Monday, June 18, 2012

"The Baba Yaga"
Digital Fine Art ~ C E French
Photoshop, KPT   June 2012

This is my latest piece, it took about 40 hours to create. I always learn alot when working on a new piece, usually finding a new way to make an effect. This piece is based on a story from Clarissa Pinkola Estes book, "Women Who Run With The Wolves." The Baba Yaga is the old crone in the woods, the wise woman that helps young women find and learn to trust in ~ their inner psychic senses, to confront the demonic voice that says "you are not good enough" - "pretty enought" - "talented enough" etc...  I have been trying to get this posted on my web gallery site in the shadowside room, having problems with the html coding. As soon as I figure it out, I will get it uploaded to my web site. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Venus ~ The Song Remains the Same

                                     
Today Venus transits the Sun. A huge event astrologically and astronomically. It won't be seen again in our lifetime. I have my eclipse glasses ready to watch it, providing the Oregon clouds part. It is live streaming on the internet, here is a link:  http://www.ccssc.org/transit2012
     Venus was much venerated by the Mayan civilization, amazingly enough to plan for war. I find it interesting that the Venus transit is in 2012, the same year as the "end of the Mayan calendar." I suspect the Mayan astronomers knew that Venus would transit the sun in 2012, and sourced their calendar on celestial movements. The precession of 26,000 years around the sun is based on science not superstition. Personally, I think we will all wake up the next day... s.s.d.d. (same stuff different day). Western civilization is founded on the ancient Roman and Greek pantheon, where Venus was the goddess of love and all things feminine. The Sun was that gorgeous masculine hunk of a god Apollo.
     Symbolically, I see today's event as a melding of the yin and yang, animus and anima. The Sun (male) and Venus (female) are conjunct ~ ahem... having a conversation ; ) . This is happening in the sign of Gemini, the twins ~ Do you see the connection? So, to me this would be a day to balance the male and female sides of yourself. It would also be a good day to look at our current culture of us and them, the other whom is different from us. The transit of Venus in Gemini represents the merging of divergent ideas, a reminder of being more inclusive within our culture, with each other. It is a difficulty to get beyond our ideas, ego structure, religious training ~ however, for the human race and all living things on our home planet to progress, we must include the other, within and without.
I had a dream. Crazy dream.
Anything I wanted to know, any place I needed to go.
Hear my song. People won't you listen now? Sing along.
You don't know what you're missing now.
Any little song that you know
everything that's small has to grow.
California sunlight, sweet Calcutta rain, Honolulu star bright 
The Song Remains The Same.