Yesterday I made two SoulCollage® cards and both of them are in the Council suit. That's where the archetypes reside and those things that are larger than life. I am extremely restless right now as the academic year comes to a close; I only have four more weeks to work until I get 10 weeks off for the summer. I've been thinking too much. Doing the various kinds of art I create--and writing--and reading--makes me stop thinking so much.
This card is called "The Wise Old Man." My late spiritual director Betsy Hedberg Caprio nudged me once to really focus on the masculine in my art because I do have a tendency to create predominately feminine images. Starting with SoulCollage's "IATOW" statement, I am the one who was taught that God the father was a wise old man and that the Bible was filled with wise old men. I still carry those images, of course, but the personification of it was my dear paternal grandfather who came to live with us from when I was five until I was twelve. His death was the first one I encountered as a child. He became my best friend in so many ways and hanging out in his trailer and hearing his stories really enriched my life. I carry you in my heart forever wise old man Ed Streur.
The archetype of the fool, jester or clown plays a key role in my SoulCollage® deck and I have made several cards with this theme. I am the one who has played the fool purposely, especially in adolescence, to get people to laugh at me--and themselves. I realized my zany side early. Everyone always seemed to take most things in life so seriously and by making people laugh, I guess I hoped they wouldn't notice my imperfections. I have a good sense of humor and allow the zany side to surface with my dear old friend Rick Hammond and his late wife Orma. I am the one who adores watching stand up comedy and have to keep myself in check when life gets too serious. There is such a fine line between comedy and death.