We are now only this plus one blog entry from the end of this story, the time of reckoning is upon us, or Vasalisa more to the point.
“Tell me”said Baba Yaga, “How did you become so wise for your years?”
“It must have been my Mother’s Blessing.” replied Vasalisa.
“BLESSING!”screeched Baba Yaga. “We’ll have no such thing here!” Her wide eyes and stiffened posture put fear into Vasalisa.
“Here. Take your ember and be gone.” Baba Yaga thrust a skull into Vasalisa’s hand, inside an ember glowed red. The skull perched on a cut down branch, and seemed terribly horrible to her.
“Be Gone!”Baba Yaga was building into a fury.
Vasalisa turned and hurried away. The Doll indicated to her which way she had to go, this way and that, on
the path toward home. More than once Vasalisa thought she would be better to cast the skull aside, its eerie light and energy unsettled her. Her mind changed again when she thought back to the challenges she had overcome to gain this glowing ember. As she journeyed toward her home, Vasalisa became more confident in carrying the ember in the skull.
Here is the moment that Vasalisa is face on to us. She is holding the light confidently and is striding forward toward home. Her hair is dishevelled, her third eye is open and she has matured into a strong woman. She has remembered where she has journeyed from (The Too Good Mothers Blessing) and has now awakened into her own wise woman.
After receiving the ember in the skull, a symbol of accessing her innate knowing and wisdom, Vasalisa considers casting it aside. The burden of this new state overcomes her from time to time, and the comfort of naivety beckons. Once we have attained a state of knowing, it is hard to return to the innocence that we once inhabited.
The burden of becoming a wise woman seems too much at times, because we
cannot ‘unknow’ what we have learnt, and to look at truth square on can make us
feel uncomfortable. Vasalisa
retains the precious ember, because the trials that she overcome were too
meaningful for her to simply cast them aside or say “They don’t