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SoulCollage� Community Update
July 2015  
My Ten Moons Journey
SoulCollage� Through My Pregnancy

by Emily Morter


SoulCollage� has been an important part of my life since I discovered it in 2011, so it was natural to use the card making process prior to and throughout the journey of my pregnancy. Before I became pregnant, I made several cards about wanting to conceive and being frustrated that my husband wasn't ready, cards with titles such as "Let's Do This," "Let It Flow," and "Union."

I had been charting my cycle for months and found it was closely aligned with the cycle of the moon, so when I read about the traditional notion that a pregnancy is ten moons duration, I was quite taken. Once we conceived, I decided to make a card for each of these ten moons.

It was surprising how revealing and raw these cards were. They became a necessary routine, not only to mark the passage of time and growth, but to process the huge emotional shifts I was undergoing. I would often sit with the cards and wonder at the subconscious changes I had been through each month that were apparent in the colors, images, and shapes.

Of course I already knew that SoulCollage� was a powerful process that often reveals feelings that are under the surface, but I was shocked at how much was under the surface in pregnancy. The cards revealed my anger at being invaded, at losing physical and mental space. Fresh memories and connections to my family of origin and childhood resurfaced, feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness. Making and consulting my cards helped me remember the sacredness of pregnancy--which is easy to forget in the nine long months of aches and complaints and feeling so physically overwhelmed.

Reflecting now, two years after the journey began, I see what an amazing cycle pregnancy is. It loops you back to where you started, to the threshold. But you are transformed, like returning from a labyrinth or spiraling around an orbit that is constantly moving forward.

I often pull these cards in my readings and they still hold so much, more layers of meaning for this new parenting cycle we are in. For instance, the second moon card, "Implantation," often shows up to remind me to surrender to the inevitable in parenting: to be soft and expansive in the face of relentless demands and fatigue, to remember that usually all that is needed is time and space, and to hold the memory of being the infant who was mothered with love as I now take my turn mothering with love.

Whether the journey is rocky or smooth, SoulCollage� is always a wonderful source of wisdom and solace. It helps me to know that the community of SoulCollagers� around the world are feeling and holding and processing along with me.

Our daughter Astrid Grace was born in March 2014 in the early hours of the morning just before the full moon. It was a gentle physiological birth at home. The final moon card, "Holding," taught me about being the container for our family of three, how my role as mother is to be the open heart that holds and allows change and growth. I see that this set of ten cards also holds and contains us: the visual history of our story, our transition to parenthood, and the shape of our love for each other.


1st Moon Gemini - Conception

I Am One Who is a time of grace.

I am an open doorway, a threshold, a connection to something greater than myself.


2nd Moon Cancer - Implantation

I Am One Who is gentle and soft.

I feel your tendrils connecting into me.

I try to give more space, to expand as you need me to.



3rd Moon Leo - Acceptance

I Am One Who is struggling to fight a virus.

In my exhausted sleep I am learning to see with fresh eyes, to accept who I am and how I am right now, to give us both our own time and space, free of expectation.


4th Moon Virgo - Announcement!

I Am One Who is radiant.

I am full of joy and life.

I feel held, nurtured and supported.


5th Moon Libra - Doubt

I Am One Who is watching and waiting.

I am carefully measuring and comparing.

I am finding it hard to stretch, to just be.

I am stuck in my head rather than being grounded.




6th Moon Scorpio Eclipse - Grounding

I Am One Who is stuck in my head, trying to find my feet, to discover who I am outside the bounds of my family.

I want to find a home for my heart, to plant my feet firmly on the ground and put down roots.




7th Moon Sagittarius - Recognition

I Am One Who is round and buoyant and joyful.

I feel my truth rising up, unstoppable.

I am acknowledged for who I truly am.

My baby and I share our delight!


8th Moon Capricorn - Transition

I Am One Who is transitioning to a stronger self,
from maiden to mother.

I hold steady as I balance on the edge of old and new.

I am expanding from within, woven into the cycles of the Earth, holding duality within me.

In my heart flowers a lightness of being.

9th Moon Aquarius - Letting Go

I Am One Who is gently floating through the last weeks of pregnancy like a queen bee inside her honeycomb. Gestating. Allowing my golden core to shine out of me.

I release my fears and expectations. I am going with the (inevitable) flow.

10th Moon Pisces - Holding

I Am One Who is present to the threshold, open to the change.

I am holding the time and space for all three of us to birth into something new.

I am so full of Being.

Emily Morter, M.Ost
works as an osteopath and doula. Her passion for hands-on healing informs her specialty, the health of pregnant mums, babies and children. She has had beautiful experiences with collage for birthing and being support person at four births. A mother herself now, Emily is experiencing all her learning from a personal perspective. Visit her at




In this video Karen Mann, SoulCollage� Facilitator & Trainer from Australia, talks about her love of SoulCollage� and how SoulCollage� helps you to "Discover your wisdom. Change your world."

This book won the 2014 Nautilus Silver Book Award Medal in the Parenting/Family category. In it you'll find out how to make "MeCards4Kids™." Every "MeCard" has a collage and a poem, and the kids who love making them want other children to make them too.

The SoulCollage� iPhone & iPad App
stores and backs up your deck on your iPhone or iPad.  Make notes, share your cards, do readings, and view notes and cards drawn from past Readings.

Take your SoulCollage� card everywhere you go. Search iTunes for "SoulCollage" and download this iOS App. Sorry no Android version yet.


Kylea Taylor writes an article about how to use SoulCollage� to become more aware of the lineage of our female ancestors. 


Download a recorded video Fundamentals of SoulCollage� course 
to help you start doing SoulCollage� or to prepare for the Facilitator's Training.


with Kat Kirby, registered Art Therapist and SoulCollage� Trainer.


Join the SoulCollage� Facilitator Community around the world... a place is waiting for you.

Photo by Diane Karen Born

July 10-12, 2015 - Diane Karen Born
Ohio (Columbus) - Deer Creek Lodge
July 17-19, 2015 - Kat Kirby, M.Ed., ATR-BC
Pennsylvania (West Chester)  - Temenos Retreat Center

July 24-26, 2015 - Catherine Anderson
North Carolina (Charlotte)
 - Catherine Anderson Studio

August 14-16, 2015 - Diane Karen Born
California (Southern CA-Lake Elsinore)
- Pine Manor

September 10-13, 2015 - Anne Marie Bennett
Massachusetts (Westfield) - Genesis Spiritual Life Center

September 18-20, 2015 - Audrey Chowdhury, M.S., ATR-BC
Wisconsin (Madison) - Holy Wisdom Center

October 8-11, 2015 - Mariabruna Sirabella, M.S., LMFT & Sue Gelber
(and, on Sunday, Founder: Seena Frost, M.Div., M.A.
California (Santa Cruz) Click here to find info and to Register.

October 23-25, 2015 - Diane Karen Born 
Oregon (Portland) - Aloft Cascade Station


(Editor's note: US and Canada residents, keep your eye on the Euro. The exchange rate has been advantageous to you. Perhaps you can combine a European vacation with a SoulCollage� Facilitator Training!)


August 14-16, 2015 - Karen Mann
AUSTRALIA Sydney (Pennant Hills)  Click here to find info and to Register.

September 3-6, 2015 - Mariabruna Sirabella, M.S., LMFT
ITALY  - In English  Email to register.
October 9-11, 2015 - Audrey Chowdhury, M.S., ATR-BC
CANADA Quebec (Granby)  en Francais

October 17-19, 2015 - Lucy Schaaphok & Mirabai Kolari
October 28-30, 2016 - Catherine Anderson

October 30-November 1, 2015 - Karen Mann
AUSTRALIA Melbourne (Templestowe)  Click here to find info and to  Register.

*No degrees or certificates are required to attend the SoulCollage� Training. The purpose of the Training is to prepare people to share SoulCollage� with others.  The pre-requisites for  the SoulCollage� Facilitator Training are your own active practice of SoulCollage� and your enthusiasm for sharing it with others, as well as reading SoulCollage� Evolving by Seena B. Frost and listening to her CDs: Introduction to SoulCollage� and Facilitating SoulCollage� in Groups.

Before attending a Training, we want you also to have a SoulCollage� workshop experience with a trained SoulCollage� Facilitator or listen to a recorded class Fundamentals of SoulCollage�, make some cards, do the exercise, "I Am One Who...", with your cards and do some SoulCollage� Readings, letting your cards answer at least one of your questions.

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