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Ah yes, do you feel it in the air? That sense of dreaminess only paralleled by an overwhelming intensity of emotions– as if all the things we’ve kept hidden could bubble to the surface at any moment? Seriously, has anyone else been crying more than normal recently? No, it’s not in your head. You’re not disconnected from reality, it’s just Pisces season– the watery world of the fish, and the last sign of the zodiac. This is a season of diving deep into the world of feelings, it’s a season of baring it all, it’s a season of heightened intuition; and ah yes, it’s the season of using weed as a way to embrace all the energy that’s swimming around us.
From Feb. 19 to March 20 we’re thrust into the etheric domain of Pisces season. This is a psychedelic sea of opportunity. It’s a time in which we can (and should) embrace the lessons of Pisces through creativity, self-expression, and love. The Piscean way is all about surfing the waves of life and working with altered states of consciousness, as well as exploring other dimensions. This is an ideal season for cannabis connoisseurs to take lean into our highs and explore the realms in which Mama Ganja wants us to traverse. Like the fish, we can either float or swim our way through, and my recommendation this season is to do both.
Here are some ways to make the most of Pisces season:
Method of Cannabis Consumption: The Bong
Pisces is a water sign, which means that like water, these babies are fluid, connected to the energy of the divine feminine, and super in tune with their intuition. Pisces energy is that of perception and transcendence. In other words: it’s the perfect vibe to use weed to chill and cope. And what better way to honor the psychedelic-fish energy then to smoke out of a bong? Bongs are magical, using each element—earth (flower), air, fire, and water—to get us stoned out of our minds. So, while I love a good joint as much as the next gal, it just feels right to recommend a bong for the fluidity of Pisces season.
If you read my first column, you’d know that I’m currently searching for a new bong after breaking mine while writing. I’m looking for the perfect mix of practical, easy to clean and also cute, and wanted to share my research in case anyone else wanted to upgrade their smoking situation this season.
Although I love a good, functional water pipe, this isn’t really the time for practicality. Pisces season invites us into a dream world– into a dimension parallel to our own. So, of course, the piece I’m ooing and awing over is a beautiful ceramic piece with flowers and butterflies that looks like it could be in a museum. Made by Star Hustler on Instagram, this is the queen of bongs: it’s totally appropriate to leave it out on your table and stick flowers in because it looks so pretty. I have a wild urge to smoke out of this regal piece while sipping on lavender-rose tea, and watching Marie Antoinette. Anyone else?
I also love this Bubble Bong by Gary Bodker Designs and dream of snagging it in violet, though the lagoon blue is a fitting pick for big Pisces vibes. In fact, a blue bubble bong seems almost too perfect for the season of the fish—this modern and sleek design is what I would choose to smoke out of to enjoy the intensity of this energy, as I talk about animals or love or aliens or something.
And last but not least, the least useful bong of all but the absolute cutest has to be this Honey Bear bubbler in Lavender. Don’t get it twisted: Pisces are all about what’s cute, sweet, and cheerful. This bubbler is absolutely all of those things. Simply look at the little honey bear with its golden accents and you’ll get it. This babe would be the perfect companion as you take a bath (#bongbath) and blaze it in the tub. Also, does this not scream “stoner sleepover?” Need it ASAP.
Reason to Smoke: To Chill, Feel, and Heal
Piscean energy can manifest in two ways with weed: it’s either used to embrace and really feel our feelings in our bodies (not just in the mind), or it’s a way to zone out and find freedom from the feels. I’ve had some of my most intense realizations and ethereal downloads while stoned. I’ve also felt my heart open from the guidance of cannabis. I think the plant is a really potent way to tap into our hearts and get a chance to understand our desires, and we’re invited to explore this with intention this season.
And if you feel overwhelmed by your emotions or life right now, you can totally use weed to relax and ride the wave of chill. Invite her healing energy to do what she will. Or if you want to dive headfirst into your heart–do it! Ask the universe to guide you into whatever it is that needs expansion and attention. Go with it and thank the beautiful herbs you’ve chosen for their help once you’re done.
What to Watch: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
To celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays (she’s a Pisces), we got stoned and watched the original Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, and let me tell you—wow. Just wow. The colors, the music, the costumes, the story, the decade! This ’70s masterpiece is a hallucinogenic daydream complete with fantasy and inspiration galore. Not only is this film (and Gene Wilder) a total classic, but the nostalgia and aesthetic of this movie make it the ultimate pick for Pisces season. And when you add some weed to the mix, you’ll really feel like a kid at a candy shop. Finish this bad boy off with your favorite bong to really plunge headfirst into the vibe. But of course, don’t forget some sweets!
What To Listen To: Björk
Although this transcended soul is a Scorpio, a fellow water sign, Björk really does have the perfect magick and dreaminess for Pisces season. If you need a soundtrack to smoke to, I recommend Vespertine. Spark some incense, dim the lights, and allow yourself to drift off into whatever realm this goddess takes you to.
What To Smoke With Your Weed: Lavender
This deserves an entire column of its own (be sure to check back in two weeks!). But for now, I wanted to leave you all with a simple blend I’ve been smoking that complements the astro-energy of Pisces season! I’ve been mixing lavender into my joints and it’s helped me tap into my intuition while feeling more relaxed. It’s even helped me give some channeled tarot readings. Lavender is an incredible healing herb, and it can help us relax and flow with whatever is going on in our lives. If you’re inspired to try this, please use organic herbs! I buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs. I love a lavender and weed joint, and I think you will too!
What To Support: Insight Garden Program
As I was researching a non-profit to support, I stumbled across Insight Garden Program and knew this was exactly what I was looking for. This non-profit uses gardening and landscaping as a vehicle to transform prisoners’ lives through connection to nature. The California-based organization works with “inner” and “outer” gardening to foster healing and break the cycle of prisoners who leave the system only to return because they’re not given the skills and tools needed to thrive in the free world. Insight Garden Program aims to change this. Through “inner” gardening, prisoners learn about processing emotions through meditation and ecotherapy. Through the “outer” garden, they learn basic gardening and landscaping skills. You can donate or volunteer to this incredible program that uses mother nature to help break the Prison Industrial Complex.