i have gotten my hands painty! this is HUGE! i don't think i've painted since september? something like that.
this painting will be symbolic of a dream i had the night before. i woke knowing it was an important message from winter-orion and should be represented as a canvas so to never forget.
the following is taken directly (edited a little for clarity) from my dream journal, where i jot down the important or cryptic dreams i have and then interpret them from a book i have and from internet sites if i feel it needs more information.
"i just now (2:30pm) remembered i had a winter dream last night. can't remember much, but it was set by his place of death, by the bridge that crosses the river and canal. young winter (about age 7 or so) crossed the river, walking thru the shallow water, then came back toward me over the bridge and a mama bear was with him.
i wish i remembered any other details from this dream. i woke up with it fresh in my mind and knew i must write it down, but was too tired. i also thought that bear means protector of children and family?
from book- bear often represents mother. can represent our ability to recreate ourselves after a period of rest and reflection.
my thoughts- winter crossed the river easily then came back to me via a bridge with a bear. the ABILITY for me to see he is ok and can still visit. it is a good thing for me to recreate myself after this hibernation.
bear is a consummate mother, caring for her young with observable devotion. bear is a symbol of motherhood and child protection. (winter is ok, he is safe)
celtic goddess artio is bear goddess who represents the transformation of seasons. she is said to conjure winter when she needs rest. upon waking, artio is said to summon summer."
so, i was blown away by the symbology of just one or two elements in this remembered snippet of dream. the bridge meaning to me transitions to the other side (or back). and the bear who is a protector, who says it's ok to rest and reinvent yourself, who conjures winter!
i know this was the important part of the dream and i'm not unhappy that i can't recall the rest of it, and i knew that having a reminder of this important communication would help me during the seasonal ebbs i have when just getting off the couch is a struggle.
so, yesterday i painted a background, and today i have sketched my mama bear
i'm hoping that this painting will remind me of bear symbolism and reestablish that my hibernation is just a season. i need a bit of hope to tide me over till the spring crocus bloom again.