Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit


December Views Project 12/02/10

December Views Project

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Self-Portraits as Therapy

12/1/10: Visited the doctor to get some answers to questions about this health issue. Here is how I felt before my appointment.

I thought to myself that I should stop using a mirror to view my image. Found a wrinkle I didn’t know existed.

12/2/10: So yesterday the doctor took a biopsy and I had blood drawn. Today I was back for one more test. And now I wait.

I left the doctor’s office feeling like I’m in a bit of a black hole with a glimmer of good news hanging around the edge. I’m not really up to saying what is going on at this time. Suffice to say I’m getting older and my body is being treacherous. I’ll know more next week Thursday at my appointment.

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Daily Tarot: The Empress


Today’s Tarot card, The Empress, represents growth, prosperity, and fertility, and brings situations to fruition.  The Empress is represents of the female archetype in Tarot; the desirable female form but also loving, nurturing and mothering.

The archetype of this card is abundance, fertility, creativity, concern for nature, the arts, grace, beauty, and, at its worst, greed, possessiveness, and overindulgence.

The Empress manifests life throught the birthing process.  The earthly and heavenly symbols represent the integration of spiritual and earthly matters, realizing the full potential of the two, therefore creating the third energy.

The Empress is a card of nurturing in all its forms: creativity, work, children, and family.  She represents pregnancy, birth, motherhood, solid and happy relationships, and marriage.  This is a truly positive card.

Zodiac affinity: Venus

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The Journey

Have you ever had aspects about yourself revealed that you knew were true but didn’t want to believe or accept?  I’ve recently experienced this through a very interesting avenue.  Last week, I had an Aura and Chakra reading at the Center at Westwoods.

Now what is an “aura and chakra reading” you might ask.  First, lets define aura and chakras.  An aura is a subtle-energy field surrounding humans.  In Sanskrit this energy field is called kosas meaning body sheaths.  The word aura comes from the Greek avra meaning breeze. Other terms to describe the human energy field are universal life force, prana, or chi.

Chakras are also energy centers associated with specific organs and endocrine glands in the body.  The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit meaning wheel or disk.  The traditional Hindu system names seven major chakras: root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown.  Each chakra is associated with a particular color.

So, essentially, I had my energy fields read.  For this reading I placed my left hand, palm-side down, on a small black box with silver disks on the top surface which appeared to correspond to the segments on my fingers.  The thumb rests on the side of the box also on top of silver disks.  The box is attached to a computer.  Your energy fields appear on the computer screen.  You breathe and relax and let the machine take a reading. 

What I learned is that I have a chameleon aura.  I have energy bouncing all over the place.  I pick up energy from sources around me; the computer, the lights, cars passing by, someone’s voice.  That probably explains why, somedays, I feel tired at night even though I didn’t necessarily have an overly active day.

My strongest chakra color is green (the heart chakra) which is indicative of communication, creativity, logic, balance, and being social.  That explains my love of art, creative activities and nature.

So how does placing your hand on a black box with silver disks translate into a journey?  Because I learned that while I love to share advice I don’t always follow it myself.  I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase “practice what you preach.”  Well, when you don’t always follow your own advice (practice what you preach) certain energy centers are thrown out of balance.   All those steps I shared to help you achieve balance I don’t always follow myself.  Now I will try to be better about this.

And what does any of this have to do with art and creativity?  Quite a bit actually.  When I’m out of balance, my creativity drops.  I can’t focus or concentrate.  If my studio gets too messy, I can’t think creatively because of all the clutter.  The energy is blocked.  Creativity stagnates.  And if I don’t engage in something I love, I feel sad and a little depressed.

So now I begin a journey to take care of myself, to balance my energy fields, and strengthen those areas that need more development.  Perhaps it will point me in another creative direction or open me to greater creativity.  Only time will tell.