Animal spirit guides always seem to show up when I’m out in nature, likely for many of you too, but I’ve been especially loving the animal spirit wisdom coming through recently and their synchronous timing.
Between the two Rattlesnakes (yes two, as Sunday a Red Diamond Rattlesnake this time was so sweetly coiled resting in the shade on the hike path), a celestial Swallowtail Butterfly on the same day just before the Rattlensnake that gracefully floated and landed on a flower infront of us while my friend and I were in poignant discussion, and two bunnies last evening on a sunset hike – one a smaller Cottontail Rabbit that scurried off, and the other a magical Hare that boldly engaged us as long as we desired and was not afraid, I’m really feeling extra supported and connected to the nature of me, as well as realizing they all have a common theme running through them – especially that of transmutation, creative potential, and renewal.
The Hare was especially memorable and I felt a strong presence of my beloved Nestor around and coming through. Nestor has Hare connections from previous lives and the way that this Hare engaged us reminded me of Nestor’s bold and courageous nature, unafraid of anything, wise, magical, and inquisitively endearing.
It especially felt powerful and worth noting because just the night before seeing the Hare and Cottontail, I had that very active dream sequence night with my Andara under my pillow, as I shared in yesterday’s post, and one of the dreams involved a Hare. So to have just dreamed of one memorably, and then having such an interesting dance of connection the very next evening with one, seemed to be trying to get my attention and/or awareness of the symbolism taking form in my life.
It is also not coincidental that I had meditated and reflected the evening before the dream, and the next morning after, about some core themes that felt to be processing out and integrating, as part of that deep release we are all going through, and felt very collectively tied to something important in need of shifting. Just simply engaging the awareness and embracing its meaning was powerfully transformative. And the shifts are being represented through the manifestation of these symbolisms.
My dream was very involved, but part of it had to do with coming across a large Hare that was either injured or sickly, and it seemed to struggle until I came upon it and allowed me to gingerly scoop it up in my arms, as it rested in stillness, feeling completely safe, and cared for, and trusting I was going to help it and do no harm. I ended up carrying the Hare in my arms for the entire dream sequence, while I was engaged in many things in the dream. All along very conscious of this dear one in my arms, never dropping it, never ceasing to cradle it with care, and able to go on simultaneously with things taking place, as if I had more than two arms and the capability to actively be engaged with the Hare’s needs, while also supporting the things around me. I never once forgot about the Hare and it knew its needs were, and would be, taken care of and I felt a calmness in tenderness in being able to do so.
A part of what I took away from the dream was of course seeing the Hare as representative of myself and an integration taking place symbolically of supporting the parts within me – that inner authentic child of the Universe – while knowing from this place I am able to support everything else and am of thriving service in wholeness in doing so. This is a common theme I’ve also been hearing/feeling.
Interesting to note also that the night before, the Hare in my dream was weak and sickly and by end of the day, the Hare I came upon on the sunset hike was alive, thriving, engaging, and partnering in an energetic dance with me. Not only does this feel to be symbolic of my integration of things, but directly a renewing symbolism that occurred with the Hare after my consciously tending to its/my needs. 🙂 The Hare also happened to show up at the very end of the hike (in which I’d been engaged in channeling very flowing communication of so much I have been processing lately into a collective message) very near where Sunday we’d seen the Red Diamond Rattesnake.
Hares are symbolic of rebirth, luck, prosperity, creativity, quick-thinking, self-sacrifice, high fertility, agility, receptiveness, and speed, to name a few things. They herald a kind of waking life resurrection and a realization of increased vitality, energy, or a new-found excitement over life.
Creativity is also a form of fertility and of ripening, fresh ideas so Hares can bring a message of nurturing your intuitive impulses and nudges from your heart and soul.
Hares showing up or running can be symbolic of your experiences calling for agility or to stop over-analyzing things and over-use your mind for everything. Time to allow your intuitive processes to guide you.
The symbolism as self-sacrifice is not as well known, but it stems from Buddhist tradition where the rabbit sacrificed itself in order to save a starving Buddha. This seemed poignant to my dream and things I was reflecting on, as well as specifically is connected to things in Nestor’s soul experiences.
If the Hare appears sacrificially or is thin/dying in a dream or real life, there may be a personal connection to your own feelings of being a sacrificial object or that the sacrifice is unnoticed and unappreciated in a hopeless cause of giving yourself away.
Synchronously, I have found this to be a recurring theme floating in the collective current processing and something many of us have had to, and are, learning to rebalance in our lives in a productive way. I know I have definitely had to integrate this in my own experiences, carried forth from past lives, and create healthy boundaries, as well as strengthen and cultivate my own aliveness so that what I give out comes from an authentic place that is part of a harmonious circle of natural giving and receiving.
I am still feeling remnants of yesterday’s Hare connecting. And am constantly being mindfully grateful of the messages being received.
From a past post, you’ll remember me sharing how Hares/Rabbits are powerfully profound in their transmutational energies. The Ancients found them one of the most mysterious and perplexing beings, thought to be hermaphrodites (male one month and female the next), with powers of self-impregnation. Since Hares reflect the idea of balance between masculine and feminine they are highly regarded as sacred, mediators of the sacred, and embodying actual creative powers of the Universe.
Hares are also associated with the Moon, lunar cycles, and cyclical life, are considered creatures of fire – the “Sacred Fire” that is the same regenerative fire of the Phoenix – thus destruction and recreation of the heart of all life. They are connected with the dawn, enlightenment, Spring, the Cosmic Egg from which the Cosmos is produced, and embody balance, creative potency, eternity, androgyny, genius, and inspiration.
I am grateful for my rabbit connection and choosing to live a conscious life.
As we continue to move deeper into the Spring of this year and renewing cycle of life, we are also edging toward Easter this weekend, which also calls up visions, thoughts, beliefs, and energy of its own including fertile creation. Easter brings pictures to mind of spring blooms like tulips, colored eggs, baby animals, and also deep symbolism that may have varying meanings to each individual.
Easter is also a time when a lot of people, unfortunately, give baby bunnies as gifts to their children and do not understand the commitment to these precious and extremely sensitive living beings that comes hand-in-hand with that. Rabbits are the third most euthanized animals in shelters, right behind dogs and cats – something I learned from Marcy Schaaf, head of SaveABunny (a non-profit organization rabbit rescue and nationally recognized adoption, education and foster center) when I adopted Joy from there just over 4 years ago.
This is a great post that covers the considerations to be consciously aware of in terms of our rabbit friends and making compassionate choices on their behalf: Five Reasons Not To Buy A Bunny For Easter by Julie Castle
With the connection many of you know I have with rabbits and the depth of their magical presence in my life, this time of year can be especially sensitive for me and also a chance to share some of that magic with you in relation to the symbolism and connections rabbits have with Easter, along with some of the origins and meanings behind this “holyday of transition.”
Here are some snippets from a post I shared last year about this connection:
“….Traditionally, the Easter Bunny, actually a Hare, was said to lay eggs at Easter. This concept is of course very strange to our factual minds, but taken symbolically, the Egg is not only Potential, but it also represents the Cosmos, the very ground of Being from which we spring–no pun intended! One only need think about the Cosmic Egg and the Druid’s Egg to begin to get the full scope of this meaning. No wonder then that the Hare was at one time considered both male and female. To produce the cosmos, both must be present….
….Overall the Hare is a symbol of many things, all involving balance, Life, creative potency, regeneration, fertility, and eternity. This symbolism manifests in associations with Springtime, the Dawn, the Moon and Sacred Fire, the Egg, the Circle and Infinity symbol, Marriage, Androgyny and Hermaphroditism, as well as Madness, Genius and Inspiration (which seem to go hand in hand)….”
You can read the full post here: Hare Symbolism for the New Earth – Birthing the Cosmic Egg here
Easter has Pagan origins that bring to light a deeper understanding of its meaning. Easter is connected to the Anglo-Saxon Pagan goddess Eostre (or Ostara), but was originally the celebration of Ishtar (pronounced “Easter”), the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of love, procreation, sexuality, fertility, and war. The dyed “cosmic” eggs were both “sacred Easter offerings in Egypt,” as well as are connected to the “mystic egg” that hatched Ishtar.
You can read a few of these insights to reflect on below and click the links for the whole articles.
As N.S. Gill shares in The Eostre Hares and Pagan Easter:
“An Anglo-Saxon goddess named Eostre may have had hares as attendants. If so, the hares may have held her lights, since Eostre was the goddess of Dawn, like Eos (Greek) and Aurora (Latin). The month of April was, among the Anglo-Saxons, called Eostur-monath, and during Eostur-monath, a festival was held to Eostre. This festival has, at least in name, been taken over by the Christian spring festival Easter. If Eostre did indeed have hares as companions, the association of Easter and Easter bunnies is an ancient one.”
Swain Wodening adds in the article Eostre:
“Eostre is a very obscure Goddess, and uniquely Anglo-Saxon Pagan….Her name is connected for words for “east” and “shining.” It is therefore related to the Greek godname Eos, Goddess of the dawn in their pantheon….
….Grimm in his Teutonic Mythology maintained that “Ostara, Eástre, was goddess of the growing light of spring.” The date of the holy tide would make this a reasonable conclusion. Holy water in the form of the dew or water collected from brooks was gathered at this time. Washing with it was said to restore youth. Beautiful maidens in sheer white were said to seen frolicking in the country side. Also according to Grimm, the white maiden of Osterrode, was said to appear with a large batch of keys at her belt, and stride to the brook to collect water on Easter morning. Cross buns were of course baked and eaten. While this could be a Christian addition, that cakes were often use in Heathen rites is apparent in any survey of the lore. And the cross may be symbolic of the rune Gebo or the buns may represent the sun wheel. Easter eggs seem to go fairly far back in both English and continental celebrations, and of course symbolize the beginning of new life. The hare also known for its fertility appears fairly early in Easter celebrations. Bonfires and vigils also seemed to play a role in many Easter rites.
Based on this Eostre would appear to be a Goddess of purity (the holy water), youth and beauty (the young maidens), as well as one of new life beginnings….”
And as Mark Esposito shares in his guest blog, Happy Ishtar Day: The Origins of Easter:
“….But the festival likely has origins before the Hebrew feast of Passover. Two thousand years before the accepted birth of Christ, ancient Babylonians were marking the beginning of Spring with a gala celebration honoring the resurrection of the god, Tammuz, who was killed by a wild boar. Tammuz was returned to life by his mother/wife, Ishtar (after whom the festival was named) with her tears. Ishtar was actually pronounced “Easter.”
Ishtar was quite the racy goddess, as historians Will and Ariel Durant explained in their monumental work, The Story of Civilization:
“Ishtar … interests us not only as analogue of the Egyptian Isis and prototype of the Grecian Aphrodite and the Roman Venus, but as the formal beneficiary of one of the strangest of Babylonian customs…known to us chiefly from a famous page in Herodotus: Every native woman is obliged, once in her life, to sit in the temple of Venus [Easter], and have intercourse with some stranger.”
Need anyone wonder why the ancient Hebrews would want to amend this legend and the Puritans to forget about it all together. They didn’t consider Babylon “the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth” for nothing.
Another theory, adopted by the Roman Catholic Church, is that Easter celebrations have their linguistic origins in the Anglo-Saxon fertility rites of the goddess, Eastre. “Since Bede the Venerable (De ratione temporum 1:5) the origin of the term for the feast of Christ’s Resurrection has been popularly considered to be from the Anglo-Saxon Eastre, a goddess of spring…the Old High German plural for dawn, eostarun; whence has come the German Ostern, and our English Easter” (The New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967, Vol. 5, p. 6).
But what about Easter eggs? How did they enter the mix? Christians have always used the egg to symbolize the rock tomb from which Jesus emerged into new life. But the symbolism predates the Christian era. Pagan theology considered the egg as a symbol of Spring’s rebirth from Winter. (Francis X. Weiser, Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, p. 233). The Egyptians had a slightly different spin considering the egg the symbol of the passage of life from one generation to the next.
“Eggs were hung up in the Egyptian temples. Bunsen calls attention to the mundane egg, the emblem of generative life, proceeding from the mouth of the great god of Egypt. The mystic egg of Babylon, hatching the Venus Ishtar, fell from heaven to the Euphrates. Dyed eggs were sacred Easter offerings in Egypt, as they are still in China and Europe. Easter, or spring, was the season of birth, terrestrial and celestial.” (Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought, James Bonwick, pp. 211-212)
The pagan tales of gods and goddesses was quite an ecumenical affair with many civilizations sharing the same deity but branding each with a different name that suited their populations. Thus Ishtar became Astarte to the Greeks and Ashtoreth to the Jews. Nimrod, the Biblical figure who built the city of Babylon, and was mentioned in Genesis is another example. He was worshipped as Saturn, Vulcan, Kronos, Baal, and Tammuz by succeeding civilizations but the story remained more or less intact for centuries.
Easter thus is an international affair going back centuries and spanning civilizations from the Babylonians to ourselves. Who says things really change?”
Wishing you a regenerative, abundantly creative, and cosmically enlightening Easter.
The fasts are done; the Aves said;
The moon has filled her horn
And in the solemn night I watch
Before the Easter morn.
So pure, so still the starry heaven,
So hushed the brooding air,
I could hear the sweep of an angel’s wings
If one should earthward fare.
~Edna Dean Proctor, “Easter Morning”
Dedicated to my beloved and departed angel, Nestor, who embodies the Cosmic Egg of my heart.
Wishing everyone a mystical, magical and revealing Halloween, All Hallows’ Eve, Samhain, as the Celtic neopagans and Wiccans know this Gaelic festival to be, or whatever resonates most with you.
Having this day follow the very powerful Taurus Full Moon, indeed lends to the energy of transformative endings, seeing more deeply to the core, understanding the product of your inner harvest, and reaching through the veils to the heart of your values and beliefs to create the new.
For a few fun, brief insights about some of the most popular Halloween symbols perhaps you’ll enjoy Avia Venefica’s “Meaning of Halloween Symbols” from her awesome site that shares a plethora of symbolic meanings: www.whats-your-sign.com .
I happened upon photos of my dearly departed Nestor from her last Halloween on this Earth and being that she is so literally and symbolically magical (you can read about hare/rabbit symbolism here: Hare Symbolism for the New Earth – Birthing the Cosmic Egg) and always helped me to look beyond the veil, I felt to share one here.
Enjoy the magical alchemy of this now experience.
Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon’s silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.
Completed in the month of the Blue Moon 2012, the journey of my new series of paintings Universal ARKitecture continues with painting #5 – Once in a Blue Moon.
A “blue moon” is also used colloquially to mean “a rare event”, reflected in the phrase “once in a blue moon.” By definition it is known as the second Full Moon to occur in a single calendar month. This month of August 2012, we have two full moons. One on the 2nd and the one on the 31st, which is the Blue Moon.
(Some facts: The average interval between Full Moons is about 29.5 days, whilst the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. This makes it very unlikely that any given month will contain two Full Moons, though it does sometimes happen. On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century, so you could say that once in a Blue Moon actually means once every two-and-a-half years.
The most literal meaning of blue moon is when the moon (not necessarily a full moon) appears to a casual observer to be unusually bluish, which is a rare event. – Wikipedia)
I just completed this painting at the end of Tuesday 8/7 (was quite a long and intensely beautiful day of channeling) right before 8/8/12 – known as the Lion’s Gate, which is a supernatural door opening/portal, like a Stargate, to assist cleansing and activation of the new to emerge of living from the heart.
The night of 8/7, after which I’d finished this painting, an earthquake hit just 25 minutes from here with aftershocks (I was fast asleep after a long intense day), but Allison alerted me the next morning of this. And just as I was making connections with the tremendous opening experience and energetic shifts of this painting, as well as the depth of meaning and how it connected with the earthquake in mirroring this “love from beyond” I was at that moment writing about, another earthquake hit in the same location as a reiteration of what I was stating and connecting.
This may seem arbitrary to others, but I live a synchronous life of seeing the symbolism and signs all around me and one thing that I’ve always noted in my life, is that when something profound takes place within me, or is discovered, or accessed, and it is connected with deep emotional transmutation, then Mother Earth and the Cosmos seem to mirror this with weather patterns, earthquakes, winds, storms, shooting stars, magical experiences, etc…It doesn’t mean these things are bad, that take place, as that is a judgment as an observer from one side of the fence. Nature is nature and it shifts in natural harmony with the ebbs and flows of cyclical change and cosmic rhythms. To be “in flow” with that is just experiencing consciousness in all of its miracle.
The last time an earthquake hit in instant mirror was when I had finished channeling and designing my newest sacred tattoo portal – the Faery Star/Pleiadian Star while I was on vacation. An earthquake hit just like 1 mile from where I was in Big Bear upon completion. I have one more tattoo coming on the 6th of September, so will be interesting to see its effects since it is connected deeply to Joy and this deeper opening of my heart that was experienced with this newest painting. Needless to say, this experience of “shaking” up things that help shift into new realities and confirmations of creation, is not foreign to me.
Several years ago I discovered part of the reason for my seeing direct mirroring reflections in the environment of my inner landscape. One of the ways to calculate my birth date, through the Mayan Tzolkin, shed a piece of the puzzle, as it equates to the Mayan Sun Sign – Caban or Earth with Galactic Tone of 8.
Caban description: Keeper of the garden of Earth. Profound synchronistic connections to Earth’s natural cycles and energies provide power of creations and memories of ancient wisdom. Earth persons endeavor to bring a flow of natural order to all aspects of life. Being connected to the dynamic forces of nature, Earth persons need much liberty to facilitate their expression of migration or the sending of long distance communications such as the whales, elephants, birds and many other creatures. Sometimes Earth’s delicate sensitivities are upset resulting in quakes of emotion, even the display of volcanic emotions.
Galactic Tone 8 description: Harmony and balance is the intent. Eight is the power of organization demonstrated in the statement, “As above, so below.”
We all have the ability to manifest through intent and how that channels will be different for each. I have often throughout life, been conscious of how potent my thoughts and emotions can be and how they directly manifest, into the environmental landscape, when they are intensely core felt. This has also made me ultra sensitive to responsible creation and how important it is to be aware of what we put out there, as it affects more than just ourselves.
I share this as my personal story and experience, as I know many others share synchronous journeys of magic in their own lives, but many times may discount it or feel alone in their experiences. Of course there is always room for interpretation, which will be an individual process we learn to discern over time, but needless to say signs have meanings and the meaning is up to us to decipher and acknowledge.
This prefaces the intensity of what I was feeling on 8/7, as I completed this last painting. It was an inner quake of intense “love from beyond” that had the ability to break through and transmute everything, including cracking open even deeper layers of my heart to emerge ever more so vulnerably, as there is no boundary to the immensity and infinity of the heart and “real” unconditional love. There is no end to the depths we can go and there is no stopping point that gauges you’ve arrived. Painting #5 allowed me to shatter the current environment of love I was treading, to release the temporary dam of the now. This would allow me to swim in the new, immense waters of the heart.
Every painting is a vulnerable experience, but each takes me to greater depths (we all have different ways relative to each that can be utilized for this). All paintings assist with revealing, processing and channeling, however there are some that kick things up several notches and provide leaps along my journey. This is one of those that truly mirrors a most vulnerable, inner reflection accessed, as it simultaneously connects with a collective channeling message for the now – that of assisting in a journey of living in and from the core of your heart. Putting the truth of you out there for all to see. Letting your intuition and heart guide you through the waters of life. Being in the joy of your own light and seeing how that helps to assist others in doing the same, which then creates opportunity for a beautiful experience to be had by all.
This painting is a very pure and heart opening expression that left me surrounded in beautiful inner peace. Painting, for me, opens a portal that allows me to move into different levels of “waking life dream” experiences and dimensions. Being that present, vulnerable and flowing in the heart center can alter states of consciousness, as a shift in the perception of time and the solidness of existence take place where you then perceive and experience another reality at greater depth. It was profound and intensely beautiful, leaving me feeling very light and realizing that my heart went on the canvas in a way never before, due to the very vulnerable depth and purity of energy channeled.
So what was it about this painting? First off, all of my paintings just come to me when they are meant to. I don’t force and I don’t contrive when and how they will come about. Having this painting come to be #5 was very symbolic to me, in relation to the subject matter, as this painting portrays my beloved Nestor and Joy and I have a connection through the #5 with Nestor and all my life. It actually was at first supposed to be #4, but when I started that piece it wasn’t feeling right and Joy had given me messages and signs I had another painting to come first before I was ready for #5 and so emerged “The Child In Us,” which was #4’s lovely porcupine. Interesting that its energy and the others before, were all ingredients necessary to get to the depth of #5, which incorporates all of them. (It seems each piece not only has its own essence, but encompasses aspects of those before it – a building-upon-layers process).
I had then realized that #5 was to be the only large canvas I had on hand, which is interesting as I won’t do any more of this size – 48″ x 48″ and it correlates to #5 in the In Lak’ech series called Spirit (the same size too), which was connected to Nestor as well. Each of these new paintings in the Universal ARKitecture series, as I’ve shared, each are channelings through different power animals (or shape-shifting “naguals”) that emerge through timeless energy portals to share their wisdom. These channeled images I feel are supportive in guiding us with some of the keys for co-creating a loving New Earth with conscious, unconditionally compassionate awareness, embracive remembrance, visionary innovation, and empowered hearts.
Since rabbits hold such potent symbolism, I intuitively felt that one of the paintings would be of their energy and #5 ended up being the one. I instantly knew that Nestor and Joy held the perfect essence for this and could translate the message through their energy and images in a way that could channel that to others. Of course, the connection I have with them would provide even more openness as a conduit for that energy. I knew this would be a poignant piece, but wasn’t aware that it would be so powerful in the process.
If you didn’t get a chance to read about the painting, Spirit, and the symbolism of the hare, here is the link to my blog post on it, which will provide insight for this painting’s symbolism as well: Hare Symbolism for the New Earth – Birthing the Cosmic Egg. The rabbit, through out time, has been connected with the Moon and you can clearly see the rabbit image that many ancients have observed, if you know how to find it.
I love this image that shows different ways you can see the rabbit:
Most know about my connection with Nestor and if not you can read some of it here: In Loss There is Gain – Finding My Way After Losing My Twin Soul. I haven’t painted Nestor in quite a while. The first painting I did was of her as a baby when I first got her: Nestor and then of course, the essence of Nestor in her otherworldly form, in the painting Spirit was next. However, this painting was to be of Nestie (as she lovingly came to be known as) in her last year/days (she was 5 years old when she transitioned) and in her magical, royal, wise, loving and serene presence along with Joy in her magical, loving, joyous, playful exuberance.
Joy and I share a very beautiful and magical connection. It is different than the one with Nestie, but Joy is still a part of, and resides in, my heart. Joy was brought to me by Nestie via telepathic connection and she and Nestie share a bond that allows Joy to channel Nestie. It was fun bringing Joy home, as it was two days before my birthday and Laura Bruno and I had a big raw vegan feasting celebration just before picking up Joy from the SaveABunny shelter. Nestie was much more connected to the Otherworld/Cosmos, but held a deep place in her heart to assist with Earth transitions, which she still does from beyond. Joy on the other hand is much more connected to the Earth, however is a messenger between both the Otherworld/Cosmos and Earth. This played out in many ways, but over time, I came to see Joy’s individual healing gifts and magic that she slowly revealed to me. Her love of crystals was evident from day one and she continues to work with them, but she is quite the healing bunny, as well as a master channeler in her own right, often going into trance and telepathically sending me messages – she loves speaking through my pendulum and also picks tarot cards like Nestie used to do. I have so enjoyed seeing her step fully into her powers by my supporting her personal process and timing with that. I am so proud of her and her courage. I am grateful to have been blessed by two such magical bunnies/souls in my life. (not to mention Gaia, my tortoise, but we’ll leave that for another story and painting).
For me, it was such a “joy” to bring the two of them together on this painting as a means of physically manifesting them into the world for others to be able to experience the energy and healing magic they have to share. And I had no idea really how it would all come together, as I just paint in the moment and allow the image to emerge. Bringing Nestor back to life in the physical was truly something.
What emerged was an image of purity in magical simplicity. A vast universal world that merges all of the energetic elements they embody and wisdom they hold, imbued with vulnerable love. Some of the interesting things that took place was that it was started on the last full moon in July, where I painted the moon and first layers of the background and was “delayed” and unable to pick it back up until this last full moon on the 2nd of August. None of it intentional..it was just the way things unfolded and on the 2nd I redid the moon with a new layer of energy into what it is now. And then there were a few other days of work (actually 5 in total) that came when I was able and moved to.
The last day was on 8/7 (the longest day I spent on it) was a very long 10 hour day where I found myself in tears for most of it. Crying like a baby, but not in sadness, but in the sheer beauty that is indescribably felt when you touch this kind of love. Painting, from my heart and bringing to life those dearest to my heart, was incredibly moving and I fall short to express it in words – hoping that the painting will speak for itself.
As I began with in this post, the painting mirrors this “love from beyond” that I share with each of them, and also of my love for the Cosmos (a Galactic Butterfly is found in the image too), Moon, Earth, the inner realms of emotion, childlike innocence, the natural and the supernatural, and of course a heart snapshot that offers a cohesive thread between personal and collective in sharing the purity of the experience. When each of us opens to that very vulnerable innocence within, we create the ability for others to also, since we are all connected.
My newer paintings have evolved into visual simplicity, which take the complex and interweave it into something energetically manageable to digest. Rather than utilize tons of visual hieroglyphic-like puzzles, I can now create energy snapshots. My paintings contain layers of energy that are embedded into the images, strokes, paints and canvas, along with the energy that is channeled through, creating an essence that is felt when the painting is experienced by others. This, more than the image itself, makes all the difference, as to how a painting will move someone and what is received through that exchange of viewing and opening into it. It’s all very finely tuned and the right elements are needed as well as nothing overdone – subtlety. Paintings are “experiences” that can be meditational and speak volumes what words cannot. It a way to let us get out of our own way, put the mind to rest and just “be” and open to the essence revealed.
As I channeled this painting on the 7th, yes I did cry like what would seem like a baby, but I WAS painting the full moon, which is the magic of our inner and subconscious emotional realm. Crying is not a bad thing or a weak thing and isn’t even always a pain thing…it is an expressional doorway to our ability and desire to experience love.
The colors that emerged were intuitional and it wasn’t until just yesterday that I received the title – Once in a Blue Moon. To me, it speaks to that rare experience that is a blessing to have in what ever way translates to the individual – for many that is the connection or desire to connect with their Twin Soul.
For me, this all translated as the rare connections I have been gifted to have with Nestor and Joy and the experiences throughout my life, the magic of it all, the deep connections I have to a reality beyond what is perceived by most, the joy of being an expressive, boundlessly creative being, remembering the child within and to love that child, expressing at the heart-level the authenticity I have to share through this human form…..
and of course it speaks of that very rare Twin Soul/Flame connection some are blessed to experience both without and within. Nestor is mine and I am grateful that I was able to experience her in physical form and still in presence around and in me, but also reminds me of the divine union of Male and Female within myself that each of us are integrating at this time.
I love how the painting also was created in 2012 during and right before all of the shifting energies into a new reality of heart-based, natural harmony with the Earth and Cosmos, as we create a new inner and outer field of expression and creative reality.
The painting was just photographed professionally, yesterday, on the 8th (the Lion’s Gate) and shortly I will have an image of it, along with the other first 4 that I will share with greater clarity and vibrancy than I can take myself. I’m so excited to be able to bring them to the world in this way and to be able to soon offer prints on them as well, so that those who have been asking and feel called to the specific energy that each activates for them, can now bring them into heart and home more affordably. Both prints and originals will be available shortly on my website here: Universal ARKitecture. I’ll be posting the new painting, and the 4 previous, all together on my blog as well likely early next week.
My heart is on this canvas – #5 Once in a Blue Moon – and it is out there for the world to see and share through these universal images, messages and emotions we all have access to. I am incredibly honored to be able to support others via the expressions that channel through me. I thank Nestor and Joy for their beauty of heart and for guiding me to my own.
In a recent, previous post I touched a bit on my painting, Spirit, the last of five in the series In Lak’ech. Spirit takes us beyond polarities and is full integration with transmutation inwardly and outwardly. As mentioned, this painting has many embedded codes and symbolism for energetic healing integration, which is why this and the other paintings I create can be used as meditational tools. One of the symbols, the Dagaz or Dea Rune is found anchoring the white hare’s feet in this image. Spirit holds some powerful energy and as promised, I wanted to reveal a little about one more aspect to this painting in regard to why the hare/rabbit being (with human and extraterrestrial essence) was chosen intuitively for the representation of this “beyond polarity” energy representation for the fifth element, Spirit.
Of course those that know me know how deeply connected I am with rabbits. As a vegan and lover of all animals and beings, I have felt connected with animals since birthing into this Earthly experience, but rabbits are just, for whatever and many reasons, extremely dear and close to my heart and I resonate profoundly with them. Not only do I connect and understand them in a very personal way as a reflection, but I absolutely adore their magickal and precious essence in a way I can’t describe.
As I speak, my dear little Joy (lop eared bunny) is exploring my office and came to rest right next to the table that holds my large Quartz Crystal Skull, Raja Seraphina – a profound sign of her supporting what I am writing and connecting with the energy, as Raja Seraphina possesses the integration of both empowered female and male energies. (I’m actually really proud of her because she is on the wood floor, which was a fear she has been learning to overcome all by herself. She has learned to be safe on the floor in my/our sacred space, so I’m sure she will soon be exploring the entire house freely. A great example of how we can overcome fears).
I’ve been honored to have 3 bunny loves in my life, one of which is Nestor, whom I speak of often and has departed this Earthly plane. Part of the reasoning for the white hare in my painting, has to do with very personal healing stories connected with her, as well as simultaneous, collective healing that spoke through her for the essence of the painting.
The other 4 paintings depicted either a male or female being as one of the main focal points of the message, and as mentioned are fully integrated/empowered males and females that have embraced the empowered counterpart within them. However, for Spirit, we move beyond depictions of polarities, even in integrated form, and go straight to the heart of integration – and that is where the white hare comes into play.
Hares, throughout time have been associated with a whole myriad of powerfully profound, transmutational energies, as we will see in these excerpts from druidicdawn.org’s post, Hares and the Spring Equinox:
“Ancient peoples found hares one of the most mysterious and perplexing animals around. Hares were thought to be hermaphrodites, male one month and female the next month.” …”The ancient Greeks asserted this was so too, and associated hares thus with powers of self-impregnation and something we now call superfoetation. Superfoetation is “the fertilization of an already pregnant female which causes the simultaneous development of eggs of two different ovarian cycles within the genital tract.” …
“The ancient Mediterranean peoples also all believed that the male hare could also become pregnant.”
…”Going back to the idea of balance between the masculine and feminine at the Equinox, we mustn’t forget that many religions and myths, especially those derived from mystics and shamans, believe that the true nature of ourselves and the divine is found in the union of opposites. And from this union of the Masculine and Feminine, all Creation breaks forth into life and consciousness. It then makes sense that anything in nature that brings together the masculine and feminine, be it sexual intercourse, self-replicating plants, or in this case, hares who interchanged between male and female, were all held as some of the highest most sacred subjects in our world .. because they embody the actual creative powers of the universe.
For many of the reasons stated above, the hare has long been thought of as a mediator of the sacred…
Not only does the hare have lunar connections, but also many Buddhist and Hindu texts describe the hare as a creature of fire, but not just any fire–the same consuming sacrificial fire of the phoenix, then to rise again out of the ashes. The hare in this sense is not just a symbol of cyclical life like the moon and in many tales blatantly depicted as a bringer of reincarnation to mankind, but also in the same way, it becomes a symbol of simultaneous destruction and recreation that is at the very heart of all Life. Life is not just about being creative, but also requires the balance of first being destructive…
For all these reasons, the Hare then is not only associated with the Moon and the Sacred Fire and Spring, but also with the dawn and more importantly, with enlightenment…
Traditionally, the Easter Bunny, actually a Hare, was said to lay eggs at Easter. This concept is of course very strange to our factual minds, but taken symbolically, the Egg is not only Potential, but it also represents the Cosmos, the very ground of Being from which we spring–no pun intended! One only need think about the Cosmic Egg and the Druid’s Egg to begin to get the full scope of this meaning. No wonder then that the Hare was at one time considered both male and female. To produce the cosmos, both must be present.
This union of masculine and feminine makes the Hare an excellent symbol for marriage…
Other associations with the hare that I won’t go into now are witchcraft, or in ancient societies, with the seer or shaman–the hare is also the trickster figure in many stories, who outsmarts Winter and Death…
Overall then, the Hare is a symbol of many things, all involving balance, Life, creative potency, regeneration, fertility, and eternity. This symbolism manifests in associations with Springtime, the Dawn, the Moon and Sacred Fire, the Egg, the Circle and Infinity symbol, Marriage, Androgyny and Hermaphroditism, as well as Madness, Genius and Inspiration (which seem to go hand in hand).”
To read the entire, very insightful post, please visit: http://www.druidicdawn.org/node/1490
We still have another month or so to go before the Spring Equinox, but as “time” is speeding up and I’m always several “bunny leaps” ahead, I continue to post things before we get there, to support the space in the now for that energy integration to begin.
After reflecting upon the information, I think you start to get some of the picture for why the hare was the channeled message I received to depict in my painting, Spirit. The rest, we will have to save for another story. For now, I leave you with “Spirit” to receive its message.