An archive of email letters sent to people subscribed the Atlas of the Year program updates.

Hello fellow travelers,

I wanted to share some thoughts with you about Halloween!

As the suns sets October 31, candles, Jack-0-Lanterns and fires are lit to welcome the ancestors who visit to warm themselves by the hearth of our remembrance. Families keep the doors unlocked and set out favored food, drink and mementos that belonged to them. The evening is enjoyed by communing with them and storytelling of their lives and sayings.

Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Samhuin is a Celtic festival of the momentous time of Summer’s end, beginning of the dark half of the Year and the Night of the Ancestors. It is the midpoint between autumn equinox & winter solstice, that is celebrated from October 31 – November 2. Cross-culturally this is a time of honoring our Ancestors and the dead. It is also All Soul’s Day, All Saint’s Day and Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead. The Cherokee Bounding Bush Ceremony clears away aggressive energy before “wintering in”. For the ancient Egyptians it was Isia, the 6-day celebration of resurrection of Osiris.

A few of the traditions of All Hallows Eve, Samhuin:

Trick or Treat: leave edible treats and their special belongings out for our ancestors. If we don’t TREAT them, forget to show them we miss them, they are allowed to TRICK us!

Jack-0-Lantern: hollow out a pumpkin, squash or gourd in the guise of a face representing your ancestor and put a lit candle in, so they can find their way to your hearth.

Bon Fire: gather around its warmth and light for companionship and storytelling. Throw off mistakes and negativity from the past year.

There is much I want to share about this time on the material, spiritual and cosmic levels, in the upcoming class. The important thing is to remember and include your ancestors in your celebrations!

Quests for Samhuin

What are you grateful to your Ancestors for?

What would you like to ask them about?

What do you remember about them?

You will be an Ancestor one day. What wisdom can you bequeath?

onward, Kathleen

https://kathleen-obrien.com/atlas-of-the-year-class/

PS: If you have a friend how is interested in the eCourse, you may share this letter.

PPS: here’s a quick review of what each month will include; cross-cultural moveable feasts and Ancestral celebration, days of note, a suggested activity, a meditation, a focus on one of the 12 cycles of Truth, a cycle, Each Day in the Year of the Firedog (60 images per month), and extras –  eBooks on process, creative prompts and more.

Hello fellow travelers,

You are the first to know some exciting news. The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington will present all 24 artworks of Atlas of the Year in their beautiful SkyDome Gallery next March, at the same time the eCouse will begin. That was their idea –  it’s so perfect! They are excited about the whole idea of the time/space perspective, that includes the Journals and gallery talks. Perhaps some of you will be able to attend the Gallery Hop reception.

Towards the goal of having new items for the 10th Annual Autumn Open Studio, I’ve made 12 new greeting cards with details from the Atlas of the Year artwork. Each of the three sets will have one of each of the four seasons. For example, Set One, shown, has details from Atlas 1 Aries, 4 Cancer, 7 Libra, and 10 Capricorn.

Everything is on track for the Kathleen O’Brien Studio/Sunwise Solarium School Annex to be delivered in about two weeks. The foundation has been poured, in advance of the next rain. The area has trenches dug out for drainage and utility conduit. Not a pretty sight, one that challenges my desire to have things finished. How will it look and be for the Open Studio?

I hope you are enjoying your autumn. Please let me know how you are doing and stay in touch. Always feel free to reply to this email with your questions or comments!

onward, Kathleen

https://kathleen-obrien.com/atlas-of-the-year-class/

PS: If you have a friend how is interested in the eCourse, you may share this letter.

PPS: here’s a quick review of what each month will include; cross-cultural moveable feasts and Ancestral celebration, days of note, a suggested activity, a meditation, a focus on one of the 12 cycles of Truth, a cycle, Each Day in the Year of the Firedog (60 images per month), and extras –  eBooks on process, creative prompts and more.

Hello fellow travelers,

I’m thinking of you on this first evening of Autumn (9:54 PM, ET) and how this was going to be the start date the Atlas class. Even though I spend a part of each day with creating eCourse materials, there is much more to do. I’m glad I’ve kept at it steadily, because I can feel the ramping up of energy to get things done and in place, squirrel-like, before the diminishing light and warmth. Below is a picture of one of the eBooks.

Everything is on track for the Kathleen O’Brien Studio/Sunwise Solarium School Annex to be delivered in about a month. Finally deciding to build again is major. It will provide space for creativity, classes, Open Studios, retreat. If the interior can be finished for the Summer Open Studio, that would be terrific.

The Artist Entrepreneurs program started this week. My apprentice is a sophomore high school art student. All five mentor / apprentice teams will be working together towards the apprentices presenting themselves at June Gallery Hop, for the Great American Brass Band Festival. It’s going to be really interesting!

Have fun with autumn. Please let me know how you are doing and stay in touch. Always feel free to reply to this email with your questions or comments!

onward and love, Kathleen

https://kathleen-obrien.com/atlas-of-the-year-class/

PS: If you have a friend how is interested in the eCourse, you may share this letter.

PPS: here’s a quick review of what each month will include; cross-cultural moveable feasts and Ancestral celebration, days of note, a suggested activity, a meditation, a focus on one of the 12 cycles of Truth, a cycle, Each Day in the Year of the Firedog (60 images per month), and extras –  eBooks on process, creative prompts and more.

Hello fellow travelers,

As I’ve been developing materials for the upcoming class, I think of you often and want to keep you updated. Always feel free to reply by this email with your questions or comments!

I’ve been steadily adding content to the eCourse that is on track to begin with the Vernal Equinox. Three out of four journals are in print. I am open to hearing about what you would like to cover. Also, how you might like to gather? I’m leaning towards it being a page on my site (rather than FB) and perhaps conferencing on Zoom. What do you think?

It’s hard to keep secret the news about the eBook extras I’ve been creating to include in the class. Giving into my impulse to share, here’s a peak of just a few book covers for various topics. They are not in the order you’ll get them! My M.O. is to create what motivates me at the time and place, which guarantees a juicer product. And one likes a bit of mystery, right?

This update was a bit delayed because a big project interjected itself onto my list with a mid-August deadline.  I am proud to announce a newly published chapter, entitled “Art as a Language: An Atlas of Seasons Where Time and Space Intersect,” in Handbook of the Changing World Language Map, edited by Stanley D. Brunn and Roland Kehrein, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, publisher

The link also shows a tab to access the Table of Contents. https://bit.ly/2P6EAPO. It is a five-volume reference book with many chapters by global geographers that will also be in print this autumn. I’m so pleased that the editors are putting my chapter in the first section.

Have fun – it’s still summer, the place we always face, the time of love, trust and growth. Please let me know how you are doing and stay in touch, onward!

love, Kathleen
https://kathleen-obrien.com/atlas-of-the-year-class/

PS: If you have a friend who is interested in the eCourse, you may share this letter.

PPS: here’s a quick review of what each month will include; cross-cultural moveable feasts and Ancestral celebration, days of note, a suggested activity, a meditation, a focus on one of the 12 cycles of Truth, a cycle, Each Day in the Year of the Firedog (60 images per month), and extras –  eBooks on process, creative prompts and more.

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