Symbols and Meaning in Art

by Alison Price

Symbols and Meaning in Art

 

“I saw an angel in the marble, then carved and carved to set her free.” Michelangelo

 

Allow me to share with you my experiences as an artist and an astrologer. I have been combining astrology and art for many years. Now I am happy to have found RedBubble to showcase my original art pieces for you.

The world has moved on, and in the digital creation arena is where I feel compelled to express myself. From my creator studio in downtown Vancouver, I enjoy expressing myself via the colourful creations I produce.

Symbolic Language

The language of astrology is created through the symbols and glyphs that are used in astrology charts. These complex shapes and sigils, when skillfully combined, will make sentences which ultimately tell a story. 

Your personal astrology chart, and the symbols and patterns they contain, can help you explore the deeper meaning of your life through the symbolic language of astrology.

When the symbols are in your chart, it will be the story of your life. This is exciting isn’t it?

These symbols, or glyphs, convey meaning more than the actual shape. Glyphs have inherent properties that can be used to elevate your understanding of your life, and the world around you.

In your chart the synergy effect is present. Now one plus one equals three, or the sum of the whole is greater than the parts. Powerful.

I use traditional astrological glyphs in my artistic designs to bring them into mainstream consciousness for everyone.

Night Sky Dreams Pattern

We are but a small part of the huge universe. Many galaxies, stars and planets bring the positive energy of the universe to life. This is where life is lived to the full.

The vast dark space between the stars is the negative energy. Between the two opposites of light and dark, or positive and negative, the universal energy is in balance and mathematically adds up to zero.

My new “Night Sky Dreams” pattern is a piece that combines the sign symbols with other well-loved icons of the sky. 

The deep purple background symbolizes the night, and the negative, as it contrasts sharply with the brilliant white light of life as shown by the stars.

I avoided black to accent this piece by choice. I interpret purple as a secondary colour that is both rich and mysterious, without the connotation of a darker side of life which a midnight black shade implies.

My Starz

As an astrologer and artist I love what I do. For those of you who have supported me in the past thank you, and if you have just discover my creations, then welcome.

If you enjoy my work please give me a “like” and follow me, so you know when I post a fresh new creation.

If you want to know more about my process, you can watch my YouTube channel Starzology where I discuss the art or astrology and how you can benefit from knowing a little astrology. 

Have a prosperous day,

Alison ⭐️


 

Make Your Own Astrology Wheel of Fortune

by Alison Price

Learn Astrology with a Wheel of Fortune

I used to teach a class about the real basics of astrology.

This was a class for beginners with not even a whiff of technicality or astrologese or astrology jargon.

It was about a lot of getting to know what astrology is and what it is not.

Ii was during this time that I created this special project to make a Wheel of Fortune (that’s what I’m calling it) for the students. It is quite easy and you can do it yourself.

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Sign Slice Astro Art Template Download

This wheel is made up from twelve “slices” just like the slices of a pizza. Each slice is 30° wide and therefore is exactly one zodiac sign.

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Here is your template so you can make your own astrology wheel of fortune. You can download the PDF file below (which is the recommended way to go as it is easier to print), and use it later.

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How to Construct Your Wheel

  • Print 12 sheets, so that’s one page for each sign.
  • Add your own keywords and notes to each sign.
  • Colour in as much as you like.
  • Cut the slice out leaving the tab on.
  • Carefully layout all the signs in the right order.

 

The signs in order anticlockwise are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

 

  • Tape the slices lightly at the front with small pieces of masking tape just to hold it.
  • Turn it over and magic tape the slices together.

Note: Take your time as the slices can be tricky.

  • When completed glue the whole wheel onto a sheet of cardboard or Bristol board for support.
  • Cut with scissors and trim to 5mm to the edge of the circle.

Hang the finished astrology wheel by a centre pin so that it can rotate, because you read each sign when it is at the bottom and the signs can be read from all around.

How to Use the Wheel of Fortune

You should place your wheel on the wall near your desk and where you do your astrology work. In this way, it becomes as inspiration and a memory jogger for when you forget things.  

Remember to send me a photo of your completed wheel and I will publish it on this post later.

There is no time limit.

Enjoy being creative and learning at the same time.

Keywords to Use

Many astrology keywords are well known and you should add these to your wheel.

When you discover a new word to describe the signs you can add them to your wheel. This is how you interpret astrology and not how I do, or the next guy does.

Be your own astrologer and develop the art so that it speaks to you.

Why stray from the true and tested keywords? Because we want to hear your voice coming through in your interpretations.

If you ask ten artists to paint a picture of an apple they will all produce a painting that represents an apple. Maybe Picasso’s apple is a bit odd but it is still an apple how he sees it.

It is the same with astrology. Every astrologer can read a chart, but each one brings their own flair to the reading. Your own words are important and this is why you need to develop your own words as well.

How we Learn as Things Change

Back in the day I was taught that the eighth house was to do with death. But I prefer to read it as a transformation either of the mind, body or the finances.

Now, blood donors and blood donations (other people’s resources) are shown in your eighth house.

Greek astrologers or even those in the last century may not have experienced blood donors (or had the ability to benefit from blood donation) but we have this today.

It’s the same with Facebook being in the eleventh house. Social media and being “friends” with others is an eleventh house thing. But ten years ago FB was unknown.

Always Interpret in Your Own Words

Yes, you need to use the usual keywords to start with as you learn astrology. It is the language of astrology. But as you develop your own astrological voice I urge to use your own words. This may take a while but I encourage you to take ownership of the astrology you do.

If you want a cookie-cutter reading you can go to the internet and find a free site that prints preprinted pages of interpretations.

But, if you want to be a good astrologer you need to do your own thing. Your own thing comes from the internal dynamics of your own chart.

Be yourself. Don’t be just a human computer churning out information with no discernment for the value of what you produce, rather be yourself.


Astrology Art – Colouring-In for Grown Ups

Relaxing Astrology Art

The craze for adult colouring books knows no limits.

Many people are joining in, picking up a crayon, staying between the lines to colour beautiful images, pictures and mandalas as recreation. 

(BTW this is product of Saturn in Sagittarius – exploration within boundaries.)

There is even a Meetup in Vancouver called Vancouver Colouring. It has over 300 members and is going from strength to strength.

This year I received one of these book from my fabulous sister as a gift. Does she think I need to relax, take it easy and chill? Possibly…

When I attend lectures I often find myself doodling in the margins as the speaker talks and I thought about this for a while and at my workshops and lectures.

When I taught every evening and four classes a week my students would come to class with their binders and stuff their notes from class into them. It occurred to me that they could do with a nice cover page for their binders so I created this page specifically to be colored in.

Each student was able to do their own color combination and it became a component of the classes.

So now I give each astrology class student or workshop attendee one of original astrology themed colouring pages.

I want to share this with you now and offer you a free PDF download of one of my astro art pages.

You don’t have to but it’s there it is if appeals to you.

Below is the drawing that you can download and colour in to your heart’s content. This first one is called Astro Art Cover 1.

 


Aspiring Astrologer Cover Page

The idea is that you write your name in the space at the bottom and use this as the cover for your astrology binder (or file).

If you are new to astrology you may not see the subtlety of the symbols peppered about this page but they will all be revealed as you learn about this exciting craft of astrology.

If you are an aspiring astrologer then you probably have a few journals, files or binders where you keep all of your exciting astrology notes, class notes, snippets and information.

There is so much to learn. I get it. It can be overwhelming at times. I have created a front cover for you to use for your astrology journal.

All you have to do is download it and colour it in to your heart’s content. 

Get your copy of the Aspiring Astrologer Colour-in Cover Page by clicking this link 

I’m calling these images and diagrams Astro Art and until I get a better name I’ll stick with that. #astroart

How to Colour in

You can do felt pen, pen and ink, pastels or primaries. It’s up to you.

If you like you can do more than one copy.

Now you can always have something to doodle on when you find yourself in a long lecture.

If you take a class with me you will get this image as well.

Share

When you have completed your Astrology Art cover page please share it with us use the hashtag #starzart and send me a copy and I’ll put it up for the readers to admire.

I can’t wait to see what you can do.

This year I plan to have more images for you to color in and they are coming out soon so get those crayons sharpened.