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Wonderstruck in Retrograde

Wonderstruck in Retrograde…. I just read an article that included this phrase and it jumped out at me and I thought how wonderful and timely.  The article was referring to America’s history, but for this newsletter I will expand the meaning to include planetary movement, our own individual history and the coming Blue Moon on Halloween.

Collectively we are all struggling with many unprecedented events; Covid19, unemployment, working from home with kids in & out of school, wildfires, misinformation, divisive and toxic political environments. These events are causing collective anxiety, fear, depression, isolation and stress. We are all feeling uncertain, ungrounded and unsafe. But could there also be hidden gifts? Can we find ways to tap into our innate resiliency by having our own retrograde?

Mercury is in retrograde (as is Mars, Uranus & Neptune) and we are coming up to Samhain/Halloween (October 31) which is the Celtic New Year’s Eve. As the year starts to wind down it naturally causes us to become reflective on the past year. The phrase was “wonderstruck in retrograde” – meaning there is wonder and awe to be found as we look back on the past year. Hard to believe I know…2020 has tested us to the edge of our limits.

Retrogrades always call for us to review, regroup, renew, revise, revisit – all the RE words.  We all tend to focus on the current crisis’ because they often need immediate attention and cause major concerns.  For our own emotional and mental well-being, we should attempt to balance all that with the opposite. And I know it’s a luxury for many to find quiet moments, but I promise you – as you reflect on the past 9 months or so, there will be things that will leave you wonderstruck.

I’ll start for you – How resilient you are!  You faced a global pandemic!  You cared for others and yourself by believing science and wearing a mask.  You realized something amazing about your partner, child, friend or family member… or dare I say it?  Yourself.  You rested, you listened more, spent more time in nature connecting to the seasonal rhythms, got crafty, stretched your budget, learned new computer technology.  Maybe you joined a protest and practiced social distance at the same time. You clapped at 7pm for frontline workers with your neighbors.  Maybe you played music or sang from a balcony.  Did you notice the air, earth and oceans were cleaner? Proving we can turn around or at least slow the damage we’re doing to the planet.  I swam with tiny schools of fish in Coney Island this summer!  A landlord in Brooklyn gave his tenants a pass on the rent for the month. I am wonderstruck in retrograde at the generosity of spirit from people who rose to the occasion, lent an ear, gave encouragement to someone else, for those whose better angels showed up.  That includes you. You are resilient and awe inspiring. And speaking of wonderstruck & awe inspiring…A Halloween Blue Moon is on the way!

A full Moon on Halloween occurs roughly once every 19 years and this one is a Blue Moon (meaning 2nd Full Moon in a month -happens every 2 years) so the energy is really magnified by this rarity, so…very powerful. Personally, I feel we should collectively work with this energy for the good of the world. Imagine if many people sent out healing to the planet and the human spirit at the same time during this Blue Moon….

It’s also a great time to charge any of your moon friendly crystals like selenite, moonstones, and blue stones like lapis lazuli or celestite, make moon water by letting the blue moon shine through a glass jar or bowl, charge any magical tools, amulets, etc.

Any rituals, intentions, or spells performed during a Blue Moon are extremely beneficial for long-term results, as it sets in motion and works towards your end result until the next one appears. The infrequency inspires us to take a look at long standing habits and behaviors we want to heal; chronic health issues, unhealthy or old relationship or money patterns, anywhere you are looking to make a significant change. Nature abhors a vacuum so while you burn what no longer serves, you state what energy you would bring with you into the coming year.

Blue is the color of happiness, peace and wisdom. It assists in opening blocks, clearing the mind, healing, strength and courage. All wonderful aspects that help us reach our intentions and goals.

For a simple magick working – You’ll need a blue candle, red pen, paper and a representation of your intention like a photo, picture from a magazine, a ring if its relationship based, a coin for money, something that is meaningful to you and a heatproof container to burn the paper.

  • Sit for a while (if you can see the moon – let her light fall on you as you do this or before you start) get quiet, grounded and think of what you’ll leave in the past, and then your new intention, visualize yourself free from the past and tap into how you feel with this wish fulfilled. 
  • Write out in red ink what no longer serves you. Light the blue candle and read it out loud – light it from the candle and say “As this paper burns, the wheel turns and change is made”  drop it in the heatproof container and watch it turn to ash.  Know this is in the past.  Now pick up the representation of your intention and state it out loud 3x. Phrase it as if it is already granted (ex: I am enjoying optimal health, vitality and well-being)
  • Keep the reminder/representation within sight and every new or full moon spend time calling in the energy of the intention granted and restating your phrase.

Even if you found yourself successfully “wonderstruck in retrograde”, the world is still full of challenges and aromatherapy is a quick way to rebalance those stressful emotions when they arise. Our sense of smell is anatomically designed to connect directly to our brain and emotional centers.

For this Fall season I am offering two blends in two products – a 5ml bottle of the essential oil synergy blend that can be used in a diffuser, bath, anointing oil, the other as an aromatic spray.  All blends are made with astrological correspondences and charged with reiki and crystal energy.

Prana – vitality, the breath, our life force which comes from deep breathing This synergy has anti-microbial and respiratory benefits.  Blend includes Eucalyptus & Cardamom – 5ml essential oil blend 5ml – $35      Spray – $25

Fall Forest Walk –The Japanese do Forest Bathing to bring a sense of calm, grounding and wonder. This synergy includes Cedarwood, Cypress and some other tree oils.  5ml essential oil blend- $35      Spray – $25

All Hallows Blue Moon Blessings – Limited Edition – Available November 3rd –A magickal blessing oil to be used to anoint yourself, candle, talismans, or add to your bath when you need that little bit of extra magic.  Blue Moon, reiki, crystal charged essential oils with notes of Blue Tansy & Frankincense – 1 ounce bottle – $50

In closing, Samhain not only marks the beginning of the dark phase of the year, but a time where we honor those who have passed, our ancestors, our friends, our loved ones.  This year is particularly poignant given all those who have passed due to the pandemic. If you manage to carve out some quiet time, remember your loved ones who have passed and the happy times you shared, sending them your love. And think of all the families you don’t know who have lost someone and offer a prayer of gratitude and solace.

Reflection of what has passed this year should be accompanied with a growing sense of changes to be made and acceptance of the change that wisdom and inner reflection brings.  In every ending is a new beginning.  Look inside for self-knowledge and for the fire of your spirit that will sustain you during life’s challenges.  I remind you – you are a resilient, bright spirit and I remain “wonderstruck in retrograde” for your bravery and triumphs both great & small.

Blue Moon Blessings,


Here Comes the Sun

  Where to begin?  With something positive.  Yes.  Whatever ladder you find yourself climbing, meaning whatever obstacle or challenge you find yourself facing…I wish you to find a yes at the top of that ladder. Yes, it will be okay, Yes things will change for the better, Yes there are people who will help, Yes something good is on the horizon. Yes you will know peace again.  It is the time of the Summer Solstice – the Sun and nature have reached their peak and the natural world is in total manifestation.  This is a time for individuals to acknowledge and enjoy all we have and to focus our intent on all you wish to be as a person and as a community, a country.

I am very slowly expanding Alchemy Healing Arts and have added Alchemy Aromatics to the mix.  I really enjoy mixing and creating blended oils, not unlike an alchemist.  Similar to crystals, essential oils also have therapeutic properties to enhance healing. Our sense of smell is so strong and directly affects the part of our brain where our emotions live which is why aromatherapy works so well, especially when combined with breath work on stress and emotional upsets.  I offer custom blends to support whatever your emotional or physical needs may be.  I use high quality grade oils and charge the blends with reiki and crystals as well as preparing these synergy blends with astrological correspondences.  These aromatic products are powerfully transformative and made with a focused and loving intent.

I have created two products for the Summer Solstice: Midsummer Magick Myst and Positively Positano salt scrub for your body.  More about aromatherapy and Alchemy’s signature scents here

Midsummer Myst is perfect for hot summer days.  This refreshing summer myst is inspired by the Faery Queen of Midsummer”s Night’s Dream. Its delicate floral and woody scent invokes the magic and beauty of a midsummer night in nature.  Romantic, sensual, this myst will not only refresh your face, space and mind but will revive beauty and magic in yourself and in the world around you. ($30)

Positively Positano salt scrub is an homage to the Sun. A wonderful citrus based fresh scent that brings a vision of an Italian summer evening along the Amalfi coast, perhaps in a sports car?  Bright, refreshing, invigorating and wonderfully moisturizing for sun soaked summer skin. ($25)

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I would leave you with this,  despite all the pain, anger, fear, grief and limitation, within it all lies the promise of an opportunity to change, to do things differently, to rise to the occasion, to lift others, to lend a hand, to collaborate, communicate, to be of service, to heal.

To bless is a most ancient way to heal and protect. Just as to curse is to wither and banish, to bless is to help something thrive. It is simply well wishing. We can well wish our family, our friends, our community, our state, our country, water, air, earth, our planet, our food, and to thereby outdo the curse of uncaring-ness. This is as simple as we can get, magically, so it is easy to do and accessible to every.  So Bless well and Bless often.

Bright, Hopeful and Blessed Be

New Beginnings

Hello Friends,

I hope you are faring well in these surreal times.  I know it’s a long time since I’ve been in touch but in these trying times I think about everyone and also reflect on my business Alchemy Healing Arts (AHA) and how it can be of service to others.  Stress compromises our immune system and we really need to find ways to combat the stress caused in our day to day to keep our immune system strong. For me walking in Prospect Park, reiki and meditation helps but I do have to check myself – and remind myself I have tools to help me manage this and more importantly to use them!

I don’t know about you but personally I’m working through so many feelings it’s hard to wrap my head around it.  From the shadow side there’s anger, loss, frustration, grief, worry, and fear but I also have space, I have the gift of time.  Time for reflection, rejuvenation, time to think and plan, time to reinvent myself, time to remember..time to consider what I desire my life to look like in this new world.  What seems to surface most in this introspection are the questions How can I serve?  How can I contribute to my community?  

Like many others I find myself  unemployed and seeking stability and some sense of security which at this time is nearly impossible.  These circumstances are forcing me to reflect and tap into my creativity and resourcefulness. What can I do? What can I share? What skills can I offer?  I’m trying to find creative and fulfilling ways to give back while doing something I love that is meaningful for myself and others.  And I have some exciting news!

As I begin to reimagine AHA, I seek new ways to offer my service and have come up with ideas that enrich and empower us to move forward from a place of calm and with intention.  Healing the spirit are the first steps toward rediscovery and recovery.  

 I will offer distance energy sessions.  It would work by making an appointment for a  specific time and I will concentrate on you and only you.  First we’ll choose an oracle card for you to meditate upon and then we will connect and I will send reiki.

Tarot consultations via video to support and guide

Now the exciting news, I’ve studied for aromatherapy certification and have created several amazing products to share with you!  When the state mandate is lifted and we resume togetherness,  I will offer custom blended oils to support your personal needs as part of healing sessions.


Enchanted -powdered face cleanser.  Made with powdered rose petals, pomegranate powder and other powders along with an essential oil synergy blend- all of which with anti aging, antioxidant and skin nourishing properties.  Just add a bit of water to make a paste and lovingly massage your face. Self care is the first step to a radiant glow!

Shift Happens –  comes as an aromatic mist or as a portable tube inhaler.  This synergy has the healing properties to calm, sooth and ground you during times of stress and uncertainty.  A much needed support. Just spray or open the tube and take a few deep breaths.  That’s when shift happens!

Below is the price list and info for the services and products I’ve mentioned. Both Enchanted & Shift Happens have been made with supporting astrological & moon energies, and charged with intent, crystals and reiki.  

Distant Sessions w/ Oracle Card – $20

Tarot Sessions – 3 cards 15 minutes – $25

Enchanted face powder cleanser- 1 oz – $30

Shift Happens – $25 – indicate 2 oz Spritz or portable inhaler

Payment by Paypal: or Venmo: @VickiPetrella

Email me, text or call with any questions or for more information. 917-723-5541

We are about to enter Beltane-tide.  Beltane is a pagan holiday celebration of the lushness of life.  It’s main focus is sexual union, sensuality, fertility and fruitfulness.  It’s also about setting the winter behind us, cleansing & purifying ourselves for the coming summer season to lighten our hearts and minds of burdens.  Traditionally two bonfires would be lit then people and livestock would pass through the twin flames with the intention of being purified thereby leaving all negatives and illness behind.   

If you are inclined – On the evening of April 30 or on the night of the May full moon May 6,  I would ask all of you to light yourself a candle or simple little tea light in a bowl and leap over it with the intention of leaving this virus behind us. Visualize our country, our planet  and all its peoples out and about, together with friends and loved ones, laughing, traveling, at concerts, restaurants, outdoor cafes, at beaches.  See our world resonating with joy.

Please stay at home, stay safe and keep the intention this will end soon and we’ll have a very happy and healthy fun in the sun summer.

Samhain Greetings



These newsletters have been few and far between of late.  I am in the midst of a transition and trying to figure out what I want Alchemy Healing Arts to be in the future, or even if there will be an AHA.

I entered into this healing realm after becoming a reiki master as I wanted to help people begin to understand energy and how it effects our mind, bodies and spirits.  I was fortunate enough to work for a company willing to be on the cutting edge of offering alternatives to their employees for managing their stress.  I participated in Wellness Fairs, offered energy healing sessions on-site and participated in various lunch and learns for outside companies as well.  I had a good run but now the company culture has changed due to a merger and I have not been motivated or inspired to re-launch and promote a business and I’m not sure if or when I will be. So this may be my last post/newsletter.  I leave it to the Fates and see where my path may lead.

Energy is Everything.  That’s what my website states when you land.  How is your energy?  Are you managing it?  Replenishing as often as you’re giving out?  My check-in said: Heaviness.  Do you all feel the heavy energy or is it just me?  I feel as if there are things coming at me from all sides.  Overwhelmed with media, politics, phones, people, work.  There is so much demand for our attention and our time that is is overwhelming.  We are exhausted and drained of our energy so quickly and rarely take the time to replenish that energy. Zach Galifianakis told a story on a talk show about overhearing 2 young girls talking.  One girl said she took the advice of another friend about ditching her phone and social media and she has never been happier.  Many companies are making money off our addiction to our phones, computers, fear or missing out.  Don’t buy into their hype.  Your happiness does not depend on your wifi or internet connection! Take a sabbatical and recharge you – not your phone.

This is the time of the year where we begin to draw inward, we become reflective.  The Celts saw this time as a period of rest and renewal before a rebirth.  Halloween or Samhain to the Celts is a celebration of our ancestors, a time for divination and portents for the future. It is also the time of year to drift, to dream, to journey inward and vision quest. I urge you to take the time for yourself do this work.

The Goddess that rules this time of year is the Crone.  The Dark Goddess, has been called by many names – Hecate,  Ceridwen, The Cailleach, Kali Ma.  She represents transition and transformation, a bridge from the end of one cycle to the beginning of a new cycle.   She is the unconscious. In many respects, She is the most powerful aspect of the Triple Goddess.  Perhaps this is why she is feared so much.


Demetra George, author of Mysteries of the Dark Moon: The Healing Powers of the Dark Goddess, states:  “The dark goddess of many names was the prophetess and holder of mysteries. She bestowed dreams, visions, and magickal knowledge whereby one could fathom the mysteries of the unknown, and this understanding of secret and hidden things brought power in itself.” 


Energetically, not only is it Samhain/Halloween but Mercury is going retrograde that same night, giving us a real boost to the review, revisit, revise, reorganize, mantra of a retrograde.  Go inward, what do you fear, what do you really fear?  Abandonment? Rejection?  Success? Being alone?  Go deeper, call upon the Dark Goddess for assistance as your dream and vision quest.  In this self reflection, during this inner journey, you may have to make adjustments, face things you would rather bury, let things end.  Remember, in these endings lie new possibilities.  In these endings lie greater wisdom, strength and power.

I leave you with a simple ritual for Samhain.  Get an apple and cut it through the middle exposing the 5 pointed star within.  Each seed within can be seen as a new possibility.  Chew each seed slowly taking in its energy.


Blessings & Much Gratitude for your support.