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Robyn's Star Seed from Fool Satchel

Shadow Bags, Joan Swift’s Dark Path of Our Names, and Mentor Dolls on #LivetheQuest 2015

"Of all the writers I know, Joan Swift is surely one of the best at transforming reverses into poems of astonishing beauty and strength. Her particular blend of memory, imagination, feeling, and intellect creates an alchemy that changes the base metal of experience into gold." Madeline DeFrees, Ploughshares, on The Tiger Iris by Joan Swift (quoted on Swift’s website) Standing in the shadow of my shadow bag is a girl with coins falling out of her hair. She lives inside of a burning house, inside the walls, stashed with enough gold to fund a kingdom. I drew this image based on a December dream I’d had long ago. I sat coloring in a kitchen, listening to friends talk one New Year’s Eve. I’d just graduated from UC Davis and stood poised to put in motion my lifelong dream of leaving for the heartland to study with other poets. In the night-time dream, firemen were abundantly present; ... more

tania's noir fool fairytale portion

Trusting the Noir Fairytale on Tracking Wonder’s #LivetheQuest

What burning question of possibility will influence what and how you create in the next 3 months? If you’d like to join us on this living quest, here’s a link where you can read about what us questers on #Quest2015, now #LivetheQuest, are up to. When you sign up, you’ll be in the loop to join us. Read more about our guide, Jeffrey Davis of Tracking Wonder here. As I engage the Major Arcana of the Tarot, stepping in to meet the first six (Fool to Hierophant) at their borders along with my writing students in this January’s Wheel of Archetypal Selves course I’m teaching, and in keeping with a new habit of answering the prompts of Tracking Wonder’s #Quest2015 in color, I started with a circle on a blank page. Cipher, zero, for The Fool, starting over in the New Year. Then the urge to give that zero color, and it quickly became zero ... more

tania's catalyst doodle, heart door ajar

A Phoenix SeaHorse and Heart Door Ajar on Tracking Wonder #Quest2015

Tracking Wonder #Quest2015, the visioning quest so carefully curated by Jeffrey Davis, moves today, here on January 1 into the living quest. Two final visioning questions from December I’m thinking about today on this first day of the New Year consider, when I combine them, bringing one’s best self to one’s highest form of service. Visionary Tara Mohr, an enthusiastic and dynamic advocate for women stepping more firmly and vibrantly into their roles as leaders, asks us: How can I be of highest service? My color meditation response culminated in this Phoenix Seahorse…a natural evolution of phoenixdom from a prior post on Phoenix Eggs I drew in my father’s home. When I shared that post with my poetry movie collaborator Robyn, she responded as she often does with a volley of images. Here’s one of my favorites—which looks to me like the inside of a phoenix egg, say, were you and I to be ... more

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Wheel of Archetyapl Selves 2 Lovers to Strength

Wheel of Archetypal Selves: Lovers to Strength On-line with SCN

  March 2015: Wheel of Archetypal Selves, From Lovers to Strength (The Major Arcana from VI to ... more

Luna on the Wheel

Tarot Writing: Wheel of Archetypal Selves On-line with SCN

January 2015: Wheel of Archetypal Selves, From Fool to Visionary (The Major Arcana from 0 to ... more

Butterfly on orange wall dripping blue beads

Beginning Blogging: In Person with San Diego Writers, Ink

January 2015 Beginning Blogging: Two out of five of your friends have started a blog. Why? ... more

Paper Dolls Robyn Beattie

Nov 10 Sonoma County Writing Workshop & Book Launch: Coffee Catz

What story have you kept in the cocoon? What would happen if you wrote it out, just for ... more