Des Moines, see you at the end of the year! I’m El Wignal, a register dining reporter. Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon, Aquarius Rise, Enneagram Type 4, INFP. Do you get it all?
Welcome to my edition of Off Hour, a free weekly newsletter on all entertainment from The Des Moines Register. Get ready for 2022!
Transactions: No 2022 resolutions and spiritual forecasts
The contract is as follows: For all of us, we declare that the New Year’s resolution will be formally revoked. This can be a daunting task, especially for those who are still using a physical notebook and can’t sleep with an unchecked box in the list. Believe me, I’ve been a solution setter for a long time.
But after almost two years of absolute unpredictability, I simply refuse to set goals more than a week ahead. That’s how I decided to put my destiny in the hands of the spiritual realm to help me pave the way for the New Year.
Skeptical of Backburner, he found interesting insights from three local psychics: an astrologer, an aura photographer, and a tarot card reader. They helped me feel the New Year while digging inside.
It started with a conversation with Des Moines astrologer Ash Bruxvoort. With Ash Gravity, he practiced a blend of traditional and modern feminist astrology for about five years and accepted clients in half the time. I wanted to ask them if the astrological arrangement could draw a radical picture of 2022. What should we expect?
What they said sounded promising. Gravity told me that the economy is on the verge of turmoil and cryptocurrencies could play a big role, thanks to the move of Northnode to Taurus. This was intriguing to me, even though I had no idea what the North Node was.
The themes of connection, community and stability will all play an important role in my life in 2022.
Now, even though he is a person who “believes when he sees it,” he can admit that the conversation has become easier. I had to dig deeper. I decided on a whim to take a snapshot of my aura.
Heather Ann Roe, owner of Kin and Kindred Auras, took me to a small dark space behind the East Village boutique and instructed the camera to sit with both hands facing the metal plate. As I did, I wondered what 2022 would look like.
The plate transfers electromagnetic energy to a special aura capture camera to create a gorgeous, cloudy photo with the colors of the surrounding aura. After that, it can be interpreted by the aura reader.
After smiling for about 15 seconds, the camera released the shutter. Roe picked up the developed image I explained what color means to me.
“You are a unicorn,” she said and handed me pictures of yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple stripes. I don’t know why, but I’m flattered. She explained that most auras consist of two primary colors and are asymmetric. My stuff had five perfect symmetries.
According to Roe, the shades that reserve my frame in yellow suggest that I think the future is bright and exciting. The orange on the crown shows creativity and the green space above the heart is healed.
I ended my spiritual journey with Monica from Miss M. Tarot, who guided me to read my first true tarot card.
It’s not magic. It doesn’t see the future. I like to think of it as a way to help your subconscious thoughts, desires, and decisions come to the surface.
She shuffles her deck a few times and then draws a card every month until May. Every month, Monica interpreted the image while I listened enthusiastically across from her. The card accepted the joy I missed in January, started saving money ahead of the expensive May, and instructed me not to be disappointed if my March or April travel plans were cancelled.
I thought it was creepy because I was keeping in mind to postpone the booking of the flight scheduled for March.
In summary, the three spiritual experiences I experienced this month resonated and helped me set the New Year’s intent (read: not a goal! no goal! a gal without a goal). As the stars and spirits say, we all hope that it is full of love, connection and excitement.
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My Top 3: How to Set New Year Intentions with Psychic
1. Book a reading or workshop with an astrologer. Interpreting your own birth chart can be daunting, so leave it to the pros.Astrologer Ash Gravity can host several virtual workshops to interpret one year ahead and book for individual reading From $ 84 via zoom.
2. Ask specific questions while reading the tarot. Miss M. Tarot’s Monica told me that if you go into reading with a problem you want to solve or a question you can use the guidance for, it will help. It guides the reader’s interpretation of the drawn card and makes the most of your time. I met Monica in Kin. There she sometimes offers 15 minutes of reading for $ 15, but she can also book events and private virtual reading.
3. Take an aura photo. There aren’t many aura reading cameras out there, but fortunately, Kindred Aura owner Heather Anlo has one at the Des Moines shop in East Village, which can be purchased for $ 44 for photos and 10 minutes of reading. increase. Remember that aura photos are snapshots of time. Your aura can change over time. Some people find it worthwhile to read once a year to observe the differences.
Do you have a very cool aura photo? Show me on Instagram, @ woodscommaelle!
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Eat this and drink it
Pickled Pizza — $ 18 for 12 inch medium. My standard pizza order is pepperoni with jalapenos and black olives, but DeMo Pizza Co.’s pickled pizza could knock my three topping pies from its top. The crust is so thin that the edges are crunchy, but the center is still chewy and full of yeast flavor. And the simplicity of the rich garlic cream sauce, Parmesan and ricotta cheeses, and sliced pickles is a dream.
get it: Downtown DeMo Pizza Co. is open Monday to Friday for lunch from 11am to 2pm and Monday to Thursday for dinner from 4pm to 9pm. Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm. Saturday from 3 pm to midnight.
Smoke and mirror — $ 9. This cocktail is an Aperol Spritz riff that brings a balanced, frothy liquor to the smoky side. The classic Aperol Splits are mildly sweetened with fresh orange juice and dry sparkling wine, so adding mezcal will leave a lingering finish on the smoke and mirror. Drinking it makes you feel like licking the flames from a campfire on a warm summer night.
get it: Serviced by Motley School Tavern in BeaverdaleIts specialty cocktails and modern American cuisine Tuesday to Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm. From Friday to Saturday from 8am to 10pm.Sunday 8am-9pm
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48 hours off
Friday afternoon: This is the grand opening of Pots & Shots, the first botanical store in West Des Moines, where you can buy tropical foliage plants and have a very Zen relaxing cocktail bar. The plant shop opens at noon and the lounge begins accepting patrons at 4 pm.
Saturday morning: Is there a better way to start the new year than having a cute, adoptable kitten on your lap with a bubbling latte in your hand? Book at Valley Junction Coffee Cats for $ 10.70 an hour. Here, special frocks such as fellow Garfield and Simba, tied together, fill the cat’s lounge, and cat-themed drinks such as Raven Fermocha will cheer you up in 2022.
Saturday night: Mojo Risin’is playing at Wooly’s in East Village at 8pm this Saturday. The Kansas City-based quartet pays homage to the Doors through a visually stimulating and theatrical performance style combined with tracks from previous rock band’s six albums. Family-friendly shows with tickets starting at $ 15.
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Packing all the Christmas decorations often drives you to completely redecorate your space. This can be difficult in apartments that are not allowed for major renovations. I’m a local business owner and interior decorator expert at CK Design Co. Talking to Courtney Kennedy at, I got some tips on how to get the most out of your apartment. Here’s what she suggests:
- Literally add plants to bring new life to your rent. They can add color, warmth and height, says Kennedy.
- “Upgrade. They. Blinds.” Replacing the cheap plastic blinds in your apartment can quickly give your room a personality.
- “Few things create a more cozy space than a cozy candle,” says Kennedy. “Smell is our strongest sensation.” If your home urgently needs the scent of signatures, think of your favorite memories and look for candles that remind you of them. My favorites change from season to season, but you can always rely on the sea fog and the dreamy scent of bergamot to remind you of life abroad.
The residents of the apartment are united! What is a temporary space hack that makes renting a little more like a home? Please send them my way at [email protected]
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My day’s work
Thank you for your hard work, Des Moines. For 2022, I’ve put together a list of typical Iowa dishes and created a profile for Nick Tillinghurst, the guy behind Des Moines’ most interesting bar. Something exciting I missed? Please tell me on Twitter, @ElleWignallDMR!!
Keep an eye out for my work here to eat more with Des Moines news. Next week, entertainment reporter Isaac Hamlet will cover everything from bottle crushing to computer equipment and more. Have a safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve.