Thursday, January 01, 2009


new year miracleNew Year Miracle - (Holiday series) - © 2009 Sue O'Kieffe
source image - dandelion gone to seed

When considerng creating a mandala for 2009, I wanted to make one using a basic four rayed structure, because 1/1/2009 breaks down to 4 numerologically (1+1+2+9=13 1+3=4). Fours are the number of structure and stability. During these shaky times we are facing, I think it is good to assume we are stabilized and work towards the change we need to make it so in our lives.

I have been contemplating my intentions and the theme I want to embrace for the coming year. Last year I explored Wonder and Mystery a lot in my art. Not only has my digital art grown in depth, but I have also embraced the non-digital world with gusto. I hope you have discovered my doodle blog in your wanderings. Letting go of my fear of drawing has been liberating and given me the courage to be free to explore whatever I want. Possibilities are limitless!
Well, I had hoped that this would be posted in time to go out with FeedBlitz's Jan 1st mailings, but it didn't and I think it's just as well. As I was thinking and writing upon rising this morning (Happy New Year everyone!), I realized the word I have been looking for is Balance. It has been showing up for a much of this past year with all of my green mandalas. Green is the color of the heart, the fourth chakra, the balance point between mind and body.

When I look at this image, I see the old being swept out and the new being welcomed in.

Balance means
  • being willing to step up to myself
  • being willing to let go of old stories that no longer serve me
  • being willing to change the structures of my life to shift where my life is "out of balance"
  • being willing to keep my heart open while maintaining my boundaries and listening to my gut
  • being willing to become more transparent
  • being willing to share my feelings more honestly
  • being willing to include care of the physical and financial body, as well as the emotional, mental, spiritual, and creative bodies; when one of these is out of balance, the rest of me suffers
  • being willing to investigate ways of opening up and expanding my art business
Last night I heard a local DJ read this article on her radio program about the numerological aspects of 2009. It echoed for me the basic feeling I have at the pit of my stomach that we are shifting into a better, more hopeful year. Take the time to read it. It's good stuff.

~Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas


Lisa Call said...

I'm with you in believing we are moving into a new powerful year.

Happy New Year and best wishes with balance - great word!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the music information Sue. But thanks for more your wonderful inspiration! I believe the new year will be very powerful too. I am working toward more balance and to express my art more in 2009. Your work inspires me so much.
Sarah, keeping warm in Minnesnowda

Unknown said...

Sarah, I feel like I should recognize you, but I don't. Help me out, would you please?

John M. Mora said...

My best for the coming year - great image to start with....take care.


Anonymous said...

oh, another one! Everywhere I am coming upon artists believing this year is (I almost said magical and maybe that's the real word) brings good things! I love this! This mandala is breathtaking - I think it's the white against the green. The colors are so intense but they don't vibrate! Love your list of what balance means to you. I think I'll go do one for my word (discovery). Happy new Year!

The Artful Eye said...

Beautiful start and promise for the New Year!

Very interesting article as well.

I'm confident 2009 will be a year of significant positive change and I'm looking forward to it, balancing all the way.

Kris Cahill said...

Great mandala for 2009, Sue.

I'd add another word to your list, as you have been exhibiting it quite a bit: courageous. I just found your doodle blog, it's wonderful!

When I see a lot of green around someone, it is often a sign of new growth and also healing. Looks like both to me here.

Happy New Year! May 2009 bring you wonderful things.

Kris Cahill said...

I have to add that I am truly enjoying how your work is evolving. I don't know if it's me, but I am finding it softer somehow, and I like that.

The feeling I get is that you are showing the back side too, which you may have hidden before. I mean this more on an energy level than in an actual 3D way. It's a feeling. An opening perhaps, from within.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Sue, I was too vague. I'd asked you for the name of the song, "I love you Buddah too." Thanks again. I feel like I win whenever I visit your site but I'm looking forward to 250! I especially love seeing plants when I look out the window and see snow. I work at a garden center and the growers will start in three weeks.
Sarah in Minnesnowda