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Deborah K. Tash
White Wolf Woman
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So, here it is August 2015; summer and more than half way through a challenging and difficult year. As an artist and poet, on a Shamanic and alchemical path that honors the Sacred Feminine, I have been aware of the difficult and challenging aspects of the Goddess such as Kali and the Phoenix throughout my life. I have learned to embrace change even when I felt like digging in both heels and resisting. It’s not always fun. This year has been fraught with change. I was surprised when the entity that I was channeling in the early 1990s, White Wolf, began to communicate with me during a session of automatic writing. I was working on the beginnings of a new series in honor of my totem animals and spirit allies at the beginning of the year when she came through. She has been communicating with me that way regularly since. She insisted again, as she did in the 90s, that I call myself White Wolf Woman and though I protested at first what still seemed too airy fairy, even for me, I am using that name now and slowly growing into the sense of rightness and empowerment that the name confers.
At the end of January one of my dearest ex-lovers died by his own hand and six weeks later, my dear friend, supporter and videographer of my work, M. Joseph Schaller, died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack in his beloved wife’s arms. He was a treasured friend and true supporter of my art in honor of the Sacred Feminine.
Remembering that the Sacred Feminine encompasses not only the sweet and light aspects of the Goddess but also loss, chaos, darkness and death; being melted down in the cauldron of transmutation, I move forward. In order to till the soil for rebirth and alchemical transformation, I have been allowing my grief full expression in my poetry and art, intent upon honoring, as ancestors, the sixteen friends and family members who have passed out of my life into the spirit realms in the last five years. You can see almost daily postings of poetry, images and photos on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/InHerImageStudio.
I was just at a point where my emotions were beginning to smooth out a bit at the time of my birthday in late May when I discovered that I was part of a series of break ins at my storage facility, Public Storage on Evans Street in San Francisco, where I have three units. The unit where I stored my large paintings was burglarized and though the thieves were caught there was no recovery of lost work. Then again at the beginning of July the unit where I stored my work ready for sale and display was also broken into; the thieves literally kicked in the roll up door dislodging the channel from the wall and apparently handpicked from my boxed and labeled pieces. There were 15 works of my art stolen overall. I am still reeling from this loss, dealing with police reports, insurance forms, possibly contacting the FBI and learning how to make sense of it all while holding the space for alchemical transmutation through embracing chaos and death. Some days are better than others, but I look forward to the time when all of this will translate into new and more profound art. I do trust the process. For more information and for photos of the stolen art click on the sidebar in the upper left hand corner next to this post.
Even in the midst of this chaos and death, my Muse speaks. Here are a couple of mixed media mask and painting pieces that I completed.
Gallery/Reclaiming The Sacred Cunt Project
See the YouTube video for the September AWE Gallery Show for Soft Power/Shamanic Invocation Of The Sacred Feminine with selections from the Reclaiming The Sacred Cunt Project:
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