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Wolf Moon Rises!

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The “Howling Wolf” by The Mountain

This full moon promises to make the most of a fresh start and a new perspective! Occurring in the deep, cold of winter, it is referred to as Wolf Moon, the Hunger Moon and the Cold Moon because wolf packs howled hungrily outside villages and January often represents cold and hunger. The wolf is a powerful, spiritual animal representing intuition and awareness of our inner self.

During this full moon, we can look forward into the year ahead with positivity. What seemed to be bleak in the future is now lit we just need to find the path to get there in this full moon’s light. The theme is of letting go and we begin to see things with a new lens. In this period of intense emotional energy we are drawn inward to recognize life goals and bring them to fruition. Decisions need to be made on how and where to take things forward, and a sense of clarity will bring us awareness.

Take this opportunity to reflect on the past year and any unresolved intentions. Set prosperous intentions for the coming year and plan on how they may flourish. Light a candle and with your Mekabre voodoo doll nearby, write down your intentions. Focus on these intentions by closing your eyes and meditating for a few moments. Focus on your breath and visualize yourself achieving those goals. Pamper yourself afterwards, by taking a cleansing bath with a few drops of lavender oil.

If you don’t already have the Mekabre Loa Voodoo Doll, it is easy to tap into the ancient power of voodoo yourself! Mekabre LLC has created the perfect complete Voodoo Doll Kit. The Complete Kit comes with one Loa Voodoo Doll, a set of easy-to-follow spell cards and straight pins – all designed to help you get started casting your first spell to create positive change in your life. Each Mekabre Loa Voodoo Doll is packaged in a sturdy box that is printed with ancient voodoo Veve symbols and has a coffin-shaped window for easy viewing when not in use.

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Peace, love and light!
The Mekabre Team

Cultural Cloth – Embroidery Workshop in Guatemala

Second Report: Embroidery Workshop

Posted by Mary Anne Wise on October 24, 2016

The following is an insiders accounting of the recent Embroidery Workshop in Guatemala as told by the teacher, Mary Anne Wise, Founder of Cultural Cloth.

Cultural Cloth Founder Mary Anne Wise teaches embroidery in Guatemala

The primary objective of this workshop is to coalesce as a group. Therefore, to start with, we talk about what makes a good teacher, what makes a good student, what are our mutual responsibilities. Then, together we create a list of rules for the class.

We followed the rules we created. During a design presentation, my co-presenter Reyna, had to ask the women to surrender their cell phones and to place them in a basket to be retrieved during lunch time. “No cellular” was on the list of rules but several women’s phones interrupted the class and now it’s time to assert the rules. According to the look on their faces, taking away their phones is a bit like cutting off a hand. I suspect we will only have to take away the phones once.

The women have brought along their embroidery work in progress to show the group. What’s the name of that stitch, I ask, and even though we’ve identified a total of 8 or 9 various stitches across a dozen examples, only 2 or 3 stitches are known by name. I talk about the importance of naming stitches & drawing them in your notebooks but the significance falls on deaf ears.

Next, Sarah teaches a few stitches. Then the energy reenters the room as soon as the women start working with their hands and talking and laughing and connecting.

Sarah talks about her work in Madagascar and how none of the Malagasy women had embroidered before participating in her project, how none of them can read, and how none of them have access to making money.

She’s got a short video about the women of Stitch St Luce, what their landscape is like and what their homes are like. Sarah shows their embroidery work, too. Reyna translates the folktale depicted in a small (14×14”) and finely detailed embroidery. The Mayan women listen, captivated.

We next discuss the stitched homework. Sarah examines their stitches and, practices the critique process, provides feedback on the stitches contained w/in several hoops. Someone’s phone starts to ring and almost in unison the other students groan, wag their finger at the offending student. No one wants their phone taken away again. Throughout the rest of the day, there’s not one phone that rings.

Still feeling a bit of distance from some of the experienced students, Sarah decides it’s time to win them over. She’s made 7 or 8 lines of various stitches across her hoop and: none of the women have seen these stitches before. We’ve got time to teach 2 maybe 3 stitches and the advanced students immediately choose the most complicated stitches. I suspect the more advanced students are beginning to ‘see’ there just might be something worthwhile going on here…

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