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Lily Cherry on FlickrI happened upon on the Lily Cherry galleries on Flickr and fell in love with her art. “Lily Cherry” is actually Alejandra P., an Italian mixed-media artist. Her angels, fairies, goddesses, witches, etc. are colorful and quirky. I know from personal experience, however, that she makes the blending of colors and images look easy, when it takes talent and skill to make art look like that, even if it looks whimsical and “naive” (an art critic’s term) at times.

Lily Cherry and the Magic Garden

I ran across this amazing magickal artist named Willow Arlenea while roaming around the Web. Her art has a pagan theme, but this piece in particular, which is called The Web of Wyrdd, has a norse theme. Click on the image to see it larger.

The Web of Wyrdd by Willow Arlenea

A friend of mine just bought Norse Magic by D. J. Conway and I had a chance to get a good look at it. Wow! I am impressed at how much the author brought Freya in to the different rituals and spells in the book. The book is a bargain, as well. I recommend it if you are interested in guidelines for a more ceremonial way of working with Freya. Click the link below for a closer look and to purchase.

Norse Magic (World Magic Series)

It looks like a lot of people who read this blog are looking for the secret to being sexy and glamorous. I also notice that people are looking for images of Freya. At the same time, I’ve noticed that most of the images on the Net of Freya portray her as a Scandinavian hottie of impossible proportions. With all this in mind, I drew this portrait of Freya today for my daily heart drawing to post on my heARt-a-Day blog. (See the tiny hearts on her cloak?)

heArt #29 “Freya, Goddess of Glamour”

I drew this Freya without a face for a reason. If you are a woman interested in working with Freya, then you have her face. I picked up The Witch In Every Woman by Laurie Cabot at the library this week. It reinforces the inner knowledge that I know comes from Freya. Inside every woman is a goddess, and she knows the deep, magical secrets of womanhood.

Yesterday I went shopping at the local mall here in the heart of the midwest. Most of the women here are of German or Scandinavian descent, especially the older women who were out shopping in the middle of the day. Because of what I’ve started here with Freya I saw them all through new eyes. All women are Freya, whether or not they know it. Especially when clothes shopping. Age doesn’t matter, contrary to what the media would tell us. It’s up to us to take back our own ability to be glamorous and take back the attention from a couple of women who completely fit the stereotypical image of Freya and have been monopolizing the media the last few months. (I refuse to say their names even though it would probably get the blog more traffic.)

I’ll outline Freya’s first ingredient for being glamorous in my next blog entry.

I made this ACEO (Art Card, Editions & Originals) as the first in a series of Freya portraits. It is currently available on ArtByUs. It’s also part of my mission to do 1000 pieces of heart-themed art.

Goddess of Creative Magic

 

Here are the specs: ACEO, 3.5 x 2.5 inches, collage on canvas paper. Background and heart my original design, drawn in Photoshop, printed with a laser printer, then adhered to the canvas with acrylic gel medium. Colored with acrylic paint, pastels and gold leaf pen. Finished with matte acrylic sealer. The word “heArt-a-day” is not on the actual piece.

This isn’t a spell or ritual per se. It is more of a regular mental practice that acts like magick.

You’re probably reading this because you have a problem, right? If you’re like me you spend a lot of mental time trying to figure out how to solve it. And, if you’re like me, it seems like the more you try to figure it out, the more dead ends you run into, and pretty soon you’re in a deep, depressing rut with no way out. You want to stop thinking about it, but you can’t. So here’s what you do instead.

Imagine that Freya is standing just beyond everything you know about the problem. I see her in my mind’s eye as gold light. Know that Freya knows what to do and has the answer, especially in the realms of romance, creativity, magick, women’s sexuality and personal empowerment. Every time you start to chew on the problem, think of Freya standing there instead. Trust that she will give you a solution…a solution you can’t see now, no matter how hard you try. You may have to do this over and over again throughout the day.

And then wait until the solution comes to you. That’s the hard part. We are trained, men and women alike, to go after things like hunters. Remember, though, that Freya is a goddess of attraction. Freya doesn’t go after things. She pulls them to her. It’s your job to wait and allow Freya to help you draw the solution into your reality.

Every time you give your problem to Freya you are attuning yourself to her and opening the channels of connection between you. You will become more like her, although she will always know things before you do. That’s why she is the goddess. Your own abilities to attract solutions will increase but the challenges will increase in complexity as well. By maintaining this practice and strengthening your connection, you and Freya will become partners and co-creators, riding high in her cat drawn wagon instead of stuck in a rut.

In the original entry I wrote how I hoped I would sell all of my items listed on eBay that were due to end that day.

Well, I didn’t sell all of my art.

BUT…my traffic is skyrocketing on my various websites, partly due to getting some exposure on other websites two days in a row, and partly ??? It’s astonishing, really, and unexpected.

That and I managed to take a shot of some storm clouds that garnered me a spot on the coveted “Approver’s Choice” row on the Wunderground website. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be a weather photographer. That was my first real try. So…something is definitely working.

AND…it just hit me as I am writing this. Freya is a weather goddess. *smacks forehead*

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