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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Autumn Equinox is always a strange and uneven ride through the ether, eventually landing at a place of balance and inner harmony through lots of shadow work and juggling. This year more than ever it seems there has been a lot of rectifying of inner attitudes towards certain things, becoming more open and receptive to new ideas and methods and certainly the opportunity for learning completely new Magic!
I have been writing a companion book for the Soulscapes Tarot for quite some time now. These things can’t be rushed and appear when they are ready. Sometimes little pieces for it fuse together little by little and at other times large amounts of the material that has been written begins to make perfect sense and the rest flows out naturally. As part of the process of writing the material for the Soulscapes Companion I have been revisiting paths that opened for me when I painted the images initially, by creating and recording meditations or path workings that focus on specific imagery attributed to each of the Major Arcana Archetypes of the Tarot and it is shaping into a structure or skeleton on to which the flesh of experience is beginning to grow. In our Spiritual Development group we have travelled these paths together with some startling results. In tandem with this process I have begun training in Hypnotherapy in the hope that I can use some time honoured methods to create the remaining journeys so that when the full book is written and ready for publication there will be workable paths laid out for seekers who want to experience some of the mysteries of the Tarot for themselves in text and audio format.
The experiences and revelations that have come with the recent study and journey into the world of the Hermit have shed so much light for me on a common misconception that definitely needs to be addressed. Many people feel a kindred spirit in the image of the Hermit yet misunderstand that it suggests that they should cut themselves off from Society and retreat permanently away from people, culture and everything that our world contains. It is quite the contrary, interaction gives us the chance to learn more. Inner space and retreat is only a temporary place to be visited in times when one needs to hear ones own counsel and guidance away from the distractions of the world, but the real work of the Hermit or wise one is to come back out of that place and bring their knowledge and wisdom to those who need it. Anyone who is a healer or reader or consultant of any kind will understand what I mean by this. If you have the urge to help others and guide when it is appropriate and you are given the opportunity can you really do that from a distanced vantage point with no real close connections around you?
Points to consider during the Equinox.
Are you living a life of your own choosing?
Are there things that you wish that you could change and if so what is stopping you from instigating those changes?
Are you spending equal amounts of your time and attention on work/rest/play and engaging with those around you who need your support?
This is the perfect opportunity to give yourself a chance to let go of anything that is holding you back whether that is your own self limiting beliefs or simply clearing out the things in your life that you no longer need to make room for new things / experiences / friendships that are currently not able to be in your life due to unnecessary clutter!
Usui Reiki is a form of Reiki originating from Japan with links to Tibet. It was founded by one Dr Usui. So what is it?
Reiki basically is a non intrusive method of healing that directly affects the harmony of body’s energy centres. These energy centres are referred to as Chakras. Reiki also assists in re-alligning the body, mind and spirit, helping to ensure self-healing and is especially helpful for nervous and emotional problems.
I would highly recommend Reiki to everyone. It completely changed my life when I took my Reiki Attunements. It gave me the confidence to do all the things that I’d always thought about doing, but had never been brave enough to initiate. Nothing in life is ever concrete or certain, and if we accept the fact that we need change in our lives, and embrace the good with the bad, we will come to a better understanding of our place in life and the things that we can do to make changes.
Change comes from within and the practice of Reiki nurtures growth and action which is self directed. The attunement process is just the beginning of the journey and once you have been introduced to the higher frequencies and start to clear out your life, beginning with the bad habits and negative thinking your path becomes a lot clearer, revealing your purpose and your calling.
Reiki has its place professionally in a hospital setting as much as it has in the home with friends and family and it is a gateway, or a bridge that gives you a window into your future.