Tonight's New Moon Reminds Us To Get Out Of Our Own Way


The only thing that can prevent us from changing is ourselves

The moon is new today and already over us, although it's something like instinct to only think of the moon when the sky is dark. We are born into a world where everything happens at once, but humans are drawn to category and separation. We have our days and our nights, our division of light sources, a time for doing and a time for dreaming. When the new moon is in Pisces, dreaming and doing is a light that flows from a sliver in the sky and swirls around. The Pisces new moon is not interested in separation, she knows time is not linear and healing is not either. The Pisces new moon has teamed up with Mercury (god of information) retrograde to rise in the light of consciousness. Meanwhile, Uranus has shifted into Taurus for the long haul, and when I write "haul," I mean "drag"; it's being dragged. Because, what is information but a means to change? What is Uranus in Taurus but the will to see that means through?

The new moon in Pisces is square Jupiter in Sagittarius, and expansion, for what it's worth, is an idea you follow like an arrow to its landing place. While Mercury Retrograde in Pisces makes forward movement difficult, it doesn't make it impossible. We can ford the river if we mind the current that moves against us, the slippery rocks of misinformation, the thin, felled log of our self-belief that we must guard within us as we cross. Wanting to move toward that arrow is the main thing, wanting change as it wants us. Remember, Pisces is here to teach us that it's all already happening, the only thing that stops us from seeing change is our resistance to it. So why resist? Nostalgia, at its best, is a savoring of what has happened for us. The ability to hold and access memories is a gift and a tool—any writer can tell you that, any elder too. At its worst, nostalgia is a prayer to god of lack, a belief that the Earth is not generous with her care, that the universe only graces us so many times.

If one moves through life believing that the Earth is not generous, how does one remember to be generous with the Earth? Uranus in Taurus wants to transform your relationship to the natural world—which is not compartmentalized, not separated, not outside the realm of buildings and roads. We have altered the Earth and Earth alters us. She called to the new moon and keeps her close, so that we might feel what we refuse to see. Do you feel something shifting in you, reader? Has your fear of the unknown within you succumbed to your desire to know yourself, your possibility and your worth? There are some paths that must be taken the hard way. There is a difference between being flown to the top of a mountain and trusting your own body, its endurance, pace, and limitations, to get to the peak. Sometimes, learning about your own strength begins with accepting that you have it and dedicating time to finding it within yourself.

I offer you the vision of a body and a mountain, but I ask you to resist separation, especially between body and spirit, spirit and mountain, mountain and mind. There are bodies that are not able to climb mountains made of stone. These bodies climb mountains every day, they face insurmountable odds, they go the long way around often out of necessity rather than choice. But, in choosing to go, to show up, to take up the space their bodies were made to take, they become powerful as mountains. There are minds too, full of mountains, underwater caves, darknesses and peaks of light. There are spirits that struggle to scale that terrain, to know and love it and claim it whole as one might love and claim a landscape as home. As a place to return and feel connected to something greater than our human memory and our human pain.

The new moon in Pisces knows all about human pain and universal grace, she weaves the strands of what she knows around us, and we dream it. These dreams are not relegated to night or solitude, these dreams come over us in our waking hours, they visit through the hands of our lovers and the stories of our friends. Don't be surprised if you miss someone who is not with you more than usual this week. Don't be surprised if you remember something about yourself you've spent a long time trying to forget. Dreaming lends itself to doing under the new moon, and while Pisces is not the sign of discipline, it can be the sign of transition. Transition into a routine this week, reader, before all the over-commitment and all those waves of memory catch you in a riptide of exhaustion and drag you out past the buoys. Attending to practical matters, your schedule, your savings, your goddamn planner, will keep a needful lifesaver around your waist while you wade into the water. Remember that play and pleasure are just as grounding as material things, because both bring you back into your body and your heart—your mountain climbing gear.

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"And now our watch has ended"

In a thoughtful tribute on Instagram, actress Emilia Clarke said goodbye to Game of Thrones, and her character, Daenerys Targaryen.

Clarke posted a gallery of photos including some group shots with the rest of the cast, as well as a closeup of Dany's intricately braided hair, and a still from the show. "Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me," she wrote, continuing to say that "Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor, and as a human being."

"The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart," she wrote. "I've sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice." She also gave a nod to her father, who died in 2016, saying that she wishes he was still alive "to see how far we've flown."

Clarke finished by thanking her fans, telling them that "without you there is no us... I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we've made and what I've done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams," she said. "And now our watch has ended."

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Don't reusable cups exist in Westeros?

Apparently, no one could keep their drinks off-set during the final season of Game of Thrones. The show, which has been known for its meticulous editing, has featured a Starbucks coffee cup in an episode, and now, a plastic water bottle. Someone get these characters a reusable cup!

Yes, in the final episode of the series, there's a disposable water bottle hidden in plain sight in one of the scenes. If you look closely enough, you'll see the bottle peeking out from behind Samwell Tarly's leg in a scene where many characters were arguing about the fate of Westeros.

Another water bottle was spotted by someone else, hiding behind Ser Davos Seaworth's foot.

It seems that everyone was too parched on the set of the final episode to worry about a misplaced water bottle making it into the final shots. Some are speculating that the team left them in on purpose as payback to the writers for the series' ending.

We just really hope that everyone in the series recycles. If there are disposable cups and plastic bottles available in the fictional world, we hope that there's an ethical way of disposing of them. Otherwise, well, it might be more disappointing than the series finale itself.


Think about all the ways you've begged for ruin

I'll admit I can get a little possessive about full moons; I was born on a full moon, you see. I'll admit there's something that makes people go mad over a full moon and there's something in that madness that situates me, gives me a place to drop my anchor. I see the full moon, her one wide open eye, and think of the first gods—the cyclops and the titans—how they betrayed each other. The full moon reminds me that each of us walks this life having inherited the stories of the lives that brought us here, we carry moments of great suffering in our DNA and we carry moments of great joy too.

A Scorpio full moon is especially prone to these sorts of reminders, dancing partner to the Sun in Taurus, since both these stars are so devoted to the past, since both like to mine a wound just to see how deep it goes and how much they can stand to endure. It's true, too, that Taurus is the sign linked to the Hierophant in the Tarot. The Hierophant is a figure in service to Mysteries: guarding and teaching the sacred. The Hierophant is pre-occupied with devotion and desecration and so is Taurus. Steadied by worship and undone by violation, a Taurus knows that a cycle is a cycle, there's always a hunger that thrives in the devotional figure, that seeks to be defiled and, in that way, tested. What better consort, what better polarity, for an Earth sign like that than the watery depths of Scorpio? Scorpio, the sign of transformation, of the occult, of karmic debts, fertile and secretive darkness. Scorpio, the snake that eats its own tail, our sexual power and our sexual shame. Scorpio rules money and Taurus loves to feel wealth, to sense abundance, to roll around in the rich black dirt.

While the Sun goes down under the star of Taurus and Uranus activates Venus, so the planet of love can pour her light over the bull's horns, the Moon rises in Scorpio and we are tasked with acknowledging the many ways we begged for ruin. Is there a heaviness on your heart, dear reader? Wasn't there a time when, green as a new stem, you begged the world to give you something real to experience, to bring you to your knees with wonder and revelation? You must have known that you had to break the bud to bloom, you must have sensed—somewhere in that ancestral memory of yours—that to love something, to pour your life into something, is to prepare to lose it. That's the deal we've made with god, or what governs time.

Have you left a cup out overnight and awoke to find it brimming with memories of betrayal, of loss, of something you felt was owed to you and never retributed? You can drink from the cup of the past searching only for the taste of it, seeking only to sate your thirst for bitterness. It's your right to feel everything you feel, to remember everything that happened to you and everything you set into motion, everything you did. But, listen. The sun is warm and generous, calling new life out of the ground. You move over the Earth like a cloud heavy with emotion and memory, threatening pour, while night waits on the other side, smelling like freedom—sweet, sharp and ineffable—full of poison blooms. You can hold the truth of this wild living world, its sacred promise to consecrate you with beauty and ruin you with it too. You can sip from the cup of the past with gratitude for your past self—the one who gave her life so that you could rise again, three times as powerful and wise.

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It's so good

Lana Del Rey released a cover of Sublime's 1997 song "Doin' Time," and she made it completely her own. That means it's the perfect combination of trippy melancholia and full-out lust.

According to Rolling Stone, the cover will appear in an upcoming documentary which will "[outline] the history of the iconic California band." In a statement, Del Rey said, "Not a day goes by that I don't listen to at least one Sublime song. They epitomized the SoCal vibe and made a genre and sound totally their own."

Bud Gaugh, a member of the band, "We are so excited to be collaborating with Lana on this. The smoky, sexy, and iconic sound of her voice breathes new life into one of our favorite singles." It certainly does.

My personal favorite part of the cover is the fact that Del Rey doesn't change the gender of the person the song is about, like so many musicians often do. Instead, Del Rey's intonation of "me and my girl, we got this relationship/ I love her so bad but she treats me like shit" is gay rights.

Listen to Del Rey's cover of "Doin' Time," below.

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Sounds fake, but okay

In a new interview for Australian Vogue, Kendall Jenner makes the claim that being associated with the Kardashian name was a setback in her modeling career. Hmmm, that's funny, because power and influence usually works in their holder's favor.

In the interview, Jenner addresses skeptics who doubted that she would make it as a professional model. "A lot of people assumed that because I came from a 'name' that it was a lot easier for me to get to where I got, but actually it's the completely opposite," she says.

"I've always been the person to prove [critics] wrong, even when I was younger," she says. "I've always been a hard worker: that's in my blood. My parents raised me and my little sister to be that way and the rest of my sisters, too." In the profile, it's revealed that Jenner used to attend castings "simply as 'K' or 'Kendall' to distinguish herself from her famous family."

But keeping her name off her portfolio wasn't going to fool anyone, really. Her face has been on television for years, and it seems unlikely that a casting agent wouldn't know who she was even if Kendall didn't come out and say it. Perhaps Jenner was more closely examined and more readily criticized by people who doubted her, but I'm not sure I believe that she had a harder time gaining a modeling platform or booking big jobs, even if she didn't use her last name.

After all, Jenner was likely able to get into those big casting rooms right away because of her family's connections, and she was able to devote her time to pursuing that career because of the wealth they have. She would've had a much harder time making a name for herself if she didn't come from an influential family. She probably wouldn't get to be so selective about which shows she walks, and she definitely wouldn't be the highest paid model in the world.