THE ANCIENT ORACLE ARCHETYPE

THE ANCIENT ORACLE ARCHETYPE

The 11th Century Cathedral in Sienna, Italy was built at a time when beliefs in ancient myths of sybils and prophetesses were mingling with Christian beliefs. The marble floor of the church is carved with these feminine figures, each inscribed with prophetic words proclaiming not myth, but the coming of Christ.In a time when many were illiterate, these arresting figures presented a lesson to those with eyes to see and open hearts. Today as the pilgrim moves through the entrance of the great church, these images guide our feet, until approaching the nave and altar, the images hovering all around become clearly Christian saints and angels. And thus, the Feminine Wisdom archetype provides this artist inspiration!

LA MAGDALENA

LA MAGDALENA

Recognized as the first apostle, the first to greet the risen Christ, to announce him to those gathered, waiting, is Mary Magdalene.A woman of wisdom, she had long sat at his feet and deeply understood his divine message. Her open heart simply received the Spirit-filled Christ and rejoiced in what others accepted more slowly through mists of confusion.

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

This queen is a summer--into--fall archetype carrying the energy of hot, sunny days, full golden harvests, fruit-laden vineyards ---ripeness... and... the wild, fieriness of summer is tempered by the first wind whose cold kiss paints the leaves red, gold, brown. New awareness of the turning of the season arises. What has been nurtured is now cut down. The heart knows death and cold approach.

LITANY TO THE QUEEN OF ANGELS

LITANY TO THE QUEEN OF ANGELS

This painting is dedicated to my dear friend, Barb Gittus, who gave me the lovely golden angel pin you see here. She was greeted, I’m sure, at Heaven’s Gate by the Queen of Angels.She was a woman of faith, humor, optimism generosity and great spirit. One of the most memorable Thanksgivings of my life, I spent with her in the City of the Angels. May she be safe in the arms of the Holy Mother.

GUADALUPE

GUADALUPE

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated in December to commemorate her appearance at a place in Mexico where the Aztecs honored their ‘Revered Mother,’ a goddess of compassion, Tonantzin. When the White Christians’ Goddess appeared, they recognized her caring mother archetype and so, we have the multi-valented Lady of Guadalupe, still honored today.

AVE MARIA

AVE MARIA

The words you see below are from the Madonna’s heart. She embodies wisdom and love and invites each of us to a deep spiritual reality such as found in the center of the great labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral. That center holds the sun’s rays as they fall from the rose window by design of sacred geometry. Through that design, the sun falls there...a place of holy meeting for each of us, on the solstice.

THE SEEKER ARCHETYPE

THE SEEKER ARCHETYPE

Some of us have been conscious seekers as far back as we can remember. (I even wrote a book: Chasing God, which told the story---as far as it and inspiration went.) Today’s collage carries the words, “Carpe Diem.” When I was 35, I wrote the poem you see below. I knew then, as I know now, that what we seek is ‘Beyond’ and that paradoxically, we must seize the day, too. The card also carries an image of a young woman. Whatever that is that seeks always seems young, vibrant and entranced. Perhaps her gaze is drawn to the retablo draped with a rosary and honored with a candle. The retablo carries something of simplicity about what is sought. We can’t ‘think’ our way to the Source, we can only approach in simplicity, devotion and gratitude.

The bottom of the card portrays a rigorous climb up the mountain. We each have our ‘Seven Story Mountain’ (Thomas Merton). The journey demands trust---a necessity, not an indulgence! Hang on to the guide rope, whatever you do.

A COLLAGE TO REVEAL THE INNER ARTIST

A COLLAGE TO REVEAL THE INNER ARTIST

Do you think you have an inner artist? When you consider images from all the cultures of the world and all time periods, you may conclude that the inner artist is simply part of our inborn human spirit. Carl Jung thought so and called these energies within ‘archetypes.’ One can consider one’s life a work of art...take time to listen inside today and see what may want to be created in your life!

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT

Every once in awhile, life gives one a gift. My friend, Marie Howell has done that. She is in her own transition from a long-time career to the call to create art. She has documented this on her blog www.ariteofpassageinpaint.com. Recently, she wrote about my journey as well. The interview follows here...and the paintings she refers to are elsewhere in my blog...you’ll find them easily. The one you see here may well represent The Sovereign - a woman of wisdom, power and healing.

A MOTHER'S DAY REFLECTION

A MOTHER'S DAY REFLECTION

Rilke said, ‘In the old woman, there is a great remembering...’Mother’s day seems made for remembering. My son Kelly, as a small boy, loved his pets, dogs and cats. After parenting all those animals, he now does a great job with three children of his own. Billie, the last cat from Kelly’s childhood, was a real lover, like a warm protective ‘mamma.’ Read on to see how he came to be immortalized in Cat Dancer.