For the past four months I have been studying Shamanism with Caroline Kenner in the Washington, DC area. Each month, we explore a different area, and this last class was all about fire. Sometimes I am lucky enough to receive some kind of artistic or poetic inspiration, and this past class, I was very happy to receive this poem about fire.
The outburst of light,
Outpouring as from an exploding star
Expanding expanding expanding
Becoming the Universe;
the brightest flame of them all.
It consumes the star
I dream now of waters of life
The waters that gave birth to
me and mine
Manannan Mac Llyr I feel you
striding across the North Atlantic
And in the south, I feel
Olokun and Yemoja swimming through warmer waters
And all somehow reaching this
This foreign land where my
All come together and mingle
in my blood
My blood like water
Water flowing through my heart
Blood flowing through my veins
Taking on endless shapes and
Waving on beneath the seas,
the rivers, the little creeks
I was given a choice in writing about something to do with
either the letter “C” or “D” this week, and I chose D for Death and Dying,
because it is something that has been coming up quite a bit recently for people
of my generation. We are of an age where we are losing our parents and other
older relatives and friends. Death is not something we handle well in Western
culture, although I think perhaps we are getting better at it in some regards.
My friends and I are of an age where our parents and older
relatives are dying.
I have been working on a Self-Portrait as part of my Magical Women series. I ran into a little bit of artist's block during the Fall when I became VERY busy with school and did not have time to pay attention to my own work. Working on the self portrait has enabled me to get back in touch with my own personal spiritual practice (as anyone who reads this blog knows, art is a huge part of my spiritual practice) and back on track with making art and making progress on other projects. Whew, long sentence.