When the soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience before her and enters into her own image
Meister Eckhart, 12th century Christian mystic and poet
"Flux"– a card from my personal SoulCollage® deck
I am the One in the midst of flux
Wearing a floating halo-of bronze bracts and sepals
I am the One in a world of flotsam
in the presence of half glimpsed levels
The Committee suit
Often referred to as the psychological suit, the imagery in these cards constellates the different, often conflicting aspects of our idiosyncratic personality, whose members are sometimes referred to as the intra-psychic family i.e. the vulnerable me, the courageous me, the zany me.
Example: "Self in transition" card
The Council suit
This suit is composed of archetypal imagery which is more universal. We all share core energy patterns, which can find expression as human or animal metaphors. These archetypes are deeply embedded in our psyches and found at a level Carl Jung refers to as the collective unconscious. These remain steady across time, culture and place and are common to us all i.e. the magician, the crone, the sage, the fool, the witch, the magical child.
Example: "Gaia as universal creatrix" card
The Community suit
This suit is comprised of people (and sometimes our pets) who have given us inspiration and guidance including our respected and loved teachers, family members and ancestors as well as those inspirational figures unknown to us who have acted as guides such as favourite artists, philosophers, actors, writers, spiritual teachers etc.
Example: "Natalie" card
The Companion suit
Each card in this suit is expressed as a particular animal image accessed through a led process of guided visualisation to represent the physical energy located in each of our 7 chakras (vortices or energy channels). It is unusual in being the only suit confined to 7 cards.
Example: "Pelican: throat chakra" companion card
We create each card to symbolise a single core quality, one of the many aspects of our Soul. Seena Frost refers to this core quality as a neter (an Egyptian term).
Neters serve as either allies, guides or companions and emerge from a common Source, (the One), where they transcend their personal qualities.
Source is represented by us in SoulCollage® as 3 Transpersonal cards: Source, Soul Essence and Witness, beyond the realm of the neters.
1. Making the cards: collaging stage
2. Giving the neters a voice: journaling stage
3. Consulting the wisdom of the cards: the reading stage
Making our cards has been described as equivalent to the enjoyable activity of preparing the ingredients for a meal, whilst the subsequent reading phase is likened to the consumption of the meal, and therefore considered to be the fulfilment of the process.
Mary Wyatt: a card from community deck
“Having used collage a great deal previously, I was intrigued to encounter the SoulCollage® approach... After feasting my eyes on the sumptuous banquet of gorgeous images provided and shared, my eyes finally rested on the one image calling me. So began a journey that still unfolds. I can’t express the enormity of the subtle power unveiled and learning gained in using this approach. That, and your wonderful gentle on-going support, sums up the weekend for me.” (Course participant)
“I really enjoyed the making of the cards – it gave me a lot of creative pleasure. I don’t want to minimise this aspect of the process- I found it a deeply enjoyable thing to do. Reading the cards gave me some important insights into a current life issue – it wasn’t that a solution was offered to a very difficult situation but a wiser approach as to how I might be with it… I would love to do more of this.” (Course participant)
Until May 2018 only, we are offering a range of weekend workshops in this approach, including an introduction in September 2017, and a series of follow up weekends to deepen the approach. (See dates/booking/contact page).
You can also access more detailed information, see video demonstrations and order materials on www.soulcollage.com.
Link to Principles of SoulCollage®