“The Pilgrimage” holds secrets. Initially created for “The Spellcasting Oracle”, on one level, it’s meant to depict the beautiful and solitary path of a woman on her own journey, mistress of her own vessel. In the way of the arcanum and using the mysteries of the iconographers, it holds symbols that are intended to provoke deeper reflection and imbue the viewer with the radiance of their own work here on this earthly plane, as well as spiritually guide and remind of the eternal voyage as well.
On the stern hangs the lamp of wisdom, filled with oil, to light her way. In the sky, the waning moon represents She Who Is, the Divine Feminine, promising assurance that the pilgrim is never alone, and provides continued light along the journey which will illumine to full, shining down and guiding the pilgrim through even the darkest waters. The pilgrim stands strong and self-assured, dressed in a red mantle which indicates her earthly path and sacrifice but also her royal place and power. The waters are choppy, to remind that the voyage may not be smooth, but the cloudless sky with its shining stars indicate her true destination and the clarity which she possesses to navigate her return to the heavenly realms. She holds the staff, or the uas, which represents her power and is thematic and controls the flow of cosmic energy. So the painting also points to our eternal destiny.
Much of my work attempts to deliberately encompass that philosophy and practice of the old masters and iconographers who understood the importance and power of divine symbolism and the arcanum, and used it in their works as a meditative guide for enlightenment for an audience of pilgrims who could not read, and did not have access to holy books. We live in an age of alexandrian libraries, but I still believe that meditating upon visual imagery – and especially for us as women – is often far more powerful than words. Symbolism bypasses the conscious mind and reveals its truths through the wisdom of the higher self, who ultimately serves to guide us all along our own paths and destiny.
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