2.08.2016

new moon // february









NEW MOON






Hunger Moon
Monday, February 8th, Aquarius, 6:40 am PST

Happy Lunar New Year!
With this Moon comes change. If you have been feeling agitated, restless, and easily aggravated lately then this is your body trying to tell you it's time to make a change - or that a change is coming your way. The last Full Moon I talked a little about how this year was off to a slow start, that nothing would be ready to shift or get going until February... and here we are.

These changes may be planed or more likely than not they will be unexpected. Keep in mind that unplanned is better, although far more challenging, for it is rare that we know what is best for ourselves. 

With the energy of Aquarius we shift from the Capricorn's desire for personal connection to community to the boundless impact the Aquarian strives to make in the world and beyond. This is a time of great mental imagination and innovation, thinking beyond the limits and boundaries that we have placed on ourselves and our lives. Think - impacts and changes that exist outside of time or space - that's the energy we are in now.

Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius and it is all about big changes. These changes usually feel sudden and eruptive, but if you look closely you can see signs that it is coming and has been bubbling just under the surface. These kinds of changes feel like quick and radical shifts, but they have been waiting in the wings, just building momentum. As Uranus moves in the sky it has an impact here on earth, you can track its effect on us historically (revolutions, the falling of empires, technological advancements...). It has a long build up and then like lightning it strikes, and has a slow fall out. The house Uranus is transitioning through in your chart right now will tell you a lot about how it will be effecting you and the kind of changes you can expect to occur.

But, never mind the specific details, you need not know about your chart and the energy of the planets to be open to your experience right now. And that is what you must do, be open to your experience. Really pay attention to the ways you are being challenged, to the energy that is pulling your forward. When change occurs try not to grip to tight or resist to strongly. This is a time of trusting and flowing. In those challenging moments keep asking yourself, how can I open myself up to this change?

And remember that subtle shifts and can create a huge and prolonged impact.

New Moons are also a time for wishing and intention setting, you can read more about how to do that here. I use the word "wishing" here loosely. I don't actually think we are wishing, but what we are really doing is feeling into the future to what is coming towards us, the blossoming of our planted seeds. This is a great time to reflect back on ones you made at the beginning of the year and really think about how to take action on those. What choices can you make to help support those desires. This is where the work comes in.










drawing by Ed Ruscha

1.23.2016

full moon / january








FULL MOON






Wolf Moon
Saturday, January 23rd, Leo, 5:46 pm PST

We are nearing the end of January and I feel space is finally opening up for us all. This year was off to a bit of a heavy and slow start. Also, this Mercury in retrograde has been a really tough one! I think we all thought we would hit the ground running on January 1st. But there were other things in store for us. We needed to slow down. To be confronted by the old. To relax and reflect. To plan and get ready. February really feels like when things will have the opportunity to come in, when new projects will get the momentum they need, and when things will settle in. 

We can use the energy of the Sun in Aquarius that is reflecting off the Moon in Leo. Now is a great time to keep an eye on the big picture. To take a step back before your take running steps forward. Get clear about what you are really wanting for yourself,  where you want to spend your energy, and the kind of relationships you wish to be in. Think about how you want to be a leader, how to use your voice, and the impact you wish to make. The energy of Leo can help us learn to be courageous and strong when facing our fears. It can help us stand up and go for the things we really want in our life, to voice what we desire, and to allow ourselves to be ruled by what we are passionate about! This is the time to really be going for it! 

As we are in the final push of Mercury in retrograde it will feel a little more intense these next few days, until the 25th when it goes direct. Clear communication is key right now, not just with others though. Try to be really clear with yourself. Are there messages you have been ignoring or ways in which something is trying to communicate with you? Are you listening with a sensitive ear and heart to yourself right now? Have plenty of compassion, tenderness, and understanding for all the ways you are being lead to grow right now. 

Spend some time cultivating the Leo Lion inside you! Be courageous, playful, joyful, creative, passionate, even ferocious if need be! Now is not the time to hold back. 









Adrian Samson

1.18.2016

admit








It seems important that the field of erotica no longer be limited to depiction of a narrowly limited 
sexual subject matter. What is needed is no new definitions but greater flexibility of visual response,
 and an art production that admits the personal and ultimately abstract quality of the erotic experience.

- Lucy Lippard 









Dorothea Tanning sculpture 

1.09.2016

new moon // january







NEW MOON





Old Moon
Saturday, January 9th, Capricorn, 5:30pm PST

Can it get any harder right now? If you have been wondering this to yourself these past few days... welcome to the club! It's been a bit of a wake-up call this first week of the new year. We all entered into it with optimism, thoughts of fresh starts and new beginnings, expectations of ease and openness. Nope! It has been hard, and challenging, and uncomfortable. And in a way, all of those positive feelings of what a new year can bring are there, but we have to do a little work first. 

For the past few weeks we have been focusing on going within emotionally (November) and physically (December). I have urged you to spend time alone, and nourish yourself with rest and relaxation. Now we are in a time of mental reflection. Now is when you want to be spending time getting clear about this new year. It's like you need to be working on the foundation before you are ready to build the house. I feel this last week or two we have been clearing the way, feeling into the ways we want to change, the things we are ready to let go of, what isn't working, etc... What do you need to clear to prepare for what is coming to you? Think about that. 

I love New Moons because they are an opportunity to reflect and make wishes about the kinds of things you want to call into your life. And they happen every month, instead of just at the beginning of the year. So, you get 12 opportunities to do this throughout the year, instead of just one. But, the first New Moon of the year is special. I would encourage you to see this New Moon as a crystal ball. Instead of thinking of these things you want to accomplish, change, attract are out there somewhere and you have to figure out how to make them happen... see if you can use your intuition to feel into your future; to see the things that are already coming your way. I use the word "wish" here, but that's what I really think we are doing when we wish... feeling into what is already happening, what is already coming. And we have been planting so many seeds, so you better bet that there is lots on it's way to you! What do you need to do to get ready for it? What things do you need to get clear about? 

Right now the energy is focused on the physical plane. What do you need to get done in the physical world to help these wishes? What loose ends need tying up? What needs to be organized? What needs to be planned or thought out? Let your intuition and heart guide you as you take the steps to get clear and clear the way!

To read all about how to make your New Moon wishes head over here


Happy 2016!
and Happy New Moon Wishing!






Törst, Julia Hetta

1.05.2016

from around


- this incredible video of a knife throwing mother

- a wonderful, moving, and thoughtful - Open Letter to Paris, by Adam Gopnik

- years ago I posted this interview with Patti Smith - and I recently rewatched it. She's so great.

- design your own Marie Antoinette style wig! (thanks Nicole!)

- this movie - The Revenant

- these two dances:
 Fase - Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Michele Anne de Mey
and this - Violin Fase










       Sophie Calle, I Died in a Good Mood, 2013

12.28.2015

full moon // december









FULL MOON







Night Long Moon
Friday, December 25th, Cancer, 3:11 am PST

Happy Christmas to you! What a special gift we all get to receive today, a Full Moon looking down on us, shining bright, high up in the dark and cold Winter sky. This is a time all about transitioning. Winter is a natural time of slowing down, going inwards, and needing the solace of silence. Just as the Bear hibernates, we need to as well. It's ok if you are needing more quiet and alone time, if you want to be sleeping longer, reading all day, taking long walks in the woods, and craving warm and comforting foods. Be in the natural rhythm of the season. All of these activities will nourish and nurture you right now, which is also directly in alignment with the energy of Cancer. A big part of this Full Moon is the nurturing, mothering energy that Cancer brings. 

We are about to shift to 2016, and into all sorts of BIG things coming our way, this is a perfect time to pause and reflect as we start to transition. What does your heart need right now? How can your honor it in this moment? What wisdom does it hold for you? I really think that right now we are on the edge of transitioning into some huge shifts in our lives. Things we have been wanting, and wishing for, and getting ready for for so long. Now is the time to go inward and get clear, to take that grounding deep breath before you take the leap! Be as clear as you can be about where you are in your life and what you want. Something to be asking yourself is - How committed am I to what my heart desires? This is a big question. I have been learning that the more committed I am to something the more clear my choices can be. Being committed to something requires a lot of you, but it can also guide the way as you move forward. 

And with this energy from Cancer I wouldn't be surprised if your heart is desiring things that have to do with family, home, relationships, protection, nurturing, emotional connection. 

Take this time to take a breath, slow down, be silent, and nurture yourself. 









image unknown

12.14.2015

saturday sale








I will be selling a new collection of minerals and crystals on Saturday!
As well as a whole bunch of other great stuff by these lovely people!
Come by!



12.12.2015

new moon // december








NEW MOON





Long Night Moon
Friday, December 11th, Sagittarius, 2:29 am PST

The last few months have been rough ones. We are in a time of being pushed to do and see and be all sorts of things in our lives. Things that are sometimes painful, or things that are challenging, things that allow for growth, and things that open our hearts. 

As the year is winding down it is a time to pause and feel into those changes, and challenges, and growth. To notice how far we have come. And to help us to see where we are going. It's important that when we go inside the cave to hibernate during this time of year that we do so in a way that honors the times we are now in. Reflection should not come from the mind, but from the heart. Feel into what you have been through and where you are now... and where you are going. What direction is your heart pointing? 

We just had a HUGE push of energy from the cosmos - one that might further divide those who are open and those who are not. It is an important time to stay connected to and grounded in the self, to be the anchor in the rough seas. Take some time of solitude and reflection, tap into those things about yourself that are true, and feel into the things that are coming your way. 

This is the last New Moon of the year, so be sure to reflect with intention and make your wishes true to who you are and what you want in your life. You can read more about wishing here. You might want to make your wishes from that earlier question : What direction is my heart pointing? Where does it want to go? See if you can wish for things in your life that your heart is already moving towards. 

Happy wishing!







Roe Ethridge, Farewell Horse (On the Dunes)



12.11.2015

the power of grief - workshop






The Power of Grief
A Workshop to Help You Through the Holidays

leading a workshop with my friend Ann Faison


Sunday, December 20th
10 - 12 am
$40
Pasadena, CA


RSVP
laurenspencerking@gmail.com





11.25.2015

full moon // november







FULL MOON





Hunter's Moon
Wednesday, November 25th, Gemini, 2:44 pm PST

This will be short and sweet as I just arrived in London and my brain needs a bit of a rest. Though I did get a great view of it tonight, all the way on the other side of the world. 
Hold your hand high if you feel like you have been put through the ringer these past few weeks!? Yep, then you aren't alone. That last Scorpio New Moon was a powerful one, and as the weeks have passed it seems to be unearthing a lot of what has been hidden and what we have been trying to hide. It's time to shine a light on it, let it come out into the open, expose it, and take a good look at it... this goes for ourselves and what is being exposed in others. This seems to be something that is happening a lot in our relationships. Though, really, when you get down to it it's really all about us. But, we aren't doing it alone - if you are in a relationship then you are really facing this in and with your partner as well. While things are still surfacing thanks to that Scorpio energy we are seeing the dichotomy of the Gemini, the places where something is true, and it's opposite is also true. We are learning to see and hold both. 

Time to make some choices. 








image source unknown

11.11.2015

venice, ca // breathwork meditation








BREATHWORK MEDITATION in VENICE, CA

Tuesday, November 17th
7:00 - 8:30 pm
$30 - limited space / RSVP
email to reserve your spot - laurenspencerking@gmail.com

This is a two part active Pranayama Breathwork meditation that is very healing. 
Though the breath is simple to learn it is quite powerful and profound to 
experience. The breath clears emotional blocks and stuck energy, allowing you 
to open up and connect to something bigger, and tap into the truth that is inside
you. Through quieting the mind you create space to listen with your heart, 
leaving you feeling peaceful, grounded, and expansive.

Come relax and ground before the holidays!




11.10.2015

new moon // november








NEW MOON






Hunters Moon
Wednesday, November 11th, Scorpio, 9:47 pm PST

Everyone is talking about how there is so much agitation in the air right now. Feeling cranky or irritated, feeling in a bad mood,  feeling lots of resistance, or just feeling off. I don't feel this, maybe you don't either - but maybe you do or you see it in others. This is a Moon where I feel it is affecting different people in different ways. It could be that because I just came through a period of a few days where I was truly in Scorpio energy - attending a funeral, talking about death, grieving, and then in a workshop where I was transforming old energy in my body - while also celebrating my birthday... the full circle of the Scorpio - life and death together... It could be that because I am really in the natural energy of Scorpio that I feel right at home. No resistance. If you are also a Scorpio like me then you might feel this same way. This is my kind of intensity. And maybe it's the other signs that are having the hardest time and finding it very challenging and confronting. Scorpio energy is all about the depths of emotion, the receptivity of the Feminine, magnetism and mystery, sexuality, and the power that is held in the transformation of the dark. For me, I don't understand who wouldn't want to be in this! It's amazing! But, I also realize it might not be every one's cup of tea.

This agitation you feel can quickly be turned into productive fuel simply by doing something with it. You just have to move it and then it becomes the fire to fuel a project, or get you going with something. Use your tools: move your body, be creative... whatever it is, just get it moving and you can keep yourself from being stuck in the irritation. Also, use the resistance or irritation as a compass - it is usually pointing in the direction where you are stretching and growing the most. It's pointing to the direction you are going. Funny enough. It shows up as a roadblock, but it's actually an arrow -> "Head this way!" Right now our egos are really being stirred up in us, they don't want us to grow or get to a place where they aren't in control. It's ok to be uncomfortable (it's just the discomfort of the ego). It's ok to stretch beyond your limits (your soul is waiting). You are ready.

Scorpio energy is very powerful! Everyone always thinks of the Scorpio as being harsh towards others, but really the Scorpion is best at stinging itself. It is most biting, judgmental and hard on itself than it ever is on others. Be aware if particularly harsh thoughts are surfacing, if you find yourself being critical or using your thoughts to disempower yourself. See if you can catch yourself when you are doing this. Know that these thoughts are not true. They might not go away, but try to do an activity that connects you to your own greatness, one that reminds you of who you are. This will help to shift everything so you are not coming from that critical place, so it's not running the show. Those thoughts might not go completely quiet, but you don't have to buy into them when they arise. Now is a time to anchor yourself in your true energy, in your heart, in your soul. Anything you can do right now to do that will be essential in moving through this time.

This is a time where things are bound to surface. Scorpio is all about transformation, it is a master healer. Use this energy in your life right now to help you move through what you are facing. See if you can tap into this wise energy that knows just what to do to transform and heal. Your intuition is bound to be stronger than ever. Trust it. 

Scorpio also rules the natural cycle of death and rebirth. How is this cycle of energy showing up in your life right now? I think there is comfort in knowing that you are in the natural energy of the cosmos. 

It is also a time for New Moon Wishing! It's a great time to wish about where you are headed, energy you wish to bring in, ways you want to move forward in the world. You can read more about how to wish right here

Enjoy this time. I know it might be really difficult. But, there is such magic in the Scorpio New Moon! Don't be afraid to explore its depths, and dive into the darkness. That's where the gold is. 









Mark Rothko


10.30.2015

santa ana











Every year when the Santa Ana winds blow I always think of this Joan Didion essay from Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In her essay, Los Angeles Notebook, Didion talks about the eerie effects on the winds on Los Angeles. I am paraphrasing here, but she writes:


 To live with the Santa Ana is to accept, consciously or unconsciously, a deep mechanistic view of human behaviour. I recall being told, when I first moved to Los Angeles and was living on an isolated beach, that the Indians would throw themselves into the sea when the bad wind blew. I could see why. The Pacific turned ominously glossy during a Santa Ana period, and one woke in the night troubled not only by the peacocks screaming in the olive trees but by the eerie absence of surf. Anything could happen. That was the kind of wind it was. I did not know then that there was any basis for the effect it had on all of us, but it turns out to be another of those cases in which science bears out folk wisdom. 
A few years ago an Israeli physicist discovered that not only during such winds, but for ten or twelve hours which precede them, the air carries an unusually high ratio of positive to negative ions. No one seems to know exactly why that should be; some talk about friction and others suggest solar disturbances. In any case the positive ions are there, and what an excess of positive ions does, in the simplest terms, is make people unhappy. 
Easterners commonly complain that there is no "weather" at all in Southern California, that the days and the seasons slip by relentlessly, numbingly bland. That is quite misleading. In fact the climate is characterized by infrequent but violent extremes. 
It is hard for people who have not lived in Los Angeles to realize how radically the Santa Ana figures in the local imagination. Los Angeles weather is the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse, and, just as the reliably long and bitter winters of New England determine the way life is lived there, so the violence and the unpredictability of the Santa Ana affect the entire quality of life in Los Angeles, accentuate its impermanence, its unreliability. 
The wind shows us how close to the edge we are. 







here is a link if you want to read the essay in it's entirety
photo: Oasis by Elizabeth Atterbury 



10.28.2015

full moon // october








FULL MOON





Hunter's Moon / Harvest Moon
Tuesday, October 27th, Taurus, 5:05 am PST

Even a day late... this post is still resisting being written (I can't tell you the amount of phone calls I have gotten while writing this.) I have been sick in bed and decided to give myself a few days off - letting myself off the hook from emails, the phone, and obligations. Knowing that all would be ok without me. But, this post has been looming over my head, I have had so much resistance to writing it, using my cold as an excuse, my head unclear about what is happening in the air right now. Could it in fact be resistance

It is time to look at how resistance is keeping us from moving forward. What little voices, old feelings, unexplainable roadblocks are we encountering? It's really that last one I am interested in; the unexplainable roadblock. We have all been under the effect of this powerful Moon for days before it's peak. Emotions have been high, and there seems to be an unknown and perhaps - at first glance - unexplainable or even light hearted form of resistance that has been a barrier for many things in our lives right now. Saying to ourselves - It's just a cold, a missed phone call, a bump on the head, an unanswered email, my favorite yoga class I don't want to go to, a voice saying "I'll do it later", a feeling of doubt from "out of nowhere"... but is it? That's the question I am asking. I'm not saying that these little things need to mean something on a grand scale or portend some major event. But, rather that it is these little hiccups or bumps in the road that are in fact our own resistance showing up as events that in it of themselves don't mean much, but are masking something bigger and meaningful. It's this "out of nowhere / unexplainable / no big deal" resistance that I am looking at. What is this new form of resistance - what is it masking - how is it working in me - and what does it want? As we learn about our own ways of resistance and bring them to light - is this energy finding new ways of disguising itself?

Keep your eyes open!

With the Moon in Taurus and the Sun in Scorpio this is a time of learning to ground in the pleasures of our everyday life, to anchor in the beauty of our reality, while also nurturing our inner desire to travel to the unknown and unseen aspects of ourselves. How can you create this dynamic in your life right now? Maybe it is through taking the time to cook a big, elaborate dinner for yourself after you have had an emotionally hard day. Or rewarding yourself for speaking a difficult truth by spending time enjoying nature. Or allowing some unpleasant things about yourself to surface and instead of wallowing, take them with you to a museum. Find your own way, but create a space of allowance while being anchored. 

Happy Full Moon and Happy Halloween!

enjoy this song, one of my all time favorites, and it's perfect for the season. Every time I hear it I get teary, and speechless, and think of when and where I grew up. 







Theda Bara

10.26.2015

from around













- into this video - clearly influenced by Deborah Turbeville

- one day I want to visit Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. This otherworldly salt flat is the result of transformations of several prehistoric lakes. The thick salt crust is reported to have 50 to 70% of the worlds lithium. Which I imagine would be incredibly relaxing, as Lithium Quartz and Lepidolite are two minerals with high levels of lithium and are very helpful to reduce stress and aid in relaxation. Oh, and it has pink flamingos.

- a nice podcast on the influence of Joan Didion from the New Yorker. Some interesting points in there about the recent interest in her - a Joan Didion trend in the last few years among a certain breed of young women. 

- The New World Order - my new dream vintage shop - bonkers 

- recently added Holy Motors and 3 Women to my top five favorite movies of all time

- Dior's flower mound at the Louvre for Paris fashion week made me gasp! So sad to learn that Raf is leaving Dior.

- the wonderful Miranda July talks to Rihanna

- a great piece about Gloria Steinem in the New Yorker. She always been a heroine of mine.
"Lead with love. Low ego - high impact. Move at the speed of trust."







Nadav Kander

10.14.2015

leslie williamson // fvf








I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Leslie Williamson for Fruende von Fruenden. Head over to read all about her fly swatter collection, her ideas about the word home, and her desire to get inside and photograph the Vatican. Also, see the great photos taken by the talented Brain W. Ferry

“As artists we wear our heart’s on our sleeve… I like to think that there is a transparency between our homes and our work.”



A big thanks to Leslie, Brian and FvF!






10.12.2015

new moon // october








NEW MOON





Harvest Moon
Monday, October 12th, Libra, 5:05 pm PST

Yep, it's been a challenging few weeks. Let's just get that out on the table. No one can escape what they are being asked to face in their life right now. Know that whatever is coming up for you is important to your soul's growth. I also strongly believe that everything that is coming up right now is about the past. It's old stuff / energy / emotions / beliefs / dynamic... We recognize it, but it isn't the truth of what is happening. Our present experiences are triggering it and bringing it up, yes, that is true. But where we go when we are triggered is to an old place. A place that isn't a reflection of where we are now. This is crucial awareness to have. What you are feeling is old. And it's not the kind of old that connects us to our linage in a way where we feel we are on some sort of path that has a bigger purpose, or the kind of old that breeds wisdom. It's just old and untrue. 

Take a moment to think about what kinds of things are coming up for you in your life, what feelings you are having, what thoughts... We are so familiar with this energy that it is so easy to believe it, to buy into it. To say, "Oh ya, here it is again, that thing. I always feel x, y & z when this happens." The things coming up are things that we have seen and felt before. But this time, they aren't a reflection of where we are and the truth of the situation. I don't think you can avoid feeling what you are feeling, but I think in order to move through it what is helpful is taking a moment and really asking yourself if what you are feeling is the truth about the situation. Keep doing this over and over as you are triggered and feeling things surfacing.

We have come through a series of really powerful Moons and shifts in the Sky. Some of that energy is still with us as we spend time this month allowing it to integrate. The most important thing is to allow. Allow whatever is coming up to come up. Make space for it to come through, to spend time with it and see it for what it is, and to nurture yourself through this process. There is a ton of old, deep, energy emerging in us. We owe it to ourselves to feel it, and shift it. Be especially mindful with the Moon and Sun in Libra that you aren't trying to create balance for others by being the peacemaker, by care-taking, or by taking false responsibility for their emotions. This time is really about you. Just keep bringing your awareness back to yourself. 

Also, spend time feeling into where your soul is going. Where it is growing and what is it growing towards?
Let that energy pull you and evolve you towards it. 

With New Moons we have the opportunity to make some wishes. You can read more about how to do that here. With this Moon in Libra it's a great time to make wishes about balance, partnerships that are founded in equality, compassion and service, truthful communication, networking, and business.  







Francisco de Zurbarán - detail from Saint Lucy

10.08.2015

salon no.13









Salon No.13
Zoe Crosher
Emma Gray
Emilie Halpern
Ariel Herwitz
Lauren Spencer King
Galia Linn
Fay Ray
Samantha Thomas


In the Bedroom
Jow
29 Palms

Exhibition is open by appointment
September 28 - November 21



If you can't see the show - see photos of it on my new site, here



Lauren Spencer King, "Witnesses", watercolor on paper on panel, 12" x 16"

10.03.2015

new moon meditation // marine projects // venice, ca









In conjunction with Salon No. 13, artist Lauren Spencer King is hosting a 
NEW MOON BREATHWORK MEDITATION 
Monday, October 12th / 7:00 - 8:30 pm / VENICE, CA / $30 / limited space - for the address and to reserve your space please rsvp to laurenspencerking@gmail.com

Breath is what connects us to each other, to every thing, to all times. This is a two part active Pranayama Breathwork meditation that is very healing. Though the breath is simple to learn, it is quite powerful and profound to experience. Clear emotional blocks and stuck energy which will allow you to open up and connect to the universe, dive deeper into the self, and tap into your truth and intuition.  Through quieting the mind you create space to listen with your heart. Leave feeling peaceful, grounded, and expansive.


This is also a great opportunity to see the show.





9.29.2015

book stand // art books








A while back I had the honor of having a conversation with BOOK STAND. You can read it in full here

Being a long time lover and supporter of everything that BOOK STAND does I am happy to share that they are taking these thought provoking and lovely conversations a step further. They will be turning them into a film! "An avant-garde documentary about self-expression and self-publishing. An exploration of purpose, determination and the creative psyche." Interviewing artist and creative thinkers a like, with plans to travel to such places as San Sebastian, Oslo, Zaragoza, Paris and beyond. 
But wait! They need your help to do this! If you would like to read more about this project and contribute click right here.

Go BOOK STAND, Go!










Cleopatra with the Asp by Reni Guido, 1630

9.27.2015

full moon // lunar eclipse // september







FULL MOON






Harvest Moon 
Sunday, September 27, Aires, 7:50 pn PST

During our last Full Moon I talked a lot about faith, how faith is directly proportional to our ability to trust ourselves, and its relationship to the unknown. The opposite of faith isn't doubt. It's certainty. Doubt and the unknown are so much a part of having faith. This is still in the air for us, big time!

Right now there is this window open to us of opportunity that is created by the Lunar Eclipse happening tonight. Lunar Eclipses "bring light" to things that have been hidden or the things that we haven't been willing to look at. It is an uncomfortable time where things are coming up, and as a result we crave harmony and balance. Be willing to be a bit uncomfortable, to take a really good look at what is surfacing for you. This Moon is in the sign of Aries which is all about direction and forward movement, but sometimes we act with haste and on impulse. It is a good time to take a moment to step back and really let some things surface from this hidden place before moving forward. It's a time to really get clear about what YOU want / feel / think... you and no one else. When you separate yourself out and take a little space it is easy to see what is important to you, and listen to your own inner voice. This will allow you to move forward with clarity, intention and heart... and most importantly sense of self. It also allows you to really see what is yours - what is your stuff / your feelings / your issues. It is important to take responsibility and own that, it will empower you. 

Part of moving forward from this place may feel like walking in the dark, knowing the general direction where you are headed, but literally taking one step at a time. Let it be a time of discovery, discovering in each moment what it is that you want, over and over again, while taking each step with purpose and curiosity. Also, don't be afraid to walk in a direction where there is no path, you have lot of support right now to forge ahead into new territory and be courageous. Be willing to trust the unknown, to risk!

There is also a lot of Animal Medicine in the air right now. Keep you eyes open for how animals are showing up for you, and when they are showing up. Let them be guides, be open to what messages they have for you. 

This is a really intense Full Moon - you can feel the pressure, literally. It is very physical as well as emotional. Take some rest, treat your body well. The pressure is on. Relationships are under a microscope right now - your relationship to others but more so to yourself. So, take this time to do some deep work and tend to your inner life. There is a huge opportunity for growth as you move forward from this place. The more willing you are to look within, the more faith you have to take some risks right now, the bigger the window of opportunity you will create for yourself. Move forward grounded in what you feel, grounded in what is important to you, grounded in what you desire most. 










Yoko Ono, Bag Piece


9.12.2015

new moon // september







NEW MOON






Fruit Moon
Saturday, September 12th, Virgo, 11:42 pm PST

So much is happening in the skies! This weekend we have a New Moon and a partial Solar Eclipse (later this month we have a Lunar Eclipse). In September Venus, Mercury and Pluto all change directions and go into Retrograde. Mars and Saturn change signs. And at the end of the month we have our Autumn Equinox! This is enough to make your head spin! But, fear not... all change is good change. 

Without going into the details of what all this means... let's just keep the focus on how to support you through this time. 
Your new motto : Let it happen! 

Let it happen is different than "let it go." Let it happen is all about allowing what is right in front of you to be embodied. It's all right there. It's about allowing. Giving permission. And surrendering. 

These last few days have been particularly emotional ones. So many people around me, myself included, have felt waves of emotion coming from "nowhere." Allow yourself to be emotional without having to know why. That "why" question comes from our minds, it really just gets in the way of our own experience, it blocks it, and slows it down, and sometimes even stops it. Try to just sit back and let it happen. And trust those emotions, your body has a wisdom that the mind cannot even fathom. Sometimes you won't know why, and that's ok, and maybe for the best. The best thing you can do is just allow and give yourself permission. Let it come up, let it be felt, and let it happen. It's gifts and lessons will be stored in your body, trust that they are there. 

With this New Moon we are in a time full of opportunity! An opening! Whatever has been knocking on your door, whatever lesson has been hitting you over the head, whatever direction you are feeling pulled toward, whatever you are wanting to do... ask yourself "What am I waiting for?" Are you waiting for it to hurt more, to hit rock bottom, for permission, for an invitation, until it's easy, for the perfect time? Pay attention to what has been showing up over and over for you. And move in that direction. Let it happen. You don't have to understand how it will all happen... this is where trust and faith come in. And let the energy of Virgo this month help you. Virgo's are great in the day to day organization of things, focusing on practicality and order as a way to function and move through life. This is how they achieve great things! So, just stay focused on what is right in front of you. Ground yourself in the day to day, one step at a time, and let it unfold right before you. And not to far into the future you will be ready to look up - at the horizon - to see that you are in the big picture. 

Also, ask yourself - "What am I resisting?" When things show up time and time again, over and over, it's a good question to ask. What are you resisting? I believe that there are natural forces at work, and currents of energy that have direction. It's when we ignore or resist this natural flow that things get tricky / unnecessarily painful or difficult / confusing / heavy... and so on.  

New Moon's are opportunities for introspection. They are a blank slate, in their darkness anything is possible. It's a great time to make wishes for the next two weeks and beyond. Read more on how to do this here. You can wish about anything you want, but think about the kind of support you need and what will help you tackle the big picture. Think about the Virgo energy we are in right now: getting organized, focused, clearing things away. It's a great time to make wishes involving these things, as well as some of these questions - "What am I waiting for?" - "What am I resisting?"

Let it happen!








Philolaos Tloupas