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Dream Dictionary Entry of the Week: Alien

Jennifer Sodini

Artwork by: Richie Brown

Artwork by: Richie Brown

Dreaming of an "alien" can represent an assortment of subconscious manifestations brough to light on the astral plane. Depending on the type, encounter, and feelings involved  - each represents a facet of a deeper issue within you.

Sometimes an alien encounter can symbolize something you find difficult to comprehend or understand - and is "alien"/foreign to your perception. Meaning, you had no previous experience of it - so it may be scary, and evoke feelings of fear/anxiety.

According to the website,, the alien dream, at the core, really just represents an undiscovered part of yourself...

"Your manifestation as an alien may be your way of "escaping" from reality. Dreams of this nature also symbolize your outlandish ideas and your wild imagination.

To dream that you are being invaded or abducted by aliens indicates your fear of your changing surroundings or your fear of losing your home and family. You feel that your space and/or privacy is being invaded.

To see aliens in your dream signify that you are having difficulties adapting and adjusting to your new surroundings. You are feeling "alienated" and disconnected. You may also be having difficulties with how to handle or deal with a certain situation or person. On a psychological level, seeing aliens represent an encounter with an unfamiliar or neglected aspect of your own self."

Do you have a dream you'd like interpreted/analyzed? Email us and let us know!

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Harvard Scientist Grows Microscopic Flowers

Jennifer Sodini

Harvard scientist Wim L. Noorduin has discovered a way to form chemicals into beautiful and delicate microscopic flowers inside tiny beakers of water

Perhaps the most fascinating fact about this experiment, is that the crystals that form the flowers self-assemble!

According to Harvard's official website:

"By simply manipulating chemical gradients in a beaker of fluid, Wim L. Noorduin, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and lead author of a paper appearing on the cover of the May 17 issue of Science, has found that he can control the growth behavior of these crystals to create precisely tailored structures.

"For at least 200 years, people have been intrigued by how complex shapes could have evolved in nature. This work helps to demonstrate what’s possible just through environmental, chemical changes," says Noorduin.

The precipitation of the crystals depends on a reaction of compounds that are diffusing through a liquid solution. The crystals grow toward or away from certain chemical gradients as the pH of the reaction shifts back and forth." 

So, beyond being beautiful pictures from an electron microscope, this experiment could provide a new look at how structures form chemically in nature.

Browse the gallery below to see these "creations", and to learn more about the project, click here. 

Esoteric Encyclopedia Entry of the Week: Ayahuasca

Jennifer Sodini

Artwork by: Don Pablo Amaringo

Artwork by: Don Pablo Amaringo

According to Wikipedia:

Ayahuasca, also commonly called yagé is a psychedelic brew of various plant infusions prepared with the Banisteriopsis caapi vine. It is either mixed with the leaves of dimethyltryptamine (DMT)-containing species of shrubs from the genus Psychotria or with the leaves of the Justicia pectoralis plant which does not contain DMT. The brew, first described academically in the early 1950s by Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, who found it employed for divinatory and healing purposes by the native peoples of Amazonian Peru, is known by a number of different names (see below).

It has been reported that some effects can be felt from consuming the caapi vine alone, but that DMT-containing plants (such as Psychotria) remain inactive when drunk as a brew without a source of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as B. caapi. How indigenous peoples discovered the synergistic properties of the plants used in the ayahuasca brew remains unclear. Many indigenous Amazonian people say they received the instructions directly from plants and plant spirits.

Ayahuasca (and DMT) has become a part of the mainstream conversation, especially over the past few years. The work of Dr. Rick Strassman brought about the release of the popular documentary "DMT: The Spirit Molecule" - and, founded by former CNN investigative journalist, Amber Lyon, has allowed a growing community to share their experiences of healing, and radical change facilitated by plant medicine (and other psychedelic healing mediums). 

To learn more about Ayahuasca and it's medicinal/spiritual here.


Billy O'Brien

Bloc Party released a new and "awakened" single... It sounds like they feel the frequency of humanity's paradigm shift. Check out the lyrics and song below!


[Verse 1] Lord, give me grace and dancing feet As I conquer all anxiety The angel told me not to fear The power tools in me For I have learnt the way to pray Like a missile growing tall now Wind the past into a knot And let the love consume us Let the love consume us Let the love consume us

[Verse 2] Can you hear the stars now sing Resounding in D major? As the girl vibration resonates And pulls us up towards her Take your shoes off, feel the earth Beneath your feet, respond to touch And let our laughter now ring forth As the love consumes us [Chorus] The love within is moving upwards Sweeter than any drug The melody is taking over Guide my hand through this path Pull back the veil Let your eyes meet this world The love within is moving upwards So don't you want to get high? Don't you want to get high?

[Bridge] Don't you want to get high? Don't you want to get- Don't you want to get high?

[Chorus] The love within is moving upwards Sweeter than any drug The melody is taking over Guide my hand through this path Pull back the veil Let your eyes meet this world The love within is moving upwards So don't you want to get high? Don't you want to get high?

Enjoy the sonic shift + pure love, within...

All About Our Latest Project: White Rabbit // Emerald Tablet

Jennifer Sodini

Fragile // Fierce:

Fragile // Fierce:

Over the past few weeks we have been working tirelessly on our latest project, White Rabbit // Emerald Tablet (WRET), and we are super-excited to share some updates with you!

WRET will be launching in mid-October, and is to be the official hub for Evolve and Ascend merchandise in the way of one-of-a-kind new + upcycled clothing to allow your aesthetic to "speak" for you. This channel will not only feature clothing, it will also be the platform for us to release some of the books we have been working on over the past year including Sun Language, and a new channeled take on the major arcana. 

We've described WRET as...

"An online destination for taste makers, culture creators, and seekers of ageless wisdom. 

Showcasing a hand-curated collection of clothing (new + exclusive + up-cycled vintage), jewelry, art, books, metaphysical goods and apothecary items that embody the spirit of the creator."

We are offering a 20% discount code, and a free sticker pack for your first order to all of our fans. To get your discount code, sign up for email updates by visiting

Browse through the gallery below for a "sneak peek" at some of the merchandise/artwork we will be offering on our site!

To learn more about WRET, check out our socials...

The Mind-Bending Artwork of MEAR ONE

Jennifer Sodini

MEAR ONE (Kalen Ockerman) is an LA based graffiti artist, whose artwork captures the continued shift in our collective consciousness, inspires the imagination, and pushes us to ask the uncomfortable questions that linger in our subconscious minds.

“Suppression and Oppression have left us disconnected from each other, ourselves, and the universe, from ancient wisdom, knowledge and understanding of all that was, is, and could be. Yet, despite what lies secret behind our vaults,I can’t escape the fact that we are all these subjects, they belong to all of us, for what has endured the whole of history is the idea of spirit linking us to a universal connection of a higher dimension, and our liberation exists somewhere within this state of wide-awakeness. All is but temporal in our eyes, castles made of sand await the hands of consciousness to reinterpret its matter.” - MEAR ONE

His powerful narratives present a unique juxtaposition between philosophy, mythology, and politics - and his interpretation of reality is achieved through a graceful balance between realism and the supernatural.  His work allows us to "envision the sublime spirit of our time – not by escaping reality, but by confronting it head on."

MEAR ONE's most recent work, Cognitive Dissonance, will be showcased at both C.A.V.E. Gallery and Thinkspace as part of the fifth installment of the Beyond Eden series. Coginitive Dissonance is described by MEAR ONE as "neither fact nor fiction", rather, he "merely lays the groundswork for thoughts and queries worthy of conversation to build".

Browse through the gallery below to see MEAR ONE's incredible artwork...

To learn more about MEAR ONE's work, visit his official website by clicking here // to learn more about Beyond Eden, click here

An Introspective Guide to Choosing the Right Crystal For You by Amanda Rayne

Amanda Rayne

Image via: We Love Minerals

Image via: We Love Minerals

How do you know which crystal is right for you? 
How do you pick out one of the many before you?

Most people look with only their eyes to buy crystals or minerals. Yet remember this urges one to pick what is more pleasing for themselves; whether it is shinier, prettier etc.  

The famous quote "You can never tell a book by its cover,” by Edwin Rolfe runs through my mind when choosing a crystal or anything in life. 

In crystal healing it is not what you want but what you need. When choosing a crystal or mineral... FEEL... don’t look for what you want but rather let the crystal come to you. 

If a crystal feels too heavy (as if there is an invisible cord tethering it to its place) or it feels uncomfortable immediately put it down. You already know it’s not for you and as you study it thoughts about how you love the look of the crystal runs through your head. Which compelled you to pick it up in the first place. It’s okay we crystal lovers have all been there. Don’t believe me try it for yourself. It will be proven time and time again. 

Crystals and minerals come to you for a reason whether you believe in crystal healing or not. Think about how old that crystal or mineral is, the history it has seen, the energy of the forces that shaped it and out of the many this particular one came to you. It is absolutely amazing to think that this one particular crystal or mineral’s journey was to make it to you... Appreciate it! Love it! 

So when choosing a crystal pick a couple or two you feel drawn to. If you are having trouble choosing.

While holding one close your eyes... and take a deep breath to clear you mind. This may take a couple deep breathes to do so. 

All doubts aside, open your heart. For crystals and minerals are the loving energy of the Earth and are in fact the Earth’s DNA. 

I assure you within a couple deep breaths and holding the crystal you will know which one is for you. 

  • If you feel happy, light and is taken to a deep calm and meditative state or can immediately feel the energy pulsing through you... Congratulations you have found the crystal for you!  
  • If you feel uncomfortable, off balanced. Then choose another. Don’t get distraught! The one for you is probably right beside you or the first one you picked up but decided to look for another that caught your eye.

So remember Crystal Lovers… “In Crystal Healing it is not what you want but what you need!” Sending much love and light to all.  

– Amanda-Rayne – 

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7 Steps to Heaven (on Earth)

Jennifer Sodini

Life is riddled with distractions and standards that lead us further into inaction. We seek media and technology as a means to escape the reality of our lives, whereas, that "place" is the greatest illusion created by man. Its been manufactured to promote our mindlessness, and satiate our desires by perpetuating ideals, concepts, and advertising. This is warping our perspective and removing us further from our true nature by eliminating nature, entirely. This is because nature is the greatest conduit in understanding our divinity.

The further we distance ourselves from the laws of the natural world, we lose the natural understanding of our being. This allows us to get lost in the material world and allow our ego to guide us in trying to fill a void which cannot be filled. The natural world allows us to fill our hearts with joy, happiness, and love. All of which are experienced through moments that dissolve time, and becoming imprinted in our memories for the rest of our lives. Yet, how do we change our perspective to allow us to see the magic of the natural world? How do we awaken ourselves to the divinity that may of been dormant within us? This has a lot to do with pattern recognition, and understanding the traits that represent "divinity".

Divinity can be understood and awakened when we choose to form our perspective through its inspiration. We first must come to understand the action of our soul, as it's being hidden or understood through Language, Tone, and Intention… and then experienced through Love, Understanding, Gratitude, and Presence. If we can transform the way we speak, and be mindful of our tone to better reveal our intentions, then we can express ourselves through our hearts with love, understanding, gratitude and presence.

These are the qualities that allow us to be the most creative and divine in our present moment. We all have the ability to reveal the "magic" of our lives by understanding and implementing these 7 steps to heaven (on Earth).

1. Language: Studies suggest that (on average) we speak between 7,000 - 20,000 words per day. When you think about how many words that could potentially add up to in a month, that's a whole lot of talking! The question we should ask ourselves, is how much are we actually saying and how much is just static noise. When we place emphasis on quality, over quantity, it allows us to create a different story each day, with emphasis being placed on creativity, as opposed to just chatter. Look at each day as a story you are writing with your words, and allow language to be the compass which navigates your experience. Choose words that reflect beauty, compassion, and authenticity - and you may find yourself surprised by the living language your life reflects back to you.

2. Tone: Cymatics is the study of the visible effects of sound on matter, these interesting experiments show a direct relationship to tone/vibration and surroundings. Using this concept as a guide for the importance of tone, one can't help but wonder how our tone/vibration may have subtle effects on our surroundings. Whether this is purely speculative, or not, if we allow tone to be our barometer, perhaps we can forecast better conditions in our environment. Before language existed, we expressed ourselves with our tone, which allowed our intention to be understood. Look at your tone as the harmony of the story you write with the notes of your language, and allow intention to be the song.

3. Intention: If intention is our song, what emotions do we wish to evoke through our music? Energy goes where intention flows, so if you deliberately intend as you speak, and emote sincerity in your tone - you can convey your authentic intention. However, allowing the heart to guide your intention is key! In our fast-paced society, it is easy to get caught up in matters of the ego, as we are somewhat programmed to compete against one another. When we put our ego to the side, and lead from the heart, competition dissolves, and creativity begins to surface. Intention is the conduit, which can either inspire more creativity, or cause dischord by bringing up competitive feelings.

4. Love: Love is the unquantifiable "unified field" that connects us all. No matter what your race, gender, religion, or culture may be - love is the one thing we all strive for, and need to thrive. Love can be tricky, because sometimes we get caught into cycles where we limit our love by regressing into a lack mentality - but the beautiful thing about love is, the more you give, the more you receive...always. Learning to love everyone, everything, and every experience with all of your heart takes practice. However, if we look at everything, every experience and everyone as a reflection of ourself - we can see that we are not only the reflection, but we are the mirror as well. If you want to change what's reflected, change what you are reflecting, and the fastest way to inspire positive change is by being the love you wish to see in this world.

5. Understanding: Empathy allows us to feel another's experience, as though we are feeling the experience ourself. While sympathy is also important, empathy allows us to break our heart wide open and allows for a deeper understanding. The saying "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" is really integral for this step. Using the "mirror model", if we are both the mirror and the reflection - when we judge others we only are judging ourself, but when we understand others, we can better understand ourself.

6. Gratitude: Coming to understand that we are the writer of our story, the singer of our song, and both the mirror, and the reflection can be a lot to process and perhaps may seem overwhelming...especially when we have moments in life that are trying, testing, and leave us feeling emotionally drained. However, if we take into account that the darkness is only there to cradle the stars, and the "night" of our lives only allows for more light to shine through - we can become grateful for our "suffering" just as much as we are grateful for our joy. Alchemy is the process of taking a base metal and turning it into gold, and metaphorically speaking, "gratitude" is the philosopher's stone which allows this transformation/transmutation.

7. Presence: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift...that's why it's called 'the present'" - Bil Keane

The gift of this moment now is being present, and by taking all of these steps into action you can truly create your own "Heaven on Earth" by living presently present, creating each day intentionally, from the heart, with grace, empathy and love.

Living with this "present presence" doesn't require anything mystical, or metaphysical, being is the ultimate doing - and if you are being the best version of yourself, life will meet you with the best results.

Community Oracle Card Reading From the 'Wonderful Zodiac: Fortune Telling Cards' by Harry Ingalls (9/23/15)

Jennifer Sodini

After some extremely positive feedback on our socials, we are adding a new weekly feature to the site! Each Wednesday we will draw three cards from different oracle/tarot cards in our collection - and you can vote which one we will read. At the end of the day, whichever card has the most votes - will be the card we do a reading from!

Our first edition featured the "Wonderful Zodiac: Fortune Telling Cards by Harry Ingalls". This deck was my grandmother's, and I recently found them in storage after 20+ years. A mysterious, playful, interesting set of cards - I figured this would be a great way to start this weekly series!

The Ingalls' deck consists of 30 "Zodiac Cards", and each contains a lucky number, an answer to your wish, and 4 different "fortunes". While this may seem a bit confusing, there are very specific guidelines to reading the cards, depending on what you are looking to find clarity on (see pic below).

All of the votes were tallied and although it was pretty close, the winning card from this deck was #3!

In following the instructions from the deck, combined with my own take on what this card means - I think it's a very synchronistic message as today is the Autumnal Equinox.

The message "regardless of opposition, you will be successful" is a great piece of advice to keep in mind during this time. As fall begins, and the seasons transition - we see the trees begin to die, leaves begin to fall, and temperature begin to change. This transition is our "opposition" in a way, because for many of us - the cold can bring about seasonal depression, and feelings of restlessness. However, it is important to note - "there is no permanence" and using "opposition" in our favor allows for life lessons which make us stronger, and ultimately more successful (emotionally, mentally, and even financially). 

The number 154 in the Hebrew Gematria has many interpretations, but if we are to apply this number to this particular reading, the translation meaning "station or post" may be most suitable. Wherever you are, and whatever you're currently doing has its own purpose, which will be revealed as you allow. If you are content, be grateful for being exactly where you want to be - if you are not content, be grateful for what you can learn, and apply that to where you would wish to be. Success comes when we are clear, and clarity allows us to see everything for what it is with perfect sight, and vision.

A great departing piece of advice that can sum up the energy of the card is to remember to always approach life with an open heart, stay strong in the face of adversity - and never forget the struggle is only what helps make the story of your success that much more inspiring.

A Sun Language Exercise to Access the Energies of the Autumnal Equinox


The mystery of the Autumnal Equinox is upon us. A period where we can see and feel a transition in our environment happening in real time. Today, both light and darkness are equal and balanced.  Even though the light is starting to diminish, and darkness is growing to give way to the cold death of winter, we are now in a preparation phase where we become symbolically reborn and rise like the Sun during the Winter Solstice. 

The Autumnal Equinox is the entrance to our spiritual descent down into the darkness, where we will be confronted by the "demons" that plague us, and the unfinished business we must complete - in order to complete our cycle of spiritual evolution. The light we hold within ourselves will help illuminate this journey, and it is important to remember it is always darkest before the dawn, and "death" only gives birth to new life. The time now is a shedding of that which no longer carries life, in order to allow new life to form - literally, and metaphorically.

A great way to harness the energy of this "entrance" is to take a moment to spend some time with the following exercise by Sun Language. This visualization technique help us "design" the new lives we want to live in the coming months by using our imagination to plant the seeds of manifestation to take root in the fall, bud in the winter, and blossom in the spring.

Sun Language Exercise: Imagination as the Destination

Let’s voyage for a moment into a future you would like to exist. The idea of this exercise is to "time travel" through your imagination to get as clear as possible about life now...into the potential now as well.

Find a comfortable place, relax, let your hair down and get comfortable. You may want to be in loose fitting clothes and make yourself free of attachments to electronic devices. This exercise is a lesson in how to make the present become the future by experiencing the feelings of the time you wish to create.


Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a landscape that feels incredible and beautiful beyond words. Think of the sky, the ground, the clouds, the flowers, the structures, the smells, the friends that inhabit it, their way with words, how the community has a culture, and how the culture is the made community. All sensory perceptions must be indulged and experienced. How does it sound? How does it taste? How does it feel? How do you feel? Think about all of these elements and senses and allow the time now to experience the created place of your dreams. Make a point to claim a name for this place you wish to exist, which will serve as your "magic word" to seal the creation and allow it to be accessed at any time. Now, take some time to write about what you experienced, and be as specific as possible...

Take about 15 minutes to write about the place you created, and how it felt as though it exists to be accessed any time...

The next step is to write a letter to a friend explaining this created place as though it already exists and you have already been there. The enthusiasm you feel as you write should not be mistaken for any feelings of silliness for not letting yourself make the best of this exercise. Write the letter as though the place is real and once you write this, read it back to yourself, and feel the feelings you felt during your creative mindful meditation on a desired creation.

The idea now is to be a better thinker, better feeler, and better enthusiastic person who is made to be their own creator always and to not discount magic as being something mystical or unattainable to the unexperienced. Let go of the thinking patterns that discount coincidence as merely random.

All is deliberate, and all is made in accordance with the made laws of the universe. If you wish for it to exist, it will come into existence. There is absolutely nothing that exists that did not first exist as a thought. You may wonder how this all works but wondering only takes away the wonder. The call is to understand and appreciate and let the law work for you.

Take about 15 minutes and write the letter to the friend...this letter will not be sent, but is to serve as a creative visualization tool to help unlock the feelings to help manifest what you visualize.

This exercise is to help prepare your thinking patterns for the voyage forward into unlocking the secret of all secrets, the key of all keys - the Rosetta Stone of understanding, so you may experience this life as the made maker of your reality...letting time work for you, not against you.

To learn more about the spiritual significance of the Autumnal Equinox, visit Belsebuub by clicking here.

Dream Dictionary Entry of the Week: Acorn

Jennifer Sodini

Seeing acorns in your dreams is an auspice of pleasant experiences on the horizon, and abundance is to be expected.

  • If you are picking them from the ground, it foretells success after hard work. 
  • If you are female, and dream of eating an acorn, it indicates that your work life will ascend to new heights, and where there was once tension - will now be replaced with effortless ease. 
  • If you shake them from trees, it may be a sign that you will rapidly attain your wishes in business or love.
  • If they appear to be green in color, or if they are scattered on the ground, there will be positive changes in all areas of your life. However, decayed or opened acorns have the reverse message, and may indicate that there may be some disappointment in the future. 

In general, acorns appearing in your dream have an overall pleasant message as an indicator of positive change, success, and fulfillment.

Does September 28th's Blood Moon Really Signal 'End Times'?

Jennifer Sodini

September 28th ushers in the fourth lunar eclipse we've experienced in a 17 month time span. This cosmic event will also be the biggest full moon of 2015, and while opinions on whether or not there are any metaphysical implications to this particular moon vary, there are some that believe this is a sign from the sky that is to bring about "end times".

According to the Daily Express, a non-denominational pastor from San Antonio named John Hagee says the upcoming lunar eclipse means "the end of this age is coming" (see: On the opposite side of the spectrum, Orthodox Jews and teachers also believe this "Blood Moon tetrad" signals the future of Israel. Bob O'Dell, founder of Root Source, an educational program in which Orthodox Israelis teach Christians about the Bible and Judaism, states:

“We are not at all predicting the end of the world or the arrival of the Messiah in September,” O’Dell told Breaking Israel News. “If you look at all the blood moons that have occurred in history, you see that every time they arrive, they mark turning points in history – major new trends involving the Jewish people.”

While we don't resonate with either of these opinions, at times like this it is important to question what an "end" would actually mean anyway? Many believed the Mayan calendar "end" date of 2012 to be the "apocalypse", but the day came and went without any "fire and brimstone". However, what did seem to happen from that point in time, to now, was an end of a paradigm of thinking - and a beginning of a new pattern of thought. 2012 ushered in the time to wake up, 2013 was the time to understand what being "awake" actually meant, 2014 was the time to choose how you will act moving forward with this knowledge and 2015 may have been the integration. 

Perhaps "prophecy" becomes a self-fulfilling creator of a thinking pattern - and in order create a different pattern, we must become more aware of ourselves in relation to our realities here on Earth, and the energies of the cosmos. 

It is our feeling that this "time" may be yet another end, but the "end" is subjective to who is experiencing what. Maybe this is the end of a cycle, in order to start something new? Maybe this is the end of a time of consumption based thinking, into more creative expressions? Maybe this is the end of a time of fear, into a time of love? An "end" is only a new beginning, and new beginnings only come after an end. 

Whether or not this moon means anything at all, what is important beyond what's happening in the heavens, is what you're creating, period. You've been put here to create and be creative, and each passing day is time that you will never get back. Make time work for you, not against you - and express yourself however resonates best for you. Dance, draw, sing, dream, create...the only limitation is how far you can stretch your imagination - and there is absolutely nothing to fear, other than the feeling of fear. 

To learn more about the Blood Moon Tetrad, click here.

MIDI SPROUT by Data Garden: Listen to the Music of Your Plants

Jennifer Sodini

“The earth has music for those who listen.” - George Santayana

We recently had the pleasure of being introduced to Data Garden, at our CSA//AVC event this past Sunday. Data Garden is "a creative engine and record label making advances in the way electronic music is produced and distributed."

We were blown away by their innovative project, MIDI Sprout, which is a technology that allows the ability to convert the activities of your plants to music. According to their (funded) Kickstarter project page:

"Our vision is to give people the ability to convert the activities of plants into music. Anybody with a computer or synthesizer can use MIDI Sprout to investigate the secret life of plants.

MIDI Sprout represents a growing community interested in learning about nature by turning its biofeedback into music. This is the beginning of the global DIY biofeedback movement.

We have had a lot of fun exploring the role of biorhythms in art and music. It’s time to share this technology with the public and invite new innovators to the conversation."

The music the plants produce is magical, and also generative - as the frequencies of the unseen world unfold, and permeate your consciousness - you can't help but feel an energetic relaxation, and connection to the natural world. 

To learn more about the MIDI Sprout, check out the YouTube video below, and be sure to visit their website for updates on the official release by clicking here.

Esoteric Encyclopedia Entry of the Week: Augury

Jennifer Sodini

"Augury" is a practice from ancient Roman times, where one interprets omens from flight patterns of birds. When the individual observer, known as the "augur", interprets these signs, it is referred to as "taking to auspices".

According to Wikipedia:

"'Augur' and 'auspices' are from the Latin auspicium and auspex, literally "one who looks at birds",[1] Depending upon the birds, the auspices from the gods could be favorable or unfavorable (auspicious orinauspicious). Sometimes bribed or politically motivated augures would fabricate unfavorable auspices in order to delay certain state functions, such as elections.[citation needed] Pliny the Younger attributes the invention of auspicy to Tiresias the seer of Thebes, the generic model of a seer in the Greco-Roman literary culture."

Certain birds carry particular messages, and the list below is some of the more popular interpretations of the "auspices" of these spirits (via: Augury)...


Buzzards warn of danger caused by hidden enemies and those who have a predatory nature.


Two crows seen flying over a house indicated a wedding in the future.


A dove or any white bird is a harbinger of bad luck. But for lovers, the dove means love, happiness, and a joyous married life.


A duck in flight is a good sign, particularly for those who are in trouble or unhappy.


Eagles are often indications of bad circumstances to come. Appearing over a plain, it is an omen of death.


Any flight of migratory geese or ducks means travel or news. If they were seen flying toward the moon, loneliness or news of death approaches.


Anyone who sights a hawk should be on guard againt those who are more powerful. If the bird was hovering on the left hand side or directly overhead, the omen is dramatically increased.

Kestral or Falcon

Most birds of prey, like the kestral or falcon, are considered unlucky, threatening a sudden upheavel. If seen or heard on the left, it is even more unlucky. Birds of prey hovering on the wing warn of underhanded treachery.


Seeing a kingfisher is an omen scandal and gossip resulting in public embarrasment.


A kite warns of robbery, extortion, and financial losses for the person who encounters it.


Magpies are especially usefull in augury. One alone means bad luck; a pair means love and friendship. One old maxim said :
One for sorrow. 
Two for mirth. 
Three for a wedding. 
Four for a birth. 
Five's a christening, 
six is death, 
Seven's heaven, 
eight is hell, 
And nine's the devil his one self.


The Peacock is associated with the goddess Juno, queen of the heavens. Meeting one is a happy omen, and if it spread its tail for you, happiness and proserity are predicted. On the other hand, it is unlucky (especially among actors) to have a peacock feather inside. It symbolizes the evil eye.


A white pigeon seen flying about a house is an omen of an engagment or marriage for one of the inhabitants in the near future.


No matter if it is seen or heard on the right or the left, a quail is a fortunate omen.


One raven by itself is lucky, while two mean misfortune in the future, and three bring evil. When ravens desert the countryside and settle within towns, pestilence and famine await the inhabitants.


Robins, aside from being Spring's harbingers, also predict the weather with their song. To see one near a house or in the garden is a sign of good fortune to those who dwell within.


Rooks, like magpies, are a rich source of material for augury. If they congregate on dead branches, there will be rain before nightfall. A good day is indicated by their choosing a living branch. If they fly far away from their nests in the morning, there will be no rain. Aerial twists and dives mean bad weather is coming.


A white rooster is not a lucky sign, for trouble abides in whatever home it approaches slowly.


Seagulls flying far inland indicated a tempest at sea, but one alone means bad news is coming. A traveller seeing a seagull settle on any part of a ship that they are travelling or about to travel on, can expect a happy journey, but to be brushed by a gull's wings while in flight or if the gull flaps the wings in a person's face, someone close will die.


The Sparrow is generally an unfortunate omen, but it favors lovers.


A very lucky bird, the stork is sometimes encouraged to nest on housetops.


Swallows indicate poor circumstances. Flying low, they indicate a spoilt crop, while flying high is a sign of drought. To see a swallow in early springtime before they have become abundant is a very fortunate omen however, and if one builds a nest in the eaves of a house, success and good luck are promised to all that inhabit it. Killing a swallow, especially one that has nested in your house's eaves, foretells calamity for all who abide there.


A Vulture foretells the death of an acquaintance or friend. If more than one of these is seen together, it indicates the number of days that will lapse before the death omen is fulfilled.


A Wagtail is a lucky sign, especially if the little bird is walking towards you from the left.


The Woodpecker is another fortunate bird, and to encounter one is an omen of success.


Sighting a wren promises good luck, but if you harmed or frightened one in any way (or to take its eggs or young from the nest) you are sure to bring calamity of some sort upon yourself.

To learn more about augury/bird divination, click here.

Dream Dictionary Entry of the Week: Abandonment

Jennifer Sodini

Dreaming of abandonment has many different interpretations, depending on the context in which the abandoning happens.

To dream you are being abandoned, denotes that you may have difficulty organizing your plans for future success. If you have a dream of abandoning others, you may see unhappy conditions presenting themselves around you - creating obstacles in the way of manifesting experiences you truly want. If you abandon your loved one, you may fail to recover lost valuables, and friends may turn their back on you. 

In general, the energies surrounding dreams of this nature tend to denote obstacle, loss, tension, or negative outcomes. If you have a dream of this type, perhaps the best course of action is to take a step back and do an "inventory" of the energies in your life. Identify where there is room for improvement, and where there may need to be more love/communication. Have an honest conversation with yourself about your actions and why you may be attracting these "bumps in the road."

Dreams are our subconscious "barometers", and when analyzed they can help us make sense of our experiences. Analysis allows us to identify the cause of what's effecting us, and release it so we may find clarity on our path. If we look at dreams as our teachers, and life as our school...every day becomes a lesson, and in time, we are the adept student - ready for each day with an open mind, heart, and soul.




A Different Take on Human History From Spirit Science

Jennifer Sodini

Too often we accept reality without questioning it, and find comfort in what society deems "normal". There is absolutely no such thing as a silly question, as outlandish or off-kilter as it may seem. At the end of the day, the more you know, the more you grow, and perhaps the question is the answer.

The video below, from Spirit Science, poses a fascinating question, and an interesting perspective which challenges the current paradigm of "who we are", "where we came from" and "why we are here". Is this the answer we have been questioning? Or, is this just a questionable answer?

Whatever the case may be, we challenge you to question your current idea of reality by and digging little deeper and taking a different look at this concept of the history of human beings by watching "The Human History Movie". 

Feel free to post your thoughts, and ideas below the video in the comment contest from Daily Nerve!

Esoteric Encyclopedia Entry of the Week: Aura

Jennifer Sodini

The aura is a field of "subtle, luminous radiation" which surrounds a person or object. It is believed that all living things (including humans) and all objects have an aura. Some believe, that with practice (ie: activating the third eye chakra), you may be able to perceive an individual's aura.

Different colors correspond to different "vibrations" or energies in your auric field. For example, put together a chart with some of the aura colors and their corresponding meanings...

Turquoise: indicates dynamic quality of being, highly energized personality, capable of projection, influencing other people. People with turquoise strong point in their Aura can do many things simultaneously and are good organizers. They feel bored when forced to concentrate on one thing. People love bosses with turquoise Auras, because such bosses explain their goals and influence their team rather than demand executing their commands.

Green: restful, modifying energy, natural healing ability. All natural healers should have it. People with a green strong point in their Auras are natural healers. The stronger the green Aura, the better the healer. They also love gardening and usually have a “green hand” – anything grows for them. Being in a presence of a person with a strong and green Aura is a very peaceful and restful experience. However, dark shades of green can indicate one who is jealous or uncertain.

Yellow: joy, freedom, non-attachment, freeing or releasing vital forces. People who glow yellow are full of inner joy, very generous, and not attached to anything. Yellow halo around the head: high spiritual development. A signature of a spiritual teacher. Can also indicate mental activity, optimism. It can mean new learning opportunities and wisdom. A golden yellow means that the person takes care of themselves. Ruddy yellow may mean that its owner is shy.

Orange: uplifting and absorbing. Inspiring. A sign of power. Ability and/or desire to controlpeople. When orange becomes a strong point, it usually contributes to a yellow halo, which then becomes gold, indicating not only a spiritual teacher, but someone capable of demonstrating their unique abilities. This is a color of warmth, thoughtfulness, and creativity. The muddier shades may represent pride or vanity, while golden orange denotes self-control. A person with orange in their aura may suffer from kidney ailments.

To learn more about the aura, and how to read it/understand its purpose click here.

How to Create a Sigil to Manifest Your Deepest Desires

Jennifer Sodini

"Words are not the truth; they indicate the way to go, but you need to go alone, in silence. Symbols have a language that kills the words." - Alejandro Jodorowsky

"Words are not the truth; they indicate the way to go, but you need to go alone, in silence. Symbols have a language that kills the words." - Alejandro Jodorowsky

A sigil is a symbol used in magical rituals as a means of manifesting a specific outcome by "imprinting" desire into form, in order for that desire to become manifest in the form of your reality. 

This practice derives from the "Chaos magick" tradition, which places emphasis on a more pragmatic approach to magick by using/creating new or unorthodox methods. 

Creating a sigil is relatively easy, and the results are incredible if you allow and (most importantly) believe in what you are wishing for. Sigil Daily has a great methodology for creating your own sigil to manifest your desires, and the proper ritual to give it power...

How to Create a Sigil via: Sigil Daily

A “sigil” is a symbol. In this context, it’s a symbol that represents a specific goal, desire or ambition that you’d like to bring into your real life. Although sigils are powerful tools, it’s important to understand that there’s nothing inherently supernatural about them. They simply give a concrete form to an idea, and help to focus all of the power of your unconscious mind on making that idea a reality.

The method for creating a sigil is simple, creative and generally a lot of fun. It can be done alone, or with a small group of like-minded friends.

You will need:

  • Something to write with. Any normal pen or pencil will work.

  • Blank paper, at least three or four sheets.

  • A comfortable, distraction-free place to work.

  • About 30 minutes, including prep time.

Step 1: Create a quiet, distraction-free environment. There’s a simple reason why traditional magick rituals are done at night, by candlelight, or under the light of the moon. It’s not that one time of day is inherently more powerful than another, it’s simply because it’s easier to focus your attention when you’re not distracted by the normal activities of daily life. Chaos magick is all about bringing a desire or intention one step closer to reality, and the less distracted you are when you’re creating and activating the sigil, the better the results will be. Turn off your phone and your TV. Turn down the lights. Unplug or cover up anything you find distracting. Sigil rituals rarely take more than half and hour (and often considerably less than that), so don’t worry about missing anything.

Optional: Create a focus area. One of the practical reasons for things like the “protection circles” you see in popular occult fiction has very little to do with anything supernatural. It’s about creating a physical area where everything around you reinforces the ritual. Creating a rough circle around you composed of things that are important to you, or which strongly relate to the sigil you are about to create, helps keep your mind focused during the creation process. Along the same lines, turning off the room lights and working under the light of a few nearby candles helps to keep all of the distracting everyday world in the shadows, at least for the duration of the ritual. Some people find that certain music helps them focus, while others find it too distracting. As long as you’re feeling focused, the specifics don’t matter.

Step 2: Quiet your mind. Just like you’ve removed the distractions from your environment, you must now to the same for your mind. You don’t need to meditate or go into a trance. You just need to close your eyes, and take a dozen or so deep breaths. Clear your mind of all thoughts, just for a moment or two. Once you’re done, you should be able to focus a bit more on the task at hand.

Step 3: Write down your goal or desire as a sentence. Be clear, succinct and specific. It’s important to write down the thing you truly want, rather than the thing that you think will give you want you want. Writing “I want a raise at my job” is much less effective than “I want to make $50,000 a year.” This is particularly true when it comes to love. “I want Brian to ask me out” is far less potent a statement, for instance than “I want to be deeply in love with a wonderful man.” You can also write these in the “I will” format, as in “I will open my own successful organic bakery.”

Step 4: Strike out all the vowels. Words are defined by their vowels. As long as the vowels remain in the words, it’s hard not to see them as words rather than symbols. Without the vowels, the letters can represent any number of ideas. We’re taking the sentence away from it’s role as a literal transcription, and making it one step closer to being a symbolic representation of an idea. What about “Y”? It’s up to you. If it looks or feels like a vowel, strike it. If not, keep it.

Optional: Strike out duplicate consonants. If you have a bunch of the same letters remaining, it can be distracting. You probably won’t be using them in the final sigil, so feel free to go ahead and remove them.

Step 5: Rewrite the remaining letters in a jumble. As you read the vowel-free sentence, you’ll find your eye drawn to certain letters, shapes and orders. We want to break that up a little bit more. An easy way to do this is to write them in a grid or a circle (you’ll see this method used a lot in various forms of sigil magick). Many people also write the letters in their capital form, which helps to blur the line between, say, the first letter of a name and some random letter from another word.

Step 6: Rearrange the letters until you have a new symbol. This is the fun part, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Let yourself play with the shapes until you have one symbol that, to you, looks right. Combine the lines of one letter and the loops of another. Place letters over each other. Drop letters that don’t fit. Make new shapes. Don’t think too much about any of it. You have lots of paper, so doodle until you make something you like. As soon as you make the right symbol, you’ll know.

Optional: Immediately activating the sigil. Creating the sigil is the first part of a two-step process. The second part, outlined below, is called “activation” (or sometimes “investment”), and it’s distinct from sigil creation. Some people like to activate their sigils immediately, others prefer to give the sigil’s meaning a little time to sink in first. Activation rituals are fairly simple, but they do require their own preparation and an additional time commitment. The sigil works the same in either case, so it’s entirely up to you.

Step 7: Congratulate yourself, then return to the world. This isn’t an optional step. Although it may not seem like it, you’ve just worked actual magick. Take a deep breath. Look at the sigil you’ve created. It’s a unique work of art, containing both form and meaning. It only exists because you invested it with your intention, and it was brought into the world by your hands. No one else in the world knows what this new symbol means. It’s powerful, and it’s completely yours. Embrace yourself and your new creation, if even just for a moment, and then slowly come back to the world, observing any differences in how you now perceive your surroundings and yourself.

Additional: Once you’ve gotten the hang of making sigils, you can simplify the process. The instructions above are intended for first-time sigil makers. Once you’ve learned the basic steps, you’ll probably find that you don’t need all of the prep work. You will be able to put yourself in a prime sigil-making mindset almost anywhere, even in middle of a noisy cafe. What’s more, you’ll probably be able to make outstanding sigils in just a few moments, rather than the half-hour estimate above. Well done! This is a great indication that you’ve mastered the basics of sigil creation, and on a path towards a richer, more vibrant life. Just remember to be mindful as you learn more about the mysteries of magick!






A simple sigil activation.

When you create a sigil, you’re investing it with a certain amount of emotional importance. When you hear practitioners of magick referring to the “energy” of a sigil, ritual or spell, this emotional investment is often what they’re talking about. For a sigil to be effective, however, it requires more than just the energy invested in the creation. It needs to be “activated.”


In the creation process, you’ve built up a substantial amount of psychological, emotional and creative tension, all around a symbol. For the sigil (and your subconscious) to do its work, you have to release that tension. This is called “activating” the sigil, although you’ll sometimes hear this referred to as “consecrating,” “charging” or “discharging.” There are as many methods for activating a sigil as their are practitioners of sigil magick, but they all share a common theme of buildup and release.

As with the sigil creation, we’re presenting the most newcomer-friendly version of the activation process. It’s something anyone with access to basic household items can do in just a few minutes. We’ve also written the steps out in plain English, and with a bit of context for why you’re doing these specific actions. This isn’t intended to take the mystery or the “magic” out of the experience, it’s just to give you some basic idea of what you’re trying to accomplish, and to make you as comfortable as possible with the process.

You will need:

  • Something to write with. Any normal pen or pencil will work.

  • Blank paper, or tracing paper.

  • A candle, fireplace, or other safe, standing flame.*

  • A metal or ceramic bowl suitable for safely burning a small piece of paper.

  • A comfortable, distraction-free place to work.

  • About 30 minutes, including prep time.

Step 1: Create a quiet, distraction-free environment. There’s a simple reason why traditional magick rituals are done at night, by candlelight, or under the light of the moon. It’s not that one time of day is inherently more powerful than another, it’s simply because it’s easier to focus your attention when you’re not distracted by the normal activities of daily life. Chaos magick is all about bringing a desire or intention one step closer to reality, and the less distracted you are when you’re activating the sigil, the better the results will be. Turn off your phone and your TV. Turn down the lights. Unplug or cover up anything you find distracting. This method of Sigil activation should only take about 15 minutes, so don’t worry about missing anything important.

Optional: Create a focus area. One of the practical reasons for things like the “protection circles” you see in popular occult fiction has very little to do with anything supernatural. It’s about creating a physical area where everything around you reinforces the mood and emotional state you’re trying to evoke. Creating a rough circle around you composed of things that are important to you, or which strongly relate to the sigil you are about activate, helps keep your mind focused during the activation process. Along the same lines, turning off the room lights and working under the light of a few nearby candles helps to keep all of the distracting everyday world in the shadows, at least for the duration of the ritual. Some people find that certain kinds of music or incense helps them focus, while others find these too distracting. You’re doing it right as long as you can completely focus on the activation.

Step 2: Quiet your mind. Just like you’ve removed the distractions from your environment, you must now to the same for your mind. You don’t need to meditate or go into a trance. You just need to close your eyes, and take a dozen or so deep breaths. Clear your mind of all thoughts, just for a moment or two. Once you’re done, you should be able to focus a bit more on the task at hand.

Step 3: Light the candle, ready the bowl. You’ll want the candle burning and the fire-safe bowl within easy reach as you go into the next phase of the activation. Make sure to remove anything flammable from the area.

Step 4: “Invoke” the sigil. This isn’t as arcane or mystical as it probably sounds. If you already have the sigil you created in hand (if you’ve just created it, for instance), you’ve already “invoked” it. If not, you’ll simply want to draw the sigil again on a new piece of paper. You can use a pen or pencil, although some people prefer the look of charcoals, crayons or oil pastels for visual effect. Don’t worry if you’re not much of an artist, this is about the intent behind the sigil, not being a perfect calligrapher. As long as it looks right to you, it’ll work just fine. You can also trace an existing sigil, which is a great way to activate a sigil that you didn’t draw yourself. (If you bought one from Sigil Daily, or found a perfect example in a book, for instance.) The act of redrawing the sigil helps to bring all of the emotional investment — the “energy” — back from your subconscious to the forefront of your mind.

Optional: Tear away the edges of the paper around the sigil. Don’t worry if you accidentally rip the sigil, or tear a small piece off of the drawing. Your goal here is to end up with a piece of paper that “fits” the sigil, and to reduce the smoke and flame for the next step.

Step 5: Focus on what the sigil represents. Look at the symbol you’ve created, and remember the reason you wanted it. Look at all of the shapes and angles. Does it speak to your core goal, desire or ambition? Now that you’ve identified what it is you want, are you ready to release that “energy” — as well as the psychological, creative and emotional tension it represents — and let the magick do its work? Listen to your emotions. There’s always a chance that what you actually want isn’t what the sigil represents, in which case there’s little point in activating it. (If that happens, use what you’ve learned and repeat the sigil creation process to create a new sigil. It should only take a few moments, and you can do it right on the spot.) Once it all feels right, move on to the next step.

Step 6: “Discharge” the Sigil. There are lots of ways to “discharge” the emotional investment of the sigil, and in this case you’re simply going to be burning the paper you’ve drawn it on. Light one side of it, and then place it carefully in the bowl, making sure not to singe yourself in the process. Watch as it burns, and imagine that all of the emotional investment you’ve placed in the sigil, as well as the idea it represents, is being transformed into a new form made of the universal forces of light and heat. Imagine that light and heat radiating out from this moment, into your past and future. Imagine the glow of the sigil’s tiny light spreading across your entire life. Watch it until the flame goes out.

Note: Don’t worry if the flame accidentally goes out during this process. It doesn’t mean that the sigil activation has has failed, or anything supernatural. Some paper burns better than others. Simply relight the remaining paper. The power of this step comes from the intention to release the tension behind the sigil, not on whether or not some wood pulp catches fire.

Step 7: Let it go. Once the flame of the sigil’s paper has gone out, the sigil is discharged. While the sigil may still be a fun thing to look at or think about, the magick itself has already happened. The process has started, and it no longer needs you attention. Let the sigil and what it represents go. It will work the exact same, even if you never think about it again. That doesn’t mean that you should avoid the sigil or anything. It’s a piece of art, and you made it! But now that it has been discharged, think of it as something like a souvenir.

Take a nice, deep breath, and then congratulate yourself. You just worked actual magick! If you feel the urge to laugh at how strange the whole idea was, do it. Put one some music or something, just to change your state of mind. Now it’s time to return to the world. You’ll probably feel a little lighter, and you may even notice that the world around you looks a little different. That’s perfectly normal, so enjoy the feeling.

Additional: Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride. In the coming days, you’ll start to see little things that are eerily evocative of the sigil you activated. Don’t deny these. Don’t dismiss them, even if they seem minor. This is the process starting to work, bit by bit, to bring your intention into reality. The more open you are to these changes, the faster the magick will come into effect.

It’s important, however, to note that your decisions play a hugely important part in how effective the sigil will be. If your sigil is about meeting a new romantic partner, for instance, you might want to think about going out to a place where that could plausibly happen. Staying inside your home, with curtains drawn and lights out, not answering the door, is actively working against the thing you want. Don’t count on the sigil to do the work for you. You’ve already bought the ticket, now you have to take that next step and take the ride.

If you’re uncertain about the whole “magick thing,” start with something minor and irrelevant. In fact, a great way to test the effectiveness of sigil magick is simply to create an activate a sigil that is of both fairly unlikely and of absolutely no consequence. “I will meet a jolly man wearing a furry hat,” for instance, or “I will overhear someone humming ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson.” You’ll soon be surprised at how utterly powerful sigils can be.

Would you try this? Share your thoughts and comment below!

CSA / / AVC 2015 @ Anchor's Bend in Asbury Park on Sunday, SEPT 20th

Jennifer Sodini

artwork by: Georgia

artwork by: Georgia

Evolve and Ascend teamed up with an incredible collective of NYC musicians who are coming to Asbury Park to party for a loooooooonng Sunday. Join us as we welcome them to our home town, and explore innovations in sound and art. 

(Listen to links below to get you excited)

Avant Garde // Experimental // Electronic // Improvisational

The Anchor's Bend
1300 Ocean Ave Asbury Park, NJ
Show starts at 3pm!
$10 cover!

Chinatown Sound Association // Amenti Visitor Center
featuring performances by...

Mezcal Circle Club- Requires Mezcal, and willing participants...

Thomas Bullock, got his start with DJ Harvey and A.R.E. Weapons. He is known as an innovator in house music and electro clash....


We were sad when LCD Soundsystem broke up, and then heard this...I forgot who James Murphy is.
NY is alright -
Wild Joy -


From Cibo Matto and Gorillaz ...


Jackson Pollis from Real Estate


Of Blazer Soundsystem


Designer in fashion and sound

1/2 of one of the most notorious DJ collectives, DEEP TROUBLE NYC.


 Audio, visual and sound...

Local Asbury Park electro act that blends electronica with shoegaze aesthetic to create a sonic trip through another portal.

To RSVP, click here!

Esoteric Encyclopedia Entry of the Week: Astral Projection

Jennifer Sodini

Artwork by: Richie Brown

Artwork by: Richie Brown

According to Wikipedia:

Astral projection (or astral travel) is an interpretation of out-of-body experience (OBE) that assumes the existence of an "astral body" separate from the physical body and capable of travelling outside it. Astral projection or travel denotes the astral body leaving the physical body to travel in an astral plane. The idea of astral travel is rooted in common worldwide religious accounts of the afterlife[2] in which the consciousness' or soul's journey or "ascent" is described in such terms as "an... out-of body experience, wherein the spiritual traveller leaves the physical body and travels in his/her subtle body (or dreambody or astral body) into ‘higher’ realms."[3] It is frequently reported in association with dreams, and forms of meditation.[4][5]

Patients have reported feelings similar to the descriptions of astral projection induced through various hallucinogenic and hypnotic (including self-hypnotic) means. There is no scientific evidence that there is any measurable manifestation of a consciousness or soul which is separate from neural activity, and there is no scientific evidence for the contention that one can consciously leave the body and make observations. Attempts to verify that such has occurred have consistently failed in spite of the variety of pseudoscientific claims to the contrary.[6]

To learn how to astral project/have an out-of-body-experience, this article by The Mind Unleashed, has some great tools to learn how to travel the astral world: "10 Effective Techniques for experiencing an OBE".