“Reporting In”

 “Reporting In” 9″ 12″ Graphite
Everyone believed Wizard McGoggle to be the best seer in the land. It simply was not true. Oh he had a talent alright but not for scrying into the crystal ball. Actually that crystal made a nice place for his friends to land and tell him many things. Which brings me to his true talent. McGoggle could understand and talk to the wee dragons of the land, sometimes called pocket dragons because they could fit into very tiny spaces. Most people thought of them as pests, little better than rodents, if they thought of them at all. Which is why as you see, McGoggle was able to put his talent and theirs to good use. The tiny dragons spread out across the land and would report on a near daily basis the goings on in the land. Conversations, trysts and plots that were meant to be private soon found their way to the ears of the wizard. That’s what made him so very bloody brilliant when it came to advising the king and everyone else. Not only did he know everything in the land that was going on but he also knew if the king was thinking something particularly foolhardy and dangerous, the wizard was able to gently nudge the royal into a much more productive direction. All in all it was a tremendously beneficial gift that McGoggle used wisely on behalf of the royal realm. Thank goodness that he was not a dark wizard!reporting_in
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The Wyrd Sisters and the Gift of Prophecy

The witches of Macbetth were based on earlier references such as The Fates, and Holinsheds Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland* (1587) which described the women as “three women in strange and wild apparell, resembling creatures of elder world,”  who gave their prophecies and vanished immediately our of sight. Holinshed observes that “the common opinion was that these women were either the Weird Sisters, that is… the goddesses of destiny, or else some nymphs or fairies embued with knowledge of prophecy by their necromantical science. **

In other words, magical creatures, maybe even fariy kind.  It was only in Shakespeare’s time that the three women were described as ugly, dirty, old hag witches. At the time he wrote his masterpiece,  there was great superstition and fear around witches and the gift of prophecy.

Those who can see the future are often blamed for  making happen what it is that they’ve seen. The people that they predict the future for, often don’t want or can’t see that their own actions are leading to outcome in their future. A seer simply follows the lines into the future and tells what they’ve seen.Is the future indelible? Is it written in stone? Why have someone tell you your future if you can’t do anything about it? The truth is that, at each and every moment in our lives we shape the future with our thoughts. feelings and actions. If you don’t like what you’ve been told then change your thoughts, and more importantly, your feelings, so that your actions lead to the outcome you that you do want. And please don’t blame the messenger!The_Wyrd_Sisters

In my painting, the woman on the left looks inward to see what thoughts and feelings of the past that have inspired actions. The one in the middle looks at those past actions that have led to this nexus, and finally the one looking into the crystal ball follows the lines to the probable outcome in the future.

Holinsheds Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, is a collaborative work published in several volumes and two editions, the first in 1577, and the second in 1587.

** ^ Nicoll, Allardyce; Muir, Kenneth. “Shakespeare survey”. Camb