Finding beauty in the dark night of the soul

Finding beauty in the dark night of the soul

The medieval Spanish mystic John of the Cross could never have guessed that, over 400 years after he coined the phrase Dark Night of the Soul, it would come to represent an awakening rite of passage in a modern world scarcely recognisable from his own.  The medieval...
Black ayahuasca, Job and the mountains

Black ayahuasca, Job and the mountains

“Can black ayahuasca be healing? I would suggest it’s for the things most profoundly rooted, covered over by layers and layers of wild growth; where what is most dense, humid and cloying can outlast time, or at least a parent’s bones. Black ayahuasca is...
Francis: The radical renunciate

Francis: The radical renunciate

Francis of Assisi is often depicted as a lover of animals and nature, an innocent figure of child-like enthusiasms at stark odds with the credos of a spiritual revolutionary. He became the model for first card I created, signifying, above all else, the renunciation of...
Transition, crisis and surrender

Transition, crisis and surrender

I like the fact that awakening is a gerund — an –ing word that looks like a verb but acts as a noun. There is no certainty where I might be placed on this open-ended verb-noun spectrum and, to be honest, I am still resistant to rouse myself from the seductions of...
Moses: A man for troubled times

Moses: A man for troubled times

The age-old story of Moses and his exclusion from the Promised Land, just when the new world appeared so unbearably close, offers a potent symbol for our chaotic times. The age-old story of Moses and his exclusion from the Promised Land, just when the new world...