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Virgo season invites us to delight in the sheer divinity of daily detail, to rewed ourselves to our own fiercely self-contained internal codes, and to discover the "beautility" in all kinds of work. After the glittering excess of Leo season's full flair, it's a month for returning to a more private style and for realigning our interior lives with our everyday environment. Check out our monthly column on The Numinous where we offer a sign-by-sign guide for inviting aesthetic alignment and architectural intricacy into your home decor. From Gemini's curiously playful indoor-outdoor spaces to Piscean experiments with Japanese minimalism, it's a month to recommit to moving through the world in a way that just feels good in our bodies! 

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The Institute for Art & Olfaction and Mojave Rising host an evening of sensuous astrology and celestial scent making! 

Join us to explore the zodiac’s energetic symbols through fragrance notes and leave with a custom-built perfume that celebrates your sun, moon, and rising signs. Collide with your frictional Aries impulses through the scent of fresh pepper; revel in your refined Virgoan discernment with medicinal camphor; or go over-the-top with Leonine bubblegum essence. Let your sillage be guided by the stars! 

Each participant will leave with a 5 ml spray of their custom scent.

Thursday, August 18th, 6-9pm at The Institute for Art & Olfaction, 932 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (View Map) 

Space is limited. Register HERE!

 

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Leo Season beckons us back onto the center of the strobe-lit dance floor as we turn it on, turn it up, and shine on in all of our delicious, difficult realness. The zodiac's glamourama glitter kitten reminds us that our only job is to become more of who we already are. Yet this deceptively simple act isn't without risk; sometimes, when we show so much of ourselves, we dance alone, lit only by our own personal disco ball. But the price of not becoming ourselves is far too steep and inside the fluorescent feline's velvet-lined jewel box is the sweet, succulent sensation that it's alright to trust this life. Rainbow sherbet, sun-kissed, saturated hues, ripe flavors, and the Fantastic World of Lisa Frank ... the fiercely tender rainbow tigress sees your true colors, and that's exactly why she loves you. And check out our monthly column for The Numinous, where we supply a sign-by-sign guide for stepping out in full Leonine flair with "unguilty" pleasures. From Cancerian Snuggies to Scorpionic soap operas, it's a month for reveling in what lights up our sparkly hearts, no matter how seemingly "uncool." 

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Cancer season draws us out towards the deep end of the swimming pool for some serious emotional skinny dipping. The zodiac's conch shell queen asks us to dive straight into our heart's nocturnal corners, to mine the contents for formally shipwrecked building materials and, ultimately, to construct our dream house- whether it's a bubblegum pink Barbie mansion or a stripped down wildfire tent. Vulnerable exposure, deep sea fantasia, and our passionate dedication to belong to ourselves in all our lunacy.  Check out The 12th Senseour monthly column for The Numinous where we give you a sign-by-sign guide to riding the Cancerian tide, complete with fragrance suggestions! From refined essences to drugstore indulgences, it's a season for starting to sport your sensuous secrets on your sleeve. 

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Taste Gemini season's incandescent rainbow with "The 12th Sense," our monthly column in The Numinous where we share sensuous tips for exploring the current cosmic energies. 

Gemini season beckons us to strap on our butterfly wings and sample the infinite possible pathways through the kaleidoscopic streets of our lives. The zodiac’s iridescent muse reminds us that we can choose “both, and,” rather than “either, or,” and that it’s all just happening without us always having to understand ... READ MORE HERE! 

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Dive into Taurus season's decadent dirt with "The 12th Sense," our monthly column in The Numinous where we share sensuous tips for exploring the current cosmic energies. 

Taurus season coaxes us off the battlefield and into the boudoir as we relax into the succulent sensation of wanting what feels good to want while already having everything that we need. This Venus-ruled bovine beauty reminds us that Venusian pleasure seeking is never frivolous, and that fully inhabiting our desire is the luxurious gateway to an unshakeable belief in our own value ... READ MORE HERE! 

 

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This workshop is sold out! If you're interested in exploring astrological energies through bodywork and breath, email wildhearts@mojaverising.com to book a private session or party. And stay tuned for upcoming public events! 

Join Mojave Rising and bodyworker Elizabeth DiLuzio for a luscious afternoon filled with massage, stretching, acupressure, and cosmic adventure. Together, we'll explore the zodiac's energetic language through the lens of Thai massage to help you activate your full range of planetary "motion": from Aries' empowered potency to Pisces' sweet surrender. In this session, you'll both learn about your personal astrological chart's themes, potentials, and challenges, and how to harness the entire zodiac's energies through Thai massage techniques. Celebrate Spring's emboldened flavors of fresh growth and curious exploration as you learn how to balance astrological elements and archetypes in your body, mind, and spirit!

 

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The Star Parlor: An Astrological Beauty Event

Join Mojave Rising and makeup artist Vanessa LaRose for an afternoon of celestial cosmetics and interstellar style. Your visit to The Star Parlor includes a private, 15-minute astrological reading, keepsake birth chart art print, customized makeup demo chosen specifically to awaken your chart’s energies, and light libations. Celebrate your Aries Rising’s fresh innocence with glowy skin; dig deep into your Venus in Scorpio’s succulent intensity with a dramatic cat eye; or discover your Gemini Moon’s shifting perspectives through shimmer and shading. The entire planetary palette is yours for the sampling- color me cosmic!   

Sunday, April 10th from 2-5pm at Shampoolio, 4312 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. $75/person. Advanced registration required- email wildhearts@mojaverising.com to book your spot.

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We are so damn excited to have a new monthly column in The Numinous! 

Check out our first post about PISCES SEASON.

"Pisces season asks us to find pageantry in the minutiae and the slow unfolding of our lives. And with the North Node and Jupiter now in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius squaring the Pisces New Moon on March 8, and Mars primed to enter Sag territory on March 5, we’re being asked to activate a proprietary blend of pragmatic mysticism in order to find a different way to pray: one that allows for a sensuous seamlessness between our higher selves and our everyday environment.

And so this month, we invite you to set up an altar using seemingly frivolous objects, and to mix them with the most obviously sacred and self-consciously important. From boudoir vanities to austere, sacrificial shrines, we can dialogue with the divine using lipstick tubes, found objects, and sacred tomes alike." READ MORE...

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Don't Be Afraid To Let Them Show (Like a Rainbow): January 23rd's Full Moon in Leo

The glamorous incandescence of the zodiac’s original glitter kitten seduces us with her disco rollerskates, endlessly solar-beamed beach blanket bingo, and mega-watt belief that we’re more than enough exactly as we are. A Leo Moon is one of unshakably sparkling value that needs nothing to shine on except the sheer deliciousness of being, complete with firecracker popsicles, slick slip n’ slides, and a whole lot of shimmer. Yet this particular full moon is accompanied by a curious team of earthy pragmatics, airy objective visionaries, and subterranean metal workers. With Capricorn, Aquarius, Aries, and Scorpio along for the ride, Leo’s caravan of sun-drenched glamourama collides with long-haul mack trucks of earthbound substance. Rather than fearing roadhouse blues, however, this moon gifts us the possibility of turning luster into something luminary instead, as it asks us how we can make work in the world that feels good to make as we lusciously dent the earth with our silk-slippered cat paws. It’s a moon for reveling in the full range of our realness and whatever we’re able to birth into this world, no matter how inchoate.

Celebrate every shade of realness with our Spotify playlist HERE.

With Mercury currently retrograde in Capricorn conjunct Pluto and squaring Uranus in Aries, we're asked to move far out beyond the weight of our words, and beyond silence, into a wilder space where we decide exactly which narratives we want to have left in our wake- from lifetime achievement speeches to headstones and all the love letters, grocery lists, and messages-in-a-bottle in between. We may even find that when we “get to the bottom" of all these tales we tell ourselves, we discover an unexpected feather bed ferreted in the darkest reaches of the basement, stuffed with rose petals and bone shards repurposed from every broken heart and every crazy passionate chance we’ve ever taken. With Venus entering Capricorn on the 25th, this moon whispers of a love that lasts. A love that’s real on an osteopathic level. We know that life is worth trusting not because it’s never hurt us deeply, but because the pleasure and pain are always worth sampling for their curious potential to surprise us in both directions. On this Full Moon, we’re snacking on those clear lollipops that house crystallized insects and violets, and we’re beckoned to savor the strangeness as we also come face to face with the wondrously bittersweet realization of the swift, remorseless passage of time tucked inside.

 Bowing down at the lush, Leonine altar courtesy of emboldened street artist, Christina Angelina

Bowing down at the lush, Leonine altar courtesy of emboldened street artist, Christina Angelina

It’s a Full Moon for re-learning how to read your own aura, become your own stylist, and own whatever palette suits your soul’s intentions- whether you’re a South Beach pastel deco diva, a Vegas showgirl in all her Lisa Frank jewel-toned plumage, a Canyon queen in rugged russets, or even a subtler Parisian aesthete who celebrates the gilded sophistication of research libraries and sidewalk cafes. Whatever your rainbow, it’s time to wear it out into the world and to revel in how even the harshest light of day reveals your chosen swatches in all their attendant realness. So take your blushes, bronzers, and strobe creams out into scorching high noon or an overcast morning, and watch the full range of the world’s luminosity do its work upon you. "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer," wrote Albert Camus. So go ahead and shine on through. Because it's the reason we love you.

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Heaven in Earth: Astrological Terrarium Building Class

Celebrate the energies of your astrological birth chart by building your very own "planeterrarium" using tiny plants, figurines, rocks, sand, and more! Tap into your Piscean sense of allowing by playing with ethereal mosses and ferns, rejoice in your Leonine flair with magenta gemstones, or discover your Virgoan attention to detail through carefully articulated sand patterns. Activate the elemental energies of fire, earth, water, and air inside your dome and in your life outside the vessel! 

Interested in moving beyond your sun sign for a more in-depth exploration of your celestial biodome? Arrange a private, 20-minute session with Bess post class where she'll guide you through the intricate terrain of your highly-personal natal chart, which reveals life themes, challenges, desires, and potentials.

Sign Up HERE!  

Our February 6th class is sold out but you can join us on February 20th, from 3-4pm at Sprout Home Brooklyn, 44 Grand Street. Class fee is $75 and includes your custom terrarium to take home. Private sessions are $40. Private sessions must be booked at least 1 week in advance and spaces are limited. Please include your birth date/time/location if you'd like one of these singular experiences! 

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Super psyched to be selling our art and zodiac prints, a brand new line of zodiac postcards, and taking orders for custom birth chart prints at the Bizarre Bazaar Holiday Market this Thursday, hosted by Otherwild and Geronimo Balloons. Come say hi and grab a lusciously designed gift just in time for a cosmic close to your year. 

Thursday, December 17th, 4pm-11pm, 1930-1932 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles. 

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Heaven In Earth: Astrology-Plant Pairings Class  

Calling all you soul growers and cosmic cultivators for a one-of-a-kind astrology-plant pairings session. You'll spend this "growth-oriented" class exploring each zodiac sign's energy and potential through the lens of an ever-evolving house plant. Harness your Aries endurance through the sansevieria, learn what orchid care can teach you about Capricorns, and much more. Activate the elemental energies of fire, earth, water, and air in your garden and in your life outside the pot!

Interested in moving beyond your sun sign for a more in-depth exploration of your celestial biodome? Arrange a private, 20-minute session with Bess post class where she'll guide you through your birth chart and give you a specially chosen mini plant to help connect you to your astrological roots at home.  

Saturday, December 5th, 2-3pm at Sprout Home Brooklyn, 44 Grand Street. Class fee is $35. Private sessions are $50. Email bkinfo@sprouthome.com to secure your spot. Private sessions must be booked at least 1 week in advance and spaces are limited. Please include your birth date/time/location if you'd like one of these singular experiences! 

 

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START YOUR ELEMENTAL ENGINES

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There are so many flavors of empowered potency to choose from and we each have the potential to tap into the full spectrum of elemental energies no matter what our birth charts emphasize. Maybe you're a water sign looking to activate more over-the-top, juicy fire power. Or an air sign longing for the sensuous groundings of an earth engine. Step into the astrological body shop, choose the ride that fits you right now, and pave your own road! 

FIRE ENERGY

The Challenger: Fire power is fiercely extroverted, larger-than-life, and demands nothing short of the innocent belief in our own infinitely renewable capacity to shine on and on. Think hearts on sleeves, creative friction, and your wildest dreams. 

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photo credit:  http://aftonstationblog-laurel.blogspot.com/2013/09/challenger-challenge.html

Awaken your inner Challenger by:

- Getting kinetic. Walk, run, and dance, dance, dance! Experiment with speed and dive headfirst into a new project. 

- Exercising radical presentism. Dream a rhinestoned, feathered, weird and wondrous dream without immediately stifling yourself with logistics, sober "shoulds," and scarcity mentality. Ask for something you want directly and without apology. 

- Adorning your home or yourself with bold vintage patterns. Think vinyl floral tablecloths and red shoes. Go on a mission to find mid-century signage throughout your city and relish in its fearless neon attempts to draw you in. And then, let yourself get drawn in without having to ask why. 

YOUR SONGS: The State of Dreaming/Marina and the DiamondsMy Prerogative/Britney Spears     

AIR ENERGY

The Maverick: Air energy draws its power from unexpected collisions between opposing viewpoints, the capacity to breathe glittering perspective into old ways of thinking, and a buzzing mental energy that feeds off of curious interaction and experiential learning. 

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photo credit: www.roadsmile.com

Awaken your inner Maverick by:

- Learning. Go down an internet research rabbit hole and mine it for soul gold. Start a pinterest dream voyages board or spend the afternoon learning about the intricacies of geomorphology or Japanese tea ceremonies. The more unfamiliar the subject, the better. Let your intellectual armchair traveling reeinvigorate your relationship to habitual grooves and familiar spaces. 

- Circulating. Visit an unexplored corner of your neighborhood. Take the long way home. Step into that storefront even though you're not quite sure what wares they're hawking. Speak to a stranger. Use these unexpected encounters to open a metaphorical window in your stuffy emotional house. 

- Checking out a surrealist art exhibit. Stare for hours at the mysteries of the psychedelic, labyrinthine paintings while you turn the sharpness of your vision on and off, pivoting back and forth between focusing and blurring, simply for the sake of the experiment. You never know what will appear differently than before. 

YOUR SONGS: Door to the Cosmos/Sun Ra, Spinning Around/Kylie Minogue

WATER ENERGY

The Barracuda: Water charges itself through a slippery, fluid dance of fusion and retreat. This energy's power draws from both the longing to connect and by risking this connection and its inevitable shifts and eventual loss. Water also draws strength by learning to maintain more private boundaries and listening to the inner landscape of our soul yearnings.

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photo credit: www.curbsideclassic.com

Awaken your inner Barracuda by:

- Writing yourself a love letter. Reveal your most tightly held dreams and bear witness to your interior life without having to find a hook to validate these energies in the external world. 

- Reaching out. Share something, anything- even if it's just a park bench or half a sandwich. There are as many forms of valuable relationship as there are human hearts. Every attempt to relate changes us. 

- Losing yourself in a book or film about Norman Keith Collins (aka Sailor Jerry), the preeminent American tattoo artist. Sailor Jerry's work is full of vulnerability. His iconic tattoos, which seem tough on the outside, are nothing more than attempts to connect and tap into deep emotions. Check out his infamous hearts, anchors, pin-up girls, and swallows and read about their meanings here. 

YOUR SONGS: Long May You Run/Neil Young, Your Heart is a Muscle/Carly Rae Jepsen

EARTH ENERGY

El Camino: Earth energy grounds down by working with what is rather than lusting after an ideal vision. Yet this capacity for pragmatism is also infinitely magical as this element honors the material world with reverence and awe, and gets to work mining its resources. 

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photo credit: www.productioncars.com

Awaken your inner El Camino by:

- Engaging the senses. Whether it's an exotic cooking spice or a soft fabric, earth's power rests in the physical world and reminds us that the material is never immaterial. So pour the wine, light the candles and cloak yourself in silks and velvets. 

- Making something out of nothing. Create a collage out of old magazines or a meal using only the current contents of your kitchens. The point is to activate a trust in your own competence and self-sufficiency and to relax into the idea that everything you have is already more than enough. 

- Taking an architectural house tour, or visiting a Sunday afternoon real estate open-house. Engage your senses through the residential built environment. Notice the parts of the apartment or house that are structural. How do the walls and the ceilings interact? How do the rooms partition and create flow in the space? Just notice for the sake of noticing. 

YOUR SONG: Made of the Sun/Patty Griffin, Like a Rock/Jennifer Nettles

 

 

 

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Snakeskins & Mustang Sallys: Awakening the Fall Equinox’s Cosmic Forces

Join Cara George and Bess Matassa of Mojave Rising for an emboldened, sensuous exploration of this fall’s astrological challenges and potentials. In our 2-hour laboratory, we’ll engage in meditation, ritual, and play as we help you discover how the current seasonal shifts affect your personal birthchart, and how to invite these energies into your everyday life through food, personal style and decor, music, and urban exploration. At the equinox, we stand on the threshold between darkness and light. As we descend from Libra to Scorpio and back up to the freedom fire of Sagittarius, this seasonal journey takes us into the heart of intimacy, our own intensity, our untameable dreams, and the polarities that exist inside of us. Together, we’ll awaken tangible resources for exploring these dualisms, sloughing off old snakeskins, and coming into communion with both the dark and light of our wild, sexy natures. Ride, Sally, ride!

Friday, September 27th, 7-9pm in Silver Lake, Los Angeles

Email wildhearts@mojaverising.com to secure your spot

$30.00 per person (includes wine + light refreshments) 

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     Both wings of Mojave Rising have landed on the east coast, and we've spent the last ten days together dreaming, traveling, imbibing, meditating, and gambling. We started out wandering Bess' New York City pavements and spent a week conjuring visions of new offerings and products that we're thrilled to share. We're very excited to announce that our Astrological Art Prints are now ready for purchase in our   shop  ! These prints combine the technical with the lush and magical for a custom, frameable keepsake to remind you of your cosmic roadmap. We also met with fierce and wise sommelier Kristina Schiro to discuss the launch of   Uncharted Terroir ,  our private astrology-wine pairing parties designed to ignite both the spiritual and the sensuous. We spent Labor Day weekend in the Shenandoah Mountains, leading a group of 25 people through a yoga and astrology retreat that was joyous, expansive, and filled with bonfire communions and abundant end-of-summer feasts. On our way back from the retreat we stopped in Atlantic City for a little kitsch, excess, and boardwalk french fries. After a night at the slots, we're primed to reveal Your Love is Wild, Your Love is Real, our 2016 Hawaiian retreat that will be filled with volcanic activity, tropical humidity, and soul-shaking activity. If you're curious about hiring us for either private wine-based or yogic astrological explorations, or about joining us in Hawaii, email wildhearts@mojaverising.com. Here are some photos of our dreamy week together: 

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Both wings of Mojave Rising have landed on the east coast, and we've spent the last ten days together dreaming, traveling, imbibing, meditating, and gambling. We started out wandering Bess' New York City pavements and spent a week conjuring visions of new offerings and products that we're thrilled to share. We're very excited to announce that our Astrological Art Prints are now ready for purchase in our shop! These prints combine the technical with the lush and magical for a custom, frameable keepsake to remind you of your cosmic roadmap. We also met with fierce and wise sommelier Kristina Schiro to discuss the launch of Uncharted Terroir, our private astrology-wine pairing parties designed to ignite both the spiritual and the sensuous. We spent Labor Day weekend in the Shenandoah Mountains, leading a group of 25 people through a yoga and astrology retreat that was joyous, expansive, and filled with bonfire communions and abundant end-of-summer feasts. On our way back from the retreat we stopped in Atlantic City for a little kitsch, excess, and boardwalk french fries. After a night at the slots, we're primed to reveal Your Love is Wild, Your Love is Real, our 2016 Hawaiian retreat that will be filled with volcanic activity, tropical humidity, and soul-shaking activity. If you're curious about hiring us for either private wine-based or yogic astrological explorations, or about joining us in Hawaii, email wildhearts@mojaverising.com. Here are some photos of our dreamy week together: 


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     Our western, over-achieving, Type A, busy for the sake of busy, do more, get more, be more, don't stop, won't stop culture asks us, at a relatively early age, not  who  we want to be, but  what  we want to be. We feel the weight and the pressure of committing to the "what," which takes us farther and farther away from the beautiful, and never-ending evolution of the "who." Mojave Rising sings a lyrical gospel of migrating back to the constantly unfolding "who".... the you. It's why we've chosen to admire, sit in awe of, and find inspiration in fellow wild, fiery souls. They aren't mentors. They aren't coaches. They are the  Mojave Rising Patron Saints. They are tutelary spirits and heavenly advocates of ideas and crafts, revolutions and evolutions. They are artists, fighters, makers, dreamers, and lazy, luxurious loungers.  And on this upcoming full moon in Pisces, opposing the sun in Virgo, there is nothing more appropriate than honoring these Patron Saints. One of the greatest treasures of the Virgo-Pisces axis is the capacity of these signs to transform the everyday experience of living through alchemical acts. Virgo separates the wheat from the chaff, and allows us to examine how we're distinctive from others in order to better work toward cultivating our individual contributions to the whole. By the end of the zodiacal cycle, Pisces is ready to fully finish off this ego and seeks fusion with all that is, glimpsing spirit in all that surrounds it. It's a full moon for honoring both fusion and distinction, and for mining pure magic through veneration of all kinds of spirits .  Here are 12 of our Patron Saints. Who are yours? Show us on Instagram using #mojaverisingpatronsaints and #mojaverising      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        
         
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            Dolly! Cara loves this brilliant philosopher, spiritual guide, guru, and spitfire. She's a wise, old soul who has decided to emerge from her cave-dwelling meditation, throw on some pink lipstick, and sing from the heart to show the world that vulnerability and strength are both the same thing. 

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Our western, over-achieving, Type A, busy for the sake of busy, do more, get more, be more, don't stop, won't stop culture asks us, at a relatively early age, not who we want to be, but what we want to be. We feel the weight and the pressure of committing to the "what," which takes us farther and farther away from the beautiful, and never-ending evolution of the "who." Mojave Rising sings a lyrical gospel of migrating back to the constantly unfolding "who".... the you. It's why we've chosen to admire, sit in awe of, and find inspiration in fellow wild, fiery souls. They aren't mentors. They aren't coaches. They are the Mojave Rising Patron Saints. They are tutelary spirits and heavenly advocates of ideas and crafts, revolutions and evolutions. They are artists, fighters, makers, dreamers, and lazy, luxurious loungers. And on this upcoming full moon in Pisces, opposing the sun in Virgo, there is nothing more appropriate than honoring these Patron Saints. One of the greatest treasures of the Virgo-Pisces axis is the capacity of these signs to transform the everyday experience of living through alchemical acts. Virgo separates the wheat from the chaff, and allows us to examine how we're distinctive from others in order to better work toward cultivating our individual contributions to the whole. By the end of the zodiacal cycle, Pisces is ready to fully finish off this ego and seeks fusion with all that is, glimpsing spirit in all that surrounds it. It's a full moon for honoring both fusion and distinction, and for mining pure magic through veneration of all kinds of spiritsHere are 12 of our Patron Saints. Who are yours? Show us on Instagram using #mojaverisingpatronsaints and #mojaverising

 La Mala María's voice has fueled Bess through both darkness and light, with its singularly raw blend of pain, longing, and unapologetic, fierce pleasure. 

La Mala María's voice has fueled Bess through both darkness and light, with its singularly raw blend of pain, longing, and unapologetic, fierce pleasure. 

 Muralist Christina Angelina inspires Bess & Cara through her deeply sensual portraits of badass pairs of women in rugged locales throughout the world. In fact, Mojave Rising was born at the altar of her  Mountain Charmers  piece in Palm Springs. 

Muralist Christina Angelina inspires Bess & Cara through her deeply sensual portraits of badass pairs of women in rugged locales throughout the world. In fact, Mojave Rising was born at the altar of her Mountain Charmers piece in Palm Springs. 

 Cara's had a small obsession with Josephine Baker since she was a kid. She's a glamorous rebel, with a warm smile and a graceful 'take no shit' presence. 

Cara's had a small obsession with Josephine Baker since she was a kid. She's a glamorous rebel, with a warm smile and a graceful 'take no shit' presence. 

 Bauhas master, Gunta Stozl's fearless penchant for experimentation led her to birth incredibly beautiful, intricate, and futuristic textiles that have mesmerized Cara for years. Her words have served as mantra for Cara throughout the last decade: "It was essential to define our imaginary world, to shape our experiences through material, rhythm, proportion, color and form." 

Bauhas master, Gunta Stozl's fearless penchant for experimentation led her to birth incredibly beautiful, intricate, and futuristic textiles that have mesmerized Cara for years. Her words have served as mantra for Cara throughout the last decade: "It was essential to define our imaginary world, to shape our experiences through material, rhythm, proportion, color and form." 

 Since middle school, Tori has been Bess' most consistent musical love for her poetic, wild, witchy ways. "Muhammad my friend, it's time we tell the world. We both know it was a girl, back in Bethlehem." 

Since middle school, Tori has been Bess' most consistent musical love for her poetic, wild, witchy ways. "Muhammad my friend, it's time we tell the world. We both know it was a girl, back in Bethlehem." 

 World renowned architect, Zaha Hadid's philosophy that pleasure is pragmatic has emboldened Cara's design work and liberated her from the rules and critique of a design patriarchy that so often preaches a gospel antithetical to what Cara feels is beautiful. 

World renowned architect, Zaha Hadid's philosophy that pleasure is pragmatic has emboldened Cara's design work and liberated her from the rules and critique of a design patriarchy that so often preaches a gospel antithetical to what Cara feels is beautiful. 

 Sometimes, when Bess can't sleep at night she dreams of hanging out in an Almodóvar kitchen with Penélope Cruz, chopping succulent, vibrant veggies and drinking earthy, tannic red wine. 

Sometimes, when Bess can't sleep at night she dreams of hanging out in an Almodóvar kitchen with Penélope Cruz, chopping succulent, vibrant veggies and drinking earthy, tannic red wine. 

 Cher is fierce and Cher is bold, but above all else, she transforms and evolves publicly and without apology. And this image is everything! It lives on Cara's bathroom mirror, reminding her to laugh and play, to fem it up, to sex it up, and to do it all with serious confidence. Check out those nails! 

Cher is fierce and Cher is bold, but above all else, she transforms and evolves publicly and without apology. And this image is everything! It lives on Cara's bathroom mirror, reminding her to laugh and play, to fem it up, to sex it up, and to do it all with serious confidence. Check out those nails! 

 Bess admires Dame Agatha Christie's acuity, sparse prose, and sharp wit, and her love of the mystical and mysterious parts of human nature. 

Bess admires Dame Agatha Christie's acuity, sparse prose, and sharp wit, and her love of the mystical and mysterious parts of human nature. 

 When Cara was 14 she started listening to Bikini Kill and going to Riot Grrrl meetings. Then Salt n' Pepa released "None of Your Business" and she realized that badass women were everywhere, doing their thing in all sorts of incredible ways, and it p-pushed her real good. 

When Cara was 14 she started listening to Bikini Kill and going to Riot Grrrl meetings. Then Salt n' Pepa released "None of Your Business" and she realized that badass women were everywhere, doing their thing in all sorts of incredible ways, and it p-pushed her real good. 

 Base jumper Roberta Mancino ignites Bess' craving for primal experience and admiration for women who put their bodies on the line. 

Base jumper Roberta Mancino ignites Bess' craving for primal experience and admiration for women who put their bodies on the line. 

 Dolly! Cara loves this brilliant philosopher, spiritual guide, guru, and spitfire. She's a wise, old soul who has decided to emerge from her cave-dwelling meditation, throw on some pink lipstick, and sing from the heart to show the world that vulnerability and strength are both the same thing. 

Dolly! Cara loves this brilliant philosopher, spiritual guide, guru, and spitfire. She's a wise, old soul who has decided to emerge from her cave-dwelling meditation, throw on some pink lipstick, and sing from the heart to show the world that vulnerability and strength are both the same thing. 




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     In the sometimes dense, dank, and dirty existence that is urban dwelling, it's our home that becomes the haven, the inspiration, and the place of refuge. Our physical space is an extension of our Selves, and in it is where we find deep expression and joy, peace and calm, and even fire and rage. Our homes are like the concentrated syrup of our sweetest and truest nectar, offering us a judgement-free place to love and grieve, to dance and weep, to work and play. They are our miniature, experimental biodomes where we can play freely and safely with the many selves we are and could be.  Maybe it's time to let go of the stress of creating the perfectly designed home, and instead let your space offer you both comfort and freedom through curated, purposeful moments.    Everyday altars. Vignettes. Things you like on a shelf. Call it whatever you want, but gorgeously crafted and strategically placed moments of beauty throughout your home can offer you ongoing inspiration, and far more joy than one big, cohesive design. Cara and Bess love to call them vignettes, the definition of which couldn't be more perfect: " a brief, evocative description, account, or episode."          This practice is perfectly aligned with the Sun's shift into the sign of Virgo this Sunday . Virgo is all about everyday alchemy and with Jupiter also now in Virgo, we're being reminded to infuse expansive possibility into what may seem mundane or routine. On the deepest level, Virgo's energy is about venerating the physical world as a direct extension of our inner life and its integrity. Objects carry enormous value as tangible statements of our identity, desires, and intentions.     What do you want to invoke?  Place a few things you love all together on a shelf to open your heart. Hang a few photos or pieces of art that draw out that inner fire in a clustering on a wall. Place that prized possession on your nightstand. Let the energy of these things remind you of how you want to live and what feels good to desire. Below are a few of Bess and Cara's vignettes.  Share yours in the comments section!        

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        
         
            Cara found this vintage, Italian copy of "Bhakti Yoga" at a book stall on the streets of Rome. Paired with the skull that a shaman blessed, the psychedelic paperweight that she found in a vintage store, and the sand dollar given to her by an energy healer she shared a special connection with in Sedona, this vignette is full of devotion to journey and adventure.   
         
        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        
         
            Bess loves solitary desert wandering, and gravitates towards extreme heat, wolf-like animals, and rock collecting. This vignette reminds her of this fierce core, and her ability to sustain, endure, and battle when necessary.   
         
        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        
         
            This was an accidental altar. Some reading material on Cara's couch, next to her fur throw, and her kilim pillows just kind of make her feel like a 1970s goddess. Heyyyyyyy, David Gilmore, I love you! xoxo, Cara  
         
        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        
         
            Another accidental vignette, this one reminds Bess of her lush, playful, "pretty" side, and her unabashed love of barbie pinks and country music.   
         
        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        
         
            Divine Feminine worship on Cara's altar. The three components of femininity she seeks in her own life are represented here: the badass (tattooed woman), the fearless (showgirl), and full on glamour (Elizabeth Taylor).  
         
        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        
         
            Bess' ode to the Divine Feminine takes the form of a desktop mood board dedicated to disco, voyages into the interior and exterior world, transcending the virgin/whore dichotomy, and her patron saint, the beautiful, badass Mala Rodríguez. 

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In the sometimes dense, dank, and dirty existence that is urban dwelling, it's our home that becomes the haven, the inspiration, and the place of refuge. Our physical space is an extension of our Selves, and in it is where we find deep expression and joy, peace and calm, and even fire and rage. Our homes are like the concentrated syrup of our sweetest and truest nectar, offering us a judgement-free place to love and grieve, to dance and weep, to work and play. They are our miniature, experimental biodomes where we can play freely and safely with the many selves we are and could be. Maybe it's time to let go of the stress of creating the perfectly designed home, and instead let your space offer you both comfort and freedom through curated, purposeful moments. 

Everyday altars. Vignettes. Things you like on a shelf. Call it whatever you want, but gorgeously crafted and strategically placed moments of beauty throughout your home can offer you ongoing inspiration, and far more joy than one big, cohesive design. Cara and Bess love to call them vignettes, the definition of which couldn't be more perfect: "a brief, evocative description, account, or episode."  

This practice is perfectly aligned with the Sun's shift into the sign of Virgo this Sunday. Virgo is all about everyday alchemy and with Jupiter also now in Virgo, we're being reminded to infuse expansive possibility into what may seem mundane or routine. On the deepest level, Virgo's energy is about venerating the physical world as a direct extension of our inner life and its integrity. Objects carry enormous value as tangible statements of our identity, desires, and intentions.  

What do you want to invoke? Place a few things you love all together on a shelf to open your heart. Hang a few photos or pieces of art that draw out that inner fire in a clustering on a wall. Place that prized possession on your nightstand. Let the energy of these things remind you of how you want to live and what feels good to desire. Below are a few of Bess and Cara's vignettes.  Share yours in the comments section!  

 Cara found this vintage, Italian copy of "Bhakti Yoga" at a book stall on the streets of Rome. Paired with the skull that a shaman blessed, the psychedelic paperweight that she found in a vintage store, and the sand dollar given to her by an energy healer she shared a special connection with in Sedona, this vignette is full of devotion to journey and adventure. 

Cara found this vintage, Italian copy of "Bhakti Yoga" at a book stall on the streets of Rome. Paired with the skull that a shaman blessed, the psychedelic paperweight that she found in a vintage store, and the sand dollar given to her by an energy healer she shared a special connection with in Sedona, this vignette is full of devotion to journey and adventure. 

 Bess loves solitary desert wandering, and gravitates towards extreme heat, wolf-like animals, and rock collecting. This vignette reminds her of this fierce core, and her ability to sustain, endure, and battle when necessary. 

Bess loves solitary desert wandering, and gravitates towards extreme heat, wolf-like animals, and rock collecting. This vignette reminds her of this fierce core, and her ability to sustain, endure, and battle when necessary. 

 This was an accidental altar. Some reading material on Cara's couch, next to her fur throw, and her kilim pillows just kind of make her feel like a 1970s goddess. Heyyyyyyy, David Gilmore, I love you! xoxo, Cara

This was an accidental altar. Some reading material on Cara's couch, next to her fur throw, and her kilim pillows just kind of make her feel like a 1970s goddess. Heyyyyyyy, David Gilmore, I love you! xoxo, Cara

 Another accidental vignette, this one reminds Bess of her lush, playful, "pretty" side, and her unabashed love of barbie pinks and country music. 

Another accidental vignette, this one reminds Bess of her lush, playful, "pretty" side, and her unabashed love of barbie pinks and country music. 

 Divine Feminine worship on Cara's altar. The three components of femininity she seeks in her own life are represented here: the badass (tattooed woman), the fearless (showgirl), and full on glamour (Elizabeth Taylor).

Divine Feminine worship on Cara's altar. The three components of femininity she seeks in her own life are represented here: the badass (tattooed woman), the fearless (showgirl), and full on glamour (Elizabeth Taylor).

 Bess' ode to the Divine Feminine takes the form of a desktop mood board dedicated to disco, voyages into the interior and exterior world, transcending the virgin/whore dichotomy, and her patron saint, the beautiful, badass Mala Rodríguez. 

Bess' ode to the Divine Feminine takes the form of a desktop mood board dedicated to disco, voyages into the interior and exterior world, transcending the virgin/whore dichotomy, and her patron saint, the beautiful, badass Mala Rodríguez. 



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         In the endless slog of merciless self-examination, it seems we've forgotten how to play. We're often married to the shoulds and somehow convinced that pure pleasure is antithetical to our spiritual and material maturity. This glorious New Moon in Leo invites us back onto the playground of our souls for some swinging, climbing, digging, riding, and sliding. What does it mean to play? In its purest form, it is a guileless expression of life force that has no strategy and no endgame. The act of playing invites us to fearlessly bring forth our whimsical inner landscape as a reverential extension of our sheer joy at being alive.   Play is a form of prayer .  This act is successful not because it's recognized by others, or because it results in some tangible reward. The reward comes from becoming more and more of ourselves, and in diffusing the boundaries between ourselves and this beautiful world that we are so seamlessly a part of when we just show a little faith.   The message, little love cats, is that it's alright to trust this life .  On this New Moon, you've got two choices; you can either "hide beneath the covers and study your pain" or you can choose to "roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair."       We’re choosing to roll down the windows!   Cara spent the day driving along the Malibu coast, stopping at beaches along the way, and letting the sea air blow her curls into a messy, salty web. Bess took a long morning walk along the Brooklyn shore, relishing in the thick east coast summertime air, and what did she come across? A beautifully bizarre (and possibly potent female) praying mantis, doing exactly the same thing! What we strive to offer through Mojave Rising are ways to explore mystical and practical living as one big beautiful journey.   Below are a few of the dreamy and pragmatic ways you can celebrate the fiery and playful New Moon in Leo (and if you’re excited to read much more about this astrological event, check out Bess’ blog.   Click   HERE ).  Explore and experiment with our methods, create your own, and let us know how it goes!       Music     When it comes to tunes, Cara accesses fire and play through her spirit music: 1970s muscle-car Rock n’ Roll, while Bess takes it to the rainbow-colored dancefloor with pure pop pleasure and her own version of 70s excess set to disco beats. Click   HERE   for a Spotify playlist that will get you swinging and shaking to ring in this new moon. Roll down the windows, turn up the tunes, and rev that engine.      Color     There are lots of ways to bring color into your world that will help to enhance and enliven that young-at-heart energy within. Color is a powerful tool that has a profound impact on our mood and perspective. You can Invite color into your world through food, fashion, art, nature, and beyond. For this Leonine moon, one might think bold reds and yellows would make the most sense when celebrating. Bold and warm is right on, but instead of the intensity of red, try magentas, golds and bright blues on for size. Sit amongst a summertime flower garden under a brilliant sky, grill some corn and eat it with real butter, have a spicy papaya salad and cool down with some watermelon juice, take out that pink bathing suit and dive into the turquoise waves (or chlorinated pool) with wild abandon, pull out your saffron summertime sweater and cozy up to a fire with a glass of sangria.        

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


       Design Inspiration      Whether it’s textiles in your home or runway couture, you can find inspiration in the design that surrounds you! The real you (the one letting go on the playground and having a good fucking time) is full of originality and creative force. Those things don’t lie outside of us, so when we get inspired, we get in touch. To look at something in the material world and feel awe is a spiritual experience. Here are some of our favorite designs and designers during this Leo moon.     The “Amongst Butterflies” Dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Stunning! Golden! Joyful!        

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


         For trips to your soul’s playground, make sure to wear your sweetheart on your neckline and also on your sleeve.        

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


         “Brushed Trellis” wallpaper designed by Florence Broadhurst, an Australian textile and wallpaper designer from the early and mid 19th century. She was wildly ahead of her time, making bold and metallic prints! “Brushed Trellis” is all Leo, all the time. The gold, the magenta, the saturation! Oh yeah.        

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


         Ice Cream Cone rings by Melody Eshani, a fierce designer born and bred in Los Angeles. She believes in the expression of the truest self through design, and has some pretty badass things to say about letting the real you shine. She makes confident, playful jewelry that is free from self-consciousness.        

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


         Revel in Leo’s opulent, whimsical, emboldened heart energy with even more visual celebrations here:       Follow Bess Matassa's board Leo on Pinterest. 
 
         Meditation & Ritual     This new moon is all about engaging the fire, not turning away from it, and Cara has been practicing Agni, or inner light-fire, meditation to forge boldly into the strengthening flames. Agni is the Vedic God of Fire and Transformation, and this meditation is intended to illuminate the light within and help turn creative embers into flames. Awaken your heart and soul's playground!   Sit comfortably in any position where you can keep the body alert and relaxed. Take a few breaths focusing on your physical body. Scan the body from head to toe and notice where you can find more ease and space.     Draw your attention to the "upper room", a point six inches above the center of your head. This energetic center is calm, peaceful, and clear. Keep your focus here and simply try to connect directly to your awareness. Or, in other words, try to think of it as awareness of awareness.      Go deeper into the heart center of this upper room and notice a bright white light. As you focus on it, soften and let the light become more and more illuminated. If you can't quite visualize the white light, see if you can just sense it instead.     Now let the energy center open, and let the light wash over your body. Experience this pure stream of Inner Light entering through the top of your head, purifying and cleansing your whole body.    Take some time and watch the light pour slowly through your head and face, neck, chest and arms. Think of your feet and hands as open, and watch the energy pour out of them, washing your entire physical, energetic and spiritual body clean. Let the light flow through all your body systems, your muscles, nerves, bones, vital organs, skin.    After a few minutes, think of the soles of your feet closing, and let your body fill with the purifying light energy. When filled, let the light overflow around you, expanding the crystal white energy through your energy field. Absorb the light completely.     Urban Exploration     This new moon is asking you to stage a daring return to innocence. Think about the last place you wandered in your city where you felt a kind of pure pleasure that immersed you so deeply in the moment that you renovated your concept of “should,” if only for an afternoon. This is a moment to embark on a mini-getaway: think luxurious, sensuous, and possibly exotic- play at a life you don’t think you have and let that play inspire you to expand your concept of how your current life could unfold. Think casinos, theatres, and hotel lobbies. But it doesn’t have to be all about high-brow luxury. It could be as simple as a Mr. Softee ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles and an aimless wander along scorching summer pavements, observing unexpected bursts of color, eruptions of laughter, and dancing in the streets. Choose your own adventures and follow your lucky charms rainbow straight to the source- the forgotten parts of your own heart that are trusting, simple, and joyful.      In the middle of New York City, Bess has been dreaming of the lush, volcanic landscapes of Hawaii. She retreats to Brooklyn’s Onomea to plan real and imaginary voyages.       

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


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In the endless slog of merciless self-examination, it seems we've forgotten how to play. We're often married to the shoulds and somehow convinced that pure pleasure is antithetical to our spiritual and material maturity. This glorious New Moon in Leo invites us back onto the playground of our souls for some swinging, climbing, digging, riding, and sliding. What does it mean to play? In its purest form, it is a guileless expression of life force that has no strategy and no endgame. The act of playing invites us to fearlessly bring forth our whimsical inner landscape as a reverential extension of our sheer joy at being alive. Play is a form of prayer. This act is successful not because it's recognized by others, or because it results in some tangible reward. The reward comes from becoming more and more of ourselves, and in diffusing the boundaries between ourselves and this beautiful world that we are so seamlessly a part of when we just show a little faith. The message, little love cats, is that it's alright to trust this life. On this New Moon, you've got two choices; you can either "hide beneath the covers and study your pain" or you can choose to "roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair."

We’re choosing to roll down the windows! Cara spent the day driving along the Malibu coast, stopping at beaches along the way, and letting the sea air blow her curls into a messy, salty web. Bess took a long morning walk along the Brooklyn shore, relishing in the thick east coast summertime air, and what did she come across? A beautifully bizarre (and possibly potent female) praying mantis, doing exactly the same thing! What we strive to offer through Mojave Rising are ways to explore mystical and practical living as one big beautiful journey. Below are a few of the dreamy and pragmatic ways you can celebrate the fiery and playful New Moon in Leo (and if you’re excited to read much more about this astrological event, check out Bess’ blog. Click HERE). Explore and experiment with our methods, create your own, and let us know how it goes!  

Music

When it comes to tunes, Cara accesses fire and play through her spirit music: 1970s muscle-car Rock n’ Roll, while Bess takes it to the rainbow-colored dancefloor with pure pop pleasure and her own version of 70s excess set to disco beats. Click HERE for a Spotify playlist that will get you swinging and shaking to ring in this new moon. Roll down the windows, turn up the tunes, and rev that engine.

Color

There are lots of ways to bring color into your world that will help to enhance and enliven that young-at-heart energy within. Color is a powerful tool that has a profound impact on our mood and perspective. You can Invite color into your world through food, fashion, art, nature, and beyond. For this Leonine moon, one might think bold reds and yellows would make the most sense when celebrating. Bold and warm is right on, but instead of the intensity of red, try magentas, golds and bright blues on for size. Sit amongst a summertime flower garden under a brilliant sky, grill some corn and eat it with real butter, have a spicy papaya salad and cool down with some watermelon juice, take out that pink bathing suit and dive into the turquoise waves (or chlorinated pool) with wild abandon, pull out your saffron summertime sweater and cozy up to a fire with a glass of sangria. 

Design Inspiration

Whether it’s textiles in your home or runway couture, you can find inspiration in the design that surrounds you! The real you (the one letting go on the playground and having a good fucking time) is full of originality and creative force. Those things don’t lie outside of us, so when we get inspired, we get in touch. To look at something in the material world and feel awe is a spiritual experience. Here are some of our favorite designs and designers during this Leo moon.

The “Amongst Butterflies” Dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Stunning! Golden! Joyful!

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For trips to your soul’s playground, make sure to wear your sweetheart on your neckline and also on your sleeve. 

 

“Brushed Trellis” wallpaper designed by Florence Broadhurst, an Australian textile and wallpaper designer from the early and mid 19th century. She was wildly ahead of her time, making bold and metallic prints! “Brushed Trellis” is all Leo, all the time. The gold, the magenta, the saturation! Oh yeah.

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Ice Cream Cone rings by Melody Eshani, a fierce designer born and bred in Los Angeles. She believes in the expression of the truest self through design, and has some pretty badass things to say about letting the real you shine. She makes confident, playful jewelry that is free from self-consciousness.

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Revel in Leo’s opulent, whimsical, emboldened heart energy with even more visual celebrations here:

Meditation & Ritual

This new moon is all about engaging the fire, not turning away from it, and Cara has been practicing Agni, or inner light-fire, meditation to forge boldly into the strengthening flames. Agni is the Vedic God of Fire and Transformation, and this meditation is intended to illuminate the light within and help turn creative embers into flames. Awaken your heart and soul's playground!

Sit comfortably in any position where you can keep the body alert and relaxed. Take a few breaths focusing on your physical body. Scan the body from head to toe and notice where you can find more ease and space. 

Draw your attention to the "upper room", a point six inches above the center of your head. This energetic center is calm, peaceful, and clear. Keep your focus here and simply try to connect directly to your awareness. Or, in other words, try to think of it as awareness of awareness.  

Go deeper into the heart center of this upper room and notice a bright white light. As you focus on it, soften and let the light become more and more illuminated. If you can't quite visualize the white light, see if you can just sense it instead. 

Now let the energy center open, and let the light wash over your body. Experience this pure stream of Inner Light entering through the top of your head, purifying and cleansing your whole body.

Take some time and watch the light pour slowly through your head and face, neck, chest and arms. Think of your feet and hands as open, and watch the energy pour out of them, washing your entire physical, energetic and spiritual body clean. Let the light flow through all your body systems, your muscles, nerves, bones, vital organs, skin.

After a few minutes, think of the soles of your feet closing, and let your body fill with the purifying light energy. When filled, let the light overflow around you, expanding the crystal white energy through your energy field. Absorb the light completely.

Urban Exploration

This new moon is asking you to stage a daring return to innocence. Think about the last place you wandered in your city where you felt a kind of pure pleasure that immersed you so deeply in the moment that you renovated your concept of “should,” if only for an afternoon. This is a moment to embark on a mini-getaway: think luxurious, sensuous, and possibly exotic- play at a life you don’t think you have and let that play inspire you to expand your concept of how your current life could unfold. Think casinos, theatres, and hotel lobbies. But it doesn’t have to be all about high-brow luxury. It could be as simple as a Mr. Softee ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles and an aimless wander along scorching summer pavements, observing unexpected bursts of color, eruptions of laughter, and dancing in the streets. Choose your own adventures and follow your lucky charms rainbow straight to the source- the forgotten parts of your own heart that are trusting, simple, and joyful.  

In the middle of New York City, Bess has been dreaming of the lush, volcanic landscapes of Hawaii. She retreats to Brooklyn’s Onomea to plan real and imaginary voyages.

And returns to the pure pleasure of rythmic bodies alongside the Coney Island Dancers on the boardwalk. 

And gets downright silly as she searches out bodega animal rides. 



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