fly me to the moon

Last week I worked on an amazing video for Verve, I can't wait to share it with you! (first one here)
I practically hyperventilate every time I think about it. 
It was beyond!

I will just post a few shots I snapped until I can show you the video (i've seen a rough cut and it's out of this world, literally! CC is rocking it!)
Claire, yet again, pulled together another stellar team. She is an amazing, intuitive, natural director. Truly!
I helped Claire with the art direction and worked with Shin of Waka Waka on the set, and Kristin of Rowena Sartin on the wardrobe. They are a dream team! For real.
I can't even begin to tell you what it was like working with and watching the incredible and inspiring Jasmine Croissant. Breathtaking... wait until you see her move. 
And as always, Lili you are awesome (i can't wait to see your photos), and Leo, the King of Light!

more to come...




June 26th to July 20th

I talk about the sun and the moon... and now it's time to talk about Mercury! 
I thought it might be a good call to post a little something about Mercury since it just went in to Retrograde yesterday, it is already hitting me and causing lots of problems, but there are good aspects to this next three week period as well. 

Three or four times a year Mercury slows down, and appears to stop and then move backwards, this is just an optical illusion. And what does this mean? Well, it depends on your sign, but in general, because Mercury is moving through the sign of Cancer you might notice that you feel more drawn to thinking about family and home and the deep emotional connections you have in your life with people. 
The planet Mercury is the messenger, and when it goes into Retrograde it is a time where messages or information can get lost en route. This can happen quite literally (getting lost, delayed flights, lost baggage, lost letters), or more subtly: mental confusion, misunderstandings and miscommunications.
This time has also been known as an inopportune time for making big decisions, plans, purchases, or singing contracts. It is best to hold off on all of this until the end of this period, but if you must just be sure to read the fine print, double check the details, confirm plans etc... And you may also notice electronics and computers (objects ruled by Mercury) having problems. This is a time of confusion, mistakes and mishaps. 

While all activities pertaining to the outer world may be going array, it is a time to connect to what is going on in your internal world. It's a great time to be doing meditation, reflecting, writing, or finishing projects. This is an opportune time to get in touch with how you are really feeling about things in your life. Use this time to focus on yourself internally, get things in order and reconnect to your true self. 
This is also a time of "fated events" so notice who you meet and what is revealed. It's also a time when things can return from our pasts. These people or ideas have returned to help us move forward. It's time to review, reevaluate and reexamine. 
This is a powerful time for sending wishes and good vibes to those who you love, even those who may be in your heart but are no longer in your life. What you send will be received. It is the BEST time to do meditations and have encounters with those souls (perhaps even soul-mates) who you are connected to from past lives. 

victorian era illustration of space: mars


animal & mineral guide | | volume two

//   NEW  \\

now available in the SHOP

A  N  I  M  A  L     &     M  I  N  E  R  A  L     G  U  I  D  E


the second in a series of hand drawn guides on animals, plants, and minerals, their uses and meanings

in this volume you will find:

- Greek, Zuni, Arabian and English myths about Ursa Major, The Great Bear
- Bear Medicine
- a mineral guide with information on: Kambaba Jasper, Turquoise, Blue Apatite, Coral, Zebradorite, Amazonite, Septarian, Labradorite, and Sea or Ocean Jasper

order here



I wanted to share some photos from the Zuni Fetish workshop on Saturday at Dream Collective
It was such a lovely afternoon: warm summer air, sunshine, refreshing lemonade, an animal totem meditation, bear medicine, feathers, minerals, laughs and getting creative!
Thank you to all of you wonderful ladies (and Timmi) who came out and made it such a fun day!
And a huge thank you to Kathryn and Lizzie at Dream Collective!

more workshops to come...

Happy Summer!

thank you to Claire for all the photos


full moon // june


Strawberry Moon
Sunday, June 23rd, Capricorn, 4:32 am PST

Happy Summer Solstice (which was Friday) and Happy Full Moon (super moon)! We are at a point in the year where the days are longer and we have the most light as the Sun is reaching it's most Northern position, I love this time of year. There is something really special about long summer days. I feel everything is lighter, and slowing down, more peaceful and centered, more joyful and grounded. The Sun in now entering into the sign of Cancer, a water sign known for it's feminine emotion, strong sense of compassion, gentleness, and it's need of a connection to home and family. How do you feel you are expanding into the light of the day with the energy of Cancer?

While the Sun is pulling us up into Cancer energy, the Moon is pulling us down into the opposition of Capricorn. You may feel a little more weighed down since last months Full Moon, the energy of Capricorn has a tendency to be authoritative, critical and serious. You might feel more focused on getting the task done than you do on going out to "play". While I feel that we can all find some freedom that comes along from being structured, try to find some balance. Call in some of this summer light and energy from the Sun, and remind yourself the value of "play" and enjoying the day. But, not without the positive aspects of the Capricorn and it's strong ability to make commitments and create structures that will help guide us where we wish to go. 

Happy Summer!


zuni fetish workshop

B E A R   M E D I C I N E   //   M I N E R A L S   //   S U N S H I N E   //   L E M O N A D E

a make your own zuni fetish with me 
at Dream Collective   \\   1404 Micheltorena   \\  Silver Lake
June 22nd
3:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
materials fee: $65
limited space


please don't let me be misunderstood

shoots i took Monday during a shoot i worked on...
a Nina Simone music video for Verve

the truly talented Claire directed & pulled together an amazing team
Lili outdid herself with the flowers! She killed it!
Leo, the King of Light
Thank you Elijah and Karina, 
and Blake who was an amazing muse!


from around

- i was lucky enough to get to see Pedro Almodóvar's new film last night, I'm So Excited! it was brilliant! i had so much fun, and can say with certainty it is my favorite film this year.

- i am head over heals for this lemonade stand

- totally creepy, and kind of amazing... opal dentures 

- i have a secret and deep love for Balinese Gamelan music... so i was extra excited when a friend shared this cover of the Gang of Four... the clapping is the best!

- Cheri sent this to me... William Wegman and Man Ray on Late Night, it looks like it is from the late 70's. we were chatting and saying how amazing it is that artists used to be on Late Night talk shows... talking about DaDa and Conceptualism. pretty Amazing.

- being a Midwest transplant to the West Coast, i thought this was pretty interesting... you say pajamas i say pijAmas... how do you pronounce words differently than the rest of America?

- i laughed out loud at this... #hamlethumor

- currently obsessed with these drawings by Jack Hass, expressions of the alchemy of his unconscious.

- a great feature on the history of light in art: the pioneers, the rising stars, and the market - part 1part 2


new moon // june


Flower Moon
Saturday, June 8th, Gemini, 8:58 PST

Last Moon I talked about being in a time where we are learning to receive, we have now come to a moment where we are asked to be like the water in the stream, flowing towards something greater, staying on course, moving effortlessly around obstacles, changing in every moment, adapting while staying true. How do you feel you are being present and in the "flow of life", connected, open, and in sync with it all? Notice the moments you feel this, there may be more now than ever. 

Because this New Moon is in the sign of Gemini this is a great time to tap into communication, in all forms: speaking, teaching, negotiating, writing. Also, be aware if you are feeling the duality of this sign: love / hate, anger / forgiveness, you / me, unconscious / conscious, dreams / reality, joy / sorrow... try to embrace each opposition, as they are connected, and are dependent on each other. 

During the New Moon spend some time sitting quietly and ask your heart what it wishes. You may write down ten wishes maximum, and these must be hand written on paper. The most potent time for wishing is with in the first 24 hours of the new moon, but within 48 will work just fine. 

Happy wishing

Melanie Pankau


i will show you fear in a handful of dust

I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

A Handful of Dust  -  Evelyn Waugh 

François Morellet, ?, Richard Tuttle, ?, Dianna Molzan, Dianna Molzan, Andre Hemstedt and Tine Reimer