Summer Grimes (She/Her)
In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
Chthonic Star provides balance-conscious tools, supplies, and education to all levels of magical practitioners. We strongly believe in the ethical stewardship and wise use of earthly resources. We encourage practitioners to make environmentally friendly decisions, within their means, as often as they are able, and empower them to be an ever-improving responsible and respectful steward of planetary, energetic, universal, and spiritual power.
Our goal is to become an industry standard for how to start, grow, and/or improve the environmental footprints and handprints of pagan/occult operations and practices while providing superior products to customers at competitive prices. As such, it is important for us to improve the environmental impacts of our operations and our offerings year-to-year while helping others find ways to improve the impacts of their personal practices.
We are not here to Greenwash! Unfortunately, and frustratingly, certain items considered essential to magical practices are either unavailable in eco-conscious varieties or, when they are, become prohibitively expensive to the consumer. We strive to tackle these items one by one, finding individuals and companies who can produce sustainable versions of these products at competitive prices.
Nature is sacred and we are here to help her heal however we can!
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota to a mother of Slavic & Eastern-European descent and a man of Native American descent, I was raised with an animistic respect for the planet, its cycles, its creatures, its spirits, & the importance of balance and harmony with the natural world.
I learned the technical aspects of ethical earth stewardship, clean energy innovations and investment through an education in Conservation Biology, Political Science, Forest Science & Environmental Policy, as well as over a decade of working in Operational and Management roles for Clean Energy focused Venture Capital Firms in Colorado & Boston.
Blending this educational and professional background with my personal practice through a purpose-driven witchcraft brand has been one of the best “ah-ha!” moments of my life. Promoting ethical stewardship and wise use of our finite earthly resources through environmentally responsible & balance-conscious witchcraft, and helping others do the same, is my passion. I look forward to sharing with and working with the local community and like-minded individuals and initiatives.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
Fostering a connection to the land and all inhabitants, and viewing yourself as part of a larger community rather than exceptional to everything on the planet, will promote humility and grounding, tuning you into the natural energetic rhythms of spirit and place, expanding and super-charging your natural intuition and magical power.
Deepening this connection and awareness can connect us to an endless source of inspiration for projects that express creativity, expression, love, healthy boundaries, and speaking your truths. All of these are essential components of every form of art, be it music, painting, dance, song, poetry, sculpture, crafting, etc.
Through my business, I hope to inspire others to consider the greater good and discover ways in which they can honor the natural rhythms of spirit and place in their daily lives and practice.
What was the last book you read OR What was the last video you watched that made an impact on you?
I haven’t had much free time recently while starting the business but I did manage to re-read my favorite parts of A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.
Thinking Like a Mountain, from the book, is an excellent essay regarding land management and the importance of ecological balance.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you or your business?
Hmmm…. Maybe that I used to train horses until my late 20s and spent several summers in my late teens and early 20s in Montana assisting with herding and artificially inseminating 1000s of cattle.
What is Creative Collective?
Creative Collective is a group of economic development strategists, small business supporters, activation specialists, and believers in the importance of the creative workforce. We foster growth, sustainability, and scalability for small businesses, creative thinkers, organizations, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Learn more and join Creative Collective at www.creativecollectivema.com/join