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Welcome to the SoulCollage® blog party where you can see what SoulCollagers have been assembling. Thanks, Kathryn Antyr at True North Arts for hosting! I had a great time putting my SoulCollage® cards together--some old, some new--and creating a story of Heartwork... Work of the eyes is done now. Go and do heartwork On all the images imprisoned within you: For you overpowered them: But even now you don’t know them…

~ Rainer Rilke

“When you look back on a lifetime and think of what has been given to the world by your presence, your fugitive presence, inevitably you think of your art, whatever it may be, as the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgment of the gift you have been given, which is the life itself… That work is not an expression of the desire for praise or recognition, or prizes, but the deepest manifestation of your gratitude for the gift of life.”

~ Stanley Kunitz

(Thanks Mili Dillard for making these poems available.) [aslideshow]

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What Are You Giving Birth To?

Ostara by Helena Nelson ReedNow that spring is here, the time of birth and rebirth, it's a good time to consider what new ideas, projects, aspects or changes we want to bring about. And as we ask that question, we may want to consider what do we want to throw out? What no longer serves us and needs to be cast into the fire to be transformed through the alchemy of consciousness? For me, I want to birth a more playful artist aspect as I embark on a project about goddesses that I will be giving birth to soon. I have enjoyed working with goddess energy and reading up on it so much that I want to create a guide that everyone can use to access the goddess archetype, explore the inner goddess aspects, connect with the divine feminine, and manifest this in the world. To do this, I feel I need to enter into this creative world playfully and have fun with it. I am calling forth my inner Magician as well, the archetype that has come up for me most in the past year. So I have made SoulCollage® cards for both, as you can see below.

Ostara is a spring goddess from the Anglo Saxon/Germanic tradition from whence the word Easter comes. Ostara is a fertility goddess and a moon goddess, and her totem is the March hare. She symbolizes a fresh start, new birth, or rebirth. The maiden in us comes forth now (Catch you later, Crone). She is also associated with the Spring Equinox, when the length of days and nights are equal. I love this shamanic depiction of her by artist Helena Nelson-Reed. She is not a goddess we hear much about but she evokes springtime ritual, love of nature, and rolling in the grass. All things I want to revel in right now.

If you live in the Raleigh area, and want to learn about SoulCollage®, I'm teaching a "playshop" on April 11 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. See tab above for more details. Come celebrate spring and join me in giving birth to (or rebirthing) the playful, inner child artist.

The In Between

oldfrenchfairyta00sgrich_page_0461In the time between Christmas and New Year my favorite things are: Resting and enjoying my home and family

Yesterday my hubby Rob and I went for a bike ride into town in 60 degree weather and had tea at The Open Eye.

We went to see Avatar last night--loved it. See it in 3-D! A wonderful message about indigenous people and taking care of our mother, meaning whatever planet or moon we live on--in this movie we are the aliens who didn't love their Mother and are in search of other resources to exploit on the distant moon, Pandora. Needless to say, our arrival opens up a Pandora's box of troubles for the indigenous people -- wonderful, large, lithe, blue creatures that have much in common with Native American tribes.

Making delicious food like this:

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BAKED APPLE PANCAKE

Start by peeling and thinly slicing about a pound of fresh, tart apples (about 4 big apples) 3 large eggs 3/4 c. milk (soy/rice milk works fine) 3/4 c. flour 1/2 t. salt 1 T. + 1/4 c. butter 1/4 c. brown sugar cinnamon and nutmeg to taste powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Beat together eggs, milk, flour and salt until smooth. Add 1/2 c. thinly sliced apples. Melt T. butter in cast iron skillet in oven; coat bottom and sides of pan and then pour in batter and put in oven for 15 minutes. Then turn temperature down to 350 degrees for last 10 minutes until pancake is light brown and crisp. If bubbles form, puncture with fork. While pancake is baking, saute rest of thinly sliced apples in 1/4 c. butter in skillet on stove and add brown sugar. Season to taste with cinnamon and nutmeg and saute until apples are tender, but not too soft, about 8-10 min.

When pancake is ready, slide onto plate, pour apple filling onto one side and fold pancake over. Pour a little melted butter on top and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Tarot card reading for the New Year

Here's good way to do a reading for the entire year: A full moon spread. Lay out 13 cards in a crescent shape for each of the full moons in the year. Write down your reading for each card and each full moon and see how it corresponds for the year ahead. Did you know we've got a blue moon coming up on New Year's Eve this Thursday? That has to be an auspicious sign for 2010.

(Love the Fairy Tale Tarot by Karen Mahoney. I heart the Tarot of Prague cards if I could ever find them for a reasonable price).

Make SoulCollage card for New Year. Here's the one I made most recently for the Witness card, the one who sees without judgment and draws us up to higher consciousness:image151

Collecting images and ideas for a vision board for what I want to be, create, and bring into the New Year.

One thing I want to do is teach and facilitate more creative workshops and retreats.

Here's what I already have on the calendar: SoulCollage workshop on January 9 at my home and Vision Board/SoulCollage workshop (Outer and Inner manifestation) with my friend Lauri later in January; Crowning the Crone retreat the last weekend in February in Durham; and the BEAR retreat on Cape Cod the last weekend in March in which I will facilitate 2 workshops on Meeting and Manifesting the Triple Goddess. More to come!

Reading a good book

I'm currently reading Wesley the Owl--The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O'Brien

Did you know that owls mate for life? If an owl's mate dies it will often get depressed, stop eating, and die of grief soon after. Did you know that the reason owls can turn their heads 180 degrees is because underneath all that feather and fluff is a very long, thin, neck that can twist on its axis to keep an eye out for both prey and predators? Did you know that even though we tend to think of owl's night vision as its most amazing feature, it's really its hearing that is the owl's primary sense organ. One ear is higher up on its head than the other, allowing the owl to triangulate the sound of it's prey and swoop down on it with amazing accuracy. A barn owl can locate a mouse under three feet of snow by homing in on its heartbeat! (If owl is your totem, like she is mine, it's important to learn about its prey, too. The mouse -- attention to detail -- has much to teach us as well.)

Enjoy the in between!