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King Vulture as Totem
Also known as Sarcoramphus papa


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‘They call me the King Vulture – Urubu Rei – and I have been deified in cultures older than most can conceive. A messenger from the gods, or nature’s clean-up crew, perhaps both. Do you not look upon me and know nature’s glory? Know also then, how I feed upon decay and death and entropy, know how I keep my nest fetid to ward off predators, or how I am the one who often makes the first cut in a kill to allow other, smaller vultures to feed once I am done.

I carry within me the secrets and sacredness of life and death, I know how to find the smallest detail in the biggest picture, and find for myself a way of living. I can teach you how to speak without speaking, how to live amongst the dying, and how to centre in your own authority and sacredness.

I am the wisdom of the skies and the sky gods, the forests and the forest gods. I am not always talking on my own behalf, but sometimes on the behalf of ancient gods. But make no mistake, I am my own god, and you will respect me first before I will leave you my messages. For if you will not listen to me when you are alive, then I will still find nourishment in you when you are dead.’

Keywords:

The Messenger. Deification. Godliness. Sacredness. The life and death cycle. The first cut. The first taste. Doing the dirty work. Entropy and decay are necessary. You will listen to me. Authority. Sky wisdom. The upperworlds and upperworld mythologies. Getting a clear picture. Soaring. To speak without giving voice. Blood magic and blood medicine. Solar worship.


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Watercolour pencil / pencil / ink / metallic and iridescent acrylic -> Crescent cold-pressed illustration board ->  18.5 x 20.5 cm (or 7.2 x 8 in).

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Bearded Vulture - Lammergeier as Totem
Also known as Gypaetus barbatus


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‘Lucky or unlucky, I’ve been seen as both, and each comes with its consequences. The truth is, the perception of luck has less to do with me, and more to do with you. But if you’ve noticed me in your life, perhaps you’ve noticed a change in your luck as well.

Me, I’m more concerned with getting to the marrow of a matter rather than the surface interpretation. Me and death, we go way back. It’s not the flesh of life I want, but the bones, the glorious once-life within. You can tell a lot about a life by examining the bones of it. The quality of the marrow. Perhaps I am too harsh in the way I get to the truth of the matter, but it’s necessary sometimes to break something in order to find something good, hearty, wholesome.

I am the one who can find wisdom in something long after everyone else has given up on it. And you, stubborn student or willing wanderer, I can find the wisdom in you too.’

Keywords:


Bone wisdom. The bone breaker. Skeleton and bone magic and medicine. Mountain wisdom. Soaring. Sky wisdom. The upperworlds and upperworld mythologies. The life and death cycle. Connections to codes, cults and religions. The good and bad luck bird. Superstitions. Opportunity knocks. Getting to the marrow of a situation. Indelicacy.


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Watercolour pencil / pencil / ink / metallic and iridescent acrylic -> Crescent cold-pressed illustration board ->  18.5 x 20.5 cm (or 7.2 x 8 in).

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Egyptian Vulture as Totem
Also known as Neophron Percnopterus.


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'Associated with Pharaohs, goddesses, gods and more, I have been revered, but I’ve also been hated. I’ve been mocked and called revolting, and I’ve been immortalised in mythology for hundreds of years. Do you know what it is to be hated and loved? I take it in my stride. I can live on the filthiest of wisdoms and when someone tells me to ‘eat shit’ I will tell them ‘gladly.’

I accept myself wholly, filthy habits and all, but can you say you do the same of yourself? What use is shame in a world where we all shit and die and turn to rot? I intimately know how short life is, how necessary death, and a vulture like me has little time for shame. I am unabashedly myself, and the gods have loved me for it.

Besides, sometimes you have to get your hands dirty to understand what you’re dealing with. Sometimes you need to know how to problem solve or apply your mind or dig your hands into compost and manure to know how to nourish yourself. Personally, I’d rather eat the garbage, but each to their own. If you come to me, do so with respect – I am worshipped. Leave your shame at the door, and if you can’t manage that, well- Let me teach you how to discard it.’

Keywords:

Life and death. Goddess and god energy. The wisdom of hills, plains and open, dry spaces. Patience. Ranging out. Soaring. The upperworlds and upperworld mythologies. Eat shit and live. Unusual interests. Your relationship to disease, decay and filth. Get your hands dirty. Cleverness. Problem solving. Shame is useless. Connection to Nekhbet, Mut and some Pharaohs. Connections with royalty. Sacredness. The life and death cycle. Sky wisdom.


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Watercolour pencil / pencil / ink / metallic and iridescent acrylic -> Crescent cold-pressed illustration board ->  18.5 x 20.5 cm (or 7.2 x 8 in).

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European Badger with Knotwork as Totem
Meles meles


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‘Well! Which version of me do you want, anyway? The gruff, stubborn creature you met on TV once? The soft family creature that buries its dead that you read about in an article? I hope you’re strong enough to learn the truth. First things first, we’ll get comfortable in my home, do you have a den of your own? You should! What a terrible oversight, if you don’t. And do you know what it is to be steadfast? To value generational wisdom? Do you care for what you pass onto the world and into nature? Do you know what it means to be a warrior? Or how many kinds of warrior there are?

It seems like you have a lot to learn, and perhaps it seems overwhelming, but this is why we have our dens in the first place. To rest in the dark, amongst each other, warm and close. Strong and fierce if need be, but loyal and devoted too. I suppose, if you want to spend time with me, you’d best be ready for a long-term friend, I am no fair-weather fellow!’

Keywords:

Earth dog. Possessing a temper when stirred. Tolerance. Home sweet home. Warrior energy and warrior mythologies. The warrior. Strength. Loyalty. Devotion. Staying close to safe spaces. Developing tolerance and acceptance of others. Steadfastness. Generational wisdom. Passing knowledge to your progeny. Valuing heirlooms. Inverting a situation to understand its wisdom. Inversion. Shapeshifting. Local folklore and wisdom. A persistent relationship to pop culture.

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Watercolour pencil / pencil / ink / metallic and iridescent acrylic -> Crescent cold-pressed illustration board ->  18.5 x 20.5 cm (or 7.2 x 8 in).

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Black-Striped Burrowing Snake
Also known as Vermicella calonotus


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‘So it’s true, I have been described as one of the most attractive snakes in the whole of Australia, but I think most haven’t heard of me, and I like it that way. I gleam bright to warn others to stay back, because I don’t like to live a harsh life. The dark is quiet and good, but even better are the refuges beneath rocks and tree-stumps, in the sandy soil. I like nothing more than to be cosied up in the belly of the desert, my own belly full and my eggs growing strong. I’ll bite if you keep pushing at me, but in truth I just wish to live my own truth in my own way. This land around me, Banksias and soil and tasty worm lizards, it keeps me bright and beautiful and connected to night secrets. I’m surprised when anyone wants to slither with me for a time, but if you’re quiet and respectful, I’ll take you into the earth and show you what it is to be a nocturnal snake that enjoys the damp soils after rain. We can listen to the Banksia leaves whisper to each other, and learn the deeper secrets of a bushland as oft overlooked as I am.’

Keywords:

Maintaining attraction for the self. Not what people expected. Micro and macrocosm. Connection to Banksia woodlands. Sand wisdom. Circles and spirals. Humility. Art informed by truth. Creativity. Intimacy with the night and dark places. Affinity for caves and subterranean environments. Preferring gentleness over harshness. Appearance as boundary. Rain and night magic.

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Watercolour pencil / pencil / ink / metallic and iridescent acrylic -> Crescent cold-pressed illustration board ->  18.5 x 20.5 cm (or 7.2 x 8 in).

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Pride

I AM PROUD

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(Disclaimer: This discusses views that work for ME, and is not meant to be proscriptive to how other people deal with their paths on this journey at all. If you do it differently, that's awesome. *thumbs up*)

I was talking to my therapist Thursday about how weird it is to watch people getting so angry at my cancer. Tell me to fight it. To battle it. Crying 'fuck cancer.' Scribbling their thoughts onto the whiteboard they think is me, when none of those things are my philosophy at all...

Here's my perspective: If you treat the body as a battlefield, you will lose, even when you win. It's not a coincidence that people get so many war-based mental illnesses from waging war on their own bodies. That's why - in part - we have cancer-based PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc. Our language is based in war and battle. 'Fight the flu!' 'Beat the cold!' 'Battle cancer!' 'Destroy toxins!' It is based fundamentally in destruction and death instead of in supporting the body. Not 'How to Support Your Body When You Have the Flu' but GO TO WAR, GO TO WAR NOW.

My body is not a battlefield, thanks. I'm not fighting a war. I'm not *angry* at my body for genetically doing what it knows how to do (grow tumours), I'm *grateful* that it's still stopping me from growing even more tumours. I want to support myself, not fight myself. I'm learning how to support my body, and your war and battle metaphors are not - intrinsically - supportive. I don't need a flamethrower to direct at myself. I don't need to shake my fist at my genetics. Do I wish it was different? Of course! But hey guess what, it's not.

My body, as with all nature, does what bodies and nature do - it gets sick, it gets diseased, it continues to try and live, it supports itself through illness, sometimes it gets weaker or stronger. Sometimes it lives or dies. That's not a war, my friends. That's life.

This Copper Forest illustration I've been working on, was intentionally a forest that's ill and sickened. The trees have galls. There's almost no leaves. Branches have fallen. Yet there is so much LIFE here, and dare I say it, BEAUTY. Do you want to go to war with that forest?

My body is like The Copper Forest. It is sickened. It has cancer/tumours (like galls). But there is so much life here. So much beauty. I'm not angry at myself. I'm not at war with myself. I'm not in a battle of 'life and death.' I'm just living as best I can, and supporting myself too.

I will treat my tumours and I will support my organs, my soul and I feel honestly very content about it all. I'm not happy I have cancer, but I don't feel like the process I'm going through is different to any other life process. Why go to war, when I can walk through the woods.

Instead of throwing your war/battlefield metaphors at me, throwing your vehement anger at my body (the tumours are grown by it after all). I invite you to come walk through the woods with me, and see what we find together.

That's what I think support looks like.

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(Specific update: one of the tumours has grown 5 millimetres, which doesn't sound like much, but there's not all that much room in the neck for two tumours, and I see the radiation oncologist in two weeks. It looks like this will be the year I start radiation / Cyberknife radiosurgery! Exciting and somewhat terrifying times).

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And my year from diagnosis anniversary:

A year ago today, I was diagnosed with multiple paragangliomas.

A glomus vagale paraganglioma (Thelma), a carotid body paraganglioma (Louise), and either a glomus jugulare or glomus tympanicum (Caramello). My koalas clinging to arteries, and feeding like vampires off my blood. (Or, as I like to call them at times, ‘those little fuckers’).

In the year that has followed, I’ve had many MRIs, one PET scan, multiple CT scans, a lot of bloodtests, and seen a lot of surgeons, specialists and been on a lot of websites. My team of specialists (Radiation Oncologist, Endocrinologist, Neurosurgeon, Vascular Surgeon, ENT Surgeon) are my boy band. They’re great. The nurses and radiologists that have helped me are incredible.

In the year that has followed we went from rushing headlong into surgery, before a brutal crashing to earth where I was told very frankly that the risks of death were too high for one surgeon to be comfortable doing it. Again and again, we were told that the risks were just brutal, and the permanent side effects (the ones that cannot be avoided) were frightening. Loss of voice. Loss of swallowing. Deafness.

They also didn’t guarantee the tumours wouldn’t return, and don’t include the removal of tiny Caramello.

So we learned about Cyberknife stereotactic radiosurgery and Gamma Knife. We learned about lutate and other chemotherapy options. We know about trials here in Western Australia and in the USA and elsewhere. I watched webinars and livestreams of the 2017 Para/Pheo International Symposium. A getting together of some of the best specialists in the world, on one of the rarest types of tumour in the world, that cannot be graded.

I’ve talked to patients in other states. I’ve talked to nurses and doctors in other states. I’ve become a Moderator of the Australia and New Zealand Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma Support Group. I spend a lot of time there, even when I seem inactive here.

I’ve been told to eat more. Eat less. Alkalise my body. Go ‘keto.’ Juice. Fast. Spend thousands of dollars on snake oil treatments. I’ve been told to be angry, be furious, be sad, be happy, feel lucky that it’s not a ‘bad cancer,’ feel terrified, feel like the way I think about my cancer will kill me, feel enlightened. I’ve been told that ‘my friend who did this one thing amazingly went into remission so you should also do this one thing’ even though none of those friends have ever had neuroendocrine cancer. I mostly just continue to do my own thing.

I’m doing well. I have bad days, but I had bad days before I was diagnosed. In the space of a year, I have learned to love myself more (happy valentine’s day, me) and love others more (happy valentine’s day, loved ones). I’m happier about my body. It keeps me alive! (Well it tries anyway). I’ve become more social. I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words, and reached thousands of people, and my Patreon account is active again. I’ve done art I’m proud of. Talked to people who make me laugh and who I love and adore. I’ve finished the Bardic Grade in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and am about to commence the Ovate Grade.

I’ve gotten to enjoy epic sunsets and cloud formations in Ellenbrook. I get to see kangaroos on a weekly basis. I love the cats. I get to spend time with loved ones. I’ve spent the year enjoying old favourite cuisines and finding new ones. Hey Gusto Gelato exists and it’s in Perth! I’ve enjoyed Instagram and generally loathed Facebook. I’ve spent amazing moments with friends. I’ve re-established a habit of meditating. My basil’s growing really well. The words generally flow, the brush responds to my fingers, and I can still speak in my own voice and sing when I want to.

There’s a lot of things I still want to do and achieve, but hey, I’m here to hope about the future, think about the past, exist in the present. That’s a good thing.

And so, my life is going well. So while it’s a strange anniversary to mark, I prefer to think of it as the day where I’m still alive, goddamnit, and that’s a wonderful thing indeed.
  • Listening to: Manchester Orchestra
  • Reading: Australia's Best Science Writing 2017
  • Watching: Studio Ghibli
  • Playing: Starbound
  • Drinking: Green Smoothie

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Ravenari
Pia Ravenari
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
Australia
I am a 'stay-at-home' artist with post-traumatic stress disorder with heavy dissociative characteristics thrown in. I have a distinct, and unique style which is being added to (and subtracted from) every day. I tend to express my love of the animal kingdom, or my darker themes regarding childhood and traumatic experiences in my art.

Current Residence: Perth, Western Australia
Favourite genre of music: Sadcore, Indie, Alternative
Favourite style of art: I don't know what my style is, but I like it enough to do it all the time.
MP3 player of choice: Winamp
Favourite cartoon character: Howl from Howl's Moving Castle. He is sexy.
Personal Quote: if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.
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Kizzydreaming9 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018
I really love your art, it's amazing! 🙂
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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specialized666 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hi, have an awesome day :happybounce:
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Social-Misfit Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018
I love that every time I come back here after a break,  you're always still doing amazing things, no matter how long I was gone :)
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty much doing totem art and stuff forever heh
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dbgold Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Lots of Love to one of my favorite artists, Ravenari! I adore my familiar animal prints, and pillow; and dragon mini originals, from this artist. Be well. @ Dgold
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so so much <3
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JJPoatree Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing gallery! Love your work!
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3
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