I’ve been reading about mothers characters tonight for Mother’s Day. I found a really great blog that I can’t wait to read more of. The author writes about several topics I can’t wait to read about. The blog is http://talesoffaerie.blogspot.com/
And I read and learned about Carl Jung and his archetypes. I learned that Mr. Jung and I share similar ideas.
I love it when that happens. When I have thoughts and ideas about subjects and then I learn that someone else has already had the same thoughts, theorized about them, wrote essays o them, and even named them. I think aha! I knew it!
Also I love how things connect. In the first blog I found, the different posts in the blog are on things I have thought about writing! And it’s good to see that someone else has had similar ideas.
This used to bother me. If I had an idea for something, and someone else did something similar, I would think, oh what’s the point not?
But now I think I’ve changed my mind. I like to find similar things, because I can draw inspiration from it, and whatever I had originally wanted to do wasn’t exactly what they did anyways.
Jung says that “The mother archetype is symbolized by the primordial mother or “earth mother” of mythology, by Eve and Mary in western traditions, and by less personal symbols such as the church, the nation, a forest, or the ocean. According to Jung, someone whose own mother failed to satisfy the demands of the archetype may well be one that spends his or her life seeking comfort in the church, or in identification with “the motherland,” or in meditating upon the figure of Mary, or in a life at sea.” That quote is taken from http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/jung.html
While not exactly fairytale worthy, for the birds is a popular saying meaning meaningless or trivial. I’m posting it because I think it’s story worthy.
Today’s photo comes from the nursery rhyme, Mary, Mary Quite Contrary and is dedicated and inspired by Rarasaur. She left me a comment with the idea for it, and now her blog is probably my new favorite blog. So I’m quite honored you found me somehow on these interwebs.
The photo I used was actually from a previous photoshoot for my portrait of the Red Queen. However, during that photoshoot I took some photos with my small Dexter-like knife, and they didn’t fit in with the Red Queen. And while I wanted to do a photoshoot today, I just did not have the time, so as I was scrounging for photos that I haven’t used or could edit together to create the Contrarian Mary, I found this one. Perfect, I thought. I tried to use a few and spell out the whole nursery rhyme. However, I didn’t think it had the same ummph filled meaning as the humpty dumpty one. After editing and playing with a few different options, I decided that the solo photo with the first line from the nursery rhyme packed the most power.
The nursery rhyme goes
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, how does your garden grow?
With Silver Bells and Cockle Shells
And pretty maids all in a row
Like any good, old tale, this short one has a mysterious and arguable origin. Some people say that Mary represents the Catholic Church. Others say it is Mary Queen of Scots. My inspiration was Bloody Mary! In the version that I took inspiration from, the silver bells and cockle shells were different torture devices, and the pretty maids in a row were from the people waiting in line at the guillotine. Enjoy!