But he reigns brightly at first, with the intense summer sun, ripening the crops, and providing humans with much-needed food to feed us through the dark winter months.
Hence, my New Holly Moon dreamboard is quite bright with just hints of darkness...
Top left is a page from an old We'Moon diary showing Mother Natura (art and words by Denise Kester 2010):
She listens intently to the cycles of the natural world.
She holds the lotus of creation and leans into the tree of life.
She sees with soul eyes and hears the pulse of life in the in-between places. Here is where the quiet of life is always present...
I want to emulate her... I want to be her.
Next to her is a William Blake painting (a favourite artist from childhood...) Then a page from last year's quote-a-day calendar:
Sing your song, Dance your dance, Tell your tale.
Below that is a Barbara Hepworth sculpture and words I associate with the Holly Moon:
Fire, Strength, Just, Inner and Outer, Root, Reflection, Action, Brave, Protect, Renew
And lastly a postcard which could be Belle and Boo, but I'm not sure... Anyway, I dream of walking into a forest with a big mama bear to protect me...
Another calendar page:
Don't go through life,
Grow through life.
And a favourite Papaya Art image saved from a desk planner years ago saying:
It's up to you to illuminate the world.
Below those are a leaf pattern postcard over which I've stuck the words 'Let it Glow' from a magazine ad; a postcard depicting the tarot card 'Strength' by Arnell Ando; and a black and white illustration of men pulling a huge log through the snow (there's holly in the foreground and it foreshadows the dark days to come...)
And a beautiful embossed art card... I honestly can't remember where it came from, but I just love its richness!
And on the bottom, two pages from an old Susan Seddon Boulet calendar:
Bottom left reads:
The fullness of life is in the hazards of life.
with the image of Hel (1992); and bottom right reads:
Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient that fuels daring.
with the beautiful image 'The Wizard's Daughter' (1976).
I don't know why, but I sense the second half of 2015 is going to be quite a daring adventure... There's a stirring deep in my bones... :D x