ATLAS OF THE YEAR
mapping the path of your true being
AN ONLINE PROGRAM
based on the concepts from
Atlas of the Year, Sojourner Maps to Being in the Right Place at the Right Time
with Kathleen O’Brien
This is the place where you can expand your awareness of being present in the moment so you may utilize ambient energies to fulfill your creative desires and potential.
Whether it’s knowing about cycles, traditional celebrations, cosmic influences, cross-cultural similarities, or finding your place on the medicine wheel; and whether you express what you sense through words, imagery or musical notes, here’s the place to discover useful ideas about the seasons and directions.
This is the time to create a container, an atlas of maps, to manifest your own meaningful rituals, prayers and creative marks. Your maps represent your understanding of your orientation to your stage in life, time and place, whether you are 30 or 70.
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Here are the details about the components of the program that includes four Seasonal~Directional Journals, 64 course topics in PDF format which cover a full 12 month cycle, email contact and community gathering.
Each of the four 24-page Atlas of the Year Journals has an overview of the next three months of that season, each month has a collage, a drawing and questions for you to ponder, as examples of what you might create. Each has several blank pages for you to write, draw or collage.
Each month’s courses explore: art media, a different cycle as seen through main seasonal shifts, daily events of importance, a suggestion for a relevant activity, cross-cultural movable feasts, a meditation and also that month’s section from Each Day in the Year of the Firedog.
Each monthly segment contains five PDFs: Each month selection of Each Day in the Year of the Firedog has 60 images to prompt your imagination. PDF topics include: Drawing, Philosophy and the Elements of Design, Painting and Brushes, Paper, Collage, Spring Book, Mandala, Making Greeting Cards, 4 Direction Artwork, Art Books – Altered Books, Maps, Honoring the Ancestors, Advent Calendar, Solstice Book, Mid-Winter Book, Prayer Flags, Prayer Sticks, Butterfly Book, Doodles, Memory Theater, Labyrinth, Mapping the Soul, Resources
From these ideas you will be inspired to create your own maps in words and pictures, in your seasonal Journals, at your own pace.
INVESTMENT; $190.00, plus tax, with full and permanent access upon payment via PayPal.
There is a private Facebook page as a gathering place for us. It is optional for you to join as a way to respond to fellow travelers, ask questions and post your creations.
Much of the information is cyclical, you may use it again year after year, to add to your Atlas. Some information is about movable feasts, so you will discover those dates in following years. For example, equinox dates are different each year.
I have written extensively about the art of Atlas of the Year in blog posts, and the development into the book and journals, see category; “Atlas of the Year””, where I recommend reading:
A sample of the Spring-East Journal: https://kathleen-obrien.com/spring-east-and-atlas-of-the-year/
How time is divided in the Journal: https://kathleen-obrien.com/division-of-time/
A bit of background: https://kathleen-obrien.com/how-atlas-of-the-year-evolved/
A preview of the art of Atlas of the Year at an Open Studio: https://kathleen-obrien.com/virtual-arttour/
RESPONSES TO THESE POSTS:
“So excited about the Atlas. I was born on March 21st so I’ve just turned 65 and am so blessed to still be alive. The Atlas East Spring explains a lot about me that I’ve always just accepted as being who I am, now I know why. Kathleen you are such an awesome Awakened Woman. Thank you for sharing that with others.” Brenda Cofer
“I LOVE this! Thank you for including me. I plan to use these questions the rest of the week as I journal and pray first thing each morning. You are a blessing Kathleen.” Dr. Susan Couzens
“Your “Atlas of the Year” is amazing and I am looking forward to each and every season. I was born on March 18th and always considered myself a Spring personality, but, based on the calendar, I guess I’m really a late, late Winter. As always, your work inspires, your environment soothes and calms and your graciousness and good humor are infectious.” Candace Schweers
POWER IS IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.
Artistically experience the cycles of the season in twelve parts from an expansive cross-cultural awareness. You will discover a new appreciation of the seasons by combining meditation and information, then implementing this through creativity. From this you will find a deep appreciation for the global cycles revered for thousands of years, and more importantly, available to us in the present moment.
As a recent example, I called a dear artist friend. She wanted to begin a new phase of work and angry at herself for cleaning her house and closets instead of doing art work. It was the first day after family visits and her children leaving for college. I mentioned that it seemed to be a perfect activity, for the occasion – end of a cycle, beginning a new one – and for the season – autumn, in preparation for winter. After elevating cleaning to a spiritual practice, by imbuing it with intentions to clear out old stagnant energy, she could once again envision her productivity the next day in her studio.
She was in the right place at the right time, because she was in harmony with the moment.
This class and journals are intended as a practical guide to serve your need to use your precious energy efficiently, in ways that express your unique gifts that are needed in the world.
This is accomplished by being in harmony with the universe.
Atlas of the Year offers insight into this through the awareness of cross-cultural celebrations and spiritual practices based on knowledge of natural and cosmic cycles.
Some of what is presented here is distilled from a year – long art class that I first taught in 1990. Once a month you consider information about the month’s important occasions. Allowing the intuition to digest the information you engage in a visualization practice. From what you envision you create works of art that are empowered in the memory theater traditions of antiquity.
Exploring the wholeness of the year in this way brings integration and a sense of continuity for the next cycle, and about being in the right place at the right time. You can bring excitement and meaning to your life when you know seasons will be similar, but not the same.
Is this an astrology class?
No. The months are timed by the Zodiac as an example of one way humanity has divided time. The seasons are marked by the astrological calendar. There are references to astrological qualities in the material.
Is the class for any particular age or gender?
It is for any age and gender, whether you are older, retired and want to create a new map of direction, or a young person wanting to explore clues about what life might become for you.
What are the “Atlas of Maps” we create?
The maps are what you artistically create in words or pictures that serve to orient you to your purpose in the moment, to help you pursue the course of action that will be the vehicle to progress forward. Each of the four journals contains three blank pages per month provided in the journals for you to use, and you may create as many more artworks as you like to add to the journals.
Can we join this program at any time?
Yes. No matter when you sign up, you will have access to the previous months.
Are you going to be teaching us art?
No, but there will be extra PDF’s about the basics of drawing, painting, collage and more. I can answer questions you might have about an artwork you post on the FB page. I teach art to individuals from my studio.
How long will I have access to the program?
You will have lifetime access via your login details. All the lessons and PDFs will be downloadable.
How are payments handled?
Your payment is securely handled by PayPal. This is a secure connection, verified by the “lock icon” in your browser. Please contact me if you need to make another arrangement.
How do I access the program?
During checkout you will be asked to enter an email and account password. Remember these- you’ll use them to login later! Visit “Learn -> Atlas of the Year Class -> Access Course – Atlas of the Year” and enter that email/password combination to get started.
What if I need help or have a question?
You may contact me here…Please put “Atlas” in the subject line.
Do you offer refunds?
Sorry, but I do not for this program.
Contact me, I’m happy to discuss your questions and comments.
Kathleen O’Brien has been a professional artist since 1968, a mother since 1977, shamanic practitioner since 1985, a certified practitioner of Transformational Healing since 1991. She began teaching the concepts of the 4 Seasons~4 Directions in 1990.
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