After three shows in three weeks, I was fried and decided to take the rest of May off from painting. Sales from the shows were disappointing and I even had a mini-panic attack at one of the openings, thanks to the hot weather and humongous crowds that had me backed into a corner. Clearly if I want to continue being a full-time artist, I needed to get smarter about selling my work or else find alternatives to supplement my income.
I told my Guides I needed a sign - something to show me to stay on this path I chose to follow on 11-1-11. I always talk with my Guides when I have a big decision to make, so this is my norm. I often draw a Tarot card (or two or three!) for additional enlightenment, and the card I pulled that morning was the Six of Swords.
I left to take Jackson, the wonder dog out for his daily walk with earphones in my ears, listening to some music. We took the same route we usually take and a few blocks in, I found the key in the center of the sidewalk in front of me. I picked it up and stuck it in my pocket, thinking "hmmmm.....I wonder what this means?" The next thing I found was the Quarter, and a few blocks later I found the Six of Spades card.
Curiosity piqued, I kept walking then found the metal nut and circular thingamajiggy. Interestingly enough, all five of these things were directly on the sidewalk in front of me on my route - not in the street or the landscape!
Nodding my head in confirmation, I knew these items were signs being literally placed at my feet. To me, the key symbolized I was being encouraged to keep moving forward; the quarter saying the money would be there as I needed it; the Six of Spades card letting me know I needed to continue pursuing a creative path and travel may be involved; the metal circle meaning full circle and infinity; and the bolt meaning for me to forge my way on my own terms, and pursue some new ideas I've recently had, no matter what others thought.
As if these messages weren't clear enough, I turned the corner to go home and the song "I Need A Sign" by Train began playing on my iTunes.
Turns out my Guides were screaming at me, telling me to once again to open my eyes and accept the signs they put before me. I'm pretty bull-headed at times and even when I get my signs I ask for (ie pennies, feathers, out of the blue art sales) I often feel it's not enough or doubt that was what they meant.
Trust is a big thing for me, and that's my word for 2017. I know I need to work on it and clearly I need to start trusting my Guides know what's best.
So the art will continue, starting back up again in June while I enjoy the rest of my mini-vacation. And I've decided I'm going to start getting more serious about doing intuitive Tarot readings for others besides my friends. So here's my new website, called "Creative Soul Revival." I actually started the business in 2013 and used the name for my classes I taught out of my studio. But after experiencing a bout of burn-out from the shows, I decided it was time to redirect the business and add a bit of woo-woo to it. After all - what better way to get revive your tired, creative Soul than through Art and a little magic?