The Grandmother & The Maiden

Blackthorn snow

It is Winter and the Grandmother sleeps.  All about her children creep, hiding from the ice of her cold fingers, fearful lest she wake angry with them, afraid that this time she will not wake and her white hard mantle will lay across the land until the Earth breaks.

But in her sleep the Grandmother turns and dreams.  She dreams of warmth to thaw her bones, she dreams of food to fill her belly.  She dreams the running water of the streams and the deepness of the wells.  She remembers how light are the steps of youth, how fresh the beauty, how full the hope which nothing binds.  She recalls the fresh green and gold of the first morning.  All these things she dreams and her memories bring to her skin a warm touch unfelt through the long held darkness.

Blackthorn in Spring

She stretches to free herself from the cold grip of the age.  She hears the cry of the newborn and the Grandmother awakes, a smile upon her face.  Lightly she rises and dances on the dawn, Grandmother no longer for she has dreamed the Maiden and formed her from her sleep,

“Go Daughter. Dance the Spring from the land, call the energies of the Earth and sing of all that life will bring.  Weave new life upon a tired web and dream yourself a new dawn.”

coloured sky

The Maiden knows that all is possible, that life follows death and that we must all dream our future into being.  For from her aching limbs and crackling breath did not the Grandmother dream the Maiden who dances for her?  As the Maiden will call forth the Mother when the time is right and the Mother will whisper her secrets to the Grandmother when the ages call her.  And so they pass from hand to hand, from heart to heart, from breath to breath the Old knowledge, the love and the new hope.

Triple spiral

 

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