A self-proclaimed witch stokes controversy after documenting human bones she'd acquired and offered for sale. A Pagan politician in Florida draws fire for his authoritarian views. And what should you know if you want to perform shadow work? It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news about the Pagan community! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
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Spring is supposed to be about cavorting and frolicking through the new grass and flowers. Except in my world, spring is about work. It’s about being done with the fallow times of winter and moving forward with all the projects.
Growing up on a farm, spring was spent walking through the fields, picking rocks, preparing the land for planting. Now as an adult and no longer living on the farm, I find myself missing the distinctiveness of spring....
An Indian public figure react to the recent Panama Papers scandal. Concern rises about LGBT rights in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country. And the role of masculinity in the current United States presidential election is considered. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and societal news from around the world! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
Every so often a book comes along that just grabs your attention. Barbara Moore's Tarot Spreads – Layouts & Techniques to Empower your readings, is one of those books. Though, full disclosure, it didn't initially reel me in. I bought this not long after it came out. I immediately sought out the 3 card spreads, which are my personal favorite type of spreads and found a whole section dedicated to them. Then I got busy and put the book away.
It happens, right?...
Not long ago I had the whole-body urge to locate an artist whose profile I'd read years ago in a magazine that's regional to Asheville and Western North Carolina — WNC Woman. The magazine, founded by Julie Parker, had featured my Honoring Your Belly article in its first issue. It's been a strong force for women's writing, art and entrepreneurship ever since.
But I no longer remembered the woman's name. I did remember that Julie had described her as painting from her hara — the Japanese word for both belly and the source energy concentrated within the body's center.
Searching on [wncwoman + hara], I found Julie's interview with Joyce Metayer. The April 2004 profile begins:
Joyce Metayer stands in front of and facing her work, feet planted firmly and powerfully on the earth, hands on her hara, as she explains how she births her work — how her inner vision emerges into three dimensions. Literally three dimensions, for these pieces are intricately-constructed canvases of mind-boggling complexity. She explains how she projects her sketch for a piece onto the wall to determine its appropriate size, then moves forward and back until the size is just so — until she literally feels it in her hara. This visceral connection to her work is so strong it seems almost visible ... a cord from womb to work, as it were.
I surprised Joyce with a phone call and had the pleasure of speaking with her. Our conversation included this exchange:
LS: How did you develop this process?
JM: I didn't. It found me.
LS: How do the images arrive? How do they enter your awareness?
JM: I see the image as a holograph, a shape in three dimensions. Then the color plan comes to me as a bodily sensation.
With Joyce's permission, here are three images of her work. For titles and larger versions of these images, plus additional images and more information on each piece, click here.
Disney looks to adapt (again!) one of the most popular example of Celtic mythology in young adult literature. The Catholic roots of Marvel's Daredevil are examined. And the maverick magician John Constantine visits the land of the fair folk in DC Comics. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on magic and religion in pop culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!