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Birthday bohemian … Iris Apfel

American businesswoman, interior designer and style icon Iris Apfel was born on August 29, 1921 with her Sun and Mercury in Virgo [hard-working and disciplined] her Moon and Venus in Cancer [home-loving] and her Mars in Leo [dramatic and creative].

Bohemian individuals always have Uranus feature strongly in their birth chart and Iris has Uranus trine her Moon and opposite her Sun/Mercury. So, with her exotic outfits; over-the-top glasses; and colourful, super-sized jewellery; she’s not your typical 93 year old! [She calls herself “A geriatric starlet”.]

Iris Apfel’s bohemian decorating style is a mix of Virgo variety, Cancer cosiness, and Leo theatrical flair.  Her eclectic New York apartment includes beautiful old Venetian chairs and paintings; English needlepoint; ornate chandeliers; Turkish rugs, thrift shop finds, kitsch ornaments and bowls of fake fruit.

She explains “I mix things up. There is a great jazz component to the way I do things because jazz is improvisation and draws elements from all different cultures. And that’s the way I do everything – the way I dress and decorate.”

I hope I have as much creative style and exuberant energy when I’m 93!

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

(Source: architecturaldigest.com)

Birthday Bohemian … Florence Welch

Singer/songwriter Florence Welch [from Florence and the Machine] was born on August 28, 1986. With her Sun in Virgo and Moon in Gemini [both ruled by Mercury] it’s no wonder she’s often described as having “Mercurial charisma.” Bohemian individuals always have Uranus feature strongly in their birth chart and Florence has Uranus opposite her Moon and sextile her Venus. Plus her Mars is in the earthy [and very musical] sign of Capricorn.

So her London home is a magical mix of many styles and moods. With her Sun and Mars in earth signs, there’s plenty of wooden furniture and finishes; family treasures and vintage finds; plus lots of texture via tapestries, textiles and Persian rugs [I particularly love the tribal Turkish rug in the first shot].

With her Sun in Virgo and Moon in Gemini, Florence Welch has very Mercurial passions. She is an avid and eclectic reader [her shelves are lined with books on fiction, fashion, photography, poetry, music and art] plus she confesses to having multiple radios on constantly [note the radio in the bathroom]. And the lounge room has an Avian theme … very Moon in Gemini!

 

Check out the boho home of another singer/songwriter, Stevie Nicks  www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/geminihome

 

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

(Source: Vogue)

BOHEMIAN HOME … Betsey Johnson

American fashion designer Betsey Johnson was born on August 10, 1942. She is variously described as ‘wild, madcap, eccentric and flamboyant’ so it’s no surprise she has her Sun, Moon, Mercury and Pluto all in the showy sign of Leo. Bohemian individuals always have Uranus feature strongly in their birth chart and Betsey has Uranus sextile her Moon and square her Mars. Plus she has a Taurus Ascendant … which explains her attraction to cosy clutter. “My homes are an accumulation of all my favourite junk. I love clutter … when I buy something, it’s forever. I’ve never parted with a thing.”

Betsey’s Mexican holiday home is called ‘Betseyville’. Like the clothes she designs, it’s a riot of exuberant colour and dramatic flourishes, and is furnished with items sourced from antique shops, flea markets and junk stores. “I really love the process of antiquing. It’s very entertaining to me – I find it inspiring.” But it also has an earthiness that I love with its thatched roof, timber floors, bamboo furniture and rooms filled with local handicrafts. The perfect combination of her Leo Sun/Moon and Taurus Ascendant!

See the picture of Frida Kahlo on the shelf in Betsey’s kitchen?

Check out Frida’s colourful home in Mexico City at   www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/cancerhome

 

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

 

(Source: pinterest.com)

 

BOHEMIAN ARTIST & ADVOCATE … Kate Durham

Australian artist and activist Kate Durham was born on January 9, 1957 with her Sun in the earthy and resourceful sign of Capricorn. She is well-known for her avant-garde art and intricate jewellery, but also for her work as an advocate for asylum seekers. With her Moon conjunct Mars in Aries in the 9th house [of foreign countries and cultures] she is a passionate fighter for the rights of refugees. Kate also has a Leo Ascendant [her colourful and creative appearance] conjunct Uranus [her bohemian persona, plus the ability to shake up conservative political circles with her advocacy and art].

Since 2001, Kate has opened her home to asylum seekers; established Spare Rooms [and Lawyers] for Refugees; and is foster mum to a young man from Afghanistan. And her fight for the rights of refugees continues … Under the current Abbott government policy, asylum seekers who try to reach Australia by sea have their boats turned back by the Navy; or they are removed to remote offshore detention centres [which have been described as ‘gulags’]; or they are returned to their country of origin [which they left because of religious or political persecution]. As Kate says – thirteen years down the track - “It’s worse than ever.”

For more information on Kate’s refugee work, plus her art [and upcoming jewellery exhibition] go to www.katedurham.com

Photos from Kate’s website and www.theweeklyreview.com.au

 

(Source: katedurham.com.au)

BIRTHDAY BOHEMIAN … Vali Myers

Australian artist Vali Myers was born on August 2, 1930 [and died in 2003]. She is known for her detailed fine pen and ink drawings but is equally famous for her fabulously bohemian life. She was an artist, dancer, shaman and wildlife warrior, plus she played the role of creative muse to many fascinating people [including Salvador Dali , Tennessee Williams and Patti Smith]. She lived in Paris in the 1950s and then divided her time between the Chelsea Hotel in New York; a 14th century cottage in Positano and her hometown of Melbourne. She had her Sun and Mercury in Leo [trine Uranus] and her appearance was dramatic and unique, with her colourful gypsy clothes and jewellery, her intricate tattoos, and her flaming red Lion’s mane of hair. Her Moon was in Scorpio, which explains her intense emotions, deep passions and extreme approach to life.

“When you’ve lived like I have, you’ve done it all.” [Vali Myers]

I met Vali Myers in 1994, when I went to an exhibition of her paintings in Melbourne. She certainly didn’t disappoint … she was dressed like a bohemian queen; was a bundle of lively Leo energy; and [even at the age of 64] possessed a real child-like quality.

Vali was described by Ed Van Der Elsken as …  “the most far out bohemian … inspiration and companion of artists, eggheads, tramps and travellers. Beautiful, way out, painted like a Papua, dressed like a gypsy, always in absolutely perfect taste.”

Check out the home of Jenny Kee [another bohemian Australian artist] at www.bohoastro.tumblr.com/aquariushome

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 August are now posted at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com/moonplanting

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BIRTHDAY BOHEMIAN …Yves Saint Laurent

Celebrated fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was born on August 1, 1936 with his Sun, Mercury and Venus in Leo [flamboyant creativity] and his Moon in Capricorn [an earthy side]. Bohemian individuals always have Uranus feature strongly in their birth chart and Yves had Uranus square his Sun and trine his Moon, making him an innovative trendsetter who relished breaking the rules. He was the first French couturier to release a ready-to-wear line; he introduced the tuxedo suit for women; and many of his collections caused great controversy. With his Mars in Cancer he also had a great passion for interior design, and the photos above show his exotic holiday home in Morocco.

Situated in Marrakesh [and called Marjorelle] Yves’ Art Deco style villa was a wonderful expression of his Sun, Mercury and Venus in dramatic fire sign Leo … there was nothing restrained here. Opulent orientalism reigned supreme, and the colour palette was predominantly warm reds, oranges and ochres. And his Capricorn Moon was also evident in the use of earthy colours and textures, plus the abundant use of antiques, timber and tiles.  

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

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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


 

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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/

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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 …

 

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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

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