The 3rd incarnation of The Oracle of Initiation-NEW images

This is so exciting. These are some of the recent  retrievals from my catalog of 30,000 Painted Body photographs that are the images within my original divination deck, The Oracle of Initiation. http://www.OracleofInitiation.com  It is so incredible to see a project evolve, and three and a half years into it get some fresh perspective. When…

Completed EVENT: Our Temples Illuminated Workshop-Women’s Journeys into Their Sacred Inner-Landscapes

Our Temples Illuminated Women’s Journeys into Their Sacred Inner-Landscapes You are invited to deeply engage with the contours & pathways, the peaks & valleys of your own glowing inner-potential in this inspiring new workshop by Melissa Weiss Steele What do you yearn to fill your Temple with? Is your life missing the juiciness, the passion,…

The Series aspect of the work: Sami Graffiti in The Valley of the Moon

The series aspect of the work is some of the most interesting parts of the process.  The photos above are from my Earthen Body series taken in 2007 and 2008. These particular images were taken during a break from a fantastic Sami/ Norwegian/ Norse  Shamanism workshop by Ailo Gaup through Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic…

Energetic Sparkles Surging Down My Chakra’s-How I knew I was called to Create The Oracle of Initiation

On April 6th, 2006 I knew I was called to create my own divination deck. As I sat on my couch in Wedgewood, one of the most intense energetic experiences I have ever felt cascaded down through my Chakras*. So, backing up… at the end of August 2005 I had a major concussion hip-hop roller…

Reclaiming The Erotic

In Audre Lorde’s seminal lecture from 1978, “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” from the book Sister Outsider, she beautifully articulates the essential need to return to living within the broadest reaches of creativity, sensuality and intuition. This piece was crafted during the seventies when some Feminists had their own  ‘Backlash” again the…

Sacred Adornment-The Altar-ing of Self

In my Painted Body photography series for The Oracle of Initiation deck, sacred adornment is a central part of the process.  The talismanic jewels and natural objects I decorate myself with are as altar-ing as the painting itself. The feathers, scarves, crystals & bones all carry an energy and power that radiates beyond their physical…