Carousel: Comedy Groupies, Sexy Linguistics, And How To Seduce Any Star Sign!

Vegas! Vegas! Vegas! A carousel made of flowers is my idea of a GOOD TIME.

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Spring is finally here, and it couldn’t have come at a better time! It has been a huge month for a lot of us, so here’s an enormous link round-up to give you something to smile about. Be warned: it’s a biggie! You might need to keep this open in a tab for a week…

My boyfriend loves fat women, and I’m still struggling with how I feel about it.

 Want to add more happiness to your home? Here are some easy Feng Shui tips.

The CEO of Aetna has his employees meditating and doing yoga. It’s kind of crazy that this is even worth writing a news story about, you know?!

Women are encouraged to apologise for our tears, to suppress our anger, and to fear being called hysterical. One in four American women now take psychiatric medication. “As a psychiatrist practicing for 20 years, I must tell you, this is insane.”

In the days leading up to menstruation, when emotional sensitivity is heightened, women may feel less insulated, more irritable or dissatisfied. I tell my patients that the thoughts and feelings that come up during this phase are genuine, and perhaps it’s best to re-evaluate what they put up with the rest of the month, when their hormone and neurotransmitter levels are more likely programmed to prompt them to be accommodating to others’ demands and needs.

It might get harder before it gets better (but it won’t be harder forever).

You’ll learn more if you take notes by hand. Even more of a reason to print out all those worksheets, Bootcamp babes!

Louis C.K. on shame, failures, and comedy groupies.

I love this article on how your punctuation says it all. Like how people only say “k” when they’re mad at you. Plus there is some sexy linguistics going on. Affective lengtheninggggg!

“You could drive yourself insane trying to decode the hidden messages in other people’s punctuation.”

What you do is who you become. So, what are you doing?

What I wish I’d known before writing a book.

On being a badass.

It’s not “badass” to survive a horrible situation without shedding a single tear. The real badass move, as women like McClelland and Addario show, is to fearlessly acknowledge how something has affected you and make space for others to do the same.

I tried Silicon Valley’s favourite brain-enhancing drugs. Okay, I didn’t, but the author of this article did!

Is ‘Transface’ a problem in Hollywood? Lots to think about here…

What I Learned In Girls’ School by Chelsea G. Summers.

I am, sad to say, straight. Men are so dull that I often wish I were not.

On failure and success in the game of fame, or why, when it comes to Wham!, Andrew Ridgeley is the winner and George Michael the loser.

Next time you want to share something, ask yourself, “So what?”

Avoid addictive time vampires in the morning, and just start working!

Twenty hours in a strip club.

James Altucher’s Ultimate Guide To Changing Your Life. Read if you really want a shake-up!

Om-ing by the Beach With Andrew Keegan, Former Teen Idol Turned Spiritual Guru. !!! To me, he’ll always be the “Damn, I was going for thoughtful” guy.

Damn, I was going for thoughtful

Someone asked Molly about her view on the sex industry and how her views tied in with her friendships.

These are the two most important people that will help keep you on track for your dreams!

This interview with Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge is a great conversation about creativity, running a business, and being online.

“I’ve learned not to put so much weight on the idea of being satisfied by one outlet. For a long time, I expected Design*Sponge to fill every possible void in my life… I enjoy my job more now that I don’t put so much pressure on it…”

Stop blaming social media for making you feel like shit. (There are many other factors to consider.)

You can copy and paste in VSCO now! Easy editing ahoy!

I love this idea: embroidered postcards! I wish I could buy the one they used for the demo. So cool.

Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, just passed after a battle with colon cancer… But he spent the last three years giving away as much money as he could. (Great article.)

Here’s some wisdom from Henry Rollins about how when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts.

If you’re a fan of supplements and natural beauty, this post — 11 Best Tips for Staying Beautiful When You Travel — will be right up your alley.

Pretty deep stuff: Shadow, power and world-making. “You always get exactly what you want – and often, unbeknownst to yourself – what you most want is very, very dark.”

What makes relationships work? Polarity!

Self-harm is not attention-seeking — it’s time to talk openly about the issue.

My friend John met Byron Katie! (And invited her to Burning Man!)

Naturally High: My Quest to Experience Different Realms Without Psychedelic Drugs. Can you “get there” without chemical enhancement?

Here’s a selection of photos that were too hard to keep. Fascinating: there are no captions, and you find yourself drawing conclusions and inventing stories.

7 Steps to Creating the Ultimate Lifestyle Business. Denise knows her shit, so listen up!

Meet the Willy Wonka of weed edibles!

Male models have thoughts and feelings about the Zoolander sequel. Of course they do.

Rick Owens on working out:

The extreme sensation of working out has replaced the mosh pits of my earlier years and the sex clubs for years after that. It’s a great combo of discipline, joyous release, meditation, and vanity.

There’s now an app that lets you text using Drake lyrics. Sure to annoy the hell out of ANYONE!

Here’s how to have a threesome.

Juicy Couture’s owners on launching that terry tracksuit and staging a comeback. I just finished their book, The Glitter Plan, and it’s a great read!

This is so amazing: New Zealand gang members are mowing lawns and making peace.

The first trailer for the Kurt Cobain documentary is here.

7 cultural concepts we don’t have in the U.S. that we should prrrrrobably start incorporating into daily life…

There’s a small town in Florida composed entirely of psychics, mediums and healers. Here are some photos.

Why is it so annoying to be reminded to be grateful?

Are you having an astrological transit? Here’s a quick and dirty 10 second transit guide!

Imagine if men were as disgusted with rape as they are with periods.

The Prisma Visions tarot deck is gorgeous!

Season Of The Witch: why young women are flocking to the ancient craft.

Charmcore is a silly witch blog that will encourage ye olde wry smile.

Every morning, after bats fetch me my robes and crows dress me (there is a spell for reaching back-buttons, but why when I have crows)…

Wanna get high on chocolate? Why not participate in a cacao ceremony?! (I am SO in.)

If Marvin Gaye’s estate can sue Robin Thicke and Pharrell over similarities between “Got to Give it Up” and “Blurred Lines,” I bet we can do this for every song on the current Hot 100. Homer Simpson + Usher is my favourite.

What if your job is to match people up for threesomes?

So, I’m dating a Scorpio… Kitty Cavalier has mini cheat-sheets to help you seduce any astrological sign!

American Apparel is trying to reinvent itself with a female CEO.

Knowing when to move on? Priceless. (Suze Orman on intuition and why she stopped doing her show.)

Negativity Online, an essay inspired by 200,000 comments.

What should you do if your partner keeps groping you?

This guy found peace through self-amputation.

What makes someone a creep?

MMs is a “miracle cure” for autism. It’s also… bleach. This is crazy.

“Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that traces to early fetal development. You can’t bleach it away, and autistic people deserve respect and attention to their personhood,” said Willingham.

Shine Theory: why powerful women make the greatest friends.

Russian witch Baba Yaga’s guide to feminism.

Subvert traditional gender roles by taking a common kitchen implement and using it for your nefarious feminist activities. For example, fly around in a mortar and wield the pestle as your weapon. WHO’S MAKING ARTISANAL SPICE BLENDS NOW, EH? The answer? Not you. Because you’re too busy oppressing men to even think about setting foot in the kitchen.

WWD is no longer printing a daily edition.

People are still using typewriters, and here’s why they’re great.

I loved this interview with Madonna.

Here’s a feature on Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys), where he talks about looking back — and forward. Ever since MCA (one of his creative collaborators) passed, he’s been questioning where he should be and what he should do next. I think this is comforting in some way. When your life changes, no matter how successful you might be, it’s totally normal to feel displaced and explore what you want to do next.

Quit worrying and embrace the thirst trap.

I love Alexandra’s email guidelines for the world.

Trans women are not drag queens. Nope. Not even close to the same thing.

How To Put Your Own Magic Into An Object: The Secret of Amulets, Good Luck Charms and Talismans.

Why not empty the tank every single time?

Girl On Girl: The Depressing Realization That I Will Always be Straight.

Photographers answer the question, what is the most precarious situation you’ve found yourself in while shooting?

Disco Dog! This is an awesome Kickstarter, and yes, totally unnecessary.

The haunted doll market is thriving on eBay! Creeeeeepy.

17 Creme Egg recipes that will make you drool on yourself. I’m so tempted.

iPhone tips that’ll take your selfie game to the next level.

Here’s how to become a morning exerciser. Only if you want to, of course…

A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go onstage.

How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson?

I’ve only been to New Orleans once, but it blew my MIND and I’m aching to go back. One of my BFFs, Jess, wrote the ultimate first timer’s guide to New Orleans… And it should be considered essential reading before heading to the Crescent City.

A Bechdel test for music. The Bechdel test indicates gender bias in film, and is a simple three-parter. In order to pass the test, it needs to meet the following criteria: 1) It has to have at least two women in it, 2) They have to talk to each other, 3) They have to talk about something other than a man.

Here are 10 things to know before you go to outer space.

This famous actress stole all her Instagrams from other people. And Photoshopped herself into “behind the scenes” photos. And onto the red carpet. IT’S SO WEIRD!

Why is South Korea the world’s plastic surgery capital? This article is totally fascinating.

A Psychological Evaluation of Dennis Hof, America’s Most Famous Brothel Owner.

There’s an underground squirrel doctor in NYC!

Why do severed goat heads keep turning up in Brooklyn? Geez…

Violet Grey is one of my favourite stores in L.A., and this interview with Cassandra Grey, co-founder, is wonderful — and smart.

On Drake and the problem with aging rappers.

Keep your bum clean, okay?

Leave yourself a wider margin, no matter what line of work you’re in.

How can you turn your side-passion into a business? This is some very smart advice from my friend Ellen Fondiler.

How can you dare to begin if you’re a perfectionist?

In general, we can only start working when the fear of not doing anything, finally exceeds the fear of doing it badly.

Dog or Jewish boyfriend? A quiz by Lena Dunham.

How did beautiful women of the past maintain their beauty? (And how can you get in on the action?)

You do not have to be fuckable to be valuable.

Fashion Police Was Nasty and Dated. SO MUCH YES. I always hated that show and everything it stood for.

None of the mean humor on the Fashion Police feels merited. It mostly feels like it is lashing out at women—who really just make movies for our amusement—for failing to meet an impossible standard of perfection. During a time when Meghan Trainor is joyfully proclaiming “It’s all about that bass” and Lena Dunham is featured in Vogue, shaming women for gaining a few pounds seems not only unkind, but retrograde.

Here’s how pink became a colour for girls.

On Loneness and Loneliness explores the subject of being alone and happy, and uses Sex & The City as a reference point. It is gooooood.

Having watched the entire Sex and the City series more than once, I came to discover the ultimate thematic element that ties together the romantic lives of all four women: settling. … We mustn’t fling ourselves at others in an attempt to find ourselves. It is only through becoming fully present in our seasons of loneness and solitude will we discover our true self.

Win a box of Acquacures skincare! (Mariah’s line is gorgeous.)

Let Cookie Monster be your life coach!

Please, let’s stop with reality tv confessionals.

Here’s the real reason why some people are bad for you.

Decorating tips for the ENFP (and all the other personality types are at the bottom of the page!).

All-women boardinghouses still exist in NYC! I had no idea.

A collection of redacted complaints against Amtrak start to sound like poetry.

What are some beautiful images of death as a concept or idea? (This made me cry, so, if you’re feeling tender, don’t click!)

How can you stop hating fat people?

Here are some mind-blowing facts about Switzerland!

The Divine Witches of Cyberspace, or, getting your fortune told online.

Here are 10 words every girl should learn. Socialized male speech dominance is a significant issue, not just in school.

These names of the year are so incredible.

This article is completely brilliant. Monica Lewinsky Is Back, but This Time It’s on Her Terms. Her TED Talk is embedded below, too.

 

 

 

Have a beautiful weekend!

Love,

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The Blogcademy’s Spring Fling!

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The birds are chirping, little green buds are appearing on trees, and there are buckets of tulips outside every bodega in New York City. This can only mean one thing: Spring is coming!

At The Blogcademy, we’re huge proponents of out with the old and in with the new, so we’re doing a little spring cleaning!

We launched Home School — our series of short, sharp and to-the-point videos — this time last year, and to say they’ve been a huge success is a massive understatement. We’ve helped thousands of women write great about pages, create killer media kits and make money through advertising, and that’s just for starters.

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We’ve been delighted to see the real life results from Home School, and there are plenty of examples on our site!

But it’s time to shake things up. We’re working on a whole host of brand new digital and live course offerings — to say we’re excited is a drastic understatement! — so we’re clearing the decks to make space for them. Home School is on the chopping block, and in fact, after Sunday, Home School will disappear forever… But until then, you can snap up any of the videos for 50% off!

If you’re ready to improve your blog, make it more beautiful, or start making money, this is the perfect opportunity. ALL of our Home School segments are $10 each from now until Sunday… And then they’ll be gone forever!

Just use the code springfling to get the discount. (This deal is not retroactive, sorry!) The code will expire on Sunday night, so you only have a few days to snag this excellent deal!

Here are our modules: media kits, creating an about page, doing a blog brand audit, how brands can work with bloggers, how bloggers can work with brands, PR and marketingmaking money through advertising, creating killer content, Pinterest for bloggersdealing with negativity, still life 101, how to set your rates and building your audience. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of delicious information to help you grow your blog, make more cash, and start feeling creative again!

Got any questions? Just hit us up on Twitter.

Love,

P.S. If you’ve bought Home School videos in the past, don’t worry: your access to the videos isn’t going anywhere!

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True, Deep, Intense Friendship Looks Like This

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As time marches on, I appreciate my friends more and more. It might be a cliche, but it’s true: what really counts is the quality, not the quantity, of your friendships. I’d rather have a handful of ride-or-die friendships than 1000 casual acquaintances!

I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship, what it means and what it looks like, and I came up with a little list. I hope it inspires you to invest more in your friendships, and to treasure the babes you love.

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What’s on your list of friendship must-haves? I’d love to hear!

Photo by Made U Look.

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Escape From Snow Island: Our Mid-Winter Trip To Miami (Part Three)

Escape From Snow Island: Our Mid-Winter Trip To Miami (Part Three)

Our time in Miami flew by. We couldn’t get enough, so on our last day, we decided that we should get as much done as possible! We woke up to a crazy tropical thunderstorm — I’ve never heard or felt such fat raindrops!

Thankfully, since we knew ahead of time that there would be a storm rolling towards us, we had earmarked Thursday as our spa day. The Standard Spa is known for its massages, so it made sense to keep it super-local! We grabbed umbrellas and walked over to the spa.

We kicked off the day with Vitamin B12 shots. We were both B12 virgins, but I was swayed by Emily’s insistence that her sister-in-law loved them and that it makes you feel like you’re full of sunshine. How could we say no?! The process was quick — a jab in the arm which took less than 30 seconds — but neither Emily nor I felt much… Maybe it was a dud batch?!

“Do you feel anything?!” we kept asking. The other would shake her head. Oh well. We gave it a go! (Have you ever tried Vitamin B12 shots?)

Our next stop: 90 minute massages — exactly what the doctor ordered — followed by sublime floral facials. My esthetician used Tata Harper products, and massaged my face with teeny glass balls full of chilled water. It was really odd, but it felt amazing!

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Feeling relaxed and refreshed, we took showers, put on our matching kaftans (oh YES girl) and headed to The Edition for lunch. We had been gobsmacked by its beauty the night before (when we ate at Matador), and this time, we wanted to check out Market.

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Market is a little more low-key than Matador. It’s a food hall, but it also a food hall done by Jean-Georges, so… Y’know. It’s not that low-key. Emily was psyched on her ice-cream sundae with rainbow sprinkles, and I ordered miniature donuts because I couldn’t resist their cuteness.

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I also ordered a slice of marshmallow chocolate cake (YOU CANNOT IMAGINE) and a salted chocolate-chip cookie… Because life is short, sugar is delicious, and why the hell not? Fuck yeah I ate that.

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After our enormous lunch, we decided to take advantage of Edition’s enormous blank white walls and shoot some weird portraits of each other. Emily snapped this dancing montage of me, and then…

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I shot this picture of her, which makes me laugh so hard. “This is my new favourite photo of me!” she exclaimed.

(And — I told you we wore matching kaftans! So much comfort. So much joy. #kaftanlyfe)

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We headed outside to investigate the pool area, which was surrounded by glorious cabanas and quite a bit of astroturf. I have always had a soft spot for astroturf. For years, I wanted an office that featured an astroturf rug… And some strategically-placed flamingos. Maybe one day!

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The Edition hotel has its own private entrance to the beach. It looks like this. Thankfully, it had stopped raining, but the mercurial skies remained. It was so beautiful.

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Escape From Snow Island: Our Mid-Winter Trip To Miami (Part Three)

We got our toes wet and plodded along the sand.

Escape From Snow Island: Our Mid-Winter Trip To Miami (Part Three)

Escape From Snow Island: Our Mid-Winter Trip To Miami (Part Three)

I was a little bit in love with these striped huts dotted along the beach. Wandering around was great: the weather was so weird that we didn’t see any other people, except for one woman who asked us to take an iPhone photo of her with her bicycle. I don’t know what everyone else in Miami was doing. Probably holed up in their hotel rooms ordering room service! (Always a good use of time.)

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After our beach adventures, we hopped in a cab and went to Flossie’s, a metaphysical shop owned by a woman — named, you guessed it, Flossie! — in her 60s with pale pink easter egg hair. I always love to research metaphysical shops on Yelp whenever I go somewhere, and her store sounded intriguing.

We were not disappointed. Her store is chockablock with crystals, candles, oils, and, sort of inexplicably, Tupac posters!

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Choose your incense: lavender, black coconut, sandalwood, or money?

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The most incredible thing about Flossie’s is the array of oils. This photo only shows a small selection — there were hundreds. The majority of her oils are perfume dupes which smell identical to all of the major fragrances on the market today: think Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Gucci, etc. I don’t usually go in for replica perfumes because the idea kind of weirds me out, and 99% of the time they smell terrible. Imagine my surprise to discover that the oils at Flossie’s smell incredible and cost a pittance: $3 each or 6 for $10! Needless to say, I stocked up, and have been wearing a new oil every day!

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Flower Bomb, Escada, Michael Kors, Jay-Z, Jimmy Choo… The list goes on. I don’t know who makes them, but whoever does it has a mighty good snoot! (I love that word. I learned it from Steve Braunias, one of my favourite New Zealand writers.)

Flossie has an assortment of her own oils that she mixes by hand. She has one for every astrological sign, an oil for gratitude, and many others. Of course, I snapped up a bunch!

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Baby Phat Fabulosity.

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A couple of hours flew by as we inhaled oils, chose crystals, and picked out jewellery.

Escape From Snow Island: Our Mid-Winter Trip To Miami (Part Three)

Escape From Snow Island: Our Mid-Winter Trip To Miami (Part Three)

Flossie also carries the classic old voodoo oils which probably don’t smell amazing but which have fantastic labels. Yessssssss!

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Emily and I both bought this one because the label was so damn good. Anyway, we had a blast at Flossie’s — totally worth the $25 cab ride each way! In fact, we covered ourselves in so many different oils that when we got in a cab back to The Standard, our driver sighed with disgust and rolled down his window. Hahah.

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The day was starting to wind down. This beautiful cotton candy sunset was such a pleasure to behold on our last night in Miami.

Escape From Snow Island: Our Mid-Winter Trip To Miami (Part Three)

We headed back to our hotel with our bags full of loot. The sun was starting to go down, the fire-pit was glowing, and we told ourselves we’d pay it another visit at the end of the night.

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For our last meal in Miami, we went to Bianca at Delano, where we sat outside, ate shrimp, researched unsavoury nightspots on our phones, and enjoyed coconut, chocolate and strawberry sorbet and gelato. …And then we took photos in the bathrooms, because how can you not when there’s a chandelier over the sink?

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If you’ve never been to Delano, it’s a must-visit. It’s very Alice In Wonderland-inspired, with oversized chairs, voluminous billowing curtains, and towering hedges.

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Plus, more palm trees than you can shake a stick at.

Escape From Snow Island: Our Mid-Winter Trip To Miami (Part Three)

Their cabanas are gorgeous, even at night.

After dinner, we headed back to The Standard, where we made lists of things we wanted to let go of, and then burned in the fire-pit.

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The next morning, we only had a few hours before we had to head to the airport. I scampered over to the fire-pit area to film this video, and then we had pancakes and French toast. Delicious.

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We changed back into our un-cute hobbit clothes, finally triumphed over the battle to zip our suitcases closed, and flew home to NYC, where — spoiler alert! — it was still freezing.

Sigh.

Thank God for Miami.

Love ever,

Photos by Emily Faulstich.

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New Moon (+ Eclipse) Magic: March 2015

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Hello, witch babies! I’m delighted to bring you another installment of New Moon Magic. I absolutely love getting the opportunity to check in on our hashtag — #radicalselflovecoven — and see what you, my magical sisters, are up to! You’re such a powerful bunch! (Heart-eyes emoji!)

Time flies, no? The New Moon happens next Friday, and it’s SUPER-powerful and potent because it’s not just a New Moon, it’s also a Solar Eclipse!  Mystic Medusa has the astrological overview, and I’ve got suggestions to help you make the most of this time.

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NEW MOON + SOLAR ECLIPSE
at 29 DEGREES OF PISCES: MARCH 20

L.A. – Friday at 2.46am
NEW YORK – Friday at 5.46am
LONDON – Friday at 9.46am
DUBAI – Friday at 1.46pm
HONG KONG – Friday at 5.46pm
SYDNEY – Friday at 8.46pm

IN THE SKY… (Mystic Medusa)

Yes that’s right. This is not just a New Moon – it is a New Moon and an Eclipse, a Solar Eclipse to be technical about it.

It’s also right at the end of the Zodiac, gracing the magical, strange degree of 29 Pisces.

So what does this mean? It makes for a super-heated New Moon vibe, all the usual fresh start potential of a New Moon, octupled.

One mighty phase ends and another begins. The whole WEEK of this Eclipse is geopolitically intense – if an “emperor” is wearing no clothes, we find out. It is also linked to the events/emotions around December 20 2014 and – if you are old enough – to choices made or people encountered in 1988.

Think dramatic endings and beginnings. This is especially so as this Eclipse/New Moon comes straight after the Zap Zone exact just a few days before.

I literally cannot exaggerate how potent this energy is for starting over, falling in love without your old baggage or resentments, a rad makeover and/or ending a Qi draining habit.

It only hurts if you’re insisting on remaining stuck in some old, stale pattern of relating or functioning.

Slough off cynicism and be open to the new era being born now. It’s also nearly at the end of the Zap Zone – the almighty evolution of basically everything that has been challenging us non-stop since mid-2012.

If you feel like you’ve been all change and heated intellectual development but that your psyche has yet to catch up with the rewired you, this IS your opportunity.

It’s particularly intense for Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius and Gemini – these signs need to definitely take care not to linger in an old love rut. Lift your game, open your heart – something big and awesome is en route.

Think also; dream messages. As Louise Gluck wrote in It Is Daylight – “the soul is silent, if it speaks at all, it speaks in dreams.” This is a good time to listen. In the olden days, it was said that the veils between dimensions thinned out during eclipses.

This is a surreal, poetic and romantic Eclipse IF you’re refusing stagnation at any level.

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ON THE GROUND… (Gala Darling)

At the moment, life feels like a table which has been beautifully set with shiny silverware and a big bouquet of flowers… But nearby, a dastardly magician lurks, just about to swoop in and pull out the tablecloth. Will the cups and spoons, plates and forks — that is to say, the relationships, projects and constructs of your life — remain upright and in position? Only time will tell, but if you’ve been actively evolving — by which I mean taking responsibility for your thoughts and actions, clearly identifying your triggers and motives, and not simply burying your head in the sand when it comes to the stuff you’d rather not deal with — then there should be minimal breakage.

But be aware: change, it is a-comin’. Next Friday is going to be a big day!

DO A SIMPLE CARD SPREAD

If you’re anxious about what’s around the corner, tarot and oracle cards can be a wonderful way to receive messages. The decks I use most often are The Wild Unknown and Love Your True Colors, but I also love the Truthbomb deck for quick insights. (It’s a very invigorating pack!)

A three card spread is easy. Shuffle your deck of choice while you think about whatever is going on in your life right now, then select three cards. Lay them down in a row, left to right. The first card (far left) represents your past and background. The middle card shows your problem or difficulty. The last card (far right) shows you your future and gives advice to help you navigate whatever you’re going through.

You don’t have to be a kickass card reader to do a spread like this: you can Google the meanings of individual cards if you don’t have them all memorised. And if you don’t own a deck, no problem! Try Facade, Llewellyn, Lotus, or Salem, all of whom offer really quick, simple and free online readings.

If you want to go more in-depth and benefit from the objectivity of a pro, get a reading from someone who really knows their shizz. Paige Zee — who I have met on multiple occasions, and adore — read for me this week and blew my socks off! She is amazing! I recommend her to the ends of the Earth and back.

BURN A FEAR EVERY MORNING

I know a woman who wakes up, writes down what she is afraid of or worried about, and burns it every morning. This is an excellent practice to take up over the next couple of weeks. There is something incredibly powerful about watching your fears burn away.

The most satisfying way to do this, in my opinion, is to get your hands on a small cauldron (eeee! YES! I have this one with the sign of the Triple Goddess on it) and some flash paper, which sparkles and sizzles as it burns. I like to cut it into thin strips, write one thing at a time, and watch it burn! Oh, so satisfying!

FOCUS ON WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD

This is not the time to forget about your daily practices, whatever they might be: green juice, meditation, working out, journalling, etc. Whatever it is that keeps you sane? Do more of it. Keep it up. When the magician comes in to pull the tablecloth out from under you, your daily practices will keep you stable and upright. Don’t forget about radical self love!

EVOLVE. EVOLVE. EVOLVE!

Don’t be freaked out. Evolution can be scary, but it always leads to something wonderful, and it’s easiest when you go with the flow. Try to stay relaxed and not grip onto anything too tightly. Spend time with the most open-minded, versatile and creative people you know — they will help you see how to make the most of this energy!

 

I’m so excited to see what happens for each of us… And if you give any of these suggestions a try, I’d love to see what you get up to! Just post your photos to Instagram with the hashtag #radicalselflovecoven!

Love eternal,

Photos from Tais Sirole and Wildfox.

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