January is always an interesting month in terms of creating. This year I seem to have spent more time tying up loose ends and plotting long term projects than actually sitting down and creating. The stillness of days where there is hardly a breath of air allows for peaceful reflection and the days of glorious sunshine, cold but clear, when the rain temporarily ceases.
The creation of the Court images for the Pentacles / Discs took a lot more time than I had envisaged. Seems they were not quite ready to be birthed properly until we were fully into January.
The Prince of Discs who made his appearance in November is at the top and the Queen, King and princess came to fruition in quick succession over the last week. As one cycle closes and another begins the flame of creation will be turned towards the pip card images for the Wands. The Ace of Wands / Staffs was a collaboration wais a collaboration between me and the twins. They painted an awesome background for me and the ‘rod that budded’ is in the foreground.
This second journey through creating a Tarot deck has been a completely different experience in terms of my own spiritual development and understanding. I set out with the intention of letting the images arise from within and I used the meditations that I wrote for each major arcana for our spiritual development group as my starting point. So in this sense they are truly Esoteric and have come from within. The tarot for me has become a living breathing entity in its own right in my life and in my work. Looking back at the humble beginnings of being given my own set of Tarot at the age of 18, and then using it as a tool for enlightenment for serious study has given me a foundation upon which to rest my Art, writing and songs and for them to grow upon that platform.
I have learned that reading Tarot and using it for its true purpose are two very different things. My entry into the world of Tarot changed my life completely and I can’t imagine a life without it. The learning process of helping people I have met over the years of reading has given me such an insight into human nature which is priceless, and when it comes to creating something for others to use as a tool I hope that this wisdom is carried on through those who use the decks in the future. The Soulscapes deck appears to have been the beginning of a very long journey for me and the creation of the Initiates way has been the closing or ending of that cycle of learning. Who know what the future will hold once the new deck is complete and sent out into the world to find its new students.
May your year be filled with joy and love and i’m looking forward to meeting lots of new friends and catching up with old friends at the events that are coming up.
Don’t forget to check out the events page for upcoming workshops and MBS tables for th next year !
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.
As 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
So 2016 has come to a welcome end and as the wheel has turned 2017 has ushered in new hope, inspiration and motivation for new ventures and creations.
When I was at University in 2006 I created my first Tarot deck for the final project that I did before I graduated from the Media and Communications degree. It was called The Initiates Way. Thinking back it was rather ambitious to attempt to create something as big as that on my own while I was still right at the beginning of my path into discovery. It was a big learning curve for me that lead on to the creation of the second deck between 2009 and 2013. The Soulscapes Tarot was self published after seven years of working one to one as a Holistic Therapist and 20 years of reading as a professional Tarot Consultant and a lot of the awakenings and experiences that I had during that time are imbued in the imagery of the deck.
Now as I find myself in a different place entirely, with a completely different perspective I have begun the task of re-creating the Initiates Way Tarot to document the journey so far and add another dimension to the Soul Journey of my own revelations and discovery through working with the Tarot Archetypes. This time I have assistance with the very willing dragon twins who love to paint and create at every available opportunity.
Early December 2016 I started in ernest with the images for this new deck. So far I have painted the High Priestess, the Ace, King, Queen and Princess of Wands / Staffs and I’m working on the Magician at the moment.
During the process of creation for this deck so far Christen and Charlie have assisted me with some awesome backgrounds to work with. The Ace of Wands / Staffs is our co-creation between the three of us and is currently hanging on the wall in their room as inspiration for us as we set out to create the rest of the images together for that suit.
Three sittings later and the Magician image is starting to take shape nicely. I started painting it on Jan 1st with the original painting of the Messenger / Magician from the Soulscapes deck as company.
I have written guided meditations for each of the Major Arcana that will be available online soon for anyone who wants to pathwork with any of the Major Tarot images. If you are interested in the guided mediations that I have written especially for working with the Major Arcana they will be published in the forthcoming Soulscapes Tarot Companion and some of them will be available as streamable mp3’s on iTunes. Please email me for more info on this.
The Queen of Staffs / Wands has had a lot of positive feedback and it was with her that I decided that I should begin the Fools Journey once again for another round of learning, growing, seeking and creating. If theres one thing that the Tarot has taught me it is that we are never too old to learn something new and that we evolve all the time from one state to another and fluctuate through the processes of change. Each of these new images have burst straight from the tubes of paint straight to the canvas just by using fingers. Any fine detail that has been added at the end has been to define something or bring more understanding to the image. Watch this space for more creations.