Scorpio-invert-Mo-1999Scorpio by Mo 1999 (inverted in 2012 for the Moontime Diary 2013)
Scorpio is the sign of transformation & diving deep, this week has brought up a lot of hard questions for today’s New Moon joining the Sun in Scorpio when everything must matter & matter deeply.
These questions are resonating deeply with my second Saturn Return, here’s some wise words about Old Man Saturn written by Steve Jolley (fly free);
“The Saturn return cycle is a marker of the different ages of life. Our first 28 years is living out karma from past lives, and is symbolised by our domination by parental values. We are adjusting to the world (and the world to us!) without necessarily having our own individual frame of reference. The second cycle, from 29 to around sixty, is our time of life achievement, where, normally, we create the karma for this life. This is when we stand independent and make our own way. It’s a time of action. The third cycle is one of reflection and dissemination. Our time for action is largely over and we are preparing ourselves for moving on. This is the “elder” period of our lives, where the wisdom we have accumulated is available to the tribe, where we can pass on the benefits of our successes and our mistakes.
Saturn has the reputation of being a hard planet, a malefic as the old astrologers called it. In large measure this is a reaction of fear. Certainly it represents limitations, obstacles and challenges. But it also represents form and structure, the skeletal framework by which we are able to survive on the material plane. The return period is difficult because it requires us to change structures, to abandon outworn habits and begin a new alignment to the world. Just how difficult this is depends on the individual. Saturn is also symbolic of age. This is because, in earlier times, many did not even make the first Saturn return, let alone the second. It coincides with the cycles of human achievement, but also of life and death. It is a reminder of our mortality. As we age, we gain experience and, hopefully, the ability to deal with difficulty more easily. It’s for this reason that the second Saturn return is reputed to be “easier”. It’s not the planet’s energy at work here, but our own experience giving us a helping hand. Similarly, the difficulty or otherwise of a Saturn return depends very much on the chart of the individual, and, probably more on how each of us handles change. Saturn demands acceptance of its conditions and will erode and undermine any structures we have created which do not serve the ultimate purpose of growth and awareness, or which are built on shaky foundations. If we cut corners, it’s a fair bet that when Saturn comes along this is where the problems will lie. It’s no surprise that your friend felt lonely and depressed at this time. This is Saturn’s form. He is forcing her to evaluate what is really important in her life. This is a time of trial which, when it’s over, will have made her stronger and more self-reliant, ready, in fact, to take on elder status. That’s really something to look forward to. No growth happens without accompanying discomfort…”Scorpio-Mo-1999Scorpio by Mo 1999
PS I miss Steve Jolley so much, a wise & generous man with a sense of humour drier than the Sahara, his life was just turning around with lots of good new possibilities happening on the horizon but his lungs gave out whilst looking at the tarot cards with a glass of wine in one hand and a smoke in the other…

‘Can’t see the Forest for the Trees’

Posted: October 22, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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forest-for-the-trees-detail-Mo-14‘Can’t See the Forest for the Trees ‘ (detail ) Mo 14 scale app 2:1
a talisman for seeking clarity
moss agate, grape vine and passionfruit vine tendrils, gum nuts, brass, glass, bone and clay beads from Africa, silk/steel thread, knotted, plyed & waxed linen threadsforest-for-the-trees-Mo-14‘Can’t See the Forest for the Trees’ Mo 2014 true scale
here’s some process photos going widdershins
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drawingtheriverwebYesterday my friend Bronwyn Berman gave a workshop in conjunction with her ‘River to River: Interwoven Landscapes’ exhibition  at Penrith Regional Gallery
the-riverShe gave us a quick introduction to a variety of techniques & ideas for representing water with charcoal then loaded us up with materials to make our preliminary sketches on the banks of the Nepean Riverprocess-1then back across the road to the studio to work up our sketches on big sheets of paper
process-2process-3process-4we all found such a different viewriver-crit-1river-crit-3river-crit2I wrestled with the materials most of the day then finally gave up all hope and made a few bold marks as you can see in the drawing behind Bronwyn, just goes to show you can teach an old crow new tricks!

the bare bones (white) talisman

Posted: October 17, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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the bared bones  detail Mo 14the bare bones (white) talisman detail Mo 14 scale app 3:1
raw linen string and waxed linen thread, vintage button, dead coral washed up on the beach at Ocean Isle back in August, shells, bone, wood, glass & pearl beads
true scale below
the bared bones (white) Mo-14this is a talisman for stripping back the excess down to the bare bones
bone-white-processI was hoping the wishbone would fit in but it was excess to requirements, am enjoying starting to write out what each of the talismans is invoking, naming the stones, bones, claws, feathers and colours and why they are good for calling in &/or protecting. Defining is giving me a deeper insight into the magic as I don’t really know what they are or what they do ’til they’re done. There’s no plan, each one takes me on a journey of “just going”with the materials as Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth has named the creative process.

Annette-Messager-Chance 2011‘Chance’ 2011 by Anette Messager
Black net, wire
(photo taken by Old Man Crow on his iPhone)
this was my favourite piece in the exhibition
Annette’s work is bravely wild & challenging underscored with a wryly wicked sense of humour
here’s a link to Discover Annette Messager at the MCA
the show closes on the 26th
Sunday is the last day to catch  The Spark at Craft NSW
thesparkand at 1pm on Saturday there is an artists talk to celebrate the last day of the last Ranomak Glass Prize
2014winnerhomepageKathryn Wightman deserved to win with her very brave work
Carpet
Sifted and screen printed glass powder
0.5 H x 52 W x 305 D cm

“A series of steps
A trail in the pattern
A constant reminder of all that is imperfect

Screenprinted glass powders were used to create a textured carpet pattern.
The carpet was then intentionally distorted by walking over the unfired powder. The results were kiln formed.”

The Turquoise Talisman

Posted: October 15, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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Turquoise-Talisman-Mo-14The Turquoise Talisman by Mo 2014 (scale 3:1)
Turquoise, red glass, waxed linen and vintage silkworm thread
beading detail
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true scale below
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the gardener’s perquisite

Posted: October 13, 2014 by Mo Crow in gardening
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Grevillea-Firesprite-Mo-14Grevillea Firesprite in a big glass graal blown by Ben Edols & carved by Mo 1989
One of the perquisites about being a gardener is bringing home the trimmings!