Sag Full Moon Art Update

This month's giveaway is a hand signed print from my upcoming Lefty Oracle Deck and the winner is: ANDREW LIEBLING!

You can read Mantra's story plus purchase a print here. I chose Mantra to represent the Sagittarius Full Moon because hey, Sag IS blunt and don't we all want to be like a cat sometime? Try it! Give yourself some ME time today in honour of the Full Moon.

In the Lefty Spotlight: How Tamara Loosens Up & Has Fun Painting

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Taurus New Moon: Living Your Passion

Dear Intuitive Soul,

Do you know that feeling that says to you, ‘this is what I was MEANT to do; this is WHY I’m here on Earth’. Well, that’s the energy we are going to work with this month. Take some time at this New Moon to ask yourself what that means in YOUR life and sink into how that feels. If you’re truly brave, then photograph or paint/draw that feeling or a photo of you doing your passion and share it online with the hastage #livingmypassion.

Taurus New Moon Challenge

Taurus New Moon Challenge by Kathy Crabbe

 

Here’s my response to this month’s challenge; in this pic I’m channeling today’s blog post at my altar freshly decorated for the New Moon.

Lefty Oracle Card for the New Moon

Sadie secret frog frolicker by Kathy Crabbe

Click here to purchase a hand signed print of Sadie.

Wanna be in the Lefty Spotlight?

Here’s how…it’s SIMPLE! Give non dominant hand drawing a try and let me know how it goes. Send me a photo of your drawing and your story plus a wee bio and a pic of you and I’ll feature you in the Lefty Spotlight.

Click here for this month’s Lefty Spotlight on Free Spirit Janene

“So, I’ve been in this major creative funk as of late~ after roaming around the internet I was inspired by Kathy Crabbe and her use of her non dominant hand Lefty Drawings. I sat down and gave it a try myself and wow! I never realized I could draw with my left hand too!!! The image below (see link above) I drew and painted myself with my left hand~ I sent Kathy a note of thanks for the inspiration and she chose to spotlight it in her blog! Thanks new friend for helping me out of that slump ~ hugs” ~ Janene

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I’m interviewed by The Essential Herbal Magazine

Molly: This interview was absolutely wonderful. I was able to sit in Mom’s kitchen on a warm sunny day and have a blast talking to Kathy about pretty much everything. As a natural lefty I find that my handwriting and drawing is already well, unique let’s say. I usually find myself cursing my hand or asking others if they can read my southpaw. Listening to Kathy discuss her lefty work, however, has given me more respect for my own appendages and makes me appreciate the work that I am able to accomplish with my seemingly wrong hand. Kathy has a wonderful way of seeing the possibilities as a whole and can create beautiful work based on nature and myth that is somehow playful and powerful all at once.

  1. How did you find confidence in your lefty artwork? Did you feel frustration when you started?

Kathy Crabbe began using her non-dominant hand almost twenty years ago when she felt artistically blocked. She had no idea it would have such a profound impact on her artwork but was thrilled to see the results. In the interview Kathy explained it helped her “slow down” and truly appreciate the creative process. She went on to explain that later on she learned that this is an art therapy technique called bi-lateral hand drawing that helps people slow down, calm themselves, and feel grounded.  Slowing down is a major challenge for this jump-on-in Aries Rising, but she found that by slowing down it, “helped balance everything out a little bit.”

Based upon Kathy’s experience using her left hand she was able to make an entire oracle deck based on her lefty characters that help people become more intuitive and work through issues. She says the most difficult part is actually printing with her left hand, but cannot deny the fact that this deck has helped others and herself.

Read the entire interview here.

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Sparkly Blessings!
Kathy Crabbe

 

Lefty Spotlight on Free Spirit Janene

Lefty Spotlight on Free Spirit Janene

Janene Christman

I made a new friend on Facebook the other day and her name is Janene. She told me that my lefty art had popped up on her computer screen three times in one day – kismet! So we met and she told me she’d really keyed into the left handed aspect of my work. It inspired her to give it a try too and she loved it!

Janene had been struggling with some tough emotions and creative blocks along with the chaos of too much going on and was just now getting back into art-making. At age fifty, she was finally making time for herself and for her art. Janene had recently discovered zentangling and was drawing a lot of faces but was frustrated at her lack of perfection.

Janene has drawn her whole life; it was her main outlet when, as a child she endured many surgeries.. As she grew up she pretty much dropped art-making until having children. That’s when the urge to create really left her. She was creating a whole new kind of art now.

“Its time,” Janene said “to get back into art-making. What a gift, it was like I never realized I could use my left hand. It was like having a new toy. I’d been trying to open my mind in different ways to help myself out of a slight depression and get my true self back again and this helped!”

Non dominant hand drawing allowed Janene to slow down. She discovered that her frustration over being perfect stopped too. Here’s what Janene painted…wow! She hopes to give it another try soon and I sure hope she does too.

About Janene Christman: Janene is a positive minded, loving, free thinker whose never-ending pursuit of creative living has lead her into loads of chaotic messes and good times often ending in a much needed nap.

Janene's painting using her non dominant left hand

 

 

Scorpio Full Moon: how to dance to the beat of your inner heart drum

Dear Intuitive Soul,

I want to have a conversation about Spring and feeling good and empowerment. On April 21 at we celebrate the Full Moon in Scorpio and we dance to the beat of our deep inner heart drum in the quiet of a shared second. In the distance life goes on, but we are still in that moment charging our inner space with deep breaths, allowing our will to be set aside. It is from this place that I greet you today and welcome you home to yourself.

Cathann doin’ the somnambulist twist by Kathy Crabbe (Lefty Oracle Print)

Full Moon Lefty Oracle Card: “Cathann, doin’ the somnambulist twist”

As many of you know I’m going to be self publishing a Lefty Oracle Deck after eight years of using this deck for giving Soul Readings as well as in Moon Circles and classes offered at the Wise Woman University, Mt. San Jacinto College, Yoga For Life, Gypsy Luv and Inspire San Diego Studio.

What I’m working on now and what has stymied me for the past sixteen years is the writing to accompany the Leftys. Well, it’s flowing now with the help of several of my dearest friends who just happen to be amazing writers. The Lefty Oracle Guidebook is finally coming together.

This month’s Lefty Story comes with each hand signed Print and is available in my Etsy Shop.

Cathann’s Story:

I dream because I am.
And in this moment I am free.
I birth myself by the light of the night as Freedom dances me round and round.
Oh Mama, Moon Mama I answer your call with a twist of hip and a shake of thigh.
Born anew I breathe in YOU.

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Full Moon in Scorpio Altar by Kathy Crabbe 2016

Build a Scorpio Altar*

Scorpio altar tips, affirmations, and suggestions for making the most of this watery and intense time will also be included in the Lefty Oracle Guidebook…here is a wee sampling.

  • 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 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

Can You Feel It?

  • – Seek spiritual catharsis through sexuality
  • – Feel and sense the power of deep magick within you
  • – Feel burning desire in the heat of passion
  • – Focus on the goal as you rebirth yourself every day
  • – Relax into the warmth of the crone’s cave
  • – Live life to the fullest

*Excerpted from my upcoming Lefty Oracle Deck & Guidebook

NEWS

I want to share with you several lovely comments I recently received about my readings. I am indeed blessed to have such wonderful clients and to be able to do the work I do; in service to the Divine and to you

RF, Attorney ~ St. Louis, MO (2016):I am totally satisfied and plan on using all this information to better understand my life and improve those areas which need it… God bless you again for your awesome efforts in compiling this information and the help you give others through your gifts! I appreciate your hard work and professionalism and will definitely contact you again in the future.

L.L. (2016): I read my reading several times and it does resonate deeply with how I feel and think about things. The reading is exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks!

My Art is Being Published!

I’m very happy to announce that my artwork and illustrations will soon be appearing in these hard copy publications:

Witches & Pagans Magazine, Issue 32, May 2016 – Website – This is the only hard copy magazine of it’s kind and I was honoured to illustrate an article in the upcoming issue.

Creative Cronies Moon Calendar and Moon Diary 2017 (New Zealand) – Website – My art was a part of the Moon Diary last year but I was thrilled to be accepted into both publications this year and with a lefty painting too!

Garland of the Goddess: Tales and Poems of the Divine Feminine, published by Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2016 – Website – One of my Lefty Paintings was chosen.

New website in the works!
After dealing with a WordPress.org site for many years I’ve decided to give the e-commerce platform Squarespace a try and in doing so I’ll be able to offer you all my oracle art AND readings in one place. This should make life easier for all of us!

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Kathy Crabbe

About Kathy: Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

 

What is Ethical Hand Mining of Crystals All About?

What is Ethical Hand Mining?

I recently spoke with Stephen Wells, the owner of Kacha Stones about the importance of ethical hand mining.

In terms of crystal mining, ethical means dealing with smaller scale miners that aren’t causing wholesale destruction. An example of this kind of destruction would be dynamiting methods used in Brazil for example, where a hillside is destroyed and the rubble sorted and sold for everything from jewellery to road fill.

I mine myself here in Wales and travel to India twice a year to collect my Himalayan and Tibetan quartz from people I have known for nearly twenty years. My other main item is Brandberg quartz where I deal directly with individual miners through another long term contact.  What these four locations have in common, is that the mining is done by hand and holes refilled. The only way you can have any control over this trade is by buying directly from the people digging, which is what I do wherever possible.

As these people work for themselves, the chances are they aren’t treating themselves unethically so other exploitation of labour issues – almost exclusively related to the mining of precious stones – don’t really come into play.

If you want to read more about Stephen's journey check out this delightful interview I did with him a few years back.

Stephen of Kacha Stones - hand mining

Stephen of Kacha Stones - hand mining

Stephen of Kacha Stones Mining

Stephen of Kacha Stones Mining

Omapeleki Brandberg Quartz ~ NEW ARRIVALS!

 "If you haven’t got a negative, the Omapelekis are literally unbelievable, you could pick one online here, I recently bought this years find. It was like Christmas ... but better." ~ Stephen Wells

Here's another beautiful Omapeleki. This picture (below) shows the refined internal layers of a skeletal face. Bottom right of the shaft contains a negative manifestation enhydro ~ a perfect DT crystal water pocket. This "inside-out" nature of the formation is why the photographic term "negative" was used.

Omapeleki healing crystal from Kacha Stones

Omapeleki healing crystal from Kacha Stones

Water Crystals Another interesting feature of the Negative Manifestation formation is that the internal "crystals" (crystal shaped hollows full of water) always have angles parallel to the parent crystal, indicating their resonance with the whole. The water they contain is easily programmed, acting like a re-writable liquid hard disc. More Negative Manifestation Enhydros can be seen on this page.

Negative Manifestation Crystals ~ Omapeleki Brandbergs by Kacha Stones

Negative Manifestation Crystals ~ Omapeleki Brandbergs by Kacha Stones

Negative Manifestation Enhydros Photo from Kacha Stones

Negative Manifestation Enhydros Photo from Kacha Stones

Good for Scrying ~ Enhydro Quartz Smoky Flame Brandberg Crystal We have seen a lot of the rare negative manifestation enhydros, but in the vast majority of cases, the water pockets are irregular and curved like in the picture (see below). The thinness of this hollow causes the bubble to sit at the bottom. One of the reasons crystals are used for scrying is that quartz naturally lends itself as a blackboard for our subconscious to scribble on. This smoky flame Brandberg is a good example.

Brandberg Amethyst from Kacha Stones

Brandberg Amethyst from Kacha Stones

Stonehenge Inner Circle ~ Preseli BluestonePreseli Bluestone is famous for its use in the original inner rings of Stonehenge. Approximately 80 of these bluestone columns, each one harder than granite and weighing about four tons, were transported over 240 miles (385 km) to Salisbury Plain. They originated, as do these, in the Preseli Hills of West Wales. Kacha Stones is within view of these ancient hills, giving us a special connection with this magical stone.

Bluestone was taken over 240 miles for a reason. There is archaeological evidence that small pieces were given to pilgrims visiting Stonehenge over 4000 years ago by the priests. Ancient Welsh folklore also attributes magical and healing powers to this unique stone.

Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain, 12th centuryIn Monmouth's story, when planning Stonehenge Merlin suggests to Aurelius that he ought to send an expedition to the far West of Britain to fetch the stones. The King begins to laugh and asks: "How can such large stones be moved from so far-distant a country?" he asked. "It is hardly as if Britain itself is lacking in stones big enough for the job!" "Try not to laugh in a foolish way, your Majesty," answered Merlin. "What I am suggesting has nothing ludicrous about it. These stones are connected with certain secret religious rites and they have various properties which are medicinally important. Their [giants] plan was that, whenever they felt ill, baths should be prepared at the foot of the stones; for they used to pour water over them and to run this water into baths in which their sick were cured. What is more, they mixed the water with herbal concoctions and so healed their wounds. There is not a single stone among them which hasn't some medicinal value."

preseli bluestone-a Pendant from Kacha Stones

preseli bluestone-a Pendant from Kacha Stones

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Kathy Crabbe Bio Pic

Kathy Crabbe Bio Pic

About Kathy

Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non-dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

 

How to make a simple oracle card spread for the Aries New Moon

I recently connected with Kristen on Instagram. She is a talented multi-oracle deck creator and intuitive reader who was inspired by my Aries New Moon Reading to create an oracle spread of her own using decks she created herself. Coming soon will be Kristen's AMAZINGLY detailed and helpful article about how to make your own oracle deck so stay tuned! To receive my new moon readings monthly you can sign up here: New Moon Museletter.

Over the Moon Oracle Card Creatrix Kristen
Over the Moon Oracle Card Creatrix Kristen

New Moon in Aries Spread by Kristen

This week, I've been chatting with Kathy Crabbe about making oracle cards, and I noticed she had a wonderful blog post on the Aries new moon. So, I decided to make a simple spread based on her post: How To Get Inspired and Fight To Win This Aries New Moon.

Card 1: What do you want more than anything? Card 2: How to get it (by tapping into your Aries Fire). Card 3: Affirmation to support your goal.

Here's my reading

Kristen's Aries New Moon Oracle Spread
Kristen's Aries New Moon Oracle Spread

Card 1: Knight of Wands. This card represents a departure which I'll be making very soon to live in a different part of the country. It also signifies the freedom and adventure I'm hoping this move will help me regain. I'm eager to start over and live life to the fullest.

Card 2: Have Fun. I get this card a lot as an admonishment because I'm always so busy working, creating, and trying to stay afloat. But this card shows that adding more fun to my days will help me live life to the fullest.

Card 3: I am joyous. Love this card! And it ties in nicely with the positive energy of the other two cards.

The decks used in this reading were the Tarot Everywhere deck, Oracle Everywhere deck and I AM Cards. They are all available for sale through my Printerstudio shopspace HERE

Over the Moon Oracle Card Creatrix Kristen
Over the Moon Oracle Card Creatrix Kristen

About Kristen

Kristen is a divination junkie and the creator of more than ten tarot and oracle decks. She instructs the online playing card divination course, Your Future Is In The Cards, and runs the blog Over the Moon Oracle Card

 

New Moon Goddess Paintings of the Month

Paintings can be purchased by emailing me at kathy@kathycrabbe.com Shipping is $5 to the United States and Canada and $7 elsewhere.

New Moon Goddesses of the Month by Kathy Crabbe

the goddess is in by Kathy Crabbe

Sturm und Drang by Kathy Crabbe

Runic Tree Goddess by Kathy Crabbe

The Ash Tree represents the third lunar month, also known as the “Moon of Floods.” It is associated with the Spring Equinox and is sacred to Poseidon, god of the sea. The Ash is sacred to Wednesday and the Ash affirmation is, “I am a wind on the sea.” Ash is a watery, and emotional moon and it’s healing secret is, “From the viper’s poison comes the tonic of life.” The emotional turmoil that accompanies this Moon can teach us a great deal about our inner self so that we can express who we are more honestly. ~ Year of Moons, Season of Trees by Pattalee Glass-Koentop

Pao-Yueh by Kathy Crabbe

Pao-Yueh: "Precious mouth," a heroic Chinese queen. ~ The Book of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan

Goddess Mertseger by Kathy Crabbe

Mertseger: "Friend of silence," she lived on the pyramidal peak of the burial ground at Egyptian Thebes. Benevolent and punishing by turns, she was sometimes shown as a snake with three heads -- one its own, one human, one that of a vulture -- and sometimes as a snake with a human head. ~ The Book of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan

Goddess Bast by Kathy Crabbe

Bast: She originated in the Nile delta, but by 93- B.C., the power of Bast was acknowledged by all Egyptians. Bast ruled pleasure and dancing, music and joy. At first she was a lion-goddess of sunset, symbolizing the fertilizing force of the sun's rays. Later her image grew tamer: she became a cat carrying the sun, or a cat-headed woman who bore on her breastplate the lion of her former self. ~ The Book of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan

Elven Dream Priestess & Puss by Kathy Crabbe

Brigid by Kathy Crabbe

Brigid: Probably the clearest example of the survival of an early goddess into Christian times is Brigid, the great triple goddess of the Celtic Irish who appeared as Brigantia in England, Bride in Scotland, and Brigandu in Celtic France...The three Brigids --probably never construed as separate goddesses but as aspects of one divinity --were unified in the symbol of fire, for Brigid was "bright arrow," or simply the "bright one," as her name tells us. Almost into modern times, the ancient worship of the fire-godddess Brigid continued at her sacred shrine in Kildare, where 19 virgins tended the undying fire and where, on the 20th day of each cycle, the fire was miraculously tended by Brigid herself. ~ The Book of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan

Being in my emotions is powerful and scary by Kathy Crabbe

Original artwork by Kathy Crabbe

Painting large (Divine Feminine Series)

About Kathy

Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a Creative Soul Guide since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty.

Kathy lives in sunny SoCal with her architect husband and pet muses, Abby the shaggy black dog and Djinn Djinn, the small scruffy one in an adobe home they built themselves. Kathy shares behind-the-scenes glimpses into her daily work and life on Instagram at http://instagram.com/kathycrabbeart

Learn more about Kathy's art background here.