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Community Spotlight: Erica Valera

Community Spotlight: Erica Valera

Tell us about who you are and your body of work... I’m Erica Valera, evidentiary medium, witchy intuitive mentor, mother, artist, and bruja. In typical Gemini fashion, I wear many hats so it’s hard to pin myself to one thing. I’m constantly learning new healing & divination modalities and ways to express myself.    What is your origin story? Tell us where and how you grew up. Are there details from your culture and upbringing that influence your work today?  I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts that’s working class and lower income. I’m first generation, both of...

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3 Ways To Wear Pearl Jewelry

3 Ways To Wear Pearl Jewelry

Yes, pearls are June’s birthstone and yes, June is now over, BUT our love affair will continue with this stone all. summer. long. Pearls embody all that we love about this season. They have a purity and innocence to them; a dreamy essence full of nostalgia. Pearls and puka shells paired with tankinis and Old Navy flip flops amiright?    While our pearl looks have elevated since then, we still love that these styles have a touch of youthfulness to them, keeping us young at heart in a contemporary way.   Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite pearl...

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Community Spotlight: Jewellee Williams

Community Spotlight: Jewellee Williams

This week we caught up with Jewellee Williams, the esthetician & business owner of our favorite Rittenhouse spa, Crown Jewel Esthetics. Scroll on to read our interview with her!   Who are you? Feel free to lay it all out here. I always find the question "who am I" hard to answer, especially as of late. My name is Jewellee, that never changes, but who I am seems to evolve on a daily bases. I use the term evolve versus change because at my core I am still the same person but what seems to differ is my outlook on the world and...

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Capricorn Full Moon Mantras

Capricorn Full Moon Mantras

We welcome a Full Moon in Capricorn today, Thursday, June 24th, and it’s one worth celebrating! The energetics of June have been nothing short of chaotic with chatty Gemini Season combining with powerful eclipses AND a retrograde Mercury. But, as ever with astrology (and life in general) this was merely a cycle...and a necessary one at that! Things were unearthed over the past month that needed a second look. You likely revisited, reworked, and reconsidered old wounds (and maybe even a few new ones) all with the ultimate purpose of careening you towards your greatest potential. This Full Moon in...

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Rituals for the Summer Solstice

Rituals for the Summer Solstice

What is the Summer Solstice? The Summer Solstice is an annual event that marks the longest day (and therefore shortest night) of the year. It’s the first official day of SUMMER and celebrated for the warmth and promise of fun, carefree times that summer reflects. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words “sol” (sun) and “stitium” (still or stopped).  It’s a special time spiritually, because it’s a marked shift. A halfway point is always a magical time to check in on how far you’ve come in your journey, and how far you have yet to go. Astrologically, the Summer...

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Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide

Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide

THE RESOURCE   Astrology is a gift for so many reasons, but one of our favorites here at Ritual Shoppe is that much of it operates within predictable cycles.    Every year, we know that the Sun will pass through all twelve zodiac signs, the Moon will have its phases, and Mercury will retrograde. Doesn’t that feel at least a LITTLE bit cozy?   Despite navigating Mercury Retrograde every single year though (3-4 times per year, at that) there remains a relative amount of fear regarding the transit.    “Mercury Retrograde” has become a specifically scary buzzword that gets tossed...

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