Posts in Wayfinding & Pathworking
A Radical Fairy Tale

This story is based in the ideas I wrote about in my last post ‘Breaking the Magic Spell’ . It is intended to demonstrate the radical power of narrative to empower healing by re-framing our challenges in a fairy tale format, where we are our own heroes. The illustrations are examples of the experiments I describe at the end of my last post. They are studies of how we might add to the power of telling our own fairy tale by creating a mandala-like image reflecting our story, to help us contemplate it as a regenerative cycle rather than as a linear, zero-sum game. This story is allegorical of some of my own experiences, and is here to characterize what this theory looks like in writing. It is not intended to judge or inflict harm on any individual. We are all composed of every character in our fairy tale narrative, each one a representation of internalized forces that have come to define us as we understand ourselves today.

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Breaking the Magic Spell

Ever notice how all of our stories seem to arc together somehow? Everyone you talk to riding-out similar waves of prosperity or conflict at the same time? Communication difficulties strangely manifest in different ways for different reasons in different people all at once? Your personal growth or deep shadow work coincides with that of your closest friends and family and so on, like we’re all cast about floating on the surface of a collective ocean of emotion - rising and falling in time with the waves and in search of something to hang on to. Of course we see that happening socially as a people right now - requiring us to take great care with our self-care. This has kept me up thinking about Baneful Herbs, plant allies that are poisonous if ingested in quantity, but also posses medicines for the heart and soul if used topically, homeopathically or as flower essences.

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What we Feed, Grows

The theme of this year’s MayDay parade is ‘What we Feed, Grows’. And as I’m breathing in moist Spring air, fragrant with fertility, listening to the sounds of birds wooing each other; I have budding intentions myself. After Winter’s dormant research phase, idea-seeds have swelled, sent out roots and shoots, and will bear fruit in due course this Summer. If they are tended well and weather permits, creative outputs will grow, yielding their own form of nutrition. Filling a need for storytelling and meaning, the folk arts cycle with the seasons.

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