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If we surrendered to the earth's intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees. -Rainer Maria Rilke
It's time to update the Animate Earth deck of elemental images. Seven new earth-born beings are ready to step into the fold, including the golden beauty above. The wild and curious Elementals are an expression of the animate forces, energies and currents of earth's generative aliveness. These characters emerge from photos I have taken of wood, plant, stone, fire and water.
Personification is the heart's mode of knowing. -James Hillman
Since November of 2010 I've been touring throughout the US sharing the elemental images in participatory performances at schools, conferences, churches and community spaces. Hundreds of participants have explored the soulful qualities of these fascinating characters, giving an imaginative voice to the Elemental that whispered their name most clearly. The images in the deck have been used as a writing prompt in college classrooms and workshops, as an ice-breaker for group gatherings, a therapeutic tool for family constellation work and for personal exploration and contemplation. It's sort of like earth's own abstract Tarot deck. I love the group of new Elementals that are seeking to join the clan and think they'll add a nice flow of beauty, grace and deepening complexity to the mix.
Here's some response to the current Deck:
Just to say that I received your Earthanima cards of the Elementals, and they are AMAZING! My friend and I spent some time with five or six of them last night, and it is so beautiful how they slowly and shyly reveal themselves as you remain quietly with them. Thank you so much for your work, Thomas!
I ended up gifting the set of cards I bought from you and the recipient was blown away...so I'm going to need to order more.
Hi Thomas.... The cards just arrived!! They are so BEAUTIFUL. They feel alive. Honestly they are in a whole different league from anything else I've seen out there in the way of cards.....both in the quality of the production and definitely the images. Thank you so much!!
Thank you for taking us into this intimate, radiant earth temple. It's an inspired celebration of the living earth, a beautiful dance of heaven, earth and human, evoking depth and wonder.
My plan is to get the cards made and mailed to you in time for Christmas. They come packaged in a sturdy little box and would make a great gift. I'll try to get the prints out as well, but that's much less certain, unless it's clear in the first few days that we'll meet the goal. (If you order a print/deck combo I will mail out the deck separately if the prints aren't ready for shipping.) Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition, so if we don't reach the goal, you will not be charged for your pledge and the new Elementals will have to wait for another day to move into the world. I invite you to share this link with your social networks. Your enthusiasm for the Earthanima Project is by far the best way to generate support for the work.
I extend my deepest gratitude to all of my friends, family and allies who have supported me over these years of exploration and discovery. I feel blessed beyond measure. Being an independent artist nomad is a challenging and interesting path to take in our culture. I am devoted to creating a more grace-filled, empathic and caring culture around our relationship with the astonishing diversity of life and energetic potentials of our home planet. Facilitating a soulful relationship and imaginal conversations with the soul of earth as expressed by the Elemental beings of Earthanima is one of the ways that I know to do this.
The funds raised here will be used to buy new cards for the deck and also replenish my supply of prints that I sell at Earthanima events to support my face-to-face community offerings. The nature of my artistic gift seeks alignment with your sense of gratitude for the simple moments of beauty, joy and inspiration discovered in the aliveness hidden in plain sight in the trees, stones, forests, rivers and oceans of the world. If you are able, please pledge now for the reward of your choice. I would be delighted and honored to share these cards with you. Thank you for your encouragement and support.
For the love of earth and other, Thomas
Here's the Earthanima webpage: http://earthanima.net/
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9x12 PRINT OPTIONS
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16x16 MANDALA PRINT OPTIONS
You will be able to choose your print(s) once we reach our goal.
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This is the back design on all of the cards....
Here's to discovering places of wonder, awe and soulful aliveness upon our astonishing planet.
Risks and challenges
The risk I see is in getting the rewards in the mail for you to give as a gift for the holidays. Other than that I think we're totally good to go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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