Brandy Woods

Still in Earth School! ;)

I apologize for the delay in another blog post! Time escaped from me… I went to visit my family for Christmas, stayed for a wonderful 6 weeks, came back and have been busy with working on my video game project (‘Love Eden’ from Darkrelic Entertainment, Inc) and several contracts for children’s books… The picture is one I finished in December, a French children’s book on the birth of the dreamcatcher… it arrived in a box yesterday, and I was all excited and surprised, since I didn’t expect it to be released for another 6 months. 4 more books in publishing process… 1 other in French, and 3 in English. Ahhhh, my dream of illustrating books is very much a dream come true. I’m loving it!

In other news I shall be participating in the 2017 International Tarot Day Deck, doing four — yes, four! — cards. Knights of Swords, Pentacles and Wands, and the Page of Wands, as well. Further information can be found here: http://tarotdaydeck.com/‘>http://tarotdaydeck.com/

Review – Daily Spiritual Practice Planner

So, I recently became aware of the existence of My Daily Spiritual Practice Planner for 2017, from Rory & Scout. (You can get yours here, but only until Dec. 12th! ) I already keep a journal, and don’t consider myself much of a ‘planner’ person (I keep To Do lists, but don’t hold myself to a timeline…) but at the same time I was intrigued, and I had a free shipping coupon, so I figured, why not? ;D

It arrived today, with a free quartz crystal no less, so I’ve had a little time to peruse it and here’s what I think:

Overall, it’s a nice size and the cover is a nice lavender and soft to the touch (and boy is it hefty! It’s gonna stay on the desk; I sure won’t be traveling anywhere with it… just taking out pages.) There’s pouches on the inside covers for Stuff, and I’m not sure what will go there yet, apart from the included info cards.

The pages themselves are allllmost fountain-pen-friendly (yes, this was my first order of importance, hahaha.) Tiny bit of show-through on the back of the pages but definitely tolerable. It came with a Papermate but that will go into the kitchen pen cup. Review – Daily Spiritual Practice Planner

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There’s a lot of info and blanks on each page. I love the Gratitude List section, as keeping a daily list is something I’ve been wanting to get back to, but haven’t. (It’s one of the things that sold me on the planner.) Like most planners, there’s a section for Today’s Schedule and a To-Do list. Apart from that, we have a small section for Dreams (waaaaay too small, really, except I already keep a separate notebook on my nighttable for that purpose…), daily/weekly intentions, a section to write how you intend to feel that day, a suggestion for a Tarot/oracle card draw and space to note the cards and (extremely briefly) the message, and a Notes section. Each day also has a different mantra, meditation or mindfulness practice, or suggestion for a crystal or essential oil to work with, and to note your results or reactions. Using the notes section to keep track of a keyword from your spiritual guides might also be interesting… shame there’s no room for a little blank square to doodle images in. Review – Daily Spiritual Practice Planner

As noted, there’s not a huge amount of space (especially if your handwriting tends to the larger side) but it makes a good jumping-off point for journalling, imo, and a tiny, daily bit of spiritual practice as one wishes. (Let’s face it, even the most dedicated among us are probably not going to do a 12-card spread and write 5 journal pages every single day…) Overall, I’m looking forward to starting to work with this planner, and looking back over it over the course of the year to see how my intuition has developed might be interesting. It was indeed a little on the pricey side for someone who doesn’t really use a planner, but I guess that’s part and parcel of a self-published book with custom leatherette covers. Overall, it’s very nicely constructed, can’t fault that.

Here’s to the New Year! http://www.roryandscout.com/product-category/aura/”>Aura Readings, too…)

Drums & Dreams

The newest medicine drum.

Alliteration. Yeah. Yeah, I just did that. ;D

Things have been wonderfully busy-busy since my last post! Spirit art clients are picking up (I actually have a backlog, now! Drums & Dreams ) I will get to all of you wonderful souls as soon as humanly possible ~ thank you so much for your trust in me!

I’m working daily on my freelance contract for the game, which is actually a lot of fun. I’ve wanted to work on a game since I was a kid, enraptured with my NES… Around 1998-2001 I hung around in #rpgmaker.net on IRC and made some friends and played with making a few personal games in RPGMaker98, so I had the theory and experience down, at any rate, but this is the first time I’m getting paid for it. w00t! Drums & Dreams

I’m also crafting… well… last night I just finished making a drum, the one from my post entitled ‘Giving Birth’. Still need to do the final touches, eg., the matte varnish to help protect it, and doing a final smudging and blessing. And then I get to hold it and cuddle it until November, before it goes to its new home. I’m exceedingly happy with the way this one turned out, a perfect harmony of drum and beater and hide. It’s going to make a lot of Good Medicine.

Additionally, last week I dropped off three paintings for a local exhibition at the Global Art League in Montreal:

 

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…and I’m needing to poke Dawson again for more details, as I was also accepted to a First Nations exhibition at the college, for early November.

I had a wonderful validation the other day, as well, when a client confirmed my reading; I’d sensed that the person was a healer, and that the gift had been inherited from their grandfather. I received a letter back saying that they were a Reiki practitioner and indeed had suspected that this was inherited from their grandfather! I did a little happy dance — validation is wonderful when you’re just starting out as a medium (…am I a medium? I’ve always felt more like a shaman, but in a sense the two of them can kind of overlap…) and hearing peoples’ reactions is always the best part for me.

In other news, I want to extend a huge thank-you to Amanda Linette Meder for featuring me in her community newsletter!

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The readings provided by Brandy Woods are not a substitute for seeking professional medical care or assistance. Therefore, please do not replace the impressions given to you during your session with Brandy Woods for any advice that has been given to you by a medical professional. If you are in need of medical, health, psychological or psychiatric care, assistance or consultation, seek out a licensed medical professional for consultation. The information provided during our session is not medical advice and should not be used as a prescription for your medical needs; it is to be used as assistance on your journey of spiritual and personal growth.

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Miracles

Ravyn Phelan’s Dreams of Gaia Tarot

Oh my gosh-ness. OMG. How much change one day can bring.

So I did do the reading, using the deck above — the Dreams of Gaia tarot (not actually a tarot deck). I’ve used the deck twice, counting this time, and both times it’s called me out. I asked why the weekend had gone the way it did, and it gave me cards about an imbalance between mind and body, ‘thoughts’ (echoing that first card), ‘a time of sharing’ which also dealt very strongly with ‘responsibility to children’… On Saturday I was aided by my stepdaughter, and that was probably the most in-depth we’ve talked in a while… and ‘accept that you will falter’ and ‘just be you’ and not holding oneself up to an impossible ideal. I mean, dude, called out by a deck of cards. Miracles

This morning I managed to snag a Breyer horse I’d been wanting, for way less than retail. And I’m informed that my French-test-for-Canadian-residency results came in at B2 — precisely where I needed to be.

In my first month’s membership, I won a free consultation with Amanda Lynn Meder. Spirit must really want me to get a reading done!

Two people inquired about soul and spirit guide portraits.

And then I got a wolf sounds CD in the mail, along with a big box of crystals from Sage Goddess.

And at 4pm I was officially hired for a freelance job working on an indie game. Following a few intuitive prompts during the Skype interview, I totally hit it off with the boss lady.

Man. Today restored my trust in Spirit. So, so grateful.

My Adventures at the Psychic Fair

…Well, sortof. It was technically a salon/exposition. With lots of different sellers and booths and services, and, for some bizarre reason, a tattoo guy was set up next to me.

Look at all the pretties!!

A few months ago I took a major leap of faith and reserved a table at Le Salon Entre 2 Mondes (‘The Exposition Between Two Worlds’, for those of you who don’t speak French). At the time I didn’t know how I was going to get there (over an hour and a half away by public transit, and I would have to rent a car for the weekend — which would cost just as much as the table — and I would have to drive in the city, something I’ve never done) …or how I would man the table alone, or who would be able to help me, or if I could even do the show in French, cause while I understand it pretty well and speak almost as decently, there’s always been a confidence issue, there, nevermind that I’ve been in Quebec for 6 years now. Anyways. Lots of fears and uncertainties. Leap of faith. Taken. Table reserved and paid for.

Then almost two weeks ago I catch a cold. Which turns into some sort of sinus infection, worst 1-2 days before I need to go pick up said car. Cue panic attacks, cause here’s me trying to figure out a price list and get things ready and be able to concentrate to drive and I can barely think straight due to drugs and congestion. Always fun. On Thursday I had the worst sinus pressure evar. I was vaguely decent on Friday for the setup. Saturday I was almost ok. Still congested here on Monday, though. Car has been returned. And my head was killing me last night. (Base of skull, which isn’t that a major seat of power in shamanism? That thought made me go hmmmm. I might need to schedule a session with ‘my’ shaman soon…)

I made all of one transaction over the entire weekend, which I am grateful for (thank you so much, J!!) and I’ll upload those spirit guide portraits soon, but I’m left wresting with the ‘why’s of everything. ‘I took a leap of faith’. ‘I thought this is what I was supposed to be doing’. ‘Nobody noticed me’. ‘Were my prices too high? But I’m worth that.’ And just a general, great big ‘WTF, Spirit?’ I guess in a sense it was a triumph for me to even go there and put myself out as ‘Ok, I’m here, I’m intuitive, this is my gift and I put it out for the world to see!’ …but at the same time I’m wondering what went wrong, because that seemed like my perfect market. I had more interest when I was doing a session at Pierres D’Ailleurs (see that blog entry here) with random people off the street. Not only did two people actively ask me what I was even offering, cause my table was so ‘random’, but that little Quetzalcoatl statue on the table broke, no less. And nobody seemed interested in the soul portraits. So I shall have to sit down and do a card reading for myself this afternoon, see if I can work through this and figure out what the next step is.

My wonderful mother insists that it’s just a detour or speedbump because I’m on the right path. I’ll see what the cards say.

Ok, so I got to talk to some very nice people, and everyone was vastly impressed by the feathers (they always seem to be an eye-catcher) but… not remotely how I expected my weekend go to.

Everything on ze table & back wall is still for sale, if anyone is interested in ‘adopting’. My Adventures at the Psychic Fair  I also have two unpainted drums that I didn’t finish in time to bring with me — in addition to the Elen of the Ways drum displayed there, that special lady that was born on last Halloween during the full moon, when the veil was thin. It’s a faerie shaman drum, that one.

Here’s the two others up for adoption; they can be painted with what the drum itself wants, or your own vision, or a combination. If the drum calls to you, I can do an intuitive artwork for you which will make it very special:

My Adventures at the Psychic Fair    My Adventures at the Psychic Fair

At left: 15″ horse and cedar. At right: 13″ bison and willow oak. The bison seems to want White Buffalo Calf Woman medicine painted on it.

Giving Birth

Sitting behind me, drying and coming alive and finding its voice, is this beauty. A 15″ cedar frame, 13-sided for the 13 moons of the year, and horsehide. A new drum, brought to life by my hands.

Ok, so I didn’t make the frame or anything — woodworking is a skill that my parents have; not me. I bought a drum kit — but still. Giving Birth

I first wanted a drum last August when my mom and I went to South Dakota. (O, one of the highlights of my life, and I cannot wait to go revisit the Black Hills…) I looked around at many drums, checking sizes, animal medicine, tone, everything. Couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. So I ended up buying a kit from Cedar Mountain Drums (highly recommended). Actually several kits, cause I couldn’t decide.

From the first, I was hooked. It felt right, as if making drums was something I had done before, and was meant to do again. The smell of the wet hide, the slipperiness, the sage and sweetgrass burning, the reverence… every time I make a drum, it’s a meditation, a blessing, a lesson in patience and forgiveness and making things work, and trusting that there will be enough… and many, many other things. It’s different with each drum. Deer hides taught me about fragility. (And, I will admit, I have only made one deerhide drum and do not enjoy working with it… It cannot be moistened without danger of stretching out of proportion. I almost ruined one drum by accident, and I’m reluctant to mess with deer rawhide again.) Buffalo is strong, heavy medicine and my hands need more practice. I’ve pulled two buffalo drums. Two horse. One elk.

I love working with horse hide. I understand that some people might not want a horse drum, but the ones that do, will find mine. Horse came to me last summer, in a whirlwind of obsession like a 13-year-old girl’s, and nothing made sense but horses… and, eventually, it came to make sense — riding lessons, developing my intuition, animal communication, etc., and a wonderful, blessed moment with Lakna at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

So, yes. Making drums. Usually I do a little meditation, get the feel of the materials I’m working with, and get an idea of the drum’s name. This time, not so. This time, I had a kit from a different store (Centralia Fur & Hide) and it was a tangled mess of figuring out how and where to punch my own holes in the rawhide, and how to tie off the lacings because they weren’t long enough to thread continuously as I had always done before. And so the drum was filled with medicine of myrrh incense, of awakening, of innovation and new ways to see and do things. And in the end, as I was finishing tying off the lacings and the handle, a whisper in my mind told me the drum’s name, and that it was a wolf medicine drum.

When it dries and it’s found its voice, when it’s been Born and has learned how to Sing, I will sit with it and drum and go on a short journey to ask what it wants painted on its face. What medicine it wants to show to the world. And then, my friends, we’ll see who it belongs to.

Horse Dreams

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It’s been a year since I was last able to get my butt on a horse, which is kinda sad considering I only started taking lessons last year (after a lifetime of wanting to). So this summer when we headed back to France, ‘land of equestrianism’, (I just made that bit up, yes, but horses are a Big Thing in the Fountainebleau/Normandy regions, apparently) – I was determined to go riding. My mother-in-law found a place (namely, yes, ‘Horse Dreams’) that offered reasonably-priced rides for 2 or 3 hours in the Fontainebleau Forest, and I pounced.

Nobody else did, though… until a few hours later we discovered my brother-in-law was interested in tagging along. Hooray! Trip saved!

(Say what you will about self-empowerment, I was more than a little nervous about riding alone in a forest with who knows how few people and in a language that wasn’t my own native tongue… Though there were a few people at the stables who spoke English. Now that I’ve been on the ride, it might not be an issue next time…)

Though marketed as a beginner ride, during the stretch of 2 hours we trotted maybe five times… I managed more or less well until the final two, at which point my calves started to protest… and, let me tell you, there’s an amusingly interesting challenge to focus on going up-down-up-down on your saddle without falling forward on a trotting horse while also trying to steer and avoid smacking your face on low branches. Somehow I managed. XD It hurt to walk for the next three days but wandering throughout the deep forest (the 5 of us riders were the only people there that morning) with it’s wonderful huge stone formations was sooooo peaceful, so uplifting and grounding an experience… So worth it. So worth it. I might make this a staple activity of mine whenever I’m in the region.

On top of that, I got to ride one of my favorite horse breeds. Yey!

Ghost Stories

The past few days, I’ve been dreaming about ghosts and spirits… I remember vaguely, a face in front of me, white outlines of eyes, facial features, hair… blooming into color and turning real, and my dream-self, jaw dropped, stunned at this sudden full-bodied sight of a ghost girl, talking to me…

I have not, as far as I can remember, ever seen a ghost, though I’d definitely consider myself sensitive and have several distinctly creepy memories, both from growing up, and in the past year. The ghost dreams made me think about posting about one of my current freelance projects.

Ghost StoriesI’ve been working with Kelly Schutz since January, on a series of illustrated paranormal encounter books.  Having recently gotten my contributor copies, I was finally able to read about what I’d been drawing… Definitely some interesting, thought-provoking stuff. She doesn’t tell you what to believe, but rather presents her experiences, often with accompanying photos, and lets you decide. Lots of info in the back, too, about techniques, tools, debunking… Definitely worth checking out if you’re at all interested in the subject.

And if you’re subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, you can even read the books for free, here! (Nope, I don’t get a cut, hahaha, but I worked on the books so I’m proud of them!)

I’m currently working on sketches for books 6 and 7, and one of my own personal experiences is in book 5 (Hanging Around)… So while I guess working on a sketch before bed can explain last night’s strange dreams, it doesn’t explain the manifesting ghost girl the other day… hmmm…

Ghost Stories