End of Year Museletter: it's been a BIG year!

Dear Creative Soul, Here's one last blog post for you as we approach the end of 2015.

As the year draws to a close, I've been dealing with a week long cold and cough knowing that many of you may be in the same boat. Not pleasant, but it's given me space and time away from my business and marketing. Space to gain clarity and a chance to re-evaluate my goals. We are in the shadow time of Mercury Retrograde which occurs from Dec. 19-Jan. 4 whereas the actual Retrograde is from Jan. 5-24, 2016. So, it's a good time to do just that; re-evaluate.

I was planning to self-publish my Creative Soul 'Lefty' Deck, but don't feel the interest is there and I personally don't 'see' it when I look into the future. For those of you that did express interest I offer you this link where you can view all 69 cards in my own personal deck plus several extras.

This past Cancer Full Moon occurring on Dec. 25 may have helped many of you enjoy an even more traditional, heart-felt, homey holiday season because the Moon rules the sign of Cancer and Cancer is all about hominess; it's the sign of the parent; the mother, the nurturer and it also represents our emotions that ask us, 'where do we feel most at home and what brings us comfort?' When I painted this month's Cancer Full Moon Goddess I asked my husband who has a Cancer Moon, what one word best describes how it feels to have a Cancer Moon and he said, 'emotional' and so I explored that word in the painting below.

Being in my emotions feels powerful and scary by Kathy Crabbe

This past year saw me delve into so many new and exciting projects and I'd like to share them with you, such as:

1. Teaching and facilitating my New Moon Creative Soul Circle for the first time at: Yoga For Life, Temecula Gypsy Luv, Pomona, Rosewood, Menifee Inspire San Diego Studio Mt. San Jacinto College

Moon Circle Collaging

2. Giving Creative Soul Readings in person at: Gypsy Luv, Pomona Bailey's Winery (Elizabethan Feast), Temecula Karma Boutique, San Diego Learning Light Foundation, Anaheim

Kathy Crabbe giving readings at Baileys Winery, Temecula

3. Painting a series of small, abstract, watercolor landscapes both plein air (outside/in the field) and then abstracting them further at home.

painting abstracts at the cottage 2015

4. Turning 50! Plus achieving my lifelong dream of building a cottage on a lake. My husband and I also stayed overnight there the day I turned 50 and spent time canoe-ing on the lake for my birthday.

Contemplating turning 50 this morning

5. I began advanced Shamanic training (3rd Road Celtic Faerie Tradition) with my mentor, Francesca De Grandis.

6. Myself and two other artists began an artist's support group in Temecula, California.

7. We adopted a puppy that was abandoned in our neighbourhood and named her Djinn Djinn. She is now spoiled rotten and a huge buddy for our big dog Abby.

tumblr_np0t58mEvw1utwkv0o1_1280Me & Djinn & Djinn

8. I joined The 52 Project put on by Riverside Art Museum and am creating one new painting a day for 365 days which I post online in the hopes of having a 4 day exhibit at the museum. It's open for anyone to join at any time and then you can have your own show!

9. I finally started an Instagram account to document my 365 days of art plus a Tumblr blog.

It's been a BIG YEAR!

Kathy & Mark

In the coming year I plan to continue to paint and post my artwork and my writing daily. I plan to continue being of service by offering Creative Soul Guidance and I plan to celebrate the New and Full Moon through ritual, meditation and painting which I'll share with you in this Museletter and on my blog.

So thank you dear creative soul, for all your love, support and encouragement along the way.

Blessed Be and Happy New Year!

Kathy Crabbe at Beltane 2015About Kathy

Kathy Crabbe inspires soul-seekers to discover their innate gifts and talents through intuitive, creative expression in safe, relaxed and playful environments. She has been an artist forever and a Creative Soul Guide since awakening her own intuitive gifts at age forty.

Kathy lives in sunny SoCal with her husband and pet muses, Abby the shaggy black dog and Djinn Djinn, the small scruffy one in an adobe home they built themselves. Kathy is painting a Lefty-a-Day for 365 days and posting all works in-progress on Instagram at http://instagram.com/kathycrabbeart

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New Moon in Taurus: A Mind Changing Meditation

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 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

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