Channeled Art by Juliette Jarvis (nee Woods)
Juliette has a rich animistic lifestyle of “walking in two worlds at once”, that is, being very present in our human experience while also informed and…
Grandmother Spider has been an integral teacher and guide for me in my personal practice. She was the one who called me to this work, first with visions, then by multiple poisonous bites. A moose hide was gifted to me just as I was stepping more fully into teaching. After dying with natural pigments, and pulling this drum together, sure enough, Spider called to be represented. If you would like to make a drum with me, or purchase one that I may have available, please visit www.3foldbalance.com
Her awakening was drumming in the 4 directions. Her initiation was holding powerful space for deep deep healing at our community fire ceremony. Her sound is "cathedral-like" and while she looks delicate, she is very strong. It was big, primal, intense, and wildly healing work that night, I did not hold back with my deer bone mallet and she held us all very well. Click through to find more sacred tools
After some number of walking meditations on the beach, the wood found me, offering up to become her body. And I, laying offerings down for such a gift. One of her breasts is a darkened knot, the other is a hole. Straight through. Like a hag stone. The kind of thing one might peek through the veil between worlds & see what ordinary looking doesn't show. Then she came into being. All with dialogue between us. That's the best part. The call and response. The realizations, conversations, musings..
To grow rooted together, each reaching into space, turning face to the sun and the wind and the sky and stars. Grounded and entwined. Bare to each other, the elements, the turning seasons. Beings of nature and sprite. Sometimes hidden. Sometimes seen. This is the dream become manifest.
Elephant medicine played a significant part in my life as I moved through some of my toughest experiences. It still shows up once in a while when I need specific reminders. One of the many aspects Elephant taught me in my spiritual practice, was that each animal guide brings a very personal and unique message for each person they come to. Meanings & wisdoms not found in any guide book, not general knowledge when asked about at gatherings, but just for YOU. Tailored and personal.
Wise owl medicine came through to take over what began as an intentional mandala painting. This was a beautiful experience in surrendering to the processes and allowing something greater than what I "thought I wanted" to come into being instead. It was what was needed. Full of messages and insights to integrate through the painting process and ever after when viewed. Definitely one of my most favourites.
Mandala paintings are very much a way of bringing the unseen realms through to the seen and experienced in day-to-day living. Each shape and even the direction around the center in which they are created holds meaning. Hidden symbology that speaks straight to our subconscious mind and for our hearts to recognize.
Like a selkie too long on land, I dove into the soul nourishing process of painting. Following impulses based on colour and the feel of paint spreading rather than any idea of a final image. Tapping into incoming inspirations, symbols, and forms without pausing to consider technique or if it would look good. Painting simply for pure pleasure released from all self imposed responsibility of making 'good art' and embracing Imbas (the celtic notion of spirit guided inspiration)
Sometimes archetypes, deities, messages, or medicines begin showing up and it may be a long time before their full meaning is recognized. I spontaneously began painting Foxes for 2 years, sitting with each one in inquiry, integrating what I could, and observing, until finally everything came together - and then I KNEW
The Celtic view of energy centers is of three cauldrons, as opposed to spinning Chakras. Mixed media & three dimensional. I can put things in and out of these cauldrons to represent what I am working with at any given time. On New Year's day I have begun a little divination practice with tiny cards with words on them - I blindly pull out a card for each cauldron and consider that as a look ahead for the year