An artist friend, Karen Godfrey, introduced me to psychotherapist Seena B. Frost's book, SoulCollage™ Evolving, in 2015. Its purpose - self-discovery - is the same as shrine making.
However, because it only requires 5X8 cards and pictures cut out of magazines or newspapers, it takes a lot less time and space than making shrines.
Seena's books and workshops have become quite popular. Although she died in 2016, you may already be familiar with her books, or perhaps you've attended a workshop conducted by one of her many authorized facilitators.
Or perhaps you're part of a group that meets regularly (as Seena suggests) to make SoulCollages™.
I've found Seena's collaging insights - especially her recommendation that you "journal" about each card - very helpful in going beyond what my consciousness mind thought it was making, into what my unconscious mind wanted to tell me.
Often as I'm writing about my cards, I discover something I had no idea I "knew" before I made my collage.
If you're new to collaging, here are some other books and CDs by Seena you might find useful :
Introduction to SoulCollage™
Facilitating SoulCollage™ in Groups
Embracing Change, Transforming
Conflict Using SoulCollage™
Your SoulCollage™ Cards - a 6 CD series about each "suit" in your deck, how to do readings with your cards, and how to work with the shadow in your cards
You don't need to attend a workshop or join a group to start making your own collages. I haven't.
This is because I think collaging in a group setting invites self-censorship - the last thing you want in this free-association, intuitive, self-expressive process.
And you don't need to follow the myriad "rules" Seena sets out to make or categorize your collages. I don't.
This is because Seena's "suits" do not speak to me - in fact, they confuse me.
However, I do find her suggestions for how to journal about cards very useful.
Regardless of whether or not you've ever collaged before, I hope you'll try collaging (and then journalling) all by yourself to process your current hero quest.
You'll find examples of my hero quest collaging below, and of my collage journalling in my art log.
1. When you're cutting out images, don't limit yourself to just the "pleasant" ones. If you are struck by an image, don't judge it, don't ask yourself what it means, just cut it out.
2. When you're assembling and gluing down images, let them guide you rather than the other way around.
3. Let your assembled images tell you a story: about parts of yourself, about people you know, about situations you find yourself in, about situations you find scary or disturbing, about situations as you wish they would evolve.
4. Don't try to make your card "pretty." Let it be what it wants to be.
5. Don't be in a rush to write about your card. Let it percolate for a while.
6. Date your cards and/or write ups. This can help you track the progress you've made on your hero quest.
7. Don't worry about the "right" way to make or write about a card. Just be honest.
8. Keep your cards to yourself until/unless you feel comfortable sharing them with others. They are a sacred communication between you and your soul - they are no one else's business.
Call to adventure
The more cards you make, the more you may find you need a way to sort them into categories just to keep track of all of them. While you can use Seena's "suits" if they work for you, you can also make up your own categories.
You may find you have a lot of cards depicting discreet parts of yourself. Or cards that just make you feel good. So you may want to create categories of "self" or "self-nurturing" cards.
You may find you've created cards about a "higher power" or what Seena calls "source."
Or perhaps there are certain "archetypes" that keep appearing in your cards - figures that represent "types" like ancient mythological goddess/gods whose particular stories are meaningful to you.
I've found the categories of "allies" or "spirit guides" to be quite useful to depict people (living or dead) who are on my side as I continue on my quest.
You may also find, as I have, that there are specific people or situations that impede you on your quest. Call a spade a spade: these are your "demons" cards.
As Seena points out, both groups ultimately have gifts to give you, it just may be a little more difficult to discover the gifts you get from your "demons."
That's where the journalling comes in, because it gives you time to stop and think how your demons have actually given you strength (e.g., by forcing you to stand up to them, or by teaching you something).
However your cards want to group themselves, let them guide you to a broader, higher truth about your quest/wyrding, as well as the specific truths each card embodies.
Below you'll find some examples of my allies and demons cards. As you can see, the "allies" group can be a fun way to characterize/memorialize your friends and loved ones.
The "demons" group may be less fun, but it is no less valuable in making the invisible parts of your hero quest more visible - and therefore, easier to deal with.
Allies - husband
As you can see, there's no limit to the ways you can use your collaging to find your way through your hero quest/wyrding.
Another way is to get an astrological reading.