First: I did not create this journal spread specifically for the Full Moon. There was no intention setting, goal setting, nor dream creation.
I came to my journal with an open heart and said–show me…
And sure enough, my Guides and my Muse held my hand and took me on a journey. The Universe spoke to me–I can do nothing but Listen.
Two: I had no expectations, no intentions. I had not planned to create a face at all. I had thought to work with a dream I keep having, a dream conversation I keep having — Maeve, the Goddess–and Her Bees–She comes to me frequently right now, saying, I am the Goddess Maeve. These are my Bees. So, please, if you have any information linking Maeve and Her Bees in any Tradition, please let me know where to find it. It’s one of those things that I can’t quite pin down myself, but would love to have research to back up what is coming to me.
The analytical mind in me…can’t let that angle go, even as I sit with Maeve night after night, heeding Her counsel, afraid of those Bees, but knowing there is a Message therein.
So…I could say three here: this is not my usual style, but I like it. Learning to push myself, to push my boundaries, to lean into things…and even as I say–not my usual style, it sort of is. I have been looking at a lot of my work in the past two years. I can see this sort of thing cropping up…and yet, not.
It is layers beneath. Then, some quick imprecise sketching with charcoal and a water-soluble graphite crayon. Then, clear gesso and colored pencils. Nothing more.
So, Samhain is the starting point of the Wheel of the Year. It is my New Year, spiritual New Year, if you like. It is an amazing thing for my Word of the Year to show up now, weeks, if not more, before I had thought to start thinking about looking for it.
My word is:Deepen.
Originally what came up–and what continues to come up–is Deepen Into The Stretch.
My contracted, barrier-ridden Yoga practice is such an incredible solace for me…it is healing even in such a battered format. Pushing myself is deepening into the stretch, no matter where that stretch is or comes. I understand the idea, the concept, both on and off the Yoga mat.
Deepening into the Practice of My Self is going to be my focus for the coming year. Deepening into the stretch of who I am, what I do, that is my intention. In whatever way that shows up.
That is what feels good to me, what feels juicy.
Where my Heart leads me, there shall I follow.
I will be working with Deepen as a Word, as a Concept, as an Intention, as much as I am able, over the few weeks.
Won’t you come along with me?