Gothtober 2019 Artists Announced!

by on Sep.14, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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The Cobwebs have PARTED! The Jack ‘o’ Lantern has SPOKEN! 

The south-wind strengthens to a gale, across the moon the clouds fly fast, your hair is smitten with a flail, Gothtober’s almost here at last! 

On such a night, when air has loosed, it’s guardian grip on blood and brain, old terrors then of art and ghosts, shall creep from cave to life again! 

Visit us on October 1st, when the countdown begins, a new surprise by a different artist launched each day until Halloween. Our SEVENTEENTH autumn assemblage will contain films, crafts, recipes and goodies of all kinds to your portable device or desktop, you needn’t go anywhere or do anything, it comes to YOU! See here our sinister selection of spooky contributors this year: 

1 – Snergle Snerg
2 – Cristin P
3 – Sam G
4 – Mellocreme Fairchild III
5 – Aunt Lyla KaRug
6 – Thomas Clan
7 – Federico Tobon
8 – Horror Survival Guide
9 – Pauly G
10 – Ollie
11 – Del Norte Presents

12 – O’Malley Enterprises
13 – Ash
14 – Mike Rainey
15 – Alis Jurua Nonpareil
16 – Yuki Okada
17 – Lisa McNeely
18 – Jeffrey Levin
19 – Kim Kimm
20 – Harkins
21 – Gallagher and Morrison
22 – The Witchy Witches

23 – Jenny Walsh
24 – Vlad and Coral
25 – Martin Ontiveros
26 – Chris Baughman
27 – The Return of Mellocreme Fairchild III
28 – Michael Gump
29 – Chambers Family
30 – Barry Morse
31 – Dan Graul

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September Full Moon Tarotscopes By Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

by on Sep.13, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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September Full Moon Tarotscopes

By Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

Our September Full Moon is this Friday, September 13th if you are located in the PST, or it’s on the 14th, if you aren’t. (To listen more about the significance of the number 13, and why it is the number of the Goddess, check out this episode of Strange Magic.) It is in Pisces; an archetype that corresponds to dreaming and dream states, emotions, intuition, imagination, creativity, service, healing, and other worlds.

This promises to be a powerful Full Moon—it is a Harvest Full Moon, so themes around what you are gathering, what you will be working with until the Solstice may be coalescing in your psyche, and in your actions. Trust yourself.

This is a Full Moon of helping. If the last Full Moons have overwhelmed some of us, this time period can help us understand the whys and whats: why things were stalled, how to proceed, what we are ready to undertake…If we decide to pay attention. At the very least, this Full Moon can grant us some perspective. Pay attention to what this Full Moon is illuminating for you. Even if it is painful, it could offer you awareness. In that awareness is a way through.

I have pulled Tarot cards for all the signs. Feel free to read your Sun, Moon, Rising, or any sign you feel called to. Take what you need and leave the rest.

To sign up for Sarah’s newsletter—where you’ll receive Tarot spreads, Tarotscopes, and other free offerings & insights—click here.

To pre-order Sarah’s Many Moons 2020 Lunar Planner, go here.

Aries: Page of Pentacles

This is a Full Moon asking you to get real about your roots. Our ancestors gave us a lot: our bodies, our backgrounds, traditions and certain effortless skill sets. They also gave us allergies, intergenerational trauma, and very outdated beliefs. One way to heal is to love all of the parts of ourselves that we wish we could change. One way to heal is to be thankful and grateful for our ancestors’ resilience and gifts, and to show our thanks, tangibly. One way to heal is to untether psychically to the harmful parts of lineage: to have boundaries, enact reparations, start new traditions. One way to heal ourselves to to remember who we are, separate from a family tree. Separate from the family stories about ourselves that do not fit. This also evolves our blood line, extending healing backwards and forwards.

Around this Full Moon are opportunities for you to really claim yourself, especially in the context of all you’ve come from. You are allowed to establish healthier roots in this lifetime, while still paying respect to where you came from. You can do both, that’s what makes life so weirdly wonderful. All of this work will result in a huge growth spurt in your healing and in your self-worth.

Suggested spell ingredients: desert rose, Dalmatian stone, obsidian, yarrow, rosemary, brown, green, and yellow candles, and a new Full Moon ritual to do with loved ones—even if it just you, or just you and ancestors who have passed over.

Taurus: King of Pentacles

This is a Full Moon reminding you of the long term. Of your very real leadership ability. Of what makes a life worth living. This is a Full Moon that might point out where some of your goals have been too short-term, too in line with everyone else’s. You aren’t everyone else: that’s part of your superpower that you keep hidden, and usually just show through your stellar work and your supernatural work ethic.

What are the best investments? Investments that allow you to grow and be flexible, that allow your particular creative language to shine through. What are the best investments? Investments in other people, in fostering community, in cultivating long-term intimate relationships and partnerships of all kinds. In order to truly grow in the most authentic ways, your goals and investments most completely and totally be your own. The last thing you need to do right now is to sell yourself short.

This Full Moon wants you to invest in yourself. If it’s love you want, go for that love. Do it in a way that reflects what you need, that will hold you in the ways you need to be held. If it’s a career change you are craving, take risks from your soul, not a spreadsheet. If you need to invest in community, remember that everyone is God in drag, and proceed accordingly.

Suggested spell ingredients: a money tree, petrified wood, grapes, meet ups with new friends, a meeting with a financial planner, adding to your savings (specifically a vacation account or escape route account), reconfiguring your long-term plans, and a stay-at-home-vacation where you dream, plan, and luxuriate.

Gemini: Queen of Cups

This could be an emotional Full Moon, gorgeous Gem. And that’s totally, completely, ok. The trick is to not overly identify with the waves crashing on the shore of your heart. Tears are release, a way of processing and letting go. Periods of grief, regret, or nostalgia are notes on the symphony of human experience. Your feelings don’t need judgement, they need the space to be processed all the way through. What you are feeling needs to come out, not be overanalyzed. Make beautiful art from your beautiful heart.

Underneath any emotions are greater insights about your spot on intuition. Your psychic abilities have been amplified over the past few months—this could be a Full Moon to really let messages flow through. Similarly to your emotions, don’t block any insights or impulses with fear or doubt. Make them become something else. Give them space: in a song, a tarot reading, a notebook, a conversation with the Moon.

The quality of your magic at this time is greatly influenced by all the ways in which you show up for yourself.

Suggested spell ingredients: Seashells, manicures as psychic protection, art as psychic channelling, meditating to recordings of rain and waterfalls, aquamarine, selenite, salt water, and pearls.

Cancer: Four of Cups

Courageous Cancerian, life hasn’t been easy as of late. The last few months—the past few years, to be honest—have been challenging. It’s because you are going through ch-ch-changes: huge ones, ones that require deep excavation and true transformation, and you know it with every cell. You’ve been doing really wonderfully because even through the fear, you’ve been breathing. Even through the chaos, you’ve found pockets in which to make art. You’ve been doing wonderfully, because you feel everything, everything. And here you are, still alive, still surviving—helping others, not letting on what is happening on the inside of your skin. You are the psychic equivalent of The Princess and the Pea, and because of this, a lot can accumulate. A lot has accumulated on and around your psyche and energy. This is the Full Moon to slough it all away: particularly all that has transpired since May.

Do you know that this all isn’t your fault? Sometimes, just gross things happen and cruel folks slip in, underneath your sweet skin. Don’t ruminate on what isn’t yours to fix.

For this Full Moon, the prescription is to take your psychic and emotional hygiene seriously. Clean house. Scrub your body clean. Get rid of any items that simply do not resonate with you anymore. Decide to let go of relationships that can’t let you be who you know yourself to be. Give yourself time to explore what you are becoming. For this Full Moon, the fortune cookie says stop boxing yourself in with outmoded ideas of who you are. You are so, so much more than your worst days. So much more than the the people who’ve treated you the worst. Slough that all away. Look up at the stars and let yourself start dreaming of your brilliant new trajectory.

Suggested spell ingredients: a salt bath, an afternoon spent seriously cleaning and donating items, trance journeying, your dreams written down with your non-dominant hand, poppy jasper, motherwort tincture, and a foreign film in a language you don’t know.

To sign up for Sarah’s newsletter—where you’ll receive Tarot spreads, Tarotscopes, and other free offerings & insights—click here.

To pre-order Sarah’s Many Moons 2020 Lunar Planner, go here.

Leo: 6 of Wands

You’ve made it through the wilderness, Leo. Somehow, you’ve made it through. What you’ve learned during the process has absolutely made you stronger and more experienced. This Full Moon feels like a rebalancing. A reclaiming of parts of yourself that previously you’ve had to put on the back burner. Now, you know what those are and you are ready to lead with them. Continue to take the high road. The path that leads to the arena. That is, the path that is most true, most exciting, most able to help you master your genius. That is, the path that is least littered with pettiness, comparison, small thinkers, under earning tendencies, and people who will never understand you—no matter how much explaining you do.

You are up- leveling now. You have been doing for this entire year, and you will be continuing to do so until at least February of next year. It will not always be easy but it will always be worth it. Align yourself with your truest values and your most creative instincts. The strategies outlined above will keep you moving forward. This is your time.

Suggested spell ingredients: sunstone, citrine, garnet, road-opening candles, a new outfit in your power color, and recordings of horses galloping.

Virgo: King of Wands

This Full Moon is a fiery one for you, Virgo! It’s still your season, thank the Goddess. So much vibrant energy and attention is in your corner. Know it. Use it. Just don’t get too close to the flame. Why? Well, your Full Moon card is the King of Wands: keeper of the flame, helper to all, philosopher, creative genius, innovator. The thing is, you sometimes do not always let others see this. The thing is, you sometimes second-guess yourself; you don’t want to take all the credit; you don’t want to all caps underline call attention to your incredible work. This is where you sometimes burn yourself unwittingly. In order to facilitate the reach your work actually needs, you’ve got to claim your authorship when and where it matters. Believe it or not, this is also healing, and it is also healing for the work. If there was ever a time to tattoo the womantra “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway” on your eyelids, that time is now.

This is an opportune time to bring seeds and sparks out into the world. Do something with the absolutely stunning daydreams that follow you on your walks, visit you in meditation, and keep coming up in dialogue. They are ready to be taken seriously. You are ready to be your own muse.

Suggested spell ingredients: Moss agate, amazonite, amber, ruby, dance magic, art magic, photo shoots, PR pitches, and friends who can help you shine and get your message out there.

Libra: Page of Swords

You want to know what exactly to do, and you want to know now! If only you knew, if only all of the steps were laid out, then you’d climb up every last one. You’d fill out every last form, go to every last class, take any test, do anything, if only it would get you over this current energetic hump. Spoiler alert: you aren’t supposed to know! You aren’t supposed to get the answers from outside of you. All your resistance is doing is creating more tension—taking you further away from the knowledge inside.

Curiosity changes the tone. Try to use your overflowing imagination in every aspect of your life. Is a trip to the grocery store just an errand? Or, is it an opportunity to smell fruits that come from lands you’ll never visit, to talk to people you normally never would, to listen to what your body craves and to practice the art of intentionally choosing yourself and choosing each moment? You can extend this sort of mindset to everything in your life right now, Libra. Especially the very hardest, huge picture stuff. You are trying to put your hands around something that cannot be held. It can only be noticed, engaged with, accepted, and used as fertilizer for your next phase.

A special note to all you Libras in the industry of communication—which is all of you, because clear communication is imperative for every human being—say what you mean, mean what you say. If this was easy, I wouldn’t be telling you to do it. Make the language you frequently use resonate with your aspirations. Communication pitches, writing projects, speaking gigs, podcasts, and other language-centered efforts are especially rewarded for you right now.

Suggested spell ingredients: clear quartz, lots of water, morning pages, amazonite, elderflowers, chamomile, and optic calcite.

Scorpio: 2 of Wands

Alexander the Great supposedly wept when he found out he had conquered the entire known world. He had nothing left to live for after achieving his goal.* While you probably aren’t in exactly the same situation as Alex, there could be a similar feeling that is coloring this Full Moon for you. A dream that you’ve been working towards might be right in your sight, on the horizon line. For some of you lucky Scorpios, it might be right here: in between your hands. You, better than most, know that luck is usually just hard work and sacrifice, dedication and follow-through. Now you are looking for something more.

Parse out what part of your postpartum is exhaustion. Make a revitalization plan. Follow through with that, take your health seriously. Then, allow yourself a reintroduction to what you want; to what will fulfill you spirituality, creatively—not what will have you hunting for the adrenal thrill. Who are you now? Where are you headed? You are playing the long game, because that is what life is. So figure out ways to keep your creativity sparked, your desire satiated, and your dreams sustainable.

Expand your vision to reignite.

Suggested spell ingredients: fluorite, amethyst, a vision board, some new art to look at, a spell to summon the energy for new goals, and a dedicated spiritual practice.

*this lore comes from Rachel Pollack, as well as has been talked about by James Baldwin, and in the movie Die Hard. While we don’t know if this is true, we do know that Alexander was prone to the dramatic, so I don’t doubt it.

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To pre-order Sarah’s Many Moons 2020 Lunar Planner, go here.

Sagittarius: 4 of Wands

Happy Full Moon, Sag! This is a Full Moon that is particularly supportive of you making time to commune with others. With your people. For some of you, this will be through work: remember to infuse your time with joy, laughter, and levity. For some of you, this will be socially: even if you may be tired, show up for others. Even if you may be feeling shy: reach out.

A major theme for you around the rest of the year could be around community. About prioritizing relationships, specifically those that enhance your creativity, those that enhance your work. Being only with people who see you. Choosing only people who celebrate your wins as if they are their own. The 4 of Wands is often about inclusivity; about letting everyone in; about celebrating differences. We can also take this into your interior life, your creative life, and your inner dialogues. By making a point to actively love all the parts of you, more space shows up in your garden. When you find yourself undervaluing yourself, or judging parts of yourself, say: “I love you. I am here for you.” This is how you make more space for acceptance to seep into the core of your being.

Suggested spell ingredients: flowers (the more the merrier), phone calls that lead to meet ups, intentional love beam heart meditations, cinnabar, green opal, reishi mushroom tinctures, and a really fabulous evening out with new and old friends: maybe, a group moonlit hike under a Full Moon.

Capricorn: 6 of Cups

There are Full Moons that are motivating and Full Moons that are draining. Full Moons where nothing much happens, and Full Moons that are completely infused with healing potential. This Full Moon, for you, is the later. This is Full Moon that could feel as though you are turning an emotional corner.

You are feeling more hopeful because you are finally prioritizing your emotional and spiritual needs as never before. There is a tiny shift every time you affirm that you are safe to feel your feelings. Tiny movements happen every time you identify and assert your needs, your very softest ones; the ones that feel like peach fuzz gently brushing your cheek. When you make those needs as important as taking a shower or responding to an important email, when you begin to restructure your life more and more about what you know the most hopeful, the most innocent, the most vulnerable parts of you needs to feel fulfilled—this is how you float down the rapids into a turquoise colored, serene beach.

Suggested spell ingredients: Violets, playlists about self-love, rainbow cactus tincture, lepidolite, rosehip tea, a new pair of very soft, satin or cotton sheets, and honest, loving talks with your inner child, or yourself, or those you need to be most vulnerable around.

Aquarius: The Lovers

The Lovers card is an easy card to interpret, because all interpretations point back to love: platonic, romantic; the experience of love, the longing for it, how we express it. The love of art, music, food, the earth, deities, your postal worker, clouds. What we love, and what we value, and what concessions and choices we must make in the service of maintaining those necessary ties to love.

Sometimes cards come up to remind you. That this energy still exists, even if it appears to be hiding. The efforts were not in vain. To remind you to remember that love is what got you here. And love is what will keep you going. Love on a deeper level, love on multiple planes. Isn’t that right, Aquarius?

There could have been some falling-out of love—with life, or with the thing you thought would grant you a life full of love. In actuality it is much more complicated than that, now that you’ve been on the journey for a while. This Full Moon is calling you back into the work of love. One way to get motivated to come back to love is through choice. Choose to surround yourself with an abundance of experiences that remind you of what you love, and how very loved you are. Part welcoming love includes being vulnerable enough to receive.

Suggested spell ingredients: orchids, rose quartz, sex spells, self massage with coconut oil, an evening watching epic love stories and romantic comedies (think: Beaches, Moonlight, Romeo and Juliet, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), Hawthorne berry tincture, and red and pink candles.

Pisces: 9 of Cups

Listen Pisces: you aren’t here* for a long time, so might as well make it a good time. This concept could be harder for some to embody, but this magical homework is some of the most pleasure-filled you’ve been tasked with in a while. Please consider your dreams, your wishes, your desires as incredibly valid and incredibly likely to happen in this lifetime. Once you’ve begun the promise of naming them, knowing that they are your birthright, and infusing your entire being with their vibration.

This is your Full Moon. It is in your sign. It is also the Harvest Moon. Harvest your dreams by making yourself so irresistible to them that they have no choice but to enter your world. Make yourself utterly irresistible to yourself. Make yourself your dream lover. Write love lovers to your future self. Reconstruct and enact how you regard yourself, how you spoil yourself, and what you expect. This will make this fall so fantastic that it won’t even matter what ends up happening. Anything on top of what you’ve created is just icing on the cake of your days.

*by here, I mean in this current incarnation in this current body. Your spirit has actually been incarnated and spent time in the spirit realm and underworld for thousands of years, if not longer.

Suggested spell ingredients: long stem roses, chamomile, a hand carved abundance candle rolled in cinnamon and gold dust, pineapples, nettle & peppermint tea, and an afternoon of pure self-care listening to Sade.

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September Full Moon Tarotscopes By Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

by on Sep.13, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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September Full Moon Tarotscopes

By Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

Our September Full Moon is this Friday, September 13th if you are located in the PST, or it’s on the 14th, if you aren’t. (To listen more about the significance of the number 13, and why it is the number of the Goddess, check out this episode of Strange Magic.) It is in Pisces; an archetype that corresponds to dreaming and dream states, emotions, intuition, imagination, creativity, service, healing, and other worlds.

This promises to be a powerful Full Moon—it is a Harvest Full Moon, so themes around what you are gathering, what you will be working with until the Solstice may be coalescing in your psyche, and in your actions. Trust yourself.

This is a Full Moon of helping. If the last Full Moons have overwhelmed some of us, this time period can help us understand the whys and whats: why things were stalled, how to proceed, what we are ready to undertake…If we decide to pay attention. At the very least, this Full Moon can grant us some perspective. Pay attention to what this Full Moon is illuminating for you. Even if it is painful, it could offer you awareness. In that awareness is a way through.

I have pulled Tarot cards for all the signs. Feel free to read your Sun, Moon, Rising, or any sign you feel called to. Take what you need and leave the rest.

To sign up for Sarah’s newsletter—where you’ll receive Tarot spreads, Tarotscopes, and other free offerings & insights—click here.

To pre-order Sarah’s Many Moons 2020 Lunar Planner, go here.

Aries: Page of Pentacles

This is a Full Moon asking you to get real about your roots. Our ancestors gave us a lot: our bodies, our backgrounds, traditions and certain effortless skill sets. They also gave us allergies, intergenerational trauma, and very outdated beliefs. One way to heal is to love all of the parts of ourselves that we wish we could change. One way to heal is to be thankful and grateful for our ancestors’ resilience and gifts, and to show our thanks, tangibly. One way to heal is to untether psychically to the harmful parts of lineage: to have boundaries, enact reparations, start new traditions. One way to heal ourselves to to remember who we are, separate from a family tree. Separate from the family stories about ourselves that do not fit. This also evolves our blood line, extending healing backwards and forwards.

Around this Full Moon are opportunities for you to really claim yourself, especially in the context of all you’ve come from. You are allowed to establish healthier roots in this lifetime, while still paying respect to where you came from. You can do both, that’s what makes life so weirdly wonderful. All of this work will result in a huge growth spurt in your healing and in your self-worth.

Suggested spell ingredients: desert rose, Dalmatian stone, obsidian, yarrow, rosemary, brown, green, and yellow candles, and a new Full Moon ritual to do with loved ones—even if it just you, or just you and ancestors who have passed over.

Taurus: King of Pentacles

This is a Full Moon reminding you of the long term. Of your very real leadership ability. Of what makes a life worth living. This is a Full Moon that might point out where some of your goals have been too short-term, too in line with everyone else’s. You aren’t everyone else: that’s part of your superpower that you keep hidden, and usually just show through your stellar work and your supernatural work ethic.

What are the best investments? Investments that allow you to grow and be flexible, that allow your particular creative language to shine through. What are the best investments? Investments in other people, in fostering community, in cultivating long-term intimate relationships and partnerships of all kinds. In order to truly grow in the most authentic ways, your goals and investments most completely and totally be your own. The last thing you need to do right now is to sell yourself short.

This Full Moon wants you to invest in yourself. If it’s love you want, go for that love. Do it in a way that reflects what you need, that will hold you in the ways you need to be held. If it’s a career change you are craving, take risks from your soul, not a spreadsheet. If you need to invest in community, remember that everyone is God in drag, and proceed accordingly.

Suggested spell ingredients: a money tree, petrified wood, grapes, meet ups with new friends, a meeting with a financial planner, adding to your savings (specifically a vacation account or escape route account), reconfiguring your long-term plans, and a stay-at-home-vacation where you dream, plan, and luxuriate.

Gemini: Queen of Cups

This could be an emotional Full Moon, gorgeous Gem. And that’s totally, completely, ok. The trick is to not overly identify with the waves crashing on the shore of your heart. Tears are release, a way of processing and letting go. Periods of grief, regret, or nostalgia are notes on the symphony of human experience. Your feelings don’t need judgement, they need the space to be processed all the way through. What you are feeling needs to come out, not be overanalyzed. Make beautiful art from your beautiful heart.

Underneath any emotions are greater insights about your spot on intuition. Your psychic abilities have been amplified over the past few months—this could be a Full Moon to really let messages flow through. Similarly to your emotions, don’t block any insights or impulses with fear or doubt. Make them become something else. Give them space: in a song, a tarot reading, a notebook, a conversation with the Moon.

The quality of your magic at this time is greatly influenced by all the ways in which you show up for yourself.

Suggested spell ingredients: Seashells, manicures as psychic protection, art as psychic channelling, meditating to recordings of rain and waterfalls, aquamarine, selenite, salt water, and pearls.

Cancer: Four of Cups

Courageous Cancerian, life hasn’t been easy as of late. The last few months—the past few years, to be honest—have been challenging. It’s because you are going through ch-ch-changes: huge ones, ones that require deep excavation and true transformation, and you know it with every cell. You’ve been doing really wonderfully because even through the fear, you’ve been breathing. Even through the chaos, you’ve found pockets in which to make art. You’ve been doing wonderfully, because you feel everything, everything. And here you are, still alive, still surviving—helping others, not letting on what is happening on the inside of your skin. You are the psychic equivalent of The Princess and the Pea, and because of this, a lot can accumulate. A lot has accumulated on and around your psyche and energy. This is the Full Moon to slough it all away: particularly all that has transpired since May.

Do you know that this all isn’t your fault? Sometimes, just gross things happen and cruel folks slip in, underneath your sweet skin. Don’t ruminate on what isn’t yours to fix.

For this Full Moon, the prescription is to take your psychic and emotional hygiene seriously. Clean house. Scrub your body clean. Get rid of any items that simply do not resonate with you anymore. Decide to let go of relationships that can’t let you be who you know yourself to be. Give yourself time to explore what you are becoming. For this Full Moon, the fortune cookie says stop boxing yourself in with outmoded ideas of who you are. You are so, so much more than your worst days. So much more than the the people who’ve treated you the worst. Slough that all away. Look up at the stars and let yourself start dreaming of your brilliant new trajectory.

Suggested spell ingredients: a salt bath, an afternoon spent seriously cleaning and donating items, trance journeying, your dreams written down with your non-dominant hand, poppy jasper, motherwort tincture, and a foreign film in a language you don’t know.

To sign up for Sarah’s newsletter—where you’ll receive Tarot spreads, Tarotscopes, and other free offerings & insights—click here.

To pre-order Sarah’s Many Moons 2020 Lunar Planner, go here.

Leo: 6 of Wands

You’ve made it through the wilderness, Leo. Somehow, you’ve made it through. What you’ve learned during the process has absolutely made you stronger and more experienced. This Full Moon feels like a rebalancing. A reclaiming of parts of yourself that previously you’ve had to put on the back burner. Now, you know what those are and you are ready to lead with them. Continue to take the high road. The path that leads to the arena. That is, the path that is most true, most exciting, most able to help you master your genius. That is, the path that is least littered with pettiness, comparison, small thinkers, under earning tendencies, and people who will never understand you—no matter how much explaining you do.

You are up- leveling now. You have been doing for this entire year, and you will be continuing to do so until at least February of next year. It will not always be easy but it will always be worth it. Align yourself with your truest values and your most creative instincts. The strategies outlined above will keep you moving forward. This is your time.

Suggested spell ingredients: sunstone, citrine, garnet, road-opening candles, a new outfit in your power color, and recordings of horses galloping.

Virgo: King of Wands

This Full Moon is a fiery one for you, Virgo! It’s still your season, thank the Goddess. So much vibrant energy and attention is in your corner. Know it. Use it. Just don’t get too close to the flame. Why? Well, your Full Moon card is the King of Wands: keeper of the flame, helper to all, philosopher, creative genius, innovator. The thing is, you sometimes do not always let others see this. The thing is, you sometimes second-guess yourself; you don’t want to take all the credit; you don’t want to all caps underline call attention to your incredible work. This is where you sometimes burn yourself unwittingly. In order to facilitate the reach your work actually needs, you’ve got to claim your authorship when and where it matters. Believe it or not, this is also healing, and it is also healing for the work. If there was ever a time to tattoo the womantra “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway” on your eyelids, that time is now.

This is an opportune time to bring seeds and sparks out into the world. Do something with the absolutely stunning daydreams that follow you on your walks, visit you in meditation, and keep coming up in dialogue. They are ready to be taken seriously. You are ready to be your own muse.

Suggested spell ingredients: Moss agate, amazonite, amber, ruby, dance magic, art magic, photo shoots, PR pitches, and friends who can help you shine and get your message out there.

Libra: Page of Swords

You want to know what exactly to do, and you want to know now! If only you knew, if only all of the steps were laid out, then you’d climb up every last one. You’d fill out every last form, go to every last class, take any test, do anything, if only it would get you over this current energetic hump. Spoiler alert: you aren’t supposed to know! You aren’t supposed to get the answers from outside of you. All your resistance is doing is creating more tension—taking you further away from the knowledge inside.

Curiosity changes the tone. Try to use your overflowing imagination in every aspect of your life. Is a trip to the grocery store just an errand? Or, is it an opportunity to smell fruits that come from lands you’ll never visit, to talk to people you normally never would, to listen to what your body craves and to practice the art of intentionally choosing yourself and choosing each moment? You can extend this sort of mindset to everything in your life right now, Libra. Especially the very hardest, huge picture stuff. You are trying to put your hands around something that cannot be held. It can only be noticed, engaged with, accepted, and used as fertilizer for your next phase.

A special note to all you Libras in the industry of communication—which is all of you, because clear communication is imperative for every human being—say what you mean, mean what you say. If this was easy, I wouldn’t be telling you to do it. Make the language you frequently use resonate with your aspirations. Communication pitches, writing projects, speaking gigs, podcasts, and other language-centered efforts are especially rewarded for you right now.

Suggested spell ingredients: clear quartz, lots of water, morning pages, amazonite, elderflowers, chamomile, and optic calcite.

Scorpio: 2 of Wands

Alexander the Great supposedly wept when he found out he had conquered the entire known world. He had nothing left to live for after achieving his goal.* While you probably aren’t in exactly the same situation as Alex, there could be a similar feeling that is coloring this Full Moon for you. A dream that you’ve been working towards might be right in your sight, on the horizon line. For some of you lucky Scorpios, it might be right here: in between your hands. You, better than most, know that luck is usually just hard work and sacrifice, dedication and follow-through. Now you are looking for something more.

Parse out what part of your postpartum is exhaustion. Make a revitalization plan. Follow through with that, take your health seriously. Then, allow yourself a reintroduction to what you want; to what will fulfill you spirituality, creatively—not what will have you hunting for the adrenal thrill. Who are you now? Where are you headed? You are playing the long game, because that is what life is. So figure out ways to keep your creativity sparked, your desire satiated, and your dreams sustainable.

Expand your vision to reignite.

Suggested spell ingredients: fluorite, amethyst, a vision board, some new art to look at, a spell to summon the energy for new goals, and a dedicated spiritual practice.

*this lore comes from Rachel Pollack, as well as has been talked about by James Baldwin, and in the movie Die Hard. While we don’t know if this is true, we do know that Alexander was prone to the dramatic, so I don’t doubt it.

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Sagittarius: 4 of Wands

Happy Full Moon, Sag! This is a Full Moon that is particularly supportive of you making time to commune with others. With your people. For some of you, this will be through work: remember to infuse your time with joy, laughter, and levity. For some of you, this will be socially: even if you may be tired, show up for others. Even if you may be feeling shy: reach out.

A major theme for you around the rest of the year could be around community. About prioritizing relationships, specifically those that enhance your creativity, those that enhance your work. Being only with people who see you. Choosing only people who celebrate your wins as if they are their own. The 4 of Wands is often about inclusivity; about letting everyone in; about celebrating differences. We can also take this into your interior life, your creative life, and your inner dialogues. By making a point to actively love all the parts of you, more space shows up in your garden. When you find yourself undervaluing yourself, or judging parts of yourself, say: “I love you. I am here for you.” This is how you make more space for acceptance to seep into the core of your being.

Suggested spell ingredients: flowers (the more the merrier), phone calls that lead to meet ups, intentional love beam heart meditations, cinnabar, green opal, reishi mushroom tinctures, and a really fabulous evening out with new and old friends: maybe, a group moonlit hike under a Full Moon.

Capricorn: 6 of Cups

There are Full Moons that are motivating and Full Moons that are draining. Full Moons where nothing much happens, and Full Moons that are completely infused with healing potential. This Full Moon, for you, is the later. This is Full Moon that could feel as though you are turning an emotional corner.

You are feeling more hopeful because you are finally prioritizing your emotional and spiritual needs as never before. There is a tiny shift every time you affirm that you are safe to feel your feelings. Tiny movements happen every time you identify and assert your needs, your very softest ones; the ones that feel like peach fuzz gently brushing your cheek. When you make those needs as important as taking a shower or responding to an important email, when you begin to restructure your life more and more about what you know the most hopeful, the most innocent, the most vulnerable parts of you needs to feel fulfilled—this is how you float down the rapids into a turquoise colored, serene beach.

Suggested spell ingredients: Violets, playlists about self-love, rainbow cactus tincture, lepidolite, rosehip tea, a new pair of very soft, satin or cotton sheets, and honest, loving talks with your inner child, or yourself, or those you need to be most vulnerable around.

Aquarius: The Lovers

The Lovers card is an easy card to interpret, because all interpretations point back to love: platonic, romantic; the experience of love, the longing for it, how we express it. The love of art, music, food, the earth, deities, your postal worker, clouds. What we love, and what we value, and what concessions and choices we must make in the service of maintaining those necessary ties to love.

Sometimes cards come up to remind you. That this energy still exists, even if it appears to be hiding. The efforts were not in vain. To remind you to remember that love is what got you here. And love is what will keep you going. Love on a deeper level, love on multiple planes. Isn’t that right, Aquarius?

There could have been some falling-out of love—with life, or with the thing you thought would grant you a life full of love. In actuality it is much more complicated than that, now that you’ve been on the journey for a while. This Full Moon is calling you back into the work of love. One way to get motivated to come back to love is through choice. Choose to surround yourself with an abundance of experiences that remind you of what you love, and how very loved you are. Part welcoming love includes being vulnerable enough to receive.

Suggested spell ingredients: orchids, rose quartz, sex spells, self massage with coconut oil, an evening watching epic love stories and romantic comedies (think: Beaches, Moonlight, Romeo and Juliet, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), Hawthorne berry tincture, and red and pink candles.

Pisces: 9 of Cups

Listen Pisces: you aren’t here* for a long time, so might as well make it a good time. This concept could be harder for some to embody, but this magical homework is some of the most pleasure-filled you’ve been tasked with in a while. Please consider your dreams, your wishes, your desires as incredibly valid and incredibly likely to happen in this lifetime. Once you’ve begun the promise of naming them, knowing that they are your birthright, and infusing your entire being with their vibration.

This is your Full Moon. It is in your sign. It is also the Harvest Moon. Harvest your dreams by making yourself so irresistible to them that they have no choice but to enter your world. Make yourself utterly irresistible to yourself. Make yourself your dream lover. Write love lovers to your future self. Reconstruct and enact how you regard yourself, how you spoil yourself, and what you expect. This will make this fall so fantastic that it won’t even matter what ends up happening. Anything on top of what you’ve created is just icing on the cake of your days.

*by here, I mean in this current incarnation in this current body. Your spirit has actually been incarnated and spent time in the spirit realm and underworld for thousands of years, if not longer.

Suggested spell ingredients: long stem roses, chamomile, a hand carved abundance candle rolled in cinnamon and gold dust, pineapples, nettle & peppermint tea, and an afternoon of pure self-care listening to Sade.

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New Sponsor: The Mystical Menagerie Market NYC Event

by on Sep.11, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Please welcome The Mystical Menagerie Market 

The Mystical Menagerie is a one night fashion show and market event hosted by Meagan Meli, Cat Coven, Arcana Obscura, Dana Glover, Riven Barrow Glass and I Do Declare. This phenomenal evening will take place on Saturday, September 14th at the de Kooning Studio, a gorgeous 19th century cast-iron building and NYC landmark, located in the heart of Union Square.

The event will open at 4:15pm with a fashion show brought to you by Cat Coven and I Do Declare, featuring a collection of renaissance and medieval inspired pieces for all occasions and body types. Then the market will follow from 5-11pm with a curated assemblage of artisans and makers those whose work honors a gothic aesthetic blended with a queer-friendly, feminist edge.

The Mystical Menagerie will also showcase a fundraiser for Third Wave Fund, an organization led by and for queer and trans folks of color working for gender justice and an end to patriarchy, transphobia, homophobia and misogyny. There will be a raffle and a silent auction with fabulous art, apparel, jewelry, and home goods donated by dozens of artists worldwide, with 100% of proceeds going directly to Third Wave Fund.

Fashion show tickets are $15 and are available in advance on Eventbrite. Tickets for the market will be a sliding scale of $3-$5, available at the door.

The Mystical Menagerie Market will take place in NYC on Saturday, September 14 from 4PM-11PM at 827 Broadway 

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Manifesting Spirits: SÉANCE by Shannon Taggart

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Table-tipping workshop with mediums Reverend Jane and Chris Howarth. Erie, Pennsylvania, 2014. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

Forever fascinated by the occult, we were immediately interested in the work of American artist Shannon Taggart, first brought to our attention by the ever-inspiring Pam Grossman. Taggart specializes in documenting contemporary Spiritualism, which she first discovered in her teens when her cousin received a message from a medium that revealed details about her grandfather’s death.

“In 2001, while working as a photographer, she began taking pictures where that message was received – Lily Dale, New York, home to the world’s largest Spiritualist community – proceeding to other such communities as England’s Arthur Findlay College. Taggart expected to spend one summer figuring out the tricks of the Spiritualist trade. Instead, Spiritualism’s mysterious processes, earnest practitioners, and neglected photographic history became an inspiration. Her project evolved into an eighteen-year journey that has taken her around the world in search of ‘ectoplasm’ – the elusive substance that is said to be both spiritual and material.”

 Susan Barnes’ medium’s cabinet. Lily Dale, NY, 2015. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

Back in 2017 I wrote about a crowdfunding campaign to publish an extraordinary photography book created by Taggart, documenting 18 years of contemporary manifestations of Spiritualism in the United States and exploring its history. Last year that campaign was cancelled and contributions refunded, but for a wonderful reason – Taggart’s book had found a publisher.

Now we’re thrilled to share the news that marvelous UK-based Fulgur Press is publishing Shannon Taggart’s breathtaking and profoundly haunting book, SÉANCE. Part documentary, part ghost story, the book comes out on October 17th as a gorgeous, 300p hardcover edition and is currently available for preorder.

Instrumental-transcommunication and smoke-scrying experiment outside the se?ance room. England, 2013. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

Psychometry experiment with Helen Duncan’s crystal ball. Arthur Findlay College, England, 2013. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

“Séance is a photography book that documents the contemporary practice of Spiritualism – the American-born religion that believes in communication with spirits of the dead. Over a period of eighteen years, professional photographer Shannon Taggart was given privileged access to the Spiritualist communities of Lily Dale, New York and The Arthur Findlay College, Essex, England. Her images, often candid and searching, provide a rare insight into a community and process that seems little changed since the artist Hilma af Klint consulted her spirit guide at the turn of the last century.”

The medium Stanislawa P. emission and resorption of an ectoplasmic substance through the mouth, 1913

Photo by Shannon Taggart – Nightwriters 1. Constance Delong, 2018.

Automatic writing experiment using a planchette. Arthur Findlay College, England, 2012. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

I was fortunate to get a look at this book in PDF form and, even without having it in my own hands, it gave me goosebumps. Taggart’s captivating photos and their captions are each enthralling in their own right, but made all the more powerful thanks to the rich essays and historical information that precede them. This book is a marvel and I can’t wait to experience it in person.

Medium Kai Muegge emits an ectoplasmic hand. Basel Psi Association, Switzerland, 2018. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

With SÉANCE Taggart offers us haunting images exploring Spiritualist practices in the US, England and Europe: 150 of her original photographs, many of which have never been published, as well as rare historical photographs. Supported with a commentary on her experiences, a foreword by Dan Aykroyd, creator of Ghostbusters (1984) and fourth-generation Spiritualist, and illustrated essays from curator Andreas Fischer and artist Tony Oursler, SÉANCE examines Spiritualism’s relationship with human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography. The book concludes with the debate over ectoplasm and how Spiritualism can move forward in the twenty-first century.

Woman said to be overshadowed by either the spirit of her grandmother, the Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, or her own doppelga?nger. Lily Dale, NY, 2003. Photo by Shannon Taggart

Swan on Lake Cassadaga. Lily Dale, NY, 2010. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

Medium Annette Rodgers participates in a direct radio voice experiment led by medium and tutor Kim Moore-Cullen, in a circle that includes other bereaved parents. Arthur Findlay College, England, 2018. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

“Photographing Spiritualism presents a unique challenge: how do you photograph the invisible?”

 Medium Sylvia Howarth’s trance spirit-art demonstration. England, 2013. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

Bent spoon apport gift from medium Anders A?kesson. England, 2013. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

 Medium Kevin Lawrenson sits in the cabinet. Montcabirol, France, 2014. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

“Sitting in the charged atmospheres of the séance rooms I encountered, I wondered how to approach the exchange between a veiled presence and a visible body? Technical mistakes led me to explore the inherent imperfections within the photographic process. Unpredictable elements (blur, abstraction, motion, flare) seemed to insinuate, or refer to, the unseen. I began to use conventions that are considered wrong, messy, or ‘tricky’. I crossed the boundary of what is commonly considered unprofessional in the practice of photography: I invited anomaly. In playing with the process, the invisible was automated. My camera rendered some striking synchronicities. The resulting images consider the conjuring power of photography itself. I include these pictures that use photography’s own mechanisms to question spiritual realities: photographs that contain both mechanical and spiritual explanations and require an interpretation.”

Medium Sylvia Howarth enters a trance. England, 2013. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

SÉANCE is currently available for pre-order directly from Fulgur Press, also available as a deluxe, signed edition, and will be published on October 17, 2019.

All Photos by Shannon Taggart, shared here with permission.


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Manifesting Spirits: SÉANCE by Shannon Taggart

by on Sep.10, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Table-tipping workshop with mediums Reverend Jane and Chris Howarth. Erie, Pennsylvania, 2014. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

Forever fascinated by the occult, we were immediately interested in the work of American artist Shannon Taggart, first brought to our attention by the ever-inspiring Pam Grossman. Taggart specializes in documenting contemporary Spiritualism, which she first discovered in her teens when her cousin received a message from a medium that revealed details about her grandfather’s death.

“In 2001, while working as a photographer, she began taking pictures where that message was received – Lily Dale, New York, home to the world’s largest Spiritualist community – proceeding to other such communities as England’s Arthur Findlay College. Taggart expected to spend one summer figuring out the tricks of the Spiritualist trade. Instead, Spiritualism’s mysterious processes, earnest practitioners, and neglected photographic history became an inspiration. Her project evolved into an eighteen-year journey that has taken her around the world in search of ‘ectoplasm’ – the elusive substance that is said to be both spiritual and material.”

 Susan Barnes’ medium’s cabinet. Lily Dale, NY, 2015. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

Back in 2017 I wrote about a crowdfunding campaign to publish an extraordinary photography book created by Taggart, documenting 18 years of contemporary manifestations of Spiritualism in the United States and exploring its history. Last year that campaign was cancelled and contributions refunded, but for a wonderful reason – Taggart’s book had found a publisher.

Now we’re thrilled to share the news that marvelous UK-based Fulgur Press is publishing Shannon Taggart’s breathtaking and profoundly haunting book, SÉANCE. Part documentary, part ghost story, the book comes out on October 17th as a gorgeous, 300p hardcover edition and is currently available for preorder.

Instrumental-transcommunication and smoke-scrying experiment outside the se?ance room. England, 2013. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

Psychometry experiment with Helen Duncan’s crystal ball. Arthur Findlay College, England, 2013. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

“Séance is a photography book that documents the contemporary practice of Spiritualism – the American-born religion that believes in communication with spirits of the dead. Over a period of eighteen years, professional photographer Shannon Taggart was given privileged access to the Spiritualist communities of Lily Dale, New York and The Arthur Findlay College, Essex, England. Her images, often candid and searching, provide a rare insight into a community and process that seems little changed since the artist Hilma af Klint consulted her spirit guide at the turn of the last century.”

The medium Stanislawa P. emission and resorption of an ectoplasmic substance through the mouth, 1913

Photo by Shannon Taggart – Nightwriters 1. Constance Delong, 2018.

Automatic writing experiment using a planchette. Arthur Findlay College, England, 2012. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

I was fortunate to get a look at this book in PDF form and, even without having it in my own hands, it gave me goosebumps. Taggart’s captivating photos and their captions are each enthralling in their own right, but made all the more powerful thanks to the rich essays and historical information that precede them. This book is a marvel and I can’t wait to experience it in person.

Medium Kai Muegge emits an ectoplasmic hand. Basel Psi Association, Switzerland, 2018. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

With SÉANCE Taggart offers us haunting images exploring Spiritualist practices in the US, England and Europe: 150 of her original photographs, many of which have never been published, as well as rare historical photographs. Supported with a commentary on her experiences, a foreword by Dan Aykroyd, creator of Ghostbusters (1984) and fourth-generation Spiritualist, and illustrated essays from curator Andreas Fischer and artist Tony Oursler, SÉANCE examines Spiritualism’s relationship with human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography. The book concludes with the debate over ectoplasm and how Spiritualism can move forward in the twenty-first century.

Woman said to be overshadowed by either the spirit of her grandmother, the Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, or her own doppelga?nger. Lily Dale, NY, 2003. Photo by Shannon Taggart

Swan on Lake Cassadaga. Lily Dale, NY, 2010. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

Medium Annette Rodgers participates in a direct radio voice experiment led by medium and tutor Kim Moore-Cullen, in a circle that includes other bereaved parents. Arthur Findlay College, England, 2018. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

“Photographing Spiritualism presents a unique challenge: how do you photograph the invisible?”

 Medium Sylvia Howarth’s trance spirit-art demonstration. England, 2013. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

Bent spoon apport gift from medium Anders A?kesson. England, 2013. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

 Medium Kevin Lawrenson sits in the cabinet. Montcabirol, France, 2014. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

“Sitting in the charged atmospheres of the séance rooms I encountered, I wondered how to approach the exchange between a veiled presence and a visible body? Technical mistakes led me to explore the inherent imperfections within the photographic process. Unpredictable elements (blur, abstraction, motion, flare) seemed to insinuate, or refer to, the unseen. I began to use conventions that are considered wrong, messy, or ‘tricky’. I crossed the boundary of what is commonly considered unprofessional in the practice of photography: I invited anomaly. In playing with the process, the invisible was automated. My camera rendered some striking synchronicities. The resulting images consider the conjuring power of photography itself. I include these pictures that use photography’s own mechanisms to question spiritual realities: photographs that contain both mechanical and spiritual explanations and require an interpretation.”

Medium Sylvia Howarth enters a trance. England, 2013. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

SÉANCE is currently available for pre-order directly from Fulgur Press, also available as a deluxe, signed edition, and will be published on October 17, 2019.

All Photos by Shannon Taggart, shared here with permission.


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The Fabulous Impracticality of Karolina Laskowska

by on Sep.06, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Lingerie has long been an obsession of mine. As a child, it seemed a quintessentially adult thing that would welcome me into a strange world of autonomy and responsibility. I pictured myself in my first apartment, surrounded by books and hosting lavish dinner parties, draped in layers of silk robes or wearing nothing but a simple pastel slip. While lingerie certainly has a cultural link to sex, specifically performative sexiness and femininity, those links never resonated with me — instead, lingerie was all about independence.

I purchased my first garter belt from the sale section of Nordstrom at age 14, with one of my first paychecks from my after school job. Since then, I’ve amassed a collection of lace bras and leather waspies, ruffled knickers and strappy playsuits. I’ve splurged and budgeted and watched for sales like a hawk. I’ve evangelized to people who think lingerie “isn’t feminist” and nurtured my love for it through weight changes and gender exploration. And at our fearless leader Sam’s urging, I’m going to share some of my favorite designers with you.

Karolina Laskowska is an obvious one to start with.

How I initially stumbled across her work I don’t know, but it was love at first sight. This was back in 2012 or 2013, when Karolina was primarily making strappy bras and harnesses — the era of her famous pentagram thong, which I finally managed to purchase a year ago and which remains one of the most deceptively challenging pieces of lingerie to put on. Since then, she has launched, and then closed, and then sort of reopened her online shop; founded the Underpinnings Museum, a “radical innovation in showcasing and documenting exquisite objects, dedicated to the evolution of underwear through the ages”; collaborated on lingerie lines with Harlow & Fox and Evgenia; and launched a Patreon full of gorgeous eyeball fodder. She’s a marvelous, marvelous talent and a passionate advocate for the artwork and history of lingerie.

What makes Karolina stand out isn’t just her designs, which are beautiful, but her commitment to the couture and bespoke. To quote her Patreon, “I make underthings that are so ridiculously decadent and deeply impractical that they’re basically art. I nerd out on historical garments, then spend thousands of hours making crazily detailed gorgeous things that will probably never sell, because what lifestyle really involves wearing a bobbinet tulle corset outfit covered in carefully mirrored handmade lace outlined in jewels and spikes?”

I make underthings that are so ridiculously decadent and deeply impractical that they’re basically art. — Karolina Laskowska

From her breathtaking bridal trousseau to her latest collection, Hecate, Karolina continues to wow me with her attention to detail, equal love for moody black pieces and bright colorful ones, and usage of luxe and lush fabrics. “Lingerie is intrinsically linked to its materials like no other area of fashion,” she writes on her website, and exquisite materials materials and couture construction remain her main focus — in any given Karolina piece, you’re likely to find intricate lace, beaded embroidery, vintage kimono silk, her signature strap-work, and unique  accents like the golden bee charms of her Mjød range.

Below are some of my very favorite Karolina pieces, with photography and model credits at the very bottom. And if that doesn’t sate you, you can find Karolina on Facebook and Instagram, visit her at the Underpinnings Museum, browse her website, and support her on Patreon.

Image credits:

  1. Design and creative direction by Karolina Laskowska. Photography by A. Lindseth. Retouching by Catherine Alexandra
  2. Klimt Gold Leaf Corset Dress by Karolina Laskowska. Photography by Jenni Hampshire, modelled by Yazzmin Newell.
  3. Celestial Bodies by Karolina Laskowska Lingerie. Photography by J. Tuliniemi. Modelled by Ceci Zhang. MUA by Anitka Kwiat.
  4. Taakeferd quarter cup bobbinet tulle corset. Photo by A. Lindseth
  5. Karolina Laskowska Couture Ink corsetry Summer 2016. Photography by A. Lindseth 
  6. Auriga corset dress by Karolina Laskowska. Photography by Jenni Hampshire, modelled by Yazzmin Newell
  7. Celestial Bodies by Karolina Laskowska Lingerie. Photography by J. Tuliniemi. Modelled by Ceci Zhang. MUA by Anitka Kwiat.
  8. Photography by Jenni Hampshire. Modelled by Yazzmin Newell, Twig & Maz Spencer. MUA by Sammm Agnew.
  9. Photography by Karolina Laskowska.
  10. Photography by Jenni Hampshire.
  11. Photography by Karolina Laskowska.
  12. Photography by Karolina Laskowska.

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The Fabulous Impracticality of Karolina Laskowska

by on Sep.06, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Lingerie has long been an obsession of mine. As a child, it seemed a quintessentially adult thing that would welcome me into a strange world of autonomy and responsibility. I pictured myself in my first apartment, surrounded by books and hosting lavish dinner parties, draped in layers of silk robes or wearing nothing but a simple pastel slip. While lingerie certainly has a cultural link to sex, specifically performative sexiness and femininity, those links never resonated with me — instead, lingerie was all about independence.

I purchased my first garter belt from the sale section of Nordstrom at age 14, with one of my first paychecks from my after school job. Since then, I’ve amassed a collection of lace bras and leather waspies, ruffled knickers and strappy playsuits. I’ve splurged and budgeted and watched for sales like a hawk. I’ve evangelized to people who think lingerie “isn’t feminist” and nurtured my love for it through weight changes and gender exploration. And at our fearless leader Sam’s urging, I’m going to share some of my favorite designers with you.

Karolina Laskowska is an obvious one to start with.

How I initially stumbled across her work I don’t know, but it was love at first sight. This was back in 2012 or 2013, when Karolina was primarily making strappy bras and harnesses — the era of her famous pentagram thong, which I finally managed to purchase a year ago and which remains one of the most deceptively challenging pieces of lingerie to put on. Since then, she has launched, and then closed, and then sort of reopened her online shop; founded the Underpinnings Museum, a “radical innovation in showcasing and documenting exquisite objects, dedicated to the evolution of underwear through the ages”; collaborated on lingerie lines with Harlow & Fox and Evgenia; and launched a Patreon full of gorgeous eyeball fodder. She’s a marvelous, marvelous talent and a passionate advocate for the artwork and history of lingerie.

What makes Karolina stand out isn’t just her designs, which are beautiful, but her commitment to the couture and bespoke. To quote her Patreon, “I make underthings that are so ridiculously decadent and deeply impractical that they’re basically art. I nerd out on historical garments, then spend thousands of hours making crazily detailed gorgeous things that will probably never sell, because what lifestyle really involves wearing a bobbinet tulle corset outfit covered in carefully mirrored handmade lace outlined in jewels and spikes?”

I make underthings that are so ridiculously decadent and deeply impractical that they’re basically art. — Karolina Laskowska

From her breathtaking bridal trousseau to her latest collection, Hecate, Karolina continues to wow me with her attention to detail, equal love for moody black pieces and bright colorful ones, and usage of luxe and lush fabrics. “Lingerie is intrinsically linked to its materials like no other area of fashion,” she writes on her website, and exquisite materials materials and couture construction remain her main focus — in any given Karolina piece, you’re likely to find intricate lace, beaded embroidery, vintage kimono silk, her signature strap-work, and unique  accents like the golden bee charms of her Mjød range.

Below are some of my very favorite Karolina pieces, with photography and model credits at the very bottom. And if that doesn’t sate you, you can find Karolina on Facebook and Instagram, visit her at the Underpinnings Museum, browse her website, and support her on Patreon.

Image credits:

  1. Design and creative direction by Karolina Laskowska. Photography by A. Lindseth. Retouching by Catherine Alexandra
  2. Klimt Gold Leaf Corset Dress by Karolina Laskowska. Photography by Jenni Hampshire, modelled by Yazzmin Newell.
  3. Celestial Bodies by Karolina Laskowska Lingerie. Photography by J. Tuliniemi. Modelled by Ceci Zhang. MUA by Anitka Kwiat.
  4. Taakeferd quarter cup bobbinet tulle corset. Photo by A. Lindseth
  5. Karolina Laskowska Couture Ink corsetry Summer 2016. Photography by A. Lindseth 
  6. Auriga corset dress by Karolina Laskowska. Photography by Jenni Hampshire, modelled by Yazzmin Newell
  7. Celestial Bodies by Karolina Laskowska Lingerie. Photography by J. Tuliniemi. Modelled by Ceci Zhang. MUA by Anitka Kwiat.
  8. Photography by Jenni Hampshire. Modelled by Yazzmin Newell, Twig & Maz Spencer. MUA by Sammm Agnew.
  9. Photography by Karolina Laskowska.
  10. Photography by Jenni Hampshire.
  11. Photography by Karolina Laskowska.
  12. Photography by Karolina Laskowska.

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Moon in Scorpio Stones

by on Sep.03, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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I’m feeling slightly more emotional & sensitive these last few days, a bit of an extension of the summertime sadness, stretching into this heat wave September. Consulting my moon app (I use iLuna) informed me that the moon is currently in Scorpio, a time for intenser emotions, heightened feelings of negativity. I gathered these stones to help combat these dark feels, if you’ve followed my journey through healing my anxiety this summer you will already be familiar with why I am attracted to these pieces in particular, but if not, here is a bit of a background on each type.

Please visit the Haute Macabre Instagram profile and stories for video previews of each piece, with a link to purchase found here


Labradorite

Labradorite is considered “the Magician’s stone”, and brings one’s deep magical powers to the surface. A stone of protection, both physically and psychically. The dark sister of the moonstone, the crone face of the triple goddess, awakening mystical innate energy and powers within. The ancients believed that the labradorescence flashes were the aurora borealis entombed in the earth, creating this stone. I use Labradorite as a tool to convert negative energy into something positive and useful, a conduit stone that absorbs malevolence into its darkness and turns it back out into the universe in its flashes of brilliant color. 

One Labradorite Free Form (it looks like a little tombstone!) is available in today’s collection.


Lepidolite

A gentle helper while easing through the trauma of anxiety. Rather than simply releasing it, it assist you in navigating the field of landmines, working through the tension and the fear.

In these months that I have been experiencing this tension and this anxiety, lepidolite has pulled me back down to here and now and out of my head. Having a high lithium content, it has sedative qualities, enough to smooth the sharp edges but not dull the mind. Dissolving obsessive thought patterns, lepidolite will quiet the mind, soothing you back to sleep during those insomnia hours.

Four pieces of Lepidolite are available today, two spheres and two free standing giants (the larger is nearly 5lbs and absolutely radiates soothing energy). 


Lemurian Seed Crystals

Lemurian Seed Crystals are said to be the gifts of the ancient civilization of Lemuria, a lost nation and race of people of pre-history. These crystals are water clear quartz, recognizable by their horizontal striations.

 The land of Lemuria is hypothesized to have been a huge landmass connecting Madagascar and India, destroyed by a cataclysmic event – possibly the deluge that each ancient mythology contains tales of. There are various stories of whether or not the people of the land were of alien or ethereal origin, but all stories agree that it was a race of peoples of a higher consciousness. The high priests and priestesses had knowledge of the coming destruction, and hid these crystals for future people to discover.

Each of  the horizontal striations in these crystals is a code from the Lemurian people. The code is said to contain secrets of their peaceful and attuned ways, a connection to the Universe that the people of the lost land returned to. The code works with each chakra in the human energy system, activating and opening blocked areas and creating an active connection between you and the ethos of the Lemurians. These quartz crystals are already programmed, and will be activated by you via meditation and the relationship that you form with them.

Four very special Lemurians are available today, these are some of my favorite crystals, and I have multiple specimens in my personal collection.


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