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Soul Songs


Soul Songs

Spinning the fragments of
your world into wholeness & beauty through SoulCollage®

Issue #21 March 2007
Theme-Creating Other Suits for Your Deck


Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul newsletter, and the only newsletter which features SoulCollage® ideas, resources, and artists.

Our intention is to fill each issue (and your life) with inspiration, soul-solace, and delight. Whether you are new to SoulCollage® or already immersed in the creation of your deck,
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May we continue to allow SoulCollage® to transform us from the inside out,
so that we are able to sing the songs we were born to sing,
every day of our lives.
KaleidoSoul Cafe
Grab your favorite beverage and cozy up to the computer.
Here's what's new and exciting in the world of SoulCollage®.

This month's theme is Creating Other Suits for Your SoulCollage Deck.
Have you read about the SoulCollage Deck yet?

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Creating A Personal History Suit
for your SoulCollage Deck

(a playful, interactive tele-class)
with special guest, Anne Boedecker from Art Heals the Soul

Date: Monday March 19, 2007
Duration: one hour
Location: anywhere in the world, just pick up a phone and dial!

More details... give it a try!
It's a great way to deepen your SoulCollage practice.

Note: These tele-playshops are complimentary to our Kindred Spirit Members, as are the audio recordings of them afterwards. If you are a member, you will receive the phone number to call in the March 19 issue of Soul Treasures.

Soul Singing With Anne Marie

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

Suggestions for Newcomers to SoulCollage:
  • Find a SoulCollage Facilitator near you.
  • Download the Getting Started with SoulCollage
    Workshop in a Box
  • Visit KaleidoSoul and click on What is SoulCollage, SoulCollage Deck, and Making the Cards on the left menu.
  • Seena Frost is the one who created SoulCollage®. Visit Seena's website and see what four cards come up for you in the automatic reading, then read some of Seena's articles.
  • Read Seena's book, SoulCollage. 
  • Listen to Seena's CD, Introduction to SoulCollage. 
  • Don't forget to take it easy and always, always trust the process!

    Why Create Other Suits for Your Deck?

    When Seena Frost created SoulCollage, she suggested a framework of four suits. Together, they (Committee, Community, Companions, and Council) form a wholeness to our lives and our decks that is visceral and complete. However, Seena also allowed for us to add other suits as we see fit. I like this because it gives me an even wider wingspan of creative self-expression.

    You may find inspiration for other suits for your deck in many places. There is no exact way to know where or when inspiration will strike you. The idea is to simply remain open to what life brings you!

    For example, I read a book called A Map For Joy a few years ago and it contained short chapters on 16 ways that I can incorporate more conscious joy into my life. I was just beginning my SoulCollage practice at the time, so I decided to create a suit around the theme of this book. I call my suit Keys to Joy, and you can see one of the cards from this suit in the column to the right.

    Examples of Other Suits

    Also in the colunn to the right, you will see cards from other suits in a few other SoulCollager's decks. Additionally, here is a list of ideas for other suits. Read it carefully and see if any of them resonate with you:

    Ancestors, Future Selves, Guardians, Wisdom of Place, Past Lives, Science, Stories, Synchronicities, Muses, Trees/Tree Medicine, Alchemy,Witnesses, World Events, Keys to Joy, Personal History, Dreams, Quotations, Words, Songs, Sacred Places, Celebrations

    (Thanks to facilitators Laurel, Dianne, and Alia, and SoulCollager Caroline for some of the above suggestions.)

    Don't let this list be inclusive, however. Allow anything and everything to inspire you. Look at your life. What are you passionate about? If you want to create another suit for your deck, let your ideas come from your passions.

    If you are interested in creating a Personal History Suit for your own deck, please join us for this month's Tele-Playshop (a short playful workshop that takes place over the phone) with our special guest Anne Boedecker, who has spent lots of time and energy on her own Personal History Suit (see one of her cards fromthis suit in the columnn to the right). More details.

    Anne Marie Bennett is a freelance writer, self-
    taught artist and SoulCollage® facilitator who trained with Seena Frost. Her background is elementary education, computer software training, writing, and mixed media art. She
    lives, laughs, writes, and sings (and makes her own SoulCollage® cards!) in Beverly, MA. More of Anne Marie's cards/interpretations are available on her blog, Inner Surprises.

    Click here for:
    upcoming workshops/retreats with Anne Marie.

Soul Symphonies With Karen

My name is Karen Mann and I'm a SoulCollage® facilitator from Melbourne, Australia. This column is for those of you who have already made some cards & are ready to discover the symphony of voices inside of you and around you.

Not Just the 4 Traditional SoulCollage Suits
Your SoulCollage deck is a personal expression of who you are, what your life experiences have been and what your interests are. For many SoulCollage artists the four traditional SoulCollage suits contain a broad representation of themselves, their lives and their communities, from a variety of angles.

However for some, four suits are not enough to capture all aspects of self. In these situations an individual may choose to add an extra suit (or more) to their SoulCollage deck. In the SoulCollage book Seena Frost says "the deck has at least four separate suits symbolizing the multiple Neters of your personal and unique life (pg 5)."

I love that the SoulCollage process is flexible and that Seena Frost has encouraged each of us to create a deck that best works for us. While I have not created a new suit in my own deck (yet), I have sometimes made cards that do not seem to fit into one of the traditional suits and I wonder if one day they may end up in a suit of their own.  


When making SoulCollage cards I try not to get caught up in which suit they would belong in and how to categorise them. I feel it is more important to use this process to assist me express myself and explore the deeper meaning behind the Neters than to be waylaid by the technicalities of which suit this card belongs to. I trust that I will learn something valuable through making, journaling and reading a card, no matter which suit it fits (or does not fit) into. I also trust that in time, I will be led to know which suit the card belongs in. 


One card I have made which does not seem to easily sit in one of the four traditional suits is the card I call Trust the Unfolding (see left). I made this card after reading a quote by Ram Dass where he was speaking about different stages of the "journey" that he has been on. He said that each stage contributed to the next like the unfolding of a lotus flower and that looking back, he realized that many of the experiences that made little sense to me at the time they occurred were prerequisites for what was to come later.  


This quote really touched me. It got me thinking about events in my life that had not made sense at the time, but in retrospect were huge catalysts for change. This card references the minor car crashes or major car breakdowns have marked times of change
(or a need for change) in my life.


I am the one who can look back and honour that everything has happened exactly as it was meant to. All the events thus far in my life have been perfect and my life is unfolding just as it should. Sometimes the real gems of learning cannot be seen at the time, but when I look back they shine brightly as special moments.

This card serves as a great reminder to me of the perfection of unfolding events, and although I'm not sure if it belongs in my Council or Committee suit, or perhaps a personal suit based on quotes that have inspired me or a 'personal history' type suit, about past events in my life, I don't think this particularly matters. I love having this card in my SoulCollage deck and I have learnt much about myself through working with this card. I "trust the unfolding" and know that at some stage I will be sure about which suit it belongs to. I'm trusting the process and enjoying the journey!

Karen Mann is an artist, art teacher, Lifestyle Coach, yoga and meditation teacher, and SoulCollage® facilitator. Karen has been working with SoulCollage cards for more than two years and facilitates a variety of SoulCollage Groups. She also works with individuals. Karen is based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website, Flying Colours Creativity.

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SoulCollage is a trademarked process created by Seeea Frost.

For more information on Seena, the origins of SoulCollage, or SoulCollage Facilitator Training, please visit her website www.SoulCollage.com.

All articles in Soul Songs are copyrighted by Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann, 2007, unless otherwise noted. Articles may be reprinted by permission only.


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KaleidoSoul Creations
As promised, we are featuring four SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue. Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.

In keeping with this month's theme, each card below represents a card from
a unique suit in a SoulCollager's deck.

College Life
Suit: Personal History
Artist: Anne
Location: New Hampshire

I am the one who excelled in college, at least academically.
I lived in books.
My life was in black and white,
and very gray.

Visit Anne's Website:
Art Heals the Soul


Tiny Baby No Fear
Suit: Dreams
Artist: Imelda
Location: UK

I am one who is secure. 
I am one who is independent

I am surrounded by gifts.

I am one who has no fears.

I am one who knows that if the wind blows, if the bough breaks, if the cradle falls, I will be safe.

I am just beginning my life.


Visit Imelda's Blog:
Soul Fragments

Suit: Celebrations
Artist: Caroline
Location: UK


I am One who celebrates with you now, whatever your age, whatever the occasion.

In shadow, I am one who counts the years and regrets their passing; worrying too much about numbers, comparing the ages of everyone and not putting enough value on experiences.

I am One who wants you to value your time without regret for those moments of non-productivity - the moments of frippery and joy - they
are a part of you that needs expression too.

Visit Caroline's Blog
Caro's Cards

Honoring My Values
Suit: Keys to Joy
Artist: Anne Marie
Location: Massachusetts

I am the one who honors my values in all of my choices and in my daily life. I am the one who values self-expression, creativity, spirituality, personal growth, and inner peace over everything else.

Visit Anne Marie's blog
Inner Surprises



Note-worthy sites & resources that are proven to be worthy of our readers!

Sparking Art- Check out Laurel Aston's site for an entire SoulCollage suit built around the 9 creative muses based on Jill Badonsky's book The Nine Modern Day Muses and a Bodyguard.

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