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Making the Magic Mirror of Medusa.

I was asked to make a sculpting of Medusa as a protective amulet, so after a little research and image gathering I started with a painting of her that I felt drawn to. I started out by putting the clay on the reverse of a mirror. My intention being that once the piece was finished it would become a functional tool to be used to ward off evil for its owner, and those that she was helping to do the same. The name Medusa comes from an ancient Greek verb meaning “to guard or protect”.

Admittedly something about the story didn’t t quite sit right with me. There are suggestions that she was punished for being raped in the temple of Athena and that her hair being changed into snakes was the result of this, and the ability to turn anyone she looked at to stone. I do wonder about the symbolism presented here. Snakes are often used as a symbol to represent wisdom. So if we look at the allegorical meaning of her ‘punishment’ from a different perspective for a moment, perhaps it will become clearer. According to legend she was born a mortal. So presumably she became immortal when she was ‘punished’ by Athena. Editorial poetical license perhaps? What if the punishment was not a punishment at all but the receipt of a gift from the Goddess Athena that would allow her image to become one that would be feared and revered.

Athena is a goddess of War and Wisdom after all so it seems a bit suspect to me that she would punish Medusa for a crime perpetrated against her, surely the perpetrator was at fault and not the victim?

Let’s go with this and see what you think. So Medusa becomes Immortal by the hand of the Goddess Athena and has living snakes in her hair and her stare can turn anyone to stone. Before this she was a beautiful mortal maiden. So beautiful that she ensnared the attention of Posiedin who wanted her for himself. So after the deed in the temple she essentially becomes a ‘monster’ because she can turn the living to stone, and her head becomes a weapon after it is severed? And then….

“From the blood that spurted from her neck sprang Chrysaor and Pegasus, her two sons by Poseidon. The severed head, which had the power of turning into stone all who looked upon it, was given to Athena, who placed it in her shield;”

Medusa Mirror

Let’s consider Athena’s birth for a second. Did she not also spring fully formed from her Father?!

Medusa’s children are the product of a union with a god. So the head of Medusa is given to Athena and she puts it in a shield, which is then used by Perseus to save the queens daughter Andromeda from a Sea Monster. Seems to me this tale has come full circle. I think perhaps there is a little more to the story of Medusa and the powers that she gained from Athena, and her image going on to be used to rescue another maiden. I’m sure there are lots of other parts to her story that could be interesting to unpick, like her being one of three, and the only mortal out of the three until her ‘defaming’ but we will leave that for another day.

This Medusa Mirror was made with the specific purpose of reflection, for those looking into it to see the truth, and as a tool for protection to ward off energy sent with intent to harm. So in essence she is a shield and protector to be wielded by her guardian to assist those who need protection and healing, that involves truth seeking and revealing.

If you would like to commission a God / Goddess altar statue please contact Jade.

©Jade Melany 2021

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Spring Equinox Ceremony 2021

Saturday 2oth March 2021

It had been on my mind for a little while to go to Castlerigg, feeling the pull of the stones and the call of something deeper. A physical journey and a spiritual journey that I needed to make. I knew I needed to walk barefoot around the stones and offer prayers for those who have departed this life over the last few months, ask for blessings for them from my Ancestors, and send healing to all those in need, including for our our Mother Earth.

When I arrived there were folks milling around, someone was playing guitar, and the atmosphere was light and joyful. A very welcoming relief after the stifled darkness of the winter months. I unpacked the few things that I had brought with me. A candle, my rattle, charcoal discs and incense that I had specially prepared that morning for use during the ritual, and some crystal skulls loaned to me by a very dear friend.

Once I had set up my altar in the sanctuary, I lit my candle and incense, I took off my shoes and socks and walked barefoot on the blessed earth for the first time this year. With my rattle in hand I walked around the outside of the circle. One shake of the rattle for every two steps I took. The rhythm became almost trancelike as I walked, and becoming more and more grounded with each step I took.

I could feel my footsteps like a pulse sounding down into the earth, reaching out to stir and awaken the sleeping dragon beneath.

After three rounds of walking I sat down and plugged me earphones in, wrapped myself in the blanket I had brought with me, because even though the sun was shining there was an icy chill to the breeze, and settled down to listen to a recording of drumming by Sandra Ingerman on my phone.

Almost instantly there appeared in the space surrounding me the hull of a large boat. There were lots of people in the boat and they all seemed to know that it was time for a very important journey.

This was a crossing from the earth plane to that of the realm of the dead. I felt so honoured to be allowed to witness the journey. I had so many emotions in that moment tears began to stream from my eyes. I felt the boat moving and rising, travelling towards the west as we moved through the veil to the otherworld. There are no words to describe just how beautiful it felt to be a companion to those who were crossing over to begin their new journey. Humbled, and in awe of experiencing the gateway open and the souls to be received with love.

Time ceased to exist in that moment as one by one the passengers alighted from the boat. When everyone had left the boat and moved off to their new destination, I felt the boat rise again and made the return journey back to the sanctuary space, in the circle within the circle.

The whole journey lasted about fifteen minutes, but it felt to me like an endless moment, without beginning or end.

What was really nice, was afterwards two lovely ladies enquired as to what I was doing and asked me lots of questions about the ceremony and the ritual items that I had brought with me.

It was an honour to share and I feel so blessed to have witnessed this beautiful ceremony.

©Jade Melany 2021

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Pathworking The Star Sothis by Jade Melany

“Where does inspiration come from?

Star Sothis by Jade Melany

What motivates you to do the things that you do whether that is to create or to set out on new and untried paths?

The stillness, serenity and peace of winter still holds a firm grasp during the arrival of snowdrops in the northern hemisphere. These are the days when the atmosphere is so still and there is no movement at all except the silent fall of snowflakes from the clouds.

There is something truly magical in these peaceful moments and in the celebrations of Imbolc when lighting many lamps and candles and feeling the internal stirring of coming springtime.

Now it is time to enter a phase of self healing and realise the importance of self love, giving yourself the required time and space to be able to breathe amid the chaos of life.

This path working is an excerpt from the Initiate’s Way which you can order from the publishers:

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Pan – Hermes the way-finder by Jade Melany.

Pan – Hermes as the Lord or Guardian of the Earth can be seen in this image as the manifestation of ideas onto the physical plane via the creation of form.

Pan as Lord of Arcadia is the guardian of hidden sanctuaries, caves, grottoes and places of worship that are, have been, and continue to be sacred to those who visit them as part of their cultural heritage. Unfortunately, over the years much misfortune has come to these physical places, especially during times when belief structures changed. The Roman equivalent of this horned one is that of a cloven hoofed faun who is one of the incarnations of Hermes wielding his magical staff.

This archetype of Pan is connected with January and Saturn as the part of the year when in the gregorian calendar, the previous year is ending and another is beginning. The astrological sign associated with this image is that of Capricorn, or the mountain goat. The qualities you find when considering this image are that of stability, inner resources, down to earth with no nonsense attitudes and knowing yourself well enough to recognise what you are required to change in order to progress. Better the Devil you know.”

Excerpt from the Initiate’s Way by Jade Melany. ©JadeMelany2020

*You may not copy, store, reprint or reuse this information without the previous consent of the Author.

You can listen to the path working for Pan on the youtube link below.

If you would like to leave a comment on the channel about your experience I would love to hear how you get along with this.

Many Blessings Jade

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Spirit of the Forest; Guardian of the Otherworld.

The process of birthing this image has taken many twists and turns. Looking through magical journals I saw an entry about a path working that I had done for the Empress using the Thoth Tarot deck many many years ago. When I had gone to sleep that night I dreamed of barefoot walking through a frosty woodland, and coming across a stag in the woods.

Many years passed after this encounter and then I saw a stag again in a dream. Appearing to me as the archetypical figure of the spirit of the woods, and I often see him now during mediations and journeying with my drum.

He is a guardian of the otherworld, a doorkeeper standing sentry to greet those who seek to enter.

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Virgo – Merlin the Hermit; Son of the Mother.

Welcoming in Autumn in 2020 this year has been like the embrace of an old friend. Long awaited and just the right time for the Initiate’s Way book to be unleashed on the world. Merlin the Hermit has been instrumental in this process of guidance in the form of an inner guide, a teacher who stepped forward to lead the way, so that I could choose with confidence this path that I have taken.

You can get your copy of the Initiate’s Way now directly from the publisher! https://mandrake.uk.net/initiates-way/

This book contains full colour plates of the twenty-two magical images which correlate with the Major Arcana of the Tarot. They each tell the archetypical story of the spiritual journey into enlightenment. 

You can, as a solitary practitioner, use this book to learn how to build up magical images and tread each step of this amazing journey for yourself. If you are working within a group, it is a guidebook for creative visualisations during the year, to align with the seasons. One of the group members can lead the others through each stage of the journey. This path takes strength and courage as you become who you are truly meant to be. 

Merlin the Hermit

Merlin the Hermit (Son of the Mother) by Jade M

Basking in sunlight

In a deserted druids grove

I feel alive once more

Acceptance into the circle of Those;

Who walked this earth before us

Who guard the Sacred Groves

Whose powers are limitless

Whose strength is untold

You have my word, my honour and my faith

Thank you Hermit (Merlin) for showing me the way

©Jade Melany 1st Sept 2017

In Tarot usually you will find here a male figure of the wise old man archetype which I attribute to Merlin. The importance of silence and retreat from the physical world for the purpose of meditation is stressed here, and the internal seeking of one’s own being.

In terms of psychology this archetype represents a journey into the underworld or the world of shadows. If you cast a light onto something, it casts a shadow and you cannot ignore it, instead you must retreat further into the silence and reintegrate these parts of yourself before you can progress any further on this journey.

In silence, solitude and retreat is where you can heal yourself, by going within and spending time alone. It is an intensely personal journey and each person is unique by having different life circumstances, but if you do not allow yourself significant time to explore the shadows and avoid doing inner work on yourself, it can manifest in physical and mental illness. The hermit is carrying a staff which is topped with the orphic egg, also being protected by the snake that is climbing up the staff, this is a universal symbol for wisdom.

The chapter for the Initiates Way concerning the Hermit and Numerology is a fantastic contribution written by Richard Abbot.

I have to thank Richard from the bottom of my heart for his numerological readings and the guidance that he gave me because it was priceless, at the outset of the journey of writing the Initiate’s Way.

Richard is Author of ten wonderful books and is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to be reckoned with. I would highly recommend his services if you every found yourself in need of his counsel.

Skype: richard_abbot. Phone: 07796 307170

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