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The latest canvas I’ve been working on; Sunburst.

There’s still a fair bit to do but so far I’m pleased with how it’s developing.

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To say that I love this oracle deck would be a gross understatement.

The Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards by Tori Hartman have become my main go-to deck since I got them earlier this year. They’re simple, beautiful cards that I’ve found to be wonderfully accurate for me.

I use them on a weekly basis drawing one card for the week as a reminder of what I need to focus on. The deck is split into cards for each chakra base through to crown. Each one has a lovely illustration, a word and then a page in the accompanying book which has it’s meaning along with a story and a meditation for the card.

It hasn’t taken me long to get a feel for the cards. The single word on the bottom of each one along with the illustrations really fire my intuition. The set is colourful, easy to use and well organised. I love the depth a single card can go to when you consider it’s connection to a specific chakra and what that chakra represents in relation to the card itself.

For those unfamiliar with the chakras and their meanings the book says a little about them, each section giving an over view of the cards for that chakra before delving more in depth with each one.

The one thing I will note about these cards is that, for me at least, it’s less a divination deck and more rooted in the present, helping me to discover the root issues I’m dealing with and how to work through it. My readings, because of this, have felt real, tangible and well timed. It’s something that I have really come to love and appreciate about this deck and probably the main reason why I use them so regularly.

If you’re looking for a colourful card set that specifically relates to the chakras then I would recommend this deck. Personally I love oracle cards, often more so than tarot cards. I’ve used many decks over the years but this has become my favourite for it’s beauty, simplicity and the way I connect with it.

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This week I have been mostly rediscovering my creative bravery, relearning how to just create and play.

It’s all too easy to fall into a place where we forget what is in our soul to create. I know I worry about whether or not my work will speak to people when really it doesn’t matter if it speaks to me. I like colour, texture and mark making. I love the abstract and pouring a bit of myself into the canvas through my movement. I want to paint big and let loose.

And so this week I have been allowing myself to do just that. No judgement, no looking at it with a critical eye, just letting it be what it’s meant to be.

Try it, even if it’s just for a day and be brave. Make that thing that pops into your head, paint with your hands if the mood takes you, speak to that person you feel drawn to and most importantly don’t over think it either during or after.

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 Last week I began working on cards for my trip to London for the Pagan Federation London Conference on Saturday 27th June 2015. I had a great time making these little flower numbers, each one while similar in composition is different in colour and pattern and has either garnet, citrine, peridot or carnelian crystals on the wire spirals.

Of course, they wouldn’t be complete without matching origami envelopes to go with them, which fold flat with ribbon tied around them and open out to the boxes shown in the background. While I won’t be listing any of these online (unless they don’t sell at the market) they are available for sale. If you’re interested message me via my facebook page or website.

Next up, Tree Of Life cards using prints of my original painting.

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Unlike many self help books I have read, Living Magically by Gill Edwards really pushed the boundaries of what I thought I knew about life and made me look deeper and harder at my beliefs about how life and positive thinking actually work.

I would be lying if I said I found the book easy, it was a hard read, not because of the way it was written but because of the things it introduced and asked me to think about. I had to take my time with it so that I had ample opportunity to really digest what was being presented to me to see how, if at all, it fit with me.

My belief system is ever changing, growing and transforming as I find new information that resonates deep within me. This book really did that in a way I haven’t felt since I first picked up Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way years ago.

In many ways the book made me think of a course in extreme manifestation, going beyond the idea that we can ‘think’ what we want into existence to really asking ourselves how we got to the point we are at now. It was a hard pill to swallow to think about the possibility that all of our life experiences we have manifested for ourselves in some way and yet deep down I couldn’t refute the possibility.

It promotes finding and accepting self responsibility for our situations, stopping those victim thought processes and thinking about how we can move forward following that realisation. It’s about making substantial change, not just in our actions but our thought processes which, as Living Magically likes to remind us, is the root cause of all that happens in our life, both good and bad. As I said, it’s a tough pill to swallow.

I didn’t really know what to think of this book when I brought it beyond knowing that I was being pulled towards it, that it was the next step on my journey of self discovery. Despite being a difficult read and at times pushing my buttons and making me want to give up on the ideas of alternate realities that it supplied (which I first felt was too out there a concept for me to feel comfortable with), it was one of those books I had to finish. So I gave myself the time and opened my heart and mind to what it was suggesting to me.

I read it a few weeks ago and have had it sitting on my windowsill since then, waiting for me to be ready to give it a second read through, which I feel the book really needs and deserves. Did I like it? Yes. Would I recommend it? Yes, as long as you are willing to open your mind to give what is being presented to you a chance. It has been a while since I have read something that, through words alone, has really helped me to feel spiritually connected to the people around me. Living Magically did that and for that alone I feel it is worth a read.

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Another WiP finished or rather three really this time; Spring Flowers ~ Original paintings in watercolour, gouache and ink on watercolour paper. Available to buy from the shop on my website!

Crocus:

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Daffodil:

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Snowdrop:

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Just a couple of pages playing around in my art journal with texture and form. The first one especially I really enjoyed. There was no aim to it, no notion of what I wanted to achieve it just developed organically and naturally which is how my best work tends to come about.

Reminding myself to let go and just play is hard sometimes, but so worth it in the end.

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