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Dominique Carter. 24 years old. Self-taught. Visual Artist. Divine. Feminine Art.
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Waist Beads and My Inspiration: Ajanta Cave Paintings

These waist beads were inspired by the sensual, natural and naked expression of women in the Ajanta Caves. The amazing Ajanta Caves, which are located in India, are monuments filled with paintings and sculptures that reflect Buddhism.
More than any type of art, ancient art inspires me the most.
There is beauty in preservation.

A goddess is continually pregnant with possibilities and gives birth to her ideas and dreams. She will consciously create her ideal life and lives according to her own definition of happiness. She knows what she wants, sets fulfilling purposes, and has the courage to follow through.

Unlike Fall and Redemption theology, which is dominant today, Creation Spirituality is not patriarchal, but is feminist. It believes ecstasy, eros, and passion are not curses but blessings. Creation Spirituality emphasizes beauty, not self-denial. It believes compassion, justice and celebration are the goals of spirituality. It empha­sizes creativity over obedience. It believes humans are essentially divine …

—Matthew Fox

outkast:

Outkast Art by Dominique Carter 

outkast:

Outkast Art by Dominique Carter 

“Jijida History”

To prep for a rites of passage ceremony, mothers would adorn their menstruating daughters hips and waist in beads. As you can see, they are very elaborate. Aside from the visual beauty of beads, many of the women who made waist beads were affluent with the healing nature and symbolism that they possess.

“Jijida History”

To prep for a rites of passage ceremony, mothers would adorn their menstruating daughters hips and waist in beads. As you can see, they are very elaborate. Aside from the visual beauty of beads, many of the women who made waist beads were affluent with the healing nature and symbolism that they possess.

“Taking the time to offer yourself gifts and practicing self love provides comfort and protection.”

I enjoy the wealth of empowerment I receive when I connect with myself. There are moments when some of those empowering connections are considered to be taboo… Like menstruation… I have always been energetic towards my cycle. Since the rise of patriarchy, basic biological, feminine features have been suppressed. Fortunately, this negative infliction towards menstruation has not always been a case. Women and men around the world once embraced menstruation as a resourceful inclination of a potential childbirth, renewal, and life. Blood has always been a powerful medium. What makes our menstruation special is that the blood shed doesn’t stem from harm. Instead, it stems from the blessings of human life.

“Ancient people recognized that a woman’s womb is conjunction with the moon (menstrual cycles) and earth (life nurturing). Like the nourishment of the earth onto plant life, blood nourishes life inside of the womb.” How beautiful is that? 

Since menstruation marks a new potential life cycle, our periods are the perfect time to creatively start fresh and birthed new ideas.

Very much like my ancestors, this particular set of waist beads were created as a tool with the intent to intuitively aid women who are menstruating. (Keep in mind that you can wear them at any moment in your cycle. Explore and be creative!)

“Taking the time to offer yourself gifts and practicing self love provides comfort and protection.”

I enjoy the wealth of empowerment I receive when I connect with myself. There are moments when some of those empowering connections are considered to be taboo… Like menstruation… I have always been energetic towards my cycle. Since the rise of patriarchy, basic biological, feminine features have been suppressed. Fortunately, this negative infliction towards menstruation has not always been a case. Women and men around the world once embraced menstruation as a resourceful inclination of a potential childbirth, renewal, and life. Blood has always been a powerful medium. What makes our menstruation special is that the blood shed doesn’t stem from harm. Instead, it stems from the blessings of human life.

“Ancient people recognized that a woman’s womb is conjunction with the moon (menstrual cycles) and earth (life nurturing). Like the nourishment of the earth onto plant life, blood nourishes life inside of the womb.” How beautiful is that?

Since menstruation marks a new potential life cycle, our periods are the perfect time to creatively start fresh and birthed new ideas.

Very much like my ancestors, this particular set of waist beads were created as a tool with the intent to intuitively aid women who are menstruating. (Keep in mind that you can wear them at any moment in your cycle. Explore and be creative!)

"Coming Home" by Dominique Carter

"Coming Home" by Dominique Carter

Mary. 18x24. Acrylic 
by Dominique Carter

Mary. 18x24. Acrylic
by Dominique Carter

Magickal Uses of Myrrh

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Planetary association: Moon

Deity Association: Isis, Adonis, Ra, Marian

Gender: Feminine

Element: water

Myrrh is a Goddess plant of the Moon’s sphere, sacred to Isis. Burned as incense, myrrh purifies the area, lifts the vibrations aids contemplation and meditation and creates peace. However, it is seldom burned alone; usually in conjunction with frankincense or other resins. 

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