Thursday, 31 December 2009

Blue Moon Partial Eclipse

Visible in the UK as I type although it is lessening now.... ends 21:28 GMTish. more info here 
Astrological interpretations by mandi lockley & Melody 

These pics were taken between 19:15 & 19:30... do click to enlarge to see better... you can just see the earths shadow across the bottom right of the moon...

the effect of cloud moving over was stunning...

and guess what? It's a blue moon too... the second full moon in a month...
she blessed me with this sight...

What a beautiful lunar end to 2009...

Happy New Year! 

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Bleakness, Hope & New Year Blessings

These are not my words... but we were driving around in the snow earlier in the week & the skies were darkening. The landscape looked very bleak & for some reason I thought about this commission I did a few years ago. 

Skies darkened, clouds filled every void.
Darkness fell, guiding light extinguished.
Waves that crashed upon rocks.
Wind that blew.
All had gone.




Searching for the light
Heart from body ripped
Light from life imploded
Once whole, torn apart.

I found myself wondering about the person who asked for this... the words are so deeply moving. I know nothing about her or her story; the order came by email & I didn't ask, but I have often wondered... there is something raw & powerful conveyed in these few lines. I hope that time has been a healer for her, that the rawness has eased....

chinese liquid stick ink, silver powder, brause nib, compressed capitals

I've spent a fair bit of time thinking about & letting reiki flow to those going through that first Christmas after bereavement, especially when someone has died close to Christmas itself. Not just for those I know, but asking that those who need it receive the blessing of healing energy.

The bleakness of loss at this time of year is emphasized by the fact that it is supposed to be a time of festivity & everyone else seems to be going on their merry way around you, while all you can feel is a cold hole in your heart, while you go through the motions of acting ‘normally’. 

Of course grief affects everyone differently… the complicated chemical cocktail that makes us human creates different reactions & feelings. And grief isn’t solely caused by death…. separation, abandonment, illness, anything that causes a loss of hopes, dreams, future, trust, way of life… there’s many more, but sometimes we feel that ‘bleakness’ & don’t associate it with grief because no one close has died.

I read words like these & they really move me… so, as we move to the New Year I’m sending out my love & healing thoughts to those who are feeling the chill of loss… may you find comfort & the strength to re-build...

May the new decade that we enter be one of hope… may it burn inside us all, encouraging the sparks of light within us, to be a beacon of hope... a shining light that extends beyond ourselves to those around us…. our families & communities…. our countries… to the whole world & beyond….

New Year Blessings to you all xx

'Hope' Rubber Stamp available from

Like a gleaming tapers light, hope shines, no matter how you look at it.

Great hopes make great people.

Nourish your hopes, cherish your dreams.

If you have never hoped you have never breathed.

Do not fear to hope.

Hold on to all hopes & follow your dreams- never let go.


Never let go of hope.

Hope always shines.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Ivy & Christmas Wishes

Whatever & however you celebrate at this time of year, or if you don't, I'd just like to wish everybody all the very best....

Of course I couldn't resist adding some photo's taken last weekend... The ivy, a sacred plant of the druids, traditionally used in festive decorations and looking gorgeous here... in flower... in the snow...

Wishing you peace & joy in your hearts....
like the ivy, don't be afraid to seek support (both human & divine)...
it shows strength not weakness,
allowing you to grow & reach places you could not do on your own...

...allowing you to bloom& share your light
in even the harshest conditions.

Much love, suzi xx

Monday, 21 December 2009

Holly at Solstice

Holly King & Oak King both wear a crown of snow today in North Yorkshire. Symbolic of the battle between dark & light, the Holly King, at the height of his power yields his crown to the Oak King at Winter Solstice. The Oak Kings strength will grow as the days lengthen, up to Summer Solstice, when power is handed back to the Holly.

As the days have shortened & the nights lengthened, the Holly King has ruled, bearing the sceptre of the darkening year here in the northern hemisphere. In a glorious flourish before he hands over his crown, holly berries have adorned the female trees- there is no battle of the sexes here, they share the crown, both majestic. Typically, the birds have eaten most before Yule! 

ripening nicely~ early november

The Solstice marks a turning point of the year- ready to leave behind the shortened days. Can we also use it as a turning point? To leave behind any shortfall or shortcomings, real or perceived… maybe something that limits or ‘shortens’ our capacity (whether emotionally, mentally or physically)… or to forgive the shortcomings of another, or resolve not to tolerate behaviour that shortens our enjoyment of life.

[I wonder; separation & divorce are higher at Christmas- maybe it isn’t just down to added stresses of the season- maybe some unconscious realisation triggered  by the Solstice, to let go of things that darken our lives… to look forward to brighter times. Just a thought.]

20 oct~ oak leaf with a crown of snow~

Like the buds already forming on the oak tree, alongside withered leaves (ideas, relationships, habits, negative thought patterns etc), ready to be cast off, we carry the buds of growth, positive potential, the growth of Light in our hearts & souls….

berries in early october~ 
So what can we learn from the Holly as S(He) passes over the Solstice Crown? Evergreen… constant… whether ‘king’ or awaiting it's turn… to hold our beliefs, faith, truth, no matter what is going on around us? Eternity, infinity… of soul, spirit, divine? Masculine & feminine, yin & yang…. side by side… providing the fruit (ideas, comfort) to brighten the gloomiest of days?

the perfect christmas tree for me~ just where it is
Did you know that the dried out, skeleton holly leaves are excellent tinder? The holly has the capacity to ignite from the tiniest spark. Perhaps we could meditate on the Holly… connect to its energy… to kindle that spark within. For we all have that spark of divinity within…. ponder on the holly… & grow your dreams. It is for each of us to connect & intuit our own messages or lessons that the holly can bring… to create our own solstice within at  any time we choose…..

sunrise from under the oak~ 20 dec

Wednesday, 16 December 2009


Everyone knows that water freezes into ice and boils into steam.
Maybe global warming is just here to help us turn back into know, warm us up, change our molecular structure so to speak.... Bang, before you know it we’ll evaporate into permanent spirit status without having to go through all the tedious living stuff... Reincarnation, learning karmic lessons etc, etc.
Maybe the ‘Wise One(s) Up There’ (Wout for short) have got a bit hacked off that we seem too content to remain in solid form... Too many souls enjoying coming back to experience life in a body and not getting on with their lessons and refusing to graduate. ‘Earth College’ seems more attractive than ‘Spirit University’. Perhaps the Wout is just chivvying us up a bit to get our collective vibratory rate lifted and up to speed.
Obviously it has been necessary for the Wout to be devious. Humans are notorious for thinking they know best and for claiming a good idea is their own... so guess what? We think that Global Warming is caused by us! All it took was a few scientific, political and green activist egos, a bit of manipulation and there you have it.... Global Warming is on everybody’s lips. And as everyone knows, the more you talk about something as a certainty, the more likely it is to become a reality!

Some feel that global warming is occurring as part of the natural fluctuations in temperature that have happened since earth began. They point out that temperatures have risen since 1680 after a much colder 300 years. There was also a mediaeval warm period which was much warmer than today. Depending whose research you look at, evidence can be found to both support and refute the impact of human CO2 emissions on global warming 
Round one to the Wout- there is a bandwagon rolling to convince us that we are responsible and woe betide anyone who suggests otherwise. This bandwagon allows politicians to raise taxes and divert attention away from other issues. 
Surely we should be taking steps to cut waste, pollution and the willful destruction of our planet simply because it is the right thing to do? 

A thought... Apparently, over the last 10 years, the raise in general temperatures have not been as great as predicted… Now, many of us know that energy can be manipulated, that thought & intention have an effect... we believe that Earth, Gaia is a living organism. The universe is constantly evolving, so it is reasonable to say that the sun, too is a living organism. We are familiar with the concept of the web of life, all things being connected. So, with all the hype 'bout global warming, that has reached everyone- whether or not they believe in the power of intention, whether they think it is a natural cycle or caused by man- it has been on pretty much everyone's minds. 
Could all this thought & desire from mankind to avert the looming crisis of global warming have had an effect on the sun to alter its activity to produce this cooling effect? (probably laughing with Gaia at how slow we are to catch on!)

Another thought… There is little doubt that climate change is happening… it has happened ever since Earth was born & life has been affected by it many times over. If there is a genuine risk that some areas will succumb to rising sea levels, why aren’t we planning the re-location of these populations? If vast areas are at risk of becoming deserts, why aren’t we planning irrigation schemes? Of course, this would require the co-operation of all nations to plan, fund & actually carry out for the benefit of humankind… hmmm, lot of work to do on that one, eh? We can’t even manage to help areas of Africa, mind you, if “developed” nations are going to be affected it might be a different story.

 Lets keep sending out our intentions & see what cunning plan the Wout comes up with next!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

New Beginnings...

A while ago a friend asked me to produce some canvasses for her... she would be moving soon and they were to be for her new home, even though she didn't yet know where that would be. My brief? "New Beginnings"... whatever that means to me, however it inspires me to create something for her to hang in her living room....Any clues? size? style? cost? colours?.... No, just whatever you come up up with (oh, the sofa's red)
I love this girl, & not just cos i can paint & write whatever I like (or cos she'll probably read this!). It's actually quite a responsibility & a test of how I connect with her. It would be quite easy to look up a few "new beginnings" quotations & slap some colours together that would match her room.... but that's not how I work.... before she even left I was already seeing a line of red amongst green... an idea of light spreading out... of a seed beginning to grow.... And that was it. For weeks the idea got no further. Just a brief glimpse of a picture, a hazy idea... of red & green & a seed.

Then a few words started to form...'who knew how this seed would grow... planted in a heart...' the idea of her heart opening... I was thinking about Karen's personal growth, her journey with Yoga, Reiki... & Love. That night she emailed with a new address & moving date... oh, how the energies move! I wasn't ready to start painting yet, & words floated around tantalizingly for a good while longer.

When I did start to paint it was with the idea of an earthly/physical heart, grounded in the earth & the physical plane, but also the feeling of higher energies & spiritual connection. I still had the picture in my mind of a red line amongst green, but didn't really know what I was actually going to do... so I took a deep breath & opened myself up to the energies that flow... walking around, letting my fingers run over various paints... thinking of Karen, asking for guidance... translucency.... aha, acrylic inks- pink & green... grounded, earthly- wood dyes, light & medium oak, ooh & some pale green acrylic... physical heart- red acrylic...

The bands of colour over-lap & blend...I used a small sponge roller & a brush randomly creating texture & blending on the canvas, moving quite quickly... another deep breath when I finished this stage, actually feeling nervous about whether she would like what I was creating (it is different from other work of mine that she has seen), but knowing that this is exactly what it should be.... It was only after this that I could start jotting down phrases & ideas for words, nothing concrete, just random thoughts...

And this is my work in progress... the canvasses are 24 inches tall, 18, 30 & 18 inches wide respectively, so take up the full drawing board... I need to work on them together as the lettering runs across them all.
The strip of paper acts as an anchor point as i write, helping to keep the lettering straight without the hardness of a fixed line... also I can test colour on it, mixing as I go... or ghost write a word to help judge spacing... and acts as a guard sheet for my hand. I pick out phrases from my notebook, turn them round in my mind & write as they come together. Sounds simple, but it took ages! Acrylic dries fast, but can be lifted out with a wet cloth if I spot a mistake within a few letters!

The lettering is done with a small pointed brush; on it's side for the thick strokes, lifted back to its point for the thins... i used white acrylic ink, randomly mixed with the pink & red (with green ink & wood dye for the lower lines) ... varying from almost translucent to nearly solid... dancing ethereally across the canvas (I hope!)... a mixture of lower & upper case... higher & lower dimensions... physical & spiritual co-existing, merging happily side by side... unified... just as we seek to unify the aspects of Self, both within & without...

Who knew how this seed would grow, 
planted in a heart well hidden?
Heart unfolding- seed unfurling- transformed by inner magic 
& silent healing whispers calling to this soul.

Who knew where this dream would flow, rooted in this 
earthly plane & flowering in the heavens?
Mists part- veils lift- revealing this vision.
Gaze & wonder at this sight- the joy of new beginnings.

If you came from suzi's scribbles, click here to go back

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Like Trees....??

Then you might like to take a look at the Via Negativa blog... (this post specifically)

This is a monthly blog carnival called Festival of the Trees. (Thanks J, for pointing me in this direction)... a monthly event hosted by one of the participants on their blog.... It's a wonderful collection of tree related 'stuff' with links to allsorts from loads of people.

Incidentally, the post has a quote from Wangari Maathai... you can see a piece of work I did to be presented to her here, The Heart of The Tree.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

A Maple Tree....

....shakes itself
scattering golden leaves

(pencil & watercolour)

(ruling pen, watercolour, walnut ink & mitchell nib)

(watercolour pencils)

Another haiku & more leaves... can you tell they inspire me, lol?

Withering Leaves....

....I walk on their voices (Horiuchi)

I thought of these words as I crunched through leaves, crisped by early frost.... the words have floated into my mind several times over the last few weeks as leaves have fallen....

(walnut ink & watercolour; ruling pen & mitchell nib)
click to enlarge

So, I had a bit of a play, just trying to capture the feeling, the colours.... the sense of the words in connection with the pictures i've taken. It may have helped to have the photos to hand, but my memory served me well enough....

I love the sludgy colours... so many shades of grey/brown.... we tend to associate the rust & orange tones with autumn leaves don't we? I sort of automatically added them to my palette....

(pencil & watercolour)

if i'd had the photos with me i might have mixed more accurate colours.... kept them more subdued maybe, but it's not an issue for what i was doing...

Natural textures always inspire me to write... sometimes my own words, often the words of others... words & quotations just pop into my mind as i walk.... seeing... feeling the beauty of what is around me...

(pencil & watercolour)

I'll probably turn them into little 'autumn concertina books'... sometime.... i've got quite a stack of things i'm working on at the moment, so we'll see... ideas are changing for these little examples as i write!

Monday, 23 November 2009


Let us take the threads of our gratitude & weave them into a blanket to wrap around the whole world. Whenever we feel the need we can pull it closer & snuggle into the healing protective layer…  be soothed by the blessings & thankfulness of kindred spirits… we can breathe in the scent of love infused into the fabric that we have woven together. Know that you can pull it closer at any time to protect against the chill of loss, pain, separation, illness, fear, loneliness, doubt or anything else that may be troubling you… All you ever need to do is pull that blanket closer to feel our arms around you, comforting & helping you to feel the warmth & brightness of your own inner light. 

Perhaps when your world seems to be collapsing around you, the last thing you want to hear is someone telling you to "look on the bright side". My darkest times may not compare to what many people have to contend with, but something my dad told me has always stuck with me "You've got to look for the things that are right, suzi, not the things that are wrong.... be thankful for what you have got, not the things you havn't"

One person who is a shining example of this outlook is Laura, over at Shine the Divine.... while you are there, look at her post on November 17- Calling All Angels. Laura was worried that due to her health she may struggle to write a Thanksgiving post (Nov 26 in the USA) so she had the idea of asking people to contribute their thoughts of what they are grateful for... the idea sort of grew... why not get as many people around the blogosphere to roll out the idea, collecting comments of gratitude & thankfulness all around the world... creating a giant patchwork quilt for Thanksgiving... so what if it isn't celebrated everywhere... any day can be a day to share, so why not this one... this is part of her message... please go over & read it all


So, my blogging friends.... please send me your messages of gratitude... either via comment form or email with GRATITUDE in the subject line & i will add my patch to laura's quilt... and if you like, spread it out through your blogroll too!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Ash Keys Turning

I’ve watched these keys turn…. keys turning… keys… what is a key? A clue… to open a door…. holding a seed?

12th Sept- leaves are still very green, but the first ash keys are starting to change colour

Questions have floated into my mind….What does a key mean to you? Is it a clue of what to do or where to go... will it open the door to secrets you hold… the door of wisdom & inner knowing… will it turn the lock to intuition, the way to live with clarity… does it hold a seed of future growth, a seed of hope & harmony? 

27th Sept- all the keys are now a lovely golden colour

Keys have wings to carry them to places to grow… fertile soil… is your mind a fertile place? open to ideas & thoughts & growth? Have your ideas got wings to carry them along?

11th Oct- golden keys have turned to russet~ the leaves are starting to pale...

Take the those doors to your potential... sow the seeds, open your mind, begin to grow… unlock the wisdom its yours to find… fly on the wings of opportunity, find the ground where you can grow… keys to your dreams ...seeds of vision… of harmony….

25th Oct- within a fortnight the leaves are almost totally shed~ the keys a copper clour

What do you see? What do you feel? you share the journey of these precious seeds... nurtured in the keys of the ash tree?

7th Nov- leaves are gone, just the keys hang on. they will stay until next year, not dropping until after the new growth of leaves & the next clutch of seeds begin to form.

7th Nov- 
Cold silence after the winds….Ash keys whisper to the moon… She answers on the breeze… with a vision of hope & harmony...

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Calling all Wand-Makers

Do you make wands? Would you like to sell wands to a reputable wholesaler? Have you thought that you would love to spend more time making them if only you could sell them? Perhaps we can help each other.
If you don't make them yourself, perhaps you know someone who may be interested & could pass this on....

A friend of mine is setting up a wholesale business selling crystals... he would also like to supply wands, but needs a steady, regular supply... He contacted me to see if I knew anyone...

Steve is very energy aware, spiritual, a crystal healer & also has a savvy business brain... he is actually involved with the mine where his crystals come from & is committed to ethical, responsible methods aswell as investing in the local community in Kenya. Also, he tells me that Judy Hall (The Crystal Bible) is prepared to endorse his crystals. (this is just to give you a bit of background!) He is the guy who set up Spirit-Trader

Being involved with large quantities of crystals means that Steve gets loads of small bits, quartz points etc... which is where he got the 'aha' moment that they would be ideal for wands. So if you fancy the idea of sitting making wands, and getting paid for it, the crystals can be supplied free!

Obviously, we have no idea exactly how many, so I'm looking for people who make wands.... various styles, sizes, prices, qualities & quantities... to talk to, discuss with etc... could you commit to supplying, say, 1 or 5 or 10 or 50?!!.... how often? what price? etc etc

I'm well aware that they take time... that there is the energy aswell.... I have no idea how this will work at the moment or who it will appeal to.... so if you would like to talk any more get in touch at or pass on to someone who might know someone...!!

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Look Into My Eyes....

When I first started blogging, i never considered posting a picture of myself... i felt like the shy newcomer dipping a toe in the water... i thought i'd just hang around & observe a while before I said much.

Ha! that didn't last long did it? From the start, I felt included... the welcome I received, the comments & responses... they all invite interaction, reciprocation, but in a way that doesn't feel there are expectations or strings attached. And because of that freedom relationships have grown.

We weave our connections on the strands of the web, often with no visual image of the people we resonate with... connecting with hearts & minds rather than the physical body. In many ways I think this makes it easier... we say what we feel, have conversations we probably wouldn't get around to with someone we meet face to face... at least not straight away.

I've thought a few times about putting my picture on my profile, but never got around to it.... needed to take one for a start, and usually I'd rather spend my time here either writing or visiting other people. Then, the other day someone suggested it would be good to see a picture of me over at suzi's scribbles; so I started playing with the camera program on my computer....

I don't know... does a photograph make a difference? I don't particularly look for a picture of anyone... but it is nice to satisfy a curiosity now n again, but it wouldn't make a difference to me buying anything from someone whose work I liked, or whose words resonated with me.

Some would say that showing a picture is part of being authentic... others would say no, keep the mystery... from a marketing point of view a photograph is good.... it implies you have nothing to hide... but people who are less than honest know this & will use an image to give an impression of trustworthiness...

So for now I tease...
Look into my eyes, what do you see?
Have i the power to hypnotize,
Coerce you into buying from me?

Lol, I couldn't hard-sell if i tried... I wouldn't want to. I just do what I do & reckon if people like what they see they will buy... but I also know that I have the responsibility of getting my work 'out there' for people to see, so they have the option; the website is just one step towards that, things will unfold as they are meant to... & yeah, it will most likely include photographs for no reason other than i want to!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Time of Radical Shift

I think many of us have an instinctive feeling that big things are happening; around us & for mankind, on Earth & 'out there' in the Universe. I've always had the opinion that the prophesies about 2012 are connected to the potentials created by planetary alignments... I'm sure the Mayan calendar takes into account planets that we are not aware of yet. For example Sedna, 'discovered' in 2003, has an orbit estimated at between 10.5 & 12 thousand years... the mayan calendar has a sub-cycle of 11,500 years! What other planets are as yet unknown to us, and how might they affect us astrologically?

It takes years of observation & intuition to thoroughly understand how planets affect us, so we aren't going to uncover the implications of recent planetary discoveries in a hurry, are we? There is some astrological info on Sedna here (the link on this page to a previous article is interesting too) and here
This one has insights into several of the more recently discovered 'watery' planets.

You might like to read an astrological explanation about part of what is heading our way here. It concerns the Cardinal Grand Cross that has been forming in the heavens from 2008 til mid 2010. For me, it confirms much of what I thought without the benefit of in depth astrological knowledge.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Taurus Full Moon & Mars in Leo

I've been very fired up these last few weeks both creatively & with regard to getting back to earning my own money rather than being employed.... I just read this

"Consider that generally speaking Mars in Leo is about taking charge of one's own destiny, control of one's own life. If we have Mars in Leo in our natal chart, we are driven towards creative self-actualization as Kings and Queens of our own lives, passionate, inspiring, dignified and creative"- from Melody's Astrology Blog

Guess where my mars is (no, not the chocolate one!).... yep Leo, & my sun sign is Taurus... i read somewhere else that another couple of my planets are part of the planetary 'grand cross' that is in place at the moment, but i can't find the link to double check what it all meant.... any how, i guess the astrological vibes are helping me out at the moment, lol, I'll take any help I can get!!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

My New Calligraphy Site!!

Well... I have been more focussed on generating an income from my calligraphy & lettering art recently... one step being somewhere to showcase my work. Can I ask you a favour? Take a peek at
and let me know what you think? I've still got a zillion photos to go on & a couple of information pages to add, but at the moment I just want to check if it reads ok before I get too far... I know white on black can get a bit hard on the eyes, so i've tried a couple of different text sizes here n there... would appreciate a bit of feedback if anyone wants to... i will be adding a link bar to canvasses, books, workshops etc & the glaring empty spaces will get sorted! Thanks... x (she says nervously!)

ps... just keep it between us for now.... i'm not ready to roll it out to the whole world til i'm happy with it!
(yeah i know, technically the whole world can see it... but I trust this corner)

Saturday, 31 October 2009


... the lands of the faerie...

There are worlds within worlds, not too far away. Whole eco-systems, that are probably totally unaware that we are watching.... or are they?

...magical places...

Tiny communities to us, a metropolis to their inhabitants as they scurry about their daily life. Do they wonder what is 'out there' beyond their known world? As we do...

...look into the depths...

It's only a matter of scale. This could be a huge crevasse where unfortunates have plunged into the depths, never to be seen again...

...where we can't tread...

But step back, change your perspective... Have you ever just sat & gazed into the doorway of another world? Just sat & stared, not thinking...? Meditated awhile...? Listened to messages from another time, another place?

...gateways to somewhere...

You can get lost in there for a while... journeying... sensing... learning.... sharing the wisdom of ancient trees & nature sprites. They know we're here, the dryads... nymphs.... fairies... spirits of nature. Their name doesn't matter... feel their energy.... send them your love.... let your higher self connect...

...secret places...

Could someone be watching us, in our tiny world, wondering if we know they're there? Maybe they took a picture on their morning walk & posted it somewhere 'out there'.... we could be ethereal beings in someone else's fairy tale.... couldn't we?

...and fairy houses...

I just love old tree trunks.... Symbols of a greater tree, no longer living in the way it did... but living, thriving in other ways. Look at the textures, the patterns, the colours... they inspire me in so many ways. What about you? 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...