cygnus-collage-s2crossing north
on the road of souls
healing moon
reflects a
golden swan dreaming music
in between the stars

Many Native American tribes consider the Milky Way to be the pathway where souls travel to the spirit world.  The Northern Cross, part of the constellation Cygnus, points towards the Milky Way.

swan river

Sue Vincent’s luminous and mysterious photo prompt this week gave me another reason to consider the stars.

Swans are symbols of transformation.  They have been seen as forms of souls, messengers between worlds that accompany souls on their journey, or even shape-shifted angels.  “Swan song” is not just a random expression–it comes from the belief that swans sing a beautiful song whenever someone dies.


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27 responses to “Cygnus”

  1. Jodi says :

    Ooooooo and aaaaahhhh. Brilliant!!

  2. colorpencil2014 says :

    Fantastic work! You are so right: a black back ground gives a different atmosphere! Xo Johanna

  3. Sue Vincent says :

    Gorgeous…as always. I love the artwork this week too.

  4. Claudia McGill says :

    Contemplative and somehow timeless.

  5. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    Wow, nice! The black creates such a wonderful drama to it. Lovely! 😍

  6. moonminded says :

    That’s actual stitching, right? It is so effective as the Milky Way and as a path mapped for souls to travel.

  7. memadtwo says :

    The swan reminds me of a kite. Hope I see one soon. I could use a little transformation. Nice piece!

  8. Jennifer G. Knoblock says :

    I love the thought of a “healing moon” and “dreaming music/in between the stars”

  9. robbiesinspiration says :

    This is so lovely and unique. I tweeted it on @bakeandwrite.

  10. merrildsmith says :

    Beautiful and magical.

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