I love the process of SoulCollage®! Each time I create cards, lead a workshop, or hold an open studio, I bow to Seena Frost. Seena is in her 80’s now, and continues to create cards, host a card reading group, and from time to time she joins in facilitator trainings to initiate new facilitators into this magical practice.
Seena also writes interesting articles for our circle of facilitators. I want to share an excerpt from a recent article with you because, over and over again, I come back to the story of how SoulCollage® came to be. Its roots are deep and strong. Seena encourages us to strive towards daily practice with our SoulCollage® cards. May this article and your own cardmaking and reading continue to inspire you in your practice!
Note: Seena frequently uses the term “Neter” to refer to what appears on our cards. This is an ancient word roughly translated as: guides, allies and/or challengers.
I hope to see you in the studio sometime soon!
Daily Practice by Seena B. Frost
I don’t think there would be a SoulCollage® process if I had not developed some sort of practice where I received ideas and encouragement from my daily drawn Neters. I’d like to share with you how my daily practice evolved, not for you to imitate, but rather to encourage you to develop your own.
In 1988, between the last two sessions of Jean Houston’s Human Capacities workshop, each day I drew the name of one of the 100+ participants and made a card for each person with their name, an archetype’s name, and a haiku. I gave these first “Neter cards” out at Jean’s last session. Everyone was fascinated with them and wanted to know why I had chosen their particular archetype.
I loved this practice of pulling a person’s name each day and didn’t want to stop. So I wrote the names of my family, friends, and mentors on slips of paper and drew one every day for a year, holding the person in my thoughts and entering their names in my daily journal. In the early 1990s, I also began to draw one Tarot card along with the name of a person, and the two together became my Neters for that day.
By the mid1990s I had developed and was teaching the “Neter Card” process as you know it today, with the four suits and with readings, and began creating my own deck of collaged cards, one card for each of my Neters as they appeared. In my daily practice I continued to draw a Community card plus a card from another suit, entering their names at the start of my daily journal entries.
Two years ago I began a new practice. Each morning I ask the two Neters I have just drawn, “What do you offer?” I write their names in my journal and hold their energies in my heart through the day. That evening, as I get into bed, I take the two Neter cards from my altar and let them each speak to me in a haiku. I write these two haikus in a small book.
Haikus are really quite simple to write once you get in the habit: just three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second has seven, and the third line has five. Fitting an idea into seventeen syllables is a structure that helps you stay focused.
These are fun to do and really, you can do them very quickly. Try it. Or better still, find your own delicious practice that you love doing.
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