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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.

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©Jade Melany 2021

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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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Meeting the Ancestors in the Caves

6th Aug 2020

Drumming Journey.

It took me nearly a day to paint this image. Once I had finished painting it I decided to go for a drum journey and visit the tunnel in the picture to see where it would take me. The image was painted from a photograph I took of one of the entrances in the Valley of the Caves, or Grottes de Saulges in Thorigné-en-Charnie, in France.

Visit the Valley of the Caves and Prehistoric Museum Website.

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There is a prehistoric network of caves that is well documented in the Museum. Previously in the week I had recorded a drum journey outside in preparation for the new moon so that I could listen to this on headphones to do some journeying to explore the caves.

Dragons in the cave!

Journal Entry

6th Aug 2020

I saw a tunnel like the one I have just painted. Followed it in to the sound of the drumming. All of a sudden I was walking through caves of people who were drumming and chanting. There were lots of little fires and people huddles around them in the networks of caves. It was night time. There was a shamans hut that I felt drawn towards. I went in and she was hanging herbs to dry, and other things that I couldn’t quite make out. There was a cauldron bubbling. She had been expecting me! She ushered me to a space with furs and things to sit down on. Then she gave me something to drink. It was some kind of elixir she had prepared from roots and vines.

I drank it and lay down on the furs. It was like a veil was lifted and I could hear many voices that were all talking in different languages. As the ‘medicine’ began to work, the foreign languages began to make sense and I could understand them all. Lots of information ready for me to translate and speak in my world on my return.

The image I saw of the shaman looked like a carved image from the book which I had brought home from the museum. Showing only her eyes, the shape of her head and braided hair with a crosshatched style on the top of her head. Perhaps she was carved to represent some kind of medicine woman?

When I came around from the drumming journey I went in to speak to my mum and she said she had heard me drumming outside. Interesting thing is that I was listening on headphones to the drumming journey and not playing it out loudly on any kind of speakers. Except perhaps the frequency that I was broadcasting on, which my mum had picked up on from inside the house.

If you would like to try the drumming journey for yourself I would be very interested to hear what kind of an experience you have with it.

If you would like to come and join the Initiate’s Way group on facebook to participate in group pathworkings you would be more than welcome.

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