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Carla Huffman, MFT
Denver, CO
Always interested in the meaning of people, places, and things.
Interests: the psyche, good books, gardening, quirky movies, good conversation, music
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To have no plan is to be totally confident of your personal power. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at myths symbols sandplay
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In his introduction to A Dictionary of Chinese Sym... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
"Before the era of the great religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism), the religions and ritual practices of many cultures marked rhythms and patterns of nature" (Donleavy-Johnston, 2001). Ancient cultures marked these patterns of nature and the changing of the seasons with special festivals. Even in equatorial cultures, where little... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
"Light awakens us to the inner call. It is the influx of energy that penetrates, bringing vision and knowledge, the logos of antiquity." ~ David Applebaum Past editor of Parabola magazine Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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As winter nears, the quality of light is changing in Colorado. The days are shorter and the nights are beginning to cool. We may have snow this week which is an not an unusual first snow in the foothills of Denver. Winter festivals celebrating the winter solstice often involve the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
Future blog posts: Symbols Associated With Light Festivals of Light Beings Associated With Light Symbolism Native American Fire and Light Symbolism Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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Thoughts to get you through any crises: Instead of using the words, if only, try substituting the words, next time. Lie on you back and look at the stars. Learn to recognize the inconsequential, then ignore it. Put a lot of little marshmallows in your hot chocolate. Photo from https://thecookful.com/how-to-make-hot-cocoa/ Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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This life is a test. It is only a test. If this had been an actual life, you would have been given further instructions about where to go and what to do. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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Jobes’ Dictionary of Mythology, Folklore, and Symbols is one of my most treasured resources. In the introduction, Gertrude Jobes writes about how her curiosity about symbols and her desire to understand dramas, epics, poems, vase paintings, and other works resulted in her two volume dictionary. “I must confess that as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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Alchemical symbolism of the King and Queen In the fairy tales and legends of Europe, the king usually symbolizes the “end-point of all the hero’s travels and adventures on his way to education and maturity. Noble birth is not involved here: the ‘kingship’ of the protagonist, who is usually of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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Antique Chess III by Ethan Harper @ Art.com In a game of chess the queen, or vizier, is the spirit, the Mover at Will, the moon (Cooper). Following is a queenly list. Queen of clubs – the idea of soul Queen of hearts – model of soul Queen of spades... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
You are most welcome, Krishna.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2019 on Hand Symbolism Part 1 at myths symbols sandplay
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and the livin' is easy. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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Antique Chess I by Ethan Harper @ Art.com In the game of chess, the king is the sun, the heart, the forces of law and order, his moves are limited by manifestation (Cooper). The evolution of the king’s position of power and influence and the symbolism of the king is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
I agree.
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2019 on Queen Bees at myths symbols sandplay
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"In the history of symbols the importance of the queen is not necessarily comparable to that of the king; she appears rather as a complementary term in dualities, rarely standing alone, at least in secular texts" (Biedermann, pg. 276). However, Biedermann goes on to state that in legends and fairytales,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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Bees are "very much associated with the feminine, fertility, growth, and motherhood. The queen bee is often the sole survivor when winter arrives, and she is the one to build the new hive in the spring." From: http://www.pure-spirit.com/more-animal-symbolism/401-bee Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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The king represents the masculine principle, sovereignty, temporal power, the supreme ruler, and is equated with the Creator God and the Sun. “In many traditions it was held that the vitality of the king reflected, or was responsible for, the vitality of the people and the fertility of the land,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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As I reviewed my books on mythology, folklore, and symbols I was quite surprised to find that J.E. Cirlot had neglected to discuss the symbolism of the queen yet devoted a page and a half to the symbolism of the king. I wonder what Maria Gimbutas would have made of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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Upcoming posts will be of the royal kind: King Symbolism Queen Symbolism The King List The Queen List The Hero's Journey: Conquering the Queen Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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The liminal space in sandplay therapy: the transitional place between conscious and unconscious; a space where change takes place. Image: Daria Shevtsova Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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"Live in the sunshine. swim in the sea. drink the wild air ~" Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
The symbolism of the hand is rich and varied. According to Jobes the hand represents amity, authority, benediction, construction, divine grace, divine presence, faith, force, greeting, honor, labors, mastery, oath, pledge, usefulness, vigor, and work. The fingers, the thumb, and the palm all have their individual symbolism. Hands made of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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Continued from Hand Symbolism Part 1 Hebrew – bestowal of a blessing, consecration to office, or divine gifts; "the hands of the high-priest [are] laid upon the scapegoat, as if transferring the guilt of the people to the animal" (Jobes, pg. 717); symbol of obedience, submission to God; right hand... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay