August 2021: Tarot spread for the new moon in Leo

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the August 2021 new moon in Leo.

Tarot spread for the August 2021 new moon in Leo

The August 2021 new moon falls in the sign of Leo. The bold and dynamic Leo archetype infuses us with a passionate zest for living. It is the archetype of the fiery creative who is confident and unafraid to stand in the spotlight. But this infectious dynamic can also succumb to its shadow aspects of overbearing pride, drama and arrogance.

Spiritually, the Leo archetype teaches the principle of creative manifestation. Clarity of thought and focussed energy, which points to the spiritual principle that your beliefs about life tend to shape your life. You can see this spiritual principle at play with a regular gratitude practice. When you cultivate an active gratitude practice, you tend to experience a shift in your life and circumstances. And while your life may not change dramatically, your outlook to life can certainly shift.

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Social media for artists: A fresh perspective

Is social media really important for artists

On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, I talk about social media, especially as it pertains to artists, and hustle culture. There’s no denying that social media can take up a lot of our time — both as consumers and creators of content. But when does content creation become something we do just to feed the algorithm, and how can we take back control of our time?

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July 2021: Tarot spread for the full moon in Aquarius

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the July 2021 full moon in Aquarius.

Tarot spread for the July 2021 full moon in Aquarius

The July 2021 full moon falls in the sign of Aquarius. The independent, free-thinking Aquarius archetype encourages us to examine our inner wild self and celebrate everything that makes us unique. It is the archetype of the reformer, the idealist who strives for tolerance, unity, and a better and brighter society. And despite these rather lofty ideals, the Aquarius archetype isn’t afraid to get in there and get its hands dirty.

Spiritually, the Aquarius archetype teaches us how to be true to our own voice, to listen to and follow the calling of our own heart and soul. By learning how to tune in rather than out, by being true to the things that make us unique, we undertake the journey to individuation.

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How to overcome decision fatigue and improve your art practice

Simple strategies that can help you overcome decision fatigue and make better art!

How to overcome decision fatigue in your art practice

On this episode of The Art with Soul podcast, I talk about decision fatigue and how it can impact your art practice. We’ll examine decision fatigue from the perspective of our art practice, look at how it impacts our buying – and hoarding – of art supplies, and touch on the performative aspect of some of our decisions.

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July 2021: Tarot spread for the new moon in Cancer

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the July 2021 new moon in Cancer.

Tarot spread for the July 2021 new moon in Cancer

The July 2021 new moon falls in the sign of Cancer. The Cancer archetype is emotional, intuitive, nurturing and healing. It also symbolizes “home” and all the things that home represents – not just our physical home, but also our emotions, energy, body, and the spiritual hearth of our souls.

Spiritually, the Cancer archetype is one of compassion, of recognizing that people, in general, act to the best of their abilities, limited by their education, upbringing and current awareness. The Cancer archetype knows that love and forgiveness, where possible, are the best way to respond to destructive behavior – along with firm boundaries, of course.

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Why do you make art?

The answer to this question will help you to make better decisions.

On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about why we create art – is it for business or for leisure? Determining the answer to that question can help you make better decisions about every aspect of art making.

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5 tips to cope with crisis fatigue

Psychology-backed tips to help you deal with long-term stress and uncertainty.

5 psychology-backed tips to help you cope with crisis fatigue

It feels like we’ve been in crisis mode since years.

  • At the end of 2019, protests broke out in India over CAA-NRC
  • In the first quarter of 2020, the world went into lockdown due to the pandemic
  • Then came the distress caused by the great migration of laborers, who fled the cities and made the long walk home.
  • Student activists were arrested. Farmer protest broke out.
  • Border skirmishes broke out at the India-China border.
  • As if this wasn’t enough, all hell broke lose with the second wave of the pandemic in India in the first quarter of 2021.

These are just some of the crises that have rocked India since the last couple of years. There have been many more protests and injustices on a global scale.

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June 2021: Tarot spread for the full moon in Capricorn

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the full moon in Capricorn.

Tarot spread for the June 2021 full moon in Capricorn

The June 2021 full moon falls in the sign of Capricorn. Symbolized by the mountain goat, which maintains perfect balance while it climbs over precarious rock ledges, the Capricorn archetype is one of disciplined and dogged determination towards the attainment of our worldly desires.

Spiritually, the Capricorn archetype teaches us about integrity and helps us to harness the ability to plan our work, and stick to it, no matter what. In these times of 24×7 consumption culture, it’s easy to be addicted with shiny object syndrome and forget about our goals and plans. Capricorn teaches us about the meaning of integrity: to align ourselves with our highest ideals and actualize our potential.

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On my art table: The Bridge

Because all we need is love

abstract landscape painting the bridge

I love painting intuitively. Often, I start by picking up a bunch of different kinds of paints – heavy bodied, inks, fluids – in a variety of colors. I always have a variety of mark making tools on my table, ranging from brushes and pencils, to catalyst blades, palette knives and my fingers; and a variety of mixed media supplies like colored pencils, oil pastels.

Just throwing everything together, following my impulse, and seeing what arises brings me immense joy. Like on this piece – finding those little hearts within the layers of paint, and then noticing so many more abstract heart shapes peeking out throughout this piece.

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June 2021: Tarot spread for the new moon in Gemini

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the June 2021 solar eclipse in Gemini.

Tarot spread for the June 2021 new moon in Gemini

The June 2021 new moon falls in the sign of Gemini. The Gemini archetype is very curious, an excellent communicator, and a disseminator of knowledge. It is the sign of the writer, of those who tend to think deeply, are highly perceptive, and prefer to learn from experience.

Spiritually, the Gemini archetype is about courageous conversation, be it with another person or with the Universe. Gemini adds its vibration to the advancement of culture and civilization through dialogue, be that via books or blogs or letters.

This month, we also have a solar eclipse, which will be visible in parts of Russia, Greenland and northern Canada. Northern Asia, Europe, and the US will see a partial eclipse. This gives the June 2021 new moon an extra oomph, helping us to break habitual patterns, bringing in an awakening, and offering us the chance for a cosmic reboot.

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