MYSTERIES OF THE BLACK MADONNA DECK PRE-ORDERS
It is one of the benefits for patrons of the The French Madonna on Patreon that they get early access and sometimes exclusive access to my creations. Pre-order for the Mysteries of the Black Madonna deck will be opened to everyone else on 21 December 2020. I am printing small batches though as I cannot handle so many orders and shipping so delivery dates will be staggered. Please check back in on 21 December 2020 and I will have all the details for you.
Thank you for your interest and incredible support.
GILDED MYSTERIES OF MARY DECK SETS ARE SHIPPING
Gilded tarot decks have arrived. I am in the process of sending out emails and all decks will be shipped this week of 14 December 2020 by DHL Courier Express. I am sharing images on Instagram @bhaktymayi_ma and @walkingwithmary of the gold material handmade pouches, the statues and the blessed Maria Bambina holy cards that will be packed with your order. If I ship your order after the feast day of Virgen de Guadalupe, I am including scapulars that were blessed by my puja on her feast day. Patrons are receiving a small scapular that I created with gold thread.
The Mysteries of the Black Madonna tarot deck will be printed in 2021. I am printing only a small batch of decks and am offering these first to my patrons. I will offer a pre-order listing soon – I share on Instagram and I will update on my blog as well. I am not printing a small batch to try and make it exclusive. I am doing so to minimize the stress of the entire process and especially shipping which has been a nightmare due to the Covid pandemic.
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The ancient tradition of creating sacred altars used to belong to the Great Mother and her devotees and it was incorporated into religion by the nuns and convents. I call it Sacred Altars and it is my offering on the Altar of Life.
These small shadowboxes are vignettes, a moment in time in the life of ordinary human beings, lifted out of the mundane into the numinous, merely by seeing life as sacred.
Until I came into contact with the mystical side of Christianity. My first ritual I attended was the festival of Archangel Michael in Mont Sant’Angelo in Italy, then visiting Padre Pio. Then followed walking the pilgrimage of Bridgid, the sacred well and labyrinth in Kildare, Ireland. And that is when my art appeared in the form of paintings.
Twenty years ago I became a pilgrim to sacred places on the Earth and especially to where the Divine has stepped through the veil to reach us and where Mary had appeared to others. I bring waters from the holy springs and rivers; I bring back oil and salts sanctified by the Presence of the energies at these sacred places.
Sacred art is keeps the lifestyle of devotion alive. Each item is an offering on the sacred altar of life. With the creation of the sacred altars I set an intent of the feminine qualities and potential that is available to us. With each sacred altar I remind myself and others that we are capable of great acts of compassion and beauty and that the holy ones are no different from any of us.
Pilgrimage and sacred ritual is my foremost spiritual practise. Raised Dutch Reformed Protestant, the rich lustre of sacred and holy places offered a well of inspiration for my parched soul. My travels have taken me to many different religions, cultures and traditions. Through the years I have written on many aspects of the spiritual journey. When I came into contact with the mystical side of Christianity. my journey changed in many ways. My first ritual I attended was the festival of Archangel Michael in Mont Sant’Angelo in Italy, then visiting Padre Pio and following the Gargano pilgrimage. Then followed walking the pilgrimage of Bridgid, the sacred well and labyrinth in Kildare, Ireland. And that is when my art started to show up in the form of paintings.
Ritual grounded in the knowing of the unconscious, awakens us from the dream of habitual seeing and thinking.
The conscious mind lacks the ability or maybe the neural pathway to communicate the new-found wisdom intellectually, and thus the expression through art steps in. Well, that is only my experience and understanding, of course. But I had not been an artist till I participated in sacred ritual. My stay at Lourdes and participating in the rituals daily, turned me into a full time artist. When one participates in a ritual (probably any ritual, but when you regard it as sacred, you add a certain ‘light’ to it) you are transported into a different time and space : colors are different; the light is different; everything has meaning and the ordinary become extra-ordinary. My art novena for Lourdes in particular, highlights my statement that our lives are the altar to the Divine and I strive to capture that numinosity of the sacred ritual in my photographs and altars. I only started creating sacred altars on my return from Lourdes. These small shadowboxes are vignettes, a moment in time in the life of ordinary human beings, lifted out of the mundane into the numinous, merely by seeing life as sacred.
I am the founder and guardian of the Temple of Mary. As part of my modern day temple life I undertake regular pilgrimages to sacred sites across the world. You can also join the temple and my pilgrimages on Patreon. You can join my online community, Walking with Mary at the Instagram account @walkingwithmary or by using the hashtag #walkingwithmary.
I have been a lover of the tarot for 40 years and created my own deck The Mysteries of Mary tarot deck and guidebook. I am currently working on the Black Madonna tarot deck. I share my journey with the creating of the Black Madonna tarot deck on Patreon. I have an on-going visual gallery of all the shrines which will be the deck of cards eventually.