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?

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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

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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.

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Turtle bracelet, from August

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

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October 9, 2016, photo credit Adam Durant

Illustrations of Words

Lately, I’ve been enjoying illustrating words.  For myself, I find them encouraging.  I also love the painting process, of putting my brush to paper, deepening the shades of color, finding my own balance between abstract and expressionistic.

So far, I have painted these words:  (click for full size images)
What other words would you like to see?  What inspires you?