Inspired by Leftys: Creative Soul Spotlight on Christine

One of the biggest thrills for me in sharing my Lefty art in-progress on Instagram is inspiring others to paint their own ‘leftys’ or non-dominant hand drawings and stories which is exactly what Christine, today’s featured Creative Soul has done.

Spotlight on Creative Soul Christine

Your paintings are inspiring and it’s been so healing for me to be with my lefty’s.

After meditation I always journal and now I like to play for a bit. Left hand only inspired by LeftyCrab aka Kathy Crabbe (see below).

I am not ‘an artist’ in the medium of visual arts so when I sit I just let myself be guided. I never know what’s coming up! Today’s was a doozy and more about a message of ‘letting go’ and stop letting some improbable quest for ‘perfection’ keep me from living fully! That’s a mouthful!  ~ Christine

Christine from InstagramAbout Christine

A mixologist of herbs, earth, seasons, flavor and life.  I have been a practitioner and student of the healing arts for over 25 years. Over the last 20 years I have guided people on their own journey toward well being through the arts of hatha yoga, conscious eating and bodywork. These days I like to play in the big pool of the unknown and each day  hold space for myself and those who work with me to dive into that potential.

Christine’s Lefty

Christine paints a Lefty

Christine paints a Lefty

Links for Christine

Share Your Leftys!

Please feel free to share your Leftys and stories with me and you might get featured on my blog or in a possible museum exhibit for The 52 Project which began in May of 2015 and is open to all – here’s what it’s about:

This self-directed 52-week art  journaling exercise will help you develop the routines of capturing your creative thoughts and being artful on a regular basis. This exercise will lead you to slowly but surely accomplish some exciting things. As Steven Pressfield says in his book, DO THE WORK, “Start before you are ready” …you won’t be sorry. Steinbeck believed…”habit seems to be a much stronger force than either willpower or inspiration.”

Kathy Crabbe at Beltane 2015About Kathy & Her Leftys

Kathy Crabbe is an artist and energy reader living in sunny SoCal with her husband and pet muse, Abby the shaggy black dog in an adobe home they built themselves.
I’m painting a Lefty-a-Day for 365 days and am posting all works in-progress on my Instagram at http://instagram.com/leftycrab so please join the fun!

New Moon in Taurus: A Mind Changing Meditation

k. crabs Taurus New Moon Altar

k. crabs Taurus New Moon Altar

So, as I started to meditate for this New Moon in Taurus I suddenly stopped because the paints and my Leftys were calling to me louder than words and so I listened and this is what emerged.

Taurus New Moon Lefty in Progress by k. crab

Taurus New Moon Lefty in Progress by k. crab

Taurus New Moon Lefty in Progress by k. crab

Taurus New Moon Lefty in Progress by k. crab

Taurus New Moon Lefty by k. crab

Taurus New Moon Lefty by k. crab

Now that she’s sitting on my altar I can begin my meditation and New Moon Reading and I invite you to come along.

I have no great words of wisdom…I do have clouds after a rain with a blue sky peeking through and several tousle headed birds shaking off the rain that we so desperately need here in not-so-sunny SoCal and rays of light shining through my windows and silence, precious as rain. I have love and laughter and friends and family to share them with and a big, shaggy, black dog to take on long walks. I have tears and sorrow too, for I am human. I have mentors and books and a forest, both elfin and Northern.

Celebrate the Taurus energy of this New Moon by appreciating all that you DO have and all that is yours to protect and care for especially in the Natural World.

We are blessed indeed to be here on Planet Earth, but She needs our help. What part are you playing in this vital task?

I recently started reading “Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark On Our Brains” by neuroscientist, Susan Greenfield (published 2015) and I am finding it overly negative so am not sure I can finish it, but this part really resonated:

The less children play outdoors, the less they learn to cope with the risks and challenges they will go on to face as adults…Sometimes, even quite regularly, you might be bored. But it was that very state of understimulation that impelled you to draw a picture, make up a game, or go outside to play. The point I want to stress is that you were the driver and you would be in control of your own inner world, your own private reality. But now the screen can be the driver…You are now a passive recipient. ~ Susan Greenfield

I do believe the above to be true and I have to question whether this next quotation from Charles de Lint’s book “Eyes Like Leaves” will even apply to us anymore if our brains are being re-wired through too many hours of screen time.

(paraphrased to make it female-centric) A wise woman follows her deepest instincts – that is the first lesson of the Birch. ~ Charles de Lint

Be Wise friends, be open and tell your kids stories instead.

Taurus New Moon Altar Suggestions from my Goddess Zodiac Playbook

  • Time of Year – Spring turns into summer, May Day, April 20 – May 20
  • Quality – Fixed
  • Element – Earth
  • Planetary Ruler – Venus
  • Anatomy – Neck, throat
  • Natural Sign of – 2nd House
  • Color – Earth colors, green, pink
  • Gemstone – Chrysocolla, green emerald, moss agate
  • Tarot Card – Hierophant
  • Goddesses – Demeter, Flora, Gaia, Hathor, Hera, Nokomis, Olwen, Rhea

Taurus Meditation

I am of the earth,
Gaia feeds me,
I worship her body as I worship my own.

Taurus Affirmations

  • I am practical, sensible and earthy
  • I am sensual and loyal
  • I am grounded and fulfilled in the arms of Mama Earth
  • I am creative and persistent
  • I grow deep roots
  • I am slowing down and enjoying myself
  • I take time to pamper and nurture myself
  • I indulge my senses on a regular basis

NEW! Lefty Talisman Paintings to accompany your Creative Soul Reading

NEW! Phone Readings

NEW! Follow along as Kathy paints a Lefty-a-Day for 365 days on Instagram

Upcoming Events

Classes

*Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul eClass at Susun Weed’s Wise Woman University

Creative Soul Readings

*2nd Saturdays at Learning Light Foundation, 10 – 5 pm, 1212 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA
*Shakespeare in the Vines, 6-8pm, Bailey’s Winery, Temecula, CA
*June 27 at Karma Boutique, 11- 5 pm, 4242 Camino Del Rio N. #19, San Diego, CA

Art Events

*Artist’s Circle – May 31, (Sunday) 11 am, Ryan Bros. Coffee, Temecula

Protection: Lefty Talsiman by k. crab

Protection: A Lefty Talsiman by k. crab

Links

Where’s the Moon?

New Moon in Taurus at 9:13 pm PDT, May 17 (Sunday)

About Kathy

Kathy Crabbe is an artist and energy reader living in sunny SoCal with her husband and pet muse, Abby the shaggy black dog in an adobe home they built themselves.

Kathy giving Creative Soul Readings at Learning Light Foundation

Kathy giving Creative Soul Readings at Learning Light Foundation – May 2015

 

How To Shamanically Release Money Worries this Scorpio Full Moon

full moon in scorpio altar

My full moon in Scorpio altar: onions, catmint, malachite, topaz, opal

The sex organs and the sacral chakra, other people’s money, red, psychics, blood, mud, brambles, geysers, graveyards, toilets…what do all these have in common? They are all ruled by Scorpio, the sign of the upcoming Full Moon on Sunday, May 3 at 8:42 pm pacific time.

As I write these words while sitting in front of my altar I realize I don’t want to channel for this particular Full Moon like I usually do, but instead I’d like to write about the Lefty painting (shamanic cartoon) I did yesterday: I release fear.

I release fear by k. crab

I release fear by k. crab

When I painted her I meant for the text to read “I release fear” but when I studied it afterwards I realized it could easily be read as “I fear release“! HA! Both are true. And aren’t they intimately connected?

I use my left hand drawings in my Creative Soul Readings (a deck of them, actually as I’m sure you already know). I figure out their meaning as I go along.

The Leftys act as shamanic cartoons I believe; a dose of the Trickster AND a self esteem booster prompting many who view them to feel “curiouser and curiouser” as they journey down the rabbit hole into their deeper soul-self.

I’ve been documenting my Leftys step-by-step recently both on Instagram and Tumblr; here’s what I mean (see below).

Step by step Lefty of the Day no 2 …to help you make decisions about money …#watercolor #cartoon #drawing #gouache #healing #raven #crow #shaman #power (at Temecula old town, ca)

Step by step Lefty of the Day no 2 by k. crab …to help you make decisions about money …#watercolor #cartoon #drawing #gouache #healing #raven #crow #shaman #power (at Temecula old town, ca)

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Lefty of the Day no. 2 step by step by k. crab … to help you make money decisions …#lefty #cartoon #watercolor #gouache #healingart #shaman (at Temecula, California)

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Lefty of the Day no. 2 step by step by k. crab … to help you make money decisions …#lefty #cartoon #watercolor #gouache #healingart #shaman (at Temecula, California)

I enjoy the instant feedback I get on Instagram (and Tumblr) in the form of likes (hearts), new followers and the occasional comment. I enjoy sharing the process – all hand done – not computer generated.

I created the Lefty, “I release fear” to help both myself and others release fears; especially money related fears. See that $ symbol above her head? She is a powerful being. May she support you as well ’cause she’s definitely plying her cell-rearranging magick on me. Since working with her over the last 24 hours, I’ve figured out and written down the branding for my Lefty Art in a way that captures their essence; their heart and soul and mine too, of course, because we are the same. Each time I start to feel anxious about $ I envision this Lefty and I see the strong green pubic triangle that forms the base of the green heart surrounding her and I also see the  3 black (raven) feathers in her place of power. Beneath her is a deep, dark pool of knowledge going down and into the center of the earth, the universe where dark, healing magic grows and sustains us as we lay down roots and claim our power; the power of the Earth Herself.

Obsidian Sheen SphereSo, for this Scorpio Full Moon (in cahoots with Beltane/May Day at 8:05 pm on the same day) grab your crystal ball (i chose Obsidian) and go deep.

What needs releasing? Let it out, let it go. Do ritual, ceremony, write it out and burn it in a fire, bury it in the earth or let it flow away in watery tears. Whatever works for you. This Scorpio Moon can help with that; it can help you release and transform and if your issues are $ related please work with today’s shamanic  Lefty painting and report back here or to me: I’m always curious to hear more.

Scorpio Altar Suggestions from my Zodiac Goddess Playbook

  • Scorpio the Scorpion, Phoenix & Eagle
  • Time of Year – October 21 – November 21
  • Quality – Fixed
  • Element – Water
  • Planetary Ruler – Pluto
  • Anatomy – Sex organs
  • Natural Sign of – 8th House
  • Color – Blood red, maroon
  • Gemstone – Malachite, opal, topaz
  • Tarot Card – Death
  • Goddesses – Brigid, Hecate, Morgan, Selkhet

Scorpio Meditation
Deep inner knowing,
Her arms snakes, her belly the depths,
Slowly she transforms
Vulture claws spreading open,
Wings of magic, reborn glory,
The Phoenix.

Scorpio Affirmations
I am motivated, resourceful and determined
I risk honesty
I transcend earthly concerns and soar to new heights
I am magnetic and mysterious
I am Phoenix Rising
I have no fear of death

Purchase Lefty prints, originals and cards at Leftys.us

Creative Soul Readings are here.

Zodiac Goddess Playbook is here.

Kathy’s Upcoming Events

Artist’s Circle Support Group
When:
May 31, Sunday, 11 – 2 pm
Where: Ryan Bros Coffee, Temecula
RSVP at Meetups

Creative Soul Readings at Learning Light Foundation
When:
2nd Saturdays, 10-5
Where: 1212 E. Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA

Creative Soul Readings at Karma Boutique
When:
June 27, Saturday, 11-5
Where: 4242 Camino Del Rio N. #19, San Diego, CA

Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul eClass ~ Taurus Moon Term
When: 1 week before the New Moon each month
Where: Wise Woman University

Kathy giving readings at Karma Boutique, San Diego

Kathy giving readings at Karma Boutique, San Diego

About Kathy

Kathy Crabbe is an artist and energy reader living in sunny SoCal with her husband and pet muse, Abby the shaggy black dog in an adobe home they built themselves.

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Mermaid Mamas

:::Leftys.us:::

B is for beauty mark by k. crab

B is for beauty mark by k. crab

Mercy Me by k. crab

Mercy Me by k. crab

For Moon Mamas

Moon Glory by k. crab

Moon Glory by k. crab

Kardin by k. crab

Kardin by k. crab

For Strong Mamas

Abraxia upholds the sky by k. crab

Abraxia upholds the sky by k. crab

Airika the strong by k. crab

Airika the strong by k. crab

For Shopping Mamas

Irma could ponder the really big questions and shop at the same time by k. crab

Irma could ponder the really big questions and shop at the same time by k. crab

For Witchey Mamas

Witch Power by k. crab

Witch Power by k. crab

For Mamas with Big Hearts

Carla has heart by k. crab

Carla has heart by k. crab

For Mama Stars

Dream of Stars by k. crab

Dream of Stars by k. crab

For Sexy Mamas

Year of the Sexy Sunflower by k. crab

Year of the Sexy Sunflower by k. crab

Leftys are available for purchase in my shop:

Lefty Cards
Lefty Prints
Lefty Mermaids
Lefty Originals

 

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Lefty of the Day: Viloxi and the right to die by choice

Viloxi by k. crab

Viloxi by k. crab

Lefty of the Day: Viloxi

Viloxi was born in Mt. Vesuvius, Italy. As a child gathering lava rock, a Great Winged Purple Bird appeared to her 17 times. The Bird spoke to her when she turned 17 telling her to choose between staying human or becoming a Great Winged Bird. She chose Bird and spread her wings never to return to earthly living again. From on high she orchestrates great change that ripples through the land such as helping humans die peacefully by choice, when and how they want to without any interference from the government or anyone else. As Viloxi got older she discovered that she was not aging physically so she continues to help all who  need her services on a daily basis.

Viloxi’s Day is dedicated to purple winged death-by-choice.

***currents of love & spices of fear***

More lefty cards & prints here

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Why honesty matters in business AND in life

It’s the Aries New Moon coming up; the baby moon, the self-ish, self-less Moon I AM moon with a focus on ME and on YOU and on Spring (or Fall) and on moving forward fearlessly, plan or no plan.

As for ME, I’ve been re-structuring EVERYTHING in relation to my biz; sorting out what’s important and what to let go of; sorting out my branding (another word for soul-work) and my products on offer: artwork, services, and classes and circles and blog…the list goes on.

Why should MY story matter to you? Why read on?

Because words matter. I matter.  And part of my community service IS this blog and the honesty with which it’s written, so maybe it’s the Honesty Cliff I’m jumping off this Aries New Moon. What about you? Wanna leap with me?

I’m gonna be honest when I say that my Lefty art comes FIRST in my biz. They lead the way. They also guide my Creative Soul Readings (my other focus) and they had their big debut as a unified whole this month as well – yahoo!

Okay, so…honesty.

I am 100% obsessed with my Leftys. I’ve had an on/off love affair with them since 2000 when they first appeared. They are pretty much all I talk about; that and my in-person readings.

Who are they? And why should you care?!

I DON’T KNOW – you tell me.

They were born when my right hand grew bored with drawing and painting and so my left hand gave it a whirl and LIKED IT. They helped birth my heightened intuition which forced me to start giving intuitive readings along with many other adventures like appearing on stage in Hollywood with my hero Michelle Shocked as she sang my favorite song in the background, “When I grow up I want to be an old woman”.

The Leftys are awkward and weird and imperfect and charming and loveable and beautiful and tricksters, yes, TRICKSTERS.

They don’t fit into a homogenized world. They stand out and they stand up for themselves and for others of their ilk.

The Leftys mean something special and different to everyone who encounters them. That’s why, in creative soul readings I ask the client to interpret the Lefty card they choose without my help. That’s why the Leftys were born – to empower folks to believe in themselves.

So, anyway…that’s what I’ve come up with so far and if you like what I’m saying and you like the Leftys please support them and me and YOU by commenting on my blog or better yet, by buying a Lefty card, print or original for your Mom this Mother’s Day. Here are a few choices I thought you might like. All Leftys are available in my shop.

For Mermaid Mamas

B is for beauty mark by k. crab

B is for beauty mark by k. crab

Mercy Me by k. crab

Mercy Me by k. crab

For Moon Mamas

Moon Glory by k. crab

Moon Glory by k. crab

Kardin by k. crab

Kardin by k. crab

For Strong Mamas

Abraxia upholds the sky by k. crab

Abraxia upholds the sky by k. crab

Airika the strong by k. crab

Airika the strong by k. crab

For Shopping Mamas

Irma could ponder the really big questions and shop at the same time by k. crab

Irma could ponder the really big questions and shop at the same time by k. crab

For Witchey Mamas

Witch Power by k. crab

Witch Power by k. crab

For Mamas with Big Hearts

Carla has heart by k. crab

Carla has heart by k. crab

For Mama Stars

Dream of Stars by k. crab

Dream of Stars by k. crab

For Sexy Mamas

Year of the Sexy Sunflower by k. crab

Year of the Sexy Sunflower by k. crab

Leftys are available for purchase in my shop:

Lefty Cards
Lefty Prints
Lefty Mermaids
Lefty Originals

To sum things up as to why honesty DOES matter in business AND in life; because as a client/customer and business owner it is honesty that builds trust and trust builds relationships and that’s what a business and a life is built upon. Make sense?

Upcoming Events

The Leftys and I will be at Heather Pilapil’s Gallery Opening
When: April 18, Saturday, 5 – 9 pm
Where: 27371 Jefferson Ave, Ste. U – directions

Artist’s Circle Support Group
When:
May, date TBA
Where: Ryan Bros Coffee, Temecula – directions
RSVP for Mayat Meetups

Creative Soul Readings at Learning Light Foundation
When:
2nd Saturdays, 10-5
Where: 1212 E. Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA – directions

Creative Soul Readings at Karma Boutique
When:
April 25, Saturday, 11-5
Where: 4242 Camino Del Rio N. #19, San Diego, CAdirections

Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul eClass ~ Aries Moon
When: 1 week before the New Moon each month
Where: Wise Woman University

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Lefty of the Day: Queen Carin

Carin by k. crab

Carin by k. crab

Queen Carin reigned from 2565 until her death in 2625. She was born on the Golden Planet Zephyrus in the small town now named after her (Carin-ville). She rose to power by shunning all contact with the Other Worlds bordering Zephyrus so that she could devote all resources to healing the many ailments afflicting her people ever since coming in contact with these worlds. She was the first and last Queen to effect radical change for the good and was abducted and killed for her troubles. She died in chains on the island Peploss but it is said that the golden flowers that surround her tomb are forever in bloom and that one whiff of their strong and strange odor will carry one, ever so momentarily to a place ‘without a care’.

Carin’s Day is dedicated to strong and radical women everywhere.

More Lefty cards and prints are available in my shop.

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Lefty of the Day: Zenobia

Zenobia by k. crab

Zenobia by k. crab

Zenobia, also known as the Purple Peter Eater was the daughter of Queen Midas and Bertie and sister of The Devouring Angel Sissy.  Zenobia never married although she devoured many a husband in her time, eventually retiring at the ripe old age of 300 to tend her garden and grow weird glass sculptures.

Zenobia’s Day is dedicated to the destruction of all nasty, no good husbands everywhere.

— even now it has begun —

Zenobia is available as a print or card

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