Updated: May 25, 2022
If you went to high school with me, then you already know Charlene Perkey. She is a gifted artist and I am humbled to be able to work with her on this project. I recall Charlene always studying the arts. She was the first person to come to mind when I began envisioning this project. You can look at some of her works on her website (https://www.charleneperkey.com/). We have some collaboration planned for the future as well… I am also working on an oracle deck to accompany the book!
Exactly how my book cover will turn out when they format it for printing, I have no clue at this point. It is all so exciting to me though. As with most things in my life, I am winging it and learning as I go. This may be the reason my words do not portray my excitement well. I am literally confused, stressed, and about to explode with eager anticipation for the release of this book and my future, all at the same time.
Once I started writing the book a vision developed in my head, and I thought I would share that with you. Of course Charlene is the artist, but here is my literary picture for you.
The cover needs to visually tell the story of what it means to Manifest with the Moon. A beautiful woman represents our personal development, uniqueness, and individuality. This woman also represents the tree of life, how we all have the answers inside ourselves, and incorporates a version of the Star (faith) and Temperance (balance) tarot cards.
Manifest with the Moon, by Charlene Perkey
To Manifest with the Moon is to heal, gaining a renewed sense of hope and learning to trust your intuition which creates balance in the present moment. A beautiful lady walking onto land, one foot in the water, one on land. Her arms are out to her side, slightly bent, holding scales. One scale holds the celestial sun and the other the celestial moon to express how we each carry our personal strength and our beauty that make us all amazingly unique.
You wonder if she’s turning back to her past or what’s comfortable, reminiscing, maybe she’s hesitant to move forward, or she’s in the process of turning forward toward her truth. These are the stages of life we have all experienced. Sometimes we take one step forward and then take two steps backwards, and that is OK. That is the big picture. It is the details you must pay attention to.
The water shows show movement… maybe just ripples from her feet…The water represents so many things…. First, it represents life that is in constant motion and there are many things outside your control. If you are feeling stuck in life it could portray missed blessings and opportunities flowing by that you never even notice. Rough water could signify chaos or trauma in your life, or it could mean cleansing and renewal. Still waters could indicate calm, but even what appears serene has a strong current underneath. When there is an undercurrent, it implies all the facades you put up for others to see. But that is not your truth.
I don’t have a clear picture of the land in my head because the purpose of moving forward in life is that you don’t know what’s out there. You move forward in faith and with hope. In my head it kind of just looks like a desert rose stone. Maybe there are paths… one might look rocky or bumpy but the reward could be greater than the path that looks smooth…
In the nights sky there is a full moon. The full moon has a waterfall of star dust flowing from it into the water below. The light from the moon sheds light on what is unseen, our personal shadows, or provides clarity in situations. There is a reflection of star dust in the lady’s hair to represent her own magic!
The star of Bethlehem is visible to represent faith in something bigger than yourself. In tarot the star is about faith. I have a tapestry on my wall as you go up my stairs and below have decals, “have faith, I will light your way.”
In all, people make wishes on stars representing intentions or goals. The moon shines light to help you navigate how to make your own dreams come true. When the universe hears you, the response comes from the moon in all her beauty strengthening your personal power, igniting your inner spark!