Does light have consciousness? As one of the most enigmatic and perplexing forces in the universe, the nature of light continues to baffle both scientists and spiritual seekers.

Scientists, theologians, philosophers, astronomers, and healers throughout the centuries have been fascinated by the power of light. In the quantum universe (that…


Three years ago I attended President Donald Trump’s inaugural ball — decked out in a black funeral veil — and the night still haunts me.

“Are you really going to wear a black veil to the ball?” my mother asked. …


Planet Soul

How to embrace self-love using herbs, rituals, and a touch of magic

The word “witch” sometimes gets a bad rap. At the very least, identifying as such can slap a vaguely confused, if not fearful, stare on a stranger’s face. I don’t blame them — our society has both vilified and deified the witch for centuries; they’re seen as either femme fatales…


How modern-day urban witches and neopagans use magic, spellwork, and occult traditions as tools for self-empowerment.

Stacy Rapp has been the owner of Enchantments for 15 years, and has worked there for nearly thirty. The little witch shop on 9th Street, nestled between 1st and Avenue A, is a New York City staple. Until a few years ago, it stayed largely out of the mainstream. …


A new high-rise in West Soho uses a self-cleaning, purifying facade. But some are concerned with the potential long-term toxic effects.

From vertical forests to fully-energy efficient cities, sustainable design dominates the architectural dialogue around the globe. …


A new 16-foot installation in New York City is a homage to the last three remaining northern white rhinos in existence.

Contemporary artists Gillie and Marc Schattner first traveled to Kenya in 2017 to visit the world’s last three surviving northern white rhinos. After spending time with Sudan, Najin, and Fatu at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the couple decided to mobilize awareness for the endangered trio through art.

The illegal practice…


The spiritual meanings behind the world’s most sacred geometrical patterns.

Sacred geometric patterns exist all around us — they are the perfect shapes and patterns that form the fundamental templates for life in the universe. From the Fibonacci sequence to the Golden Ratio, design patterns can be broken down as a language of numbers (mathematics) that govern our entire visible…


Artist Kate Ballis reimagines the mid-century homes and desert landscape of Palm Springs in her photo series, Infra Realism.

During last year’s Modernism Week, photographer Kate Ballis realized she wanted to do something a bit different. The Aussie artist was used to photographing the wild desert terrain of California and light-filled modernist homes in Palm Springs, but it all started to feel a bit ordinary. …


Sometimes the simplest, most obvious answers in life may surprise you. The same goes for design.

You know you need to make a change in your home, but maybe you’re not sure where to start. Or perhaps you just don’t have the budget (right now) to make any major overhauls…

Amber C. Snider

NYC journalist. Arts & culture, travel, magick, and healing | MA in Liberal Studies/Women’s Studies

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