Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage NewsletterSoul Songs
Your SoulCollage® Newsletter

Enabling us to sing the songs
we were born to sing
through the practice
of SoulCollage®
Issue #152  February 2018 Theme:  Open Call
Welcome!

Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul Newsletter, and the only monthly newsletter that focuses exclusively on SoulCollage® ideas, resources and artists.

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Soul Singing with Anne Marie
Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul.com
Hi! I'm Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul.com, and a SoulCollage® facilitator in Massachusetts. If you're just starting to sing your song with SoulCollage®, this column is especially for you.


Happy February, everyone! I’m taking this month off from my column to make room for Karen Regina’s awesome essay below. Enjoy!


Anne Marie Bennett is a writer, self-taught artist, website goddess, cancer survivor, and SoulCollage® Facilitator / Trainer who was mentored directly by Seena Frost. In 2005, she fell in love with SoulCollage® and was inspired to use her professional experience along with Internet technology as a means to serve the world by putting SoulCollage® "out there" in a really big way with KaleidoSoul. Anne Marie lives in eastern Massachusetts with her middle-aged husband, an elderly dog and two adolescent felines who keep them all young. You can read more about how SoulCollage® assisted her on her cancer journey on her website SOS Cancer Journeys. Anne Marie's newest book, Through the Eyes of SoulCollage® is now available.


 
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Elemental Alchemy and the Chakras

60 minute SoulCollage® VIDEO class
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The Elements are a core part of our everyday world. Earth. Water. Fire. Air. Ether. Light. Thought. Elements are the building blocks of all creation.

Relating with the EcoSystem of the Moment through its Elemental Components opens amazing portals for self-reflection and expanded appreciation for life.

Each element vibrates at a different frequency, and has its own unique expression of Life Force.

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- Journal (and something to write with)
  

Date:  Sunday February 25, 2018
 

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Guest Columnist: Karen Regina


Hi, I’m SoulCollager Karen Regina from Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m pleased to share with you a process I used to add new depth to my SoulCollage® deck.






Making a Soul Collage® Tarot Deck

“... ultimately, you need to make your own tarot card deck with the images to which you relate the most, the ones that make you react and get your imagination going. The card images with the most meaning to you. Maybe you can…search…for pictures you find significant….” ~ Stefan Stenudd, tarot author

Decades before I discovered SoulCollage®, I possessed several tarot decks. Deeply into metaphysical pursuits at the time, I expected Tarot to complement my budding spirituality. But the cards simply didn’t resonate with me. Their symbolism puzzled me, the sheer amount of interpretive information overwhelmed me, and Tarot’s “big picture” escaped me. I stored the decks away and never used them.

In early 2016, two years into my SoulCollage® journey, I decided to revisit Tarot. Collage had taught me much about image symbolism and card interpretation, and I felt ready to turn these skills to Tarot. I enrolled in Stephanie Anderson Ladd’s 22-week e-course exploring tarot’s Major Arcana through the lens of SoulCollage®. Each week, I learned about a different Major and made my own SoulCollage® version of that card. This is my Magician card. Ladd’s exemplary course inspired me to continue making tarot cards intentionally over the next 18 months until I finally had a complete deck of 78.

I am one who harnesses universal energies to manifest my desires.

I fortunately had a voluminous collection of images to choose from. Serendipitously, pictures I wondered why I’d kept for years suddenly became good fits for certain cards. For example, the crucifix on my Ten of Swords card shown below. On tarot websites, I found considerable variation in meanings and illustrations for every card, a signal I could design mine as I saw fit. I especially wanted to infuse more feminine energy into my deck, as traditionally most tarot figures are male. The result is a deck that is personal to me, that I understand and relate to, yet embodies customary meanings.

As I crafted my deck, I saw how complementary Tarot and SoulCollage® are. Archetypes, symbolism, and four suits underpin both. Working with each entails drawing cards, laying out spreads, asking questions, interpreting meaning, and reflecting. They are equally mysterious, portals to the unconscious and the imagination, awakening the innate wisdom inside us.

Of course, the major difference between Tarot and SoulCollage® is that in SoulCollage® we always read our cards for ourselves and never for anyone else. Tarot practitioners offer readings for others.

Archetypes are the essence of the Major Arcana, as they are the foundation of the Council Suit. These 22 cards are the heart of Tarot, symbolizing common aspects of the universal human experience and illustrating one’s journey through life with all its pitfalls and accomplishments, what some call the Fool’s Journey that leads to self-actualization and completion. My Majors manifested easily, as I was comfortable with the concept of archetypes from making Council cards. I already had Council cards for some, such as Death, Lovers, and Devil. Eighteen of my Majors feature strong, powerful, mysterious, wild, wise, and playful women; only The Emperor depicts a solo male figure.

Keywords and phrases commonly associated with each Major helped me select images, while key questions aided interpretations. I also use the “I am one who…” SoulCollage® protocol with my tarot cards. My Temperance card has a contemporary look yet conveys traditional meaning.


I am one who blends opposites together to find balance in the middle.

I put off making the Minor Arcana numbered cards for quite a while. These were the cards I least understood no matter what deck I looked at. The art in traditional decks did not appeal to me, and all the cards looked basically alike to my inexperienced eye. And what was I to make of, say, a contemporary card with 10 swords splayed across it with nary a human figure or building to ponder? They frustrated me, to say the least.

Also, I struggled with a basic compositional challenge. Where would I find enough images of pentacles, for example, to make 10 cards? I’d need 55 pentacles to make the 10 numbered cards as they’re traditionally represented. And even if I could find enough pentacles, how would I fit eight, or nine, or 10 pentacles onto a given card? Then one day, an answer came intuitively! Rather than actually showing the requisite number of pentacles, I could create a small icon for each suit and place a graphic number next to the icon, as seen in my Six of Pentacles card.


I am one who wisely maintains a balance between giving and receiving.

With that problem solved, I dove into collaging the Minors, suit by suit, card by card. The numbered Minors parallel the Committee Suit. Both tell personal stories of everyday life, reveal our inner sub-personalities, and bring “big picture” archetypal themes down to a practical level to show how they operate in daily events.

There was so much to consider in making the Minors. Regardless of deck, each card is carefully illustrated to convey meaning through every detail; nothing appears by accident. They are replete with symbols, many hidden or recurring, some new to me. Each is also an “individual story” archetype, such as Success, Competition, Generosity, Despair, Gluttony, or Victimhood. These abstract concepts were harder to make cards for than the Majors. While meanings for the Majors are basically agreed upon, there is often no fixed notion about the Minors’ messages; experts still debate about some. When confronted with multiple meanings for a card, I chose to illustrate the concept that had most meaning for me. Intuition was definitely needed.

The four Minor Arcana suits have distinct qualities linked to realms of being and Greek elements, familiar energies throughout my SoulCollage® deck. Cups are the suit of emotions and relationship patterns and are associated with Water. Pentacles relate to material concerns and physicality, connected to Earth. Swords cover the domain of intellect, reason, and thought, surrounded by Air. And Wands are about action, creativity, and intention, inspired by Fire. To reinforce suit qualities, I included visual cues of the relevant element on each Minor card, typically small and in the background in the form of earth matter like mountains, clouds, fire, or water, as in my Three of Cups. All this factored into card-making.


I am one who values camaraderie and celebrating my joy and happiness with friends.

Each suit has both positive and shadow aspects, adding another layer of complexity to card-making and at times revealing unflattering aspects of myself. I recognize in me the practicality of Pentacles and the creative passion of Wands. I want very much to “be” a Cups person (who doesn’t?)—warm, sympathetic, embracing loving relationships—but cards with messages of domestic bliss don’t register with me. Instead I relate to the shadow side of Cups that is moody, introverted, and touchy. Swords is actually the suit that most reflects me. On the positive side, I’m logical, well-informed, and articulate, but conversely I’m prone to disharmony, being critical, and letting my mind run amuck. Making Swords cards was intense, as so many conveyed shadowy concepts such as desertion, loss, betrayal, victimhood, anguish, and defeat. Looking at those dark cards and the images I purposefully chose for them confronted me with the stark reality of how my mind plays havoc with my life. Swords are not a feel-good suit, considered “downer” cards that few want to see pop up in a reading. But their darkness mirrors internal states of mind rather than outward circumstances, and minds can change. I looked for the silver lining in their meanings.

A traditional Ten of Swords card shows a dead man stretched out on the ground with 10 swords jutting from his back against a backdrop of water, mountains, and dark skies. Grotesque! The overall message however is not about being killed but rather bottoming out, feeling like a martyr, sacrificing. So the crucifix image I used was apt. And because the card also means “darkness before dawn,” release, renewal, and liberation, I added a butterfly of transformation and a crown chakra lotus, rays of optimism on my dismal Sword card.


I am one who surrenders old patterns of self-pity and wondering “why me” as I transition to a new self.

The Court cards, aka Royals, represent personality traits of you or other people in your life and in that regard resemble the Community suit. The Royals are subsets of the Minors, four in each suit. While King and Queen are fairly standard, there is considerable variation in how the other two figures are identified. I chose to see the Royals as families, with King as father, Queen as mother, and two children, Prince and Princess, balancing male and female figures in the Court cards. This Princess of Wands is one of my favorite Royals.


I am one who creates my own unique style and generates fresh new ideas and energy.

I felt nervous when I began drawing cards; since my energy was so deeply embedded in them, I could hardly dismiss what came up in readings! I admit to slipping brief cheat sheets with keywords and questions for each card inside its clear crystal sleeve. The radiant Sun was my first daily draw, a positive start! I laid out my first Celtic Cross spread on a New Moon (in Libra = balance) and drew this random assortment - two each of Majors, Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles. Balance!

Making my own tarot deck was challenging, illuminating, powerful, and satisfying. As I wrote this column, I came across the quote that you saw at the beginning, pleased that it affirmed this process. I’m still a novice with much to learn about Tarot and intend to use my cards only for myself. Overall, I find Tarot to be more “heady” and SoulCollage® more intuitive but I find value in both. I hope some of you might decide to tackle making your own SoulCollage® tarot deck.

Karen Regina is retired from a career in education. She found SoulCollage® in early 2014 and quickly embraced it as the cornerstone of her current spiritual practices.
 
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As promised, we are featuring SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue.

Each card below is a card from one SoulCollager's Deck.



Perspective
Suit Unknown
Sandra
Canada

I am one who has realized that everyone has their own perspective in life. My perspective is a reflection of who I am and my experiences. Reality is perspective!





Compassion
Suit Unknown
Sandra
Canada

I am one whose heart aches for the world and all of its suffering and problems. I hope and pray that love will prevail in the end.


 


The Friendship of Women
Committee Suit
Kat
Arizona

I Am One Who values the friendship of women. We see each other clearly, and joyously celebrate the seasons together. We are similar but different, unique and yet a tribe of like-minded souls.





Survivor
Committee Suit
Pat
Massachusetts

I am the one who suffered in silence and rage. I am the one who always sees the beauty and hope in the world. I am the one who learned compassion for the suffering of others.





Mother-Daughter
Committee Suit
T.
Colorado

I am one who reflects on both my mother's life and her recent death. I am one who reflects on our relationship as mother and daughter with some conflicted feelings. I am one who admired how my mother--through her acting, singing, paintings, and laughter--focused not on the pain in her life but on how she could create more beauty in her life.





Untitled
Suit Unknown
Donna
California

I am the one who allows myself to feel ecstatic. In free flow, carried by freedom n flow...supported by the Goddesses. I'm no longer in the dark, but illuminated by the light.





On Top of the World
Council Suit
Laura
California

I am the one who stands balanced atop the world. I extend my arms in openness and acceptance to all living creatures. I am confident and optimistic. I am capable of anything! Balance is a dynamic process. Each shift requires another adjustment. With the ability to balance, any action can be accommodated without sacrificing the balance. The balance is the temporary stopping place; action is necessary. Balance is not stillness.





Feminine Wisdom Standing in World Chaos
Suit Unknown
Emilie
Texas

I am one who stands firm in the circle of women who have lived in the shadows and shame for too long, as the winds of change are blown across the patriarchal society. I am the one who is grounded in ancient feminine wisdom as we stand together in the chaotic times of change. I am the one who feels the old ways being flushed away to create the opening for harmonious living together. I am the one who can withstand this time of chaos.





Medusa
Suit Unknown
Sharon
Texas

I am one who recognizes anger as a powerful emotion. I am able to help you focus and find freedom through honest expression of such feelings.





My Crone Guardian Angel
Community Suit
Julie
Idaho

I am the one who has, as previously arranged, joined Julie at her time of Cronehood. I am the one who stays near to support her, guide her and love her as she travels on this blessed path of advanced age and wisdom. I am the one who she calls on when she becomes anxious or confused about the wonder and beauty that awaits her. I shoo the rats away!





Artist
Committee Suit
Maxine
Massachusetts

I am one who adores being surrounded by art and color, both monochromatic color as well as multi-colors. I am One who is delighted by what is unexpected, what is different & unique. I am one who loves to experiment and try new things.

 



Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.

Future themes include:

March: Spring/Growth
April:  Our Five Senses
 
 
KaleidoSoul Notes
KaleidoSoul Notes

Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage®

 
Facilitator TrainingsFacilitator Trainings: Information about content and dates/locations of upcoming trainings of SoulCollage® Facilitators.

SoulCollage websiteSoulCollage website - Seena Frost created the process of SoulCollage®, and this is her website.

KaleidoSoul - Spinning the fragments of your world into wholeness and beauty through SoulCollage®.

Kindred Spirits Join our fast-growing worldwide membership of people who put the "soul" in SoulCollage®!
VIRTUAL RETREAT


Say whaaaaaat? A PARTY for our inner critics? Maybe you’re thinking “Hmmm… Anne Marie has officially gone off the deep end now!”

But, no… I’m serious! It’s time to really listen to our inner critics’ messages and figure out how they are trying to help us (and they really, really are trying to help us). Only in this way can we lessen the sometimes frightfully negative hold they have on our lives.

For four hours we’ll gather together via an easy-to-click-and-access Zoom video conference link where we can actually see each other. (You can also call in via phone).

Anne Marie will lead the first 90 minutes of our time together with teaching and a guided imagery “Magical Inner Journey” to help us see our Inner Critics in a different light.

Then we’ll break so everyone can be on their own for one hour to make cards.

Finally, we’ll gather together for the last 90 minutes for some insight-full journaling, lots of sharing of our cards, and a closing circle to send us back out of the retreat and into our lives, freed up from the tenacious hold of our inner critical voices.

Saturday February 10, 2018
12 noon – 4 pm Eastern

If you can’t attend in person, we’ll send you the video recording along with all handouts.

Full investment for 4 hours: $48.00
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Sacredness, Surprise, and Synchronicity

Have you been longing to bring a deeper aspect of sacredness to your SoulCollage® work?

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You’ll receive: three 90-minute audio classes, lots of handouts, new card ideas, a private online community for sharing, and lots more.

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If so, please try this awesome work-at-your-own-pace course that consists of:
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ONLINE SOULCOLLAGE JOURNEY
 
Once Upon A Time: A 12-Week SoulCollage® Journey Into the World of Six Fairy Tales

This online series will allow you to become the Innocent who enters the forest and returns transformed. Every two weeks you will receive a lesson on the fairy tale that explores the themes, archetypes and symbols, including journal prompts. You will make a SoulCollage® card or cards as you feel inspired to add to your Council, Committee, and even Companion suit, and share your images and wisdom gained in a secret Facebook group.

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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats


MASSACHUSETTS

Myth, Magic & Storytelling with SoulCollage®
Westfield, Massachusetts

April 13-15, 2018
Facilitator: Anne Boedecker, Gail Byrnes


Are you ready to take your SoulCollage® practice to a new level? Would you like to explore using your cards to tell your own story? Join Anne Boedecker and Gail Byrnes for an intensive weekend retreat, expertly designed to guide you deeper into the magic and mystery of SoulCollage®. This retreat will weave together journal-writing and SoulCollage® card-making to stimulate your creativity and strengthen your connection with yourself and others. Using your cards and journal-writing exercises you will be able to unearth and expose your familial and cultural myths and rewrite your personal narrative to find new meaning. Through this process you can reclaim the richness of your heritage and let go of stories that no longer suit you. Payment plan available.

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ENGLAND

Goddess Retreat 2018
Glastonbury & Cornwall, UK

April 26 - May 7, 2018
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo


Follow the ancient pathways to a place where myth and memory connect, where the landscape is a mirror of the soul. Join a small circle of women to journey to sacred sites, engage with the lands, explore the earth-based energies, honor the Goddess and reflect experience with expressive and expansive art, SoulCollage® and more. Twelve-day all-inclusive retreat offers two extraordinary homes, with grounds, spa, chef-prepared dinners, sacred sites and dedicated creative space. Payment plan is available.

Visit this page for more info.
 


ILLINOIS

Walking the Beauty Way
Darien, Illinois

May 3-6, 2018
Facilitator: Marti Beddoe

Both new and seasoned SoulCollagers are welcome to this serene time of renewal and contemplation. Supported by a nurturing circle of women, you will explore the Neter of Beauty through the practices of SoulCollage® and meditation. You will connect with 11 other shining souls who, like you, are committed to serving as a positive influence in the midst of our challenging times. You will be guided to create an art-form that is your personal expression of the healing power of Beauty. In addition, you will learn some practical and potent practices to sustain your soul as you continue Walking the Beauty Way after the retreat.
$50 discount extended through February 28.  8 seats still open!

Visit this page for more information.


MASSACHUSETTS

Inner Gardening with SoulCollage®
Westfield, Massachusetts

May 5-6, 2018
Facilitator: Anne Marie Bennett, John Pacheco


Where do you want to create growth in your own life? Would you like some ideas for nurturing your inner growth? Do you want to learn how small seeds can produce a bountiful harvest for your inner garden? Please join the brother/sister team of John Pacheco and Anne Marie Bennett at this restful, soul-full, creative weekend workshop. Using gardening metaphors along with SoulCollage® card making, journaling, and guided imagery, we will explore planning, planting, and tending your own inner garden, to harvest the rewards of your inner work. Green thumbs not necessary... this is inner gardening!

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ARIZONA

Spiritual Art From the Heart: Unlock Your Creativity in Sedona
Sedona, Arizona
May 14-20, 2018
Facilitator: Kat Kirby

If you are looking for some creative zest in your life; if you love beauty and want to rekindle feeling alive and inspired out in nature; if you would like to spend time with like-minded women and a bunch of art supplies in a beautiful location, then come unlock your creativity with Kat in Sedona. There is a space for you here. We will be creating a hand-made journal, a spirit wand, a mandala rock, a shrine, and a SoulCollage® card (or two). You'll have time to recharge, get centered, and create magic in your life through creative expression, with no judgement (from yourself or others) and lots of relaxation and fun!

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PORTUGAL

Altered Books in Portugal: Exploring Words and Images
Tomar, Portugal
September 12-16, 2018
Facilitator: Kat Kirby, Linda Woolfson

Join us for five days of creative heaven, creating altered books at a beautiful retreat center in central Portugal. Explore this enjoyable type of mixed media artwork. Transform a book from its original shape into something rich and expressive, filled with your personal creative choices and styles. Enhance your SoulCollage® experience by discovering new facets of your creativity, then use your altered book to work with your deck! Experiment and play with papers, paints, texture, words, and symbols. Kat and Linda are experienced SoulCollage® Facilitators who are combining their love of creativity to bring you this unique experience in their favorite part of the world.

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ITALY

La Dolce Vita- Goddess Retreat in Italy
Tuscany, Italy

May 5-15, 2019
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo


Join Cat for Spring in Tuscany where we will stay in a beautiful villa with a small circle of amazing visionary, artistic and wholehearted women! Dance with La Dolce Vita and seek the wisdom of the Goddess: Diana, Minerva, Melusina, whose ancient Etruscan names and energies are held in the heart of this land. We will work with SoulCollage®, mixed media and layered process as we connect with the expression of the divine feminine. We will visit sacred springs, mythic gardens, inspired environments and sultry seas, beautiful places in Tuscany, as well as Florence and Siena - where we will explore alchemical energy, artistry and vision as reflected in the dreamscapes of the ancient, renaissance and modern artists.

Visit this page for more information.
 

 
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and read to your heart's content!


SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena B. Frost.
For more information about Seena and the origins of SoulCollage®, please visit her website


SoulCollage® cards are made either from one's own art or from images found in materials which have been bought by or given to the SoulCollage® card maker. These collaged cards are used only for the cardmaker's own inner exploration. SoulCollage® cards are not sold, traded, bartered, or copied (except as a back-up for the cardmakers own use) as is stated in the "Principles of SoulCollage®." Where SoulCollage® cards are available to be seen by others, it is for the purposes either of demonstrating the SoulCollage® process or of sharing the cardmakers' inner process in the context of community. SoulCollage® is grateful to the artists and photographers who make this deep awakening process possible and in all ways SoulCollage® seeks to be respectful of their rights.

 
All articles in SOUL SONGS are copyrighted 2018,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Catherine Anderson, Cat Caracelo, or Linda Woolfson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.