I just finished exhibiting all 52 originals from my soon-to-be-published Lefty Oracle Deck at Riverside Art Museum. Here's a bunch of fun photos of folks trying out non-dominant hand drawing, being brave and getting up on stage to pose as a lefty...you'll find collaborating couples, moms and daughters, best friends, solo artists and more. Click here to read about my show in the Valley News.
As the New Moon rolls through Virgo this September 1 we "assess, analyze, organize...heal, weed, edit and discern." Since we are also in a Mercury Retrograde time from August 31 - September 21 we will add to the mix that it's a good time to, "practice and polish qualities into precious treasures" during this "symbolic "sleep cycle"; a time "to pause and go back over familiar territory, reflecting and giving second thoughts to dropped projects or miscommunications...leave matters that lock in future commitments until Mercury goes direct" on September 21. Quotes above are from my favoritedatebook The We'Moon Journal.
Virgo New Moon Altar
Lefty Oracle Card of the month: "The Real Work has Just Begun" *
When you pull this card in a reading it means business. What IS your “real work; the work that matters to you on a soul-deep level? The work you MUST do before you die. Define that first. Then ask yourself; “am I doing my ‘real work’ consistently or is it even on my radar?” If your “real work” is still a mystery to you, it’s time to awaken to your soul’s calling and uncover your true gifts. You can start by looking back at your childhood and pin-pointing your favorite parts. Next, look at favorite current activities or times when you’ve been so absorbed you lost track of time. If nothing comes to you, ask a friend to point out your strengths or take the Strenthsfinder Test.
In my own life I purchased the Strengthsfinder book, took the test and identified my top five strengths which helped me focus on my strengths rather than my weaknesses so that I could truly shine.
*Excerpted from my upcoming Lefty Oracle Deck.
Virgo New Moon Altar Tips*
Virgo – The Virgin
Time of Year – Harvest, August 23 - Sept. 22
Quality – Mutable
Element – Earth
Ruler – Mercury (Chiron is the true ruler according to Barbara Hand Clow)
Anatomy – Hands, intestines, nervous system
Natural sign of – 6th house
Opposite sign – Pisces
Color – Brown, green, grey, navy blue
Gemstone – Amethyst, pink jasper, sardonyx
Tarot card – The Crone, The Hermit
Goddesses – Changing Woman, Lada, Liban, Persephone
- I build and nurture healthy habits
- I am of service to all women and the goddess
- I understand the body/mind connection and practice preventative medicine
- I am self-sufficient, self-disciplined, practical and helpful
- I am perfect just as I am
Get Down and Get Earthy
- Focus on self-healing, nutrition, exercise, work/life balance
- Study, learn, train and organize your compassion into practical action
- Learn about medicinal herbs for healing
- Delve into the ancient mysteries
- Focus on self-improvement
- Clean up your act
- Renew yourself through play, whimsy and quirky jokes
In the Lefty Spotlight this month: Virginia Breaks Through Creative Blocks
Email me if you want to be featured too.
Pix from my Lefty Oracle Exhibit at Riverside Art Museum Aug. 4-Sept. 2
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Virginia and I met through The 52 Project; a 52 week art journaling event hosted by the Riverside Art Museum. Virginia was intrigued by my non-dominant hand drawing and decided to give it a whirl and here's what happened!
Virginia: I am fairly new to the art world. I started out with a mixed media class at the Riverside Art museum and I got hooked. I started an art journal in September 2015. I found that sometimes I would create a background on a page but would be stuck beyond that. Recently I repainted a page several times because I did not like what was there and I felt blocked. Nothing creative was coming out. I finally thought about Kathy Crabbe’s lefty cards and something I had read describing how writing, scribbling or drawing with your non-dominant hand helps to get you going again when you are creatively blocked. I scribbled and wrote with my left hand on this page. It was like magic! As soon as I filled the page with my lefty scribbles I was able to create again. Thank you Kathy Crabbe!
About Virginia, Mixed Media Artist and Art Instructor
Virginia Godoy retired from her career as a Wastewater Chemist for the City of Riverside after 30 years of service. During her last year in service at the City of Riverside, she discovered a love for mixed media art after taking a class at the Riverside Art Museum. Since that time, Ms Godoy has judged several art competitions and started a new career as an Art Instructor for the Riverside Art Museum’s Art-to-go program. Ms Godoy is currently teaching art with History and Science as well as Fine Arts to 5th and 6th graders in the Riverside Unified School District. Ms Godoy occasionally teaches youth and adult art classes at the Riverside Art Museum.
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Kathy Crabbe will be exhibiting 52 original paintings from her Lefty Oracle Deck at the Riverside Art Museum Aug. 4 to Aug. 7. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., during Arts Walk.
Crabbe spent this past year on an artistic journey, with 147 other people in a program through the Riverside Art Museum called “The 52 Project.” It was designed to help participants be more creative by setting goals, discovering their story, capturing ideas in a journal and learning about the “business” of art. This summer, those that participated will be sharing the results of the experience with 33 mini four-day exhibits and a group show.
In particular, Crabbe spent her 52-week creative exploration painting and writing daily. She realized that her “Lefty Series” had to be the focus of the exhibit.
“The Leftys are drawn with my non-dominant left hand, and they really changed me,” she said. “They helped me slow down and trust myself as I learned how to listen for the lines to lead me.”
Crabbe explained that she starts by drawing the head, and from there a character is born often with a totally made up name. She created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings which have, according to the artist, touched many lives.
“Planning this exhibit has pushed me to finish telling each of the Leftys’ stories and to self-publish a 52-card Lefty Oracle deck along with a guidebook of journal prompts, affirmations and games that I will share during my exhibit,” she said.
Crabbe grew up in Canada and moved to Temecula in 2000 and has worked as a professional artist since 1992. Her art has been exhibited at the San Diego Women’s History Museum, Orange County Museum of Art and Sawdust Art Festival. She has also been published by “We’Moon Datebook” and has mentored and taught at Mt. San Jacinto College, Inspire San Diego Studio, Wise Woman University and HGTV. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, Temecula Writer’s Cafe and Riverside Art Museum Printmaker’s Network.
The Riverside Art Museum, located on 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, can be reached by visiting riversideartmuseum.org or calling (951) 684-7111.
Click here to view this article online at Valley News.
Dear Intuitive Soul,
August's New Moon is in Leo and your oracle card inspiration this month is Sexy Sunflower. The excerpt below is from my Lefty Oracle Guidebook and soon-to-be published deck.
Year of the Sexy Sunflower: Get ready for a year of SHINE. It’s your time. Time you stood in the spotlight and acknowledged your truth and all you’ve done so far with your life. Be subtle or showy; what’s your style? Push yourself now to really put yourself out there in a BIG way. Let us all know about the best parts of you. What are your gifts and your greatest strengths? What adversity have you overcome? How many people or plants or animals have you helped? What do you love about yourself? Start with this and expand out. Make us care. Shine, sexy sunflower, shine bright!
In my own life at present I do my best to share my work and life online and I make sure that when I do I’m in a positive state of mind and post with love in my heart. If I post when upset, negative or depressed that energy leaks out into the world and returns to me magnified which helps no one.
NEW SITE LAUNCH!
I've spent the last several months creating and honing my brand new website and it's ready to be unveiled now that Mercury is direct and Mars is direct and out of it's station...perfect timing! Enjoy!
Past Life Reading Sample : With client permission I've just posted this recent Past Life Reading along with a testimonial. The price for these readings will be going up in the fall.
52 Originals from My Lefty Deck On Exhibit at Riverside Art Museum Aug. 4-7
A 15 year project has finally come together: my Lefty Oracle Deck & Guidebook. The Lefty's are on this planet to help others as tricksters and soothsayers, guides and angels. They have aided 1000's so far get more in touch with their creativity, intuition, inner child and their heart. Please join me for the opening of this exhibit on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 6-9 pm where I'll have on hand pages from the Lefty Guidebook so that u can try out some non-dominant hand drawing, journaling, body movement challenges AND perhaps win a Deluxe Soul Reading and Lefty print valued at $150If you would like to make a donation to the museum in my name please check out The 52 Project and make your donation here.
New Original Painting in the Shop: I just added this dark faery goddess to the shop.
WOOHOO! My Illustration "Harrow" is published in Witches & Pagans Magazine!
Leo Altar Suggestions from my Goddess Zodiac Playbook
- Leo – The Lion
- Time of Year – Summer, July 23 – August 23
- Quality – Fixed
- Element – Fire
- Planetary Ruler – The Sun
- Anatomy – Heart, spine
- Natural Sign of – 5th House
- Color – Gold, orange, scarlet
- Gemstone – Amber, diamond, ruby
- Tarot Card – Strength
- Goddesses – Amaterasu, Bast, Cybele, Hestia, Ishtar, Sekhmet, Tara, Vesta
- I am special and loved
- My heart is open
- I am awake and in tune with my spiritual self
- My inner child is alive and well
- I am a creative being bursting with joy
- I am one with the Sun
- I am generous and loving
Feed Your Fire ~ Release Your Inner Child
- - Have the guts to be visible
- - Be proud of heart
- - Work with Leo’s energetic and extroverted energy to inspire self-confidence
- - Be dramatic
- - Feed your creative appetite.
- - Bring home treats for your inner child.
Purchase the Goddess Zodiac Playbook here.
This Month's Original Art Giveaway
Every New Moon I'll be hosting an art giveaway so that more of you can meet and fall in luv with my work. The winner will be announced at the Full Moon. This month's giveaway is a 7 x 9.5 inch watercolor inspired by the fantasy novels of Mercedes Lackey especially "A Study in Sable" which I just finished reading.
ps. As always If you are looking for soul guidance, past life insights or a deeper connection with your ancestors or spirit guides please click here for my Readings.
About Kathy Crabbe Kathy Crabbe has been an artist and writer 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.