2.26.2017

new moon / february







NEW MOON




Hunger Moon
Sunday, February 26th, Pisces, 6:58 am PST

We are always in a time of transition, but especially during eclipses! It is our second one this month and they always bring about great change and push us into a new energy. I keep seeing in my mind's eye the way a giant wave builds, crests, and then crashes back into itself, only to recycle the water to create yet another wave, and another, and another... There is something about this time that is moving our energy like this. Lots of people are talking about this being a time of changes, and endings and new beginnings. But, where does that energy go that belongs to the things that are ending, the things we are letting go of? I think this time is about recycling that energy. You might have felt in the last week like you are being pulled back into an old pattern, a familiar place that you thought you had left long ago. But, think about it in terms of the ocean, the way the water retreats back along the sandy beach, pulling back to gather more strength and momentum to move forward. I keep thinking about the qualities of black tourmaline as well, the master of recycling energy. It can transform what is unhelpful, harmful, draining, old into something new! Use the imagery of the wave like a map, a way to understand what is happening in your life right now. And use the energy of black tourmaline to help you recycle.

Our Sun and Moon are both in the sensitive, loving, intuitive sign of Pisces. New Moons are naturally times of new beginnings as the moon in void of light and starts it's two week period of gathering more and more light to become full. Think about the things you wish to gather - What you are ready to pull in? With all this Pisces energy we are supported to slow down and open our hearts more. There is an opportunity for forgiveness. Pisces has a tremendous ability for connection. As we transition out of the universal (sometimes detached) quality of the Aquarius we move into the more personal connections of the Pisces. This sign has an intense level of sensitivity, this sign uses the way it feels to understand others, with a deep level of compassion. There is also an opportunity with this sign to connect to unseen worlds and energies. Pisces are very telepathic, intuitive and poetic in their nature.

Use this time to slow down, find joys that might be subtle but deep, open your heart with forgiveness and compassion, deepen your personal connections to your inner self, to others, to the unseen. Use your heightened sensitivity from this Pisces moon to slowly reveal to you a new path, or something you have been overlooking. Things are changing, and we must have more than our eyes and ears open. 

Don't forget to make your New Moon wishes!







photo of my grandmother's abalone shell

2.16.2017

in vogue










Check out my mineral recommendations for New York Fashion Week over at Vogue!
Scroll down to #11 - If all else fails, try crystals

Pyrite, purple fluorite, black tourmaline, and danburite.




2.12.2017

full moon // february








FULL MOON





Hunger Moon
Friday, February 10th, Leo, 4:33 pm PST

Get hungry! This is a time all about tapping into the truth of what your heart really wants. With our Full Moon in the sign of Leo we are in the energy of the full, courageous, passionate heart. The heart that is fearless! With other star and planetary alignments happening in the sky, as well as the lunar eclipse we are being given full permission to seek what lies in our heart, to discover what it longs for and what it can create, how it can express and how it can love fully! This last week or so I have been feeling the urge and getting signs through conversations with friends that it's time to sit down and really spend some time thinking about what it is I want in my life. What am I working towards? Since the new year I have felt a bit untethered and disconnected from where my eyes are looking. Feeling like I'm not as clear about what it is that I am working towards, or just not specific enough, and too consumed with focusing on the daily tasks, work, lessons and joys of living. Conversely, my focus has also been concentrated on things that are about a scope of time that is huge, like since the creation of my soul. Ha! So, on one hand I am living from a place so zoomed out with so much perspective, and then zoomed so far into the daily to-do's. I am longing for that middle ground. 

That is what I will be spending some time doing, and what I encourage you to do as well. Spend some time, even a few days thinking about, writing about, drawing about... your life. Your work and your relationships, your home, your success, your growth, your health, your family... I am really into this new idea (for me) of creating a life where I am moving towards something but in an open way where I am also discovering and creating as I am moving, not just focused on the goal in a way where it leaves no room for anything else to come in. I want getting to my goals to feel more creative. A little like being an artist, actually. With this moon, and the stars and the planets, this is a perfect time to be thinking about the future and what you want to create. With the Sun in Aquarius it lets us see the big picture, to have the vision, and then with the Moon in Leo we get to engage and create this vision from the truth that is in our heart.

We also have a certain alignment in the cosmos that might be bringing up some old wounds or feelings of not feeling supported. So if that is coming up for you, or comes up for you around creating in your life don't be surprised. That is coming up to be healed.

Happy creating of your life!










2.09.2017

minerals for winter








Back in December I had the honor of writing a little something about minerals for my friend Caren, who is so lovely. She is an acupuncturist and has the beautiful healing space and shop in Eagle Rock, Window of the Sky. Check it out if you haven't already. It is full of treasures for lifting your spirit. And when you are in there pick up a copy of her zine on the element of Water, where you will find this mineral info and so much more!





MINERALS for WINTER

The number one mineral I would recommend for the Winter season is LABRADORITE. This stone is all about magic! Don’t be fooled by its dark outer appearance, this stone holds a rainbow of brilliant hues as it catches the light. This is a great stone for assistance as you move through the darkness, the void, the unconscious, and the unknown of life. It helps illuminate the truth while protecting you as you traverse into unseen worlds. It strengthens your intuition and enhances your particular psychic abilities. Perfect for moving through these darker, winter months; helping you to go within, find the magic, and bringing the light.



OTHER HELPERS:

MALACHITE - to help surface energy and deep emotion stuck in the body. Energy can get stuck, and when we hold on to it it can cause anxiety, tension, stress and even fear. This stone will help draw that up and out, allowing it to pass through your loving and compassionate heart.

ROSE QUARTZ - known to be a stone all about the heart, gentleness, relationships and love. But, this is also a great stone that can help you during the winter months to support your kidney function. By opening the heart center it allows for a release of stress, tension, and heartache, while supporting the kidneys and adrenal glands. 

APATITE - especially of the blue / green variety, will help during this season as things are darker, more heavy, and as fear is present. It will help you to transform your despair into hope, and your fear into courage. 

PICTURE JASPER - to reveal hidden thoughts, griefs, and fears so they can be seen and healed. This stone holds a hidden message or picture from the past that can help you on your journey of growth. What we fear and repress in ourselves can be a gateway for profound healing.

APACHE TEARS - for helping you feel safe to express emotions that you are holding, or that might be uncomfortable to feel. It is perfect for supporting you during any kind of grieving; grief that is current and even old grieving you have yet to do.


COPPER - is an excellent conductor of energy. It's an enhancer. And is also known as the lucky metal. This would be great to aid in circulation issues or to stimulate the flow of energy. Perfect for colder temps when your energy can get a little stuck from not moving enough and not enough heat and sun, and your emotions can tend freeze up as well. 








2.06.2017

association







recipe inspired by the last place you traveled: back in time, a memory of eating lunch at Da Adolfo in Positano. Mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves. Main ingredients: best friend, sea salted hair, sun kissed skin, music from an old boombox, Italian men, and not a care in the world.  


sign: Scorpio


childhood memory: the summer of 1989 - Madonna’s "Express Yourself", Cindy Crawford, Betty Boop and other ideas about womanhood, opals, swatch watches, Keith Harring posters, pool chlorine and sun bleached hair, neon, United Colors of Benetton everything, jumping off a horse in Wyoming, first hearing the Grateful Dead. 


line from favorite song or book: "A natural beauty should be preserved like a monument to nature." - Neil Young


morning or night routine: a huge jar of hot water with lemon, a spoonful of chyawanprash, one vial of 3.3 quintessential seawater, ashwagandha and cordyceps mixed into my coconut yogurt, half an avocado with pink sea salt and olive oil, deep breaths, trying to get out the door to the studio, but too many emails. 





I got to do a little interview for TIDE. 

Thank you Jen & Association









photos from the Amalfi coast, summer 2014