Over the past decade or more, there’s been a rise in the interest of Tarot decks, Oracle cards, Runes and other tools of divination. Now, divination doesn’t mean that these tools can “magically” predict the future, but what they can do is serve as a tool to connect with our Inner Knowing. The Inner Knowing we all possess is our subconscious, our intuition or sixth sense and, as I believe, can also be the quiet voice of our Higher Spirit or connection to a Universal energy. But for now, let’s focus on intuition and the subconscious mind.
When we use the tools of the aforementioned card decks, we’re inviting our inner knowing/wisdom to consider the “message” we get from a particular card we have drawn. We know ourselves much better than we think we do. As we go about our day on a mostly conscious level, our subconscious is gathering all sorts of information and storing it for later use. When we begin to interpret the message on an oracle card, for example, that inner knowledge base is drawn upon and our intuition (separate from the inner knowing and actually one of our senses) is tapped into and we can discern a pretty clear meaning that pertains directly to the question we were asking. It’s a bit of science and magic all rolled up in one. We already know the answer; we just don’t know that we know.
This same “magic” can be utilized through a vision board. Have you ever made a vision board? I’d thought about making one over the last few years and finally did it this year. For me, it took finding the right instructor. Nothing I’d read or listened to previously felt complete… there was some unknown element missing… until a friend connected me with Colette Baron-Reid.
You’re probably familiar with vision boards… simply put, it’s a collage of words and pictures that represent the things you wish to draw into your life. The key to a good vision board is to base these representations on the way you want to feel when your visions are attained, and to feel and act as though it has already happened. Also, a key element, as taught by Colette, is to let go of the form and the time frame in which it will be delivered.
For example, instead of saying “I want to make a million dollars by June 1st in my business”, you instead ask for prosperity in whatever form Spirit wishes to deliver it. In the meantime, you are feeding your subconscious mind signals that these things already exist and it will strive to make it so through influencing your actions and your frame of mind. Perhaps it will be through your business, or it may come from an opportunity which you were previously blind to, but now that your subconscious has been put to task, it is pushing the opportunity to the surface… in order to make your vision true! And let’s not forget, you’re also putting energy out into the Universe to draw in these things you wish for… after all, we are made up of energy and our thoughts are energy and we don’t yet understand just how powerful this can be.
Whether through oracle cards, vision boards or sacred talismans, we all possess the ability to invite a bit of mystical enchantment into the everyday. For myself, all of the things I make inside and outside of my business are created to hold or draw in the magic we all seek to invoke and embrace in our lives. I’ve always been a “science girl” and I’ve always believed in Magic. Are these two things contradictory ideologies or are they one and the same? I offer these quotes for your consideration…
The first comes from Jade Chen of Mud Lotus and I don’t know where she first heard it…
“Before Science was called Science, it was called Magic.” – Unknown author
And a ‘nearer to my heart’ quote…
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
– British author, Roald Dahl
Now, go have a magical day!
Do you adore Fall as much I do? Of course, if you live in the Northeastern US, it hasn’t yet felt much like Fall, but I’m still hopeful! The pumpkins have been gathered, the summer porch has been “Autumnized” (yes, I’m making up words) and we’ve gone out collecting cattails and lovely tall grasses and I am in my happy place! This is the color pallet that makes my heart sing and even though we won’t be blessed with our normal New England color this year, I’ll certainly be making up for it with natural, seasonal embellishments.
The summer harvest is bleeding into fall and I’m still roasting TONS of cherry tomatoes and freezing them in small batches for pizza sauce. (Grab the recipe here!!!) The dining room is still serving as the herb drying room, although, overall, my herbs were not very happy with the hot, wet weather this year and the harvest is down quite a bit from last year.
Although our first-ever bout with Covid slowed us down quite a bit for the month of September, I did manage to indulge in a little creativity (alongside the herbs, cooking, baking and decorating) and made myself a daily journal for list keeping. (Note the fall colors!!!) This journal reminds me of the Indian Summer Amulet bag, currently in my on-line shop, which was inspired by a sweet little Lakota legend that explains why leaves change color in the fall.
I’m looking forward to the garden slowing down and gaining more studio time as we move deeper into Fall. I also hope to take advantage of cooler weather and indulge in long woodland walks before the end-of-year holidays take over with the same demanding pace of this past growing season. For now, I’ll leave you with a heartfelt wish that you too find a slower pace to rekindle your connection with Mother Nature as she blesses us with her change of wardrobe and an invitation to move softly and gently into the last quarter of this year.
I’ve just come through a little over a month’s worth of overwhelm. From jobs in my screen-printing business (that’s my real-life job) to garden chores such as transplanting an overabundance of seedlings (like, I’m talking hundreds), to struggling to find time to work in the studio (and mostly losing THAT battle), to everywhere I look something demands my attention… meal prep, laundry, dirty bathrooms, outside commitments … you know the drill. I know it’s not an original story. Nowadays, virtually everyone feels the pressure to go faster, work harder, keep checking off ALL. THOSE. BOXES. …and some days, it just seems too much.
Next Friday will bring us the Full Flower Moon and I often like to indulge in a quick online search to see what alternative moon names I can find. There were several Native American names traditionally used by different tribes. Frog Moon was by far my personal favorite, as the first sign of spring for me is always the peepers and tree frogs. I love to hear them serenading the twilight hours on a cool, spring evening. There was also Budding Moon, Planting Moon, Egg Laying Moon and (rather amusing) the Moon of Shedding Ponies! Not having had ponies, but instead dogs, I can definitely identify with that one!
It seems that spring has suddenly become thrust upon us. After the endlessly mild winter, it feels strange and all at once too soon. I feel torn in a hundred different directions, my attention drawn away from studio work and with the month nearly over, I realized in a panic that I hadn’t given half a thought to the March blog post.
Oh, what a magical night! The air is perfectly still as tiny snowflakes drift silently to the ground and a hush has fallen over the woods surrounding the property. The soulful cry of a lone coyote reverberates through the darkened timberland from the north end of the pond. Joining in from the northeast, a Great Horned Owl begins calling and yet another answers faintly, some distance away. As if that wasn’t enough to fill my heart, somewhere close by in the snow-covered branches of the pine trees comes the soft trilling of a Screech Owl. All of Mother Nature is awake and reveling in the flawless beauty of a winter’s night.
If you’ve been following my work for any amount of time, you probably already know how much I love mythology. You may know that I made a small line of “Janus” earrings, in the shape of an abstract door, the significance of which soon follows. But did you also know that January is named after the Roman god Janus? Given that it’s the first month of the calendar year, Janus, the god of beginnings and endings, gates and passages, doorways and transitions, feels wholly appropriate as we welcome in the new year. On Roman coins and statues, Janus is depicted as having opposing faces… one looking to the past and the other, the future. This all sounds curiously similar to our many new year traditions.
Okay, I have to say it, full disclosure… For years I have not been a fan of Halloween, not since early in my twenties… sorry to disappoint! The tipping point was when I got my first house. Thanks to some insanely stupid traditions, Halloween suddenly became more of a “Save the Pumpkins!!!” yearly ordeal. After so many hours and monetary investment, my Fall decorating was my pride and joy… until the 31st of October rolled around. You’ve seen those smashed pumpkins in the roads, right? Some of them were mine…
This year the Autumn equinox occurs on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 9:04 pm EDT in the Northern Hemisphere. The Autumn equinox is when the sun is exactly on the equator and we have 12 hours each of daylight and darkness. But the best part of all? IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF FALL!!!
When I first started wool felting, it was just for fun. I’d begun with needle felting, pictorial, as if I was painting with wool. I thought that was where my interest was strongest, but I quickly moved on to wet felting. Now this is not the kind of felting where you basically shrink down a knitted object… a technique with which you may already be familiar. Instead, it’s using the combed and dyed wool from the sheep, laying out layers of the fiber and adding soap, water, and agitation to produce a fabric. And of course I wasn’t satisfied with just making a flat piece of fabric. I wanted to make something three-dimensional! Now mind you, this was only supposed to be a small indulgence of crafting in another medium to break up all the time I spent working on my copper jewelry. Something to rejuvenate my creativity and provide a small vacation from metalwork.
Thank you for stopping by the blog! My name is Carol and I'm a metalsmith and fiber artist who makes amulets and talismans. You can find my work at Willowsongstudio.com