“Even trees understand me! Good heavens, I lie under them, too, don’t I? I’m just like a pile of leaves.”
“Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?”
“Meat. Blood. Memory. War. We rise to greet the State, to confront the State. Smell the flowers while you can.”
What is Recent Bedroom?
This newsletter was named after an Atlas Sound song I really liked in the spring of 2015 that felt hot like summer on my friend’s couches. So much of that time was unpacking and repacking the same suitcases as I moved around dorms, apartments, co-ops, a monastery, and the occasional month or so sleeping in the room in my friend’s house that was vacant for the summer.
All of that shuffling and rearranging taught me that “bedroom” is a state of mind. It can be accessed on the couch in my best friend’s living room and on the bus at 6am. I felt it well before that summer and continue to feel it as I come up on three years in the same place (mostly). You access bedroom every time you share a look that no one else saw, or when you listen to your new favorite song.
Part of the reason I practice astrology is because it gives a language to these inner experiences and connects them to the rest of the world, humming to the same pulse. I will use it as a framing device and jumping-off point to reframe and understand my inner experience so that, hopefully, my words will resonate with you as well.
I want to pay homage to the richness of the inner life, something I think is inherently intuitive, compassionate, creative. It encompasses our private thoughts, readings, art-making, prayers, rituals, journalings, romances, crying spells, and all we do to remember part of us will never be touched by all that tries to take us.
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What will I find here?
Each Friday, I will release a candy box collection of musings on plants, astrology, tarot, poetry, ritual, etc all under some umbrella theme or somehow related to the current astrology. This newsletter will be available to all subscribers.
Paid subscribers receive a collection of more formalized writing and more: guides on creativity and spirituality, essays on fixed stars (and other topics), weekly community threads and whatever other bonus content sings to my heart. Think: the intuitive/magical faculties of the decans. a guide on how to figure out what type of writer you are using your chart. essays on the muse asteroids. perhaps a peek into my writing process.
I don’t know how often I’ll be able to post bonus content until I try it out but I’m trying to aim for once a week! This work will be less topical, more formal and “academic” one could say. There will be plenty of practical, how-to information to apply what I’m talking about to your own astrological, creative, spiritual practice.
This is a newsletter to recognize your own inner richness.
I grew up in New Jersey, went to school in Portland, Oregon, and spent two years at a Buddhist Monastery where I picked up meditation, poetry, astrology, and tarot. I still engage in all of those as a poet, writer and astrologer. Additionally, I occupy my time growing medicinal herbs, making elaborate weekend meals, taking walks, dancing in front of my mirror, and watching the stars.
My writing is primarily informed by my creative and spiritual practice. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember but don’t confine my art practice to writing poems or performing. Being an artist to me means being present with life, open to receive it presence and wisdom, gathering experiences, emotions, colors, conversations. We make art anytime we tweak the recipe we’re making for dinner or choose an outfit that makes us feel hot. I want my writing to be less linear in its meaning and more cinematic, allowing a feeling and your own private experience to wash over.
My spiritual practice is similar. I have been seriously practicing Buddhism since 2014 and took Jukkai in the Soto Zen White Plum Lineage in 2017. In addition to my years of monastic practice, I have participated in dozens of week-long silent retreats (or sesshin) and will continue to sit them for the rest of my life. Even when I’m not writing about Zen, it’s there, guiding my thoughts, my state of mind, my wisdom. I am not here to proselytize or tell you what to believe; all that I speak of should be investigated for yourself.
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