Tonight's New Moon Is A Good Time To Embrace The Darkness


In the night, you'll find quiet—and freedom

It's important, when we talk about the new moon, to talk about night. There are various kinds of night; there is the kind of night that lets one stand underneath a full moon in a large earthly expanse and feel oneself illuminated by blue cosmic light, which is full of secrets millennia old. Whispered nightly by our ancestors and by our future children—this night is not one of those.

This night, a new moon night, is about darkness, about the fertile ground below and the infinity of space. A darkness hard and thick as graphite, where sound is sacred and then sound is swallowed. It is in this darkness that we begin and into this darkness that we return, again and again, to rewrite our stories.

This month, the new moon in Sagittarius asks us what a story can do. Sagittarius is a fire sign, mutable and therefore interested in collecting the threads of others. Sagittarius thrives in a circle, they get louder and brighter as they spin a tale. While the other fire signs, Leo and Aries, cry out the royal "we" and the child-like "I," the Sagittarius exclaims, "Over here!" Independent and generous at once, Sagittarius isn't so much interested in showing you who they are. They are absolutely invested in a sense of place, in what a landscape can teach us, in a self that is always redefined by context. They are the kind of horses that do well in a stable until they break free, and then they are wild horses, as if they'd never been tamed at all. Enamored with what happens when kindred spirits brave the odds together, Sagittarius dreams of the kinds of bonds that allow them to grow as individuals.

There isn't a year that goes by that I don't think of my dear Sagittarius friend Claire who, as a young girl growing up in Virginia over a decade ago, wrote an application letter to a cowboy college in Bishop, California, hoping against all odds that she would be the first girl admitted to their program. This college has only opened its doors to women in the past year, on the heels of a lawsuit, and—judging from its website—it's not the kind of place a woman would have the support to thrive anytime soon. Her desire to be where the wild terrain and horses are, her optimism, her moral compass which quivered toward an epicenter of gender disparity, I think about all these things when I think about a Sagittarian new moon night. It is darkness where freedom is the objective and the guiding principle.

For those of us who don't believe we've ever known freedom, or question what the word freedom can mean in a "free country" where children die in cages for attempting to be free, it can be heartening to remember that the moon belongs with the Earth and not to it. This moon, the one we know, the one that some of us use for dreaming while others use to light a path forward, loves every earthling without regard to nation. She chooses this planet and, in choosing it, chooses us.

Every story that defines the moon as belonging to Earth is a story that wants us to forget about the power of choice, about the kind of bonds that are only made possible through reciprocity and mutual intention. For this month's new moon in Sagittarius, while Jupiter grows stronger and more powerful in his home planet, take time to sit in the dark and savor it. These are the nights when recognizing what you don't know will give way to finding your wild place in the family of things. These are nights when the stories you've inherited, the ones that echoed in your head all year, will quiet down, and in that quiet, you'll hear the murmuring of something unwritten and entirely your own.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories












Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software


Baby bottles






Skin moisturizers



Bubble bath


Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations



Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers




Picture frames


Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags




Key chains



photo albums



Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council

Photograph via @kimkardashian.


Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.