The Blue Lotus was very much revered in Ancient Egypt for it's beauty, potency and symbolism. In the ancient Temples of Egypt, there is hardly a monument to be found that doesn’t prominently display the Blue Lotus flower. It’s seen everywhere on pillars, thrones, stone altars, papyrus scrolls, and on the ceremonial headdresses of pharaohs. When they opened Tutankhamun’s tomb, even King Tut’s mummy was covered in what has become known as the Sacred Lily of the Nile. The Lotus Flower, known as Nymphaea Caerulea or the Blue Water Lily, symbolized creation and rebirth as it emerged from its primordial waters to bloom once a year for only 3 days. The plant was associated with the sun-god Ra as the bringer of light and the embodiment of the “perfection of wisdom.” (Source - Secrets of the Ancient Sacred Blue Lotus, by Kathy J. Forti)
The flower also plays a role in Buddhism, where it represents the victory of the soul over the senses, intelligence, wisdom, and knowledge. We also see the Lotus Flower used as a symbol for the 7th Chakra also known as the Crown Chakra. This is tied back to the metaphor of the Lotus rising from darkness to Light, as in becoming Enlightened which is the ultimate goal of the spiritual seeker.
I was very much driven to paint the Blue Lotus for all the reasons above, for it's symbolic nature and it's beauty. The Art of painting Mandala's is very meditative and cathartic in itself. You can sit with any completed Mandala in open eyed meditation and become very calm and peaceful which helps relieve stress and anxiety.
I am intrigued that I was called to paint this Mandala just prior to this time of global uncertainty with the spreading of a virus named the "Corona" Virus. Corona translates as Crown. It truly does feel like our lives are being turned upside down and dare I say outside in. We are all being asked to go "inside" to stay "Home". This just may be the catalyst for many to discover their inside world and may pose many questions about the meaning of life. We tend to ask these questions in times of great crisis and being faced with the impermanence of life itself.
Could the "Corona" virus be our Awakening?
This year of 2020 - (think 2020 vision) has certainly been an intense eye opener! We started the year with terrible bush fires that decimated our lands, many animals and many homes. Another symbolic meanings of the Lotus is that of "Purification".
Fires, while terrifying are also used in many traditions and cultures to purify and cleanse. Illness too is a source of purification. It is a way for the body to rid itself of built up toxins. Death of the physical body is the ultimate cleanse as we surrender to the will of the Divine and leave this earthly plane and return to spirit via the Light. Many who have had near death experiences describe this light as the brightest blinding light they have ever witnessed.
The Lotus is also a symbol of death and rebirth....out of the darkness and into the light.
We may feel we are in dark times now and no-one really knows what is up ahead. But, I have a feeling we could be experiencing a deep Awakening on a global scale. If the Lotus is any sign for us, then perhaps we can feel comforted in knowing that there is most definitely light at the end of the tunnel. Keep looking toward the Sun. Out of the muddy waters we rise just like the Lotus, cleansed and purified and ready for a brand new life.
Namaste (we are one)
"Apocalypse" (ἀποκάλυψις) is a Greek word meaning "revelation", "an unveiling or unfolding of things not previously known and which could not be known apart from the unveiling".
These are revealing and healing times!
I've been getting quiet and feeling into it, contemplating...a lot. Waking up at all hours, meditating, healing myself with Reiki as I often do.
My Grandmothers have re-entered my awareness of late. In meditation, we walked and talked about how these times are very similar to the great depression of the 1930's. These were very dark times indeed. Especially for my maternal grandmother. She lost her husband to illness, and was left alone to rear 6 children, the youngest, my mother. Then, she too succumbed to illness and passed away at the ripe young age of 34, leaving behind all her children to be orphaned. This is one story, imagine how many other stories are out there and in here. Our remembrance is triggered at these times. Even the Astrologers are likening these times to the depression era. These are karmic energies that are being revealed to be healed. Why do you think we became so materialistic? Have we been trying to fill the gaping hole of not enoughness, scarcity and feelings of less than by buying our way out of depression?
I see these times as a wonderful opportunity to heal the wounds of the great depression era, and the karma and the drama that came with it. I am reminded that when our mother was in their mothers womb, we were a seed in our mothers womb also. So, yes...I/we carry this seed of depression, scarcity and loss.
We are here now to face and feel the fear of losing it all. We are encouraged not to turn away, but to turn inward. Be with all of what is rising within. I have been observing myself sail through feelings of equanimity, fear, uncertainty, anger, confusion, playfulness, denial, empathy, compassion, sadness, courage, and on and on it goes. These are choppy waters, but we can hoist the sails and cut our way through the waves....without judgement. Let it all rise...set sail!
How present are we right now? I mean, we really are living moment to moment. We can't plan anything, because we have no idea where we are going. This too creates much fear within. We thought we had it all worked out didn't we? But the truth is, we never did have it worked out, we never did have any control over tomorrow. It was never, has never and will never be a given. Life does not come with guarantees, we just took it all for granted...same old, same old. Now we are faced with our uncertainty and the unknown which means facing the Truth that life is transient. What an incredible awakening!
The Truth is being unveiled for us all to see. I love the Greek meaning of Apocalypse don't you? We are literally seeing through the veils of illusion!
So, while we are being isolated in our homes, we now have the time to sift through our stuff and de-clutter that which no longer serves us. Not just on a materialistic level but most importantly, the crap that we have accumulated within that has kept us from the truth of what really "matters".
The spotlight has really been put on our Health. How can we make changes to support our wellness and the wellness of our loved ones and our planet?
If we just look at creating a vaccine to solve this global dis-ease then we are really just going to shoot ourselves in the foot! This is only a short term answer with short term results. Because there will be another virus and another and another until we truly get it. The Health of our planet is at stake, make no mistake. If she is ill, then we are ill. We rely on her for our health and wealth. Health is Wealth. Period!
The Revelation, the Truth being unveiled right now is, we have to change! For life to go on, we must take care of the health of our planet, she is the provider and source of our sustenance, of life itself.
So, while we are literally being "grounded", we may as well get down and dirty. I'm talking soil health. Life begins here and ends here. We have been killing our soils with antibiotics for years, just as we are killing our guts with antibiotics, which is why our defense to viruses is so low. From Farmer to Pharma, we, us, our planet included is being slowly poisoned. (Did you know that the pharmaceutical company Bayer also manufacture the very poisons that are killing our soils?) That's right, the company that creates the poison also creates the cure? Weird huh?
How can we help? Start small, look into soil (soul) health. Find out what you can. Stop using poisons around your home. I'm talking Round Up and Glyphosate which are water-based chemicals that end up in our food, air, water, lungs etc. It's almost impossible to get away from, but awareness is everything. Check out talks by Dr Zach Bush M.D. He is doing amazing work. https://zachbushmd.com/
If you feel called to start your own garden, go organic! Buy Organic food if and when you can. We are what we eat!
Now is the time to be the change we have been looking for!
Namaste (we are one)
“A Beautiful Life”. (Artpiece by Chez Healing Arts)
SHE is all about the cycles of life. And yes, that is a real Crow skull! I was gifted a Crow that had passed over the threshold some time ago. I was able to use the wings and I felt to save its skull too.
Death is part of life, not the opposite of. It is part of the big cycle ~ Life, Death and Rebirth. As I am in the last trimester of my life, I think about death a little more these days. Not in a morbid way, but as part of the beauty of life.
The wreath is made of Jasmine Vine that used to decorate our fence and fill the air with its sweet aroma when in flower. There are 7 Dried Red Roses around the wreath. It is said that our life moves in 7 Year Cycles. I believe this to be true. For sure there are big changes that take place in our body-minds at each 7 year gateway. 7 is such a significant number and holds great power.
Symbology of 7
7 major chakras in our body.
7 Colours in a Rainbow.
7 Wonders of the Ancient World.
It is said the world was created in 6 days and God rested on the 7th.
In Judaism, there are 7 heavens.
7 Planets visible to the naked eye.
7 days in a week.
7 notes in the diatonic scale.
The Luna Cycle is 28 days, (4x7).
Symbology of the Rose🌹
For me, the Rose is one of the most significant symbols for the Divine Feminine. The Rose is captivatingly beautiful. Her scent is magnificent and said to hold the highest frequency of all the flowers. She represents purity, beauty, passion, love and romance. SHE is associated with the Goddess in many forms, especially Greek Aphrodite and Roman Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. The Rose is also closely associated with the Virgin Mary & Mary Magdalene and lead to the creation of the Rosary in Churchianity. Mary was the Christian personification of the Divine Feminine, the Rosa Mystica.
Symbology of 9 and Baby’s Breath Flower.
There are 9 posies of dried Baby’s Breath. Baby’s Breath Flowers are a symbol of everlasting love, purity and innocence.
9 is also very symbolic and is associated with endings, death and new beginnings.
Pregnancy is a 9 month cycle.
A circle is 360degrees. When you add these numbers together, they equal 9.
A cat is said to have 9 lives.
9 has the qualities of all the numbers before it. It is the last number before the next harmony.
It is said that the number 9 is the symbol for Wisdom & Initiation.
I associate Jesus With the number 9...not sure why?
Symbology of Pearls
I love how pearls are created by agitation. So something beautiful is created by a foreign matter entering the shell and the oyster reacts by covering it over to protect itself. Kind of like how the Rose is protected by thorns. There is so much that can be written about pearls, this is just a brief outline. Pearls symbolise wisdom gained through experience. They represent, loyalty, generosity, integrity and purity. They offer protection and attract good luck and wealth. They can balance Karma.
Symbology of 13
The darker Strand of Pearls represent Dark Moons. The longer lighter strand of pearls represent Full Moons. After each 13th Pearl in the lighter strand, I placed a Crystal Bead. This was to represent the 13 Moon Cycle. For me, 13 represents The Feminine, mostly because of the association with the 13 Moons in a calendar cycle or Menstrual Cycle. 13 is often thought of as bad luck or death. This associated in many myths and most knowingly in Christianity where the last supper was formed by 12 disciples and the Christ forming the 13. Friday 13th in 1307 was the date of the assembly of the Knights Templar where they were systematically assassinated. In the Egyptian myth of Osiris being killed and dismembered by his brother, he was cut into 14 pieces. Isis went on a journey and retrieved 13 of those pieces but could not find the last piece, which was said to be Osiris’s penis.
Symbology of 3
I placed 3 clear quartz crystal in the wreath. This represents the cycles of the Maiden, Mother and Crone. In churchianity, 3 represents, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. When you add 1 & 2 together you get 3. So, 3 is the third principle, representing birth. Like the cycle of life, Life, death, rebirth. In the Major Arcana in the Tarot, 3 represents The Empress, astrologically attuned to Venus. The Empress symbolizes Mother Nature, fullness, fertility, growth, prosperity, peace and beauty. SHE is the sustaining and nurturing Mother of all creation.
Symbology of Crow
I love Crows! They are such intelligent birds. It is actually very difficult to find a dead crow. I put the word out that I would like to be gifted one and it pretty much took 2 years for this to line up. Then, I was gifted 2...for being patient. 🙏🏻 Again, the Crow is often associated with death or bad luck. (As I write this, I can hear them calling in the background.) in Greek mythology, the opposite is true, they are considered a symbol of prophesy and good luck. I think Crows are magical, smart, spiritual beings. I have had them join me when I was in ceremony in my back yard. I have witnessed them gather in ceremony with their own tribes quite a few times. They are very interesting birds, associated with the archetype of the Trickster. I would definitely agree with that! They are opportunistic, Magic and yes, can be noisy too. Bold and beautiful I say.
Well, that’s the whole enchilada on the symbology. I created this beauty back in February and finished it on my Dearly Departed Mothers 88th Birthday. The pearls you see are hers. She had a thing for pearls. I have more strands in my box of treasures that belonged to her. When I open the box, I can smell her, so I love taking deep breaths when I open it. I could smell her the whole time I was creating this peace. I was smiling, because I don’t think Mum would be too excited about having a Crow Skull among an art piece that she is part of. But, you never know. She was used to me being a bit out there. Anyhow, for this reason, I feel rather attached to this beauty and can not part with her. She now hangs in my Temple. I truly enjoyed creating her. I especially loved painting the Crow Skull. I was very moved to paint the Rose on the 3rd eye and paint the inside of the skull in Gold. Perhaps this was a female crow and head of a clan, I don’t know. She just feels very special to me. I do hope She had a beautiful life. SHE certainly is having a beautiful life now in our Priestess Temple.
Namaste and Blessed Be,
Vulnerability, can you feel it?
Where does it sit in your body?
What thoughts do you attach to this word and feeling?
I have been feeling into Vulnerability a lot lately and changing my perspective on it. Why? Because I'm being asked by The Great Mother to be o.k. with it. In fact, I'm being asked to be more than o.k. with it, but to embrace it and to use it as a guide that I am committing to myself and being of service to my heart.
It feels to me like Vulnerability come from my heart. And of course it is a natural reflex that I want to protect it. My logical mind doesn't like following my "fragile" heart, which really isn't that fragile by the way. (That thing takes a beating, literally!)
Ego sure doesn't want to feel vulnerable or in danger, so it rushes right in with a healthy dose of fear to protect me. So, then I pause, what do I have to fear?
What am I choosing in this moment?
Head or heart?
There's much resistance to this practice which also invites in procrastination.
And so...I'm just being with all of it. Fun Times!! ;)
The only way out is in. <3
Namaste and Blessed Be
Welcome to 2019, Sistars!
Blessings to all as we cross over the threshold into a brand New Year. I love a New Year, don't you? So many possibilities, dreams and opportunities just waiting for our open embrace.
Are you a new year resolutions type of girl or perhaps you like to feel into a quote, phrase or word to keep you company during the year? For the last few years, I have felt into just one word and woven with this thread during the year as a reminder to stay centred and walk my talk. This year, I have chosen the word, "Devotion". This word feels so beautiful and feminine to me. It also feels like it will keep me on track and help me stay focused to what is important for my Souls' growth. This word truly comes from my heart and not my head. It holds a very high vibration and resonates so deeply within my soul. Please let me know your word, or resolution if you have chosen one, I'd love to hear from you.
Exciting News ~ Just before the New Year, I was presented with an offering to join a year long Priestess Initiation Training. It all happened with so much synchronization that I just knew I had to say Yes! This will really support my soul growth and help me to surrender any fears I have of holding circle space with women. I know deep down I was born to do this and am so excited by the thought of women gathering here in circle and ceremony. The call for me to step up and stand firmly in my truth is very powerful and I know for sure that I will be supported by amazing women as I let go and embrace the priestess calling of sacred service.
More Exciting News ~ I am opening the doors of our beautiful Virgin's Parlour to offerings from other sisters in the way of Women's Circles, Ceremonies and celebrations of Seasonal Vortexes like Solstices and Equinox's too. I dream of women gathering and sharing their gifts and skills so that we can all benefit and hold sacred our very own feminine art of creativity in what ever way that shows up. If you know of anyone who has artful skills or ceremonial experience that you feel we could all benefit from, please let me know. I truly want to open this space to all women to share and care in all ways that feed our creativity and growth!
Whispers from the "Virgin's Parlour" ~Did you know in days of old, the word, Virgin was used in context to a Priestess? Virgin did not have the meaning it has today, it actually meant, "A woman unto herself"!
Our first Feminine Flow Restorative Yoga Class for the year is this Saturday, 12th January 2019 at the usual time of 8am. To celebrate the new year and help create the high vibration of sisterhood, I thought it would be nice to start the year with a gift! If you bring along a sister/friend, you will both get the class for half price. That's right, the class will be only $10.00 each. All you need to do is message me to receive the secret code before you book, then type the code in where it asks you for a coupon code as you check out. This will change the price from $20.00 to $10.00. You will need to book 2 tickets, obviously. Here is the LINK to take you through the door to the bookings page, contact me when you are ready to book and I will give you the code. Don't delay as there are only 8 spaces available. See you all on the Mat!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, feedback or food for thought and I will be delighted to reply in kind.
I see you sister
I see you sister setting yourself back, not wanting to be seen.
Take my hand, I'm here with you.
I see you sister, so quiet and demure, yet you have so much to say.
Take my hand, I'm here with you.
I see you sister, being outrageously loud, wild and free.
Take my hand, I'm here with you.
I see you sister acting so tough and brave while you shiver in your shoes. Take my hand, I'm here with you.
I see you sister working so hard day and night, not giving time to yourself. Take my hand, I'm here with you.
I see you sister, obsessing over your body, too fat, too thin, too short, too tall.
Take my hand, I'm here with you.
I see you sister, with your drugs and drink, eating obsessively or not enough, trying to swallow down your pain. Take my hand, I'm here with you.
I see you sister feeling confused and alone yet unable to reach out. Take my hand, I'm here with you.
I see you sister, with low self worth, giving yourself away to whom ever will pay. Take my hand, I'm here with you.
I see you sister wearing the happy face when inside you are screaming, get me out of here! Take my hand, I'm here with you.
I see you sister, abused, raped, betrayed by someone that you knew, rising from the shame inside of you and shouting to the world, "Me Too".
Take my hand, I'm here with you.
I see you sister doing your best every day in a world that lost its heart.
I see you sister breaking free from the chains that tore sisters apart.
I see you sister stepping out of the fire because there is too much at stake.
I see you sister saying "love is love" because there is so much hate.
I see you sister returning to the forests to save our trees.
I see you sister protesting the polution so our children can breathe.
I see you sister giving up meat.
I see you sister growing organic food for your family to eat.
I see you sister surfing the oceans in waves.
I see you sister being so brave.
I see you sister gathering in circles all over the globe.
I see you sister putting back on your Robe.
I see you sister priestess, shamana, yogini, witch, goddess, atheist, religious or not, YOU ARE A QUEEN!
I hear you, feel you, I'm with you sister, please consider yourself very much SEEN!
It seems every decade comes with it's own dose of devastation and discovery. Can't I just have the discovery? Devastation is so dreary and not delicious at all! Let's see......
20's - Marriage, Motherhood, Divorce.
30's - Suicide and Marriage no.2.
40's - Yoga - Diving Deep, and a world of discovery there!
50's - Death, death & more death, Lots of discovery...but did I mention death?
Life just doesn't seem to get any easier, yet I am handling so much more it seems. It's true, we are only given what we can handle. Life's little shop of horrors seems to be open 24/7 these days. I find myself turning off all sources of media, even facebook is only a quick scan these days. I'm a sensitive, so I need to insulate myself. But horror still manages to sneak in through the back door.
This last week, I have sat by the hospital bedside of my almost 90 year old father. Neither of us knowing whether he will make it out alive. We have talked of life, death and many smaller details that make time pass comfortably. I held his hand and it occurred to me that it was probably the first time ever that we had held hands. I felt so incredibly sad.
Even then, I was holding his, but he wasn't really holding mine. The next day, I was reminded of this image of hand holding and how much love I had missed out on as a child. The floodgates opened and out came a really good quality snotty cry. It was quite the deluge! And so, so needed and warranted. I felt the pain of not feeling loved by my father. No hand holding, no hugs, no kisses, no I love you's. Quite frankly, I just wasn't seen by him. Once I came to grips with this devastation, the discovery appeared, I realized why and how I hold back my love and affection with others. I'm certainly a lot more affectionate than my father, I love a good hug and I am free with the I love you's, but I still feel a "holding back" at times. I forgive you dad, this was the way you were brought up etc, etc. I forgive myself too. We have done our best with what we have and where we are.
I gave Dad an Eclipse Mint the other day for his dry mouth. He said to me, "you look beautiful, today". Whaaat?...then I realized he was imitating the commercial, so I said back to him, "Don't be ridiculous". We both had a bit of a giggle, because we got each other. This thing we have in common - .Humour. Oh humour, you are a savior in life. You are the light in the darkness and I love you for it.
Two words have been floating around in my body this last week - Humility & Humour. They are such amazing gifts. In a sense, horror keeps you humble, it makes you take a good honest look at yourself, life and death. It makes you question everything and then it throws in some humour to lighten the load.
The older I get, the less time I have to dwell in darkness. I still go there, but I choose not to dwell. I retrieve what I need, I bring it into the light. I feel it, I work with it and I let it go. Done! Sadness does tend to linger longer. I allow that to hang out with me. We get quiet together. I nurse sadness with my love and make it as comfortable as possible. I treat it very gently and feed it spoonful's of understanding. I let it know I see, feel, hear you. Once it has been given the love and attention it needs, it starts to dissolve like a fluffy cloud and before I know it, clear blue skies have returned again and everything seems brighter. Again, it is Honesty, Humility and Humour that help the cloud to disappear. Laughter truly is the best medicine.
This week I have seen myself as a Wise, Wild Woman with a Wicked sense of Humour. And I am going to own that! It has taken me 55 years to get here. To dig through the deluge, delve into the deep, discover the jewels and delight in the gems. Just me and my holy tribe of honesty, humility and humour. Without them....I would be lost in the dark, waiting for the clouds to part.
May the long time sun shine upon you.
"Beware", false prophets are everywhere, preaching this and teaching that. Thinking and saying that they know where it's at.
Be discerning what you take into your heart, for it's not always true and it's not always smart. Maybe it's true for them on their path of light, trust only yourself to know what is right. Seekers abound, wanting to learn all they can, but the answers they seek are not from another's hand. Most teachers are seekers too, no different than you, they could be saying false things and thinking it's true.
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." This is the saying that we often hear. But there is something to be added and it needs to be clear, the teacher isn't out there, the teacher is in here. Sure, we can learn from others, they have much to share. Perhaps they have traveled where you wouldn't dare. Perhaps they have learned lessons that have caused them pain. The wounded healer has returned again!
Christ, the sacrificial lamb, his wounds to behold! He died for us, so the story is told. But, how do we know, were we there on that day? Do we blindly believe in what others say.? I'm not saying it's wrong or this story is untrue, just asking the question. Does this feel true to you? Perhaps, he is just another wounded healer with much to teach, stories to share, and insights to preach.
For me, the truth is not out there, it's right here inside, it's not playing a game of seek and hide. There is no one teacher who knows it all. This is the truth that starts many wars. We fight for sovereignty when it was ours from the start. The truth is not out there, it's right here in your heart.
We see a nest of eggs and feel the fragility of them and yet within lies this incredible power of potential & so much growth. It's true, if they fall from the nest, it will be the end for them. But when they are nurtured, loved and kept safe, it is just the beginning, the possibilities are endless. How we treat ourselves is exactly the same. Tend to your own nest, keep yourself safe, love yourself. Beware of those who are waiting on the outer limbs, wanting you to fall...wishing you would crack. Don't be pushed if your intuition says, "I am not ready". Something in you is great, something in you knows what they don't know. You know when your time is ripe. You know when it is safe to break open & free yourself.
Trust that, be patient. Timing is everything.
Hope is often seen as weak, like it's next to nothing - as in, "all we have is hope". I'm guilty of thinking about hope in this way at times, like hope is the last tiny, broken piece of cake on the plate., it's all there is left, it's that or nothing.
I have now chosen to see hope in a new light. Instead of seeing it as the last piece of cake, I am going to see it as the first. Let me see if I can get you on board.....
Hope is like a seed. As you place that seed in the earth you expect it to grow. That's what seeds do, right? The more you nurture that seed, the more chance you have of it growing. You have to take care of it. You push into the earth, you can't see it anymore, but you know it's there and you want it to grow, so you water it...and eventually it begins to grow. It has changed form and it is now a seedling which will grow into a plant and perhaps bare fruit some day. That's hope.
Hope is the dawn of a new day.
Hope is the first star at night.
Hope is taking the pregnancy test.
Hope is the birth of a baby.
Hope is love at first sight.
Hope is buying a lotto ticket. You gotta be in it to win it, right?
Hope is hearing bad news and trying to make it right.
Hope is a wish that is planted in your heart and watered by compassion and passion.
Hope is the first rung on the ladder. It is followed by faith, trust, belief and at the very top is knowing.
Hope should never stand alone for too long, she gets lonely and loves to have her family around to keep her safe.
So, hold on to hope, even when her sisters, faith & trust are out shopping. Keep her company, tell her she is safe in your heart. She may be the youngest in the family and the smallest, but she has the most potential.
Hope is number 1. She is your starting point. The gates have opened and the horses are bolting. Cheer her on, she just may win! I'm betting on Hope....every time.
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