Having completed the tasks set by Baba Yaga, Vasalisa waits for the ember that has been promised. She has performed the tasks well, Baba Yaga is pleased, and offers Vasalisa the opportunity to ask a question of her, though there is a clause. “Remember, that to know too much can make one old too soon.”
Vasalisa thinks carefully, and then asks “Grandmother, who were the horsemen that passed me by as I was coming to find you?”
Baba Yaga smiled, “They are my Dawn, My Day and My Night. They ride across the Earth and Sky, moving time along at the correct pace. They know of new beginnings, full lives and timely death.”
Vasalisa nodded in understanding and was getting ready to ask another question, this time about the hands that Baba Yaga summoned to grind the corn and poppy seed. Her Doll began to wriggle about in her apron pocket, “No” she was saying, don’t ask about that.
The Mysteries was an image 3 years in the making for me. I had attempted to represent it in isolation to the rest of the story, however what comes before this point of the tale was where I learnt about the elements that were required for this piece and how they needed to all fit together.
The horse represents a shamanic symbol of the wise one’s ability to fly across the ground to their sacred spaces. Combined with the three colours they embody the elemental, physical and spiritual aspects of the life-death-life cycle. As such the colour White represents light, new beginnings, purity and also the pallor of death. Red represents blood, passion, new life, heat and rage. Black embodies the void, magic, emptiness, darkness and the dot of life. These three colours also represent the journey of Vasalisa from naïve maiden to
mature woman to elder crone. Along side this symbology is also the passage of the day, (which can also be viewed as the turning of the wheel of life and the seasons that are cyclic every year) all of this represented so beautifully by the three horsemen.
The Mysteries also shows us how Vasalisa has grown, her ability to stay in tune with her intuition enabled her to find out what she wanted to know, and to remain curious, but unknowing, of those things that she did not really need to know about. Certainly to know more than we need to does us no good at all. Just as we have all the knowing within us at this very moment to live life with meaning and joy.