Owning Your Magic

I’ve had a few people tell me this Summer that they didn’t know what I did to my pieces, but they work to bring them calm, clarity or healing. I am grateful for the compliments, but I want to be really clear that this effect is not mine to claim, it is your magic. All I am doing is creating a physical focal point for that energy to become anchored, allowing it to build over time through repeated reinforcement as a part of a practice of mindfulness. Anything can become a touchstone in this way, but sometimes we need to be given permission to trust in our own powers, our own ability to heal and to manifest positive change. If permission is needed, I want to say that yes, you can do it, trust in yourself and the universe!

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Ovo: Limitless Potential

Every year Leprechauns, denizens of the fairy realm, magically appear mid-March on every conceivable printed surface. These symbols are used in commercial applications, to be sure, but I would posit that they are also the remnants of very old, earth-based wheel-of-the-year celebrations. The shamrock and cauldron representative of medicinal food plants, and gold at the end of the rainbow referencing the abundance of life returning to the Earth. After the rains and greenery return, so too do frisky bunnies and the product of their energies, the fertilized ovum.

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Earth-Centered Stencils

This series came about as a study of of nature and it’s changes throughout the seasonal cycle, and blossomed into associations with folk tales, metaphysics and holistic medicine. Through the two-dozen stencil cuts shown here, I discovered that I can work with the photographs I start from and manipulate the image to give it a compound structure – a snake within an apple – alluding to Eve in the garden, but also to the poison apple in Snow White. Collage should have occurred to me as an obvious tool much earlier, as it’s something that I’ve worked with for decades, but being ruled by Saturn, I’m sometimes slow on the pickup.

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