3.21.2017

sans






So excited to have done an interview with Sans Ceuticals (one of my favorite beauty lines).
Talking about the importance of criticality, swimming and intention.

Read the whole thing here
Thank you Sans and Yasmine!




On analysing or critiquing one's own work:

I think being critical is one of the big things Graduate School teaches you. I always resisted it when I was in school, I found it so stifling. Now, with some distance, I really see it’s lasting effect on me. For better and worse, it is a part how I see and do everything. I think it often makes me really hard on things I see people making out in the world. But, I also see how it helps me to consider and push my own work.

Criticality is important, it’s something I think we are loosing as a flourishing, creative culture. I think when we make something we ought to know what it’s saying and doing in the world beyond being an act of expression, or something of beauty. If you are an artist you have to understand the context in which you are making something. It’s important to look at things with a critical eye. It’s how we make meaning and understand the world. It’s how we hold people accountable to the things they make, and say, and do. And, more importantly, it’s how we hold ourselves accountable for the mark we are leaving on the world with our creations.

Criticality is what helps us see beyond the aesthetics of something. And while I think beauty is important it can sometimes be a dead end and can keep you on the surface of something, which, in the end, isn’t that interesting to me. Beauty isn’t important if I can’t move beyond it to go deeper.

We are living in an interesting time where so many people are makers, calling themselves artists and curators. More so than ever before. It makes me want to hold tight to some sort of criticality. Perhaps this is antiquated of me. And who knows, maybe in forty years I will have come to see that as artists it’s not our job to be critical and all we need to do is just make the art. But, I doubt it. I think as artists we have a responsibility.






photo by Yasmine Ganley

3.16.2017

from around









- How does it feel? Patti Smith sings Dylan

- Proust, caught on film


- (this is a little dated... that's how long I have been working on this "From Around" post, but interesting none the less) A reflection of how behind the times America is when it comes to equality of the sexes in politics and positions of influence and power.

- Anthroposophy

- I am pretty much in love with everything Sans. I remember the moment I used their products in the shower, smelling them was the first time a product has made me feel like a woman. I can't recommend them enough. My two favorites are the - Hair + Body + Face Oil and the Body Exfoliant (that I actually use on my face, too). If you live in LA Passenger now carries it, which I am so excited about. 

- An Era for Women Artists? Incredible. A must read.

The Getty Research Institute announced the acquisition of Joanie 4 Jackie, a large, feminist collection of short movies and video art distributed as "Chainletter Tape" compilations by Miranda July in the ‘90s and 2000s.

- take a look at my bff, Claire Cottrell's amazing photos from the Women's March here in LA. And watch Zoe Ghertner's film from the march. Also, I started a new Instagram feed with a few women friends - with ideas, inspiration and news about activism - follow @ohyeswewill

- such a fan of Matt Paweski - we went to school together - check out his show

- a lovely portrait of my friend Caren and her husband Adam on FvF, by Claire

- wildflowers are in bloom in LA - stay up to date with the Wildflower Hotline

- a museum of the world's rarest colors - one of my dream jobs would be working here - sent to me by my friend Matthew Feyld

- Yvonne Rainer's film "The Man Who Envied Women" - this film BLEW MY MIND - I can't stop thinking about it.


watch
Singing in the Rain
Young Americans
The Shorty George
Gloria Steinem
Into the Inferno
Training at Teatr-Laboratorium, 1972

listen
to John Lewis
Alain de Botton
Show up, Dive in, Stay at it
2. Andante (Adagio)
I Lie
Shisen
Silver Morning
Arabian Fantasy

see
Ron Nagle
The Art of Alchemy
Vija Celmins

read
Every Night the Trees Disappear
Autobiography of Red

eat
Baroo

use
Oblique Strategies
Uusi's tarot deck
lepidolite
In Love





obsessed with Daniel Buren these days 

3.12.2017

full moon / march







FULL MOON





Sap Moon 
Sunday, March 12th, Virgo, 7:54 am PST

Energetically, full moons are the most intense periods of the month. Part of this is because the sun and moon are in opposing signs, it can often feel like we are being pulled in two different directions, or swinging from one side of the pendulum to the other. I feel this a lot right now as we enter into the height of our full moon in Virgo with the sun in Pisces. This is a time of really learning to balance action and receptivity, really knowing when to be out in the world and when to be alone or resting, when to be moving and when to be still. 

For the last year or so time has been doing all sorts of nutty things. For one, it is collapsing. This means that we can feel more easily into the future, we are all becoming more psychic and intuitive (these are also strengths of Pisces). On the flip side it allows things from the past to surface and be cleared more easily. And it also is causing time to speed up, so things that it might take us lifetimes to heal previously we can do so so much faster. So, all of this might make you feel like a lot is being thrown your way, or pulled in all different directions, or just plain old confused.

It is important to be taking some solo contemplative walks / hikes or be in meditation this month. Because all of this is happening, and because we have the moon in the active sign of Virgo and the sun in the receptive sign of Pisces, we need to really discern what's going on and what to do about it. Because Pisces just increases our sensitivity and psychic senses the best way to start to understand what is yours and what is someone else's is to spend time in your own energy. Really get to know it. Be in your body (the best way to do this is through movement). Create a container for your energy. Being in your body and being grounded is the only way when you are out in the world and you are struck with or absorbing different energies you will know if it is yours or someone else's. This takes practice. So, start to practice now. The energies of the sun and moon and other planets are supporting this.

This solo time will also give you more space to get clear about what is important, what direction to move in, and connect to the guidance that is available to you. Spending some solo time will help you be more clear about how to move into the world from the truth in your being and what action(s) to take. Venus has also begun her retrograde, so this will help in any exploration of your values and pleasures. Venus reminds us that when we heal the personal we heal the collective.

This Virgo Moon can help you be thorough in your contemplation and listening. It's also a great time to get organized, on a more practical level. There is no coincidence to the term "spring cleaning". Virgo energy is great for sorting through things on a more base and rational level. We are also coming out of the winter months, and with the time change and blossoms blooming it's a good time to do any kind of spring cleaning that you feel called to do. We are also in a natural time of letting go as the moon transitions from full to new, letting go of more and more light in each moment.

Be still. Feel. Listen. Get clear. Make a plan. Take action.








MEL BOCHNER: Meditation on the Theorem of Pythagoras, 1972. Hazelnuts and chalk on floor. 17 x 16 in. (43.18 x 40.64 cm)

3.03.2017

10 day breathwork meditation challenge






10 Day Breathwork Meditation Challenge


This is an online workshop that will be 10 days of different topics that will help you focus on various aspects of what the breathwork can bring up and how it can be a tool for you in your daily life.

This series of meditations will specifically focus on the eight chakras or energy centers in the subtle body. With your own breath you will learn to have a deeper connection to the energies that are held in your body.

You will have access to musical and guided meditations of 15, 20 and 30 min in length that you will do on your own at home. You will also receive the support of a community from all over the globe, as well as share and ask questions of each other and me about your experience. A perfect opportunity if you live outside of Los Angeles, have been wanting to try to do the meditation at home, or if you are ready to deepen your meditation practice. The energy of the new year is starting to kick in. See just how much can shift in your life in ten days. 


March 25th to April 4th
$40


to sign up please email: lauren@fieldsofstudy.com

( sign up ends on March 23rd )





photos by Claire Cottrell

2.26.2017

new moon / february







NEW MOON




Hunger Moon
Sunday, February 26th, Pisces, 6:58 am PST

We are always in a time of transition, but especially during eclipses! It is our second one this month and they always bring about great change and push us into a new energy. I keep seeing in my mind's eye the way a giant wave builds, crests, and then crashes back into itself, only to recycle the water to create yet another wave, and another, and another... There is something about this time that is moving our energy like this. Lots of people are talking about this being a time of changes, and endings and new beginnings. But, where does that energy go that belongs to the things that are ending, the things we are letting go of? I think this time is about recycling that energy. You might have felt in the last week like you are being pulled back into an old pattern, a familiar place that you thought you had left long ago. But, think about it in terms of the ocean, the way the water retreats back along the sandy beach, pulling back to gather more strength and momentum to move forward. I keep thinking about the qualities of black tourmaline as well, the master of recycling energy. It can transform what is unhelpful, harmful, draining, old into something new! Use the imagery of the wave like a map, a way to understand what is happening in your life right now. And use the energy of black tourmaline to help you recycle.

Our Sun and Moon are both in the sensitive, loving, intuitive sign of Pisces. New Moons are naturally times of new beginnings as the moon in void of light and starts it's two week period of gathering more and more light to become full. Think about the things you wish to gather - What you are ready to pull in? With all this Pisces energy we are supported to slow down and open our hearts more. There is an opportunity for forgiveness. Pisces has a tremendous ability for connection. As we transition out of the universal (sometimes detached) quality of the Aquarius we move into the more personal connections of the Pisces. This sign has an intense level of sensitivity, this sign uses the way it feels to understand others, with a deep level of compassion. There is also an opportunity with this sign to connect to unseen worlds and energies. Pisces are very telepathic, intuitive and poetic in their nature.

Use this time to slow down, find joys that might be subtle but deep, open your heart with forgiveness and compassion, deepen your personal connections to your inner self, to others, to the unseen. Use your heightened sensitivity from this Pisces moon to slowly reveal to you a new path, or something you have been overlooking. Things are changing, and we must have more than our eyes and ears open. 

Don't forget to make your New Moon wishes!







photo of my grandmother's abalone shell

2.16.2017

in vogue










Check out my mineral recommendations for New York Fashion Week over at Vogue!
Scroll down to #11 - If all else fails, try crystals

Pyrite, purple fluorite, black tourmaline, and danburite.




2.12.2017

full moon // february








FULL MOON





Hunger Moon
Friday, February 10th, Leo, 4:33 pm PST

Get hungry! This is a time all about tapping into the truth of what your heart really wants. With our Full Moon in the sign of Leo we are in the energy of the full, courageous, passionate heart. The heart that is fearless! With other star and planetary alignments happening in the sky, as well as the lunar eclipse we are being given full permission to seek what lies in our heart, to discover what it longs for and what it can create, how it can express and how it can love fully! This last week or so I have been feeling the urge and getting signs through conversations with friends that it's time to sit down and really spend some time thinking about what it is I want in my life. What am I working towards? Since the new year I have felt a bit untethered and disconnected from where my eyes are looking. Feeling like I'm not as clear about what it is that I am working towards, or just not specific enough, and too consumed with focusing on the daily tasks, work, lessons and joys of living. Conversely, my focus has also been concentrated on things that are about a scope of time that is huge, like since the creation of my soul. Ha! So, on one hand I am living from a place so zoomed out with so much perspective, and then zoomed so far into the daily to-do's. I am longing for that middle ground. 

That is what I will be spending some time doing, and what I encourage you to do as well. Spend some time, even a few days thinking about, writing about, drawing about... your life. Your work and your relationships, your home, your success, your growth, your health, your family... I am really into this new idea (for me) of creating a life where I am moving towards something but in an open way where I am also discovering and creating as I am moving, not just focused on the goal in a way where it leaves no room for anything else to come in. I want getting to my goals to feel more creative. A little like being an artist, actually. With this moon, and the stars and the planets, this is a perfect time to be thinking about the future and what you want to create. With the Sun in Aquarius it lets us see the big picture, to have the vision, and then with the Moon in Leo we get to engage and create this vision from the truth that is in our heart.

We also have a certain alignment in the cosmos that might be bringing up some old wounds or feelings of not feeling supported. So if that is coming up for you, or comes up for you around creating in your life don't be surprised. That is coming up to be healed.

Happy creating of your life!










2.09.2017

minerals for winter








Back in December I had the honor of writing a little something about minerals for my friend Caren, who is so lovely. She is an acupuncturist and has the beautiful healing space and shop in Eagle Rock, Window of the Sky. Check it out if you haven't already. It is full of treasures for lifting your spirit. And when you are in there pick up a copy of her zine on the element of Water, where you will find this mineral info and so much more!





MINERALS for WINTER

The number one mineral I would recommend for the Winter season is LABRADORITE. This stone is all about magic! Don’t be fooled by its dark outer appearance, this stone holds a rainbow of brilliant hues as it catches the light. This is a great stone for assistance as you move through the darkness, the void, the unconscious, and the unknown of life. It helps illuminate the truth while protecting you as you traverse into unseen worlds. It strengthens your intuition and enhances your particular psychic abilities. Perfect for moving through these darker, winter months; helping you to go within, find the magic, and bringing the light.



OTHER HELPERS:

MALACHITE - to help surface energy and deep emotion stuck in the body. Energy can get stuck, and when we hold on to it it can cause anxiety, tension, stress and even fear. This stone will help draw that up and out, allowing it to pass through your loving and compassionate heart.

ROSE QUARTZ - known to be a stone all about the heart, gentleness, relationships and love. But, this is also a great stone that can help you during the winter months to support your kidney function. By opening the heart center it allows for a release of stress, tension, and heartache, while supporting the kidneys and adrenal glands. 

APATITE - especially of the blue / green variety, will help during this season as things are darker, more heavy, and as fear is present. It will help you to transform your despair into hope, and your fear into courage. 

PICTURE JASPER - to reveal hidden thoughts, griefs, and fears so they can be seen and healed. This stone holds a hidden message or picture from the past that can help you on your journey of growth. What we fear and repress in ourselves can be a gateway for profound healing.

APACHE TEARS - for helping you feel safe to express emotions that you are holding, or that might be uncomfortable to feel. It is perfect for supporting you during any kind of grieving; grief that is current and even old grieving you have yet to do.


COPPER - is an excellent conductor of energy. It's an enhancer. And is also known as the lucky metal. This would be great to aid in circulation issues or to stimulate the flow of energy. Perfect for colder temps when your energy can get a little stuck from not moving enough and not enough heat and sun, and your emotions can tend freeze up as well. 








2.06.2017

association







recipe inspired by the last place you traveled: back in time, a memory of eating lunch at Da Adolfo in Positano. Mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves. Main ingredients: best friend, sea salted hair, sun kissed skin, music from an old boombox, Italian men, and not a care in the world.  


sign: Scorpio


childhood memory: the summer of 1989 - Madonna’s "Express Yourself", Cindy Crawford, Betty Boop and other ideas about womanhood, opals, swatch watches, Keith Harring posters, pool chlorine and sun bleached hair, neon, United Colors of Benetton everything, jumping off a horse in Wyoming, first hearing the Grateful Dead. 


line from favorite song or book: "A natural beauty should be preserved like a monument to nature." - Neil Young


morning or night routine: a huge jar of hot water with lemon, a spoonful of chyawanprash, one vial of 3.3 quintessential seawater, ashwagandha and cordyceps mixed into my coconut yogurt, half an avocado with pink sea salt and olive oil, deep breaths, trying to get out the door to the studio, but too many emails. 





I got to do a little interview for TIDE. 

Thank you Jen & Association









photos from the Amalfi coast, summer 2014

1.27.2017

new moon // january








NEW MOON






Wolf Moon 
Friday, January 27th, Aquarius, 4:07 pm PST

Full steam ahead - some are saying. But, I have to say, I don't feel it yet. I think come March we will really be feeling the momentum and forward movement of this new year. Right now it's about getting ready. I think we can use this Aquarian energy with the Sun and the Moon to see the bigger picture. This is where the Aquarian gets to shine. They know how to pull back and see all that is at play, all the aspects and how they fit together, and also how they can all move together into the future in a collective way. The Aquarians really are brilliant visionaries, often great humanitarians, and caretakers of the collective. They can bring us together and help us to work together. 

This is really important if you think about what has been coming up since last Fall, as we surface our own dark and split, we can see where we are divided, both in our personal lives but also in politics. I have had lots of conversations with people who are asking the question of - Now what? I can see people who are getting stuck in the loop of shock and upset, but don't necessarily know how to get out of the specifics to see the greater view and look ahead at where we need to go with all this. This is what the energy of Aquarius can help you do. I can't tell you what that direction is, it is up to you to find the answer for yourself, based on your heart, your gifts, you specific abilities. We all have a responsibility right now, both within ourselves and out in the world, and we must move forward together, but the ways in which we do this don't need to be the same. This is where you get to tap into your unique talent, or quality that makes you special and needed in this moment.

Don't get stuck in the specifics. The triggers. The reactions. It's a time to pull back and respond in a bigger way to move forward into an energy that is greater than where we are right now. Aquarius is about freedom! How do we each create a feeling a freedom that isn't just about the individual, but that includes the collective?








photo by Claire Cottrell, Jan 21, 2017

1.18.2017

mineral meditation








Please join me for a Breathwork Meditation.

This is part of a series of Mineral Meditations. This month we will focus on LEPIDOLITE. 
You will get a mineral of your own to work with and take home with you. During the circle we will talk all about this very special mineral: how to clean and care for it, you'll learn about its specific energy and properties, and you will get the opportunity to experience its healing qualities during our meditation. 

Saturday, January 28th
10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Venice, CA
$45

The location will be emailed to you when you RSVP.
Space is limited / To reserve your space please email :
lauren@fieldsofstudy.com




1.11.2017

full moon // december









FULL MOON






Wolf Moon
Thursday, January 12th, Cancer, 3:34 am PST

Oh, how I love the sign of Cancer. As a water sign myself, I feel such a connection to the sign of Cancer, it helps keep me open, optimistic, and loving in a nurturing way as a Scorpio. Cancer is the archetype of the Mother, the one who nurtures and protects, guides and nourishes (the triggered Cancer can often have a hard shell or reactive claws). This sign is the only one in the zodiac ruled by the Moon, and just as the moon does in its cycles, this sign can wax and wane with emotion, like the tide as it swells and retreats. Being in this full moon of Cancer you can bet that you will feel watery and receptive. Just as the water flows in a river - around the rock, around the bend - this sign knows how to adapt to its circumstances, while reading the environment, it is awake and open to its surroundings. This is partly what helps the Cancer be able to read people and what makes them a bit psychic; they pick up on energy, often absorbing it like a sponge to process and understand themselves and others better. Their motto : I feel therefore I am. They know how to read what you need without asking, they know how to nurture and provide whatever is needed to make you feel safe and protected, understood and loved. They are also very connected to their homes, their roots and their ancestors. Don't be surprised if you are feeling a lot of emotion arise around this full moon, are feeling extra sensitive, or even feeling the need to connect more to your home and your community. You could also feel the flip side, feeling challenged and triggered in these areas (don't retreat inwards!). Most likely if that is the case it means your soul is trying to point you to an area that needs healing. It is trying to show you a place where you might be off balance or need clearing to come back into a healthy alignment. 

We are also in a very special time where no planets are retrograding! That is very rare. And it means that there is space for things to surface, things that need healing. And it's not that they are surfacing because they are being triggered (which is what a retrograde does, it pushes things up by creating more of a split), most likely it will feel as if they are just floating to the surface to be released. The difficulty will only come if you resist letting them go, either out of wanting to hold on or wanting to repress. So, be aware as things come up - ask yourself if it is something that you just have to surrender to - an energy that is clearing itself. 

I still feel we are in a time of facing in ourselves things that have been repressed, things we judge, hide, fear... you can see it on the planet happening all around. This same thing is happening within us. There was an opening on the 21st, a new energy that has been activated and it is helping us connect more to the feminine wisdom of the Mother earth, and with this Cancer moon in the mix it will be such a help. Now as darkness arises the energy of the moon will help you more easily connect to the wisdom of the female (in men and women, this energy exists in every human), an energy that will help you say No to the dark with the compassion and love for your true self and the true self of the other. This No comes without judgment or separation. 

Stay connected to your heart. Try to find some kind of grounding practice so you don't get swept away with the tide of emotion. Have compassion for yourself and others. Use your heightened sensitivity and intuition to feel into the deeper layer of your experience and the experience of others. This will help you know what the situation needs - to create comfort, healing, compassion and openness of the heart. 

I also keep getting the feeling that touch is so important now - that the body is so open, sensitive and receptive to touch. Tune into your skin and the energy it can receive or read from those who touch it. See what energy is in your hands to give in return. To feel is one of the gifts of being human.








Robert Barry, Untitled. 1976

1.01.2017

a new year






May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you—beyond the next turning of the canyon walls.



Benediction by Edward Abbey







Haris Epaminonda, Chapters, 2013

12.27.2016

new moon / december











NEW MOON






Night Long Moon
Wednesday, December 28th, Capricorn, 10:53 pm PST

The last few nights I have seen Venus shining brightly in the sky, calling me to find more beauty, open to new pleasures, and connect to how lovely it is to be human. Venus helps us to find peace, and with all that is going on on our planet, in our political system, and even in our personal lives, peace is needed. But, I really think it is so much deeper than that right now. I think we are being called to find a peace within. A peace between our own dark and light. We can see it so clearly on the planet, but it is just a reflection of what is happening within, and that is often harder to see because, well... it just doesn't feel good to admit that we have the same kind of darkness in one form or another. 

We have just come through a time of darkness, with Scorpio and the Winter Solstice giving us both opportunities and pause to look at our own dark, and our relationship to it. Exposing it is of such importance. JUST by allowing it to come to the surface you take power away from it, you make it harder for it to control you. And remember that when transformed that darkness is power! Allow the parts of you that have resistance, judgment and even blindness to your dark to make peace with the fact that it's there. It's not who you are, but merely an aspect. You are human, to be human means to have darkness. And it is a gift to be human,  to have experiences, it's the only way our soul can evolve.

I think we are coming out of two to three months of witnessing darkness in a big way and we are now in a time of being really honest about it. Almost every friend of mine is going through something big right now. And I keep encouraging them to be honest. To take responsibility of what they are feeling, but to be really honest about it, with themselves and with others. So many things are rearranging themselves, and we must learn to adjust to the ways we are growing. And it seems that things and people are growing at different rates, which can be hard (some things even feel like they are going backwards, and also swinging too far to the other side like a pendulum). The only way to get through it in an empowered and meaningful way that will allow for growth and for breakthroughs is to be honest. I'm scared. I'm hurt. I'm angry. You have to speak up! Speak the things you are feeling out loud! And practice doing this in a way where you own them, honor them, but know you are so much bigger than them.


As the year comes to a close and a new one is about to begin it's a natural time of reflection and looking ahead. I'm not one for intention setting or resolutions. BUT, I do think something worth doing is to feel into the changes that are already working on you. What is being birthed in you? What new energy are you moving into? How is this different than where you have been most of your life? Who are you?
Who are you becoming? 


Spend a little time in meditation, connecting deeply, use your imagination to feel into the energy that is stirring within you, and see if you can use your intuition to feel into the energy you are moving into! It feels powerful and exciting, I can feel it right now as I write this!

This is the last moon writing for 2016, and I just want to say thank you. Thank you for showing up to read this. I have been writing it for over four years and it's funny as I don't know who you are or how many you are, but I sit down to write these every new and full moon in good faith that it is of some importance, of some help, even if just for myself. Wishing you nothing but extraordinary things for 2017, a life beyond anything you could have imagined for yourself!









Yohji Yamamoto and I can't remember

12.14.2016

moon list












I had the honor of doing a Moon List for my friend Leigh Patterson

You can read the whole thing here.




creative act:

I was only in the studio the first week of this month. The rest has been spent traveling and visiting family in Europe. I went to the Wallace Collection the other day in London. I remembered how important it is for me as an artist to walk around a museum alone and in silence. Especially one with art that predates the 1900’s. I got so inspired by a myriad of things that excite me about getting back to work when I get home. Things like how the chain that hangs the paintings from the celling looks against the dusty blue silk wallpaper, the contrasting marbles, seeing paintings in person that I wrote about in Graduate School, or looking for an abnormally long time at how the fur of a dead deer was painted. 

I just got so excited about Painting (with a capital P), about what it can do and about what it means to be a painter now in relationship to its history. I remembered how having the space to look and think can be a huge part of creativity.  






Knoll stacking stools, on the set of Heart of Glass - Werner Herzog hypnotizing his actors


12.13.2016

full moon / dec










FULL MOON






Night Long Moon
Tuesday, December 13th, Gemini, 4:05 pm PST

Hello! I know I took a break last moon, which I have never done in the five years of writing about the lunar cycles. I was traveling and needed a break, so I gave myself one. And I knew you would all be ok without a moon post ;) But, I am back and ready to ease into this Full Moon in Gemini. 

We have our moon in the sign of Gemini and the Sun in the sign of Sagittarius. This is a perfect time to utilize these opposing energies to make new plans for your life. I am going through a period of rethinking how I structure my days, where I am living, how I am living, what is of importance, what are my goals and what kind of lifestyle is in support of those goals. And just in the last 3 days I have had 5 conversations with different friends about this. It seems that everyone is going through a bit of reevaluation. And it seems we are all ready for a change. Sagittarius is great for helping you look at the big picture, because we are in a time where it is more than just rearranging the furniture. You might need to really make a huge shift, this could be literal or energetic. And Gemini energy is really great for focusing on the details, the to-do list, the who's and what's and where's that will help get you there and feel supported. 

This could be a shift that you plan for and work towards, because as we know sometimes real change takes time and practice. Or it could be something that happens suddenly, where you are forced to shift or make a change. Either way it's time to be open to it. No resisting - this just makes it so much more difficult. And if you are experiencing difficulty or pain that is a sign that there is resistance. So instead of fighting the resistance, accept it. Know that you are bigger than your own resistance and just include it, but from a place where you can be a parent to it, not letting it run the show. And embrace looking at yourselves and your life with new eyes! What can be possible in your life that you have never seen before?

The time in between a Full Moon and New Moon is a perfect time for letting go, as the moon lets go of more and more light in each passing moment. Try focusing some attention and dedicating a little time every day to letting go. Letting go of ideas about who you are... to make room for a kind of energy you didn't even know you could be! 








photo by Barbara and Michael Leisgen


12.11.2016

anaak












A few months ago I had the privilege of doing an interview for the lovely brand Anaak! Their clothes are made with such integrity. Thank you to Marissa, Yasmine and Carissa.

Read the full interview here



— What was the most recent thing you read/ watched/ tasted that took you by surprise, moved you, inspired you?


The work Charles Atlas did with Merce Cunningham, the music of J D Emmanuel, the TV show Stranger Things, Werner Herzog’s movies Heart of Glass and The White Diamond, a yoga class my friend taught on the color purple, reading about Bletchley Park and the Turing Machine, teaching meditation to a seven year old, seeing my favorite film Uncle Boonmee Who Could Recall His Past Lives again on the big screen at an old movie theater, fruit on my kitchen windowsill warmed by the sun and the oppressive heat of the dry Santa Ana winds, seeing the most incredible sunset of my life on the beach with a friend. I have never been IN a sunset before.






11.13.2016

full moon / november








FULL MOON






Hunter's Moon
Monday, November 14th, Taurus, 5:52 am PST

This is our THIRD supermoon in a row, but by far the most powerful! A supermoon, aka perigee moon, means that the moon is closest to the earth in its orbit because the moon's orbit is slightly elliptical. Which means this one will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal. This is the most powerful supermoon we have had since 1948 and we won't have another like it until 2023. So, take advantage of it, and stay extra grounded to use its energy in healthy and positive ways.

This supermoon will be in the sign of Taurus, with our Sun in the sign of Scorpio. Both are fixed signs, meaning that they are not flexible and like things to stay the same. Because of this (and much more), all that is surfacing in our political climate right now will feel like a hard pill to swallow. Scorpio likes to surface the dark to bring it to the light to be transformed. Be the light! Don't go to the light to avoid the dark, but see the dark, and source a light that is greater! 

On the other hand, we can use the energy of both signs in our personal lives to great effect. To heal ourselves is to heal the collective. Taurus is ruled by the sensual and feminine Venus. Lovers of all things that bring pleasure: good food, music, beauty, comfort, enjoying abundance wherever they can find it. Now, that's pretty radical energy at this moment when you think about what is going on in our country. But! this lover of life and of living is really healing energy right now.

Taurus is also an Earth sign, so it is a perfect time to bring this light, pleasure, Divine energy into our bodies to be an expression in the world. Creativity is key! Think about the ways your creativity is asking to be nurtured or expressed. You might have felt it around you for a while, pointing towards a new idea or creative endeavor. It might be the thing you where you keep saying, "Oh... one day I will get to that". Well, that day is here. I feel so much creativity is about ready to erupt in our bodies! So much energy wants to come through us and we can help it to be made physical by being creative in our lives. Use the emotion you are feeling in your life to create something! Something radical!

And use the grounded earthiness of Taurus. What real and practical things can you do to get the ball rolling? It is one thing to have an idea, or a desire, or be connected to spirit. But, it is so much more meaningful, healing, powerful, and purposeful to channel that energy through the body and manifest it out into the world. 

Get creative!
Be in your body!
Be the light!

And don't forget to put your minerals, crystals and rock out in this light of the full moon to be cleansed. I like to keep mine out in the sun the following day to balance the female and male energies. 







Haris Epaminonda

10.30.2016

new moon / october








NEW MOON






Hunter's Moon
Sunday, October 30th, Scorpio, 10:38 am PST

We are finally in the sign of Scorpio! My favorite, because I am a Scorpio, Sun and Moon. I once had an astrologer say to me, "You can always tell a Scorpio, they are the only ones who think that Scorpio is the best sign." Ha ha. It's true. And most Scorpios I know love other Scorpios. We have a real bond to those of our kind, as we are a deep, complex and often misunderstood sign.

So let's jump into this energy. That's really the key right now, jumping in - going all in. Scorpio energy can be quiet intense and difficult for some to feel. It's a sign that doesn't shy away from the dark, difficult, or unknown. And that is the energy we are all in right now, like it or not. So use it to your advantage and surrender to it. The more you fight it the harder this time will be for you, and the more you will be splitting yourself from your own wholeness. To deny your dark is to deny the other half of who you are.

Think about what is happening in nature right now to help you; Our season is transitioning to the darker months, trees are loosing their leaves, some animals are getting ready to hibernate. This is a natural time of going inward. This is a time where things are coming to an end and we are feeling a sense of completion. Take a moment to think about the things in your life or within yourself that you are ready to draw to completion. Metaphorically speaking, what must die so that there can be a rebirth? This is a great time to think about what must come to an end and what will be reborn, just as the phoenix rises from the ashes anew. This is something the Scorpio knows so well, this natural cycle of transformation, continuously dieing many deaths to be reborn again and again. This is one of its strengths, and how they grow. The process of the death and rebirth cycle doesn't always have to be painful. It is our holding on and dragging our feet that makes it painful and difficult. 

Scorpios are also very adept at seeing into the dark and bringing to the surface what is ready to be seen or examined. I hear an Owl outside right now as I write this. The Owl survives by being able to see in the dark night, to see what other animals can not. It can not be deceived and just like the Scorpio it can often see through any deception and find the truth. Pay attention to things you might have been hiding, from others or yourself. These deeper truths will have permission right now to rise to the surface. Don't waste your energy trying to hide or control them. See their surfacing as another opportunity for transformation. The dark can be intense and something we fear, but it can also hold mystery, magic and possibility! Those are the goodies of the darkness.

We also have Pluto and Mars bringing to the surface a lot of the wounds of the Feminine. And you can feel this in the air right now. There is an uproar, a trembling, like a volcano getting ready to erupt, of this repressed feminine energy. And not just in females, in men as well, as we are all made of both masculine and feminine energy. Anywhere where you have been shut down in your sexual energy, your creative drive, passion... anywhere where that has been abused or mistreated (by others or yourself), you better bet that you will feel outrage raising through your throat to speak out against any kind of oppression. Especially with Scorpio ruling the second chakra and it's opposing sign of Taurus ruling the throat. Taking a stand for the truth, and against the dark, is no longer a choice, it is a reality.

This is a wonderful New Moon to make wishes in. Use the energy of Scorpio to think about what must come to an end, and what is ready to be reborn. You can make wishes about just that - what will rise from these ashes?! You can wish to find the strength to seek and speak the truth, or wishing to have the courage to see into the dark, or about being ready to face and embrace what has been hidden inside you. You can wish about deepening your intuition, connecting deeper to something or someone, about igniting your sexual energy, or about finding the mystery and possibility of this time. Scorpios are very intuitive, powerful and wise. They have a depth of emotion unlike any other sign because they are unafraid to dive into the deepest and darkest of waters.








Giovanni Ricci, 'The Death of Cleopatra (detail)' (1525)