Pagan Rituals and Fairy Tales

This week I continued to work on my Eostara painting.  Now that I’m fairly happy with the background, it’s time to work on the flower and then the figures.  The mood is shaping up the way I want it to at this point.  My progress is slow but steady. (Wouldn’t it be so great to do nothing but paint?!)

This week I studied the process of setting up a ritual altar. Although time and space does not yet permit some of the practices I learned about, I am slowly but surely accumulating knowledge and sacred objects.

What I found most interesting was the process of making a scrying mirror.  Scrying is the process of looking into a reflective surface such as a mirror, crystal ball, etc., for the purpose of discerning the future.  I instantly thought about the story of Snow White.  The (evil) witch in that story, of course, looked into the mirror primarily for ego gratification: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all.”  When she found out it was no longer her, she went gangsta, and did her best to take the new girl out.  (Cray).

The real purpose of scrying, in my opinion, is to see what is already there, for the purpose of self-knowledge, growth, and edification.  It is another way of stilling our minds to see what we already know, deep down.  This is also the purpose of meditation and many other spiritual practices.  We often go outside of ourselves looking for answers, but all the while the answers are within.  When we quiet down the mind-chatter, and go within, we tap into the deep resources of our souls.

So, may we all have the courage this week to tap into the deep places within, to tell ourselves the truth about ourselves and our circumstances.

Until next time, peace and blessings on the path towards your most authentic self.

Love and Light,

Raven

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