Divinatory Drawing, November 19th, 2016
Definitely a lot of disparate elements in this one.  I'm not sure that it works, but with most of these drawings once the core symbols come together I just run with it regardless of whether or not it makes sense.  It's a bit like automatic writing - my task is not to judge or edit the content, but rather to make the images come through as clearly as I can.  

To that end, I'm still not happy with my depictions of fire, in this drawing especially, but also in others.  It's an elusive thing to try to convey in black and white - I'm much better at it when I'm working in colour.  

One thing I am pleased with in this is the St. John's Wort flowers wrapped around the heart.  I felt a need to put a solar flower of some sort there, to emphasize the Leo Moon rather than the Capricorn Venus of the lotus.  The first thing that popped into my head was St. John's Wort, mostly because the flowers are incredibly bright and proud, and I remember them growing in the backyard of the first of several family homes when I was a child.  Especially in the pervasive grey of Seattle they were a delight and my first personal symbol for the Sun.  And just to be sure, before adding them to the drawing, I looked up the herbs of Leo, and yes indeed, St. John's Wort is among them.  I did not consciously remember that fact, but somehow my subconscious honed in on it, bright flowers dancing before my inner eye.

The catfish peeking out from beneath the lotus leaf is pretty typical of my creatures - as much as I try to make them realistic, something about them comes out a bit cartoonish.  Not that I necessarily mind, since they usually have very distinct personalities as well.  Catfish especially have such expressive faces that I have a bit of a soft spot for them, and this guy in particular makes me want to tickle him under the chin.  ;)


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