December 29, 2009

Keep Your Balance!‏

We end this year and begin the next one with a powerful and emotional lunar eclipse in Cancer on December 31. But just prior to this big celestial event, on December 28, the relationship planet Venus squares Saturn when you may be questioning the validity of some of your important relationships. Mercury's conjunction with the north node on the same day reminds you to initiate conversations that will help you make practical decisions.

December 19, 2009

Mars Turns Retrograde: Slow Down and Evaluate!

Mars, the planet of action, turns retrograde in the sign of Leo on December 20, 2009, just before the Winter Solstice on December 21. Mars is the energy that helps all of us go for it and express our desires. So when Mars travels retrograde; its excited, active energy becomes covert and calculated, its motives are hidden. When Mars is retrograde, everyone's thought patterns are more introspective and we tend to think about ways of acting on issues and concerns which relate to the sign involved.

Positively, Mars retrograde can give us a chance to think before acting; to assess our motives and aggressions before reacting; to find our inner demons and send them packing before they continue to interfere with our life.

Mars turns retrograde only once every two years and two months, but the effects of each period differ, according to the sign in which the retrograde happens. With Mars retrograde in Leo, people with Sun or Moon in Leo, or Leo rising, will be especially prone to such introspection. We will reconsider personal views and opinions about life, since it presents an opportunity to gain insight into unconscious motivations, the hidden motivations that cause us to act without thinking. Since Leo is a fixed Sign, the other fixed Signs, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius, will also feel the effects most keenly. Scorpio in particular is liable to conflict and headstrong behavior in the arena of career and public image, because Mars rules Scorpio.

Mars retro in Leo may generate an aggressive, egocentric mood, and those most affected may be inclined toward grandiose gestures and improbable schemes. Enthusiasm and inspiration, however, seem muted during this phase, as anxieties develop around image and ego-desires. This may not be the best time to start a new creative project, and if you do, you may abandon it or just lose energy for it when Mars stations direct. It is, however, a great time to complete long-term projects. Mars turns direct again on March 10, 2010, in the first degree of Leo.

December 11, 2009


Mary Wigman's Witch Dance - "Hexentanz"

The Serpentine Dance

Early film circa 1894-1897 of Annabelle Moore and Crissie Sheridan dancing, filmed for American Mutoscope.

Loie Fuller

43 seconds of information on it.

Kiki De Montparnasse

Footage of Kiki from the films of Man Ray and Fernand Leger.

December 9, 2009

A Singular Beauty

Guinevere van Seenus for Vogue Italia September 2008 shot by Paolo Roversi.
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Paris, Je T'aime

One of my absolute favorites...

Magazine: Vogue US September 2007
Editorial: Paris, Je T'aime
Models: Agyness Deyn, Caroline Trentini, Coco Rocha, Gemma Ward, Guinevere Van Seenus, Sasha Pivovarova
Photographer: Steven Meisel

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Two Kinds Of Girls At Every Dance...

Clara Bow is the second kind of girl in "The Plastic Age" (1925, dir. Wesley Ruggles)


There Lies Titania

"Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms.
Fairies, be gone, and be all ways away.
So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist. The female ivy so
Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.
Oh, how I love thee! How I dote on thee!"
- Act 4, Scene 1
A Midsummer Night's Dream

"There Lies Titania" By John Simmons

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Doll Face

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1928 Fashion

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The Dark Muse

The Dark Muse

"Greetings, two-faced flower!
Tamer of our pains
Greetings, to flowers!
Be blessed, with rest,
Nectar, which gives to men
With withered faces
A peaceful calm"
-Laurent Tailhade

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