Creative Soul Museletter: October 2013

Dear Creative Souls, It's time to connect with the Other Side as Hallow's Eve fast approaches and that means Ancestor Readings are hopping!   Last week a client asked me for some pointers to help her connect with her ancestors so I created this exercise: How to connect with your ancestors. which she has kindly allowed me to share.

I've just updated this website using a brand new wordpress theme so please have a peek and let me know what you think! Also a big thanks goes out to Ed Roach (brand coaching) and Christopher Roy (technical web assistance)

I've also decided to make things a whole lot easier by adding all of my artwork that is for sale as prints, cards and originals to my website so stay tuned. In the meantime I am posting new work (such as the piece on below) on my blog - enjoy!

If you feel inspired to receive blog posts by email you can subscribe to my blog by adding your email in the right hand column of my website under the heading "Get blog posts by email" - that way you won't miss a thing.  The drawing to the left is brand new and from my Creative Soul Series (aka the Lefties) and the original is available as are signed prints and cards *pls. specify by name when you check out.

Norman by Kathy CrabbeKathy Crabbe, mixed media, 7 x 10 inches. The original drawing is available.

Check for other available signed prints and drawings in the shop.

Two Creative Soul Reading Testimonials (New) plus a Sample Spirit Guide Reading

“Thanks again for this reading. It’s funny, I have read it over and over and each time I find something different popping out at me. First, i want to say I love the way you put this together. I, to date, have not met my own guides/angels and so to read about them is super fun! If you have any creative advice on how I can connect with them, I am all ears. Thanks so much again for such a rewarding experience”.

~ Sandi Meegan, Portland, CT, Reiki Practitioner **To view Sandi's Spirit Guide Reading please click here.

“I am so glad I stumbled upon you on Etsy. Getting the soul reading was clarifying and sparked an interest in my own spirit guides, but the most help aspects were learning about the stones, goddesses, and cards that resonated with your reading.  It was a very good and clarifying reading. Why I didn’t have the natal chart done earlier, I will never know, maybe that was just the right moment. It was incredibly helpful in understanding how I cope and how I see the world.  It’s a lot easier to accept less flattering qualities when you see them in the report, the same goes for positive qualities that were validated. Thank you for such a great experience.”

~ Amy from Pasadena (Creative Soul Reading & Astrology Report)

Kathy Crabbe, Freebird, 2007, linoleum block print on bleeding tisse, 7 x 8”.We'Moon Datebook Features My Hand-Pulled Print "FreeBird"

Woohoo, I LOVE this Datebook and have appeared in it many times over the years!

Blog Updates

How to connect with your Ancestors Marie of the Wolves (new lefty art) You are perfect just as you are (new art) Spirit Guide Reading for Sandi Destined for Greatness (new lefty art)

Guiding Your Creative Soul

ABOUT KATHY Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy’s work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, magazine and books. She maintains a regularly updated blog and a portfolio site. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through Creative Soul Readings, Astrology Reports, Divine Feminine eClasses, eBooks and inspirational art infused with a rich background in the arts.

Kathy received intuitive training from English psychic and channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy). She studied yoga with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman, Herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN. Kathy received her certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy and has been a lifelong student of astrology through private study and group sessions with Steven Forrest, Patty Davidson, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Learn more about Kathy here.

Spirit Guide Reading for Sandi

How a Spirit Guide Reading works: Spirit Guides are wise teachers and guardians from another dimension that advise and protect us. They are dis-incarnate spirits (ie. animal totems, angels, nature spirits) that can act as spiritual counselors or protectors for us, during our time of need. I will also provide you with suggestions and techniques for connecting to your guides on your own.

My preferred mode of intuitive reading is via distance. This allows me to focus on you, your spirit and your guides in a focused way clear of distractions. Your reading involves preparations such as meditation and yoga and I will often pull healing stones, runes and cards from my four self-designed and painted oracle card decks, but unlike a tarot reading I will not actually look at them until after your reading is finished. The cards, runes and healing stones are tools that will help you absorb your reading in practical ways.

You can purchase a Spirit Guide Reading here.

Spirit Guide Reading for Sandi

(shared with kind permission from Sandi)

Yellow Calcite Point
Yellow Calcite Point

To begin your reading I surround us with a sphere of Yellow Calcite.

Then a fairy calls out; a practical fairy – the five senses are important to you.

Encelia Fairy by Kathy Crabbe
Encelia Fairy by Kathy Crabbe

Fairy Herbal Guidance: Encelia Fairy

Your energy state right now is Questing.

Encelia (also historically known as Copal Encelia) was commonly burned as incense in Northern Mexico. The act of burning Copal along with the accompanying holy language brings about two aspects of the Mayan world view; firstly the smoke creates connections with deities and ancestors and secondly it initiates a series of transformative processes that characterize the Mayan religious and cosmologic beliefs.  Copal is symbolically  perceived to be the same as blood, a sacred substance that is also considered to be an effective medicine for many illnesses. Copal is the ‘food of the gods’ since gods do not eat as mortals do, but instead gain sustenance from the smoke of the incense. In Mexico Copal is often added to love and purification incenses.

Guinevere appears next with long blonde locks…your energy is also attuned to ancient fairytales and Celtic lore.

We hold hands (on an energetic level) so I can read your energy.

I sense again your grounded-ness.

Brandberg Enhydro
Brandberg Enhydro

To call upon your Spirit Guides I get some help from a lovely crystal called a Rose Brandberg Enhydro Harlequin Dow.

Your Guides are a bit shy at first; it takes some time for them to show themselves.

One is Welsh and tiny requiring silence and patience to show up. This being has small moth wings and carries a glimmering Fairy Essence and loves you so dearly. She is dark haired and her name sounds like Estela.  She comes to your shoulder then hovers around you giving advice about food, relationships and subject matter you’re currently discussing…’aprons’!

She has a sense of humour, is playful and jokingly says, “Watch your back HAHA”. She even pokes you occasionally to alert you or wake you up to certain things.

Next, a giant appears (compared to Estela) with horns. He is a warrior god and a protector, but very gentle, not aggressive. “Just call me ‘Green Man’”.

And then a motherly figure appears in a white and yellow ruffled apron by the name of Martha. She helps to calm you and to keep you from jumping into anything too hastily.

You will not usually be aware of her because she stays in the background (possibly she is an ancestor).

“Have fun” she says and directs me to pull a Creative Soul Card for you.

Creative Soul Card Guidance: Gloria

Gloria by Kathy Crabbe
Gloria by Kathy Crabbe

Stick with it is the advice I get. Finances? It will work out.

Martha calls the Green Man ‘Jack’ and nods to him for more ‘challenging’ info to share with you so I pull a tarot card from my Greenwood deck.

Tarot Wisdom ~ Page of Stones ~ the Wren: New possibilities requiring money and security risks. Who is bringing you financial info? Affirmation: I trust in the information my body gives me and am learning to hear how it speaks to me.

Fairy Estela did not lie when she said ‘watch your back’.  it’s time to tie up loose ends. Don’t let anyone stop you from your task (your work) and your mission. “Like who”, I can hear you ask.  I see a friend; tall and dressed in pale yellow with long, straight blonde hair.  She can be a ‘downer’ and not helpful for your growth.

Estela says that you shine in these areas:

  • Healing
  • Working hands-on with clients
  • Attracting new clients

And she says quietly….pssssst…’Jack is a worrywart!’

I also hear you asking: “What can I do to improve?”

Is there a Kevin in your life?

He is a grounding influence.

How about ‘Star Baths?’

Your Guides are also aware of over-saturating you with too much information!

So, to get down to the essence, the moonlit elixir of clarity we meet your next Guide.

His name is ‘Michael’ and he is a professional type who appears in a brown suit.

Next, all of your Guides gather in a circle (btw, Jack doesn’t approve of Michael).

Martha sets down the bowl that she is drying in the center of the circle and it sings (a singing bowl).

You just relax and listen and float in the sound waves; a place you very much like to be; very healing.

Around you is a circle of support ~ in the real world ~ people in businesses like yours ~ also brick and mortar places of healing.

It will happen…(but when?)

Carla has heart by Kathy Crabbe
Carla has heart by Kathy Crabbe

Creative Soul Guidance: Carla has heart

Things will fall into place (almost effortlessly). Stand your ground and continue to facilitate positive action and thought and feel (envision) the fecundity of this, as if preparing to give birth. Journal this vision regularly ~ create it within. So Be It.

To end your reading Sandi, I surround you with peace, love and understanding.

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Sandi’s Comments: 

Thanks again for this reading. It's funny, I have read it over and over and each time I find something different popping out at me.

First, i want to say I love the way you put this together. I, to date, have not met my own guides/angels and so to read about them is super fun! If you have any creative advise on how I can connect with them, I am all ears. I have tried to meditate, but unfortunately, my mind is "ON" all the time. I am surprised I am able to fall asleep at night. I can quiet it down for short periods and lord knows I try daily.

Estella was right on the money with Healing, working hands on w/ clients and attracting new clients.

"Star Baths"? Not sure, although it could be this online class I am taking about Moon Phases and part of that is a bathing ritual. Could be, huh?

LOVE Sound Therapy healing!!! I have been to a few sessions with bowls. Beautiful!

Would love to know if you have any additional insight on these few things.

Thanks so much again for such a rewarding experience.

With Love & Light, Sandi Meegan (Portland, CT, Reiki Practitioner)

Guiding Your Creative Soul
Guiding Your Creative Soul

Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through online resources, inspirational art, Divine Feminine eClasses, eBooks, and Creative Soul Readings infused with a rich background in the arts.

Consulting with your Spirit Guides: A Morning Meditation

I'd like to share a small sample of my day in the hopes that it might motivate you to try something different for yourself. I begin each day with yoga, meditation and intuitive consultation in a circle with my spirit guides, angels, goddesses and ancestors. I work with  oracle cards of my own design and Norse runes.

Kathy Crabbe, I call wrinkles 'god-points' and so far i'm winning, 2007, mixed media on paper, 8x10”.

Kathy Crabbe, I call wrinkles 'god-points' and so far I'm winning, 2007, mixed media on paper, 8x10”. 

I begin today's Intuitive Consultation with the words, "Just for today I am guided intuitively by my angels, guides and Ancestors." If this feels selfish to you, then ask yourself, "Is liberation selfish?" I open myself to sharing, loving, being and doing all that supports my highest and deepest good. I open myself to Creation, to love, caring and healing. How? By reverence for life and for death.

I write down any channeled guidance or oracle card insight I receive plus my Sacred Mission for the day. For example, today's sacred task is to paint Paloma, a Goddess who appeared to me yesterday (blog post coming soon!) What is your sacred mission or task of the day?

Before you close your circle don't forget to thank your guides and angels and when you blow out your candle make sure to send healing, health, wholeness and holiness to all those in need and please feel free to mention their name(s) aloud when you do.

Blessed Be.

p.s. if you're interested in 'pulling' a card from my Lefty Oracle Deck you can do so here: Creative Soul Cards

To purchase a Creative Soul Reading using the Lefty Oracle Deck please click here: Creative Soul Readings

To check out more of my meditations please click here: Meditations

Kathy Crabbe: Guiding Your Creative Soul

Painting Persephone

Why Persephone? Why now?

47 years ago I was adopted. When I was 27 I finally met my birth mother who I am now very close to. In the past year she has been fighting pancreatic cancer and so I feel a deep desire to dive deeply into the well with her by exploring the longest running mother/daughter myth there is; the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone.

Sally, Kathy & friend - Solstice CelebrationSally, Me & Carol ~ Solstice Celebration

I'm interested in the pre-patriarchal version of the myth; the one where Persephone (the daughter) willingly ventures into the Underworld to help lost souls cross over to the Other Side. Her mother (Demeter) agrees to this, but in mourning Persephone, she turns summer into winter and the land becomes barren until Persephone returns in the Spring.

The myth re-enacts the cycle of birth/death/rebirth on a yearly basis; this is a natural part of life, but not one that our society accepts or understands in a conscious way. We are afraid of death and dying and what happens next. I do know that our souls do not die. Part of my work as a Creative Soul Guide is to venture into the Other World; the world below and to communicate with the Ancestors. To me, this is one of the most amazing and wondrous discoveries that I have every made.

I had taken a break from mediumship for a few years, but when my birth mom's battle heated up this past year I felt a strong pull to connect again with the departed; partly to reassure myself that yes, our souls do live on, and because I wanted to offer this service and this reassurance to others who are searching for contact from the beyond. I started re-connecting with my own ancestors each morning during meditation where they lovingly surround me. I have always known that we do not die; it's nothing provable or scientific, just a deep feeling of knowing-ness that is hard to explain.

So, when I ventured back into painting my large 4 x 4 foot acrylics on canvas, I knew things had to change, because I had changed. Persephone had entered my life and I was consciously channeling her every morning in conjunction with pulling a Rune. I started the painting in my usual abstract manner, but I had to stop; I was un-satisfied with the process and so I called upon Persephone for help.

It was time to paint in a way I'd never painted before...not from my own ego-self, but allowing Persephone to channel through me. At each step along the way I would stop, hold the Rune and consult with Her; not forcing things, but allowing Her guidance to come through and help me envision what I must do next.

Here are my notes from that session:

algiz - protection Persephone Rune Readings by Kathy CrabbeTo begin I pulled a Rune and called upon Persephone for help. I was told to envision myself in a cave painting on the walls. What would I paint? I would paint, not to serve myself, but Her and so I listened.

Then I painted white gesso over top of what I'd painted earlier, so that only a faint outline remained of a face and two circles.

Then, while holding the Rune I was guided to draw on the canvas with a big, thick piece of lead pencil WITHOUT LOOKING. When I opened my eyes I felt like filling in this shape with light ultramarine blue, but I didn't have enough so I painted it turquoise pearl instead.

And then Her face appeared and She was blood-red.

Next came the black, jagged tears, like wisps of dark ghosts underground (or spears).

Painting Persephone by Kathy Crabbe

This painting is for all the girls and women who are victims of sexual assault, just as Persephone was in the patriarchal version of Her myth. Victims such as 17 year old Rehtaeh Parsons who recently killed herself after being raped and videotaped by 4 young men in Nova Scotia and the 70 victims of sexual assault stemming from a phone prankster who pretended to be a police officer as depicted in the dark and disturbing 2012 movie, Compliance.

And I ask myself, "What can I do? What can we do, as a culture"?

It's time to be truthful. It's time to face Hard Truths about how the denigration of women and the Goddess directly relates to the rape and destruction of this planet. We need to ask ourselves, "How do I contribute to this madness and how can We stop it and stand up for Our Truth as women and Goddess?"

Kathy Crabbe: Guiding Your Creative Soul

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Are you on track with your creative, spiritual purpose?

This year I decided to expand my Creative Soul Readings practice to include the telephone! This makes for a much more personal experience that so far, has proved to be much more effective for clients. Previously I typed up readings illustrated with oracle cards (of my own design) and sent them off as a PDF. Maybe one day I'll use Skype but I'm limited by having a satellite internet connection. If you live outside of the USA or Canada your reading will come as an illustrated transcript (unless you want to call me, of course!) Kathy Crabbe: Guiding Your Creative Soul What is a Creative Soul Reading?

A Creative Soul Reading® is an intuitive and spiritual healing session that will empower you to live a richer and more fulfilling life, and help others in the process. You will receive practical tools, healing exercises and affirmations that will help you access deeper levels of meaning and understanding within yourself. Learn more here. How does it work?

  1. Email me your questions (2 max) plus your date of birth.
  2. We will talk by phone for 25 minutes to discuss your reading. *USA & Canada only
  3. Previous to our phone discussion I will pull an oracle card(s) from my self-designed decks & write down all that I receive plus investigate your karmic mission based upon your North Node of the Moon.
  4. You will receive an email with the oracle card(s) I pulled for your reading.

*If you live outside of the USA or Canada there will be an extra charge of $20. to email you a pdf of your reading.

Purchase a Creative Soul Reading here. (scroll down for various readings I offer)