Pomegranates & Sacred Space

 There are months that seem to stretch out into infinity and others that go by much too fast and December is one of those that flies by in a blink of an eye. There is so much to do and so little time to do it in.

 

Once when I was living in the heart of a pomegranate, I heard a seed
saying, “Someday I shall become a tree, and the wind will sing in
my branches, and the sun will dance on my leaves, and I shall be
strong and beautiful through all the seasons.” ~ Khalil Gibran

Yesterday,  I took quite a few photos of  pomegranates as reference material for several paintings that I am currently working on. Above image is a portion of a larger painting in progress.

I love pomegranates and often use them as decoration during the holidays. Besides being  festive and delicious, they are also an important focal symbol in the mythology and folklore of many different cultures around the world, and are often referred to as “The Jewel Of Winter”. Visit here to learn more about the history, folklore and legends of the pomegranate.

Here’s Rupert tucking in for his afternoon nap, all cozy and warm.

To sit quietly and listen to him softly snoring as he sleeps for a few minutes, reminds me of how important it is to take  breaks, to rest, to give ourselves the gift of sacred space, a place where we are essentially feeding our heart, mind, spirit and soul

Tibetan Singing Bowls are one of my favorite ways to induce a relaxed and meditative state. I love the mystery and sound of the singing bowls and the way they make me feel so tranquil and peaceful when I play them.

Listen carefully to
The silence out of which
The sounds come
And into which they return.
A portal is opening up.”
 ~ E. Tolle ~


 Singing Bowl Meditation; Crown Chakra Set ~

Visit her Website for more information:   http://www.Bodhisattva.com  ~  Excerpt from her YouTube Channel ~  Shakti plays a recently completed crown chakra Master-healing set of antique high-wall (“Jambati”) type Tibetan singing bowls. This custom assembled 7-piece set was commissioned by a clinical health psychologist with a nursing background who now uses it in her integrative practice for stress management therapy.

 “Everyday Goddessing  is about sharing magical techniques and sacred wisdom with other beautiful Goddess women. I believe that within every woman there is a goddess, a wise woman, beautiful, creative, powerful, with a deep soul, and that everything we need and are looking for is already inside  each of us.” ~ Rose Arizmendi

Between Autumn & Winter

Tonight we celebrate the Celtic New Year with our friends and loved ones . . .  we honor and remember those now gone and embrace the magic and mystery of our own lives.

We gather to remind ourselves how truly grateful we are to be able to share our lives with each other. We weave our magic to create change, to help others find their own magic, to create a better life for ourselves and others, to connect and reconnect with the web of life that binds us all together.

Ladies & Gents . . . take up your magical brooms and sweep away the old and sweep in healing, abundance, goodness, love and protection.

Wishing all ~ Blessings of the Celtic New Year

Preparations for a Halloween Tea Party ~ are underway and there is a flurry of activity going on in my home. Tea cups, saucers, tea pots, vintage lace tablecloths, ribbons and candles are being assembled for the festivities tonight.

There will be Witches, Goblins & Faeries descending on my house and much celebration and magic under a waxing Halloween Moon. I have lots of treats in my cauldron and will be brewing plenty of tea  for all . . .

Magic & Enchantment is in the air . . .

Looks like someone left their witches hat and  jewelry behind.  Love the hat!

 I can’t wait to see all of it put together. . .

Took a little break and now I need to finish up ~ Have a wonderful Halloween!


In this most magical time of the year when the veils between the worlds grows thin, when the dead return, and the faeries gather on the hills, you can hear the ancestors voices carried on the wind.

 

Places to visit;

* Valerianna Claff at  Raven Wood Forest, has a wonderful blog post on paying attention to nature’s cycles. Also  be sure to listen to the song “Into the Mystery”.

* Tess Giles Marshall review of “The Dangerous old Woman” by Dr Pinkola Estes on her blog site Pilgrim’s Moon

* Check out Whispers of the Ancestors;  A Tarot spread for All Hallows by Joanna Powell Colbert. I did this Tarot spread for myself last year and I loved it!

Here’s a video to stir the heart and mind ~ Blessings to all.


“Everyday Goddessing  is about sharing magical techniques and sacred wisdom with other beautiful Goddess women. I believe that within every woman there is a goddess, a wise woman, beautiful, creative, powerful, with a deep soul, and that everything we need and are looking for is already inside  each of us.” ~ Rose Arizmendi

Tea & Other Things

Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
as if the axis
on which the earth revolves —
slowly, evenly, without
rushing toward the future.
Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

Other Things ~ I love

*  Geoffrey Gorman ~ works with wire, weathered wood, wax, cloth and found objects to create his fabulous  whimsical animals. You can find his work at his website here

*  Paige Bradley ~ beautiful bronze sculptured forms that seem as if they could come to life at any moment.  You can find her website here 

*  I love this charming house that Simon Dale built for his family in Wales. Imagine ~ building a house for less than $5000!

 

 

Some Other Things I Love

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The way the season ripens and swells as I watch the leaves quiver and fall with the rain.

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The steady sound of rain falling upon the garden below and the way it’s  growing louder and heavier, making the trees lose their leaves even more quickly.

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Watching the water fall from the sky.

 Here is one of my favorite poems by W.S. Merwin

“In the stillness after the rain ends
nothing is to be heard but the drops falling
one at a time from the tips of the leaves
into the night and I lie in the dark
listening to what I remember
while the night flies on with us into itself”

“Everyday Goddessing  is about sharing magical techniques and sacred wisdom with other beautiful Goddess women. I believe that within every woman there is a goddess, a wise woman, beautiful, creative, powerful, with a deep soul, and that everything we need and are looking for is already inside  each of us.” ~ Rose Arizmendi

Harmony In Autumn

Happy Autumnal Equinox everyone!

The signs of fall are all around me, migrating birds passing overhead, the subtle shift in the afternoon light and the faint smell of dried leaves in the air.

I’ve been quiet myself, feeling the need to slow down and turn inward. Honoring my instinct to step back and take a deep breath, finding myself going from room to room in our home, taking time to relax, to look around and be present in the moment.

However, I did manage to tuck away some books for future reading and dusted off the wish bottles on the healing altar.

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky,
which through the summer is not heard or seen,
as if it could not be, as if it had not been!  
~ Percy Shelley ~


 Yesterday, I created a Pendulum Chart for a beautiful goddess friend and I am hoping that she will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it for her. Digital collage using Painter IX and Photoshop.

 ~Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way. ~
Florence Scovel Shinn

 ~ A new Amethyst Pendulum Necklace ~ will be listed in my shop soon! ~

~We have five senses in which we glory and which we recognize and celebrate, senses that constitute the sensible world for us. But there are other senses – secret senses, sixth senses, if you will ~ equally vital, but unrecognized, and unlauded.~ Oliver Sacks

“Everyday Goddessing  is about sharing magical techniques and sacred wisdom with other beautiful Goddess women. I believe that within every woman there is a goddess, a wise woman, beautiful, creative, powerful, with a deep soul, and that everything we need and are looking for is already inside  each of us.” – Rose Arizmendi

 

Autumn Musings

For me, August is a bittersweet time at summer’s end, with it’s warm soft days that I wish would stay and never go.

This morning, the sun came out and lingered in the hazy late summer air as I watched the day seep into my house. The cooing of morning doves, the laughter of children and the sound of wooden wind chimes in the distance. So here I am, perched at the edge of my studio window watching trees, basking in the late morning sun, quietly dreaming.

Mother Earth is lavish with her gifts this time of the year;  the smell of loamy earth, the scent of jasmine in the air, tomato vines heavy with fruit and buzzing bees. On my morning walk, I also noticed a few yellow leaves on the birch trees,  indicating the change from summer to fall . . .      Sweet . . .  Autumn is here!

 

. . . as you sit on the hillside, or lie
prone under the trees, the great door, that does
not look like a door, opens. ~ Stephen Graham

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti~

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
~ John Muir~

“Everyday Goddessing  is about sharing magical techniques and sacred wisdom with other beautiful Goddess women. I believe that within every woman there is a goddess, a wise woman, beautiful, creative, powerful, with a deep soul, and that everything we need and are looking for is already inside  each of us.” – Rose Arizmendi

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