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Common Raven as Totem II
Also known as Corvus corax

This is my 500th submission into the 'Traditional Art - Animals' category!!! It's pretty cool that it worked out to be a Raven. :D

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‘I see, I see, you’ve come to me, have you? I’m something of a classic, after all. Did you find me in the literature or in film? Did you hear folklore or superstition? Did you see me in the woods or hear me when you woke? Did your mother whisper of dark folklore? Or did your friend tell you of my magic? Because I’m sure you did hear of me. It seems like everyone has, at least once.

But it’s time to go beyond the stories. The story of myself, the story of yourself, let’s fly beyond them. You can turn to almost any culture where I have lived, and there will be a story. You can view nearly any point in your life and people may have a story about that too. But aren’t you more? And aren’t you ready to learn of your own inner alchemy and how that sparks magic in the world around you?  

We shall go deep into magic, but you’ll need to trust yourself more than you trust me, and I suspect that you may have good intentions but shy away at the last moment. No? We’ll see. I’ve held court with many, but few stay. I’m remembered fondly by those who get to know me. Mostly. It doesn’t concern me. I have my own magic to make beyond the stories. My own love and family and culture to maintain. I am not just your object of mysticism, but a bird of vivid life. Know me. Dare to know yourself.’

Keywords:

Great intelligence. Ideas. Creating new possibilities. Spiritual work. Spiritual heft and insight. Problem solving. Creativity. Being wary of new ventures. Adapting and learning. Teaching others. Culture and technology. Communication and language. Group gatherings. Respect your emotional processes. Psychopomp. Mediator between life and death. The otherworldly bird. Folklore, mythology, superstition and story. Spirituality and connections to other realms. Good news and bad news. Good deeds and bad deeds. False dichotomies. Nothing is what it seems. Immanent and transcendent magic. Mundane and everyday magic. You are more than the surface of you. Go beyond the story of yourself.


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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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Common Green Magpie as Totem
Also known as Cissa chinensis


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‘Hello! Shall we go someplace shaded? A bit quieter? Oh, I love forests, and bamboo, and keeping myself clean. Everything a magpie like me should. I’m probably not like the magpies you’re used to, or maybe you see me all the time! I don’t love the spotlight, but sometimes I’m so curious I just can’t help but be drawn to it! But I don’t like to be caged or captive, no, my feathers turn blue to match the sadness in my heart and the lack of variety in my diet. We need a rich environment to thrive, don’t we? I’m sure you do! Or you wouldn’t be here. It’s time for you to celebrate all the wonderful, different things about the life you live. You can’t live a narrow life, you must live broadly!

I can teach you how to hunt for whatever you need in life! To speak from the heart and to speak vividly. Do you want to be a strong orator? I’ve got you, friend. Are you curious? Not curious enough? Let me hop ahead and promise that it will be okay, even when it’s not, it will still be okay! Are you taking care of yourself? Are you bright minded? Is your heart shining? Come sit by me. I have enough colour to share with you, enough brightness to lend. Let’s shine together.’

Keywords:

The magic of evergreen and bamboo forests. The bright hunter. Finding wisdom in the dead. A glimmer of insight in dense environments. Needing a rich environment. Showing your dissatisfaction. Shady places. Curiosity. Open mindedness. Bold speaker. Growth and new beginnings. Fastidiousness and cleanliness. A bright mind, a vivid heart.

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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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Dratini as Totem
Because I fucking love pop culture magic, my friends.

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Keywords:

Life energy. Leaving your older selves behind. Shedding the old. Sensitivity to pollution and environment. Requiring a clean, pure space in which to thrive. Soft but determined. Compassion towards others. Sensitivity. Providing assistance. A quiet life. Deep waters. Nourishment in the deep. Seclusion. Being of rare nature. Waterfall magic. Water magic. Dragon energy.

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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Grey Treepie as Totem
Also known as Dendrocitta formosae / Member of the Crow/Corvid family.


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'What’s that? You wish to speak to me? Well, I’m busy right now, I have ever so many friends, but would you like to be one of them? I hope you’re ready to join me and many others. It’s time for you to keep your eyes open in your life for all the different people around you. Enjoy their company, celebrate what you have in common and respect your differences, and oh, listen to the trees and leaves around you. Everything is always speaking to you, did you know? The earth, the sky, people, yourself, the trees, the leaves. I’m not going to lie, I know more about what the trees, leaves and birds say, but maybe you need to learn these things too?

Maybe you need to listen to the people around you more. Maybe you need to learn how to listen to subtle messages. Maybe you need perspective. Maybe you need to enjoy the company of others. Maybe you need perspective. Or maybe you already have a full life and you just want some company. Listen, no really, listen. We have so many things to share with you. Me and all the millions of leaves in the world. We have so many things to say.

But only if you wish to hear.’

Keywords:

Tree Speaker. Ogham. Leaf secrets. Whispering leaves. Listen to the subtle messages. Navigating dense situations. Diverse company. Sociability. Enjoying diversity. The company of others. Getting perspective. Many voices. Agility. Quick wit and reflexes. Preferring to be unseen. A subtle cleverness. A full life.

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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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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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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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Ravenari Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
So new it's just pathetic, clearly this will be like figuring out LJ for the first time. *groans*
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