Strong Balsamic Moon, Very Sleepy

Some moons are just so sleepy.
I am an insomniac but in this Balsamic Moon
I’m sleeping long hours (my husband is getting ME out of bed)
and still feeling tired and sleepy as I work.
And I must work this moon, as we have a deadline.
So, no sugar, no carbs, just protein and veggies and a little fruit, cross crawls,
and basil and rosemary to stay awake *yawn*

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Waning Moon Release: Deep Collective Sadness

I sat with this a Moonth before writing.
I have just begun to talk to Mitchell about two waves of sadness I feel in recent years.
One is personal, and is more familiar,
usually linked to an event that is understandable –
death of my brother, losses of real importance as we get older
        (these things are happening more frequently, odds are).
They are also less disturbing, or more “normal” and
I can find comfort in the arms of my husband or holding the cats . . .
Crying, too, comes easier.

However, I am aware of a newer sadness that is born of feeling
the collective dysfunction in its various forms.
Insane political moves (from both parties) that impact citizens,
A lack of learning from past mistakes combined with an insidious greed.
Global harming of our creatures, the crazed destruction of our earth –
which we see daily in Oregon in our forests, rivers, and oceans –
cause waves of emotional sadness that run underneath all of us.
There is a numbness in people, the walking dead,
as they are immune to the horrors, the meanness.
For unconscious people, even those in blessed good situations,
they are turning to drugs/alcohol/shopping and
endless television to combat the terrible sadness.
Hence a mountain of prescriptive drugs to “make you sane”, more than ever before.

For those of us who may have a wee bit more consciousness,
I think we feel it and reflect on why we are feeling this.
I have to center, center, center and then, thankfully, Mitchell and I can share this.
Sharing the feeling helps the isolation, because around us people seem immune.
I find ways to stand with one foot in the consciousness of it all,
and make efforts to right the ship if there are any to be made.
Prayer, art made with intention, being kind to those who are angry,
sending compassion, practicing the lojong, and occasionally signing petitions,
though it often feels like a drop in the ocean.
I personally turn to comedy or British mysteries to
distract when I need to, often before bed!

If I had time to paint now I would be painting big crows.

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Waning Quarter Moon Realization

Waning Quarter Moon Realization:
In the middle of an overwhelming busy work Moonth, I’ve met a goal.
I’m taking classes with the goal to rid my self of the dependency on graphite.
I love pencil drawing, but realized I’m dependent on the eraser — so maybe my dependency on the graphite is actually about dependency on erasing!
One or two quick sketches a day, and graphite-be-gone.
You can see my sketches here, and my selfies here.

I can see how slow and steady wins the race,
as I tackle both my pain through minuscule yoga movements,
and my dependency on the eraser through daily small drawings.

With that, a five minute homage to graphite: watercolor graphite pencil!

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Full Moon Circle

W14 7 13 One Day Full Moon CircleAs I contemplate the classes I am writing,
I try to get out of the way to see what needs to be birthed.
Men and women both can birth, each in their own ways.
I set intention on an online circle.
Women and men, coming together to work with the feminine energy of the moon.
Learning how her cycles are connected to their watery bodies and emotions,
and how working with the cycles facilitates greater ease.

I want the feel of a circle dancing, in cyberspace!

Percolating, and watching the forces present signs:
A lovely lunch with a from Bellingham,
A righteous feminist who blames men for the woes of the world,
A pacifying artist who wants us all to get along,
A passage from the lojong I landed on last night:
“When you want to go, you want to stay.
When you want to stay, you want to go.”**
Restlessness of mind.  I want to be done already and the time is not yet right!

Note: After I published this, a second bit of writing came to me:
“The Circle, From a Crone’s Point of View.”

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** From Volume Two of the Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Chogyam Trungpa, compiled by Judith Lief.

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Walloping Full Moon Saturday

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W14 7 5 ONE BOOK 300dpi copyTomorrow is the SUPER
Full Moon, meaning that it is very close to the earth.
I love these moons, where it looks like she is sitting on the mountains watching us!

It has been a difficult waxing period.  I wrote a bit about this in a post on “Addiction, Again?,” and journaled through the sadness with images when it was so bad I could not sleep.   Family patterns rear their heads and family members go into hiding.  I held the tension, kept my tongue, turning it over to the Great Is-ness.
What else is there to do?

2014 7 3 MJ FAUTEUIL TEXRPR1 DOG-LFT 12This moonth was also about working toward the online classes.  I had time to think as I stitched stitched stitched on the older tapestry, which was a meditation in a sea of crazy clients!  Everyone changing minds, orders dropping, argh!  I have input from some dear art friends, all of whom had good ideas and were interested, to think about as I release into the next cycle.

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First Quarter Moon: Buffalo

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Still dealing with issues, but things are getting clearer.
If you are into such things, check out Hare in the Moon Astrology.
Nailed it dead on for me this week!

(I had to add an image of the buffalo, below;
so many folks didn’t know what it was . . .)
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I continue to draw, as I acclimate to classes.
Sketchbook Skool so far is nothing I have not heard before or read before.
Still, enjoying the process.
Relaxing into Beginner’s Mind While listening to the lectures.

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First Quarter Moon

This moonth is all business, and family emergencies.
So I am doing just one thing, which is sketching.

I am participating in “one book, one pen, one month” as a challenge.
I am getting ready to do Sketchbook Skool, and doing the challenge alongside the Skool
reinforces that I have to do fast sketches, lots of them!
Below, three of the dieties on my desk!

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Moons On RedBubble!

A Shameless Sunday Plug, the Old Moons are up on RedBubble,
along with the Mexicali Moons and Suns!

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A Look Back at This Moonth

This moonth was an unplanned painting of what is happening as I design the class on journaling with the lunar cycles.  I wrote less, and painted more, my little gurl as she moved through the cycles, unplanned, working from intuitional ranges.  To see them all together tells a story of how the cycle unfolded, painted from my sketches created often at 3am, as I moved through the moonth.  This is one way we will look at the moonth cycle.

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES CRESCENTI have so much to say about working with cycles, yet as I went into silence for the
New Moon I realized that painting the cycles was completely new to me.
I had a panic and a bit of a nutty when I thought of it.  How to express the lunar cycles in paintings?  I don’t paint ideas, but rather images come to me and then I find out what they are about!
EEEK!
On Rosh Chodesh, I  found myself sketching at 3am that night, a sketch of the Waning Crescent and a Waxing Crescent.

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES 1ST QUARTERFor a few nights, I woke at about 3am and found another sketch place itself on my little tiny pad, sepia tones.

By the Waxing Quarter, I had images of her in my mind, dancing her way through the cycles,  and while no words came to write  toward the  journaling classes,  the fear of not having  any examples of painting the cycles dissipated.  My little girl was back, dancing herself across the pages.

She picked up the brush!

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES FULLFull moon, the colors are delicious.

Lapis and Prussian night skies,
Caput Mortem moons,
my favorite mixing color,
Quinacridone Gold was her color.
Daniel Smith’s Primatek gemstone
colors puddled on the paper,
Black Tourmaline hills with
Sap Green foothills, and Minnasota Pipestone or Terra Ecola earth colors
mixed with blood-black Hematite,
grounding each image in the earth.

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES 3D QUARTERAs the Waning Quarter approached, I realized I was fine without words right now.  Images were colorful and juicy.  Whatever was going on just below the surface would be written in its own time!

Swamped with work as a conservator,
I kept my head down and stitched stitched stitched.  I gave thanks for continued abilities to bring in a paycheck,  especially when a client did not pay on time, very unusual, while keeping an eye out for ways to remove busy-ness from our lives.

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES WANING CRESCENTWe go into quiet time, and I said
goodbye to the sliver of the waning crescent moon, thinking of the first moonth in which I painted moons without words.
I was in pain and relative silence this
Dark-of-the-Moon, and more stitching, repairing the tapestry.  I let go of the moonth, asking what is appropriately next to be done.  I may be ready now to start the Moondae Monday Challenge. . . and possibly words will come.  I will see, as this moonth gave me confidence that the images woudl come and the words will follow.W14 5 27 She Said Goodbye to the Light_2

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New Moon.   I had to work today but slept late!  I made choices.  No  meetings.  I needle-pointed, quiet stitches, in-and-out.  No computer work, no chattering with our work neighbors in the hall.  I planned a slow-roast herbal chicken, but then it didn’t work out so we ordered Chinese.  We ate vanilla ice cream over berries for dessert.

I don’t know what the next moonth will bring, but I know I am taking Sketchbook Skool, and so there will be six weeks of structure there for painting.

See you during the next cycle.  I continue to prepare for the classes!

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