This is such a beautiful and evocative painting from Sandys.
I saw it when I was browsing images in my files and, though I wasn’t aware at the time its connection with Winter and, in a way, the Spirit of the Season, it stirred just that within me … a sense of the Beauty of this time (and really, any time we sense into that spark within us).
As it turns out …
Perdita … whose name means “the lost one” … is one of the heroines in The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare. She is the daughter of Hermione and Leontes, the King of Sicilia, but is unaware of her royal heritage.
A bit like each of us, I think … falling into forgetfulness, understandably, and thus being well-served by reminders of our Divine heritage.
And check this out … inspiration-clues from our shared mythic treasury:
Perdita is ultimately delivered by Prometheus when the latter brings the gift of Fire to humankind.
What are Perditas gifts?
She embodies and carries The Four Loves — philia or friendship; eros or erotic love; agape, or unconditional, whole-hearted love (a.k.a. The Big Love!); and biophilia, which is the love between humans and Nature.
“Humans seize upon fire and begin to use it‚ but they forget about Perdita and eventually abandon her…until she is rediscovered.” [Wikipedia]
Promethean Fire is linked to the Wisdom of Spirit, or spiritual wisdom, insight, and maturity. So our mythic-treasure tells us that these are linked with the gifts of The Four Loves from Perdita.
A Blessing On Us…
May our Way be illuminated, and the embers of the Four Loves be stirred alive within us … may we rediscover our Promethean and Perdita gifts this Holy season and in the weeks and months ahead.
Agape Spirit … Big Love,
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Perdita, 1866, by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys. Public Domain, Wikimedia.
Green labyrinth in Luxembourg City. PD image from Lode Van de Velde, PDpictures.net.