Winged Enchantment Oracle update: 23 paintings done, 15 more to go! It’s hard to believe that I signed a contract for Winged Enchantment nearly three years ago. It’s harder still to believe that my first deck Shapeshifter Tarot was published fifteen years ago. Needless to say, I’ve grown from a young, intrepid artist eager to conquer the world into a thoughtful, reflective artist who finally understands the truth behind the adage: Patience is a virtue. Though I’m mellowing with age and have learned to appreciate every single day and all the treasures that are hidden within the ordinary, I haven’t exhausted my desire to draw, paint, write and learn.
But my journey has shifted from always looking for something ahead rather than deriving joy from the steps right in front of me. Maybe my need for bifocals is symbolic of how my internal being sees the world now. There is the wonderful here and now, up close and personal– and there is the ever-distant cold horizon. There is no reaching a grand golden staircase that will lead one to forever self-glory and lasting satisfaction. The goals are visible in the very steps in front of me, clear as day. They are visible in front of everyone. But it takes patience to recognize the value of the immediate path and how sacred every step we take really is.
The glorious peacock appears all over the world mythological map and has entranced humanity with it’s gorgeous display and “past life connections”. In Lesley Morrison’s wonderful book The Healing Wisdom of Birds, she refers to the peacock as possessing self-esteem rather than ego pride. There is a huge difference and many human beings make the mistake of assuming an overinflated ego is a display of self assurance. Instead: “Peacock summons you to walk your talk and share your gifts and inner beauty with the world in a peaceful and joyful way.” ***
To help commemorate the deck-only release of the classic Shapeshifter Tarot, I am offering a Limited Edition 2013 Shapeshifter Tarot kit for only $48.00. The kit includes a signed deck and booklet, an original 8.5 x 11 pencil animal shapeshifter drawing with an animal of your choosing, and a high-quality 4×6 print/card of the perennial favorite, The Sorceress. I’m limiting the offer to 25 orders. I think the production quality of the deck is wonderful and am delighted a more affordable format is now available for anyone who is interested in Celtic Shamanism and animal energies. Thank you to all of my friends and fans who have supported Shapeshifter Tarot for the past 15 years. It is much appreciated! You can also purchase the deck direcly from Amazon. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
In between working on bird shapeshifter paintings and preparing orders for my wonderful customers, I’m finishing up work on my friend Arwen Lynch’s project, Fairy Tale Spreads. Here’s another Fairy Tale Spirit drawing: A depiction of The Ugly Duckling.
In other Hunt-Kramerville news
Here are some captures of our winter-in-Florida garden. The balmy days of February have provided an endless harvest of lettuce and tomatoes. Kyra loves “the fairy garden” and enjoys making the daily rounds to make sure all is well in this organic land of magic.