She’s mine all mine, til death do us part! The spicy fosters went on to more suitable homes, and this one hasn’t cut or stabbed me much at all. I haven’t loved another soul as much as I love this cat in a LONG time. She hasn’t let me have a solid night’s sleep in months and yet I can’t even be irritated with her. She is the best of cats. Okay, I’ve praised her enough here behind her back, I’d better get back to paying attention to her.
But anyway, yes, I’ve been making these cards off and on since 2005, and they’re 5x7 inches, on mat board. It’s an intuitive collage practice that connects us to our deeper knowing through imagery rather than words. I don’t put photos of mine online since the images are used with neither permission nor awareness of where they came from.
Eventually, ideally, we create a card for each part of who we are that has a place at the decision-making table in our minds (just like the characters in the movie Inside Out, except we have far more of them!). There are also cards representing actual people/places/pets that have significance to us, cards representing archetypes that are influential in our lives, and cards representing Source/God, animal spirit guides, and/or other such entities in accordance with one’s beliefs.
Usually the card gets made, in a meditative space, before knowing what it means or who it is supposed to be; it’s a powerful way to discover and connect with parts of ourselves that we push away or don’t know at all.
Making the cards is therapeutic in itself, but then consulting them for guidance over the years is also very eye-opening and helpful for some people. If you’ve ever done the journaling practice of writing an imaginary letter to yourself from someone whose wisdom you value, it’s kinda like that --accessing our truth from an unconscious part of our minds by coming at it from an angle that bypasses the ego.