An interesting thing having to do with Rebirth and graves came up last weekend. For some reason I wanted to get out my set of Medicine Cards (I'll link to the book later - I'm on the Kindle). They are a set of animal cards with traditional meanings, meant to guide through readings (it gives options for card layouts). Similar to Tarot, the cards needed just show up in your readings. It's not predicting your future or anything like that, more guidance and giving things to think about regarding challenges you may be facing.
So, I did the Butterfly spread, meant to give advice for each stage of a project or undertaking (my art direction). There is a card for the beginning concept Egg stage, the Larva stage (early doing), the Cocoon stage (higher purpose and reason for project), and the Butterfly stage (manifestation).
For the Cocoon stage, I drew the Bat card, right side up (they can be upside down, or contrary, which gives a different meaning - all the other three were contrary). Bat symbolizes Rebirth.
The book states that in Meso-American tribal ritual, the legend of Bat is the symbol of rebirth, and the idea of shamanistic death - a symbolic death to the old ways of life. Traditional initiation involves a ritual death, with physical and psychological tests. One they mentioned involves the initiate digging their own grave and spending a night buried in the earth, with the top of the grave covered by a blanket.
Drawing the Bat card symbolizes the need for a ritualistic death of ways that no longer suit me, old habits and old patterns.
Martha Beck has also written about shamanistic death, a symbolic death of old ways, so that we can move into new ways of thinking and doing, rather than staying stuck in old patterns.
So the drawing for Grave has me buried in the earth, a symbolic death of old ways.
I am sure I will have more to write about this at a later date. As I said:
October = Gathering
BTW I have been putting up all of the #Drawlloween drawings on the wall:
I really like having the daily schedule for drawing. It forces me to get a drawing done. I have gotten into a pattern where I spend the day thinking about the theme, maybe making some sketches. Then after dinner I settle in with the page taped to the drawing board to make the drawing. I used to think I didn't like the pressure of a Drawing a Day, but I think I need a schedule to get work done. There have been evenings - including last night - where I have been so tired I just wanted to quickly sketch something and then finish it later. But it only takes about 10 minutes to sketch in a face! Knowing this, I often ask myself why I don't do a face a day. But the face just to draw a face bored me. It had no purpose. These drawings have a daily theme, therefore they have a purpose. Last night, when I almost quit, it was 8:23 pm. When I had the face sketched in, mostly done, it was 8:32 pm. Then I looked up a human heart to draw - after a burst of energy from the drawing - and finished it out. Photograph, post, and I was done, as my Blue Pill was taking effect (so I could sleep without coughing - ugh still coughing from being sick last week).
I plan to continue this way of working.