I was surprised to find myself choosing the Snake for my book project. I've often dreamed of snakes (not always a pleasant dream!) and just the day before, I'd found something beautiful that inspired me: a snakeskin on the labyrinth path where I was walking and praying.
A smart Bishop friend once told me, "God speaks to you in the language that you understand." I find that God speaks to me frequently through imagery - flowers, birds, oceans and now snakeskin. I was reminded of a snake's ability to shed its skin and start over; reminded that the snake is small but powerful.
In times of uncertainty, transition or change, it is normal to feel like you are being tossed about and turned upside down. This book project brought me unexpected relief and reassurance in my own ability to use some strong snake mojo!
I always enjoy working with four-fold books. You start with a large single piece of paper and work all over with colors and patterns. Then you make four folded creases, one cut and then with a magical origami-like maneuver, you have a book! The fun really starts as you add imagery and words on each small page.
In my Snake Mojo book, I added my snakeskin taped into clear plastic, a secret message under a cut spiral, and a colorful velum version of my green snake illustration. I also used a bit of green yarn to tie in a card with some of my labyrinth journaling. You can see the full page unfolded below.
You can see more of my visual journaling pages here.