In Pursuit of the Numinous | Facing the winds of change

 
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My time in the desert is nearly up!

I can’t believe how quickly time has flown while I’ve been out here. I am on the last few months of my contract, but I do think I am ready for a new adventure. The desert has been very healing for me and I’m going to miss this place for sure…

Being the temporary keeper of this land has been a magical and rewarding experience. Living off grid like this changed the way I look at a lot of things, and I’m thankful for the life altering lessons I’ve learned out here.

This has been such an inspiring place to live!

I am going to miss those beautiful sunsets that show up every night and the ever changing weather that rides in on the voices of the wind.

I have loved living in a place where the pine trees and the cactus mix… I’ve loved the feeling of both solitude and community that this area has provided me with.

From the mountainous views as far as the eye can see… to the oddly shaped roots and branches that beg for stories to be told about them... I’ll miss it all.

But I’m thankful for all the beauty I’ve seen, the photos I’ve taken, the adventures I’ve been on, and desert treasures I’ve found along the way.

This truly has been a magical place!

While I am sad to leave the desert behind, I do feel ready to find my new home! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me… House hunting is not my favorite task by any means, but I’m not too worried…

I have a particular talent in finding the numinous.

I’ve been living in remote locations for about 4 years now and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to live in a city again!

Don’t get me wrong, Santa Fe is one of the most inspiring and beautiful cities I’ve ever been to, but I love to plan my trips into town! Especially when the drive is beautiful. Being about an hour or so from Santa fe and other surrounding cities means it’s vital to plan ahead and make lists of the things I need. Because I leave the cob house so rarely, I also have to include day trips and adventures into my normal in town errands if I’m going to explore the area at all.

Santa Fe has been my favorite city to visit and live near... so far.

It took several attempts, but Gavin and I finally were able to see the Miracle Staircase in the Loretto Chapel! (pictured above!)

Exploring the history of Old Town Santa Fe as well as the other fun small artsy towns always provided me fresh inspiration and awe.

I still have a month or so left here and a little list of all the things I want to do before I head off to my new home. So far, my list includes the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and Meow Wolf both in Santa Fe!

Santa Fe has been a great city for me… but I think I am going to miss the little town of Madrid the most. This has been one of my favorite places ever. It’s about 20 minutes from my house and the town I drive through to get into town town. (You know, the kind with a gas station.) At first it was weird they didn’t even have a gas station, but after a short while, I learned to love how remote (and strange) this little town is.

It wasn’t long before I started to get to know everyone by name at the coffee shop and post office. It’s such a fun and unique artist town.. I really am going to find it hard to say goodbye to this place. Hopefully I’ll get to come visit in the airstream one day.

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I’m not entirely sure what is next for me… but I hope it involves pine trees and mountain views. I’ve been house hunting for the last few months, and I have faith the perfect opportunity will work out.

Living here in the desert for the last year and a half has been such a blessing despite some of the challenges I’ve had to face.

I’ve had to put a lot of projects and ideas on hold while I’ve been here so that I can process and heal, but I am hoping my next place will have adequate land for my airstream so I can finally get her up and running.

I also want to get back to that oracle deck I started a while ago! As well as a few other projects I’ve had on the back burner. I don’t like to put creative projects on hold, even though sometimes it just has to happen.

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This last year, I’ve been mostly working in my art journal. I make myself a new one for my birthday each year, and last year I made myself a very thick book.

I’m determined to fill in each page in with either art, poetry, writing or dream journaling. It’s been really healing to focus on my journal for a little bit instead of put expectations on myself with large paintings.

Since it’s a pretty big journal, I can still scan in work and make it available for patrons, or put it in the shop!

This is my second year art journaling in a journal made by my own two hands… and it really does hold so much extra magick!

 
 

My art journal is my place for both therapy and experimentation, but not much of the journal would make much sense without an explanation from me… luckily I do go into quite a bit of depth and detail behind the meanings of the ones I show, over on my patreon!

Sometimes, my patrons even get art prints or mini-originals that match some of my private journals!

I LOVE sending things in the mail… and I’m thankful Patreon gives me the opportunity to send out surprises to my patrons! I love that Patreon gives me the ability to connect with people on a more personal and even private level.

I blog over at the private patreon blog pretty often. They get to hear about my random ideas and project ideas as well as the deeper meanings of some of my work. They are also the first to hear news and get updates from me.

The support of my patrons and blog followers is so important and appreciated!

My art journal is great for relieving stress and anxiety, especially about this upcoming move… but having my circle of support is more helpful than many realize!

I’m hoping that the great house hunt will be over soon so that I can start to direct my energy towards creating the new home and other creative ventures.

I can’t wait to share my future plans with you soon! Keep your fingers crossed for me and send some good energy my way that I can align myself with the perfect opportunity.

I’m ready to put down roots and not move again for a LONG time. I can’t afford land of my own yet, but I am hopeful I can find some land and a cabin for rent that will be as inspiring and magical as where I am at now.

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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 Year, New Art, New Start

Snowed In - Desert Off Grid Life - Tree Talker Art

It seriously felt like January lasted forever!

It just seemed to drag on despite starting off so rocky. I’m not complaining or anything… it was just a really overwhelming month full of the unexpected.

Last year I had pulled a year-ahead-spread for myself with the Untamed Truth Oracle, and I feel like that gave me some perspective that I enjoyed and used last year. I’ve really missed that so far this year! I guess it’s not too late to pull a new reading for myself… cause WTF.

I did the New Moon Blog post for Spirit de la Lune for this month, and while I wrote about expecting the unexpected, it is still a tricky thing to do.

I remember last year’s winter out here in the desert wasn’t bad at all. We got a few inches of snow, and I felt a little bit bad for the desert life out here. But everyone said that’s the typical winter for this area. So,I used last year’s winter as my example for preparing for THIS Winter…

Oops!

New Mexico got hit with quite the snowstorm!

Just before the drive, I made a mental image of a hawk facing a snowstorm… I didn’t know it would be days before I would get to actually paint it!

Just before the drive, I made a mental image of a hawk facing a snowstorm… I didn’t know it would be days before I would get to actually paint it!

On our way back from visiting family for the holidays, Gavin and I got caught in the blizzard just hours away from my house. We spun out in the ice totalling a borrowed car and stranding us in the storm.

Gavin and I have been dating long-distance for a few months now, but we’ve known each other for a long time. We work together really well… probably because we worked together when we were younger. (He was one of my first crushes!)

Anyways… After hitting the ice patch it took us several days and several tows to get ourselves back to the Santa Fe area, where no one was prepared for this year’s winter either.

The trip was now lasting much longer than I prepared for, and I had cats at home! (Luckily I had cameras set up to watch their food and water levels)

By the time we made it to the Santa Fe area, I got word from a neighbor that my house had about 3-4 feet of snow up there. No tractors could get in and out, and no car rental places had any cars with 4 wheel drive!

We finally were able to secure a truck with 2 wheel drive and the determinitaion that we would be hiking in the snow to the house.

It was an adventure. We had all of our luggage from the trip, our food, and the dogs with us! This was quite a journey walking back and forth in the 4 feet of snow. I gave Gavin my snowshoes for one of the trips and he was able to smash us a path. I at least had snow boots!

When we finally reached the house I was thankful the house was relatively warm. I knew they had enough food and water, but I’m thankful my cob house has thick walls to keep the winter chill out.

Snowed In - Desert Off Grid Life - Tree Talker Art

We couldn’t stay and rest for too long, we had heard that a new storm was coming... and like I said, I was not prepared.

Plus, our rental was marooned in a snowbank and we had to go shovel it out… When we got there, we heard many of the neighbors were snowed in or needed help or supplies delivered.

It was inspiring to see a bunch of other off-grid hermits come together to help each other like that.

I love meeting fellow off-gridders. We love to share tips and advice to make our lives easier. We gave rides, and helped deliver supplies and shovel people out for most of the day, then ran into town with my neighbor for more supplies.

We had to be careful with how much we brought back because we had a long ways to hike in all the snow.

I’m very thankful for Gavin! He carried back firewood, propane and so many groceries… often at the same time! I felt pretty bad following him with my load which felt tiny in comparison to his.

He was also able to play around and fix with an old propane heater we found in my back room.

That and the firewood helped the house stay so nice and toasty… even when the snow came in through the front door!

Because of the solar panel system we weren’t able to get a full charge on a some of the days it snowed so much. This resulted in some fun cozy candle lit nights with audio books or card games.

 
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I am very thankful Gavin has come back into my life. I feel very lucky to be loved by him… He’s inspiring and supportive of me and my work and I can actually create around him. (Which is big for me!) He helps me expand my ideas and encourages my creativity while helping me in so many other ways too. I finally admitted to him that he truly does make the best burritos. (A minor 14 year old debate finally resolved.)

I don’t think I would have made it through this winter without him.

He carves stone and wood himself and helped give me some of the confidence I needed to begin carving my own stuff. Carving wood eventually led me to felting and other forms of fiber sculpture. It’s been a lot of fun exploring new ideas and mediums. Carving and felting have been a lot of fun. I’ve been wanting to do them for so long, but just haven’t felt like I’ve had the motivation or inspiration until lately. Here are some samples of what I’ve been up to, but I do have more in the works!

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Felting Animals - Snowed In - Desert Off Grid Life - Tree Talker Art

I’ve been working in my art journal almost daily. It’s very therapeutic for me, and I can tell when I need it. I’m hoping to finish up this current art journal by my birthday, which actually won’t be too hard to do… I’m teaching in Effy Wild’s Book of Days class this year! There are tons of lessons and art journaling prompts to follow! This is the only class I’m planning on teaching this year, and I’m really excited about it.

If you can’t tell, I’ve really been digging glow in the dark paint so far this year! I’ve been using it in a lot of my journals and 3d works.

It was a busy month indeed, but I did get six new art prints in the shop! Two of the new prints will feature hand embellished glow in the dark paint.

Painting Titles: (Starting At Top Left) Hazy, LightEater, Smolder Out, Phoenix - Of Lighting and Flame, 3 Wolves Howling, Exhale, (Glow samples of Smolder and Phoenix)

Painting Titles: (Starting At Top Left) Hazy, LightEater, Smolder Out, Phoenix - Of Lighting and Flame, 3 Wolves Howling, Exhale, (Glow samples of Smolder and Phoenix)

I’ll be posting some new art and a new blog post next month! My plan is to check in here at least once a month with some of the new stuff that’s been going on.

I’ve got my brand new Spirit de la Lune planner to help keep me organized and on top of things this year!

(You can still order your planner here!)

Remember to follow me on instagram for more photos, and on patreon for the private blog, behind the scenes pictures, downloads, discounts and prints.

xx

Rachael



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.

Faeries & fantasy | Magic in the Making

Shooting Star Mushroom Ring Ink Painting by Rachael Caringella

In case you haven’t seen on Instagram… I had a busy October.

For the most part I was able to keep up with the Inktober challenge. Which to be honest, is a pretty huge achievement for me right now.

I’ve had tons going on over here, with Spirit de la Lune as well as preparing the cob house for Winter.

This year for Inktober, I chose a faery theme.

… and I love what came out of it. I have been wanting to sketch out and draw fairies and fantasy creatures for a long time now.

I usually keep them to myself in my art journals, so this was a great excuse to practice them all month long and then actually post them.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve checked in... Sorry about that. I do mean to write more. I swear. I’ve been reading some articles lately about the different ways that trauma changes and PTSD has been affecting me more than I’d like to admit… But, like I’ve been saying for years… I’m thankful for my art and art journaling. I’m also incredibly thankful for the understanding and accepting people I have in my life right now.

 
 

The Art Shop is Updated!

It took me a little while, but I’ve listed all 31 new prints in the shop, and turned some of them into print sets so you can buy them in packs at a discounted rate.

Right now, I am even having a sale in the shop!

I don’t usually like to celebrate black friday or Thanksgiving, but I haven’t had a sale in a while… and with all the new prints, I figured now would be the perfect time for a weekend sale.

I’ve got 20% off AND Free Shipping going on over at my shop until the 25th of November.

No coupon necessary… free shipping and 20% off will automatically be applied at checkout!

 
 

I had a lot of fun matching the prompts up with other prompts to create these sets. I really am such a nerd when it comes to Inktober... I buy myself a new pen set and a sketchbook each year. Though this year, I have so many leftover pages, I may keep up the fairy theme for next year’s inktober or another art challenge.

 
 

It took me a lot longer than expected to get everything scanned in and listed online this year… but in my defense, this is the first time I was able to finish Inktober in years, so I had 31 drawings to scan in and turn into pretty giclée prints along with all my other fun stuff.

I love inktober because it’s so inspiring for me… I’m excited to explore the crystal tree, red cap and jackalope ideas more! In fact, I’ve been teaching myself how to to needle felt and create fiber sculptures because the jackalope and caravulope creatures were so inspiring for me! (You can see the progress on my fiber sculptures over on my patreon!)

Luckily I will have more time to explore those ideas because we’ve finally finished the Spirit de la Lune Planner!

We just launched pre-sales, but I wanted to let you know over here as well because we are having a Black Friday sale for the planners right now!

The planners include such gorgeous soothing colors, fun and useful stickers, coloring pages and holographic printing! There are weekly lunar guides to help you stay connected to the lunar phases, info about crystals, astrology of the week and so much more!

Marissa and I had a lot of fun creating the planners and I can’t wait to use it next year!

Head over to Spirit de la Lune to read more!

I also have some more exciting news… I will be teaching a bonus lesson for Book of Days course 2019 with Effy Wild!

You have no idea how excited I am to be a part of her classes! I’ve admired her and her work for years and was actually feeling very timid about teaching with her that I initially turned it down!

I’m glad I changed my mind… The teacher line up looks amazing and I’m so honored to be teaching among such great artists this coming year.

I will be teaching one of my favorite art journaling techniques, I can’t wait to tell you more about it in the future!

Learn more about it here!


Tree Talker Art Desert Snow
Rachael Caringella Tree Talker Art

The winter season is creeping in slowly over here. This will be my second and final winter here in the desert. But I’m excited. There really is something special about the winter season. I’m looking forward to things slowing down a bit as I plan the year ahead.

I’m only planning on teaching one class this year and hopefully taking time to just make art and plan my next move.

If you are interested in keeping up with me, my patreon and instagram get updated the most!

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.