Magical Events in October

THU OCT 22 ~ Last Thurs Night Summer Potluck in Micheltorena Garden! 7PM

bring fun finger foods, something delicious to bake in the oven & a good friend 🙂

* we hear this potluck may have some special guests ~ please also bring musical instruments & cheer!

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SAT OCT 24 ~ Native Wildflower Seed-Bomb Making event in Micheltorena Elementary Garden in Silver Lake 10AM
with a talk by Theodore Payne on Native Plants at NOON
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SAT OCT 24 ~ Starhawk in town for “Stories For The New Era” workshop & Spiral Dance Ritual with Reclaiming LA 2PM-9PM at Fais Do Do in West LA.  “Hard to believe it’s that time of year already–when the veil is thin between the worlds, and we honor the ancestors! Come join us…” https://www.facebook.com/events/1615716085353150/  Grateful for Gaia Grove to share the opening music ~ 2PM Sat Oct 24 at Fais Do Do featuring Amy Clarke, Rene Collins, Devon Rachelle & more, then Starhawk workshop at 2:30PM … get tix in advance! http://bit.ly/1K6vh7K 
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BRING BACK THE GODDESS ~ #GODDESS BANNED on INSTAGRAM

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There are so many wonderful articles and blogs on the recent Instagram ban of #Goddess I have compiled many of them here. Thanks to LA MOTHER for doing the art campaign in May to reclaim derogatory language that led to me choosing the hashtag #goddess so the picture above was taken, as it was featured in the Daily Dot blog and is getting traction and awareness on Instagram at present. Sign the petition at Change.org. Spread the word.

In HER name, Amy Clarke

“not without my consent / not without my amen” – Not Your Landscape, http://www.amyclarke.com

http://www.gaiagrove.org

#BRINGBACKTHEGODDESS #BRINGBACKGODDESS

<<The use of hashtags on Instagram has become a new way for social media lovers to gather and search for information. Most of these popular hashtags seem harmless, but there are a few that are problematic. To make sure the app is being used in a safe way, controversial tags are blocked or given a “Content Advisory” warning message. While it’s clear why certain questionable hashtags would be suspended, we were incredibly confused when earlier this month the app decided to ban the body positive hashtag #curvy. Instagram users were not happy with the eliminated hashtag and fought back by using #curvee, #stillcurvy, and #bringbackcurvy instead. Eventually Instagram came to realize that the hashtag was being used to celebrate the female body and lifted the ban.

Unfortunately, Instagram decided to surprise us once again. The photo sharing app decided to ban the hashtag  #goddess. Meanwhile, #god remains securely intact.

The common thread in each of these hashtag removals is that all of them are directed towards women.

(via Refinery29)>>  http://www.refinery29.com/2015/07/91400/why-is-the-hashtag-goddess-banned-on-instagram

GREAT ARTICLE at THE WILD HUNT: http://wildhunt.org/2015/07/instagram-bans-goddess.html

While there are those that do acknowledge that Instagram’s attempts are noble, there is still incongruity in its efforts. Linda Steiner, PhD, a University of Maryland, College Park media studies professor, told ThinkProgress, “I’m impressed with the attempts of Instagram, Reddit, and Twitter to try to come to grips with the problem rather than ignoring it altogether.” However, she goes on to say that the enforcement and methodologies used are inconsistent and problematic. Steiner said:

Instagram’s policy is not only weirdly enforced, I think they’re trying to have a simple policy that makes it easy for them …. Women are really bothered by the predatory invasion of their bodies … That includes posts of their body parts without their permission and the banning their own images because they don’t conform to an ideal physique.

As Steiner suggests, many of these bans, and related deleted photos, directly involve the display of female bodies and women’s sexuality. And, that has been the crux of the problem. While Instagram is trying to protect women and curb violations against women’s bodies, it is also censoring women and their positive expressions of female sexuality, spirituality, agency and body-positive imagery.

– See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2015/07/instagram-bans-goddess.html#sthash.HTEfGibc.dpuf

SIGN THE PETITION AT CHANGE.ORG:

https://www.change.org/p/instagram-bring-back-goddess-2b836966-7c20-41c4-bd60-0bc7c1bddf25

MORE MEDIA LINKS:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christine-gutierrez/my-angry-letter-to-instag_b_7889564.html

http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/instagram-goddess-tag-banned/

http://www.nylon.com/articles/instagram-bans-the-hashtag-goddess

http://www.themarysue.com/instagram-goddess-hashtag-banned/

http://www.seventeen.com/life/tech-social-media/news/a32701/why-did-instagram-ban-goddess/

#‎bringbackthegoddess‬ ‪#‎goddess‬ ‪#‎autonomy‬ ‪#‎divinefeminine‬ ‪#‎fullmoon‬ #goddesses #bringbackgoddess #wearetheweb

Summer Solstice “Welcome The Sun” Concert 2015, Silver Lake (part of Make Music LA)

Summer Solstice morning concert “Welcome The Sun” ~ Make Music Silver Lake (part of Make Music LA) June 21, 2015

Photo blog below ~ huge thanks to Kamini Natarajan, Saheb Singh, Amy Clarke, Ian McCulloch of Stonefeather, Renee Dawson, Ella Mira & Shivali, Ralph (on Djembe), Brit Rodriguez, the Lollipop Girls, Mooney Starr, Joyeur, Alan Ishii, Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures on percussion, Chris Cooley & Dave Alvarado of Mefisto, all of the musicians who joined us to co-create music, all of the neighbors who came to listen, Julie & Mornings & Nights Cafe for the electricity, Karina Andrade & Stephanie Andrade for extra photos and support, Pine & Crane, Yummy.com, Sunset Triangle Plaza, Genelle LeVin, Mark Hummer & the Silver Lake Improvement Association, Jeff Wayne, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Gaia Grove, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Dorsay Dujon of Make Music LA, everyone who helped make the Plaza a reality & our beloved street piano Georgia, still rocking the plaza a year and a day after she was delivered here last year for the 2014 Make Music Silver Lake concert!

More pics & video coming soon.  Stay tuned…  instagram.com/gaiagrove  twitter.com/gaiagrove

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Sunset Triangle Plaza (aka Polka Dot Plaza) at sunrise on Summer Solstice morning, ready for the concert…

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Kamini Natarajan & Saheb Singh opening the concert with beautiful classical kirtan ~

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local Ralph on percussion joining Kamini & Saheb, while Ella Mira & Shivali ring the bells for the sun

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Amy Clarke on vocals, piano, keyboards & percussion (Gaia Grove) with Ian McCulloch (Stonefeather)

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sultry ukelele diva Brit Rodriguez joins the mix as musicians all play together in lovely collaboration

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new friends Ella Mira & Shivali enjoying the music

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the amazing Renee Dawson singing soulful, jazzy standards & bluesy originals
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simply sweet summer songs of The Lollipop Girls, local Mooney Starr on guitar

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more local magic from power pop Silver Lake band Joyeur

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Motion of the Ocean ~ Ian McCulloch of Stonefeather solo, later joined by Amy Clarke & Miguel Elliott on drums

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eclectic Alan Ishii rocking the loop pedal and later the piano too

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Silver Lake locals David Alvarado & Chris Cooley of Mefisto making a hot day COOL

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after the joyous co-creation and celebration of the day in community, Amy plays solo acoustic in the sun

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THANK YOU TO ALL for making it happen.  Special Silver Lake Gaia Grove house concert/garden party coming soon … get on the list to make sure you get the invite – send email to gaiagrove@gmail.com, subject line: MUSIC

More pics & video coming soon.  Stay tuned…  instagram.com/gaiagrove  twitter.com/gaiagrove

Summer Solstice in Silver Lake

Greetings friends, neighbors, & family,

We are warming up for the Summer ~ some great community events in Silver Lake this weekend!
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Saturday 6/20 at Micheltorena Community Garden is our Barrel Cob Oven Build!
https://www.facebook.com/events/598692343606003/
A full day of mud, food and fun! We’ll have a potluck lunch and be led by Sir Cobalot (Miguel Elliott) to construct the wonderful new addition to our community garden, & we already have over 200 cob bricks made from a few weeks ago ready to build 🙂 Bread, pizza and pies made with delicious garden herbs, greens & vegetables all summer long!

Micheltorena Garden, Sunset & Micheltorena, 10am-5pm, FREE
please bring clothes that can get muddy and potluck food to add to the fun
and Sunday 6/21 in Sunset Triangle Plaza is the 3rd Annual Make Music Silver Lake free concert (part of Make Music LA & global festival Fete De La Musique)!
 
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The concert will be in the morning this year, to welcome Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and to kick off the all-day festival Make Music Los Angeles! (Part of global festival Fete De La Musique) ~ exact moment of Solstice is actually around 9:30AM this Sunday morning!

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Morning concert begins at 9AM in the Plaza with classical music/vocals, instrumental music, and soundscapes welcoming both the sun and the musical day, with piano, harp, tabla, violin, frame drum, guitar, other percussion, and a variety of eclectic musicians coming together to collaborate, including Indian classical vocalist Kamini Natarajan, world singer/pianist/percussionist Amy Clarke, improvised musical co-creation via Gaia Grove, soulful blues songwriter Renee Dawson, funk/rock/soul band Ian Thomas McCulloch & Dave Rundell (Stonefeather), ukelele diva Brit Rodriguez, power pop band Joyeur, singer-guitarist Mooney Starr, eclectic vocal loop-pedaling of Alan Ishii, and other special guest artists all joining us around the piano & congas in the Plaza.  At Noon, when the morning concert concludes, the Bijan Taghavi Jazz Trio will play an extended set until 2pm…
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Sunset Triangle Plaza, Sunset Blvd & Griffith Park Blvd
at piano in front of Mornings Nights & Pine & Crane, 9am-2pm, FREE
please bring instruments if you have them & blankets to spread out in the Plaza picnic style…
Thanks to Sunset Triangle Plaza, Genelle Le Vin & the Silver Lake Improvement Association, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee, Make Music Los Angeles, Gaia Grove, FĂŞte de la Musique, yummy.com, Pine & Crane, Mornings Nights, Nina Sorkin & more!

www.gaiagrove.org
www.makemusicla.org
www.silverlakenc.org

See you soon in Silver Lake, and remember ~ next Thurs 6/25 is the kickoff of The Silver Lake Picture show in the Plaza (running biweekly through the summer) and also the Thurs night Micheltorena Community Garden Potluck! (every Thursday night – including tonight…)

LOVE,
Amy
twitter:  @amyclarke @scorpfaery @gaiagrove
instagram: @scorpfaery & @gaiagrove

New Moon in Taurus, Mercury Retrograde in Gemini ~ Reclaiming the Divine Feminine & More

Hello bright stars!

Earthy, sensual New Moon in Taurus today, conjunct fixed star Algol, & Mercury stations retrograde to transit Gemini through June… https://instagram.com/p/20xtXkq0ky/

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Plant seeds of intention today/tomorrow to grow into bloom by the full moon (short term) and over next 6 months (long term)…since it is also Mercury retrograde, though, REflect upon & REview your words carefully…they have power!  Mercury retrograde is a great time to go back & do something you wanted to do before (or from your past) and also anything beginning with “RE” ~ REnew, REhearse, REvisit, REconnect,REdesign & more…especially in friendships, communications, all things ruled by Gemini….also, REthink the myth of Medusa, the snake goddess (start here: http://www.covenofthegoddess.com/goddessmedusa.htm) and REconsider what you may fear both in sexuality and in your temple, as this new moon is REvealing new ways to think about this classic maligned Goddess, rising feminine kundalini wisdom, sacred sexuality and more…(Algol is located in constellation Perseus, in the center of Medusa’s forehead, and could also be considered a third eye, or intuitive knowledge, cut off by the patriarchy)

Medusa (Dark Moon, Crone, Snake Goddess) was one of three Goddesses divine to the Libyan Amazons known, along with Athena (New Moon, Virgin, Warrior Maiden) and Metis (Full Moon, Mother, Sea Goddess), and in ancient Libyan myths, this Triple Lunar Goddess rose from the water as Anatha.

“Serpent-haired Medusa ruled over the regenerative mysteries of sex and death, and protected these magical rites from being discovered and abused by the uninitiated. As the third, crone/destroyer aspect of the lunar triad, Medusa’s message was one of wisdom, and it concerned the inevitability of death. AS an Ocean Goddess of the West She guarded the gateway of death and granted safe passing to all souls entering the oceanic entrance to the underworld.”

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Guiding a exploratory workshop on these above topics and more next Sun May 31 at the beautiful Giving Garden in Santa Monica, 11am-1pm, $22 donation, with more details at flier below & at FB invite:  🙂

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In the meantime, save the date for LAMother Exhibition Preview (REscheduled) next Saturday May 30 in Hollywood!  This is the source of my current FB profile photo with hashtag #Goddess ~ and is all about women REclaiming words in powerful waystogether, let’s REspect, inspire, empower & celebrate women all around the globe! — at LA MOTHER.

Also coming soon!

SUN JUN 7 – Cross Pollinate 5 in West LA
Inspiring Women Leadership/Networking/Connection event at Fais Do Do 1-5PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/447723228729372/

SAT JUN 20 – Summer Solstice Ritual with Reclaiming LA in North Hollywood 7:30PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1603308046576148/
Will be drumming at this event at the fabulous Green Man Store in NoHo…
 
SUN JUN 21 – Make Music Los Angeles/Fete De La Musique
Special “Welcome the Sun” Morning Concert 9-10:30AM in Sunset Triangle Plaza, Silver Lake
https://www.facebook.com/events/1443218525994308/
Performing, curating & co-creating at this event…email gaiagrove@gmail.com to get involved!
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More to come…
Gaia Grove – recent blog posts: http://www.gaiagrove.org
Follow on instagram: https://instagram.com/gaiagrove
Join FB group (over 400 members & growing): https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaiagrove/

LOVE IS THE WAY
Please email scorpfaery@gmail.com for rates on music bookings, commission based compositions, music/astrology/tarot/moon workshops, tarot/astrology/oracle readings, and more if not already listed here (website being REdesigned)…www.amyclarke.com/magic

Full Moon Music – tues pm Silver Lake Farmer’s Market – Next Event Tues May 5 from 5-8pm

Tues Mar 31 ~ BEST ‪#‎fullmoonmusic‬ in Sunset Triangle Plaza yet!  Thank you, all you fabulous musicians, collaborators, healers, visionaries, artists, dreamers, parents, children, free spirits and more. What a night! Keeps getting better and better. Gratitude to all who made this fabulous evening possible ~ looking forward the next gathering (with extended hours) Tues May 5 (5/5/15) starting at 5PM ~ please email gaiagrove@gmail.com to get involved, share music, art, poetry, songs…the lineup is already filling up, as we keep growing every month!

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Special thanks to Mornings Nights Cafe, Pine & Crane, Story & Clark, Georgia the street piano, the Silver Lake Tuesday Afternoon Farmer’s Market Silver Lake, Los Angeles , the Silver Lake Improvement Association, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Amy Clarke, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Renee Dawson, Richie Rich, Rene Collins, Charlie Becker, Lauren Green, Ryan Bersten, Wilma & Ethel Jewelry, the face painting team & balloon art vendors, and all who come together to make this fun, healthy & sustainable community event possible.

Support your local farmer’s market! Come to the Plaza every Tuesday afternoon & Saturday morning in Silver Lake 🙂

See you at the next #fullmoonmusic on 5/5/15 at 5PM!  Get involved ~ gaiagrove@gmail.com

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Keys of Tarot & Astrology 101 ~ 4-week class in Silver Lake

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KEYS of TAROT & ASTROLOGY 101 For all levels OF EXPERIENCE MONDAYS, 10aM-NOON  *  feb 23-mar 16, 2015 Silver lake for beginners to advanced, this intimate 4-week group class series facilitated by delphinia (www.delphiniasgarden.com) in a beautiful private garden setting in silver lake covers essential core principles, basic readings, keys to unlocking amazing interpretations, individual spread & natal chart exploration, lore, mystery & magic. all will leave feeling more empowered to read both for themselves and for others

Please bring notebook, pen, mug for tea, & your own deck for exploration

MONDAYs – FEB 23, MAR 2, MAR 9, & MAR 16

9:30AM garden open for meditation

10-11AM * keys of tarot (4 weeks) * $200

11AM-12noon * astrology 101 (4 weeks) * $200

$333 for both classes

Class limited to 7 participants – 1 work/study space available Rsvp before feb 22 to: gaiagrove@gmail.com

Delphinia, also known as Amy Clarke, is a gifted musician, composer, performer, priestess, artist & intuitive who has played music since age 3, read tarot cards since age 10, & studied the cycles of the moon, planets, & the stars since age 18. She co-founded an eclectic women’s spirituality circle (which is still active) in Washington, DC, a mixed teaching circle in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn backyard, & now owns a magical garden/event space for all in Silver Lake, Los Angeles where she lives playing & co-creating music, growing community & imagining special events.

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SAVE THE DATE!

Sun MAR 22, 2015 * 2nd Annual GAIA GROVE / UNIFY “WE LOVE WATER” healing ritual, song circle & potluck

10AM – 1PM, ALL AGES – SILVER LAKE

GATHER, EGG DECORATING, & SEED PLANTING AT 10AM

SONG CIRCLE at 11AM, & POTLUCK/WHITE RABBIT at NOON ~ FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!

$10-30 suggested energy exchange donation per family, no one turned away for lack of funds 🙂

RVSP for address to gaiagrove@gmail.com