Storm Arcana

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Month: February 2013

The Four Agreements +1

The Lion

There are certain books that come into your life at the exact time that you need them and they change your perspective forever.  Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements was one of those books for me.  I realize that many people have already heard of this book’s central tenets (based on Toltec wisdom), but I believe they bear repeating.  I’ve quoted them as they are presented in the book:

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

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Long Distance Communication

Audrey Hepburn on the telephone

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”  ~Helen Keller

A week ago, I moved from San Francisco, California to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The differences between the two locales are staggering.  I can still see echoes of the bustling city, my memories overlapping with the hypnotic starkness of the wind-chapped Santa Fe countryside.  I remember the small pink flowers bursting from the trees on Lyon Street even while I am staring at the dried grasses of Nambé rising out of patches of ice.  It was raining a little bit every night when I left San Francisco.  Here it snows in the night and melts during the day.  Part of me is still in California, dancing to the city’s cadence, while the other part is finding some long needed stillness in New Mexico.  I think of the two “SF”s as sister cities, united by their patron Saint Francis of Assisi and  I look forward to finding out what else they have in common.

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A New Era

Top Hat 1

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” ~T.S. Eliot

On Monday, February 18th, I move to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I am excited about what new adventures await me in the “Land of Enchantment!”  Many thanks to all of my regular clients (and the new folks!) who came to see me before I embark on my journey.  I will continue to provide Heroic Tarot readingsvia Skype and phone for those who wish to stay in touch.  My in-person San Francisco appointments will be intermittent as I find a balance between my new home and the City by the Bay. However, I am already planning a brief return in March.

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Follow the Directions of Your Heart

The Archangel Raphael as interpreted by Yours Truly

I have recently spoken with many people who feel they are rushing headlong toward their futures without clarity or direction.  They tell me they are afraid to stop moving for fear of everything collapsing around them.  Goal-focused, they have not the time to enjoy the things in their lives that give them meaning.  I can certainly relate to these feelings.

Tonight I was reading The Secret History of the World by Mark Booth.  In it, he writes about letters the esteemed poet Rainer Maria Rilke sent to a friend.  I quote this passage from Booth to remind us all of things we might have forgotten:

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Leave a Trail

The Heart of the Matter Collage Art Sketch Book

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is my practice to have a sketch book on my person to record my thoughts or draw ideas.  I am one of those creatures who believes that when the Muse strikes, you must write it down or you deserve the forgetfulness that follows.  This rather peculiar perspective has amounted to a small library of my own journals, bursting with half-formed dreams, unfinished watercolors, notes from books I have read and theories on the Tarot, numerology and astrology.  There are also sketches of wildflowers, superheroes and gods.  Sometimes I tape in an inspirational postcard or magazine page.  A few movie theater stubs are scattered here and there with names scrawled beside them, fellow attendees of that moment in time.  From time to time, I do open one of these books and find renewal.  Mostly, I use my journals to keep me firmly grounded in the present lest my head explode with all of the incoming information.  I like to consecrate each new book with a collage of images that will serve me with fuel until I fill up its contents.  A plain unadorned book simply will not do.  I have to cultivate the personality of the tome before I can interact with it. So many blank pages can be daunting otherwise.

Recently, I made four sketch books, imbuing them with specific stories and spells, and realized that none of them were for me.  I had made them for someone else!  I now present them to you and if you feel so inclined as to desire one for your self or a loved one, you may do so in the stormantic Magick Shop!  You can also click on the titles of the books to get to their individual sale pages. Otherwise, please enjoy my humble presentation.

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Intergalactic Ambassadors: The Alien Progeny Series

Alien Progeny Series: Mars

Last year I spent a few months in the desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It was surreal to witness the beauty and wonder of that land.  Every night I drank in the sight of never-ending constellations.  Morning and night the the sun rose and descended in majesty, wearing the prismatic robes of cloud formations. During this time I continued working with my Heroic Tarot clients, but by phone instead of in person.  This separation forced me to focus and hone my energies in more direct ways.  It made me a stronger reader.  When I returned to San Francisco, I found myself drawn to watercolor, due in part to the desert palette of New Mexico.  I worked furiously to bring visions of strange creatures to life on paper.  The first of these beings I dubbed “The Progenitor.”  This work (seen below) lived up to his name, spawning ten more images.  It was only after some time had passed that I started to see these beings as manifestations of planetary influences.  Mars (the image above) was the second image, then Venus, then Uranus.  I realized that I was channeling galactic ambassadors.

The Alien Progeny Series is a collection of ink and watercolor portraits investigating planetary energies from the perspective of the supernatural. Each creation provides a medical intuitive map of their intergalactic composition.  Each is for sale (except for The Progenitor which is already in a private collection) in the stormantic Magick Shop (simply scroll down to see them all).

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Be Mine, Heroic Valentine!

Wolverine-and-the-X-Men-24

This month in Wolverine and the X-Men #24, Storm and Wolverine celebrated their close friendship with a kiss (the cover above was drawn by Ramon Perez and colored by Laura Martin)! What this will lead to is anyone’s guess, but this isn’t the first time these heroes have locked lips.  I would not be surprised if these two strong willed individuals kept things to a “friends with benefits” situation.  They certainly have a strong chemistry together.  This issue also debuted the return of Storm’s mohawk as a symbol of her independence from her recently annulled marriage to Black Panther (see the image below from the same issue as drawn by David Lopez and Alvard Lopez).

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