Diana, by Gillian Booth

Diana, by Gillian Booth
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While living in the USA in the seventies I discovered an old art form which consisted of painting on shelf fungi (ganoderma applanatum, which grow to a very large size in the forests of the Eastern US). The oldest example I saw was of naive art dated 1890 so I knew they lasted once taken from the tree and thoroughly dried out.

This image is created by taking a burning tool and burning through to the layers under the clear pale surface, which gives the piece its colours.

These particular fungi were also used by Eastern US tribal peoples, under their rain skins on their shoulders to hold the garment off in rain and prevent soaking, and as fuel for fires which would be lit at the head and feet, smouldering all night and warding off stinging flies and insects.

I supported myself by burning into these fungi and designing leather waistcoats, pouches and belts which I also burned.

I also paint but my real love is writing and I am about to publish my second book coming out of my second visit to New Mexico USA last year. My first visit to that extraordinary place was in 2005 after which I wrote and published my first book, The Cleaning Lady and The Singing Cowboy.

I moved to Glastonbury in 1998 and support and cherish my two cats Maeve and Plato (currently aka Mr. McPhee), and The Phoenix Project.

Gillian Booth

The Standstill Gallery

Jill Smith's recent sequence of pictures: The Moon and the Mountain - the Standstill Journey, inspired by the 1987 lunar standstill were exhibited in the summer of 2006 at the An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, and at the Calanais Visitor Centre, Isle of Lewis. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger versions and don't forget to visit Jill's own website (where you can buy originals and see much more of her work). The final picture in the sequence refers to plans to build a huge windfarm on Lewis which would be a bit of a disaster for the local environment and also the beauty of the place. Continue reading "The Standstill Gallery"

Mermaid 1

Mermaid 1 by Elizabeth HazelElizabeth Hazel is a professional astrologer, tarotist, author of "Tarot Decoded" (Weiser) and columnist. She writes "Astro-Spell" for newWitch Magazine, "StarCrypt" for Mysteries Magazine, and "Third Rock Almanac" weekly horoscope for newspapers. Liz is hoping to have copies of her Vala Tarot available sometime this year. Images of this tarot deck, other art work, and contact info are available at  http://kozmic-kitchen.com.

Queen Bee

Queen Bee, by Angie BowenThe cover art for this issue was donated by Angie Bowen, who writes:

"I'm a 30 year old Dianic Witch living in the mountains of Colorado. I've been seriously pursuing art for about 3 years now though it's been a passion of mine for ages. Art is a very spiritual practice for me and much of my art is either Goddess or woman centered, often both. You can see more of my work at http://thecreativeraven.arbent.net

Earth Air Water Fire – by Sophia Breillat

This issue's cover image is by Sophia Breillat, a writer, artist and astrologer. Named Earth Air Water Fire the painting is from Sophia's "Glimpses of Nature" gallery, in which she writes about this image:

Earth giving sustenance and fertility
Air giving lightness of being
Water giving softness and fluidity
Fire giving vibrance and warmth
All giving life

Earth, Air, Water, Fire, by Sophia Breillat

More about Sophia

Sophia is a wise woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart... Through the enriching inner transformation given by her life experiences she helps many women all over the world to accept, enjoy and and trust the intuitive wisdom and mysterious depth of the feminine psyche.

Through her many inspiring articles Sophia encourages women to align with the inherent ebb and flow of the female mystery and the inherent rhythm of the earth... She offers wise guidance, mentoring and counseling for menstruation, adolescence, lovemaking, relationships, pregnancy, birthing, parenting, menopause and beyond.

Her unique art embraces the sacredness of the feminine spirit and the spirit of the earth... Her beautiful paintings are alive with a glorious profusion of flowing lines, vibrant colours and ancient symbols... These powerful images emanate a mystical and mythical quality that reflects a deep sense of stillness, joy and peace.

Sophia’s website is a sacred space of loving truth and wisdom that supports women during their journey into wholeness and healing... It is a creative offering of inspiring words and powerful images that nurture the awakening  of the female essence and embody the earth’s transformational cycles of life, replenishment and renewal.

Sophia is widely acknowledged as a powerful, courageous and honest writer who dares to bring unspoken words and hidden secrets into the light for healing... Many people are challenged, inspired and deeply touched by the perceptive insights of her writing, which brings the ancient truth and mystery of woman and the earth into the marketplace of contemporary society.

Sophia creates natal horoscopes for adults, newborn babies and children of ages... These readings are beautifully illustrated and intuitively aligned with the spiritual essence of her clients... Her perceptive astrological counseling consultations and her wise woman menopausal mentoring consultations offer deep insight, conscious guidance and the opportunity for real transformation.

Her training includes reconnective healing, intuitive massage, primal therapy, counseling skills, astrology, writing, art and design, instructional skills and training program design... She has facilitated many inspiring and creative courses and workshops that embrace a vast array of subjects.

Sophia is currently writing a series of books that nurture and honour the natural rhythms of the female body and psyche... They are an inspiring offering of wisdom, support and healing that invites women to enjoy the power of female wildness, the depth of female wisdom and the sacredness of female truth.

Her articles, paintings and poetry are featured throughout many websites and magazines in the U.K., U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Canada and Serbia... An expansive selection of her prolific art, writing excerpts and poetry can be viewed on her website. You can email Sophia by clicking here.

Flowing with Music, by Sanndi Art

bellydanceSanndi has always had an interest in the mystical realm of mermaids, goddesses, angels, etc. The mystical side of life and the beauty of nature often served as muses for her art. Then a few years ago when Sanndi discovered bellydance a whole new muse was born! Sanndi felt it needed to be expressed through painting due to its vivid colors, exotic costumes, and the passion and mystery that emanated from the dance. Not only was bellydanceinspiring to paint but very soul fullfilling as well. Sanndi found bellydance gets you in tune with your body and all of the fabulous curves we have as women! Many of the moves focus on the abdomen muscles and the hips and are very empowering to experience. Sanndi feels the art of bellydancing really gets you in touch with your own inner goddess, most definitely! This ancient dance continues to inspire Sanndi with many creative images for future paintings.

Other subjects for Sanndi's art include mermaids or other ethereal-type women depicted in nature. Sanndi often enjoys sitting outdoors to paint, where she can feel the spirits of nature in the flowers and plants surrounding her. Her choice of medium is often watercolors or markers.

Sanndi started her company, Sanndi Art, in 2009 and began selling prints of her art online and in person as a vendor at various bellydance shows in Atlanta, Georgia. Aside from her prints she also incoporates her art on hand-crafted keepsake boxes and on Christmas ornaments.Future projects include her own line of greeting cards and possibly a Tarot Card Deck. SanndiArt has been featured in several dance magazines in the U.S.

Sanndi hopes her art will inspire women to feel joy within their bodies and maybe even take a dance class! It doesn't matter what kind of dance class, JUST DANCE!(it truly is good for the soul!) Sanndi is a long-time native of Georgia, (a true southerner!). She currently resides in a small town away from Atlanta where it is quiet and she can paint outdoors and commune with nature.

To view more of her work or to order prints of her art, please visit her at www.sanndiart.com or you may contact her at sand518@netzero.net

“Goddesses”, by Ann Cook

"Goddesses", by Ann CookAnn Cook has been taking stunning photographs at the Glastonbury Goddess Conference for many years now and this collection, showing maidens, mothers, crones and some of our lovely conference men has been produced as a beautiful record of this amazing event.  One of the things I most love about the photographs is that I can see our conference "babies" - children of people who come year after year - grow into lovely young women and men, full of confidence and love for Goddess.

Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and is first and foremost a people and portrait photographer.  She is also known for her alternative wedding photography, using photo journalist techniques to bring a fresher look to the more traditional formal approach.

Many of the photos she has taken at the conference can be seen at her website, and the book can also be previewed here.  You will need to contact Ann for the password to access the galleries and book preview, at least for the present.

About our cover art

Enchanted Moon Goddess Cabinet, by Rachel Pereira

Rachel Pereira is a Somerset born, self-taught artist. She travels a lot around Europe and has a 5 year old son. Her interests include  folklore, herbalism, crystals, community living, art and design, yoga,  psychology and children. She is also a vocalist, lyricist and writer.

Rachel is available to customise furniture for your special gift - wedding, christening, blessing, birthday, etc, and also paints murals or canvases.  You can contact her at her website: aeonloveboutique.com or via her email.