Ancestral Path

March 28, 2010

Our western culture doesn’t make much room for the honoring of  ancestors, for the gifts they gave us that have enriched our lives, layers and layers of story– our story embedded in the story of our family, which in turn is nestled in the story of our parents’ families, and so on back through generations.  This genetic story is wrapped in cultural stories, the places and events that shaped the people who came before us — language, music, landscape.  Within us is a sacred thread that is woven with everyone in our ancestral past.  We carry within us the hopes and dreams, the wounds and longings, of everyone who came before us.

Our ancestors, those who are the twice born, those who have conquered death, who have done battles with the archetypes and the battles of nature to be become persons of great knowledge.  These are the trustees of our earth and it is their wisdom and the parts they played that propelled us to this point in our lives, right here, right now……..

Some people say to me how can we honour ancestors when there has been conflict and problems in our families.  My family is no different, my father was an alcoholic and bought with him disharmony and mayhem, but his weaknesses around drink was my strength, his love of music and the melodies he wrote for his bagpipes bring a richness to my life beyond words.  All our ancestors bear great gifts,  sometimes it just takes time mine the rich seams of gold that lie within.

I personally have come to know of the celtic life  blood that forces through my veins, this has given me that earthy connection to my sexuality,  my wildness, my love of music, literature, poetry,  arts, and my spiritual wisdom, and the power and beauty held in all my female ancestry has given me the strength to survive when everything around me was failing.   I honour you all for your wonderful gifts.

In the North, we encounter the energies of Hummingbird ,  this archetypal energy teaches us to honour ancestors and put them in the order of love, to place them behind us, supporting us, so we can journey forth in the knowledge of who “we are”.

The images show some of the pieces I have made to honour the path I have journeyed so far, my grandmother and great grandmother take their rightful place,  their strength and beauty live on.

ladybird, ladybird

March 24, 2010

For the second night running I have had three ladybirds flying around the room and landing on me.  So I looked up in my totem animal book to see what the ladybird has to say.

To my delight its so very positive

If a ladybird has come into your life  it is time to begin channeling positive energy and passion into your own life. She will help you learn how to direct this energy successfully so that you can implement it into everything you do. It is also a good time to start being  optimistic about your life. Being optimistic, doing daily affirmations, and creating your own reality are all things that ladybird will help you master during your time together.

Ladybirds are a very lucky totem to have. They are very passionate and creative and have a lot of positive energy surrounding them. Individuals with ladybird for a totem will have great success in anything that they do.

Ladybirds have very fast paced and fiery energy surrounding them. This enables them to direct their positive energy and passion into everything they do with tremendous force and success. When channeled, this energy is very powerful and can help those with ladybird as a totem get a tremendous amount of high quality work done in a short period of time.

Since ladybug has so much positive fiery energy surrounding her, she is a wonderful totem to have for positive thinking and affirmations. She will teach you how to see the positive in all situations that you encounter so that you are able to successfully handle everything that you are dealt.

Ladybirds will also help you use positive thinking and optimism while channeling your thoughts into reality. She will teach you that your thought patterns and the energy you put into them manifest into the universe and can have a tremendous impact on what your reality consists of. If you have a bleak outlook on life and are very pessimistic these thoughts can bring more negativity and darkness into your sacred space. By having a positive outlook and adding optimism to your thoughts, that positive energy will manifest wonderful things in your life.

Be stone stupid

March 24, 2010

I recently came back from teaching a workshop about the Hero’s Journey, this quote I plucked from one of my most favourite books of all time,  just about said it all.

Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.” — Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Women Who Run with the Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman)

Being stone stupid is Just like THE FOOL who starts his journey around the TAROT, he steps out on his own epic journey of the Hero.  He’s uncomplicated, doesn’t worry about whether he makes a mistake or not, lives live joyfully without fear of embarrassment or failure.  He is jubilant, he is joy, and he sees the world has so many possibilities available to him.  He embodies the energy of  the hummingbird archetype, the little bird with courageous ambitions and who feeds from the sweet nectar of life.

The Fool Tarot card illustrated here is a deck by Japanese illustrator Yoshitaka Amano.  See more of his work here

The Garden of Plenty

March 8, 2010

The divine feminine, mother earth, the dark magical mysteries that lie under the earth.  Feminine receptive energies where time is circular, continuous without end.

A lot of my work is inspired by this very powerful imagery that flows through my veins.  So I though it’s time to balance the energies, masculine thrusting energy that propels itself forward in the world and keeps everything in balance, the yin and yang, the light and the dark, the sun and the moon.   The sword that slay the dragon.

oil Pastels, pencils, acrylic, scanned and layered digitally.