Forest Heart: A Painting in Gouache Explored

I have decided to paint and write about one painting a day and then blog it too! A tall task that I began yesterday on the Celtic New Year (Nov. 1). I feel happy about my decision and pumped!

My current series of work is the Spirit Animal Series painted in gouache on 6 x 6 inch Montreal-made watercolor paper.

In today's painting the woman is definitely indigenous; of the forest, the hemlocks, the rivers and the hot sun of California, as is the Marten, her Spirit Animal. It is peace she seeks; in nature and within. Yet she is a fierce fighter when called upon. The River sings her to sleep and the Sun, hot and unrelenting, sings her praises, but it is deep within the forest that she belongs; singing her heart song, silently, relentlessly, alive.

Into the Dark: Winter Solstice & New Moon in Capricorn

Dear Creative Soul, When I sat down in my shamanic New Moon Circle to honour and celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice and New Moon in Capricorn this is what I channeled:

Oh Winter, Cailleach, Ancient Crone, Dark Night, I listen to your Silence and I hear the cauldron bubble and the owl hoot. It's time now to go within, to the dark, dark place where death and ice dance our name. Beneath the earth we enter Her barrow, Her cave at sunrise, Solstice morn. First light we see touches our third eye through this opening: the Light...the Light...she does return and within her, Hope and Dreams and Seeds are planted. It is the New Moon in Capricorn so let us plant these seeds, these dreams and tend Her garden for we are called...YOU are called...the wheel turns and we reply:

I AM Goddess I AM God I AM the Light I AM the Dark I AM holding Circle Blessed Be

Demon by Kathy Crabbe (Creative Soul 'Lefty' Oracle Card)
Demon by Kathy Crabbe (Creative Soul 'Lefty' Oracle Card)

Creative Soul Card for the New Moon & Winter Solstice: Demon

Affirmation: Into the dark you go: be guided, be brave, let go.

The lore is ancient when She was venerated and He was equal to the task. Blessed Be the Balance is shifting now ~ can you feel it? Describe. Take a moment of silence, meditation, contemplation then journal and discuss.

My Winter Solstice Vision As for me: I feel at peace; calm, quiet, centered.  The darkness is velvety. I am surrounded by my guides, totems and star beings. I lie down and they bless me as my third eye tingles. The Hag, the Cailleach and I peer into her cauldron and I get in ~ to die and be reborn. I wait for the perfect moment; the moment of Solstice, to be born as light returns. I scream then I sleep; a new day has come.

Intention Setting for the New Moon Let go into darkness and as you are re-born and the Sun returns, it's time now to set your intentions for the moonth ahead. Don't forget to journal too!

Capricorn New Moon Circle Altar Suggestions from my Goddess Zodiac Playbook

  • Color: black, brown, dark grey, slate blue
  • Gemstone: jet, onyx
  • Plant/Tree: amaranthus, birch, elm, ivy, pine, poplar, willow
  • Herb/Spice: comfrey, hemlock, hemp, henbane
  • Food: barley, beet, malt, meat, potato, spinach, starchy foods
  • Animal Spirit: goat (with a fish tail), snow goose
  • Tarot Card: devil
  • Goddess: all crones, Anatu, Cailleach, Dam-Kina, Kuan Yin, Tiamat


Moon Circles & Classes

  • Catch the latest updates online at Meetup: Moon-Circles
  • 3rd Fridays New Moon Circle ~ 6:30-7:30 pm ~ Yoga For Life Temecula, CA ~ (luv donation)
  • 3rd Sundays New Moon Creativity Class ~ 1-4pm ~ Inspire San Diego Studio
  • Jan. 31, 2015 Full Moon Circle ~ 1-2pm, Oasis Community Center, 27906 Panoramic Dr., Menifee
  • Mount San Jacinto College, Menifee Campus ~ Intro on Feb. 7 (Sat), 2015 from 10am-11pm and 4 week Class from February 28 – March 21 (Sat) from 10am-1pm

In-Person or by Phone Soul Readings/Past Life Readings/Astrology

  • Thursdays at Gypsy Luv, 844 E. Mission Blvd, Pomona NEW
  • Monthly Psychic Fairs at Owl's Lantern, Fullerton
  • Feb. 6 Psychic Fair ~ 7-10pm, American Legion Hall, 814 W. Colton Ave, Redlands
  • By phone
The Night Speaks by Kathy Crabbe
The Night Speaks by Kathy Crabbe

Art Exhibits

  • Dec-Jan 2014-15 ~ Girl in the Curl, Dana Point ~ original mermaid silk paintings in hand painted frames
  • Jan 27, 2015 evening ~ Crush & Brew Artist Showcase, Temecula ~ I'll be bringing my Moon Goddess art & cards and all sorts of illustrated books, zines & poetry
  • April 3, 2015 evening, Art Off The Walls, Truax Bldg., Temecula ~ I'll be bringing my Moon Goddess art & cards

Find Kathy’s Artat These Shops Chakra Shack * Laguna Beach Karma Boutique * San Diego Girl in the Curl * San ClementeNEWMermaids * CarlsbadMermaids * San Clemente NEWThe Cat House * Calgary

Moon Circles Meetup The best spot to rsvp for my classes and eventsplus connect with others of like mind in the Southern California area.

Moon Circle Group on Facebook This is a public group on Facebook for those of like-mind.

Where's the New Moon? Capricorn New Moon ~ Dec. 21, 5:36 pm PST



Sparkly Blessings, Kathy Crabbe

ABOUT KATHYCRABBE 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. She channels New & Full Moon readings every month on her blog at ~ Learn more here.

Meeting Ian: New Moon Intentions At Work

I have an interesting tale to tell about the recent Leo New Moon seeds of intention which I planted at the exact moment of the Leo New Moon in conjunction with the Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul eClass I'm teaching at the Wise Woman University. I also added a Lunar Meditation (thanks to Barbara Hand Clow) and a dreaming request plusshared my intentions with a live audience on The Reluctant Medium's Blog Talk Radio program.

Leo Moon Collage by Kathy Crabbe

Leo Moon Collage by Kathy Crabbe

My intentions were creatively Leonine:  I wished for a smooth and productive month re-building and launching my new and improved website PLUS really wanted to add some interactivity to the mix ie. audio/video showing me live and in action: soul reading, working with crystals and hugging tress, but I didn't know where to start!

The day after my Leo New Moon wishes were publicly broadcast on the radio a young man sat down next to me at Barnes and Nobles bookstore with his Mac Book Pro laptop and asked me if I was wearing Moldavite; an odd question!

Moldavite was originally created when a large meteorite crashed into the Bohemian plateau of the Czech Republic approximately 14.8 million years ago. It has many magickal, healing qualities relating to the heart and third eye chakra

I had just dreamed with Moldavite (and Lithium Quartz) the night before when I made a dream request for help with my website. Amazingly enough, this young man by the name of Ian was building his own interactive, metaphysical website chock-full ofinformation sharing video blog posts, books and recorded interviews with many metaphysical masters - wow, Ian was just the person I was hoping to meet!

Within the next two weeks we discussed shooting a video with the help ofIan's iMovie software and high definition video camera.  We decided to film me visiting my favorite sacred spots in the inland valley of Southern California as I communed with the trees, the rocks, the plants and the animals. I meditated, toned at Singing Rock, played my Native American Owl flute and set up a sacred circle of crystals and creative soul guide cards in a special cave I call The Mother's Womb .

Within two days Ian had created a slide show from two hour's of video footage which will be featured on my website very soon. The real message behind this story is to show you how powerful yourintentions can be, especially when you connect with the elements of nature, Mother Moon, your intuition, innate creativity and Great Spirit.  I'm in awe of what we have created together and bless the Divine and the Universe for guiding me to Ian.

The Moon Collage above was created in conjunction with my Divine Feminine eClass and incorporates several of my New Moon intentions plus a Full Moon Flowering (and no, Ian is not the one next to me in the heart, but the slide show he created on YouTube is in the middle!)  Student Moon Collages can be found here.

About Kathy Crabbe
As a soul reader I offer one-on-one readings, eclasses, an oracle deck, astrology reports and other online resources to help soul-seekers uncover their gifts and strengths. My background in the arts infuses my readings and encourages my clients to take creative risks.

I received intuitive training from English psychic and channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy) and yoga training with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman. I studied Herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN. I also received my certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy and I've been a lifelong student of astrology through private study and group sessions with Steven Forrest, Patty Davidson, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Celtic Fairie Shamanism two year training with Francesca De Grandis, Learn more about readings here:
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