MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

Category: Arts

Art and Upcoming Appearances

March 27th 2016

I’ve got new Patrons-only content up on Patreon now.  Now that I’m moving away from daily divinatory drawings specific to each day, I’m starting to tackle the HUGE backlog of unfinished creative projects in need of my attention.  I’ll be posting updates on the progress for many of these on Patreon, with finished work posted there first and then posted here.  I am also hoping to get a Twitch creative stream going sometime in the New Year to give people more insight into my creative process while also discussing a lot of the esoteric subjects that fuel it.

Speaking of esoteric subjects, I will be doing Tarot readings this Sunday at the Metaphysical Market at Spooked in Seattle in Pioneer Square.  I have also just recently confirmed appearances as a Tarot reader for the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors Full Moon Celebration in January as well as the CoSM Full Moon events for April, July, and October.

Finally, I’ve added another modified divinatory drawing to the designs and products I have available on Redbubble.  My progress on getting these added has been a bit slower than I’d like, mostly because the process of editing and placing images is much more time-consuming than I’d originally expected.  However, now that I’m starting to get adjusted to life here on the West Coast I am hoping that my additions there will be a bit more consistent.  I’ve added more of the backlog of divinatory drawing scans to the gallery here, including the unfortunate leonine version of Grumpy Cat, and the drawing at the top of this post (that I think I have not previously posted anywhere) which is from March 27th, 2016 and which I just randomly discovered while flipping through a stack of what I had thought were unfinished drawings…  (Clearly I need a new filing system.)

What’s next?  I’ve got a new Magic: The Gathering card alteration on the way, have just finished another Two Doctors scarf (this one’s a commission, so not for sale!), and have been working on a new design in eyelet silk lace – slippery and time-consuming, but it’s finally starting to shape up.  I’ll be posting more photos and scans as they become available!

 

Art, Astrology, and Tarot for the New Moon, November 29th, 2016

My newest divinatory drawing and astrological analysis of today’s Sagittarius New Moon is now up on Patreon.

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Today’s Tarot card is the 6 of Wands (Victory), an auspicious card to pull in view of this New Moon’s emphasis on choice.

The 6 of Wands is a numerical marriage of two threes, body and mind connected and ignited by spirit, twice.  It is ruled by Jupiter in Leo, and given Jupiter’s current placement in Libra this card is currently elementally harmonious with the Sagittarian New Moon’s sextiles to both Jupiter in Libra and Mars in Aquarius.  Jupiter is the Greater Benefic of classical astrology, governing faith and luck, and expanding whatever it touches.  In Libra, Jupiter expands our focus on social harmony, and in Leo, Jupiter expands our focus on self-expression.  In the 6 of Wands, that expansion leads to Victory, with our luck manifesting best when we display Leo’s expressiveness, courage, and generosity of spirit.  Combining the energies of the 6 of Wands with the energies of today’s New Moon in idealistic Sagittarius, we can feel that the choice before us and the resultant turning point in our lives asks that we be willing to courageously express our true ideas with generosity and faith.

We each have the capacity to ignite our inner fire and use it to fuel us through the winter ahead.  Jupiter in airy Libra gives immense fuel to both the fiery New Moon and this fiery Jupiter in Leo vision, and if we take the time in the midst of the day’s confusion to brave the uncertainty and float in our subconscious for a bit longer, that vision can lead to our victory, should we choose it.

Art, Astrology, and Tarot for November 27th, 2016

Today’s daily divinatory drawing and astrological commentary are now up on Patreon.

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Today’s Tarot card is the 3 of Swords (Sorrow), reversed.

This card is a bit like a trick question.  Typically, we think of sorrow as an emotion.  But in Tarot, emotions are represented by the Cups, a water suit, not the Swords, which are associated with air and mental processes.  Reason and logic are governed by the Swords, not those messy emotions, right?  So why is Sorrow the realm of the 3 of Swords?

The 3 of Swords shows the action of Saturn, the Lord of Karma, on the portion of the mind governed by Libra, a cardinal (initiatory) air sign concerned with balance, harmony, and relationships.  Libra is the quintessential peacemaker, ruled by Venus, who governs our pleasures and our affections, but more importantly our values.  Libra values peace and relationships above all else.  Libra’s state of balance and harmony can be thrown off by the slightest hint of discord, and for many Librans, the need for harmony becomes so great that they will forego meeting their own needs in order to keep the peace.  Of course, this rarely works out as they intended, as discord swept under the rug remains discord just the same.

Enter Saturn into the picture.  Saturn is notorious for tough love, showing us our limitations and just why our carefully laid plans are likely to come to naught.  Where Saturn appears, we struggle with fears, inhibitions, insecurities.  We are certain we are not up to the task of whatever sign or house he appears in, and only serious persistence and discipline will prove otherwise.  In Libra, Saturn brings to light our fears of conflict, our fears of our own social shortcomings, and our fears of relationship.  Libra is the sign most likely to get married (and also the sign most likely to get divorced), and rules the 7th house of socially significant relationships (spouses, business partnerships, open enemies).  When Saturn looms over the 7th house, we fear connection and all of the messy dynamics that come with it.  And if we allow that fear to rule our perceptions, we will hold connections and relationships at bay rather than take the risk of being awkward and vulnerable.

In the 3 of Swords, we see three swords pointing into the center of the rose of love, tearing it apart.  Dark clouds of confusion swirl all around.  The mind frets and worries under Saturn’s stern gaze, and in the process destroys the possibility of feeling love and connection.  This is why sorrow falls under the auspices of the Swords and within the realm of the mind; the emotion of sorrow is seen here as the result of destructive mental processes.

The 3 of Swords appearing here reversed gives us hope for a better outcome.  As mentioned in today’s Patreon post, the Moon in Scorpio makes a series of aspects today that beckon the subconscious to explore powerful emotions as a means to transformation in regard to relationships.  And with the day ending in a long void-of-course period, now is the time to get clear on what Saturnine limitations you want to let go of in order to experience real connection.  By harnessing the void-of-course period’s tendency to negate, you have the potential to clear away the 3 of Swords’ doubt, fear, and sorrow, and once that void-of-course is over and the Moon enters idealistic, hopeful Sagittarius tomorrow afternoon, plant the rose of love anew.

Art, Astrology, and Tarot for November 25th, 2016

Today’s daily divinatory drawing and astrological commentary are now up on Patreon.

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Today’s Tarot card is (IX) The Hermit.  An interesting card to come up, given the Venusian tone of today.

The Hermit is ruled by Virgo, a mutable earth sign to trine both Venus and Pluto in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn.  The association of Virgo and The Hermit with virginity lends a certain irony to the day’s intense Venus/Pluto sensuality, and perhaps a note of frustration with romantic endeavors.

The Hermit looks within to understand the truth of things, and takes time away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world in order to regenerate.  He carries his own light, the six-sided lantern of wisdom, and carefully examines all the details of whatever matter has caught his attention, patiently willing to dedicate himself to the process of learning and growth for as long as it takes.

The inclusion of the underworld guardian Cerberus is notable here in view of today’s Plutonian emphasis.  In this portrayal, Cerberus looks both backward and forward, and given Pluto’s tendency to underline control issues and power dynamics, The Hermit here may be calling on us to be mindful of past patterns and future potentials before running headlong into some enticing entanglement.

Art, Astrology, and Tarot Draw for November 24th, 2016

Today’s daily divinatory drawing and astrological commentary are now up on Patreon.

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Today’s Tarot draw is (XX) The Aeon, reversed.

The Aeon concerns seasons and cycles, patterns in our lives and the ability to discern them, to live with spirit and apply a larger vision to our lives in order to break free from negative cycles and course-correct for both our own sakes and the sake of humanity as a whole.

But just as the infinite extends outward, so too does it extend inward.  Just as the macrocosm is important, so too is the microcosm.  And sometimes in the course of looking at the big picture, we can forget to enjoy the things that give life meaning.

The Aeon reversed suggests to me that today is a time to concern ourselves less with the big picture, less with the past and the future, and more with the present moment.  Let us savor divinity today not with a god’s eye view, but instead delighting in the little moments and experiences that draw us together, the feelings and connections, the ebb and flow of interactions that make up the whole of our love for each other.

The Aeon’s Hebrew letter is Shin, spirit.  Spirit is sometimes represented by a flame, or even just a tiny spark.  Something small and easily snuffed out that can also grow to encompass all.  Today is a day to nurture that spark, that flame, that our spirit-fire may burn steadily through the winter to come.