Monday, January 2, 2012

trade-off moonday

I've been getting ready to shift gears and needed to do some rearranging. The Viking moved backwards into sleep mode, just started playing around with enshrining it during its hibernation, only some treasured stones so far but I've only just begun. Then my sewing basket moved front and center and this is where I hope to focus my energy now -- on handwork for the two classes I'm involved in, Magic Diaries and Frankenstitch. It's a trade-off. I'm noticing a lot of trade-offs in my life lately, and that's okay because we can't be all things at all times, right?



Today is a waxing moonday in the earth sign of Taurus. I've read that we may be inclined to hold back under a Taurus moon and maybe that's where making trade-offs is a good course of action. Once we're comfortable, then we can be focused and consistent with whatever it is we're doing. Stability and security are other needs of Taurus at the forefront now.

Taurus influences the health of the jaws and neck including the teeth, vocal cords, ears, thyroid gland, and larynx. Speaking out and being heard are important now. The color associated with both Taurus and the throat chakra is blue -- I'm thinking I'll wear a blue scarf today to self-nurture as I find and use my voice. Join me?

18 comments:

Nancy said...

I like how you've given ritual to this shifting of gears.

handstories said...

oh, look at all you're doing. your bookcloths are inspired & great. and how wonderful that you're honoring your machine. mine's lucky to get a dusting, i'll try to be more respectful from now on. & how do you do that b&w/color thing with your photos? going to look for a blue scarf.

deanna7trees said...

such a neat sewing basket. i have 3 around and all are a mess. i too love how you are honoring your machine.

Jeannie said...

I love the sewing machine altar. So fitting for a machine that we tend to take for granted, except when it doesn't cooperate mid project. An interesting development occured when my thyroid was removed. I have never been out spoken. I was raised to be polite, even if it meant being walked upon. That disappeared with the thyroid gland. I speak my mind. Not only is it shocking to me, but to others! What happened to the meek Jeannie who would never stand up for herself? I look at it as a major break through and I am celebrating my new found voice. (Some family members aren't quite as thrilled - lol!) Wishing you a beautiful week. I shall miss you in the Diaries, but I will visit here.

Jacky said...

Hi Peggy...being a taurean, I took a lot from your words today (love reading your moonday posts).
I will wear blue today and am going to stitch blue cloth with you.
Your sewing machine altar is perfect...your machine looks very happy. And that lovely basket of threads.
I have needed a push after the holiday slump. You have given me that little push to change gears and get into things again.
Like Jeannie I will miss you over at Diaries, but will be popping into your blog regularly to keep in touch.

Sending love,

Jacky xox

Trish said...

I love these photographs and wow!...the stones . I love them!
Much love to you.x

woman with wings said...

Thank you, Nancy, it was absolutely a ritual!

woman with wings said...

Cindy, this is the first time I've thought of the sewing machine as an almost sacred object worth thought and care, stimulated by a conversation last week on how all our sewing machines were going on the blink. Usually, I throw a cloth over it. Or not! It still needs cleaning and de-linting and all that. The photos are an effect in Picasa. I forget if you're blogger or type pad?

woman with wings said...

Thanks, Deanna. Messes don't look like messes in a nice basket!

woman with wings said...

Jeannie, that is so interesting! I love knowing that about your thyroid and finding your voice. So cool that something so positive came out of that experience which couldn't have easy. Go, Jeannie!

I'm still working on the first Magic Diaries, I'm two months behind! Will maybe catch up enough to late-start the continuing diary class though.

woman with wings said...

Jacky, oh gosh, I wish I was caught up on the first magic diaries class but I've been too slow. My plan is to refocus so that I can take the next one. I'll be trailing along behind you...way back!

I'm glad the post resonated with you! I'm wearing the softest blue scarf as a neckerchief and it feels nice. Here's to us changing gears!

woman with wings said...

Trish, thank you -- can't go wrong with stones and baskets and threads, now can you? ;-)

COSMIC ARCATA said...

I love how you put closure on your time sewing on your machine. It is a celebration of sorts.

Thank you for the Moon reports.

Marie said...

Good reminder to show gratitude to the objects that serve us on a regular basis. I love all the little stones you chose to surround the machine and the little clay sculpture is very much like one I used to have many moons ago.

I think baskets are the greatest. I almost got the coolest one made in Africa, at Christmas but alas some one else took it from me in our Yankee swap.
<3

Drucilla Pettibone said...

i've been thinking about integrating my art/craft work with spirituality, and this is such a beautiful way! i have bits of supplies in so many random places, now i'm inspired to bring them together in a sacred basket. thank you from a traveling companion (in frankenstitch too!)

woman with wings said...

Becky, thanks -- yes, you say it just right -- a sense of closure! For a little while anyway...

woman with wings said...

Marie, aww, too bad about that basket, I've lost some good stuff at those exchanges, too...I forget what they call them around here. It's good to hide the present under your chair if you can! The little sculpture is new from a solstice exchange where you couldn't steal from each other. :-) I'm loving the Viking turning into an altar...

woman with wings said...

Hi Drucilla, oh yes, a round basket is also lovely on new moons to hold what you hope to work on during the next moon cycle and at full moons to celebrate what you've made... See you in class, I'm very excited about it!