Meán Fómhair

Autumn Equinox, or “Meán Fómhair” in the Gaelic calendar, which means the “middle of autumn.” We call it by this name because this year our Autumn Equinox High Day ritual honors the Gaulish Horned God, Cernunnos.

In the spring, we celebrate the power of the sacred feminine; thus, the autumn is the time to celebrate the sacred masculine. For without the womb there would be no birth, but without the seed, there would be no harvest. Cernunnos represents the virility which counterbalances the Earth Mother’s fertility; both of which are necessary to bring life to the land.

At the balance point just before the dark part of the year reigns, we remember the strength of our bond to Cernunnos, the Horned God. We honor the characteristics of the Hunter, the primal Lord of the Wilds, and the paths of sacred ecstasy. So many of his aspects are things people fear and shy away from; but we were all wild once, and there are still parts of ourselves that will never be tame. Those are the parts that are closest to Cernunnos, and we honor him when we remember those aspects of ourselves and when we drink deep of all the abundance that life offers to us.

Night and Day rest, for a moment, in perfect equality and all of Time and Space balance on the head-of-a-pin that is this Autumnal High Day. What could not be possible at a moment such as this? Cernunnos, Lord of the In-Between presides over the Mystery of this turning point when the dark half of the year looms before us. We call upon the Great God to prepare us for the Cosmic Dream Time by transforming our souls into animal form, for Cernunnos is also Lord of Animals. The ancient Celts knew that such transformations were necessary for growth, for healing, and to revive our primal nature which has been too-often compromised by the strictures of society. this is a time to journey to Cernunnos in the primordial wood to be remade and dance in new form.

My son and I spent the entire weekend in celebration and ritual with the equinox. Below is a peak at the Prayer art ritual we created by the lake and our Mabon fire later that evening. 
Sand prayer ritual for the Autumn Equinox. I drew the prayers as symbols/mandalas in the sand as I set the intent. As the water carries the prayer they are released. 

Starting the #Mabon fire #autumnequinox

With my son #autumnequinox
#autumnequinox blessings

An Artist, A Writer, A Guide...

Since childhood I have been drawn to writing and art. I participated in many poetry and art contests throughout grade school , and even won a few awards from both.

Reading was highly encouraged in my family and I became an avid reader from a young age. I was drawn into the mythical realms with the a certain well known hobbit, I gained a boys perspective while stranded on an unknown island ruled by the Lord of the Flies... my greatest inspirations came not only from reading, but also from the hours I spent in art museums and art galleries....and always developing my imagination.

I never stopped writing, or painting, or drawing... I was always on one kind of creative project or another, right into young adulthood. In my teens I was fortunate enough to have a high school art teacher, who let me replace my study halls with volunteer work at a kindergarten art class as a teachers assistant. This was my first taste of teaching and I just loved the energy of those kids. I loved how they had no preconceptions of what art should or shouldn't be. They were fresh and open, there was no right or wrong way. It was ALL about PROCESS.

However, instead of pursuing a teaching degree I went on to learn graphic design. Back in my day we called it Commercial Art. At the time, under advice from the schools career guidance councilor, it would be the best way to incorporate art into a practical career... with good pay....

Again, I continued my creative endeavors, painting on the side, writing some although the writing was pushed aside more often than not. During this time I discovered Buddhism and spent a great deal of time with a friend I had made back in college who was a practicing Buddhist. This education would play a big part in my art process later in life.

I became a single mom in 2001. I quite working, stayed at home, had more time to be creative and eventually began homeschooling my son along the way. I joined a local homeschool group and began exchanging art lessons and workshops for arithmetic and math lessons for my son. I was back in a role of teaching and guidance and loved it!

Now days we practice free range learning, or unschooling as others call it (although I don't connect as much with that term). I am still enjoying the freedom of working for myself through art and writing, while also offering intuitive painting classes and workshops, and my intuitive women's workshop Red Paint!

My intuitive art processes have been based deeply on teachings from Buddhism and Hinduism. I work extensively with the Chakra's and incorporate energy work, I've learned as Reiki master/teacher. I am currently entering a new phase where I am going back to nature so to speak. I've started using natural, organic paints in my work and I have some new projects lined up incorporating natural materials and art forms.

I was off to a slow start with writing but have been gaining momentum and re-connecting with my writing muse through this blog and was so excited when Tery Brouwer of Creative Soul Poetry nominated me for this (not your typical) blog hop!

To keep the hop on...  The Wisdom of Not Knowing Everything and the healing artists and blogs on the Art & Healing Network are two main places I gleen regular inspiration.

Intuitive Drawing

Words and images hold power. They ignite feeling, emotion, connection... They help us to grow both inward and outward. The process of creation, whether through painting or writing, helps us to release our deeper voice and begin the journey to self.

Lately I've gone back to exploring myself through intuitive drawing (sometimes referred to as doodling).

Intuitive Drawing ©Gloria Gypsy.All Rights Reserved 

I also refer to it as automatic (or trance) drawing. Allowing my mind to remain open to the impressions I am receiving, without filtering through them.... words and images can be drawn or written out and the details contemplated later...

Intuitive Drawing ©Gloria Gypsy.All Rights Reserved 

Sometimes the process brings out more abstract forms as in the examples above. Other times a more structured image begins to develop...

Women Sketch ©Gloria Gypsy.All Rights Reserved 

but either way, through the process, by allowing that deeper voice to emerge, gives birth to our state of being that may not have been apparent beforehand.

Self Portrait ©Gloria Gypsy All Rights Reserved 

Art Is Moving

To coincide with the annual Art Break day that I participate in every September, I have signed up for the 30for30equals30 project!

Watch for my 30 artworks on my Instagram and Facebook Art Page!

Shadow Work

Of Love and Loss by Gloria Gypsy

Shadow is said to be part of ourselves that we may try to hide or deny. According to Carl Jung, it can be said to consist of energy patterns known as selves or sub-personalities that were disowned... pushed down into our unconscious in childhood, as part of our coping strategies. I would take this even further, and say that shadow emerges from any stage of our lives.

The goal of working with shadow is to integrate and come to know and accept all of those parts that we have attempted to hide or run from, or bring these aspects to consciousness. It is instinctive or intuitive work which asks us to follow our own soul's call and inward response.

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious". -Carl Jung

By facing our shadow we begin to shine light into the darkness and invite that which has been hiding to come out. It asks us to bring our secretes out from the corners of our psyche. It helps us to ask our inner self questions about ourselves, and our relationships with others.

The above painting is my most recent intuitive work with shadow. It is much darker and raw compared to my usual or outward work. I've worked on this painting throughout the last month and it has been over layered time and again as my inner shadow expressed itself through my hands and creativity. This particular piece holds many frustrations, anger, and hurts that we're never given voice during this last year of struggling in my relationship with my husband. Yesterday, I laid the final brush stroke and new immediately that is was finished. I felt a sense of lightness. My plan of (outward) action was crystal clear to me.

When we allow ourselves to paint, whatever wants to be painted, we are mirroring back what is repressed and wants to be allowed to come to light, or consciousness... It can be difficult at times, whether one is just starting out in their work with shadow or seasoned with the process, to not only see what wants to be expressed but also to accept it and allow it to flow.

When I first started with intuitive painting, I was reluctant to just allow. I continually struggled with trying to control what was coming forth into the painting. I stayed with it however, and the struggle then became my reluctance to share the work with others, with the public. I was in fear of 'baring myself' to the world.

For many years I kept these paintings private, stacked in a corner of my studio. I would on occasion share them with a select few who I had a deep connection with. I continued the work. In the past few years I became more and more comfortable with sharing and I believe it is due to the continued work with shadow, I was transformed/am transforming into the person (artist) I am today.