Winter, introspection, Pentacles, Stones and Discs.

As we are approaching the Winter Solstice in the UK we had our first taste of snow and ice last week. Picturesque postcard scenes of white landscapes with crisp azure blue skies. The paintings for the Discs that are part of the new Initiates Way Tarot series have unearthed themselves in a slow and steady fashion and there is only the 10 of Discs left to create now for that particular set. The Princess, king and Queen I expect to arrive over the next week or so during the holidays.

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The choice of Discs to name the suit this time around during the creation process has been an intuitive choice. In the Soulscapes Deck I used the traditional Pentacles to represent the realm of Earth. This time I have used golden spinning wheels or Discs. Some of them have the appearance of coins but there is always a subtle movement in them which was the deciding factor on choosing Discs.

In some decks like Chesca Potter’s Wildwood Tarot this suit is attributed to stones thereby representing the actual Earth but I wanted to present the more fluid idea of currency and the idea of spiritual wealth being that of the movement of energy in and out of ones sphere of existence. Energetic output and return for ones creativity or the work that we do is only one of the aspects of the suit of discs or pentacles. The flow of wealth in and out of our lives, the idea of gifting and giving without thought of what you are going to get in return, and what something is really worth and why. These are the sort of things that I have been considering while creating the images for the Discs.

I was watching a lecture by John Anthony West about the temples and the function that they serve as places to get in touch with the divine presences and something he said in it about Architecture being frozen Music really got me thinking about the effect that our surroundings have upon us. Especially our homes. I remember very well the feelings and sensations that I had the first time I walked into Chartres Cathedral and the emotions that it evoked, overwhelming me with love and a sense of awe and humility. And in contrast the feelings and sensations that were present when I walked into the man made Cathedral Cavern at Langdale in Cumbria with its window that illuminates the darkness below. Both very different structures but that produce a distinct feeling or emotion, that of standing in a ‘great hall’.

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Photo credit JadeM

So the general ambience of this last month has been a retreat into solitude within the walls of my home, my sanctuary and lots of quite contemplation and introspection, journeying within to seek out the known and unknown places within the darkness as well as in the light.

JadeM Dec 2017

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November. Death, Fall,& Transformation

There have been so many changes since I wrote last month’s blog I hardly know where to begin. I started off this month by beginning to paint the Pentacles / Discs pip cards for the new Initiates Way Tarot and gained more understanding about my own relationship between work, finances, energy and grounding of ideas into the physical world.

I don’t know if it’s an Artist thing or a projected state of mind that we have drummed into us about Art being a hobby, or something else that you do away from your real job, but I have had a fraught relationship with being an Artist for most of my adult life.

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Justice from the Initiates Way Tarot by JadeM

A friend posted on Social Media about the need for having an identity as an Artist and what that means in terms of what people expect from you and one of the issues I have battled with for a long time is putting a fee on the work that I create. It is a job like any other and sometimes it can take a lot more effort to make money doing it than it does to go and work for someone else as an employee and take home a regular wage. Self confidence and self esteem almost certainly come into play when it comes to selling Art.

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Death from the Initiates Way Tarot by JadeM

Can you talk to others about about it?

What makes one piece of art worth more than another, other than whether the Artist is dead or alive?

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Drowned Man from the Initiates Way Tarot by Jade M

During this process I plunged headlong into the shadows of the underworld and by submitting to introspection and dealing with whatever that threw up in terms of learning and life lessons, I journeyed through the creation of the remaining images and find that i’m standing once again on the high vista of the plateau of the Fool / Jester.

Ready to jump into the abyss and begin anew.

The images for Justice, the Hanged / Drowned Man and Death literally fell out of the ether and on to the canvas in a week after having an unbelievably stressful lead up to the release of these images.

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Prince of Discs by Jade M

As of today there is only one of the Major Arcana left for me to paint. It is the 22nd tomorrow so I intend to focus on painting that and then the entire Major sequence for this deck will be finished.  The three remaining court images for the Pentacles and Discs are on the menu after that while plotting and scheming for the festive period.

There will be a Calendar available which will include all of the new Initiates Way Tarot images for anyone who would like to order one. Please Email and register your interest and I will contact you directly about the order process.

Seasons Greetings!

JadeM Nov 2017

 

 

Autumn movement.

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“Hermit – Son of the Mother’ Initiates Way Tarot – JadeM

Seasonal change is upon us once again. The tides are shifting and fluctuating as we head into Autumn here in the UK. Change is in the air and winter is coming! The wind has been buffeting the coast for two days now. Creativity has sparked again with the change in the season allowing me to create all of the cups images for the minor arcana of the Initiates Way and make a start on the Wheel of Fortune Major Arcana. Cycles close and energy is drawn into the earth. Grounding and keeping feet firmly on the ground during the turbulent storms is a balancing act in itself.

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I’m ready now to begin earthing the discs / pentacles with the assistance of my eldest wizard in training who is going to help me paint the backgrounds for the minor arcana.

During the Autumn Equinox I painted the Hermit for the new Initiates Way Tarot and it felt like there was a closing cycle almost, coming to an end of a significant part of the inner journey of the fool and as I was painting him he informed me that his title was ‘Son of the Mother”.

The Hermit is one of my favourite Archetypes in the Tarot. Retreating within to listen to ones inner teacher, learning, studying, and spending time in quite contemplation, in stillness and peace.

The Guided Meditations that have been recorded for each of the Major Arcana are now in edit. If you would like to know when these audio meditations will be ready for publication please Email  me and I will add you to the subscription list.

JadeM

October2017

 

Update on Initiates Way Tarot and other adventures….

The images are coming thick and fast for the new Deck. Coincidentally finished the image for the Chariot just before travelling to France for the Summer.

IMG_9137As usual there have been lots of things happening during the stay. I have been editing the Tarot workbook and have finally finished writing all of the guided Meditations for each of the Major Arcana and have begun recording them for publication as an Audio series that will be suitable for solo development work or for groups.

The biggest thing that has happened since arriving in France was my Ordination as a Priestess in the Fellowship of Isis.  Just before I embark upon creating the image for Strength / Fortitude I had a vision of the Lioness who radiated the most amazing healing power that I was in complete awe.

Even though it is still August I have been inspired to paint the Ace of Cups Also. It was my intention to paint the Cups Court Cards on my return but they have also begun to emerge. In between writing and painting the new images for the deck I created my gift of dedication to the Goddess Athena. I have not painted with watercolours before so it was a completely new medium to work in and has given me inspiration to try lots of different styles!

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There have been intense healing moments, connections with the Fae in the Forest and precious moments of baby deer skipping across my path. Magical moments that will be treasured forever and imbued into the journey of the creation of the Initiates Way Tarot.

Humbled and honoured to be alive at this time and filled with inspiration for the future.

JadeM 9 / 8 /2017

Spring and the Sword Creations!

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Since the first stirrings of Spring I have been immersed in painting the Court images for the new Initiates Way Tarot paintings. The first image that I painted just before the Court images appeared was the Ace of Swords, or the root source of the powers of Air. It has been an interesting journey since the turn of the tides at the Spring Equinox this year!

More focus, orgnanization, cutting away the doubt and invoking the imagination into action after the long winter.

The first of the Court images to manifest was the King of Swords who is the benevolent kingly ruler that you see in the image below.

IMG_0133Each of the personality types has a completely different feel and this one definitely radiates peace and the ability to wield power efficiently, for the benefit of others and from a place of love.

The second of the Courtly Sword Persona’s to manifest was the Queen of Swords. Very different from the peaceful aura of the King. She is stern, yet keenly perceptive looking at you with a gaze that pierces right through to your very essence.

Next to appear after that was the Princess of Swords.

The princess radiates calm and serenity.

All of the Sword Court images have been finished with rustic golden eyes, painted on with metallic acrylic and the gentlest touch of the fingertip!

Each image started out as a little bit of gouache paint applied to the canvas and some water and I used my fingertips to manipulate the water and paint into a ghost image of each character with the paint and water. Once I saw the lines of the face I started to paint from there adding colour and depth until the character sprung to life!

The last of the Sword Characters is still underway but the Prince of Swords has most definitely taken form and as this season closes and the next begins, after completing the Lovers image I will move on to the Initiates Way version of the Chariot!

If you are interested in learning to use the Tarot for Spiritual Development please get in touch as I will be running some Monthly workshops/development groups in Sept / Oct this year using the 22 Major Arcana Guided Meditations that I have written.

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Post – Judgement Phase

The creation of the Judgement image for the forthcoming Initiates Way Tarot started with a vision of a pair of wrought iron gates with a blood red sky of dawn behind it. According to conversations with friends on social networks it appears that there were  several massive spikes in the schuman resonance and it peaked well above its normal average of  7.83 Hz. On that particular day I barely noticed time passing as I painted and wrote notes for the chapter on the Judgement Image in the Major Arcana.  Could these fluctuations in the Earth’s electromagnetic field account for this surge in creativity? Possibly.

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In the last deck of Tarot Cards that I painted the Judgement image was re-interpreted as a “Gathering” and portrayed a calling to a different path by way of a choice of entrances or openings, or entry into a particular way of being and consideration of life so far and evaluating everything and choosing to either ascend to a different level of consciousness, or stay in a world of purely physical considerations; or simply hearing a call to a higher purpose and therefore making drastic changes in life to allow that to happen.

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As it stands at the time of conception of the new Judgement image for the Initiates Way Tarot there have certainly been some major decisions and ones that are directly related to choosing a different path, ongoing commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and truth and carving out a definite ‘way’ for those who may travel in our wake in the distant future, new seekers to the path looking to find a foothold so they can begin their own journey.

The guided meditation to go with this Major Arcana is that final one that I have to write before I can begin recording them for a CD that will be published later in in the year. If you would like to know more about this please contact me via Email.

©JadeM May 22nd 2017

Initiates Way Tarot Paintings

Initiates Way Paintings at the Carnegie in Workington

On the 9th of April Sacred Circle held their second annual Health, Healing and Awareness day at the Carnegie Theatre in Workington. There was a fabulous turnout of exhibitors for the day who brought with them not only fantastic wares but added to a collective energy that shone like a beacon for the entire day.

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This was the first time any of the Initiates Way Tarot paintings had left the safety of my Sanctuary and they are now re-installed back in their homes since. During the Inner Goddess workshop we visited the healing pool and Sacred Sanctuary of the High Priestess which was a joy to facilitate. The High Priestess and the Magician presided over the sacred space and everyone had a taste of the stillness and peace within their own Healing Sanctuary during the guided meditation.

High Priestess from the forthcoming Initiates Way Tarot
High Priestess from the Initiates Way Tarot

There are only two more of the Guided Meditations for the Tarot that i’m currently writing, that of the Judgement / Aeon and the Universe / World, and upon their completion I will begin the editing and recording process for each of them with Meditation Music so that you can experience all of the Archetypes for yourself. This will be available as downloadable .mp3 format or as a full collection on CD as soon as they have gone through the production process. If you would like to be notified when this project is finished please get in touch and I will add you to the subscription list.

You can follow the progress of the Initiates Way on Instagram or the Esoteric Art Facebook page.

If you would like to join the Sacred Circle please visit our group on Facebook.

©JadeM April 2017

Using the Tarot for Meditation

The Soulscapes Tarot is a 78 Card Tarot Deck that can be used as a focal point during guided meditation as well as a tool for Divination so that you can read for yourself and others.

Each of the Major Arcana has a path working which I have written with the intent of introducing you to the Tarot Archetypes so that you can experience and work with them yourself. All 22 Pathworkings will be published along with a Tarot workbook that can be used with either the Soulscapes Tarot or the Initiates Way upon its completion, or any Tarot deck that you are connected to. If you would like to experience these guided meditations in Group Sessions please Contact me for dates and times when we will be holding open Circles to physically attend for these.

You can also join our Sacred Circle group on Facebook if you have any questions.

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To use the Soulscapes deck to read for others you will need to Pre-order a copy of the third edition from our webstore. I will be ordering another batch soon. Please email if you would like to be informed when the package of the Soulscapes Deck and Tarot Workbook is available to pre-order.

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“Through Art you can come to an understanding of who you really are, express your deepest emotions and desires and become a catalyst or conduit, initiating experiences for others.” – Jade M