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Tuesday
Aug302011

Pimp My Artwork 051: The High Priestess

The day I met Baby Dee I was feeling rather shy.  I had just had drinks with an ex boyfriend and running very very late.  I slipped into the show and found my seat.  Sxip had mentioned I should see her live to get her full presence. Luckily she had only just started.  I sipped white wine and immediately fell in love. Sxip waved from across the room.

A few weeks earlier Sxip had suggested her for the deck.  I usually don't paint people I don't know unless it's for an illustration job but this felt right. Also I knew somewhere down the line I would end up meeting her.  A few weeks later a rather shy and tipsy Katelan did.

In order to really experience Dee, you have to see her live.  There's something incredibly magical that happens when she sets foot on the stage.  It's kind of like having someone come in and take you by the hand, reach into your chest, and take all the stitches out of your heart.  Then take the rubber bands and tape and staples out, pour a little honey on it, and hand it back to you saying.  "You know they heal themselves if you just let them."  She's filled with deep knowledge and experience.  She's someone who has lived and will keep living with love and compassion in her heart even when life is bittersweet. She was and is the High Priestess.  By sharing her music, she brings you to self awareness.

We ended up going to the Anyway Cafe after the show. Now not many people know this but the Anyway Cafe is the place that made me rediscover my love for NYC.  Years ago I would stop in for breakfast sipping coffee and writing in my journals.  I told this to Dee as I was now coming out of my shyness.  "Oh we must have missed each other." She said. "I was here every night." And she began to tell tales of her time in New York City.

The High Priestess tells us to take a moment when making decisions.  We all have choices.  It's about holding back on acting on that until you have received all the information.  This involves going within, acknowledging the sacred and profane.  She wants you to gain knowledge through experience, through the spiritual, the physical, the secret, and the self.  This will not always be happy.  Life does not always provide you with a clear path.  She is the guide that teaches us about intuition, mediumship, psychic powers, and secret knowledge. Where the Magician reveals to us what tools we have, the High Priestess keeps things hidden behind the veil. the Magician tells us to verbalize our thoughts, the High Priestess urges us to silently reflect on feelings and focus on intuition.

She is the complementary card to the Magician, Hierophant, and the Hermit. She is the partner to the Hierophant, together they preserve secret knowledge and traditions passed from teacher of the oracle to beneficiary. She is also the natural moonlight to the Hermit's manmade lantern.

The Monotropia Uniflora is courtesy of Jim Shirey.  From the first time I saw this plant I knew we were kindred spirits.  "This is your flower." Sxip wrote sending me images his father had taken.  And it was. Monotropia Uniflora is called "Indian Pipe" or "Ghost Flower".  Sxip sent me a little something on them. "Indian Pipe lives at the connection of the vast fungal network (that looks like a neural network in the soil in the woods and the roots of trees. (Paul Stamets an amazing scientist I met at TED believes the forest is thinking) No chloroform. Ghosts. They live at the node of communication and draw nutrients from there. My father believes they
will discover they regulate how chemical information passes between the fungal brain and the trees."

Jim on Monotropia Uniflora:

"I kept going back over and over to find the "perfect" flower. of course, they are all perfect and I know it, so I am really just looking for the one that seems perfect on at that moment. it's a bit like going in to a crowd of people and someone just catches your eye and you start up a conversation. Except that this conversation takes you into another world. and this particular flower was pink and lit by the sunlight. I took this shot after the light passed and I'd calmed down."