Mid week is generally a wednesday i guess but having been off work for almost 3 weeks now i don’t really know when mid week is.
I think my random inspirations this week aren’t all that random and could be woven together with a mythological thread.
Myth is the language of the soul, it allows fantastical beasts and a charade of characters the means to manifest. While their stories might not be strictly true they hold truth within them. The magical key to unlocking them is belief, as when a story resonates it talks directly to something deep inside of us. Without that deep resonance and interpreation the learning the myth offers cannot be unlocked, a process which the great Joseph Campbell explains creates a harmony in the universe. Why? Because we are literally learning from that great source that lies beyond the human world.
These stories however are not something ancient to be held preciously and handled with white gloves as they are alive and constantly morphing. The story of our own everyday lives creates our personal myth. One way to explore myths and their truths is by using our hands ~ wither squelching in clay, or working with wool or wood or using our unique eye to paint or take photos. Using local materials or stories of place can help us understand what truths lie within them. Yet it doesn’t matter if the myth is Russian, Sami or Aboriginal as it’s the connection that matters.
Personally Baba Yaga never fails to terrify me – what learning beckons there? I can’t quite face putting up a pic of her!
Morchella esculenta Mushroom photographed by Funginerd
Shamen – Felted peice from khazekstan
Baba Yaga’s Chicken legged House created by Melissa Sue
Three faces of the Goddess