Why Letting Go on the Full Moon is the Key to Creativity

Why Letting Go on the Full Moon is the key to Creativity_Mel Bikowski

Happy Friday, Everyone! Did you feel that Full Harvest Moon last night? 

Letting go on the Full Moon can be a challenge. It can be intimidating and challenging to enter a state of self awareness. It can be scary to find out that we are all connected and we are not as unique as we think we are. It can be EVEN scarier to realize that our problems aren't unique and there are thousands among thousands of people out there that are dealing with the same energy shifts that you might be feeling.

I feel you. It's scary as hell! But something I realized is, it is also empowering. You are not ALONE in this world. You are not alone EVER. And that is why I worship the rituals of Nature. Because it reminds me that these challenges, these new shifts, these obstacles are just cycles within our society collectively that we are all healing. Understanding the cycles also helps me clear up any and all emotions, thoughts, situations, or issues that might be removing me from my connection with the things that are most important to me which is creativity, connection, and family.

 

These Rituals bring me CLOSER to my true intentions and source. It connects my light and darkness. It allows me to be ME through and through!

The Ritual Process goes:

  1. Open my Full Moon Journal
  2. Check out The Energy of the Full Moon- some good places are Chani Nicholas or Hoodwitch if you need some assistance on this!
  3. Set an Intention about what I am releasing or illuminating that applies to this moon
  4. Reflect on my goals, my life, and make sure that everything within is in alignment with me.
  5. Release it- if that means dance it out, write it down, lash out paint on a canvas, or just clean my house- Vibes Be Gone!
  6. Do a Tarot Reading- Write down my self awareness, my creative goals, and connect with my spiritual guides through the cards.
  7. Share my knowledge with the community

So What Am I letting go on This Full Moon?

This past couple of weeks, I have started my last semester of school (for now) and I find myself in one of the most turbulent semesters that I have EVER experienced. It's distracted me from community, family, and creativity. It has made me feel somewhat destructive and angry and most of all stressed out! (yikes!)

So, here comes the full moon- time for journaling, tarot, and addressing my own problems. But not just my own, I needed to be social and face the community! I host Full Moon Workshops once a month in my studio and I was feeling a sense of chaos and forcefulness in my soul. I am so excited to host these workshops for everyone that it was KILLING me to not put my full attention to it. My Tiger is so close to being unleashed on all things that don't let me do what I want!!!!!!

So here we are, Full Moon in Aries.

The Full Moon for me is a ceremony to celebrate beginnings and ends. To address goals that we can illuminate and goals that we can end. I realized this full moon that I want more time for Family, School, and Creativity that I am going to put a pause on these workshops until Next year when I have graduated and have so much more time for the community.

On top of that, I have so much creative juices ready to explode on the canvas that I truly need to find more time for my Shaman Creative Thesis.

And letting go of these workshops for the year of 2017 is giving me space to shine on what matters most to me. It is also showed me how boldy and brightly and independent I am. It feels good to say that I am not honoring myself and it feels good to be heard.

This space will allow my art to grow, my school, and my family. I can't wait!

I have more space for creativity. I have more space to be myself.

But let me just say that last night at our workshop at Olly Olly. We had one of the best meditations that we have ever had. The support and vibrations from the community that we have built at Olly Olly through these workshops is amazing and I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting me on letting me pause and take some time for myself. I really look forward to coming back in full swing to help you all out and continue sharing how applicable, pratical, and mindful Astrology and Meditation can be used as a tool to ignite our creative Fires.

Love you all lots.

Wildly,

Mel

 

End of the Year Open Studio Sale and Coupon Code

End of Year Open Studio Sale 2017

It's that time of year.

Time to bring on the End of the Year Sale! What a beautiful year of exhibits, paintings, studio time, and artwork. Thank you to all that support the arts and thank you to all the people that have become new collectors of my work!

Part of my own ritual around now is that as the trees shed their leaves, I also like to simplify and reorganize to prepare for the upcoming year ahead.

While much of the creative thesis I have worked on will continue on into the new year, I am looking to clear some space up in my studio for new works and hoping that I can offer you all some champagne for the upcoming holidays.

End of Year Studio Sale 2017

 

Paintings are now available in my shop: here

All Artwork, which is my original Paintings & Prints are going to be on sale- 10% off with the Coupon Code WILDLYMEL

You can get them online in my shop or come to my studio to scour my work new and old and see what is available for sale.

Sale goes on until January 1st

Open Studio Days

September 26

October 11

October 26

November 8

November 12

November 29

December 6

December 20

 

I will be in the studio from 7-10pm. All works will be available for sale and you are more than welcome to schedule a specific time to come see them if you aren't able to make it those days. I will also be open to taking on commissions for Christmas time.

Olly Olly 10417 Main St 2nd Floor Fairfax, VA 22030

 

Thank you to all of my collectors for supporting the arts and supporting me along my journey. I am looking forward to unveiling new works and continuing on this beautiful quest.

 

Wildly,

Mel

 

Pisces Full Moon Celestial Eats Ritual September 2017

Art Print-Lunar Gaze- Mel Bikowski

Pisces Full Moon Celestial Eats Ritual

For the past couple of months, our community meets at my studio in Olly Olly to meditate and discusses astrological techniques to create routine and mindfulness in our lives.  Every full moon, we gather together to share our energies together, discuss our own lives, and share different ways that we stay true to our selves. It is amazing to see the community grow. It is amazing to see the people return and continue building our intentional art community. I hope that we continue to grow and that this article helps you on your journey through the Pisces Full Moon.

I guess the question on everybody's mind is, Why Astrology and Art? For me, lifestyle is everything when it comes to constant creativity.

When we connect to a specific lifestyle and live an authentic one that is true to our spirits, we can become alchemical beings. We become empowered to create or destroy, live in harmony and remain anchored. For me, Astrology helps me remain mindfully aligned with what I need. It is special to me to share my studies with the community. Besides, why not throw themed dinner parties about the planets? hehe. That is creative on it's own!

Today for the Pisces Full Moon, I planned on having a potluck dinner and meditation to discuss the basic properties of Medical Astrology this full moon at my studio, but personal things came up and I had to cancel it. Dreamy Pisces wanted me to rest- soak in a bathe filled with lavendar- and snuggle with my little Pisces daughter.

It is important to establish routine because it allows me to dream and still live. For me, one of the best ways to ground myself is by eating. I love to eat, cook, be merry, and share dinner with my loved ones. As a dreamer, I honor my intuitive self, my fluid compassion, and my connections by coming together for a meal. Besides, Pisces rules our interconnection and there is no better way to remember that we are all connected and one than sharing a meal and laugh.

Things to Think about for Your Pisces Celestial Eats

  1. Energy- Pisces energy is connected to Water. How is water balanced in your body? Do you have excess water or are you dehydrated? What kind of foods do you eat that you might feel link to keeping your body hyrdrated?
  2. Energy Center- Pisces is connected to the Sacral Chakra- What food is connected to your desire? Are those foods comforting you? Are you avoiding an emotion because of a specific food?
  3. Medically/Physically- Pisces is connected to our feet, toes, lymphatic system, and adipose tissue. Are you having Sinus Trouble? Do you need to get a foot massage? Some of the biggest nerves in our body end in centers in our feet, let's honor that mindfulness.
  4. Food- Pisces is Fluid, Watery, and Intuitive. It is important to ground ourselves today. Eat foods that are rich in iron like kale, broccoli, lentils, quinoa, tofu, lean beef, egg yolks, whole-grain cereals, barley, dried beans, beet , spinach, onions, pumpkin seeds, etc. Eat foods that help heal your lymphatic system like lemon, lime, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, seaweed, or aloe vera.
  5. Dreams- Pisces is connected to our Dreams, Desires, and our Karmic connections. What do you dream to one day eat? What do you desire that is lacking on your life? How can you let go of something in your life to make the shift to closer to what you dream?
  6. Rest- Dreamy Pisces is all about rest. desire. relaxation. When the moon is full in a water element, I always take the time to rest in a bath. One of my favorite baths to take is one that was suggested on Hoodwitch, The Basil bath.

My Ritual Today

Today, I woke up from rest and snuggled my little one. We ate Cookies and Almond Milk to honor what both she and I desire, which is sweets, of course! (hehe) I'll journal and do a Pisces Full Moon Tarot spread to check on my intuition. Then I will probably go home to enjoy some time with my family and find myself in a Lavender Bath. I'll check in on my body by wearing comfortable shoes and the color of the sea. I will drink blueberry & aloe tea. Make a salad heavy with Iron, Berries, and Vitamin C. I will enjoy some chocolate and I'll avoid anything that might make me feel more floaty and emotional than I already feel today. And I won't make it too serious of course, because nothing in this world was created to be taken to it's extreme.

Pisces Full Moon-Cayce Bikowski- Mel Bikowski 2017

I hope this all reaches you with some insight into your own lives and please, feel free to join us on October 5th for the Next Full Moon Meeting happening at Olly Olly or join us in our Facebook Group, Intentional Art Community- Full Moon Meditations.

 

Happy Full Moon. Wildly, Mel

Nameless, an Exploration of Form- Art Exhibition- August 1-30- Event Schedule

Nameless An Exploration of Form-Mel BIkowski

Nameless, An Exploration of Form Art Exhibition

August 1-30: It's here! The show Lotus & I have been working on and anticipating for months! I am elated to share all of our artworks both individual pieces and collaborative works with the public. It is truly a beautiful show and I am not just saying that because I am biased (hehehe)

The setup for the show has also been exhilarating. Not many people see the hard work that is put behind an event. The stretching of the canvas, the speckling and cleaning of the white walls, the hanging process, and most of all the last minute design decisions. We have spent the last three days working over 12 hour days making sure that our artworks get the walls they deserve and I have to tell you, there is nothing more magical than hanging artwork on a fresh painted white wall!

Lotus and I have had a good time stretching our canvases, laughing, eating, and drinking lots of coffee. We are really looking forward to the Art Opening that is happening on August 5th and we cannot wait to see all of your beautiful faces for our celebrARTion !

Here is a list of the events that will be happening all month.

Nameless- An Exploration of Form-Lotus Heartsong

Nameless Art Exhibition Schedule

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 5th- Village Gallery- 7-11pm Shadow Farm & Darius Twin will be providing tunes. Fresh Made hoer Doe'rves & Wine Served. Free.

Body Flow Art Workshop: Saturday, August 12th- Village Gallery- 5-9pm Lotus Heartsong & Mel Bikowski lead a workshop to get your art in touch with your body. Please RSVP, so the artist know how much materials to bring: http://evite.me/VTEU2yzfQN $8.00

New Moon Meditation: Monday, August 21st- Village Gallery- 7-9pm This event is a guided meditation and energy healing experience designed by Lotus and in partnership with Transformative Crystals. Crystals will be for sale. Free.

Closing Art Party Jam: Saturday, August 26th- Village Gallery- 7-11pm Bring artwork and join us in a relaxing closing reception, where we join together to enjoy an atmosphere of inner child play realms and love. Free.

 

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