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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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and the livin' is easy. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago 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
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In the symbolism of the hand, the thumb is the symbol of the Child. The index finger is the Mother and the middle finger is the Father. The thumb and first two fingers raised is the hand of blessing. "The yogi’s mystic gesture places the index finger and the thumb... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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CG Jung quote about integration, wholeness, and shadow aspects. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
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It is mid-winter in Colorado. Very cold nights and a biting cold wind some days. At times like these I am grateful for memories of warm sand and sunny California summers. Feet in the sand like this fun photo. (Not a pic of me, but I have spent many, many... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at myths symbols sandplay
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My Amur Maple trees never fail to brighten my autumn garden. Hope you have some awesome fall color in your life. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at myths symbols sandplay
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In A Dictionary of Symbols, J. E. Cirlot states, "Of great importance is the fact that the hand has five fingers, firstly, because if its broad analogy with the human figure (composed of four extremities plus the head) and, secondly, by reason of the symbolism of the number five (denoting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at myths symbols sandplay
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As a California native now living in Colorado, I miss the ocean. The smell, sound, and feel of it. The warm sand, the ocean spray, the gulls calling. I do like Colorado..it has many wonderful outdoor adventures and even though it is snowing today, the sun will be out again... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at myths symbols sandplay
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The hand is the body part most frequently depicted in symbol. Hans Biedermann writes in Dictionary of Symbolism that "tracings of the hand in Ice Age cave temples (along with other evidence) suggest that humans have always been predominately right-handed. It is probably for this reason that the right hand... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at myths symbols sandplay
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An image of hands in the sand has stayed with me since I read an article in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy written by Mary Jane Markell. The title of the article is The Manifestation of the Compassionate Heart. Markell writes about the transformative process of sandplay, the subtlety of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at myths symbols sandplay
Hands. Hard-working. Expressive. Creative. I often think about the time I visited an art gallery in Pasadena, which featured the work of a photographer who had taken pictures of hands. The black and white photographs showcased the hands of famous artists, potters, weavers, metal workers, etc. The hands were photographed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at myths symbols sandplay