Today marks The Spring Equinox, some of us witchy folks call it Ostara. Once more we turn towards longer days, warmer sunshine and metaphorical new beginnings. No time is more appropriate than now to meditate on the things you wish to manifest in your life and “plant those seeds”.
Once upon a time, I had wished to become a tattoo artist and I planted the necessary seeds. I did a lot of work on all levels to make this dream a reality… many rituals, bits of magick and such that also included the ritual of tons-of-time with my sketchbook. While many drawings lead up to this one, this is the final drawing that got me an apprenticeship:
It’s my take on The Dance by Alfonse Mucha, as inspired by my best friend who loves mermaids. We were camping at a Pagan gathering at the time, I worked on this sketch for 3 days in the woods of Western New York and sent it via cell phone snapshot (as pictured above). While a lifetime of artistic influence and schooling lead me to all of this, I was dancing my intention around bonfires one minute and going home to become a tattooer the next.
Just a few months later I executed my very first tattoo on myself (inner left leg, just above my ankle). I’m still pretty proud of this tattoo. I like looking at it and seeing how far I’ve come which always serves as a reminder of how far I’d still like to go.
I chose the bee for several reasons. First, it was smallish (approx 3″h). There were no straight lines or absolute symmetry for me to mess up! As a beginner I figured – organic shapes was the way to go. Second, the bee is a symbol of a matriarchal society (loved having my Goddess minded path literally bless my first piece). Lastly, diligence: bees are damned hard workers! All elements for lots of good mojo to carry with me on this new path.
And to come full circle, here is a bee that I tattooed just last month…
Reflection is a useful tool. Looking back on the journey is just as important as acknowledging where you currently stand and plotting where you intend to go next. Plant your seeds, dreams and wishes in fertile soil. Tend to them well: water regularly, give them plenty of sunshine and always remember to prune away the dead bits as you go. You’ll have a flourishing garden in no time.