Personal Symbols: Empty Picture Frame


Symbols are of extreme importance when it comes to spirituality. When I think about my faith, the first thing that comes to mind is a Pentacle, which is why I wear one around my neck most of the time. To be honest, my entire life is surrounded by personal symbols. One that has been receiving a lot of attention lately is an empty picture frame I keep on my filing cabinet/nightstand (Yep, living space is nothing but a dream in this Eclectic Pagan’s dwelling, so she has to get creative).

I’ve had the empty picture frame for a few years. I bought it the day I decided I was ready to resume my romantic life. I told myself that the picture frame would be filled by the one who was going to claim that special place in my heart. Some time back a picture sat in front of the frame; not in it, just close to it. I looked at both and was almost sure that, soon, they were going to be one. It didn’t happen. The picture in question found its way into a box, after certain events made me realize I was about to make a mistake.

Sweet time has passed since that day. Lately, I’ve found myself looking at the empty picture frame more than usual. There is this guy who has been racing against my skepticism...

I’ve been running faster, guarding my empty picture frame in any way I can. I’m used to looking back and making sure no one can catch us. I looked again, recently, and no one was there. I saw an image closing in—panting—but it was easy to leave him behind. Its sweet voice tried to caress my face, it promised that it was meant to fill my picture frame, but it didn't feel right. I’m still skeptical... I just know, fine I don't know! But I really hope for all my doubts to disappear on the day I meet the one who is supposed to fill my picture frame. 


Do you have any personal symbols in your life?

32 comments:

  1. What an amazing post...and what awesome imagery....I could just feel the meaning of the words as I read them, that was wonderful...

    My personal symbols present themselves in the forms of my tattoos. I only have two at the moment, but..funds willing, I will have a few more before I am done.

    My first tat was the Chinese symbol for "Blood" on the back of my neck. My now deceased ex husband and I had matching tats, so it had a tie to him, but it also represents family to me.

    The second one I have on the side of my left calf is a wolf face and chest...which is very important to me as the Wolf has been my lifelong totem, and is very very important and relevant to my everyday life.

    I love tats, but I am a firm believer that you should never put anything permanent on your body that does not mean something of the utmost importance to you...

    Thank you for such a thought provoking post and good luck with the new love!

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  2. This was such a beautifully written post. I wish you nothing but luck and happiness with Mister Stealthy. :)

    As for my own symbols, wings are a prominent one. I have a big set of wings tattoed on my chest, other find myself drawing them onto characters and other symbols and am incredibly drawn to birds.

    To me, the wings symbolise deep personal freedom and creativity, traits which are very important to me. I also use wings as a symbol for hope. My chest piece was designed by me and done during a very taxing period in my life, the huge wings are attached to a heart wearing a crown, to symbolise love, loyalty and hope.

    Seeing it in the mirror on even the toughest of days gives me strength and great peace of mind.

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  3. Bella Foxglove, I'm glad you could see it because it was a drunk with bliss when I wrote it lol. I believe that tattoos are a great commitment. I have five and every one of them means something of extreme importance.

    D. Suplicki, thaks soooo much for your wishes. I truly wish the same, I true hope that my fiery Aries attitude doesn't sent the poor guy running for the hills. I can bit quite something at times... Mmmm, wings are fun. I wanted fallen angel wings on my back a few years ago, then I fell in love with a Chinese dragon that refuses to share its space with anyone else. He is truly my pet. I like that wings symbolize hope for you. My little brother once told me that my empty picture frame was depressing--he even gave me his picture to put in it. I told him that it wasn't a sad sign, just a symbol of hope.

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  4. I actually have some, but sadly, most of them aren't visible to anyone but me. There are a couple of tattoos that I want, but the chances of me ever sitting through one are slim to nill. (Needle phobia)And I can't really afford them right now, either. They do have serious, extreme importance, though.

    I'd love to have a pentacle necklace, but sadly, that's out of the question given where I live and who my in laws are.

    The tattoo thing is the closest I'll ever get to a visible one, and I pray that one day I'll be able to sit for it.

    This is an excellent post, lots of meaning and feeling. I hope it all works out for you and the charmer.:)

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  5. LJ, sorry you can't wear your pentacle proud, but I'm sure you keep HUGE one in your heart. I understands the need to keep the peace around family.

    So afraid of needles, huh? Can't help you there it hurts, no matter what anybody says, but they look so good that they are worth the pain--after it doesn't hurt anymore lol.

    Thanks for noticing that I was pouring my little heart out in this post. I swear that I feel like I'm walking on moonlight today--it is truly intoxicating.

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  6. You know, I actually have an empty picture frame myself that I have saved over the years, not necessarily with the same meaning. I painted the inside "blank" card black so it acts like a black mirror with the right lighting.

    The triskel (however you'd like to spell it) has been a very important symbol for me, and essentially encompasses my time on my path. I have a river-smoothed stone pendant with a Norse triskel engraved in it that I have worn nearly everyday for the past four years. My close friend bought me a smaller celtic silver version that I have placed over the stone one.

    The only time I really had it off was when the ER techs cut the leather cord off after a bad riding accident I was in last summer, and the whole week following (before I could find a new leather cord for it) I felt totally out of sync with myself, and just because of the trauma and heavy meds I was on. Anyway, it has become such a part of me that I typically regard it like my skin.

    I also have quite a few very personal rune symbols, one of which was given to me by Freya and I consider to be the runic representation of my "hug" (Norse concept of the personality soul). One of these days I'd like to find a tattoo artist who does all-white tats so I can get runes tattooed on my body, each as they come to me and resonate with a specific part of my self. I do have a tattoo that corresponds to my therianthropy, which is very dear to me as well.

    Whew, sorry that got so long. ;)

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  7. No worries dear; I'm glad you let yourself go. I know exactly how you feel about your pendant. I fee the same about mine. I had to keep it off my neck when I was in the Marine Corps and I had to go to the field (sleep in the woods) for safety reasons, but I used to stick it in my boot because I felt naked without it.

    I love your idea about the runes. I told myself that 5 tattoos is enough, although, I still think that it would be nice to have my children's names if I ever have a them.

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  8. I love it! I keep an empty picture frame in my room as well....same purpose even.

    What amazes me is how friends who have seen it think it is "weird". I think it is a symbol of things to come.

    As for Mr. Stealth....GOOD FOR HIM.

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  9. My friend and family think mine is strange too lol. My little brother (his 22) even worries. I tell him that there is nothing to worry about, it just mean that I KNOW that HE is out there, just like the truth in the X-Files.

    And yep, Mr. Stealth (I like that for him) is very sneaky ;)

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  10. good luck to you guys I truly hope it does work out for you :) as for symbols hmmm I never thought about it really. I guess yoga can be considered my symbol if at all possible and books they show me the way when I am stuck :)

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  11. Thanks Melissa. And I think yoga is a great symbols and books are the universal symbol; heck they even carry around other symbols lol. I'm glad you said books were one of yours because they do the same for me. Books are my safety, my comfort 'food'. When I'm sad or feeling out of what, I can get lost in a bunch of pages and I can always find myself in them.

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  12. Terrific post Magaly! So full of hopes and dreams with a bit of trepidation thrown in to keep you on your toes and alert; must be the Marine in you. Wishing you everything...

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  13. You know me so well Judy lol. Yes is the warrior in me that makes want to throw all I have into it, but with caution. Thanks so much for the good wishes darling ;)

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  14. Truly loving someone leaves you vulnerable--it's scary to have enough faith in another person, and yourself, to open up to love and the possibility of hurt that comes along with it.

    My mother has an empty jeweled frame on a table in between her wedding picture and my grandmother and grandfather's. I think she's trying to tell me something....

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  15. Ha! That is too funny. My dad and younger brother spend their time telling me stats about childbearing after 30 and why I should get right on it. My dad also talks about where he is going to take my children for vacation and how I won't be able to stop him from spoiling them rotten. It is a bit disturbing at times...

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  16. That was a beautiful post, thank you for it. I sleep with tarot cards under my pillow for similar reasons, they are cards that continued to come up in personal readings so I have meditated on them before sleeping. My pentacle is also a very important symbol for me, I slip it into my pocket when I need its strenght but can't wear it in plain sight.

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  17. I'm sorry you can't wear your pentacle on plain sight, but I understand. I used to get a lot of looks when I lived in the Midwest. I think that one of the things I love most about coming back to New York, is that here people don't really care.

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  18. i have many scars, some visible some not, that are symbolic of my ability to survive and thrive in spite of.

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  19. Scars are a very clear symbol of survival and liveness. I had a bad accident about 8 years ago, which left me with a whiny hip and over 150 stitches. It was a military injury, so I had the opportunity of getting cosmetic surgery to "fix" the damage--I declined. My scars "are symbolic of my ability to survive and thrive in spite of." They remind me that I'm alive for something..."

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  20. Hmmm...well, obviously, the pentacle resonates hugely with me, as does the triple moon symbol.

    But the symbol which I most connect with is the shamrock. I have one tattooed on my neck.

    Also, my c-section scar and stretch marks from childbirth...those are very important to me too. Most women hate theirs..I love mine. I wouldn't have my babies without them, after all.

    I just truly loved this post...it was so beautifully written.

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    boo

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  21. Give in a little and let love happen, girl. My hubs and I are as opposite as they come. I tried for awhile to ignore the attraction and it just didn't work. Anyone that knows us knows just how different we are and yet we have been married 8 years.

    I thinks it's time you filled your frame and let life begin a new journey.

    Wishing you the best.

    Oh, as for symbols... one of the most important symols for me is the snowflake. Seems a weird one I know, I read this poem about snowflakes shortly after Little J was born. It was beautifully written and references a person's individuality and differences as what truly defines them and make them special. After reading the poem, I cried and knew without a doubt that JJ was destined for great things. He was giving to me for some purpose I am unaware of, but in the end my own little "snowflake" will make wonderful changes in this world.

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  22. Bridgett, I think that the fact that you see the beautiful importance of your scars and stretch marks is so amazing! I have some scaring from an old accident. I was offered cosmetic surgery to get rid of the biggest one; I declined. Many people think I'm weird for doing this, I'm sure you undertand %. My scars remind me how lucky I am to be alive.

    OnePinkFish, I am such a chicken. I'm going to try though, but I can't say that I won't run for the woods (frame in hand) if I can't handle things lol.

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  23. Hey Lady! Thanks for checking out my blog, and sorry that the first post you read was a big ol' whine fest...lol.
    This is a happier entry that you might enjoy: http://sauce-on-the-side.blogspot.com/2009/09/that-i-love-harvest-edition.html

    Personal Symbolism: I have so much symbolism in my life, but the one that I wish to mention now is a bracelet I bought up in Asheville several years ago. Everytime I wear it, it reminds me to be free and live boundlessly. It represents a wonderful time in my life.

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  24. No need for apologies, we all have our rotten days. I'm glad you have your bracelet, we all need to have something to remind us that life must be lived to its fullest! Now, I'm going to read your happy post ;)

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  25. Hey Lady! Thanks for checking out my blog, and sorry that the first post you read was a big ol' whine fest...lol.
    This is a happier entry that you might enjoy: http://sauce-on-the-side.blogspot.com/2009/09/that-i-love-harvest-edition.html

    Personal Symbolism: I have so much symbolism in my life, but the one that I wish to mention now is a bracelet I bought up in Asheville several years ago. Everytime I wear it, it reminds me to be free and live boundlessly. It represents a wonderful time in my life.

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  26. No need for apologies, we all have our rotten days. I'm glad you have your bracelet, we all need to have something to remind us that life must be lived to its fullest! Now, I'm going to read your happy post ;)

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  27. I'm sorry you can't wear your pentacle on plain sight, but I understand. I used to get a lot of looks when I lived in the Midwest. I think that one of the things I love most about coming back to New York, is that here people don't really care.

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  28. Give in a little and let love happen, girl. My hubs and I are as opposite as they come. I tried for awhile to ignore the attraction and it just didn't work. Anyone that knows us knows just how different we are and yet we have been married 8 years.

    I thinks it's time you filled your frame and let life begin a new journey.

    Wishing you the best.

    Oh, as for symbols... one of the most important symols for me is the snowflake. Seems a weird one I know, I read this poem about snowflakes shortly after Little J was born. It was beautifully written and references a person's individuality and differences as what truly defines them and make them special. After reading the poem, I cried and knew without a doubt that JJ was destined for great things. He was giving to me for some purpose I am unaware of, but in the end my own little "snowflake" will make wonderful changes in this world.

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  29. Hmmm...well, obviously, the pentacle resonates hugely with me, as does the triple moon symbol.

    But the symbol which I most connect with is the shamrock. I have one tattooed on my neck.

    Also, my c-section scar and stretch marks from childbirth...those are very important to me too. Most women hate theirs..I love mine. I wouldn't have my babies without them, after all.

    I just truly loved this post...it was so beautifully written.

    )O(
    boo

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  30. That was a beautiful post, thank you for it. I sleep with tarot cards under my pillow for similar reasons, they are cards that continued to come up in personal readings so I have meditated on them before sleeping. My pentacle is also a very important symbol for me, I slip it into my pocket when I need its strenght but can't wear it in plain sight.

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  31. Ha! That is too funny. My dad and younger brother spend their time telling me stats about childbearing after 30 and why I should get right on it. My dad also talks about where he is going to take my children for vacation and how I won't be able to stop him from spoiling them rotten. It is a bit disturbing at times...

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  32. i have many scars, some visible some not, that are symbolic of my ability to survive and thrive in spite of.

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