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From Tattoo to Book Cover – Sacred Art with Layered Purpose

Kathy's Sacred Tattoo DesignYou may have remembered me posting back in August about the new inspirational book by Kathy Jourdain that was released – Embracing the Stranger In Me: A Journey to Openheartedness.

In that post I mentioned that Kathy would be sharing the story, once she launched her website, behind the creation of her sacred tattoo design (which I was honored to co-create with her) and how it came to be the cover design for her book.

Well, I’m happy to announce that her story behind the artwork that now graces her cover, has just been released yesterday. So I thought I would share it here so you can see how synchronous magick weaves itself into our lives when we choose to embark on a consciously aware journey of life.

Kathy shares her story here:

Not Just Cover Design; It Is Sacred Art



Embracing The Stranger In Me: A Journey to Open Heartedness by Kathy Jourdain is available now from Balboa Press here:

Embracing The Stranger In Me

This title is also available through your local bookseller or preferred on-line retailer. And if you’re in Halifax, Nova Scotia, you can also now find it on the shelves of Little Mysteries.

You can also follow updates about Kathy’s book at her Facebook page: 

Embracing The Stranger In Me

If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at Remember that there is currently a waiting list and price changes are going to be in effect at start of 2014. 

For more information about the process and pricing please visit: What is a Tattoo Design Consultation


A “Spiritual Skin” Design Graces the Cover of Kathy Jourdain’s New Book, “Embracing The Stranger In Me: A Journey to Open Heartedness”

Kathy Jourdain Embracing the Stranger in MeToday I want to briefly share some very exciting news about an inspirational new book that is now available. Not only do I foresee it being another empowering tool that will support many globally, but I am also deeply honored and grateful to have my artwork gracing the cover.

Kathy Jourdain and I connected via Facebook, through a synchronous connection via another sacred tattoo design I created for a shared friend. It was an instant bond right from the onset and it was clear our paths were meant to converge to channel this divinely aligned co-creation. I can’t express enough what an honor it has been to work with Kathy and to experience the beauty of such an amazing bridge worker spreading her light and love all over the world.

From client to friend, I cherish the connection she and I now share, as bridge workers and beyond, as well as cherish all of the amazing soul friendships that I have been blessed to have in my life that the service I do enables me to connect with.

Kathy will be sharing more about the amazing story behind her sacred tattoo, which she also now wears upon her back over her Heart Chakra, once her website is launched here shortly. In the meantime, I would just like to express how meaningful and priceless the work I do is to me, that bridges connections between myself and so many across the globe in deep ways.

As Kathy shares, and I heart and soul-fully agree, “When she gets homesick, it is not for the place she calls home, but for the people she has the privilege of knowing and falling in love with all over the world.”

Beautifully and perfectly put Kathy – my sentiments exactly.

kathy-bookI just received a copy of Kathy’s new book, “Embracing The Stranger In Me: A Journey to Open Heartedness” – published by Balboa Press – A Division of Hay House, in the mail this weekend and was so moved to see and feel the emanation of this stunning cover that seems to glow with such powerful simplicity, the core essence of her story. It was a beautiful, channeled, collaborative co-creation between Kathy, the Balboa Press designers, and myself.

What an amazing gift to receive and more so, was the beautiful, personally signed dedication I found inside the cover from Kathy that truly touched my heart. Thank you Kathy.

I am so looking forward to continuing to read her personal journey, seeded deep in symbolism that threads a woven tapestry of experience – one that we can each find gems of inspiration, empowerment, and support from. After which, I will share a review.

In the meantime, here is a brief overview of Kathy Jourdain’s book:

This is an empowering—though at times heartbreaking—work that seeks to encourage others to embrace their inner selves in the face of adversity. It illuminates how we make meaning of our experiences by the stories we tell and how stories of human tragedy can be transformed through the perspective of soul journey with the potential to shift the shape of your life.

And here are a few of the many wonderful comments from people about Kathy and her book that continue to flow in:

“Reading your book is an intimate exchange between the reader and the book.”

“You are an amazing story teller! I was riveted…”

“This amazing book has made me laugh out loud, weep, ponder, and made my hands sweat and shake…sometimes while reading the same page!”

“I am devouring your book. Opened it this morning and having been reading it ever since. I am touched by your grace, eloquence, and honesty.”

About Kathy Jourdain:

This book took shape and form at the confluence of three significant threads in Kathy Jourdain’s life over five years from 2005 to 2010. One was awakening to a spiritual lineage deeply buried in her consciousness. Another was being confronted by a physical lineage she had no idea existed. The third was discovering how to walk in the world with strength, joy, and compassion and to be powerful in her vulnerability, growing her depth of presence and capacity to do deep, meaningful work in the world.

kathy-book3Kathy is a powerful practitioner of the Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter, a self-organizing, emergent global network living the principles and practices of shared responsibility and shared leadership. It demands that practitioners become increasingly self-aware and present and that they collaborate with others in tackling some of the most pressing issues of our time.

As a global steward of these principles and practices, Kathy is invited into hosting teams and consulting work for increasingly difficult work, primarily in Canada, the United States and Brazil. She shares what she is learning through her writing on her blog, Shape Shift.

She was born in Nova Scotia, was raised there and has lived there all her life. She currently resides in Bedford.

Embracing The Stranger In Me: A Journey to Open Heartedness by Kathy Jourdain is available now from Balboa Press here:

Embracing The Stranger In Me

This title is also available through your local bookseller or preferred on-line retailer. And if you’re in Halifax, Nova Scotia, you can also now find it on the shelves of Little Mysteries.

You can also follow updates about Kathy’s book at her Facebook page: 

Embracing The Stranger In Me

If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at Remember that there is currently a waiting list and price changes are going to be in effect at start of 2014. 

For more information about the process and pricing please visit: What is a Tattoo Design Consultation

New Sacred Tattoo Designs

I was honored to help one of my international clients with creating her first sacred tattoo designs. I was given energy essences and ideas of things my client resonated with and I then imbued it all into two images to capture what she desired.

The first image is of an angel/faery. And can also represent that aspect of the client simultaneously. She wears a beautiful gown made of lotus petals – like an upside down lotus with petals reaching up and out. Lotus are full of spiritual energy, are crown chakra opening and invoke that connection to the Divine, as well as are symbols of purity. The angel/faery has a star at her third eye chakra indicating her intuitive abilities are open and she consciously utilizes it in awareness. The angel is releasing a butterfly – symbol of deep soul transformation, joy, beauty, and even ancestors returning to physicality. There are 3 stars – like pixie dust magick – around the butterfly, to imbue that sense of mystical into my client’s life and 3 is pure joy of creativity in abundance, intuition, magick, creative self-expression, birthing of new things. This image also denotes a connection to nature as evident in the symbolism while also connection to the Source. There is the representation of new beginnings, (as the caterpillar changes into a butterfly and starts a new life). The butterfly is being freed, representing that flight of freedom for my client and is in its authentic beauty. The angel realizes the butterfly is an aspect of herself and so in releasing her, she is honoring and loving the authentic part in herself that needs to be freed. This also represents feminine beauty and strength, grace and joy for life.. my client wants to be more of service to others and helping them, this symbol also represents that openness and willingness to give to others, with arms and hands opened, as they provide loving energy to the butterfly, which can represent All Of Life and the tenderness and devotion given to the fragile, weak, those in need, etc. and healing love given through love and healing hands as they reach out and communicate and connect with others. This symbol also represents releasing fear and trust, and not being afraid to let go and allow, which is evident by the open arms and freeing the butterfly.

The bottom symbol is a combination of multiple symbols in one as well. We have the celtic cross, which represents balance, grounding. The four directions, four elements and mind, body, heart and soul are symbolized by the four arms of the cross. The circle is eternal life and Source/God’s/Universe’s infinite love. Inside the center of the celtic cross I added the symbol called Adinkra, which comes from West African wisdom. This is the Adinkra symbol , Asase Ye Duru (“the Earth has weight”), Mother Earth, It is a symbol of the Divinity of Mother Earth and represents our need to cherish, protect and honor our Earth. It’s a symbol of providence and the divinity of Mother Earth. This symbol represents the importance of the Earth in sustaining life. So this is where I imbued Mother Earth energy and Divine Femininity. I love how this symbol looks like two hearts that come together. So this to me also is representative of love and like two twin souls uniting. Then I added a wreath of leaves around the cross which symbolizes a connection again to earth and nature, but also that eternal life cycle, immortality of the soul, new life and abundance. At the bottom end I crossed two leaves over each other representing integration and moving beyond duality and are pointing downward to root my client to the earth, just like tree roots. At the top I placed the seven pointed star pointed upwards to bring that energy through the chakra system. It is said that the Seven Pointed Star is one of the entrances to the Other Side. By following the seven steps of transformation on the ladder of the visible planets (metals), the symbol joins us with the Whole Universe, bestowing personal spiritual transformation. Also known as the Pleiadian Star or Faery Star, the 7 pointed star is one of the entrances to the spirit realm – the gateway to the Otherworld. Each point on the star represents a pathway, or the 7 rays of manifestation of the Higher Self, as follows: *1st point – Power, Personal Will and Determination. *2nd point – Unconditional Love, Wisdom and Growth. *3rd point – Knowledge and Intelligence. *4th point – Harmony and Tranquility. *5th point – the Powers of Mind and Science. *6th point – Devotion and Honesty. *7th point – Magick. The points blend with each other, nurturing and joining us as one with the Universe, bestowing personal and spiritual transformation.

So I wanted to add a bit of potent magick for my client in everything I created, as well as harmony. I also wanted to create two pieces that complimented each other. I feel that the celtic cross, would be good to place over the root chakra, anchoring and integrating the energy there and bringing the energy up through the 7 pointed star. And the angel and butterfly with lotus are a little more ethereal and can help strengthen that feminine empowerment. Both are strengthening for in different ways. One is more integrated in both feminine and masculine and the other is more of the grace of feminine energy in full graceful and vulnerable strength. The left shoulder or shoulder blade corresponds with the right brain, which is the creative, intuitive, feminine side. So this will benefit and support that energy for my client that they wanted, as well as bring in the magick more and draw upon their gifts. And the other will keep my client integrated, balanced and rooted while being great for manifestation.

Yes, it is quite an intricate weaving of symbolism, these sacred tattoo designs are. I love it!! And am honored to be able to support others in this way.


The Sacred Tattoo Process – Creating the Perfect “You” Tattoo

It’s exciting to bring to life the creations that are flowing with these sacred tattoo commissions, as it is an honor to be able to help support others with manifesting the perfect design that can help enhance their life intents. I just completed this tattoo design of The Dragon Power Symbol for a client, which was an unfolding journey into accessing deeper levels.

This image will be posted larger on the link provided, shortly, and you can also find more design examples by visiting the tattoo gallery here

I get questions a lot about the process of commissioning a tattoo design and what is entailed, so I thought I’d share the info here to help answer those questions.

As a visionary artist, Reiki Master Teacher and intuitive, I am able to tune into a person’s essence and bring to life ideas to mirror creative visions. After countless requests to do custom tattoo designs and people’s desires to have my creations on their skin, I decided to offer this service and have ongoing requests I continuously support. I then finally launched my book, “Spiritual Skin,” which had been nudging me for a few years, as I wanted to help others to understand this sacred process and how tattoo were much more than meets the eye. For more information and how to order your own copy of the book please visit Spiritual Skin ~ Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep

If you have an idea and are not sure exactly how to bring it to life, contact me for help and I will be happy to support your visions, infused with spiritual potency. I will need to know what you have in mind, whether specific or abstract and anything about yourself to help me tune into what would best portray the energy and image that would be most powerfully mirroring for you.

The design process, including consulting, is $125/hour. I only charge for the actual design time, meaning pencil to paper time. The consulting (usually done through emails, sometimes phone), research, meditation, and any extra goodies I add to the process are not part of the hourly. That is just the gifts I add to the very intensive journey. The process of designing is a very intricate, deep, sacred, detailed, time and committed dedication that I take seriously and put my heart and soul into to ensure the right energy and detail that reflects your own heart. Sometimes I am creating out of thin air if a client doesn’t know exactly what they want, and only shares essence qualities, so I then need to figure out how that translates. This sometimes comes exactly right the first time and other times, it comes in stages, as it depends on how clear the energy is that is being channeled. Sometimes it takes time to go deeper and access that pearl that is hidden. It is quite the spiritual process and the more we unravel and dig deeper, the more I uncover the truth below the surface and get through the layers.

Usually tattoos run 1-4 hours to design, from my experience. Intricacy, detail and size will be the deciding factors. Whenever dealing with symmetry it can be a bit more complex and timely as well, so this all is taken into account when estimating time frames. I can usually give close guesstimates, but they can run shorter or a little longer. It is most important we get it right than to rush a process, however, I am mindful of people’s budgets and will work with what you can afford, staying within a timeframe you need, as well as can offer payment plans if necessary.

I require a one hour deposit upfront, as all tattoos take at least one hour, and the balance, due upon our agreement of its closure. Consulting back and forth is no extra charge, nor is the meditating time I do to tune in and receive. I clock my work from start to finish. After we agree, I will begin the design and then once done, email the scanned design to you to see what you think. Many times we get it the first time, but it is not unusual to have a couple tweaks and goes at it. It’s important to get things just right. I don’t charge for a couple of minutes of changes, but if it is more involved than a few minutes of change, or constitutes a redo, then I charge the same rate and of course if it’s partial hour, I charge accordingly as that equates from the normal hourly rate.

The design is done in black and white, meaning pencil, as it is up to your tattoo artist and you to incorporate colors you may desire. This is just the design template that they will use to copy and place on the transfer sheet to your skin, of which they can easily up and down the size on the copier if you end up wanting it sized differently.

The whole process is a magical one and I’m constantly amazed at how synchronously and divinely it always unfolds. It’s like being a catalyst or channel to help bring forth the visions my clients have in manifested form and in so doing, creating magical gateways or portals in a sort of alchemical process.

I am grateful for the opportunity to assist you with your own “spiritual skin” and welcome any inquiries you may have.

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