Painting intuitively I don’t plan what to create. Using various meditative techniques I try emptying my mind so I can tap into my inner craving for colour, texture and flow. The images that come up often surprise me.
In this case I really had no idea why this “Moon Priestess” appeared in my dreams and canvas. After googling “Moon Priestess” I came upon a Wikipedia article about Enheduanna, the High Priestess of the moon god Nanna in the Sumerian city-state of Ur, 23rd century BC. She created a collection of hymns known as the “Sumerian Temple Hymns” which makes her one of the earliest authors and poets known by name in world history. Can it be a coincidence that this painting came to me just as I started working on my second book? Being not only the earliest known poet in world history, but also one of the earliest women known to history, Enheduanna has received substantial attention in feminism.
I might be over-interpreting and looking for context where there is no correlation, but this daily dose of magic makes me feel happy, alive and curious. The sea of the collective unconscious is deep and full of mystery and there are still many white spots on the map of understanding our minds. Even though I have been involved in this kind of work since an early age I still find it a bit spooky as I merge in awe, trust and curiosity to observe the flow behind and beneath life in all its various forms and colors.
It took many bold strokes, keeping up with my dream journal and some late night meditation to create this painting.
The Moon Priestess was my second intuitive painting on a large canvas – 100 cm x 100 cm – that I decided to show to the world (the first one was Compassion Meditation).