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Aug 112013
 

What a joyous few days of studying with the brilliant, beautiful, fierce, creative genius Amanda Sage at CoSM! I learned so much in such a short time… my brain is swelling. I really resonated with the “Painting with Light” class, as our mandala classes also focus on light. Amanda was so fully present and knowledgeable… She gave us so many great pointers from supplies to buy, setting up our palettes, creating washes, etc.

Here are some photos of my time at CoSM with Amanda…

Painting with Light Rosie with "Self Portrait"

Painting with Light Rosie with "Self Portrait"

Eileen Rose and Amanda Sage

Amanda Sage and Eileen Rose

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Aug 012013
 

We are back from an amazing week with Alex and Allyson Grey at the Visionary Art Intensive at Omega Institute July 2013. It was a magical gathering of conscious and creative beautiful, loving souls. What an honor to be with my dear friends and mentors, the Greys, and all the amazingly talented and inspiring visionary artists. I was honored to have been the Greys’ assistant and have such gratitude for this blessing. I was able to teach painting ideas and facilitate a communal sand mandala.

And so the Visionary Art Love Tribe Family continues to grow…

Allyson Grey, Michael Garger, Eileen Rose, Alex Grey Communal Sand Mandala

Visionary artists group photo

Check out more photos from this event here.

Jul 172013
 

Thank you to all of you who joined us at our class, The Mandala: Drawing Sacred Symbols for Awakening & Healing, at Omega Institute last week! And thank you to all our friends who held us in your hearts and sent your good intentions our way…

What a joyous week, with such wonderful participants – each one adding their own gifts, talents and lessons. I feel so grateful to be able to share this great work.

Eileen "Rosie" Rose with assistants Nancy David and Martha Kiger Mandala drawings
Communal sand mandala Dismantling the sand mandala

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Jun 252013
 

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The last fairy mandala I made inspired me to create a dragonfly mandala.  Dragonflies are so beautiful and very special to me… and seeing one is a good omen. Because they start their life on the water and then go through a metamorphosis, and become air dwellers, they combine the emotions of water element and the mind of air.  They represent transformation, grace, ease of movement and, because they reflect the sun, they also relate to light and colorful transformation.

Here are some photos I have taken of dragonflies:

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Jun 242013
 

This week I created a new mandala using the octagram as its base symbol:

Flower Deva


Here are some other mandalas that I created using the octagram as a basis:

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This yantra vedic square I created has the Hindu symbol for Venus (the center of which is represented by octagrams):

Venus Vedic Square

 

Octagrams are formed from overlapping squares often emphasize duality: yin and yang, female and male, spiritual and material. Squares are often connected with the physical world: four elements, four cardinal directions, etc. Together, they can mean both positive and negative aspects (of the four elements, for example) and the balancing of them. I have created many mandalas with this sacred geometry as its basis.

Jun 182013
 

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Many of you know how much I love drawing sacred geometry and today, while creating an expanding Flower of Life design, I saw the face and body of an owl in it. Maybe I should have just left the owl out and let you all see whatever comes to mind, but no erasing these pencils so here I present my Owl Flower of Life..  See more on the Flower of Life here.

May 112013
 

Please forgive our appearance! Please be patient as we undergo a massive website rebuild and redesign.

In the meantime you can find us on our Facebook page.

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Check out our upcoming events:

Mandalas of Love: Illuminating Symbols for Healing the Heart and Creating Unconditional Love
Pre-Full Moon Workshop at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
Saturday, May 25, 2013 3pm-6pm
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The Mandala: Drawing Sacred Symbols for Awakening & Healing
June 30-July 5, 2013 at Omega Institute
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Jun 202012
 

June 20-June 21 marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and simultaneously heralds the beginning of winter in the southern hemisphere. In 2012, the summer solstice occurs and summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20, at 7:09 p.m. EDT.

Stonehenge stonehenge2Whenever I think of the Summer solstice, I cannot forget this same time, in my late hippie teen days when I decided to hitchhike around England with my friend Robin. One day, for no apparent reason, we decided that this would be a nice day to hike to see Stonehenge. We had no idea that it was the summer solstice!

It was amazing and even eerie as the Druids and other Pagans began to arrive. They started to rope off areas as it got later in the day. Druids witness the sunrise on the longest day of the year at the prehistoric site marking the event with religious ceremonies. We just intuitively were in the right place at the right time. Maybe we had cellular memories, but it was a remarkable day.

 

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Today at 7:20 I will be with friends drumming in celebration of the longest day of the year and I am grateful. Grateful for the fullness of my life and grateful for the blossoms and bounty in my garden. You can see in my photos below how my butterfly bush has grown through the years into more of a tree than a bush. My flowers blossom alongside my tomato, pepper, eggplant, string bean, and dill plants. The birds share along with us the delicious blueberries on our small bush in various stages of ripeness and a few cherries are still left for the Robins, Cardinals, Mockingbirds and other birds of this area.

Rose’s fragrant and full adorn the bushes….all this in such a tiny space of a garden. We get so much pleasure in such an array of color and fragrance. All around we see Fibonacci’s magical sequence in the spirals of daisies and Echinacea plants. lettuce and snail shells. Thank you for this moment.

The flowers must first grow through dark soil before they blossom fully. The butterfly must first evolve within a dark cocoon before it can flutter around the garden. So now like the butterfly and flowers, may we shed what ever may have been constricting us and emerge at this powerful time strong, creative and free to blossom fully. Set a positive intention for the rest of the year for transformation and self growth.

Sending love to all of you for a wonderful Summer solstice and may you enjoy the fullness of life.

 

How did the rose open it’s heart

and give to this world all of it’s beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light against it’s being,

otherwise we all remain too frightened.”

- Hafiz

May 222012
 
Vitruvian Woman

Vitruvian Woman
Eileen M. Rose, pencil and marker

June 5th Venus will be transiting the Sun. This is an event only happening 4x every 243 years. The last time was June 2004.

The Venus de Milo

The Venus de Milo

Ava Gardner as Venus

Ava Gardner as Venus

In mythology, Venus is the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty, and closely related to the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite. Many think of the Goddess Venus as the armless statue, Venus de Milo. (I remember my father warning my sister, “That’s what’s gonna happen if you keep biting your nails”) Other first memories of the Goddess Venus are from one of my favorite old black and white movies I used to watch as a girl, “One One Touch of Venus, played by the beautiful Ava Gardner. It taught me of Venus’s gifts of love and beauty.

As the transit of Venus is in the news and on our minds, what a great opportunity for us to examine and redefine the meaning of love and beauty, and because it is in Gemini as it transits, this creates something new in the way of communication. Every 8 years Venus returns to the same place in the zodiac where it was before. It is now returning to its position of 2004. In 2004 there was a leap in communication (with internet, cell phones) And now a huge door of communication may be opening as to how we communicate and relate to each other. Attune to how we share our ideas and expression and communication in a whole new way.

The Celestial Path of Venus

The Celestial Path of Venus

The path of Venus creates a 5 petal rose by doing this 8 year cycle dance in the movement of hearts and creating this 5 pointed star mandala. You must see this wonderful video of the Tango of Earth and Venus around the Sun.

Because of this path, Venus closely relates to the Golden Mean – (Phi,) and the Pentagram, the shape that relates perfectly to the Golden Mean and the Fibonacci series of numbers.

Sunflower by P.C. Truzcen

Sunflower by P.C. Truzcen

The Fibonacci ratio creates the golden mean spiral, as in our galaxies. And in so many flowers, shells, and, pine cones and other forms in nature, as so beautifully illustrated in the Sunflower painting by P.C. Truzcen. Everything is all related.

So if you have the chance to see Venus or even without looking to the skies, become aware of how to live in harmony with nature. In this link, John Wadsworth give a great explanation of this event of the Venus Transit on June 5th/6th 2012.

 

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You can see the path that Venus will travel in those brief few hours when it passes over the sun, live from NASA. There is a video of how it will look.

In Hindu mythology, Venus, known as Shukra, is the son if the great seer Bhrigu. Bhrigur taught his son all of the spiritual sciences and scriptures. They too believed that Venus is an embodiment of love and a benefit planet and governs the refined attribute, romance, beauty, sensuality, passion, beauty, wealth, art, music, dance.

Here are two of my Venus yantra paintings as taught to me by Pieter Weltevrede and Mavis Gewant in the tradition passed down to them by Harish Johari. The mantra to recite for Lord Venus is Om Shukraaya Namaha.

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Venus Yantra Vedic Square painting by Eileen Rose

Venus Yantra Vedic square painting by Eileen Rose

Venus by Pieter Weltevrede

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The paragraphs below are from the Midland School of Astrology:

The Meaning of Venus

If you do not know any astrology, that’s no problem, you can read this, for I will be describing things in layman’s terms.

Venus is an Earth or Earthy planet. This much must be understood at the beginning. So what she delivers (or takes away) is manifestly and concretely felt. You can hold it, celebrate it and use it. Venus seeks gratification, pleasure and fulfilment. She will give affirmation and success in war or love because her aim is to manifest it …….to make it happen – whatever that is. Venus understands the beauty of form, possession and manifestation.

She is useful in practical and everyday living for protection, power and support. She supports aspiration, success and ac

hievement in LIFE. To the Egyptians, her symbol, the ankh, was known as the Giver of Life.

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Boticelli’s
Birth of Venus

The Meaning of the Sun

This is the energy storehouse of our existence. The Sun’s immense nuclear and spiritual power fuels our lives from within and without. Many ancient and not-so-ancient cultures believed that the Sun was the source of all Spirit. It is the heart and ruler of our Solar System and it controls all life with the heat that warms and the energy (calories) that emanate from it both invisibly and visibly. So the Sun gives light and invisible power.

What do They Mean Together?

On the surface of it, together they mean something very successful and powerful, but on this occasion they might just SAVE THE PLANET! Sort of a cosmic Superman and Superwoman actually. For if you haven’t noticed, Earth is in trouble and we need a miracle. We are heavily over-populated and we are indulging in massive over-consumerism. Debt has fuelled over-inflation and the over-consumption of our planets raw materials. In short, we have been asleep in the wheelhouse of the Titanic for the last two decades and now we need a miracle! So hopefully, this Venus Transit can deliver one…… Read more from Midland School here.

As Venus blesses the Earth with her presence, let us not just witness this, but use this time to connect to the energies of love and to do what we can do to keep peace, balance, and love in our lives with our relationships. with our surroundings, and even with our enemies. Can you forgive and love unconditionally?

Synchronistically, at our Mandala Class at Omega Institute, on the day of the transit of Venus, we will be doing processes on Unconditional Love, Gifting and Forgiveness. A perfect way to honor the qualities of Venus.

For more info on the transit of Venus you can check out these video links: