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Marni Ashirah creates shivitim (meditation pieces) for practicing presence with the divine through visual art. She draws from Hebrew sacred literature and the mythologies and iconography of the ancient Levant and beyond. Her pieces are free for download and personal use on her website (below).
Marni Ashirah is the creator of the book, Midwifing the Ritual: Reflections on Spiritual Leadership from Kohenet Hebrew Priestesses. For anyone who leads religious or spiritual services, Midwifing the Ritual offers wise and heartfelt support from women who specialize in earth-based, creative, feminist, and embodied ritual that is grounded in Jewish tradition. Order a copy here.
Her priestess name, Isha Chachmat Lev (Wise-Hearted Woman) is inspired by Sh'mot/Exodus 35:25, in which "all the women that were wise-hearted" created the mishkan (dwelling-place) which would be the portable temple for Shekhinah (Holy Presence) during the people's wanderings. As an artist, Marni Ashirah creates portable pieces for your own mishkan/shrine-home.
Marni Ashirah is a graduate of Smith College (BA Art); California Institute of Integral Studies (MA Integral Counseling Psychology with a focus in Gestalt); and the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. She has worked in the fields of business, design, counseling, and ritual. She grew up in the forests of New York, and has lived in New York City and Dublin, Ireland. Marni Ashirah lives in Ohlone-Chochenyo territory of the California Bay Area with her human and canine companions.
Torah translations and visual art for decor, shivitim, siddurim, haggadot, ritual, and personal use. See website for downloadable pieces.