Sirene, by Gaston Hoffman (1883-1926). Public domain image {US-PD}.

Blog sister, Jessica Davidson, has posted a beautiful musing on the powerful story of The Handless Maiden, emphasizing how potent and meaningful this story is just now.

Jessica writes:

The Handless Maiden is a myth that speaks powerfully to our dark and confusing times. It’s a fairy tale that was collected by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, but its roots are much older. The story is about a maiden whose father sells her to the devil in exchange for wealth and convenience. Her hands are chopped off and she must wander alone in the forest in search of healing.”

Read Jessica’s full post on The Handless Maiden and the Hero/ine’s Journey, Dark Night of the Soul that’s part of it — here.

Find related musings on the Dark Night, The Return, and just what we go searching for on the Hero/ine’s Journey (something the world has lost and desperately needs):

Riches Drawn From the Dark Night & The Well of Grief

The Return: The Seeker Becomes The Knower

On Restoring the World’s Lost Heart

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About the Image:

I chose this image because it’s evocative, and I wasn’t able to verify the source of the image I’d have included otherwise.

That said, check out the powerful image, and words, from contemporary artist Stefanie Vega — you’ll find her work on The Handless Maiden included at this link.