Updates and Thoughts

Full Moon Sunday March 16

With a Full moon on Sunday March 16th, it is  time to put into motion those heartfelt prayers for spring. As we have made our way through winter, we leave behind those thoughts, feelings and emotions that no longer serve us.  Spring is a time for new growth in all areas of our lives. Use this full moon to amplify those  those thoughts and feelings that will serve you well and others well.  It is time  for us to dream our world into being, creating what we want to see in the world with our thoughts and prayers.
 

Spring Arriving

It is that time again where winter is giving way to spring. This winter has been longer and colder than the last few that  I have experienced here in Montana.  With Vernal Equinox upon us next week, spring becomes official, hopefully opening the door to warmer weather and new growth.   On sunny days, when I step outside on my back deck I hear a chorus of birds singing and I am reminded once again that spring is coming.  Although, a few more days of warm sunshine are needed to melt the amazing amount of snow still in my yard.

Yellowstone Art Museum "Art Auction 46"

I am delighted to have a pastel painting in the live auction in the annual Yellowstone Art Museum Art Auction "Art Auction 46", this event will be held on March 1, 2014.
 
"Apple in Morning Light" is a 20" x 28" oil pastel painting.  Using  many layers of color to get that feeling of light and shadow makes for a vibrant piece of art.  I think this could have been titled the beauty of light! 
 
The Yellowstone Art Museum is located at 401 N 27th St, Billings, Mt 59101. You can also visit their website auction page at http://www.artmuseum.org/special-events/art-auction-4/

Winter Solstice 2013

Winter Solstice is here in the Northern Hemisphere/Summer Solstice for the Southern Hemisphere. This is the longest night for the Northern Hemisphere/longest day for the Southern Hemisphere. In the north, the Sun now turns on December 21 and slowly begins to regain power and increase life-giving light. 

In the Northern Hemisphere, ceremony and celebration are practiced as the light  of the Sun returns once again.  We show gratitude and appreciation in ritual ceremony with candles, despacho (prayer bundle), drumming, singing, gifting and story telling.  

While in the Southern Hemisphere, gratitude for the abundance, fertility, and pleasures at the fullness of Summer is marked as the Sun slowly begins to wane in strength. 

Take a moment and show your gratitude to our beautiful Sun and may your path be forever illuminated by the Sun and your heart.

 

With each breath, I am present

August has arrived with a new moon tomorrow night, thankfully the nights are cool and sleep is easy. With each day we are slowly heading into the darkest nights and shortest days as well as the coldest time. I remind myself to stay present to enjoy these last days of summer and not to jump ahead as many of us often do.  
 
Staying present means being present in this moment, whatever that may be for you, whether you are doing the dishes or going on a hike. When you learn to become more present with this moment,  you  become more grounded, centered and focused in life.   It is a gift to be present and it does take practice.  A good mantra to remember is "With each breath, I am present".  Use this as a gentle reminder and remember that it is a practice.

July Full Moon

It is the end of July, my roses have completed yet another season of beautiful blooms and it is wonderfully warm outside.  Last night, the moon was full and for me it was another opportunity for me to perform a fire ceremony.  In sacred space,  I do my prayer work  dreaming a world of beauty, peace, and love on this powerful day while releasing what does not serve me to the universe.    Blowing those prayers into a stick and  letting the element of fire release those prayers to the quantum field of possibilities.  My space is opened up for infinite potential and possibilities,  all I need to do is be present.

Little Brown Bird

"Little Brown Bird" 5" x 5" oil on canvas
It is so exciting to see all the little sparrows outside getting their nesting supplies from my backyard.  I was delighted to paint what I call 'little brown bird'.  I think that I will be doing a few more of these birds in their brown attire.

New Cycles of Growth

Spring brings about new cycles of  blossoms, growth and expansion for all living things.  As I look out my second floor office window, I get to be in a thicket of aspen trees with their newly emerged bright green leaves.    Just last week there were no leaves and now all of a sudden they have appeared. Our beautiful sun warming the earth and the increased hours of daylight has coaxed them emerge. 
New cycles of growth depend on what has been tended to well before last winter.   Shamanic processes help guide you to weed your garden and nurture those seeds that you wish to grow.

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