Bring On the Dark: Why We Need the Winter Solstice

“The intensity of the dark and the silence the snow that long ago December was not frightening, but intimate,  a landscape for sleep, for the incubation of dreams, a place to heal from the frenzy of achievement and obligation, a darkness ripe with dormant life. “

Source: http://threadsofspiderwoman.blogspot.com/2017/12/bring-on-dark-why-we-need-winter.html

Entering the Runic Month of Isa

brian-froud-rune Isa

If you’ve been struggling or dealing with setbacks & obstacles lately, know that things are not always what they seem. We might only see the endless frozen lake in front of us, but beneath the ice water is slowly flowing, the energy is starting to shift and things are happening that we aren’t aware of.

I’ll discuss all there is to know about the Rune ISA and how to work with it during Saturday’s meditation. Make sure to RSVP and I’ll see you there.

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Exploring the Realm of Maskmaking

Masks: we are exposed to them during childhood, use them during Carnival/Mardi Gras or in theatrical plays…Then we simply forget about them. Yet they are old, so old (see this archaeology article about Neolithic ‘Spirit’ Masks) and we are often not aware that they have been part of our evolution as beings. When I was an art student, I discovered African art and I fell in love with African masks, it was almost an obsession. Though I used to enjoy drawing and painting, I find working in 3D, shaping & sculpting with my hands much more satisfactory.

Fast forward many years of artistic void and creative blockage until a few weeks ago. I’ve been intuitively reconnecting to my roots: dusting, digging, unearthing & tapping into the once lost but merely forgotten body of knowledge encrypted in my DNA. Doing so I have become a ‘soul archeologist’ looking for the ancient universal language that lies dormant in the soil (the same soil that holds to bones of billions of people before us, keeping the records of the stories of their lives).

Here come the (forgotten) masks, they popped into my mind one morning, coinciding with what my Runes & oracle cards have said: the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. I wanted to be an archeologist (a medievalist) for a good part of my life, I’ve always been interested & drawn to ancient stones & burial sites, ancient languages & alphabets. What if the masks were my tool to crack the code and tap into the “Akashic records” of the dirt? If not, at least it’ll be a journey where art, psychology, mythology, language, intuition & spirituality meet. And I am more than prepared to open Pandora’s box…

“As in the long-ago campfire or longhouse ceremonies of our ancestors, when the dream breaks into the world from that unknown one, it brings with it another kind of illumination: the light of the mythic imagination. Seeing into the other world, using our imagination, requires a different kind of seeing – with the inner eye, the mind’s eye – that we have almost, it seems, forgotten how to do. And that is why, as the legends tell us, that the other world is the “bright world”. Its images, the myths forms, are lit from within, “self-luminous”. Simply to contemplate them kindles the imagination, and they are contagious, they may illuminate other human minds.”

 

From “The Mythic Imagination” by Larsen

Unfold Your Own Myth…

Tyche Fortuna Mask by TheArtOfTheMask

” Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone for others. Unfold your own myth.”

~ Rumi ~