Everything You Need To Know About The Pisces Dark Moon Solar Eclipse


Thank the cosmos for this tabula rasa

The calendar is floating through the deep realms of Piscean February and already the year 2017 is manifesting some of the most brilliant astrological gifts us mere Earth dwellers could hope for. Yet we are just scratching the iceberg’s surface. The second eclipse—this time, solar, balancing the lunar eclipse two weeks ago—in a series of four throughout the year will occur on February 26 in Pisces. A dark (new) moon pairs perfectly with its celestial partner, the triumphant sun, both meeting in the dreamy, subconscious world of Pisces the entwined fish.

Unlike most eclipses, which tend to be stressful and somewhat traumatic, the Pisces solar eclipse is decidedly less fearful and far more benevolent than most we’ve experienced in the past years. The world becomes an unending pool of euphoria and inspiration, yet there is a palatable fierceness to the eclipse’s accompanying aspects. Restless and creative, this lunar-solar energy split is not for the lazy or idle; the cosmos are giving you tabula rasa—a completely clean slate, a blank sheet of paper—to make the most of the eclipse’s powerful psychic waves. Neptune-ruled Pisces begs the question: Will you remain an eternal victim or will you submit to the power of imagination and bend to a spiritual awakening? 

Simply, success during this lunation depends on bowing down to something greater than yourself. This eclipse demands generosity and promises that whatever we give away now, in terms of charitable energy, time, money, or other resources, for a noble mission will absolutely be returned to us tenfold. Faith is tricky for some signs affected now, so consider this period a prime phase for taking spiritual leaps into the great unknown—especially if that’s out of character or unusual for you, personally. Signs like Aries, Sagittarius, and Gemini will have the most difficult time with this particular feature, but trust: Just jump once and it’ll get easier, even addictive, when you experience the (vast) return of investment. Water signs Scorpio, Cancer, and of course, Pisces, will also be heavily influenced by this lunation, along with wildcard Aquarius, likely in much easier, natural patterns of abundance. Likewise, earth signs Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus will feel the eclipse’s powerful pull, but be called to navigate a hallucinatory dream state with pure logic—not as easy as you’d think, but it will be worth it for these business-minded signs. 

Each and every one of us will be taken into strange and unusual dimensions of a higher plane during the Pisces solar eclipse, yet the Pisces dark moon will also nurture us enough to keep our feet tethered to the earth lovingly. Thinking outside of ourselves is the main theme, which can be achieved not only through philanthropy and charity but with creative pursuits, too. Art, music, and overall creativity extracts us from narcissism, selfishness, brooding, and self-abuse (especially for you Pisces and Scorpio), hardens willpower and determination, and ultimately drives us to make healthy sacrifices and rein in our wild cravings. Remember: Not all that we desire is nurturing or positive for us and may result in deep soul wounds. Aries, Pisces, Scorpio: I’m looking directly at you.  

Massive imaginative forces are being churned and stirred by this lunation. We can safely explore the outer realms of our surreal fantasies and emerge from alternate realities with a tinge prophecy in all that we experience. Signs firmly plugged into this particular energy will have an uncanny—perhaps startling—predisposition to blending our personal past with elements of an unknown future. Channeling the magic and nostalgia of childhood will come seamlessly, even involuntarily, particularly when it comes to being enchanted and bewitched by the wonders of the natural world. Visual artists and designers will be able to extract new images, lines, and forms from landscapes, plants, and animals, while musicians will effortlessly pull sound and melody from nature, as well. 

Musicians and the musically talented will especially receive forceful energy beamed to their creative output, thanks to Neptune, the surrealist, music-loving planet of imagination. Revolution and hopeful optimism colors all new music being produced now, and influencers and tastemakers in the music industry may well reject nihilistic, frivolous work. Many an eye will be rolled at shocking, brutish, or degenerative themes in art and music—it’s simply been done to death. Similarly, those involved in the creative process who choose to sit on the fence will be pushed off to one side or the other: which side of art do you want to live on, where do you want your work to fall in the spectrum? These questions will be begged by the solar eclipse and dark moon, musicians. 

Ancestral karma—specifically relating to artistic gifts and creative talents—is highlighted during this lunation. Some may revel in the realization that they’ve inherited some creative sensibilities from their family line they weren’t aware of. Alternatively, creative power will bloom forcefully when connected to the family and ancestors, whether that be simply spending time with an older relative and soaking in their wisdom, or researching the people in our bloodlines that came before us. Grandparents could teach us new skills, like painting techniques or how to play an instrument, or we might just be given the gift of good advice in relation to our creative choices. Whichever path you choose, inspiration lays in wait on the journey. Investing time and money into ancestral art is rewarded now, too, so if you’ve got some family heirlooms or antiques to restore, get busy this weekend.  

Collective humanity is sure to be intensely nostalgic in the next two weeks, especially when it comes to our families and dreaming about our own future generations. Laying the groundwork for children’s inheritances and those who come after us, materially and artistically, will be important motivating factors. Even those of us who’ve sworn off parenthood could find themselves mired in daydreaming about kids and having a family of one’s own. Baby fever is strong even among the most unlikely victims, to say the least.  

Strong and influential friends are bound to emerge from the woodwork during the next two weeks, as well. Signs affected most powerfully will find benefactors in unusual places, likely associated with big business. These new supporters are poised to offer mentorship, valuable gifts, or financial sponsorship, with a palatable obsession with powerful women, in particular. It’s possible that artists will find a lucrative partner willing to invest in them so that they can spend their time fully committed to their art. Attracting this level of support will flow like magic for people well connected to what’s trending globally. The more boldly creative you are, the more help and adoration you’re likely to receive. Those who’ve been through hard times of serious challenges are also more poised to gain lucrative support. The flip side of this element is a rough crucible for folks born to a cushy life or with a silver spoon in the mouth. People who haven’t been through a gauntlet of pain might find these next two weeks to be akin to an ice-cold shower of reality. You will have to work hard to earn your place.

Meanwhile, Pisces’ ruling planet, Neptune the sea god, will be conjunct with the dark moon, pulling us into the dark, eerie netherworld of our subconscious—whether we like it or not! Water signs especially will feel a heavy euphoria, like an intoxicating frenzy of fantasy turned reality. However, there will be some serious issues with boundaries at this time, so remain aware of your surroundings—the most psychic signs (Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer) will have issues repelling the energy, soaking everything in like little sponges. Perceptions of reality will no doubt be challenged, which can absolutely be fun; if you practice glamour magic, work in advertising, sales, or are a visual or performance artist, this lunation is an incredibly powerful time to make things happen. The dark side? Be careful of liars, scammers, and convincing swindlers. Question absolutely everything. The Pisces sun conjunct Neptune can be a bit rough on water signs, too, pointing to a tendency to dissolve the ego and slink into depression and addiction over the next six months. Escapism is seductive, only because these signs are so emphatic and absorbent of dark energy around them, manifesting in sensitivity and fragile health—mentally and physically. Meditate, take care of your chakras, rely on your sharp intuition, and wear your psychic armor always. Don’t go down dark alleys. 

Aggressive war god Mars is on the scene, too, if you can believe it, popping shots off in the background and making quite a bit of noise with Jupiter and Uranus (hence, Aries, Scorpio, Aquarius, and Sagittarius being so heavily affected by this two-week period). Mars, who’s at home in Aries, really gets the party started when it comes to big actions, so consider this the encore to the Leo lunar eclipse two weeks ago. Fiery campaigns for liberation and freedom in many forms—most notably, the realm of activism—will be lit with a new flame. 

Sexual liberation is a major theme highlighted by these elements. This doesn’t necessarily mean wild orgies and uncharacteristic sexual permissiveness, but rather a "live and let live” mentality of having a good time. If you want sex, you got it! Don’t be surprised if some fun innovations come into your sex life, though, especially involving technology (think: sexting, Skype or FaceTime sex, meeting new partners through sex and dating apps, and so much super saucy social media flirting). Fun! This energy is pure sexual rebellion, absolutely electrified with excitement and hot bloodedness. And if others want to do as they will sexually, they’ll receive a legion of freedom-fighting armies to back them. This comes at an important political time in the U.S. when protections for transgendered youth are being shamefully destroyed and LGBTQIA folks are being placed up against a societal wall. The cosmos are like, “Um, fuck no—not now, not ever.” Get ‘em. 

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"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.

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The Stan Smiths are a must-have

Adidas just shared its capsule of sneakers paying tribute to Keith Haring, and TBH I can already feel my wallet emptying (and they're not even on sale yet). The new collection features three shoe silhouettes, all including the late artist's iconic imagery as embroidered designs.

The standout style of the collection is the Rivalry hi-top; with bright blue and orange stripes and piping along the edges, Haring's stars and cartoon bodies, in black thread, pop right off. If you're looking for something less over-the-top, the quirky white Nizza Hi RF sneakers show a snake wrapping around the back of the shoe and chasing one of Haring's cartoon bodies toward the toe. There's also a minimal embroidered design on the toe of a classic Stan Smith pair. Look a little more closely at the tongue though, and you'll notice the traditional image has been swapped with a caricature of Haring himself.

Peep the three silhouettes, below, and set your calendar for the official drop at the end of the month.

Adidas, Rivalry Hi Keith Haring Shoes, $120, available at Adidas starting at 10am EST on June 30.

Adidas, Nizza Hi RF Haring Shoes, $120, available at Adidas starting at 10am EST on June 30.

Adidas, Stan Smith Keith Haring Shoes, $120, available at Adidas starting at 10am EST on June 30.

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Hopefully this one will be typo-free

In an Instagram Live on Thursday, Taylor Swift announced that she would be creating a collaboration with fashion designer Stella McCartney inspired by her upcoming Lover album. Although she kept it vague, we can only assume that the two are working on a collection of luxe merch.

Swift noted in the announcement that she has been friends with McCartney "for a really long time," and that the designer already heard the new album. "I respect what she creates, how she creates it," Swift continued. "There's so much whimsy and imagination and romance to the clothing that she designs." Swift has been wearing McCartney's designs "a lot recently," so maybe we should have seen the collab coming.

One eagle-eyed fan pointed out that Swift wore Stella McCartney rainbow-hued shoes during her Wango Tango set. If the collab is anything like these shoes, you can bet I'll be copping it as quick as I can.

Swift detailed in her Instagram Live that the album Lover would be all about romance, which makes McCartney and her feminine designs perfect for the collaboration. We just hope that this collection doesn't have any typos, like some of Swift's "ME!" merch did.

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And spreads the message that "we all got crowns"

Late on Thursday, Taylor Swift dropped a new single, "You Need To Calm Down," and announced her forthcoming studio album, Lover, out this August. Following her lead single "ME!" Swift continues to spread her message of self-love and call out haters—particularly the homophobic ones—in this latest song.

Swift "ended homophobic locals," as one fan put it on Twitter, with one particular lyric: "'Cause shade never made anybody less gay."

Along with the song, Swift shared a lyric video via YouTube which made her sentiments even clearer. With her lyric, "Why are you made?/ When you could be glad?" she spelled "glad" as "GLAAD," referencing the queer media advocacy organization.

Swift sings of homophobic protestors in the second verse: "Sunshine on the street at the parade/ But you would rather be in the dark ages/ Makin' that sign must've taken all night." In the pre-chorus, she adds, "You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace/ And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate."

Swift additionally comments on women being pitted against each other—"We see you over there on the internet comparing all the girls who are killin' it"—asserting that "we all got crowns." There's nothing trolls can do to rain on her parade anymore.

One fan pointed out the possible symbolism of the crown lyric. In "Call It What You Want," track 14 on Reputation, she sings "They took the crown but it's alright." Now on "You Need To Calm Down," track 14 of Lover, she sings that there's not just one crown—we all have them.

Some fans are pointing to the double meaning of the track title. If I had a dollar for every time someone said those words to me in a totally condescending way, I'd probably be richer than her! What woman hasn't been told to calm down about an entirely not-calm situation or while expressing their distaste?

During Swift's live stream for the release of the song, she also announced a fashion collaboration with designer Stella McCartney, a peek of which we got during the singer's WangoTango performance.

Lover is set for August 23 release.

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"I was like, 'Did I sleep with this critic's girlfriend, or what?'"

The day I meet Jim Jarmusch, the sun hangs so bright and hot and yellow and solid in the sky that it's hard to believe that it will actually set at night. It's one of those New York June days that suggests we might be in permanent daylight; it's got a completely different feeling than the crepuscular atmosphere of Jarmusch's latest film, The Dead Don't Die, which takes place in a small town in what feels like one long twilight, maybe the last one.

But for today, Jarmusch and I are sitting at a table in a sun-filled restaurant, though we're in the shade. We're in a part of the city that used to be very punk rock, and is now very NYU, yet being there with Jarmusch, who looks so at home, like he's holding court in the booth (it helps that Larry Fessenden, an old friend of Jarmusch's and a writer/director/producer/actor, who appears in The Dead Don't Die, happens by the table to say hi), makes the area feel a little punk rock again, even with all the sun.

The Dead Don't Die is a very punk rock zombie movie, by which I mean: It's not very scary, but it is very cool, and even when it's sneering, it's a little bit tender. Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and Chloë Sevigny as a trio of small-town cops who fight back against a nascent zombie apocalypse caused by fracking, the film is cast with a who's who of Jarmusch regulars, like Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, and Fessenden, to name a few; but it also features younger stars like Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez, and Luka Sabbat—and there's a real earworm of a theme song, courtesy of Sturgill Simpson.

Below, I speak with Jarmusch about the movie, being a dilettante, and why he only reads his negative reviews—which is definitely one of the most punk rock things I've ever heard.

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This was filmed on a pretty condensed shooting schedule, right?
It was a very rough schedule. A very difficult one, actually.

We only had seven weeks to shoot, and we had to shoot Adam Driver out in three weeks because he had to be delivered to Star Wars, and the financing of the film was incredibly grueling and took a long time, so we were pushed so far that we had about one month of prep, and then three weeks with Adam. And then all these different actors coming in and out; I don't know how Carter and Josh, the two producers, organized it all. And then we'd shoot 15-hour days, and halfway through, I had walking pneumonia; I had two coats; it was 95 out; I was shaking. You know, just weird stuff like that. But it's all okay because we had such great people—our crew—everybody. And then, the visual effects were very taxing and complicated.

How did that all work together? Because there's more than one decapitated head.
Yeah, it's a mixture. First of all, we mixed prosthetics with makeup with masks for some of the zombie stuff, but all of those effects with the decapitations, we had to just imagine. So we had to choreograph everything and then only imagine kind of what it would be like, which was, for me, very abstract because I'm not very versed in visual effects. You know, you had to really kind of trust your instincts, because Adam Driver's chopping away with a machete with no blade.

It could've been a machete, it could've been a lightsaber, who knows? So, to what degree is this a sequel of Paterson with Adam Driver's character's last name being Peterson?
Well, I just do these things to amuse myself while writing, you know? Bill Murray in Broken Flowers was named Don Johnson, and in this, I gave him the name Cliff Robertson. Tilda Swinton's character is Zelda Winston. Rosie Perez is named Posie Juarez. You know, I'm just kind of amusing myself.

And Peterson, Paterson. While we were filming Paterson I was always teasing Adam that the next one, we would make was gonna be a sequel about a psychopathic murderous bus driver named Peterson. Tag line: "Get the fuck off my bus!" Or "Next Stop Hell!" You know, stuff like that. It's just to make them... I love trying to make Adam Driver laugh, because he has a very odd and wonderful sense of humor, but it's on the dry side, so I'm always joking around with him between work to try and see what makes him laugh.

But yeah, there's no sequel of any kind, and I don't think that way, and I don't plan, and I don't see my films from the past ever again. I just look toward the next thing.

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What was the original concept for this? When did you start coalescing all of these different elements into knowing that you wanted it to be your next film?
Some years ago after Only Lovers Left Alive, Tilda kept teasing me, calling me, saying, "When do we do the zombies? When are we doing the zombies?" And in between I made Paterson and Gimme Danger, but then after those I started writing the zombie one, and my original conception was: I wanna make a film that's really funny and silly like Coffee and Cigarettes, where people talk about whatever nonsense I want them to, and I want to get actors I love, you know? So I thought, okay, if I make a zombie film, I can have a structure where different groups are cordoned off against the zombies, and the zombie attacks will be intermittent and not very long, so I'll have long lags where they're just stuck there, like in the house of The Night of the Living Dead, where they can talk about any kind of nonsense. So that was my first idea, and then when I started writing it, for some reason, I wanted to have a small town, Centerville, and I just followed my intuition, and it became this, I don't really know why beyond that.

What is it about small towns that make them the perfect setting for existential terror?
They're insular. They're kind of… everyone kind of knows each other. It's controllable by the characters. It's believable that everyone kind of know each other. I don't know. I'm not very good at analyzing that. And also, this is not a horror film because horror films use devices that are necessary to frighten people, like suspense, and then you get scared. We have no interest whatsoever in that. This is more of a metaphorical zombie film, but I would not call it a horror movie. It's a comedy with zombies with a kind of sad ending. Beyond that, I don't know what it is.

And horror nerds may not like it if they're expecting creepy, creepy, scary thing! They're not gonna get it. They're not gonna get that delivered to them.

What's interesting about it is seeing who fights back against this existential dread. Or, like, Chloë Sevigny's character, Mindy, doesn't fight, she is on her own separate trip, avoiding the end till she embraces it.
It's a character film. It's not even a plot film, really, although critics say that about all my films. But Chloë… it's a complicated thing, because when I first called Chloë, I told her... I wrote her a letter, and then she said, "Yeah, yeah I'd like to do this." And I said, obviously, this is not a feminist character. She's reactive. She's our sort of "Scream Queen." She screams like six times. But Chloë is the master of reaction, and I love watching her react.

She definitely feels like a stand-in for what a normal person would feel during these absurdist experiences, which is nice to have. It's not necessarily that you need a relatable character in a movie like this, but...
Yeah, but she's an empathetic human that's in a job with some authority, but in a small town where that means taking care of whatever, you know, as a police officer, pretty minimal [stuff]. There's not a lot of rampant crime or anything going on… or anything at all, really.

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A lot of people are going to be projecting tons of different meanings onto this film, like with all your films. To what level do you participate in that or pay attention to that? Or, once you're done making a film, is it just out there, and you just let people project onto it whatever they will?
I've always felt that anyone's interpretation of a film that I write and direct is probably more valid than my own. Because it's a funny thing, the beauty of films is going into a world—or a book or whatever—but going into a world that you don't know, and you are entering a world, and it takes you. And if you wrote it, and you were there filming it, and you're in the editing room every day for six months, the mix, and all that... I can never possibly see it. I like hearing what friends or people I know... I like Q and As after screenings because they have no agenda except their interest. I like that a lot, and I value that. I don't really like to read a lot of reviews unless they're really negative. I love the negative ones.

You do?
Yeah, because they must be very far from me in their perception of the world, and that is interesting to me. But I try not to read a lot...

I think you're probably the first person who I've ever spoken to who says they like to read the negative reviews.
I really like them. The worst one I ever got in my life, I laminated and used to carry in my wallet. It was a brief thing from a right-wing French [paper], maybe Le Figaro or something, of a film called Dead Man that we made, and they said—this is the English translation—"The French intelligence celebrates Jarmusch in the way death and blind parents would celebrate their retarded child. Jarmusch is 33 years old, the same age as Christ when he was crucified. We can only hope the same for his film career." I was like, Whoa! That is harsh! I'm keeping that one!

It gets personal.
But that was vicious. I was like, Did I sleep with this critic's girlfriend, or what? What happened? It was really... the knife was sharpened, you know.

That speaks to a very specific kind of agenda for sure.
A friend of mine Amos Poe, he's sort of a mentor of mine, a punk filmmaker, whatever, and when we were young when he made, in the late-'70s, one of his films—The Foreigner or Unmade Beds—the New York Times called it "the cinematic equivalent of kindergarten scribbling," and he put that on his posters and put "New York Times" and we were like punks, we were like, "Yes! Amos! That's great!"

I mean, it genuinely is a pretty great pull quote, and I think also a little bit oblivious to the charms of a kindergartener's scribbles and what the value is in that anyway.
Yeah, it was kind of accurate in a positive way, and they intended it as very negative.

In this film, there are so many actors who are veteran actors, but there are also a lot of younger actors. What do you like about the combination of that dynamic?
I just like the variety of sort of world perceptions—indicated in a very minor way when Bill Murray's character says, "I've known Hermit Bob since we were in junior high," and Adam's character says, "Oh, wow! That must've been like 50 years ago!" And Bill says, "Yeah. It was." But just the kind of difference of perception of age I find as I get older really interesting. And I'm very interested in young people, especially teenagers, because I think they form our sense of style, of music, of so many things, and yet they're kind of pushed around and treated badly and constantly told, "You don't know how the world really works! You're just a teenager!" But they gave us poetry. They gave us Mary Shelley and Rimbaud and chess masters, and all the great music comes a lot from teenagers. So I tried to keep a pulse, that's why the three teenagers, I would not let them turn into zombies. There are only four people [who don't get turned by zombies]: those three that are delinquents, and the Tom Waits character, who's already removed himself from the social order long before.

When the zombies become zombies, they all have one inciting thing that they're still pursuing in the real world. Do you have one thing that you think you would pursue if you were a zombie?
You know, it's hard because I'm a self-proclaimed dilettante. I'm interested in so many things, I don't know if I would be breaking into a bookstore, or if I would be in the alley outside of a movie theater, or if I would be trying to get into a guitar shop. I'm not sure. I have a lot of interests.

I mean there's a way in which it's a really tender portrayal of the human impulse to just seek out these things that they love.
It's not totally a critique; it's their vestigial memory of some things that they were drawn toward, whether it was power tools or oxycontin.

The Dead Don't Die is in theaters now.

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