sylvan_being: (earth child)
"This update's theme is Reclaimed Fairy Tales. The essence of fairy tales, beyond the girl giving up her voice and the sister's foot being chopped to shreds, is actually ripe for reclamation. Within fairy tales, you have women, creatures and men rising up and doing extraordinary things. With the bones of heroism already present, we set about to reclaim the stories to powerful expressions of our own inner worth, passion and possibility. We chose the fairy tales the Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, as these are perennial favorites, as these have deeply empowered things to say through the prism of reclamation." ~ The Fable Tribe

Holy 'mole! This update was being snatched up so fast I was afraid I wouldn't get the two glamourkins I desperately wanted since they were at the beginning and end of the update. Thankfully I made it out with them, but sadly not all of the ones I loved. I was on a smaller budget this month so even though it broke my heart not to get some of them, I knew it was for the best, so that my decision would be easier. Regardless, this update was so amazingly done (I expected no less), and they definitely made it difficult to choose. <3




Little Red Riding Hood Reclaimed
I love this glamourkin so much! I can't even articulate it! Back in my Great Myths and Legends class I fell in love with Little Red Riding Hood, especially Paul Delarue's version "The Story of Grandmother". It's actually quite a vulgar version, but it shows that you can save yourself through your own devices: ingenuity, creativity, and courage.  There was no man to rely on, only herself.
That, and she (and various other fairy tales) taught me that in the woods we find ourselves. Something about the premordial forest draws us in and shows us and allows us to be our true selves. Nature doesn't have societal expectations for us. We can run and be free.
I, also, love that she's wearing a red cape in this one. <333



The Little Mermaid Reclaimed
I love The Little Mermaid so much, always have, even wrote a paper on it in my Great Myths and Legends class. The Little Mermaid teaches children to follow their hearts and dreams. And yeah, the literary version is so heartbreaking but it's so beautiful. Yes, she falls in love, but she also wants something more so desperately that she's willing to give up everything: her voice, her fins, her family, her love. All for her true heart's desire: a soul. And when she turns to sea foam, rising from the waves, I believe she gets her soul, that she is reborn. That her struggles and sacrifices aren't for not.

sylvan_being: (ritual zen)
This update was the Storyteller update. Initially, I thought there wouldn't be anything for me in this theme. I'm not much of a writer, I mostly live in written worlds rather than create them. But I do write for school, the little writing that I do is research oriented. Hopefully, one day I'll be writing about my own research.



With that I hope, I stumbled upon this beauty. Since I was a little girl I've been fascinated by ancient Egypt and their Pharaohs, mythology, religion, and priests. But I've also felt a connection with their scribes. I kind of see myself as a scribe, writing down our history, as an archaeologist. I feel like this completements one of my other glamourkins so beautifully.




I also found this gem. I've come to think of this journal as a Book of Shadows/Mirrors. A place where I keep everything sacred to me. To me, Polyhymnia represents more than just hymns/sacred poetry, She also represents all sacred writings. For a few months now I've been drawn to the idea of veiling. The Veil is Her emblem. I've always dressed modestly and have always leaned more towards conservative clothes/fashion. But I've been wondering why I've been having this strong urge to veil, now I'm starting to think it's Her nudging me. I think, at least to start with, I'll start veiling when doing ritual. I don't do much in terms of ritual, but maybe I'll start carving out more time to at least meditate more. I think veiling while meditating would be such a grounding and lifting experience. I don't know that I'd ever veil in public, but maybe that's not what She's calling me to do. I'll just have to answer Her call and see where it takes me.
sylvan_being: (communion-The Divine)
This update there were a few pendants that I absolutely adored, but I only had enough in my budget for one this go around. So I settled on one that made my heart melt the instant I saw it.



This pendant represents my dream of one day becoming an Egyptologist. The wording and words are simply perfect for it. And the imagine is gorgeous to boot. It will be a constant reminder to me through the long journey I have ahead of myself.

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