blue moon // august


Friday, August 31st, 6:58 PST

We are very lucky during this month of August, as we get not one, but two full moons. Today the second full moon can be seen in the sky, it is known as a Blue Moon. The blue aspect of this moon is very healing. And it carries with it an energy that goes way back through time. Indigenous people and healers used this full moon to connect through their intentions of light to do good with their work. It is a moment where by connecting in this way an opening is created where intention, support and grace come back to people who are making a life of helping others. 

It is quite normal to feel extra emotion around the full moon, but especially this full moon, as it occurs in the sign of Pieces, an emotional water sign. Extra emotional energy is getting stirred up, it might even be psychic or perhaps even a bit fearful. There is an over-sensitive awareness of how your current circumstances might not be supporting all that you want your life to be, you will have an awareness of what is keeping you stuck. Perhaps it is taking on too much work, or too many responsibilities, or it may have you questioning weather you want to continue to take on so many duties in a close relationship. Those you are interacting with may be perceiving situations in a way that lead them to think that they are not being cared about, leading to ploys for getting more attention. Be aware of this, with awareness you have the choice to engage with it or not. Ground yourself. Search for the truth in your relationships,  and follow your heart. 

This is also an important time to let go of unhealthy patterns or baggage that we have been dragging around for a long time now. Let go of the things of the past that no longer serve your growth, release them. During this time we will also experience a Scorpionic focus on going into the shadow, the darkest depths of ourselves, digging deep to release everything that holds us down - people, beliefs, things, habits, etc... (as a Scorpio, this is my realm, I love it here). Messages will be coming to you, pay attention to them. They will guide you through this, trust them. You will be supported in seeking empowerment and transformation. It is what your soul desires - expansion. 

Tonight, in the light of the full moon, is a great time to preform a ritual that will help you release unwanted energy. If you have in mind something(s) that you know you are ready to let go of, perhaps lingering emotions of anger, a relationship that no longer serves you... whatever it is, you can write about it. This writing can simply be just naming what it is, it can be a letter to someone, or pages and pages about it. You get to decide how deep you want to go. Take this writing and burn it, transform it, and then put the ashes in the ground. It is up to you to use your creativity and preform this in whatever way feels right to you. 
Give thanks to all the elements, to spirit for it's guidance, to your heart for showing you your truth. 
Use the light of this full moon for transformation!


we told each other our dreams

We told each other our dreams. Nothing in art, even the most inspired mysteries of music, can equal dreams. The artistic perfection of dreams! How many lessons this nocturnal archmaster gives to us, the daily fabricators of dreams, the artists! In a dream everything is pregnant with a dreadful and unfinished meaning, nothing is indifferent, everything reaches us more deeply, more intimately than the most heated passion of the day. This is the lesson: an artist cannot be restricted to day, he has to reach the night life of humanity and seek its myths and symbols. Also: the dream upsets the reality of the experienced day and extracts certain fragments from it, strange fragments, and arranges them illogically in an arbitrary pattern. It is exactly this lack of sense that has the profoundest meaning for us: we ask why, in the name of what, is our ordinary sense destroyed. Gazing at the absurd as at a hieroglyph, we try to decipher its reason for being, of which we know only that it is, that it exists … Art, therefore, also can and should upset reality, take it apart into elements, build illogical new worlds of it and in this arbitrariness is hidden a law, which in disturbing sense has it, so that the madness that destroys our external sense leads us into our internal meaning. The dream reveals the abysmal idiocy of the task set for art by those classical minds that prescribe that art ought to be “clear.” Clarity? Its clarity is the clarity of night, not day. Its brightness is exactly like that of a flashlight that extracts just one object out of the darkness, immersing the rest in an even more bottomless night. It should be, beyond the boundaries of its light, dark like the pronouncements of the Pythia, veiled, not spelled out, shimmering with a multiplicity of meanings and broader than precision. A classical clarity? The clarity of the Greeks? If this seems clear to you then it is because you are blind. Go at high noon to take a good look at the most classical Venus, and you will see the darkest night.

Excerpted from Diary by Witold Gombrowicz, translated by Lillian Vallee, forthcoming from Yale University Press, part of the Margellos World Republic of Letters series.

painting by Rothko


friends & lovers

The white star at twilight is fair, and the sky
clears at the day’s end,
but she is more fair to me, more dear to me, she is
my heart’s friend.

- Shoshone love poem


pink - the color of happiness

Senegal's Lake Retba, or as the French refer to it Lac Rose, is pinker than any milkshake. Experts say the lake gives off its pink hue due to cyanobacteria, a harmless halophilic bacteria found in the water. Lake Retba has a high salt content, much like that of the Dead Sea, allowing people to float effortlessly in the massive pink water

i want to swim in pink water



sorry post have been few and far between lately
i have been spending less time on the computer. which is nice
but things will pick up again eventually
they always do!
hope you all are staying cool this summer

?, Jay Bing


that which has never been seen before

I please myself with the graces of the winter scenery, and believe that we are as much touched by it as by the genial influences of summer. To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it behold, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

photo by melanie bonajo


new moon // august


Grain Moon
Friday, August 17th, Leo, 7:54 am PST

I am Leo! Hear me roar! Today we begin a new moon cycle in the sign of Leo, focusing on the sun. I already feel a surge of the power and fire from the lioness within. This is a time to feel into our hearts, our will, our vitality... our purpose in this life! Take a moment and ask yourself: What is my purpose? What am I here to do? Don't be afraid, chances are you already know, even if you are pretending you don't. Just sit with it. Stand in it. Claim it. 
Leo is where our full creative expression of the self resides. Engage in anything that allows you to open your heart and feel the joy of expressing who you are in this lifetime. Allow yourself some space to be creative, and honor your unique gifts. Allow them to be expressed fully and freely with joy! Leo teaches us about courage, now is the time to harness your will power and courage, and go forth as the person you are meant to be in this life. 

With the new moon comes new moon wishes! YAY! My favorite! Because the new moon is in the sign of Leo it is a great time to be wishing about anything that has to do with creativity, this could be a current creative endeavor, or a project you have been wanting to start. You also may want to make wishes about anything having to do with children, or anything big or small that makes you happy in your life. It is also a good time to make any wishes regarding your romantic life. The things you have been wanting, perhaps all your life, can easily be manifested through the boost of this energetic and happy new moon!

Your wishes must be handwritten on paper, and ten wishes maximum. The best time to wish is 8 hours after the beginning of the new moon, but with in 48 hours will still work. And avoid wishing when the moon is void of course. 
Best times for wishing in August are (note all the times are PST):

Friday, August 17th - 7:45 am - 9:55am, and 4:33pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 18th - 8:01am - 3:26pm
Sunday, August 19th - 8:45am - 8:00pm

As always, I encourage you to share your wishes with someone you love and trust. Sharing is caring, and I am a firm believer that having a witness makes everything more powerful. If you wish, you may also share in the comments. 

Go forth my lion and lioness's! 
Be brave!
Be courageous!

image via ermie


my love...

a letter from John Steinbeck to his son, who wrote him to say he had fallen in love

New York
November 10, 1958
Dear Thom:
We had your letter this morning.  I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.
First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone.  Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.
Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.
You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.
But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.
Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.
The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.
If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.
Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.
It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.
Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.
We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.
And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.


i'm back

Sorry for disappearing.

I have been at home in IL working on our family home. And was without internet for a while, and then when it was fixed I was without time. There was lots to do, and I was happy to make a lot of progress. It was both somehow one of the hardest, and most magical and amazing weeks ever for me. 
But, I am in the airport, waiting to head back to LA, finally playing a little catch up. 

from around...

- Did ya know...  sharks are capable of virgin births? love it!

- It's no secret that I am crazy for Miss Didion. So, I was extra happy to hear of her return to Hollywood! Lord knows they need her... we need her everywhere really. 

- Some amazing photos of the beautiful and inspiring Baez sisters.

- Seriously...? This is really happening? 

- As a fan of anything that has to do with period costumes, anything by Mr. Cunningham, and dancing, I was happy to see this.  

- A Partial Inventory of Gustave Flaubert's Personal Effects, here.

- The final Midsummer Nights Craft night will be happening tomorrow. The talented Krissy Morrison of Thvm will be holding a dye class. I am super excited! Join us!

L’Atelier Brancusi by Edward Steichen, 1920


shāh chérāgh

Shāh Chérāgh
Shiraz, Iran

I am flipping out over this!
I am breathless... ecstatic!
It is already stirring some new ideas for a sculpture. 

I can only imagine in my dreams what it would be like to be in a place like this.
I imagine it would be like being inside a cut emerald. 
I don't know if I would ever be able to leave. 



i thought today was a good day to play catch up!
here are some photos from the summer

Drove up to Ojai with Kate for the night. Picked fruit from the orchards, kale and blueberries from the garden. And went home with a bag full of my favorite sage.

4th of July at the Muller/Faison's. Tons of kids, sparklers and a dance party! Perfect! (Grace on the left)

Spent all the time I could with Ann and her family before they left for Vermont for a year. This is Frances with a tiny praying mantis we found outside, she named it Miss Speedy Roo Muller. Photo on right is from Grace's piano recital, drawing by Dave Muller. 

Getting into the studio every chance I can get between all the traveling. Ava keeps me company, she's a good studio assistant. On the right, making lots of cards for lots of birthdays this summer. 

Sunset after breathwork. Lil' Miss Ava napping. 

I made Palm Springs tote bags for my brother and all his friends for his 30th birthday. 

Indigo! With Britt Brown at Shelter Half. Part of the Midsummer Nights Crafts put together by Lili

Weekend in the desert! Palm Springs, and sunset in Joshua Tree {magical}

Midsummer Party at Shelter Half! I put on some New Order, my fave! Foxtrot, Foxtrot, Foxtrot... And the table with some drawings (soon to be in the Etsy store... I promise)

Bachlorette weekend up north! Hikes and laughs and all night dance parties! On the right Christopher and I jump with love for CR! (photo by Christine) 

Day at the beach, swimming in the ocean. I found two really special rocks.

all photos from instagram: sphinxandmilkyway


august 6

Happy Birthday Mum!

i love you, always


full moon // august


Grain Moon
Wednesday, August 1st, 8:27am PST

The month of August is an exciting one for full moons! At the end of this month there will be a Blue Moon, which is a second full moon that occurs within the same month (it's not just my favorite Elvis song). This occurrence happens around every 19 years! So, lucky us, we get to feel the intensity of two full moons in one month! ha

Speaking of intensity, I don't know one person who isn't being faced with some pretty deep and difficult stuff right now. I feel like it is a time when we are all bumping up against some really intense energies, and life long lessons are knocking on our door, even louder. It's time to learn the lesson, which can be really hard to face for some of us. We are wading our way through the shadow, use the light of the full moon to guide you. Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know. I know I am trying to be fearless in the things I am facing, and running towards it all. Some days this is challenging, but I know there is no other choice. I'm not willing to go around it anymore, I must go through it. On my most difficult day, when I am looking it all in the eye, I try to remember that the way through it is love. Sending the lessons love (or the people who are showing up to teach me the lessons), sending the parts of myself and emotions that are stirring love, sending love to myself and to the universe. And trust. Trusting that there is something greater on it's way, and that I am being supported and guided by spirit.  

Also, be creative. Out create what you are going through. Move the energy with expression. 

Given that this full moon is in the sign of Aquarius, you are likely to be paying more attention to your own needs and listening and honoring your own heart. Figuring out what changes need to be made so that the relationships you have in your life become more supportive of you and you hearts desires.

Also know that during full moons, and sometimes the days surrounding them, emotions and energies are more intense. It is also a good time to check in with your New Moon wishes you made in July. 

Don't forget tonight is the night to put out any rocks or minerals to be cleansed. 

Happy Full Moon
love to you all