|I Am the One Who Sees the Mother's Creations|
This is the way the card looked in its first version. It is an image of a green forest seen through a goddess shaped cave entrance. I wanted a triangular shaped image for her pubic area. I was surprised when the autumn leaf began to look like a fire bird's head. I had associations to the bright and conscious creatures that are brought to birth by nature. It is thrilling to count myself among those creatures. I also had the association to bringing to birth awareness and that which has vivid life through my art. The head also has an association to the ancient ancestors of the bird as well...this head looks like the head of a dinosaur. This card really speaks to me about the primitive process of life coming forth into the reality of earth.After sitting with it for a couple of days, though, I realized that it wasn't done.
|I Am the One Who Glimpses the Great Mother|
This version of the card was the next step. I wanted to hide and soften the
wild bird head. That red energy becomes the energy of the earth in spring.
The first flowers of spring, the Lily of the Valley thrives here. The flowers
are nurtured by tears from the Bleeding Heart blossom as well as tears from
the eye at the power/self-esteem chakra center. These tears also form pools
and streams at the bottom of the card. I also added Cone Flower centers to
define the areas of the mother's breasts. Sitting with this card I am disturbed
by that inhuman eye. When looking at the card it is all I can see. The eye
appears to be looking to the left, towards the past. My associations are to
as yet unresolved self-esteem issues tied to the past, some of them the
disappointment of unfulfilled expectations, others related to injuries to self-
esteem experienced throughout my life. I have found that making SoulCollage
cards has really helped my in the process of recovery of my person power.
In my email I receive a note from a website I subscribe to. Carol Tuttle is offering
a Chakra Healing class and a free chakra assessment. I take the assessment and
find that all my chakras are strong except my heart chakra and my power/
self-esteem center. I realize that the card with the eye is like a chart of this chakra
assessment. My association is that I am also finally getting insurance through
the state and can finally go to the doctor and address some of my concerns
about my aging body. Need to get a mammogram and do something about
that too ample behind. Hmm, what do you think the doctor will say
about the orange bird head in my public area? Well, it is only a metaphor, right?
|I Am the One Who Seeks Healing|
This is the final version of the card. I have had a series of cards, lately,
that are quite enigmatic. Hard to tell when they are done (until that final feeling).
I've finished this card by adding a leafy upper and lower eyelid to that eye.
Still journaling about this one but has to do with nature as my mother and my own
body and its need for improved health. In the simple chakra test it said my chakras
are strong except for my heart and my self esteem/power center. That seems to be
what this card is about: the strange eye at my power chakra looking to the past,
my heart a "bleeding heart" blossom. Hope to do Anne Marie's upcoming class
"Using Soul Collage During Times of Illness". A number of readings have pointed
at the need to address my health. I am overweight and need to see the dentist
and dermatologist and the list goes on. I am thankful for my relative good health
but think it is time to take care of myself and focus on keeping the health I
have as well as improve my energy in the time I still have in this amazing world.