1.25.2015

from around










- super excited - LA Art Book Fair - next weekend

- the amazing Trisha Brown in Watermotor, 1978

- abandoned soviet monuments - these are bonkers! - thanks Bari

- Miranda July reads Janet Frame

- my new favorite song these past few weeks - thank you MF

- why we need winter solstice

- grief in the classroom - thanks CR

- watched The Honorable Woman in two nights (not recommended if you want to have sweet dreams) - this show blew me away - incredible

- if you don't know this amazing lady already - get ready to be inspired - Jen Delos Reyes talking about art education

- wanting to see this - The Early Shaker Spiritualists

- Of Souls and Water: The Mother - stunning, moving, breathtaking - thanks Nicole

For many people, even intelligent and brilliant ones, why does beauty count for more than anything else in their appreciation of other human beings—particularly of women? - an interesting essay on beauty - thanks Nicole






Mon Oncle / Jacques Tati

1.20.2015

new moon // january








NEW MOON





Wolf Moon
Tuesday, January 20th, Aquarius, 5:13 pm PST

Our first New Moon of 2015! This New Moon is in the sign of Aquarius, an Air sign. Whenever I think of Aquarian energy I always think of an eagle or a hawk, with it's keen vision, soaring above a landscape, its wings outstretched. It is able to see the whole picture, and can have the perspective and wisdom that comes from being detached from what is happening which allows for greater understanding. Understanding of what lies on the horizon. Aquarians are visionaries, humanitarians, they are idealistic and free thinkers, and often ahead of their time in terms of ideas. 

Not only do we have the New Moon in Aquarius but tomorrow Mercury turns retrograde in Aquarius until March 12. Retrogrades are times of returning, don't be surprised if old friends or relationships come back around, or if you feel called to revisit people in your life you might have drifted away from. Even if you revisit the past on your own, it is worth thinking about and spending some time completing those circles either by reconnecting or by letting go.    

The last two years we have been in some heavy energy with Saturn in Scorpio. There has been a lot of energy stirred up from the deep and dark hidden corners of our souls, lots of personal and internal work that we have been doing, either by choice or that we have been forced to do by the cosmos; things that have been difficult to look at, and painful to feel about ourselves. This time has been so much about the self, which can keep us feeling isolated and alone. Saturn has shifted out of Scorpio (we can all take a sigh of relief) and has entered the sign of Sagittarius (until 2017). Wherever Saturn goes we can find our toughest lessons. There is a natural feeling of slowing down, examining, and getting rid of what no longer serves us during Saturn's transits. Things naturally break down during this time to reveal the truth. Saturn transits teach us to take responsibility for ourselves. We all seek out growth, but Saturn sees that we do it in a disciplined and examined manner. Saturn in Sagittarius will be teaching us lessons of excessiveness and irresponsibility. We will be craving knowledge, wisdom, life experience and a deep understanding of the influence and meaning of our experiences on us and in our lives. It's a time of clarity, on getting clear about what is important to us, what we want, and letting go of anything that is not in alignment with that. It is also of time about being able to clearly communicate with others what is important to us. 

With the New Moon and Retrograde in Aquarius and Saturn transiting Sagittarius there has been a real shift in the air these past few weeks of the new year. Things feel no less intense, especially given what is happening in the world. But, as I have been feeling into this change that is happening it feels as if there is a shift from the personal to the communal. I think we are in a very special moment, and are being given lots of opportunities to look at how events and people impact our lives and leave an impression on us. It's an important time to look at how we connect with others, and what makes us come together and unite. 

We are no doubt lacking a sense of community in our lives these days. There is a false sense of connecting to others that is the result of social media, but take some time over the next two weeks and really connect to people, face to face. Think about your relationship to community, and spend some time cultivating that in your life. This is a moment of stepping out into the world, after doing all of that deep personal work these past two years, and making an impact in a bigger way. What is your message? 

New Moons are also a great time for setting goals and intentions and making wishes. I recently wrote a guide for wishing which you can find below this post (here) if you would like more information of why this is or how to do it. You are allowed ten wishes maximum, they must be handwritten, and try to wish within the first 24 hours of the exact time of the New Moon for the strongest potency. You can wish about anything you like, but you can also use the energy of Aquarius to wish about community, connecting to others, big projects, friendships, innovative ideas, and expansive knowledge. 









Rainforest (1968) featuring Andy Warhol mylar pillows, Cunningham, Meg Harper dancers


1.19.2015

guide to new moon wishing



Last month my dear friend Leigh asked me to write a guide to New Moon Wishing for Urban Outfitters, you can read it on their blog or below!
Thanks Leigh!














1.06.2015

women







Last month I did a studio visit and a trip to LACMA to see the Pierre Huyghe show with Proximity Theater's Women's Workshop. You can read and see more about what they are up to on their tumblr. They made this short video about their studio visit. I watched it this morning and was moved to tears. It was a complete honor to have this group of truly amazing young women in my studio. We talked about art, intuition, and dance. I shared some of my journey as a female artist, as a daughter, as a woman. I was blown away by their thoughtfulness and willingness to trust themselves and their inner voice. Each of them at such a beautiful crossroad, at the beginning of asking themselves the questions I still ask myself now. Brave. Beautiful. Wise. Eloquent. Vulnerable. Strong. Funny. I was completely inspired by each of them and their trust in me. 

It was such a gift to be able to have such an open and honest conversation with them about my experience as a woman, what that means to me, about being inspired by my mother's death and minerals and formal questions in art, about intuition, and about what I think my roll is as an artist. About how much you can learn about yourself from your own feelings, moments when you are uncomfortable. Questions about what attracts us to certain works of art, does that make it good? How does beauty play a roll in what our idea of "good art" is? Etc.. etc... They were all incredibly open and honest about asking questions and sharing their ideas and opinions. I was blown away!

It reminds me of another conversation I had recently with a friend of a friend, talking to her about how she is having her first conversations with her child about death. I will say here what I shared with her that night. It's so much a part of the reason why I chose to work with grieving kids (kids in particular), and why I love working with kids in any capacity. I think we have a responsibility and an opportunity to help kids and young adults learn to be empowered by their feelings, even the most difficult ones. I have so much to say about this, and will save it for another time. But, I will say that I think that by doing that it is the ultimate gift we can give younger generations, and our children. I believe that we teach them this by being willing to feel all of our feelings ourselves. We teach by example. To allow ourselves the permission to express every feeling and give ourselves the right to own them. All with an open and honest heart. By doing this we show them that it is ok to be sad, angry, to have darkness as well as joy, to be in the questions of life and be able to say "I don't know", to be willing to be vulnerable, and afraid, and embrace all of it with a deep thirst to experience all of what life has to offer. And to do all this takes courage, feeling your feelings and being vulnerable doesn't make you weak, it makes you stronger.

Going into this studio visit I wanted to give them something of this message, but instead what happened was that they ended up giving ME so much more than what I could give them. That's what happens. Every time. I experience this in every one of my grief groups with kids too. If I just show up - open - as myself - and create a place for them to express I am always in awe by what happens and how much I learn. 


You can read more about what they are doing and watch the video of the studio visit here

100 thank you's to Kyra, I am so inspired by the work you are doing with teens, and to all the girls!











1.04.2015

full moon // january









FULL MOON





Old Moon
Sunday, January 4th, Cancer, 8:53 pm PST

The first Full Moon of the new year, and it is a powerful one. If you are sensitive then you might have felt this moon's effect on you last week and this weekend especially. You might have noticed yourself feeling extra sensitive, emotional, reactionary. Or you might have noticed others in your life expressing their emotions without thinking, feeling more vulnerable, or even more dramatic. This Full Moon is a really intense one. Most likely these feelings will feel as if they have come out of the blue, hitting you like a ton of bricks. They will leave in the same fashion they showed up. But until they do, be extra sensitive with yourself, have compassion for where you are, and have compassion while interacting with others. It's a good idea to just keep in mind that we are in the energy of a powerful Full Moon. You might not know what exactly is causing all this emotion, what it's all about or where it is coming from. That's ok. But, it's good to keep in mind that the Moon is playing a part in it. This can give you comfort. 

You can feel the weight of the Moon's intensity on your body as well. You might have a cold, or be feeling extra tired or run down. This Moon is a powerful and heavy one, it will effect your body. Again, just be mindful and take good care of yourself. It is a perfect time to do that as the Moon is in the sign of Cancer. With it's feminine energy it is all about our deep watery emotions, it's about family, mothering, and nurturing. It connects us to the past, the past of our family tree, but also a deeper more ancient past. It's a time of remember our personal history and where we come from, honoring the things and connections we want to hold on to, while at the same time taking a powerful and bold step towards the future. A future full of possibility and fresh starts, of new beginnings. This is a times of merging the known and the unknown, the past and the future. It's a time of facing the ever changing winds of life, embracing the unexpected and challenging yourself to dream wildy! Surprise yourself! While also staying connected and rooted in who you are, standing true in the knowledge of who you are and what is important to you.  

As the Moon moves from being full of light, to being empty and new it is a great time to let go. You might already feel as if you are shedding an old skin (this can be intense and uncomfortable), letting go of things that no longer serve you. This energy is so powerful right now that you may not need to actively do anything except to sit back and let it happen. Don't get in it's way or resist. This is a natural time of releasing and healing. 

Again, take good care of yourself: drink lots of water, take warm salt baths, be near the ocean, have a good cry - water energy is key and will be extra nurturing right now. Also, don't be afraid to reach out to someone, share how you are feeling. Don't isolate. Winter is a natural time of hibernating, but as the Winter Solstice has come and gone, we are gently moving towards Spring energy, it's time to start to reemerge, to reconnect. 

Full Moons are also wonderful times to clean any rocks, minerals or crystals. I like to leave mine out at night in the light of the moon and into the next day in the light of the Sun, to balance the male and female energies. 

Be gentle with yourself. 








The Little Mermaid // Copenhagen, Denmark

12.21.2014

new moon // solstice // december










NEW MOON

WINTER SOLSTICE







Night Long Moon
Sunday, December 21st, Capricorn, 5:35 pm PST
Solstice - December 21st, 3:03 pm PST

With in just a few hours of each other we have a once in a lifetime alignment of the New Moon and the Winter Solstice falling on the same day. There is something about this that feels so powerful and divine that I feel words may not even be needed. Not only the challenge of processing it all through the linear mind, but more so that I feel the the magic of these colliding energies is so palatable in the air and in turn in us, that we need only to trust that it is all working through us. We need only to stay open to it, and not resist what natural energies are moving us. 

Having grown up somewhere where there is snow during the Winter has left a lasting effect on me and what this time of year is. Now living in Southern California I am grateful to bring with me the impression, lessons and energy of Winter. The stillness, slowing down and the deep wisdom in the quietness of this season. With the heavy darkness there is also the feeling of hope and rebirth, creating such a magical feeling. Winter for me also seems to take me into my deep subconscious, a sacred place, that is a mix of wisdom and innocence. Most likely you have been feeling the seasons affect in your life, a sense of slowing down, a need for quiet and more sleep. For me, December also affects my emotions. Withdrawn and solitary, I tend to feel a bit like a bear going into it's cave to hibernate. I try to remember that the bear needs this time, to go within and digest the years experiences. In it's cave the bear seeks answers while dreaming and quietly hibernating. In the silence is where the power of knowing is. If you can relate to any of this, you can take comfort in knowing that you are in rhythm with the seasons.

I love this alignment of the New Moon and Winter Solstice because both of them are about darkness, and the power and potential of darkness. If you read here often then you know that New Moons are empty of light and that's what makes them the perfect time to set intentions about things we wish to draw into our lives. Just as the Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year it is also the transitioning point when each day draws in more and more light. A time a rebirth for nature and new energy. Solstice means Sun stands still, it is a moment when the Sun stops moving southward, pauses, before it begins to move northward. It is a moment of pause in the darkness before the rebirth of light (both in nature and your inner light as well). It is as much a time about rebirth as it is a time of wonder. Winter Solstice is sort of a mega New Moon for the year. 

With the new year just days away this feels like the perfect time to take stock of this past year for yourself. What have you called into your life? What are you ready to let go of to move forward? Think about the gifts you have received from both. With the celestial alignments it is a great time to examine your life, your truths and commitments, relationships and beliefs. Ask yourself if they are STILL in alignment with who you are and where you are headed. Are they limiting you? It is a time of breaking free from constraints and leaping beyond the boundaries set by ourselves or by others. It is truly a time of letting go of the old and rooting ourselves down to welcome what is coming.

With your New Moon wishing this month you get the added potency of the Solstice, which is one of the most powerful days of the year for mediation, setting intentions and goals, wishing, and ritual. Capricorn is a great energy to help us take charge, with it's Earth energy it will help us ground our dreams and make them a reality.  

Venus also emerges from the darkness in the sky, you can see her near the Moon. She is a very powerful energy in our lives and on the planet right now, activating the empowerment of the Feminine. This energy opens us to a deeper connection with our intuition and with the ancient wisdom of nature. We are at the beginning of a profound returning to this energy in the world. 

Now, on to wishing. You are allowed ten wishes, they must be hand written on paper - and made within the first 24 hours of the New Moon. Night time is such a magical time, it holds so much potential and creativity. Spend some time during this long night finding inspiration during these dark hours. Create a ritual for yourself tonight, involve nature and the elements. Take time, be thoughtful and intentional with your words. Honor what you are ready to leave behind. Celebrate what you wish to call in. Send gratitude to nature, how it supports and nurtures you. To the elements and the animals as guides. To the Sun and Moon. Tonight is about rest. To be in the darkness, quiet and wondering. Allow the magic of the darkness, with it's hope and potential for light, to find you.









* breathwork meditation tonight *
focused on the New Moon and Winter Solstice with the Sound Bath next door!
space is limited, sign up 


Vija Celmins . night sky I (reversed), 2002

12.15.2014

self care
























My dear friend Ashley Neese asked me to be a part of her Inspired Living series, which is a group of interviews on self-care. 
You can read my interview here.
As well as see more photos taken by the amazing Claire

thank you thank you Ashley and Claire
beyond grateful




12.13.2014

2015 moon calendar








M  O  O  N      C  A  L  E  N  D  A  R

2  0  1  5






Now available in the SHOP
Before this Moon Calendar was printed, each Moon was hand drawn. 
Each one drawn with intention, each one having the potential to hold both your dark and your light.
May you go within during the darkness of the New Moon and shine with the light of the Full Moon.
letterpress // edition of 100




12.06.2014

seven reeds













just went to see this beautiful show at Overduin & Co

Jacob Kassay 
Nevine Mahmoud


full moon // december









FULL MOON





Night Long Moon
Saturday, December 6th, Gemini, 4:27 am PST

Raise your hand if you are someone who thinks too much? Ya, I thought so. This Full Moon in Gemini connects us to the qualities of Air and Fire. It's a time of potential, seeing the big picture, taking on new projects, learning new things, great expansion, increased activity and connection. With the Moon at it's peak we are at our most open time, all circuits firing, evoking a desire for communication, igniting our curious nature and thirst for learning. Gemini's don't like to be tied down, better to be in two places at once. Right now you might be feeling a bit scattered or notice your age old ways of distraction surfacing (having trouble committing?). Gemini's like to exercises the mind: learning, speaking, thinking, listening, writing, teaching... this might sounds exciting to some, exhausting to others. Gemini, The Twins, rules the upper body and it's paired parts: the hands, arms, shoulders, lungs, nervous system. With all the Air energy right now you can feel how this might lead to excess anxiety, worry, nervousness, or over thinking. This is the underside of the upbeat energy we are in. So, take extra care to stay relaxed and grounded. If you are someone who is stuck in your head spend some time moving your body, connect to your senses (especially powerful right now to do this in nature), find an activity that you loose yourself in, where you let go of everything you are thinking and allow yourself to feel. 

Just as New Moons are great for setting intentions and bringing things into your life, Full Moons are great times for letting things go. You can imagine you are doing this with the help of the light of the Moon. Right now it is full of light, and each moment it is letting go, emptying itself of more and more light until it is dark, New. Use this energy to help you let go of unhealthy thoughts, old beliefs, stories, and patterns that are stuck in your head. These are the thoughts that are on a loop, on repeat. Every time you catch yourself listening to one just let it go, make another choice. 

Also, since we are in the energy of Gemini, I am feeling called to say - pay attention to any mirroring happening around you right now. Are there any coincidences, repetitions of patterns, of words, folds in time, deja vu... even dreams? Think about the people in your life as mirrors: what are they reflecting back to you about yourself? Think about your experiences as mirrors: what can they tell you about where you are in your growth? Really pay attention to the subtleties of everything. You don't have to know what it all means right now, but having awareness of it is key.

A few other notes about other planetary alignments and energies. This is an especially important time to communicate your truth from your heart, and to be open to receive the truth of those you love. To be vulnerable to speak and receive with openness and love. To be sensitive as people you love are sharing themselves with you, receive their words and truth with compassion, without any need to fix things for them, or change their experience, or even take on their own experience as your own. Just hold the space for loving communication right now. This has the potential to be deeply healing. 

And December 21st is the Winter Solstice. This is a great time as the energy shifts to acknowledge things you want to let go of, bring to a close, complete. And to think about the energy and potential of the new season, and what you wish to create and call in. It is important to do some kind of ritual around this awareness.  









photo unknown

12.03.2014

bs x fvf x lsk










invite i did for the 
Book Stand launch of FvF's new book


11.30.2014

together

 









These past few weeks something has been bubbling to the surface for me, some unsettled feeling that has been triggered by my heart, both it's strength and it's ache. It's a call for action, a desire for change - in myself - for how I'm seen - how I live... for how we live and how we see each other. A deep need to help others and change the conversation, open it up to be more inclusive to all life's experiences, not just the easily digestible, the easily understood. Anger about this is turning into passion to do something - to create a place where this can happen. And other angers are just lingering. Angers at people for leaving, for dying, for not listening, for being afraid. I don't know what to do with these. Feel them? 

I don't know if it's a result of my age or consciousness, but I'm at a moment where when I feel into everything in my life that truly matters to me and I find opposing feelings. Both the pain that comes with heartbreaking situations, and also the wisdom that is born from these experiences, the awe and profound gratitude I have for them, for the way things are, for the who I am, for life, for something much bigger at work. These two feelings are in every meaningful experience for me right now. The light and the dark. It's creating such a particular aura. Faith. 






Caravaggio, The Incredulity of St. Thomas (detail), c. 1601-02
Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed

11.29.2014

from around












- with integrity and charm, a Japanese woodworker hand making dolls

- lusting after everything in the Electric Feather SS15 lookbook

- totally inspired by Jen Delos Reyes - found through Ashley

- a lovely little interview on FvF with artist Katie Paterson

- love Agnes Martin

- somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known - an old post about Saturn

- great show at 365 Mission - Supports and Surfaces, and Anna Helm and Lisa Lapinski

- i first saw a show of Pierre Huyghe when I was living in Paris 9 years ago, it has stayed with me since. I went to see his retrospective at LACMA yesterday... mind blown. 

- on that note... listened to this driving up to Ojai the other day and was moved to tears by it's beauty and truth - an interview with Joanna Macy - it's echoing in my consciousness

- thinking about this old post I did on the Santa Anna winds - years ago during this same time. Funny how weather patterns and emotional patterns can be linked and repeat themselves - like clockwork












photo I took at the Pierre Huyghe show yesterday - cast concrete and a beehive

11.22.2014

new moon // november








NEW MOON





Saturday, November 22nd, Sagittarius, 4:32 am PST

Tired of feeling like you have been dragged through the mud? Me too. These last few weeks have been intense ones in Scorpio energy. But, that is the nature of Scorpio, and whatever you have been going through is not without purpose. Really feel into that, think about all the things that have come up for you in the last month: the heartache, sadness, letting go, deep grief, fears about being in the unknown, your wounds, your shadow... whatever it is, all of it has been preparing you, it is not without reason. Having faith and trust in your experiences won't make things less painful, it's not a way to deny how hard things can sometimes be, but it's a way to not get stuck in the mud. It's a way to understand the bigger picture of the garden, and what it needs to grow. 

With this New Moon we are moving into the more expansive energy of Sagittarius, the happy wanderer, the truth seeker, the philosopher and eternal student. You might have felt this shift in the air this past week - this energy coming to us, THIS SPACE! After being underground in the energy of Scorpio this space can feel to some of us a bit overwhelming. How to use it, how to fill it? I think if you have been going really deep into your unconscious the past few weeks the energy we are in right now could feel too free. If you are one of these people ask the energy of Sag to help you find the excitement and joy of possibility! Right now there is a feeling in the air that anything is possible. Stay grounded and connected to your heart, and look into the expanse from this place. 

Sagittarius' symbol is of the centaur aiming his arrow far out into the reaches of the sky, beyond what he can see. This is a really profound image for the time we are in. Use this as an archetype, as a guide. This is your moment to begin a new journey, one that is full of unknown adventure and discovery. What is calling to you beyond the limits you have set for yourself? What dream do you have for your life? What vision can you see about something you want to create in your life? Now is a great time to ask yourself and feel into these questions: Who are you? What is your purpose? Sit with that - whatever comes to you is perfect, even if you don't know what it means. Start your journey of discovering the answer to these questions. And dream big! RISK big! Surrender to what is calling you and guiding you. 

New Moon's are especially wonderful times for making wishes, the Moon is empty of light and ready to be filled with intention. It can hold your visions and dreams and help bring them into the world as it gains more and more light in the dark sky. This time of Sagittarius is an energy of optimism, creativity, enthusiasm and generosity. It's a great time to make wishes about travel or adventure (even if it is within the self), big projects you wish to start or see manifest, moving through life with greater ease, higher learning, deeper truth and seeing the bigger picture. You are allowed ten wishes maximum, they must be handwritten, and the best time to make them is within the first 24 hours of the exact time of the New Moon, but within the first 48 will do. 

Happy Wishing!

Also, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to extend my deep gratitude and thanks to everyone who shows up here, if it's for the first time or for many years. I am grateful for you every day. xx









John Cage, Score for Music Walk, 1958

11.06.2014

full moon // november










FULL MOON






Hunters Moon
Thursday, November 6th, Taurus, 2:22 am PST

We are in a time of palatable Feminine Power, with this Full Moon in Taurus and it's ruling planet of Venus, the energy of the feminine is all around is. Taurus is ruled by the Earth element, think about the qualities of Earth and it's feminine energy (Mother Nature). Think about the Earth as a body, it's sensuality and tactility, a place that holds beauty and power with grace. It's a place that harnesses the energy of all the elements and has immense POWER! How is this same energy in you? How are you holding simultaneous energies? How are your experiencing your senses - how things feel, how things taste, the vibrancy of color...? This energy is rich with wisdom and power.

It's also a time where your shadow will be triggered, the dark side of the Female. I mentioned this in the post before, but now that energy is really coming to the surface for people. And if you are not aware of what your shadow does and can not identify when it's being triggered you will project it on to other people. 

More than anything this is a time of seeing the truth and learning how to deal with it differently. 

There is this one exercise I do in my movement class where you allow your body to move and then you interrupt it and move in a different way, either in the opposite way, or incorporate a body part that's not being activated. It is so simple, but it is really challenging to keep responding differently, to break patterns and not create habitual behaviors. I thought about this this morning when I was thinking about the energy right now. It is really powerful to have the truth come up - identify it - have our wounds and our shadows triggered and then CHOOSE to respond differently; to fight the urges that come from a place of habit, or wanting to be comfortable. What would happen if you responded in the opposite way? It is uncomfortable at first, but ultimately it is incredibly empowering! Try it and let me know. 









photo - unknown

11.03.2014

clay pool










CLAY POOL is an exhibition of seven Los Angeles ceramic artists and designers including new works by Heather Levine, Victoria Morris, Morgan Peck, Emilie Halpern, April Napier, BZIPPY & CO. and Julia Haft-Candell.  This collection of artists highlights the diversity of ceramic technique and influences - with a strong investment in materials and craft.  Whether thrown or hand built each artist works in their own pool of influences ranging from pattern, Japanese pottery, the Funk Movement, architecture, or Scandinavian design - providing a materially based conversation amongst the works. 

limited edition poster by Lauren Spencer King



10.30.2014

from around










- so great! How to Write About Contemporary Art, by Andrew Berardini

- love these animated gifs by Matthew DiVitto - make sure to look at the multiple pages

- i am a long time fan of Silke Otto - Knapp. See her new exhibit, Seascapes and Moondresses. Be sure to watch the videos of the dance

- been listening to the new album from Bing & Ruth

- very excited to see the Ron Nagel show

- Ouli - on Sight Unseen :)


- Neil Young, my forever favorite. Musician, Writer and Painter

- staring at these beautiful photos of the Jardin des Plantes

- opalized bones - mind blown

- PEARLS! - Tears of the Gods“The pearl is the opposite of the diamond, which is completely mineral, the hardest thing known in nature. The pearl is soft, the product of a living organism. Its mystique lies in the mystery of its creation. The ancient Greeks believed pearls were formed from the tears of the gods. In Christian times the birth of the pearl was seen as a kind of immaculate conception, symbolising purity and closely associated with the Virgin Mary.”
In fact, as he goes on to explain, the pearl is just “a piece of s---”: generally a tapeworm larva that gets stuck inside the shell of a mollusc. The shellfish reacts to protect itself, building up layers of shell tissue, called nacre – or mother of pearl – around the invading particle."
- the interesting 500 year history of the infamous La Peregrina pearl, the largest pearl in the world





David Arsham - Formal Confrontations with Fauna

10.24.2014

new moon // october // solar eclipse










NEW MOON

//

SOLAR ECLIPSE






Hunter's Moon
Thursday, October 23rd, Scorpio, 2:56 pm PST

So sorry this is a day late, things have come up which kept me from posting yesterday, travel / computer hiccups. But, there is still time for wishing! And I hope you saw the eclipse yesterday!

These two eclipses are like bookends, think about what has happened in the last two weeks: what events have taken place, what truths have been revealed, what have you had to let go of, what are you learning? Whatever has happened in your life since the Lunar Eclipse has not been an accident, and most likely has been intense and hard to ignore. The other day I was thinking about awareness and listening. And how when you are committed to growth and healing you are also committing to honoring the revelations you have, the lessons that show up, and the answers you hear. You can't be asking for answers or deeper awareness and then ignoring what is revealed to you because it is too hard to face or deal with. It just doesn't work like that. Ignoring it or waiting is what causes more pain, and more problems, that awareness will just come knocking on your door even louder until you listen! You have a responsibility to what shows up, to follow through with it, and make the changes, to let go, to head in the new direction. And often times this means walking into the unknown, into the darkness. You have to take that leap of faith, and say - I don't know why I have to do this, or how this will work out, but I know I must listen, and follow what is showing itself to me. Trust me, I know... this is hard... I am right there in it myself. And I want to honor you for taking that leap!

This is truly a time of deciding who you are, and what you want in your life.
You don't have to know all the answers, but perhaps it is a time to live in the question. 

We are in the energy of the Scorpio. Being a Scorpio myself I love this energy and am very at home in it, but depending on your own sign this energy can feel very intense and confrontational even. We are transitioning from the light feminine of Libra into the dark feminine of the Scorpio. This energy is all about power, transformation, intensity, truth, sexuality and the mastery of the self. It really is a time about diving into the darkness of the unknown to be reborn. Scorpios have an amazing ability to see the truth in people and situations, they are like a laser, if you are a Scorpio or know a Scorpio then you are well aware of this. Use this energy to see and hear the truth clearly, but remember, you have a responsibility to what reveals itself. With this darkness that is inherent in the feminine, the Scorpio energy, plus the darkness of the New Moon, don't be surprised if your shadow is revealing itself, now is an excellent time to recognize when it shows it self and how it runs the show. Everyone's shadow is different, and often times very tricky. The shadow is something you can learn from, it has a purpose and it should not be ignored or suppressed. We must learn to recognize it, and integrate it into our bodies in a healthy way. 

This is a time to listen deeply, and to step up and be seen, to speak your truth, to have the courage to discover who you really are, to take the leap into the unknown. Anything you have been holding back on, now is the time to go for it!

Because the Moon is empty of light, it is a great time to make wishes about anything you wish to call into your life. You can use the energy of the Scorpio to make wishes about the truth, the self, sex, transformation, letting go... You are allowed ten wishes maximum and they must be hand written on paper. The best time to wish is within the first 24 hours of the New Moon, but within the first 48 will work. 

Happy Wishing!









studio toogood

10.19.2014

things on my mind





























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10.08.2014

full moon // lunar eclipse // october









FULL MOON

//

LUNAR ECLIPSE






Hunter's Moon / Blood Moon
Wednesday, October 8th, Aries, 3:18 am PST

WOW! This is an exciting time with so many things happening in the skies, there is no way to escape the energy that is all around us, so don't even try. On the 4th Mercury went into retrograde, and on the 8th there is the Full Moon with a Lunar Eclipse! Before you jump in bed and hide under the covers until this is all over let's talk about what this actually means, because despite all the powerful intensity, it's a really amazing time full of growth, healing, magic... and love!

Yes, Mercury in retrograde usually means we will encounter plenty of wrong turns, miscommunication, and computer problems... but, on a personal level retrogrades are a time of deep reflection. They are a time to reflect on whatever Mercury is activating in the self as it transitions through the sky. This retrograde is all about love and relationships! How exciting and perfect. It starts in Scorpio but at the very beginning it touches on Neptune, pulling some of it's spiritual energy with it. Because it starts in Scorpio, this first week is a perfect time to reflect deeply into who you are in relationships. This is a time to look at who you are, and how you show up as your self in relationships (these can be romantic or other - one to one relationships). The Scorpio energy will help you get to the truth, like a laser, that is the beauty of the Scorpio, they want to go deep. Because Neptune is involved think about how you might spiritualize or idealize relationships. This is not a time to look at who you want to be, wish you were, your potential, or who you think you are, it's a time to look at the truth of who you are, and how you show up as your true self in relationships. 

Because of Libra it is also a time about surrendering! Which poses a dichotomy, how do you simultaneously probe deeply and surrender? Ask yourself this, the energy of this coupling creates so much freedom, possibility and truth in what it is to experience love. The second week of Mercury in retrograde, when Mercury shifts back into Libra around the 11th, is also a time to reflect on transforming your "expectations" in love to "intentions" in love. They have very different energies. Someone recently said to me, "... expectations are premeditated resentments". It implies consequences and control (usually out of fear). Where intention implies energy which is fluid, flexible, open, free! There is possibility in intention! It is about the beauty of surrendering. How do you let go of expectations with out letting go of the person and staying connected to the love? How do you love with intention, not with expectation?

Any time you have the energy of one sign you also have the energy of it's opposite. So, while we are feeling the Libra energy of surrendering we are also met with the fire of Aries! The Lunar Eclipse with the Aries / Libra access is all about being courageous with who you are in relationships!! Eclipses are a time of breaking away, breaking down, breaking loose. This can sometimes feel like a time where we are out of control and things are crumbling all around us, if you can use this energy consciously you can use it to break down patterns that you are ready to be free of, it can be a break down with purpose. It prepares you to build something in it's place, and to create space for something new to come in. Every time we let go we create space for something new. Something we want. Or something that wants us. 

This is an eyes wide open time! We are being asked to go deeply into who we are as a soul, and really look at how we show up in the truth of who we are, for ourselves, and for others. 










Claire Nereim Moon Pots, 2014