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BIRTHDAY BOHEMIAN ….. Alexander Calder

American artist and sculptor Alexander Calder was most famous for inventing the mobile. He was born on July 22 1898 when the Sun was in the last degree of Cancer, which gave him a great love of home, family and children.  With his Moon and Venus in Virgo he had an earthy, practical side and, with his Mars in Gemini, he was extremely versatile … his creative output included paintings, sculptures, mobiles, stage sets, lithographs, toys, tapestries and jewellery, plus he also designed carpets.

Bohemian individuals always have Aquarius and/or Uranus feature strongly in their birth chart and Alexander Calder had Uranus trine his Sun [a brilliant innovator] square his Mercury [an original thinker] and opposite his Mars [a risk taker]. The photos above show his beautiful home and studio in Connecticut … a unique and magical place that gives us an insight into his colourful, creative and chaotic mind!

Photos from Calder at Home : The Joyous Environment of Alexander Calder by Pedro E. Guerrero


 

Read your weekly stars at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

BIRTHDAY BOHEMIAN … Frida Kahlo

Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907. She is best known for her colourful self-portraits, which incorporated symbolic portrayals of her physical and psychological wounds. Her private life was tumultuous and included a tragic accident at age 18 [that led to 32 operations and left her unable to have children]; two volatile marriages to the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera; plus many affairs with men and women [including Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, sculptor Isamu Noguchi, dancer Josephine Baker and actress Paulette Goddard].

She had her Sun in creative Cancer, her Moon in earthy Taurus, and a flamboyant Leo Ascendant. She loved to paint, cook and garden, and dressed every day as if she was preparing for a fiesta. Bohemian individuals always have Aquarius and/or Uranus feature strongly in their birth chart and Frida had her Sun opposite Uranus [a rebellious nature]; Mars conjunct Uranus in the 5th house [a fiery and unpredictable love life] plus Aquarius on her Descendant [an unconventional marriage].

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” [Frida Kahlo]

Check out photos of Frida’s bohemian home and garden  www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/Cancerhome/

Your Full Moon stars for this week  www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

BOHEMIAN BEDROOMS

The Sun is currently passing through Cancer, the zodiac sign associated with one of my favourite domestic crafts … patchwork.

Patchwork bedspreads encompass so many things connected with the sign of Cancer [ruled by the Moon] … night-time, beds, bedrooms, sleep, plus homemade crafts [which are made with love, have great sentimental value, and are often handed down through the generations].

When you drift off into dreamland under a cosy patchwork quilt you feel nurtured, nestled, comforted and cocooned in a very Cancerian way …

Mercury goes direct! Read your weekly stars at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

Want a better garden and more lustrous hair? The Moon Planting and Haircutting dates for July are now posted at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/moonplanting

 

(Source: pinterest.com)

BIRTHDAY BOHEMIAN … Paolo Soleri

As someone who lives in a curved house, I absolutely love the work of Italian/American architect Paolo Soleri [born on June 21, 1919]. With his Sun and Mars both in versatile Gemini, he was a real renaissance man … architect, builder, artist, sculptor, writer, teacher and philosopher. He also had Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto in Cancer, and his visionary buildings remind me of huge Crab shells, that embrace and nurture their inhabitants. Plus, with his Sun closely trine Uranus, he was a real innovator … his ideas and designs were decades ahead of their time, and  precursors to today’s green movement.

Soleri built his home [Cosanti] in Paradise Valley, Arizona … where he started working on curved earthcasting buildings in the mid-1950s. He then began Arcosanti in 1970, an experimental eco-community  based on his theory of Arcology [the combination of architecture and ecology]. His dream was to create a modern society based on beauty, sustainability and strong social bonds. The photos above are of his home and sculpture studio, plus the communal buildings he created at Arcosanti.

www.arcosanti.org

Check out the wonderful home of American artist/sculptor/craftsman Wharton Esherick at www/bohoastro.tumblr.com/post/84597909373/


 

Birthday Bohemian … STEVIE NICKS

Singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks [born on May 26, 1948] is also famous for being a fashion icon. With her black lace dresses, gypsy skirts, fringed shawls and funky suede boots, she set the standard for sexy boho chic in the 1970s. Bohemian individuals always have Aquarius and/or Uranus feature strongly in their birth chart, and Stevie has Uranus conjunct Mercury and opposite Jupiter … plus Sun in Gemini, Moon in Capricorn, and Venus/IC in Cancer… and her home is a boho mix of Gemini, Capricorn and Cancer styles.

The Gemini side is expressed through her eclecticism [Geminis need lots of variety, otherwise they get bored]. The Capricorn side is earthy and practical, with lots of timber and plants, plus various shades of brown and rusty red. While the Cancer side is comfy, homey and romantic and features plenty of flowers, personal photos and beautiful antiques … Check out Stevie’s beautiful home at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/geminihome

Read your weekly stars at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

Want a better garden and more lustrous hair? The Moon Planting and Haircutting dates for June are now posted at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/moonplanting

MY TOP 10 BOHO BOOKS

With the Sun moving through Gemini [and Mercury going retro for the next three weeks] it’s time to focus on the written word and re-read some of my best-loved books. So here are my top 10 biographies/autobiographies about my favourite bohemians … restless, rebellious, romantic souls who galloped through life with gallons of style and avant-garde abandon …

Pre-Raphaelites – the original rock stars.

Bloomsbury group – last tango at Charleston.

Jane Digby – scandalous  adventuress.

Vali Myers – sex and drugs and art.

Frida Kahlo – passion, politics and painting.

Anais Nin – the bohemian diarist.

The Heide Circle – Oz version of the Bloomsbury group.

Beatrix Ost – artist, writer and style icon.

Georgia O’Keeffe – life and death in the desert.

Jenny Kee – Flamingo Park in Oz.

Of course number 11 would be Oscar Wilde – the one and only.

 

Take a look at the house & garden of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/CancerHome

Check out the scavenger-chic home of Australian artist Jenny Kee  www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/AquariusHome

BOHO BOOK NOOKS

The Sun is currently transiting Gemini … the zodiac sign that rules books, reading and writing. And bohemian folk are creative souls and curious collectors, who always have an eclectic assortment of books scattered throughout their homes. So here are some boho rooms filled with fabulous books and cosy reading nooks …

 

Read your weekly stars at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

Check out the bohemian home of Gemini birthday great STEVIE NICKS at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/geminihome

Want a better garden and more lustrous hair? The Moon Planting and Haircutting dates for June are now  posted at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/moonplanting

(Source: pinterest.com)

BOHEMIAN GARDEN

The Sun is transiting the last degrees of Taurus, the earthy zodiac sign associated with plants and gardens. Most avid gardeners have a strong Taurean emphasis in their birth chart … from Audrey Hepburn [Sun, North Node and Jupiter in Taurus] to Prince Charles [Moon and North Node in Taurus] to Germaine Greer [Moon and Uranus in Taurus]. And I have Moon and Venus in Taurus. So I thought I’d feature some photos from my bohemian bush garden, in all its Aussie autumn glory …

“The arts of the garden [like those of the theatre, painting, music and dance] nurture and comfort the human spirit.” Audrey Hepburn

“To get the best results, you must talk to your vegetables.” Prince Charles

 “A garden is the best alternative therapy.” Germaine Greer

 

For more photos of my boho bush garden go to www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/mybohogarden

Check out your weekly stars at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

 

BOHEMIAN HOMES

Spain is a very Taurean country [its natal chart has Jupiter in Taurus conjunct the IC and trine Venus]. Think good food and wine, gorgeous gardens, the arts, plus Bulls! So here are some of my favourite Spanish homes … featuring natural materials [stone, timber, straw, bamboo, leather, cotton and terracotta tiles] … warm, earthy colours … exotic textiles … and plenty of paintings and plants.

source - www.casachaucha.com.ar

 

Check out your Full Moon stars at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

 

Want a better garden and more lustrous hair? The Moon Planting and Haircutting dates for May are posted at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/moonplanting

BOHEMIAN HOME OF THE MONTH

This place is so incredibly Taurean … fashioned on the outside from stone and wood, with the interior all wonderfully crafted timber and natural materials. It was built in the wild woods of Pennsylvania and was the home and studio of American artist/sculptor/craftsman Wharton Esherick [born on July 15, 1887] who had his Sun in nurturing Cancer and his Moon and Neptune in earthy Taurus. Many Cancers prefer to work from home; and the Cancer/Taurus combination evokes the image of Mother Earth … and this place looks like it sprung from the womb of the earth. Living and working here, you would feel cocooned in the warm and comforting embrace of Gaia! The home and studio evolved organically [over many years] into a multipurpose house, studio and suspended deck … filled with his furniture, sculptures and other bespoke creations made out of carved wood.

“If I can’t make something beautiful out of what I find in my backyard, I had better not make anything.” [Wharton Esherick]

Check out your weekly stars at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

 

Want a better garden and more lustrous hair? The Moon Planting and Haircutting dates for this month are posted at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/moonplanting

BOHEMIAN KITCHENS

The Sun is currently transiting through Taurus … the zodiac sign associated with Mother Earth and the practical pursuits of growing and cooking fabulous fresh food. So I thought I’d feature some cool boho kitchens … crammed full of earthy textures, timber, stone, funky tiles [and even tree trunks] … plus plenty of pottery, plants and fresh produce. The photo above is of my own kitchen [I have my Moon and Venus in Taurus] complete with Moorish tiles and bench-top made from recycled granite, quartz, shells and wine bottles.

 

Want a better garden and more lustrous hair? The Moon Planting and Haircutting dates for MAY are now posted at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/moonplanting

Check out your New Moon stars at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

BIRTHDAY BOHEMIAN … Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Celebrity interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard is no shrinking violet … he’s a fiery Aries and [with that intense, penetrating gaze] I’d say he also has a Scorpio Ascendant [or Pluto rising]. So his decorating style is bold and dramatic … with plenty of deep red, maroon and orange hues in his beautifully bohemian rooms. I particularly love his style before he was famous [the first two photos are of his Hollywood home circa 2003] when he mixed colonial charm and ethnic exotica with Persian rugs, paisley textiles, antique pieces, faded tapestries and funky thrift shop finds.

 

How will the Uranus/Pluto square affect you? Read all about it at  www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

 

Want a better garden and more lustrous hair? The Moon Planting and Haircutting dates for April are posted at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/moonplanting

 

RED-HOT ROOMS

The Sun is now moving through Aries … the fire sign of energy, enthusiasm, power and passion. So I thought I’d showcase some of my favourite rooms in varying shades of red, maroon and orange. There’s nothing prissy, pale or pastel about the Aries style of decorating … it’s bold and beautiful; dynamic and dazzling; fiery and flamboyant … and this dramatic mood is enhanced by candles, lanterns and a roaring fire.

“Follow your heart, not fashion or public opinion … Don’t be scared to be an individual!” Aries interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard  [I’ll be featuring some of his ravishing rooms next week]

 

Check out your stars for this week at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

Want a better garden and more lustrous hair? The Moon Planting and Haircutting dates for April are now posted at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/moonplanting

BIRTHDAY BOHEMIAN … Justina Blakeney

Happy birthday to one of my favourite bloggers … stylist and designer Justina Blakeney. She has her Sun and Mercury in dynamic Aries and this is reflected in her home’s bold colour scheme, with lots of fiery Aries colours like red, pink, orange and gold. [The photo above shows Justina wearing a hot pink dress … very Aries!] Bohemian individuals always have Uranus and/or Aquarius feature strongly in their horoscope and Justina has Venus in Aquarius square Uranus, so her creative style is bohemian, eclectic and inventive [she’s a big fan of vintage finds and recycling].

Justina’s Sun is trine Jupiter [planet of travel and animals] and her home features treasures from all around the world. I particularly love her exotic bedroom … complete with Suzani bedspread, beautiful Handira hanging above the bed, and collection of African masks. The gorgeous global feel continues throughout the house with the colourful carpets, cushions, patterns and textiles from different countries and cultures. Plus there’s also a collection of animal ornaments … including zebras, giraffes, elephants and horses.

www.justinablakeney.com

Check out your stars for this week at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

What’s ahead for you [and the world] in 2014? www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/2014horoscopes

BOHEMIAN HOME … Claire Basler

The Sun is spending its last few days in Pisces, so I thought I would feature a fabulous bohemian home with a real Piscean vibe. It belongs to French artist Claire Basler, who lives in an old converted school house on the outskirts of Paris. I don’t have Claire’s birth date but her home and studio are a Piscean paradise … an artistic abode decorated in pastel colours [predominantly blues, pinks, mauves and greys] with wonderful romantic touches [like the flamboyant floral arrangements, magical murals and delicate painted screens]. A soothing sanctuary to calm the mind and inspire the creative muse within …


 

Check out your Full Moon stars for this week at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/weeklyhoroscopes

 

What’s ahead for you [and the world] in 2014? www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/2014horoscopes

(Source: ClaireBasler.com)

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