Sacred Spiral Oracle: the Fall Card

fall card picture

 

Since we’ve recently transitioned to the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere, I wanted to share my Fall card.

What am I harvesting in my life? 

Fall is a season of transition, hanging between summer’s energetic warmth and winter’s cold stillness. It is a time of harvest, for reaping the bounty of seeds you have planted. Taking it to a personal level, fall (and the Fall card) is a great time to reflect on what you have learned and gained from recent experiences. How will you utilize what you have gained to nourish yourself in the time ahead?

Card images and symbols: changing color leaf, tree, pumpkin, field, gray sky (changing weather), shovel (for harvesting or digging).

When I think of fall, I think of many of the typical things: changing and falling leaves, pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavored everything, Halloween, corn mazes. I love putting on layers and feeling the refreshing touch of the cooler air. I also think of preparing for winter. I consider winter to be an internal season whose energy lends itself to stillness and reflection. Fall turns towards that as we continue to lose light in the day. Many things fade and begin to die in the fall, but there is also space to gather, learn, and remember.

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Sacred Spiral Oracle: Wolves card

Wolves picture

How do I trust my instincts and intuition? How can I honor my individual spirit and be part of my family or community? 

From the wolf as the misunderstood character in fairy tales to the tale of La Loba who sings the bones of wolves back to life (as retold by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Women Who Run with the Wolves), the wolf is a dynamic archetype.

There is a Cherokee story about the two wolves of the self, the inner battle of the choice between good and evil. In the end, the one who wins is the one you feed.

There is the wolf pack, a symbol of community. There is the social hierarchy of the pack. The lone wolf: isolated, alienated, solitary.

For my Wolves card, I chose to focus on wolves as a symbol of community and in maintaining the self in the midst of community. I also looked at wolves as a reminder to trust instincts and intuition.

When you are in a group of people, I encourage you to notice: Do you feel part of it? Do you strive to blend or fit in? Do you lead, follow, or a combination? No matter what role you play, are you being true to yourself while doing so? If not, how can you honor yourself more? Are you happy with the role you are playing in the group? Is there another role you would like to play?

The Wolves card reminds us that we can be part of something larger while still being true to ourselves.

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Sacred Spiral Oracle: Truth card

truth card with watermark

Selections of this come from my oracle card book. Other parts come from the inspiration for the images and current reflections.

This card’s question: What is true for me in this situation? What is my deepest truth? 

For me, truth — mainly telling the truth to myself about myself, what is true for me — resonates through my entire being. It centers in my heart, but it’s also rooted in my entire body. I’m now imagining sitting against a tall tree with a wide trunk and large, deep roots. I feel centered, grounded, and clear. I can sense my own truth when I am most connected to myself.

Main images: Feather, Scale, Eye

For Ancient Egyptians, Ma’at was the goddess of truth, liberty, justice, and harmony. It was said that after people died, the goddess Ma’at weighed people’s hearts on a scale against a single feather. If they had lived a virtuous life, their heart would be lighter than the feather, and the gods could deem them worthy of paradise. The main symbols and images for Ma’at were a white ostrich feather or the profile of a winged woman with an ostrich feather on her head. Ma’at also served as a principle of truth, harmony, and cooperation that guided people’s behaviors, culture, and lives in Ancient Egyptian society.  If you’re curious, there is more information here.

The eye on the oracle card represents the symbol and story of Ma’at but also being able to see and sense one’s own truth and be in integrity with oneself.

How do you know when you’re standing in your truth? What is true for you right now? What comes to mind when you see this card?

You can find more information about my oracle cards here. Here is the link to purchase your own set in my Etsy shop. Enter 10SPIRAL at checkout for 10% off!

On sharing my oracle cards.

I recently returned from a Nia training in Portland, Oregon. There, I spent a wonderful week dancing, learning, and connecting with like-minded movers and dancers.

I also shared my oracle cards.

When my husband suggested I bring them with me, I wasn’t intending to share them. Well, maybe I would share them with my host or bring them out during a break. Maybe I would just use them for guidance in the mornings or evenings.

The cards had other ideas. One morning, as I was getting ready, I was checking in with myself: Is there anything else I need to bring? 

The answer came: Bring your oracle cards. 

I don’t have to share them, I thought. But then I pulled a card and got this:

truth card

The truth card. I had to laugh. It was the most appropriate card I could have picked. I was in the middle of the Nia Blue Belt training, which focuses on communication and intimacy. And one of the elements in the training is truth-telling, starting with telling myself the truth about myself.

I think I have to share them, I thought. And so, during our open sharing time that afternoon (about what we’ve learned that day, what has come up for us in general, anything goes), I told the story and shared this card, passing it around the circle. Several of my fellow trainees later asked to see more of the cards.

I felt incredibly vulnerable after sharing. These cards have become part of my story. They took over three years from start to finish, from the first line drawn to final printing. I initially created them as part of a personal growth program, but I finished them on my own terms.

I recognize that sharing them in a circle like that is a way of promoting them as a product, but that wasn’t my original intention. My intention was simply to share my art. My art and my creativity is part of who I am, part of my truth. I shared my art twice during the training: the first time was the vision board that I created before the training, and the second was the cards.

Blue Belt vision board
My Blue Belt vision board that I created a week before the training.

I did receive some orders as a result of sharing the cards, the first of which was the last set of my first printing from two years ago. So I ordered more sets. You can find them in my Etsy shop here.

I’m realizing how important sharing is in my own creative process. Yes, I share on social media and whatnot, but it’s also important I share in a variety of forums. So I’m setting an intention to share more of my cards and their stories and meanings here.

Yes, there is a vulnerability in sharing my work. But there is also this: by giving myself permission to share my own work and creativity, I also connected with other people about theirs. People came up to me afterward and shared about their art, how they hoped to get back into it. Art can be deeply personal, and it also has a universal language that can speak to the creativity within each person.

Etsy update poll

Long time, no see.

If you have time (and have Facebook), I’d love for you to take my poll on what kinds of items you’d like to see in my shop. It’s been a while since I last did a full-fledged update, and I have some new inventory. So please, follow this link and vote!

Commenting on this post is also welcome.

What would you like to see? More necklaces or pendants? Ornaments and suncatchers? Earrings? Cards and prints? Bracelets? Something else?

You can also visit my Instagram or Facebook page to see some of my latest designs.

 

 

2016: Artistic accomplishments

It’s been awhile since I last posted. I hope to give more of an update soon, and perhaps post about my artistic goals for the next year.

First, I wanted to share some of my artistic wins from this year through images:

Participated in an artist card exchange

artisttradingcards

Released my oracle card deck!

Oracle Card archetypes

Participated in several craft fairs, including two in my new home in the Las Vegas, NV area.

craft-fair-table

Sold 12 items on Etsy.

turtle-bracelet
Turtle bracelet, from August

Got married! (not artistic, exactly, but relationships are an art unto themselves)

ring-and-handfasting-cords
October 9, 2016, photo credit Adam Durant

Processing progress.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m making enough new pieces of jewelry and art. After finishing my oracle cards, which was a huge undertaking, I’ve felt a little…well, anticlimactic about my artistic process and progress with the lack of a major project.

In reality, I have continued to create. I’ve made a variety of new things – cards, decorated hair clips, a few new pendants, etc. It’s been more that I’ve been making things a few at a time; it’s been very here and there.

abalone hair clips
Abalone hair clips
I have a decent inventory of items I can sell. I’ve been doing fewer craft fairs this year, although have been successful with selling items to friends, family, and a few Etsy customers. Some of that is because I’m busy doing other things (e.g. oracle cards, planning my wedding, preparing to move) and part of that is because I’m a little more discerning about what kinds of events I put my energy, time and money towards.

There’s also another factor: I’m an aspiring Nia Technique dance fitness teacher. I’ve been putting some of my creativity energy towards learning routines and finding my own sense of movement. I take several classes a week, and for the next two months, I’m teaching once a week. So, I’ve been putting more time into that than into my visual art. However, I also recognize that I’ve been doing art for most of my life; it comes more easily to me. Dance…much less so. I took a few modern dance classes when I was 12 or so, but didn’t have the time or patience at the time. I took improvisational dance and dance history classes in college and took expressive moment classes for a while when I lived in San Diego.  When I started Nia, it became about the body-mind-spirit connection and more. It became a regular activity I wanted to practice and improve at. I not only wanted to learn the technique, I also wanted to teach it. And learning to teach is a very intensive process.

I don’t see my Nia practice as replacing my visual art practice by any means; they definitely can exist side-by-side in my life. However, even as I write this, I’m realizing that I practice Nia regularly. I don’t currently have a consistent art practice. I see blogs that talk about sketching or making at least one thing a day. At the moment, I am not doing this. At one time, I was practicing wirewrapping on a regular basis, and my skills definitely improved dramatically. I don’t think I’m at a stagnant place with my art – but I might be at a place where things aren’t moving very quickly. And really, they don’t have to. I’ve been satisfied with the small supplemental of income I’ve earned, which mostly means some of what I create pays for itself. I also realize that I’ve felt vulnerable about the idea of getting feedback on what I can do next art-business-wise.

At some point in the relatively near future, I want to dedicate more time to it. I want to create goals for the act of creating – whether I’m doing it to create something for profit or just for myself. I want to get feedback on my Etsy shop, recommendations on what I could improve. I want to read books or take online classes about different aspects of running an art business. Ideally, I want to create enough time and space so my Nia and art can feed each other. Perhaps someday I’ll do a Nia and art workshop.

My time and attention is pretty divided right now, but perhaps once I settle into my post-wedding life, perhaps I will find more flow and ease in my visual art practice and business. It’s all a work in progress.