Storm Arcana

Intuitive Visionary Coach & Founder of Arcana Academy

Tag: Winter Solstice

Creating Conscious Community-Based Culture

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Slowly they’ve been creeping into your local drugstores, easing out the rows of half-priced Halloween candy and costume accessories. They’ve sidled up next to the turkey-themed tablecloths and cornucopia candles like vultures circling roadkill. They arrived in bright, gaudy copious amounts and there’s glittery, metallic, and blinking versions of them. You know of what I speak. The winter holiday decorations are here. And it’s not just them, it’s what they’ve brought in with them. 

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What I did for Winter Solstice

pink-solstice-with-clouds-and-flowersSo here I am in all of my Pink Goth glory from Comfort & Joy’s Winter Solstice Celebration!  I performed “Flower in My Hand,” a song by Book of Love, my favorite band ever!  Book of Love was an 80s New Wave band whose electronic synth pop tunes always made me smile!  I was extra happy to share that love with the crowd in attendance that night!  Photo by Jason Fleetwood-Boldt.

pink-solstice-with-cloudsPerky princess STORM working the curls (Thanks for the wig loan, Silverfang).  I had it in my head that I was Bubbles from the Powerpuff Girls and this red light just reinforces that idea!  Although diehard Powerpuff Girls fans would have remembered (unlike me) that Bubbles wore blue and not pink.  Oops!  Whatever.  I won’t let that little detail derail my fun.  Like my friend Brian Socko says, “Yeah, I like to play pretend, too!”  Photo by Jason Fleetwood-Boldt.

Pharoahic Intentions

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Another amazing photo by Tom Schmidt from Comfort & Joy’s Winter Solstice Celebration! Thanks to worthless for the headdress!

Pose Like an Egyptian


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This amazing photograph was taken at the Comfort & Joy Brighter Days Ahead Winter Solstice Celebration by the inimitable Tom Schmidt (also known as Dot)! Dot caught me right before I went on stage to perform an opening ritual with members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. He knows how to bring the best out of his subjects, like a great photographer should!

Storm Sunday: Winter Solstice

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Today is Winter Solstice! Now is a great time to lend your greatest intention to your priorities! Perhaps the qualities you have been perceiving as “bad” are simply flowers needing sustenance to bloom into amazing assets! Come out of your closet of self doubt and shame let the sun’s rays illuminate your heart! Visualize the rays streaming into your heart and then rebounding back into the world! Be proud! Shine on!

Many thanks to the Cosmic Tribe Tarot for some of the words expressed in the above paragraph. I find this divination tool to be very inspiring and used much of its wisdom in last night’s ritual at the Comfort & Joy Winter Solstice party. I don’t have the book with me right now, so I typed from memory.  I had the most amazing time last night because not only did I get to perform an opening blessing ritual with The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, I also got to be back up girl for Rio’s dominatrix “Policy of Truth” number and I performed Book of Love’s “Flower in My Hand” complete with bubblegum pink dress, curly blond ponytails and lots of flowers (lilies if you must know).  The crowd was so appreciative and full of kind and tenderhearted sweetness.  It’s been my privilege to work with Comfort & Joy for their fundraising events (even though I’ve never been to Burning Man) and I find them to be a stalwart group of fun frolicsome freaks!  They take their good times seriously!  Who knows, maybe they’ll get me to go to a burn one day, but I dunno.  

I must say that before this event I had yet to meet the Sisters that I got to work with and just to soak up their radiance was a blessing!  Those girls know how to trick out some drag!  They must have caboodles full of little gems and things to spirit gum on their faces, because, dear reader, words do not do justice to how scintillating they sparkled in pearls, gems and stones!   They were adorned in fabulous fabrics and lovely rings, necklaces and magical woo!  But I make much ado about something that is quite regular about the Sisters.  Fabulosity is a way of life for them!  

I was very proud of my sisterbrother for bringing the dominatrix drag as she whipped, tied, gagged with an American flag hankie, paddled and otherwise tormented a performer (Hi, Lance!) dressed as George Bush (the rubber mask was truly frightening)!  Rio looked like a combo of Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill and Veronica Lake meets Barbarella!  I hope to have pictures soon!

And a kind faerie told me last night that they filmed my flowerful performance, so when I get a copy of that, I’ll post it to share with all of you stormanticals (stormanticites?  stormantics?).

Today’s image is from the Storm mini-series featuring Ororo and T’Challa falling in love as teenagers.  This mini was written by Jerome Dickey and drawn by David Yardin and Lan Medina.  I chose the image for today because of the tenderness it portrays.  I love the shafts of light illuminating the forest.  The lovers slumber in contentment and dream of all the possibilities that new love can bring.  Let this be a meditation for us on the new year!

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