to create is to invite vulnerability

diatom and portrait, art journal page, Hali Karla Arts

Every time I hit send to invite folks to an offering, I find myself navigating tender waters within.

How will it be received? Will folks accept the invitation? Will my readers be interested? Did I adequately express the heart and inspiration behind the creation or offering? Will that resonate beyond me?

It's not unfamiliar territory to an artist at all, but interesting how it is consistent in the process and experience, no matter how many years you move through the cycle.

I suppose the audacity - for those of us lit by undeniable creative fires - is that we have to keep trying... whether a thing is received in the way we hope or not.

There is a creative spirit that gives us the insight to see something that wants form, and the breath to try to give it the attention it calls for, and learn something in the process of offering it up. This is true for humans, not just humans who identify as artists, of course.

The past few days have been one of these all-too-familiar work-waves in my creative process, culminating with this morning - when I opened doors for my next offering, the Creative Practice Circle, and shared it with my subscribers.

It is not flashy or full of big promises and strategic pre-launch hype. Instead, it comes from a place of deep joy, percolating intuition and a tinge of rebellious realness - the kind that tries to listen to the voice that says, 'not the way everyone else is doing it. no, not that way. try this way. follow the connections you sense; it’s about more than you. ok - now, it’s ready, imperfect and true and ready to share.’

Painting can be like that, too. And writing, and sketching, and making a song… creating anything at all from an inspired, honest place within, really.

This new live-online Creative Practice Circle won't be for everyone - but seats are already being claimed today, and that fills my heart - as I know the circle and time together in Creative Practice will fill those who show up.

The mysterious gift of it all becoming something I merely initiate and hold space for, makes my own tender process of visioning, tending details, and sharing an invitation, come what may, all worthwhile.

Where my Spirited muse calls, I follow - to see what can happen, beyond me.

Is there an invitation, idea or offering imprinted on your creative heart, that you’ve felt called to make, explore, express, or accept and show up to? I hope you’ll trust that call and follow where it leads you.

If you like, learn more and join the Creative Practice Circle

also… diatoms are most amazing, don’t you think? (that’s what you see on the left side of my art journal spread above). they have a huge impact on our climate for such mysterious little things. i’ve been fascinated by them for decades... they’ve inspired my clay and paint creations in the past, and i seem to circle back to them periodically in a contemplative sort of way. they’re like a mysterious key i haven’t figured out yet in my visual language. good stuff.

free introduction to astrology and your birth chart (with a creative practice invitation)

free introduction guide to astrology and your birth chart, with a Creative Practice Invitation from Hali Karla Arts

I’ve got a free Astrology + Creative Practice Introductory Guide to share with you, if that interests you.

It’s a 14 page PDF with video links, inspiration and an art journaling Creative Practice invitation to help you connect with your birth chart, intuitive creative side, and some astrological basics.

You can have that delivered to you right now, if you like:

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    Want to know more first?

    Read on as I share some musings from the other day…

    Ever wondered why astrology has remained with us for thousands of years, despite the overly-generalized horoscopes and cliches about Zodiac signs, and mainstream efforts to suppress, shame or write it off as mere entertaining nonsense?

    It’s likely because there is way more to it than most people realize... and just enough people know that from an informed, experiential perspective.

    Because astrology is meaningful, nuanced and holds truth and possibility about the human experience and how we relate to ourselves, each other, the world, and our spiritual path.

    In case you’re totally new to astrology beyond magazine zodiac sun signs, let me share a couple basic starting points here…

    You do not have just one Zodiac sign. You get to have a little of all 12 actually, no matter when you were born. You just have more of some than others - and that comes through in how you go about things in your life and what motivates you. (Oh - and just because that magazine says you’re one sign by its general dates, it actually could be wrong depending on the year you were born. Seriously, I thought my sun sign was Aquarius for over half my life, thanks to every newspaper and horoscope I ever looked at.)

    And somewhere within those signs sit the core astrological ‘planets’ and other celestial bodies (based on where they were the minute you were born) - including the Sun and Moon - which just symbolize common instincts that all humans have to some degree and expression as well.

    And those planets and signs all fall somewhere on a map with 12 territories - called Houses - that represent areas of human life - and again, we each get all 12 of these, too.

    It’s all dependent on the moment, date and location of your birth, and there are literally thousands of possible combinations… so your chart really is quite unique to you.

    Even twins will experience almost identical charts in different ways, so it is not like a strict, definitive set of factors in the ways we often try to rationalize why something does or doesn’t work in a literal or formulaic way our mind can be decidedly certain about.

    Because there’s an unpredictable wild card to every placement in a chart, too… YOU.

    art detail, Hali Karla Arts

    Rather, it’s more like you were miraculously created, for a specific time, with a purpose, style and energy combination unique to you, but also part of an interconnected evolving story of consciousness and expanding realizations. About what it means to be alive, together on this wee little planet in the middle of a cosmic ocean beyond our imaginations and understanding. Or something totally (not) crazy like that. Something that so many other belief systems and mythologies point to.

    And your birth chart “speaks” to this somehow. As well as to your natural tendencies, patterns and possible inclinations or personality expressions.

    Maybe in a practical sense, the question to ask about astrology isn’t HOW does this work? (Because we actually don’t know that) But rather, DOES this indeed speak to my living experience, both within my inner landscape and my outer reality?

    And if the answer is Yes, then ask ourselves how the insights can impact our perceptions, decisions and relationships in meaningful, loving, reverent and transformative ways.

    See, astrology is not some locked personality or destiny description. That would be a wee bit insulting to the realities of human complexities, don’t you think? I tend to resist simplified personality systems and overt efforts to categorize us neatly into human constructs of classification or predictability, too.

    The actual depths of informed astrology speak to radical presence, shifting perspectives, and initiating changes in practical, meaningful ways right now.

    Your astrological chart is about how you best learn, perceive, focus, relate, shine your God-given gifts, create beauty and trouble (the good kind and not so good kind), and ultimately… about your highest expression and offering.

    It points to re-membering your True self - and choosing to live more closely and deeply with love, integrity and a sense of purpose right in the messy life you are living.

    It illuminates the processes of realization, release, healing, transformation, and the development of trust or faith in ways personal to each of us… a trust that accepts and makes way for that True essence of you to shine a little more every day, if you accept the invitation to remember who you were made to be, and navigate from that commitment.

    Personally, I have no doubt that Creator speaks to us in the languages and contexts we use, need and can be open to, at every given point in our life.

    And I have felt and witnessed many times how astrology is one of those languages. A language that allows for and encourages our individuality and self-honoring, while not letting self-interest overshadow the bigger picture of our small, yet important part in an interconnected, collective unfolding.

    I love taking deep dives into this sort of stuff - and how it can (in)form us and our lives.

    So I get a bit excited to connect with those who want to explore and learn for themselves, forming their own thoughts, questions and opinions about whether this language has meaning for them.

    Astrology can speak right to the heart and healing for many people, removing their accumulated doubts about who they are and why they are here, and lifting up within them what it means to be in the process of a life that we help co-create with our choices, presence and impact.

    People often describe a good astrology experience and understanding as one in which they feel truly seen - for who they are, inside and out.

    And I read charts, y’all - so I’m here to tell you… it isn’t ME, or the astrologer initiating the seeing. I just translate the symbols into meaning that is already there. I’m just a messenger. As if it truly was written on the stars by our Maker. Or impressed upon the stardust that became our cells.

    So, maybe you are someone wondering about this language of astrology, or your own birth chart.

    If so, I invite you to learn a little more by grabbing that download via the form above.

    Have a look at your chart for yourself, see if it sparks anything in your curiosity or intuition before you learn the nitty-gritty about it, and then become familiar with some of the language and see where it leads.

    Your chart - and the time you spend learning about it - just might speak something sacred or forgotten to you in unexpected ways.

    If it makes you feel a little more whole, vital, grounded and part of something mysterious and meaningful in this wacky world - with a life to be grateful for or aspire toward - then it’s time well spent, in my book. Decide for yourself if it’s your cup of tea.

    Or, heck it can just be fun to play with some of the symbols, which is what we do in the Creative Practice invitation in the guide.

    So, Want that free Astro Intro Download?

      if you KNOW this creative astrology stuff interests you…

      Along with this free gift, I have opened up pre-orders on short, focused eCourses with the astrological archetypes by planet and sign, as well as my immersive IN THE STARS program (now self-guided, with all of the mini-ecourse content, plus more), as well as a few other comprehensive guides for diving deeper with your chart, and ultimately in your life and relationships.

      I’m a busy-bee preparing these new offerings and formats over here.

      Here’s a bit more about these new offerings (plus, me on the screen, in case you’re new around here):

      You can save a few bucks by pre-ordering any of these new eCourse offerings before their release date, and your support is appreciated while I put the final touches on them. Learn more HERE.

      It’s the culmination of immersive work and content creation, to share with hundreds of students over the past two years - and I’m excited to get to share these smaller, bite-size options now for you self-pacing, self-guided learners like myself - along with a new self-guided version of the full IN THE STARS program.

      Start with that free guide up above if you’re totally new to astrology, though… and do let me know if you have any questions, stories or comments.

      Creative Practice Revelations Happen in Acts Between the Seen and the Unseen

      Which Way, mixed-media painting, Hali Karla Arts
      Art mirrors [our] struggle and captures the process of letting go. Every stroke pushes the painting to sacrifice itself: every creative act destroys something previously built. Imagination reveals not new vistas but revelations of reality behind reality. All art points to a transaction between reality of the seen and reality of the unseen.
      — Makoto Fujimura

      There is a Way that we only find in taking action.

      Being present. Seeing. Listening.

      Feeling. Not turning away.

      Doing the hard work that is called upon us.

      And then…

      Believing so deeply in what we know to be real in what can’t be measured or seen, that we are willing to disarm, destroy, risk, transform, and let go of what is real in what can be seen.

      To surrender to change.

      Yes, there is something about this that speaks to my soul.

      I was ‘supposed’ to be writing about re-releasing two well-loved Creative Practice ecourses today - now self-guided with unlimited access - but you know, these days I’m just not feeling the catchy-inspiration, lead-page, funnel-pitch in my creative energy… so, here’s to random shameless plugs at the end of short posts and keeping it real, because I trust my process AND yours:

      IMPULSE self-guided mixed-media Creative Practice ecourse on awakening, trusting and relating to your intuitive, spontaneous artist’s style

      IMPULSE self-guided mixed-media Creative Practice ecourse on awakening, trusting and relating to your intuitive, spontaneous artist’s style

      ESSENCE self-guided creative portrait practice ecourse to develop and explore how you see, relate and translate in mixed-media, plus connect with your sense of self (and other)

      ESSENCE self-guided creative portrait practice ecourse to develop and explore how you see, relate and translate in mixed-media, plus connect with your sense of self (and other)

      Click the image above to learn more about each course. I’d truly would love to connect and be your guide on the side for a bit as you develop your Creative Practice. THAT is where my creative energy loves to flow. ;-)

      Note: Both of these courses were previously released as part of my Making Art Medicine program.