It is interesting to note the Three Sisters recurring theme.
When it comes to archetypes and archetypal images, the fact that the image repeats through many iterations helps to identify an archetypal theme.
My work relies on certain occurrences, and a certain premise— the images in my “poetry art” series (“picture-series”) contribute to a universal process that enlightens by making aware what otherwise would remain unknown. The images, which can be categorized as fantasy images (Jung), were created as dreams are created, beyond the conscious reach of their archetypal or symbolic nature. And the effort at hand is to validate the symbolic journey, personally and universally, connecting the images to Jungian modalities and processes which involve healing awareness and autonomous image-making.
Aside to say: This work does not eclipse the Christian ideal. In fact, it helps to expand and to discover our wholeness, so that we might experience a whole relationship to God. “The self is a medium through which God makes His presence known to us and we become aware of Him.” —Jung and the Christian Way, Christopher Bryant
Where this gets confusing– the sheer amount of “starchy” information (volumes) explaining the process commonly called, the process of individuation.
Easiest answer: Individuation is a healing path toward awareness involving the unconscious image-making process, a process that is most often associated with dreams.
When it comes to my version of the Three Sisters, here’s what I started with: Merriweather.
Merriweather, as both image and affect (emotions), stands for Eternal Life (as an axiom associated with the spiritual or symbolic journey). Each of the images in the series represents an overlapping, but different part of the process. As I work with the images, such as Merriweather, the images iterate, morph, or change into new images (motifs). Merriweather appears in multiples, as sisters (nuns, belles — see the bell shape?).
To have Eternal Life, you have to leave behind your mortal life.
All archetypes have a positive and a negative side, which contributes to their purpose. As far as healing goes, so much of ourselves is projected onto others. This positive/negative dichotomy helps to expose both sides of a story, and beyond. So, to have Eternal Life, you have to leave behind your mortal life.
All of the images in my series are like Merriweather, archetypal, illusive, multidimensional (multivalent), and changeable in ways that are whimsical, but not arbitrary.
The Three Sisters of Glencoe, Glencoe, Scotland
The three stars in a row in Orion’s Belt may be referenced as Three Kings, or Three Sisters.
Sometimes known as the Three Sorrows, The Three Sisters stand for family and bloodline; kith and kin, belonging, being on the inside rather than the outside. Legend speaks of them being three sisters cursed to carry the sorrows of the world; each of them bearing a different part of the burden. Suspirie, the youngest, carries the world’s sighs; Lachryma, the middle sister carries the world’s tears, and Tenebrae, the eldest, carries the darkness in the souls of people.
The Three Fates
The Three Fates – The Moirae
“Discover fascinating information about the sisters who were referred to as the Three Fates. They were also known as the Moirae in Greek mythology or the Parcae in Roman legends and were the goddesses of Destiny. The Ancient Greeks believed that three Fates regulated the duration of human existence and the destinies of mortals. They controlled the metaphorical thread of life, the good and bad moments of every mortal from birth to death.”