When the Universe Speaks … Listen

Everyday the universe speaks to us through various avenues of our experience. Often, we’re too busy going about our day to notice. As a result, I have made it a practice to think back over my day at bedtime. By then I’m not doing anything to distract myself, I’m relaxed, and usually ready for bed.

For two days now the universe has sent me a very loud message. These are merely two examples of how the universe can speak to you.

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Last October I began working on ideas for a tarot deck. I am now nearly 20 images into it. I am using acrylic paint on canvas paper so this is going to take me a while. Based upon how busy my business is right now I figure I will have the deck completed in probably 2 years. I have not had time to work on it for several weeks now.

A few days ago my husband and I were discussing the option of self-publishing it because it’s a unique idea, but I’ve been told it’s “not really marketable” by a couple of publishers now, but that it’s a great idea. Perplexing to me as that may be, I broached the subject of self-publishing with my husband because it would take quite an investment to produce a deck of quality.

My husband is a sweet man who doesn’t believe in anything I do and will often poke gentle fun at me, but he was quick to say if I believed in the project, then when the time came we’d put the money together and I could work with a local printer to bring my vision to life. He went on to say that I “owed that” to my art and to myself.

I was thrilled with his supportive and encouraging response.

The deck is far from completed, but I’m the type of person who likes to know how the land lays far ahead of time. On Sunday I set the intention that I need to find a local printer who will be able to bring my vision to life with the degree of quality I would require. At that same time I also set the intention of finding images I need to draw for my deck. I am well aware that they must come from a museum collection. Museums copyright images and photos of the items within their collections, so legally I cannot reproduce them in any way for a commercial project. I am well aware of that fact, but I set that intention anyway and went about my week.

When you set intentions to the universe it’s very important to let them go. Release them. Ideally, forget about them and think of other things. This allows the universe free reign to work on manifesting your intentions for you. This is a practice I follow and I can tell you in all honesty it truly does work. This week it worked a treat!

On Wednesday I had to fill in for my husband at his local business networking meeting. They talk about their businesses there and provide referrals for one another. Unfortunately, his business did not receive any referrals this week, but something else happened.

I have only attended their meetings twice before so I’m basically an outsider. Only 3 people speak to me, but as I walked up to sign in this man I had never met before welcomed me and when I told him I was my husband’s better half that really made him laugh. I then walked into the meeting room to sit down. A few minutes later he came in and sat next to me and we continued to chat intermittently.

At one point everyone presents a one-minute presentation about their business. The man got up and stated that he owns a PRINTING business!!

I felt my jaw drop open! He looked at me kind of funny too and laughed. As he sat back down and I stood up to speak about my husband’s business I said to him, “I’d appreciate if you and I could talk a bit after the meeting.” He smiled and said, “sure!”

archwayI recently self-published my first oracle deck, Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm. I carry it in my purse because you never know when you might make a sale. After the meeting was over I told Eric that I’m an artist and I create decks. His response:

“Oh, really! So you paint images on people’s backyard decks?”

Me: “Uh, no. Not that kind of deck. THIS kind of deck.”

I pulled out the silver satin pouch containing my oracle deck and then he looked really confused. I then showed him a few of the images and he understood. I told him I’m creating a tarot deck and I need to find a local printer who can print the deck, the box, and possibly a guide book to my exact specifications. He nodded and said, “not a problem. I can manage this. Let me know when and we’ll talk more.”

Thus, I found a printer a mere 3 days after setting that intention and then thinking no more about it.

That was yesterday. Today something else happened that has knocked my socks clean off!

My concept for my tarot deck requires that I paint from items that are held in some museum collections around the world. Museums copyright their photographs of the items in the collections so unless you take the photo yourself you really cannot paint a picture of the item in a museum’s photograph without running up against possible copyright infringement.

Today, as I was online I saw an article that made the startling announcement that the Metropolitan Museum of Art was releasing its copyright of images in its collection that are within the public domain! This includes not only works of art, but other items in the MET’s collection!!

I honestly didn’t believe it. I thought it was fake news! I checked other sources and the story is real! I went to the MET’s website and there was their Collections page already set up where you can search their data base of images and look for public domain images! I had also set this intention on Sunday so that must have been a high energy day. I was stunned at how the printer and the much-needed museum images just fell neatly into my lap.

I am now setting the intention that the British Museum follow suit, if they haven’t already (I need to check!) because they have items within their vast collections that I also need to depict in my tarot deck, but in a pinch I can get buy with using the photographs from the MET and I no longer have to worry about copyright infringement. Furthermore, it will be a simple matter of searching their database to find the exact images I need! This will eliminate a great deal of time searching for images within the public domain.

I was so excited about this that I visited the MET’s Collections page and have already downloaded 12 images for 12 future paintings for my tarot deck!!

Now all I need to do is manifest the time I need to create those paintings.

The universe speaks, so listen up. You’ll be surprised at what you hear.

Wishing you many blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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The Coloring Books of Amy Zerner & Monte Farber

I have enjoyed coloring since I was 2 years old. I have been very pleased with the advent of the adult coloring book phenomenon & extremely pleased that Amy Zerner and Monte Farber have created two delightful adult coloring books for Harper Elixer. Their titles are: The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds. The daughter of classic coloring book & greeting card illustrator, master artist Jessie Spicer Zerner, Amy Zerner followed in the artistic footsteps of her mother and is world renown for her tapestry collage art that has resulted in several tarot and oracle decks as well as unique clothing designs. Both coloring books are dedicated to Amy’s mother. All accompanying text is written by Amy’s husband, Monte Farber, who is an author in his own right, astrologer, and psychic. Together they have been a publishing tour de force for several decades.

enchanted-tarot-coloring-book-coverThe Enchanted Tarot adult coloring book consists of the major arcana and sixteen court cards from the tarot deck of the same title. Amy Zerner provided detailed line drawings of each image. Monte Farber provides the text that accompanies each image that includes the card’s title, positive phrase related to the meaning of the card, and a list of keywords. The text accompanying each image is provided on the facing page so as you work on coloring the image you can easily refer to the text on the left-hand opposite page.

At first glance the drawings for The Enchanted Tarot may appear to be overly intricate, but this is due to Amy Zerner including line demarcations for shading on faces, clothing, and other design elements. This element is not found in most coloring books so artists who enjoy shading to illustrate depth and dimension will appreciate the added line details.

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The Chariot from “The Enchanted Tarot” deck & “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book. Courtesy of Amy Zerner.

As you begin to work in the Enchanted Tarot coloring book I would recommend you begin with the larger areas first and work down toward the smaller more intricate areas of the illustration. Above is the Chariot card from the Enchanted Tarot deck and coloring book. Here is the same illustration again, but now it has been partially colored.

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The Chariot, from “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book, partially colored. Courtesy of Amy Zerner.

Due to the detail of each image I do not recommend using crayons with The Enchanted Tarot coloring book. You will need an artistic medium that allows you a good degree of control over the application of color. Instead of crayons, I have used and recommend the following mediums:

  • Colored pencils
  • watercolor pencils
  • dual-tipped water-based markers (fine point at one end, brush at the other)
  • gel & glitter pens

You will need an artistic medium that allows your hand a great deal of control, so anything that ends in a point will work well. I do not recommend  alcohol-based markers, such as Copics. They will bleed through the paper. More on product specifics regarding coloring below.

Monte Farber describes their other coloring book, Enchanted Worlds, as a “magical enchanted-worlds-coloring-book-coverjourney through the world of imagination.” It clearly delivers on that promise. Whereas Amy Zerner’s illustrations for The Enchanted Tarot coloring book are fine lined & quite detailed, her drawings for the Enchanted Worlds coloring book are drawn with a thicker line. There are also more areas of the illustrations that have been solidly inked in, which adds black to the overall composition that makes colors pop when added by the colorist. I would say that the Enchanted Worlds coloring book is easier to color than The Enchanted Tarot, but as long as you keep your pencils sharpened The Enchanted Tarot makes for a fine coloring book as well. Those of you with less patience, however, I would definitely recommend the Enchanted Worlds coloring book to you over The Enchanted Tarot.

The Enchanted Worlds adult coloring book is organized in the same manner as The Enchanted Tarot coloring book. All text appears on the left-hand page with the image to color on the right-hand page. The text of the Enchanted Worlds is also written by Monte Farber and includes the title of the illustration accompanied by a positive affirmation or a brief description of the symbols included in the illustration. For example, the text accompanying “Gentleness” reads: “[t]he Flower Fairy makes her way across the rosy dreamscape, greeted by awakened birds, elves, and flowers, symbols of gentleness and compassion.”

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“Gentleness,” from “The Enchanted Worlds” coloring book. Photo courtesy of Amy Zerner.

The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds are no ordinary coloring books. If colored with intention the act of coloring becomes meditative and magical. According to the Artist herself:

With my books, while you color, you are meditating on the magic and meaning of each image, with words and affirmations by Monte. It becomes a ritual. We incorporate the intention of each tarot card and affirm each Enchanted World drawing with a message. We always like to balance wise words and images. That is our specialty. There becomes an ebb and flow between image and the silence and the words. In this way, coloring is elevated to a spiritual practice ~ Amy Zerner.

As an artist myself, I can vouch for the fact that the act of artistic creation is a large part of my spiritual practice. I enter a “zone” when I am creating and though I may suffer from artistic frustrations upon occasion, I always come out of a creative session feeling renewed and uplifted. Adult coloring books like The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds now make the benefits of creative meditation accessible to everyone regardless of artistic experience.

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The Wheel of Fortune, from “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book. Colorist: Fortune Buchholtz. Image courtesy of Fortune Buchholtz & Amy Zerner.

The remainder of this review is intended for artists and colorists who wish to know the technical details, which apply to both coloring books and are as follows:

  • Overall size: 8 1/2 x 11 x 5.8″
  • Paperback
  • Page total: The Enchanted Tarot (80) Enchanted Worlds (82)
  • Images: 38
  • Perforation: none
  • Protective sheet: none
  • Paper weight: 80 lbs
  • Recommended artistic mediums:
    • colored pencils ~ layering & burnishing up to 4 layers of colors works well on this paper weight. I have not tried more than 4 layers of color.
    • watercolor pencils ~ 3 layers work well, but use minimal water for blending. I used just enough water to get the colors to blend.
    • water-based markers ~ I used Tomball, Zig, and a generic no-name store brand. This paper holds up well to 3 layers of blended water-based markers. As you add a fourth layer be careful because at this point the color will begin to bleed through the page. If layering more than 3 colors I would recommend inserting a blank sheet of paper to avoid bleed-through on the following image.
    • crayons work well on any type of paper and work well for the Enchanted Worlds coloring book, but due to the intricacy of the illustrations for The Enchanted Tarot coloring book, I do not recommend crayons.

Note: If you are like me you may be hesitant to mar your coloring book with color. There is a simple fix. This is what I do with my coloring books. I basically very carefully take them apart. This is the method I use and so far I have not ruined a single image:

  • I carefully cut or tear the front and back covers from the spine of the coloring book.
  • Next, I begin with the first image (or title page) and carefully bend the page back and forth against the binding. Bend the page along where the paper actually meets the glue of the binding.
  • As you see the page begin to give slightly, VERY carefully pull or rip the page from the book. Do this slowly with patience.
  • Do the same to the last page of the coloring book.
  • Return and repeat the process with the remaining front page, then the remaining back page, and so on until you have pulled all the pages free from the spine.

I keep my coloring page originals in a manila file folder with the book cover for reference. When I wish to color an image I make a copy. Keep in mind that copies made on a printer can bleed based upon what type of ink you use in your printer.

The adult coloring book “fad” appears to be here to stay. A trip to my local book and craft stores have become increasingly dangerous to my pocketbook as increasing numbers of coloring books appear on the shelves. Amy Zerner’s artwork translates very well to the coloring book medium and these books will be enjoyed by anyone who wishes for a bit of creative magic in their life.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm

The first oracle deck I have ever created, is finally complete! I am happy to announce that ~

Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm

is now open for pre-order!

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Channeled from Archangel Michael, Archangel Raphael, and David Bowie, Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm is intended to provide you with not only spiritual guidance, but concentrating on the channeled phrases on the cards helps you to connect with your angels & spirit guides.

For the story of how this oracle deck came to be, please visit my deck’s blog.

The deck is all hand-created. I hand-painted the watercolor gouache backgrounds in color combinations I was shown so the colors associated with each phrase are also channeled. I created the font by hand and each phrase is handwritten, not computer-generated. Each original image was attuned to Reiki up to the master degree and also attuned to the * Clear Iridescent Energy Ray (* CIER) that is  a new healing modality Archangel Michael is introducing to us at this time.

Please note that this is a self-published deck. As such it will have a limited print-run. I cannot guarantee how long copies will be available & please understand I am unable to hold copies in reserve.

Your deck arrives:

  • with a pouch
  • signed & numbered
  • attuned to Reiki & the * Clear Iridescent Energy Ray (* CIER)

The channeled guide shall arrive in PDF format to the email address you have on file with PayPal.

Shipping is via Priority in the USA and 1st Class Air to all other countries. Please choose the correct link for your location. The first link is for USA Priority mail orders and the second link is for Worldwide 1st Class Air shipping if you live outside the USA.

I shall begin shipping decks in mid-February, 2017.

The pre-order price of $35 USD per deck will remain in effect until January 9th, at which point the price will increase to $40 USD per deck.

If you wish to order multiple decks, please contact me prior to placing your order so I can give you a discount.

If you have questions, I can be reached via email at IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com.

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The prices below are for both the deck & shipping, combined.

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* The Clear Iridesent Energy Ray (CIER) is a new healing modality I have channeled from Archangel Michael. I teach this modality online. This modality works both on the healing frequency as well as manifesting frequency. If you are interested in learning more about the CIER, please contact me via email at IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com or send me a PM on Facebook. The next course shall begin in February, 2017. Contact me to join the wait list.

Blessings,

Nefer Khepri, PhD.

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Art ~ Returning to My First Love.

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Tarot Reflections 2015 Lenormand Deck of the Year, International Tarot Foundation Carta Award winner of Lenormand Deck of the Year   ~   and   ~    Best First-Work by an Illustrator: The Egyptian Lenormand, by Nefer Khepri. Copyright Schiffer Books & Nefer Khepri 2014.

The theme of this post is to never give up on your dreams, no matter the opposition or lack of faith.

As an artist my entire life (since the age of 2 when my “Potato People” graced my parents’ dining room wall never to be painted over until they sold the house 35 years later), I have always been plagued with doubt. I look at what I create & wonder to myself, “does it look right? Would anyone but my parents & I ever like it?” I wanted to be a professional artist, but had no formal training. The only teacher to ever encourage me was my high school Freshman year Art teacher, Mrs. Yanta. She told me I had “real talent” & that I should work to develop it. She was the only one who taught me that Art is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. Mrs. Yanta told me I had a “good eye” and “a bright imagination” & to never allow anyone to tell me different. But I did.

My parents loved my artwork because I was their only child. They thought everything I did was brilliant, naturally, but they both told me there’s no money in Art unless you die first. Go to college & study something PRACTICAL.

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University Hall, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois

So what did I do? I worked hard & was accepted by my first choice, Northwestern University where I studied … what?

Did I go Pre-Law? Pre-Med? History, perhaps (which is my second love)? No! I chose Archaeology. Yes! Talk about being PRACTICAL! And we all know how filthy rich archaeologists become, do we not? In reality, unless you become a high-paid professor there’s NO money in it.

My parents were besides themselves, but allowed me my course of study & my father took Indiana Jonesan extra job while my mother went back to work after being retired to raise me for 18 years so that I did not have to get a job while in college, though I did hold a rather demanding work/study job I was fortunate enough to get in the university’s only archaeology lab. Meanwhile, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was released & my mother began to fret – a LOT thinking I’d be hanging for dear life to my whip under a moving truck or outrunning boulders inside of booby-trapped tombs. Just in case you’re wondering, archeaology is boring. REALLY boring.

I remained in college for 12 years obtaining my Doctorate in 1995 from the University of Texas at Austin where I also met my husband. During all that time, with the exception of two art courses I took under Professor William Stipe at Northwestern University, I had turned my back on Art. My studies took up all my time so I no longer had free time to create anything, nor was I motivated due to the demands of academia. Professor Stipe had told me the same thing Mrs. Yanta had ~ I had a good eye and a great imagination, and that practice makes not perfect, but much improved. He told me to stick with Art. I realize now with 20/20 hindsight I should have listened to him, but at the time I was too concerned with being somewhat practical & studying Archaeology.

I am happy to report that nothing ever came of my degree. I do use what I learned in my current work because spirituality always interested me so I studied the spirituality and religions of ancient civilizations, mainly the Maya, but also the Egyptian, Sumerian, Greek, Roman, Celtic, West African, and Native American. I never could get a job in my chosen field. Nothing ever worked out. I was never so much as called for a SINGLE interview. I gave up, got lost one day in Corpus Christi, Texas after we had just moved there from Austin & ended up in a new age shop as the manager was screaming at the owner & quitting on the spot. This left the owner in tears and me holding the bag as I attempted to comfort a woman who was a complete stranger to me.

I was hired on the spot & worked there for 2 years, after which I branched out and began

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Isis Rising, (C) Nefer Khepri 1997

running my own tiny business out of my home. That was in 1997. 1998 saw the birth of http://magickal-musings.com where I have been in business ever since doing what I know I was meant to do.

1997 was a pivotal year for me. I became a Reiki master-teacher, in a vision I was chosen by the goddess Isis to be a priestess of Hers, in March of that year I rediscovered Art & happily returned to my first love, & in December conceived my daughter, but didn’t know the sneaky rascal was in there until the following March, so you can well imagine our shock & amazement! Ariel was born in September, 1998. I was selling prints and greeting cards based on my art at that time. I still have the first dollar I ever made from my art. I keep it on my personal altar.

Fast forward to 2009 when I discovered a blog by Andy Boroveshengra through which he taught others about how to read Lenormand cards. Recognizing the cards my aunt had read since she had been a child & taught by my grandmother, I obtained a deck and began learning the system. During 2011 I began my Lenormand collection that grew by leaps and bounds as more & more artists were self-publishing decks.

33 Key PUBOne day in early September of 2012 I was doodling and am image of a key with the head of an ankh just seemed to appear on my paper. I thought, “hmm. Cool image. I think I’ll do something with it.” I redrew it on nice card stock and proceeded to add color. A few days later I saw in my mind’s eye an image of the Egyptian god Thoth standing with a large full moon behind 32 Moon PUBhim. I thought to myself, “hmm. Cool image. I think I’ll draw that.” And so I did. A few days after that I had a vision of another image that consisted of a close up of a clover plant with an obviously Egyptian background behind it. That’s when it hit me. An Egyptian-style Lenormand was being given to me.

Once I realized I was channeling the images I opened myself up and the rest of the deck presented itself to me. Every image is 13 Child PUBchanneled with the sole exception of The Child card. That should have been a child in the courtyard of the Temple of Isis at Philae, to match the Pharaoh and Priestess cards. Unfortunately, all the children I drew ended up looking like the possessed murderous doll “Chucky” from those horror movies, but my daughter suggested I research ancient Egyptian toys and draw those, which is what I ended up doing for The Child card. My mother, who had died in 2008, on her deathbed had a vision in which she saw me surrounded by brightly colored images all with an Egyptian theme. I now know what she saw was The Egyptian Lenormand.

I dedicated The Egyptian Lenormand to my mother’s memory and completed it on time for Valentine’s Day, 2013, which would have been my mother’s birthday. Originally, my intention was to create the deck only for myself and use a card printing company to print perhaps ten copies for my own use, but once I began to show the images to my friends it seemed that nearly everyone wanted a copy and were willing to pay for it. That is the reason I decided to self-publish a run of 100 copies. Meanwhile, I submitted a deck proposal to Schiffer Books who took only two weeks to inform me they had accepted my deck for publication. They published the mass market Schiffer edition in March, 2015.

As I worked well into the night creating The Egyptian Lenormand my husband would ask me, “what sort of money do you think you’ll make from this?” A former banker, for him it all revolved around money. I would tell him I wasn’t expecting to make anything. All I wanted to do was to create a deck that I would enjoy using. Once my friends became interested in it my husband became excited thinking I had a potential bestseller on my hands, but I had to inform him, “no dear, there is no money in deck creating.” Despite knowing that, he knew how much I loved Art and how I had turned my back on it to pursue my academic studies. He did not actually encourage me, but every night that I didn’t have dinner made or even had any idea of what we’d eat because I was “in the zone” working on another card image, he would just say, “Okay, take-out it is!” without a word of complaint. Somehow the laundry got done, dishes were washed, and we never starved because my husband and daughter took up the slack as I became completely immersed in my creation.

Tower pub I have made very little money off my deck (so little that I can actually laugh about it) & my husband has been out of work since October, but I have never felt richer in my life. My Art is now front and center in my life’s pursuits, just as it was always House PUBmeant to be. I self-published The Turtle Lenormand in late 2014 and am currently working on completing a book for Schiffer and several other deck projects are in the works. I also focus on creating Soul Portraits, Manifestation Mandalas, and my newest service, Spirit Guide Portraits, the former two of which are available for order via my website.

It never occurred to me that The Egyptian Lenormand may be considered worthy enough to win any awards. It was rewarding enough to me personally to have had Schiffer Books consider my work worthy enough for publication. From my point of view I had already won.

I am very pleased that after getting side-tracked for 12 years I am now an award-winning artist and author. The Egyptian Lenormand has been awarded the following honors:

  • American Tarot Association & Tarot Reflections Lenormand Deck of the Year
  • International Tarot Foundation Carta Award for Lenormand Deck of the Year
  • International Tarot Foundation Carta Award for Best First-Work by an Illustrator

I humbly express my gratitude to the readers of Tarot Reflections and the voting committee of the Carta Awards. I am honored to have been considered, especially among such prestigious company. This year’s nominees are all truly outstanding and they are colleagues whom I respect and admire.

Today’s post comes about due to a memory that is forever etched in my mind. It is 1977 and I am 14 years old hunched over my desk in Mrs. Yanta’s art class struggling with an assignment on two-point perspective. As I’m sitting there literally sweating over the assignment Mrs. Yanta is making the rounds looking over every student’s shoulder. She walks up to me, looks down at what I’m attempting to draw, and asks, “Oh? Is that a settlement on Tatooine? Are you drawing the farm of Luke’s uncle Owen?”

That was EXACTLY what I was attempting to draw, but to my hyper self-critical eye it looked nothing like it. When I told her, “yes” she smiled broadly and said, “keep up the good work,” then she walked off still smiling to herself as though she knew a secret, but wasn’t about to share it with anyone else because it was too precious. Mrs. Yanta would often look at me with that look on her face throughout the remainder of my freshman year. Until today I thought she merely counted me among her favorite students and nothing more.

She was the first to truly encourage me with Art and I googled her today in an attempt to track her down. I wasn’t having any luck so I thought I had her first name incorrect. I have kept my old high school yearbooks so I dug out my Freshman yearbook and glanced through the blank pages in the back where students and teachers had signed.

I smiled as I read the cute messages and remembered faces. I then found where Mrs. Yanta had signed. She had written:

“To one of my favorite art students. It was so nice to see you improve all year! Best of luck in school & beyond. M. Yanta. P. S. There’ll never be a 4th period like that again – whew!”

Many of my art classmates were very disruptive and poor Mrs. Yanta had to deal with a lot of mischief and even some fights. I’ll never forget the fight I had in that class. I was seated at a table next to this girl who kept glancing over at my watercolor painting. I was nearly finished while she had really been struggling with hers. Suddenly she dumped her entire water can onto my painting. That completely ruined my work. I jumped up and without a second thought I punched her in the chest, then we were on the floor rolling around! Mrs. Yanta broke us up and sent that girl to the principal’s office as I sat and cried over my ruined painting. I have a phobia about watercolors to this day!

Mrs. Yanta’s signature wasn’t too clear so I looked up her teacher photo using the index. I never did look inside the yearbook for any teacher signatures because they had all signed the blank sheets in the back of the book, including Mrs. Yanta, but she has signed a SECOND time under her picture. I never saw this message until today. What I read caused me to cry for a good 30 minutes. Mrs. Yanta wrote,

“You’ve got a great career ahead of you in Art. Best of luck always, Mimi Yanta.”

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The Art Department of Waukegan East High School: Mr. Aarnos, Mrs. Yanta, & Mr. Misunas.

I remember Mrs. Yanta’s little secret smile every time she looked my way. I would smile back and was glad my Art teacher liked me so much because she was my favorite teacher that year. I think of her often since returning to my first love. Now that I’ve read her second hidden message to me I know what her smile was about.

Mrs. Yanta saw in me someone with potential and she did all she could to encourage me. I now find myself wondering how different my life would have been had I seen her second message to me when I was 14 years old and had taken it to heart, but then I most likely would never have met my husband or give birth to our daughter.

I read Mrs. Yanta’s words 38 years later and realize how her wish basically became a prophecy, but one of which I was completely unaware until just this morning. I cried over this picture for nearly 30 minutes when I found it. Looking at it now as I type this blog post I am crying again.

It’s funny how I now am what I was meant to be and that life has come full circle for me, isn’t it? If you have a dream and people tell you that you’ll never make any money at it or you will never amount to anything ~ if it’s your DREAM and it is dear to YOUR heart, I encourage you. Do not give up. Pursue your dreams. You may never win awards for your work, but you will be HAPPY and that is what really matters.

Wishing you all many blessings,

Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2014.
Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2014.

Visionary Art  ~ “refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.” ~ The American Visionary Art Museum.

“Visionary art encourages the development of our inner sight. To find the visionary realm, we use the intuitive inner eye:  The eye of contemplation; the eye of the soul. All the inspiring ideas we have as artists originate here.” ~ Alex Grey, visionary artist & author of Sacred Mirrors.

I create Soul Portraits and Manifestation Mandalas, which are two forms of visionary art. I have been creating Soul Portraits since 1998 and Manifestation Mandalas since 2011.

When I create a piece of visionary art, I am tuning in to my spirit guides and my clients’ spirit guides. I receive mental images of symbols, sometimes in full color, sometimes not. I am then instructed via clairaudience (yes, that  means I hear voices in my head) as to exactly where to place each symbol within the overall composition. Once the initial drawing is complete for each section I am shown which colors to use, or simply told something along the lines of, “No, not Indigo Blue. Use Prussian Blue instead.” If you’re an artist you’ll know there’s very little difference between those two shades of blue, yet many spirit guides make such distinctions often.

My visionary art serves two distinct purposes, hence the two separate services.

A Soul Portrait is a symbolic depiction mapping out where your Soul currently is regarding your own spiritual evolution.

Symbols, as well as the meaning of colors that appear in a Soul Portrait depart knowledge regarding lessons learned, lessons yet to be mastered, and those lessons we may prefer to forget. A Soul Portrait is basically a map of one’s Soul and your progress up until now.  Each piece is created and infused with Reiki energy so when my client gazes upon their Soul Portrait these positive energies are released into their life time and time again.

A Manifestation Mandala is quite different. I ask my client

A Manifestation Mandala I created for myself. Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2011.
A Manifestation Mandala I created for myself. Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2011.

to provide me with a list of 1 – 4 wishes they wish to manifest in their lives. The wishes could be for anything. I then meditate to connect with my client’s energy while focusing on their wish list. As with my Soul Portraits, symbols and colors then begin to come to me that result in a completed Manifestation Mandala.  Once again, I create each piece while channeling Reiki energy into it. Every time my client looks at their Manifestation Mandala they are reiterating their wishes, affirming their wishes are attainable, and those same positive energies are released again and again into my client’s life in order to help those wishes to become my client’s reality.

Every Soul Portrait and Manifestation Mandala begins with a meditation session. The session lasts anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours. Images come, sometimes fast and furious, sometimes painstakingly slow. As I sit in meditation I am also aware of my surroundings so that when symbols begin to come through I am conscious enough to be able to create very quick rough sketches of what I am seeing with my mind’s inner eye.

 

Sketch of Raechel's Soul Portrait. Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2014.
Sketch of Raechel’s Soul Portrait. Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2014.

I enjoy working on each piece of visionary art so much because they are not MY compositions. I never know what a clients’ guides or my guides will suggest regarding symbols or even the use of color. I had serious doubts when I was shown that hill on the right of Raechel’s Soul Portrait should be PINK, but decided to follow higher guidance; and, I’ll be darned if that pink doesn’t work really well, plus the meaning of the color merges with the deeper overall meaning of Raechel’s Soul Portrait.

Despite the times when unusual colors come forth (there was a time I created a brown sky, another time a green sky) the piece of visionary art manages to turn out just fine.

Each Soul Portrait and Manifestation Mandala is special in its own way & on its own merits. Each one affects me differently as I work on it. I found this one to be particularly healing. Must be that green goddess figure as we all know green is the color of healing.

The horse on the far right showed up after all the other symbols had been received & I didn’t even think anything would go there, but when the horse came through & I showed Raechel, she shared with me that the horse had very special personal significance to her. This not only validated the symbols I received for her, but it also validated my work as a whole. I am often told by clients that a particular elements or elements of their Soul Portrait or Manifestation Mandala means something special to them, yet I had no conscious knowledge of that at the time I created the piece.

It is always a great honor to create a piece of visionary artwork for someone else. I am always humbled by the experience and once a piece is completed I always find I have received some type of a healing that many times I was not even aware I was needing. That is always a very lovely added bonus.

I have decided to branch off my visionary artwork to its own website. I am still at Magickal-Musings.com, and always will be (have been there since 1997), but will be removing my visionary art links there so my main site can focus on my readings and candle work. My visionary art can now be found at its new home: The Visionary Art of Nefer Khepri. I hope you all enjoy the new site. It was a real experience designing it (someone could have done a case study on me regarding Trial and Error!), but I’m happy with how it looks.

In the immortal words of Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein, “IT’S ALIVE!”

Art IS alive. Art is a living thing, especially when you consider all the time and personal energy each artist places into every piece they create. I consider Art to be as great a blessing to me as Reiki and I hope that one day soon you will grant me the honor of creating a Soul Portrait or Manifestation Mandala for you or a loved one.

Until next time, wishing you all many blessings!

Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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