full moon // september


We are in for a dynamic and radical Full Moon (at 7 degrees 22 minutes of Aries), on this Saturday, September 29th (at 8:19 pm, Pacific Daylight Time).  If you notice that you are feeling emotionally edgy (or unstable) and reactive to your friends and family, you are not alone!  The Universe is stimulating us to move any stuck emotional energy that we are holding on to.  Two of the most dynamic and dangerous emotions that may emerge are frustration and anger.  At the root of these emotions may be a feeling that your individuality, freedom or independence is being threatened.
This Full Moon in Aries is being intensified by the interactions of the Sun and Moon with the Uranus/Pluto Square Aspect, creating a T-Square configuration.  This energy is stimulating a purging of our unresolved emotional issues.  Be sure to process any difficult emotions.
Because both the Moon and Venus are in Fire Signs (Moon in Aries and Venus in Leo), life can get pretty intense and dramatic!  You can take charge of and re-direct these energies through humor and philosophy.
It is especially important, during the Full Moon day and the few days before and after the Full Moon, to get focused and centered in Spirit, before you have any interaction with others.  Remember that a part of our personal mastery is to be the witness of our own human nature.  Instead of reacting to people and circumstances, it is better to respond to life experiences from our center.
A second T-square configuration, involving the planets Venus, Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune, may reveal hidden agendas and illusions in our relationships.  Matters to do with resources and finances will require extra sensitivity and clarity.
A Conjunction Aspect of the planets Mercury and Saturn (both in the sign of Libra), could cause us to be more critical and judgmental in our thinking.  If you find yourself doing this, use this same energy to consciously change your focus of attention to something positive.

Happy Full Moon to you all. I am so exhausted from all the work on the house that I didn't have the time or energy to write a Full Moon post myself. So this info is via this wonderful source. 


fall equinox

Happy Fall Equinox!

I am home in IL, and it is amazing to be in a place where the seasons are changing. It is something I really miss in LA. You can feel summer and fall colliding in the air: the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the breeze. In the dense woods, leaves are changing from vibrant green to shades of autumn. I was sitting in the woods yesterday and had an amazing experience with wild turkeys! They showed up for me as a totem, and a conformation, with such cosmic timing. 

Things at the house are going well. Lots of work getting done in between crying and moments of gratitude. Like the changing seasons, all sorts of emotions are colliding with in me. I am finding comfort being in sync with Mother Nature.

Honor and celebrate the Fall Equinox on Saturday, September 22 as the Sun moves into Libra. After the full out, open fruitfulness of summer, we stand at the turning point in perfect harmony with the light and the dark-equal day, equal night. We pause, honor and celebrate the fertility that has come into ripeness and the abundance and gifts we have received for our nourishment and support. We will now begin to draw our energies inward, gather and store, prune and eliminate, and prepare for the gifts the darkness of winter brings.

i can't remember where i found this info about the fall equinox... sorry.
or the image source

* also * a BIG thank you to Tigers to Lilies and Shop Pretty Mommy for doing posts on me!


new drawings & prints in the SHOP

happy tuesday!

NEW drawings and prints are finally in the SHOP!

I am heading out of town for two weeks. And will be taking a break from blogging regularly. 
I will be doing a post here and there (for sure about the fall equinox and the full moon), but need to be present while I am at home. It is an important time. 
love, me


new moon // september


Fruit Moon
Saturday, September 15th, Virgo, 7:11pm PST

My favorite moon, the New Moon, is here! And that means New Moon Wishes! I have been waiting for them, this month it will be hard to narrow it down to just ten.
Who can feel the change in the air? You... me... everyone. It seems like it is all around us these days. Everyone is making such huge life changes: in their relationships, in their jobs, with where they live and maybe even who they live with... it feels as if a huge migration is taking place. And though it may be difficult right now, to let go and to change, it will allow for amazing new experiences and things to come in. As humans, it is hard for us to let go. But the truth is everything is always changing and shifting and moving. It is an illusion that things are static and stay the same. We want to learn to move with the energy current, it is carrying us towards greater things. Instead of thinking about what we are letting go of, let us instead think about what seeds we might be planting.

On Tuesday I fly back home to IL for the final push in what has become my mission these past six months of getting my mum's house ready to pack up and put on the market. This is a HUGE deal for me. It has been emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting. It has been some of the most difficult and amazing spiritual work I have ever done. It is my childhood home, it is where I grew up and it still holds my mum's things and her memory. While the thought of what I have to do while I am there over the next two weeks brings tears to my eyes every time I think of it, I know it is right. I know it is time. It is a huge change, a huge letting go for me. But, I know it will create so much space in my life for my own home and family. And that is what this year has been all about for me. It is a change that is heartbreaking, but I welcome it with an open heart, because through this loss I find creation.
And this is the perfect moon for all the tasks that have to get done to make this happen!

Because this New Moon is in the sign of Virgo it is a perfect time for bringing completion to any organizational task you have been avoiding. We all know where we want to be, but how to get there is sometimes overwhelming. Now is the time to get serious about what needs to get done to get you there. Commit to a new action plan and set some goals. Show the universe you are serious by taking one step at a time towards something on your list. Break it down, make it manageable, but keep moving forward, keep tending to it, keep reaching for it. If you feel lost as to how it is going to happen, try not to focus on the how, but on the WHAT and the WHY. If you can stay clear about what it is that you want and why... the how will just happen.

It's time to get wishing! Your wishes must be handwritten on paper, and ten wishes maximum are allowed. The most potent time to wish is eight hours after the time of the new moon, 7:11pm PST, but within the first 48 hours will still work.

And as always, if you want to make your wishes more powerful share them with someone you love and trust. You can even leave them in the comments.
Everything is more powerful with a witness.

Happy Wishing!

image: Spectral Haze : IVAN IANNOLI



i think this is so beautiful



There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

Carl Jung


it just is

today is a happy day

Saul Steinberg illustrations in the Eames house


let's talk about books

If you know me, then you know I love to read. 
If you have been inside my home, then you know I am bananas for books!
I am running out of places to put them. There are stacks of them everywhere!

Books have always been so important to me, even as a kid, I would get lost in a book, and I would always want to re-read my favorite book over and over. 
I was just talking to a friend about the power of the written word. And I have really been learning about it's power since I have been writing more myself and have been part of a weekly Writers Group. 
Some people connect to a song or a movie, a painting or a poem. Every kind of art has a magical quality. Art has the ability to connect us to our heart, our core, our truth. It sometimes reveals truths in us that we never knew were there. And really amazing artists have the ability to express something we know but are unable to express ourselves. And that is so powerful! It always amazes me! The truth of our hearts being revealed by another. Someone who doesn't even know us! 
During grad school I was so overwhelmed with all the reading we had to do that reading that I actually wanted to do took a back seat. I needed a break from reading for a few months after school was done, but got back into it and it reminded me again how much I love it and how important it is to me. Reading is such an intimate act for me. It both connects me and transports me at the same time.

wow... Where am I going with all of this? - All of this to say that I am starting a feature on the blog where I get to talk about and discover new books! YAY! Every so often I will do a post of favorite books and books being read by my friends and myself. And you are also welcome to leave the titles of your favorite books and current reads in the comments! I would love to hear all about them. I want this to be a place where you can check in if you are looking for a new book. 

So... here we go!

- Me -

My Favorite Books 

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion - I read this book so long ago when I first moved to LA. It changed the way I thought about being a woman, about being a thinker, about living in California, about writing... about everything really. This book is usually in my bag. I am constantly re-reading it. I love Joan Didion. 

In Search of Lost Time: Volume 1, Swann's Way by Marcel Proust - I have never fallen in love with a book the way I did when I read this one. I was living in Paris, and I remember some days just reading a page or a sentence because I never wanted it to end. (this version is the most beautiful translation)

The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington - This book is magical, and hilarious, and strange, and delightful! She's also a rad painter

Books I Just Finished

D.V. by Diane Vreeland - The brilliant memoir of Madame Vreeland. I found a copy that was my grandmothers when I was home this summer. It's such a fun and fascinating read: Parisian night clubs in the 1930's, hanging out with Chanel, Warhol, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the amazing Isak Dinesen, Clark Gable and more! Di-vine!

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed - This is a group of letters from Strayed's advice column. She writes with compassion, honesty, wisdom, humor and guts! It is such a great read.

- Ann

Favorite Summer Beach Read

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Currently Reading

Rabbit Novels by John Updike - A series of books where Updike follows one character through four decades from the fifties to the eighties.  Masterful books whose themes center on sex and death. 

- Jane Anne

All Time Favorite

Mists of the Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Just Finished

Currently Reading

Sophie's Choice by William Styron 

Happy reading!

(top two photos by Kate Danson. bottom two by me)



Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.


facing the darkness

On Saturday I sat in my car, unable to get out to walk into the grocery store, listening to This American Life (i can't count on two hands how many times this has happened to me). I laughed, but mostly I cried, sobbed, listening to their special tribute to David Rakoff. He passed away at the beginning of August. If you have time, listen to the whole program here, David is a wonderful writer. But the writing that moved me the most, was a part from his novel Love Dishonor, Marry, Die; Cherish, Parish. He reads an excerpt (you can listen to it starting at 40 min into the program) about what it's like to face death. It is so honest and raw and beautiful. I have listened to just that one part about seven times now. It reminds me so much of what it was like to care for my dying mother. A time I strangely miss. 

Silke Otto-Knapp: "Mountainlandscape" (2012), watercolor on linen