book stand // art books

A while back I had the honor of having a conversation with BOOK STAND. You can read it in full here

Being a long time lover and supporter of everything that BOOK STAND does I am happy to share that they are taking these thought provoking and lovely conversations a step further. They will be turning them into a film! "An avant-garde documentary about self-expression and self-publishing. An exploration of purpose, determination and the creative psyche." Interviewing artist and creative thinkers a like, with plans to travel to such places as San Sebastian, Oslo, Zaragoza, Paris and beyond. 
But wait! They need your help to do this! If you would like to read more about this project and contribute click right here.


Cleopatra with the Asp by Reni Guido, 1630


full moon // lunar eclipse // september


Harvest Moon 
Sunday, September 27, Aires, 7:50 pn PST

During our last Full Moon I talked a lot about faith, how faith is directly proportional to our ability to trust ourselves, and its relationship to the unknown. The opposite of faith isn't doubt. It's certainty. Doubt and the unknown are so much a part of having faith. This is still in the air for us, big time!

Right now there is this window open to us of opportunity that is created by the Lunar Eclipse happening tonight. Lunar Eclipses "bring light" to things that have been hidden or the things that we haven't been willing to look at. It is an uncomfortable time where things are coming up, and as a result we crave harmony and balance. Be willing to be a bit uncomfortable, to take a really good look at what is surfacing for you. This Moon is in the sign of Aries which is all about direction and forward movement, but sometimes we act with haste and on impulse. It is a good time to take a moment to step back and really let some things surface from this hidden place before moving forward. It's a time to really get clear about what YOU want / feel / think... you and no one else. When you separate yourself out and take a little space it is easy to see what is important to you, and listen to your own inner voice. This will allow you to move forward with clarity, intention and heart... and most importantly sense of self. It also allows you to really see what is yours - what is your stuff / your feelings / your issues. It is important to take responsibility and own that, it will empower you. 

Part of moving forward from this place may feel like walking in the dark, knowing the general direction where you are headed, but literally taking one step at a time. Let it be a time of discovery, discovering in each moment what it is that you want, over and over again, while taking each step with purpose and curiosity. Also, don't be afraid to walk in a direction where there is no path, you have lot of support right now to forge ahead into new territory and be courageous. Be willing to trust the unknown, to risk!

There is also a lot of Animal Medicine in the air right now. Keep you eyes open for how animals are showing up for you, and when they are showing up. Let them be guides, be open to what messages they have for you. 

This is a really intense Full Moon - you can feel the pressure, literally. It is very physical as well as emotional. Take some rest, treat your body well. The pressure is on. Relationships are under a microscope right now - your relationship to others but more so to yourself. So, take this time to do some deep work and tend to your inner life. There is a huge opportunity for growth as you move forward from this place. The more willing you are to look within, the more faith you have to take some risks right now, the bigger the window of opportunity you will create for yourself. Move forward grounded in what you feel, grounded in what is important to you, grounded in what you desire most. 

Yoko Ono, Bag Piece


new moon // september


Fruit Moon
Saturday, September 12th, Virgo, 11:42 pm PST

So much is happening in the skies! This weekend we have a New Moon and a partial Solar Eclipse (later this month we have a Lunar Eclipse). In September Venus, Mercury and Pluto all change directions and go into Retrograde. Mars and Saturn change signs. And at the end of the month we have our Autumn Equinox! This is enough to make your head spin! But, fear not... all change is good change. 

Without going into the details of what all this means... let's just keep the focus on how to support you through this time. 
Your new motto : Let it happen! 

Let it happen is different than "let it go." Let it happen is all about allowing what is right in front of you to be embodied. It's all right there. It's about allowing. Giving permission. And surrendering. 

These last few days have been particularly emotional ones. So many people around me, myself included, have felt waves of emotion coming from "nowhere." Allow yourself to be emotional without having to know why. That "why" question comes from our minds, it really just gets in the way of our own experience, it blocks it, and slows it down, and sometimes even stops it. Try to just sit back and let it happen. And trust those emotions, your body has a wisdom that the mind cannot even fathom. Sometimes you won't know why, and that's ok, and maybe for the best. The best thing you can do is just allow and give yourself permission. Let it come up, let it be felt, and let it happen. It's gifts and lessons will be stored in your body, trust that they are there. 

With this New Moon we are in a time full of opportunity! An opening! Whatever has been knocking on your door, whatever lesson has been hitting you over the head, whatever direction you are feeling pulled toward, whatever you are wanting to do... ask yourself "What am I waiting for?" Are you waiting for it to hurt more, to hit rock bottom, for permission, for an invitation, until it's easy, for the perfect time? Pay attention to what has been showing up over and over for you. And move in that direction. Let it happen. You don't have to understand how it will all happen... this is where trust and faith come in. And let the energy of Virgo this month help you. Virgo's are great in the day to day organization of things, focusing on practicality and order as a way to function and move through life. This is how they achieve great things! So, just stay focused on what is right in front of you. Ground yourself in the day to day, one step at a time, and let it unfold right before you. And not to far into the future you will be ready to look up - at the horizon - to see that you are in the big picture. 

Also, ask yourself - "What am I resisting?" When things show up time and time again, over and over, it's a good question to ask. What are you resisting? I believe that there are natural forces at work, and currents of energy that have direction. It's when we ignore or resist this natural flow that things get tricky / unnecessarily painful or difficult / confusing / heavy... and so on.  

New Moon's are opportunities for introspection. They are a blank slate, in their darkness anything is possible. It's a great time to make wishes for the next two weeks and beyond. Read more on how to do this here. You can wish about anything you want, but think about the kind of support you need and what will help you tackle the big picture. Think about the Virgo energy we are in right now: getting organized, focused, clearing things away. It's a great time to make wishes involving these things, as well as some of these questions - "What am I waiting for?" - "What am I resisting?"

Let it happen!

Philolaos Tloupas


reach the night life of humanity

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.

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