vasalisa is the story of a young girl learning to hear and trust her intuition. near the end of the tale, she is given a skull with fire inside to light the dark, unknown path and guide her safely where she needs to go.
of the skull lantern, dr. estés writes,
“this light can differentiate layers of personality, intention, and motives in others. it can determine consciousness and unconsciousness in self and others. it is the wand of knowing. it is the mirror in which all things are sensed and seen. it is the deep wild nature […] by the light of the fiery skull, we know.”
suddenly, as i read that for the first time, i had language for something i’d known about deep down my whole life; i just hadn’t always known to listen to it. i’d never learned to value this wildish, instinctive wisdom. worse, i’d learned to avoid and ignore it – because like an actual fiery skull, that “deep, wild nature” is a little scary. sometimes a lot scary.
fiery skull diaries is where i share my journey as i learn to listen more and more to MY fiery skull. to be more intuitive and less prohibited. to understand my needs and take in only what will nourish me. to see things as they are. to be who i AM.
“if you have ever been called defiant, incorrigible, forward, cunning, insurgent, unruly, rebellious, you’re on the right track. wild woman is close by.”