July Artist Feature:
Hannah Seaman is a fine artist, craftswoman, and graphic designer. Her painting above initially emerged as a premonition earth mother/medusa energy she connected with in January 2016. She did not realize her artistic expression was a premonition until she met the figure in an oracle card she pulled in April 2016 on a surprise trip her partner gifted her. The trip was an experience that helped her to grow. Pictured above is the process of manifestation: a premonitory doodle, an oracle card, and the final completed painting. Hannah resides at her birthplace of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where she practices mindful living and cares for the mini-farm she tends with her boyfriend Jesse. She and Jesse met through their love of using wild-harvested wood for designing functional art and landscape. She tends a garden and cares for her health by cooking close-to-source. Her unique handmade jewelry and artwork can be found for purchase through her company, n'GRAINED.
The Astrological Theme for June was "Word to the Wise."
It has been said, that in the beginning there was a word, and the word was God.
Many yoga classes in the West begin and end with a spoken sound: Om. Om, a three-part intonation (A-U-M/NG), is a primordial sound. In essence, this "word" is within and beneath and beyond all things. It existed before division, before separation, before manifestation.
The very first chapter of the Tao Te Ching speaks to the primordial word. "Tao" can be conceived of as Divine, which in Taoism is the absolute universal principle of natural order.
The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
Thus, constantly free of desire
One observes its wonders
Constantly filled with desire
One observes its manifestations
These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders
- Lao Tzu
The word Om itself is not God, but it arises from and returns to an original undifferentiated vibrational essence.
June's forecast stated: Words are Spells. Whether spoken, written, or thought, they contain potent vibrations that morph the field of consciousness.
Names and words lay the groundwork for being and becoming. They can heal and they can kill. As words arise and return, they pave the way for denser frequencies to do their sine wave dance into and out of creation. Words and thoughts ripple and influence an endless sea of vibration.
The named and the ineffable remain united in their inherent difference and shared source. The creation bond shrouded in mystery. June asked us to reclaim language that supports natural truth. Unity through interrelatedness. Sometimes it isn't about the words themselves, but they space in-between. Sometimes what's left unsaid speaks the loudest. Listen to hear all of it. Listen to and for what is. Go deeper inside, to the pulse within the heart of mystery; and the subtle vibrations it produces.
I read a novel in June. It was the first novel I've read cover to cover in a long time, as I am typically spending reading time with astrology charts, my facebook feed, emails, nonfiction books, and op-ed articles.
This book, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, captivated me for so many reasons. The descriptive language is poignant, accessible, poetic, and human. But beyond the words on the page, I was influenced by the spirit of the book. Here is an example of an author creating art of life and life of art. Her raw materials are the living intellect of what is. She weaves socio-cultural observation and personal experience into something with clean, clear weight. It fills me simultaneously with aspiration, longing, and satisfaction. So much so that I want to embrace, Anything. Myself. Life. The author and her characters. I want to take them into my mouth and belly and feel the truth of what is shared and what can never be fully known.
I will be honest.
So many of the words I read these days are facebook commentary and news articles brimming with promised terror. They leave me dejected and spiraling in cryptic mass of belief crises. I used to have faith in the power of dance and song and art and self-expression. Social media has turned that into an inner tide of sadness for the desperation so many have to be seen as a superficially generated version of self, and to profit off that. The constant torrent of personal branding and information-overload alongside news of major famine and cholera outbreaks overseas places me into a landscape of powerless confusion.
In our current world, what is worth our time and energy? This month, my rational answer to that query arose as: developing natural living and survival skills, helping alleviate hunger/pain/suffering, and making art.
More and more, the words and images I see are washing themselves away to reveal a sort of languishing. The tower of babel continues to dismantle itself and with it, its threads and tethers within our own psyches become visible in a different way and exposed as frayed. We are all a part of this marvelous mess and the marvelous mess is Us. Ancestors and parents lay foundation with 'good work and good intention.' In time, those foundations show wear and expose their faults. The next turn of the wheel brings descendants who learn from mistakes and course-correct, their faults and gifts to be honed and exposed in time.
Reading "Americanah" inspired me to write.
When I finished the book, an old spiritual came on the radio. I am reminded of people throughout time who sang to survive. Song and dance and giving voice to truth kept their spirits alive. Gave comfort, refuge, and belonging. Allowed a lineage to continue.
What power lies in our writings? In our songs? In our dance and theater and music? Is it possible that these creations hold the essence of All that Is? To claim our whole real story, and to be in and with and allow for the feelings. Art is a contribution of the willingness to be alive and inhabit our Life. Be that through making jewelry and furniture, weaving, painting, cooking, gardening, what have you. It's worth it. Because there is something intrinsically neutral and passionate and magic in the fabric of creation. The interPLAY of Om and that which can never be named. The marriage that makes life itself.
One other word-related thing happened for me in June that feels worth mentioning.
Word, Sound, Power.
because all lives matter.
The Astrological Theme for July 2017 is "Manifest."
"Manifest" is defined as "clear or obvious to the eye or mind." Also, "to display or show a quality or feeling by one's acts or appearance. To demonstrate."
In July's Forecast:
- How things become manifest (hint: it's not common Law of Attraction principles or positive thinking!)
- How to be less encumbered and more yourself
- Archetypal medicine
- Incantation and journaling recommendations
- Potent dates to plan your life
- Crystal and flower essence remedies pertinent to the month
Want to read more? Go HERE to see your options for viewing the full report; including this month's forecast, day-by-day transits to help you plan/navigate your month, magic questions to meditate on, and crystal and flower medicine aligned with the theme "Word to the Wise."
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It's an absolute gift to be able to continue this work. May this forecast be your graceful navigation guide, your invitation to return home, and your empowerment to step more fully into your astounding multidimensional Self.
As always, THANK YOU for your support.
May we anchor the highest dreams of our collective heart into reality.