Flicking back through these journal pages, they started in 2019, though my kind-of-regular blogging began in 2018 with 52 weeks of creative flow challenge.
This has long since morphed into monthly mind maps & a creativity tick off list. I prefer goals & intentions rather than resolutions, focusing on what I can manage & avoiding guilt trips as much as possible!
Lists & mind maps help me to keep track & gauge my patterns. I mostly stay on track though often do it in a slow, wobbly & meandering fashion...which means that I don't always get as much done as I might like to (in my head), but I do a little or a lot of everything & that's OK. I see pretty quickly where my focus has been, sometimes I do lots of one thing & not much of the rest. Having some kind of structure helps me stay accountable to myself. Time management, self discipline, obligations & responsibilities can be overwhelming, they seem to help & hinder at the same time!
At the end of the day, this is my thing, my space, my creativity
to enjoy. That is what's important. Sure I have moments when motivation escapes me, when life gets in the way or I'm distracted for whatever reason. Humanness has it's flaws!
So these words kept popping in my head, don't think about it, just do it.
Summer holidays have been glorious! Gifted with mild temperatures and regular rain, the landscapes are refreshed, alive and green. I roamed a little but mostly stayed home, making the most of time and space.
These lovely ones turned 18! WOW! What an incredible journey, what adventures we've had! (May we play dress-ups forever!) They've spread their wings & are exploring life independently, so amazing & exciting. Thank you for adding sugar & spice to my life, you incredibly gorgeous young beings!
The best way to continue my tarot journey and familiarise myself with the cards and their meanings, is to use them regularly.
I am in some amazing groups, follow some wonderful blogs and dip my nose in inspiring books often. All of these continually feed my fascination with universal symbolism, poetic and intuitive living, as well as my general wonder-lust!
This is the beginning of a monthly tarot card, nothing like a little universal energy to reflect upon and guide us along. I am still learning, warming up and trusting my intuition, so feel free to add your thoughts or interpretation and read or take what feels right for you.
I use The Hermetic Tarot by Godfrey Dowson.
He is looking ahead, his chariot pulled by winged fairies, adorned with pentacles, above him a butterfly-winged angelic head.
Master of thought, ideas and design, the King of Swords is controlled but determined, trusted to be fair in judgement and decisions, he will use his power and authority if necessary, ruling with his sword and slaying with his sickle. The suit of swords represent air which governs mental clarity, thought processes and intellect.
The Court cards can represent aspects of yourself, though often represent someone you know (perhaps a star sign of that element), they may also represent a situation. The King is a mature man of great strength, someone you may look to for advice and guidance. He is firm in his truth, drawing logical conclusions and could be a researcher, lawyer, teacher, in communications or the military.
I listen, learn, observe and take in all aspects of a situation. A good time to make changes and set new goals.
Use your head, find a strategy, plan ahead, make changes without becoming too emotional.
Symbolism : butterfly wings - transformation, pentacles - magical talismans, protection and guidance.
Today I was flying my 60's kite dress during my afternoon library shift. I made it on the weekend, slightly adjusting the neckline to do away with the back zipper. It is rather groovy, with plenty of room to move and certainly great for the beach or slinking about.
I have made a few new frocks of late, using gorgeous Jocelyn Proust native Australian plant printed cottons. I do prefer an A-line which is more flattering and am making the most of my op shop pattern collection and Gertie Makes Jiffy book. There is a lovely pile of fabric waiting in my studio...I feel some flares coming on!
We did great writing it all out in 2020. I am so grateful you came to join me. If you are anything like me, you may have some catching up to do, so thankfully we can re-visit any of the units and prompts any time we like! You can do them in any order, pick out what appeals to you or do the same one over and over!
I love it most when we share, encourage and interact. It creates a magical and inspiring sense of connection that is exactly what we all need these days, so don’t hesitate, be brave and put it out there, this is a safe space and please always feel free to ask questions, if I can’t answer them, I’m sure one of us can.
For 2021, I’m freshening up the format and will now post four prompts at the beginning of each month, one for each week, as a document which can be found in the menu. This allows time to ponder, meditate and write or journal at a pace that suits you best. I will also throw in a sprinkle of tarot guidance, book/film inspiration and the occasional playlist when the feeling grabs me!
Thank you for being here and I look forward to sharing creatively with you all again.
Write a letter to yourself. This letter will be full of your intentions for 2021, manifesting dreams and desires for today, tomorrow and beyond. Seal it, make a wish and send it out to the universe. Keep your letter in a special place for later.
Second skin. Use this as a title or theme for your weekly writing. Make it free or give it structure. Let it flow.
Poetic cloth. Describe this. Tell a story, write a poem or a song to sing…
Research a historical figure that you admire or who incites curiosity. Try to make it someone you don’t know much about. Takes notes or make a list of interesting bits, find a picture of them and then, introduce them to us.
Because I let time get away, I'm catching up!
Wrapping up 2020 and still quietly contemplating my intentions for 2021.
I stuck this together,
in a kind attempt to not overload your inbox,
though I've more to ponder,
more to say,
so please excuse the spurt of activity...
it will pan out and find a rhythm soon!
This is me keeping track of myself.
Seems I'm a mixed media human too!
with peculiar consistency,
slow and steady,
full of wonder and dreaminess,
overwhelmed with happy-sad emotions,
inspiration and desire,
wishing to do everything
contradictory and nonsensical,
I am me.
It got way too hot, too soon!
counting down school weeks
going through the motions
staying up late
Before I knew it, 2020 was gone!
December was a blur even though it felt slow.
I headed to the coast.
I caught a summer cold and got my first covid test.
Grey days and regular rain have been glorious.
I stretched myself out, continuing some pottery glazing and helping friends at their native plant nursery.
It is a crazy month for making as the days fill up with end of year stuff, so there will be catch up to do.
I tend to get quiet and reflective this time of year.
It certainly has been ripe with emotional upheavals!
Last months heat has evened out and the festive season was cooler and wetter than it has been for years, so refreshing.
Check it twice!
Last minute Christmas list making!
Share your wish list with us...make it naughty & nice, wacky & wild, mindful, fun and creative.
In a little end of year flourish, it’s time to turn the tables and get some fun interaction happening.
Nothing like an informal interview to get to know someone.
Your challenge...write a list of twenty questions for others to respond to...AND, answer as many of everyone else’s questions as you can!
Chances are we may ask lots of similar questions, so it should be easy and interesting discovering unusual questions.
Silly season, unspoken obligations & haziness.
Tis the season to be jolly...or a little crazy...or lost...what does the silly season do for you? Make it as silly as you like!
Social, familial or self-inflicted, unspoken obligations hang around in the shadows, most of the time we don't even think about them and other times they feel like they're coming at us from every direction!
Do they actually exist or do we create them?
Can you list them, identify them for what they are?
Can you make a little light fun of them?
When something throws you out of whack and things are blurry around the edges…what do you do?
Sometimes blurry edges and haziness are comfy...where do you find your blurry haziness?
Alchemy, terms & conditions and tragic indulgences
Research and reflection required as you delve into alchemy.
Follow the link for some background info. When you are ready, share your everyday magic with us.
Considering we are agreeing to these and blindly signing our souls away on a regular basis, I thought I'd share this clever book by Robert Glancy with you.
I read it a few years back, follow the link to read my review, definitely worth a read.
What are your Terms & Conditions, fantasy or reality?
Come on, we all have them...don't be shy!
Make a little (or long) list of all your
I'm talking the cringey things your friends bag you for, be it sappy romance novels, The Brady Bunch Variety Show or cat videos...note them down and share them with us!
formula fun & mindful walking...
Formulas are fun and make writing easy. So we’ll keep it simple and play around with some I found in Image and Write...Poetry
By Karin K. Hess
Line #1: Write three ing words Examining, studying, testing,
Line #2: I am I am searching for a cure
Line #3: Write three adjectives Tired, tense, drained
Line #4: I feel I feel so close...
CAPTURING THE MOMENT
This formula freezes an instant and examines various aspects of it.
Line #1: Adverb or Adjective Asleep
Line #2: I was I was dreaming
Line #3: Verb or Adjective Content
Line #4: I am I am not alone
Line #5: Verb or Adjective Comforted
Line #6:I will I will try again
Line #7: Verb or Adjective Refreshed
Line #8: Now Now I can.
Line #1: What if
Line #2: I might (leave a space between lines 2 & 3)
Line #3: What if
Line #4: I could
Line #5: What if
Line #6: I would (leave a space between lines 6 & 7)
Line #7: Ask a question
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
- THICH NHAT HANH
Walking is a technique of solitude, a way into reverie. The walker is not a sleepwalker but a daydreamer. - DEIRDRE HEDDON
If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. - RAYMOND INMON
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Last week we went on pilgrimage within ourselves, this week, let’s go for a little wander. Contemplate these words while walking somewhere lovely, then let your words wander on the page…
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.