full moon / january


Wolf Moon
Saturday, January 23rd, Leo, 5:46 pm PST

We are nearing the end of January and I feel space is finally opening up for us all. This year was off to a bit of a heavy and slow start. Also, this Mercury in retrograde has been a really tough one! I think we all thought we would hit the ground running on January 1st. But there were other things in store for us. We needed to slow down. To be confronted by the old. To relax and reflect. To plan and get ready. February really feels like when things will have the opportunity to come in, when new projects will get the momentum they need, and when things will settle in. 

We can use the energy of the Sun in Aquarius that is reflecting off the Moon in Leo. Now is a great time to keep an eye on the big picture. To take a step back before your take running steps forward. Get clear about what you are really wanting for yourself,  where you want to spend your energy, and the kind of relationships you wish to be in. Think about how you want to be a leader, how to use your voice, and the impact you wish to make. The energy of Leo can help us learn to be courageous and strong when facing our fears. It can help us stand up and go for the things we really want in our life, to voice what we desire, and to allow ourselves to be ruled by what we are passionate about! This is the time to really be going for it! 

As we are in the final push of Mercury in retrograde it will feel a little more intense these next few days, until the 25th when it goes direct. Clear communication is key right now, not just with others though. Try to be really clear with yourself. Are there messages you have been ignoring or ways in which something is trying to communicate with you? Are you listening with a sensitive ear and heart to yourself right now? Have plenty of compassion, tenderness, and understanding for all the ways you are being lead to grow right now. 

Spend some time cultivating the Leo Lion inside you! Be courageous, playful, joyful, creative, passionate, even ferocious if need be! Now is not the time to hold back. 

Adrian Samson



It seems important that the field of erotica no longer be limited to depiction of a narrowly limited 
sexual subject matter. What is needed is no new definitions but greater flexibility of visual response,
 and an art production that admits the personal and ultimately abstract quality of the erotic experience.

- Lucy Lippard 

Dorothea Tanning sculpture 


new moon // january


Old Moon
Saturday, January 9th, Capricorn, 5:30pm PST

Can it get any harder right now? If you have been wondering this to yourself these past few days... welcome to the club! It's been a bit of a wake-up call this first week of the new year. We all entered into it with optimism, thoughts of fresh starts and new beginnings, expectations of ease and openness. Nope! It has been hard, and challenging, and uncomfortable. And in a way, all of those positive feelings of what a new year can bring are there, but we have to do a little work first. 

For the past few weeks we have been focusing on going within emotionally (November) and physically (December). I have urged you to spend time alone, and nourish yourself with rest and relaxation. Now we are in a time of mental reflection. Now is when you want to be spending time getting clear about this new year. It's like you need to be working on the foundation before you are ready to build the house. I feel this last week or two we have been clearing the way, feeling into the ways we want to change, the things we are ready to let go of, what isn't working, etc... What do you need to clear to prepare for what is coming to you? Think about that. 

I love New Moons because they are an opportunity to reflect and make wishes about the kinds of things you want to call into your life. And they happen every month, instead of just at the beginning of the year. So, you get 12 opportunities to do this throughout the year, instead of just one. But, the first New Moon of the year is special. I would encourage you to see this New Moon as a crystal ball. Instead of thinking of these things you want to accomplish, change, attract are out there somewhere and you have to figure out how to make them happen... see if you can use your intuition to feel into your future; to see the things that are already coming your way. I use the word "wish" here, but that's what I really think we are doing when we wish... feeling into what is already happening, what is already coming. And we have been planting so many seeds, so you better bet that there is lots on it's way to you! What do you need to do to get ready for it? What things do you need to get clear about? 

Right now the energy is focused on the physical plane. What do you need to get done in the physical world to help these wishes? What loose ends need tying up? What needs to be organized? What needs to be planned or thought out? Let your intuition and heart guide you as you take the steps to get clear and clear the way!

To read all about how to make your New Moon wishes head over here

Happy 2016!
and Happy New Moon Wishing!

Törst, Julia Hetta


from around

- this incredible video of a knife throwing mother

- a wonderful, moving, and thoughtful - Open Letter to Paris, by Adam Gopnik

- years ago I posted this interview with Patti Smith - and I recently rewatched it. She's so great.

- design your own Marie Antoinette style wig! (thanks Nicole!)

- this movie - The Revenant

- these two dances:
 Fase - Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Michele Anne de Mey
and this - Violin Fase

       Sophie Calle, I Died in a Good Mood, 2013