Colour Magic

It seems like forever since I last wrote on here… but then my tendency is to become quite reclusive at this time of year. I miss the Sun yet at the same time enjoy the gloom… I often set myself projects to navigate my way through the Winter months as my body clock whispers ‘hibernate’ over and over to me… or decides to taken a sudden unscheduled nap filled with vivid dreams that suddenly awaken me and leave me wondering where I am and then checking the time online to see what day it is. Is it am? Is it pm? I don’t know!! It never seems to get light! Mr S finds it hilarious to wake me around 6pm and then trick me into thinking I’ve lost a day by telling me he’s off to work…

So over the last two weeks it’s been quite nice to have my time conducted by emails landing like the beat of a metronome marking out my circadian rhythm…

I signed up with Bernard Charles, The Color Mage, for 14 days of color magic

It’s been an interesting process… personally I aimed to sit at the same time each day to draw and for the most part that went to plan. I thought it would be amusing to add some colour to the grey days… Turns out that I got a lot more out of this exercise than I’d imagined. Working each day with a colour and a keyword as a thought prompt, played with my brain in interesting ways… resolving old problems, resurrecting half-forgotten ideas, recalling dreams, throwing up some new ideas, giving me glimpses into many things…

The challenge says 14 days but you can take it at your own pace… give it a whirl! It’s FREE!!

Here’s the images I ended up with…

 

When words get in the way…

Sometimes I spend lots of time… reading and writing and thinking…

And sometimes that takes me further away from where I need to be…

Sometimes…

Silence is needed…

Sometimes… I need to just lay down colour and let it do what it will do…

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Cards from Path of the Soul Destiny Cards by Cheryl Lee Harnish

A Rough Guide to Reading Ribbons…

I’m currently working my way through Lisa Frideborg’s 30 Day Divination Picture Challege and the picture I posted on Day 8 prompted the following question…

How do you divine with ribbons?

So, I sat down to think about it, as it’s something that I’ve not done for a while as these days I have a Tarot deck in hand more often than not…

I say a Rough Guide as these are just some of the ways that I play… Ribbon Reading is quite an intuitive process and I guess people will all do it differently.

For me… I like the tactile quality and that in itself gives me impressions and insights, so I would say there’s a certain amount of psychometry involved. I will run the ribbons through my hands to see how they feel and how that in turn makes me feel…

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Obviously there is a lot of colour to play with… and again I find that interpretations using colour will reflect my personal associations through experience and knowledge that I have. And… the same ribbon can throw up different meanings depending on what thoughts it prompts… A colour may trigger a chakra association or call to mind a certain crystal… sometimes they prompt a memory or image… even the odd tarot card drops by occasionally…

But the key thing here is I think that they are all personal points of reference that have come from lots of different areas of my life that come together to form my own dictionary which will probably differ to yours… My blue may not mean what your blue does… but both mine and yours will give an equally correct reading, as they will appear when the definition matches the situation…

So… let’s have a look at an example… and this is a whizz bang whistle stop tour…

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So I started this reading a bit like a tarot spread, as I decided in advance how many ribbons to pull from the bag and what each would mean… so left to right…

1. How is this person feeling right now?

Now this was interesting as that first ribbon looks really pretty… but it feels horrible… and the impression I got was that this was someone who was putting a brave face on things and not revealing that they were feeling quite rough and I felt also that they were of a divided opinion on something and very much in two minds.

2. What is currently causing problems?

Over thinking and constantly looking for the pattern and structure of things and maybe becoming trapped in a series of repeat actions.

3. What help is available?

There feels to be a loving environment around and also generally this person has good intuition but feels not to be fully embracing this and putting it to good use.

4. What direction is this heading in?

DUFF!!! That black ribbon came down hard like a big fat marker pen crossing something out! DUFF!!! Enough!! I’m done with this!!

5. What inner strength is available?

Red… Raw energy! Focus and direct it.

6. How do the other 5 combine?

It felt to be towards being much calmer and the inner feelings matching the outer appearance. A more balanced feeling and some self-healing and nurturing applied.

So then I gather them up and toss them down for some further insights…

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And when I looked at this, my impression was that self-healing is at the centre of this… it feels as though thoughts have become very tangled and all that over thinking has involved viewing things in very black and white terms and in turn that has caused more worry, a disconnect from people who are available for support… a lack of trust in own intuition and also a big drain on energy as maybe it’s getting spent in frustration and anger…

So… turns out that there has been a simmering disagreement with another person,,,

The ribbons were returned to the bag and then a question asked and a ribbon pulled, one at a time… each question as it came, following on from the previous answer…

IMG_2406So a quick overview of what I read…

The two people involved here are both strong personalities and usually laid back but what’s causing the issue here, is that on a particular subject they are poles apart and at opposite ends of the spectrum with their ideas of how to handle it. One has a big overview and the other is bogged down in the details… and both are right but getting frustrated at each other’s seeming inability to see the other’s point… There needs to be some boundaries put in place and oh… ok… you do your things your way, I’ll do my things mine and they can run in parallel and both of us get to where we need to be. Some simple ground rules, which shouldn’t be a problem as there are strong communication skills here and also these two people do care for each other but they are both strong willed and neither willing to back down… however… I like that grey ribbon on the end… It seems to mark the end of black and white thinking and also it feels to carry a steely determination to resolve things.

So there’s a taster of how I sometimes read…

One of things I like about this is that I gathered my ribbons from odds and sods that were lying around and left overs from other projects…

Go have a rummage through your drawers and see what you find… you may just have a set of ribbons waiting to be read…

The Devil makes work for idle hands…

The Devil makes work for idle hands… or so I’ve always been told… but the thing is… my hands are seldom idle…

One of the my biggest frustrations at being self-employed is how often my time gets tied into other people’s ideas of time…

I’m probably my own worse enemy here as I have had it pointed out to me that what I call later, other people call now… But I like to be on the ball and get things done… I’ve got 4 kids… there’s too much scope for random interruptions to leave things until the 11th hour…

So currently I’m waiting for replies for quotes, parcels and for glitches to be worked out on a new project I’m involved with… And it drives me nuts!! If patience is a virtue, then I’m afraid that is another one that I lack…

Then there are other things in the pipeline that are being organised and I know that I just have to turn up at said time and date and do my stuff… But that’s the joy of working repeatedly with people who know how to get things done!

And really, I should be able to just relax… I have things under control… I’ve done enough gigs to be able to walk straight out the door without a care as my bag is always packed and ready to go…

But I have a busy mind… So how do I stop the whir…

IMG_2309I looked to the Motherpeace… Calm your mind with repetitive manual tasks…

What is it about using your hands to do the same things over and over again, that is so soothing?

Certainly, this is no new news to me… I’ve spent many a dark hour polishing something to sparkling perfection… There’s no obvious practical use for this… and yet somehow it works…

So… I decided to set about the mundane task of filing my tax return… and although not the most exciting of times, it’s completion did bring me pleasure in knowing that come January I can sit back and relax as it’s already been taken care of! And in the aftermath of that, I got sorted a whole bunch of other boring tasks that usually get shoved to the back burner in favour of more enticing options…

Then I finally sat down to complete something that I promised myself I would do a few years ago…

I got out my BOTA… and began to colour…

Like I say… I started it a few years ago and it soon bored me as it comes with a strict colour key to be adhered to… and generally… I’m not that structured when it comes to other people’s rules…

But… it’d started to gnaw in the back of my brain… and with the thoughts of new things on the horizon, this felt to be one of several things that needed putting to bed…

So… the colours came out… and now it is done!

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So… God alone knows how many hours of colouring in… And yet I choose to photograph in black and white! 😀

Yeah… A couple of reasons for that…

Those colours are now burnt into the back of my brain and even looking at black and white… I still see them in colour…

Also… part of the process was to visualise the cards in colour before you started to fill them in… To imagine them from the description… so I don’t want to give you any spoilers…

It was an interesting exercise… following strict rules freed my mind up for other things… by eliminating the need to chose colours, I was free to ponder the connections between cards and how and why colours showed up where they did… I linked together cards I wouldn’t normally instantly associate with each other… Getting rid of choices helped me to see better what was already there in patterns and symbols… and oh so many other things… most of which I’ve forgotten for now… But I’m sure they’ll resurface like remembered dreams at some point…

But mostly… it’s a bloody grand feeling to complete something that I’d committed myself to doing…

Oh… and now my hands ache much too much to get up to the Devil’s work 😀