Ideal Bookshelf

Beloved artist Jane Mount, founder of Ideal Bookshelf brings literary people, places, and things to life in her new treasure trove of a book Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, which comes out September 11th -available now for pre-order. A gorgeous, artfully illustrated volume filled with literary trivia, book recommendations, lists, and quizzes, any book lover would appreciate. Tour the world’s most beautiful bookstores, find your next great read in Jane’s lovingly curated stacks of books, peek inside the workspaces of favorite authors, and meet an adorable array of bookstore cats & much more! In celebration of all things new bookish goodness, events with special creative guests kick off at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn NY and continue throughout September at truly indie bookstores across the country. #fortheloveofbooks

Moon Magic

Full Moons have forever been a mystical time of connecting with our spiritual, sacred feminine selves. Many Goddess and earth-based traditions honored all phases of the Moon, while Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism still celebrate special holidays according to the lunar calendar. While New Moons are associated with new beginnings, Full Moons represent the culmination of energy: fruition, completion and celebration, as well as releasing and shedding of the old to pave way for a whole new cycle.

Spirit Voyage. Ajeet Kaur With Ezra Landis & Raffa Martinez. This is a song to connect to the Moon, to the grandmother guiding wisdom. It is a song of love, letting go, and embracing the wisdom and magical mystery of life. On the Full Buck Moon July 27th 2018, there will be a total lunar eclipse -the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. From start to finish, the event will last four hours. Although the eclipse won’t be visible in the U.S., you can catch it live via community webcast on astronomy site Slooh if interested.

Because the Full Moon increases psychic and emotional sensitivity, many feel its effects very palpably -often starting the days leading up to the Full Moon, While it can feel overwhelming to deal with the intense energies it brings up, learning to harness the gifts of this special time can help us better manage everything that comes up, and create powerful shifts in our lives. Here are three Magical Full Moon Rituals to embrace the many gifts of this blessed time every month. Experiment with whatever you feel guided to. It’s a Full Moon after all, so trust your intuition!

1.) Shed Light On Darkness Journal Ritual

One of the reasons we can feel so emotional during a Full Moon is because it’s a time of making the unknown known, the unconscious conscious, the hidden seen. Naturally, this includes relationships and patterns that are not in alignment with our truth and highest good. If we don’t allow ourselves to face and process these insights, we may feel hypersensitive, confused and overwhelmed. The best thing we can do is to take some time to express everything we are feeling in a safe and healthy way.

A simple ritual to bring light to any darkness you are facing is to take a sheet of paper and write out everything you are feeling, uncensored. Notice any surprises or insights you gain about issues that are important to you. Have you been ignoring or suppressing your feelings in a certain area? Have you been settling, compromising, or disowning your truth and boundaries? Are you ready to release what’s no longer serving you? You don’t need to know the answers, but it’s important to ask the questions.

In the next steps, you will learn how to awaken your intuition, which will guide you on any action to take and changes to make as you move forward. For now, once you feel you have released all that you need to on this sheet of paper, (very safely, perhaps in a pot) burn it. You can write an intention at the end, such as, “I now release all that no longer serves me for total healing, purification and transmutation, for my best and highest good.” As the paper burns, wash away any ashes or surrender them to Mother Earth, and feel the lightness of releasing what lurked in the dark before. Remember it’s always darkest before the dawn.

2.) Clear Your Energy Smudging Ritual

If you choose to do the above ritual, smudging is wonderful to perform after, although it can be done independently, and any time as well. Of course, for this, you will need to have a sage bundle handy, which you can craft, or buy from most spiritual/new age shops or online. Smudging is a powerful energy clearing ritual used in Native and earth-based traditions during ceremonies. It is said to help release negative, toxic, stagnant energies, and even get rid of earth-bound spirits and attachments. A Full Moon night is an especially potent time for a smudging ritual. After facing and releasing what you need to, you can then ceremoniously clear it away with the smoke of sacred sage.

To perform the ritual, burn the dried sage bundle, keeping a fire-safe dish underneath to catch the ashes, and simply waft it around your entire body (at about a two-feet long distance). As you do so, you can again set an intention such as, “I release all that no longer serves me for my highest good.” After smudging yourself, you can smudge your home by waving the wand in the corners and centers of each room -or anywhere you feel guided. Trust your intuition, as you may feel the need to smudge some unexpected places or linger somewhere a little longer. Be sure to perform this very safely, keeping a distance from fabrics, pets and children. You need only wave the wand once or twice in each area to get the smoke flowing there, as you keep moving along.

After the ritual, open all your windows to air out the smoke and let new, fresh energy, and ideally Moonlight, into your home. Bonus Step: Since your space is now clear, you can go around the house and re-program the energy by setting intentions for what you want to bring into your space and life instead. You can clap three times at the end of each intention to seal it in, or if you have a bell or singing bowl, ring it three times for extra blessings. Finally, you can also clear spiritual objects like crystals, oracle decks, sacred texts and malas by waving the sage bundle around each one three times.

3.) Moontime Majesty Massage Ritual

A beautiful and beneficial way to replace the darkness that you released, is to ride the tides of your lunar cycle and truly align with the divine sacred feminine, with the gift of Living Libations Moontime Lunitidal Elixir. An essential oil estro-fest blest with a sisterhood of solacing botanicals. Anoint these dutiful drops onto your belly and wrists, as you relax and dwell in the majesty of your femininity. Directions: Enjoy drops in a bath. Use in a diffuser. Anoint the body. Massage Moontime Majesty into your belly by diluting 5-7 drops with an organic carrier oil like jojoba or St. John’s Wort. Simply massage area or apply with the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage to guide the body.

Catching The Light

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Gladioli Girl, © Mairianne Giovanna Genova.

Hello June! The Summer Solstice is just around the corner. The Solstice reminds us how integral the Sun is to our lives. In several ancient cultures, the Summer Solstice is honored as the union between Heaven and Earth. Here are a few Artful Living ways to mark the longest day and celebrate the Sun. Wishing you a season filled with light and vitality!

Cast A Spell: This spell is for protection, healing, empowering, and revitalizing: Create a pouch for psychic dreams; put mugwort (a visionary herb) and bay leaves (often associated with the Sun) in a piece of Yellow material (the color of the Sun); sew it up with Red thread (the color of action and fire); and place it under your pillow. Dream on!

Greet The Sunrise: Watching the Sun come up is a powerful reminder of nature’s cycles -the ones we so often take for granted. Wake up early with the Sun. Watch her rise. When the Sun is low in the sky, you can stare into her. Fill your eyes and your body with her light. Do a Sun Salutation yoga practice. Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) are a sequence of 12 powerful yoga poses with profound benefits. Shine on!

Design A Mandala : Create a mandala or danmala (meaning the giving of flower circles in Sanskrit) with natural elements -flowers, leaves, twigs, berries, rocks, seeds and feathers, found foraging. This is a beautiful process for grounding, presencing, and practicing the art of letting go. Make temporary mandalas around your local area to connect more deeply with nature, and leave for others to find and enjoy. Explore nature as art studio!

Express Gratitude: Give thanks for the Sun, for the light of the Sun, for the life that comes from the Sun. Write the Sun a love letter: Thank you, light, for the life you give to the plants, the animals, and to me. Next, show gratitude to yourself, too. Take the time to honor your own inner light and it’s expansion over your shadows. Express gratitude for your journey!

Unleash Your Spirit: The Summer Solstice is our annual opportunity to take advantage of the abundance of light that can help us release burdens, doubts, and fears, so we can become just a little freer, lighter. The most basic way to honor the Sun is to be in it. Soak it up, sing, dance, drum, play some music. This is a great time of year to dive into your inner child. A reminder to never lose sight of the magic in each day. Remember to play!

The Gardener

The Gardener, American debut on March 28th 2018, A documentary by Sébastien Chabot about renowned plantsman and Garden Conservancy founder Frank Cabot (1925-2011) and his creation of Les Quatre Vents, his magnificent 20-acre garden in Québec. Through his own words and interviews with his family & gardening experts, the film presents Cabot’s extraordinary and inspiring vision that gave birth to one of the greatest gardens in the world.

Trailer For The Film The Gardener

The Gardener is a film that reflects upon the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, the influential gardener and self-taught horticulturalist, revisited the creation of his private garden located in Charlevoix, on the top of Mount Murray. This English-style garden, created over three generations and maintained by himself for more than 50 years on the family estate on the St. Lawrence River, is an enchanted place of beauty and surprise, recognized throughout the world as one of the masterpieces of modern horticulture. Here Cabot’s memories and reflections, as well as those of his family and specialists, help take a look at his artistic approach and personal philosophy.

The film is being distributed in public theaters across the United States by Gravitas Ventures. Check your local listings for showings. Following the debut in March, the Garden Conservancy will be offering a private members-only film screening April 5th 2018 at the New York School of Interior Design. Become a Garden Conservancy Member here.

The Garden Conservancy, in partnership with garden owners, gardeners, communities, horticulturists, garden designers & historians, works to preserve outstanding gardens across America. Helping new & emerging public gardens become community-based public resources by drawing upon the expertise from a network of experts in all aspects of garden design, management & restoration. They also contribute to the welfare of existing public gardens, helping them manage both natural & manmade challenges to their survival. Many of the gardens they work with are National Historic Landmarks or on the National Register of Historic Places.

Becoming Wise

On Being Gathering Becoming Wise: A Calling  For This Age. February 16-19th, 2018, 1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA.

For years, the On Being team has aspired to gather together their far-flung universe of listeners and readers. Now, in partnership with the new 1440 Multiversity in the hills and redwood forests of Santa Cruz county, it’s finally happening! This inaugural adventure will be three days of conversation, poetry, and community with Krista Tippett, beloved teachers from the show and the blog, and the entire On Being team. Special guests include: Seth Godin, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, poet extraordinaire David Whyte, Maria Hinojosa, Naomi Shihab Nye, Omid Safi, Jennifer Bailey & activist author Parker Palmer.

The New 1440 Multiversity Scotts Valley California.

In large and small groups, they will take up the possibilities of this moment to generatively inhabit the spaces of our lives and renew common life in a fractured world. There will be shared meals and music in the evenings, and plenty of space across the three days for restoration, one-on-one conversation, and quiet reflection. Participants will then return to their communities with ideas, practices & relationships to share in the spirit of On Beings’s Civil Conversations Project & Krista’s NY Times best-selling book, Becoming Wise.

About

1440 Multiversity -named for the 1440 minutes in a day, was founded on the belief that each minute is an opportunity to be present and aware of how we connect with what matters, both within and around us. The nation’s newest learning destination focusing on immersion workshops for integrated living.

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster & New York Times best-selling author. As creator & host of public radio’s On Being, she takes up the great questions of meaning amidst the political, economic, cultural, and technological shifts of 21st-century life. Her most recent book is Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery & Art of Living.

Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett, 2016.

In Becoming Wise, Krista Tippett has created a master class in living for a fractured world. Fracture, she says, is not the whole story of our time. The enduring question of what it means to be human has become inextricable from the challenge of who we are to one another. She insists on the possibility of personal depth and common life for this century, nurtured by science and “spiritual technologies,” with civility and love as muscular public practice. And, accompanied by a cross-disciplinary dream team of a teaching faculty, Tippett shows us how.