THE HERMIT

hermit-1Unlike any other card in my tarot series, The Hermit found its way to me. I had scheduled to shoot with Mary but I had no idea what card to pick. And for the first time, I was okay with that- I didn’t want to know. So what did I do? I went inside, played some Chelsea Wolfe (aka my current obsession), took out my deck, and meditated on what exactly it is that I needed at that moment- what was the universe trying to teach me? I didn’t even divide the major or minor arcana, I wanted to pick a card that I was meant to work with, and it turns out I did. The Hermit urges us to go inward- it’s a wake up call to remember that we have all the answers we need within us, it’s just a matter of listening. Just like the turtle has it’s shell and it can retreat inward, finding it’s home wherever it is, so can we. hermit-8This semester, this past summer, and this past year have been a whirlwind and they have taught me more about myself than any semester or summer or year prior. For the first time I don’t feel the need to prove myself to anyone,  I don’t feel the need to make sure any certain person likes me. For the first time the only person I am focused on loving is myself, and when I pulled the Hermit it was like a love spell straight to my heart. I’d been wanting to turn inward, get back to my yoga practice and focus on what gives me inner purpose and all of the sudden, I was pulling this card to remind me that YES- that’s what I should do, that’s what I needed, and that’s what I did. hermit-11What does The Hermit teach us? The Hermit speaks of vulnerability, of shedding your layers and moving inward, of finding the answers in your own connection to the universe, to the world around you, and to yourself. In The Wild Unknown deck, it says the Hermit’s one of the most valued and celebrated creatures because through going inward, The Hermit’s able to find knowledge and wisdom it can share. The Hermit is a cosmic kick in the butt to just stop, to listen, meditate and ponder- the most important things in this life are the moments we often rush over, the pearls of beauty we find in ananda- the bliss of being.

hermit-13The idea of the turtle really resonated with me when I was trying to figure out how to represent this card. The simplicity of wearing your home on your back is both obvious and profound, and the idea of finding home in my own bones is something I’ve been trying to work with. I decided to wear my spiked leather jacket for this post because it’s a barrier between me and the world- it gives me the confidence and strength to own my sh**. Pieces like my leather jacket are my shell- they’re my protection as I move through this life, especially as someone who can be passed over as vulnerable or weak because of my small frame. I wore a vintage nightgown that I got from Ivory for this same reason- there’s a sense of vulnerability that comes with wearing your home on your back. I wanted to represent going inward by wearing something really delicate. Embracing The Hermit means dealing with your own issues face on- finding them, learning from them and hopefully growing from them. It also means picking up your shell, knowing you’re your own home, and continuing along your own path as you explore what it means to tune into yourself.  hermit-35hermit-37hermit-18hermit-23hermit-24hermit-32hermit-53hermit-52hermit-63hermit-56hermit-77hermit-73hermit-72hermit-78hermit-79hermit-80hermit-86hermit-83hermit-87Of course, I had to reinterpret the classic version of this card, (green!) cape and all. So thankful for Mary who always takes amazing photos and helps my vision come to life.

Here’s to going inward.
XXX,
Gabriela

POWER

It’s almost halfway into the first month of the new year. It’s been 2015 for two weeks! Who would have thought. And although it’s been an incredible two weeks, I think that it’s also the perfect time to step back, asses, and once again, dig deep. Things are constantly shifting and changing, and it’s in the moments when I resist that change that I have to step back and ask why. Personally, there comes a point when I’m drifting to sleep that my body is totally and utterly relaxed and I start to feel like I’m floating. It’s almost like pre-lucid dreaming; a moment when I can retain awareness without fully being conscious of it. I always have really interesting realizations during this point in my messed up sleep cycle (I love staying awake super late) and this happened the other night. It was about power. Who would have guessed. image3Power. It’s a word I throw around often. I love “dressing to feel powerful”, and being able to “channel my power” for whatever ending I’m hoping happens as a result. I love harnessing my own power. My personal power is a completely separate entity to power or control over others; I don’t want to have power over other people or situations. I am never for the game of manipulation. But power can be dangerous; it can consume us. Power can be an egos driving force. For someone who likes to plan, and who uses logic and who loves knowing what’s going on, power can be dangerous. Having so much control over myself, and my spirit and my own power means it’s harder for me to deal with people and situations that I can’t control. My thirst for empowerment has left me with a real need to surrender. I can wear all the black I want, and wear red lipstick and I can feel so powerful, but at the end of the day, sometimes letting go is the most powerful action I can perform.image1

Kim Krans, the artist behind The Wild Unknown tarot deck, posted this spread on Instagram. One card for each month of the year, with one card being the overarching “theme”. Two weeks into the month and I finally had enough time and energy to follow through. It seems as if this year is all over the board, from heartbreak and self empowerment to finding comfort in my home. The theme for the year, however, is one of my favorite cards, The Moon. View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabbiAh, the moon. She’s inspired photoshoots, poems and hopefully in 15+ years, my daughters name. The Moon, however, can be a somewhat questionable card. In this deck, it’s credited with “lack of direction, vivid dreams and fears”. The moon, however, to me, is linked with goddess, intuition and a consciousness that’s not always readily available during the day. The moon is darkness, and it’s true, in the dark directions get muddy and tangled, and often you will find yourself lost. After realizing my thirst for personal power, however, the words “lack of direction” sort of feels refreshing. Lack of direction could mean existing in the moment, with nowhere to be but now. Lack of direction could mean lack of power, a vulnerability that once again, is necessary for growth. Vivid dreams. Fear. Ahhh, fear, an old friend. Look how you’ve woven yourself into my year. What scares me more than not having power? Nothing.  And I’ve learned to bask in my fear, in trusting that there’s growth to be found in it. To me, The Moon means existing in the moment, surrendering to the present, vivid intuition and finding growth through what scares you the most.

image22015. It’s a year that will be linked to the moon, and fear, and surrendering. This year I will love more, resist less and let myself exist. Power is important, but there’s an effortlessness necessary in maintaing that sort of power, isn’t there?

Here’s to all the surrendering that comes with letting this year unfold.

Namaste,

Gabriela

The Magician

There’s a certain power that arises when you tap into your own intuition, into your own spirit, and declare to the universe that YOU are the one in charge of your own manifestations and actions. I think this sort of surrender is an ongoing process, and it’s one that I’m trying my best to practice each and every day. I think it’s important to keep in mind that although you may not have control over situations that arise in your life, you do have control over how you handle those situations. I think in this way, gratuity and positive intention really make a difference in the way that you deal with life’s punches; because here’s the thing, shit happens. It does. We don’t have control over that, but we do have control over how we view and handle those situations. It’s when it feels like life’s trying us most that gratuity becomes the key in coping.

View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianDon’t get me wrong, I think every emotion is worthy; the good and the “bad”. But I also believe that it’s easy to get stuck in an emotion, in a past story, and I also believe that gratuity for the present moment, as well as the past and the future, is the key to getting out of this rut.

The Magician sings of this sort of intentive action. She is inner strength, manifestation and power. She uses all the elements at her disposal to create. In this case, The Magician uses the suites of the tarot deck, the chalice, the wand, the sword and the pentacle, to conjure up whatever she so desires. The Magician is the second card in the tarot, although she is number one in the deck. The Chariot sings of movement forward, of inner strength being a guiding light of sorts. The Magician is this inner strength, this inner power, which is used to create and manifest whatever you want. View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianThe Magician sings a gratuitous song. She reminds us that we have control over ourselves, we are the ones driving our own chariot onward, creating our own path, manifesting whatever it is we so desire. The Magician is is the card of the individual, speaking to individual action and manifestation. When drawn in a reading, The Magician is a reminder that we have power to cultivate, that maybe we’re not seeing the bigger picture; maybe we’re not realizing the power of our own intentive manifestations. The Magician reminds us that we have the elements necessary to manifest our intention into reality.

I wanted to feel alive, regal, and (my version of) colorful in this outfit. I wanted to feel cloaked, and protected and magickal. I wore the dress I wore for my 20th birthday layered under a big, knit sweater and I added layered necklaces and a scarf i cinched around my waist. I wore two different mala beads around my wrist, wrapped my pentacle necklace into a bracelet, grabbed my skeleton hand chalice and figured I would grab a wand from the forest and use my eyes as daggers to round up all the suites in the card. I wanted to feel draped and covered with jewel tones, I wanted to feel strong and powerful, I wanted to feel like I was magick manifested. View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magician View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianDress: Urban Outfitters/ Sweater: Zara/ Necklaces: H&M and Forever 21/ Shoes: Jeffrey CampbellView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/magicianI’m so thankful for Mary and her amazing spirit. Working with her on this series has been absolutely amazing and I’m going to miss her while I’m in London! I can’t wait to continue this series and keep up with this beautiful woman. Find Mary’s Facebook HERE and her website HERE.

Namaste,

Gabriela

The Chariot

I don’t believe in cosmic coincidence. I don’t believe that things just happen; that which feeds our soul, those people who impact our lives, the moments where we stop and really and truly feel, to me, aren’t coincidence. One of my favorite ways to describe the tarot to people who are learning about it is as a map to places within ourselves that we’re unaware of. When I’m reading the cards, I imagine they’re blank until I flip them over; there’s a possibility that I can pull any card, and the one I pull is the one that I’m meant to. I don’t believe that  an accurate reading is a coincidence; I think that it’s channeling the same cosmic destiny of sorts that we see with the things I mentioned above; people and places and experiences that are literally too good to be thought of as coincidence. View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsThe Chariot has been beckoning to me. I’ve always been drawn to this card, and finding out two people I’m close to dubbed this their card of choice only furthers the significance of it.The artwork on this card is easily one of my favorites in the deck, and that’s no surprise since the beauty of the card is mirrored by the significance of what it represents. The Chariot is the seventh card in the tarot deck. She sings of action and movement forward guided by intuition. She speaks of direction and in a way, change. She is determination, she is knowing that movement, any movement, is better than staying stagnant. November was an intense month, where I found myself in an energetic and spiritual rut. It’s only within the past couple of days, specifically yesterday thanks to the powerful full moon, that I’ve started to find my footing once again. Today, this card has special significance. Today, The Chariot is telling me to keep going, to keep moving forward. View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsI chose to represent this card with silver, black and a lilac lip. My WITCH bag had to be brought out, because for me witchcraft is an extension of guided, intuitive movement and action like the card itself. I wanted a subtle equestrian feel to my look, so I chose to represent that with a silver leotard and a wide brimmed, vintage hat.I pulled this look knowing that I wanted to feel powerful, I wanted to feel capable and more than anything else, I wanted to feel like the one guiding my own chariot forward. View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabs View More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsLeotard: Amazon/ Hot Pants: ASOS/ Skirt: Urban Outfitters/ Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell/ Cardigan: American Threads/ Necklace: Extollo Jewelry/Purse: Dolls Kill/ Tarot deck: The Wild UnknownView More: http://marydecrescenziophotographer.pass.us/gabsToday, I urge you to find that which drives you onward. Find what feeds your soul, what speaks to you of destiny. Listen to your intuition. Know that you are capable, powerful and regardless of whatever else life throws at you, you are still guiding your own chariot.

It’s been so wonderful to work with the beautiful Mary DeCrescenzio. I am so thankful for her, for her spirit and for helping me make this series possible. Check out her beautiful work HERE and find her on Facebook HERE.

Namaste,

Gabriela

Sunday’s Are for Surprises..

I’m so beyond excited to announce that I’m continuing my tarot series with the fabulous Mary DeCrescenzio. This beautiful lady and I were able to shoot yesterday and it was the perfect pick me up for an intense couple weeks. My twin, Alexandra, tagged along and we were able to shoot two looks inspired by two wonderful cards. I decided to shoot…

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The Magician and The Chariot

On Saturday, Alexandra and I ventured to Ed’s Editions, a really great used bookstore in West Columbia with a really great occult section. I wandered over and found the vintage tarot book pictured above and just about cried. It’s amazing, and dense and I can’t wait to take my time to really read it. The universe has perfect timing, finding this book the day before I shot some tarot inspired outfits? Perfection. 

The Magician

waonI picked the magician for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it’s a card rooted in the idea of manifestation. The Magician speaks of using all the elements at your disposal to create whatever it is you desire. The four suites of the tarot deck (pentacles, cups, wands and swords) are all pictured in this card; the magician has control over every aspect of his/her destiny; material, emotional, creative and spiritual… it’s all there. The imagery in this card is also really, really rich (I have two other decks that I used for inspiration as well). It was easy to be inspired by The Magicians power.

The Chariot

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The Chariot is one of those cards that truly sings to the spirit and inner power. This card is all about movement, action and intention; it’s that inner voice that tells you to keep going, it’s that inner drive that makes you move forward. The Chariot from The Wild Unknown is one of my favorites in the deck. It’s probably my favorite image and the horse with the moon on her third eye and a pentacle near her heart really speaks of what the card represents. Intense, intuitive movement forward.

treesMy sister, Alexandra Yael, snapped this photo yesterday while we were shooting.

I can’t wait to share more.

Namaste,

Gabriela

PS: This tarot deck is The Wild Unknown

 

The Hanged Man

Perspective is everything. Much like judgment, how we see things has a huge impact on our lives and our realities. We may feel stagnant, but the truth is we are not; we are creatures of the universe, constantly evolving. As our lives change, so must our perspectives. This idea is present in the 12th card of the tarot deck, The Hanged Man. This card reminds us to change our perspective, let go of ego, and embrace the sort of rebirth we feel when we see things in a  new light. The Hanged Man is a great reminder to listen to our intuition, and stop resisting what is. Just like the bat uses echolocation to see, we are reminded to use our intuition in the same respect.

When I draw this card in a reading, I am reminded to step back, see every possibility and then tune in to my own intuition to see  how my perspective can change.  There is no wrong or right in this life, things just are as they should be. I chose a floral shirt to represent growth and rebirth and a slick leather style skirt to represent how we must let judgments pass over us without resistance. The darker color pallet and oversize knit shawl were inspired by the aesthetic of the card itself, which shows a bat hanging upside down. I was inspired by pieces that make me feel powerful, intuitive and strong.

Shawl and Shirt: Urban Outfitters/ Skirt: Topshop/ Necklacce: Zara/ Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Shot by the amazing Mary DeCrescenzio. Tarot deck is The Wild Unknown.

What do you need to change your perspective of?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Judgement

For the fourth look in my tarot series, I decided to choose a card that was a little bit more difficult for me to explain, especially in terms of fashion. Judgment, the 20th card in the tarot deck, has been showing itself to me over and over and over again in my own readings. I’ve always struggled with judgment; of others and of myself. I know these are one in the same; judging others is a way of projecting my own judgments and insecurities of myself outward.I am constantly reminding myself to love more, and live from a place rooted in love and bliss.This card is a great reminder of that. Judgment speaks of awakening, or rebirth, of ascending to something greater and new. When I draw this card in a reading, I am reminded of a few key things about myself, and the way I view the world.

Drawing this card in a reading, for me, is a reminder to approach every facet of life with an open mind and heart. There are things that happen that sometimes don’t make sense and don’t seem to fit our notion of what should be. We place labels on things, deeming them good or bad, right or wrong, without taking a step back and looking at the situation in its entirety, for what it is. By covering something with a judgment we aren’t allowing ourselves to surpass whatever experience or person or thing we just judged; we aren’t allowing ourselves to learn. Sometimes judgment is necessary in keeping yourself safe and out of harms way, but sometimes it’s not. By labeling something, whether it’s an experience or a person, you are boxing said thing in. Don’t confine anything or anyone, including yourself, to labels or judgments. You are far greater than any word or words you can cast; your soul is much greater than that.This card signifies an awakening, a consciousness, that takes place when judgment has ceased, and life, in all of her forms, is accepted and welcomed. This card reminds us to ascend to a place where judgment isn’t necessary, and to see things from a different and more open perspective. Shirt and Skirt: Zara/ Bra: Urban Outfitters/ Necklaces: Forever 21 and Barney’s Outlet, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

So glad I have been able to continue working with Mary. Make sure to check her out HERE.

Namaste,

Gabriela

The High Priestess

There has always been a certain sort of softness and admiration in my heart for women who cultivate their own strength and power. I am lucky enough to have been surrounded by these sort of females my entire life. My grandmas, my mother, my aunts, my family friends, all bask in their femininity and harness their own strength to manifest whatever it is they so desire. Each women on this earth is a high priestess in her own rite; she has her own inner connection to goddess, to parts of her consciousness that are unbeknownst to others. The High Priestess card represents a connection to the unconscious, to goddess, to the earth. The high priestess is a walker between two worlds.

The tiger does a good job of representing both assertiveness and intuition, while the crystal ball she guards can represent connection to what’s to come and the unknown. The high priestess has ties to what lies ahead; she is an oracle and she basks in her own wisdom.

My friend Yash handmade this dress, which I paired with a shoulder chain from Nasty Gal, a lace cardigan from American Thread, a scarf from Zara and some Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

What is it in you that connects to a higher power? What part of you resonates within the universe?

Namaste,

Gabriela

The Moon is Down

The second set of my tarot series is based off “The Moon” card. This card is one of intuition, of vivid dreams, of connection to the subconscious and goddess. Kiim Krans, the illustrator of the deck that inspired this series, The Wild Unknown, is also partial to this card. She describes The Moon perfectly; “The Moon is the card of intuition, dreams and the unconscious. The Moon provides light as a reflection of the Sun, yet this light is dim, uncertain, and only vaguely illuminates our path as we journey toward higher consciousness. When a path leads between two towers into the distance, it is showing the way to the unconsciousness. The astrological sign associated with this card is Pisces – psychic, receptive and mysterious.” (via The Numinous)

 

I chose to represent this card with stark whites that contrasted against the deep reds and oranges of my backyard. White attracts positivity and is a color of healing; both things the moon herself represets. In the past few months I have grown more and more in love with mother moon and her beauty. There is something so comforting about her presence every night, a constant reminder that there is something larger than me in this universe. The moon is awake when my heart and mind are still, and her gentle kisses on my cheek have comforted me more than anything else.

I chose to wear this leotard from Nasty Gal with a Zara skirt and Forever 21 shoes. I’m usually cloaked in all black, with many layers of jewelry and red lipstick,but I have to admit, this minimalist look is probably my favorite to date. I wanted to channel the moon through this shoot, honoring her by basking in moonbeams. There’s a quiet sort of comfort in knowing that the sun and moon are always there, even when we can’t see them.

What comforts you in the late hours of the night?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Shot by Mary DeCrescenzio