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.

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

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!

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.

 

 

Summer Solstice Debut: Sacred Spiral Oracle Cards

At long last: I’m mere weeks away from releasing my first printing of my oracle card deck, Sacred Spiral Oracle. I even created a section for it here on my website. And today, which is the Summer Solstice, I created my listing for pre-orders on Etsy!

Seasons Cards
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This deck has truly been a labor of love and healing. I created the original handmade cards in tribute to two years I devoted to a holistic healing program. I continued to work on them  sporadically for the next three years to bring them to their current form through times of depression, struggle, healing, and recovery.

Summer is a time of great heat and energy. For me, it seems like everything happens at a faster pace, and yet the heat also can feel heavy and draining. It’s also a great time to bring projects into fruition.

Pre-order your copy of Sacred Spiral Oracle Cards today!

 

Artist Trading Card Exchange

In March, I participated in an Artist Trading Cards Exchange through Albuquerque’s Women & Creativity Month.

They sent me 10 small blank cards, which I turned into these:

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(the picture is a little cut off at the bottom, but hopefully you get the idea)

I then sent these off, and they mixed them up with other people’s cards and sent them off to other people.

In April, I received this in the mail:

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Which opened up like an accordion:

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I took out the individual cards…

other artist trading cards

…and got this lovely assortment of cards from 10 different artists!

I really enjoyed participating in this exchange, and hope to do it again next year. It was a great way to inspire and share my own creativity, and see what others created, too.

An overdue update

I apologize – I’ve been neglecting my website and business blog. Here’s some of what I’ve been doing:

Finishing my oracle cards! I just submitted an order to print the first sets of cards, which I should get in the next two weeks or so. My current plan is to start with a small number, and if there’s enough interest, I’ll get more printed. I also ordered a proof of my oracle card book. I’m planning on beginning to sell them this summer, so stay tuned!

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I’m still making some jewelry.  These are from a new collection I’m working on. I’m experimenting with playing with wire in an organic, free-form way and creating unique pieces that stand out.

new collection pieces

 

In April, I participated in Susannah Conway’s April Love month, and did quite a bit of art and writing based on those prompts. Here is one.

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I also learned how to make ear cuffs!

ear cuff

 

I’ll post more updates soon! I’ll definitely send out a newsletter once my cards are ready, so if you aren’t already subscribed, sign up here.

Ending and beginning, retrospective and hopes

As a new year begins, I like to look back on what I’ve accomplished over the past year.

In 2015, I:

  • Officially registered my business, Seeking Spirit Designs.
  • Created my website.
  • Opened my Etsy shop.
  • Participated in 6 craft fairs.
  • Established myself on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Got a new art desk, which should give me a good surface to work on and a place to store my supplies.
  • Promoted and sold my work, both online and in person!

I don’t really do resolutions, but I do have hopes for the new year.

In 2016,  I hope to:

  • Develop a stronger presence on Etsy and social media
  • Learn more business strategies
  • Continue to develop my creative skills
  • Sell my work at several craft fairs and apply to at least one juried show
  • Finish my oracle cards
  • Structure my time:  Make dates with myself to specifically work on both the creative and logistical sides of my art business