CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious
This month we’ve decided to reverse our process and write our own tales based on the collages we create using the Christmas Tree motif. We’ll take our inspiration either from the image as a whole, or from some detail within the picture. Of course, we’d love it if you played along! Send us a tale based on one of this month’s pictures or on a Christmas Tree inspired piece of art you created and we will post it with a link to your page. Happy holidays to all whether you are celebrating Yule, Solstice, Hanukkah and or Kwanzaa or simply soaking up the ambience. For those of you not so fond of this season, we suggest creating a piece that reflects those bleaker associations. Sadly, the holidays can be a time of terrible strife and stress in some families and those scars can ache with every festive manifestation of the season.
Solstice celebrates the dark as well as the light. Darkness, long associated in our culture with evil, distress and despair can also be a refuge and a comfort. Human beings go crazy sicken and die with too much light and no sleep. Seeds need the dark earth in which to germinate and sprout; babies need nine months gestation in the dark cave of their mothers’ wombs; bears need to hibernate; trees need periods of dormancy. Learning to love, understand and embrace the dark within and without one’s can banish many fears. It teaches compassion, humility and forgiveness.
Here at Two Twitch a Tale we value the darker side of the tales for richness, resonance and reality. We find no wisdom in a tale that does not include its shades and shadows.