The mystery evoked by Whale continues to fill my heart as Whale images fill up papers laid out on my drawing table.
Before there was land there was only Ocean, from which all life on land and even the land itself emerged. Water covers around 71% of Earth’s surface. Oceans, seas and bays make up 96% of that total and connect with all land surfaces. This vastness of salty water, which 226,00 known species call home is estimated to reach depths of 12,200 feet.
But much remains a mystery with many, many species yet to be discovered and only 10% of the oceans being mapped. And swimming in the mystery of this watery domain is Whale, a mammal like us – a bridge between the concerns of humanity and the mystery of the depths from which we come.
Since I finished my research and painting of Whale I can’t seem to get Whale and its cousins – Dolphin and Porpoise – out of my mind. Everywhere I turn, I see or hear of members of this cetacean family of marine mammals – from whale images in the clouds to a new Netflix series from South Korea in which the main character has a strong connection to whales and dolphins and receives genius level, heart-based inspirations from images of whale she seems to see swimming in the sky everywhere she goes.
Several times, upon closing my eyes I have found myself in some other life, standing on a cliff by the Sea with others and singing songs – haunting, beautiful songs – that call the whales to our shore, who then sing with us. Together – whales and people – we rejoice in the beauty and bounty of Mother Earth. Ah – what a vision that is!
With Whale we can dive into the unknown, commonly symbolized by water. Whale is the psychopomp – the go-between – who guides our souls from the world of ego, of rationality, deep into the unknown realms of the ocean – the world of the unconscious. This can be a difficult journey, but once undertaken with an open heart, it can change us forever – for the better.
Whale with its many stories of rescuing and protecting humans and its decades long commitment to protecting and caring for its young is also symbolic of the heart. With Whale as our guide we learn to follow our heart instead of our head.
At this moment in time our world faces both great peril in multiple arenas and the possibility of momentous, positive transformation. Whale and its deep ocean home offer us a way forward to a more balanced, loving system for human life. If we remain open to the mystery we are guided into by Whale’s song, we just might find the much-needed, heart-based solutions to our myriad problems here on Earth.
Post Script: I’ll leave you with this modern story of a woman rescued from a dangerous shark encounter by a giant Humpback whale.
Judith Shaw, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, has been interested in myth, culture and mystical studies all her life. Not long after graduating from SFAI, while living in Greece, Judith began exploring the Goddess in her art. She continues to be inspired by the Goddess in all of Her manifestations. She is now working on her next deck of oracle cards – Animal Wisdom – to be released this fall. Originally from New Orleans, Judith makes her home in New Mexico where she paints as much as time allows and sells real estate part-time. Give yourself the gift of one of Judith’s prints or paintings.
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