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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Creating a Goddess Space


Creating magick is a wonder of the natural world and it is important to have a special space of your own where you can feel calm, connect to yourself, and work your magick. This space is often called an ALTER SPACE, but some people are afraid of or uncomfortable with that term because it conjures up ideas of religion or a God, so I like to use the term GODDESS SPACE. The idea of THE GODDESS, for me, is an expression of spiritual power, which is the perfect idea behind your space.

CREATING A GODDESS SPACE
This space is for you and your magickal things. It could be a space on a table or desk at home or at work, a tray or even a flat piece of wood. Whatever feels best for you. Your space should always contain something from nature. Seashells, flowers, leaves, stones, driftwood are all wonderful things to keep in your Goddess space. I have always kept a bit of nature around me, even when I was a child. It seems natural to me to always have a some seashells and pieces of coral next to my bed, on my desk or even in a bowl in my bathroom! I didn't even realize I was creating a Goddess space! Even now when I go into an office building and glance at the workspaces I often see little stones, seashells or dried flowers in the corner of someone's desk and I imagine they don't even realize they have just created a magickal space! It just feels right. YOur space shoudl also contain something important to you. This is often a photograph, perhaps of your family or close friends, or even you pet but can also be a pieces of jewelry, or gift received from someone special. Use several things if that feels good to you. Once you have your Goddess Space you can add to it all the time

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Courtney McNeil began studying painting and illustration in 1985 in London, England. Not one to stay in one place very long she continued perfecting her love of the arts while traveling the world studying painting and illustration in Europe, Hawaii, California, and Australia and eventually graduated cum laude with a BA in illustration and continued on to do her graduate work at the Royal College of Art in London, England.  A few years later she added to her creative interests and studied letterpress and bookmaking at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After receiving her undergraduate degree she began work at the Getty Museum in Malibu for almost a decade which allowed her to study and work among some of the most famous classic works of art in the world from Vincent Van Gogh to Manet. Teaching in the galleries of the Getty started her career in Art Education. She has been teaching painting and drawing to young artists and adults at the Davis Arts Center since 2006.