You Got a Strange Magic: Collage and Cards
In this series I explore the images in a collage journal I created in the winter of 2015, a low point in my life. As a way to reduce anxiety I began to cut and paste images into a dollar composition book. At the time I knew powerful truths were being teased out, but I did not have the resources to process them fully at the time. Here I revisit the journal pages and pull a card (or two) for insight, reading the collage images and the cards together as a spread.
Collage Page: Creating this image I knew that I was deeply disconnected from spiritual practice, from feminine power and community, isolated and immobile. Much like the woman in this image I was waiting. I had my crown on, but did not have the inner wisdom to use it. There was no magic in my life. As the photo suggests there was a small spark hiding just out of sight.
2 of Wands: This card was pulled from my little truth–teller the Spirit Speak Tarot. This card represents my energy at the time I created the journal. The straightforwardness of this card almost makes me laugh. Look at it, my burning desire to come out of the broom closet. Its plain as day and so true. What else is there to say…Look at the card!
Crone of Fire: (Traditionally King of Wands): I decided to pull a card to represent the energy of this spread in the present using my Mythical Goddess deck, being apropos for this journal page. What a change from the waiting and beginning stages of the 2 of Wands to the mature confidence of the Crone. We see a phoenix transmuting the energy of old into a new and different way of being. I’m out of the broom closet now and putting it out all there. The creative fire is burning, old limitations are released and I am no longer alone.
I see now that working in this journal was a planting of seeds or more accurately a thought about maybe buying some seeds someday. The process set into motion a burst of creative energy that led me to finally plant the seeds, re-engage with my Tarot cards and start building authentic relationships both online and in person. It has made me so happy. Are you thinking about planting seeds? Have you tried collage as means of self-discovery and relaxation? Have you ever pulled a card for insight into a creative project, art work or craft? I would love to hear about it.