Check out your Bohemian Horoscope for this month and find out how to direct your creative energy.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
When artist Milo Moiré posed nude in front of the Eiffel Tower and invited tourists to take a picture with her, she found herself arrested due to her naked state. Luckily for the unabashed exhibitionist she was given a written warning instead of landing in jail and earning herself a hefty fine. Though you may not want to indulge in any body-baring art this month, Capricorn, you should probably think about similar (if legal) ways that you can put yourself and your art out into the world.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
According to Edgar Degas, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Allow that to be your inspiration for this month, Aquarius. Stop focusing so much on what you see in your creative work and take some time to considering what your art is making others see.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Lavinia Fontana was an Italian painter who was born in 1552, a time when women artists faced daunting challenges (to say the least). However, Lavinia not only worked on the same level as her male contemporaries, she broke boundaries (such as being the first woman artist to paint female nudes) while also earning funds to take care of her family that included 13 dependents. Try to take a cue from the fabulous Fontana this month and refuse to let obstacles and intimidating (or even discouraging) circumstances stand in your way.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
On January 1, 1966, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” reached #1. The duo sings, “Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again / Because a vision softly creeping / Left its seeds while I was sleeping / And the vision that was planted in my brain / Still remains / Within the sound of silence.” Consider what “seeds” (or creative ideas) have been left with you while you’ve slept in recent days. If you’ve had any wild dreams or twisted nightmares (or even a rare peaceful rest), allow that to be your inspiration this month, Aries.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Graffiti hair may combine two things that you wouldn’t normally associate with each other, but somehow it works. That is, if you’re into style that’s both surprising and striking. This month, Taurus, try to find a similar unexpected combination to take your art to a shocking new level.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
On January 12, 1974, the Steve Miller Band earned a spot at the top of the charts when “Joker” went to #1. “I’m a picker / I’m a grinner / I’m a lover / And I’m a sinner / Playin’ my music in the sun,” say the lyrics and that’s your task for the month, Gemini. When it comes to your creativity, consider how you’re a picker (what choices do you need to focus on right now?), a grinner (what is making you happy at the moment), a lover (how are you sharing your passion?), and a sinner (how are your breaking the rules?). If you have trouble coming up with any useful revelations, then it might be time to take a break and play some music in the sun.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Frida Kahlo once said, “I paint flowers so they will not die.” Consider what’s been the inspiration behind your art lately, Cancer, and decide if that’s the kind of drive you want or if it’s time to make a change. For instance, do you have a morbid motivation like Kahlo’s or are you looking for a more lively spark to fire up your creations?
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
After one of her pumpkin sculptures was damaged by someone trying to take the perfect pic at her “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” exhibit at the Broad in L.A. earlier this year, the artist implemented a rule that allows guests a mere 30 seconds in each part of the exhibit. While the decision was met with mixed reactions from both the art world and the public alike, Kusama apparently feels like it’s a necessary step in order to protect her art. Take a few moments this month, Leo, to consider what limitations you might impose on your artistic practice that might help instead of hinder your creations.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
If you happened to be watching the 22nd American Music Awards on January 30, 1995, then you may remember (if you have a kickass memory) that Ace of Base were among the acts who took home top honors. While the band may not be dominating North American radio stations these days, after years of swapping members and leaving fans unsure of their future, the band released an album of remixes of their mid-‘90s hit “All That She Wants.” While it certainly didn’t receive the kind of recognition that the original received, it was still a fun modern twist on a nostalgic favorite. This month, Virgo, think about how you can take your own modern creative twist on an old artistic favorite.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
According to Albert Camus, “A work of art is a confession.” Whether you’re in the mood to indulge in honesty or not, Libra, this would be a good month to consider how you can use your artistic ways to confess something that’s been lingering on your mind.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
On January 29, 1845, Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven” was first published. Telling the creepy tale of a man who is tormented by a black bird who haunts and taunts him, it’s not exactly the friendliest story of human + animal connections. However, putting the dreariness aside, if you were to have a fantastical creature (real or mythical) as a constant companion while you created your art, what would you choose? Think about how that critter might inspire you or how a beastly presence might alter your process.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
According to Jodie Foster, “An artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize.” Though it may be freeing to create without the constraints of obligation or accountability, this might be a good time, Sagittarius, for you to take a moment or two to consider any possible consequences of your art. Though remember that just because something shocks or upsets people, doesn’t mean that you should walk away from it.
(photo via YoPriceVille Gallery)