Celtic Goddess Oracle Cards

Finally, after almost 5 years of work my deck of Celtic Goddess Oracle Cards is ready.  The cards are designed: the stories are written; the only thing lacking is the funds for publication.

To that end I have just launched a crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo.  Here you can pre-order the deck with it’s booklet (out by Thanksgiving) or one of the other many perks of prints and originals of my work – all at reduced prices.

Click here to visit my Indiegogo campaign.  Contribute if you can. If not and you like the project then please share the page with your friends.

My most recent post on the Feminism and Religion blog is of Corra, Celtic Celtic Goddess Art by Judith ShawSerpent Goddess. Corra, whose name is almost forgotten today, embodied the Earth, calling forth the serpents of life, death and rebirth to twine the magic of eternity around the lives of our ancestors.

Corra is of the earth and yet She can also transform into a crane, symbolizing the transformation of body to spirit on our journey through the great circle of life. 

Click here to read the rest of Her story

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Were There Women Poets in Ancient Ireland?

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Gifts of the Goddess

Inanna, Queen of Heaven, painting by Judith Shaw

Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, oil on canvas, 41″ x 30″

In the early 1990’s I discovered the compelling story of Inanna, the ancient Sumerian Goddess, translated and retold in the book, Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth by Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Kramer.  I was inspired by Inanna’s story to create a series of paintings over several years time.

There are four main parts of Her story – The Huluppa Tree which explores creation and Inanna becoming Queen, Inanna and the God of Wisdom which shows how She brought the Gifts of Civilization to Her people, The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi, a sacred marriage and the Descent and Return of Inanna, the story of death and rebirth.

Read more about the Huluppa Tree and how Inanna brings the Gifts of Civilization in my recent post on the Feminism and Religion blog. 

Star Tree Goddess

If you have been following my work you know that I am inspired by trees and by the ancient wisdom of  Goddess.  In recent years the two have merged as one truth in my mind and my vision.

While reading Elizabeth Cunningham’s second novel in her The Maeve Chronicles series I was inspired to paint a star tree by her words.  A Goddess was involved in the magical, mytical scene in which a sacred grove turned into a Goddess Temple with a huge tree in the center.  The Goddess looked up and saw stars in the branches.  That was the beginning of my journey to find that image on canvas.  Here’s where I started.

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Star Tree Goddess Study 1, gouache on paper, 15.5″x19″

Another study followed this one.

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Star Tree Goddess Study 2, gouache on paper, 12″x18″

Read my latest post on the Feminism and Religion blog for more info on the sacred nature of trees to the Celts and to see the oil painting (probably still in progress) that sprung from Cunningham’s words.

And if you haven’t read Cunningham’s 4 book series, The Maeve Chronicles, I highly recommend that you do.

Memories of Peace

Somewhere deep within the DNA of each one of us lies the memory of a time of peace among humans, a time before the horrors of pride and glory spilled blood and blood on the earth.

Yellow Flower Mandala, painting by Judith Shaw

Yellow Flower Mandala, oil on canvas, by Judith Shaw

The work of archeologist Marija Gimbutas revealed a time around 6000 – 4500 BC in southeastern Europe where people lived in harmony, with no weapons or warfare, where nature and life were revered.

What was once – what can be imaged – can be made reality once again.

 

 

Shapeshifters

One of the things I have loved learning about in my studies of Celtic mythology is the mystical, magical nature of the Celtic worldview as reflected in their stories. The most ancient of their stories, those of the Tuatha de Danaan, belong to eternity whereas the heroic cycles belongs more to the earth but all of their tales are imbued with magic.

I find the magic of the shapeshifting goddesses to be compelling in many ways. Swan Goddess-Swan Song,painting by Judith ShawThey show the relationship between the human and animal world and the need to understand our animal nature.  Horses, seabirds, swans, deer, reindeer, butterflies are a few of the creatures you could meet which might actually be a Celtic Goddess.

Read more about the shapeshifting Goddesses in my most recent post on the Feminism and Religion blog.

On Mothers – For Mother’s Day

I am from my mothersmall seed of life painting by Judith Shaw
from the swirling stars of the cosmos
through the long passage,
contacting and expanding
birthed of her body
nourished by her love.

I am mother.
You came to me
through blood and bones
to be suckled by me
and then slowly set free.

artio, Celtic Goddess with stars, painting by Judith ShawI am the Mama bear, ready to attack when you are threatened,
your pain harder to bear than my own.
I explode into a thousand stars when your star rises.
Your life always more precious than my own.

Mother Goddess your names are many – Isis, Rhea, Cybele, Danu……..My Heart Opens, painting by Judith Shaw
Your love flowers in our hearts.
Your strength gives us the courage
to birth, to grow, to die.