As we all move closer to a new calendar year I've decided to start broadcasting some creative seeds. Maybe something I share will find fertile ground in a way that compliments your own creative/ceremonial activities. Please note that the featured project for this post was conceived and taught by Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd. Her method for making and filling a pair of wheels to mark ongoing experiences throughout a calendar year served as a free introductory lesson for her year-long Rituals art journaling class. You can learn more about my creative immersion in this project via an introductory post I wrote for my main blog or by clicking on the alchemical rituals category link in the sidebar here. Have recently decided to make a similar pair of wheels for the year 2020. I'm going to use the same size and brand of journal so it will be a literal as well as intentional companion volume to EarthStar Alchemical Rituals.
The teaching video for my 2018 endeavor featured Vanessa creating two 12-spoked wheels with rapid inky brush strokes. My wheel on the left, above, embodies her specific guidance generously layered with my own notions and instincts focused on actively building an energetic year-long plan for myself BOOM all within a single art-date at my work desk. Before that, however, I thought about the project both actively and in a more passive "this is also happening" sort of way for about a week.
note: participants were further encouraged to pick a word for the upcoming year based on individual intuition/introspective wisdom. I'd already been chosen by this word for 2018 a few weeks before I impulsively decided Rituals would be a positive and grounding experience for me. STRONGHOLD. I really liked the way the word held space as a caption below the wheel on the left. Next I created a phrase to caption the wheel on the right so the overall page design looked more balanced. My plan was to collage free-cut branches, leaves and flowers from paper scraps. In my mind's eye I envisioned the barest whisper of wreath-like suggestions encircling each wheel. Something simple, to allow the wheels themselves to do most of the talking.
This was ... fun to begin constructing but I could see if I kept going with a doggedly simple evenly spaced ring of decoration it wasn't going to feel or look nearly quirky/authentically self-expressive enough. Didn't have to think about that at all but simply decided on the spot I'd go for broke in foreshadowing Persephone in Queen of the Flowers mode. Having quite a plentitude of flower/gardening magazines and scads of seed catalogs available for cutting and pasting, I sensed I'd have no problem randomly collaging flower images throughout the year. Given Ritual's over-arching theme of promoting high quality ceremony infused self-relationship I further decided to save these specific mini collage sessions for moments when what I needed most was a 15 minute time-out in which to revitalize and flow my way back to a stabilized center of personal gravity. The few remaining blank spaces will be filled in such a way - when and as