Let me tell you about The Triple Goddess Mandala.
A long time ago, a beautiful sister was diagnosed with lung cancer. At the same time, this woman was struggling with mental illness. One morning I woke with an image in my head and my heart and I began to paint it. I'd dabbled in the art of the mandala before, through groups and on my own, but it wasn't until this image presented itself to me that I became possessed to complete the artwork.
As I drew up each of the images that were encircled in the large work (1 metre square) I found myself having little "A-HA!" moments. Things just happened. Symbols just appeared. Colours were in my head before I even had a chance to think. This became true of every mandala that followed this one and I fell deeper under the spell of this amazing tool of self discovery and healing.
Maiden, Mother and Crone.
When I began painting, my Maiden was originally on her own, with a small bird on outstretched hand near her face. For the life of me I could not complete that drawn in segment. I couldn't paint it. I didn't want to touch it. I went on to other parts of the drawing, but couldn't work that section. I avoided it like the plague.
Until one morning, when again, a vision popped into my head on waking and I walked out into my kitchen (cum studio lol) and I painted over the bird on the hand and I drew in a sword. My maiden was no simpering princess, she was a warrior! She sits in Spring and new life blossoms with her.
The Mother came next - an easy part for me because in my whole life, nothing has ever made me more whole and more happy than my son. I really discovered what love is. She holds her babe in the cradle of her hand tucked beneath her hair. Her face is grown wiser and older and she is the Summer of my life.
The Crone manifested over a few months. She is the Autumn and Winter of my days. She is the ebb and the flow. The breath and the pause. She is me. My hair grows whiter day by day, but I hold the torch of my wisdom aloft for all to see. I am all women. I am all women way back to our original ancestresses. I am the way, the truth and the light. I am the Crone.
Four months this painting took. It took me to places I never thought I would go to, places I was too afraid to go back to - all those places within me that were broken and damaged and crying out for healing. The Triple Goddess was within me the whole time. I found myself healing and in the healing, the opening up of more places that needed the light of love.
Over that four month period as I began to heal, my beautiful sister friend began to die and one week after her death, I finished this painting and I commemorated it in honour of all women. To our journey through this life. To our incredible ability to love.
I give you the Triple Goddess Mandala.