Saturday, December 31, 2011

Voice of the Trees Nominated for a PECTO Award!

I got some cool news this week!

The recently founded Academy of Cartomancy Arts & Science has announced the nominees and winners of their 2nd annual PECTO awards...and who was a nominee in the category of
Outstanding Female Oracle Illustrator???
Mickie Mueller- Voice of the Trees!


Here's the link to their blog announcing the honors:
http://pectoaward.blogspot.com/

I was so surprised and honored!  There are lots of very talented Tarot/Oracle artists and writers listed among the honored, some of them friends of mine like Lisa Hunt and Barbara Moore, and sooo many others who's work I really admire. 

Voice of the Trees cards.

It fills up my heart because this project was such a personal undertaking, so when people appreciate the work and love I put into it, well, it's just wonderful!

Interior illustrations while I was working on my old wooden art table.

Fionns Window, the card back design from Voice of the Trees, this print is available in our Etsy shop! 

I hope everyone has a great time celebrating the new calendar year, 2011 was a rough and tumble ride for many of us, so may we all move into 2012 with a bright new outlook.  May 2012 be full of love, hope, prosperity and peace!

Blessings,

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Fairies on My Doorstep!


 In the midst of the holiday rush, a large Dell box arrived on my doorstep.  I already knew what was inside, the wonderful Liana of Sacred Source had already told me a big Dell box was on the way with my samples of the rest of the new line of fairy plaques the produced based on my art! 
You'll remember from an earlier blog post that I had gotten my sample of the Celtic Oak Tree Fairy.
Oak Tree Fairy, for the whole story, click here.

I hung the new ones on the wall, but I hadn't had time to get pics of them until now.  So here they are for your enjoyment.  These are all hand painted by Sacred Sources artisans, and they are limited edition plaques.  These are great to use to bring magical blessings into your home and your life!

The Apple Tree Fairy brings balance and healing.  She helps you find your happy place and heal your mind, body and spirit!

The sliced apple shows the five pointed star!

The Heather Fairy brings love on her gossamer wings.  She helps you open up your heart to give and receive the love you need in your life.

I think her face turned out so pretty, they captured that wistful quality, she reminds me of Drew Barrymore from 50 First Dates!
The fierce Rowan Fairy brings protection energy with her sword and shield. She fends off incoming dark energy with her rowan shield and slices through any ties that don't serve you with her bronze sword!

If Uma Therman from Kill Bill were a but kicking redheaded fairy, this would be her!

The Steampunk Fairy sits on a paper moon and blesses us with the magic of invention, she reminds us that we can make our dreams anything we want them to be!

Her gaze slices through the barrier between what is and what may be, plus, love those brass goggles on her head!

I hope you enjoyed seeing these pretty ladies up close and personal, if you're interested in having any of them come and bless your home with their special energy, check in with Sacred Source, (click here)but don't wait too long, these are all limited editions, only 200 will be made!

Blessings!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Celtic Tree Calender Classes, Starting in January!

Celtic Tree Calendar Class:

The first class will be at Pathways in St. Louis Jan 3

Start off 2012 following the Celtic Tree Calendar! I'm starting a series of classes in January, Celtic Tree Lunar Calendar, 13 Classes Held throughout the year near the First Quarter Moon; $30/class 7 – 9 pm; Tues, Jan 3: will be the Birch Moon Beth (beeth); Tues, Jan 31: Rowan Moon Luis (lweesh)


I'll be offering these classes in person at Pathways in St. Louis, http://www.pathwaysstl.com/news.html ,  also, watch for an online version for all you fellow Tree Mystics that don't live nearby coming later in January.  I'll post more info right here at The Old Wooden Art Table.
"A Birch Grove" By Arkhip Kuindzhi, 1880
Working with the Celtic tree calendar is a very peaceful and magical way to align with natural energies of the earth and specifically trees.  My approach to the Celtic Tree Calendar as a working model for a year of magic is based upon the tree calendar as it was first suggested by Robert Graves as a modern inspiration based upon the ancient trees. While the idea of the Celtic Tree Calendar cannot be claimed as historical, it has much spiritual relevance for many people working within modern magical practices. Tree magic can help you find balance in your life and you will also find that working magically with trees is like working with herbs but on a different level.  These great sentinels of the earth are great magical allies to have and as you progress through this class, you’ll find that trees have magical messages that come from both general tree teachings that are the lessons that all trees have to share, but also the specific lessons of each species of tree as well. You’ll learn about the 13 trees of the Celtic Tree Calendar, the lessons they have to teach you about each tree and through this class you’ll also learn a bit about yourself.  You’ll find the Celtic Tree Calendar a great basis for full moon rituals, since it’s a lunar calendar.  Through this class I will teach you ways to connect to the Celtic Trees and to your own personal Tree Ally / World Tree to gain insight, wisdom, healing, balance, and a positive outlook on your life and the world around you.

Birch card from Voice of the Trees, A Celtic Divination Oracle by Mickie Mueller, Deck available at Voice of the Trees website click here, This print is available in the official Voice of the Trees gift shop click here

This series will include a two hour class to correspond with each of the Celtic Tree months; beautiful illustrated handouts included and a group ritual for each tree at the end of each class. The series of 13 classes will be offered throughout 2012, on a Tuesday near the first quarter of the moon, giving you the opportunity to work with the material on your own for each upcoming full moon. $30/ class, please reserve in advance. Seating is limited.

Celtic Tree Year:

Beth (beeth)  / Birch Moon Dec 24-Jan 20

Luis(lweesh)  / Rowan Moon Jan 21-Feb.17

Nuin (nee-uhn) /Ash Moon Feb 18-March 17

Fearn(fair-n)  / Alder Moon March 18- April 14

Saille(shail-uh)  / Willow Moon  April 15-May 12

Huath(hoo-ah)  / Hawthorn Moon  May 13-June 9

Duir doo-er) /Oak Moon  June 10-July 7

Tinne(chin-yuh)  / Holly  Moon  July 8-Aug 4

Coll (cull) / Hazel Moon  Aug 5-Sept.1

Muin(muhn)  / Vine Moon  Sept 2-Sept. 29

Gort / Ivy Moon Sept 30- Oct. 27

Ngtal (nyeh-dl / Broom/ Reed Moon Oct. 28- Nov. 24

Ruis(roo-ish) / Elder Moon Nov.25- Dec.22

"At the Edge of a Birch Grove" by Valaam-1860  










Blessings!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Magical Movie Monday: Hogfather

"Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom."  -Death, from Hogfather


Well, we all made it through the holidays. I must admit that sometimes I can't watch A Christmas Story one more time, if you feel like that too, this magical movie, originally a two-part TV special was a much appreciated fantasy escape from the usual holiday movies out there.

Hogfather (2006 directed by Vadim Jean) was a darksomely delightful surprise, Netflix kept on recommending it to me, but I hadn't watched it yet. Then Facebook friend Lisa Glen recommended it too, and I like a human recommendation better than a Netflix generated one, so during the holidays I decided to give it a try.  I'm glad she suggested it, it was a really fun movie!  It takes place in "Discworld" which is not some strange computer realm like Tron.  Discworld is a place born from the mind of popular Sci-Fi Fantasy author Terry Pratchett, it's a flat world floating in space resting on the backs of four elephants that stand on the shell of a giant tortoise, very cool place to begin.  As soon as I heard the fairytale that the governess Susan was reading the kids, I was hooked!

"And then Jack chopped down what was the world's last beanstalk, adding murder and ecological terrorism to the theft, enticement and trespass charges already mentioned, and all the giant's children didn't have a daddy any more. But he got away with it and lived happily ever after without so much as a guilty twinge about what he had done. Which proves that you can be excused just about anything if you're a hero, because no-one asks inconvenient questions."
Bet this wasn't on your holiday cards!  Concept art for Hogfather
Hogswatch is a midwinter festival very similar to Christmas on earth, but they don't have Santa.  They have The Hogfather, (Shend) is a porcine version of the jolly old elf complete with red suit, jolly laugh, tusks and pig nose above his snowy beard and a flying sleigh pulled by four flying boars.  Now this all seems fine and good, but it turns out The Assassins Guild has been contacted to take out the Hogfather for good, and the villainous Teatime has been given the assignment.  He enlists help and as the plot unfolds they have taken over the Toothfairys castle in an attempt to use children's teeth in a sympathetic magic spell to take away the belief in Hogfather thus rendering him back to his form of a sacrificial animal to ensure the sun rises again.  If The Hogfather is destroyed, the rest of the mythical anthopomorhic characters will soon follow, thus zapping the creativity right out of humanity.  As an artist, I'm against that.  Death, (Ian Richardson) having realized that something is wrong and the Hogfather missing has taken it upon himself with his Albert his butlers assistance, to fill Hogfathers shoes (and suit) to try to keep the belief alive. 
Death, posing as The Hogfather
Susan (Michelle Dockery) is Deaths granddaughter, and also the bravest monster fighting governess ever.  She's not happy to be a part of the magical world, but the kids that she cares for seem happy to have her on their side.  She reluctantly comes to the assistance of those trying to stop Teatime from completing his plan.
Susan, Deaths granddaughter
I may not care to admit it, but I haven't read the book yet, although I enjoyed the characters, humor and intelligent wit so much, I think I'll have to remedy that soon.  There were some very amusing scenes in this movie, one of my favorites is when Death posing as The Hogfather shows up to do an in-store appearance and negotiates with a young girl for her good behavior in trade for gifts bestowed.  Death was a riot, I could have watched him forever! 
The God of Hangovers, of course!
Other unforgettable characters are Bilious, the God of Hangovers, the Toothfairy, the original Boogyman, and a magical thinking machine called Hex. 
Author Terry Pratchett as the Toymaker!
Also delighted to learn the Terry Pratchett made a cameo appearance as the toymaker.  There were times when the plot seemed a little slow, and sociopath Teatime's (Marc Warren) manor of speech although creepy was a little too reminiscent of Johnny Depps child-like Willy Wonka, but overall, I loved this movie and will surely keep it on my yearly holiday movie roster!
Assassin, Mr. Teatime, he prefers it to be pronounced "Teh-ah-time-eh"



Albert trying to teach Death the proper Hogfather laugh, "No, no, no! You've got put a bit more life in it, sir... Er, no offence intended. You've got to do a big fat laugh, sir. You've got to sound like you're pissing brandy and you're crapping plum pudding, sir... if you'll pardon my Klatchian."

Sigh...Brilliant!

Monday Movie Featured Item:


Winter Solstice at Dawn Wall Sconce, welcome the return of the sun with this beautiful piece available in our Etsy shop!
The Hogfather had to be saved so that the sun would rise on the winter solstice, we just raise a glass to the sun to welcome it's return!  This piece of art called Winter Solstice at Dawn is a celebration of the return of the sun after to longest night of the year.  We've made it into this cool iron and ceramic wall sconce so you can burn a candle through the long solstice night!

Winter Blessings!



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Celtic Tree Calendar: Elder Moon To Release Regret

"Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences" -Robert Lewis Stevenson

According to the Celtic Tree Calendar, an inspiration that came to Robert Graves while researching the Celtic Ogham Alphabet for his 1948 book The White Goddess, this full moon is the Elder Tree Moon.

The Elder Card from Voice of the Trees representing consequences and regret, featuring the Goddess Macha aka The Morrigan, available in The Official Voice of the Trees Etsy shop.

The Celtic month of the Elder corresponds with the Ogham letter Ruis. (pronounced roo-ish) This tree month is the time to examine things in our life that we may regret, that we might have done differently.  These can be transgressions committed by us, but also to us.  No one is perfect, and we must remember that from every mistake comes an opportunity to learn a valuable life lesson.  Sometimes instead of embracing the lesson, learning from it and moving on, we instead focus on the regret for the situation which can be counterproductive for our spiritual growth.  There is a purpose for regret, but we should use it for it's purpose which is to learn and then release it, not wallow in it and allow ourselves to spiral into self pity which can be self destructive. 

Working with the energies of the Elder Tree during the Celtic Elder month allows us to release past errors and go forward feeling lighter and renewed with life lessons added to our wisdom and joy in our hearts.  Elder reminds us to be ever vigilant and responsible for our actions,  to be wise and vigilant enough to help prevent others from committing wrongs to us, and to do the clearing work so that we can usher in a new phase in our lives.

If you don't have an elder tree near your home, you can still work with the elder tree energy.  Print photos of the tree, berries and foliage.  Elderberry tea, wine, and even preserves are available.  You can also find it as an herbal remedy in the vitamin section of your local drugstore.  It's color association is red, and it's also associated with the Goddess figure of the Elder Mother, and has long been connected to witches and witchcraft.  It is also associated with the plant diva Lady Ellhorn who woodsmen have long respected.  To prevent bad luck before taking wood from an elder tree this charm was spoken, "Lady Ellhorn, give me some of thy wood and I'll give you some of mine when it grows in the forest."

This year is a particularly good year to release regrets that you might need some extra mojo to dissipate because this Elder Moon also had a lunar eclipse going on, so more transformational Goddess energy is attached to it.

Elder Card Oval Compact Mirror, for those who feel a close association with the energies of the Elder, Macha or the Morrigan, available in the Official Voice of the Trees Etsy Shop.


For more lore and legend about the elder tree see the Voice of the Trees Companion book.

A Quick Elder Spell to Release Regret

Find a quiet place and ground and center.  Focus on elder energy, you can accomplish this by meditating on images of the elder tree, sipping elder tea or wine, perhaps light a red candle.   Divide a sheet of paper in to two columns.  Make a list of your regrets from the previous year in the left hand column, and the lesson learned from each experience in the right.  When you're done, fold the paper three times, making the folds away from you.  Draw the Ogham symbol for the Elder on the folded paper. (Find the symbol on the bottom right hand side of the Elder card illustration above) Feel the regret empty out of your heart into the paper.

You may recite the following charm,

"Elder Tree, I now cast away
All these regrets that stand in my way
I summon your power and keep lessons learned
As I banish regret my sorrow is spurned!"

Take the paper and bury it outside in the earth.  If you're drinking elder tea or wine you may pour some over the place you buried it.  Turn purposefully and walk away.  As the paper becomes one with the earth, your regrets will dissipate and your heart will heal.


In Other News- Celtic Tree Calendar Classes Starting Jan. 3

For those further interested, I will be offering a series of classes on celebrating the year through the Celtic Tree Calendar at Pathways in St. Louis during 2012. The series of 13 classes will be offered
throughout 2012, on a Tuesday near the first quarter of the moon, students will learn folklore, magical correspondences, and ways to work with each tree energy magically. I will teach you ways to connect to the Celtic Trees and to your own personal World Tree to gain insight, wisdom, healing, balance, and a positive outlook on your life and the world around you.  At the end of each class the group will participate in a ritual for the tree of that month.  At the end of this year long series, you'll have a full Book of Trees with spells, rituals and lots of tree info to celebrate the Celtic Tree Calendar any time you wish.  You can sign up at Pathways, click here for more info and to sign up.

If you don't live near St. Louis but would still like to experience the Celtic Tree Calendar Class, I will be offering an online version of the class, watch the Voice of the Trees website for details coming soon!  http://www.voiceofthetrees.com

Bright Blessings!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fairy Friday: When Life Gives You Cicadas...Fairy ACEO Cards

When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade- 
When Life Gives You Cicadas...Make Fairies Of Course!


Toadstool ACEO, this one is sold already!
During the past spring and summer of 2011 the midwest was decended upon by a hoard of cicadas!  They danced with revelry through the air around our oak tree and passed into the next realm of natural causes, all over the place.  You couldn't go outside without hearing the endless humming and buzzzing and being dive-bombed at our house, they were everywhere.  Apparently they really like oaks, and we have tons in our neighborhood.  These were not the usual cicadas that we get every year, these were the periodical cicadas that emerge from the ground for mating in 13 and 17 year cycles. This particular brood of 13-year cicada is known as the Great Southern Brood.  They make chimney-like exit holes in the ground in preparation for their lives above-ground. Then they crack out of their shells with a new set of wings and fly all over the place.  They die off in about five weeks, at which time their eggs hatched, sending a brood of nymphs underground, to emerge in 2024.

I think their wings are beautiful...

...but this many is a little much!

I stood on my porch surveying the cicada shells and bodies that littered my yard.  What a summer!  I thought to myself, what to do about all of this?!  Then it occured to me that when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade.  But this time life had given me dead cicadas that had finished their lifecycle all over my yard!  Then it dawned on me, make fairies! 

I gathered up as many good ones that I could find and put them in a cauldron in the shed to await my creative energy that would allow them to be reborn with honor as fairies!
Drawing, painting, cutting, scrapbooking!
Here are the first of my new original fairy illustration ACEO cards featuring real cicada wings; created with Berol Prismacolor pencils on illustration board, mounted on scrapbook paper, accented with watercolor.  Each one is a unique one of a kind piece of art.
This one called "Morning Has Broken" is still waiting for a loving home.  Available in our Etsy shop.

What's an ACEO card?   For those of you new to ACEOs, they are ACEO (Art Cards Editions and Originals) measure 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches and are miniature pieces of art that make it easy for customers to collect original art at an affordable price. ACEO collecting is becoming very popular throughout the world. ACEOs can be kept in a trading card book with sleeves, or displayed on small easels in curio cabinets. These new fairy ACEO cards are all original, one of a kind, hand signed, and created in my studio by hand.
Each one has the title and are hand signed on the back.

Daylilly, this one is still available in our Etsy shop too.


What makes these ACEOs special?

They were drawn by hand by lil 'ole me, then carefully cut out and mounted on a piece of decorative scrapbook paper with glitter acents. I included included real insect wings as part of the design.  I'm having so much fun making these, I'm sure to have many in the future for you to collect.

In Other News:   A Nice Review for Voice of the Trees

Today there is a great review for my Voice of the Trees deck over at Tarot News Blog!  I was delighted and honored, I loved the pics the took of the deck in a tree!  Here is the link, she has a great blog, lots of wonderful posts about the world of tarot. http://tarotnotes-majorandminor.blogspot.com/2011/12/review-voice-of-trees.html



Also in Voice of the Trees news, I'll be at Pathways in St. Louis click for the link doing readings from 2-5pm, so if you're local and would like a Voice of the Trees reading before the new year, now it the time to stop in! Sunday, December 11.  $35 for 1/2 hour appointment, call to reserve your space today!

Bright Blessings,

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Voice of the Trees: Decked Out for the Holidays!

Dan and I have been hard at work in the studio filling orders and adding new items to our Fantasy and Fairy art Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/MickieMuellerStudio

We've Been Stocking Up Our Voice of the Trees Shop Too!
Our brand new holiday decorations, trees for your tree! Click here for more info   


I wanted to take this time to introduce you to our other Etsy shop, The Voice of the Trees Official Shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/VoiceOfTheTrees where you can get beautiful gifts created from the art of "Voice of the Trees, a Celtic Ogham Divination Oracle" including Mugs, Satin Card Bags, Jewelry, Prints etc. handmade right in our studio.


Voice of the Trees- A Celtic Divination Oracle

Drawing upon the ancient legends of the Celts and tree lore, I set forth to bring the Ogham teaching into a format for modern practitioners to use in intuitive card readings, meditation and ritual.  Learn more about this unique deck at http://www.voiceofthetrees.com  The deck is published with Llewellyn and can be purchased on Amazon, in bookstores, or if you want me to sign a copy for you, purchase from from voiceofthetrees.com


Magical Art From the Trees


When I created the art for this deck, I used infusions of each tree to combine with the paint, I did this with the magical intention that every copy made from the original would carry the same magical vibration.  That includes the items made in our studio from this magical art.
Magical coffee mugs, this one is perfect for a hazelnut cappuchino to bring you inspiration! Click here for more info


Many of you who already have this deck have told me that you've discovered that when working with this deck you found one or more cards that you have a strong connection to, sometimes it's a favorite tree, a tree energy that you work with often, or even a card the represents something that you want to manifest in your life.  
We have prints of every card, plus the back design (shown here) and the cover art for the Voice of the Trees Companion book.

Focusing on that card is a great way to connect further with the energy, but for those who want more, we offer crystal pendants, oval wall tiles, coffee mugs and even beer steins with your favorite images so that you can bring the tree magic into your everyday life.  
We love these bags for keeping your cards in, custom pressed with your favorite design, the ribbons and beads added by hand. Click here for more info

We also created a line of satin art bags to keep your deck in, and you get to choose your favorite image on the bag, each one is custom made!  
Our glass crystal pendants are a classy way to keep the energy of your favorite Celtic tree with you all day! Click here for more info

When you order from Voice of the Trees Official Shop, if you would like a different image than the one shown on any item, send us a message when you order and let us know which card you would like, ALL of the cards are available on every item. Look through your deck or images in the print gallery (click here) in our shop or on the voiceofthetrees.com website and see which one speaks to you, and we'll make you a custom item just for you!
These beer steins are very cool, Dan uses the Alder one for his favorite brew! Click here for more info
Choose from:
Birch • Rowan • Alder • Willow • Ash • Hawthorn • Oak • Holly • Hazel • Apple • Vine • Ivy • Broom/Reed • Blackthorn • Elder • Silverfir/Elm • Gorse • Heather • Aspen • Yew • Grove • Spindle • Gooseberry • Woodbine • Beech • The Ogham Shield (Book Cover)

If you think these gifts in the pictures look cool, just wait until you have your own!
These affordable ceramic tiles look great hanging in your home and bless it with it's good tree vibes! Click here for more info
We are really proud of the high quality gifts that we've been able to make available for you from this unique magical art.  We hope that you enjoy browsing through them, and remember, we can put any card image you wish on any item that you see in the shop, so don't hesitate to send us a convo and ask if you don't see what you're looking for.    Also keep in mind that if you find something you want to give as a gift, in order to get your order by Christmas, place your order by Dec. 19 if you're in the continental U.S. and by Dec. 15 for international orders.
If you like the look of this compact, you should see it in person!  Choose the art that speaks to you. Click here for more info
We'll be adding more items over the next several days, be sure to watch for them!


Brightest Blessings!