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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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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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Initiate’s Way book released 2020.

After much blood, sweat and tears the Initiate’s Way book has finally made it to print. It really has been a groundbreaking momentous journey for me while writing this book, and to see it in its final printed format was one of the most emotional moments of my life.

The 22 pathworkings included in the book preceded the imagery and are the result of many years of studying, meditating and inner seeking. The magickal images I painted after doing the inner workings, which can serve as a focal point as I guide you step by step through the process of the whole journey. 

Creative Visualisation.

Using creative visualisation you can discover your own innate wisdom. You will learn simple breathing techniques, and how to bring the magical images to life within your imagination. You create your own healing sanctuary, awaken the god and the goddess, and bring forth your own inner teacher or guide. This book will teach you how to work internally with each of the twenty-two magical archetypes, so that you can perform spiritual alchemy on yourself and bring change into your life. 

Every conscious step you take into the Initiate’s Way is signposted by these magical images and as you take time to study, meditate with, and explore each of them in turn you will become your true and authentic self. 

The Art of Temperance by Jade M

This book contains full colour plates of the twenty-two magical images which correlate with 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 can serve as a guidebook for creative visualisations during the year, to align with the seasons. If you work in a group or coven, 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. 

I have worked with lots of people over the years using the material presented here, in small groups, and with the turn of events this year, it felt like it was time for the creation to take on a life of its own. The groundwork was there. The 22 parts of the journey road tested by myself, and others, and the feedback from those participating convinced me that this could be a useful tool for anyone who wanted to begin to use their creative imagination to make positive and lasting changes. 

When I first started out writing this book it was for a number of reasons. It was a learning experience for me and as I was travelling the inner realms myself and journalling, it occurred to me that this was not just the product of my own imagination. That I had tapped into a source, a stream of wisdom that I could share with others in the hope that they too could share the path and access these inner resources. Along the way I met inner teachers, archetypes, gods and goddesses and entered a magickal world that became more real to me with every journey. It also felt like something I was ‘meant’ to do, That there had been preparation in past lives which I started to recall while participating in the pathworkings myself.

Spiritual Alchemy

My understanding of spiritual alchemy is that it is a practical journey that you can embark upon, and that the gold is the enlightenment experience of reaching that place within, where innate knowledge erupts like a fountain. To attain that it was necessary to create the spaces in which to do the work. So after using the pathworkings myself for a few years I led small groups through the experiences, so we could share and learn from each other.

Essentially you are setting out on a mythical journey but it all takes place in your imagination using creative visualiation. I studied hypnotherapy in 2016 which really helped me to craft these into tools with purpose. Doing this inner work myself helped me to create a foundation upon which I could set future goals upon, reflect and categorise experiences and learn from them rather than repeating the same mistakes. 

If you are ready to find out who you really are then this book is for YOU.

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