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Giveaway! Green Tara Art Print

Green Tara art print

It’s been a really long time since I’ve had a giveaway. So in honor of my new blog, I’m having a giveaway for one of my 5×7 art prints of Green Tara! In order to enter you must follow this blog and then comment on this post that you followed.

The winner will be chosen randomly with random.org and will be announced this Friday May 18. You will get a notification of the winner in your inbox. Thank you to everyone who has helped to support my art career over the years and good luck to all who enter!

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Illustrations for Sage Woman

Side by side view of both illustrations for Sage Woman

Every so often I like to do illustrations for publications such as Sage Woman. This time around I did two illustrations for an article about Pueo, a Hawaiian owl guardian deity. I had never heard of this deity before so it was interesting doing research for these illustrations. In the article, the woman who wrote it talks about her experience with an encounter with Pueo while in Hawaii. It is a short but powerful story which brilliantly portrays how much of a protector Pueo actually is.

Illustration of Pueo flying over the author near an ocean-side cliff

Pueo is a Hawaiian owl who is viewed as a guardian God who protects his followers. It is believed that after the death of an ancestor, the spirit could protect the remaining family by acting through the body of an animal such as an owl, shark, turtle or any other animal. Pueo is said to be one of the oldest manifestations of these guardian spirits which are called Aumakua. An Aumakua has the ability to guide, inspire and protect its descendants.

Illustration of Pueo in a tree

In my research of Pueo, I learned that this owl inhabited the Hawaiian islands well before the arrival of the first Polynesians. This owl, unlike other species of owl, likes to be active during the day. It is also sadly an endangered species on the islands. Owls have been revered as divine beings in many cultures and traditions around the world. It’s always viewed as an esoteric being who is associated with wisdom and spirits. Owls are not active where I live, but I know whenever I do see one in the future, I will think of Pueo.

Thank you to Anne of Sage Woman for the opportunity to illustrate this article!

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Learning to Love the Shadow

Hel, Norse Goddess of the Underworld

“As we strive to become more aware of ourselves, we have to see more of ourselves, and this includes more of our shadow.” – Caroline Myss

We all have light and dark aspects about ourselves. This sacred duality is what makes us who we are. In order to truly know, love and accept ourselves, we must also learn to know, love and accept our shadow self. Shadow does not mean “evil” or “bad”. It can be the parts of ourselves that we do not necessarily like but is part of who we are nonetheless. Things like jealousy, anxiety, fearful thinking, insecurity, neediness, judging, anger, etc. These parts of ourselves can feel shameful and we may be embarrassed that we as spiritual beings have these base, human qualities. But alas, we are human. We are spiritual beings having a human experience yes, but we are still human. So having these aspects of our personality is normal and natural.

Should we try to overcome these aspects about ourselves that we don’t like? Absolutely! If you feel that these things are holding you back from being a better person. If you feel that you can overcome your shadow aspects and strive to grow spiritually. That is a good goal to shoot for. Just keep in mind that trying to overcome these things does not mean that we are flawed in the first place. It means that we are human and as such we will be endowed with human qualities which include good and bad, light and dark. It also means that while we are working to overcome these things, we also need to accept these parts of ourselves in order to truly feel whole and to truly love who we are. All of who we are. Not just the parts of our personalities that we like. But also the parts that we don’t.

Hel, work in progress shots

I always viewed the Norse Goddess Hel as representing the light and dark aspects of humans. She is the Goddess of the Underworld who is depicted as having half of her body as that of a beautiful, vibrant woman. And the other half as being a rotting corpse or skeleton. This represents (in my opinion) the light and dark aspects of her. She is fierce and true to herself regardless of whether or not she has darkness inside her. She has her conflicting personalities out in the open for everyone to see. She is not afraid to show the world that she has a dark side to her lightness. We too have these conflicting personalities. And in order to truly feel whole, we need to learn to love them both.

We need to wear our darkness and our lightness on our sleeves so to speak. We need to not be afraid of judgement from the world for showing who we truly are. Just like Hel, we need to learn to be confident and comfortable in our darkness as well as our light. Because it is part of who we are and we can’t choose to love only one aspect of ourselves or we will never truly love ourselves.

For those of you who are interested in this painting, you can find prints and prayer cards in my shop. How do you connect with your shadow self?

 

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Visions in the Mountains

The mountains have always called to me. Anytime I’m in their presence I feel this great sense of awe and power. They are primordial and ancient, just like the Great Mother. One of my favorite places to go to connect with Mother Nature through the mountains is Colorado. The last time I was there I spent some time hiking and meditating in the Flatirons which has winding mountain trails and magnificent views. A vision came to me of the Goddess sitting at the foot of the mountains with roots coming down from her legs and going back up into the trees.

She was showing me that She is connected to everything. She is everything and everything is born from her. Her body gives sustenance and life to every living thing on this earth. She was also showing me that energy never dies, it is simply recycled and infused into other life forms. The colors in this vision were purple and blue which are high vibrational colors in the spirit world. I sketched down this vision as fast as I could and continued on with my hike.

Once I returned home from my trip, I quickly created the Moon Mountain Goddess painting in honor of the vision I had in one of my most favorite places in the world. I decided to also create a Sunrise Mountain Goddess painting to go along with it in order to represent the duality in nature and life. The sun shines during the day so that the stars and moon can sparkle at night.

These prints can be paired together nicely to honor both the Great Mother and the mountains. How many of you have had spiritual experiences in nature? Prints and prayer cards of both of these can be found in my shop.