An Update: an apology & the untamed truth oracle

I wanted to do an update post on the oracle deck that I've been working on, but feel I need to issue an apology first... I feel I haven't been around much.. at all, for anyone. And I'm really sorry.

I feel like I've dropped off the face of most social media lately, and without meaning too, I may have stopped reaching out to a lot of friends and loved ones.

I kinda have fallen into a pretty deep depression, and I've been trying to find my way out for some time now. I'm sorry if I've alienated myself from anyone during this last year.

Some days are clearer and brighter than others, yet I still don't feel able to reach out. Please be patient with me. I'm working on building myself back up stronger than I was, but it sometimes gets overwhelming. 

I know I'm not the only one feeling like this. Maybe it's us picking up off the collective conscious, or maybe it's my Saturn Return. I don't know. But I've been riding these waves for a little while now, wondering when the water will settle. 

All of that felt really good to say to be honest.. so.. thank you.

I want to share the update with the deck.. since this is where I pour myself on the good days.

 
Untamed Truth Oracle Deck
 

So.. I went to order my prototype deck, but found that I will either need to purchase a die cut machine for my exact card size, or I will need to add a border. You can guess what I'll be doing. 

I typically don't like borders on tarot cards, so I'll be sure to keep the borders light weight and non distracting from the images. But it is going to take a bit of time to edit the cards again. Hopefully a week.

I remember when Marissa and I were creating the Spirit de la Lune deck, we kept finding errors or weird reasons that caused us to have to push our dates back, so I'm trying not to feel too bad about it. At least it's still in progress! 

                               Mock Up of the guide book

                               Mock Up of the guide book

The guidebook is nearly complete as well, and will be reviewed and edited next week, and then sent off to the printer! 

I'm hoping to have the deck prototype in my hands in a few weeks once I finish those borders and design the box. 

 

 

I'm so excited to be done with the editing and pre-printing process.. I just want to hold it in my hands!  I LOVE the creating part, but this refining part can cause a bit of a limbo feeling that does sit well with me.

Stay tuned for more updates on instagram and my newsletter!

I will be hosting a few giveaways as soon as I have that prototype, so be sure to check back so you can win a copy! 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

The Untamed Truth Oracle Deck

Back in March I announced that I was creating an oracle deck, and it's actually near completion!

I wanted to share a quick update and some sneak peaks of the cards here before I get back to it. I only have a few cards left before it's time to get them ready for printing!

Untamed Truth Oracle Back Of Card

Here is a peak at what the back of the cards will look like! It features elements from many of the cards designed into a mandala over a rainbow watercolor background. It's pretty dreamy.

I've chosen to call the deck The Unspoken Truth Oracle.

I really like the rawness of the art on the cards, and I'm using my own handwriting for the keyword at the bottom.. Some of the art is more realistic, some is obviously stylized, cartoonized and one card even features just scribbles and the words "Oh Fuck!"

Spirit | Untamed Truth Oracle | Tree Talker Art

I am planning on keeping the guidebook rather short and blunt.. I will explain the meaning behinds the cards, but ultimately, they are meant to spark your intuition and insight, but there will be a guidebook included.

I'm sticking to the major archetypes and lessons of the Tarot, but really felt like doing it my way. 

I'm disappointed that I never finished the Tree Talker Tarot deck. I don't like when I don't finish major projects..  I got so overwhelmed with needing to have 78 cards and a guidebook and with 3 moves and designing Spirit de la Lune,  I simply lost all fire behind the project. (In fact, I may have misplaced the entire project.) I may revive it one day in the future, but for now, I'm more than happy with how the Untamed Truth Oracle is turning out. I didn't use the name Tree Talker Oracle deck, just in case I choose to revive the Tarot deck. 

This deck isn't a Tarot deck, though it uses similar archetypes, it's considered an Oracle Deck. The deck will include 40 cards, a guide book, and hopefully a box to carry it in. 

Passion | Untamed Truth Oracle | Tree Talker Art

I'm currently in the process of finishing up the last few cards. Next step is editing them all in, typing up the guide and finding a printer.  Easy.. right?

 Luckily because of the raw nature of this deck, the editing process should be pretty quick.

I really was hoping to have pre-orders available by May, but honestly, creating oracle decks is not an easy task! 

The best way to stay up to date for the pre-sale date is to sign up for my newsletter below, or follow me on instagram.

Happy Full Moon! 

(Be sure to check out Spirit de la Lune's Blog tonight!  Marissa put together a beautiful Full Moon ceremony centered around self love and care.) 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

The Demise of Ruby and the Birth of Stella

I have been kind of nervous to write this post all year.. I haven't been too sure how to handle it all to be honest.

Ruby, our trailer collapsed under the snow earlier this winter and has been declared deceased. I don't think anything we do will be able to bring her back to life. 

The Demise Of Ruby | Tree Talker Art

It happened around one of the first snow falls, it was like a physical representation of how 2016 went for me to be honest. Ruby fell shortly after Sterling moved out.

I don't think there was any way to avoid her falling in on herself. She got hit with several feet of snow in one night, and because a few of her beams were broken and the walls were taken out, she didn't stand a chance. 

I had even planned on going out there and sweeping her off every time it snowed, but the snow fell too fast.

Pretty soon after she was flattened, she was covered in several more feet of snow. You couldn't even see her for the rest of the winter.

It was nice to get to avoid the grimacing image of her, as well as not have to think about the major clean up project this will be.

But then the snow began to melt, and we saw her peeking out of the snow more and more.. and we had to kind of face it. 

But there is no use crying over spilt trailers. 

Sterling and I talked more and more and realized we couldn't rebuild Ruby.  We might be able to use some of her parts on a new trailer though. And she did come with a lot of odds and ends that we kept inside the house.

So Sterling and I started a new plan to build a new trailer. 

Meet Stella.

Stella the Excella | Tree Talker Art

We picked her up early in April after a few months of planning and saving up. And she is perfect.

Not perfect perfect, but perfect for what we need. 

She is a mess on the inside, and we are about where we were with Ruby.. so it will be a project. I will be doing more posts and pictures about her shortly. She even has her own instagram! @Stella_The_Excella

I'm very sad that Ruby was smashed in the snow this winter, but I'm thankful that I'm going to continue to build something. It's been my dream since I was a child, so I'm not going to let the dream die.

More photos and updates coming soon! 

Because my lease is up this Fall, and I'm out of here!

xx

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

New Paintings and a New Oracle Deck

 

I've got some new paintings and prints listed in the shop! 

It's been a little while since I posted here.. I usually post daily on instagram now. But I did want to do an update on the blog as well! I've got some new paintings to show as well as an oracle deck I've been creating! You may have seen some of the photos on instagram or facebook, but I wanted to talk about them here a little bit more. 

Warrior

I first saw her in a dream. I woke up around 3 am with the image of her dress, made of day time and star light, and a cloak/veil of light. It took me a few days to decipher what my own text meant.

Its done in watercolor, colored pencil and ink.

I haven't listed many watercolor originals but I did feel to list this one. 

View the Original Here

View the Print Here.

 

 

The Hand of the Philosophers

I love to have art around my reading area. I don't actually take clients into my space to do readings because I live so far out, but I like the idea of "Psychic Reader" looking signs to occupy the space.

I've also been wanting to play around with hands more, and I started this one mostly because I love how much the veins in the wrist can look like trees, and then the Eye of Horus appeared in the middle of the hand, and from there I did some research into the Alchemical Hand of the Philosophers and created this. 

It's one of my favorites so far. Done with watercolor, colored pencil and ink.

Purchase a print here.

 

Fox

This little fox started out as just for fun, but once I got his eyes painted I fell in love with him. Foxes are one of my favorite animals and I've been seeing them in dreams and readings quite often as well. 

This fox was done in watercolor, colored pencil and ink.

Purchase Prints Here.

 

 

Self

This is one of my new favorites. The original idea was actually from that oracle deck I mentioned, but I had a friend ask if I was going to do a full size one and I decided how beautiful of an idea that would be. This one is 9x12, but I can make it much larger prints of it. 

It was done in watercolors and white acrylic stars. 

 

 

 

Speaking of that Oracle Deck.. I wanted to show you how it is coming so far! I started the #CreatethisOracleDeckChallenge earlier this month and have fallen in love with the deck. I've veered from the challenge prompts quite a bit, but used it for major inspiration to create this deck.

Here are some of the cards I've created so far. 

I have had a lot of people ask me if I was going to be selling the deck, and I probably will! I'm not sure how long it will take me to edit them all into the computer and make them printable, but I'm hoping to do it really soon!

The art on and words on the cards won't be edited at all.. I'm having a lot of fun just creating and seeing where it all goes. I've written up a list of the archetypes that I want to follow and it's all flowing so well. I can't wait to start to read with it! 

That's all I have for now with the update.. I AM beginning to work on a new BIG project that I can't talk too much about yet though... But I'm very excited! 

Happy Monday and Happy New Moon!

(In case you are interested, I wrote up the Lunar Cycle Report for Spirit de la Lune this Month!) 

 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

And the winners are..

Thank you for entering the giveaway!

I was so delighted to see the number of entries for this class! There were so many names I recognized, and so many friends of mine who signed up!

I would love to see you all in the classroom but I did have to choose two winners... 

Congrats to Sue Harmon and Charissa van der Viles!

To those who entered, but didn't win.. I'd still love to see you in class!

There will be 12 teachers, live videos, projects, interviews and so much more. The course lasts 30 days, and is only $70 to sign up!
 

Pull + Pen + Paint

 

I just finished up the details on my segment for Pull - Pen - Paint.. 

and I'm really excited to share my process with everyone!.. as well as learn new things myself! 

I hope to see you in the classroom!

Purchase your seat here.

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

* Combining Art & Tarot * Enter to Win! I'm giving away 2 seats!

Duality Mixed Media Art | Tree Talker Art Rachael Caringella

A little while ago, I was given a wonderful compliment about my art. Someone had mentioned that my art was very "alchemical." Another person also said that they could see the Tarot in my art, saying they could recognize some of the symbols.

Much of my artistic inspiration comes from old medieval art, illuminated manuscripts and the use of symbology. 

(I should show more pictures of the inside of my home! It's covered in medieval style decor to help keep me constantly inspired.)

Have you ever felt drawn to certain symbols or Archetypes?

The old medieval style Sun and Moon symbols have always called to me, even when I was little. So much so that I insisted my bedroom be covered in old style moons and suns when I was a kid. 

(I even have a Pinterest Board to feed my obsession/inspiration.)

I feel that my innate love for ancient symbols is what drew me to being both an artist and a Tarot reader.


Tarot and Oracle cards are often highly visual, and are based on symbols and archetypes that are easily recognized by our souls/higher-selves. We seem to know their meaning just by looking at them. When I was illustrating the Spirit de la Lune deck, I was sure to use symbols that would be easily recognized by the soul. 

Symbols can mean different things to different people. But they are like little clues or keys that our higher self gives us to spark knowledge, new perspective, or even give answers when we need them.

Which is actually what I will be teaching on and sharing this month for Pull + Pen + Paint!

 
 

i'm really excited to get to combine my two loves

Step By Step Art| Tree Talker Art Rachael Caringella

and share them with you!

Using our Tarot and Oracle cards, we will get in touch with the symbols and archetypes that our soul may be in need of at this time.

Looking at the cards in a different way, we can gather stories, symbols and signs that may even be repeated in your waking life. 

We will then take our symbols to our art journals and create a mixed media story-telling page from our reading, while looking into the deeper meanings the symbols might hold.

By learning to recognize symbols and signs with our divination tools & creativity, we open our mind's eye to greater intuition in our day to day lives.

I've taken a look at all of the teachers and classes... and it's going to be an amazing month! 

Teacher Line up

 

This is a course for both beginners and advanced readers and artists, so everyone is able to participate and deepen their intuition and practice their creativity.

The class is also done live for the most part, with meetups, videos and weekly lessons and projects. There will also be a facebook group where we can share our work in a community. (I do believe the videos and lessons will be left up for quite some time after the course ends.)

You can purchase your seat here.

Or enter to win!

I am also giving away TWO free seats to the class!

All you have to do is sign up below and share my post or tag a friend on facebook or instagram.

I will email the winners using the email address given in the above form. (Don't worry, you won't be added to any email list.)

I will choose and  announce the winners February 14th!

 

Blessed Imbolc and happy February First!

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Art Journaling - Creating Habits and Seeing Progress

I've officially spent the last year working mainly with watercolor and colored pencil. This feels like a big deal, because I always thought I was going to work with acrylics.

I feel like it's given me a lot more freedom. Instead of changing into my painting clothes and setting up my pallets, I have just been working on the floor or wherever it's easier. I have given up the notion of things needing to be perfect, and so I started to focus on expressing myself instead. 

Much of my art making has turned into art-journaling.

Having that freedom to just express has helped me create when I feel like creating. For no reason at all other than to express myself. It's been fun to watch my progress over this last year as I've filled sketch book after sketchbook.

Uncovering Symbols and Stories Art Journaling | Tree Talker ARt

Last January is when I really started art journaling. I started the year off with a broken finger, and pretty bad depression. 

I had no idea what Winter's depression really had for me in the coming months, but I'm thankful I taped my broken finger into the pencil-holding position and kept going. 

I sometimes just scribble colors, words or symbols. Sometimes I hide my poetry or my thoughts behind the faces.

 

Sometimes I share my pages on Instagram, and sometimes I even list them for sale in my shop. Sometimes I keep them hidden all to myself.

I did list 8 new pieces today.

I feel like this is one of my most "emotional" batches that I've ever listed.. so it feels a little bit vulnerable to share them. 

Art Journaling With Rachael Caringella of Tree Talker Art

You can view them in better detail in the shop.

 
 

One of the most important parts of my day is sitting on my floor creating art in my art journals... so I'm very excited to announce that I've been asked to be a part of Pull - Pen - Paint!

Pull - Pen - Paint

Journaling with Tarot and Oracle Cards

 
 

This is a month long art journaling class using Tarot and Oracle cards. Doesn't that sound amazing?

I will be teaching and sharing a class called "Unearthing Stories and Symbols From the Soul."

We are going to get to combine tarot and oracle readings with art journaling, and I get to share part of my process! 

I'm so excited that I get to combine my two passions. I hope you will join me in class!! 

I will be back next week to give away two seats in the class, as well as some more details about the class I'll be teaching! 

Have a Happy Lunar New Year! 

p.s. did you know I do monthly lunar reports over at Spirit de la Lune?

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Taking Back Our Power.. it's personal

"Though her soul requires seeing, the culture around her requires sightlessness. Though her soul wishes to speak it's truth, she is pressured to be silent." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Women Who Run With The Wolves) 

I don't have very many words right now. In fact, I haven't had any for a little while.. I've been working on this post for a very long time now, it's been weighing very heavy on my soul.

Nothing has really been making any sense lately, has it..  Everything feels so fast and fleeting, I don't know if I should even try sometimes. 

I think what it comes down to is the feeling of being unheard in general. Feeling powerless. I don't mean that I'm feeling lonely or that none of my friends listen to me, I think it's just been a general feeling of powerlessness. Especially with the new presidency and how things have been transpiring.. 

I can't believe the ugly underbelly of America that has revealed itself over this last year. It's like we have gone back in time in many aspects, or perhaps it's shown us that we haven't moved forward enough at all.

Nearly everyone I know and myself included are feeling fearful and apprehensive of the future. Many of the friends have expressed they feel totally and utterly powerless.. 

I know that women have been raised to feel extra powerless for centuries. I believe that this is the main reason our planet is in the turmoil it is.

Hundreds of years ago women were treated as property. She was passed straight from her father to a husband. She was a daughter, sister, a mother. Being smaller, she was thought weaker, less capable. She didn't have the right to own land, she could not vote, and in many cases she could not even seek divorce. The Man of the House, his word was law.  

I know that we have come very far since those times, but it's like this one sticky thing has lingered on and is oozing in through the cracks... That man's word is law.

Men are seen as more powerful in our society. That their say is more important than than what a woman would have to say. 

It's not that all men are evil and do this on purpose. But we weren't born this way. We were brought up this way. Because our parents were brought up this way.

Many people will say power is in strength or size. It's the ability to be commanding and domineering. The loudest one in the room. It's an admirable trait.

But when a woman or a girl does act on her own innate power, she is told she is too aggressive. Too intimidating. Too Loud. Bossy. What a bitch. 

We live in a society with rigid gender roles that are programmed in since birth. 

Not only has this manifested in almost every interaction in life, but it has sadly shown up in every single relationship I have been in. 

 
 

It's left me feeling powerless in an abusive marriage. I watched people walk away from me because they felt undermined by simple questions. I've watched huge reactions happen, over small assumptions, when male ego and pride were in the way to ask a simple question.

But this isn't even about my own personal story.. it's not just that this is "unfair".. It's not just the surprising statistics of rape, domestic abuse, murders against women that happen each day...

This is down right dangerous and fatal to our existence as whole. This power imbalance is effecting the lives of everyone. The earth is suffering, the animals are suffering.

Because of this imbalance in power our world is where it is at.

The fact that women have no say in government, our own reproductive rights, the future of our Earth is the reason that we are on the edge that we are on.

And I cannot and will not stand for it any longer.

Have you reached your breaking point? I think we all know. Enough is enough.

Fed Up.jpg

Why is this so important to me?

I am a part of the 1 out of 6. I was sexually abused for years when I was child. I was later in an abusive marriage. Both of these painful experiences taught me a very important lesson.

When it's time to call in my own personal power and how to do it. 

I wish I had the answers on how we as a nation can take our power back, but I think this is something that needs to be done internally first.

Before we can establish any balance in the world, we must first find the balance within ourselves.

We must first call our own power personal back.

We must first begin to stand up for ourselves. Speak up. Speak out. The only true hero we could ever ask for is ourselves.. 

We must first release the idea that physical strength or size denotes power.

Power is the ability to act. It is our Will, and our ability to act on it. 

We choose to give our power away daily when we tune into the media. When we listen to things like "you can't."  When we stay silent. When we don't ask questions. We give our power away when we blame others, or ourselves, when we complain about our circumstances. We take our own power away by putting our happiness onto others rather than taking responsibility ourselves.

By taking our personal power back we begin to take control of our own lives. The way it's meant to be.

Here are 3 simple but powerful ways you can begin to take your power back.

LOVE and understand yourself. This one seems like a given, but it is sometimes very hard to do. When your personal power has been taken away, self esteem, confidence, and bravery also seem to be missing. It's hard to not hate yourself  when you feel powerless. Because the one taking your power has also manipulated you into thinking other horrible thoughts about yourself.

But take small steps each day if you have to. Show yourself love. Laugh at your own jokes. No one is ever going to love you the way you can love yourself. No one is ever going to comfort you the way you can comfort yourself. Our self love is our true power.

Set your boundaries and stick to them with fierceness. No is a complete sentence. It needs no further justification. For the love of self, don't say yes to anything unless it brings you utter joy. Find your personal integrity. Get to know yourself by spending time alone. This will make the next step easier. 

Remove any limiting beliefs and fears. Limiting beliefs hold us back from our true potential. You've heard people tell you that you can't do something or that you shouldn't do something before. You've had limiting beliefs cast on you since you entered this world. It doesn't matter your gender here. You have been fed limiting beliefs since day one.

Removing them takes time and practice. They are used to keep us powerless as they control our thoughts and behaviors.

But a belief is just a thought we keep thinking. Not all beliefs are true, and over time with conscious effort, we can shift our beliefs and shift our lives. This one takes conscious effort to understand just how powerful you truly are as a being. 

Stand Up! For yourself and others.  Like sticking to your boundaries, stand up for what you believe in, and stand up for yourself. Don't give in to victim or martyr mindsets from yourself or others. Even though they may feel real, don't rob yourself of your personal power by dwelling in that space. If you are being treated poorly, speak up about it. If you see other's being treated poorly, stand up and say something.

Stand Up Women

Get out and protest peacefully. Join a cause. Speak against violence and harassment when you see it. Stand up for others and stand up for yourself. When you stand up for others, you give everyone watching a voice and a new platform for the future. 

Now isn't the time to just not be racist or sexist. It's time to be anti-racist, anti-sexist. The time has come to be irreverent, and to stand up for what you know to be true. 

All great change first begins from within. 


What methods or advice do you have when it comes to taking your personal power back?

I'll be attending tomorrow's Women's March in Park City wearing one of the many pink Pussy-Hats I knitted and sent out to fellow marchers. 

Are you joining in any protests?

 

Stay safe and peaceful and grab back. ;)

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

..Fall Fell..

.. and winter quickly followed..

Cabin through the pines

I can't believe the last time I blogged was in July. Everything has happened so quickly. Summer rushed by, Fall flew in, knocked everything around and now I'm in sitting in a pile of snow, scratching my head and holding onto the pieces of my heart.

Sterling moved out in October. 

I don't want to go into the details right here and now.. He moved into a neighboring cabin with Meko and Merlin; we are in contact often, and are still rooting for the other the best we can.

It was a pretty big shock for me.. I didn't see it coming, and the events leading up to it all kept me from being able to formulate words for any blogs. Many of my emails and messages got backed up as well.

Icy Cabin

This year has been an utter mess hasn't it? It's like the rug just keeps getting pulled out from under us all again and again.

So.. I'm living in this cabin alone now, and Winter has already set in with a foot of snow.

I'm sure I'll be blogging more, because it's an interesting experience to live alone like this.

I'm especially nervous for the darker months of Winter. We just don't get a lot of sunshine during the Winter. The sun sets around 2 pm behind my mountain. 

I have been filling my spare time with making art. It's always been a therapy for me..

I did a lot of drawing in October, and I think it helped hold me together while Sterling was moving out. I think Inktober saved me. I almost made it through the entire challenge before I couldn't keep up any longer.

But I ended up loving each of the drawings so much!

I finally sat down and was able to list all of the new pieces from this entire Fall including the Inktober drawings.

I had a few people ask me if I would sell the originals, and I will! Just send me a message and let me know which one you are interested in.

You can view a larger version of each print by clicking on the image. Or visit my etsy shop for more pictures, information and links to purchase. 

 
Spirit de la Lune Set Illustrated by Rachael Caringella or Tree Talker Art

I've also been hard at work with Spirit de la Lune this Summer and Fall. We released our second edition, designed some calendars and have been shipping out tons of orders. 

The deck now has silver stamping on the backs of the cards and the cover of the guidebook. The set also features a new box that fits everything inside. (Also featuring silver printing.) 

It's quite the magical deck, and I'm happy to have been so busy working on it this year.

Spirit de la Lune Stands for Standing Rock

This week 20% of Spirit de la Lune's Sales are going towards Standing Rock.

I really wanted to go out there in person, and I think I still might. 

My plans didn't seem to work out, and the I didn't hear from the people I was planning on going with. .

So I'm trying to come up with a new plan so I can still make it out there with some donations.

But for now, Marissa and I doing what we can. So if you've been wanting to get the deck, and help out at Standing Rock now is a great time. 

 

I'm sorry for not posting at all since July. I literally cannot believe my blog posts and pictures are going to be snowy again. And if you've sent me a message, and I haven't replied, please politely remind me. 

This year has been chaos. I'm both nervous and excited for what this new year will hold.. 

I'm thankful that we were able to gather the firewood I would need for the cabin since I last posted. It's turned cold and we already have more snow on the way. It feels nice to have all the wood gathered for this winter.

Though something within me has decided I won't be at the cabin for another year after this.. A new place is calling me next fall.. I can feel it...

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

The Golden Spaces | Finding Inner Peace During Chaos

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Even though I kinda missed blogging for most of July, this summer sun has been so sweet. 

We are still waiting for the day we feel we need to install our AC unit, but I have a feeling that day will never come!

While it has gotten hot; there is a lovely constant breeze keeping things feeling nice. 

It's also that same constant breeze that kept that bitter chill in the air over the winter.. but I knew I would welcome it in the summer.

In fact, that was something I looked forward to during that hard winter.

Summer at the Cabin Pano | Tree Talker art
Winter at the Cabin | Tree Talker Art

I can't believe I'm still blogging about winter, but this one really did leave a lasting impression on me!

I enjoy being cold for the most part, but I also experience SAD (seasonal affective disorder), and up in the mountains, we did not get a lot of sun or color.

Winter at the Cabin

Winter is the season of death, and there were so many experiences of the life-death-life cycle that we faced.

While winter's death is hauntingly beautiful, it was difficult to not have any sun to light our way through all the internal chaos we were facing on top of the harsh winter.

It really took focus and daily practice to get myself in a "good" place, but after some time I did get the hang of it.. 

I guess that's mostly what I'm trying to write about today. Finding a bit of happiness and comfort when the world is cold and the sun just isn't anywhere to be found.

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We had a storm that lasted several days, and the clouds covered the sun for more than a week several times this winter. Just a blur of grey, black and white, and silence.

My bed and heated blankets were my best friends. 

One cold morning, clinging to that space between sleep and awake, I felt the warm sun on my skin, and I heard bird's chirping and ocean waves near by. 

It felt like I was wrapped in the golden warmth of sunlight, and the birds were singing just for me in the warm breeze I felt at peace and hopeful. 

Of course the more I woke up, the more I realized that it was just the heated blanket, and the ceiling fan was squeaking...

..but the feeling of that warm peaceful moment had been very real. 

Sometime in the darkness of December we ran out of firewood. Without a constant fire going, our cabin got as low as 42 degrees!

We had been traveling an hour into the city each week for firewood in a car that didn't have a heater, and it was literally always snowing.

If we had to bring anything up to the cabin, (food, firewood, cat litter, etc) we had to trudge through the snow, and pull it all behind us on a plastic sled. Which meant several trips in the freezing weather. 

But, this was our weekend ritual all winter and when I get myself into a situation, I try to at least make the best of it, or at least learn something from it.

One night on our way up the lonely mountain road, my mind wandered in the darkness, and I remembered that warmth that I experienced that one early morning.

Wrapped Up In Song | Tree Talker Art

That peaceful golden moment in the space between sleep and awake. 

And as we pulled up to the entrance of our driveway and begun to unload the car onto our silly sled, I focused all of my mind and heart on reaching that golden space again. 

I wrapped myself up in a cloak of warmth and focused on the sound of the song birds that had brought me comfort that early gray morning.

The visuals brought in the peaceful emotions, and the dread in my heart began to fade, and while it didn't change the outside temperature, it made the walk back to the cabin just a bit better.

Reaching these Golden Spaces became an important part of surviving the winter.

I believe we all have an inner light that is accessible to us.. an ability to feel at peace no matter how chaotic the world around us is.

 Of course, I miss my mark sometimes and allow the influences of the outer world to get to me.. It takes practice. But with focus, slowing down the breath, coming into the now, and feeling for that inner light, we can achieve that inner peace. 

I call these the Golden Spaces.. kinda like my "happy space." Abraham Hicks listeners may call it the Vortex, while some along other paths may just call this Spirit. 

But, I'm a visual person, so imagery helps take me to that peaceful state that no one can argue exists. 

I imagine blue skies traced with golden light around me, or a cloak of songbirds held together with golden thread. Or I imagine a forest of golden leaves and twinkling lights. An image that I can surround myself with that brings my soul peace and comfort, and then I just soak it in until things begin shift. 

The Golden Spaces | Tree Talker Art

And with more practice we begin to live and operate from that place of peace.

Like attracts like, meaning that a peaceful mind, will create a peaceful life. 

I've been trying to paint these spaces more and more. 

Because even though the sunshine is back, the world still doesn't feel peaceful at all.

It's my hope that by painting these pockets of peace that exist between dimensions, maybe, just maybe it will help bring some peace here as well. 

 

And if not, then maybe others will feel peace when they look at them.

The Golden Spaces Series | Tree Talker Art

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Painting them brings me comfort, so expect to see more Golden Spaces over time. 

 

By the way we already have quite a bit of wood saved up for next winter, and a truck with a heater! 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.