Jacquelyn Tierney

TWELVE FACES OF STYLE | Who's your style muse?

Okay, so a few things: yes, the blog is back. It's about damn time. You've already gotten a sneak peek at my series on sexy astrology (The Chemistry Lab), but there's even more brewing behind the scenes that will be well worth the very long wait.

As a way to reintroduce myself, here's a look at the work I've been doing with sacred stylist Jacquelyn Tierney over the past year. Our joint venture, Twelve Faces of Style, is a star-studded guide to fashion. We've found the perfect shade of Scorpio red, selected lingerie by star sign, and even helped a few of you with personal styling based on your natal chart - or Star Style Map, as we like to call it. It's been quite an adventure.

Where does one begin to explore the Twelve Faces universe? Everything about us is perfectly encapsulated in my favorite column: Style Muse. In it, Jackie and I talk about how your rising sign is your style secret weapon - something I've been on about for years on this blog and am now exploring more in depth thanks her sartorial expertise.

Of course, all of the muses are musicians because I just couldn't help myself.

Here's the lineup so far:

 

Aries - Rihanna

Taurus - Lana Del Rey

Gemini - Amy Winehouse

Cancer - Kanye West

Aquarius - David Bowie

 

David Bowie was slated to be our Aquarius muse in a few months, but when I heard about his passing I thought the post would be a fitting tribute. Stay tuned for Leo through Pisces.

In the meantime, we're working on something special that puts everything we've discovered about the astrology of fashion into one place. You'll have the perfect set of style rules for your natal chart - and your wardrobe - to follow or break. Who said style can't be spiritual?

For now, enjoy Style Muse and The Chemistry Lab will be posted soon!

There are twelve faces of style. Which one are you?

"AT FIRST GLANCE, FASHION AND SPIRITUALITY MAY SEEM RELATIVELY UNRELATED.

IN FACT, SOME PEOPLE MAY CALL THEM OPPOSITES.

WE RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE."

 

Today, design muse Jacquelyn Tierney and I are launching Twelve Faces of Style: A Star-Studded Guide to Fashion + Design. Come along with us as we explore fashion, art, design, and architecture through the eyes of the stars and reveal how to incorporate your astrology into your look, online and off. We believe in honoring your spirit, dressing for your soul, and (of course) Saint Laurent.

It starts with a free call on Wednesday, June 17 at 8 PM Eastern and downloadable style guide, and that's just the beginning.

 

SIGN UP AND DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE STYLE GUIDE HERE.

 

If you have any stellar-sartorial Q's you'd like to hear answered on the call, you can submit them after you confirm your attendance. The call will be recorded for our far-flung soul sisters.

In the meantime, make sure to follow us Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest, and don't forget to tag your conversations with #twelvefaces or #12faces!

Until then, shine on!

3 things other bloggers don't want you to know (and other thoughts on being a real person)

Confession: it’s been almost 2 months since I’ve written a “real” post. Yes, I’ve spent a good chunk of that time soaking up the last days of my apprenticeship with Hilary and working on a few exciting new projects, but there’s also a nagging feeling that’s been keeping me away.

In truth, I’ve spent a lot of that time mulling over the blogging industry, the metaphysical community, and where I fit into them. I’m tired of the perfectly polished photos and cliche advice that dominate so much of the conversation, and I’m craving vulnerability. So, I’ll start.

These are the secrets other bloggers don’t want you to know. Listen closely.

 

Those styled pictures look nothing like their real life.

Elegance is like pornography: “I know it when I see it.” I have a deep and abiding obsession with good design, but creating it doesn’t come easily. Still, when Jacquelyn Tierney started her #MAGICMAKERMAY Instagram challenge I thought I’d try my hand at replicating some of the gorgeous shots I’d seen on my feed. Within a few days, it was abundantly clear that was easier said than done. One photo might take a half and hour, setting up the white foamboard amid my messy living room and styling the items I’d collected from throughout the house.

I love my home, but it’s far from perfectly curated. One day, when I saw a sparkling beam of sunlight streaming in through the kitchen window, I felt disappointed. How could I capture and share that light when there was a stack of dirty dishes in the sink? By the time I washed them, the sun would have moved on.

What did I do? I took the picture anyways. Here’s the caption:

“In reality, our kitchens don't look like an Anthropologie catalog. There are dishes to be done and messes to be cleaned. There are also a million lovely things those pictures miss, like the piece of Spanish moss from my beloved Charleston that sits on the windowsill, the bottle of Dom a dear friend gave us as a wedding gift, or the antique vase I got on a trip to visit my grandmother who's long since passed away…It's not always pretty, but it is beautiful.”

 

They have a day job (or a rich partner).

Let me preface this by saying that there is absolutely nothing wrong with having someone else support you, financially or otherwise, in your creative endeavors; however, there’s something disconcerting about receiving income from other sources and presenting yourself a self-made business guru. If scientists and other professionals are expected to declare their conflicts of interest, shouldn’t we be held to the same standard of excellence?

There’s a pervasive myth that if you “quit your day job”, the powers that be will come to your aid and allow you to manifest the money you need to survive. While I’ve seen magic happen (and it does happen), it’s not that simple. I’ve seen just as many people make stupid decisions based on this advice, and I worry that this lack of transparency is what’s caused the myth to become so rampant. It’s alluring, certainly more so than the idea that you’ll have to work your ass off and save your pennies for years before you make the leap.

When you’re transparent about what part your online business plays in your life, you build trust within the community and allow people to appreciate your accomplishments for what they are. Theresa Reed does an amazing job at this. So does Esmé Wang. There are plenty of people out there who walk their talk, but on the whole, we could be doing much better.

 

They have no idea what they're doing.

Here’s the thing: none of us do. The fact that anyone can do this is at once the industry’s greatest strength and most complicated weakness. Blogging and e-commerce are incredibly fast-paced industries that are evolving and changing faster than other bloggers and business owners can write list posts on how to keep up, and as a result, it takes an incredible amount of discernment to sort through the bullshit. Luckily, it’s also easier than ever for experts to share their gifts of knowledge with the world (and get paid for it).

So, what’s a mystic to do? Take everything with a grain of salt. Build your online relationships slowly and carefully. Finally (and perhaps most importantly), listen to your intuition. You already know the answers.

 

Phew. It feels good to get that off my chest. Even with all that said, I still love this shit. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have written two books, connected with a vibrant community, and met some of the most incredible teachers and soul sisters here (and in person). To say it’s been worth it is a wild understatement, which is why I’m going even deeper with The Midheaven in the last half of 2015.

 

Here’s what I’m going to be up to:

I wanted to wait to tell you, but I don’t think I can stand it anymore! I’m working with my soul twin, Jacquelyn Tierney, to give The Midheaven a complete visual makeover. She’s the Chanel of web design, and I can’t wait.

I’m pairing up with another magic maker to bring you something amazing in star-studded style (hint!). It’s been in the works for a few months now, and it just keeps getting better and better.

I have a super secret new astrology offering in beta right now that I can’t wait to reveal later this year. I’ts going to be magical (hint hint!). Mark your calendars for November.

Finally, the lineup for the rest of this year’s Cosmic Chat interviews is going to blow your mind. I’m totally humbled by everyone’s generosity and you’re going to fall in love with their stories.

This summer is going to be HOT!

Until then, I’ll leave you with this prayer from Briana Saussy:

“May you have a heart that knows the right way to go with wisdom and discernment.”

Magical Miscellany: 4.20.2015

There's just a little over a month left of my Tarot Apprentice mentorship with Hilary Parry. Where did the time go? It's been an incredible experience, and you can bet I'll be putting my head down over the next few weeks to make the most of our remaining time together.

Do you have a soulful biz dream? These three questions will help you get clear and go pro.

Need inspiration? Stoic emperor Marcus Aurelius is always relevant.

Susannah Conway shares the lessons she learned from nine years of blogging. Spoiler alert: they're excellent.

What will I be missing if I choose to stay?

You survived tax season! Now, what financial records do you need to keep?

What is your blog's "bounce rate", and why does it matter? Sarah Morgan gives you the lowdown.

Here's how to make the most of that book or course and actually apply it to your life.

I really admire this post from Grace Bonney at Design*Sponge on what scares her. Vulnerability is sexy. (Also, if you haven't downloaded her podcast After the Jump, make it happen! It's supremely useful and insightful, especially for creative professionals.)

Blogging is a genre, and don't you forget it.

I firmly believe that everyone should work in the service industry at least once in their life. Apparently, the writers over at The Kitchn do too!

When you avoid giving negative feedback, you may be hurting more than you're helping.

People don't buy because what you do is awesome. People buy because it makes them feel awesome.

I love Tabby Beasly's post on Little Red Tarot about grouping the astrological houses in your birth chart.

Curious how tarot pro Theresa Reed does it all? She shared her daily routine from wake-up time to wine-o-clock.

This post on the trickster archetype and why it's important to have a sense of humor about spirituality is hilarious. Enjoy.