Mapping my personal symbols

When I was four I wanted to be a witch when I grew up. Over the years, while I might not have thought of myself as a witch, I have been involved in the areas of healing, creativity, and transformation – all pretty witchy!

When I heard of the launch of Art Witch Academy, something lit up inside me, it was like a dream come true. The academy is an online school for art witches founded by fabulous sister witches Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd, Caroline Hiscock, and Emily Mulroney. There are so many amazing projects on offer: shadow albums, working with water, tarot card spreads, mixing your own watercolour paints, making an art doll, creating an abundance altar – to name but a few. Plus I was deeply honoured to be invited to give an interview for the academy as a contemporary art witch!

I couldn’t decide which project to do first. But once I overcame my excitement I knew that I had to start with the mapping my personal symbols project, led by Caroline Hiscock. After an initial stage of working with word associations, it was time to make an index card for each symbol. I got totally absorbed in the process and felt I could go on forever, each symbol I discovered linking to another.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the index cards I have made so far. I’m sure I’ll be adding to my collection as I go.

Once I had created quite a few cards, I bought a wonderful little box for them:

There is something powerful about giving a collection of things a home. My cards are now an organised system I can search through, refer to, and add to as time goes by. Plus, I think they just look lovely in their box!

I look forward to sharing with you some of the art I will be making inspired by these cards. In the meantime, check out the amazing art being made by my fellow art witches on the #artwitchacademy hashtag.

Do visit the stunning Art Witch Academy website where you can check out what’s on offer and sign up!

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