Storm Arcana

Relationship Coach & Founder of Arcana Academy

Tag: love

Are You Ready to Prioritize Love? Let’s Get Started!

What would your life be like if you could trust your intuition with absolute certainty? How might your relationships be transformed? What kind of love would you attract?

If you are at a crossroads in your love life with no direction, it can be extremely discouraging, can’t it? Your heart may ache because you feel like you’re wasting your time not knowing which path to take. Or your thoughts may be overwhelmed with guilt that you should have figured this out by now.

You know that you want to begin working toward your love goals, but something seems to be blocking your path.

The only way to end this struggle is to break out of the box that is holding you back and step through your new gateway. Once you discover the key to unlock your love life, you’ll never have to worry about falling short of your potential again.

There is a way to release and transform the situation that is making you feel stuck.

You CAN change the way you relate to your circumstance, discover your desired relationship outcome, and begin the next chapter of your life.

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Let Your Love Flow! (Update on Unlock the Block)

Did you check out my earlier post “Are You at a Crossroads?” in which I shared about my new Unlock the Block program? A lot of you have asked what kind of blocks am I referring to exactly and you’d like to know what will unfold as a result of moving through them. I’m really grateful for those of you who reached out like that. I was so excited to work with y’all in this new program that I wasn’t conscious that I was asking for a level of vulnerability that I haven’t really shared with you myself. I’d really like to do that, because I do believe we accomplish so much more when we share our experiences.

Here’s a vulnerable post that I shared on Facebook Live today (it relates to this post too):

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Tarot for Two: Deepening the Love We Share

The Lovers - Cosmic Tribe Tarot

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Laozi

Interested in strengthening your commitment to your partner? Looking to connect with one of your parents? Want to deepen the camaraderie with a best friend? Well, couples readings are not just for couples anymore! Having a Heroic Tarot reading with a loved one can provide amazing insight on what each of your bring to the relationship, where the partnership is going, and what you can do to support one another now and in the future! So whatever kind of love you share, a reading can help it grow! Contact me today to schedule your Heroic Tarot Reading for Two!

Of course, an individual Heroic Tarot reading is also lovely gift!

Bright Blessings!

~Storm Arcana (415)260-2903 / stormantic@gmail.com

Note: The Lovers cards pictured above are from The Cosmic Tribe Tarot by Stevee Postman.

Nurture Yourself! Heroic Tarot’s February Schedule

The Empress“Love yourself first and everything falls into line.” ~Lucille Ball

Greetings, dear reader!  This February Heroic Tarot falls into the arms of the quintessential mother herself, the Empress!  This Major Arcana card (as illustrated in The Cosmic Tarot above) brings creativity into our lives and helps us manifest abundance.  The Empress is the mothering instinct within all of us.  She loves us unconditionally and teaches us how to treat others in the same compassionate manner.  She is the wellspring of fertility within us all that brings our goals into fruition.

When she appears it is important to ask ourselves, “How am I using my creative and nurturing qualities in my life? What projects need my love and care?  What is inspiring me?  How am I treating my body?”  Schedule your Heroic Tarot reading today and let us explore these questions together!

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Heroic Tarot Named Best of the Bay by Refinery 29!

X-Men Tarot Super fun fashion site Refinery 29 just released their picks for top psychics and readers in San Francisco and Heroic Tarot made their list as the Best Tarot experience in the City!  Here’s what they had to say:

Storm at Heroic Tarot not only tells it like it is, but he is extremely detailed and goes beyond the typical reading to explain the symbolism in each card dealt. Plus, he makes the reading incredibly interesting by using X-Men tarot cards. Um, how awesome is that? He’s raved about for a reason, which is adding his quirky signature to this distinct style of readings.

There’s a lot of great people and places on their list, so be sure to check it out!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart, San Francisco fashionistas!  There is a great future ahead for all of us!  And to share the fashion love right back atcha, here’s some great comic book fashion for you lovelies, both old and new!

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STORM’s Dark Heart Art: Defender, Distortion & Cacophony

Dark Hearts Defender

This Thursday March 4th, 2010 is Divisadero Artwalk!  It’s always a grand time seeing all the folks visiting all of the businesses along Divisadero Corridor.  If you missed out on Swankety Swank’s Dark heARTs event, you still have a chance to experience the art that graces the walls!  Many of the pieces are reasonably priced (including mine).

Among the pieces on view at Swankety Swank are six paintings by yours truly.  The above piece is titled “Dark Hearts Defender” and features an Angel action figure crucified to the painting.  My paintings start as collages, composed of images I find interesting and then painted over multiple times.  I enjoy this process because I am fascinated with texture and I never know what images will still be seen when the painting is finished.  I used oil paint, oil crayons, stencils, and spray paint to achieve the final look of “Dark Hearts Defender.”  This piece is a 30″ across and 24″ tall masonite board with a hanging frame attached to the back.  Click on any of the images in this post for a larger view.

Distortion

Sometimes my process takes me to dark places.   I was listening to Nine Inch Nails’ “Pretty Hate Machine” album while spraypainting on handfuls of actual nails and screws on the painting.  After I sprayed the nails, I lifted the painting and let the nails and screws slide down the board, leaving trails through the paint.  This is my favorite from this set as I am happy with how the light has to fight through the darkness.  It makes the images that can be seen all the more special.  This piece is titled “Distortion” and is 30″ x 24″.

Hearts A'Flutter

“Hearts A’Flutter” has a more joyful appearance, but contains images of super-heroes fighting (Mary Marvel is in the upper right corner battling a giant robot hand as it attempts to crush her; Below her to the middle right is the Red Bee wrestling a shark!).  This whole painting was originally covered in superhero collage images.  Then I painted around and over the images with oil paint.  Next, I placed tarot cards over the areas I thought worked best.  Then I spray painted over them, blacking out the rest of the board.  I used heart stencils to cover the black areas to make it look like the hearts were consuming the images.  I limited my color palette to red, black and silver at this point.  Dimensions: 30″ x 24″ on masonite board.

Cacaphony

“Cacophony” was approached in a similar manner to “Distortion,” but I used silver spray paint over the black and left more images viewable.  That’s Airboy smack dab in the middle.  I had a lot of fun using the stacks of nails to create a visual representing conflict.  This painting has more texture areas than some of the other pieces due to a thicker application of oil paint.  Its dimensions are also 30″ x 24″ on masonite board.

La Charme

This piece, titled “La Charme,” has undergone many transformations before it settled on its final form.  I was interested in building up texture with collage and found objects (a combination of glitter, plastic gems and false eyelashes) before I painted the piece with nail polish and acrylic paint.  I imitated Jackson Pollock‘s process with the nail polish and applied the acrylic in washes.  This painting is 12″ x 12″ on stretched canvas and the heart centerpiece was added near the end of the process.  I was interested in creating the illusion of a heart shaped confectionery with the same appeal of a small cake.

8 of Hearts

I explored my intention of creating a confectionery illusion as a painting much more with this piece, titled “8 of Hearts.”  The small cakes were originally sponges cut into the shape of hearts and red acrylic paint was applied generously on top of them.  This was after I glued them around the found objects already on the painting (there’s Snow White and Dollywood magnets, plastic gems and the metal balls from nail polish bottles embedded in the piece).  Candy sprinkles were added after I sprayed a layer of lacquer over the red paint and then sealed with lacquer as well.  The red heart cakes are about an inch thick.  Like “La Charme”, this piece went through many iterations before it became the mostly pink, white and red painting you see now.  It is also 12″ x 12″ on stretched canvas.

All of these pieces can be viewed in person at Swankety Swank (289 Divisadero St, between Haight & Page) and are for sale at very reasonable prices.

What I’m Reading Right Now: The Witch Of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

 

Paulo Coelho first came to my attention when a friend let me borrow her copy of “The Alchemist.”  It was not what I expected it to be.  It was much more.  I’ve read a lot of books about following your path, listening to your dreams and redefining your goals. Not many of them were better than a retelling of JosephCampbell‘s Hero’s Myth mixed with a dash of New Age self help chatter.  They came across didactic.  They never touched my soul.  Then I read “The Alchemist.”  It had heart.  I never felt that it was trying to instruct me on how to live, I simply followed the young man in the story and learned from his example.  “The Alchemist” gave me a new system of thinking because it gave me symbols that I could use to apply to my life.  It did this by paring down language to its most evocative.  It told a simple story in a vibrant way.

Imagine my delight when another friend lent me a second book by Coelho, “The Witch of Portabello”.  The inside book jacket sleeve says: “How can find the courage to always be true to ourselves–even if we are unsure of who we are?”  The book explores that question by telling the story of an amazing woman named Athena through the many people who knew (and did not know) her.  Each chapter has different characters narrating the story, leaving the reader to piece the narrative together.  It tends to keep one on their toes and creates a vivid portrait of Athena.

Athena channels a higher beimg  named Hagia Sophia,  who is simply another aspect of herself, during monthly group meetings.  In these time of divine transcendance, she teaches many moral imperatives such as:

“You are what you believe yourself to be.”

“Don’t be like those people who believe in ‘positive thinking’ and tell themselves that they’re loved and strong and capable.  You don’t need to do that, because you know it already.  And when you doubt it…just laugh.  Laugh at your worries and insecurities.  View your anxieties with humor.  It will be difficult at first, but you’ll gradually get used to it.” (152)

This is no New Age parable.  This is real counsel, completely applicable to anyone’s life.  It takes the ephemeral and makes it tangible.  The topic of breaking off the chains of self doubt is visisted many times throughout Athena’s story.  She is not willing to live another’s idea of her destiny. 

“We all have a duty to love and to allow love to manifest in the way it thinks best.  We cannot and must not be frightened when the powers of darkness want to make themselves heard, thos same powers that introduced the word sin merely to control our hearts and minds.”

Athena uses the story of Jesus as propenent of unconditional love and quotes many instances from the Bible when he uses compassion instead of guilt or shame to help his followers.

“What is sin?  It is a sin to prevent Love from showing itself.  And the Mother is Love.  We are entering a new world in which we can choose to follow our own steps, not those that society forces us to take.  If necessary, we will confront the forces of darkness again…But but no one will silence our voice or our heart.”  (229)

Love is often the subject of her talks. 

“The man before me suffers for something he believes he has never received–my love.  But the man beyond your self understands that all pain, anxiety, and feelings of abandonement are unnecessary and childish.  I love you.  Not in the way that your human side wants, but in the way that the divine spark wants.  We inhabit the same tent, which was placed on our oath by her.  There we understand we are not the slaves of our feelings, but their masters.  We serve and are served, we open the doors of our rooms and we embrace.  Perhaps we kiss too, because everything that happens very intensely on earth will have its counterpart on the invisible plain.  And you know that I’m not trying to provoke you, that I’m not toying with your feelings when I say that.'”

Her follower, Philemon asks:

“‘What is love then?'”

And she responds:

“‘The soul, blood, and body of the Great Mother.  I love you as exiled souls love each other when they meet in the middle of the desert.  There will never be anything physical between us, but no passion is in vain, no love is ever wasted.  If the Mother awoke that love in your heart, she awoke it in mine too, although your heart perhaps feels it more readily.  The energy of love can never be lost–it is more powerful than anything and shows itself in many ways.'”      (256)

It is definitely worth your while to pick up “The Alchemist” or “The Witch of Portobello” and glean from the stories their divine human wisdom.  The world is richer for having Paulo Coelho in it!

Storm Sunday: True Romance

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Ororo and her husband T’Challa unite in a passionate embrace!  I would love to credit the artist but I don’t know who drew this image!  Drop me a comment if you do!

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