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 #141  March 2017 Theme:  The Moon
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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.


The Wonder of It All

I was 13 years old on July 20, 1969 when the first human being, Neil Armstrong, walked on the moon. I remember it so clearly. My first job as a mother’s helper to our neighbors and their three children landed me on Cape Cod that month and I watched it with them on a small old-fashioned television screen in the warm sandy, salty cottage where we were all staying. My big brother John, 19, was also with us (although I can’t remember why) and I remember the thrill of sharing that big moment with him as well as our neighbors.

I suspect that if you were anywhere near a TV on that day, you remember exactly where you were and who you were with also.

When I started thinking about what to write about our theme “The Moon” this month, I was stymied. I have to admit that I don’t know much about the moon, and am looking forward to Michelle Hedgecock’s tele-class on March 10 so I can understand more fully its myths and meaning in my own life. Also, Cat Caracelo’s column (below) has shed much light on this subject for me, and I hope for you as well.

Then I flipped through my SoulCollage® deck and discovered, to my delight, that I have 15 cards with moon images on them! I chose the one above, which I call Wonder, to illustrate this column, because of how wondrous it was, how amazing, to watch those two astronauts (Armstrong, along with Buzz Aldrin) actually step foot on the moon. What had once been only a beautiful light in the sky was now accessible and attainable.

Years later, in my 20’s, I was teaching second grade in Virginia and one of my former college professors got in touch with me. He was touring elementary schools with a display of actual moon rocks that the astronauts had brought back with them, and I was more than happy to invite him to Virginia to share with my class. Another wondrous moment . . . actually touching a piece of the moon, instead of gazing at it from afar.

For me, the wonder of it all is twofold. First, the scientific fact that human beings have actually figured out how to catapult themselves to the moon and stand on its rocky ground. Second, the metaphorical story of how something that seemed so unattainable is now something that we take for granted.

I look at my own life and I see some similar patterns. In my childhood I thought that publishing a book was an unattainable goal, only for others. But now I’ve published several! I never imagined that I could own and operate a successful business that would bring me joy and make a difference in others’ lives, but here I am, and KaleidoSoul is living proof of that. Swim with dolphins? Hug a sea lion? See an iceberg up close? Sing along with Josh Groban on a Broadway stage? These might seem like small things compared with humans walking on the moon, but they weren’t small to me. They were mighty big and I was flooded with wonder when each of them actually occurred.

Several people are attributed to this often-used quote, “Reach for the moon. The worst that will happen is that you’ll fall among the stars.” What about you? What seemingly unattainable dreams have you managed to make come true in your own life? How have you reached for the proverbial moon in the past? How are you reaching for it now? Incorporate this idea into your own deck in some way to always remind you that what seems impossible might just be attainable if you set your mind and heart to it.
 

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.

 
OUR NEXT TELE-CLASS

SoulCollage® and Moon Magic
 
60 minute SoulCollage® tele-class
with SoulCollage® Facilitator
Michelle Hedgecock from California


The moon is a great mentor for living life to its fullest and connecting with your intuitive self. Infusing your SoulCollage® practice with the energy of the moon will reveal the wisdom in your cards directly inspired by her magic.

Learn some of Michelle's favorite ways you can engage your “moon–tuition” in your SoulCollage® practice and how to (re)awaken the moon energy within your deck throughout the lunar cycle. She will share moon readings for you to try with your cards, moon related question prompts, information on her phases to best utilize with your cards, and practical ways to absorb the magic of the moon's energy into your deck.

It is not required, but you are invited to have your SoulCollage® deck on hand to peruse for cards with moon imagery or moon energy related cards that may come up during this class.
 
Friday March 10, 2017
2 pm Eastern
 

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Guest Columnist: Cat Caracelo

I am Cat Caracelo, M.A., a SoulCollage® facilitator, life coach and artist from Petaluma, California, offering my work individually and in global teaching forums. This column is for all of you who are exploring your creativity and ready to discover more depth within your SoulCollage® journey.


Mysteries of the Moon

I have long been drawn to the mysteries of the moon. Her darkness and her light call me deeper into myself, and at times when I have needed extra healing and a way to move through confusion, she has been my closest companion.

The moon and her lore drew me deeper into a reflecting pool of my own mythic remembering. I paid attention to the whispering I heard in the wind - remembrance and ancestral memories met me there. This period of time was filled with new ways of accessing information, linked and cross-pollinated with learned, intuited and felt experience. Remembering myself was coupled with a deeper knowing; it brought a long and deep silence.

As I listened to the rhythm of the rain and felt the heartbeat of the earth, I connected with trees and communed with the moon. Through this I was given a language, a frame of reference, a strong symbol to organize my life around.

While the physical moon reflects the sun, the symbolic moon reflects a deeper emotional, intuitive and energetic energy that ebbs and flows, meeting each of us like the tides. As the moon moves across the night sky, her arc shifts with the seasons, offering a way to see and honor one’s own awareness and life path. This is exactly what happened for me.

The moon is a mirror. Each of her faces, or eight phases of the moon month, holds specific information. I sensed the long held connections that were beyond my natural ability to see. It was this symbolic moon that called me deep into the feeling state of ancestral remembering. As I was mapping the cycles and seasons of my moon, I could sense and touch the moon marks that were made on stones and left in caves 25,000 years ago.

My connection to the earth energies was fed by the gravitational pull of my own inner waters. It was her light, the call of the moon, that helped me to recognize and define a spiritual happening.

It was during this period of time that I returned to art as process, seeking a narrative of remembrance as I created a new language. I spoke the words. I danced with my deep history and collaged, painted, mapped and marked myriad mythologies. I explored my unknown ancestral lineage. I was lost and found and lost again as I stepped into the presence of the Great Mother and discovered the power of possibility. My spirit was fed as I gathered, created and learned. The Moon and her keepers encircled me. Luna, Rhiannon, Diana, Selene, Hecate, Cerridwyn, Yemaya, Isis, Changxi, Ishtar, Mano and Arianrhod were the mythic mothers, daughters and sisters of the Moon.

La Luna, the moon, shifted and turned with each day, becoming the face of the dark goddess, then the babe birthed in the sickle, the keeper of the womb, the weaver of the loom, the loss of light/awakening fright, the dawn breaking and day falling into night, as I returned each month to the overflowing abundance of the Full Moon.

The moon is always in a season of change. This is what I love the most, how the moon shows me where I am in relationship with change, and never the same. Phases of change, movement and my own path of awareness invite me to meet the night sky and reflective darkness, in order to see and feel what I need to know next.

As I explore relationships, places, memories and meaning, through my art, images, and life, I am aware of a need to listen to the night sky. I read from my images held over time, and know the moon that will meet me when I travel or visit a sacred place. I am intimate with the shifting nature of my own lunar light, and it is the moon that is my constant.

As you create or explore your own SoulCollage® cards:

  • Seek the moon in all of her phases.
  • Notice when the moon is active, but out of view.
  • Discover when the face of the moon is peeking through other eyes.
  • Listen and gaze as she moves through your life path.
  • Create with her light.
  • Create with her darkness.

Cat Caracelo, M.A. is a Depth Coach and SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2007, working with expressive arts and transformative process guiding individuals and groups internationally. Cat is the founder of JourneyPath Institute and JourneyCircles™ Process. Her dynamic Mythos Journey + QuestPath eCourses and retreats offer transformative process and mythic themes designed to explore ones own stories. Please visit Cat's website to find articles and information about depth coaching, classes, training programs and retreats.
 
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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 that represents The Moon in their lives.

 


Steer Skull Moon
Community Suit: Spirit Guide
Carol
New Hampshire

I am the one who teaches you to feel gently into the coolness of winter and the beauty of the moon to softness in a gray sky night. I am the one who lets you sense the expanse of spirit without bleakness. The impressions of moon glow, the crisp air in icy landscape and infinite sky helps you to let go and look from the skull's eye to see beyond and fly. I am one who intensifies your senses to the peace of night, soft light to see the hollow pursuits and allow yourself comprehension in blessings of body and spirit. Earth in all its glory is not your true home.





Moon
Council Suit
Emilie
Texas

I am one who controls the ebb and flow of ocean tides, your emotions, your retreating and emerging, your going within and shining without. I am one who reflects what shines forth when you are willing to be still enough to receive the messages from your deep unconscious. I am one who rises above the depths of your deep knowings to connect you to higher, expansive sight, revealing great truths in the darkness. I am one who allows your primal instincts to crawl forth from their deep hiding places to assist your flowing into new unknown territories.




Moon Mystery
Committee Suit
Judy
Massachusetts

I am one who seeks the mystery of the moon. Its changing face as it morphs its shape and size and reminds me of my own hidden moods and mysteries. And I wonder why the wolf howls at night. To seek company or to hear the echoes of its own infinity. Howls enter space and climb upwards, blending with the infinite sky and hidden sounds of the universe. May my own song be heard so fully.




Full Moon
Council Suit
Kas
Pennsylvania

I am the one who is full feminine power. Quite different form my counterpart the Sun. I am deep, intuitive, mystical, ancient and fascinating. Watch for me and experience as I show you all my aspects. Allow me to guide you into the deeper ways of yourself. I am the one who suggests for those who currently search for answers: I am here in wisdom, power and peace.





The Moon
Council / Tarot Suit
Karen
Ohio

I am the One gazing up at the moonlit heavens, inviting Luna’s energy to wash over me. Moon’s beauty stuns me into silent awe. I ponder life’s mysteries as Moon moves through its phases month after month, taking me ever deeper into the Divine Feminine within me. Crawling out of the watery labyrinth of ripples around my feet, Lobster dredges up my subconscious, allowing me to look more closely at my dark shadows. I must be careful not to lose my way in the dim light.




Lioness
Companions Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the Queen of the jungle. I am the one who protects her young with the fierceness of Mother energy. I am the one who hunts by the light of the moon. My mate, Lion, is represented by Father Sun. I was born under Mother Moon. I am wild. I am safe. I am free.





New Moon Wishes
Committee Suit
Cat
California

I am the one who is ready to fly. I am the one who is stepping out into new territory. I am the one who is comfortable in my skin, relaxed and waiting, my feet rest on the edge of the silver moon, as I gaze into the night sky. I am the one who is seeking the signs for what I know is coming next. I am the one who is catching what has been thrown my way, my wildest dreams are a sea of stars. I am the one who is willing to play, my way.




Full Moon Mystery
Suit
Cat
California

I am the one who sees all lifetimes. I am who is the womb of awareness. I am the one who wears the crown of consciousness, my head resting on a bed of myth and matter that which is always birthing itself, again and again. I am the one who is held beyond time and space. The Full Moon is my familiar and Her Memories are mapped on the constellations of my heart.




Moon Watcher
Committee Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

I am one who watches the moon and loves to see what phase it is in, waxing or waning or full. I am one who hears the vestiges of patriarchy in all the chatter about the "Man" in the moon. We women know she's "ours" and that ephemeral face belongs to the Moon Goddess gracing us with her nightly presence and moving within us with our monthly menses and moods.




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

Future themes include:

April: Aging
May:  Adventure
 
 
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®!
Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats
ONTARIO, CANADA

Embraced by Water
Ontario, Canada
March 31 - April 2, 2017
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

We will apply the SoulCollage® method to explore the symbolic teachings of the Water Element. This Element teaches us about Love, which is the essence of Life. It leads us from the tenderness of birth and rebirth, to experiencing various faces of loving oneself and others. Water invites us to fearless intimacy with our deepest unconscious currents, and gives space to our longing for universal Love and Oneness. Immersing oneself in Water is a journey into the sphere of emotions, deep feelings, and sensory experiences, into our subconscious and unconscious landscapes and it offers renewal and illumination. During our time together you will encounter the Water Yeuàs (qualities of Nature) through simple movements, narrative, journaling, SoulCollage®, and creativity.

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MASSACHUSETTS

Facilitator Training
Westfield, MA
April 5-9, 2017
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

NOTE: Current Facilitators receive a discount to take this Training as a refresher course..

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ILLINOIS

Playing with a Full Deck:
Emotional Connectedness Inside and Out

Chicago, Illinois

April 28-30, 2017
Facilitator: Michele Manos

Michele's "Card Games" offer innovative ways to explore your SoulCollage® deck as a whole - integrating your ever-evolving aspects. Spend a weekend at beloved Cenacle Retreat Center using your deck as a powerful tool for well-being and success. Inspired by the film "Inside Out," explore emotional wholeness, resilience, and connections. Discover how your core emotions (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust) are expressed. Create inner alliances for emotional balance and authenticity. Discern and refine how you build boundaries and bridges to yourself and others. Receive individual and group instruction, with ample time to explore your deck, journal and make cards!

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MASSACHUSETTS

Flight Lessons: Piloting Your Life with SoulCollage®
Westfield, Massachusetts

May 6-7, 2017
Facilitators: Anne Marie Bennett, John Pacheco

We hope you will join the brother/sister team of John Pacheco and Anne Marie Bennett at this restful, soul-full, creative weekend workshop. Working with flight metaphors, we will explore preflight, take-offs, piloting, gaining perspective, communication, and safe landings. There will be luxurious amounts of time for card making as well as working with your cards and getting to know other "passengers" on this "flight" we call life.

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ITALY

SoulCollage® Annual Retreat in Italy (Tuscia)
Sorano, Italy

June 14-24, 2017
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

Immerse yourself in the timeless atmosphere of Tuscia, a very special area in central Italy. We room at the welcoming spa Residence Sorano Terme, a park built around ancient soothing hot springs. The land, history, food and art of Tuscia provide an extraordinary environment for the creative unfolding of our souls. We will hike in nature, enjoy healthy foods from sustainable organic farms, and relax in the healing waters. We will alternate "adventurous days" and "at home days" to integrate our experiences through SoulCollage® card making and readings. Participants' feedback is filled with words like: unforgettable, fantastic, transforming, nourishing…

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CALIFORNIA

Inspired Divine: Personal Myth + the Evolving Self
Petaluma, California

July 26-30, 2017
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

This retreat offers a sacred place to redefine and understand the essence of the evolving self, navigating personal transformation, and redefining how we dance with various archetypal energies, throughout life. Using SoulCollage® along with metaphor, art as process and working with personal myth, you will develop a life-path map and use narrative storytelling to explore the evolving essence and energies of SHE who is emerging. This small retreat will include creative conversations, spiral path ritual, a special event, circling in nature, amazing meals, lots of SoulCollage®, and flex time for R+R!

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MICHIGAN

Sacredness, Surprise, and Synchronicity:
Exploring the Treasures of SoulCollage®

Laingsburg, Michigan

July 28-30, 2017
Facilitator: Anne Marie Bennett

Seena Frost, birth mother to SoulCollage®, often talked about the Three S’s of this beautiful process. During this nurturing, soul-full retreat, we will focus our card making and journaling on these Three S’s: Sacredness, Synchronicity, and Surprise. Give yourself the restful space and time of three wonder-full days with other kindred, creative spirits who love SoulCollage® like you do! We’ll explore the sacredness of SoulCollage® by surrounding ourselves with the Transpersonal energy of Source, SoulEssence and Witness. We’ll also explore and share the meaning and power of synchronicity (which Carl Jung called “meaningful coincidences”) during our card making and card readings, and delight in the Fool archetypal energy who weaves joyful surprises throughout the SoulCollage® process.

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ARIZONA

Spiritual Art From the Heart:
Unlock Your Creativity in Sedona!

Sedona, Arizona

September 9-16, 2017
Facilitator: Kat Kirby

If you’d love 6 days of creative time in the studio, join Kat in the magical landscape of the high desert in Sedona, Arizona. Creative expression is “Art from the Heart”, and requires no prior artistic training. We’ll be creating a hand-made journal on the first day, where you can record what the rest of the week brings your way. Then, using local materials found on walks, along with studio materials that are provided, you’ll make a spirit wand, a SoulCollage® card, a mandala, dream catcher and a personal shrine. Come nourish your creative soul in Sedona! Leave your daily routine behind, while connecting with your inner self and other SoulCollagers.

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MASSACHUSETTS

Facilitator Training
Westfield, MA

September 13-17, 2017
Trainer: Anne Marie Bennett

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ITALY


La Dolce Vita- Goddess Retreat

Tuscany, Italy

September 24 - October 3, 2017
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo


Journey with a small circle of visionary, artistic and whole-hearted women, for 11 days in our own private villa near Florence! Enter into the mythic and living landscape of Italy, make art with SoulCollage® and mixed media as you explore La Dolce Vita. We will seek the wisdom of the Goddesses and explore mythic landscapes, sacred gardens, the dreamscapes of the Renaissance that influenced Il Sacro Bosco, and Niki St Phalle's magnificent Tarot Garden, as we make art and explore energies that will inspire the sweet life.

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All articles in SOUL SONGS are copyrighted 2017,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Catherine Anderson, Cat Caracelo, or Linda Woolfson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.