These dream boards have a stripped-down feel and yet also a vibrant decadence about them. I find I need less and less images to answer the questions posed by each individual moon, and that the images I do choose have a boldness that I lacked when I first started this practice. (Evidence to be found here and here.)
The image of the swan has an interesting story. Upon returning from my last spiritual direction intensive, I chose an Animal Medicine card to help ground me as I attempted to integrate all that happened while I was away. The Swan revealed itself, bearing a message of awakening the true beauty and power of self. About a week later, I found the image pictured above in my collage stash and also remembered listening to David Whyte expound on a poem by Rilke called “The Swan”. (You can find the poem here and the commentary here – I swear I could listen to that man read the phone book.) I won’t butcher Whyte’s nor Rilke’s eloquence, but suffice to say the essence of their words feels like an grace-filled answer to this moon’s questions:
What dreams are ready to burst into flower? Who are you when you’re in full bloom? How do you wish to bloom? xoS
What dreams do you hunger for? What emptiness howls within? We are in the waning days of this full moon’s cycle and I have to say, I’m glad to see it go. January about did me in!
The Full Pink Moon asks, what dreams need tending? I found this dream board harder to put together than the others, and even considered stopping this practice or at least skipping this month. However, I kept my art journal open with a few images scattered around all last week. Nothing was rising to the top and I couldn’t get my head around the word “tending”. I forget what images I had combined on the right hand page, but they just weren’t working. I went through my pile of tear sheets again and “Joie” came up front and center. I have hinted at my need to find my joy again (especially in regard to homeschooling) and building a dream collage around this word was incredibly insightful. I think I put this together last Thursday or Friday. On Saturday, I met with my spiritual director and joy came up again as one of the themes in our session (oh, in addition to control and fear . . . ahem). It may look like just gluing random bits in a book, but I know it to be more than that. Much, much more.
Here is a fun free printout of the lunar cycles for 2015 that also gives some guidance in working with intentions and dreams in relation to the phases of the moon. Good stuff. Jamie Ridler is the one who started me on this process of creating dream boards with the full moon. Here is a retrospective of the ones I’ve made so far: Full Cold Moon, Full Wolf Moon, Full Snow Moon, Full Worm Moon.
In my “Links and Other Thinks” post this week, I confessed my crush on Jamie Ridler. I love her creative energy and if money and time were no object, I would sign up for every class she offers. Jamie hosts a Dreamboard workshop every month that focuses on the full moon. She offers some specifics on her blog, with questions to ask as we journey through another lunar cycle.
The full moon that will rise tomorrow night is the Full Cold Moon that asks: What comforts do you dream of? What dreams feel like home? Rather than art journal like I usually do, I chose seemingly random words and images that seemed to answer these questions. I’m not sure where all this is going or what any of it means, but I love the idea of being more intuitive with my creativity.