One of my favorite quotes from "Parks and Recreation" is, "Don't half-ass two things; whole-ass one thing." I was really struggling to do that. I have a lot of exciting ideas, and I want to make them all happen right now. So that's what I started doing. I was offering tarot readings, metaphysical advising, past life readings, podcasting (and thinking that one podcast wasn't enough!), painting, workshops on woowoo topics... All that on top of having a 3.5 year old and a husband, and trying to maintain a social life.
How could I give each of those things enough attention that any of them could possibly be successful? I couldn't. I decided to focus 100% of my career-attention on my art. And it was great! I love painting. I always have. People were buying my art, which was basically a dream come true. But it didn't take long before I figured out that loving art wasn't quite enough. I felt like things were missing. On Beltane, May 1, I did a very brief oracle reading for myself. It was crystal clear that in order for me to have the most life satisfaction, I needed to be doing both art and woo. I spent the next three days trying to figure out how the fuck I was going to manage that.
Luckily, the Gods (or my guides, or the Universe, or my Higher Self, or whatever) took pity on me, and I had an epiphany that I could combine not only my art and my spirituality, but also my extensive knowledge of herbal medicine, into a project.
So I am now Whole-Assing an art collection called Magical Plants. Each plant that I paint will be one with magical oomph. And each piece will have information about how to bring that energy into your life when you buy a print (or the original!). Every piece in the collection will have its own blog post for everyone to read. And everyone who purchases it will get a little something extra to activate that energy when they get it. Right now, I think it will probably be a little spell or poem, maybe a ritual. But to be perfectly honest, I suspect that every plant will have its own idea, so we'll see what comes up!
So how am I going to find out what energy the plant has? I'm planning on looking into the lore where the plant is indigenous, researching its healing abilities, researching what others have said its magical abilities are, and above all, asking the plants.
I've already painted the first one, and I'm beyond excited to share my insights into its power! But you'll have to wait until next time.
A few more things: ultimately, I hope to turn this collection into an oracle deck, and I may even begin offering plant energy readings once this project gets going. I have other really big ideas that I hope to implement soon!