall just happy that I’m in love with someone who is literally my best friend and is going to start helping me more with the business end of things. She is amazingly smart and a true partner. Her name is Celeste, and we met in 2007 on a lesbian site called Our Chart. She says I friendzoned her immediately, but can’t fight fate. Lol. It really is crazy how when you let go of things that aren’t for you, the Universe sends you what is. She’s amazing and I can go on and on if you let me.”

If you would like more information about Edith and her store. The following contact information is below:

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Instagram: @shadowworkbotanica

Thank you for the interview Edith!

Until Next time!