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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Nature's Artistry Within the Kin Domain

As fall encroaches on summer's end, I'm finding many beautiful works of art around the house and garden. This year the spider webs are particularly profound--large and literally in my face messages. I took this picture several days after the new moon. Like most artists, my creativity must spin around my daily life. The balance is delicate. When fall comes and the time of outdoor productivity slows, I'm reminded of the shift I must make toward my indoor productivity. I'm a writer. The temperature changes, the old season culminates, a new one begins and I start the inward journey that takes me to the written word. I'm clear this is the time I write more and read more.

If you are curious about the connectivity and messages given to us from the world of nature, you'll be fascinated by Ted Andrews' study of the insects and animals. In his book, his insight, his animal speak, on the spider is several pages long. Below is the section which spoke to me.

"Spider is the guardian of the ancient languages and alphabets--Chinese, many, there was an alphabet even more primordial. It was formed by the geometric patterns and angles found within spider's web. To many this was the first true alphabet. This is why spider is considered the teacher of language and the magic of writing. Those who weave magic with the written word probably have a spider totem...Because it is constantly building and weaving new webs, it has also been a lunar symbol, with ties to the waxing and waning of the moon. For those with this totem, this pattern is a reminder to maintain balance and polarity in all aspects of life. Spider teaches that through polarity and balance creativity is stimulated..."

If you would like to know more about this insect or about the attributes associated with all animal life, consider Ted Andrews' book , Animal Speak.


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