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Madame Clairevoyant: the only “horoscope” I read


As mentioned in last week’s Three Things (which will return to its regular scheduled time next week!), I dabble a wee bit in checking my horoscope out. But really, the one I have loved most, for years now, is Madame Clairevoyant. She used to write for The Rumplr, The Rumpus’s tumblr, then The Toast, and I’m so stoked she found a weekly spot on The Cut.

Maybe I love them the most because they’re not rooted in real astrology. But I definitely love them because they are beautifully written and always provide words of wisdom — whether they’re brought from the state of the planets or not — they’re words that help me stay rooted in the week ahead. And they’re words that are often eerily spot on.

Madame C. once wrote:

I am not a real astrologer or a real writer, and so it’s strange and great that people actually read these, that people are connecting with a thing that I work on. At first, when Molly asked me if I’d write horoscopes for the Rumpus, they were so silly—I really wish I were still as funny as this—but then before I even really realized it, they got serious

What I love the most about astrology, what I love most about really any field of knowledge, but especially the ones that lots of Serious People dismiss (astrology, magic, ghost stories, even religion), is the specific structures and vocabularies they give us for understanding our realities outside of common sense or linear time or the rules of science or whatever, the tools they give us for understanding the actual weirdness of our lives.

It is comforting and even fun, sometimes, to blame bad things on Mercury going retrograde; it’s comforting and fun to use astrology to understand the terrible parts of your own personality or your mom’s personality or your friends’ personalities. One of the homeless youths I work with likes to talk to me about how tarot is the only way of looking at the world that makes any sense to him. Everyone rolls their eyes at this, but it’s so real.

I still know hardly anything about actual astrology, though. A lot of people have really put in the time time to learn about the nuances, the complicated parts, the houses and trines and decanates and all of it. I am not there. I am better (I hope?) at paying attention to the people around me, the weird bendy logic of our lives, the emotional textures of the world. My roommate and my sister are both Leos, and they’re utterly different, but there are all these eerie coincidences and resonances in their lives. All the Tauruses I know are totally different except that they aren’t totally different, and I can’t put my finger on what exactly makes up that strange little core of sameness, but that’s where I try to locate these horoscopes.



What ultimately led me to write this post in particular, was this week’s horoscope in particular. For me, it struck me right in the heart. So, without further adieu, one of my favorites to date.

Taurus: Your wildness isn’t too much: Even as it loves, a person’s heart can buck and bristle. It’s possible for loyalty to mean something other than a quashing of your own emotions, your own strangeness, your own rebellion. It’s possible for faith to be critical, and for love to challenge and protest. It’s a week to be true to your people, and a week to stand boldly on your own side, too.



So, go on now, find yours here.

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Words from Wise Women: Katharine Hepburn

Another book I read last summer was Katharine Hepburn’s autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life. (Highly recommend it!) It was on sale at my go-to English bookstore in Munich, and it jumped out at me immediately (sale price aside!). Katharine Hepburn is just one of those women you grow up admiring. She’s a heroine in her own right, and her story only proves as such. She’s an American classic, a beautiful woman, inside and out, one you’d wish was more of an inspiration to girls in today’s world.

And, quite honestly, in my book, she’s the one true Kate the Great.

“I was brought up by two extremely intelligent people who gave me the greatest gift that man can give anyone, and that is freedom from fear.”

“Children need boundaries, so they can know how far they have to go to get beyond them.”

“The thing about life is that you must survive. Life is going to be difficult, and dreadful things will happen. What you do is move along, get on with it, and be tough. Not in the sense of being mean to others, but being tough with yourself and making a deadly effort not to be defeated.”

“I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man…I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to and I made enough money to support myself. And I ain’t afraid of being alone.” Barbara Walters: “Is that why also you wear pants?” Hepburn: “No, I just wore pants because they’re comfortable.” Walters: “Do you ever wear a skirt, by the way?” Hepburn: “I have one.” Walters: “You have one.” Hepburn: “I’ll wear it to your funeral.”

“Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.”

“It’s life isn’t it? You plow ahead and make a hit. And you plow on and someone passes you. Then someone passes them. Time levels.”

“You can’t change the music of your soul.”

“I have many regrets, and I’m sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret…if you have any sense….And if you don’t regret them, maybe you’re stupid.”

“Everyone thought I was bold and fearless and even arrogant, but inside I was always quaking.”

“The calla lilies are in bloom again. Such a strange flower—suitable to any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day, and now I place them here in memory of something that has died.”

“Now how can anybody look at that and not believe in God? I mean, how can anybody look at this and not believe there is some higher power, some divine force at work in the universe greater than Man, some god that created it, that created all this, that created us?”

“Life is to be lived.if you have to support yourself,you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting.And you don’t do that by sitting around.”

“I have loved and been in love. There’s a big difference.”

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only what you are expecting to give — which is everything. What you will receive in return varies. But it really has no connection with what you give. You give because you love and cannot help giving.” 

(above graphic by me.)
Read more Words from Wise Women here.

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Dreamy workspaces…

Rachelthe chic writer of the inspiring blog Little Bits of Lovelywrites a weekly feature called “Wednesday Workspace,”and it is one I always look forward to. 
Rachel has an eye for picking out the most beautiful, creative spaces to share. 
Here are some of my absolute favorites:
(click through for original post on Rachel’s blog.)

Since I am moving out soon, and living on my own for the first time (since the dorm days), I am getting really excited to make a space in my apartment where I can solely write and create. (Opposed to the couch… 😉

Eek, so much inspiration A girl can dream, right? 

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"Five ways to spot a proper Parisienne" by Bali Barret

Handbags are not pets
“She’ll dump her Kelly bag on the restaurant floor-none of that giving it its own chair to sit on.” 

Traffic regulations
“She never crosses the road at a pedestrian crossing. Life’s too short and rules are made to be broken.” 

Navy is important
“She prefers the richness of all kinds of (French) navy to the ubiquitous black.” 

“She changes her perfume like her scarves, on a daily basis. Perfume counts as an accessory, after all.”

Time and motion
“She always sleeps in her jewelry. Why take it off in order to put it all back on again the next morning.”

There is something so intriguing about the French woman.  Though she is mysterious, I, like so many others, long to possess her wonderful, attractive, chic confidence. Naturally, these five things were divinely insightful.

P.S. Have you seen Garance Dore‘s fantastically swoon-worthy video series “Pardon My French“? Could she be anymore chic & fabulous? Holy moly, the lady is talented!

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these are your people.

{via: vtwonen.}
find people — writers, friend, advisers, confidants… who share the same amount of passion as you. (not the same passion, but the same amount of passion for something.) these people will challenge you to dream bigger, work harder and aim further. 

surround yourself with them.

these are people you can grow with, not people you will outgrow.

these people will push you.
these people will inspire you.
these people will support you.

these are your people.

find them. cherish them. love them.