5.26.2016

new moon mineral meditation







Please join me for a very special NEW MOON MINERAL Breathwork Meditation.


This is part of a series of Mineral Meditations. This month we will focus on KYANITE. 
You will get a mineral of your own to work with and take home with you. During the circle we will talk about it's properties, how to clean and care for it, you will learn to work with it's energy while setting some New Moon wishes, and you will get the opportunity to experience its healing qualities during meditation. 


Saturday, June 4th
10:00 - 12:00 am
Venice, CA
$60
Space is limited / to reserve your space please RSVP to me. 
laurenspencerking@gmail.com
The location will be emailed to you when you RSVP.



Breath is what connects us to each other, to every thing, to all times. 
The Breathwork Meditation is a two part active, rhythmic breath that is very healing. Though the breath is simple to learn it is quite powerful and profound to experience as it clears emotional blocks and stuck energy. It opens you up allowing you to connect to the deep current of energy that runs throughout your body. By quieting the mind you create space to listen with your heart, leaving you feeling peaceful, grounded, and expansive. You learn to become a healer for yourself with the breath as your tool.







5.20.2016

full moon // may








FULL MOON






Milk Moon 
Saturday, May 21, Sagittarius, 2:14 pm PST

These retrogrades have been no joke. These last few weeks have just been so difficult. I don't know one person who isn't feelin' it - feeling stressed, angry, overworked, overwhelmed, hopeless, frustrated, ungrounded, making mistakes, confused, etc... Guess what? It's not really you, it's the retrogrades. I mean... it's YOU. But what these retrogrades are doing is putting pressure on places inside us which are causing things to erupt and surface. It's a good thing to feel them, look at them, they might be things we need to revisit from the past, clear them, and so on, but it's not easy or comfortable. 

In February Mars went into it's own sign, Scorpio, where Jupiter has been transiting. Mars is the planet of willfulness and vitality, power and adventure. It's impatient and wants to get things done and wants them to happen now! And Jupiter is all about being cautious, slow, and methodical. Well, guess how that leaves us feeling? Frustrated!! With Saturn also retrograding we might find projects starting and stopping, no flow happening. We are finding ourselves being more angry and annoyed and passive aggressive. 

To get the benefit of this energy we can't be unconsciously reacting. We have to catch ourselves when we go to a quick habitual reaction: being angry, yelling back, responding from our egos without thinking about what we are saying. These reactions get in the way of what is really going on, what we really need to be looking at: what is coming to the surface. There are many ways to grow and move forward in this energy. I will also say that with the nature of retrogrades - ie planets appearing to be moving backwards - I think there are two groups of people right now. The ones that think they are growing and moving forward unscathed, but who are actually regressing. And the ones who feel like they are moving backwards, stuck in an old place, but who are actually moving forward and growing. 

Practice patients, stopping and slowing down, taking a deep breath, not reacting, avoiding arguments, thinking things through. 

With the Sun in the sign of Gemini and the Moon in Sagittarius we are in the realm of the mental, signs that are about knowledge, learning and communication (which will get easier with Mercury going direct on the 22nd). Gemini seeks information; Sagittarius seeks truth and meaning. It's a great time to be breaking through to something new. The retrogrades are pulling up lots of old stuff, lessons unearned, energy that needs to be cleared... and once it is where do you want to be headed? Use the energy of Gemini and Sagittarius to understand what's coming up for you, to find meaning in it. This isn't a time of just reacting unconsciously or "rising above it" to get through it. There is truth in what's happening that can help you grow. 

Don't forget to put out your crystals, minerals and even your jewelry with stones in it, to be cleared by the light of the full moon. I like to leave mine out in the sunshine the following day to balance the male and female energies. 








Blown glass vase from the Met. 2nd-3rd century AD, Roman

5.12.2016

from around














- the sound of spheres - audio clip from the Golden Record aboard the Voyager spacecraft

- flipping out over this edit from the documentary Il Capo made about a quarry in northwest Italy (thanks Cecilia)

- just watched Werner Herzog's The Land of Silence and Darkness, fell in love. (see more here)

- some nice photos of Raf Simons' (for Dior) clothing from A Bigger Splash

- a great piece from Afterall about the Golden Record and the criticism and challenges it faced

- All We Can Do Is Dance: Waves - a beautiful dance on the coast of France

- the unsung women of Ireland's battle for freedom - The Sisterhood of Easter Rising 

- a clock being built that will chime every 10,000 years (thanks Meredith)

- if you are in the art world and cringe at some of the press releases that you set your eyes on you will love this... hilarious (thanks Ann)

- another great interview with Patti Smith - "I was part of a truly new generation, where everything had to be redefined: God, sex, everything."

- Silent Sound Live Inspired in part by Victorian entertainers Ira and William Davenport, who were famed for attempting to contact the the dead using their ‘spirit cabinet’, the live performance of Silent Sound features the artists seated within a soundproof cabinet, designed to echo the Davenport’s spirit cabinet. Together they repeat a spoken phrase, with their voices being fed into their Silent Sound machine where it is embedded silently into the live musical recital. The work features an original score created by J. Spaceman from the band Spiritualized.

- so excited for this film - Albert Serra's La mort de Louis XIV, starring French New Wave mascot Jean-Pierre Léaud as the Sun King






Wiener Werkstatte // Francesca Minini // still from the lovers on the bridge

5.06.2016

new moon // may









NEW MOON






Milk Moon
Friday, May 6th, Taurus, 12:29 pm PST

Taurus is showing up just when we need it. I am sure you all have felt challenged in the past few weeks... it's all of those planets in retrograde that I mentioned in the last post. Retrograde times are no joke. And we now have FIVE planets retrograding. Some will go direct during the month of May, others we will have to wait longer. Here's the list so you will know when you can breathe again:
Jupiter until May 9
Mercury until May 22
Mars until June 29
Saturn until August 13
Pluto until September 26

Retrograde times are tough, but they are also valuable. They help us restructure and create a new relationship to our outer world that mirrors our inner self. So they are times when old beliefs, ideas or patterns will fall away, often by being triggered to come to the surface first. You are not alone if you have felt very reactive lately (thanks to Mars), agitated, gotten in a fight, encountered passive aggressiveness, etc... I can almost guarantee that anything that is being triggered and coming up is coming up to be cleared. Pay attention to everything in your life right now, this is a time of transition and clarity is available to us all if we are willing to look, and you might not have to look that hard. What are you ready to let go of to move forward? It's time to recreate yourself. 

The energy of Taurus can help us navigate this time. Taurus is good at teaching us about abundance, self worth, helping us to see what we value. Really think about your worth: what makes you worthy? Also, what do you truly value? Taurus helps us learn to be more on the physical plane and enjoy the physicality of our bodies and the joy of being human. It's a time to pay particular attention to the senses, and pleasure, and joy! Cooking dinner for someone you love, walking barefoot on the grass, standing out in the rain, giving someone a longer hug... all of these things are not only in alignment with the gifts of Taurus, but they will also help us survive the retrograde times. 

Be in JOY!

And... don't forget to make your New Moon wishes tonight. It's a good time to use that Taurus energy, wish for anything that involves pleasure, allowing more joy in your life, having more abundance, more sense of self-worth, being more clear about what your priorities are, etc... You can read more about how to make your wishes here








Rodin, Embracing Figures