Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Notes from Underground


There's much excitement in this part of the world today! LOGO LAUNCH DAY has arrived! 

The image and colours just speak to my soul. Kyle da Silva is a gifted and accommodating designer - he heard what I wanted in one discussion, and this is the result. The logo isn't random: every detail is there for a specific purpose.

TITLE: 

I have three great passions in life - cats, poetry and the occult, specifically tarot and astrology. While we couldn't squeeze a cat into the logo, we did manage to combine poetry and the occult. My poetry (all my writing) is challenging to define. By diving deep beneath the surface of everyday life, I reach for the vast unknowingness of the Great Spirit (or G-d, if you will) by delving beneath the surface of the ordinary details. This is expressed in the title "Chthonic Poetry & Tarot." 


COLOURS: 

Turquoise is connected to the spiritual world, intuition, psychic sensitivity, and protection from harm and negative energy. Turquoise is often used to encourage honest communications and to assist in communications with higher dimensional beings.

Purple/Violet relates to self knowledge/ spiritual awareness. It aids union with your higher self, with spirituality, and your higher consciousness.

White assists with clear-thinking, helping to reveal the truth within situations and people. The colour of Divine Love, white leads us towards an inner harmony and higher spiritual consciousness. And for those, like me, who are daydreamers of note, the transformative power of white helps with concentration and overcoming a lack of focus.

THE BACKGROUND:

Look closely: there are two background images. The first is a vast sky, transforming from day to night, with the star constellations beginning to shine their light. The second (immediately behind the figure with the upraised arms) is the Stropholos of Hecate, or Wheel of Hecate.
Hecate's wheel is an ancient Greek symbol, emblem of the moon goddess Hecate in her triple goddess aspect. The second century text, "The Chaldean Oracle", describes the symbol as a labyrinthine serpent (representing rebirth and renewal) surrounding a central Spiral. It is symbolic of the Iynges, mysterious beings whose names may be translated as "wheels" or "whirls" and are emanations of Divine thought. Other symbols of Hecate include: torches, dogs, keys, serpents, and of course, the crossroads. Read a more detailed description of the symbolism of the Stropholos here.

THE FECUND GODDESS:

The feminine figure in the middle of the logo represents Hecate and her symbols. As a triple moon goddess, she guards the crossroads and liminal spaces between worlds. Her upraised arms form the shape of a moon (the present); on each side of her upraised arms are moons representing the past and the future. Her belly button covers the centre of the background Stropholos and is the centre spiral of the wheel, representing the portal into Divine knowledge. And, finally, rising from her feet, is the serpent, the one who sheds his skin and is reborn into new knowledge, the keeper of the knowledge of good and evil.

Hecate is a powerful lunar Goddess who rules over the earth, sea, and sky. She is associated with the concept of Maiden, Mother, and Crone: representing the three phases of the female life. Hecate is worshipped as a protective Goddess, who bestowed prosperity and blessings on the oikos (household). More at home on the fringes than in the center of Greek polytheism, Hecate is intrinsically ambivalent and polymorphous, straddling conventional boundaries and eluding definition.

Thanks to her association with boundaries and the liminal spaces between worlds, Hecate is also recognized as a chthonic (underworld) goddess. As the holder of the keys that can unlock the gates between realms, she can unlock the gates of death. Like Hermes, Hecate takes on the role of guardian not just of roads, but of all journeys, including the journey into the deep unconscious we keep hidden in the underground of our psyche. 

You can read more about Hecate's role as the Cosmic World Soul here and her general mythology here .

CONCLUSION:

As I begin my new path in life, the ancient energy of Hecate resonates deeply within me. This logo has captured that essence and I'm excited to share it with you.

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Monday, 3 May 2021

May 2021 Tarotscope

Astrology South Africa May 2021 Tarotscope

Judy Croome explores what May 2021 has in store with a 3 card spread using Robin Wood's Tarot Deck.

Here's my second official Tarotscope video for Astrology South Africa. There's a few technical glitches, but I hope I'm forgiven as I made the video with one eye only - my right eye had surgery last week; the left eye surgery is this week!

At the very end of the video you'll have a sneak preview of my new logo, which I'm SO excited about. Just a few more tweaks by designer Kyle da Silva, and then I'll do an official logo reveal!

Here is the Youtube link to May 2021 Tarotscopes - if you enjoy the 5 minute video, please remember to click the LIKE button on the YOUTUBE page. Or watch embedded video below.

The crystals are Barnacle Master Quartz (a gift from the amazing Joshua Maree, visionary and illuminist ,and the creator of Androgynous Keys) and a Rhodonite tower and slab (both gifts from my beloved late husband Dr Beric Croome).

A Barnacle Quartz helps to stimulate a group cohesiveness and a willingness to work together, while Rhodonite is a stone of compassion, an emotional balancer that clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past, and that nurtures love. (See photo below video)



Stay blessed and stay safe.

Friday, 2 April 2021

A New Road

 MONTHLY #TAROTSCOPE for #April 2021

My first official tarot reading for Astrology South Africa - feeling privileged at the opportunity and excited about the new path opening up!





Thursday, 17 December 2020

Celebrating Spirit

2020: an intense but exciting year of change, endings and the first glimmer of new beginnings. Watch this space for a new logo, a new design and a whole new adventure in 2021.

As the Jerusalema dance  went viral, London's The Guardian newspaper said, "Dance craze brings hope from Africa to the world amid Covid"

                                 

How apt: Africa, where the physical evolution of humankind began in Sterkfontein Caves a mere 50km from where I live.  Africa, with her sunlight and shadow;  her potential and sorrow; and her vast well of spiritual energy, bringing hope to the world. 

Above is the original 2019 version from Master KG, and below is a second version with the uplifting, inspiring words translated into English and French sub-titles.

Nkosi sikelel' Afrika

and may 2021 bring hope and light into the world.

Monday, 1 June 2020

Just published DROP BY DROP (poems of loss) by Judy Croome


For paperback copies in South Africa,  contact Aztar Press or  take a lot


Also available at all major on-line stores in eBook and paperback

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Watch the book trailer to find out more:






Tuesday, 4 February 2020

An Ordinary Life

I’m busy reading a thought-provoking and engrossing non-fiction book “Creating a Life: Finding Your Individual Path” by Jungian psychologist James Hollis. I’ll review it on Goodreads when I’m finished reading it but, as I start the new life that awaits, I’ve been reflecting deeply on the life Beric and I lived: constantly striving, always work before play and, yes, we both achieved much more than we’d ever hoped for in our childhood dreams.

At what cost though?

Taking the first tottering steps into a future without my beloved Beric as my anchor and my guide, I find myself without the burning fire of ambition that has for so long been my companion.

Hollis put my mind at rest: “The first half of life is usually spent in service to the world and to the development of the ego. The second half of life should be in service to the soul. Turning away from the delusion of ambition opens a free space wherein things may be done for the sake of doing them, where value is found in the value created and where meaning is the by-product of service to a vocation, not service to the ego.” (Chapter 13: The End of Ambition”)

There’s so much comfort in knowing that it’s natural to the soul’s evolutionary path that the raging fires of youth’s ambitions can mellow into a gentle flame of finding meaning by exploring the simple pleasures of an ordinary life.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

New Beginnings

With a major lunar eclipse on Friday 10/1/2020, quickly followed by Uranus in Taurus stationing direct, followed  two days later on 12/1/2020 with the much-discussed Great Capricorn Conjunction, 2020 is a year of changes, letting go the old and finding new beginnings on a deep and permanent level.

Since my beloved Beric crossed over last year 22/4/2019, I've been taking it easy and slowly stepping into a new life without him.  He is gone in body, but not in spirit and I know we'll meet again. That’s why I read Rabindranath Tagore’s beautiful poem "Unending Love" at his memorial service. 


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His beautiful spirit will always be with me and so I head into a new year and decade that's filled with both hope and memories. Hope for the fruition of all the new ventures I'm planning and memory of having been privileged to be part of an unending love story.

Some plans for 2020:

My two new kitties arrive today - 10 year old lady Gucci and 3 year old boy Mittens.

My main goal for 2020 is attending to my health (read weight!!) that has been out of control for too many years.

Then a 2020 writing challenge starting in February to finish off two half written books - a collection of short stories, and a volume of poetry about the grief and sorrow of being caregiver to a dying loved one for so many years (from 2015 to 2019).

I'm still expanding my astrology knowledge, via webinars from the London Faculty of Astrology College, and later in 2020 I'll be signing up for the 3 year diploma course to become a professional astrologer.

And some time in the future (probably early 2021), I'll be revealing a whole new look for my website.

Exciting times ahead! I wish all of you a wonderful 2020 - may it be a year of discovery and joy for you all.